currents - march 4, 2014

i haven't done one of these in a while so thought it would be nice for today...

• listening--> mainly to podcasts including old time radio shows...oh and treasure island audiobook. trying to get in a few classic books this year so i thought i'd try listening to it, but i have a really, really hard time focusing on audiobooks and this one isn't going too great so far :-(

• reading--> the massive stack of magazines on my nightstand

• eating--> favorite dinner lately is spaghetti squash with a sauce made from coconut milk and meyer lemons topped with parmesan cheese and a piece of salmon that's been cooked with meyer lemons...kind of obsessed actually

• drinking--> lots and lots of water and coffee

• wearing--> my running shoes since i'm training for a 5k in august

• feeling--> tired, i think it's the weather

• weather--> crazy! 70s one week, then sleet and snow and supposed to climb back into the 60s this week

• watching--> very little tv and already missing downton abbey

• waiting--> for spring and warm weather

• wanting--> to switch out my closet and brighten it back up with pastels and neons

• needing--> to scale back on my sugar intake

• enjoying--> catching up on project life

• wondering--> if i can ever catch up on everything

• working--> on using what i have and shopping way less often

what about you...what are some of your currents???

- jess


inspired by quilts

i've been a bit obsessed with paige evans' layouts for a while now. her style of creating layouts that sometimes looks like quilts just always grabbed my attention.  you see i come from a background of women who loved to sew and that included making quilts.  so far every time i've tried to sew i just can't fully get into it. so since i love paper products i figured for now i'd channel that quilt love onto a scrapbook page.  i didn't actually use a quilt pattern, but this layout reminds me of a quilt.

- jess


embossing fun

i recently saw a challenge somewhere to make a card with embossing. now both heat and dry embossing are nothing new to me. but i wanted to take that challenge and see how much heat embossing i could do on one card.

turns out i had just received a lovely box of stamps from papertrey ink that i had ordered and thought those would be perfect to use on a card. i ended up LOVING this card so much with the white, gold and neon pink. also i cut off about a 1/2" off the bottom of the front flap of the card, used a little post-it note tape to block off the rest of the inside of the card and just used my versamark ink pad directly on the end of the card then used the gold glitter embossing powder for that edge.

products used:
papertrey ink scrolling stamp
papertrey ink feather finery stamp and die
stampabilities wood mounted stamp - faded text background
american crafts embossing powder zing - gold metallic, gold glitter, white
versamark ink
hero arts ink - neon pink
jewels - unknown

- jess

ps. sorry if you post a comment w/ a question as my blog template is messed up and i can't directly reply to your comments :-( and i can't figure out how to fix it...


31 before 31 scrapbook page

i made a scrapbook page for my project life year 30 album listing my 31 things before 31... actually i made this page back in the summer of 2013, but just found the pics on my camera. like i said recently, the autumn of 2013 was crazy busy.  and i found pics of my layouts of project life for june, july and i believe august of 2013 that i will probably post to the blog soon as well.


studio calico - spaulding bowl card kit

after months and months i'm finally crafting again! my new space still isn't quite complete, but at least it's now workable. last weekend and this weekend i decided to try it out and i'm loving it! i also discovered today that i quite like setting up my extra table to counter height and and standing while i work.

i thought i'd first jump in by using up the studio calico spaulding bowl card kit from their january copper mountain kit. i really wanted to see how many cards i get out of this kit. guess how many!?! 10 cards! now i did use an extra pattern paper of a print of girls, some twine and the white cardstock that wasn't included. but from the kit i also had one paper that was a plain without a pattern that i never used and i didn't use all the embellishments either. so here are 9 out of the 10 cards i made... the 10th card i submitted for publication, so we'll see!