Friday, August 22, 2014

SOUS: TOAD-ally Awesome Party!

A new Die Cut challenge starts today over at Stuck On U Sketches! I hope you'll join us. Create any type of project you would like using our theme:

Blow out the Candles

*use a die cut that has anything to do with a party

You can link up your project HERE

For my PARTY projects, I decided to go with a FROG theme. I made several different elements using die cuts for this theme.

First of all, we need a PARTY INVITATION!

  • This party invitation was cut using my Cameo and a Lori Whitlock file from the Silhouette store ID# 63014.
  • Papers from Three Bugs in a Rug 6x6 pad "Ellie"
  • Timeless Twine "Strawberry Cupcake"
  • "Important" stamp from My Creative Time's "Tab Notes"
  • "HOP to it" stamp from Cardz TV Stamps "Toad-ally Awesome"
  • The invitation information was printed with the Print ' n Cut feature of the Silhouette software using Lori Whitlock's font "Sugar" ID# 56447

  • Frog stamp from Cardz TV Stamps "Toad-ally Awesome"
Invitation reads:
You are TOAD-ally Invited
HOP to it!

When:  FROG-day
Where: Our PAD
What:  WART's Up Party
Why:  Time's fun when you're having FLIES

B.Y.O.B. (Bring your own Bug Juice)

Next this can be used for Table Setting Place-cards, for a fun game for kids, or for even a birthday message or party message:

  • Silhouette ID# 63011 - from the Lori Whitlock file frog treat box
  • Pieces adhered with foam squares for dimension

And finally, the FROG treat box:

  • Same Silhouette ID# 63011 from Lori Whitlock
  • Pieces adhered with foam squares for dimension 
  • Yellow tulle from stash (I've had this tulle over a year - finally finished up the rest of it at the wedding last weekend)
  • Timeless Twine "Strawberry Cupcake"

It was really fun to make all these froggie party items! I used various inks for shading around different cuts, and I'm tickled pink with how the invitation turned out. 

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I'm up to.

:) Janis

613 Avenue - anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Oldie but a Goodie - anything but a card - Yellow tulle from stash (I've had this tulle over a year - finally finished up the rest of it at the wedding last weekend)
Clear it Out - anything goes - Yellow tulle from stash (I've had this tulle over a year)
Just Inspirational - box
Try it on Tuesdays - use your stash Yellow tulle from stash (I've had this tulle over a year)
Crafty Creations - something old from stash -Yellow tulle from stash (I've had this tulle over a year)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nuts About You (Guest Designing for Pink and Main)

Hi, crafters!

I'm thrilled to be Guest Designing for
this month. How cool is that?

Today I have an Acorn Box to show you using the "Happy Fall" stamp set.
You could fill this with candy corn, peanuts, gummy bears, etc.

Silhouette ID# 33331 (acorn box file by Lori Whitlock)

Silhouette ID# 43403 (set of 4 tags)
Pink & Main "Happy Fall" stamp set
Timeless Twine "Autumn Splendor"
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain (I've had this ink for a couple of years - glad it's lasting forever!)
Liquid glue, glue dots, tape runner
Stampin Up "Soft Suede" ink

I created a shadow for the tag using the OFFSET feature in the Silhouette software. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

See you tomorrow!
:) Janis
4 Crafty Chicks - masculine
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes
Oldie but a Goodie - anything but a card (used Tim Holtz Walnut Stain I've had for a couple of years)
Crafty Girls - anything goes
A Song in your Heart - My Best Friend

Frig Magnets - Reminders & Football Season

I love making frig magnets. Just one of those things I enjoy.  With the College Football season about to start a new year (can't wait!), I made something for the side of our refrigerator. Yes - the cut outs are really big! I may put up the South Carolina Gamecocks schedule above it, or I may put up the scores, or who knows.

Silhouette ID# 54672

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Another frig magnet I made this week - a post it note reminder space.

Silhouette ID# 2299

The little pencil on the post it note has nothing to do with my project - I was just covering up the reminder information.

Nothing amazing here, just wanted to share.
Thanks for stopping by!
:) Janis

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wedding Thank You

Hi, everyone! I made a couple of thank you notes today to send to the Hair & Makeup Artist who made her services available for our daughter's bridal party last weekend, and one for Michelle, the venue coordinator who kept it all together and relieved so much of my stress.

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  • Silhouette ID# 65245 (sketch file - wedding dress on hanger)
  • Silhouette ID# 47933 (set of 4 doodle borders with different words - the one I used says "memories")
  • Embossing folder
  • Lots of foam squares for dimension between embossed layer and card base, and again between sketch layer and red cardstock
  • I created a 4x8 cardbase in the Silhouette software adding a score line for the fold for a 4x4 card
The red and yellow flower petals in the photo were part of the table decorations. I love this wedding dress sketch file. It's a lot like what Keri's dress really looked like!

Thanks for stopping by.
:) Janis

Dream Valley - Wedding
Creative Card Crew - embossing wet or dry
Cute Card Thursday - clean and simple

Tag Mini Series - Bee Happy

Hi, Crafters! Hope you are enjoying my Tag Mini Series. The last tag I'll show you in this series will be on Sunday, Aug 24th. At the end of that post, I'll show you a combo pic of all the tags in this series and links to each of the individual posts.

Today's tag has a little bee I colored. Bzzzzz

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  • Silhouette ID# 43062 (set of 4 different style tags with shadow)
  • Silhouette ID# 20452 (set of 5 different circles with scallop shadows by Lori Whitlock)
  • Stampin' Up - Sweet Stuff stamp set (image and sentiment)
  • Tim Holtz Walnut stain - inked edges
  • Foam Square to adhere scallop circle to tag for dimension
  • DCWV Handy Dandy 180 stack (pattern paper)
  • Timeless Twine - Lemonade Yellow
  • Stampin' Up markers for coloring
  • Ribbon from stash (I've had this green ribbon over a year! I need to use it up.)

I love the grass paper from the Handy Dandy stack on this tag.

Thanks for stopping by today. See you tomorrow.
:) Janis

Papertake Weekly - die cut on project (scallop circle)
613 Avenue - anything goes optional summer
Cute Card Thursday - clean and simple
Loves Rubber Stamps - wings
Oldie but a Goodie - anything but a card - green ribbon in stash over a year)
Try it on Tues - use your stash

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I saw this tissue box cover in the Silhouette Store and immediately added it to my cart. I love things like this.

The box cover for my tissue box had to be tweaked a little bit. My box isn't as tall as this one, but other than that, this was easy peasy! Well, re-sizing the sides was easy peasy too. LOL

Here's my tissue box sporting a new quilted-look cover!

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  • Silhouette ID# 64929
  • Assembly tutorial here
  • Solid cardstock - Bazzill
  • Pattern papers - from Hobby Lobby

Thanks for stopping by!
:) Janis

The Sisterhood of Crafters - fav color (blue)
Suzy Bee's - anything goes

PDE Ch: Punches or Dies

Hi! PDE Linky Party starts a brand new
challenge today... 

Metal Dies or Punches.
Time to get some of your tools out and play with us!
You can link up your project HERE.

For my project I used a Stampin' Up punch along
with a Lori Whitlock box card file.

  • Silhouette ID# 61026 (Lori Whitlock picnic box card file)
  • Stampin' Up punch for sentiment
  • Cardz TV Stamps "Fun in the Sun"
  • Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and Broken China
  • Rhinestones
  • Enamel Dots
  • Foam squares to adhere sentiment for dimension (Royal Castle Shoppe)
  • Papers from Bazzill and K&Co.
Thanks for stopping by.
See you tomorrow.
Don't forget to stop by PDE Linky Party and check out what 
Design Team A
created for this challenge. 
And don't forget to link up
your project.
:) Janis

613 Avenue - anything goes optional summer
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Clear it Out - anything goes

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wedding over the Weekend!

Last year, our daughter, Keri, and her boyfriend, Aaron, got married in a private ceremony with parents and siblings only before Aaron got deployed overseas with the Army. We promised them when he got back this year, we'd have a big wedding / party with our family and friends. And that's what we did over the weekend.

We don't have the photographer's photos yet (of course), but we do have a lot of cell phone photos. I want to share some of them with you.

A lot of people have told us how much fun they had, how delicious the food was, what a great group of family and friends we have melding together.... Tom and I just want to be sure that everyone knows, WE did not plan this. People keep telling us what a great job we did. No, no, no.... KERI planned ALL of it. She thought of everything and wow the result was fabulous!

Enjoy the pictures. When we get copies of the professional photos, I'll share some of those with you too.

 The night before at the Rehearsal Dinner  - Keri, Bonnie, Kati

 Getting ready! Tricia just finished doing Keri's hair and is now working on her wedding day makeup.

 Kati, Keri

 When I said I Do, I mean I will for the rest of my life

 Notice Keri's rhinestone Batman symbol on her sash - all the groomsmen wore Superhero t-shirts under their dress shirts and revealed them after the ceremony - Of course Aaron was Batman!

 Batman Wedding cake!

 Bonnie just ate a piece of the black icing - can you tell?

 Aaron's dad, Anson, and Kati dancing

 Niece Mollie, me, Kati

 Photo Bomb!

 Sister-in-Law Kathy, my brother Eddie, niece Mollie

You guys know that Bonnie has special  needs and limited speech. Well, let me tell you. She was given the microphone during the toasts and speeches and gave a wonderful speech to the Bride and Groom. It was precious and had everyone clapping and laughing. We have no idea what she was saying, but she meant it all. I hope someone filmed that.

Big thanks to Michelle at The Members Club at Wildewood for the setup, food, and organization of the event venue.

Huge thanks to the DJ who had us all laughing and dancing all night.

Huge thanks to Tricia who closed her shop to come do the bridal party's hair and makeup for those who wanted it professionally done. This woman is amazing! 

Kati and I made little baskets for the tables. We had paper and pens available for guests to write messages to the bride and groom and place in the baskets.

Kati also made programs for the ceremony that doubled as hand-held fans. Good idea since the ceremony part was outside. She also painted the bride and Batman Groom for the top of the wedding cake.
My children are so creative!

Our son, Jimmy, was transferred to Kansas in June with the Army, so he was not able to attend. We missed him. I so wish he could have celebrated and partied with us!

Thanks for letting me share this event with you. I don't even know how to express how much fun we all had. I loved talking with everyone, laughing, dancing, and just having a good ole time. Keri chose the song, "When you say nothing at all" for the last dance in honor of me and Tom. Tom even picked me up during part of that dance and kept dancing with me while my feet weren't touching the ground (until I begged him to put me down). LOL Keri and Aaron saw it, and Aaron picked Keri up and danced with her like that too. hahahaha 

Thanks for all your extra touches and helping Keri with the wedding, Kati.

Thanks to all the bridal party who were a great support system for the bride and groom and joined them in celebrating their big day (again).

Thanks to everyone who joined us in our celebration.

Congrats to Keri and Aaron! 
We love you both and wish you a long, happy life together.

Proud and happy mom,

You Old Crow (Guest Designing for Pink and Main)

Hi, crafters!

I'm thrilled to be Guest Designing for
this month. How cool is that?

Today I have a clean and simple card to show you using these amazing stamps.

  • Pink and Main stamps used for images and sentiments
  • All pattern papers from Three Bugs in a Rug "Blast Off" 6x6 pad (Royal Castle Shoppe)
  • Freshly Made Sketches #144 for layout design
  • Timeless Twine "Autumn Splendor"
  • Tim Holtz Walnut Stain
  • Flagged banner created by me using the Silhouette software! Woo-Hoo!

I can't believe how fast this came together, and I love how it turned out.
Be sure to stop by Pink and Main and check out the August Stamp Release. You'll be glad you did!

See you tomorrow.
:) Janis
613 Avenue - anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Totally Gorjuss - special celebration
Lil Red Wagon - birthday
Sister Act - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - clean and simple

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