Monday, September 30, 2013

October 31st....

 Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  I love the costumes, the candy, and the crisp Fall air.  Can you tell that Fall just happens to be my favorite season?  So, I was over the moon excited when American Crafts sent me this brand new exclusive line they made for Target.  It is not available on their website, so hurry and run to your closest Target store to get your fix!

October 31st Layout

When I first laid eyes on this fun Halloween 6x6 Paper Pad I knew right away that I wanted to make a fun patterned pieced background.  I cut these pieces using my Silhouette Cameo then carefully stitched them down on my layout.

I was so in love with the fun sequins that come with this collection that I decided to take out a row of paper strips and adhere them down using my This To That Adhesive.

American Crafts Supply List:
6X6 Paper Pad (97144) - Halloween, Sequins (97145) - Halloween, Paper Flowers (97142) - Halloween, Dimensional Stickers (97141) - Halloween, Star Stickers (97140) - Halloween, Clothes Pins (97150) - Halloween, Decorative Tape - Halloween, Duplicate Stickers (97151) - Halloween, Labels (97143) - Halloween, Glitter Letter Stickers (366186) - Thickers
Black (AM710-82) - Cardstock, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive

I think that this exclusive collection is so fun!  I am currently using it to make Halloween Decor for our Fireplace Mantel.  I will be back with a second post this week to share.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

This Kid is Rad

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope that you are having a great week so far!  It's Wednesday, so that means we made it half way through :)  I am really excited to share with you today another Gallery layout for  American Crafts .  It's my first project that I have made using the new Cut and Paste collection from Amy Tangerine.  This collection has so many fun patterns and pieces in it.  I love that it is perfect for everyday moments and boy layouts too :)

I was so excited when I opened up my DT package and saw this fun die-cut (Command V) paper in there.  The paper already has the slits in it.  So I just folded the slits up, backed it with some fun pattern paper then stitched it down.

This Kid is Rad Layout

I love all of the fun thickers that come with this collection.  I mixed a few to make my title - I love mixing alpha's to create titles.  This collection is also had these fun tags to stitch.  Using the new AC stitching tags and stitching templates has quickly become a staple in my scrapbooking.  I think that adding hand stitching to your layouts has so much impact :)

Command V Paper (366031) - Cut and Paste,
File and Fold Specialty Paper (366050) - Cut and Paste, Foam Letter Stickers Shamrock (366056) - Thickers, Rubber Letter Stickers Charcoal (366058) - Thickers, Bits (366069) - Die Cut Tags, Bits (366068) - Die Cut Shapes, Tiny Alpha/Phrase Stickers (366065) - Remarks, Bits (366072) - Wood Veneer Cards, Hello (366081) Embroidery Stencil Kit, Bits ( 366074) - Adhesive Chipboard Pieces, Cut Out Accents (366060) - Thickers, Screen - Printed Wooden Clothespins (97118) - Clothespins, Bakers Twine Pack Brights (366303) - Premium Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy my American Crafts Gallery layout!

Monday, September 23, 2013

American Crafts introduction day!

Hi there,
Friday was my introduction day up on the American Crafts blog yesterday with my first post for the 2013-2014 DT year. You can go here to see the full post. 

Adorbs Layout

For this "your choice" assignment I wanted to use soft colors and patterns
that would compliment my photo. The Yes, Please collection and 5th and Frolic
collection have beautiful watercolors and subtle patterns that look great when
paired together.

Shamrock (71059) - Cardstock, White (AM710-81) - Cardstock, Truth Paper (35944) - Yes, Please, Commitment/Kraft Paper (35937) - Yes, Please, Share Paper (35930) - Yes, Please, Details, Stitched Vellum Shapes (85628) - Yes, Please, Clothes Pins (85663) - Yes, Please, Chipboard Thickers, Kitten/Black (MGTH-53448) - My Girl, Capture, Embroidery Stencil Kit (63070) - Yes, Please, Border Punch Value Kit (63013) - Knockouts, Gold (AM714-17 ) - Glitter Cardstock, Cartwheel Court Paper (5THDS-35806) - Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic, Treasured Terrace Paper (35822) - Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic, Remarks, Accents and Phrase Stickers (42266) - Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic

Lovely Happy Girls Layout

I love that the bright fun colors in the Mayberry and Lucky Charm collections
mix so easily together. They worked perfectly with these fun photos that I had
of my daughter and her friend Sierra.

 Supplies: 6x6 Paper Pad (36026) - Mayberry, Sapphire (AM710-74) - Cardstock, Burlap & Fabric Stitched Ruffle Strips (85604) - Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic, Chip Thickers Accent Stickers Trinkets & Phrases Multi (42391) - Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm, Flair Self Adhesive Badges (85658) - Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm, Foam Thickers Alpha Stickers Charm/Oatmeal (42390) - Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm, Chip Thickers Alpha Stickers Treasure/Poppy (42387) - Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm, Cardstock Stickers Flags & Labels (42393) - Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Accents (78073) - Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, Screen Printed Clothes Pins (97115) - Whittles , Caramel (584-58510) - Jute Spool, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my projects,  I can't wait to share more future DT projects with you.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September Color Challenge

Hi there!
It's time for our September color challenge today over at Life Paper Scrapbook.  For the Month of September we were asked to work with this bold color palette: 

I love the fun bold colors in this challenge photo and recently picked up the new Cut and Paste collection from My Mind's Eye.  Here is what I came up with using the inspiration photo:

Hey You Layout

MME: Cut and Paste pattern papers and stickers
Skipping5: puffy camera sticker
Studio Calico: potty people wood veneer

Now, we want you to play a long with us and show us your take on the color scheme!!  And here's some exciting news about our monthly color challenge Sponsor:

Life.Paper.Scrapbook is partnering with Big Picture Classes as our sponsor for our Colour Challenges. Every month we will tell you about one of the amazing classes they have over there and one participant will get the chance to win a spot in the class.

This month you could win a place in Craft Happy:  12 weeks of cheerful projects to celebrate the holidays (and life in general)

Spend your holiday months with Amy creating a little something for Halloween and Thanksgiving, plus a whole lot of somethings for Christmas: gifts, wreaths, glitter houses, ornaments, games, and a hip, handmade advent calendar.

Introducing Craft Happy, a 12-week crafting adventure that will have you creating beautiful things just for the fun of it, learning new skills, connecting with cheerful crafters worldwide, and generally smiling from ear to ear.
AND...BPC has added a $10 off offer to the Craft Happy class.  Use the Code GRIN.
If you would like the chance to win, make sure you visit the Life.Paper.Scrapbook Blog and link up your project with us.  You could also be chosen as one of our Top 3 featured projects!  And if you haven't had a chance to play along with our September Sketch Challenge and link up your layout!

Love This Moment

 Hi Everyone,
I hope that you are having a great week so far!  I am really excited to share today's American Crafts Gallery layout with you.  It's my first project that I have made using the new Polka Dot Party collection from Dear Lizzy.  I was so excited when this collection showed up at my door!  It has so many fun patterns and pretty embellishments :)

Love This Moment Layout
I absolutely adore working with large photos.  Once I picked my pattern papers and embellishments this page came together rather quickly.  I love the way that die- cut tag looks layered on top of my photo.  This collection is turning out to be a favorite of mine and I'm not sure if I can make it last 6 months.  I'm thinking that I'm going to need to order extras :)

This collection is a must have, if you think it looks amazing online - let me tell you, it is even more amazing in real life!!

Warm Welcome Paper (366160) - Polka Dot Party, Flourishing Flowers Paper (366180) -Polka Dot Party, Luminous Lights Paper (366175) - Polka Dot Party, Delectable Desserts Specialty Paper (366181) - Polka Dot Party, Wood Veneer Shapes (366204) - Polka Dot Party, Perforated Sticker Book ( 366196) - Accent & Phrase Stickers, Remarks (366195) - Accent & Phrase Stickers, Adhesive Layered Resin Flowers (366203) - Polka Dot Party, Clothespins (366208) - Polka Dot Party, Extra Large Tags (366206) - Polka Dot Party, Die-Cut Card Set (366209) - Polka Dot Party, Foam Alphabet Stickers Black (366187) - Polka Dot Party, Bakers Twine Naturals (366306) - Premium Ribbon

Saturday, September 14, 2013

American Crafts Blog Hop Winner Revealed!!!

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to pop in and announce the winner of my giveaway for the American Crafts Blog Hop!  Thanks to everyone that stopped by and commented, I appreciate all of your comments! To be fair I used a random number picker to choose my winner!

So here we go.... the winner from the Hop is:

Congratulations Andrea Garland!!!

Please contact me at  If I have not heard from you by Wednesday, September 18, I will choose and announce a new winner.  Thanks everyone for playing along!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Hello Happiness

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are enjoying your week.  I have a layout up on the Bella Blvd blog today that I would like to share with you using this sketch that was given to us.

I have loved being a part of the Bella Blvd team this year, it is hard to believe this is going to be my last assignment for the term.  I wanted to end the year with a sweet and cheerful layout about friendship. The Snapshots collection worked beautifully with the sketch that was given to us.  I stuck with the three main vertical columns in the sketch but incorporated bigger boxes so that I could use 4x6 photos.  I also used the daily details cards, I love the way they complete the layout.

Hello Happiness Layout

Supply List:
Snapshots: Borders Snapshots, Daily Details Snapshots, My Point Of View, Rise & Shine
Cardstock Stickers: Alpha + Bits Snapshots, Captions Snapshots, Arrows Gulf
Die-Cut Shapes: Paper Pieces Snapshots
Crochet Heart: Pickle Juice
Feathers: Punch
Button Market: Pink Flowers, Stars

Saturday, September 7, 2013

American Crafts Blog Hop

 *** Comments are now closed, thank you to everyone that commented.  The winner will be revealed tomorrow morning***

and welcome to the American Crafts Blog Hop!  I am so excited to be a part of the 2013-14 Design Team at American Crafts.

Today 20 of our talented American Crafts design team members have put together amazing projects to share with you!
Here's the deal: visit each blog, leave a lovely comment on each post, then come back to the to American Crafts Blog to be entered to win a grand prize!

Here is the full hop list (in case you get lost along the way):

For the blog hop each Design team member was asked to create a layout focusing on them.
Here is the "Me layout" that I created about me for the hop:

Live Simply by Gina Lideros

To create my "Me Layout" I used American Crafts Shamrock cardstock as my base (did I mention this is my favorite color) and then added chevrons punched from papers from the Yes, Please collection.  I journaled a little bit about what my current likes and interests are on this fun card cut from Yes, Please paper.

Shamrock (71059) - Cardstock,
Commitment/Kraft Paper (35937) - Yes, Please, Currently Paper (35934) - Yes, Please,
Share Paper (35930) - Yes, Please, Details, Stitched Vellum Shapes (85628) - Yes, Please, Clothes Pins (85663) - Yes, Please, 
Chipboard Thickers, Kitten/Black (MGTH-53448) - My Girl, Capture, Embroidery Stencil Kit (63070) - Yes, Please,  Border Punch Value Kit (63013) - Knockouts,
Gold (AM714-17 ) - Glitter Cardstock, 
Ocean (AM714-23) - Glitter Cardstock, Yellow (71828) - Glitter Cardstock,  Cricket (71426) - Glitter Cardstock, 
Wood buttons and Epoxy Accents (85598) - Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive

Giveaway Time!!!  I have a fun prize pack that I would like to giveaway to one lucky commenter.  Here is the list of what is included in this prize:

1- Pack of Fabric Doll Thickers
1- Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Daybook
1- Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Phrase Garlands
1 - Pack Dear Lizzy 5th andFrolic Brads
1 - Roll of Pink/White Bakers Twine
- assorted sequins

Sound good?  All you have to do is leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite American Crafts collection is and I will randomly choose a winner (open to international commenters).  Comments will stay open till Friday 9/13 at 12pm.  I will announce the winner right here on my blog on Saturday 9/14 morning.  Good luck!!

Thanks for visiting me today,  make sure you go through the hop and stop by all of the designers blogs (some of them have giveaways)!

Next on the hop is the talented Patricia Roebuck

Friday, September 6, 2013

LPS Sketch September

Hi friends!
I hope you all are enjoying a nice start to your weekend.  Today is the day to share with you the September Sketch Challenge over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook.  I love that this sketch boasts lots of layers, totally fun!

Here is what I created..

Sun and Sand Layout

 I was inspired by all the fun layers in the sketch to cut strips of pattern paper and layer it behind a sequin vellum pocket.  I  used the Pier collection by Crate paper on this layout, it has been a favorite of mine lately.

This month's sponsor is Polly! Scrap Kits..

Polly Scrap Kits is a small Australian kit club that offers monthly kits for scrapbooking and project life. We offer fun and happy kits for a really great price. We have a blog filled with inspiration for using your kit each month and with a subscription you know you will get a monthly box goodies that will bring a smile to your face when you open it and some motivation to get creating.
This year we will be offering a December Daily kit and our Design team is going to show you how to make use of it, whether you want to use it for a daily mini album, incorporated into your regular project life, or to make 12x12 layouts for your traditional scrapbook album. We will have inspiration several times a week to scrap along with you and use the kit together from late November right through to early January, so you will be motivated and inspired to get started, keep going and to finish your December projects!
Polly scrap Kits will be giving one randomly selected participant in the LPS Sketch challenge a free Project Life kit. In addition, based on the submissions to this challenge, Polly! will be inviting one person to be a guest designer for an upcoming kit, we will send you the kit for free that month and feature your work using the kit on our blog and facebook page, so please show us your best work in your challenge submissions!
You can submit ANY kind of project that you can use the sketch for: layouts, cards, PL, off the page projects 
- You can use the sketch and colour challenges together, just make sure you link it up to each so you have a chance to win in both. 
- September Sketch Challenge runs until 11.59pm 27 September. (Don't forget we are in Australia)
- The winner of the prize will be randomly drawn
- We will also feature three of the favourite layouts and the selected layouts will be asked to guest design for the next colour challenge. 

You have to be in it to win it, so link up your project up on the right over at LPS. Please make sure you link to the correct challenge, there is both a sketch and colour challenge to link up to. If you are linking to a blog, please link to the actual post the layout is featured in, not just the general address and make sure you link back to Life.Paper.Scrapbook.

I hope that you play along with the sketch this month and share your amazing creations!