Friday, December 9, 2016

Looking For The Perfect Tree - JustNick Studios Giveaway Day 9

Hello blogging friends!  I hope you have been enjoying the 12 days of Giveaways  at JustNick Studios.

For day 9, Nicole sent me this awesome Holly Background 2 cut file to use. I thought it would be fabulous used as a frame for my layout. I am using my Clique Kits, Clique into the Holidays Kit featuring Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa collection. I love the outdoorsy animals and thought it would be fun to dig out an old photo to scrap anew. I am so thankful for my Mother-in-Law who took pictures of our family. Without her I doubt that there would be any photos of me! I am always the one taking pictures!!


I also used Tree Trio 2 and Snowflakes. I cut the snowflakes out from heavy cardstock and used the negative space as a stencil! Here is a closer look.



Here are all the cut files I used today ...







Today’s design – Holly Background 2 - is yours for FREE today only!
Just enter code: HOLLYFREE at checkout to get this design for free.
This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 9th, 2016.
No purchase necessary.
The design will still be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have the Happiest of Holidays!!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Classic Christmas - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

Marcia here today with some Simple Stories Classic Christmas inspiration. There are so many things I love about this collection, the plaid patterns, the classic red and green colors, ... did I mention the plaid? Oh yes, plaid is showing up everywhere. At first I thought this collection would be so great for scrapping my guys, but then I found these pictures of my daughter with reindeer antlers on her head and wearing a plaid dress. Adorable! I had to scrap those pictures with the Classic Christmas collection. Here is 'Reindeer Games' ...
  

I used the Outline Alpha digital cut file from JustNick for my title. I love the semi-circle placement. I fussy cut this cute reindeer out and gave him a red nose with one of the enamel dots. Now it matches my daughter's red nose!



So many fun things to layer; the die cut bits and pieces, the gorgeous bradz, and even a roller stamp to add a few Christmas phrases.


This collection has some festive washi tape too. You can see the red stripped washi under my photos and the christmas words washi over my center photo and at the bottom of my layout. The metal clips are super adorable too. 



I don't know about you, but I love crafting for Christmas. I make a lot of cards to mail out. Lots of my Aunts and Uncles I don't get to see very much and a Christmas letter and a card helps me to keep in touch with them. Unfortunately some are in senior care facilities and I like my card to double as Christmas decor for them. These Christmas box cards are just the ticket ...



This JOY card has lots of beautiful layers. Here is what it looks like from a top down angle.



and best of all ... they fold flat for mailing!



I must still be a little girl at heart, because this sled sure looks like so much fun. I had one just like it when I was little. Hopefully it stirs up fond memories for Aunts and Uncles too.



Along with the sled you can see Christmas presents, a candle lit lantern, and fun ice skates. Doesn't that wreath look great on that door!



Here is what it looks like folded flat.



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies Used
Item #7300 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Collection Kit
Item #7322 Simple Stories Classic Christmas 6x6 paper pad
Item #7327 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Bradz
Item #7329 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Bits and Pieces
Item #7331 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Enamel Dots and Shapes
Item #7342 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Washi Tape
Item #7343 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Epoxy Metal Clips
Item #7345 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Roller Stamp
Item #7315 Simple Stories Classic Christmas 4x4 and 4x6 Vertical Elements Pattern Paper
Item #7310 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Deck the Halls Pattern Paper
Item #7306 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Oh Christmas Tree Pattern Paper
Item #7311 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Fun and Frosty Pattern Paper

Saturday, December 3, 2016

You Are The Peanut To My Butter - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with another Cocoa Vanilla Studios  Endless Summer layout. This gorgeous collection is a new favorite of mine. I just love the pastel color palette. Like all Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections it is versatile enough to use for photos other than summer fun. My inspiration for this layout was the "so Sweet" puffy sticker. What could be sweeter than young love? Here is my layout... 

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 I wanted to use the ombre pink Sunbleached pattern paper underneath a cut file and I found this poem that I love; "You are the Peanut to my Butter, Milk to my Shake, Twinkle in my Eye, Beat of my Heart". There is lots more to this adorable quote but I only have a 12x12 layout, lol. I love the variation in color from top to bottom throughout the quote.

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My photo is embellished with that "so Sweet" puffy sticker as well as stickers, paper blooms, flair, wood veneer, enamel shapes, and woodies.

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My title starts off with a die cut "You" using the Sweet Treats pattern paper, then I used stickers from the Life is Beautiful and Hello Lovely collections. Some clouds and arrows from the die cut ephemera keep things interesting as well as more enamel shapes, woodies, and another cloud puffy sticker.

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I really love how this layout turned out with that subway art title. Of course, I added a few more embellishments over the words.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Just remember the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store is closed through Monday December 12th. Orders can still be placed and will be shipped starting on December 13th. Have a great week! 

 ~Marcia

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grateful - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This week, with Thanksgiving looming for us in the States, we are focusing on things to be thankful for on the JustNick Studio blog. Of course I am grateful for my parents who just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary! Whenever I asked them for help in the past, they were there for me; babysitting, dog sitting, you name it. But this past summer, those tables were turned. My Dad needed emergency surgery and for weeks following could not do his own yard work. He needed help! Thankfully it was only a couple weeks and my siblings and I are close enough that we could all help out. So this November, I am extremely grateful that my Mom and Dad are still around for me to enjoy.



I used the Infinity Hearts digital cut file to frame the photo of my parents. Then I added the heart border from the Hearts digital cut file on the right side under the so very blessed project life card. My title "Grateful" came from the new Many Thanks digital cut file.



Here are the digital cut files I used today:






Thanks so much for stopping by today! For those in the States, Happy Thanksgiving!!
~Marcia

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sand, Sun, & Surf - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I know it is Fall here in the States, but in Australia, it is Summer! And Cocoa Vanilla Studios just released the most gorgeous collection called Endless Summer. I am crushing on the flamingos and pretty flowers so I put them to good use on this page. The pastels in Endless Summer are a welcome change from other summery collections and are perfect for my seaside photos. These photos were taken on a Spring Break vacation in Sarasota Florida. My daughter does like to ham it up just a bit for the camera. The silhouettes against that gorgeous sunset are definitely eye-catching though.

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I used a light peach with white polka dot paper for my background. I love how it brought out the orange of the sunset. Frames from the die cut ephemera pack accentuate my photos nicely. Then I created clusters of embellishments using silhouette die cuts, gorgeous flowers from the ephemera pack and flower pack, woodies, and enamel dots.

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This cluster is similar, but I added that Hello Sunshine wood veneer piece.

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I used the alpha stickers to create my title, adding some fun elements like the flamingo ephemera piece and more wood veneers. I created some interest along the side of my page as well with stickers and more woodies and enamel dots.

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Oooh, and I cannot forget to show you those awesome flair buttons in this collection!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to watch for this beautiful collection at your favorite scrapbook store. It is perfect for your winter getaways vacations too.

 ~Marcia

Saturday, November 12, 2016

I Love Fall and This Makes Him Happy - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

I am back with more Simple Stories Hello Fall layout inspiration. Fall is hands down my favorite season, when all the trees are in full color and my favorite pumpkin spice coffee returns. I don't think I am alone there though ... my niece looks like she definitely enjoys those colorful Autumn leaves too. This layout is titled 'I Love Fall'


I used a chevron background digital cut file from Creative Scrappers. I like it for my Fall pictures because those chevrons help mimic the movement of falling leaves. A little machine stitching over them creates some texture too. I added some fun fall phrase stickers from the combo sticker sheet.


I love the look of pure joy on my niece's face as she is tossing leaves into the air. A JustNick circle frame, cut from woodgrain paper found in the Sn@p Basics pack, and leaf die cuts frame my photo.



A combination of stickers and bits and pieces die cuts make up my title.


My second layout; 'This Makes Him Happy', documents something my nephew likes to do in the Fall, deer hunting using his bow. 


Arrows from a JustNick Studios digital cut file are lined up on my background paper, another woodgrain paper from the Sn@p Basics pack. I love these woodgrain papers with the Hello Fall collection!


 A 3x4 journal card helps express his love of Fall too. I used more masculine embellishments here in my clusters, like the chipboard woodpile and bits and pieces corn stalk.



Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!



Supplies Used
Item #6900 Simple Stories Hello Fall Collection Kit
Item #6902 Simple Stories Hello Fall Combo Cardstock Stickers
Item #6904 Simple Stories Hello Fall Celebrate Fall Pattern Paper
Item #6905 Simple Stories Hello Fall Warm and Cozy Pattern Paper
Item #6906 Simple Stories Hello Fall Autumn Delight Pattern Paper
Item #6907 Simple Stories Hello Fall Piles of Smiles Pattern Paper
Item #6908 Simple Stories Hello Fall Sweater Weather Pattern Paper

Item #6909 Simple Stories Hello Fall Harvest Season Pattern Paper
Item #6910 Simple Stories Hello Fall Falling For You Pattern Paper
Item #6912 Simple Stories Hello Fall 3x4 Journal Cards Pattern Paper
Item #6928 Simple Stories Hello Fall 6x12 Chipboard
Item #6929 Simple Stories Hello Fall Bits & Pieces
Item #2844 Simple Stories Sn@p Basics Paper Pack

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Shine Bright - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I took a break from Fall layouts to do a girly one to share with you today. The beautiful new Fancy Floral Ring digital cut file from JustNick Studios reminded me of those flower wreaths they place over a horse's neck after they win a race. Well, I thought it would work well for this horse show picture of a friend of mine. I used a gold metallic cardstock to cut it out as I thought the pattern in the floral ring mimics the gold floral pattern in my friend's riding outfit. To keep the emphasis on the photo and floral ring, I decided to back the ring with vellum and place some shiny sequins underneath. They are kept in place by the machine stitching I added over the top of the ring. The papers and embellishments are from the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Free Spirit collection.



Here is a closer look at the Fancy Floral Ring digital cut file I used.



Just look at all the intricate details in this gorgeous cut file...



Here is the cut file I used today.



Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week.
~Marcia

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Bubble Fun - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with a stash busting layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studios. My nephew playing with a bubble gun this past summer was too cute to resist putting on a scrapbook layout. I primarily used the Totally Rad collection, but my background paper came from Life Is Beautiful, and embellishments from Made of Awesome were mixed with those from Totally Rad. I love that I can mix and match between collections so easily. Here is my layout...

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That awesome background cut file is from JustNick Studios. Its called Retro 50's. I wanted a light blue pattern paper for my background that would somewhat mimic bubbles and chose the Happiness Is paper from Life Is Beautiful. Underneath my photo I tried to layer colors found in my photo; blue, green, and red. These pattern papers are a mix of Totally Rad and Made of Awesome. I played up the reds when choosing my embellishments. These die cut ephemera pieces are from Made of Awesome while the flair, enamel shapes, wood veneers, and woodies are from Totally Rad.

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These star paper clips from Totally Rad are so fun to use!

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The Totally Rad bits and pieces ephemera pack includes awesome things like this acetate word, bakers twine, a kraft tag and so much more! I even managed to use a little Hello Sunshine here ... those denim alphabet stickers I used for my title. I love the stitching detail in these stickers!

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In the lower corner, more ephemera pieces layered with flair, enamel shapes, a star paper clip and wood veneers help keep my layout balanced and grounded.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great weekend.

 ~Marcia