Sunday, October 30, 2011

Quick Card Share!

Hello everyone! I had a very busy week. We had a huge Halloween party so hopefully soon I will have Halloween photos to share. I made a very AWESOME Rapunzel costume~ so I can't wait to get scrapping my costume photos. :B ANYWAYS over the previous weekend, I attended a bridal shower for one of my lovely sorority sisters. I made and gifted my first homemade card, and I'm pretty proud of it. It was pretty simple to make.

Supplies Used:

Paper Source A6 Paper Bag Card
White Uniball Gel Pen
Martha Stewart Glitters in Blue and Pink
Martha Stewart All over the Page Craft Punch
Michaels "I Do Love You" sentiment stamp :)
Paper Source Holographic Embossing Powder

I learned a new glittering technique from my favorite employee at Paper Source. She suggested running my glitterable piece through the Xyron to add adhesive, and then apply the glitter. It works like a charm! I can't wait to use this technique on my Christmas cards. I glittered each of the butterflies, then attached with pop dots. Simple! Sentiment is embossed with Holographic embossing powder. Simple yet impact-ful! I also made a cute white matching gift bag with purple butterflies. Forgot to take a pic though! :( Oh well! Thanks for sharing my project with me! :) Till next time!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

They've Got that Holiday Glow

Today I've got another layout to share! Gosh I'm on a roll! Lately I've been hoarding Christmas crafting supplies for my cards and scrapbooks. SO many great lines out this year!

I've been naughty and purchased a few things already. Planning on making my own cards again this year, but I'm starting early! I've hoarded a lot of supplies from several lines thus far, who knows what else I may grab as the holidays get closer... Here is a short list of my favorite lines thus far.

Echo Park's Holly Jolly Christmas
Echo Park's Season's Greetings
Crate Paper's Peppermint
Webster's Pages Botanical Christmas
We R Memory Keeper's Peppermint Twist

I own stuff from all of these line already, and will have a lot of projects to share this season, I'm trying to move beyond the traditional scrapbook pages or cards and make some home decor projects. ANYWAYS

I'm here today to show you my first completed holiday project! I got almost the entire line of We R Memory Keeper's Peppermint Twist.

This is my latest layout using the page kit as well as other supplies from the line. I swapped out the title and other embellies, and I think it turned out pretty well. I'll post the other page sometime but right now I can't complete it because my page kit was missing some supplies. *sad face* I have to contact customer service, but I probably won't until I'm back from Disney World! I'm leaving tomorrow for 5 days. Here are some detail shots to hold you over till then! ;) Maybe one of my next posts will be my current Christmas stash. bwahhahah you know you love haul posts. :P

In closing, I just wanted to say thanks to my new subscribers and thank you to everyone who has left such lovely comments on all my recent posts. You guys are so inspiring as I work to move forward with my scrapping and the start of my papercrafting company. I really appreciate you all!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Counterfeit Kit- October

I'm back today with something new!

This month I decided to participate in the 'Counterfeit Kit Challenge' blog for October. I'm guessing more people will counterfeit the girly pink/green kit featured at Little Red Scrapbook. I decided to go against the flow and do the Halloween/October theme kit. Anyone who knows me knows Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays! :)

Here is the inspiration kit:

Here is my take on the kit! :)

 I didn't have anything from the sample kit except the Echo Park Happy Halloween Alpha Sticker sheet, so I used that as my starting point. :)

My kit includes:
5 sheets of patterned paper
3 solids from the inspiration kit (kraft, white, black)
3 diecut papers
2 alphabet sticker sheets
4 border strips
other miscellaneous embellishments! :)

Thanks for looking! Hopefully I did a good job on my first counterfeit kit! :) Can't wait to see what I create with it....

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bright Lights

Happy World Card Making Day everyone!

I didn't make a ton of cards today, but I did make some ;) I will show them at a later time though! I'm back with another layout! Did yet another layout using Echo Park's Happy Days. A couple weeks ago, when I purchased the Happy Days layout at my LSS, a nice lady who was cropping by the register, taps me on the shoulder and asks "excuse me, but what are you going to do with that?" And I responded, "Make cards, who knows? There are a lot of things you can do with it!" Truth is, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, I just knew I wanted it because it was Echo Park! So, since I purchased it, I had to justify it by attempting to stretch my stash and finding all kinds of things to do with it! Thus, you have today's layout. OH p.s. based on one of PageMaps September sketches!

I started with a cool speckled background paper by Recollections that I got at Michaels. (I kinda wish I would have just used plain though because I ended up covering all the pretty dots with the big gray paper. The gray paper is from DCWV's new Ghosts and Goblins cardstock stack. I dragged my Tim Holtz Distress inking tool around the edges in the color Black Soot. I wanted to give the paper an almost dirty street feeling. All of the other embelishments, stickers, and papers are from Happy Days. The New York glitter skyline is from Recollections. :) Here are a couple detail shots.

I just love that glitter sticker! It's so pretty in person.
Just love love love Echo Park's alphabets! I cut the tickets from the border strips.
The 'dirt' i tried to create in the large mat. 

Anyways, thanks for reading. I really appreciate your comments! :) tata for now! OH p.s. 5 days till I am in Disney World!!!

~ Jessie

Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Days ;)

Two posts in one day! I used another sketch for this one. Dug up some older printed photos from March of my husband on his birthday. :) Now I have 3 pages worth in total from his little birthday celebration. You only turn 23 once, right? ;) This layout I like a lot, and again, dug for Echo Park's Happy Days! I'm proud of how much I have done with Happy Days so far. I usually use 'birthday' collections for birthdays, 'Easter' for Easter, etc. I'm really trying to stretch my supplies and I think I am doing good so far. Used one of the new PageMaps blog sketches for October for this one! (Why am I just now discovering the blog???) I really stretched myself this time, I flipped the sketch! :D

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE bling, and usually add some to every layout. Thus I couldn't resist adding a little bling to the cake sticker I fussy cut from the sticker sheet. :) I tried to give the layout a more masculine feel, since all of my pages are usually pink and girly and glittery! ;) Trying to give hubby a bit of dignity since he lets me share his photos on the internets. <3

Thanks for looking! And thanks to my new followers and others for your lovely comments. you are all so encouraging as I work to get better in my designs!

Sketchy Thursdays

I just love sketches! They are helping me to work with limited photos to get a lot done this week while I am out of town housesitting with limited supplies. I've been trying really hard to use Happy Days. :) Here is my second attempt at a Sketchy Thursday's sketch. I really suck at photographing my layouts. I need to get something to prop them up properly, I tried using the natural light, no flash but I promise it doesn't look this bad in person. :(

Anyways, I took a lot of pictures in NY and only a few of them came out. So I had to tell a story with few pictures. :) Love the Happy Days number paper to emphasize the title!

Thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How Sweet it Is

Hello everyone! It's been a long time since I updated, but I have been very crafty lately! This week we have been housesitting and I've been making all kinds of crafts. I've completed 6 pages worth of layouts and started 2 mini holiday chipboard albums. I can't wait to share with you! However, today I only have one layout because I've been too lazy to take pictures.

This is my take on Sketchy Thursday's sketch. :)

I used a Kraft paper background, Echo Park's Happy Days collection, stamps, Smooch Spritz, and a Jolee's New York sticker.

Thanks for checking me out! :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Scrapbook Challenge!

Hello everyone, its really been awhile since I've had time to sit down and finish a project! Today I have a new layout to share. :) This layout was created for The Paper Variety blog's Birthday Celebration! This was for Challenge 2 which inspired us to use mostly our favorite paper crafting company in our project! Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Die Cuts with a View! ;) In this layout, I used predominately papers from their new stack: Ghosts and Goblins!

For this layout, I tried my hand at making paper flowers for the first time with the help of my new Martha Stewart scoreboard! It was difficult at first (wrangling that paper into shape!) but I think I will get better with more practice! Here are some more detail shots, I'm getting better at photographing pages, but I still need a lot of practice so be gentle please ;)

Overall, I love the dimension that the paper flowers bring to my page. I added little 'spider mix' buttons that I purchased at Jo Ann's throughout the layout, including the center of my flowers. I used a couple of DCWV matstacks from the new Ghost and Goblins collection to mat my photos, I really wanted to play off of the fun glittery purple mask that Nicole is wearing in the large photo. :) All of the journaling tags are also from the Ghost and Goblins stack, as is the little witch hat which I cut out from a tag. :) The background paper is from the stack as well, and I sprayed it with Pearl and Brown Smooch Spritz. Letters are black Thickers, and 'not even' is written with Echo Park Happy Halloween Collection letter stickers. :)

Thanks for reading, that's all for now!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

2 New Layouts! Kraft Paper Love!

Hello everyone! Hope everyone is staying dry out there during Hurricane Irene! D: It's gotten dark here really fast and the storm is beginning to pick up. I'm so thankful we still have power. I spent the whole day crafting! This time I have two new layouts to share. :) I'm new to uploading layouts, so I'm still practicing on my photography skills, be gentle :)

Made a page about my husband's love for video games! For this layout I used all papers from the DCWV Generation Tech stack; as well as a kraft cardstock background. I'm new to using kraft in my layouts, but I must say I love its neutral characteristics! I see infinate uses for it in my scrapbook. I was inspired to use it based on Two Peas in a Bucket's Design School lesson about Balance and Unity in a layout, as illustrated here.

My next layout contains two polaroids taken my last day of work at the Disney Store :( They closed our store down this day. Everyone is wearing Mickey Mouse Santa hats. The journaling is entitled "10 Reasons 342 Should Stay in Touch" This layout was based on Shimelle's sketch of the week which can be seen here!

The lighting is bad in the photo eek; I apologize because the only 'natural light' i had was a stormy hurricane window! This layout is also built on my new love, kraft cardstock! The watermark stamps of the circle motif are Inkadinkadoo 'Circles and Dots'. Mickey Mouse buttons are from Queen and Co. Patterned Mickey paper is also from Queen and Co. I also added little black dots from American Crafts Black Puffy Thickers. Black letters are from Echo Park's new Happy Days sticker sheet, I love these letters! (also used them on above layout) Silver letters are from my stash, and I'm also unsure of the manufacturer of the red star and yellow dot papers. Background yellow paper is from DCWV, I distressed it using 'Barn Door' and 'Vintage Photo' Tim Holtz Distress Inks. :)

Thats all for now! Please let me know if you have any other questions and I'll do my best to answer! Thanks for reading along, I'm off to do more scrapping while the power holds out! :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Scrapbooking Supplies Haul!

I had a pretty busy day today, doing a bit of shopping and errand running. In the aftermath of the earthquake, Marylanders are finding themselves scrambling to the nearest grocery store to stock up on supplies (necessities: toilet paper, eggs, milk... HAHA) for the impending hurricane- Irene, which is set to make landfall this weekend. Today was rather rainy so instead of stocking up on those frivolous things, I stocked up on the real essentials- scrapbooking supplies! I made the journey to my favorite scrapbooking store, Great Scraps :) I hadn't been in a couple of weeks, and I had a few "essentials" I was looking to add to my stash. I will definitely "scrap happy!" this weekend while we are trapped inside by the hurricane!

My haul included some Disney papers, "Kraft" cardstock (why havn't I tried this before, I'm in LOVE!), and some lovely new papers from Echo Park Country Drive & Happy Days and Basic Gray Nordic Holiday. :)

I bought this kit, how lovely is it???!?! I don't know what I will use it for just yet, but I couldn't say no! Reminds me of one of my favorite restaurants, Johnny Rockets! <3 I was also hoping to get the Country Drive Kit (or any other Echo Park kit for that matter) but they were all sold out. I was able to find quite a bit of the Country Drive kit still in stock though, so I picked up all I could! My favorite was this sticker sheet:

So cute and lovely for lots of pictures, whether Spring or Summer or even lovey dovey pictures ;) Finally, I was really leaning towards the Basic Gray Nordic Holiday collection kit, but decided instead to just pick out two things for now:
Isn't the snowman paper adorable? I also picked up the nice red and navy blue alpha stickers... I'm seriously lacking good letter stickers in my stash so I'm slowly starting to add to my collection.

Tonight my bestie Nicole came over to scrapbook with me <3 I finished one layout using my new supplies, which I will hopefully post tomorrow! Until then, I will leave you wondering! Did you get any cool new supplies recently? Please share, can't wait to hear! :)

Tomorrow I guess I will go out and run more errands, as we will be stuck inside for some time after the weekend rolls in. I really hope the baby shower I'm supposed to attend on Saturday goes down! I'm really anxious to give Laura my gift I spent so much time making for her! :) I need to go to the grocery store and figure out what to bring to the potluck. I'm debating between mac & cheese in a crock pot or a tomato tray with mozzarella, olive oil, and fresh basil. hmmmmmm. Really been looking forward to the shower though, praying the weather holds out long enough for us to go!

Tata for now, a busy day tomorrow, so much to do! :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sweet Lolita - Otakon 2011

Another layout to share today! Didn't get much scrapbooking done today, I live on the East Coast and today we experienced a magnitude 5.9 earthquake. I must say it was one of the scariest things I've experienced! The house shook for what felt like a whole minute~ I was kinda frozen in my chair because I didn't know what to do! Just saw the whole house begin to shake and things started falling off the shelves.... my 40 gallon fish tank was shaking, and I was afraid that it was only seconds from bursting into 1000 pieces and flooding our tiny studio apartment! Thankfully, it only spilled quite a bit of water on the floor, and did not break. Lots of stuff fell, but thankfully nothing was broken.

Did you experience the earthquake? I would love to hear your stories! It sure was scary, I sure was "shaken up" for a couple hours afterwards. Praying for no bad aftershocks!

Anyways, onto the layout! This one is a layout from Otakon 2011, an Anime Convention in Baltimore which hosts over 20,000 attendees every year! This was our 4th year attending (my husband and I)- and I enjoy every minute of the action packed 3 day weekend! This year I made my own outfit, a Sweet Lolita, which is a form of Japanese street fashion, and an everyday form of fashion for many girls who live in Japan. There are several forms of lolita dress, the most popular being sweet, gothic, punk, and classic styles. Sweet Lolita basically includes lots of frills, petticoats, and girly patterns! My theme was cupcakes, so I chose papers from several collections to match my pink cupcake skirt. :) I love this girly layout with lots of sparkles and sweeties! :) Enjoy!

Supplies Used:
American Crafts Thickers Jewelry Box Glitter Letter Stickers
Jolee's Boutique Dimensional Stickers Cupcakes Repeat
Echo Park Pink/Grey Cardstock Be Mine Collection
Little Yellow Bicycle Cupcake Die Cut Paper
Best Creation Oriental Paper
Pressed Petals Yummy Assorted Paper Pack

Thanks for reading! Byeeee for now :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

DCWV Layout Challenge!

Hello everyone, I'm here with my first layout to share! I recently entered this layout into DCVW's Stack-a-holic August Challenge~ I'm only a few days out from the end of the challenge entry period, I finished just in time! I found working with this sketch a bit challenging, because there were so many different patterned elements I wanted to include!
Anyways, here is the sketch:
To enter the challenge, you must create a layout using one of the DCVW Stacks. I chose the Summer Glitter Stack from 2009, I've always wanted to use the sparkler border strip on a layout!
 This layout has tons of sparkle in person, and was really fun to make!

Supplies Used:
K & Company Americana Glitter Stickers
K & Company Americana Die-Cut Cardstock
K & Company Americana Glitter Paper Pack
We R Memory Keepers Layered Chipboard Self Adhesive Words
DCWV The Summer Glitter Stack (2009)
DCWV Brights Cardstock Stack
Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge

Thanks for reading! Bye for now! :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Welcome & Baby Shower Card :)

Hello :)

My name's Jessie, and welcome to my very first blog post. I have been thinking about starting a blog for awhile now, and have just recently worked up the courage to do so. I will be sharing my crafting creations here. I have been a scrapbooker for over 10 years, but just recently I have begun to dabble in cardmaking. The blog will also consist of all kinds of crafty inspirations and maybe a bit of everyday life too! :) Without further ado, I have my first project to share.

 This is my very first card creation, based on Sketch 129 from Card Patterns. I chose very bold colors, and used all papers from my scrap bin. Which were mostly from DCWV, my fave brand! ;) This companion card will be given with a matching 20 page 12x12 album that I made as a gift for my sorority sister, who is expecting her first child, a boy, at the end of September. :) I will be sharing pictures of many (or all) of the layouts at a later day, after I present the gift to her~ don't want to spoil the surprise! ;)

Supplies Used:
American Crafts Markers
DCWV Safari Kids 12x12 Stack
Paper Source A6 Card in Poppy
Paper Source Black Sparkle Embossing Powder
Paper Source Snowflake Embossing Tinsel 
Paper Source Congratulations Wooden Stamp
Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge (for Circles)
Recollections Zoo-Licious Clear Stamps
VersaMark Watermark Inkpad

Thanks everyone for reading, and please comment if you have any questions or would like to say hi! Looking forward to following others on Blogger and making some new friends too! :) Bye for now!