Friday, April 20, 2012

Domestic Bliss

It's been forever since I joined in with Unity's Friends With Flair, but I've been wanting to ink up one of my (newer to me) Melody Ross sets.

Since Mother's Day is coming up, I need to make some cards for my mom to give to her friends. I've been very inspired lately by retro gender roles, and since my mom is a pretty sassy lady (imagine that!), I knew I could put on some sassy sentiments. Here's what I came up with:

I used Unity's Domestic Bliss set and made my own sentiment in Photoshop. The font is a little wonky, and therefore it looks crooked, but I think it works. It was so easy, I made another one in purple:

It took me forever to come up with the second sentiment, and no, I'm not projecting anything (my husband is more than happy to sew on a new button). Since my mom and her friends were raised in the 1950s (well, 1940s too, but she'll want me to say 1950s), I know she'll appreciate the sentiment.

Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Punny Tags

Happy Tuesday! My poor son has had Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease the past few days (started with vomiting on Friday). Luckily, he's feeling much better now. He'll be helping me blog today. :)

I wanted to share my Punny Dad Tag Trio in the May/June issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. PC did a fab job photographing the tags. Here's my picture:

Punny Dad Tag Trio

These tags are pretty straightforward...I used Hero Arts' Vintage Men, some light Distress Inks, and May Arts ribbon. When I made the tags, I barely had enough ribbon, so the tails ended up shorter than I would normally make (but it worked out in the end :).

My favorite was the vest...the pun makes me chuckle.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

You Make Me Smile

Happy Thursday! I'm still smiling over the Stamping Royalty news yesterday (see here). Thank you for the well-wishes! I'm so lucky to have such good bloggy friends! :)

Just a quick post to a card I made yesterday for the Create sketch challenge:

I stamped the background in blue and then added some digital kites from Rhonna Farrer's Uplifting Kites. They look like her MME line, which I adore! Here's a close-up of the kites:

Finally, I stamped the Ali Edwards' sentiment and added some washi tape to look like grass/hills. I how airy the card turned out...especially on a rainy day like today.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Have Yourself a Merry Little--EEK!

For my Print Candee post, please see here.

I wasn't going to blog again today, but I just saw on the Paper Crafts blog that I was an Honorable Mention for Stamping Royalty! A friend e-mailed me the news, and I couldn't believe it, but there it was. I think I nearly passed out from excitement!

Since the card was on the PC blog, I guess I can share it with you here. It's a good thing I snapped a couple of quick (and not so hot) pictures of the card before I sent it off!

 Everything on the card, including the chevron background, is stamped. It is definitely the type of holiday card I would send out--bold, graphic, colorful. Here's a close-up of the sentiment to see the heavy embossing on the "merry":

The funny part is, I was getting a second version of this card ready this morning to resubmit to the Holiday Cards and More call. I guess that's out now.

Congrats to the other Stamping Royalty honorable mentions! I was super thrilled to see my good friend Emily's card and my former DT-mate Chunyan's cards! I can't believe I'm on the same page with such good stampers.

One winner is selected from the Stamping Royalty Honorable Mentions. If you like my card, you can vote for it by going here and voting. Thank you! I'm so excited if I win or not. :)

Thanks for looking!


Happy Wednesday! Today, the Print Candee team is having a blog hop. To join us, you can start at the Print Candee blog and follow along:

Jocelyn <--You're here!

Our theme is Mother's Day (can you believe we're that close to May??), and I started out with a little card for mom:

Mother's Day Card

I used one of Kristina Werner's sketches for this card (she makes the best sketches!). All of the papers except the yellow stripe are from the Head's Up Girls' Pink Lemonade paper pack. I used a My Favorite Things alpha die to die-cut the letters, and I fussy cut two lemons and added some glitter on top. Here's a close-up:

Aren't those lemons too cute? I love these summery papers. 

To go with the card, I made a small banner. I used SteffNeff's EZ Party Template Pennant Banner, shrunk the banner down in Photoshop, and added the same Pink Lemonade papers as the card and the yellow and white zig zag stripe from the Barnyard paper pack. Here's how it turned out:

To make the labels, I used the Print Candee Scalloped Circle Frames, recolored them in Photoshop, and added the letters. I added glitter around the edges of the frames, which you can see in the close-up:

As part of the hop, we're giving away 2 $10 Print Candee gift certificates. You can comment along the hop until midnight on Saturday.

Thanks for looking! Next up is my awesome teammie Therese!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Teacher Thank You

 Happy Friday! I had a chance last night and today to make a card for the new Hero Arts' Challenge. I've been wanting to make a thank you card for my daughter's teacher for the end of the school year. Here's what I came up with:

Hero Arts Teacher Thank You

Yep, I went with some intense colors! I used the brand spankin' new Hero Arts Jumbled Type digital brush to make the background. I stamped the image repeatedly in different Spring 2012 Pantone colors, cropping the image each time, and then putting all of the strips into one document. I realized this morning that the strips weren't the same thickness, so I couldn't just print out the image. Duh! I ended up printing the image and then cutting out the strips. It worked out fine, just more work. ;)

Thanks to my mom for getting my sewing machine tension issues resolved, I was able to sew around the border. Then, I die cut a window and diecut a frame out of turquoise cardstock. I stamped "thank you" from the Year Round Sentiments set on the remaining star and popped it up with foam tape on the inside. Here's a close-up:

Hero Arts Teacher Thank You Close-Up

Thanks for looking! If you celebrate Easter, have a lovely Easter weekend!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New Baby Gift

Happy April 1st! My Print Candee teammates and I are sharing our Print Candee creations today, and the theme was "anything goes." Got to love that theme! Looking through their website, I ran across Pink Pueblo's Jungle Animals brushes and knew I had to use them. Here's what I came up with:

I made a baby boy thank you card set for a new mom, and the bag holds the cards. I had a little bag from Hobby Lobby, and I simply stamped the elephant and added some patterned paper behind it to dress up the bag. Inside the bag, I included 6 notecards:

I started with a solid background in Photoshop and then stamped the animal image in white. The sentiments are computer-generated only because it was faster than embossing them all. ;) Here are the other animals:

Yes, the photography was son was waking up from his nap and hollering at me, so I was rushing. What was I thinking using that busy patterned paper in the background??

The little chick is from Pink Pueblo's Easter Photoshop Brushes. I could have substituted "Happy Easter" and that would have worked, too.

I liked the elephant image the best...isn't he too cute? Thanks for looking, and if you get a chance, take a peek at my Print Candee teamies' blogs (the links are on the right).

Have a great day!
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