Tuesday, January 31, 2012

For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop

Just a super quick post tonight to send get well wishes to Cath (yes, that Cath of Moxie Fab and PaperCrafts)!  She's been nursing a broken wing (rotator cuff) and had to miss out on winter CHA which is in full swing as we speak (read more about it here).  So tonight I'm joining in with other Moxie Fab fans to wish Cath a speedy recovery!  

I can't say that I know Cath personally (far from it), but she recently helped me track down a missing prize package.  She could not have been more helpful or gracious and that means a lot these days:)

Feel better soon Cath!
{aloha, jj}

P.S. If you want to link up to the blog hop, visit Virginia's blog here.  :)jj

Sunday, January 29, 2012

CASE Study #75 & Moxie Fab Die Cutting Challenge

This is the last week to play along with super awesome CASE Study MOTM (muse-of-the-month), Jen Rzasa.  Here's her fabulous inspiration card for this week (Challenge #75)...  
Maybe it's the Nyquil (I've been a bit under the weather), but when I saw Jen's card, I thought "rainbow". I wanted to capture all the happy colors in the original.

For such a simple looking card, this one was a little tricky to execute.  I don't have a rainbow die, so I used my circle dies (taped together) to created rings. The rings were assembled and glued to a piece of white cardstock before cutting each letter.  
I used my new PTI alpha dies to spell "HELLO" across the rainbow.  Not an easy task when you've got one "L".  Then the letters were adhered to the white background with the smallest foam tape pieces I could manage.  Whew.  Kind of crazy journey, but I'm pleased with this happy card!  I'm going to put this card in to the Moxie Fab Die Cutting Challenge (this card definitely qualifies for the challenge part;)

Maybe it was the Nyquil again, but I decided to do a second CASE Study card!  So this one was a much more straightforward CASE.  You're probably thinking, it's a little too straightforward.          

Well,  you would be right, except it's a mini-CASE!  Instead of the normal 4.25" by 5.5" card, this little number is just a smidge smaller than 2" by 3".  I don't know about you, but teeny + tiny = cute! Here are my two cards together:)
And with that, I call it a night.  As always, thanks for visiting!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  
{aloha, jj} 

Paper: PTI, Marks Finest Papers
Tools: Spellbinders, PTI, Corner Chomper

Stamps: PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Paper: PTI
Embellishments: Embroidery thread

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

PTI January Blog Hop

A fresh batch of PTI stamps and inks arrived just in time so that I could participate in the Papertrey Ink January blog hop.  This month instead of the usual photo inspiration, the challenge was to pick a favorite project from 2011.  I don't have a ton of cards to choose from last year, but looking back at past projects, there was a definite theme running through 2011.  For me, 2011 was year of the rosette (see this card and this card and this card, no need to continue;).  Something about that shape really appeals to me and they hold a special place in my papercrafting heart.      
I started off by making the rosette from a stamped strip of flowers from the new Mat Stack 5 set.  I decided to fussy cut around the flowers so that the finished rosette would have petals.  Tip: stamp one more flower than the number of petals you want.  This will give you enough to overlap your seam.  

The background "frame" is stamped using more stamps from Mat Stack 5 and Giga Guide Lines.  The Mega Mat Stack 5 die was used to create the inside of the frame.  This is my first mega die, and I can see it being used all kinds of ways!
I finished off with a sentiment embossed in white and the rosette popped up inside the frame.  I used my new Berry Sorbet and Hawaiian Shores ink and it's so nice to get a good color match to my cardstock.  

That's it for me today!  I can't wait to see what everyone else is posting for the the blog hop.  Thanks so much for visiting!
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Mat Stack 5, Giga Guide Lines
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet
Paper: White, Berry Sorbet
Tools: Scoreboard, Mega Mat Stack 5 Die

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Moxie Fab Map to Your Heart Challenge & CASE Study #74

I don't know about you, but I work better closer to the deadline.  Drives my family crazy, but, like they say, it is what it is.  So today's card is for the Moxie Fab Map to Your Heart Challenge which ends tomorrow.  If you're motivated by deadlines like me, you've still got plenty of time to play along;)
For this challenge, I was so glad that I could use some vintage atlas maps that I saved from a book destined for the trash bin!  {Admit it, you save things from the trash and recycle bins too, right?}  I cut the map into squares and rounded opposite corners to shape the petals (the pink layer is slightly bigger than the map layers BTW).  
I used my new WPlus9 stamp for the stem.  It's supposed to be a clothesline, but I love that it could be used for so many things.  I'm also putting this in for the CASE Study #74 challenge with the fantastic inspiration piece from Jen Rzasa.  Go check it out!  

Thanks for visiting and go Ravens!  
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps, Verve, WPlus9
Ink: Versamagic, American Crafts
Paper: PTI
Embellishments: Button, jute twine
Tools: Impression Plate, leaf die (PTI)
Other: Vintage Atlas

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CASE Study Challenge #74

Well lookie here, another card, whaaaa?  I guess I couldn't resist playing with another CASE Study Challenge with this month's muse Jen Rzasa (Challenge #74)!  Here's Jen's inspiration card for this week...
Look at all the yummy colors and bold shapes in this one!  So, so cute!  

I've never been good at mixing and matching patterned papers, so I took my inspiration from that cute petal/leaf shape.  That shape always makes me think of designers like Orla Kiely and Kate Spade.  Flowery, but still modern.  This shape also happens to be included in my well-loved Modern Basics set (PTI).  So just one stamp from Modern Basics and a slew of ink pads later, I came up with this...

I placed a strip of soft stone cardstock between the two popped up panels to create a kind of stem.  And to get a bit of texture going, I used an impression plate on my cardstock BEFORE stamping all the elements.  Not only does this give flat stamps some dimension, it also covers up bad stamping (like I'm prone to do because I'm an impatient ninny).  Those aren't bald spots, it's texture, people!   

And with this post, I'm done for the night!  Thanks for visiting and have a bitchin' Friday!! (my goodness, I'm getting loopy at this late hour;)
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento, Papertrey Ink, Versamagic, American Crafts
Paper: Papertrey Ink
Embellishments: Buttons, twine
Tools: Corner rounder

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps January Blog Hop

Everybody feeling 2012 now?  I think this weekend finally got me into 2012:)  I was able to get some rest and catch up on some things around the house that have been terribly neglected;)  Even got some time to work on a couple of cards.   

This year the Waltzingmouse Makes Blog is starting fresh with a new format for their monthly blog hop.  What was once a waltz is now a hop:)  The theme for January's Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Hop is "Sweet Things"! Here's what I came up with...

I've been super into CAS cards lately, and this card continues with the trend.  This is my CAS version of "eat, drink, & be merry"!  I love that this card could be used for all kinds of different occasions. 

The frosting and the champagne are paper pieced just for a little bit of fun.  
I used score tape and some glitter to gussie up the edges.  I wish I could get a better picture of the glittery frame (glitter is not my friend, but I do love it).  BTW, those little black specks are actually commas!  I probably should have left them off, but I didn't have it in me to start over:)  

And just when you thought Christmas was over, I have a holiday card to share for the 

2012 Waltzingmouse Stamps Monthly Christmas Challenge!  The challenge this month is to use a night/day sky in your design.  Here's my Christmas card for the month...   

Not your typical holiday card and still pretty CAS, but fun all the same.  I paper pieced some of the elements, but this could easily be converted into a one layer card for mailing.  

The snowy background is a combination of gems, stamping with glitter, and stamping with Versafine. 

And with that, I'm officially done with the long weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!  Can't wait to see all the SWEET Blog Hop posts!
{aloha, jj} 

Be Merry Card
Stamps: Frame It, Join Us, Festive Foliage (Waltzingmouse)
Ink: Memento, Versafine
Paper: Papertrey Ink, Mark's Finest Papers
Embellishments: Martha Stewart Glitter
Tools: Scor-tape

Let It Snow Card
Stamps: Half Pint Heroes, Christmas Cottage (Waltzingmouse), Tree (PTI)
Ink: Memento
Paper: Papertrey Ink, Mark's Finest Papers
Embellishments: Martha Stewart Glitter, Gems

Friday, January 13, 2012

Modern Landscape Love

Today I wanted to share a card with you that I made for a Papercrafts call that didn't make the cut. I have to say that I'm a bit relieved this one got to stay home with mama!  The colors, the charming house and trees, and that font (that font!), all make me really, really happy and it would've been hard to let this one go.    
Since I got this die, I can't stop using it.  It's called "Modern Landscape" and it's from Memory Box.  I also have the sister version "Country Landscape" that has more houses and pine trees instead of these mod ones.  Both of the dies are THE BOMB. 

The font is something I downloaded (for free!) from dafont.com.  I'm picky about fonts and can never seem to find what I want in a premade stamp.  Dafont.com and myfonts.com are great sources for new and fun fonts (just a warning though, myfonts is a pay-per-font site).  
Since I saved the mask I used for the sunrays, I'm going make a few more of these cards.  Next time, I'll leave off the foam tape so I can send them safely in the mail.   But for now, I'm happy to get to keep this card all to myself:)  Hope everyone has a great weekend and thanks for visiting!
{aloha, jj} 

Ink: American Crafts Pigment
Paper: PTI, Mark's Finest Papers
Tools: Memory Box

Saturday, January 7, 2012

CASE Study Challenge #72

The CASE Study Challenge site is one of my go-to places for card inspiration.  They have a new muse every month with new cards every week.  The first muse of 2012 is Jen Rzasa (Challenge #72) and she's starting her stint as muse with this little number...
 Jen has a lovely way with color and paper cutting, and this card is no exception.  I'm a big fan of her graphic style!
I wanted to keep lots of white with just a bit of color on the balloon.  So I paper pieced the balloon with 3 different colors stamped in three different patterns.  So much fun using all the background stamps that I've gotten recently. 
Across the bottom I used one of my favorite Memory Box landscape dies.  I can't tell you how much I love that teeny house and those circle trees!   
In the end, I gave into the "add-one-more-thing" urge, and put some yellow cardstock behind the teeny house.  But that was it;)  

Thanks for visiting! 
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Practicing Creativity, WPlus9, PTI, Hero Arts, Clear & Simple
Ink: Memento
Paper: PTI, Mark's Finest Papers
Tools: Memory Box