Saturday, September 29, 2007

TWO posts in one day?!

I'm floored! I guess I just have a lot to share today!

Next Saturday is World Card Making Day, as some of you are aware. Paper Salon is a proud sponsor, and in anticipation of that, there is a little challenge at the PS WCMD blog. The deadline has just been extended to next Friday, so you still have time!

My fellow design team members really stepped up to the plate with this challenge! We were given an assignment to make a birthday card, but we were to incorporate a technique or two. You should see what these ladies came up with - it is a virtual encyclopedia of techniques! I hope you enjoy the eye candy over there.

Be well! ~ J.

Want to see something fun?

Then you have to check out the new October kit at Cool Blue Scrapbook Store! I love the kits that Jennifer Kirk puts together - she has a great eye for mixing patterns! Part of what I like most about being part of this team is that there is no subscription to this kit, you only buy the kits you like. The other part of what I like most about this kit? Jen always finds the coolest things to put in her kits! This month is no exception, just take a look at this adorable wood house!

I drilled a hole on either side to accomodate for the wire (20 gauge). I cut a heart on my Cricut and sewed it onto the background paper. So quick and easy! That sweet little chipboard bird is from Maya Road - you get a whole tin of them in kit!

I just wanted to share this with you before they are sold out! It is so versatile that I'm sure you are going to inspired!

Be well! ~ J.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

It's Wednesday!

I just want to give a "I'm not worthy" bow to all of you bloggers who update daily! I'm so in awe of the time you put into your blogs - so if that's you (and you know who you are!), YOU ROCK!

As for me, weekly is a challenge enough! I am hoping, however, that soon that will be easier, and I will make it up to bi-weekly. Baby steps, right?

My wonderful new PaperTrey Ink stamps arrived, and I'm working on our family's cards for the year. This is from the Believe stamp set. Just look at that Santa - isn't he darling?! He "holds" whichever image you choose - here I used the heart with swag. You may notice the embossed rectangle surrounding the image; that is the result of embossing with a Spellbinders Nestabilities die. I can't reach for these often enough - they're the perfect touch on a card like this (where you're making a lot, and trying to keep the costs down - while facing the inevitable fact that many are going to be *GASP* thrown out by their recipients!).

Thanks for stopping by - be well!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Have you seen?

There are so many new stamps coming from my favorite companies! (Insert image of me doing a little happy dance right here!)

Paper Salon is coming out with a new stamps - they can be seen HERE! I can NOT wait to get Eclectic Medley! I have been itching for a crown stamp and this one is just perfect! Very exciting!

The other new releases I'm excited about are the stamps from PaperTrey Ink. If you're still thinking about holiday cards, looking at these may be just the right inspiration!

This is a holiday card I was playing around with recently. It is 5" square with lots of Paper Salon products; the background is Snow Days paper. The large center snowflake is stamped with the large tree from the Peace On Earth set - the top of the tree is toward the center and repeated in a circle! I used Sky ink, trimmed the edges with small scallop scissors and highlighted it with a Sakura glitter pen. The tag is done with the Making Memories tag maker and the snowflake embellishments are from Creative Charms. The stitching was done on my sewing machine.

I've finalized the design for my family's holiday cards and all I need now is for my
stamps to arrive! (And that should be tomorrow! ;) I've embossed all my card fronts with my Nestabilities, printed all my cards with an interior sentiment, signed them, so all that remains is to stamp and color. Which is perfect busy work for this soccer/hockey mom! I'll post them once they're finished.

Be well! ~ Jenn

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Let's Talk Holiday Cards!

Every year about this time I start thinking (stressing?) about holiday cards - how about you? For the last five years, I've sent out around 70 cards. If there is anything that you can learn about making that many cards, it is that they have to be simple, low-cost, yet pack a punch! There are many techniques that do just that!

Of all the techniques out there, I always find people get the most ooohs and aaaahs over embossing. Since there are almost all non-stampers on my list, you can only imagine what a great thing it was to discover! ;) Now comes your decision - which type of embossing? Pigment ink/Versamark with embossing powders or dry embossing? Here's a couple that I thought you might like to see:

This card is stamped with one of the Thomas Kinkade images available from Cornish Heritage Farms. I ran into Lisa Strahl at CHA in Chicago this summer, and she generously passed along this gorgeous stamp to me (thanks so much, Lisa and CHF!). Let me tell you - what an image! Talk about punch - this image will make the person on the receiving end drop their jaw! I simply stamped this in SU Night Of Navy onto Creme cardstock (Cardstock Warehouse) and cut out the oval. I then embossed an oval onto light blue textured cardstock using one of the new Nestabilities from Spellbinders (more on these in my next post). Voila! Instant punch! ;) To finish off the card, I mounted the stamped oval with foam tape right in the middle of the dry embossed oval and tucked a couple short pieces of GORGEOUS ribbon (from Creative Charms). Ink the edges and you're done! Suddenly, 70 of these don't seem so tough. Just think of the comments you'll get from your family and friends!

OK, how about one more with my checklist in mind? (Just forgive my lackluster photo skills - photographing a white card is NOT easy!)

This one is SO easy! Once again, I embossed with a Nestibilities die. The ornament stamp is Paper Salon, from the new clear Tailored Tin set called Peace On Earth. I stamped it in Sapphire VersaFine and embossed it with clear glitter embossing powder. Since the stamp is clear, you can easily see where to place it. The sentiment is from last year's Tailored Tin called "Winter Wonderland". So easy, so economical and combining the two types of embossing add just the right mix of subtle texture.

With a little inspiration under your belt, I hope you feel ready to tackle your holiday cards! I would love to see them, so if you would like, send me a link to them. I can always use a little inspiration! :)

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Two Months from now

Two short months from now, I will be attending my first Silver Bella event as a student! I can hardly wait! I'm fortunate to be taking classes from some incredibly talented women whom I admire greatly. The fact that my birthday falls at the beginning of all this glittery goodness is just icing! So between the fortuitous timing and a summer full of race cars,expensive parts (including re-tooling a new engine!) and entry fees (OMG - I thought scrapbooking was expensive!), convincing my DH of the need for a weekend jaunt to Omaha was unbelievably easy! ;)

School is in full swing, meaning my days have opened back up for fun creations. I've been busy making some new pieces for (hopeful) publication, but unfortunately I've haven't made time to photograph them quite yet. I did want to show you this piece, though. It was recently featured on the Paper Salon Blog. If you haven't bookmarked this great blog yet, I would highly recommend it! We've been hearing fantastic feedback from stores and customers. Our latest challenge was to use a Folio in a new and different way. I can't believe all the beautiful projects my teammates came up with! Here's my addition, a purse organizer; because if your purse is anything like mine, you have coupons and cards everywhere!

This project is really quick and easy to make! Leave a comment if you would like instructions and I will gladly post them.

I placed my first order with Paper Trey Ink this week. WOW - what service!! They shipped my order the same day I ordered it, emailing me with a tracking number right away. They even emailed me to let me know that it had been delivered (which, of course, I already knew because I was stalking my mail carrier!). Anyways, the quality is great! I purchased three sets, but I'm sure there will be many more sets in my future. One of the principles in this new company is Nichole Heady, one of the Paper Craft Pros at Paper Crafts Magazine. Her style always speaks to me - and that style translates into these high-quality stamps SO WELL! I was able to finally meet her at CHA-S, although it felt like I had known her forever. I'm sure she and her partners will have enormous success!

Have you started Holiday cards yet? I feel like I'm really in need of doing this! After all, it is September already! I did cut and score my card bases today, so I'm feeling a little less anxious. I'm thinking of using my new Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders on my cards, and since they haven't arrived yet, I have a little more time to think about the design. I figure that I have a few more weeks until DH starts questioning my intentions (and I do mean START, because until they have actually been mailed, he is relentless!). Sometimes I think he forgets that I make each card by hand. If you have suggestions for gently reminding him, be sure to let me know, because after several years of this, I think I'm at a true loss. ;)

Off to enjoy a little US Open tennis on the tube. Take care!