Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
There is a challenge each week on the blog, so check it out every Thursday. As usual, I am just sliding into home base with mine. But I couldn't resist playing along. The challenge that ends tonight is for fall type colors - rust, brown, and either green or yellow. I obviously went with green on mine. I have seen yellow frogs, but chose the traditional green! :) The little froggie fella sitting beside her is actually a separate stamp.
The papers here are Basic Grey Scarlet's Letter. The bow, hair barrettes, ponytail holders, ruffle, and petticoat are all painted in shimmerz. The card base is also edged in it as well as the little dots I added along the way here and there. Whoops - so is the center of this beautiful Prima flower. Buttons are Making Memories and the stitched grosgrain ribbon is from my stash, so I am sorry I don't know the mfg. Border punch is Martha Stewart. I realized after scanning this that I really need something in the lower left hand corner to balance it all out, so I will probably go back and add a little something. I masked the dress to add the flourishes to match the ones in the papers.
Have a great evening! See you tomorrow! :)
I have decided to get back to my stamping roots so to speak. After a long talk with hubby a week or so ago, we have both come to the decision that it was in my best interest to leave several of the Design Teams that I was a part of. Please please please let me make this perfectly clear - no one has done anything to cause me to walk away. This is my choice. I am not angry with anyone, and no one has done anything to upset me.
I just need to get back to being me. I feel that I have lost that along the papercrafting way, and it was making me not so happy. And I need my crafting to bring me peace, relaxation, joy, and a sense of worship to my precious Heavenly Father. It wasn't really doing that so much for me for a while there. And I must get back to that.
I need to get back to stamping in my style. And so you will be seeing more of the vintage stuff again. More of that sassy whimsical touch that I used to throw on every once in a while (like the cuddly spider from the other day, but I promise, no spiders for a while since most of you have made it clear you don't care much for them! grins!)
Please continue to frequent these wonderful stores. The artists work very hard to bring you creative, amazing digi images on a constant basis. and I hope to maintain a friendship with all of the lovely people I have met through these Teams.
I have some fun Guest opportunities coming up as well as continuing my work with Doodle Beans. I know that blog hits will drop as well as the possibility of losing followers, but that is not with this crafting/blogging thing is all about for me anyhow. It is about the process - the creativity - and the need to do it even if no one ever looks at another thing I make. I do it because I have to. Because it is a part of who I am. and it is a part of me I have to be true to.
love to you all!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
There are some people in this wacky world who love spiders and there are some people who don't. I happen to be a spidey lover - hubby and Ryan are NOT in a most definite way. They do not like my card. They were even mad at me and wouldn't talk to me after I made it. That made me giggle. Just for that I think I am going to send it to David at work one day out of the blue......
DZ Doodles has some wonderful images, but this happens to be one of my faves. This week Kim and Diane have a color challenge going on - use orange and black. I knew immediately that I wanted to feature my spidey friend on a card! I had picked up a remnant of this gorgeous lace trim at JoAnn's the other day, and it seemed like a perfect match with its web-like appearance. The paper is from the Basic Grey Ambrosia collection. I added some vintage buttons from my stash and some orange stickles for some fun glittery touches.
Hope that all of you are doing well. Chat with you again soon!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I was reminded this morning while reading the new challenge over at Stampin Sisters in Christ, that we need to be thankful in all things. How like God to know that I had this card planned for today! :) It is amazing to me how such little things can be of importance to Him. and what a difference they can make in our lives. It's not a big deal really, but it is certainly enough to make me grin and know that in His way, He is saying, "see, my child, I know EVERYTHING about you and I am watching. I know it all, and I care about every detail of your day. I love you THAT MUCH!" and so I say 'thank you, God, for loving me always, most especially when I don't deserve it', which feels like most of the times. and thank you, faithful blogging friends, for sticking with me through the good times and bad! so this card is for you! you touch my day each time you stop by and join me for a cuppa, leave a little comment love, which is in itself leaving a little bit of yourself behind for me to cherish. :)
My card uses this wonderful digi from Doodle Beans. It is available in both black and brown print. Here I have used the brown. The paper is Basic Grey Indian Summer. I sponged rose on the sentiment and around the edges. Artichoke was inked over the distressed edges and also sprayed using my ink squirty tool. I did a light gold wash over the entire piece. The leaves and berries were filled in with spiced cider shimmerz paint. I added this fabby glitter flourish from Making Memories and a handfull of buttons from my vintage stash. Some JoAnn's lace trim and vintage seam tape finish off the card.
I guess what makes me giggle the most about this card is that I had one of my all time fave CD's playing while I was making it - one by a group called 'The Insyderz' entitled Skalleluia. They are a Christian Ska band. It is just so in contrast to my card - but that is me! sassy and shabby all at the same time! :) good thing God loves me just as I am, but is always moving me to where HE wants me to be!!! thank Heavens for grace!
Have a glorious day! love ya!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Welcome to the 1st S2G Members Blog Hop sponsored by Shirley's2Girls! If you've just happened upon my blog, you can CLICK HERE to start from the beginning at the S2G Challenge Blog. If you arrived here from *HELEN's* fabby blog, then you are right on track!
I have made several things for you to see - so let's get started.......
The first uses one of the new Thanksgiving sets for the Twisted Thursday challenge - use the sketch and incorporate a pumpkin somewhere. The paper is K & Co. Greenhouse. Love this spunky new pack!!! All of the leaves and such are outlined with my spica glitter pen to add some sparkly shine. Love the ginormous Prima accent!!! The card base top and bottom are painted in butter cream shimmerz to add more glitz. The pumpkin felt sticker is a glitter one. This is a really fun digi set, so go check it out!
My next project uses this adorable garden digi plus the watering can template featured over at SCS this week on the newsletter. I have also added a few flower lollipops that include some vintage buttons from my stash. This set wil be a little giftie for my Secret Sister! so shhhhhhh......... I sure hope she likes it!! :) This template was so fun and easy to work with, made even more so by the simplicity of re-sizing the digi to fit my project! Thanks S2G!!! :D The gloves and scissors are painted in shimmerz to give them some sparkle - 'cause you knw that is what I like to do! grins! A little shabby, a little sassy - that is me! of course if it is a S2G project ther has to be some stickles on it, so I used gunmetal on the tag and the lollipop polka dot scallop circles.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I used this fun paper from K & Co. called Greenhouse. It is just as spunky as can be! The flowers and buttons are from Making Memories; baker's twine is Martha Stewart. Added in a bit of my fave vintage seam tape to complete this fun card!
Be sure to play along with us! TGIF to all of you!
Love ya bunches! Jennifer
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This stamp set has long been one of my very faves. I couldn't wait to get it out and inky again. I decided to emboss it in gold on natural cs, and then use my watercolors on this thick paper to see how vibrant it would turn out. the paper did not disappoint!!! look how those colors just pop!!! The beautiful dp is by Anna Griffin and was also inked with a gorgeous verse in Versamark for a subtle bg effect. I then embossed the pomegranate in gold in the lower corner. I added the luscious gold May Arts ribbon, a Prima flower, button, and gold cord. All edges were inked in gold.
The really cool part about this whole project - while I was making it, Ryan had pulled out one of our very favorite movies of all time, Godspell. I had that playing in the background while i was creating!!! Had a hard time keeping my feet still!! He and I were both singing along the entire time!!! What a glorious way to worship in more ways than one!! :)
I am also using this card for the Whimsy Stamps challenge - use embossing - heat or dry - on a project. this is my first time playing in one of their challenges. I used to emboss all the time and had forgotten just how much I really enjoy it! thanks for taking me down memory lane - both with a long forgotten technique and a treasured stamp set! :)
Today is my Guest DT day over at Digital Delights by Louby Lou!!! I am so excited!!!! I have 3 projects to show you, so hold on to your horses, grab your coffee, and enjoy!!! :)
•Patriotic card - When I first saw this cute little guy, I knew that I wanted to try out my brand new Jenni Blowlin Trendy mini paper pack to go with him! All coloring is watercolors and his hat, bowtie, coat, and the spotlighted area have been painted over with crystal stickles. I added in some fun little extra embellies from Making Memories Vintage Findings packs in addition to their tiny buttons and May Arts plaid ribbon. some distessing on the edges of the papers adds to the fun of this happy patriotic card! Makes you ready to celebrate anything! :)
•Present card - How would you like to be surprised with a raccoon in your prezzie for the holidays? Well if he is as cute as this fella - the answer would be a loud YES!!! :) When I saw him, I knew that I wanted to make a Christmas card, so I grabbed my Basic Grey Wassail paper pack and went to town!!! The card measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square. All of the gold painted areas are covered in beeswax shimmerz for that extra fun glittery shine! A sparkly Prima ornament and flowers along with some teeny tiny buttons add to the holiday feel. Sure to make someone's Christmas a wee bit brighter!
•Bandana Sheriff card - Howdy Pardner! This fella welcomes you to town complete with his ten gallon hat and western bandana. He has the shiny sheriff's star courtesy of beeswax shimmerz (which was also painted on the other metal star embellies). A gingham ribbon, leather button, and some twine help complete the western look. The bandana paper by Flair Designs has been edged in faux stitching. Our owl friend was watercolored and then sponged with darker ink to give more texture. His vest was sponged with white craft ink to give a worn feel. The feather is his hat is actually the top of a leaf stick pin that I removed and then adhered. It just seemed too perfect to resist! This card would be just the thing to send along to that guy in your life!
Check out the fun digis that Wendy has available for you. Each week she has a Freebie Friday giveaway, there are fun challenges to enjoy, tutorials every Tuesday, and just lots of inspiration for any project you could possibly imagine! Thanks, Wendy, for the chance to be a part of your crew for the week! What an honor! :)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
My card uses more of these beautiful papers from K & Co. - I only found one of each sheet at Michael's the other day, so I want to use them on precious projects. A Mo certainly qualifies!! :) This digi is one of my faves of hers! I just love these little guys - they remind me so much of the ones from the movie "Willow" - one of my all time favorite movies. I used my distress stickles on the dandelion head - gave a really cool look irl. Also pulled out the handy dandy ink squirty tool with 2 colors of ink - green and brown, over the entire main image. lots of distressing - as if you couldn't tell - tee hee hee!!! Wanted to go with that whole woodsy/rustic feel. The card base is edged in vanilla craft. Love these coconut buttons. seemed the perfect way to finish it off. Couldn't tell you how many projects I have used both this sentiment and this trim on - but obviously I love them both!!!! gotta be thankful for stand-bys! Card is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square.
Be sure to play in the new challenge starting tomorrow. And don't be late to the party like me! :D
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Good morning! Dave surprised me with a Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice Latte this morning he picked up after dropping off the guys at school! man oh man, what a treat!!! that, my friends, is the way to start a morning!!! He said that pre-dawn is way too early to be thinking about coffee, but I told him that it is the PERFECT time to be thinking about coffee! of course, ANY time is the perfect time to be thinking about coffee imo, but that is another story entirely........
so that makes me A HAPPY LITTLE BUNNY! just like this cutie little guy on my card.................
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Good morning! no snow..... so I'm a bit downtrodden..... feeling a bit more like Eeyore than Tigger....... but we will muddle on because that is what Poohs do best here in the Hundred Acre Woods......
(side note - because it was Homecoming week at the HS - Thursday was costume day - Ryan actually went as Tigger - waaaay tooooo funny!!! the little voice box in his costume kept going off in classes all day long! giggles!)
I love my DTs. I really love the people I work with and for. I enjoy the designs and artwork. But sometimes I just need to create for me. I just need to be able to make something that doesn't follow a sketch or color scheme or use a particular image or stamp. It takes me back to why I do this papercrafting in the first place. Why I would still be sitting at that table in my chair with no rushing left in the seat, barely holding on, save for the VERY thin pillow I sits myself upon if all of the DTs went away & the world outside my door went away. So that is what today's post is all about.
I came across this wonderful digi the other day. It is from Paper Gardens. I wanted to use some new K & Co. sheets that I had picked up. These all just seemed to go together. I added in some vintage buttons and leaves punched with a Martha Stewart punch; trim from my ever faithfuul JoAnn's trim dept. and that does it. Even David stopped by twice to tell me he thought it was beautiful. He doesn't use that word often with my cards.
It has been a rough week. I have a new infection I picked up last Sunday after going to church for the first time in ages. When I went to the dr., he said that this is pretty much the way life is going to be for me from now on - I have no immunities anymore, so I will get sick every time I go out and am around people. And with this new disease I have, I will be getting lots of new infections anyway. So it's been difficult coming to terms with all of that. But gosh, I can't just live my life in a bubble, never experiencing anything anymore. Never going anywhere anymore.
So I figure we all take a chance every single day. And I do not walk alone anywhere I go - God walks with me. He is my protector. and if I get sick, oh well. I get sick. But I will not give in. But I will continue to stamp, even though David wants me to quit. I have to. It helps me to deal with everything. And it is my outlet. And it is my small act of worship to a God who has never once left my side. nor will He.
love to you all! Jennifer
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Welcome to the Angel's Landing Blog Hop!!! How exciting is this!!! Thank you sooo very much, Judi, for including me in this hop again! I am thrilled to be a part once again of your fabby new release party!
If you have arrived here from *Lauri's fabby blog*, you are right on track. If at any time you lose your way, just head back over to *Judi's main blog *at Angel's Landing for the master list.
Two new sets are being released today - Penguin Chicks and Season's Tweetings. There are several opportunities for blog candy along the hop as well, so be sure to follow the hop all the way through! Head over to SNR and PCP for some fun chatting throughout the day as well! It's a great place to get to know the ladies of the DT and Judi, as well as other people who love Angel's Landing digis! :)
Now for a peek at a wonderful little fella from a great new digi set!!!
I fell in love with these furry guys from the new set, Penguin Chicks, just as soon as I saw them! Isn't he just adorable with his great hat?!?! My boys all have hats just like these little guys, so maybe that is why they are so special to me. Could also be the special facial expressions that Judi draws on each one of them. A-DOR-A-BLE!!! I used this neat mitten template from over at SCS. printed it out on the new Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper. Decided to go with a folksy/country look, so added a bit of patchwork to the mitten. Adhered some wonderful trim across the top with tiny rhinestones I colored to match using a sharpie. Added a few buttons, 'cause what fun would one of my creations be without a few buttons? :), and there we have it!!! I thought that filling the mitten with a few yards of some gorgeous vintage seam tape would make this the perfect gift - kinda completes the whole theme!
Now hop on over to *Cheryl's most amazing blog* ('cause we know that poor little penguins don't fly!) for more pretties with Judi's digis!!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Don't forget that all of the digis in the store are 50% off for the entire month of October! what a deal! and please please please take a look at the amazing Breast Cancer Awareness Pack put together by many of the fabby designers at D-IC. the digis are fun, but the rewards from purchasing this set will be even longer lasting! :)
I love these cute little Indians on my card - they come from Judy of M & M Designz through D-IC. Hailing from a family with a Native American background, these 2 just warmed my heart! I immediately wanted to pair them up and make a card for my sweetie! The great thing about digis is that you can put several images right up close to one another as I did here. I wanted to keep this card a bit rustic, so I did some distressing and wearing down of the edges to naturalize it. I intentionally popped them up a bit, rather than gluing the edges down smooth. The paper is from Making Memories. The beads are from Flair Desings. That gorgeous flower is a Prima. Don't the colors remind you of a beautiful sunset?!?! Added a bit of natural magic mesh to give some more texture.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
This is a big day, so hold on to your hats, folks!
First of all, there is a fun fun fun contest going on over at the Janlynn Corp. website - it's the Dolly Mamas 'Dolly-isms' Contest! Come up with your own 'Dolly-isms' and send them in before Nov. 30 for your chance to win up to $1000!!!
A 'Dolly-ism' is any statement that 'Dolly' would say in one of the fantastic designs that Joey, the creator of the wonderfully expressive, and definitely edgy, Dolly Mama line. "Laugh until you tinkle in your panties", "I'm wearing my fat pants, so don't piss me off!", and "It's official, I have become my mother"... are just three wonderful Dollyisms Joey has coined for 'Dolly' to say in her uniquely expressive designs. check out the website for more info!!!
Next up is a card I have made using one of the Stamps Happen craft stamps from Janlynn. This is the new Rosie's Present. I thought it would be fun to pair it with this cardinal paper from Making Memories. I painted Rosie to match one of the stray kitties that we have hanging around our house and feed daily. The present, collar, and hat have been painted with shimmerz. Added the vintage button, some fun greenery, trim from JoAnn's, and ribbon from May Arts. a cute little sentiment tag finished off the card! after all, what more could bring holiday happiness to a cat than a garden full of birdies!! :)
now for the candy - I have some special BLOGAVERSARY blog candy for a very special person! maybe that will be YOU!!! The winner will recieve:
- 16 Prima embossed flowers
- over 5 yards ribbons and trims (not all are pictured)
- brown & cream flower buttons
- fall leaf clips
- 3 packs misc. rhinestones
- I-Kan-dee black eyelet brads
- Witches Shoes Stamps Happen wooden stamp
- 4 Recollections fall wooden stamps
- SEI fabric brads
- Colorbok Friendly Forest cs pad
- 3 bottles Studio G glitter glue
- Stampin' Up! Dusty Durango classic ink pad
- plus a few other things I will toss in for fun!
You will have until Saturday at midnight to post comments on this or any other blog post. I will draw the winner and post on Sunday's posting, as I want to get this mailed out to the winner on Monday if at all possible. Good luck to everyone!!! :)