128 posts categorized "Jeanne Jachna"

04/16/2017

Sun 16

Happy Easter!
by Jeanne Jachna

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I hope you're having a fabulous Easter day and that the sun is shining wherever you are!    I love creating scenes with my Poppystamps dies and today I thought a beautiful Spring Day was just the ticket! 
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I started by cutting the Happy Easter Curve from white card stock.  Next I cut it again from green card stock.  I inserted the white die into the negative cut on the green and adhered it to a panel of sky blue card stock.  I added some Stitched Cloudlines for the sky and a sun made from Memory Box Open Studio Stitched Circle Layers.
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To add some depth and dimension I added a second grassy hill by cutting the Dotted Curve cut from a light green card stock.
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The Serene Rabbit is inspecting some Stitched Eggs.  I also added a Elegant Easter Lilly.  I cut the stalk from lime green cardstock, and then cut the flowers from white.  I inked the edges of the flowers with yellow and slightly offset them  when I attached them to the stem to give a fuller appearance. 
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A Butterfly Sprinkle of  flying friends in yellow and pink are fun and colorful.  
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It looks like a beautiful day doesn't it?    I made one more really clean and simple Easter card today!
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For this easy card I water colored stripes of paint - colors you might use to dye your eggs!  and then added the Happy Easter sentiment in gold over the top!
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Wishing you all the best today and always! 
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

 

04/04/2017

Tue 04

Palma Curve Scene
by Jeanne Jachna

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're having a great day!  It's cloudy with scattered showers throughout the day here in the Chicago area, but there's no reason we can't make our own sunshine right?  Today I'm playing with the Palma Curve die.   This is really a unique set of two dies.  I used them to create this dreamy card! 
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I started by cutting the die and using the clean half oval shape as a mask for inking.  I blended distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, and Crushed Olive.  
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Don't worry if you get some "hard lines" from the blender on the outer edges - those will be covered up later.  You just need enough ink to complete the oval shape.  I brought the blending tool in from all directions so I covered more of the paper than I needed to.  When you're happy with the blending you can add a splash of water or white ink like I did.  If you want to leave it "as is" that's fine too. 
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I cut the two dies apart and cut the piece with the foliage from gold glitter paper.  I cut the smooth oval frame from white card stock.  Next I adhered them together to make it easier to trim them at the same time to fit the card base. 
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I added a simple Scribble Hello sentiment cut from white and placed it in the bottom corner.  The white on white is subtle so the focus stays on all that gold up top.

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The Posing Faerie looks right at home in this setting!  A few Butterfly Sprinkles in gold complete the scene.  They're just the right size and in proportion with the faerie.  I have them flying out of the scene at the top.
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This die has lots of possibilities, you can place it horizontally or vertically, you can use the solid oval shape to create a complete oval by cutting it twice.   You can change up the colors and add more dimension by popping up each layer with adhesive foam tape.  The only limit is your own imagination! 
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Here's a few more ways you can cut this die.
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First cut the floral edge, then place the oval die so it meets the cut lines of the floral edge.  When it's cut out it will look like this.
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You can also cut the two die side by side to create this look.
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If you love this style die you should check out the Schaefer Curve too - it's really similar.  Here's pictures of both side by side for a comparison.

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Happy crafting and big hugs!!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy


03/06/2017

Mon 06

Spring Blog Blitz Begins!
by Jeanne Jachna

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Oh what a great day for a visit!  We've got some new dies to share and that means we're having a blog blitz!  During the blog blitz we'll be showing projects made with the newest release and giving you a chance to win on every single post!  Today I'm sharing the new Dandelion Stem!
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I started this card by making a colorful background of borders cut with the new Pretty Stitches die set.  The set has three borders with different stitching, and different shaped eyelet cuts.  I started by creating a panel of bright yellow paper and then adhered the stitched borders from the bottom of the panel to the top.  I  cut each border 1 1/2" wide.  I spaced the borders measuring 1/4" from the top of the cut hole in the border to the bottom  edge of the die that is layered above it. 
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Dandelions always get me thinking of when I was a child... we'd pick them when the heads were dry and full of fluffy seeds, blow on them and make a wish.
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I cut two of the Dandelion Stems so that I could snip some of the little seeds from one of them and make them look like they are floating in the air! 
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Do dandelions make you think of wishes too?  I'm wishing that you are the lucky winner of this pretty die! 
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Want to enter to win the Dandelion Stem?  

Let me fill you in on all the details ok?

The blog blitz runs from March 6- March 17, 2017. We'll be giving away a prize on every post during this time.  To enter to win you need to leave a comment on EACH of the posts that you wish to enter.   To enter ALL the posts during the blog blitz you need to leave a comment on EACH ONE.   One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz. Only one prize per person per blog blitz. We use random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST March 21 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will announced on this blog on March 25. Good Luck!

 

  Jeanne Floral Signature copy

03/02/2017

Thu 02

Foliage Frame
by Jeanne Jachna

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It's a cold, windy, wet day here in the midwest so I thought I'd make my own sunshine!  I had lots of fun making this distressed card!  I love how a simple die cut from white card stock just pops on a colored background.   Want to make one of your own?
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I cut the Heart Pattern Plate from watercolor paper.  Next I inked it up with distress inks in  pastel colors (Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Milled Lavender.
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If you're happy with the inky blending you can stop here but I thought I'd kick it up a notch (LOL!).
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I splashed the background with water, let the distress ink soften and blotted up the water with a paper napkin.
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I trimmed this panel slightly smaller than my A2 card base and noticed I was starting to loose some of the pieces (you can see a missing piece above)
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I should have added a piece of tape to the back to hold everything in place before I started cutting.   Now you can do better than me when you try this! 
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I adhered the Massa Leaf Frame to the front of the card inserting the die cut window in place, and added some Stitched Bloom Trio Flowers.
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I double cut the Scribble Hello sentiment from gold glitter and gold foil papers and layered them so you would see just a silhouette of sparkle.
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The finishing touch was a sprinkle of sequins in gold to match the Scribble Hello sentiment, and some pearls for the Stitched Bloom Trio flower centers.
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I hope you find some quiet time to create today!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy


02/26/2017

Sun 26

Stitched Easter Greetings
by Jeanne Jachna

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Hi friends!  I hope you're having a great weekend!  There's lots of new Easter dies in the store and I really wanted to make one with the Easter Egg Party dies.  I wanted to show all the different dies in the set (there are 5 patterned eggs) and came up with this fun quilted  card.
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Don't you just love all that pretty stitching in the background?  This one was a little tricky so let me show you how it was made!  First a little measuring!  I decided to make four rows with four eggs in each row.
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I cut a white card stock panel slightly smaller than that of an A2 size card - 4" x 5 1/4".  Next I divided the panel into squares.  You can see where I scored the rows.   The scoring was really helpful in aligning the dies for the stitches.  I could easily see where to place the border dies (I used two different dies from the Delicate Stitches Set.    I have a magnetic plate on my cutting machine that held the dies in place nicely.
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When the border dies were complete I added the Happy Easter Curve die and trimmed off the excess so the edges were even with the card panel.
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I wanted to point out that I lost a tiny bit of paper where the two sets of stitches cut over each other.    Mistakes happen and to me quite often!! LOL!!   No worries - you can cover up any imperfections with embellishments like gems or sequins.  I covered this up with a little bunny and I don't think anyone would notice if I didn't share it!
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I double cut all the eggs - once from gold foil and once from colored card stock.   I actually inlaid all the eggs.  If this isn't "you're thing" you can use the Stitched Egg Medley dies to place behind the die cut eggs in the Easter Egg Party.  I don't mind paper piecing - it's a labor of love and I really like how it looks when they're all done - nice and smooth! 
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I put a small piece of washi on the back of the die cut and then inserted the pieces - that little bit of washi held each piece in place.  When I adhered them on the card with liquid glue they were completely secure.
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Here's where my little "boo boo" was.. before you saw it.. now you don't.  That little rabbit from Bunny Hop looks like he was meant to be there doesn't he? You can see from the sprinkle of sequins that it would be easy to hide other mistakes.
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Isn't all that gold just yummy?
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I love the quilted look of the design... AND I got all the different eggs on to one card!  LOL!! What will you make today???

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

 

02/25/2017

Sat 25

Wishing You Lucky
by Jeanne Jachna

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Thanks for stopping by!  I sure hope you're having a great day!  Today I'm wishing you luck and happiness with a St. Patrick's Day Card!    I like sending cards for all different occasions - they're a great way of spreading a little cheer and letting folks know you're thinking about them.  I'm not Irish, but I sure love celebrating!  It's easy to let occasions like this one slip away without much fanfare, but it's even more fun to celebrate them - to appreciate and enjoy every day and embrace the diversity of different nationalities.   When my kids were little and going to parochial school they were always allowed to add a little green in with their uniforms.    I remember one of the teachers who was a very proud Irish lady even died her hair green!  The kids were all so excited!  How fun to make a "regular" day special!
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I started with a white card base and a white card stock panel that was trimmed slightly smaller than the base.   Next I cut the Simmons Collage die down the left side and stamped a sentiment from Grateful Hearts along the side. 
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I slipped a panel of gold glitter paper behind the panel before adhering it to the card base.  I didn't remove all the pieces from the Simmons Collage die cut because I wanted a background behind the Lucky Clover Embellishments.  Leaving some of the die together still gives a die cut / embossed look of  lace at the bottom, and lets just enough sparkle shine through over the top half of the card.  

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My favorite part is embellishing!  The Lucky clovers are gorgeous.. take a look.. pretty stitched outline and score lines through the center of the leaves so you can fold them and add more dimension.  The Lucky Signs dies have a smaller version of the same clover, a horse shoe and even a wishbone!  Very lucky indeed!
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I added a scatter of gold sequins to draw your eye around the design and add some sparkle and shine! 
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 I hope it makes you happy!   What will you make today? 

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

01/28/2017

Sat 28

Hello Urban Skyline
by Jeanne Jachna

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Happy Saturday!  I hope your day is off to a good start!  I love the weekends!  It seems like the only time of the week when the whole family is together and free to do things!  We live about an hour from Chicago and like to day trip into the city when the weather is fine.  There is always something going on and the air feels charged with energy!   Today I'm showing two cards made with the new Urban Skyline Collage! 
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I created a rainbow watercolor panel to put behind the collage.  I wanted it to look like a sun rise coming up over the city.   Here's what the panel looked like before I covered it with the Urban Skyline Collage die cut. 
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For my sentiment I double cut the Scribble Hello die once from gold glitter paper, and once from gold foil.  I adhered them together and attached them to the scene.
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The collage dies make easy shaker cards too!   I used the same layout and  simple watercolor background but used the Urban Skyline die cut as a window for my shaker.
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This time it's nightfall in the city - the sky is magenta and violet.   The sprinkles are gold sequins and stars to fill the night sky.
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I added a few Butterfly Sprinkles to draw your eye around the card!
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What will you make today?  

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

 

01/17/2017

Tue 17

Make A Wish Faeries!
by Jeanne Jachna

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I hope you're enjoying our blog blitz!  I'm so excited to share more new dies with you today!   There's serious magic afoot with the new trio of Faeries!
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I started with a watercolor background of purple and pink.  Start with the most concentrated paint toward the bottom and top and then just add water to make the colors bleed together and lighten in the center.   A splash of white transforms the flat wash into a dimensional background.
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Want to meet the ladies one at a time?  This is the Posing Faerie.  Her arms are posed so you can place her around a flower, a star or even a few Butterfly Sprinkles.
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This is the Dancing Faerie.  The wing is separate from the body so you can cut it from sparkly paper or add some vellum or glitter behind.  I kept this one simple so the colorful background could fill the openings in the wings. 
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And this is the Thoughtful Faerie!  She's enjoying all the wonder Mother Nature has to offer.
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I double cut the Make A Wish sentiment from gold foil, and gold glitter paper.  It adds extra sparkle and helps define the letters.
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This is the perfect card for the dreamer in your life! 

Now for the part you've been waiting for!  Leave me a comment by January 25 for a chance to win YOUR CHOICE of ONE of these beautiful faeries!  Winners will be announced on January 28!

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01/09/2017

Mon 09

Playful Deer Collage - Blog Blitz Begins!!
by Jeanne Jachna

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Thanks for stopping by!  You picked a great day for a visit!  We're beginning our BLOG BLITZ today!  This is an event where we show you projects made with the new release and gift you with a prize on every single post!   This week we're showing Valentines!   There's lots of heart dies to share, and a stamp set too! 
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Who says Valentines need to be pink or red?  I make cards for friends and family, and tags for treats for school and work.  I don't always want a card that is overly feminine or too heavy on the lovey dovey! LOL  I made this card for my DH.  We love to go walking together so these Playful Deer were just the ticket.
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I topped the PLAYFUL DEER COLLAGE with the FOLIUM FRAME.  The different shades of green card stock add to the look of foliage - allowing us to peek in at this private woodland scene.  Behind the  PLAYFUL DEER COLLAGE is a PEERELESS WATERCOLOR panel.
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I added a few TINY BIRDS AND BRANCHES for more detail in framing the scene.  The white hearts are cut from the new HEART SCREEN.  You'll want to save all the little heart cut outs when you use the outline image.
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The sentiment is from a new stamp set called GRATEFUL HEARTS .  YES!  It does have a coordinating die cut set! 
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OK.. now for the part you've been waiting for!  The prize for today's post is the PLAYFUL DEER COLLAGE.

 1696 Playful Deer Collage craft die

Let me fill you in on all the details ok?  

The blog blitz runs  from January 9-January 23, 2017.  We'll be giving  away a prize on every post during this time.   Most days we'll have 2 posts so check back often!  
To enter to win you need to leave a comment on EACH of the posts that you wish to enter.   One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz.

Only one prize per person per blog blitz. We use random number generator to select winners from comments.

You have until midnight US EST January 25  to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will announced on this blog on January 28.

Good Luck!

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

12/20/2016

Tue 20

Wirework Ornaments
by Jeanne Jachna

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Are you getting ready for Christmas?  I know.. there's so much running around to do right?   It seems like there's always something on your "TO DO" list this time of year!  I'm making a few more cards for last minute presents to hand out.  I like to drop off bagels or donuts at the dentist, and veterinarian, and I can just tuck this in the bag of goodies. 
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If you know me.. then you know I love bold bright colors, something a little unexpected!   I hope this one makes you smile!
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I started with a pink background created with the Botanica Frame Die.  I cut the die from pink card stock, and then layered it over a fuchsia panel.  I trimmed the panel down about 1/4 on all sides to layer it on an A2 size card (4.25 x 5.5").
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I cut the Wirework Ornaments from metallic gold foil paper, and used the Retro Ornaments as a background.  I layered green, blue and yellow behind the intricate foil cut outs.  To create a little more dimension, and add some shading I inlaid just a few pieces of darker cards stock on each.  This didn't take long and I only added about 5 inlays on each ornament.  
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The ornaments are adhered directly to the base (no pop ups on this one) so it was easy to adhere the Merry Christmas Script sentiment over the ornaments.  The finishing touch was a sprinkle of gold sequins to coordinate with the gold Wirework Ornaments.
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I love the fun colors and retro glam this one has!   What will you make today?

Jeanne Floral Signature copy