Monday, December 18, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza

Merry J. Cooledge

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I blogged, but when Taheerah Atchia asked me to participate in her Advent Calendar Extravaganza, I wanted to join in the fun. :)
Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Here's what I came up with:

Poinsettia Trio J. Cooledge

I made three cards using two stamp sets from The Stamp Market and paper, die-cuts, and chipboard from Crate Paper's Fa La La collection.

For the first card, I stamped the large flower from the Watercolor Bouquet set in poinsettia colors. The sentiment is from the Holiday Cheer set (I'm not sure if the set is still available?). 

Happy Holidays J. Olson

For my next card, I did even more layering:

Merry J. Cooledge

I stamped the same flower on linen cardstock to add texture as well as the smaller flower in the Watercolor Bouquet set. The background is stamped with the snowflake from the Holiday Cheer set. 

I also die-cut the flower in pink patterned paper and layered a white velvet flower from Maya Road. 

Merry J. Cooledge

My last card used the same stamps in a more rustic way:

Fa La La J. Cooledge

I stamped the flower in my favorite white ink and then embossed the panel with a woodgrain impression plate. The Crate Paper "falala" die-cut is entirely gold, but doesn't it look multi-colored in the photo below? :)

Fa La La J. Cooledge

Here are the details about the Advent Calendar Extravaganza:

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by The Stamp Market so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Paper Smooches + Simon Says Stamp

Hi everyone! I'm up on the Simon Says Stamp blog today (yeah!!)! I made two spring Paper Smooches cards with mixed media backgrounds.

Here's a sneak:

Hey Beautiful

If you have a chance, please check out the Simon Says Stamp post HERE. Thank you!!! Also, a big thanks to Stephanie for asking me to guest. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Maya Road Blog Hop (& Giveaway)

Hi everyone! Ready for the weekend? I know I am!

The Maya Road Design Team is having a blog hop! We're each sharing projects with new CHA products (including their awesome dies!). Here's the order of the hop:

Jocelyn Olson <--You are here.

Here's a card I made for CHA that I thought worked for Easter or as an encouragement card:


Other than the paper, all of the products are from Maya Road. :) I die-cut the pretty pray sentiment from the Peace and Pray Script die, and blended ink on the bottom portion. On the top of the card, I added a Resin Mini Mum and a Small Vintage Paper Flower.


The focal point is a little bird nest. I am in love with the Resin Nesting Bird (Turquoise Sea), and I gave her a nest of the Wood Ribbon Bobbins and a Tulle Mini Bloom (Sunny Yellow). For the leaf, I liquid gilded a Big Leaf Die with a rose gold gilding. I finished the cluster with more Small Vintage Paper Flowers (Pink).

Here's a close-up:


Giveaway! Maya Road will be giving away one of the Maya Road Sweet Nothings Card Kits! Here are the details:

  • A winner will be chosen randomly from all the comments on all the blogs in the hop. 
  • You have until 9 am EST Tuesday March 8th to leave comments. 
  • Winner will be announced on the Maya Road Design Team Blog  Thursday March 10th.  
  • Please leave only one comment per blog.
Thanks for stopping by! Next is the fabulous Melody!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Paper Smooches Anniversary Hop Winner and Spring Cards

Hi everyone! Thank you for all of the really sweet and funny comments on the Paper Smooches 5th Anniversary Blog Hop card (HERE)!! You all are awesome!

Before I get to the winner of the hop, I thought I would share a few Paper Smooches spring cards I made last year (but never posted).

First up, an Easter tag:

Easter Egg Dies

I attached these tags to my kids' baskets. To make the tags, I used Paper Smooches' Easter Egg Dies (for the egg and bow), Sassy Letters Dies, and Toppers Dies.

Next, a spring greeting:

Spring Butterflies

I used Paper Smooches' Luminous Spring stamps and Butterfly Duet Dies. The papers are (old) American Crafts' Dear was a great way to use scraps and older papers!

Lastly, a welcome card:

Welcome to the Neighborhood

I used Paper Smooches' We Adore You stamps, the We Adore You Icon dies, The Welcome Wagon stamps, and Welcome Die. The window was made using the negative space of the Duo Die 2. I used a welcome sentiment, but a Mother's Day sentiment would work well with these stamps, too.

Now for the winner of the choice of two Paper Smooches stamp sets and three dies is:

Congrats!! Please send me your e-mail address (see Contact Me above), and I'll pass it on to Kim at Paper Smooches. She'll ship the prize from PS HQ. :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Celebrating 5 years with Paper Smooches (and a Giveaway)!

Hi everyone! It's been a while, but today I'm excited and honored to be hopping along with some Paper Smooches guests for a special blog hop. :)

Paper Smooches in celebrating their 5th Anniversary this month! Woo hoo! I'm so happy for Kim! She is such a sweet and thoughtful person, and I know she's worked hard to make Paper Smooches a fab company. :) 

Please hop on over to these fabulous designers blogs to see their Paper Smooches creations…and see what you could win!

Today I am using one of the NEW products released this month--the new Wine Glass Die. The die rocks!

You Had My at Merlot

He is having a mighty big glass of wine. :) My friend Emily gave me the idea to use one of the Paper Smooches people with the Wine Glass die, and the chemist from the Great Chemistry set works perfectly with this die. I'm not sure if Kim designed the glass die that way, but they seem like they are made for each other. ha ha

I Copic-colored the kind of like Professor Plum instead of a chemist, and then die-cut him using the Great Chem Icon dies. I trimmed his thumb to add dimension around the glass:

You Had My at Merlot

The background is embossed using the PS Squared die. I added a punny sentiment from the Free Spirits set.

For the wine glass die, I created a shaker with two acetate windows. There is a mix of matte and sparkly sequins in different shades of red. Here's a close-up:

You Had My at Merlot

Want to get in on the giveaway? Kim (Paper Smooches) is giving away HUGE prizes! Here are the details:
·         Just leave a comment on any of the blogs listed above for your chance to win a prize! Each blog has a different prize to win! The prize from my blog is the winnner's choice of two Paper Smooches stamp sets and three dies. (Wowza!)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Wednesday, February 24th to leave a comment. 
  • Winners will be announced on each blog on Thursday, February 25th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Next on the hop is the super talented Kay!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Getting Embellish-y with Maya Road

Hi everyone! Are you ready for the holidays? I wish I had one more month. :)

Merry Tree

I'm on the Maya Road blog sharing three last-minute holiday cards. It's no secret I like to use embellishments, and I wanted to mix embellishments and the October Afternoon papers from the gorgeous Maya Road Holiday Treasures kit. In addition to the embellishments and papers, the kit has a beautiful stamp set. :)

I hope you'll check out the post (here)!


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a happy holidays!

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