Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Make It Count!

Last week, I came across a color challenge that was drop-dead stunning! Black and white with a hint of mustard yellow.  I didn't have time to create a card before the deadline, but finally got around to it!  I also entered this card into the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol (crossing fingers...)! The theme is encouragement.

Here is my latest creation:

I decided to stamp a background of gerber daisies (using two different sizes). I highlighted one using a mustard cardstock.  (A simple button added to the center of the flower.)  I framed the background with mustard and black layers. Stamping the sentiment off-centered and use a corner punch on one corner.

Mohawk Cardstock
Stampabilities Daisy Stamps
Recollection Sentiment Stamp
Paper Studios Black Ink
Basic Grey Button
DCWV Cardstock Pad (Black and Mustard Yellow)

Also playing along with the following challenges:
Perfect Sentiment - Anything Goes
365 Cards - Day 90 Layered

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SGC: Dying to Diecut!

I am so excited to reveal the latest challenge at Southern Girls Challenge! Who doesn't love using diecuts? Anyone? Hello...

So I thought this challenge would be too easy for me and wanted to spice it up some for myself. Give myself a challenge! I am mainly a cardmaker! I has done layouts before, but I am not that comfortable with creating them! So I wanted to challenge my self to make a layout using diecuts! Here is my layout:

It might be hard to see, but I used a Spellbinder diecut to cut out the quote. I also used Spellbinders Triangles and pre-made diecut stickers (scallop borders and tab).
I really like the technique of spraying/dripping paint spots throughout the project. However, I should have practiced before I actually did it to the layout. I made a mistake and was disappointed with the outcome. So I used a oval diecut and cut out paper to place over the mistake. I really liked how the layout turned out before that flub. Not so much after. But I learned a lesson and I will now try things out before I put it on the final product! Please note that fellow scrapbook beginners!

So do you have a collection of diecuts you are dying to use? Dust them off and create! Once you are done please share them HERE! Great prizes can be won! 

Need some inspiration? Please check out the fellow SGC design team for some wonderful and fun projects!

Thanks for stopping by! I am off the create!

Cosmo Cricket - Garden Variety Collection
Spellbinders - Pendants, Label 8, Lacey Ovals
Recollection brads
Misc Quote Sticker
Studio Calico Diecut Stickers
Arcylic Paint

Honey, I Miss You!

Thank you for stopping by Gel-a-tins today! Today I would like to share with you a card I created with the Honey Bear Set.

The flowers in the Honey Bear Set were screaming for me to color them. Knowing that I am at beginner's level when it comes to using markers, I opted to break out my chalks and use them to create the flower scene. Using VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad, I stamped the image 3 times onto cream cardstock. Using one chalk color at a time, I started to color the scene. Once the coloring was complete, I used a large die-cut to create the tag. Adding the "Miss You" sentiment from the Honey Bear Set to finalize the tag.

For the final touches, I used a woodgrain embossing folder to create the backdrop of the card.  Deciding the card needed a pop of a brighter color, I added a strip of a reddish-pink. Topped it off with a button and raffeta ribbon.

Once again thank you for stopping by! Please take a look around the blog! Our DT has been sharing some amazing projects that will hopefully inspire your creative!

Jessi P.

Supplies Used:
Honey Bear Stamp Set - Gel-a-tins

Echo Park This & That Papers
Inkadinkadoo Chalks
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
Paper Studio Embossing Folder
Misc. Button and Ribbon

Monday, May 14, 2012

My first project for Gel-a-tins!

Today is my first project post for Gel-a-tins! Please stop by HERE to check out their blog!
Here is my post:

Hello, everyone! Thank you for stopping by Gel-a-tins today! This is Jessi here and today is my first post as a Gel-a-tina! **Happy dance**

When I first saw the Honey Bear stamp set, the creative wheel started to turn! So many ideas flowing! Which one to pick? Which one to pick? I couldn't pick just one, but here is the creation I will share today:


Had to have the bear pop off the card!


And I loved the bear too much to use him just once, so I added him to the inside of the card with the rest of the sentiment.


As you will probably learn about me, I like to fussy-cut! So when I saw this cute bear, that was the first thing I did. The rest of the card went from there. To showcase the bear, I used die-cuts to create a "window" for the bear. (Using the scraps for the inside of the card, don't want to waste any paper, right!) Once the papers were attached, it was time for the sentiment! And as the finishing touch, the bottom corners were rounded using a corner punch.

Gel-a-tins Stamp Set:
Honey Bear (Bear and Sentiment)

Other Supplies:
Recollection Kraft Cardstock
October Afternoon and Lily Bee Designs Papers
Spellbinders: Circle and Lacey Circle Die-cuts
Paper Studio Brown Ink
Corner Punch

Thank you for stopping by Gel-a-tins!

I am off to create! Have a great day!!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms!

Happy Friday, all!  Wow, what a week it has been! Things are just so crazy around here! But I'm not complaining, it is Friday, which means...IT'S THE WEEKEND!  And even better Mother's Day Weekend! (Yes, I said weekend, because we all know we deserve more than 1 day!)

I cranked out so many cards this week. I finally have time to see down and share a couple with you!  So in honor of Mother's Day, here are the cards I made for my grandmothers.  Clean and simple, my favorite cards to make!

Here they are:

Using the Sew Cute Collection from My Little Shoebox, I made a simple background for the cardboard sticker dress forms.  To add that little extra something, I added some Trendy Twine around the waist of the forms. 

Recollection Kraft Cardstock
My Little Shoebox - Sew Cute
Trendy Twine - Sky Blue and Strawberry Cupcake
Studio G - Clear Stamp
Paper Studio Brown Ink

Thank you for stopping by today! I would like to extend a big Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Please stop by on Monday for my first post with Gel-a-tins!

Playing along with the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant - All about Mom
Top Tip Tuesday - Clean and Simple
Celebrate the Occasion - Mother's Day

Friday, May 4, 2012

Gel-a-tins Introduction Day

Getting to know Jessica P.

My name is Jessica Pascarella. I have been living in Texas for 10 years. I am a SAHM of 3 wonderful kids. My wonderful husband, is my biggest supporter. I credit my grandmother for introducing me to cardmaking. She has been creating her own cards for years. Due to her inspiration, I jumped in the papercrafting world around 8-9 years ago.  My main love is cards, but have started to expand into scrapbooking and altered items. My biggest "addiction" is stamps. I love the number of ways you can use stamps, the techniques seem to be endless!  Feel free to stop by to see my latest creations : Kissin' Krafts. I am truly excited to be a part of the Gel-a-tins Design Team! I hope to inspire you as much as I know I will be inspired by you.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I'm a Guest Designer at The Paper Variety!!!

What a great day! Wondering why? Two reasons. Today is my birthday AND I am excited about my guest designer spot over at The Paper Variety!  If you have never heard of this challenge blog, you MUST check them out. Their challenges are always awesome!  The current challenge it to make handmade flowers on you papercraft project. Yes, I said project! They accept cards, layouts, altered items, pretty much any project that involves paper!

So when I found out the challenge was to make a handmade flower, I sort of panicked!  I enjoy making flowers. My biggest challenge is the lack of tools that are needed to make those awesome flowers you see everywhere.  I pretty much have a few punches that I can use.

So here is my card creation with a handmade flower:

and a close up

Mohawk Cardstock
American Crafts Papers -
Martha Stewart Balloon punch
Fiskars Small Circle punch
Hobby Lobby Ribbon
Basic Grey Button
My Little Shoebox Chipboard Alphas

My attempt was to make a flower that looked like the flowers in the paper.  I used a balloon punch for the larger petals and a small circle punch for the smaller petals. I sprayed all the pieces with a little water to make it easier to curl the paper.  Once the paper was somewhat dry I adhered the pieces together to form the flower.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please make sure to check out The Paper Variety! I cannot wait to see the flowers that you all create.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day! I am off to create!