Monday, January 31, 2011

A Single Rose to say I Love You!

Hello Cottage Cutz Fans!!

When I received the Cottage Cutz Rose die in the mail, I knew it was one that I would really like. I made this card for my husband. It was inspired by the glass rose in the photo. My husband, High School Sweetheart, gave me this glass rose when I was 16. Though it has lost a petal or two and the color has faded it is still very special to me! My mom loved roses too, and she had this displayed in her curio cabinet for years. It was safer in her hands than mine with all the moving my husband and I did in the early years of our marriage. I hope you like the card. This die is very easy to assemble. I cut the rose from white cardstock and colored with copics. There are only 6 pieces to assemble with this die. Even though it is easy, it still has lots of detail. Here isanother rose card I did, as well as the Furry Teddy Bear. Enjoy your day today!

Hugs and smiles! Janice

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Market Street Stamps Blog Hop and New Release

Are you ready to hop?!!!
It is going to be lots of FUN!!!

Hello Market Street Friends!
I am thrilled to be a part of Market Street Stamps first Blog Hop!!!
If you have arrived here from Stephanie's blog, then you are in the right place. If not you will want to start at the very beginning, Market Street Stamps blog. Make sure you stop at all the stops and when you get to the end, Market Street Stamps, leave a comment expressing your favorite set that was showcased in the hop! One winner will be chosen to win their favorite set, and Angelica will pick 3 random winners from all the comments left at each stop. They will win one of the new releases. One will win Celebrate Cake, one will win Hearts a Plenty, and one will win So Happy!

I have showcased So Happy and Hearts a Plenty. I love how versatile these stamps can be.
Your next stop is MSS.

Here is the complete lists of stops if you get lost along the way.

YOU can all be winners by using my promo code at MSS store for 15% off good thru January 31st. The code is in my left sidebar, but if you don't see it it is JANICE15.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Market Street Stamps Sneak Peek

Hello Market Street Friends!

I have a couple of cards to share with you tonight. I used the new Hearts a Plenty background stamp which will be available for purchase on Fri. 12 A.M. midnight. I love all of the background stamps that Angelica has designed. They measure 4.25 x 5.5"(fits an A2 card perfectly). They are so versatile and stamp so clean and crisp! I used Onyx Black Versafine ink to stamp the background. Since I was not using copics this was my ink of choice. It really stamps the image vividly and really black.

I stamped 2 images onto Whisper White cardstock. I used my paper trimmer to cut three 1 1/2 inch squares. I used a Marvy scallop punch to frame the squares.
For the other card I used the full image. I know that black might not be your first choice for hearts but I am quite happy with the results. Sometimes stepping outside the box is a good thing. Let me know what you think.

Market Street Stamps is having a blog hop tomorrow night, Thursday, at 7 P.M. CST. I am thrilled to be a part of the hop as Guest Designer! Thank you Angelica! It has been a fun month and I have really been enjoying your wonderful stamps.

There is still some time to grab the discount code, valid thru January 31. It is posted on my left sidebar, but if you can't see it, here it is.... JANICE15. You will receive 15% off of your purchase at Market Street Stamps. I hope you will go check out the store. You won't be disappointed. Also if you haven't seen the sneak peeks from the other designers, you should check out the Market Street Stamps blog. The designers have made some awesome samples including an adorable hand made bunny. (so CUTE!)

Please come back tomorrow night for the Market Street Stamps blog hop for a chance to win some prizes. All the details will be at the start of the hop. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and smiles, Janice

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge 44


Hello all of you Peachy Keen Fans!

We had 121 participants for our last challenge! You guys are amazing! I loved looking at all the beautiful and cute and fun cards that you all made! This challenge is sure to inspire you. Our very own Viv created the fabulous sketch and Angelica provided the wonderful theme of monochromatic! Monochromatic cards are so beautiful! I don't know why I don't do them more often. For my card I used PK-034 Oh Baby! I really like this set and have used the Teddy Bear often. He is so cute!

I stamped the bear and the booties onto DCWV Linen Closet. This is really a beautiful stack! I love the colors! I think it makes the perfect baby card for boy or girl! The patterned paper I used reminded me of a baby quilt. The buttons are from my stash and the twine is by Martha Stewart.
The paper was distressed with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please have a look at what the rest of the DT came up with and get all the details for the challenge by clicking here. You're going to love what you see!
Enjoy your day!

Hugs and smiles, Janice

Monday, January 24, 2011

And the WINNER is.....

I am having the hardest time with my computer, my brain really, lol. I still have so much to learn. I used random number generator to pick the winner of the PK blog hop. There were 281 comments. The generator chose #94.

mrsamandarichardson said...

Very Nice work!!! :) I love seeing the creations with PKS!

Mrs. Amanda Richardson congratulations! Please contact me so that I can mail out your prize.

Thanks to all of you for all of your sweet comments and for hopping along. I know I had fun! I hope you all had fun too!

Chasing Away The Winter Blues

Happy Monday Morning! When I received this precious little pooch, I just had to cut her out and make this bright, cheerful card. We have had a lot of snow and now sub zero temperatures, and we are supposed to be getting another winter storm on Wednesday. They are predicting a foot or more. I am so ready for spring. Have you checked out the new dies in The Scrapping Cottage store? Cuteness overload! The die used for this card is Puppy With Heart. This die has lots of possibilities. It could be used for a variety of occasions by changing the accessories. Looks like Nikki and I are both wanting some sunshine in our lives. lol Enjoy the day!

Hugs and smiles, Janice

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Windshield Wiper Valentine Card

Hello Friends!
Today I have a card that I made for Card Cupids.  It is a wind shield wiper card that I learned how to make from the Score-Pal website.  You may see the tutorial here.  The challenge is to use a different fold so this is the one I chose.  The patterned paper is Bo Bunny.  The stamped ladybugs are from Whimsie Doodles, Stitch'ems rubber stamp set.  The cardstock is Stampin Up.  Thanks for stopping by.
Have a GREAT day!!

Hugs and smiles, Janice

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Angelica! Enjoy Today!!

Today I have 2 cards to show you. Angelica, Owner and Artist of Market Street Stamps, is celebrating her birthday today. Happy Birthday Angelica! I hope you have a wonderful day, doing whatever you want to do! It's your day! Pamper yourself!

Angelica's mini birthday blog hop!

Hello Market Street Friends!
I sure am having fun as Guest Designer this month. I used the Loopy Loo Polkas to create the background paper and the Enjoy Today stamp set. I love polka dots so I thought the two would look great together stamped in red. I used some red and white bakers twine by Martha Stewart and wrapped it around the background paper. I pleated, scrunched, and inked a strip of patterned paper to create the faux ribbon at the bottom of the card and finished it off with a button and a few punched hearts. I really hope that YOU, Enjoy Today!

Hugs and smiles, Janice

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Let's hop, hop, HOP!

Hello Everyone!
Hope you had fun with the sneak peeks! I am so happy to be designing with these very talented ladies!!  It is such an honor! Just when you think the stamps can't get any cuter, Kathy blows it out of the park once again!! I adore this little St. Patty's mouse! I dressed him in his green polka dot suit. He is so happy as he slides down the rainbow into a pot of gold. I stamped the gold coins onto some gold metallic cardstock and heat embossed it with gold. I drew the rainbow onto a separate piece of white cardstock and colored it with my copics. I googled rainbows to be sure I had the colors in the right order. (I love Google!) Since cutting his tail would have been so difficult, I chose to give him a wire tail. I stamped some of the shamrocks onto the green polka dot paper, cut them out, and popped several of them on the card, with one in his hand. The finished card size is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.

One lucky commenter will win this brand new stamp set that I am showcasing, PK-283 Cheers for Green Beer! Please leave only one comment on this post for your chance to win. Be sure and visit each stop along the way, and leave a comment for more chances to win. Have FUN hopping! I know I will! Thanks so much for stopping by! The next stop along the way is the very talented Joanna. If you get lost along the way I have posted the hop order below.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Peachy Keen Sneak Peek

Hello PK Friends! Here is a sneak peek of some more Peachy Keen Cuteness being released on Jan. 20, 2011. More peeks to come tomorrow by some of the other designers, so be sure and check the Peachy Keen blog for all the samples. Blog hop starts at 7pm central time on the 20th.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Rolling in the "Dough"

Good Morning!
Today I am rolling in the dough, cookie dough that is! I used the Valentine Baking Set dies. My Mom had the best Sugar Cookie Recipe that is a favorite in our household. When my kids were in elementary school, I would bake them for Valentine's Day, Halloween, and Christmas and they were always a hit with their classmates and teachers.

This is a double die set. I love this set, and making this card has made me hungry for my Mom's Sugar Cookies.

Cottage Cutz has lots of wonderful Valentine and cooking dies. There are some great new designs in the store. I may be spending some "dough" in the Scrapping Cottage Store.

Have a great day!

Hugs and smiles, Janice

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge 43

Hello Peachy Keen Fans!!

Seems like such a long time since we did a PK challenge. So happy to get a fresh start to the New Year! Todays challenge is a wonderful sketch challenge. I really like the sketch Angelica provided for us and look forward to seeing what you all come up with.

For my card, I punched some one inch circles from SU Pawsitively Prints gingham designer paper. With a scissors, I tried to make them have a more realistic shape. I used the Happy Lashes and Simple Sallies to stamp the faces onto the cherries. For the cherry stems I used Martha Stewart red and white twine and cinched it with a white polka dot bow. I used Spellbinders, Beaded Circles Nestabilities to frame the cherries. The "Just Smile" sentiment is from PK-225 Happy Flowers and Cheerful Phrases stamp set. Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you play along.

This week we also have our first PK Guest Designer, Theresa Harris (

Be sure and check out Theresa's blog as well as the rest of the Design Team for some fabulous inspiration.

As always, I appreciate you all so much for visiting, and for your sweet comments.

Enjoy your day!
Hugs and Smiles, Janice

Monday, January 10, 2011

Follow Your Heart

Hello Market Street Friends!
I wanted to share a couple of cards I made using the Follow Your Heart stamp set from Market Street Stamps. I love bird stamps and this set has 3 different sizes. It also has 4 different sizes of heart stamps in solid and outline form. I love the little hearts. I used them to make the background paper by stamping them in red and pink using both the solid and outline stamps. The Be Mine stamps are from my stash. I used the medium sized bird and reverse stamped the image.

If you would like to see a tutorial on how I mirror stamp, you may click here. The birds were colored with copics. I used Marvy punches for the circle and scallop. The polka dot ribbon is from Stampin Up.

For the second card I used the heart stamps to create the nest. I used the large bird stamp and did a small amount of paper piecing. I made these cards for children . Card Cupids is having a challenge for Valentines. If you would like to read more about Card Cupids you may do so here.

Angelica, I wanted to thank you again for allowing me to be guest designer for the month of January. I am having lots of fun with your wonderful stamps!

Friends don't forget to grab the special discount code to use in the MSS store for a 15% discount,
along with $1.00 Shipping valid through January 31st!

Sweet on You!

Good Morning Friends!!

Here are a couple of cards to show you from the newest Valentine release. Have you had a chance to check out the new stamps and dies?? The postage die has been very popular, and versatile. I love the cottage cutz dies. There are so many cute ones!! Have a great week!!

Hugs and smiles, Janice

Friday, January 7, 2011

So Stinkin' CUTE - New Stamp Release

Hello Peachy Keen Followers!!
We hope this finds you well and in the mood for a few new designs to get into the spirit of the upcoming holidays!!
TODAY, January 7th at about 5pm CST - Peachy Keen Stamps will be releasing 3 new stamp sets for Valentine's Day. We are planning a blog hop later in the month to realease several new stamp sets too. There will be at least two St. Patrick's Day sets and of course.. what would a release be without.. FACES!! There are three new character sets but I am forced to HOLD out until our blog hop!
You will find a 10% global discount in place that will save you a little something on any purchase in PKS store. You will find the new stamps HERE at the time stated above.
Have a great weekend!!
Love and Hugs,
The Peachy Crew!
PS.. Don't miss Emma's Ustream tonight!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Paper Piecing and a Special Discount!

Hello Everyone!
I am so excited to be a guest designer for Market Street Stamps. For my card today, I chose to use the adorable robot stamps, Robo Love and Robo Star.
I love to stamp on patterned paper and paper piece my images. I love the character it brings to the stamp.

I stamped the images onto a 4"x5" piece of Whisper White cardstock by Stampin Up.

I cut a cloud template from cardstock and used pigment ink and a sponge to create the sky background. It is okay to get ink on the image since I am going to paper piece the images. When sponging, I swipe the sponge away from the template, or use small swirls along the edge of the template. You may want to practice on scrap paper first.

When you are happy with the sky you may sponge the grass with pigment ink until you get the look you desire.

Stamp the images again onto the patterned papers of your choice. Cut and paste the patterned paper to the images. Embellish as desired. I used a SU punch for the red hearts and a white Sakura gel pen for the dots. Tied a little red bow from 1/8" grossgrain ribbon. I used a corner rounder on two opposite corners, layered it onto Real Red cardstock, and then onto a light gingham print card base.

I have a special 15% discount code that you may use at Market Street Stamps store. You may find it on my blog in the left sidebar.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure and visit often to see all the fun projects the new Design Team has in store for you.

Hugs and smiles, Janice

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Guest designer for Market Street Stamps

Hello friends! Market Street Stamps has announced the new Design Team. It is a group of wonderfully talented ladies!! You can read all about it here. I am so happy to be a guest designer for the month of January. Thank you Angelica for giving me this opportunity to join you on this exciting adventure! Now I am off to stamp and hope to have a project for you in the morning.

There will be discounted shipping until January 31 to celebrate the Design Team announcement.

I am so excited!! See you later!
Hugs and smiles, Janice

Monday, January 3, 2011

Doing the happy dance!

Here is a card I made recently for a new digital magazine called, Ginger Scraps Street Magazine. It is a new magazine that has branched off from You can read all about it here.
If you would like to read the article where my card is , written by K Andrew, from K Andrew Designs, you may do so here. Here is a link to K Andrew's blog called Getting Cricky with K Andrew. Kristal is very talented and has great tutorials. She is now the writer for the Crossroads Cafe section of the Ginger Scraps Street Magazine. Thank you Kristal for choosing my card as well as the other artists cards for publication. It is such a thrill! Thank you all for stopping by! Have a great night

Another Sneak Peek!

I hope you all had safe and joy filled holidays! Cheers to the New Year!

Here is a Valentine I made using the Cottage Cutz Postage Stamp die, from The Scrapping Cottage, that will be released soon. I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I added a little color for some depth. Do you like to make Valentines? This one was super easy. Have a great week!
Hugs and smiles, Janice