Tuesday, October 23, 2012

PTI Make It Monday #88

Hello everyone, hope you are doing well. I've been recovering from some health complications the past 5 months and today is the first day I've played with paper in quite some time. I was inspired by todays MIM video to use both positive and negative die cuts.
I used all PTI products for this scary cute little jem.  Hallween Sweets and Treats stamps and coordinating dies, notebook die, double ended banner die. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day! 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pounds Ago: Lets Do This!

Check out Ashlyn's new log! She is blogging her get healthy journey! Follow along, tweet, pin, Facebook or just cheer her on!

Way to go Ashlyn!

Pounds Ago: Lets Do This!: This picture was taken at The Biggest Loser Audition Season 14. July 14, 2012 Deciding to lose weight is always a big decision,...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stamp A Faire Projects

 Ashlyns first bracelet for SAF!  Iove the pop of blue!
Totally cute!
 And my bracelet
I also make a cute stick pin with eht paper a the body.  Isn't is cute!
Stamp a Faire Morning take off!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Blog Hop Time!

For todays Papertrey Ink blog hop the challenge was to use this photo as inspiration. 
I so want those place settings! 

And here is my take on the challenge:

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee
Dies: Papertrey Ink, Movers and Shakers, butterfly and branch.
Stamps: Papertey Ink Simply You
Jems: Making Memories

Monday, May 21, 2012

Make It Monday #67

Happy Monday!  I thought I would play along with todays Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink.  I had to  break out my new Pretty Peonies dies.  Who can stand to put new toys away without playing with them first!

Cardstock: PTI Kraft
Paper: PTI Mellon Berry, Aqua Mist
Stamps: PTI Pretty Peonies
Ink: PTI Melon Berry, Memento Black
Ribbon: PTI aqua mist
dies: PTI paresian lace doily, Pretty Peonies

Monday, May 14, 2012

Playing with stamps and RAK packaging...

I had a few RAK's to get out this month so thought I would spruce up these little kraft bags to send them in.

I combined PTI Garden Variety 2 and Strawberry Patch stamps and dies to come up with these cute little bags. 

Thanks for stopping by and for your chance to win one of these bags with some fun crafty supplies simply log on to Paper Secrets and play along with the games I've posted!

Stamps: PT Garden Variety 2, Strawberry Patch
Ink: PTI
Cardstock: PTI
Twine: PTI and Martha Stewart
Buttons: PTI

Friday, May 4, 2012

iPad cover for Mothers Day

Looking for a perfect gift for that special Mother in your life?  How about a handmade iPad sleeve.  I made a special order iPad sleeve yesterday and the same person asked for one for her Mother for Mother's Day.  This is the design I came up with. 

My iPad now needs a new home!

And I wanted to share a close up of the embellishments.  I used Papertrey Ink dies to cut the butterflies from felt and coordinating fabric.  Then added Ocean Tide PTI buttons.  So pretty!

Thanks for stopping by and it's not to late to get your Mother an iPad case for Mother's Day.  I'm taking special orders.  I can even add an embroidered name to the flap.  Just send me an email and let me know what colors your looking for.  The are $30. shipping included in the continental U. S. 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Make it Monday with Paper Trey Ink

This weeks Make It Monday Challenge is a color inspired challenge.  I chose this particular challenge but there are several others on the PTI blog that you could choose from. 

I just got the new strawberry patch and garden variety 2 stamp sets and had to use them.  The even have fabulous matching dies.  This is what I came up with. 

And look at my gorgeous flowers in the background:)  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back with another project soon. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My first quilt!

I know it's been a while since I've posted, 25 days to be exact. My friend Pam called to tell me to get  blogging, so here I am!   Life just sometimes gets in the way, and honestly I need to get taking more pics so I can post more.  I know that there are projects here just waiting for some attention.  What have we been doing, it sure seems like a lot.... my husband has started a new job and I have been able to do some traveling with him while he trains for his new position. it's been nice getting some pre- summer swims in in the hotel pools. And we found 2 awesome Mexican restaurants during our travels. Weekends we spend getting caught up around the house, we mulched, planed a new tree, blueberry bushes and of course mow the dandelions twice a week already!
I did manage to stay creative during our adventures and was able to finish my first quilt. I have to thank the Rose of Sharin Quilt shop in Danville PA for being such a wonderful shop to spend a few nights learning the fine art of quilting, I took a 2 night class and it was so helpful to learn the basics of rotary cutting as well as the very useful unsewing technique. (doesn't that sound so much nicer then seam ripping) I chose a very pretty fabric from The Buggy Barn for the quilt, the star pillow is a Basic Grey pattern and the big pillow is just one I made up with the scraps.  It's huge!  I had to make my own pillow form because I couldn't find one big enough. I was also lucky enough to get a new quilting sewing machine, it is heavenly to sew with!  It's a Janome QC 4800. It does all kinds of fancy stuff.  I just have to learn how to use it all! 

I'm looking forward to my next quilting project. 

Thanks for stopping by:) 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy April 1st!

This months April challenges are up at Paper Secrets along with a Design Team Call.  So head over and check out all the challenges and consider applying for the call.  I've had a blast the last few months on the team and can't wait to see who is chosen to fill the open spots. 

This months projects should be based on this sketch. Remember you can interpret the elements anyway you like. Flowers can be hearts, and ribbon can be twine ect.

**For this challenge, you will need to create a NEW card based on the sketch above and upload it to the gallery! That's it! :)

**Entries are due by April 30, 2012 11:59 PST

**Be sure to add the keyword "jccs5" to your gallery upload

**Uploading your entry here and into the gallery by the due date will get you entered into the random drawing to receive a $10 gift card to Paper Secrets Store.

Here are the fabulous DT cards!





Hope you get the chance to play along!

Paper Secrets April Challenges

Hello everyone, hope spirng has sprung where you are!  Here the trees are blossoming, the flowers are budding, some even blooming and the grass is a beautiful green.  I just love spring and all the pretty spring colors.  Today I want to share with you a few projects for the Paper Secrets April Challenges.  You can play along by stopping by Paper Secrets, make a new project for eat challenge you would like to participate in, then upload your project to the Paper Secret Gallery.  Then be sure to check out the Paper Secrets Store to find the products used in my page and cards. 

First up, is this months fabulous sketch by Rochelle Spears.

and this is my page

Next up is my card sketch
and this is my card
And finally for todays post is a challenge to use handmade spring flowers. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can join us for this months challenges!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop

I love this months blog hop challenge!  The colors are just gorgeous and just reminds me of spring. 
We are excited to get back to our inspiration challenges for the blog hop each month. For the month of March we wanted to focus on sunshine and the upcoming spring season. What better way to do so than with a fresh color scheme of aqua & yellow. Use the inspiration piece as a jumping point for your color scheme, pattern combinations, overall design or whatever else inspires your creativity. We look forward to seeing your creations on March 25th!

I would have loved to use more yellow but I don't have a bold yellow ink that I really love.  I guess that something for my every growing wish list! 

Here is my take for the challenge:

Thanks for stopping by:) 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Paper Secrets March Challenges

Hello everyone, March has definately come in like a lamb this year.  I'm holding out that the lion will just relax this year and we go right into summer, or at least an extended spring would be so nice! 

I wanted to share with you soem of this months Paper Secrets Challenges.  You see all the challenge and can play along by visiting the Paper Secrets Forum, making a new project for any of the challenges and upload your project to the Paper Secrets Gallery for a chance to win one of 4 Paper Secrets Gift Certificate!  Now who couldn't use a little extra spending money! 

Here are a few of my projects for this months challenge. 

I hope you get a chance to stop by and play along!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Page Maps sketch challenge!

I loved this sketch so thought I would do a page for this months Page Maps/Websters challenge.   I love Webster's Pages and this gave me a perfect opportunity to put some of my scraps to use.  You can see the sketch on the Page Maps blog here.  And this is my page. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week! 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

SLICED! A Sewing Competition by Moda Bake Shop!

I'm having so much fun sewing this week!  This is my third entry in the Sliced competition. I've had this lamp sitting around, waiting for a little love.  So today I took it to the garage an gave it a coat of white spray paint. I was thinking it would match my studio if it were white, but then once I started playing with the Fandango Moda Fabrics I just couldn't stop.  So now most of what I had painted is cover, but it looks way cute! 

I started with fat a Fat Quarter Bundle of Fandago by Kate Spain for Moda.  I thought I had better take a picture of the name because I can never seem to remember the lines once the little salvage is cut off, and don't you know someone asked me this week!  That was my first lesson learned.....

I started with a yard sale left over lamp, and I say that because someone was actually going to toss the lamp and I needed some extra light in my studio so I rescued it!  The shade was paper so it was easily discarded and replaced with my handmade frilly, pretty, girly shade! 

I wasn't quite sure how to get the best photo so I took several with the lamp on....

and this one with the lamp off so you can see the natural color of the gorgeous fabrics! 

My second lesson was to see if the lamp actually comes apart before you decide to change it, it took a bit o rewireing to put the fabric on the base, but it was so worth it! 

From the Moda Bake Shop Blog:
The Challenge? All audition submissions must be some sort of Office/Studio Accessory.

It can be anything that would be used on or at an Office or Studio setting.

Sewing Basket of Mystery Items:

Fabrics used must feature at least one type of Moda precut. Additional Moda fabrics may be used to complete your project.

Project must use at least one type of buckle. This can be any size, shape or color.

Project must also include Quilt Batting somewhere in or on the project.

My project used:
Moda Fat Quarters from the Fandango Line.
I used 2 buckles as decoration on the shade.
I used batting to add a layer of stiffness to the lamp shade. 
Now that I'm reading "somewhere" on the project for the Quilt Batting I'm wondering how I can use Batting in a unique way?!  I guess you'll have to come back and visit to find out!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

This month, it's all about being interactive! Show us how you take your cards to the next level, whether you have received your Movers & Shakers dies, or you're just inspired to create a pop up or swinging card without them. There are so many options for this theme, and we can't wait to see what you have to share!

I made a pop up card for the challenge.  I love the natural look of green with just a pop of color.  I found the vintage button in a box of sewing supplies from my aunts house. 

Papertey Ink: Vintage Cream Cardstock, Mellon Berry Cardstock, Pacific Vineyard Patterned Paper, Spring Moss and Ripe Avacado Ink, Bloom Builders 3, Mat Stack 1 and Edgers 3 dies. 
Other: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, glue dots, Momento Black ink, Vintage button

And finally I wanted to share my weekend craft project.  I made a magnetic holder for my PTI dies.  It's awesome!  I'll be making another so I'll have room for my new release order dies!  I'm so excited, and love this storage method already! One o the things I do is use a label machine and add the name to the dies, so it's easy to identify.  Awesome! If I do say so myself!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

Blog name....

It's a little out dated, after all my blog is about more then paper. It's still about passion, but my passion is growing. I think it may be a passion for color, that is all things colorful, although I still like back and white and I find shades of grey to be among my favorites as well. So where do I go from here. My blog needs a makeover, my blog name needs a makeover, I have to continue using AshjoyJcasaldi because Joyce is never available when I sign in forums (after all it is a very pretty name, and some what unique in this day and age) today's ponderings will be about my blog name, and I invite you to weigh in.

Friday, February 24, 2012

My creative bug.....

I've been sewing up a storm the past few days. It's been a stressful few days but I guess that seemed to get my craftiness flowing. I started out by making a cute little basket for some of my sewing notions, then one of my online friends (hi Lori!) told me about a sewing contest. I looked over the details and decided I had enough of a charm pack left to make a iPad case to enter.

I started by making 2 inch squares of the Moda charm pack, then decided the fabric looked like it would go perfect with a little country twist, so I finally retired my favorite pair of Chico jeans, made a trip to the thrift store for a fifty sent belt, added a layer of batting and coordinating fabric for the inside and this is my end project.

Joyce Casaldi, iPad case

I then made a trip to Rose of Sharin quilt shop for the beautiful Lovely by Moda fat quarters and came home to start another project. This is my fat quarter basket. No more plastic bags to bring home my pretty fabrics!

While I was there one of the owners told me about an upcoming quilt class. I've always wanted to know how to sew a quilt so I signed up. I'm very excited to make my first quilt. I'll let you know how it turns out.