Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge 17

Good day to you all!! I am so excited for another Color Challenge hosted by Dawn. She has the most amazing and daring color combos. The great thing is I haven't seen a card or project not work well with them :)

Here are this weeks colors. Aren't they great!!


Now for my creations. I made a couple of simple cards. I must say I could've kept going with these colors but a girl needs to leave some creativity for other colors too ;) The first card I have has a bit of elegance to it. I used only stamps and cardstock for this one. I think I am well pleased with the outcome.


Removed For Publication

The second card I created uses the same color scheme with a whole different twist as far as design goes. I used only stamps and one little punch out. {To create the bold red border line I used painter tape for delicate surfaces. I placed them at about 5 cm. distance then with my pigment ink colored in between the tapes}



Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a lovely day!! Maybe you can fit in a little time for this challenge too ;)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials: CARD #1
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink's kraft, pure poppy, aqua mist and dark chocolate
Stamps: Papertrey Ink's Out on a Limb, Stampology Fine & Dandy
Ink: Martha Stewart Red chrysanthemum, Sea lavender, Palette burnt umber
Other: distressing around border done with burnt umber

Materials: CARD #2
Cardstock: PTI's aqua mist, kraft
Stamps: Martha Stewart Baby announcement set, TPC Studio Patterned borders
Ink: Palette burnt umber, red chrysanthemum
Other: distressing done with burnt umber

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More Color Craze


For today I have a festive card. I say festive because of the colors I chose. One of teh reasons I like this card is (again) beacause of its simplicity :)

Create it:
  1. Cut and score your cardstock to measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" most of my cards are done this size.
  2. Cut another piece of cardstock to measure 2 1/2" x 5 1/2. On this piece you'll add the splashes of colors. To create the background all I did was take my Martha Stewart Rainbow color ink stackables and beginning with the orange (I followed the same order they're in) you take the ink pad and glide it over your paper to create a straight thick line. You can chose to create a dark palette or light **don't press too hard or a blob of color will spill** You continue this with every color blending them at each end. Finally with my tracing wheel I created some faux stiching around borders of card.
  3. I adhered my piece of color fun to my base cardstock and am left with an empty bottom and open edge (where the background paper and base card meet) So to remedy this void I cut out a strip of Martha Stewart Coffee bean cardstock and punched out some hearts and adhered them (that deals with the open edge)
  4. To balance it off I added the same colors to the bottom of the card using the same technique as in step 2. Then added sentiment.
  5. To finish I used faux stitching with my white gel pen (Kristina's wonderful idea).
Lot's to accomplish today. Homemaking, catch up with craft and photo editing tutorial (which I so desperately need) Hope you have a lovely day!!

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardsock: Basic White, Martha Stewart Coffee bean
Stamps: Happy birthday (no name)
Ink: Palette Burnt Umber, Martha Stewart's stackable ink pads (lilac, forget-me-not, stem green, pink geranium, red chrysanthemum, mandarin orange)
Other: Tracing wheel, white gel pen (Gelly Roll Med)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Vegan Carob Cake with Dark Chocolate Raspeberry Ganache


Here's the recipe I mentioned way back when ;) Sorry it took me so long. I thought I had a picture of it. Anyhow, without any further delay I 'll share with you this super easy yummy delight.

Ingredients:
3 cups flour (1 1/2 c. whole wheat + 1 1/2 c. unbleached all purpose flour
2 cups of sugar (one works)
2 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup Carob Powder (cocoa works fine)
2-4 Tbsp. Pero Coffee Substitute (if your using carob powder)
3/4 cup oil (1/3 cup oil + 1/3 cup applesauce)
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 3/4 cups soy milk (Silk is good)
1-2 tsp. Vanilla extract

Procedure:

Mix well all dry ingredients in a bowl. Create a well in the center and pour in wet ingredients. Mix well enough to get all ingredients incorporated. If you mix to much the less fluffy your cake will be ;) Bake in an ungreased pan at 350° F for approximately 30-35 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before frosting.

Now the yummy part. The frosting!!! I made a simple eye % butter frosting. Which is add some some soft butter (I use Earth Balance non-hydrogenated). Add some vanilla and then add gradually powder sugar till it reaches the perfect flavor and consistency.
As for the Raspberry Ganache filling I melted in (the microwave) a few (5-6 squares) of Ghirardelli Raspberry filled Dark Chocolates (those are my favorite) then to add more texture added a couple of tablespoons (depending on the size of the cake) of butter frosting to it. Pretty simple, huh!!!

Here's the only image of the actual cake I made (please don't look at the decorating that's why I make cards ;) My little girl loved it and she still talks about it.
**The crumbs around it is taken from the same cake. I cut it to make it round (because all I had were square pans) then I processed it and made it into crumbs**

Blessings,
Jessica

Any questions regarding this cake please do not hesitate to ask.
The first image is not the cake I made. It looks just like it though when just baked.

Color Craze

Happy Monday everyone!!! I love Mondays. Why?? Because it's a new beginning, that's why!! I get to write new goals. Start fresh sort of speak. For this week I have lots of creations to share with you. So stay tuned!!

Toady's card is a bit wild ;) I gathered loads of colors from my Versa Color collection and went stamp crazy. For the pattern paper I used 4 stamps. And as far as colors... I used 15 different shades (3 or 4 would've sufficed).

I don't know if it happens to you but within my ink pile there are colors that I've never touched. I mean I buy them because they look very pretty and I create fanciful ideas of how they can be incorporated in a project. Anyhow I buy the thing try it out once (only to test) because it has to be broken into. And then you realize it isn't really all that. Well pass a few weeks even months or in my case a year :( and there is the ink. For this project I got out the majority of those colors that I have neglected for so long. And am happy to say that I have fallen in love with some them a good majority of them.

Hope this inspires you to grab that one embellie or ink or even stamp set that has been neglected for so long and create something that will strike a new chord in your creative heart :)

** Today I'll post the Yummy Vegan Carob Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganach filling recipe**

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Bazzill Chocolate, White
Stamps: Making Memories Autumn Splendor, Harvest stamp from Joann's
Ink: Versa Color old rose, umber, bamboo, khaki, split pea, misty mauve, burgundy, topaz, paprika, Palette paris lights, burnt umber, orengerie, Adirondack lettuce Hampton Art Pink
Others: Stickles, EK success border punch

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Painters Tape

Happy Wednesday everyone!!! Today I have a card and matching bookmark I created a while ago. To create it I used tape. That's right!!! I used painters tape (the green one) for delicate surface. You can find it at Walmart or Home Depot.

To create this card you simply choose your color scheme, position the tape and with your stamping ink color in between. Simple, huh!!!

A little tip to ensure your tape is straight it's best to use some sort of grid background like a cutting mat. So you can position the tape evenly. I used my quilting cutting mat.

That's all for now I am super busy today doing some photo editing (it's not my forte). I'll be back later with a super easy and very yummy recipe: Vegan Carob cake with Chocolate Raspberry Ganache filling :)

Have a lovely day!!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: The Paper Company Linen Cardstock White
Stamps: Out on a Limb
Ink: Versa Magic Sea Breeze & Mango Madness, Color Box Moss Green, Yellow Citrus & Amber Clay, Palette Burnt Umber
Other: Painters Tape Delicate Surface

Monday, September 21, 2009

Embellish Color Challenge 1

Today I have a card I created for Embellish Magazine's color challenge Polka Dot Parade. Embellish is an e-magazine that will provide loads of ideas, techniques, tips and tricks on how to create fabulous projects. She (Ashley Canon Newell) will also include a video (tutorial) on how she creates her own cards at the same time providing helpful tips. Keep an eye out because Embellish Magazine is launching its first issue on December for only $3 per issue. From now till launching day the crew over at Embellish have some fun challenges awaiting to be revealed. So go visit Embellish Magazine and be inspired :)

Now for the colors for this first challenge... aren't these simply gorgeous. All I can think of is full blown autumn hues in the house and I'm loving it :)


Okay now for my creation. I created a Happy Harvest card. I have so many friends that are getting ready to jar a variety of fruits and veggies. So I thought this card might be appropriate for them :)

Create it:
  1. Pre-scored A2 size Martha Stewart Off White cardstock
  2. Stamped the Polka Dot Border with my new Color Box Amber Color
  3. Place tape (painters green tape for delicate surface) over the polka dot impressed image and above (a little less than a 1/4 in.) then color in with Versa Color Burgundy pigment
  4. With tape still in position stamp 2 flower images ( bottom right) one with Palette Raw Sienna the other with Color Box Amber. Remove tape carefully.
  5. Stamp image in Burgundy, Amber and Raw SIenna on a separate sheet of paper and cut out different dimensions of the flower the adhere one on the bottom left and pop up the others as seen on card.
  6. Stamp Swirl on corner and preferred sentiment. Finish with Stickles for texture.


Hope you enjoy today's creation. I love these challenges. Especially because they not only challenge you with some fun color combos but they add an element as well :)

Have a great day!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Martha Stewart's Off White
Stamps: Inkadinkado, Imaginisce, TPC Studio
Ink: Palette Raw Sienna, Color Box Amber, Versa Color Burgundy
Other: Stickles (Yellow, Frutty) Painters Tape (from Home depot) pop up adhesive, scissors

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Longing



Today's card is a little too summer-ish. I thought I'd post this one simply because the weather here in my side of the world was 99 degrees. Yeah, today!!! It's a little difficult to create autumn themed cards with this heat. I'm not complaining I'm just enjoying the heat while it's here.

Though I must say I am longing for some change.

I'm longing for the trees to surrender there foliage. For the harvest to take place. For those moments when the breeze is enough to send us inside to warm up with a drink or better yet with our loved ones.

I long for my woolly scarf and long comfy jeans. I long for those quiet moments when I'm reading and am startled by the sudden breeze. Especially when I catch a glimpse through my window and see the Autumn leaves falling like confetti all through out the street.

Till then I'll wait patiently and enjoy each day to the fullest :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Bazzill brown, PTI's Pure Poppy, Paperzone White Linen
Stamps: PTI's Green Thumb
Ink: Versa Color Celadon, Bamboo & Split Pea, Martha Stewart's Red Chrysanthemum, Palette Burnt Umber
Other: Water color pencils, pop-up adhesive
**The card measures 3 1'2 inches**

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Awakening

Time seems to fly especially once I became a mom. I love the task (mommy hood) though sometimes I must confess I feel insecure and become too aware of my shortcomings. I don't call it discouragement I call it enlightenment. I don't like to feel like I can do everything or know everything-especially when it comes to parenting. Simply because I don't. As a matter of fact I'm always in the look out for tips and counsel. I like to know that when I fall short (and trust me it comes on a daily basis around here) somewhere near by a helping hand will raise me up and tell me, "it's ok".

Often times I find my strength in my little girl. She's to young to understand it now but I have chronicled every bit of it. She's the fuel that keeps me going on those days I want to drag my feet and simply give up.

Another source of comfort is my husband. Sometime I feel as though words don't do justice to describe how and what I feel for this man. He's my spiritual mentor, my companion, my lover and best friend. He's seen me in the pit and with tender loving hands has always invited me to come back up. Never has he spoken harshly nor forced me to speak when I was silent (us ladies no how to do that too well sometimes). He's a listening ear when I just want to speak my heart out {and let me tell I could be long winded at times} he enjoys my presence and has never criticized my food. He loves being at home and helps keep it clean. I mean, is this a dream??

However, my greatest source of encouragement when disheartened and about to crumble apart is Jesus. He's kept my feet from stumbling and when I do fall he's right there to comfort and guide me. I'm so overwhelmed with joy at the thought of it. And for that I am grateful. I'm grateful that he keeps me in check sort of speak. That He reminds me of where I've come and tenderly steers my life to where it should be. As a parent this is absolutely priceless. Parenting with Him {Jesus} has been so special I've learned so much. The greatest thing though, is knowing I have yet so much more knowledge to gain. Let me just say it this way... a lifetimes worth. Now that's enlightening :)

*My husband made the birthday e-card for all our distant friends and relatives. I love the way it turned out.

Have a great day!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Hidden Treasures

Just wanted to stop and share another card I created for The Moxie Fab Household Items Challenge. Again since I didn't have any stamps, chipboard, stickers, pattern paper or anything related to household items I was on a mission to find something, anything to allow me to participate in this sweet challenge. So as I was going about my day I glanced over my cupboard and noticed a paper bag. I pulled it out ready to trash it and low and behold it was a Trader Joe's grocery paper bag which means it was loaded with the cutest vintage kitchen items.

I immediately got my scissors and began to cut. Isn't this the cutest tea kettle?!? I was so glad the paper bag was peaking out my cupboard. It's amazing where you can find materials and inspiration for paper crafting. This one was truly a hidden treasure :)

Hope your day is full of joy and blessings,
Hugs
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Bazzill chocolate, handmade paper bought at local craft store
Stamps: Papertrey Ink's Mixed Messages
Ink: Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream
Other: round paper clip, Recollections pearls, Trader Joe's paper bag

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Moxie Fab Household Item Challenge

Today I have a card I created for The Moxie Fab Around the House Challenge. I just love each and every challenge I've participated in. It's allowed me to venture into unexplored territory and I must say I've enjoyed every bit of it.

For this challenge we had to create a card using an item or place found at home. When I was getting ready to create a little something I realized I didn't have any house related stamps so I created this cute little fan and made up a sentiment to go with it!! I would have never done that if it weren't for the challenge :)

I really like the way it turned out. I think I'll be creating household appliances next ;)

Here you can see a close up of the fan. To create it I drew 3 little propellers and cut them out. Then I used my circle spellbinder template and cut out the center of my base cardstock. I then used a back panel and there I adhered my propellers. I cut out tiny strips and glued them to the back of my cardstock and then placed the back panel to cover up all the little pieces of tape and ink disasters. To get the copper/bronze effect I simply took the cut pieces and slided them over my ink pad (old fashion I'm sure). I really like the way the color turned out. It has an aged look to it. The sentiment reads: Having you around was very refreshing (I know it's a bit hard to read).

Have a wonderful day. Hope you enjoyed today's creation and were able to find a bit of inspiration. Before I go away I wanted to thank PaperCrafts Magazine for selecting one of my cards for publication. I am so excited!! Thanks a Million Papercraft crew :0)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink's Aqua Mist, regular white
Ink: Encore Bronze, Tim Holtz frayed burlap
Other: Tracing wheel, sentiment I type on my computer, printed, cut and distressed. Spellbinder circle (large) brad

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy 3

I made a card for my little girl who just turned three. I know it's not your typical birthday card especially for a three year old but for the last 2 years instead of collecting figurines I've created birthday cards and framed them for her to enjoy and read later on. I try keeping them small so they don't take to much wall space as they add on. It adds such cute decor to her room :)

She really loves this little lady bug and so do I. The stamp set is from Recollections. I got it at Michael's and totally love it. It's an extremely simple design- just cute bugs. I simply stamped the lady bug and the rest was added in with my Crayola color pencils. I then finished it with a rub-on sentiment. How fun is that!! If you like to color or would like to learn (which is where I'm at) then this stamp set is a must.

I think I'll be creating more of these. The first thought that crossed my mind was a memory game. Right?!?

Anyhow, hope your Tuesday is going well. I'll be back tomorrow with another creation.

**Today I found out I won some crafty goodies over at Moxie Fab. Thanks Cath I am so thrilled. This is the very first time I win something. I am not kidding!! Can't wait to get creative with my paper :)

Blessing,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Bazzill Silk, PTI's Pure Poppy, and bulk white
Stamps: Recollections Don't Bug Me
Ink: Palette Burnt Umber, Tim Holtz frayed burlap
Other: Rub-on Pink Paisle Captivating, Crayola color pencils

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Come and Be Still


The morning is bright and cool. My little girl is sleeping and my husband is reading in the bedroom. The stillness can be felt all throughout the house and the invitation I hear is, "Come unto me all who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest".

There's nothing like taking the time to cease all your doings and lay back and enjoy all that the Good Lord has done for us. From the most simple yet necessary things like air to the most delicate flower that delights our eye. Thank you Jesus for such invitation. I delight in His handiwork and am blessed.

Have a lovely day and take time to lay back and enjoy what you see. After all you might catch a glimpse of heaven.

Blessings,
Jessica

Card:
For today I have an *extremely simple card I created using the most adorable little pom pom ribbon. I found this one at my local Scrapbook shop.
I first cut and scored my base cardstock and stamped the grid using Guide Lines I then used my tracing wheel and followed each line to create a stitched effect (easier than piercing) I cut the three pieces of cardstock (the patterned one, the light blue and the brown) I adhered them to the together and used my corner rounder on the upper right. I then taped this unto another piece of cardstock a darker tone of blue and used my corner rounder on that piece as well. I placed the brads and glued the ribbon and finally placed the sentiment (sticker). I finished of by distressing all around the edges.
*when you have selected all your scrap pieces

Materials:
Cardstock: Basic Grey, PTI's Aqua Mist and Chocolate, Bazzill Lagoon Blue
Stamps : PTI"s Guide Lines
Ink: Versa Color Umber, Frayed Burlap
Others: Pom Pom Ribbon (I can find the manufacturer) Sticker, brads, tracing wheel, corner rounder

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Thoughts


Happy Thursday everyone!!! I just wanted to stop quickly to share a simple card I created. The 3 little hearts I cut out from one of K&Company's Carolyn Gavin pattern paper. This pad was one one of my favorites during all summer :)

I used my scalloped scissors to create the three overlaying borders and Basic Grey pattern paper for the little floral strip. Taped it all to a distressed piece of Papertrey Ink's Spring Moss cardstock (love it) and stamped my sentiment. Simple, huh!!!

Thank you very much for those of you who visit my little corner of blog world especially those of you who take the time to comment. That means so much. It's nice to know I can be of inspiration to someone else. If you have any suggestions of things you might like to see here (just to make the blog more useful and interesting) please do not hesitate to email me or post it. Anything to inspire :) See you later!!!

Have a happy day filled with happy thoughts :)
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials
Cardstock: Paperzone Linen white, PTI's Spring Moss, Carolyn Gavin, Basic Grey, Bazzill
Stamps: I need to check on that one ;)
Ink: Adirondack Lettuce
Others; Scalloped scissors, Distress Ink Frayed burlap, Ek Success corner rounder

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Just Because Moments

Everyday we have the opportunity to surprise and bring a little bit of unexpected joy to someones life. Simply because we delight in doing good to others. Especially those we love.

I've experienced my own set of surprising and unexpected events. Some good and some not so good. Today I just want to pause and share the good Jesus has done for me. Just because!!

I remember when I was a teen. I was making some changes in my life (for good) I was considering giving my life to Jesus and as I was making serious commitments to myself and friends. I recall one day in particular praying to God asking Him to show me whether He wanted me to be a missionary for Him or not (that's a story of it's own). And as a young lady I asked for a sign. For me to know it was the Lord who was calling me to be a missionary I had to see a shooting star. That was the sign. Not just any shooting star anywhere but one that left a trail and that could be seen through the window of the balcony of my home in Puerto Rico and it had to occur by the time I finished my prayer and opened my eyes. Sure enough, the very moment I finished my prayer and opened my eyes there was the sign. Words fail me express the feeling and thoughts that ran through my mind that warm night at 2 am in the balcony of my home. I really don't think it was a coincidence. So the very next day I got on the phone canceled all my college classes and approximately 2 weeks later I embarked on my journey as a missionary. I had the privilege to serve in Honduras, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Spain and other. Still to this day I serve in full time ministry :)

Another unexpected event was when my now husband and I where dating. Marriage is a serious commitment. And I was not a girl that was constantly dating as a matter of fact I never really had a boyfriend till I met my husband. So when he came along I sensed a long term commitment and I was terrified. I didn't know if I was ready for marriage. So again I prayed and asked for another sign. We where about to celebrate our fourth month of dating (remember those days ?!?) :) and I prayed to God to please grant me peace in my heart that this is the man I am supposed to spend the rest of my life with. So the sign that only He and I knew... a 12 dozen bouquet of white roses with a single red rose in the center. Pretty scary to place my relationship on such petition, huh!!! I like to take risks :) and oh how I placed my trust in Jesus not the sign. I didn't know my boyfriend (my hubby now) was going to send me anything. I was just battling with uncertainty in our relationship and I didn't want to pursue anything if it was not meant to be. So this was a sincere cry to God during a difficult time. So the day of our four months celebration came. He's in New York City at the time (working) and I am all the way in Oregon studying. As I went to class a good friend of mine comes with a huge smile and tells me I need to go to the office to pick up some parcel. So I go to the office and there on top of the table is a 12 dozen white rose bouquet with a single red rose on the center. I was shocked, didn't know what to think so I cried and praised Jesus. The Lord always comes through for those who trust. A few weeks after that my boyfriend came to visit and I told him about the whole experience. He was in shock and upset (to the point of calling and complaining) when I told Him I received 12 dozen bouquet of white roses and a single red because that's not what he had ordered. He had chosen a completely different flower arrangement. Then I told I told him my side of the story and what the flower arrangement meant to me :) He was so thankful it occurred.

The reason I share this is because in many ways God always seems to surprise me. He doesn't have to answer my silly petitions. Yet He knows how much it means to me and out of love I believe he helps and aids providence to illumine my way. And all really, just because!!

And for todays card I have a simple Just Because card I created for a friend of mine. It's not a special occasion I just want to surprise her and tell her she was in my thoughts today. After all it's the thought that counts, right?

Hope you have a wonderful day. And if you have someone you haven't seen in a while drop a few lines for them (snail mail or email). They might be in desperate need of encouragement and you might just be aiding an angel :)

**Thanks for bearing with me for this lengthy post**
I'll have my Back to Genesis post next week
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: PTI's Kraft, Bulk recycled
Stamps: The Paper Company Eco- Friendly set, A Muse
Ink: G Studio green , blue, PTI's Vintage Cream. Palette Burnt Umber
Other: Recollections Rhinestones, brown felt marker, masking tape for borders