Friday, August 22, 2014

Challenge #14 | Sequins {avery elle}


Happy Friday and welcome to another challenge for the AEI♥U Challenge blog. This week we are sharing cards with sequins. 

Here is the card that I made — simple and bright. 


I used Avery Elle's Brushed Clear Stamps set for the strokes and the sentiment on this card. The sequins were from my stash, but I think they might have been from a Lawn Fawn set at one point. 


I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us. What a great excuse to add some bling to your cards!

Avery Elle stamps or their free digital stamps must be used in each entry. You may enter as many times as you wish, but they must be posted to the InLinkz tool separately. Please enter a new, not previously posted project that fits the challenge theme.  Your project must fit the theme to be eligible to win. The winner will not be chosen randomly.  We will be looking for entries that include great use of color, design & creativity. You have until 12:01 AM (PT) on Sunday, August 31st to enter.  The winner will be announced on Thursday, September 4th at 6:00 AM (Pacific Time) on the Avery Elle Challenge Blog.

Friday, August 15, 2014

August sketch challenge {scrapbook circle}


Have you been enjoying the Island Paradise kit from Scrapbook Circle? I know I have! 

Today we are sharing the August sketch challenge. This is the second month where anything goes and anyone who uses the sketch (whether you have a SC kit or not) is eligible to win this month's prize. So no excuses  — play along with us and share your pages. We want to see you get crafty!


For my layout this month, I used the Island paradise main kit as well as some pieces from the Tiki Torch add on. The colors are just so vibrant this month! I love it. 

This is the sketch for the month, so pin it for later or sketch it out and play along with us.


Head on over to the Scrapbook Circle blog to see what the other team members made to inspire you, as well as to get the details on how to share your pages with us.

Thanks for visiting here today!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to school {bella blvd}


This week Bella Blvd is celebrating Back to School! We've been sharing projects for the teachers and kiddos marking the occasion. 


First, I made this pencil gift box. It is quite possibly the most appropriate gift box for a teacher. I loved making this machine-cut pencil gift box cut using the Tiny Tots Flashcards A-L paper. I used the fun "A" flashcard as a gift tag and hand-cut a "hello" to make this box just as fun as whatever goodies I'll find to stash inside.


Supplies: Tiny Tots: (Pattern paper: Flashcards A-L), Treasures & Text Stickers. Summer Squeeze: (Pattern paper: Pocket Full of Posies)


Next I made this card. The fishies on the paper from Tiny Tots remind me of a school of fish, so I had to use them on my back to school card. 

A bold and vibrant die cut message in the middle of the card makes the teacher feel appreciated on the first day back to school.


Supplies: Tiny Tots: (Pattern paper: Alphabet Soup, One Fish Two Fish), Paper Pieces Die Cuts. Classic Calendars: Treasures & Text Stickers

Thanks for stopping by to see my back to school projects. Check out the Bella Blvd blog to see what the rest of the team has been sharing this week.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop {back to school}

Welcome to the Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop! You should have come to my blog from Cristal (Pinky) Hobbs' blog. To catch all of the fun from the beginning, visit Samantha Walker's blog first.

This month's lucky winner will receive your choice of a new PixScan™ Cutting Mat from Silhouette. 


...and be eligible for the free SVG/Silhouette file for this month. Be sure to look extra closely at Step #4 below to learn how you can get this FREE SVG and Silhouette Studio file:



To enter, just leave a comment on Samantha's blog during Wednesday 8/13 until Sunday 8/17. The winner will be announced on Samantha's Facebook page on Monday 8/18.

For additional entries:
1. Receive an additional entry for commenting on each of the other blogs in the blog hop.
2. Go here and follow Samantha Walker's blog. 
3. Follow her on Facebook.
4. Sign up for an e-mail subscription to Samantha's blog and you will automatically receive a link to a free SVG cutting file that you can download and use on your personal electronic cutter. If you are already a subscriber, just enter in your information in the secure form on Samantha's blog!  The free files will be e-mailed early next week!


To receive the additional entries and get the free files, mention in your comment on Samantha's blog that you have done so! 

Now for this month's theme: Back to School


Back to school time is always fun. We shop for new jeans, crayons, pencils, glue sticks — the best parts of a little kid's life. 

For today's hop, I made this back to school card for my son. I'll put it in his lunch box on the first day for a little surprise. 


Supplies: Detailed School Bus by Samantha Walker

Keep hopping along with us for more summer inspiration! Your next stop on the hop is Allie Gower— click on the image below to keep on hopping!


Thanks for hopping along with us this month! 


Friday, August 8, 2014

Challenge #13 | Kraft {avery elle}


Happy Friday and welcome to another challenge for the AEI♥U Challenge blog. This week we are working with kraft on our cards. 


I wanted the kraft paper to be subtle but also very prominent on my card, so I chose to use it for my mini envelope. The rest of the card is very simple with little color.


I used Sending You Clear Stamps from Avery Elle for the sentiment, hearts and dotted heart trail. I just love how it looks on the finished card. 

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us. I know I don't use kraft paper nearly enough — what a great reason to dig some up!
Avery Elle stamps or their free digital stamps must be used in each entry. You may enter as many times as you wish, but they must be posted to the InLinkz tool separately. Please enter a new, not previously posted project that fits the challenge theme.  Your project must fit the theme to be eligible to win. The winner will not be chosen randomly.  We will be looking for entries that include great use of color, design & creativity. You have until 12:01 AM (PT) on Sunday, August 17th to enter.  The winner will be announced on Thursday, August 21st at 6:00 AM (Pacific Time) on the Avery Elle Challenge Blog.

Card sketch {bella blvd}


Today on the Bella Blvd blog, some of the card designers are sharing their take on this month's card sketch (which you can find at the end of this post). 

I stayed pretty true to the sketch this month, including layers, busy backgrounds and a center-focus for my main elements.


I used the new Tiny Tots collection for both of my cards today. I just love the fishy paper behind the sailboat on this first card. 

Supplies: Tiny Tots (Pattern paper: One Fish Two Fish, Daily Details Tiny Tots), Chipboard Icons, Paper Pieces Die Cuts.


For the second card, I used a less-distracting background so that the tiny bee from the flashcards paper would stand out and be the star of my card. 


Supplies: Tiny Tots (Pattern paper: Busy Bee, Love to Learn, Flashcards A-L), Chipboard Icons.
Designer Washi Tapes (Blue Gingham Tape)


This is the sketch to inspire you! You can head on over to the Bella Blvd blog and see what the other ladies made. Thanks for stopping here today.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dress card {samantha walker}


Today on the Samantha Walker blog I am sharing a tutorial on how to make this darling little dress card. 

I've been watching a lot of Mad Men episodes while I craft lately, so I think I was inspired by the show when I made this.  


Stop on by and take a peek! Thanks so much for stopping by here today.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop {august}

Welcome to the Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop! Scrapbook Circle has a new creative team, as well as a fabulous August kit, and we'd like to introduce you to both.


You could win one of five August kits by commenting as you hop from blog to blog, meeting faces new and old to Scrapbook Circle. If you just left Jennifer's blog, you are in the right place. If not, I hope you'll join us for the entire hop by starting at the Scrapbook Circle blog, here.


Here's the page I made for the hop using the August kit and an add-on kit. I focused on all of the wonderful extras and embellishments that come with Scrapbook Circle kits. 


I just love the Crate Paper frames and the custom Scrapbook Circle stamp. I also used the wooden sequins from Chic Tags that are available in one of the August add ons. 


Leave a comment to be eligible to win a kit! This hop event ends on Monday, August 4th at 9:00 p.m. (PT).


You are now hopping over to Mona's blog to see what she made and leave a comment on her blog as well as here on mine for extra chances to win.

Thanks for stopping by here today. Happy hopping!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer bookmarks {samantha walker}

Today on the Samantha Walker blog I'm sharing summertime bookmarks using the Summer Lovin' collection from Carta Bella by Samantha Walker.


Head on over to the blog if you're interested in learning more about how I made these. 


Have a great weekend! I hope you have a chance to dig into a great book and sit in the sunshine at some point.