Tuesday, August 27


Hello Sweet Blends!!!!
Today is my Design Team Post at 3 Girl JAM

The Wonderful 3 Girl JAM Crinkle Ribbon never fails to lend it valuable inspiration when I am crafting "under the wire".  With the 4 kids starting school last week, I have found very little time to breath let alone craft.  So when I needed to crunch down in the craft room, I knew I wouldn't be let down when I reached into my scrumptious Rainbow of Crinkle Ribbons to start!

I decided to play along in the current Unity Stamp Company {be inspired} Challenge and to use some of the newest Authentique Paper Collection: Natural, the that I recently won (see images near end of post)!

The ribbon colors I chose for this project included the yummy Hot ChocolateAntique White, and Gold Crown

 I used this crafty opportunity to create a card for my sweet friend, and probably many of yours' as well, Heather Lynn, who battled with a long stay at the hospital recently.  She has made her way back home, but has a lot of recovery ahead of her.  I love her dearly, and wanted to show her how much I AM WISHING for her to be surrounded with ONLY WONDERFUL EVERYTHING.

I pleated the ribbon to bring my two papers to a perfect seam, but the beautiful pleats are a bit hidden behind the stamped flower image. The flowers were stamped using the "donna peony" by Donna Downey and Unity Stamps.  Although the images don't show the fun background stamp I used behind the peony on the yellow squared mat, I did ink up the "cooped up notes" background stamp by Christy Tomlinson and Unity Stamp Co. before inking the flower.

To show off more of the 3 Girl JAM Crinkle Ribbon, I created a fun Ribbon Flower using all three colors I mentioned above.
This style flower, a Loop de Loop Elegant Floral,  is available in my shop at Pinque Peacock if you would like to custom order your own from any of the Custom Colors available by 3 Girl JAM.   I am happy to partner with Julie, 3 Girl JAM Owner and Founder, to create these lovely floral embellishments and I really enjoy using them on my own personal projects. (Plus, I have more excuses to play with my FAVORITE CRINKLE RIBBON EVER!  HOO-RAH!)

The Fabric Buttons in the centers of the Donna Peony stamped flowers can also be found at Pinque Peacock.  The Button on the left is a 3/4" Peacock Silk flat back button.  The button on the right is a 3/4" Farm Fresh (natural burlap) flat back button.

 I am happy to partner with Julie, 3 Girl JAM Owner and Founder, to create these lovely floral embellishments and I really enjoy using them on my own personal projects. (Plus, I have more excuses to play with my FAVORITE CRINKLE RIBBON EVER!  HOO-RAH!

I am soooooo happy that I was able to add the "....everything wonderful" by Lisa Arana to my Unity Stamp Collection.  
I have only owned this set for a short time and am quickly learning it is a HUGE FAVORITE!!!

If you would like to order any of the colors of Crinkle Ribbon I have used on my project today (or more) , I made sure I provided links for you to hop over to the 3 Girl JAM Shop and grab some for yourselves!  Be sure to check out all the other GORGEOUS Products available while you are there!~

Here are some images of all the items I gathered at the start of my project to work with (some I used, and some aren't showing because they joined the process afterwards...LOL)

Keep Crafting, 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
:O) Jessica

Thursday, August 15

Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions Grand-Opening Hop!

Welcome to the Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions Grand-Opening Hop!
As you hop along each stop will be showcasing items that can be found in the NEW Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions online store.
The Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions store focuses mainly on brads and eyelets. However, it does have a few other crafty notions that you can't live without, along with being very proud to carry May Arts ribbon.

If you are arriving here from the Wonderful Pam's Blog @ http://alljazzed2create.blogspot.com
then you are right on track!

Here is my wonderful array of Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions goodies that I got to play with for the Blog Hop!
Don't you just love that large paper clip!  SQUEAL!

I decided it was time to alter another Composition Book since school is right around the corner.  My kids start back next week.

I gathered a whole lot of crafty goodness to use with that gorgeous May Arts Ribbon and the fun brads and jute string.

Lots of Fancy Pants designs paper, stickers, chipboard and other embellishments.

My Unity Stamp Co. Stamps.
"smarty pants" by Simple Stories

I also used some solid card stock and a variety of Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

First, let me show you the finished Paper Clip that I altered into a Book Mark.  

I just love that Eyeglass Brad!!!

I used some punched scalloped rectangles as my Bookmark Topper and filled it with a few stickers, chipboard pieces, and some buttons.  
I tied a small bow under the apple using the jute string from Sparkly Sweet.

Here is the finished Notebook and some of the inside pages, too.

The large green flower is an Elegant Floral - Pleated Petal in Goblin Green from the Pinque Peacock Shop

I used the darling black chevron May Arts Ribbon to accent the bind.  The bow is tied at the top and the remaining tail is used as another page marker.

I divided the book into 5 sections for each day of the week.  I placed a coordinating color of card stock at the front of each daily section and used some of the Fancy Pants chipboard pennants as page tabs.

Enjoy the Grand-Opening Sale 8/15 - 8/18
 Save 10% on all purchases plus FREE shipping on all orders $10.00 and up.

!!!  PRIZE ALERT !!!
And what is a hop without a prize?
1 Lucky Hopper will win a sampler pack of May Arts ribbon.

May Arts ribbon sampler includes one-half yard of each pictured.

1. You must comment on every stop of the hop.

2. Share on FB and be sure to tag Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions. +1 entry
3. "Like" Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions on FB and say hi on the page to get your credit. +1 entry
4.  Be a follower of the blog. Comment separately on hop post to get your credit. +1 entry 

Now it is time to HOP on over to visit my Adorable and Super-Mega-Oober Talented Blend Lisa @ http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by! Here's the full line up in case you get lost along the way.

Sparkly Sweet Blog ~ http://sparklysweet.blogspot.com
Jessica E ~ http://chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
Pam ~ http://alljazzed2create.blogspot.com
Jessica B ~ http://jessicascraftshaque.blogspot.com/
Lisa ~ http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/
Donna K ~ http://createdbydonnak.blogspot.com/
Migdalia ~ http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com/
Beckie ~ http://justbcreativecrazy.blogspot.com

Remember to
Keep Crafting
:O) Jessica

Tuesday, August 13

"Teacher's Rule" - 3 Girl JAM Challenge: Kraft + Ribbon

Hey there Crafty Blends and 3 Girl JAM-ers
Today is my day to post as a
DT Member with 3 Girl JAM

I created a fun Back to School Card for a Teacher!

The current challenge at the 3 Girl JAM Challenge Blog is:

Kraft w/Ribbon
That's right we want to see ALL those awesome projects using Kraft card stock and ribbon!!!!
(pssst....play along to win an awesome prize from 3 Girl JAM)

I used a Kraft Envelope and some Kraft Card Stock.
I recently grabbed up some fun bargains at  Unity Stamp Company (aka "My Favorite Stamp Company") and couldn't wait to get inky with these sweet set called Jen girl.
She is just one of the adorable angieGirl stamps available at Unity and created by artist 
Angie Blom.

I love using my 3 Girl JAM Crinkle Ribbon as a closure on my altered journals and this influenced my decision to use it here...

I am a huge fan of Paper Piecing and wanted to try some of my very neglected paper stacks.
I decided to use Greens and Golds/Yellows from my stash of 3 Girl JAM Crinkle Ribbon since those are our School Colors here in Amherst, OH.

I won't bore you with too many details, but if you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment here and I would love to stop by and visit your blog, too.

This took lots and lots of fussy cutting, a little bit of Zig Glue, and some TH Distress Inks to finish it.  

I am happy that it turned out as I envisioned it.
I just hope my sweet daughter's Kindergarten Teacher loves it on their First Day of School next week, too.

And, would it be a post from me if you didn't see Mini Bows and Pleating on my project, right???

I used the 3 Girl JAM Bow Maker 

to make the bow on the card and the fun bow in the Teacher's Hair

Stop by 3 Girl JAM to place an order for this Beautiful Ribbon - You won't be sorry to have it in your Hands as you Create!

If you need more inspiration, be sure to peek back at all the Work the DT Members have been sharing since the start of the challenge!
They are Top of the Class!
Every Challenge has some rules-
~~ to qualify for the prizes, please make sure to follow ours~~
We've had so many great entries but we must stress- rules are rules.

1. Use ribbon and follow the theme for the challenge.
Challenge #20~Birthday Party w/Ribbon
(you do not need to use 3GJ Ribbon - but if you have some we would love to see it!!)
2. Follow the 3 Girl JAM Challenge blog.
3. Add the 3 Girl JAM Challenge button to your side bar.
4. You will have 3 weeks to link up your entry
 (last day to enter will be July 4th , Winner will be announced on July 5th.)
5. Be sure to link up to your blog post and not your blog.
(It  will make it much easier for the design team to leave you some love!)
7. Have fun!

This week's challenge is being sponsored by:
3 Girl JAM
with a $10.00 Gift Certificate to 3 Girl JAM

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

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