Sunday, February 19, 2017

Simple Stories: Love and Adore Layouts

Hello..hope you are having a good weekend!  It's been unseasonably warm here in Central Illinois! I'll take it for February...I am loving the sunshine!  Today, I'm sharing layouts I created for 
Simple Stories using the Love and Adore collection.  This is definitely geared for Valentines Day but can be used for other themes as well.  

For my first layout, "Love One Another",  I used one of my favorite photos from our last mission trip to Haiti.   Nancy, our team member, had given Oxanne her old hoody sweatshirt to keep warm at night (kind of hard to believe it gets cold in Haiti).  Oxanne was so happy over this simple gift; the look on her face was pure joy. 

I used the "Love" cut file from Simple Stories in the Silhouette shop (#80540); I added the "one another" with a basic font.  I then backed the negative space with patterned papers from the collection.  

The Bits and Pieces have lots of cute shapes and journaling spots such as this rounded square. I also added a label from the 4x6 Sticker sheets and coordinating Enamel Dots. 
 Yep..I love to layer things...more Bits and Pieces with Chipboard and Stickers! Also, you can spy some of the thin Washi Tape as well as some baker twine from my stash :)
 One of my favorite little embellishments from the 4x6 Sticker sheets are these typed sentiments. They are such a great accent to your photos! How fitting is this quote from David Bowie!?  I about cried when I saw it....perfect for my page!  

Next is a more traditional Valentine layout...I used a cute photo of my daughter when she was a baby on her first Valentines Day.  I cut strips of the different patterns and adhered them to my background. I then used a heart XO cut file with white cardstock and adhered it over my strips of paper.  
For my title, I used the Chipboard XOXO...I stacked them instead of laying the out in a line.  I love that they are different colors as well; you have not only the pinks and reds but also blues and yellows!  
 I layered a few of the heart stickers with more of the coordinating stickers and enamel dots along with a journaling spot.   I also added some splatters of spray ink as well. 

I love banners so I'm always excited to see them in the Sticker or Chipboard sheets!  I used the Chipboard banner across the middle of my page to break up the "white" of the layout.  

Thanks for reading! And FYI...Simple Stories is having a Design Team call! Visit this blog post for details..they are a wonderful company to design for!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LOVE Expressions XL Clear Word Title

Hello! I'm trying to blog more of my projects this week. Both kiddos are currently home sick with the flu and I'm still not feeling that great.  Spring needs to get here pronto.  And I'm going to Lysol-bomb the house tomorrow!  

This week I was up on the Clear Scraps blog with the LOVE Expressions XL Clear Word Title. I'm going to show you an easy way to give your acrylic a marbled look (which is so in right now).  

Now, the best and easiest way to color your acrylic is with alcohol inks. After removing the protective film from both sides of the word, I flipped OVER the word and applied  Ranger Alcohol Ink in Watermelon.  Why color on the backside of the acrylic? This is so that if you add any paint or additional medium to the front of your project, the color will not bleed.   

So confession time: I had planned on using some distress paint on the front of my heart..but it so did not work out. I used non-acetone polish remover to take off the paint and accidentally removed some of my red alcohol ink which created some "gaps" in the overall coloring on the back.  So, I grabbed two more coordinating colors of alcohol inks and directly applied in small drop allowing the colors to spread.  I also used a paper towel to dab any extra ink...I love how it turned out!  

I wanted to add one of the Dragonfly Chipboard Embellishments to my heart. The easiest way to color is to add acrylic I used a few coats of Distress Paint in Cracked Pistachio.  
Once the paint was dry, I applied the chipboard directly to my Versa Mark pad and sprinkled with embossing powder that has bits of glitter embedded.  I removed the excess powder and set with my heat gun. 

The remainder of the letters I covered with patterned paper using Beacon Adhesive 3-in-1 Craft Glue.   We highly recommend a water based liquid adhesive so it doesn't yellow the Beacon is just plain awesome!  I cut away excess paper with scissors and an exacto knife..and a little bit of sanding helps too! I followed by adding some fun embellishments from collection I used: Crate Paper's Hello Love.

I'm still here....

Ok, I guess I've pretty much proven I suck at blogging.  Seriously though I think everyone looks at Instagram. I think even Pinterest has died down.  Anyway, I'm going to type out what I want because..well its my blog LOL  

CHA or Creativation as its now called as come and gone and all the new pretty things are making their way into the stores. I was able to attend the show; it was a last minute decision and a roll of the dice with my  health after being in the hospital at the end of  December.  After a discussion with my husband, he convinced me to go be in my happy place with my scrappy tribe. Plus, if I died at least I'd be surrounded by pretty paper! LOL I ended up having a blast reconnecting with old friends as well as making new ones!! I got to hang out with the DT coordinator of Clear Scraps and I adore her. You know her as Pinky but I call her Cristal...mostly out of respect and that I like to annoy her! LOL  

I worked in the booth for Susan and Jim at Clear Scraps...I love these two!   They are just good people...and they treat the team like family. Susan even made us turkey sandwiches every day for lunch!  :)  We had a lot of fun!

Susan and Jim even gave me the flexibility to be with Teresa when she had make and takes so that allowed me to be able to float around the floor!  Here we are in the Xyron booth! I adore this excited for what she has going on this year!!  I'm excited to be teaching at her Vegas event in's going to be a blast!  And did you see the new Fiskars products she has designed? I seriously wanted to steal the clear stamps LOL 

The night before I left my friend Jordan from SharBear Crafts texted me and asked if I was going to the show...we ended up being on the same flight! I got to hang out with Jordan and his mom the first day!  I've known him since he walked into the Chic Tags booth in Vegas at the summer show in 2013.   Jordan is an awesome person and I love that I can "talk shop" with him!  Check out his shop on Etsy...he always carries the latest releases!   

I also got to see one of my best friends that moved to AZ from IL three years ago. Lori and I worked at a LSS together and were partners in crime. I miss her so much!  We even got to have dinner together! During the winters, I threatened to come live with her LOL...especially since she refuses to move back to IL . We used to always go on shopping trips to Michaels or Hobby Lobby I don't have anyone to enable :(  LOL

One of the fun things about attending the show is that you get to meet your "teammates" in person....I  was able to meet Kevin and Amber Crowell (owners of Simple Stories) as well as DT coordinator Layle Koncar!  Love love love Simple Stories!  It has been such a fun company to be a part of!!  I just adore their products as well as their employees! I was able to talk to one of the graphic designers and told her to call me if she ever doubts her talent....I was telling her all of the things she did right on  the collections LOL Any of my scrappy friends that know me can tell you I'm a paper lover and appreciate great design of patterns and colors!  

This is me, Cristal, and Susan during breakdown of the booth...we get a little stir crazy. I always hate seeing the show end although I'm happy to go home and see my family.  Phoenix was fun even though the weather was a little cool...I think people didn't respond to this location as well as Anaheim. Hopefully attendance will be up next year....I know it was cheaper for me to fly to Phoenix but I ended up having to rent a car plus park at the convention center. Anaheim was easier because you could just walk to the show..and plus Disney! LOL  

I came home with a cold but not knock down sick like I was afraid I'd be. I know a lot of my scrappy friends had colds or a stomach bug after getting home. Cristal and I joked that next year we are wearing hazmat suits with our Clear Scraps aprons over the top LOL  

If you attended the show, what did you think? If not, what new products are you favorite?
Have a great night!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Top Ten Blog Hop Winner

Hello and Happy 2017!  I apologize that I'm announcing my blog hop winner so late!  I unexpectantly  spent last weekend in the hospital. Not the way I wanted to spend New Years but things happen! We were supposed to travel to Louisville for a wedding but ended up in our pajamas at 5pm. My hubby made pancakes for dinner and we watched a few episodes of Parenthood on Netflix (our current binge). 

The winner of the Gift Certificate is Janet Zeppa!  Janet, I emailed you but in case you didn't receive it please email me at

I'm currently working on CHA projects but will be back to blogging asap.  :)
Have a great night!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Top Ten Blog Hop

2016 is coming to a close (thankfully) and that means time for a Top Ten countdown of favorite projects from this past year!  One lucky winner will win a $20 gift certificate to! Simply comment on this post!  I'm also doing a giveaway on my Instagram page as be sure to hop with us there too.  Some of the ladies are also doing a YouTube hop so lots of opportunity for inspiration and giveaways!  

Here is the blog list if you are going in order!  

And here is my list in no particular order!

10.  Simple Stories Hello Fall SN@P! Album:  a fun mini album I created using the Hello Fall collection and 6x8 SN@P! Album

I love Clear Scraps mini albums!! I used Shimelle's Starshine collection for this fun album!

I love this line...well, I love everything Simple Stories puts out!  

Another awesome collection from Simple Stories....such fun, bright colors for summer!  

Again another mini for Clear Scraps! This one is tiny and fun to work with...I used Fancy Pants Designs' Happy Place

A layout I created with Simple Stories' Snow Patrol collection

A cute 7x7 sized acrylic mini using Jillibean Soup's Healthy Hello Soup

Love this Simple Set for my old Army photos!  

love the colors of this collection as well as the bright album! 

another awesome line from Simple Stories. These layouts are near and dear to my heart.  Definitely a time when scrapping is therapy. *sigh*

Thanks for looking!   If you are following the blog hop, head on over to Jen Matott's page!  
Winners of the gift certificate will be announced January 3rd, 2017!  

Happy New Year to you and yours!  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Clear Scraps Mixable Edgy Album: Let's Go On An Adventure

Hello!  Today I'm sharing a mini I did a few months ago for Clear Scraps!  After layouts, mini album are my favorite to create!  I used the Mixable Edgy Album along with Shimelle's Starshine collection.  

Each page alternates from acrylic to chipboard cascading into different sizes!  This gives you lots of opportunity to layer your embellishments!  I tend to leave my acrylic pages "bare" but paint my chipboard...I just like the way the clear acrylic looks.  

I documented our weekend trip to Chicago for the NFL draft!  We had a lot of fun hanging out with our friends in Grant Park as well as visiting some local hangouts. 

I usually like to include an extra page or two by using envelopes or tags! Here, I used an older Fancy Pants striped envelope I've had in my stash forever.  I layered a Crate Paper chipboard frame with patterned paper as well as an epoxy clip.  

Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out the Clear Scraps shop to see the variety of mini albums!  Have a great day!