Monday, July 30, 2012

Shaping Up Blog Hop Winner!

First of all, I want to thank all the folks that joined in on our Shaping Up Blog Hop & Giveaway!   So many wonderful familiar faces and lots of new ones too!  The winner for my blog candy is #83!  Congratulations Karen B.!!  Karen, email me so that I can get this package of goodies out to you!

If you entered our linky party with a shaped card, please check out Nina's blog for the winner!  I messed up this morning!  I should have picked my own linky winner!  And the winner is #21, Kara Lynne!  Kara, send me your mailing address and I'll get your special prize out too!  All of the shaped cards you all linked up are amazing and I had so much fun checking them out!  

 I hope that everyone had a good time hopping!  I know that all of us had a blast and we're looking forward to hosting another event:)  From all of us...
Mahalo and aloha!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Shaping Up Blog Hop & Giveaway: East Coast Tote & Pinkstagram!

Welcome to the Shaping Up Blog Hop & Giveaway!   Today I'm blog hopping with some of the 2012 Gallery Idol gals and our theme is inspired by the Paper Crafts July Gallery Challenge!  {How appropriate, right?}  This month, the PC theme is summer shaped cards!  I've got 2 shaped cards to share today, one summery and one for any time of year:)  For my first card, I went East Coast summer!

This card was super easy to make even without a template!  This beach tote is loaded up with little foam flip flops and "towels".  I gave the towels a little bit of texture by impressing fun foam with a canvas impression plate.  A little nautical, a little L.L. Bean, a little Nantucket red:)

This second card may already look familiar (remember this post in May?).  This new version has a twist!  Besides being hot pink, it's hiding a little secret!  Just untie the bow...

And unfold the mini-album in the lens!  I filled this mini-album up with pics of my boys and my adorable nieces, but you can customize the number of pics or even add a little message!    

That's it for me today!  Make sure you visit each stop of the blog hop!  And don't forget you can win prizes at every stop just by leaving a comment!  I'll be picking a winner next Monday (giveaway closes 11:59 pm, July 30th)!  

JJ <------you are here:)
Jennifer I.

Want another chance to win some prizes?  Link up your Paper Crafts July Gallery Challenge entry below for a chance to win a special prize for playing along with us!  Can't tell you what's in the special prize, but I can tell you that you'll be getting packages from more than one of the stops on this blog hop!  Cool right? 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Mahalo and aloha,

Tote Card
PaperUltra Smooth Pure White (Avery Elle), Striped (Recollections), Enchanted Evening (PTI), Fun Foam Sheets
Ink: Navy (Amuse)
Stamps: Guiding Light (WPlus9)
Tools: Impression Plate. Flip Flop Die (PTI)

Pinkstagram Card & Mini-Album
PaperRaspberry, Pixie (Avery Elle), Licorice Twist (Mark's Finest Papers)
Ribbon: Satin (Recollections)
Tools: Nestabilities Circles, Heart Die (PTI), Silhouette SD


Monday, July 16, 2012

All Decked Out

Now for something completely different!  I know this project is kind of out there, but it was pure fun to do!  I have twin teenage sons, so I seem to need masculine cards quite a bit.  Unfortunately for me, most of the stamps I have are pretty girly;)  To spice it up, I thought I'd make a shaped card!  The idea to make a skateboard card evolved into making a mini skateboard rack (or to be technical, a mini skateboard deck rack).  

The rack is super easy to put together (only 3 pieces) and was cut out with my Silhouette.  I debossed it with my woodgrain IP and brushed it with ink for a little texture.  The skateboards were also cut out with my Silhouette.  These mini boards measure 5-1/2" wide and 1-1/2" high.    
Click here for the skateboard pdf template
Click here for the rack pdf template
Click here to download the skateboard Silhouette Studio file
Click here to download the rack Silhouette Studio file

I stamped the decks with various designs and got to use my new yellow and orange Hero Arts neon inks.  I wish I could have gotten the pics to show the real neon!  So much fun to put together!

That's it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week!
{Aloha, jj}

Paper Kraft, Ultra Pure White (Avery Elle)
Ink: Neon Orange, Yellow (Hero Arts), Green, Blue (Distress Ink), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Stamp: Free Spirit (Waltzingmouse Stamps), So 80's (W9Plus), Typically Teen (The Crafts Meow)
Tools: Silhouette, Woodgrain IP

Friday, July 13, 2012

Avery Elle: Easy Does It

Today is the final day of the Avery Elle Inspiration Week and I'm closing out this week with some quick and easy projects!  It is Friday after all;)  The first 2 cards I want to share were done with the Framed Fonts and Bright Days sets.  If you have 5 minutes, you got 2 cards!  Done and done.

You've already seen the Bright Days set this week, and here's a look at the entire Framed Fonts stamp set!  Don't you love that mixed font look?  

Need another easy project?  Let's go!  This time I used the Blossoms and Blooms stamps to make a set of gift enclosure cards.  I chose the 2 full flower stamps that kind of remind me of medallions.  I love that these stamps are not symmetrical.  Why does it matter?  If you use them to stamp a pattern, the asymmetrical design is very forgiving:)  My only tip is to make sure that the stamp is oriented the same direction when stamping your pattern.  

I also put together a little card holder for this set with a twine and button closure.  I admit the card holder is a bit more involved, but I put together a cutting template and a Silhouette cut file to make it easy for you:)  
Click here for pdf template
Click here for Silhouette Studio file here
{Note: This holder will fit cards  4-1/2" wide and 5" tall or smaller}

And here's the entire Blossoms and Blooms stamp set!  Lots of possibilities with these flowers!

So that's it for me this week!  It's been lots of fun playing with these new stamp sets!  I really hope that you've found something that speaks to you!  As always, if you have any questions about the techniques or products I've used, please don't hesitate to email me!  Be sure to check out the other Avery Elle gals for more fun stuff!  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Avery Elle: Found Mr. Right

Avery Elle Inspiration Week is still going strong!  Today I'm featuring a card I made with the uber-cute "Hello" set.  So much fun!

For today's project, I went straight for the Hello label:)   Hello Mr. Right, lol!  I know this looks complicated, but it's actually really easy to cut by hand.  You know what else I found out while making this card?  The 1/4" setting on a Corner Chomper corner rounder works perfectly with this label!  For the jacket and bow tie, I've put together a cutting template and a Silhouette cutting file for you all to use:)
Click here for pdf template
Click here for Silhouette Studio file here
{Note: The card base itself is 4-1/4" wide and 5-1/2" tall}

If you all use the template, I would love to see what you all make!  This was a great project for me to use some of the patterned paper I've been hoarding saving!  Here's a look at the entire "Hello" set! 

Thanks again for stopping by!  Tomorrow I will be sharing the final of projects for Inspiration Week!  I hope that you have found something this week to inspire you!  If you have any questions about the techniques or products I've used, please don't hesitate to email me!

Please go visit the rest of the Avery Elle team for more fantastic projects for Inspiration Week!  {Still time to enter the drawing for the $25 gift certificate too!}

Mahalo and Aloha,

Avery Elle Supplies:
Hello stamps

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Avery Elle: Bright Days X 2

I'm back with more projects for Avery Elle Inspiration Week!  Today I'm featuring 2 cards made with the stamps from the sunburst Bright Days set.  Originally, I was only intending to make one card...

This was so easy to make!  No measuring, just a bit of masking with Post-It  notes.  So how did this lead to a second card?  When I'm stamping with a lot of different colors, I like to prime my stamp before I do the "real" stamp.  I load up my stamp with ink, stamp off onto a scrap piece of paper, then load up again and stamp the final image.  You see where I'm going with this right?

Yup, this next card was made from my scrap paper!  I love the way it turned out and the recycler in me is happy to make something pretty from what could have been trash:)    

{Side note: I am loving Avery Elle's Ultra Smooth Pure White card stock!  I usually use a brand from another stamp company, and I was surprised to see how much whiter the AE card stock is!  It also seems to take ink a little better.  You know how I love my card stock, so I just had to mention this:)  

Thanks again for stopping by!  And go check out the other Avery Elle gals for more projects for Inspiration Week!  {Don't forget to comment and like Avery Elle on Facebook for a chance to win a gift certificate!}

Mahalo and Aloha,

Avery Elle Supplies:
Bright Days stamps