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Wednesday Afternoon Wowzer

5 Sep
 Today is a day I really should have just stayed in bed!
I thought it was Tuesday, and it hit me at some point that it was Wednesday and then I remembered I am the WOWZER girl, and I have NOTHING to show for it. I dropped the kiddos off to school and had every intention to come home and make a QUICK, CLEAN and SIMPLE card and load it up real quick on the blog.  Well that is not so easy for me to do…I get sidetracked as I go!
First, I knew I wanted to use my own nails as my inspiration.  OK, that might be kind of VAIN but so what!  If you knew me, it is rare that I have a vain moment, allow me this one, OK??
To add to my own vain moment, well yes those are my nails…and I made my little design up all on my own…Yep I know…Nails = Just like crafting!  Easy Peasy!!
Here is my card based on my nails!  I am using the fabulous set called, FABULOUS GIRL.
What a fitting title!  Since I’m feeling rather fabulous about the way this card turned out!
All except for my intention of it being clean and simple.
Plus, I  will not go into the gory details of glue malfunctions, sticky tape stubborn backing, hot glue annoying web like strings, craft room mess that allows me to find nothing when I need it….
Nope we won’t talk about any of that at all.
I love working with tiny things like putting a tiny skirt in the stamped dress…
…adding the ruffles to the phrase…
…it’s the little things that make a card unique and a work of art!
I hope you have enjoyed my WOW for the today!
This has been me,  Jeannie,  from The Polka Cabana posting for I Heart {ippity}.
Have a great Wednesday, well what’s left of it that is!!!

Imaginisce & Cheery Lynn Designs

10 Aug
It has been a fantastic week of fun over at Cheery Lynn Designs.
We have been teaming up with Imaginisisce papers and products and our design team has been making such fun things to see this week .
Today it is my turn!!!
I have created a set of altered notebooks.
They are made from basic composition books that you can get from your local office supply store. The ones that look like this:
But with a little imagination, Imaginisce products and Cheery Lynn Designs Dies, you can create some adorable purse notebooks.
The dies I have used on these are, Flip Flops, Fanciful Flourish, Buttons 1, Zig Zag Ric RacStacker Flower 3 and Fish.
I love making these.  I think that the more bright and colorful the papers are, the better the “purse” turns out.
I also used Imaginisce’s i-rock tool to adhere some colorful hot rocks to both purses.
The large SUN KISSED DIE CUTS are so cute and the girl on the purse I think is the perfect touch!
Here is what the back of the purse looks like.
Here is the inside.
Here is the little “mini” purse.
Mini back.
Isn’t it the cutest thing?
Here is the inside of the mini.
One last look.
I hope you have enjoyed my projects today.
I have enjoyed working with Imaginisce this week.  I am a huge fan and this has been quite and honor.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

Really wowing you Wednesday!

8 Aug
Since we are fresh off our I Heart {ippity}, blog hop, I really felt like I needed to take it up a notch to WOW you all today!
For my project I am using the sketch on the Chick Challenges with Ippity site.
Here is the Sketch for Chick Challenge #41.
Also on the Unity Opportunity site they have a challenge going on and their challenge is to use the itty bitty {ippity} stamps and I am using the set called, SOMETHING GROOVY to play in that challenge also.
Here is a Gift set made from a draw string bag from STATELINEBAG.COM and inside the bag I have a craft container that is the perfect way to stash some cash for a birthday gift or whatever the occasion requires.
The container is a craft is a craft tube from Joy’s Life Products.com.
Here you can get a better look at how I have assembled the gift bag.
The bag itself measures 4″ x 6″ so instead of sewing the fabric, I used my Beacon Adhesives Fabric-Tac.
The stamped image is laminated and can be removed from the bag and doubles as a bookmark.
Aww…this set has so many fun surprises!!!
I just love everything about it!
I hope you do too!
This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post for I Heat {ippity}.

Mary Engelbreit meets {ippity}, Polka style!!

9 May
For those of you who know my tastes and styles a little, it should come as no surprise how much I over the top, totally and forever LOVE MARY ENGELBREIT, right?
Well today I am using a card pattern I have from one of her books.
It is a tri-fold card.
Here is the front of the card.
I am using the set called Something Groovy.
One of my favorite things to do is to use my Mary Engelbreit calendars for my cards and things
I was not quite sure if I could find a picture that went along with this 70′s inspired Something Groovy stamp set…but I did! (I think the girl is PERFECT for this card!)
The center portion of the card is a pocket.
All my bright and fun paper is from
This is the saying that was on the calendar page I used, it goes perfect with the theme of the card.
Here is the card all laid open.
Here it is folded back up.
Standing up, so you can get an idea of how it is made.
This was such a fun project to make!
I hope you have enjoyed this card!
This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

JW Illustrations + WOW Embossing + Momenta = Amazing!

12 Mar

I have a new card to share with you with and added technique.

I want to shoe you how I took a digital stamp and used multiple embossing powders to create a One of a Kind card.

I used the Digital Stamp from Jessica Weible Illustraions called HOT AIR BALLOON

What I did first was to print the image out multiple times and used an embossing pen to lay done the embossing ink and then embossed the Hot Air Balloon in the following colors.  I am using all WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS from the line called Candy Counter Collection.

After I embossed all the colors, I carefully cut each one out and pieced the Hot Air Balloon back together.

Because I am lucky enough to work with Momenta on their D-Lite team, I had some paper and products that matched my balloon perfectly.

The papers I used are from this 5 x 7 Cardstock Pad and stickers from their Kaleidoscope line.

Isn’t this just a bright and cherry card?

Companies supplies used:

Jessica Weible Illustration

Wow Embossing Powders

Momenta

Craftword Cards

Martha Stewart Punches

Cheery Lynn Designs

The Twinery

Me & My Big Ideas

Thanks for stopping by today…do you love all these bright colors or what??

A new JW Illustrations Card

20 Feb

I have a new card to share with you with and added surprise feature.

You will have to bear with ME in this video to find out what I mean.

UGH…IGNORE THAT SAVED SHOT!!  Can I change that???  Anyone know???

Here are the still pictures of the card front.

I used the Digital Stamp called SIMPLE SNAIL

Shall we do a GIVEAWAY??

I have said before, I feel so blessed to work with products from some fabulous companies.

For each company that you leave comment for on their facebook pages, letting them know The Polka Cabana sent you…you will get a chance to win this cute little card.

Here are the companies:

Jessica Weible Illustrations

Canvas Corp Paper

Cheery Lynn Designs

Action Wobbles

I will pick a random winner next Monday and post the winners’ name.

For each comment you  leave on their Facebook pages, leave me a comment, that is up to 4 chances per person for this card that is One of a Kind, especially since I only had 1 action wobble to play with!!

The Never Ending “Mary” Card

3 Feb
Hello there everyone…It is me Jeannie with today’s Cheery Lynn Designs post.
I am still recovering from going to CHA with Cheery Lynn Designs.  I had a blast and got to work with Cherry Lynn Designs owners, Mike and BJ Dywan, their graphic designer Viktor, and the delightful duo, Jan and Pam.
Cheery Lynn Designs was well received and I think the company had a wonderful show, it seems that everyone knows about Cheery Lynn Designs!  Hooray!
Today I am sharing a project that I have entitled the Never Ending Card.  Why? Well, I made it how the pattern said to, but I just kept adding things.
Here is the front of my card, can you see the border?  That is made from strips of the Cuties 3.
Inside the cut out square, I have the Sunflower and Ladybug showing through.
Here is a side view, the rest of the card is stored inside.
This was a very fun card to make.
The brad disguises a small piece of Velcro on the opening tab.
Here is the next level of the card.
This is so bright and colorful, I only embellished her hat and 3d’d everything else.  I used the Pretty Petal die to add dimensional flowers to her hat.
Here is the inside to the above card.
I made a pocket with another level to pull out.
Again you can see I used the Cuties 3 and the Pretty Petals to embellish the patterned papers.
This is the portion that you pull out and this houses the final part of the card.
It is a small tag that says Happy Birthday.
I have used the Fanciful Flourish, Pretty Petals and the Scalloped Squares for the tag.
Here are all the pieces..lots of pieces to make this a fun card.
All the graphics for this card are from a wonderful book I have by Mary Engelbreit.  When I ordered it, I had no idea it came with a CD that has all these graphics on it.  I will never run out now!  Hooray!
I hope you have enjoyed this, I was mainly trying to show that you can use the Cheery Lynn Designs dies to make something very cute, just a notch cuter!  I never tire of using these dies and it seems I am always finding new ways to use them
If you would like a chance to try them, why not check out the information on our challenge.  You can find all the details here.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, this has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana, have a great weekend.

Gel A Tins Botanical Card

2 Feb

Today I want to show you a card I came up with by a brief thought I had.  I actually saw the card in my mind and well the rest was just sort of recreating it from memory.

I am using the set called Big and Wild Things.

I started by stamping the long grasses with a light blue.

The other botanicals I stamped in 2 different blues, getting darker each time.

I wanted to have the dandelion really stand out from the rest so I framed it and embossed it in red.

I then just accented the red slightly by adding patterned papers and rhinestones.

Here is one last look!

Like I always say, think out side of the box, my post today is a perfect example of how I am always thinking outside of the box!

I hope you have enjoyed my post today!  Be sure to visit the Gel A Tins blog because we have some AMAZING designers that are always coming up with new things to try!

Have a great day and see ya next week with more GEL A TINS fun!

This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

Promised Rainbow Flower Tutorial

27 Jan
Hello everyone in the bloggy world.
 This is Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with yet another FLOWER tutorial for you!
Last week I had such a nice response to my rainbow flowers and quite a few of you said YES to my offer for a tutorial, so that is what I am going to share with you today.
I use inexpensive tissue paper for these flowers.
The first thing I do is to cut strips long enough to fit the CUTIES #4 die on.  I make them wide enough to cut 2 times from the paper. The stack is cut from the unfolded pack of paper.  I use the whole thickness (30 sheets deep) for the flowers.
Here is my big secret…my dye!  I’d love to use some sort of expensive dye, but I am a struggling artist after all and can’t afford something like that.  I had this idea to take Kool-Aid packets and mix with a little bit of water and rubbing alcohol to make my own die.  Here you can see the bottles all mixed and lined up ready to go.
I have the papers on top of a cookie rack, which is on top of a cookie sheet, to catch any drips that might occur. I like to try to do 2 complete ROYGBIV patterns on the tissue paper.
Here you can see I have gotten all the dye on the paper, now they need to dry.  I put the, in the oven at 170 degrees for about 20 min.  But, I do not endorse this as I know paper in the oven…sounds risky!
Here the strips are all dry.
After I cut all my cuties, I like to stitch them to keep them together. ( I lengthen the stitch to make sure the machine does not destroy the flowers,)
When putting these together, whether you choose to stitch them like me, or glue them, it is imperative to have the petals of the 2 die cut strips lined up so that the bottom layer of petals show up in the gap of the petals in the top layer.  Below is a close up of what I am trying to say.
To assemble the flowers, I use these sticks that are about the size of toothpicks, without the pointy ends.
Apply hot glue to the tip of one of the sticks and roll the beginning of the flower around the stick…
…and hold there until the glue is dry.
Then just roll the flower up and secure with another drop of hot glue.
Next, cut the stick very as close as you can get to the base of the flower.
On a circle about 5/8 wide, have a big dollop of hot glue waiting and…
…glue the flowers to the circle.
After the glue is dry, I take a very soft toothbrush to fluff and separate the tissue paper layers.
Here they are all fluffed up.
When using these types of flowers, I like to have a nice crisp white background.
 I have only used the Cuties #4 flowers and the Dancing Doily Lace Border.
They make such a colorful presentation.
So, there you have it!  I kept my word and divulged my secret!
I hope you have enjoyed my post today.
Be sure to check out our current Challenge.  This week our theme is
DRY EMBOSSING.
You can get all the details here.
I am off to pack, heading to Southern California for CHA!
 I am so excited to be there with Cheery Lynn Designs.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

Gel a tins with Authentique Paper

25 Jan

Today I want to show you a card I came up with just by looking at the wrapping on my Authentique paper Miracle Collection Kit.

Just by looking at the above I thought it’d make a great background.  Here it is cut to the size I needed.

You can see here, I am adding my layers of Cheery Lynn Designs border dies, fabric tape etc.

 For the stamps I embossed them in a powder that is a bit “shabby chic.”  The image is distorted slightly, but it works for this card.

The set I am using is called:

Sugar & Spice

Here is the card all assembled.

I love the soft colors and they playful stamps.

 Such a cute card for a new bundle of joy!

I hope you will remember to look at covers of paper pads, kit inserts and packaging.  There is always something that can be reused, just like I reused the kit insert on this card!  Just remember to always, think out side of the box!

I hope you have enjoyed my post today!  Be sure to visit the Gel A Tins blog because we have some AMAZING designers that are always coming up with new things to try!

Have a great day and see ya next week with more GEL A TINS fun!

This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

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