Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Good morning on this beautiful day. I know a lot of you are still getting snow & that nasty cold stuff but here in sunny, warm Tucson, AZ it’s been 80 most days for quite awhile. I must say I’m loving it !!!
My card today is for the “A” team challenge #105 at “The Paper Shelter” for the theme "anything goes". I hope you'll grab your crafting supplies & join us for a chance to win $30 to spend at the their shop if you use one of their images or 3 images of your choice if you use any other image.
I’ve used one of the new digi images called “Freshly Harvested” & I think she’s just adorable. She reminds me of several of my grand daughters out picking a few veggies or a pretty bouquet of flowers they’ve grown. For my pretty background paper I printed out a sheet from their digi pack called “Distinguished” & chose my Copic colors from it to color up this sweet little girl.
Copics used :
Hair Y000 - Y00 - Y21
Scarf & shorts - BG75 - 72 - 000
Top & Basket - E44 - 43 - 42
I used some new Cheery Lynn flower dies on this card & am really enjoying playing with them. They are so simple to turn a plain piece of paper into some lovely flowers of many different kinds & any color you need to match your project.
I chose to make 2 different sizes of the Fringe flower out of cream card & then swiped a little tan ink on the tips to make it go with the Coffee Filter Daisy I made to match. This was the most fun flower I’ve ever made. I was telling my daughter, Theresa I didn’t have any Flower Soft for the center of a Sunflower I had made so I had an “AHHA” moment and used what I had at the time, Fresh Coffee grounds. I put a little glue in the center of the flower & then added coffee grounds & it works great !!! I’m SURE it’s not acid free but then I do this for fun so once in awhile you just do what you gotta do, right !! While I was telling my daughter about the coffee grounds I used for Flower Soft she suggested I try making a flower out of a coffee filter. Hummmm, certainly worth giving it a try so I grabbed a couple clean filters, poured a little coffee in a bowl, crumbled the filter up & let it sit for a few minutes then turned it over & let it dry. Did it a couple more times till it was the color I wanted & it had some nice lines of darker colors on it. After it dried well I straightened it out & used the Cheery Lynn Daisy Strip die to cut the flowers & then just off set them a bit & popped a pretty pearl brad thru it to make it secure. I love how it turned out & think they make great accents on a project. I was on a roll & had the coffee grounds out & was using more filters & made a fresh pot of coffee to soak more filters for flowers.
My husband looked over & grinned & asked if there was going to be any coffee left for breakfast.. I saved him a little !!! hehe
Here’s a close up of the adorable little gardener out harvesting & one of the Spikey flowers I made with another Cheery Lynn die from the “Build a Flower” #1 set. I LOVE these flowers, you just run the die thru a couple of times & you have enough to make several flowers using the different layers it cuts out. It also cuts a lot of different leaves but the one I used with this flower is another new Cheery Lynn die, a Flourish Leaf Strip that cuts & embosses 5 or 6 leaf branches out at a time. I also used a couple of Tiny tags nested together & a cute little bee but then decided the bee looked out of proportion with everything else on my card so pulled it off & then to my dismay it pulled a big chuck of my pretty designer paper that I had printed off.
Soooo I did what us card makers do & tried to cover up my mistake … Should have just put a couple of flowers on & called it good cuz after I started gluing flowers & little dragonflies & tiny pearls on it became toooo busy but by then it was too late. I was not about to try taking those off so like my daughter, Bridgette says, “it is what it is” … It’s just a card & I did have fun making this & do love these sweet little Paper Shelter digi images they give us to play with …
I’m always so pleased to know you stopped by.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Today is my 1st post as a Design team member for “The Paper Shelter” & I must say it’s a happy day for me !!! This group of ladies have gone above & beyond help to welcome a “newbie” on board. Shirley, our A team leader is a jewel !!! She’s been so patient & helpful to me & I’m sure I’ve been driving her to drinking with my endless questions!!! If all goes well this will post TOMORROW morning (the 14th) as it’s supposed to & I won’t be a day early. Fingers crossed !!!
My card is for the A team Challenge #103 – “Easter” … Hop on over & see what my DT sisters have made for your inspiration …
I hope you will join in our challenge this week where the prize is $30 to spend in the Paper Shelter store if you use one of their images or 3 digi's of your choice if you use any other image…
The Paper Shelter has so many great images to choose from. I’ve picked this cute little “Sweet Gardener” for my Easter card … Not exactly an Easter image but with the cute little basket in her hand I’m sure she’s on her way to hunt a few eggs & with the “Easter Wishes" sign I think it works quite well. I added a couple of tiny chain links so the sign even swings. I saw this sign used by Paula awhile back & thought it worked perfectly on this card. I love using stamps & dies different ways than they may be intended. She’s cut out with a Spellbinders Floral Ovals die.
The lamp post & sign are Marianne dies #LRO191 & the tiny flower on the bottom of it is from a Cheery Lynn build a flower embellishment #2 die. The spikey flowers I made with a strip of paper & a Cheery Lynn Fringe die & inked the edges. LOVE those dies !!! I got them from Darlene at Dutch Paper Crafts …
Finished off with a little “Loopy Bow”, a WOC rose, a few pearls & called it done !!!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I know we’re all ready for some spring weather but wanted to share a Christmas card I made but never sent … I’m good at that, just ask my daughters or my friends !!!
I wish I could say I colored this little cutie but it’s a precolored LOTV image I won in a set from the ever so sweet & generous Bev Rochester … This lady is amazing & if you aren’t already following her you should treat yourself to a visit to her blog .. I used some wonderful Christmas paper I have been saving as it was too pretty to cut into. Anyone else ever do that !!! Added some stickles, matted it & popped it up on foam tape on top of a beautiful snowflake I cut in half so it was poking out both sides cuz it was too pretty to hide.
The flowers are WOC & always make a quick easy embellishment for any card. The pretty dotted ribbon was a gift from Sharon who felt sorry for me when she heard I was searching every where for it. The tiny cones were gathered on my walk … I love FINDING cool things to add to my cards. You never know what I might use …
I dipped he flowers in some chunky Twinklets for a little BLING !!!
The inside is decorated with a couple of my favorite Cheery Lynn dies & a Doily die I got from Darlene at Dutch Paper Crafts. She has wonderful fast service & is one of the nicest ladies to deal with.
Thanks for stopping by to see what makes me happy !!!
Monday, February 25, 2013
I don’t normally announce to the world that it’s my Birthday but I had such a great day I just HAVE to share it. I’ve just found out I’ve been selected to join The wonderful team at The Paper Shelter as part of the DT with this great bunch of ladies today & am doing the “Happy Dance” all over the house & since it is my Birthday that makes it twice as SPECIAL !!!
I am seriously over the moon as it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for quite awhile but just didn’t think I was ready !!! Well, guess I’d better get ready cuz it’s time to get the out the paper, stamps, ribbon & Copics & see if they still work. … I need to put the Team girls names & all blog information on here but think that may have to wait till morning. My husband took me all over Tucson today & said whatever you want to do it’s YOUR day … So I chose Michael’s & JoAnns to see what fun embellishments I could get to go with what I already have … Picked up a couple new Ott Lamps so I can see better … Had a nice lunch so now I think I’m ready to kick back , pull my sleeves up & get down to business. Can’t wait to meet all you ladies & a some new ones along the way. I’ll post something tomorrow & put the teams on here so you will know who I will be working with. I also need to go shopping in the wonderful Paper Shelter store & pick out some digis to start making my projects with. They have a lot of wonderful images so it’s going to be hard to chose.
I’ll see you tomorrow & thanks for stopping by.
Happy hugs from my heart, Janie
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I haven’t posted for awhile as I have been on “vacation” but am ready to get back into the swing of things.
After I looked at this it looked a little bare so I added a little more bling !!! That is NOT where I meant to put the butterfly but once I sat him down with glue on him, he wasn’t moving !!!
The Paper Shelter is having a DT call & I’d like to enter with this card & candle I made with a digital image of theirs. I LOVE working with digi stamps & as you can see I have flipped this one so the “girls” are looking at each other. I’ve heard my daughters say this to each other & made me think of them & smile … I’m going to take a few more pictures in better lighting but wanted to get this posted as the DT call ends in a few minutes. Nothing like waiting till the last minute.
I’d like to enter this for the DT at The Paper Shelter
This is the front & the back of the candle …The one on the left is colored like my daughter, Theresa who is a red head & the one on the right is Bridgette who is a light brown/blond … Not a very good job coloring but I was just playing & the colors really are more bright. Next time I’ll go for brighter !!!
Here’s a close-up of this Cheery Lynn Sunflower die & a few leaves from “Build a Flower” … I’m HOOKED on these dies & you will see more flowers as I learn to make them.
Thanks for stopping by for a little peek at what I enjoy doing ..
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Once again it’s been too long in between posts but I’ve finally colored a few images & this little Hanglar was just too cute to leave sitting … Guess it’s time to turn them into cards instead of just adorning my tables with them. I think I’ve forgotten how to use my Copics & post something but will do my best …
After seeing some wonderful cards that Tammi made using these large snowflakes I finally found some & used a gold one topped off with some glittery ribbon, a pair of bells & a little gold thread. Maybe a bit too much gold but hey, “It’s almost Christmas” so thought I would bling it up a little.
Here’s a close up of this little girl holding a piece of the snowflake she “accidently broke off.
The inside is decorated with papers from the same pack as the front.
Supplies used :
Designer papers ": My Minds Eye & Stampin Up Vanilla & Cherry Cobbler
Memory Box “Frostyville Border”
Cheery Lynn Doily for the sentiment.
Bells & ribbon from Jo Ann’s
Colored with Copics
Glenda, one sweet lady that I follow, who by the way makes the most wonderful paper flowers has a great philosophy … She says take a moment for yourself & “Breathe” …
We all get caught up in our busy lives with things we think we HAVE to do … But sometimes taking a few moments just for YOU to “Breathe” makes life seem a little less hectic & a lot more enjoyable … Maybe we should all try that especially this time of year. I am the WORST at putting things off & saying I’ll do it later but right now I just took a deep breath & it felt really good …
Thanks for stopping by & hope you have a crafty kind of day & Ruth Ann I hope you are taking a moment to “breathe”… She’s my wonderful friend who makes beautiful cards, quilts & is always encouraging me to get busy & use some of the many card supplies I keep buying & hoarding ….
And a HUGE thank you to my beautiful daughters who have the busiest lives of anyone I know & can still find time to walk & go to the gym & clean their houses, take care of their children, work full time PLUS find time to make quilts & decorate their houses for the holidays & plan trips for their children & remodel a house & become a Captain in the Air Force & ALWAYS be a shoulder to lean on … Ladies, I hope you take a moment to “Breathe” & know I love you to the Moon & Back”.
Hugs, Janie & Mom
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I know summer is drawing to an end but I just love this sweet “Garden Tilda” & wanted to use her today … She was colored with Copics & made with a whole lot of love … I made the little wood minitures & card display rack while I was working ... I am sooo NOT a wood worker but my "boss, who is a quadraplegic" can tell us how to do thse things & he maks it fun to turn a little piece of wood into a tiny wagon wheel or wood vase with his tools. Although he can't do them himself anymore he's a wonderful teacher & I'm so pleased when I look at the finished project & can say "I did this myself !!! Sure couldn't have done it without him tho. Thanks Al ...
Darlene from Dutch Paper Crafts asked me to do a few more samples for her & the die I backed Miss Tilda with is a LifeStyle Craft oval die … They are so nice to use & cut like butter. I stamped the sentiment on one of the 3 Memory Box Puffy Clouds that come as a set that Darlene also sent & used a leafing pen to make a little “silver lining” on the clouds …
I added a little Flower Soft for the “dirt” & the watering can is an old Sizzix die I cut out of a Pepsi can & then ran thru my Vagabond & crimped it with a wavy paper crimper. The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts & the little cones are from my “gathering” outside. I LOVE to use things I find for little fillers … The leaves are a Cheery Lynn Flourish … Gee, I sound like a salesman but I truly do love this crazy “addiction” hobby & just like to share what makes me happy.
And the inside done to match .. Looks like I forgot to add a little something to the right side of the sentiment but will fix it later. The papers are from the Nitwits “Petal Fresh” digit collection & I can’t believe how wonderful they print out. These beautiful “quilt” papers are some of my favorites …
There, I added a little Cheery Lynn butterfly to fill in the blank space …
The wonderful scalloped card base was sent to me by a sweet lady Eileen from "across the pond" ... She makes some amazing cards so go check out her blog when you have time. But I WARN you she uses some wonderful dies that makes you want to rush right out & pick some up. If you stop by to "visit" her tell her Janie says Hi ...
I wanted to use pale yellow filler flowers but only had white so I got out my nifty little Mini air compressor & a Copic marker & sprayed them to match. Quick & easy !!!
From white to yellow with just with a quick spray … I also sprayed a few leaves for another project.
Here’s a couple more samples I did for Darlene using the Life Style Crafts Floral Doily & the Nesting Squares & Cheery Lynn butterflies & Olive branch... when I order from Dutch Paper Crafts, Darlene usually gets it to me in about 2 days. Fastest service possible. If you don’t see something you want just e-mail her & she will get right back to you & let you know if she can get it.
This was a little long but I hope you enjoyed the post half as much as I did making it.
Hugs & happy crafting, Janie
Monday, September 10, 2012
Here’s something a little different from my normal “Tilda” cards … This is a delicious family recipe & although it’s a silly name that’s what everyone has always called it… I’ve been doing a few samples for Darlene at Dutch Paper Crafts & she was so wonderful to send me some amazing dies to work with … This recipe card is done using Lifestyles Craft Nesting Rectangles & Circles. They come in a set of 4 or 5 & cut like a dream …
These were taken outside on an old wagon wheel my daughter Theresa gave me & next to an old whiskey barrel filled with Hen & Chicks & other Succulents my daughter Bridgette gave me for Mother’s Day this year. I LOVE that kind of yard decoration & even used a pair of old boots & filled them with plants. You can barely see the toe of the boot it’s sooooo full …
The inside has more Nesting circles & the sentiment from JustRite stamps is put on with an Action Wobble so it spins when you flip it from the side. Darlene did a wonderful video showing the cards I sent her & it’s up on her blog today if you have time to check it out. She offers a great discount on everything she sells & it’s the fastest shipping I’ve ever seen.
After I posted this I went back & reread it & noticed on my Recipe I typed Prehead instead of Preheat ... Wonder how many of you noticed ...
Here’s a little treat bag I sent to Darlene for her dog Buddy … I used another Lifestyle Craft rectangle for the computer generated sentiment & just put a couple of Milk Bones in a tiny ziplock baggie I bought at Michael’s. I used my Cricut to cut the Doggie & stamped a Peachy Keen face on him & put him on an Action Wobble.
Thanks for stopping by & hope you can take a little time to craft today…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I had some extra papers on my desk from my last post so decided to make another card from the same collection. Did I mention I LOVE these digi papers !! I printed an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet & a 6 x 6 of the same pattern & love the different look of them … I showed them both so you can see the difference in print. Thank you once again Paula & Sharon for telling me how to do that … There are so many different papers in these digi sets it’s hard to choose which ones to use.
I took my cards out on the deck to photograph them & noticed a couple of squirrels in the yard & a pair of ducks in our little pond. Thought I would share them with you … The squirrel is at the top on the right side of the pond & one duck is hiding in the cattails we planted a few years ago. As soon as we get some sunshine everything will start growing & blooming … You can click on the little pictures to see them close up.
A pair of Mallard ducks & one of our MANY squirrels on the feeder I made with a little help from my daughter & the boss. With their own private diner the squirrels now leave the bird feeders alone.
On to my card !!!
I just love this simple card. It was so easy to put together just using some of the embellished pieces from the Nitwits Time For Tea & a few hand made flowers …
I’m entering this in the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge “Flowers”
Don’t think I should have shown this close-up cuz it shows all my crooked mistakes … The flower is made from a rolled flower die & the “leaves” under it is a Marianne Poinsettia die. Little Miss mini Tilda is colored with Copics to match & she chose to sit on that fun little Anastaseia border from Cheery Lynn. The tiny teapot & cup charm is another treasure from that wonderful lady Gloria. These cards just wouldn’t be complete with this cute embellishment …
Best be getting to bed so I can work on some designer card samples for Dutch Paper Crafts tomorrow & get them sent off to her. Darlene is a wonderful lady to work for & I must get busy on them before I get any thing else done. She offers a nice discount & her shipping is super fast..