Go For The Gold

I’m joining the second round of the Paper Issues challenge, the theme this month is “go for the gold”. I was planning a totally different LO for this challenge but when I opened the Fancy Pants Life is Beautiful collection I was inspired by the gold specialty paper in the pack. I absolutely love this collection and had so much fun with this LO.




I tried to get the gold mic powder to show up a bit more gold but with no luck. Next time I’ll mix it with less gesso and I hope it will give me the color I want. I cut the gold paper with a file from The Cut Shoppe that is having a sale this month. I’ve never used files from the shop before so I thought sale.. why not give it a shot🙂 I do like these hearts and it was just the right enough of gold for this LO which is has a long of pink.


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August Cut it Up

Another round of cut it up at Paper Issues and it is such a fun challenge and I get to give my cameo a work out. I have a preference for the large back ground cuts they are just so fun to play with and this month was no different. I mean who couldn’t have fun with this.



I had to keep this cut file big to take up a lot of space. I knew I wanted to use the Good Fellows line by Fancy Pants. I do love masculine lines and this one does not disappoint. I love this picture of my husband with our youngest daughter. He is such a sucker for his girls and she is no exception. I used some string and wrapped it around parts of the cut file to go with the theme of being wrapped around her finger. A small cluster and some bits of color with a title and done. Such a fun and easy LO I’m sure you’ll love the free cut file as well.

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August Take Five With PI

Its a brand new month of challenges at Paper Issues…so exciting!! I love the take five challenge and this month was no different in wanting to play along. For this challenge I picked the five following things: Green, Orange, Flower, Washi Tape and Thread




I used the July Swag bag which was full of bright fun summer colors and demanded to be used. I loved the pineapple and joined it with a wood pineapple from Color Cast Designs but decided it needed a little something more. A huge pineapple of course. So I put my silhouette to work and then decided to dust off my sewing machine. Lets just say I’ll never be a seamstress🙂 but with this I didn’t mind that the stitching looks crazy because pineapples are not uniform things so I went a little crazy. But I think it works.

If you haven’t grabbed the July swag bag you should its a fun bag of goodness. And if you need to go shopping, we all need to shop for pretty paper goodies, don’t forget to use my code.




Pinspire Challenge- Chocolate Fanatic

When I first saw Mary-Ann’s Pinspire challenge I zoned right in on the ice cream. Which is a given considering my youngest son is a total ice cream fanatic, chocolatte to be precise.  He won’t eat much to speak of, in fact he is the pickiest eater I’ve had but hes all in for ice cream especially chocolate.

The Beach Day line by Carta Bella is absolutely perfect for all ice cream and summer related LOs. I added some of Color Cast Designs wood and perfected it with the Ice Dream template by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs and it was an easy LO to put together.




Big thumbs up to ice cream and this LO. I added some straws of course because it gave it some balance. I also turned the paper for the stripes to be on the side again it was a balance thing in my eyes.  A few acrylic stars and a title..complete!!



Gleam Catchers- You Shine

And welcome to a whole new  Issues Challenge for Paper Issues. I love this challenge and was so excited to get a LO completed. The theme.. Gleam Catchers all those people or things that stand out and shine. I had to show case my oldest daughter who just graduated high school in June and is on her way to college. This girl shines, shes such a good one, and a humble compassionate soul I am just so happy for her and about her. I used a lot of flowers and made it ultra girly with a touch of gold in keeping with the theme.



I had a lot of fun tucking flowers every possible place I could on this page. What helped me out was the folded corner which means I could tuck a few more things in there. I used up my stash with Maggie Holmes Bloom collection. I still have a lot more in my stash to use up I’m sure I’ll get to do so because it is such an easy collection to work with.

So get your LOs done and added for this months drawing and showcase the gleam catcher in your life. And remember if you need to go shopping..use my code🙂


Dreamer- Cut it up Challenge

A new month of challenges at Paper Issues means another month of fun. I love all the challenges but I do like to give my silhouette a work out. This month was filled with choices and I decided to go with the dream catcher. Now granted I’m traveling so I have limited supplies and this did not turn out as I had originally expected it to, but I totally love the cut of the dream catcher. It can be a lot of fun, either super size it or keep it small its guaranteed to be wonderful


I used my water color paints to bring in the colors of Shimelle’s Starshine collection. I even brought in my youngest daughter to help and that was probably the best part about this LO.  So get to cutting and enter all this months challenges at paper issues.

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Snorkel: Issues Round 2

I got Knot-ical with Paper Issues new Issues challenge for June. I don’t do many boat themed LOs but I just had to get busy with something from my time snorkeling back in 2006 with my oldest son. It was an awesome time for us both and one we won’t forget, but we want to do again. Snorkel


I used Making Waves by Fancy Pants Designs because I’ve been eyeing it and this gave me the perfect reason to purchase it. I’m so in love with the silver wave paper I should order more because it will be used a lot. I had a sliver thicker alpha in my stash and I used some water color to represent water. I’m very pleased with how it came out.



I did want to add some journaling but hate my handwriting. So I have this hidden in the layers and the string attaches to the back of this card and keeps it from getting lost. And when I have it hidden the string blends right in. I love all these little elements if you decide you need this collection too don’t forget my code I’d love to see what you create.



Snuggle- Cut it up

I just love giving my cameo a work out so it is awesome that Paper Issues has a free cut file every month and a challenge to go with it. I’m not very good at designing my own files, beyond titles so bonus this is all less work for me. And FREE..did I say FREE And I absolutely LOVE the bkg files they are my favorite for sure. June’s file is no different.. total favorite and so much fun.



I dug in my stash and used the Wonder collection which I can’t go wrong with. I love the bits of gold and the greens. I didn’t want to fill in every section of this file I wanted it a bit more ‘light’ so filling in some sections and leaving others blank seemed to work for me. I so love this page it came along quickly and a few added touches pulled it all together.

I did add some bits from Color Cast designs which are always a must for me. The little wood word art and the acrylic stars. Perfection!!

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Cherish- Take Five

Playing along with MaryAnn at Paper Issues for the Take 5 challenge for the month of June. I so do love this challenge it is really easy to make a page with all the options given. I decided to work with the much anticipated Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection.



I started out in a stitching frenzy and to be honest I saw this going in a whole other direction. But such is scrapping start with one thing end with another. I loved digging in some old photos for my kids in the younger stages. I didn’t even have number 5 at this point. I cut out the circles on the paper which is a fun little thing to do. From the challenge I used Yellow, Blue, Stickers, Ink, and patterned paper. I hope you have fun joining the challenge. And don’t forget if you go shopping use my code🙂





Get Out Do Something

I did a sketch!! I usually don’t I prefer digital templates cause I get to use my cameo so much easier. But I had to do this sketch for Paper Issues, because it is awesome!! Have to love a new month..for all these great challenges. So here is my take on it.


I dug deep in my pictures here for this picture of the girls. Mine and my niece out in nature forcing them to do something on a summer day. Because yes kids need to be forced to move in the summer. Hey I don’t blame them I don’t want to move either. But I think this picture was perfect for the Explore Project Life bits I grabbed from the store.Especially perfect is the wood grain papers from Simple Stories. Can never have enough wood grain.

So get busy with the challenges and remember my code if you go shopping🙂