Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Indigo Butterfly Card and Cat News





Be sure to get your cat crafting supplies dusted off for the
2017 Cat Lovers Hop
Oct. 23-28, 2017
Right here at Her Peaceful Garden
 
Don't forget the GIVEAWAY for 
displaying my 2017 Cat Lovers Badge.
 
http://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/


Hi, Friends......

First some kitty news......


The little "Hissy Fit Committee" meme above certainly does not apply to the confident and intrepid little waif we rescued last night. We were driving home in the pitch darkness and rain (Yay...we finally broke our 100-year record for number of consecutive dry days!!) on a steep mountain road far from any houses when this little creature darted across the road! At first I thought it was a weasel, already in winter whites, but as we got closer we realized it was a kitten. Oh, my....we had to stop, of course. The poor thing was wet, cold, hungry and dehydrated. He broke into the hugest purr as soon as my son picked it up. Awwww... We brought him home and treated him for fleas (little guy was covered with them!) and fed him. I don't think he has stopped purring since!
Right now we just call him "Little Kitten"
The kitty obviously has been around people but I can't imagine someone abandoning a kitten this beautiful and good-natured!! It is equally perplexing how he could have wandered off from someone's house to be found where we picked him up. Overnight, the fleas all died and he cleaned up his long silky coat and is quite the handsomest little cat. We estimate he is 10-12 weeks old and is one of the absolute nicest kittens we've had for a very, very long time. He is litterbox trained and doesn't tease the big kitties.
Since he has white ears (and white everything else except for a couple little gray dots between his ears!) we can't keep him. We have so many intensely sunny days at our elevation and not a lot of shade on our property that white ears get badly sunburned. Even though we apply sunscreen, the kitties can develop skin cancer. I never want to go through that with one of my kitties again!! :( :( :( So I draw the line....NO WHITE EARS!! My vet hubby who works out of state will take him to work sometime soon and will have no trouble finding a home for this beautiful, affectionate little kitty!! In the meantime, we will consider ourselves blessed to be fostering him.  We will love him and take care of him so he will be the perfect companion for someone who perhaps has recently lost a kitty.

On to my card...........

Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge this fortnight is Butterfly/ies + S is for Silhouette &/or Use the Color Indigo. I was stumped at first but then I remembered some fabulous Wow! Resist Paper that is sadly discontinued now. I had been hoarding it, but this was the time to pull out the sheet with butterfly silhouettes. Oh, yes!! This paper comes embossed already, so all you have to do is apply ink to the paper to make the designs show up. I love the look of emboss resist, so this product is right up my alley! CropStop sent it to me as part of a prize some months ago. (THANKS, CS!!)

I also am entering this card in the Winnie & Walter Rerun #23 Challenge - Tree for all Seasons. I don't have the rerun set, so I drew inspiration from one of the fabulous cards featured on that post: Vanessa's gorgeous blue card. Oh, my....so beautiful!!!


I used a number of different blue Distress Inks smooshed on an acrylic block and misted with water to brush onto my background to give some pretty variation. LOVE the crisp blues with the white. Indigo must be in there some place!!! :)
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - The Big, the Bold and Party Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy stamp set
Versafine ink - Majestic Blue
Wow! Resist paper (sadly discontinued)
Distress Inks - Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, and Stormy Sky
Hope you liked meeting our new little foster kitty and enjoyed seeing my card. Thank you so much for stopping by!!  

Be sure to check out my two GIVEAWAYS currently going on...HERE and HERE.  :)  And don't forget to be getting ready for the Cat Lovers Hop, October 23-28, 2017.  Purr. 

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #85 - Butterfly/ies + S is for Silhouette &/or Use the Color Indigo
2. Winnie & Walter Rerun #23 Challenge - Tree for all Seasons
3. HeARTful Stamping Challenge #14 - Anything Goes + a Stamp
4. Joy Clair September Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Cardz-TV Anything Goes Challenge #13
6. Cardz-TV Anything Goes Challenge #12
7. Word Art Wednesday Week #300-301 - Anything Goes, Family Friendly
8. Crop Stop September Challenge Link Party #32 - Anything Goes use brands CS sells (I used Wow! Resist Paper from CS, Distress Inks)

GIVEAWAY - Believe Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop





Be sure to get your cat crafting supplies dusted off for the
2017 Cat Lovers Hop
Oct. 23-28, 2017
Right here at Her Peaceful Garden.
Don't forget the GIVEAWAY for 
displaying my 2017 Cat Lovers Badge.
http://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/


Hi, Friends.....

Welcome regulars and also any visitors who are hopping along with in the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop!! I'm so glad to see you. Good thing I made this card last week because I never seem to be able to get one made and in the hop otherwise!! :) 


In addition to my card, I have a little GIVEAWAY that you can check out at the bottom of this post. That makes two giveaways I currently have going on here at Her Peaceful Garden! (See above for the Cat Lovers Hop Badge GIVEAWAY, too.)
http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2017/09/2017-fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

I don't have a lot of coffee stamps, so I made this card with a free digi image I found online.
One word of caution:  when you do a search for copyright-free digi stamps online, some of them are actually owned and still sold by their manufacturer!!!  You MUST try to track them down and get permission.  It can be hard, though.  I unwittingly printed this one out and made it into a card assuming that it was a copyright free one.....only later realizing that my search had yielded some that were not!!  I spent over an hour trying to track down the owner of this image...following several dead end leads without any success.  So I sincerely apologize for the "unauthorized" use of this image.  No violation was intended!  Please contact me if you know anything about it.   Thanks!

I colored this sweet image with Spectrum Noir markers and followed the current Viva la Verve Sketch.

I also used the rich, warm colors from the Winnie & Walter September Color Combo Challenge:



Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (for straight-edged pierced panel)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (for scalloped panel and little hearts)
Spectrum Noir markers
Pigma Micron Black Pens for accenting the steam
Distress Ink - Antique Linen (sponged over gray band to give it a warmer tone)
Nuvo drops - Buttermilk
Scraps from my stash

GIVEAWAY:
I have one $10 Starbucks Gift Card I would love to send to a random commenter on this post.....and/or on any other of my Coffee Hop posts I manage to make before the deadline hits!! :) My giveaway is open WORLDWIDE, but if the winner is international and doesn't have a Starbucks nearby I will send a different little prize!  Leave your comment below by 11:59 pm Pacific on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 to be entered into the giveaway.


Hope you are enjoying this hop. Thank you so much for stopping by along the way!! Remember to get ready for the Cat Lovers Hop on Oct. 23-28!!! Meow.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
2. Viva la Verve Sketch - September 2017
3. Winnie & Walter September Color Combo Challenge
4. Joy Clair September Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Cardz-TV Anything Goes Challenge #13
6. Cardz-TV Anything Goes Challenge #12
7. Word Art Wednesday Week #300-301 - Anything Goes, Family Friendly
8. DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
9. Just Keep on Creating September Link Up - Anything Goes
10. Crop Stop September Challenge Link Party #32 - Anything Goes use brands CS sells (I used Pigma Micron pens, and Distress Ink)
11. The Ribbon Girl - September Any Image Challenge
12. Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge
13. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 299 - 300 - Use Snippets

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Autumn Blessings as You Go Card





Be sure to get your cat crafting supplies dusted off for the
2017 Cat Lovers Hop
Oct. 23-28, 2017
Right here at Her Peaceful Garden.

Don't forget the GIVEAWAY for 
displaying my 2017 Cat Lovers Badge.

http://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/



Hi, Friends......

A dear couple in our church is moving to be closer to family and medical care. It's hard to see them go, but we know it is a wise decision. I was asked to make a large-format card so everyone could sign it. I went with an autumn theme and used the current Viva la Verve Sketch.

The scripture reads:  "Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know."  Jeremiah 33:3




For my background, I pulled out a sheet from my stack of marker refill water backgrounds and heat embossed a variety of autumn leaves all over it in gold. LOVE!! I splattered it slightly with water to let the dyes react and sponged around the edges and some of the leaves with Distress Ink. The sentiment is one from my Verve - Scripture Medley 3 stamp set.
Supplies used include:
Verve - Scripture Medley 3 stamp set
Versafine ink - Vintage Sepia
Clear embossing powder
Various leaf stamps from my stash
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Distress Inks
Silk leaves from my stash
Gold glitter glue
Gold sequins
Gold ribbon
Hope you enjoyed my card. Thank you so much for stopping by. Remember to get ready for the Cat Lovers Hop on Oct. 23-28!!! Meow.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Viva la Verve Sketch - September 2017
2. Mod Squad Challenge - The Heat is on (must heat emboss)
3. Joy Clair September Challenge - Anything Goes
4. Just Keep on Creating September Link Up - Anything Goes
5. Cardz-TV Anything Goes Challenge #13
6. Cardz-TV Anything Goes Challenge #12
7. Word Art Wednesday Week #300-301 - Anything Goes, Family Friendly
8. DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
9. HeARTful Stamping Challenge #14 - Anything Goes + a Stamp
10. Crop Stop September Challenge Link Party #32 - Anything Goes use brands CS sells (I used Versamark, and Distress Ink)
11. The Ribbon Girl - September Any Image Challenge
12. Allsorts Challenge Week #433 - Feels Like Autumn

Saturday, September 16, 2017

GIVEAWAY - Post my 2017 Cat Lovers Hop Badge




Hi, Friends.......

It's time once again for my pre-hop "Post my Badge" GIVEAWAY!! This is where I enlist your help in getting the word out about the 3rd Annual Cat Lovers Hop coming up October 23-28, 2017! We have tons of sponsors lined up with fabulous giveaways then, too. So dust off your cat stamps and get crafting. Just make sure you wait until Oct. 23 to post them when my linky thingy will be live.

https://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/

In order to be in this random drawing for a sweet little kitty crafting prize, please post my 2017 Cat Lovers Hop badge on your sidebar...and/or blog about it.  I realize that not all of you have blogs, so you can Instagram it or FB it, etc, instead.  Leave ONE comment below to tell me where to find my badge on your social network hot spot(s).  :)  Also, it would help me a great deal if you would include your email address in your comment below...in code, if you wish.

This giveaway is open WORLD-WIDE and will close at 11:55 pm Pacific on Oct. 22, 2017 shortly before the hop goes live in the wee hours the next morning.  I will announce the winner along with all the other hop winners after the festivities have finished. 

Thanks for all your help, everyone!!  I am very excited for this year's hop!!!

<3
Janis


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

With love...


Hi, Friends.....

I am back with a really sweet and pretty card that I made for a few challenges:


1. I am squeaking in on the last day with this second card for the Taylored Expressions - 9th Birthday Sketch Challenge. Look at the fun sketch Taylor made for us to try:
2. The Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge, which ends in a couple of days!!  Look at the wonderful color palette Heather chose this month:


3. Winnie & Walter also has a new Rerun #23 - Tree For All Seasons challenge.  The Rerun set has many variations you can make with or without trees. Shay's lovely card with the leafy rounds used alone reminded me of doilies...which I used!

I used another of the Winnie & Walter Freebies. Yay!! This time it is their Daily Grind Collection Vol. 1 - Holiday Mint for the scripty little tag.

Do you like the sweet little birdie nestled in the layered flower? I think he looks adorable there. :)

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (straight edged panel and patterned paper tag)
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs die set
Winnie & Walter - Daily Grind Collection Vol. 1 - Holiday Mint
Versafine ink in Black Onyx
Distress markers to color the birdy
Prima flowers
Doodlebug - Mini Doilies
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Pearls
Sheer ribbon from my stash
Hope you enjoyed this card. It was a lot of fun to make!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Taylored Expressions - 9th Birthday Sketch Challenge
2. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge
3. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #23 - Tree For All Seasons
4. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp It
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It
6. Word Art Wednesday Week #298-299 - Anything Goes Family-Friendly
7.
Just Keep on Creating September Link Up - Anything Goes
8. Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge
9. Joy Clair September Challenge - Anything Goes
10. Dragonfly Dreams September Challenge - Patterned Paper
11. SSS Work-It Wednesday August/September - Use a Stamp
12. Cupcake Inspirations CIC#421



Thanks with Autumn Tree





Hi, Friends......

The wildfire smoke has been so bad the last couple of days that I have just holed up in my craft room and stayed there! That's the ONLY good thing about the terrible smoke. Otherwise the air quality sensors throughout our area are registering at "Very Unhealthy" to "Hazardous". It's that bad here and throughout much of the West. We all feel ill. Ugh... On the bright side, I have managed to organize some of my supplies, make a couple of cards, and get working on arranging sponsors for the upcoming Cat Lovers Hop! Yay!!

Today I am sharing a card I made especially for a few challenges:
1. I am squeaking in on the last day for the Taylored Expressions - 9th Birthday Sketch Challenge. Look at the fun sketch Taylor made for us to try:


2. The Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge, which ends soon!!  Look at the wonderful color palette Heather chose this month:



These colors remind me of crisp autumn days with blue skies and golden orange leaves. My tree is stamped onto a Gelato background that I splattered with Distress Ink.

3. Winnie & Walter also has their new Rerun #23 - Tree For All Seasons challenge up today. The Rerun set has many variations you can make on trees and the round crowns in the cards by Heather and Kelly reminded me of a tree from my Winnie & Walter - Kindness with Evelin T Designs stamp set.


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops)
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Thanks Cutaway die
Winnie & Walter - Kindness with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Versafine ink in Black Onyx
Gelatos
Mixed Media paper
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops
Scraps of cardstock (plain and glittered)  from my stash
Hope you enjoyed my card today. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Taylored Expressions - 9th Birthday Sketch Challenge
2. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge

3.
Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #23 - Tree For All Seasons
4. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp It 
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It
6. Word Art Wednesday Week #298-299 - Anything Goes Family-Friendly
7. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #11
8. Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge
9. Joy Clair September Challenge - Anything Goes
10. Dragonfly Dreams September Challenge - Patterned Paper
11. SSS Work-It Wednesday August/September - Use a Stamp
12. Just Keep on Creating September Link Up - Anything Goes
13.
DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
14. Cupcake Inspirations CIC#421


Monday, September 4, 2017

All the Fishies in the Sea






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Be sure to snag my 2017 Cat Lovers Hop Blog Badge for your sidebar!!!


I'll be announcing a pre-Hop GIVEAWAY soon for displaying this on your blog!!
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Hi, Friends......

I'm here with another card for the Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge. Look at the wonderful color palette Heather chose this month:



I absolutely love the fishy theme....so when I spied these fun sea creature stickers (from the Dollar Store) in my stash, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them!! I combined them with blue and orange scraps from my stash to make this sweet undersea scene. <3 <3 <3



Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts die set
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set
Versafine Ink in Deep Lagoon

Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops in white for bubbles
Assorted Scraps (solids and patterned papers) from my stash
Hope you enjoyed my whimsical card today. Thank you so much for stopping by.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Use a Stamp
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
4. HeARTful Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes + a stamp
5. DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
6. Word Art Wednesday Week #298-299 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
7. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #11
8. Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge
9. Joy Clair September Challenge - Anything Goes
10. Dragonfly Dreams September Challenge - Patterned Paper
11. SSS Work-It Wednesday August/September - Use a Stamp
12. Just Keep on Creating September Link Up - Anything Goes
13. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 296-297 - Use Snippets

14. Cupcake Inspirations CIC#421