April 27, 2015

Missing my babies...

Hi everyone. I've spent most of the day creating layouts with the May "Carnival" kit from Clique Kits. It's no surprise that I love this kit because I LOVE Amy Tangerine's stuff. I love the bright colors in this kit. My layouts practically scrapped themselves because the kit was that awesome. :@)

Okay, I am over exaggerating a little, but really, this kit has so many possibilities. I am so glad that I bought the add-ons because they are awesome! If you're a subscriber, what add-ons did you purchase? I bought pretty much all of the add-ons and I am proud to say, I used all of it! I can't wait to share my projects with you this month.

Today, I am going to share a layout that was a little hard for me. I miss my dogs. Over the past few years, they had to be put down due to their health. My husband took this picture of me with the dogs over 6 years ago. I was about three months pregnant with Edward. I am so thankful for my love of photos... even though my babies are gone, I still have pictures of them. They will never be forgotten.

Although, this layout was hard for me... I had some fun with it! I played with my acrylic paint and new stencils! Love the floral stencils. They really helped make this layout pop. Wouldn't you say? Initially, I was going to include the chipboard alphas on this layout. I painted them green, but it just didn't look right so I used my stencils to write "Love" at the top.

 
Supplies: Cardstock: Patterned paper: Epoxy stickers: Washi tape: Rotary stamp: Chipboard heart: Stencil: American Crafts, Stamp: Ali Edwards, Daisy Brad: Chickaniddy Crafts, Ink: Clearsnap, Other: Paint.
 
Since I had quite a bit of scraps leftover from my kit after creating almost 5 layouts, I decided to use them for a fun border for my layout. This was super easy to do. Just cover the edges of the 8 1/2"x11" cardstock using washi tape and strips of patterned paper. It should look similar to this when you are finished. Once you have the base completed, simply trim another piece of white cardstock down to 8"x10 1/2" and adhere it to the middle of the base so that it makes everything look nice and even.
 
 
 
I used ink for my stencils and then I painted my kraft doily. It's been too lock since I've played with my paints. I may create another layout using paints. I have to figure out what I want to do.
 
Here's a close up of my cluster of embellisments. I love how this one turned out. There is a daisy brad at the very bottom of the layout. I accidently stamped something upside down and needed to cover it somehow! Yes, I make happy mistakes all of the time. :@)
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today! Please come again...


April 25, 2015

National Scrapbooking Day

Hi everybody. Before you know it, it will be May 3rd, National Scrapbooking Day! If you're looking for a place to hang out, chat with some fun ladies and participate in some challenge, be sure to mark your calenders. Make sure you join the Clique Kits Group on Facebook since this will be where all the challenges will be listed and best of all, Clique Kits will be giving away LOTS of prizes. It's gonna be fun so don't miss out!

The challenges will start at 12 p.m. on May 3rd and will run until 9 p.m. central time. In the meantime, here are some sneak peeks of two layouts that I created for my challenge. Any guesses on what the challenge will be? I'll give you a hint, it has something to do with the FONT on my blog. :@)

 
 
Hope to see you there!

April 24, 2015

Ali Edward's Story Kits

Back in December, I seriously thought about joining Ali's Story Kits. I have always loved Ali's work and still do. She inspired me years ago to use my handwriting on my own layouts to tell my stories. Last week, I decided to take the plunge and sign up for both, the Story Kit and stamp kit. I really loved Ali's stamps from Technique Tuesday so I had to sign up for her stamps because I just know they will be awesome.

I signed up last Friday and already received the kit yesterday! Yay. I scrapped two project life layouts today. Back in January I decided to challenge myself to create one project life spread per month. I tried, but I can't do a monthly spread as planned... It intimidates me so I figured out what I am going to do from now going forward. I am going to create a page per month using "A" favorite photo or two and that's it! Then I will use a little journaling card to tell my story. Sounds easy right? We'll see how that works out. Ha.

 
I really like the packaging of the Kit. They are packaged in a vellum envelope. The packaging is nice and sturdy for easy storaging.

 
 
I love how this one turned out. The large wood veneer camera embellishment is the icing on the cake for me. I wish I had another one, but I have the digital files so I can cut more out using my Silhouette Portrait. Best gift ever.
 
 
Thanks for visiting today!

April 22, 2015

April Clique Kits Pep Rally




Hi everyone. Welcome to the April Pep Rally for Clique Kits! You should be arriving from Lacey's blog. In case you've gotten lost along the way, you start at the Clique Kits blog. I've had so much fun creating with the Happy Everything kit. This kit was chocked full of goodies. One of Clique Kit's biggest kit and I was lucky enough to receive one! The colors, patterns and embellishments makes me so happy. What about you? If you're not a current subscriber and wish to be one, get yourself on our wait list so you don't miss out on future kits!
 
 
 
I love all of the different patterns in this kit. You can probably tell by looking at my layouts. I couldn't decide on what patterns to use so I used them all! I've had this picture for a month now of Mischelle and I from when we went to see "Fifty Shades of Grey" and finally scrapped it. Love how this one turned out. We've been friends for 17 years now! A long time. I am pretty sure we'll grow old together!
 
 
I've created a few other layouts just in case you missed them this month up on the blog! I hope Pinkfresh Studio has another collection coming out soon because I think I've found another favorite manufacturer to add to my list!

 

This month, Clique Kits had some fun printables that came with the kit. I love when these are added to the kit because the possibilities are endless! We have some cut files and printables for sale in the school store! Click here if you are interested

 
Supplies: Cardstock: Thickers: American Crafts, Patterned paper: Stickers: Rub-ons: Wood veneer: Cards: Pinkfresh Studio, Printables: Flair: Clique Kits, Other: Paint.
 
This April, Clique Kits is celebrating our 1 year Anniversary. We are so excited that we have been able to share our passion for scrapbooking and build such a supportive international community. Show us a celebration of any kind for this month's Pep Rally- it could be a birthday, anniversary, wedding, reunion, or just an everyday party...you can either show us in a layout, make a card for any celebration, or  show us how you use your supplies for party decor-the sky's the limit! Even if you don't have anything celebration themed to scrap this month- feel free to share in the body of your post something you are celebrating in the month of April. 
 
Also, if you're thinking about trying out a kit, use NICOLE10 to save 10% on your next order in the Clique Store! Thanks for stopping by today. I really appreciate it. Your next stop is Danielle. Enjoy!
 

April 21, 2015

Water color images

Hi friends. I've been scrapping! It's been a little over a month since I've been able to sit down and scrap. It's been crazy busy lately. Have you seen the free classes that Scrapbook.com has to offer? They are incredible! I just took a class on how to use my Gelatos. I've had these things for over a year now and I never know what to do with them! So I took the free class on how to create water color images using Gelatos, stamps and water! It was super easy to do and I am pleased with my first layout using this fun technique.

 
Products used: Cardstock: American Crafts, Cards: Die cuts: Tag: Fancy Pants Designs, Washi tape: Glitz Designs, Stamp: Ali Edwards, Enamel heart: Chickaniddy Crafts, Gelatos: Faber-Castell, Stamp: Hero Arts
 
How to:
1. Select a few different colors of the Gelatos you want to use.
 
2. Cover the entire stamp using desired colors. (Make sure you cover the entire surface).
 
 
3. Gently spray water all over the Gelatos to make it wet. (I did not have a water bottle so I used my pearl mist instead).
 
 
4. Then take your paper and place it over top of the stamp.
5. Press down all over the stamp using your paper without moving the paper.
6. Carefully, lift the paper and let it dry.

Thanks for stopping by today and hopefully, I've inspired you to take one of the free classes over at www.scrapbook.com!