A Few Jillibean Shares...

Good morning, everyone!  Happy New Year's Eve!  I know everyone is saying it, but where has the year gone?!  It flew by crazy fast...

For my last post of the year, I wanted to share a few projects that I had on the Jillibean Soup blog this past week.

My first project was a birthday present for my Mom.  It actually coordinated with the card I shared here last month. I've missed making pretty packages, so I'm going to focus more on that in this coming year, since it makes me so happy:

My second project is this layout made with the Chit Chat Chowder line.  I LOVE how colorful and happy it is.  It was perfect for scrapping these adorable photos of my nephew:

That's it from me, folks!  Have a safe New Year's Eve!!

Gift: Doily: Speigelmom Scraps; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup


2016 Top Ten Blog Hop + A Little Prize :)

***UPDATE: Winner of giveaway was selected from Instagram and blog comments.  The winner was randomly selected and was an Instagram commenter.  The winner info was announced on original Instagram post.  Thank you!***

Good morning everyone!  Every year it has become a tradition of mine to share my top 10 layouts from the year.  I adore going back and looking through my layouts and I love seeing others' favorites, as well.  So when Christine Meyer  asked me if I wanted to participate in her annual Top Ten blog hop, I said "yes" without hesitation.  

Without further ado, in the order they were created, here are my top 10 favorite projects from the year.  Click the link below each picture to go to the original post and find the supply list.

Some trends...white backgrounds, vertical and horizontal strips across pages and lots of mist drops!  :)

Here is your full list for the hop today:
Monique Liedtke
Kat Benjamin (you are here!!)

And...if you'd like to win a prize, please leave a comment here or on my Instagram account.  I'll be providing one person with a grab bag of fun stuff! :)


Something Different with Pretty Little Studio

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

Even though I am a little bit tired of scrapping Christmas, I ended up having a ton of fun with this picture challenge.  I decided to do something a little bit out of my comfort zone, but drew on the red, green and Christmas theme from the picture.
I've been seeing a lot of minimal layouts recently that I also use paint as a grounding element for the layout.  I decided to play around with that and create a layout that fit the bill.  I had a lot of fun with it, but it's not in keeping with my normal style, so it's not the best work ever :)
I do think it's fun to experiment and I actually think it's important to scrap outside of your comfort zone every once in a while.  It helps you figure out what you like and evolve a little bit.  Have you gone outside of your comfort zone recently?

Cardstock: Bazzill; Paint: Jillibean Soup; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Merry Christmas!

Good evening, everyone!  Merry, merry Christmas!  I hope you've had a wonderful and happy day.

I wanted to share a Christmas layout that was recently on the Jillibean Soup blog.  I don't own any Jillibean Christmas lines, so I had to get creative with this one.  I kept my token white background, but added a little bit of Ravishing Red Happy Hues, then layered a bunch of neutral and red elements on top of that.  Finally, I added a tiny sliver of green across the top.  I think it ended up fairly festive:

I'm off to enjoy the last few hours of Christmas...have a good night!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup


My Creative Scrapbook December Guest Designer Work

Hello, hello!  Are you almost ready for the holidays?  I know I'm ready for a vacation !  ;-)

I wanted to pop in and share the layouts I made for my guest designer work using the December kit from My Creative Scrapbook:

This kit had a ton of the Christmas Delivery line from Carta Bella.  While I didn't think I'd like the collection very much, I was pleasantly surprised by the happy feelings the plaid patterns gave me...lol!

Make sure you stop by My Creative Scrapbook to subscribe to their cute kits...and I'm so thankful to them for having me as a guest these past 2 months...it's been a blast!


A Jillibean Christmas (Card)

Hi, all!  I had a card up on the Jillibean Soup blog last week that I completely spaced on sharing!  I used some of the great stamps from the Shape Shakers line and made a little banner out of the stamped sayings.  I topped with twine and sprinkled some adhesive sequins around.  The card came together really quickly, which is always nice.

My Christmas color scheme is slightly untraditional, but I'm totally digging it.  I love that a lot of the Christmas/Winter lines that are out this season have bright color pallets as opposed to the traditional red and green.

Thanks for popping in!  Happy weekend!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Ink: Versa Mark; Embossing Powder: Recollections; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup


Scraplift Saturday

Hello, everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share another installment of Scraplift Saturday with you...it's certainly been a while :)

Here is the layout that I decided to scraplift today...I actually made it for my Jillibean Soup application a few months ago and then shared it on the Jillibean blog last month:

Here is my lift of the layout using Pink Paislee's Fancy Free collection:

Layout 1: See supply list here

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazill; Patterned Paper, Wood Veneer: Pink Paislee; Enamel Hearts: Bella Blvd; Chipboard Alpha: Jillibean Soup; Mist: Heidi Swapp


Christmas Tags || PLS + The Cut Shoppe Team-Up

Good morning, everyone!  On Monday morning I was on the Pretty Little Studio blog to kick off the first day of our week-long product swap with The Cut Shoppe!  

I decided to go in a different direction with my project.  This time of year is so busy, so I try to combine as many tasks as I can.  For example, I needed some gift tags for presents and I thought this team-up would be the perfect opportunity to create them!
I selected 2 tree cut files from the Cut Shoppe: the brand new "Tree Farm" file and the older "Trimming the Tree" file.  I really love the graphic trees and thought they would be a cute way to dress up my tags.
I selected a variety of papers to cut the trees from and then happily embellished!
I'm excited for the opportunity to dress up my gifts!


My Creative Scrapbook Guest Designer

Hi, everyone!  I am so excited to have the opportunity to guest design for My Creative Scrapbook for a few months.  My Creative Scrapbook is a monthly kit club that offers a wide variety of kit options to choose from.  For November's projects, I worked with their main kit, which was chock full of fun Fall-themed products from companies like Echo Park and Simple Stories.  I was asked to create 4 projects with the kit.  Here's what I came up with:

I'm guesting for My Creative Scrapbook again this month and will be back later in the month to share my December projects with you!  Thanks for stopping by!


Comfy Fall Attire || Pretty Little Studio

Hello, everyone!  Today I am sharing a layout that was featured on The Pretty Little Studio blog a couple of days ago.  It was made with our featured product: die cuts!  I am a big fan of die cuts recently.  They just make scrapping so much easier.  For today's layout I used a few different die cuts from the Oakley Avenue collection.
I also used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe that I backed with a few different papers from the collection.
Here is the final layout:
Die cuts made it all come together quickly! :-)  (on a side note...how pasty white are my feet?!)

Cardstock: Bazzill; Cut File: The Cut Shoppe; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


25 Days of Christmas Tags - Jillibean Soup

Good morning, everyone!  Happy Gilmore Girls Day!

In addition to hunkering down and watching Gilmore Girls all day, I am joining a few other members of the Jillibean Soup design team and we are participating in Tracey McNeeley's 25 Days of Christmas Tags!  Today is the final day of sharing tags and I am so excited that I was able to participate.  You can find all the details of this event and play along here.  There are a few fun prizes up for grabs, so I definitely recommend checking it out :)

Here is my tag created with some fabulous Jillibean Soup products:

You can't really tell from the photo, but the kraft and white polka dot background is actually created with some Jillibean kraft tape.  I then used one of their fabulous stamp sets and my gold embossing powder to create some sparkly snowflakes on top.  Finally, I layered on an old-school journaling sprout, some wordfetti wood veneers and my fave Jillibean Soup product: adhesive sequins!

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to check out the rest of today's tag inspiration here!

Ink: Versamark; Embossing Powder: Recollections; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup


Happy Thanksgiving + A Jillibean Share (or two)

Good morning, everyone!  Happy, happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you have a safe and happy day filled with lots of love!

I am popping in quickly to share two projects that I had on the Jillibean Soup blog this week.  Both of these projects used the Healthy Hello Soup collection, which is one of my faves.  I love the colors and patterns so much!

Here is my layout...love these silly photos:

And here is a card I made for my Mom for her birthday recently:

Thanks so much for stopping in...hope your day is wonderful!

Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Card: Cardstock: Bazzill; Watercolor paper: Unknown; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup


Quick Share!

Hey, everyone!  I just realized that I never shared a layout that I made a few weeks ago.  I've been stalking various scrapbook companies for awhile to get my little hands on the You Are Loved collection from Bella Blvd/Illustrated Faith.  It was designed by the talented Steph Buice and it is gorgeous!  I finally got it and I had to play right away:

I expect I'll make many more projects using this collection...its just so much fun!

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


A Paper Issues Challenge

Hi, everyone!  I am popping in to share a layout that I made just for fun.  Paper Issues is having an online crop on their Facebook page, and they a wide variety of challenges posted.  I've never participated before, but I decided to give one of them a whirl...to be fair, it was a challenge that was right up my alley....so it wasn't that challenging for me...oh well!

The challenge: create a layout where the design is just on the edge of one side of the layout.  Here's what a came up with using the new Addison collection from Bella Blvd:
The colors in this collection are some of my faves!

Happy Saturday!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Enamel Heart, Plastic Clip: Bella Blvd; Stickers: Bella Blvd, Cosmo Cricket; Mist: Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico; Wood Word: Heidi Swapp


Beach Baby (PLS)

Hello, everyone!  I am popping in to share my most recent project for Pretty Little Studio.  Today I had to share a Thursday Tip for you.  My tip: fussy cut those pretty papers!  :)

Fussy cutting is one of my favorite techniques.  I love embellishing my page, but I also like to keep my pages flat so they fit into my albums without creating too much bulk.  As soon as I got my little hands on the pretty Flower Crown paper from the Summer Vibes collection I knew I wanted to cut it up and use the pretty flowers all over the paper.  I combined the fussy cut flowers with some of the die cuts from the collection and a cut file from The Cut Shoppe to create a bright, happy layout.
Here is the final project:
Do you ever fussy cut pretty papers?

Thanks for stopping in!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Mist: Studio Calico; Cut File: The Cut Shoppe; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


My First Jillibean Soup Layout!

Hi, everyone!  I am popping in to share my first layout created as a member of the Jillibean Soup design team.  I was over the moon when I found out I'd been selected to work with them.  Their products are amazing and right up my alley!  For this layout I used the Healthy Hello Soup collection and pictures of my cute niece:

Love the bright, fresh colors and patterns in this collection!  

Thanks for stopping in!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup


Pretty Little Studio || Hello Fall

Hello, everyone!  I wanted to share a layout that I created with the super-fun, super-cozy Oakley Avenue collection from Pretty Little Studio.  I live in Florida and we don't really have seasons here...haha...but I really love this collection so I've been asking my sister-in-law to send me all her Fall photos of my nieces and nephew.  This one of one of my nieces in the corn pit made for a cute scrapping opportunity.
I added some watercolor to my cardstock first, then layered on paper (some torn, some not) and then embellishments.  I fussy cut some of the pie charts from one of the papers in the collection to sprinkle around.  The end result is kinda fun:
What are you creating with the Oakley Avenue collection?  
Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Another Hip Kit September Share

Hello, all!  Happy, happy Friday!  I realized that I never shared a second layout that I made with the September kit from Hip Kit club!  The first layout I shared was very girly, so I decided to make a very "boy" page for my second project.  While my first layout was a bit out of my comfort zone, I was totally in my element with this one:

These kits are the bees knees and I'm hoping to get some more play time with them soon!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; Chipboard: Crate Paper, Pinkfresh Studio; Die Cuts, Skinny Washi: Simple Stories; Alphas: Pinkfresh Studio; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Staples: Tim Holtz; Watercolor: Shimmerz


XOXO || PLS Card

Hello, all!  Apparently I am big on the "XOXO"s this week.  HA!  I am popping in to today to share a super quick card that I created with the Oakley Avenue collection over at the Pretty Little Studio blog.
I love having random, all-occasion cards lying around in case I need one at the spur of the moment.  With all the cute die cuts included in the Oakley Avenue collection, it was easy to whip up a cute card to add to my stash.

I created this card by layering a doily over my favorite patterned paper, followed by a few die cut frames and topped with a label and sentiment.  Easy peasy!
Thanks so much for stopping in today! XOXO!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio