Sunday, September 25, 2016

Coffee Hop Day 3 & Good Friends

So... I've got some pretty awesome friends... some of them I've never met face to face...some I scrap with as often as possible... and some I've been friends with for many years.  This week I got a fat envelope in the mail from an unknown name.. and when I opened it, there was a note that it was from a friend along with a business card from the sender.  When I went to the blog address on the card it was confirmed... my friend had won a challenge, and asked that the prize, an awesome card and some goodies to create more cards, be mailed to me!

So I knew I'd have to use some of this stuff for the hop this week because this friend will be participating as well.  The papers I picked were from the prize as well as that cute little piece of note paper... well... the note paper is stamped on what is now the back of this note paper.  It's where the sender wrote the note so I decided I could still use it... I flipped it over and took one of my lined stamps to add lines to it and maybe a little marker too since it wasn't the right size.

So another friend gave me these adorable stamps from Darcie Heater Designs for my birthday... that coffee cup and that donut.  Maybe you recognize the stamps that coordinate with the buttons.  She knows I participate in the coffee hop and love it and that I don't nearly have enough coffee so she gave me these and I LOVE them!  Aren't they cute?  But these elements didn't necessarily scream Fall so then I though who else might be friends with coffee and donuts... why pumpkin of course!  So I used one of the pumpkins from this month's release by JessicaLynnOriginal and added some googly eyes.  His eye lines came above the eyes, so I made them into little bushy eyebrows.  And I decided to give him a mustache with a stamp on my CDD set, Prickly.  I also added some hands and feet like the others... I think he turned out pretty cute!

This sentiment is on the Darcie Heater set and I used some of the CTMH leaves I had leftover and cut a few with my Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaf Dies.  I needed to spread some pinkish color around because of the donut, so I picked sorbet paper for my banner and my stitched leaves.

This beautiful twine came wrapped around my surprise gift, a button, some more leaves and of course some of those beautiful Paper Sweeties Creamsicle sequins.  This one was a lot of fun... there may or may not have been some solo giggling going on in my craft room.  It did help that Slim Suedy, my new puppy, was pretty mellow last night.

Thanks so much for stopping again.. lots more to come here so I'll see you around... now back to hopping!  Oh hey... and... my friends!  You know who you are (Not sure you want your names announced)... thank youuuuuu!!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Coffee Lovers Hop and Kindness Change Everything

 It's Day 2 of the Coffee Lovers Bloghop!   Today I'm sharing with you a couple little 3x3 cards I made with the Close To My Heart September special, Create Kindness Card Kit.  This kit is very cool and comes with everything you need to create 24 3x3 cards.  There are 8 exclusive M sized stamp sets, a 2x2 block, a mini ink pad, 24 preprinted card bases all encased in an adorable Mini Stamp Organizer.. LOVE!!

Those pretty flowers are on one of the stamps... the stamp also has the word "Friend" underneath the flowers, but I only stamped the flowers because I knew I wanted to add a coffee cup in front of the flowers.  And that adorable cup is from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.

And I colored the flowers for both in autumn colors and added a few maple leaf confetti pieces I got in a recent Cutting Cafe order... I just love the way Regina packages her orders.... it's like getting a present!

This isn't the background of all of the cards... there is a variety, but I wanted the green and yellow colors for my autumn palette. 

And that sentiment is on the inside... love the mixture of fonts on these cute little stamps!

Thanks for stopping again!  I'll be back tomorrow.. might be a little later because today I'm teaching a scrapbook workshop so not much time for creating coffee cards... but I'll be here!  
See you around the hop!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall 2016 Coffee Lovers Bloghop-The Beginning

Welcome to the Fall 2016 Coffee Lovers Bloghop!  I'm jumpstarting my hop experience with a cup of pumpkin spice flavored coffee and a little Paper Sweeties!  No lie!  I'm drinking it right now!

If this is your first hop, be sure to check out all of the information on the Coffee Lovers Bloghop Blog... but the short of it is... create something with a Coffee, Tea, or Cocoa theme along with a Fall theme... use your blog or Instagram or Pinterest or another format to link up your wonderful creation!  There are random draw prizes all throughout the Hop Week and you can link up multiple new creations for more chances to win... or just because it's fun!  And it is fun!  And you'll meet some really awesome people!

Paper Sweeties is a Super Sponsor and is giving away a $25 gift certificate to the shop AND there are so many more sponsors... and the hop goes from 6am Pacific Friday June 23rd through Friday June 30th!  I hope to see you around the hop!

And here's my first card:

Paper Sweeties has quite a few hot beverage themed stamp sets and this month saw the release of some really great Fall themed images too!  I used the Thankful Stamp Set and Sweet Cuts for the pumkins and sunflowers.  Love the new Thankful set!

I used the Coffee, Yes Please Sweet Cuts to create this cute little takeout coffee cup and the steam in vellum.  Well, of course I had to add a little gold!  I used the set to cut out that cute little gold heart.

The sentiment is from the But First, Coffee set.  I cut that brown banner using the Sweet Borders dies out of some packaging from my Tim Holtz stencil purchase... I'm upset that before I realized how awesome that was for die cuts I've recycled a few.. no more!!! And those coffee beans... love those from the Coffee, Yes Please set!

I can't believe I've gotten this far without mentioning that yummy plaid paper from Echo Park... Plaid, Yes Please!  And I used some more packaging to cut a heart out using the With Love Sweet Cuts.  And of course I scattered some gold sequins around and wrapped it up with some beautiful Creamsicle crinkled seam binding ribbon!

So... not a bad start to my hop I think.  I'll be around all week and you'll be hearing from me for sure!  It's slow creating in my house lately because we have a puppy that has multiple but I still plan on visiting each and every one of you!  I hope you stop by to visit here and there as well... see you tomorrow!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Atlantic Hearts/Cutting Cafe Mashup

Welcome to this week's Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge and some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!

This time around at the Cutting Cafe we're talking about a lost art form... the handwritten letter.  Regina has an awesome new file called Let's Write a Letter.  There is so much included in this file including cutting files to make this box with or without a window or there is a second box that is kind of like a folder with pockets and tabbed dividers... 

There are also cuts for a divider for this box that creates a little shelf for the pen (forgive my pink pen but it was the prettiest one I had...  see that pretty plaid washi tape all over this project?... on the lid, on the papers, and on the belly band wrapped around the papers and envelopes... that's available over at the Cutting Cafe Shop... LOVE plaid!  And the papers and stickers I used were from a friend that was cleaning out her scrap room.  They're from Simple Stories and it's a beautiful pack.  I also used some bronze shimmer trim around the lid just above the plaid washi. 

So this file also includes a wide variety of printable papers that are just black or with some images included that are in color.  I chose a paper that had only the lines and outline and used my custom stamp made from Fall images from the Cutting Cafe Shop to decorate them.   I colored them in with my Zig Clean watercolor markers.   The envelope and liner cut files are also included...the liners are so pretty and match the papers used on the box and decorations...  what a great gift this would make!
And if you're not as old as I am... from a time when handwritten letters were all we had... there is also a handy printout available that you can include in your set that might just help you get started writing your letter... very cool!

I used this sketch to decorate my box... but with the window in the lid it was easy to incorporate the belly band into the sketch... lots of fun!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Jeepers Creepers-Not Just For Halloween

So, if you've been following me you hear me say all the time that so many of the themed paper packs from Close To My Heart are very flexible and can be used for almost any kind of layout.  Jeepers Creepers Workshop was challenging because it's very Halloween themed.. that being said.. so many of the papers are not themed, but are very cute, fun and versatile!  Here, I started with a regular piece of white cardstock and splattered some various colors of watercolor paint on in the colors I was using from the paper pack (or close).. and of course I sprayed a few gold droplets on as well because... that's how I am!

These one page layouts are perfect for those random pics you take... the day to day.. playing on the playground... in the backyard... the kids are doing something adorable or look particularly cute that you just can't stand it and you need to capture it... this little guy is 22 now... yup.. I cut the Happy sentiment and hearts from glitter paper using the new dies and black glitter cardstock.  The stars and arrows came from the Complements that came with the workshop and are black glitter chipboard and I just used a few leftover papers, some washi tape (that also came with the workshop) and some shimmer trim in teal.

And then I mirrored all of the above down in the opposite corner.  For a final touch I added some sequins and some dots in various colors.  Next weekend one of my friends/customers is hosting a Jeepers Creepers workshop and along with all of the 2 page layouts in the workshop, we'll do this one page layout.  (I did cut them an extra word and a couple hearts).

Here are the layouts that are in the workshop:

This one is mostly as it is in the workshop as far as the layout and papers.

I'm a little short on Halloween pics as most of them are scrapbooked already, so I found some pics that were not Halloween and modified this one a little ... I love the way it came out... Double Trouble for sure!

And this one is mostly like the layout also, but I had to modify it because these pics are from way back when we had film and 3 1/2 x 5"!  But I mostly cropped the extra space out of the photos and fit them within the mats cut from the workshop.  For mine I did add some extra purple because I goofed and cut my pics a little too small... it happens... but it was a happy accident!

Thanks for stopping and come back tomorrow for my Cutting Cafe/Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge mashup!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Brentwood Owl Trick Or Treat In The Pumpkin Patch!

The new Brentwood is here, the new Brentwood is here!  Welcome to release day for the new JessicaLynnOriginal Brentwood Owl Trick Or Treat In The Pumpkin Patch!

This is the card I revealed this week as a little teaser for today.  Wait 'til you see everything the Design Team has created for your viewing pleasure!  And here is the set:

Um... adorable, right???  To see the video Jessica has made for you click here!

You know I love Brentwood and I also love Halloween and I especially love making cards and such with the awesome Halloween colors and images.  The Trick or Treat sentiment is from the new set... don't you just love Jessica's handwriting?  So much fun!

With this card I'm playing along with the Crafting With An Attitude Anything Goes Challenge #19... this is a fun one and there are prizes!  Check it out!

I wanted to color Brentwood in green .. I wasn't sure, but I figured what the heck... and I've decided I love him in green!  I think he likes it too.  And see the cute little kitty sitting on the fence?   He's kind of subtle but that's cause he's in the shadows and of course he's black.

My background is colored with Tim Holtz distress inks in purple and dark blue and then I used a star stencil and some gold texture paste.

And then I thought.. well, if he looks good in green he'd probably look good in other colors too... so I asked him if he'd like to be a pumpkin for Halloween and he said... Why Not??

So I like the way he looks... and yeah... that's a lot of!  But I like it!  My background here was also colored with distress inks and then I used a sunray stencil and added some extra yellow for some subtle sunrays.

This sentiment from another set was perfect for this card so I had to use it.

This set comes with a couple more pumpkins so it was fun to create this large gang of orange friends... they seem to be having a good time....

And then I thought... orange and green were good... how about.... 


Purple?  Sure, Brentwood said!  He loves purple!  Love the hocus pocus sentiment on this set and that cute little kitty!  I used some of my favorite dies to make a shaker with this one and some watercolored paper I made a while ago... I left no shade of purple untouched in my arsenal of markers, watercolors, ribbon and papers.. glitter and otherwise....

Tried to give this one a magical feel.... stars and swirls and pretty splatters of watercolors and gold drops ...

LOVE that sentiment... 

So I hope you've enjoyed my Halloween Moonbow of colors... I had fun coloring them!  Be sure to hop on over to the JessicaLynnOriginal Blog and checkout all of the design team creations for today and leave some love... AND find out how you can win a stamp set!

You can get to the rest of the Design Team projects from there or from here:

  1. Angeline
  2. Maria
  3. Jeanette
  4. Andrea
  5. Lisa…/label/JessicaLynnOriginal (You are here)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Paper Sweeties September 2016 New Release Rewind!

Welcome to the September Release Rewind at Paper Sweeties!  Today's the day we show how well all the great new products go along with all of your old favorites! (As if we didn't know they would!)

Remember that leftover pumpkin die cut I used on Sneak Peek day along with the hat and flower stamps?  This is where I got it from.  I used the die to cut out this little pumpkin window for my shaker and then saved it for later... how exciting that I already used it!  (Well, I'm excited... not sure if you are, but that's ok)

I had used my Richard Garay sweater embossing folder on my Sunset background and didn't want to totally cover it up so I stamped the Thankful definition stamp from the Thankful stamp set onto vellum.  Then so I didn't completely cover up my words I used the just clear enough Sugar Sprinkles Sequins and some gold beads inside my shaker window.  The two little pumpkins from the Wagon Stamp Set were perfect companions for my pumpkin cutout.

And love the fall leaves from the Stand Add On Stamps... they were perfect to create a little bit of a falling leaf background.  Love the fishtail banner from the Sweet Borders Sweetcuts and the sentiments from the Hello Friend set are the perfect size!  And that Rusty Bell and those gold sequins.... yum!

So happy you could join us for the September release!  Don't forget to check out what everyone has created for you: