Hand Lettering – Brush Lettering: You Are my Sunshine

 

Well, I’m not sure what happened here. I had a whole blog post written and posted, and now I’m coming back to check on things and my whole post is gone aside from the featured image and most of the title. Yikes. I have no clue what happened!

I started off the post talking about how lovely the weather is today, and that all this sunshine inspired me to do some related brush lettering. I have been practicing my hand lettering and brush lettering for a few weeks now, after being inspired by YouTube videos and Instagram photos of amazing hand lettered images. So much talent! I have already come a long way, but there is tons of room for improvement, and I’m going to keep at it!

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Today, I used the Tombow Dual Brush Pens (#985) to brush letter the sentiment ‘you are my sunshine’.

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I love how warm this color is. It make me feel all warm and fuzzy lol! I also shot my first video of myself brush lettering, so here’s that:

I’m excited to keep practicing and see how much I can improve my hand lettering and brush lettering along the way. I hope you’ll tag along on my journey, and maybe even be inspired to start your own!

Big hugs coming your way,

Jess

Craft Room Organization – Washi Tape

Seriously. Who doesn’t love a good rainbow storage solution? I am totally in love with this new storage solution for my washi tape. I was desperate to find a solution that would work for me, and here it is. Before this, I had all of my washi shoved in a box (I tried to sort it and keep it all in place, but it just wasn’t working), and before that I even tried storing them in little utensil drawer organizers. I wasn’t happy with it, and then I landed on this. Perfect!

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I love that I can see every single roll and grab exactly what I need so easily. No rummaging through piles of stuff to find the one roll I want, and certainly no more forgetting I even have certain rolls. And, on top of the ease and functionality, IT’S. SO. PRETTY! I love looking at it!

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Here’s a look at how my craft hutch is coming along:

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The only thing I think I’m going to change is to trim a little off of those top dowels so that I can push the whole rack back under that shelf a little bit. It’s just barely too tall to let me do that.

Here’s a peek at my super duper short video including still shots and my wobbly action shot. lol!

Happy organizing and big hugs,

Jess

Craft Room Organization – Clear Stamp Storage Dividers

Happy Friday! I’m SO ready for the weekend, I can’t even tell you… and one of my goals for this weekend is to keep plugging along on my craft room organization. I’m ready to have this whole room whipped into shape and looking presentable.

Today, I’m sharing my new dividers for my clear stamp storage. I saw the idea for my clear stamp storage when I was watching videos from Jennifer McGuire. She is seriously my idol for all things craft organization. She rocks! The video where she shared this storage solution made my heart so happy. It looks so clean and… just perfect in every way!

Now, I did try her suggestion of using folders from an office store for the dividers and it didn’t really work for me. I didn’t have good results with cutting them up and getting them to look the way I wanted, so I decided to try something else. I actually purchased a laminator on Black Friday because it was SO inexpensive and I had seen videos using them to foil images for card making. So cool! I hadn’t even taken it out the box (I’m horrible… I know!), so I figured now was the time.

I cut some cute cardstock from Amy Tangerine (for American Crafts) that I had on hand. The measurements that work for the storage container I have are 5.5 inches by 8.25 inches. Then I used a corner rounder (check around for a better price if you want this one. This is definitely listed as more expensive than it should be) to make them look a little more finished and professional (I did this BEFORE laminating, that’s important!).

Once I had my cardstock cut and got the corners rounded, I put them into the laminating pouches and ran them through the machine. It’s a little slow moving, but overall it didn’t take too long.

After the cardstock was laminated, I trimmed the edges (being sure not to cut the fused part) and then rounded the corners. I used clear label tape with my label maker to create labels for the brands of stamps I have and attached the labels to my newly made dividers. I just love the way they turned out. They look so clean cut and pretty!

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I was SO excited to put them into my storage container. Here’s a peek at the way they look:

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One small victory for Jess, one GIANT leap towards craft organization success!

Big hugs,

Jess

Card Tutorial – Valentine’s Day using Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things

It’s a bright and sunny Sunday here in Williamsburg. The word SUNday is so fitting! (It took me so long to finish this darn post that now it’s Monday! Whoops!) We’re just nine days away from Valentine’s Day, so I’ve made another Valentine’s Day card to share. This one is a little ‘punny,’ which I absolutely love.

I started this silly card by stamping a background with Lawn Fawn’s ‘Science of Love’ stamp set. I used the calculator, book, a few vials or beakers, and some of the sweet little hearts. I started with the biggest images, then worked my way down to the smaller images to fill in the gaps. After the background was stamped the way I wanted it, I cut it using the stitched rectangles die, also from Lawn Fawn. Then I went to town with the ‘Pumice Stone’ Distress Ink. I think it turned out pretty cool and gave it a neat grey scale sort of feel.

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I matted my stamped background on a piece of black cardstock, then mounted that with a piece of foam to a white A2 card base. Then, I used a piece of red scrap paper and heat embossed my sentiment from ‘Science of Love’ with white embossing powder. I cut a little banner tail to give it a finished look.

Next, I stamped, copic colored, and die cut the little girl and dresser images from the ‘Our Story’ stamp and die set from My Favorite Things. So cute!! I also stamped and colored one of the beakers from the Lawn Fawn set and then fussy cut it (I absolutely HATE fussy cutting haha). Once I had them all colored, I attached foam adhesive to the backs and adhered them, along with the sentiment, to my card front.

Then, I decided the card needed a little bit of sparkle, so I added some small red sequins I had on hand. I thought it made it look like it was bubbling or smoking up out of the beaker, sort of like the girl was brewing up some sort of love potion! Super cute to tie it all together with the chemistry sentiment.

You can check out my video, showing all of the nitty gritty details, here:

I hope you like the card! Have you been making anything for Valentine’s Day? Link me your creations in the comments so I can check them out!

Big hugs!

Jess

Organization – Baker’s Twine

Seriously. There is something magical about color coding things and having everything in its very own place. Is it just me?

Today, I am working on more organization strategies for my craft room. A week or so ago, I watched a video from Simon Says Stamp with tips from Nina-Marie on keeping your craft room organized. Let me just say, she has some great ideas! I decided to implement a few of her ideas in my own craft space, and I’m sharing the first one today.

Here is the before shot of my storage ‘solution’ for my baker’s twine. I say ‘solution’ because it’s not a very good one haha! Although I absolutely love this cute little ‘paint can’, this thing was always a disaster and I was constantly dumping things all over the place just trying to find the color I was looking for. Yikes!

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Something had to change, so it was a perfect time to stumble across Nina-Marie’s video for Simon Says Stamp. She suggested storing your baker’s twine on embroidery floss cards, and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this ages ago. I headed to Michael’s and picked up 2 packs (28 each) of the cards for about $1.99 each. I made sure to get the plastic ones instead of the cardboard ones, because I figured they’d hold up better over time.

As I started wrapping my twine on the cards, I was so giddy and excited. All the colors looked so pretty!

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Once I got all the thread wrapped on the cards, I placed them in this container that I purchased from amazon. It’s PERFECT!

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The lid on this container snaps shut, so I don’t have to worry about my baker’s twine spilling or falling out of place if I drop it, or even if I wanted to store it on it’s side to work better in my storage space. I love that the container is small and easily portable, so that I can take it right to my desk if and match the perfect color to my project.

I have a little more (okay maybe a lot) twine to sort and wrap before I’m done, but I am SO thrilled with the way this has turned out. Heck YES for getting organized!

Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments and share any cool storage tips you’ve found as well!

Big hugs and warm wishes as always,

Jess

 

Wishing for Summer – Card Tutorial & Video

Hello!

I posted this video on YouTube a couple days ago, so I figured it was time to post about it here as well. Be sure to check out the YouTube video below (or on YouTube HERE), and view all of the process photos I’ve included! This sunshiny card has me wishing desperately for warmer weather, what about you?

To start this card, I selected a stencil from Tim Holtz and this adorable stamp set from Neat & Tangled called ‘My Sunshine.’ I selected the Distress Ink colors I wanted to use: Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, and Wild Honey. I chose these colors because they covered a nice range of bright to golden and almost orangey yellows. So pretty!

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I went ahead and taped down my stencil using washi tape so it wouldn’t slide around while I was inking. I used my mini blending tool (I have a separate foam pad for each color) and started with the lightest color, working my way outward towards the darker, more orange color.

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I just love the way the colors turned out! It’s like I can feel the warmth just radiating off the paper.

After my inking was done, I die cut the Little Town Border from black cardstock using my Cuttlebug. I also die cut the Stitched Hillside Border using some patterned paper I had on hand. I used my Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Glossy AccentsGlossy Accents to attached the patterned paper to the Little Town Border, and then attached them both to my card front.

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Next, I decided on placement for my sentiment. I absolutely LOVE the scripty, hand written feel of this stamp by Neat and Tangled. So super cute! I used my Hampton Arts ‘Stamp Perfect’ to stamp the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and then also stamped it with Versamark clear watermark ink.

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While the ink was still nice and sticky, I used clear embossing powder and then melted it with my heat tool. I love the way the embossing powder gives the card a little more umph! than just a plain black stamp.

I wanted to frame the top and bottom of my card front with black cardstock for a little bit more of a dramatic and finished look, but I didn’t have a piece that was the right size and I really didn’t want to create more scraps. Off to my scrap folder I went, and cut one of my scrap pieces into two 1in x 5.5in pieces. I used my tape runner to attached these strips to the top and bottom of my card front. Then, I mounted it to my card front!

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Now that my card front is complete, it’s time to tackle the interior! I like to personalize the inside of all my cards, even if it’s something as simple as inking it to match the card front. I feel like it gives it such a nice, finished look, and I like that it gives the card a little more weight than just having the plain cardstock there.

For this card, I cut an interior piece of cardstock to 4 x 5.25. I decided to use Mustard Seed, and went ahead and inked the whole piece. Once that was done, I used the remaining two stamps from the My Sunshine set and used my Mini MISTI to stamp them with that same black ink.

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I did also attached a few gold sequins, because every card needs a little sparkle, right? Well, I think so anyway!

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I really love the way this card turned out. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Warm wishes and big hugs,

Jess

Valentine’s Day Card Using SVG and Emboss Resist

Happy Saturday! I’m so thankful the weekend is finally here. Sometimes, the weeks just drag on and on. Staying home with my two little dudes is a huge blessing, but sometimes they try my patience hehe.

Since we’re exactly one month away from Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d start sharing some sweet little cards with you. This one makes my heart so happy!

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I started with an SVG file that I purchased from SVGCuttingFiles.com a while back. I actually used this same file for a cute back to school card, so it’s definitely got a few tricks up its sleeve! This file comes with a card base, the card front, and a cute pair of glasses, too.

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Once I had all of my pieces cut with my Cricut, I used clear embossing ink (watermark ink) to stamp a background image on my card front. I chose the Typewriter Text background stamp from My Favorite Things. After getting the ink applied to my card front, I used white embossing powder to coat the wet ink. Then, I used my heat tool to melt the powder, giving me a raised, textured pattern on my cardstock.

Next, I used two Distress Inks (Worn Lipstick and Barn Door) to ink my card front. You can see how the heat embossed pattern doesn’t take the ink. This leaves my background stamp’s pattern in white. How cool!

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After inking my card front, I adhered my card front to the card base. I also heat embossed the glasses die cut with black embossing powder for a shiny look. I liked this so much better than a plain piece of cardstock. I could have used clear embossing powder for both of these, since I was keeping the original paper color, but I went ahead and used the colored ones instead. After my glasses were complete, I adhered them to the card front.

Then, I decided to add a ribbon near the top of the card. I chose a red gingham ribbon and tied a cute little bow for it. Once the bow was adhered with Multi Medium Matte, I added some cute accents. I made my own enamel dots using Perler beads and adhered them to my card front.

Finally, I attached the interior card panel. It has a sentiment (I used ‘print then cut’ on my Cricut for this) that reads: ‘We have great chemistry’. So cute!

Voila, there’s my adorable Valentine’s Day card!

Be sure to check out the YouTube video for all the nitty gritty details on how this card came together. Be sure to subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see all my new videos as they’re posted!

Warm wishes and big hugs!

Jess

 

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First Card Tutorial – YouTube Video

Happy Wednesday all! Our snow is melting away in 55 degree weather (that didn’t last long, did it?) and I couldn’t be happier. I like snow for about a day, then I’m over it. Since it’s all wet and slushy out, I decided to work on posting my first card tutorial. I created a super simple card that was inspired by a video I saw a few weeks ago from Jennifer McGuire. She has amazing tutorials and I have learned so many wonderful techniques from her videos. Be sure to check her out if you don’t follow her already!

I went a little crazy when Honey Bee Stamps had a sale for the owner’s birthday. She offered 35% of all stamps for her 35th birthday on 12/31/16. How cool is that? I had been dying to get a bunch of her sets, so I went nuts… Like, I may need to call someone for help? Nah… you can never have too many stamp sets, right? ….Right???

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To make my card, I used my new Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool. I had to re-ink the stamp several times as I wasn’t getting good coverage, but I think this was because I had the stamp hanging off the edge, so it wasn’t a completely flat surface.

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Next, I stamped the gorgeous sentiment in Hero Arts Shadow Ink – Red Royal. After I got the sentiment stamped perfectly, I lathered it up in Wink of Stella Brush, because no card is complete without gobs and gobs of glitter. Am I right or am I right? You can see in the picture that my Wink of Stella had a little bit of an… accident on the k and a, but that’s okay. I made a few more of these and was more careful with my heavy handed embellishment hehe.

This has got to be one of the simplest cards ever, but man- I’m still pretty in love with it. It just has an elegant feel to it! Be sure to check out the video and share any feedback you have. This is my very first card tutorial, so there’s still plenty to learn!

Thanks for visiting, hope to see you again soon!

Jess

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Taking the Plunge – My 1st YouTube Video

Hello! I hope you’re having a marvelous Sunday. We’ve been snuggled up in the house, keeping it all cozy. We are having some unusual winter weather here in Williamsburg, so I’ve been indoors and going a little stir crazy in this house full of boys. We got around 10-12 inches of snow overnight and during the day on Saturday. That’s a TON for this area, and they’re definitely not equipped to handle that much white powdery goodness. Here’s our obligatory snow day selfie hehehe:

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Luckily, I was able to make a trip to my local Michael’s before ‘snowmaggedon’ hit. I was able to snag the new Hampton Art Stamp Perfect, and I decided to take the plunge and make my very first YouTube video to demonstrate the product and how it compares to similar items on the market. Here’s a peek at what this new stamp positioning tool looks like:

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Hampton Art also released a new line of layering stamps, so I snagged a couple of those to try. They aren’t included in my video, but I may shoot another video with them in the future.

Here are the three stamp positioning tools I included in my video:

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These are my basic findings for each tool. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions and what works for me may not be the best solution for you! I listed the retail price for each tool, but keep in mind that there are frequent sales and you may be able to score an awesome deal on these.

Mini MISTI:

  • Higher price point – $60
  • Durable, long lasting
  • 2 very strong magnets
  • Comes with starter pad of grid paper
  • Great size for A2 card stamping and smaller
  • Removable foam pad, use with either clear or rubber stamps

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press:

  • Mid range price point – $35
  • Much heavier lid than the other tools
  • Stains easily
  • Can be used for 12×12 layouts
  • Doesn’t seem to be usable with rubber stamps unless they’re very thin

Hampton Art Stamp Perfect:

  • Lower price point – $24.99
  • Lid is more lightweight than Mini MISTI
  • Comes with 2 strong magnets
  • Lid squeaks when opened and closed
  • Great for A2 card stamping and slightly larger
  • Removable foam pad, use with either clear or rubber stamps

As far as stamping quality, in my uses of each, I have not seen a great variety in the stamped images. Each tool seems to provide good stamped images and works well for my needs.

If you are just starting out in the stamping world, it might be a good idea to purchase one of the lower priced models first to see if it’s something you’d use regularly. Then, if you find yourself using the tool frequently, you can definitely look at purchasing a Mini MISTI or even one of the larger MISTI tools (there are 2 additional styles to choose from).

I hope that this information is helpful and that you’ll hop over to my YouTube channel and let me know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment and be sure to follow me here and subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you see my videos in the future!

Happy Sunday all!

Jess

 

More 12×12 Paper Storage

Brrr! It’s a little chilly here in Williamsburg, Virginia today (for native Virginians, anyway!). I grew up here in Williamsburg, but I lived in Iowa for a few years as well. The cold here is nothing compared to what they get out in the Midwest. Windchill at -37 degrees? NO, thank you! I’ll deal with the horrible humidity and unbearable heat during the summer if I can avoid the kind of cold where your eyebrows and nose hair freeze as soon as you walk out your front door. But, seriously… that happens.

Anyhow- let’s get on with today’s post, shall we?

I am continuing to work on my paper storage, and I’m pretty happy with the solution I’m working with now. In my last post, I showed the white cube organizers I purchased for my solid paper packs and loose 12×12 cardstock. I decided that I needed to take my organization a step further and go with some individual storage boxes. I’m using these  containers from my local Michael’s for my papers that fit into specific themes. I have 12 total (one still empty so I can expand) right now for the following themes:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Halloween
  • Christmas
  • Christmas 2
  • Baby / Weddings
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Animals
  • Food (yes I have a container dedicated to paper patterned with food hehe)
  • MISC Holidays

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I used my label maker to create the labels for each container. No checking to see what’s in each container (though they’re clear, so it’d be pretty easy), yay!

I thought this would be so much easier, and now, when I need to see all of the Christmas paper I have, I won’t be searching through every stack of colored cardstock to see what I have. All of my papers will be in one (or two in the case of Christmas… I may have a problem saying no to new packs of Christmas paper) container for easy access. I can pull out the clear container and bring it right to my work surface.

This is going to make my creative process so much more streamlined. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get overwhelmed before I can even start a project because I just don’t know what I have to work with. Problem solved!

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Here’s a look at how my bookshelf storage is coming together (feel free to ignore the Christmas wrapping paper! hehe)

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Thanks for reading. ❤ Happy crafting and I’ll see you next time!

Jess