Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Luau - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

It's time for the Clique Kits August blog share! Here is today's line-up ...

Have you seen the fabulous August kit yet?

Awesome right!!  With the fruity flair buttons and summery papers I decided to scrap another photo from our Hawaii trip last winter. I used the free flower cut files that are a Clique Kit exclusive and the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Colour Me Happy papers.

Those cut files are so perfect for a Luau aren't they? The flamingo is from a TopDog die cut. I just couldn't resist adding him for a tropical embellishment. Here are some close-ups ...

I really love that orange slice!

Thanks for stopping by. Your next blog stop is the always inspiring Kim Allen


Monday, August 22, 2016

Funhouse Selfies - JustNick Studios and Jillibean Soup Team-up

Hello blogging  friends!

All week the JustNick design team is partnering with the awesome Jillibean Soup. I was so excited to receive the Healthy Hello Soup collection to play with. Since it's almost State Fair time here in Minnesota, I was inspired to scrap a couple really funny selfies of my daughter and her friends as they were looking at themselves in funhouse mirrors. I wanted a background cut file that would reinforce the funhouse theme and found the Sunburst Circle Background. It was perfect!! Here is my layout...

I backed some of the sunbursts with reflective silver foil. I love how this reminds me of those funhouse mirrors. I embellished with the Healthy Hello Soup stickers, acrylic shapes, and cardstock die cuts.

For the 'Selfies' portion of my title I used the Lower Case Alpha cut file.

Here are the digital cut files I used...

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop by the JustNick Studios blog all week for more inspiration with Jillibean Soup.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Clique Kits and Precious Remembrance Shop Blog Hop

Hello blogging friends!

I am participating in an awesome blog hop featuring the August Clique Kit and a stamp set from the Precious Remembrance Shop. Here is the line-up. You should have arrived here from Deidre's blog. If you just happened upon the hop, you might want to start at the Clique Kits blog. There are fabulous prizes to win along the way ... just leave a comment on each blog.

Lisa Elton ­ ​
Sandra Gonzalez ­ ​ 

This is the Totally stamp set I received from Precious Remembrance....

and this is the August Clique Kit (available to purchase is the Clique Store now!) ... You can see some Coco Vanilla Studios Colour Me Happy, some Fancy Pants Designs Millie and June, and of course some Clique Kit exclusives. There are lots of pretty gold embellishments which of course I love!

This kit has some fabulous die cuts perfect for cardmaking, so I decided to make a couple of cards. I feel like I haven't made cards in ages and my card stash needs to be replenished. This first one For Mom... cuz really, I think I have the best Mom.

My second card makes use of the Totally word stamp. I stamped the word down the center of my card using a Hero Arts Blue Ombre stamp pad that I got from the Clique Kits store. Then I embellished with a die cut and puffy sticker. I love how it looks stamped with the ombre ink!

Thanks for stopping by today. Your next blog to hop to is Sue Lelli ­  ,  Don't forget to leave a comment to be eligible to win a prize,

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Beautiful Flower Girls - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with another layout created with the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios Love Always collection. The beautiful, soft romantic papers and embellishments are perfect for recording precious wedding memories yet is still versatile enough for everyday photos as well. I really wanted to scrap some wedding photos with it, so I dug out some older pictures of my girls when they were flower girls in my sister's wedding. They were both so excited to get all dressed up and have their hair in an updo. Here is my layout...


The Kerri Bradford Studios heart background cut file reinforces the love theme of the papers and embellishments. Oh boy, does this collection have some stunning embellishments. New are these Bitty Blooms and the Vellum Accents. Don't worry, your old favorites are still around, like these Die Cut Ephemera pieces,Puffy Stickers, and sparkling Enamel Dots.


I used the Love Always Alphabet Stickers to construct my title. Some machine stitching across my title helps to set it off. The Chipboard Accent Stickers are a great way to add some dimension as are the Flair Buttons. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind treasures to scrap with, you have got to check out the Love Always Bits and Pieces. I love the multi-faceted heart rhinestones and the puffy sequin heart.


Aren't these phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet fun! I love them!!


I printed my journaling on vellum and adhered the strips to one of the project life cards. This way the pretty design on the card isn't covered up. With the vellum accents, this is a perfect way to add your memories.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. This gorgeous Love Always collection is available for purchase in the Cocoa Vanilla Studios online store. Go ahead...treat yourself. I guarantee you won't regret it. If you are in the USA ... check out the Paper Issues online store.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Motorcross - JustNick Studios inspiration

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today sharing a layout I created using the awesome new JustNick Studios Broken Chevron Background digital cut file. I thought the chevrons would be great for some of my guy pics. It reminded me a little of tire treads and that made me think of my nephew who races motorcross. I thought it would be fun to scrap a photo of him racing his dirt bike. My nephew has been racing most of his life, traveling all over the place just to race. I used a mixture of several different manufactures; Shimelle's Star Shine, Maggie Holmes Bloom by Crate Paper, October Afternoon flair, and Cocoa Vanilla Studios Totally Rad wood veneer pieces. Here is my layout...

I filled the negative space of the chevrons with two different colors of pattern papers, keeping the same color in my rows. I thought it would be less busy that way so the focus would stay on my photo. I used the fun Lower Case Alpha for my title, cutting the letters large so that they would fill the space across the bottom of my layout.

I wanted more black accents, so I cut some stars out using the All Boy cut file. These were scattered diagonally across my layout along with some wood veneer gears.

I love how easily this layout came together! Here is a look at the cut files I used today.

All the fabulous new August cut files were just loaded in the JustNick OnLine Store. You really need to see these. They are seriously awesome!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sweet - Cocoa Vanilla Studios Inspiration

Hello blogging friends!!

I am back today with my first layout created with the oh so gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios Love Always collection. Each time I receive a Cocoa Vanilla Studios collection I think to myself ... Wow! Zoe has out done herself again! The embellishments that coordinate with the beautiful, soft papers are stunning... and I want to use a little of everything on a layout. Needless to say, I tend to go overboard with the embellishments. I just can't help myself. Love Always is perfect for wedding photos and other displays of love. My layout today is all about sweet sibling love. Photo credit goes to Caro Camarena Photography in Guadalajara, Mexico, a truly gifted photographer who is the sister to one of my former neighbors. My neighbors recently moved away and I created this as a housewarming gift for their new home. It is going in a shadowbox frame so as not to squish the beautiful layers. I hope they like it! I used the Cocoa Vanilla Studios cut files for the delicate flowers underneath my photo and added a big heart for impact. Some hand stitching adds emphasis to that heart.


I painted some of the wood veneer pieces white and then chalked the edges. This really softened the look of my layout. I used the Sweet wood veneer for my title and painted it black so it would stand out. You can also see one of the Love Always flair buttons here and some of those oh so pretty tiny flowers.


Here is another cluster of painted wood veneer, die cuts, flowers, and some sparkly enamel dots...


I swooned when when I saw all the vellum bits and pieces, like these butterflies. Vellum just adds softness ... perfect for this collection. There are also some fun puffy stickers and phrase stickers too. A little bit of hand stitching really added big impact. I love the look.


I just love this die cut with the quote " You have my whole Heart, for my whole Life".


There are lots of sticker phrases. So Sweet seemed appropriate here.


I hope I convinced you to check out the Cocoa Vanilla Studios store and order this new collection for yourself. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sangria & Summer Serenades - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends. 

I am back today sharing a couple of fun summer layouts with you. The first one, Sangria & Summer Serenades, I created with the bright and fun Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness collection. With Summer in full swing I just couldn't help myself! One of my favorite things about summer is just enjoying outdoor cafes where you can people watch and be serenaded by a couple tall, dark and handsome guys. These guys found me enjoying tapas and my first Sangria in Barcelona when I was there on a business trip a few years ago. I wish there had been more time to explore this beautiful city ... hopefully I can return one day.

This chipboard lady looks like she could be people watching in an outdoor cafe too! You can see some of the fussy cut flowers here, a decorative bradz, and some bright yellow enamel dots. I created a little border here to separate my photos from my title and journaling.

I used the sticker alpha sheet and chipboard letters to create my colorful title. I just love these chipboard letters.

The floral paper was just begging to be fussy cut. I arranged the flowers in clusters around my main photo. By using foam adhesive behind some of the flowers I was able to create some dimension.

For my second layout, Hello Sunshine ... This is Paradise, I used the beautiful You Are Here! collection to document a vacation day just relaxing by a fabulous pool.

I added a wood veneer word , stickers, and a few phrases from the washi paper tape down the side to embellish the words already there.

 A chipboard frame was the perfect spot for my journaling. I added some palm leaves and a tropical drink that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. Enamel dots and decorative bradz are my go to embellishments for all my layouts.

Thanks for stopping by today! Look for the Sunshine & Happiness collection and the You Are Here! collection at your local scrapbook store. I know you will love them both!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Let's Hangout - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am sharing a layout today that I created using the July Creative Scrappers sketch and the JustNick Studios Chopsticks Background digital cut file. JustNick Studios is sponsoring Creative Scrappers for the month of July and offering the Chopsticks Background cut file for free. If you want to join the fun use coupon code CSFREE in the JustNick Store until July 31st. Here is the fabulous sketch...

and the Chopsticks Background digital cut file ...

I played along scrapping a photo of my daughter and one of her cats using some BoBunny Happy Tails papers ...

Here are some close-ups ...

I hope you play along too. Thanks for stopping by today!