Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cute as a BUG!

Happy Easter! Our Easter Bunny always brings new cereal bowls or plastic cups instead of Easter Baskets. :) Look at that SUGAR! 

Yesterday I was playing with my Cameo (I know, shocker, right? LOL) I'm enjoying learning all about it. I upgraded it to the Designer's Edition Software so that I could play around with all of the CUTE SVGs out there! I've started an SVG Page tab to help me remember where they all are. Feel free to click on that at the top of my blog and check them out. As people give me new links to more SVG sites, I'll be adding them in. I do believe though that Miss Kate Cuttables is my FAV site so far. This bug card was made with one of her DAILY FREEBIES!!

  • Miss Kate Cuttables: Cute Bug - cut @ about 2 1/2"
  • Cute Bug adhered with an Action Wobble
  • Papers from Ki "Fancy Free" 180 stack I got last year
  • Martha Stewart "Double Loop" border punch
  • Photo Corners from the Silhouette online store
  • Cardz TV Stamps "Going Buggy" stamp set used for sentiment
  • Close To My Heart "Cotton Candy" ink used for sentiment 
Shop Miss Kate Cuttables... HERE
Shop TSQ for Action Wobbles... HERE
Shop CTMH with Lucy... HERE
Shop Cardz TV Stamps with Mary... HERE

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Easter! :) Janis

A Gem of a Challenge - W - #73 Make it Cute (Sat)
My Sheri Crafts   2W -  #107 (W1 of 2) Spring has Sprung (Sat)
Glitter n Sparkle - Cute  (Sun)
Daring Cardmakers - C5 – card with an action wobble (Fri)
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - 3E – 117 Cute as you like it (Fri)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

HOP-py Easter!

I have had a ton of fun today. My husband, Tom, our brother, Jimmy, and Tom's brother, Tim, all worked outside today on our outdoor fireplace entertainment area. It's coming along nicely! Bonnie and I sat outside for a while just enjoying the sunshine.

It's a work in progress. There will be a light on the top of that column and flag stone added to the tops of everything. Two more brick columns and seating areas will be added in an L shape. But we are hoping to have it functional by next weekend for Bonnie's birthday party! We are wanting to make s'mores on the outdoor fireplace!

In between running back and forth to the store for different groceries and drinks, I played with my Silhouette Cameo. First I updated my software to the Designer's Edition so that I could have access to even more tools and be able to use SVG cuts. Then I went searching in the Silhouette online store for Easter Basket 3D cuts. I found several I liked, but decided on this one....

I cut out 19 of these little darlings and stamped faces on them using Peachy Keen PK-754 Critter Faces Set A Medium.

I used a white gel pen to color in part of the eyes, nose, and teeth. Added some twine around it's neck, and then added some Easter Grass, Easter Egg, and candy.

I inked around the edges of this one with Close To My Heart "Sunset" ink. At first I used mono adhesive, but they were staying stuck together, so I went back and used Score Tape instead - much mo' betta'.

I love my little Bunny Baskets! Thanks for stopping by today! :) Janis

Shop Close to My Heart with Lucy... HERE

Cards For Men - 2W, must be masculine - (2nd week) Easter (Mon)
Cutie Pie Challenge - 2W - (2nd week) Easter (Mon)
Crafting for all Seasons - 2W, 3E - #48 Anything but a card (Wed)
Crafty Creations - #213 Easter (Wed)
Papercraft Star - 5C - #138 Easter (Wed)
Penny's Paper-Crafty - 3E - #120 anything but square (Wed)
Ruby's Rainbow - 2W, JFF, C10 - Easter (Wed)
4 Crafty Chicks - #135 Easter (Thurs)
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge - 3E –  #105 (Ends 31st Mar) Easter (Thurs)
CAS-ual Fridays - C4, must be CAS – 96 CAS Easter project, but not a card (Fri)

Friday, March 29, 2013


Good morning! I'm so excited that SPRING is here... even though at the moment it's 45 degrees here and I wish it was more like 75 - 80 outside. So if the outside weather won't act like Spring, then I decided to make some flower cards inside to make me feel like Spring anyway.

  • Card base is cardstock from Stampin' Up cut @ 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" (this would make a great tag!)
  • Ivory cardstock cut @ 3" x 4"
  • Stampin' Up stamps from the "Summer Silhouettes" clear mount stamp set
  • Stampin Up inks used are:
    • Glorious Green (retired)
    • Eggplant Envy (retired)
    • Brilliant Blue (retired)
  • Close To My Heart inks used are:
    • Sunset (Adventure Collection)
    • Cranberry (Adventure Collection)
  • Cardz TV Stamp set "More Encouraging Thoughts" stamped using SU "Brilliant Blue"
  • The embossed flower attached with a Recollections brad has been stashed away since last year. So glad I got these back out again. I love the embossed flowers!
Shop Stampin' Up with Debra... HERE
Shop Stampin' Up with Raven... HERE
Shop Close To My Heart with Lucy... HERE

Thanks for stopping by today! :) Janis


Catered Crop 2W - (2nd week) Flower Power (ends 30th March)  (Sun)
Creative Belli - 2W - stamp, #166 Easter - use old and forgotten stash (Wed)
Delightful Challenges - 1E, SIO - Bunny or spring (Thurs)
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - 3E, 2W -week 2,Bring On Spring (Fri)
Creative Corner-12 anything goes (Fri)
Addicted to CAS 2W, 3E, 5C  must be clean and simple - #9 (W1 of 2) Spring (Sat)
Crafty Boots - 2W, SIO - (2nd week) Flowers (Mon)
House of Gilli - M, SIO - (March) Flowers and/or Ribbon (Mon)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Project Highlighted

I'm so excited to say that my 
Stampin' Up Swallowtail project 
is featured today over at 
my sweet friend, Raven's, blog. 
:) Janis

Your Thoughtfulness Warms My Heart

I am loving my new Cameo! I have learned (through the help of many YouTube videos) how to create shadows for stamped images, how to weld images or letters to a shape, how to create a custom sized sentiment mat that fits the individual stamped sentiment perfectly... oh the magic. :)

  • Little girl from Cameo "Print and Cut" feature. Remember her? She printed in the black outline only. I cut her out with the Cameo. Then I colored her with BICs, Le Plumes, and the skin tone Copic marker. Her cheeks were chalked in. The dots on her flower and skirt were created with a white gel pen.
  • CARDZ TV STAMPS "Heartfelt Wishes" for the sentiment stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
  • The sentiment matting "label" came from the free cuts included with the Silhouette purchase. I stamped the sentiment and scanned it in to the computer and loaded it into the Silhouette software. Then I grabbed that free label and custom fit it around the stamped image including a shadow. Send to Silhouette. Cut. Voila! Once I had the label and shadow cut out, I simply stamped my sentiment on it. Perfect fit!
Thanks for stopping by today! :) Janis


Craft Your Passion - E3 Make it Cute (Mon)
Crafty Ribbons - 2W, SIO - #42 anything goes with ribbon (Thurs)
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - 2E, C8 -Clean and Simple (Thurs)
Forever Friends - - #58 Girls (Thurs)
Paper Crafting Journey - 2W - (W2 of 2) Ribbon or Lace (Thurs)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Swallowtail Fun


Who else is so ready for SPRING? Okay, it's officially Spring, but I'm ready for it to start FEELING like Spring!

Yesterday I received my Stampin' Up order! Woo-Hoo! I love me some Stampin Up!

First I stamped the Swallowtail twice onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Then I colored one of the images using BIC markers.

I punched out butterflies randomly from the colored image. I used the Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly punch, but Stampin' Up also has butterfly punches. In fact, right now they have 2 different sizes I think.

Ready to see the final card?

  • Card measures 6" x 5"
  • Background is chalked in blue
  • Stampin' Up "Swallowtail" #129216
  • Martha Stewart "Classic Butterfly Punch"
  • Modern Label Punch #119849
  • Sentiment punch is inked around the edges using SU "Bliss Blue" (retired)
  • Sentiment from SU "Little Friends" #122667
  • Card base is SU cardstock "Night of Navy" #100867
  • Twine, Pearl Brad, and Rhinestones on butterfly bodies all from stash
Thanks for stopping by today! I want to thank Deb (SU Demonstrator) for hooking up with me so I could order these goodies! Shop with Deb... HERE.

I'm also very excited to announce that my friend, RAVEN, has now signed up to be a Stampin' Up Demonstrator! Woo-Hoo! She is going to really fly in this business! Go check out her blog and her SU store. She also is having a GIVE AWAY on her blog right now and someone is going to win some Stampin' Up FABRIC!!  Raven ROCKS!

Don't forget to stop by Mary's Cardz TV blog and enter her 

Butterfly hugs! :) Janis

2 Sisters #136 Easter / Spring (Sat)
Crafty Bloggers Network (March) Spring or Pastels (Mon)
Make My Monday Inspired by the book GARDEN SPELLS by Sarah Addison Allen (Story or Cover) (Mon)
My Craft Spot Strings & Things (Mon)
Cards by Lady Anne / Stamp Challenge - M, must stamp, E3 - anything goes (ends Mar 31) (Wed)
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes (Wed)
Sisterhood of Crafters  - 2W, 3E -Easter / Spring (Wed)Sweet Pea Stampers - M, SIO, E3 -week 3 Spring Colours (Fri)

Crafty Cardz Ch# 128 "Don't Quote Me!"

Hi, everyone! I have some exciting news for you! 
Mary @ Cardz TV has decided to change one of her challenge types.
Formerly known as Cricut Cardz Challenge (CCC)
will now be officially
That means all of you who have
Big Shots
Cut with Cuttlebugs
who like to use
Will be able to play and participate in our CARD challenges!! Awesome!
Here is the challenge that starts today:

Crafty Cardz Ch#128 "Don't Quote Me!" 
Make a card using your favorite quote
Starts: Wed, Mar 27th
Ends: Tues, Apr 9 @ Noon EST
Prize: 1 set of Cardz TV Stamps 

Here is my project for this challenge:

  •  A2 size "Portrait" style card 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • All pattern papers from the 12x12 "Desert Blooms" stack (some glittered, some double-sided)
  • Fiskark's corner punches used for decorative corners and rounded corners on ivory sentiment mat and edges inked with Tim Hotlz Tea Dy distress ink
  • Buttons from TSQ's Shoppe
  • Sentiment stamp is an old wood stamp I got from Michael's several years ago. Love this quote!
  • Card base is Kraft from Stampin' Up
  • Orange mat cut @ 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Burgundy mat (Stampin' Up) cut @ 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Pink mat cut @ 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
  • Sentiment adhered with foam tape for dimension
And here's the inside!

  • Orange mat cut @ 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Burgundy mat cut @ 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
  • Pink mat cut @ 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
  • Ivory mat cut @ 3" x 4 1/4" and edges inked with Tim Hotlz Tea Dy distress ink
  • Cardz TV Stamps "Simply Said" for "Sincerely yours" stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Thanks so much for stopping by today! :) Janis

Come play with us!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hello Sunshine!

  • A2 size card 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Black mat cut @ 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
  • Pattern Plaid mat cut @ 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" (Echo Park, This & That "Charming")
  • Offray ribbon & pearl bow
  • CTMH (Close To My Heart) "Country Born" stamp set (Shop with my rep, Lucy)
    • colored with BIC markers, Le Plume "Garden" watercolor markers, and chalked background
    • Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink around the edges
  • Image oval and scallop border both are from Spellbinders cut through the Cuttlebug
  • Cardz TV Stamps "Simply Said" stamp set inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Thanks for stopping by today! :) Janis


Challenges 4 Everybody - 2W, 3C - Always Anything Goes  (Sun)
Pile It On Dots  (Sun)
Creative Creations Challenge Blog - 2W, E3, C10 - (2nd week) Things with the letter B (Mon) (Basket, Bow)
Addicted to Stamps and More - 5- #37 Markers (Wed)
Penny's Paper-Crafty - 3E - #119 Gingham/Checks (Wed)
The Stamping Chef - 2W - Good Luck/Green (2nd week) (Wed)
Paper Crafting Journey - 2W - (W1 of 2) Ribbon or Lace (Thurs)

Monday, March 25, 2013

CTMH Life Is Good

Wow! I've had a very fun day. Here's a card I couldn't wait to post and show you.

  • Card base is Stampin' Up cardstock A2 size 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Background green checked paper is from My Mind's Eye "Complete Boy" cut @ 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Horse image from "Country Born" set
    • Sentiment from "Country Born" set
    • Fancy Sentiment frame stamp from "Frame Flair" set
  • Sentiment frame, sentiment, and horse image all stamped using Stampin' Up ink "Soft Suede"
  • Horse image and background is chalked
  • Cameo used to create the sentiment double shadows around the frame
  • Sentiment has a Recollections antique brass brad and the sentiment is popped up with foam tape for dimension
Shop CTMH with my rep, Lucy... HERE
Shop Stampin Up with my rep, Debra... HERE

Thanks for stopping by today! :) Janis

Sweet Stampin - 2E, must Stamp - Lots of Layers (Sat)
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes  (Sun)
Glitter n Sparkle - Animals  (Sun)
No Matter Which Challenges - M, Fmust use stamp (rubber or digi) - (March)Anything Goes (ends 30th March)  (Sun)
Penny Black and More M, 3E, SIO, no digis - (March) One For The Boys (ends 2nd April) (Sun)
Make it Monday - W - always Anything Goes (Mon)
Creative Card Crew 2W - #33 Masculine (Week 1) (Tues)
Cards by Lady Anne / Stamp Challenge - M, must stamp, E3 - anything goes (ends Mar 31) (Wed)

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Happy Birthday (Napkin Fold Card)

Happy Monday! Here's the Napkin Fold birthday card I made for our son, Jimmy, last weekend.

I followed Dawn's instructional video... HERE.

Card base BoBunny Double Dots. Shop TSQ... HERE.

Pattern paper from Echo Park Boy's Life.

Cardz TV Stamps "Good Times" for all sentiments.

Sentiments stamped using Stampin' Up "Brilliant Blue" ink. Shop SU with my rep, Debra... HERE.

Fiskars Cloud punch. Edges inked with Stampin' Up "Bliss Blue".

Doodlecharms Sun with shadow p. 96 cut @ 1 1/2".

Car from Beep Beep Lite cartridge.

Grass from Every Day Paper Dolls p. 77.

Fiskars Scallop and Circle punch used on closure band.

Thanks for stopping by today! :) Janis

(updated soon)