8.13.2017

2 More Sketchy August Layouts + A Color Cast Designs Project

Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday!  I am popping in to share 2 more layouts that I made for my Sketchy August challenge.  The first one was based off this sketch by Par Victor

I used the Summer kit from Felicity Jane to pull it all together:

The second layout was a layout I made for Color Cast Designs and I used this sketch from Citrus Twist Kits:

I used the Sweet Treat set from CCD and the July kit from Hip Kit Club to create this one:

3 layouts down, 7 more to go!!  :)

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Sequins, Doily: SpiegelMom Scraps; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Cork Chevrons: Studio Calico; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Felicity Jane

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazill; Wood Veneer: Hip Kit Club, Color Cast Designs; Acrylic Embellishment: Color Cast Designs; Patterned Paper, Journaling Card: Hip Kit Club; Washi Tape: Simple Stories; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Brads, Chipboard: Echo Park; "Hey Hey" Card: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts

8.06.2017

Layout 1/10 in my Sketchy August Challenge

Hi everyone!  As I mentioned the other day, this month I am tackling 2 challenges - my stashbusting challenge and one in which I attempting to use some of the sketches I've pinned in an effort to make 10 layouts this month.

Well, the good news is, I've made the first one, so at least I've started!!  I also used my stashbusting kit, so I'm a little proud of myself :) 

For the first sketch I tackled, I decided to go with this fabulous one from Citrus Twist Kits.  They create some awesome sketches and I always find them so inspiring.  Generally, I like to stick to them pretty closely since they are so great:

And here's my take on it:

Thanks for stopping in!  Happy day!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Transparency: Bella Blvd; Patterned Paper: Echo Park, October Afternoon; Puffy Stickers: Hip Kit Club; Sequins: Pink Paislee; Alphas, Word Stickers: Simple Stories; Project Life Card: Becky Higgins; Bracket Card: Pretty Little Studio; Die Cut Tabs: October Afternoon

8.04.2017

Jill Sprott's Stashbusting Challenge + My Own Personal Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!  I'm popping in to tell you about 2 challenges I plan on embarking on this month: a stashbusting challenge and a layout challenge.

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of playing along with Jill Sprott's stashbusting challenge and when I found out she was doing it again this year, I jumped on board again.  It was so much fun for me and I love feeling like I'm making a dent in my stash.

You can see her full blog post here, but here's the basic run-down: you are given a set of criteria and you need to dig through your stash to create a kit that contains products that meet the criteria.  And you need to create at least 3 projects with your kit by the month's end.

Here's a picture of the kit I put together:

And here's the criteria and how I met it:

-Eight pieces of patterned paper scraps: Elle's Studio (yellow & white striped), Echo Park (orange plus signs, green & white polka dots), Chic Tags (Summer words, turquoise & white damask pattern), October Afternoon (multi-colored chevron), Pinkfresh Studio (blue leaves) and Amy Tangerine (days of the week)

-Four specialty papers: Bella Blvd (blue stars transparency, orange hearts transparency), American Crafts (gold glitter paper), Pink Paislee (chipboard circles)

-Two complete/unused sheets of patterned paper: Feliciy Jane (black & white stars), Bella Blvd (black & white plus signs)

-One yard of ribbon/trim: so...I couldn't pull together a yard because one of my scrap boxes got misplaced in our recent move, but I did find this blue and white polka dot ribbon that I'll work into a layout - I'm not sure of the manufacturer of it

-One sticker sheet, with a catch: at least one sticker must be missing from the sheet: Bella Blvd chipboard words

-A pre-2015 alphabet set: Basic Grey black chipboard alphas

-One opened package of scrappy product: Simple Stories sicker pack...I almost feel like this one is cheating since there are 6 sticker sheets in there, but it technically is a package of scrappy product, so I'm going with it :)

-One unopened package of scrappy product: Hip Kit Club puffy stickers from their August 2016 kit

-One roll of tape: This one is fun for me - the movers accidentally left the tape they use to number boxes and furniture, so I'm totally gonna find a way to work it into my projects!

-One item or package of product from a company that no longer makes scrappy products: October Afternoon die cuts (this makes me sad because I miss them!)

-Up to 10 jounraling and/or Project Life cards/tags: I chose 3 tags: Amy Tangerine ("today" tag), Paper Source (grey tag) and Jillibean Soup (foiled "Hello" tag).  I chose 7 PL cards: Jillibean Soup (die cut dog, die cut "happy"), Amy Tangerine (blue, yellow and black) and Becky Higgins ("I Love", "Life is Unpredictable")

-Two "wild card" items: Pink Paislee sequins, Studio Calico cork chevron stickers

-A nearby item: Pretty Little Studio brackets & butterflies.

I love this kit - it's totally me and I can't wait to dig in and start using it.


The second challenge I plan on embarking on this month is to create 10 layouts using 10 of the sketches I've pinned.  I'm affectionately calling this challenge "Sketchy August."  In theory, this is the last month before Baby Girl Benjamin arrives (although she could surprise us early, I know that), so I want to get in my scrappy happy time before she arrives.  I've selected 10 sketches that I want to follow.  Some are totally my style and some definitely aren't and will challenge me - I'm so excited to try to knock this out!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know if you decide to play along with either of these challenges, as I'd love to follow along on your creative journey!

8.03.2017

Team Walk || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to share a recent layout that I made with the older Marigold collection for Pretty Little Studio.  I love all the new collections so much, but sometimes it is a lot of fun to revisit some of your older stash.  My husband and I just recently moved across country and I was without the majority of my supplies for a few weeks.  I took a tiny box of products with me and decided to only pack a few papers from the Marigold collection, along with some phrase strips, die cut alphas and journaling cards.  It was definitely a challenge to whip something up, but I had fun attempting to do so.
I never really jumped on the pie chart trend when it was super popular, but decided to give it a go for this layout and I'm glad I did - it was a lot of fun.  I may be late to the party, but there will probably be more pie charts in my future :-)
Thanks so much for stopping in.  I hope you enjoy your day!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

7.31.2017

Combining Color Cast Designs + Felicity Jane

Hi everyone!  I have a new layout to share with you that I whipped up today as soon as my July Color Cast Designs order arrived.  I combined the July Confetti Hearts and the You & Me acrylics with the Kate Kit from Felicity Jane to create this:

I got the idea from a layout that I made earlier in the month for Pretty Little Studio.  I really like how it turned out.  I always love a good grid design!

Thanks for popping in - have a good night!

Paper, Alphas, Stickers, Die Cuts: Felicity Jane; Acrylic Pieces: Color Cast Designs; Gold Frames: Heidi Swapp; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts

7.29.2017

Designer Challenge with Jillibean Soup

Hello!!  I am popping in to share my layout for this month's Designer Challenge for Jillibean Soup.  This month we were asked to highlight a quote on our layout.  I used one of the awesome Jillibean cut files from the Silhouette Store and then built my design to side of the quote using the Bowl of Dreams collection.  I really like how it turned out!

Thanks for popping in - happy weekend!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

7.27.2017

Playing with Felicity Jane's Kate Kit

Hi everyone!  So let me preface this post by saying that there are a million other things I should be doing right now besides posting on my blog and playing with paper...the main one being unpacking all our stuff after the recent move!  But...alas, it is not meant to be this morning, as the pretty Kate Kit from Felicity Jane has been calling my name too long :)

With that being said, I fell back on one of my old stand-by designs to whip up a quick page and fulfill my creative urges:

I love the colors of this kit.  There are a ton of pretty pinks in it, too, but I didn't think that all the pink fit in with this photo.  Just means I'll have to knock out another layout soon :)

Thanks for popping in...back to unpacking for me!

All supplies are from Felicity Jane

7.20.2017

July Jillibean Soup Shares

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share 3/4 Jillibean Soup projects that I made for July...I'll still have one more project that will be up on their blog a little later this month.

First up, this layout featuring the world's most handsome pup and the Souper Celebration collection:

Then a pocket page I finished up while I was working on #the100dayproject - this one using the Hardy Hodgepodge collection:



And finally, this wooden plank I painted for baby girl's room.  It's simple but I kind of love it:


Thanks so much for popping in!

Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Project Life Spread: Page Protectors: Becky Higgins (Design A); Staples: Tim Holtz; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Wood Plank, White Paint: Jillibean Soup; Coral Paint: Unknown

7.14.2017

Happy 4 || Pretty Little Studio





Good morning everyone!  I am up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today sharing my newest layout made with the new Dream Big collection.  

I love the blue, yellow and pink color combo with the pops of grey and black.  It's  just a combo that makes my heart happy :)

I decided to scrap a photo of my niece at her 4th birthday party.  The photo coordinates perfectly with the collection.  I centered the design of my layout and made sure that the photo really stood out.  I added in some layers and made sure to sprinkle in that pop of black around the page.  I also outlined the fun die cut alphas so they would stand out better against the background.

In the end, my design was fairly simple, but I really love how it turned out.  I think the adorable photo really shines when paired with such a pretty, vibrant collection:

Thanks for stopping in...happy Fri-yay!  :)

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp Enamel Dots: Basic Grey; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

7.10.2017

Fun in the Summer Sun || Color Cast Designs

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share another layout that I made with the June releases from Color Cast Designs.  This one uses three different sets: the June 2017 Stars Confetti, the Sea Confetti, and the Salt in my Hair sets.  I thought they combined perfectly to highlight a photo of my adorable nephew at the pool:

As you can tell, I did a little bit of mixed media action on this layout.  I used watercolor paper for my background and did a line of watercolors across the top of the page and had them drip down.  The effect is fun, but I definitely need to practice more.  I'm certainly not a mixed media expert :)

Here are a few close-ups of the pretty Color Cast Designs embellishments:


Thanks for popping in!

Watercolor paper: Strathmore; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts: Elle's Studio; Acrylic Embellishments: Color Cast Designs; Chipboard Embellisments, Buttons: Fancy Pants Designs

7.08.2017

July 2016 Project Life

Woo hoo!  Another month completed for my Project Life album!  #the100dayproject is certainly helping me catch up...and while I won't be caught up by the time the project ends on Wednesday, I should at least be motivated to continue the updates :)

Anywho, here's July 2016...a lot of these products are from Hip Kit Club...and surprisingly, their holiday kit from last year.  I love the hot pink and blue color combo, so I kept that pretty consistent throughout the monthly spread.



Thanks for popping in!  Happy weekend!

7.04.2017

Pretty Little Studio || Love My Life

Good morning!  Happy Independence Day to everyone in the U.S.!  I hope you have a safe and happy holiday!  I just wanted to pop in and share a layout that I have on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning.  I was challenged to create a layout inspired by this image:

As soon as I saw our inspiration photo, I knew I had to use the Beautiful Day collection.  I was also inspired to piece my layout together from a lot of different scraps.  I decided to use the preview sheet that comes in each pack of paper.  I love this collection so much that nothing can go to waste!
I cut out all the little squares and created a grid.  I also cut out hearts from some of the little squares to add a little more interested to the layout.
After I had my grid glued down, I added my photo and then scattered around a bunch of different sentiment cut-outs and stickers.  I really love how it all turned out!
Thanks for stopping in!

Background Paper: Studio Calico; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

7.02.2017

Happy Reunion || Color Cast Designs

Hello!  Happy Fourth of July/Canada Day weekend!  I always love a long weekend :)

I wanted to pop in and share my first project for Color Cast Designs.  I used the June 2017 confetti mix on this one and the stars and their colors inspired this overall design.  I also loved these recent photos of Eric & Moose.  Eric just got back from a training exercise and hadn't seen Moose in about 2.5 weeks.  They were both so happy to be reunited and it was super sweet:

I'm sort of in love with the light blue thrown into the traditional patriotic color combo.  Makes me all happy.  Make sure you visit the Color Cast Designs website to see all the new releases and snag some before they're all sold out!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Acrylic Shapes: Color Cast Designs; Patterned Paper: Hip Kit Club, Bella Blvd, Amy Tangerine for American Crafts; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Chipboard Alphas: Pinkfresh Studio; Red Stickers: Bella Blvd; Label: Pretty Little Studio; Date Stamp: Shimmelle for American Crafts; Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers

6.30.2017

June Jillibean Projects

Hey everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share the 2 layouts, card and home decor project that I had on the Jillibean Soup blog this month:

This layout of my nephew picking strawberries:

This layout of my fuzzy sidekick and I:

This card for my Dad for Father's Day:

And this wood plank for Baby Girl's room: 

 Thanks so much for stopping in...tomorrow is July...and that is CRAZY.

6.25.2017

We Are Awesome || Pretty Little Studio

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to stop in to share a layout that I made recently for Pretty Little Studio with the new Beautiful Day collection.  I have to tell you - this is one of my absolute favorite collections of all time.  The colors and patterns totally speak to me and I want to create with it as much as possible!

For today's layout I decided to scrap some recent photos of my nice and I being silly.  I kept the photos black & white so all the pretty colors in the collection could shine.
The layout itself is fairly simple with just a few layers and lots of die cuts scattered around.  I finished off the layout by adding some sprinkles of mist.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to share your PLS projects on Pretty Little Studio's Facebook or Instagram!

6.19.2017

May Project Life

Hey everyone!  It's another Monday...blah :-P

I wanted to pop in and share my completed May Project Life spread with you.  I used a lot of the Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection designed by Paige Taylor Evans.  I love the bright, bold colors of the collection and how happy it makes my May look :)




And now that I'm all caught up my goal is to go back and start feeling in some of those missing months...fingers crossed :)

Thanks for stopping in - have a happy work week!

6.17.2017

Green + Blue = Happy

Hi everyone!  I am popping in to share a new layout that I made JUST FOR FUN!  Well...sort of.  I made it as part of my design team application for Color Cast Designs, but there were no rules associated with what I was doing, so I consider that a "just for fun" project :o)

I've had a few pieces from Amy Tangerine's On A Whim collection laying around for a while now and decided to finally break into them.  I really loved the blue and green paper and decided to build a whole layout around that fun color combination.  Here's the end result:

See what I mean?  Green + Blue = Happy for sure :)

Have a nice weekend!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Alphas: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts; Acrylic Shapes: Color Cast Designs, Elle's Studio; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Border Strip: Doodlebug Designs

6.16.2017

CardMaker Magazine + Prickley Pear Blog Hop


Good morning everyone! Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine + Prickley Pear Blog Hop!  I was so excited to get to play with some of the cute rubber stamps that Prickley Pear kindly sent us.

As soon as I saw the stamps, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  The cute cow stamp combined with the "An udder year older" sentiment was perfect for making my own gift wrap and tag for a friend's gift.

I used Versamark to stamp the image on to black paper and then embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I used black embossing powder on the tag to make the cow stand out against the green background.  I added minor embellishments to finish off the package.  I think the overall look is cute and funny :)
I mean seriously, how cute is that cow?!?!

Your next stop on the hop is the talented Sharon.  If this was your first stop, you can start the hop at the CardMaker Magazine blog.  Up for grabs today is an awesome $20 gift card from Prickley Pear!

Thanks so much for stopping by - enjoy your Friday and your weekend!

Cardstock: Recollections; Stamps: Prickley Pear; Ink: Versamark; Embossing Powder: Recollections, Zing; 3x4 Card: Clique Kits; Baker's Twine: My Mind's Eye; Tag: American Crafts; Doily: SpiegelMom Scraps; Clothespin: Pebbles; Die Cuts: Fancy Pants Designs

6.12.2017

April Project Life

Good morning everyone.  Happy Monday (if there is such a thing)!  I wanted to pop in and share my April Project Life spread with you...completed because of my involvement in #the100dayproject (see my first post here).  My goal is to go back and work on last year's spreads...but that requires a lot of work up front and who knows if I'll be able to pull that off!  ;-)

Anywho, here's April...using a lot of the Felicity kit from Felicity Jane.



Thanks for popping in!  Hope your Monday and work week go well!

6.09.2017

A Few Felicity Jane Shares

Hello!  I wanted to pop in and share a few recent layouts that I've made with some of my Felicity Jane kits.

This one was made with the Willow kit and highlights and ultrasound photo of our baby girl:

This one was made with the Caroline kit...aren't those colors fabulous?!?!

Thanks for popping in!!

6.07.2017

So Loved Already || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!  I just wanted to pop in and share my most recent Pretty Little Studio layout with you!  For this one, I decided to keep the layout pretty simple.  I used my favorite cut file from The Cut Shoppe (open letter alpha) and backed it with the bright, pretty patterns from the With all my Heart collection.  I cut the letters from some pretty foiled paper that I've been hoarding because I thought it would compliment the beautiful color combo of the collection perfectly:
Once I had backed out the letters with the papers and my photo, I sprinkled about multiple sentiments, die cuts and embellishments.  Here's how the final layout turned out:
Thanks so much for stopping in!  Have a great day!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio