hexagonal love

have you ever had a creative idea in your mind that just won't leave you alone until you've created it? a lot of times when i sit down to scrapbook or create cards i might have a general idea or technique in mind, but this layout was different. it kept coming to mind day after day for a couple of weeks. i first was inspired by a piece of graphic design i'd seen with hexagons and stripes. when i started this layout it just fell into place so fast and i never once struggled with it. i wish more of my creative endeavors could be this way...

- jess


yellow floral card

hope you all had a lovely weekend. mine involved a bit of catching up on cleaning and finally taking down my christmas tree and decorations! i also quite enjoyed our church services this weekend.

i've been wanting to try this stamp set i bought from papertrey ink a bit ago. if you look closely you can see it's not lined up, but i think it still made a lovely flower. the ink was so light on the main image and the lighting so poor in my room when i made the card that i couldn't see well enough to line it up. i think i'll need to practice some more and perhaps mark a spot on the stamps to easily align them next time.

- jess


winter sympathy cards

of all the cards that i create, sympathy cards are by far the hardest for me. there's a fine line between creating a card that will hopefully add some brightness to someones day vs going overboard and having it be too much.a while back a needed some sympathy cards and as we were approaching the holiday season at the time i decided to go for a traditional winter flower, the poinsettia.


my first thought was to stay away from this flower, in case it reminded the recipients of the holidays, which are sooo hard right after you've lost a loved one. but they are such a lovely flower and fitting for the season so i decided to go for it and was quite happy with how these turned out.

- jess


french horn watercolor

it's been a while since i've posted any watercolors. and to be honest, i don't pull them out nearly as often as i'd like. which is kind of ironic since they seem to be the hottest thing in scrapbooking and cardmaking right now. i do love working with watercolors though not quite as much as oil based paints.

back in the autumn i decided to be brave and adventurous and create a watercolor for my friend's birthday. she plays the french horn so i decided to tackle that...then i looked them up online and whoa they have a lot of tubing going on. ha! so since this was just a piece for a friend, i found a few images and used them to create a rough trace. i then printed that light trace out onto watercolor paper and got busy putting the colors down. it took me several evenings to get it to the point i was happy with it. first i laid down the base colors then came back in several times to work on the shadows and highlights. and finally i took a pen and lightly did some drawing on the edges to define it even more.

i was quite happy with how it turned out and my friend loved it. looking at this piece again makes me want to go pull out my paints and get started on another piece...

- jess


january currents

listening // lauren daigle

reading // bible and blog, inc.

eating // too much holiday food still

drinking // lots of orange juice

wearing // sweaters

feeling // excited about 2015

weather // in the 30s with some rain

watching // netflix - trying the one month trial...so far not loving it

waiting // for spring

wanting // to be healthier

needing // to put away my holiday decor

enjoying // getting in crafty time

wondering // if i can ever get my body used to mornings

working // on becoming less of self and more like Christ

- jess