Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hey Everyone!!  It has been tooooooooo long since I have posted on my blog!  So I hope you will forgive me!  It would help if someone commented on my cards even to criticize - this would keep me going!

I am going to just start with my recent news,  today I am DT for the tickle challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  And we are calling all Ladybugs to Teapottersville!  If you would like to see the story line here it is:

Hi Everyone!! As you are probably aware, Teapottersville has a huge farming community. The crops consist of many vegetables, grains and even a few fruit groves. But alas this year the farmer’s worse nightmare has happened!

There is a huge population of aphids eating away at the farmer’s crops! They are destroying all the hard work the farmers have done.

This calls for ‘FARMER’S ALERT’ in all of the community and abroad! They need LADYBUGS! Lots and lots of LADYBUGS to eat those nasty aphids, the more the better – we need to save these crops from being destroyed!

So, get out your ladybugs and show us what you can do with them!! All the people in Teapottersville thanks you from the bottom of their heart.

CHALLENGE TRANSLATION: Create a card featuring ladybugs.

This week our destination is each other! Once a month, we send our cards to each other! A little payback and reward to the teapotters for always sending their cards to the recipient of the Destination Station.
 On the last Tuesday of every month we 'tickle' each other with a card. If you are interesting in finding out more... please write me and I will be sure to fill you in!

Now for my ladybug card ...

I am sure you all have heard of Christmas in July.  This is when a lot of handcrafted card makers start making Christmas cards to send out in December.  But I had a little bit of a push - (in a good way of course!) ... a cousin of mine asked me to make them 12 Christmas cards!  So I have been the busy elf, creating a load of those lately.  Here are a few of my favorites.

I will try to be more diligent in posting.

I have published a couple of books in the past few months as well. 

As soon as I get a write up about that, I will be back to share with you!!

God bless and Happy Crafting!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

What a crazy two weeks!!  I am so happy to be back and in the saddle again.  I hope you will all forgive me for not blogging the last two weeks - but I got a lot of cards I can share with you today!  How about if we do more than our usual 5 or 6?  I am going to do something a bit different this time.  If you have any questions on what was used or how it was used.  I will hear from you in my comment and answer you there! 

 Halloween is just around the corner - thought I would pad my Halloween collection of cards to sell.  Truthfully, I do not make many - but I thought this year I would make more than I usually do.  Love to hear about your take on these two cards!

 Of course what comes after the candy stuffing day in October?  Fall!  I love this time of the year for cards - I love the rich colors that fall comes with.  Don't you?
 I love these posy design papers - the aster dies the celebrate die -- to make this special birthday card!
 I used my water color pencils - and something else!  Dare to ask me???  I love the vibrant colors for this background!
 We were to make a messy card - sorry folks this is as messy as this girl gets!  Giggles!!!  All three pieces are dies and then went around the edges with dark grey chalk.

 After fall comes Christmas of course!  I have so many people I send cards out to -- I need to start padding up my Christmas stash!! 
 We all need to smile now and then?  Okay we need to laugh like a hyena - fall on the floor and pee our pants!  Here it reads:  We've been friends so long I can't remember which one of us is the bad influence.   Then on the right hand bottom, it says:  But I'm guessing its you!
 Can't read the background?  That is a good thing!  As this challenge called for illegible handwriting! 
I cased this card last week - and just love the way it turned out.  Of course I love books - good mysteries, and of course the Bible!  And I love cats!  Live with passion!

Well I hope you all live with passion this week!  Do what you like to do and maybe carrying it out to make someone's day!  God bless and as always - would love to hear from you!  Jan

Sunday, July 31, 2016

It's the last day of July 2016!  Summer is in full swing!  On Splitcoaststampers we are in the middle of playing 'Dare to Get Dirty 2016".  So far there are 10 challenges to complete for.  I have nine of them finished!  There is one I still need to do.  But atlas!  I do not have the equipment to do it.  Tomorrow is Hobby Lobby day, to purchase (hopefully) the things I need.

So!  Here are my nine cards!

I hope these inspire you to make some cards of your own!  Be creative; go with the flow and let your imagination appear on paper.  As always I love it when you leave me a comment or two.  God bless and have a wonderful week!  Jan

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Happy July Saturday!

I have worked on bible journals with many images with bible verses.  I am putting them in a book for others to buy and color; as they color they can read bible verses and worship the Lord in their own way. I do have some cards I made this week, to share with you.

 This card was done for the 'Ways to Use It' challenge.  Which called for frames on our cards.  As you can see I used two frames (die cuts) and a butterfly (die cut)  Blue frame is made by Spellbinders, as well as the Butterfly die.  The white frame is made by Joy Crafts.  I added glitter glue.
 This card was done for our 'Color Challenge'.  Pink, Blue and Aqua was the colors - luckily I had design papers that had those colors in it.  Design papers are from Stampin' Up Company.  I added adhesive lace, two ovals in different colors and sizes.  Both Spellbinders.  Added adhesive flowers in the corner and stamped the sentiment; made by Verve.  Added glitter glue to the ovals.
 This card was made for our 'Clean and Simple' challenge.  The challenge called for a beach scene.  I used chalk, on the waves before die cutting them out.  I continued to use chalk on the rest of the card for the sky.  I stamped the sun and used markers to color.  The waves die is made by Memory Box.  The three sailboats dies are made by Impression Obsession.  The sentiment stamp is by Penny Black. 
 This card was made for our Inspirational Challenge, and also for the Mixability challenge.  We are given a new website to look at each Saturday, and we are to pick one picture for inspiration and make a card from that.  Today was a bouquet of Tulips.  Mixability called for buttons.  The jar stamp and die is made by Art-C.  The tulips I bought from a sweet lady on E-bay.  I added the pom-poms on the edge.  Also the bow.

These last two cards were made for a neighbor who wanted a couple of Thank you cards.  The 'thanks' die is made by Impression Obsession.  The blue flower was made for me by a really good friend, Lisa.  The butterflies, are made by paper punches.  The white topper was embossed.

I hope you enjoyed looking at these - as much as I like sharing them with you!  Maybe they will inspire you to make some cards!!  Leave me a comment and let me know okay?  God bless and have a fantastic week!

OH!  Before I let you go - I will be going on vacation next week.  So I may not have much to show you next week, but will do what I can okay?  God bless!  Jan

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Ready for another round of cards today????  I have a few to show you!  So cutting the chit chat out today, we can just dig right in!

 Black and White .. that was our challenge for Inspirational Challenge.  I bought this die cut from a friend of mine online - then colored the eyes and nose.  I added the bible verse:  Numbers 6:24-26 sold by 'Our Daily Bread Designs'. 
 Another black and white - for the Inspirational Challenge.  This one I die cut the doily (Prima Dies); added the checkered brad in the center.  The sentiment stamp is from Prima Marketing. 
 Ways to Use it challenge this past Thursday, was all about the browns, ivory - namely chocolate or anything else that comes in brown.  I used the coffee bean embossing folder, the sentiment is from 'Funny Bones' and the coffee cup is from 'Our Daily Bread Designs'.  I colored the cup in flesh and red, the coffee is brown - but my camera did me wrong this week and made it look red.  I popped up the middle squares for 3-D effect.
 Our Sketch Challenge, was a bit different this week.  We were told to look for a sketch we felt like doing, from SC500 through SC599.  I chose SC501 - I stamped this, and colored it.  The three circles in the left bottom corner, was punched out with a circle punch, and flowers were added. 
Featured stamper, was a great one this past week!  A very talented girl was chosen, and I picked out a beauty of a card and cased it.  This is what I came up with.  Sweet n' Sassy makes the sentiment words, the girl I received as a gift from another stamper.  I colored it and die cut a scallop out of it.  The dies for the black lines is by Memory Box. 

Well as always I hope you enjoyed my cards.  I hope each one of you have a wonderful week!  May God bless youy!  Jan

Saturday, July 2, 2016

I am back this week!!

I am back and I have some great cards to share with you!!  As always, please leave a comment or two, and if you have not joined my blog - please do so!!

 It is hard to see here; but those balloon and the gift is covered in glitter.  I of course outlined the stamp and colored them in.  Added more glitter dots to the bottom left corner.  The DP in the bg is from Stampin' Up.  The stamp is Stampendous.  I also used a pennant puncher for the top.
 This isn't too hard to explain.  We all know how curious cats can be!!  Stamping this image (Stampendous).  I colored the image win chalk, this was a color challenge and we had to use wisteria, pink and gray.  I made this kitty with wisteria eyes!  Stamped the sentiment and bee (Verve).  Of course colored the bee. 
 Aren't these sheep fun???  I bought these die cuts from a sweet lady named Kathy on E-bay.  I used a die from SB for the fence, and hills.  The clouds were die from Sweet n Sassy.  The matching envelope is so sweet don't you think?  I used the light blue checkered for the bg and sky.  The tag I stamped with Verve.
 Tickle challenge for the Tea Potter's on SCS!!  We had to bring a picnic basket - well wouldn't you know?  I did not have one.  So this is a sweet 'digi' that I found online.  I popped it up for dimension, added a yellow butterfly sticker.  I added the ribbons on top and bottom of the card - also the bow to the left and lots and lots of glitter!!
 Featured Stamper challenge is to go to the gallery of the SCS stamper that the hostess picks out.  From there I found a similar card; and made this.  Her card had a gnome on it - mine has a umbrella.  Isn't the plaid pretty???  That paper comes in a set called 'Love Story'.  I added the orange gems and the pearl!!  My sentiment stamp comes from Joy Crafts!!
This is for Inspirational Challenge --- Our neat neat hostess picks out different websites and we go on there and pick a item/image.  And create a card from it.  In this case there was a napkin ring with a gold bird on it, the circle I have behind it is the color of the two napkins it was tied to (brownish tan and white).  It also had a stalk of flowers, which inspired me to place my yellow punched flowers.  My butterfly is stick on.  I used heat embossing for the sentiment (stamp is Verve).  I hope you like everything today!

I pray that you all have a wonderful week!  Stay safe for the 4th!!  God bless!  Jan

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tomorrow is Father's Day!!

Can't believe another week has gone by again.  But here it is and tomorrow will be Father's Day!  I have a few cards to share with you this week.   A neighbor of mine wanted some cards made for her.  So this week I have been busy filling this order.  She asked for some Sympathy; Anniversary and of course Birthday cards!!

This card was such a simple yet elegant card to make.  I took music background paper and stamped this flower on it.  I stamped it in green and burgundy.  I added some glitter to the burgundy petals.  It gives it a softer feel.  I stamped my sentiment and die cut and stamped around it and popped it up for the 3-D effect. 
 She also needed an Anniversary card.  It is hard to see, but I used two types of glitter paper for this.  One in gold and one in white.  This square fancy die is from Spellbinders.  The square in the middle is from Lawn Fawn die cut set.  I punched out two gold hearts, stamped the sentiment from Fiskars.  Then wrapped it up with a beautiful white bow.
 She needed a 'guy' birthday card.  So I used this beautiful image stamp from Sweet n' Sassy.  The sentiment stamp is made from Flonz.  I colored the image in chalk. 
 This card I made this morning for the Inspirational Challenge.  I really like the way the butterfly pops off the page, don't you?  Thank you stamp is from OTC, I used my Lawn Fawn square dies for this.  I turned one around after die cutting the square inside a square.  Confusing huh?  Not really!  I added white gems to the body of the butterfly to make it stand out even more.

  Now here we are  with Father's Day.  I used this one to wish the 'Office guy' a Happy Father's Day.  I use plaid for the base of this card.  Adding two rectangles, slightly angled.  Added a tie, with a 'stud diamond' now how is that for high class?  A pair of glasses, with lacquer in the lens, stamped with the HFD sentiment, and added the red gems for effect! 
I guess I must be stuck on the office for Father's day.  As you can see this die is a suit and tie, with just an added sentiment to set the tone right.

Well as always - I sure hope to hear from you and I wish you a blessed week!  God bless!  Jan