Monday, November 7, 2016

PGCB #115 - Tag, You're It!

Hello there!

I'm hosting this weeks challenge with the Paper Girls - Tag, You're it! I'm hoping that everyone will join in on this challenge and create a project using tags. What is more exciting, however, is that the Greeting Farm is sponsoring this challenge! They are going to be giving a $25 gift certificate to their store to one random participant in the challenge - so, you should definitely link up with us! They are one of my favorite stamp companies - so I'm thrilled they were willing to sponsor us!

I used this challenge to kick off my own holiday tags! I really love to dress up packages (usually to hide my crummy wrapping job), but I really like how fast tags come together and how much you can personalize them too. Here are a few tags I was able to finish so far:

I cut these cut tags from Cricut Design Space in several different sizes and shapes, because I don't like people to get the exact same tag. I used Cosmo Cricket's Mitten Weather paper collection and chipboard stickers (which is pretty old at this point - gotta use up that stash, right?) and dressed up the tags with purple glitter paper from Close to My Heart. 

Two of the tags I used adorable stamped images from the Greeting Farm, Miss Anya Scarves (which I believe is now retired - but still cute as ever). I colored the images with Copic markers and used a little bit of foam tap to pop them up from the tag a bit. Here are a couple closer-up shots.

I'm glad you were able to stop by! Hope your able to play along with us Paper Girls and link up your projects with tags to our challenge!

Until next time! Happy crafting :)

Monday, August 1, 2016

PGCB #109 - Washi It Up

Hello and happy August!

I'm hosting the "Washi It Up" challenge with Paper Girls these next few weeks - and for good reason too! Summer months tend to be really busy, so when I get to squeeze in craft time, I'm always looking for ways to take short cuts and make easy projects. 

So - WASHI to the rescue! It has become one of my favorite "go-to's" for quick, fun, and easy projects. And, really, how many of you have at least a dozen (or maybe 5 dozen) rolls sitting around just begging to be used??? You don't see me over here bashfully raising my hand - I'm a washi horder!

So, naturally, in the midst of the craziness of summer, my mother had a birthday sneak up on me and almost pass me by (I can't believe I'm admitting this). So, I pulled together a quick little project for her (this probably took me less than an hour from start to finish - and it was SUPER easy to make), and I ended up with an adorable and super colorful picture frame. 

I found four rolls of tape in coordinating colors (these are all from My Mind's Eye Sweetest Thing collections - Tangerine and Lavender) and just started laying tape down on a wooden frame (I got these awesome wooden frames from Ben Franklin on clearance - they are made by Sierra Pacific Crafts).

I was inspired to make these adorable little flowers by watching this video on YouTube - and the feathers were inspired by seeing multiple projects on Pinterest. I embellished the flowers with gems from Pebbles, and they added just the right about of bling. 

I hope that this inspired you to use up those rolls of washi laying around! You have until 11:55pm (MST) on Saturday, August 13th to link up your project for a change to win a collection of goodies from us Paper Girls. I can't wait to see how you use your tape!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 20, 2016

PGCB #106 - Use Your Scraps

Hello there!

The Paper Girls are challenged this week by Michele to use up our scraps to make projects.

I have two bins of scraps; one for patterned paper scraps and the other for solid colored cardstock sorted by color. Organizing my scraps this way is really helpful for pulling together pieces for cards, especially since I typically use my scraps to die cut shapes and various elements.

Here is a card I put together all from scraps:

I tend to have bits and pieces of white cardstock left over after making card bases or journal cards for my scrapbooks, the left pieces are usually perfect to cut smaller cuts like circles, labels, etc. I also use my scraps to stamp and hand cut out images, like this adorable dragon from Tiddly Inks. And, it is inevitable that I have just enough patterned paper to make a statement to tie it all together :)

For this card I used the BluePrints 15 die set from My Favorite Things for the majority of the cuts, and the sentiment is from the Big Scripty Words die set from Lawn Fawn. 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you can link up a project using your scraps to our challenge before 11:59pm on Saturday, 7/2. 


Monday, June 6, 2016

PGCB #105 - The Great Outdoors

Hello, my Crafty Friends!

I am hosting a challenge this week with the Paper Girls and it's all about the Great Outdoors!

With the weather warming up, all I have been wanting to do is play outside! So - why not craft about it, too!

Here is the project I created - it's my Father's Day card for my dad since he loves to fish :)

To create this little scene, I used the adorable stamp set and coordinating dies from Lawn Fawn, Dad & Me and the Stitched Mountain Borders. The scalloped base and banner die for the sentiment are from the Blueprints 27 die set and the grass was cut from the Fresh Cut Grass die - both from My Favorite Things. 

To add a little pop of color, I sponged on a bit of blue ink behind the mountains and also a bit of gree ink around the grass. Then die cut each of my stamped images to create the adorable lake scene. The bears were colored in lightly with my prisma pencils.

I hope that you'll link up your Outdoorsy projects to the Paper Girls challenge blog before 11:59pm MST on Saturday, June 18th. I'd love to see what you create - AND - you might win a prize just for playing along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Growing In Unity Blog Hop!!!

Hello and happy Sunday! I'm hopping along with the other incredibly talented Growing In Unity girls over the last several weeks to give you another exciting chance to win! You should have arrived at my blog from Doreen O'Brien's blog.

Here is the fantastic line up:

  1. Patti La Bombard
  2. Amy England
  3. Helen Mazengarb
  4. Doreen O'Brien
  5. ME --> Brittany Morgan
  6. Teresa Godines
  7. Unity Blog
With school nearing to a close, I wanted to create a few cards for my kiddos to let them know what a great job they did this year. I couldn't resist using the Lil' Smartie Pants stamp - that darling lil' bird was perfect!

I colored the adorable bird with Copics then cut it out and popped it up with foam tape. I die cut the card base, circles, and pennants using the Blueprints 13 and 18 by My Favorite Things - and also popped them up using foam tape. The glitter heart gems from CTMH added just the perfect balance and touch. At the last minute I decided that the plain white background was a little too much, it was really bright and boring - so I toned it down by adding grey water color stripes for an interesting zebra stripe look (although I wasn't sure I was going to like it - and lucky I loved it, phew).

Thanks for stopping by to visit! Please don't forget to leave a comment AND visit all the other blogs in the line up for a chance to win! Click on the button below to visit Teresa Godines next!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Friday, May 27, 2016

PGCB #104 - Inspiration Picture


Karrie from the Paper Girls has given us a fantastic inspiration picture to challenge us these next couple weeks!

I loved the colors and the swirls in the graffiti - and it reminded me of one of my favorite (and now very old) paper collection from Basic Grey's Green at Heart and a really fun paper lace die cut I saw on Design Space for Cricut (#M44609). So, I created this layout to document my recent birthday outing with my sister :)

If you're just as inspired by the fun picture as I was, you have until Saturday, June 4th at 12pm to link up to the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

PGCB #103 - All About the Ladies!


I'm playing along with the Paper Girls and Christina asked us to create something that features the ladies our lives - the timing couldn't be better with Mother's day this month!

I created a layout to document a girls only day with my daughters that was out of control silly. We gave ourselves facials, complete with mud masks and cucumber eyes :) The girls looked so cute, I couldn't resist getting a few pics of their messy faces!

I used Teresa Collin's paper collection "You Are My Happy" for this - the colors in the picture don't really show it well, but the pinks and neutral tone in the papers really complemented each other. The glitter gems are from CTMH, and the corrugated Kraft letters are from Pebbles.

Thanks for stopping by!

PGCB #102 - Fancy Folds

Hi there!

The Paper Girls were challenged by Erica to create a project with unusual or unique folding. I ended up changing up my card base an did a double z-fold card (following the instructions and inspiration from this page, just a little more simplified). 

I used an older patterned paper pack from CTMH called Sophia paired with matching CTMH solid cardstock in blush and creme brulee. I die cut the circle and scalloped circle with dies from Papertrey Ink, and hand cut the stamped label with the sentiment - the stamps are from two different sets, Holiday Tags (D1560) and Just to Say...(D1629). 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 4, 2016

PGCB #101 - Mixed Media


I'm so happy to get to play along with the Paper Girls this week. Amber really stretched me out of my typical crafting comfort zone and encouraged us to use multiple mixed media elements in our projects. Here is what I came up with:

This one layer card has many layers of ink, paint, embossing powder, and shimmer mists - and I think I'm in love with the end result! I tend to lean towards simple backgrounds - solid colors, maybe a watercolor effect or an embossed look, but never so many elements. The texture of the paint on top of the water colors and all the shimmer is just beautiful.

I started by inking an acrylic block with three of my dye inks (CTMH Twilight, Smokey Plum, and Olive) and then misted my watercolor paper and block with water, then smooshed my block onto my wet paper. After drying it thoroughly, I applied acrylic shimmer paint that I mixed with some drops of concentrated refill ink (both from CTMH, the ink was Olive) using a Heidi Swapp heart stencil. I heat dried the paint and when I did, it bubbled around the edges giving a lovely metallic looking shimmery texture. Then I took a few stamps from my collection (Text and Life - Papertrey Ink and a Diamond grid - CTMH) and randomly stamped around the painted heart. I wanted the sentiment (coordinating stamp from Heidi Swapp's Heart stencil) to stand out, so I heat embossed it with black confetti embossing power. After everything was dry - I felt it was missing something, so I spritzed the card all over with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Creme de Cocoa. The mist softened the stamped images, since it was also on watercolor paper, and gave the card a lovely warm and shimmery sparkle. I roughed up the edges with the edge of my scissors and then ran a bit of black ink around the edges to give it a boarder. I will certainly be playing more and more with paints, stencils, and my mists.

I hope that you'll give this really fun challenge a try and link up your projects on the Paper Girls Challenge blog by 11:55pm (MST) on Saturday, 4/16.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Unity Winner Winner!

Good morning!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! I want to extend a huge THANK YOU for all the wonderful comments you left each day on my blog last week, it really made my days extra special! I couldn't pass the opportunity to post one more project - so this thank you note is for you!

I used Unity's Butterflies and Sunbeams (August 2015's Sentiment Kit) for this card, the butterflies are cut out and popped up with foam tape for added flair. I might have gotten a bit carried away with my Mr. Huey's Manila mist, but it grew on me as I created the card.

OKAY - so, for the main reason you came to the blog this morning :) I have winners to announce from those who commented on my blog last week while I was the Growing In Unity gal!!! I used to help me out.

First draw was comments on my Friday post (my 5th day):
 Out of 14 people who left comments:
 Gaylynn is our first winner!!!

The next pull was Tuesday (my 2nd day):

Out of 21 people who left comments:
Cynthia is my next winner!!!!

Ladies, please e-mail me at and give me your mailing details and I'll connect with Unity to send off your prize! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

Thank you all, again, I hope that you'll continue to come back to visit my blog often. 

Have a great week!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Growing In Unity - Day 5

Today I'm wrapping up my Growing In Unity week - I'm SO grateful I was able share my Unity projects with you! I have really enjoyed reading all of your very kind comments as well, each one has made my day that much brighter.

So, to conclude the week, I wanted to share a project I made with one of my favorite Phyllis Harris stamps (which is hard to say considering I love each and everyone one of her stamps). But, the Let Beauty Surround You set always reminds me of Easter (it has to be the bunny and the tenderness of the little girl), and with Easter this weekend, it was a perfect opportunity to water color this sweet image and get it on a card.

I was 100% inspired by Lisa Arana's blog and her Assemble This! Sketch No. 2. I find her blog very inspiring and her videos are great too (thanks Lisa)! All the papers are from Close to My Heart (the patterned papers are from the Sarita collection). To water color - I used my dye inks again, water and paint brushes - this has been my new favorite way to color just about everything!

Thanks again for a wonderfully fun and rewarding week! Please don't forget to comment on all 5 of my posts by this Sunday night - I'll be announcing the 2 random winners here on my blog on Monday, 3/28!

Have a wonderful Easter!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Growing In Unity - Day 4

I'm feeling the love with all the lovely comments you have been sharing with me the last couple days on my blog! I'm so glad that I've had this chance to be the Growing In Unity gal this week, it has been a lot of fun.

I have several co-workers and friends that are having babies this year, so it seemed appropriate to share one of the cards I made using the Hello Little One set - the little critters are SO adorable!

I used the Say Cheese Lawn cuts die from Fawn Lawn to cut the frame to my shaker window and added some glass beads I've been collecting over the years. I embossed the background of the shaker using an embossing folder form Echo Park.

I sanded down the textured card base so it looked a little distressed - more "boyish". I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.

Well - I have one more day left to share projects, so I really hope that you'll come back tomorrow to see my last one! I'm really excited to draw 2 winners from my comments at the end of the week - I'll announce the winners on Monday morning, 4/4.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Growing In Unity - Day 3

Hello, happy Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by for day 3 of my Growing in Unity week and for the last two days of wonderful comments! 

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! Two lucky people will win 25 Unity Stamps at the end of my week, so be sure to come back each day to visit and leave a comment.

This stamp set, Naturally You, was the first Unity stamp set I ever purchased, and I must admit it has received a LOT of love over the years. This turtle is probably one of my favorite images - it mixes so well with so many sentiments, babies, get well, etc., etc. I tend to reach for this set time and time again - as well as many other Unity sets :)

I colored this image by using my dye inks as a watercolor since I didn't seem to have the right shades of markers or pencils to match this paper - and I'm very impressed with how vibrant the color turned out! I'll certainly use that technique again - it's so frugal!

The papers are all from Close to My Heart - the patterned papers are from the retired Hopscotch collection, I'm in love with the color palette in this collection. It just screams "fun" to me.

Thanks again for stopping by! I have a couple more projects to share tomorrow and Friday - so I hope you'll come back to visit and leave a comment for a chance to win!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Growing In Unity - Day 2

Hello again! 

Thanks for visiting again for day 2 of my week of Growing In Unity!

I absolutely love this giant butterfly from the Thanks above and Beyond stamp set, and his little body is just big enough to add a splinter of foam tape to create layers. This beautiful guy just pops off the card!

You can see I added three layers by this angle and the foam tape lifts the layers just enough to make it pop. I really love adding dimension to my projects when I can - I have those giant Scotch foam mounting tape rolls in my wish list on Amazon and surprise myself each time I need to re-order them.  I colored the butterfly with my watercolor pencils and took a damp brush to lightly fade the color.

All the papers I used are Close to My Heart cardstock, the splattered ink is from Mister Huey's, and the twine is something I picked up in the dollar bins at Target (I love that store).

Thanks for stopping by again! Please don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! I get to randomly select 2 folks to win 25 Unity Stamps at the end of my week, so be sure to come back every day. 

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, March 21, 2016

PGCB #100 and Growing in Unity


Today is a very exciting day for me on my blog - not only am I a part of the 100th blog post celebration for the Paper Girls Challenge Blog, but it is also my first day as a Growing in Unity girl with Unity Stamp Co.! 

I decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to combine one of my favorite stamp sets from Unity, Books a Flutter, with a beautiful sketch from's Mojo Monday sketch challenges. I am using Lily 6 - Red sketch to highlight four of my amazing friends that I get to craft with time after time. Just like good books, good friendships have no ending.

I used my ink pads like a watercolor base to paint my stamped images, and then separated on of the images to give a few additional embellishments on my page.

I also used my Cricut to diecut a few decorative shapes, like the 3x4 journal card that I was able to layer different colored paper underneath, and the scalloped circle. I believe all the shapes are from the Close to My Heart cartridges - as is this beautiful paper pack, Hopscotch, that I used to draw colors from.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please take some time to leave a comment and stop by my blog each day this week for a chance to win 25 random stamps from Unity! I look forward to hearing what you have to say :)

ALSO - if you're feeling crafty yourself, take a few minutes to stop by the Paper Girls challenge blog and submit a project using our theme this week - its one extra chance to win a special prize from our amazing sponsor - for playing along! You have until April 2nd to link up your project!

Have a great day!

Monday, February 15, 2016

PGCB #98 - Show Me Some Sunshine and MWM Lily #2

Good morning!

Karrie from the Paper Girls Challenge Blog is challenging us today to create a project with Sunshine :) I instantly thought of some of my favorite memories in the sunshine and ended up pulling together a layout of a birthday bike ride my husband and I took last year. It was a beautiful sunny day - even our pictures were sunkissed.

 I used papers and embellishments from My Minds Eye On the Sunny Side Collection (since the seemed appropriate), and added foam tape to pop up a few chipboard pieces for a little added dimension.

I used the Scrapbook Steals Lily #2 sketch for this layout. Here is the sketch:


I hope you can come play along with us Paper Girls and show us some sunshine :) You have until March 5th to link up - that is a whole 3 weeks!

Happy crafting!

Monday, February 1, 2016

PGCB #97 - Valentine/Love


I am so glad you are visiting. I'm hosting the Paper Girls challenge this week and we have an amazing sponsor, Scrap N' Dipity, who has shared a digital image (Scribble Sally) with us to create with. I made these darling little Valentines for my girls using this sweet image.

The die cut card bases are from Close to My Heart - I embellished the front with layers of Juniper cardstock and patterned paper from Elle's Studio Love You More collection.

I used my Spellbinders heart nesting dies for the focus point to mount my darling Scribble Sally on. 

I hope that you can join us for this challenge before Sat, 2/13. Scrap N' Dippity has a fantastic prize for two (2) winners - it will be well worth your time :)

Happy crafting!!!!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

MWM Sunflower #10 - Sweet Valentine

I carved in a crafternoon yesterday and got some fantastic therapy time "catching up" on my books (although it may take me years to officially "catch up" -yipes!).
I used the Sunflower sketch series to spark my glad these challenges exist!!!!
Here is the layout I came up with based on the sketch:

We just celebrated the 8th birthday of the baby in this picture, so it was nastolgic putting this page together :) 
I used an older paper kit, Sweetheart from CTMH, some alphabet stickers from Freckled Fawn, and a random white paper doilie I had sitting in my kitchen! I am pretty happy I was able to cram in four pictures into this layout too!
Thanks for stopping by to visit!
Happy crafting!

Monday, January 18, 2016

MWM Sunflower double page layout


I was pretty excited to see a double page layout as the Mid Week Mojo this week at I generally prefer to create double page layouts, but single pages have been steadily creeping their way into my albums thanks to these sketch challenges :) 

Here is my take on the sketch challenge this week:

The papers are from the CTMH Blossom paper pack and complementing sticker pack, but I also added a pack of birthday stickers from Me and My Big Ideas.

Here is a closer look at the first page (Sunflower 9a):

And the second page (Sunflower 9b):

Thanks for stopping by!

PGCB #96 - Forest Friends

Happy Monday, my crafty friends!

I hope that you are enjoying your MLK Day! Today we are challenged by Erica Bass at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog to create a project about our forest friends. I used the theme to scrapbook my youngest daughters first camping trip to Mount Rainier.  

I used Echo Park's mini kit The Great Outdoors. I was inspired by the first sketch challenge by Allison Davis from Scrapbook Generation's new Facebook Group the SG Scrap Squad.

I hope that you will plan to create a project to link to the Paper Girls Challenge Blog before 11:55pm PST, 1/30/16.

Hope you have a great day!