Food & Fitness Planner Stamp Launch with JessicaLynnOriginal + Giveaway

Today marks the launch of the new Food and Fitness Planner Stamp Set by www.jessicalynnoriginal.com. This is the fourth planner stamp set by JLOriginal. I love these planner stamps and I use them all the time on my Erin Condren Planner.

 

Since this is our release day, Jessica is giving away this planner stamp set to one (1) lucky winner. All you have to do is check out all of the design team member’s posts and leave a comment on each blog. Jessica will be picking a winner tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard time. She will announce the winner on her blog. Our design team will also show you ways on how we all use the stamp set. Please check it out:

 

Jessica Lynn Mould – Blog: http://www.jessicalynnoriginal.net

Lisa Reynolds Bzibziak – Blog: http://bzscrapper66.blogspot.com/

Sharon Rogers – Blog: http://sharonshowcase.blogspot.com/

Jeanette Cloyd – http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

Maria Russell – https://www.mariarusselldesigns.com/ 
(YOU ARE HERE)

Andrea Dover-Whisman – http://savvyhandmadecards.blogspot.com/

Angeline Choo – http://scrappyscrappy.blogspot.com/

 

Here is how I decorated my planner this week. I also used an older JLO Planner Stamp Set (which is one of my all-time favorite).

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Here is a card that I made using the bicycle and a digital stamp by JLO. This is a motivational card.

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Last but not the least, here are two fun shaker tags that I made using the cute veggies. I had so much fun creating this week.

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The stamps are now available for purchase at http://www.jessicalynnoriginal.com or through http://www.amazon.com.

 

Please don’t forget to visit the other team member’s blog and leave a comment to be able to enter Jessica’s giveaway. Good luck and have an amazing weekend!

Christmas in July with JLO + Thank You Card

The time has come to start the design team season with a bunch of digital stamps from JessicaLynnOriginal.   Jessica (owner and artist) had drawn some amazing beautiful stamps for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are into cutesy designs, serious or just a nature-lover, Jessica has everything for you. For more details, please check out all of the new digital stamps at www.jessicalynnoriginal.com.  For those of you who love to start creating Christmas cards early and getting it out of the way, you are in luck! Download it and keep your little ones busy by coloring and crafting with them. By the time summer is over you will not only be thankful that you started your cards early, but you would be creating some great memories with your children!

 

I honestly struggle designing realistic cards. I’ve always been a fun of cute stamps so I naturally picked the stamps that were more “my style”.  Here are the 3 Christmas card samples I have for all of you. I hope you love them:

 

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Scrooge

 

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Sydney the Penguin with Friend

 

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Christmas Snow Globe

 

The last card inspired me to do a Thank You card for a teacher. My children were lucky enough to have had amazing teachers in the past. For me, teachers are super heroes. They do amazing work to sharpen the minds of our children and inspire them to do greater things and most often, they are completely unappreciated!  If your child has or had a great teacher, show him or her how much you appreciate them.  My daughter has a great relationship with her past teachers and is now finishing her degree in a year to become one.

 

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Brentwood ABC – Front of the card
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Brentwood ABC – Inside of the card

 

I am currently in London with my family by the time this post goes live. If you have any questions about the stamps or would like to know more about the upcoming events with JLO and the design team, please head on over to Jessica’s Blog (www.jessicalynnoriginal.net).  Jessica is also offering special rates if you’d like to buy all of the digital stamps.  Please also join the Facebook group to win prizes this weekend and tag a friend.  2 lucky winners will win a $15 gift certificate to Jessica’s store.   Jessica will announce the winner on July 5th at 8:00 a.m.

 

Happy crafting and have an amazing weekend!

Summer Coffee-lovers Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Today’s cheerful card is for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog hop. I was super excited when I found out that there is going to be another hop and of course I just had to participate. This cute digital stamp that I used is from www.jessicalynnoriginal.com. This image is currently free for download at Jessica’s website and if you’d like to get your own copy, here is the link: http://www.jessicalynnoriginal.com/limited-edition-instant-download-jessicalynnoriginal-coms-brentwood-owl-good-days-start-with-coffee-digital-rubber-stamp/

 

I love coffee and I love making shaker cards!  So here is my card.  Isn’t Brentwood adorable?!  I used  6 mm white diamonds sequins and pink star confetti from http://www.katscrappiness.com/?aff=21.  Check out Kat’s sequins and confetti at her shop. They’re all so sparkly and beautiful!

 

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I hope you all have a great weekend!

 

Custom Stamp by JessicaLynnOriginal

The time has finally come to end the Spring Design team season with a bang!  Jessica wanted to give us something special to cherish forever. We were each given a choice to design our very own custom stamp. Since I love bows and hearts, I decided to incorporate both images to use as my custom stamp for my happy mail envelopes. Since I am a card-maker, I wanted my handmade cards to go with decorated envelopes.

My family and friends know that I love hearts and bows. The idea behind the stamp is that when people see their happy mail, they would immediately know who it’s from without even looking at the return address. I take a lot of time decorating my cards, and the envelopes should be the same.

I honestly pictured my custom stamp to be a lot smaller, so when I received it, I was bit surprised. However, now that I have stamped about 50 envelopes so far, I really like the size. Needless to say, the custom stamp is made of high-quality rubber and it stamps like a charm!

Here are some photos of how I used my custom stamp. I also decided to create a shaker card. It turned out really cute!

 

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I also would like to take this opportunity to thank the Owner, Jessica Lynn Mould for being so generous and kind, as well as our DT Coordinator, Amanda Pollock, for having the patience with our schedules and blog hops; and to the rest of the design team, I had so much fun working with you all and admire your amazing creativity!  I am looking forward to another great season!

Sharon is next on the hop. Please click on this link to get to Sharon, then hop along to the rest of the team’s blogs (Sharon: http://sharonshowcase.blogspot.com)

If you guys would like to check out the store and have your very own custom-stamp, please visit www.jessicalynnoriginal.com now. (The link will take you directly to the online store) You will not be disappointed!

In case you got lost, here is the full link for the hop:

Jessica: http://jessicalynnoriginal.net

Maria: https://mariarusselldesigns.wordpress.com/
Sharon: http://sharonshowcase.blogspot.com/
Jeanette: http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com
Vickie: http://stuffbyvickie.blogspot.com
Jennifer:  http://glitterinmyhair.blogspot.com

Have an amazing weekend!

JLO Stamps 11th Anniversary-My Designing Process

Hello stampers and crafters! Today is my turn to showcase my all-time favorite Brentwood stamp from www.jessicalynnoriginal.com. It is also JLO’s 11th year anniversary. Today’s post will be a little different. I will not be showing you a ton of card samples. My blog post will be all about my designing process. A little disclaimer, I am still a novice in card making. The tips I am sharing with you today are some of the things I have learned along the way being a paper crafter. I am still learning and trying to improve. However this is my own designing process so I hope you enjoy. I would love to receive your comment as well on what is yours.  What inspires you to create cards or scrapbook layouts? Some of you guys are visual learners and would probably like to see some of it in action, so here’s a little YouTube video that I filmed and posted on my channel.  This is my “happy” place.

First thing that I do is to make a good cup of coffee for myself. I then turn my iPod on to my favorite playlist so that I can play my favorite music while I work on the card. Lighting a great scented candle is always my go-to. I know that’s too much for some people but that is what I do for myself.  I like to work in a peaceful and beautiful environment.   Once the room is completely how I like it, I then start gathering my supplies.

If I am using a clear stamp, my favorite tool to use for stamping is my MISTI or my stampoholic-Nano. This tool makes lining up the sentiments and stamping the images so much easier. If you didn’t stamp it correctly, you can always go back and stamp it again and make it look as perfect as you want it to be. However for the two cards you see below, I used my all-time favorite digital stamp from JLO and the free anniversary digital stamp now available for download until the end of this month. Here’s the link http://www.jessicalynnoriginal.com/limited-edition-instant-download-jessicalynnoriginal-coms-brentwood-owl-singing-in-the-rain-celebrating-our-11th-anniversary-digital-rubber-stamp/

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From my experience, stamping the image a couple of times is always a good idea because if you somehow mess up the coloring on one image, then you can color another without having to go back and stamp again and again. Trust me, it will save you so much time! I use Memento Tuxedo black ink for Copic markers, or MFT Stamps Black Hybrid Ink. Now, Simon Says Stamp made the Intense Black Ink that is both good for Copic markers or watercolors. I switch between the three!

Before I die-cut the stamped images, I like to clean my stamps by using my all-time favorite cleaner, water and a chamois.  Yes, a chamois!  You know, the stuff that you use to wipe your car with?  You can purchase one inexpensively at an auto-supply store, or order one from Amazon (where I got mine).  You can reuse this a hundred times and it will clean the stamps nicely.  I used to use baby wipes but they sometimes left some fibers on my stamps.  I got this tip from a fellow stamper months ago at a Facebook group called Stamping Enablers.  Lawn Fawn now has a stamp Shammy that they also sell in their online store.

Once the images are colored, I proceed to die-cut the images with the coordinating dies but if I don’t, I fuzzy-cut the image using my favorite Fiskars cutter-bee scissors. I also die-cut everything else that I need for my card.  I like to use post-it tape to hold my dies in it’s place so it doesn’t shift when I run it through my die-cutting machine. The supplies you see on the photos are all of my favorite supplies in card making. One helpful TIP: I try to use as few colors as possible and also try to coordinate my patterned paper or card stock with the color of the images that I’m using for my card.

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Have you ever noticed that popular card-makers always somehow create the most beautiful cards? Aside from using some great tools, this is the main reason why! However, this doesn’t always work for me. Sometimes, I don’t have the coordinating patterned paper or card stock but I try to minimize the colors that I use. At times, I get carried away over-embellishing my cards but then that’s what card-making is all about. Isn’t it? Sometimes I like to create simple cards, sometimes I don’t. It depends on my mood, I guess!

Once I finish the card, I then proceed to take a final photo so I can post it on my social media accounts, like Instagram, post on my Blog or use it as a thumbnail for my YouTube videos.

Another great tip: Lighting is the key to great photographs. I know it doesn’t always work but I will teach you a trick on how to edit your lighting! YOU DON’T NEED EXPENSIVE LIGHT BOXES TO MAKE THEM LOOK PROFESSIONAL!

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For my cards, I use a white poster board that I lined up with a neutral patterned paper. Having a neutral color background will always make your images pop. I use a frog pin (purchased from a craft store) to hold my cards up. Once I am satisfied with the position, I take a few photos using my iPhone 6S.

If my lighting is really bad and the sun doesn’t want to cooperate, I use a photo-editor app to fix my lighting (Layout, RealBokeh, or Adobe Photoshop).  However, there are a ton of free photo apps out there that can do this for you. You just need to find whatever works for you. Once I am happy with the lighting, I then use another app to put a watermark on my photos (Phonto). I started doing this now because I found that some of my card photos before were (stolen and) used to submit photos for an application to be published at a magazine.   Yes, I know it is horrible and I really do not want to specify anymore because I try not to dwell on things and just move forward.  I have learned my lesson the hard way. This is why I always have my watermark on my finished cards.

So I hope you guys found these tips and tricks very helpful. I would like to know your designing process and would be really grateful if you share your tips with me as well.

Here are my cards to celebrate Jessica Lynn Original’s 11th year anniversary! Please celebrate with us by going to Jessica’s Blog for more details; she will be giving away a HUGE prize at the end of the week.  To participate, download the free digi-stamp and post your link at Jessica’s Blog.  Here’s Jessica’s link: http://jessicalynnoriginalstamps.blogspot.com/2016/04/happy-11th-anniversary.html

Have an amazing week!

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Brentwood Spring Chicken Stamp Set

Todays marks the day that we launch this cute Easter/Spring stamp set from www.jessicalynnoriginal.com called Brentwood Spring chicken. While there are no specific deals with this stamp set, Jessica is offering a “free shipping” code today for members of JLO’s Facebook group called JLOcraftcreateshare. She is always giving away stamp sets and announcing deals and specials so I encourage you all to join this Facebook group. Here is the link (https://www.facebook.com/groups/JLOcraftcreateshare/)

I am the second person on this hop and if you came from Jessica’s Blog, you’re in the right place. The next person after me, is Jeanette (http://www.creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com). Please give her some love by checking the beautiful cards that she created for this event. We love to hear from you, and we love to know your opinion.

I love spring! I love spring colors and so the first card that you see here is one of my favorite. I have made a similar card to this a year ago and posted the video tutorial on my YouTube channel. I love making interactive cards and the colors I used on this blended so well. To go with this card, I created the small treat bag to house some Easter treats! What do you think?

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I like to stretch my stamps and dies and one example is the card below. I used the image to create a Father’s Day card.

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I hope you like what I created and have an amazing weekend!

A Latte Love for Valentine’s Day & Planner Stamp

The day has finally arrived to introduce to you, two brand new sets from Jessica Lynn Original stamps ~ Jam & Coffee Rubber Stamp and the new All Season Planner Stamps. These two stamp sets can be purchased as a bundle at a discounted price, plus free shipping, We only have 30 sets so if you like them, please go to Jessica’s online store or click on this link before you miss this deal: http://www.jessicalynnoriginal.com/february-bundle-deal-calendar-planner-jam-and-coffee-rubber-stamp-set/

 

I am the last person on this blog hop.  I hope we inspired you today to start creating with JLO stamps.

 

Here are the photos of the cards I made and a YouTube video link so you all can see the planner stamps as well. Have a great Valentine’s weekend!

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DT Season Celebration~True Love Brentwood Owl

I am so excited to start the new season with my fellow DT members for Jessica Lynn Original Stamps. In this blog hop, we are showcasing this new FREE digital stamp that is available for download until the end of this month. To celebrate this season, Jessica will also be giving away random prizes at the end of this weekend (Sunday, January 24th at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time), including $10 gift certificate, free stamps and other prizes.

If you would like to participate, please download this free digital stamp http://www.jessicalynnoriginal.com/instant-download-jessicalynnoriginal-coms-true-love-brentwood-owl-digital-rubber-stamp/ and leave a link of your project on Jessica’s Blog: http://jessicalynnoriginalstamps.blogspot.com. Winners will be announced there.

Here are a couple of cards that I have created featuring this cute stamp set.

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I hope you will be able to join us and have an amazing weekend!

 

Brentwood Owl Valentine’s Card

I want to start the New Year by creating a cute and lovable Valentine’s card using www.jessicalynnoriginal.com’s Brentwood Owl. This is a digital stamp that is available for download at Jessica’s online store. What is versatile about digi-stamp is the fact that you can print out a couple of images and adjust the size for your paper-crafting project.

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I colored Brentwood using my Copic markers. I wanted to use my warm grays because the whole design I had in mind will be pastel colors. I think it worked out really well.

Materials Used:

8 ½ x 5 ½ card stock in soft gray

5 ½ x 4 ¼ Designer Series Paper (for the scallop)

White card stock – used for the Fence

Mint Green card stock – used for the grassy hill

Beige and pink card stock – used for the flowers

Pink glitter card stock – used for XOXO script

Lawn Fawn – XOXO Scripty Die

Mama Elephant All Prettied Up Die set

My Favorite Things Fence Die

My Favorite Things – Grassy Trio

Lala Land Love to Garden Die Set

3M Scotch Foam Adhesive

Tombow mono-multi liquid adhesive

Stampin Up – Glue Dots

I die-cut the fence and the grassy hills border using dies from My Favorite Things. I think both of these dies will be a staple for my card-making projects. The fence die leaves an impression on the die-cut and looks a little bit more realistic. I also love my newly acquired Mama Elephant, All Prettied Up die-set. I have used them quite a bit and it’s becoming my favorite die. I wanted Brentwood to look like he is popping out of the box – special delivery style!

I hope you all had a great Christmas holiday and New Year celebration as much as I did and I look forward to a great, bright, happy, healthy new 2016!