July 31, 2015

She did it!

I am so proud of my sister Jamie. After 4 years of college, she received her bachelor's degree in nursing! My grandmother was a nurse and Jamie ALWAYS said when she was a little girl that she wanted to be a nurse when she grew up. Jamie is going to be a wonderful nurse because she truly cares about people and she has a gift... she enjoys HELPING people and it shows through her compassion. What can I say, I am so proud of her.

I used the July Clique Kit for this layout, but added a "Celebrate the moments of life" digital stamp from Ali Edwards "Little things" Story Stamp Kit and printed it on a 8x11" piece of cardstock. I love how the digital stamp pulls this layout together!

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Transparency card (cut): Studio Calico, Patterned paper: Sticker alphas (used as a template), Stamps: Chickaniddy Crafts, Mist: Heidi Swapp, Metallic pen: Faber-Castell, Flair: Clique Kits, Digital stamp: Ali Edwards (Little things), 4x6 patterned paper: Studio Calico, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz.
Since I didn't think the sticker alphas would look right in black and white on my layout due to the digital stamp title, I decided to use the sticker alphas that came with the kit as a template. I saw that you can use baby powder to remove the sticky adhesives on the back of stickers, but I didn't have any on hand so I simply put the stickers on the back of my hand and removed them a few times so that the oils from my hand did the trick. Works like a charm and doesn't cost a thing. Then I used a black pen to trace my title. I loved the metallic geo so I decided to use a metallic pen to color in my title.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

July 28, 2015

Childhood Memories

Hello. Today, I have a quick and easy layout to share with you. It's a 6"x8" layout that I created using lots of pretty products by Pretty Little Studio's "Treasure Island" and "The Gold Mine" collection a and some digital stamps by Ali Edwards. I really love the star paper in copper by Pretty Little Studios. It's sooooo very pretty. Click here for a close up.

I'm still going strong with creating a project life spread each month of my favorite photo. It's less stressful to follow this system and it works for me. I tried scrapping a monthly spread and weekly and it just didn't work so I simple scrap my favorite photo or two from the month and tell my story.

Supplies: Patterned paper: Flair: Die cut arrow: Pretty Little Studio, Digital stamps: Cork embellishment; Ali Edwards, Pen: Marvy.

July 26, 2015

Roots and wings

Hi everybody. Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Nothing much going on here. I pretty much had a lazy day yesterday. I didn't do a whole lot. Earlier in the day, I asked Edward to put his swim suit on so we could go down to the beach for a bit, but he didn't want to. I think it had something do with the fact that he and daddy were at the beach from 1-10pm on Friday. Edward spent the entire day playing downstairs, watching his cartoons in his pajamas.

I didn't bother making him get dressed because it was evident that he had no desire to do anything. Haha. I was secretly happy about this because I was tired too. I had to work a few hours and I just didn't have the energy to do much of anything. I did manage to scrap this layout using Ali Edwards Roots Story Kit. At first, I didn't think I'd have any photos to go with the theme, but then I got to thinking about the pictures I took of momom's blackberries last summer.

When poppy died in December of 2004, momom decided to keep his roots alive. Poppy loved his blackberries and took pride in growing and picking them for his grand-daughters to eat. We'd pop them in our mouths like candy. And we loved it when momom made us blackberry cobbler. It is so delicious. My mouth is watering, just thinking about it.

When momom sold the house, she moved the berries to her current house. I can only imagine how much work that involved, but she did it. She was determined to keep party of poppy alive for all of us. It's been 11 years and the blackberries are still in momom's yard and she hasn't stopped taking care of them. I admire momom for her will to keep part of poppy alive through all of these years. We miss him dearly, but we know he is smiling down at us.

Supplies: Kraft cardstock: Stampin'Up, Cards: Chipboard: Ali Edwards, Enamel dots: Freckled Fawn, Washi tape: Studio Calio, Pen: Marvy.

July 25, 2015

Little details

Hi everybody. Today, I have a simple layout to share with you using our Clique Kits exclusive cards that came with the August Ambrosia kit. I love Lacey's cards and look forward to receiving them every month. She is so talented. Rather than include step-by-step instructions on how to create this simple layout, I wanted to share with you small details that you can include on your next project to make your simple layouts pop. I often mat an 8 1/2"x 11" piece of paper and a 7 1/2"x10" paper to use as a foundation for my base.

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Once I have my papers matted, I adhere my photos and cards of choice. Then I add my embellishments. I wait until the last minute to add my embellishments because they are literally fillers for my layout. One of my favorite embellishments is die cuts because they are perfect for filling in naked spaces. I created my own photo corners by punching a 1 1/2"x 1 1/2" square and cutting it in half. Then I used foam squares to adhere them. For the tiny circles, I used my glue dots to adhere them in the corner of my card. And since I wanted to add a little something to my card to make it pop. I added a sticker heart and die cut. Last, I added a 1/4" border to my layout using a ruler and a black pen.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by today. We really appreciate it! I hope you have a fabulous day!

July 24, 2015

Where I stand

Hi everyone. Where are you with you life today? Are you where you want to be or have you been struggling with your job, family and life in general. Well, I've been there for the past five years and I think I am finally on a better path. Thank goodness. And if you're not there yet, I hope you get there sooner, rather than later.

I decided to create a layout of a few things I am thankful for using the July Clique Kit. I am very grateful for everything I have, especially my health and my family. Sure, it's nice to have things, but things are not important. What's really important is having electricity, food on the table and a roof over my head along with a HEALTHY family.

I really love the 365 stamps by Chickaniddy Crafts. They are just the right size; not too big, not too small to fill in the white space on my layouts.

Supplies: Patterned paper: Sticker alphas: Brads: Stamps: Chickaniddy Crafts, Flair: Clique Kits, Cards: MAMBI, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz, Pen: Marvy.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend!

July 23, 2015


I am a bit jealous. Edward got to go to LEGOLAND and I didn't. I am pouting with a sad face as I type this. I introduced Legos to Edward when he was two. I remember building Legos in front of him and pointing to the booklet to show him how I knew how to do it. By the time he was three, he understood that the book has directions on how to put several pieces of blocks together in order to make something spectacular.

I love that he is now 5 years old and can build a Lego set meant for an 8-13 year old all by himself. I am raising one smart little boy and I am so very proud of him and HAPPY for him that he got to experience LEGOLAND with his daddy and Meme. My day will come when take him. Hopefully, sometime next year. I'd love to stay at the LEGOLAND hotel. That would be amazing... seriously. Can you imagine being a kid, staying in a big Lego hotel?

Meme and daddy sent me a few photos that I am excited to share with you. Some of the displays are AMAZING! And unbelievable.



I am sure these pictures just doesn't even do it justice... I will just have to wait until I go next year!

July 22, 2015

Christmas in July

Good morning everyone. Happy hump day! I don't know about you, but I'm already thinking about Christmas. Last year, I started buying gifts in June and I was finished shopping by black Friday. This year, I am slacking, but I am getting my act together starting with my paycheck tomorrow. Haha

Yesterday, I went through my Christmas list from last year to get an idea of how much I needed to start saving for Christmas. I spent almost $900 bux on gifts. Not too bad. So If I save $100 from here on out, I will have $600 by December 15th. That way when Christmas is around the corner, I won't need to go charging everything! Last year, charged a few items for Edward, but that was it. The rest I paid in cash!

As for my Christmas cards, I think I am gonna use this photo on my cards this year unless I can get one of Edward actually looking at the camera... It's a battle I chose not to fight. Every year, I make my own Christmas cards with a family photo. Ok, I must ADMIT, I did not get the cards sent out last year, but I had every intention of doing so. Time just got away from me and before I knew it, it was New Year's Eve. I am going to send them out this year.

I really love Pretty Little Studio's Santa Claus collection so I am thinking I will be using parts of this collection for my card this year. And I love the Holiday Cheer. I may need to get some of this collection to scrap my Christmas photos this year. I am not big on scrapping Christmas, but these vintage papers and die cuts inspire me to do just that.
I am also a sucker for Pier One's Christmas ornaments. Every year, I stop by their store in November when they have their holiday stuff out and pick out a few neat little ornaments for the tree. I love my tree. It's really pretty.
This year, I've discovered Patience Brewster's Christmas ornaments and I think I am going to purchase a few of these beautiful ornaments. I am loving the little piggy ornaments!! I need a few since we have our very own little piggy in the house. :@)
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I was able to inspire you to start thinking about the holidays! Christmas will be here before you know it! I think I might buy a mini tree from Patience Brewster and have Edward pick out a few little ornaments for the tree to put in his room. Last year he wanted the tree in his room...

July 20, 2015

August Clique Kit

Have you seen the August Clique Kit yet? It's beautiful and it is filled with lots of goodies from Pink Paislee. I wouldn't mind having another kit to play with since I've used up my kit already. I can't wait to share my projects with you. If you're not a subscriber and want to be, be sure to get on the waitlist! I promise, you won't be sorry. I just love these kits and I didn't think it would be possible, but the kits keep getting better and better each month. I am so proud to be on this team!

July 17, 2015

We make a great pear

Hi everybody! I have a fun layout to share with you today. Initially, I was going to post this in July, but I wasn't quite happy with the first version. It looked too plain so when I received my August Clique Kit, I fell in love with the "We make a great pear" flair and immediately thought of an idea. So I grabbed my pie chart template and some whipped spackle and added it right onto my layout. Now, it is complete! What do you think? I created the background on watercolor paper, using pink and yellow gelatos and gesso. I was going for a dripped look for the background, but being the first time I tried this technique, it did not turn out as planned, but there's always next time.

Supplies: Watercolor paper: Prima, Patterned Paper: Brad: Chickaniddy Crafts, Cards: MAMBI, Flair: "True Story" card:Clique Kits, Heart punch: Epiphany Crafts, Gelatos: Faber-Castell, Template: The Crafter's Workshop, Whip spackle: Faber-Castell.

Thanks for stopping by today!

July 15, 2015

July Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hi everybody. It’s Nicole here, wishing you a fabulous Wednesday! Welcome to the July Pep Rally. This month, we hope to inspire you with a variety of projects using Chickaniddy Craft's "365" collection. I really love the colors in this collection and the little sentiments that can be found on some of the papers. If you are stopping by today, I am kicking off the blog hop from the Clique Kit's blog! Please join us.

For our challenge this month, we went with an “Anything Goes”, so I decided to challenge myself to create layouts using mixed media. I love playing with my stamps, paints and inks, but sometimes, I don't have the time to spend on pulling everything out, waiting for it to dry etc... But since my mom had Edward for an entire weekend, I got to play and it was so much fun!

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 Carpe Diem kit that is sold out! 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:

Feel free to hop in any order, if you get lost, you can always come back here to find your place. For this layout, I basically covered an entire piece of white cardstock with gelatos in various colors and then used a damp brush to blend the colors in a bit. Then I added some stamps in the background and used a paint dabber to add little circles in the background. Once everything was  dried, I applied my photos, papers, brads, flair, washi tape and stickers.

And here's another layout that I created using paints and a mason jar lid. The background was so easy to make. All I did was paint the edges of the lid and stamped them onto the paper. Then I painted on the mason jar lid and used it as a circle stamp. It worked great and I didn't have to buy a new circle stamp or two.

And here is another layout in which I decided to play with gesso for the first time!

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 July kit and check out the Monthly Kit page for all the details about next month’s amazing Clique Kit Ambrosia. Take care!


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