5.20.2015

Clique Kits' May Pep Rally

Hey, everyone!!!  Welcome to Clique Kits' May Pep Rally!  The kit this month was SO MUCH FUN! I loved all the Amy Tangerine goodness combined with the exclusive CK journaling cards and flair - it was such a colorful kit that you couldn't help but be happy when you played with it!

I mentioned in my last post that I am waaaaaaaay behind on Project Life this year.  I need to catch up - badly.  So, here is my first attempt at getting back on track:

I kept my spread very simple.  I let the bright fun colors sort of speak for themselves, plus I seriously loved Lacey's journaling cards this month - the water-colored stripes card is my fave - I wish I had a whole set of them!!

Here is the full line up for the hop today:

Kat (Me!!!)

I hope you have a fun time hopping - there are prizes up for grabs!!  ;0)  Thanks so much for stopping in!

Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design F); Patterned Paper, Stickers, Stencil, Washi Tape, Alphas: American Crafts; Mist: Studio Calico; Journaling Cards: Clique Kits

5.17.2015

PL 2015 || Week 9

So, ummm.....yeah....this year I have had a really hard time keeping up with my Project Life.  I don't know why...I just haven't been motivated to do it, which is really sad, because I do love the project. On the flip side, I've been having a ton of fun making traditional layouts again, so that's definitely a positive.  I am really hoping to catch up on my PL for the year this summer...I will have a few WEEKS off (yes, for real!), so I have big creative plans during that time.

For now, we will go back in time to week 9...the week it snowed, which is a really big deal in NC:

On this spread I used the wood veneer snowflakes from the SpiegelMom Scraps store.  I heat embossed them with silver powder to give it that pretty look.  

Other store items I used include the Studio Calico wood veneer hearts & arrows and the Holiday Stars sequins.  If you see anything in the store that you like, make sure to use code KAT10 at checkout to save 10% on your purchase!

Thanks for popping in!!

Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design F); Patterned Paper: Doolebug Design; Alphas: American Crafts, Simple Stories; Wood Veneer: American Crafts, Studio Calico; Journaling Cards: Becky Higgins (Sunshine Edition); Label Sticker: Simple Stories; Staples: Tim Holtz; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps

5.10.2015

The Studio || Color Combo Challenge

Good morning, everyone!  Happy Mother's Day to all those Moms out there!!  

There is a new challenge up at The Studio this morning - and it's a fun color combo challenge: use pink, gold and black on your project!  I was so happy about this.  E just bought the Pink Paislee Bella Rouge collection for me as an NSD present (yes, seriously, he's awesome), so I was excited to play with it:

I was also inspired by the current Sketchy Saturday at Paper Issues.  I've never played along with them before, but may have to start :)  I loved filling in all the little circles with random embellies - this layout is not really in keeping with my normal style, but it was so much fun to make that I think it may be something I do again soon!

I also used some gold doilies and the Fairy Tale sequin mix from SpiegelMom Scraps.  The gold doilies are not in stock anymore, but Jody does have some awesome white ones that I love to use!

Thanks for popping in - I hope you can play along with us at The Studio this month!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Bella Rouge; Alphas: Queen & Co (Rhinestone Pink); Studio Calico (Cork); Chipboard "Beautiful", Phrase Stickers: Heidi Swapp; Puffy Hearts, Chipboard Stars, Chipboard Circles: Studio Calico; Punches: Martha Stewart, EK Success; Sequins, Doily: SpiegelMom Scraps; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye

5.07.2015

Clique Kits || Playing with the Carnival Kit

Hi, all!!  I'm popping in to share two layouts that I recently made with the May kit from Clique Kits. The kit, Carnival, is full of a lot of amazing Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine goodness.  Swoon.  

The first layout I have is actually up on the blog today.  I cut apart the awesome exclusive background cut file that came with this month's kit to create a nice, flowy, circle-filled layout:

The second layout was made for the monthly challenge (you can create ANYTHING!).  I really wanted to use a lot of the fun patterns on one layout, so I came up with this:

The prize up for grabs this month is a stamp prize pack from MommyLhey Designs.  I hope you can play along with us!  And as always, if you see something that you like in the CK store, be sure to use the code KAT10 at checkout to get 10% off your order!!

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Flair, Cut File: Clique Kits; Mist: Studio Calico; Everything else: American Crafts

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Doily: Maya Road; Mist: Studio Calico; Everything else: American Crafts

5.04.2015

NSD with Bella Blvd

Hey, everyone!  Are you recovering from all the NSD festivities?  I still have a lot of challenges that I hope to participate in over the next week.  I did want to pop in and share an NSD layout that I had on the Bella Blvd blog on Saturday.  We were tasked to do an "all about me" page and answer five questions about ourselves.  Here is my layout:

I LOVE the rainbow color scheme...when you make a rainbow layout, it's always going to turn out looking good.  Always.  It's science.  :o)

Thanks for popping in!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything else: Bella Blvd

5.03.2015

SpiegelMom Scraps + Southern Girls Blog Hop

Happy NSD all!  We are totally excited that you’ve joined us this weekend for this extra special blog hop.  SpiegelMom Scraps and the Southern Girls Challenge Blog owners and Design Teams have united and are aspiring to inspire YOU!  This hop has such wide variety of paper crafting styles and media being used that it’s sure to knock your socks off.   So, it’s time to grab your favorite beverage (depending on the time of day where you live), a yummy treat and get ready to click & scroll your way to some fabulous inspiration! 

Yesterday I shared my first SpeigelMom Scraps layout of the weekend for the sketch challenge.  Today, I have two more layouts to share with you.  The first one is a layout that I made using one of Jody’s card sketches.  Here is the sketch: 


Here is my layout:

Items from the SMS store:

My second layout was made for the treasure hunt challenge that was posted on Facebook yesterday.  We were supposed to use a product that we had never removed from the packaging, something gold, something cork and an office supply.

Here is my take: 

Items from the SMS store:
Black & White Skinny Chevron Washi
Cork Chevrons
Green Chevron Ribbon
Studio Calico Hearts & Arrows Wood Veneer
Chic Tags Moments Wood Veneer


And proof that my Teresa Collins brads had not been previously used (ha!):

I hope you join us for the Facebook challenges…you still have all day to play and enter to win some seriously awesome prizes!

Here’s the whole blog hop line up:

Kat Benjamin (That’s me!!)



Thanks for stopping in!!! Enjoy the hop!!

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Wood Veneers: Studio Calico; Tags, Sequins, Doilies: SpiegelMom Scraps; Mist: Heidi Swapp

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico; Brads: Teresa Collins; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico, Chic Tags; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Die Cut: Bella Blvd; Washi, Paperclip, Cork Chevrons, Doilies: SpiegelMom Scraps

5.02.2015

NSD with SpiegelMom Scraps (+ a sketch!)

Good morning, everyone!  HAPPY (INTER)NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY!  Only the best day ever!  Haha!

SpeigelMom Scraps is kicking it off this morning with a new challenge - we are going to have 4 total today and you can play along for a chance to win an AWESOME prize!

The first challenge is a sketch challenge using a sketch designed by yours truly:


Here's my take on it:

I've been hoarding these Basic Grey papers for a while now and decided I should put them to use!! Here are the supplies I used from the SMS shop:


I hope you can stop by and play along with us!!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Alphas: Basic Grey; Journaling Cards: Becky Higgins; Die Cuts, Chipboard, Mist: Heidi Swapp; Cork Hearts, Doilies, Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps