October 3, 2015

Hooray for Today!

Hi everyone. We have a new challenge up on the Clique Kits blog. This month, it's "anything goes". We like to make it easy for everyone. I forgot that I had this photo of Hamlet when he was just 3 months old. He was so small and cute. I love this paper with the balloons from Pinkfresh Studio. It's so pretty. Since I didn't have a birthday to celebrate, I decided to use the paper as a fun background. I added a few of the exclusive cards from Clique Kits and other embellishments to pull this one together. I think it turned out so pretty. I think I have a new favorite company... Pinkfresh Studio is definitely a favorite of mine. Check them out if you haven't already done so. Also, feel free to join in on this month's challenge over at Clique Kits. We would love to have you and you do NOT need to be a subscriber to participate.

October 2, 2015



Hello everyone. I am sharing an 8 1/2"x11" sketch created by Pretty Little Studios. Here's my take on the sketch using photos of my little ninja. One afternoon, Edward put on his ninja turtle zip up, hat, glasses and gloves and asked if we could go outside to play. While we were outside, we found a baby boxing turtle! So very cool. I've never seen a boxing turtle so small. We put him in the shade with some grass and water. When we went back twenty minutes later, he was gone. Edward was a little bummed, but I told him that we couldn't keep him, turtles belong outside.
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    Pretty Little Studio Products used: Treasure Island: Paper/Magic Island, Mini Word Cut-Outs/Mermaid's List, Bingo Card/Ocean Blue, Word Flags/Splish Splash, Paper Ribbons/Under The Sea, Stickers/Adventure Watercolors, Die-Cuts/Arrow Adventure, Tabs/Treasure Map Gold Mine Paper Confetti Let's Go Paper/Amsterdam, Other: Enamel dots: Bella Blvd, Basic Grey, Freckled Fawn, Washi tape and bling: Freckled Fawn.
    A few close-ups. I like how the enamel dots makes the layout stand out more, drawing the eyes to the little details. And I love the Amsterdam paper. Such a fun combination of patterns. I even snuck some metallic paper on this layout.


I like how the little flags look clustered in the corner. It really pulls the layout together.


October 1, 2015

New Clique Kits Design Team Blog Hop

Hi everybody. It’s Nicole here, wishing you a fabulous Thursday! Welcome to our blog hop where we will be introducing the 2015-2016 Clique Kits team. I have asked each of our ladies to create a layout about themselves so that you can get to know a little better! And because it's only fair, I challenged myself and created a layout about myself as well. I must admit, I am REALLY excited about this year's team and I think you're going to love them. Each designer is unique in their own way and they each bring something different to Clique Kits. It's going to be an inspiring year with this group.

I must admit, I am pretty pleased with this layout. The colors are so pretty and I love the exclusive cards that came with the October Kit. Lacey outdid herself again! Normally, I do not like "busy" layouts, I tend to keep it simple, but the embellishments this month were so awesome, I wanted to use them all.


Here is the line-up for today's hop. Feel free to hop in any order, but be sure to comment on each blog to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Clique Kits store. The more comments, the more chances you have of winning. Grab a cup of coffee and start clicking on the links below and be ready to be inspired. Who knows, you might be tempted to scrap a layout or two about yourself.

Elisabetta Margini-https://abcdeliblog.blogspot.com/
Carolina Schultz-http://www.carolinaschulz.com/
Donna Espiritu-http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Justyna Skowron-http://made-by-justt.blogspot.com/
Melissa Vining-http://yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
Kat Benjamin-http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com
Marcia Dehn-Nix-http://www.onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/
Kim Oedekoven-http://krodesigns.Blogspot.com/
Leigh Ann Odynski-http://www.artfulleighcreative.com/
Sandy Gonzalez-https://craftythought.com
Amanda O'Banion-http://amandaobanion.typepad.com/
Aliza Deutsch-http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/
Maryam Perez-http://maryamperez.blogspot.com/
LeeAnn Pearce-http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com/
Sandra Spitaleri-https://www.starsinpalm.blogspot.com

Feel free to follow us on Instagram so that you are always in the loop!

Clique Kits @cliquekits
Elisabetta Margini @abcdeli_
Carolina Schultz @papelisima
Donna Espiritu @donna_espinoza
Justyna Skowron @_justt_
Melissa Vining @melissajanev
Kat Benjamin @kraftykat9
Marcia Dehn-Nix @marciadehnnix
Candace Perkins @findingeverydayperfection
Kim Oedekoven @krodesigns
Leigh Ann Odynski @artfuleigh
Sandy Gonzalez @ohsnapgonzo
Amanda O'Banion @aobanion
Aliza Deutsch @alizad
Maryam Perez @maryampdesign
LeeAnn Pearce @leightaz

Clique Kit Leader Team

Nicole Martel @nicolemartel6542
Erica Thompson @ericarosecreates
Gia Lau @giaaloha
Lacey Gasper @laceyagasper
Annelie Maddock @scrappinswewi

September 28, 2015

Finding my way

Hi everyone. Today, I thought I'd share a "me" layout for a change. I haven't scrapped a layout about me in awhile and I really want to get back to scrapping more about me. I played with the "Marigold" collection and some gesso for this layout. Isn't it beautiful? I literally sighed when this one was finished because I honestly cannot believe that I created this beautiful layout. It's rare that I create a layout that I absolutely love, but this is one of them... I hope you would agree.

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Products: Pretty Little Studio Marigold: Paper/Globe Thistle, Vellum/ Yarrow, Word Flags/Wisteria, Cut-Outs/Sweet Pea Note Tags, Phrase Strips/Morning Glory, Long Labels/Latana, Die-Cuts/Butterfly Bush, Orange Poppy, Flair/The Perfect Marigold, Journaling Cards/Hollyhock, Sweet Peas, Tabs/Catmint.
Thanks for stopping by today!

September 27, 2015


Hello everyone. I had such a great weekend. My husband and I went out with some friends last night for a little while and this morning at 9am., I left the house to meet my family at mom's so that we could go to Larriland to do some apple picking. Who would have thought that picking apples would be so much fun. I think we all enjoyed ourselves! Edward was so happy that Aunt Katie came home from college for the weekend! SERIOUSLY, Isn't this photo adorable?

Edward climbed the ladder to so that he could reach the apples at the top since the ones on the bottom were already taken by other pickers.

Meet the best girls in my life! I am so lucky to have all of them in my life.

He really did have a great time. :)

And so did I.

We told Edward that he had to carry what he picked... It didn't last because his bag was too heavy.

Just a normal day with these two.

Edward walked off, saw an apple on the tree that was within his reach, snapped it off the branch and decided to eat it, right there. He is such a country boy at heart.

Katie was goofing around. haha

She was setting up this photo scene for her to snap on her phone so I snapped it.

Edward said he was 3 tall. :)

Lots and lots of apple trees! I always thought apple trees were pretty tall, but they are actually pretty small trees.

The family enjoyed some apple fritters. Yum.

And here we are on our way out! We had such a great day.