Friday, February 28, 2014

Green and Yellow Encouragement Card and Notebook

Do you know what time it is?  It's time for a brand new Challenge on the 3 Girl JAM Challenge blog and we really hope you will play along.  March is one of my favorite months of the year.  It is the month of both of my children's births as well as mine.  It is also the month where I feel like new beginnings are starting after the long, cold months of winter.  This month's challenge celebrates that by encouraging you to use gorgeous colors - yellow, green, and orange.  Does anything celebrate the beginning of new life better than a daffodil as it peeks it's yellow head bravely through the snow?  How about those first sprigs of green grass or orange wildflowers?  You can choose any combination of the 3 colors and add some ribbon for this challenge.

For my projects I used green and yellow.  Goblin Green and Sunflower 3 Girl JAM ribbon worked perfectly to make them really pop.  If you would like some of your own ribbon, click on the name of each color to go directly to the sight.  If you use the code 'CP10', you will even receive an extra discount!

My grandmother recently had surgery so I wanted to send this card to cheer her up.  I used the following supplies to make it all come together:
3 Girl JAM "Sunflower" crinkle ribbon
DCWV Lemon Flower and Neutral matstacks
Prima flowers
"The future" stamp set from Sweet & Sassy
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Frayed Burlap Distress Marker
Cricut - CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge
Recollections "Spice Market" paper packet (green)
The mat design was achieved by using the embossing technique mentioned in the last post.

I then decided to alter a mini notebook for her.  I used the same paper packs and Sunflower ribbon as well as the Goblin Green ribbon on this one.  A fun fabric flower from Recollections added a special touch.  I think my grandma is going to love it!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Embossing with a Cricut

Today I have a technique video to share with you.  I originally saw this technique from this video on YouTube.

I then took it and changed it a bit. There really isn't a project to go with it but watch for a couple of projects using the pieces I created while trying out this new technique.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take the time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hanging Hearts Card

I know that Valentine's Day is over but there's always room to spread a little more love, right?  That's exactly what I'm going to do.  A touch of 3 Girl JAM Merlot crinkle ribbon was the perfect accent for the pretty hearts and my current favorite "love" paper.

3 Girl JAM Merlot Crinkle Ribbon (Don't forget to use the code "CP10" to receive a discount on your 3 Girl JAM orders)
Fancy Pants Love Note 6X6 paper pad
June Berry smooth cardstock by Core'dinations 
It's Valentine's stamp set from K. Andrew Designs
Color Box terra cotta ink
Clear embossing powder
Stardust clear glittering ink
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge
Fiskars Hearts punch

I love the weight and texture that is achieved when you add multiple layers to a card.  It makes it feel so luxurious.  This 6X6 card was perfect for my husband since I didn't need to mail it.  No worries about having an envelope.  However, you can always make one if you need to mail it.

I actually did a tutorial of this card if are interested.

Don't forget that you can enter your own "love" card in the current 3 Girl JAM challenge.  Just click here to read all about it.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

I Love You More Than Chocolate Valentine

I warned you yesterday that you were going to be seeing a few Valentine's from me.  I know they're a little late.  I hope you enjoy them anyway.

I used the following items:
Cricut - Creative Holiday Cards cartridge
Paper Trey Ink - Latte Love stamp set
K. Andrew Designs - Coffee and Tea Treats Tag-a-Longs stamp set
Hero Arts - Cup-O-Joe and Pale Tomato shadow inks
K. and Company - KP Valentines cardstock and Cupid Embossed Stickers
Georgia Pacific white cardstock

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love You So Much Valentine Card

Love is in the air and today I am sharing that with each of my family members.  Now I'm sure that everyone has wrapped up their Valentine giving for the year, but I was making my main ones the night before Valentine's Day so you will all be seeing them a bit late.

I used the following supplies:
Cricut "Creative Holiday Cards" cartridge (pg 7)
Leftover hearts from the "Art Philosophy" cartridge (for the envelope)
K&Company "KP Valentines"
Recollections "Cool Water" grey paper
Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Core'dinations "June Berry" smooth cardstock
K. Andrew Designs "It's Valentines" stamp set
Color Box "Terra Cotta" ink
Really Reasonable Ribbon - grey ribbon

The paper is double-sided so the inside didn't need much work to look fabulous.

The matching envelope was the perfect touch to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Art & Sassy January Stickpin Swap

Good morning.  Today I am sharing a video of the stickpins that I received in last month's Art and Sassy stickpin swap.  All packages have been sent out to the swappers but I thought you might enjoy seeing what is going on over there.  If you are interested in joining some fun swaps click here.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

"Calm" Tag

Good morning everyone.  I have a tag to share with you today and it comes with a bit of a story.  One day I was reading a friend's blog - Proverbs for Life - when I learned of the concept of choosing a word of the year.  Soon after reading the post, I felt like the word I needed to focus on this year is "calm".  Why?

Like many of you, life in my house is busy.  4 family members = 4 (or more) jobs.  Add youth group, classes, and Rugby and some days we are hopping.  Being an RN with a full-time job in an ER, the word "calm" rarely is a description of my work life either. Being calm doesn't happen.  It's something that has to be focused on to achieve.

Some days, I have to focus on calmness by being still and really listening to God.  Other days being calm means staying out of the craft room and spending time with family instead of focusing on projects for deadlines.  Some days it means that I need to sleep a little extra, while other times it means I need to clean a particular area in my house. Whatever the situation, being calm brings rewards and this tag focuses on that feeling.

Have you tried the new lace in the 3 Girl JAM store?  It comes in 2 different varieties and is so pretty that I had to use some from the Light and Bright pack on these tags.  I also used some Sterling from the Celebrations pack.  A few different techniques were used to create layers on this tag.  Layering can add so much dimension without bulking up a project.

Other products used:
Grunge Paper
Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge
Folk Art Warm White acrylic paint mixed with Broken China Distress stain (Layer 1)
Versamark ink, clear embossing powder and Inque Boutique "Monarch" stamp set (Layer 2)
Broken China and Pumice Stone distress inks (Layer 3)
Homemade Perfect Pearls Spray (Layer4)
Embellishments - Label made using Spellbinders Labels 5 dye, DCWV Linen Closet matstack, Gold bop stickers from my stash, butterfly from Trees to Treasures,  eyelash trim, crystal Stickles, Petaloo feathers and 3 Girl JAM lace, and Sterling crinkle ribbon,
Have you checked out the new challenge over on the 3GJ Challenge Blog?  Things I Love is the theme and you should come and play along.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dreaming of Summer ATC's

Who's been dreaming of sunshine streaming on your shoulders?  Some warmth would feel really nice right now.  While I'm not complaining about the weather, I am looking forward to warmer days.  To get ready for that, I decided to make some ATC's.

I pulled some paper from my scrap stash as well as a few others to make these.  The bases were actual ATC bases from Ranger.  I covered the backs with a summery yellow cardstock from Core'dinations.  I then added paper from DCWV (Summer Days and unknown scrap) and Basic Grey (What's Up 6X6) to the fronts.

"Splashtastic Summer" from K. Andrew Designs was stamped onto more buttery yellow cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

An array of embellishments from Recollections, Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Provo Craft, Prima, Stickles and Hot Off the Press was used to complete the look.

Would you like to trade ATC's?  Head over to to join in the fun.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.