Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PDE Link Party - Seasonal Scrapbook Layout

Welcome back to the long awaited PDE scrap page showcase!! I know I promised this to you last week but I wanted to showcase those snowman cards instead. So, for today I have not only an ABC (anything but a card) Challenge but I also have that lovely layout.

First up, and honestly, if you have not played along with the challenges over at Pause, Dream, Enjoy then you definitely need to take a second and come check them out. They are a no hassle anything goes type of challenge where you just need to be inspired by the theme that week. You don't have to use any specific products, you don't have to follow the long list of rules, you just need to show up and make something fabulous.

Ok so enough rambling, let's get down to business. For today, since it's Tuesday, I have another PDE link up party to bring to you.

ABC- anything but a card - so of course I ran straight to my 12x12 sheets to design a great layout. These ABC challenges are a really fun way to break free from making cards and try out some other paper projects like lanterns, banners, subway ART, mini books, altered items.. the list is truly endless.. I know, I know paper is such an amazing medium!!

I fell in love with this layout so much because it offers all different kinds of ways to hide you journaling. Look above there is a journaling tab tucked behind the corner. Then down below you can just slide your journaling/recipe card right out from behind the photo.

Just a close up of that bottom banner which was made by layering paper then adding a row of stickers broken up by some twine.  

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to head on over to PDE and join us for the ABC Challenge and remember a new one starts every Tuesday.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Best Wishes Holiday Card

A friend of mine requested some snowman cards to be used for an upcoming birthday someone she knew was having and she asked me if I had anything on hand. Now, whenever I receive a request I always jump right on board and try to come up with 2-4 different types of cards and designs to see if anything peaks the interest of the recipient. You know cards are very personal and it really takes some thought and knowledge to find a card that is perfect for the occasion, so I really like to take the time to find the perfect outcome.
Anyway long story short, this was one of my favorite designs that I came up with to showcase to her (my friend looking for the snowman birthday card). Oh yeah I am not sure if I mentioned this already but the card was not to be a holiday card.. it needed to be for a birthday so out comes the holiday color schemes and festive holiday snowman stamps that are doing holiday things. That's alright though because I like to be challenged and I had a ton of fun making these cards.

This was a pretty easy and straightforward card to make. The "best wishes" sentiment is actually from a scratch off sticker set and fit so perfectly with the rest of the card. Also notice that I did not over do it on the holiday color scheme, just touches of color spread throughout the card.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Love & Honor Wedding Card

There was a statistic which I read once that broke down the amount of cards purchased per holiday.  with of course Christmas and Birthdays being high on the list and holidays like Thanksgiving and St. Patrick's Day being low on the list. Well, reaching about mid-way on that list sits the plainly personal wedding theme.  Weddings to me are a completely intimate and wonderful (don't get me wrong.. I love free drinks!)  yet the color schemes associated with wedding cards always seems to be too subtle and neutral leaving me a little lost on where to show all my excitement.

So why challenge myself? Well, we have a friend who is getting married on New Year's (How fun!!) and unfortunately they live in another state and we just became house poor.. so long story short we will be mailing them their present and that requires a lovely card to accompany it. So, off I set to make a card that was beautiful and had a lot of textures and eye candy but still kept to that neutral color scheme.  

The inside sentiment is a very light Martha Stewart gold pigment ink and the sentiment says something along the lines of "Congratulations on your special day!" I also layered on some cream cardstock so that we could write a personal message to the newlyweds. I wanted to add an elegant spot to add a gift card or some cash so I added that pocket and attached some gems and ribbon to make it look more formal.
One thing looking back would be to make the "gift card/money holder a little wider (maybe 2.75 or 3" instead of 2"). But no worries here because we will fold up a nice green bill to put in there ;).. no need to worry about picking out the perfect gift card.

Taking a look closer at the front you can see that the third layer has the coordinating ribbon wrapped around it, so I decided to use foam tape to "pop" it up leaving room for the ribbon to sit comfortably. I also used a dark grey paper instead of typical black and white theme. Again, I have a thing where I really love color. I used black glitter paper around the sentiment as well as the inside pocket to add to the touch of elegance that every brides deserve. Oh yeah, the white largest layer is indeed embossed again adding to the card without putting a ton of color on it.

Thanks for stopping by today I hope you were inspired. As always feel free to share you wedding cards and projects with us here and make sure to take a peak at my new sale going on here where if you order a card you get two gift tags for free! You really can't beat that and the gift tags can include bag tags, tags for homemade goodies, gift card holders, almost endless options.

(Psssstt.. and because you are loyal readers while this promotion is active all my cards, custom or pre-made, are on sale!.. making it no time like the present to get all of those holiday card orders, decor, invites, and gifts in.)  Have a fabulous day and I hope you join me tomorrow for my Pause, Dream, Enjoy project of the week.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Let It Snow - Link Parties

Welcome Back! Today I have a great monochromatic holiday card to share. I drew the inspiration from the "Let it Snow" sticker that has been in my stash for years and also from the current link party over at PDE which focuses on Banners.

I had some trouble with the silver glitter on the banner - you can tell it's still a little wet in the pictures. First I wanted to outline the snowflakes that are embossed into the white paper, but then I quickly realized that my glitter glue was a little too thick so I decided to accent the "fluff" in the banner instead..... hmm.. 

I am going to show you my original one and then one that I re-made and filled in the banner with some glitter. I'm still not too sure which one I like more. Or if I should have just left it bank.. so many options. I am glad this is an easy design to re-create.
I wanted to make sure that everyone got the full design process with this card..and with most of my cards. I love to go back through my originals and try to improve them with the new skills and techniques that I learn everyday.
So here is what I finally stopped at with this beautiful card (well for now). I left the inside the same because it was nice, clean, and classic so I had no fuss with it. :)
Well thanks for stopping by. Make sure to come back and check out my newest wedding card...the bride is getting married on New Year's!! What a celebration - which is what cards are all about!!
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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Happy Holly-Days

Welcome Back and thanks for stopping by today. I have a couple of really fun things to share with you so I hope you sit back and enjoy!
First up is my wonderful personal news.... are you ready for it... if you follow then you are already caught right up (and on my nice list for the year) and if you don't follow you can quickly catch up with this post then come back over and follow my blog by entering your email at the bottom of the left hand side bar (where it prompts you.)  
BTW if you are like me and briefly care about personal things and are just here for the cards that link also shows some excellent holiday cards for you to take a peak at.
Ok so really this time the great news is..... that this past Thursday my family and I closed on our very first home!!!!!!!! I know I am so excited too and this is one of those times where I wish you could put exponents after those exclamation points... you know to truly show you how excited I really am.. but you can't do that, so you will just have to believe me.  
Ok so enough about my family and I and now onto my designs! From one love to another. It's a pretty exciting post. 
For today I put together some really easy holiday cards using a really easy and basic layout. One card shows you a vertical open and the other is a little smaller and shows you a horizontal open.
The tall card measures 3.5" in width and 8" in height. The patterned holly paper (which I just adore with that ivory cardstock) measures half of the front panel, so each piece measures 4" X 1.75". The maroon centered layer measures 4"x2" followed by a ivory piece measured at 3.5" x 1.5". The sticker is 2 x 1.25" and was pre-bought and in my stash. If you don't have the stickers you can either make some of your own, add a die cut, or even stamp something onto a piece of cardstock, anything that will provide you with a focal point.
Moving onto the short card which conveniently 4" in height and 4" in width. The patterned paper is then half of the size of the front base again cut in half. The layers on this card measure 2.25" x 1.75" followed by another maroon measured at 2 x 1.5" with the sticker being 1" x 1".
 The paper all came from my stash and the stickers were a purchase I made at the local dollar store. Yes if you travel down through the craft/school isle at the dollar store you are bound to find some really cool dimensional stickers for only $1.00!!  A secret deal that I can never pass up with I am in that store.
I layered the stickers and then added a little pop using 3-D foam squares, this trick always helps to make hand made or dollar store stickers feel a little more expensive. I also made sure to use a heavy weight cardstock since the cost of material was fairly low.
So those are my exciting secrets of the day. Thanks for coming by and checking out my newest creation. If you are interested any of my products feel free to reach out to my at jenileighdc@gmail.com. Enjoy your weekend!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Merry & Bright (Re-Make!!)

Ok so I promised to show you the re-make on some cards that I made a while back. While I liked the initial design and finished card I felt as though it could be improved on a little more.. you will see this a lot with me and I highly recommend it for everyone.

So first, I know you have waited long enough but I have some great news! And my blog never hardly ever gets personal so here it is.. drumroll!! My fiancé and I are working on purchasing our first home!!!! YAY!! So after a long and emotionally charged 2 months we have finally entered our final stages on being official first time home owners!!! I know it's very exciting! I wanted to make sure to let you guys know though because my lovely followers are becoming family and you should know that I plan to stay blogging full force even if there are a few bumps in the road.

So anyway, now onto the stuff you all come here to view. I initially posted this post where I showed the world my Merry and Bright design. BTW thank you so much for making that card such a huge success.. you guys all LOVED the idea, design, and cards and I really appreciate all the love I received back from them. So while the cards where I huge success - we even won challenges with them!! - I decided that they could be better.

Ok, so some slight changes have been made.. of course you loved the card so much that I still wanted to make it recognizable. The changes included a new and improved sentiment which I hand cut individually and then ran through the Xyron so they could become stickers. The Xyron is an amazing tool and I use it just about everyday. The initial sentiment for these cards came from manufactured stickers and they did not stick - plus I only had one color option, so in come the Xyron and a little DIY. This glamorous sparkle paper was bought in a small stack and offers a little more choice with colors - like that ravishing pink.
I also made the card base white instead of green.. so the inside is not so "KA-POW". The inside is left blank so that way you can add your personal message, I thought about pulling the design through but it's such a bright card that I decided against it.  

So there you have my new and improved "Merry & Bright" set, not so many changes but a much better outcome. I hope you enjoyed stopping by today and you were pleased or at least inspired by my life and my work. If you are interested in purchasing this set you can stop by my store and browse and shop securely. I hope to see you back for some more inspiration.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Candy Cane Card Set

I still have a little bit of the Christmas bug so I decided to go and do another holiday set of cards. These ones measure 5 x 6 1/2" and are slightly embossed around the outside edge.. (Sorry it's hard telling from the photos.)

The inside of the card is the same Cherry Red You can kind of see if from the photo below.

I don't have the embossing folder that I was looking for with this card. I wanted one that would provide a frame or a border around those pretty candycanes, pretty simple and easy with the correct folder... or just a stylus (mechanical pencil, bone folder, ect..) and a ruler. Yep that's right crafts a low you to be creative so if  you don't have something then get a little creative. So how did I get the embossed look, I measured in 1/2" on all edges and just ran my stylus down the ruler and it created this lovely border effect.   

Well thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to stop back in on Monday to see how to easily re-create your designs that didn't necessarily turn out.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Boo Banner

Happy Tuesday and welcome to another PDE Challenge. This week we are in full swing and getting down and dirty with Halloween décor. Now if you have followed me at all you would already know that Halloween décor (especially in the midst of moving) is not necessarily my forte. With that said this might be the worst and/or the best challenge for me to take part in.

So as I set out to explore Halloween paper decorating ideas I came across some really great wreaths, some pretty cool subway art, some fabulous items that my teammates put together (seriously go check it out) and then finally I decided that (again in the midst of moving) a clean wall hanging banner is just what I am looking for this year.

I got pretty lucky and my timing just happened to coincide with Cricut's free cut this week which is Classroom October and November, so I snatched up some of those crazy looking ghosts and paired it perfectly with some cursive lettering from Ashlyn's Alphabet. For accessories I used some of the Stampin' Up paper pumpkin stash which provided me with that lovely orange sparkle runner and the purple and orange clothespins.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Holiday Tutorial - Gift Card Holder

I found this really cool website recently called Craftsy where really cool crafty classes are offered online. So of course I wanted to test the waters before I jumped in and I head for the free class section where I found this really great one offered by Kimber McGraw called "Create Stunning Cards."

So, ok I know a free class... online... how good could it really be?? Well I took the dive and tried it out. First and foremost she supplies you with a list of all the ingredients.... (or supplies you'll need) prior to the class which is really nice because you don't have to worry about fumbling for that adhesive while your trying to watch and learn. Also, Kimber provides students with a table of contents which let you skip sections and read through what the course offers, again prior to starting, so if you know how to make a shaker card you can skip that section or if you need to come back after dinner you can jump ahead to where you already were.

In this class Kimber provides you with four basic folds that you can read through and learn how to do. One of the folds was one where if you fold the card just right, you are able to place a gift card securely in the middle of the card. I thought this was very cleaver since any time I put a gift card in a card it slides around and is very loose and sloppy. Kimber not only shows students how to create this fold but she shows you how the card cab sit either a vertical or a horizontal depending on what else you would like to add to your inside.

So real quickly to create this gift card slot you take a piece of 10 1/2 x 5" base and crease it at 4.25, 5.25, and 6.25 with a bone folder or any other creasing device you may have laying around. Prior to folding the base make sure to measure and add about 1/4" on each side of the 5.25 crease for the gift card. So this is easier than it sounds and you simply lay the card down where you want it then mark (with a pencil) a little above the top of the gift card and a little below it - then slice with your Exacto.

Here is a view of the front of the card. As you can see I carried this design over into the inside of the card.

This is the sticker which I thought was so perfect for the inside of the card, right above the note space.
Make sure to head on over to Craftsy.com and check out some of their classes. Also make sure to stop by my blog tomorrow since it will be a Tuesday and we have a new link party starting over at Pause, Dream, Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Monday!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Thank you Card

I absolutely feel in love with this brown speckled paper and with my small stash of Halloween papers I quickly came up with a game plan and made a festive thank you card with touch of Halloween.

I added some pumpkin cuts from CCR (Cricut Craft Room). I also added a couple of sentiments and a little bit of glam. Don't you just love that tree ...and the bird!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to stop over to the PDE blog and join the Anything Halloween challenge.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Simple Thanks

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone had a nice long weekend. I always love when a long weekend comes along because that means I will at least get 2 days off  in a row... which is plenty of time to make some fabulous cards.
Today I have a couple of new thank you cards to share as well as a new challenge over at PDE. Remember these challenges are a no holds bar anything goes and boy do we love seeing your scrap layouts, projects, and really honestly anything you can imagine and make from paper!!
This week we are really getting in the Halloween spirit (only another week or so) and the challenge is for everyone to create anything related to Halloween.
 Make sure to stop by the challenge blog to check out what the design team has came up with. I am so glad to be part of this team, they are all such talented artists.
Ok so now I guess we are off to see my project for today. Following an autumn feel I created thank you card set which I pieced together to match my overabundance of Kraft envelopes..(I think they were having a sale on them because somehow I ended up with at least 50!!)  

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Merry & Bright Challenges

Today I have 3 challenges and 2 cards to share with you. The inspiration for these cards came from some challenges and the fact that I am in severe need for more Christmas cards.

I am very pleased with the way these came out. I love how clean and simple that white one is and I'm not going to lie I was a little afraid to add neon to a holiday card but I love it and will probably make a couple more of each of these so I can have some sets.

The cards were really easy to make. I used the Christmas Cheer cartridge and simply lined up 4 ornaments (cut at 2.5) right around the 7 inch line on the X axis. I then laid the pre-cut card onto the cricut mat so that the front would be on the bottom when laid flat and simply cut. I then added some colored paper behind it, but once you have the design cut out the options are endless.. think shakers, leaving it see through, or even adding some different colors or textures behind the cut.

Here's a close view of that neon green one.. how fabulous right?!! One of the challenges was to use a neon color on a holiday card and another challenge was to use black cardstock. I absolutely love the black/neon color combination and feel like the black really showcases any bright colors.
So the 3 challenge which provided inspiration for these cards are as follows:

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spooky Halloween Layout

 I am beginning to realize why most people either scrap or make cards.. it's a lot of work to keep up with both and ever since I started messing around with cards my scrap books have become a little less filled. So with that in mind today I wanted to share n upcoming holiday scrapbook layout that I made.

This is a pretty clean and straight forward page layout with room for two 4x6 photos and one 5x7 photo. My main focus on this page was keeping the design clean and let the colors really pull the theme though. I chose a black background and followed that up with some purple, yellow, and of course orange. Nothing too fancy.
If you look closely I have some gorgeous black stickers (bats, skulls and spooky trees) that I added to give the pages a little added interest. I also had some grey and white twist ties that I tied around the photo mats on the left and I outlined the corners of the 5x7 mat with some black gems. Again I was not trying to get too wrapped up in accessories, but I also did not want the page to lack any visual interest.  The yellow font is cut from my cricut and the cartridge which is called "Alyssa's Font." (BTW this is a great font cartridge which I picked up for $3 ((yes $3!!)) in the clearance bin at Walmart!!)
So that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my newest creation. I have a couple of cards and a 3-D project to share with you later this week so I hope you stop back in.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Masculine Birthday Ship

The last card I want to showcase this week is a masculine birthday card that was made for my father in law. I enjoy the challenge that masculine cards bring to the table because often times you cannot add a ton of glitz, glam, and bright colors (which takes away about 90% of my cards). Like sympathy cards the tone of a masculine card is often muted and accessorizing can be challenging but think buttons and twine or even just a clean and simple focal point on a masculine colored paper.

For this card I knew that I wanted to use that ship stamp.. look at how amazing it is and I have not had the chance to use it yet so I thought this was the perfect chance. I decided to not add a ton of color just because I did not want to loose the detail of that ship. I also had a different layout in mind when heading into this project, but then I came across the Mojo Monday sketch and decided that I wanted to enter it into the challenge.

The star paper is another paper which I had on hand and thought I would try it out on this card. Looking back I would have just kept to the dark blue and not used the stars, but oh well, I suppose it works. I also wanted to add another pop of color so that the sentiment did not get lost in all those dark colors so I decided to use red. I had a little bit of trouble picking the right twine to match this card so following the red, white, and blue then I stuck with some white hemp cord.

Some more details about the challenges which I entered this card into:

Mojo Monday - Sketch Challenge
Paper Players - Masculine Birthday

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend! I also hope to see you back here on Monday for a Halloween goody box tutorial!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Trio of Christmas Tags

I've been all about making sets of cards and today I have another trio to show off to you. I am not big on making tags - although I should start practicing tags more - I just find my supply of cards diminishes a lot faster than tags so I tend to focus more on those. However, one time of the year that tags really come in useful is during the holidays and that is exactly what I have to show you today. 

I cut these tags from the basic shapes in the Cricut Craft Room using a red solid cardstock. I then cut out the red patterned paper using the same shape just in a slightly smaller size. I did this to create a border and to break up the busy design. The trees are cut out using the cartridge  "Christmas Cheer" and then I just stamped the "Merry Christmas" and added some sequins. I wasn't sure where the sentiment would look the best so I switched it up with each tag - and then realized that I could cut it in half and stack them which is the one that ended up being my favorite.
I hope you enjoyed the tags today. If you are interested in purchasing these or any other tag set you can hop on over to my store by clicking the link on the side bar. I also take custom orders if you have a big event coming up or would like to get some Christmas cards and tags in prior to the holiday rush. As always I can be reached at jenileighdc@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Thinking of You Set of 5

Good Morning Monday! Thanks for joining me for another week full of cards, projects and more. Over the weekend I had a chance to throw together a set of 5 cards. A lot of the time I will find this great design and decide to quickly put together a bunch of cards using that design (think of an assembly line.) I did the same thing with these pretty little 3x3's and quickly realized this is a great idea for building up your stash or for a selling because it gives you the most bang for your buck.

With these cards I create two cards with a "thinking of you" sentiment, two cards with a "just because" sentiment and one thank you card. I initially had six cards but I ran out of that lovely maroon paper and had to switch that down to five - I didn't really mind too much since I am a bigger fan of odd numbers anyway and hey you can only do what you can do. I kept the sentiments and the color scheme pretty generic in hopes that these cards could work for a number of different occasions.

Because there was a lot of focus on the outside of the card I chose to keep the inside of the card blank. As many of you know I typically have a very clean and simple style so it was a little out of my comfort zone to mat and layer everything. However, I am very happy with the way these cards turned out.
The two patterned papers are matted onto a maroon heavy cardstock and joined together using a two inch strip of maroon (which is the solid color I chose to carry throughout the design.) I then cut out the ovals and the scalloped ovals using my Cricut and chose to stamp the sayings and the beautiful floral design on top of the gold paper with a red ink. Notice that by using the gold and maroon I was keeping with that beautiful color scheme from the pattern papers and these two colors could have easily been switched out to an orange and brown or even a brighter red - any two colors pulled from those patterns.  
I hope you enjoyed my cards today and please do come back later this week for some Holiday tags!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Flippin' Awesome Birthday

Happy Tuesday!! Welcome back to another Link Party over at Pause, Dream, Enjoy. Again with these link parties anything goes as long as you are following the theme for the week. So it doesn't matter if you scrapbook, make altered items, or showcase a card. The theme for this week is:

So any project with real or faux stitching on it can qualify. The challenge as always runs for two weeks so I always encourage people to get a project in to showcase.
For my card I decided to hold onto a little bit of summer before swinging fully into fall and I "stitched" up a beach themed birthday card.
The picture came out a little bright but I enjoyed making this card and I am very pleased with the final result. Everything was hand drawn and cut out..to make those beautiful green sandals pop I added some bright pink gems. I also used a little bit of a tearing technique to create "waves" in the water. Then for the card to fit the theme I dashed stitched around the outside and added a "Have a Flipping' birthday" sentiment to the inside.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card for today.

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