Monday, February 23, 2009

Cupcake Twinkle and The Luck of the Irish!

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

I hope that your week is starting off well! Izzy and I had a pretty busy but fun day yesterday. I was able to watch Melaina in the morning for an hour or so and then her mother Dawn and Lucy's mother Melissa, the kids and I all went out to the Olive Garden for lunch. It was too funny because I don't think they knew what to do with three women and three kids. They actually annexed us to a semi-private room at a table that fed 12. The best part is the kids were very well behaved and simply ate their food. I guess they were expecting the worst!

So how fun was the Pink Cat release? Were you not blown away! All the creations were simply stunning!!! I just can't believe how talented my fellow design team members are! I hope that you were able to get your Enchanted Lily set yesterday.

Well, it is Tuesday and you know what that means!!! Twinkling Tuesday!!!! I have to say, I think this was the hardest week for me. Madelynn did not issue a sketch challenge this week, but rather an inspiration challenge. I was so shocked when I saw the picture! You know me and my sketches so then I had to hurry up and find a sketch to work with the inspiration challenge! LOL! Although I have to say, everything came out just the way I wanted, so I can't complain. There is just something about Madelynn's challenges; they always seem to work out that way! Anywhoo, I decided to use the Mojo Monday sketch for the layout.

Okay, so is the cup not good enough to eat! I can so see why she would be inspired by it!! Yummy!!!! When I first saw it though, I immediately thought of some pepperment striped paper I had left over from Christmas. I had a dilemma though. I didn't want the card to be a Christmas card but I really wanted to incorporate the paper and the red ribbon. Well, low and behold, what should arrive in my mailbox yesterday but Ian the Chef!!! I am telling you it was kismet!!! So I started this card by stamping Happy Chef by The Greeting Farm on white card stock and colored him in using my copics. I then stamped his hat and 5 cupcakes on white card stock, colored them in with my copics, cut them out and popped them off my main image. Following the sketch, I layered on black, white and red card stock along with my peppermint swirls DP from American Craft and some other black and white DP from Quick Quotes Paper. I punched out the scallops with my threaded scallop punch from Fiskars and replaced the brads with a big red ribbon. I hope Madelynn approves!!! This was just such a fun card to make and I can't wait to give it to my dad who loves to cook!

Now don't worry, you can play along this week too! All you need to do is type in the keyword MTTSC11 when uploading your card to SCS or PCP. Also leaving a comment on Madelynn's blog will help! Here are the rest of the DT girls' creations to inspire you! Awesomeness at it's finest!!!
So did you happen to notice one of my fellow Twinkies is Jami Bova? Yeah, I am talking about the incredibly talented Jami Bova who just so happened to be last week's Featured Stamper on SCS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it!! I was so excited for her! Let me tell you, it was incredibly difficult picking out a card to case. Everything was so, so amazing that I wanted to try them all! And not only was it hard to pick one, it took me forever because I just kept staring at all the awesome creations and going back and looking and looking! Wow!!! Anywhoo, I really wanted to play along and step outside my comfort zone so I decided to case this stunning creation. I just loved the simple layout and color and the beautiful way everything worked together. So here is my humble attempt at her stunning creation!

Simply beautiful right? I think I could spend hours if not days looking through her stuff! So I started this card by first stamping my sentiment from Blarney Stone by SUInk and More on white card stock in handsome hunter (my first change). I then mounted it on some dark green and light green Core'dinations card stock (my second change), snipping the corners out with my slot punch. Next I embossed a piece of white card stock with my argyle embossing folder (third change) and punched and set pewter eyelets throughout the pattern. I then mounted it on a piece of dark green and light green Core'dinations cardstock. To finish the card off, I attached a large bow to the corner and stamped and colored in the some shamrocks. I popped them off the corners of my sentiment and applied crystal effects so they would look shiny like brads (fourth change). A quick and elegant card that my friend Tracy can make for her family for St. Patrick's day! Thanks Jami for the awesome idea!

Speaking of SUInk, tomorrow starts the first day of sneak peeks for March's stamp sets. And can I tell you they are awesome!!

Now a parting picture of Izzy. As I told you Sunday, Izzy had an amazing time with her great-grandmother and really enjoyed sitting on her lap and reading with her. So here she is, my bookworm enjoying some great-grandma time!

Thanks as always for stopping by! Lots of smiles!


Sandra MacLean said...

Awww! I love that picture of Izzy and her great grammy!! So adorable! And your card....well, you know I LOVE it! How is it that we both keep using TGF stamps on the same days?!? I think Madelynn needs to be sponsored by TGF!! LOL I love the candy stripes and Chef Ian is delectible! :D

Laura said...

Great card Jann. I love the embossed white cardstock with all of the eyelets; what a GREAT idea.

Christi said...

Both of your cards are awesome and what a sweet picture!!

Maria Matter said...

Mornin' Janna!
Love the Ian card, looks good enough to eat! That paper is perfect and popping his hat and yummies, great idea!
The Irish card is so elegant & fun, not two words I usually use together...but I really like this one. The embossing pulls it all together nicely!
Lovely pix of Izzy with GGM! That's a special picture Izzy will cherish one day I'm sure!
Have a lovely day!
Blessings, Maria

Maria said...

Wow, your card is simply delicious. . .you did a wonderful job with the inspiration challenge and the sketch challenge!! Both done perfectly!! I think that striped Christmas paper worked out fabulously with your design. . .such a beautiful card.

I love your second card too!! Very fitting for the occasion. I love the big bow and the use of the eyelets!!

Oooh, I love Olive Garden. LOL! It's great they put you in the back room. . .I like being in a section where it's not crowded. Izzy and great grandma look so cute together. Great picture of the two of them.


cats whiskers said...

Oh Hun this is so yummy dear, love that little image and the colours are fab
Hugs Jacqui x

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Janna, I love both of your cards. You are so very talented, girl :D!!!
I've noticed we chose the same card to CASE for FS over at SCS. Haha!!! Isn't that something?!?!?
The coloring on the cupcake card is just out of this world. You are such an artist.
Love the picture of Izzy and your Grandma. I was jus trying to explain to my 3 y.o. yesterday that my grandma, her great grandma died while we were overseas and that she never got to see her. Did not work so well. But 3 y.o. don't always understand what you are trying to tell them :D. This is an amazing picture you can show Izzy a long time from now and say, "this is a picture of you and great grandma when you were only 2".
How priceless is that?

Jodi said...

Both of these cards are great!! You have done an amazing job with adding on 5 cupcakes to your chef Ian card!! =) I also love the St Patrick's Day card, I love St Patrick's Day even though I am not Irish. My parents actually got married on this day and we've always celebrated together. =)
Jodi =)

Cassie said...

that ian is a hunk! i'd love a chef to bring me a platter of cupcakes RIGHT NOW!!! love the way you were inspired!!

and the card you cased from jami is awesome!!! i am soooo jealous you have an argyle embossing folder! i've been hunting for that one forever!!!

Lia said...

hi Janna,
Your cards are all wonderful I love them
hugs Lia

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Fabulous cards Janna and just love your Ian card, such wonderful colours and layout. Your colouring is gorgeous as always, Just love the picture of Izzy with great grandmother. Hugs, Nikki x

the whimsical butterfly said...

LOVE your cards today, girlie! That is awesome how you were able to incorporate this week's mojo sketch into that ADORABLE chef Ian and MTTSC card...I LOVE it! Your coloring just NEVER ceases to amaze me!!! So impressive. Take care and can't wait to chat more tomorrow! xoxo Jess :)

the whimsical butterfly said...

Hi this is Madelynn. your card is SO adorable! I love the little chef and those cute cupcakes that look like my moms mug :) thank you for playing my challenge. :)

Jennifer (SCS: jennifer-g) said...

Janna, Oh my gossssssssssssssssssh!!!!! I love love love your take on this piece. Oh, that overflowing tray of cupcakes is AWESOME!! Beautiful papers, layout, coloring, etc. You did an amazing job.

I can't WAIT TO MEET YOU ON SATURDAY!!! Woo hoo!!!

Tasha said...

Oh Janna these creations are just amazing they really are stunning - yoyu pay so much attention to detail i am always left in awe
love tasha xx

Jodi said...

I have something for you on my blog!
Jodi =)

Jodi said...

Great cards Janna!! Love them both and how you embellished them. I love that you colored your images so well!
Jodi =)

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Oh Janna - your happy chef is adorable!! And I love your St Patricks Day card!! That is just the sweetest picture of Izzy!! I love it!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful your coloring...