Monday, October 9, 2017

Haunted House

Paper House is teaming up with Tombow this week. I'm up today with a fun Haunted House.


Supplies: Tombow Twintone Markers Brights, Wicked Spooky Moonlight, Wicked Spooky Ghosts, Wicked Spooky Washi Tape, Wicked Spooky Halloween Flake Stickers, Wicked Spooky Halloween Epoxy Stickers



I used Paper House's Wicked Spooky collection to paper over the chipboard house. I did a simple trace and cut of all of the sides. To get the detailed pieces (like windows and doors) cut out, I used a PenBlade.



Instead of papering over the roof, I used coordinating washi tape from Paper House. This not only gives the roof a different texture than the rest of the house, but it also the roof a shingled look due to the multiple strips of washi.



I always have bits of chipboard showing at the edges whenever I paper over something like this, so I used my Tombow Twintone Markers to color over any chipboard that was peeking out and trace the edges of the house, the windows, and the door. This step gives the house a much more finished look.







Wicked Spooky Flake Stickers and Epoxy Stickers were used to add the final decorations to my haunted house.



This little haunted house is going to make a great addition to my Halloween decor!

I wrote this post while participating on the Paper House Design Team.
I received Tombow Markers in exchange for their use during the writing of this post.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Colorful Colorado Layout

This summer we got to take road trip to Colorado. We lived there for 7 years before we had kids, so it was a really fun chance to show the kids why we loved Colorado. When we were getting close, my husband said, "You want to stop at the Colorado sign? It'll make a great picture." It was a great idea and a perfect way to kick off our trip. Here's my Colorful Colorado layout that I created with that picture.


Paper House's Discover USA is one of my very favorite collections. I love the bright colors and fun, regional patterns.


I really wanted to use this great USA patterned paper, but I'm not usually very good at using patterned paper with such a large focal print on it. I go the idea to stitch our route from Iowa to Colorado onto the map.


A single photo with journaling and a small cluster of embellishments seemed like the best way to highlight the photo but still be able to see the large map on the patterned paper.


This Colorful Colorado layout is pretty simple, but I love the way it turned out!

I wrote this post while participation on Paper House's Design Team.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Halloween Treats

You can find me over on the SRM blog today sharing some Halloween treats.



Head on over to the SRM blog to get all the details.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hitchhikeng Ghosts

I'm getting ready for Halloween with this fun Disney inspired Hitchhiking Ghosts sign. You can check out all the details about how I made it on the the SRM blog today.


Happy Haunting!

Friday, September 15, 2017

You Can Do It Coffee Card

The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is going on through next week, and I thought it would be lots of fun to play along. Here's my You Can Do It coffee card.


I started with SRM's Coffee Plans stamp set. I haven't used my Copic Markers in a while, so I decided to uses those to create a fun background with the tall coffee cup that's part of the set.


I decided to play around with the color combo a bit. Instead of traditional fall colors, I drew inspiration from the beautiful reds and greens in my apple trees right now and how pretty they are against the bright blue fall sky. A little different that normal, but I like how it turned out.


I thought the "you can do it" sentiment would make for a fun card the next time I needed an encouragement card for a coffee loving friend.
Don't forget to check out the rest of the amazing cards for a bit of caffeinated inspiration.





I wrote this post while participating on the SRM design team.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fall Fun Layout

It's September, which means school has started and fall is right around the corner. I'm getting ready for autumn with this fall fun layout.



I used a mixture of products on my layout, but the majority of the papers and embellishments are from Paper House's Autumn Woods collection. The paper was released last year, but they just released a new line of planner embellishments that are amazing! I couldn't resist using a bunch of them all at once on this layout.


There's a mix of cardstock stickers, epoxy stickers, puffy stickers, and even rice paper borders on this layout. The mix of textures with the rich autumn colors is so fun!


My favorite embellishments from the new line are the stick on pockets. There are so many ways to use them. I used one on this layout to hold and frame my journaling.


Are you excited for some fall fun, or are you hoping for quite a few more months of summer weather?

I wrote this post while participating on the Paper House Design Team.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Baseball Layout

I'm over on the SRM blog today sharing one of my favorite memories from this summer. Head on over to the SRM blog to check out all the details on my baseball layout.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Add Extra Photos to Layouts

See how I use SRM's patterned bags to add extra photos to layouts. Find all the details on the SRM blog.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Planner Stamp Bible Journaing

I'm over on the SRM blog today with some Planner Stamp Bible Journaling.


Head on over to the SRM blog to see all the details.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Road Trip Game Bags

My kids have grown up driving 6-8 hours in the car on a regular basis to go visit family. They're great car trippers. However, we have a 10 hour car trip coming up in a few weeks, so I thought it would be fun to do a little something extra. For this trip I've made some road trip game bags.


SRM's latest release included some really fun new printed bags in different sizes. These large 8 1/2" x 11" patterned bags were perfect for my printed games.

I used Summer Fun Puffy Clips from Paper House to close the bags. My kids can then use them for bookmarks on the trip. 


The internet is a wonderful place, and I decided not to re-invent the wheel. I found free printables that other people already created that I thought my kids might like. Games like I Spy (car brands), Would You Rather questions, and Mad Lib style fill in the blank travel stories.


I finished up the road trip game bags by embellishing them with a few cute Discover USA Puffy Stickers from Paper House. Do you have any road trips planed this summer?

I wrote this post while participating on the Paper House and SRM design teams.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bible Tip-in

You can find me over on the SRM Blog today sharing a Bible tip-in.


Head on over to the blog to see all the details.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Winter Layouts

Well, I do know it's summer (it was even 90 degrees today!), but I have a couple of winter layouts to share.


I've been busy trying to get through a bunch of photos and use some of my favorite paper that I've stocked up on.


I think I'm now officially out of Pebbles Inc Winter Wonderland paper, and I'm still in love with the clean lines and bright, modern feel of this collection.


Since I'm using up the last of my papers in this collection, I used a lot of small layers. These were pieces left over from other layouts. Even the "snow" cut outs above were extras from these layouts I shared back in May.


These winter layouts are a clean and simple, but I'm pretty happy that I was able to eek out a few more layouts from this fabulous winter collection.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Water Balloon Fun

I'm over on the SRM blog today with a little water balloon fun.


Head on over to the blog to see how I made this water balloon gift.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thanks So Much Card

I recently needed a thank you card. I decided to use a stamp and die set that I've had forever, but just haven't had the chance to use yet.


I used the Hero Arts Thanks Die and Clear Acrylic Stamp Set. The "thanks" die, "so much, you are awesome" stamps, and star stamps are all part of the set. I used a simple oval die to cut a hole in the white card stock to create a bold backdrop for the thanks die cut.


I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch, and Squeezed Lemonade to stamp my sentiments and stars.


This thanks so much card definitely falls into the clean and simple category. I'm so glad I finally got to use this great stamp and die set.

Monday, June 26, 2017

SRM Design Team

I'm excited to share that I'll be continuing to design for SRM for another year. You can head on over to the SRM blog to meet all the talented ladies I'll be designing with. You can also enter to win something from SRM's newly released collection (the new Bible Journaling stamps are my favorite for sure!).


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Glow Stick Tubes

You can find me over on the SRM blog with a fun 4th of July craft today.


Click this link to get all the details for making these glow stick tubes!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hearts Project Pad Layout

I'm having some fun creating with Paper House's Project Pads. You can use them to punch out feathers, butterflies, frames, or hearts. Today, I have a Hearts Project Pad Layout to share with you on this blog and a Frames Project Pad home decor piece to share with you over on the Paper House Blog.


I used the punch out hearts to create the look of a die cut layout without the work of a die cut layout


It was tricky to show in a photograph, but the gold on the hearts is a lovely matte metallic. Mixed with the aqua blue it's especially pretty. There's more than one size of heart in the paper pad. You can see I used some of the larger ones behind my photo to frame it.



I added in a Kittens Labels sticker from Paper House as well as the Life is Good sticker from the Beach Clear Stickers for some embellishments.




To see what else you can do with Paper House's cool Project Pads, head on over to my post on the Paper House blog today to see what I created with the Frames Project Pad.


http://wp.me/p5zEgV-3mH


I created this post while on the Paper House Design Team.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Unicorn Birthday Card

My oldest niece just turned 16, so of course I had to make her a card. Here's the unicorn birthday card I made for her.


I started with a file from the Silhouette design store called Cute Unicorn. I sized the file to fit on a card and cut away.


I used some enamel dots for the eyes to give the card a bit of dimension. I added a bit more color to the card with some bright layers and a pink card base. I finished up with a birthday greeting from the SRM Birthday Plans stamp set.


I love that I have nieces to make silly and fun cards like this unicorn birthday card for!

I wrote this post while participating on the SRM design team.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Wand Holder

The truth is, I'm a full on geek. I love science fiction, and fantasy, and Dr. Who, and Star Wars, and I love Harry Potter. Recently, I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando with a friend, so I had to have a wand. Then, my husband, boys and I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood. All 3 of them purchased wands, too! I decided I needed to find a way to display our wands, so they wouldn't just sit in their boxes forever. Here are the wand holders that I came up with.


We all ended up wanting a stained wood background for our wand displays, but I think a painted wood would be pretty, too. These got hung in our bedrooms, so I made a double wand holder for my husband and me.


I have Fleur's wand and he has Sirius Black's. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create an Ollivanders cut file that was as close to the bag that the wand came is as I possibly could get. Then, I cut my file out on silver vinyl from SRM.


My youngest chose Harry Potter's wand and thought it would be fun to have "You're a wizard, Harry." on his holder instead. He chose a bronze vinyl. I didn't think it popped enough on the dark wood, so we decided to outline it with a white paint pen.


My oldest chose an unclaimed wand (a wand that isn't associated with a character from the books or movies). I love the look of his wand! I tried to talk him into putting "The wand chooses the wizard." on his wand holder, but in the end, he really liked the look of the Ollivanders logo, too. I'm so excited to have these fun wand holders as a way to display our souvenirs.


I wrote this post while working on the SRM Design Team.