Friday, April 26

Anything Goes w/ Ribbon at 3 Girl JAM & Sponsor: TWENDY TWINE

Are you ready for the New Challenge with 3 Girl JAM

Challenge #17 -
Theme: Anything Goes w/Ribbon
Date: April 26th - May 9th
Sponsor: Trendy Twine
Starter Pack of Trendy Twine

A $10.00 Gift Card to SHOP at 3 Girl JAM

Our Challenge Sponsor for this Challenge is
The Design Team has shared some fabulous projects with you today to help inspire you as you create.  Be sure to stop over to the Challenge Blog to view all the scrumptious creations.

I have really been wanting to do some paining lately.  I hope to get some canvases out and start jamming.  Sometimes we all need that Extra "Push" to get started.  For me, I decided to spruce up my paint brush holder (which used to be a simple and tall coffee mug) that blended in with my craft table.  And, by blended in, I mean "hid" in the background.

I figured, if I created a pretty holder for my brushes, I may subliminally trigger the mojo to paint.

I started with a simple plastic tube that I had been saving to upcycle.  I am almost certain the tube was the container that my son's juggling balls came in at Christmas time.  I guess I haven't been holding onto for too long...bwahahaha.

I layered some holographic craft paper on the inside since I had decided to use some fun Crinkle Ribbon around the top and bottom edges.  I love pleating 3 Girl JAM Crinkle Ribbon on my projects, and this was just enough "fru-fru" to jazz up my holder.  I

 used Cherry Lipstick on the top and Witch's Brew on the bottom.

I tied some thick twine to the Crinkle Ribbon to hang my painter's palette charm.  I left some of the twine dangling down to add some beads for adornment.

I have had these Peacock Charms for a while and decided to take it from a vintage metallic look, to a sparkling blinged out look.

I first painted a thin coat of pink acrylic paint.  When that dried, I added a layer of Stardust Stickles.  I placed some bright pink, soft blue, and purple stardust in areas of the feathers, head, and body of the peacock.  While that was drying, I grabbed my Thickers.  I spritz some of my Handmade Mists in pink, blue, and green over the letters and let them dry.

To finish the Peacock, I used a finger dauber and some mocha ink to bring out the outlines that were hidden from the paint.  I used Liquid Pearls and more Stickles to dress up the eye, body, outlines, and feathers.

Once the item dried, I used my new ***squeal*** E6000 to apply the metal peacock to a paper doily.  Then added a few paper roses to spruce it up.

Here is the paint brush hold.

The funny  part about this project, is that I was creating it to bring on the momentum I needed to start painting again.  As I started the project, I had no idea, I would be PAINTING the embellishments.  So it is ALREADY WORKING!

lovely Blends and 3 Girl JAMmers
for stopping by today.

3  Girl JAM is hosting a Blog Hop
to Introduce
Three (3) NEW Bundles of Crinkle Ribbon
There will be a Fun Discount you can Use,
a fun announcement regarding The JACKPOT Bundle,
and a New Ordering Incentive!

Remember to Keep Crafting, 
:O) Jessica

Monday, April 15

Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party!

Happy Monday Sweet Blends.
I am honored that Tara, Craftin' Desert Divas, asked me to participate
in her Newest

and I am thrilled that the Pinque Peacock Pinquettes are joining as Guest Designers as well.

Welcome to another Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party!
This linky party is a "Peacock Color Challenge". Inspired by our sponsor Pinque Peacock.

You must use at least one color on your project and it must be the focal point.  You may also use several or all the colors on your project. You may have accent colors other than the colors on the chart.

Every Monday will mark the beginning of a new semi-weekly linky party at Craftin' Desert Divas. Tara will designate a theme and invite you to share projects you've made!!

And don't forget about the prizes!
Every linky party will have a sponsor and a winner, plus a top 3! The winner will be announced on a semi-weekly basis. The more times you link up, the more chances you have to win!! Sponsors will be announced at the beginning of every linky party.

I would love for you to be a follower at Craftin' Desert Divas so you don't miss out when the new linky party starts and the theme of the linky party.

Linky Party Rules & Guidelines
Linky parties are open from Monday at 12AM Arizona MST thru Sunday 12PM Arizona MST.
Any projects you submit must be linked to your blog or online gallery.
Projects must be NEW, no backlinking, please.
Number of entries per linky party is unlimited.
You may link up ANY type of craft project (layout, card, altered item, tag etc) as long as it goes with the theme of the party.
Winners will be randomly chosen.

This "Peacock Color Challenge" linky party sponsor is Pinque Peacock

Pinque Peacock is sponsoring a ...

Pinque Peacock has just released a wonderful array of items for the "Peacock Beauty" New Release.  Dazzling Stick Pins and Luscious Fabric Covered Buttons.
Hop on over to the Pinque Peacock Shop and see all the beautiful items.

~ ~ ~ ~ NOW ONTO MY PROJECT ~ ~ ~ ~
For my project today, I am delighted to share my finished Altered Cotton Tote Bag (another New Item COMING SOON to the  Pinque Peacock Shop

I used a lot of supplies and techniques, so I will explain as I go along and share the images along the way, too.

I first started by stamping the Peacock (by Inkadinkadoo) using clear embossing ink, Blue Glitter embossing powder, and my heating tool.
The center flower image was stamped from the Unity KOM - 12/12 Everyday Fairytale using TH Distress Ink - Vintage Photo.  I then painted the leaves and flower petals with my Creative Inspirations Paints.  I love the sparkle and shine their paints have and they are so easy to work with.  I have tried them on several projects, and have been pleased with the result on ALL of them.

The Butterfly image was stamped from the Unity KOM - 1/12 HEART and SOUL and heat embossed with a lavendar embossing powder.

Although it is hard to tell, there is another stamp used behind the Layered Garden Beauties (larger fabric flowers available at Pinque Peacock).  It is the Circle Journaling Image with leaves.  It is from the Unity KOM - 8/09 Following my Heart.  I simply painted the leaves with some light green glitter glue. 
I hot glued the peacock feather ribbon around the top of the bag opening on both the front and back side of the Cotton Tote Bag.
 To add a little pizazz around each of the circles, I affixed gorgeous Flat Back Pearls, in an array of colors, that are from Miriam's Crafting Supplies.  I love the vibrant and rich colors of all her pearls and adore her unbeatable prices.

The small cluster of flowers near the bottom of the Cotton Tote are all Handmade Flowers from the Pinque Peacock Shop.  A few small and medium Felt Poppers and a few small Splendid Swirls.  I added more of Miriam's Pearls to the centers. The larger flowers pictured below are the Layered Garden Beauties.
The swirl of rhinestones near the butterfly is from Want2Scrap.  I really love the effect this gives to entire design.  The small sun in the upper corner is an off brand and the round circles of rhinestones under the Splendid Swirls are by Recollections (I think).
The peacock feathers are also handmade using a few supplies (Coordinations Cardstock, Stickles, Gold Dew Drop ink, Markers, Acrylic Paint, Perfect Pearls mist, and a black jelly roll pen).

I am so glad I got the idea to add the rows of 3 Girl JAM Crinkle Ribbon under the ribbon border on the top of the bag.  I love how it brings the color palette together.  I pleated the ribbon in rows of Sunflower Yellow, Goblin Green, Ice Blue, and Witches Brew Purple.  

I added a few droplets of Perfect Pearls, here and there, for added effect.

I am eager to make these Custom Decorated Cotton Tote Bags be available at the
Pinque Peacock Shop

Make sure you hop over to the Craftin' Desert Divas Blog and peek in at the gorgeous Inspiration on display.  Then Link up for your Chance to Win an Amazing Prize!!!

Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
:O) Jessica

Sunday, April 14

♪ ♫ ♪ Day 3 - April New Release Blog Hop "Peacock Beauty" @ Pinque Peacock ♪ ♫ ♪

~~~~ Click HERE for the Pinque Peacock 300 Blog Follower Giveaway ~~~~

Blends, Dear Sweet Blends!  
Oh, How I have Missed You So!

I am super delighted to be able to share some of my creativity with all of you.  Just like "Old Times".  Things with Pinque Peacock are going so extraordinarily well, that I have had to put my creating and crafting on a bit of a "vacation" for a while.

But I am thrilled to say that I have made, not 1, not 2, but 3 projects this weekend.
1 of the projects will be shared today!
But you will have to come back on Monday, to see the 2nd and 3rd Projects.
I promise, it will be a fun and totally worth it!!!

Now, without further adieu'
I would like to
Welcome YOU to
Pinque Peacock’s
April New Product Release 
"Peacock Beauty"

Today is Day 3 of the April New Release Blog Hop. 
If you missed Days 1 and 2, be sure to head back to all the Blog Stops on the lists below.  You definitely don't want to miss out on any of the SPECTACULAR Projects that the Pinquettes have shared this weekend.  They are truly MAGNIFICENT!!!
Today is Full of MORE, MORE, and MORE Peacock Splendor!

We hope you will enjoy your time as you hop and that you feel inspired to create after visiting the Talented Pinquettes' Blogs! This hop will showcase projects that have been created using some of the April New Release Products available at Pinque Peacock.

We are thrilled to have you joining us this month as this is a very special New Release of products and we are all so very excited to share it with all you!
Our April Release is full of beautiful color palettes, wonderful inspiration from the Pinquettes, and fabulous sparkle and shine as we celebrate PEACOCKS.

After hopping, be sure to visit the Pinque Peacock Shop on FB to order the New Release items to jazz up tons of your projects.

You also will want to stop back on Monday, to see More Wonderful Creations and Our Announcement of yet, another Prize Giveaway
that will be available as we sponsor
the Craftin Desert Divas'
Newest Link It Up Party!

!!!!Now, let's talk about the 
One winner, who has hopped all 3 days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) during our Pinque Peacock April New Release Blog Hop
and followed the RULES BELOW will win this . . . .
a Mother Load of Pinque Peacock Products
which includes all of this . . . .
(4) Beaded Stick Pins 
(6) Large Felt Poppers
(2) Layered Garden Beauties
(2) Large 1.5" Fabric Covered Buttons (FCB)
(6) Small 3/4" Fabric Covered Buttons (FCB)
(1) 2.5" Splendid Swirl (w/Embellished Center)

Do YOU want to WIN?     

Here is How*:

1 – Hop to ALL of the stops over the course of the 3 Day Hop and comment at each Pinquette Blog (Lineup for all 3 Days is below)

3 – Follow EACH of the Pinquettes’ Personal Blogs who are participating as Hop Stops this weekend.

*You MUST do ALL of the steps above to be included in the random drawing for the prize. We would hate for you to lose out on winning just because you didn't follow these easy rules :(

The Hop will remain open until Wednesday, April 17th, at 8:00 a.m. EST.
The random drawing will be held sometime during the week that follows and announced by Wednesday, April 24th.

Here is my Project that I am WAAAYYYY Excited to Share with You today!

My Handmade Hairpiece
using all sorts of Goodies from Pinque Peacock!

I have been wanting to create some new products for the Pinque Peacock Shop, and this one has been a long time in the making.

I started with a 1/8" plastic headband and some luscious London Blue Crinkle Ribbon from 3 Girl JAM to dress up the white plastic. 

I made a couple of the Splendid Swirl flowers

using the Gorgeous Silk Fabric from the April New Release 

and even was able to create a flower from a few pieces that didn't cut very well when I was making some Fabric Covered Buttons.
I did add a Button to the center of my "oops" flower to dress it up a little.

The peacock feather was created using  a fabulous wood block stamp that my sweet friend and Pinquette sister, Teresa K, gifted me last Christmas.

I stamped the feather using Gold Metallic Dew Drop Ink and some Coordinations Card Stock.  I lighted sprayed some Perfect Pearls Mist over the image to mimic the natural shine that a REAL Peacock Feather has.  I added details using Watercolor and Permanent Whisper Strokes Markers, Folk Art Paints, and some delicate trimming.
The fibers near the paper feather were also left over pieces (trimmings) of the Silk Fabric that I gently pulled apart and placed behind the Splendid Swirl and other Flower.

To give the Adornment Cluster on the Headband added strength, I affixed them to black felt, which was pre-cut into a large flower shape (these are used to create the Pinque Peacock, Layered Garden Beauty Flowers).

I added some Aqua Rhonestones, from Want2Scrap, to jazz up the felt and then added another layer of felt on the underneath portion of the Flower Cluster on the inside of the Hairpiece (headband).

I finished off the piece with Pearl Beaded Stick Pin, also from the New Release this month.

 *******QUICK LINK*******
April New Release Products

For Family Fun, I had a little Photo Session with my Sweet Little Peacock Princesses!
(Modeled by the 3 youngest of my Precious Little Peacock Princesses)

Haylee (3 y/o)

Ariana (5 y/o)

Gabriella (9 y/o)
Now, if you find yourself Hopping off the Path on any of the three days, you can use this Lineup to get back on the Right Track . . .
DAY 1 (4/12/13):

DAY 2 (4/13/13):

DAY 3 (4/14/13):

Thank You for hopping along and we hope you had Loads of Fun!
Peacock Hugs
~Jessica and the Pinquettes
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Keep Crafting, 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
:O) Jessica

Friday, April 5

WIN a $100 Gift Card Giveaway - LAST CHANCE TO ENTER

Your Last Chance to get in on this fabulous Prize is NOW!!!
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can enter to win
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1 - Follow her Blog - HERE
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Remember to 
Keep Crafting, 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
:O) Jessica

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