Today is the first day of school...yay!   I always get excited to see the kids again, but it also stinks because it takes me at least a week to get back into "school mode."  My first week back usually consists of naps every day after work- do any of you other teachers out there have similar first weeks? :)

Today we have a new challenge up at the Runway Inspired Challenge.  Check it out:

source: style.com

I was mostly inspired by the bold black and white- I went with polka dots on my card, although the model's outfit looks like it has a twist on houndstooth (I zoomed all the way in to check it out!).

The stamps are from Altenew- I refrained from using flowers because I wanted to think a bit outside the box :)  I hope you choose to play along - you can win a prize from Simon Says Stamp - but also make sure to visit the DT:

Lindsay- Note To Self
Tasnim Ahmed - Cards & Bookmarks
Karolyn Loncon - Paper Therapy
Gayatri - Handmade by G3
Mayuri - Candles in the Garden
Taheerah Atchia - *Fill Your Paper With The Breathings of Your {Heart}*
Kristen will be joining us later in the week!

Later, gators!


Shrinky Dink necklace

Hey there!  A lot of you liked the necklace I made and shared on the Altenew blog.

A few of you had some questions, so here's the scoop on what I did:

  • Got some shrink plastic.  Michael's had the Ink Jet Shrinky Dinks on clearance, so I picked that up.
  • Stamp your image in StazOn ink.  I tried a few other inks, but this was the best.
  • Color your image.  I was having trouble with Copics, so I used colored pencils.  Don't use too much pressure, or you will get ugly flecks of color everywhere! It's okay if your image is light, because the color intensifies when it shrinks.
  • Carefully cut around, making sure to leave holes for jump rings.  I used a regular office hole punch.
  • Shrink! The directions say to bake, but I was impatient and used my heat tool.  Once it was tiny, I placed an acylic block on top so it would stay flat as it cooled.
Since I have a lot of sheets left over, and considering they are meant to be used with your printer, I went ahead and made another necklace.

I was perusing Etsy and found some "girl on swing" necklaces.  Instead of just stealing their silhouettes, I made my own.  Dave was nice enough to take this picture of me for reference:

I used Photoshop to get the silhouette, and added a gradient.  Once printed on the Shrinky Dinks, I cut it out and punched the hole.  The office hole punch was too big, but luckily I also have a 1/8 inch.  I then blasted it with the heat tool, and got this:

I had forgotten to reduce the opacity (remember...it gets darker after shrinking!), and I didn't like how it looked with my arms together.  A little more tweaking (aka arm separation surgery), and here's the final result!

Aww, super cute!!

If for some reason, you want to make one of your own, here are my files.  I printed it at 60% opacity, and just over 3 inches tall.  They shrink to approx 1/3 the size, so the pendant is about an inch.

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more Altenew cards

I hope you guys don't get mad at me every time I send you to the Altenew blog to see my cards!  As you know, I always have a million and one things going on, including:

  • Designing stamps and cards for Altenew
  • Running the Runway Inspired Challenge
  • Non-card projects (sewing, making jewelry, painting)
  • Private instrument lessons
And now with back to school, I'll have even less time.   Sorry!!  In the meantime, please consider checking out my projects at Altenew, and I hope to have more unique content over here soon!

Bye!! :)


some Altenew cards

For the CASE Study blog hop, please scroll down or click HERE.

Hey there! Just popping in to remind you that I not only post cards here, but also on the Altenew blog.  Here are a few peeks of some of the projects I have posted recently, in case you want to go check 'em out!


CASE Study 4th Anniversary!

Good morning!

So happy you are popping in for the CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop!  I am so happy that Chupa invited me back for the festivities this year :)

We were tasked to find some inspiration, and make a card based on it.  I stumbled upon these amazing posters by artist Yoni Alter:

I love the bold colors and the transparency of each building.  To get a similar feeling, I stamped the Shanghai Skyline (from Altenew's Sketchy Cities Abroad) onto vellum.   I then colored the backside of the vellum with Copic Markers for some vibrant pop!  In person, you can really appreciate the translucent buildings :)

There is an amazing line-up of designers today:

Tasnim Ahmed
Barbara Anders
Julie Ebersole
Mariana Grigsby
Debby Hughes
Cristina Kowalczyk
Anika Lerche
Jocelyn Olson
Jennifer Rzasa (you are here)
Laurie Schmidlin
Amy Sheffer
Julia Stainton
Julee Tilman

Please comment (by midnight, 8/26) for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!  Sponsors today include:
Altenew (woohoo!)
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps
Simon Says Stamp
Paper Sweeties

For even more fun, you can play along by CASEing one of the cards on the hop!  Your next stop is Laurie!



Good morning!  I'm here to share the newest Runway Inspired Challenge!

source: style.com

When I saw the roses, I thought the fuchsia one looked like it was colored with alcohol inks.  Now, since I don't own any (and I don't live anywhere near the Queen of Alcohol Inks*, Virigina Lu, to borrow), I used Copic Markers.

*Virginia has now been crowned and entered the "royal family," along with JJ Bolton, the Queen of Die Cutting, Laura Bassen, the Queen of Plaid, and Julie Ebersole, the Queen of Everything

I stamped and colored right onto a metal sheet, keeping things splotchy for that authentic alcohol ink look.  I love how it looks from different angles, because the shine of the metal shows through!

The sentiment is my fave from Altenew's Birthday Bash.

Please play along with the challenge, and visit the spectacular Runway DT!

Lindsay- Note To Self
Karolyn - Paper Therapy
Tasnim Ahmed - Cards & Bookmarks 
Kristen Foreman - Kristen Foreman Designs
Gayatri Murali  - Handmade by G3


Altenew/Add a Little Dazzle blog hop!

Good morning! Today Altenew is hopping along with Add a Little Dazzle.  They carry metal sheets, and it was fun to die cut them for my projects!

 Here's my first card, featuring the Black Diamond metal sheet (which I die cut into the letters), and a tiny little triangle stamp from the Simple Shapes set.

I got the idea for the pattern from the Moxie Fab World Colorful Clock challenge.

For each square, I used 2 different ink colors- a light and a dark.  The darkest color stamped in the bottom right, it's 2nd generation stamped on the opposite diagonal.  The lighter color was stamped on the bottom left, and it's 2nd generation opposite.  

I'm sure people are going to ask what inks I used, so here they are!  Mostly Hero Arts, but some Simon Says Stamp:

My second card uses a silver metal sheet that I die cut and adhered over a card base colored with Distress Inks.  The sentiment (from Sentiments and Quotes) was embossed in white on a black strip of cardstock.

I love this card!! :)

Make sure to leave a comment at each designer's blog to be eligible for a prize. You will have until midnight Friday August 15th to leave a comment.

Two winners will be selected from all comments. One will receive a $25 gift certificate to Add A Little Dazzle, and the other will receive two Altenew stamp sets.

Your next stop on the hop is Vicki Dutcher!

Jen Rzasa
(you are here)
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