Monday, November 24, 2014

Paper Issues: Birds of a Feather Flock Together with Ruby Rock-It


Happy Thanksgiving week! To start it off, we have a new linky party at Paper Issues called Birds of a Feather Flock Together, sponsored by Ruby Rock-It.

Come take a look at what the design team created with Ruby Rock-It's What's Cookin' collection, link up your projects for a chance to win. This theme isn't only about Thanksgiving. You'll find all of the details on the Paper Issues blog.

Hope to see some of my blogging friends linking up (and hopefully winning and being featured too). :)

I'll be taking the rest of this week off. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and make special memories with friends and family. See you next week!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Card Share: December 25 (Echo Park Christmas Cheer)


Did you know that Echo Park offers free PDF files? Each file includes a project photo, step-by-step instructions and a complete supply list, making it easy for you to recreate a project as is or put your own spin on it. You'll find project ideas available for every Echo Park collection.

I created this simple Christmas card using Christmas Cheer. It was recently uploaded as a free PDF file. This design is easy to duplicate, so be sure to check it out, especially if you have a bunch of holiday cards to make. Christmas will be here before you know it. :)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Away Whee Go (Crate Paper Bundled Up)


We had a super windy, frigid winter last year. The weather didn't cooperate much in terms of being able to go sledding at the park like we usually do. Alexa had had enough of not being able to play outside, so she bundled up, convinced her dad to do the same, and headed outside to build a snowman on the patio. Later on, Tom pulled her all around the yard on her sled. As you can see by the look on her face in this photo (a photo I snapped from INSIDE the house where it was nice and warm), she had a good time . :)

I pulled out Crate Paper's Bundled Up from my stash and got to work. It's one of my favorite winter collections ever and I was down to pretty much just scraps. I also added in a bit of Bella Blvd., Simple Stories and pieces from various Paper Issues Swag Bags. I even broke out Heidi Swapp's silver mist to color the "S" monogram. Whoa! Me? Adding a bit of sparkle to a page? What will be next? LOL!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Free eBook: Simple Stories DIY Christmas Collection


Looking for a little holiday inspiration? Simple Stories recently released a new eBook featuring projects made with their DIY Christmas collection.

This is a free download (PDF) chock full of creative ideas, so be sure to check it out (plus you'll find two holiday cards I made in there). :)


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Card Share: Happy Happy Happy (Paper Issues Swag Bag)


Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a card that's happy, happy, happy (and I'm happy because it was so easy to pull together with the November Swag Bag from Paper Issues).


I think by now you've guessed that I tend to use a lot of embellishments on my projects. That's why I love the Paper Issues Swag Bags. You get a little bit of this and a little bit of that in every bag. If you really, really love something, you can order the whole pack or whole sheet of paper. If you try it, and like it, you can always order more. I sound like the Life cereal commercial from years ago, don't I? Try it, you'll like it! LOL!

The December Swag Bag, as well as a replenishment of the special edition Merry Memories Swag Bag (shown below), should be in the shop soon.



Paper Issues has also introduced a new 6-month Swag Bag subscription option. It's a great item to add to your holiday wish list.

As always, you can use the code LISA20 any time you shop to get 20% off of everything you buy, including Swag Bags.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Card Share (and a Sketch): Peace & Joy (Simple Stories DIY Christmas)


Hi everyone! I have some great news! A couple of new linky parties have joined the Paper Issues family. There's now a bi-weekly layout and card sketch link up and free cut file link up. You'll find links to both of these new additions right at the top of the Paper Issues blog.


I made this card for the debut of the card sketch link up. It's based on a card and sketch by my super talented fellow Paper Issues design team member, Corri Garza.

Here's a look at the sketch:




I hope you'll play along. Link up a project based on the layout sketch OR the card sketch (or both if you're feeling crafty) for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Issues shop. That $10 could get you a Swag Bag embellishment kit (or anything else of your choosing), and you can make that money go even further if you use the code LISA20 to get 20% off your order.

You have until November 21st to link up.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Paper Issues: Get Your Game On


A new linky party has started at Paper Issues. It's called Get Your Game On. Link your projects for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Issues shop. Who doesn't love a gift certificate and shopping for free scrapbooking supplies? :)

As always, there's a list of project ideas to link up right on the Paper Issues blog.

So go ahead, "get your game on, (and) go play."

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Goldenrod Taffy (Echo Park Made From Scratch)


I will admit to being a total snob when it comes to my choice of saltwater taffy. I've tried taffy from many states and many places, but the taffy Kisses made at the The Goldenrod in York Beach, Maine deserve a gold medal. They are simply the best and unlike anything else I've ever tried. I've been eating them since I was a kid (when we spent summers in Wells Beach, Maine) and visit the shop whenever we're in the area. You can even see them being made, from start to wrapped finish, through the store windows.

I've passed the love of this treat down to Alexa. She loves going to The Goldenrod too. Over the summer we made a trip to Massachusetts to see family and friends, and managed to sneak a half day in to visit Maine and made a stop at The Goldenrod. We bought a pound of our favorite flavors and transported them back to New York. :)

I guess I should tell you a bit about the layout. LOL! I used Echo Park's new Made From Scratch collection to document our love for this fine confection, also putting my Silhouette to good use (title, "sweet kisses" and the wrapped piece of candy). You'll also see a number of embellishments from various Paper Issues Swag Bags on here. I just love that bag of goodness. There's always plenty of tidbits in there that are perfect for whatever I happen to be working on. :)

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Shine Bright (Echo Park Home for the Holidays)


There's nothing like the allure of pretty presents under a Christmas tree, especially when you're a kid. Alexa is drawn to them, much like I was, picking up each one, shaking it, and trying to figure out what's inside. Sometimes Alexa's cat gets into the action too, clawing open a bit of the wrapping paper. Thankfully he hasn't ruined a surprise yet.

This photo isn't the best but I still wanted to scrap it. I changed it to black and white and sharpened it as best I could. Now the memory is documented (using Echo Park's new Home for the Holidays collection) and Alexa can look back at it in the years to come. That's what scrapping is all about, right?

Detail shots and a complete supply list for this layout can be found on the Echo Park blog.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Card Share: Halloween Favorites (Simple Stories Frankie and Friends)


Last week I shared a Halloween card made with Simple Stories Frankie and Friends collection and promised to show you one more this week. Well, here it is!

Both cards use the same type of embellishments layered on a 4x6 journaling spot — chipboard, stickers, die cuts and enamel dots — but have a completely different look.

I hope you had a great Halloween and didn't overindulge in candy. I like to get the stuff out of the house as quickly as possible so I'm not tempted to eat it. Thankfully Alexa likes to bring her loot to school and dance to share with her friends.

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