Thursday, December 31, 2015

Winter Birthday Card using Create a Smile Stamps


Winter Fox Birthday Card by Jess Gerstner using Create a Smile Stamps

Hello crafty friends! Today I am sharing a birthday card made with Create a Smile stamps. I really wanted to try to create a soft watercolor background and I thought these colors would be perfect for a winter scene. However I need a break from holiday card and so I decided to go with a birthday card. I love a good pun so I masked off the 'cool' from Cool Buddies to go with my large sentiment from the Make a Wish stamp set.  For a more detailed tutorial check out my video. 


On a related note if you love critters, like this cute little fox I used, then I would love for you to join my new Facebook group Critter Loving Papercrafters. You will need to be approved to join but this is just to keep the spammers out. All others will be quickly approved. We have a lot of great people in the group already and I can't wait to see more projects. 

Winter Fox Birthday Card by Jess Gerstner using Create a Smile Stamps

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lawnscaping FIT Bloghop: Evergreen

Thank You Monkey Card by Jess Gerstner featuring Lawn Fawn Critters in the Jungle


Hello crafty friends! Welcome to the December Lawnscaping Facebook Inspiration Team Blog Hop sponsored by Ink Road. You should have arrived from Angel but there is a list at the bottom of the post to help you stay on track. This month we are featuring the color evergreen! I decided to try something a little unexpected. There are some beautiful holiday projects on this hop but I mixed it up with a thank you card featuring Critters in the Jungle.

Thank You Monkey Card by Jess Gerstner featuring Lawn Fawn Critters in the Jungle

Today is the final Lawnscaping FIT blog hop. I am so honored to have been a part of this team for the last few months. I've gotten to work with some super talented people and I want to say a big thank you to Laurel and everyone for their hard work to make this challenge blog possible.

Thank You Monkey Card by Jess Gerstner featuring Lawn Fawn Critters in the Jungle

Ink Road is providing a $25 gift certificate to a random commenter so be sure to follow along to all the blogs and gather some inspiration and a chance to win. Next up on the hop is Heidi.






Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winner


Hello crafty friends! Today I'm here with the winner from the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. The winner is Dawn E! I will be reaching out to her but if you're Dawn and haven't gotten an email yet please email me. Thanks to everyone who commented!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas with Winter Alpaca for Lawnscaping Challenges


Happy Holidays Card by Jess Gerstner using Lawn Fawn Winter Alpaca


Hello crafty friends! Today I'm sharing a card for the latest Lawnscaping challenge. Today's challenge is Christmas! We want to see your last minute Christmas projects or get a head start on next year and be sure to include some Lawn Fawn goodies. So for today's card I created a custom background with a stencil and then layered some embossed panels. I used the adorable alpaca from Winter Alpaca since I had an extra already cut from another project. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together.

Happy Holidays Card by Jess Gerstner using Lawn Fawn Winter Alpaca

The sponsor for this challenge is Lawn Fawn. They are offering a free stamp set of choice for the winner. Thank you Lawn Fawn for your support!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Create a Smile Snow Dance Kit



Hello crafty friends! Today I have a card inspired by the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. As with all my posts in the hop you have a chance to win a coffee themed set by MFT by leaving a comment on my post. I would also love it if you joined me on Instagram or YouTube. If you decide to follow me on either of those channels leave a comment on a Coffee Lovers Hop picture or video for an extra entry.


For today's card I used the Create A Smile Snow Dance kit and the Coffee First set. The dancing reindeer from the set is just too cute and the little coffee cup is perfectly sized to go with your critter stamps. I just love the sentiment as well. It's one that is perfect for Christmas but also for many other occasions. 




Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Greetings with a Penguin Mug from Your Next Stamp


Hello crafty friends! Today I have a card inspired by the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. As with all my posts in the hop you have a chance to win a coffee themed set by MFT by leaving a comment on my post. I would also love it if you joined me on Instagram or YouTube. If you decide to follow me on either of those channels leave a comment on a Coffee Lovers Hop picture or video for an extra entry.



Recently Tupelo Designs LLC has started carrying Your Next Stamp and there are some cute ones but I knew I had to have this set for the hop. I love that the cookies worked great for background images without having to be colored but I can't wait to mask off a little plate of cookies too.



Monday, December 14, 2015

Coffee Themed Card using Lawn Fawn Stinkin Cute and Love You a Latte


Hello crafty friends! Today I have a card inspired by the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. As with all my posts in the hop you have a chance to win a coffee themed set by MFT by leaving a comment on my post. I would also love it if you joined me on Instagram or YouTube. If you decide to follow me on either of those channels leave a comment on a Coffee Lovers Hop picture or video for an extra entry.


I combined the brand new Stinkin Cute mini set with the Love You a Latte set. I know the coffee cup is huge for my little critter but I also think that makes it extra funny. I added a bit of detail with the stitched border dies and all the paper is from Lawn Fawn as well. 


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Newton Loves Coffee and Custom Sentiments

Newton Loves Coffee and Custom Sentiments by Jess Gerstner featuring Newton's Nook Designs

Hello crafty friends! Today I have a card inspired by the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. As with all my posts in the hop you have a chance to win a coffee themed set by MFT by leaving a comment on my post. I would also love it if you joined me on Instagram or YouTube. If you decide to follow me on either of those channels leave a comment on a Coffee Lovers Hop picture or video for an extra entry. Today's card has a video tutorial that includes customizing your sentiment, fixing ink mistakes, and colored pencil tips.




Monday, December 7, 2015

Butterfly Birthday Tag with Lawn Fawn Flutter By

Butterfly Birthday Tag by Jess Crafts with Lawn Fawn Flutter By

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm sharing a card for the latest Lawnscaping challenge. Today's challenge is Tag It! We want to see a tag with some Lawn Fawn goodies. So for today's tag I decided to go with a birthday theme instead of a Christmas tag. I know you will see a lot of awesome Christmas tags in this challenge but in case that's not your thing here's a birthday tag. I was able to get a really beautiful look to the butterflies by using Ken Oliver Color Burst on gloss cardstock. Check out my video for more on this card. 


For today's card I used the Lawn Fawn Flutterby, Violet's ABCs and Party Animals stamps.

Butterfly Birthday Tag by Jess Crafts using Lawn Fawn Flutter By

The sponsor for this challenge is Ellen Hutson. There will be a $25 gift certificate of the Ellen Hutson store for the winner. Thank you Ellen for your support!


Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello crafty friends! I'm so excited to be joining Taheerah on this fun blog extravaganza. Be sure to read how this event works and how you can win!




Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises wait behind the door!



Today I created a card with Newton's Nook Designs Whispering Pines and Simply Seasonal. I love that Jennifer Jackson designed the set to make watercolor evergreens easy to achieve. For more on my card check out my video.


It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Newton's Nook Designs so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too to double your chances! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments!

Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!



Friday, December 4, 2015

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop


Bright Christmas Tree Card by Jess Gerstner featuring Newton's Nook Designs Whispering Pines

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm excited to share the Newton's Nook Designs Deck the Halls with Inky Paws blog hop. For today's card I am sharing the new bonus release Whispering Pines. For more on how I created this bright winter card check out my video below and keep reading for your chance to win!


Bonus Stamp Release! 

Newton's Nook Designs is also having a Bonus Stamp Release Today! Make sure you check out their NEW Whispering Pines stamp set. This set is up for sale in their online shop starting today! 


Bright Christmas Tree Card by Jess Gerstner featuring Newton's Nook Designs Whispering Pines


ENTER to WIN! 

We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $10 store credit for Newton's Nook Designs online shopTo enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, December 6th at 9 pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 7th.


Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Happy Hanukkah Card and Video Tutoiral

Hanukkah Card by Jess Gerstner featuring Lawn Fawn Love You a Latke

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm sharing a Hanukkah card and video tutorial. I had to keep it simple because it was a little last minute seeing as Hanukkah starts in just a few days but I think the design could be adapted for other occasions. The stamp set is Lawn Fawn's Love You a Latke. Check out a short video tutorial below:


Friday, November 27, 2015

Lawnscaping FIT Bloghop: Violet

Need a Hug Card by Jess Crafts using Lawn Fawn Yeti Set Go

Hello crafty friends! Welcome to the November Lawnscaping Facebook Inspiration Team Blog Hop sponsored by Ink Road. You should have arrived from Angel but there is a list at the bottom of the post to help you stay on track. This month we are featuring the color violet! Check out my video for more on how I made this card.


Ink Road is providing a $25 gift certificate to a random commenter so be sure to follow along to all the blogs and gather some inspiration and a chance to win. Today's card was created with the Lawn Fawn Yeti Set Go stamp set. Next up on the hop is Heidi.




Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Extending a Sentiment to Create a Scene

Happy Holiday Card by Jess Crafts using Newton's Nook Designs Simply Seasonal and Holiday Smooches

Hello crafty friends! I'm sharing a card over on the Newton's Nook blog today. I extended the happy from Simply Seasonal to give the birds from Holiday Smooches a place to perch. Head on over to see the full card.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Custom DIY Bag featuring MaMoo Kids Blank Artist Tote

Custom Tote Bag by Jess Gerstner featuring Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs Critters on the Savanna and You Color My World

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm sharing something a bit different. I got the opportunity to do a sponsored video with MaMoo Kids to customize my own tote bag. I was really excited about this because I thought it would be great as a traveling art journal tote. However I'm also thinking this would make an awesome and super special holiday gift. I have lot of quotes on my art journal Pinterest board and some people who would appreciate a handmade gift. For more on how I made this bag check out my video tutorial.


I started with the high quality blank artist tote. I love that these are made in the USA, include a zipper and are a very thick sturdy canvas. I was able to create this bag with just the cardmaking supplies I had on hand. You can find a list of the supplies I used down below.

Custom Tote Bag by Jess Gerstner featuring Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs Critters on the Savanna and You Color My World

Other supplies:
Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs: http://amzn.to/1lFZt5F
Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs: http://amzn.to/1lFZuGw
Lawn Fawn Critters on the Savanna: http://amzn.to/1MyTgBh
Lawn Fawn Color My World: http://amzn.to/1lFZBBY
Stamping Grid Block: http://amzn.to/1lFZGFN
Staz On Ink: http://amzn.to/1lFZI0g
Copic Markers: http://amzn.to/1lFZMgx


Monday, November 23, 2015

Santa Card with Create a Smile Snow Dance Kit


Santa Christmas Card by Jess Gerstner featuring Create a Smile Snow Dance Kit

Hello crafty friends! Today I have a card using the Create a Smile Snow Dance kit. This kit was full of so many fabulous bits. I just love Create a Smile's fun and whimsical designs.  You can check out the video for a closer look at the kit and a full card tutorial.


As mentioned in the video I was able to layer lots of fabulous elements from the kit like the large scale snowflake stencil and the pretty patterned papers. I love the arrow enamel shapes because they easily draw your attention to the focal point. 

Santa Christmas Card by Jess Gerstner featuring Create a Smile Snow Dance Kit

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Tags featuring Newton's Nook Designs

Christmas Tag by Jess Gerstner featuring Newton's Nook Designs Fox Hollow

Hello crafty friends! I'm excited to be joining in Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event. I know there is a ton of inspiration and many prizes to be won so I don't want to take up too much of your time. Today's 25 Days of Christmas Tags sponsor is Newton's Nook Designs and so I made a large sparkly tag with the Fox Hollow stamp set. Please check out the video for more information.

Video coming soon!

 Be sure to play along for your chance to win!



Monday, November 16, 2015

In With the Old at with Lawn Fawn's Stay Tuned Stamp Set


Hello crafty friends! Today I'm sharing a card for the latest Lawnscaping challenge. Today's challenge is In with the Old! We want to see an older supply used and be sure to include some Lawn Fawn goodies. So for today's card I created a custom background with a stencil and the Stay Tuned set from Lawn Fawn. I haven't pulled out that set for ages and almost decided to sell it but look how fun it turned out. Check out my video for more on this card. 


The sponsor for this challenge is Lawn Fawn. They are offering a free stamp set of choice for the winner. Thank you Lawn Fawn for your support!




Thursday, November 12, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs November Release Simply Seasonal



Hello crafty friends! Today I am sharing the Newton's Nook Designs November Release. The last stamp set of the release is called Simply Seasonal and this is a must have in my opinion! There are little images that you can pair with the pretty sentiments and in today's card I show you how to can create cards for all seasons. I could see using a similar designs but with ombres for a different look. Check out my short video for more tips on stamping these cards and keep reading to find out how to win this set!



Would you like to win the new “Simply Seasonal” stamp set?
This prize will be given away to ONE lucky winner
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday November 12th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday November 13th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs November Release Jolly Tags


Hello crafty friends! Today I am sharing the Newton's Nook Designs November Release. The first stamp set of the release is called Jolly Tags and it has coordinating dies! There are super cute critter tag designs and I'm sure the coordinating tag dies will be useful outside of holiday cards and tags.   Keep reading to find out how to win this set!



Would you like to win the new “Jolly Tags” stamp set?
This prize will be given away to ONE lucky winner
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday November 12th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday November 13th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

25 Days of Christmas Tags featuring Lawn Fawn

Christmas Tags by Jess Gerstner featuring Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods and Let's Bokeh in the Snow

Hello crafty friends! I'm excited to be joining in Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event. I know there is a ton of inspiration and many prizes to be won so I don't want to take up too much of your time. Today's 25 Days of Christmas Tags sponsor is Lawn Fawn and so I made a little tag set using their Joy to the Woods set and the Let's Bokeh in the Snow papers. Please check out the video for more information.


 Be sure to play along for your chance to win!



Monday, November 9, 2015