Chaienne

Chaienne

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Primary Color Challenge

Love these mommy and baby shots.  So sweet!!!
"Nothing can exceed the affection of a cat to those who treat it kindly." 
                                                             ----------William Rhind

Hi, Friends......

I am here with a glittery card for the MFP Color Challenge - Red, Yellow, Blue.  I am not one to use the primary colors together very often, so this was a bit of a stretch for me. (After all, there's no pink on here anywhere!  Ha.)  Instead, I had to use some gold with the primaries.  :)  


I used my new MFP Heavenly Harmony stamp set (THANKS, MFP!!!) for the sun/moon image and embossed it in gold on DCWV Stardust paper.  It doesn't show up as well as I hoped against the blue......(sigh).  I snipped the corners with some decorative corner scissors and went around the edges with a gold marker. 

I layered some gold-edged ribbon between the layers and mounted it on a red glittery card base.  A little metal star helped continue the celestial theme and finished it off.  Simple, but I am surprised at how much I actually like this combo of deep, slightly subdued, primary colors......the gold helps!  :)

Ding.....ding......ding.....ding!!  
New Follower Introduction Time!!!!  This time it is #61!!!
Jacki Daniels of Crafting in My Kitchen is my newest follower.  Folks, you MUST go look at Jacki's blog.  Her creations are out-of-this-world gorgeous.  She makes her own intricate and glittery embellishments and combines them with such artistry that they are indeed a wonder to behold!  I am afraid to ask her how long something like this takes her to make because it would take me years to complete even one of them and she probably does it in a few hours or maybe a couple of days!   Amazing crafter!!!  Did I mention she has a couple of kitties on her sidebar?  :)  Thank you so much, Jacki, for becoming a follower.  This ginormous smile is for you!!!!
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Thanks, everyone, for stopping by today.  Hope your week is going well!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges: 
1.  http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/color-challenge-38-red-yellow-blue
2.  http://acreativeromance.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/anything-goes.html

3.  http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2014/09/dlart-september-linky-challenge.html

Monday, September 15, 2014

1-2-3-4 Challenge Card

Love this photo so much I had to give you the extra-large format size!!  :)


"The love of dress is very marked in this attractive animal.  He is proud of his coat, and cannot endure that a hair of it shall lie in the wrong way."
                                                                     ---------Jules Chamfleury

Hi, Friends....

I am here today with a card for the MFP Simple Salutations 1-2-3-4 Challenge (1 image, 2 flowers, 3 papers, 4 brads).  This card was surprisingly difficult for me to put together, even though I have tons of designer paper (my hubby might say this is literally true!) and flowers galore in my stash.....not sure why I had so much trouble getting a concept for it.  

I am also entering this in the Viva La Verve Challenge using their lovely September color palette:

http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/2014/09/viva-la-verve-september-2014-week-1_9.html

Darnell gets this third and final entry from me in her NBUS #2 Challenge, also, since I am using more of my brand-new MFP stamps.  The lovely floral image is from the MFP Works of Art set.  (THANKS, MFP!!!)



I stamped my dogwood image with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and used my waterbrush and Gelatos to paint it. 

 I couldn't resist mounting it on this pretty DCWV foiled kraft paper.  You know me and gold!  LOVE.  I put a bit of sparkle in the centers of the blossoms with a sparkly gel pen.  The brads have been in my stash for a loooong time.  I'm not sure if I've ever used them before or not.....maybe. 



The scrap of pink shimmery paper I used was too wide and not long enough for my card.  So I cut it lengthwise and glued it together, hiding the seam beneath the upper panels.  That can be our secret, huh?  I finished the card off with a couple of velvety Prima flowers.  I love the soft look and the texture they bring. 

So, I got the whole card finished and sat back looking at it admiringly.  Oh, no!!!!  EEEEEK!!!  This is supposed to be a Simple Salutations challenge.  I got so engrossed in the 1-2-3-4 aspect that I forgot completely about the greeting and I hadn't left room for a banner with some salutation on it.  Oh, woe!  :(

Well, there was only one thing to do.....I would have to stamp directly onto the finished card.  ARGHH!!  This was one of those times where it had to be perfect the first time.  The pressure was building....  I chose the Happy Birthday from my new MFP Silly Shells set.  I carefully selected where I wanted the greeting and inked it up.  I held my breath as I gingerly placed it and stamped.  Did I dare lift it up yet?  Had enough of the ink transferred?  Or would I be left with a completely ruined card to be remade and salvaged at a later date?   With dread in the pit of my stomach, I lifted it up.  Ahhhh-mazing!  As close to perfect as I can ever hope to expect.  And I love the look of it stamped directly, instead of using a banner that I can do and redo as many times as necessary!!  Whew!!!  (Now tell me.....do you think I stress out too much about my cards?  Ha!!)

Ding-ding-ding-ding!!!  New Follower Introduction Time!!!!  Welcome to followers #59 and #60!!

Brandie Partello - I sorry that I can't share any info on you, Brandie, although I think you have commented and I replied.  I wish I could find it!  I would love to introduce you better.  If you have a blog you would like for me to share, please send me a link using the sidebar thingy.  At any rate, I am so glad to have you as a new follower.  This ginormous smile is all for you!!!!
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craftyamiga - Another new member and I don't have any blog info to share for others to know where to visit.  If you would like to send me a link to your gallery or blog, I would be delighted to post that update to your introduction.  In the meantime, this ginormous new-follower smile is yours!!!  Thanks so much for becoming a follower!!!!
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Thank you all for your enormously generous and kind comments on my projects.  I have said to my family that the average rating for comments on a craft blog seems to be 5 stars out of 5 stars....."Never is heard a discouraging word".....but I think you, dear readers, rate an average of 6!!  THANKS soooooo much!!!!  You make my day!!!

<3
Janis 


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy TV Simple Salutations Challenge #113 - 1-2-3-4
2.  Viva La Verve Sketches September Color Challenge
3.  djkardkreations - NBUS Challenge #2 - Anything Goes with Never Before Used Schtuff
4.  Pinkfresh Studio - Gold Challenge  

5.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #149 - Anything Goes with an Encouraging Greeting

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dino-Mite News!!!


"Oh, cat: I'd say, or pray:  bee-ooootiful cat!  
Delicious cat!  Exquisite cat! Satiny cat!  
Cat like a soft owl, cat with paws like moths; jeweled cat, miraculous cat!  
Cat, cat, cat, cat."

                                                                       ---------Doris Lessing

Hi, Friends.....

I am here today with a fun card I made with my first Mark's Finest Paper stamps!!!  Yay!!!  They finally arrived!  This is for a young man who has a new baby sister....hence the Dino-mite News!  It fits well with the FOSTV - Card for a Child Challenge.  I used the MFP - Dino News set for this.  (THANKS, MFP!!!)

http://www.djkardkreations.com/2014/09/nbus-challenge-2-here-we-go.html

Since these super-cute stamps are brand-new.....unused....this card qualifies for Darnell's NBUS challenge, too.  Your NBUS doesn't have to be old....and you still have plenty of time to enter along with the rest of us!!  Did I mention a ton of great prizes???  :)


 
My T-Rex is stamped and heat-embossed on some patterned cardstock from the DCWV Kidosaurus stack.  The background is still more of what I salvaged from my failed attempt at the Distress Inks on cling wrap technique.  Ha. You are going to see this pop up here and there until I use it all up!!!  :)  I liked the mix of blues and greens  that I ended up with on this piece......after repeated spritzings with water and laying it on watercolor paper to transfer the excess ink off!!!  Eeek!   I used black Staz-On to stamp my greeting onto the glossy background.  The scalloped border is from GCD Studios and the ribbon was a thrift store find.  :)

I am trying to keep this post short, so I will do my new-follower introductions on my next post, when I can do it properly. 

Hope you like my card!  Have a dino-roaringly wonderful week!!

<3
Janis



Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP - FOSTV Challenge #140 - Card for a Child
2.  DJKardKreations NBUS Challenge #2 - Anything Goes with Never-Before-Used-Schtuff 
3.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #149 - Anything Goes with Inspirational or Positive Greeting 
4.  DL.Art September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes 
5.  DRS Designs Challenge #139 - I'm All in Knots -- Use Ribbon, other than in a bow. 


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CURRENT CAT UPDATE:

I haven't written a cat update for a long time......been too busy with Little Peach and other matters, I guess.  When my daughter's family ended up moving in with us, they brought 2 adult cats and 3 kittens......these are in addition to the 20 we already had!!  The babies are so sweet and are growing fast!!  The inside old-lady kitties, Shy-Cat (she's the one on my header) and Aliyah, have done remarkably well adjusting to the little aliens.  Even Othello hasn't freaked out and is becoming buddies with Caspian. 
Top to bottom (sort of):  Brian, Caspian, and Judith.  Caspian has the "best spot" in between his warm littermates!

I snapped this picture yesterday of the three kittens all nestled together on my bed with a quilt and fuzzy robe.  That lavender fuzzy robe has comforted untold numbers of kitties over the many years I have had it!  So precious!!
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Very Special Card for a Challenge

Awww.....This is sweet!  
"Perhaps a child, like a cat, is so much inside of himself that he does not see himself in the mirror."
                                                                             ----------------Anais Nin

Hi, Friends.....

I am here today with a special card for someone who is ailing and could use some encouragement.  Her name is Edith and I found out about her through Donna Ellis' wonderful blog:  Creative Smiles.  You can learn more about Edith's struggle with cancer HERE.  Perhaps, you would also like to send her a card.

I already had in my stash this lovely butterfly image I had heat embossed in white on vellum.  I do try to stamp a few extras when I have my sets out.  It is nice to have them on hand and often is just what I need to inspire an entire card! 

I put the vellum over the aqua polka-dot paper (yes, it really is aqua, not sky blue....darn camera!!), added a scrap of doily beneath, and mounted it on kraft.
  
I serendipitously made sort of a wood-grain looking background with some lined DCWV paper.  I used my HA Pattern Stripes background stamp inked with SSS Khaki.  I'm positive this paper wasn't supposed to be wood, but I think it kind of looks that way with my subtle stamping.  LOVE when something like that happens!!  :)

 
I clustered some Prima and Petaloo flowers together and glued on beads for the center of one.  



Then I got this wild idea of gluing beads on the stems of the side panel.  I probably should have quit before my brain got this far....

Actually, I really like this effect, but it is hard to keep the glue where you want it.  I laid down a line of Alene's Jewel-It and set on the beads.  It looks hard and tedious, but what I use is the tip of an unfolded paper clip that has a bit of sticky on it from the glue.  I touch it to the bead, which picks up easily, and then set it in place, oriented in all the same direction (in theory).  After they are all lined up to my satisfaction, I lay a line of glue over the top of them for additional security.  The glue dries clear, so you can't tell it's there.....except where I got some smears of glue on the paper.  Please don't look too closely!!  The process is actually quite easy......otherwise you wouldn't be seeing it on my blog!  Ha.

I once again used some of Joanna's lovely color palette from HERE.  There's only a day or two left on this color challenge and I will be so sorry to put those papers away.  It has been such an awesome combination to work with!!


Also, I got totally brave and decided to participate in the Taylored Expressions - Sketch, Selfie, Share Challenge.  Did you notice that there is a $250 TE Gift Voucher Random Draw Prize up for grabs????  Wowza!!!  I am soooooooooo in!!!

Here's the sketch she provided: 
One of the requirements of this challenge is to post a selfie of you and your card!  EEEEEEK!!!!!

I couldn't get one of my cats to pose with the card (the ingrates, after all I do for them!), so.........at the risk of being the sole cause of the entire world wide web crashing, here is my selfie with my card: 

Arrrrrrrrghhhh.....I can never get a decent selfie!!  (cringe)

Edith, if you are feeling up to reading this, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!!  Peace, strength, and comfort be yours.  

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by.  Hope your weekend is lovely!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Taylored Expressions - Sketch, Selfie, Share Challenge
2. Inspired by Stamping - IBSIC #85 - Color Challenge
3. DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4. Stamp and Create - September Challenge - Circles or Dots
5. Butterfly Spot Challenge - Ugly Bug Ball - Use any Winged Insect

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Flower Pot Lady with Crown



Maybe this is how a little fox holds his mommy's hand.

"I must have a cat whom I find homeless, wandering about the court, and to whom, therefore, I am under no obligation.  I have already selected a dirty little drunken wretch of a kitten to be the successor to my poor old cat."
                                                                            ----------Samuel Butler




Hi, Friends.....


I was racking my brain (such as it is!) to think what I could make for the MFP Inspiration Challenge - Flower Pot People.  


Then......I spied my whimsical masked lady with wings by Teesha Moore.  (Teesha is the artist who also designed the "Old and Curious" stamp I used in my very strange and eerie doctor book page project.) So I hit on actually putting her IN a flower pot!!.....the stamped image, that is, not Teesha! :o

   
Since this gal with the crown has been sedately biding her time unused in my stash for months, she also qualifies as a NBUS item..."Never Before Used Schtuff"....for Darnell's challenge.







Here's a closer look at her sitting in her Stamping Up Flower Pot.

I heat embossed the flower pot numerous times with gold embossing powder to get a thick smooth coat.  Then I stamped her image and heat embossed again.  To make her stand out a bit from the background, I sponged with Distress Ink - Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain around the outside of the image, keeping her face lighter.  Then I inked and heat embossed around the edge of her panel with gold.

I chose some delicious K & Co. papers in wonderful autumn colors for this project and really love the blue foil accents in the background paper.  So I pulled (and pulled...and pulled) out this string of metallic blue faux pearls.  After trying to figure out how to use them on here, I finally just draped them all over the background and laid the image panel on top.  LOVE the look!!  Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue came to the rescue for securely adhering this viperine strand!!!  Yay!! (See, I told you that failed "rainbow" project had a good takeaway!!)  It also was just the thing for putting my image panel down on top of the beads.


Some amazing Prima Flowers, a few blue accents for the crown,  and gold sequins here and there finished off the card.  



(More about those flowers in a moment....)





Here is an angled shot so you can see the lovely metallic sheen.  Yum!!!






*******FANTASTIC PRODUCT ALERT*******
 
I have to tell you about the amazing deal I got on a bunch of Prima flowers!!!  If you LOVE Prima flowers and you are always hunting for the right color, shape, and size for your projects, you MUST look into this product:  Prima Wildflower MixThe product description on the JoAnn's page says it is 72 count.  It is NOT.  It is more like 372 count!!!  


I got the item (reg price $15.99) when it was half-price thinking it was still pretty expensive for 72 flowers, but I do love my Prima......  However, when I took this out of the JoAnn shipping box, I nearly lost my teeth!!  This is a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig tube of flowers.  The description says 7-3/4" x 3", which is correct.  But the flowers are really stuffed in there and the net weight of 1.20 oz doesn't nearly communicate just how many flowers you are getting!!!!  They are of all shapes and sizes and colors and include some leaves, too.  I get the idea that these are the collected leftovers or end runs from their factory.  Yay!!!  I love having the huge selection!!  Some I recognize from other Primas I already own, but most are new ones to me.  So, if you love flowers as much as I do, put this on your JoAnn wishlist and wait for a great sale....then snag it! 
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Hope you enjoyed my card today.  I had a lot of fun with it!  Also, let me know if you like my product alert mini-reviews (like I did with Beacon 3-in-1 with my rainbow card and today with the Prima flowers).  If so, I will try to do more of those, too.

Have a lovely week!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1 MFP Speedy TV Inspirational Challenge #78 - Flower Pot People 
2.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #7 - Anything Goes 
3.  House of Cards Challenge - September Photo/Color Inspiration 
4.  Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #164 - Think Fall 
5.  DJKardKreations NBUS Challenge #2 - Anything Goes with Never Before Used Schtuff

Monday, September 8, 2014

W-H-A-T???? - Card #1

This mother found a good way to keep her babies warm!
(If I were really a birder, I probably would know what kind of plover that is!  Sigh...)

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"Cats do not wear their hearts on their sleeves, which is not to say that they do not miss you when you are away.  However, they feel that you have behaved very badly and may not be very civil when you return.  After you have apologized, normal relations can be resumed."

                                                                      --------Susanne Millen
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Hi, Friends....

I am back after a little break with my giveaway.  As you know, I try to reply to all my comments, but I did not on my giveaway post.....so I wouldn't get all confused on my count.  :)  I will catch up on my replies to other posts in the next few days.  Thank you to all who comment so regularly and to my new readers, also!!

True confession time:  I have to admit that my craft table is a complete mess....and I mean piles of stuff from the last 45,000 cards and projects.  It is horrendous!  But, at least, I know where most of the stuff is.  I really do mean to get it all cleaned up and put away, but when I finally get a little time to myself to craft.....I WANT TO CRAFT....not pick up!!  :)

Also, I hate to throw anything away.  But sometimes when I am getting out my little sequins or flowers or other doo-dads, some of them creep under other stuff and I find them after I have put the others away.  (I do put some stuff away!!  Ha.)  So I keep a little tiny plastic box with a snap on lid handy to put stray stuff in when I see it peeking out from beneath my computer or cutting mat.  I have a round container for things that are a bit larger that have slithered under sheets of paper.  If I don't capture them when I see them, they breed.  Yikes!!!  Kind of like cats!

I was determined to use some of this stuff and have named this miscellany W-H-A-T.....What's Hiding Around There???  So that's what today's card is.......a "WHAT?? Card".  The rule is, the embellishments have to be stuff I have collected from the nooks and crannies of my craft table....or at least from scraps, leftovers, or rejects that are still out from other projects.  The result (as you will soon see) will make all of you say........"WHAT?? in the world did she just post????"  Ha. 


I know........WHAT????????  Right???  Well, I got a little excited with all this stuff.and wanted to make a Glittery Friendship Card for the Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge.  I had these chipboard letters sitting around that I hadn't used in a different project, so I decided to spell Friend real big on this card.  It was a good thought, in theory.  I think the last time I used chippy letters was for this card.  I actually thought that card looked pretty good, a little different, but a nice looking card, all in all.  This one was doomed from the beginning of the concept, I'm afraid. :(

My idea was to make the letters arch into a rainbow with all the little sequins, etc as sort of the treasure at the ends.  I think it was an epic fail, but I am not proud.....so I am still going to post it and have you see it.  Ha!!  I used water color paper background from my failed attempt at the saran wrap challenge, and all sorts of little weird things in my WHAT box.

Shaped sequins? Check.
Rhinestones? Check.
Heart punch leftovers? Check
Puffy balls? Check.
Stick-on pearls? Check.

Snowflake? Check.
Stick-on metallic bead? Check.
Plastic pearly bead? Check. (Where did this even come from!!??)
Short string of metallic beads? Check.

I pretty much pulled out everything in green, light blue, white, and silver and piled it on at the ends of my rainbow.  Then I thought I needed some clouds.  Uh-oh...don't let me loose with glitter!!!  White glittery clouds weren't defined enough, so I lined them with blue glitter, too.  And glittered all around my chippies.

Oh, my.......by this time, even I was saying....."WHAT????"!!!  But I was committed...(or should be!  Ha!!!).  The clouds ended up looking like floating turtles.....just need some flippers!!!  The sentiment is supposed to give a clue that this is (sort of) a rainbow, but I don't know.....

Here's the (one) good takeaway from this WHAT?? Card (besides feeling good about using some stuff):  Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue is excellent for holding down these weird embellishments.  I am kind of an adhesive junkie.....that sounds bad!!!.....but I am always on the hunt for the perfect adhesive for particular situations.  I hate chemical odors, so that rules out a lot of products.  No-odor Beacon 3-in-1 grabbed onto my stuff with a death grip nearly instantaneously.  LOVE it!!!

I also used it to attach my watercolor paper to my glitter cardstock base.  I knew this would be a challenge for two reasons:  
1.  The paper was quite warped (very fitting for this card!) with all the glue I'd used for the glitter and 
2.  It is notoriously difficult to get anything to stick to glittered stock.  

I laid down a generous amount of Beacon 3-in-1 and my card front easily and quickly stuck down flat!  I am in love!!!  My only complaint is that fine tail strands of the adhesive do tend to issue from the bottle after you quit squeezing and lift away the bottle.  Fortunately, they dried to a non-sticky string almost immediately and were easy to swipe away.  Also, it's a bit spendy, but half-price at JoAnns made it affordable.....and worth every penny for these difficult applications.  I hope my description of the Beacon 3-in-1 has been helpful to you.

DING-DING-DING.....New Follower Welcome Time!!!  I am welcoming my #58 follower today:

arlsmom aka Lynda  --  Lynda must have seen me enter at Red Rubber Inspirationals since she is one of their star designers.  I visited her blog which is literally busting with all those fabulous badges for winning challenge after challenge after challenge.  When you see her cards, you will understand how that happened!!  Gorgeous, with astonishingly beautiful coloring.  Wow!!  Oh, and have you noticed the new little kitty peeking at you from the corner of the page???  I snagged the code for that little widget off her blog, too.  LOVE it!!   WELCOME, Lynda.  Thanks so much for your encouragement and support!!  This ginormous smile is all yours!!!
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Also, I have an update:
When I introduced Sue D back on this post, I didn't know about her Split Coast Stampers gallery.  Please visit her there.  My computer and SCS do not get along, for some reason, so I can't leave comments there.  But you might be able to.  She has some really lovely projects there!!

Wow.....long post!!  Thanks for trudging all the way through it with me.  Hope you have lovely things planned for this coming week.  If you like giveaways, be sure to check my twitter page.  Lots of links there for some wonderful items!!

<3 
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #228 - Glittery Friendship Card  

2.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #148 - Anything Goes 
3.  Lexi's Creations Challenge #124 - Sparkle and Shine 
4.  Cute Card Thursday Challenge #337 - Rainbows 
5.  DL.Art September Linky - Anything Goes 

Friday, September 5, 2014

WINNERS for DOUBLE GIVEAWAY!!!!!


Thank you to my friend, Gwen, for this encouraging e-card!!!!  <3 U

"If cats could talk, they wouldn't."      -------Nan Porter
 (Eeeek....good thing I'm not a cat!......)


Hi, Friends.......

I hope you have all come to see who the lucky winners are for my Double Giveaway celebrating 50 followers and 100 posts!  

Here is what Mr. Random Number Thingy came up with:

For the Ribbon Roll Control, the WINNER is:

Shannon (Shartl)

For my Grab-Bag of Goodies, the WINNER is:
 
 arlsmom AKA Lynda


Congratulations to both of the winners!! Please send me your mailing info using the form in the sidebar or to jwoolbright at gmail dot com.  Also, SHANNON please let me know if you prefer the Petite or the Regular size of Ribbon Roll Control.  Thanks!!


Thank you to each of you who participated.  This was so much fun that I wish I could send something to everyone!!  I am already planning a Christmas giveaway!!!  Yay!!!!

Thanks, also, to each of my new followers!!!  I will give a proper introduction to my newest one and a little update on one from the other day with my next post!  I just wanted to get this posted so you all would see it in the morning.  Don't you hate it when you have to wait for 2 weeks to find out if you've won??!!???   I sure do!  Ha.

Have a lovely day and thanks again for all of your support and encouragement!!!

<3
Janis