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

Friday, April 15, 2011

Miss You

Hello.

Hope you've all been enjoying your spring so far. I know I was definitely off to great start!

First off the weeks just went by like a breeze... my sister came and spent 10 days with me. And if you have a sister (or a best girlfriend) then you know how it goes. We laughed and laughed, ate great food, had lots of fun, watched movies and the best of it all we had long talks (relationship, life, career, etc). Our outdoor exploring was kept to a minimum do to the terrible rainy weather. But that didn't stop us from having a blast. I miss her tons already. Hopefully she'll spend summer with me ;) 

And then...

Have you been to Moxie Fab World lately? Cath is hosting loads of paper crafting challenges. When I was browsing I couldn't help but join in the fun. I mean why not? I have easter, mother's day, graduation, a couple of birthdays... needless to say I'm in need of some homemade goodies for these coming up events and what best way to get them juices flowing than with a challenge :) 

Today I'm sharing my take on the Card Set Challenge

                             

I created this very simple combo (my intention is to make one for 4 very special ladies in my life for mother's day) using 6 pieces of cardstock and some scraps. Nothing went to waist... I love it when that happens. The package is sophisticated and rustic and the cards are elegant with an organic flare.

                             

 Here's a view of the little package all sealed up ready for mailing :)


This is a close up of the way I chose to fasten my little package. I thought of velcro but then decided to go a it more of the classic route ;) 


For a better view click on the images.

Don't worry I'll be making more of these sets and next time I'll post a how to guide (not like  any of you pros need it or anything just for my records ;) 

Thanks for coming by and try giving this challenge a shot. 
Have a great Friday!!

Hugs,
Jessica 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring Theme



Hi.


Just wanted to pop in quickly to share a card a card I made a  few weeks ago. This was for a very good friend of mines birthday. I thought because it's so close to spring that I'd create something reminiscing that. Sorry for the quality of the image but the card had to go and I was only able to shoot twice :)


I love the color and the texture. The bottom blue is glittery and the bird is a sticker I placed on some PTI spring moss cardstock. 


Sorry for the quick stop but I have tons to do including a nearly 3 hour drive to the city to pick up my sweet sister who's going to be with me for spring break. I can't wait :) 


I'm off... have a fabulous weekend!!!
Hugs,
Jessica