August 28, 2016

Capturing Life Today

Hi everyone. I have a fun layout to share with you using the September Clique Kit, Moon Child! I've been playing with my stamps and spray mists. I saw this sketch on Creative Scrapper's blog, I immediately wanted to give it a try. Especially since I had a 4x6 photo that I wanted to scrap, but didn't know what design I wanted to use. Sometimes, it can be tricky scrapping a 4x6 photo onto an 8 1/2"x11" layout.

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I used the arrow stamps by Precious Remembrance Shop to create a fun background for my layout. Isn't it fun. I love Teal! It's my favorite color. Also, I had a few scraps left over from the exclusive paper from this month's kit and decided to use them. Sometimes, when I love a certain paper, I have a hard time throwing away the scraps. So... I hoard them. Hey, there's no shame in that. Right?!


For fun, I added the big tag in the background that I had from my stash. And I used the polka dot paper that I had from my stash since Cooper is a Dalmatian with very few spots, I decided to add a few spots to the layout. I hand-cut the star and sentimental journaling from patterned paper.

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Products: Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages, Clique Kits, Kesi' Art, Tag: Ali Edwards, Twine: May Arts, Chipboard word: American Crafts, Cut-Apart: Pretty Little Studio, Stamps: Ali Edwards, Precious Remembrance Shop, Ink: Clearsnap, Pen: Signo-Umiball, Mist: Ranger, Shimmerz Paints.

Here are a few close-ups:
Thanks for visiting!

August 27, 2016


Good morning scrappers! Have you been in our shop lately? There's lots of goodies to be had. Like, Crate Paper, American Crafts and We R Memory Keepers to name a few. I just received a big box from Clique Kits last week and I felt like Christmas came early, but my wallet disagreed with me. LOL. Today I want to share this adorable layout with you. Edward is CRAZY about collecting these little Mine Craft dudes so I wanted to create a layout for him. I think I'll buy a frame and hang it up in his room if he likes it.

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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.

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!


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.

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!

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.

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.


August 14, 2016

Moon Child

Happy Sunday all. What do you think about Clique Kit's Mood Board for September? Isn't it dreamy? I totally love the feel of this board. It has so many fun elements to inspire you. I am hoping that by the time the kit arrives at my doorstep, my mojo will be back! Ah, wait until you see this gorgeous kit. It really is beautiful. There are lots of goodies packed into this kit... to name a few things, it will have some Pretty Little Studio embellishments from the Woodland collection, gorgeous exclusive cards and flair from Clique Kits and some Kesi' Art papers. That is all I will tell you for now. You'll have to look for the sneaks!

Don't forget, our blog hop is August 24th! Please feel free to join us for your chance to win the August Rio Kit.

Have a wonderful day!

That's life

Hello everyone. Hope everything is well! I have another layout to share with you using the gorgeous "Here Comes the Sun" collection. I love this collection. For this layout, I selected the Wild Flowers Paper and the Pink Frame Paper. I think they really look nice against the picture. My neighbor has the prettiest garden! If only I can get my garden looking half as good as his, I'd be in good shape, but my Bubble Bee plants (is that what you even call them?) are taking over my garden. Sigh.

August 12, 2016

Hello awesome

Hello everyone. Nicole Martel here with a fun boy layout using Jillibean Soup's "Healthy Hello Soup" collection. At first glance, I immediately thought of coffee/food layouts, but the more I looked at this collection, I thought it would work well with a few photos that I took of my son a few weeks ago. I totally love the yellow, aqua and blues in this collection. It's such a pretty combination.

August 11, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 CK Team

Happy Thursday everyone! I have some very exciting new to share with you all. First, let me start off by saying THANK YOU to everyone who applied for the 2016-2017 Design Team call. We received several beautiful entries and it was so hard to narrow down the team to just 10 girls! Seriously, you all rock and I wish we could have taken you all. For those of you who didn't make it this time, don't give up; there's always next time!

Like I said, It was a tough decision to make, but in the end, we were very pleased with out selections. There is so much talent out there. As we were looking through our selected DT's application, we got giddy because they are so GOOD! Their work puts a smile on my face and makes me think, "damn, I can't scrap like that! What inspired them to do what they did on their layouts? Wow!" So, after reviewing these submissions, we thought, well, if they make us feel this way, what will our subscribers and readers think?! We think you'll love them!

August 10, 2016

You make me happy when skies are grey

Hello everybody. Did you order the "Here Comes the Sun" collection by Pretty Little Studios? O.M.G. I love this beautiful collection. The colors are so perfect. It's nice to scrapbook with some softer tones. I am normally not a pink person, but this collection was an exception. haha. Just recently, my sister posted her engagement photos online and I snagged them. I just love how the photos look against the pretty papers. What do you think? I especially love the clouds, mini word stickers and vellum tape.

August 8, 2016


Sorry everyone! If you're sick of seeing my cats already, I understand. LOL, however, they are too cute not to scrap. Toby is my favorite... even though he has scratched me good a few times. Not cool. Those claws are like raiser blades. No kidding.

The other morning, I decided to play with my paints. Edward was in his room watching Mine Craft videos so it was the perfect time to get messy! I don't pull out my paint enough... it just takes so much time to dry and clean up. This was such a fun layout to make. I used Jillibean Soup's "Healthy Hello Soup" collection for this layout. I kept it clean and simple since I added paint and the doodled heart.

Supplies: Patterned Paper, Die-Cuts: Transparency Die-Cuts: Jillibean Soup, Paint: Jillibean Soup, Ali Edwards, Stamps: Ali Edwards, Jewels: Doodle Bug Design, Ink: Stampin'Up, Tsukineko, Pen: Signo-Uniball, Foam Squares: Adhesives: Creative Memories. 

August 6, 2016

Meet Jess

I scrapped another layout using Elle's Studio's Summer collection. Only, I didn't scrap a summer layout, I scrapped a kitty layout. I love this photo of Edward with Jessica. It was love at first sight for these two so I wanted to scrap this memory. This was their first night together. Melts my heart. She is still warming up to us, but it's a slow process.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Die-Cuts: Puffy Stickers:  Elle's Studio, Epoxy stickers: Rub-ons: Fancy Pants Designs, Enamel Dots: Coco Vanilla Studio, Veneer: Jillibean Soup, Mini sticker alphas: Simple Stories, Sticker alphas: Pinkfresh Studio, Stamp: Ali Edwards Design, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz, Pen: Signo-Uniball.

August 5, 2016

Welcome Toby and Jessica!

Happy Friday! So exactly, one week ago, I gave Pete the go-ahead to take Edward to the Anne Arundel County Animal Shelter so he can pick out a kitty. Edward has been asking for a kitty for over a year now and it's gotten so bad that he has been collecting "stuffed" kitties. I just couldn't take it anymore. I felt terrible...

I mean, what's one more to add along with our 4 Betas and Potbelly pig? Right? Right! So last Friday, my husband texted me and asked me to stop by the pet store to buy some cat food and litter. Once I was there, I wanted to buy cute little bowls and wondered if Edward got a male or female. The boys weren't home when I got home.

August 4, 2016

Just me

Hello everyone. Nicole here with a fun layout. I am not sure if you've noticed, but I LOVE patterned paper. I love how you can get a semi-funky look by mixing different papers together. Sometimes, I don't want my layout to look like everything coordinates perfectly. I like to mix it up a bit.

For this layout, I used a mixture of Fancy Pants Designs, Cocoa Vanilla and Clique Kit's exclusive journaling cards! I love the sentiment of the journaling card from the July "Raskog" kit and decided to use it for this layout. The others journaling cards came with the Rio kit!

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I used a few of the add-ons on this layout. I love the washi tape and enamel dots. I simply cannot get enough of them. I tied a piece of ribbon from my stash onto the clip and stapled the string from my tag onto the layout to prevent the string from moving around. For the photo, I used a photo editing program to create a collage of photos and then printed it out so I'd have a nice square sized photo for my project. I painted the veneer with the Don't Citron Me Coloringz from Shimmerz Paints. We have some Shimmerz Paints in the store! Click here to check out the add-ons and mixed media products we have in the store.



Thanks for stopping by today!

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