Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pursue Whatever Sets Your Soul On Fire - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today, sharing my first layout that I created with the December Clique Kit Girl Cave featuring the fun Pink Paislee Memorandum collection. I don't think I have shared the kit here on the blog yet, so let me show you...


One of my favorite parts of any Clique Kit are the exclusive digital cut files. I thought I could use the "Pursue Whatever Sets Your Soul On Fire" title on a graduation layout. I decided to enlarge the title to make a dramatic statement. My daughter graduated from college with a degree in English with the hopes of someday becoming a writer or an editor. The label paper at the top of my layout worked well to record this. Her passion has always been writing since she was a little girl. Now she is soon to graduate with her Masters degree ... yeah!!!!


There are lots of fabulous embellishments this month, like these wood veneers from My Mind's Eye, the Pretty Little Studio acetate tags, and these self adhesive sequins from Jillibean Soup. Oh, and I love the Pink Paislee Memorandum washi tape sheet.




I challenge you to use a big title on one of your next layouts too. Be sure to shop the Clique Store's Black Friday sale for some awesome deals!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends.

I gift lots of gift cards for the Holidays as my nieces and nephews are older and have rather particular preferences. I like to present them in a pretty setting though. Much more festive than those ordinary gift card envelopes. I used my new Top Dog Dies Snowman die set to make this one.

The bottom half of this card opens. I can secure the gift card to the front and still write a sentiment inside. Some gift cards are just too pretty to cover up. The top of the card was easily decorated with a tag from Chic Tags and my snowman. A few scattered snowflakes completes the card.

Thanks for stopping by. Top Dog Dies is having a Black Friday Sale. It's going on now. Be sure to check it out.


Come Away With Me - Clique Kits Blog Share

Hello blogging friends. It's time for the November Clique Kits Pep Rally!

Be sure to hop along and leave comments because there is always an awesome prize! Here is the line-up this month...

Clique Kits
Kim Allen
Marcia*           <------ you are here
Janet Zeppa
Leeann Pearce
Melissa Vining
Charity Feit
Hannah Lemieux
Emma Pescott
Tarrah Mclean
Wendy Antenucci
Sandy Gonzalez

The November kit featured the gorgeous We R Memory Keepers Wildflower collection. Of course there were also some CK exclusives; like the digital cut and print files, and the flair. With the touches of gold I thought maybe I could get another wedding layout done. I hope you are not tired of seeing wedding layouts because I am still slowly working my way through them, lol. Here is my layout...

I altered that fabulous cut file from the kit. I figured if one looked so fabulous, welding 4 together would be breathtaking! I love the Art Deco feel it gives my layout. My original intention was to piece different papers behind the cut paper, but the white on white was too stunning. I reiterated the square theme with the pretty Polaroid frames.

I opted not to use the die cut Just Married title I had cut out with my Silhouette. Instead, the Come Away With Me journal card serves as my title. It was perfect for the picture of the bride and the groom escaping away for their honeymoon.

Here is a better look at one of the exclusive Lora Bailora flair.

A few more detailed pics of the pretty ephemera die cuts...

Thanks for stopping by. Treat yourself while you are doing your holiday shopping in the Clique Store. Coupon code Marcia10 will save you 10%.  Your next blog stop is the fabulous  ... Caroli .

Friday, November 20, 2015

Give Thanks - Imaginisce and JustNick Studio

Hello blogging friends!

Wow! Only one more week until Thanksgiving here in the USA. This year I have so much to be grateful for. I have a wonderful family including a new son-in-law. We have a beautiful spacious home that we are currently sharing with the newlyweds so they can save up some money to buy their own house. We are all relatively healthy. I decided to scrap a family photo with the festive Imaginisce Give Thanks collection. Since my photo was taken in the fall, I wanted to create a background of colorful leaves with the new JustNick Leaves Background digital cut file. I am thrilled at how it turned out ...

I have to share a close-up of those leaves....

When I was ready to add embellishments, the Die Cuts, Phrase Stickers, Wood Buttons, and Enamel Dots from the Give Thanks collection were perfect! I cut out a few feathers using the JustNick Sweater Weather digital cut file. Aren't they fun!

You can also see I added some texture using the JustNick Positive 2 Background digital file as a stencil and some molding paste.

I used the Imaginisce i-Rock to add some metallic hearts for the finishing touch.

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Die Cuts, Wood Buttons, Fall Phrase Stickers, Enamel Dots (Give Thanks), i-Rock, Metallic Hearts
American Crafts: cardstock
Silhouette Cameo
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Clique Kits Holiday Cards

Hello blogging friends!

I have some festive holiday cards that I created with the Clique Cards Holiday Edition kit to share with you today. Unfortunately, this kit is sold out already, but some items may be available for purchase individually in the Clique Store. Be sure to check it out. This kit featured Photoplay's Dear Santa line as well as beautiful specialty paper by Pretty Little Studio. Of course it had coordinating embellishments and an EXCLUSIVE stamp designed just for this kit by Honey Bee Stamps! Along with our exclusive Flair and Cut Files. Here is a peek of the kit ...


Ok, so do you want to see some cards? This first one is a 6x6 card using a digital cut file from With the Dear Santa collection I just had to create a Santa card.


A sticker popped up on foam squares makes for an easy card sentiment.


I love box cards, so my second card had to be a box card. This is also a digital cut file from I used that sparkling silver paper in the kit and it added the perfect elegant touch.



 The paperclip tree, tinsel bow, stickers and wood veneers are all part of the Card Kit.



 What is so cool about these box cards is that they fold flat so you can mail them!


I have one last card to share with you. This one uses the exclusive Honey Bee Stamp set that was included in the Holiday Card Kit. What I love about this stamp set is that it can be used for much more than just Christmas.... maybe even Valentines Day?

The seam binding makes for the most gorgeous bows!

The dies I used on this card are from Top Dog Dies.... not to enable or anything, but their Black Friday Sale starts today! The biggest discounts Top Dog Dies has ever offered. 

 Be sure to check out the Clique Store for all your Holiday crafting needs. Use coupon code Marcia10 and save 10%. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Happy Birthday - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends!

Sunday my family celebrated my great nephew Harper's 2 year old birthday. I sent my daughter out to find a gift and she came back with this toy T-Rex and the movie "The Land Before Time". It was one of her favorite movies when she was a kid. Anyway, she told me I need to make a dinosaur card to stick with her gift theme, lol. Well Thank Goodnes Top Dog Dies has a Dinosaur die set. I combined it with some other birthday dies and came up with this card using scraps of paper from Imaginisce ....

Perfect for a 2 year old, right! Here is a closer look at my dinosaur ...

This guy is adorable. I added the big balloon die from the Balloon die set at the top of my card.

Pattern Paper : Imaginisce
Bakers Twine

I have to share these awesome cake pops with you that my niece made for the party... Curious George Cake Pops. She said they were made with smashed Oreo cookies and boy, were they yummy!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The More You Read - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging  friends!

Today I am sharing one more layout with the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Life is Beautiful collection before I dive into posting more Christmas projects. Everyday photos work so well with this collection. There are pattern papers for scrapping boys as well as girls. Today I am sharing a layout of my friend's little reader …


The butterfly pattern paper worked so well with this outdoor photo. I made sure I included more butterflies in my embellishment clusters.


In my embellishment clusters, I included die cuts, wood veneers, enamel dots, and flair buttons. What is so great about all of Cocoa Vanilla Studio's collections is the variety of embellishments.


My title is a quote from Dr Suess, "The more you read the more things you know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go". There were plenty of alpha stickers on a single sheet for me to do this. I love the combination of smaller alphas with the larger alphas.


Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Scribbly Bird Card - Xyron and Faber-Castell

Hello blogging friends!

I spent my weekend playing with my Xyron adhesives and some Design Memory Craft Faber-Castell Gelatos at a crop with some friends. Oh my, what fun these are to play with! Take a look at a card I created using a Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp set.

It's a simple card, but I really wanted the bird to take center stage so I left the background white. If you have never tried Gelatos before, don't be intimidated. They are super easy to use. Let me show you ...

Xyron 3" Sticker Maker
Xyron 3/16 Adhesive Dots
Design Memory Craft Faber-Castell Gelatos
Bazzill Smooth White Cardstock
Black Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
StazOn Ink
Heat Tool
Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp set

Step 1. Prep your paper by applying a layer of Gesso. When it is dry, stamp your image and or sentiment with Versamark ink. Emboss using a black embossing powder.

 Step 2. Choose your Gelato colors and apply to paper. Blend with a piece of foam or a sponge. I blended mine dry, but you could use a little water if you like.

I fussy cut this guy out, but you could also color the entire background. Like this...

Step 3.  Since I was at a crop, I brought along this handy Xyron 3" Sticker Maker. I love that I can still take my Xyron adhesives with me and pack light. I just popped my bird through.

Step 4. I stamped a sentiment on a plain white cardbase with StazOn Ink and adhered my bird next to it.

 Step 5. Tie some twine around the top of the card. You can make sure the bow stays put with a little Xyron adhesive dot.

I just love how this card turned out. 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Be sure to watch for more Xyron and Design Memory Craft projects all week long.