Saturday, January 24, 2015

5, 4, 3, 2, 1... And a Winner!

Hi everyone! Happy weekend!

I make a lot of cards that I don't blog (or share on this blog). Case in point, I made this card back in August, had it photographed and ready to go, but I never shared it here. Do any of you do that, too?

I thought I would share this birthday card I made using a Scraptastic Club kit:


My son had a birthday party to go to, so I made the card for his friend's 5th birthday.

I die-cut the numbers on my Cameo and then hand-cut several of the Scraptastic August kit's Boys of Summer papers to layer in the negative space. The main kit is no longer available, but most of the papers I used were from the Crate Paper Boys Rule collection. 


I added a few embellishments in the rainbow order. All of the embellishments are from the Boys of Summer kit and Add-on except the Neat & Tangled sequin. Isn't that flair awesome?

Here's another close-up:


For the Online Card Class Clean & Simple 4 giveaway, the winner is:

I'll e-mail you, or you can reach me at the Contact link above. Congrats!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Cardstock: (White Linen) Ellen's Essentials
Papers: (Boys of Summer Main Kit and Add-on) Scraptastic Kit Club
Stickers: (Boys Rule) Crate Paper
Flair: (Boys of Summer Flair) Scraptastic Kit Club
Sequin: (Lime Satin) Neat & Tangled
Silhouette Cameo

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Online Card Class Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have a post and a giveaway today:
Ever try a technique that ended up feeling just too complicated to use on a card (or worse multiple cards)? We’ve all been there! Happily, Online Card Classes is ready to help us take on that challenge with a little technique know-how! 

Online Card Class instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, and Julie Ebersole are the instructors for Clean & Simple Card Making 4: Techniques Made Simple.  In this all-video class, they’ll be sharing ideas for embossing, die cutting, and more… all with a Clean & Simple twist that will make the techniques more approachable and useable than ever. 

I’m one of the guest artists in this class....I'm still kind of geeking out over it. :) The sneak on the bottom-right is my card. (Squeal!)

Want to take Clean & Simple 4 for free? I get to give away one spot in this fantastic class. Just leave a comment on this post by 1:00pm ET on Friday to be eligible! Class starts on Monday, January 26, 2015. I hope to see you there!

If you want to enroll in the class or see more about it, you can sign-up HERE. These classes are always awesome!

Have a great day!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Flowers and Flowers (and Winners!)

Hi everyone! I'm sorry for dropping off the planet for a few weeks. I've been in the middle of writing a grant for a state that has been pretty all-consuming.

I thought I would share some Paper Smooches projects, and the Season's Givings winners are below. :)

First up, a rose card set:

Roses Card Set

This card required *a lot* of die-cutting. ;) But once I made 17 passes through the die-cutter, I had enough pieces to make more than one card set and the process moved quickly. This technique was a great way to use up scraps of patterned paper.

I used the gorgeous Paper Smooches Roses Dies and in-laid patterned paper die-cuts--mostly American Crafts papers. For the sentiments, I stamped four different sentiments from the Uplifters set.

Here's a close-up:

Roses Card Set

I packaged the set of four cards for my mother-in-law. For the tag, I used the Paper Smooches Gift Tags 2 die, the Tiny Hearts Die [Aren't those hearts cute? They're only $1.99!], and one of the leaves from the Roses Dies. The sentiment is from Group Hugs.

Roses Card Set

Next up, I have a second floral card:

Roses Thank You

The roses are from the Paper Smooches Lovely Thoughts stamp set. I did some two-step stamping and added a bit of shading using Copics (although if I redid the card, I would have used colored pencils).

See the cool background? It's embossed using the Retro Arrow die. Here's a close-up:

Roses Thank You

Want to hear the winners of the Season's Givings blog hop?

[Drumroll....] The winners are:

Prize 1: Rachel

Prize 2: Shona Chambers

Yeah Rachel and Shona! Please drop me an e-mail at my contact information (the tab on the header). Thanks to everyone for your very sweet comments. You all are so nice!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day! :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Season's Givings Blog Hop

Hi everyone, and happy 2015! Welcome to the Season's Givings Blog Hop!

Latisha Yoast came up with a great idea to share our new/unused crafty supplies--to have a blog hop and give the supplies away to people hopping. I love this idea!

I'm so thankful for the blogging community. I know everyone is busy, and it means a lot to me that people take the time to stop by. I wanted to do the giveaways as a thank you!

Here is a card I made for the new year:


This month, Winnie & Walter is celebrating their first anniversary, and they're hosting a month-long birthday bash. Part of the celebration includes several challenges (they'll go live at 7am CT 1/1). I'm joining in the fun and playing along with Laura's challenge. If you get a chance, check them out (the prizes are huge!).

For my card, I used The Big, the Bold, and the Extras stamp set and matching cut files from Winnie & Walter.  I did some two- and three-step stamping for the flowers and layered them over some Maggie Holmes vellum flowers. The leaves were die-cut using the cutting files. I was very inspired by THIS gorgeous card.

Here's a close-up:


I'm also linking this card up to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge. There's still time to link up.

I've been fortunate enough to receive or win some extra supplies, and I'm thrilled to be passing them on! I have two giveaways for two winners. If you enter once, you're entered into both:

[Click on picture to enlarge.] Giveaway 1: Mama Elephant, Avery Elle, and Imaginisce stamps; Crate Paper embossing folder, 6x6 pad, two sets of stickers from the same collection; Pink Paislee washi; Studio Calico sequins; ColorBox Cat's Eye.

[Click on picture to enlarge.] Giveaway 2: Fancy Pants 12x12 papers, stickers, die-cuts, felt flowers, buttons, and clips; KI Memories stamps; Glitz Design washi; Studio Calico ink pad. 

Here's the scoop: 1) You can leave a comment for a chance to win. 2) For a second chance, you can "follow" my blog and leave another comment to let me know if you already follow or are a new follower. You can follow my blog by clicking Google's "Join this Site" on the sidebar and/or following by e-mail.

The giveaway will end at 6am ET on 1/7, and I'll announce winners here. Also, I'm happy to pay for international shipping.

The people/companies below are all offering different giveaways. To enter, all you have to do is go to their blogs, leave comments, and you'll be entered:

Jocelyn Olson <-- You are here

Thanks for visiting! I really appreciate it!! Have a wonderful 2015!

Next in the hop is the super talented Julee!

Cardstock: (Rustic White) Papertrey Ink; (white) Avery Elle
Stamps: (flowers, leaves, sentiment from The Big, the Bold, and the Extras) Winnie & Walter
Die-cutting/embossing: (white leaves from The Big, the Bold, and the Extras Cut Files) Winnie & Walter; (Woodgrain Impression Plate) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Versafine Smokey Grey) Tsukineko; (Birch) Fresh Ink; (Peridot Mixed Media Ink) ColorBox
Mists: (Opaque White, Dewey Mister Huey's) Studio Calico; (Solar Gold Radiant Rain) Luminarte
Embellishments: (vellum flowers from Open Book Floral Ephemera) Crate Paper; (Mint Color Theory star sequin) Studio Calico; (4mm Clear sequin) Pretty Pink Posh; (matte gold 10mm sequin) Teresa Collins

Monday, December 8, 2014

Our Home to Yours

Hi everyone!

I'm up on Neat & Tangled blog today sharing a card and quick tutorial.

Here's the final card:

Our Home to Yours

I used three different Neat & Tangled sets to make this card: Simple Christmas, So Very Blessed, and Time Warp. There are step-by-step pictures on the Neat & Tangled blog that show how I combined the different sets.

After I was done stamping, I dry embossed the panel with a PTI Woodgrain plate--I love the subtle texture. I finished the card by adding glitter to a BasicGrey die-cut, a sequin from the Classic Christmas Sequin Mix, and some spray mists.

Here's a close-up:

Our Home to Yours

If you want to play along, the Little Tangles team has an embossing challenge right now. You can check it out HERE.

Sadly, this post is my last one for Neat & Tangled. I wanted to give a shout-out to Danielle for being an awesome leader. Thanks for asking me to be on the team, Danielle! *hugs* Also, thank you to my fantastic and supportive teammates! You all are a super talented bunch!!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Warm Winter Wishes

**Hi everyone! If you're looking for my Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Special Thanks blog hop post, please click HERE.

Wow, it's December--I can't believe it! It's been cold in South Dakota, which inspired today's card. :)

I'm guesting for the Little Tangles Team today for their new challenge--embossing! You can check out the details of the challenge on the Little Tangles blog.

Here's my card:

Warm Winter Wishes

I started this card by heat embossing two trees from the Neat & Tangled Winter Wishes set. I then repeated the stamping/embossing about 20 times to create a background. I was inspired by one of Laura Bassen's cards, and I did some gradual blending with Distress Inks. I added some splatter with a Pearl mist to give the background some shimmer.

Here's a picture of the background:

Warm Winter Wishes

On top, I die-cut a Simon Says Stamp Eliza snowflake and layered a sentiment from the Winter Wishes set. The card still didn't feel finished, so I threaded some Crystal Clear and Christmas Mix sequins.

Here's a close-up:

Warm Winter Wishes

I hope you'll play along over at Little Tangles with the embossing challenge! You can link up your projects HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!

Cardstock: (white Ellen's Essentials Linen) Ellen Hutson; (white) Hobby Lobby
Stamps: (trees, sentiment from Winter Wishes) Neat & Tangled
Ink: (Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass Distress Inks) Ranger; (Ocean) Hero Arts
Die: (snowflake from Eliza) Simon Says Stamp
Sequins: (Crystal Clear, Christmas Mix sequins) Neat & Tangled

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