Monday, February 13, 2017

Stick it Down February Challenge

Happy Monday!
  It is time for another Stick It Down Sketch Challenge and the sketch for February is a really fun one. There are so many different options of what you could create with this layout. The design team also did an awesome job of creating a wide variety of projects so make sure you stop by and check out all of the layouts.

The sketch for February looks like:

I decided to work with hand stitching for this layout so I just traced and stitched circles of lots of different colors in the background for the main design element. 

Playing the the Shimelle Go Now Go collection and layering up all sorts of 6x6 patterned papers and pieces of ephemera completed the look. I kept my embellishments subtle to really highlight the photo and stitching details. Adding the little cork hearts and the tiny navy sticker hearts from Studio Calico tied everything together and added a little fun. I hope that you enjoy seeing what I created. Make sure to stop by Stick It Down and check out the rest of the projects. Make sure to leave us a link to a project you create with this month's sketch. I can't wait to see your work! Happy Crafting!!  

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SMS February Blog Hop

Happy Wednesday and Happy February! January was not a particularly kind month in my world so I am excited for a new beginning and all of the possibility that February holds!

As a great start, today is the SpiegelMom Scraps blog hop! We are collaborating with Accent Scrapbooking this month which is an amazing flair badge company. We all decided to design with a common sketch and allow our own unique styles to come thru. I know that you had to have just loved Hannah's project!

Here is the sketch that we worked with for this hop....

I love the details and loads of layers! I decided to pull out some leftovers from the Paige Evans Fancy Free collection for my layout today. I started with a beautiful piece of patterned paper that was all florals and decided to fussy cut and hand stitch the flowers and leaves. This was a super fun look to create and worked perfectly for integrating the flair badges and sequins throughout. Here are a few close-ups of my project as well as the accompanying process video.

The really was a fun look to create as I love creating layers and texture elements. Hand-stitching is a great way to do just that!

Please make sure to check out the process video below and to subscribe to my channel!

Thanks again for joining us for the February Blog Hop! If you would like more details about the specific products and sequin mixes that I used, make sure to check out the video link! You are now headed off to Katty's blog and you are going to LOVE the florals and details that she has created as well. Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Scrap the Boys Design Team and February Challenge

Good Morning! I am super excited to be starting work with the Scrap the Boys Design Team this month. I have loved watching and seeing all of their challenges over the past year and I am SO excited to be playing along now. This month, the challenge is to create a layout about something NEW. There are so many different ways to interpret this challenge which is part of the fun. I thought about creating something about new Christmas gifts or new goals for the year. I also could have created a layout about a new school year, playing a new sport, or new adventures whether big or small. I decided to create a layout about a small part of our travel adventures that we look forward to as a family...trying new restaurants and foods in new locations. You can see the layout I created below as well as watch the process video for more detailed information and my thought process.

I used two different boy product lines that I have been enjoying working with lately. One is from Crate Paper called Cool Kid and the other is from Bella Blvd. called Alex. Both collections coordinate really well together and allowed me to add in little elements from my older product stash which always makes me happy!

I hope that you enjoyed my take on this month's challenge and that you will visit the design team page to check out what the rest of the design team created. Please play along this month and share your work so that I can see what you are creating for the boys in your life as well. Happy Crafting!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Use Your Stuff: Animal Challenge

Happy Monday!
  Welcome to another challenge from the Use Your Stuff challenge blog. This week, we have been challenged to create a layout with some sort of animal theme. Whether you choose to scrap animal pictures, use cute animal ephemera, or include some kind of animal print is up to you! I do have a process video for this layout as well so make sure to stop by my channel and check that out too!!

I chose to work with this adorable photo of my youngest son who surprised me in the store one day with this tiger hat and mitts. He came up behind me and yelled "RRAAAWWWWRRRR" and it was just the cutest darn thing you have ever seen!

The minute that I saw this challenge, I knew this photo and story would be perfect! The Crate Paper Cool Kid collection still remains one of my favorites for documenting the stories of my boys and I am running low on goodies from it as I have created so many layouts with it already.

For this layout, I included a black and white background from Dear Lizzy's Saturday collection and added some hand stitching to make it my own and add some extra dimension.  I then added a lot of different details from the sticker sheet, 6x6 patterned paper pad, and some puffy stickers. I also used up a few old Studio Calico chipboard stars that have been in my stash forever. Anytime I get to use old things from my stash, I consider it a win win!!

Here's the process video for this layout as well...

Please stop by and check out the process video where I show you how it all came together! I would love if you watch, like, comment, and subscribe so that I can keep bringing you lots of free content! Please also make sure to check out the Use Your Stuff blog to see what the rest of the design team created and to leave us a link to your own project for this challenge. Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #400 Love, Valentine's Day

Happy Thursday!
Welcome back to another week of CRAFT challenges. This week, we have been challenged to create a love or Valentine's Day themed project. As usual, I like to create cards that are quick and easy but still show an interesting look.

I took a plain white cardstock base and added some dimensional texture paste (Heidi Swapp Teal)  thru a heart stencil to create the background. I also added a few polka dots with red Stickles to the background. I then layers two different doilies (one gold and one white). On top of this, I placed a glassine bag and then layered three different sized Valentine's tags to the card. I punched a few gold glitter hearts to add some additional sparkle and finished the tags with some black baker's twine. I love that little hedgehog tag on the front so I wanted that to be center stage. I included both photos so that you could see the tiny tag that is inserted into the glassine bag.

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope that you check out the projects from the rest of the design team over at CRAFT and also share a project of your own with us for this week's challenge. Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #399 Christmas

Happy Thursday!
It's time for another CRAFT challenge and this week, we are revisiting Christmas. I grabbed some leftover supplies from my Christmas stash before I put it all away and created this fun shaker card. I grabbed a Christmas tag and backed it with two different patterned papers. I then pulled out a bunch of snowflakes from the coordinating ephemera pack. I added some sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps to the 4x6 packet and sealed it up easily on the back. Those 4x6 fuse pockets are perfect for creating quick and easy shaker pockets.

Thanks so much for visiting! Make sure to head on over to the CRAFT website to check out the Christmas creations from the rest of the design team and to leave us a link to a Christmas project that you have created. Happy Crafting!!

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!!!