Friday, January 30, 2009

More tear bears...

~ These fall critters were made back in November for a swap I participated in...and I just realized that I never shared them on my blog. The theme was fall. The jumper dress was cut from a pattern designed by The rake and Indian corn are stickers, and the flowers are primas. I think I'm getting better at creating a personality with the eyes, nose, and mouth.
If you haven't tried tear critters, I encourage you to do so! They're not as hard as you might think...and so much fun to create!!
~ Jessica in Kansas

A Christmas Peeking Bear

~ I know it's a little past Christmas, but I forgot to post this fun little peeking tear bear I created last month!! Doesn't she look snuggly and cute?!!! The present and bow pattern were cut from a file in the Holidays Helpers collection designed by, and the most appropriate "don't peek" stamp is by Studio G. The gold cardstock is from

Too cute not to share,
Jessica in Kansas

Valentine's Day Treat Boxes!!!

~ I've had some fun with 3-dimensional projects lately!! I had trouble getting into the winter holiday spirit, but cupid's arrow has struck me!! The cutting files for both projects below were designed by Shirley Clark of Paperthreads.

This first one is a super-fun Valentine Bear Treat it cute or what??!!! It is perfect for holding some holiday candy, a gift card, or home-baked cookies!! I added some chalk to the cheeks, and inked around a few edges before assembling. I also added a little detail to the eyes and mouth to give this little bear some true personality!
These Chocolate Treat Boxes are the perfect size for Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares. How fun are they?! You can see that they open up and are kept closed by the fabulous band that slides off and on. The best part is...they are super easy to cut and fact, I'm planning to make them for all of my co-workers in the next week or two!!
Hope you enjoy the treats,
Jessica in Kansas

Monday, January 26, 2009

Creamy Seafood Pasta - It's All Fun Stuff!!

~ I created this recipe page for the monthly Iron Chef recipe swap I host. My challenge was to find a yummy fish or seafood recipe that used the secret ingredient of mushrooms! I was successful!

I followed a sketch, which was not an easy one to use. I also challenged myself to use various coordinating patterned paper. The adorable button mushrooms and bird were cut with my KNK from a file designed by Carrie's Creations: It's All Fun Stuff! They are both simple, girly, and fun...the theme I was shooting for on this layout. The shimmery pink paper that I printed the recipe on is from

Jessica in Kansas

Hippo Baby Gift Set

~ Here's another coordinating bag and card set I made for yet another baby boy born!!! So many new boys being brought in to this world...starting to feel out-numbered!!

I, once again, used my favorite box-bottom gift bag cutting file, by Sam & Hailey Designs. The same designer created the cutting files for this coordinating Quick Diamond Gate-Fold Card and the Baby Animal Silhouettes, from which the hippo came! Love them all!! I had a great time matching the colors of the bag and card to the outfits I chose for the new little guy.

Hippo hugs to you,
Jessica in Kansas

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Snowflakes, clippies, and recipes...oh my!!

~ I was busy last week working on some wintery recipe pages inspired by this cold, cold weather that won't make its way out of Kansas!! This set of three coordinating pages was based on the color combination in a ribbon collection (by American Crafts) I purchased, and I used all kinds of fun snowflakes cut from my Klic-N-Kut. The cute "Snow"flake Clippies were designed by Carrie's Creations, and the elegant snowflakes of various shapes are from Jan Bryson's Itty Bitty Snowflakes file. All of the "snow" was cut from Ice Gold metallic cardstock purchased from

I also used some sketches as layout inspiration (see below), Stickles (waterfall), stick-on jewels, & cardstock/patterned papers by The Paper Studio.

Wintery hugs from Kansas,

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Adorable...and Versatile...Purses

~ How cute are these All-Occasion Paper Purses??!! They can be used as gift or treat bags, as an "envelope" for a handmade card, or as a decoration. Shirley Clark designed the cutting file, which I used with my Klic-N-Kut. They can be found in her section of Paperthreads online store.

I love the options for embellishing these purses: flourishes, corners, tags, borders. Everything except for the Prima flowers and jeweled centers were cut from this file. The color combination was inspired by the patterned paper, which was used for the purse on the left. I can't wait to stuff these with goodies and give them to a few girlfriends!!!
Glad to be blogging again!!!
Jessica in Kansas