Saturday, March 7, 2015

Here We Go Paper Issues Sketch Layout

We have a new sketch up at Paper Issues!
I hope you can play along.
It's gridtastic!
We quite frequently grab a camera and go take pictures.
This picture was taken in the West Bottoms here in Kansas City.
I love it here.
That is all.
I love a nice grid.
We also have an online crop coming up this month!
We'd love to see you there.
The crop will take place in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group so be sure to request an invite if you haven't already joined in. In the meantime, you can RSVP right here.
Ooooh, look...a close-up!





Monday, February 23, 2015

My Happy Place

I am playing along with the sketch at Paper Issues.
This truly is my Happy Place.
I love my boys in blue.
Last season was absolutely magic.
I am so fortunate that I got to attend a playoff game.
It was the most amazing game I have ever been to.
When Salvy hit that line drive down the third base line(incidentally, I was sitting down third base line), everyone was screaming and crying...including me.
It was a good thing they gave us towels that night. LOL
Magic.
Here is the sketch. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Products used: Pink Paislee Bella Rouge alphas, Ki Memories gold stars, flair that I made myself, flair that I received in an order from Charlie Hustle Shop (I love their tshirts, not gonna lie I have them all. so soft),  twine from the twinery, AC pop dots, Bella Blvd pp for confetti dots, Bo Bunny pp for star die cuts, Hambly overlay, Heidi Swapp Color shine, Studio Calico Mr Huey, white woodgrain Limba.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Like Macaroni & Cheese

Ya know how some people sing everything they say?
I'm that mom.
When my daughter was little I used to sing a macaroni and cheese song.
It stuck. I sang it for the next kid too.
When I saw the macaroni and cheese guys in the Pebbles We Go Together line, I knew I had to use it.
I made this layout for the newest issue at Paper Issues.
We are teaming up with A Flair For Buttons.
I love her flair and I love LOVE.
You can win some of her flair if you play along!
Plus we have a free cut file. Yay!!!
I used a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
The February Swag Bag, Webster's Pages Hall Pass, Crate Paper Fourteen, Elle's Studio, Doodlebug washi and vellum, Jillibean stars, Heidi Swap stars, Dymo label tape,Studio Calico Printshop, October Afternoon mist and AC Pop Dots.
I think that about covers every manufacturer ever made.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Sunshine {UmWow +Paper Issues}

I will add hearts to every layout I make all year.
I just look a little less insane when I add them to my layouts in February.
For this layout, I used a little bit of everything from my February Swag Bag.
All of the flair and chipboard used on this layout are from UmWow Studio.
The heart and love confetti are featured in the Swag Bag this month.
The My Sunshine title is a free cut file you can find here.
Background paper and heart banner paper are from Echo Park Lucky in Love.
Of course I'm linking this up at Paper Issues!  There are prizes!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Elephant Diaper Cake

I love making diaper cakes.
Love.
I made this one for my cousin.
They are expecting a baby girl and have decorated the nursery in pink and grey.
You can't go wrong with Chevron!
I wanted to use the "You are my sunshine" cut file SO bad. So bad.
So I did,
It's a free download from the Paper Issues store.
Free!
Woot!
I made the poof out of tulle.
It was a nice topper but it also allowed me to glue the balloons to something so that they would look like they were floating.
I used Grey Chevron/Mini Dot paper for the tiers and Bubblegum Vellum for the pinwheels.
Who's next?
I am ready to make another!!!
I am linking this up to the newest issue at Paper Issues.  You knew that.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Snow Board Layout

This is the last week to link up to the Snow Issue at Paper Issues!
I hope you can come play along with us.
We are giving away a $20 GC to the Paper Issues store.
I used my favorite Crate winter line for this layout.
I misted the background with Tinsel Color Shine.
The star is covered in modeling paste and then glittered.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Enjoy Today Layout

I love this kid.
This was such a fun day. We made snow angels and jumped on the trampoline.
That's dangerous. Don't do it.
As you can see, I love layers!
I love layering my clothes, my paper and my embellishments!
Layer all the things!
UmWow Chipboard is so nice to layer because you can buy packs with varying sizes.
I chose the Layered Raindrops for my base.  I flipped it to look like a Geotag.
Then added a Circle and a Heart.
That kid will always be where my heart is. <3
I use Glossy Accents to adhere my chippies.
It works great!
I am a big fan of adding embellishments on top of my photos as well.
I love Chevrons and the way they look when repeated.
Lastly, on this layout, I added a number tab because numbers are always a good addition!
See what I did there?!
Other products used: Gossamer Blue Get Happy papers, Ki Memories sticker, Lily Bee tag, Bella Blvd die cuts and stickers, Fiskars star punch, Studio Calico gems, Teresa Collins enamel dots, Elle's Studio die cuts, Pebbles houndstooth paper, Studio Calico Atlantic paper, Cloud punch, Pink Paislee die cuts, Teresa Collins Ampersand Punch, Fiskars Triangle punch, Basic Grey Chipboard embellishments. Most supplies purchased from Paper Issues.
I am also linking this to the newest Issue at Paper Issues!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hello Red Layout {Paper Issues Pinspire Me}

It's time for Pinspire Me Monday at Paper Issues!
I am always so inspired by the grid images that Shannon chooses.
It's so easy to make a layout!
I just pull everything that looks like the picture and then start gluing.
No brainer.  I don't worry about manufacturers or matching.
Just go crazy!
It's also nice to have a teenager that takes 108957265974 selfies a day.
I steal her Instagram feed photos and use them for layouts.
Thank you, confident, oversharing child. Thank you.
Here's the inspo for this month:
So much fun, right?!
You can play along too!
There are prizes.  There are always prizes.
Woot.
Close ups are fun as well:
Supplies used: Flair from Panda8, chipboard stars from UmWow Studio, Heidi Swapp wood veneer, butterfly, chip frame and Amy Tangerine papers and Thickers from Paper Issues. Gossamer Blue enamel dots, K & Co puffy hearts, Dymo, of course.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Love This Layout {Paper Issues}

If you know me, you know I love Kansas City.
Love it.
I am the biggest homer in the world.
I took this picture one night after we had gone to a movie.
We were sitting on a bench downtown eating Glace Ice Cream.
It was a perfect evening.
Perfect.
The January Swag Bag was a great inspiration.
I included everything I love in there!
Pink! Woodgrain! Hearts!
Jen Chapin made this sketch and she said that we should switch it up and use hearts.
So I did.
You can too! There are prizes.
Play along with us here.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Adventure Layout {UmWow Studio}


I am up on the UmWow blog with this layout.
I am a big fan of UW chippies. I use them on everything!
For my first project, I got to work with this sketch:


I love a great sketch!
When I saw this one, I knew I had to use that Maggie Holmes paper in the background.
The color gradient was inspiring.
I am a fan of layers and mixing products.
I used Circle Confetti as, well...confetti.
I like lots of confetti and random bits on my layouts.
UmWow Chippies are perfect for that!
If you know me, you know I hoard.
I never want to run out of that Retro Love Set.
I love that hand heart so much.

Other products used:
Heidi Swapp September Skies wood, Heidi Swapp stickers, Maggie Holmes die cuts, Canvas Corp twine, Bella Blvd stickers, Jillibean Soup Wooden Nickel, Jillibean Soup Everyday Tags, Dymo Label, Ek Success 2 point banner punch, Amy Tangerine paper strips, Ruby Rock-it enamel dots, Project Life 3x4 cards, Fancy Pants corrugated paper, May Arts twill, White woodgrain Limba cardstock.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top 14 in 2014

There's just something so lovely about a grid of your projects.
I know that it's supposed to be 14 in 2014 but 15 makes everything nice and neat.
We'll call it a bonus.
This was a prolific year.
I haven't glued this much in years.
It felt good.
Here's to an even more awesome 2015!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Magic Layout {Gossamer Blue+Paper Issues}

We have teamed up with Gossamer Blue for the newest issue at Paper Issues!
I love, love, love, love, LOVE the new lines!
The Get Happy line is my favorite.
I love Christmas!  Love it!
I started off with this sketch:

It's great, right?!
You can find all of our sketches here.
Jen Chapin does an amazing job with those every month,
I hope you join us for this issue!
We are giving away a Gossamer Blue prize package!
Here is a close up of the details of my layout:

Monday, December 15, 2014

All Boy Layout {Pinspire Me}


We have a new Pinspire Me post up today at Paper Issues!
Shannon chose a fantastic group of images.
I love how this layout came together. So fast and easy.
I pulled everything from my stash that looked like it matched up with her grid pics.
I also used the Sunshine Sorbet paper collection and wood hexies from Some Odd Girl.
The paper is amazing! I love the lines on the hexies.
So pretty, right?!
I love it!
I hope you find some inspiration and play along!
Are you a member of our Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group on Facebook?
Come link up your project there and you could win a prize!
Here is a close up of my layout:


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Road Trip {PageMaps + Paper Issues}

The Paper Issues girls are teaming up with PageMaps!
How exciting is that!?
I used the amazing Get Happy line from Gossamer Blue.
It's so festive and there's plaid involved.
I love plaid.
Every year we choose a different place to road trip and see Christmas lights.
We try to make it within 3-4 hours from Kansas City.
Eat some food, take some pictures, stay the night and come home.
We chose Branson last year.
I was armed with my Blake Shelton, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble CDs.
It was unseasonably warm and there was no snow but we had fun!
This year, we are goin' to Des Moines!
I can't wait for some Zombie Burger!
Nothing says Christmas cheer like Zombies.
That'll be a fun layout!!
Here is the PageMaps sketch I worked with:


A little close up action:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

This Happened {Niagara Falls+Amy Tangerine}


As soon as I saw that Map of My Heart paper from the Stitched line, I knew I had to use it!
It was the perfect background paper for this photo I snapped while on vacation at Niagara Falls.
That rainbow was there the whole time. So cool.
Side note: If you go to Niagara Falls, make sure you ride the Maid of the Mist.
You get super wet but it's an awesome experience.
I am really diggin' the newest line from Amy Tangerine.
This is my first time using her products.
I combined the sketch and cut file from Paper Issues for this as well!

You can download the cut file here and the sketch here.
I hope that you link up a project and play along!
We love to see what you are making!!
Plus we love to give away prizes!
I also used UmWow Chippies. Her hearts are my fave! They are so puffy and cute!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

This Girl Layout


We have a new Issue up at Paper Issues!
It's sponsored by Pinkfresh!
You could win some awesome Pinkfresh goodies!!
I love layering paper and embellishments!
I also love the way Pinkfresh embellies go with everything!
For this layout, I used Heidi Swapp's Favorite Things papers.
I loved the touches of gold that the striped alphas from Pinkfresh provide.
I cut up the letter Z to add some more gold stripey goodness.
I also used resin hearts, wood arrows, wood hearts, puffy heart stickers, puffy chevron stickers and puffy frame stickers all from Pinkfresh.
The gold stripe alphas were an exclusive Pinkfresh-Paper Issues offering.

Other products used: Heidi Swapp Favorite Things 6x6White woodgrain Limba cardstockHeidi Swapp Color ShineAmerican Crafts Pop Dots, Glitz Anchor Roller Stamp, Bumblebee vellum-Doodlebug

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bliss: Happiness Everyday


We started a new sketch challenge over at Paper Issues!
I used lots of Heidi Swapp's September Skies line.
I love the colors! That rainbow stripe paper makes me incredibly happy.
Know what else makes me happy? Flip flops and Coach bags.
We'll be friends forever.
Jen Chapin made this super awesome sketch and I couldn't wait to make something!
We are giving away prizes! I hope you can play along!
You can link up through Instagram now. That's pretty cool.
Heidi Swapp September Skies paper and ephemera, Studio Calico wood punctuation, American Crafts pop dots, alphas and basics colored mini staples, Kanvess.com for photo printing.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cider Hill Orchard+West Bottoms {Photo Heavy}

Every year we choose a different place to go pick apples and pumpkins.
This year, we chose Cider Hill Orchard.
I bought a new 50mm lens in order to force myself to get my camera off auto.
There is plenty of parking at this orchard. Plenty of trees too!
There are hay rides but we didn't take one.
The line was really long. We wandered through the orchard and I snapped this picture above.
My first time messing with the ISO and such.
I love it.
My favorite part of the orchard was the cute fire pit they had set up.
 How can you NOT roast marshmallows on sticks with antler handles?
You must.
My son doesn't stand still long enough for pictures. I had to force him to take this one.
He isn't making a face either, so that is a plus.
10 year old boys like to make faces.
The day was perfect so I wanted to run down to the West Bottoms and snap a few pictures since I was feeling pretty good about my new found skills and button pushing abilities.
No one was around so we stopped in the middle of the 12th Street bridge.
 I saw this door and had to jump out.
I am super lucky that my kid is a) photogenic b) willing to do all the crazy things her mother asks.
I'm a scrapper. I'm gonna scrap that.
Kansas City is my home.  I love it here.
I am linking my photos to the I Heart Faces challenge!  Yay!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Write Your Own Story

That quote fits my kid to a T.
She is so amazing and I love her.
Everything about her.
Her awkwardness, her love of puns, the way she embraces her nerdiness.
It's in your blood, kid. Don't fight it.
I love the playful colors and doodles in the Me-ology line from Fancy Pants.
All product used is from that line except the woodgrain cardstock background and mist.
I used my small circle punch to cut sequin-size bits to scatter about.
I also used my butterfly punches to punch butterflies.
You can see this layout as well as 7 others from the Paper Issues Design Team in this issue of the Fancy Pants newsletter.  It was a thrill to be included!
I am linking this up to the Anything Goes party at Paper Issues!
I hope you can join us. We have a great prize pack to give away!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lake Love


I made this layout using the August Swag Bag from Paper Issues.
I love it so much!
There's so much great paper and so much gold!
I love the whole Ocean Melody line from Webster's Pages.
I used some Heidi Swapp alphas from her Hello Today line.
The gold stickers are from Pink Paislee Solstice, also in the Swag Bag!

I am linking this up at Paper Issues!
Come play along and win some Fancy Pants goodness!!!