Friday, February 21, 2014

Hello Friend!

For this card, I chose one of my favorite images from
Saturated Canary
along with the adorable papers from
DCWV!
("Sunday Afternoon" Stack)
 
 
has a challenge going on as of February 28th and
we want you to join in!
You could win some prizes, too!
Just include some
"BLING"
on your project!
 

 
She even has glitter on her pom-pom socks!
And if you're looking for a great card template and
another chance to win,
go to DCWV Diary and
enter that card sketch challenge!  They also have a terrific layout sketch if you're more inclined to make a page!
 
So, here are two great ways to win some goodies!
Thanks for looking at my project today, and please, leave a comment so I know you were here!
~Jan~


Friday, February 14, 2014

Paper Piecing for SFTW!

When I stamp, I often forget that paper piecing can really add so much texture and color to your image. And, I'm not always in the mood to color that day!
 
 
For the challenge this week at
we are highlighting "FLOWERS!"
 
I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot of flowers and Valentine's on the girls' projects,
so I  limited the stamped and paper flowers and went with a flower garden theme.
 

 
The image is one from "Sparkle Creations" that I've had for quite some time.
Even though Sparkle, the owner, has closed shop for now, due to have a baby sometime this summer,
I wanted to create a card showcasing the way pattern paper piecing can add so much
to a simple image.
Also, the twine and tiny rhinestone earring make her so adorable!
So, don't forget to get out those tiny scissors and create!
 
Enter your own project at
and win a great prize (sponsor is a surprise!)
 
I would love to know you were here, so please leave a comment!
We get so many wonderful entries, but I'd like to know who's out there reading this!
 
Have a great Valentine's weekend!
~Jan~
 
 


Monday, February 10, 2014

DCWV February Card Challenge

Wow, It's February already and almost Valentine's Day!
The holidays went by so quickly and now we're on the uphill swing towards Spring!
 
And, as always, I love to play along with Die Cuts With A View's
 
February's Card Sketch
 
Here's my take:
 
 
 Without the use of any stamps or coloring,
I made this card using only DCWV papers and part of a simple little
rhinestone headband I found at my Dollar Store!

 
I LOVE the look of the paper from all of these stacks:
Immortal Love
Midnight Spell
and
Foiled Cardstock!
 
The rhinestones really sparkle and add to the glamour of the card!
I never stop in my local Dollar Store without checking out ALL the possibilities!
 
Hope you enjoyed seeing how simple a card can be, especially with the
right sketch to get you started!
 
And, because this is a very special time of the year, this will be entered in the challenges at:
Sunshine Mail (Anything with a heart)


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day...

from the little mice's, meeses, mice...whatever...
at the Garber household!
 
 
At Christmas time, one of these little guys was caught in a jar!
 
 
But since then, they have been running amuck in my house!
Stampendous' House Mouse's and Happy Hoppers are everywhere!
 
Now they have taken over my front entrance on my Valentine wreath!
 

Greeting all who come to my door with a friendly
"Happy Valentine's Day!"
 

 
Peeking out from behind roses and the bow,
and making sure everything is arranged just so!
 

 
My UPS delivery guy was chuckling when I opened the door!
He commented how much his young daughter would enjoy these sneaky little fellas!
I can't wait for my own grandson to see it!
 
I am entering these seven little cuties in the challenge at the
"Show some Love",
"Love Letters",
"Love is in the Air"
and
"Anything with a heart"
challenges.
 
As a design team member, I will also be posting this on the blog for
"Stampin' for the Weekend" as it incorporates the
"Flowers"
theme for the week of the 14th!
They are also having a great prize challenge!
Who doesn't want more flowers this holiday? 
 
(I used a clearanced $1.20 green pine wreath from Christmas, shaped it into a heart, and spray painted it white.
The rest was easy with  my Copics and some very
patient fussy-cutting!)
 
Give a BIG hug to someone you love!
~Jan~


Friday, January 31, 2014

Anything but a card!

Stampin' for the Weekend
has chosen
ANYTHING BUT A CARD
for this upcoming challenge!
 
Mine happens to include a small, tiny card to accompany it, but the box was a quick answer to a gift-giving problem.  Easy to pack and mail, too!
 


 
Supplies used:
Purchased ready-made box
Felt swirls and flowers (Close to my Heart)
Spellbinders (Labels Eighteen)
Stamped and embossed border (Waltzing Mouse)
Sentiment (Unknown)
 
Doesn't get easier or faster than this!
 
 


Friday, January 17, 2014

Happy "Birth" day!

The current challenge over at
is to make a birthday project!
We all have friends or relatives with upcoming
New Year birthdays sometime in the next few months,
so get out your stamps, markers, pencils,
medium of choice, etc. and make a
BIRTHDAY PROJECT!
 
This can be a simple card, or something a bit more decorative like I did!
 
 
I used one of my all-time favorite sponsors (Saturated Canary)
and
made this very cute frame to celebrate my new granddaughter's actual BIRTH!
I can replace the photo regularly as she grows older.
 
(just a note:  the photo and mat ARE level, but the wicker frame was so "off", that it was impossible to make it all look straight.  Still a heck of a find for 75cents at Goodwill!))
 
 
I love the adorable images at Saturated Canary!
So fun to color! 
I even "scuffed' her shoes a bit!
 
 
So head over to "Stampin' for the Weekend" and get in on the fun!
There are always great prizes there!
This challenge is sponsored by "LIVE AND LOVE CRAFTS"!
 
Have a great week!
~Jan~
 


Thursday, January 16, 2014

So, "What DOES the Fox Say?"

In this case, it's Happy Birthday!
 
 
Using DCWV,
"Green Stack"
I took the song title and made it into a silly birthday card!
 

 
The card sketch challenge this month is:
which I promptly flipped on its' side so that the trees could be cut from a banner die and stand upright!
 
I love this little song and sometimes go around humming it at the house! 
 
Visit DCWV Diary and enter your own card or layout
following the sketches!
They always have some fantastic stacks to win! And who doesn't want more DCWV paper?
I know I do!
 
While you're there, check out the CHA photos!  Look closely and you'll see my "Welcome Home" canvas displayed! 
 
Have a great weekend!
~Jan~
 
 


Friday, January 10, 2014

Latest Funny Photo!

This one was too precious NOT to share!
 
 
Bet I made you giggle!
 
10 weeks old and already posing for the camera!
She's definitely related to Hayden!
 
~Jan~
 
 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Baby Update!

The holidays were so super-special because this last year we welcomed our second grandchild into the world! 
For those of you who did not see my previous post
from October,
I have a granddaughter now and she is a cutie!
 
Christmas is always more fun when you have the little ones,
and it's been just my one grandson for a very long 8 years now!
 
We had family over for Christmas Day and no one could get enough of little Harper!
She's smiling and cooing now, and makes the cutest little expressions.
Hayden, although a bit jealous at times, loves her dearly and keeps expecting her to be able to be more of a playmate very soon!
 


 
Perhaps by summer, Hayden!
 
 
So, now that the tree is down, and the Christmas lights are off the house,
normal life can resume.
I am still unpacking boxes from our move, which was just a week following Thanksgiving so it's been a hectic two months for sure!
 
I am looking forward to a much improved 2014!
I'm taking it one day at a time and trying not to let stress affect my life any more!
 
We are having beautiful weather here, which is more than I can say for the rest of the country.
We are seriously fortunate to be living in Phoenix during the winter months. Now, ask me how I feel about Arizona come July/August and I'll feel quite differently, I'm sure!
 
Happy New Year to everyone!
Hugs and best wishes to you and your families!
 
~Jan~
 
 


Friday, November 22, 2013

Let the Christmas Holiday begin!

our current challenge is
GET FESTIVE!
I chose to use one of my favorite Stampendous images.
He was originally released for Halloween, but serves nicely as a Christmas owl
when you add snow and a touch of holiday red! 
 
 
I was away from my computer when I colored this image, so I wasn't as secure about the
colors as I would have been had I Googled owls.
 
 
Colored with Copics, I love the pop of red on his belted top hat and bowtie!
 
 
The snow on the branches is a bit difficult to see in the photo,
but gives texture and dimension on the card IRL!  :)
 
 
This is how the easel card will appear in the 6 x 6 envelope when I mail it out.
Papers used were DCWV, several of their 6 x 6 stacks of glitters and foils!
 
Please check out the new challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend!
And please leave a comment so I know you stopped by!
I love the company!
~Jan~


Friday, November 8, 2013

Celebrating Fall with Bugaboo!

This upcoming challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend
is all about Fall!

My grandson very recently became a BIG brother,
and I know that a lot of attention is going to the new baby!

 
I thought this card would be a great way to remind him
 that Grandma has not
forgotten her "used-to-be-little", big boy!
We are also celebrating his making the
"Principal's List" 
(apparently that's a good thing!)
 
 
Using Bugaboo "BB Bratz Ruler Boy" image.
 
 
I popped up the little guy so he sits comfortably on the ruler.
The sentiment is an old rub-on from my stash.
 
If I stick this in the mail today,
he will have it before I see him again!
He loves getting mail!
 
Thanks for joining us at Stampin' For the Weekend!
If you haven't seen them, check out what the rest of the design team has put together for Fall!
And now on to our upcoming challenge; the theme is Fall colors . sponsored by
Bugaboo
and
Scrappiness Designs!
 
~Jan~
 


Monday, October 28, 2013

It's a GHOUL!

Or should I say GIRL!
 
I have a brand-spankin' new granddaughter!
 
Harper Skye
was born Tuesday morning!
 
And she is a cutie!
 
Forgive my cheesy smile.  I just had a hard time containing my excitement!
 
  7 hours old...
Mother and baby are doing great!
 
GREAT-Grandma, Hayden, and Harper.
 
They came home on Friday, and I was able to spend the weekend feeding and changing, and burping and cooing....
 
 Hayden even set the TV remote aside long enough to hold and feed his little sister.
We'll see how long that lasts!
 
3 days old...
 
I wish we could bundle them up tight and keep them like this forever!
 
Now I have a grandson and granddaughter, so I suppose life is pretty great!
I can only imagine how some of you with TONS of grandchildren do it!
 
~Jan~
 


Thursday, October 24, 2013

"Something Spooky"

Yep, there's some real spookiness going on over at
 
The challenge is to create something spooky for the holiday!
 
Easy enough with all those terrific images out there!
 
I chose to use one of my favorite sponsors,
Saturated Canary!
She's gorgeous and rather scary at the same time!
 
 
 
Image used:
"Withering Fairy"
 
Colored with Copics, and paper used is Graphic 45.
 
Have fun, and create something really scary! LOL!
 
~Jan~

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall Float!

House Mouse
"Fall Flight"
 
Whether she's sailing downward, or across the sky like in this card,
this little guy appears to be having the time of his life!
 
Love these leaves and the adorable expression on her face!
 
 
This card is entered in the Blog Hop Challenge at
"Anything Goes with Twine"
They have some great prizes and the designers have offered up many of their own
goodies as giveaways!
Who doesn't want to win some House Mouse?!
Have you seen the new Gruffies?  CUTE!


It's TIME!

I know I have mentioned my grandson many times on my blog,
and even posted layouts of him.
NOW, I am waiting to hear about the birth of my second grandchild,
a girl this time!
 
Hayden will have a new, little sister!
 

I am a little over the top today!

My immediate family grows bigger!  Yeah!
 
(I only wish my dad were still here to meet our new member.
But I know he's watching and very happy, too!)
 

I never imagined I would be this excited,
but the timing is terrific!
I am feeling great, have regained my weight from
my earlier illness,
and can't wait to see and help care for this new little bundle!
 
I will, for sure, be posting some pictures soon!
Thanks for the few of you who DO visit my  blog and read all my rantings at times!
 
I truly appreciate you!
 
Be back soon with photos of the new
baby girl!
(And hopefully she'll have a name by then!)
~Jan~


Monday, October 21, 2013

Are you scared yet?

Dustin Pike has done it again!
The new August release is full of adorable (and frightening!) Halloween images!
As always, each with it's own whimsical twist.
 
See all the new images and find out how you can get hundreds of terrific digitals images at
Here is my card made with one of those cute guys!
 
 
 
Isn't he just too scary?  LOL!
I would have preferred to use cheese cloth, but all my scrapping supplies are pretty much packed in boxes at the moment.
The tissue paper worked fairly well as mummy wrapping,
don't you think?
 
Have a great day, and join us over at the
anytime for a challenge and chance to win some images!
We've been on vacation, but the fun is about to begin again!
 
~Jan~

Friday, October 18, 2013

"Stampendously" Spooky!

There's nothing really scary about these little fellas,
but they sure do make adorable Halloween cards!
 
 
You can capture this image yourself either at the
Stampendous store or from the House Mouse website.
 
 
Challenges:
 
Colored using Copic markers.
 
Thanks for looking today!