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Stampin up 2016 retired list 

Stampin up is getting ready to launch the catalog for 2016-2017. What does that mean?



It means that there are many products that will be retiring.

Click on this link:  Retired items to take a look at what is going away, the never to be seen again stamp sets and other stamping products.

There are also many items that are 50% off….. Now is the time to take advantage of the special offers.

Here are a few cards we made in our ” bringing birthdays back ”  stamp class,  recently.

All products used to make these cards are available on my website. Or you can click on the individual products below or link above and shop stamps.

Fancy fold.


Tri-fold and gift tag :


Four fun cards using the same stamp set. Endless Birthday Wishes.


Be happy … and have a happy life crafting!


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Cedar bottom chest of drawers 

Here is another up cycled chest of drawers. It’s the perfect place for your hand crocheted or knit sweaters, shawls, scarfs and countless other items.

The chest has aromatic cedar lined drawers to help keep the moths away. Can you think of a better place to store your treasured hand made items?

This fiber artist chest is yours for the taking. It will be displayed at the Maryland sheep and wool festival on May 7-8; in the Whispering Woodturners  booth, located in the main building.

Hmm….it may make a great Mothers day gift for someone.



I used Anne Sloan chalk paint and wax. The colors are gray with dark antiquing.


image : to help keep the earth beautiful!

Be happy and, have a happy life crafting.

Janette Boas


Avi is off the needles

It is with great anticipation that I can announce; Avi is officially off the needles. I’m ashamed to say, I started this adorable pattern, 3 years ago. It’s one of those projects that your excited to start and finish …. And then you hit a glitch.

All I had left to do is mattress stitch up the the arm seams and …. Are you ready for this, take the 6 stitches under each arm (that I was instructed to put on stitch holders) and Kitchener them together…… That was the glitch. When I put the stitches on holders, I followed the directions and feeling perplexed, I told myself to not get discouraged- keep on knitting- don’t let a little detail no matter how unfamiliar it was, turn this beautiful sweater into a UFO…so, I kept knitting until all the knitting was done.

Then it was time to Kitchener under the arms. I Kitchener the toes of my socks all the time…. But some how this spot turned into a glitch for almost 3 years. I had never Kitchener stitched armholes before.

imageAvi, became a UFO until last week. With a little Kitchener and sewing side seams she was done. The sweater was originally intended for my granddaughter Reagann. ( I started and stopped this project while she was in mommies tummy) Of course the sweater being to small  for her now, Is going to Reaganns cousin Karolina, who is one. She has beautiful brunette hair and the purple will look lovely on her.




The blocking stage….


Things have a way of working out……!

I am satisfied with the results and feel a sense of accomplishment putting Avi behind me.

Avi can be found on …..

Be happy and have a happy life crafting!

Janette Boas

A nice cuppa

A quick peek into our card class from last week…

The featured stamp set  from Stampin up was “A nice cuppa”. We also used the matching dies to cut out the images using the big shot.


We made a card that says “you are tea-riffic” …..filled a cup with embellished goodies; the result was a giftable treat. If you look close you can see the cute charms that are attached to the cup, card and tag. The tag reads  ” there is always time for tea” the little tea bag tag reads ” and you” .

A sweet gift for the tea drinker in your life.


The individual, items were a double sided teabag holder, 2 paper cylinders filled with lemon drops, and a gift tag. After all, what’s tea without lemons.

Imagine the different ways to decorate and package up a quick gift, using this creative stamp set. No limits!


Thank you Janice, Jeanette, and Debbie for sharing in the fun…

be happy….and have a happylife crafting.

Janette Boas

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 Allergies got you down?

Here is a simple duo sure to make someone feel better. With pollen season here, many of us are fighting off allergies. This little Kleenex  holder and matching card  is the perfect way to say I hope you feel better soon.

This was a fun project to make and share.

I was inspired to make this tissue holder by Dee Slater, another stampinup demonstrator. You can find her tutorial on YouTube:

Below is a list of products I used to create the card and Kleenex  holder. All the products can be found in my online store just click:  Here or click on the individual items below.

Be happy, and have a happy life crafting,

Janette Boas

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Serendipity  challenge

Here is a fun Easter card I made for the  serendipity card challenge. The challenge was to incorporate circles and dots in the design of the card and to use a serendipity image.

With Easter around the corner,  I decided to use this cute bunny pulling a wagon  of eggs, stamp. I also chose buttons and  a dots embossing folder to meet the challenge requirements . The buttons added  some dimension and interest.

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I enjoy coloring stamped images with Prisma pencils, water colors and copics. Here I chose copics. The bright vibrant ink, colors compliment the bright paper choice.

You can learn more about the serendipity challenges at this link:

I hope this card inspires you to create with circles, bright colors and serendipity stamps.

Be happy, and have a happy life crafting,

Janette Boas

A fun knit

This is a draft that I needed to add photos to before I published it…. A few are photos that I took along the way, and finally today, I took the final photos. Here they are, only a few months later… Ok, I’m working on my procrastination issues.


These are the beautiful yarns I used for this project. All were hand spun, with the exception of 3- the Hank of pink, the mohair, and the one with a label.

Today I finished knitting a super fun wrap. Every now and then I find a little piece of “unique and interesting”, that captures my attention in a very obsessed  way.  While at the Columbus fiber fair I found some beautiful hand spun yarn. The yarn was spun with beads and ribbon, it was irresistible. The yarn was perfect for a pattern she had, to make the free form yarn shawl. I selected several yarns from her shop to start knitting this little gem of a piece.

You start with a rectangle and then you bind off and pick up stitches as you go using the different yarns and going different directions. It was refreshing to knit something that you basically make up as you knit along. I did not bind off every time I switched yarn. Sometimes I just changed colors or texture and kept right on going. I pulled all of the long end pieces to the front and added beads. Some of the yarn already had beads so this was an extra embellishment idea that added more bling to the shawl.


This photo is the early stages of the knitting.

I didn’t have to go far to find the yarn,  because Kathy was the vendor right next to us. Wow …the beautiful stuff she spins. You can find her on etsy : unique designs by Kathy is the name of her shop.

Here is the completed shawl.



This truly was a project that I could not put down once I started.

Try new things…. it’s good for the creative gene.

Be happy and have a happy life crafting.

Janette Boas

Happy Memorial Day 

Today is about remembering those who committed their lives and died to fight for our country and freedom. We have the  privilege to freely go about our day celebrating, remembering that our freedom came at a price. We should also remember that tragedy can strike at any time, to anyone, anywhere. So, please while celebrating with friends and family today, take the time to be grateful for their lives, that they are still with us. Lets freely, celebrate life…..


This has been an eventful weekend….Steve and Robert our #1 grandson cut a few trees down that desperately needed to go. The fuller the trees get the more shade for our lawn, which equals dead grass. A job well done !

Brandie and I took a paint class together. It was a very, enjoyable. Brandie our #1, daughter and the mother of four of our grandchildren, doesn’t have much time to herself, so I consider this trip to Pinots Palatte  a real treat.   

Joseph our #2, son got a 101 painting lesson on a two story, high ceiling, bathroom.  Cutting in, on a high ladder was the technique of necessity.  Hunky saved the day…..I remember feeling disappointment when projects didn’t turn out quite how I thought…..home improvement projects can’t really be left up to Joseph’s definition of art, that I mentioned in my last post. I know he agrees with that!  I can’t wait to see the finished  bathroom.

A little card fun… A sneek peak for sure. Using the new DSP, card stock and backround stamp from the ….. Set.  A maritime theme without red white and blue ….

Yard work and more yard work…………all work and no play can make anyone a dull boy!

Lake Lanier here we come! Here is to family, food, friends, freedom, life……and remembering all the fallen soldiers, country men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

Enjoy responsilbly….

Be happy……and have a happy life crafting !