Monday, March 31, 2008

Do you like this?

Wow - look what I did! I think I like it. Gonna sleep on it! LMK your thoughts!

I'm buried in STUFF!

I've moved. Quite a bit.

I've never lived anywhere as long as I have lived in this house. Trying to get through all THIS STUFF is a REALLY good reason to move more often, LOL.

As you can probably tell, it has been an exhausting, frustrating day. I didn't even stamp. :( This might actually explain my grumpiness!

I think I had better stamp something tomorrow! :)

Oh - I was in VA again this weekend and I realized I forgot to tell you that I have fallen in love with Paper Source. I've gone both weekends now, and I am just so content in there. Those of you who live close to one are just so fortunate! It's like a rainbow of paper happiness. (LOL) I picked up a stamp this weekend that says "Be well". Love that!

I hope you had a nice weekend! Be well! ;)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Did you know?

Spellbinders website has an amazing gallery section. You can find it under Ideas and Recipes! It is updated every month with great ideas from all the talented design team members.

I think a lot of people think of die cuts as something exclusive to scrapbooking, but hopefully this will show you how versative they are on cards, too. I used the Julius alphabet, scalloped rectangle nestabilities and Border Trimming (the linear elements under the sentiment). The papers are from WorldWin and the stamp is from Lockhart. I colored the stamp with Copics (0, C1, G03, YG13, Y00, R81, RV11, RV06, B00, B21, B23, E53 - in case you're curious).

I hope that you have a great spring weekend planned! Be well.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Big news from my household!

After eight great years in Pittsburgh, the Ellefsons are moving! Actually, it was the whole reason behind our little road trip this past weekend - we're relocating to the Northern Virginia area. My DH has accepted a position with Volkswagen of America (VW is relocating from Detroit to Herndon VA). It has been a tough decision, but one that we're confident will be good for our family. The boys are a little apprehensive (they were just toddlers when we moved here from Rochester NY), but they're excited at the same time.

I meant to show this project last week, but as you can imagine, I've had a few things pile up on my plate! ;) You will not believe how easy it is to create this little picture frame (they'd be absolutely perfect for a couple on a budget!). First you will want Oval Nestabilities in scalloped and classic. First, cut the back piece from chipboard and the scalloped oval. Set it aside. Next, place a classic oval inside the scalloped oval (a Spellbinders magnetic mat makes this a breeze!) and cut a piece of chipboard, then a piece of patterned paper. Layer those two pieces together and adhere. On the back side of this piece, place a piece of acetate (you can die cut this, as well, if you would like).

Similar to the technique you use on a shaker card, you then layer the front and the back and adhere with foam (dimensional) adhesive. The difference with this, though, is that you leave the top open (this will enable you to slide a picture in). I tied a bow from Berry Sorbet 3/8" twill (love this!!) and adhered it with a glue dot. The Picture Perfect (from Favor It Wedding) is framed with an oval from PTI's Borders and Corners Ovals and the flourish from Boxes, Bags and Tags. I then cut it out and adhered it to the side. I inked all the edges of the frame (old habit - can't leave those edges naked!). Finally, I cut an easel backing from the left over chipboard and adhered it to the backside.

This is fast, easy to do in a large quantity and best of all - economical! I hope it inspires you to come up with some of your own unique frames for baby showers, bridal showers, or any other occasion where a frame is the perfect favor.

Be well.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Fallen off the edge of the earth...

Not really! Just took some time to enjoy a long weekend with Ward, Wally and the Beav. We spent the weekend in Washington DC area and had such a great time. Ward and Wally got to go to the NCAA games with a couple friends and Beav and I spent a fun afternoon in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. (Beav is a budding geologist, so a day of rocks and minerals is just his thing!) It was a perfect time to visit, the cherry blossoms were starting to bloom, the sun was bright and the rain held off so we could walk to our heart's content.

I adore this butterfly stamp from Lockhart! It is full of whimsy and is even more adorable in person. I have received a few questions about how to use Nestabilities with stamps, and this is the perfect example of what I do. I stamped this image with Versafine Black Onyx (my very favorite black ink!) and then chose the size oval Nestability that I felt fit it best. I hold it in place with a little bit of masking tape (I make it repositionable by placing/lifting it on my pants leg a couple of times) and send it through my Wizard. After it has been die cut, I being coloring. (When I use Versafine with my Copics, I let the ink sit for about 10 minutes before I start coloring. I really recommend this part!)

The embossed panel is a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. I love how it matches the Memory Box papers. Is anything more classic than polka dots?

I hope you had a nice weekend! Be well ~

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

Today is my parents' 39th anniversary! And they still hold hands. Amazing.

My mom is an artist - a really talented painter with a great eye for color. My dad is a retired civil engineer with a wonderful legacy of bridges and roads throughout the country. They're amazing - the ying to the other's yang.

You may recognize this card from the PTI March gallery. I made it especially for my parents - along with my DH, they are my biggest supporters. When Nichole and the Sr. Design Team did their clear challenge a little while ago, I knew it was what I wanted to do for my parents' card. I used images from Weddings Basics & Faux Ribbon PTI Aqua Mist and Everyday Blessings papers, and Aqua Mist ribbon and ink. The interior is done with Stampers' Select paper, Faux Ribbon and a sentiment from Out On A Limb.

Thanks for letting me share a little about my parents. Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ever made a card for yourself?

I needed a little cheering up today, so I made this for myself. It just kind of seemed appropriate, you know? Anyways, nothing earth-shattering going on, just a few stress-makers that are out of my control, so in the spirit of rolling with the punches, I made this! The stamps are from PTI's Green Thumb (which is going to sound REALLY funny coming from me, but I just got this set! I know - what in the world took me SO long?!). I used Berry Sorbet and Spring Moss inks and cardstocks and Spring Moss Swiss Dots ribbon. The layout is from an old sketch challenge at SplitCoast (maybe no. 54?).

There are two little things I did on this that may not be obvious. First, the polka dots in the boot - I 'stamped' them with a ball-tip stylus (I thought they were so cute that they deserved to match the accents on the boot). The second thing was that I manipulated my sentiment into a similar curve to the paper. I loved the way that it followed the paper.

And the answer to the inevitable question of whether or not I have lots of shoes is "kind of". I have a thing for cute, yet practical, shoes and have a habit of acquiring really cute sneakers in lots of colors and patterns. All the sweet Wellies that are on the market are really calling to me, so maybe I can manage that craving with this stamp set. After all, now I can have cute Wellies in any color I want! ;)

I'll be back tomorrow with another card from the PTI release - it's one for my parents. Their anniversary is tomorrow and I didn't want to spoil the surprise for them. ;)

I hope you're doing well!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Picture Perfect!

This may very well be my favorite project from the Papertrey Ink March release! It uses the new sets Boxes, Bages & Tags and Favor It Weddings. To start out, I carefully peeled off the label from a Kodak disposable camera. Once it was peeled, I re-stuck it onto a piece of computer paper. I then cut out the label, creating a template. Very easy! The next part is a no-brainer - trace onto the patterned paper and cut. Because of the curves on the camera, you will want a strong adhesive, such as Xyron or one of the strong tapes (Score Tape, from Score Pal, comes to mind).

I created the tag from Nestabilities and attached it to the Berry Sorbet Swiss Dot ribbon with a little piece of DMC floss. The little white dots on the scallops were done with a white Sharpie (I like other white pens, too, but this one has great coverage, especially on a darker paper like this Berry Sorbet.).

These new Papertrey Ink colors, Berry Sorbet and Sweet Blush, are just so versatile and scrumptious. The papers are the perfect thickness, the inks are quickly becoming my favorites and the ribbons...sigh, the ribbons. ;) This is the first month that I got to see the stitched ribbons and I love them for all their differences - the texture, the width. Ahhh, ribbon bliss.

As always, LMK if you have any questions! Be well.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Save the Date Gate Fold

Alli Miles has done it again! Wedding Day is a gorgeous collection of stamps with multiple purposes. Here I created a "Save the Date" card using nothing but these beautiful stamps. If you notice, I did a combination of techniques here, a gate fold and an aperture (SO EASY with Nestabilities!). The circle in the center is adhered with foam tape, so conveniently, the folds of the card get ever-so-slightly caught underneath it! (OK, I will not operate under a false pretense - I discovered that totally by accident. Yep, chalk that one up to serendipity!)

I will have another card from this set later this week!

Hey, in the meantime, I know that several of you are beginning card makers, while many others aren't. If there is ever something that I mention that you're not sure on (e.g., the gate fold dimensions, etc.), PLEASE let me know! I am always happy to provide the information and always fear that I may bore you with concepts I think are basic, but may not be. Does that make sense? I hope so!

I hope you have had a great weekend! Be well.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Papertrey Ink March

Did everyone have fun with the Release party last night? I hope so! I really enjoyed 'hanging' out with a bunch of stamping friends on a Friday night!

March is a busy card-making month for me, there are a couple of birthdays and an anniversary. So this month's celebrations theme was a perfect fit for me! I absolutely love the Birthday Basics and It's A Celebration sets. This is a card I did for my sweet little niece, Brynn. I love this little two-step cupcake - the little frostings have the most darling details! There is also a glimpe at the Simple Alphabet set, too - I stamped Brynn's name with that, and it matches the Happy Birthday that is in the Celebration set! Totally brilliant - leave it to the team at PTI!

I hope you're all having a nice weekend! I will be back tomorrow with another PTI sample. (And in the meantime, if you have any questions on this card, just LMK!)

Be well ~ Jenn

Friday, March 14, 2008

I hope you're partying!

Don't forget! There's a big party going on at Papertrey Ink for the March release. There are so many great items being released tonight that I'm sure you will want to get one or two!

I'm sure you've been keeping up with all the great peeks this week, and I'm planning on posting some more details on my projects this upcoming week.

Enjoy the fun tonight! :)

Forging new ground!

Due to the nature of my work with Anna Griffin, I'm not able to share many projects online. I am so happy to be able to share this with you today - not only because it is a fun seasonal project, but also because it is my FIRST time working with the talented crew at Mary Englebreit's Home Companion (which has been a goal of mine for a little while now). If you follow this link, you will get to see it!

Thanks for letting me share!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

C'mon spring!

How's that for springy? I used stamps from three Paper Salon stamps on this, the sentiment is from Little Sprouts, the oval frame is from the new Easter tin and the butterfly is from Just A Note. If you look closely at the patterned paper, you will see that it has gorgeous glitter accents on it, too! Isn't it great? It is part of the new addition to the Karen Neuburger Sorbet Collection - and it ROCKS! ;)

Other info for this card is that the ink is Paper Salon (Creamsicle and Flamingo), the oval is a Nestabilities, the leaf ribbon is from May Arts, the flowers are from Bazzill and see that button? I didn't have the right color, so I colored it with a Copic!

Thanks for all the sweet messages I received about the migraines! I'm trying to get back to those of you who contacted me, but if you've checked out PTI lately, you know it's a little crazy right now (in the best way possible!). Make sure you check out Nichole's blog for all sorts of fun sneak peeks! (And don't be shy about telling me how much you love it, LOL!)

Oh, and guess what? Thanks to an amazing tech guy at Adobe yesterday, I have found the root of all my computer woes and I'm working flawlessly on my laptop now! How cool is that! Unfortunately, I did have to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system, hence losing all that I've accomplished as of late, but can I just tell you that I know more about this computer than any paper crafter really should?! I'm one happy camper!

OK, off to hang out with DH for a while. I hope you're doing well! ~ Jenn

Saturday, March 8, 2008

I really am stamping!

Aren't I just a terrible blogger? I don't have anything to share with you today, sorry to say. But we're coming up on the middle of the month, so that means lots of eye candy from the team at Papertrey Ink! I know my teammates are working feverishly, wrapping up their samples (and so am I!!). I can't wait for you all to see what is coming this month - I know you will love it!

In the meantime, my friend Heather Ales, who is super sweet & uber-talented, tagged me the other day. I met Heather in Chicago last summer (we met on the streets of downtown - how crazy is that!) and then I got to hang out with her in Omaha in November. Maybe one of these days we'll actually hang out in a town where one of us lives! So here goes:

Seven Little Known tidbits about me

1. I am frightened of squirrels, although it isn't as bad as it used to be. I used to just freeze up if one crossed the sidewalk in front of me, but now I'm at least able to keep breathing. ;)

2. I get migraines. I only bring this up because I was down for the count on Thursday and I am still trying to kick the lingering headache. I hate them (who doesn't, right?). I have to say that I'm relatively lucky, though, as I really only get them about 8 times a year or so. I have a couple of friends who get them on a more regular basis, so I really feel for them.

3. I'm going to be 45 when Beav goes to college - that's like a whole lifetime ahead of me at that point! Isn't that crazy! I wonder what I'm going to do!

4. I had a HUGE southern drawl when I was a kid. My family moved to North Carolina when I was 8, and I decided (with the infinite wisdom of an 8 year old) that the quickest way to fit in would be to sound like everyone else. When we moved back to NY when I was 14, I had to do the opposite! Funny thing is, when I'm around Southerners now, I can hear myself slipping back into it.

5. I call myself "Jennifer, Full of Grace" in the most sarcastic manner possible. While I'm not a total klutz, I do happen to have the most crazy accidents. My first broken bone happened when I was taking the garbage can to the curb - I fell on the icy driveway, and the garbage can smashed my finger between the can and the driveway. Smoosh.

6. I was 27 before I was ever stung by a bee. And I haven't been stung since.

7. I lead a pretty boring life - other than our crazy travels, I'm pretty much a homebody. I mean, look, it's Saturday night, and I'm blogging...trying desperately not to put you to sleep!

So, now I'm to tag seven other people. Most of the bloggers I know have already done this tag, although I know that Erin hasn't yet, so I will pass this on to her. If you would like to participate, please LMK in the comments and you can consider yourself officially tagged! :)

I hope you're having a nice weekend! Be well ~ Jenn

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spring Fever

Well, if this doesn't give you spring fever, nothing will! I created this frame for Paper Salon for CHA. It uses PS/Karen Nueburger Sorbet Collection; the butterflies are done with an EK Success punch and outlined with Stickles, the bottom is scrap-elastic and a stamp from the Fall Frolic tin. I love this picture, too. One of my favorite things to photograph while traveling is flowers. This particular one was one I found in Thailand - so cheery!

Speaking of Paper Salon, my remainding new release stamps arrived yesterday. Between that, my SU! order from last week, and my new Papertrey Ink, I am swimming in new stamps! Sadly though, I haven't had as much opportunity to use them as I would like. Hopefully tomorrow will be a stamp-filled day! In the meantime, be well! ~ Jenn

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My SU! Order came in

I don't place Stampin' Up! orders very often, but when I do, it sure is a lot of fun! I have combined two sets and a background here (Frames With a Flourish, Spring Song and Stitched background). The green paper is SU Wild Wasabi and the green ink is Paper Salon Key Lime (which I was pleased is a perfect match in my eyes!). I used Georgia Pacific for my white on this one since I was just stamping w/o a purpose. And you just know that I had to use my Nestabilities for that rectangle - it would have looked too plain w/o the cool embossed edge!

I loved this stamp because I knew it would let me have some fun with my Copics. Here's a closer view:

I had a great session with Dell Support this morning, so I'm feeling a little more at ease with this computer situation! These pics were actually uploaded straight to this new computer, which I'm thrilled about. My PSE6 is still wonky, but it seems that my disc has been corrupted, so I just need to get an exchange done and I should be golden! (HUGE smile!)

I have a few things to get working on (an Anna Griffin assignment and some new PTI! ), so I will chat with you soon! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! Be well ~ Jenn

Monday, March 3, 2008

Thanks for the computer advice!

You're all giving me such great advice - thank you so much! I mentioned to a couple friends this weekend that I was taking the weekend off from my computer in hopes of saving my sanity.

It didn't work.

Hey, completely unrelated to paper crafting...does anyone watch Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel? OMG, this guy is THE BEST! DH and I are sitting watching him right now, it is sort of our Monday night ritual. If you've never seen him, you should check it out - he's a great writer with a wicked sense of humor. I know, it seems like an oxymoron to say that a tv host is an awesome writer, but he is!

Sorry for the non-stamping post, but I actually didn't stamp at all this weekend! (GASP) We had the laziest family weekend that I can remember in a while. Maybe there is an upside to this lingering cold! ;)

I hope your weekend was equally relaxing! Be well ~ Jenn