Pretty Little Studio || May Sketch Challenge

Hi, everyone!!  Pretty Little Studio published the May sketch earlier this week.  Have a look:

I had so much fun with this sketch.  I loved using the strip of patterned paper on the side of the layout and instead of putting photos across the whole top of the page, I decided to photos surrounded by a row of hearts.  I really kind of like the end result!
I'm still loving the fun Hello Heather Here + There collection.  I pretty much swoon over the awesome colors and patterns!
Thanks for stopping in!  We hope you'll play along with this month's sketch!

Patterned paper: Studio Calico, Pretty Little Studio; Enamel Hearts: Doodlebug Design; Alphas: American Crafts, Pretty Little Studio, Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Beautiful Girl || Clique Kits

Good morning, everyone!  I was on the Clique Kits Blog yesterday sharing another project I made with the Northern Light kit - this time it was a layout.  I also shared a few of my favorite scrap tips - definitely nothing revolutionary, but just little things that I like to do when creating.

1.  Bold patterns scare me.  I adore them, but I never know how to use them without my page getting too busy.  I'm really a white background, white space kinda girl.  However, when I find a pattern that I adore and just *HAVE* to use, I usually cut it into a strip and use it as the anchor for my design.  In this case, I used half of the paper I loved...this helps me feel like the paper isn't overwhelming my project.
2.  Keep the rest of your design simple when using a bold pattern.  Without the bold background, my page would be pretty blah.  But paired with a simple design, the bold pattern becomes a great accent - and I actually really like how the page turned out.
3.  Use embellishments in threes to make invisible triangles all over your page. 3 tags, 3 sets of enamel dots, 3 groups of mists, 3 strips of washi...you get the idea :)
Like I said, nothing earth-shattering here, but hopefully something you may find at least a little bit helpful!  Thanks for stopping in!
Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs, Basic Grey; Tags, Flair, Washi Tape, Alphas: Fancy Pants Designs; Die Cuts: Clique Kits; Mist: Heidi Swapp


March Project Life || Clique Kits

Good evening, all!  I've been having a lot of fun playing with my May Northern Lights kit from Clique Kits.  It is full of fun, bright patterns from Fancy Pants Designs and Basic Grey.  The exclusives are really great this month, too.

For my first project I decided to tackle my March Project Life spread.  I'm still keeping things simple...

Here's my left side: 

Here's my right side:

I had so much fun making the title card:

And a little peek at my Project Read status this year:

The kit's colorful elements and graphic designs made it easy for me to keep everything simple and whip this baby up in no time!

Page Protectors: Becky Higgins (Design F); Journaling Cards: Clique Kits, Studio Calico; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, Fancy Pants Designs; Alphas, Puffy Stickers, Flair, Tags: Fancy Pants Designs; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Die Cuts: Clique Kits; Staples: Tim Holtz


Bonjour Love || Pretty Little Studio

Hi, everyone!  I wanted to share a layout I made for Pretty Little Studio by combining a few different collections!  I had it up on their blog yesterday.  It's the most fun I've had making a layout in quite a while!  I really love the turquoise and red color combo, so I decided to combine some of the fun papers from the Hello Heather Here + There collection and from the Treasure Island collection.  I used them all to back a fun cut file from The Cut Shoppe:
After I backed portions of the cut file, I layered some of the misted negatives and enamel dots on top of the design.  This layout was so simple to create, but I really like the way it turned out.
Thanks for stopping in!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Enamel Dots: Bella Blvd; Alphas: 7Paper; Cut File: The Cut Shoppe; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Pretty Little Studio card

Hello, all!  I wanted to share my Pretty Little Studio project with you featuring vellum!  I love vellum but sometimes it can be intimidating to use.  However the translucent quality of vellum makes it a very fun product to work with.

For my project today I decided to create a card.  I used some Shimmerz paints to create a few blotches of color on the card base and then I sewed down a piece of vellum and filled it with some sequins:
After that I just layered my design on top, creating a card that I hope will make someone's day!
Thanks for stopping in!

Card: K & Co; "Friend" sticker: Jillibean Soup; Enamel Hearts: Doodlebug Design; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Paint: Shimmerz;  Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Clique Kits' April Pep Rally

Good morning, everyone!  Happy pep rally day!  These are always so much fun to me - I love seeing all the creations made from the same kits - so inspirational!  This month's kit features the super fun Life in Color collection from Simple Stories.  I had a fun time making this layout:

Here is the full line-up of the pep rally:

Kat Benjamin http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com (that's me!)
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com

Thanks so much for stopping by - happy hopping!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper, Chipboard, Stickers, Die Cuts: Simple Stories; Alphas, Enamel Hearts: Bella Blvd; Mist: Heidi Swapp


Pretty Little Flowers

Good morning, everyone!  I wanted to pop in this morning and quickly share a layout that I created using the Hello Heather Here + There Collection.  This collection is one of my favorites to work with right now.  It has such a great color combination, fun, graphic prints and I really love the florals sprinkled in!

In fact, I love the florals so much that I decided to create a layout in which the pretty flower stickers were prominently featured:
Seriously, don't those flowers make you happy?!?!
Thanks for stopping in- have a happy day!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio