The Studio || August Sketch Challenge (+ Lots of SpiegelMom Scraps Products!)

Hello, August!  You snuck up on me quickly!!  I know I say this EVERY month, but the year is seriously flying by!!

With a new Sunday comes a new challenge at The Studio - and this week it's a sketch challenge!  Here's the sketch: 

Here's my layout:

I loved this sketch and that it allowed me to use lots of layers.  

We are right in the middle of moving and I packed up my WHOLE scrap room a few weeks ago, except for a tiny box of stuff and a big 'ol bag of SpiegelMom Scraps products.  The kit I made for myself was chock full of older stuff from my stash that I have been hoarding forever.  I have to force myself to use it.  The kit that I made for myself also worked perfectly with some of my SMS stash.  

Here are the items I used from the SMS store:
-Normandy Lace Doily (I think I use these on almost every project!)

I really do love that Jody carries all my favorite embellishments in her store!  Plus, she's awesome to "work" for - she sent me a whole pack of white cardstock just cause she knows how much I love it!  Isn't that the sweetest?!

I also really hope that you can play along with us at The Studio!  Maybe I'm biased, but their sketch challenges are always so much fun and really get my creativity going!

Have a happy Sunday!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Chic Tags, American Crafts; Diecut Card: Fancy Pants; Alphas, Ampersand Paper Clip: Studio Calico; Doily, Shipping Tag, Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Die Cut Frame: Elle's Studio; Paper Banner Tag: Evalicious; "Favorite" Sticker: Heidi Swapp; Wood Veneers: Chic Tags; Staples; Tim Holtz


Bella Blvd || Invisibles

Good morning, everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share a quick layout that I have on the Bella Blvd blog this morning.  We were asked to use the invisibles line of products on our layout and I managed to work in 4 different invisibles:

I layered part of an invisible over my patterned paper to add a little bit more texture, I fussy cut 3 different invisibles and scattered the cutouts around my page or put them in my title and I placed an invisible underneath a die cut title to add more interest.

Thanks for stopping in!  We are right in the middle of moving right now, so I haven't been able to visit many blogs and I need to schedule a few posts for next week.  But, hopefully, by the end of next week, things will calm down a bit and I'll be back to my regular schedule :)

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


Project Read || June & July

Hey, everyone!  I’m here with my Project Read update for June & July.  I actually read 6 books over these two months (still right on track for my target!) but I’m only going to review 4…it will make more sense as you read.

 Arranged by Catherine McKenzie – Anne is a writer who seems to have everything going for her – except her love life.  When she accidentally stumbles across an arranged marriage service, she decides to give it a try.  The guy that she is matched up with ends up being perfect for her – but is he who he says he is?  Can an arranged marriage really work?  This was an entertaining read.  I really liked the concept of it.  While it was a fairly predictable storyline, it was one of those feel-good and entertaining books that I really enjoyed.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – This book.  Oh, this book.  I still don’t know if I liked it or not.  I was initially drawn to it because reviews had said it was similar to a Gillian Flynn novel.  In my opinion, it is definitely NOT like a Gillian Flynn novel.  This book follows Ani (pronounced Ah-nee), a successful 30-something about to get married.  The book bounces back and forth between the present-day and her high school days.  In the present-day, she is preparing to be showcased in a documentary about something that happened while she was in high school.  This book covers A LOT of difficult topics.  And Ani is not very likable at all.  Some reviews I’ve read have said that Ani has absolutely no redeeming qualities.  I definitely don’t agree with that.  I can see some good in her, but most of the time she is just not a very nice person.  Like I said, I have no idea if I liked the book or not, but it definitely left me thinking for a very long time and it is a book that I highly recommend.

Grey by E.L. James – This was the Fifty Shades of Grey story told from Christian Grey’s perspective.  I know the world is split on these books.  I know they are not masterpieces, but I do find them highly entertaining, so I was excited to read this book.  Some people say these books promote abuse.  I freely admit that these two don’t have the healthiest relationship – the way they talk to each other is truly astounding, but when it comes to the other controversial stuff, it’s 100% consensual.  After I read this book, I was prompted to re-read the last 2 books in the original trilogy (which is why I’m not doing 6 book reviews).

Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie – So, when I started reading this book I didn’t realize it was by the same author who wrote Arranged.  How I missed that, I have no idea!  Anyways, this book tells the story of Emma, a successful lawyer who takes a trip to Africa after her mother dies.  While in Africa there is a horrible earthquake and she is unable to call home for about 6 months.  Everyone presumes she is dead.  Forgotten follows Emma as she tries to find her footing in her new life.  There’s romance and even a little mystery in this book.  It was entertaining – very predictable, not at all though-provoking, but a fun read.

As always, leave any recommendations if you have them.  I have a growing list of book recommendations to work my way through and I always appreciate them!


Fly Everyday || The Cut Shoppe

Good morning, everyone!  I wanted to stop in today to show you how I used one of my favorite new cut files from The Cut Shoppe.

When I saw the "Any Which Way" background, my mind instantly began thinking about ways I could use it, what directions to place my arrows in, how to fill in the arrows, etc.  It's just such a fun file with unlimited possibilities.  Ultimately, I decided to use the arrows going up and down.  I took the 8.5 x 11 file and only traced 5 rows of the arrows.  I eventually decided to place the arrows to one side instead of in the middle.  I really thought this was the perfect cut file to highlight the photo of my nieces flying a kite on the beach:

I went with a softer color palette than I'm used to, but I think it complements the photo and theme well.  It's hard to tell here, but I also sprayed the cut file with some Calico shine, so it looks really pretty in person.

The cut file I used on this layout:

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Have a happy weekend!



Hey, everyone!!  I wanted to let everyone know that I am moving in the next few weeks.  That means I've been going through all my stash and have put together a few stash boxes for sale.  Here are the details:

-Each stash box contains approximately 65 sheets of specialty and patterned paper.  There are a mix of new and old patterned papers, ranging from Pinkfresh Studio to the no-longer-available Sassafras (side note, I really do wish they were still around!).  Additionally, there are a TON of embellishments in each box!  Boxes include products from Crate Paper, Queen & Company, Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Pinkfresh Studio and more!

-Each box is $40 for U.S. purchasers - and that INCLUDES the cost of shipping.  I will ship internationally, but will adjust the shipping price based on what my friendly, local postman tells me.

-No two boxes are the same.

-If you're interested in buying one, or if you have questions, email me at kraftykat9@gmail.com.  I will send you an invoice via PayPal.

-As son as I receive payment, I will get the box shipped out to you!

-Here's a look at just one of the boxes, but all are similar:


The Studio || Handmade

Hey, everyone!  There is a new challenge up at The Studio today and it's all about including something handmade on your layout.  My handmade item is really easy to spot - I cut out my title alphas from some extra felt I had laying around.  It definitely looks like a little kid did it.  That wasn't the look I was going for, but in the end it works since the layout is about child's play.

I also managed to squeeze in a lot of goodies from the SpiegelMom Scraps Shop.  I used the red stars from the Patriotic Star Sequin mix, the Royal Blue sequins, and I used some paint pens to color in my Printshop Wood Veneer stars and the super fun Tiny wood veneer stars.  I went with a primary color scheme for this layout and I think it worked pretty well with the subject matter.

I hope you can join us for this new challenge at The Studio!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Cocoa Daisy; Photo Corners: Queen & Company; Twine: We R Memory Keepers; Wood Veneers: Studio Calico; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Mist: Studio Calico


The Cut Shoppe + CSI Team Up

So....I completely spaced and forgot to post this - The Cut Shoppe did a team up with CSI (Colors, Stories, Inspiration) this month. We took on the CSI challenge- and whoa, was it hard.  It was so much fun to do, but it really stretched my creativity!  Here was the CSI case file that I participated in:  

And here is my take on it:

I dug deep into my stash to use those fun October Afternoon papers (hello, my name is Kat and I'm a hoarder).  The hardest part for me?  That sketch!  I had such a hard time figuring out how to make it work with my style.  I do sort of like the end result, though!

As for my cut files, I used the super fun "It's My Party" cut file to highlight the ADORABLE photos of my niece.  Seriously, she's cute, right?!?!

Thanks for popping in...happy Friday!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Labels: October Afternoon; Puffy Stickers: Pinkfresh Studio; Sequins, Gold Stars, Alpha Sticker: Studio Calico; Bling: K & Company, Prima; Cut Files: The Cut Shoppe