Tuesday, January 29, 2019

SOS 388: Ode to Jessi

The crafting community lost a beautiful citizen recently.

Jessi Fogan was an active participant in a variety of challenges, and a beloved design team member of several.

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are paying tribute to this lovely soul the best way we crafters can: by using her art as inspiration for us.  In this way,  she lives on. 

I've made a card inspired by two of her creations.

This is my card:

Okay, so, Jessi was so inspiring that as I went sadly through her posts,  my heart lifted and my inspiration just began to swell from her creativity.  Initially,  I thought I'd kind of CASE THIS one:

... but as I began to create my version,  I felt a bright version was more fitting for the fun-loving Jessi.  So, I drew inspiration from the ginkgo leaf , the splatters, and the layout but went in search for a way to lighten it and brighten it.  I found THIS one:

I just love the inky goodness here!  I had already committed to the layout of the ginkgo card, but now I felt more direction for the brighter version.   I noticed the triple rhinestones on each,  but since my paper was so warped after the heat embossing (rrrr...) I decided to make it a postcard... so rhinestones were ditched for Stickles.  Perfect, because I notice Jessi was not shy with the glitter!

  • Canson watercolor panel, painted weeks ago.
  • WOW embossing powder in Sweet Cheeks.  You can see from the close-up how unique this powder is.
  • Stickles in Crystal
  • Gingko leaf carved by yours truly in December.
  • Perfect Medium pen used for the sentiment
  • Fiskars corner punch
  • Prussian Blue Color Bursts splattered over it
I hope you have a chance to peruse Jessi's blog-- you will undoubtedly be inspired.  This challenge at SOS will remain open for two weeks, so you will have plenty of time to create.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SOS 387: Inspired by quilting!


This week at Shopping Our Stash, I am your hostess and I've chosen the theme of "Inspired by quilting" because January 26 is "Visit your local quilt shop day!"

Here is my little card:

  • Echo Park Alice In Wonderland pad.  I bought this last summer so it's not super-old, but, shame on me: I had no business buying more paper!
  • Fiskars hexagon punch
  • Sewing machine
  • Nuvo Drops in pearl
  • Diecut pack by MME
This card will go to the teacher at the school who is directing this year's play which is... Alice In Wonderland!

Can't wait to see what you create with this great stash-buster of a challenge!  See you over at Shopping Our Stash.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

SOS: Winter Blues

Happy 2019, everyone!

We are fresh from a winter's "nap" at Shopping Our Stash and ready with a new challenge for ya'll: Winter Blues!  So, do winter, do blues, or do both!

I am sharing a little blue art journal spread:
(Pardon the terrible picture... I'll try to get better images when the sun shines)


  • Dylusions journal
  • An old Forest Science journal page stamped with a repeating stamp carved from an eraser a couple weeks ago.  I glued this into my journal over an unfinished spread.
  • Vintage baby blue seam binding from my stash
  • Prussian Blue Colorbursts (pre-liquified in a tiny bottle) dripped into the orange and seam binding
  • Distress Crayons in Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, and Mermaid Lagoon added here and there and everywhere
  • Blue chunky Stickles from my stash
  • Tim's paper doll (from the Halloween set, I believe)
That's it.  Thus journal spread was made in a funk.  I didn't like any of the blue stuff I'd done,  so I minimized supplies and told myself to just play, basically.  No goal,  no message.  Just use some stash and blue supplies.  I don't love there result,  but playing with the supplies was far from a bad time!  

Hope you'll join us, and hope my card-making mojo joins us soon!  

See you at SOS!