Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Greeting Farm Blog Hop and Digi Blog Candy

Scroll down for the Some Odd Girl Blog Hop.

Welcome to JLJ Designs stop on The Greeting Farm Hoppin' Into the Holidays. I hope you'll read to the end as I have a little digi blog candy on offer! If you get lost, head to The Greeting Farm for directions.

This is my card for the "Santa, Baby" Challenge. I used Cupcake Anya to make a little tent to leave with Peanut's treats for Santa. I colored the image using Copics and added red glitter to her headband and belt. I used digi papers from my Traditional Christmas paper pack. The stickers are from Creative Memories and have been in my stash for a long time.
I'd like to enter this table tent in the following challenges:
1. Cute Card Thursday #140 - Blast from the Past - I used challenge #116 - anything but square
2. Winter Wonderland - shape up - I don't know if this counts, but with the two shapes together, it's not square : )
3. Polkadoodles #47 - Twas the Night Before Christmas - "In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there."

This is my card for "Let It Snow." I thought Ivy Xmas Tree was perfect for this challenge since the snow is built in! I used digi papers from my Traditional Christmas paper pack and silver doilies from Wilton. I added Jolee snowflake stickers and a Papercraft Inspirations freebie sticker for the greeting.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
2. Delicious Doodles #2 - Celebrations
3. ABC Challenge - I for Ice and Snow
4. Simon Says Challenge - Let it Snow

Finally, I have my card for "Holiday Treats." I used Candy Cane Snack. Again, I used digi papers from my Traditional Christmas paper pack. I added stickers from Jolee - it was a Christmas candy set.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
2. Sew Many Challenges #34 - red and green
3. Ellephantastic #20 - red and green

Would you like to win my Traditional Christmas Paper Pack?
Just leave your link below. I'll pick a winner on December 4th.




Thank you for stopping by. Happy Crafting!

Jennifer



Some Odd Girl Hol-ODD-day Blog Hop


Welcome to the first Some Odd Girl Hol-Odd-day Blog Hop! We're having this hop to not only show some love for all our Oddies this holiday season but to have a hop that includes them! So take a hope through our list and make sure to leave comments at every stop because the Odd Girls have some prizes to give away to celebrate, but you have to complete the list to be entered.

We started at the Some Odd Girl Blog and are ending up at Kristy's Blog, and I am SURE along the way you'll see some amazing projects! You should have arrived from Robyn Mc's blog, if not start at the beginning to complete the hop.

Here's a list of the hoppers in case you get lost:
Jennifer - you are here

I've made two cards for the hop. I used Cold Kaylee for this card. The sentiment says "Warm wishes for your birthday." The papers are from my Snow Fun Paper Pack. I added Prima flowers, glitter buttons, and purple organza ribbon to finish the card.
I'd like to enter this card in the Create 4 Fun Challenge #48 - sketch.

My second card features Baker Kaylee. I used the same sketch as I used for my other card. The papers are from my Snow Fun Paper Pack. The sentiment is a freebie sticker from Papercraft Inspirations - "Have a Magical Christmas."
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Bah! Humbug! #46 - feeling the blues
2. 7 Kids College Fund Challenge #9 - non-traditional Christmas colors
3. The Crafty Pad #99 - snowflakes

Would you like to win my Snow Fun Paper Pack?
Just leave your link below. I'll pick a winner on December 4th.




Your next stop in the hop is Donna's blog.

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Monday, November 29, 2010

TLL Digi Paper Challenge #2

It's time for a Digi Paper Challenge #2 - Candy Cane at The Latte Lounge. You'll receive one of the digi papers from my Candy Cane paper pack for free. You use that digi paper or one from your stash to make a project. Post the project to the challenge thread for an entry to win BOTH the paper pack AND two images from The Stamping Boutique.

The theme for this challenge is Candy Cane - red and white. The challenge is open until Dec. 12th and the winner will be announced on the 13th.
My first card uses Candy Land Winter Cake from The Stamping Boutique. I colored the image using Copics and tried out my new Martha Stewart punch. I've never punched anything before. This card would also be perfect for Rhonda's Die Cuts or Punches Challenge. I added some sparkly yellow foam stars from my stash.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Crafts 4 Eternity #61 - sketch + stars
2. Crafty Creations #95 - Christmas is Coming

This card uses Candy Cane Callie and Candy Cane Bunny from JLJ Designs. I used a tutorial for a Diagonal Double Pocket Card. In order to make this card, I taped two pieces of printed paper together, but you could just as easily print on both sides. I colored the images using Copics. The bunny tag will be used to write a holiday message. I'll put a gift card in the middle pocket.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. One Stop Crafts Challenge #108 - Christmas cuties
2. Allsorts Challenge #80 - monochrome

This card features the tree from Stacie's Wacky Wednesday Challenge. I used the Candy Cane digi paper to trim the tree! The other papers are from my Traditional Christmas paper pack.

Hope to see you at The Latte Lounge this week! Don't forget our Christmas Celebration next weekend!

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Lists

I found these cute notepads at Michael's and thought they would be perfect to make little gifts out of. I'd seen a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers where they used a mini-legal notepad. I modified the idea to fit the square notepads that I bought.

I used Lil Lolita Christmas Evie colored with Copics. The papers are from My Mind's Eye and I added a snowflake sticker from Jolee. I thought this would make a cute gift for someone.



I'd like to enter this project in the following challenges:
1. Lil Lolita Boutique Challenges - the last one :( - sketch
2. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #78 - Christmas present
3. Charisma Cardz #47 - one for the girls
4. Creative Inspirations #48 - Christmas gifts

If you get the same notepads, here are my directions. I removed the magnet from the back of the notepad - it wasn't very stuck on. The cardstock cover is 5 1/2" x 11 1/2". I scored a fold line at 5 1/2" and 6". I adhered the notepad to the cardstock using Terrifically Tacky Tape. Then I decorated the front.

There's a lot going on this week. I'll be announcing a new Latte Lounge Challenge tomorrow. Tuesday is the last day for my blog candy (it's not too late to enter), the Some Odd Girl Blog Hop, The Greeting Farm blog hop, AND a new freebie challenge at I Did It Creations Forum! Friday is the start of the Christmas Celebration at The Latte Lounge.

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Naughty or Nice

(2nd post) Simply Betty Challenges has started the 12 Days of Christmas. I don't know if I'll make it through every day, but I've at least made it for day 1. I've made a gift bag, although it's a little hard to see in the picture. It's a red bag with a white/silver feather boa glued around the top. I colored the images with Copics and added flowers and sticker sentiments.

Naughty Side

Nice Side
I'd like to enter this bag in the following challenges:
1. Simply Betty Challenges - 12 Days #1 - use a Simply Betty Halloween image for a Christmas project - I used Witch Betty.
2. Lollipop Crafts - Christmas
3. A Spoon Full of Sugar #131 - anything goes
4. Fab 'n Funky #50 - going with the flow

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Happy Thanksgiving - a little late!

Hello all! Sorry I haven't posted much this week. My car was in the shop and with running around for the holiday, I didn't have much time in the craft room.

I did release two new paper packs this week. I'm participating the Some Odd Girl and The Greeting Farm blog hops on Tuesday. You'll be able to see cards made with these papers AND have a chance to win each paper pack! Be sure to come back

I've gotten my first blogger award! How exciting! Thank you, Carri - ABusyBee.
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to 8 bloggers that you have recently discovered
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards

8 Things about myself
1. My daughter, Peanut, is the best thing I've done.
2. I've ridden a horse through the Carpathian Mountains.
3. I love to travel - see 2 above.
4. I've been quilting for about 12 years, but haven't turned on the machines recently - ah, cardmaking!
5. I love giving away blog candy - it's like Christmas all year long.
6. I'm an engineer, but if I could find someone to pay me to craft, I'd do that instead : )
7. We put up our Christmas tree yesterday - really early for us.
8. My favorite color is pink.

I'd like to pass this award along to 8 bloggers who I really like:

Hopefully, I'll be back soon with some creations. Happy Crafting!

Jennifer



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

IDIC Forum Freebie Challenge - Stitchy Stamps

This weeks I Did It Creations Forum Freebie Challenge is sponsored by Stitchy Stamps. This cute image is Framed Kitty. I made a simple card colored with Copics. I added some sequin butterflies and birds and a sentiment I printed on my computer.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenge:
1. Anything goes #26 - animals

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Monday, November 22, 2010

TLL Hidden Elements Challenge - Mid-Way Reminder

We're mid-way through the Hidden Element Challenge at The Latte Lounge. I have two new cards to share with you.

The first is a window card featuring images from Some Odd Girl. I cut a window to give a glimpse at the hidden image and sewed tulle into a ribbon to make the curtain. I colored the images with Copics. The papers are from Papercraft Inspirations (inside) and my stash (outside).

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Some Odd Girl #9 - window card
2. Fab 'n Funky #49 - forget me not - I found these printed digis buried in my stamp basket. They've been printed for a while.
3. Crafty Creations #94 - beautiful insides
5. wee memories #32 - a little pink
6. pile it on #46 - winter inspired

This card features a hidden tag sentiment. It's a mother's day card for my friend's Christmas present. I used a stamp from studio g colored with Copics. I added silver glitter to accent the image. I made a little pocket on the front and put the sentiment inside. I used papers from my stash and a Prima flower.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Crafts 4 Eternity #60 - blue + silver + sketch
2. IDIC Forum Non-Digi Day Challenge - use 2 or more stamps
3. The Treehouse #76 - go glitter
4. Creative Cowgirl #1 - anything goes (NEW CHALLENGE BLOG!!!!)

We have a lot of great challenges going on and fun coming up at The Latte Lounge.
The Christmas Celebration is coming up Dec. 3-5. Don't forget to sign up for the Secret Santa.
You still have a few days to enter Stacie's Wacky Wednesday Challenge - Show me the Money.
Rhonda has a new challenge to use die cuts or punches.

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lil Lolita Christmas

I have another card in my gift card holder series. This week I'm using Lil Christmas Lolita Willow. I used papers from DCWV's Glitter Stack and Papercraft Inspirations. The die cuts and sticker were also freebies from Papercraft Inspirations.


I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge #24 - Anything Goes Christmas Style
3. Delicious Doodles #1 - anything goes

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I'll have a Blue Christmas

Hello all! Hope you're having a good Saturday. I want to remind you about my Design Team Call. This is a very relaxed DT commitment. Rhonda has joined my DT (Yeah!) and has posted a beautiful card using Indian Elephant. Check it out!

I have a blog candy going on until the end of the month. You can get up to four chances to enter. If you've entered with one of the challenges - don't forget your free entry.

I have a new card to share today featuring Penny with Presents from Stampin' Dragon Designs. I was thinking about "I'll have a blue Christmas" by Elvis when I made the card. I colored the image with Copics and liberally applied the glitter. I added a sentiment to the inside using silver stickers. The paper is from my stash - the polka dot paper is by Toucan Scraps. I finished the card with Prima flowers.


I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Stampin with the Dragon #14 - Inspired by a Holiday Song
3. Wild Orchid Challenges #10 - blue Christmas
4. Fussy and Fancy - Christmas with no red or green

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Friday, November 19, 2010

IDIC Forum Freebie Challenge - The Crafty Pad

This week the IDIC Freebie Challenge is sponsored by The Crafty Pad. Aren't these snowmen cute?
I used an embossed snowflake paper from Glitterbabe and some paper from my stash for this card. I made the sentiment on my computer. I added some glitter glue to the image to make the snow sparkly.

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crafting Again!

I'm back home and back in the craft room again. Yeah! While I was gone, my package from Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium arrived - containing Copics and Stickles.

Before I get started with my card, I'd like to remind you about my blog candy and DT call. See the links on the left.

I used this cute stamp from The Greeting Farm. She's not a Christmas image, but I think colored this way - with Copics - she could be. I added Stickles to her outfit for extra glitter. The papers are from my stash and the flowers are Prima.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. The Greeting Farm - ugly Christmas sweater inspired - I was inspired by the glitter, sparkles, and embellishments usually seen on these Christmas sweaters.
2. MMSC #80 - sketch
3. The Crafty Pad #97 - Christmas sparkle
5. Pollycraft #70 - glittery Christmas
7. The Townscrapper - two or more ribbons
8. Simon Says - Sparkle
9. ABC Christmas - X is for Xmas plus flowers

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Monday, November 15, 2010

TLL Hidden Element Challenge

Have you heard about the Christmas celebration Dec. 3-5 at The Latte Lounge? Rhonda will be hosting a fun filled time. Stop by now to sign up for Secret Santa.

I want to say congrats to Maria for winning my digi paper challenge. I'll have another digi paper challenge for you in two weeks.

My new challenge starts today at The Latte Lounge. For the next two weeks, I'm sponsoring a Hidden Element challenge. Your card should have a hidden element - tag that slides out, something that flips open.

DH has been wanting me to make a lift-the-flap card similar to Peanut's books. So, I gave it my best shot.

My first card uses the Matroyshka Dolls from The Stamping Boutique. My sister colored most of the dolls. I cut them out leaving a tab at the top and then glued two of the same size doll together. I cut out a slightly smaller hole in my paper underneath the doll. I then glued the tab to the underside of the paper and constructed the card in layers. The bottom doll is still glued to the front of the card.

For my second card, I used JLJ Designs (aka me) Beary Merry Christmas Dreams and Beary Merry Christmas Morning. I used the same technique of leaving a little flap, this time on the side of the image. For this card, I actually cut a hole in the card and the paper that I used to cover the front. I stuck the tab between the paper and the card. The second image is mounted inside the card. I added a string of beads and red roses.
There are other great challenges to check out as well:
You have a few more days to enter Rhonda's Thanksgiving challenge.
Stacie has challenged us to use real money on our cards. She's got a great one with a hidden bill, which would qualify for both our challenges!

I hope to see you at the Hidden Element challenge at The Latte Lounge.

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DT Call

I'll be away from my computer for a few days, so this post will stay for a while. Also, it may take a few days for me to get back to you. While I'm gone, don't forget my blog candy!

Well, I've come to the realization that I can't make cards and projects with all my images all by myself. Also, I've loved seeing the creative projects that come from others. So, I'd like to have a DT call.

I'm looking for 3-4 people who'd be interested in using my images and digi papers for projects. My store can be found at:http://stitchybearstamps.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_103

You would be able to request images and papers that you'd like to use. You'd have access to new releases in advance. I'd like you to post one project using a JLJ Designs product every week. If it's a week that I'm sponsoring a challenge, I'd like you to mention it in your post and possibly make a project for the challenge - you'd know about these as much in advance as I know. If we're not sponsoring, the project choice is totally at your discretion.

We'd start with a three month commitment and see how it goes. This is my first DT call after all.

If you're interested, please email me at jljdesigns at cox dot net.

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

IDIC Forum Freebie Challenge - Robyn's Fetish

This week the I Did It Creations Forum Freebie Challenge is sponsored by Robyn's Fetish. The image is Primitive Doll. I colored the image with my usual assortment of markers and added some stickers. It's hard to see the tiny pink roses on the corners and the pink rose in her bucket.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenge:
AI Factory Challenge - Garden Party

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Monday, November 8, 2010

TLL Digi Paper Challenge #1 - Mid-Way Reminder

We're half-way through Digi Paper Challenge #1 at The Latte Lounge. For this challenge, you receive one of the digi papers from a pack for free. You can use it or a digi paper from your stash to create a project. This week the theme is Thanksgiving colors. The winner of the challenge will receive the whole paper pack and two images from The Stamping Boutique. The challenge ends on Nov. 14th and the winner will be announced on the 15th.

I have two new cards for your inspiration. This card features AJ the Pilgrim from The Stamping Boutique. All of the papers are from the Thanksgiving Paper Pack. I added some sentiments I printed out and Prima flowers.

My second card features my Sugarplum Fairy Bear. I wanted to make a card using the Thanksgiving Paper Pack that wasn't for fall. I'd like to enter this card in the Teddy Stampers Birthday Challenge and Lollipop Crafts #15 - birthdays.
I hope you'll join us at the digi paper challenge. There are several other challenges going on at The Latte Lounge:
Stacie's Wacky Wednesday challenge closes in a couple days, but there's still time to enter!
Rhonda has a Thanksgiving challenge - you could have two entries with one card with the digi paper challenge!

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Crafting for the Week

It just dawned on me that I needed to do all my crafting for the week today as I'll be on vacation starting on Wednesday. So, I made a few cards. I probably won't be posting much toward the end of the week.

I'd love it if you checked out the challenges at The Latte Lounge and I Did It Creations Forum. You can have a second and third entry into my blog candy for participating in a challenge in each!

Now, for the cards. My first card is a Thanksgiving card. The little turkey on the front is this month's freebie from Some Odd Girl. There's something about this turkey that makes me smile. The papers are all from DCWV. I used the same layout on the inside of the card for the Happy Thanksgiving sentiment. This card is perfect for Rhonda's Thanksgiving Challenge at The Latte Lounge.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
4. Crafty Emma's Challenge #11 - forever autumn

My second card is actually cards. I used freebie images from Cardmaking and Papercraft. My sister colored these and I added some glitter to them.
Here's a close-up of one of the cards. The sentiments use fonts from Free Scrapbook Fonts. I got the idea for the sentiment from the same issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft. The papers are from DCWV and Cardmaking and Papercraft.
I'd like to enter these cards in the following challenges:
2. Party Time Tuesday #19 - anything goes birthday
3. Anything Goes #23 - "B" - is for Birthday?
4. Crafty Creations #92 - fables and fairy tales
5. Wee Memories #30 - birthday bash

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Still Cold!

Well, still no heat, but I have the space heater in the craft room and it's bearable. Peanut and DH are out for the day so I don't have to share!

I got this cute freebie from Pollycraft last week. My sister colored it using my markers - she loves the coloring, not so into the cardmaking. The papers were downloaded from Cardmaking and Papercraft. I added a sentiment and some lime and blue flowers. I really like the color palette.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Pollycraft Monday Challenge #68 - It's chill time
2. Pixie Dust Studio Challenge #47 - pretty colors - blue, pink, lime green
3. Charisma Cardz Challenge #44 - with love at Christmas
4. Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge - seasonal project

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Recycled Christmas Tin

It's an exciting weekend at our house. It finally got cold and we discovered the heat isn't working! Hopefully it'll be fixed on Monday, but until then there's a lot of moving the space heater around and cuddling.

I'm still waiting to hear from Jenn Zeeb with an address to send the Halloween candy (my email is jljdesigns at cox dot net). Don't forget my new fall blog candy as well.

Now on to my project...
I have several tins from buying Prima flowers lying around the craft room and I was trying to think of something to do with them. I thought they'd make nice tins for Christmas candy.

I used some clear Adam Prescott bear stamps that I received with the last issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft. I really love these cuties. I colored them with Copics. I used Prima flowers for accents.

I'd like to enter these in the following challenges:
1. Wild Orchid Challenge #9 - classic Christmas
2. Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #7 - altered gift tin set
3. Stamp Something - sketch
5. Let's Ink It Up #6 - Recycle It
6. Top Tip #8 - Christmas Inspired
7. Pattie's Creations Design Challenge #3 - Christmas card or creation

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Friday, November 5, 2010

New Releases

I have some new releases to share today. Hope they fill you with holiday cheer! You can find these and all my products at my store at Stitchy Bear Stamps.






Don't forget my blog candy! You can get an extra entry by creating a project with a JLJ Designs product.

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November Blog Candy!

I've discovered that I love giving away blog candy. I like shopping for it and I like brightening someone's day with something fun in the mail.

This month I have a fall blog candy - there's papers, ribbons, brads, flowers and stamps. So, what do you need to do to enter you may ask:
1. You get one entry just because I like you. If you'd like to become a follower or post this candy on your blog, I'd be greatly appreciative.
2. You can get one additional entry for participating in a challenge at The Latte Lounge this month (just put TLL after your name).
3. You can get one additional entry for participating in a freebie challenge at I Did It Creations Forum (just put IDIC after your name).
4. You can get one additional entry for creating a project using a JLJ Designs image or paper and posting it on your blog (just put JLJ after your name and link to your blog post).

That's a total of four possible entries! The blog candy will close on Nov. 30th and the winner will be announced Dec. 1st.



Happy Crafting!

Jennifer

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Blog Candy Winner and Merry Kiss-Mouse

This is a bit of a long post, I hope you'll hang in there with me.
First things first, the winner of my blog candy is...
Jenn Zeeb! Congrats Jenn - email me at jljdesigns at cox dot net with your mailing address and I'll send out the package.

Do you like challenges and candy? Check these out:
There are great challenges going on at The Latte Lounge - including my digi paper challenge. You get a free digi paper to play with!
I Did It Creations Forum also has great challenges - including the favorite Halloween treat challenge, where I'm sponsoring the candy - papers, ribbons, stamps and more!
Jacque has wonderful sweet stuff.
Angela has yummy blog candy.
Paper Ink Color has lovely stampy candy.
Finally, I do have a project to share today!

This project features the digi-stamp and papers that I made for the October collab at Stitchy Bear stamps. The collab is no longer available (look for another one in December!), but you can get the stamp and the paper pack. Peanut colored the one in the middle - she's moved on to a red period! I tried making the cute little milk cartons that I've been seeing. I don't think I had my folding quite right!

I'd like to enter these projects in the following challenges:
1. Winter Wonderland - Have a Mousey Christmas
2. Everybody Art #115 - untraditional Christmas

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer