July 4, 2015

I have a secret...

I have been holding a secret for a week now! It's been so hard keeping the news to myself, but I can now share it. I made the Pretty Little Studio Design Team! I applied a few years ago and didn't make it so I decided not to give up on the idea. And since I actually had some Pretty Little Studio product that I purchased from the Clique Kit store, I thought to myself, why not? Congrats to the rest of the ladies who made the team along  with me!

July 3, 2015

Creating a collage backgound using gelatos

Happy Friday friends! Today, I have a fun layout to share with you. I used the July kit from Clique Kits which featured lots of goodies from Chickaniddy Crafts! I love the 345 collection! I've been wanting to play with some mixed media for a while now so I decided to pull out my gelatos and have fun with this layout. I had so much fun creating this layout. Although it to a lot of time to make, it was well worth it. What do you think? And I am going to share with you, step-by-step how easy the background was to make!

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper: Stickers: Brads: Stamps: Enamel keys and arrow: Sticker alphas: Chickaniddy Crafts, Flair: Clique Kits, Paint dabber: Ranger (Pearl), Gelatos: Faber-Castell, Circle Stamps: Hero Arts, Washi tape: Freckled Fawn, Heart punch: Epiphany Crafts, Black pen: Marvy.
1st: Pick 3 of your favorite gelato colors. I picked yellow, blue, green and light pink.
2nd: Use the gelatos to cover the entire surface of the white cardstock. Don't worry if your gelatos break.
3rd: Once the entire paper is covered, use a paint brush and water to blend in the gelatos. Do one color at a time to avoid mixing the colors together. After you blend in the gels, use your fingers to smear the gels into the white cracks.

4th: Once the paper is dried, take a Pearl paint dabber by Ranger and dab several circles onto the paper.
5th: If you are looking to do a little more with your background, feel free to add a few stamped images or stencils. I added circles.
Once you are satisfied with the background of your layout, adhere your photo and start scrapping!
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that I have inspired you to give gelatos a try. There may be gelatos available in the Clique Kits Store. Feel free to use coupon code "NICOLE10" to save 10% on your store purchase (excludes kits).

July 1, 2015

Back home...

Hi friends. I have a non-scrappy post today! I know that my family will be happy to see that. Haha. Edward and I are just now getting settled from our five day vacation at the beach with my family. Marc invited us back and we had a blast. We ended up having one rainy day while there, but that was okay because we took Edward to the Arcade and played Boggle and Canasta! Fun, fun, fun.

Here are some of my favorite photos from our week. We did so much in five days, it's no wonder I was exhausted when we got home. I am just now feeling back to normal. Haha

This little crabby wanted to hang out and play!

Edward and this boy played together for hours on the beach. They had such a great time together. It's nice to see how easy it is for Edward to meet new friends.

I love watching birds fly in the air... I could literally sit and watch them for hours.

Seriously LOVE this shot. So very cute.

Edward had a blast on the rides. He got on so many, I lost count. There were hardly any lines and with the bracelet, we paid $25 and he rode as many as he wanted in three hours. It was the perfect amount of time because after two hours, mommy was ready to go. I do not do rides... I simply watch because I get motion sickness and it's ROUGH.

I love seeing him HAPPY. He is such a happy little guy.

Maybe, one year, I will go on this Ferris wheel. I might be able to handle this one. It's a BIG one though and I am afraid of heights.

Marc and momom had fun talking. :) Check out those orange glasses! That's the style baby!

Ah... there are no words.

Matt took Edward out on the Paddle boat. I think he was a little nervous, but he wouldn't admit it. After about twenty minutes, Matt brought him back in. I think Edward thought they were going in canoes.

Edward and his grandma who he loves more than anything in this world. Well except for me. :)

June 30, 2015

Building a sandcastle

Hi everyone. Hope you're having a great summer! I have a fun summer layout to share with you. Edward spent two hours on the beach one day building sandcastles and I enjoyed watching him. He's such a joy to have around. So easy to please.

I love the Papers in Pretty Little Studio's "You and Me" collection. It's such a pretty collection and I thought the papers would make a great summer layout. Since I had some flags from their "Island Treasure" collection, I decided to cut out the "building a sandcastle" flag to use as a sub title for my layout. Also, I am loving their Faux cork alpha die cuts! At first, I wasn't sure if I could work with the big alphas, but I am loving how they look on this layout! Totally fun. I added some embellishments and stamping from Ali Edwards Story Kit to complete the layout.

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned Paper: Stickers: Die cut alphas: Flag: Pretty Little Studio, Washi tape: Freckled Fawn, Enamel dots: WRMK, Freckled Fawn, Chipboard: Stamps: Transparency: Ali Edwards, Circle punch: Stampin'Up, Pen: Marvy.

Thanks for stopping by today!

June 29, 2015

Life is a journey

One of my favorite things about Clique Kits is the Clique Kits exclusive cards that comes with the kits. I love Lacey's creativity. She is a genius with it comes to creating original flair badges, digital prints files, exclusive cards and cut files for the kits! I am hoping that one day I can take a few graphic design courses!

I'm not sure how I feel bout this layout. It was missing something, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it until I started blogging about it.. then I saw how it was balanced at all... So I decided to add two more cards to the left side of the layout and journal at the bottom to try and pull this layout together.

Here is my second take. I think I like this much better. Initially, I was going to just let the words on the cards do the talking for me, but they weren't enough. I needed MY words on the layout. Do you ever go back and add to a layout after letting it sit for the night?
Supplies: Patterned paper: Die cuts: Epoxy stickers: Crate Paper, Star punch: Epiphany Crafts, 4x6 paper: Studio Calico, "Here" sticker: Studio Calico, Die cutting machine: Silhouette Portrait, Cards: Clique Kits.