Friday, October 31, 2014

Catch the Bug - I'm so EXCITED!!!

During the Christmas in July challenge at Bugaboo, I was  the lucky second-place winner - which means I get to join the Bugaboo Crew for 3 months as a guest designer! Today's my first day on the blog, celebrating Freebie Friday with this cutie pie: AKV Winter-Sled:


Make sure you check out what the DT and my fellow guest designer Dawn have done with this sweet image, and then head on over to pick it up for your very own! 



Supplies: AKV Winter - Sled image from Bugaboo; Spectrum Noir markers; MME papers; Basic Gray button; Timeless Twine; Bow Easy; classic small circle Nesties; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; googly eyes



It really seemed like the inner tube needed some shine :) I tied the twine bow using the Bow Easy, and then sewed it to the centre of the button to keep it aligned how I wanted it. 


I'll be back tomorrow morning with my first Bugaboo Saturday challenge card! 

xoxo,
Jessi

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Forever Card

Sometimes you get an idea, right? BRILLIANT idea, love it, can't wait to get it on paper. And then when you start getting it on paper, not.one.thing. goes the way you expected. I started by quilling a snowflake. Then I made the card base out of kraft paper, and sewed on some snowflake-embossed vellum. You'll note you don't see these things on this card. I stamped a sentiment, and that's not on this card either. After about 2 hours of fiddling, I decided to add some more vellum, and that's where it became pretty trash. It wasn't until after I'd done all the piercing that I realized my ruler wasn't aligned properly. Sigh.


Supplies: kraft paper; metallic brown card stock; Cuttlebug embossing folder; doily, vellum, and canvas from stash; classic small circle & snowflake Nesties; Martha Stewart large snowflake punch; 3/4" circle punch; button from Basic Grey; Snowflake stamps from Stampendous; Antique Linen distress ink; Tim Holtz design ruler; chocolate brown embroidery thread


I broke two needles while sewing this by hand. It's hard to see in the photos but the kraft is stamped with snowflakes. There's a small circle of metallic brown cardstock behind the button.

For all the annoying things that went wrong trying to make this, I love how it turned out. Now back to my desk to try and turn my original vision into a card!

I was inspired by the Merry Monday recipe challenge, and the little red wagon Kraft challenge.

xoxo,
Jessi

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Twist my arm...

...I was all done with Halloween cards, and then two of my favourite challenges had Halloween themes this week. Twist my rubber arm, shucks, I guess I can make *one* more? Tiddly Inks wants to see a black color combination or include black cats!! And at Open-Minded Crafting Fun, they'd like to see Halloween or Dress-up. 


Supplies: Cat Love Fever digi from Tiddly Inks; Spectrum Noir markers; papers from MME; black gem things from Forever in Time

This kitty lover is adorable! She's got her cutie pie costume for Halloween, and even better - cooperative kitty accessories!

xoxo,
Jessi

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shopping our Stash #175 - Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'!


This week's Shopping our Stash challenge is SO MUCH FUN! 

 ROUND. 
Use round images (NOT just a round die-cut), or make a circle card, or use a brayer (it's long and round), etc. -- OR -- use a Western theme, since I got this idea from the theme song of Rawhide: 

I love a challenge with plenty of options! I went with a round image, a donut:


Supplies: Tiddly Inks donut digi stamp; Bo Bunny papers; Cuttlebug embossing folder; home made enamel dots; Wplus9 banner die; computer-generated sentiment; Liquid Applique; Spectrum Noir markers; real sprinkles! 



A closeup of the texture from the Liquid Applique - when you heat it, the sprinkles melt into it a bit. I love the look! Beware, though, that the colour will transfer from the sprinkles - so be careful what you put on top if you try it!



Ready to create something ROUND?  Join us before next Monday,November 3rd!


Tuesday Morning Sketches #273 - Doodle Pantry!

Good morning, sketch fans! This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have a very popular returning sponsor - Doodle Pantry! 

I have quite the collection of Doodle Pantry images, and decided to use one I hadn't yet - this is Cute Cake:


Supplies: Cute Cake pre-coloured digi & sentiment from Doodle Pantry; papers from MME; silver paint pen; brad from Doodlebug; Liquid Pearls & Yellow glitter glue (highlights on cake)


Our sketch is from Debbie this week:



This challenge is open until next Sunday, November 2nd hop on over & see what the design team has created for you!

Kris 

xoxo,
Jessi

Monday, October 27, 2014

Babies EVERYWHERE!

Babies and weddings, they seem to come all at once, don't they? There've been a whole bunch of new little people welcomed into the world lately, and I've got a whole bunch of baby cards to show you. How perfect that Little Red Wagon is having an "Oh, Baby" themed challenge this week!



Supplies: papers & elements from Echo Park; Timeless Twine; AC Thickers letter stickers; home made enamel dots; Corner Chomper

The banners & 'little man' element were part of a piece of patterned paper, fussy cut to add some dimension. 


Supplies: sentiment from PTI; Memento Gray Flannel ink; die cut train border from K &Co


Supplies: Papers from Doodlebug; stickers from Basic Grey; classic small circle Nesties
I'm particularly excited about this card, because the circle cut out was a piece of scrap paper & I made it into an "on purpose" element. Yay!



Supplies: Baby Love sticker from Basic Grey; papers from MME; Corner Chomper; classic small and lacy circle Nesties; Crochet Mat (available here)
Another scrap card - the striped piece of paper is missing a corner, and I just arranged my layout around it :) 




Supplies: stamps from PTI; Spiced Marmalade distress ink; classic small circle Nesties; buttons from stash

You surely know by now that any time I go on a baby card binge, there are gonna be buttons :)

xoxo,
Jessi

Sunflowers at JUGs!

Seriously got the crafty going over the weekend - I LOVE those times, where the ideas come faster than I can get them on paper!

As soon as I saw the Just Us Girls photo inspiration, I knew what I wanted to do. It's time for me to tuck away my autumn-themed stamps and papers, but I wanted to make ONE MORE before I did that. 

Supplies: Sunflower stamp from Jane's Doodles; sentiments from Hero Arts; Memento Tuxedo Black  & Gray Flannel ink; Mowed Lawn distress ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; Walnut Stain stickles; paper from MME


So the grey sentiment? I store my ink pads upside down, and had already stamped it before I realized I'd picked up the wrong one. Oh well. 


xoxo,
Jessi

Precious and few...

...are friends like you!


Supplies: Flower & butterfly stamps from Flourishes; sentiment from PTI; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Palette Noir ink; clear detail EP; Spectrum Noir markers; vellum; yellow & clear glitter glue


This is one of my favourite stamps to colour! I wanted this to be a bright and cheery card. The butterflies are covered with clear glitter glue, and the flower centres with yellow. Palette ink stays wet on vellum long enough to emboss easily (and using clear EP means no stray specks show up!)

The vellum is wrapped around the panel and taped at the back, and then the entire panel was adhered using foam tape for a little dimension. I'm entering this over at Addicted to CAS:


xoxo,
Jessi

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

As I mentioned yesterday, Becca at The Damsel of Distressed Cards has written a beautifully brave post about domestic violence. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but until I read Becca's post I had no idea.

Since Becca was brave enough to share her story, I'll share mine. It was 20 years ago, but it still affects me today. Not every day, but it's there. At 18 I lived with my boyfriend, who I'd been dating for about 2 years. He was prone to anger, to temper tantrums. He was excellent at belittling me and making me feel unworthy. He simultaneously made me feel that I was unlovable - and also that I was a slut. The emotional abuse was constant. The physical abuse began with a bang. I came home from studying with a male friend, to accusations of cheating. My cat attacked him, and he threw her across the room. I lunged at him to grab the cat away, and he shoved me so hard that I flew backwards across the room into the doorknob. I hit it between the 3rd and 4th cervical vertebrae.

I left him the next day, amidst his tears and apologies. It didn't last, though, and within a month we were together again. He even went to the doctor with me when I sought medical help again because the pain was still horrible, and the stereotypical "I fell into a door, I'm so clumsy" scene took place.

We moved back in together several months later, and the emotional abuse continued. I didn't think I deserved any better. He gave me an STD. He would grab my arms hard enough to leave handprint bruises. He was much more careful because now we had housemates to hear. One of those housemates was Rob.

Rob saved me. I would have continued to stay, but Rob encouraged me to leave - and told me that he'd help me do it, and help me rent a new apartment. Rob convinced me that I was worth being treated like I was loved. I don't think it's much of a surprise that we fell in love and married. After all, this is the man who yesterday, when I'd had an awful day full of tears, I showed him the card I made for this post, and he said "Look at that. You MADE that. When you have those days, remember that you can take a piece of paper and turn it into ART. That's amazing!"


Supplies: sentiment from MFT; all other stamps from Inkadinkado; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Distress inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Brushed Corduroy

I wanted to create something to express encouragement. And I'm out of words. It's been a long time since I told this story to anyone. 

xoxo,
Jessi

sMOOches!

This card was a special request for a couple who raises cows & makes their own cheese...I think I got it! And it's perfect for the Anything Goes challenge at SPARKS.



Supplies: Paper Smooches Chubby Chums and Santa Paws; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Squeezed Lemonade distress ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Mod POdge Dimensional Magic; K & Co grass die cut; loose green glitter

The eyes are all accented with Dimensional Magic - I wanted to keep this as flat as possible for mailing to the US. 


xoxo,
Jessi