Saturday, October 25, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

As I mentioned yesterday, Becca at The Damsel of Distressed Cards has written a beautifully brave post about domestic violence. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but until I read Becca's post I had no idea.

Since Becca was brave enough to share her story, I'll share mine. It was 20 years ago, but it still affects me today. Not every day, but it's there. At 18 I lived with my boyfriend, who I'd been dating for about 2 years. He was prone to anger, to temper tantrums. He was excellent at belittling me and making me feel unworthy. He simultaneously made me feel that I was unlovable - and also that I was a slut. The emotional abuse was constant. The physical abuse began with a bang. I came home from studying with a male friend, to accusations of cheating. My cat attacked him, and he threw her across the room. I lunged at him to grab the cat away, and he shoved me so hard that I flew backwards across the room into the doorknob. I hit it between the 3rd and 4th cervical vertebrae.

I left him the next day, amidst his tears and apologies. It didn't last, though, and within a month we were together again. He even went to the doctor with me when I sought medical help again because the pain was still horrible, and the stereotypical "I fell into a door, I'm so clumsy" scene took place.

We moved back in together several months later, and the emotional abuse continued. I didn't think I deserved any better. He gave me an STD. He would grab my arms hard enough to leave handprint bruises. He was much more careful because now we had housemates to hear. One of those housemates was Rob.

Rob saved me. I would have continued to stay, but Rob encouraged me to leave - and told me that he'd help me do it, and help me rent a new apartment. Rob convinced me that I was worth being treated like I was loved. I don't think it's much of a surprise that we fell in love and married. After all, this is the man who yesterday, when I'd had an awful day full of tears, I showed him the card I made for this post, and he said "Look at that. You MADE that. When you have those days, remember that you can take a piece of paper and turn it into ART. That's amazing!"


Supplies: sentiment from MFT; all other stamps from Inkadinkado; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Distress inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Brushed Corduroy

I wanted to create something to express encouragement. And I'm out of words. It's been a long time since I told this story to anyone. 

xoxo,
Jessi

sMOOches!

This card was a special request for a couple who raises cows & makes their own cheese...I think I got it! And it's perfect for the Anything Goes challenge at SPARKS.



Supplies: Paper Smooches Chubby Chums and Santa Paws; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Squeezed Lemonade distress ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Mod POdge Dimensional Magic; K & Co grass die cut; loose green glitter

The eyes are all accented with Dimensional Magic - I wanted to keep this as flat as possible for mailing to the US. 


xoxo,
Jessi

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Jolly Halloween!

First of all, I'd like to share a fellow blogger's post with you - I just read Becca's story last night, and shared it on Facebook, but I wanted to draw more attention to it. Today I'll be making a card for this cause in solidarity. Domestic violence encompasses far more than physical violence, and affects far more people than we know. Please head on over to The Damsel of Distressed Cards, Becca's blog, and be inspired to join in.

And now for something completely different...10 points to Gryffindor for recognizing the reference!


Supplies: clip art from The Graphics Fairy; Cuttlebug embossing folder; kraft card stock; Versamark; black EP; Timeless Twine; Tonic distressing tool


This card was inspired by the Kraft Journal colour challenge (and the vintage feel of the graphic). I'm also popping it in over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun for the Pumpkin/Jack o' Lantern challenge. 


It's the end of October. I'm not sure where the rest of the year went but ACCCCCK!
xoxo,
Jessi

Vintage Halloween

I was recently trying to sort out some of my image files and came across several printable Halloween posters from The Graphics Fairy. One of them was perfect for Lesley's The Challenge #17. I'm also entering it over at ALBC - BOO!


Supplies: clip art from The Graphics Fairy; papers from MME; Tonic distressing tool; yellow glitter fabric paint; glitter buttons from Dollarama; Kraft twine from Paper Smooches

The verse reads:
When the Owl & Witch
to gether are seen, 
There's mischief brewing 
on HALLOWE'EN.


There's just a smidge of kraft but I combined both the sketch & colours this time around. 

Be right back with another vintage Halloween card!
xoxo,
Jessi


Thursday, October 23, 2014

GLITTER!

I found some solid glitter paper at the dollar store last week, and I bought all the colours. (I'll give you a minute to process that shocking news!) With the current Paper Players challenge to make a CAS gold or silver card, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.


Supplies: Rose heart from Flourishes; Sentiment from Paper Smooches; Worn Lipstick distress ink; Versamark; Moonstone EP; classic small circle Nesties; silver glitter paper


Back to crafty joy!
xoxo,
Jessi

The Stamping Chef Facebook Challenge

Did you know that The Stamping Chef has a Facebook group?  If you love Tamara's images you should totally join. They've recently resurrected their FB challenge, and I *had* to play. It took a couple of tries, because it's a tricky recipe!

Your project should include:
gauze
cotton balls

The Zombified image, sure, but the other two ingredients? ...my SOS card from Tuesday was my first attempt. This time I did it! The gauze is there, I promise:



Supplies: Zombified digi from The Stamping Chef; Spectrum Noir markers; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; black and grey card stock; purple rhinestones from Dollarama; cotton ball and gauze


I coloured the image first, and then thought to have her bursting out of the card. As I sliced an "x" in the middle of each piece of cardstock I said to hubby - well, this is either going to be spectacular or a hot mess! I used a distressing tool on each exposed edge of the cardstock, rolled & glued the black pieces, and then the grey. 

After peeling back the cardstock to make the window, I taped the gauze down on three sides, leaving the bottom open so I could tuck the zombie in. She's adhered using different heights of foam tape to enhance the looming feel. Then I pulled apart the cotton pad to look misty and used double sided tape to stick it underneath the other elements so the tape wouldn't show. 

There's a touch of glitter pen on her hair, and on her eyes, and my Walking Dead-loving fourteen year old said she's hot for a zombie. Win!

Check out the Stamping Chef FB group, and of course their challenge & shop as well - I'm entering this in Challenge #52 as well :)

xoxo,
Jessi

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ewe Make Me Feel

Here it is, my last card for the Pink Christmas challenge at Jingle Belles! I see they hit their goal of 125 cards (plus a couple) - YAHOO! I made this one this morning after seeing the new Creative Card Crew Challenge of bows.  And as pink is definitely a non-traditional Christmas colour, I'm also popping this in at Merry Monday. 


Supplies: all stamps from The Cat's Pajamas; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spun Sugar distress ink; Timeless Twine; Bow Easy; MME papers; Cotton Ball Fun Flock; pink rhinestones from Dollarama



I paper-pieced the scarf & pockets, and added Fun Flock to the belly & 'hair' of the sheep. The bow was tied & then stitched into place. 

I can't tell you how excited I am to see the many entries at Jingle Belles - thank you for helping raise awareness for such a great cause!


I have been crafting like crazy the last couple of days - and binge-watching Downton Abbey Season 4 - so when I come up for air prepare for a barrage of posts! lol!
xoxo,
Jessi

Pink SPARKS!

I have a couple of last-minute cards for the PINK CHALLENGE at Jingle Belles, and decided to combine  them with a few other challenges (two birds, one stone, yada yada).


Supplies: Paper Smooches stamps; Memento Gray Flannel ink; Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick distress inks; Bic markers; googly eyes

I'm entering this over at Paper Smooches SPARKS for the Anything Goes challenge too :) 



xoxo,
Jessi

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shopping our Stash #174 - Halloween!


One of the best things about being on the Shopping our Stash design team is the constant inspiration to look 'outside the box' for craft supplies. Last week my husband came home with onions in a black mesh bag (instead of the usual orange) and I thought OH! I need that! It's perfect for the loads of Halloween cards I'm making at the moment - and not coincidentally, our challenge is all about Halloween this week! 


Supplies: Zombified digi from The Stamping Chef; Spectrum Noir markers; PTI sentiment; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; papers from MME; black rhinestones from Dollarama; onion bag

Once again Connor helped me out with colour choices. I'd coloured her skin grey and eyes & lips red (creepy as heck!) and he suggested purple for her outfit and aqua for her hair. I love the wonky layout that came together. The netting was hard to secure - it's wrapped around each corner and taped down, but the edges continued  to shed a little. Probably a dab of glue on the cut ends would solve that problem for next time.


Ready to create something spooky?  Join us before next Monday,October 27th!



I'm also going to pop this in as my third entry for The Stamping Chef #51.

xoxo,
Jessi

Tuesday Morning Sketches #272 - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

I am excited to share my card with you for this week's Tuesday Morning Sketch - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is our sponsor, and I got to work with Pippin's Christmas Lights. CUTE PENGUIN!!


Supplies: Pippin's Christmas Lights digi from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps;  Spectrum Noir markers; papers from Bo Bunny; SRM sticker sentiment; Cotton Ball Fun Flock; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; classic small oval Nesties

I couldn't get a close up photo (I gave up after a dozen tries) - Pippin's hat and belly are soft and fuzzy, and the Christmas lights were dotted with glitter pen and then coated with Dimensional Magic. So were his feet & beak. 

This is another terrific sketch for using up scraps. No new papers were cut into for my card :)



This challenge is open until next Sunday, October 26th  hop on over & see what the design team has created for you!

Kris 

xoxo,
Jessi