November 19, 2014

November Clique Kits Blog Hop

Hi everyone. Welcome to the Pep Rally for Clique Kits! Here's a layout that I created using the November "Homecoming" kit. I love the colors in this kit and the variety of papers that came with it. I created seven gorgeous layouts with this kit! I practically used all of my scraps too. HAHA. Every now and then, I'll create a layout that I'm not sure if I love it or hate it. And this is one of them. After I finished scrapping this layout, I looked over at Edward and asked Edward what did he think. Did he like it? He looked at it and said, "boring". Jeez. LOL. So I slept on it and when I woke up and looked at it again, I decided that I didn't like it either. So I cut around my frame using scissors...

And then I matted the Gold Punchinella paper from Clique Kits "Homecoming" kit onto white cardstock. Then I put my original layout that I cut out onto the paper and this is the difference... I LOVE IT!

Cardstock: American Crafts, Vellum paper: Studio Calico, Patterned paper: Webster's Pages, Lemon Owl, Die cuts: Lemon Owl, Buttons: Studio Calico, Enamel dot: Doodlebug Design, Veneer leaf: Freckled Fawn, Glue: Helmar, November "Homecoming" kit by Clique Kits.
Here's another layout that I submitted to Paper Crafts for publication that never got picked up. They had a call out for stripes...
And if you're looking for more inspiration, just take a look at this awesome mood board! I know right?
Thanks for stopping by today. I really appreciate it. Your next stop is Stephanie. Enjoy!

November 18, 2014

Shimelle rocks!

Hello everybody. I don't have much to share today. So far, the week is going ok. HAHA. It's still early though. Anyway, I have a simple layout to share with you. Last week I received my order from the Clique Kits. I've been eyeing up Shimelle's collection for some time now. At first, I wasn't sure if I liked the collection because of the pink, but I have to say, the more I look at it, I love it! I think if you can find a way to see pass all the pink, you will like it too. I must say, I love the pop of pink on this layout even though I hate pink. This collection is perfect for story telling. What do you think? The Clique Kit Store has a few left in stock and you can get yours with a 10% discount by using NICOLE10. Happy scrapping!

Supplies: Cardstock: My Mind's Eye, Patterned paper: Stickers: Die cuts: Rubons: American Crafts, Enamel dots: Basic Grey.
And here's another layout that I created using the same collection. I love this one so much. I am so lucky to work with some great people everyday and call them great friends of mine.

November 11, 2014


Hi everyone. What have you been reading lately? I've been reading the Outlander series. And I am hooked!! I just finished the third book "Voyager". I like where the 4th book is heading! Can't wait to start.

In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.
While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.
I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness."
Gabaldon creates characters that you'll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after you've finished the book. --Candy Paape

I am going to take a break from the Outlander series and read Kim Harrison's last book in the Hollows series. Good stuff.

Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.
But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.
To save Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.

Family love

Hi everyone. I am having another lazy day with the little man today. We colored, watched Frozen and The Lego Movie and have just been having a nice day together. I've had this layout saved on my computer for months now when I thought that Bella Blvd. would be having a design team in September... But they aren't having one until the spring. I just love this layout so much. I used 4 4"x4" squares cut from patterned paper and lots of die cuts. I am loving die cuts lately. They are great for filling in naked spaces on layouts.

Supplies: Cardstock: Doodlebug Designs, Patterned paper: Die cuts: Stickers: Button: Bella Blvd., Ribbon: May Arts.


November 10, 2014

Playing with water colors.

Happy Monday everyone. Today, I have another layout to share with you using the November "Homecoming" kit from Clique Kits. This kit is so gorgeous and versatile. At first glance, I thought the kit looked rather girly, but I managed to get a boy layout out of it! One of the kit add-ons this month was water color paints. I have yet to try water colors out so I decided to challenge myself to try something new this month. The camera paper by Lemon Owl went perfectly with the water color paints!

While working with these paints, I realized that it's better to add a good amount of water to the paints because the paints really soak up the water. I found it easier to paint on my patterned paper when the paint was saturated with a good amount of water so the paint wasn't too dry. 

I used a small brunch so that I could try to stay within the lines. Also, each time I switched colors, I washed the brush off with clean water and dried the brush using a paper towel.

I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut my titles and then painted them too! I wasn't sure if I wanted to use the "happy" cut or the "laugh" cut until I started working on my layout. In the end, I chose the "laugh" cut.

Aren't they pretty? Love the look that water colors add to a layout.

I free-hand cut the heart to use as a template around my collage of photos to use as a nice frame for my photos. I really think it pulls this layout together nicely.

And a close up of my little cutie. Ha, he totally cracks me up.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you haven't subscribed to Clique Kits, now is the time since they are taking new subscribers for the month of November. If you're not a subscriber and you see a few things in the shop you'd like to use, use NICOLE10 in the coupon box prior to checking out to save 10% on your purchases.