Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Celebrate

Well hello there...

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

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

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

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

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

Hugs,
Jessica

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Coolest Dad

Hi!

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


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




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


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


Thanks for coming by! 
Hugs,
Jessica

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Thinking Of You

Hello.

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


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


Hugs,
Jessica

Monday, May 30, 2011

Heureux Day

Hello.

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

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


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


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

Heureux day!!
Jessica

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

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


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



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

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

One Of A Kind

Hello.

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

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


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


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


Enjoy your day!!
Jessica

Monday, May 23, 2011

Thinking Of You

Hello.


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


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


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


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


Hugs,
Jessica

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #10

Hello.

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




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


Hugs,
Jessica 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sun Kissed

Hi.


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


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


Hugs,
Jessica

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Maybe A Cupcake Will Help

Hello.


It's been a week since I've been around. I've missed you all :) I'll tell you things pile high rather quickly. I had some minor oral surgery (kept me down for two days), then my daughter had the nasty flu, and finally I found out that our move to Oregon is official, Eugene here we come!!! So to say that my house has been hectic for the last week would be a major understatement. 


Nothing like a cupcake to ease the confusion... especially if it's stamped and colored in yummy colors ;) Lately I've been creating treat cards. Like the one above. They are cute and easy to pair with anything. If you just want to say hello, miss you, love you, happy birthday... a cupcake will do the job. From the many I have in my stamp collection I found myself attracted to the yummy Lawn Fawn treats. Here are a couple of more cards created with {this} stamp set from Lawn Fawn.


 I used the same color scheme for all three since it's so cheery.


There you have it my craving for cupcakes has been somewhat appeased... Hope you enjoyed the inspiration. I'll be back soon to post some more creations. 

On a different note a very exciting one too. My blog is going to go through some major changes. I hope to make it easier to navigate, clean and I'll be including my newest project which is crafty but on a different level. I'll be posting more as the day gets closer!! I can't wait to share it with you all :) 

Hugs,
Jessica

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hello Sweet Friend

Hello.

Mid week already... I don't want to sound so cliche but time does fly. What is it? Age, busy-ness, fun, or all of the above? Which ever one relates to you I know for a fact that all this teaches me is to appreciate everyday that comes my way!


For today I wanted to quickly share a very simple card I created for a good friend of mine. I wanted to incorporate the pattern paper and some what allow it to stand out just because I like it :)  The embellie is a punchout and the sentiment is from PTI set and my own handwriting. Because the design was so simple I thought I'd add some depth to it by adding layers to my base card. Overall I think it's a sweet card ;) 


Hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs,
Jessica

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thinking Of You


Hello.


One of the things I've been enjoying lately is creating cards using pattern cardstock as my base. Cardmaking becomes simple, challenging (depending on the color pattern paper and materials at hand to create embellies) and they are just fun to make especially if your planning on making one for every occasion that comes your way :) 


Today I created a card that uses only three elements. A butterfly which I already had colored and cut (from a previous project), a stamp and a fine tip marker. It literally took less than 5 minutes to put this card together. The overall effect is simple, fun and cute. 


One of the many things I enjoy about this hobby is that it brings friends together from every corner of the globe. Sometimes you might even find some close to you. Today I have a card making party at my house and can't wait to get crafty with friends. I love gleaning inspiration from others. So with that being said I'm off to prepare my house. Thanks for coming by :)


Have a great Tuesday!
Jessica 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sending You Warm Wishes

Hello.

Hope you had a fabulous mothers day!!! Mine was simply lovely. I was able to celebrate with my two greatest gifts of all my husband and sweet daughter and as a plus I received {this} very pretty fragrance from Lolia 


It's been quiet around here lately. I haven't forgotten you I've been working on home projects, homeschooling, etc., you all know how it goes. I love it when it's time to sit at the table and work on cards or anything crafty. So for today I have a few more attempts at the Tissue Paper Magic Challenge over at Moxie Fab World. Today is the last day so you have a couple of more hours to give this challenge a try :) 

First up is one of my favorites cards. I sent it out to my husbands aunt for mothers day. To create it I used PTI's Up, Up & Away balloon and cloud and Hero Arts mega sentiment. I stamped the hot air balloon and then took tissue paper (single sheet) with a bowl of water beside me and created strands. I then adhered them to the balloon and cut it out. Because tissue paper was the star of the occasion I created a ruffle to bring my card oh so beautifully together (at least in my sight). 


Here's a close up of the strands on the hot air balloon. The overall effect is quite pretty and the texture is lovely.


Next up is a flower hair clip I made for my daughter. I used 5 layers of tissue paper. I stamped the upper sheet and then cut out petals. I glued all the sheets together to create one thick sheet and then used mod podge on every petal twice. I did the same for the leaves. I finished off with a chrome colored pearl. 



This is how it looks on the back. Very clean and very easy to use.


Last tissue paper project for this challenge (I'm working on other projects) is of course a tutu. My little girl has two of these around the house. They are loved and used daily. So I used my daughters little tutu as an inspiration for this sweet welcome baby card. To create it I stamped my baby onsie image and then over it I layered 12 single tissue paper petals. I then used one of my left over strands from my hot air balloon and used it as a band. I finished off by adding an orange flower brad. To bring it all together I finished off by stamping the sentiment using the same orange as the flower and creating a faux stitch and some distressing. 


Hope you found some inspiration. I have some more cards I've created but I'll share those with you another time. Thanks for coming by and for all your sweet comments on my previous posts :) 


Hugs,
Jessica 

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Life Long Stitch

 Hello.


It's been a few days since I've been around. I went on an impromptu trip to Oregon on one of my husbands business trip. It was fun but very tiering especially when done with a 4 year old (she's an awesome traveler).


Any how I have been creating more projects/cards for mother's day and today I wanted to share one of them which I also created for the Moxie Fab World: Tissue Paper Magic. It's amazing how simple it is to incorporate tissue paper in projects once your minds been challenged. 


This card is a sweet super girly card. I used the tissue paper as a frame. Because I was going to do some stitching and because I'm not good at it I thought making it the theme of the card was the way to go. So I incorporated elements that were fitting (buttons, thread spools, sentiment).


Over all I love this card because of the different textures (the sentiment is embossed white) and color palette. If you look closely the spools have real thread around them which gives it such a natural touchy look.


Thanks for coming by. I have a few more cards/project I created with tissue paper. But I'll share those with you some other time. Bye, bye for now :) 

Hugs,
Jessica

Friday, April 22, 2011

Gearing Up

Hi.

Recently I've been working on graduation and birthday gifts for some dear friends/family. Now I'm gearing up for mother's day. That's what todays card is about. This one I'll be pairing up with a tea set and a book. 


The card is very simple and yet classy enough for a mother's day gift set. I'm working on creating more of these in different color combos (just the flower really). When I finish them I'll post a pic for you all to see :) 


To create it I used Amy Butler K&Company and PTI's All Booked Up stamp sets. It's a single panel card with just the one flower popped up for contrast. I used my corner rounder and a sweet  sentiment. That makes this card very easy to replicate many times. 


How are you coming along with your mother's day cards/gift sets? If you have any sweet ideas don't hesitate to share them with me ;) I'm always on the look out for fresh ideas. One can never have too much inspiration :) 


Well gotta go! It's Friday and here in my home every end of the week is a celebration!! Literally. So I have some cleaning and cooking to do. Enjoy your weekend!!


Blessings,
Jessica

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hello Spring

Hello. 

Today I have a card I created for Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger. When I saw the image I found it irresistible. Aren't those colors inspiring? So spring-y. 


The one thing that popped out from this image were its colors. I wanted to create a card that captured the warmth and "season" of these classic shades. So here's my take... a little girl flying a kite amidst pretty flowers. 


Here's a close up shot of the sweet dolly. I used color pencils for her (Crayola). 


And finally a back view of the card.


My definition of spring encapsulated in one circular card {sigh}.

**Hi I just wanted to add that I am adding this card to Wee Memories Challange. This time is all about cute (thanks Laura for the suggestion ;). Today is the last day for this challenge so hurry, hurry you have till midnight!


Thanks for coming!! Hopefully this card inspires you to give this challenge a try :) 


Hugs,
Jessica

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eco Pretties

Hello.
I'm back!! I have one more set of cards I created a couple of days ago. This one is super simple and eco friendly too!! I created it in honor of the upcoming Earth Day celebration. These cuties are made using PTI's Flower Fusion #2. I love the images... so simple, so pretty and so affordable. How can you go wrong with that ;)                           




  

I made six cards in total. The design was the same the only thing that changed was the sentiment and the color of the flower (which was adhered to the inside of the card). I also traced the outside of the flower to give it more definition. Here's the set of six. Click on the image for clearer view.


 

Well I'm off to finish my Tuesday Trigger card. Speaking of which, have you seen the trigger for this week? I love it!! It is so springy and girly. You should definitely go check it out.

Thanks for coming by. I'll see ya later!
Jessica 

Pretty Thing


This is my final project for the Home Decor challenge over at Moxie fab World. This one I created for my library. I love books... old vintage books (I have some from the early 1900's), modern classy books and everything in between. I don't know if journals count as a book because if they do then I definitely love those too :) 


I snatched this pretty frame about 2 or 3 months ago. I knew I wanted to create something with it but didn't know what. Until Cath came along with all that yummy inspiration and a few stamps, punches and inks later here's the end result. I love how all those bright medallions look and the sentiment is ideal. 


Thanks for coming by!! 
Hugs,
Jessica

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Butterfly Wishes


Hello.


Today I have another canvas I crated for the Home Decor challenge over at Moxie Fab. I love to create these paper goodies not to mention the inspiration from you girls makes it so easy to come up with ideas for my long list of gifts. Love it!! For this one project in particular I'm hoping to make a set of three (not sure how though) for my daughter's room. 


To create it I used an 8" X 8" canvas (again from the dollar store) and then cut out these pretty butterflies  using my Papertrey Ink butterfly die. I finished off the canvas with a twist in one of PTI's Up, Up & Away sentiments. To create it I used webster pages cardstock letter stickers and my handwriting. 


Thanks for all your sweet comments on my previous projects!! You girls make my day and also inspire me to create more :) 


I'm off to blow bubbles with my little girl. Enjoy your afternoon/evening.


Hugs,
Jessica

Monday, April 18, 2011

Birthday Wishes



Ok. Here is my third and final attempt at the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge over at Moxie Fab World. I just couldn't resist posting up this flower made out of hot air balloons. I believe the possibilities are truly endless with this set. 


To create it I simply stamped two of the hot air balloon images of the PTI Up, Up, & Away stamp set (which I love). I stamped it alternating the images (big one, small one, etc). Then I cut out as a whole and then cut through the lines to create depth. I added white to some of the stripes to create a pattern and to bring the focus to the blue center. Which is then completed by the blue background. I finished off with a sentiment from the same set. CAS!


Hope you've enjoyed these creations and are inspired to try something fun and different :) 


Hugs,
Jessica

Fly Away With Me


Hi.


I wanted to stop quickly to post another sweet and simple card I created for Moxie Fab World In My Beautiful Balloon challenge. 


This card literally took me 10-15 min. to create. I love the colors and the clean design. I think I might be making a set of these. Think of it- a set of 7 cards one in every color shown in the balloon. It'd be such a bright set :) 


Thanks for coming by!! In the meantime I'll be working on other fun challenges. I love all the inspiration. You ladies are all so amazing. TFS!!


See ya later!!
Jessica

Up & Away

Hi.


I'm back to post my take on two of Moxie Fab World challenges- In My Beautiful Ballon and Home Decor.


Just like I mentioned in an earlier post these challenges couldn't have come at a better time. I'm loving creating these goodies for friends and loved ones. This one in particular is a gift set for someone very dear to me. She's graduating this year and I thought the sentiment in the canvas was very appropriate. The simplicity of this set makes it a winner. You can make one for every graduate or birthday boy/girl in your family by just changing color and sentiment. The best thing is how affordable they are- and really, who doesn't appreciate a homemade gift? :) 




Here's an image of the canvas. It's an 8" X 8" plain white canvas I snatched from my local dollar store. I'm working on  a coordinating set (3) for my daughters room. Can't wait to show you :) 




Thanks for coming by. I'm sorry for the quality of the image. I'll be attempting more shots throughout the day. For now click on the image for clearer view.
**Hopefully this is a better image. I'm awful at taking pictures of white projects**


Hope your week sets off to great jumpstart!!
Hugs,
Jessica


Materials:
Stamps: PTI's Up, Up, & Away
Cardstock: Basic White
Other: Color inks, pen and canvas

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Around The House

Hello.

Life around here is never dull. Although I don't take the time to chronicle every single event I can assure you something crafty is always happening. We're always on the look out for wholesome fun.

Lately we've been we've been on experimenting mode. My 4 year old daughter is my best helper :) 

First up easter eggs. I've never blown out eggs before so I though this year would be it. I wen t and bought some free range organic chicken eggs and began the not so tedious process. To my surprise it was easier than I anticipated. I manage to blow out 11 out of the 12 (only one cracked). The hardest thing for me is decorating them. Here the only one I've done so far. I want to be able to preserve them and also want a CAS design on them. So I'm still looking for ideas (suggestions welcomed). 

I dyed the egg with very light pink pigment then took the border of my Sassafrass sweet marmalade pattern paper and adhered it around then finished it with tutti fruity glitter. It looks better in real life.


Next up a Gluten free triple berry macadamia muffin. I've been experimenting with gluten free baked goods from breads to desserts and everything in between. With this special diet I've noticed that the key for good eating is to plan ahead. I don't buy frozen or packaged foods because they don't always taste good and they are very expensive. So making everything from scratch is crucial and also more enjoyable :) 

This muffin recipe is a compilation of recipes. I'm still trying to simplify it and when I do if you're interested in it shoot me an email and I'll be more than happy to share it with you :) If you are not GF then try it with your favorite blueberry muffin recipe simply substitute the blueberries for triple berries and add macadamias. It's a real treat and plus it looks pretty.


And last but certainly not least... we've begun our herb garden. My daughter has her tiny flat and I have mine. We are growing cilantro, parsley, oregano, basil and chamomile (just for the pretty flowers and we love the tea). So far everything is blooming wonderfully. We can't wait to transfer them to our vintage pots and display them in the kitchen where they will be used for our everyday cuisine.


Well those are some of the things that have kept us busy around here lately. I'm also working on some more projects for the Moxie Fab World Challenges. I'll be back in a few to post up my take on the In My Beautiful Balloon challenge. Today is the last day so hurry and get your creative caps on and see you there ;)

Hope your Sunday is full of wonder and charm!!
Hugs,
Jessica