witticisms by Jess Witty

April 08, 2011

Paper Crafts Magazine Presents: 350 Cards & Gifts Blog Hop



Hey, there, paper crafty friends! Paper Crafts is celebrating the newest special issue and one of my very favorites... 350 Cards & Gifts.

Honestly, I'm not normally really a "& Gifts" kind of girl.
I really lean more toward the short and simple "Cards" part of that title.

But somehow I fell headfirst into a pile of home decor and gift inspiration for this issue.

Shadowboxes, wall hangings, gift card holders, wreaths, jars, etc. None were safe; all were attempted.

And it felt good to veer off into the land of "& Gifts."

I got back to card basics for today's blog hop, though. Lots of designers, each focusing on one of the super cute patterns included in the issue.

And the pattern I was given?
The super sweet dress pattern by my {newly married!} friend, Kim Hughes...



I was 100% inspired by Noelle's Easter dress from last year. I was holding the Stella Rose patterned paper from My Mind's Eye in my hand with a completely different plan of action when I realized how familiar that sweet yellow gingham print was. And that was that.

I sacrificed several of my new American Crafts flower brads to the cause :)

And then I went to stamp the sentiment...



yikes.
Not good.



So I went to Plan B.
Otherwise known as the Hide-the-Mistake-Game.

There.



Whew.

That's the way it goes with paper and ink, right? Mishaps happen :)

I know the rest of today's designers have come up with lots of mishap-less projects for you, though, so check it...

Betsy Veldman
Kalyn Kepner
Kim Hughes
Chan Vuong
Teri Anderson
Vanessa Menhorn
Kristin K. Tierney
Lucy Abrams
Ashley C. Newell
Cristina Kowalczyk
Latisha Yoast

And man, oh, man... did I mention the prizes?!

Leave a comment here for a chance to win your own copy of 350 Cards & Gifts.

And head on back to Paper Crafts Connection and comment there for a chance at some of this...



Later, friends!



{Easter Wishes} card
Stamps - Mega Mixed Messages (PTI)
CS - Raspberry Fizz, White (PTI)
PP - Stella Rose collection (My Mind's Eye)
Ink - Dark Chocolate, Tea Dye Duo (PTI)
Brads - American Crafts
Rhinestones - Kaisercraft

206 comments:

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ArlaMo said...

So cute!

Bernice said...

Really cute! Love how you covered your mistake :) I'll have to keep your technique in mind the next time I have a smudge or two.

JOAN said...

I love it! And the colors makes me happy.

Fifi said...

such a cute dress, takes me back to my childhood

Karen said...

I am always having to cover up my mistakes..giggle...awesome.

bosenberries said...

Ohhh... love you gingham dress... so pretty I kinda want one!!! Thanks for sharing...
Robin

Kathleen said...

Love this card. And some of my favorite cards are the result of "mistakes". Love how that can inspire you to be even more creative!

Shawninaz said...

So sweet, love this pattern and everything you did with this project, well done!

Teresa said...

Ahhh...Love your card. I just covered up a card and added some spring stuff and it looks better then it started. We all do that.
Love your little Easter dress. Thanks for sharing.

Brenda said...

So cute Jessica! I love the gingham pattern in the yellow colour, so beautiful and fresh! What mistake?????

JanR said...

Super cute! Love that you showed us the mistake and the cover-up.

Jenny McGee said...

Cute project. Thanks for sharing.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

That is adorable... perfect for a little girl card...

Indy said...

Just darling!

Susan said...

This is cute! I love your work. :)

Tanja said...

Nice card, so glad I am not the only one who fixes little stamping mishaps - thanks for your sense of humour!

Rebecca said...

Awe, I love the little dress! And fixing mistakes is one great talent all crafters should have. You did a nice job!

Lee said...

So bright and cheerful. Such great templates. Can't wait to get crafty!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

so cute!

michelesscrapycreations35 at yahoo dot com

Dee Tollaksen said...

So lovely, we wouldn't have even noticed the oops, love the card!

Holly Saveur said...

Love it gorgeous dress card!

Kelly Massman said...

Too cute for words!

Auntie Em said...

Precious! What girl doesn't think of pretty dresses for Easter!
BTW, there is no such thing as a mistake...just creative expression waiting to be unleashed! :D
Thanks for sharing! :)

Christine said...

What a sweet little dress card!

bethann said...

cute as a button, i thought i was the only one who had to hide mistakes.

GabrielaD said...

so cute!!! I absolute love it!

Kristin said...

It was well worth the sacrifice - this is too adorable! I love the sweet and simple details on this. It is an honor to be a part of this blog hop with you - you are incredibly talented and inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Very cute card! Thanks for showing us that even the "pros" make mistakes, or resort to plan b! :) Seems like I do that alot!
brooke dienberg at yahoo dot com

Marie / Legojenta said...

What a cute card! And good job on your little "cover-up! =) TFS!

cards by cara said...

How gorgeous ... great to see a super fun card. The patterned paper is gorgeous and I appreciate seeing how you fix boo-boos ... I had to do some creative "fixing" last night myself ... :) Thanks for the chance to win!

DonnaSue said...

Adorable card..love little dress cards! Thanks for showing us how to correct a mistake--everyone makes them.

Barbara said...

First of all, it is absolutely a darling card, and second, I always need advice on fixing a boo-boo, and you did that superbly! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sheila H said...

So sweet!

Smitha said...

love love love it!!! How precious...

Judith said...

That is a very cute dress(card)!

marianne-g said...

Darling card.

Mary said...

What a super cute card! Just adorable. Happy weekend!!

Courtney said...

Lovely card and thanks for sharing your cover-up idea!

Betty said...

Darling card! Oh, btw, I love playing Hide-the-Mistake Game, lol!!! Thanks for keeping it real!!

Annette A. said...

Adorable card. My niece would think is was so cool. Thanks for sharing

Carol said...

What a sweet card! It is adorable and reminds me of my daughters' many Easter dresses. Thanks for sharing.

Ellie A. said...

Oh yes that is one of my famous tricks because no matter what I do I can NOT stamp small sentiments straight so Plan B is really Plan A for me! :)

laura D said...

AWESOME !!!

Moi said...

I agree with whoever said it above - this just makes me so happy!!

Christianne said...

I need this magazine for all the great ideas. Cute card

rebecca said...

What a darling, sweet dress and a great vehicle for a sentiment!

Tonia said...

TOTALLY CUTE!!! and..I HAVE THAT PAPER! :)

nicoleqmullen said...

Simply beautiful! Love how you fixed up the slight stamping mistake and still ended up with a stunner of a card!

Anna said...

Love the dress card! Blog hoping to you:)
audreysmommy2006(at)yahoo(dot)com

Holly Kean said...

Adorable!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Sooo cute! Love this adorable dress!

Emma said...

That is too cute, love it!

Tammy said...

Great idea!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Jess, this is sooo cute! Love the dress shape and the flowers compliment this dress perfectly.

calamity jane said...

Jess, I LOVE this little dress card! This pattern/template is one I have ready to go..thanks for showing me how CUTE it can be! (mistake?..I don't see a mistake!)

LisaAnn said...

Oh the possiblities are running through my brain!

anne said...

Love those flowers!

Stacie said...

This is so adorable I love it!

Anonymous said...

i can't wait to use this pattern, i love your project!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Amber said...

You crack me up! I love that you shared your mishap. I certainly have become good at hiding my many ink mistakes. Glad to know that I'm in good company! Fabulous project!

Cathy Fong said...

cute shaped card! totally loving it!

C said...

cute dress card. Love the tip you shared about the ink mistake :)

Marlene said...

Glad to know someone as talented as you makes mistakes too! Beautiful site with beautiful ideas. Loved the dress card!

Cyndi S said...

Your little dress card is adorable.
cstephenson at q dot com

Amy said...

Cuteness!!!

Tina said...

This is such a cute little card, I love it!!! Thanks for sharing =)

Teresa said...

Cute card & sneaky cover up , like it a lot!

Lillian Child said...

Fabulous!

Teepee said...

I laughed when you showed the "oops". How often we revise things to cover up boo-boos.

readysetlove said...

Super cute. I love the roses and that you admit a little boo-boo. ;) I do the same thing!

Teri said...

You know why I think you rock?
Because... like... dude...you are awesome.
Love what you did. And love how you hid your mistake.

jlytranch said...

Transformed that mistake & added dimension. Way to go!

teresaw. said...

Super adorable! Perfect Easter card for a little girl. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sylvia said...

Love your card, Jessica! We all know about, oops! I even started stamping the sentiment first, but finally decided it was just best to hide the mistakes, like you did. Love the dress card! So cute!

Fiorella said...

I love your gingham dress, so cute!

Lori B said...

Jess-you never fail to make me laugh. Love it when you show that designers are human too, & that we all can make mistakes! Love your dress card & your button shadowbox too!!

Linda said...

what a fun card! Love the flower brads, and the way you "covered" a less than perfect impression. I just got my first order from Papper Trey and am thrilled to pieces to have chosen Mega Mixed Messages among 3 sets I was able to purchase :)

Tanja said...

LOL! Seriously! 'Hide the mistake' game. How many times have I played that one myself!
And sacrificing brads... so often I have papers I can't bear to cut and embellies that are just too cute to use. Shame on me :)
This was definitely a good sacrifice.

Sheri said...

I love gingham. And yes, we've all come up with creative ways to cover our mistakes. Sometimes they look better then the original idea.

Lacey said...

This is simply DARLING!

Betty-Ann said...

gingham = adorable! Thanks for sharing...

Sue D said...

Very cute and thanks for showing both versions.

McStamper said...

This is so cute. Must try it.

kngwd89 said...

Cute card! LeAnn

Zemphira ~ Scatter Art. said...

Adorable.
It's just so sweet.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

This is so gorgeous! LOVE the way you added the blinged up belt at the bottom & the stitching! Such a sweet modern way to send Easter wishes. Had to giggle at the Hide-the-Mistake-Game. I've played that one before! ;o)

janice Moss said...

Nah! You intended it to be that way! so cute...I downloaded all of the patterns shown on the blog hop. Oh I hope I win!

Rebecca said...

Oh, how very, very sweet!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

Stephanie Smith said...

This dress is too cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lynn (toomanycrayons) said...

Very cute dress cut out -- and nice of you to share the little sentiment detour too :)

Charlene R said...

Love this design! I also appreciate when you show how to hide mistakes...I need this often LOL.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Good cover job on a really sweet project.

Michelle said...

Adorable!!

Peggy said...

Adorable dress card.
God bless,
PeggyS

Jessica Wekenman said...

Oh my goodness Jess, that dress card is darling! Thanks for showing us your mistake and how you fixed it! I normally stick to the cards, rather than the gifts myself, and I loved reading about how your framed buttons came to be from a card!

Emily Keaton said...

What an adorable dress!! That is fabulous. Thanks for showing how you fixed the goof!!

Lindsey said...

Hah! They're never mistakes -- they're "opportunities to layer". :P What a sweet card!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

This is really sweet!

Tammy said...

Such a sweet card! Love the flowers and bling! My favs!

marylouh said...

It's refreshing for someone to admit they made a mistake and how they fixed it. I have to do that a lot.

Charlene said...

Very sweet dress card. And who would know that you had to re-stamp the sentiment. Looks perfect!
Southernmrs
at verizon
dot net

Laura.K said...

Lovely. I must give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

Suzze said...

Glad to know even the pros have to cover up mistakes now and then. Very cute card!!

Agata said...

What a sweet project! Love that dress! Love how you've dressed up this little mishap! :)

Susan said...

Darling! Darling! Darling! I'm off to make one for each of my granddaughters. Thanks for such a terrific share. (Glad to know little problems plague the pro's, too.)

DJ said...

Cute dress - and good to know that mistakes can happen even to the pros! Thanks for showing a good way to recover.

Cathy said...

Good recover on the sentiment :) I won't tell you how many times that happens to me.

Lisa Condreay said...

So sweet. Lovely.

bratpakmom said...

your button frame was my favorite. Thanks for sharing how it came to be. I do love the dress too. You have darling cards. I love the circles with the overlay. Genius. Will be doing that one. THANKS

Melisa said...

Thanks for sharing the mistake! Seems to me that those always lead to an even better card!

Damara said...

This is really cute! I liked your cover-up. I was afraid that it was bad etiquette when I do that (I'm a newbie!), so I was happy to see how great it can look! Thank you!

Tamera Blake said...

This is the CUTEST CARD EVER!!!!! And I was glad to see that I'm not the only one sho uses that "cover-up" game!!!! :-)

inksandthinks said...

No mistakes, just a chance for more embellishments!

WDF said...

cute

Tanya said...

This is darling! And how sweet are those flower brads, eek!

Kimba's Kreations said...

So ADORABLE!!!!

Cynthia B. said...

hehe - thanks for sacrificing the AC brads to the cause. ;) This card is adorable!! I only wish my daughter had a dress this cute.
And thank you, too, for showing us that mistakes happen, even from the best paper crafters. But look how lovely this card turned out. TFS!!

tape said...

I love how you showed us the mistake - and how you fixed it! Adorable!

june said...

love it! i want to know how to make those roses!

Kathy said...

Cute. If you hadn't told me you were covering a mistake, I wouldn't have known.

Kathleen said...

love this! I'm so grateful to see your mess up----thanks for showing that you're normal!

SueB said...

great dress card - and cover up! thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp!

diana said...

Sweet shaped card! I know some little girls - and some big girls! - who'd love to receive a card like this. TFS ;-)

Gina said...

Okay, I'm sure we could be super tight in real life because I'm totally a mishap girl!! I love how you covered it - and that's the nice thing about paper crafts! :) What a precious dress card.

Becky Dunham said...

This is darling Jess! I love that little ginham dress - reminds me of when I was a girl. My mom always made my sister and I matching Easter outfits - no we aren't twins, i think it was just easier to make the same thing twice :) Anyway one year she made us gingham dresses - one was yellow and one was blue - can't remember which one was mine - think the blue but this little card really brought back that memory into sharp focus! Thanks for sharing this sweet project!

Ngan R. said...

OH I love this little dress! It is entirely too precious.

carmen said...

love it!!!!

suzieq23 said...

OMGoodness. What a cute idea. Just a fun creative card to make. Thanks for sharing.

little.one said...

That's so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Beautiful!

Tona said...

I love this card! I've played the hide the mistake game too lol.

Sarah said...

Cute card! I SO appreciate your honesty about the stamping mishap. I've done that so many times I can hardly believe it when I do it again!

TonyJen said...

cute ideas

catnap said...

lol. been there. but really cute card either way. so many options!

Terri said...

Super cute! Love all the different elements. Glad you were able to cover up your mistake too!

Angie Black said...

I love this dress card. It is darling. It's nice to know others have to rework things sometimes. Thank you for the inspiration.

Jean said...

Simply sweet! And I can certainly relate to having to resort to Plan B to cover one's mistakes.

Nancy said...

This is just so adorable!

Natasha said...

Love it, will definitely use this for an idea!

Noreen said...

The flowers and sequins are just what's needed. I love the way you covered your boo-boo.

Denise said...

Very sweet! Love your embellishments with the ribbon and flowers!
DeniseB

carefreestamper said...

Love the way you covered up your "mistake". I think I like it better that way.

Barb's Boys said...

Great save! Looks totally planned!

Karen said...

Oh, my heart! That sweet little card is just adorable. Love it!
Thank you!
Karen

GMS said...

Such a cute little spring card :)

stampinlara said...

very very cute!!! Love the design and the cute little flowers. darling!

Renee said...

Jessica, your card is simply darling!! I love your design and all the elements that make it so special!!

jengd said...

It's not a mistake, it's a feature. ;) Very cute and no one would've ever known there was a slip if you hadn't told.

Sandy said...

That is such a cute card! Bet your dd looked cute in her dress, too.

Chris said...

I love how you covered up the mistake!

Lori Barnett said...

eeek! So cute!!!!!

Karen Linarez said...

I know exactly what you mean, I DO make mistakes, too, and have to get creative sometimes to cover them up. I must say that it came out very well on your card, it looks great!

paperpapier said...

lovely easter dress card!

Susie Stover said...

This is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

Cassie_lu said...

this card is so sweet and I love how it looks like a dress you would really see in a store

Ravengirl said...

This is super sweet! And....I totally love that you keep it real!

Courtney Taylor said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love this!

Barbara said...

This is so cute! Covering up the mistake is the name of my game! It's helpful to know that I'm not alone!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Little T said...

What a cute card!

Debra said...

So sweet, made many an Easter dress for my two girls, now all grown. Your card is reminiscent of those. I'm in nostalgia!

Melissa said...

Pretty card!

Karey said...

Good job.

Michelle said...

I really like the card and I too, have a problem with using my favorite embellishments.

Natasha Kara said...

This is too cute for words. I have to make a little girl a birthday card, and I think I just found my inspiration. :)) Thank you :) Love happy accidents. You sentiment looks great like this :)

Debbie said...

Love your card - so sweet and girly!
I cannot even count the mishaps that I've had to cover up. Thanks for sharing! :)

NatQuebec said...

what a cute card ! and a nice prize !

Kelly G said...

Very cute!

Linda said...

This is absolutely adorable. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

joni said...

Your dress card is just adorable! I love it! Those flowers are so pretty and go along with that pattern so nicely! TFS
hugs,
joni

HawaiianLibrarian said...

Mahalo for being REAL! You turned that mis-stamp into an opportunity to add texture and focus to your card. I'm loving it!

Jocelyn said...

So cute!!! The flowers are super cool. I love how you covered the first sentiment--it looks perfect! :)

mtscrapgal said...

Thanks for showing us mishaps happen to the pros sometimes. Love that gingham. It is really a cute idea. Thanks.

Renee VanEpps said...

OK, I am so excited that now I know how I can fix a stamp to paper boo-boo! THANK U! And this dress is flipping adorable! Great job

Dean said...

So sweet and simple but who wouldn't want to receive a darling Easter dress card? I love the colors especially well.

LauraAnn said...

Love the dress card!!! Perfect card for a little granddaughter!!

Baseret said...

What a sweet little gingham dress! I love your mistake, I think it really makes the sentiment pop!

~Mychl said...

What an adorable little dress card!! I've seen some others, that are much more 'little girl' type dresses. This is could go for older or younger girls!

Thanks so much for sharing!!

Carol said...

Wow! What a beautiful project!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007@gmail.com

idebi said...

cute dress and those flower brads are adorable.

paperella said...

Adorable! And a perfect way to fix a problem, thanks for the tip :D

Larajc said...

such a cute little Easter card!

Katherine said...

Very cute! I play hide-the-mistake game all the time! lol

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

Super cute project!

Carrie T said...

Very sweet!

jen said...

So incredibly sweet! I wouldn't have ever guessed you were playing the hide-the-mistake-game!! :)

Atticelf said...

What a cute card and I love the way you fixed it. :)

Tanya said...

So adorable!!!

Caroline said...

so, so cute.

Elizabeth said...

Your card made me smile!
http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

paula e. said...

darling card! i love to see when my crafting idols (all paper craft gals are included in this) have stamping mishaps) and use their creativity to disguise them... i don't feel so alone.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What an adorable little dress card--I don't know why you think your sentiment didn't turn out--I think it looks fab....but then again, I like how you finished it with the new sentiment--so either way--YOU ROCKED it:}

Patt said...

Love this one!! The colors are super & I love how you fixed the "mistake"!

Cynthia Rose said...

That dress is so cute. Perfect for clothing store gift cards for my nieces.

Diana N. said...

I love your cute little Easter dress! I also appreciate you sharing your "mistake" and how you fixed it.

Susan S. said...

Nice to know even the pros make mistakes. However, to paraphrase Thomas Edison, it's not a failure it just shows me what doesn't work. The dress is terrific, I can see it used in so many different ways.

ladydi said...

Childhood Memories came rushing back with this one:)

Glenda J said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one who covers up smudges! Great project!

NanaBeth said...

It is so encouraging to know someone as talented as you has mishaps also.And your "cover up" was genius.I wouldn't have thought of that.

Carol said...

Hi Jessica

Love your dress and sense of humor.

Really enjoyed going through your blog.
Carol

rush said...

i hate when that happens, but sometimes the "save" works out nicely. thank you for sharing.

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