194 posts categorized "Jeanne Jachna"

06/11/2019

Tue 11

Elegant Koi
By Jeanne Jachna

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Jeanne here today!  I hope you're enjoying sunny skies and wonderful weather today!   I'm sharing a card made with the beautiful Elegant Koi die!  
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I'm drawn to clean lines and contrasting colors of graphic design.  That's probably what attracted me to craft dies.   The drama and wow factor of the finished design can't be beat!
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My Elegant Koi is placed on a background of Concentric Rings cut from different shades of blue card stock.  I wanted to replicate the look of the rings when a drop of water hits the surface of a pond just right.  It's easy to assemble the rings.  I used a piece of tape to secure them on their reverse side.  If you cut them from lots of colors you'll have plenty of rings left to make several colorful backgrounds for your images.  A rainbow of colors would make two beautiful rainbows! 
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I adhered the koi die cut outline to a solid piece of card stock and then fussy cut it.  I inlaid a few yellow die cut pieces to bring the koi to life.  A few smaller rings were added to the background to look like bubbles coming up from the Elegant Koi.  A simple hello sentiment and some sparkling clear sequins completes this card.  I love the contrast of the orange and blue and hope you do too! 
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I hope you find some time to do what you love today!   CRAFTING!!! :P
Jeanne Floral Signature copy
Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
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06/02/2019

Sun 02

Rainbow Distress Peaceful Dove
By Jeanne Jachna

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I'm sharing three cards today that all feature a rainbow distress background that would look great with  just about any dies in your collection.
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I recently purchased some Yoseng make up brushes from Amazon.  They are very reasonably priced (compared to stencil brushes) so I thought I'd give them a try.  They are amazing!  The ink goes on in less than half the time and the results are soft and line free.   The brushes come in many different sizes and I wasn't sure what would be best so I bought a variety pack.   The large are great for distressing large areas (half or entire card front)  but if you want to work with stencils or ink smaller spaces you'll want to use a smaller brush.   The one I used for this panel is the 1 3/8" head.   You will have to experiment to see what size works best for you.  I have one brush for each color family (red, yellow, orange etc.) and haven't had to wash them yet.  When I want to switch to a lighter color I simply brush on a piece of scrap paper until all the ink is off the brush.    When your panel is to your liking you can splatter it with water if you like.
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This card was made with the Peaceful Dove Collage cut from a piece of white card stock and then layered over a rainbow distress ink panel.   I trimmed the edges so the rainbow colors peek out around the edges of the panel too! 
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For my second card I cut the Peaceful Dove die from a distress inked panel to create a shaker.   I adhered acetate to the back of the die cut window, placed adhesive foam tape around the opening, filled it with sequins and then topped it with some card stock before adhering the panel to the card base.   The die cut dove is fixed in place with glue over the acetate.
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After I cut out that beautiful dove I couldn't throw it away!  So I made one more!
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I painted stripes of distress ink on a watercolor panel and then topped it with the Peaceful Dove I cut to create the shaker card above. 
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These came together easy and their packed with rainbow color!  What a great way to surprise someone "just because" and say "hello"!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Cards Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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05/20/2019

Mon 20

Poppy Hello
by Jeanne Jachna

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Jeanne here today!  I hope your week is off to a good start!  Today I'm sharing a card I made with the Garden Poppy Sidekick Frame.   The design team has shared different ways to color this die using watercolor, distress inks and markers.  I personally don't color dies too often because I worry about keeping the lines clean and crisp and I dont always stay in the lines.
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I thought I'd share how I got this clean look without having to worry about having a steady hand.
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I started by cutting the frames from white card stock.  Next I inked up the flowers with Copic Markers.  I didn't worry about keeping the ink on just the flower, or off the frame.  I used two shades for the orange/red flowers, and three shades for the green stems and leaves.
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Next I cut the dies again from white card stock and snipped off the florals between the lines of the frame.  My first attempt was using a ruler and razor.  It looked very choppy and I was disappointed.  I found using a simple pair of scissors worked even easier and looked cleaner when I was done.
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And finally I made an ombre blue background from three shades of distress ink (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch).  I used a Yoseng make up brush (from Amazon) to get a line free blending of ink.
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Now to assemble all the pieces! 

1.  Attached the distress ink background to the card base. 
2. Attach the COLORED Garden Poppy Sidekick Frame to the distress ink panel.
3. Attach the CUT Garden Poppy Sidekick Frame to the COLORED one.
4.  Attach the COLORED Garden Poppy Stitched Frame.
5.  Attach the CUT Garden Poppy Stitched Frame.
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I inserted a Brush Hello die cut inside the open frame.  I cut it a second time and attached it over the first to make the die cut thicker to match the heavy outline frames.  The stamped sentiment is from the Fairy Wishes Stamp Set.  The finishing touch is a few gems for some sparkle and shine.

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I love the bold contrast of the red against the blue and that the coloring was easy.  I hope you give this technique a try.  The layered dies feel thick and expensive, and the coloring is clean and bold.
Jeanne Floral Signature copy
Finished Size:  4.25 x 5.5"

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05/09/2019

Thu 09

Poppystamps Sponsoring Time Out Challenges
By Jeanne Jachna

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I know you love to make, but do you like to play card challenges on line?  I do!  Especially when I'm not feeling so crafty.  They're a great place for inspiration.  I like to see what other folks who like to craft are making, what's trendy, and get ideas for new techniques to try.
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Poppystamps is sponsoring the latest Time Out Challenges Blog that begins today.  That means if you make something and link it up you'll be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to the store.    The inspiration this time is  a quote that got me thinking about looking up at the stars and making a wish. 
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Here's what I made! 
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I started with a Distress Ink background of Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, and Blueprint Sketch.   I applied the inks with a make up brush.  I bought a set by Yoseng on Amazon and I wouldn't trade them for any other brush I've ever tried.  They make soft inky backgrounds FAST!  I splattered the panel with water, and then some watered down Salty Ocean ink. 
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Next I cut the panel with the All Star Collage and layered it over a second panel that I inked with Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers.  I cut the All Star Collage a second time with a piece of gold scrap paper and used the stars as embellishments for a bit of bling. 
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I double cut the Believe Fresh Script word die from white and gold card stock and then adhered them together offset so the gold glitter paper peeks out from the white cardstock.
The sentiment is from the Donut What I'd Do clear stamp set.  I put some tape over the "forget" on the sentiment before I inked it.  Next I removed the tape and stamped the sentiment so only the words I wanted "you are awesome" got inked.
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 Now it's your turn!  I hope you find some time to play along!   You can find the Time Out Challenges Blog here.   For a second chance to win link up your project on the Poppystamps challenge too.  Our theme this month is Wishi Washi!  We're looking for (make a wish) Birthday cards, and / or cards that include some washi tape.
Jeanne Floral Signature copy
Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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05/03/2019

Fri 03

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Super Sponsor
By Jeanne Jachna

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There's nothing like a cuppa for a quick pick me up in the morning or the middle of the day!  There's something comforting about a steaming mug to warm you inside and help you collect your thoughts and take on the rest of the day.
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Coffee lovers and crafters UNITE!  The Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop begins today and Poppystamps is a SUPER Sponsor!  That means we're offering a prize for the event.   You can find lots of coffee theme'd projects and  link up your own designs so you'll be entered to win! 
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I'm playing along with this colorful creation!   I started with a Zig Zag border background in yellow, lime and teal.   The die cuts three strips at a time so this went pretty quick.  I adhered the cuts on their reverse side with tape to form a panel.  I trimmed the panel to fit the cover of my card and adhered it to the base.  You can also adhere the strips directly to your base if you like.  
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I've used this Morning Cup die for several Coffee Lover Events.  I love that I can change the look of it by adding different elements.   I added some flowers this time for the Spring event.
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I topped the zig zag panel with a Finial Wreath die cut adorned with more florals and leaves from the  Blooming Border die.   The flowers are topped with half pearls for some extra bling.    
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I hope you find some time to play along with Amy Tsuruta's Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  There are lots of great prizes up for grabs that you won't want to miss!   

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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04/20/2019

Sat 20

To All My Peeps
By Jeanne Jachna

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Wow this month has been going so fast!  With the weather so fickle here in the midwest - snow one day, rain the next, I can't decide if it's Spring or Winter.  Nope!  Yes!  It's SPRING!  And we have been waiting a long time for it! 
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I was so worried that the bulb flowers coming up wouldn't stand a chance but they are resilient like us.  A little back tracking of cold weather isn't going to stand in our way right?  
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I stamped the rows of tulips and little birds from Easter Chicks (in my part of the world I'm calling them Robins because they're back from their Winter migration) with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copic Markers.  The images are easy to die cut with the coordinating window style dies that you place over the images and then die cut. 
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I stamped the sentiment along  the bottom of a panel that I inked with distress ink (Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, and Squeezed Lemonade).  The tulips are adhered flat to the card panel, and the little birds are adhered with adhesive foam tape to add some dimension. 
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Wishing you a beautiful spring day!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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04/08/2019

Mon 08

Easter Chicks
by Jeanne Jachna

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're having a great day!  Today I'm sharing a fun Easter card made with the Poppystamps Easter Chicks stamp set with coordinating dies. 
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I know we all love Poppystamps dies , but I  thought  it would be fun to break out the stamps today.  I  find coloring very therapeutic.    It's easy to get lost while staying inside the lines! :P
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I stamped the images from Easter Chicks on white card stock with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Then I colored the images with Copic Markers.   You can use any markers you like.   If you're committed to crafting I'd invest in the Copics because over your lifetime they are a great investment.  You can refill the makers when they run dry, and a refill bottle will recharge the markers many times.  In the long run this is much cheaper than purchasing another set of markers just because you need only a few colors.  
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When the images are colored I tape the coordinating die over the image and then run it through my die cut machine for a clean cut every time.  A bit of tape holds the die in place while running it through your machine.   
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The background was created with distress ink.  This is another cost saver if you have room in your craft area, or you dont want to invest in colored card stock.  By inking white card stock you can make it any color you like.   This panel is inked with Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron.  The sentiment is stamped on the colored panel AFTER it is inked to prevent smearing.   
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I had lots of fun creating this card and am delighted with how it turned out.  I know it's going to make someone really happy!   

Jeanne Floral Signature copy
Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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03/24/2019

Sun 24

Hippity Hoppity
by Jeanne Jachna

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I enjoy making cards depicting scenes with die cuts, but it's not always easy to find images that are proportioned to work together.  I'm loving the new "whittle" series of dies because they are perfectly sized and coordinated with cute stitched detail so they're ready to play together. 
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I started this card with a simple distress ink background.  I used a piece of scrap paper to create a mask inking the sky with one half of the mask, and the grassy foreground with the other.   I topped the inked panel with a Double Stitch Scallop Rectangle Frame.
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I set a piece of clear plastic over the panel and arranged different die cuts until I was happy with their placement.   Because the plastic is clear, the background shows through allowing me to get an idea of how the card will look when all the elements are arranged.
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The Doodle Happy Easter die makes a sweet sentiment.   I filled the Whittle Basket with Whittle Eggs and topped it with a Prim and Proper Bow.
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The Chick and Egg are not part of the "Whittle" series but it's part of the new Spring Release and looked sweet next to the basket.  Wouldn't it be fun if there were a little chick hiding inside ALL the eggs?   Now that would be a surprise wouldn't it? 
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Enjoy your day and never stop having fun! 
Jeanne Floral Signature copy
Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
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03/02/2019

Sat 02

Spring Blog Blitz Begins!

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You picked  a great day for a visit!  Poppystamps has just added a new Spring release to the store and our blog blitz begins today!  That means we're sharing projects made with the new release and offering some prizes on every blog blitz post for the next two weeks.  You can see the new release in the store here.

I have so many great memories of coloring Easter eggs that I couldn't resist cutting the Folk Decorated Eggs in a rainbow of colors.  I made a simple embossed look grid by scoring lines on a piece of 3 3/4 x 5" card stock.

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I scored lines at 3/4", 1 1/2", 2 1/4" and at 3".  You can use either side of the piece of cardstock.. the inverted line side, or the embossed lined side.

Then just attach the colorful eggs with adhesive foam tape to add lots of dimension.  Aren't the cut patterns on the eggs beautiful?

I layered the Luscious Script Hugs craft die over the eggs.  A bit of gold glitter paper makes everything better doesn't it?

And now the part you've been waiting for.. the giveaway!  The prize on this post is the Folk Decorated Eggs craft die.  The set includes 9 eggs each with a different cut pattern!

The blog blitz runs from March 2-14. 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 17 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will announced on this blog on March 19.

For a SECOND chance to win this die AND ONE FOR A FRIEND...
1.)   Visit our Instagram account and FOLLOW US!
2.)   Like each post you want to enter
3.)   LEAVE A COMMENT and TAG A FRIEND by 12am US EST March 17

One comment per post will be selected by random number generator.  The winners will be posted on each Instagram post on March 19.  The COMMENTER and the FRIEND THEY TAGGED on the post will BOTH receive the prize for that post!

Good Luck! And LEAVE A COMMENT!! :)

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

 

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02/16/2019

Sat 16

Easter Greetings!
by Jeanne Jachna

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I'm super EGG-cited about the new Spring Release in the store ! You'll find everything you need for Easter and Spring designs!   Check it out here! 
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Lots of super cute images that are lots of fun!   Do you love that striped background?  Let me show you how I made it! 
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I started my card with a Spun Sugar Distress Ink card panel.
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Next I put the Decorated Egg Sidekick Frame over the panel and inked in the window with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
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Finally I painted stripes with a Worn Lipstick Distress Ink Refill.  If you don't have a re-inker just smoosh some on a plastic or glass matt and use a water brush to paint with.  I added some splatter too (water, watered down Worn Lipstick, and white ink).
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I topped the inky panel with the Decorated Egg Sidekick Frame, Decorated Egg Stitched Frame, and Doodle Happy Easter die cuts.  It looks great "as is" but I wanted to add more color.  I have great memories of coloring Easter Eggs.  My brother and sisters would get so mad at me for "hogging" a color.  I would keep  my eggs submerged for longer than they liked so I could get a deep rich color. 
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I added a little Chick and Egg die cut.  I put a bitty piece of orange card stock behind the die cut beak opening  to add color.
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I adhered colorful Folk Decorated Eggs at a slight offset from the Decorated Egg Sidekick Frame so you could see the white pierced eggs peeking out.  I love all that fabulous stitching - it looks so fussy and elegant! 
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You're going to love the new release!  Yes!  We'll be having a blog blitz too!  So you'll have a chance to win some for yourself.  The blitz will start on March 2.

Have a great weekend!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

Doodle Happy Easter
Doodle Happy Easter

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Decorated Egg Sidekick Frame and Stencil
Decorated Egg Sidekick Frame and Stencil

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Decorated Egg Stitched Frame
Decorated Egg Stitched Frame

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Folk Decorated Eggs
Folk Decorated Eggs

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Chick and Egg
Chick and Egg

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