Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Merry Little Wish

I have to say, it feel GREAT to be creating again!!  I know that I am truly in a happy place when my creative mojo is back!!  Plus, I think I have found my niche'.  I like making cards.  Whooda thunk when I started scrapbooking years ago, that I would end up as a card maker??  Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I will NEVER scrapbook again.  After all, I have a TON of pics that really need to be printed and put into SOMETHING.  Just not quite sure what that something is at the moment.


 Have you checked out the sketch for Mojo Monday this week?  Well if not, here it is!!  I have been searching for some new sketch blogs and have found a couple that I am going to start participating in.  It was sad to me however, that a few of the sketch blogs that I used to visit no longer exist.  I think I will cry if the Mojo Monday blog ever stops their challenges!!  


 The card I created uses some GORGEOUS papers from the SU! Holiday Catalog called All is Calm.  They are SO wintery and soft when you put them all together.  I love the soft look of the Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky papers and inks.  I inked both trees in Soft Sky, going over it twice to darken it, then inked over it with Pear Pizzazz.  There is also a tree punch that coordinates with the stamp set Festival of Trees, but I don't have it quite yet!


LOVING this Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon that is featured in the SU! Holiday Catalog!!  The color is gorgeous and the feel of it really is silky!  I tied some Linen Thread in a knot around the trunk of each tree just to give them a bit more dimension.


I normally don't embellish or stamp the inside of my cards.  BUT this stamp set has a sentiment that is meant for the front of the card and the inside.  SO I figured, as long as I was stamping on the inside, might as well put some accent paper in there as well!!  Sorry the pic is blurry...using my iPhone to take the pics right now.

Thanks SO much for stopping by today!!  

I hope this inspires you to head on over to the Mojo Monday Blog and give this weeks sketch a try!!  You will have fun playing with it, I promise!!

Happy Stampin' Up!

Jen




Sunday, November 16, 2014

White Christmas

It snowed here in Omaha ALL day yesterday!!  It was a pretty snow.  Until you went outside to drive anywhere!  LOL  It was a soft snow, but left the roads super slick.  SO as long as you didn't have anywhere to go, it was peaceful to sit inside looking out, with a cup of hot cocoa or hot coffee in hand.  We even called for pizza to be delivered so we didn't have to leave the house last night!  

I wanted to play along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week, BUT I ended up using the distressing tool to the edges of the Whisper White CS cuz it made it look "frosty" and went along with the snow theme of the card.  


Overall, I am pleased with the way it turned out.  However, it feels a bit top heavy to me.  Guess it's ok to leave part of the card "plain".  I got to play with the White Christmas stamp set finally!!  I LOVE the little car, snowman, polar bear and dear that you can add to the center of the trees.  There is even a banner that says Merry Christmas that fits between the trees as well.  Add a couple of little birds to put in the trees and it ends up being a super versatile stamp set!!  I have to admit though, the sentiments in this stamp set were a bit big for the space I had...SO I used a sentiment from the Get Your Santa On set.


Once again, I used the Aqua Painter to color the car and the trees.  I added probably more glitter than I should have, but I do love me all things sparkly!!  Paper used is from Santa & Co. plus Basic Black and Whisper White CS.  Ribbon is Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon.  I LOVE having ribbon to play with again!!  The twine in the center is the Neutral and Old Olive Baker's Twine with the Neutral removed.  I just wanted a touch of green...so separating the Neutral from the Old Olive allowed me to do just that!!

Thanks SO much for stopping by today!!  

Hope this inspires you to create a snow scene or just get out your new goodies from the SU! Holiday catalog and just play!!  Especially if you were lucky enough to have a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground today as you woke up!!

Happy Stampin' Up!

Jen


Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Card Re-Visited

I know that I have posted before about re-visiting old cards that you have created and re-doing them with new papers and embellishments.  But maybe you are new here.  SO Let me explain a bit.  Have you ever created a card that you just LOVE??  You know, the one that you keep going back to and saying to yourself "WOW That's such a cute card!"  Why not re-create it using different papers, embellishments and stamps?  I do!!

That is what I have done with this one.  However, I was not exactly thrilled with the Real Red cardstock that I used as the base of the card and the square for the sentiment.  Last card I created using Washi Tape using this LO, I had matching CS and Washi Tape.  BUT since I don't have the coordinating CS for my Washi Tape, I used a color to match the red in Santa's suit.  It's cute and all, just think it would pop a bit more if I used a coordinating color for the Santa & Co. Designer Washi Tape.  Guess I'll just have to re-make it when I have the coordinating cs colors on Monday!!

Without further ado....my card!


I just LOVE the chunky Natural and Old Olive Two-Tone Trim that is featured in the SU! Holiday Catalog!!  It really adds a pop of color down the side of the card!  I stamped the image onto Whisper White CS two times.  One I colored and cut out to pop up onto the first image I stamped.  I only cut out the Santa suit, leaving the top of the hanger and the boots for my first layer.  I just love the added dimension this gives to my stamped images!!  


Like the last card, I used the Aqua Painter along with Real Red and Old Olive Ink to color in my Santa suit and the present in the corner.  This really comes in handy when you don't have any or all of the markers to coordinate with the designer papers that you purchased.  

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

Hope this inspires you to pull out one of your favorite cards and re-create it using NEW papers, embellies and stamps!!

Happy Stampin' Up!!

Jen

Friday, November 14, 2014

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!

What's the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT you might ask??  Well, here it is....drumroll please....  I have recently joined Stampin' Up!  YUP you read it right!!  This might come as a surprise to you all, but I have been tossing the idea around for a little over a year now.

There have been a LOT of changes in my life over the past 7 months, like leaving my marriage of 25 years in April and filing for divorce in June, going back to school FULL TIME at the age of 43, plus recently leaving the company that I was a consultant for, for 8 1/2 years and joining SU!

All of these changes, while difficult, have made me a much stronger and more determined person!!  I LOVE school and have learned SO much about myself in the process.  Who knew I could be a straight A student after not being in school since I was almost 16!!!  WOW!!  I even surprised myself with that one!

Joining SU! came after not paper crafting for almost 7 months.  Just did not have it in me.  BUT I am finding my happy place again and my creative mojo is coming back to me.  I really can't wait to share with you all my new found love for SU!  Not that it really is a new found love, because I have always loved the products and purchased them even when I was a consultant for CTMH.  BUT I am rediscovering their papers, punches, dies, stamps, ribbons and embellies!!  OH BOY!!  I am in trouble...there is not much that I DON'T want out of the catalog!!

SO on to some art....  I created this card using my FAVORITE sketch blog Mojo Monday and thought it turned out pretty sweet!  Gotta LOVE this little santa from the Get Your Santa On stamp set in the Holiday Catalog!!!  The DP is Santa & Co. that is also featured in the Holiday catalog.



I colored in Santa using the Aqua Painter and Real Red ink.  I have LIMITED supplies right now, so am working with what I picked out for my demonstrator kit.  Good new is...I have a fresh shipment of goodies coming on Monday!!  


This pic is a little blurry, but wanted to show you that by using the Aqua Painter and Real Red ink, I was not only able to color Santa's suit, I also colored in his face!  I just bled out most of the ink onto extra paper, then brushed lightly in his face and it turned out kind of flesh colored!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!  

I hope this has inspired you to follow me on my new journey with Stampin' UP!

Can't wait to share more with you all!!  

Happy Stampin' Up!

Jen


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 133

Thought I would share my creation using the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches Blog.  I was pretty tickled with the way it turned out!  Although I missed the actual challenge, I still wanted to share!!

Again, I am using the "Free To Be Me" papers from Close to my Heart's National Scrapbooking Month special.  You too can get your hands on this BRIGHT AND CHEERY paper pack starting May 1st through May 31st!!!



I kept this simple, yet sweet as I tend to do MOST of my cards!  LOL  I used Lagoon and Smoothie Baker's Twine from the Paradise Baker's Twine assortment.  LOVE how it adds just a bit of fiber, without taking away from the arrows on the background paper!

Thanks SO SO much for stopping by!!

I hope that this inspires you to play along with the weekly sketch challenges over at Freshly Made Sketches!  I believe a new one is released tomorrow!  Stay tuned for that sketch too!

Happy scrapping and stamping!

Jen

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mojo Monday 343 with Sneak Peak of May's special!!

Recently, I have lost my crafting Mojo.  But if I am going to be honest here, I had lost my Mojo in all other areas of life as well.  This winter was a DOOSY on my spirit.  BUT I am FIGHTING to get it back and I think I am WINNING!!  LOL

You know how I LOVE to play along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenges.  SO I am not only posting THIS weeks sketch, but LAST weeks sketch as well!!

 How do you feel about "signs" in your life?  I believe that everything happens for a reason and that there are signs along the way that tell me things are going to be ok.  As I am sitting here, typing this out, I realized something.  The name of this SUPER CUTE paper pack that will be making its debut in May is called "Free To Be Me".  How fitting that is for where I am at in my life right now!!  No wonder I am falling in love with the BRIGHT AND CHEERY colors and patterns from this pack!!

Mojo Monday 343

May is National Scrapbooking Month, as most of us scrapbookers/stampers know and Close to my Heart ALWAYS has a GREAT special to go along with the celebration.  This year is NO exception!!  Starting May 1st -May 31st you will be able to purchase this pack for just $5 with a $50 purchase.  Check out my website www.jenbennett.ctmh.com for complete details on what comes in the paper pack and how you can purchase it starting May 1st!

ALSO available starting May 1st is the PERFECT stamp for ALL card occasions!  It is the May SOTM called You've Got a Friend.  The COOLEST part of it all is that when you purchase the "Free to be Me" paper pack, with the qualifying $50 purchase, you also get the SOTM for $5!!  I think it is a deal you CANNOT pass up!!

Mojo Monday 342

This card uses one of CTMH's mini stamps called "Perfect Polka-Dot Day".  I cannot tell you how much I LOVE these little stamps.  For just $2.95 each, they go PERFECTLY with most sized cards and they are SO STINKING CUTE!!  I colored this in with a retired Ruby alcohol marker.  The feathers were fussy cut from the feather paper in the "Free to be Me" paper pack.  They were pretty simple to cut out, otherwise I would not have taken the time to do it!   LOL

Thanks SO much for stopping by today!!  

I hope this has inspired you to treat yourself in May to this AWESOME deal that CTMH has for us!!  

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!

Jen

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Lazy Daisy April Flavor of the Month - Creamy Dreamy Delight

Each month, My Lazy Daisy introduces a new Flavor of the Month.  April's Flavor of the Month is Creamy Dreamy Delight and is filled with GORGEOUS neutral fabrics and projects for you to create or add to your always growing fabric "stash"!

If you would like to order any or ALL of this Flavor of the Month collection, website at www.mylazydaisy.net/jenbennett under Flavor of the Month.


Creamy Dreamy Delight is available April 1st through June 30th, 2014 OR while supplies last.   



Cotton Collection Kit: Carrying Case (fits a notebook and your iPad). Approx. 20” x 11.5” finished. SKU: 90033. Retail Price is $29.95. 


Cuddle Creation Kit: Florentine (quilt). Approx. 58” x 70”. Soft, minky quilt kit. SKU:  90034. Retail Price is $74.95.


Scallops (72 cotton scallops in soft neutrals, 24 of each size: 4 ½”, 3 ½”, and 2”) SKU: 90031. Retail Price is $22.95


Charms (package of 24 – 5” x 5” assorted cotton prints in soft neutrals): SKU:  90030 Retail Price is $12.95. 


Cakes (package of 24 – 10” x 10” assorted cotton prints in soft neutrals):  SKU: 90029. Retail Price is $19.95


Fat Free Smoothies (package of 6 fat quarters in soft neutrals) packaged in a smoothie cup, complete with a straw. SKU: 90027, Retail Price is $19.95.



4 pack Fat Free Smoothies (comes in a darling tote). $74.95. SKU 90028. Retail Price is $74.95.  



Sprinkles:  A variety of embellishments that coordinate beautifully with our Creamy Dreamy Delight collections (in soft neutrals), hand picked by our experienced staff. Order multiples for lots of variety!  SKU: 90032. Retail Price is $18.95

Can't decide which one to order??  You can have it ALL for just $179.95!!  When you order the FULL Kit and Kaboodle, you will also qualify for $25 in FREE Hostess Rewards!!  Contact me to find out how!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

Hope this has inspired you to order some FUN new fabrics and projects that you can add to your "collections"!!  LOL

Happy Scrappy Sewing!!

Jen