Monday, March 24, 2014


Hi Blog Friends!
I thought it was time for us to show Jan Marie we care.

I know Jan Marie is going through a rough time right now & I want to show my support.
Won't you join me & show Jan Marie you care.
Here's my challenge:
#1.) Make Jan Marie a new card  &/or creation
 (not limited to cards alone- do both if you like--but in one post.)
 & send it to her!
It can be a Get Well Card, an Encouragement Card, a Thinking of You Card,
 or it can be a Whatever Is On Your Heart Card.

#2.) Leave me a comment here on my blog
 that you have made Jan Marie a card &/or creation,
 & that you have mailed it,
 with a DIRECT LINK in the comments section,
 to your creation, not to your blog, or I might not be able to find it.
 (Only one entry per person.)

#3.) Use Flourishes Stamps!

(Think out of the box with this! It will help with winning!.)

**Yes, you can send Jan Marie a card without posting & letting me know,
 but you won't be eligible for the prize.**

You will bless Jan Marie & give her encouragement.
(Hey, that's what this craft is all about right?--Encouragement!)

#2.) There will be 2 WINNERS- 
 I have 2 brand new, never used Flourishes sets in my stash,
 that I will award to 2 people.
(These are stamps that I have won, & have duplicates of; 
I knew I was saving those goodies for a special reason!) :)
 AND I will also choose 3 FAVORITES.
Winners & Favorites will not be randomly chosen.
 I will take the time to visit every one's blogs.

#3.) You will have
48 hours once winners are announced, to contact me,
 & let me know your contact information.
 I  will personally try to contact you when I announce the winners.
(I am not requiring you to "follow" my blog, but it might help so you don't miss my post.
You can always unsubscribe later, no problem.)

The Deadline:
April 6th, 2014, (Sunday) 6 p.m. EST

Winners will be announced on:
April 14th, (Monday)

I know this is a long post, but hang in there with me & see what I have for inspiration for you!
I made a card just for this occasion.
I used the lovely 
Flourishes set by Sam Pickard, Always Blooming.
I have to say, I think this set is one of the most beautiful sets Flourishes has to offer, a gorgeous floral, but it also has all those wonderful sentiments that just build the recipient up.
 I have been through enough turmoil in my life, as many of you have, & I can say that when a word of encouragement comes during a tough time, it reminds you that 
 there are special  people that care & God cares!
 ("I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phillipians 4:13)

For the latest Challenge over at Flourishes check here:

Here's my card: 
I wanted to get "Artsy" with this. I used an old encyclopedia page for the base of my image.
(Just check out your local library to see if they have old books they're done with &
 they will happily hand them over to you!)

I applied Gesso to the page & stamped my image with Stazon Ink.

I pulled out my tiny paint brushes & my acrylic paints & mixed the colors to get what I wanted & painted the image, & also used my Gold Krylon Pen  for embellishment.

 Here you can see I stamped & painted extra blossoms & popped them up on dimensionals, along with the sentiment on the front, which is also edged with my Krylon Gold Pen.

Here is the inside with another sentiment that comes in the set.
 There is much to be said about this sentiment... but we'll leave that for another day.
I used a strip of the encyclopedia page on the inside too.
 There is Gesso on this part also & I used my Krylon Gold Pen....

You can see the sparkles of all the GOLD here---
from my Gold Kryon Pen, the Gold Gel Pen & my Gold Stickles!
There's nothing like a card that sparkles to brighten your day!

Hope you like & remember to follow all the guidelines for the Challenge!
I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations for Jan Marie.

****Just a quick note to my dear friend to say, "Thank You" Gracie! I love my new look!****

Supplies not mentioned above: 
Flourishes- Victorian Oval Template Die
Plaid Acrylic Paint
MS- Lace
Paper Studio Pearls

***I entered this in The Craft Hoarders Challenge***
"Show some sparkle, glitz or glam!"
Check here:
***And Craft Mojo***
"Spring Flowers"
Check here:

*****This challenge is now closed!*****


  1. Thanks for leaving a message on my post for my Touch of Gold card. I didn't know about this info. I'm happy to see that they are putting together a new design team. I'm going to try to make a card for Jan.

  2. This is great Becky. I've shared the news on my Facebook page. This is my project for the challenge. Hope you and Jan like it!

  3. Oh so pretty! I wish Jan all the best! Thanks for playing along at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  4. This is just a beautiful creation! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  5. Love the dimensional look of the flowers.
    Beautiful work…
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  6. What a wonderful idea Becky. I just put my card in the mail. It is the card I created for the challenge.
    Beautiful card you created. :)

  7. Love the artsy use of the encyclopedia page and the pretty layered focal. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #4 Sparkle, Glitz or Glam!

  8. Your card is lovely, Becky!! I am trying to get back into the pastes, gessos, etc. and you inspire me. I will be doing a card and posting, but please don't put me in the drawing. I love Jan and have been waiting to see what was going to be done. Thank you for the lead!!! Big hugs!!

  9. Nice card! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  10. Such a pretty card!! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders!!

  11. A wonderful card! Love the image and colors you used! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Hoarders!

  12. So pretty!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  13. Oh yay! I want to play. Recently saw your post for DT call at SCS. Congrats!

  14. Great use of reusing an encyclopedia page, great card...hope Jan is doing better...Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Craft Hoarders!!

  15. Beautiful card. . and so very thoughtful of you to encourage a dear friend. I love Flourishes stamps and do pray that all works out well for Jan Marie and Mike. . .thank you for your encouragement and for sharing your style with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  16. This is what I am sending.


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