Saturday, April 19

INTRODUCING: Crafty Kit Club with an Altered Journal: Steampunk themed

I am so uber excited to share today's project.  
Literally, I am almost busting at the seams.....
<<<running to put comfy jammies on before I go any further>>>

When I started the NEW Pinque Peacock Venture, Crafty Kit Club, I had a feeling I was going to thoroughly enjoy creating samples for fans and friends to oogle over.  The Design Team is just as excited to play with the Monthly Kits, too.  

I didn't anticipate how much fun the first kit was going to be to play with though!!!  Yes, I know, you are probably thinking, "Wow!  Doesn't take much to get Jessica in a good mood".  You would be right!!!  Things tend to get a little hectic around the homestead and crafting time for personal enjoyment has become scarce.  

My days are filled with Mom Taxi trips to and from the schools for the 4 kids who are school-age (K, 1st, 4th, and 12th).  The Bright Side?  We live close to the school.  The Down Side?  We live less than a mile from the school which leaves us ineligible to allow the kids to ride the bus.   Four separate start and end times for each grade means lots of trips to and from.  I am hopeful that when our youngest is in 1st grade, which is still 2 years away, some extra time will be freed up for me to do more.  But for now, when I get some extra time to go to my craft room and get messy, I am excited!  And, the finished project is always a delightful reminder of the time I used wisely!

So, what about this kit, right?
The April Kit is an Altered Journal/Notebook Kit.  

It is available in two styles for you to select from.  
The first style is a Girly/Bling/Shabby kit with lots of sparkle and bling, and papers and cardstock in shades of pinks, blacks, and whites.  

The second style is a Masculine/Steampunk style kit, with lots of bronze, brown, copper, and gold tones accented with some black and kraft cardstock.

There are some extras that you get to select to make your kit more personalized to your design taste as well.  




If you senses are intrigued and you would like to play with one of the April Kits, be sure to SWING OVER to the Crafty Kit Club {CLICK HERE} and order one today!  They are super reasonable in price and there is a flat shipping charge on all the Monthly Kits.  You can select to order Month to Month, or get a discounted price on the kits for being a 2 month, 3 month, or more than 3 month subscriber!

NOW, ONTO THE FUN PART OF THIS POST!!!!  
Sorry to leave you in suspense....
AND get ready for some cool step by step instructions (lots and lots of pictures)

I worked with Kit B, the Steampunk styled kit for my project.  

I started out by first tracing the outside of the book onto the cardstock I was using for the covers.....

.....then moved on to measuring and cutting.

I used my corner punch to round them to fit the composition notebook edges.

I adhered the inner covers (kraft card stock) first and let the book rest overnight to be certain the pages wouldn't stick together from the Mod Podge.
psssssttt.....The brayer tool by Mod Podge is really neat to have and worth the small cost in my opinion!

I opted to select my additional sheets (kit extras I mentioned earlier) from the Prima Engraver stack since there were a lot of clocks and a few map images at my disposal.

I adhered the back cover just as I did with the inner covers.....using Mod Podge and the brayer to smooth out any bubbles.  Before applying the front cover though, I decided to do some stamping and embossing first.  Here I used the map image from the Unity Stamp set called Travel Notes.  I used a gold metallic embossing powder to bring more metallic shine to the book.  I love how it looks against the Core'dinations Black Pearl card stock, don't you?

I moved on to my 6x6 squares of the Graphic45/Core Timeless squares.  

The clocks on the paper are raised and a nice slight bit of sanding brings them to life.

Now for GETTING MESSY & SOME DISTRESSING ACTION!!!

I painted the cardboard arrow from the kit with some Crackle Paint - Antiqued Bronze.

It was a bit too shiny, so I dulled it down by adding some TH Embossing Powder - Antique Linen and zapping it with my heat gun.

Much better now!

I tore the gray square to fit in the lower corner and upper corner of the front cover.  
(I also used the corner punch for the top piece to again, match the composition book)

I then grabbed my sponge dabber box and inked it up with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink - black soot.....


then Dew Drop in a Copper.....

then Dew Drop in Gold.....

And this is what they look like all mingled together against the Journal ....

During the whole process, I changed my mind about a dozen times when it came to placement of the pieces and embellishments.  But, that is the norm with me when designing.  Do you do that with your projects?

I stamped a few of the clock images from the Unity Stamp set called "the TIME is NOW" and embossed it with a white embossing powder and then just a dash of some TH Distress Powder-Vintage Photo.  

It was time to go ahead and adhere the cover to the book.  Again using my Mod Podge and brayer!  <<< I really love that thing....lol.

The stamping created a connection in the middle of the journal that joined the two corner pieces together.
(I ultimately opted to ink the top corner piece in the same way as I described the way I did the bottom corner up above in this post)

I had in mind that I would use the sentiment "Take Note" from the For the Record stamp set and decided to stamp it directly onto one of the clocks on my cream colored 6x6 square (Timeless Collection).  I just fussy cut the "half-clock" out for my sentiment "tag"

To play more with my fun crackle paints, I first lightly sanded my chipboard square from the kit (to hold the paint well) and then

I painted a coat of Tarnished Brass over it and left it to dry.  Once it was dry, I went around the edge with the Copper Dew Drop.

I fussy cut a few clocks from the Prima sheets I selected and used my corner punch on them.

Now it was time to lay it all out until I could get it "Baby Bear" aka Just Right!

Here is where I changed my mind a few dozen times....
I will spare you the agony of showing pictures of all the options I tried before committing to one design!

I did commit once I placed the gears down and used some Glossy Accents to hold them in place.  No turning back now!!!

For a finishing touch, earlier in the process, I had bent the metal oval embellishment from the kit to fit the bind of the journal .  These are from Miriam's Crafting Supplies and she has a wide selection to choose from.  You will see these, along with other Partner products, in the kits often!

and added some 3 Girl JAM (another Product Partner) Tuxedo Black Crinkle Ribbon to the bind (tied in a bow) as well as at the bottom (pleated).

....and this is what I came up with as the Finished Design!!!!

Here is a close up of the sentiment (by the way, I also dabbed some Dew Drop Copper to the clock after cutting it out)

A side view to show off the gorgeous hat pin I created with the supplies that were in the Kit as well!  Buttons and Paper Roses too!  The Paper Roses are from another Product Partner, Adele at Glimpz of Memories!

So there you have it folks!  I am happy to read your comments on my tutorial and how well you like the Kits.  And, again, here is the link to the Crafty Kit Club if you want to get one for yourself!
Crafty Kit Club {CLICK HERE

Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) Jessica

Monday, April 7

All Things Spring Challenge with 3 Girl JAM


HAPPY MONDAY FRIENDS!


I have a short but sweet post for you today!

For my Designer Day with 3 Girl JAM, I created a bright and cheery card to follow the theme for the current 3 Girl JAM 3GJ Challenge Blog.

The theme is All Things Spring with Ribbon.

I used the Mistletoe Green Crinkle Ribbon to give a feel of soft spring grass along the bottom of my card.  I love pleating this ribbon for many different effects.  I love the grass look it gives here.



Other products used:
Yellow Card Base -- David Tutera Celebrate Card Set - Brights

Frame layers -- Recollections card stock (various colors)  
Frames cut using Shapez Frame 2 Die by Spellbinders/Xyron
Butterflies cut using Shapez Butterfly Die by Spellbinders/Xyron
Design on Butterflies was made using Untiy Stamp Co. Chicken Wire Background stamp by Christy Tomlinson then heat embossed
Sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. "...everything wonderful" set by Lisa Arana
Inks used:  Colorbox Imperial Purple, Colorbox Blossom Pink, Ranger Sunshine Yellow, American Crafts Powder Blue, & American Crafts Apricot 




Remember 
to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) Jessica


Wednesday, April 2

**BLOG HOP WINNER**

THANK YOU to ALL who hopped along with us during the 
3 Girl JAM All Things Spring Blog Hop.... 



Time to Announce the  Blog Candy WINNER!



l used my favorite Random Psychic to select a WINNER
and
COMMENT #17
was chosen

17 
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Such a pretty frame! Loving the ribbon flower!
~Kim
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CONGRATULATIONS KIM!!!
Please send me an email at strgazrblueyes22477@yahoo.com
or contact me on FB
to CLAIM YOUR PRIZE!



Remember 
to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) Jessica




Saturday, March 29

~ All Things Spring ~ 3 Girl JAM Blog Hop

Welcome to the 3 Girl JAM All Things Spring Blog Hop.... 



You should be joining me after visiting Julie's Blog - Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers.
But, if you just stopped in and would like to hop with us, head back to the beginning and start at 3 Girl JAM.

Make sure to check out the 3 Girl JAM Blog for your chance to win some awesome blog candy for hopping along - and don't forget to read through the Challenge Rules and link up your own project at the 3GJ Challenge Blog for a chance to win another fabulous prize.

Being close to the last stop in the Hop has proved to be quite difficult for me.  The 3 Girl JAM Design Team Members are a tough act to follow.  
AMAZING PROJECTS, HUH?

Design Team Member, Donna @ Created by ~Donna K, will surely have a great project to share as the next place to visit after you are finished here.  

For my Spring Themed Project, I wanted to think outside the lines of creating a Simple Card and decided to create a Home Decor Project to get my kids excited for Spring.
Here in Ohio, it is snowing as I type this post and I am anxious to see the Crocus and Daffodils emerge from the soil.  I know my children are anxious to get rid of their Cabin Fever and play outside, too.

Spring is all about the gorgeous and luscious colors of the new flowers, the wind bustling through and making it perfect for Kite Flying, and about the abundance of new life seen in nature.  It also marks the time when we all get to indulge our Sweet Tooth.  Easter is a staple of the Spring Season as well.  So, I was a little unsure what type of Home Decor Project to create.

The Design Team was also asked to highlight the Newest Bundle of 3 Girl JAM Crinkle Ribbon in our Hop Projects today . . .

Lemon-Lime and Grey-Gray 

I used the LG Bundle to adorn the outside of the frame and created a Pleated Petal using the Lime Green Ribbon.  The center Rhinestone was added to bring all the shiny silver elements on the inside and outside together.  It was imperative that I add a Butterfly charm, too.




I recently purchased these David Tutera WhiteWash Frames and have had several ideas how to alter them.  This Blog Hop inspired me to work on one for Spring.

The Silver Starburst on the inside is also a David Tutera product.  It is just one of many really cool items he has in his Celebrate Line of Card Making supplies.

I created the small green rectangle using watercolor paper, Tim Holtz Color Wash Spray - Lettuce, Christy Tomlinson's Chicken Wire background stamp by Unity Stamp Co., and some white embossing powder.  The "bloom" sentiment was created using K&Company alphabet sticker swatches.

I am thinking of going back and using the fun Color Wash Spray more to create a nice Green backdrop to the Silver Starburst inside the frame.  I think it will add just the right amount of contrast!

I would LOVE to give away some Blog Candy today!



I will select a WINNER from the comments left here on my blog post today.
Please be sure to complete the entire hop and comment on ALL the blogs along the way.  
The winner will be announced towards the end of Next Week.


Now it is time to hop over to visit Donna's Blog - Created by Donna K!


Here is the Full Hop Lineup for Quick Reference:














Remember 
to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) Jessica



Monday, March 24

THANK YOU with 3 Girl Jam Crinkle Ribbon and Flair!!!!



Welcome Blends and 3 Girl JAM Friends!!!!

Happy Monday to all of my friends and readers.  
I am the Designer up at the3 Girl JAM Blog today and I have a quick card to share with you!

The first Day of Spring arrived last week.  Well, as far as the calendar was concerned, it did.  But it is still a frosty morning here in Ohio.

The March Challenge is still going strong with 3 Girl JAM.  The theme is "Yellow, Green and Orange".

I grabbed my scraps and sifted through for the colors of the challenge....


I found a few to work with and quickly created this card!


and 
work perfectly to offer a great Spring Bounce to this card.


I got to play with my new Dies that I received this past week, too!



Here is a link to all the fabulous colors of 3 Girl JAM Crinkle Ribbon:

JOIN THE FUN CHALLENGE
The 3 Girl JAM Challenge for the month of February is
"Yellow, Green and Orange"
3 Girl JAM Challenges

You'll always find LOADS of inspiration at the 3 Girl JAM Challenge Blog!
Stop over for wonderful ideas from the Design Team and all those who are linking up!

We'd love for you to Link your Projects to JOIN THE FUN and for a chance to WIN a Gift Certificate to Shop at 3 Girl JAM!!!!

For more 3 Girl JAM Product and Project Ideas, be sure to check out the 3 Girl JAM Pinterest Boards!

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Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
Because 
♫ CRAFTING ♫ 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
\m/-_-\m/ 
:O) Jessica

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