Friday, April 30, 2010

Lawn Fawn: Just My Type Preview

Hey there,

Today begins the count down over at Lawn Fawn. Can you sense the anticipation?!? I know I can. Especially knowing all the goodies they're adding to the stamping industry/community. If you aren't acquainted with Lawn Fawn then I suggest you go give this awesome company a visit here and here.

First up... Just My Type!


Love the images. Just look at that super cute typewriter. Here's a close up.


I added some liquid glass for texture and it looks lovely in real life. While writing about the typewriter I should mention that the page is blank and the messages are interchangeable. That give you super versatility. When I go shopping for stamps that my make it or break it. How versatile is it?

Another detail is the tack. I had a hard time taking a close up shot. But you can kind of see the gloss I added. It looks as if it were plastic. Think of what you can create with a tack stamp... not only cards but scrapbook embellies, memo pads and so on. I also didn't want to forget to mention the paper clip. It's a single stamp and I chose to use it as a background. I have a couple of cards I created and I incorporated the clip in a different way. Can't wait for you to see those. But that'll be another day.

Anyhow, so do you like?!?

Go check out the rest of the DT


Well that's it for now. Hope you were inspired and remember to come by again tomorrow for some more creation and inspiration. Don't forget to go to Kelly's blog she's got a Just My Type up for grabs :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Thursday, April 29, 2010

So Delightful!!

Hello :)

Just wanted to pop by quickly to remind you that tonight (midnight) begins Lawn Fawn's Sneak peaks. I am so excited. This months' release is going to be so fun. Kelly and her designer are at it again with some super cute, trendy and whimsy designs. So don't forget to come by to be inspired by what the Lawn Fawn DT has prepared :)

And since Lawn Fawn is what's in the air thought I'd leave you with a card I created a little while ago. It uses Lawn Fawn's petite florals and how delightful.


Got to go for now. It seems like I'm behind in everything today :)

See you tomorrow.
Blessings,
Jessica

Monday, April 26, 2010

Get Sketchy Challenge

Happy Monday!!! Hope your week's had a positive jump start :) Mine is good. I have lots to accomplish and am so looking forward to it. My biggest item on my to-do list is prep for a community vegetarian cooking class. They are a lot of work but so fun. I'll be sure to take pics and post them :)

Anyway I just realized today is the last day for Moxie Fabs World Get Sketch Challenge. It's been a while since I've participated in one of her (Cath's) fabby (had to day it) challenges. This one seemed fun and different so I whipped up a little something.

Here it goes...

The challenge... to create a card using this sketch. Fun, huh??

My take on this challenge...


I just had to brake into this set. I love this little buggy. It's trendy, fun and versatile. What is there not to like about that?!?

Here's a close up of the buggy. I was hoping to get the "windshield". I used a plastic sheet with gloss and added glass like liquid to the "lights". The seat is made of felt.


I hope you were inspired. I know I was with this sketch. If you want to participate you have till mid night today :)

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your day!!

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Martha Stewart's brown, off white
Stamps: PTI's Enjoy the Ride, Martha Stewart's alphabet, Impression Obsession woodgrain, inkadinkado polka dots
Ink: PTI's hawaiian shores, palette burnt umber, noir, versa mark
Others: tracing wheel, glitter, glue pen (to write "going"), silver pen, liquid glass, felt,

Sunday, April 25, 2010

:{Embellish}: Color Challenge



Hi!!! Hope your weekend's been good. Mine was excellent. Weather was lovely and one can never complain when the sun's out. It was so lovely out that we even went to the beach ;)

Anyhow, I've been looking at the new Embellish Magazine color challenge and must say the colors are striking... oh and the images to showcase them are simply fabulous. They always do such a great job with them. Thanks McArthur!! Have you been inspired?

Well, for my take on this challenge. I decided to go way out of my comfort zone. I chose to create with bold colors. I always run to my neutrals and work my way around incorporating the colors (it's easier) this time I chose to start with the bold colors and incorporate the subtleness. Was it a challenge? You better believe it!! Did I enjoy it? I sure did :)

And now for the card...


Create It

1. Cut and score A2 card. Using jumbo scalloped border punch the end of card. Emboss. Cut a piece of cardstock and adhere behind scalloped. Set aside.

2. Stamp flowers and cut.

3. Draw triangles, stamp polka dots in different colors and cut. Distress using same color as dots.

4. Heat emboss sentiment. Place flowers and assemble banner.

5. Finish off by adding pink circle to flowers and punched leaves.

I personally like this card and it's a fun way to celebrate a spring anniversary :)

Hope you were inspired to give this challenge a try. If not maybe a the host of this color challenge (Practicing Creativity Designs) will. For details go here.

I'm off for now have a lovely day!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Bazzill blue, green
Stamps: Practicing Creativity You're Dandy, Key to my Heart, Inkadinkado dots, Martha Stewart's alphabet
Ink: Versa Color cyan, pink, green palette raw sienna, versamark
Others: EK Success punch, leaf punch, standard circle punch, brads, strings, swiss dots emboss template, white emboss powder

Friday, April 23, 2010

Going Eco


I remember when I saw this stamp set at Jo-Ann's (1 year ago). It was all on Going Green by The Paper Company. I bought it for like $2 on clearance. The images are so cute and the sentiment s too.

This card uses the "hybrid car". I thought I'd use some retro colors for this one. It's a very simple design and easy to reproduce and can be used as a masculine card. How are your masculine cards coming along? I need to add more to my collection.

Well, I have tons in my to-do list so I'll chat at'cha later :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: basic white, coffee bean (Martha Stewart)
Stamps: the Paper Company going green
Ink: Palette burnt umber, raw sienna, water lily
Others: tracing wheel and dimensional adhesive

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!!!


There's nothing I love most than this world I live in. In spite of all the disasters and the damage that has occur one can only gasp when beholding a summer sunset. Not to mention the golden aspen in September or the Rocky Mountains in winter. I thank my God for giving me an opportunity to journey through this earth and I pray that He'd give me power both of will and strength to be the steward I can be- to grant the next generation an equal opportunity.

Happy Earth Day!!! Did you hug a tree? I know I did :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: PTI's kraft, aqua mist, Bazzill Moss
Stamps: Lawn Fawn critters of the burb', The Paper Company Eco Friendly
Ink: Palette burnt umber, versa mark, tracing wheel, twine, rhinestone

:{Embellish}: Color Challenge

Happy Thursday!!! Aren't you glad the end of the week is almost here? I wanted to pop in quickly to share with you all a card I created for the current Embellish Magazine Color challenge. These colors were a bit tricky to work with. I guess what was throwing me off was the kraft color. By the way, have you all purchased your Embellish e-Magazine. I cannot stress how lovely it is. It is full of amazing inspiration and at a low price you just can't go wrong. For more info you can go here.

Back to the challenge, here are the color palettes.

I think the party theme was what made it work in the end. Here's my take on it :)


It's a simple card that can be easily reproduced and can be used for anything whether it be a dinner invitation, graduates party, birthday, even a wedding (with a few alterations).

If you haven't participated yet I encourage you to so but, you've got to hurry because the deadline is today at 11:59pm. For details you can go here.

Have a lovely day!!
Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: PTI's black, kraft, basic white
Stamps: G studio, PTI's papertrey ink set, Stampology fine and dandy
Ink: Palette L'Amore, noir, versa mark
Others: white embossing powder, black satin ribbon, corner rounder, 1" circle punch, stickles

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

One Layer Card


Hello!!! When I visited Kristina's blog yesterday I saw she had a challenge I just couldn't resist. What is it? To create a single panel/layer card. Well those of you who follow my blog know that this type of card is what I love creating most. It's definitely my comfort zone. So of course I had to participate :)

It's almost embarrassing to say how simple it was to make. However, when we design what catches the attention is the detail, right? Well this one simple though it may be (in my opinion) does not not lack detail.

Maybe I should define detail.

Sometimes we create this idea that detail has to be intricate and complicated. There is that kind of detail and we know many designers who are fabulous at this kind of art, because that's what it is. However, there's detail that we've gotten so used to adding to our projects that we don't even count it as, well, detail. For example, a rounded corner, that's detail; a punched hole on your card, or how about distressing, even a scored line whether it be with your scor-pal for dimension (like on my card) or with a pen, crayon (I bet that'd look cool) or markers. Even the way we use space is detail.

Whichever way we incorporate this kind of detail I'd mention; it shines more on those simple cards. So next time your uncertain of creating a simple single panel card remember think of those things you started with when you fist began this hobby. Usually that's where all the gems are :)

Here's another single panel card.


Thanks for visiting. I hope you were inspired to create something simple today :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Card #1
Cardstock: basic white
Stamps: Basic Grey
Ink: Versa Color celadon, split pea, opera pink, Palette burnt umber
Others: corner rounder, scor-pal

Card #2
Cardstock: basic white
Stamps: Lawn Fawn sew lovely, PTI's quilter's sampler
Ink: Versa Color lilac, khaki, celadon, Palette raw sienna, burnt umber, Martha Stewart's red chrysanthemum
Others: tracing wheel, distressing tool by ranger

Monday, April 19, 2010

Fan Random Winner & Randomness

Hello friends!!!

Before I say anything I want to thank Hero Arts Twitter for their shout out on my Thinking of You card. A pleasant surprise :)

Now,

would you mind if I shared some randomness? Hope not :) I am not one to be carrying a camera every where I go. Reason being... I dislike pictures. Maybe I'm insecure of how I look or am just too lazy to deal with photo editing or am simply a true camera shy kind of girl. Either way, I do enjoy browsing through my photo album from time to time. To that I've added a few of my most recent pics and that's what I want to share with you all.

First up is an angle shot of my lovely mommy who was here just a week ago. We took this shot at Golden Gate park. My daughter had a blast with here grandma. She even told me, mommy, I like your mom. Isn't that cute ;)


Next up is the one and only Golden Gate Bridge. It was a lovely day and I couldn't resist taking a shot of it. We walked the bridge. It was very windy. If it weren't for the sun we would've been freezing, mind you freezing is anything below 75 degrees. My family jokes around with me saying if I'm related to reptiles because I need the sun in order to function :)


This last photo is of my little Mia. I just took this one. I just love her expression. By the time I finished the "photo session" she was wasted, as a matter of fact, before I was finished she sighed and picked up herself and went to bed. It was hilarious. Thankfully I managed to get a few good shots of her :)


I just thought you'd like to see a bit of what I've been up to lately :)

Now for the Lucky Fan Random Winner.


The Prize goes to #57.


Congrats,Vanessa!!! Thanks for Following this blog :) Please email me with your address and I'll get your goodies out to you :)

If you'd like to be in for my next Random Fan Winner all you have to do is "Follow" this blog publicly :) You can win anything from a stamp set to ribbons, inks or stickers. You never know what can come. One thing is for certain it will be a treat for your creative stash :) It's my way of saying thank you for all your encouragements and sweet comments :)

Thanks for stopping by!!! I'll be back tomorrow with some card inspiration.

Blessings,
Jessica

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Thinking of You


Happy Day!!! It's always lovely to wake up and know that the weekend has arrived. The mornings for one thing are quiet and the atmosphere simply heavenly. Especially on a spring cool morning with the horizon boasting it's splendid colors- can't help but gasp, and soak it all in. As if in a trance I want to exclaim, thank you Father for all the good things you've created for my delight. Wouldn't you agree ?!?

I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a happy (safe) weekend. And while doing that leave you with a simple card I created.

**I haven't forgotten the little treat I have for a lucky someone** I 'll post it Monday so stay tuned for that :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: PTI's dark chocolate, The Paper Company off white, teal, October Afternoon (pp)
Stamps: Impression Obsession (woodgrain) hero arts cling butterflies, PTI's Faux Ribbon (sentiment)
Ink: palette burnt umber, Martha Stewart's leaf green
Others: recollection autumn pearls, Making Memories scalloped ribbon, tracing wheel

Friday, April 16, 2010

Key to My Heart


Hello. Today I am so excited to share a card I created using Courtney's Key to My Heart set. I've had this one for a few weeks now and every time I sit at my table I grab it and then put it down. I mean this set is so sweet I didn't want to rush the design. After so long I finally feel like I did justice to the lovely images :)

Create it

1. Cut and score an A2 size card. Stamp your background, distress edges and set aside.

2. Cut a strip of cardstock same color to divide the backgrounds. I added just for detail heart lace tape I colored it using the same dark tone pink as the hearts and lines.

3. Using nestabililities templates I cut out a scalloped oval stamp hearts all around, distress edges lightly and set aside. Then cut out oval and stamp the "key" and add sentiment. If using pigment ink you might want to dry a bit before stamping sentiment.

4. Assemble pieces and adhere. Finish off by adding brads (for detail).

A very simple and elegant design. I'm so glad I broke into this one I think you'll be seeing more Key to My heart in the near future :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: PTI's Sweet Blush, water color white
Stamps: Practicing Creativity Key to My Heart
Ink: Palette belle rose, versa mark, burnt umber
Other: paper lace, nestabilities, brads

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Girl Thing


Good morning (afternoon). I have been working a lot lately with my Lawn Fawn stamps. Speaking of which there's another release coming real soon. Keep your eyes on Kelly's blog for details :) I can't say much but that the images are super cute. Can't wait for you all to see them :)

For todays card I used sew lovely. which happens to be a very girly stamp set :) Love it. I've seen so many of you using it and it's amazing how many fun designs can be created with the same stamps.

I kept it simple and I have to say I'm happy with the results. I couldn't get a close up shot at the details but if I can I'll do it. For example, the button looks so real. I added liquid glasslike embossing. The trims on the maiden form is not white but silver and the dress is full of shimmer.

I also did the inside:


Another thing I love about this set is how compatible it is with PTI's quilter's sampler sentiments. I colored the spool to match the outside (dark yellow and light blue).

Thanks for your warm welcome. It's good to be back :) I'm off for now but will be back later with a little treat for someone stay tuned to find out what ;)

Blessings,
Jessica

Materials:
Cardstock: Martha Stewarts, basic grey (pp)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn's sew lovely, PTI's quilter's sampler
Ink: Palette burnt umber
Other: scor-pal, stickles, silver gel pen, markers, lace, ribbon

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Brighter Days


Even though at times we might want to question whether the sun is really shinning one just has to look pass a cloud to realize it's been there all along. Sometimes we fall into despondency for something as light as vapor, a mist. Grey days will come and this thought can and will be forgotten yet when you turn the light on remember there will always be a brighter light somewhere. Whether it be the sun or the tender presence of a loved one, a friend or the best of all lights, the Sun of Righteousness- Jesus Christ :)

After so many cloudy and rainy days I couldn't help but create a card that had some sort of light and what better set than Lawn Fawn's how delightful.

Create It

1. Cut and score A2 size card. Set aside.

2. Cut border from patter paper (Sweet Marmalade collection). Set aside

3. Stamp chandelier onto wood sheet. Adhere your already cut borders.

4. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock letter and on to white piece of cardstock. Adhere as shown on card.

5. Finish off by adding yellow stickles and heart shape paper lace.

This card is a bit different for my style. I still loved it especially the texture on the wood paper. Speaking of which do any of you have Daiso stores near you? I discovered this store a while ago like 6 years and totally forgot about it. Anyhow, it's japanese and they bring the cutest things for crafts among other things at an affordable price ($1.50-$5). The wood page/laminate is amazing it's really thin real wood and it's only $1.50 (it makes three A2 cards). The heart paper lace is also from that store. I'll share pics of the different lace designs on another post.

Hope your day is as bright as the shinning sun on a fresh, clear, spring day :)

Blessings,
Jessica

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I'm Back!!

I have so much to share and don't know where to start. I guess I should start by thanking all you sweet gals who dropped such thoughtful email notes while I was away :) My time with my family (mom and sister) was lovely. I wish we would've had better weather and more time. We left so many places unseen- but no matter, means they'll just have to come again :) I also discovered I'm not meant to be a tour guide. I don't do well in the city (driving). I get stressed out easily and I dislike being away from home after 12:00 pm. A weirdo, maybe, I rather think of it as a challenge that needs conquering perhaps with a little encouragement from a real tour guide a driver would help too ;)

On a different note...

Today was my first day at my studio and I have to admit I was so rusty. I've missed blogging and visiting all you crafty, clever, creative girls. I don't realize how much inspiration I get from all you. So keep the craft coming :)

Speaking of which. Have you peaked through the recently released Embellish Magazine. I am loving every bit of it. It is hip, trendy and full of amazing projects. It is easy to browse not hard on your eyes and at a mere $3 you just can't go wrong. My husband is not much into all that kind of stuff but when he saw it he thought it was awesome (design wise). Ashely (and her crew) outdid themselves. Congrats you guys on such clever concept and best of success!!!


To get access go visit the Embellish Magazine blog for details.

Thanks again for coming by. I'll be back tomorrow with some Lawn Fawn creations and more catch up :)

Blessings,
Jessica