Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Stamping Boutique

I saw a posting for a DT call for The Stamping Boutique and
my jaw hit the floor. The images are 
so beautiful and just BEGGING to be coloured with Copics. 
Tracey sells mostly digital stamps and this is an area that I am
very eager to try, so I said YES to their invitation to be on the team!!! 

Read about it here, and look out for new images featured on my
blog over the next few months!!

Mini VSN.. A couple cards.

Next month I will be hosting a challenge at SCS for the Virtual Stamp Night, and last night
was a warm-up round with a bunch of fun challenges. .  
This challenge was to use snow in some form on the card. I stamped some snowflakes
in a glue pad and dusted the card with glitter, then I added some more on the ground. 
This is a digital stamp from The Greeting Farm. Isn't she sweet?!!?

This was a challenge to use the colours red and white, and wool or yarn. Well, I don't have
wool or yarn, so I did some crazy sewing, added some ribbon, and flocked
the heart hoping that would make up for it.

Supplies: Paper: Kraft, Red (PTI), White (Neenah), brown patterned paper (Basic Grey); 
Ribbon (PTI); Shapes and letters cut with the Silhouette. 

Thanx for looking!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My darling Phoenix

This guy has gone through a lot in his short life.
The choice to keep him in my life was a choice to be a single parent.
When he was 6 months old I went back to university to finish my degrees and he
was raised by a myriad of caregivers, friends, and family until he was 5 when I finished all of
my schooling. I saw him for mere hours every day. Sometimes not at all... We moved a lot
from small apartments, basement apartments, to finally a small condo where we ended up
staying for a few years.

I have no idea what all of that turmoil has done to his psyche,
but he's turned out to be a really great kid. He's gifted in music and sports and has a
wicked sense of humour.

But wouldn't you know it, life has thrown him for a loop again...

Check out the tooth.

Sideways. Completely sideways.

About a year ago he had an extra tooth come through the roof of his
mouth and pushed some of the other teeth aside. Totally to the side! So now
Phoenix has a palette expander in his mouth to make room for the tooth to turn
around, and next week he will get braces. Yay..

He's actually looking forward to braces because right now he's suffering from a
pretty good bout of low self-esteem. He wants to smile again.

Like this:

Well hopefully not exactly like this..

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

This is a weird one, so watch out!

Our challenge this week is to create an everyday card using unconventional designer paper.  Huh?  What we mean is make a birthday card with Halloween paper or a thank card with Christmas paper or a Christmas card with Easter paper (ok, that would definitely be a challenge)…or something like that. We’d love for you to play along!  If you do, be sure to use keyword JBE090 when uploading to SCS or PCP, or leave a link to your project in the comments section of this post.

Here's what I came up with:

The most non-baby colours I could think of, but somehow when it's all put together it works! :)

For more inspriation, be sure to check out the blogs of all of the Jacksonbelle Rockstars!

Supplies: Paper My Mind's Eye, Bazzill, Neenah; Ranger Ink; Whipper Snapper baby stamp, Denami circle stamp; Copic Markers, Lace, Marvy Punch. 

Monday, January 25, 2010

Moxie Fab Challenge: Start to Finish

The challenge was to create the COMPLETE card.. Inside and out..
I do it sometimes, not all the time, and only when asked, haha, but decorating the
inside as well as out sure does make a nice card.

I was obviously inspired by Heidi Van Laar for this card. I hope you like it!



Supplies/instructions: Cardstock: Bazzill, Neenah; The card base, inserts, wings and the word "Wings" were cut out with the Silhouette, and the large heart was cut out with Nestabilities and then embossed with a cuttlebug folder; Glitter Ritz glitter on the wings; Zva Creative Crystals; small EK heart punch; Signo white gel pen.

Thanx for looking!!

CPS x 2

I combined this week's CPS151 sketch with today's Clean and Simple challenge
and this is what I got.... x2:

So easy.. So quick. Who could ask for anything more?!

Card #1:
Stamps: elzybells
Paper: bazzill, neenah, SEI
Ink: memento
Accessories: ribbon (may arts), glitter ritz, glue pad, nesties, cuttlebug

Card #2: 
              Paper: cosmo cricket, lasting impressions, neenah 
             Accessories: ribbon (papertrey ink), rubon (kaiser), ek punch

Weekend Crafting.

This weekend I was able to play along with a couple
of challenges and add more Valentines to my growing stash. I hope to have
around 40-50 to sell in the next few weeks.

Here's a couple from an inspiration challenge at SCS.

The "Thanks" card is something I made for my brother in under 10 minutes from beginning to end!
I gave it to him and he said "You made this from SCRATCH??" Yes Ryan... Yes I did. lol

The second project is the beginnings of a Valentines Day gift for my hubby. I'm working on it
right now and will share the finished project when I'm done. It's looking great!

The other thing I made this weekend was this quilty card:

Ian didn't like it much, but who cares! Someone will like it. It took a while to make
because there was the cutting of the little squares, the gluing of the little squares,
the cutting of the heart with nestabilities, the sewing of the heart... It was a labour of
love! hahaha... pun intended.

Hope you had a great weekend! Back to the grind tomorrow!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Embellish Challenge and CPS together as one..

I am looking forward to seeing the anticipated Embellish Magazine and thought I would play along with this week's colour challenge! This was a challenge for me. Purple is a colour I, uh, I wouldn't say hate but it's a colour I choose not to use. Except when pushed..

This was a push:

The challenge was to use BROWN, KRAFT and PURPLE and STRIPES! Well, I had no purple patterned paper (and I literally have over a 1000 12x12 papers) and only a few shades of purple cardstock.. So I drew the lines. With a white gel pen! Oh the desperate things I will do to play a challenge! Maybe that's why they're called challenges?!?!?! I will admit

This is also a CPS sketch and it's a great one! I love this layout. I'll use it again soon.

Supplies: Paper: Bazzil, Papertrey Ink; Stamps: My Favorite Things: Basic Grey buttons, Signo white gel pen, copic markers, sewing





Today's Limited Supplies challenge at SCS is to use a palindrome in the sentiment
and use only patterns that are palindromes.. Mission Accomplished! Now it's time for bed!!

Stamps: the "ewe's" are from My Favorite Things and the sentiment is Papertrey Ink
Paper: Jenni Bowlin, Bazzill, Neenah
Ink: Memento

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Get well Mom!

I made this card for my mom.

It didn't turn out as well as I had hoped but I was nervous about it
and my mojo was gone-o.

Why did I need a get well card for my Mom? She had a tumor on her brain
and ear-canal and it was removed last week.

What makes me so mad is that she waited WAY over a year for this stupid surgery
and in the time that elapsed the tumor took over her left ear and
it took her hearing. The tumor pressed against her brain, but
wasn't growing on/into it, so that was a good thing amongst many bad things.

Something that made me happy, though, was we were talking about the check-out
procedure where the doctor will give her the final check-up,
prescribe some medications,
book a follow-up appointment and that's it.

I said, "Just imagine if we lived in the states... The doctor would give you a
bill for everything you just went through." (My parents are recently retired
from self-employment and don't have medical beyond the medical that is provided to
them via our extremely high taxes)

She is good now. Doesn't have much balance. Foods taste different.
She quit smoking while in the hospital. The tumor is gone!

Supplies: Stamp: Magnolia: Papers: Neenah, Scenic Route; Making Memories pin and flower; Kaiser rub-on; Copic Markers.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Valentines Jacksonbelle-style

Today's card...

I thought about 2 things...

Well, technically 3 things since the main thing is that this week's challenge is to make a Valentines card. 

I need to use those dang heart-shaped nesties I bought

and I need to use that dang heart cuttlebug embossing folder.

Both of which I have barely used in the two years I have owned them.

This is what happened:

I used THIS October Afternoon paper which I think is AMAZING for Valentines and
an old Making Memories paper tole sticker.

Do you want to play along??? Yes you do!!!
Use the keyword JBE089 when uploading your work! 

Also, now through Thursday, Jacksonbelle Embellishments is offering *free shipping* on all orders (use code JBFREE during checkout).

But wait! Take a look at the 'belles beautiful work:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

On being prolific...

I was very prolific this weekend.

I will share my results:


I have goals of using my scraps of cardstock base. Tiny cards are cute. Period. I played along with the Clean and Simple Challenge. I made the dots with a sponge dauber, purple ink, and embossing powder. Cute huh?? This card is LITTLE... I'll show you:

(Coke Zero. My second fav. beverage next to Lattes)

Here is another scrap of card base that ended up being kind of a nice card!

I have had the "Around the Block" patterned paper for a few years and just
decided to cut it all up!! I'm gonna use it this way! Here's another card with the paper:

And yep, another oddly sized base.

Lastly (for I made a lot of other cards, but I cannot share at this time) is
a use for some of those thin strips of scrap that may be hanging around your table
as well as some more card base scraps..

Sentiment by Elzybells. I was thinking this would be perfect for little notes
to Phoenix's teacher. She is always so thoughtful to write special
notes about Phoenix's behavior every couple days. She really goes above
and beyond and this would be just a little thank you for her courtesy!

I sure hope my prolificness (not a word, I know, but whatever) has
inspired you! Let's all say "Be gone darn scraps!!!"

*I just looked it up and "prolificness" IS a word! lol... Looks like I'm smart too!!! 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Scrap paper winner!!

Yay Jan! I am honoured that you will give some of my patterned paper a good home! Contact me via email (jazztobi at and I'll get your stack out to you asap!!

I have some cute projects on my table right now that I can't wait to share with you later! I hope to have a very productive weekend!! Talk to you soon.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thanx a Latte!

The cutest sentiment ever. lol

I played along with the Moxie Fab Color Play challenge.

I used two sets from my Elzybells DT days and I still love it like I did the
first time I saw it. It's the coffee thing. Those who know me
know that I am obssessed with all things coffee, Starbucks, lattes etc...

I punched little circles from blue paper (that is actually the same shade as the blue cup, just a tad
darker and WAY darker in the photo..) and lined them half-way down the
circles along the back.

Funny, but my husband seemed impressed by the "3-D effect" of my shading...
Small things for small.. Nevermind. Love you honey!

That's all for now.. Off to do some more creating!

Supplies: Bazzill papers, Neenah white paper; Stamps: Elzybells; Ink: Ranger (lamp black); Copic markers, EK punch.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Sketch and a new technique (for me)..

I played along with today's/tomorrow's sketch challenge at SCS because it was posted so early. It was a little old-school for me in that I don't do many layers anymore, but it turned out okay..

I decided to try out this flower technique that everyone is doing (find a tutorial by Dawn McVey here) and I will recommend to you that you NOT do it with vellum the first time. I won't elaborate, it's just not the easiest to get a good result. haha.. It does look purdy though:

Vellum is so fragile and I actually used a fairly heavy-weight vellum (and OLD Chatterbox pattern) and it still tore and broke when I tried to smoosh it, but you can;t tell unless you get really close...

So that's it. I'm going to bed... Well... I'll do a Sudoku then go to bed. lol..

Stamps: whipper snapper (apples), PTI (sentiment), Creative Imagination (tag stamp)
Paper: Bazzill, cosmo cricket
Ink: ranger lamp black
Accessories: copic markers, ribbon, button

Moxie Fab Shout-out

*scroll down for my Jacksonbelle Post! 

The amazing, wonderful Cath gave me a shout-out for my
Tuesday Trigger card in this post on the Moxie Fab Blog!! 

*Happy Dance*

Monday, January 11, 2010

Tuesday Challenge card: Blingy Retro

hmmm... Bling and retro.. Not normally two words uttered in the same sentence, but I uttered. yes I did...

I combined two challenges in one with this cards. I got the color combo from Dawn's challenge, and I rooted through my new scrap pile (re: yesterday's post) and these two colors just jumped out at me. They just FELT retro to me, so I added the bird rubons (Hambly) they are TRES kitchy! Then, for the Jacksonbelle Challenge I added BLING in the form of Zva pearls on the clouds (and some detail with a glitter pen that you can't see.. hahah). Overall, I am extremely pleased with this card.. This will one of those cards I will keep for a while just to have some eye candy around. Lol..

Visit the rest of the team's BLING challenge,
and please play along and link your cards to the store blog so we can see!!!

Supplies: Paper: October Afternoon, PTI, unknown; Amuse stamp; Ranger espresso ink; PTI ribbon, Zva pearls, Hambly rubon. 

Scrap paper organizer extraordinaire!

That's me!! Well... Not really, but as the years go by and as the scrap paper grows I am constantly adapting how I do things around here. Previous to this organization I had my papers in a rubbermaid tub and had them loosely organized by colour in rainbow order (Roy G. Biv hahaha) and it looked like this:

It was alright. The problems I ran into were: I forgot what I had, I didn't go to the tub as often because I couldn't SEE everything, and after a while I got lazy and didn't file them EXACTLY where they were supposed to go (aka I just threw it all in the front).

So! What did I do? Well I've seen a couple forums on Splitcoast about cutting paper down to usable pieces right away if you know you're going to use it for cards.. Well, I occasionally scrapbook so I don't cut my papers right away, but once they're in the scrap bin? I probably won't use it on a layout. So I thought, what the hay! I'm gonna cut down all my patterned paper scraps and this is what I got:

A HUGE stack of 6x6.. (Kinda like fat quarters eh?)

A medium size stack of 5.5x4.25 (A2)

and a fairly large stack of random widths, but all are 6 inches high.

I have already used some of my scraps and I think having them pre-cut, organized and readily available will be a nice improvement over the old system. And just so you know I have my slice on my desktop with its
little holder and I am storing my "fat quaters" in there! Right beside me.. Within  6 inches of my hands.... Where I can just grab them without a thought.

Do you want some of my "fat quarters?" (6x6)

Let me know what your ingenius system is
for organizing your scraps and I'll draw a random winner! 
And trust me... I have some pretty sweet scraps!  
I will draw a name on Friday, January 15th.  

Take Care and happy organizing!  

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger

Over at the Moxie Fab blog they have a "Tuesday Trigger" challenge where you have to make a card
based on a given image. This image is BEAUTIFUL and I would LOVE a place setting
like this, but alas, I am not sophisticated enough.. But I can make a card based on it!

All different colours and textures in the browny-beige family.
Thanx for lookin'!

Supplies: Paper: Bazzil, Making Memories(Lace), Quickutz(cork); stamps: PTI (dotted background);
Stampin' Up! Butterfly die; PTI grosgrain ribbon, button, twine.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Color Inspiration!

I'm glad Kristina did a color challenge this week. The inspiration photos are always so awesome. I really wish I sewed or quilted or something because those fabrics look really fab! Here's my card:

It took me a while of playing around, finding different configurations, different papers, different shades etc until i came up with this! The hearts are a little EK punch, and the circles were cut out with the Creative Memories cutting system. I showed my hubby and he was like "That's so easy..." but it's NOT! I don't know.. It takes a while to settle on the perfect idea! Anyway... after I was done with this card I used my cast-offs (most the reverse sides of the papers) to make another card that's similar in style.

Supplies: Papers (I will try to list them all): SU!, October afternoon, Memory Box, DCWV, Bazzill, Neenah, PTI, Basic Grey; Ink: Ranger (Lamp Black); Ribbon: Papertrey Ink; Stamp (Hugs and Kisses) SU!; Ek punch, SU! slot punch, Creative Memories cutting system, Kaiser Rub-ons.

Inspiration Hit!

Phew. I would have to say that that was one of the longest weeks of school ever! It just seemed to drag on and on.... Last night I had my best friend and his hubbie over for some crafts and Wii, we never actually got to the crafts, but after they left I checked out SCS (as I always do) and found Stephanie's Inspiration Challenge and I started putting these cards together.

It was inspired by a piece of Etsy art and it just so happened I had some Basic Grey Papers with the exact same colour schemes rotting away in my stash! I altered the paper a little by airbrushing the circles, drawing the vertical lines, and inking the edges.

Special Technique: Another touch I did on both of the cards was add a sprinkling of UTEE. I have an oil painting from a local artist and she didn't glaze her whole work, only in random spots, so I did the same with the embossing powder. I literally sprinkled it on and heated it up from below!

Stamps: Crafty Secrets (Sentiment), PTI (Sentiment)
Paper: basic grey, neenah
Ink: ranger lamp black
Accessories: Black Pearls (Queen Bee), Brads, Utee, Silhouette die cutter, black pen

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A very productive day!

It was an easy school day today paired with the fact I had to leave early to take my son to the orthodontist! What did that mean for me? I had some lovely time for crafting!! Here's a color challenge card I made with a Stampavie image in the afternoon:

The cake was paper pieced. Here were the pieces that I assembled:

And then everything put together:

The copics I used were:

And this is the card I made tonight. A sketch!!

I used Pink Paislee papers and a Stampin' Up set called "Love Owl-ways". Yep! I'm on a valentine kick!! I guess we'll see if I can be this productive tomorrow!! take care!

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge with a Blog Hop!

Welcome if you have arrived here from the blog hop! If you just happened upon my blog, we, the Jacksonbelle Design Team, are officially welcoming the new DT members with a blog hop today! But first: my challenge card!

This is the sketch, and I altered it a little by making a square card, and making the "blue" layer a little shorter! Here's my take:

I used Pink Paislee papers and an SU! Stamp set called "Love Owl-ways". Regular patterned papers aren't made to be coloured on with Copic markers, but I wanted to add a touch of colour here and there.. I find you just have to work quickly and lightly. The vintage cream ribbon is from PTI and the scallops on the bottom are made with a circle punch and are glued to the back of the main image!

Now it is my *pleasure* to introduce:
Heather Pulvirenti
This is what she had to say: 

My name is Heather Pulvirenti, though most people in the blogosphere know me as Heather P. :) I live in Columbia, MD with my husband Jason, our 4 year old daughter Lindsay, and an assortment of little boogers (aka our cats and dog). Our daughter is a total spitfire, and I just love her to pieces.

I was born in England, and have spent most of my life in the US (in Maryland and Virginia), except for the four years we lived in Canberra, Australia (my mom was career Air Force). I am currently a SAHM, and though I had reservations about this transition, I really love the time I get to spend with my daughter and wouldn't do it any differently given the chance.

Other interesting tidbits... I was a member of the SCS Dirty Dozen in 2009, and am shamelessly addicted to all things 80s, polka dots, and cupcakes! :)