Thursday, December 30, 2010

Card Cupids Valentine Card

Hello friends! Here is a card I made for Card Cupids. They are asking for Valentine cards. I used PK-M02 mini turtle.

To make the reverse image, I stamped the turtle onto an acrylic block. Some people prefer to stamp onto a piece of acetate, or perhaps you have a reverse image stamp. I like to use the acrylic block because I don't have the steadiest hands, so this method works best for me. Press the paper to the block and carefully lift off.

The image isn't crisp, so you will want to use a fine line black marker to go over it. Since I use copics to color my images, I use a copic multiliner pen to trace over the image. This is a pen made for copic coloring so the image doesn't bleed.
Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you. Have a great day and if you would like to make some Valentine's for a great cause, you can read more about it here.
Hugs and smiles, Janice

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Couple of Challenge Projects

Here are a couple of projects I made. For the hot air balloon we were given the template, and we could do whatever we wanted. I used MSS-04 Sure Miss You from Market Street Stamps, and chose colors that were bright, bold and cheerful. I used copics and some blue Colorbox pigment ink to sponge around the edge of the balloon.

The second challenge was to use card board in your project. I had some white cardboard that I removed from a box. I tore some of the white paper off and stamped the little girl, Betsy from B Line designs. I added a small bit of color to the image and then proceeded to add layers to create a vintage, collage type of artwork. It is a large envelope with a tag inside, by Melissa Frances. I love vintage style, but rarely devote much time to it. Thanks for stopping by. I have a couple more projects that I will be posting soon.

Monday, December 27, 2010

New Release Coming Soon!! Cottage Cutz dies and stamps.

Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Today I have a new stamp and die to show you. They will be available soon! The postage stamp die has several stamps that fit the shape. I love these cute little birds. A perfect stamp to make Valentine cards. Have a great day!
Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Card Cupids Giraffe

Here is a card I made for Card Cupids. Isn't this giraffe adorable? You can find out more about this cute digi here. You can read more about Card Cupids by visiting their site here. I printed the giraffe onto the green gingham paper and onto white cardstock as well. I cut out all the white spots for the giraffe, glued them in place and colored some of them yellow. Gave the giraffe a cute little bow, added a couple of polka dot brads to complete the look. Thanks for visiting!
Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Do You See What I See?

Good morning! Today I have some tips to share. I love to find unique ways to use dies or stamps to create things other than what they were originally intended to be. Here are a few things I created after seeing the cuts from the Mushroom Trio die. There are other images I can see that I would like to make. If I have time, I will make more and edit my post. I hope this inspires you to think outside the box. Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Happy Holidays!
Hugs and smiles!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Card Cupids (New site I found)

Hello Everyone!
While blog hopping yesterday, I happened upon this site while reading a post by Christina M. Brooks. Her post touched me so I headed on over to Card Cupids. This is their Mission Statement.
Card Cupids mission is to provide encouragement and joy by sending Card Cuddle Care Packages to children who are facing difficult challenges in their young lives regardless of their economic background.

From there I headed over to the Etsy shop for card cupids. I purchased both images, but today I used the lion. I printed the lion on 3 different papers, white, coral, and a coral plaid. I then paper pieced the image, added light copic shading, layered the card and finished with an orange gingham bow. I am sure this adorable lion will put a smile on some child's face. I hope you check out Card Cupids. Maybe you, too, will be inspired to send a card to brighten someone's day. Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Penguin Pals

These little penguins are the best of friends! This is PK-318 Penguin Doll Set. This is the stamp set. They also have Cottage Cutz dies if you prefer to cut your images and paper piece. After stamping the penguins a few times and not doing such a great job eyeballing my images, I had a light bulb moment. Maybe you all know this already, but it was new to me. I thought put the main image on the acrylic block, turn it over and line up the hat with the penguin. Stamp the hat.

Line up the scarf on the block, remove the hat stamp, then stamp the scarf. No need to mask the hat yet as the scarf will not overlap the hat. Stamp the hat and the scarf on scrap paper or masking paper or a post it and cut out. You only need to cut the hat where the face will be, however, you do need to cut the scarf out completely. I tacked the scarf with a little adhesive tape and just put the hat mask in place. Then I stamped the penguin image over the masked hat and scarf. Remove the masks. Now it is ready to color. I hope this information is helpful! I like to look for easier ways to do things. For me, this is easier than using a card positioning system. Of course this can only be done with clear stamps. You would have to use a CPS with wood or cling stamps if you need precision.

I stamped mittens around the penguins to frame them, added some glitter and twine to finish the card. The images were colored with various copic markers. If you have any questions, please ask away in the comment section, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs and smiles,


SURPRISE!!! Happy Birthday Kathy!! We ALL LOVE you!!!

Happy Birthday Dear Kathy!

Today is YOUR day and we hope you have fun!
Your Sweet daughters planned this, cause you're number ONE!
We're having a blog hop to honor the Queen,
The owner. the artist, of Stamps, Peachy Keen!
Some friends have come out of hiding to play
They wanted to join you on your special day!

If you get lost, no need to worry.
There are plenty of stops, no need to hurry!
Just check the list and hop along,
I'm sure Nikki will play a birthday song.
There will be lots of goodies along the way.
Projects to dazzle your eyes all day!

Your Peachy Keen fans will have plenty of chances,
to win special prizes and do happy dances!
They must follow the rules at the start of the hop.
And post a comment at each DT stop.

So Kathy, sit back, relax and have fun.
Enjoy the whole day, until the whole day is done!

Have a very Happy Birthday!

With love and hugs, Janice

Angelica & Adrianne -
Viv -
Kim -
Lorie -
Heidi -
Janice -
Joanna -
Nikki -
Erin -
Emma -
Ruthie -
Samantha -
Lisa -
Jessica B. -
Abby -
Gaby -
Dobea -
Theresa -
Jessica K. -
Glorajean -
Liz -
Jessica M.-
Jenny -
Kimmy -
Sandra -
Sarah -
Mandy -
Lauren -
Raven -
Janis -
Momo -
Paula -
Corri -

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cheep Talk Market Street Stamps

Hello everyone! Here is a card I made with a set called "Cheep Talk"by Angelica from Market Street Stamps. I love birds and these two little birds are cute as can be! Also there is a Market Street Open DT Call. You can read all about the details by clicking here. Good luck to those of you who try out. Angelica is a sweetheart and you would love designing for her!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

Good morning friends. Today I have a darling die to show you. It is the Polar Bear on Sled die. I think that he is so cute! I made him going down a hill on his sled. No snow here in MA yet, but my home town in WI has a 2 hour delay this morning because of snow. I do hope we have a white Christmas! Enjoy the day!
Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I Love Cheeseheads

Here is a card I made using PK-09 Cheesy Packer Fans. I just can't get enough of these stamps! I was born and raised in WI. and my family still lives there. Once a Packer fan, always a Packer fan!
And there are even more adorable stamps where these came from. Kathy, owner and artist, of Peachy Keen Stamps is unstoppable! She is the Queen of Cute! Peachy Keen Stamps is having an awesome sale and chance to win an amazing prize! Here are all the details.


FACE STAMPS, DVD's, Clip it Ups and Gift Certificates
GLOBAL DISCOUNT IS GIVEN AT CHECKOUT.. there isn't a code to put in.
WE HAVE EXTENDED THE 99 cent shipping throughout December!
IMPORTANT: The 99 cent shipping is in the USA only and the minimum purchase is $10.00 after the discounts are applied

Peachy King's list of inventory reduction stamps will be
during our second week of the countdown.
Not clearance just moving the inventory!!

12 midnight 12-8-10 CST through 11:59PM 12-15-10
The third and fourth weeks of the countdown.. the Peachy King and Queen
will deliver gifts of photopoylmer to you and yours with a special with a promo code!
12 midnight 12-16-10 through 11:59PM on 12-31-10
BECAUSE...before we lay down for that long winters 12:01 am 1-1-11
ALL ORDERS FROM 2010 are eligible... read below
PKS Customer Appreciation SCRAPPY GIVEAWAY

The only work you have to do is to PLEASE tell a friend about us!
DETAILS ARE: In this picture the items that one LUCKY PERSON will win...
Things above that are not included in the giveaway are the tree, painted ornaments and the sleigh.
SET A COPIC CIAO Markers $308.88 retail
SET B COPIC CIAO Markers $308.88 retail
comes with a tools set that has a paper trimmer, bone folder,
dies, texture plates and 3 pair of scissors! $79.99 retail
Xyron 5" create a sticker and one refill cartridge retail $42.98
Zip Dry Glue retail $4.99
3 White Gel Pens retail $5.07
Simply Renee JUMBO Clip it Up retail $85.00
DeLovely Cosmo Cricket mini deck retail $5.99
Boo-tiful by Nikki Sivils mini deck retail $5.99
4pkgs of Doodlebug Design embelishments Retail approx $12.00
3 round Acrylic Blocks R1 R2 and R3 retail $12.45
PK-640 Princess Face Asst. retail $25.00
PK-520 Winter Face Asst retail $25.00
PK-530 Simple Simons Asst retail $25.00
PK-330 Snowman Doll Set retail $14.95
PK-201 Pig Peeker and face package retail $15.49
PK-203 Simple Barn, Silo, Sun and Cloud retail $8.99
PK-350 Colby and Jack Cheese retail $16.49
PK-229 Funny Flowers retail $14.95
PK-239 Faceless Fruit retail $15.49
Gingerbread Paper Mache Box and Gourmet Candy Cane ( no price added )
Kathy, Dave, Angelica, Adrianne, Diane & Mike

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Our Finest Cheese We Bring

Here is a little 8x8 inch wall decoration I made using PK-350. Colby and Jack Cheese set.

I absolutely love these little mice! For the pennant banner I used a triangle punch and then drew and colored them to look like cheese. For the Christmas tree I used the stamp from PK-231 Snowflakes.

I stamped the sentiment and drew the "cheesy" tree stand. All the images were colored with copics. The twine is Martha Stewart. The rats on the banner were punched with a Martha Stewart punch. The ornaments on the tree are various colors of stickles. I used a white shadow box frame that I had purchased at "The Christmas Tree Shop".

These Peachy Keen Stamps just make me so happy. Who can resist all those adorable faces? I will be posting some cheeseheads soon. They are so darn cute too! Hope you like my Colby and Jack!
Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate all your visits and comments. You make my day.
Hugs and smiles!

Peachy Keen Challenge 42

Good morning! Time for another Peachy Keen Challenge. This weeks challenge is to use embossing somewhere on your project. You may choose to do heat embossing, a cuttlebug folder, or hand embossing, whichever you prefer. I used heat and cuttlebug embossing. I stamped the image on patterned paper and solid cardstock and heat embossed the images with super fine gold embossing powder. I then cut out various parts from each image to put my angel together. I used a glossy ivory patterned cardstock for the cuttlebugged background, assembled the card, and added ribbon for the finishing touch. The card looks much better in real life. I hope you will find some time to play along. You will want to see what the rest of the team has cooked up for this challenge. Lots of Peachy Keen cuteness going on, of course! It would be difficult to be anything but cute with all the adorable stamps they have. Have fun!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Home-made Wobbly's

Hi everyone! After seeing all those cute cards with the wobbles, I thought I would try and make my own. My first thought was to coil some thin wire. That worked ok, and probably could be better if I tweaked it. It was a little bulky though. Then I thought I would use discarded plastic from blister packs, like the clear plastic from a cuttlebug folder package. I used a 1 inch circle punch. Then I just cut the circle into a swirl, like a snail. Then I punched some 1/2" circles from cardstock. After cutting the swirl, you should cut along the swirl again so that there is space between the swirls. Makes the action better. It still needs tweaking but it works if you don't want to wait until the real ones come out in January. If you try it out, let me know so I can have a look. Thanks for stopping by. Sorry some of the pictures are blurry.