Saturday, October 31, 2009

Even TP Works!!!

Hi everyone!!! I'm really not supposed to be here. I am super busy packing (not today though, today I rest) and I have all my paper crafting items in storage. Or so I thought. I was in the kitchen strumming away with my guitar while my little girl was scribbling "songs" when all of a sudden a bright idea came up. I said to myself, "maybe I can use Moriah's markers to decorate TP for the EBTKS Challenge" (which is being hosted by Kelly Marie). I know pretty random. So the guitar was set aside and my daughter and I headed to the restroom for some TP. She took her portion and I grabbed mine and to the kitchen we went. There already on the kitchen island were these items:

When you are moving you usually have markers, paper, twine, scissors just your usual packaging and labeling stuff. So I used just that. No stamps, inks, cutting system, etc. Just what is shone in the image above. As far as cardstock, my husband had a few spare pieces in his office. So I grabbed one and off I went to get crafty.

My creation, a very, very simple TP butterfly thank you card. Now how cool is that to know you can create a card and be pleased with it using absolutly nothing from your craft stash. So there you have it a hand drawn swirl, with a hand written sentiment (I wrote it first with pencil then traced with pen) some TP and twine. A bit of marker printed polka dots and set to go :) I used the lighter to burn the edges and give it a distress feel. And I used the same pink marker to color the twine.


I don't complain for not being able to purchase new crafting goodies... I'm embracing the opportunity to think more creatively ;)

Hope you were inspired to use untraditional items for your next project :)
Happy Saturday
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: White basic
Other: pen, pencil, scissors, cement glue (the only thing I have), twine, markers (brown, pink), lighter, TP

Friday, October 30, 2009

Think, Think, Think Creative!!!


With the economy so unpredictable as it is, my husband and I've decided we need to be even better stewards of our money. So the other night we had a conversation and it went something like this:

Him: "Hey babe, we need to save some money. The move and home renovations are going to put a bit of a financial stress on our budget".

Me: "Sounds good to me..."

Him: "So from now on let's just purchase things we really, really need, k."

Me: (with a bit of attitude) "I haven't been purchasing anything other than what we really need!!!"

Him: "Uh, any stamps, paper or ink lately."

Me: (in deep thought) Right about now my mind is pacing trying to find something. I know he's purchased something that was not "necessary... urh!!! Nothing!! (huge grin)

Him: "Exactly!!"

Me: Oops!! I'm so sorry babe!! I'll be more careful.

Him: It's ok!!

...conviction galore!!!! My hubby is so understanding but sometimes he's too understanding it makes me feel a little uncomfortable. So me, not wanting to abuse his sweetness have had an abrupt stop to my crafty passion. No more new materials until further notice :( That's the sad part. The good part is because I don't get to experiment with new products I get extra creative with my oldies. So for this holiday season I won't have any new christmas stamps to break into... but that doesn't mean I won't have anything fresh ;)

My creation today is trying to accomplish just that- a christmas card with untraditional christmas stamps. And trust me I'll have more cards along these lines to share with you all. So stay tuned :)


Here's my creation (I need a better image). The color combo was inspired by Dawn's recent color inspiration. Always great color combos ;) Anyhow, the design in and of itself is not all that is just the use of none christmas stamps what I'm trying to show. I really like the simplicity and how clean and bright it turned out.

I have some really cool projects I've been working on lately (same concept untraditional stamps) but can't share those just yet (they still need a bit of repair).

Hope you were inspired to use none christmas stamps for some of your holiday cards this year :) Thanks for your visit!!! I'll be away from blog land for a few days until I get settled into our new home. I'm so excited and overwhelmed at the same time. But it's all good!!!

Have a great weekend!!! I'll be back some time in the beginning of next week.
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: PTI's ripe avocado, raspberry fizz, dark chocolate, Martha Stewart's off white
Stamps: PTI's guide lines 1, Imaginince Merry & Bright
Ink: A la Mode' pink, Adirondack lettuce, Palette burnt umber
Other: scissors, Ranger stickles (platinum) gel-y pen star dust

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Little Owl

This weeks Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World's comes from Courtney. I love her designing skills. I'm so glad we ran into each other on blogger land :)

Now for the trigger... I love decorative pillows but this one is off the charts. First appeal was the color combo (I love charcoal, and all that neutral stuff) and the second appeal the little owls themselves. I knew exactly how I was going to distribute the colors in my card when I saw this cute pillow.

Now for the card... I chose a none traditional size (5 1/2" x 2 1/2") so that my focal point could be simple and not need to much embellishments, if there is such a thing ;) Anyhow, this is good when your rushing a project. The little owl is 3-D for added dimension.



I think I'll be making more cards this size. It's different and fun. Hmm, maybe I can make another one just like this one but this time I'll add a birthday hat. Now that will be a hoot!!

Thanks for visiting & have a great day!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Bazzill grey, The Paper Company natural beige, PTI's ripe avocado
Stamps: PTI'S paper tray, Hampton Art's Studio G
Ink: Adirondack lettuce, Palette burnt umber, Versa color charcoal, Ranger frayed burlap (distressing owl)
Other: EK Success border punch, corner rounder, stickles (star dust) Tombo marker for the "ground"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Just Because... I'm Happy!!!

Yay!!! Today I'm so excited!! First thing, I woke up to a quiet cool autumn morning, then I went to my computer and found a few congrats... yes, I had won over at Moxie Fab the Not Your Regular Ruffle Challenge. And as I kept reading I found a blogger friend had left me an award. Thanks Amy!!!

So like I said I am off to a good start today (despite all the hecticness around here).

The card for today was inspired by an image I found over at old soul new heart. I just love this girls creative and beautiful hair accessories. Don't these just make you smile :)

My interpretation is a very simple design. I chose the flower as my focal point more so than the color scheme. Though I must say that's my next goal for this image.


Pretty neat, eh!!! It looks so classy but you wouldn't believe how easy it was :)

Now back to the Award. Isn't this the cutest... love it!!

Here's the rule: I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word. Here's a little about me :)

1. Where is your cell phone? Kitchen
2. Your hair? Curly
3. Your mother? Fun
4. Your father? Funny
5. Your favorite food? Bread
6. Your dream last night? Silly
7. Your favorite drink? Water
8. Your dream/goal?
Service
9. What room are you in? Family
10. Your hobby? Cards
11. Your fear? Sadness
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Colorado
13. Where were you last night? Crafting
14. Something that you aren't? Wild
15. Muffins? Ok
16. Wish list item? Stamps
17. Where did you grow up? NYC
18. Last thing you did? Read
19. What are you wearing? PJ's
20. Your TV? Somewhere
21. Your Pets? Wish
22. Friends? Bloggers
23. Your life? Simple
24. Your mood? Happy
25. Missing Someone? Family
26. Vehicle? Minivan
27. Something your not wearing? Jewelry
28. Your favorite store? Michael's
29. Your favorite color? Rainbow ;)
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday
32. Your best friend? ...
33. One place that I go to over and over? Target
34. Facebook? Yes
35. Favorite place to eat? Italian

Now for the tuff part choosing 5 other blogger friends to pass this award to: Drum roll please... Our next Over the Top Blog Award winners are...






These ladies are all super inspiring to me among other awesome bloggers.


Have a great Wednesday!!! And stay tuned for more crafty goodness ;)
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: The Paper Company natural beige, Bazzill moss green, PTI's summer sunrise, dark chocolate
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Damask, green thumb (circle inside the flower)
Ink: Palette burnt umber, Color Box amber (for the circle stamped inside the flower)
Other: Nestebilities oval scalloped die, scissors

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blessed To Be A Blessing


Hi ya'll!!! I just wanted to pop in quickly to share a little bit about this special company I recently discovered through Jessica Howard. It's called Sweet Hope. Derek and Lisa Lindholm (founders of Sweet Hope) share their lovely and inspiring story of adoption. I encourage you to visit them. Their mission and commitment to this cause is awe inspiring.

Sweet Hope sells handmade truffles and caramels all dressed up for the holidays in a 100% material recycled box finished with a red or white bow. Now, how cool is that!! And you know what's even better... 100% of their profits goes directly to the mission (Khabarovsk, Russia).

I can't wait to place an order myself. Never tried them so I am super thrilled. Their next sale will be November 9-27 (you can go here for details).

You can help spread the word by snatching one of their super cute bee buttons. I already have mine.

It's so encouraging to know that their are awesome people committed to God who are willing to spend their lives to help others. This, my friends, in simple terms is the Gospel!!

Blessings,
Jessica

My Little Winter Wonderland

Super quick stop today!!
Lately with all the christmas inspiration from paper crafters around blog world I've been dreaming of a white christmas. Sad to say it doesn't snow where I live :( I guess I'll have to create my own winter wonderland :)

Here's my interpretation of a winter wonderland. I think I'll have to create many more wonderlands to appease my desire to be where there is or will be snow :)

Gotta go!!! Have I mentioned I'm moving (yes to another house) in about 5 days and haven't packed a single thing?!?! That's what happens when you're in ministry :) Thankfully we are trained to be flexible (prayer helps even more). Wish me luck....


***I'm still going over Papertrey Ink's recent blog hop participants list. So many wonderful creations make me want to spend each day in my craft room creating. If you haven't been there or you're still lacking inspiration for christmas gifts you should totally check it out here***

Thanks for stopping!!! I'll be back tomorrow with some more inspiration. Off to pack :)
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink aqua mist, dark chocolate, ripe avocado
Stamps: All Night Media (evergreen) Papertrey Ink mixed messages
Ink: Adirondack lettuce, Versa Color smokey blue, canary, white Palette burnt umber
Other: white gel pen, Ranger stickles (frosty lace) brown tip felt marker, EK Success small scallop border punch

Monday, October 26, 2009

Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger

Cath over at Moxie Fab is hosting yet another challenge. This one is The Tuesday Trigger. This weeks Tuesday Trigger inspiration comes from Kim Kesti one of Paper Crafts super talented Go-To-Gals. Isn't this image just great!!! The colors, the theme and just the fact that it's on a grid. I love pretty image grids :)

To create my card I chose the predominant colors in the image (those that stuck out to me). The small invitation card and the cake were my main source of inspiration and it's where I drew my idea for my focal point.

Create it:
  1. Cut and score a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card. Using white card stock punch out a border and adhere to one edge of the card (think book binding). Cut a thin strip of your base card stock and glue to the border. This will help balance the brightness of the white a bit. Set
  2. For the cake cut out three rectangles (small, medium & large). Round each corner and adhere in the center.
  3. Punch out flowers in three different colors and circles (use standard size hole punch) glue the circle to the center of the flower.
  4. Once they're positioned where you'd like them, then adhere them to your "cake". Finish off your cake by adding stickles or rhinestones to the flowers (you can add leaves, or dry emboss you cake for a swirly texture... get creative).
  5. Choose your sentiment and stamp on separate piece of card stock and use foam tape. Easy enough ;)
Thanks for visiting!! Hope your week is off to a good jump start!!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Paper Zone Grey Shimmer, basic white
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages
Ink: Versa Color charcoal
Other: EK Success small scallop border punch, flower punch, corner rounder, standard hole punch, stickles (fruit punch, yellow)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

PTI's Blog Hop Challenge

I have a card I prepared for this months Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. I love christmas and everything that has to do with it. So this challenge was fun. I am also looking forward to all the inspiration :)

This is the card I made!!

Create it:
  1. Cut and score a 4" x 6 1/4 in. card stock. With a tracing wheel create a faux stitch around the edges. Set aside.
  2. For the little trees... using my nestabilties I cut out a square in and then cut again right through the center (when it looks like diamond). Then I embellished them using my faux ribbon stamp set. To add some pizazz I used my star dust pen for the small stripes and star dust stickles for the thicker ones.
  3. To create the stems I used my EK Success border punch. I cut my already scalloped strips in half to create a fuller balanced stem.
  4. Then to finish off my card I stamped my sentiment and added some bling to catch the eye.
Thanks for visiting!!! Hope you found some inspiration :)
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Paper Zone White Gold, Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbon, Mixed Messages
Ink: Versa Color hot pink, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Palette burnt umber
Other: Nestabilities square template, EK Success small scallop border punch, making memories rhinestones, Ranger stickles, star dust pen, tracing wheel

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Little Pink Dress

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. And Embellish Magazine has a challenge to go with it. The team has chosen a great color scheme. Check out the image... isn't it lovely?!?!

So of course I thought of something girly... a little dress. Because every women has a little girl inside her and is precious and elegant-with a lovely mission to accomplish here on earth. Even if there fighting for there life they have a story a mission and a calling. To add to the beauty of life, hope, caring and giving... because that's what womanhood is all about. About embracing life and adding to it meaning :)

Here's my creation:


To make the dress I used a onesie stamp and tissue paper. A very simple and inexpensive embellishment ;) When I finished it I wanted to make one off white, aqua blue, purple... I even thought of making spring cards :)


Hope you found some inspiration!!!
Best wishes and blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Paper Zone shimmer grey
Stamps: Impress
Ink: Palette belle rose
Other: tissue paper, making memories rhinestone, metallic stickers, stickles, scor-pal

A Christmas Card

Good day!! Today I have a super short post. I have been wanting to post this card for a couple of days now. But I've been having trouble with my photo editing. I really am clueless when it comes to that. I just shoot and hope for the best ;) My husband is the expert when it comes to editing unfortunately he's not always available. So I've posted the best images (temporary) I have.

This card is simple and yet elegant. I created it for the Hero Arts Paper Tearing Challenge. You have till Sunday to participate. So if your up to it you should give it a try :)



Have a great day!!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy, The Paper Company Natural
Stamps: Hero Arts Happiness Definition
Ink: Color Box bronze
Other: satin ribbon, red thread, nestabilities, scor-pal, stickles

Friday, October 23, 2009

Not Your Regular Ruffle Challenge


Happy Friday everyone!!! I can't believe we're in for another weekend already. Is time just flying by or is it just me...

For today I have a card I created for Moxie Fab's "Not Your Regular Ruffle Challenge". This was indeed a challenge. If you know anything about my style then you know how simple most of my cards can be. I tend to shone away from too much detail. Not because I don't like it but because I don't know how to incorporate so many textures and layers and still make it work together as a master piece ;) So yesterday I took the plunge and the only thing I could come up with was this little apron card.

I really like this pattern paper. This is from a package I won a few weeks ago over at Moxie Fab (thanks again, Cath). The paper looked great on her blog.. it looks so much better in real life. It's so pretty I was afraid to cut into it. Does that ever happen to you??

Anyhow, even though this challenge really took me for a loop I am well pleased with the end result. Will I give it another try?? Not certain...

Ok, maybe :)

Thanks for visiting!!! Hope you have a lovely weekend. I'll have some more posts to share with you over the weekend.

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: October Afternoon Farm Fresh
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages
Ink: Palette burnt umber
Other: tracing wheel, score-pal to create ruffles

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gratitude

Good day!!! There's nothing like waking up with a grateful heart. Life has so much to offer... I feel as though I've missed so much just because my focus has been somewhere else. Either working to hard to accomplish something grand or simply distracted by the "noise" of everyday life. I guess for everything there's a season. Today its just me saying thank you to my Good Lord for all the little things I take for granted :)

Thank you Jesus for:
  1. waking me up to a lovely day
  2. health
  3. having my husband next to me strong and healthy
  4. my always (most of the time) happy little girl
  5. food on the table
  6. warmth on these chilly evenings and morning
  7. a place to call home
  8. family and friends who love me
  9. a cup of Bueno coffee (garbanzo bean base)
  10. a corner(s) to craft and blog (friends)
The list can go on and on but I want to leave a few for Thanks Giving Day :)

Have a super day!!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: The Paper Company natural
Stamps: Making Memories Autumn Splendor, TPC Studio patterned borders
Ink: Palette burnt sienna, raw sienna & Versa Color amber
Other: Recollections Autumn pearls