Thursday, June 26, 2014

June Paper Smooches Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches July/August release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies are releasing soon.  Our new stamps and dies will release at midnight (eastern time) on June 30.  (12:01am on July 1st EST) You will find our new releases HERE.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, June 29th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  

To increase your chances of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, patterned paper from American Crafts/Simple Stories/Studio Calico, Ink VersaFine Black, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Paper Smooches Metal Dies: Stitches Dies, Flag Tags & Cat Icons,  Paper Smooches Clear Stamps: Feline Friends and Charmed Cat, Circle Punches, Jillibean Soup wood button, Hemp Twine and font Kingthings Typewriter downloaded from the internet)

Thanks for joining me today and happy stamping!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Available today the summer issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today

Good morning crafters and happy Friday. If you are looking for a little light summer reading don't miss out on the summer 2014 issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today. It's available to download for free starting today.

The cover art was done by the very talented and totally awesome Lisa Dickinson and you just might recognize the adorable little boy because he is Kelly Goree's youngest son Carson.

Have a fabulous weekend and happy crafting!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Camp laugh Smile Repeat | Jillibean Soup

Happy Tuesday friends now that the kids are out of school and summer is upon us I thought this page featuring Jillibean Soup was perfect to share with you today. I admit I think I am love with the blue patterned papers from some of Jillibean's latest collections. They are the great neutral canvas for just about any photos.

(Supplies Used: Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper/Mini Placemat/Wooden Sprinkles/Wooden Nickles/Stickers/Thin Chip Alphas, Hemp Twine, Paper Smooches Metal Star Die, Maya Road Mist, and font Veteran Typewriter downloaded from the internet)

If you are wondering about the "at" symbol I chose to use rather than an "a" it's simply creative license. I liked the way it visually looked on my page and this is the beauty of scrapbooking in the end they they are your pages.

I played around with more mist splatters on this layout. I am finding if I can contain the mist it's much easier for me to use on a my projects. I like how the mist breaks up the stark white mini placemat from Jillibean Soup.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

June Colour Suite

Happy Father's Day and Welcome to the June Colour Suite a monthly colour challenge I put together for my friends at Scrapbook and Cards Today. This month's challenge was a reflection of my need to do something super feminine so I based this challenge off the colour pink.

While I initially was super inspired by the pink I didn't end up using as much of it on my layout as I had originally anticipated. Funny how the creative process works and where it takes you.

(Supplies Used: Cardstock Bazzill, Patterned Paper Bella Blvd/Pebbles/American Crafts/Ellie’s Studio, Vellum, Wood Veneer Studio Calico/Elle’s Studio/Maya Road, Stamps Technique Tuesday, Ink Mementio Luxe/ColorCox, Metal Dies Paper Smooches/Spellbinders/Technique Tuesday, Wood Sprinkles Jillibean Soup, Mist Maya Road/Studio Calico, Alpha Stickers Basic Grey, Embroidery Floss, Chipboard Stars Studio Calico, Marvy Circle Punch, Hemp Twine, Silhouette Cutting System & Image and font Veteran Typewriter)

This month I invited my friend Leslie Ashe to join me and take the Colour Suite challenge. I first worked with Leslie in 2006/2007 and then again most recently we worked on the Lily Bee design team. Leslie recently decided to take a step back from crafting so I was honored she joined me this month. Make sure you check out her lovely layout. A little side note Leslie and I didn't coordinate our projects at all it was a coincidence that we both chose to do all about me type pages on white backgrounds with blue mist splatters. This goes to show you great minds think a like.

Thanks for joining me today for the June Colour Suite. To read more about this challenge or to check out my past challenges don't forget to make your way over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today website and Blog.

Happy crafting friends!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Friends & Wine | Paper Smooches

Happy Wednesday crafters I hope you are doing well. May and June are notoriously crazy at our house so I have found blogging has taken a slight backseat to life. I think with school getting out tomorrow I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Then I can mark another school year off the list.

In the mean time I have a layout to share featuring several Paper Smooches stamps and dies. I love to pull out stamps and dies and mix them up. There are so many different Paper Smooches goodies on this layout I am not sure I can even count them.

(Supplies Used: Cardstock Bazzill, Patterned Paper My Minds Eye, Doodlebug Enamel Dots, Alphas Jillibean Soup, Button Jillibean Soup, Hemp Twine, Felt, DMC Embroidery Floss, Wood Veneer Heart Studio Calico, Ink VersaFine/VersaMagic/Memento Luxe, Circle Punches, Paper Smooches Stamps and Metal Dies)

I combined several different ideas to create my title. First I stamped the word "friend" with VersaMagic Ink then using embroidery floss I outline stitched the stamped image. The original stamp also said "friend" I needed this to be plural so I used an "s" from another word in the same stamp set. Using some tape I isolated the letter in question thus adding it to my title. I then used a metal die to create a felt ampersand. I love the play on textures these items give my layout. Here are some additional close up photos showing off more details of my layout.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy stamping.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June | PageMaps featuring Maya Road

Happy Tuesday crafters. June is our transition month, the kids are wrapping up the last few weeks of school, we've got a few birthdays and then it's summer vacation. Today's sketch is a double page layout perfect for scrapbooking all your summertime photos.

Here is the sketch I chose to work with. I love how it offers endless possibilities. I kept the idea of the sketch but changed around the photos just a bit. I took the liberty to add an additional photo I think you could even add more depending on what you are scrapbooking.

I love the straight lines of this sketch but thought I would add a bit of playfulness to my layout by tilting my photos. Tilting the photos also keeps my perfectionist demons at bay.

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Patterned Paper Basic Grey, Chipboard Accents Basic Grey, Stickers Basic Grey, Alphas Basic Grey, Maya Road kraft arrows/chip board alphas/cross stitch wood veneers/kraft enveope, Studio Calico Mist, Doodlebug Enamel Dots, DMC Embroidery Floss, Spellbinders/Becky Fleck Scallop Metal Die, Black Gel Pen, Hemp Twine and font Veteran Typewriter)

I went old school with the Maya Road chipboard alphas and covered them with cardstock. This is a technique I once used almost all the time when I first fell in love with chipboard. I use Tombow mono liquid glue to adhere the patterned paper to the chipboard then trim the excess paper. Then I smooth the edges with a nail file. This gives the letters their thin white edge.

Long before I scrapbooked I dabbled a bit with cross stitching so I immediately fell in love with the Maya Road cross stitch wood veneers.

I love the Maya Road kraft products and used 2 envelopes to recreate the vertical effect of the title journaling/title block in the sketch. 

Thanks for joining me today. Happy Scrapping!