Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Haunting good Time, and a Challenge!

Hi Bloggers!

My poor blog is really feeling neglected lately - Bad Jessi, Bad!  LIfe has just bee super busy - lots stuff at work, my Birthday month is in full swing, and we're having lots of fun at Paper Therapy.

First thing is first - lets post a new Challenge!
Paper Therapy Staff has agreed to move their challenges to once a month.  This will allow all players plenty of time to participate.  Starting this month, all challenges are posted to our challenge boards on the 10th of the month, projects due by the 8th of the next month.  This will allow the DT 1 day to vote for the winner.

This Month's Challenge?  Create a project based on the title of a song.  I created a card using the Song Title "Still the One" by Shania Twain.  Here's mine:
Supplies:
Patterned Paper - My Minds Eye
Ribbon - from Stash
Chipboard Letters - Pink Paisley
Embelishment - My Mind's Eye
Nesabilities Die
Foam Adhesive - Making Memories

Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Now, on to the Haunting.  If you know me at all, you know I am intrigued by the thought of hauntings and ghosts...not the garbage you see in horror films, but actual hauntings.  Last year Mom and I went to Jefferson Tx for the Ghost walk - fascinating stuff.  This year, to carry on the new tradition, we went to the Central Texas Paranormal Convention.  It was really interesting.  Small, not many vendors, but we did meet Dustin Paris formally from Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International.  We heard a few speakers, and got to be part of an investigation at the Rosewood Recreation Center near downtown Austin.  It was fun, and I don't know if we caught anything....still reviewing pictures and listening to recordings...I'll let you know if we find anything. :)

While we were in Austin, Mom and I also found some new scrap stores.  We first went to Scrapology.  It was a cute little store filled with some delicious goodies.  I got some really cute papers to make cards with, some Smooch Paint, and some of the Magic of Oz paper to do my Wicked Pages from my Honeymoon a couple years ago.  Then we went to Archivers.  OMG....not since the days of Recollections have I ever seen anything so wonderful.  I was sad that I have to go the whole way to Austin to see it, but OMG.  This store was huge, had EVERYTHING I wanted and then some, and it was just....it was beautiful.  Made me a little sad because I miss my old store.  For those of you that don't know, I used to be a classroom coordinator and teacher at Recollections.  We were a LSS owned by a Big Box Store.  Well, after all the other LSS closed around us Michael's decided to pull the plug.  I was heart broken.  I had finally found my place in the world - I loved to meet people, I loved to teach, and I loved to watch other people develop as crafters.  They took that away from me, on my birthday no less.  We finally closed our doors Feb 2008.  I know it's silly, that was so long ago, but I still miss it.  Anyway, back to the shopping - While I was at Arhivers, I bought some MME 6x6 pads and matching embellishments, some Graphic45 goodies, a cute Jilly Bean Soup 6x6 pad and some Websters Pages Papers.   It was so hard not to just buy one of everything, but we did eventually stop shopping and headed back to our hotel.  What a fun store!  Saturday afternoon we went out and found Felicia's Scrapbooks.  It's a cute store, but we chose the weekend they did a scrappers garage sale to come for a visit.  Problem was, it's a tiny store, so they upset their own displays to make room for other peoples stuff.  I found a cute stamp set that I did end up getting, but I didn't really see much else I was interested in there.  It was still a nice trip.  

Now I'm off to spend the weekend with the hubs - it's my Birthday on Tuesday so we've got a full weekend.  Enjoy your weekend, and Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

World Card Making Day is Coming!!!

Paper Therapy is hosting an Online Crop on World Card Making Day, which is this weekend!!

The crop will run all weekend - starting with "early bird" specials this weekend, door prizes, and 1 grand prize for 1 lucky winner.  Want to learn more?  Come play with us at Paper Therapy!!  More details to come.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Paper Therapy Challenge - Sept 2011

Hi Bloggers! 

I'm back with lots of good stuff!

1st - the big winner in our Birthday Month Celebration was the Birthday girl herself - Kristin (Lil Sweetpea).  Congrats lady!!
If you were a winner this of any of our prizes in August, your boxes will go postal Monday, 9/12.

2nd - World Cardmaking is coming!!!  Oct 1, 2011 is World Cardmaking Day and the Paper Therapy Staff is planning and working to come up with something super fun for y'all -stay tuned!

3rd - Paper Therapy has a new challenge, and some changes to the Challenge.  Starting this month, Challenges will move to once a month. 

This month's challenge is all about Metal - brads, eyelets, foil, tinsel, book plates, anything.  If it's metal, we want to see it. 

Here is what I came up with:

Can't wait to see what y'all come up with.  Remember, you have until October 8th to complete this challenge.  Winners will be announced October 10th.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Late Challenge post

Hi Bloggers! I'm behind this week - way behind...Forgot to tell you about the awesome challenge over at Paper Therapy this week:

Create a project for somebody under 10.  It can be a card/ album/ altered item...anything!

Here's mine:


Can't wait to see what you do!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

August Heat and Challenges

Hi Bloggers!

Man, is it HOT in Texas!  We went 40 days straight of 100+ temps and it has been miserable.  Luckily Mother Nature smiled on us today and it was only 97.  I know, 97 still sounds hot, but when you're looking at 110+ heat, you are glad for 97 degrees.

In other news Paper Therapy is having all sorts of fun!  This is Kristin's brithdya month and we are celebrating all month long with games, trivia, challenges and give aways.  Be sure to check us out!

Today also starts a new challenge.  Our Challenge to you - create a card that is not the standard A2 sized rectangle - make a shape or cascade card - whatever you do, have fun!
Here's mine:


I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

Happy Crafting!
Jessi

Monday, July 25, 2011

A fun Challenge..and a late post....

Hi Bloggers!  I am so behind on blogging this week, but I have lots to tell you about....so lets get started:

First - Big time Congrats to Karen at Paper Therapy!!  You will be getting some yummy goodies in the mail soon....keep your eyes opened for Happy Mail!

Second - I have accepted a position as a Moderator on Paper Therapy.  I am very very excited!  Paper Therapy is really an awesome crafty site full of fun chalenges and super nice and talented people.  I don't know a whole lot about my new position or duties, but I will officially start on Monday, 8/1/2011 so I am looking forward to it.  I am sad to see Kimberly step down, but I know she is off to bigger and better things.  We puffy heart your Kimberly!!

Third: We have a new Challenge at Paper Therapy!
This week's challenge is a recipe challenge!!

Your project MUST contain:
  1. 2 patterned papers
  2. bling
  3. distressing
  4. ribbon or twine
  5. the color blue
Your project can contain other elements, but it MUST contain these! Can't wait to see what you come up with!! Have your projects uploadedby August 3rd!
Here's Mine:

Ingredients:
Cardstock - Glamour -Bazzill
Patterned Papers - Mellow Collection by Basic Grey
Satin Ribbon - SU!
Bling and Flowers - Prima
Brown Ink - Quick Quotes

Well I think that is enough for today....I'll be back later to share more fun projects.
Have a great night!
Hugs!
Jessi

Friday, July 8, 2011

Happy Friday - with a Sketch....

Hi bloggers!  We finally made it to the weekend, and not soon enough!  This was a rough week and I am so glad  it's come to an end.  Now I am spending the weekend playing with my friends at Memory Lane Inn.  Yay!

Today also kick starts a new Challenge at Paper Therapy.  This challenge was to find a sketch at your favorite sketch site create a project based on that sketch.  My sketch comes from my favorite card sketch site:  Cardabilities.  See the sketch I chose here: http://cardabilities.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-15th-design-team-reveal.html

And here's my card:

Supplies:
Cappacino Card Stock - Paper Source
Crumb Cake Seam Binding - SU!
Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding - SU!
Paper Roses - Michaels
Green Flower Confetti - Michaels
Metal Clock Charm - Tim Holtz
Bling and pearls - Michaels
Journal Spot - My Mind's Eye

Head on over to Cardabilities and check them out...and stop by Paper Therapy and post a link to the challenge thread.  Winners will be entered in a drawing to win some fabulous goodies!

I can't wait to see what y'all do!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Time for another Challenge!

Happy Friday Bloggers....we made it! 

I have to tell you, this week was a very long, and stressful week so I am not sorry to see it draw to an end.  I'm hoping to have a fabulous weekend.  A dear friend of mine is celebrating being fabulous and 50, DAve has to work so that means a trip to Hobby Lobby for me.  Darn....;)  LOL!  I'm also working on a few swaps this weekend.  Will post a video once they're swapped and received....don't want to spoil the surprise. :)

This Friday also brings a new challenge over at Paper Therapy:

This week's challenge is create something Red, White and Blue.  It can be a tag/ card/ scrapbook page, altered item...whatever you want it to be...just has to be Red White and Blue.  With the 4th of July approaching, I am reminded of how our country started, what it stands for...and now, the sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces.  My little brother is one of those few good men - a proud member of the United States Navy.  But Justin has taken on another role in the last 2 years as well - Daddy.  Not father, step father, guy that married my mom, but Daddy.  He's grown up so much since shipping out nearly 6 years ago and I am soo proud of the man he has become.  Here's my projecct:


The supplies are simple:
Cardstock - white and blue
Stickles - Christmas Red and Silver
Ribbon - red from stash
Thickers - White Chipboard from stash
Black pen for journaling

Someday little Kylie will be old enough to understand what her Daddy did for her, for this country...but for now, I hope they can just enjoy each other, love each other, and be happy.

Remember, you will have 2 weeks to complete this challenge.  At the end of those 2 weeks, a winner will be selected for this challenge and will have the chance to win scrappy yummy goodness.  (and I got some awesome stuff to give away so come play!)

I hope you all have a Fabulous day and a great weekend!
Hugs!
Jessi
Hugs!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

For the Man in my Man's Life...

Happy Saturday Bloggers!

Today I'm puttering around the house trying to get my mojo flowing...watched some You Tube, watched some TV - nothing on...and then I realized - I haven't shared this weeks Paper Therapy Challenge - such a bad girl I am this week....

This week's challenge is to create something for the man in your life.  With Father's Day coming up, I decided to do something for my FIL.  Now, I can't take credit for the concept because my project started as a class from GASC last weekend in Arlington.  However, I did go off the directions and redo the layouts in the mini and the top of the box...Enjoy!

The box is an altered Cigar box covered with patterned papers, black paint, and a metal foil frame.  Inside, there will be a mini album made from a Journal Spiral by Bo Bunny.  I love that idea and had to share!  Wish I'd have thought of it first. ;)




The pages are decorated with various cardstock borders, die cuts, and metal charms from Time Holtz.




I still have several pages to finish in my mini, but I wanted to share this because I thought it was such a fun idea.  I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!!  You will have until June 22 to complete your projects and post them to Paper Therapy.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Recap - Great American Scrapbooking Convection

So, as you all know, I went to the Great American Scrapbooking Convention with my mother this weekend. I was very excited - we signed up to take 5 classes and I always enjoy classes with my Mom.

We got the Arlington Convention Center around 5 pm and headed straight for Will Call to pick up my packet. Then we grabbed a snack - hey we came straight from work and knew dinner would have to wait until after our 6 o'clock class. So we grabbed our snacks and walked over the class examples displays. These displays had showed samples of all the classes being taught that weekend. I was super excited to see a few of them...and a few others I was a little hesitant...I wasn't sure I liked what I saw and kind of wished we had signed up for something else, but too late, we were already there. We finished our snacks and headed straight into the Shopping. Imagine 100 of your favorite Scrapbook stores all in 1 GIANT room....that's what we walked into. We stopped at several booths. I stopped at the Embellish It! booth because I was awed by all the papers..Lots of Basic Grey, Webster's Page, G45 and Glimmer Mist. I ended up with Pyrus from Basic Grey and a coordinating cardstock bundle as well as 3 new colors of Glimmer Mist. I was so tempted to grab their last paper pack from Curtain Call (G45) but I knew we had a lot more shopping to do the next day. While I was there, Mom was in the booth across the way and picked up some super adorable page kits to crop my sweet niece and her silly faces. After our shopping we realized we had 20 minutes to get to class, and it was a Prima class so we had to rush to make sure we go there in time to find a seat together. We made it with plenty of time to spare.

Our very first class was called Prima Possibilities and was taught by Rebecca at Prima Marketing. Sweet lady..and her Apron was completely decked out with yummies from Prima. Loved it! The class was packed with 60 people - all super Prima Fans, and mostly very nice. The class started with an introduction and warning that we would not finish the books today -I was ok with that, I'm a slow scrapper anyway. We got our kits and can I just say WOW-WEE! The kits were stuffed with Prima goodies. Each Kit contained:

7 - 6.5"x6"book board pieces
1 tube of Essentials No9 Annalee Flowers
1 -6x6 Paper Pack - Annalee Collection
1 yard Prima Lace Trim
Some yummy Prima Bling
an assortment of white Flowers and white roses
Assortment of butterflies
Prima Pebbles
A Prima Branch
4x6 die cuts or canvas stickers

We did a lot of prep work and got through the first 2 pages before time ran out...but that was ok - I was a tired hungry little girl. Below is a my album cover...not sure if I'm going to add something to the top left corner....



After that we went back to the hotel, ordered room service and went to bed...we had an early morning on Saturday. Saturday morning was awhirl wind. The alarm in the hotel alarm clock did not go off...luckily my Mom's internal clock wakes her up at early so we got up on our own at 6:30....ok, Mom got up on her own...and prodded me out of bed. :) We checked out and headed over to the Convention Center.

Our first Saturday class we took "Vintage - So Dear to My Heart" with Quick Quotes. I had never been in one of their classes and didn't really know much about the company. Let me just say WOW....Our Instructor, Michelle was AWESOME!! The papers were fun, the Layouts were so great, and the kits were FANTASATIC. All the die cuts were pre cut, and there was VERY LITTLE extra trimming involved. Made the class go much faster...we actually finished 2 pages....which is rare when there are so many pieces on a page to ink and play with. The Vintage Pages were designed using the Damsel in Distress and Khaki Collection papers, Frosted Butterflies (new this year)and some fun chipboard dies and bling.



Below is my Favorite Page...I love the center and I love that big brown flower....this is another awesome handmade flower technique I've learned and can't wait to duplicate for my own projects.



In between classes we had a 2 hour break so we went shopping again. ;) I found a booth that had the 2oz bottles of Glimmer mist for $4.50...that's nearly 1/2 price. I stopped and grabbed several.... Next we headed to the Quick Quotes booth where I snatched up a tote to carry all my shopping. I also found a super sweet canvas kit that I think will be perfect for my next wedding anniversary. We also stopped by a booth that was covered in trims and prima flowers. I bought 2 yards of Prima lace, 2 yards of this beautiful rosette lace trim, some acrylic flowers. We also stopped by the Prima booth where they were offering make and takes for $3. Mom and I stopped and did one - a 12x12 Layout featuring papers, bling and flowers. We had a good time chatting with the Prima guy who was there promoting the Live With Prima site. We talked about basket ball, Prima, and Drew (Cardofmyeye on YouTube and owner of Scrappyhappiness.com). We finished our layouts and realized our next class started in 20 minutes. We said our goodbyes and headed back to the class halls.

Our third class was also a Quick Quotes class - So Many Faces, So Many Places. This was another Layout class. The kit makes 4 pages and was designed using Julie Je T'aime paper line. Michelle also taught this class and was equally awesome. Much like the last class, all the pieces were die cut and there was very little cutting with my trimmer involved. These pages were a little more complicated than the Vintage class and there were a lot of fun techniques used. I always forget about library pockets...we used 4! One of the pages also included a "bonus album" - See below. This class was so fun - we will definitely be taking more Quick Quotes classes next year.







Class Number 4 was 30 mins after so we headed straight to our next class - For the Man in My Life by Xyron and Creatopia. This class was an altered cigar box and mini album for the man in your life. We were able to finish the outside of the box, for the most part and we got to play with Xyron's new Creatopia. It was a great class and I really liked getting to play with the tools from Xyron. I think the Mini Album is going to be really cute...but you'll have to wait to see it. :p

After the Xyron class we had 3 hours till the last class so we headed to the gallery for a quick lunch and rest, and then back to the Shopping! :) Our first stop was Melissa Frances! I had been eyeballing her booth every time we walked past and we finally made it over...and it was relatively quiet. We did some shopping - bought some yummy trim, some die cut chipboard. On our way out we saw they were offering a Make and Take for $5 - proceeds go to Breast Cancer. We sat down and paid our $5. We created this super cute Pocket and Tag using distress ink, glass glitter and paper/ Die cuts from Kitschy Kitchen. While we sat there, the lady giving the Make and Takes chit chatted and taught us about Zip Dry adhesive, glass glitter, and the proper techniques for using distress ink and the ink daubers. We talked about Breast Cancer and her own battle with this horrible disease. She was so open and nice. We had a really good time playing. I finished mine before my mother so I got up to make room for more shoppers wanting to play. When I walked back over to the booth, I saw a poster with the lady's picture "Make and Takes with Melissa Frances". I looked back at the woman teaching the Make and Takes and realized her name tag said "Melissa Frances" where your name goes. OMG...I was just chatting and crafting with Melissa Frances...and did not even know it....my knee jerk reaction was to jump back over there and take a picture, but at that point I was so embarrassed about my obliviousness that I just quietly waited for Mom before walking away....LOL!

After stopping at Melissa Frances we walked around a bit more - stopped at Clear Scraps and picked up some Acrylic albums and Tags - we decided we're going to build acrylic albums together. I've only done one and loved it, but Mom hasn't done any so I think that will be a fun for us to do one together. We stopped several other places - found a few more "must haves" and then headed to our last class.
Our last class was another Prima classes - 30 minute Layouts. I was very excited - did not realize this was a Prima Class when Mom signed us up for it, but saw the pages Friday night before we had the album class. We settled in and the instructor came in. She said "I have good news and bad news. Bad news is, there are 60 students and only 53 kits." Somehow 7 of the kits had walked away....bummer. "Good News is, you are here early and have the opportunity to choose whether you stay to take the class, or, if you volunteer to give your kit to a late comer, I will not only email you the instructions, mail you the class kit, but I will also send you a kit to one of our Live with Prima classes." 11 of us volunteered. She took all of our names/ address/ emails and Mom and I will be getting 2 Prima Classes for the price of 1! I was a little relieved to get out of class. Don't get me wrong - I know the class would have been awesome, but man I was tired. Mom and I picked up our bags from the Check Room and headed home. It was a wonderful weekend, and I cannot wait until next year!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Bloggers!

I am so grateful for all the sacrifices made every day by the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.  Your courage and selflessness is greatly appreciated and do not go unnoticed!  While you are all out celebrating tomorrow, please take a moment to say a prayer for those lost, fighting, and enlisting...and their families.  they are responsible for making us the country we are today.

I also want to throw a big shout out today to my cousin Matthew (MAC).  He graduated from West Mesquite HS today and we could not be prouder of him.  I know he is going to grow up to do great things.

I also wanted to share the latest challenge from Paper Therapy.  This week's challenge was to create a project inspired by an ad.  You could be inspired by the design, by the colors, by the shapes...anything...as long as you were inspired.  The DT all got to choose their own ad's and they all did AMAZING jobs.  Here is mine:


I loved the translucentness of the pattern - the hockey goal and line and the blocked graphics.  I tried to recapture that in this yummy paper and die cuts from G45's Steampunk Debutante.  I also had the chance to use one of my yummy Iris's from Drew...thanks for my yummies!

Well I hope you all enjoy your extended weekend and take time to come play with us.

Happy Crafting!
Jessi

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Vegas Baby!!!

Howdy Bloggers! I am coming to you from Beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada...Dave and I are on a MUCH needed vacation.  We've only been here 12 hours and  have already witnessed some pretty epic fails and some funny drugstore moments...but this is a family show so I'll save that for another day.

I wanted to share a super fun, new challenge from Paper Therapy.  This week the Desing Team was faced with a Color Challenge:
This week's challenge is a color challenge. The colors we'd like to see you use are Daffodil Delight (bright yellow), Melon Mambo (hot pink), Pacific Point (bright blue) and a neutral. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Here's my take:

Supplies used:
Cardstock and Patterned Papers - Creative Memories
Flower Stickers - Sandy Lion
Yellow Floss - Michaels
Glitter Sentiment - We R Memory Keepers


I loved this card so much....I bought those flowers 3 years ago when Recollections went ot of business and I alwasy say "I want to save those for something special....." Well here it is!!  I have finally come out of my hoarding mentality.  I can't wait to see what y'all come up with!

Happy Crafting!!
Jessi Myers

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Freaky Friday Challenge and other fun Ramblings

Hello Bloggers!  Today is Friday - TGIF!!!!

I feel like the past 2 weeks have been a complete blur - so much going on, and now it's already the weekend again!  Luckily I have no plans this weekend because I got some goodies in the mail...perhaps I'll do a haul video...we'll see.

Now today is also the 5th Friday of the month.  At Paper Therapy, this is now known as Freaky Friday!!  Freaky Friday brings an extra challenge and an extra prize!  Want to play...you know you gotta play to win...and you want to win this challenge...trust me!

Our very first challenge is to Scraplift or CASE a project created by one of our very talented Paper Therapy Members.  You can find inspiration in the Gallery, the Challenge Boards (including COTM and Mix It Up).  Once you pick your favorite project, post the original and give credit to the talented artist, and then post your rendition.
Mine comes from the Lovely Kristin!  I love her work and I'm trying to think more toward her design style...it's tougher than I thought...

Here is the original:



And here is mine:


Supplies Used:
Card Stock - Bazzill - Kraft
Patterned Paper - Graphic 45 - Steampunk Debutante
Ink: Clearsnap - Chestnut Roan
Ribbon: SU! - Seam binding in Crumb Cake
Stamps - Unity Stamp - Moxie Set
Flowers - Prima Classics

Now onto the Rambling bit....

How many of you watched the Royal Wedding this morning, or are making plans to watch after work off of the DVR, or this weekend?  I watched a lot of the coverage this morning (mostly because I could not get to sleep for the life of me.)  I have to admit, the week leading up I was like "Meh...it's just  a wedding..."  But as I watched the footage this morning, I found myself getting more and more into it.  I loved all the beautiful and unique hats, and the classy dresses...I'd like to move to London for a short spell and experience life across the pond.  My only concern is the high price of gas - I love my car and have a hard time doing without...tho I could adjust I'm sure. :)

I also want to give a big happy review to Blue Moon Scrapbooking.  I've been lurking on their YouTube channel for a while now and I bit the bullet and ordered from them because they seem to have all the new goodies that I want...and they offer free shipping on orders over $50 in the USA.  Sweet!  So, I got a GC at work and decided to give them a shot.  I placed my order on Thursday, 4/21/11.  I got my box Wednesday, 4/27...it is possible that it came in sooner since I didn't check the mail on Tuesday.  I was way impressed - with the Easter weekend and Good Friday and all, I assumed it would process Monday and be to me by Friday, Monday next at the latest...so good job Blue Moon!  They have lots of Prima and G45 and Basic Grey, Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies...I could go on forever, but I won't...You'll just have to check them out for yourself!

Friday, April 22, 2011

TGIF and some Mother's Day Inspiration!

Happy Friday Bloggers!!

I am so excited for the weekend...this week has just been a blur, with no downtime at all.  I am looking forward to my day of rest. ;)   Just got a quick post this week - had to share a fun new Challenge from Paper Therapy:

In Honor of Mother's Day, create something for the special lady in your life.  Here's what I did...My MIL will LOVE this!  (I hope.)



Supplies:
Patterened Paper: Paper Salon
Lace - Making Memories
Pearls and Flowers: Prima
Die: Nestabilities
Embossing Folder: Cuttlbug
Ink: ClearSnap
Stickers: ScrapWorks


I hope you all have a fabulous Easter Weekend, do some creative and enjoy time with your families!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Challenges and awards....

Happy Friday Bloggers,
This week starts a new DT term at Paper Therapy, and, as you can see, we are chaning things up a little bit.  Challenges will now be the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month.  Now you have 2 weeks to create something fun for each challenge, and we will draw a prize winnder at the end of each month.  So, with that, here is this month's first challenge:

Welcome to the first challenge with the new design team! With Easter fast approaching, we'd like you to use a basket on your project this week! It doesn't have to be an actual basket...just use that as your inspiration...the weaving maybe?? Have your projects uploaded here by Wednesday, April 20th at midnight! The winner of this week's challenge will be posted on Friday, April 22nd! Have fun! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Here's my take on the challenge:
I LOVE flowers...can you tell?  I also love this time of year - it reminds of  my days as a florist, and I loved creating arrangements in baskets for people's spring parties and Easter lunches.  This week's card is based on these memories.  Hope you enjoy it!!


Supplies used:
Mint Green cardstock - Paper Source
Brown Cardstock - Bazzill
Flowers - Creative Memories

I was also gifted a Blog award from my sweet friend Kimberly.  Thanks so much Kimberly for this honor...Love your blog and all the lovely projects you create, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know you on PT. :)  Wanna see some of Kimberly's awesome work, check her out: http://hellocutiecrafts.blogspot.com/




Upon receiving this award I must…
*Thank the person who gave this award to me and link back to their blog

*Share 8 things about myself
  1. I love Bea Arthur and the Golden Girls.
  2. Las Vegas is one of my happy places...can't wait to go in May. :)
  3. I like Fruit and Maple Oatmeal at McDonalds.
  4. I was born and raised in Texas, and will never live anywhere else.
  5. I married my wonderful husband exactly 1week after my birthday.
  6. I love Dallas Star Hockey!!!!!!!!!!
  7. My Mom is my best friend.
  8. My favorite movie is When Harry Met Sally.
*Pass this award to 8 other individuals that I have recently discovered
http://tanisharenee.blogspot.com/
http://branchoutdesigns.blogspot.com/
http://idreamcreateinspire.blogspot.com/
http://thinkingofinking.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
http://thinkingofinking.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
http://www.craftybearsden.blogspot.com/
http://nancywithajones.blogspot.com/
http://www.scrappyhappiness.com/

*Leave a comment so that they can pass along the recognition

I'm off work today and I am TOTALLY loving the day off.  I am redoing the scrap space..stay tuned for pictures.

Hope you all have a great weekend and I'll see you next week!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Looky what I did! :)

Happy Monday Bloggers!
Life is starting to get back to normal so I've been back to work and playing in the office.  I also had the chance to take a book binding class with my Mom.  It was so fun, and reminded me of all the fun times we used to have together. My book came out very nice, but it was lacking my personal touch (it was originally just the map paper and brown book cloth,) so I had to jazz it up.  I figured, what better way to jazz it up than to incorporate it into a Paper Therapy Challenge!  This week our challenge is "cute as a bug" and your project must have a bug on it somewhere.  See?  I added some lovely lace (tinted with Smooch Spray), Flowers, and a really nice antique looking butterfly.  I had cush a blast makeing this journal.



Supplies:
Book binding kit, bookcloth, map paper - Paper Source
Lace - Michales
Smooch Spritz - Tea Party - Clear Snap
Butterfly Charm - Michaels
Brown Roses - Recollections
Yellow Rose - Prima
Resin Rose - Mia Road
Stamp - Journal - Unity Stamps
Ink - Chestnut Roan - Clear Snap
Cardstock - French Vanilla - Bazzill

I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!!  Have a great week, and I'll see you again soon!
Hugs,
Jessi

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Challenges...

Happy Monday Bloggers!

Today I am reminded of how precious life is and of how important it is to love and to be loved.  You read more about that in a minute....

Today is Monday, which means new challenges at Paper Therapy!!  This week's challenge is a sketch:

I reversed the sketch and this is what I did:

Supplies:
Cardstock - Bazzill - Mulberry
Patterend Paper - DCWV - Once Upon a Time, Making Memories (Brown)
Flower - Prima
Ribbon - American Crafts
Ink - Clera Snap - Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk Ink
Sentiment - Expressions of Love -Creative Memories Vellum

This was a super fun sketch, and I really enjoyed creating such a romantic looking card.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!!
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In other news, today I am saying goodbye to a really dear friend.  His name is Michael Bradley.  I've known him since I was in elementary school...he was one of my best friends...always there for me, even when I wasn't always there for him.  I regret not being there for him sometimes, but I am forever greatful for this past year - we've spent so much time together, talking, laughing, crying, and being real with each other.  I was blessed to become a part of his family and to help him enjoy the last year of his life.  On Tuesday, March 15, he lost his battle with Gastro Esophogeal cancer....He will be greatly missed.  I know he is not in pain anymore, and I know he's in heaven, watching over me, protecting me, like a gaurdian angel. Well, Mikey - I'll be singing your songs just like you asked me too...I big puffy heart you, and will never ever forget you or stop loving you.  To Mike's Family, I don't know if you will see this, but know that I love you so much, and I promise I will always be here for you if you ever want to talk or just want to cry...or to celebrate.  We did throw some awesome parties!  :)

My prayer for everyone, please hug your family and friends a little tighter, and please please please...tell them exactly how you feel.  It may be hard for you to say, it my be hard for you to hear....I was lucky enough that I got to hear from Mike exactly how he felt about me....I know he really needed to say it, and looking back, I really needed to hear it.  I will truly miss him more than words can ever express, but to know how much he loved me, it comforts my heart when I start to get sad.  I was blesed to be loved that much by not one, but 2 wonderful men.  I'm just sad we lost one so very young.  Rest in Peace sweet Mike and know that I love you so very very much...and I will see you again!

Love you!
Jessi Myers

Monday, March 14, 2011

Springing Forward...

Hello Bloggers and Happy Monday!

I hope you have all survivied the Spring Forward.  I know it was rough for us yesterday. As usual, the boys were over until way too late Saturday night, and Dave and I had to leave for Hockey by 12:30 to not be rushed....well, at 11:30 Dave mosied into the bedroom and snuggled down into bed claiming he was trying to wake me up...well, we both dosed off again and woke up at the very last minute.  We made it in time for the game, but we were later than I like to be.  Oh well, we still had a good time. :)

Well Monday brings a new week, and a new challenge at Paper Therapy.  I have to say, you guys really pulled out all the stops last week - there were some absolutely beautiful cards last week. Want to know who won?  Head over to Paper Therapy and find our for yourself. ;)

If you don't have these exact colors use the closest you have.  And here is my take on this weeks challenge!



Supplies Used:
Parakeet Cardstock - Bazill
White Cardstock - Recollectioins
Simply Beautiful Storybox - green, blue and brown patterns - Creative Memories
Title Stickers - Creative Memories
Chalk Ink - Brown - Creative Memories.

I can't wait to see what you all come up with this week!

This week also brings me a mass exodus of pre-made cards.  I boxed up over 50 cards to send to Operation Wrtie Home.  Do you have handmade cards in need of a good home?  Head over to OWH to check out the guidelines, and then send away!  This is a really great way to help our Heros overseas send their love and thoughts to their families back home.  They do so much for us...it's time to do something for them!

I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with love and fun...and some crafty time for you!
Happy Crafting!
Jessi

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monochromatic Monday!

Happy Monday! 
I can not believe we've made it through another week so quickly!  But, here we are, and it's Monday again.  Monday brings another challenge from Paper Therapy as well.

This week we challenge you to create a project using a Monochromatic theme. Here is my take on the challenge:


Supplies Used:
Purple Cardstock - American Crafts from Collection - color name unknown
Lavender Shimmer cardstock - From Stash - manufacturer unknown
Purple Patterened Paper - Creative Memories - Simply Beautiful
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Pearl - Martha Stewart
Stickles - Ranger

This is also the first challenge of the month - the winner will get a fantastic stamp set from Unity Stamps as well as a set of handmade flowers, handmade by me!  I can't wait to see what you come up with, and wish you the best of luck!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy Monday - Relief and Relaxation...

Happy Happy Monday!  Today I come to you after a wonderfully relaxing weekend.  I spent the whole weekend hanging out at home and working on paper flowers.  So much fun!

Today brings another challenge at Paper Therapy.  This week is another Sketch Challenge:

Here is my take on this week's challenge!

I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Remember, your projects are due by Saturday at Midnight.

TOday also brings some relief.  I took the Hubs to see an allergist because he has been suffering through what we thought were some of the worst allergic reactions to his surroundings. I hated to ask him to come to the store, we gave up all nut related products, banana flavored anything...quit going to WEndy's Chick FIl-a....and still we were baffeled because he was in a constant state of blotchy red itchiness.  Tody the Dr heped us find some answers.  Dave still  has allergy problems, but he said the constant state of itch is something called chronic urticaria, or chronic hives.  He gave us a list of medications to stay away from, things to do to help him find relief and gave him a treatment regimen.  Can i just say I am sooo glad we have a name for this condition and we know how to help him better.  Thank God for the Dr.  I'll keep you posted on his progress...

Have a great week all!
Jessi

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Perfect Romance...

Happy Monday Bloggers,

You would think with Valentine's Day behind us, I would be done talking about Romance....well, you would be wrong.  My parents celebrate their 31st Wedding Anniversary this week, and their's truly is a perfect romance!  I am inspired by how they have managed to keep the spark alive in their marriage all this time, and I have enjoyed watching it blossom and get more and more lovely every day as an adult.  They are truly a great example for their children - we both hope our marriages can be as wonderful as their's.  Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!!

Today is also a new challenge at Paper Therapy this week.  This week is a techniwue challenge.  Use the negative space of a die cut on your card/ tag/ scrapbook layout/ altered project....the possiblities are endless!
Here's my take on this week's challenge:

Suuplies:
Cardstock: Paper Source (Michaels)
Patterned Paper - My Minds Eye
Die - Tim Hotz Tattered Florals
Jewels - Doodlebug - Tangerine
Ink - Clearsnap - Color Box - Chesnut Roan
Birthday Greeting -  Sentiments Stack from stach - vendor unkown


I can't wait to see what you all create!  Be sure to have your project posted by 2/26/2011 at 11:559pm.  Have a great week!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day Bloggers!

As a former florist (for 7 years) this is truly one of my most favorite holidays....not just because I am a girl and I like all that mushy stuff, but I love all the beauty that is inspired by the holiday.  I got to create with some of the most lovely flowers, and I knew my creations would bring joy to somebody....or get some poor guy out of the dog house.  Once I came out of the floral business, I continued to be inspired by the beautiful crafty creations people create to show their loved ones how special they are.  Well, today is no exception even for me.  I have been making all sorts of beautiful cards, flowers, and boxes...started with my love bucket in the blog hope and I've shared some others in past postings and challenges.  Today I share with you a non-traditional, but sweet valentine - and my design for Paper Therapy's Monday Challenge:

This Week, Paper Therapy invites you to make a Valentine for your sweetheart...or for a good cause, like Operation Write Home!  Post your entry to our Challenge Forum for a shot at being this week's winner.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock - Bazzill - Lagoon
Patterned Paper - Daisy D's Valentine Paper -8x8 pad
Brad - Making Memories
Punch - Border and corner punch - Martha Stewart
White Floss - Michaels
Pink Chipboard Letters - Making Memories - Noteworthy


My latest paper obsession has also turned to making paper flowers.  I've been stalking videos on YouTube for a couple weeks now - man there are some really great videos out there.  Below are some of my favorites!

Made with pages from and old Thesaurus, Olive and Patina Glimmer Mist, Patina and Platinum Stickles and brads from my stash.  Don't you just love the vintage feel of these!
These are Spiral Roses made from scrap paper from my stash...LOVE how easy these are to make, and yet how sweet they look.

 These are created using  Scrap Paper, my 5 Petal Flower Punches and some creative uses for pens, paint brushes and water....so much fun!
I hope I've inspired you to create some fun and beautiful projects for yourself and those you love....and I hope you join us this week at Paper Therapy this week!

Happy Valentine's Day!!
Jessi