Thursday, December 31, 2009

Love Is In The Air

Once Christmas' gone next thing you know it's count down to New Year's and then chocolates for Valentine's Day!! Sweetest and most lovely time of year (at least some say).

So I thought I'd share with you a simple Valentines's Day card I recently made. The colors are so traditional for the occasion yet it has some softness to it that I just love.

To create it I first stamped a background using versa mark. After that I created the simple center. I cut out two pieces of cardstock (a good size to layer) then I punched a border on one and distressed it quite a bit using my rose bud ink. Then I stamped the sentiment and traced the swirl and "I" with my platinum stickles. Then I stamped the lips and finished off with a couple of heart brads. Isn't that super simple?!?

And here it is. Have I mentioned how much I love these colors :)


Here's a close up of the lips. I bought this stamp a while ago and thought it so cute. I stamped it with rose bud by Memento and then used my liquid glass and it looks as if it did have lip gloss.


Well that's all for now. I'll be back early next week (my husbands' computer isn't available). So by then I'll have my simple Valentine's Day treats, lots of cards (I think from now on I'm going to share more than one per post) and remember that I have some Great News to share with you all, news you don't want to miss because to celebrate I'll have a Giveaway here at my blog!!!! Stay tuned and spread the word ;)

Blessings,
Jessica

Monday, December 28, 2009

I Made The Cut


Okay, so it's still December and I barely have posts. What does that mean? Catch up time galore. I have so much I want to share and still no computer. My husband however, has been kind enough to set a time aside so that I can catch up with what I love most (or at least one of the things I love most)- blogging!! Isn't he great?!? So with that being said you'll be seeing me often.

On a different note, a more fun note ;) I've been thinking of "styles" lately. Card styles that is. I've been asked before what's my style and I've found it difficult to define. For one, I had no clue there was such thing as a styles. That is until I began exploring blogs and oh (gasp), the beauty and creativity out there was overwhelming. So, I began to compare my creations with that of other blogger friends and I began to see differences. The "styles" began to unfold. I found elegant designs (with satin, and shimmer), contemporary (which I define as abstract), funky (which to me shouts bold, bright colors yet daring enough to combine it with lace) and then vintage, who doesn't love vintage (I just can't create it) or shabby, oh how about whimsy (the cartoony super cute looking images? There's loads of those and that I also like. And of course, there's everything in between plus simple-minimilistic, chic (which is super girly and sassy) and the list goes on and on and on. I'm sure you have your own list and description of styles.

So I began the quest to define my "style". I payed careful attention at what I like and what I'm continually drawn to when I grab paper, glue and scissors -the things that make me go, wow and aw h!!!

This is what I came up with. First of all, I do change "styles". I'm very dependent on trends and moods and of course the occasion. However, with the changes there's a defining core style and that would be Simple-Minimilistic. I can incorporate other styles like whimsy, contemporary or even funky but in the end what you will see in my creations is a Simple-Minimilistic style. With all that being said, what's your style?

Some details on todays card and the reason for my title. I've been wanting to try this for a while but kept forgetting. I finally got to it yesterday. I took my craft knife (which I'm always afraid to use) and cut out the word "hi" from my brown cardstock then I placed a back panel of berry sorbet cardstock that had been stamped with a light background and adhered to the back This technique created a super simple yet classy looking hello card. This made me think of many other ideas like perhaps using clear sheets or cutting out other shapes.


Don't mind the edges I'm just now starting to use my craft knife ;)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Martha Stewart brown, PTI berry sorbet
Stamps: Simple Saying Stampin up
Ink: PTI's vintage cream
Other: craft knife

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

Hi friends!!! Just wanted to stop by and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
We didn't do anything traditional except one thing, thank God for all His goodness towards us, goodness we so don't deserve.

I pray the miracle of Christ's birth may be re-lived in each and everyone of your hearts. May this year leave you with a hunger for more of the experience of that precious gift laid in the manger hundreds of years ago, which is indeed, the reason for the season.

Happy Holidays 2009!!!

Just thought I'd leave you with a view of our fun and untraditional christmas tree and some exciting announcements :)

This Spiral pine tree measures more than 8 feet. We think it was wonderful. The gifts were placed right around the pot :)


**ANNOUNCEMENT** (spread the word)

This week I'm getting back on track with some fun creations and past due images of treats I made for my relatives as christmas gifts (maybe I can make them again and dress them up for valentines). So stay tuned for that!!! Also follow me for these next few weeks because I have some major super fun news and I'm going to celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!!! All this as a token of gratitude for all you faithful followers who have stuck with me during these few weeks without computer, inspiration, eye candy and all that kind of good stuff :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Friday, December 11, 2009

Too Long!!

Wow!! It's been a little too long since I've been around blog land. I've missed so much inspiration. It's good to be back even if it's for a little :)

Well it's official my computer crashed and it's beyond repair. So that has slowed down things for me. That's why I haven't been around. I miss you all.

How are your holiday creations/preparations coming along? Are you getting your shopping done? This year I'm making most of the gifts. It's so hard to purchase things for relatives and friends- you know, things they'll actually wear or like and gift cards can get expensive very quickly. So a homey gift it is. Which is better in my opinion and eco friendly ;) I've been working on vegan low fat chocolate chip cookies. Sometimes it's best to stick with what I know (paper goods) but I guess it's ok to venture out of my comfort zone (baking) even if it's for once. I think I'll be creating a box of goodies. It'll have chocolate treats, mini brownies on a stick with drizzled white and dark chocolate with dark chocolate cookie crumbs for texture, thumb print almond jewel cookies and dark chocolate chip, macadamia, cranberry cookies everything vegan and homemade. I'll be sure to post picture of my goodie box. Hopefully they'll turn out good :)

On another note even though I haven't been around doesn't mean I haven't been creating. I been making christmas cards galore and tree ornaments too. I need to snap a picture of that. For now I'll leave with two of my cards for the season. Enjoy!!

For my first card I used my Sassafras Sweet Marmalade paper and Bo Bunny huge snowflake stamp. A very fun and simple card. The colors are way brighter than what I'm used to working with and non traditional for christmas but I still think it's fun and festive.

For this second card I used ocean tides, london fog and amethyst. I love this color combo. I simple stamped randomly my snowflakes and added a border on top and to add some focal point I used a rhine stone my white gel pen and scor-pal.

I used pop up sticker for my sentiment. Since it's so tiny I wanted to make sure it was noticed.


Hope to be back soon. Can't say how soon till further notice. Meanwhile I'll be looking for a laptop :)

Have a lovely weekend!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Monday, November 30, 2009

Yikes!!!

Hello friends!! Hope your holidays went as planned or even better :) Mine was very simple and nice. Can't go wrong with nice and simple ;)

Just wanted to pop in quickly to tell ya'll that I haven't forgotten you. I'll be back with more card creations as soon as my hubby figures out what's going on with my computer. It crashed a few days ago and we haven't been able to get it to work since :( I'm posting via my husbands computer it's rarely vacant so I took advantage :)

Hopefully it'll work and I'll be able to share some more fun cards very soon :)

May your week be full of wonder!!
Blessings,
Jessica


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Like A Shadow



Thanksgiving Day to me is a reminder. A day I celebrate... daily. Every morning when I rise till when I go to sleep is a constant reminder of the Goodness of God. We teach this virtue to our children, "honey, we say, did you say thank you? And yet though we say it and practice it daily there's nothing like coming together to embrace the spirit of the season on this special day, why?

Because we are wired from way back when with a sense of community and belonging.

When Jesus came to this earth he supped with his disciples and followers. And though the Last Supper is part of a different holiday I believe it has so much more to do with Thanksgiving than anything else.

As they were there at the table confused, afraid, pierced to their hearts by the things this Man [Jesus] was saying of the death He would suffer there was still a sense of community, of surrender, of trust and sacrificial giving. Though the experience was bitter it later proved to be the most glorious one; when the tomb burst opened on that third day!! Thank You, Thank You Jesus!!! When the disciples and His followers received power, it was an awesome day. That erie evening around that table became a monument of joy because they understood what He meant.

That bitter day around that table shall be no more the next glorious event will be when we sit around that other table with Jesus and sup with Him. Never again to depart, where all tears shall be wiped away, where there will be no sickness, pain, suffering or death. Where children will get along with there parents, where relationships will be perfect, where fellowship will be wholesome and pure.

Every time I think of Thanksgiving when everyone sets up those wonderful long (some short) tables I can't help but think of it as a shadow or a portrait of what's to come :)

Meanwhile, we have it (Thanksgiving Day) as a token to treasure while we wait for that other day. A mini celebration where differences are set aside where we all become one in spirit. May this same spirit remain in you {us} till that day :)

Before I leave I wanted to leave you with a card I made for the occasion. The sentiment reads, "What a lovely day". I couldn't agree more :)


A blessed day of Gratitude to you all!!
Hugs,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Martha Stewart's off white
Other: I used my Sweet Paislee press ons and some floss

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Christmas Greeting!!

Hello, hello!!! Hope your Tuesday is going well!!! I have a fun day ahead of me. First off my hubby, daughter and I are headed to Santana Row Shopping Center. I love going there because they have an Anthropologys and Paper Source almost right next to each other. I can't wait these are places I bring my sketch pad to because I know there's going to be lots of inspiration ;) Another store that's there is The Container Store have any of you been there? I just love that place. I love organization (even though I'm not the best at it). But here's where I got my inspiration for my craft corner. After our stop there we get to go with some friends to lunch. We are going to one of the best burger joint where they serve the ultimate veggie burger and yam fries at least that's what everyone says. I'll find out today :)

Ok!! Now unto the fun stuff and the reason your here ;) I created this fun card with the cutest little die cut angel. They had them a while back at my local craft store and I just couldn't resist them especially at .10 cents a piece. So I bought this and a few other designs. I've created some cards using them I'll post them through out this week.

So without further ado I introduce you to my little angel card :)


The angel was originally white but I used my palette L'Amore red to add this bright hue. I didn't have a christmas sentiment that would go well with the size of the felt so I pulled out my pens and wrote it myself. That seems to be a trend now a days and I really like it. I remember always looking at Kristina Werner's gorgeous hand written cards and she was my inspiration to venture out. Many others have come out with fun and whimsy hand written stamps which I love Papertrey Ink has a few sets ;) I haven't purchased them yet but they sure look fun.

Take the plunge and play with your handwriting. Trust me you'll love it :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Sassafras sweet marmalade "preserve"
Ink: Palette L'Amore red (to color the angel)
Other: fine liner marker, and basic calligraphy pen (green, red)

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Extreme!!

Hello!! I finally have some good lighting now all I need is the photographer ;) I am in such need of a tutorial.

Well the title of this post is "The Extreme". The reason I chose it was because of the extreme simplicity of my card for today.

See what I mean :) I simply had to do it though. I've been wanting to put up some christmas decorations up and been hesitant. So to satisfy that desire I created this little card with that concept in mind and might I add I think it's convinced me of putting up some ornaments. I presently don't own a single christmas ornament. Since my husband and I've been married we've never spent a holiday at home and we've really never celebrated christmas. We've always been on a missionary trip or convention :) This year will be our first and we have no clue what to do with ourselves :)

Here's a close up of the detail. I stamped the little ornaments in bright colors then I took some extra fine wire (very easy to bend you can even cut with scissors and it won't damage them) and twisted a bit to create a garland sort of thing. I finished it off with stickles for a festive, lit up look :)


Hope you found some inspiration. As soon as I get a chance I'll post some more christmas cards :)

**I wanted to thank all of you who left such encouraging comments/emails on my "A Different Kind of Celebration" post. That meant so much to me. And the reason I chose to write about it was because I was in need of accountability I knew I would back out if I didn't have you girls. You all are truly the best. Thanks a million!! I'll keep you posted as to what happens. I feel like a little girl all excited and stuff**

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Paper Source cement
Stamp: Rubber soul
Ink: Versa Color red, canary yellow, green & cyan
Other: wire ($ store)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

From The Bin!!

Hey Friends!!! It's been a while since I played along with Dawn's fun Color Challenge. The colors she chose for this round are absolutly fantastic. Don't you think?

For my creation I chose a few bits and pieces from my recycle bin. The hearts for instance were tiny pieces of paper that on one side had ink stains I kept them because they were a good size enough to create something. The embroidery floss and scalloped ribbon were two little remnants and the letter "A" was from an old chipboard set. I kept this letter because although it had been ruined with glue I still thought it had some use. Sure enough I pealed the glossy part that had been damaged and painted the letter with my hot pink pad.

So enough with the details and on to the card, shall we ;) The weather is pretty grim here and I am having trouble with my lighting. I'll for sure keep my camera handy, hopefully I'll snap a sharper image one that would capture the the brightness of the colors a little better.


Thanks for stopping!! And do find some time for this awesome challenge. I love to see what you ladies come up with it's always inspiring :)

**I have a christmas card I want to share with you all but am having trouble snapping a good shot. So as soon as I get a good one I'll post it up**

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: PTI's spring moss. lavender moon & aqua mist
Stamps: PTI's Little Lady, TPC Studio
Ink: Palette burnt umber, versa mark
Other: Creative Cafe scalloped ribbon, floss, Pink Paislee captivating press-ons

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Right Here On My Couch

If I could stop time I think today would've been the day to do so. In order to understand why I'll give you a backdrop.

I was laying on the couch that slightly overlooks the hills to the east of San Jose for what seems like miles. I do live up on a hill you see. The afternoon was perfect there was a little bit of sun and a autumn chill that seemed to penetrate the sliding doors that are just a few feet away from my couch. There tucked in with my favorite fleece I was enjoying the panoramic view. Occasionally I could hear a bird or two and if everything was still enough they'd stop and peak through the doors from my balcony. I was simply soaking it all in.

However, the stillness (my peace and rest) was suddenly and might I even add abruptly interrupted by the sudden sound of footsteps.

My suspense vanished quickly. The footsteps were of none other than my husband's who had been sleeping on the other room. He came and snugged into the couch, the same couch I was in. Not more than three minutes went by and then came my little girl who had just awakened from her nap and she too came to lay on the couch. Can you imagine the scene?!? The couch was crowded!!! I stopped for a moment and thought, "there goes peace and quiet". Not yet finished reminiscing of those still moments when my husband begins to jam loud to Sons Of Korah which is a christian contemporary singing group (if you haven't heard of them I suggest you download a few of there songs they're awesome).

There I was shoved towards the back of the couch, noise all around me, little feet piercing my ribs and my husbands' head to stare at, really closely. I love quiet times... but, it's moments like these that put a smile on my face. Because it is in these moments that heaven becomes real to me. The best part is that it happens right here, on my couch :)

John Bowring said, "A happy family is but an early heaven" and I couldn't agree more with him.

Hope you have a great day with your loved ones. I'll be back tomorrow with some fun Christmas cards

Blessings,
Jessica

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Different Kind Of Celebration


I've been holding on to this card for way to long. My father and I don't really have a relationship. We are as good as strangers when it comes to that. So I created this card 2 years ago in hopes of reconnecting or better said connecting with him. But needless to say I chickened out. I didn't know what to say. I was afraid of what he'd think when he received it or worst yet I was afraid he wouldn't care. So my card's been in storage ever since. That is until yesterday...

Last night I was feeling down. You know the holidays are fast approaching and as my husband and I were discussing what to do we finally settled to the idea of (now this is for Thanks Giving, ok) going out on a hike and then come home and eat (regular day meal) and then watch a flick. At this point I had one of two option I could've pouted and cried and complained and all that stuff (which I've done before and never works) or I could've looked at it from a different perspective like, thank you Jesus for all I have for the blessing of a home a healthy, bubbly little girl and a husband who loves me beyond my wildest dreams could ever fathom. That sounds better and yes that's what I opted for. So while I was being grateful and all that this card came to mind and all the emotions of that day came with it.

Now, I have the option of brushing it away again but then that would only reinforce the thought that holidays is only about having a fancy table all decorated with acorns and candles, place cards and all that. Wouldn't it!?! Not that there's anything wrong with that. Trust me I'd love to be doing it myself :) My point is holidays are more than that they're to connect with loved ones to be reconciled, to forgive those who've hurt us and to have compassion on those who are less fortunate.

So I'll celebrate the holidays a little different than tradition this year but that doesn't mean I won't embrace the spirit of the season. I am committed to sending this card today. I don't know what to say but then I don't think it matters. All that needs to be said is simple, I've missed you, Daddy!! And I think I can do that :)

Have a great weekend!!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Bazzill elephant, Making Memories Mat stack neutrals
Stamps: PTI's mixed messages
Ink: Versa Color charcoal
Other: scissors (I drew the little sail boat and cut it out) brad

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cherish Today

Time seems to be flying!!! It's already Thursday!! Next thing you'll know it'll be Thanks Giving then New Years and then Spring will be here again, phew!!! At least that's the way it seems like when you look back at it. I guess my point is cherish today. Savour the moment and live it to the fullest. We are not promised tomorrow. Today, however, is a gift that we get to create. Make it the best :) Put God first and pursue your dreams, fearless for He is your strength and has promised to, "be with you till the end".

I just needed to get that out of my chest this morning :)

Now on to the crafty stuff, shall we?!? I created a card using the fearful and most challenging pattern paper ;) You'll know what I mean if you've been following my blog lately. Pattern Paper and I seem to be antagonists we work against each other. Now don't get me wrong I love that stuff it just doesn't seem to love me back. It's always a challenge to use. So I've given myself the task to use up my pp simply because I have way too much and there's also so many cute ones coming out that I can't purchase because I already have this huge stash of oldies. Mind you if we follow this thread it is in fact a vicious cycle, ONE WE ALL LOVE!!!

Well I took my pp I've forgotten now which line of paper this one in particular belongs to it was very popular a few months ago. Anyhow, I had pp that needed to be used and my bella stamps. Are any of you into Bellas?? When I lived in Canada I bought like 7 of them. I think they're so cute. I've only used 2 so I pulled out this birthday Bella for todays card. What do you think??

She's a full image with high heels and all but I cut her in order to fit the oval frame. I used color pencils and pattern pp to "dress" her and my beloved star dust pen (it's amazing how much detail this adds to any card in a subtle way) for the hat and the ribbon on the little gift. There's the close up so you could see teh shimmer:

I feel like this card could've used and embellishment on the upper left corner of the oval frame but was uncertain as to what. I thought tiny paper flowers or velvet but then I tried it and it looked to busy for my liking. I also thought of a small bow but again it was too busy. So I just left it plain.

Anyhow, hope you were inspired in more than one way while here. Thanks for stopping by :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Bazzill and pp (need to find out specifics)
Stamps: Hero Arts for background writing, PTI's mixed messages
Ink: Palette burnt umber
Other: nestabilities oval, Metallic fiber specialty paper, bronze brads, color pencils, distress sponge, star dust gel pen

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

EBTKS Sketch Challenge

Did you hear that the girls from Everything But The Kitchen Sink Challenge have moved to there own blog and are adding yet another challenge to the mix?!? They'll be utilizing the same concept- household items. The only difference is that it will be a sketch!!! Now how fun is that!!!

The first sketch was inspired by Courtney's own home (go check it out here) it's awesome. Here's the actual sketch.



Now for my creation. I kept the card fairly simple!! I used my Farm Fresh collection (which I love) and PTI paper to create the grid. Love how PTI colors worked so well with my pp :) It's little things like those that make paper crafting a delight, wouldn't you say? I chose this pp for my "get well" card because it has a homey feel. So the little squares wouldn't look so flat I distressed them a bit.

The little apple on the center I cut from the same pp. Then stamped my sentiment and created a tag so it wouldn't distract the grid :)


And there ya have it a simple, homey get well card :)

Thanks for stopping by!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: The Paper Company ivory weaved, PTI's orange zest, spring moss, aqua mist and dark chocolate, pp Farm fresh
Stamps: PTI's Faux Ribbon (for sentiment)
Ink: Palette burnt umber
Other: twine,

Monday, November 16, 2009

It's A Color Parade!!!

Embellish Magazine is hosting yet another fantastic challenge (for details you can go here). This time we're creating with primary colors {and one secondary} and we're using brads. As far as I can recall I haven't created anything with these colors and the moment I saw them I knew what I wanted to create. Love it when that happens ;)

Now to get an idea here's what they (Embellish Gals) have chosen. These images are so inspiring. Just by looking at them my fear of creating something with these colors was gone.


And now for my creation. I was inspired by the way the brads in the image above are just so beautifully and randomly tossed. So I grabbed my extra super bright cardstock and circle punch and off I went to my work station to create my version of that image. And this is what I came up with.

I just love those circles and the colors look great. It's a fun super simple card. It's bright and perfect to give for any occasion. The yellow edges on my card were created by gently sliding my paris light palette ink pad over the cardstock. In order for the circles not to look so plain I distressed them a bit and stamped my sentiment on it and added some flower stamps in order to incorporate the brads. I would've preferred different color brads but this is all I had and because all I had was that sort of brass looking color I chose as my base card ivory. So it could blend better :)

Hope this inspires you to participate on the Embellish Magazine challenge. I know I will definitely keep this color combo for future use.

Thanks for stopping and your comments are always welcomed. They are what keep this little blog of mine going :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: The Paper Company Ivory weaved, DCWV mat stack (red, blue, yellow & green)
Stamps: PTI's Little Lady, faux ribbon sentiment ("enjoy" was handwritten)
Ink: Adirondack denim, lettuce, Palette La'Amore red, paris lights
Other: brads, EK Success circle punch 1" and 1/2" fine tip blue marker

Quick Stop!!

Hi!!! Happy new week!!! Just wanted to drop by quickly to share another card I created using Sassafras' Sweet Marmalade Collection.

This card is super sweet not to mention adorable with that little ducky. What I did to create it was cut a strip of Sugary Sweet then used my EK Success small pierced scalloped border punch and adhered that strip to my already colored in based cardstock border. To color it all I did was use some painters tape for delicate surface and used my Palette ink pad. Then I cut out that super cute ducky from the coordinating side of the pp used some foam tape for dimension and added my sentiment ("girl" was handwritten). To finish off my card I added rhinestones and used my corner rounder :)

Now this card is so simple it would make a great gift for any mom-to-be you can interchange the colors to make it suitable for boy/girl or unisex :)

Hope this gets your creative juices flowing. I'll be back later (I promise) with my take of the latest Embellish Magazine Color Challenge. This challenge as all the others is really fun none traditional colors for my style but still fun :)

Be back later...
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Ivory weaved cardstock, Sassafras sugary sweet
Stamps: Martha Stewart's baby announcement
Ink: Palette Noir
Other: rhinestone, fine tip black marker