Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Card Share: Don't Quit Your Daydream

This card makes me think of spring. I think it's the soft floral mixed with the woodgrain paper. Once again I pulled out various Paper Issues Swag Bags. This card came together in no time, using three 3x4 papers and a few bits from my stash (new and old).

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Paper Issues: Eggs-cellent Add-ventures with 17turtles

A new linky party has started at Paper Issues. It's called Eggs-cellent Add-ventures, sponsored by 17turtles digital cut files by Juliana Michaels.

Not only is the theme about spring, Passover, Easter and egg hunts, it's also about math, adventures, die cuts, cut files and much more. I went with a school/math theme on my page, using die cuts along with a die cut title (and there's a round plus sign sticker tucked in there too).

Come play along for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to 17turtles. Juliana has also offered up a discount code for you to use in the 17turtles shop: PI17TURTLES25. It's good for 25% off any order placed through April 12.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Card Share: Sunny Side Up

If you are looking for the First Class Pens giveaway and coupon codes, please go here.

I'm on a bit of a card kick lately, partly because I'm having fun using my Paper Issues Swag Bags, but also because a certain young lady in this house doesn't like to have her picture taken as much as she used to, leaving me with fewer layouts to create. What's a girl to do? Make cards! At least I'll have plenty on hand, whatever the occasion. :)

I suppose I could dig through what my blogging friend, Lynn, refers to as her "way back box", but I haven't been motivated to do that. It means scrapping photos from long ago and documenting more of your family history. :)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Card Share: You Fill My Heart

If you are looking for the First Class Pens giveaway and coupon codes, please go here.

I know Valentine's Day has long past, but I couldn't resist making a love-themed card. The text paper is from Paper Issues February Swag Bag. I added in items from my stash and product I've gotten from the Paper Issues store. It will be fun to pull this out next year and decide who I'm going to give it to. :)

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Card Share: I Am Me (Simple Stories I Am) and a Giveaway (NOW CLOSED)

Hi everyone! This is a long post so bear with me because there's a "first class" giveaway at the end that will make it all worth it. :)

Paper Issues is having their very first online crop. There are 24 challenges. You have until March 29th to post your projects to the challenges you'd like to participate in. There are a ton of great sponsors and prizes, including two grand prizes — one is a 6-month Swag Bag subscription and the other is a Paper Issues tote bag made by Parker on the Porch and filled with Bella Blvd. product. There's also a challenge where you are playing to win a four-month term on the Paper Issues design team! Pretty cool, right?

My challenge is called Alphabet Soup. The prize is a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Issues storeAs an example, I created a card using Simple Stories gorgeous new I Am collection. Individual alpha stickers, dictionary vellum (plenty of alphas on that!), a typewriter and sentiment stickers are the perfect ingredients for Alphabet Soup. :)

Now it's your turn...Create a new, never-before-seen project (layout, card, tag or pocket page), using any product you'd like but you must use alphas in some manner on your project. Think individual stickers, word die cuts, subway art, fonts, and even typewriters. Have fun with it! Thinking outside of the box is always welcome!

You have until Sunday 3/29 to add your project to the Alphabet Soup challenge album (or corresponding album for any of the other challenges you'd like to participate in) in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group to be eligible for the prizes.

As if there aren't plenty of prizes being given away already, I have a giveaway for you too, a "first class" giveaway in fact. As many of you know, my husband makes beautiful hand turned, hand crafted, one-of-a-kind writing instruments and bottle stoppers from a variety of materials. One randomly chosen winner (sorry, but this is for U.S. residents only) will have their choice of one of the two pens shown below (because what complements paper better than a beautiful writing instrument?) All you need to do is leave a comment saying which pen you'd choose if you won — the Trim Line Chrome Pen in Purple Haze Acrylic (left) or the Wall St. II Chrome Pen in Black Marbled Acrylic (right). You have until Sunday 3/29 at midnight EDT to leave a comment.

If you'd like to see more of Tom's work, please visit and "favorite" his Etsy shop, First Class Pens. You can use one of the following codes when you shop (good through 3/31):

CROP10 = 10% off any purchase over $20
CROPFREESHIP = Free shipping plus one (1) free pen refill

You can also "like" First Class Pens on Facebook to keep up on the most recent additions to the store. These items are special, timeless gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, holidays, and so much more! Plus, there's always the option of treating yourself. :)

I will announce the winner of the pen on my blog and in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group on 4/1. Good luck and happy crafting!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Card Share: Happy Just Because (American Crafts DIY)

There's an American Crafts DIY collection feature on the Paper Issues blog today, put together by the ever-fabulous Sherri Funk. This card is my contribution. I love the textures in this collection, from the vellum, to the polka dot (!) burlap, to the sparkle of the gold heart.

If you're looking for some beautiful inspiration on how to use the products in the DIY collection, pop on over to the Paper Issues blog and have a look.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Card Share: Better Kiss Me Love

Top 'o the mornin' to you on this fine St. Patrick's Day. Are you wearing green today? Can you believe I don't own a single piece of green clothing?

I guess I'll stick to using green in my crafting endeavors instead. I used scraps from my stash to create this card (Jillibean Soup, My Mind's Eye and Simple Stories), along with a couple of newer items. Alexa went to town piling on every green crayon she owns when she styled this card. :)

Rather than go monochromatic and stick with only shades of green, I added yellow, blue and orange to complement the floral patterned paper. As Kermit the frog says, "It's not easy being green." :)

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Paper Issues: Painting by the Numbers with Waffle Flower Crafts

Hi everyone! A new linky party just started at Paper Issues. It's called Painting by the Numbers, sponsored by Waffle Flower Crafts.

Come play along for a chance to win a Waffle Flower stamp set, the same one the design team used on their projects (so there's plenty of inspiration on the Paper Issues blog). It's called the Calendar Numbers set and it's perfect for those of you with planners or for when you want to "personalize" a birthday or anniversary card and of course you can use it on all sorts of other projects too.

You'll find ideas for the types of projects you could link up to this issue on the Paper Issues blog. Just to give you an idea, I went with the numbers part of the theme on my layout (shown above), adding in Alexa's age with stickers, a calendar sticker and a clothing tag from one of her favorite stores — Forever 21.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Card Share: Think Happy

I combined a number of 3x4 cards from various Paper Issues Swag Bags to make this card. These papers, from Heidi Swapp, American Crafts and Studio Calico, all contained shades of aqua and grey so I used them to create the base of the card, added some stitching and took it from there.

I owe a big thank you to Alexa for the photo styling. She has a good eye and loves going around the house to find props to match my creations. This time she chose one of her hair accessories and a jar of sea shells.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Card Share: Best Day

Alexa sorted the 3x4 papers I have from various Paper Issues Swag Bags and paired them up based on color and pattern. This card was made from one of those combos. I loved watching her sort through the papers and describe why she was putting certain papers together. She picked up on things I hadn't even noticed.

In terms of embellishments, I went with mostly wood veneer to complement the woodgrain background on the bird paper. In the process it allowed me to add in pops of color because no project is complete until I've done that (and some sewing too). :)

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Card Share: Lucky Lucky March (Paper Issues Pinspire Me Monday)

It's time for a new Pinspire Me Monday at Paper Issues:

My card (above) was influenced by the rainbows of color, shamrocks and round text circle in the inspiration piece.

Create something based on this piece and post it to the Pinspire Me Monday thread in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by April 6th for a chance to win one of two pinspire-themed goodie bags. If you share your project on Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #paperissuespinspireme.

If you haven't joined the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group yet, click on the link above, then click "add". You'll not only find a fun group of women, all with paper issues just like us, but you'll get advance notice of sales and product arrivals, discount codes and so much more! There's always something happening (like an online crop being held 3/20 through 3/29 with a number of great prizes and sponsors, including a spot on the Paper Issues design team and a 6-month Swag Bag subscription) plus it's a fun place to hang out. You can RSVP right here.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Card Share: Hello & Hugs (Pink Paislee Bella Rouge)

Hi everyone! Today I'm back to share another card I created with goodies from various Paper Issues Swag Bags. I pulled this one together with 3x4 papers from Pink Paislee's super pretty Bella Rouge collection. Pink and yellow look so fresh and pretty together, don't you agree?

Once again, Alexa played photo stylist, using one of the nips alcohol bottles (no worries, it's empty) from her collection. My Dad started collecting them as a young man and amassed quite a collection. If I remember correctly, my grandfather passed his collection on to my Dad. Alexa has a glass bird, a panda, a book, an old-fashioned seltzer bottle and a couple of others. They're really very interesting, like small pieces of art/home decor. I'm thinking I need to do a layout about these bottles and their history...

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Card Share: Good People Bring Out the Good in People (Crate Paper Kiss Kiss)

I've been playing around with my Paper Issues Swag Bags again. The 3x4 papers are perfect for card making, plus I couldn't resist these pretty papers from Crate Paper's Kiss Kiss collection. Crate Paper may have intended it to be a Valentine's Day collection, but look how versatile it is if I can create an all-occasion card from it.

Before I go I need to give a big thanks to Alexa, who styled this card (and others I'll be sharing in the coming weeks). She enjoys doing it, plus it kept her busy during school vacation.

Have a great day! I'll be back tomorrow with a new project.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Paper Issues: Enamored with Enamel with Paper Camellia

There's a brand new linky party happening at Paper Issues. It's called Enamored with Enamel, sponsored by Paper Camellia Kit Club.

I used Paper Camellia's January Everyday Life Kit, January Add-On Kit and coordinating acrylic pieces to create my card.

You have two weeks to link your projects for a chance to win Paper Camellia's March Main Kit so don't miss out. It's a beauty! Here's a little sneak peek at the kit:

You'll find all of the details, as well as suggested ideas for linking up, right on the Paper Issues blog. The great thing is, you can link up something new or you can link up something you've already made. That makes it easy, right?

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