My New Hobby


It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post, but I managed to pick up a new crafty hobby: knitting! Cyn and Mandy taught me over the new year’s holiday. Talk about an awesome start to 2011; there really is a lot to be said about starting a new year with a brand new skill. Love it! I think I’m going to make that a goal every year.

We have an amazing local yarn store (lys) here in Salt Lake. Blazing Needles is the place to get the best yarn. And I always run into people I know there. It’s a social experience, going to Blazing Needles. Earlier this month, they had a lovely deal where you could get the pattern for the fingerless gloves pictured here with the purchase of Malabrigo Rios yarn. Love! Malabrigo is my new go-to yarn. It’s super soft and pure joy to work with.

Susan Lawrence’s Ragtop pattern is super easy to modify for fit. I had to add a few rows up top for my freakishly long fingers. The results were gorgeous and I love wearing that teal color with my bright orange waffle-weave JCrew henley. There’s nothing wrong with mixing your colors, my friends! Be bold.

After-Christmas Cards


Another Christmas has come and gone, and it was a wonderful one! I surprised Chris with a turntable this year and last night he spun some Radiohead while I made a set of cards. For these little beauties, I challenged myself to pull color combos from Stampin’ Up!’s Color Coach. I love this handy little color guide. I just picked the color I really wanted to use, flipped the card over and picked one of the color combos from the back. Here, I chose colors from BasicGrey’s Curio line and Pink Paislee’s Sweetness line for my main colors, then tied in coordinating cardstock, ink, and ribbon. The first card features the Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Pumpkin Pie color combination (with a little Kraft ribbon thrown in).

Once the cards were finished, I shot them in the new portable lightbox Chris gave me! In the future, I’ll put some paper down, so you don’t see the lines of the box, but this worked for a first try, right?

This card ended up having a rather cool, masculine flair to it! The color combo here is Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, and Old Olive.

Here, we have a card that could work for St. Patrick’s Day; I love the way BasicGrey’s green (a stand-in for Stampin’ Up!’s Wild Wasabi) pops against the Early Espresso. A hint of Marina Mist finishes this guy off.

Okay, on this one I totally cheated with my colors. Instead of Pink Pirouette (from the card), I used Blushing Bride, which is a deeper pink. It was also what I had in front of me. Sheer, shocking laziness, I know. {grins} Either way, this ultra-girlie card makes me happy!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday too!

Curio Sweetness Card Set Recipe: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper and Stampin' Up!; Patterned paper: BasicGrey and Pink Paislee; Stamp: Papertrey Ink; Ink: Papertrey Ink and Stampin' Up!; Ribbon: Papertrey Ink and Stampin' Up!; Punches: Fiskars Americas and Stampin' Up!; Die: Stampin' Up!; Die-cutting machine: Sizzix; Adhesive: American Crafts.

Sea Critters and Autumn Leaves

With all the rain we’ve gotten today, I felt like posting some sea critter cards was rather appropriate. It’s seriously dark here today! I’m glad I went up the canyons to take photos of the fall leaves yesterday with the gals from work, because there’s snow up there today. Snow! I’m against it.

Love how misty the mountains looked yesterday as the storm rolled in. It was bit chilly, but the light was really lovely and soft. Perfect for getting some great shallow depth of field on leaves. Nice.

Today’s cards both feature Lawn Fawn’s Critters in the Sea stamp set. Too cute! While I’m Copic certified, I don’t have all the colors that I would like, so I love using paper piecing with stamps like these. The goal here was funky and whimsical.

Hope your Saturday is full of fun!

Just Wavin' Hello Recipe: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye and Studio Calico; Die cut: Sassafras; Stamps: Lawn Fawn; Ink: Stampin' Up!; Metal flower: Making Memories; Fabric: Moda.

Have a Whale of a Time Recipe: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: October Afternoon; Die cut: The Girl's Paperie; Stamps: Lawn Fawn; Brads and ink: Stampin' Up!; Decorative edge scissors: Fiskars Americas; Fabric: Moda.

The Sky’s the Limit

I’m so excited for the weekend–I’m taking Monday and Tuesday off, so I’ll get to enjoy a four-day weekend. Hooray! I have lots of projects that I want to get to: creating a chalkboard for our kitchen, making another batch of chicken noodle soup to pop in the freezer for those nights when I just can’t cook, and making more marinara from the last of our CSA tomatoes. (Both from my mom’s recipes. Yum!) Lots to do! Plus, it’s Chris’s birthday this weekend. He’s taking time off too, so we’re going to spend some time together just hanging out and maybe exploring the canyons a little bit before it starts to snow.

But first, I thought I’d share this happy little card that I made a few nights ago. I love the festive, carnival vibe that the Sassafras cards and My Mind’s Eye papers bring to the Practicing Creativity stamp set. I added a little gauze (a folded flower from K&Company’s Handmade line), and a brad from Stampin’ Up! for a subtle bit of texture. Love how this turned out!

Recipe: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Die cuts: Sassafras; Stamp: Practicing Creativity Designs; Fabric: K&Company; Brad, ink, and punch: Stampin' Up!

Friends with Cameras

After a couple of crazy busy months, I decided to make a layout just for posting on the ol’ blog. Okay, I made the layout a few weeks ago, took the photo, and realized that I had no way of getting that photo onto my computer. Turns out, I left the cable in our hotel room in Arizona. Epic Fail!

Anyway, this cute layout was made using the September Studio Calico kit and a sketch from The Color Room. Sketches and kit clubs rule when you feel like creating, but have absolutely no energy to pull together something from scratch or when you want to challenge yourself to work within a set of parameters. A couple of cool things to note here: Glimmer Mist extravaganza on the frames and Crackle Accents on the title letters. Loves!

Twilight with the Sistahs

My sisters and I love going to midnight movie and book releases together. Yes, we are those people standing in line at midnight at the Barnes & Noble striking up conversations with complete strangers over our love of Harry Potter or silly (and oh-so-fabulous) angsty teen vampire stories. It’s our thing, and it’s one thing we always do together. So, of course, we so had to go to the midnight showing of Eclipse!

My friend Cyn scored us some tickets to an exclusive event with a group called the Saga Sisters who’d rented out a full theater and did some fun giveaways before the show. I won a cookie in the raffle — w00t! Free cookie!

Anyway, I know they’d kill me if they knew I was posting these pics of them. Ha! {evil grin} Meet my goofy, awesome sisters who are totally willing to geek out with me!

Bad Blogger!

Um, who’s that girl who only posts on her blog twice a month? It couldn’t be me, could it? How sad! Here I am, rededicating myself to awesome. Thanks for being so patient with me!

Today, I’m sharing a quick page I made as part of Kelly Purkey’s amazing Sketchbook class. Yes, this layout is 100 percent based on a sketch. I love how easy it was to throw together! It also covers one of my favorite things of all time: the Boston Red Sox. Also, that minor detail of never seeing them play in person. Oh the horror! I’m always in Boston at the wrong time (March for St. Patty’s Day) or with someone who dislikes baseball. Someday . . . someday.

In the meantime, enjoy my layout about my sad relationship with the Sox. It’s a good thing I had a few October Afternoon papers to make my page cheery! {chuckles}

Home and Color

Hi everyone! Hope you had a fabulous National Scrapbooking Day–I know I did. It was a blast hanging out with a bunch of scrapbookers on Friday night and Saturday morning at the our CK Scrap & Play event. And if you haven’t had a chance to check out some of the crazy events we had going on over at Club Creating Keepsakes, do. I think there might still be a chance to win some of the incredible prizes we had. Plus, there are loads of free downloads!

In addition to CK Scrap & Play fun, Chris and I went and purchased our living room carpet. By June 1, we should be chilling in our living room! Hooray!! Our dishwasher arrived yesterday morning while I was in Provo, and can I just say how much I appreciate not having to hand-wash dishes after we made homemade pizzas on our George Foreman grill last night? (Yes, we’re getting quite inventive with that appliance. LOL.)

So, here’s our schedule for the next remodel steps: Tile backsplash on the 10th/11th, followed shortly by the range hood installation, then carpet on or around the 20th. We also ordered our pendant lights for the bar yesterday (whew!) and those should be in around June 10th. Progress is being made here folks! I’ll be posting a lot of pictures in June.

Anyway, with all of the great house news, I thought I’d share a little card I made, inspired by the color challenge that my friends at Paper Crafts had in one of their submission calls a little while back. It’s full of “architectural style” (says Chris). {grins}

recipe: cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper and Stampin' Up!; Patterned paper: American Crafts and Studio Calico; Stamps: Papertrey Ink; Ink, punches, and ribbon: Stampin' Up!.

Not as Serious as I Look

Things have been pretty hectic lately, but I’m happy to have a chance to share this layout I made recently. I absolutely adore the way the misting turned out — I used a BasicGrey Doilie as a template. I’ve been big on misting the last few weeks. There’s just something about adding a touch of sparkle to a page that takes me to my happy place.

This photo was, incidentally, taken at the Happiest Place on Earth (or one of them): Disney World! I was in St. Pete, Florida on business over the Fourth of July several years ago, and Christine and I headed to Orlando for the holiday weekend. We spent a lot of time at Disney that year — we were down in Florida every few weeks — and a season pass came in super handy. They had amazing fireworks on the Fourth.

My face in the photo? I smiled two seconds after Christine snapped this picture. But it has turned into one of my favorite “self portraits” ever.

Here’s hoping you’re all in your happy place as we head into April. Love ya!

Recipe: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Laser-cut paper: BasicGrey (template); Baker's twine and journaling card: Studio Calico; Spray ink: Tattered Angels; Marker and ribbon: Stampin' Up!; Crocheted flower: American Crafts; Other: Staples.

They Say It’s Your Birthday

Okay, it’s not my birthday — but it is jacksoki.com’s birthday! One year ago, I started my blog in iWeb (before switching to WordPress) to have a place to put cards I made for challenges and to give myself a much needed creative outlet during a rough time. But my blog has become so much more than that! It’s how I met all of you, and that makes this little space on the Web very important to me.

So, to say “Thanks for being a part of my life,” we’re going to give away a little blog candy! Now, I want to note that the candy isn’t sponsored by anyone — I bought the stuff. This is just me giving a gift to a friend. What is it? Well, it’s a pretty sweet little pack of goodies, in a couple of my fav colors. Here’s a little hint about one of the goodies.

I’m going to be picking the recipient tomorrow night since March 7 is the actual blogaversary, so make sure you’ve commented by around 8:00 pm (MT). Thank you, thank you, thank you!

recipe: cardstock: bazzill basics paper; patterned paper: sassafras; stamps, ink, and punch: stampin' up!; buttons: papertrey ink; rhinestones: zva creative.

Update 3/8/2010: Thanks to Random.org, we have our winner — comment #1. Sarah, I’ll get your goodies off to you this week! Thanks for the blogaversary love, you guys!