Using "Scraps" || Clique Kits

Happy, happy Friday!!!  I do love me some Fridays!  The May kit was revealed at Clique Kits yesterday and it is FABULOUS - full of the beautiful Rise & Shine collection by Amy Tangerine.

I am up on the blog today sharing a layout that I made with the kit.  I say it's made with "scraps", but that's not really true.  It's actually the first layout I made with the kit...but maybe you can see that it's a good concept to use your scraps with??

Here it is:

A closer look:

Isn't she a cute kid??

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Alphas, Stickers: American Crafts; Doily: Maya Road, Mist: Studio Calico


Clique Kits April Pep Rally

Hey, everyone!  It's pep rally time again for Clique Kits!!!  This month's kit was so much fun - chock full of yummy Pinkfresh Studio goodies - definitely a very fun kit.

The theme of this month's rally is celebrations.  Clique Kits turned one this month and that's definitely something to celebrate.  My celebration features my niece finding out that she's going to have a little brother.  My sister-in-law and I baked a cake so when she cut into it she'd find out if she was having a sister or brother.  Blue = boy....and she's pretty excited!

I also used this fun sketch designed by Becky Fleck from PageMaps:

This page didn't turn out quite how I wanted it to.  It's much too busy and doesn't flow correctly.  But sometimes you just have those days where the creative juices aren't flowing quite right :)

Here is the whole line up for today:

Hop along for a chance to win some fun stuff!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Stickers, Alphas, Die cuts, Rub ons: Pinkfresh Studio; Mist: Heidi Swapp


Gift Wrap Goodness || Pink & Orange

When Eric and I got married 3 years ago, our wedding colors were pink and orange.  Every year I try to mimic the wedding colors by wrapping his anniversary gift in pink and orange.  He usually gives me pink and orange flowers, so it’s a mutual thing J

This year I turned to my SpiegelMom Scraps supplies to wrap my gift.  Here’s what I came up with:

I wrapped the gift in the pretty pink ribbon first and then made a cluster of embellishments, including a shipping tag, doily and some wood veneers.  I even painted the wooden people pink and orange in an effort to be a bit clever!

Supplies from the store include:

I love that not only are the products from the store great for paper crafting, but they also work perfectly for creating pretty packages!  Do you use your scrap supplies to wrap gifts?

Paper Heart: Paper Source; Wood Veneers: Studio Calico; Clothespin: American Crafts; Doily, Ribbon, Tag, Sequins: Spiegelmom Scraps; Alpha, Transparency: Bella Blvd


Bella Blvd

Hey, everyone!!  I wanted to pop in today to share that I am begin introduced on the Bella Blvd blog today along with fellow design team member, Corri Garza!  I am still over-the-moon excited about this great opportunity.  I also wanted to share the layouts that I submitted for my application:



Thanks for popping in!  I hope you'll stop over to the Bella Blvd blog and say, "hi!"


The Studio || Sketch Challenge (Using SpiegelMom Scraps Products)

Good morning, everyone!!  There is a new challenge posted at The Studio this morning - and it's a sketch challenge...yaaaaaaaaay!  (I obviously love those!).

Here is the sketch:

And here is my layout:

A few cool things about this layout - I used a patterned paper background - that happens, like....NEVER!  It's a big step if I use something other than white cardstock.  I know it's silly, but I'm so proud of myself...haha.

The other cool thing about this layout is that you can get most of the embellies on this layout from the SpiegelMom Scraps store.  Here are the links to the products I used:

If you see anything that you want to buy from the store, used code KAT10 and you'll save 10%!

I hope you can play along with us at The Studio!

Patterned Paper: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts, Studio Calico; Alphas: Pink Paislee; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Sequins, Tag, Doilies, Washi Tape, Paperclip: SpiegelMom Scraps


Clique Kits || April Challenge

Good morning, everyone!!  The Clique Kits' April challenge is posted up on their blog this morning. This month's prize: a Me-ology pack from Fancy Pants!  I adore that collection - it's so bright and colorful and fun.

The rules for the challenge remain the same as always:

  • You may combine your challenge entry with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects on the CK post by April 30, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • You are not required to use Fancy Pants Designs products to link up but doing so does give you an extra entry
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post
Easy peasy, right?  For this month I created a Project Life spread using the April kit.  All those Pinkfresh goodies are too fun to resist!

Left Side:

Right side:

Thanks for stopping in!  I hope you can play along with the challenge this  month...and if you see any stuff from the store that you want to buy, make sure you use code KAT10 for your 10% discount!!

Page Protectors: Becky Higgins (Designs A & F); Journaling Cards, Alphas, Enamel Hearts, Patterned Paper, Stickers, Die Cuts: Pinkfresh Studio; Wood Veneers: Pink Fresh Studio, Studio Calico; Staples: Tim Holtz


Project Read || March Wrap-Up

Hey, everyone!  I'm still going strong on my Project Read, although this month was a close one - I managed to squeeze in two books last week to eeeeek out my three for the month.  Here's what I read this month:

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – So…I love Gillian Flynn books, but I will admit they are not for everyone.  They are dark and they are graphic.  And I’m not usually a dark girl, but I just really love her books for some reason.  Dark Places was no exception.  Dark Places is the story of Libby Day.  Libby was seven years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered.  She managed to escape and later testified that it was her brother, Ben, who murdered them.  As an adult, she meets a group of people who are obsessed with the case of her family’s murder…and they don’t think Ben did it.  Soon they have Libby questioning everything about the case and she becomes desperate to find out what really happened the day her family was killed.  This story is told from the perspective of present-day Libby, 1980s Ben, and 1980s Patty Day (Libby’s mom).  If you love dark thrillers, I highly recommend this book!

The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell – How does one unknown author create a bestseller?  How did “Sesame Street” become so successful?  How did hush puppy shoes become so popular?  Gladwell answers all these questions and more in The Tipping Point.  This book talks about the factors that create a “social epidemic” – those little things that happen that make something ordinary tip into something extraordinary.  It’s a fascinating read filled with multiple case studies that will leave you thinking about ways to create your own epidemic to better the world.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – This book was recommended to me last month by Stephanie Ho and I am so glad that I took her recommendation to heart.  After reading the other two books this month, I was looking for something light-hearted, fun and most importantly feel-good.  This book certainly hit the mark.  Lincoln is the internet security officer for a newspaper, which basically means he reads people’s emails while working the night shift.  If someone uses a word that is suspicious, the email gets flagged, Lincoln reads it and then sends a warning.  However, when the system flags an email between Beth & Jennifer, he has no desire to send them a warning; he finds their emails to be entertaining and funny.  As the emails progress he finds himself actually falling for Beth, without even knowing what she looks like.  This is such a cute, cute story and highly recommended.  In fact, it was so cute and fun that I finished it in just two days!!

As always, I am open to suggestions - please let me know: what should I read this year??