Thursday, October 30, 2014

Card Share: Where's the Candy? (Simple Stories Frankie and Friends)

Where's the candy, you ask? Well, some of it, the calorie-free kind at least, can be found in Simple Stories adorable Frankie and Friends collection. Since this card is all about candy, I'd love to hear what your favorite is. Mine is either Snickers or Almond Joy, depending on my mood.

This is one of two cards I made with Frankie and Friends (I'll share the other next week). It came together so easily. I added stickers, chipboard, a die cut and enamel dots to a pre-printed 4x6 journaling spot.

I don't know about you, but I love a card that comes together quickly and turns out so cute!

That's it for me this week. Have a happy and safe Halloween (and don't eat too much candy)!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One for Each Night (Echo Park Creative Agenda)

Scrapbooking Hanukkah photos is hard because there are no holiday-themed collections available. Years ago, I was on the design team for a company called Crafting Jewish Style. They are about the only company that makes collection specifically for Jewish holidays. Most years I resort to using non-themed collections, working with the colors in my photos vs. the holiday theme itself.

Who would have guessed that Echo Park's Creative Agenda collection would be exactly what I needed to document this photo? I love all of the color! Some of the embellishments on here are for symbolic purposes, like the light bulb because it says, "Bright Idea" which goes along with the candlelight, the "sold" tag because my Dad bought this menorah for Alexa, and the cluster of art supplies because the menorah was made, and painted, by an artist.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm switching gears tomorrow and sharing a Halloween card with you. :)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Festive Countdown to Christmas (Echo Park Christmas Cheer)

Hi everyone! I'm here today to give you a look at an Echo Park Christmas Cheer layout I made for a design team assignment. I was asked to use the coordinating washi tape in a fun way.

Turns out the Holly Berries tape was perfect for creating a "garland" on the tree sticker. I laid strips of the tape diagonally across the sticker, then trimmed the excess with an X-acto knife, following the outline of the tree.

The top portion of this page is actually a section cut from the Border Strips paper.

The lined green portion of the paper was the perfect spot for adding the start of my title ("A Festive") using the coordinating Christmas Cheer alpha stickers. The second part of the title ("Countdown to Christmas") was already printed on the white notebook border. I embellished some of the pre-printed border elements with enamel shapes and stickers to add depth and dimension.

If you'd like more information about this page or to see some detail shots, please visit the Echo Park blog.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Paper Issues: Witchin' You a Happy Halloween with SRM Stickers

Happy Halloween! Today I have a treat, actually a treat bag, to share with you. I created this for the new linky party at Paper Issues called Witchin' You a Happy Halloween, sponsored by SRM Stickers.

This bag was quick and easy to put together with SRM's Halloween border stickers and a kraft bag. I adhered the border stickers, starting at the bottom of the bag, trimming away any excess with craft scissors. I used the remaining piece of the sticker further up the bag (the border strips are 12" long).

I'm thinking these would be great for Alexa to give out to her friends at school or dance. Gotta get busy making some more...See you tomorrow.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Acting the Part (Echo Park Arsenic and Lace)

Alexa is a bit obsessed with The Mortal Instruments book series and has chosen to go as her favorite book character (Clary Fray) for Halloween. She created some of her costume accessories from Sculpey clay (a necklace charm and writing instrument).

Although her costume is far from spooky, this photo worked well with Echo Park's Arsenic & Lace collection. To complement the vintage designs, I crumpled the papers layered underneath my photo to give them a more authentic look. I also used a number of Echo Park cut files (spider web, elixir label, and bitty bag) on here.

Please visit the Echo Park blog to see the complete supply list for this layout (including links to the cut files I used), detail shots and a write up about how to distress papers to work with a vintage collection.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Card Share: Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas (Simple Stories DIY Christmas)

Yesterday I shared a holiday card made with Simple Stories new DIY Christmas collection. Today I'm giving you a look at another card made from the same collection. I used the same elements (papers and embellishments) as yesterday's card, but created a totally different design. That's the beauty of DIY Christmas. There are so many little bits and pieces to choose from. Each card can be unique. I don't know about you, but I get kind of really bored if I have to replicate the same design over and over. With a collection like this, I can mix and match embellishments and papers to get a fresh design every time.

I'll be changing gears tomorrow and sharing a Halloween layout. Thanks for stopping by today!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Card Share: Hello Santa (Simple Stories DIY Christmas)

Raise your hand if you've started making holiday cards. Go ahead, don't be shy. I actually made this card in September for a design team assignment. I don't usually start that early (but I'm glad I did because it will be nice to have on hand once December rolls around).

Everything on here is from Simple Stories new DIY Christmas collection. In addition to the great selection of papers, there's also a wide variety of embellishments to choose from. The options are endless in terms of creating unique designs or multiples of the same design. Your choice. :)

I'll be back tomorrow with another card share. Until then...happy crafting!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Free eBook: Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection

Simple Stories just released a new eBook featuring projects created with their new Cozy Christmas collection.

This is a free download (PDF) chock full of inspiration, so be sure to check it out (plus you'll find two of my layouts in there).

Here's a look at the collection kit. Makes you want to pull out your holiday photos, doesn't it?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Card Share: Sugar & Spice (Echo Park Princess Mini Theme)

If little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, then they deserve to receive a card full of bling and sparkle, right?

This card was made with Echo Park's Princess Mini Theme. To make it sparkle and shine, I used glitter cardstock (Yes, you read that correctly. I used something with glitter on it. LOL!), rhinestones, pearls and sequins. Of course I also HAD to add in a doily for good measure.

I'll leave you with this little known fact...Sparkalaphobia is the fear of glitter. I have a case of it...a really bad case. LOL! Am I the only one?

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Card Share: Memory

A few weeks ago, a dear scrapbooking friend's father passed away. She has made me (and Alexa) beautiful cards that lift our spirits and bring smiles to our faces, so I thought it only fitting to make a card for her. I only wish it could have been for a happier occasion.

I dug into the goodies from various Paper Issues Swag Bags and got to work, adding in items from my stash. I went with a soothing aqua and kraft color combo and kept the design pretty understated.

I'll be back tomorrow with a card that's fit for a princess.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Paper Issues: Woodn't You Know, It's Fall with Pinkfresh Studio

Today marks the start of a new linky party at Paper Issues called Woodn't You Know, It's Fall, sponsored by Pinkfresh Studio.

I paired some of my favorite Pinkfresh products (wood veneer hearts, arrow and wood drop chevron sticker) with elements from Paper Issues' October Swag Bag (and a bit of paper from my stash) to create the card above.

What could you link up? Anything having to do with fall, a project with wood veneer on it, or even something with earth-tone or neutral colors. You'll find plenty of other suggestions on the Paper Issues blog, so be sure to check it out for a chance to win a goodie bag of Pinkfresh Studio products. Pinkfresh's Wood Drop Stickers are one of my favorite embellishments right now. You'll find them in the Paper Issues shop, in a number of different color schemes (as well as other Pinkfresh products, newly restocked for your shopping pleasure). :)

The code LISA20 will get you 20% off of your entire purchase any time you shop in the Paper Issues store.

Have a great day! I hope to see my blog reader friends (linky) partying with us!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Card Share: Go and Live Your Dream Featuring Toni From Designs Flair

Hi everyone! Last week I shared a card featuring the Oh My Stars (Warm Colors) flair set from my friendToni From's brand new Etsy shop, Toni From Designs. Today I'm showing you a second card I made with the same set. This is a fun and cheerful color scheme, don't you think?

Here's a look at the set I worked with. Between the two cards, I used four pieces of flair which means I have four more to look forward to creating with. :)

Toni adds new flair designs to her shop every Monday so be sure to check back often.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bitty Christmas Cards: Technique Tuesday Spotlight

Last month I received a nice email from Technique Tuesday asking if I'd like to create with a newly released Memory Keepers StudioTM stamp set and share the project on my blog.

Memory Keepers StudioTM is a monthly stamp subscription program, with a new stamp set being released each month. The companion program, called Fresh Cut StudioTM, releases a coordinating thin steel die set.

I received the Celebrating December stamp set. I fell in love with the sentiment fonts and the cute holiday-themed icons. They definitely paired up nicely on my project.

So, what did I create? A trio of 3" x 3" Christmas cards. I thought they'd be cute additions to presents or gift packages of baked goods.

Want a closer look? I paired candy cane images with the "Spreading Holiday Joy" sentiment stamp on this one.

This next one is more of a winter-themed card. Enamel dots dress up the centers of the snowflake images.

Last, but not least, who doesn't love holiday treats, especially gingerbread men? Aren't they adorable? I think I'll use this to top a package of homemade treats to welcome our new neighbors when they move in next month.

If you love stamps, and the option of getting coordinating dies in your mailbox each month, be sure to check out Technique Tuesday's monthly programs.

Happy creating!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Card Share: Hey There, Pumpkin (Simple Stories Sweater Weather)

In honor of World Card Making Day, some of the Simple Stories design team members created cards that were showcased on the Simple Stories blog on Saturday. This is my contribution.

I used Simple Stories Sweater Weather collection. I love this cozy collection, with its woodgrain, knit, floral and houndstooth patterns. I layered stickers, chipboard, a die cut, enamel dots and a patterned paper photo corner on a pre-printed 4x6 journaling card. This was super quick and easy to put together (which doesn't happen often enough when I craft). :)

Be sure to check out the Simple Stories blog to see all of the beautiful cards the design team made. In the meantime, if you'd like more Sweater Weather inspiration, take a look at this layout, and this one, as well as this two-page pocket page spread I shared in August.

Thanks for visiting today! I'll see you tomorrow.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Card Share: Best Day Ever Featuring Toni From Designs Flair

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! We're halfway through the week. Can you believe it?

I'm here today to share a card I made featuring flair from my friend, Toni From's brand new Etsy shop, Toni From Designs. I used the Oh My Stars (Warm Colors) set along with bits and pieces from various Paper Issues Swag Bags.

I love how the pieces of flair play off of the circles in the papers, enamel dots and brad.

Toni plans to debut new flair designs every Monday so be sure to check her shop often.

I'll be back on Monday. Enjoy the rest of your week and have a wonderful weekend!

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