Monday, May 31, 2010

Vinyl Butterfly

Hello Everyone, I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. I managed to get all my yardwork up to date, which was quite a feat. I have just a quick post tonight. I have been wanting to try cutting vinyl car decals with my Cricut. This is a butterfly I made for my Jeep. I used the Home Accents cartridge and cut the butterfly at seven inches. I had wall vinyl and that won't do. I stopped into a shop that does truck signs and asked if they had any scraps and came away with a nice selection, all for free. I used white because I wanted it to really show up on the dark green. If your interested in trying this check out youtube for some great tutorial videos.
Until next time, Jana

Friday, May 28, 2010

Joy's Life Give-A-Way

Happy Friday Everyone,
I'm just popping in to tell you abouts Joy's fabulous Give-A-Way. These stamps are so cute. I'm sure you'll love using them. To enter go to Joy's blog at
All you need to do is comment on her post.
Good Luck everyone,

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Exciting News

Hello Everyone, Sorry I haven't posted lately. I've been incredibly busy with family, yard work and life in general. We have been having some beautiful summer weather here this past week. It's so unusual for our neck of the woods.
I want to share some wonderful news. I've been selected to be a featured designer on She has a very cute set of stamps coming out called Lots of Pun. This stamp set was designed with the new Cricut cartridge, Create A Critter in mind but can be used in so many other projects. Please take a look for yourself
I'm so excited and can't wait to get started.
I'll be back soon with new vinyl project for my Jeep.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Create-A-Critter Flash Cards

Happy Hump Day Everyone, I can't believe how fast this week is flying by. Last weekend I purchased a new Cricut cartridge, Create-A-Critter. This isn't what I would normally buy because I don't have any young children or grandchildren. I just thought the images are sooo darn cute. I thought I would try something new so I decided to make flash cards for my grandniece who is almost three years old. I cut the cards at 3X4 inches and the letters at 3 inches using the Base camp cartridge. After I cut the letters I left them on the mat and loaded it again, I exchanged the blade with a marker and then pressed cut. The markers draw exactly in the cut lines giving them an outline. Then I cut the different critters at different sizes to fit the cards. Design studio makes this very simple to do and takes out all the guess work. After gluing the letter to one side of the card and the critter to the other side I laminated them using "Your Story", by Provocraft. If you don't know what that is you can see it here: &view=product&crumbTrail=,15303&wp=1&limit=18&offset= .(If your interested in buying one shop around. I found mine for less than $30.00) I cut each corner with my corner rounder punch because I didn't want any sharp edges. For more info on the create-a-critter cartridge check out for some very good videos.
See you soon, Jana

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Flower Pot Pocket Card

Hello again, I can't believe it's Sunday night already. I've been reorganizing my computer favorites file. When ever I see a technique I like I save it so that I can try it at a later time. This project was saved about 9 months ago. I had forgotten all about it. I love this card. How cute this would have been for Mother's Day. I found the instructions for this card here:
I tried the first one using stamped and heat embossed images for the flowers. The second one I used flowers I had cut on my Cricut.
Enjoy your week, Jana

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Butterfly flowerpot adornment

Happy Hump day everyone, today is just a quick post of this cute 2 1/2 inch butterfly I made using my cricut. For mother's Day I gave my Mom a house plant. I made one of these and added it to the pot for a little something extra. I think these would also be nice if you're taking a get well plant to someone. This is not the plant I gave my Mom. I decided to make a few extra to have on hand. I used the Home Accents cart and cut the #2 butterfly at 2.5 inches real size. I also cut the blackout feature in white glimmer card stock. I cut the butterfly's antennas and tail off the blackout to make it easier to glue together. I attached the butterfly to the stick using tape and then covering the tape with card stock. The stick is actually a bamboo skewer(for kabobs) that I painted white.
Hope you enjoyed this post, Jana

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Blue Moon Bracelet

Good Afternoon. I'm posting this afternoon because my husband came home early today and decided to clean the fireplace chimney. So I'm hiding until he's done, lol. Today's post is something different. I've always loved beading but I haven't done any the last few years. But I needed a bracelet to go with a new top I bought. I had everything on hand and this is what I came up with. The beads are from Blue Moon. Everything needed to make this came from Jo-Anns. well that's it so until next time keep safe, Jana
Now that I've posted this I see a major mistake. Looks like I'll be restringing it later tonite.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bee Tin

Hello again everyone. It's been such a busy week here. Yesterday I hosted Mother's Day and my Daughter's Birthday. (I can hardly believe my baby turned 24 yesterday. She's the youngest of three and the only girl.) Add that to lots of yard work, window washing and some major dental work. I'm almost glad it's Monday and the start of a new week, lol. I have a few projects in the works for this week. But for today I'm posting another tin that I made for myself. I needed one for my laundry room as a catch all for loose change, buttons and small pieces of hardware from my husbands pockets.
Hope you stop back soon, Jana

Friday, May 7, 2010

Bees in a Jar

Happy Friday everyone,
Today's card is a fun one with a story behind it. It took place many years ago when I was a child of four and my big sister was nine. I found her catching bumblebees in a jar off of a flowering crab apple tree. When I asked her if she wasn't afraid of being stung, she said "No, these were nice fuzzy bees that didn't sting" and did I want to help her? Hey big sis was asking me to help, sure I wanted to help. So I picked a bee off of a bloom and put it in her jar. And then another and then even a third and not any stings. This was easy I thought. Well the fourth one stung me, my sister started to laugh and I went screaming to my Mother. So when the trees started to bloom last week I sent her this card. On the inside I wrote " The trees are in bloom, grab a jar and come on over. My bees don't sting." When she received this card she called me and we had a good laugh over it.
Have a great weekend and I'll be back soon, Jana

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Owl Thank You Note

Hello again everyone, This will be just a quick post tonight. I've been at a cookout today where I ate too much and stayed too late, lol. This note card was so simple. The frame was made using a 4 X4 piece of double sided paper. Not sure if you can tell but one side is of owls. The owl was stamped and then punched out with a 1 1/4" square punch. I used clear button and glued an owl from the same paper to the back so he shows through. The scallop punch is from SU also.
I always give credit for ideas I've seen elsewhere. Somehow this one escapes me. If you seen this card with a punched bird, please let me know so I can include a link.
Always, Jana

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Patchwork Card

Happy National Scrap booking day everyone, I took the afternoon to finish up some long neglected projects. First on my list was a scrapbook I began for my great niece. I took it out, looked it over and put it away. I had started it a few years ago shortly after buying my Cricut. I feel like my work wasn't up to par. So I'll have to decide if I finish it or start over. Next I decided I needed to make my daughter her birthday card. Her b'day is next Sunday, the same day as Mother's day this year. I've seen many variations of this card but had never tried one. Two of the squares were embossed using my cuttlebug. Two were stamped. Three were covered in SU paper over card stock. The button on the number 24 was a clear button. I stamped a small flower and glued it to the back of the button. Tied a ribbon around the middle square. When I went to mount the squares I found I had measured wrong. Rather than cutting another layer I simply added the ribbon to separate the rows. Next time I need to watch my measuring.
enjoy the rest of your weekend, Jana