Thursday, January 5, 2012

My Craft Table

Hello, hello!!


It's been six months since I've been here in this pretty paper world of mine. I've missed it so much. With the move, home repair (which has not been completed),family moving from Michigan here to Oregon (they are currently living with me), first year of homeschooling for my 5 year old daughter (which is not fully in effect) crafts all stored in boxes... etc. I simply lost my creative fuel. But one cannot remain inactive for too long. Especially if your recommended therapy for everyday stresses is a dose of paper, scissors, glitter, stamps and ink. I went to the garage and pulled out my dusty (I know sad) craft boxes. Got myself somewhat organized and then sat at the table and stared in awe at all the pretties... Then I got up from the table and went to cook lunch. Later that afternoon I came back sat at the table and touched some of the pretties to no avail. A few minutes later went to finish laundry. I came back the next day and sighed, I wonder if I still have it in me. I have to admit I've been wanting to jump right back but haven't found the inspiration-that is until I looked outside myself. I immediately pulled out my iPad and went in search of creativity. Fluttering around through some familiar blogs I couldn't help but ooh and ahh. I mean, seriously? You girls get better and better by the day. Here are just a few of the blogs that pulled me out of the rut.

On my cyber journey I visited Therese from Lost in Paper. I just love her coloring technique and simple yet perfect card designs. Then I went to Ashley C. Newell I was thrilled to find out she's designing for PTI which in all honesty didn't surprise me. She fits right in with those awesomely talented gals. Besides that, Ashley's vintage modern designs is what always draws me in. Then I stopped by Cath's blog over at Moxie Fab World... Do I need say more? Cath is always up to date in everything trendy. Honestly, inspiration flows from the screen when I'm there. Then there's Ayana, and Betsy and I could go on and on. Literally there are hundreds of bloggers that inspire me. And I'm so glad to have them as "coaches" to bring me back to the place I love... My craft table.

I didn't turn my iPad off yet. There's one place I hold near and dear to my heart. I'm talking about the super cute company Lawn Fawn with Kelly and her design crew. These girls have a way of making stamps come to life in the sweetest way. I've ordered 4 stamps in the last couple of months (still new) and while visiting her fawn world I found just what I needed to bring me back from this stupor...Winter CHA Challenge. I grabbed my Admit One stamp set and for the first time inked it up. Mind you it's been with me for at least two months. Once the wheels got spinning, saw all the inspiration and took the challenge. It didn't take long to realize I was in the right place.





Oh the joy of creating. There's something magical of turning individual pieces into a complete and beautiful whole. Why I love this hobby? I'll never be able to pinpoint it but one thing I do know and I'll say it in the words of Elbert Hubard, "Art is not a thing; it is a way" and I have certainly found mine-at my craft table.

Thanks for joining me once again on this my creative journey.

Hugs,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Basic off-white, cardboard
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Admit One
Ink: Palette burnt umber, Martha Stewarts aqua
Others: yarn, color pencils, stickles  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Celebrate

Well hello there...

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I didn't mean to be gone for so long. But we are currently in transition. As of two days ago we are officially in Oregon.  The weather has been great and the scenery spectacular. On the downside we are still in search of a home. Some great friends of ours were gracious enough to allows us to stay in their home for the summer till we find a place of our own. So we are really pressed with time and praying that God will lead us to the right place.

My craft studio is in boxes in California and to say that I miss them would be a huge understatement. But I do have some cards I created before packing up which I haven't shared with you all :) 

-And while I may not be in a celebration mode there is plenty to be grateful for like this sweet card I'll be giving to a great friend of mine on her birthday :)

I love the newsprint pattern paper and the splash of colors. The sentiment was both handwriting and a stamp. The sweet flower from Lawn Fawn's petite florals with a dab of shimmer adds the perfect amount of embellishment to this sweet birthday card. 

Thanks for coming by I'll be back soon with pics from around the area I'm currently at and more.

Hugs,
Jessica

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Coolest Dad

Hi!

I'm back today to share my take on this weeks Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World. I found this challenge to be quite irresistible and the reason being I just bought 12 molds to make the cutest popsicles and I also found a yummy recipe book ;) 


So my inspiration from the scrumptious looking image was the popsicle itself. I've been wanting to create one for sometime now and this challenge just pulled me right over.




To create it I used PTI's summer rise & kraft cardstock, studio G frame and a handwritten sentiment to go with it. And just to add to the look I wrapped it up in a clear sheet. From top to bottom of stick this card measures 6" x 21/2 (at the widest end). 


Today seems like it'll be sunny and warm day, might be tempted to make a few popsicles ;) 


Thanks for coming by! 
Hugs,
Jessica

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Thinking Of You

Hello.

I just wanted to pop in quickly to post this card I've had sitting on my table for a week now. I've been purging my craft room getting it ready for it's trip to Oregon and had a few scraps I thought were too cute to trash and I'm glad I didn't because this card wouldn't exist :) 


Thanks for coming by. I have a few creations I'm working on for some challenges. I'll see you later!!


Hugs,
Jessica

Monday, May 30, 2011

Heureux Day

Hello.

I hope you all had a wonderful memorial day weekend. It's amazing how much our nation has gone through in order to keep the freedoms we so much enjoy.

Today I want to share a card I created for the Embellish Text Challenge. Lately I've been experimenting with my very own handwriting. It can be a bit intimidating because of all the wonderful fonts out there. But still there's nothing like a handwritten detail. This card has just that a tiny detail. I stamped the sentiment using Cavallini Papers & Co. alphabet stamps and then wrote the word "heureux" which means happy in french with zig millennium pen 01. 


Here's the complete card. I thought of adding some embellishments but then decided to allow the sentiment to be the focal point of this card.


Over all it's a simple, fun and easy card to create. Thanks for coming by. I'm off to enjoy the sun :) 

Heureux day!!
Jessica

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

Hello.
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Welcome to my blog... I'm glad you came!! For today I have a card made exclusively for this months Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. Just in case you missed the details you can check them out {here}. The card as usual is very simple. To create it I used My Minds Eye Out & About pre-folded double side card. To it I added a scallop oval in Lushes Hip & Luxurious pattern paper also by My Minds Eye and then I stamped the Silhouette image on vintage cream cardstock by Papertrey Ink. I then added pearls to the image and finalized my project with some pretty felt flowers. 


Here's a close up of the flowers. I used Papertrey Ink melon berry & spring moss felt. The template is Papertrey Ink Flower Fusion #2. To make them a bit more ruffled I simply used my glue gun cut a slit on one of the petals and folded around. The leaf was just an oval scissor cut :) 



Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful day full of inspiration!!
Hugs, 
Jessica

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

One Of A Kind

Hello.

For today I have a card I created for the current Embellish {Tag} challenge. It's been a while since I've participated in there challenges and boy how I've missed them. When I saw this one I knew immediately what I was going to create. A card with tags (how profound, huh). I literally mean that! 

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To create it I used one of my regular tags; traced it onto my different color cardstock then cut them out (a punch would've been easier but didn't have one). I used a shimmery kind of cool gray cardstock for my center embellishment which was the focal point. The sentiment is handwritten using my Zig Millennium 03 pen.


Overall I love this card because of the colors and the simple design. I think I'll make a few of these in different colors just to have on hand  ;) 


Well I'm off to do some more packing for my move to Oregon in 3 or so weeks. Thanks for stopping by. 


Enjoy your day!!
Jessica

Monday, May 23, 2011

Thinking Of You

Hello.


Today I just wanted to pop in to share a card I created for the current Casual Friday Challenge #3: Bring the Bling. I recently discovered this blog and must say I'm in love and the reason being of course is that I love CAS. It is the best way to define my creative style :) So without further a do here's my creation.


I've been wanting to make a heart/flower wreath for a while with {these} Lawn Fawn sweet flowers. This challenge made that possible. To create it I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored in the center of the flower with markers. I assembled them in a heart shape and adhered using Tombo multi liquid glue (love this stuff). I did some faux stitching. Then I finished off by adding my sentiment and adding the bling factor. Which in this case I used stickles (fruit punch, yellow & star dust).  


Here's a close up so you can see the shimmery detail. It's so pretty.


Thanks for coming by. I'm off to run some errands and pack some more. Hope you have a great Monday!!!! 


Hugs,
Jessica

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #10

Hello.

Today I have a fun card I created for the current Lawnscaping challenge: Polka Dots. I thought I'd use one of my favorite summer sets from Lawn Fawn. There's nothing more appealing than polka dots and there are so many ways to use them. For this challenge I used them as a means to portray each or better said most of the images in this lovely set. To create the circles I simply traced a 1 1/2" circle using a Zig millennium 03 pen. I then stamped the images using palette noir. Then I colored in the images. 




The end result a card full of bright jumbo polka dots. And if you love polka dots as much as me then you end up making the polka dot the star of your creation :) Thanks for coming by. Hope your saturday is full of laughter and the making of great memories. 


Hugs,
Jessica 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sun Kissed

Hi.


Today I wanted to post a quick card for the latest Moxie Fab World Challenge: Chevron Chic. I think the pattern is super cute and trendy. So I went through my craft stash hoping to find something to fit the call and couldn't find anything. I mean no stamp, no pattern paper or embellishment. So I used one of Lawn Fawn's cute stamps sets {swimsuit season} and got creative. Using my EK Success Writer markers I was able to come up with my very own sweet pattern in colors I love :) 


Well I'm off. I have some packing to do and cleaning. Lovely weekend ahead and don't want to be caught in the house ;) 


Hugs,
Jessica