Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Team Richard Garay | Time to Shine | Video

"Time to Shine" I love that phrase not only for motivation and encouragement but in jewelry!  When I first saw the Journey Girl lockets and charms, I told my family I wanted this for Christmas.  I was so overwhelmed that Richard Garay gifted us with a necklace at a recent retreat!  I took a selfie and showed my husband!  I was so excited.

One of my favorite ways I customized my locket was with a photo of my daughter...it came out so adorable and I'm so happy with it!

Here is a video sharing how to assemble your locket and how I customized mine to make it unique to me.

When my daughter saw my necklace, she wanted one for Christmas, so she will be getting her locket and all of the charms, plus the butterfly and turquoise plate!  I'm excited to see how she will use hers.  I love the filigree and the black plate with mine.  Reminds me of some of the beautiful pieces my Mom would wear.

I'm really happy and loving the way the second customization came out!  I love the vintage look the gold and silver Silks from Fun Stampers Journey gave to the stamped and embossed Celebra'tions doily.

And, of course, with the charms and the locket kit, it is so fun, and probably how I will wear mine the most!  There are many more charms to choose from, and I hope there will be more, because I will need them!

Hope this beautiful charm makes its way under your Christmas tree.  It really is your time to shine!  Thank you so much for watching the video and stopping by.

Happy and safe Thanksgiving to everyone!

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Christmas Tags | Pink Paislee

 Hello everyone!  I have some fun gift tags using the new Pink Paislee Yuletide collection to share with you today.

The collection comes with large white, shiny letters.  I decided to use the initials of our family for each tag.  Each tags has the sequins from the collection as well used in different ways.  For the tag base, I used the tags from the ephemera packs and turned them over to create a nice white base to build layers.  This tag has the sequins stitched going down the white tag.

I made a transparent pocket for the sequins here using the beautiful transparency from the collection.

And for my daughter's initial,  I dressed hers up with the sequins on the letter.  I also embossed the white tag to create more texture and layers.  Each tag has a bow I cut with the Silhouette.  I love the layered look of tags.  I picked neutral colors, and accented with the red.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope you get some holiday crafting in!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Team Richard Garay | Video Week | Demo or Technique

My mind was going all over the place as I saw how big the new Journey Platinum is.  Why?  Because I am a scrapbooker and would love to use steel dies to create my background!

My technique to share with you is using the Richard Garay Celebra'tions circle die to create a grid background and then to use pattern papers and photos to back the cut design.  Here is a video showing you the start to finish of how I did this.

The Celebra'tions line was perfect for this layout about my daughter's love for ice cream.  I know many card makers have applied this technique to their cards, but being able to do this with a scrapbook layout just makes me excited!!

I mentioned in the video how you could use different sizes of the circle dies or even flower dies, but how about stars, squares, even the word love over and over again!  And what about making those circles pie charts!

I mixed in some of the inks, adhesive, Journey Glaze from Fun Stampers Journey, and also used FSJ acrylic blocks, which are my new favorites to stamp with.

I love the clean and simple look to this layout and the contrast with the white background against the brown.  But you can also do this technique with pattern paper.  You can then back it with cardstock or depending on the size of your patterns in your pattern paper, you could do a pattern play.

Such a fun technique that has been around for awhile, and I'm so excited I can do this with the steel dies and the Journey Platinum!  Thank you so much for stopping by and watching the video!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Memory Notebook | Pink Paislee

I had this Memory Notebook on the Pink Paislee blog last month.  Such a fun idea. I think if you have a full month to really fill this up, would be so great.  Here's what I did.  Lots of little details on the Pink Paislee blog.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pink Paislee | MemoryDex

This was up on the Pink Paislee blog last month.  I loved working with this spinner from Heidi Swapp.  It was really like playtime.  I have more details of how this came together on the Pink Paislee Blog, but sharing all he pics here as well.

I did my spinner about my cats.  One is 20 1/2 and one is in kitty heaven.  And apparently I can't spell and used A-B tab for Cats...LOL  

I trimmed down one of the Memorandum folders to fit on the spinner.

I cut the 'bliss' from one of the Heidi Swapp cards.  I can also use that card!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Gossamer Blue November Kit Layout

Hello Everyone.  I have a layout to share that was on the Gossamer Blue blog.  For details of how the layout came together, stop by Gossamer Blue.

Gorgeous November kits with a mix of so many wonderful die cuts.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  The photo for this layout was celebrating our adoption day.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Reach Out | Fun Stampers Journey Theme for November

The theme for the month of November at Fun Stampers Journey is "Reach Out."  This could be a pay it forward, a random act of kindness, or just a simple note to someone you need to reconnect with.  This time of year does get busy and it can be difficult to make that time to be with others, but it is what makes this time of year so special and important.

I used Richard Garay's Celebration collection along with a few Fun Stampers Journey inks and cardstock to put these cards together.  Using the black 8.5x11 cardstock, I randomly stamped the cups and then embossed in white, and used the rectangle dies to cut it to size.  I used the same die to pierce my card base.

I trimmed a piece of vellum just enough so the black edges of my paper could peek through to layer over the embossed cardstock.  I used the speech bubble die for the base of my black stamped sentiment.  Then used the rosette blooms die to create my flower.

The last little details I added were the wrapped twine that I attached to keep in place with a zig zag stitch, and orange embellishments to complement the design and color scheme.

Hope you reach out to say thank you,  give to your community, or reconnect and make you and your friend/family's day a little better.  Thank you so much for joining me!

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Gossamer Blue November Kit Reveal

The November kits for Gossamer Blue reveal was on November 1st.  I hope you got a chance to take a look at the amazing kits this month.  And don't forget to look at the themed Christmas kits as well!  

I mentioned in my post with sneaks of what I did that I was surprised how the bright Amy Tangerine and the warm sophisticated Jen Hadfield were an unexpected good mix!  I started this layout by applying the Jen Hadfield washi tape to cardstock and sending it through my Fun Stampers Journey Platinum die cut machine.  I also sent the background kraft cardstock through using pierced speech bubbles.  Both dies are from Richard Garay's Celebra'tion line.  

I did most of my kit work at a day crop, and I wasn't sure how this was coming out, but my crop friends said "yes" go with it.  This was one that I waited to get home to finish up and decide on anything else to add or change.  It ended up being a favorite the more I looked at it.  But it was definitely an unexpected combination.

Next, is my August Project Life using the Main Life Pages kit.  I love great Project Life cards, and Gossamer Blue has been nailing it!  The cards and the exclusive stamp in the kit were a new favorite. LOVED!

The kit came with a set of Crate Paper rubons which I used a lot for my labels.  I rubbed them on plain white cardstock, fussy cut and then added my journaling to them!  Since I am doing my spread monthly now and behind a just a couple of months, I can still pick cards from the Fall kit that work with my photos.

This card came out as one of my favorites with the rubon as a label and the cute Amy Tan headphone puffy sticker.

Next, I have a couple of cards.  I had to do cards with this kit.  With the rich colors from Jen Hadfield (hello? that gold wood grained paper), I had to create some pretty cards!

That navy striped pattern paper became another favorite of mine from the kit along with the Jen Hadfield stickers and die cuts.

I used this same Amy Tan pattern paper on the card above using the B side.  On this card, I let the A side stand on its own.  I cut apart a doily from the kit and applied it to the corners and side, added the same flower pattern rubon on top of the pattern paper near my sentiment to add more of a cluster where I wanted it, and then added some fussy cut flowers either with foam adhesive or off the edge.

Stamped and embossed my sentiment using the kit stamp, and then added the cork leaves, puffy sticker clothespin, and sequins from the kit.  

I did not get any of the Christmas themed kits.  Since I'm working on the December Memories kit and class contributor, I'll be busy with enough Christmas!  Hope you can join that class and/or pick up the kit.  But I would not let these November kits pass by either!

I'll have one more layout from the kit to share later this week!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope you are having a great week so far.  Wishing my Mom in heaven a Happy Birthday!!!

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