Sunday, July 27, 2014

Retrosketches #125

Hey Everyone!  I am back with a new sketch and card from Retrosketches!  This sketch is fabulous and so many possibilities!  Here is a look at the sketch and my card!

I am loving the white on white look right now so that is what I went for with this card!  I used a white card base and used two stamp sets.  To create the rays I used the stamp set Patterned Pennants from Close to my Heart and heat embossed in white embossing powder.  The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink stamp set called We Go Together and is stamped out in Close to my Heart Slate ink.

I hope you will join us this week and link up your card using this sketch!  A little shout out to Scrappin Madge for linking up using last weeks sketch!!  Thanks for playing along Madge!  Enjoy your day everyone!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Clique Kits July Blog Share

Hey Everyone!  Welcome to the Clique Kits July Blog Share featuring products using the July 2014 kit A Midsummer Nights Dream.  This months kit features Echo Parks Capture Life collection designed by the fabulous Allison Kreft!  You should have made your way here from Jody's blog but in case you did not please CLICK HERE to start the blog share from the beginning!  I have a few projects to share with you today so lets get stated!

First up I have two layouts to share and the first one is of my youngest Eli James!  His favorite movie was on and as you can see in the photo he was very much into it!  We were having a lazy movie day so I had to capture his little self on the couch!
Earlier this month I shared a layout using a sketch from Life.Paper.Scrapbook and I wanted to create a layout with the 2 photos I did not use in that layout.  I did not want to add to many embellishment to this layout so the focus would mainly be on the photos!
For my last projects I have 3 cards to share using the last bits and pieces of this kit!

Thanks for stopping today and I hope you enjoyed my projects this month!  Your next stop is the one and only Shayne!  Don't forget to comment along the way for your chance to win this months giveaway!  For an extra entry sign up for the Clique Kits newsletter and share the hop on Facebook!  Please leave a separate comment for each entry!  Here is the complete line-up in case you get lost along the way!
Clique Kits

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Retrosketches #124

Happy Saturday!  I am back with a new sketch and card for Retrosketches!  This weeks sketch is based off of one of my past cards!  You can see the card and blog post HERE!  Shaker cards are so much fun and I just received some fun brand new sequins in the mail from Stampin Up so I had to create another shaker card!  This pack of sequins includes star, circle and heart shaped sequins!  So much fun in one pack!  You can get them at my Stampin Up website HERE!

Here is a look at this weeks sketch and my take on the sketch! 

I love this sweet koala bear from Sweet Stamp Shop's stamp set Koala so I had to inculde him in this shaker card!  I hope you enjoyed my card and that you will give this sketch a shot and link up to Retrosketches!  You never know, you could be the next Retrosketches Headliner! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cardmaking with my Clique Kit

I love to create scrapbook layouts and mini albums but I also am a huge fan of cardmaking!  Today I am using my July Clique Kit and a digital cute file from the Clique Kits shop to create two quick and easy cards!  You can find the Diagonal Stripe cut file in the Clique Kits shop for only $0.99 and it can used with so many projects!  Head on over to the Clique Kits blog to see my full blog post and another example of how this cut file was used by one of the Clique Kits subscribers!
Here are my two cards using this Diagonal Stripe Cut File from Clique Kits.  I re-sized the cut file on both cards.  The first card also uses one of the Allison Kreft Heart Charms that you can find in the shop and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here stamp set that is also available in the Clique Kits shop. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my cards and will give this Diagonal Stripe Cut File a try!  For only $0.99 it sure is a bargain to help you create something fun and unique!  I hope you all enjoy your day and get some time to be creative today!

Challenges Entered
CAS-ual Fridays-Summer Lovin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stick it Down Sketch Challenge

Hey everyone!  Erica here to bring you a new single page layout sketch from Stick it Down!  This week I pulled out some bits and pieces I had left over from my June 2014 Clique Kit to create my layout and I love how it turned out!  This kit features paper collections from Heidi Swapp and Simple Stories and I love all the black and white with the pops of color!  There are still a couple of these kits available for single purchase in the Clique Kits store.  Here is a look at this weeks sketch and my completed layout.

I would love for you to join us this week and link up your projects using this sketch!  Winner of this sketch challenge will be asked to join us next month as Guest Designer at Stick it Down!  Thanks so much for stopping today I hope you all enjoyed my layout!  Have a great rest of your day!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Life.Paper.Scrapbook Sketch and My Clique Kit

Hello Everyone!  I wanted to drop in quick and share the layout I created for my post on Clique Kits this past Thursday!  I used the current sketch challenge over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook. 

I used the July 2014 Clique Kit to create my layout along with the Pinkfresh Stuido exclusive kit and a few July add-ons from the Clique Kits store.!  I love the Bokeh Teal paper from Allison Kreft's Capture Life collection!  I love how it looks with the pink pattern paper and pink embellishments.  The photos I used are of my husband Michael and I and were taking by my high school friend who is an amazing photographer Anna Wight.  We were so blessed to have her take our family photos for us.

The July Clique Kit is available for purchase in the Clique Kits shop along with the Echo Park view finder die and Studio Calico enamel dots I used in my layout!  I hope you enjoyed my layout using this sketch!  Head on over to Clique Kits to view some close up photos and read my blog post HERE.

Challenges Entered
Scrap Our Stash-Polaroid Frame, Enamel Dots, Journal Card

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Retrosketches #123

Happy Saturday!  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far!  Here in Illinois it is muggy and raining so I have been on my couch watching the first season of True Blood and prepping for a workshop I am doing tomorrow!  Today I also want to share with you the new sketch from Retrosketches!

I love all the little banners and they are perfect to use up some of my scraps from my Serendipity paper pad from Heidi Swapp!  I used the Scripty Thanks from Lawn Fawn and a few white enamel dots from Teresa Collins!  Here is my take on this weeks sketch!
I hope you will join us this week and link up your take on the sketch!  I really enjoyed seeing your cards for sketch #122!  Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed my card!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Retrosketch #122

Hey everyone!  I am so excited to announce that I am the July Retrosketches Headliner!  I was thrilled when I received the email about this opportunity and I immediately said YES!  Retrosketches is one of my top favorite card sketch challenge blogs!  I do link up often and have a folder with sketches just from them!  Here is a look at the current retrosketch and my card based off this sketch using the July 2014 Clique Kit!

Make sure to head on over to the Retrosketch blog to see what the rest of the design team has created!  You will love all the fabulous cards they created!  While you are there make sure to follow their blog to get all the latest sketches!  I hope you will join me and link up a card using this sketch!  Thanks so much for stopping today and enjoy the rest of your day!

To purchase a July 2014 Clique Kit head on over to the website HERE or subscribe HERE!
Challenges Entered
The Pink Elephant-Anything Goes

Friday, July 4, 2014

Paper Wings Productions July Blog Hop

WELCOME to Paper Wing Productions July Blog Hop & Giveaway! If you've arrived here from Dana's blog, then you're in the right place.  If you’re just stopping by for a visit, please CLICK HERE to start from the beginning.

This month our color theme is Yellow.  So get comfortable and let us fill your day with the warm shades of yellow, enjoy the hop!! 

The main prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions online store.  

For a chance to win all you need to do is:

  • be a follower of the Paper Wings Productions blog
  • visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment
  • come back and leave us a comment on the PWP blog telling us you completed the hop.
To increase your chances of winning: like our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 on the Paper Wings Productions blog.

I pulled out my June Nesting Components kit along with some of the July kit to create this great cover to my mini chipboard album.  I had so much fun creating texture with some of the Golden Extra Heavy Gel and the the Art Textures stamp.  Here is a look at the cover of my mini album.

I used the super cute tea cup that came in the July kit and added one of the Tim Holtz rub-ons that was included in the June 2014 Nesting Components kit.  The die cut piece behind the cup was cut from the Marion Smith Designs 6x6 paper pad that is also included in the July kit.  The papers in this collection are absolutely beautiful!  Stay tuned to the Paper Wings Productions blog where I will be sharing the inside pages later this month!

Okay, it's time to send you off to your next stop so head on over to Katie's blog!
***Here is the complete line up just in case you get lost along the way***
Paper Wings Productions Blog “The Aviary­ -
Let Your Creativity Take Flight!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Paper Wings Productions July Challenge

It is time for the July challenge over at Paper Wings Productions!  This month is going to be even more exciting because we have the amazing design team from Creative Embellishments joining in on the fun and that means double the chance to win for you!  This months challenge is to emboss!  You can heat emboss, dry emboss or use both on your project!  This months randomly chosen winner will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions shop and we will also choose one person who links up as our featured fan!  This person's project will be posted on the PWP facebook page and Instagram and will also receive a special discount code the shop.
For my project I used the current sketch from Retro Sketches for some inspiration and A Charmed Life paper collection from Simple Stories along with my Paper Wings Productions stamps.
The two Paper Wings Productions stamps I used are Sunburst Pattern and the Spring stamp set.  I stamped the Sunburst onto some white cardstock and used one of the Chalk Talk Framlits from Stampin Up to cut it out.  I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed it.  The wood veneer heart is from Creative Embellishments and comes in a pack of 28!  I love it and this pack is currently on sale!

I love all the yellow in this card and it just goes perfect with the sentiment from Paper Wings Productions!  Head on over to the Paper Wings Productions blog to see what the rest of the design team has created and also make your way over to Creative Embellishments!

Challenges Entered
The Pink Elephant-Anything Goes

Stick it Down Tuesday Sketch Challenge

Hey everyone!  I am here today with my very first design team layout for Stick it Down!  Stick it Down is a multi-challenge blog that posts a new challenge each Tuesday!  Each week the design team will vote on our favorite project and invite the creator to be a guest designer the following month.

1st Tuesday: Single page layouts based on the sketch.
2nd Tuesday: Card based on the sketch
3rd Tuesday:  Single page layouts based on the sketch
4th Tuesday: Double page layout based on the sketch
5th Tuesday: Anything goes

Today I am sharing a layout I created using the July 2014 Clique Kit and a single page sketch from Stick it Down.

I had so much fun with this sketch and my Clique Kit.  This months kit features papers from Allison Kreft's Capture Life line and I love the colors!  I used a photo of my oldest son that I took while we were at the driving range!  There is always time for a quick photo shoot while on the driving range, right?  

I will be adding some journaling onto the top left journaling card.  I did use some Studio Calico wood grain enamel dots that are an add on to the July Clique Kit and I love them!!  I may need to get another pack because I know they are going to go fast!  I hope you will join us and link up your projects using this sketch!  Please head on over to the Stick it Down blog to see what the rest of the design team has created!  Thanks so much for stopping today!

Challenges Entered
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog-Anything Goes 
Scrap Your Stash Challenge-Stripe paper, sequins, woodgrain 
The Pink Elephant-Anything Goes