Saturday, January 31, 2009

School Days and a Little Bit of Anya!

Happy Saturday everyone!

I hope your weekend is going well so far. Mine has been pretty good. I was supposed to take a stamping class at my local stamping store, but unfortunately the instructor has the flu so it got canceled. I feel so bad for her, not only is she sick, but now she is stuck inside on a day when the sun is shining and the temps are finally in the 50s. The only good thing is that I have been able to get a lot of stamping done at home and hang out with Jason and Izzy at the same time!

Jason, Izzy and I went out to dinner last night and had a really nice time. Izzy got to "read" her photo album (i.e. look at all the pictures of herself) so she was so happy. She actually ate pretty well to. Sometimes she gets so distracted watching all the people that she won't hardly eat anything! She had a pretty good time though and talked to herself all through dinner. She has turned into a huge chatterbox lately. I can't get her to be quiet! All it is now is talk. talk. talk, talk! It is really cute! She comes up with some of the funniest sentences!

Well, today's cards kind of center around my friend Jessica. The other day I was reading her blog and she mentioned a Paper Pretties challenge by one of the Pretty Girls whose name is also Jana but with only one "n". Jessica said the challenge reminded her of me since it involved layers. Needless to say I was intrigued and felt that I needed to give it a try. It was a doozy but I think I got it right? Crossing my fingers here! I used Jackie Pedro's sketch she created for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge for the layout.

Alright so the challenge was a limited supply challenge a called for: 1 dry embossed piece (embossing folders and texture plates count!), 2 pieces of patterned paper, 3 colors of solid card stock (this includes any neutrals you use), 4 embellishments and 5 layers. So here goes. I started this card off by stamping Sending You Love by Paper Pretties on white card stock and colored her in using my copics. I masked off the hearts and then drew in a piece of notebook paper so it wouldn't be Valentine's Day specific. Then following the sketch, I layered on some DP, blue card stock and some green ribbon. I used my nesties to cut out the circles and the tag and then used a whole bunch of school buttons to finish the look. I think I got all the elements right. 1 blue piece of card stock embossed with my swiss dots folder, 2 pieces of DP (apples and polka dots), 3 colors of card stock (white, red, blue), 4 embellishments (1 piece of ribbon and 4 buttons) and 5 layers not including the card base! Hope this counts it was sure challenging to come up with!

Now don't forget that tomorrow is the kick off for the fabulous Club Anya blog! We are having a fun and festive blog hop that will lead to the reveal of the new Anya Stamp! The blog hop starts at 12:00 p.m. CST and ends at 4:30 at the Club Anya blog. Here is the official schedule of events: (ALL times CST!!!)

12:00PM-Jessica Diedrich AND Club Anya Blog
12:30PM-Dawn Knight
1:00 PM Jen Greco
1:30 PM Taylor Usry
2:00 PM Rachel Henehan
2:30 PM Janna Hull
3:00 PM Joni Wilson
3:30 PM Jami Bova
4:00 PM Sandra McLean
4:30 PM Club Anya Blog for the big reveal and release when you can buy the New Anya and Rock the Farm Anya/Ian.

So in honor of the new Anya and the Club Anya opening day release party, I have a little bit of Anya Eye Candy to get you in the mood! I just received this Anya in the mail this week and could hardly wait to get her inked up! I used Monika Davis' card sketch for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge extravaganza for the layout.

I have never made a circle card before, but it was so much fun!! I started this card off by stamping Mermaid Anya by The Greeting Farm on white card stock and colored her in using my copics. I then cut her out and popped her off my background. The background and card base itself were created with my nesties and blue card stock in a pale shade and a darker shade and some pieces of DP from provocraft. I finished the card off by adding a white ribbon to the top and several pearl stickers to her hair. What do you think? Anxious to see more Anyas? I know I am!

Oh and one last announcement!! Tomorrow is reveal day for the two new Storage Units, Ink and More Stamps for February!! They are so awesome! Since tomorrow is the big reveal that means that today is the last day for sneak peeks and boy are they fantastic so be sure to check them out!

Well that is it for me today! Can't wait to see you back here tomorrow for the Club Anya hop and the release of the new SUInk sets! Have a great day!


Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Your cards are fabulous Janna, I just love them both and fantastic colouring and designs, I really love your round Anya card.. I'm so excited and can't wait for tomorrows club Anya and will certainly be staying up late (we are 6 hours ahead of CST) to order my Rock farm stamps. Have a great evening, Big Hugs, Nikki x

Danni said...

You really need to take a road trip to Texas so you can teach me how to make AMAZING cards like these!! I just {heart} that Sophia one! Way cute!
And I think I am just going to have to break down and try a digital Anya...they are just too cute!

Cathy said...

Hey Janna,

I think these cards are so adorable. The Sophis is adorable with her pad of paper that you drew! Looks like Brittany!!She's always reading and writing!! Of course I LOVE the Anya as well. She can do no wrong!!! Very Cute!!

Come to TN and stamp with me and bring that adorable chatty Izzy with you!!! I love the chatty age. They say such cute things!!


Emily said...

I soooo want the anya sets for always, their awesome!!!

Jodi said...

I love this card! I have to try one too! =) She is a cute stamp and I can't wait to get those new cuties soon! =)
I am looking forward to all the fun stuff.
Jodi =)

Heather said...

These are both adorable!!!! I love Mermaid Anya I want her now and every other Anya and Ian there is!!!!

Your Sophia card turned out really really good way to think outside the box!!!

Awesome coloring on Anya and Sophia love love love them both.

Oh and when you say to someone I'll call you right back, it is usually customary to actually call them right back or at least call them back period!!!!


Tori Wild said...

I LOVE the Anya stamps-- I don't have any, but I totally want all of them!! Very cute and fantastic coloring!!

Jacquie said...

AWESOME cards Janna!! I can't wait 'til tomorrow!! It is going to be SO much fun!! That Pretties card is something else!! So creative!! Sorry your class was cancelled! Glad though, that you got to go out for dinner!! How nice!!! Take care!!

Kathi and Roxy said...

How beautiful. See you tomorrow:)

Carolyn Bounds said...

Your cards always leave me AMAZED and totally INSPIRED!!! You always choose the most perfect elements, and the most wonderful papers and colors!!! I wish I could pick your brain during your design process:o) How do you create absolute paper perfection each and every time? I'll just quote Wayne and Garth..."I'm not worthy!!!":o)


cats whiskers said...

Oh wow two fabulous cards so lovely and colourful and that tope one is just so perfect for ny child, love your colouring dear it is just perfection
big hugs and TFS
Jacqui x

Kimmie0270 said...

I LOVE that embellishment you have on your Paper Pretties card. That's so neat.

I'm still on the fence about Club Anya but when I get home from volleyball tonight I'mna hop around the blogs a bit.

Bonnie (eggette) said...

So cute! YOu girls are rockin' these Anya's!!

kadie said...

Both your cards are amazing, Janna, but I am absolutely blown away by the school days one!! INcredible!! Great card.

Maria said...

Oh my gosh, Janna!! Your school days card is simply adorable. It's so bright and happy looking and you did a "WOW" job coloring the image. You are a pro with coloring. . .I just love looking at it.

Your anya circle card is another fabulous card! I just love the pretty baby blue color and the scallop border. Again, your coloring is superb. Absolutely gorgeous!!


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I always love your cards Janna!! The schooldays one is amazing though!!! What great detailing!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow Janna...these are fantastic!! Love the Paper Pretties card...that bow is awesome and those buttons are so fun! And Mermaid Anya is precious!! I'm a sucker for round cards...and I love how you embossed the DP!

the whimsical butterfly said...

These are absolutely gorgeous, Janna!!! I love LOVEyour Sophia card and that little school days embellie :) BEAUTIFUL coloring and well, you know I already LOVE your Anya card! These sketches were fun, weren't they?

Monika/Buzsy said...

Awesome cards! Thanks for using my sketch on one of your fab cards! Love the cute Anya image and the great colors. TSF!

Lise Roy said...

your circle card is gorgeous!!
love the pearl stickers...

Mariska said...

I have already typed a comment to these stunning creations a few days back but Blogger kept coming up with errors then... hope it works now. I love both of these stunning creations but I'm a big fan of Anya. I didn't know her before visiting your blog but she is just stunning. Your card just brings her to life.. stunning colouring and papers. I also love the paper you've used for the schoolcard, gorgeous layout and embellishments... you just keep amazing me sweetie!!