Saturday, November 22, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Tags with Tracey


Hi everyone!  Today, I'm crafting along with the lovely and talented Tracey McNeely over at In My Creative Opinion.  She's been featuring 25 Days of Christmas Tags and has invited a bunch of folks to share a tag.  Great idea, right?  

A few weeks ago, I started putting together my gift tags for the office.  Every year, I like to give my coworkers a gift card with a small foodie type gift.  I've done cider and ginger ale, but this year I'm doing some homemade vanilla bottles.  So my tag is a combo gift card holder/bottle tag!  I used the Avery Elle Cheers bottle tag die and scored/folded it in half to create the pocket.  To decorate it, I used my Paper Smooches Cool Dudes stamps and dies.  Super easy to do and I didn't even have to buy a fancy new die (although I probably would of;)  


Thank you to Tracey for the invite to play along with your fun parade of tags!  Don't forget to check out Tracey's blog and leave comment for some cool prizes!  And check out the rest of the fun holidays tags!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Spellbinders Holiday Blog Hop with Avery Elle


Today, I'm hopping with the folks at Spellbinders and Avery Elle!  My first card pairs the Spellbinders Diamond Effects dies with Avery Elle's Be Jolly Stamps to create a fun colorful holiday card! 


The large panel die from the Exquisite Labels 11 set is just a smidge smaller than an A2 card front and makes the perfect frame for any stamped scene.  For fun, I backed the entire panel with a sheet of patterned paper from the Avery Elle patterned paper Everyday Collection.  I love the way the paper peeks out of the diamond design and adds just a little bit of color!


Before I go, I want to share one more quick project that I made using the Spellbinders Exquisite Labels 11 dies and Avery Elle Avery's Alpha dies (that's a mouthful;)!   I'm always looking to see how I can pair up dies or stamps to create new, custom combinations.  The AE alpha dies happen to fit perfectly into the smallest dies of the Spellbinders set.  I backed each reverse cut with a bit of red glitter paper and then used foam tape to adhere them to the card front.  To keep the focal point on the die cuts, I kept the background a crisp white.  It really lets the delicate die cuts shine, don't you think?


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to leave some comments for chances to win some fun prizes!  Check out the Spellbinders community blog and the Avery Elle blog for details!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Floral Thank You with Avery Elle

Hi everyone!  Today, I'm taking a little break from my holiday card making with a colorful, anytime card using the Avery Elle set Fabulous Florals!  The little builder pieces in this set make it very easy to stamp a custom background in whatever colors you wish.  I used a sentiment from Fill in the Blank and framed it on the smaller of the Finished Framed panels.   


That's it for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Cool Christmas with Avery Elle

Hi everyone!  Today, I'm continuing with my holiday card-making with a CAS snowflake.  I used the Avery Elle stamp set Noel for this one and it could not have been easier!  First I die cut a panel using one of the Finished Frames dies.  Then I stamped the background in Sea Glass ink over the entire panel (the shape of the stamp makes this simple to do).  I added a few rhinestones here and there and added the sentiment.  I love how crisp and bold the sentiments are from the Noel set!  One more card to add to my Christmas card stash:)


Thanks so much for stopping in!  Until next time!  

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Paper Smooches October Blog Hop!

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches November release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase tonight (October 30th at 9:00pm pacific time...or midnight eastern time) Once our release goes live, you will find our new products HERE.  
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize!   The prize - a $25 gift code to choose what you like at the Paper Smooches online store!

Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, November 2nd to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, November 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  

Here's the list of the entire hopping gang:)

Now to my card:)  I'm playing around with the new die set called Gift Tags 2.  This set includes 3 different tags including this oversized, stitched one below.  Tags are always a fun way to frame and image, especially one as cute as this walrus:)  I love that his dour expression does not match his festive hat, lol!  The hat is from the new Noggin Toppers set by the way.  To add one final touch of color, I added some twine to match his hat.  Fun stuff!

Now it's time for you to hop on over to the next stop on the hop, the always wonderful Jocelyn Olson!  I love her style and she's a sweetheart to boot.  Get on over there:)

Mahalo,
jj

Santa's Here with Avery Elle

Hi everyone!  I'm still working on my holiday cards and today this one features the Avery Elle stamp set, North Pole!  I flipped Santa for this card and masked off just the "ho ho ho" of the sentiment.  I even made a little chimney using one of the Link It Up stamps:)


Thanks so much for stopping in!  Until next time!  

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Monday, October 27, 2014

Studio Calico Walden Reveal!

It's the 27th of the month and that means reveal day at Studio Calico!!!   The new release is available to subscribers for presale right now and will be available to everyone at midnight!  I'm so excited to show you my cards from the main a card kit Walden and two of the 3 stamp add-ons!    Let's take a look at the main card kit first:)  The stamps in this kit is another collaboration with One Canoe Two and it has a fantastic autumn theme!  For my first card I took the apple stamps and did up a fun stamped background using Studio Calico inks!  I'm in love with that new lime green:)  


It kind of reminds me of an Orla Kiely pattern (which I love!).  The sentiment is a little plaque that comes with the kit.  So cute:)


My second main card kit project uses the little acorn stamp.  I stamped him with the new Glass Slipper ink and then fussy cut his cap.  For fun, I drew him a little smiley face.  


Here's a closer look at him...


Now on to the add-ons!   This first card uses the Holiday & New Years set.  This set includes a bunch of labels that can be used for all kinds of cards and favors.  I used one of the label stamps to create a bubbly shaker card.  I used the label to visually split the shaker which gives it a look of a glass of champagne.  (The "champagne" colored paper is from the main card kit btw)


Here's a closer look at the sequin bubbles...


My last card is one of my favorites from the bunch:)  It uses the new Wreath set for a super clean and simple holiday card.  I love using images and type together to create custom cards.  This time, the wreath is transformed into an "O".  I cut the custom letters with my Cameo (any bold block font will do).  


I partially colored in the wreath for a modern stained glass look.  This one is so easy that I think I will make some multiples!  


And that's it me for today!  I hope you check out the entire release over at Studio Calico!  And stop in to the gallery to see all the wonderful creations the Creative Team have put together!  

Mahalo and aloha,
jj