MOJO Monday 489 card

I do love a good challenge or sketch to push me into a quick creative session. This sketch for MOJO Monday 489 was such a great jumping off point for me. And a challenge not only gets me creating but also blogging again.

Saturday I received a recent online purchase that included the new Ranger Distress Oxide inks. I was soooo excited to play with these and make some inky backgrounds. Only I suddenly realized I had no clean ink blending foam. So I looked around my craft room and though I'd experiment with some art brushes I had bought to use with acrylics and watercolors. They worked so beautifully for a soft wash of color!

In that same package I also received the new Wplus9 Petunia builder stamps and dies. I pulled out my papertrey inks and got busy stamping flowers then diecut them while watching tv. I wasn't sure how the papertrey ink would layer over the distress oxide inks but I wanted to stamp the leaves directly on the card. They stamped perfectly and I couldn't be happier with how this card turned out using all my new product goodies.

- Jessica


Watercolor Shaker Card

I still have all the 😍  for shaker cards! It's all the sparkle really that I'm attracted to. If they weren't so time consuming and I knew all my recipients would love them I'd probably make only shaker cards, ha!

This card also incorporates my love for ombre'. First I used ink with a blending tool to create the panel, then I used a diecut on the panel. Next I placed the frame back into place to add some added interest to the shaker window.

- Jessica


Recycled Planner

At the beginning of a new year I, like so many others, always have old calendars and planners from the previous year. Sometimes I throw them away and sometimes I save them.

This planner is just a few years old 😉  I actually only used it for about a month then gave up. But I kept it all this time thinking surely I could recycle it and make something nice from all the lovely art inside. Turns out these pages are perfect for cards! The planner pages are about 6 x 8.5"h, so I do have to crop them. But I love how the cards turned out and can't wait to make more. This particular planner had the art on about every 4th page. And it's a double sided art page so if I wanted to keep the planner pages to reuse I could...or if I'd of used the planner pages and wanted to save those I could also do that.

Just a fun little project and worth taking a look at your planners and calendars from 2016 and beyond! Also a great idea of you are on a "no buy" for 2017.

- Jessica


Hold On

A few weeks ago I finally felt like getting back into my craft room and create a scrapbook page. Honestly it has been soooo long since I've created a page that I almost didn't tell people anymore that I was a scrapbooker.

I wanted to make a page that was creative and I'm always influenced by Wilna's beautiful pages so that's where I took my inspiration from. Gesso and watercolors are something I always have so it made it so easy to work up this page.

- Jessica