Saturday, September 13, 2014

Come On Get Crafty - A Home Made Gift

 I love making my own cards.  To me, it is a gift in itself...a little piece of hand made love and something that makes
anyone feel special!  I also love having hand made cards I can choose from, when I need a quick card or gift tag.  Using a lot of the new products just arriving at the shop at Come On Get Crafty, mostly from Pebbles and LawnFawn.
I have made little packs of simple, repetitive cards, as a gift for someone to use in their own personal correspondence.
Especially great for teachers, who seem to write endless thank you cards!

I chose several of the new 6x6 Pebbles patterned papers in grey and teal for the base of my cards,
and made a plan for each card to have a cluster around the sentiment.  Using the metal dies from Lawn Fawn,
I cut out two 'thanks' and two 'hello' script words from the gold foil Pebbles paper.  I layered each of those over a
Crate Paper chipboard frame, a Dear Lizzy Project Life card, and a couple gold stickers from the Jen Hadfield collection.

A few enamel dots from Freckled Fawn and the cards were done.  I tied them all together with some bakers twine,
vellum and an embellished tag.  I think they go together as a set, but are clearly different and a great standby
for anyone needing a card at the last minute!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share a favorite idea of mine for a friendly gift.
Have an amazing day!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

DUBLIN in a day - Scrapbook Circle DT Choice

This is a LO I made using the September Scrapbook Circle kit, "Here + There" and both Add-ons,
"This Place" & "Time Flies."  Time certainly does fly!  I tried to finish this post up last week
and have been crazy busy...It seems with little kids, the busiest time is the beginning of school,
the Holidays and at the end of the school year!  Whew!

Anyway, I have so many photos, from our summer trip abroad, but I have been slowly putting a
large dent into documenting!  We had about 22 hours in Dublin, the day before my husband flew
home...without us :( and we crammed a pile into that one day!

Likewise, I crammed a piece of almost every product from the September kits into one layout!
It is a bit chaotic, but I love the way it turned out...

I used 3 different types of patterned paper layered to make the main background.  I used another
piece of 6x6 paper from the new Shimelle collection, with map print on it, as a base for my cluster
of stickers, paper, stamps, rub-ons, printables, my somewhat hidden journaling tag & baggie...
oh, and the photos!  I printed my pictures out in a photo booth strip style.

I scrapped, or plan to, some larger photos from that crazy day, but wanted to include some others,
to give the over all theme and a place to include some straight documentation of all the places we went.

I used the hexagon wood veneer Thickers for my title and Shimelle alphas for the subtitle under it.
I stamped lots of arrows, a Scrapbook Circle exclusive stamp, in cocoa chalk ink to help move
your eye around the page without standing out too much against the woodgrain.

There are some fantastically appropriate travel stickers and embellishments included in the September kit.
I joked that, when in doubt, over-embellish!!  I used lots of stitching in random places around the page,
connecting all the pieces together.

Thanks so much for stopping by; there is lots more on the horizon with new exciting
projects and more importantly all the new fabulous products!  

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BLOG HOP! - Pretty Little Studio / Pinkfresh Studio

Welcome to Blog Hop Day #2 Pretty Fresh Fans!
You should be arriving here from Monique's Blog if you are hopping in order!

Pinkfresh Studio is joining with Pretty Little Studio again today to share some inspiration
with you! Pretty Little Studio has such lovely papers, vintage die cuts and other
colorful products.   Throw in some Pinkfresh Studio embellishments and stamps that
are unique and well, fresh ;) and we have some fun projects!  At the end of this post is
the list of DT members from both companies, alternating, for you to follow along today.

Make sure to visit each blog and comment on each one in order to be entered for the giveaway
including the Pinkfresh Studio blog. One winner will be chosen and will receive $30 worth of
stuff from Pinkfresh Studio and a $30 gift certificate from Pretty Little Studio!!  So get to hopping!

{  Winners will be announced on 9/15/14  }


Now on to the projects!  I created two 12x12 scrapbook layouts.

I LOVE this ombre vellum from Pretty Little Studio, part of the 'Marigold' collection.  Inspired by the colors,
I used a mask with modeling paste and then painted over it with the same colors as the paper.
I also used the matching script word stickers and tags, lining them all up with their adjacent colors.

 I watercolored several tags I cut using my Silhouette to match as well, stamping one Pinkfresh stamp
in black and embossing another with gold!  I dipped another tag in gold embossing
powder too, to tie in the gorgeous gold butterfly stickers from Pretty Little Studio.
I used a woodgrain script die cut for my title, layered over the photo.
The ombre/gold striped washi & gold puffy borders both from Pinkfresh was meant to be! 

My second layout features papers & one vellum from the Pretty Little Studio 'Marigold' & 'Silly Monkey' collections.  I love this bold woodgrain alpha paper, perfect for a back to school page!  

I made a little stack of embellishments with a colored wood veneer on top of a die cut star,
an enamel label sticker, a puffy border and a scribble circle die cut, all from Pinkfresh!

I stamped my title using the Pinkfresh Studio Anya Alpha stamp versatile and the font is very unique.
I layered some more enamel stickers over the stamped banners.  I cut and pieced two different colors
together making a longer label, mixing up the colors than serendipitously matched my son's shirt!
I love it when that happens! :)

Thanks for checking out my projects, leave a comment for the chance to win and hop on
over to Tessa's Blog next!

Here is the hop order, just in case you missed one:

Pinkfresh Studio…
Marie-Pierre Capistran….
 >>>  Jenni Calma  <<<
Magda Bolinska…
Margareta Carlson…
Pretty little Studio…


And, even if you don't win the giveaway, or simply don't want to wait until the winner is announced, here is a coupon code so you can still treat yourself!!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Love ABSOLUTELY - Scrapbook Circle GOLD

I was so very excited to see my Scrapbook Circle assignment for using the September kit "Here + There."
It is a new Kit Challenge focusing on GOLD!

This months main kit and Add-ons "This Place" & "Time Flies" are full of gold glittered paper,
gold chipboard, stickers, rub-ons, puffy borders, enamel dots and on and on! 
There is so much to chose from and so many other lovely colors, it really became an
exercise in what to leave out!  Also, hard!

The digi-cuts included with the September kit are pretty amazing too, I cut this large one
on my Silhouette with vellum and layered it over the gold striped paper and used a star
punch in a diagonal down the page.  I wanted to layer the gold and white on top of some
black and white cardstock to really make the gold stand out, and tie in the black and white photo.

I used some of the gold puffy border from Pinkfresh Studio under two side of my photo, like a frame.
And lots of little rub-ons from the new Shimelle collection, which is awesome!

I layered stickers and chipboard and tags with more patterned paper clustered around my photo.
I love the way the vellum looks layered over the gold and black...Like the Dowager Countess says in
Downton Abbey, "Nothings succeeds like excess!"  I totally think scrapbooking is the perfect 
application for that theory!

I have said it before, and I may say it again, but this months kit is TRULY my absolute 
favorite of all the Scrapbook Circle kits in the past 3 years!  You better snap it up
fast and show us your bling on the Facebook page!

Have a fabulously, glittery day!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

away we go - Scrapbook Circle 'Be Real' Instagram Photos

I didn't get a chance to post this earlier and now it is September 1st!  SO hard to believe!

This is the layout featuring lots of Instagram photos from our summer vacation and the August Scrapbook Circle kit – Island Paradise andTiki-Torch & Bungalow Add-ons.  Between my husband and I, we took 848 photos on our trip to Britain!  I have LOTS to scrap!

I know I will never be able to scrap all our photos, and there were so many good ones!
I basically printed a contact sheet in Photoshop, using 36 photos.  I wanted a neutral background to mount the frames as a “mat,” and to not take away from the photos too much!

I used the Scrapbook Circle cork labels, part of the main kit, for my journaling and other details, perfect for a trip!

Heidi Swapp's glitter sticker was a great match to the patterned paper I used to border the whole page.

There is so much new, fun stuff coming up in September, projects, cards, blog hops!
Stay tuned and have an amazing day!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

life LATELY & Video - Come on Get Crafty DT

Last week I had my day to "hog the blog" at Come On Get Crafty and I thought I would
use a few of my favorite 'go-to' scrapbook elements for this LO challenge!
Believe it or not, I also made a video of my process from start to finish.
You can see click the YouTube link HERE or click on the movie below!

I love tags, shipping tags, mini tags, any kind of tag.  It makes me think of not just an scrapbook embellishment,
but as a potential interactive piece, as a theme for a travel page, as lots of different things...
even as just an addition of a splash of color!  I love tags!  I also love Project Life, love the idea,
the products, and the devotion and dedication people give to it.  I can't commit to that,
but I can appreciate everything that goes along with it...especially the products! ;)
This American Crafts set of PL Bits in 'Blush' has the most amazing colors and patterns, very applicable
for any project!  And finally I love wood veneers since there are so many ways to customize and use it...

Those three products being chosen, I was ready to tackle this LO!  My style is to provide a background
making a "photo" or journaling mat that is the central focus of the page and to embellish around it...
lots of the embellish part! And then, throw in some sewing...joining pieces of paper, stitching ideas and
dates together. The first thing I did was to spread some Pearl embossing paste over a 12x12 circle dot
stencil to the text patterned paper, to add some dimension and mute the text a bit.

The patterned papers I chose helped me narrow down my color palette to grey and teal with a
little yellow and pink thrown in...I know he is my little man, but there is so much love and he doesn't mind pink!
I love the fiddling and fussing, placing the cards and tags exactly how I want them.  I layered tags, PL cards
and the photo on top of a 6x6 piece of Crate Paper paper...I misted the wood veneer with a combination
of Heidi Swapp Color Shine in White and Mister Huey's in Calico White.

By layering this punched tag on top of another one, I think the contrasting chalkboard and hot pink worked great!
I tried to limit the colors to 3, but I just love color.  I think the complimenting colors are subtle enough that it doesn't
take away too much away!  Wood veneers are great to customize adding texture, dimension and interest! 

 Thanks for stopping by the blog and letting me share a few of my favorites!
Hope you all have a safe and happy Labor Day!

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Monday, August 25, 2014


Last week I was tagged by the super talented Gina Lideros to participate in a Scrappy Blog Tour.
We are on the Scrapbook Circle DT together, but she is on some other fabulous teams as well!
Gina's style is so full of detail and she has an effortless way of combining colors and patterns that amaze me.
Looking at her projects, I can really see the love she puts into them! 

Here are a few questions and answers, so you can get to know me and my
obsession that is scrapbooking as part of this scrappy blog tour:

1. What am I working on right now?
I am currently working my way through the September Scrapbook Circle kit
and a couple other exciting projects on the horizon!  Here is a sneak peek...

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
It usually takes me anywhere from an hour to two and a half to finish a project.
That being said, I usually keep a sketchbook handy to jot down some journaling or sketch a LO.  I hardly ever get a large enough block of time to do an entire layout from start to finish, between 2 kids and going back to work part time (last week was my first week back)!  On the weekends though, my super supportive husband takes care of the kids, so I can have an afternoon or evening locked in my craft room!  It is precious, cherished time with paper, photos, music (or catching up on my fav series) and maybe a glass of wine.  ;)

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I love my Silhouette Cameo and will cut titles and elements in either white cardstock or  watercolor paper to paint/mist.  I also love chipboard, vellums, and my sewing machine.  I have a Singer Heavy Duty and it
would sew through my craft table with no is awesome!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Like I said, I keep a sketchbook handy and will make a note of a specific photo or event I want to document.  I usually start with photos and they inspire the project's theme or color palette.  If there is a paper or product I want to use, that helps me decide whether I want to print my pictures in color or black & white.  After the photos, usually comes the title/theme of the page and then piling on the embellishments!  Yay!

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Like many of us, I love Pinterest and the endless barrage of creativity!  I am also inspired by many other things like magazine graphics/fonts, clothing and fabrics and lately, song lyrics! Sometimes, I find the most inspiration looking back at my own work, either by technique, the layout design or reminding myself to do a follow-up page!

6. What is my signature style?
My signature style is fairly eclectic, sometimes varying from simple to busy, but mostly I love layering.  I like the details it brings to a LO, adding just a hint of color or pattern, a little something tucked here and there.  I also love to watercolor, stencil or mist on my pages.  It may only be on a tag or the entire background, but I love the unique and completely customizable (not a word) element it brings!

I am tagging two of my favorite scrappers:
Missy Whidden 
Missy has one of the most recognizable styles in the scrapbooking community, they always make me smile!!

Ashley Fowler

 Her Blog is called "I Sweat Glitter"...need I say more?  I love her style process videos on YouTube are so inspiring!

Look for their scrappy blog tour posts in a wee
k, next Monday September 1st!!
Thank you so much for letting me share a little bit of myself and my most favorite hobby!
Have an amazing day!
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