Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stick It Down April Challenge

Welcome to another month of Stick It Down sketch challenges. I really loved working with the minimalistic sketch this month and I really felt like it made a huge impact. Here is the sketch that we were given to work with. Isn't it fun and different?!?

I decided that this sketch would just be too perfect to highlight a major even in my son's life this spring. He is playing kid pitch baseball for the first time and is one of the youngest players on the team but has been chosen as part of the pitching rotation. He even won first place in his age group at a local pitching competition this spring!

This particular photo was his very first night pitching in a game and you could see that he was in heaven. He loves baseball and being anywhere on the field but his heart lives on the pitcher's mound.

As you can see, I stayed pretty true to the sketch and used some torn out notebook paper along with some stamping to create some interest around my photo. Puffy baseball stickers and a bold title were all it took to create a unique and impactful look. I can't wait to see what you create with this month's sketch. Make sure to check out the Stick It Down blog to see what everyone else comes up with and to share your take on this sketch with us as well. Happy Crafting!!

SMS April Blog Hop!!!

Happy April!! I hope you enjoyed Hannah's project as much as I loved it this month!  I almost had a huge April Fool's joke to play on everyone with no layout today. LOL! I am in the middle of moving and half of my room is at the old house and half is at the new house so that made for a little bit of an extra challenge but I'm happy with the project and I used up some old stash in the process.

Without further ado...I went with a grid layout this week. I play along with several friends on a You Tube collaboration and this week's challenge was 4-5 photos on a grid. Although I didn't quite make the video happen (which box is the tripod in again?!) I did create this fun layout with the challenge theme....

Here are a couple of close-ups as well....

As you can see, I played with the Felties from the SpiegelMom Scraps store a lot for this project. The cloud felties are by far my favorite but I just loved the pop of color and contrast that I got using the red heart felties as well.

Another tip....when you don't have a sequin mix that works perfectly, reach into your stash and create one! The sequin mixes are perfect to grab parts from and combine together to create something new. Here are the four different mixes that I pulled from on this layout...

I hope you enjoyed my project and that you will keep your fingers crossed me as I try to finish moving and set up a new crafty space! I can't wait to share my new space with everyone over on my channel. If you aren't yet a subscriber, what are you waiting for?!? Click here and go subscribe so you don't miss anything! are off to visit Sara's Blog and you are going to LOVE her project. Happy hopping and creating!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SMS March Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to March! This month, we are teamed up with Creative Embellishments and I am having such a blast combining products from these two amazing small businesses. You are gonna love all of the inspiration heading your way this month! You should have arrived here from Heather's blog and I just know you loved her project as much as I did.

For this project, I worked with the new Paige Evan's Oh My Heart Collection and created a fun, bright, and colorful camping page. If you are new to my work,  you will quickly see that I LOVE hand stitching on my layouts and this one has a whole lot of it.

The compasses from Creative Embellishments were just the perfect accents for my layout idea! From the SpiegelMom Scraps store, I included:
     --Cloudy Days Felties (my favorite felties!)
     --Corky Cumulus (the amazing new super thin cork clouds)
     --Star Light Star Bright (large silver stars)
     --Stargazer (the medium sized shimmery stars)
     --Wedding Bells (the tiny stars)

Here are a few close-ups and I would also love it if you would check out the process video and subscribe to my channel! is the process video!

Next stop on the hop is taking you to Marci's blog. Make sure to leave a comment on each blog in the hop in order to be entered to win a great prize! Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!

Scrap the Boys March Challenge

Welcome to a new month and another month of Scrap the Boys challenges! Today is a busy day on my blog as I have a few different design team projects going on today. Make sure to check my channel for a few different process videos that will be released today!

This month, the theme for Scrap the Boys is to care a layout or project with the theme of DIRT. Having two boys, this was a super easy challenge for me. I also immediately knew what picture I wanted to use. This photo is one of my youngest son on a big camping trip that we took a couple of summers ago. His face looked at least this dirty for the majority of our time in the woods and he couldn't have been happier. Between playing in the dirt, building forts, fishing, and boating, he was one happy will guy.

For this layout, I combined elements from several different collections (both new and old) in order to create a unique look. I even used a few collections that are really intended as feminine collections. I also created a coordinating process video to go with this layout and you can view that below or on my You Channel by clicking here.

And here is the video as well....

I really hope that you will play along with our challenge this month! Make sure to check out the Scrap the Boys blog to see the creations from the rest of the design team and to leave us a link to check out your project for our theme this month. Happy Crafting!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Stick it Down February Challenge

Happy Monday!
  It is time for another Stick It Down Sketch Challenge and the sketch for February is a really fun one. There are so many different options of what you could create with this layout. The design team also did an awesome job of creating a wide variety of projects so make sure you stop by and check out all of the layouts.

The sketch for February looks like:

I decided to work with hand stitching for this layout so I just traced and stitched circles of lots of different colors in the background for the main design element. 

Playing with the Shimelle Go Now Go collection and layering up all sorts of 6x6 patterned papers and pieces of ephemera completed the look. I kept my embellishments subtle to really highlight the photo and stitching details. Adding the little cork hearts and the tiny navy sticker hearts from Studio Calico tied everything together and added a little fun. I hope that you enjoy seeing what I created. Make sure to stop by Stick It Down and check out the rest of the projects. Make sure to leave us a link to a project you create with this month's sketch. I can't wait to see your work! Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SMS February Blog Hop

Happy Wednesday and Happy February! January was not a particularly kind month in my world so I am excited for a new beginning and all of the possibility that February holds!

As a great start, today is the SpiegelMom Scraps blog hop! We are collaborating with Accent Scrapbooking this month which is an amazing flair badge company. We all decided to design with a common sketch and allow our own unique styles to come thru. I know that you had to have just loved Hannah's project!

Here is the sketch that we worked with for this hop....

I love the details and loads of layers! I decided to pull out some leftovers from the Paige Evans Fancy Free collection for my layout today. I started with a beautiful piece of patterned paper that was all florals and decided to fussy cut and hand stitch the flowers and leaves. This was a super fun look to create and worked perfectly for integrating the flair badges and sequins throughout. Here are a few close-ups of my project as well as the accompanying process video.

The really was a fun look to create as I love creating layers and texture elements. Hand-stitching is a great way to do just that!

Please make sure to check out the process video below and to subscribe to my channel!

Thanks again for joining us for the February Blog Hop! If you would like more details about the specific products and sequin mixes that I used, make sure to check out the video link! You are now headed off to Katty's blog and you are going to LOVE the florals and details that she has created as well. Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Scrap the Boys Design Team and February Challenge

Good Morning! I am super excited to be starting work with the Scrap the Boys Design Team this month. I have loved watching and seeing all of their challenges over the past year and I am SO excited to be playing along now. This month, the challenge is to create a layout about something NEW. There are so many different ways to interpret this challenge which is part of the fun. I thought about creating something about new Christmas gifts or new goals for the year. I also could have created a layout about a new school year, playing a new sport, or new adventures whether big or small. I decided to create a layout about a small part of our travel adventures that we look forward to as a family...trying new restaurants and foods in new locations. You can see the layout I created below as well as watch the process video for more detailed information and my thought process.

I used two different boy product lines that I have been enjoying working with lately. One is from Crate Paper called Cool Kid and the other is from Bella Blvd. called Alex. Both collections coordinate really well together and allowed me to add in little elements from my older product stash which always makes me happy!

I hope that you enjoyed my take on this month's challenge and that you will visit the design team page to check out what the rest of the design team created. Please play along this month and share your work so that I can see what you are creating for the boys in your life as well. Happy Crafting!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Use Your Stuff: Animal Challenge

Happy Monday!
  Welcome to another challenge from the Use Your Stuff challenge blog. This week, we have been challenged to create a layout with some sort of animal theme. Whether you choose to scrap animal pictures, use cute animal ephemera, or include some kind of animal print is up to you! I do have a process video for this layout as well so make sure to stop by my channel and check that out too!!

I chose to work with this adorable photo of my youngest son who surprised me in the store one day with this tiger hat and mitts. He came up behind me and yelled "RRAAAWWWWRRRR" and it was just the cutest darn thing you have ever seen!

The minute that I saw this challenge, I knew this photo and story would be perfect! The Crate Paper Cool Kid collection still remains one of my favorites for documenting the stories of my boys and I am running low on goodies from it as I have created so many layouts with it already.

For this layout, I included a black and white background from Dear Lizzy's Saturday collection and added some hand stitching to make it my own and add some extra dimension.  I then added a lot of different details from the sticker sheet, 6x6 patterned paper pad, and some puffy stickers. I also used up a few old Studio Calico chipboard stars that have been in my stash forever. Anytime I get to use old things from my stash, I consider it a win win!!

Here's the process video for this layout as well...

Please stop by and check out the process video where I show you how it all came together! I would love if you watch, like, comment, and subscribe so that I can keep bringing you lots of free content! Please also make sure to check out the Use Your Stuff blog to see what the rest of the design team created and to leave us a link to your own project for this challenge. Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #400 Love, Valentine's Day

Happy Thursday!
Welcome back to another week of CRAFT challenges. This week, we have been challenged to create a love or Valentine's Day themed project. As usual, I like to create cards that are quick and easy but still show an interesting look.

I took a plain white cardstock base and added some dimensional texture paste (Heidi Swapp Teal)  thru a heart stencil to create the background. I also added a few polka dots with red Stickles to the background. I then layers two different doilies (one gold and one white). On top of this, I placed a glassine bag and then layered three different sized Valentine's tags to the card. I punched a few gold glitter hearts to add some additional sparkle and finished the tags with some black baker's twine. I love that little hedgehog tag on the front so I wanted that to be center stage. I included both photos so that you could see the tiny tag that is inserted into the glassine bag.

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope that you check out the projects from the rest of the design team over at CRAFT and also share a project of your own with us for this week's challenge. Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #399 Christmas

Happy Thursday!
It's time for another CRAFT challenge and this week, we are revisiting Christmas. I grabbed some leftover supplies from my Christmas stash before I put it all away and created this fun shaker card. I grabbed a Christmas tag and backed it with two different patterned papers. I then pulled out a bunch of snowflakes from the coordinating ephemera pack. I added some sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps to the 4x6 packet and sealed it up easily on the back. Those 4x6 fuse pockets are perfect for creating quick and easy shaker pockets.

Thanks so much for visiting! Make sure to head on over to the CRAFT website to check out the Christmas creations from the rest of the design team and to leave us a link to a Christmas project that you have created. Happy Crafting!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Stick It Down--January Sketch Challenge

Happy Monday! Welcome to another month of Stick It Down sketches. This month I am in LOVE with the sketch. There is enough simplicity to allow for lots of interpretation differences. If you haven't seen all of the different takes by the design team, you absolutely must check them out. I was BLOWN AWAY!! Here is the lovely sketch this month....

I worked with the Fancy Pants Golden Days collection to create this fun layout centered around baking and making cookies for my son's classroom cookie exchange. Below, you can check out the whole layout as well as a few close-up photos.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my layout as well as the sketch for this month. Make sure to stop by the Stick It Down blog to check out the work of the rest of the design team and to create a layout using this sketch that you can share with us as well. Happy Crafting!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #398: Box or Bag

Happy Thursday!

Welcome back to another week of CRAFT challenges. This week, we are being challenged to create a project with either a box or a bag. I decided to show a recent project that I have been working on to create candy goodie bags for Valentine's Day.

To create this look, I took a glassine bag and filled it with small pieces of individually wrapped candy. I then took a cut file that I had previously used and decreased it in size to make it the right size for the project. I backed each section of the cut file with a different patterned paper. I then took a 4 inch doily and colored it with mists in matching colors. Add a few thicker stickers to the bottom of the bag. Super easy! Last step....layer it all together and clip it with a glittered clothespin.

I hope that you will visit us over at CRAFT and check out the creations from the rest of the design team as well as to share a project that you create for this challenge. Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SpiegelMom Scraps & Cuts2Luv Product Swap and Blog Hop!

Good morning and thank you so much for joining us for this super fun product swap between SpiegelMom Scraps and Cuts2Luv! The products from these two companies go SO well together and I really had fun with this project. I hope that you enjoy the photos of my project. Please also make sure to click on the YT link to watch the process video that goes along with it!! Remember to leave comments on all the designer blogs to be entered to win fabulous prizes from each company!

For this project, I used a lot of fun goodies from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa collection. The background papers are a combination of products from different collections including: Felicity Jane basics, Fancy Pants Merry and Bright, Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa, and the Hip Kit Club. All of the flair on the layout came from Cuts2Luv and from the SpiegelMom Scraps store I used the Wedding Bells sequin mix as well as the eight inch lace doilies. Please enjoy the close-ups below and check out the process video to see more detailed information about my process and thoughts while creating this project.

Thanks so much for being here! Now you’re off to Valerie’s blog. I know you will absolutely adore her project as well. Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

CRAFT Challenge #397 Recipe

Happy Thursday and welcome to another round of CRAFT challenges. For this week, we were challenged to use a recipe to create our project. The recipe includes: one image, two papers, and three flowers. As you can see, I added a couple of extra flowers to this design but I just love how it turned it.

As always, I kept with my theme of quick and easy cards. The main oval card is from a Ruby Violet journaling notecard set. I added a few diecut flowers and leaves and put dimensional adhesive behidn the smaller ones to make them pop off the card. I then pulled out my most favorite alphabet stamps from Crafty Jen Schow for Felicity Jane and used those to stamp the "hello spring" title. I also grabbed a sediment stamp and added that to the top. I chose a couple of patterned paper pieces to mount the entire card front on and I was done. Quick, easy, and super cute!

I hope that you will join us this week and create your own project with our recipe. Do stop by and check out the creations from the rest of the design team. Make sure to share what you create over on the CRAFT blog!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Let's Get Sketchy Guest Designer Call

Happy Wednesday!!
   I wanted to share a fun opportunity with you all today. My friends over at Let's Get Sketchy are having a Guest Designer call. It is super easy and fun to apply! All you have to do it create a layout based upon the sketch below...All of the instructions for how to apply can be found on the Let's Get Sketchy blog by clicking here.

Here is the amazing sketch....

I had a great time working with this sketch and here is a little peek at my layout....

I hope that you will consider creating a layout and applying to be a guest designer for Let's Get Sketchy! Happy Crafting!!!