Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pennant Banner using Design Studio

Welcome everyone, I have a quick post for you tonight.  My sister Pamm turned sixty this week. We went to a girls lunch at a friends restaurant with other family. I had been wanting to try one of these so I thought this would be a good time to do it. Here's a quick pic of the center three pennants I hung up around our table.
I don't have a cartridge with a scalloped pennant so I designed this one using George and Basic Shapes in Design Studio. The letters and numbers were cut using Base Camp
Thanks for stopping by, Jana

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Faux Stitching Tape Winner

Happy Hump Day Everyone. I have a winner of the Faux Stitching Tape,  lucky #7, Yvonne Russell.
Yvonne Russell said...

I love all the cards, but my fave is the Day 2 card and the step by step to putting it together.

I'd never heard of Faux tape till I saw your 7 Days of Quilts - what an innovative idea and it would be fun to try. You've inspired me. I'm definitely going to try some quilt cards myself.
Thanks again
As soon as I finish posting this I'll be sending her an email.
If you're interested in purchasing this tape you can find it at Anne's blog:

Here's the link again to a tutorial using this tape.

Thanks for all your kind comments, Jana

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 7 of "Seven Days of Quilt Cards" Bloopers and a Give-A-Way

Hello Again Everyone. Today is day 7 of my series "Seven Days of quilt cards" I can't believe how fast this week flew by. As promised here are the quilt cards that didn't make the cut.

I like it but I sent it out before taking a pic.

I loved this card until I decided to add the ribbon. Note to self: add patches after ribbon so they are centered.

Sloppy zig-zag edge. I might tear it apart and rework it.

Now for some blog candy.

If you would like to enter my give-a-way for a roll of Faux Stitch Tape, Just leave a comment on this post, letting me know which day's card you liked best, and some way for me to get a hold of you, (blog, mb name, email spelled out Ex: sueataoldotcom) To see the whole weeks worth of cards just scroll down, Give-a-way ends Tuesday 11:59 pm EDT.
Good Luck Everyone

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day 6 of "Seven Days of Quilt Cards"

Good Afternoon Friends. Today is day six of my series "seven Days of quilt cards".  Today's card is not what I had intended to post. Long story short, I took some new pics and my PC isn't recognizing my camera!?! I have no idea what this is all about and I don't have time to fix it today.  So today's card isn't really a quilt but I think it will fit in.
This is a last minute replacement so I don't have all the details in front of me. The green pine boughs are a Martha Stewart punch. The berries are simply a 1/16 circle punch. The Merry Christmas is a Stampin' Up stamp that I heat embossed using a fine white embossing powder. Around each block I embossed the cross stitching using a small cuttlebug folder. The paper I bought at Joann's. It comes in a 8.5" X 11" sheet so it's perfect for card making.
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for my blog candy give-a-way.  I'll also be posting cards that didn't make the cut for this series.
Enjoy your Saturday,

Friday, September 17, 2010

Day 5 of "Seven Days of Quilt Cards"

Happy Friday Everyone, Today is day 5 of my series seven days of quilt cards. This card was made using a 3/4" punch. You can see details to make these cards on day 2, just scroll down.

                                                                This is one of my favorite quilt cards to make. (I need to go back and fix a couple of the triangle patches though.) Because I like the simple look of this I decided not to add any stitch marks on this one.  After I finished this I went back in with a marker and added some color to the white patterned paper. I felt it need that to pull the apricot color in. I stamped the label with a dotted argyle print (in matching ink) and then stamped happy birthday on top.

2 More days until Blog Candy Yeah!

That's right I'll be giving this away on day 7. What is it you ask? Why this is faux stitching tape. So very cool and easy to use.  Anne of Paper Patch Crafts has a great tutorial showing you how easy this is to use.

See you tomorrow with day 6 of  the quilt series, until then happy crafting.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 4 of "Seven Days of Quilt Cards"

Hi Ya Ladies, Today is day four of my series "Seven Days of Quilts". This card is an easel card that uses only two colors, Whisper White and Apricot Appeal, both from Stampin Up. I often use Stampin Up designer paper for my quilts. I find that the small patterns lend themselves to a quilt look.The blocks are cut using a 3/4" punch.
I used a white Gelly Roll pen to add some stitching around the patches. After completing my block I mounted it on apricot then white card stock. Then I cut the card the same width. That way I have a perfect fit.

I find the sentiment very versatile just by adding a special message inside. This stamp can be used as a get well card, I miss you card or just to let someone know you care. After stamping this I heat embossed it using a fine clear embossing powder.

New to easel cards? Here's a great tutorial to show you how.
If you haven't visited this site you must! It's a great sourse of information.

Blog Candy? That's right I'll be giving away blog candy at the end of this series.

Well that's it for today. Be sure to stop back tomorrow for another quilt card.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 3 of "Seven Days of Quilt Cards"

Good Afternoon All,
Today is day three of my series "Seven Day of Quilt Cards, I have two cards to show you today. They are the same card, almost.
This first card, as you can see, has a fall theme. I cut the leaves on my Cricut using A Childs Year cartridge..I used all Stampin Up paper and inks, with the exception of the 2nd layer which came from the new DCWV fall small stack.
This second card I intend to give a new born when I go to visit after he or she is born.
The  butterflies were punched out using a Martha Stewart punch.
These cards are 5 X 5.50", the first layer is cut at 4 5/8" X 4 5/8". the second layer is cut at 4 3/8" x 4 3/8". The colored squares were punched out using a 1 1/4" square punch and the white squares were punched out using a 1" square punch. Again I used all Stampin Up cardstock except for the second layer that came in a DCWV small stack.

As I promised Here's a pic of my blog candy for this series.

This is Faux Stitching tape, isn't this just the cutest. I can wait to use mine. Later in the week I'll be posting a link to a video showing you how easy this is to use. I'll be giving away a roll of this at the end of this series.
Stop by all week to see more quilt cards.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day 2 of "Seven Days of Quilt Cards"

Good Afternoon, Today is the second day of my series "Seven Days of Quilt Cards".
I'm going to begin by showing you how I put these together,

You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.
I start with a piece of graph paper. Because for this card I was using 3/4" patches and 5 squares to a row (25 patches) I need to draw a 15 X15 square block. (3/4" patch =9 graph squares or one patch,)

I've already decided on my color choices so I've punched out a few patches and started to lay out a pattern.
Note that some of these squares I've cut in half diagonally. I do that using a small pair of sharp paper snips.
.Here's a pic of my finished layout. Now the fun begins.

Once I had a layout of the quilt block I drew a small cheat sheet (one graph square equals one patch) Now it's time to start gluing down the patches.
The important part here is staying within the square you've drawn on your graph paper. Each of the punched patches will take up 9 of the graph paper squares (3 across by 3 down) I like to work from left to right laying one patch at a time.  It's easier to put the glue on the graph paper rather than on the patches. I lightly fill in the first of the 9 graph squares and lay the first patch so that it fits exactly in the corner. It's more important that your patches match up to the graph lines rather than to the next piece. This keeps your block square.

After all your patched have been glued down allow it to dry. Then using a paper cutter trim off the graph paper and just a sliver of the block all at once to make it even. Your block should measure between 3 X 3" to 2 7/8 X 2 7/8" without any graph paper showing like in the pic above. I mounted this on a piece of matching cardstock measuring (1st layer plum) 4 1/8" X 4 1/8" and (2nd layer green) 4" X4".
Here is the finished card.
Clear as mud right? I picked one of the harder cards to show you the instructions. If you want to try this but it seems overwhelming  you can make a 9 patch square with a 1" square punched patch.. You can copy the center of this card for that, just remember that a 1" patch takes up 12 graph  squares.
Here's a link to a good starter block
They have tons of free patterns here

If you make a card or already tried this I'd love to see it. Please email me at
See you tomorrow when I'll be posting a new card and pics of the blog candy, Jana

Monday, September 13, 2010

Seven Days of Quilt Cards and Give-A-Way

Hello everyone, Today starts a new series I'm calling "Seven Days of Quilt Cards". Two of my favorite things to create are cards and quilts. So this seems like a natural project for me. If that isn't enough for you, lol, I'll be having a small give-a-way at the end of this series. Here's a hint, it's small in size, new to me and very cool.  If you like stitching on cards, you'll love it.

This first card I created in honor of the Forth of July, but could be used for Patriot's Day too.

It's a Z shaped card cut at 4.25" X 11". I scored it from the left at 2.75" and 5.5". It finished into an A2 card. The solid blue and red pieces were cut at 4.25" X 2.50". I then added faux stitching around the boarder. The quilt finished at 3" X 3" and then mounted on a piece of red cardstock that measures 3.25" X 3.25"
Here's a photo of the card open

I used all Stampin' Up paper and cardstock. Tomorrow I'll be posting the details on how I piece these cards. If you want to play along you'll need:
A 3/4" square punch
Graph paper, 4 squares to an inch.
Zig 2 way glue
Scrap paper in varies designs and colors that pleases your eye.The basic quilt uses a light, medium and dark color. Some of these cards will and some won't. It's really up to you.
It's going to be a fun week so be sure to stop by often.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Vinyl Decorated Step Stool

Happy Weekend Everyone, I have just a quick post for you tonight. I picked up this step stool a few weeks ago for my grand niece (age 3 ). I was getting ready to drop it off when I thought that I should decorate it with some vinyl. Here's the final result.

I used the Cricut cartridges:
Songbird for the lettering.
A Childs Year for the book, child reading, bathtub and duck images.
Create A Critter for the butterfly and Bird.

I cut the vinyl at a depth of 4, pressure 3, and speed 2.

As you can see, the butterfly and bird were layered, my first attempt.

Enjoy your weekend, Jana

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Kimono Card

Hi All, This week starts my family's birthday madness.
Last winter my sister and I went to a showing of antique kimonos in Rochester, NY. We were in awe if the details and workmanship. With that in mind I made her this card.

Using the Pagoda cartridge I cut the Kimono on page 72 at four inches.
The A2 card base is Stampin'Up Ballet Blue Cardstock
1st layer was cut at 5.25 X 4"
2nd layer, SU Brilliant Blue, was cut at 5 X 3.75"
Kimono base, vanilla cs, was spritzed with iridescent gold Glimmer Mist.
After I layered the Asian print on top I outlined it and the cut floweres with a Gelly Roll clear star pen.

I finished the inside with the base of the Kimono. I inked the edges and stamped the sentiment with SU Ballet Blue.
Thanks for stopping by, Jana

Monday, September 6, 2010

Blue Moon Necklace

Welcome Everyone, Can you believe that Labor Day is over and we're a week into September? Where did the summer go!
My brother-in-law was married this past Saturday. It was a lot of fun to see all of my dh's family. I made this necklace to go with the dress I wore.

Here's a close up of the beads. The large beads are from blue moon.

Here's a close up of the clasp.

I bought all the beads and materials at Jo-Ann's. Thanks for stopping in, Jana

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bonsai Card

Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone, I have such a fun busy weekend planned.  Tomorrow My 40 year old brother-in law finally ties the knot. Today's card was made using the Cricut cartridge Pagoda. I want to send a simple thank you card to my friend who brought me along this week on a fun three day trip.
I used all stamping Up cardstock and inks. The Card is Crumb Cake, the tree is Early Espresso and the leaves are Garden Green. I cut the images at four Inches, inked the edges and ran them through the cuddle bug using the Swiss Dot and Worn Wood (?) folders.

I finished the inside using the Kanji cuts on this cartridge cut at 3.50". The Kanji cut is the symbol for Journey.

That's it for today. I hope you have a fun & safe holiday weekend, Jana

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

We Have a Winner/ FM Blog Hop

Hello Everyone, We have a winner of the French Manor Blog Hop, drum roll please
Got2BCrafting said...

I admit it... this cartridge is still sitting in my green cricut welcome box. Can't wait to see the rest of the projects, I want to want to open the cartridge!! LOL


I'll be contacting you for your mailing address.
Thanks to everyone who entered.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

French Manor Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome, I'm so glad your here. Today and tomorrow I'm hosting the French Manor Blog Hop. I've recruited some very talented ladies from the Cricut Circle to showcase this cartridge. I've often heard that some members aren't sure if they like this cart or it's not like any other cart they use. So we're here to show you what this cart can do, and have some fun doing it. So come and follow along. There's even some blog candy here and there along the way.

 My brother-in-law is getting married next weekend so I chose to make a wedding card.

I used:
Silver Metallic  cardstock from The Paper Company for the card
Layered with Wedding silver and Gold Stripe from TCP Studio
The Medallion on pg.56 cut at  3.75
A 4" circle , tag and small flower cut from Cool Metallic Shimmer Highlight cardstockfrom The Paper Company
Half pearls and silver embossing powder.

Don't you just love blog candy, I know I do! If you win you'll receive a Stampin Up! classic stamp pad in Chocolate Chip, a TCP Studio Rustic Garden stamp set, rub-ons and jewels.
To enter:
1.  Just leave me a comment under this post.
2. Leave me some way to notify you if you win, email, blog address, Cricut MB name,
3. If you like what you see become a follower of my blog, but by no means required to win.
That's it. The give-a-way ends Sunday Aug, 29th at 11.59PM. I will notify the winner by Thursday evening and post on this blog.

Ready for more fun? Please take a look at these amazing creations. Next up
Bobbi Jo






If you get lost or find a broken link you can stop back here to find your way.
Thank You and have a crafty weekend, Jana

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thank You Card using a Rub-On

Hi Everyone, I've been busy getting some projects ready for the French Manor blog hop. You can start the hop here on Saturday morning. I'll be giving away some blog candy and you'll find more candy along the hop. So please join us this weekend, we'd love for you to see what this cartridge is all about.

Today I noticed I was out of simple Thank You cards. I always like to keep a selection of simple cards on hand. This is what I made, no bling, no fancy cuts, no hardware, just a simple double ribbon. The image is a rub-on from a retired Stampin Up set.  This is only the second time I've used a rub-on. I was always afraid of them, so I'm surprised how easy it is.
Because the card is dark brown I finished the inside.
Another Owl?!? lol, I couldn't resist. Besides, I already that the ink open.

Always, Jana

Monday, August 23, 2010

Patchwork Pumpkin Card

Hello Everyone, I promised myself I wouldn't start any Autumn projects until after Labor Day.  Our summer's are to short,  in my neck of the woods, to spend any time on the "next season". But today it sure felt like fall. The sky was so gray I need lights on to get any work done and with a high of 62 wet degrees, I sure didn't want to be outside. So here is today's card.  I saw this in the September issue of Cardmaker. I knew I would love to make this card. It incorporates my two favorite hobbies,  papercrafting and quilting.

I used the paper pack from DCWV called Amber Autumn. The leaf was cut from the Cricut cartridge A Child's Year. I inked the edge of the very vanilla cardstock with Always Artichoke. The pumpkin edges were inked with Pumpkin Orange, both from Stampin Up, I embossed the pumpkin stem with the Cuttle bug folder With Love Borders, I used the flower stems. The leaf and a pumpkin piece were embossed with CB Snow Swirls.  The sentiment is from Gina K.Designs stamp set Thanksgiving.

Here's a close up of the pumpkin.

I plan on redoing this card with Straw colored raffia and a different card design. I'll post it on day 8 of my next seven day series.
Always, Jana

We Have a Winner!

Good Monday Morning Everyone,  I would like to apologise to you for being gone all week.  My few days off turned into a week.  I've been busy with so many projects.  Most I'm not able to show just yet. But when I do I think you will love them.

August 28 & 29 I'll be hosting a blog hop here with a creation from the Cricut French Manor Cartridge. There will be loads of blog candy along the way. So please plan on hopping along.

Now to today's Winner, Emily.

Emily said...

Jana you did such a great job all week! Your owls were all so adorable :) My favorite had to be day 5 with the winter theme, and day 3 was a close second! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your wonderful talent this week!

Congrats Emily! I'll be contacting you this morning for your mailing address.
A big thanks to all who played along. I can't wait to do this again.

Have a crafty day everyone, Jana

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Blog Candy, Cards that didn't make the cut and a blooper

Welcome Everyone, Yesterday was the last day of my series "Seven Days of Owls" and as promised today I'm giving away some blog candy.

The winner will receive all this and a surprise or two. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me which day of the "Seven Days of Owls" you like best.  If you missed any days you can just scroll down to see all seven. If your blogger profile doesn't list an email address you must post one so that I can contact you. (I don't save, sell or give out anyone's email address ever) You have until 11:59 PM on Sunday August 22 to enter.
Good Luck Everyone!

Cards that didn't make the cut.

I made this one at the same time I made day three. I went with the pink.

Been there, done it, blogged it. Still, It's one of my favorite cards to make.

Super quick Cricut card made using the Wild Card cartridge.

Here's my blooper. Egad, what was I thinking? This is what happens when I lose my mojo.

I like the concept I just didn't follow through.

Leave a comment below with your favorite from the last seven days to be entered to win the blog candy.(Today's cards don't count)
Good Luck, Jana

Monday, August 16, 2010

Day Seven of the "Seven Days of Owls"

Good Afternoon Everyone, Here we are, Day seven. This has been so much fun. I bet you are expecting to see another Owl card today. Surprise, It's not a card. I found this on sale at Micheal's ($1.50) this weekend. I thought what a great little box to put cards in. All it needs is a little altering.

I added a family of Owls that I again cut from Hoot & Holler. This is the same trio of Owls that I cut for day five's card. This time I flipped it and left the leaves on. I also cut some leaves from the Cart A Childs Year. The cardstock and paper are all from SU, although some have been retired. The ribbon is from my stash. Don't you just love the clasp?
Here's a pic of the inside. As you can see there is plenty of room to hold 10-12 cards and envies.I hope you have all enjoyed my series.  Be sure to stop back tomorrow to enter for some unadvertised Blog Candy. That means I won't be posting a link anywhere.  This will be just for my followers, that will give you a better chance to win. Also cards that didn't make the cut and one blooper.
See you then, Jana

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day Six of the "Seven Days of Owls"

Hello Everyone and Welcome to my series "Seven Days of Owls". Today is day 6 and as promised I've made a masculine card.
I cut this owl out using my Cricut and the Campout cartridge. I cut the image, blackout and shadow features at 3.25". The plaid and leaf papers are from the DCWV mat stack "Amber Autumn". I love the sentiment, it's from a Gina K. Design set.
Here's a pic of the inside of the card. I made a major boo-boo when I was making this card and needed  to redo the front. I was planning on finishing the inside because the green is so dark. Not one to waste what can be salvaged, I simply cut off the top and bottom and turned it so the plaid is on the bottom. As a bonus it helps to keep the card from being too front heavy.
Be sure to stop back tomorrow for Day seven, I've saved the best for last.
Always, Jana