171 posts categorized "Jeanne Jachna"

04/14/2018

Sat 14

Floral Dotted Border
by Jeanne Jachna

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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!
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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.
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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. 

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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. 
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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!
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This is a great way to stretch your border dies!  I hope you'll give this technique a try!

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

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03/17/2018

Sat 17

Spring Release Blog Blitz Begins
by Jeanne Jachna

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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.
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My project today features the new Easter Chicks clear stamp set.   Of course there are coordinating dies that make cutting these cuties a snap!
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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.
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I chose flower colors in yellow, orange, and red to match the cute little chickies, their rosy cheeks, and little love hearts.
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Ah Spring.. Love is in the Air! 
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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"


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03/14/2018

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! 
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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. 

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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. 

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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.
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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"

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03/10/2018

Sat 10

Watercolor Rose Frame
by Jeanne Jachna

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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. 
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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.
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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.
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I topped the watercolor panel with a clean white Rose Frame die cut and a Pointed Square Frame.
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The Pointed Square Frame gives the piece a finished look.  The final dimensions on this card are 4.5" square.
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This technique gives you the clean look of inlay without all the little pieces to insert.  
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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"

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03/01/2018

Thu 01

PSC#42 Clean and Simple

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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

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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!

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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. 

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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! 

 

02/28/2018

Wed 28

Sending You Sunshine
by Jeanne Jachna

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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!
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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.
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I dressed up the Garden Bouquet with a simple bow and a bitty Stitched Market Tag so it's ready for giving! 
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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.
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I hope this sunny yellow card brightens your day! 

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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02/06/2018

Tue 06

Make Today Amazing
by Jeanne Jachna

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I hope you're having a great day!  I don't know about you but I'm starting to daydream about butterflies and sunny skies! I'm still getting out with the dog, but I miss hearing the birds in the morning and walking in my garden.  Days like these I turn to crafting to escape to my own beautiful world where I can have all the flowers and butterflies I like! 
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This card looks like it has lots of layers but it was really quite simple to make.  I started with a background of baby blue gingham from Lawn Fawn called Gotta Have Gingham.  I topped that with a blue Double Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frame die cut, and a white Double Stitched Rectangle Frame set inside it.   The stamped sentiment from the Flower Patch clear stamp set is stamped on the gingham paper that shows through the die cut frames.
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Next for embellishing! I cut the Country Rose Corner from Gold and then adhered it over blue card stock.  I trimmed carefully around the edges for a clean outline.  A sprinkle of gold Fluttering Butterflies cut from glitter paper adds more sparkle and shine!
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I hope you find time to make something beautiful today! 

Jeanne Floral Signature copy
 
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01/22/2018

Mon 22

Valentine Fairies
by Jeanne Jachna

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I hope you're having a great day!  We're in the middle of a blog blitz!  That means that we're showing projects with the latest release and offering up lots of prizes!  It's my favorite time because we get to do a little something nice for you! 
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Not only are there loads of new dies in the shop (think everything you need for Spring.. flowers, bunnies, hearts), but there's also a new stamp set with coordinating dies.  This set is called Valentine Fairies! 
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I started my card with a simple watercolor panel.  I left a bit of room at the bottom to stamp a sentiment. 
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I inked up the fairies with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them with Copic Markers.
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The coordinating die set makes them easy to cut and arrange as  you like.   Don't you love them?    I think they'd make wonderful cards for your favorite princess!
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Here's what you've been waiting for.. the prize!  How'd you like to win the new VALENTINE FAIRIES Stamp Set?   Let me fill you in on all the details ok?

The blog blitz runs from January 8-30, 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 February 1 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will announced on this blog on February 3. Good Luck!  And LEAVE A COMMENT!! :)
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

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01/08/2018

Mon 08

Spring Release Blog Blitz Begins
by Jeanne Jachna

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It's a fabulous day for a visit to the Poppystamps blog!  We're celebrating a new release with a blog blitz! Through the end of the month the design team is sharing projects made with the new Spring Release (you can see all the dies and clear stamp sets in the store here).    And as a special treat for you we'll be giving away one of the new dies or stamp set on every post during the blitz!!  I'll give you all the details at the end of this post.. but first.. let me share a card I made for today!
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The focal point of my card is the new LITTLE RABBITS set inside the new GARDEN WREATH die.  These little bunnies are ADORABLE!  Won't they look great on all you spring projects?  Do you love the background papers?  They're from Lawn Fawn's Really Rainbow Collection.
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The sentiment is stamped directly on pattern paper from the GRATEFUL HEART clear stamp set. 

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To "set the scene" I added a STITCHED HILL for the bunnies to sit on.  For embellishments I gave one of the LITTLE RABBITS a pom pom tail, and added pearls to the GARDEN WREATH.  The STITCHED FLUTTERING BUTTERFLIES are a must have - there are 5 stitched butterflies in the set and I can see them in lieu of sequins EVERYWHERE!
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Here's what you've been waiting for.. the prize!  How'd you like to win the new GARDEN WREATH die?   Let me fill you in on all the details ok?

The blog blitz runs from January 8-30, 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 February 1 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will announced on this blog on February 3. Good Luck!  And LEAVE A COMMENT!! :)

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

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12/10/2017

Sun 10

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge
by Jeanne Jachna

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Do you love to play challenges?   When I started papercrafting several years ago there were so many different brands and products that I wanted to try, and frankly I just couldn't afford them all.  I found that one way to add products to my stash was to play along with different challenges I found on line.  Most manufacturers have a monthly challenge (Yes Poppystamps does too - see the badge in the top right corner?).  If you play along you could win a prize.   I really enjoyed seeing the different ways people would use the products and got ideas from projects I would see linked up.  Lots of them used stamps and dies that I already had in my collection.. other projects inspired me to buy something new! 
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This week Poppystamps is sponsoring the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge - you can find it here.   That means if you play along you could win a $20 gift certificate to Poppystamps.  Every week they have a new inspiration photo to inspire you!  Here's what I made with this weeks inspiration...
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I think any Christmas themed project would be appropriate but I was inspired by the little penguin.  I was wishing I had the new Holiday Hats craft die - it would look so cute on the penguin don't you agree?  
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I started by cutting two of the Stitched Hills dies.  I inked one with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and then die cut the Folk Merry Christmas sentiment.  I layered the borders on to a panel that I inked with Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet distress ink. 
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I added some Evergreen trees to set the scene for the penguin ice skaters.  The penguins are from the Love Note stamp set, and their winter accessories (hat and bow) are from the Be Mine Penguins set.  These sets are both intended for Valentine's Day, but they're perfect for winter Christmas cards too! 
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Want to play along? You can get all the details here at Cupcake Inspirations.   Remember if you play along you could win a $20 gift certificate to Poppystamps.

For a SECOND chance to win leave me a comment.  We'll select one winner at random from the comments below to win a $20 gift certificate.  You have until midnight December 17 to leave me a comment.  The winner will be posted on December 19. 

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