Monday, October 28, 2013

American Crafts October Gallery - Love the Fall

Hi everyone!

I am back sharing more October Gallery layouts today for American Crafts using their brand spanking new Autumn Crisp Collection.  When this collection arrived on my doorstep I squealed.  Fall is my favorite season - and the colors, textures and embellishments in this collection are amazing!

Love The Fall Layout

My inspiration for this layout started by cruising the Silhouette store for some fun fall files.  When I am stuck on a project or just don't know where to begin, I often start there.  I found this amazing speech bubble title and these cute fall leaves there.

To give my leaves some texture, I ran them through my sewing machine, and left some of the threads hanging for a fun look.

I love the colors in this collection.  That beautiful pink gave me an excuse to try out a new spray mist that I picked up from October Afternoon called Pink Balloon (I think it is going to become a favorite of mine).  To complete the look I added some wood buttons, photo overlay, wood paperclip and fall leaves.

Also, I have a second layout to share with you today.  I couldn't pick just two layouts to share for the American Crafts October gallery so I made three.  To see my other gallery post go here.

Exploring Fall

 I loved this photo that I had of my BichPoo Roxy walking around in the fall leaves and decided that it was perfect to use with the Autumn Crisp collection.

 I cut the leaf, title and circular doilies using my Silhouette Cameo and then used the doilies as a mask to get my layout started.  I also handstitched around them using embroidery floss.  

So Fun!

Thanks for stopping by today and letting me share my gallery layout.  If you love Fall as much as I do then this collection is a must have for you!

Have a good one!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

American Crafts October Gallery - Me And You

Me and You

Hi there!  I am so excited to share today's layout, because it incorporates two of my favorite things - large photos and the Polka Dot Party collection from Dear Lizzy!  I really love the soft colors in this collection and all of the fun embellishments...

Because I was working with such a soft photo, I decided to keep the embellishments at a minimum.  I love those resin flowers, and all of the fun wood veneer pieces in this collection.

 Along the bottom of my photo I added a small strip of vellum and stitched it down.  I love how it adds to the soft look.

To finish the layout I added a few of the die cuts included in this collection.  I just love the way it all came together!

Thanks for stopping by today!

supplies: Polka Dot Party Epoxy Stickers (366198) - Accent & Phrase, Polka Dot Party Adhesive Resin layered Flowers (366203) -  Polka Dot Party Wood Veneer Shapes (366204) -Icon & Phrase, Polka Dot Party Cardstock Tags (366206) - , Polka Dot Party Cardstock Die-Cuts (366205) - Shapes & Phrases, Polka Dot Party Mini Clothes pins (366208) - , Savvy Skirt Double Sided Cardstock (366168) - Dear Lizzy, Wonderful Wrapping Double Sided Cardstock (366178) - Dear Lizzy, Warm Welcome Double Sided Cardstock (366160) - Dear Lizzy, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Accents - Dear Lizzy, Neopolitan

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Color Challenge is up at Life Paper Scrapbook

Hi There!

 There is a new Color Challenge up at the Life Paper Scrapbook, and I hope you will play along with us.  There is a fun prize up for grabs...

Here is my layout that I created based on the inspiration photo:

Mr. Matt Layout

I thought that the soft colors in the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party collection would work perfectly for this challenge.  I added some fun Studio Calico wood pieces and sequins to the mix.

The sponsor for the LPS October Color Challenge is Freckled Fawn who are giving away an October OH DEER ME kit to the winner.

About Freckled Fawn: Doe (AesaLina) and Deer (Richard Compton) founded Freckled Fawn in January 2012. Their small online boutique Freckled has transformed into a company that specializes in manufacturing scrapbook embellishments and provides a monthly embellishment kit called OHDEERME. The monthly OHDEERME Embellishment Kit is an exciting new concept in the scrapbooking world. Each month, Freckled Fawn designs and manufactures a collection of coordinating embellishments. You will receive a tin filled with enough embellishments to inspire you as you create dozens of lovely projects! With the OHDEERME embellishments in hand, browsing your personal paper stash each month will become an exciting endeavor as you preserve your memories, fashion a card for just the right occasion, or add flair to a gift for a special person.

Connect with Freckled Fawn [Shop] [Kit Club] [Facebook] [ Instagram ]

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Not a subscriber? Ask one of your subscriber friends to refer you so you both earn $5.
More details can be found HERE.

Want a chance to win an OHDEERME kit?  All you have to do is create a layout using the above color scheme and link it up over at Life Paper Scrapbook.  Good Luck, I can't wait to see your creations!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Issue 3 of Life Paper Scrapbook Magazine is out!

Hi there!

Happy Friday!  I'm stopping by real quick today to let you know that Issue #3 of Life Paper Scrapbook Magazine is out.

This issue is PACKED with inspiring work from the LPS DT and LPS readers from all around the world.
We also have two great articles about project life (for all you Project Lifers out there). So grab a big cuppa and dive in.  You are sure to be inspired.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and if you look closely you will see a few pages from me in there:)
You can download your free copy of the issue HERE


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Weekend Recap and More...

Wow, is it really the end of the week already?  How did it go by so fast.   This last week has been so busy for me that I just lost track of time.

Last Thursday I had two of my favorite peeps come to stay with me.  Michelle flew in from Southern California and Suzy drove up from the Bay area to spend the weekend with muah.  I am so thankful to have such good friends.  We always have the best time together and last weekend was no different.  We spent Friday and Saturday at Its all about the Scrapbook where we hosted a fun crop together and Suzy taught a fun class.  Then, on Sunday I took the girls to Old Sacramento where we did some shopping, dining and did a fun photo shoot:

Upon getting their we realized that my tripod was broken (I have a 14 year old daughter to thank for that).  So we had to improvise (thank goodness Suzy is an amazing photographer and she can run fast).

  I had such a great time with my girls, I always enjoy their company.  They left on Monday, then I had to immerse myself in classes.  I am going back to work this Fall for Canon.  The marketing company that I used to work for contacted me about another job opening in my area.  It is not the same position as before, but luckily I still get to work with Canon and will be working hands on this time with their cameras.  The position is part time but will pick up to full time around the holidays, so I will not be blogging as regularly as I do now during November and December.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Life Paper Scrapbook October Sketch Challenge

Hi there!

It's time for our October Sketch challenge today over at Life Paper Scrapbook.  For the Month of October the LPS DT were asked to work with this fun sketch:

and here is the layout that I made based on the sketch:

Vacation Layout:

Pattern papers: Bella Blvd (Daily Chevies Collection)
Crocheted hearts: Bella Blvd
Stickers: Bella Blvd
Feathers: Bella Blvd
Vellum & confetti: Craft Supply
Puffy Stickers: Skipping5
wood veneer frame: Freckled Fawn
veneer pieces: Studio Calico
Clothespin: American Crafts
Die cut pieces: Silhouette Cameo
spray mist: Studio Calico

Play along with our Sketch Challenge this month and you can win product from our sponsor Studio Fourteen40

  • Studio Fourteen40 is an exciting new business who made their debut into the paper-craft scene in September this year. Owner and designer, Sandra Allan is ecstatic that her 'baby' generated so much interest and excitement within such a short time.

    Sandra, who lives with her husband Matt and their three children in Melbourne, Australia has a keen eye for detail and a love of design and colour. Having worked within the industry and alongside some amazing talent, Sandra had a deep seeded dream to launch her own collection of scrapbooking embellishments and make her own mark on the industry, eventually taking the plunge and giving birth to Studio Fourteen40.

    Whilst it is early days at Studio Fourteen40 and Sandra has 13 collections of tin button flairs released, there are plenty more on the drawing board. Sandra has grand dreams for her business and cannot wait to share more of her designs and release other embellishments into her line.

    Visit to keep up with the latest releases and exciting announcements and view the entire range. - Store, will be opening shortly.
    and now for the prize..... Studio Fourteen40 is giving away 6 packets of flair (winners choice)
    to be entered into this contest all you have to do is play along with the sketch challenge and post yours at Life Paper Scrapbook.
    Good luck!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Halloween Mantel Decorating with American Crafts...

Earlier this week I shared a layout using the new American Crafts exclusive for Target Halloween collection.  To see that post you can go here .

Today, I would like to share another project made from the product that was sent to me.

Each year I love decorating the house for Halloween with lots of spooky items and Fall decor.  To pull my fireplace mantel together this year I used the American Crafts banner kit, and labels.

I used leftover papers that I had from Halloween paper pad that was sent to me to put together this spooky tree.  I simply ran the papers through my Silhouette Cameo and cut out a few spooky bats to complete the look.

This Halloween Banner kit was so simple and fun to use that my daughter helped me put it together.  To add an extra little pizzazz to it, I backed each letter (that is included in the kit) with coffee filters before gluing them on to the banner.  It added some texture and dimension (two things I love).

Make sure you check out your local Target store to get some of these fun exclusive supplies :)

American Crafts Supply List:
6X6 Paper Pad (97144) - Halloween,  Labels (97143) - Halloween, Banner Kit (97149) - Halloween, Witch Hat Placecards (97150) - Halloween, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive