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Fall in New England

We’ve been busy here – moved this summer and am just now getting around to finding some much needed time to be crafty again. I have been keeping up with my Project Life though, and will post a big catch up post on those soon.

It’s chilly here today and the leaves are starting to change…. no denying that Fall is in the air! Definitely the best time of year in New England.

Today’s card is one I made for a Shoebox Swap last weekend at my good friend Liz Ballard’s.


I decided to try and make my own embellishments- similar to the cute one’s the Girl’s Paperie had out last fall. It was pretty easy with some crepe paper streamers and punches (and much less expensive!). Used one of my favorite Studio Calico stamps to make the chevron background. Love their stamps-so happy Hero Arts is making them now.

Have a great weekend!

Go See Do. a cityscape challenge

I love the challenges over on the Moxie Fab World blog, and finally got around to playing one – this was for the Cityscapes are on the rise challenge. You have until Monday night to upload your cards, so come play along!


I love this Hero Arts stamp, and have been looking for a reason to use it. Along with some of my other favorite things- this October Afternoon grey polka dot paper (possibly my favorite paper of ALL time). I recently found it at Two Peas and must have ordered 10 sheets. Also been loving the Zing! embossing powder, Studio Calico stamps, this delicious airmail twine and travel-themed cards.

I like that the passport stamp also doubles as a moon over the city. For once this came out just as I had hoped :)



stamps- Hero Arts international skyline, Girl’s Paperie passport stamp, Studio Calico ‘Go See Do’

Paper – Papersource (Night), October Afternoon grey polka dot, Making Memories Passport (postcard patterned)

twine – Divine Twine

Ink- Versamark, Jenni Bowlin spice tin

embossing powder- American Crafts Zing! rouge

Paper Crafts Love

I have been so lucky and so honored to have several cards picked up in various Paper Crafts publications over the past couple of months… I can’t wait until I actually see one in print in a few months!!

Of course, for every one that gets picked up, there are always a few that don’t. I thought I’d share one of my favorites that didn’t get picked up this round.


This one was for the upcoming Sept/Oct issue of Paper Crafts, for a circus theme. I cut a mustache out of felt & glued it to a lollipop stick that I had spritzed with mist. Very simple, but still liked how it turned out. I love the mustache theme that’s trendy right now- no idea why, I just love it. This would be cute as a party invitation and the kids could pull off & keep the mustaches on sticks. Might have to use that later!

Amber has started a great blog hop for other submissions that didn’t make this call…

Studio Calico Giveaway

Studio Calico has a new blog, and to celebrate they’re hosting a HUGE giveaway.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (click link), with your name and my username Jen D.  We each will then be entered to win one of the huge prizes – there’s two of each- one for you, and one for me :)  It’s good until tonight at midnight EST.

PLEASE don’t post here – you must go to Studio Calico’s blog to post. thanks!!!

Good luck!

Here’s the list of prizes:

2 Studio Calico Elementary Collection packs
2 Studio Calico Documentary Collection packs
2 spots in Amy Tan’s new online workshop

2 one year subscriptions to Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine

2 one year subscriptions to Studio Calico

World Card Making Day

You didn’t know that was a holiday??? Well, in reality for me it’s just a good reminder to take some time for myself & be creative.  I love making cards because they are something you can start and finish in a relatively short time.  These 3 are ones I made for the WCMD challenges over at Studio Calico, using some of my favorite kits and products from them.

Up first was the sketch challenge. Here’s the sketch I started with:

and here’s my take.  I omitted some of the layers as I was working on a small card size.

Notecard & Merci stamp – A Muse Artstamps

Tag- Martha Stewart, Bracket stamp – Impress rubber stamps

Background paper- Studio Calico, Flowers- Making Memories (Studio Calico kit)

Next challenge was to use leftover kit materials to make a card.  Here I used leftovers from the Back 40 kit (Sassafras Indie Girl line)

Notecard, stamp & pearls – A Muse artstamps; Chipboard shape – Maya Road (Back 40 Kit -Studio Calico)

Last challenge for the day was to use a Studio Calico stamp on your card. I’ve been dying to use this ruler stamp since I received the kit -yay!

Sentiment stamps – A Muse, Bakers Twine- Martha Stewart, Kraft paper – Bazzil

I don’t often make one layer cards, but am happy with how this one came out – and because it had no layers it was super quick.

Hope you find some time for a little crafting!

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