Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jacksonbelle Tuesday... 1-2-3 Challenge

Here is today's Jacksonbelle Tuesday challenge... make a card that has the following elements: 1 BLACK item, 2 PUNCHED items and 3 CIRCLE items. Got it? Here is what I came up with using papers from Pink Paislee's Bayberry Cottage, Cupid and Sweet Cakes collection.
1 BLACK Item: punched scallop border
2 PUNCHED Items: butterflies
3 CIRCLE Items: circles cut from patterned paper

As I write this I just can't wait to see what everyone else on the team comes up with... for more ideas, be sure to stop by the other Jbelle Rockstar blogs:

We hope you will play along too!  All you have to do is upload a photo of your project to your SCS or PCP gallery using the keyword JBE099 or post a comment on the JBE blog linking to your blog. 
Don't forget that EVERYTHING at Jacksonbelle Embellishments is 25% off through March 31st... whoot!!! You can't beat that (especially on all of the new stuff that is at the shop;)
Happy Tuesday & thanks for visiting today!!

Monday, March 29, 2010


Hi everyone!

I've had a few questions lately about where (or if) I sell my cards:) I do... you can find my shop at Etsy. I've posted a link in my sidebar. If there is anything in particular that you would like that I post on my blog that is not in my shop, just email me at windyrobinson@gmail.com and I will do my best to make it available to you or recreate it for you.

Thank you all for your interest. You are truly the best!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Reasons for Mail... Share Your Thoughts

Hi all! Happy Weekend:) Just dropping in today with my Reasons for Mail this week.

Share a thought or a belief that you think can enhance or strengthen a friend's week. Its just that simple... don't preach, just share something simple (but profound) that you know or believe.

Products: patterned paper, ribbon, rub on and tag (The Ballad of Mulan collection by Piggy Tales); crystals (Kaiser Kraft); stamp (Hero Arts).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Just Be You...

All That is Gold Does Not Glitter

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king. 
                                                        - JR Tolkien

products used: patterned paper (American Crafts), flower center (Prima), ribbon (Offray), sentiment stamp (Technique Tuesday)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge... Easter Cards!

Hi everyone! Its Jacksonbelle Tuesday and that means its challenge time:) This week's challenge is to create an Easter card or a card consisting of Easter colors... mine turned into that (sorry no bunnies here, only butterflies). So I share a little more Spring inspiration with you today...
This one is created with Pink Paislee's Enchanted collection,  Zva Creative flourishes and the gorgeous Sheer Twinkle Ribbon by May Arts. The stamp was one that I picked up at the grocery store last year (yes, I said grocery store... strange huh? you never know where you'll run into scraping supplies)

To create this card:
1) cut card from kraft and line inside with pink paper
2) trim 1/2" off the right and bottom sides of front flap of the card
3) adhere green dot die cut paper on front of card
4) add stripe patterned paper and ribbon
5) stamp sentiment
6) fussy cut butterflies and adhere to card with glue dots
7) embellish with crystals

Head on over to the other Rockstar's blogs for more Easter inspiration. We'd also love to see your take on this challenge too, all you have to do is upload a photo of your project to your SCS or PCP gallery using the keyword JBE098 or post a comment on the JBE blog linking to your blog.

That's all I have for today! Before I go I wanted to thank all of you for stopping by over the weekend for OWH's Spring Blog Hop... It was so much fun visiting with so many of you & thanks for your lovely comments:) Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

OWH Spring Break Blog Hop

Hello!! Its so nice of you to visit today:) Welcome to Operation Write Home's Spring Blog Hop! If you are just joining and and want to hop along, you can click over to Stars & Stamps to start at the top.

When I think spring, I think of birds, clear and sunny blue skies, white fluffy clouds and flowers...
So I created this card to capture all of those things. Happy Spring!

To create this card:
1) cut card from kraft
2) punch strip of kraft with double loop border punch and adhere to card
3) cut strip of white cardstock with mini scalloped border punch and adhere to card
4) remove glitter from decorative bird border strip and adhere to card, stamp sentiment
5) adhere patterned paper to card and sew top edge of patterned paper with zig zag strip
6) tie on bow and glue on flowers
kraft (Paper Reflections)
patterned paper (Homespun Chic collection/GCD Studios)
die cuts (Artsy Urban Die Cut Borders/GCD Studios)
flowers (cameo roses/Prima)
fibers (white 7/8" grosgrain ribbon)

If you live in the States, I hope you join me in helping out OWH. I appreciate every sacrifice that our nation's heroes make every day for my children and our country. It is an honor for me to make cards for these men and women to send home to their loved ones.

Here are some upcoming card deadlines: Mother's Day (April 1), Graduation (April 19), and Father's Day ( May 15). For more information on how you can make cards for Operation Write Home, visit their site: http://operationwritehome.org/.
Now hop on over to Debb's blog for some more gorgeous Spring inspiration:Thanks for stopping by Card & Page! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I'm making headway with my spring scrap space cleaning...

... but as I progress, I find more and more cards to make (that I laid out and go buried) or photos that I (at some point) intended to scrap. So last night after finding this photo I put together this quick and easy layout with some of the 3" x 6" strips left over from the card I made on Tuesday.

Tonight I plan to break into my package that I just received from g.c.d Studios... it has the new Melody Ross Chip Art tool in it!!!  If you haven't seen it you can click here to see a video about it. Hopefully I'll have some cool stuff created with it to share soon:) Have a great Thursday!

Products: kraft (Paper Reflections), patterned paper (Queen Bee 6x6 paper pad by Pink Paislee); chipboard frame & chalk ink (Technique Tuesday); key hole (Melissa Francis); stickers (Cosmo Cricket)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge... Show Us Your New Stuff!

Hi everyone! Many new things have arrived at Jacksonbelle Embellishments lately and today's challenge is to show us your new stuff! To play, use your favorite new product and upload your take on this week's challenge to your SCS or PCP gallery using the keyword JBE097 or post a comment on the JBE blog linking back to your blog.

My new favorite thing at Jacksonbelle is the Pink Paislee 6x6 paper pads... for this card I used mostly the Queen Bee collection but also the Bayberry Cottage.
I also love (and used) Zva Creative's NEW Crystal Symmetrical Flourishes and a sting of Crystal Lines along the bottom of my patterned paper. Lastly I added a tag stamped with sentiments by Stampavie and some May Arts ribbon.

To create this card:
1) cut card from kraft and ink edges
2) adhere black patterned paper onto card and sew around edges with a zig zag stitch
3) cut strips of patterned paper to 3"x6" and punch/cut the short sides with various scalloped punches/decorative edge scissors
4) layer patterned papers on to card trimming where necessary and **adhere only along the top** of each strip
5) to create depth add a pop dot under each layer toward the scalloped edge
6) embellish with crystals and ribbon
7) stamp tag, ink edges and tie onto bow with twine

Ok, so want to see some more ideas and inspiration using some fab new product? Just visit the other Jbelle Rockstars today.
Well that is all I have to share today. Thanks so much for visiting and Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Scrap that Poetry #12... A Blessing

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend. Ours was wet, but Campbell got her first umbrella for her birthday on Friday, so the rain was a good thing for us because she got to practice using it.

Well today I have Scrap the Poetry's new challenge to share. Perhaps it will be the inspiration for something creative that you make this week...

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind always be at your back
may the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again
may God hold you in the hollow of his hand

Here is how it inspired me...
Journaling reads: "Ahh, Spring has sprung, the sun is shinning and children play gleefully outside. Moms bask in the sun as all escape the house. This is one of the many blessings of this time."

If this Irish blessing inspires you, please share your work with us over at Scrap that Poetry. Its easy to join us, just link a photo of it into the comments section here.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Creative People...

So I have a little more news to share (some of you have heard), but starting soon... I will be joining the g.c.d Studios design team as a card gal! Super uber yeah!!! (You can read about my reaction to the call I that got from Heidi Sonboul here). I have had the most amazing past couple or weeks... It still feels like I'm dreaming... Thanks you all for all of your kind well wishes and support! You have no idea how much  each one means to me:)

Anyway... as I look around my craft space (I work in a shared loft area), I think about how many hours it will probably take me to clean it out to get ready for this new adventure. So do I seize the moment and start cleaning? NO! I think of this darling little card in a pack of Melody Ross Homespun Chic Inspiration Cards & I make this...

So now my mess is a little bigger (especially with all of the glitter I used)... but I feel much better! 
Good night all... Happy Weekend!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Reasons for Mail... You Make Me Smile

This week's Reason for Mail is very simple... just tell someone (who makes you smile) that they do so. Easy peasy, right?

This one goes out to my new 5 year old! Happy Birthday Baby!!!

To create this card:
1) cut card from kraft
2) adhere layer of kraft (ink edge) and green punched border
3) sew faux stitching (use sewing machine without thread) along top
4) adhere floral paper
5) stamp sentiment
6) tie on bow and add flower center
patterned paper: (Gladys, Botanique collection) American Crafts
other paper: (kraft) Paper Reflections
ink: chalk (Chestnut Roan) Colorbox & dye (burnt umber) Palette
clear stamps: (Simply You by Ali Edwards) Technique Tuesday
fibers: (orange, 7/8" satin ribbon)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Did you ever have a fight with a card?

And loose? Today's card and I went round and round... it DID NOT want to get its picture taken. You know... one of those cards that just won't stand up? ...one that keeps sliding open & doing it so quickly that you don't even have time to snap your shot? I finally had to stick a pop dot in the crease of his fold to win this battle.

Anyway, enough about why this post didn't go live until after 2am... today at Jacksonbelle we have a sketch challenge! Whoot! Here is the sketch...

And here is the card that just about killed me:)
Now the good thing about this little guy is that all of the patterned paper used to make it is on sale at Jacksonbelle Embellishments!  All older lines of ImaginiscePink PaisleeStampavie and Jenni Bowlin are all 30% off! I mixed a little Pink Paislee with Jenni Bowlin and sentiment is from Stampavie. 

We'll head on over to the other Rockstar's blog to see their take on this sketch. We'd also love to see what you do too, all you have to do is upload your take on this week's challenge to your SCS or PCP gallery using the keyword JBEO96 or post a comment on the JBE blog linking to your blog. 

New Pink Paislee is now in the store! Check out their 6x6 paper pads...
 they are definitely a new fav of mine!

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a terrific Tuesday:)

Products: patterned paper (Pink Paislee & Jenni Bowlin), flower (Zva Creative), ribbon (May Arts), frame (K& Co.); stamps (Stampavie)

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Operation Write Home Spring Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I wanted to quickly drop in and help spread the word about a really fun opportunity... Operation Write Home (formerly Cards for Heros) is having a spring blog hop!!! They are so much fun, a great way to meet fellow card makers and you will be helping out an awesome organization! You can find more information HERE. I hope you'll consider joining us:)

Friday, March 05, 2010

Reasons for Mail...

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping in for this week's Reasons for Mail. Before we get started, I have some super exciting news...

I am honored to share with you that I have been selected to join Piggy Tales Academy Design Team.  I've been a fan of their product for several years now and am thrilled that I will have the opportunity to work with such a fun company over the next year! Thank you Piggy Tales!

So in celebration of this big event, today's Reasons for Mail card is created with one of my favorite Piggy Tales collections, Beauty and the Beast.
I love making cards without a sentiment... it allows one to include a favorite quote, handwrite something inside (nothing beats receiving a handwritten message) and send it off. Here is the quote I have in this one...
One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything. 
- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Be wise, be strong dear friends! Have a great weekend:)

To create this card:
1) cut card from kraft (4 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in)
2) adhere striped rectangle patterned paper
3) adhere glittered strip of patterned paper
4) embellish with pearls, ribbon, flowers, and gem pins
patterned paper: Castle and Beast from Beauty and Beast collection by Piggy Tales
kraft: Paper Reflections
pearls: Paper reflections by Michael's Inc.
fibers: 7/8 in orange satin ribbon
pins: Making Memories Vintage Findings Gem Pins
flowers: Prima Camero Roses
other: Juneberry Wine Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

This and that...

Happy Wednesday All! Just a few random things to share today...

I had a fab time at CKC Louisville! You can't beat quality crafting time with your best crafting buddy... thanks for going with me Anita:), abundant new products to shop and learning new things by taking great classes.

I took the Live in the Moment-Designed by Ali Edwards class from Technique Tuesday and would totally recommend it if anyone is headed to CKC at some point this year.

I created all of the projects in class & then with a few scraps & my class leftovers, I was able to make two photo frames for my husband to hang in his cubicle at work...
So fun! They were a big hit:) I love it when he likes my stuff... for the most part he is indifferent about my addiction:)

Another fun share today is that I have been blogging for 1 year! Yeah!!! I can't believe how fast it has gone by... last March I remember sitting here thinking am I really doing this? Am I really starting blog? I had no idea the doors that would it would open for me and the connections it would help me make. It is amazing... via this blog I have met so many wonderful, like minded, beautifully crafty people.  You keep my creativity flowing daily and I thank you so much for spending part of your day with me. I have enjoyed visiting all of you at your blogs and look forward to another great year with all of you, my wonderful blog readers!

As a thank you, I have a give a way... I made a set of thank you cards, a little pocket notepad (a must have) and a copy of Card Creations: Start to Finish Vol 2. Leave a comment here by the end of the day on Friday & I will pick a winner to send it to on Saturday.

Lastly I wanted to share this link to a blog called All Things Paper. I think today's post on mini quilled poeple is so cool, check it out:)

Thanks for visiting today & always!!!


Photo Frames: chipboard frames,red and vintage yellow chalk ink and stamps (Technique Tuesday), patterned paper (Cosmo Cricket, Jenni Bowlin Studios and Teresa Collins), 7/8 in black organza ribbon.
Card/Note Set: cardstock (The Paper Studio kraft), dies (GCD Studios Artsy Urban Die Cut Borders & Homespun Chic Inspiration Cards) other (Bazzill gingham ribbon, Kaiser Craft peal stickers & baker's twine

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge... White, Brown & Blue:)

Hello all! Today we have a color challenge up at Jacksonbelle Embellishments and it is right up my alley. The colors are white, brown and blue...

To create this card...
1) cut card from kraft (my brown)
2) ink edges of patterned paper and adhere to card (my blue/white)
3) stamp sentiment
4) punch white cardstock border (more white)
5) adhere gingham strip (more blue) on top and sew edges
6) tie on ribbon (even more blue), adhere flowers( and white) and add pins
patterned paper: Como Cricket Material Girl Mini Deck 
stamps: Rachelle Miller Sentiments 2 by Stampavie
accents: Making Memories Vintage Findings Stick Pin
flowers: White Cameo Roses by Prima
ribbon: 7/7" Island Blue organza by Offray
tool: EK Success border punch

How about playing along with us this week? All you have to do is upload your take on this week's challenge to your SCS or PCP gallery using the keyword JBEO95 or post a comment on the JBE blog linking to your blog. 
And... don't forget to stop by the other Rockstars blogs to see their white, brown & blue creations:)
Lindsey Botkin

There is fun new stuff at Jacksonbelle Embellishments!!!
Also, Imaginisce, Pink Paislee, Stampavie (not the new pre order) and Jenni Bowlin are all 30% off + Code JBEEMAIL will get anyone 10% off for a limited time. SO HAVE FUN SHOPPING:)
Thanks for visiting today:) Have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Scrap That Poetry #11....Oh the Places You'll Go...

Most everyone knows today's poem, Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss... and I have to tell you that our design team rocked this one, so if you don't normally click over to Scrap That Poetry, today is the day to start... there are some super fun layouts and even one delightful mini album that you may want to scraplift;)

Here is my take... I love the colorful words and just the theme in general, so this is what resulted from that inspiration...
A simple and colorful layout...I love it when fab patterned paper does all of the work for you. I chose not to hyphenate you will because my 4 year old is learning to read was helping me make this page so I kept it simple for her... I should probably jot that on the back of my layout so in future years I won't want to go back and change it to match the actual way it was written by Dr. Seuss.

We'd love to see your work! It's super easy, just make a card or layout based on the poem (you can use any or all of it for inspiration) and then link a photo of it in the comments here. Until tomorrow!

Products: patterned paper & letter stickers (Piggy Tales Beauty and the Best collection); pen (uniball Signo white)