Friday, December 18, 2015

Getting Embellish-y with Maya Road

Hi everyone! Are you ready for the holidays? I wish I had one more month. :)

Merry Tree

I'm on the Maya Road blog sharing three last-minute holiday cards. It's no secret I like to use embellishments, and I wanted to mix embellishments and the October Afternoon papers from the gorgeous Maya Road Holiday Treasures kit. In addition to the embellishments and papers, the kit has a beautiful stamp set. :)

I hope you'll check out the post (here)!


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hi everyone! If you're in the U.S., I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Today, I'm participating in a special Advent blog hop. :)

Here's a little about the hop:
Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This 'hop with a twist' was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you'll never know where you're going to be visiting next until you 'open the door'!

And that's not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!! Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

Fun, right? Here's what I made:


I had leftover supplies from the 2014 Ali Edwards December Daily kit, and I thought they would work for a card. When I saw the tissue paper, I decided to CASE one of my cards from a couple of years ago. 


I started by stamping the "magical" sentiment from the Hero Arts Fa La La La La set on a gold foil tag. The sentiments in this set are beautiful!

After stamping the tag, I tucked a bit of a doily underneath to add texture. I added the tissue circles, part of an acetate die-cut, chipboard pieces, and die-cut papers from the kit using the My Favorite Things Pierced Circles.


I finished the card with a few more embellishments. The velvet ric-rac ribbon was a last-minute addition...I love the fuzzy texture. :)


Here are the details about the giveaway:

It's not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today's prize is generously supplied by Hero Arts (hello, awesome!)! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter - then head back to and leave a comment there too to double your chances! Don't forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah's blog and head over to them to leave comments to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday, December 31st to leave your comments (winner's will be announced on Taheerah's blog). 

Don't forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from the 1st-25th, so be sure to visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes throughout the month! 

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

Friday, November 20, 2015

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone!

Merry Christmas

I went a little rustic on the Maya Road blog today with three holiday cards. If you haven't seen them, Maya Road periodically sells kits for cards, minis, and the holiday. I used the new Holiday Treasures kit for my cards. I hope you'll check out the rest of the projects on the blog! :)

Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Happy Holly Days

Hi everyone! Happy Monday!

I'm thrilled to be guesting over on the Simon Says Stamp blog (thank you!) I mixed new and old Paper Smooches to make a holiday card. I hope you check it out! :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Holiday Flamingo

Hi everyone!

It's my last week guesting with the My Favorite Things Challenge and Inspiration team. What an awesome month! (A big thank you, Susan!) The new sketch is up, which you can see HERE.

I've been wanting to use my flamingos for a winter card:

Winter Flamingo

I die-cut the Flamingo die in white cardstock and blended a couple of shades of pink. I love the versatility of these dies....they look good in cardstock. watercolors, Copics, inks, etc. Next, I made a teeny scarf from a scrap of felt. After I had her scarf on, I laughed every time I looked at her. :)

In the sketch, there are several circle elements. I used the Jumbo Dot Cover-Up die to emboss the background panel. The hearts are also from the Flamingo die set:

Winter Flamingo

The sentiment is from the Santa's Elves set--I had to go with pink ink. ;) For the snow, I used the negatives out of the Snowdrifts die and added coarse glitter. Isn't it pretty?  Here's a close-up:

Winter Flamingo

I love flamingos. :)

Well, that's it for me. I hope you'll swing by the Challenge and Inspiration blog to see what the fab team has made!

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

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stay Cool

Hi everyone! Yeah for hump day. :) I'm still traveling (for work), and I'll be in my fifth hotel room tomorrow-gah! I'm looking forward to being home at the end of the week.

It's time for another My Favorite Things Challenge! You can see this week's sketch HERE. Lots of cool ways to use this sketch...

Here's what I made:

Stay Cool

I can't take credit for the awesome ICEE (Slurpee) idea. My friend Miriam said the Cool Cup die from My Favorite Things was like a Slurpee. I technically went with an ICEE since it was easier to mask. ;)  I die-cut the Cool Cup parts and blended them with inks. For the lid, I used acetate.

The sentiment was made by stamping and clear embossing the "Stay Cool" sentiment from the Stay Cool set. Next, I foiled over the clear embossing using a technique I saw on one of Jennifer McGuire's videos (brilliant!). The sentiment was distressed, so the imperfect foiling worked. ;) Here's a close-up:

Stay Cool

For the rest of the sketch, I die-cut the new Stitched Arch STAX out of patterned paper. I was going to add a vellum heart, but I thought the negative scrap was cooler.

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with this week's MFT challenge! You can link up your projects HERE.

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

Stamps: Stay Cool
Cardstock: Wild Cherry, Kraft
Other: Gold Deco Foil; gold heart from Freckled Fawn October Kit

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Happiest of Holidays

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great week. I'm in D.C. for work, and I'm really looking forward to seeing some local crafty friends at the end of the week. :)

I'm guesting with the My Favorite Things Challenge and Inspiration team again. Yeah! It's a sketch challenge this week, and you can see the sketch HERE.

Here's my take on the sketch:

Happiest of Holidays

Isn't the elf adorable?? I love him and had to use him. I colored the little guy from the My Favorite Things Santa's Elves set with Copics. For the bell, I added a little Wink of Stella over the coloring (yes, I know; it's hard to see).

Happiest of Holidays

The elf was tucked behind the two die-cut panels. On the bottom layer, I stamped the awesome Sweater Stitched Background stamp and then die-cut the panel with Cross-Stitch Square STAX. On top, I die-cut patterned paper using the Zig Zag Stitch Square STAX.

Below the elf, I wanted to make it look like the elf was dropping the jingle bell into the stocking. I stamped the stockings using the same Santa's Elves set, and then colored and paper pieced them.

Happiest of Holidays

Be sure to stop by the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog. I hope you have a chance to play along!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Stamps: (Santa’s Elves, Sweater Stitch Background) My Favorite Things
Ink: (Field Day Hybrid Ink) My Favorite Things; (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko

Paper: (Wild Cherry Cardstock) My Favorite Things; (Ellen's Essential Linen) Ellen Hutson; (stripe polka dot papers) Studio Calico kits
Other: Clear Wink of Stella pen; Copic markers

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello, Love

Hi everyone!

Hi Love Set

This week, Maya Road and Ruby Rock-It are having a blog swap! 

For the hop, I made a gift wrap with a box, tag, and card. First, I made a gift box:

Hi Love Set

Then, I made a card to go with the gift:

Hi Love Set

Lastly, I created a simple tag for the gift box:

Hi Love Set

The supply list, details, and more pictures are over on the Maya Road blog

As part of the blog swap, there's a giveaway. :) Check out the details HERE. To enter, leave on comment on the Maya Road blog HERE and each day of the hop this week. Also, be sure to check out the Ruby Rock-It post

Thanks for swinging by. Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Be Jolly

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well.

I'm positively thrilled to be guesting with the My Favorite Things' Card Challenges team this month. Woo hoo! This week's challenge is a sketch, which you can find on the Challenge Team blog.

I flipped the sketch to make this card:

Be Jolly

I used the new Trim the Tree die to die-cut the tree from an "oops" watercoloring project. :) On the die-cut, I stamped the garland from the Trim the Tree stamp set in Gold and added a die-cut star from the same stamp and die set.

Next to the tree, I added one of the presents from the Trim the Tree set. The yellow really pops!

Be Jolly

I used the new Radial Stitched Circle STAX and blended Sno Cone ink to add some blue. It's hard to see, but I stamped (and stamped off) snowflakes from the Trim the Tree set in the same light blue. I added a little glitter to the edge of the circle die-cut.

In the background, I embossed the Four Way Chevron die--love that die!

Be Jolly

I hope you have a chance to play along with this week's challenge. You can see the sketch and details HERE. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: (Trim the Tree) My Favorite Things
Dies: (Radial Stitched Circle STAX, Trim the Tree, Blueprints 13, Four-Way Chevron Cover-up) My Favorite Things
Ink: (Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, Lemon Drop Hybrid Ink, Sno Cone Premium Dye Ink) My Favorite Things; Delicata Gold Ink; (Black Velvet Color Shine) Heidi Swapp
Cord: (white) Hemptique
Sequin: (4mm Clear) Pretty Pink Posh

Saturday, October 3, 2015

WCMD with My Favorite Things

Hi everyone! Happy World Card Making Day! I love this day. If you're a card maker, I hope you're getting a chance to make some cards today! :)

This month, I'm guesting with the My Favorite Things Challenge Team!! I'm so excited! This month's release is so wicked cool--I had a few squeals when I opened my package. ha ha

To celebrate WCMD, the MFT Challenge blog inspiration all day long, and I'm joining the fun. Yeah!! The theme is Christmas, old and new, and here's what I made:

Magic of the Season

Do you see the new stamps? The stamped images on the sweaters and the sentiment are from the new Winter Wonderland set. This set is adorable with fab scene-building winter images and awesome sentiments. I love this sentiment in particular and had to use it! This set will be released October 6th. 

For my "old," I cut the Comfy Sweaters out of white cardstock and stamped the Winter Wonderland images. I Copic-colored the sweaters. Here's a close-up:

Magic of the Season

For the background, I made my own stripe by inking Grout Grey through the All Lined Up stencil. After creating the panel, I die-cut it with the Inside Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles. These dies are cool (and addictive!). I finished off the card with a Field Day card base die-cut using the Blueprints 13

Be sure to check out the MFT Challenge Blog--lots of awesome stuff!

Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Miss You

Hi everyone! Ready for the weekend? :)

I Miss You

I'm on the Altenew blog sharing a couple of cards. I used the beautiful Painted Flowers set and watercolored them. It was the first time I had ever used this set (why??), but I loved it! I went pretty CAS with these cards. :)

Here's a close-up:

I Miss You

There is a picture of the other card and more details on the Altenew blog. I hope you check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 18, 2015

New Dies!

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great week! I'm ready for the weekend. My daughter has her first volleyball game, and she just learned to serve this week. It should be pretty good. ;)

Maya Road has new DIES they're releasing in October. The dies are blue (yep, blue). They look a little different, but they cut beautifully. I was able to cut thick felt with a dainty die--yeah! Most of the dies are script words in a fabulous font. There are going to be some pretty awesome holiday dies, too.


I'm up on the Maya Road blog today sharing a couple of cards with the new dies. Isn't the "wish" die-cut pretty? I haven't made a shaker card in a long time, so I made a shaped one with some older Webster's Pages papers on my Cameo.

I have another card on the Maya Road blog showing two more of the dies. I hope you'll check it out!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Celebrating Cath + Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I'm in a very special blog hop today:

I am super-duper thrilled to be sharing projects using the new Technique Tuesday stamps and dies by Cath Edvalson! :) You can check out the new stamps and dies HERE. Aren't they fabulous?

To celebrate the release, there's a special hop today. You should be coming from Kimberly's blog, or if you want to start from the beginning, the Technique Tuesday blog.

Here's what I made:

For You

I made a set of cards with the inlaid die-cutting technique. First, I die-cut the Garden Flowers dies in white and trimmed down the base flower to make  a backing. Next, I used old Mint Julep BasicGrey papers to die-cut the outline flower. My Big Shot got a work-out! I know Cath likes homespun designs, and these papers reminded me of her. :)

For You

I in-laid the pieces and made a couple of flowers at once. It's not a 10-minute card, but this technique is great for card sets (and using up 6x6 paper pads).

Next, I stamped a leaf from the Garden of Life stamp set and stamped a few yellow flowers in the background. The sweet sentiment is also from the set. This die is *perfect* for this technique!

For You

Here's my next card:


This card uses the same stamps and dies for a very different look. I started by stamping the leaves from the Garden of Life set. I partially colored the leaves with Copics and fussy cut them. I love the boldness of these stamps! Next, I die-cut the Garden of Life flower base die on vellum and heat embossed the flower.

I layered a Citrus Bliss paper and a chipboard frame. For the sentiment, I die-cut the "friend" sentiment from the Garden of Life set in charcoal grey. Here's a close-up:


Technique Tuesday is giving away three prizes! One winner will receive all five of Cath's new products (wow!). The other two winners will receive $25 gift certificates to Technique Tuesday. The winners will be randomly chosen from all of the comments left during the hop.

To enter, leave a comment here and at each of the blog hop stops. The more comments you leave, the more chances to win! You have until midnight PST on September 16th to leave comments, and the three winners will be announced on the Technique Tuesday blog on September 18th. 

Here's the whole list:

Jocelyn Olson <-- You are here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Next on the hop is the awesome Tobi. Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Marinade for Each Other

Hi everyone! I'm sorry I've been MIA....we went on vacation. :) School starts next week--ahhhh!!

I'm up on the Altenew blog today with a set of cards using the new Raise the Steaks set and Crate Paper's Open Road papers. I hope you'll check out the whole set here. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Hi everyone! Happy Thursday!

Happy Home

I'm up on the Maya Road blog with a home decor project using the House Shadow Box and Crate Paper's Wonder collection. Each "room" of the house could be translated to a card, too. I hope you check it out! :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stamping on Patterned Papers

Hi everyone! How's your week going?

I'm up on the Altenew blog today with a card using the Wild Hibiscus stamp set. I also have a few tips for stamping on patterned paper. I hope you'll check it out! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Neat & Tangled Birthday Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great week!

Neat & Tangled is celebrating its third birthday! Woo hoo! I'm so happy for Danielle--she is such a sweet and talented lady. :) I'm honored to be hopping along with Neat & Tangled for a special blog hop to celebrate! :) Each day this week, there has been a short hop, and today's hop includes:

Jocelyn Olson <--That's me!

There is a mini release of two stamps and two dies. They are fab! Here's my first card:

Heart of Gold

Isn't the new Heart of Gold die wicked cool? I love it! My buddy Miriam designed the die and the corresponding Heart of Gold stamps. I die-cut the heart out of white-ish glitter cardstock and layered it over an extra background I made a few weeks ago.

I masked off part of the sentiment and heat embossed it in gold. Doesn't the heart look like a constellation? The die is very versatile.

Heart of Gold

Here's my second card:

Birthday Bear

The new little bear from the Happiest Birthday set is too cute! I Copic-colored and fussy cut him, and popped up the present to look like he's holding it. I layered him over a Studio Calico journaling card.

After staring at the card for a while, I decided it was missing something. Ever do that? I die-cut the stars from the new Seeing Stars die from linen vellum for another layer. I also added some of Lucy Abrams' fab Flamingo Shaker Mix--these are awesome! I may have added too much, but hey, that's how I roll....

Birthday Bear

As part of the hop, there is also a giveaway!

There are two gift certificates to the Neat and Tangled shop: 1) A $100 gift certificate; and 2) A $50 gift certificate. Winners will be chosen from comments the hop all week long. You can find each day's list on the Neat & Tangled blog.

Next on the hop is the incredibly talented Teri! I can't wait to see what she made.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Look + A Winner

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great week!

I wanted to pop on and share a project and announce the winner of the Altenew July Release blog hop.

First, a while back, I did a layout for Paper Smooches:

The Look

I have to start out by saying, I'm not much of a scrapbooker, but I'm starting to see the importance of memory keeping. My dad was into photography when I was growing up, and we had a darkroom for color photography in our house. I still remember the distinctive smell of the photo processing. ha ha It's so much easier now with a camera on my phone, and I've been enjoying trying to take at least one photo every day to document the everyday.

Anyhoo, a few months ago, I made this 6" x 8" layout using the Paper Smooches Fancy Frames stamps. The set is so cute, and now there are matching Fancy Frames Icons dies, too (I fussy cut the images here). I stamped the frames in the same colors as the Crate Paper Boys Rule collection.

The Look

I used a few of the Boys Rule stickers and chipboard and the "so you" die-cut is from October Afternoon's All Boy line. I added a few embellishments from Freckled Fawn, too--the cute emoticon and the acrylic arrow. After making this page, I decided I need an old manual typewriter. I think I may have to get one for my birthday. ;)

For the Altenew July Release Blog Hop winner, congrats to:

Congrats on the $30 gift certificate! Thanks everyone for the sweet comments!! <3 you all!!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wild Hibiscus

Hi everyone! Can you believe it's the end of July? I'm glad we still have six more weeks before school starts, but time is flying!

Forever Grateful

I'm up on the Altenew blog showing three different projects using the new Wild Hibiscus set. It's one of the prettiest stamp sets I've seen! I hope you'll check out the post!

Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by!!
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