57 posts categorized "Janet Katz"

The Very Haunted House
by Janet Katz

Haunted house flatPS


Oh, how I love Halloween! While I don't have little ones to take trick-or-treating any longer, the spooky crafts are still a huge source of enjoyment. I used the new Poppystamps' Neighborhood Home Pop Up Easel Set to create this creaky, wooden house where a lot of eerie things live. The house itself is made from brown cardstock that I embossed with a wood-looking embossing folder. I swiped a little brown ink over the raised surface and then splattered with Distress Oxide Spray in Iced Spruce. The curtains were cut from cardstock dyed with Distress Spray Stain in Seedless Preserves and glued to the back of the brown house. Next, I cut the background from a curry-colored cardstock (to resemble light inside the house) and adhered the house with the curtains onto it. The two rooflines and all seven window frames were cut and embossed (remember, these are etched dies which really enhance all the details) from black cardstock. I swiped a gray Distress Crayon over the big roof and rubbed it in with my fingers just to allow the texture to show through more.


Haunted house WIP2

I also used foam adhesive on the back of the big roof to make it stand out. I had a piece of olive green cardstock with a kraft core that I used to cut the door from and then sand the edges of it. I swiped a little brown Distress crayon over the door and glued it in place. I also glued the window frames in place. 

Haunted house WIP1

I cut the broom from the Whittle Witch die set and used a brown marker to color the top of it. I glued it on to make it look like it was leaning against the front door. I cut the ghosts from the new Whittle Scary Guys set in white cardstock and adhered a tiny piece of black cardstock behind for the eyes. I mounted these on the house with foam adhesive. I used a sheet of 110lb purple glitter cardstock from the Glitzy Glitter Pad and cut the Boo Poe Script from it and mounted it to the roof. I used black cardstock to cut a spider web from the Halloween Assemblage die set. Finally, I cut the easel portion from kraft cardstock, adhered the entire house onto the proper tab, and then adhered the spider web, so the easel would hold it upright when opened. 

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This was lots of fun to create. There are so many ways to haunt a house! What's your favorite way?

Janet Floral Signature copy





Clean and Simple Critters
by Janet Katz

Tickled pink CAS1
There’s still plenty of time to enter our August Challenge. The theme is Clean and Simple. Just post your creation using at least one Poppystamps image or die. You have a chance to win a $20 gift card.
Clean and simple is one of my favorite types of cards. It focuses attention on just a small area, leaving plenty of blank space. I think of the blank space as "breathing room." As the whole Poppystamps Whittle series is so cute, I thought I’d turn to a set of adorable, color-coordinated critters to make this card. I wanted to play off the sentiment of "I'm tickled pink" that is in the Whittle Wild Animals Sentiment stamp set.
I started by gathering 7 different colors of pink cardstock. I die cut one animal each from the Whittle Mouse, Whittle Sleepy Fox, Whittle Snails (the larger of two), Whittle Pig, and Whittle Panda Pickup Kit. I used white or another color of pink cardstock when the die called for 2 parts.
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I took a white cardfront that measured 4.25" x 5.5", the standard size for most cards. I used a circle die with a diameter of 2.5" and cut it from the upper center of this. I stamped "I'm tickled pink" with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink below the circle.
Tickled pink CU
I arranged the animals on a slightly smaller piece of gray striped paper. I carefully put them where they would sit just behind the edge of the circle. I glued them each to the striped paper and then used foam adhesive around the backside of the circle cut out and adhered it to the animals and the striped paper. Finally, I glued this entire cardfront to a white card.
It doesn't take long to create a clean and simple card. Try your hand at one and enter our challenge today!




PSC#107 Clean & Simple

Challenge Badge

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 the Poppystamps Challenge Challenge #106 Rainbows is Stephanie Severin


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

Please contact me (Jeanne) at [email protected] 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 online 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 sidebar!


PSC#107 Clean & Simple - This month we want you to try Clean and Simple design.  This could mean stamped one layer  designs, cards that have lots of white background (but don't have to be), projects with a defined focal point that are uncluttered, designs with one or no layer, or even cards that are easy to mass produce.   Just keep it simple!  Projects can be for any occasion, and you're not limited to making cards.  We welcome home décor, page layouts, tags and everything in between!  It's your choice, just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps die on your project!  You must use a Poppystamps product to be eligible to win! 

Need a little inspiration?  Here are 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.

Meet our August guest, Karen Downs who was selected by design team member Janet Katz.  I noticed Karen's Instagram page a few months ago and was super impressed with her knack for combining color and die cuts with clean and simple design. Add to this her expertise in using solid color cardstock and vellum

Karen Downs

Karen Downs

Instagram: @ karen_crafts10

Facebook:  karen.downs.186

 I have been a crafter in some form since childhood and making cards as long as I can remember. I love to make Clean and Simple cards and definitely love to make rainbow cards or at least incorporate rainbows when I can. They make me happy!

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Karen Downs


Karen Downs

Janet Katz


Marybeth Lopez

Whittle Tree Border-Poppystamps-Jeanne Jachna

Jeanne Jachna

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 August 29  to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on September 1!!    

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

Layering Stencils with Gracious Florals
by Janet Katz

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The Gracious Floral release from Memory Box has so much to it. I'm very new to layered stencils, so when I got my hands on these, I almost didn't know where to start. I decided to use the stencils without the coordinating stamp and it's an interesting look.
The stencil pack has 5 pages to it. There is an outline stencil that allows you to color a background around the outline of the entire flower. I didn't use that this time. Each 6 x 6" stencil page has several layers of the flowers and leaves on it, carefully marked with letters and numbers such as A1 - A4, using letters A-E. This allows you to not only know what goes with what, but in what order to use the stencils. That is handy. I used several colors of plum dye ink for the flower, along with a brown for the center. The leaves were made from two different greens. After doing all the stencil work, I used the matching die to cut the entire stenciled image out. 
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Then I used the die again to cut out the same shape from a medium plum cardstock and a green cardstock. I trimmed these and put them behind my stenciled die cut image as a sort of shadow.
Next, I used many of the stamps that came with the Gracious Floral stamp set to stamp a dark gray text background. I simply arranged all the stamps in a tight pattern on my stamp platform and tried that - check out the photo.
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(I initially tried it with an additional spritz of water, but I did not like that result.) After I made this text background, I trimmed it and matted it onto the plum cardstock and then put it on the top 2/3 of a gray cardbase. I stamped the "sending smiles" sentiment in black ink under this.
Before I glued down the stenciled image with its solid-colored cardstock shadows, I took a piece of very fine metallic twine and curled it up into a "nest" and glued it on top of the stamped background to add texture. My last embellishment was to add clear Fairy Jewels in a random pattern on the card to give it some sparkle.
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I hope you like this interpretation of the stenciled floral image. Have you tried layered stencils? What did you think of them?

Janet Floral Signature copy



A Gracious Watercolor
by Janet Katz

Watercolor floral mb stamp

The Gracious Floral Stamp Set and Die by Memory Box has endless possibilities. I stamped the image with a black pigment ink onto watercolor paper. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color in this wonderful image, choosing just a set of purples and olive greens for everything. Next, I die cut the image with the included die.
This stamp set not only gives you an amazing floral image, but 15 sentiment stamps you can use on just about anything. They come in 3 different sizes and the 3 largest ones have matching dies in this bundle. How great is that? I stamped the 'just for you' stamp onto black cardstock using an embossing ink and sprinkled white embossing powder on top. I heated it to create a nice, sharp sentiment image. Finally, I die cut the sentiment.
Watercolor floral close
I chose Poppystamps' Evangeline Pinpoint Frame die to be part of the background. I cut it from white cardstock and backed it with a piece of very pale purple cardstock to coordinate with the watercolor image. Next, I glued down the watercolored die cut, then the black and white sentiment on top of that.
This stamp and die set can easily be used year round and for so many different occasions. It's something I will reach for again and again.
Janet Floral Signature copy



A Gracious Floral Slimline
by Janet Katz

Floral dry embossed slimline

There is so much to love about the new Gracious Floral release from Memory Box Open Studio. I'm a big fan of slimline cards, so I decided to use these big blooms to create a high contrast card of mostly black and white. I used the Gracious Floral 3D Embossing Folder with heavy white cardstock. Here's a tip: spritz your cardstock once with water on one or both sides just before you send it through your machine sandwiched inside the folder. This will relax the paper fibers, allowing them to bend instead of crack. Of course, if your cardstock has ink on it, just do the back only.
After I had dry embossed 4 of these super detailed flowers, I laid the die from the Gracious Floral Stamp and Die set on top and cut out all 4 of the dry embossed images. This flattened out the dry embossing some, which I expected. I simply put the die cut piece back into my embossing folder (no need to spritz again with water) and made sure it was sitting in the "grooves" where it was before. I ran it through again and got these gorgeous results. I had the idea of putting my embossed die cuts on a black background and I chose a pearlescent black cardstock.
I knew I needed a pop of color to bring out parts of the flower - I could have chosen virtually any color and I picked a deep pink. A bright curry-like yellow would have looked just as good. I used a fingertip blending sponge (they sit on your finger like a thimble) and swiped the deep pink ink on the flower centers. I glued the flowers on the black background and then used my trimmer to cut the entire thing down to 3" x 8.5". My card would be 3.5" x 8.5", so I used a matching dark pink piece of cardstock as the base and glued the black cardstock with my embossed flowers in the middle of it, leaving a stripe of pink on each side.
There are SO many great sentiments in the Gracious Floral Stamp Set and I thought the 'just for you' sentiment could work for almost anything. I stamped it in Versamark on heavy black cardstock and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I used the matching die that came with the stamp and die set to cut it out. I used foam adhesive to pop it off the card. I'll attach this entire piece to a white cardbase to finish off my card.
Give the Gracious Floral line a try. Everything goes together and the stamps are so very versatile.
Janet Floral Signature copy