It's not JUST about me. It's also about the stuff :o)

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Madera, CA, United States
A paper crafter, a singer, a seamstress, a beader, and mom to three.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

World Card Making Day Bella Blossoms

This is the 5th of my challenge cards: A nesting flower with five+ layers. It is based on the Bella Blossoms flower and is really cool IRL - i think so anyway. What do YOU think?

World Card Making Day #2

(See below for WHY I am making these cards.) The challenge for this card was the cover of the latest Coldwater Creek catalog. In person, this card is VERY sparkly...

World Card Making Day

Hey everyone. Today I have been doing a WCMD card challenge hosted by Split Coast Stampers. I have to make a card every 2 hours until 11 tonight based on designs chosen by some of the fabulous artist at SCS. It is really fun and I am going to post some of the cards throughout the weekend on my site. Let me know what you think. This card is based on a sketch and was my "quickest" card of the day. By "quick" I mean I only redesigned it twice.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My baby girl

When I saw this picture I took of Emily last year, I KNEW this would make a perfect scrapbook page. We were in Bass Lake, the pine needles were everywhere, the sun was peeking randomly through the clouds, and as we walked along, I just kept thinking that time is so fleeting. How will I ever remember every moment I spend with her? I WANT to remember...

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Catty Clone - Roses

Do you ever see an image in the catalog that you think... W-O-W and just HAVE to make? That is this one, for me, although I couldn't help it and added some DD glitter to the sentiment. I LOVE this set (A Rose is a Rose) and have made a whole collection of things to go with it... *sigh*

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Fall is HERE!!!

Well sure, it's still in the high 90's (unseasonably so) but the leaves have started to turn. Well, it might be they are just tired of trying to survive the heat, but it COULD be FALL, yes, I am going with fall, autumn, season of presage. I LOVE the colors: brilliant reds, dusky browns and golds, rich burgundies and greens, LOVE LOVE LOVE it. This card was ever so slightly CASE's from Jenn D with some slight twitches : o) (It was lacking sparkle.) Let me know if you want dimensions. FALL: Whoo-hoo

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

JOY Christmas Card

This was for one of our card classes- a really easy and fun card to make with the "Illuminations" set. NO glitter, but gold embossing is ALMOST as good!! Recipe: Illuminations and Baroque Motifs Stamp sets, Always Artichoke CS, Versamark and Gold Encore! pad ink pads, gold embossing powder. Easy-peasy.

Monday, September 22, 2008

WANT TO WIN SOME BLOG CANDY? (and support a FABULOUS cause?)

This morning I opened my FeedBlitz's to see a wonderful campaign to raise awareness and to give back a little to the caretakers of Alzheimer patients. I made this card for someone special who is selfless in his devotion to those he loves who suffer from this disease. Take a moment to visit Cammie's blog and check out the INCREDIBLE blog candy she is offering as her own tribute to this special group of people. There are literally dozens of donations from all of THE best companies. My favorites are: Eclectic Paperie, Scor-Pal and The Cat's Pajamas. WHOO HOO!! Thanks Cammie for organizing this wonderful event.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Live LIke you Mean It!!

Like my little box? Cute, huh? Recipe: Live Like You Mean It Hostess set (Linda has it, ask if you can borrow it ;o) and 2 pieces of 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 Kraft paper. Totally easy. I am going to make a few more to stash stuff in. The directions/tutorial are HERE!! courtesy of Lauren Meader. THANKS LAUREN!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Give Thanks

Remember that "Country Living" specialty stamp set and stuff form 2 years ago? Well they have teamed up with Stampin' Up! for another great kit that is almost available!! The mag hits the news stand in October and they have like a 20+ page spread of the stuff from Stampin' Up. ANYWAY, this card is from the pattern that came with the last kit. We made these at Linda' card party last week - that's where the guests pay a small fee, in this case $18, and they get to make 12 projects (in this case 4 Xmas cards, 4 of these Thanksgiving cards, and 4 incredibly cute Halloween treat bags) which I have TOTALLY cut and prepared for them. They just show up, stamp, and put them together with their own creativeness unimpeded by measuring, etc. (I know how these chicks are...measuring is NOT their strong suit :o)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Two cards, same layout and design. One card was for a swap and make-n-take and the other was for giving. Love them both and both of them could be accomplished with minimal prep time. Recipe: Lovely Leaves and Canvas b'ground stamp sets, Choc. Chip, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Vanilla, inks/papers., Choc. Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Earth Elements buttons, Linen thread, and (of course) gold GLITTER on the leaves. Nothing says, "Jana made this" like glitter all over the thing.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


For all of those who whispered prayers for me, for those who called and visited and made my life more pleasant in general these past few weeks, for my friends and my family who never cease to amaze me with their generous hearts and open doors, thank you. I made several dozen of these this weekend (the first time I could sit upright long enough) and absolutely love the way they turned out. The Bella Rose paper and one of my favorite sets, "Elegant Notes" make this card so very gorgeous. *sigh* Like it? expect one soon...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Live With Passion

OK, I am "into" passion. (DuH.) More specifically, this fabulous new set at Stampin Up! called "Inspired by Nature." I have made several piece with this and am working on another, then I MIGHT move on to another totally fabulous set called "Dreams du jour." Maybe not. ANYWAY, let me know if you like it, OK?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

SU Convention 2008

Whoo-hoo, what a blast!! I had SO MUCH FUN at convention this year. Lori W. and Cheyenne-you guys made this so much fun : o) ANYWAY, posted here are a couple of the eight projects we did at Make-n-takes this year, a gift bag and a card. More to follow. And the FREE STAMP should be a demonstrator just for all of the freebies. I mean really, WOW!! SU takes care of us, don't they girls?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Pink Piroutette Rose Journal

I LOVE my new Stampin Up! "In Color" colors : o) This is a journal I designed for my trip to SLC NEXT WEEK (woo-hoo). Tell me if you like it.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bag Tags (shhhh!)

I made one for each of the girls going to convention from the Fresno area (Madera, Fresno, Hanford, all point therein : o) MINE is the best for obvious reasons, but I made them so that stands to reason. Also loved is Karen Angels'(not pictured).

Scissor Charms

These are one of my 3D items I am taking with me to convention. There are about 60 of them and I really like the way they turned out. No two are the same and they all have a tiny sivler bee on them. I am, after all, a Queen Bee!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Baby Card

I love the look of this card; the tone on tone of the star punches as well as the ribbon and sewn bottons give this card a very homey and lovely look. Of course, who can resist a baby card? ANYWAY, I made this for the Artisan Contest (I didn't win-have I mentioned that?) and was really happy with the way it turned out.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Business Card Holder

This totally cute little metal tin (orginally designed to hold a DAT or something) is the foundation for my business card holder. I am making several of these in different color schemes to give as gifts to "my people" at convention, which, by the way, is in 22 days !!!! Tell me what you think.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Be Happy

Don't you just LOVE the formality of black and sparkly things? I do!! It reminds me of a Hepburn movie for some reason. Anyhoo, this card was one of the rejected (by me)designs for the Artisan Award competition. It is a very textural piece that I actually really liked. the sentiment is ever so slightly crooked which is why it remains in my possession. What do you think?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Artfully Asian Card

This is one of the cards I designed and created for the 2008 Artisan Award. What do you think? Recipe: Artfully Asian, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Cameo Coral, Whisper White, Black paper; Black fine embossing powder, pink taffeta ribbon

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Father In Law gift and card (SSHHH)

Created with 4" coasters and Su! DSP, brass findings, love.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

In the Stars - Patriotic card

This goes with the stuff below.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Patriotic Swap with sparkle (whoo hoo)

EVERYTHING needs some sparkly stuff.... Here's to hoping our kids and family members will be home soon!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Boleyn Cuff Bracelet

This took roughly a day to do-starting and stopping as only a mom of three kids, 3 cats, 1 hamster, and 1 husband can do. It is made with golden glass pearls, Swarovski topaz 2AB (which look sort of pinkish) and 15o gold seed beads. Truly beautiful, light catching, and classic. I will forward the pattern to any who would like it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Unfroggetable card

This was created for a contest for SU! which I CURIOUSLY didn't win. UNFROGGETABLE stamp set was used for this masterpiece.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Warm Wishes

I love winter cards - it's fun to crate them while it's dark and gloomy outside, when the minimal wind we have is blowing and the valley skies are silver shot with with grays and blues. This is an example of using the brayer with varying colors in the same palette. It was my first or second try, but it turned out OK, I think...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

By Ones and By Twos!!

These pics are part of my baby collection (it's better if you say it like Sebastian in Little Mermaid..."cohl*ek*shun"). There is a mini photo album, a card, of course, and a cutie little box with 8 thank-you's in it. You will be truly amazed and impressed to know I PERSONALLY cut out every little teeny-tiny, itty-bitty flower that sports a yellow center, which I also cut out (with the help of a hole punch). OK, the hole punch did most of the work on the centers, but have you ever tried to pick up one of those 1/16" dots? I picked up upwards of 60 of them with tweezers at UCSF after one of Nick's surgery's, AND moved them to the flowers (no small feat) AND glued them!! Let me know what you think. About the project. Keep all that other minutia to yourself.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


OK, you all know how i like sparkly things and girlie stuff. This card is another such one. My design (yes, occasionally i just come up with something on my own instead of "adapting" the work of other great artists), colorful, fun, with felt flowers and a small half pearl on the front. This was one of the cards we did at our card making party. If you would like patterns or information about doing/attending a card party, let me know!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

One of a Kind

This is just a quick card featuring the new Berry Bliss paper from SU! and the "One of a Kind" stamp set in the Boho West line.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Valentine's Day Card

This is my Valentine's Day Card. Em helped with the glitter and picking out the colors. Do you like it? It features the Trifold card, Cami Style from the SCS forum "resources" and is a fun card to make. Happy Heart Day!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Unfrogettable Diorama Card

Just a simple take on a three-layer diorama card based on Dianne Gibbs' tutorial. This is perfect for a workshop featuring markers. It takes about 15 minutes to cut, stamp, color and assemble. See the tutorial HERE.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Sterling Silver Montees Bracelet

OK, you ALL know I love sparkly things. Bookmarks to jewelery to clothes to EVERYTHING. This bracelet was created using SW montees and crystal pearls, sterling silver 24 and 26 gauge wire and 46 tiny little wire wrapped jonquil crystal dangles. My thumb has about 45 piercings from bending the little wires around. The colors are an olive green, and mauve pearls, peridot and pink montees, and jonquil (yellow) dangles. Anyway, tell me what you think : o)

Copper Bracelet

I made this for Michelle Arya's Xmas present and I LOVE it. It is a copper bracelet effused with stones (jasper, torquoise, quartz, amethyst, jade to name a few), Swarovski crystals, and copper findings. It is truly stunning in person. I am so very sorry you dont have one, but I can hook you up if you ask nicely. $65