Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Blogging Friends Blog Hop




Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’?   Until a few months ago, we were a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators located all across the U.S. and Canada who had never met before.  Well, actually, we still haven’t met yet (in person). . . But, through our common bond of Stampin’ Up! and a shared love of paper crafting we have created a fun new blog hop!

This month we are sharing retired items. There are many retired items I am sad to see go BUT there are so many new items that are just as awesome and lovely...so to keep this post short and sweet I am only featuring two stamp sets OR else we would be here all day:)

The first one just came out in the Occasions catalog in January. I really haven't got to use it much and was hoping to see it carry over. I still think I will hold on to this one for awhile. It's great for teacher gifts and cards:) I made a super cute desktop calendar for my kids' teachers for Valentines Day using the "apple of my eye" stamp...I shared it with my Facebook Group



Apple of My Eye

We made these cards at card class a couple months ago. 





The second one I am sad to see go is the background stamp Swallowtail. This stamp makes some beautiful cards...I have used this to make very simple cards to very elegant and time consuming cards as well. This card is one of my favorites.

Friday, April 1, 2016

April Blogging Friends Blog Hop.



Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’?   Until a few months ago, we were a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators located all across the U.S. and Canada who had never met before.  Well, actually, we still haven’t met yet (in person). . . But, through our common bond of Stampin’ Up! and a shared love of paper crafting we have created a fun new blog hop!

Well this months Blog Hop is featuring our favorite Stampin' Up! stamp sets. I haven't been around as long as some of my buddies here but already have a long list and it was so hard to choose. So I decided to choose my favorite from this current catalog. And I am hoping it's not going to be on the retirement list!!! Gorgeous Grunge is hands down my favorite stamp set from the current catalog. I use it a lot!









These are just a few examples of how I have used this set in the past. I also use it on my scrapbook pages and 3D projects. This set is so versatile, there is so much you can do with it! Of course I cannot find all the other cards I have made using this set, they are somewhere on my computer. I just recently made a new folder to put my photos of the cards and projects I make in...much easier than having to shuffle through hundreds of photos, not sure why I didn't think of that sooner.


What is your favorite Stampin' Up! stamp set?! Is this one of your favorites too?!



























Monday, March 7, 2016

Make it Monday.

Today I am sharing a card that I have been wanting to make since the moment I saw it. I CASEd this card from Eimear Carvill. When I saw this week's challenge over on the Fab Friday Challenge Blog I knew I wanted to try this technique on this challenge.

This technique is called the Whitewash technique and it's a new one to me so I was excited to give it a try. For this card I heat embossed the flower in white, then used the aqua painter and craft white to paint the flower, and then after it dried I used the aqua painter and Blushing Bride stamp pad to paint over the white and then did the same for Mint Macaroon. 

I love the way it turned out and cannot wait to try it out with other colors. I barely got a break in the rain today to take a quick picture outside. I am loving the new spot I found to take photos of my cards:) I hope you will give this technique a try.  







Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Blogging Friends Blog Hop



Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’?   Until a few months ago, we were a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators located all across the U.S. and Canada who had never met before.  Well, actually, we still haven’t met yet (in person). . . But, through our common bond of Stampin’ Up! and a shared love of paper crafting we have created a fun new blog hop!

This month we are doing something a little different and sharing our crafting space. My space is a small little corner in my kids' playroom. I have had this desk for years and love it. It used to be a regular office type of desk that our computer and printer sat on. Once I signed up with Stampin' Up! I needed a more permanent space to work on my projects and as my collection grew I also needed more space. So the Laptop moved to the kitchen counter/bar area {where it still sits today} and the printer moved to our bedroom. 

My space is always a work in progress. I have big plans for some DIY shelves kinda similar to the shelf I have hanging up now that holds my stamps and punches. I am always trying new  things to organize all my supplies. The pink file cabinet is the newest addition. We have had it for years stored in the garage and last summer I decided to paint it and bring it in for some extra storage. I painted it pink because I have a house full of boys and needed a little girliness. I store my heat tool and all the accessories that go with it , project life card kits, retired ribbon, and other miscellaneous items that I have no clue what to do with:) 
For now this is my space and over time it will get better.  I have to share it with my 3 crazy boys so from time to time they do get into my stuff but for the most part leave it alone. Right now my 3 year old is obsessed with washi tape:) 




My space is far from fancy but it gets the job:) I am hoping to pick up some ideas from my fellow demonstrators.









Jessica Mink {you are here}













Monday, February 29, 2016

Make it Monday.

Good Morning! Well today I have a few extra minutes before I need to leave the house. Easton has a field trip so he has an adjusted day so Cameron went to school with our neighbor friends that way Bentley is at my grandma's house for an hour less. He's going to be there all day so it makes me feel a little better dropping him off an hour later. 

This card I made last weekend but I never made it around to posting it. This is a sketch challenge from Fab Friday Challenge Blog. I have this Love Blossoms DSP paper stack I was trying to figure out what to do with it since it's more Valentine themed and Valentine's Day is long gone now. I love this sketch! Easy and simple but still super cute (my favorite). 




Here is the sketch

I hope you like my card on this Make it Monday. Come back tomorrow to check out my craft space for the March Blogging Friends Blog Hop. 


I hope everyone has an awesome Monday...I am headed to see Curious George with about 50 something kindergarteners:) 




Monday, February 8, 2016

Make it Monday.

I know....YOUR SHOCKED! I am finally posting a Make it Monday project. To get things going again and trying to get our of this creative rut I seem to be in I decided to go back to do some sketch challenges. So this week I am joining  Freshly Made Sketches for some inspiration.  I was happy and excited when I threw this card together in just a few minutes. A little help from the sketch and the awesome It's my Party DSP Stack I came up with this card.I love this paper stack so so much! It's so cute!









So let me know what you think...I love it and think it turned out super cute. It's easy and would be perfect for card class:) 





Here are the items used: 

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog








Monday, February 1, 2016

February Blogging Friends Blog Hop


Well here we are folks another blog hop! Thank goodness or else I would not have been posting today. I just cannot get with it lately. I haven't blogged at ALL and I haven't been creative at ALL. I barely was able to get projects ready for card class last weekend. I haven't felt like sitting at my desk and creating or sitting at the computer blogging or typing. No clue what's going on these days. Maybe it's the house full of chores or the crazy kids wanting or destroying something every 5 minutes...who knows...BUT I really hope it turns around! And because of all this mess and disaster going on over here I only have one project to share today:( 
My friends I am really hoping I can get it together. I haven't even done a Friday Rewind post in weeks {and those were my favorite}. I hope you like my project for this month's blog hop.  






I hope you get some inspiration from my simple yet cute card. Don't you just love that glimmer paper?! 




I am super excited to see what my awesome talented fellow bloggers and friends have created for this month's blog hop. I am sure these ideas will get me going and out of my rut:)



Up next:  Leanne Johnson

















Jessica Mink{that's me}

Friday, January 1, 2016

January Blogging Friends Blog Hop.

Okay Friends....I have been such a slacker! Apparently I took the entire month of December off from blogging. My last post was the December Blog Hop. I don't know about everyone else but I find it so hard to sit at the computer when I have a million other things going on. The month of December is always crazy with Christmas plus my Boys' birthdays. I had lots of little projects going on that left little time for other things like computer time. So I am hoping I can find some motivation and get this year off to a good start.




I have a couple cards to share today. Both are using products from the new Occasions Catalog. The Happy Birthday stamp used in the first card is from the Sale-a-bration catalog...both available and ready to order from starting January 5. 
I am in love with this new fabulous birthday paper stack....It's My Party. Love the color combos!!!! This card was my favorite out of the ones I created using new product. 





 Say WHAT?! A balloon punch to go with the stamp....LOVE!!! This card I copied straight from the catalog. It's simple and easy.  I should have added some Wink of Stella to the balloons to dress them up a little. Still cute and cannot wait to get busy creating more with this cute set. There is so much more in the catalog I cannot wait to get my hands! 



CHEERS! HAPPY NEW YEAR!



                  Crystal Komara- {up next}
                                                          Jessica Mink {that's me and where you are at}

I hope my cards give you some inspiration for your next project! Thanks for stopping by:)

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