Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! Get in Motion!

Happy New Year!
I am up on the Paper Issues blog with a new challenge.
This January Challenge is all about things in motion.
I don't know about you, but coffee is what signites me into motion each day!

Motion or movement on the page could also be interpreted as the repeated circles and patterns on the page. The Joyful cut file includes circles that I cut in varying sizes and cut the coffee cups and sleeves into circles to layer around the photo.  For this design, I used two large coffee cups.

I started with white gesso on the red patterned paper to soften the edges around the circles.
 Next, I added  the splatters. 
I dry them with a hair dryer after each color of splatters so they don't smear/blend.
 The paint is watered down acrylic paint in red, black, and green.
Yes, total advertisment for Starbucks.  This is my third yearly design using their special cups.
This year, I had to document trying a new flavor: Juniper Latte. 
Also, I love that it shows I was drinking more coffee at 4 pm!! 
Tis' the Season to need
more hours in the day to do all the things!

 Yes, I agree--coffee=magic!

Love these Christmas Thickers in a wood tone color from Crate Paper Merry Days.  The mini foam alpha from Pink Paislee are perfect for secondary title words!

Make the 1st day of the new year a great one with
time to create and play along with the new
Need retail therapy? Gift cards to spend?

Monday, December 31, 2018

Favorites of 2018:Picks for My Top 9 Designs

Happy New Year!
I have had a busy year and did not make as many layouts as I did in 2017,
 but I need to count up my stacks before I get them into albums
 to see what my final count is for the year!
As for my favorites, that is always hard to choose.
These are similar to what the Instagram top 9 ended up being for me as well!

Here are my top layout designs choices of 2018.
Notice my go-to choices??
Three were made with Paper Issues swag bag kits
They are absolutely my favorite kit to create with each month.  
Have you tried one?

My top 9 from Instagram posts:

Things I notice as I browse through them all-

Yes, I still love a good woodgrain background!
  Yes, I still love some rainbow color on my designs. 
Yes, to free PI cut files.
Yes, to kits to speed up the design process!
 Yes, to paint and painted stripes.
Yes, to sprinkling on enamel dots and shapes!

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve!
Here's to more creative play in the new year!!
Check out more at Paper Issues.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Free File Friday: Sweet Moments

Hello! Deccember is flying by and it's time to document 
more sweet moments of the season. I am up on the Paper Issues blog today 
with a free file Friday post.

The December Paper Issues kit, Hard Candy is absolutely fabulous
 and so easy to create pretty pages or projects with! 
The Candy Cane Hearts cut file is the perfect addition
 to the sweet treats my son was decorating with in the photo. 
The Kaisercraft ephemera pieces are so lovely for layering
 and adding details to add to the holiday vibes!

How about the sweet gingerbread cookie ephemera?? 
 I mean how could I not add the perfect sized Amy Tangerine mini bow to the gingerbread person!?
Yes, you need mini bows.  They are so cute on everything!

The woodgrain paper included in the December kit was so easy to match up with this gingerbread themed page. I used machine stitching around the border to off-set the backgrounds with the powerful red polka dots behind this layer.
I released the compound path on the candy canes and created a solid layer for the candy canes. To tie in the white, I added the white acrylic paint splatters and the snowflakes for a visual triangle. The cut file snowflakes are from Snowflake Grid free file.

Thanks for stopping by the blog.  I can't wait to see how you use Paper Issues free cut files in your holiday projects.
There are so many ways to layer cut files, alter them, super-size the design... the ideas are endless.
Here's to hoping your Friday is fabulous!
Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Swanky Swatches: Magical

Hello! Today I am up on the Paper Issues blog with a new layout based on this month's swatch colors!  I couldn’t wait to look through my holiday photos to find one to coordinate to the swatch and use the new Paper Issues December scrapbook kit "Hard Candy"!  I drew inspiration from the swatch colors as well as the wreath image!  Scroll to the end of this blog post for the December swatch!

 The Lawn Fawn patterned paper trees are so much rainbow fun and a great option away from the typical green and red!  I love mixing the enamel dots in to further add colors to the design.

I layered the free PI cut file bud wreath, which included the inner circle to cut the Lawn Fawn patterned paper to size. Get out that thread and add messy strings as well as stitching to add texture.

The watercolored Kaisercraft ephemera pieces are so beautiful and mix right in with other collections.  I recommend stocking up on extra Kaisercraft items in the store before it's gone. 
 It is such a pretty holiday collection.
 The December kit includes Pinkfresh wooden alpha stickers and they are the cutest!
 The small size is perfect for smaller titles and using to layer just as I did on top of the photo. 
I also layered the Magical title word on top of the photo and it is from the Joyful free cut file.

I wanted to remember this sweet story of a giving man
 who noticed us at church Christmas Eve and
 asked if we would enjoy a day at the nearby LegoLand since he works there. 
He rounded up six tickets for us and it was a fabulous
 95 degree day in LegoLand to end our holiday vacay in FL.
Some people are truly magical!!
 I hope you will check out the December challenges
  Swanky Swatches is a great place to start. 
The color swatch and images are instantly inspiring!!
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Thanks for visiting today!                       
Play along with all of the December challenges and tag us on social media. 
I love to see what you are creating!  
I hope you grabbed your December scrapbook or swag bag kit!
 If not, get one today for 20% off, 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Scraplift Sunday- Family

Hello!  It is Sunday, and that means there's an all new Scraplift Sunday to check out at Paper Issues.  Today I am showing my lift of Angie's amazing concentric circles!  I am up on the Paper Issues blog today with more on this lift including Angie's original.

Circles are a design element I am drawn to and I couldn't wait to change up the design slightly by using a circular cut file.  The Concentric Dotty Rings free cut file  was perfect for the base of this design idea. I used the Authentique floral paper from the November PI kit: Family Tradition to peek through the back of the cut file. It was a subtle way to add colors behind my background.

Check out the amazing  Jen Hadfield Patio Party woodgrain Thicker words, and I was drawn to how Angie used them in her design.  I lifted that immediately from the PI November kit (yes, the amazing wood-look Thickers are included!), and started pulling little leaves stickers, chipboard, and fall ephemera items.  This November kit includes so many it was easy to find enough to cover the entire space!

Stamps are something  I have so many of and yet, I rarely pull them out to add them to my page designs.  I adore how Angie had the Heidi Swapp word stamps sprinkled throughout her circles admist the ephemera pieces.  Since the cut file had so many holes, I limited the stamping to just a few in three spaces.  The handwritten stamp words by Heidi Swapp are a must to have if you don't already own them!

The gold mist was the perfect touch to add to the swirly effect of the fall leaves.  I added it at the end and love the added color it brings to the design.  The November Family Tradition kit made this design come together so quickly.  I also snuck in there the October kit: Uma Thurman's PLS Corn Maze paper for my photo mat.  It is definitely not just a Halloween kit. The double sided papers are so versatile for other projects.

We hope you are still playing along with this weekend's Fall Online Crop at Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook group. There are so many fun challenges to get inspired. Hope to see your entries in the crop albums!

This week's SLS will be posted in the November challenge album. Play along all month long on the November challenges.  This one is a great one to play along with and customize like I did by using a cut file, stamps, embellishments or stickers.

Shop at Paper Issues and grab the new November kits or new holiday collections!
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