CardMaker Magazine + Lil Inker Designs Blog Hop

Hi, everyone!!  Happy Fri-YAY and welcome to the CardMaker Magazine + Lil Inker Designs blog hop!!

Lil Inker Designs was super generous and gave us some great product to play with.  For my card today I decided to use the ridiculously cute Perfect Pairs stamps combined with the Dip Dyed Ombre Paper Pad to create this simple, but cute, card:

Seriously, I can't get enough of those little stamps and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be breaking them out again soon for some of my #the100dayproject Project Life cards.

Next up on the hop is Chrissy Larson!  Be sure to hop along for your chance to win a $35 gift card from Lil Inker Designs.  

If you didn't start at the beginning, you can do so at the CardMaker Magazine blog!

Happy hopping!!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Markers: Tombow; Adhesive: Elmers; Enamel Heart: Bella Blvd; Journaling Card: Studio Calico; Everything Else: Lil Inker Designs


New Issue Monday || Paper Issues

Good morning everyone!  It's new issue Monday over at the Paper Issues blog!  The issue this month: "Put the Pedal to the Metal/Medal".  Some suggestions:

-Use metallics and/or metal embellishments

-Create a project using flowers or about gardening and spring

-Share something about transportation like bicycles, motorcycles, cars (your first car or current ride), toy cars

-Show us a project about awards and/or accomplishments

I went the easy route and created a project using a pretty floral pattern form the new Elle's Studio Live Laugh Love collection:

This collection is so pretty.  But honestly, I love pretty much everything that Elle's Studio comes out with.  Their patterns are so sweet.

Make sure you play along with us for your chance to win a PI gift card at the end of month.  And remember that you can always use code KAT20 at check out to save 20% off your order in the Paper Issues store.

Cardstock: Bazzill; Alphas: American Crafts; Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart; Everything Else: Elle's Studio


April PI Shares

Hello, hello!  I wanted to share a few layouts that I've made for Paper Issues recently:

This one was for the Mix It Up Monday Challenge - we were asked to mix watercolors and salt, which is how I created my background:

This final one was for the Working Title challenge to use floral elements in your title:

Hope you can play along with one or all of these...awesome gift card up for grabs!!

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Bella Blvd

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Alphas: American Crafts; Everything Else: Crate Paper

Layout 3: Cardstock: Bazill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Cocoa Vanilla Studio


Mother's Day Card

Good morning everyone!  I am up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today sharing a card inspired by this cute image:

When I saw this inspiration image I knew I wanted to use the pretty With all my Heart collection.  I also knew I wanted to use a muted background with a major pop of pink on top.
However, instead of making an Easter card, I decided to get a jumpstart on May and create a Mother's Day card:
This collection and its embellishments are so beautiful that very little work was required on my part to make this all come together. :)

Thanks for popping in!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Project Life Catch Up with #the100dayproject

Hello all!  Happy, happy weekend!

I wanted to pop in and share that this year I have decided to participate in #the100dayproject.  If you're not familiar with the project, it was a concept developed by Elle Luna, in which you pick something and do it every day for 100 days.  I decided to go the creative route and make a project life filler card each day.

Why?  Because I am waaaaay far behind on my Project Life and it is a project that I love and that I want to continue to do for future Benjamin generations.  I think (and really, really hope) that this project will help me get back on track.

My plan:
-Get up to date with my 2017 album first...continue to update as the project runs its course, so that by the time the porject comes to an end on July 12, I will be up-to-date through June.
-Finish the few weeks I left uncompleted in my 2013 (yikes!) album.
-Finish the half-year or so I have left on my 2015 album (double yikes!).
-Finish the over half-year I have left on my 2016 album.

It seems super daunting and I'm not totally sure I'll be able to get all this done by the time the project ends, but I will make a dent in it.  I WILL!  I WILL!  :-)

The project began on the 4th, so I have already completed 5 days...and I actually had a few days where I was motivated to do a bit more, so my January 2017 spread is complete...I'll share that with you a bit a later in the month.  For now, enjoy my daily cards (and follow along in real time here)...and let me know - are you participating in #the100dayproject?

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 1: Card: Studio Calico; Cut Outs: Pretty Little Studio; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye

Day 2: Card: Studio Calico; Patterned Paper: Pretty Little Studio; Sticker: Pretty Little Studio, Bella Blvd, Enamel Hearts, Tab: Bella Blvd; Alphas: Pebbles

Day 3: Card, Patterned Paper, Small Alpha Stickers, Label: Pretty Little Studio; Chipboard Numbers: Pebbles; Enamel Shapes: Bella Blvd

Day 4: Enamel Hearts: Bella Blvd; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

Day 5: Card: Studio Calico; Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Playing Catch Up - Day 3...

Hello!  It is my last day of catching up on projects that I forgot to share over the month.  I always say I'm going to do better next month, but let's be honest, that's probably not going to happen... :o)

Anywho, first up is this project that I created for Pretty Little Studio using the brand new Blooming Hearts collection.  I also used a cut file from Just Nick Studio:

And then, this card that I shared on the CardMaker Magazine blog using the new With all my Heart collection from Pretty Little Studio...see the full post here:

Whew!  And that wraps up March!  :o)

Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Cut File: Just Nick Studio; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

Card: Cardstock: Bazzill; Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Playing Catch Up - Day 2... [Jillibean Soup]

Hello, everyone!  In my mission to catch up on my blogging, I am sharing some of my March projects in groups.  Today's focus is all about my Jillibean Soup projects.

The first project is a layout I made of my niece and I at the aquarium using the fun new Bowl of Dreams collection:

I also had 2 cards that I created...this one also using Bowl of Dreams: 

And this one using Souper Celebration:

These new collections will be available for purchase soon, so be on the lookout!!

Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Doily: SpiegelMom Scraps; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Card 1: Card Base: K & Company; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Card 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup


Playing Catch Up... [Paper Issues]

As we reach the end of the month I realize that, yet again, I've been terrible about blogging all my projects this month.  So...I'm going to try to catch up over the next few days.  Today's post is all about sharing the Paper Issues projects that I have yet to share here.

First up, a layout that I created with Bella Blvd's new Make Your Mark collection.  I scraplifted the amazing Cassie Box on this one: 

Then, a layout that I made for the Spring crop.  This was a Follow-the-Leader challenge hosted by Annalie Maddock.  It was SO MUCH FUN.  She basically gave us a set of directions and told us how to cut our papers and where to place them:

And finally a layout made for the My Mind's Eye product spotlight.  I used their new Palm Beach collection:

And don't forget - anytime you feel like shopping in the Paper Issues store, use code KAT20 to save 20% off your entire purchase!

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Bella Blvd

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist, Paper Banner: Heidi Swapp; Sequins: Jillibean Soup; Paperclip: Doodlebug Design; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper

Layout 3: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: My Mind's Eye


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


Some Jillibean Shares

Good morning, everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share a couple projects that I had on the Jillibean Soup blog last week.  Both of these were made using the Hardy Hodgepodge collection and were originally made for CHA (now called Creativation, I believe) a few weeks ago.

First up: this "love" card.  I will never get tired of Jillibean's adhesive sequins:
 Then I shared this layout of my cute dog, Moose.  Isn't he handsome??
Thanks for stopping by!

Card: Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup
Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup


Paper Issues Scrap 'n Chat Layout

Good morning, everyone!  Last night Paper Issues kicked off their Scrap 'n Chat event on their Friends and Fans Facebook page.  Included in the event was a recipe challenge of sorts that you have until 12 PM EST today to complete.

The challenge: use at least 8 items from the following: enamel dots, gold, silver, mist, staples, journaling, date stamp, paper clip, tag, label, chipboard, alpha stickers, and washi.

Here is what I whipped up using an assortment of Bella Blvd products:

On this layout I used gold, mist, staples, journaling, date stamp, paper clip, tag, label, alpha stickers and washi.

I hope you can play along with us!!  Just a few hours left!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Stickers, Labels, Alphas, Die Cut: Bella Blvd; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Enamel Chevrons, Paper Clips: Doodlebug Design; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Staples: Tim Holtz


CardMaker Magazine + Lawn Fawn blog hop

Good morning, everyone!  Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine + Lawn Fawn blog hop!  There are sure to be a ton of inspirational projects along the way!  You should have arrived here from Melissa's blog.  But, if you just ended up here randomly, head back to the CardMaker Magazine blog and you can start from there. :-)

For my project today I used the SUPER CUTE Octopi My Heart stamp set.  Even my husband, who doesn't care a lick about papercrafting products, commented on how cute the octopus stamp is.

I created a little rainbow of cute octopi and added a simple sentiment at the bottom:

See?  Isn't that octopus the most adorable thing you've seen in a long time?

Thanks for popping in...next on the hop is the lovely Heather!  Happy hopping!

Card base: K & Company; Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd; Stamps: Lawn Fawn; Label: Pretty Little Studio


Paper Issues' Product Spotlight || Dear Lizzy Lovely Day

Hi, everyone!  Today's product spotlight at Paper Issues is all about the new Dear Lizzy collection, Lovely Day.  There are parts of this collection that I simply adore, like the pretty "Oh Hello" patterned paper.  It's one of those papers that annoyingly has an awesome A-side and B-side.  I used it on my layout today:

One side of the paper is the cute floral pattern on the navy background and the other side is the happy polka dots.  I'm in love!!

Wanna get your hands on this collection?  Swing by the PI store and pick it up...and use code KAT20 to get 20% off your entire store purchase!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Yellow Alphas: Pinkfresh Studio; Everything Else: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts


Paper Issues' February Issue

Good morning everyone!  There is a new issue up at Paper Issues today!  This one is called "Let's Play Post Office".  Some ideas for your projects:

-Use office supplies like binder clips, tags, push pins, postage stamps and envelopes. -Alter a clipboard. -Include stamping on your project. -Document a piece of mail or a love letter. -Create a layout about your latest Paper Issues package (either a photo of the box and/or contents). -Show us your kids, grandchildren, etc. at play. -Share something about Valentine's Day/love.

I went an obvious route and created three little envelopes to house my pictures in:

I used Paige Evan's new collection for Pink Paislee, "Oh My Heart".

I hope you're able to play along with us this month!!


go layout || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning, everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend :)

I wanted to pop in and share a new layout that I have up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning made with the Summer Vibes collection.  I love the colors and patterns in this collection so much.  They are so happy, bright and fun...and have me longing for Summer days!

I decided to use this collection to scrap a cute photo of my friend and I on a day trip to Tarpon Springs, FL:
I started by brushing paint on one side of my layout, then built the layout on top of it.  I really like the clear star stickers in the collection.  It provides a nice texture to the layout.  Kind of like rub-ons, but a lot less work!

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the rest of your day!

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Paint: Jillibean Soup; Staples: Tim Holtz; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


A Few Paper Issues Shares

Hi everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share a couple of layouts that I've shared over at Paper Issues recently.

The first was a Scraplift Sunday layout.  We lifted an amazing layout by fellow design team member, Pol Prince.  Here's my take on it using the new Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection:

The second layout was shared today and it was made for this month's mood board challenge.  The mood board this month is AMAZING!!

You can play along with both challenges in the Paper Issues (Friends & Fans) Facebook page.  Also, if you see anything you like in the PI store, don't forget to use the code KAT20 to save 20% off your entire purchase!

Layout 1: Cardstock: American Crafts; Everything Else: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Sequins: Pretty Little Studio; Everything Else: Bella Blvd