Friday, April 29, 2016

It has been a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time since I have posted!!

Well folks a lot has happened in the past year!  I am still making handcrafted cards ... but before I get to that; let me get you all caught up!

I moved from a 1200 sq ft home to a 620 sq ft apartment.  I love it!!  It is so easy to manage, and take care of.  With all my health issues this is a must.  I have friendly neighbors and have made tons of friends here. 

Next:  I still have my little Precious (kitty); and she is just as rambunctious as ever!  Keeps me on my toes for sure!  All those who are animals lovers know that these babies are our kids.  We love them with unconditional love and they know it!  Hence, being spoiled.  Am I right?  Huh?

Now on to the good stuff!  I am still making handcrafted cards; and selling them.  Due to my moving to another town, I stop selling them at 'The Crumpet Tea Room' in Bentonville, AR.  And now selling them at 'The Cottage at the Barn' in Rogers, AR.  And today, I may have a second place to sell my cards, will know later on this afternoon!  I am so excited about this 'maybe' opportunity!!  So if you are ever in Rogers AR - I hope you will stop by downtown Rogers and take a peek at my cards.  Right now, I have Mother's Day cards out along with your other occasions for cards.

For those who do not live in this area - you are always welcomed to see my gallery on Splitcoaststampers; the gallery button to the top right of the page.  And I am now on Pinterest as well.  You see something you like, I can custom make it for you!  My stamps and die collection is growing all the time.  I try to stick a bible verse in each one, some are blank for your own words. 

Okay for my latest cards here is a peek!!

 Here is featured Stampin' Up design paper; this set is so beautiful and I just love using it!  It is two sided, so the insides are just as lovely.
 On Splitcoaststampers, we have daily challenges.  The last Tuesday of the month for the Tea Potter's challenge; we all get to tickle each other.  Translation:  One person is the hostess for each month and writes a story and gives us a challenge.  (By the way, I will be hosting the last Tuesday of July!).  This month for April, we were told to do something from the Wizard of Oz.  Hence Dorothy!  Doesn't that bring back memories?
 On Tuesdays as well we have a Color Challenge:  This was the result of one such challenge.  Yellow, Olive Green and Aqua Blue.  I spread chalk for the background, stamp the pear and colored it. 
 On Fridays we have what is called, Free 4 All challenge.  This one called for Mother Earth.  I used wind as you can clearly see.  I chalked the background with clouds and sand, pieced the dress with design paper, and colored the rest.  For the cherry on top, I fussy cut shells and place them on the sand.
 This was a brand new stamp I just had to try!  Again I chalked the clouds in (I do this a lot!)  stamped the flower and went over the stems with markers and the flower with more chalk. 
 Did you guess?  Yup another chalked background!  Pop ups bird called with markers, along with the branch and berries. 
 A friend of mine, Lisa also know as Shoe Girl on Splitcoaststampers, did a darling card (Her card) - and I just had to case her.  What is casing?  It is a term for copying another person card that inspires you.  We even have a challenge for that!  It is on Monday.  The only catch?  We must change at least one thing from their card to ours.

 The two above is a couple of the Mother's Day cards I made.  I made a lot of them, hoping to sell them by Mother's Day.  It is only 9 days away!  Yikes!
Last but of course not least... a baby card.  I think these onsies are the cutest die!  I placed a wooly lamb to sweeten the pot! 

I hope you enjoy browsing my cards!  I do love to create and hope to hear from you all soon!  God bless always!  Remember 'His Mercies are new every monring."  Lamentations 3:22-23.

May God bless you and have a great day!
Jan

Friday, January 23, 2015

Please refer to the 'Gallery Button' on the top right of this page - to see all my cards.
Any questions or comments, please email me at jan.leslie@att.net
Thanks so much!
Jan

Monday, March 3, 2014

I'm moving ...

Hi Everyone! 

I just wanted to tell you that I am in the process of moving this week.  I will try and get more posted on the blog in a couple of weeks (hopefully one week)... it is a very stressful time for me right now - so any and all prayers for this move is appreciated!  May God bless each one of you!  Jan

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hello Again Dear Bloggers!

I have some cards to share with you this morning.

This card is a result from a card I cased a couple of days ago, from Carol on SCS.  I love her card so much!  Mine however did not come close to what she had - but I can live with it.  The little girl is a digi that I printed off the computer, the stamp, 'God knows and cares.' it is from Sweet n Sassy stamps.  I embossed the yellow and black squares, one in flowers and the other in Swiss dots.  paper punched some of the hearts and die cut the others.  Took two cuts of paper to make the cross.  All in all, I don't think it turned out too bad, do you?

SCS called for two borders.  I used my paper doily ruffles as one and then added a strip of the DP on top of it.  The flowers I had bought online and added the green pearls to them.  Very simple card to make!  

This was a Color Challenge on SCS.  The bright pink, yellow and medium green were the colors we were to use.  This picture does not do this card justice, I'm afraid.  As the butterfly is embossed and topped with pink gems.  My daisy and flourish are both die cuts from Sizzix.  The smaller flowers I topped with more pink gems and in the center one pearl.  Sure wish this picture had come out better!

I thought the pink stripes against this green looked so soft and pretty.  I then added DP that had baby roses on them, topped with kraft paper oval and then die cut butterflies.  Of course what is a butterfly without its pearls?  The stamp is from Sweet n Sassy.  It is so true, 'Nothing is impossible with God.'

I hope you enjoyed these today.  Be sure to leave a comment as I love to hear from all of you! God bless!  Jan

Friday, February 7, 2014

Hi there!

It is Friday and I just may have a couple of cards to show you today!  But first let me say a couple things.  One:  Be sure to read my devotionals, today I published my first one.  Just go to the left here and click on Jesus' picture and it will take you right to it.  Second: I have three weeks before I need to move out of my home and I am really getting stressed out!  It may be a few weeks before I publish again any new cards or devotionals - however; I will try to keep up!

Okay card number one:

This was a sketch challenge, which I absolutely loved!  I used my border die from 'Verve' and then placed a plaid printed pennant on top.  I also used a die cut (small) flourish by 'Cheery Lynn' and paper punched three different flower petals and layered them.  I topped it with a crochet flower, a button and adhesive pearl.  My stamp is from 'Sweet N Sassy'.  Papers are from OTC and Bazzill.  I really love the way the light aqua and peach go together!  Don't you?

Guess I have light aqua on my brain this past week.  This challenge called for us to use a tag.  As you can see, I used a wooden tag (which I picked up from a second hand store - cheap!)  I painted it with white pearled puffy paint and then stamped (HOTP) my sentiment on top.  This card I used a large flourish die in glittery white.  The flower I bought online, but can you believe it?  It is made out of fabric softener sheets!  Another beautiful crochet flower and button, also embroidery thread made the finishing touches to this card.  The marbled bg paper is OTC.

This is my last one for today.  This was for the Tea Potter's challenge.  It was made and sent to a woman who is turning 103 years old!  Just think of the history this woman could tell us!  It told to us, that she use to draw children when she was younger, and of course her name is Rose.  Hence the reason for the digital picture I chose and found online.  It is centered on a die cut oval, laced with pearls and a satin bow.  The bg dp is from OTC and the burgundy is Bazzill.

Well I hope you like these and that they have inspired you to create a card of your own!  Be sure to read my devotional - it really has a golden nugget in it!

God bless always!  Know I read all of your comments and am blessed by all of you!  Jan

Monday, February 3, 2014

Who has had enough of SNOW?????

I know I have!  It has been one of those winters; where we get more than our share of snow here in Arkansas.  I for one - am ready for the Spring!  However, since I can't do anything about the snow - Maybe we can bring Spring to us.  I do have some Spring-like cards to share with you today.

This card I made for my Step-Mother, RuthAnn, as her birthday is on Valentine's Day.  I also did this card according to the challenge by, ''V's Sweet Ideas'   which called for: To use colors, Red, Pink and White in your card, but do not make it into a Valentine's Card.  I think I hit it on the heart on this one.  Don't you agree?

Those tulips, I bought online a year ago.  Sadly the woman who makes these passed away on Thanksgiving day due to cancer.  But her art and die cuts do live on from those who have used them.  The flourish is a mini die cut, and adorned with pink gems.  The cup I used for the vase, I just cut the handle off.  The stamp is from Stampin' Up.

Believe it or not, this card was made for a woman named Rose, she is turning 103 years old!!  What a milestone she has crossed.  Can you just imagine what all she has seen and heard during her lifetime??  The picture of the girl holding roses is printer generated off the Internet, centered on an oval die cut with pearls and a satin bow.  Isn't the little girl precious?  We were told that Rose, use to draw pictures of little children.  

Another card with a flower -- I really must be missing Spring!  Yet this one was a challenged to case another person's card on Splitcoaststampers.com.  I used a flower BG embossing folder, adding three die cut ovals, then centering my 'handmade' rose and adding lace.  

AGAIN IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN BUYING THESE ROSES, PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW HOW MANY AND WHAT COLORS YOU WOULD LIKE THEM IN.  I SELL THEM 6 FOR 3.00, THIS INCLUDES SHIPPING. 

On Saturdays, on SCS we have an 'Inspiration Challenge'.  Where they give you a source (usually an online store) to choose something that inspires you and then created a card from that picture from the online store. This is a La Blanche digi stamp which I colored.  The background of the picture is chalked in yellows and oranges and little bit of green.  I colored the digi with color pencils.  I then framed it and stamped the sentiment on it which is from Stampin Up.  

I hope these inspire you all to make some wonderful cards - to show your creation and hopefully Spring will come early!  God bless you - Jan

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It has been soooooo long I know!!

I recently had to battle migraines for 6 whole weeks!  It was so bad I couldn't even talk, walk or anything much less make any new cards.  But 'Praise the Lord' I am back in the saddle again! 

I am also planning to have devotionals again in the near future.  (Probably in a couple of months or so).  I have learned so much Biblical information and can't wait to share it with you! 

I am also having to downsize to another place to live, the house I am living in has been sold and will have 5 weeks to move out!  So much to do!  Sell loads of furniture, possibly if the weather will bless me, maybe I can have a garage sale as well.  Then of course all the packing and moving itself is a pain - and anyone who has ever moved knows what I am talking about!

Well today I have cards to share with you ...  (imagine that!)  And I hope they will inspire you and give you incentives to make a few cards yourselves! 

This card I made for a fabulous and lovely lady that had to have surgery last week.  She had 4 arteries blocked and had to have stints put into them.  But happily I can say, she is doing much better!   The DP believe it or not came from OTC, and I just love that bundle of dp they have in this set!  The middle white page was embossed, added a die cut label and butterfly.  Also a pink ribbon and bow and white pearls.  

Isn't this different?  I just love it!  The dp is yellow and blue wooden image, on it, I stamped the red bud tree branch and added little 'forget me nots' flowers.  Inside each I place a blue diamond gem in each one to give it that special sparkle!  Added ribbon and a bow.  The sentiment is one of my favorites and it is from Stampabilities.

 Isn't this one gorgeous???  I just love the way it turned out.  It happened to be a color challenge from SCS.  I started off with Kraft paper, added burgundy CS, the beautiful ivory die cut was given to me by a very special friend, Marilyn who lives in Canada!  I then placed a die cut oval onto it.  Paper punched my flower and bent them up, topped with a crochet flower (another talented lady by the name of Melody sells these).  Then the grand topping is a gold button placed in the center.  I absolutely love this and hope you do too!


This card called for a lighthouse.  Well believe it or not, I did not have a lighthouse stamp or digi of any kind.  So went looking online and found this one.  I printed it off in brown ink, and then colored it with color pencils and chalk.  My clouds are made with a technique where you used a scallop circle and blue chalk, I then colored the rest in pencils and printed off the Bible verse to go with it. 

Now for my last one.  I had so much fun with this one.  I tell you why - I got this stamping set at a second hand store!  The set is an old Stampin' Up set.  I used ivory CS, placed checkered and then topped with another marbled ivory dp.  On it I stamped the flowers in orange and blue, the middle was another stamp by Stampin' up a dot which I stamped in yellow.  I drew the stems and leaves, and then stamped this wonderful sentiment, by Louisa May Alcott.  

I hope you all enjoyed these - I love hearing your comments - please write me with your thoughts and ideas.  May God bless you!  Jan

Friday, December 13, 2013

December is half over!!!

Can you believe it?  How the days fly by ~ ... I hope you can pause a bit today and let me share some cards with you today.  Of course since we are in the Christmas Season ... the cards I have will fit the season.

The picture I took sure does not do this card justice - but it was cloudy and snowing that day and this was the best I could do.  The 'main' star is done is ivory glittered paper, and has a diamond gem in the center.  I took white ink and twirled a Q-Tip in it and brushed around it, to give it that glow.  The 'Gilded Gate' was a gift from a dear friend of mine, Marilyn who lives in Canada.  Isn't gorgeous and magnificent??  It reminds me of the gates of heaven.  I then took gold card stock and cut little pots, adorned them with small red paper punch flowers with white puffy paint in the center.  The greenery you see here are 6 on each side, paper punched leaf called Branch by Martha Stewart. The sentiment, goes to a well known Christmas song that I couldn't get out of my head that day -- hence the card!

This idea came to me while I was browsing a Christmas catalog somewhere.  They had metal Christmas trees with scrolls on them.  I thought to myself, 'I can do that!'.  So with green card stock I embossed it with my scroll folder, then cut the trees out in triangles.  Mounting the card, is green card stock, layered with Christmas paper by Graphic 45, layered with another gift from my good friend Marilyn.  (Isn't that so sweet of her?)  I then took white card stock and tore them up making it look like snow.  I placed two trees behind and one in front.  I took gray ink (London Fog) by Memento Ink; and I lightly brushed it on the torn paper making it look like snow drifts.  I stamped Merry Christmas by OTC.  I also decorated the trees with red and diamond gems.  I paper punched the star and stuck a bigger diamond gem on it to shine brightly, as it did the night Jesus was born.  

This was quite simple to make.  But I started off with red card stock, layered it with Kraft paper.  I then took white card stock and cut a thin strip with zig-zag scissors that are at least a hundred years old.  (They sure do not make things today like they did back then!)  As my scissors belonged to my Mom and they are still going strong.  I then layered the thin white strip with red gingham ribbon.  I die cut the circle from Spellbinders in green card stock.  The white scallop circle is from another good friend named Emily, who lives in Penn. ... gotta write her - been awhile since we have chatted.  :)  The red flower is die cut from Sizzix, which I made three separate flowers and bunched them all together in layers, to make it look this thick and full.  The gingerbread man is a brad, which I stuck through the flower before attaching it to the card.  The 'Merry Christmas' sentiment is a stamp from OTC.  So see?  It is all easy-peasy!

For my last Christmas card to show you today, is a very simple one.  On SCS website, I took part of a challenge that asked us to use holly on our cards.  Well I knew exactly which one I would use!  These corners are stamps by HOTP, I inked them with Memento Ink: Bamboo Leaves.  I took red marking pen and dotted the berries.  The sentiment, 'Merry Christmas' is a stamp by Stampabilities.  Also done in the same ink.  I then took diamond gems, which you can get at Wal-Mart for a couple of bucks a package of approximately 250 gems.  This is layered onto gold card stock which is on green card stock.  I was pleased how it turned out.  And I hope you are too.

May the Christmas Season stir up your creativity, your thankfulness and the love that God has for us toward each other.  God bless you all!  Jan

Monday, December 2, 2013

December is here!

This means Christmas is not far away anymore!  For many of us that means doing good deeds for the less fortunate.  I would like to focus on Matthew 6:1-4 for this line of thought.

Do Good to Please God

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.


The Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus' day; loved the attention that came with being 'the important' figures of that day.  They'd stand on street corners and pray out loud long-winded prayers, so that people who saw them would say, 'Oh what a holy man he is!'  Today's bible passage tells us that God does not listen to that type of prayer, and these men have gotten their reward for praying that way - the attention of others that cannot possibly answer their prayers or meet their needs.

This Christmas season, when you do your 'good deeds'; only let the Heavenly Father see it.  This way, the person you helped will be blessed as well as yourself.  By doing this, you are laying treasures up in heaven.  May God bless you this week!

Now for a card to share with you:

 This rose is handmade in red CS called Heritage.  The corner died  cut, which I bought online and the flourish is another die cut that I cut out in sage green.  I layered this paper with design paper called, 'The Linen Closet'.   I stamped sentiment is from Sweet n' Sassy and the butterfly is paper punched with added diamond gems.

If you are interested in receiving these roses, I sell them 5 for $5.00 (this includes postage).  I am sorry with the postage being so expensive to mail these out - I must add it on, making this purchase as high as it is.  If you can leave me an email at jan.leslie@att.net; telling me how to reach you, and how many you want in what colors.  I can get these made for you.

May God bless you, this week and keep you all in His care!  Jan

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Day After Thanksgiving

I trust that everyone had a 'Gobble-Gobble' day yesterday!  That each one had much to be thankful for. 

I have two things to share with you today:  One, is I have made my gallery accessible to you, for viewing.  If you click on the flower to the right, it will take you right to my gallery.  If you see something that you have questions about, please jot down the name and date of the card (will be listed underneath it) and send a comment to me on this blog site. 

Second, I have many cards to share with you today.  With Christmas right around the corner, I am diligently making holiday cards.  Here are some I'd like to share:






All comments are welcomed.  I love to hear from each one of you ... May God bless you as you go about your lives this week.  Blessings Always!  Jan