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

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day Five of the "Seven Days of Owls"

Good Afternoon Everyone and welcome to day five of my series "Seven Days of Owls". Today's card has a winter theme. Something I find difficult to do when the weather is hot & humid. Never the less here is today's card.

This is an A2 card. The owl was cut  at 3.25 using my Cricut cartridge Hoot & Holler cut #34. This is a lite cart. that is exclusive to Walmart. I like it because all the images are all Owl related. The images are all very easy to layer too. I did modify this image by snipping off the leaves on the branches to give it a winter look. The colors I used were a true white and SU's Boarding Blue. The owls themselves were cut using some cardstock from my stash.I stamped the images using SU's retired stamp set Bundle Up. I used whisper white craft ink but wasn't satisfied with the results so I used a white Gelly Roll pen to outline the Brrr and to draw over the snowflakes. Then after it dried I went over a few of the snowflakes with a Gelly Roll clear Star pen to add a bit of shimmer. Hope you've enjoyed today's card. If you've missed the last few days scroll down to see them all.

Blog Candy coming soon. Don't forget to stop by my blog next week. I'll be having an unadvertised giveaway for my loyal followers.  By unadvertised I mean that you won't read about it anywhere but here.
Remember to stop by tomorrow to see a day six. It's a masculine card.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day four of the "Seven Days of Owls"

Good Evening All, Today is day four of my "Seven Days of Owls" series. If you missed day one, two or three be sure to scroll down to see all of them.
Today's card is way out of my comfort zone. I love the vintage look but I really struggle with it. I think maybe I don't like to make cards look dingy, lol. I really prefer clean lines.

This card measures 4 X 6.  I used basic grey cardstock for the card.  I cut and embossed vanilla light cardstock using a cuttlebug embossing plus  named "lace door". I cut two Nestabilities labels from the "labels eight" set. One in vanilla and the other in Going Grey. The owl was stamped with a Studio G. stamp in a dark grey metallic studio G. pigment ink. I then heat embossed him with a fine detail black embossing powder. I thought he needed more so using a embossing pen I filled him in and used Sweet Stamps pearl and medieval metals embossing powders. I put it together and then sprayed the entire front of the card with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. I made the prima flowers by inking them with Tim Holtz Distressed  Tea Dye and Vintage Photo inks. The half pearls are from my stash.

A word about the CB Embossing Plus by Provo Craft. I found this to be a total P.I.T.A. I have tried using every weight of paper and cardstock. It's very difficult to remove from the folder. The tiny pieces have to be pushed out or they stick in the folder and are very time consuming to remove. I may in the future try another of these folders but only if the cuts  aren't so small.
Have a great evening everyone and I'll see you tomorrow, Jana

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day Three of the "Seven Days of Owls"

Good Evening Everyone,  I'm posting a bit later than usual tonight because I got a late start today and it's thrown my whole day off. Today's card was super simple and IMO super cute. I started with a white card.
The first layer is SU's pink passion.  The second layer is Kiwi's embroidery paper that I purchased at Jo-Ann's. The Owls where a strip of paper I cut from a sheet called "Honey I'm Home" by Bella Blvd. The button is from my stash. The ribbon I bought at my local scrapbook store.
I just love the clean lines of this card. I hpe you like it too.
Until tomorrow, Jana

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day Two of the "Seven Days of Owls"

Welcome Everyone to Day Two of the "Seven Days of Owls". Today's card is a pedestal card  and was made with my Cricut and the Hoot & Holler cartridge. The Owl I used is the number #15 and the cut size is 3 1/2".  The first layer or base layer is the new red from Stampin'Up called Cherry Cobbler, This may be my new favorite red. The second layer is black. The third layer is a plaid from my stash that I believe I bought in JoAnn's.  I didn't care for the eyes so I simply punched out two small gold circles using a small hole punch.

The base of this card (red) is cut at 4 1/4" X 8 1/2". Then scored at 4 1/4" and 6 3/8" . The base paper(plaid, behind the Owl) is cut at 4 1/4 X 4 1/4". Because this is paper and flimsy I backed it with a piece of the cherry cobbler cardstock cut to the same size The gold cardstock is cut at 4 X 4.
For the sentiment area I cut a piece of gold card stock again at 4 X 4". Then add layer of black at 2 X 3 1/4 and a Layer of 1 3/4 X 3" to stamp a sentiment on.  I used a Happy Birthday stamp issued in 1993 from SU, and stamped it in Cherry Cobbler. I popped up the sentiment with EK black pop dots.

Black Pop-Dots? Really?? Who knew? not me. I was so excited when I found them at a local scrapbook shop. Perfect when using dark paper and cardstock.
Until tomorrow, Jana

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Seven Days of Owls

Hello Everyone, Please forgive me for not posting lately. I came home from a wonderful vacation to a ton of laundry, housework, lawn and garden work, and then company here last weekend.
Today I'm starting a series I'm calling "Seven Days of Owls". My Niece has asked me to make a set of Owl themed cards to give her Mother-in-law. If Owls aren't your thing, hang in there. I think you like the card designs.
This is the first card I made. The cardstock is SU as is the designer paper. The Owl is a SU rub-on.  The eyelets are from Gina K. designs and the flower I cut with my Cricut using the George cartridge.
The card is an A2 card. The first layer was cut at 4 1/8 X 5 1/4. The two long blocks were cut at 3 3/4 X 1. The two shorter blocks were cut at 2 7/8 X 1 1/4. The center block was cut at 2 1/2 X 1 7/8.  The dimensions may change depending on your center piece. This size worked for me because of the size of the owl. I left a space for a sentiment along the bottom in case she wants one, if not I think it looks fine with out it.

At the end of this series I'll be offering some unadvertised blog candy just for my followers, so keep checking back.
Always, Jana

Monday, August 2, 2010

We Have a Winner! Part 2

Edited for the second chance winner! Dawn

Good Morning everyone, I'm home and refreshed after a week on the Cape. I hope your week was a good one too. Thank you for entering and for your kind comments. I haven't heard from our winner in last weeks giveaway so today I'm selecting a new winner per my rules.

Dawn said...

Love the unique fold and those little bees are so cute. What a fun and unique blog design- I really like

Thanks for a chance to win.

July 28, 2010 10:59 PM

I'll be trying my best to contact you Dawn. You have until Wed, August 11th at 1:00 pm to reply.

Again I'd like to thank Joy at for offering her stamp set for my giveaway.

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