So Flowerful

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hello there! Check me out! I'm cranking out the Paper Issues June challenges. Today I have a layout for the Striped Sensation challenge. 

You may call this cheating. A striped paper? No big deal. Well, in a way, you may be correct. But I have a story. This paper? It's from the new Doodlebug Design Hello collection.  This royal blue? It's fresh. It's bold. It's new. I love it so much I dreamed about it. Really. I did. I just needed to find a way to use it. I had some ideas but I wasn't wowed by them. Until my son took this photo of me last week. 

Yippee! Flowers! Then the ideas fell into place. Flowers. All the flowers. As many as I could get onto the page in an orderly way. Stickers? check. Die cuts? check. Enamel shapes check. They are layered, clustered and vibrant, but not overwhelming. I'm so happy that this came out really close to how I saw it in my head. 


My son and I hit the farmers market for the first time this season. I wanted flowers. I picked the brightest bouquet, and even grabbed a few 'Horton Hears a Who' flowers as well. It was a lovely morning.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have more ti share over the next week. Head over the the Paper Issues shop to pick up some Doodlebug Design Hello for yourself or any of the other new products. It's always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout.



White Socks?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Hey there! It's been a few days but I'm on the Paper Issues Blog today with a new project for the Boys Will be Boys challenge. This one is a slam dunk for me!

Or so I though! Why is it when I have something that should be so easy for me I get creative block? Well, I stumbled through that block and came out the other side. Today I started with my photo. Kids are getting older, there are fewer and fewer current photos to play with. I found this one I never knew existed.

This boy and his sense of humor! I'm telling you. I can hear him now. "White socks? Like these? Why would you name a baseball team after your socks?' So it required something playful. I found what I was looking for in a mix of different product, but primarily PinkFresh A Case of the Blahs and Boys Fort. The colors are soft enough that the photo stands out. The prints are small enough that they aren't overwhelming. The style of the two collections work together too.  All of that filled the Bubble Blast cut file so nicely! And guess what else. They kinda look like baseballs. ok. Not really. 

I mixed some random little bits from my stash with the PinkFresh embellies to add a bit more color. The papers and die cuts do enough! I did add some A Flair for Buttons flair, because, well, it provides the extra touch. I used a piece from the Around the World 1 set. The word stickers applied to his humor don't you think? 






It's refreshing to mix things up. I haven't done that in a while. I should try that more often. So should you. You can purchase PinkFresh, Echo Park, Doodlebug and so much more right now in the Paper Issues shop! Use DEVRA at checkout revive 20% off your purchase. Then, go straight to your crafty place, create something and share it with us in the June Challenges album in our Facebook group. Thanks for stopping by today and see you next time!



Life's Okay

Friday, June 8, 2018

Hey there and good morning! I'm off to a slow start this month but I have lots of ideas brewing. I plan on getting more done, little by little. Anyway, today I have a project I made for the Put It On an Angle challenge at Paper Issues.

I know, I know, you think I cheated. I should have tilted the photo or the papers, or designed on an angle. Nope. Not today. I used the Soak in the Sunshine cut file, and all those rays are on an angle. Boom.

Time to break out some more Shimelle Box of Crayons, I stitched the rays in the same colors as the papers. Almost a traditional rainbow but not quite. A bold background like this required little more than the few die cuts, stickers and layers behind the photo. Done.


Sometimes things get a little crazy. Lots going on, everyone is coming and going. Then there is a small moment like this, when I get time with my guys. Everything stops and for that minute I am reminded that life is okay.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have more to share.  Head over to the Paper Issues shop to pick up some new Jillibean Soup and Simple Stories as well as many other of your favorite manufacturers. They are always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout.


My Favorite 4

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hey there! Happy June! Yes, I said June! Already! New Month also means a new round of challenges at Paper Issues!  I wanted to start the month off right so I'm sharing a project I created for our Keep It Sketchy challenge.


This sketch is really fun to play with. It has so many possibilities. Can you see what I did today?!?! I used this awesome Amy Tangerine paper as the burst! Who needs a cut file? This paper did all the work for me. All I had to do was layer a few papers and LOTS of embellishments and I was done.  The embellishments are a bit wackadoo but then it dawned on me that I had the 'You are Unique' flair from the Strut Your Stuff A Flair for Buttons set. That meant the Peacock die cut made a little more sense. The key though is in the details. See all those dots? Yep. Nuvo drops. I know I could have stitched, or sewn to give it some texture, but this was more fun!


You know, our family is as wackadoo as the embellishments in this collection. Sometimes we get a good photo, sometimes not. Regardless, we are who we are and I wouldn't change a thing.

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You Are Loved

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hey there and good morning! Look at me go! 3rd time this week. Go me! Anyway, Today I have  page for the Free File challenge at Paper Issues

I started with the Stitching Doily cut file. I actually cut & stitched this a few weeks ago, but didnt know what I wanted to do with it. So I let it sit. I was playing around with this Fancy Pants  The Bright Side and had an 'aha' moment! Ding Ding Ding! It's like I made it just for this!  All I had left to do was add some embellies. Would you believe that took me almost as long as stitching the doily? I just couldn't decide how much to put on or when to stop. Well, I was restrained and I love it. 


When he was little, he loved looking close into my eyes. Butterfly kisses? Maybe. But we used to say I. Seeeeeeee.....YOU. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. You an join all the fun in the Paper Issues Facebook group. Pop your projects into the May Challenges  album by 6/3 for a chance to win prizes! Shop at the Paper Issues shop for 20% off your purchases using DEVRA at checkout. 


Squad Goals

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Good morning! I am still working my way through the May challenges at Paper Issues. Today I'm joining the Girls Rule the World challenge. 

I dont know why I've been waiting to use Pink Paislee Pick Me Up. It's so pretty! Well, anyway used it today. Ive been really into altering papers to use them in different ways on my pages. My latest victim was the specialty vellum. I cut it all apart, using it to fill the page with all the sentiments that make me think of my friends, our relationship and what we do together. It was so easy. I left open spaces and filled them with a variety of embellishments. To soften the lines I added a few pieces of A Flair for Buttons flair. The Strut Your Stuff and Gold & Black Girl Boss fit perfectly on my page. We can talk about the title if you want too. We are our own Squad. It was the only one I was going to use!


These ladies are my Squad, my Tribe. Im soapy to be able to call them my friends. 

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Sunrise, Sunset

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hey there paper loving friends! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today with a Pinspirational, Pinsational, Pinspire Me project. Can we talk about how much I love this month's mood board? Lots. A ton. It has color. It has books and paint and donuts. Is that enough? 


Yeah....none of that was my inspiration today. I went in a completely different direction. See that square smack in the center of the grid? Yes. That's the one. It looks divided in half to me. Also like the sun setting over the ocean. Yes, I do know it's yellow, but that's what my creative brain sees. So this is what I came up with. A Yin Yang page divided in half!

I mixed a couple of collections from last fall, One Canoe Two Creekside with Carta Bella Welcome Home. I was looking for muted colors and these worked really well together. I used the sun from the Sun & Fun cut file. I just cut it in half. I layered everything else over it in a mirror image. The two sides of the page pretty much have the same style and types of embellishments. Chipboard, stickers and die cuts all tucked side by side.  The A Flair for Buttons Watercolor Words flair were the perfect addition. the soft color and sentiment fir right in to the page. Are you singing along yet because the title is what joins all of this together and ties right back to that center square! See how I did that?


I've decided the only good thing about the sun rising so late here in the mornings during winter is that I am awake and can take photos. It happened to be a clear day when I could actually see the colors through the clouds. They were pink and blue like cotton candy. It was beautiful. 


Sunsets here are intense. The sky becomes bright with saturated reds oranges and yellows. I treasure the winter sunsets because they are so rare. They too are photo worthy. 


There you have it. I hope I've Pinspired you to join this challenge! You can find it and all the other challenges in the May Challenge Album in our Facebook group. There are several new arrivals in the Paper Issues shop. Get some new Echo Park and Crate Paper now, use DEVRA at checkout and it will be 20% off.  Thanks for stopping by my creative view today and see you next time!

 
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