Meet Phillip

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hey there and good morning! I'm up on the Paper Issues blog today with another edition of Scraplift Sunday! Guess who we re lifting today? ME! with this layout I created for The first November Free File Friday. I like the design of this page. It's not fancy or super unique, but it has lots of room for interpretation an reinvention.

So reinvent I did. I changed up the background, being inspired by the card sketch I saw on the PebblesInc blog. I also changed the size of my photos to 3x4. The among design didn't leave room for embellishing above the photos, so I over embellished the bottom of the page, including moving the title there. I don't get to do much with Halloween collections anymore, m so it was fun to be able to play with Pebbles Halloween Haunting.

Not only do I not et to play with Halloween anymore, this is the last time he will carve a pumpkin at home! So yes, many photos were taken and he even named it this year. But only because I asked if he had a name. Oh well.

Need more inspiration? Check out the Paper Issues store for new releases including Simple Stories complete with new FREE cut files. Use DEVRA at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase. Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon to see what's next!

Showers are Over Rated

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Good morning! Time for a new Scrap Soup challenge at Paper Issues. This is such a fun challenge. I like being given some parameters to use, but still am able to design my page however I want. 

Well it was easy to get all the elements together today! For some reason, I keep going back to Shimelle Little by Little for photos of my kiddo and I. Title and journaling are pretty much a no brainer for me. 4x6 I had a choice to layer paper or find another way. I chose a 4x6 cut apart journaling card. The wider yellow strip is the 1x9 and I tore the edges of the star strip as well as the top yellow strip.  The raining clouds are supposed to be the visual image of the title. See. Easy!

I love, love, love that he has discovered snuggling, but sometimes, he would stay that way for hours and I really do need to get up and do stuff. Sometimes I just want to take a shower, so I can get my day going. I shared this photo and that sentiment with a friend of mine who very sarcastically responded with, "showers are overrated'.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've got more up my sleeve, so come bak again soon.

Pooch Smooch

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Good morning! It's Take 5 Tuesday at Paper Issues today. Here is the November board.

I'll start with the items I used. It was more than 5. Yellow, Die Cuts, Stitching, Stripes, Patterned Paper and animal. First I cut the heart, then I stitched around it. The stripes were created with the Pink Paislee Turn the Page washi tape strips The patterned paper sits behind my photo, the animals are the chipboard and stickers butterflies and birds as well as my dog in the photo. See, easy peasy.  

Yes, I am one of those dog people. But no, I do not kiss my dog on the mouth. It just looks that way. I also love him with all go my heart. 

Oh yes, today is short and sweet. Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I always appreciate you being here. Come back again later this week as I have more to share.

Family Matters

Monday, November 6, 2017

Hey there Hi there! Just a regular old Monday here. Nope. Scratch that. It's New Issue Monday at Paper Issues called Home is Where the Heart Is .  Need some ideas? Well here you go:

Create a project about your home (favorite room, neighborhood, new home, renovations, favorite spot in your town/state); use heart embellishments; share November activities, family gatherings, Thanksgiving traditions and/or favorite recipes.

Me? I went with the Family idea. Ive had this photo sitting our for a very long time. Just couldn't decide what to do with it. Well, now that I have Carta Bella Welcome Home, this made perfect sense. I love this chalkboard framed aper and challenged myself to use it. I came across the Leaves & Laurels cut file and well, this is basically the result. I wanted to hand stitch the title. It seems to gp with the feel of the page.  There really are no embellishment on the page, it didnt seem to need them. I think this needs too go on the wall....

It is getting harder and harder to get family all together. Celebrating Dad's birthday is a good excuse don't you think? Nothing makes him happier than having all his girls around. Glad we could make that happen for him.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back gain soon. I will have something new to share. See more about this cahelllenge on the Paper Issues blog. Join us in our Facebook group for chit chat and all our monthly challenges. 

School is cool

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hey hey! Happy Sketchy Saturday at Paper Issues! Check out this awesome grid style sketch!

My very first instinct was to create a 2 page layout from the sketch, so I did. I had these photos that were in a frame that broke and I wanted to keep them together. They also were all 4x6 in size. It was easy enough to cut them down but not all the same size. The result is a grid that also breaks the plane. large and many photos call for simplicity on a page. Fancy Pants Take Note is just that. I chose the Little Things as the only patterned paper. The rest are die cuts , buttons and other little bits from my stash. It was fault easy to put together, and has a nice clean, but interesting look. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back gain soon, I have so much to share. Take Note is available in the Paper Issues shop. Pink some up for yourself for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout

Picking Apples

Friday, November 3, 2017

Hello there! Ive been neglectful I know. But it's November, so I'll be be posting regularly. There are a whole slew of challenges coming up at Paper Issues. Today is the first  Free File Friday of the month, We are using our FREE cut files to scrap our fall activities. 

Today I used the Apple Wreath cut file for the title of my page. I could have gone very literal with the apple wreath itself, but that would have been overkill. I love the simple patterns in the new Carta Bella Welcome Home collection. I am not into the farm style look for my home, but that papers I can work with! I did add in a paper from HelloFall. I needed a pop of color! I really was feeling the simple thing so I could focus on the photos. Lots of paper, few embellishments!

Picking apples is a family activity we love. We live in an area with many, many apple orchards, and try to find a new one to go to each year. This year we hit the jackpot! There were tons of activities for people of all ages, The apples were just ready to be picked so there were many to grab. Farm animals, corn maze, hay rides and all kinds of food to choose from including apple cider donuts and caramel apples as big as your head. I would go back there again planning ahead to spend more time wandering around. 

Thanks so much for being here at my creative view today. Come back again soon, I will have lots going on this month. You can get Welcome Home as well as many other new collections in the  Paper Issues shop, Use code DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!

Supplies: PP, die cuts, chipboard-Carta Bella, enamel dots-Simple Stories, Apple Wreath cut file, Silhouette

Over the Shoulder...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hey hey! Scraplift Sunday is on the Paper Issues blog! Today we are lifting Michelle's layout for the Notable Quotable challenge. 

Yep, Shimelle Glitter Girl again! I cant stop! Pink, and turquoise and happy silliness to my heart's content!  I hardly changed anything from the original design. Different sized photos and some extra embellishments.

More photos from my birthday. One of my friends walked in and threw something around my neck, grabbed my wineglass and all of a sudden I had free hands. She said she was bored the night before and started knitting. Next thing she knew she's made me a wineglass holder! Genius I say!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Come back gain soon, I have more to share.

If you can't tell by now this is Shimelle Glitter Girl my favorite, favorite collection, You can get it for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout.

I Want Candy

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hey hey we made it to Friday! It's not just Friday though, It's Free File Friday at Paper Issues. Today's theme is to use our cut files on your Fall or Halloween projects.

I used the Trick or Treat Sweets cut file on my page today

While trying to decide what I wanted too do, I came across this photo. Bam! Decision made. The title was pretty much hand picked for me. All I did was make it larger and place it vertically on my page. That's the cool thing about cut files. They don't have to be elaborate to be effective. Fancy Pants Spellbound is my Halloween paper of choice this year. The colors are so different form any Halloween collection I've used before. I love it. 

Every year, since he began Trick or Treating, my son would come home, dump his bag of candy on the floor, sort it, then count each pile. The fun part was, when he was little we could take what we wanted and tell him it was icky.  As he got older he was more aware of what kinds of candy he had.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I appreciate you being here and hope you'll come back again soon. I always have something to share.

Trick or Treat

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oh good morning! Happy middle of the week to you! It's Product Spotlight day at Paper Issues and it's all about Halloween!  

Ok, the truth is I love Halloween. I do. It's a fun meaningless holiday. It's all about the fun. Did I say fun? And candy. And awesome Halloween paper. Like this Fancy Pants Spellbound. Growing up, Halloween colors were orange and black, In the recent years, we've seen more purple, even some lime, added to the mix, but the mint in this collection is new! I like it!  I cut the Bewitched paper using the plaid cut file, layering it over the mint side of Spot of Sweet paper I also used the Trick or Treat Sweets cut file for my title. I tucked and layered the Tags in several spots, finishing off with buttons, twine and Flair from A Flair for Buttons

My kids have outgrown the trick or treating and I can't seem to talk them into wearing costumes to answer the door. So I had to dig out some other photos. I came across this one photo of my Grandma. I think it's from her last Halloween. She loved answering the door and talking to all the kids. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've got a more things planned over the next few days so come back again soon.  Remember to stock up on all your Halloween goodies before it's too late! Use DEVRA at checkout to get yours at 20% off 

50 & Fabulous

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hey there! The new Add It Up challenge is on the Paper Issues blog today.  This is such a great challenge. Each month we have two stay within or reach a certain mount of points, given to us. Points are achieved based on the chart below. This month we had to stay under 50 points!  

Well, I thought this would be easier than it was. But I did it at exactly 50 points. I used one piece of the Shimelle Glitter Girl paper. called Be a Square one photo and a couple of stickers. It's supposing how quickly things add up! You will be seeing so much more of this from me. I'm doing a whole series of photos with this collection. I love everything about it.

Yep, more photos from my birthday. My sister made me put on the crown and sash. I said one photo only. Then I took it off and put it away. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have a bunch of stuff up my sleeve, so come back again soon. You can still get Glitter Girl in the Paper Issues shop. Get it for 20% off using DEVRA at checkout!

Super Smile

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hey Hey! Happy Sunday. Make that happy Scraplift Sunday! Today at Paper Issues we are lifting this   little number Becky created for our current Issue 'Witch Kraft'.

I'll take ant excuse to use multiple photos on a page. And right now, I'll take nay excuse to use Shimelle Glitter Girl. As soon as I saw photos of this collection, I knew I wanted to use it for the photos from my birthday party. So many fun layers on this page means opportunities to use many pretty patterned papers! I grabbed 3 smaller photos, in different orientation. Other than that, I didn't change much. I started with the Dream Big paper for the background. Because Pink!  I layered us a few others, slapped on some die cuts, stickers and the Sparkle Phrase Thickers, and it was finished. 

We played one party game and it was a doozy. My sister made 'paddles' for everyone our of photos of me throughout my childhood. Then we played Name that Tune, raising the paddle if you knew the title of the song. It was a BLAST! It was almost as fun as picking out the songs in the first place! ;-)

Thanks so much for starting your week off with me at my creative view. Come back again soon. I have more to share. Believe me when I say Glitter Girl  is ah-mazing. It's itchy, cheeky and makes me smile. Get it. now. It's 20 % off with DEVRA at checkout!

It Grows

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hey hey we made it to Friday! Free File Friday that is! Paper Issues has over 100 cut files in the shop and they are all FREE! Today we are focusing on all the cut files that have leaves on them. 

My layout today all revolved around the leaves. But I didnt have a photo I wanted to use. So I took one!  I searched through all the files and landed on the Better Together bouquet. The best part was Welcome Home by Carta Bella arrived in the shop, then quickly into my hot little hands! Now, I have to say, this is not really what I consider my style of paper collections, but there are some wonderful family sentiments, small patterns, and gorgeous florals, including Gather Flowers, which I used behind the cut file. The page is really very simple, revolving around the cut file. I only added a few pieces of chipboard and tags. It didn't need anything else. 

My son gave me this plant for Mother's Day.  I do not have a green thumb. I don't even try. Plants are not my thing. I have no idea how often I'm supposed to water it, when it needs transplanting, or if its an indoor or outdoor plant. Somehow, it has not only survived but grown and flowered multiple times.

Thanks so much for being with me all week. I'm not done yet so come back again soon. 

Supplies: CS & alpha-American Crafts, PP-Carta Bella, Dear Lizzy, Fancy Pants, Chipboard, Tags-Carta Belam Mist-Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico, enamel pieces-Fancy pants, 


Big Apple

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hey there! Back again today with a project for the Notable Quotable challenge.
This quote put me right in the fall mood. Out leaves aren't crunchy yet, and it's just cooling down now, but fall also means apple season around here. I started with the apple from the Take Note cut file and enlarged it. You know, to play on my title. I filled the apple with the Carta Bella Hello Fall  paper, also tucking and layering more under my photo. I love the Frames & Tags ephemera for adding bits of pattern . I added lots more bits including some of my favorite flair from A Flair for Buttons. and called it done.

So like I said, it's just cooling down the trees are changing color, but its definitely apple season here. Living in the state that produces the most apples gives us plenty of orchards to visit. After we pick our apples, we always visit the the rest of the farm, including the bakeries. Who knew the Caramel Apples would be so big? 

Thanks so much for stopping y my creative view today. Come back again tomorrow, I have more up my sleeve!

Supplies: CS-paper Accents, PP, -Carta bella, Simple Stories, Die cuts-Carta Bella, Simple Stories, flair, A Flair For Buttons, Twine--Doodlebug, wood pieces-Freckled Fawn, mist-Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels

My Ray of Sunshine

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Good morning! I seem to be on a roll this week. I told you I would be! It's time to work that Font-Astic Title with the Oct Working Title challenge at Paper Issues

I have never cut into new papers so quickly. It all started with the  Hello Sunshine piece from the Magical Phrase Chipboard Thickers from the new Dear Lizzy Star Gazer collection.  I also couldn't wait to use the Color/Circle Burst free cut file. Fast forward an hour or so, Ive sewn around the cut file, cut and glued 6 of the different papers, added a few die cuts and puffy stickers and voila! It's done!

So every morning, I have to drag this guy out of bed. Typical teen ager right? But then he gets to the landing of the staircase, and smiles at me. He sits there for a few minutes to wake up, then I have to entice him some more to come all the way down the stairs. Some days are harder than others. That smile makes everything a little easier.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I'm not done this week, so come back again! Let me tell you, this new Dear Lizzy is truly unbelievable. Get some now before it's going for 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, Silhouette, thread DMC, PP, thinkers, die cuts, stickers- Dear Lizzy

Remember Family

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy Tuesday folks.The Oct Take 5 Tuesday challenge is on the Paper Issues blog today.  This is such a fun challenge to join. The direction projects can take from this list is limitless. 

I saw the blue, white and orange and immediately thought of Elle's Studio.  I love the true primary colors that are consistently available. Especially in Family Fun.  The small basic prints make it easy to mix and match papers within this collection, or add from other collections as I've done here. The script sketchy words and stickers round out the lighthearted feel of the papers. What I eventually wound ups with for my Take 5 are blue, white, polka dots, stickers, enamel dots and journaling.

From one generation to he next, it doesn't matter if you are a Great Uncle or a 5th cousin, family is family. That's how we work. My son and uncle shared a special bond from the very beginning. Whether sitting together enjoying the sun or learning to play poker, the time they spent together was always meaningful. Im so glad they had time together, even if it wasn't enough.

Thanks so much foie being here with me and my creative view. Tune in for more, it's going to be a full week around here.  Family Fun is easy to work with and available now in the Paper Issues shop. Get it and so much more for 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout.

Supplies: PP, die cuts stickers, -Elle's Studio, enamel dots-Basic Grey, Doodlebug, Fancy Pants, Bella Blvd, Mist-Heidi Swapp

Our Love of Books

Monday, October 2, 2017

Good morning! I love the beginning of the month. I feel like there is so much time in front of me to get all the things done on my crafty to do list. Fortunately, I have Paper Issues challenges to inspire me all month long.  Today we have our new Issue, Witch Kraft?

Need some ideas to get you started? How about these: Anything having to do with Halloween or October outings, use kraft elements (paper, embellishments, etc.), add some texture by using burlap or cork, create a project about crafts you do, use witches' hat/broomstick/cauldron/black cat, etc. embellishments, etc.

I had a completely different idea when started this page. Then it took off in an entirely different direction. I mean photo and everything changed. So this version features some of my favorite papers from Fancy Pants Dream Big mixed with a little bit of Creekside embellishments and a bunch of little bits from my stash. I played on the natural colors by adding cork letters and embellshments as well as a kraft doily. Like I said, this is far different from where I began. 

This page isn't so much about the book in the photo. Its about the meaning behind it. Ive been reading with my son since before he was born. Books and reading have always been our thing. As he's gotten older, I've been able to suggest some of my favorite books for him to read.  Throughout his high school years, we haven't had as much time to spend talking about books or reading together, but he still finds time to read. For Mothers Day this year, he bought me this book and asked if we could read it together, like our own book club. I waited until school ended to begin, so he could read with me. I love that he wanted to do this and hope we have time to do it again.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Since its the beginning of the month, it should be pretty busy around here. Come back again soon. 

You can find these items and so much more in the Paper Issues shop. Bouns! Get your purchase for20% off using DEVRA at checkout.  

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP-Fancy Pants, One Canoe Two, Die cuts-Fancy Pants, Stickers -One Canoe Two, doily-Recollections, cork-unknown, Alphas-American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket, Arrow Cut file , Paper Issues, Silhouette


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hello hello! It's October! Holy moly that happened fast! Well, that means there's a whole new month of challenges at Paper Issues beginning today! Let's start with Scraplift Sunday shall we? Today's lift is provided by Damaris. How fun is all that embellishment goodness cascading down the page! 

You might have guessed that I was drawn to the cascading layers of embellishments. Forget the color story int he original. That didn't matter to me. I grabbed Pebbles Girl Squad and went to town. I can honestly say, this is the first time Ive ever finished a whole package of die cuts! Along with them, are stickers, and puffy stickers. This was so easy and quick! 

These are the friends I roomed with on our annual weekend getaway. We all came downstairs dressed in the same color. We giggled a little. It was totally unplanned, but a perfect photo opportunity.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view this fine October morning. Stay tuned. This is going to be one wild and crazy month!   

Supplies: CS-Bazzill, PP, stickers die cuts-Pebbles, alphas-American Crafts, mist-Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels.  

Happy Hanukkah!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hey there! I have such exciting news to share! I'm Guest Designing this week for PhotoPlay Paper featuring their brand new fabulous Happy Hanukkah collection. It's been several years since anyone created a line for hanukkah. It's so nice to be included in this years holiday release.

I started with a layout, well, you know, that's what I do best. I grabbed a few photos that to me best describe the holiday as a whole. I used all three of the papers, including cutting apart some the 3x4 cards into embellishments. I am so pleased with the selection of stickers I want to use so many! In the end, I used ones that went with my title.

Next I made a couple of 3D dreidels using cut files from the Silhouette store. I covered them with more patterned paper and the 4 Hebrew letter stickers that correspond to the Dreidel game. In all my years of Papercrafting, this is the first time I've ever had Hebrew letter stickers too use. 

Next us are a couple of cards I  made. I try really had to be a great card maker, but the reality ism the ideas don't come to me as easily as they do for layouts. I do have to say, though, I'm pleased with myself with these two. 

It is currently the week of the High Holidays, which include the Jewish new year and Day of Atonement. This first card means Peace, which is entirely appropriate for this time of year. How nice two be able to use this collection for other things other than Hanukkah. 

This card was so easy to put together using the 3x4 cards, some paper and one sticker. It's simple, but says exactly what it needs to say.

Hanukkah is a celebration. We play games as part of the celebration. Lastly, I created a Bingo board. I designed the card on my Silhouette. I used all the small stickers I could from sticker sheet. I also cut some pieces out of the 3x4 cards. The Bingo Pieces are all cut up from the Shalom paper. 

Thanks so much for being here with me at my creative view today. I had so much fun playing with this collection. If you are in the need of something like this, I highly recommend it. You can buy Happy Hanukkah in the Paper Issues shop now! Bonus, you can get it for 20% off using code DEVRA at checkout

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, Paper Accents, PP, stickers, -Photo Play, Silhouette, Silhouette Store, Bling-Queen & Co, Alphas-American Crafts