Guesting with Ruby Naz | Introducing Jessica Frost-Ballas
Eeek my first official guest! Let me introduce the fabulous Jessica 🙂 I hope this is a series that you’ll enjoy very much! Please leave some feedback for us – we love knowing what’s on your mind!
Good morning! I am so excited to be “Guesting with Ruby Naz” today! I’ve had the luck and honor to serve on several design teams with Ruby and she and I have gotten to know each other quite well! However, here’s a little bit about me for those of you who don’t know me as well!
My name is Jessica (or Jess) and I blog over at All the Sparkle! I have been blogging papercrafting projects for a little over two years but have been crafting in some form or another since I was a young child. I still remember my first time heat-embossing a sentiment…my mom and I held cards over the stove because we didn’t know heat guns existed. Half of the time we burned the paper before the powder melted but we persevered! And now, here I am! 🙂 I greatly enjoy experimenting with new mediums and new techniques and I rarely finish a product without some sparkly element! I love bright, colorful designs and I would say my style tends towards colorful, controlled chaos! 😉
Tell us a little about yourself and your craft journey. – Hmm, well I guess you can see the first paragraph for the beginning of my craft journey. In college I crafted on my dining room table and was often restricted by the products I found at local big box craft stores, a lack of space, and a lack of inspiration. Then three years ago my husband and I decided to build our first home and there was room to build a craft room for me! The day after Christmas I dragged my husband and my brother-in-law to Ikea for a massive furniture shop and then I spent the next week assembling everything (I hated allen wrenches for months following that week). While I assembled furniture I watched Jennifer McGuire’s crafting videos and discovered the wonders of online craft stores and companies. I placed my first online crafting order for three Lawn Fawn stamp sets and two copic markers in mid January of 2014 and it’s been a roller coaster ride ever since!
What are you most grateful for in regards to crafting? – I am most grateful for the crafting community I have met since beginning this journey. The first time I posted a card photo on IG and had a crafty person comment on it (thanks Sharna!) was an eye-opening revelation to this huge, supportive and encouraging community! The days I feel totally uninspired or stuck – just talking to a friend or two refreshes me and gets me back in the groove of things!
What inspires you to create? – I am inspired by many things…it really depends on the card and my mood. Sometimes it’s a technique that intrigues me, sometimes it’s a color or a mood that I want to convey. Sometimes I just see someone use a stamp set and suddenly I have a tons of ideas and I need to have the set immediately (ha!). In the card I’m sharing today I was determined to experiment with a technique that has eluded me in the past and I was also reminded of a favorite movie scene that I thought would be fun to recreate in a card!
How do you personally define success? – While I’m not always able to follow my own advice, I try to remind myself to define success in my crafting journey by being proud of my personal achievements. I try hard not to compare myself to others but to look back at where I was and where I am now. I also believe that being successful in this hobby means never being content to stop learning. I always want to try new things and continue to better my skills at certain things (copic markers, I’m looking at you!).
What do you hope to improve on in the following year? – Again, copic markers…this is all about you! Ha! I really want to continue working on my coloring skills with both copic markers and watercolors and I also want to continue to work on connecting with other crafters and really developing relationships with my online crafty friends.
What is the most wonderful part of being you? – Ooh, hard question…hmm, I’d say the most wonderful part of being me is never having to worry that the guy you’re dating is shorter than you!? (I’m 4’11” and a half!) Just kidding…well not about my height! I think the most wonderful part of being me is that I am not afraid to speak my mind and give an honest opinion. Of course, that sometimes gets me into trouble and others may not necessarily like that about me, but I like that quality about myself quite a bit and feel like it’s helped me sort through superficial people and situations as I’ve grown up.
What would you like to simplify in your life? – Not much…I like a lot of things happening at once or I get fairly bored. As a career musician I notice that characteristic in my musical studies…I much prefer to learn 7 pieces at a time and progress at a slower rate through each piece than to focus solely on one piece of music even if the progress is faster.
What advice do you have for new crafters? – Try new things! And try things that make you uncomfortable. If all else fails, you can throw it away and try it again! The first time I tried to make a shaker card (which is probably my favorite type of card to make) there was tape sticking out all over the place, dog hair inside the shaker, nothing would actually shake because I didn’t know to use a double layer of foam tape, and when I finally got things moving inside the card half of the things fell out because I didn’t do a good job sealing the tape. That day I swore I would never make another shaker card ever again….ha.
So here’s my card for today! Recently I was channel surfing and caught the end of the Disney movie Tangled. I watched the lantern scene and thought it would be fun to try and recreate that in a card! So I broke out my Chibitronics LED stickers and created two different circuits to light up my card!
It’s a little difficult to explain how to create the circuits without visuals so I made a video tutorial showing my process for this card. You can watch it below or at my Youtube channel here.
The top three lanterns stay permanently lit while the other six lanterns operate on a blinking slide switch which means when you slide your finger across the bottom card the lanterns will light up one by one. This creates a twinkling effect which I thought was particularly appropriate for this card.
If you’re interested in experimenting with LED stickers I encourage you to watch the video…I think it’s easiest to learn the process visually! I have several other video tutorials using those LED stickers on my Youtube channel!
Many MANY thanks to the fabulous Ruby for asking me to guest on her blog today and thanks to you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!