Monday 30 December 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #36

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!  

This week's sketch was a blast to work with.  I am definitely ready to start creating projects other than Christmas cards!  Here was this week's sketch:

 Again, I am back to my favorite October Afternoon products!  I chose to work with the Midway collection and added in some Sahara Sand and Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock from Stampin' Up!.  The Kraft card base is from Close to My Heart.  The "Happy Birthday " sentiment is also from Stampin' Up! (Teeny Tiny Wishes - one of my all time favorite stampsets).  I hope you enjoy!

Here is my finished creation: 


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is also looking for new Design Team Members for our next session!  Check out the blog if you think you would like to join us.

I plan to start blogging weekly (as time allows of course!) in the New Year.  I hope everyone keeps following along and entering over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! 

See you in 2014!

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #33

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #33

Here we are - the home stretch until the big day - Christmas!   Our sketch this week was PERFECT for the stamps I was working with. Here was the sketch:

I was working with some Simon Says Stamp sets and here is what I came up with:

I hope you enjoy!  I am happy to announce that I am staying on the Atlantic Hearts Design Team for the next 6 months! 

fresh. by jess has some BIG plans for the new year...but you will have to stay tuned to find out more!

Until next time,

- jess

Monday 25 November 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #31


Welcome to week #31 over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

This week's sketch was sure a challenging one!  Here was the sketch: 

Here is what I came up with:

It sure turned out as a lovely Masculine card. I hope this sketch inspires you to think outside the box this week.


Tuesday 12 November 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #29


This week we had a great sketch to work from over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  Check it out:


I was sure feeling the Sparkle & Bling this week when creating my card!  Here is what I came up with:

Supplies used were from Close to My Heart (cardstock, glitter paper, flower accent & rhinestones, Making Memories (ribbon), Stampin' Up! (embossing folder) and Add a Little Dazzle (metal sheet).

Hope you enjoy it!

Take care!


Monday 28 October 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #27...with a challenge!!

Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge....with a challenge!

This week, the design team was given an extra challenge - see who can get the most new people to enter the challenge!!!  What do you need to do to help me win? Simple - enter the challenge!  All you need to do is put on your blog post/entry that this is my first time entering and Jessica K sent me!!  Easy!!

Here is this week's sketch:

Here is my creation:

I played around with the Sparkle and Shine paperpack from Close to my Heart. I am really liking this paper!

Now go and create your own project! I hope you enter!


P.s. If you look close, there is a sneak peek of another project I have been working on!!

Tuesday 15 October 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #25

Good Morning!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend (here in Canada!).  Today we are on Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #25!  Wow....the weeks keep flying by!

Here was the sketch we were given:


I decided to play with the Later Sk8r paperpack from Close to My Heart (which is now retired).  I added a few chipboard elements distressed with a gold pigment ink and a sentiment from a Kelly Purkey stampset I had in my stash.  Here is my finished card:

Supplies Used:

Close to My Heart
 - Slate Paper
 - Later Sk8r Paperpack
 - Slate Twist ties
 - Pear Ink
 - Lagoon Ink
 - Slate Ink
 - Chipboard Starts
 - Cardboard corrugated stars

Kelly Purkey
 - "Dude" Stamp set


 - Gold Pigment Ink

I hope you enjoy and now go and create something to play along with our sketch challenge!
In the next few weeks I hope to post a few Christmas and Holiday related projects, so stay tuned!  Do you have a project or paperpack that you want to see me tackle & post?  Let me know in the comments!


Thursday 3 October 2013

Some new cards....just because!

Hello everyone!

I wanted to enter a few different Challenge Blogs (including Creative Corner Challenges) this week, so I thought I would just to a "week in review" type of post with some of the different projects I have been working on this week!

Here we go!

I would also like to enter this card in the Creative Corner Challenges as well!
This is the card I am entering for Creative Corner Challenges!

I believe almost all the supplies for these cards came from Close to My Heart (mostly Huntington & Buzz and Bumble paperpacks).  I loved playing with the Pigment Inks to make the multicolored embossing on middle two cards.  

I hope you enjoy these cards.  Fall is in the air!

Monday 30 September 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #23

Hello everyone!

This week we are on Sketch #23!  Here was this week's sketch:

I took a slightly different approach to this sketch and made an 8x8 layout!  Of course I went with my favorite paper...October Afternoon!!!  Here is what I came up with:

I hope you can find can find some inspiration this week and play along with us!  

Supplies used:

October Afternoon Farm Girl - Paper, Miscellany, Journal Tags
Stampin; Up! Textured Cardstock - Early Espresso


Tuesday 17 September 2013

AHSC #21


Whew!  Halfway through September already?  Where does the time fly off to?  Just a quick post to show you my take on Sketch #21.  Yes, I interpreted it quite literally! 

Here was the sketch:


Here is my take on it:

I hope you enjoy this quick little card! The inside is stamped with "..coming your way".   It came together quite easily. Come on over and enter your creations this week!!!

Enjoy your week!


Tuesday 10 September 2013

Creative Corner Challenges Entry - Child's Play

Hello my friends! 

This week I made up a card to enter at Creative Corner Challenges.  The theme this week is "Child's Play" and immediately my mind went to this cool Stampin' Up! Paper called "Storybook Friends" and of course, my fav, October Afternoon!

Here is what I created:

I really love this paper pack and wish I had more of it!  I also used 2 different Washi Tapes by October Afternoon.  Cardstock is by Stampin' Up! (Baja Breeze Textured Paper & Soft Suede).

Hope you enjoy this card and have a great day!

Tuesday 3 September 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #19

September already! Wow!  It was "Back to School" in our house this morning.  Now my house is too quiet with just the little one here.  I guess that means more crafting time for mommy!  :)

Onto this week's sketch:
And here is my interpretation:

I hope you enjoy your week!  


Monday 26 August 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #18

Good day!!

Wow! 2 posts in the same 24 hour time frame!  I am on a roll!!  

This week our sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge looked like a lot of fun and really inspired me.  

It inspired me so much, I stepped out of my card comfort zone and came up with a 8x8 Layout!!!  I also dug into my collection of October Afternoon goodies.  I hope you enjoy!

For privacy reasons, I will add some more journaling later, but I think it turned out great!  Simple and fun!!

Supplies: October Afternoon Cakewalk collection, Close to My Heart Juniper cardstock (photo mats)

Have a great day! 


Creative Corner Challenge Blog Entry


Just a quick card to share with you today.  I am entering this card in the "Cute Critters" Challenge over on Creative Corner Challenges.

It's also a preview of a special 3 stamp set that will be available in September from Close to My Heart!  Isn't the little Hedgehog cute?

Here is my entry:

Colors used were from Close to my Heart: Juniper, Slate, Colonial White

I hope you like it!  Enjoy the last days of summer :)


Tuesday 20 August 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #17


Hope you are all enjoying our beautiful summer (that has FINALLY arrived in my neck of the woods!).

If you are wondering why I don't have a post for Sketch #16, the design team is split into 2 teams which post every other week (or every week if we are super organized!)  Once school starts in the fall, I hope to have a creation for every sketch to share.

Here is this week's sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge:


Here is my creation:

Most of the supplies & inks are from Stampin' Up! Colors used were Pistachio Pudding, Sky  & Crisp Cantaloupe.

I hope you enjoy!  I was busy canning peaches yesterday, so I thought they made a lovely backdrop for this card! hahaha

- jess

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #15


Just a quick post for you today as we are packing up to go camping.  Here is what I created for sketch #15 over at Atlantic Hearts.

I just grabbed scraps from my newly created scrap bin and put this card together in about 5 minutes!!

Here was the sketch:

Hope you enjoy and have a great week!


Tuesday 30 July 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #14

Good morning!

So, I guess I was getting my Sketch numbers mixed up! Hahahaha....sorry about that..guess that's what happens when you are trying to write your blog post from your cell phone! ;)   Now, here is SKETCH #14 which you can find over at Atlantic Hearts:

Here is what I created to share this week:

Supplies used:
October Afternoon 9 to 5 patterned paper, Flower Sack & Miscellany
Close to My Heart Colonial White card base & Cocoa Ink
Stampin' Up! "Favorite Thoughts" stamp

October Afternoon is one of my most favorite companies for their kitschy, retro feel. 

I really hope you enjoy the card! Have a beautiful week!


Monday 22 July 2013

Atlantic Hearts Challenge #12


Just a quick post today to share!  Here we are at Sketch #12 over at Atlantic Hearts and here was the sketch we were to work with:

I am happy to share with you my interpretation of this fun sketch:

I hope you like it!  Join us next week for a new and exciting sketch!!

Take care,


Monday 15 July 2013

Feeling Nautical - Atlantic Hearts Sketch #11


This week I was working with the Tommy Workshop on the Go (from Close to My Heart) and was inspired to go a little Nautical in my theme.  I wasn't so sure about this Paperpack when it first came out, but it sure has grown on me!  I will definitely be using the layouts for some of our beach adventure pictures from the summer.

This week we are using Sketch #11 over at Atlantic Hearts. Here was the sketch:

Here is what I came up with:

This could be a great encouragement card or even a graduation card.  

Supplies Used (all Close to My Heart unless indicated):
Cardstock:  Outdoor Denim, Honey
Patterned Paper: Tommy
Stamp: Tommy Workshop on the Go
Ink: White Daisy
Rope Accent by Stampin' Up! (retired)

Here are some other Nautical inspired cards I came up with using Tommy:

I hope I inspired you to go and make some Nautical-themed cards this week.  Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!



Monday 8 July 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #11...

...and I couldn't pick just one card!

Good day!

I can't believe it's already time for our next Sketch Challenge at Atlantic Hearts!

Here was this week's sketch:

As soon as I saw the sketch, I had it in mind to pull out and use my brayer!  I am not a brayer expert AT ALL...I have only "dabbled" with it. 

I actually ended up with 3 different designs to share with you because I just couldn't choose one!  Maybe you can let me know which one is your favorite.

Sample #1:

Supplies used were all from Close to My Heart:  Inks (Black, Twilight, Sky, Pacifica & Outdoor Denim), Black Sparkle Flourish, White Rosette Ribbon, Joyful Birthday Stamp and Twilight Cardstock

Sample #2:

Supplies used:Close to My Heart:  Inks (Black, Twilight, Sky, Pacifica & Outdoor Denim), Honey Mini-Medley accents,  "Say it In Style" Stamp and Twilight & Colonial White Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Lattice Embossing Folder

Sample #3: 

Supplies Used: 
 INKS - Close To My Heart Black & Stampin' Up! - Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana & Tempting Turquoise
Joyful Birthday Stamp (CTMH)
Under the Sea Stamp (CTMH)
Blending Pen  (CTMH)
Lagoon, Black, Colonial White Cardstock (CTMH)
"Surf's Up"  Paper (CTMH)
Aqua Jewels (Creative Charms)

Let me know which is your favorite in the comments below!  

Have a great week and I would like to also wish my Grandpa a very HAPPY 89th Birthday, which happens to be today! :)


Monday 1 July 2013

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends! 

I hope you are all enjoying a safe and fun holiday weekend.

This week I have for you a card based on Sketch #10 from Atlantic Hearts!  Here was our Sketch:

As we head into our last month with the current Close To My Heart idea book, I decided to use some favorite items to create this card.  Here is my interpretation:

Supplies used:
(all from Close to My Heart unless noted)

Stamp: Bonjour (B1414)
  • Black (1386)
  • White Daisy (1385)
Paper:  For Always ( X7165B)
Ink: Lagoon (Z2195)

  • Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon (Z1802)
  • Sparkles Clear Assortment (Z1752)
  • Flutter Paper Shapes (Z1463)
  • Rhinestones Designer Brads (retired)
Adhesives:  3D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Punch (non CTMH)

I hope you enjoy this card!  Check back next week to play along again.


Monday 24 June 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #9...and some exciting news! :)

Hello friends!

First up, some super exciting news for me. I am now a Design Team Member for Atlantic Hearts.  I am very excited to add this to my "resume" and look forward to sharing my sketch interpretations with you all each week.

This week sketch was quite challenging for me - and of course, it was my first as a Design Team Member too!  I too a very literal interpretation of the sketch.  Here is the sketch:

 Here is what I came up with:

Lots of bling on this card!!  I hope you enjoy it!  As always, you can check out my other work over on Facebook: jess

If you leave a comment on my Blog and then let me know on Facebook, you can be entered in a draw to win this card!  How fun is that?  Good Luck!!

Supply list:
Park Bench patterned paper (Fancy Pants)
Coastal Cabana cardstock (Stampin' Up!)
Gray cardstock (base)
Clear Rhinestones
Archival Black Ink (Close to My Heart)


Monday 17 June 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #8

Hello friends!

I am playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge  once again this week.  Here is the sketch:

I was feeling inspired by the "Buzz & Bumble" Paper Pack from Close to My Heart (I just completed the Workshop on the Go for this last week!).  I also love my Tim Holtz Distress Inks in antique linen and peacock feathers (for a POP of color).  

Here is my completed card!

I am new to the whole "distressed/shabby" look, but I think it turned out great!  I love the pop of blue and the aged look to the whole card.  Even the greeting smudged just the way I wanted it too! :)

I started by distressing all the layers with the distressing tool.  Then I used the wooden sponge too from Inkssentials to smudge the antique linen ink (Tim Holtz) around.  Next, I sponged Desert Sand (CTMH) to darken the corners and edges.  I really tried to bend some of the corners to age the paper.  I just love using Waxy Flax (CTMH) on cards - in this case, I just tied some of the brown waxy flax around the top layer.  I used the Buzz & Bumble stamp set to stamp the images, then hand cut them out.  The blending pen from CTMH is great to color in those images with a slight watercolor look!    The greeting is from Joyful Birthday Occasions (CTMH).

I will share the completed scrapbook pages so you can see where my inspiration came from!  These were straight from the Workshop on the Go (WOTG) instructions. 

What do you think?  I welcome your feedback!!!  Have a great day!

- jess