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

Party Animal

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Good morning. Flatlay Photography! It's a super hot trend right now. You know what I mean right?  It's staging groups of items together, be it food, clothing  plants, coffee etc together, then photographing them artistically from above. Well, using Flatlay Photography to inspire scrapbook pages is also today's topic on the Get It Scrapped blog. 

I found design and color inspiration for my layout from a few examples. For the actual 
Design I was drawn to mixing a shape with my photos to create an 'almost' grid. Another example I was drawn to used a Color Story, and a third example had the items set in a Frame, creating a border around the edge.

We celebrate our son's birthday as much for our sake as his. Each year he seems to understand more and more that something special is happening. I'm not sure he understands the age part of it, but he sure enjoys the attention, loves when we sing Happy Birthday and for sure understands the presents part of the day!

Thanks so much for taking a look at my creative view today. There are some really creative projects from other team members in this article. Take a look, ou may be inspired too.

Supplies: Cs-American Crafts, PP, bling, buttons and stickers-Queen & Co, thread-random, Stitch Template-Bazzill, glitter-Martha Stewart, Cut File-Paper Issues, Silhouette

Shades On

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hey there and good morning to you! It's Swag Bag day at Paper Issues. Have you seen our Swag Bags? They are genius! It's a delightful mix of mostly 3x4 papers and embellishments from a variety of manufacturers put together to create a bag of fun!. 

I had bits and pieces left from a few different bags today. I grabbed all the colors that went together, Well, ok. I grabbed all the pink papers, throwing in some contrasting ones like the yellow and turquoise. I cut them all into circles, layering them under my photo. So many patterns mean I don't need many extra bits, so i stuck on a few, again more for contrast and that was it! SO easy!

There was a TV show that I loved called Burn Notice, I loved it. The main character Michael Weston wore sunglasses all the time. When I wore mine, I would say I was channeling Michael Weston. 

Well, Swag Bags make scrapping so easy. Get one for your self, or any of the other new collections in the store for 20 % off! Use code DEVRA at checkout.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Oh hey there! I bet you thought I was taking some time off. Nope. Just a light week.  I am however, participating in today's Product Spotlight at Paper Issues.  It's all about Rainbows and Unicorns, or, collections the feature rainbows and unicorns. 

So for me, I had to play with the incredible new Shimelle Glitter Girl. Holy moly this collection makes me smile. It's fun, it's pretty, it's silly, it's sophisticated, it's inspiring. I actually have a plan for using most of it, but today I went all out silly. The pink in the For the Win paper provided the color and print I wanted to house all the embellishments. I mean, the puffy shaker stickers alone had me giggling in delight. I didnt know which one to use first! Add the holographic ephemera, stickers, what tape and glitter thickers, and there's not stopping me. 

Let's talk about Snap Chat. No, I don't really use it. I'll leave that to my son. But the filters sure are fun to play with! I only save the ones that make me laugh. The rest go in the trash. I wonder what we'll be playing with a few years from now? 

Thanks so much for taking a look at my creative view today. I'll be back later in the week with more so stop by again soon. 

In the meantime, you HAVE to get some Shimelle Glitter Girl. the best part is it's 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout!

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, stickers, washi tape, ephemera, Thickers-Shimelle Glitter Girl, mist-heidi Swapp

Fun TImes

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hey Hey! It's my favorite kind of Sunday, Scraplift Sunday!  Today at Paper Issues we are lifting Damaris.

I liked of all the circles and thought they could be easily adapted. I had this idea in my head, and it included Carta Bella Toy Box. It got a little out of control,  I but I stuck with it anyway. My photos are larger, so that gave me less space to play with. I still was able to create some clusters up and down the angles of the page. It's just not as clean as my pages usually are. My favorite thing about this page is the ombre thread I stitched with my Stitch Happy machine!

Family game nights seem to be getting more and more rare in our house. I take full advantage of them when I have the opportunity. This one night in particular, Trivial Pursuit became more like gang up on Dad. We all had some good laughs though, and that's what matters. 

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. I've got somethings up my sleeve for this week so stop by again soon.

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, stickers, chipboard, brads-Carta Bella, buttons-Daiso, mist-Heidi Swapp, Sewing machine-Stitch Happy


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good morning! I'm on a roll this week! Cant stop now. I joined the Scrap Soup challenge at Paper Issues today. This month's board is really versatile.

I've been really inspired by the new Pink Fresh Boys Fort, so I started there. It's perfect for my photo anyway. Ten i just played with the rest. I cut three papers into rectangles, there are stickers, die cuts, twine, and wood buttons. One of the stickers is an arrow, and the tag is tucked under one of the papers. Easy peasy!

So my son and husband have been spending a lot more time together lately. It's been great for both of them. It makes me happy to see my son find comfort and be comfortable with Dad by snuggling on the couch.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I'm short and sweet today so I can keep creating! Im really loving this Boys Fort collection. you can get it in the shop now for 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout.

supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, stickers, alpha-Pink Fresh, twine-The Twinery, mist-Heidi Swapp

Sort, Stack & Spin

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hello hello! I'm back again. See, I told you so. It's Try It Tuesday at Paper Issues. It had been a while,  since I joined this challenge. This was up my alley, so I played along. This month we are playing with  circles. Not just circles but creating them with mixed media.

I'm not a huge mixed media, messy paint person, but I wanted to give this a whirl. A few ideas floated around in my head, but nothing really took shape. This Pink Fresh Boys Fort was still sitting on my desk from another project, when I noticed the Tough circle paper on top of the pile. That's where it started. I fussy cut come pieces out of that paper. I cut the You Rule paper with the Bubbles cut file then I grabbed some circle stamps I've had in my stash for years and years. I stamped over, under and on some of the papers in a few places. It isn't a new idea, or even a stretch for me. But it did add some small details, and is something I don't do often enough.  

My son has this math sorter thing at school. It's become as much of a toy as a learning tool for him. So much so, that his teacher sent home some of the pieces, and I built him the base on which he can  sort and stack to his heart's content. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I'm really enjoying Pink Fresh Boys Fort  way more than I thought I would. You should get some! You can get it for 20% off using code DEVRA at checkout. 

Supplies: Cs-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, wood buttons-PinkFresh, stamps-Hero Arts, Ink-ColorBox, Silhouette, wool felt embellishments-Amy Tangerine


Off the Page!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Good Monday to you. The new Pinspire Me mood board is up at Paper Issues today and it's pretty fantastic. It has color, shape, texture and theme! Everything you could want in a mood board.

Well, I love it. I was inspired by the overall theme of school and learning. I finally worked on a project I've been wanting to do for almost a year. I covered a wood iPad stand for my son. After several projects, I still had plenty of the Carta Bella Toy Box collection in my stash. What better product for this project! I used 3 different papers to cover the front and the back, covering it with several layers of waterproof Mod Podge. Then I added stickers, die cuts and chipboard pieces to make it look more fun. 

Side View
I decorated the back side of it as well. How could I not use a die cut that said 'made with love'?  

My son uses an iPad to communicate. It goes everywhere we do. There was a small stand that came with his case, but it quickly got lost, so we needed something else. He loves letters so I thought this could serve a purpose, but entertain him as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I have stuff planned all week so come back again tomorrow. 

Supplies: Ipad stand-Ben Franklin, paint-making memories, Mod Podge, paper, stickers, chipboard-Carta Bella

Girl Friends

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hey Hey! It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues! Yep again. Funny how this happens every week! I love it though. Sometimes I feel like playing with paper but dont know were to start. Boom! The idea is handed to me!

Today we are lifting Rachel's LO that she created for Take 5 Tuesday.

I liked the angles in the original. I brought them in to the center of the page for my LO. That gave me a chance to use more of the delightful Pebbles Girl Squad papers.  I wanted to move the embellishments around, which I was able to do. I do much better with clusters than scattered embellishments. I did stitch on my page, but chose to use my Stitch Happy machine to stitch around the page. I love that thing!

I have a group of crafty friends that I get together with once a year for an always epic weekend. This year was no exception. We started the weekend off right with margaritas at lunch. That is not something I ordinarily do, but what happens at Camp, stays at Camp. Well, not anymore I guess! Oops!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Ive got big plans this week so come back soon!  Don't forget! You can go shopping at Paper Issues any time and use my code DEVRA at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase.

Supplies: PP, die cuts, stickers, washi, alphas-Pebbles, mist-Tattered Angels, Heidi Swapp, Stitch Happy-WRMK

School Day!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Well hello there! Yes! we survived the first week of school! It's Fri-Yay!  It's Also Free File Friday at Paper Issues. We have 2 new FREE cut files going into the shop today. I used the new School & Sports file on my page today

I wanted to do something little different. After staring at this for a while, I came up with the idea to create my own background. I decided to dig out the old Silhouette sketch pens and start there.  My first idea was quickly becoming too complicated. I stuck with the sketch pens, only adding more colors. I cut the title, gluing it down, only laying the word sophomore over it's sketched version for emphasis. Like this so much I just may do the same thing for my older son's first day photos!  

I purposely bought the new Elle's Studio Family Fun for this years back to school photos. If you haven't figured me out by now, I love bright colors! I am a sucker for primary colored papers and basic easy patterns! This collection is just that. 

First day of school morning are a blur around here. This year seemed more crazy than usual and I was only getting one out the door. There was no time to get any before school photos so we had to wait until after school. He was so happy getting off the bus!  He cooperated. For the most part. He smiled. That's a win.  Another first day is in the books.  I can't believe he's a sophomore already. Hope its a great school year for him!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Now that school is back in session, I can get back into my routine. that means consistent craft time, and consistent blogging. This new  Elle's Studio is pretty fantastic. Get some in the shop while you can for 20% off using code DEVRA at checkout. See you soon

Supplies: Cs-American Crafts, PP-Elles Studio, Simple Stories, Silhouette, Silhouette sketch pens, Die cuts-Elle's Studio, enamel pieces-Elle's studio, Bella Blvd, Fancy Pants, Doodlebug Design, KaiserKraft