May 26, 2015

Experimenting with watercolors

Hi everybody. About a month ago, I bought an Aqua Painter from Erica's Stampin'Up party thinking it would really be cool not to have to keep dipping my paint brush in water every few seconds. Can I just tell you, this tool is awesome! Simply fill the Aqua Painter up with water, soak the tip on desired watercolor and start painting. These brushes give your layouts a much more defined paint brush stroke than a normal paint brush. I need to order another one to have on hand. Don't let the price of these babies deter you away from buying them... I promise you'll love them.

I literally just dipped my brush on the desired color, made a few strokes back and forth, squeezed the painter a little to get the water flowing down the brush, selected another color and created a few more strokes until I was satisfied with my background. Super easy. I didn't even need to watch a video to see how these can be used! Also , before switching colors, simply use a paper towel to remove the previous color from the brush before dipping it into another color. What do you think? I love trying new things. I must admit, I cannot believe that this was created with my own hands.
Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper: Ella Viv, Epoxy heart sticker: Star clip: Washi tape: Freckled Fawn, Digital camera stamp: "Treasure" stamp: Ali Edwards, Sticker words: Ali Edwards, Heart, Star and book stamp: Mommy Lhey, Ink: Momento, Clearsnap, Aqua Painter: Stampin'Up, Watercolor paint: Royal & Langnickel, Pen: Marvy.
And here is my very first Youtube video so that you can see how I created the background. It really is simple. My video isn't perfect... but I did try.

May 25, 2015

Cut that paper up

Hi everyone. Happy Monday! I have another fun layout to share with you using the May "Carnival" kit by Clique Kits. I really had fun with this one. I loved the little circle patterns this layout, but wanted a white background so I hand cut them to make them work for me. I filled the center of the circles with jewels, brads, chipboard, flair, stickers and punches! Once I was satisfied with the layout, I sprinkled some mist onto the layout and added a few sentimental stamps within the circles. The "keeper" and "good times" labels were actually part of the washi tape. I adhered them on patterned paper and trimmed them out.

Seriously, when it comes to my family and getting family photos done, it's almost impossible to get everyone to cooperate. It happens EVERY SINGLE TIME. Not kidding. Leave it to Aunt Katie to ruin a perfect shot. But I still love it anyway.

Supplies: Cardstock: Patterned paper: Stickers: Washi tape: Chipboard: American Crafts, Flair: Clique Kits, Stamps: Ali Edwards Story Stamp Kit (Click), Star punch: Epiphany Crafts, Ink: Clearsnap, Brad: Chickaniddy Crafts, Mist: Heidi Swapp.
A little close up of how I filled in the circles. Fun, fun, fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!

May 24, 2015

Scrapping those little things...

Just in case you were wondering, I am still going strong... I haven't given up on project life just yet. In fact, I just created a new double spread page layout using Ali Edwards's "Little things" story kit. As soon as I saw the theme for this month, I knew what I wanted to scrap. I have been taking pictures of Edwards "little things" over the past few years such as drawings, legos and things that he likes to make. These are treausred memories that I hope to share with him when he gets older!

It took me over an hour to complete these two pages... They may look simple, but they really aren't. I have such a hard time with project life pages. I am not sure why!
And I just started this cute little instagram mini album. For the past few years, I've been scanning Edward's artwork when he brings them home from school. I think I am going to  them all and put them in this little book!

Thanks for stopping by today!

May 21, 2015


Hi everyone. I have a fun layout to share with you. I bought this Studio Tekturek paper from the Clique Kits store a few months ago because I LOVE blue and green, but didn't know when I would use it... I just knew that I needed it. :) What can I say, I love patterned paper. A lot. The papers are on sale for $4 bux for like 10 sheets of paper in the store. Get yours while you can and save 10% just by using NICOLE10 in the coupon section before checking out.

I love how the Freckled Fawn embellishments look on here as well as the smiley face stamps by Mommy Lhey! Fun stamps! I really like them. Normally, I don't have much time to scrap with the little man around, but today I had off and he went to school... and it was heaven! And no, I don't feel bad about that. :@)

Supplies: Patterned paper: Studio Tekturek, Flair: Clique Kits, Puffy stickers: Studio Calico, Vellum stickers: Die cut: Freckled Fawn, Smiley face stamp and journaling lines: Mommy Lhey, Sentiment stamps: Chickaniddy Crafts.

May 20, 2015

May Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hi everyone. Welcome to the May Pep Rally for Clique Kits! I actually kicked off the Pep Rally from the Clique Kit website, but just in case you are visiting, feel free to join in on the hop. Invite your friends to join and comment for your chance to win a May kit of your own! In case you've gotten lost along the way, you can start at the Clique Kits blog. I've had so much fun creating with the Carnival kit. This kit was chocked full of goodies and I think this is the first kit in awhile that I actually killed... I made a total of 6 layouts and 4 cards with this kit. It's so very pretty. What do you think? 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! Don't forget to comment along the way for your chance to win the May kit that is currently sold out.

I can't believe that on May 8th, my husband and I celebrated our 11th anniversary. We've been married for 11 years, together for 16 years. Dang, that's a long time! Not quite half my life-time, but not far off. This photo was of the two of us... we were celebrating with our family, the night before our wedding on May 7, 2004.

 Supplies: Cardstock: Patterned paper: Washi tape: Stamps: Epoxy stickers: Mini rotary stamp: American Crafts, Kraft doilies: Maya Road, Mist: Heidi Swapp, Ink: Clearsnap.

Close up of my journaling:

Here are a few other layouts/cards that I created so far this month using this fabulous kit.

Also, if you're thinking about placing an order in the school store, use NICOLE10 to save 10% on your entire order in the Clique Store (does not include kits)! Thanks for stopping by today. I really appreciate it.