Monday, July 1, 2019

July Stick It Down Reveal

   I am back for another term on the card team at Stick It Down. This month's sketch is a great one and can be easily translated for different styles. 
   I opted to create this birthday card and which I already have a use for it. Here is to making cards and using them. 
Supplies: pattern paper (MAMBI and Echo Park Paper Co.), stamp (Avery Elle), ink (Tsukineko), sequins( SpiegleMom Scraps), wood veneers (Jillibean Soup), washi tape (Scotch )

The base of the card is actually one of the tab dividers from an old Happy Planner. I love the gold with the marble print. 



Thursday, June 27, 2019

Kit Fail Part 2

   Sorry for the delay on part 2 of this Mother's Day layout. This time I used the right side of the sketch from Scrap Our Stash and the elements for the challenge. 

    Here is the reveal, I am sorry again for the fuzzy photo. It has been a while since I photographed layouts so I am a little rusty.
Supplies: pattern paper (Pebble Inc., Echo Park Paper Co., and Crate Paper, die cuts (Echo Park Paper Co., and Studio G), stickers (Echo Park Paper, Co., Fancy Pants Designs, A Beautiful Mess, and Carta Bella), sequins (SpiegelMom Scraps),flair (Pretty Little Studio), washi tape (The Paper Studio)

   This is a summer sequin mix that I have had for a couple of years, I am still in love with it. 
   
   Here are the left and right side pages together. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Kit Fail Part 1

   I know that the post title seems a little odd since I am sharing a layout but the whole thing is all about the subscription kit from Echo Park. I was going to use nothing but the items from the kit on Mother's Day layout but I then remember that I already bought some paper a couple of months ago with the holiday in mind. 
   Anyways, today I will be sharing half of the double page layout that I created for the Scrap Our Stash June challenge
   As you can see I created with the left side of the sketch, added numbers and used a subtle polka dot pattern paper and doily. 
Supplies: pattern paper (American Crafts, Pebble Inc., Echo Park Paper Co., and Crate Paper, die cuts (Echo Park Paper Co., and Studio G), stickers (American Crafts, Echo Park Paper, Co., Fancy Pants Designs, Crate Paper and Carta Bella), sequins (SpiegelMom Scraps), die (Heidi Swapp), embossing folder (Project Life), washi tape (The Paper Studio)

   I couldn't resist adding a little sprinkle of sequins. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

June SID

   I am happy to share with your this month's card sketch that I created for Stick It Down. It is super simple, which I love sketches like this because they are fast but can easily be changed up. 
   This card was made because my brother needed a "Thank You" card to send to our grandparents for his birthday. I kept the design very clean, which I always seem to do when it is a card from or to a guy. 

Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Crate Paper and KaiserCraft), washi tape (My Mind's Eye), die cut (Pretty Little Studio), stamp (Avery Elle), ink (Tsukineko), sequins (SpiegleMom Scraps) 

I love the stamp from Avery Elle, this is where my brush lettering goals are. One of these days, I will get there but I need to find the time to practice. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head over to the Stick It Down blog for the full reveal, check out the sponsor and see the layout sketches. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

May SID

   Welcome to another card sketch reveal from Stick It Down. This month is fun and allows a little mixed media. 
   I created this card for Mother's Day from my dad. I love that big flower cut-out. It was on the cardstock packaging of some stickers from Pretty Little Studio. I love that there packaging is a "freebie" product. 
Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill Basics), sticker (My Mind's Eye), chipboard (Basic Grey), brads Eyelet Outlet), wood veneer (Studio Calico), tag (?) enamel dot (?) stamps (Studio Calico and Stampabilites), ink (Tsukineko), watercolor crayon (Faber-Castell), watercolor paper (Faber-Castell), typewriter (We R Memory Keepers), flower cut-out (Pretty Little Studio)

   Here is a little closer look. I got to use some old items on this. I love how everything flows together. 

  Be sure to stop by Stick It Down blog to see the whole reveal and even play along. This month's sponsor is Cheapo Dies

Friday, April 19, 2019

April SID Reveal

   Sorry, for the delay in my Stick It Down reveal post. A quick family "trip" came up last week so everything got pushed to the back burner.  The term "trip" is in quotes since it involved surgery for my Dad.  

   It is time for April's card sketch reveals at Stick It Down, this month is one that I created. 

   Here is the card that I created. It is a birthday card for my uncle, who lives by the beach so I thought this would be perfect for him. 

Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper and die cuts (KaiserCraft), and sequins (SpeigelMom Scraps) 

   This month's sponsor is SpiegelMom Scraps, I used silver star sequins on this card. Who said, sequins can't go on guy cards? 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Paper Trimmer Review

   Welcome to March's product review. Today, I going to review the paper trimmer. A lot of people have a love-hate relationship with this topic because there are so many on the market that don't cut straight.

   Let's first start off saying that I use to own the EK Success Rotary Paper Trimmer. I loved it because it was affordable and easy to use. However, I had to replace it about once a year since I kept wearing out the cutting arm.

   After getting tired of  "disposable" trimmer I bought myself the Cutterpillar Pro V3, which I have owned for about 5 years, However, since I bought this they have upgraded it to a plastic construction which I still hear great things about it. 

   I love the built-in light. Unlike other trimmers, you need to really hold down the paper when cutting to ensure no movement.

   As you can see the grid wore off on mine but I don't mind since the ruler along the top is the way to get the accurate cuts. 

   Also, this has a great storage drawer. 
   The pros of this are that it is long lasting and cuts great. The cons are the cost so if you are a light crafter you might want to go with a Fiskars cutter. Also, this takes up a lot of workspace.  


Monday, March 18, 2019

March SID Reveal

   Welcome to this month's Stick It Down card reveal, be sure to head over to SID to see the whole sketch reveal and all the wonderful inspiration from the other design team members.  The card I will be sharing is a card that I made for my brother's birthday in May. Now, I hope I remember where I stored it until then. 
   Here is my take on it, I followed the sketch loosely as you can see but still kept the bones. 
Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill Basics and The Paper Studio), pattern paper (My Mind's Eye), sequins (Spiegel Mom Scraps), stamp (Simon Says Stamp), manual dies (Crafter's Companion, Spellbinders, and Heidi Swapp), ephemera (Fancy Pants Designs), tools (MISTI, Spellbinders, and Minc), foil (Heidi Swapp), ink (Memento)

   Here is a little closer look at all the foiled goodness. 

   Play along with this month's sketches for a chance to win the prize from our March sponsor Allie's Scrap Shop!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Excited

   I finally get to share with you that I have been keeping quiet about for a few months. I have got my first scrapbooking layout published in a print magazine. Tuesday I finally got in my hands my copy of the spring issue of Creative Scrapbooker magazine. I also, I have three cards in it too. 
   Here is a peek of what one of my cards look like in the magazine. 
   I am currently selling the card in my shop. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review Raskog Cart

   For this month's installment of product review will be about my favorite storage item. I love it so much that I have 2, one in my studio and one in my bedroom (used as a bedside table). It is the Raskog cart from IKEA. 
  
   I have the teal blue one in my studio, which I think is no longer being sold. I have bought it about 6 years ago at a higher price than the $29. I am still crazy in love with it because it can hold all my go-to items.

   On the top shelf,  I store my die cuts (which I have sorted by manufacturer and type. A box holds, holidays, one holds labels and tags, one holds word die cuts and the other holds images.) I sorted them all in little baggies that holds jewelry findings. The boxed are actually recycled device boxes. the top also holds a couple of buckets from Target $1 spot, those I store my sequins and doilies. 

   On the middle shelf, it holds more of the $1 pails. This is where my enamel dots, Christmas wood veneer, and washi tapes are stored. I have my washi sorted by color. 

   The bottom shelf holds items that I don't use that often like, brads, eyelets, and ribbons. However, I have found out storing these items here has made me use them more. 

   Here is the full view of the card. I also have a couple of cups attached to the outside. The front one is magnetic which I have a love-hate relationship with since I knock it off sometimes when I walk by. The other pial is from Hobby Lobby which hooks onto the cart, which I like. 

   As you can see I love organizing but I do it on a budget. I try to reuse boxes, $1 spot items and old glassware. 
   Thanks for stopping by and come back next month for another product review. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lightbulb Moment

   Have you ever had that lightbulb moment in the middle of cleaning your crafty area that you just had to put it in motion before the mess is cleaned up? While that happened to me last week. I got this great idea of changing my stickers into die cuts. If you are like me, you always go to your die cut stash first when creating and completely forgetting about stickers. 

   I took 90% of my flat stickers and adhered them all to white cardstock, it filled about 10 sheets of 12x12 cardstock. I spent about three days fussy cutting them out. I found it very addicting so the time flew by. 
    I now have a large stash of die cuts. I am so happy about this. However, I did find a downside in doing this, I outgrew my original storage method of storing them in little Target $1 pails. I spent the weekend sorting them and working on the storage problem. I will share in my next post of the solution. 


Friday, February 1, 2019

Feb Stick it Down

   I am glad the weekend is here because the deep freeze that hit Michigan a couple of days ago is gone. I don't like -15 temps and that was without the windchill. 
  Today's post is a quick reveal post of this month's card sketch at Stick It DownThis month's sponsor is Jenny at Scrappin Happy Studio. specializes in handmade scrapbook embellishments, such as flair epoxy. All my products are handmade in her home studio, in the beautiful state of Oregon!
You can visit Jenny at her Etsy store and on Instagram. 
One winner will receive a $20 store credit to the Scrappin Happy Studio!
   
   Here is my take on this sketch. I am planning on giving this card to my dad for Valentine's Day. 
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio and Colorbok), washi tape (Scotch Brand), manual die (Spellbinders), tools (Beautiful Mess, Cricut, Spellbinders, and MISTI), markers (Crafter's Companion, sticker (Pinkfresh Studio), stamp (Simon Says Stamp), and ink (Memento)

   As you can see from this angle that I did a fun cut-out window with a manual die. I think this is the first time I ever did this on a card.  

  This stamp originally had a pizza slice in the dog's mouth but I masked it off when I stamped so I could have it holding a heart instead. 

   Be sure to play along with Stick It Down for your chance at winning the $20 prize certificate.