CardMaker Magazine + Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

Good morning everyone!!  Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine + Pretty Pink Posh blog hop.  There are a ton of cute projects along the hop today to get you feeling inspired :)

We were so lucky to participate in this hop because Pretty Pink Posh sent us a lot of great goodies to play with.

For my card today, I dove right into the Friendship sequin mix and the Friends Forever stamp set.  The stamp set had these cool single petal stamps so you could basically build your own flowers, which is what I did.  I created 5, 6 and 7-petal flowers, colored them in with some Tombow markers and finished them off by adding the pretty sequins in as the flower centers.  I'm really happy with how it all came together:

I feel like this card is perfect to kick off the Spring season!

Make sure to keep hopping.  The next stop is the uber-talented Stephanie Gold.  And if you need to start at the beginning, you can do so at the CardMaker Magazine blog!

Patterned Paper: Lil Inker Designs; Stamps, Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh; Markers: Tombow; Adhesive: Elmer's; Fringe Scissors: Martha Stewart

Anything Goes Issue || Paper Issues

Good morning, everyone!  Paper Issues' March Issue is an Anything Goes issue.  Literally.  Make anything you want and you're automatically eligible for the challenge.  Gotta love that!

For my layout I decided to dive into the new Meow collection from My Mind's Eye.  Honestly, it's a little weird that I got this collection because I don't have a cat.  But I just loved the cute color scheme and fun patterns of the collection, so I purchased the 6x6 paper pad and the puffy stickers.  I couldn't resist.  Plus I do have a few photos of my Mom's cat, Runt, that I knew I could scrap.  I know.  I have issues.  That's the point of Paper Issues.  LOL.

Anyways, after that super long explanation, here's my layout, complete with a cute cat picture and lots of pink and green goodness:

If you like this collection, you can still pick it up in the Paper Issues store.  Make sure to use code KAT20 when you check out, regardless of what you purchase, to save 20% off your entire order!  And make sure you play along with this month's issue to be eligible for a prize!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Alphas: Fancy Pants Designs; Everything Else: My Mind's Eye


Paper Issues Spring Crop

Hello everyone!  Paper Issues has an awesome crop event going on this weekend on their Facebook page.  There are a ton of amazing challenges with fun prizes up for grabs!

I participated in a few challenges included the Saturday Selfie challenge, in which you have to scrap...duh, a selfie!  :)  I used Bella Blvd's new Make Your Mark collection for this one:

I also participated in The Color of Spring challenge, which asked you to keep your layout monochromatic.  I went with a mix of pretty, pink products for this one:

I hope you can play along with us.  You have until next week to enter!

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Bella Blvd

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; Die Cuts: Crate Paper, Pink Paislee; Chipboard: Crate Paper; Alphas, Stars: Bella Blvd; Stickers: Crate Paper; Mist: Heidi Swapp


Paper Issues Product Spotlight || Cocoa Vanilla Studio Wild at Heart

Good morning, everyone!  It's one of my favorite prompts at Paper Issues today: Product Spotlight!  I love the product spotlights because they give me a great reason to use of some of my new, pretty products...that I would otherwise hoard.

Today's product spotlight is all about Cocoa Vanilla's Wild at Heart collection.  Have you seen it? OMG...it is so, so pretty.  Not my normal style because it's very floral-y, but it's amazing.

It was the perfect collection for me to use to scrap these pictures of my cute niece:

I can't wait to play with it more!!

Want the collection?  Make sure to use KAT20 at checkout and you'll get 20% off your entire purchase!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Doily: Studio Calico; Everything Else: Cocoa Vanilla Studio


Paper Issues' Scraplfit Sunday

Good evening everyone!  Every Sunday on the Paper Issues Facebook page there is a Scraplift Sunday challenge posted.  I played along with this past Sunday's lift and it was a blast!!  We were asked to lift this stunner by Amanda-Jayne Baldwin:

I loved the background work she did, so I decided to replicate that idea with a star instead.  Then I layered on a bunch of Bella Blvd goodness and came up with this creation:

A little different from my normal, but SO MUCH FUN to create!

Hope you can play along with us!!


Make a Wish || Jillibean Soup

Good morning everyone!  HAPPY WEEKEND!!  I wanted to pop in and share a layout that I had on the Jillibean Soup blog a few days ago.

We finally got to play with the fun new collections and I dove right in.  For this layout I used the new Souper Celebration collection.  I also tried something a little different (for me).  I don't do a lot of hand-stitching anymore since I like to get layouts done pretty quickly, but for this layout I couldn't resist adding some minor stitching details around the stars I had cut out for background.  I really like the effect.

Once I had my background done, I layered on my photos and minimal embellies and called it complete!  

The new collections should be available for purchase soon!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Doily: SpiegelMom Scraps; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup


CardMaker Magazine Blog + Grafix Blog Hop

Good morning, everyone!  Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine Blog + Grafix blog hop!

I have to say, I had so much fun creating this project.  I worked with the Grafix Essentials Shrink Wrap...and what an amazing product!!  Basically, you draw on a clear plastic sheet (my instruments of choice were a colorful array of sharpies), bake it...and then amazingness happens.  Seriously, your artwork turns into tiny acrylic-like pieces.  I was totally amazed.  Take a look at the before and after pictures (and please excuse my horrible photography skills, as I was just snapping some pics with my iPhone during the process and hadn't originally planned on sharing them, but then I was too amazed not to!):

In the end I decided to throw these cute little pieces into a shaker card with a few sequins mixed in:

I can't get over how much fun this product was to use!!

I am actually the last artist stop on the hop today, so head back over to the Grafix site and browse through all the pretty stuff over there.  They have a whole range of crazy cool products and a lot of awesome project ideas.  If you joined the hop at my site, head back to the CardMaker Magazine Blog to see the whole list of artists and begin the Grafix journey.

Thanks for stopping in...happy hopping!

Card Base, Shaker Pocket: Jillibean Soup; Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Shrink Wrap: Grafix; Adhesive: Elmer's


Scrapping with a 6x6 Paper Pad || Paper Issues

Good morning, everyone!  I am on the Paper Issues blog this morning to share with you one of my go-to techniques for scrapping with a 6x6 paper pad.  This is one of my favorite layout designs and I probably make some version of it 2-3 times a year.  I love that this design is an easy way to incorporate so many different patterns and stickers into one layout.

For today's layout, I chose to work with the new Oasis line from Crate Paper.  I love this collection, but it's very tropical, so I knew I wouldn't get a chance to use it too often.  Because of that I decided to purchase the 6x6 paper pad, so I could still get all the pretty patterns without breaking the bank.

I then picked out a few of my favorite patterns, cut them into tiny strips and layered them on top of one another.  I then went back in and layered in some of the stickers and sprinkled around gold sequins and pink mist. 

The end result is a layout that's totally me - a lot of colors and patterns, but not overwhelming.

Do you use 6x6 paper pads in your scrapping adventures?

Thanks for stopping in...if you're interested in grabbing the Oasis collection from the Paper Issues store (or anything else), don't forget to use code KAT20 at checkout for 20% off your entire order!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Stickers: Crate Paper; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Mist, Date Stamp: Heidi Swapp