Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hey Bloggies!

Hey everyone! I know I promised to try to make a card everyday and post it. But I'm still suffering from jetlag so I'm so, so, so sleepy all the time. I've been making cards for the WPlus9 Stamps and The Craft's Meow December releases every night. It's about to start so there will be a lot of cards coming your way! :)

I had some more pictures I wanted to share with all of you from my vacation. I'm such a mall person/rat...lol...so I took some pictures of the malls in the Philippines. It's quite different from the malls here in the US. 



Yes. This is a mall. The stores are usually all inside and the restaurants and cafe's line the outside. There are actually five building to this mall...and right in the center they have a gorgeous garden setting for people who are resting/eating. Lovely isn't it? 


This one's a clam bar right off the pretty pond....



This is one of the many bridges that connect one shopping building to another...




The food is also a bit different...we actually have so much variety when it comes to restaurants...and the wonderful part...more often than not you don't have to wait too long to be seated because there's just so many options for people to choose from. 


Yummmmm! :) I wish I had a better camera than my point and shoot. I forgot to change the  light settings on these pics. Anyway, I hope you had fun checking these out! I'll have a card for everyone tomorrow and next few days! Thanks for stopping by! :)



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 75

Hey everyone! Enjoy your Thanksgiving and Black Friday? I'd spent so much during vacation that I didn't want to get anything on the Black Friday Sales. lol! I stayed home, bad jetlag. I'm asleep during the day and awake at night. I was up watching my favorite shows that I missed while I was away. I also made a few cards for some DT projects.

It's Saturday, welcome to Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 75! We have a different project today...it's still a sketch...and you can still make a card out of it...but it's actually place cards. This was such a neat idea! Here it is...


What do you think? I remember coming up with so many ideas for this during my own wedding. I was thinking of making some for our Thanksgiving lunch...but I didn't have the time to make them. Perhaps next year. Here's what I came up with...


Like I said, I had weddings on my mind and so I came up with a wedding place card. I used Frame It to make the light frame around the place card. I just love silvery/gray themes for weddings. Then I stamped the smaller flower image from Roses In Bloom on the lower left corner to give me some room for my sentiment. I outlined it and colored the center. I didn't want to go full on color with the flower, it looked more elegant this way...



The sentiment I used is from Join Us. It has a TON of sentiments, if you're the type of person who likes to make your own thing for your parties then you are going to LOVE this stamp set. Here's one last look before I go...I hope you like it!


Well, that's it for me tonight. I'll see you all again! Thanks for stopping by! And don't forget to check out the other Mischief Makers! Come and play! :)


Friday, November 25, 2011

Color Trends Challenge: Leaves and Card Patterns 142

Hi bloggies! Happy Thanksgiving! I'm a little late, but I was asleep most of Thanksgiving so I'm posting this one late. While I was away on vacation I noticed that my posts were mainly made up of my design team projects. I used to love joining online card challenges and had a card up almost everyday of the week. I'm going to try to do that once more.

For my first post since I've arrived, I've decided to combine two challenges: Embellish Magazine's Color Trends Challenge: Leaves and Card Patterns 142. And since I've totally missed out on Thanksgiving...I made a Thanksgiving card. But first here's the inspiration photo as well as the colors from Color Trends Challenge. And of course, the sketch from Card Patterns 142.


                 

I used images from WPlus9 Season of Thanks for most of the elements on my card. I cut a panel of patterned paper from Basic Grey, I knew I had to use it when I was flipping over the pages of the pad. I stamped a big image from from Season of Thanks for my upper right panel. 



And instead of using a layered scalloped circle, I die cut this beautiful doily using a die from Papertrey Ink. Both the leaves and the sentiment are also from WPlus9's Season of Thanks


After stamping the leaves and sentiment, I hand cut them and inked the edges with some distress ink. I layered them one of top of the other with foam tape. 


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Tomorrow is Black Friday and if you haven't heard, WPlus9 is having a one day sale! Have fun shopping and stay safe out there! Thanks for stopping by! 

~ Jean









Thursday, November 24, 2011

CASE Study Challenge 67

Hey everyone! It's my last day here in the Philippines and I'm a bit sad. I won't be seeing my family again for a while. I will miss them so much. Before I head off, I have one more post for you all. 


We have one more week with Kryssi Ng. I'm sorry I wasn't able to join you last week for CASE Study Challenge 66. I didn't have time to make a card for that week before I left for here. I didn't make my cards according to week, I just made them randomly. Anyway, we have another wonderful CAS card today. Welcome to CASE Study Challenge 67!



I've been trying my hand at CAS cards since we started our month with Kryssi. I'm afraid to report that I haven't gotten the hang of it yet. My version of Kryssi's card is still on the shabby chic/vintage side. But I did try to keep it simple.


Instead of a flower, I used Mehndi Medallions from Papertrey Ink. I stamped it with Versamark and embossed it in baby pink. I love that it's very light and subtle. Instead of a strip of cardstock for the side, I went and used some crocheted lace. Lastly, I stamped my sentiment using Say It Loud from Waltzingmouse Stamps, I hand cut it, and inked the edges.


I hope you're having a wonderful week. I'll see you over at CASE Study Challenge Blog! Come and Play! And thanks for stopping by today! :) ~ Jean

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 74

Hi bloggies! Whew! Where did the days go?! It's almost Thanksgiving! It's my last week here, I'm headed home Wednesday, and I'll be back on Thanksgiving Day. I hope I'm fine after the long plane ride enough to enjoy Thanksgiving lunch. 


I'm missing my little craft space, my stamps, papers and inks. I'm guessing I'll be spending a lot of time there when I get back. Well, speaking of stamps, papers and inks...it's time to get inky once more! It's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 74. And oh my goodness, let me just say, last week's submissions were just breathtaking! I can't wait to see what you make of this one!

I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet...but I'm already making Christmas cards! I can't help it! They're one of my favorite cards to make and not to mention my favorite holiday. Besides, this sketch was just screaming Christmas at me! lol! :)

I made this card before I left for vacation so I didn't have any of the new Waltzingmouse stamp sets yet. They're actually waiting for at home and I can't wait to get a crack at them!  So instead, I'm going to share with you a card made with images from one of the previous Christmas Waltzingmouse stamp sets...Seasons of Love.


This set is absolutely beautiful, the intricate details on the images are just brilliant. And the sentiments and font just...WOW! For my card, I made a background pattern using the snowflake image from this set. Then I layered on a piece of patterned paper, and then a die cut. I was trying to go for a more "snowflake" kind of feel for the die cut, but then this seemed to fit perfectly. Then I stamped and cut the heart image and layered it over the die cut. 


I stamped the sentiment on the space provided on the heart instead of following the sketch. Then I tied this beautiful ribbon above it to soften things up. I hope you've enjoyed my card and I'll see you over at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. I know the blog's been quiet, so I promise I'll make it up to all of you when I get back! Come and play! :)

~Jean


Monday, November 14, 2011

Some Vacation Pictures

Hi friends! I promised you some pictures of my vacation here in the Philippines, and here they are! It's been raining all morning and I didn't want to take a step out of bed today. You know what I'm talking about...it's nice and cool because of the rain...the bed sheets are soft and cool to the touch...it's nice and dark outside...who wants to get out of bed?! lol!

Anyway, we took a 2 hour drive to Clark, Pampanga a few weeks ago. The drive was very pleasant...nice view and new highways. Until the part where we missed our exit, and there was no other way to go but off road. We did get to where we were supposed to go eventually. haha! I took some pictures of the nice views along the way...


 
I took this picture of my sister Cathy driving ahead of us...this was before she entered the tunnel...


This was as she was exiting the tunnel. I hadn't meant for it to come out this way...but it looked like she was passing through a warp zone. lol! :)


We went to a little safari outpost for the kids. They had a lot of fun feeding the animals. They asked if they could feed the tigers...I said we should leave that to the handlers instead. Hee hee! These kids aren't afraid of anything. Here's me and my hubby taking a rest from all the heat.



 Here are my nephews after they just fed the bear cats. 


...with my sister Julie...



We took a safari jeep and went into the tiger enclosure. There was a handler inside the jeep and he fed the tigers chicken through the steel bars. This tiger was inches away from me...it was beautiful. 


We also watched a few aquatic shows...the dolphins were my favorite. It's nice to know that some of the dolphins were actual rescues. And it was good to see that they had huge enclosures for them right there on the bay/beach and not just a small pool like I often see with some aquatic theme parks. 


 Yummy Chinese lunch with the family...well, that's it for me today! I'm not very good with taking pictures. I always forget! lol! I'll have a few more posted up in a few days time. I hope you are all doing well. I'll be home in one week! Can't wait to get my hands on my new stamps! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week! :)

~ Jean




Saturday, November 12, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 73

Hi bloggie friends! I'm still on vacation, and absolutely enjoying it. I know I said I would post some pictures up, but I haven't yet. I've just been out a lot and have not had much time online. I usually make these posts late at night when I get back home from meeting friends and going out with family. I will have some time on my hands tomorrow and so I'll make sure to post some pictures for everyone.

Today, I'm back for another round of Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. This one is much easier than the last I promise. lol! Was that last one a challenge or what? :) Here's our sketch for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 73.


I'm loving the layers here. It looks pretty simple, but then again, it's all up to your imagination right? My imagination took me to Western themes. :) I haven't used my Back In the Saddle stamp set in a while. So I decided to go all Western on this week's card.


First off, I embossed my background panel. The wooden pattern was perfect for the theme. Then I took a small vintage cream cardstock piece and stamped several sentiments on it. I inked the edges to age the panel a bit. 


 I added the ribbon, stamped the cowboy and die cut it. Then I matted it with some chocolate brown cardstock. Then lastly, I added the tag with the sentiment. 


I'll see you over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog okay?! Come join us for some fun!!! See y'all!!! Thanks for stopping by today! :)

~ Jean

Thursday, November 10, 2011

CASE Study Challenge 65

Hey everyone! Wow I can't believe all the gorgeous submissions we got in CASE Study Challenge 64. We have a new one in for this week's CASE Study Challenge 65. Our November muse Kryssi Ng has another fabulous card for you to try out. Here it is...


I have something different today. It's a little tribute to Kryssi's card, so I didn't make my usual Shabby Chic card. For this week, I'm going along with the CAS style, and keeping things simple. I wanted to make a cute birthday boy card, and I used stamps from WPlus9 Le Cirque.  


I stamped some images straight onto the strip of white cardstock and raised the rest using foam tape. I also added these die cut numbers using my Papertrey Ink number dies. I'm loving the color combination by the way. It wasn't really planned, but as I added one element after the other, I came up with this. I hope you like it! I'll see you over at CASE Study Challenge Blog! Come and join in all the inky fun!
  

Don't forget to pass by the rest of the DT ladies and leave them some love! Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you again! 

~ Jean


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 72

Hey everyone! Thanks for joining us for another round of Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. We have a fancy sketch this week, it's a tri-fold! I'm wishing I had my new Waltzingmouse Stamps with me. Unfortunately, they didn't arrive before I left for the Philippines. I'm excited thinking about how I'm going to use them when they arrive. :)


Here's our sketch for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 72.



The other Mischief Makers made such gorgeous cards! I hope mine is fancy enough for this sketch. I used a Spellbinders die to make the top shape of my card base. Then I cut and die cut patterned paper to make the top panel. I also used Cameo Creations and Cameo to Go to make my embellishment. The sentiment is from Say It Loud. The sticker embellishment is from Pink Paislee I believe...


Here's what it looks like when it's opened. 


And here, I tied a white ribbon to hold the folds down. 


Well, that's it for me today. I can't wait to see what you do with this sketch! I'll see you over at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! Thanks for joining me today! 

~ Jean

Thursday, November 3, 2011

CASE Study Challenge 64

Welcome back to CASE Study Challenge 64! Congratulations to our TOP Winners over at the challenge blog. Sorry if I haven't been able to reply to your comments and posts. I'm still here in the Philippines, and we're usually out and I don't have a lot of time to spend on my laptop. 


We have a new Muse for the month of November. She's a wonderful CAS style card maker. I really wish I could master this style too. It's just really hard for me to keep anything one layered or without any lace or ribbon on in. I'll try to my best this month though...because our fabulous muse is none other than Kryssi Ng! :) 


Here's her first card for this month.




I love her choice of stamps here as well as the beautiful window she made by die cutting the front panel of her card. I chose to CASE the beautiful window and the flower that's peeking through it. I stamped the text background on a vintage cream cardstock then stamped the flower (Hope Seed Co. by Wplus9) on it and colored it with Copic markers.


I also stamped some Postmarks (PTI) on the patterned paper panel to add a little more design to it. It's very faint, but I thought it was a nice addition. A little flower here and a little ribbon there...and viola! :) I hope you'll all join us for some inky fun this week. I look forward to seeing your projects on the challenge blog. Thanks for stopping by! 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Craft's Meow November Blog Hop

Hey everyone! Have you gone over to The Craft's Meow Store to check out the November release stamp sets? If you haven't, you SHOULD! They're sooo beautiful and rest are sooo cute! I had so much fun working with them. It doesn't matter what your style is, there's something for everyone in the November release. 




Let's get on with the blog hop shall we? If you've just come from my good friend, Iwona "Chupa" Palamountain's blog, you're right where you're supposed to be. If not, you can start from The Craft's Meow Store blog and work your way down. 





For my blog hop card, I used Vintage Ornaments for my main image and The Merry Best for my sentiment. I added the beautiful Spellbinders die cut underneath the ornament to add more dimension to it. I used one of my favorite color combinations, red, brown, kraft and cream. 




I'm still in the Philippines, but I'm planning on making my Christmas cards as soon as I get back. I guess since it's time for the blog hop I can share the stamp sets here with you. Here we go!



Season's Greetings
by Nina B Designs


Vintage Ornaments
by Nina B Designs


Vintage Snowflakes
by Nina B Designs


Happy Hoo-lidays
by Jenny Suchin Designs


Whoo's Birthday
by Jenny Suchin Designs


The Merry Best
by Kaitlyn Ord


Santa's Little Helper
by Maree Truelove




Here's the order of designers for the November blog hop just in case you lose your way. When you're done browsing, and you're ready to go shopping, just head on over to The Craft's Meow StoreWe are also giving away all SEVEN sets being released November 1st, to one lucky person who leaves a comment on the store blog hop post. You have until 9:00 pm Pacific on Thursday November 3rd to make the rounds and leave a comment for a chance to win!





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