Today Was Beautiful

Sunday, May 2, 2021

 Hey hey its a favorite day! It's Scraplift Sunday! Boy are you in for a treat because today we are lifting a phenomenal layout by Jennifer McMurtrey. I'm sharing my take on the  Paper Issues Blog.

I gotta tell you I was really intimidated by this LO. It is so freakin' spectacular I wanted to do it justice!

Well, a few ideas began to swirl around in my head. There's rainbow colors, Ombré, decisions decisions... How about Vicki Boutin Color Study! It's bright and oh! oh! the Thumbnail paper is speaking to me. It says the colors will be pretty perfect for all of the photos I took at the tulips fields!  

My photos are vertical and a little larger, so I flipped the sketch. After sifting through all the flowers in the icon ephemera. I realized  there weren't flowers in all the colors in the paper. I've never been so happy that I purchased the Hello Stamp Set! I stamped a bunch of flowers in different sizes, then fussy cut them! Boom. Custom flowers! I tucked, layered and lifted them around the photos to mimic the effect that Jennifer created on her LO. I'm pretty happy with the result!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Head over to our Facebook Group where you can find all of our  May Challenges! Grab some Vicki Boutin  or some new Simple Stories  and the new Distress Oxide Salvaged Patina! It's 20% odd when yours DEVRA at checkout. 

Cheery Blossoms

Monday, April 26, 2021

Hey Hey I'm dancin' to a little Maroon Five, oops, I mean scrappin' to a little Maroon Jive  on the Paper Issues blogtoday! I was so afraid of this challenge. For Real. Maroon? What color even is that? Is it dark red? Well, let me show you what I did. 

The first thing I did was tear into the April Kit. I fussy cut a bunch of the mandalas from the 1Mandala paper, focusing on the ones with more reds and pinks in them. To get more maroon shades, I went to my inks, stencils and stamps. I mixed a couple of pink Distress Oxides for the foundation. then I used one of the pinks with the Vicki Boutin Chart stencil. To add more of the deeper red, I stamped some more dots using Vicki Boutin Hello Stamp set with PinkFresh Studio Inks. Aha! It even turned out the way I wanted it to!  I stamped the title with the Elle's Studio Medium Jane Alphas. There. I think I conquered my fear of Maroon! 

Thanks for stopping by today! Head over to our Facebook Group where you can find all of our April Challenges, and upcoming events. Shop the Paper Issues store for all new Vicki Boutinkits and so much more. the best part is it's 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout. See you next time!

Stay Salty

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Hello Hello! It's Rainbow month at Paper Issues and I'm sharing my Somewhere Over the Rainbow project on the blog today. 

Rainbows. They are everywhere right now! In shapes, colors and design. I love adding them to my pages as embellishments and making them a featured part of my page. So, my first thought for today was, how do I make another rainbow page, but different? 

Well. I started with the Rainbow Clouds cut file. Instead of cutting it out, I converted the lines so I could stitch it. Oh wait. I've done that before too! Ooh, ooh! String art! Boy did that take a while. But it was so worth it. My plan all along was to cut it out, but I still wasn't sure how I was going to use it. 

Enter Amy Tangerine Brave & Bold. After sorting through all of the wonderfully whimsical papers, I landed on the Take Note paper for the background. That's when I thought, hmmm, how about flipping the rainbow upside down! Oh, after that decision, the rest was easy. I used both the Monarch and Brave&Bold papers under my photo. One of my favorite things about Amy Tangerine is how random her themes are. They go with any type of photo, story and idea. I grabbed some fun and funny sentiments out of the stickers, ephemera and Thickers, layering them around the page.  There are so many embellishment choices! And I'll tell you a little secret. I don't usually get along very well with multi colored alphas. I know! Call me crazy! But these Stories Alpha Thickers might have changed me. The colors are bright and, they really tied all of the colors together on my page!

We recently visited a small tourist town. It was a beautiful day and one of our first real outings in over a year. My sweet tooth took over when we saw a candy store. We walked in to find over 25 flavors of Saltwater taffy. Its an old favorite of mine so of course we had to buy some! (Don't tell my dentist!)

Thank so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've been sharing more on Instagram @thebeachygal. Join all the fun in the Paper Issues Facebook Group where you can find all of the April Challenges. Shop for all new Amy Tangerine , Echo Park and Vicki Boutin using DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!  See you again soon.  


Waste Manager

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Hello there!  It cannot be the last day of March already! Where did the month go?!?! Well, I'm on the  Paper Issues blog today closing out the month with this week's sketch. Look at how fun it is!

By now, you had to know I was going to give my own spin. Oh, dont get me wrong. This sketch is awesome. But I saw the chevron and got my own idea. I have the super versatile PinkFresh Studio Chevron stamp.  Im always thinking about different ways to use my supplies. So, for the stamp, why not flip it to create more of a patterned background! Same goes for Distress Oxides. I blended 3 greens all on the same stampto create a marbled look when stamped. I did the same with the 3 yellows. I also used textured cardstock so it looks a bit distressed. I stamped some extra images, then cut them out and popped them up for a little bit extra. 

Next? Paper.  PinkFresh Studio Keeping It Real. Why?  My favorite things are the stickers and ephemera. Come on, they couldn't be more perfect.  I didn't want to take away from the photos or stamping, so these little bits are enough! I even used my Tab Punch! I like using a sketch as a starting point as much as I like using it the way it was designed. I hope I gave you some ideas for both today!

Every day he watches and observes and absorbs everything around him. Lately, he has decided he doesn't like the trash can out so he is always trying to put it away. He figured out how to do it himself. Works for me. I wonder if I can teach him to put all the laundry away?

Like I said, I'm closing out the March Challenges. Never fear! April Challenges will be posted in our Facebook Group tomorrow AND, you have until Sunday, April 4 to enter your March projects for a chance to win a Gift Card to the Paper Issues shop! Head over there now to grab the PinkFresh Studio Chevron stamp or any of the new Simple Stories and Fancy Pants collections. Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Head over to Instagram @thebeachygal to see more of what I've been creating. 

For A Reason

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Good morning! IIt's a beautiful day for some sunshine and flowers and  bright colors. Oh wait. Wrong challenge. What was I thinking. Today's project is for the Love to Hear Percussion challenge and I' sharing it on the Paper Issues blog.

I didn't get messy, but I sure did play with ink!  I made my background!  I mixed 3 different pink Distress Oxides Kitsch FlamingoSpun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry, with PinkFresh Studio Layered Stencils. Can I say how much I love these stencils?!?! They are so easy use. I love the way the 3 colors blend. I cant wait ti try it with other color combinations!  

Even better, the pinks are an awesome companion to PinkFresh Studio Keeping It Real !  I think they blend beautifully with the Deep Breath floral paper and all of the Floral Ephemera. Seriously. The flowers. Get them if you don't have them. And phrase stickers. They are the best. I found a few that fit the mood of my page!

See, you don't always have to be messy playing with inks and paints! Try it my way. It's fun!  Grab some Distress OxidesPinkFresh Studio  and more in the Paper Issues Shop! Its all 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout. Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Check out more of what Ive been creating @thebeachygal on Instagram.  See you again soon!

Snow Chill

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Hey there snow there! Who's ready for a little Sunday Scraplifting? That's right, friends. Another Scraplift Sunday is upon us and today and I'm sharing my lift of Kelly's layout on the Paper Issues blog today.

I love a good vertical design and this lift did not disappoint! To be honest, there wasn't much I wanted to change up. I thought about flipping it horizontal, but where's the fun in that? I even knew how I would do the title!

It doesn't snow here regularly, so when it does, its always a huge ordeal. The upside is new photos! My dog loves the snow. LOVES. He prances and hops around all over. He digs with his nose then bites it too! It's so much fun to watch.  

The challenge for me today was paper!!! I have no wintery snowy themed paper right now. Nope.  I had to improvise. Enter PinkFresh Days of Splendor! Yup. It's a fall collection, so kinda the same thing right? I lied the cool minty colors on the Grateful Heart paper and the purples in the Ephemera were icy perfection.  Before I glued anything though, I made the background with distress oxides in Speckled Egg. I used Weathered Wood with a stencil to create the 'snowflakes' around the page. Oh, the most fun I has was making the title using the Elle's Studio Medium Jane Alpha stamps. I used both the Solid and the Outline stamps with PinkFresh Studio Urban Raincoat ink. Amazing and so much fun to layer. I highly recommend them!

Well, there you have it! Hope to see you playing along with us. You can find this Scraplift Sunday,  along with all of the other challenges in the March Challenge album, in our Facebook Group. Shop the Paper Issues store for new PinkFresh Studio and so much more, Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. Thanks for stopping by today. See you again soon

The Story Teller

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Hello hello! Im on the Paper Issues blog today! It's still February and we are still working our way through all the things we love this month. For the Love of Books would you look at my reading list. oh wait. Right, Let me back up a bit. The challenge is For the Love of Anything but Pink and Red. That's right. No pink or red on this project. 

Now I can tell you about books! I love to read. eBooks are great, but there is still nothing like holding a book and turning the pages. Could there be any better match for this then Vicki Boutin Storyteller? I think not. I challenged myself to use the First Draft paper for the background. Who am I kidding this is the whole reason I bought this paper. I was still intimidated, but I powered through. I wound up layering the book ephemera, ending up with a stacked design, Appropriate yes? I struggled with how much more stuff to add. I didn't really want to over do it. So there are lots of pieces behind the photo, and a few heart stickers because, well, this is still about love. I couldn't decide what to do around the edges, so at the last minute, tore some holes txobreak it up a bit. And guess what. there is no pink or red!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to try a background paper like this. You can grab it and so much more in the Paper Issue shop for 20% off  when you use DEVRA at checkout. Find this and all the February Challenges in our Facebook Group. You have all week to enter for your chance to win a gift card to the shop!  See you next time!