Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Ruth Ann


I’d like to wish my very good friend Ruth Ann a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” today !!! There’s never a day that goes by that I don’t think of you & miss the get togethers we’ve had playing with our stamps & dies. I’ll be home before you know it & we must plan more time for those days.

I have enough supplies to rival Michael’s or JoAnns & still I procrastinate about getting cards made for those who mean so much to me. Neither of my daughters received cards this year & now here it is my sweet friend Ruth Ann’s birthday & no card sent off to her YET either !!! I do have a little something for her but as is the “norm” for me it will be late … I was thinking of you when I got it & should have had it in the mail days ago.

But for today I’m just going to share a little recipe book that my friends, my daughters & I made awhile back because they were so fun to make & there’s nothing better than sharing the craft we all love. These were so easy to make & made the most wonderful gifts. It was like making little scrapbook pages using recipes instead of pictures & then inserted into plastic sleeves in a small album …

This is a recipe Ruth Ann shared with us & everyone added their own stamps & dies to make it original.


Angel Fluff is a favorite made for most every holiday when my girls were growing up. Now they have families of their own & are continuing the tradition … Its like eating a slice of heaven … yummy !!!


Another family favorite, Poppyseed Chicken … LOVE this stuff & the real butter & cream cheese is offset by the chicken cuz that’s healthy, right !!!




Click on these to make larger if you want to see them better.



We’ve made these little recipe albums in 6 x 6 or 8 x 8 …. Hope you give them a try using any of these or your own recipes. All it takes is a little time, a few punches, stickers or stamps & you will make someone happy knowing this was a gift made with a whole lot of love straight from the heart …


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A little bit Shabby

No sentiment !!! Now HOW could I forget that !!! Today is our 25th wedding anniversary & yes it is also April Fools Day … My husband has a little sense of humor …

When I 1st started card making if I got a piece of paper a little wrinkled it would get tossed out or recycled. Today I did it on PURPOSE !!! This is my 1st attempt at being a little bit shabby & I’m not sure I’ve achieved the look but it was fun trying. Used some Tim Holtz distress inks for the 1st time on the basket, bird & papers … I LOVE those inks & the look they give. I even used a little distress tool around the edges to “rough it up” …



Couldn’t decide if I liked adding a messy seam binding bow or not so will just loosely stick in on for now. I just got a bunch of different colors from Stamp Simply & Sharon rushed my order to me so I could get it at the RV Park before we left. Awesome customer support & very fast service.


Added some bunnies I cut with dies from velvet paper & a few flowers I made with the Fabulous Phlox die & a little baby’s breath (my new “favorite” thing) for some floral filler…



We have to get on the road as we have spent the winter in sunny Arizona & now it’s time to head home. Thanks for stopping by,

Hugs, Janie

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pink & Green Surprise

My face actually HURTS from smiling all day … In the mail today I received the most wonderful gift from my friend Ruth Ann … She made me a BEAUTIFUL pink & green quilted purse for my birthday with a sweet little Tilda card. She knows my favorite colors & also knows how I LOVE Ladybugs so I got a double dose of Happy …


Does it get any better when you have friends who do something like this … I was just speechless when I opened my package thinking “oh goodie”, I KNOW she sent me some new card making die & I can’t wait to see what it is. I just hugged that gorgeous purse & got tears in my eyes. It’s so pretty I don’t even want to use it cuz I’m afraid I will get it dirty … But use it I will & am going to enjoy showing it off every day !!! Thank you my friend …


I’m sure Ruth Ann will post this on her blog as well but I just had to share it with you & I’m going to have to invest in this adorable little Tilda image & the Ladybug as well. I admit it I am a Tilda addict !!! If you’d like to pop over to her blog in the next day or so she can give you all the wonderful details on how she made these & many other wonderful cards, purses & quilts. She does an amazing job on everything !!!


The purse has magnetic closures on the sides to make it more fitted & also has one on the inside to keep everything secure.



Is this not the coolest purse, look at ALL those wonderful pockets. LOVE the magnetic closures.

My husband & daughters make me happy everyday but today I’m thankful for my friend Ruth Ann not just for the beautiful gifts but for being a true friend …

Old black purse you’re going BYE BYE !!!  Tomorrow I’ll be shopping in style …


Hugs, Janie

Friday, January 10, 2014

Let it Snow with the Cameo

Creating cards is certainly my true love but I have been playing a little with my new Silhouette Cameo & wanted to share my 1st project I made with it. My good friend Ruth Ann & I bought one at the same time & figure it’s more fun if we both had one of these to play with so we can share what we learn with each other. She made some beautiful Christmas bulbs using vinyl that I’m sure she will be posting soon. Can’t wait to see them & try using vinyl myself.


This little lantern was sooooo easy to cut out with that great little machine. You can make it any size you want & next time I’ll make it large enough to put a battery candle inside. NEVER use a real candle as we all know paper & fire don’t play well together !!!


It cuts & scores everything & all I did was lift it off the paper & fold it & glue the sides & top together. It even cut out the hole in the top & cuts a strip to use for the handle. I used metallic string so I could hang it on a tree … In the 1st bottom picture the only tree nearby was a grapefruit tree & since that wasn’t very Christmassy I dug out the Christmas decoration in the camper to hang mine from.



I cut pieces of Vellum & glued them behind the cut outs so you could see the light shining thru.

Thanks for stopping by … I know it’s been a long dry spell since my last post but hopefully my MOJO has returned with the new year … I’ve missed my blog & missed doing what makes me happy. I told my husband if I got this machine I would actually be SAVING money because I would only have to buy single cuts that I needed. He just smiles cuz he loves me & knows it makes me happy.

Hugs, Janie

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tilda Under Glass

I’ve made a little project using an old bell I found at a thrift store …
I think they now call it “Re-purposing” when you take something you might throw away & turn it into something useful. I stamped mini “Tilda as Christmas Angel” & cut her out with a doohickey tag die I got from Diana at Magnolia-licious … Isn’t she just adorable !!! Since the glass bell didn’t have a bottom I found a jar lid that fit perfectly, filled the lid with Flower Soft & put the bell on top of the lid.
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I slid some pretty gold trimmed ribbon through the sentiment & glued it to the lid.
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Wrapped the same ribbon around the top & tied a bow with bells hanging from it.
I’d like to thank my husband for having the patience to take me to Hobby Lobby & spend so much time there looking & helping me find little bells in gold, silver & red … I was looking for TINY little copper colored bells which we never found but he called me 3 times on my cell phone to say “Janie, come over I found a Bonanza” … They had bells in a dozen different places. Not many men would take the time to do these small things that make a women happy. He’s a keeper. The thrift store he didn’t enjoy so much. He thought it was JUNK I thought it was full of TREASURES !!!
Tilda was colored with Copics
Stamps : Mini Tilda as Christmas Angel, A Joyful Christmas sentiment & the Vintage Doohickey Tag die all from Diana at Magnolia-licious … They offer great prices, fast service & right now are having a fun “Blog Hop” so go check out what her talented design team has made for you .. I’m sure you will find some amazing cards & projects that will inspire you to create something wonderful & make a little trip to the store to check out all the stamps, dies & other great things Diana carries.
Hugs, Janie  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Only two colors

We are being challenged today at The Paper Shelter to use only two colors to make a card. I’ve chosen the Adorable Cowgirl as my image & colored her with Copics.  I admit it’s a little hard to color an image with so few Copics but there are a LOT of shades of green & yellow so I did my best …
This is a little wood frame that I made & love using to display my cards. Also made the tiny wagon wheel & pot that I drilled holes in so I can add a few dried flowers, wheat or even weeds. One of my favorite things to do is driving around & snipping off decorative weeds growing along the road to use in decorating my house or cards. I love my store bought dies & flowers etc but it’s nice to include a little bit of Mother Nature as well …
Now we’d love to see what you can create with just 2 colors & one lucky person will win a generous $30 gift to buy a bunch of these sweet digis if you use a Paper Shelter image. You can still win if you use another image & the prize would be 3 images from TPS.. Link your card to the Paper Shelter Challenge #133
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I used Flower Soft for the ground & it looks like the little deer ran thru the bushes & has a little coating of “brush” on her. I COULD say I did it on purpose !!!
Here’s a few thumbnail pictures of different parts of my card & if you’d like to see them up close just click on each one.
Card Recipe :
  • Stamps … Paper Shelter Adorable Cowgirl & sentiment – Crazy for Chickens
  • Dies …Fishtail flags, Impression Obsession trees, Cheery Lynn & Impression Obsession grass
  • Barbed Wire fence from Die-namics, Deer is a Marianne die cut out of felt paper
  • Mixed Flower Soft
  • Papers … graphic 45

Thanks for stopping by & I love hearing from you. I read every comment & hold them close to my heart.
Hugs, from Janie

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Autumn Tilda Pencil Holder

I LOVE this super cute mini Tilda … The theme for Magnolia-licious is a shaped card but round is a shape so I hope this works. I made a little project out of a peanut can & covered it with designer paper & colored her to match …. Super easy & fun to do.  Didn’t have any of my supplies except the images & my Copics as I am visiting my daughter but improvised & it will do … The fall is getting beautiful in Virginia so I grabbed a few leaves to add to my “display” & some even had acorns attached.




I’ll add a little more later this evening..

Little Mini Autumn Tilda is colored with Copics & cut out with a couple of free hand circles & popped on the front of a small can using foam tape. I used the lid for the bottom so it doesn’t scratch whatever it is set on. Thanks for stopping by & be sure to visit Diana at Magnolia-licious for some wonderful stamps, dies & so much more.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Little Miss Mumu

I’ve had a little secret for awhile & am ready to share it with you today !!! The wonderful Diana Crick from Magnolia-licious asked me to join the team to design cards for her & I was over the moon, & hand my over my mouth to keep from screaming YES !!!! I couldn’t answer her back fast enough… Thank you Diana for having faith in me to represent these amazing stamps, dies & so much more.

This is my 1st card I’ve made for the Magnolia blog & the Wee Wednesday post. I am so honored to be a part of this amazing team of talented designers & just hope they have the patience to keep me on board until I can figure everything out. I can not tell you how long this has been a dream of mine. I fell in love with the darling little Tilda images when I saw a card Sharon Caudle had made … It looked like something out of a princess castle & that was my 1st comment I ever made on anyone’s blog. I may have had a LOT more money before I found her sweet cards but I’ve never been happier … Still can’t believe I’m now ON this team …
This is the sweetest image called Little Miss Mumu … I used the mini which are so nice for creations like this & used my stampa-ma-jig to add the mini barbed wire background to her. Diana has them as a set for a great price. She’s also available in the regular size.
I’m going to retake these pictures as soon as I can & see if I can do the card justice. It’s a step-card & I made the stand, the wagon wheel & that little wooden pot & thought they were the perfect accessories to display my card. In my next life I’m going to be a GREAT photographer… I just can’t take good pictures especially with lamps. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks for stopping by & be sure to check out Magnolia-licious for great deals on stamps, dies & so much more. Diana is now carrying Wild Rose Studio, Wee stamps, Penny Black & several others.
Hugs, Janie