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Monday, March 10, 2014

Stopping by to say "Hi"

I told you it wouldn't be long until my next blog post!

I made this set of four cards as a teacher gift. I know it's awhile until the end of the school year, but it takes me so long lately to complete a project I thought I should get going. I made these four cards over two days. It is slow sometimes, but at least I'm squeaking in time. :-)

I wanted to use some Distress Inks in my project. I haven't made a mess with them in awhile and I knew they could give me the look I had in mind. I used water color paper and embossed the Tim Holtz Flourish stamp in copper embossing powder. I then inked with lots of colors of ink and then spritzed like crazy. 

 I embossed the sentiment on the chocolate brown in copper too. I then added a small pop dot in the center and adhered it flat on the ends. It's subtle dimension. Just enough.
Of course I made matching envelopes as well. The inside also has a little of the flourish stamped as well.
I inherited an older DSLR camera. I am trying it out here. I have a lot to learn about the settings so bear with me. I'm sorry if these are a tiny bit blurry and not quite the right colors. I can't wait to figure it out and post some better pics. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Playing catch up...

Hello friends. It seems like I'm always playing catch up lately. I am now working two jobs and being mom and wife too. I am sorry for leaving my blog unloved for so long. I thought the children would become more independent and need me less. It seems I am needed all the more these days. :-)

I have some photos to share that I took of things as I was making them. Some of these items were made long ago, but I still want to share. 

This first photo is a gift we gave at a wedding last November. I wrapped it in brown butcher paper and cut out the white flowers on my Silhouette SD. I then glued them all over the box. I made a gift tag to go with it. I love that it is so pretty, but so simple. Only two kinds of paper and a little string on the tag. You don't always need a lot of supplies to make something look nice. 

This next project was for my childrens' school mates. Around here kids bring treats to share on their birthdays. I always feel sorry for the kids in the class who have food allergies and can't have cupcakes or whatever else is brought in. I always send something that isn't food. I made bookmarks again this year. I cut out all of the blue, tag shaped book marks on my Silhouette. (What would I do without that thing?) Then I used an embossing folder with dots and circles on it to dry emboss them all. I made about 60.
 Next I used the stamp set I have from Papertrey Ink called All booked up. I stamped "Let me save your spot" and then punched them out with a circle punch. I punched a green circle for behind these and matted them on top.

 I used a glue dot to adhere them all on. It worked best, as the base was textured. I added green ribbon to the top of each one that matched the green circles. Sorry I don't have a pic with the ribbons! ;-/
 This was a set I made to donate. Super simple. They were made with Hero Arts Note cards and matching envelopes. I love the quality of them.
 I use a lot of "sympathy" and "get well" cards for a church group I belong to. When someone isn't feeling well or has a loss in their family we send out a card.


 This was a set I made to give as a gift as well. It's hard to see, but the butterflies are shimmery.

 I made a bunch of these to have on hand. I am always needing manly cards. When I have an inspiration for one I try to make it right away. I hate it when I loose the idea. ;-)
 These were more to have on hand as well. The leaves are shimmery. I made matching envelopes.
 I don't make all of my Christmas cards the same anymore. I like to make a variety. This is one I did make a lot of though. I bought the stamp and matching die at Archiver's. The sentiments, stamps and dies I used were from Hero Arts.
 Sorry this one is sideways. Blogger is not letting me choose to rotate some of these photos, but it will others.
This one is just a simple one layer card I did using Distress Inks by Ranger. I spritzed it with shimmery spray, so it really looks beautiful in person.
This is the Valentine I made for my childrens' classmates and Girl Scout troop members. I used a Hero Arts stamp set called "LOL". I made a little cell phone out of it by adding a chord and plug. The plug is just card stock and staples.
 My sister just had a birthday I made her a card, tag and gift bag that matched. I love these Maya Road envelopes that have fun shapes.

 I also gave her a set of birthday cards. Some, pictured below are girly, and some were more gender neutral colors.  I had fun stamping and heat embossing the background. Then I water colored on them. While they were still wet I spritzed them with some Tattered Angels shimmery spray. They are stunning!
 Sorry, once again for the sideways pic. I added the background to blue cards, added a sentiment and then embellished with punched out white stars that I covered in Ranger Glossy Accents.

 I even added some inside. I think the inside and the envelope are just as important as the outside.
Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my creations. I will try to be better about updating my blog more often. You know I LOVE to share. :-)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A quick share that was shared....

Huh?
That title is very confusing.

Well I was surprised to see my card that I sent into Mail Call with Kristina Werner shared on her video. Here is my card.


I snapped this photo before I sent it off to her.

She was right on the video. I colored the tree with markers and then misted it with water before I stamped it. I also colored the greeting on the front with markers to get the effect that it was ombre.

Stop by her blog and see the rest of the amazing cards she received.

http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/?p=10279&cpage=1#comment-113044

I really love all of the interactive cards. I need to try some of those. :-)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Welcome readers of Sweet Living Magazine!!

A very big welcome to the readers of Sweet Living Magazine. I am so honored to be included in the most recent newsletter  of the magazine.  If you are a follower of my blog, I highly recommend you check it out. It is a beautiful, free, online magazine.  Here is a link:
http://www.sweetlivingmagazine.co.nz/





 
In the newsletter issue I submitted an idea for a simple, yet pretty birthday card. I included the directions as well. Please stop by the magazine to take a peek at what I did.
 





I wanted to share more about creating a card and so I asked Jane if I could create additional projects for her readers.  I think you can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to be with stamping. Once you have some stamps and ink you can do as much or as little as you like. So I also created a matching envelope to put the card in.


Who wouldn't like to see this in their mail box? I bet it would be the first thing they would open.

I wanted to show you one more idea on using this same stamp set. This technique is still quite simple, but requires a little more thought. I decided to use the same stamps, but a long thin greeting this time. I wanted to mask off the area where the greeting would be. I got a Post-It label and cut it in half. (You can use anything really. Junk mail or scraps from other projects are fine.) Then I put it on the card where I wanted the greeting to appear.


Next I put another old Post-It note (that I have used as a mask before) and covered the back of the card. I have all my inks and stamps ready to go here above my project.


I stamped the flowers and leaves above and below the post it label and didn't worry about overlapping it. I like to vary the size and colors that are  next to each other. It keeps your eye moving and makes it more interesting.


This particular stamp set has a matching set of dies. I used them to cut out some flowers that I will adhere with pop up foam adhesive later. I stamped the matching stamps on the cut out flowers and put them to the side to dry for a minute.


So you see what happens when I peel up the label? There is a perfectly clean space ready for me to stamp the greeting in. This is so simple!


You can see here that I added the pop up flowers next.


So my greeting stands out and looks very clean and elegant. I like to add gems as well. They add another layer of sparkle and fun.


Don't forget the back and the inside. They are just as important to making the whole card look finished. I like to sign the back to show this card was made just for the recipient.


The popped up flowers add some dimension that is fun and pretty. They squish down flat inside the envelope so you shouldn't have to worry about mailing this to a friend.


Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek at my projects. I wanted to credit Papertrey Ink for the stamp set and matching dies. Their online shop is located here:  http://www.papertreyink.com/
The inks are by Memento, Colorbox and Doodlebug.

Please stop by again soon to see more sharing.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I've been making some cards to sell

Hello everyone. Do any of you make cards to sell?  I have tried it in the past and had very little success. I had a brain storm and decided to try selling some that have a gift inside. I will share the first couple that I made.
 


I had fun using stamps from Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp. I made a set of two. One to send to a friend and one to sell.


Here is the greeting inside.


Here are the matching envelopes.

 
Inside each card is a bookmark to send as a gift. Here is the beginning. I stamped the flower on the card on the bookmark also. I punched out the saying on the bookmarks with some circle punches and set them in place to work out the sizing.
 


Here they are all colored. I love colored pencils, so I enjoyed taking my time and using them here.


I added bakers twine to the tops. I thought it would be less bulky and easier to mail if that is what the purchaser wants.


Thanks for stopping in to take a look.

I am planning on adding more to my Etsy shop soon. If you are interested please stop in. I am looking for new employment and am hoping this will help in the meantime.  If you have advice or tips please leave me a comment.

Monday, August 12, 2013

I'm starting a new adventure with my sister.

Hi all.

I'm stopping in to let you all know about a new blog I have started with my sister. Our first post was today and we are super excited.  If you are interested, please stop by and see what we are up to.

http://makelearngrow.wordpress.com/

We will be blogging about things we like to craft, make, and even some wacky things we have planned to try. We hope to learn a few things along the way and share them with all of you.

I will still continue with this blog. Never fear. I enjoy paper crafting too much to give up this fun place I have created here.

Thank you for all of you who follow me. I am so flattered that anyone would want to read what I have to say. Please keep coming by. I will be posting again soon. I have a lot of cards to make for a giveaway I will be doing through church. More on that to come.

Have a super great day.

Jessica

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

More inspiration...Leaves

Here is a little more inspiration from my garden. This time I took a lot of photos of leaves. I think they are just as beautiful as flowers.  Flowers just show off with all that color. Take a look and tell me what you think.

Here is parsley. I like how the light is hitting it. 


Here are some Zinnia. I like how the leaves grow up the stem.


Here is a pumpkin leaf. That is my creepy hand, by the way.


Here they are from farther away. I love how they grow like giant cups. The water runs off towards the roots. Nature is amazing. 


This is a sunflower leaf. 


This is my creepy hand again. I have to say ,for a girl, I have huge hands. This shows how huge they are. 


These are tomato leaves. They are so ruffle. The branches get so graceful.


Basil! The leaves are shiny and curvy.
I like the veining as well. 


Romaine lettuce. 


Morning Glories. I like how the leaf is dark and the veins are light.


Delphinium. The shape is lovely.


Black Eyed Susan. I like how the leaves grow in layers and then the flowers grow up out of the layers all of a sudden.


Geraniums. The leaves are just as pretty as the blooms in my book. I love how each variety of geranium has different colored leaves.


Mystery tree in my front yard. Love it! The light hits it in a new way constantly. 


These plants are inspiring to me because I can look at the pictures over and over and learn how the light and shadows work. I can learn about the best ways to draw them as well. If I have a stamp to color in I want it to look as realistic as possible. 

I hope this inspired you a little.