A collection of my many interests: rubber stamping, health and nutrition, all things Market America, my spiritual journey, and the mishaps and quirks of my everyday life.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT

   Well, I have done something that I didn't think I would ever do. I have joined Stampin' Up! again! Not to build a business this time, but as a hobbyist. I am, however, going to revive my stamp club if I can find three more people to join. If you would like to get together with a few other stampers once a month and do 3 projects, just let me know. All you have to do is attend and agree to purchase at least $15 worth of products each month. Stamp club members will also get 10% off of their orders. If you are not a stamper but would like to learn, this would be a good way to do it.

   I have been stamping as much as possible, and I have made a lot of cards, but I am not happy with them. I think that I did much better when I was stamping in the past. I can't seem to get my mojo working, but I am ordering so many new products that I think things are going to get a lot better soon. Here are the cards I have made in the last couple of months.

This card would probably have looked better if I hadn't put the flowers on upside down, lol.





I found this decorative paper in a small paper stack that I have, and I knew it would go great with this pink paper.


I'm very happy with this one, but the bird part of it came from a card class that I attended. I just put my own spin on it.


I have wanted to do a background with my paper scorer for years, and I finally did it. I like this look.

 I was going to put a dotted border all the way around the card, never thinking that that was going to be impossible with this stamp. When I stamped the first side, I realized that it was upside down. I had wanted to scalloped part to be right on the edge, but that was no longer an option, so I just turned the card over and stamped it on the bottom. Voila! Couldn't have turned out better!


I just realized that I haven't finished this card yet. I have to put a few gems on it.


I messed with this card for weeks, not knowing what in the world I wanted to do with it. I had all the pieces except the lace borders, and when I got the lace borders die set, I cut a few to see how they looked. I walked around the table, saw these pieces lying there in my "in progress" tray, walked back, picked up a piece of the lace, laid it on the card and said, "You were just sitting there waiting for me to get this die, weren't you?"


I found this tag die online, and I love it! You can cross stitch on it or just cut it out without the holes. You can also put the die with the holes on other things. What great dies!


I put this card on the next to last blog post, but it had a rose on it instead of a butterfly. I wasn't happy with it at all, so one day I pulled the rose off and replaced it. I am very happy with it now.


I have had this flower, card, and background piece for years, but I didn't know exactly how I wanted to put it together, so it just sat there. After the hurricane, I found it and decided to finish it, but now I didn't have the paper that matched the colors. I finally decided to use the green that you see here, put a center in the flower, and a greeting. I can't believe I finally finished this card!


I used a die from the Stampin' Up! Flourishes die set (it's the lacy piece). This is a beautiful set of dies. I created the background piece with my paper scorer. Oops! No I didn't! That had to have been done with an embossing folder.



Another lace border.



I found this card, minus the butterfly and greeting, in a box that I was going through. This is also really old. I added the two dies, and once again, voila! It isn't as yellow as it appears here.


If you already have a SU! demonstrator, I would love it if you would follow my blog, but of course, I want you to keep ordering from your demonstrator. I have a lot of pictures of new cards that I will be adding in the next few days. If you are interested in the card club, PM me on facebook or give me a call.

Blessings,
Janis

 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

TWO MORE CARDS

   So I have cards in various stages of completion, and all I had to do was glue these two together, which I managed to do the last two days, even though I am having the struggle of my life to do things right. I had to take the pink one apart and put it on a new background and card because I destroyed it trying to put the center piece on. Once I had the yellow one together, I noticed an indentation in the center piece. Good grief! I have switched from putting them together with double-sided tape to using Art Glitter Glue. It doesn't give me enough time to get it straight, but at least it doesn't stick down immediately like tape does. I am going to have to experiment with other glues because I used to be able to eyeball it and get things straight from the get-go, but can't do it now to save me. I wonder if it has something to do with losing central vision in my left eye. Oh well, that's as good an excuse as any.




   I hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Blessings,
Janis

Thursday, May 23, 2019

MAKING CARDS AGAIN!

   So I have my stamp room set up in our apartment, and I have sorted all the stuff that I have stamped and not used into drawers, so now I am pulling things out of the drawers (unfinished cards, backgrounds and elements that are stamped and colored or die cut) and putting them together or putting an element on a new background. I just put a basket of flowers that I had done many years ago on a card, and it is just happy, that's all I can say.
Unfortunately I don't remember exactly how I used to put these photos on, and this one is crooked, to say the least. Well actually they are all crooked. SMH! The lighting isn't right either, so I am going to have to figure something out soon. I mounted the basket on scrapbooking paper, which I am trying to use more of. I lost tons of paper when the house flooded, and I realized how stupid it was that I was hoarding it instead of using it.
For some reason the edge of this looks bad in the picture, but you cannot see it in person. I don't know why.
   Here are some more cards that I have made over the last couple of months. I am selling some of these for $2.50 apiece, or 5 for $10.00. Just let me know if you're interested. They are all blank inside, so they can be note cards, or you can write Congratulations, Happy Birthday, etc. inside to send it for an occasion.
   Well, I guess I lied. There is a birthday card and one that says Thank You.




This one looks a lot better in person. The gray is lighter and sparkly. 


I wish I could remember how I did the background on this card. My stamping buddy, Tammy, and I made some of these backgrounds many years ago. Hopefully, she will remember.


   And hopefully I am going to work out how to take better pictures. I don't remember having this much trouble in the past.
   Bye for now, I have to go put another card together.

Blessings,
Janis





Monday, January 29, 2018

LOTS OF HEARTS!

   So I have taken out my poor, neglected blog, dusted it off, and am writing a new post, the first since some time in 2013. What a chaotic, stressful 4 or 5 years it has been!
   I have been making hearts off and on for a few days, not knowing what I was going to do with them, and tonight it all came together. I have some really beautiful heart dies, and after a lot of cutting and some stamping, I have not only finished them but have decorated with them. I moved the first set to a different location, so there are two pictures with the same hearts.



   I also made a birthday banner for Libby's birthday last Monday, so much fun!
   I had bought an acrylic birthday themed stamp set so I could use it in my stamp tool (like a Misti but a cheaper version), not knowing when I would use it because I don't do birthday cards much, even with all the birthdays we have, but I was able to use it pretty quick. I am so thankful that I bought it!
   
   Last year I had 4 viruses, the flu, two infections that required antibiotics, swollen glands that required an antiviral, a skin cancer on my earlobe, and my back went out twice. I didn't really get back into life until October, and then my Mom fell on Nov. 1, and I went to stay with her until a couple of weeks ago. (You can see why I didn't send out a Christmas letter.) This year has gotten off to a much better start. We had been going like crazy the whole time I was with her, but we got to start the year off with a lot of rest thanks to the snow. Great way to start the year! She is doing really well except for a problem with itching, so please pray for her, she needs some relief. Andy is working in Georgia, but he is doing something kind of dangerous, so pray for him too. We all need so much prayer these days, it seems. I pray that everyone's year will go great!
Blessings,
Janis

Sunday, October 27, 2013

More Convention Photos

   So I went back to the convention today, bought more stuff (!), and took a few more pictures from one of the booths that I dearly loved. The company is Paper Sweeties, and is located in Chapel Hill, but they don't have a store, just a website, papersweeties.com. They have wonderful stamp sets and matching die sets, and I got the set that has the snowman that is on the large star. I looked at the picture last night and decided that I had to go back and get him, lol. So here are the pictures, just be sure to click on the first one to enlarge it:













I just think this is fabulous stuff, and I really wish they had a store. I have already made something with a stamp that I bought today, and I will probably have several things made by tomorrow night, so expect another post in a day or so with my samples.
Blessings,
Janis

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fun, Fun, Fun at the Stamp Convention!

   What a day! I went to the stamp convention in Hampton that I have been looking forward to since June, and it was as wonderful as I expected it to be. It wasn't very big, thank goodness! There were three vendors there who had the most incredible dies, and one had coordinating stamps and dies, and I could have dropped five thousand dollars easily. Easily! Needless  to say, I didn't spend more than a fraction of that, but it's a good thing I've been saving up for this.
   The three vendors also had the most fabulous samples, how I wish I could stamp like that! Without further ado, here are the pictures that I took. I wish they were better quality, and some of them are dark because the flash didn't work, but I am just going to upload all of them here, if I can get it to do all of them at once. Here's hoping!
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Whew! Yes, that's a lot of pictures! I think these are some of the prettiest samples I have ever seen, I wish I could have taken better pictures, one of these days I need to take a photography course. Tomorrow I will take pictures of what I bought and post them, I think I got some really good dies, and I love the stamps I bought. I am very thankful that God let me make it to this convention, with some money! Now I have to clean up the camper to so I won't feel so guilty, lol!
Blessings,
Janis