Monday, September 10, 2018

Read It: Pinspire Me

Hello! A fun September mood board is ready for you in the 
Facebook Friends and Fans group. I was so inspired by the stack of books that
 I immediately set out to use my Silhouette to cut books and use them with my son's photo! 
Check out my blog post at Paper Issues to check out the moodboard and other details!
September's Mood Board:
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For the book cut files, I grabbed my watercolors 
and chose colors that matched the Simple Stories Lil Dude papers.  
After drying it, I added fine line doodle outlines with my WE R ruler on each of the books 
to give the stack of books more definition.


I love the reflection of the book and my son in the countertop. 
 It was a fun picture to capture because usually they are 
hiding in their rooms when they read!  
I love the text overlay in the Thickers and in the patterned paper.
 It all adds details to the reading theme which is an extra bonus!


Tone on tone stickers and little enamel dots for pops of color.


  I hope you check out the September challenges on Facebook,
I have so many challenges I can't wait to try out!
Blue Ain't Your Color is on my desk right now.  
There is so much included!
Get yours before it's gone!
Don't forget to check out the new cut files

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Page Maps- September Sketch

We partnered with Becky Fleck of Page Maps this month at Paper Issues
 and here's my take on the sketch!


You can see I mixed up the sketch and used stars in place of the hearts. 
 It was so much fun to stitch on a layout using lots of colors to coordinate.
The Simple Stories Lil Dude collection was fun to use
 and it paired so well with Ryan's photos from Hawaii.




Check out more PI Design Team team ups with Page Maps on the Page Maps blog.
You can find all of the Page Maps sketches
 for September and play along! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Free File Friday: Paper Piecing using the Cameo

Hello! Today I am on the Paper Issues blog showing you a fun way to paper piece or pattern-block cut files in an easy way by having your Cameo or cutting machine do the intricate pieces (no hand cutting necessary!) Be sure to visit the Paper Issues blog to see my step by step tutorial on how to separate the pieces and offset them to a slightly larger size to back the cut file.

A few close ups:
The Amy Tangerine Sunshine & Good Times watercolor tags included the HOORAY title. It was super fun to rainbow watercolor these to match the background.  I added bits of Sunshine & Good Times ephemera (hello, holographic foil!!) and Thickers to complete the embellies. I kept it minimal as the background packs a punch with color! Love the repetitive rainbow background for a total burst of happiness. Who else loves the magic of seeing a rainbow??

Popping up a cut file from the background with foam dots is a great way to add some dimension and interest! Rainbow enamel dots, yes please! This rainbow was early in the morning during our hike up Diamondhead Crater on Oahu.  The mist and sprinkles of rain gave way to this beautiful double rainbow that we marveled in! A total Hooray!

Have a wonderful weekend, Paper Issues friends! Happy creating! I hope you fire up your cutting machine and try this technique out! Tag us--we'd love to check out your amazing work!
Save 20% off of all the things in the Paper Issues store:
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Post all of your creations in the August Challenge album on Facebook.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Scraplift Sunday-The Ocean is Calling

Hey friends!  I am back sharing this week's Scraplift Sunday on the Paper Issues blog.  
We are lifting a super cool design by Devra (scroll to the bottom of this post.)
 I love the challenge of keeping the design focus to the sides of the paper.

Here's my take:

I was drawn to the wooden background paper by Pink Paislee Summer Lights as the photo I chose had such a strong horizontal line of the ocean in these similar aqua hues.

Love using up paper scraps and the branding strips from papers whenever I can!  This scraplift showed one strip but, you can also stack them up and use up more papers or patterns! 
Get out those mists or paint to splatter with this lift, too!
 I added white acrylic paint to add to the weathered beach vibe!

This scraplift was absolutely perfect for stashbusting a collection you have sitting around with lots of bits & pieces.  I was able to use lots of the stickers, ephemera, and chipboard that was included with Summer Lights! The light makes several of the stickers shimmer an iridescent rainbow of colors. 


Here's Devra's original project we are lifting for August Challenges at Paper Issues

 I sure hope this motivates you to check it out and play along! 
We love seeing all that you create each month! 
 Keep on posting to the challenge album for more chances to win each month!
Save in the Paper Issues store everyday with my code:Stacie



Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Travel- Stick It To Me!

I'm up on the Paper Issues blog today  with the Stick it To Me challenge and it's a super special day, it's my wedding anniversary! Brian and I have been married 19 years today.  He is patient with me and all of my photos (ok, most of them) I stop to take and keeps me laughing.  Here's me hogging the window seat on our Spring Break flight to capture the scenery from the skies!


See the how to on my previous blog post on watercolors with the packaging technique.  This is the project I was creating the background for in the tutorial photos!


Since this was the sticker challenge, I was all about using as many stickers from the Carta Bella Pack your Bags collection and others from an older travel collection, Pink Paislee Atlas. When layering stickers, I prefer to use the tone on tone style so they coordinate and don't end up being messy/distracting from the background layer.



Here's a few more close ups to see the stickers and watercolor background. You can also see how I layered the watercolor stripes to the solid white cardstock and the arrow patterned paper.  This helped to make it lay flat and it wasn't as warped as it had been without the backing!


I added foam ahesive to some of the stickers to add depth and layers. It was a fun challenge to use only stickers as the focus of the design.  I hope you give this one a try before August 5th.  It is a great way to use up your sticker stash and find coordinating pieces to match your paper, photos, or background.

Don't forget to stop by the Paper Issues store for all of your paper crafting needs. 
 We love seeing your awesome designs so tag us on social media!  
Post your projects for July challenges in the Facebook group
 Never know when your design entry gets picked to win the monthly gift cards!
You can play along through August 5th.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!