Monday, August 18, 2014

Paper Issues: Admit One Issue

Hi Everyone...There's a new Issue at Paper Issues today...Admit One ... sponsored by Fancy Pants Designs!  We're looking for projects that: 
            • use a ticket stub or even memorabilia;
            • feature a favorite movie;
            • feature a circus, carnivals, concerts, fairs,
            • winning a ribbon/prize/award/diploma;
            • use the number one,
            • use "That's the Ticket" as a title
            • and/or use Fancy Pants products

Here's my project featuring Fancy Pants Everyday Circus Collection, I used Sketch 275 from Creative Scrappers for inspiration.

 
Last week my daughter and friends headed off to the One Direction concert at Gillette Stadium...they've had the tickets for months and were beyond excited!  They spent the day getting ready...painting themselves with all sorts of things "1D"!

 
I printed out one of the tickets on card stock to use on my layout.  The stickers and ephemera in the Everyday Circus collection are great...they can be used for so many things!
 
 
 
Be sure to link up your Admit One projects here by August 31st and you could win the Everyday Circus collection for your stash (be sure to link back to Paper Issues to be eligible)!  You also might see your projects featured on Paper Issues Blog, Facebook Page or Instagram!  I can't wait to see what you create!  That's it for me today, make sure to check out the other fab Admit one projects over on the Paper Issues Blog!
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,  I'm happy to be here as part of the on-going Creative Blog Hop.  I was asked by fellow designer Suzanna Lee to join in this fun hop.  Basically...instead of a product or project hop, it's a creative hop...a little about what I'm doing now.  Different crafters will be participating at different times.. .here are the questions I was given....


1.What am I working on right now?
Currently I have about 3 projects in the works.  I have a baby shower card/project I'm creating for a friend.

 
I'm also "kitting" some projects to bring with me to Salt Lake City next week when I visit Doodlebug!!!  (squeal!!!) We have a fun weekend of scrapping planned and I'm getting ready!
 
          
 
2. How long does it take to create a project?
I am NOT a fast scrapper.  Projects generally take a day or two....I work on them a little, walk away, come back, add a sticker, walk away... I'm lucky I have a craft room where I can leave half finished projects out and ready to be completed!   If in a crunch, I can get them done fast.  Most I've ever done is 2 layouts and a card in one day.  It was exhausting.  And forget about going to crops...I love them, but I'm way too social to accomplish anything!  Last crop I think I created 3 layouts in 3 days....

This is what the craft room looks like now...pretty neat for me....

3. What are my fave things I love to create with at the moment?
I love my Silhouette ... the possibilities are endless.



 I love the new Doodlebug collections...especially the new Doilies!!!!! 


I love tags and flair.  They're perfect for embellishment clusters. 


I  like things that are glittery and sparkly!  I am also a true fan of the selfie.  I steal them from my daughter's phone frequently.

  4. How does my creative process work?
Right now, for the most part, my creative process starts with an assignment.  That sound so formal, but I don't mind it.  I'm on the design teams I'm on because I love what they do!!  For some of my teams I'm given a collection to work with, others, maybe a sketch or a theme.  From there, I decide what kind of project I want to create.  Usually it's a layout, but I also like to do some altered/3d art and cards as well.  It depends if I have pictures to go with what I'm working on at the time.  I then gather together everything I have to work with, and dive in. 


  5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I'm all over the map.  Sometimes, I'm inspired by the product...papers, embellies.... Sometimes I have a photo that sparks an idea.  Sometimes I'm clueless and need to troll for ideas online...my favorite is Pinterest.  I like to look at mood boards, and I also get ideas from other designers. I also have a bunch of blogs I look at when I need a creative boost.   For layouts, I like sketches...they can get the creative juices flowing. 
 
  6. What is my signature style?
If I had to assign myself one style...I'd say playful. One of the ladies that often takes my classes at my LSS gave me the biggest compliment once by telling me my layouts made her happy. (I keep her around...she's good for my ego...)  I like bright, happy colors.  I like adding humor and a bit of whimsy to my projects.  Scrapbooking/papercrafting is therapy for me... keeps me sane so I try to keep it light and happy. 

That's a little about creative me.  Make sure to stop by Anita Mulcahey's blog for her creative process...she's planning continuing this hop on Next Friday, August 22nd!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Doodlebug Designs: Design by Color Challenge

Hi Everyone, I have a fun layout today for Doodlebug's Design by Color Challenge.  The Design Team was asked to pick one color from the Doodlebug palette and create a project that was at least 75% that color.  It was a hard choice (I love ALL Doodlebug colors...) but I chose Limeade.  And as luck would have it, I had the perfect picture to complement my color choice!
 

For those of you who are not sports fans, or familiar with Boston landmarks, the Green Monster (properly pronounced "Monstah" in Boston) is the left field wall of Fenway Park.  My husband and my daughter recently attended a concert at Fenway and were kind enough to get their photo snapped in front of the wall! (ok, let's be honest, I sent them with explicit instructions to do so...)  All I had to do was find all of the Limeade goodies in my Doodlebug Stash!
 
 
 
 
I love that Doodlebug uses the same color families in their collections.  I could mix and match with ease from a number of older and new lines!

 
This was a really fun layout to create...I had a great time figuring out how to make it all work!  That's it for me today, make sure to stop by the Doodlebug Blog to check out all of the Design Team inspiration!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Paper Issues: Mix Tape Issue

Hi Everyone...eek, it's been about two weeks since I last blogged!!!  I've been away on vacation and then trying to catch up with everything, my poor blog has been neglected!  I have been crafty during this time though, and one of the projects I created is a fun card for the Mix Tape Issue over at Paper Issues.   Take a peek:
 
 
I used a Lori Whitlock Silhouette file for my card...just changed it around a bit to be horizontal rather than a vertical design.  As for the Issue, I took the challenge pretty literally...and used a mix of Doodelbug Washi tapes to create a background for my cut-out hearts. 


 
Make sure to head over to the Paper Issues Blog to see how the Design Team interpreted this issue!  Link up your projects (and be sure to link back to Paper Issues!!) by August 17th and you could win a prize pack from our sponsor Hazel and Ruby!!!  You might also find your project featured on the Paper Issues Blog, Facebook or Instagram!!!  That's it for me today.  I 'll be back soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Right at Home Scrapbooking: July Mood Board Inspired PL Cards

Hi Everyone...I have some fun Project Life cards today that were inspired by the July Mood Board at Right at Home Scrapbooking.  Take a peek at the Board....
And here are the cards I put together using Pink Paislee's Pen Pals collection.
 
 
My 4th Card was created using the Stitched Journaling Card from Lawn Fawn as the base.  I added some stars to the background and finished it off with some Lawn Fawn Louie's ABCs & 123s.The Happy was stamped using Lawn Fawn Clark's ABCs stamps on a piece of vellum.
 
 
My Hello Summer Card was created using the Large Stitched journaling card also from Lawn Fawn.  I decorated it with a Polaroid frame & Flip flops I cut with my Silhouette.  The Sun, Hello and stamps are also Lawn Fawn.


 That's it for today...Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Paper Issues: Say Cheese Issue

Hi Everyone...just a quick post to share the card I created for Paper Issues latest issue, Say Cheese, sponsored by Maya Road.

 
I LOVE Maya Road Chipboard pieces.  You can do so many things with them.  For my card I covered them with some fun Doodlebug Designs Sugar Shoppe Papers, and also painted some with some Smooch.  They hold up to just about anything!!  Have you linked up to our latest Issue???  We're looking for projects that:
  • Use camera embellishments.
  • Showcase a favorite photo.
  • Think about using "Say Cheese" as a title.
  • Do you have any photos featuring cheesy smiles? Let's see 'em!
  • Add Polaroid-style frames to your project.
  • Share a project featuring Instagram, Polaroid or vintage photos.
  • Tell us about the silly things your kids (nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc.) say.
  • Use Maya Road products.
Make sure you link back to Paper Issues too!  You could win a fun goodie bag from Maya Road.  That's it for me today.  I'll be back tomorrow with some fun summer PL cards I created for Right at Home!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Doodlebug Designs: Chevron Sugar Coated Cardstock

Hi Everyone, I'm up on the Doodlebug Design blog today with a fun layout featuring Chevron Sugar Coated Cardstock.  I love the glittery effect it adds to a project!  Here's what I came up with:

 
 This quote has always been a favorite, and worked perfectly with the sparkle factor in the Chevron Sugar Coated Cardstock ... and this silly selfie of my daughter.  I used a number of thin dies from Sizzix and MFT and my Big Shot to cut hearts from the cardstock.  I love how the colors coordinate perfectly with the Sugar Shoppe papers!
 
 
For my title, I couldn't resist mixing and matching Doodlebug Alphas and I HAD to use the Bubblegum Shin-Dig Sugar Coated Alphas! 
 
To complete my layout, I added some Doodlebug Sequins and stitched with some silver thread for a little more bling!  That's it for me today.  Thanks for stopping by.