Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Oh hey there! I bet you thought I was taking some time off. Nope. Just a light week.  I am however, participating in today's Product Spotlight at Paper Issues.  It's all about Rainbows and Unicorns, or, collections the feature rainbows and unicorns. 

So for me, I had to play with the incredible new Shimelle Glitter Girl. Holy moly this collection makes me smile. It's fun, it's pretty, it's silly, it's sophisticated, it's inspiring. I actually have a plan for using most of it, but today I went all out silly. The pink in the For the Win paper provided the color and print I wanted to house all the embellishments. I mean, the puffy shaker stickers alone had me giggling in delight. I didnt know which one to use first! Add the holographic ephemera, stickers, what tape and glitter thickers, and there's not stopping me. 

Let's talk about Snap Chat. No, I don't really use it. I'll leave that to my son. But the filters sure are fun to play with! I only save the ones that make me laugh. The rest go in the trash. I wonder what we'll be playing with a few years from now? 

Thanks so much for taking a look at my creative view today. I'll be back later in the week with more so stop by again soon. 

In the meantime, you HAVE to get some Shimelle Glitter Girl. the best part is it's 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, stickers, washi tape, ephemera, Thickers-Shimelle Glitter Girl, mist-heidi Swapp

Fun TImes

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hey Hey! It's my favorite kind of Sunday, Scraplift Sunday!  Today at Paper Issues we are lifting Damaris.

I liked of all the circles and thought they could be easily adapted. I had this idea in my head, and it included Carta Bella Toy Box. It got a little out of control,  I but I stuck with it anyway. My photos are larger, so that gave me less space to play with. I still was able to create some clusters up and down the angles of the page. It's just not as clean as my pages usually are. My favorite thing about this page is the ombre thread I stitched with my Stitch Happy machine!

Family game nights seem to be getting more and more rare in our house. I take full advantage of them when I have the opportunity. This one night in particular, Trivial Pursuit became more like gang up on Dad. We all had some good laughs though, and that's what matters. 

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. I've got somethings up my sleeve for this week so stop by again soon.

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, stickers, chipboard, brads-Carta Bella, buttons-Daiso, mist-Heidi Swapp, Sewing machine-Stitch Happy


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good morning! I'm on a roll this week! Cant stop now. I joined the Scrap Soup challenge at Paper Issues today. This month's board is really versatile.

I've been really inspired by the new Pink Fresh Boys Fort, so I started there. It's perfect for my photo anyway. Ten i just played with the rest. I cut three papers into rectangles, there are stickers, die cuts, twine, and wood buttons. One of the stickers is an arrow, and the tag is tucked under one of the papers. Easy peasy!

So my son and husband have been spending a lot more time together lately. It's been great for both of them. It makes me happy to see my son find comfort and be comfortable with Dad by snuggling on the couch.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I'm short and sweet today so I can keep creating! Im really loving this Boys Fort collection. you can get it in the shop now for 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout.

supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, stickers, alpha-Pink Fresh, twine-The Twinery, mist-Heidi Swapp

Sort, Stack & Spin

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hello hello! I'm back again. See, I told you so. It's Try It Tuesday at Paper Issues. It had been a while,  since I joined this challenge. This was up my alley, so I played along. This month we are playing with  circles. Not just circles but creating them with mixed media.

I'm not a huge mixed media, messy paint person, but I wanted to give this a whirl. A few ideas floated around in my head, but nothing really took shape. This Pink Fresh Boys Fort was still sitting on my desk from another project, when I noticed the Tough circle paper on top of the pile. That's where it started. I fussy cut come pieces out of that paper. I cut the You Rule paper with the Bubbles cut file then I grabbed some circle stamps I've had in my stash for years and years. I stamped over, under and on some of the papers in a few places. It isn't a new idea, or even a stretch for me. But it did add some small details, and is something I don't do often enough.  

My son has this math sorter thing at school. It's become as much of a toy as a learning tool for him. So much so, that his teacher sent home some of the pieces, and I built him the base on which he can  sort and stack to his heart's content. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I'm really enjoying Pink Fresh Boys Fort  way more than I thought I would. You should get some! You can get it for 20% off using code DEVRA at checkout. 

Supplies: Cs-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, wood buttons-PinkFresh, stamps-Hero Arts, Ink-ColorBox, Silhouette, wool felt embellishments-Amy Tangerine


Off the Page!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Good Monday to you. The new Pinspire Me mood board is up at Paper Issues today and it's pretty fantastic. It has color, shape, texture and theme! Everything you could want in a mood board.

Well, I love it. I was inspired by the overall theme of school and learning. I finally worked on a project I've been wanting to do for almost a year. I covered a wood iPad stand for my son. After several projects, I still had plenty of the Carta Bella Toy Box collection in my stash. What better product for this project! I used 3 different papers to cover the front and the back, covering it with several layers of waterproof Mod Podge. Then I added stickers, die cuts and chipboard pieces to make it look more fun. 

Side View
I decorated the back side of it as well. How could I not use a die cut that said 'made with love'?  

My son uses an iPad to communicate. It goes everywhere we do. There was a small stand that came with his case, but it quickly got lost, so we needed something else. He loves letters so I thought this could serve a purpose, but entertain him as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have stuff planned all week so come back again tomorrow. 

Supplies: Ipad stand-Ben Franklin, paint-making memories, Mod Podge, paper, stickers, chipboard-Carta Bella

Girl Friends

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hey Hey! It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues! Yep again. Funny how this happens every week! I love it though. Sometimes I feel like playing with paper but dont know were to start. Boom! The idea is handed to me!

Today we are lifting Rachel's LO that she created for Take 5 Tuesday.

I liked the angles in the original. I brought them in to the center of the page for my LO. That gave me a chance to use more of the delightful Pebbles Girl Squad papers.  I wanted to move the embellishments around, which I was able to do. I do much better with clusters than scattered embellishments. I did stitch on my page, but chose to use my Stitch Happy machine to stitch around the page. I love that thing!

I have a group of crafty friends that I get together with once a year for an always epic weekend. This year was no exception. We started the weekend off right with margaritas at lunch. That is not something I ordinarily do, but what happens at Camp, stays at Camp. Well, not anymore I guess! Oops!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Ive got big plans this week so come back soon!  Don't forget! You can go shopping at Paper Issues any time and use my code DEVRA at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase.

Supplies: PP, die cuts, stickers, washi, alphas-Pebbles, mist-Tattered Angels, Heidi Swapp, Stitch Happy-WRMK

School Day!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Well hello there! Yes! we survived the first week of school! It's Fri-Yay!  It's Also Free File Friday at Paper Issues. We have 2 new FREE cut files going into the shop today. I used the new School & Sports file on my page today

I wanted to do something little different. After staring at this for a while, I came up with the idea to create my own background. I decided to dig out the old Silhouette sketch pens and start there.  My first idea was quickly becoming too complicated. I stuck with the sketch pens, only adding more colors. I cut the title, gluing it down, only laying the word sophomore over it's sketched version for emphasis. Like this so much I just may do the same thing for my older son's first day photos!  

I purposely bought the new Elle's Studio Family Fun for this years back to school photos. If you haven't figured me out by now, I love bright colors! I am a sucker for primary colored papers and basic easy patterns! This collection is just that. 

First day of school morning are a blur around here. This year seemed more crazy than usual and I was only getting one out the door. There was no time to get any before school photos so we had to wait until after school. He was so happy getting off the bus!  He cooperated. For the most part. He smiled. That's a win.  Another first day is in the books.  I can't believe he's a sophomore already. Hope its a great school year for him!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Now that school is back in session, I can get back into my routine. that means consistent craft time, and consistent blogging. This new  Elle's Studio is pretty fantastic. Get some in the shop while you can for 20% off using code DEVRA at checkout. See you soon

Supplies: Cs-American Crafts, PP-Elles Studio, Simple Stories, Silhouette, Silhouette sketch pens, Die cuts-Elle's Studio, enamel pieces-Elle's studio, Bella Blvd, Fancy Pants, Doodlebug Design, KaiserKraft


Monday, September 4, 2017

Well good morning to you this fine Labor Day Monday. Its a new month which means it's time for a New Issue at Paper Issues. Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About why don't we?  Our Issues are so fun. There really are many many ways to interpret the themes. Here are some ideas to get you started:

anything to do with fall (apple picking, fall traditions, pumpkin patch)
favorite thing about fall
use a fall collection for a non-seasonal page......and the list goes on!

I was inspired by fall in general. I had the new Carta Bella Hello Fall to play with as well as some Simple Stories Hello Fall from last year. So that's pretty much where I started. After thinking through some ides, this one kept growing. I altered the Patchwork Pumpkin cut file by erasing the horizontal lines, filling it with larger pieces of patterned paper. The photos were originally one 4x4, but after finding that 'favorites for fall' in the Tags & frames, I cut them apart. I layered some other bits, then added some green for a bit of contrast. I love it and it screams of some of my fall favorites.

There used to be this cute little farm near us that had a fall festival near Halloween time every year. One of my favorite things about it was they had several new varieties of squash I had never seen before, complete with description of flavor and how to prepare them. They were so colorful and unique in shape. I not only took photos, we bought some as well. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. This is a super fun Issue theme and I hope you play along with us, Too can find all of our September challenges in our Facebook group. You have until Oct 2 to enter your projects.

You can get this beautiful  Carta Bella Hello Fall and so much more in the Paper Issues shop. Use my code DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase. See you again soon!

Supplies: CS-Paper Accent, PP-Carta Bella, Simple Stories, photo corners-Queen & Co. die cuts-Carta Bella, clip & enamel dots-Simple stories, twine-Doodlebug Design, flair-A Flair for buttons, spray mist-Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, Silhouette

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Good morning! It's my favorite day of the week! It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues. Today we are lifting this delightful summery layout by Ann.

I just loved the design. It's so simple really, but filled with so many details. My photo is a little larger, the embellishments different shapes, but the design is the same. I grabbed the new Pink Paislee Turn the Page for this one. I liked all the sentiments about change in the ephemera, stickers and icon phrase Thickers.  I threw a few of the shaped sequins on to finish off the page. oh my they are so cute.

This is one of those photos that I can look at and know exactly what was going through all of our minds. I will always know when, where and why it was taken. It is full of emotion. All kinds of emotion. It brings me right back every time I look at it.

Thanks so much fir stopping by mu creative view today. Come back again, I have so much going on this month.

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, stickers, sequins, chipboard-Pink Paislee, mist-Heidi Swapp

Beach Girl at Heart

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Well hello there! Im starting this month our with a bang joining in the first Paper Issues September challenge, Sketchy Saturday.

Love it. So great and can be used so many ways. I chose some wild papers for my page today. I was feeling a bit beachy. Summer Lights fit my mood. I grabbed any my embellishments, the foil accent thicker, the die cut ephemera, the Coastline thicker and went to town. Let's not forget about the gorgeous papers too. Such a fun collection to play with!

 I love the beach, It's my happy place, It's where I grew up. It will always be home. I will always be a beach girl in my heart.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I hope you'll stop back again soon. I promise there will be not going on around here the month.

There are all kinds of new releases in the Paper Issues shop and all are available for 20% off using my code DEVRA at checkout. 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hey there! Paper Issues Product Spotlight today is on the new Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart

I will say, the more I play with these papers, the more I like this collection. It really has no "theme", so it can be used for any type of project, any moment or event you want to capture on paper. It's filled with different color stories that come together with big bold multi color prints such as the Coming Up Roses floral paper I used under the photo. The ephemera die cuts are glossy in texture and have a heavier cardstock weight to them. So beautiful! But really, the tiny suede bows are really one of the best emellishments to come in this collection. Talk about versatile!

Well, I have family all over this country. It's hard to see everyone as often as I'd like. I recently got to spend an afternoon with an Aunt of mine, who was passing through here on her way to her vacation. It was so worth the effort and also a reminder to me not to wait so long to see her again!

So here you have it, and tanks for stopping by my creative view today. This month is ending but you have until Sunday 9/3 to enter all of the  August challenges in our Facebook group.  Im recommending you get yourself some Hustle & Heart to play with! It's 20% off when you use my code DEVRA at checkout! 

Who's the Alpha

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hey good morning! It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues. OMG I love today's layout by Cat Martin. It's striking in all the right ways. The large title, the black and white, the touches of color. It is spectacular.

So let's start with that large title. I couldn't get it out of my head, but also couldn't wait to do it! I cut it with the Thick Paint Alpha cut file. I had already set aside this new PinkFresh BoysFort for these photos so all I had to do was lay everything out, move it around, then glue it down. The only major change to the design I made was using two photos.

One of my friends' daughter was hanging out with us one night. Oh , I can't forget her dog too. Well, my dog always has to be the center of attention. Wherever they were, he was right there with them.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Head over to the Paper Issues Facebook group to join not only this challenge, but all of our August challenges. Come back again this week I have much more to share.

Get this new PinkFresh and more in the shop now for 20% off using my code DEVRA at checkout.

Supplies: CS- American Crafts, PP, die cuts, stickers-Pink Fresh Studio, mist-Heidi Swap, Studio Calico


Friday, August 25, 2017

Happy Friday! Today isn't just any Friday.  It's Free File Friday at Paper Issues. We have so many FREE cut files in the shop. We also have the best file designer who just keeps on cranking them out!

Today we are focusing on our background cut files. I used the Diagonal Stripes background cut file today, combining it with the Thick Paint Alpha for the title. I layered both of these with the newest AmyTangerine collection, Hustle & Heart. Both the cut file and the Bright Side paper I chose are bold in style. I love the colored stripes peeking through the cut file! It does help tone the paper down. I used only stickers from the Sticker book and a few flair as embellishments around the title and journaling so there wouldn't get lost.

This guy goes in spurts with his interest in his books and toys. He recently rediscovered this book on his shelf. It had been quite some time, but he went straight to the back of the book where the complete alphabet is. He had no interest in the individual pages of letters. We would spend hours going over all the letters if I let him. He setttled on several times a day instead. 

Thanks so much for hanging out at my creative view. There is a ton of new stuff in the Paper Issues shop including Amy Tangerine, Maggie Holmes and Pink Paislee and they are all amazing! Grab some for 20% off using my code DEVRA at checkout. 

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP-Amy Tangerine, BoBunny, stickers-May Tangerine, flair-A Flair fir Buttons, Cut files,  Paper Issues, thread-DMC

Heart Eyes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Good morning! Nope, I'm not done with August challenges!  Today at paper Issues we are highlighting projects created with our exclusive Swag Bags,  Don't now what a Swag Bag is? It's a little bag filled with bits & pieces of scrappy goodness! You can get it monthly or subscribe 6 months at a time. 

I used primarily the August Swag Bag with some pieces from the Travelers Notebook kit. I cut apart several of the 3x4 papers into smaller pieces, placing them in groupings in two corners. I took some of the whole papers layering them under my photo. I added lots of the bits and pieces over the corner groupings. The new Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart The Lucky Ones Thickers gave me the title I needed to finish this off. 

We have had a dog for almost 8 years. It's only been the last few months that he has become interested in and pays attention to him. The biggest challenge is he doesn't know his own strength when it comes to grabbing and pulling. To see him listening and trying to be gentle with our friend's dog made my heart melt. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Keep coming back, I have so much more to share!  

Once A Gaucho...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Well hello again! Sundays are for scraplifiting at Paper Issues. I love today's choice created by Mary Ann Jenkins for our August Scrap Soup challenge.

I love any chance to use multiple photos on a page. To me it's like fitting puzzle pieces together. That's what made my page so fun to put together. I used the general design of the original page, but I used 4 photos. I had to arrange them differently for balance, and it worked out well.  A design like this calls for simplicity in product. A white background really paired nicely for the modern patterns in Pink Fresh Escape the Ordinary . The ephemera die cuts and fabric die cuts both have inspirational sentiments that finished this page off just right. 

I just got home form taking my son to visit some colleges, including my alma mater. Being on the campus, taking a tour really bright back all the memories I have of being there. I was trying to see it through his eyes, wondering what he was thinking. I have no idea where he will wind up, but am happy to have been able to share this experience with him. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. It's been a little hi and miss here this week. Hold on though, I have so much more to share. 

The Paper Issues shop is stocked full of new collections including PinkFresh, Shimelle and Simple Stories. You can get all that and more for 20% off your purchase singly code, DEVRA at checkout. 

Ready to Fly

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

There's a new Product Spotlight at Paper Issues today. I had to join the fun highlighting the WRMK Stitch Happy and all it's accessories! 

I am not even going to pretend that I sew. That's why this machine is perfect for me. Paper is my jam, and now I can machine sew right onto mu layouts.  Today I played with the Metallic gold thread and the Mint Baker's Twine.  I could have stitched a border all the way around and called it done. Instead, I used the twine as the border for my page, letting it drop and twist as I unrolled the spool. I sewed over the twine using the gold thread and the small zig zag stitch in 3 places.  

My choice with the twine and thread compliments the Crate Paper Oasis . It's loose, silly and free, like a California beach day. 

I quite enjoy traveling by myself. It's a quiet few ours to do what I want, uninterrupted. I like being up ion the air, seeing the clouds, the sun, and all the surroundings. It's peaceful to me, not stressful. Especially when I'm traveling home. 

Thanks so much of stopping by my creative view today. I've got some ideas swirling in my head, that will soon be put onto paper. Some back again to see what I made! You can get a StitchHappy and accessories in the Paper Issues shop along with mew PinkFresh! Use code DEVRA for 20% your purchase.

Supplies: PP, die cuts, stickers-Create paper, Stitch Happy& accessories-WRMK, flair-A Flair for Buttons, wood-Studio Calico, chipboard-Pink Paislee, Alphas-Thickers, Crate paper


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good morning! Tribes and tribal motifs seem to be fairly popular right now.  Did you ever realize you can be a part of more than one tribe? There's your family, but how about your tribe of friends, at work or school as well? Today at Get It Scrapped we are giving you scrapbooking ideas for telling your Tribe's story. Here is one of mine. 

They say you can't go home again, but after 5 years we went back to visit our friends in our old neighborhood. It was as if nothing had changed between any of us.

We are a group of friends who became each other's extended family. We all met as neighbors, but became friends because of our children, who were all about the same age, with some siblings not yet born. We all became closer friends, sharing challenges and experiences with each other, as our children continued to grow up together. Many times, we relied on each other for help, advice and so much more. Although we have since moved away, and the kids are not as close and they once were, we still talk often, by phone, text and email. 

This page is the result of the product choosing me, and not me choosing the product. I had a completely different idea in my head.  As I was flipping through my stack, I saw this paper. I cut it apart, selecting words that describe our tribe. I arranged them as best as I could to form a block that includes my photo. The words also act as embellishments so little else was really required. I even used the largest word, 'friendship' as the title. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Head over to the Get It Scrapped blog for more ideas and inspiration from the rest of the creative team. Stop by again later this week to see more from me.

Supplies: Patterned paper, stickers and die cuts- American Crafts Shimelle, pen-Micron, adhesive-Recollections, EK Success

Rock Star Parking

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Well hello there! Its Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues. Today we are lifting this lovely layout by Rachel Lowe

Oh I knew exactly what I was going do do when I saw this! I'd been staring at the Rock Star part of the Freestyle Skate cut file and now I had my chance to use it. I combined it with some Bella Blvd Alex from my stash and all the mobility related embellishments I could find. I finished it off with that cool silver thread that goes with the Stitch Happy sewing machine. 

 I choose  to look alternatively. We call this Rock Star Parking. And we say thank you to our son for being our Rock Star.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back soon, I've always got something to share. Join the challenge and all the fun in the Paper Issues Facebook group

Supplies: CS, Thickers-AMerican Crafts, PP, die cuts, stickers-Bella Blvd, enamel pieces-Simple, Stories, Bella Blvd, mist-Heidi Swapp, WRMK Stitch Happy.

Dude is Chillin'

Friday, August 11, 2017

Wahoo! We made it to Friday! Free File Friday that is! Paper Issues has a library full of FREE cut files. Today we are highlighting any cut file that can be used as a title. 

My title comes from the Freestyle Skate cut file. To be honest, I use 'dude' daily so it was easy for me to choose this. What I didn't expect to choose was Pink Paislee Summer Lights for this page! When I took a closer look at the Thickers, stickers and die cuts, I found icons and sentiments that were perfect! The peace sign hands, the 'chillin' die cut? I had to use them. To tie it all together, I sewed a border with the WRMK Stitch Happy using the grey Twine

I turned around one morning and found him on the couch like this. The funniest thing about it is he never sits on the couch like that! Everything about this is classic, and shows he pays attention to everything we do. That's where his brother usually sits!  

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view this week. Come back again, I have so much more to share!  There's so many new collections in the shop. Treat yourself and get 20% off your purchase when you add DEVRA at checkout.

Supplies: PP-Pebbles, Pink Paislee, stickers, die cuts, chipboard-PinkPaislee, Silhouette, WRMK Stitch Happy, mist-Heidi Swapp