Thursday, August 21, 2014

Aloha Thursday with Avery Elle

Hi everyone!  I've got a card today using one of my favorites from the summer release, Surf's Up!   This set is one of favorites for many reasons.  Obviously, it's a beach theme and I'm pretty much genetically programmed to love all things to do with the beach;)  Secondly, it reminds of the VW van that my parents bought when we lived in Germany when I was younger (army brat).  We traveled in that thing all over Europe and those memories stay with me even today!  

I started by creating a sunset background by blending my Distress Inks using a mask (I will be posting a cut file for my mask one of these days:).  I used Post-It tape to mask off the water and the sand.  The adorable little van was fussy cut and colored with Copics.  It's glued to the card with a bit of foam tape.  A couple tips, leave a little white space on the "water" to give that look of reflected sun and add a bit of shading under the van to give it more of a 3D look.  This is one of my favorite cards this year:) 


Until next time!  Thanks so much for stopping in!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Labels with Avery Elle

Good morning everyone!  Just stopping in with a sweet little birthday card:)  I used the Avery Elle set, So Happy, which has the sweetest handwritten sentiments.  This set is mostly sentiments but it also has the cutest little flower stamps that pair perfectly with the font of the sentiments.  Let's talk a little about the card...


I started by die cutting the tag using the largest of the Gift Tags dies.  Then I die cut 3 labels (using a die from the Custom Panels set) and stamped each with the sentiment.  The 3 labels are actual inlaid into the white tag and the whole piece is over the card base with foam tape.  Originally, I was just going to use the tags for this card, but I thought I'd up the sweet factor with a smattering of flowers:)  


Until next time!  Thanks so much for stopping in!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Guesting on the Waffleflower Blog!

Hey everyone!  Today I'm guesting over on the Waffleflower blog, so I hope you take a looksie:)  Before you go, I want to show you another quickie project I did with my Waffleflower goodies!  How do you like my dog tags?  (Yes, I'm a dork! lol)


Who out there does gifts for their dogs?  They are family too, right?  We have a bunch of spoiled dogs in our family and for Christmas they do get a little something:)  When I saw the new Santa Add-on Tag die, I knew it would make great doggie collar tags!   


I personalized each tag with the new Be My Guest alpha stamps.  I have to say that Nina designed these alpha stamps to work perfectly!!!   I really appreciate that they fit together (easy to line up) and there are multiples of most letters.  So simple!  


Thanks so much for stopping in!  Go check out my other Waffleflower project on their blog!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tag Mini Album with Avery Elle

Instead of my usual card, I'm sharing something a bit different today!  I used my Avery Elle Gift Tag dies and stamps to create this little mini album:)


Last month I helped my sister throw a spa party for my niece and it was a blast!  As a fun memento of the party, I've made these little mini albums for each of the guests.  I stamped and die cut gift tags using the new Avery Elle patterned paper and those were the front and back cover of the mini album.  


Then I die cut each picture (you can get 2 pics on an individual 4X6 photo) and backed it with a card stock die cut.  Here's a picture of the inside of the front "cover".  The perfect place to write a little note:)  Can't wait to pass these out!


Until next time!  Thanks so much for stopping in!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop


I'm so excited and honored to be participating in the 4th Anniversary festivities for CASE Study!  Chupa has put together a fabulous celebration month with lots of inspiration, hops, challenges, and prizes!  Today is the first of four amazing blog hops:)

My card today was inspired by the super sweet card maker superstar, Jennifer McGuire!  In particular, I was inspired by this card...


I love the rainbow stripes and the little dots made me (at first) think of enamel dots which eventually led to sequins.  So I wracked my brain thinking of how I could create sequin stripes.  As luck would have it, I still had this Papertrey Ink die on my craft table.  I knew this die would be perfect to make a rainbow shaker!


Among my supplies that I can't live without is my 1/4" wide foam tape.  This stuff is an absolute necessity for gluing on small die cuts and for making shakers.  You can see how it fits perfectly on the stripes.  I only had to cut it in half to fit around the edges.  


I filled each shaker well with sequins (mixed whatever I had) and applied the card base to the back.  I finished it off with a die cut "thanks" using this Lawn Fawn die.  Really so much fun!


Thanks so much for stopping in!  Don't forget to comment on each stop of the blog hop to qualify for a chance to win a prize.  The sponsors this week are Serendipity Stamps, Penny Black, and WaffleFlower (what a group!).  The giveaway closes next Tuesday at 11:59 pm EST.  Here's the full list of hoppers because you're not going to want to miss anyone!

Joni Nina Andaya
Teri Anderson
Laura Bassen
JJ Bolton (you're here:)
Nina Brackett
Clare Buswell
Keisha Campbell
Andrea Ewen
Pamela Ho
Jeanne Jachna
Anna Kossakovskaya
Elena Roussakis
Lisa Spangler


Mahalo and aloha,
jj

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting & Avery Elle Week


It's Perfect Paper Crafting and Avery Elle week!  This week the Avery Elle design team is playing with many of Perfect Paper Crafting's most popular products such as their Perfect Layers tools and their Perfect AirBrush.  After visiting here, be sure to check out the Perfect Paper Crafting blog for even more inspiration!  Be sure to comment on our blogs throughout to week to be entered to win one of two prizes - a $50 Avery Elle Gift Certificate or a $50 Perfect Paper Crafting Gift Certificate!

And now for the card:)  This is one of those sneaky technique cards.  It *looks* easy.  After all, how hard can it be to cut a straight line.  Turns out, it is tricky to cut the banner triangles at an angle and have them perfectly staggered.  The job was made a 100X easier with my new ruler:)  



I started sewing way before I started paper crafting, so I'm pretty comfortable cutting fabric with a ruler and a rotary cutter.  When I first started paper crafting I used some of the same plastic rulers and my rotary cutter.  Turns out they don't work so well with paper.  So when I got a chance to work with the Perfect Ruler, I wasn't sure how I would fare.  I was happy to find that the metal edge of the ruler works fantastically with an Xacto knife.  Love the crisp cuts it gives.  Plus it has this gripper thing that stops the ruler from sliding around (another must when working with a sharp razor).  Here's a close up of the cuts.   


Don't those Avery Elle papers look so cute stacked together?   They really do go with anything:)

Don't forget to check out the Perfect Paper Crafting Blog and leave some comments on all the blog hop stops to get entered for a fun prize!  Hope you have a fantastic day!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Studio Calico Sandlot Reveal!

It's the 27th of the month and that means reveal day at Studio Calico!!!   The new release is available to subscribers right now, and will be available to everyone at midnight tonight.  I'm so excited to show you my cards from the main card kit Sandlot and the Squints add-on:)  If you're wondering, the names of the kits refer to the movie Sandlot.  It's a movie about kids and summer, so I'd say it's appropriate for these fun, bright kits, right?  Let's get to the cards!

My first card uses the main card kit...


How could I not make a shaker card from the gum ball machine stamp?  I stamped it and then used an Xacto knife to cut out the center.  I backed with acetate and filled it with sequin gum balls!  I layered my shaker over a thin border of teal and then over this fabulous paper!  I just love the paper in this kit!  I even added a little enamel dot for the turn handle.  


My next card uses another one of the fabulous papers in the kit. I fussy the pattern in this awesome paper and then applied it over a watercolor-painted card base.  I love the contrast of the black/white with the soft blue/green color.  The arrow strips are popped up on foam tape.  


Here's a closer look at that...


This next card also uses a bit of watercoloring with the stamps from the Squints add-on!  I heat embossed the small flower bud stamps in clear powder.  Then I watercolored over each one for a more abstract look.    


I love the softness of the stamps and the watercoloring!  


This last card is probably one of the favorites:)  The flower stamps in the Squints set has multi-step images.  That means you stamp the background and then stamp over the highlights.  I love, love, love these kinds of stamps!  For my card, I stamped the flowers in yellow and emerald.  The colors just pop over the black and white stripes, don't they?


Here's a tip for using multi-step stamps with only one color.  To get 2 versions of one color ink, stamp one image at full strength and one stamped off.  For my flowers, I used the stamped off version for the base and stamped over the highlights full-strength.  (Stamped off just means stamping your image on another piece of paper before stamping your image).  


That's it for 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 goodies the Creative Team have put together!  The gals in the CT amaze me every single time!

Mahalo and aloha,
jj