Monday, March 2, 2009

A New Addiction!

Happy Monday everyone!!!

Sorry I have been gone all weekend. I had the privilege of meeting so really great friends this weekend up in Wisconsin!!!!! I was so, so excited and nervous at the same time! I swear it is like going on a blind date. You have talked on the phone a million times, but you still worry if they are going to like you, if you meet their expectations and if the conversation will still flow when you are sitting across from each other! Well let me tell you it was better than I even expected! I had a fantastic drive up, cold but sunny and then the hotel I stayed in was super nice! I can't wait to go back so I can try out the pool! Then of course the stamping time at Archivers flew by. At first I thought to myself, 6 hours seems like an awful long time. Hope I don't run out of things to do! But let me you it wasn't nearly long enough! I needed something like quadruple that amount of time!! I laughed so much and talked so much my stomach and voice actually hurt! It was just the best! I am so sorry to have it over! Of course now I am trying to convince Jason to get a transfer to Wisconsin so that we can all be closer!! Anywhoo her is a picture of the four of us (Jessica, Jenn and Heather) at the end of the night! Obviously I did not get the pink shirt memo! LOL!

The only down side to my trip was being away from Jason and Izzy all weekend! I am thinking that possibly we can do it again in May and that we could take a long weekend and make it a family thing. Also too, then I would have a little bit more time to hang out! LOL! I did get a report though that Izzy had a very good time with Daddy and that they ran errands and read a lot and played! Jason also cooked all her favorite foods and it sounds like she got away with a whole bunch of stuff she wouldn't have with mommy but hey that is what Daddy time is for right! LOL!

Now that I have bored you with my adventures this weekend, it is on to my card and my new addiction! So I have found that not only do I love sketches but I love to do the sketches designed by kids! Of course you know that I participate in Madelynn's sketches (she is only 8) but lately I have been getting some really great sketches from some of my other friends' kids!!! I just cannot believe the talent that is out there!! These kids come up with the most unusual and fun ideas and the best part is, it is such a challenge to incorporate all the elements!!

Well my good friend Heather, who had a crazy busy week last week, asked me to help her out with the Etsy Challenge she was issuing. She told me she was going to challenge everyone to make a card using her now 7 year old daughter Piper's sketch! I of course was in the moment I heard sketch!!! And boy was it a great one! Challenging but great! I just love all the different elements and layers!!!

Can you believe the talent this little girl has!!! Wow, wow, wow!!!! So I decided to color up this little gardening girl called Lida In The Garden from Papilio Stamps that I received as a RAK from my good friend Maria. She is just the sweetest and most talented person!! I really, really appreciate them! And boy are they fun to color! Anywhoo, I colored her in using my copics and then cut her out! Following Piper's sketch, I layered on orange, green and blue card stock along with some paper from Basic Grey's Off Beat collection. I cut out ovals using my nesties and ran my white piece through my Spots and Dots embossing folder and then sponged over it with pumpkin pie ink. To create the criss crosses, I criss crossed green with brown polka dot ribbon and some twine (I am so addicted to my twine lately!). I then tied bows in the corners and attached two gardening charms to make the darkened in portions on the sketch. I added some black rhinestones to each side but ran out of room to add them to the top. To finish the card, I stamped my sentiment from Rock the Farm by The Greeting Farm to the lower right hand corner and sponged over it with my pumpkin pie ink! I just love the fun feel to this card!

Well that is it for me today!!! Don't forget the Pink Cat Challenge going on now on the PCP forum and Storage Units, Ink and More's March sets are now available!!! I am telling you this has been one awesome week so far! Thanks for stopping by! Lots of smiles!!!


Summerthyme Studio said...

Looks like a happy crew of chickas!!! Love your card! Everything you make is just Yummy!


Lise Roy said...

Very beautiful card and sketch!!

Denise said...

Love the card! Cute omage, great coloring.

Danni said...

Awww, I'm so jealous! I'd love to meet all of you!! How fun!!
Totally cute card! Really love the colors you used!

Kimmie0270 said...

Beautiful card. Can I tell you how jealous I am that you guys got to meet up... COME TO NJ!

Heather said...

Sounds like you guys had a ton of fun and I am glad you all got to meet and stamp together too!!

Piper adores your sketch it is her favorite of the few she has seen yet I love that image I need to find them on the internet to find their Piper stamps too!!!

Love the colors and the coloring and at least it does not have too much brown on it!!!

Great Job on her Challenge Janna and thanks so much for helping me with the Etsy Challenge!!!


Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Sounds like you guys had tons of fun!!!!!! Janna, your card is stunning. It's like "WOW" every time I check out your blog. You are so very talented and let me tell you, I can't tell you often enough that your coloring is just the BOMB!!!! :D:D:D:D
Hugs, Sabrina

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Glad you had a great weekend Janna and such fun to meet up with your friends, Your card is fabulous and I love the sketch.. wow what a talented little 7 year old, Your colouring is fabulous as always, Big Hugs, Nikki x

Jodi said...

Looks like all of you had such a fun filled weekend!! How awesome to meet them!!=)
Kids are so amazingly talented and creative!!! Your card is beautiful and colored so well! =)
Jodi =)

Emily said...

way to rock the layout!!

Maria said...

Hey Janna! Wow, sounds like you had fun! How nice to meet new people. I have the same concern too! I can be pretty chatty on the phone and it's sometimes strange when meeting in person. LOL! I'm glad it turned out fine. Awww, you all look gorgeous and happy! I'm glad you enjoyed yourself.

Wow, that sketch is awesome. Kids can be so creative! I love what you came up with using the sketch. That image is so cute and as always, you did a wonderful job coloring the image!! I love teh dp and what you did with the ribbons!! Awesome!!


Maria said...

So glad to hear you had a great weekend meeting up with friends and of course crafting for hours. Fabulous pretty much describes what I think about your card. Your interpretation of the sketch and your colouring is amaaaazing! Hugs, Maria

Maria Matter said...

Hi Janna,
Sounds like you had a blast this past weekend, thanks for sharing it with us! It's so nice to see we are all so much more than our cards!
Hey, great job on this sketch! Love your sweet image and the colors you used for her and the papers! I really like how you used the spot embossing behind your image....I always use swiss dots, but I need to broaden my horizons! Thanks for the inspiration!
Blessings, Maria

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Oh my gosh...I am so totally jealous you guys all got to stamp together! I wish I was there!!

LOVE your Etsy card!!! You are the coloring queen! And you've mastered that criss-cross sketch!!

And I just saw the Club Anya site....YOU GO GIRL!!!! Woo Hoo!!! congrats & hugs!!!

Mariska said...

Oh I'm so jealous of you actually meeting up with your blogging buddies. Looks like you hit it of perfectly! Love Piper's sketch and adore what you did with it. That image is so cute, I have never heard of that brand before but need to check it out! Gorgeous papers too and I would have never thought of putting them together but your card proofs that they are a perfect match!! Gorgeous work... as always ;).


Michelle said...

How cool that you got to meet some online buddies!! I'm hoping I'll be able to do that one day! You all look so happy in the picture and from your post it sounds like you all had a wonderful time!!

Cassie said...

How fun for all of you!! Can't wait to see the stuff you got done!!
Love the card - Piper is really coming up with some tough card sketces - but the queen that you are --- you totally rock them!!