Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wait for It

Hi everyone! It's been a while. :)

I've been in a bit of a funk lately, and I haven't made anything in 10 days (gasp!). I've been going through a bunch of crafty changes, too. A few weeks ago, the Two Peas Digital Creative Team was disbanded. The closing of the digital side was a bit of a shock and disappointing. It was wonderful working alongside such talented ladies who taught me so many new digital techniques. :)

With the end of Two Peas, I was design team-less for the first time in almost two years. After having two weekly DTs for months, it felt weird....a little lost. I did some crafty shopping. I looked at the mess on my craft table. I separated my cranberry-colored buttons from my cherry red buttons.

And then I got a little e-mail:

YEAH!!! I'm super happy to share that I'm joining the CAS-ual Fridays DT!! You can read the announcement on the blog HERE. The talent on the team is incredible--I am so honored to be working with them! I'll be joining the rest of the team for next week's challenge. :)

I made a card a few months back--a reject from the last Paper Crafts Card Creations call. I felt it was fitting for my news:

I started with one of Katie Pertiet's Blendable Photo Cards. Instead of layering it over a photo (like it was meant to do), I simply resized it to use as my main image. I love that abstract sky! Over the image, I stamped a digital sentiment from Rhonna Designs.

I finished the card by layering a small strip of purple cardstock on the edge and pinning it to the cork. As an FYI, to hold the pin in place, I cut it down and held it in place in the inside of the card with a piece of washi tape. I wouldn't want someone to get stabbed while reading an encouragement card. ;)

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back next week for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge.

Cardstock: (plum) Bazzill; (kraft) PTI
Other paper: (cork) Canvas Corp.; (Premium Matte Photo Paper) OfficeMax
Digital stamps: (sentiment from InstaQuotes) Rhonna Farrer at Rhonna Designs
Accessories: (heart stick pin) Maya Road
Digital elements: (cloud image from Blendable Photo Cards) Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals

Friday, March 15, 2013

Card Creations Winner

Hi everyone! Just a quick post to announce the winner of the Paper Crafts Magazine's Card Creations blog hop. Thank you *so* much for your's very humbling. :)

I still haven't figured out how to do a screen shot on my new computer, so bear with me. The winner is:

Emily H said...
So gorgeous!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Emily, you've won a copy of Card Creations. Yeah! I'll send you a message.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sweet Stamp Shop Release Day

For my first post today, please click HERE

Hi everyone! This month I'm one of the Guest Designers at Sweet Stamp Shop, and today is the second day of the March release.

For the three stamp sets being shown today, I used the Alpha Tabs set. It's a cool set--the individual letters remind me of mini alpha stickers. There are a few sentiments in the set, too, which is what I used on this card:

This was a fun card to make. :) I started with this fab woodgrain paper from Simon Says Stamp (I'm officially addicted to this paper!) and splattered some Mr. Huey's.

While the spray ink was drying, I stamped and fussy cut the "happy" and "birthday" from the Alpha Tabs set. After that, I punched some BasicGrey confetti  and added some other embellishments and stitching. Here's a close-up:

Isn't it fun? It looks pretty haphazard, but I have to admit that it took me forever to pick the embellishments and get the layout right. I'm ridiculously slow at crafting--hee hee.

Be sure to check out the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to see the rest of the cards from the other Guest Designers. A big thanks to Nicole for having me as a Guest Designer this month! I'll be showing more cards from the release in a couple of weeks.

Cardstock: (white woodgrain) Simon Says Stamp
Clear stamps: (Alpha Tabs) Sweet Stamp Shop
Dye Ink: (Midnight Muse, Real Red) Stampin' Up
Spray Ink: (Taxi) Studio Calico
Patterned paper: (confetti papers from Fact line) BasicGrey
Embellishments: (party strip and graph mini tag from Fact line) BasicGrey; (chipboard star from Bowties collection) BasicGrey; (enamel dots) My Mind's Eye; (sequins) Hobby Lobby

Market Street Stamps, Part II

Hi everyone! I'm a guest blogger with Market Street Stamps, and today I'm sharing my second set of projects on their blog today. You can check it out HERE. :)

For today’s projects, I used the Shine On set by Stephanie Washburn. This set rocks! It has several Christmas images, but there are also sentiments that fit for every day projects.

I thought it would be fun to make a set of cards, and I ended up making a card to give with the set. I started off making this CAS card:

I stamped the sunburst image with Versamark on Rustic White cardstock and heat embossed it with Enchanted Gold. These stamps stamp very cleanly (love that!), and I didn’t have any issues with uneven lines. I finished off the card by stamping a sentiment from the Shine On set.

Here’s a close-up to see the embossing:

Next, I made the card set. I started off by misting white cardstock with several glittery mists to create a background. Here's what each looked like:

The misting was pretty haphazard since most of it would be covered up....I was primarily trying to get a mottled background. Then, I used the same design and heat embossed the sunburst image in a sparkly orange color:

I liked how the misting in the background complemented the sun. It was worth the stained fingers to have a custom background. ;)

I made three identical cards, and then I decided to make one card slightly different. (What can I say? I’m fickle.) For the fourth card in the set, I created an ombre:

I’m entering this card into the Moxie Fab World Ombre Challenge. While I typically think of ombre within one image, in this card it's broken up between the red sentiment and then the orange and gold sunburst rays. Here's a close-up:

I want to give a big thanks to Angelica and Jorge at Market Street Stamps for having me. It’s been awesome!

Have a great day!

Cardstock: (Rustic White) PTI
Clear stamps: (Shine On) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Real Red) Stampin' Up; Versamark
Spray mists: (Candy Apple, Peach Delight Glimmer Mist) Tattered Angels; (Dandelion) Fireworks; (Marigold Yellow Orange Starburst) Lindy's Stamp Gang
Embossing powder: (Enchanted Gold) Ranger; (glittery orange) mystery craft supply

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Guesting With Sweet Stamp Shop

Hi everyone! This month I'm one of the Guest Designers at Sweet Stamp Shop, and today is the first day of the March release.

There are several new releases, but today, we're showing two of the stamp sets. I used the new Kiss Me set to make this love card:

Cheerful, isn't it? I wanted to combine the stamps with patterned paper, so I first stamped the row of tiny hearts from the Kiss Me set on a grid paper. Next, I stamped and fussy cut the large "love" heart. I love the writing on the stamp! 

The rest of the card is simply die cutting and fussy cutting a mix of the Sweet Girl papers from Echo Park. 

Here's a close-up:

This card is fun and funky, but I have a more elegant one I'll share in a few weeks. :)

Be sure to head over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to see the other releases! I'll be sharing another card tomorrow for the rest of the stamp releases. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Brights Love Card
Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink
Clear stamps: (large love heart, solid heart from Kiss Me set) Sweet Shop Stamp
Patterned paper: (grid, pink solid, chevron, yellow woodgrain, squares from Sweet Girl papers) Echo Park
Dye ink: (Taken With Teal, Melon Mambo) Stampin' Up
Twine: (Lemon twine) Divine Twine
Die: (Large Scallop) My Favorite Things

Friday, March 8, 2013

Card Creations Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I'm part of the Paper Crafts Magazine's Card Creations' Blog Hop (eek!).

If you're joining the hop, you should be coming from Angeline's blog. If you want to start at the beginning, here's the order:

Jocelyn Olson <--You're here.

As part of our hop, we're all using one of the free digital sentiments you can find HERE. I picked the "Thank You" sentiment and made this card:

I started out with some white distressed digital patterned paper (yes, it really is patterned paper, ha ha) from Mommyish and added the folk wreath. 

For the sentiment, I first turned it into a digital brush. Once I had the brush, I stamped it on the page and then colored it with a mist digital brush to create an ombre effect. Here's a close-up of the ombre:

Speaking of ombre, did you see the Ombre Challenge over at Moxie Fab World? I'm actually linking up before the last second (it's a miracle!). 

I've been stuck in Washington, DC a couple of extra days this week, and since I couldn't do much crafting, I decided to make a quick video instead. In the video, I showed how to turn the sentiment into a digital brush. The details in the video are a little clearer in HD on YouTube. 

It's my first posted video--please don't be too harsh! :) 

As part of the hop, we're each giving away a copy of  Card Creations. All you have to do is comment here before 11:59 CST Tuesday, March 12th. To increase your chances to win, be sure to check out the other ladies' blogs.  If you can't wait, you can buy a copy of Card Creations HERE. ;)

Next up is one of my favorite blog friends, Kalyn

Have a great weekend!

Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink
Other paper: (Premium Matte Photo Paper) Office Max
Digital elements: (sentiment from Card Creations v11 downloads) Paper Crafts Magazine; (white digital patterned paper from Geek Chic) Mommyish; (wreath from In Good Company) Pixels and Company
Fibers: (red satin ribbon) Paper Source

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Market Street Stamps, Part I

Hi everyone! Today I'm guest blogging over at Market Street Stamps. Yeah!

When Jorge at MSS contacted me about guesting, I knew I wanted to use the Foodie Doodles set. It has to be one of the most adorable stamp sets ever. I made two cards to show different approaches to this set.

First up is a love card:

Aren’t those images too cute? I stamped the doughnuts repeatedly and then colored them with some Copic markers. The stamps are such nice quality, I managed to stamp all of the images clearly on the first try—believe me...that's a big accomplishment. ;) 

Below is a close-up of the yellow doughnut and mug. The hearts and sentiment are from the same set. 

I love how you could either use the images in the set together or alone. In my second card, I used one of the images alone. 

When I saw the cute peanut in the Foodie Doodles set, I knew I wanted to make a baby/pregnancy card:

I started the card by stamping the Mesh Background in a light tan. This background stamp is my favorite—I like to use it on leaves for some added texture.

A couple of weeks ago I bought some Inktense colored pencils (Hobby Lobby coupon=score!). I used the pencils and added some water to blend the image. The pencils are fabulous! I only wish I had bought a larger set. ;) 

Here’s a close-up of the collage:

I stamped the same hearts on the first card to the right of the ticket. 

Thank you to stopping by! Be sure to stop by the Market Street blog and see my post. :) Have a great day!

We Belong Together
Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink; (yellow) Bazzill
Clear Stamps: (all stamps from Foodie Doodles) Market Street Stamps
Dye Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Markers: Copic

Made With Love
Cardstock: (white, Kraft) Papertrey Ink
Clear Stamps: (peanut and hearts from Foodie Doodles; mesh from Mesh Background) Market Street Stamps
Dye Ink: (Soft Sand) Hero Arts; (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Washi: (green polka dot) Freckled Fawn; (blue stripe) Bella Blvd.
Other embellishments: (tickets, star, Made With Love from Fact collection) Basic Grey; (enamel dots) My Mind's Eye; (star wood veneer) Studio Calico
Coloring: (yellow and brown Inktense colored pencils) Derwent; (Spiced Marmalade Distress Marker) Ranger

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