Thursday, February 4, 2016

American Crafts | Hosting A Valentine's Day Party

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This new Valentines collection from American Crafts might be my favorite Valentine's collection that I have seen so far!  All the pieces go effortlessly together, and make hosting Valentine's Day party a snap!






supplies: Valentines Collection (373478) - Washi Tape, Valentines Collection (373468) - Washi Tape,Valentines Collection (373471) - Washi Tape,Valentines Collection (373474) - Washi Tape, Valentine (373455) - 6x6 Paper Pad, XOXO (373457) - 6x6 Paper Pad, Valentine (373502) - Rub - On Transfer Sheet, Valentine (373462) - Banner Kit, Valentine (373463) - Banner Kit, Sticky Thumb (340275) - 0.5 IN Sticky Dots, Other: Craft Supply: Wooden Dowels, Felt, bamboo sticks



How To: Use banner kits to create "XO" banner and Valentine banner kit, set aside. Trim arrows from various pattern papers to create cupid arrows.  Trim pieces of felt into hearts and attach to the front of wooden dowel pieces. Handcut chevron arrow pieces and attach to the end of each dowel as handmade arrows.  Use patterned papers from the 6x6 Valentine Paper Pad, and XOXO Paper Pad to create banner pieces.  Attach handcut banner pieces to wooden bamboo sticks to crate small donut flags.  Adhere rub-ons to a couple of the banner pieces, set aside. Arrange party pieces and enjoy!







Arrange banner flags, felt arrows, and banners to create table centerpiece.















Pink Paislee | Desk Home Decor

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I'm excited to share a home office decor project with you today using the new C'est La Vie collection from Pink Paislee.  I love cute projects that I can display in my home office.  Even better if they are decor projects that can be changed out easily for different occasions.  To do so easily I love to use clip frames.  






I found this clip frame at my local hobby shop.  I added bits and pieces from the ephemera pack, paper clips, cork pieces and puffy stickers.  There are so many pieces to this collection that I love!





I printed a couple of small wallet sized photos and added a frame to the bottom piece and a black watercolor acetate letter.  It all came together in snap!  This is a fun project that you can easily display in your home or office, and change out easily for different seasons or occasions.





Collection Used: C'est La Vie











Tuesday, February 2, 2016

American Crafts | Shimelle Starshine

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The new Shimelle Starshine collection by American Crafts is not just for boys.  There are many pieces that work well for the everyday as well as for girl projects.  I chose some of the floral pieces in the collection to help pretty up this page about my daughter.









Supplies: Shimelle Starshine (374057) - Acetate Ephemera, Shimelle Starshine (374054) - Acrylic Shapes, Shimelle Starshine (374061) - Epoxy Paper Clips, Shimelle Starshine (374059) - Flair Buttons, Shimelle Starshine (374039) - Apollo Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374035) - Artemis Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374021) - Astro Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374037) - Curiosity Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374038) - Galileo Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374026) - Horizon Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374025) - Hubble Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374031) - Juno Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374028) - Kepler Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374033) - Mercury Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374030) - Odyssey Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374040) - Phoenix Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374043) - Viking Patterned Paper, Shimelle Starshine (374055) - Phrase Stamp, Shimelle Starshine (374050) - Accent & Phrase Stickers, Shimelle Starshine (374051) - Accent & Phrase 6x12 2 Sheets, Shimelle Starshine (374052) - Chipboard

How To: Use a die cutting machine to cut out background from white cardstock paper.  Trim pieces of various patterned papers and place behind cut out background.  Use a paint brush to flick white paint across the page, set aside to dry.  Print a 6x4 black and white photo, adhere to center of page.  Adhere stickers behind and above photo.  Clip an epoxy paper clip onto the right side of photo.  Print out journaling, trim and adhere to page just below photo.  Use a sewing machine to stitch down journaling strips.  Adhere chipboard, acrylic and acetate stars to page.  Use a mini stapler to staple down a couple of the stars.  Place a floral chipboard sticker to left hand side of page just below photo.  Adhere acyrlic "Shine" sticker to bottom right hand side of page.  Place a small tag (from ephemera pack) to top right hand side of page.  Use a sewing machine to stitch down.  Place an acrylic star on top.  Stamp phrase stamp onto page using white dye based ink.  Finish page by using a sewing machine to add random stitching to page in a sporadic pattern.












Monday, February 1, 2016

Crate Paper Design Team

I'm so excited to announce that I have joined the Crate paper design team!  Crate paper has been a long time favorite of mine!  With every new release I always look forward to their designs and their Maggie Holmes collections are always gorgeous!



Here are a couple of projects that I have made recently using Crate Paper!




Thank you for stopping by and enjoying my news!  I will have projects soon using their new lines that debuted at CHA!












Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pink Paislee | C'est La Vie Cards


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When I received the C'est La Vie collection, I just couldn't wait to sit down and play with all the beautiful embellishments.  Those cork hearts!!  And the mirrored stickers!!  So fabulous!





I whipped up a couple of quick cards using some of my favorite pieces from the collection.


I kept the themes simple so that they can be used as everyday cards.  I try to keep a lot of those on hand to send out when a friend or loved one needs a card.

The simple Me + You theme of my love card could be used as a Valentine's day card, Anniversary card or everyday card.

This collection should be shipping to retailers soon!  I hope you get the chance to pick some of it up.



collection used: C'est La Vie














Saturday, January 23, 2016

American Crafts | Happy Together

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The colors and patterns in the new Happy Together collection by Amy Tangerine are so vibrant and upbeat, they coordinate beautifully together.







Supplies:  Amy Tangerine Better Together (373999) Rub on Pens, Amy Tangerine Better Together (3739900) Clear Stickers, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373992) Sticker Book, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373993) Die Cut Shapes,  Amy Tangerine Better Together (373975) Him + Her Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373976) Yin + Yang Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373963) Stars + Stripes Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373966) Push + Pull Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373971) Soap + Water Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373964) Sweet + Sour Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373974) Cloud + Sunshine Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373983) Peanut Butter + Jelly Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373982) Bow + Arrow, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373980) Blogs + Coffee Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373979) Fact + Fiction Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373978) Ladies + Gentlemen Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373977) Knot + Bow Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373973) Mom + Dad Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373972) Jack + Jill Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373962) Each + Every Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373969) Back + Forth Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373967) Near + Far Paper, Amy Tangerine Better Together (373960) Hugs + Kisses Paper, Thumb (ST340276) Sticky Dots 0.5



How To: Cut heart background out of background paper using free cut file from Paige Evans available here http://americancrafts.typepad.com/studio/2015/09/instagram-layout-by-paige-evans.html  Fold each heart over and secure with sticky dots.  Cut small pieces of pattern papers and adhere behind each folded heart.  Use a paint brush and white paint
to flick paint across the page.  Set aside to dry.  Print a small black and white photo and trim into a circle.  Adhere circular photo to center of the layout.  Adhere die cut pieces and stickers throughout the page.  Finish page by adding rub on pen to the bottom 
right of page.

















Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Illustrated Faith | Lead Me To The Cross

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I would like to share a new bible journaling page with you today that was shared on the Illustrated Faith blog, inspired by one of my favorite songs "Lead Me To The Cross" by Hillsong.




This song is so inspirational, and it brings tears to my eyes every time that I hear it, for I am reminded of God's love.  If you are familiar or unfamiliar with the song the lyrics go "Lead me to the cross where your love poured out, bring me to my knees, Lord, I lay me down..."  I could actually go on and on about this song, but the words "Lead me to the cross where your love poured out" always stops me in my tracks, no matter what I am doing at the time, or how busy that I am.  Those lyrics bring a certain humility back to me as I am reminded of God's love and his love for us.  



There are many times in the bible where the words lead me come up.  I decided to do my bible journaling on Psalm 139:10 "Even there your hand shall lead me, and our right hand shall hold me."  We cannot see God, but he can see us.  If we stop and take a moment in our busy lives and ask for guidance we will see that God is giving us subtle hints along the way, and leading us in the way that we should go.  In times of comfort he is holding us, another symbol of God's true love for us.



Supplies: Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Big & Bold Hey Sugar Sugar Stickers, Illustrated Faith Homespun Alphas, Illustrated Faith Thankful Printable, Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Grace .25 Washi Tape, Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Whatever Is Lovely 3x4 paper, Bella Blvd Dots Bell Pepper, Bella Blvd Doodads Oreo Black, Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Precision Pen, Bella Blvd Bold & Beautiful 12x12 Alphabet Stickers, Bella Blvd Fruit Punch 12x12 Alphabet Stickers, Bella Blvd Rainy Day 12x12 Alphabet Stickers, Illustrated Faith Gratitude Documented Stamps, Crossway ESV Journaling Bible Single Column, Liquitex Basics Cadmium Yellow, American Carousel Pink Acrylic Paint, Martha Stewart Deep Sea Acrylic Paint, FolkArt Patina Acrylic Paint, Craftsmart Gray Chalkboard Paint, Folk Art Wicker White Acrylic Paint, StazOn Black dye based ink pad