Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Personal Blog

Hi, everyone!  I'm happy to say that I've created my own personal blog.  This blog will be strictly used for posting my crafty creations (edible and non-edible alike) and all my crazy life and ministry stuff will be posted in my personal blog.  Feel free to check it out:

So, if you want to read about all my crafty creations, keep following me here on this blog.  If you want updates on my pregnancy, my journey of moving overseas, ministry, etc go to Seasons Change,

Love having all of you stop by and I look forward to sharing all the sorts of fun craftiness that awaits me in the future (to be sure, once we get to Portugal, there will be many crafty home decorating posts I'll just have to do! Well, and then there will be all the baby crafty projects I will get to do once I find out the gender!!)

Alright, stayed tuned for more crafty fun!

Monday, July 25, 2011


Well, I think I'm on a roll!!!  It has been SO good to create with no agenda!!!  Just wonderful!  This my second post in two days--that, my friends, is a good thing.  :)

Today I'm playing along in the CardPatterns: Sketch 125 challenge.  Here is the sketch we were to base our cards off of:

And here is my take on it:
I just love these colors!  I used Echo Park papers from their "For the Record" line.  This paper stack has the most fun colors that work so well together!  Funny enough, as trends in color and styles are usually followed by the majority of paper crafting companies, Crate Paper's "Portrait" line matches perfectly in color with EP's line---sooooooo, that is where those beautiful fabric brads came from.  Aren't they just gorgeous?

One of my favorite things to do is peruse through all my Layers of Color stamps and just see what inspires me at the time (just looking at LOC images gives me so much inspiration!).  This time around, I was drawn by this beautiful butterfly image from Layers of Color's popular "Butterfly Collector."  I stamped it in Memento Rich Cocoa ink then colored it with Copic markers.  I love how well you can blend with these markers!

The "thank you" sentiment came from LOC's "Sent with Love" stamp set.  I taped off the "kindly" part on the bottom of the stamp as I didn't have room for it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Blessings to you and your families,
Janice :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

SSIC #99 -Sponsored by Layers of Color!

Hi, everyone!  Today (and throughout this week) Layers of Color is sponsoring the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge!  That means if you are the lucky winner, you get one of the LOC newly released stamp sets!  

The challenge this week was to create a card using a black and white (or ivory) color scheme (super easy--you can do it!)  Here is the card I made for it:
Well, I must say I got a little carried away with all my stamp usage!  It has just been such a long time since I've sat down and created something purely out of the desire to create (and not a deadline or specific stamps!).  I find that I do my best when I have no restrictions.  Can any of you relate? Well, you know I am a HUGE Layers of Color fan.  I just love just about every single on of their stamp sets and also love to mix and match them--they just work so well together!

Here is a close up of the chicken wire teacup:
In this section of my card you can see that gorgeous new release "Chicken wire teacup", a butterfly from "Butterfly Collector", and some eggs from the adorable "Rise and Shine."  

Here is another close up:
In this section, you can see the "blessings" sentiment straight from the new release "Artful Endearments", my favorite flourish of all time from "Nature Walk",  and a cross from "Gothic Crosses."

LOL!  I told you I went a little stamp crazy!  I hope you enjoyed seeing my card today and that it inspires you to take some time and just be creative!

Blessings on your day,
Janice :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chicken Wire Teacup Winner Posted!

Hi, everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed the fabulous hop the Layers of Color team gave you yesterday!  Today I have the winner of that beautiful Chicken Wire Teacup.  Ready......

imastampin come on down!!!!

Blogger imastampin said...

Oh my goodness, I DO love that chicken wire tea cup and I love that you put the nest in it. Adorable.
July 11, 2011 10:44 AM

Karen, if you would email me your mailing address your adorable chicken wire teacup stamp will be sent your way!!!  Congratulations!!!

 Layers of Color Sale!!!
LOC is having a great sale for the month of July!  You don't want to miss some of these wonderful sets at such great prices!!!

PLUS: Did you participate in the blog hop but didn't win?  Laura, has been in such a giving mood that if you participated in yesterday's blog hop and didn't get picked as a winner, she is giving you 25% off any of the New Release stamps!!!!  WOW!!!  What an offer!  

Go have fun shopping!!! :)
Janice :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Layers of Color Summer 2011 New Release!!!!

Layers of Color--------------Summer 2011 New Release --------------Tea Party Blog Hop!

(If you came from Diana's blog you are in the right place.If you have just stopped in, please start at the beginning so you get all the goodies!)

 I’m so glad you can join us for this wonderful celebration! We've been brewing up a super exciting party with lots of great treats! …
  • LAYERS OF COLOR SUMMER 2011 NEW RELEASE REVEAL! (Now available exclusively at LOC online boutique)
  • WIN FREE NEW RELEASE STAMPS! 8 drawings to celebrate Layers of Color's 3rd Birthday! (see below for details)
  • A buffet of delicious sweet DESIGNER PROJECTS!
  • The steaming hot Grand Opening of 10 NEW STAMP ART GALLERIES! (Also enjoy & join our FLICKER galleries)
  • ALL details on Layers of Color blog!

Today I get the pleasure of showcasing one of the new cling art stamps that are being released: the Chicken Wire Teacup!  I absolutely love its country vintage charm and I think you will too!  Here is a card I made using it, the new Nestlings cling art stamp, a quote from the new Encouragement clear art stamp set, and one of the beautiful flower images from Merci Bouquet (phew! that's a lot of stamps!):
Don't you just love it?!  So many things you could create with this lovely teacup!

Here is a close-up of it:
I colored the nest and eggs with my Copic markers and stamped the flower image using Memento Dandelion ink.

Enter my drawing to win this
  Chicken Wire Teacup cling art stamp
 by leaving a comment on my blog today. The random winner will be announced here tomorrow, July 12th.

8 Blog Hop Drawings! At each designer blog you can leave a comment, which will add your name to their drawing for one FREE new release stamp! And Layers of Color blog has a Grand Prize Drawing to WIN THE ENTIRE NEW RELEASE! If you enter all of them you will have 8 chances to win!! And be sure to join us all on FACEBOOK!

Put on your favorite tea party hat and let's go visiting!...Next blog is Jennie's! Here is the entire blog hop list in case you get lost:

Diana * Janice (me!)* Jennie * Jessica * Linda * Melisa * Nina Teresa

Have fun and thanks for stopping by!  
Janice :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Layers of Color New Release "Sneak Peek" #3!

Just one more day until the Layers of Color new release!!!!  Woo hoo!  Today I thought I'd "sneak" in one more sneak peek!

I have been struggling with my creative "mojo" ever since being hit by horrible first trimester nausea so I thought I would try something different to kick it back into gear. I decided to make a piece of wall decor!  ;)  Here is what I came up with:

I started off with these four pieces of wood that I've had in my craft stash for quite some time!  I thought I would stamp the Pansy Corner stamp on each one and turn it into a fun floral bouquet in which the ever lovely  Silk Moth could alight upon.  :)  I started off coloring the pansies with Faber Castell Gelatoes and then went back over the middles with a red Prisma Color pencil to add a bit of red richness to the centers.  I didn't have the right color green for the leaves in my Gelatoes collection so I used my Copic markers to achieve the color I wanted.

Of course, miss Silk Moth had to delight us with some color so I took my Copics and colored her nice warm pink blend with some cranberry highlights.  :)

The dragonflies from the Flutterescent clear art stamp set couldn't resist such a scrumptious bouquet of flowers either so they are making their way there!  ;)

Now, don't forget!  Tomorrow is the BIG day!!!

Layers of Color Blog Hop - Join our New Release Party on July 11th!

to a 

Layers of Color Release Party

When:  TOMORROW Monday, July 11th

There will be opportunities to win the whole New Release
and giveaways on each Designers Blog.

You are not going to want to MISS this!  You can display the banner on your blog to let others know about it as well. Check out the "link love" page to get your banner.

If you've just joined in on the sneak peeks, make sure to go back and check out all the fabulous projects these ladies have created for you!Diana *Linda * Jennie Jessica * Melisa * Nina * Layers of Color

Thanks for stopping by and we'll see you tomorrow!!!
Janice :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Layers of Color New Release "Sneak Peek" #2!

Ok everyone, I have another Layers of Color sneak peek for you today!  Get excited!  This release really is just super wonderful with FIVE new clear art stamp sets and FIVE new cling art stamps being released!  So exciting!

Ok, so today I have a card made using one of my FAVORITE  stamps of this release, check it out:
Oh, isn't is just beautiful?! I colored that beautiful silk moth with yellow copic markers to bring out the yellow in the paper, then added some stickles to give it some shimmer. 

Now, don't forget:

Layers of Color Blog Hop - Join our New Release Party on July 11th!

to a 

Layers of Color Release Party

When:  Monday, July 11th

There will be opportunities to win the whole New Release
and giveaways on each Designers Blog.

You are not going to want to MISS this!  You can display the banner on your blog to let others know about it as well. Check out the "link love" page to get your banner.

Keep watching! Sneak Peeks have begun so make sure you check out the Designers Blogs during the week! 
Diana * Janice * Jennie Jessica * Melisa * Nina * Layers of Color

Thanks for stopping by!
Janice :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Gina K Designs: Whimsical Wishes and Garden Fresh

Welcome back everyone!  Today we have two more fantastic stamp sets that Gina K has released this month.  First off is one by Theresa Momber, Whimsical Wishes:

And here is the card using the fun three silhouette circle stamps and that awesome dragonfly:

Next up is Garden Fresh!

Isn't this set just the cutest?  I love the whimsical veggie images and fun sentiments in this set!  Here is a card I made using the cute apple stamp:

I made the background "DP" using the apple stamp with Rhubard Stalk and Bamboo Leaves Memento ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck to you in winning your own free Gina K stamp set!  Just remember to leave a comment on all participating Design Team members blogs!

Now, go check out what they've come up with with these two fabulous sets!

Janice :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gina K Designs New Release! The Vine and All Occasion Tags

Hi, everyone!  Welcome to the Gina K Designs Inspiration Blog Hop!  This months new sets are just lovely (as usual!)!  To start off we have an awesome set illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger called The Vine:
Isn't it just beautiful?  And I just love that verse that goes perfectly with the set!  Here is the project I made:

Next up is All Occasion Tags by Tami Mayberry!  This one is perfectly titled as it is perfect for so many occasions!  Plus, it coordinates with Spellbinders Grommet Tags!

Here is the card I made using this set:
I just love this polka dotted tag!  It is so cute and adds a fun factor to the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team member's blogs for more inspiration:


Monday, July 4, 2011

Layers of Color New Release "Sneak Peek"!

Happy Fourth of July friends!  Today I get the fun privileged of showing off one of Layers of Color's upcoming new releases!!!  And let me tell you, you are going to love what Laura and Nina have "brewed" up for us this time around!

Check this out:
Don't you just adore that teacup?!  I can't wait to tell you more about this set!  The sentiments are plenty and perfect!

Now that I've whetted your appetite, here is the info on our New Release Blog Hop Tea Party!
Layers of Color Blog Hop - Join our New Release Party on July 11th!

Make sure you join us July 11th right here and over at the Layers of Color Blog for some beautiful stamp sets that you will just have to have!  Laura will have having a grand prize giveaway and each design team member will each be giving a set away--you won't want to miss out!

See you then!!!  And stay tuned to more sneak peeks through the week from all of our DT!
Janice :)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Jungle Fever

Today we had the privileged of celebrating the cutest three year old I know!  My sweet Judah turns three on Monday and today we threw him a super fun pool party! Look at this picture of him.  He is one of the silliest yet sweetest, most "huggable-est" kids I know!  

So, we threw him a party and of course, as I am known around these parts as the cake lady, the pressure was on to see what I would do.  Well, unfortunately this 9 weeks pregnant cake lady has not been feeling all that hot lately, so I needed to go with EASY.  Too me, pool party was EASY.  Just have some food, let the people come and swim!  No need for games, activities, etc.  Just come, swim, chat, enjoy.  Easy.  Well, when I think of easy of cakes, I usually just go looking around at magazines or online for ideas on what to make as I can make things really complicated when I get going on my own.  Just ask my husband.  ;)

So, I have this fun book that shows you have to make cupcakes super fun and easy, with little to no HARD about it.  Here is the book, I'm sure some of you have seen it at Michael's or Walmart or anywhere really, as I've seen it at a bunch of stores:

I was flipping through the pages and decided to go with this one as Judah loves flamingoes (always HAS to see them when we go to the zoo) and alligators (the hippos just came along for the ride):

So, very doable and cute.  :) And, yes, those nutterbutter creatures are supposed to be Hippos.  I at first thought, camels but it just didn't fit the theme "Jungle Fever"! Ha!  The Fruit Loop nostrils help a bit with the hippo factor but, eh, aren't hippos grayish-pinkish?  Or purple-ish?  Well, they were yummy anyway!

Here is my finished product which I set up super quick, took a few shots then put back in the fridge (topmost layer) as my candy melt flamingos were heat sensitive.  I've worked with candy melts before and they are awesome--you can do lots and lots with them BUT their one major flaw can be found in their name Candy MELTS.  They melt, rather quickly in the Texas heat. SO, to the fridge the went until cake time and then we all had fun watching their wings slowly droop and a few of their heads drop off.  Lol!

This next one had better lighting but the flamingo heads were cropped a bit:
I loved how some of the Fruit Loops on the alligators' eyes were different shapes so that some of them look like they were winking at you!

And a close up of the adorable flamingos, you can see one of the wings was starting to wilt in the heat after just a minute or two of being out:

You will just have to check out the book on all the how to's of these cupcakes but they were really super easy to make!  Just plan to have lots of time on your hands or you will be up into the wee hours of the night.  ;)

Now onto the FAVORS!  My fellow paper crafting followers will appreciate this part of my post!  I always get excited when it comes to making favors for parties because there are just SO many possibilities out there. Again, I was thinking was would be EASY and I thought back to this amazing display I saw at CHA done by DCWV that was party themed.  They made the CUTEST party everything but specifically, the favors were adorable.  Here was my inspiration:

Those party favor cones were so cute yet SO simple!  Here is what I came up with using a paper line by The Paper Studio called "A Boys Universe".  You can click on the photo for a more upclose shot!
I had fun using Spellbinder's Sprightly Sprockets nestabilities (love these!) to create the thank you panel and Gina K Design's "Framed Greetings" stamp set for the Thank You sentiment.  Also, one of my favorite things about these cuties is the fun orange and white striped ribbon I used to hang them with.  You can't see it all that well in this pic but you can see a bit of it.

Well, all in all I kept things simple but was super pleased with what was accomplished at this party!  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Janice :)