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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Valentine's Day Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar

I had so much fun making advent calendars for Christmas that I knew I needed to adapt the idea to other holidays. I made this calendar to countdown the days until Valentines Day. I'll take close up pictures and give a complete list of stamps and supplies later but I wanted to show you the finished product. All stamps by justjohanna.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Loot and Project With Loot

Saturday, Debbie, Tami and I went to the Heirloom Rubber Stamp Expo in Riverside, CA. I went thinking that I would just "look around" and hang out with my friends. Well, I did that, plus bought a bunch of stuff (see below). Well, the one thing that I wanted to purchase, the Stamp-A-Majig, was nowhere to be found. Luckilly, my friend Kim found me one at her grocery store.
Here's what I made using most of my new stuff. It's a tag inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas. This is for a swap Mary is hosting on the Stamp Shack. Items used: Tim Holtz Crackle Paint, Grungeboard, Distress Ink, Perfect Pearls, Mini Misters, Tag, Brillance Ink, TAC Native Land and Pine Tree inks, Judikins damask Stamp, Stampin Up! swirl stamps, Stamps by Judith black ink, a brayer, clear embossing powder, rat tail (ribbon), Tonic Scissors. I have an edge distresser on order so I used a steak knife. Here is a close up:

I didn't have all the supplies to recreate any of Tim's tags so I used several techniques from different tags to make mine. I made 8 of these and they each look very different. I stretched my dollar by trimming the Grungeboard pieces so 3 swirls made 8 tags.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Love Bites Challenge on Two Peas In A Bucket

Next week, February 2-9, TwoPeas is throwing Winter Stamp '08. There are several challenges, some with RAKS. I'm hosting the Love Bites: justjohanna Challenge. It's pretty easy. Just make an anti-Valentine card, ATC or tag for your single friends. Use any stamps and embellishments you have, however, projects using justjohanna images will get double entries.

One lucky winner will receive: A batch of handmade cards from the very talented justjohanna design team, a small embellishment treat, $10 off your next justjohanna order coupon, and a justjohanna Thorny Heart Stamp.

There will be more instructions on posting your entry on my blog and on 2peas in a few days.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Another version

This card looks better in person, I promise. I stamped justjohanna lacy border on the patterned cardstock and then cut out, following the scallop. I placed that on top of the horizontal red strip. The main image is justjohanna flower box that I stamped in green and then added prima flowers and colored some flowers yellow. I paper pieced the box with red cardstock.

Friday, January 25, 2008

An out of this world sketch

This month's justjohanna newletter featured this sketch. It kinda stumped me until I turned it on its side and came up with this card. I think it would be a fun boy card. You can't tell from the photo but Al had some Diamond Glaze on him to puff him up. To subscribe to the justjohanna newsletter and recieve email updates with sketches, card samples, deals and more, subscribe here. If you play with the sketch, let me know. I'd love to see your interpretation. I have one more version to share with you.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A Fairy Awesome Deal

From now through the end of January, justjohanna has a special stamp bundle with an awesome discounted price. In the card above I used Fairy Belle and Fairy Chicklet Left along with Fairy Chicklet Right and How fairy thoughtful. I paperpieced Belle and the chicklets. Click here to order the special deal. Click here to see more card samples with the bundle images.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Black and Red treat

I am loving this color combo. The image is justjohanna flora hugabundous again. This time, I added clear sparkles to the center. Patterned paper: Provo Craft, Black paper: Prism, Velvet ribbon: Michaels, Red and Clear sparkles: unknown source

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Countdown to the Super Bowl

Every year for several years I've made felt pennants to represent the 2 teams playing in the Super Bowl (the biggest American football game of the year.) Since I've already made NY Giants and NE Patriot pennants, I decided to make pennants for the other 2 teams playing in the playoffs today. So, On the top right is my Green Bay Packers (shout out to Kim), on the left is the San Diego Chargers (shout out to Julie.) Last year my niece started to get in on the action and she makes her own version with my felt scraps. My favorite is the middle one that has the Chargers lightning bolt with a backwards Green Bay G on top.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


I haven't made an ATC in a while. I whipped up 9 of these puppies for Tami's February ATC swap on the Stamp Shack. Layers include: red music print paper, sheet music, Prima flower, puzzle piece, heart brad, red doily, red sparkles, magazine cut-out, dymo label and justjohanna lacy border image.

Tomorrow, I'll post some American football treats. The Super Bowl is only 2 weeks away!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

How Now Brown Card

This is the first card that I made to submit with my application for the justjohanna Design Team. I colored flora hugabundous with Prismacolor pencils and glued beads to its center. The stem is paper pieced with a green paper scrap and the leaves are ribbon that I received from a ribbon swap. The flower is cut out and mounted on a We R Memory Keepers chipboard tag. I sanded the edges and added 2 pieces of Love, Elsie ribbon. The patterned paper is Basic Grey. I don't remember the brand of brown cardstock for the base.

Thanks for reading my first Notes About entry. I will answer questions (as best I can) and continue the series on a weekly basis.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Notes About Joining a Design Team

Six weeks ago I joined the justjohanna Design Team. I'm not an expert but I'd like to share some things I've learned.

Applying for a design team:

  1. Choose a company whose products you already enjoy. Some companies are stamp, tool, paper, or embellishment manufacturers. Others might be publications, stores, or kit groups.
  2. Follow the directions in the design team call. Some don't ask for any specific projects, they just want to see a sample of your work. Some companies ask for digital images, others want hard copies. Make the deadline!
  3. Be creative and use your own style.

Serving on a design team:

  1. Terms vary anywhere between 3 months to a year. Our justjohanna term is 6 months and after that, each of us need to reapply if we want to do another term.
  2. Before you apply, consider the amount of projects you will be asked to complete and how much time you have. It takes time to plan and create products, attend events, make trips to the post office, and promote the brand.
  3. There are perks to being on a DT. DT members usually get sneak peeks of upcoming products. Many get free products. Justjohanna DT members receive a starter kit with a ton of free stamps. Plus, each month we can earn more free stamps. But that's not why I joined. I love working with a really talented group of ladies and the challenge of each assignment.

I will be doing a few more segments for the Notes About series including: getting noticed, getting published and posting to galleries. If you have any questions or words of wisdom about any of these subjects, please leave a comment or email me.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Fifi goes shoe shopping

I was in a silly mood when I made this card. I colored justjohanna fifi le chien pink with Prismacolor pencils. I cut out a sillouette of a lady out of patterned paper and pink cardstock. The leash is black ribbon. The shoe store sign was cut out of patterned paper and surrounded by justjohanna emily's oval.
I made the awning using a version of my dot sticker scallop method. Basically, I cut the strips of black cardstock the width of the dot sticker and glued them on top on the pink cardstock that I had already scalloped. Then, I cut the sides on an angle and pop dotted up the bottom.
I added a little sparkle to fifi's collar, the shoe and the lady's bracelet.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


This card satisfies two challenges: This week's Stamp Shack Color Challenge and Barb's bingo challenge to use Stampin Up! stamps. I didn't have the right patterned paper for the color challenge so I made my own using SU Perfect Plaids and SU Riveting on light blue and peach DCWV cardstock. The chipboard frame, photo corners and sentiment are by Scenic Route Paper Company. I added a little chocolate brown satin ribbon to the corner.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Scooter Star

Here's a fun ornament that I altered. I bought the funky white, red and pink sparkly wooden star ornament at Pier 1 last year. I took the justjohanna scooter image that was stamped in black, cut out and colored it with Marvey markers. Then, I added Diamond Glaze and glitter and heated it. It made the scooter hard, sparkly and shiny. It came with ugly ribbon so I added cute pink polka dot ribbon.

Fri-Cake Day Blog Candy

Kim from Running on Ink designed the cutest birds that were made into justjohanna rubber stamps. Go to Kim's blog today for a chance to win all three of the cute bird stamps: Kim's barrette bird, Kim's pants bird and Kim's plain bird.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Owl Card

I work with kids everyday and sometimes I get pretty crafty with a crayon. I designed this card at work and then came home and made him. His eyes are circle punched from patterned paper. I used orange and grey Prism cardstock for his body. His tie has two stamped justjohanna Alma owls that I colored with Prismacolor pencils. He's basically a tent card with his head above the fold.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Stuff on My Mutt

So, my friend Debbie turned me onto the blog Stuff on My Cat where everyday pictures are posted of a cat with various objects on its back. Here is my version. Paris is balancing a fake chocolate Easter bunny on his back.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Pink Snowman

For New Years, Melissa from Lilybean Paperie had a challenge to make a snowman card. The card had to have either a pink or blue color scheme, some kind of fabric on it, and some sparkle or bling. I made the card in time for the challenge but chickened out and didn't post it.
Well, since ya'll are my friends, I'll share it with you. I used: DCWV pink cardstock, pink felt, justjohanna snowflake trio, doodling around border, sparkly hearts are sparkly foam hearts that I cut down into smaller hearts, and sparkly white puffy paint on snowman and ground.

Friday, January 4, 2008

My First Gothic Arch

Gothic arch is this week's Wednesday Stamper theme. This is my first attempt at a gothic arch. I downloaded the arch template from Bel's Nook but I made it into a card by tracing the template onto the fold of DCWV red cardstock. I trimmed the template to make the smaller arch out of My Mind's Eye patterned paper. I stamped and heat embossed justjohanna flourish left several times along the right side to make a border. The main image is a sign that I made by layering justjohanna stand left with justjohanna small bracket frame and "I love" from the justjohanna I love tea background stamp. I inked all the edges with black dye ink and embellished with a sparkly brad from the Target Dollar Spot and a black Prima flower.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Colorful Birthday

Same Dollar Spot card base, different theme. I paperpieced cupcakes from justjohanna cupcake row using some patterned paper and cardstock scraps. Then, I attached them with pop dots onto Dollar Spot chipboard flowers on a row of ribbon form the Dollar Spot. The sentiment is justjohanna happy birthday jj mix with the justjohanna tiniest cupcake over the "i". The cherries and the tiniest cupcake and covered with orange Stickles.


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