Thursday, 24 July 2014

2 months since my last post ... hmm, I guess I've been busy!

I can barely believe it is July already! Where has this year gone? This year has gone incredibly fast, and been incredibly busy. I just haven't had much time to do crafts for myself. By that I mean I have done some (more Thank You cards than I can possibly count) but very few layouts or cards because I feel like making one. The only thing that makes me try to find time to craft is a looming deadline for an Artfull crafts challenge! They are the only challenge I do these days.

Speaking of which ... this months sketch:
I turned it anti-clockwise, and here is my take on it:
Made using the Kaisercraft Sweet Pea collection, a plain kraft base, and two sizes of star punch (to represent falling hail).
My 5-month-olds reaction to his first hail storm - he didn't exactly love it! I love that little worried expression, too cute.
And that little boy started school this term! Like I said before, where has the time gone??!!

Thanks for stopping b, Jessica T

Thursday, 29 May 2014

May Challenge Part 3

My third layout for the Artfull Crafts May challenge is a layout i created using Fancy Pants 'Etcetera'.
I layered, and layered, and layered. And punched lots of butterflies - some from the Etcetera 6x6 paper pad, and some from the Etcetera packaging itself. With a splattering of pearls for some added glamour - it is a wedding layout after all!
Some word stickers, alphas and hand writing finish it off.
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

DIY Painted Background

I love searching through Pinterest and getting inspiration from so many different people and places all over the world. And because of this obsession interest I find myself trying new techniques quite often.
Something that has taken my interest of late is painting - for layouts, smash books, art/ mixed media journals etc. I've seen so many different inspirational photos, I finally decided to give it a go.
I started with a piece of white 12x12 cardstock, a paper tube and black paint. Then I used a paint brush with watered down acrylic paints (pink, purple, aqua, yellow).
I then found a photo I thought would match the brightness of the background and created a layout.
I finished it off with a few simple embellishments in black and white, as it really didn't need a lot and too much would make it look cluttered.

This layout is my second entry for the Artfull Crafts May challenge.
Thanks for looking.
Jessica T

Sunday, 11 May 2014

May & Handwriting Challenge

The May Challenge theme this month for Artfull Crafts is "Anything Goes". Yip, Anything Goes. Easy. Also, Moxie Fab World has a challenge running at the moment called Hip on Handwriting. And that one finishes today!
So, here is a layout that I made by writing some letters (backwards - was challenging at times) on the back of different pieces of maps and attaching them to a piece of 12x12 cardstock as a title that covers the whole page! Something I haven't done before (a title that big, or made from maps, or my own handwriting) but I like it.

 The journaling says: 9.30pm and the sun is still shining brightly. Mid-Summer in the deep South. 12/1/13

 Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

April Challenge

This is my furry boy, Dave.
At the end of March he was tragically hit by a vehicle and killed.
A few days later, Artfull Crafts put up their April Challenge : Furry Friends. Perfect timing.
I pulled out this photo that I have been wanting to scrap for a few months, and got to work. I love how it turned out. This is exactly how I want to remember him - on the farm, taking in the morning sun. It is sad that he is no longer with us, but I have so many wonderful memories of the more than 14 years that he was.
Here is the full layout:
 And some detailed shots:
Layout is made entirely with the Crate Paper "Maggie Holmes" collection, and some trims I found in my stash.
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Wow, it's April already...

I have been really slack with blogging this year. Last year I set myself a goal of doing (at least) one blog post each week, and I did. I think this is my third for the year! There have been big changes in my life, and those changes mean I have much less time for myself. So the time I do get I like to actually spend crafting, not blogging!
So here is a quick glance at some of the projects I have done so far this year:
Thank you for stopping by.
Jessica T

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

February Sketch Challenge

Well it's been weeks since I did my last blog post, and even longer since I participated in a challenge!
Life has changed a lot in the last few weeks. I haven't had a lot of craft time, but have been doing the odd layout from time to time. I decided it was about time I did a challenge.
I am playing along with the Artfull Crafts February Challenge today. Here is the sketch:
And here is my take on it:
 I tried something a bit different with this layout. I started with a piece of plain pink paper, then I added pieces of pink patterned paper, and then a piece of pink fabric paper (a bunch of flowers was wrapped in it) over the top. I stitched the edges, and a whole bunch of circles on the bottom right (as per the sketch). Then added my photo, title and journal card on top.
I added some other colours so it wasn't all pink! And a whole lot of stitching.
Thanks for stopping by and having a look!
Jessica T

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

January 2014

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year period, that you were able to spend time with family and friends, and perhaps even take a short - or long - holiday.
And now 2014 is upon us. Three weeks in and boy has it been a crazy year so far. So, so crazy. Busy. Stressful. Tiring. But good at the same time.
And I have had a couple of spare hours each week to throw together some crafts.
Here a two cards for some little girls celebrating their first birthdays :-)
 I know this photo isn't brilliant, but the rest are okay!

Back on January 1st Heidi Swapp shared this image on her facebook page:
(it's a wall paper for a mobile device - with a white background, hence why it is so long).
I downloaded it, put it as my wall paper on my phone, and have tried to follow it, everyday. Life has been throwing me some lemons lately, and I have to make a conscious choice to Choose Happy. And having this as a visual reminder every time I open my phone is brilliant.

Another thing a lot of people in the crafting community like to do is choose 'One Little Word' (started by Ali Edwards). When I first heard of it I thought it was silly. How could One Little Word make any difference, then my opinion slowly started to change. Over a few days I thought 'what word would I choose?' Lots of people said they didn't choose their word, it chose them. And that pretty much what happened to me. Do. Yip, that's my One Little Word.


Do it. Just do it. Go for it. Give it a go.
Do more. Stop procrastinating. Get it done. Fit it in.
And so on.

So between 'Choose Happy' and 'Do', I feel 2014 is going to be my year. Finally a good year for me. And it has started off really well.
Thanks for stopping by,
Jessica T