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Merry Monday #77, Doodle Pantry #39 & Operation Write Home

Wow, a lot going on today!  I have two cards today, both Christmas cards:)  The first card will be entered into the Challenge over at Always Playing With Paper,  Merry Monday #77.  They have a color challenge this week that at first, I hated it!  But then it kind of grew on me and I embraced the challenge and actually made two with the chosen colors! What are those colors, you must be wondering…….Red, Pink, Dark Green, Light Green and White.  I was okay with all the colors, except the Pink. Then I found some perfect papers!  The papers are by Sassy Designs and the set is called Fruitcake, which is pretty much how I felt about the colors. lol

I don’t think I’m thrilled with these colors together, but you have to check out the other cards!  The cards submitted are pretty great! 🙂  So check out Merry Monday and stop by every week for a new challenge:)

Now for my card:

Half-fold Card1You can click on my cards to see them larger.  You may want to if you want to see the snowflake detail on the pink paper.  I used VersaMark and stamped some snowflakes from the Stampin’ Up! set, Serene Snowflakes (retired).  I used Stampin’ Up! Pretty In Pink as the background color.  Then I layered the Fruitcake dots.  I used SU Real Red and embossed it with Stampin’ Up! Petals a Plenty folder. I used a retired SU snowflake punch, with a little snowflake brad to keep it in place.  Finally, I added my cute Westie image from Fred She Said called, Winter Westie.   Here’s the set info:

-includes BOTH the DIGI and Pre-Coloured versions.
-DIGI ( uncoloured ) is in JPG, PNG + printable sheet. Digi also includes an alternate Wesite WITHOUT a scarf.
-Pre-coloured are in JPG and include 2 versions of scarf + printable SHEET

*Pre-Coloured Westies ( with scarf ) are available in PNG by email request anytime after purchase.

I asked for the PNG version that I requested after purchase, that  has no blue background.  I mounted it on SU Garden Green.  Everything is mounted low profile with just added cardstock layers.  Both of my cards will be going to Operation Write Home and your cards can’t be too thick.  Currently they have at least two challenges going on, be sure to check them out! 🙂

My second card will be going into the Doodle Pantry Challenge #39. Their challenge starts the first of every month, and runs for the entire month, so you have lots of time to join in the fun! 🙂   Here’s my card:

Half-fold Card2How is that for a Pink Christmas card?  I got this idea from Pat Dadisman, who submitted it over at Doodle Pantry, you can see her card here, as well as the digital image, Fancy Flamingo, by Doodle Pantry.  I also used DP Santa Accessories COLOR plus for the hat.  The following are the Stampin’ Up! products I used:  Garden Green cardstock, stamp from  the Delightful Decorations (retired) set, and the matching punch (retired). I stamped the ornament with Real Red.

The colorful paper comes from Sassy Designs and is part of the Fruitcake set. This card will also be going in the box for Operation Write Home.  The joy ornament is popped up with extra cardstock to keep a low profile:)

Ok, I think that’s it for now.  I have to get busy and make lots more cards!!

Thanks for stopping by today, I’m always happy to have you! 🙂   I hope you can stop by again:)



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Merry Monday #72

OMGoodness, I’m down to the wire today!  I didn’t glue the Blue Jay circle down last night and when I got up this morning, it was missing!  My two year old grandson thought it looked pretty and walked off with it.  I spent at least 20 minutes searching for it, and then the Blue Jay was smudged:(  I had to quickly print out another one, cut it out and layer it again.  Not too worse for wear, I don’t think:)

Anyway……the card I have for you today is for Merry Monday #72.  Here is the sketch from Merry Monday:

MM72And here is my card, you can click on it to make it larger:

Half-fold Card1The main image is from the Fred She Said Store, called Blue Jay.  I used the pre-colored set;)  I popped up the Blue Jay and then had to add a second layer.  I hope you can see that the bird has been popped up, you can click on it to make it larger.  I used some silver paper behind the Blue Jay that I bought last year at Michaels.  For the Peace and the lined snowflakes, I used Class A Peel stickers from Stampendous! I had to add some glue to them to make sure they would stick as long as I wanted them to. The snowy background paper was on my computer, I’m sorry I don’t remember where I found it:(

It looks simple but the snowflake stickers were actually a pain to glue and stick down:(  I love how it turned out though:)  Now I have to run off to Merry Monday, the challenge is about to close and I want to be sure and enter:)

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’ll be working on another card today, so be sure and come back:)



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Merry Monday #70

I’m up late again, but I made two cards:)  The first one will be entered at Merry Monday #70. Here is their sketch for this week:

MM70Both of my cards today will be sent to Operation Write Home.  I’ve already entered their challenge, these are just more cards for their box:)  The first one I think would be good for a male to send to a female, it’s kinda girly;)  My second card is a little more generic, I think anyone could send it to anyone else.

Half-fold Card1This card was made with Stampin’ Up! cardstock So Saffron and Garden Green.  The image and red snowflake paper are both Fred She Said.  The image is called Christmas Rose Coloured Set.

Christmas Rose Coloured Set:
-contains coloured JPGs of Christmas Rose, Christmas Rose & Candles ( with background, and with white
background), 4 ready-to-print sheets & Bonus Christmas Sentiments Set ( has PNG & JPG versions) ( all 300 ppi)

The paper is also from Fred She Said, FSS-Christmas Papers1-2009.  I love these papers and use them all the time! 🙂 Now for my second card:

Half-fold Card2More Fred She Said😉  For this card I used Fred She Said image simply called Blue Jay.  Oh, dear, I can’t remember where I found the paper:(  I know it’s FSS, it might have been a freebie.  I use it all the time, it may be in one of her kits, I’ll look around and If you’re interested let me know:)  Also Tracey is making Cutting Files, check out the store🙂 I did use some Stampin’ Up! cardstock, Garden Green and Soft Suede.

Okay, I’m getting goofy now, it’s off to bed for me!

Thanks for coming by to have a look:)  You all are a quiet bunch, but I’m happy you’re here! 🙂  Of course, there are more cards on the way! 🙂




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Friday mashup #120 & Merry Monday-July

This is a post edit, in case you’ve already seen it.  I missed the deadline for Merry Monday….again:(  But here’s the happy news, I won a top pick from Merry Monday for the second card on this post! 🙂  That’s the one with the little Elf:)

Winner Badge for Merry MondayAnd that’s only the first thing I want to tell you.  If you scroll down and look at the Elf card, you will see the embossing folder I used.  It’s Petals-a-Plenty by Stampin’ Up!  I love this embossing folder and if you do too, you can have a chance to win one!!  All comments this month (August)  will be going into a drawing , and one lucky winner will receive a brand new Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder for FREE! 🙂

This is sponsored by me, Janet Kay:)  I’m happy to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would be happy to have you as a customer, as long as you live in the USA.  I’m a “no pressure” salesperson, so you won’t be seeing me trying to get you to buy anything. I pretty much sell to get enough money for supplies for the two charities I support, Send A Smile 4 Kids and my newest endeavor, Operation Write Home:)

These are two very worthy causes if you have the time, please consider at least one:) I have links for both on my sidebar, take a look and give it some thought:)

I hope to be back very soon so that you have as many chances to comment as pobbible:)  Thank you for taking the time to read my post and visit my blog! 🙂


Lots to show you today! 🙂  I’ve made two more cards with the sketch from Freshly Made #96.


Here’s your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a project for “Christmas / Hanukkah”.
  2. Create a project with “Stripes”.
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a “Christmas / Hanukkah project with Stripes”.

Here’s the card I made for the Friday Mashup #120:

Half-fold Card2This card features a pre-colored digital stamp by Fred She Said called, Little Fat Santa.  It also features some handmade, striped paper made by me! 🙂

I’m pretty sure there’s an easy way to make striped paper, and if you know how, please let me know, but this is what I did;)

christmas stripes  sample 1I went to my favorite Print Shop program and selected “add a line”.  It allows you to make different sizes and colors.  Sounds easy?  Do you see how many stripes there are?!  It took me all day, in between dealing with my grandchildren!  I made a bunch of stripes in red, green and black.  I stored them on the side of the page.  Then I layered them one by one.  I finished two or three times and didn’t like it and changed it up.  I was up until 4am!  Here is how it looked when I was almost done, I put in a “shape” of white and covered the ends to make it all one size.  Then I added my images to the “white” side so I could print everything on one page.

christmas stripes  sample2Here is a close-up of the tag I made:

Half-fold Card3I stamped on some thin, long paper, then I folded it in half and attached it with a silver, sparkle brad.  I left a little loop in the paper to make it stand out.  I also made a silver, sparkle snowflake with a retired Stampin’ Up! punch.  The red snowflake background paper is also Fred She Said, Christmas Papers 1-2009. The white cardstock was embossed with an old Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug.   The Santa and the tag are both popped- up with SU Stampin’ Dimentionals.

Now for my second card, I will be entering it over at Merry Monday-July. There was no sketch this month, the entire month has been “anything goes”!

July ChallengeHalf-fold Card1Same basic sketch, I just changed it up a little;)  I used my handmade paper, some leftover red snowflake, and regular cardstock embossed with a Stampin’ Up! folder called Petals-a-Plenty.  I believe this is my favorite embossing folder!:) At least for Christmas;)  The pre-colored digital image is from Fred She Said, Naughty or Nice Elf. The sentiment is also included with a few others:)  I used a silver glitter snowflake and a sparkly green brad.  Here I popped-up only the striped section.

Wow, that sure seems like a lot!  I hope you were able to make it all the way through;)

Thanks for coming by today!  I’m always happy to have visitors! 🙂  I don’t know what will be next, but I hope to be back soon!

JanetKay_RetroNoelP.S.  I’m not proofreading this so if you find errors, please let me know:)


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Merry Monday-July & Freshly Made #96

Today I have one card, but I’m entering it in two challenges.  Merry Monday’s July challenge is Anything Goes, so I’m using the sketch from Freshly Made #96.

July Challengefms96sketchMy computer is acting up today:(  Excuse me if I hurry through this today, well, I’ll try anyway, it’s taken half and hour to get this far:(  It’s not this site, it’s the internet connection, slow, slow, slow! 😦

Here is my card:

Half-fold Card1I’ve tried to create a nice simple card today, last weeks was not all that simple;)  Of course, I used a really cute Fred She Said image;)  The set is called Naughty or Nice Elf . It’s been printed and cut out , layered onto some “real” sparkle paper by Stampin’ Up!  Under that is plain white cardstock embossed with a Sizzix Christmas folder with Holly leaves and berries.  The background color is one of my favorites from Stampin’ Up!, Garden Green.  I added one little embellishment from my stash.

Be sure to check out the Fred She Said store, there are beautiful new images!  I’ll be using some very soon:)

Okay, I’ve got to go for now, but I’ll be back soon with the card for the Friday Mashup🙂

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂




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Merry Monday-July #3 & Send A Smile 4 Kids

I actually made two cards today! 🙂  I’m only posting one tonight, it’s getting pretty late.  I’ll post again when it’s a reasonable time on Sunday;)

My card tonight is for two different challenges, Merry Monday and Send A Smile 4 Kids🙂  Here’s the challenge for Merry Monday:

July ChallengeI love Christmas, and Christmas cards! 🙂  Here’s the challenge for Send A Smile 4 Kids:

Christmas in July 4 Kids!


It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge here at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is Christmas in July 4 Kids. Create and link any holiday card for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

“We are running this challenge now to remind you that it is never too early to start making our holiday cards, and we would love for every child in the eight Children’s Hospitals we serve to receive a holiday card. But even better would be if there was enough holiday cards that each could pick out a few for special people in their lives they are missing while spending Christmas in the hospital, or to say thank you to the medical staff. You do not have to send in your cards when you participate in our challenges, but our kids would sure love it if you did!”

I know, I promote Send A Smile 4 Kids a lot, they even have a spot on the upper left side of my blog.  I love kids!!  I was happy to see Fred She Said start to sponsor some of the challenges for SAS4K this year! 🙂  She’s not sponsoring this week so I get to enter the challenge:)  Because I’m on the Design Team for Fred She Said, I can’t enter or win whenever FSS is sponsoring.

Anything goes for July, so I went back and found one of my cards that I liked and made another one, only different;)  My first card looked like this:

Half-fold Card1The new one looks like this:

Half-fold Card1They both contain Fred She Said images, the first one is Emma The Hugger-Snowman Edition.   The new card is also Fred She Said called, Catchin’ Flakes.

I hope you’ll take the time to check out both of the challenges:  Merry Monday and Send A Smile 4 Kids:)

Thanks for stopping by today, well it’s 2am here in Illinois, barely Sunday!  Tomorrow, also Sunday for real, I will have another post.  I hope you can come back and join me for another card:)



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Doodle Pantry- DPDC36 & Merry Monday-July

I had company this week who spent some time with the kids, so more “free” time for me:) LOL   Of course, I made cards! 😉 I’m entering two different challenges this week.  The first challenge is Doodle Pantry-DPDC36.  They are first because D comes before M.  I had to decide some way;)

This challenge was pretty simple:

Tag/Keyword: DPDC36
THEME: Use a Doodle Pantry image

So here is my card:

Half-fold Card1How cute is this?  I made 4 of these cards in different colors.  Two for my grandgirls and 2 for Send A Smile 4 Kids.  The pre-colored digital artwork is from Doodle Pantry, and is called Popsicle Ants.

I used Stampin’ Up! River Rock (retired) cardstock as backing papers.  All the other papers, the image & the sentiment are from the Popsicle Ants kit.  I did use some 3D Popsicle stickers to embellish, I bought them at Michaels.  I went back for more and they’re sold out:(  Turns out they are already putting up Fall stuff!  Wow, time does fly!!  Anyway…I will post the second card at a later date:)

Now on to Merry Monday-July:

July ChallengeThis is the second week of July… my second card;)  I had started this card for a previous challenge but simply ran out of time to enter it:(  July is “Anything goes”so I decided to go back and pick up this challenge that I missed:)MM New Look Sketches-004  This card came to my mind as soon as I saw this sketch:

Half-fold Card2I think this one is really cute too:)  This card is all Fred She Said, except the sentiment.  The background stripes, with the Pine Cone and branches are all one digital image from FSS called Pine Cone Spray.   I cut out a 2nd Pine Cone and popped it up, then added some sparkle to the Pine Cone and branches.  I previewed this photo and you really can’t see the sparkle, even enlarged:(  I took about 8 photos and wasn’t impressed with any of them:(

The Santa image is also Fred She Said called, Little Fat Santa.   I used one of the pre-colored, PNGs, and fit it right into the frame using my Print Shop program.  I used a misc. rubber stamp to make the sentiment flag.  Now for an interesting side note. I took the background paper with the oval over to a different image product and used the thin line around the oval and made my own background paper.  I bet you hadn’t given that another thought.  If you think making digital card parts is easy, you have either never tried it or you have done it for years! 🙂

I did print and then cut out the dark blue background paper, layered the pale striped paper on top and then added the 3D Pine Cone and the sentiment flag.  Hmmm, now that I think about it, I should have just printed the words and layered it on the dark blue in my Print Shop.  But what I actually did, was painstakingly pull one “ho!” off a stamp with three different styled “ho, ho, ho’s”.  Yes, I seem to like to torture myself (rolling eyes here).  The flag, banner, whatever you want to call it is not glued at the end and curls up a little.  I saw someone else do this and liked the effect:)

OMGoodness, I am quite the chatterbox today, sorry.

Thanks for coming by today, and thanks so much if you’ve read this entire post! 🙂  Check out all my links if you have time, lots to see! 🙂




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Merry Monday Month of July Challenge #1

July ChallengeYes, it’s time for Merry Monday🙂 !  This is a month long challenge and this is my first card.  I went through my “leftover” box and found some items that I could put into a card quickly.  The kids have all been challenging this week, and it does say “anything goes” 🙂

Half-fold Card1Ok, I think they’re pretty nice leftovers;)  The paper is awesome!  It has foil-like elements, I love it!  The ornament, is a Stampin’ Up! punch, now retired and a free image I got some time ago that I cut out and never used.  Actually, I cut out several more, I must have been planning to make a number of cards.  I used Stampin’ Up! punches for the labels, also foil and a Stampin’ Up! sentitiment.  Almost forgot, the little bow is foil and I believe it’s a Memory Box die.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to be back soon!  Hubby is off for two days and hopefully will help with the little darlings;)



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Merry Monday #67

Wow, I’m really cutting this down to the wire!  Right now I have about an hour and 40 minutes to post this card to the challenge over at Merry Monday #67!  So this post will be kinda short;)  Here is the sketch for this week:

MM June 17And here is my card:

Half-fold Card1My pre-colored, digital image is from Fred She Said.  This is one of my favorite birds!  You can find it in the FSS Christmas bird series, it’s called Winter Chickadee.

I used Stampin’ Up! Garden Green behind the plaid and behind the Chickadee.  The red plaid paper is from Raspberry Road Designs from their Cranberry Cottage collection.  I love their papers, I use them a lot to go with my Fred She Said designs🙂  I used a misc. rubber stamp, then more Stampin’ Up! supplies.  I used some retired ribbon, a ribbon slide, some basic pearls, and Stampin’ Dimentionals to pop up my bird image.

I’m playing catch-up again.  Lots going on over here!  Thanks for coming by today, hope to see you soon! 🙂




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Fred She Said blog hop, Sale and an honorable mention

No card today, just a lot of news;)  First, I received an honorable mention for one of my cards! 🙂  If you look down the right side, you may notice lots of honorable mentions from Merry Monday.  That would be because I make a lot of Christmas cards!  😉

Half-fold Card1                                       Honourable Mention






My other big news would be a sale over at the Fred She Said store!!  PLUS a blog hop!  If you don’t know what a blog hop is, I’ll explain.  A blog hop is where all the Design Team members make cards with Fred She Said products and show them on their blogs.  You go to each blog and collect a word from each blog.  When you have all the words, they make a sentence and you then enter it and you’re put in for a chance to win the prize! 🙂  YOU do not have to make a card, just the Design Team members:)

Remember, Fred She Said has colored and un-colored images.  You’re sure to find more than a few images to color or print:)  So follow the blog hop and enter starting Friday, May 31st.  Until then take a look at the Fred She Said store and save big with the sale going on now! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!  I will be back soon with more cards! 🙂



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