Monday, March 9, 2009

Shopping and Bees!

Happy Monday everyone!!

This is my second post for today so keep scrolling for a contest opportunity.

Ahh, it was such a nice weekend. Sorry I didn't blog, but Jason, Izzy and I had such a relaxing and productive weekend, I didn't have time. We went out to dinner on Friday night at this really nice family restaurant on historic Main Street in St. Charles. Then Saturday, Jason was able to do some gardening. He love, love, loves to garden and this was the first year that he has been able to really do it with Izzy. Of course the two of them had the best time following each other around and playing in the dirt. Don't know which one loves it more! LOL! Then yesterday, Izzy and I stamped all day while Daddy installed my new light over the kitchen sink! Yay!! Okay so technically it is not a new light seeing as how we have had it for almost a year but this is the first time it was installed!! Now I can see while Jason is cooking dinner!

Like I said I was able to get a lot of stamping done this weekend and even made several cards. Most of them are for some up coming releases so it feels good to have those completed. I can't wait to show you them!!

Well can I tell you how excited I was last week to see that there was a challenge going on at Club Anya and, and, and it was a sketch challenge!!!!!! OMGoodness, I was literally bouncing up and down! I get so excited when I see sketch challenges, they just bring a glow to my heart! And boy was this a fun one!!! It just screamed long card to me! I know, pretty obvious when you look at the sketch, but long cards aren't something I typically make and guess what!!! I actually made two cards for this!! Here is my first creation.

So I just love, love, love these Miss Anya stamps! They are just so fun and sassy and of course the are long and tall. Perfect for what I had in mind! And to top it all off one of them has curly hair! Yippee! So I like to think this one was me when I was a teenager. Of course she is way taller than I was and her curls are much more controlled than mine have ever been but other than that, this is a pretty good representation. LOL! I started this card by stamping Miss Anya from The Greeting Farm on white card stock and then drew in the background of store buildings and the street with a ruler and my copic multiliner. I cut out a half circle of white card stock using my nesties and continued my street onto it, coloring in the whole background with my copics. Following the sketch, I layered on green, blue and orange card stock along with the front and back side of a piece of SP from KI Memories. To create the sentiment, which I really wanted to look like a store sign, I simply typed it up on my computer and printed it off. I then popped it off with my main image and added a little ribbon to the corner. I think this would make the perfect card for a friend who loves to shop. Luckily I have said friend! LOL!

Now for my second card using this sketch, I decided to use my brand new fairy stamps from The Greeting Farm. As soon as I got them in the mail I just had to ink them up! They are too, too cute!!! Well and since Izzy loves bees, I wanted to create a card with her in mind.

Don't know why I thought the circle at the bottom would make a great bee hive, but it turned out relatively well! I started this card off by stamping Fairy Tink, Fairy Chloe, and Fairy Eva by The Greeting Farm and then colored them in with my copics. I cut each one out and set them to the side. Following the sketch, I layered on black, teal and yellow card stock along with DP from Basic Grey's Urban Prairie. To create the bee hive I cut strips of yellow card stock and rounded off the ends at descending lengths. I sponged on creamy caramel over the strips to make them looked aged and then mounted them on some black card stock. I followed he same process to make the opening. To complete the card, I mounted my three "bees" so that they would look like they were flying out of the hive, stamped my sentiment from the All About Argyle set from SU! (I masked off the G in "gee" and hand drew in a b), and added my spiral clip and ribbon. I really like the dark rich colors! I can hardly wait to see what everyone else comes up with. I have already seen some amazing creations and the contest doesn't even end until Saturday, March 14th at 11:59 CST!! So get yours in!!!

And speaking of awesome creations over at Club Anya, this week kicks off Team Roster Stats! Today's featured MVP is none other than my girl Jacquie Peifer!!! So be sure to swing by and give her a high five!!

Well that is it for me today! Thank you so much for stopping by! I always have fun!! Smiles!


Maria said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful family weekend. Oh Janna, both cards are gorgeous! You are sooo talented to draw in your backgrounds and/or create them with cardstock. Your colouring on both is superv and I especially like the sentiment on the Miss Anya card. It's perfect. As for the fairies, they are adorable. Have a great day. Hugs, Maria

Maria said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful family weekend. Oh Janna, both cards are gorgeous! You are sooo talented to draw in your backgrounds and/or create them with cardstock. Your colouring on both is superv and I especially like the sentiment on the Miss Anya card. It's perfect. As for the fairies, they are adorable. Have a great day. Hugs, Maria

COCO said...

oh very nice and gorgeous cards !!!
I love your cards !!!
hugs coco

Danni said...

I'm glad you had a good weekend!! Remember to check my blog post on Saturday, I think, for your fav feature on my blog.
Love your cards! So talented to draw in your background! With it being so narrow, it reminds me of Germany~happy memories!!
Enjoy your week and can't wait to see the new releases you have in store!

Heather said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Both of your cards are incredible!!!! WOW! They are both gorgeous!!!!

Cathy said...

Hi Janna,

These are amazing!! I love them! The fairies are so, so cute. I need to ink mine up!!

Sounds like a good weekend!! We had a good one too.

Hugs, Cathy

Kimmie0270 said...

Sounds like a great weekend. So I'm guessing everyone is feeling better? That's great.

I wan't those teen Anya's so badly but their out of stock. Can't wait for them to get back in!

Tasha said...

Janna you have done it again - two more absolutely sensational cards - they are so perfectly finished i love your cards.
SOunds like you had a lovely family weekend, it is so nice going out for dinner with the little one isnt it and it sounds like Izzy enjoyed playing in the dirt with her daddy lol
love tasha xx

Maria said...

Ooh I love the beehive . . .so creative Janna!! It works fabulously with the challenge! Love the thinking out of the box concept!! Your fairy Anyas are so beautifully colored. . .gosh, I need to get hold of those stamps! LOL! As always, you come up with such wonderful ideas to your cards! It's always fun to see your creations!


WickedPixie said...

What fantastic cards! Janna, you are so creative - I am constantly in awe! And your coloring on the Faries' hair is to die for!

Sue said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend, your cards are fantastic, luv the backgrouns, gorgeous colouring, fabby cards, sue.x

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Nice weekend, and gardening already..he he..
Love those cards..Your coloring is perfect and those are darn cute stamps. Enjoy your week.

Jodi said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Janna, these cards are outstanding!! I love what you did with both of them! GREAT Job!!
Jodi =)

Cassie said...

oh janna! i wish you could see me - i am sitting here with my jaw on the floor (and I'm 5'11" (according to my mom) so that's far!) shaking my head in disbelief and saying wow!wow!wow!

you totally and completely knocked this challenge out of the park!!!! these are incredible! i am always in pure awe over your ability to just draw in these backgrounds!!!

fantastic girl!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Wow Jenna...these are spectacular cards, and you've really did a fantastic job with this sketch challenge...your designs are so imaginative and creative! Awesome!

Emily said...

Love these cards, I love the layouts!!! No wonder why you made the team and I didn't!!!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh Janna these are absolutely gorgeous!! Your coloring is to die for!! Great layouts!!! Just beautiful girl!!!

We had a family weekend too! Sounds like a fun time!!


Tori Wild said...

These are both So So Cute--- I saw that sketch and wasn't sure what I'd do with it, but totally love your cards and the coloring on those fairies is to die for!! :)

Christi said...

Wow!! Both of your cards are too cute!!

Maria Matter said...

Glad you had a nice weekend with your family! Sounds like Jason & Izzy had fun'll have to take a pix of that next time!
Ooo, Miss Anya looks great on this long card! And your bg is awesome Janna...seriously!!!
These fairy stamps are adorable and beautifully colored! Another clever idea to make the bee hive, love the colors of this card too!
You were productive! Your blog always makes me smile!
Blessings, Maria

Debbie said...

Sounds like you all had a great weekend...and what a great guy you have Janna...he does the gardening, fixes stuff around the house and cooks too!...your'e so lucky!:D
Your cards are both gorgeous, I love the hand drawn backgrounds and your colouring is are so clever and creative....stunning work! Debbie x

cats whiskers said...

Janna you have done it again left me speechess that is. What truly fabulous card these both are, I have ordered all these stamps but they are out of stock and I have got to wait, I am stamping my feet now after seeing these wonderful creations and I so loved the background you have drawn, you are an Inspiration dear
Hugs Jacqui x

Summerthyme Studio said...

Janna, you are just keep getting better and better every day!!!! Holy, I LOVE the tall Anya!


Anonymous said...

Wow your coloring is truely amazing!!! I want to grow up to be just like you!!! Could you maybe tell me what copics you used on the fairies hair. When I saw them I fell off my chair!!!!Nicole

Alysabeth said...

I cant even pick a favorite I like them both so mych. You did such a great job with the sketch. Your cobblestone is killar. And your fairies WOW do they look spectacular;o)

Maria said...

Hey Janna, How odd, I don't know how I missed your first card. I was sick and stuffy headed when I originally commented this post so that may explain it.

I love the building scenario. I have the most difficult time drawing perspective scenaries but you did AWESOME!! Beautiful job coloring Anya too! I still need to get hold of those stamps! You're doing fabulous as designer! They are lucky to have you on the team!!


Beth said...

I was about to comment on your post above and these little beauties caught my eye - OMG they're stunning! I love the little Anya scene you've created Fabulous! xx

Lilian said...

Love your Anya cards and by golly they were right on the mark to choose you as one of their DT! These cards are gorgeous! Now, if only I can get a hold of these fairies. lol! Have a great day!

Michelle said...

OMGoodness girlfriend you are AMAZING!! I just love the shop till ya drop card! Your buildings and street are FABULOUS!!! Oh my gosh, can I please PLEASE come play with you!?!?!

The fairies are so cute - I just love the way you colored their looks so real, like I could touch it!

Beautiful job on both cards - YOU TOTALLY ROCKED THIS SKETCH CHALLENGE!!!

MichelleO said...

OH my this is really wonderful,,, loved the buildings in the background! Then I scrolled down and saw the fairies with bee hive! Wow too cute!