The Studio || Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Good morning, everyone!  I'm so excited about today's challenge at The Studio!  It's a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge and I was lucky enough to get to create the board this month.  Check it out:
Of course, I loved the board since it includes all of my favorite things! ;o)  However, I chose to work with the top row across: hot pink, at least 2 kinds of washi and stars:
I've been playing around with washi tape a lot recently and have been bouncing this idea around for a while now.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out...and I always love being able to make a dent in my huge washi stash!
The coolest part about this challenge, though, was seeing how the other ladies interpreted the tic-tac-toe board that I made.  I gotta say...I LOVE everything that was created.  Go check out The Studio and play along!!
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Washi Tape: Love My Tapes, Target; Doily: Curtsey Boutique; Star Clips: Two Peas in a Bucket; Wooden Stars, Cut File, Mist: Studio Calico; Paper Bag: Queen & Co; Alphas: Teresa Collins


I ♥ Pink & Orange

I have a deep love for the pink & orange color combo.  I'm not sure why.  I just love the 2 bright colors together.  So much so that they were my wedding colors a few years ago!  So when I saw Basic Grey's Highline collection, there was no question that I needed it in my little, scrappy hands!  I bought the 12 x 12 paper pack for scrapping and the 6 x 6 paper pack for Project Life.  I am totally set now! 
When I purchased the paper, I didn't buy any of the coordinating embellishments.  I already had the Favorite Things ephemera pack from Heidi Swapp, which I thought would look pretty good with the colors in Highline.  I finally found a little time to sit down and play with the two.  This is what I came up with:
I recently pinned this layout by Kim Stewart and totally loved her off-centered strips of patterned paper.  I used that as inspiration for the starting point of this layout.

Most of my layouts are pretty bright and colorful, but I think this takes bright to a whole new level.  I love the colors and I'm excited to sit down and play some more!
What scrappy/PL supplies are you loving right now?
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Alphas, Stickers: Basic Grey; Wooden Letters: Recollections; Paper and Plastic Diecuts, Mist, Picture Frame: Heidi Swapp; Tag: Amy Tangerine; Wooden Stars: Studio Calico


Project Life Update (warning: photo heavy post!)

Hey, everyone!  This weekend I made it my goal to get some scrapping done.  I didn't make very many traditional layouts, but I did get A LOT of Project Life done, which is good because I really hate falling too far behind.
Week 31:
Not a lot happened this week.  It rained a bunch, so it was a lot of sitting inside and watching old TV shows (Charmed, to be exact).  I used the August Studio Calico kit for this one.
Week 32 was a lot of fun.  My niece came to visit us and stay for the week.  I took time off from work and we went to the beach, played mini golf, and just had a ton of good times!  I used the August Cocoa Daisy kit for this one.

Week 33: This was my birthday week.  Our niece left us that week and we met up with a bunch of friends to move out some remaining items from my husband's old house.  I used a random assortment of goodies for this spread.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope your weekend was a good one!
Week 31: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design F); Journaling Cards, Wood Veneer, Alphas, Sequins, Vellum Stars, Washi Tape: Studio Calico; Labels, Plastic Shapes: Hello Forever; Staples: Tim Holtz
Week 32: Page Protectors: Becky Higgins (Designs A & F); Journaling Cards: Cocoa Daisy, Evalicious, Fancy Pants; Diecuts: My Mind's Eye, Evalicious; Alphas: Kaiser Craft, Jenni Bowlin; Washi: Little B; Label Sticker: Pebbles; Tickets: Fancy Pants; Enamel Shapes: We R Memory Keepers; Staples: Tim Holtz
Week 33: Page Protectors: Becky Higgins (Designs A & H); Journaling Cards: Hello Forever, Birchbox, Becky Higgins, Clique Kits; Wood Veneers: Studio Calico, Pinkfresh; Diecuts: Jillibean Soup, Chic Tags, My Mind's Eye; Stickers: Heidi Swapp; Enamel Shapes: Doodlebug Design; Alphas: Kaiser Craft; Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye; Staples: Tim Holtz


Queen & Company Layout and Sketches!

Hey, everyone!
I am up on the Queen & Company Facebook page today with my second guest designer project.  The really cool thing is that Queen & Company made a layout sketch and a card sketch based on my layout...how cool?
Here is my page:
And here are the 2 sketches that they created: 
If you end up using the sketch, let me know...I would love to see the finished product!
Cardstock: Bazzill; Clothespin: Recollections; Everything Else: Queen & Company


The Studio Challenges || Mood Board

Hello!!  There's a new challenge up at The Studio today...and it is SO MUCH FUN!  One of my favorite scrappers, Tessa Buys, just rejoined the team this month and she created an awesome mood board to inspire us for this challenge:
Seriously?  How fun is that?
I was really inspired by everything on it: the beach, the colors, the individual photos.  The sign in the bottom middle slot inspired my title work and the turquoise sequins inspires my home-made shaker card:
Go check out The Studio's blog and see all the other layouts the rest of the team created...they are all so amazing!
Cardstock: Bazzill; Journaling Cards: Studio Calico, Simple Stories; Star Clips: Two Peas in a Bucket; Alphas: Jillibean Soup; Patterned Paper: Cocoa Daisy, Echo Park; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Tab Stickers, Stamp: October Afternoon; "Escape Now" Diecut: Evalicious; Doily, Plastic Bag (for homemade shaker card): Curtsey Boutique; Resin Badge: Hello Forever


August 2014 Stitch Fix

Hey, everyone!  It's been a while since I posted a Stitch Fix review.  I got a fix in July, but it was really disappointing and unimpressive, so I didn't post a review or even take any photos.  However, this month's fix was quite a different story!
For an in depth run-down of Stitch Fix, click on my first “review” here.  Here are the basics:
1.  Fill out a style profile.
2.  Schedule a fix!  This can be as frequent (or infrequent) as you would like.
3.  Pay $20 – this is the “styling fee.”  However, if you keep anything from your box, it is automatically applied to your purchase.
4.  Get the clothes and try them on in the comfort of your own home with stuff you already have.
5.  You have 3 days to mail everything you don’t want back to Stitch Fix in a pre-paid shipping envelope.  If you keep all 5 items from your fix, you get a 25% discount.
Here's a look at what I received:
Arynn Tie-Back Chevron Print Tank and Naara Cuffed Denim Short 
This shirt is too cute!  It is shear but it came with a white cami to wear underneath it.  I love the colors and the fact that it will transition well from Summer to Fall.  The shorts are super, super comfy.  Before I tried them on I thought I would hate them, but I was pleasantly surprised!
Cayla V-Neck Hi-Lo Maxi Dress
This was another one that I was not impressed with out of the box, but when I put it on, I pretty much fell in love.  It's comfy, yet elegant.  It can be dressed up or down.  The only downside - its needs to be ironed...which is very apparent in this photo!  :o)
Ventura Chevron Keyhole Detail Tank
I had this shirt pinned on my Style board on Pinterest.  So glad I did.  I love, love, LOVE it.  The pattern, the colors, the fit, the price ($38) were all perfect!
Galen Polka Dot Tie Waist Dress
I also had this dress pinned, but when I put it on, I thought it looked a little baggy.  However, the bagginess was nothing that a cardigan can't fix.  Plus, I'm a sucker for some polka dots.
I wouldn't have ordinarily purchased the polka dot dress, but since I had to decided to keep the other 4 items, that dress also found a place in my closet since I got a 25% discount...
Final thoughts: After a really crappy July box, this box was just what I needed to restore my faith in Stitch Fix.  And it was my first keep-all-5 box...yay!  Needless to say, I was very happy with everything I received this month.
You can see all my Stitch Fix reviews here.

If you are interested in signing up for your own Stitch Fix, just follow this link!
See?  Cardigan fixes everything:
*I have no affiliation with Stitch Fix except that I am one of their customers.  I will not receive any compensation for this review.  However, the link provided is a referral link that will give me Stitch Fix credit if anyone decides to use it.*


Queen & Company Guest Designer

Hi, everyone!  A few months ago I participated in a really big challenge over at Queen & Company for National Scrapbook Day and was ecstatic to find out that I had been selected as one of their guest designers.  They sent me a TON of awesome products to work with and asked me to create some projects with them.  Today they shared my first layout on their Facebook page:
This page is a scraplift of another page that I completed a little while back.  They sent me so much washi tape that I could not resist making a rainbow out of it!
I have a few more Queen & Company projects to share with you over the next month and another Stitch Fix review will be in the works soon.
Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Paper Punches: Martha Stewart; Cut File: Ali Edwards; Washi Tape, Patterned Paper, Alphas, Bling, Photo Corners: Queen & Company


Cherish Layout with Curtsey Boutique

Good morning, everyone!  Happy Friday!  It's my favorite day of the week!
I'm up on The Curtsey Boutique blog today sharing a new layout that I recently made:
I'm still so in love with those sparkly butterflies.  I need to get about 20 more packs of them because I can use them on everything...and of course, I still have an obsession with those hand-dyed doilies.  They are definitely my favorite product in all my stash right now!
Cardstock: Bazzill; Title Sticker: American Crafts; Patterned Paper, Mask, Label Sticker: Heidi Swapp; Phrase Stickers: Cosmo Cricket; Stick Pin, Butterflies, Tags, Doily: The Curtsey Boutique


Cocoa Daisy vs. Studio Calico: July Project Life

Hey, everyone!  I am popping in to share the PL spreads I made with the Cocoa Daisy and Studio Calico July kits.  The kits were very different last month, so it was a little bit difficult to compare them.  See what I mean:
The July Cocoa Daisy kit was travel-themed, and therefore perfect to highlight a trip we took to Iowa for a family get together:

The Studio Calico kit had a lot of woodgrains and bright colors, although I seemed to gravitate more towards the subdued journaling cards for this spread:

In the end, I am a bit undecided on which is my favorite.  I guess if I had to pick, Cocoa Daisy would be the winner this month.  They pack a whole lot of product into their kits and I am always such a fan of the Evalicious exclusives!

Thanks for stopping by!

Week 28: Page Protectors: Becky Higgins (Design A); Journaling Cards: Cocoa Daisy, Evalicious; Alphas: Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico; Stickers: October Afternoon; Paper Labels: Evalicious; Staples: Tim Holtz
Week 29: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design N); Journaling Cards, Stickers, Wood Veneers: Studio Calico; Alphas: Studio Calico, Basic Grey; Staples: Tim Holtz


The Studio || Buttons!

Hello, everyone!  And hello, August!  You certainly snuck up on me quickly!
A new month means new challenges at The Studio.  The first one this month is about buttons - find a way to use buttons in your layout.  The layout I created is very simple, but I actually really like it.  I've had my pink and purple Studio Calico Color Theory buttons sitting around for awhile, begging to be used.  This challenge was the push I needed to get them on paper!
Also, the new design team is up at The Studio today.  Their layouts are super inspirational...make sure you go check them out!!
Supplies: Patterned Paper, Giant Tag, Paper Star Stickers: Studio Calico; Glittered Cardstock, Puffy Star Stickers: Doodlebug Design; Buttons: Studio Calico, Doodlebug Design; Star Clips: Two Peas in a Bucket; Staples: Tim Holtz; Label Stickers: Simple Stories; Paper Tag: Chic Tags