Swag Bag Fun

Another month of happy overload in a small Swag Bag from Paper Issues. This month I played on the circles in the bag and had a little fun with color and stitching and well it came out perfect.

I first started with some water color paper and some cheap water colors and a make up sponge. If you want to do some mixed media you really don’t have to invest a lot of money to try different techniques. It really is a simple process.

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Since I was going with the circle theme I made circles with these water colors on the paper and then used a circle punch on some of the cards in the Swag Bag.

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As I was putting this together I decided that my circles were just to dull. So I grabbed my handy sewing machine and just had some fun with stitching them any which way.

 

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I added some thread, a little pink here and yellow in another part. And since I messed up the background trying a punch I did not like on it, I cut it down and backed it on some paper I had in my stash.

It was  a fun page to make and I didn’t need a load of supplies. So have some fun grab a swag bag and use my code to save 20% on your order.

 

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Mix It Up- Birthday Card

Another round of Mix It Up Monday for the challenges at Paper Issues. I absolutely love this challenge because I do like to get a bit messy. Now I know many find it a bit overwhelming to even try a bit of mixed media but it doesn’t have to be a big project. Start small and work your way to bigger projects.

For this months challenge it was about stamps and I’m not a huge stamp person I mean I have some in my stash but I don’t really use them a lot. But since it was my husbands birthday I decided to make a card with a digital stamp. I picked one at Dr. Digi he has some really fun old man stamps so I picked one that said “thats my man” and printed it on a white card stock. Having to do more with water and digital stamps I would definately print out on water color paper as I would hope the ink doesn’t smudge as much.

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I used Tim Holtz Distress crayons. I simple scribbled on a scrap paper added my water with a water brush and then colored in the image. It was a lot of fun and even my youngest son helped me out with scribbling the crayons. I think these crayons are so much fun and want to get used to working with them more.

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My finished product! Not bade for my first water color card my husband got a kick out of it.  I fussy cut the image out perfection wasn’t needed and backed i up with some simple print paper from Fancy Pants. See it doesn’t need to be a huge project to get messy. So get out some stamps and have some fun.

 

 

X-Box Cut it up Saturday

Time to cut it up folks and Paper Issues has wowed me once again. I love big cut files for the background it is so much fun to play with and you really can’t go wrong with it. This is a fun cut file and it was perfect to show off my boys xbox addiction.

 

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I used a simple black card stock paper and cut it out. I put it over the very busy background in the Bella Blvd Alex line and it was perfect. I loved the little game system elements in this line and it was perfect to showcase my son and his xbox. This was a quick LO to put together made easy with a cut file that made it look like more work then it is.

So get busy cutting and if you need to go shopping use my code for 20% off your order

 

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Snow Day- New Issue

New month and  new Issue challenge- Going Cold Turkey in Snow-vember. It is all about the snow in our house my youngest two think it is the absolute greatest and wake up early just to get out in it. Last year we didn’t have much snow but since fall decided to not show up yet I’m hoping this winter it will be full of snow just like this LO.

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When I saw this collection I KNEW I was going to use the trees. I’m not afraid of pages with a lot of depth, obviously so the tress were going to be used. I can get some rather thick pages but I don’t think this is my thickest page to date. But look at this tree how can you not want to use it.

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I had these lights in my stash I picked them up in Micheals I believe. I made some glitterfied snow flakes and a bit of mixed media. So much fun to get messy if you haven’t tried it you should. And if you need these trees like me check out the Paper Issues shop don’t forget to use my code and be awesome.

 

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Roll The Dice: Relax

Its the October Roll the Dice Challenge I think Danielle is trying to drive me nuts. Six photos.. like what?? haha but that wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be only two stickers about drove me bonkers as I kept wanting to add stickers! But I think I pulled it off.

 

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I used Jen Hadfield’s Warm & Cozy collection This is such a fun collection I do love the pewter pieces in this collection. I put my six photos together as a single print which I liked I had less to fuss over what to put where. and I used the word “relax” sticker and the small green left on the left corner. I think it came out well. Remember if you need to go shopping use my code to save 20% off your total

 

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Posh in the Spotlight: I’m Possible

Simple Stories Posh is in the product spotlight at Paper Issues and what a fun line this is. I love the colors and that it isn’t limited to one type of craft. If you scrapbook its great, if you do PL its great if you are a planner..hey its great!  I had some fun with this and followed a theme of feathers. Grabbed a cut file from silhouette and showcased my little boy who just rocks my world.

 

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Doesn’t that picture just make you smile!! I thought this 3×4 card was perfect for my little dude because he is possible. This is a great line to have fun with if you haven’t grabbed it already  head to the store. Don’t forget to use my code for 20& off your order.

 

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Mix It UP Monday: Life Documented

Its a whole other challenge for Mix it up.. so that means time to get messy my most favorite thing to do. This challenge called on the use of a stencil in a different way. And I decided to try something I never did before.

The first thing I did was cut a stencil using a blank stencil plastic that I picked up at Michael’s. I used the deep cut blade (set at 20, pressure 33, speed 3 and double cut) to cut out this free cut file at Paper Issues.

 

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I then used a piece of water color paper and outlined the stencil with a pencil and used water color to fill in the squares.

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From there I used a black sharpie to outline the squares.

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I had something in my head when I started all of this but as I went along things didn’t translate well on paper . I wanted to make a boy LO and thought the colors would go with the Crate Paper line but it did not work out in any way shape or form. I then dug in my stash and ended up in a place I never thought I would go using frames of all things. Yes I had a package of frames from Simple Stories Life in Color that ended up on my page.

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I’m not even sure how I got here and one point wanted to just scrap it and start all over again but I must say I do love how it came out. I added more of the stencil as I went along I think that was one of the best things of working with a stencil this way. The frames took on a life of their own and a few embellishments along the way really pulled this LO together. I added a cut out the same as the stencil just a little smaller in white to break up some of those really bold colors in the background.

Yes this is really busy, lots going on and so much movement and that sums up our day at the zoo which I documented here. I really loved working with the stencil like this and I can see it being a great way to add flowers or swirls to any LO that I feel just needs a bit more.

 

Don’t forget if you need to go shopping use my code for 20% off your total purchase. Now go get your stencil on🙂

 

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Product Spot Light: Take Me Away

Its another week and another line to put the spot light on at Paper Issues. This week its all about take me away. Its a great soft line with bits and bobs that are diverse and should get your creative juices flowing. I wanted to pick up on the purple in this line and use some of the flowers I picked up at Hobby Lobby. They have these paperish sort of flowers that I liked so I thought I would give it a go and I believe it worked! And I even got to add a straw!!

 

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I just loved the pieces of gold in the line and look I used the couch! I think this came out perfect and was a great way to showcase me and the man who gave me rabbit ears. :sigh: Love these soft colors?  Well go ahead fill your cart don’t forget to use my code for 20% off your order.

 

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You Knock My Fox Off- Fall

Its a new month and time for a new Issue challenge at Paper Issues. My most favorite season is fall like top of the list. I love the change with cool air, the changes in leaf colors, getting outdoor with my family, and wearing sweaters. As I type this it is 90 degrees outside so fall is long over due. But never the less I did dig in some of my fall pics to scrap some fall in the hopes it will come and soon.

 

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I used Pebbles Woodland Forest line which I have such fun with every time I use. I love the wooden pieces in this line its a great way to tie the theme together. I also love all the little woodland animals SO FUN. If you haven’t grabbed it you should its perfect for all your fall pics. Remember if you need to go shopping use my code

 

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Swag and a Lift

I love the swag bags from Paper Issues they are a cute little helping of goodies that isn’t overwhelming and can be used easily to make wonderful pretty LOs. If you are anything like me you have a stash of swag bags, as one can never have too many, so I dug into my and created this LO very simple yet I love it.

 

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I really wanted this little gold stars to be shown off in this LO and I think it worked. I must mention however I was feeling a bit unispired that day. Yes it happens to all of us so I gave myself a push and went into my pins. I loved this simplicity of this LO but its hard for me to do simple but I think I worked it pretty well. So if your feeling a bit uninspired grab a swag bag and pick a pin to get yourself moving again🙂