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.


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.


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.




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.



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.


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.


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.



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



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.


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.


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.