Thursday, February 1, 2018


Hi, Friends.......

Welcome to February!!!! And what a fabulous month it is.....sooooooo much happening in blogland here and there! Not the least of which is my BIRTHDAY......oh, my is a BIG one. I am turning 60! How in the world did that happen??????

A little background:
Last year for my birthday, I hostessed a "virtual" party here on my blog for myself and had so much fun that I decided to do something special on my blog for this BIG BD.  Eeek!

Well.....that's not quiiiiiiiite how it went......

Here's the REAL story:

I can never keep track of how old I am. I always have to ask my kids....they can remember. So a few weeks ago I was thinking about my upcoming birthday and realized to my horror and shock......I AM TURNING SIXTY!!!!! OH, NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! 

Well, I knew I had to do something extra special for my blog celebration. 

Haha..this WAS going to be my BD badge!  
I thought about the theme of:
"Six-Oh....Oh, noooooooooooo!!!" 
and even came up with a crazy BD blog badge.  I just had to share this one with you because I am sure my face must have looked like that when I discovered I was turning sixty!!!  Ha.

But then I came up with something even more fun: ATCs!!! 
Yes....Artist Trading Cards.....I LOVE ATCs!!!!

These are so pretty and arty!!  Thank you, Christi!!!

My crafty friend Christi Conley recently sent me some fun Artist Trading Cards with my initials on them. So elegant!!!

Totally love this mixed media creation!!  Thank you, Gail!!
I realized that I only had ever before received one ATC....from my crafty pal, Gail (Ionabunny) back in 2015. It was lonely all by itself in the pocket page where I kept it. With the two from Christi, I had three. 


So I came up with the idea of having an ATC Birthday Party for myself with Artist Trading Card challenges each week during February. And.......if any crafters wish to actually snail mail me one of their entries I will gratefully and excitedly add their creation to my little collection.

One tiny problem.................

If I am holding ATC challenges, that means I NEED TO MAKE
SOME, TOO!!!  I have only ever made one set of 4 ATCs ever!!! Eeeeek.....not sure what I am getting myself into, but I am ACTUALLY THAT CRAZY to be doing this. Ha. Trust me...this is really getting me out of my comfort zone!!'s the plan......


Beginning today, Feb. 1, 2018 you can help publicize my ATC Birthday Celebration by posting my badge (the one on top...NOT the one with me looking frazzled!! Ha!) on your sidebar or FB or Instagram or wherever you feel like. Leave me a comment below with a link to where it is posted so I can visit you and see my smiling face and my kitty Whiskers crawling all over me. :)

Then....on each Monday of February, beginning Feb. 5, I will post an ATC challenge with a special "A-T-C" theme. Each of the challenges will be open for the duration of the celebration ending March 3, that means you will have 4 weeks to play for the first one....3 weeks to play for the second one, etc. All challenges and this Badge giveaway will close March 3, 2018.  I have some party gifts and will randomly draw one winner from the participants of each challenge and the Badge Giveaway.....5 winners total.


Please help publicize my ATC (Actually THAT Crazy) Birthday celebration by posting my badge and leaving me a comment below with a link to where it is posted by March 3, 2018.

Thank you so much for already helping my 60th Birthday be the best evvv-ahhhhhhhhhh!!! Love you all!!!!



ionabunny said...

Hi Janis, you are looking so gorgeous in my sidebar. I am really looking forward to joining your ATC fun. Thanks for showing my ATC. It's lovely to know that art we send to friends is still valued, even years down the road. Thank you for all your lovely comments and support. Hugz

KT Fit Kitty said...

How exciting, Janis! Congratulations on your upcoming 60th! That is a big one and well worth celebrating! Your party sounds like fun - I love to make ATCs! I will plan to join the festivities! I just added your lovely badge on my sidebar! I look forward to seeing all of the details on Monday!

Liz said...

Congratulations on your soon to be 60th birthday! I've put your badge on my sidebar. I've never made a ATC, or received one either, but hoping to join in the fun at your party. xx

Karenladd said...

Hooray for you Janis, on your big 6-0!! Take it from me, entering your 60's couldn't be better, because you have even more of an excuse to forget all those things you'd rather not remember in the first place! Adding your Badge to my FB page and getting my ATC blanks dusted off and ready. I've been an ATC-making fiend in years past and will be honored to send you one, or two, or three to add to your collection. Waiting for the details and can't wait!

ike said...

Yay !!! Congrats Janis ..... still looking good Girl :-D I'm IN :D I love ATCs
IKE xxxx

Kathy H said...

Happy 60th birthday Janis! Have a great one!

The Altered Paper said...

Hope your 60th is a good one! I love ATC's and will be joining in on the fun! And will send them to you for your ATC collection! This is going to be fun! Adding your badge to my blogs side bar! XXXX Tee

Fikreta said...

Congratulations on your upcoming 60th!
That is a big one and well worth celebrating!
oh I wish I remembred before that you birthday is in february!
I sent you mail before few days ago :D
I will sent you some atc cards soon so you have few more
Wish you happiest birthday!
lots of love and hugs

Craftychris said...

ooh how cool you will be 60 this month! I was 60 last year and I love it! I have posted your blog badge on my side bar at and am looking forward to joining in with all the fun! I have only made three ATC's before and they went on a card! Hugs xxx

Denise Bryant said...

Happy 60th birthday, Janis! Looking forward to the ATC challenges!

Michele K. Henderson said...

Happy Big 6-0 Oh No Birthday, Janis! You are a riot! I can't wait to have a go at some ATC's for you! I have never made one before! I think you would be the PERFECT person to give us a little tutorial on what they are and what makes them so fabulous! Celebrate all month long, and I'll let you know when I get your badge up! Happy Birthday!

SHartl said...

Happy birthday month to you Janis. I'm all for celebrating all month long because, why not?!! I shared your badge and challenge on Facebook and tagged you. As for the ATC's, I'll see what I can make but no promises here, lol. My mom is coming for a couple of days and bringing ATC blanks so I have no excuse not to try (or so she says). Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Vivian Foo said...

Happy Birthday to you this month. What a grand crafty style way to celebrate your 60th birthday?! I really look forward to what lies in store for us all. I posted your lovely badge on my FB wall.

Michele K. Henderson said...

Hi Janis!
I have a blog post just for you! You can see it right here:

I'll be putting your badge up on my sidebar very soon!

Have a wonderful birthday month!


Christi Conley said...

Oh my darling! You look marvelous! And I am SO happy 'cause I almost missed it - I'm thrilled that my little cards (that I didn't even make) caused such a wave of happiness!! I'm here now, and your badge is posted :) I'm off to create some ATC's so I can play - Love, Christi
PS: You can view your lovely self, with kitty of course, on my blog -

Nikki C said...

Congrats on your 60th. I've shared your badge in my sidebar and will try my best to play along in your ATC challenge too. I love making them up they are a blast to trade too
Hugs Nikki

Carole said...

I'm late to the party, but want to wish you a fantastic 60th birthday, Janis! I'm definitely going to play along - I love ATCs! May take me a few days to get organised - pesky work keeps getting in the way of play :) I've displayed your badge on my blog. Oh and by the way ... you look fabulous! Hugs xx

Jane said...

I might be late but here's a huge birthday wish for you! Your badge is all posted on my blog -

DonnaMundinger said...

Ooops! Just posting here. Finally getting my act together. Hope you're having the best birthday month EVER! Badge is on my Sidebar. xxD

Suzanne Harkinson said...

I still have a little time left. I don't have a blog but I pinned you to my pinterest board. I hope you are having a wonderful birthday month! Hope to get my ACTs posted shortly.