May 23, 2016

Time to shine

Good morning friends! I have a fun layout to have a fun layout to share with you today. Initially, this was supposed to be a simple layout. However, I just couldn't leave it alone. The first thing I did, before adhering anything down was run my white cardstock through my silhouette to create a scribble heart using a yellow sketch pen. I had to play with it a bit. The first one came out too large so I flipped the cardstock over and tried again. It's a great way to get a stamped image without having to mess with acrylic stamps and inks. Skip the mess and try using your silhouette!

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After I placed everything down and added a few taps of mist, I still wasn't satisfied so I pulled out my word stencils by We R Memory Keepers. It's been a while since I hand-stitched on a layout so I decided to do something different for a change. I didn't like how the fuchsia looked on the layout so I pulled out a blue permanent marker and lightly traced the thread to change the color. It took a while, but I think it complimented the layout nicely. What do you think?

And here a rea few close-ups:
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Bonjour everyone! Happy Monday. Today, I have a quick and simple layout to share with you. I went through my scraps to see what I could come up with. This layout is filled with several die cuts and cut-aparts. Also, I decided to cut half of the journaling card off and use it as a large photo corner for my layout. I also cut a little piece of the "Let's go" paper into a photo corner for the top right-side of my photo.

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Pretty Little Studio: Hello Heather Paper/Here+There/ Macaron, Let's Go, Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs (yellow and white stripes), Journaling/Mon Ami 6x4, Die-Cuts/Bonjour Words, Cut-Apart/Awesome Flags, Stickers/Click, Stickers/Vellum Tape/Lovely, Digital Cut Files: Just Nick Studio (Forever Floral), Flair: Clique Kits, Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio.
Here are a few close-ups:
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May 22, 2016

Clique Kit's June Mood Board

Happy Sunday all. Hope you are having a great weekend! I just wanted to pop on and share the June Mood Board for Clique Kits in case you haven't seen it! Isn't it fun? Makes me want to travel and buy new plants for the house.

May 20, 2016

Hello Adventure

Hello everyone. I have had so much fun playing with the Hello Heather collection this month. I seriously cannot get enough of this gorgeous collection. I love the patterns, colors and overall feel to this collection. Great job Heather! Today, we are featuring Die-Cuts (my favorite embellishments) up on Pretty Little Studio's blog. Here is a really quick and easy layout I created using mainly Journaling cards and die cuts! Super easy. I may need to hit the shop for more Hello Heather goodies real soon! What do you think? Have you played with this collection yet? What is your favorite?

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Pretty Little Studio Hello Heather: Paper/Coffee Shop, Journaling/Mon Ami 6x4, Flair/Adventure, Die-Cuts/Bonjour Words, Cut-Apart/Awesome Flags, Journaling/ Beau 3x4, Stickers/Click, Stickers/Vellum Tape/Lovely.
Here are a few close-ups:
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day.

May 19, 2016


Hello everyone. I have another layout to share with you, using the May Clique Kit. Every year, since Edward was born, I have been creating yearly layouts for him. You can see them all here! I think it will be neat when he gets older, he can flip through his albums and read about the things he enjoyed as a kid. Things like, what's his favorite food, movie, toy, best friends, teacher's name etc. I wish my mother had done this for me, but she didn't and so I am doing it for my son because I think it's important.

Most of the time, when I need to include a great deal of journaling on my layout, I will type up my journaling and print it on regular white cardstock paper. That way, I have more room to add a photo or two and some embellishments. I don't know about you, but I love embellishments and I can't create a layout with at least 5 or 6 embellishments. LOL

I am really excited about this month's exclusive die cuts from Clique Kits! I have been wanting a "Wassup Dude?" and "Charmer" die cut for a while now and the clouds. This was the perfect kit for these adorable dies. Lacey did a great job. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful.

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Here are a few close-ups:
Thank you for visiting today. Hope you have a great day!

May 16, 2016

Meet Zipper

Hello scrappers! Nicole here today to share my new pet with you in a layout. :) A few months ago, I needed to go to Petsmart for puppy pads and Edward had me walking out with a pink Beta for him. However, when we were there, I saw a blue Beta I liked, but didn't buy it.

Well, a day later, I went back for the little guy! I couldn't help it. He was so blue and beautiful, I had to have him. I named him Zipper because he is always zipping around his tank.

For this layout, I used the May Clique Kit and the UPC cut file! I think cut file looks really neat on this layout! I had fun pulling the remaining cut file from my mat. It came off the mat like a little maze. :)

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, Basic Grey, Journaling card: Clique Kits, Flair: Stickers: Fancy Pants Designs, Die cuts: Basic Grey, Clique Kits, Digital Cut file: Just Nick Studio.
Here are a few close-ups:


May 14, 2016

It's messy and I love it

Hi everyone. I don't know about you, but I love this gorgeous paper by Fancy Pants Designs that is in the May Clique Kit. It's beautiful isn't it? When I first started pushing papers around, I realized that I didn't really want to cover this paper up that much. But I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. So, I got out my stamps and Silhouette pens and started doodling and stamping all over the paper to make it more artsy. Have you seen these awesome stamps by Precious Remembrance Shop? I love them and we have some available in the shop!

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After stamping the arrows and hearts onto the paper, I used a white silhouette pen to fill in the shapes to make them stand out more.
I used the scribble stamp image to make the flowers a little messier. I love it.
A little tip: When using black ink and the image doesn't turn out clear, use a black marker to fill in the image.
Notice the difference?
And here are a few close-ups:
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May 12, 2016


Good morning scrappers! Today, I have another layout to share with you, featuring the Here+there collection. I love this collection. The color combination is fantastic. For this layout, I used a small bowl to draw circles to frame my photo collage and then I used a pen to hand-doodle some little scribbles. I also used a little bit of chalkboard mist in blue. This was such a quick and easy layout to create. I love the simplicity of this layout because it allows the focus to be on the photos which is what I had initially wanted.


Pretty Little Studio Here+There: Paper/Louvre, Die-Cuts/Bonjour Words, Planner Stickers/Plan on it, Digital Cutfile: Just Nick Studio (Speech Bubble).



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May 6, 2016

Edward's art...

Hello everyone. I don't have much to share. And no, I am not sharing a layout today. :) I decided to share a few of my son's most recent art work. His Meme lives in Florida and I know that she checks my blog from time-to-time so I wanted to share a few little things.

Edward made this fun little painting a little while ago when they were learning about how to protect the earth by recycling! I love this so much because I have been recycling for over 16 years. My family thinks I am crazy because I am always looking in the trash to make sure there are no bottles etc.
And since it's Teacher's appreciation week, I had Edward draw Miss. Geinzer a card to go along with her gift we bought her. When I asked Edward what he wanted to buy Miss. Geinzer, he mentioned that she really likes candy. And he wanted to get her a cooler. We got her lots of candy, a new cup from Starbucks that Edward picked out and a gift card. He loves Miss. Geinzer and so do I. She is such a great teacher. He has learned SO much this year and knows all 60 sight words. I am one proud mommy. This summer, we will be starting the sight words for 1st grade!
Isn't this picture too cute for words? He drew the entire Minecraft crew. My little artist.


May 4, 2016

Washi fun

Hello everyone. Today, I decided to play with my MAMBI washi tape. I used several strips of washi tape to create a fun, colorful and happy background for my layout. Then I cut the dreamcatcher 1 digital die cut from white cardstock to use as a frame for my photo collage. I love how happy this layout turned out. Just me and my little guy enjoying a little sunshine at the park!

Supplies: Cardstock: Stampin'Up, Washi tape: MAMBI, Die cuts: Basic Grey, Clique Kits, Journaling card: Stamp: Ali Edwards, Tag: Fancy Pants Designs, Enamel heart: Bella Blvd., Digital Cut file: Just Nick Studio.
Here are a few close-ups:
Tip: Try using tiny glue dots to adhere your digital cut files. It works like a charm!
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