Monday, January 16, 2017

Stick It Down--January Sketch Challenge

Happy Monday! Welcome to another month of Stick It Down sketches. This month I am in LOVE with the sketch. There is enough simplicity to allow for lots of interpretation differences. If you haven't seen all of the different takes by the design team, you absolutely must check them out. I was BLOWN AWAY!! Here is the lovely sketch this month....

I worked with the Fancy Pants Golden Days collection to create this fun layout centered around baking and making cookies for my son's classroom cookie exchange. Below, you can check out the whole layout as well as a few close-up photos.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my layout as well as the sketch for this month. Make sure to stop by the Stick It Down blog to check out the work of the rest of the design team and to create a layout using this sketch that you can share with us as well. Happy Crafting!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #398: Box or Bag

Happy Thursday!

Welcome back to another week of CRAFT challenges. This week, we are being challenged to create a project with either a box or a bag. I decided to show a recent project that I have been working on to create candy goodie bags for Valentine's Day.

To create this look, I took a glassine bag and filled it with small pieces of individually wrapped candy. I then took a cut file that I had previously used and decreased it in size to make it the right size for the project. I backed each section of the cut file with a different patterned paper. I then took a 4 inch doily and colored it with mists in matching colors. Add a few thicker stickers to the bottom of the bag. Super easy! Last step....layer it all together and clip it with a glittered clothespin.

I hope that you will visit us over at CRAFT and check out the creations from the rest of the design team as well as to share a project that you create for this challenge. Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SpiegelMom Scraps & Cuts2Luv Product Swap and Blog Hop!

Good morning and thank you so much for joining us for this super fun product swap between SpiegelMom Scraps and Cuts2Luv! The products from these two companies go SO well together and I really had fun with this project. I hope that you enjoy the photos of my project. Please also make sure to click on the YT link to watch the process video that goes along with it!! Remember to leave comments on all the designer blogs to be entered to win fabulous prizes from each company!

For this project, I used a lot of fun goodies from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa collection. The background papers are a combination of products from different collections including: Felicity Jane basics, Fancy Pants Merry and Bright, Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa, and the Hip Kit Club. All of the flair on the layout came from Cuts2Luv and from the SpiegelMom Scraps store I used the Wedding Bells sequin mix as well as the eight inch lace doilies. Please enjoy the close-ups below and check out the process video to see more detailed information about my process and thoughts while creating this project.

Thanks so much for being here! Now you’re off to Valerie’s blog. I know you will absolutely adore her project as well. Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #397 Recipe

Happy Thursday and welcome to another round of CRAFT challenges. For this week, we were challenged to use a recipe to create our project. The recipe includes: one image, two papers, and three flowers. As you can see, I added a couple of extra flowers to this design but I just love how it turned it.

As always, I kept with my theme of quick and easy cards. The main oval card is from a Ruby Violet journaling notecard set. I added a few diecut flowers and leaves and put dimensional adhesive behidn the smaller ones to make them pop off the card. I then pulled out my most favorite alphabet stamps from Crafty Jen Schow for Felicity Jane and used those to stamp the "hello spring" title. I also grabbed a sediment stamp and added that to the top. I chose a couple of patterned paper pieces to mount the entire card front on and I was done. Quick, easy, and super cute!

I hope that you will join us this week and create your own project with our recipe. Do stop by and check out the creations from the rest of the design team. Make sure to share what you create over on the CRAFT blog!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Let's Get Sketchy Guest Designer Call

Happy Wednesday!!
   I wanted to share a fun opportunity with you all today. My friends over at Let's Get Sketchy are having a Guest Designer call. It is super easy and fun to apply! All you have to do it create a layout based upon the sketch below...All of the instructions for how to apply can be found on the Let's Get Sketchy blog by clicking here.

Here is the amazing sketch....

I had a great time working with this sketch and here is a little peek at my layout....

I hope that you will consider creating a layout and applying to be a guest designer for Let's Get Sketchy! Happy Crafting!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017: Reflecting and Goal Setting

Hey everyone!

One year ago today I was sitting here typing a post about getting myself out there. Starting to share creatively, starting a blog, beginning a You Tube channel, and working for design teams. In 2016, I did those things. Not all well but I can honestly look back and jumped and started to get my feet wet.

Did everything work perfectly? nope.
Did I accomplish everything that I wanted to? nope.
Did I experience some successes? YES!
Did I grow and change? Absolutely!

This past year has been one of immense change. I moved into a new house, grew in my career goals, started a doctoral program, and worked to build the beginning foundation of a creative presence. I grew my Instagram account (although not as much as I would have liked). I grew my You Tube channel in the last nine months and learned a TON along the way there. I worked on several different design teams and collaborated with lots of amazingly talented crafters. Those were definite successes! I made some great friends out there in the world and that has been the most rewarding and amazing part.

So now....onward and upward! 2017....I am SO excited to start a new year. I have some pretty lofty goals and aspirations. I am still plugging away on my life goals and career goals. I have finished the first course of my doctoral program and moved right into the second. I am going to play along with the One Little Word community this year and my word (I think) is going to be SEEK. I want to SEEK knowledge...SEEK adventures...SEEK clarity...SEEK wisdom...SEEK opportunities...SEEK balance. It is going to be SO exciting!!!

In my crafty life....I have some HUGE aspirations. I can't wait to start some new collaborations and explore some new design team opportunities. I want to keep working to figure out this Instagram follower business (seriously weird stuff...but come follow my feed if you don't already :) @redefinedkreative.  I can't wait to continue to grow my You Tube channel because that is where I am loving my social media presence and community the most. I can't wait to meet more people, explore more opportunities, and grow my crafty contributions even more. I am loving every step of this adventure and can't wait to see what 2017 brings. I hope you will stick around, follow me on Instagram, interact and converse with me in Facebook groups, and check out my You Tube channel.

Here's to another year of great adventures!!
Bring it on, 2017!!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Stick it Down--December Sketch Challenge

Welcome back to another month of sketches with Stick It Down! This month's sketch was a little bit more challenging for me but I ended up having a lot of fun creating with it. The sketch for the single page design team this month was focused on a large initial letter with very little embellishing given. You can see the sketch below...

I decided that I wanted to focus on a Christmas themed layout for this particular design and I had a photo from a past trip on the Polar Express that I thought would be perfect. I used a font on my computer to create a fancy letter "S" to stand for Santa and made my title (Santa's Magic) part of the large letter title. I decided to cut that letter out of red velvet paper to mimic Santa's suit and then stitched with some gold thread to add some detail. I cut the arrow out the same way and stitched there as well. I added a few layers of patterned paper and tissue paper with some Tim Holtz Candied Apple distress ink as well as some gold accents and red sequins to finish the look. The mirror embellishments are from Pink Fresh Studios and the sequins are from SpiegelMom Scraps. 

I hope that you enjoyed seeing what I created with this month's sketch and that you will also play along with this sketch. Make sure to share your layout over at Stick It Down!  Happy Crafting!!!