August 26, 2016


Happy Friday! I've been playing with the Moon Child Clique Kit all week and it's been so much fun. So far, I've created 6 layouts using this kit and I still have a few scraps to spare. What do you think of the Star print paper in this month's kit? Like it? I love it and guess what, I designed it!! My very first paper that I designed for Clique Kits. Inna did a beautiful job taking my design and getting it ready for print. The back of the paper has smaller stars in blue, white and aqua. Personally, I love the bigger print much better.

I cut a few patterns from the cut-apart paper and added a few journaling cards from Clique Kits to complete the layout. The green paper and "today" die cut was pulled from my stash. This was such a quick and easy layout to make for those of you who do not want to spend a great deal of time on your layouts.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Kaisercraft, Clique Kits, Webster's Pages, Journaling Cards: Clique Kits, Chipboard: American Crafts, Puffy stickers: Fancy Pants Designs, Cut-Aparts: Pretty Little Studio, Die-Cut (today): Jillibean Soup.

I cut the chevron from one of the journaling cards and the "be brave" from Pretty Little Studio's cut-apart banner flags. I backed the chipboard heart up with paper and adhered it to my layout using glue dots.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a wonderful day.
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August 25, 2016


Hello everyone! Today, I have a fun layout to share with you on using watercolor paints on your layouts. I love the quality of Pretty Little Studio's paper and they are thick enough that you can watercolor on them lightly and the paper will not warp! When I initially finished this layout, I thought it needed more color.

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August 24, 2016

August Clique Kits Blog Share

Hi everybody. It’s Nicole here, wishing you a fabulous Wednesday! Welcome to the August Pep Rally. This month, we hope to inspire you with the "Rio" kit. This month, we decided to combine some goodies from Fancy Pants Designs, Cocoa Vanilla and Pretty Little Studio to give you a wide variety. We also included several bright and colorful cards and some exclusive flair to complement the kit. This kit has so many possibilities.
For our challenge this month, we went with anything goes.
The Pep Rally, for those of you who are new to the Clique, is our monthly subscriber and design team blog share typically held the third week of the month and participants earn product credits-yes, free stuff to do what you love-who can beat that? It's out with the old, in with the new time at Clique Kits when we (hopefully) have all killed our kit from the previous month and have lots to show off, and we start to chat and hype the excitement for the coming month’s kit. In other words, we party! We don’t leave out our guests-there is always a prize for a hopper who comments on each post and likes and shares on social media! Just leave a new comment for each like and share for a separate entry in the random drawing for this month’s prize. One lucky person will win this month’s Rio kit! Get the word out and have your friends join our Pep Rally because they might end up with this gorgeous kit at their doorsteps!

Here’s today’s line up:

Clique Kits
Gia Lau
Erica Thompson
*Kat Benjamin
*Marcia Dehn-Nix
Kim Allen
*Maryam Perez
*Caroli Schulz
*Melissa Vining
*Leeann Pearce
Sara Mishler
Donna Espiritu
Leigh Ann Odynski
* Design Team Members on Kit Duty
Feel free to hop in any order, if you get lost, you can always come back here to find your place. This month, I decided to add some hand doodling and paint with lots of embellishments to complete my layout. I love all the "mothers" sentiments on the die cuts and felt that scrapping about my mother was perfect for this kit.
Here are a few close-ups:

Now, hop along and see what our design team and subscribers have been working on. Don’t forget to check out the gallery on the website landing page featuring our Varsity Team (design team) projects using the August kit and check out the Monthly Kit page for all the details about next month’s amazing Clique Kit Moon Child. Take care!


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August 23, 2016


Hi everybody! This week, Jillibean Soup and Just Nick Studio are partnering up to bring you lots of inspiring layouts to get your mojo flowing. I wanted to create a mixed media layout so I could paint on my transparency words! Can I just say one thing, I love these things. They are so fun and they look great on just about any project. Amazingly, they do not take that long to dry.

I sprayed the background with three different Coloringz by Shimmerz Paints in the shades of No Yokino, Heidi Ho Blue and Don't Citron Me. I took the colors right from the photo. The heart digital die-cuts are from Just Nick Studio's shop (Remember). Initially, I was only going to include a photo with very few embellishments, however, I found that once I started applying embellishments and papers, I couldn't stop. I just LOVE how this turned out. It's such a happy layout. I let the transparency word die-cut and sticker letters tell the story. Notice how I balanced the top and bottom of the layout by adding a few hearts and butterflies? I think it really makes a difference. Otherwise, the layout would have looked like it was unbalanced.
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August 22, 2016

1st day of 1st grade

Wow. Seriously, I cannot believe I have a 1st grader! I scheduled my flex day for today so I could take him to school on his first day and pick him up right after school. This morning, I took a few photos before we left, but they had too much light on his face from the sun glaring down on him. He was quiet on the way to school this morning. I asked if he was nervous and he shook his head; he wasn't fooling me. I just told him he has nothing to be nervous about because he already knew half his classmates from last year! I walked him into the school and walked out with no tears! ha.

When I arrived to school to pick him up, he was upset because he wanted daddy to pick him up. He pitched a fit. This is unlike him so when he does things like that, I know something's wrong. I gently explained to him that daddy was at work and I told him this morning I was picking him up. He stalked some more.

I stayed quiet, hoping he'd tell me what happened and then he quietly told me that a someone had hit him in the nose during gym class. I asked if it was a boy or girl and his response was, "A boy. It's a good thing it was a boy because girls are more powerful and if a girl had hit me, it would have hurt." I had to smile. He is so cute. He said the boy hit him and told Edward that he wasn't his friend. I asked what he did, he said nothing because he was at school. He said if he hadn't been at school, he would have punched the kid in his face. Not nice... but he had sense enough not to do it. I told him to tell the teacher next time because I didn't want the kid to think it was okay hitting on Edward... I tried to explain to Edward what a bully was, but I don't think he understood me.

Overall, it was a successful day and he was smiling after a bit. He likes his teacher Mrs. Neich and I hope it continues! Here are much better photos that I took AFTER school. Once we talked about his day.

Have a wonderful day!
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August 20, 2016


Hi everyone. I've been having so much fun playing with the "Here comes the sun" collection. For this layout, I decided to use the Orange Crush journaling card and the clouds. I tried to keep it simple, keeping the focus on the photos, while also adding an embellishment here and there. The vellum tape and flair are my favorite too. And since I love the little sticker words, I decided to add a few onto my layout. How appropriate right? :)

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Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun Journaling Cards: Shine 4x6, Summer 3x4, Flair: Rain, Die-Cuts: Coffee Time, Vellum Tape: Summer Fun, Stickers: Think Positive.
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August 16, 2016

Son of Mine

Guess what! Jillibean Soup is having a design team call. Gosh, I can't remember the last time they had a call. I remember apply when Edward was like 10 months old. No, I didn't make it, but I tried! I've scrapped some really cute layouts with their products years ago. Luckily for me, I got my hands on some of their "Healthy Hello Soup" collection to scrap a few projects for their call. I must say, I love what I've created for the call. Heck, I even like the cards I made. :)

For this layout, I hand-colored the feathers using some water color paint by Shimmerz Paints. I wanted to do something fun with the background to try and make it pop. Once the paint was dry, I used my "scribble" stamp and some white paint to decorate my layout.

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