CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop featuring JessicaLynnOriginal Stamps

I am just so excited for today’s blog hop as we are collaborating with CardMaker Magazine plus we can use whatever favorite stamps we like from JLO Stamps!  There will be a FREE DIGITAL STAMP for all – anyone can visit www.jessicalynnoriginal.com and download that digital stamp.

PRIZES, PRIZES!  To be eligible to win a $50 Gift Card good for ANYTHING at Jessica Lynn Original’s website, we ask that you please leave a comment on each blog. Jessica will pick one winner.

Are you ready to see the cards?  The first one that you see here is a Halloween-themed card. This stamp is called Ghost of Christmas Past. I must admit that I overly-embellished this card. A common occurrence when I have my creativity mojo going. Sometimes I get really carried away. This card must have taken me 4 hours to make. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it. My husband keeps commenting that my cards are so detailed and embellished that they will be too expensive to sell. I don’t really sell my cards. I mostly give it to friends. I love that when they get my cards, they like it so much that they put it in a frame and display it at their home offices! That is a huge compliment for me! I feel that if I don’t take my time or put a lot of effort into making my cards, what’s the point of even making one?

With the exception of the pumpkins, everything has been handmade/die cut by yours truly!

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The second card is one of my favorites. It’s so simple but adorable at the same time. I used two stamp sets for this card. The owl is one of my favorites from JLO Stamps. She is called “Ruby With a Martini” and the cute bat is from “Ghost of Christmas Past”. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I make a lot of Halloween cards and scrapbook layouts.

Created by Maria Russell For www.jessicalynnoriginal.com
Created by Maria Russell
For http://www.jessicalynnoriginal.com

The third card is a Valentine-themed card. I love the simplicity of this one. I love Jessica’s sentiments on this stamp set as well. I think she has the most amazing handwriting I’ve ever seen.

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Last but not the least, is a birthday card!  Today is MY birthday so of course I have to make a birthday card somehow.  I combined two digital stamps on this card, and used some of my confetti stamps to create the confetti background.  I also used my magnolia doohickey balloon dies to cut out the cute little balloons that you see below.  I wanted this card to be happy, girly and adorable.

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Created by: Maria Russell For: http://www.jessicalynnoriginal.com

Which one is your favorite? Mine is still the Halloween Witch card just because she looks so stylish and I love Halloween! We are all little witches in our own sort of way, aren’t we?!

If you got lost along the way, this is the order of the hop:

CardMaker: http://www.cardmakermagazine.com/blog/

Vickie Yeakley: http://stuffbyvickie.blogspot.com/…/jessicalynnoriginalcom-…
Mendi Yoshikawa: http://www.snippets-of-mendi.blogspot.com/
Sharon Rogers: http://sharonshowcase.blogspot.com/…/jessicalynnoriginal-ca…
Stacy Morgan: http://twinshappy.blogspot.com/
Amanda Pollock: http://wombatleu.blogspot.com/2015/…/cardmaker-magazine.html
Maria L. Russell: https://mariarusselldesigns.wordpress.com/
Jeanette Cloyd: http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/…/its-…
Jennie Harper: http://stampawaytheday.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Greco: http://glitterinmyhair.blogspot.com/…/cardmaker-magazine-bl…
Gini Williams Cagle: http://ginicagle.blogspot.com/
Chrissy Hsu: http://bubblegumpaper.blogspot.com/
Chitra Nair: http://www.craftingchitra.blogspot.com/
Jessica Lynn Mould: http://jessicalynnoriginalstamps.blogspot.com/…/CardMakingM…

Please don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win a $50 gift card.  Good luck and I hope you all have an amazing day!

Happy Haunting ~ Lawnscaping Challenge No. 112 ~ Embossing

Good morning crafters!  I wanted to start my Halloween cards early this year so when I checked my emails and received a notification for another Lawnscaping Challenge, I just couldn’t resist.

For my card today, I am using the Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamp set, Sweater Weather stampset and their coordinating dies, Grass Border and Stitched Rectangle dies. These stamp sets and dies are so much fun and so versatile; you can mix and match them for any occasion.

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Happy Haunting

I first stamped all the images that I needed for the card on white card stock and colored them using my copic markers. Then I cut my card base, and black card stock as well as the vellum using the stitched rectangle die. I didn’t really have any design in mind at this point. I knew I wanted a round moon, so I cut it using my circle die, and dry-embossed it with my dots embossing folder. I then sponged the edges of my moon using my yellow inkpad to add a little bit of color. I proceeded to die-cut the trees with black card stock using the sweater weather dies, then went ahead to die-cut the rest of the stamped images and the grass border. I also used my bridge dies to create a cute little scene for my cat. Now that I had everything laid out in front of me, I started to create my card. The last thing that I did was to stamp the sentiment “happy haunting” using my white embossing powder on some dark purple card stock, then I adhered it to the front of my card. Oh, of course I had to use my wink of stella to give the moon some glittery effect, as well as the pumpkins, the witch’s hat and the leaves.

What do you guys think? I hope you like my card today.  Happy Crafting and Happy Haunting!

Halloween-Themed Pocket Letter

First of all, please let me just explain that I am not crazy and I know it’s only June, LOL!  This Pocket Letter project is a sneak peek of my challenge in July for the Facebook group, Crafters With Artitude.  I am the host for next month’s challenge and since Halloween is my favorite holiday, I decided to make the event ~ HALLOWEEN IN JULY.  There is going to be a prize for this Challenge.  Please watch the video to learn more about the details:

Happy Crafting!