Masquerade Ball Pep Rally

Hey, everyone!!  Today is a fun day - it's my first Clique Kits pep rally.  If you are unfamiliar with the CK pep rally, it's really just a fun little blog hop with CK design team AND subscribers.  Such a cool and unique way to share our work with each other and get to know each other in the CK community a little better.  I love the concept!

I have two layouts to share today.  The first one goes with the monthly theme:

I am so glad I live in a world where
there are Octobers--L.M. Montgomery

October has been great because seriously, in what other month would I get to see my cute niece playing in a corn pit?  I mean seriously.  Cutest kid ever.  This layout includes the October kit, plus the sew easy template which is available in the CK store here.  I am pretty much obsessed with that thing right now (which is obvious since my second layout uses it, too!)

My second layout is a just-for-fun layout.  It includes a picture from my wedding day (yes, I'm still scrapping pictures from the wedding that was over 2 years ago...don't judge!).  I've scrapped this photo before, but I didn't really like the results.  And since this is one of my favorite pictures from our wedding, I needed to do it justice.  I loved all the orange in the kit and knew instantly that it was perfect for this photo.

So, now that you've stopped by my little corner of the blogoshpere, I hope you will keep on hopping. If you leave a comment on every blog, you are entered to win a $10 gift card to the CK store.  Win! Here is the full list:
November's Clique Kit is seriously awesome, so if you are considering subscribing, now is definitely the time to do it.  And if use code KAT10, you can even get a 10% discount on your next CK purchase!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!  

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Diecuts, Stickers: Basic Grey; Confetti Mix: Clique Kits; Sew Easy Template: We R Memory Keepers; Wooden Chevrons: Pinkfresh Studio; Black and Gold Twine: Knot & Bow; Alphas: October Afternoon; Staples: Tim Holtz

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey; Sew Easy Template, Embroidery Floss: We R Memory Keepers; Wooden Chevrons: Pinkfresh Studio; Mist: Heidi Swapp
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A Little Bit of Everything...

...went into this layout.  This is one of those layouts I made by just grabbing stuff laying around my scrap desk.  Glad I got some sequins and sparkly things included in it, as well as a new cut file from The Cut Shoppe!  Not too sure how I feel about the finished product - its a little bit all over the place, but I can't decide if that's bad or not...ha!

In other news, stop back by on Wednesday for the monthly Clique Kits pep rally - you're bound to be inspired if you participate in that fun little hop!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Journaling Cards: Studio Calico, Simple Stories; Cut File: The Cut Shoppe; Glitter Chipboard, Paper Border: Heidi Swapp; Puffy Stickers: Twine & Ink, Evalicious; Sequins, Wood Veneer Letters, Mist: Studio Calico; Chipboard Circles, Badge: Hello Forever for Studio Calico; Paper Tags: Elle's Studio; Stickers: Chic Tags, Bella Blvd; Clip: Two Peas in a Bucket; "Adventure" Sticker: Kal Barteski for Studio Calico; Plastic Bag: The Curtsey Boutique; "Happy" Sticker: Jillibean Soup
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Jumpstart Challenge and Instagram Love

Hey, everyone!  Because it's a holiday weekend here in the U.S., I have a little extra time for "paper play."  I decided to participate in Marcy Penner's and Stephanie Bryan's first Jumpstart challenge.  I love both ladies' work, so I was excited to see that they have decided to post bi-monthly challenges.  This first prompt asked us to use a colored photo and a black & white photo.  This is one of my go-to techniques, so I had a lot of fun with this one.

I also decided it was time to use some of the stash that I've been hoarding - mainly this Crate Paper collection.  I also recently purchased some files from The Cut Shoppe.  It's been awhile since I used my silhouette, and I'm loving everything that Ashley creates, so I decided to go for it.  Although, I did realize that I need a new cutting mat and a new blade - my current mat is not as sticky as it should be and my blade is not cutting as clean as it should!  Ha!

In other, unrelated news, I finally caved and got an Instagram account.  I am sort of obsessed.  I think that is why I waited so long - I knew it would be addictive!

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; Wooden Shapes: Freckled Fawn, Pinkfresh Studio; Label Stickers: Crate Paper, Heidi Swapp; Banner, Mist: Heidi Swapp; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Alphas: Simple Stories; Cut File: The Cut Shoppe; Doily: The Curtsey Boutique; Chipboard Heart: Studio Calico
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Project Life with Clique Kits

Popping in real quickly to let you know that I have a post up at the Clique Kits blog this morning - it's about using your kit for your pocket pages!

The colors in this month's kit are so vibrant and fun - I couldn't resist using them for a Project Life spread.  Plus, their kits make it so easy because they almost always include the cut-apart journaling card papers and always include the CK exclusive cards.

You can see more details on the CK blog!

Page Protectors: Becky Higgins (Designs F & I); Journaling Cards: Basic Grey, Clique Kits; Stickers, Diecuts, Patterned Paper: Basic Grey; Wooden Arrows: Pinkfresh Studio; Alphas: October Afternoon; Printables: Clique Kits
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Curtsey Boutique Shares

Good morning.  It's back to work today.  Blah.  Luckily, I got in a lot of time at my scrap desk this weekend, so I can't complain too much.

I have been a tad bit delinquent in sharing some Curtsey Boutique projects recently, so I figured I would share two of them today.

The first is a Project Life spread.  This includes the week that E hurt himself.  I included his hospital bracelet in one of the pockets (all his info is whited out for privacy purposes).  This week also focused on Summer and I love how bright and colorful it turned out!

Next up, another Project Life spread.  This week included one of my best friends' baby showers.  She's having a little girl in a few weeks (exciting!) and I jumped on the opportunity to pink up the spread.  The Curtsey Boutique had a lot of items that were perfect for the cause:

And finally - a card that I made for Childhood Cancer Awareness month (September).  The owner of Curtsey Boutique, CarrieAnne, is very passionate about the cause.  A dear friend of her's lost their little boy last year and CarrieAnne has really tried to raise awareness.  I contributed an all-gold card to the blog.  Even though September is over, you can still help the cause.  Here is one site to check out.

Week 26: Page Protectors: Becky Higgins (Designs F & H); Journaling Cards: Studio Calico; Simple Stories; Washi Tape: Queen & Company; Star Clip: Maya Road; Alphas: American Crafts, Studio Calico; Label Stickers: Simple Stories; Sequins: Lawn Fawn, Studio Calico; Chipboard Star, Word Labels: Studio Calico; Staples: Tim Holtz; Doilies, Tag, Plastic Bag (on homemade filler card); Glitter Stars, Starburst Label; Sick Pin: Curtsey Boutique

Week 30: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design N); Journaling Cards: Studio Calico, Amy Tangerine; Library Card, Butterfly, Book Page Star, Stick Pin; Arrow Tag: Curtsey Boutique; Paper Bag: Webster's Pages; Chipboard Shapes: Studio Calico; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Alphas: October Afternoon, Studio Calico; Patterned Paper, Label Stickers: Heidi Swapp; Diecut: Chic Tags; Word Stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle; Staples: Tim Holtz

Card: Cardstock: Bazzill; Vellum: American Crafts; Puffy Stickers, Doily: Studio Calico; Butterflies, Sequins: Curtsey Boutique
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Clique Kits October Challenge

Hey, everyone!

The Clique Kits October challenge is live on their blog now.  This month's challenged is sponsored by Fancy Pants - and there is an awesome prize up for grabs: a Fancy Pants 12x12 Oh Deer! set.  Exciting!  For this challenge you can make absolutely anything.  You don't have to use Clique Kits products or Fancy Pants products, although, if you do, you have an extra "edge."

For my take on the challenge, I combined the October kit with some patterned paper and a ticket from Fancy Pants' Me-ology collection:

Isn't that picture the cutest?  I have the most adorable nieces...

We hope you can play along with us over on the Clique Kits blog!!  And as always, if you see anything in their store that you like, use the code KAT10 for a sweet 10% discount!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, Basic Grey; Alphas: October Afternoon; Diecuts: October Afternoon; Ticket: Fancy Pants; Mask: Heidi Swapp
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Clique Kits Share

Hey, everyone!  I have my first Clique Kits layout to share with you tonight.  It was made using October's kit, Masquerade Ball.  This kit is awesome - chock full of Kelly Purkey's Second City line for Basic Grey, plus a lot of fun coordinating embellishments.  Sigh.  I'm in love.

This month's kit is already sold out, but there are still some awesome products in the Clique Kits store (including the super pretty silk strips!).  And if use the code KAT10, you can get a 10% discount (full disclosure: I get a little CK credit too if you use that code).

There are a bunch of other awesome layouts and cards posted on the CK blog today, so head on over and check it out for some great inspiration!

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Flair, Stickers, Transparent Pieces: Basic Grey; Alphas: October Afternoon; Ribbon: Fair Trade; Staples: Tim Holtz; Heart Stencil: Heidi Swapp
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