Sunday, September 30

Blinkie Quick Poll - WINNER

I really appreciate
all of you
who took time
to offer
up your opinions
the new Blinkies for
Unique Shaque Craftz
last week.

It was fun to read all of your comments.

The votes were tallied up and the results are in . . . 
Blinkie #1 -  21 VOTES

Blinkie #2 -  4 VOTES

So Blinkie #1 is declared the Winner!
Thanks again goes to Sarah
for her wonderful designs!
You really should take a minute
to stop by and Check Out her Amazing Work!!!

But wait, before you do that,
I have another winner to announce.

For everyone that voted, your name
was put into a random drawing to win

my favorite Psychic
Random numbers generated Sep 30 2012 at 13:12:35 by  
Kimberly said...
I like #2...your name really stands out..i have to really look to see your name on #1...too much brown on 1 that dominates the name colour...just saying..tfs

Kimberly, please send me an email
with your address so I can get this sent
to you Pronto!
Make sure you put "Quick Poll Winner" 
in the Subject Line of the email!
I will need to hear back from you by
October 10th or the prize will be forfeited.
Keep Crafting 

Saturday, September 29

***SMASH Folio WINNER***

I would like
to sincerely
each and every
one of you
for  hopping along
in celebration
of our 
Have an OWLsome Fall Y'all
Blog Hop

And a HUGE
Super Sized
goes to all of you
who took the time
to follow all of the hop stops
from Day 1 and Day 2
as well
as become a Follower of each!

It took a little why to 
that the winner who was chosen
for the Blog Candy
here at The Shaque,
followed all of the rules,
but it is completed!

Random Psychic
Random numbers generated Sep 29 2012 at 10:22:15 by
 as the winner of the
Eco Green SMASH Folio
by K & Company

CONGRATS goes to . . .
Rexann who said:
I hopped both days and Had a Fantastic time!! I have to say that My favorite Project was AJ's Owl wreath!! I adore the owl, it looks so real!! Thanks for being part of a very Inspiring Hop!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Rexann, please send me an email
with your address so I can get this sent
to you Pronto!
Make sure you put "Blog Hop Winner" 
in the Subject Line of the email!

Keep Crafting 

Monday, September 24

The Letter "M"

My Imagination Monday & The Letter of The Day - M

September 24, 2012 

Hello Crafty Blends.
I am exited to share another
altered journal with you today.
For our DT projects today at
 My Cricut Craft Room,
 we were to create
a project
using The Letter M.

I instanly thought of McKenzie, my oldest daughter.
I had her help pick out the fun cuts that I would
use for the altered composition book.
She closed her eyes and spun her finger around
in circles around the images on the back 
of the Cricut Slumber Party cartridge.
How funny is it, that the images she landed her finger on were
a Microphone and a Moon!
You can't get much more PERFECT than that!

She also asked me to use 
the Cricut Jasmine cartridge for the font (her name).

Here is the finished altered notebook:

She really isn't all into the color Pink, but
accepted the fact that all of the Design Team projects at
My Cricut Craft Room through October  15th
will be 

I tried to use a minimal amount of pink, which was difficult for me,
but I toned it down with the Teal Paper by K&Company-Embossed Winter.
I used it to cover the front and back covers of the book.
Teal is her Favorite Color!!!

The Microphone and Moon
were both cut at 4" each using
various colors of cardstock.

McKenzie was cut at 2" for each letter, with the letter M
being the only letter I cut from the Charm Feature
on the cartridge.

I used Versa Mark inks in Black and Champagne Dazzle
then heat embossed the Sheet Music stamped background (by Unity)
with a black glittery powder
and heat embossed the stamped foliage (also by Unity)
 in the lower right corner using
a clear glitter powder from Ranger.

Please head back to My Cricut Craft Room,
to view all of the wonderful projects that the Design Team is
sharing today!

Keep Crafting
:O) Jessica

Saturday, September 22

Have An Owlsome Fall Y'All Blog Hop~Day 1

Welcome to Day 1
of the 
Have An Owlsome Fall Y'All 
Blog Hop!
If you arrived here from my Sweet Friend Forever, Heather's Blog,
then you are on Track!
 We are so happy to have you join us today!

The hop starts at Heather Lynn's blog so please start there
if you just stumbled in today
and would like to see some amazing OWL themed projects.

You won't want to miss out on any of these wonderful creations
for this HOP!!!

This is a 2 day hop and the line up will be different each day.
Please start HERE today (9/22) and tomorrow (9/23),
so we can send you in the right direction!

Heather's first "Well Owl Be" Blog Hop"
in June, went over so well,
it has been decided to do
an OWL themed hop
 4 times a year!

Our next hop will be right before Christmas
and we hope you will come back
and join us then, too!

One grand prize winner ,
will win a Cricut cartridge
and a stamp set
sponsored by Erica's Craft Room!
Thank you, Erica, you are so generous!

Please be a follower 
and leave a comment 
at all of the stops in the hop for the chance to win. 

There will also be other blog candy along the way!

OK, so now that all the details are out of the way,
let's get down to Crafty Business!

For the last hop,
I made an Owl Mixed Media Canvas
as a gift to Heather.

For this hop, I wanted to carry on the "new tradition"
and make another gift for her.

I decided to alter a composition book
with some papers Heather had seen in my stash
during one of her visits to my house.

I used my new Create A Critter 2 cartridge to cut
the Owls out at 4 1/2" each.
I forget the manufacturer of the papers, though.
I used some stamps
from the
K Andrew Designs - Owly Hoo Sentiments set
and Vintage Photo ink.
I used an old hand punch that had
a "leaf" adapter that
fit perfect with the patterned papers.
 I added the twine to finish it off.
The paper has just the right amount
of gloss and glitter
to give the entire
"thought journal"
some extra pizazz.
I triple matted a Journal Tag
and the row of owls
which were
fussy cut from some of the pattern paper.

 I didn't want to leave the back inside cover completely bare.
I adhered a few images from the patterned papers
to thick cardstock then fussy cut around them.
I wanted to put them there so when she
gets to the end of her journal, she
still has a cute owl to peek at.

I hope she likes it,
but HOO am I kidding,
she loves
anything with Owls (LOL)!

I am offering candy here at my blog
to one person who becomes a follower
here as well as at all of the blogs
in the hop.  You must also
leave a comment at each stop, too.


So leave one comment here NOW,
then stop back and leave another comment
to tell me you finished
BOTH DAYS of the hop
and have followed ALL of the blogs
and commented along the way!

I would love to hear which  project
was your favorite along the way, too!!!

Now, because that is a lot of work, I know....
it is for a chance to win this . . . .
Eco Green SMASH Folio
by K & Company
**Postage paid by me, for Residents of the US and Canada.   
If an International Resident were to be chosen as the winner, 
they would be responsible for the cost associated with 
the shipping and handling  for mailing the prize.**

Now make sure to head over to Ashley's Blog NEXT.

and here is the lineup, should you need it:
We hope  you have an OWLSOME time Hopping!

Keep Crafting
:O) Jessica

Friday, September 21

Unique Shaque Craftz - Quick Poll and Giveaway

So sorry to be playing
Musical Chairs
for this Quick Poll
(so much for it being really simple, eh?)

Well, when I posted the blinkies
FB Group,
they weren't active, just the images
and you couldn't see the fun
"blinking font".

So I am posting them here and will
count up all the votes 
from the comments left at this post.

These amazing blinkies were created
by the wonderful, talented, and awesome

Designs by Sarah Custom Services
Again, as a
Kind Gesture 
to those of you 
who take part in the poll, 
I will put ALL of your names
into a drawing 
for this fabulous prize package:
Bo Bunny Double Dot Ribbon-Purple
and a wonderful 
bitty Itty Bitty stamp by Unity 
in Honor of
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
in October.
Photo: OK, everyone, I need your input~~~
and as a Kind Gesture to those of you who take part in the poll, I will put ALL of your names into a drawing for this fabulous prize package of Bo Bunny Double Dot Ribbon-Purple, and a wonderful bitty Itty bitty stamp by Unity in Honor of the upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

If you would like to take part in the poll, just head over to the group where the poll will take place!




Keep Crafting 

Thursday, September 20


Today I had the unpleasant task 
of having to pick a 
new winner 
of My Blog Candy
back on 
September 10th

The original winner  was announced on September 12
and was given until Noon today (EST) 
to come forward.  Unfortunately, 
I never heard for them.

 * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

My sweet Gabriella learned
a bit how 
Random Number Generator
works by helping
me input all the necessary
numbers and clicking go!

The new winner of the 
most WONDERFUL time
stamp by Unity 


Random numbers generated Sep 20 2012 at 18:25:57 by 

Especially like the lace & all the pretty embellishing. Thanks for the giveaway chance. Happy Birthday Chriss. Happy to be part of Chriss bday hop.
Melissa "Sunshine HoneyBee"

Be sure to contact me before 10/1/12 in order to claim your prize.

Keep Crafting
:O) Jessica

Tuesday, September 18

Share your Smile - with 3 Girl JAM

Happy Tuesday Blends

I get so excited when it is 
my day to share
a fun project
using 3 Girl JAM products.

Today I got to make a fun
girly card.
Lots of pinks, chevrons, and fun dress forms.

I used:
Baby Girl Pink  Sterling Silver, and Tuxedo Black

My ribbon flower was created to
fit with the current theme
at the 3 Girl JAM Challenge Blog.
 There is still time to link up
so be sure to stop over and get all the details
to play along.
You can even link up
on the right sidebar
here on my blog!

I first cut out a 2" circle.  I started to braid my
three colors of Crinkle Ribbon:
Baby Girl Pink
Tuxedo Black
together and adhered them
to my circle with ATG Adhesive.
I then put Zots on the back of my 2" circle
and began pleating the Baby Girl Pink
to create a soft petal edge to the flower.

I added a single large
Gun Metal Pearl
from Want 2 Scrap
to finish the center.

The pattern papers are
from the 6x6
Carta Bella - Paris Girl stack

I used my corner puncher that Heather Lynn gave
me a few weeks ago, because I am always drooling
over her wonderful cards
that she uses one to create.
Thanks Heather!!!

I inked up all of my edges with
Dew Drops Platinum
Studio G Pink.

I also distressed my center oval using my
Tim Holtz Distressing Tool.
To cut the oval, I used my Creative Memories
Oval Cutting System - (the 3rd largest oval/red blade)
I added small Baby Bling Le Creme Pearls (also from
Want2Scrap) around the edge
of the oval (1" apart), then
added Liquid Pearls - Petal Pink
in between each Le Creme Pearl.

The stamped image and sentiment are
from the Unity Itty Bitty
Share Your Smile
by Authentique.
I used VersaMark Black ink and
a black Shiny embossing powder on both.
After embossing the dress form, I added
more  Liquid Pearls - Petal Pink
for extra oomph.

I am linking up this project to the current
Chick Challenge - Sketch #44

 I hope you enjoy my card
and be sure to stop
over to the
3 Girl JAM Blog
to see all of the wonderful
work the DT has been creating lately.
Then be sure to stop over
to the 
to stock 
up on your ribbons for the Holidays!
With the approaching Fall and Winter Holidays 
just around the corner,
make sure you order
and the
 for all of your upcoming 
and Christmas

When you place your 
Bow Maker Orders
  you will receive
4 yards of the
Halloween Harvest
Crinkle Ribbon
 for an additional
Penny ($0.01)
with your order!

Remember to
Keep Crafting

Saturday, September 15

FBD - Oldies But Goodies Blog Hop

Welcome to 
September's Fresh Brewed Designs 
Blog Hop!

This is our Biggest Blog Hop of the year!

We have invited several guests to join in on the fun.
If you are just arriving here, then you need to start at the beginning
at Freshly Brewed Challenges

If you are getting here from Sheryl's blog then
you are right on track!

Our Hop this month includes 
previously released FBD rubber stamps!

You will see a variety of stamps from 2010 - 2012 from many talented crafters.

The project I created for you,
features the FBD Rubber Stamp 
Cutie Pie Mermaid
Cutie Pie is the Perfect Name,
don't you think?

When I think of Mermaids, I think of Magic.
When I think of Magic, I think of sparkles.
So with that thought,
I stamped her onto Watercolor Paper, grabbed Whisper Strokes Watercolor Markers
and coordinating colors of Stickles.

After I colored Cutie Pie, I painted a light
layer of many colors of Stickles 
(Lavender, Glam pink, and Waterfall).
I also used Studio G Glitter Glue
(Light Green and Clear)
onto the image with several
small paint brushes.

I originally was going to make
a card with a happy sentiment.
Then it occurred to me,
I have been wanting to make some tags.
Instantly, a light bulb appeared
above my head with a sentiment to use
so the tag could also be a fun bookmark.
"dive into a book"
I am fortunate that all of my kids,
who are old enough to read thus far, 
love books.  
And, after picking Gabriella up 
from school on Friday,
she pulled out her book and the bookmark
she has been using, well, let's just say,
had probably marked its last page...LOL.

So this will be a gift to her.

I let her dry for a little while before
fussy cutting around her sparkly little self.
Then I started on the tag.

I simply took my finger dauber, dabbed it in
some aqua Studio G ink,
then made light circular motions
all around the tag.
I painted small 
portions of the tag with
Waterfall Stickles and
hand drew some bubbles
using a white gel pen.

I poked about my alpha
sticker stash until
I found some
circle ones that
matched the color scheme
I had created.

I grabbed my Twinery Twine
and picked out
Charcoal, Buttercream, Blossom,
Orchid, and Caribbean.
I cut a 12" piece of each color and folded it in half.
My first attempt was to leave a loop
in the front and feed the ends through.

But after making the first knot,
I opted to go the opposite way,
so the knot would rest in the front.
She is so super
sparkly, that even after
snapping 50 pictures at different angles
and in different light,
I couldn't get the perfect pic.

But here is the finished 
tag bookmark.

Stop by the 
Fresh Brewed Designs Shop 
to check out the 
being offered for this hop 
and be sure to comment on ALL of the
stops for your chance to win 
the blog hop prize package!

Thank you for stopping by!
Your NEXT stop is at Joanie's Blog.

here is the complete hop order in case you get lost:

Freshly Brewed Challenges:

Keep Crafting

Thursday, September 13

Scrapbook Friday - Wild About U

Scrapbook Friday - September 14, 2012 

~4 or more Pictures on a Layout~

Hello Crafty Blends.
I am exited to share my
fun Layout with you today.

For our DT projects today at
 My Cricut Craft Room,
 we were to create
a Scrapbook Layout that
had 4 or more pictures on it.

I love snapping random pics
as often as possible around the house.
But, really enjoy when the younger kids
cuddle by me and are happy to be close to each other.
With them being 2, 4, and 5 years old, it is important
to grab the camera when this happens since
it is a rare occasion.
I used the new Create A Critter 2
Cartridge for all the fun cuts
you see on the layout.

The first set of pictures that I printed didn't suit
my fancy with the idea I had for colors on my layout.
And if you know me, you know I LOVE COLOR!
So I softened the colors up
by changing the hue and saturation amounts.
I then fussy cut around 4 out of the 5 pics.

I used a single piece of white card stock
and a single piece of black card stock
for all of my Cricut cuts.  I then 
used lots of stamp pads
and mediums to adjust them
to my liking.

The Title was cut at 4" on both layers.  I then stamped
the white layer with TH Antique Linen first.  I layered a portion with
Studio G pink and another with Studio G Teal .

When adhering all of my cuts together (the black and white layers),
I decided to offset the black to create a 
fun shadow.  This is just one of the many
techniques I have learned from
watching Erica's Room on Ustream this year.
She is full of crafty fun tips
to make crafting more fun and efficient.

My next cut was for the cute Gate.  I cut
this at 4" then went over
the top white layer with TH Vintage Photo.
When the ink dried, I applied a thin coat of Distress Crackle Paint
in Clear Rock Candy and allowed it to dry.
 (sorry about the close up pic being blurry.  I think the kids
played with the settings on my camera...LOL)

Other cuts I made from the Create A Critter 2 Cartridge
The Hearts (cut at 2") seen near some pics
The Bursts (cut at 2") seen along the length of the vine.
 I used pink and green ink to bring together the entire color
palette from the photos and background designs.

To create the background, I started with a piece of
Desert Card Stock and placed an inqueboard 
flower and a vine on top of it.  I started by misting with
Green Olive Smooch Spritz over the vine.
I then misted over the flower with several colors, but mostly
with the Pralines and Cream Smooch Spritz. 
This created a masked design and 
inked my inqueboard at the same time.
I simply took my Whisper Stroke Markers
and made some doodles for 
I decided to try a technique with bubble wrap
that I had seen in several places around the web.
I applied the TH Black  Soot to the wrap,
then "slapped" it down to create the 
fun dots behind the large photo.
I matted the larger photo
on a piece of Little Miss by Bo Bunny.
I added a few rhinestones, also from the Bo Bunny Little Miss collection,
to the bursts along the vine.
For the finale',  some miniature roses to create a garden and
complete the entire layout.

 Now, be sure to head over to
see what the talented Design Team Members have created
for their projects today
My Cricut Craft Room!
Keep Crafting 

Wednesday, September 12

Winner from Chriss's Birthday Hop

Just about everyone
from the Hop
have been choosing winners
for the Blog Candy.
So, I wanted to jump
aboard and pick my 
winner of the 
Fun and Festive
New Ippity Itty Bitty Stamp
Random Psychic picked
Random numbers generated Sep 12 2012 at 16:57:41 by 
Comment #27
who said:
gorgeous card, Jessica
Happy Birthday Chriss
Thanks so much for the FAB giveaway!!

Please be sure to send me an email with your mailing address
so I can ship out your goodies!
My email:  strgazrblueyes22477@yahoo
 Subject: Blog Hop Winner

I need to hear from you before 
September 20th, Noon EST
or I will
choose another Winner!

Keep Crafting 

Tuesday, September 11


I have some winners 
to announce!

First winner of the
WE treasure YOU Stamp Set

from the  

Random Psychic picked
Random numbers generated Sep 11 2012 at 10:52:1 by 
Comment #8
Heather Lynn
who said:
Hi Jessica, I loved reading about your Grandparents..I am sorry you don't have any around today but I know you treasure the memories you do have. :) I love the old photograph and I love all of your projects! It's awesome how you did your moms card in the OSU colors. I am sure she will love it! "Happy Jack's" card is nice and masculine which is not so easy to do and what great background paper for occasion! Wonderful job, as always! 

Second winner of the
Twine Samples
NEW Bitty
Itty Bitty stamp by Unity
Hope for a Cure 

from the  

Random Psychic picked
Random numbers generated Sep 11 2012 at 11:4:45 by 
Comment #27
who said:
Beautiful card!! Im sure she will love it!!
Veronica (follower)
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com


Please be sure to send me an email with your mailing address
so I can ship out your goodies!
My email:  strgazrblueyes22477@yahoo
 Subject: Blog Hop Winner

I need to hear from you before 
September 18th, Noon EST
or I will
choose another Winner!

Keep Crafting 


Monday, September 10

♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ Chriss's Birthday Blog Hop ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪

Welcome to
Chriss's Birthday
Blog Hop


Today we are celebrating
our sweet and talented friend,
Chriss America Real's Birthday
with a fabulous Hop!

You should be arriving from Chriss's Blog -

Hop along to see what each of her friends have created to wish her a Fabulous Birthday!!!

There are some wonderful prizes to be won from the Birthday Girl herself
and there is sure to be more fun prizes offered along the Hop!

Here are the fantastic Prizes The Birthday Girl is Offering for Hopping along
1st Prize: Photo Box
(2 lights, tripod, 4 backgrounds, and it folds up into its own carrying case)
2nd Prize: Stamp Set with fun shapes and animals
3rd Prize: Paper set with brads, stickers and embellishments

To be eligible to win:
You MUST be a follower of Scrappin' With Chriss and Lou
Add the Birthday Badge to your Blog Sidebar
Hop along on September 10th

I, too, am happy to be offering
a New August 30, 2012
Ippity Release Stamp
from Unity Stamp Company
most WONDERFUL time
as my candy here at my blog.

Just be sure to be a follower
of  Scrappin' With Chriss and Lou
~~~after all, IT IS *HER* BIRTHDAY~~~
and leave a comment here to
be counted in the drawing

Sleigh measures approximately 2" x 2.75" and the
"it's the most wonderful time of the year" sentiment
measures approximately .75" x 1.5".

I will choose a random winner of this
Blog Candy
by Friday, September 14th.

♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫
I made Chriss a Birthday Card
full of Color and BLING!!
(I do have to say, with all that bling, I struggled
to get the perfect picture...LOL)

Kraft cardstock for Base
Papers are from the Colorbok stack - Earth  Tones
All the fun Bling is from Want2Scrap
(Gun Metal Pearls, Blue/Green small rhinestones, and Brakcets Fancy-bling frames)
The lace trim and flowers are from my stash.
Alpha Tags Stickers are by pixie press
Lots of inking - Vintage Photo TH Distress Ink

Now you will be heading over to Heather D.'s Blog

Here is the Hop Lineup in case you get lost along the way.
Chriss -
Jessica S -
Heather D -
Jovan -
Lisa G -
Heather L.-
Gloria -
Sheryl -
Lisa B. Mensing -
Colleen -
Shirl -
Melissa -

Thank you for joining us in celebrating
and we hope you enjoy
hopping along!

Keep Crafting

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