Purrrfect Birthday

Purrrfect Birthday

Today, I am coming to you from a throughly rain saturated California!! So thankful for all this rain, we desperately need it. I have to admit, I could use a full day of sunshine. Crafting is a pretty darn good substitute though!

Do you have a kitty lover in your life? I do and I made this card just for her! Head on over to Dare 2B Artzy to find out the details!

Dare 2B Artzy New Release Hop

Dare 2B Artzy New Release Hop

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy’s Blog Hop!! We are excited to be celebrating the new stamp and die release, as well as the new Totally Tracy Chipboard! Also on board are new design team members, like myself. Fun projects, new faces and prizes, oh my!

If you started from the beginning you are coming from Tonya’s blog. If you haven’t and would like to hop along with us from the beginning, you can head over to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog.

Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose a winner from one of the blogs, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win! Winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad of their choice!!

Blog Hop will end Sunday, February 19th at 7:00pm Central. A winner will then be posted!!


It is early for Mother’s Day, I know. If you are like me it will sneak up on you though. I like to create ahead when I can. My mojo goes right out the window when I am in a crunch for time.

When I saw this stamp set, Flowers for Mom, I knew right away how I wanted to use it. First, I taped down 5″-ish x 6″-ish sized watercolor paper and then misted it with clear water. Next, I sprinkled it with watercolor powder and watched it bloom. While it was drying, I stamped a few images in Totally Black Hybrid ink onto white cardstock and the sentiment was white heat embossed on black.

I trimmed and adhered the sentiment to an A2 sized card base. Then I trimmed the watercolor paper to fit the remaining area and popped them with craft foam. I then fussy cut the flowers and leaves and adhered them. There are dies available, as well. I trimmed an extra flower center and popped it up to give extra dimension and interest. For a final touch I added several clear droplets for sparkle.

For now, it resides on my card rack for a few short months until I pass it on to its new home.

I am always looking for creative ways to give gift cards. Here is one method I will surely repeat. For this card I used Perfect Blend, and Tall, Dark & Rich. Dies are available, too.

I started with a 9″ x 12″ Bristol paper (the size I always buy in a pad form). Trim it to 4 1/4″ x 12.” Then score and fold across the short side at 1 1/2″ and 7″. Mask and stamp images across lower edge (nearing the edge, but not going over) of what will be your front panel, making sure that all images connect to each other. You’ll want the design low enough to cover a good portion of the bottom flap after it is trimmed. Trim across bottom to create an uneven edge, as I did along the bottom of the coffee cups. Color the images (I used Copic markers). Lightly ink Paradise Ink across top. Add some shimmer with a fluid sparkle brush pen.

I couldn’t decide where I wanted the sentiment exactly so I stamped it on clear plastic stamp packaging (from the trash) with Staz-On ink. It makes a great way to audition the sentiment anywhere on your card. I then tucked that away with the stamp for future use, stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on the card.

I did perform a bit of stamp surgery so that I could add “cup of coffee” to the inside of the card. A quick snip with sharp scissors achieved just that. High quality photopolymer stamps, like D2BA’s, are super easy to bump back up next to each other to use as the full stamp again for another card.

The slot at the bottom was created with patterned cardstock cut at 3″ x 4 1/2″ and scored at 1 1/2″. Cut a slit on the score line just a tad wider than your gift card. Adhere to outside of bottom flap on card. Adhere 1/4″ strips of scrap cardstock to back side of flap in an upside-down “U” shape so that it creates a sort of bumper for gift card to stay aligned. Adhere scored and folded patterned cardstock to the bumpers only. If you’d like you can use a circle punch to create a finger notch. Do be careful that it will not show when card is closed. Slide the gift card in, and it’s all ready to brighten someone’s day!

I’m thinking a video is in order for this card. Pretty useful, yes? Comment and let me know if you’d like to see a video with this technique or any others you have had in mind.


Hop Order:

  1. Cindy – Dare 2B Artzy
  2. Tonya
  3. Janette <— You are Here
  4. Tracy <— Hop here Next!
  5. Kendra
  6. Leslie
  7. Karen
  8. Melody
  9. Chris
  10. Vicki
  11. Tasha
  12. Cindy – Dare 2B Artzy

Thank you for hopping along today! We hope that this hop has inspired you to step into your own Creative Bliss! You can visit the D2BA Shop here and use the code HEART for 10% off!

Happy shopping, err I mean hopping!

xox, Janette

Dare 2B Artzy Birthday Bliss

Dare 2B Artzy Birthday Bliss

Hi, hi friends! Coming to you today with a new design team that I have joined. The Dare 2 B Artzy company was one of the first stamp companies I fell in love with when I got into card making. Their designs are often reminiscent of the trendy Zentangle style.

Head on over to the Dare 2B Artzy blog here to find out how I created this simple, yet playful card.

You can shop for the goodies here!

Hope you have the opportunity to enjoy your state Creative Bliss today, whatever that may be!

xox, Janette


The Ton Golden Poppies

The Ton Golden Poppies

I’m a California girl. I love the sunshine, the endless beaches and dipping my toes into the Pacific. Okay, so not exactly. I do enjoy the ocean, but I love the San Joaquin Valley more. I love the heat, the sweet smell of orange blossoms and the sound of wind machines purring on the coldest of nights. Every year I look forward to the state flower of California blooming, the Golden Poppy. Not only are the hills I drive by each morning bathed in them, but growing up my grandmother had bushels of poppies growing in her yard. Awe, I love and miss her so!

When I saw this rambunctious poppy stamp set by The Ton, of course it had to be mine. Those childhood memories could not be persuaded otherwise!

To make this bundle of poppies even more unruly, like I remembered them, I combined Thoughtful Poppies and the Fresh Cut Poppies Coordinating Outlines using Vintage Sepia Versafine ink. A little Winsor and Newton masking fluid was all I needed to add those extra stragglers without unnecessary crossover lines. I then watercolored with my favorite Daniel Smith Watercolors, stamped the sentiment in Caviar ink and applied to an A2 card base.

Thank you so very much for dropping by to take a gander. I appreciate our patronage!

May your day be sunny and brilliant!


Strong is the New Pretty

Strong is the New Pretty

Strong is the New Pretty. And we have no shortage of this mantra in our house with four daughters. Each are strong, independent and fierce. A couple have a little more firecracker than the others, but they come by that naturally (insert cheesy grin here).

We celebrate strength in our home. The Ton Stamps, The New Pretty stamp set, fit our sentiments with perfection.

A few of the butterflies on this card overlap, but with this technique, no masking is needed. Amen to that! Simply stamp your images in a very light ink. Watercolor friendly or not, you are painting over it and simply using it as a shadow of a guideline. I like to use a color similar to what I will be painting so if I miss a spot or paint shy of the line it will not be noticeable. Then paint each as you wish. Do note any place you have overlapped your images and paint the one you want in front first. Let each image to dry completely before painting any others that may touch it or you will risk bleeding. Unless that is the look you are going for – and that would be awesome too!

If I find that my watercolor paper remains warped after fully drying, I run it through my Minc machine (basically a laminator) to be nicely ironed flat. I don’t even use a carrier sheet for this – but do so at your own risk.

To complete the card I Versamark and then heat embossed the sentiment with The Ton’s Rose Gold embossing powder on vellum. Adhere to the card by only placing Multi Medium Matte behind the embossing as to not show through the vellum. Add to a folded card base and its ready to lend a little encouragement as a bright spot in someone’s day.

I’ve entered this card into the new Challenge over at The Ton Stamps Challenge Blog. This months cue word is Celebrate. Up for grabs is a $50 gift certificate to The Ton Stamps retail shop.

Come play along and see what all the fuss is about! And even if you choose not to enter, it is a great place to check out inspiration created with The Ton products by the design team and by civilians like you and I. View contestant entries or enter your own by clicking the blue froggy InLinkz button near the bottom of the post.

Thanks to you for popping in and taking the time to read about my latest Creative Bliss!

xoxo, Janette