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!
the crafty pickle flair layout
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

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Overdue

Hey y'all. Hope you're having a good Saturday! It is rainy & nasty out today so I am taking this opportunity to stay in & get caught up on some things around the house. How is it that we have been home from our fabulous Floridian vacation for almost a week already?! This summer is flying by!!!!!

One thing I need to share is my latest layout foe the My Scraps & More. It went live on July 3 (while we were in Florida). It's another fun one from Audrey!

      

Here is my layout:

 
I used a mix of papers from my stash from October Afternoon & Simple Stories.
 
The flat back flair is from Jenni Bowlin. The "now" die cut is from Pink Paislee. The other stickers are from Simple Stories & the enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye. My alphas are from AC Thickers.
 
Head on over to the blog & check out the other DT members' layouts. Also, if you play along with this sketch, be sure to link up here.
 
Have a great one!
~Stephanie     

Friday, July 10, 2015

CAS-ual Chic Embossing Challenge

Hi guys & happy Friday!
The very first challenge is up today on the CAS-ual Chic blog!!

 
CCC01:  Create a new project that features embossing, 
and dress it up with all your Utterly Adorable Layers!

You are free to use any embossing technique on any project you like (cards, layout, PL spread, etc.).
I created a card for this challenge:

 
I used the Calm and Loving stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays stamps to create my card. I stamped the heart cluster with Versamark on vellum, then added embossing powder to the stamped image. The sentiment is also included in this sweet & versatile set!
 
 
 Head on over to the blog to see what the other design team members created. We would also love to see your creations!  Be sure to link up to the challenge!! You can enter as many projects as you'd like before noon on July 31. There is a great prize to be had from CAS-ual Fridays stamps!
 
 
Keep crafting!
~Stephanie


  

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New DT!

Hey y'all! I have been MIA for awhile, I know. Summer came at us in full swing & we just got home from vacation a few days ago. We are all missing the beach terribly now!

 
While we were away, some exciting news was announced over on the CAS-ual Chic blog.

  
 CAS-ual Chic is a brand new fun and inspirational challenge for those who love Utterly Adorable Layers in their design! It is a sister blog of CAS-ual Fridays and about a month ago, I received an email from Michelle asking me to join the team!  There is one challenge a month so you have plenty of time to play along. There are no product requirements and you can make anything  you choose-cards, layouts, PL spreads, etc. The DT will be using CAS-ual Friday stamps & dies & would love to see them in your projects if you have them!
The first challenge goes live tomorrow, so be sure to stop back by!
Have a great night!
~Stephanie