Saturday, May 28, 2016

May is almost over .....

Can you believe it?  May is almost over?  In just a couple of days we start into the second half of 2016!  With Mother's Day over, we are quickly coming up on Father's Day.  Next week, I plan (more like hope) I have some Father's Day cards to share with you.  So please be sure to tune in for that okay? 

This week went entirely too fast for me -- that plus health issues yesterday blew over me like wind.  I do have some new cards to show you for this week and I hope you will leave me a comment or two. 

 As you know I participate in challenges each week.  It is a really good way to learn new techniques, and challenge yourself ability in creating something beautiful.  For this card, it was the Sketch Challenge.  I chose to use the tan and black combination of colors, (which I really love); cut a simple strip of black and glued that down, next the Washi tape (that is the thin brown tape you see next to my black strip).  I proceeded to cut out four different sizes of circles.  The biggest one I stamp my Gibson girl (Flonz Stamps); I placed the next biggest one (according to our sketch) slightly below her and to the left.  It was bare to me so I added four flowers (from Hobby Lobby).  The two other sizes were next, the next biggest size would cover part of my stamp which I did not like, so I tucked part of it under the big circle.  The littlest one I placed next to it --- and added an adhesive brad of a butterfly on top.  All of these circles are popped up for 3-D dimension. 
 This card has a LOT on it - why I piled so much - is beyond me.  I guess it looked better in person than on camera.  Giggles.  This was a color challenge:  Hot pink, the bright yellow and the bright orange with our choice of any green color.  I started with the panels, intending to maybe do a flower die to each panel.  Didn't happen; who knows why?  I then thought of my row of houses to die cut in green and pop up those on the middle panel.  I thought of a friend who is moving in a couple of weeks and thought to put a bow and gold gem on one of the houses.  I die cut the clouds and then embossed them with my swirly embossing folder, popped those up.  Added a bird gem.  The bottom one got a nice sentiment, 'sending blessings your way' and on either side three orange stick on gems.  To send or not to send is the question... what do you think I should do?  Send this or make a new card?
 'Try a New Technique' is the name of this challenge.  The technique is called the 'Collar Technique'.  As you can see it is a fold for our card.  My initial thought was to add some die cut leaves.  Couldn't make it happen for some reason, there I graduated to trying flowers -- didn't happen there either.  So then -- knowing the cat lover that I am, I thought to myself, 'You can't go wrong with a car!'  And so I cut this die cut - this beautiful cat and slapped on a diamond eye.  Up above I stamped the truth, 'My therapist has whiskers'.  And then stamped a heart. 


My Thursday's challenge is called, 'Ways to Use it'.  It called for something stitched.  So I immediately went to my new die from Our Daily Bread Designs and started choosing some patterned paper and die cutting.  I then played puzzle making.  Gluing the black down and carefully picking out each piece for each space -- I finally came up with this.  I added a die cut flower, 'Aster Flower' also from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The small flower in the center was an embellishment, I bought from Hobby Lobby.  I then stamped 'Best Friends' on the bottom right.  This stamp is made from 'Oriental Trading Co.'.

For my last card: Wouldn't you know it?  Another Ways to Use it challenge card!  This one called to make our own background with flowers.  Using  my Misti - (what on earth did I do before that came along???)  I stamped the leafy vines several times on my card in ink called, Bamboo Leaves - to make it really stand out.  That stamp is made from; 'Indigo Blu'.  I then glued on the flowers (yes the same ones in a different color from Hobby Lobby), The yellow ones, are paper punched and light bronze gems are added.  The bible verse is a stamp from 'Verve' and I thought it most appropriate for this card.

Well folks that is the last of them for this week!  Please stop by next week and may God bless you and keep you in His care!  Jan

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday has rolled around again!

I have another set of cards to share with you today.  I hope this finds everyone doing well and ready for the weekend!

 I need to get busy making Father's Day cards.  As I try and sell them now at two locations here in Rogers, Arkansas!  This was for the Sketch Challenge - and a challenge it was!!  Having to cut these 'just right'.  As you can see I made a sea / sailing theme.  The boats (Impression Obsession), the water (Memory Box), and the sea gulls (Impression Obsession) are all dies.  I stamped 'Happy Father's Day!' 
 This was a color challenge - as you can see, it included the medium aqua, bright yellow and hot pink!  My neutral color was white.  All three rectangles are stitched around the edges.  The dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The big butterfly die is made from Spellbinders,  I added adhesive pearls to the body.  I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and a heat gun. 
 I do not know how I missed this beauty last week.  But this is another Sketch Challenge card.  I love the papers I used and not sure of the company's name for it.  Again I used my big butterfly die from Spellbinders.  I glued the ribbons.  The scallop and regular circles are hand punched with a puncher.  The flowers are bought embellishments from Hobby Lobby.  Stamped with 'Birthday Wishes'.  The company that makes that stamp is called Verve.  I embellished the butterfly body with diamond gems.
 Another Father's Day card.  This was the Mixability Challenge.  Where we need to use at least two different mediums.  And this one called for a fabulous frame.  As you can see I cut plaid design paper out, and then used my stitched rectangle for the image.  This stamp image was made by Unity Stamp Company.  I used chalk, markers and die cuts which is my Mixability.  My fabulous frame was used with die cut branches.  Memory Box makes those.
My last card for you this week, is the Free 4 All challenge.  It was suppose to be about 'Time'.  My sentiment is not very readable here in this small picture.  But it reads, 'and Suddenly you just know it's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings',  Also the brad above it has a clock face in it.  Both the sentiment and the image of the woman drinking coffee is made from Unity.  I added pink pearls to balance out the card.  I also used pink pearl drops to go around the sentiment die cut. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week - love to hear from you.  God bless you till next Friday!  Jan

Friday, May 13, 2016

It is Friday again!  How is that even possible?  It goes by so fast!  However I do have more cards to share this week!  The challenges keep coming daily and I love to make cards!  I hope you enjoy looking - and if you want to leave a comment;  I would love that too! 

 This challenge gave us a choice to feature a cat or an owl or both.  I got my green eyed baby here decked out with a diamond necklace - a bright pink nose and long whiskers.  Isn't she stunning?
 The borders have it!  You guess it?  We had to use a single stamp to create a border on our cards.  I also added a tree and a verse for Father's Day.  You know it is just around the corner now!!

 We had to feature wallpaper on our cards.  And I needed to add the window, the chair was colored and fussy cut out.  I added two die cut cats and a plat that says 'Home Sweet Home',  Outside the window is a tree, sky and ground.  I think this is rather cozy.  Don't you?
One of our hostess, such a sweet lady.  Gave us a picture of Sweden that had a lot of houses in it.  So I made a neighborhood of homes.  I used chalk for the clouds and ground, marking pens for coloring the image and added a flight of birds in the air.

Like I said before the weeks go by so fast.  Until next Friday I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and week!  God bless us, every one.  Jan

Friday, May 6, 2016

Here it is Friday night again ... another week of cards I have to show you.  Leave me some comments - I would love to hear from you. 

The challenge called for 'teacher's and school supplies'.  I had this cute stamp of the a kitty reading a book, I could not pass up the chance to use it.  Stampendous makes both stamps, (Cat and the Sentiment).  I think paper punched the gold star out of glitter paper.  Fussy cut an apple digi, added the clothes pin, and the dictionary ribbon.  And placed it on Light green checkered print. 
 This challenge was a sketch challenge.  Which means I had this layout I had to make a card from.  The die cut flowers are Asters from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The circle die is Spellbinders, and the leaf die I had bought from Ebay.  I added pink gems and stamped Happy Birthday from Flonz. 
 This challenge was a color challenge.  Lavender, Dark Purple, Green, and Sky Blue.  The stamp is made from Verve,  The flowers is a two part stamp made from Stampin' Up. 
 This challenge called for flowery paper,  Again I used Stampin' Up papers (all of them except the white which is Neenah), I stamped the flower and colored it, fussy cut it out.  Added a button on top and the leaf is from Heartfelt Creations - die and stamp. 
This challenge called for something fluffy.  I thought of this stamp made by Our Daily Bread Design, and a friend of mine, Lisa colored it for me.  (She is great at coloring isn't she?)  I added gem dots, and sentiment is from Joy Crafts.  The white square was a gift from Audrie I met on Splitcoaststampers. 

Well that is all folks for this week.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend - and hope to see you next week!  God bless always!  Jan

Monday, May 2, 2016

Another Week has gone ...

I have more cards to show you -'but of course'.  I sure hope to hear from you - I love getting comments.

Okay, time to load some cards up!!

 Started with a digi and then colored the background with yellow chalk.  Then came to color the bird with markers and color pencils.   The sentiment is from Inkadinkado!  Yes that is a real name of the company for this stamp.
 The stamp for the flowers in the jar is from Stampendous.  The sentiment is from Verve.  Again I used yellow chalk around the background.  Then colored the rest with marking pens and color pencils.
 The challenge for this card called for either an Anniversary or a Wedding.  Aqua topper is from Spellbinders, and the roses were a free gift from an order I believe - but could not remember,  (it happens when you get old folks!); The label is another Spellbinder die, I shaped it to round off after stamping it with Happy Anniversary!  I crowned this card with diamond gems and pink hearts. 
 Another digi, just colored with markers and pens -- the background is chalk with green and blue.  Sweet n' Sassy (which makes up almost 75% of my stamps) is where the sentiment came from. 
 This was for Saturday's Inspiration Challenge.  I had picked a pillow to case and inspire me.  This is the pillow that inspired me to do this card: Link to the pillow:    Do you see a likeness?
I love these pansies!!!  This was a sketch challenge card - we had to folow a sketch for our card.  I am happy with the way this turned out.  What do you  think of my cards???

I pray that you all have a wonderful week!  God bless each of you.
Hugs and Blessings!
Jan

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