Saturday, July 18, 2015

Scor-Pal's July Challenge

Gosh, it's been so quiet here!  Please forgive me as I've been in pure bliss on our summer vacation (kind of anyway, it sure felt that way! Our family helped lead a two week kids camp and it was just a whole heck of a lot of fun!) in Colorado for the past two weeks! :)  We got home last night and I've spent the better part of this day just being still.  Lol!

Anyway, I'm a bit late in the game but I wanted to post my Scor-Pal July challenge card!  :)

I used my Scor-Pal to create the scored sun rays.  :)  I simply turned my card every so often to achieve the angled rays.  

I used my current Fun Stampers Journey stamp set, "Brush Strokes", to create the ocean, beach and sun!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Janice :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hello Sunshine

Hi, everyone!  Today I'm showcasing a greeting card I made for one of our Fun Stampers Journey challenges.  The challenge was to make a card or scrapbook page using some of our new patterned papers. 

Do you ever feel like your "style" changes over time?  I feel like mines does dependent on the season of life I'm in BUT I am always drawn to a clean, crisp, design with white in the background!  Lol!  Those are clearly evident in my card today.  :)

Have you seen our new Fun Stampers Journey catalog yet???  OMG--if you haven't, you NEED to!!!  SO many beautiful and fun products!!! I used quite a lot of new product on my card today.  You can click on the links below if you are interested in purchasing any one of them.  :)

Fun Stampers Journey Product Used

Hello Sunshine stamp set--Kit of the Month for May will be available in the Fall
Journey Sequins Pink World (colored a few with Copic Y38)

Thank you so much for stopping by!! Let me know if you want or need any thing! 

Janice :)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Firmoo - Trendy Online Shop for Glasses Review

Hi, everyone!  A few months ago I was asked by Tina at Firmoo if I was interested in reviewing their glasses.  They would send me a free pair and I would write a review of their site and service--I was in!  
So, first you are invited to go to their website,  They have this super cool program where you upload a picture of yourself and you can "try out" all the frames they have to see if you like the look! That was SUPER helpful for me!  

Here are a few pics of the cute specs I decided on! 

Better view of the blue!  :)

Overall, my experience was fantastic!  It was super easy to upload a picture of myself and being at to "try on" the glasses online was just perfect.  I received the glasses in a really nice, sturdy case that came with a lens cleaning cloth. 

Now, really apart from the easy factor of trying glasses on virtually, the best part is that the frames are really affordable! If I'm remembering correctly, these frames sell for $29.99 or close to it.

So, there you have it!  Go check out this fun site!  WWW.FIRMOO.COM

Thanks for stopping by!
Janice :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Vase of Flowers

Welcome back!  Today I have a sweet Mother's Day card as a part of Scor-Pal's monthly challenge.  This month's theme is "Mother's Day/Special Lady".  For more info on the challenge, click HERE.

1. First, I created a vase template and traced it on the center of my card base.

 2. Then, I cut along the pencil lines to create my vase shaped card.

3. With the card base open and laid flat on my Scor-pal, I scored at half inch intervals on one side of the card.

 4. Using a craft knife, I cut a two inch slit at the fold in order to insert the flowers through.

Products Used

Copic Markers

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Janice :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Treat Box for my Students

Well, for all you teachers out there, you know that this is testing season.  Cue dramatic groans.  ;)  My fifth graders already took the reading STAAR test a couple of weeks ago and tomorrow they take the math STAAR (prayers appreciated for best efforts put forth and for all I've taught them to surface when they need it!). This is the one that is most pertinent to me since I teach fifth grade math, so how they do will be a reflection of my teaching abilities regardless of so many other factors.  My students have been so burnt out that I wanted to give them a little encouragement before the test tomorrow and a sweet treat to keep them awake during the long FOUR hours that they have to complete it.

Since I had to make 54 of these babies I kept the design pretty simple!

Don't ask me how many stars I stamped and cut.  Lol.


Celebrations:  green Silk Luster 
Memento: Paris Dusk ink

At this stage, I stamped the Super Star sentiment and splattered the silk luster.  Then, I added white liner tape to only two sections, as shown above.

Folded along the score lines, then removed the white liner tape backing.

I added the starts to the tops with different widths of foam tape then filled them with my students' favorite candy.  :)

I just know they are going to feel encouraged, hopefully boosting their moral to do their best!  

Wish us luck!  Send your prayers, cause we're hitting it hard tomorrow!  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Janice :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Butterfly in a Jar card

Hey, everyone!  Today I'm joining my Scor-Pal design team members in creating a project for our monthly, "More Than One Score" challenge.  :)  For April, the theme is Spring/Flowers, so I create a card showcasing a beautiful butterfly with a scored background to look like the bark of a tree.

You might remember I made a shaker card with this same silhouette HERE, be sure to check it out for instructions on how to create it.


First of all, I want to say that this is probably the easiest technique ever!  Lol!  So easy there is just one step!  ;)

1. Simply, place your piece of cardstock face down and using your Scor-Pal, score short sections at random throughout the piece of cardstock.

As you can see in the picture below, the front of the card shows the embossed "bark" looking pattern.  :)

And again, here is my card after adding the jar element to it.

Products Used

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!
Janice :)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My First Time at Round Top, Tx

Ok, so if you know me you know I LOVE crafting.  Along with crafting, comes a HUGE love for junkin'!  Or "antiquing" or "flea marketing" or what ever you want to call it when you go to garage sales, estate sales, open flea markets or those antique (junk) shops where  you find something old and used but in your mind you see it for all its glorious possibilities after you get your crafty/DIY hands on it.  :)

If you are in the scene, then you know that the Mecca of such shops is located in and around a little bitty town in Texas called Round Top.  :)

I've been wanting to go for awhile now and this past weekend a girlfriend of mine and I got into her truck (we were expecting a possible huge hall and even considered getting a trailer just in case) and headed out!  We were SO excited and can I just say here at the beginning that it was AWESOME!!!!  We had SUCH a great time!!!!

Ok, so we researched a bit and asked around for the must go to places and even where to get good food.  One of the recommendations was to start at the open market shops in Warrenton first then work your way down.  We parked at the first available parking area (cost $5 per car) opposite the shops.  I would totally do it the same way the next time.  The people hosting our parking area had free bottled water and a porta potty on site, both of which we made good use of.  :)  

These shops in Warrenton were our favorites.  Lots and lots and lots for the eyes to see and SO many fun finds.  Had we known this would have been our favorite area we would have spent the entire day just there.  We ended up spending the majority of our time there anyway because it simply took us that long to make it through it all and I am CERTAIN we missed some shops simply because it was SUPER easy to get disoriented there.  Here is a pic of what the shops looked like, basically all open air and under tents.

We finished up with these shops after about four hours or so of walking through as much as we could and stopping for lunch for about 20 minutes.  Definitely bring cash with you for lunch but all the shops we bought something from took bank cards so if you don't normally carry cash with you, you'll be fine with a bank or credit card.  They also have ATMs scattered throughout so you can get cash if needed, too.

Kristyn and I ready to hit the shops!

A friend had recommend Royer's Pies but we had no idea where that was and by the time we were ready for lunch we just stopped at the nearest food tent and grabbed a sandwich.  It was pretty good but nothing to brag about. I do wish we would have found out where Royer's was but there's always next time!  :)

Here is an example of a unique find!  Lol!  I had Kristyn take a picture of me in this chair because, wow, it is quite a chair, is it not?  Come to find out a friend of mine posted a picture of a chair just like this on the cover of a home decor magazine!!!  Apparantly, these are on trend.  Lol!  I kind feel like my hair do should be tall and big to fill up the open space up there!  ;)

What did I come home with?  Well, not as much as I had hoped for (I was really hoping to find some night stands for our bedroom but didn't really find ones I just loved).  I DID find these ADORABLE milk jugs in their original crate that I FELL IN LOVE with and couldn't part with even though the price tag said $68!!!  (yikes!)  I usually look for a bargain but every now and then I find something that I don't think I can find anywhere else and that I just love, that I throw caution to the wind and I splurge.  :)  I was able to talk her into take $10 off because the crate has seen better days.   Look at my cute crate of milk jugs!!!

So cute!!!  I have so many ideas running around my head as to what I can put in these cute jugs to decorate my house with!  For now though, they will stay in their sweet crate and I will smile every time I see them.  :)

 I did not buy this gorgeous $3,000 table but man I wish I could have!!!  SWOON!!!  One thing about all these vendors, they WANT to make a sell and will more often than not tell you to make an offer.  Most prices are negotiable! :)

I did buy this adorable planter box.  I've been wanting one for my kitchen table and I couldn't pass it up.  :)

 I have this big empty space on one of my living room walls and my girlfriend and I had JUST discussed the possibility of hanging a ladder there.  She spotted this one and at $30 I couldn't pass it up either!  :)

 Isn't the color and all the wear and tear just lovely?  

Well, I only ended up getting those three things and at the end of the day I would have LOVED to go back through the shops at Warrenton because the other areas that we stopped at after Warrenton, including some shops in Round Top, were kinda not as impressive because they were considerably smaller.

And we didn't get to go to so many, so I just know we missed out but we simply did not have time!  We did not go to Marburger Farms because it cost $25 to go in and we just didn't want to chance it. From what I researched it seemed like it held more higher end items. If anyone has shopped there let me know if it is worth the price!  

Definitely get a map!  Our hotel clerk gave us one that had the names of the areas with shops in them and that was helpful for deciding where to stop after we left Warrenton.  I would have loved to have had a map of the Warrenton shops themselves just so we could make sure we didn't skip anything (it was that good!!!).  I don't know if they had one or not because we didn't research that but if you've been and you know they have some let me know!

Anyway, all in all we had a GREAT time and I am considering going next weekend again just because I felt like I missed some things and I would have liked to have taken more time looking through all the shops.  I would recommend making it at least a two day venture or even three if you make it an event, taking it slow.

If you've been let me know how you're experience was! I'm sure it was delightful!  ;)

Thanks for stopping by!!
Janice :)