Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Use It Up Tuesday-Travel Often

Hey guys!
So baseball is behind us (Ty's team lost their first single elimination game Wednesday night) and now we have lots of free time to enjoy the rest of the summer!! And boy is it zooming by too quickly! I can not believe it is almost the middle of August! Ty's All Star team played amazingly well & most of the boys were heartbroken when they lost, but Ty seemed nonplussed! Glad he can take the wins &  the losses with dignity!

Before it is the middle of the month, I have to share the current sketch challenge at My Scraps & More Sketches, #111. This amazing sketch was created by Audrey:  



Here is what I created:

 
I used larger paper scraps from my stash. The blue/circle paper reminded me of the circles from the sketch so I figured it was a great way to duplicate the circles & use up some scraps!
 
 
The wood veneer globe is probably my favorite embellishment here! It is from Simple Stories' I Am collection. The "relax" chippie is from Crate Paper's On the Road collection.  My foam alphas are AC Thickers.
 
 
The "you are here" chippie is also from Crate Paper. The flower & "hey there" chipboard pieces are from My Mind's Eye and are very old! I have been hoarding them for years!! But, it's "Use It Up Tuesday" so I made sure to use some older supplies!
 
Bes ure to play along with this sketch & link up at the blog.  Here is what you could win for playing along:
August Sketch Prize!    
 
Thanks for stopping by! I hope to be back soon. Tomorrow we are headed to a water park with family & friends!!
~Stephanie
 
 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Pretty Patterns

Hey y'all! Happy Friday!
Today the current challenge is up at CAS-UAL Chic!

 
For this challenge, we are celebrating patterns! You could use patterned papers, a pattern stamp such as chevrons, houndstooth, etc, or even a pattern you create! Make sure to show us your layers, too!
 
I created a general greeting card that could be used for a birthday, thank you, congrats, etc.
 
 
I used a green chevron paper & a star patterned paper. The hearts are from the heart board Fri-Die set and the "I love you" stamp is from the Cupid's Arrows set . Both can be found in the store.  My papers are from Bella Blvd.
 
Here is a close-up:
 
 
I added the red twine & popped up the heart to give the card more dimension & interest.
 
You can enter your projects-cards, tags, layouts, etc-until August 28th!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you at CAS-UAL Chic!!
~Stephanie
 
 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bookmark/ Card

Hi y'all!! I'm sorry my updates here have been so scarce recently. My son is playing in an All-Stars baseball tournament & that has taken up most of our time lately! My daughter is not thrilled with it, but I have to say, I am enjoying watching these 8 year-olds play ball. They are all extremely good & so far, have a 3&0 record!!

 I have made some time for crafting & today have to share my latest project using The Crafty Pickle flair & CTMH products. I made a card that could be given for many different occasions-birthday, congratulations, thank you, etc.
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I used the "I Love Books" flair button, some washi tape and self-adhesive sequins, all from The Crafty Pickle shop.

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I love to read! Unfortunately, my kids do not love it that much and I am constantly trying to entice them into reading. I thought this card might do the trick!
I slipped in a little bookmark that can be pulled out of the top of the card & used when reading. I also thought it would be nice to give the card with a bookstore gift card inside!

Products used:
CTMH Boardwalk washi tape
I Love Books TCP flair

Thanks for visiting! Hope to be back soon!
~Stephanie

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

All Star Card

Hey y'all! It has been a little bit busy & crazy around here recently! I haven't had time to do much crafting (or anything else for that matter)!

But I do have a card to share that I made for my son Ty who was selected to play on our Little League’s All Star team. He was at practice yesterday & fractured his finger when a ball popped up & hit his finger (fourth time it happened in a week).
I figured this card was perfect to give him some encouragement & support right now! Poor guy was so upset that he wouldn't be able to play in the tournament that begins Saturday! The doctor told him to keep his finger wrapped  & rest this week & he would be fine to play the tournament games-YAY!

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I punched stars from my card with my Fiskars craft punch. I then used leftover acetate from an old package to place on the inside of my card. Once the top piece of acetate was strongly secured to the card, I filled it with the Star Spangled Relish Mix sequins from the shop. After I had the desired amount of sequins inside, I secured the other side of the acetate with redline tape.
I then added some twine, one of my punched stars & some self-adhesive sequin dots.

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My glitter alphas (that I adore) are AC Thicker's.

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I hope this helps my little guy feel a bit better!

Thanks for stopping by! Make it a crafty day!
~Stephanie

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Be Free-Use It Up Tuesday

Hey there friends! Is it hot where you are? The heat here yesterday & today is unbearable! While we love summer, the heat can be a real drag! (Makes for perfect crafting days!!)

 I am here today to share my latest layout with you. I created a Fourth of July page using the All American flair set from The Crafty Pickle.
I have to admit, I don't create many patriotic pages! They intimidate me, but these flair buttons make the process fun and exciting!! I used three of the six in the set. be free 
the crafty pickle flair layout
I hand cut several banners to accent the top corner and have one laying on top of my photo. I love how this takes away some of the blank space of my photo. I added a chipboard arrow & the "Happy Birthday America" flair. LOVE this one!
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More hand cut banners under my photo act as a matt. I then mounted the "July 4" flair onto a punched scalloped circle. The paint here acts as my journal block.
layout created using the crafty pickle flair
A pre-printed banner at the bottom & "the Land of the Free Because of the Brave" flair finish off the bottom of my page.
All of my papers are from Authentique with the exception of the "bandana" print grey. That is from October Afternoon. My stickers here are also from Authentique & are from the same collection as the papers. They were received in a kit years ago & I saved them knowing that I would one day need them for a July 4th layout. So sometimes hoarding does make sense!!!!
I started with this sketch from The Scrapbook Circle:
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I kept my layout pretty simple and love the dimension the flair buttons add to my page! I could have used them all but wanted to save the remaining three for another page (or maybe cards)!!
Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the day & stay cool!
~Stephanie

Monday, July 20, 2015

New DT & A New Layout

Hi guys & happy Monday night!
I have two things to share today. The first is the new design team announcement over at The Crafty Pickle!
 Meet the new Crafty Pickle Designers @ TheCraftyPickle.com
Head on over to the blog to learn more about each designer!! I am so excited about all  the talent among these ladies. It is going to be so much fun creating along with them!

I also want to share my layout using the latest sketch from My Scraps & More Sketches. It was designed by guest designer Juliana Michaels & is awesome!
 

Here is my page:
 
I have used scraps left over from October Afternoon's Saturday Morning collection and love that they work with my Christmas photos even though they are in no way holiday themed!! 



 

Be sure to play along & link up with this month's sketches as there is an amazing prize to be had!
 July Prize!

Keep on crafting, y'all!
~Stephanie

Monday, July 13, 2015

Thank You Card

Hey everyone! Another Monday has rolled around too soon! And it's raining here, again! We haven't been to the pool in over a week & my kids (& me ) are missing it!!

I am up on the blog today over at The Crafty Pickle. I am featuring flair on a greeting card. I created this thank you card to send to our family members that recently hosted us at their lake house.

Dress up a greeting card with flair @ TheCraftyPickle.com

I began with a pre-made card and then punched 3 butterflies in coordinating colors. The flair I used here is the adorable butterfly from the “Cute Bugs” set. I love the added touch of something pretty when you open the card too! You can find this, as well as so much more, in the shop!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Make it a crafty day!
~Stephanie