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Monday, November 04, 2019

Anything Goes at Jan's Digi Stamps #1

Woo Hoo! It's a wonderful day to present a
Many of you already know of Jan's fabulous talent. Before they closed last Spring, Sparkle N Sprinkle's Exclusive Florida artist was Jan Mahew. Jan taught many classes when she lived in the Tampa Bay Area, and was passionate about helping crafters learn how to color images and make dazzling cards! Now she has her own shop and is hopeful you will enjoy her many new designs.

Always Anything Goes!
Always a Prize to Jan's Digi Stamps!
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My project features two digital stamp sets:

I have layered 5 of Jan's pre-colored images in my word processor. 
This is what it looks like before being printed, inked and die cut:

After die cutting the image, the panel was dry embossed while still in the die, and then distressed with ink, while the die itself remained in place. Two yellow Copic Markers were used to make visible an early sunrise behind the trees. A lavender Copic Marker was used to create shading under the sleigh and horse, and to enhance some of the snowdrifts:
Lots of glitter adorns the frame, snow-laden trees, and snow drifts, with a few red berries in the greenery. The pretty silhouette and snow-covered trees are so versatile! The focal panel is popped up with dimensionals.

Looking forward to seeing your Anything Goes Project in our new Challenge!

Products Used:
  • Jan's Digi Stamps Tree Scene #723
  • Jan's Digi Stamps Sleigh Ride #744
  • Dies: IO Pine Sprig Set, Tim Holtz Sizzix Greenery Mini, Tonic Ribbon and Bow Layering set
  • Other: Clear Glitter, Red Stickles, Copic Markers, Distress Inks
Challenges I am supporting with this creation:
  1. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #59 AG Christmas 11/9 (sep post)
  2. Crafty Catz Challenge #481 AG-Snow 11/8 
  3. World Wide Open DT Challenge #10 (sep post) 11/15
  4. Merry Little Christmas Challenge #16 AG Christmas 12/1 (sep post 12/5)
  5. Pearly Sparkles Challenge #46 Christmas 12/1
  6. Dream Valley Challenges #213 All That Glitters (frame is glittered, all snow is glittered, red berries are glittered) C10 11/18 (Sep post)
  7. Crafty Hazelnut's Chrismtas Challenge #462 AG Christmas + H is for Horse 11/9
Wishing you a great week!


Valerija said...

Beautiful card and design.
Valerija xx

brenda said...

A beautiful seasonal card Donna, you have a great eye for design.

B x

Margarets designer cards said...

Beautiful card, lovely snowy image

Chris said...

These sets of digital images combine perfectly to create this lovely scene Donna, and as always your card design is stunning. Good luck with the new challenge blog.

Lori m said...

Stunning cad and digi's, just so pretty and festive, hugs, Lori m

cotnob said...

This is beautiful Donna, a wonderful scene and great design - a very elegant card.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

jimlynn said...

GORGEOUS!!! One of these days I hope to be able to merge images like this. I'm working on it anyway. LOVE your beautiful card Donna and it's going to be great working on the DT with you.

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous digi's and card Donna.

Gr Karin

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a delightful scene you have created here, Donna! I just marvel at your computer skills! Love your sparkly trees and frame. It's a stunning piece of work!

Lori Kobular said...

Donna this is such a lovely Christmas card! Love the snow covered trees and that sweet sleigh! I would love to ride in a horse drawn sleigh through snow! Wouldn't it be fun!! "Over the river and through the woods..."!

Bunny said...

Lovely card. I really love the glittered trees and the beautiful frame. Fantastic job. [Bunny]`

SD pooja said...

What a wonderful card you have created Donna ,I just loved the scene.
Thank you for sharing about Jan, i do own some beautiful images from.sparkle and sprinkle and glad to know about their artist.

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful card - love the silhouette image, the frame and beautiful background (love everything lol) another fabulous creation thanks for sharing!!!

Mac Mable said...

I so love how you have enhanced the digi images after printing it out. Great computer skills too. Stunning wintery scene and so very pretty. Wonderful design and fabulous bling....x
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind and friendly comments x.

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely beautiful card Donna, love the scene and he lovely silhouette of the sleigh, beautifully designed, Kate x

Linda Simpson said...

Donna this is fabulous and so magical, loving the trees and wonderful silhouettes.
Linda xxx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, That is a lovely card. Love the image. Sue

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna your cards is gorgeous. I love those images. Have a good week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such a beauty Donna.

Wendy L said...

So beautiful Donna, xxx

crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely beautiful Donna and congrats on the new DT.I love the images and beautiful sparkly frame.R.E my bridge fold card I have never attempted one before either because I couldn't understand how it would fold flat but I have a private challenge with another blogging friend and we challenge each other to make folds and techniques we haven't used before and this was one of them-simple really!
Carol x

*Vicki* said...

You've done SUCH an amazing job of putting this card together with your stunning Vintage looking digital stamps here Donna! Love the touches of sparkle and your greenery details are perfect with your die cut sparkly frame! Beautifully done and so lovely to view my friend! Best wishes for Jan and hope to play along! HUGS

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

A beautiful design Donna, stunning in fact

June :)

Anne Temple said...

This is beautiful Donna! I love how you've combined the two sets and the glittery trees are perfect.

Anne Buckingham said...

The card is beautiful. Appreciate that you explained the steps you made to create it. The addition of shadow and glittering snow enhances the look. Like the glitter frame. Placing the card on black card stock and adding greenery to the corner is wonderful. Love the card.

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Super gorgeously designed project. It looks fantastic. Love it.
Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

Verna Angerhofer said...

This scene is so gorgeous and I love how you combined the two sets to make it. I love this old fashioned Christmas design. The trees are so pretty and look snow laden just like after a winter storm. And, your frame shows it off beautifully!

Carole J said...

Hi Donna, you have created a glorious winter scene for your card front! I love the sparkle on the trees and the snowbanks and the sunrise coming through the trees along with the shadows you created with Copic colouring. A beautiful card. xx

Donna said...

What a gorgeous winter scene! You combined these two sets beautifully and nice framing and embellishing!

Monica C. said...

So pretty Donna! I love all the little details that you have added.
At least you will not need to worry about real snow in FL. We will be taking our RV on a trip to the west at the end of this week and I am very excited about the change of scenery for a while.
Hugs Monica

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my gosh, Donna! This is incredible with all the layered images. I absolutely LOVE it! I have quite a few of Jan's digi sets in my files. I was just looking at them this morning. Mayhaps I'll get some colored up soon. You are an inspiring ambassador!

AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at MLCC, good luck!!! Amy DT

Donna Phelan said...

Oh WOW! Beautiful die cut with the sponging/stenciling! Those trees are magnificent, I love how snowy they look! Wouldn't it be lovely to take that little sleigh ride, all cozy under a blanket with a hot toddy! This is fantastic! You have used the digis perfectly, well done!

Conniecrafter said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love the yellow glow behind, of course that glitter framing is perfect with it and the greenery just tops it off perfectly!

NanaConnie said...

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get over to your blog but my week has been a bit off, as you know. Your card is absolutely exquisite! Like Lynn, I'm hoping to learn how to merge images as well as you do. I love the sparkle and the die cuts, both the frame and the pine twigs. Magnificently done, my friend. I'm so glad to be undertaking this new venture with Jan's team. Thank you for all you've done in getting everything organized, my friend.

pam said...

What a gorgeous winter scene you created Donna, love the yellow in the background and wonderful sparkle.
Hugs Pam x

Barbara Bruder said...

Donna, what a gorgeous card. Beautiful design and your coloring is spot on. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
Barbara DT Member for

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card. You could enter it into Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 462 - anything Christmas with optional theme something beginning with H (you have a horse on your card) (2 days left to join in)
Thank you for your comment on my blog

Sue said...

Stunning! I wish I had your computer skills and could do this with digi's. Love the entire card, so elegant. I visited the site and bought a digi, hope to color it up soon.


KristyLee said...

I love your stunning classy looking card. Love the pops of red too. So pretty!! Love all of the die cuts.

Aimeslee Winans said...

I didn't think you could do any more to this pre-colored image but wow, you sure did. Love all of your inking and coloring and glittering. Gorgeously festive! xoxo

Helen said...

A very pretty image and card.

Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge.

Helen x

N-Eva said...

Fantastic card! Truly beautiful!! Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley Challenges!
Neva DT