witticisms by Jess Witty

January 13, 2010

Papertrey Projects!

I'm back. From the brink of death. Not really. Not even close, really. But it sorta felt like it. Let's play a game. It's called "I was so sick that..." I was so sick that I missed the *entire* record-breaking cold front that happened in the South. As in, it was 55° last Wednesday before I got sick, the wind chill got down to ZERO degrees while I was sick, but when I walked outside for the first time again, lo and behold... 55°. (thankfully) I was so sick that when I did that whole walking outside again for the first time, I realized our Christmas wreath was still up. It was the 12th. That is not good. I was so sick that I watched Noelle figure out the pertinent difference between crawling backward and crawling forward... from the couch. (That one was a bit painful.) I was so sick that I learned that 30-something is not too old to have your Mom & Dad come take care of you. And do that whole magic-thermometer-hand-to-the-forehead thingy. (Funny story... my dad and I had a battle of the magic-thermometer-hands. His said I had a fever. Mine did not. Mine is obviously more accurate because I have 3 children and he only has 2.) I was so sick that I did not make anything for 9 complete days. Thank goodness that's over. Whew. Honestly, sitting back down to work after so long was daunting. Scary, even. It seemed I had lost every ounce of creativity that I ever possessed. Seriously. A small freak out *may* have ensued. Luckily, my mom rescued me again and took some (meaning all) of my lovely (meaning mischevious) children off of my hands so I could dig myself out of the giant hole I was in. And my friends rescued me again by praying for me and for the return of some semblance of creativity. Seriously. (Because there's nothin' like complete and utter helplessness to help me remember where my Help comes from.) And now I get to show you what I was (happily) able to make for January's Papertrey Ink release. Sigh. It's good to make again.

If you have read this post or this post, then you know of my love of the name Noelle and, hence, the phrase "Joyeux Noel." So it should come as no surprise that upon seeing that phrase in the Daily Designs Sentiments set, I immediately set to making a holiday card in January.

Cause it's never too early to start on the 2010 Christmas card design, right?

I went for a clean and simple look for this one. Glittering the circles is a simple way to take a quick and easy holiday card to the next level and give it a bit of pow. I stamped the snowflake circle (Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, and Ocean Tides), then stamped them again in VersaMark and used some adhesive embossing powder (Heat & Stick powder by Stampin Up) to adhere the glitter. I actually did not have to use VersaMark on the Aqua Mist because I have the new formula ink in that color (by the way, it's awesome!) so the embossing powder stuck right to it. Nifty.

Ok, this next one is a bit wacky.

I totally had to do it, though. See the sentiment? The sweet scent of powder?

It spoke to me. And it said "You should totally try using sprinkling that adhesive embossing powder with baby powder and see what happens!"

And so I did.

And it stuck.

Nifty again!

I stamped it in Fresh Snow and just sprinkled the Heat & Stick right onto the image. Heated it, sprinkled it with the good ol' Johnson's Baby Powder, and voila! A sweet baby card with the actual sweet scent of powder.

I kid you not.

It ends up with an embossed look, but matte instead of shiny. I'm diggin' it.

Since it's a bit of a funky technique, I decided to go a bit funky with the card as opposed to traditional. I paired the sentiment from Inside & Out: Baby with another circle image from Daily Designs and a few images from Polka Dot Basics II. I went a little funky with the colors, too (Kraft, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, and Aqua Mist) and did something a bit different with the ribbon. Fun stuff.

And now... my favorite. I can't help it. It just is. I saw the tree trunk image from Through the Trees and knew that I wanted to try to pull off this funky, whimsical button tree. And I *love* the sentiments in Inside & Out: Baby. It is just packed with lovely sayings and sweet little phrases. And again, one just jumped out at me... "dream of possibilities." It just seemed like it was made for my funny little impossible tree, know what I mean? Love it. But I couldn't stop there. I was still in love with my little tree. So I made another. A bit smaller. And I made one of the buttons a little birdhouse. For the birdie from Daily Designs. (Which is a stamp that will be well used by me, I can assure you.) See? He's all at home in his new little neighborhood. Sweet. Ahh. I love this release. It was really hard for me to stop. But I had to. But not for long. There will be more. Because I think I could make a card for nearly everything with that new Daily Designs and Daily Designs Sentiments set. Not to mention all of the super elegant or, on the flip side, super funky designs calling my name with Through the Trees. More to come! Later, friends! {Joyeux Noel} card Stamps - Daily Designs, Daily Designs Sentiments Cardstock - Stamper's Select White Ink - Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, VersaMark Embellishments - Prisma Glitter, Rhinestones {Sweet Scent of Powder} card Stamps - Inside & Out: Baby, Daily Designs, Polka Dot Basics II Cardstock - Kraft, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Aqua Mist Ink - Fresh Snow, Raspberry Fizz Ribbon - Aqua Mist Swiss Dots Vintage Buttons {Dream of Possibilities} card Stamps - Through the Trees, Inside & Out: Baby Cardstock - Stamper's Select White Ink - Dark Chocolate Ribbon - New Leaf Swiss Dots Vintage Buttons {Welcome to the Neighborhood} card Stamps - Through the Trees, Daily Designs Sentiments, Daily Designs Cardstock - Stamper's Select White Ink - Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist Vintage Buttons

37 comments:

Winter said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better! Being sick that long can be scarey! Praise God, you feel better! And great cards, it looks like you got your creativity back! :)

Emma and Jackson's Mom said...

LOVE these 4 cards Jess! Great job!

Lindsay said...

Oh sigh the tree did me in! I am so glad you are on the mend. Being sick is so not fun! You cards are FAB! Did I mention sigh? on the tree card...even my 2 year old pointed at it and said "like!"

snarflemarfle said...

I am so glad you're feeling better! And I'd have to agree with you that you're never too old to have your own mommy and daddy take care of you.

And your tree card? Made me put Through the Trees right on my wish list! I thought maybe I could do without it, or at least wait until I saw the whole set to actually decide...but that FABU tree decided for me. It's on my list and I'll be gettin' it!!

Blessings to you and yours!

Tricia said...

I am so glad you are feeling better. It really makes you lean on the Lord when that's all you can do, doesn't it!! I *love* the button tree card - and if it makes you feel better, my Christmas tree and lights are still up. Not because I've been sick... just too busy to turn around!! :-) Get some rest and don't overdo it!!

Amy Rohl said...

Ok, not only are you freaking hilarious, my lil cuppa funny in the morning...you have totally rocked this PTI release! Goodness me, you rock!

anya said...

So glad you're feeling better. I love everything that you have created - the button trees are gorgeous and I seriously *love* the look of embossed baby powder! :)

Dawn said...

I am glad you are feeling better. Your cards are WONDERFUL!!! I 'love' your funky button tree!!

Mary Ashby (Happy Now) said...

SO glad you are feeling better and that you have family nearby to help... I am fairly certain that my magic-thermometer-hands (love it!) don't work... but I only have two kiddos too! :) LOVE that button tree card!

Cindy H. said...

Absolutely love your button tree - it WOWed me!!!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Glad to read that you are feeling so much better. Love the cards you showed today. My favorite is the button tree!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

wow--glad you are back:) Great cards...as always!

Laura said...

Welcome back -- glad you are feeling better! I looooooove the button tree cards.

Sharon D said...

All these cards are AMAZING!! I love the glittery Noel card and the tree cards the best, but I gotta say the baby powder is brilliant!

Glad you're feeling better!

Laura.K said...

I'm happy that you are feeling better. I just LOVE your button tree. It's adorable.

Anonymous said...

Glad you're feeling better! Love your tree/button cards-so cute!

Rachel S.

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Lovely projects Jess! So glad you are feeling better! And oh my that button tree is amazing!!! I can't wait to try it out myself!!

Alli Miles said...

your "I was so sick..." took me back to December...and I was right there with you...missing out on some big-o things. I am glad you are better. Just wanted to stop by and say you've done a fabulous job with the projects. :)

Anonymous said...

Would it creep you out if I told you I feel like we could be best friends? You are hilarious! I love your cards, but I love your commentary more... it's straight out of my brain.
The baby powder wouldn't have occurred to me... how about bumping it up a notch and giving those new parents the true smell of babies; penaten/zincofax flowers? lol
Can't help it. Love it! lol

Jill W. said...

Glad you're feeling better. You don't realize just how much you do until you are down for a few days.
The cards are awesome....you sure have your mojo back! Love the baby powder trick!
Wanted to know how you double stamp (first stamping in ink and then with heat and stick powder)? Even though I use clear stamps, I don't always get it perfectly....please share your secret!

Diane Jaquay said...

All of your creations are so beautiful!! Glad you're feeling better :)

Lisa said...

So glad you are feeling better... LOVE your projects, especially the button tree.. it's so cool!

Library Lady said...

Glad you're feeling better. Your projects are beautiful. I agree - this is a great Papertrey release month -but then they always are. I'm mostly commenting today to say I love your posts. You must have a wonderful sense of humor because it comes shining through in what you write. Have a great day being back among the living.

Nancy said...

Your creativity, hidden in the corner just waiting for you to feel better, certainly came out full force. Your cards are enchanting. And the baby powder idea is magical. You don't even have to scratch to be able to sniff. Glad you're feeling better.

Linda E said...

Glad you are feeling better and back to creating. Your cards are fabuluous! Can't wait to try the baby powder idea!

Carol said...

Nice job! Especially amazing considering how sick you were.

Kim said...

Your projects are all beautiful and i am sure will be cased by many. Obviously your creativity came back full force. Thanks for the idea of the baby powder, have 4 co-workers who are expecting so lots of baby card making is in my future.

Alyssa B said...

Charming cards! Their really great, love the scented card, does it get any cooler?

Taheerah said...

*Wow*, that tree card is *amazing*!! I really try my hardest to not CASE other people's work but I feel I may have to CASE this one. Stunning Jess, truly stunning!!

Taheerah said...

And just wanted to say I know exactly how you feel - I've been ill for over a week now and just feel totally 'bleuch' and not able to make anything! Really hope I'm over it soon as there are still so many sets from my previous order that want to be played with, and they arrived over a week ago!

Courtney Baker said...

Great cards! So glad you're feeling better, and that your back from the brink of death!

Chelle said...

glad to hear you're feeling better! Love the tree of possibilities!!

Naomi said...

Love your blog ... and your amazing card designs!! :-)

Loydene said...

I love the first Through the Trees card -- it is what drew me here from Nicole's blog! And .. I found I love you other cards as well!
Thank you!

Cathy Weber said...

I didn't buy Through the trees on release night because I already own a similar stamp, but when I saw those buttons on your tree, I knew I had to have it. The one I own doesn't look good with buttons. Thanks for such a new interesting idea.

Kathleen said...

Jess----so grateful you feel better! Thanks for the sweet reminder that all our help comes from the Lord---subtle, but sweet! AND, I MUST agree--your cute button tree(s) are the best! LOVE that! What a creative idea---so glad the creativity wasn't gone forever! :)

Bernice said...

Your balloon tree reminds me of the story Balloon Tree - one of my favourites! It's adorable.