Sunday, May 3, 2015

NSD at Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends! Saturday was National Scrapbook Day, but at Clique Kits we are celebrating today with challenges on the Facebook NSD Event page all day long. Lots of fabulous prizes too.

My challenge is to add some stitching to your project with either a sewing machine or faux stitching.
I used the gorgeous Fancy Pants Designs Office Suite collection that was included in the Clique Kits NSD kit to create this adorable shaker card.

I use a cut file from The Cut Shoppe that was a freebie on their blog yesterday. I couldn't wait to turn that Hello tag into a shaker. I LOVE how it turned out.

Did you do any scrapping for NSD?

Free Fallin' - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends! Marcia here today with a fun Cocoa Vanilla  Flying High layout. I love seeing what fans are creating with the Flying High and Sugar & Spice collections. I was recently inspired by a Cocoa Vanilla Studios fan to dig up my skydiving pics from a few years ago. Her blog is Being Karen and here is her layout that inspired me....


 Isn't this awesome!! I love that huge photo.

When my son turned 18, he wanted to do something that would have required parental permission (had he not been 18). In the states, this normally would mean getting a tattoo, a body piercing, going to the casino, buying cigarettes, ... He decided on skydiving! Well guess who decided to jump with him? Yup. me! and I got the pics to prove it. Having never jumped before, we had to do a tandem jump.

The Flying High collection has these awesome wood veneer pieces. The planes were perfect to embellish my skydiving layout.  

I couldn't resist using the Watch Me Fly sticker...

I love the flair buttons from the collection too. This Awesome button was perfect!

Do you have any adventuresome photos too? The Flying High collection is not just for little boys, but for all you adventure lovers!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Udder'ly Amazing - Imaginisce New Release

Have you seen the new collection Heartland Farm yet? So many awesome embellishments to go with the fun pattern papers. This collection makes me yearn to get my garden planted...  and I cannot wait for my local farmer's market to open up again! I couldn't wait to dive in and scrap a photo of my daughter during her first year of college. She took an Animal Studies class and was given this dairy calf to take care of and train. At the end of the semester there was a calf show. Amazingly, she took second place! Not bad for a city girl! 

I created a cluster of embellishments near the bottom of my layout using the denim pocket from the collection and filling it with a few die-cuts. I added a seed packet (cut from the paper) and then had to adhere one of the wood pieces. I think these wood pieces are my favorite embellishment in the collection. 

More die cuts and a blue ribbon sticker were added near the photo. I even used my i-Top to create a center for one of my stamped flowers. 

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Die Cuts, Stickers, Wood Pieces, Denim Pockets, Acrylic Stamp, Enamel Dots  (Heartland Farm), Alphabet Stickers (Outdoor Adventures), I-Top, small Brad Daddies, small I-Top punches, Foam Adhesive
American Crafts: Cardstock, Black Homestead Alphabet Thickers

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Heartland Farms Cards - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. Imaginisce has a new collection that was revealed last week. It's called Heartland Farms. It has wonderful patterns, journal cards, and fabulous die cuts that work well for card sentiments. I used my Top Dog Dies Dotted Border Die to make a couple of quick cards. My favorite way to use this die is for an edging on the bottom of my cards.

But, then I thought I could use the same die to create a decorative edge all around the journal card I used on this next card.

I love the down home feel of these papers and am really wanting to get my hands dirty in my garden now.

Top Dog Dies Dotted Border die set
Imaginisce Heartland Farms Pattern Paper, Die-Cuts,
Bazzill cardstock in white

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Clique Kits Spring Card Kit

Hello blogging friends. I have a few more cards to share with you using the Clique Kits Spring Card Kit. This kit is amazing!!! Gorgeous My Mind's Eye On Trend papers and die-cuts, gold stickers, sequins, and an awesome stamp set from Altenew. Take a look...

I used the Altenew stamp set here for the Hello and then fussy cut it out. I LOVE that the set has little text as well. Combined, they make truly eye-catching sentiments on cards.

I knew with all those pretty sequins, I would make a shaker card. I cut this gem with my Silhouette on gold cardstock. Using a couple layers of vellum, to hold my sequins, I carefully stitched around the gem using gold thread. It sets off the gem pattern paper wonderfully!

A different Altenew sentiment from the same stamp set, stamped and fussy cut out again. The kit comes with exclusive flair buttons and I used one on this card.

Everyone needs Birthday cards, right? With those gold My Mind's Eye stickers in the kit, I couldn't resist making a few birthday cards too.

If you would like to purchase a Clique Kits Spring Card Kit for yourself, use coupon code Marcia10 and save yourself 10%! There are only a few left!!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Most Days Require Hot Chocolate - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. Do you know here in Minnesota we had snow yesterday! Nothing that stayed on the ground, thank goodness, but the cold was a shock after some nice sunny days. So I guess this new card I created for Top Dog Dies is appropriate for the weather. Here in Minnesota we need our hot chocolate! I used the new coffee die set. It's perfect for hot chocolate lovers as well as coffee lovers. It's funny that only one of my adult children drinks coffee when my husband and I NEED our daily cup o' Joe. Here is my card.

Along with the new Top Dog Dies coffee die set, I used the Top Dog Dies dotted borders and the Top Dog Dies Vintage A2 Mat. These new Verve Chocolate stamps, that I bought specifically to use with this die set, were perfect for stamping my sentiment directly onto the Vintage A2 Mat. You'll be seeing more of this stamp set. I LOVE it. Once again I am using the Basic Grey Nook and Pantry collection. How could I not with those delicious looking cupcakes. This blog post is giving me a chocolate craving, lol.

Top Dog Dies Coffee Die set
Top Dog Dies Vintage A2 Mat 

Top Dog Dies Dotted Borders Set

Thanks for stopping by. Time for a hot chocolate break for me!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Welcome Spring - Imaginisce

Hello friends! I am cleaning up my flower beds today so I am only popping in quick with a card I created for Imaginisce with the Welcome Spring collection.....

Unfortunately, no real tulips in my neck of the woods yet, but these tulips are sure to put a smile on anyone. I think I will set this one aside for Mother's Day. I love shaped cards, don't you? 

One of my favorite Imaginisce tools is the i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter. It cuts and seals the edge of the ribbon so it won't fray. Pop on over to the Imaginisce blog to see a tutorial I prepared on how easy it is to use.

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers (Welcome Spring, Little Princess), I-Magicut Ribbon Cutter
American Crafts: Cardstock

Don't forget about the Clique Kits April challenge sponsored by Fancy Pants Designs. Take a look at the prize.... The Meology collection!!!

Here are a few details to go along with this months challenge!
  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by April 30, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • You are not required to use Fancy Pants Designs products to link up but doing so does give you an extra entry
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post
Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Carousel Party with Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!
Friday, I didn't think you would get here fast enough! This working girl is looking forward to a weekend, hopefully a weekend where I won't be called into work.

I stayed up a late night, or two, or three to create this carousel cupcake holder with my beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studios Sugar & Spice collection papers, an SVGcuts digital cutting file, my Xyron 9" Creative Station, and my Silhouette Cameo.

The horses are mounted on straws with washi tape. I have cake pops somewhere in my craft room and couldn't find them. Time to clean my craft room again, lol.

There are even cupcake wrappers to coordinate from the Sugar & Spice collection.

This baby even has mirrors! (ok it's reflective foil paper)

Check out these gorgeous patterns!

One more pic....

I love how this turned out....I am saving it for a baby shower since I don't have little girls anymore. Don't worry, those cupcakes have already been eaten. They are from the famous Nadia Cakes, winner of the Food Network Cupcake Wars!

Maybe I will have to get hubby out this weekend to see if we can find a carousel ride that's open already. Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's a Black Tie Affair - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends!!! With Spring comes Prom and weddings. So when I received the new Vest and Bow Tie die set from Top Dog Dies my first thought was a black tie affair. I just needed to make a shirt card. I folded a sheet of white paper to create my card base that looks just like a shirt then added the vest and bow tie...

Adorable, Right!!

The card would normally open from the top, where the bow tie is attached. Instead, I slipped a gift card into the side...

This would be great for Father's Day too, don't you think! Check out the detail in this new die set. Those vest buttons look so real. I love the stitching details on the pockets and the bow-tie.

Top Dog Dies Onesie Vest Die Set

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Top Dog Dies!!!

Hello blogging friends! I wanted to let you know that Top Dog Dies has 6 new dies released this month! I wanted to show you a couple of cards that I created with the new dies.

This first one is a vest die to coordinate with the Baby Onesie dies, but they also introduced a thin metal die onesie....


Here is my card...

I added machine stitching on the vest. It just makes it look more authentic.

Top Dog Dies Baby Onesie Card
Top Dog Dies Baby Vest
Top Dog Dies Baby Onesie Finishing set
Top Dog Dies Dotted Tags set.

Top Dog Dies also released this new coffee die.

Here is a card I created with this new die...

Top Dog Dies Coffee Die set
Top Dog Dies Vintage A2 Mat 
Top Dog Dies Uppercase Typewriter Font
Top Dog Dies Lowercase Typewriter Font

Here are the other 3 new dies...

Stop by the Top Dog Store to see the adorable cards the other designers have created with these. April was such a fantastic release!!

Thanks for stopping by!