Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Get Well Soon (and stay that way!)

I have a child in preschool. If you know anything about children who are in preschool, well, you know they can't keep their fingers out of their mouths and noses. They cough on their friends. Their teachers. Their parents. Their siblings. They wipe their fingers (and we know where they've been) on their friends. Their teachers. Their parents. Their siblings. So when they start to cough, and sneeze, and their noses start to run, well. . . it's futile. I have one child who's been coughing for a month, in varying degrees. (Presently he's hacking and dripping and sneezing and he can't breathe. It's not pretty.) The other one just keeps missing a day here and there. . .like one day a week. It's getting old. I'm thankful, beyond thankful, that it's just colds and tummy bugs that we are facing, and not anything much, much worse. So I'll count my many blessings. 
And in honor of the occasion, a get well soon card. I created the sentiment on the computer. Then I added the dots with a white pen. I want to say this paper is from My Mind's Eye, but I'm not sure. 

So now, I'll finish my Airborne "cocktail". (I'm not kidding, my husband and I just toasted with cups of Airborne.) Then, I'll grab the Lysol in one hand, and Clorox wipes in the other hand, and scrub everything in sight. Because ain't nobody got time for this sickness business. Stay healthy, my friends! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Photo Pocket Scrapbooking Vol. 2 {Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine}

Hello friends! Today, Photo Pocket Scrapbooking, Vol. 2 hits newsstands! This is the final print issue from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. Photo Pocket Scrapbooking, Vol. 1 was so popular, we got started right away on a volume 2. I am so happy to share two projects that I have published in this issue - and you may notice, neither of them are photo pocket pages - but rather, I used photo pocket supplies on each. Even if you aren't on board with photo pocket style scrapbooking, there is still so much to offer in this issue! 

I'm especially thrilled to share this layout, because I don't actually do a whole lot of scrapbooking anymore, and I really love this layout! PLUS, it's my children, along with my best friend's children - and today is my best friend's birthday! This is a pretty cool way to celebrate her! 

I used paper, journaling cards, and stickers from Simple Stories - it's the DIY Boutique Collection. {I super-puffy-sparkly HEART this collection!}

Also in this issue, I have this card that I created while I designed for On Cherry Street. OCS is a monthly kit sold at Sweet Stamp Shop, and this was from the Magical kit.  I used a journaling card from the kit for the card front, and I die cut hearts and stars from the card, and then I popped the whole thing up on foam tape with gold cardstock underneath. 

Look for Photo Pocket Scrapbooking, Vol. 2 on newsstands NOW,  or get in in the Scrap & Paper Shop - you can order the print version, or instantly download the digital version.  Let's show F+W Media how much we flipping LOVED our magazines, and let's buy this issue like CRAZY. (Hey - it would be a great Christmas gift for your crafty friends and family!)

Layout supplies: (Simple Stories products are on sale at at the time of this post! affiliate links below)
Simple Stories DIY Boutique 6x6 pad
Simple Stories Clear Photo Stickers
Simple Stories card stock stickers

Card supplies:
On Cherry Street Magical kit 

Monday, December 15, 2014

You're a Real Gem {Lil' Inker Designs}

Hello friends!
Today I'd like to share a card I created using Lil' Inker Designs new Cover Up Die: Faceted as well as the Girl's Best Friend stamps and the Alphabet Gems stamps. 
To create this card, I used Stampin' Up gold cardstock, and I ran it through my Big Shot with the Faceted die. Very carefully I attempted to keep all the little pieces together when I took it out of the die cutting machine. I had to do a little bit of puzzle-piecing to put pieces back in, but I purposely left some shapes out. Then, I stamped my sentiment, inking up only part of the first stamp "You're a Real Gem" to substitute the alphabet gem letters in place of the original sentiment. I stamped it in Tsukineko's Delicata ink.  It's my favorite gold ink! It's difficult to see, but I used a water brush and swirled the ink across the letters just a bit to add slight color to them. 

Thanks so much for coming by today. YOU are a real GEM! xoxo

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thank you So Much (featuring ribbonbanner2stamp from The Stamps of Life}

Hello friends! Happy Friday! Seriously - shouldn't it be like, October? I'm trying desperately not to let the days fly by - and yet the ARE. I thought I'd share a little thank you card today. Somehow I don't think I shared it when this fun stamp set, ribbonbanner2stamp was released at The Stamps of Life.  The set includes this banner, plus a variety of sentiments to fit inside. I paired it with the Mini Flower dies, which are so fun to use as embellishments and accents.

The patterned papers I used are from Lily Bee. Lily Bee closed a while back, but I have hoarded the remaining paper I had - it's such a fun combination of funky, shabby, chic. And well. . .you know. . .aqua.

I'm so thankful for all the visitors I've been having lately, on my little blog. Between the farewell hop for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking, and all the crafty company releases and blog hops, it's been busy around here, and I LOVE it! Thanks so much for coming by! Remember, if you'd like to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest, my links are right up there in the sidebar! Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

hearts2cut {The Stamps of Life}

Hello friends! There are some sweet new stamps and dies released at The Stamps of Life this week! Today I'd love to share hearts2cut with you. There are stamps and coordinating dies and they'll just be perfect for all kinds of occasions. First up, how about a holiday card with these sweet hearts? I paired the heart with a sentiment from the lights4Christmas set plus Stephanie's Sizzix Tags Framelits set.

Next up, a birthday card. On this card I used another of Stephanie's Sizzix dies. This one along with the sentiment stamp and banner, is from the Banners 2 Framelits set. This is one of those versatile sets that I use over and over again.

And lastly, I used just the dies to create a fun heart collage. This could be a Valentine card, but it would be appropriate any time of the year. That's one reason hearts are so versatile! Perfect for almost any occasion!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Head on over to The Stamps of Life website to see all of the new products being released today, as well as lots of inspiration in the gallery! xoxo

(This post contains affiliate links.)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lil' Inker Designs December Release {Day 3}

It's Day 3 of the Lil' Inker Designs December Release! Hop with us and comment along the way, for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate each day! (If you're just starting here, head to the Lil' Inker Designs blog to start at the beginning!)

I used Pink Paislee's Luxe paper collection to create my backgrounds on this card. I die-cut the Girl's Best Friend Diamond Die from glittered cardstock and added a sentiment from the coordinating Girl's Best Friend stamp set.
Thanks so much for hopping with us this week. It's been fun!
Remember, each day of our three-day hop, there's a $15 gift certificate up for grabs! 
So, be sure to comment along the way. 

Next up on the hop is Lea Lawson!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

New products I used:

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lil' Inker Designs December Release {Day 2}

It's Day 2 of the Lil' Inker Designs release! Hop with us and comment along the way, for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate each day! (If you're just starting here, head to the Lil' Inker Designs blog to start at the beginning!)

I have two cards to share with you today, and both feature the new All About Ampersands dies. The first card also shows my favorite product from this entire release - it's the Long and Skinny Rectangles dies. I just see SO many possibilities with this die set! On this card I created a simple striped background. I stamped sentiments from the Sending You stamp set - don't you love the way one new product brings fresh life to a previous product? I love the way this came together. Fresh and clean and bright. 

Next, I used the ampersand die along with the coordinating All About Ampersand stamps to create a fun Valentine card. (That wavy background shape was die-cut from the Border Builders die set. And the hearts are from the Mini Envelopes Dies and Accessories set)

Remember, each day of our three-day hop, there's a $15 gift certificate up for grabs! So, be sure to comment along the way. 

Next up on the hop is Lea Lawson!
Thanks so much for HOPPING by!

New Lil' Inker products I used:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lil' Inker Designs December Release {Day 1}

Hello, crafty friends! Welcome to day 1 of the Lil' Inker Designs December release!
Let's get right to the good stuff, shall we? (If you're just starting here, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start the hop!) 

First up, I used the brand new Cover Up Die: Faceted to create this card. I die-cut it from glittered cardstock and then I used a few of the negative cut-outs to create Christmas trees. This sentiment, from the Winter Greetings stamp set, is just perfect for this card! It's hard to see, but I added a little fishing line loop behind the bottom tree. Fishing line is really fun to add a subtle detail on cards. I've been using it a lot lately! (And I think crafting with fishing line is much more fun than fishing with it!)

Next up, a clean and graphic card. Friends, let me tell you about this truly awesome "awesome" word die. It cuts SO nicely. The letters are thin and gorgeous, but it's not hard to work with, like some thin fonts. To create the chevron stripes, I layered the Anytime Tags 2. I stamped the sentiment from the new Hello, Awesome set, and then I finished off the card with some hole-punched cardstock dots. Quick and easy, and flat for mailing! This would be a fun and easy card to mass-produce. 
Remember, each day of our three-day hop, there's a $15 gift certificate up for grabs! So, be sure to comment along the way. 
Next up on the hop is Lea Lawson!

New Lil' Inker Designs products I used:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Farewell Blog Hop {Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine}

Hello friends! Today is an example of the width and depth of community that us paper crafters share, much of which was established by Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. Within hours of the announcement that PC&S would be ceasing publication, people were already coming together, and making plans to celebrate and honor the magazine and the lovely people who work to make it happen. We've spent the past few weeks sharing memories, photos and projects. Today I thought I'd share some of my favorite published cards in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking.

First up, I created this card using multi-ink stamping, with Sweet 'n Sassy stamps. It turned out just the way I had it in my head, and I loved it. Even sweeter, this card ended up on the cover of the September/October 2013 issue, one of my favorite covers of all time! (that chalkboard text, swoon!)

Next, this Great Job card, featuring adorable Paper Smooches stamps. The whole thing is paper-pieced, down to the tiny apple leaf. This card was featured in Paper Crafting Tips and Tricks, from November 2012.

And last for today, a Nifty 50 party ensemble. I created this ensemble as part of my Go-to Gal tryout, and it was later published in the Party Ensembles book. Fun facts? That 50 Nifty Crosswords book? Yeah, it's not even a crossword book. It's a word search book. It was the right size though, and I knew no one would see the inside! The crossword paper, was just a crossword puzzle I printed from the internet.

And now, hop along your crafty way through this gigantic blog hop! 
You should have come here from Gayatri Murali 
and next up, is Maria Fischer
(If you're just joining us. . .head to Jennifer McGuire to start at the beginning!)

PS - I'm sharing a fun project over on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog today, for the very last time. . .stop on by and see what I created! xoxo

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Crafting a sympathy card {Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine}

Creating sympathy cards is never the most fun task. It's hard to create a lovely and heartfelt card, that's not too cheery sunshine but not too bleak and sad. I love the way this color palette came together with pale aqua, gray, and black. I used a downloadable sentiment from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking - have you checked out all of their downloadable sentiments, patterns and templates? My fingers are crossed that after the magazine is no more, that the resources on the website will continue! (I'll let you know if I hear anything!) There are so many great downloads. You can find all of them here on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking website.   (edit: I just realized that this particular sentiment was never released - it was intended for an upcoming issue - but there are a billion other fabulous sentiments on the website! Go grab them!)

I used patterned paper from Teresa Collins Something Wonderful collection, as well as Echo Park's Capture Life Black and White and Carta Bella's Sew Lovely. (affiliate links at The wood embellishment is from Close To My Heart. Such a fun accessory!

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend has been filled with fun and beautiful memories!!! We've gotten our Christmas tree, decorating the house is in full-swing, and soup is about to go into the crockpot for dinner. It's pretty much perfection, if you ask me! Thanks so much for stopping by today! xoxo