Monthly Archives: September 2008

What’s up…some news and a tweet card…

I have lots of things to tell you about today as well as a project to share so I’ll get right to it! 🙂 First of all…my latest free on-line class at Cornish Heritage Farms is tonight and I’d love to have you join us!

I also have a couple new classes to tell you about. They are absolutely fabulous projects by some of the CHF DT and I know you’ll love them. Check them out by clicking on the banners.

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Also…what are you doing this Saturday? It’s World Cardmaking Day and we have some great things planned at Cornish Heritage Farms. Some challenges to get you creating, chat and over course…some great giveaways. Hope you’ll join us! Check it out!

And finally…a sweet card design. Well…I think it is anyway. 😉 Hope you like it!

Hello Chica

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It’s another of those sweet simple cards that just kind of fall together when I’m cleaning up my desk. Seriously…I need some help. I’m a paper packrat! Good job I use a lot of the same colors over and over so that the most disparate elements actually manage to go together. I mean really…I have product from TEN companies here on this little card! Actually…here’s a little secret. I’ve been hoarding the Heidi Swapp bling rectangle for probably 18 months no. I ended up breaking it so I thought I’d better use it up. I put it on my card to encase my sentiment and perched a little stamped birdie on top. Embellishments cover the break nicely. 🙂

Quick Tip: instead of using bling to highlight or frame a layer…use it as a frame to visually break up the space without one.

What’s up tomorrow? A fun layout challenge from a sketch I designed. See you then!

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Supply List:

Stamps:
Mocha Chica (Kim Hughes Line) By CHF

Paper:
-Simply Smooth White Prism Cardstock
-Iced Teal Prism cardstock

-brown die cut paper by KI Memories
-Figgy Pudding 6×6 paper pack by Basic Grey

Ink:
-Black Adirondack ink by Ranger

Other:
markers by Copic
-bling rectangle by Heidi Swapp
flower by Prima
-ribbon by Creative Impressions
-pin by Fancy Pants Designs

Around the house…

I love making altered projects for the home! While I adore making cards and other quick projects, something about a project that will stay in the house or be displayed in another really appeals to me. While I know that papercraft projects don’t last forever, that’s fine but it is fun to have them last while they do. I thought a home dec altered project challenge would be a fun one, especially this time of year as we gear up for the holidays. While my project is not a holiday one, some of the other designers just make have created one. Make sure you check out their great ideas… Kim, Carol, Dawn, Kristine , Val Even better…play along with our challenge here and we’ll come see what you created! I’d love to see your projects!

Princess Wall-hanging

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I thought this stamped image would make a darling wall-hanging for a little girl’s room. After all…isn’t every little girl a princess? Pink and girly with lots of flowers, velvet paper, ribbon and bling, it was easy to make. To create my own wall-hanging, I cut a piece of heavy chipboard sheet into a 6×6 square. I think covered it with cardstock and patterned paper. Eyelets were set in the top  with my Crop-a-dile and then a ribbon strung through to hang the project.

Quick Tip: Use a heavy guillotine style paper cutter to easily cut through heavy chipboard.

If you missed Saturday’s post on a chance to win a magazine copy for WCD…make sure you check it out here.

Have a beautiful day!

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Supply List:

Stamps:
Someday My Prince Collage (Rummage Bin line) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
-burnt Umber Palette ink by Stewart Superior
-Brushed Corduroy Distress ink by Ranger

Paper:
-Simply Smooth white cardstock by Prism
-Kraft cardstock by Prism
-flocked paper by Chatterbox

Other:
chalks by I-Kan-dee
ribbon by May Arts and Melissa Frances
-chipboard crown by Maya Road
-rhinestones by MAMBI
-flowers by Prima

-felt heart by Making Memories
Worn Lipstick Distress Crackle Paint by Ranger 

I’m done!

Yay www.jessicasprague.com I’ve finished Up and Running on Thursday and now starting Monday…I’m ready to start Now we’re Rockin! As you can see…I’m totally having fun with this. Now I just need to figure out the best place for getting my layouts printed!

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Have a beautiful day!
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Just one more week…

Just one more week until…..World Cardmaking Day! Did you know that Saturday October 4th is World Cardmaking Day? WCD is a fabulous day to set aside to create cards for the holiday. Created by Paper Crafts Magazine…you can visit the WCD site for lots of great inspiration and activities. Make sure you read to the bottom of this entry but first…Here’s what Kelly has to say…

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Get ready to celebrate World Card Making Day!

Join in the fun with card makers the world over on Saturday, Oct. 4, as we kick off the holiday card-making season. Now in its third year, World Card Making Day is a day to connect with fellow card makers around the globe and to celebrate the creativity and joy of this craft! Hobbyists, beginning card makers, manufacturers of card-making products, retailers, and educators, are all making plans to share the excitement of World Card Making Day with workshops, online galleries, parties, contests, sales, and other special events.

Visit www.worldcardmakingday.com for ideas and unique ways to celebrate this holiday, including:

o    Creating your own handmade cards from the dozens of sponsored ideas in the Inspiration Avenue section

o    Sharing your unique designs with the world in the Creation Corner Gallery

o    Finding and visiting an Official World Card Making Day Retailer for classes and activities that will help you connect with other fellow card makers

o    Planning your own fun activities with friends and family with ideas from the Celebrate section

Join Paper Crafts magazine on this amazing day that brings card makers from all over the globe together in celebrating the joy of giving the gift of a handmade card.

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I’m excited to be part of  a WCD blog hop giveaway from Paper Crafts magazine. Papercrafts has given 50 designers a copy of their Cards, Gifts and More: Papercrafting 3 Ways special publication to share with you. I’m really excited to be one of them. For a chance to win my copy…simply respond to this post in the comments below. You can tell me what kind of card projects you plan to create for this upcoming holiday season or you can simply say hi! You have until midnight Saturday Oct 4th and then I’ll be drawing a winner here on this blog, Sunday October 5th. You can also check out the blogs of some great designers on their link list in their WCD blog post.

Good luck!

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A Touch of Whimsy

What’s up today? Well…I’m off on a field trip this morning so I’m looking forward to that with my little guys. It’s going to be a beautiful day so the morning off and some fresh air will be wonderful. I have a fun whimsical design for you today. This Mushroom Lane line is totally growing on me. As I just bought seven of them…perhaps I’m a little addicted? They are so super fun to color and I love the retro look.

Mushroom Smile

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After coloring this design with my Copic markers…I added some glitz and sparkle with my Copic Spica glitter pen. Sorry…you can’t see it in this photo but truly…the window shine wayyy more than mine at home! 😉

Quick Tip: Cut up your Queen and Co. felt around the flowers to make a great embellishment instead of a felt band.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Supply List:

Stamps: #27Mushroom Lane & Classic Essential Expressions (MLM Line)by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink: Brushed Corduroy Distress ink by Ranger, Black Memento ink by Tsukineko

Paper: black cardstock by Bazzill, Ambrosia 6×6 paper pad by Basic Grey

Other:

Felt by Queen and Co., flower by Prima, button by Autumn Leaves, tab by Making Memories, stapler

Week Three…or day three?

I hope I’m totally not boring you!Next class…I promise…just one digi post a week. 🙂 I’m seriously cramming to get ready for it and having a blast while I do. I think by now, you’re getting a good idea of my favorite place to be. 😉

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I actually created these digi layouts yesterday. I’m just about done the course now and yay! Ready to start the next! I’ll show you my lesson four designs in a few days. Right now…I have a million things I have to get caught up on. This digital scrappin is a little addictive!

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Charmed I’m sure

I have a fun challenge for you today. At least I hope you’ll like it! I’ve recently decided to stop hoarding some darling little charms I bought a while ago and just use them. Do you find yourself doing the same thing? Charms are a fabulous accent and embellishment. If they have words on them, I love how they can tie a design together by adding a little thought. Whether your charms are metal or you make your own…find great ways to tuck them into your design. My favorite way to use them is clustered in a group of embellishments such as below on this home decor piece I created. Play along with today’s challenge here.

Steadfast Hope

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You may have seen this Thomas Kinkade The Light of Peace image colored here before. It’s one of the ones I colored while away at the cottage and I just knew it had to go into something besides a card. I’m thrilled with the way this altered frame turned out.It’s actually an MDF frame that I picked up at Michael’s and then covered with some Basic Grey paper. To frame the image section, I stamped a couple backgrounders right onto the paper and another on the kraft cardstock behind my image. My hope charm by Imaginesce helps accent the main theme of light and hope.

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Quick Tip: After coloring with Copic Markers…add in some extra detail with the sharp, fine point of a Prismacolor colored pencil.

Wishing you a fabulous day!

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Supply List:

Stamps:
-The Light of Peace(Thomas Kinkade Line) by Cornish Heritage Farms
-Inextinguishable Light (Thomas Kinkade Line) by Cornish Heritage Farms
-Cheesecloth Backgrounder by COrnish Heritage Farms
-Aged Sheet Music Scrapblock™by Cornish Heritage FArms

Ink:
-Black Memento ink by Tsukineko
-Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink by Ranger

Paper:
-Simply Smooth white and kraft cardstock by Prism
-patterned paper by Basic Grey

Other:
-lace by Prima
-flowers by Prima
-grungeboard by Ranger
-hope charm by Imaginesce
-Distress Crackle paint by Ranger
-ribbon by creative Impressions
-Copic Markers
-frame from Michael’s