Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Pair of Mittens

I love the Scandinavian Christmas set by Stampin' Up. I heat embossed the mittens and snowflakes with silver embossing powder. I like my mittens to match so I stamped one mitten on a mirror image stamp with versamark and then onto whisper white cardstock. If you do not have a mirror image stamp I have seen some people use acetate. I used a bashful blue SU marker to color some of the mitten and cut them out. Then I used bashful blue designer paper, whisper white, and silver hodgepodge to finish the card. I hope you like it! Have a great day!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tag, You're It!!

Suzanne, , tagged me so now it is my turn to play. Thanks Suzanne! Sorry I don't know how to do the fancy link to your name.

1. I am the youngest of 9 girls and my 8 sisters all live in WI where we were born and raised. I now live in MA and I love it here! I love WI too but MA is nice!

2. I have 13 nephews and 13 nieces and became an Aunt at the age of 10. I love kids and wish I would have had more, but I was blessed with 3 wonderful sons!
Oops, I also have 3 nieces from my husbands side of the family. I haven't even met one of my nieces and she is already 3! I will meet her this Christmas! YAY!

3. I was unknowingly an accomplice to a crime when I worked at Big Boy in WI. I was pregnant with my first son. There was a waitress named Eve, probably an alias, that I worked with. Her husband also worked there. They had 2 young girls and were selling a crib so my husband and I went to take a look. While at Eve's house she received a phone call. She asked if I could go pick something up for her from her husband who was working at Big Boy that evening. He was a night manager. I said sure, so she wouldn't have to take her girls out. I went to Big Boy and Steve, her husband, handed me an envelope to give to Eve. I gave her the envelope. Then she asked if I would mind watching the girls while she ran upstairs to pay the landlord the rent. When she came back, we payed for the crib and took it home. The next morning I received a phone call and was told they had stolen some money and skipped town. I felt so used and betrayed. Thankfully nothing happened to me, I really was clueless and trusted them. I felt so bad for those innocent little girls being raised by them. I hope their lives turned out ok. That happened over 23 years ago.
Eve used to cry and say other waitresses were taking her tips. She played on my naivety and trusting nature to take advantage of me.(Wow, I didn't know it could still make me feel so betrayed.) Next.....

4. Are you still hanging in there reading this? When I was babysitting my niece, she was 5 or so, I was 16 or 17, she started choking on a Brach's butterscotch candy. She was trying to cry but couldn't because her airway was really blocked. I picked her up and gave her the Heimlich Maneuver. The candy shot out of her mouth and she started crying. Thankfully she was ok. I wonder if she remembers that? I remember learning about the Heimlich Maneuver in the mid 70's. My sister Patti and I used to practice on each other. Good thing we did because it just came naturally to me when I saw my niece choking.

5. When I was a little girl I entered a drawing of children sledding down a snowy hill into a contest sponsored by my Dad's place of employment. I think my sister Patti helped me with it. I won a $10.00 prize and felt guilty because she helped. Patti I owe you $5.00. Still guilty after all these years. :( By the way it is Patti's birthday today. Happy Birthday Sister!! Love you!!

6. Well since I am taking a stroll down memory lane, we used to hide under the bed and grab at my sister's legs when they were going to bed. It always scared them to death. We used to scare my Mom with plastic spiders. She hated bugs. I have always liked scaring people and scary movies. When I was in college, I hid im my closet and when my room-mate walked in I scared her. And yes I have still been known to scare a sister or two even at my age. (Will I ever grow up?)

7. My family thinks I talk too much! Do ya think? Now I have to find 7 people that haven't been tagged to play along. I will do my best. Thanks for reading my ramblings. :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Shadow Box Art

This is a gift I made for a "Yankee Swap". I used various punches and Urban Garden dsp by Stampin' Up. I got the idea from a Martha Stewart project and then I also saw something similar in the current SU catalog. I just changed it up a bit by creating a scene instead of using all squares. I hope the recipient will like it. Happy Friday everyone and I hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Monday Friends!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend! I can't wait for tomorrow to see who our new president will be. I hope you all get out and vote and don't have to wait in line too long.

I made this cherry card because cherry motifs always make me smile. Red is one of my favorite colors and paired with the white and baby blue it makes such a cheerful card. Hope it brings some smiles to your day!

I am off to bake cookies for the election day bakesale tomorrow. Happy, happy Monday!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Recipe Book Cover

Hi Everyone,
This is a recipe book cover that I made for a 6x6 SU scrapbook album. My Stampin' Up Up-line is Mary Polcin and our group is called Merry Rubbermaid's. We made 43 six by six recipe cards to swap. It was a lot of work, but I can't wait to see what everyone else has made. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of my recipe card but here is a picture of the book cover I made. "Rubbermaid's Cafe" because of our group name. When I receive the swap back I will post some pictures for you to see. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Falling Leaves

Fall is my favorite season so I made this card to celebrate the beautiful fall colors. I used the leaf stamp from SU Seasonal Icons hostess set using several fall colors stamped onto very vanilla cardstock. The die cut leaves were cut with a SU sizzix die and dry embossed to highlight the veins of the leaf. Fall colored dew drops accent the corners. "Happy Fall Y'all!"

Red and White Baby Quilt

I love red and white and I also love vintage redwork quilts. Here is a "paper quilt" I made using Stampin' Ups Riding Hood Red designer papers and classic ink. I used SU ABC Images stamp set. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Twin Blessings

My old neighbors recently had twin girls so I made this card to congratulate them. Babies are so precious and such a blessing! I am so happy for them!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


This pop up card is the second one I have made. I designed the template. The first one was an Ice Cream Stand and now this halloween scene. I think I am still liking the first one best.

All products used were SU except for the slime punch. The ghost was hand-drawn. I used stamps from several different sets and the designer paper is the current SU dsp.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wintry Neighborhood

I made this using the jumbo Neighborhood wheel. I used Stampin' Write markers to color the image and highlighted the houses with a white signo gel pen. Crystal effects and glitter for the icicles and snow. Red stickles for the bow of the wreaths.

I used glossy white cardstock and embossed with the Cuttlebug snowflake folder. Red satin ribbon was tied in a bow. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Kind Thoughts

Happy Sunday Everyone!
I made this card yesterday using Stampin' Ups Kind Thoughts stamp set. I stamped the image in versamark and silver heat embossed it onto pink pirouette dsp. With a blender pen I colored in the image with craft bravo burgundy ink and cut the image out.

I stamped the tiny open flowers onto sahara sand cardstock as well as the butterfly using bravo burgundy craft ink. The striped paper is Parisian Summer and I used 2 silver filigree brads.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Good Morning!!

This is a card I made for Kitchen Sink Stamps October contest. They have some really awesome stamps and Maria is a sweetheart! You should take a look around in the gallery. I think you will be impressed. (and no I don't work for them) I just like their stamps!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Saturday!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ghost Trio

Good morning friends! I received this cute ghost stamp from a dear friend of mine. Aren't they the cutest? It is a Great Impressions stamp. This is the card I made. I used the MS drippy goo punch and glittered it. I am so glad I bought that punch as soon as I saw it because they are nowhere to be found, except on ebay where it is fetching a pretty high price. Hope your day is happy!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cracked Glass technique

Hi everyone! Here is a card I made for a challenge swap group I am in. We were to use a technique we hadn't tried before as well as a sketch. The sketch was from Spitcoaststampers, SC195.

I inked the Asian vase with azure stazon and cut out. Then I applied versamark and UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel). I did that 3 times and put the vase in the freezer for a few minutes. Remove the vase and bend to crack while it is still cold. I applied close to cocoa over the cracked image and wiped off. This leaves a subtle aged look to the cracks.

The paper I used is SU dsp Green Tea and Pacific Point cardstock.

Thanks for looking. Hope you are having a happy day! :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Ice cream you Scream!

This is a card I designed with a 12x12 sheet of cardstock. The designer paper is Junkitz, stamps are TAC (The Angel Company), and the images were colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. The swirled ice cream cone stamp is by Inkadinkadoo. I had alot of fun making this. It was my first time ever making a pop-up card. Thanks for stopping by! :)Janice

Friday, August 22, 2008

Stampin' Up

I am a Stampin Up demonstrator. I love to make cards and learn new techniques. One day I googled paper crafts (I love Google) and came upon the Papercrafts website. After months of reading the message board and looking through the gallery I decided to join the message board. Everyone there was very welcoming and eager to share. One day one of the gals said I should join some swaps. I had no clue as to what a swap was, an ATC, a specific technique......Eventually I did join a swap and then I was hooked. Receiving swaps in the mail is so much fun and I have learned so much. I never knew there were so many ways to create such beautiful cards. I have been stamping for about 1 and1/2 years, but joined SU in March 2008. I really love the quality of their products and their cardstock is the best, not flimsy like some cheaper brands. Their inks, papers, ribbons match perfectly and their stamps are fabulous. I have a SU website,, which is new also. I do have a few of my projects at that website if you would like to take a peek. That site is strictly for current SU products so I will post other things I make here, because there are just so many other stamps that I enjoy as well. I hope you will visit my blog and be patient while I learn my way. I hope we can learn from each other and share things along the way. Thanks for stopping by.

Janice :)

Taking the plunge!


Since many people have their own blog I thought it's about time I create one myself. Blogging is new to me, so I hope learning this will be easy enough for me to get through. Pardon the construction. :)