Friday, April 28, 2017

Sugar Rush Pocket Letter

Ok so I am trying to get all of my Seasonal Expression 1 projects out before I start showing you all the new beautiful paper. Today's project uses the Sugar Rush line, which is unfortunately sold out, but you can head on over here and get matching stamps and accessories if you desire. 

Ok so in one of my swap groups I was challenged to make a "Yum Yum" pocket letter and of course I grabbed the Sugar Rush line and got right to work. 

"Yum Yum" reminds me of two of my favorite things, coffee and ice cream and that's exactly what I created with this PL. I used a variety of items that were in my stash, some I purchased but most were traded in swaps. 

For the coffee and donut image on the bottom I decided to take my gel pens and color it in, which was super easy and also helped to add a little shimmer. As with most of my pocket letters I decided to add a shaker to the middle. I just love how these look and it gives me a reason to use my FUSE tool. 

And what PL would be complete without the goodies! The top is left open for my pen pal letter and the other pockets are full of paper, stamped images from Just For Fun, accessories, sequins for the fun middle shakers, and string! 

You can see that I added some left over "Dreamin' Big" stickers and accessories. Pocket Letters are a great way to share your stash while also meeting some new friends. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed. 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dreamin' Big Layout

So sorry for today's sideways post, it's the only way that I could get the full page in with no glare!! Guess I need to set up a cozy little spot to take my scrapbook photos with no glare. 

Anyway, today's page layout is for my 8.5"x11" family album. Before we begin with the layout and products I just wanted to say that this is a very difficult size book to put together and you have to get really creative with layouts and photo sizes, so needless to say next year I will be switching back to a 12"x12" which seems to be more standard. 

Ok so now onto the layout. For this design I used the Reflections How To Book which features over 100 layout designs!!  The book also provides some design principles as well as exact dimensions, so it's definitely worth the $15 investment. 

The products that I ended up using are from the very fun "Dreamin' Big" papers and complements. I am very frugal so I picked up the Workshop and managed to save on both the papers and the accessories. You can find that link here. Purchasing the whole kit allowed me to use the products all month long. I made cards and layouts and never had to worry about matching papers or finding the right embellishments. I also had enough left over to pass some of the paper onto a friend :) 
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Look at all that product you can get for only $26.95. You really cannot beat that. Both solid cardstock and pattern cardstock, sequins, twine, stickers, and of course those wonderful dimensions that I used in the page title above. 

Thanks for stopping by today. If you are interested I am hosting a "Mystery Hostess" new product launch next week to welcome our Seasonal Expression 2 Idea Book so please come on over and join us. 

Enjoy your day and as always happy crafting. 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sign Painting Parties

Have you noticed a new tool bar on the blog lately?? Well once again I have been playing around with things and I have added a "Host a Gathering" page as well as a "Paint A Sign" page!! These are both really exciting things for me since I LOVE to party with you!! Stay tuned for more about the exciting "Host a Party" page, but for today I am going to tell you a little bit about the sign painting parties which I have completely fallen in love with!! 

Over the weekend I hosted my first ever "Paint A Sign" party and it was so much fun!! Ok so what are these parties?? Well there are a couple different ways to approach this...think fundraisers, private parties (birthday, bridal, baby), or even ones that I host. Once you determine what type of party you would like to attend you then head over and pick your design out. I have a number of pre-designed images on my facebook group that you can choose from. After you have your designed picked out you simply come with a smile...ready to party! 

For these event I will bring all of the materials. Here check out our set up from this weekend. 

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You don't even really have to be that great at painting since you can see from the photo that we use stencils, meaning anyone can do it! 

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For more information regarding these events please check out this link and make sure to join us over at Paper Crafter's Anonymous. 

Thanks for checking out my site today! Hope to see you back here soon. 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Another Mother's Day Card

On Friday I showed you a really cute Mother's Day card that I had made using the Dreamin' Big paper line, which is only available for the rest of this week...hint, hint. Well today I have another Mother's Day card, that has a whole different feel, but uses the exact same supplies. 

Both of the cards feature those lovely PL cards as the focal points on the card. This makes designing the card fronts so much easier than trying to find paper to size and cut out. For this one I went ahead and used the matching complements and simply paired them up in a triangle pattern around the card front. I simply love that polka dotted paper, don't you?? 

Well thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy and please make sure to come back here tomorrow for my sign making party recap. 

Happy Crafting. 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Mother's Day Card

I wanted to pop on really quick and show you a Mother's Day card that I made for a swap. 

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This card uses the " Dreamin' Big" paper pack along with a die cut from Green Duck Sales, which you can find on Etsy. To make that focal piece I took a PL card from my stash and used the "Framed" Stamp set from CTMH to stamp that lovely sentiment. I then took some thick twine and wrapped it around the card. I finalized it all by adding that lovely die cut. 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a beautiful weekend!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

OSW Summer Cards!

Hey!! Welcome and thanks for joining me! Today I have a really fun and easy thing for you and it's called OSW - one sheet wonders. Now if you follow the blog then you have seen these a lot lately..well today I not only have all of the completed cards but I also have a sheet for you to print out and use at home.

So first up are the cards. I always use a double sided card for my OSW...that way I get more variety when I am putting the cards together. For this line I used the retired "Seaside" paper line from Close to My Heart. This was the last of this paper and I am so excited to start clearing out some space for the brand new paper lines!!

I also LOVE the Cricut for these cards because I can find a number of matching images and simply print and cut them out and Wah-lah easy DIY accessories. The stamp I used in this example came from the retired Scrapbooking Workshop - but with all of my designs any paper, die cuts, and stamps that you have on hand will do the trick. 

My OSW cards always make 8 solid cards and always use one full 12"x12" piece of cardstock. Also if I am planning on matting my OSW cards that requires 2 sheets of solid cardstock, so be prepared. 

 Here take a look at how I cut them out. 

Ok Sorry for the raw and straight out of the sketch book sketch :) <3 That's how I work it though!! So you are pretty much cutting your paper to equal 6 standard mats (5.25x4.) The one on the end is going diagonal, to switch it up a little, and was cut out at a 5.25x4 and then sliced in half. Next I took one of those standard squares and I chopped it into three parts so each one was equal to 4"x1.75" these will become my change up like in the "Coolin' Out" card featured above. To top everything off I then cut three strips at (4x1.5") which is your standard border across. Don't let the sketch fool you that top row is only 1.5" deep.

You can watch how I cut it out by heading over to my Youtube channel. Make sure to go ahead and subscribe when you are over there. I don't have a lot of videos up but I love to make them and have a ton on the docket.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my easy OSW cards.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Peeps, Just For Fun, & Some Kinda Wonderful

Welcome! Today is one of my favorite days because it is my time to design for the Just For Fun blog!! I love the stamps that JFF develops and I love that it actually makes me sit down and pull out my often I get caught up in the Cricut that I leave behind all my beautiful stamps. 

For today's card I decided to get a little festive... I know Easter is over, but since I created the card last week I am still going to count it. Plus it's a really fun card, here take a look. 

See fun right? I just love Easter.

For this card I decided to pull out the "Some Kinda Wonderful" paper pack from Close to My Heart and to pair it up with the "All Seasons 3" paper pack from The Paper Studio. 

Once I had the papers picked out I then reached for my Just For Fun stamps. The bunnies, which can be found here, were stamped onto white paper and then fussy cut out. I then took a sentiment stamp, found here, and layered it onto some extra scrap paper (from the Some Kinda Wonderful line.) 

That cute yellow resin flower was left over in my stash from a paper line which was released WAY back in the day. I also finished up the card by making some "grass" by fussy cutting some scrap paper and applying it below the peeps. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure to head on over to JFF to shop around and pick up some new stamps, their prices are really unbeatable!  

Happy Crafting! 

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring Toilet Paper Mini

If you tuned in yesterday then you saw that beautiful birthday card that I have decided to send along with this fun little mini album. If you missed it you can find it here. Today, as promised I have a Mini Album to show off. 

This mini album uses the "All Seasons 3" paper pack along with some random accessories that I had on hand. Below you will see some more photos of the mini album. 

The theme for this album was "Spring" and I figured the paper line was perfect for it. I sprinkled some random Spring accents throughout it, including butterflies, flowers, and sentiments. 

At the end I added this lovely foil envelop so that the recipient could put "goodies" in it if she desires. I also took some thick twine and wrapped it around the inside cover of the mini so that it could tie closed. To finish it off I put some small frames in the pockets giving some more room for photos. 

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my mini album. I hope you enjoyed it and were inspired. 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pastel Birthday Wishes

Recently I was challenged to create a toilet paper mini album. These things are the cutest little mini albums ever and I had so much fun figuring it out. Anyway more on that tomorrow, so stay tuned. Today I have a matching card that I created to give to my swap partner along with the mini...think of it as a sneak peak. 

This card, and the mini album, were both created using the "All Seasons 3" paper pack from The Paper Studio. This is one of my go to packs because it features papers that you can use all year long. The background paper along with that beautiful flower both come from the pack. The flower is actually a pattern paper that I took and fussy cut out, turning it into an easy and cheap die cut that matches perfectly. You will see more of that paper tomorrow.

For the sketch design I used the Atlantic Hearts Sketch, which actually ended so I was not able to submit it. However you can always head back to sketches for a little more inspiration, so here is the sketch.

I flipped this sketch to give me a horizontal card. I then found two solid colors, pink and white, to coordinate with that beautiful pattern paper. The circle die cut as well as the "Happy Birthday" sentiment both were cut out and wrote on using my Cricut. I love the Cricut because it has the feature where you can write out your sentiments - which always comes out better than my handwriting. I then finished the card off with some light pink gems which were added in a triangle pattern.

Thanks for checking in today. Remember to come back tomorrow to check out my matching toilet paper mini :)

Happy Crafting.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter/Spring Onsies

I love playing with vinyl!! I really do. I also love that I can make a shirt for any occasion at the drop of a dime. I bring this up because I recently made some onsies with some great Easter themes and that is exactly what I am going to show you today. These designs could easily be transferred over to an older kids shirt or even an adult shirt...that's the joy of vinyl :)

The two designs on the right came from Cricut Design Space "Make it Now" section which is a great place for inspiration or quick projects. The two on the left came from SVG Love which is a fabulous place for free cut files, as well as inspiration. 

Vinyl is super easy to work with. The trick to using it is to heat the shirt/material before you apply it. After you get the image cut, and weeded, you simply apply it to the material with some heat and a little parchment paper. Make sure you subscribe to my blog because I have a step by step tutorial in the works and if you're curious about vinyl you won't want to miss it :) 

Well thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your Monday and Happy Crafting. 

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Dreamin' Big: Layout

Today I have a really great 1 page layout that I created using one of my favorite candid pictures. The inspiration for this layout came straight from the Reflections How To Book which is a really great source for inspiration and design and can be found here


For this layout I went straight for the orange in my son's shirt and the orange in the Dreamin' Big paper line found here. This is another one of those paper lines that will only be available for this month and then will sadly be retiring, so if you like it go and grab it before it's gone. 

The original sketch is called "Treasure Pocket-Folio" and if you have the how to book it can be found on page 119. This book is amazing because along with sketches, quotes, and inspiration you also get a variety of companion layouts that make mixing and matching easy. 

Everything in this layout came from the "Dreamin' Big" Scrapbooking kit including the embellishments and the journal card. I am a huge fan of these kits because for one low price you get everything you need for tons of projects. In fact with most paper lines I simply purchase the kit and then use all the materials all month long.

However if you are not as free spirited as me then, that's completely ok because you can follow the awesome product guide which will show you how to make two double page layouts along with a bonus card. These guides are spectacular and include cutting diagrams - they were my go to for many many moons. 

Kit contents:
1 — Dreamin' Big paper packet (X7218B)
1 – Dreamin' Big Complements (X7218C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Goldrush, 2 Whisper, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Dreamin' Big sequins (Z3315)
1 – Whisper thick twine (Z3095)

Thanks so much for stopping in and checking out my newest project.

Happy Crafting! 

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mother's Day ATC's

As one of my events this month (in a swap group I am part of) we were challenged to make some ATC cards, or Artist Trading Cards, with a Mother's Day theme. Of course, since I love mother's and ATC's, I jumped right on board and for today's post I wanted to show you what I came up with.

For all of these I used the "Hello Lovely" paper line and accessories which can be found here and are only available for this month - so if you love them go and grab them up before the new idea book comes out!! I also used last month's stamp of the month which is always a wonderful $5.00 investment. 

Here are each of the cards on their own.

For the one above I simply stamped the tea cup on some Fern paper. After I had that stamped out I took one of the sentiments, from that same stamp set, and used versa mark ink and some white embossing powder and stamped it. After it was stamped I heat set it to help that embossing powder melt. 

When using embossing powder I always use the fine embossing powder because it melts and sets a lot nicer. Another rule of thumb is to use baby powder and dust your image first. I did not do this above which is why my embossing powder stuck and melted to those random on the cup handle. 

Something that is new with our accessories is all of the beautiful gold foil!! The accessories in the "Hello lovely" line were accented by this foil and it's so beautiful on any project. I was able to keep the ATC pictured below very simple because the foil really made it stand out.

And now onto my favorite one!! To get the awesome image below I stamped the tea cup, which already had that sentiment so it was super easy, onto some sea glass paper then I fussy cut it out. I then traced the outline of the cup onto some white paper and started getting to work on those flowers. To get the flowers I stamped the image three times onto the white paper using the outline as a guide. Then I glued the tea cup right onto the white paper using that same outline that I traced before. To finalize it I colored the flowers in using markers

To finish up all three of the ATC's I decided to add some of the assorted silver sequins that I had in my stash, they can be found here if you do not have any. 

Now I mentioned last month's Stamp of the Month and since we are a new month this one is no longer available at a discount. However we offer a wonderful D-Size stamp set every month at a discount of over 70% and this month's is just as fun as last month's. Here check it out. 

If you are interested in placing an order you can do so at this link. I am also looking for hostesses, either for online or in home parties, and I have lots of prizes up for grabs so please let me know if you are interested in hosting and earning some free products. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Crafting!

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