Sunday, May 13, 2012

Busy, busy!

This is convocation weekend at Mount Allison University, which is located in Sackville - and oh my, was the market ever busy yesterday. Lots of new faces, and I *really* have my work cut out for me building my stock back up. Luckily, today being Mother's Day, we're off to Truro so I can poke around Carsand-Mosher and pick up some new crafty goodies :)
As usual, Sunday is catch-up-on-challenges day here on my blog, so instead of eleventy billion different posts, I'm going to combine them all into one gigantic marathon post. Bear with me! Let's start with Tuesday Morning Sketches #145, where we're working with this sketch (linky closes Sunday night!):
This week is their Judged Challenge, and that means a twist - this time around is to use die cuts. 

Supplies: kraft patterned paper from Basic Grey;
green & cream pp, and butterfly die cut from K & Co;
sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas; Vintage Photo distress ink;
Hero Arts lace, Offray ribbon;
standard small circle Nesties; brown rhinestones;
butterfly on envelope by Martha Stewart
The butterfly & circle are die cuts, and after seeing Sally at Cinnamon Sally make a wobbler, I wanted to try one too! So.Much.Fun. I used wire that I pulled from some wired ribbon - I have no idea of the gauge but it worked perfectly for me. Here is the link to the tutorial Sally posted, which is where I learned what to do!

Next up is the "Sweet Tooth" challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is open until Tuesday night. I had lots of fun with this card - the first time using this fun crepe paper (which I had to go back & get in every colour...)

Supplies: papers from Basic Grey "Konnichiwa;"
Hero Arts sentiment; Palette Noir ink;
chipboard cake & present from Martha Stewart;
orange gems
I found the crepe (this stuff is thinner than party streamers - only about 1" wide) a lot easier to ruffle than ribbon, and even readjusting it on the double-sided tape wasn't a disaster. Score!

Next up, Crafty Creations Challenges #169 - Frame it! It's also open until Tuesday night. 
Supplies: all papers from stash; gold paint pen;
PSX sentiment; versamark & pirate gold EP;
Martha Stewart hydrangea punch;
Basic Grey number stickers; pearls
A friend's in-laws are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary - not an occasion I often get to make cards for! I purposely (lol, let's go with that) decided I liked the accidental stray embossing powder. For the frame, I punched eleventy billion flowers from some gold handmade paper, and then using an embossing stylus & foam mouse pad, made a little divot in the centre in each flower for dimension. The pearls & number "50" were coloured with the gold paint pen.

Shopping our Stash this week (#51 - next week is their first anniversary!) is to use 3 or more patterned papers. The linky there closes on Monday night.
Supplies: papers from My Mind's Eye;
moon chipboard from Fancy Pants;
stars from Martha Stewart;
Sakura Stardust pen; sentiment from Stampin' Up;
Mustard Seed distress ink; standard oval Nesties;
hand buttons from Dress it Up
Little Red Wagon #132 is to "Mist-ify Us" - I am a sucker for a fun pun ;) (Also, for lame rhymes.) I have a hard time getting a perfect 'splatter' spray, so I tend to go for as even a look as I can get.

Supplies: distress inks: Broken China, Dusty Concord,
Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass;
standard small circle Nesties;
die cut flower from K & Co;
turquoise Ranger spray, Tsukineko Pssst spray (sparkle)

After inking, I dripped water on the paper for the droplets- the sprays just add shimmer
 Well, there's 5 cards & five recap:
Simon Says Stamp "Sweet Tooth" ending Tuesday night. 

And, if you made it this far, I have a question - especially for those coming via particular challenge links! - do you prefer individual posts for each challenge? Or this type of big post? Thanks in advance for letting me know.

If you celebrate it, I wish you a Happy Mother's Day - and with craft shopping capped off by the best Zumba class going, I'm pretty sure my day is going to rock :)



Dana said...

Awesome cards!! I especially love the butterfly!! It got even better when i saw the spring!!! I love that you used your own wire!! :)

~amy~ said...'ve been super them all...especially the butterfly 'interactive' one:)

CanadianScraps43 said...

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Leslie Hanna said...

Holy moley, you've been busy! All of these are GREAT! LOVE the one moon & stars one, though.

Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Debbie said...

These are all amazing!! Good for you making your own action wobbles!!
The 50th anniversary card in my fave!!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Pretty cards! Such different styles, love that when I come here, always something new and different to see! Love the one with the moon!!! Very nice!
Hugs, Wendy

Dawn said...

So pretty Jessi! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Marie said...

Wow Jessi, you sure made a beautiful array of cards! Love the wobbler! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

lostinpaper said...

Another gorgeous selection of cards Jessi, I can see why they sell so well! Love the 'wobbling' butterfly and the shimmery droplets are just too fab!

Kathy said...

So many gorgeous cards, you've been busy! Love the dimension you gave to the butterfly with the wire, amazing! Thanks for joining Tuesday Morning Sketches this week.

Cheryl said...

Wow you have been busy, and all your cards are beautiful! My fav is the first one, simply because of that gorgeous butterfly! Happy Mother's Day! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week!

Melissa Craig said...

Hi Jessi! Hope you're well. You certainly have been busy and created a beautiful line up of cards. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Theresa said...

Hello Friend - I am so sorry that I am so behind on commenting. Don't think I have forgotten (end of school year busies), your cards are just fabulous. That butterfly is fabulous, I love the spring. The anniversary card is stunning, the flowers are gorgeous. Hope you're well. Thanks for joining us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

JanR said...

Very cool. I love dripped-water droplets. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

Annette Allen said...

GIRL you have been busy...these cards are all so awesome...Hope you had a wonderful MOther's day..

CanadianScraps43 said...

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Karin Ã…kesdotter said...

WHAT??? I am always amazed at your creativity and productivity - but this - so many wonderful cards in one post - incredible!

walchowDesign said...

Indeed it is a a marathon challenges, Jessi! How fun that you could combined all these cards into various challenges!

All cards are different and love the wobbly butterfly and the moon card!

Jen W. said...

Seriously - do you ever sleep??? That wobbler is really cool and I like the splatter on the last one. Still haven't tried that technique. Afraid of the mess I'll make. The baby card is my favourite - love those little hands! And how are you hands feeling after punching eleventy billion flowers???

JJ Bolton said...

You are a card making rockstar! Love that homemade wobbler! You're so crafty:). I'm always amazed at the number and variety of cards you are able to do! Glad to hear the market was a smash!

Hope you had a great Mother's Day!

Emily Keaton said...

Wowzers, Jessi!! You made a whole passel of fantastic cards for all of these challenges! That wobbler is SO cool, and the layout of your stars and moon card is outstanding!! I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day! The kids made me supper :). Macaroni and cheese, sliced strawberries, and cake (store-bought, so no cooking there). It was delicious! And the best part? *I* didn't have to make it!!

Joy said...

Loving all your cards, but you glittery birthday cake is perfect... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

Jingle said...

Great cards! That first one is just beautiful!

alexandra s.m. said...

beautiful cards Jessi!

craftyb said...

Lovely range of cards - i love the floral frame - makes a lovely elegant card! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations Challenges! bx

Jenny said...

mmm a fab group of cards Jessi, love the homemade wobbler.... I really, really need to try that :0)
Te golden flowers are a beautiful frame for such a special card and the extra powder just looks like the sentiment is sparkling :0)
No wonder you sell them down the market, you make such a wide selection to suit all styles.
Your parcel is on its way, sent it Monday because I wanted to add some extra goodies that might come in handy :0)
Jenny x

~Tammy~ said...

I am just exhausted feasting my eyes on all the eye candy! Wow you have been one busy busy lady! How on earth do you do it...seriously? What is the secret?

You have so many amazing creations in one fantastic post!

Allison Rankin said... are on a tear! I think the baby card may be my fav!

kingstonmama said...

Another fabulous collection of cards. Love your butterfly on the homemade wobbler. I also love the blue and green inking on the last card. I need to experiment more with distress inks! Ann Y.