October 16, 2017

At the Pumpkin Patch!

Hey friends! I have a new layout to share using the Halloween Hooplah Kit from Queen and Company. I fell in love with the kit as soon as I opened the package! The dies are so very cute and have such detailed designs, and the fillings for the shaker boxes are the perfect holiday colors. For my layout, I went with a fall theme and I especially like that the kit works for both Halloween and fall projects too!



To start my layout, I made 2 shaker pumpkins using the dies, and filled them with a mix of the orange stars and clear and orange beads, all from the kit. I also used the center foam piece (that I had punched out from the pumpkin shakers) to make another pumpkin and then used the grinning jack o'lantern stamp from the kit to give him his smile! 




To add even more pumpkins, I used the clear acetate piece that covers the shakers boxes as a pattern to trace around, and made three more pumpkins to layer on to have a whole pumpkin patch!
I finished my layout by adding the pretty green gems here and there, and to the hand-cut banner. I love how this turned out, and am happy to have this special day documented.

October 12, 2017

Scrap Soup! - October

The October Scrap Soup challenge is up over at Paper Issues! Each month I give you a recipe to use on your projects, you must use everything in the recipe, but can add more "ingredients" to make it your own.

Here is this month's list:



I started with the FREE Patchwork Pumpkin cut file, and erased all the center pieces leaving only the pumpkin border. I filled it in with my photos, and bits and pieces from the Roctober Kit.
Have you bought your Rocktober kit yet?? It's full of yummy goodness for Halloween and Fall too! It is available here in the PI store.





As always, thanks for stopping by!

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October 3, 2017

Cutest Knight Ever! - Take 5 Tuesday Challenge

The October Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up over on the Paper Issues blog! I played along too, with a pic of the cutest knight ever.  I can't believe this was 13 years ago!








For my layout, I used the color blue, twine, something gold, enamel dots and stars from the challenge list. I love adding the enamel dots to my layouts, it adds just a little pop of color!

Now head on over to the PI blog for even more inspiration! I'd love for you to play along with Take 5, you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!



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September 20, 2017

You Can Change the World!

Today on the Paper Issues blog, we're spotlighting Rainbows and Unicorns, so what better to use than Shimelle's new Glitter Girl collection!  It's full of unicorns, and lots of twinkles and sparkles!





I love the bright colors in Glitter Girl, and of course the pink. Always the pink!
Pop on over to the PI blog for even more unicorn fun and inspiration!


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September 5, 2017

Wander - Take 5 Tuesday Challenge

The September Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up on the Paper Issues blog!!
For my 5 items from the challenge idea list, I used the color brown, patterned paper, the date, cardstock and leaves. I also used the Cloudy Background Cut File that is available for FREE in the Paper Issues store!!





Here's this month's Take 5 list, I'd love for you to play along too!!




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September 4, 2017

The Pumpkin Patch- Paper Issues

The September Issue is up at Paper Issues!! This month's theme is "Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About" and some of the suggested ideas are: anything to do with fall, apple picking, fall traditions, the pumpkin patch, a favorite thing about fall, use a fall collection for a non-seasonal page, so many ideas to choose from!

I went with the pumpkin pumpkin patch suggestion, mixing some papers from my stash along with some new favorites.





I cut the 3x4 "u-pick pumpkins" card from one of my patterned papers, perfect for this layout!



Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more ideas from some more of the design team!

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August 23, 2017

In the Backyard - Swag Bag Spotlight

The monthly Swag Bag spotlight is happening over on the Paper Issues blog and I played along too!  After I have made 3 or 4 layouts from each Swag Bag, I mix all the left overs together in one large container that I refer to as my "Swag Bag Stash". This layout was made with pieces from that stash, that could be from last November's Swag Bag or from last month. I love mixing and matching, combining different bits and pieces into one layout.  Don't look to closely though, you may notice my background paper is sideways. Once you have part of it glued down, you just go with it and pretend it was supposed to be that way, right? ha!



I started with the picture of my girlie playing in the backyard, and just started layering!
I especially love the log die cut piece and wood grain stars, so perfect for the photo.  And, like I said before, it's all from my "Swag Bag Stash", that I simply added to my background paper.



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