Sunday, June 18, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #49


Colorful Koala Card by Jess Gerstner featuring Newton's Nook Hanging Around #newtonsnook

Hello crafty friends! The next Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge is now live! The challenge is a sketch. For my card I used the Hanging Around and In Slow Motion stamp sets. Head on over to the Inky Paws challenge blog for full details and to hear about how you can win.

Friday, June 16, 2017

10+ Cards 1 Kit Scrapping for Less June Flavor of the Month

10+ Cards 1 Kit by Jess Crafts Scrapping for Less June 2017 Kit featuring Lawn Fawn

Ahoy, Mateys! Pirates & Mermaids Be on Ye' Horizon! Scrapping for Less has partnered with Lawn Fawn and Neat&Tangled to bring you a treasure trove of fantastic stamp sets! In this month's kit only! Two full-size stamps are Lawn Fawn's "Ahoy Matey" "Mermaid for You", plus "So Jelly" shall be your booty! Shiver me Timbers there's more. If you purchase the Banana Split level Neat&Tangled joins the crew with the sentiment stamp "Hope Anchors" But wait...we discovered so many fantastic items we couldn't bare to make them walk the plank so we put them in kits that can be purchased, A LA Carte! Along with some other treasure to be had if 'ye wish. 'Tis no mirage but alas a booty only comes along once in a Mermoon so grab it while 'ye can!  
Now check out my video and see what the I've has fished up with the kit so 'ye can be inspired then head to the Scrapping for Less blog to be sure to hit every stop on this hop!




And don't forget to head back to the Scrapping for Less Blog and enter that their Rafflecopter so 'ye can be entered for a prize! AAARGH! I promise 'ye won't be sorry!

Mermaid Card by Jess Crafts featuring Scrapping for Less June 2017 Card Kit

I was so happy when Teresa asked me if I would be interested in working with this kit. As you can tell from my obvious excitement in the video, the kit contents were just perfect for my crafting. I love to create cards to donate to kids and this fit the bill. Use my Card Drive Resources page to find out more about what I do with my cards. 

Pirate Card by Jess Crafts featuring Scrapping for Less June 2017 Card Kit

I'm not going to share pictures of every card here just because there are some many similar ones but I was super impressed with how many cards I could make in a short time with this packed full of goodies kit. I have some brief notes on measurements in inches for the cards I made. All the large panel are 4 by 5.25. The squares are 3 by 3. The strips are 2 by 5.25. Trimming to those sizes leaves very little waste in my experience.


I didn't use a lot of colored images in this video but the stamp sets make work really well with the papers and would fill in for the other embellishments if you get the most basic level of the kit. For the skin tones I used some different colors combos. I always just use two colors together on small images such as (E00 and E11) (E31 and E33) (E33 and 35) (E11 and E33) (E23 and E25). I hope you enjoyed this hop and a look at this awesome kit. Be sure to leave me love and/or questions in the comments!

Pirate Card by Jess Crafts featuring Scrapping for Less June 2017 Card Kit

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10+ Cards 1 Kit by Jess Crafts Scrapping for Less June 2017 Kit featuring Lawn Fawn

Thursday, June 15, 2017

10+ Cards 1 Kit Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 Kit

10+ Cards 1 Kit June My Monthly Hero 2017 Hero Arts Kit Cards and Tutorial by Jess Crafts

Today I'm sharing the 10+ cards I created with the Hero Arts June 2017 Card Kit. I have created a video tutorial to accompany the cards. It is a quite a long video but I hope you will find the information and ideas helpful.


The kit is sold out now and unavailable but I wanted to share these cards and video as an inspiration to those who have purchased the kit. I am sharing still images of all the cards with some measurements and other information that I get asked about on occasion. 

Safari Themed Elephant Card by Jess Crafts using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
Measurements in inches: A2 (4.25 by 5.5) sized card, front panel 4 by 5.25, ink swipes using the three ink colors in the kit

Safari Themed Elephant Shaker Card by Jess Crafts using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
Measurements in inches: A2 (4.25 by 5.5) sized card, black panel 4 by 5.25, shimmer cardstock 3.75 by 5, sequins are Muted Metallics by Lucy's Little Things

Safari Themed Elephant Card by Jess Crafts using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
Measurements in inches: A2 (4.25 by 5.5) sized card, patterned panel 4 by 5.25, black panel 3.75 by 5, pattern created by unrolling the raffia the kit was tied in

Safari Themed Card by Jess Crafts using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
Measurements in inches: A2 (4.25 by 5.5) sized card, black panel 4 by 5.25, patterned panel from packaging 3.5 by 4.75

Safari Themed Sunset Card by Jess Crafts using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
Measurements in inches: A2 (4.25 by 5.5) sized card, brown shimmer panel 4 by 5.25, cream shimmer 4 by 4.75, watercolor sunset created using red and orange inks from the kit

Safari Themed Card by Jess Crafts using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
Measurements in inches: A2 (4.25 by 5.5) sized card, patterned panel 4 by 4.25, patterned strip .75 by 4, pattern created by unrolling the raffia the kit was tied in

Safari Themed Elephant Card by Jess Crafts using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
Measurements in inches: A2 (4.25 by 5.5) sized card, patterned panel from kit packaging 4 by 5.25

Safari Themed Sunset Card by Jess Crafts using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
Measurements in inches: A2 (4.25 by 5.5) sized card, inked panel 4 by 5.25, created by blending inks from kit on Bristol Smooth cardstock

Safari Themed Sunset Card by Jess Crafts using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
Measurements in inches: A2 (4.25 by 5.5) sized card, inked panel 4 by 5.25, created by blending inks from kit on Bristol Smooth cardstock

Safari Themed Sunset Card by Jess Crafts using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
Measurements in inches: A2 (4.25 by 5.5) sized card, watercolor panel 4 by 5.25, created by adding water to the kit inks on a non-porous surface

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10+ Cards 1 Kit June My Monthly Hero 2017 Hero Arts Kit Cards and Tutorial by Jess Crafts

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge #48 Reminder

You're Cool Rainbow Card by Jess Gerstner featuring Newton's Nook Designs Wild Child #newtonsnook

Hello crafty friends! Just a reminder that you still have one week left to play along in the Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge. The challenge is a fun theme: stripes. For my card I created a simple background with washi tape. For more on simple washi tape cards check out my video:


 The penguin is from the Wild Child stamp set. Head on over to the Inky Paws challenge blog for full details and to hear about how you can win.


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Simple Washi Tape Cards by Jess Crafts with video tutorial


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Distress Background Oxide vs Traditional featuring Little Tangles Challenge 81

Dinosaur Card featuring Neat and Tangled Prehistoric by Jess Crafts #neatandtangled #jesscrafts

Hello crafty friends! Today I have something a bit different. I took the time to play along in the Neat and Tangled Little Tangles Challenge 81. I love Neat and Tangled stamps and find myself buying something almost every release because I have such a weakness for stamps designed by the super talented Elena of Just Me. However, I don't always take the time to share cards I make using those stamps because I'm not sure if the tutorials will be helpful, but today I've added a Distress Ink twist that hopefully intrigues some of you. Check out the video for more info:


I've always loved using traditional Distress inks with stencils and so I wanted to play around a bit with one of my old techniques with the new Distress Oxides. The technique still works but it's a bit different. You get a much softer look with the Oxides.

Dinosaur Card featuring Neat and Tangled Prehistoric by Jess Crafts #neatandtangled #jesscrafts

I am also planning on turning these two encouraging cards into Any Hero Mail for Mary Polanco's Drive. I hope you'll consider joining. I have some tips for writing Any Hero mail on my Card Drive Resources page

Dinosaur Card featuring Neat and Tangled Prehistoric by Jess Crafts #neatandtangled #jesscrafts

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Distress Background Oxide vs Traditional on Dinosaur Card featuring Neat and Tangled Prehistoric by Jess Crafts #neatandtangled #jesscrafts #distressoxide




Monday, June 5, 2017

22 Cards with Doodlebug Fairy Tale 6x6 Paper Pad

Cards using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug

Hello crafty friends! Today I have another 6x6 Paper Pad tutorial featuring Doodlebug. I am obsessed with Doodlebug 6x6 pads because it is so easy to create a bunch of cards without using many extra supplies. I think their designs are adorable and I can easily whip up a bunch of cards for card drives like Cards for Hospitalized Kids. If you want more info on donating card please check out my Card Drive Resources page. So today I'm using Doodlebug FairyTale 6x6 pad and Mini Icon Stickers while making 22 cards! Once I had made the 22 cards there was very little left over and I really felt like I got the most out of my pad and stickers. To see it all in action check out the video.


I made 2 of most designs but there are some unique cards. Keep scrolling to see pictures of each design and get some measurements. 

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): A2 (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) card base, largest layer 4 by 5 1/4, ribbon about 6 inches long, square 3 by 3

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): A2 (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) card base, largest layer 4 by 5 1/4, pink strip 3/4 by 4, cut apart and purple rectangle 2 by 3

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): just under A2 (4 1/4 by 5 1/4) card base, squares 2 by 2, rectangles 2 by 3

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): A2 (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) card base, largest layer 4 by 5 1/4, cut apart and rectangles 2 by 3

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): A2 (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) card base, largest layer 4 by 5 1/4, ribbon about 6 inches long, cut apart 2 by 3

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): A2 (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) card base, largest layer 4 by 5 1/4, strips 3/4 by 4, cut apart 2 by 3

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): card base 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, largest layer 5 1/4 by 5 1/4

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): A2 (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) card base, largest layer 4 by 5 1/4, ribbon about 6 inches long, square 2 by 2, rectangle 2 by 3

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): A2 (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) card base, largest layer 4 by 5 1/4, ribbon about 6 inches long, pink square 3 by 3, cut apart 2 by 3

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): A2 (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) card base, largest layer made of two 2 by 5 1/4 strips glued together, strip 2 by 5 1/4, square 3 by 3

Card using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug
Measurements for this card (in inches): A2 (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) card base, largest layer 4 by 5 1/4, strip 2 by 5 1/4, square 3 by 3

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22 Cards using Doodlebug Fairy Tale by Jess Crafts #doodlebug


Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #48

Soft Striped Card by Jess Crafts for Newton's Nook Designs using Happy Little Thoughts #newtonsnook


Hello crafty friends! The next Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge is now live! The challenge is a theme challenge: stripes. For my card I used the Happy Little Thoughts stamp set and Distress Inks to create a set of simple stripes. Head on over to the Inky Paws challenge blog for full details and to hear about how you can win.