165 posts categorized "Jeanne Jachna"


Thu 10

by Jeanne Jachna

About this time every year I start thinking about heading sea side.  I miss the ocean air and walking in the sand.  As with most of my crafting I'm inspired by what I see, or things that are on my mind.  Mostly my crafting is a sweet escape.  So come along with me today - we're headed down to the harbor!
I used lots of dies to make this fun scene.  The Stitched Cloud borders make a layered cloudy sky, and the Ric Rac Stitches become waves.  I cut the waves in several shades of blue layering each border one over the other.  
The Birds In Flight (Seagulls) are looking for a catch and a big fish (Lovely Koi) is ready to jump!
Sometimes I can't find just the right die so a few pieces are cut by hand.  Can you guess which ones they are?  
Did you guess the beams of light from the lighthouse?  That's right!  And the second is the cropping of land that the lighthouse is perched upon! 
Isn't it wonderful the places your imagination will take you? I hope you find some time for a sweet escape today! 
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"




Wed 02

Who You Gonna Call?
byJeanne Jachna


I hope you're having a great day!  I'm playing with the new Rotary Phone die today!  I think this die is so cute.  It cuts as three pieces the phone base, cord, and hand set. You can trim the cord to make it shorter or keep it long to have the hand set in different positions. Here's what I made!
I was thinking about the three phones and how to connect them - like a conversation.  I decided to adhere them on different size circles and then connect the circles by over lapping them.  I used three shades of pink card stock and silver glitter paper - changing the combinations so no two circles are exactly alike. 
I stamped the sentiment from "Call Me" on a white card stock panel.  Then I arranged the rings on the card stock.  When I was happy with the placement I adhered them with liquid glue in a needle tip applicator.  The wet glue gave me some time to move things into place before they were stuck for good!   I tucked the circle centers under the ring frames. 
I used the Pointed Circle Frames and Double Stitch Circle Frames to add some interest.  The frames are two different widths  - so while they don't match, they still work because they're both circles.  The blingy rhinestones repeat the circle pattern.

I love the playful look of the finished card!  I hope you find some time to make today! Jeanne Floral Signature copy



Sun 29

Rose Stem Collage Thank You
by Jeanne Jachna

I hope you're having a great weekend!  Jeanne here today with a clean and simple project for you to try! 
I love playing with dies - there are so many different ways to use them to create lots of fun different looks.
I cut a piece of white card stock slightly smaller than my card base.   Next I cut the Rose Stem Collage, and the Thank You Streamer.  I layered this panel over a piece of bright pink card stock letting the colors peek through.
A touch of gold is always welcome.  I cut the Thank You Streamer from Gold Foil and inlaid it on the cut edge of the white card stock panel.
Wouldn't a whole set of these in different colors make a lovely gift for a friend? 
Jeanne Floral Signature copy




Sat 21

Stitched Butterfly Woven Circle Ring
by Jeanne Jachna


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're having a great day!  Today I'm sharing a clean white card that's fresh and modern looking!  I love open window dies like this Woven Circle Ring die.  It's just begging to be laid over a gorgeous background to let the color show through.  There's so many possibilities with an open design like this! 

I decided on a bright jewel colored alcohol ink background.    The YUPO paper I purchase comes in a 10 pack and I'll color all 10 sheets at the same time, reserving them for the perfect occasion.  I store the inked YUPO sheets with wax paper between each sheet so they don't stick together.  Alcohol ink can get messy - and yes it stains permanently so doing them all at once saves time and clean up - and maybe even some clothes.  I've ruined more than one shirt getting inky! LOL! 
I like to use a paint brush and wet the areas of the YUPO paper I'm working on with isopropyl alcohol (over the counter rubbing alcohol).  It prevents the ink from drying too quickly and gives me some extra time to get the colors moving.   I like to make rainbow patterns and have several sheets in my stash.    For this card I used only half a sheet - selecting the side with the blues and greens.  I'll save the other half for another project. 

I cut the Woven Ring Circle from a panel of  white card stock that was slightly smaller than my card base.   Next I cut the Brush Hello Die from the same panel.  I didn't want the sentiment to cut all the way through, so I applied a piece of packing tape to the reverse of the panel before I cut it.    The tape prevents the die from cutting completely through the card stock so the die cut didn't have to be inlaid.   Next I adhered the YUPO to reverse side of the open circle and adhered the panel to my card base.  I removed the cut pieces from the Woven Ring Circle and inserted it back into the open window cut.  To give the circle a clean and finished look, I adhered a Double Stitch Circle Frame around the Woven Ring Circle die cut.   Lastly I adhered the Stitched Butterfly Trio with adhesive foam tape.
This was fun and easy to make and the results are easy to reproduce!  I hope you find some time today to MAKE!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy




Sat 14

Floral Dotted Border
by Jeanne Jachna

I hope you're having a great day!  I'm looking for Spring in my little part of the world, and so far it looks like it's alluding me.  On dreary days I like to craft and make a bright spot of my own.  Here's what I made today!
I should have checked the availability of all the dies I worked with today before I started crafting.  My apologies but the Blooming Poppy is no longer available.  Maybe you already have it? What's unique about my card today is really the background - and I think it would make a beautiful setting for any floral die you might have.
I started by creating an ombre red background.  The typical card I make is an A2 size (4.25 x 5.5").  I usually cut the cover panel slightly smaller than the card base leaving about an quarter inch border around the card (finished size 4 x 5.25").  I chose 5 different shades for my background.  I made each strip a little over an inch wide.  I taped the different colored panels together and then trimmed them to fit my card base. 

Next I cut a panel of white card stock 4 x 6"  Using a ruler I lined up the floral dotted border die as close to the edge as possible, taped the die in place and cut the border on both edges of the paper.  It's very important to use a ruler because the flowers on the outside edge of the die are uneven.  line up the die from the inside (where the dots are) Because the panel is longer than the actual die it stays together until you're ready to trim it down for the card cover. 
All that's left is to embellish the center panel with your favorite image.  I matched the colors of the blooms with the colors included in the ombre background.   I love the color peeking through the open designed flowers.  They look like lace!
This is a great way to stretch your border dies!  I hope you'll give this technique a try!

Jeanne Floral Signature copy




Sat 17

Spring Release Blog Blitz Begins
by Jeanne Jachna


We're so excited to share another new release!  We've added lots of things for Spring, and some fun basics (think borders and tags) that you won't want to miss.  You can see the entire new Spring 2018 release here.
My project today features the new Easter Chicks clear stamp set.   Of course there are coordinating dies that make cutting these cuties a snap!
I stamped rows of tulips in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic markers.  I  layered them on a green watercolor background to look like a green field.
I chose flower colors in yellow, orange, and red to match the cute little chickies, their rosy cheeks, and little love hearts.
Ah Spring.. Love is in the Air! 
And now the part you've been waiting for.. the prize on this post is the Easter Chicks Clear Stamp Set.

Let me fill you in on all the details ok?

The blog blitz runs from March 17-27, 2018. We'll be giving away a prize on every blog blitz post during this time.  To enter to win you need to leave a comment on ONLY 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 31 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will announced on this blog on April  3. Good Luck!  And LEAVE A COMMENT!! :)

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"



Wed 14

Challenge Reminder
by Jeanne Jachna

03-18 copyI hope you're having a great day!   Today I'm sharing the card I made for our latest challenge .  On the first of  every month we start a new challenge with a different theme.  It's fun to see different ways to use the dies and stamps.  You might even win a prize.  Every month we select two winners - one design that's our favorite receives our winner's blog badge, and  one random player wins a $20 gift certificate to the Poppystamps Store.     Here's what we're looking for this month...

PSC#42 Clean and Simple -  This month we're looking for projects that are Clean and Simple.    Clean and Simple is a style - it's typically defined by lots of clean white space,  limited embellishments and layers, and one main image.  The card should be easy to recreate and make multiples of and Just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 
This card is very clean with lots of white space but it has lots going on with color.  I started my card by cutting the Finial Circle  die three times - once from  panel of white card stock, a second time from dark blue card stock, and a third time from a lighter blue card stock. 


For a clean look it's always best to get the cuts as tight together as possible  I assemble the pieces on their reverse side and tape them in place before adhering the assembled panel to the card base.  For this card I attached a panel of lime green card stock to the card base cover.   The lime green color peeks through the open leaves. 


A bright yellow Stitched Butterfly adds lots of contrast and bold color to the card.  The sentiment is from the "Believe in Magic" Stamp Set.
You can always find the latest challenge by clicking on the "Challenge" tab at the top of the page. OR the challenge badge in the right margin of the blog.

I sure hope you'll join us!  

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"




Sat 10

Watercolor Rose Frame
by Jeanne Jachna

Jeanne here today!  I recently saw a video made by Dave Brethauer the owner of Poppystamps called "Threaded Cards" (you can see it here).  He used the same die I used today and added watercolor inlay to the Rose Frame die cut.   Inlaid dies are smooth and expensive looking, but they're also very time consuming.  The video got me thinking of other ways to add color to dies without all the extra effort. 
I tried a few different techniques.  First I embossed a piece of watercolor paper with the Rose Frame die.  This created a panel that had clearly marked die outlines but it wasn't smooth.  When I water colored it I found the water didn't absorb evenly into the paper and when my project was dry I found lots of white spots where paint never touched.   For my second attempt I die cut the Rose Frame with a piece of water color paper.  Because the  paper is thicker than regular card stock, and this die is very intricate it didn't cut out the die.   This normally would make me a little upset - I'd toss the panel and cut it again with a metal shim to get a clean cut, but for this project the sticky pieces were just what I was looking for.   NOTE:  Another way to keep your die pieces from cutting all the way through is to add a piece of packaging tape to the back of your card stock before die cutting.    The die won't cut through the packaging tape.  I use Scotch 3M Packaging Tape.
The die cut stays completely smooth allowing the water to absorb evenly and I the die cut image is easy to see.  This technique is wonderful because you don't have to be absolutely precise about your coloring - and you can color the different areas quickly.
I topped the watercolor panel with a clean white Rose Frame die cut and a Pointed Square Frame.
The Pointed Square Frame gives the piece a finished look.  The final dimensions on this card are 4.5" square.
This technique gives you the clean look of inlay without all the little pieces to insert.  

The finished card reminds me of colorful leaded glass.  I hope you give it a try some time! 

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size  4.5 x 4.5"




Thu 01

PSC#42 Clean and Simple


Welcome to the Poppystamps Challenge!  We're so happy you've stopped by and we sure hope you'll join us!  On the first of the month we announce a new Poppystamps Challenge  with a central theme.  The design team will provide samples for inspiration and you can play along through the end of the month for your chance to win.

The winner of our blog badge for last month's challenge My Heart is Sara Cook


The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator)  for the  monthly prize is ionabunny

Please contact me (jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play?

The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here.  The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize.  You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any on line gallery.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image.   We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge.   You are welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar!

03-18 copy

PSC#42 Clean and Simple -  This month we're looking for projects that are Clean and Simple.    Clean and Simple is a style - it's typically defined by lots of clean white space,  limited embellishments and layers, and one main image.  The card should be easy to recreate and make multiples of and Just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 

Need a little inspiration?  Here's some samples from our design team.  Want a closer look?   No worries.. we'll be featuring these projects on Wednesdays throughout the month so you can see how each project was created. 

28472054_2035959446420431_1175259608668796550_nMarybeth Lopez

Jeanne Jachna 

Michele K.  Henderson

Now it's your turn!  Need a little more motivation? How about a prize?  The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store!

You have until 12 am US EST on March 28 to link up your design here!  We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on April 1.   

Poppystamps is also sponsoring the Time Out Challenge this week.  They're looking for cards that are BOLD - this ties in beautifully with our CAS challenge.   For a second chance to win a prize from Poppystamps play along at the Time Out Challenge!   But you better hurry!  The Time Out Challenge ENDS on March 14!!

Thanks for joining us!  We can't wait to see what you make! 



Wed 28

Sending You Sunshine
by Jeanne Jachna

I hope you're having a beautiful day!  This time of year my mind starts wandering to escape the cold weather.  I know Spring is just around the corner because I'm seeing migratory birds return to my area!  It's a welcome sight after the long winter months!
I'm loving the Spring Release products from Poppystamps!  The new Garden Bouquet is a gorgeous intricate die.  You've seen ways to color it up on the blog, and today I'm showing it in it's purest form - a simple die cut from yellow card stock on a clean white background.
I dressed up the Garden Bouquet with a simple bow and a bitty Stitched Market Tag so it's ready for giving! 
This card looks like it's lots of layers, but it's not.  The white card base is topped with a slightly smaller panel of yellow card stock.  That panel is topped with a Double Stitch Scallop Rectangle Frame and a Pointed Oval Frame.  The Garden Bouquet is adhered to the Pointed Oval Frame cut out and embellished with yellow pearls in different sizes.
I hope this sunny yellow card brightens your day! 

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"