Monday, November 26

ERMAHGERD!!! - My First EVER Shaker Card with 3 Girl JAM!!!

Wow, three posts in the last two days....
I think I have a Crafty Fever!!!
!!!YAY!!!

I greet you today for my 3 Girl JAM Design Team Post.

I get to show you the darling miniature bows I am so obsessed with lately!
It's just something about things that are pretty and tiny
that make me feel like a kid again!!!
And, of course they are SUPER EASY to make using the 3 Girl JAM Bow Maker!!!
and the  White ribbon from the July 2012 limited edition Red, White and Blue bundle.
 
I had started by using my Sizzix Christmas Tree Die on Produce Green Core card stock.
As soon as I picked up the left over scraps, I got the idea to create my first EVER Shaker Card.
I embossed the outer frame with a snowflakes folder, then sanded lightly, and added some Platinum Dew Drop ink.   I applied some Stardust Stickles using a cotton ball for added sparkle.
For my "shaker pouch", I used a plastic treat bag and added some Green, Gold and Red micro beads.  I grabbed some little "bits and bobs" I had kept from different Cricut Cut leftovers
and scraps left from using my punches.  There were some teeny, tiny,
fun Scarlet Pearl Core card stock pieces (from a banner cut off of Pretty Pennants) as well as a few blue and green snowflakes leftover after  using an ekSuccess border punch.
(SEE Heather Lynn, I knew I would use them...LOL) 
 
Behind the top layer, I used core couture Green card stock, embossed
it with a Swirls folder and sanded the swirls lightly.  I added a touch ofGold Dew Drops ink to finish it.   The ribbon garland was created by simply knotting up the Holly Berry Red  Crinkle Ribbon  and adhering behind the tree cut.  
 
The JOY sentiment is a rub-on transfer. 
The border was created by using the same Snowflake punch I mentioned before.
I lined the inside of my card with core couture Red card stock.

The current Challenge at 3 Girl JAM  is still open until Thursday night.
The theme is a fabulous Thanksgiving Color Challenge.
I tried to incorporate those colors (a hint of some and a dash of others!!!)
 and jumped over the Thanksgiving theme a bit and skipped straight to Christmas.
I think they work well for both Holidays, don't you???
 
Please join in the fun and play along
for a chance to win some AMAZING PRIZES 
and a Guest Designer Spot at 3 Girl JAM!!!
 
 I am also still going strong (well stronger than I have crafted lately...he he he)
and playing along in the Core'dinations Hard  CORE Crop
So many wonderful challenges and tons of inspiration to get you in the mood to 
craft for the Holidays!!!

I decided to enter a 2nd project into the Ribbon Challenge being hosted by Debbie Standard.

^^^CLICK^^^
I would be delighted to see you join along too!!!
There is also a fun FB Group for the event,
where everyone is chatting it up and sharing their projects!!!
to chat with all of the lovely Design Team and Participants!
Lots of amazing Prizes are up for Grabs at each challenge!!!


Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) 
Jessica

Hard CORE Cropper - 2nd challenge with Unity

Did you know
that the 2nd
is in full swing???
So many wonderful challenges and
tons of inspiration to get
you in the mood to
craft for the Holidays!!!

I started playing along today.
My first task was to dig out
all of my core'dinations
products to use in the fun challenges.
Lots of colors, textures,
and glittery goodness was just begging for me
to play!

 After making a fun gift bag and matching tag
just a short while ago,
I now needed a card to match it all!!

I decided to next play along with the
Ribbon Challenge
being hosted by Debbie Standard.

All of the products and techniques I used
are the same as my Previous Challenge Entry
with only one exception, Unity Stamps!
The snowflake stamp is from the September 2012 KOM
and the sentiment is from the August 2012 KOM .
I used the November KOM Sketch Challenge
to help me with piecing it all together.
Here is the sketch

I am still feeling quite crafty
and want to begin working on more
projects to play along 
and would be delighted to 
see you join along too!!!

Lots of amazing Prizes are up for Grabs 
at each challenge!!!


Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) 
Jessica

Sunday, November 25

{Holiday} Hard Core Crop - 1 challenge DONE!!!

Did you know
that the 2nd
is in full swing???

So many wonderful challenges and
tons of inspiration to get
you in the mood to
craft for the Holidays!!!

I started playing along today.
My first task was to dig out
all of my core'dinations
products to use in the fun challenges.
They are spread out all over
the craft room and the colors, textures,
and glittery goodness was just begging for me
to play!
I started on a fun
gift bag for my little man to give
to his Kindergarten teacher.  
He just adores her and I love doing
a little extra for the 
ones who help us mold
our little ones' minds
while they are away from home.
Thank You Mrs. Campbell!

The challenge is to create a 
and is being hosted
by the wonderful 
DT Member,  Jennifer Edwardson

I decided to use a fun Backpack Gift Bag cut
from the Sesame Street Seasons Cartridge.
I cut it at fit to page and it cut at 11.5" .
For the backpack, I used
core'dinations - Produce Greens

 I grabbed my Sizzix Big Shot, my embossing folders,
and my Sizzix Dies I recently purchased.
 First, I used Ornament #2 and cut several layers
to give it some dimension.
I used core'dinations Black Cat card stock and
core couture glitter card stock (Black , Red, and Light Green) for the ornaments.

I embossed the top layers of each ornament using Swirls, Argyle, & Snowflakes folders.
For the small piece just under each bow on the ornament, I placed it on a music note embossing folder  so that it would get a nice striped effect on each one.  I sanded the top layer of the 
 ornaments as well as the  backpack in random spots.
You can see that I used the swirls folder again on the
flap of the backpack, and used the argyle pattern on the shoulder straps.

The tag was created by using another Sizzix Die cut (Tag w/Present)
and adding a matching ornament over the present.

The argyle ribbon is from my stash.  I used it to tie a small piece
at the end of the tag, as well as pleating it along
the front upper edge of the back pack.
The small bow (to the left) was created using my 

I am eager to begin working on more
projects to play along 
and would be delighted to 
see you join along too!!!

Lots of amazing Prizes are up for Grabs 
at each challenge!!!


Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) 
Jessica

Saturday, November 24

Playing with UNITY- FWF and Fall Challenge

Sorry for not being around so much
sweet blends. . . . 
I did enjoy stopping to visit
many of you on Facebook.
 
It was great to hear all the 
wonderful stories of
families, delicious food, and 
all the reasons to Be Thankful.

I am Thankful for friends, family, our basic needs
being met, and really
thankful to have found time to play with Unity.

For a few months, I got out of the groove of 
Crafting Just For Fun
and 
WOW, it felt GOOD
to find the Groove again!!!

I just finished a small 4x4 card 
to link up
with my wonderful friend, Diana L., of
DL Art for her Thankful Thursday Linky Party,
and
and
to play along in the Unity November FALL Challenge
 The leaves are stamps from the Aug. 2012 KOM
and the sentiment is from the Sept.  2012 KOM.
I used Kraft for my base, 
cream for my next layer, 
and desert sand for the leaf and sentiment.
I fussy cut the top leaf and used 3D foam adhesive.
The leaves were inked with TH Distress Inks in Antique Linen,
Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, and Barn Door.

You still have plenty of time
to join in on 
Friends with Flair before 
Monday arrives.
The November FALL challenge will remain
open until 12/14/12.
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) 
Jessica

Friday, November 16

Thanksgiving/Color Challenge #7 with 3 Girl JAM

Hey There Crafty Blends!

Today is the start
of 
The theme is: Thanksgiving/Color Challenge
. . . don't forget the ribbon! :)
The challenge starts today, November 16 
and ends on December 6.
Our Challenge #7 Sponsor is  

The Cutting Cafe
Prize: Any 3 Files from the Store

3 Girl JAM Prize: 1 Ribbon Bundle, guest design spot.

Here is a little
inspiration for you to get crafty
and join the fun
at 
3 Girl JAM

The adorable turkey is part of the

I colored 4 images using my Prisma Pencils, fussy cut each of the layers and 
raised them with 3D foam squares for fun dimension.

The papers are from Simple Stories - Harvest Lane.

The 4 layered bow was made using the 
3 Girl JAM Bowmaker and
Crinkle Ribbon.

Thank you for stopping in.  Be sure
to head back over to 3 Girl JAM
to see all the other wonderful DT inspiration
for this challenge.

Can't wait to see what you LINK UP!





Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because
 ♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) 
Jessica

Wednesday, November 14

"Owl Made by My Friends" Showcase & Giveaway

Happy Hump Day Blends!

Today, I am happy to be joining
my SFF, Heather Lynn and a group of talented crafty friends
as we all share
some cute Owl Projects
in the 

It is sorta like a Blog Hop
in the sense that you can visit all of the blogs
and swoon over the fun
Owl projects.
Start over at Heather Lynn's Blog
to read about the fabulous prizes
up for grabs!!!
Pinque Peacock Handmade Fabric Flowers
and
All of this Christmas Splendor
 Here is the project I am sharing 
for the Showcase Today:


For my card I used white card stock as the base.
I stamped the Owl Crew using the 
Freakin' Adorable Itty Bitty by Unity Stamp Co.

I used embossing ink and 3 separate colors of embossing powder.
I just sprinkled a light amount of each color
in opposite spots around the image.
(one color at a time and shake off excess onto separate work
areas on your craft table, so not to mix your colors)
The sentiment is from the Owly Hoo sentiment set by K. Andrew.


I finished off with a fun Pinque Peacock Felt Flower 
and Beaded Stick Pin (so happy to be introducing
some orange hues to the fun mix at the store).

Thanks Heather Lynn, for a wonderful
showcase and for letting
me take part!

Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) 
Jessica

Tuesday, November 13

♪ Showcase at the Shaque ♪ - Jenn Jackson

NOVEMBER 2012




 On the 13th of each month, I will be inviting a Guest to
SHOWCASE at The Shaque!
There will be a series of 13 questions that they will answer
in hopes to make new connections 
across Cyber Space and Blog Land 
as well as teach you a few fun facts about themselves 
that you may not know.

For today's Guest, I am honored to have the 
super fun and super talented
Jenn Jackson

Please join me in Welcoming Jenn and leaving her some love!!!


1.What’s your name?
Jenn Jackson




2. What is the name and link of your blog?  How long have you been blogging? 


Scrap Happens Embellish It
 I starting blogging in October of 2010. 
I was pretty scared at first and didn't post much, 
but now I have my personal blog 
and own 4 challenge blogs :)


 3.  What is your favorite craft to work with (type, technique, style)?
I  I don't really have a favorite craft. 
I am kinda all over the place when it 
comes to crafting. I do seem to have a lot of paper though :)

 

4. Do you have other hobbies?
I love to read and I sew on occasion...when time permits :)


 

5. How did you get started in the Craft World?
I have always dabbled in one type of craft or another, but started paper crafting about 6 years ago. A friend had given me an empty scrapbook and a bunch of papers as a baby shower gift when i was pregnant with my son. It sat in the closet for 2 years and one day I decided to get it out and play around. I was instantly hooked.

 

6. Where are you from?
Born in Alaska, but grew up in Kansas. 
I have lived in Saint Louis, MO for the last 8 years.

 

7. If you could give a tip to a new crafter/blogger, what would it be?
Don't worry about what everyone else thinks of your crafting. Your opinion is the only one that matters.


 

8. Name some things that you have learned this year, that you are glad  you  learned?
 I have learned to craft outside of my box and try new things that I never would have tried had I not been pushed.



9. Do you have anything personal you wish to share with the readers?
I love vampires, the paranormal and reality TV :)


 
10. What are your future ambitions?
I would love to open a Coffee Bar/Scrapbook Shop, but first I have to win the lottery.


 
11. What challenges have you faced, but conquered in crafting?</ span>
 I was so scared to work with digital images. Now they are pretty much the only "stamp" I use.
 
 

12.  When told you would be interviewed for this Guest Post, what
question were you hoping to be asked?

What is your favorite crafting tool?


13.  What answer would you give to the unasked question?
I love my Cricut and wish I had time to use it more!


Here is the wonderful project Jenn created
for her Showcase at the Shaque

Isn't this a wonderful layout?
Look at that cute cow and background  paper.
Perfect match to those adorable pics in the layout!


Jenn is also sharing one of her favorite creations
to be Showcased today at the Shaque.
Here is her wonderful STAR card that she made
earlier this year,
 to celebrate her darling daughter's 13th Birthday
AMAZING right?  Gotta love the
13 on this . . .sorry, just a bit partial
to the number....LOL!

And check out the beauty inside . . .



Stop over to Jenn's Blog to read all the details
on how these fabulous  projects were created
and browse her blog
to see more of her creativity on display!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

THANK YOU
to JENN
for being my November Guest
on
Showcase at the Shaque
13 Q&A's on the 13th

I hope to have a guest on the 13th of every month
and would love to 
have my Blends join me.
If you are interested in being 
Showcased at the Shaque
please send me an email at strgazrblueyes22477@yahoo.com
with the following details:
1. Your name and Blog address
2. Which months work for you to be showcased (at least 3 top picks)
{right now I am accepting Guests starting as soon as December}
3. A picture of a NEW project you have created
to share on your Showcase Post
4. Any questions or comments you may have regarding this opportunity
5. Please put Showcase at the Shaque in the subject line of your email
:O)
♪  ♪  ♪  ♪  ♪  ♪  ♪

AS
ALWAYS,
REMEMBER
to
KEEP CRAFTING
:O) 
Jessica S






Keep Crafting :O) Jessica

DELIGHTFUL - 3 Girl JAM Design Team Post

My post today is sharing
a project I made
for my Design Team day
with

But before I share my project,
I want to take a moment to encourage you
to play along with the
current challenge at

Use this wonderful sketch and some ribbon
and enter your project today!!!



3GJ Challenge #6 is Sponsored by
 You could win
~$15 Gift Certificate
~1 bundle of Crinkle Ribbon from 3 Girl Jam
and
~a future Guest Designer spot

Here is my project using that fun sketch . . .

I started with white card stock for the base.  Cut some of my scrap papers and grabbed a few frames I had in my stash.  The round teal frame matched the paper perfectly and I just knew, the Caribbean Splash Bundle Crinkle Ribbon would work quite well with these colors too!
I added the chipboard deer by Prima and the Sentiment Sticker by MME.

~~~CRAFT CONFESSION~~~
I am beginning to become a wee bit obsessed
with creating mini bows with the
3 Girl JAM Crinkle Ribbon
and the Bow Maker.
I was able to fit 3 on this small card....LOL.
But, you have to admit,
they are
SUPER, UBER, CUTE,
right???

 Thanks for stopping in today
and
Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) 
Jessica

Sunday, November 11

Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids BLOG HOP

Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids 
BLOG HOP
November 10-12, 2012


"In the eyes of children, we find the joy of Christmas. In their hearts, we find its meaning."

As joyous as Christmas is for most families, for some, their holidays are filled with worry, medical treatments and tests, and pain -- for their child must be hospitalized or she or he needs long-term care rather than being home with their families.

For these kids, Santa doesn't slip down a chimney but rather, often comes in the guise of community volunteers who help make the season bright.
 
This is the second Christmas season that our own band of dedicated and loving paper crafters have come together to make Holiday banners for children who are too sick to be home for the holidays.   
Welcome to the Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids blog hop!

I am especially pleased that this year, not only have our numbers of generous crafters swelled so our Hop is over three full days, but also, that we have partnered with another great cause and recipient of our banners!


By teaming up with Madison Womack's I FEEL THE LOVE PROJECT, the banners our crafters have handmade will be going to the hospitalized children at Children's Hospital Central California!

I'll be sending this to Madison and the children at CHCC who are benefiting from the
I Feel the Love project in December:


The pennants were cut from
Pretty Pennants Cartridge at 3"
using cream card stock (base) and a Royal Green and Red
card stock for the top layers.

The font I used for JOLLY is from
Elmo's Party cut at 1.5" using the same cream and red paper.


The cute little reindeer is cut from Create-A-Critter
at 3" from textured card stock (tan, brown, red, & black)
I also added a few eyelashes and a cute
bow made of Twinery Twine to "cutesy" her up a bit!

  Now, if you feel inspired to make and donate your own banner or a Christmas card or two to the I Feel the Love Project, 
you'll be entered into a drawing to win
the wonderful HOSTESS Prize:

CARDMONKEY's SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
Super-Fantastic Gift Basket
Throughout the month of December, Ellen will be adding crafty goodness to this basket so that it will be over-flowing and ripe and ready for under your tree. She'll be picking the winner on Christmas Eve, announcing the winner on Christmas Day, and if you win, you'll have the basket in your hands by New Year's Day!!

Stay tuned to the CardMonkey blog over the next few weeks leading up to the drawing, because she will be posting the contents of the basket as they mount.
 OK, so to win the GRAND PRIZE
(all continents are welcome!),
here's what you must do:
1.  Be a follower of the CardMonkey blog and tell Ellen in your comments how she can contact you.
2.  Leave a comment telling Ellen what you plan to make and send to the IFTL project by their deadline, December 10.  Then do it!  
Go to www.ifeeltheloveproject.blogspot.com for mailing 
information for your card or banner.  
Your card or banner MUST be received 
by Madison by the deadline 
to be eligible to win the GRAND prize!  
 

NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME??  
You can still win great blog candy just by being here and commenting on as many banner makers' blogs over the course of the next three days.
Since we have more than 50 banner makers today, tomorrow and Monday, I'll be picking 5 blogs at random, and then one random comment from that Blog site, for that commenter to win one of five great prizes, which are:

  1. Susan Bermudez, Independent Consultant for Creative Memories, donating a $20 gift certificate for Creative Memories products from her catalog (http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/susanbermudez/).
  2. Scrappin' Madge: $25 Gift Certificate to The Scrappin Lounge Shoppe (http://madgesscrappinlounge.storenvy.com/)
  3. Fresh Brewed Designs: Two prizes - One prize is a rubber stamp, Item #497 "Cutie Pie Ice Skating" (http://www.freshbreweddesigns.com/item_497/Cutie-Pie-Ice-Skating.htm), and the other is a $15 Digital Stamp gift card.
  4. The Paper Temptress (www.papertemptress.com) - Owner Patricia Dunbar will donate a $25 Gift Certificate to her online store, the Paper Temptress.
  5. The Pinque Peacock (www.pinquepeacock.com) - Owner Jessica Shelton will donate a gift certificate to her NEW store (products are being added daily -- watch as she grows!)
  6. In addition, Close to My Heart Independent Consultant Lucy Kelleher will award a $20 gift certificate to a randomly-selected hopper who visits her blog (http://love2createitall.com) and/or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LucyK.CTMH) and posts a comment about the banner blog hop!
P.S. -- Be sure to check out as many blogs as you can, as several will be providing their own blog candy with their own requirements.  If I catch them along the way, I'll add them to this list, as a shout out of gratitude, and also so you don't miss out on some sweet candy(canes!)...

Here is the Hop line up for Sunday, November 11:
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey - http://cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
  2. Jessica - http://jessicascraftshaque.blogspot.com/
  3. Lezlye -  http://lezlyes.blogspot.com/
  4. Lori - http://www.scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com/
  5. Jenny D - http://www.yogimemories.blogspot.com/
  6. Lissa Marie - http://somanycrafts.com/
  7. Robin - http://scrapandchat.blogspot.com/
  8. Jenny - http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/
  9. Scrappin Madge - http://thescrappinlounge.com/
  10. Jeannie - http://polkacabana.wordpress.com/
  11. Rebecca T. - http://craftingwithrebecca.blogspot.com/
  12. Lisa T. - http://bitbythecricutbug.blogspot.com
  13. Kimi ~ http://lovebugcreations3.blogspot.com
  14. Beth~ http://motherandaughterdesigns.blogspot.com
  15. Patricia ~ http://blogs.papertemptress.com/
  16. Robin L - http://create-a-latte.blogspot.com/

  YOUR NEXT STOP is:  LEZLYE

Thank you again for visiting us here for a beautiful and worthwhile endeavor.  God bless all the little children wherever they spend their holidays!!

Remember to Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/
:O) 
Jessica

Saturday, November 10

Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids BLOG HOP

Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids 
BLOG HOP
November 10-12, 2012


"In the eyes of children, we find the joy of Christmas. In their hearts, we find its meaning."

As joyous as Christmas is for most families, for some, their holidays are filled with worry, medical treatments and tests, and pain -- for their child must be hospitalized or she or he needs long-term care rather than being home with their families.

For these kids, Santa doesn't slip down a chimney but rather, often comes in the guise of community volunteers who help make the season bright.
 
This is the second Christmas season that our own band of dedicated and loving paper crafters have come together to make Holiday banners for children who are too sick to be home for the holidays.   
Welcome to the Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids blog hop!

I am especially pleased that this year, not only have our numbers of generous crafters swelled so our Hop is over three full days, but also, that we have partnered with another great cause and recipient of our banners!


By teaming up with Madison Womack's I FEEL THE LOVE PROJECT, the banners our crafters have handmade will be going to the hospitalized children at Children's Hospital Central California!

I'll be sending this to Madison and the children at CHCC who are benefiting from the
I Feel the Love project in December:
The pennants were cut from
Pretty Pennants Cartridge at 3"
using cream card stock (base) and a Royal Green and Red
card stock for the top layers.

The font I used for JOLLY is from
Elmo's Party cut at 1.5" using the same cream and red paper.
The cute little reindeer is cut from Create-A-Critter
at 3" from textured card stock (tan, brown, red, & black).
I used a bit of Red Stickles on his nose....of course!


  Now, if you feel inspired to make and donate your own banner or a Christmas card or two to the I Feel the Love Project, 
you'll be entered into a drawing to win
the wonderful HOSTESS Prize:

CARDMONKEY's SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
Super-Fantastic Gift Basket
Throughout the month of December, Ellen will be adding crafty goodness to this basket so that it will be over-flowing and ripe and ready for under your tree. She'll be picking the winner on Christmas Eve, announcing the winner on Christmas Day, and if you win, you'll have the basket in your hands by New Year's Day!!

Stay tuned to the CardMonkey blog over the next few weeks leading up to the drawing, because she will be posting the contents of the basket as they mount.
 OK, so to win the GRAND PRIZE
(all continents are welcome!),
here's what you must do:
1.  Be a follower of the CardMonkey blog and tell Ellen in your comments how she can contact you.
2.  Leave a comment telling Ellen what you plan to make and send to the IFTL project by their deadline, December 10.  Then do it!  
Go to www.ifeeltheloveproject.blogspot.com for mailing 
information for your card or banner.  
Your card or banner MUST be received 
by Madison by the deadline 
to be eligible to win the GRAND prize!  
 

NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME??  
You can still win great blog candy just by being here and commenting on as many banner makers' blogs over the course of the next three days.
Since we have more than 50 banner makers today, tomorrow and Monday, I'll be picking 5 blogs at random, and then one random comment from that Blog site, for that commenter to win one of five great prizes, which are:

  1. Susan Bermudez, Independent Consultant for Creative Memories, donating a $20 gift certificate for Creative Memories products from her catalog (http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/susanbermudez/).
  2. Scrappin' Madge: $25 Gift Certificate to The Scrappin Lounge Shoppe (http://madgesscrappinlounge.storenvy.com/)
  3. Fresh Brewed Designs: Two prizes - One prize is a rubber stamp, Item #497 "Cutie Pie Ice Skating" (http://www.freshbreweddesigns.com/item_497/Cutie-Pie-Ice-Skating.htm), and the other is a $15 Digital Stamp gift card.
  4. The Paper Temptress (www.papertemptress.com) - Owner Patricia Dunbar will donate a $25 Gift Certificate to her online store, the Paper Temptress.
  5. The Pinque Peacock (www.pinquepeacock.com) - Owner Jessica Shelton will donate a gift certificate to her NEW store (products are being added daily -- watch as she grows!)
  6. In addition, Close to My Heart Independent Consultant Lucy Kelleher will award a $20 gift certificate to a randomly-selected hopper who visits her blog (http://love2createitall.com) and/or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LucyK.CTMH) and posts a comment about the banner blog hop!
P.S. -- Be sure to check out as many blogs as you can, as several will be providing their own blog candy with their own requirements.  If I catch them along the way, I'll add them to this list, as a shout out of gratitude, and also so you don't miss out on some sweet candy(canes!)...

Here is the Hop line up for Saturday, November 10:
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey - http://cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
  2. Jessica - http://jessicascraftshaque.blogspot.com/
  3. Lezlye -  http://lezlyes.blogspot.com/
  4. Edwina -  http://edwinascreations.blogspot.com/
  5. Shawnee - http://quiverofangels.blogspot.com/
  6. Scrappin Madge - http://thescrappinlounge.com/
  7. Jessica E.~ http://chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
  8. Kimi ~ http://lovebugcreations3.blogspot.com 
  9. Janet ~  http://www.ladyluvbug.blogspot.com/
  10. Theresa Neubaum ~ http://www.scrappyartcrafters.blogspot.com/
  11. Khrista -  http://creativeandcraftyteacher.blogspot.com/
  12. An'Jenic - http://anjenicgibson.blogspot.com/
  13. Jennifer R - http://craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/
  14. Gloria W. http://gloriawest.blogspot.com/
  YOUR NEXT STOP is:  LEZLYE

Thank you again for visiting us here for a beautiful and worthwhile endeavor.  God bless all the little children wherever they spend their holidays!!

Remember to Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/
:O) 
Jessica

Wednesday, November 7

3 Girl JAM/Creative Inspiration Paints Blog Hop!


Welcome to the 3 Girl JAM/Creative Inspiration Paints blog hop!

If you came from Kendra's blog then you are in the right place.
If not and you would like to start at the beginning, please go here (http://www.3girljam.blogspot.com/).

3 Girl JAM


3 Girl Jam and Creative Inspiration Paints have teamed up to show you all the fun things you can create with ribbon and paint! Make sure to check out our stores to see the latest and greatest products that you can use on your own projects!

I really enjoyed pairing up the fabulous Creative Inspirations Paint
with my undeniable love for 3 Girl JAM Ribbon.

I started with Kraft Cardstock and stamped
the wonderful Christy Tomlinson Image, SHE leaped by Unity
using Archival Black Ink.
I used all the colors that CIP was so generous to send
me for this Hop!
Thanks CIP!
The colors used were:
Sapphire,  Mocha Latte, Tutu Pink,
Fairy Dust (<<<love this>>>)
Sea Foam, and Orange .
I painted several layers until I got the effect
that I was hoping for.

I loved that the dress pattern matched
a wonderful Chevron Canvas Strip from 3 Girl JAM.
I added a small piece to the left and to the right,
trimming to flow along the outline of her dress.
I also used the beautiful
Christmas Candy Crinkle Ribbon
to tie around the waste of the dress.



If you are wondering where
I obtained the cute little pink
fabric flower and guessed
Pinque Peacock . . .
then you would be correct!

PRIZES: 3GJ and CIP will each offer a prize.
3GJ-$25.00 Gift Certificate
CIP- 5 Paint Colors of Winners Choice

How to win: You must be a follower of CIP and 3GJ's blogs.
You must also comment on every blog in this hop.
For an additional entry: LIKE CIP and 3GJ on Facebook then go back to those two blogs and let them know you liked them on Facebook.

Your next stop is the lovely and talented, Cheryl

3GJ will be having a sale that will be running
from 11/7/12 to 11/11/12.
25% off orders of $10.00 or more.

Here is the final Line Up  in case you  find yourself  needing it
Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) 
Jessica

Saturday, November 3

November 100 Cart Hop

 Welcome to 
the
My Cricut Craft Room
100 Cartridge
Blog Hop
November 3rd & 4th

If you are arriving from Jenn Lorist's 's Blog, then you are on the right track.
If you need to start from the beginning, please head over to
My Cricut Craft Room.

This month we got to choose 4 Cricut Cartridges that we wanted
to use on our projects again.
I chose to use:
Elmo's Party,
Over The Hill,
Pretty Pennants,
and Cricut Classic Font.

I decided to do a fun Christmas Layout
now that Halloween is over.
I started with a white base
and began making my cuts.
 The pennant banner  layers were cut
from Pretty Pennants at 3" from Cream and Green
Card Stock.

The word JOY was cut from Cricut Classic Font
at 1 1/2" from Green and Red Card Stock.
I added 3 rhinestones to each letter.
 The photo mats were cut using my trimmer.

The small music notes were cut from
Elmo's Party at 3/4" from black and cream card stock.
 The small green envelope, holding the snowman tag,
was cut from Over The Hill at 3" from a Green Card Stock.

The snowman was inked with Ranger Embossing ink
then heat embossed using Green Powder.
The image and sentiment stamp is a Unity Stamp Itty Bitty
by Artist Susan Weckesser
(Love <3 Her)

The small snowflake charm is one
of many I have purchased from
Pamela Horton - she is my Go To Gal
to get all my Charm Fixes (LOL)
(sorry for the slight glare in the center...the chipboard pieces are
a little glossy and the flash must have hit it just right)

I added a few chipboard Christmas candies, holly, and candy canes
to add a little extra Holiday Cheer.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Now you will head over to Erica’s Blog Candy.

Here is the Hop Lineup
in case you find yourself
off the beaten path . . . 
  1. MCCR http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com
  2. Kathy S http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com
  3. Mary http://Mary-fortheloveofart.blogspot.com
  4. Nadja http://nadjarobbins.blogspot.com
  5. Heather http://heathernovinger.blogspot.com
  6. Miranda http://www.nanasscrapspot.com
  7. Shelley http://shelley-scrapbookingforfun.blogspot.com
  8. Lisa Chamberlain http://lisacustomscrapbooking.blogspot.com
  9. Janet http://janetscreativeworld.blogspot.com
  10. Lisa Carrier http://ourcraftingcorner.blogspot.com
  11. Sharon  http://www.simplysweetbysharon.blogspot.com
  12. Tammy S http://www.cuttinandstampin.blogspot.com
  13. Jen L  http://www.mybusycraftylife.blogspot.com
  14. Jessica S http://jessicascraftshaque.blogspot.com 
  15. Erica’s Blog Candy http://ericasblogcandy.blogspot.com/

Remember 
to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) 
Jessica

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