Monday, December 24, 2007

Another day, another penguin!

This one's a BossKut penguin. All layers, except the base layer, are FiberMark specialty papers. I especially love the Cobblestone paper I used for the "sky".

I love that sentiment, but am too lazy to run upstairs to check to see who manufactured it.

Wishing you all a lovely day-before-Christmas and Christmas eve! Stay safe and be merry!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Penguins! Yahoo!

Here's a holiday card with the ever-so-cute penguin stamps from the Winter Blast set by My Favorite Things. As always you can't see the shimmer and shine from the Twinklin' H20s. *sigh* Why does my scanner hate shiny things?

Anyways, I love penguins. There's something so appealing about them. My collection of penguin stuff is huge encompassing penguin stamps, penguin die cuts, penguin stickers, penguin patterned paper, stuffed penguins, penguin pins, penguin bric-a-brac, penguin dishes, penguin wrapping paper, and penguin books.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, December 22, 2007


This card is one of my all time favorites. I was sound asleep and woke up with a mental sketch of this card. Rather than risk losing my "vision", I ran to my table, and made the card! It went together really quickly and I went back to sleep at 4:00 a.m.

QuicKutz dies on a real sheet of cork. The card appeared in Card Creations 4.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, December 21, 2007

from the cat

It seemed appropriate to end Priscilla's recent adventures with a card from her.

This card was based on the sketch in justjohanna's newsletter. The fish tree and the sentiment are from justjohanna's new release. The nameplate is a QK Rev. die and the patterned paper is by Basic Grey.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Priscilla's not birdbrained.

She does have birdies on her mind, and on her "arms" and on her tail.

After successfully trapping the mouse with her ACME box-mousetrap, Priscilla went to take a catnap on her window perch. When she awoke, she noticed that it was snowing and that there were lots of birdies flying around.

Priscilla felt like taking a little romp in the snow. She also was feeling a bit hungry. So she combined the two activities...playing in the snow and getting something to eat!

Priscilla, "naughty", "nice", and the chicklets are justjohanna stamps.

I stamped Priscilla using SU white pigment ink. I sponged more ink to color her in completely and also inked a circle under her. I added white embossing powder and heat set it. When the image was cool, I inked Priscilla's face with StazOn black ink, used my Stamp-ma-jig, and stamped the face on the white image.

I drew in the snowkitty's branch/arms and then stamped the chicklets on them.

Glittery snowflakes in random swirls were added with a glue pen and glitter. They're difficult to see on the scan.

Thanks for visiting today.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

When the cat's away..."

While Priscilla was enjoying her tropical fishing vacation, her house had some guests who overstayed their welcome.

When she returned home, Priscilla worked quickly to get rid of them! She was tired of a strictly fish diet anyways!

Priscilla and the mouse stamps are by justjohanna. The papers are from DCWV. The sticker is from 7Gypsies.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Priscilla's vacation continues...

After a successful snorkeling trip and a very full tummy from her wonderful fresh sushi dinner, Priscilla decided to try something new. After all, the salt water was drying out her beautiful fur coat!

So she rented a dinghy and spent the day fishing. Her friend, Priscilla le Chef, had promised to prepare a sumptuous fish feast featuring the catch of the day. After all, she had written an entire cookbook of her fave fish recipes!

Priscilla, the hook, and Philippe are justjohanna stamps.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, December 17, 2007

That Priscilla!

Priscilla decided that the fishbowl didn't contain enough really fresh fish, so she decided to go where fish were plentiful. She read several travel brochures and chose a tropical beach resort. After a few lessons, she was ready to snorkel.

Priscilla and philippe (both sizes) are justjohanna stamps. The mask, snorkel, and spear are my additions.

The paper is old, but beloved Doodlebug from my stash. Priscilla and phillipes were colored with Prismacolors and the wonderful Uniball Signo White gel pen. The "sea" was colored with chalk. The spear was colored with the Uniball Signo Silver gel pen.

Thanks for visiting today.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Clever but Naughty!

With behavior like this, Priscilla will defintely be getting coal in her stocking! However, you've got to give her credit for ingenuity!

Priscilla, fish, hook, and sentiment stamps are by justjohanna. The paper is Basic Grey Mellow.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

If I Had A Tree: The Sequel

If I had a tree, I have no doubt that Duchess would act as the tree's angel since she loves to pose and also loves to frequent high places (top of my kitchen cabinets, top of shower doors, etc.).

Angel Priscilla & Meowy Christmas are by justjohanna. The tree was drawn in chalk pencils and then was painted with Twinklin' H2Os to add shimmer. Gemstones (Michael's dollar spot) act as ornaments.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, December 14, 2007

So cool for Yule!

I just love "joe way cool drummer" from justjohanna's new release!
Since he's so very cool, I thought he'd go well with snowflakes x 2!

The huge honkin' snowflake is a Sizzix die cut from FiberMark's Paperwhites specialty paper, which is glossy and textured, though you could never tell from my scan. Sorry. :-( The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding collection.

The navy card uses a Cuttlebug texture folder thingy on navy paper, which was sanded to show the white core.

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

If I had a tree, it would look like this.

I'm totally sure that one of my cats would become an ornament.

The patterned paper is by Flair Designs, the diecuts are by QuicKutz, the sentiment is computer generated, though justjohanna just released this sentiment! (yay!)

I can't remember if I've posted this before. If I have, oh well. If not, I hope you like it.

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Yo ho ho!

Poor pirates are stranded on a desert island during the holiday season. They're still filled with holiday spirit (and rum) and decide to make the best of their circumstances. Having wings makes it much easier to hang their stockings on the only things available to them!

All stamps are by justjohanna and were colored with chalk, Prismacolor pencils, or Prismacolor markers.

The base paper is a text weight parchment vellum. It's great to stamp and color though it gives an odd effect every now and then. The striped paper is by Daisy D's and the Christmas word paper is from a small 6x6 stash that was a gift to me.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Last night of Chanukah: Another oldie

This one can be seen in Memory Makers Cardmaking for Scrapbookers idea book.

The menorah was pieced then covered with several layers of embossing powder. The dies are all QuicKutz.

DD got the best Chanukah gift ever last night (see previous post), so all in all it's been a memorable holiday!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 10, 2007

****Important Announcement****

It's official!
The teenager got a phone message today. She's been accepted to one of her top three colleges!

Yay! Yay! Yay!

Monday's card

The stamps are more of justjohanna's latest release. Isn't the holly gorgeous? I stamped it, colored it with Prismacolor markers, and then die cut it with Sizzlets coffee cup die. Then I cut two more cups on plain paper and pieced it together.

I just love that sentiment too since it can be used for several months and isn't holiday specific.

The papers are from my stash of Flair Designs.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

An "oldie" but a "goodie" (imho)

I did this card eons ago using a variety of QK die cuts and punches. It was the first "window scene" card that I made. It's still a favorite. There's real "glass" there that I made from a page protector as the card was made way before transparencies gained popularity. The trees have snow made from sparkly embossing powder, and the "curtains" are patterned vellum.

I still love creating little scenes, especially "window" ones, though lately they've been a combination of computer generated windows (I still love AppleDraw) and stamps.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Early December and Santa's still deciding...

In Priscilla's case, he can't decide whether she should get a catnip mousie or coal in her stocking. She's such a beautiful kitty and can be loving and affectionate. Then on the other hand, she can wreak havoc in the blink of an eye.

Decisions, decisions...

All stamps by justjohanna.

Thanks for visiting today.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Something different today.

My first paper crafting love was punch art. Then I discovered die cuts and fell for those hard. Then I went to an SU party and discovered rubber stamps.

Here are two cards that don't use any stamps, but use QuicKutz diecuts.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mocha and pudding! Yummm!

Once again, Basic Grey comes through with another line that works beautifully with justjohanna stamps.

I'm talking about Figgy Pudding of course. I love that it also can be used with the Dasher & Blitzen papers. I'll also reiterate that I totally love the 6x6 pads. The smaller patters are just so wonderful. If you ask me, it was totally brilliant marketing to bring these out to appeal to the cardmakers! Yay.

Anyways, justjohanna's "warm winter wishes" sentiment fits perfectly inside her cute coffee mug. You gotta love that.

I wanted to point out that while purging my sticker stash, I came across Mrs. Grossman's lace border stickers, pulled them out, and used them here.

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Woo-hoo! New justjohanna design team announced!

Yikes! Two posts in one day! Are you shocked? I know I am.

Anyways, Johanna announced the new team on her blog today. I'm totally stoked that I was asked to stay on the team! I just love all the stamps and have had such fun with them the last six months.

I'm also thrilled to be part of such a talented team!

Congrats to all the newbies and the oldbies. :D

Here's the list!
Julie Prichard - DT Manager
Andrea Peterson
Erin Kellogg
Eleanor Abril
Kim Schofield
Tracy Durcan
Kim Hutchinson
Kathi Rerek
Kerry Urbatch
Barb Pritschau
Sarah Moore
Teresa Abajo
Marnie Bushmole
Charity Hassel
Mandy Cheshire
Heather Grow
Marieke Vermeulen
Godelieve Tijskens
Emilia Hsu
Deb March
Emily Gunnell
Cathrine St Clair
Kim Frantz
Debbie Scheunemann
Dianne McInrue

Thanks for visiting!

Snowy holiday card

This holiday card was fun to do in July when it was 98° outside. It made me feel much cooler.

The stamps are spring tree, sylvie right, sylvie left (birds), music staff, treble clef, and note from justjohanna. I used QuicKutz' clear stamps for the "falala".

The tree and birds were colored with watercolor pencils. The sky was inked with Sky Blue Pearlescent Brilliance ink.

I made the spring tree into a winter tree by masking off the leaves prior to stamping and then adding white acrylic paint where snow would accumulate. I sprinkled irridescent glitter onto the wet paint. I did the same thing to the ground and tree roots.

The patterned paper is by EK Success. I bought a 25 pack of it for $1.00 at a warehouse sale and then split it with friends. I certainly have gotten a lot of use from that pack! Ivy Bling specialty paper by FiberMark was used for the holly leaf photo turn die cuts.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A Challenge for December!

Yikes! It's December 4th already! Where did the time go?

Now that the teenager has the bulk of her college applications done (yay!)and the bulk of my Chanumasbirthday shopping is done, my next priority is to clean, purge, declutter, and organize the house. This will bore me to distraction, so I'm also going to try to get my holiday/New Year's cards done and mailed as well as build a stash of thank you and birthday cards.

So my challenge to myself and to you is to create and post a card or project every day during December.

Anyone want to join me? Sign up by commenting below. If you post a link to your daily card and keep meet the challenge of a card/project a day (with links), I'll send you a little prize. That's 31 cards or projects, so get busy!

***Edited***You can comment without signing up for the challenge! :-D

Since Chanukah starts early this year (tonight!) and is before both the teenager's birthday and Christmas, I'll start with 2 Chanukah cards that feature the new and adorable birdie menorah by justjohanna. I used Glaze pens to add dimension to the "candles" and "flames" and either Prismacolor markers or Prismacolor pencils to color the images. Stickles added a bit of "bling" too!

Priscilla, like my cats, likes to live dangerously by hanging out by the lit Menorah. Sometimes her whiskers get singed a bit, but unlike my cats, she has NOT set herself on fire. Priscilla, birdie menorah, and the sentiment (with an "h" at the end) are by justjohanna.

The second small card has enough room for a gift card inside. The silvery vellum arched frame was stamped with silver Brilliance and heat embossed. It is raised on spare QK ejection foam. The stamps are shrubbery and birdie menorah by justjohanna.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I love diamonds!

I love diamonds, both the precious stone kind and the harlequin kind. Wednesday Stamper's challenge this week is diamonds, so here's a card that uses diamond/harlequins in the patterned paper (Crafty Secrets), the harlequin/flutist stamp (by Judikins), and a harlequin background stamp by Stampin' Up.

The harlequin/flutist clearly needed some music and an audience, so justjohanna chicklets are enjoying the flutist's music.

Oh, if you're interested, sign up for the "Pay It Forward" challenge below!

Thanks for visiting today.

Pay It Forward Exchange

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this Pay It Forward Exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. So basically, if you comment, I’ll send you something crafty that I’ll make!

Once you sign up, copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work.

I found out about this exchange on Godelieve’s blog.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Multi-tasking Priscilla-style.

Priscilla likes water and birdies, not necessarily in that order. She gets to enjoy both at the birdbath in her garden.

Stamps by justjohanna. Paper by Scenic Route and Basic Grey. Flowers by Prima. Inspiration for my priscilla cards by Duchess, my sweet and mischievous kitty.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Inspiration from a catalog!

There was a "Shh Reading!" Door Hanger in one of the many catalogs that arrive in my mailbox. I saw it and thought it would be perfect for the door of my daughter's room since she's an avid reader. I asked her to choose a favorite quote about reading and this is what she gave me.
“The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.”
Elizabeth Hardwick

I happened to have some blank wooden doorhangers in the house, so I covered one with Romani/Gypsy Basic Grey patterned paper. I diecut a book, the caption, and then stamped Michelle's Big Scroll to add a bit more interest to the piece.

I'm working on a "Shh! I'm writing" with one of her favorite quotes on writing that I'll attach to the back of the doorhanger to make it reversible. I'll be sure to post that when I complete the project.

Oh. I also wanted to mention that I was delighted that my "Fall" card (seen below) was chosen for the "Leaves" sampler at Wednesday Stamper.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Serendipity! When stamps & paper are perfect together!

I've always thought that Basic Grey papers were perfect with justjohanna stamps. But when I saw these bird papers from Basic Grey, I had a "Eureeka!" moment. I knew the papers would be just perfect with justjohanna's fancy cage stamp! I simply stamped the cage over the bird, cut out the cage, and pop dotted it over another piece of patterned paper!

I just love Basic Grey's 6x6 pads. I especially love that they scaled the patterns down to make them even better for cards.

The top card uses Pacific Heights from the Phoebe collection. The second card uses Cherish from the Blush collection.

Thanks for visiting today.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Fall Leaves

It's been a lazy autumn since the leaves seem to be taking their time to change colors and fall to the ground. It is November and most of my trees still have their leaves and some are still green though there are piles of colorful leaves wherever you look.

The birdbath is a justjohanna stamp, the leaves are punched, and the embellishment is an old Junkitz thingy from my stash. I knew I'd use it eventually!

I think this card also qualifies for the "Leaves" challenge at Wednesday Stamper! It might not since the leaves are punched and I didn't do anything to them.

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Mouse Licker & the Maimer strike again!

Whereas I don't like the idea of having mice in the house, I really loathe the idea of the cats chasing, mauling, and torturing mice. I HATE that I end up having to trap the mouse and my husband (or dd's boyfriend) have to get the wounded mouse out of the house. If Mouse Licker (Duchess) and the Maimer (Flash) are going to do play, maul, lick, and bite the mice, why can't they do it while we're asleep and then just eat the darned things?

So this card represents what I'd like to do with my pair of felines today, though I don't want that quantity of birds or mice in my house...ever! "Fancy cage" & "intertwined kitties" are justjohanna stamps. The paper is from Scenic Route.

I will be visiting Home Despot today in search of mouse traps that won't hurt the cats and torture the mice. Oh joy.

Thanks for visiting today.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Holiday '07 justjohanna release! Yahoo!

Yay! It's the "big reveal" of the great new justjohanna holiday stamps! Be sure to check the blogs of the other justjohanna dt members (listed on the right) and justjohanna message board's gallery to see cards made with the new stamps!

It's all just so exciting!

Don't you love the new jingle birdies and that great new banner tree? How about naughty tangled priscilla? Isn't the new birdie Menorah beautiful?

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Mr. & Mrs. Sylvie enjoying a nice fall day.

Sylvies and heart branch stamps are from justjohanna. I taped off the hearts using removable Scotch Tape (blue dispenser)*, stamped the branch, and added tiny punched fall maple leaves in place of the hearts.

Prismacolor pencils were used to color the image. The gorgeous patterned paper is from Daisy D's Gypsy collection and the lovely "sky" paper is from Cosmo Cricket.

*I use Scotch Removable tape for everything from covering part of the stamp before inking, to masking, to holding down templates and little pieces of paper. Handy stuff!

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Argh matey!

There's a pirate ship in my bird bath!

Adorable tiny pirate ship and the bird bath are by justjohanna. Lovely black patterned paper is Black Tie by Basic Grey.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Time to scare you!

BOO! Are you scared?

Flying Al from justjohanna stamps, Doodlebug papers & stickers, and QK Uptown Girl.

This one was in October '07 Cards magazine and was my first pub with them.

Happy Mischief Night and thanks for visiting the blog today.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Another sentiment quandary.

I was torn between "High there!", "Thanks for the support", and "Friends in High Places", so I decided the heck with it and copped out.

The fun thing about this card, other than the ever-so-cute justjohanna stamps, is that I chose old, but beloved/hoarded patterned paper and spritzed it with Glimmer Mist, which updated the papers with a nice shimmery sparkly shine. That stuff is such fun to use. A spritz adds so much!

Sadly, I doubt you can see the effect because my scanner does not like shiny and shimmery. Feh. Oh well.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dreary Friday & Tag, you're it!

It's cold, overcast, damp, and dreary here today, which is Friday, even if the date says Wednesday. Blech. So, here's a cup of tea/cocoa/coffee to brighten your day.

Stamps are justjohanna. The patterned paper has been in my stash forever and I kept it when I paper purged last spring. I'm glad I did because it does work well with that stamp.

Now here's the "Tag, you're it!" part of the post. My friend, Donna, tagged me, but I don't know enough bloggers that would actually answer the questions, so if you're reading this, "Tag, you're it!" Post back to let me know that you ran with it. *grin*

Here are the rules!
1) Link to your tagger, and also post these rules on your blog; 2) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird; 3) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs; and 4) Let them know they are TAGGED by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are my facts.
1. Sometimes I crave chocolate candy. I know, that's not weird at all.

Here's the odd part. Just buying the candy satisfies that craving. When I was working, I'd buy a candy bar, stick it in my drawer, and discover it months later after it had "bloomed". Now I just buy it and give it to my dh. That works since he's a thin guy and can use some calories.

2. I used to play the violin and wasn't too bad. I quit after I told the high school orchestra leader what I thought of him. In very plain terms.

He still remembered me six years later when he encountered my sister.

3. I'm a night owl and am usually up til 3:00 a.m.

4. Lost is my favorite show ever and not just because Sawyer is serious eye candy. I would most definitely not put him in a drawer for later. *guffaw*

5. I still haven't read the last Harry Potter book because I don't want for the series to end. So for me, it hasn't. This drives my dd to distraction because she wants to talk about it with me.

6. I have the car of my dreams. I dream small. Petey, my burgundy PT Cruiser, is great, though he goes too fast. It's the turbo's fault. Not mine. Now why didn't my own personal police officer believe that? (He's mine because he gave me a warning and then ticketed me twice within a year - *sigh*)

7. This is a secret. I get a huge kick out of the teenager. She's fun to spend time with, when she's not being totally annoying, procrastinating, or being a slob.

8. Here's a freebie. I love taking surveys because I'm ever so opinionated. And I'm usually right too. *snort*

I don't understand why political campaign people never call me for to complete a survey or for my opinion!

So, tag you're it!

Aren't you glad you visited today?


Monday, October 22, 2007

She's an overachiever!

Priscilla le Chef dreams big and is definitely a "Type A" personality and an overachiever! Just look at the size of that cupcake.

Priscilla is also very wise and knows that cats like pastry too. I know that our cats love any kind of muffin and also love certain types of cookies. Our dearly departed Raoul Duke loved apple turnovers, though being a considerate cat, he always left us the apple part.

Anyway, all stamps are by justjohanna.

Priscilla le Chef was colored with Prismacolor pencils and Eco-house's #115 Xtra Mild Citrus Thinner, which I use instead of Gamsol. The Citrus Cleaner works great, is much better for me and the environment, and leaves a pleasant orange scent in the air.

The strawberry cupcake was colored with chalk and the sentiment was colored with Prismacolor markers.

I used Eclipse Tape to mask the cat so she could be in front of the ginormous cupcake. Eclipse Tape is awesome stuff.

The papers are Basic Grey & Scenic Route.

Thanks for visiting today.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Decisions, decisions.

"I taut I taw a puddy tat!" or "Rut roh"? I couldn't decide, so I didn't. The stamps are all from justjohanna.

I've been neglecting the blog yet again. I've been busy reorganizing my craftroom as my lovely dh got me two Mini Stackables. I've moved almost all of my mounted rubber stamps into these great rolling units. This freed up drawer space, so I decided to reorganize my patterned paper, which lead to me reorganizing my stickers, and rub-ons. Next up on the reorganizational hit parade are my embellishments and the chipboard collection. I also will be putting all my solid ribbon into my second Pull-Ez, since the first one has made it so much easier to see, chose, and use my ribbon. I can't wait til I'm done since I really would love to sit down and get a ton of stamping done. Alas, it'll most likely have to wait til next week.

In between all this fun reorganization (fall cleaning?), the teenager and I have been visiting colleges, which has been enjoyable. She's good company and entertaining. We've got another Road Trip this coming weekend and will be visiting two more colleges. Then the following weekend will see us visiting yet another two colleges. After that Petey (my PT Cruiser) and I will take a break from being road warriors... Or maybe not. Oh. I should mention that she's loved all four of the colleges we've seen thus far though they are about as dissimilar from one another as you could possibly get...

Enough of my rambling. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Tea Time!

I love coffee. I love tea. I love this little tea pot and teeny tiny tea cups by justjohanna.

I also love Eclipse tape, which made the masking a snap, my Stamp-ma-jig, scallop punches, and ribbon.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

One Sketch - Two cards

Here are two cards made from the sketch in justjohanna's September newsletter. You can sign up here to receive news and the monthly sketch.

Both cards use justjohanna stamps. The swirl was made using a template by the Crafter's Workshop, who makes great templates in many sizes, including a new 6x6 size.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Announcing the winner of my challenge!

I was out of town with the teenager visiting a college, which we both liked.

Anyways, while I was at the hotel this morning, I popped onto the hotel's p.c to check my list of participants and to choose my winner. I used the highly scientific method of writing the names on slips of paper, crumpling them, mixing them around, and borrowing a 5 year old, who chose....

Tania as the winner!

Congratulations Tania!

Thanks everyone for participating in my challenge. Your work was great and very inspiring.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

My challenge for WCMD!

Hi all!
My challenge for WCMD is to create a card using a slide mount or a frame! I love using slide mounts and frames. It's an easy way to create a focal image!

Once you've made your card, post it on the justjohanna message board's gallery, your blog, or other on-line gallery and then share the link in the comment section of this post!

You may enter as many times as you'd like for my challenge.

You have until midnight PDT to complete the challenge and post the link to your card.

Participants in this challenge will be entered into a drawing for a limited edition "Flying Al on Earth" rubber stamp. You can see him here!

If you have already won "Flying Al on Earth", then the 2nd prize will be a "Flying Al with Stars" rubber stamp, which is one of my favorites! He's a collectible, rare stamp because he's not available for purchase! If you have already won two prizes, then the 3rd prize will be a Free Shipping Coupon. If you have already won three prizes, then another winner will be selected.

Additionally, you will be entered into justjohanna's grand prize drawing of the following ...

One Grand Prize of $250 justjohanna shopping spree! Wow!

One $50 justjohanna shopping spree.

Five 25% off your order coupons for the justjohanna web site.

Here are two of my cards using slide mounts. The first card is a 4x4 that uses a cardboard slide mount that was sponged with Liquid Chalk ink, heat set, responged with more of the same color ink, and heat set again. Then I took some crumpled up plastic wrap and used that to pounce the same ink onto the slide mount, and yes, heat set again. Then I stamped the tiny tea cup onto it.

The big cup was stamped and colored using Prismacolors. I mounted the image inside the slide mount, added a ribbon, and a button, and mounted the slide mount onto Flair's wonderful coffee paper!

The "Feeling Blue?" card uses a large honkin' slide mount that I covered with Chatterbox patterned paper. The peacock was stamped using blue VersaFine and colored with Prismacolors.

The felt flower was cut using my Big Kick machine. I run a piece of cardstock through my Xyron machine, adhere the felt, and then cut it with the Big Kick. The cardstock gives the felt a bit more "body", so it doesn't shred.

This card fills a bunch of different challenges from my team mates! It's monochromatic, uses a felt flower, has faux stitching, and has bling! Yahoo.

I can't wait to see what you all do with slide mounts and/or frames. Have fun!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Something colorful on a dreary Wednesday!

It's overcast and dreary today, which makes my sinuses ache and the cats get testy.

So, I'm counteracting all of that by posting a bright and cheerful card featuring Aloha Priscilla from justjohanna stamps. I think she's totally fabulous, especially sitting on a mountain of Jolie's flowers. I was delighted to use several packets of Jolies, which I had purchased at an EK Success warehouse sale over a year ago. I think that the "thrill of a great deal" possessed me since I bought a motherlode of them! Yikes. Anyways, I used black to make the bright colors pop".

Special Announcement!
I thought that I would mention that justjohanna has a design team search going on right now. You can find information about it here. If you love the stamps, you should go for it! If you do decide to enter, good luck!

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Cardvarks' Challenge Card: Scallops!

I've really been enjoying the scallop trend and include them in many of my cards. Here's a recent Thank You card using justjohanna stamps' Lizette, Hearts Branch, and Merci Birdcoop, a Spellbinder's Nestabilities scalloped frame, and Fancy Pants papers.

Thanks for visiting!

So excited! World Cardmaking Day is Saturday!

Yep, that's right. It's Saturday, October 6th. Cardmakers from all over the globe will be celebrating their shared obsession with creating cards!

Johanna, of justjohanna fame, has created an exclusive stamp for this special day. Additionally, she'll be giving away a shopping spree at justjohanna stamps. Want more info? Click on the button on the right!

Additionally, justjohanna's dt and Lime Tart's design team will be hosting challenges on their blogs. Plus, we'll all be celebrating at the newly launched justjohanna message board. Be sure to visit and sign up to participate in all the great World Cardmaking Day festivities!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A twofer! Technique Thursday Challenge & A Sneak Peek!

Here's another sneak peek of the new releases from justjohanna stamps. I just love that pumpkin and the little Desmond Squeaker Birds. The big Desmond Squeaker Birds are pretty cute too.

This 4x4 card has a button, so it qualifies for the button challenge at the Technique Thursday Challenge, though I think I was supposed to use buttonS, as in more than one. Oh well. I have quite the stash of buttons and just got a bag of Foofala buttons as a birthday gift, so I'd better start using more than one per project or I'll have tons of buttons to pass down to my future great grand-children.

I used my Prismacolor pencils to color the images and Distress Ink to edge the card and the sentiment. The paper was a gift from a secret pal. I finally remembered that I had it, so I used it. Yahoo! I so love using my stash!

I'm so happy. More Prismacolors will be coming to live with me since I won an ebay auction thanks to one of my good friends who isn't scared of the 'bay (like me). Even better is that it's being financed with "found money". My friend bought a motherlode of dd's old American Girl doll clothes, furniture, and accessories. I'm splitting the proceeds with the teenager, since it was her stuff. But I'm the one who braved the wilds of the teenage wasteland (her room), cleaned it, and moved all the AG detritus into the closet in the spare bedroom.

End of today's ramble.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wednesday Stamper

"Fish" was the theme for Wednesday Stamper and I'm getting this posted just in the nick of time. :D

I did complete it last week and even scanned it, but hadn't done anything to the file since then... So, I sort of procrastinated, but not really.

Anyways, all stamps are justjohanna's and include Priscilla le Chef and Michelle. I used the Sizzix diary die and broke into my stash of rub-ons. I'm not real good at getting them straight, but I've decided that added to the charm. I also used old, but beloved KI patterned paper, from my scraps file. Yay!

Then I amused myself further by adding Glossy Accents to the eyeballs of the fish and the cat.

Thanks for visiting today!

Another sneak peek!

Here's another sneak peek of three of the new justjohanna stamps that will be coming out real soon.

When I saw the cobweb image, I thought that it would work really well with the window that I made in AppleWorks Drawing Module. This time, I decided that I'd change the point of view from inside-looking-out to outside-looking-in.

So, I printed out another window, cut out the panes with my exacto (I really need exacto 101), put the cobweb onto a transparency, which I placed into the corners of two panes. I also put transparency behind the other two panes.

Then I thought to myself, well that window needs a cat! So, I colored Devilish Priscilla, cut her out, and stuck her in the window too! Then I realized that I needed window treatments, so I created a shade from dotted vellum, and adhered a piece of peach cardstock behind it all.

I had a piece of Cosmo Cricket that reminded me of a wood shingles, so I decided to mount the window onto that.

Being me, I realized that my cutting lines were visible, so I got out my white acrylic paint, and sloppily painted the wood "window frame" and intentionally got some paint onto the transparency.

I added the sentiment, which I think is totally hilarious and fits the state of my house! Now I need to ask Johanna to create a stamp about my catfur tumbleweeds.

Thanks for visiting!