Top Ten Blog Hop (and a giveaway!)

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten blog hop!  This is my second year in a row participating in this hop.  Every year since I've had my blog, I've done a wrap-up of my year's favorite layouts.  I love the excuse to go back and look at everything I created...and I love seeing everyone else's favorite projects.

Before I share my projects, I want to let you know that I do have a giveaway.  One lucky person will win an embellishment assortment from me.  Just leave a comment on this post to be entered!

And without further ado, here are my favorite ten projects from 2017 (in no particular order):

If you happen to like my work and want to see more, make sure you follow me on Instagram.  I'm WAAAAY better about posting there! :)

And here is the whole hop list (lots of inspiration to check out!!):

Kat Benjamin (that's me!!)

Have a wonderful day and happy hopping! :)


Ho Ho Ho || Pretty Little Studio

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you have a wonderful, fabulous day!

I wanted to pop in and share a layout that I made recently for a Pretty Little Studio Instahop.  I combined the pretty Wonderland collection with a cute file from Just Nick Studio and really love how it turned out.  The colors of the collection are so pretty and are such a fresh take on a traditional holiday palette.

Love this photo of my girl holding a candy cane.  She wen through a stage where she looked totally surprised every time I tried to take her photo...made for some very cute pictures....even though we didn't capture a lot of smiles :)

Have a beautiful Christmas Day!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Cute File: Just Nick Studio; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Background Paper: Studio Calico; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Hello Twins || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!  I am popping in to share a layout that I recently made for Pretty Little Studio using the Dream Big collection.  I love the color combo included in this collection.  It's so pretty and unique.

I also decided to break out my embroidery floss for this layout.  I started by laying down squares of patterned paper in a random design and then filled in the empty spots with Xs made of embroidery floss.  I thought the final effect was kind of fun:
Once I had all the paper and embroidery floss completed, I finished off the layout by scattering around minimal embellishments.

I apologize for the lighting - my nice technology was broken at the time :)


Cocoa Daisy Guest Designer

Good morning, everyone!  I was so lucky to be the asked to be the guest designer for Cocoa Daisy this month!  I got to play with their 12x12 Memory Keeping Kit and the Pocket Pages Memory Keeping Kit.  The kits this month were travel-themed and oh-so-much fun!  Here are the projects I made:

This one is not my normal style, but when I saw the map paper, I knew I needed to do it:

I made Piper's monthly spread with this kit:

I scrapped the world's most adorable doggy:

And I finally scrapped a photo from our 2011 Paris trip!

Thanks so much for popping in!  Happy Wednesday!


I ♥ Us | Color Cast Designs

Good morning all!  We are getting closer and closer to Christmas and the new year, which just totally blows my mind!  This year sped by!

I wanted to pop in and share a recent layout that I made with one of the November releases from Color Cast Designs.  I combined this acrylic title with the lovely Gratitude Documented collection from Bella Blvd to create this layout:

And please notice that I used a bright, colorful background for this one!  Lol.

Thanks so much for stopping in...happy Friday and enjoy the weekend!

Cardstock: DCWV; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Acrylic Embellishment: Color Cast Designs; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Bella Blvd


November Jillibean Soup Projects

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to pop in and share my Jillibean Soup projects from last month:

This layout using one of their awesome cut files:

This headband for Piper made with their new felt flowers:

This card made using another one of their cut files:

And this layout made with the new collections, Shades of Color and Farmhouse Stew:

Have a great week!!


Hello Beautiful || Color Cast Designs

Hi everyone!  Happy December (WHAT?!?!)!  I totally forgot to share a layout that I made last month for Color Cast Designs.  

I had a lot of fun combining the awesome Bohemian Dream collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio with a few different acrylic pieces from Color Cast Designs.  I used one of my old faithful designs to create this:

I love how it turned out!

Thanks so much for stopping in.  Have a lovely weekend!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Acrylic Embellishments: Color Cast Designs, Date STamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Cocoa Vanilla Studio