Saturday, February 6, 2016

Shine Bright - Clique Kits and JustNick

Hello blogging friends!

Have you seen the awesome February Clique Kit  Hot Mess ? It's full of the gorgeous Maggie Holmes Shine collection from Crate Paper. Plus Awesome digital cut files from JustNick! Take a look ...

Here is my first layout with the kit. I created this for the Clique Kits Anything Goes February Challenge. Sorry, still working my way through Naomi's wedding photos. She mixed some black with her outfit; black shoes, black sash, black flowers in her head piece. At first I wasn't so hip on it, but it looked great, and was definitely more her style. The journaling at the bottom reads "Most girls dream of having a big church wedding... not you! Here we are at home getting ready for your big day." I am trying to challenge myself to use more photos on my layouts.... too often I use just a single photo. It helps to print the photos smaller than 4x6. These were printed at 3.5x5.

I absolutely loved that black and white floral print ... so elegant!  I knew it would be perfect for more wedding layouts. It's hard to see in the pictures but I used the JustNick Heart Strings cut file on the lower half of the layout. I love the white on white ... and of course I had to add some machine stitching.

I used the Shine Bright Sticker for my title. Some foam adhesive gives it some dimension.

Ok, this flair pin You Sparkle, is from last January or February's Clique kit. It was perfect for this layout! You can see the JustNick Broken Heart digital cut file here too, cut from black to pop against the white background. You can see the pretty sequin mix here... beautiful golds, teal, and creamy white.

The kit contains a whole pack of the die cut ephemera too! Plenty to create clusters of embellishments.

I hope you will join us this month! It's Anything Goes, so what do you have to lose?
Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, February 5, 2016

Love - Clique Kits and JustNick

Hello blogging friends!

I am sharing a layout I created with the Clique Kits February Hot Mess kit. I really wanted to play with the zebra background JustNick cut file. I do love my animal prints!

I thought the cut file would be so adorable with a little girl feather boa photo ... well, I didn't have one of those ... so I paired the cut file with a Glamour Shots photo of myself at 30 something. Glamour Shots were very popular in the early 90's ... they did your hair and makeup before photographing you. They even supplied the clothes! I remember wanting to have a photo of myself to give to my husband for Valentine's Day. Twenty some years later, I am so glad I did. My family has very few photos to remember me by, I am the one behind the camera all the time. How can I make other family members take photos at family events too? Ok... so this was me in my short hair days ...

Ooooh, look at all the pretty ephemera die cuts, sequins, and that zebra flair! I added some lace tape and washi tape from my stash.

Maybe I need to go short again with my hair ,,,

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Smile - Cocoa Vanilla Studios and JustNick

Hello blogging friends!

Today I am sharing another layout using the soft and beautiful Free Spirit collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studios. I love the combination of orange with the pink in this collection and decided to play up those two colors. I had the perfect photo too. Destinee was wearing a pink and orange striped dress and her favorite pink cowboy boots. I decided to create a Valentine’s Day layout using the JustNick Candy Hearts cut file. I combined the candy hearts with a ray cut file I created. I love the end result...


Something new with the Free Spirit and Hello Sunshine collections are these awesome puffy stickers and buttons. I used one of the puffy stickers for my title "Smile". You can also see one of the sweet shaped buttons in my cluster. Don't worry though, your old favorites are still available too, like the stickers, ephemera die cuts, the flair, enamel shapes, and the wood veneer. Check out that adorable pineapple.


The ray cut file was created by drawing lines from a point behind my photo to the outer edges of the candy hearts I scattered across the background. I backed the negative space with this pretty patterned pink paper.


The candy hearts were cut from pink and orange cardstock and mounted on foam tape for some dimension.


Check out all of the fabulous Free Spirit papers and embellishments in this collection on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios website.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Family Laminate Photo Frame - Xyron

Hello blogging friends.

I've been doing a little more redecorating in my home. I purchased this photo frame for a bare spot above my stairs. It's one of those where you can hang an assortment of photos on it using clothespins. I cringed at the thought of dusting it though. So I thought laminating the photos would make my life a lot easier and protect the photos from harm as well. I love my Xyron 9" Creative Station for laminating. It is so easy! Besides photos, I decided to hang a pretty card with a Family quote and a heart doily. I used the Basic Grey Dear Heart collection. The soft pinks, grays, and greens are just so beautiful. Here is how my frame turned out...

Let me show you how I did it.

Basic Grey Dear Heart Papers and Stickers

Step 1.  Choose what photos you want to use and run them through your Xyron 9" Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive loaded then adhere them to different Dear Heart pattern papers. Embellish the photos with stickers.

Step 2.  Run the vellum quote through the Xyron 3" Sticker Maker and adhere to a piece of pattern paper.

Step 3.  Create a card with the Family quote and the Dear Heart pattern papers using the Xyron Mega Runner to adhere the pieces together. Die cut a heart doily from patter paper as well.

Step 4.  Run the mounted photos, and family card and doily through the Xyron 9" Creative Station with the laminating cartridge loaded.

Step 5.  Trim the laminate about 1/4" away from edge of your papers. You want to leave a little edge to seal and protect.

Now you are ready to arrange everything on your frame. I used some small white clothespins to hang my photos.

Next time you have photos to hang, think about laminating them.  Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Basic Grey Dear Heart Banner and Xyron

Hello blogging friends!

I am sharing a wedding idea today. When my daughter got married she wanted a vintage suitcase to hold the cards guests brought. I made a banner to hang on the suitcase so people would know the suitcase was for cards. It was perfect for her retro themed wedding.  Well, I've had a request to borrow the suitcase for another wedding ... I decided to make a new banner for the bride so she could keep it. I used the soft and romantic Dear Heart collection from Basic Grey and my Xyron adhesive.

I just tied the ends of the ribbon on the suitcase clips for display. This suitcase was slightly larger than a laptop bag if that gives you an idea for size.

Let me show you how I created the banner.

Silhouette Cameo
Digital file for the banner
Hole Punch

Step 1.  I found a banner in the Silhouette On-line Store and cut out enough for 5 pennants.

Step 2.  I ran the pink pieces and green scallop pieces though my new Xyron 9" Creative Station.

Step 3.  After adhering the pink pennants on top of the scallop base piece, I punched 2 holes at the top.

Step 4.  Weave a long piece of ribbon through each hole, leaving lots of length on both ends for hanging.

Step 5.  Adhere the green scallop border at the top over the ribbon.

Step 6.   Take a piece of white cardstock slightly wider than a small doily die and run it through a Xyron 3" Sticker Maker. I love taking these with me on crops!

Step 7.  Peel off the plastic sheet on top. Place your doily die on top and run through your die cutting machine.

Step 8.  Peel the doily off it's adhesive sheet and adhere to the banner. I love that if I apply the adhesive first and then die cut, I have no adhesive residue to clean up in the doily holes. Now place a letter sticker in the middle. Embellish with other stickers if you like.

Here is what my suitcase looks like closed. It was originally a blue suitcase. I spray painted it black. The inside was also blue and not very pretty looking. I applied some gold contact paper inside to cover up the blue and added a few stick on gems.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out the Xyron Facebook page all week to see what our other designers have been making. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Mom, Just Another Word for Love - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hi blogging friends!

I am back today sharing a layout using the soft and beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studios Free Spirit collection. With Valentine's Day coming, I couldn't resist doing a layout with a heart. I found this awesome cut file by Kolette Hall in the Silhouette Store and knew it would be perfect with the Free Spirit collection. I used a photo of my Mom and I taken on Mother's Day. Doesn't she look great at 70!


I backed the negative space with two different pink pattern papers, then I embellished around the heart with the enamel shapes, flair, and these gorgeous heart pieces.



I didn't want to cover up too much of my die cut heart, so I kept the layers to a minimum and embellished my photo with the ephemera die cuts , wood veneer, and stickers.


I love this background paper with all the words... so fitting for my layout title; "Mom, just another word for love". Check out all of the fabulous papers and embellishments in this collection on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios website

 Thanks for stopping by. 

You & Me - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

Today I am sharing my 5th layout with the amazing January Clique Kit featuring the Fancy Pants Happy Place collection! There are so many ways to document a story on our layouts; with photos, with die cuts, and with words. There are lots of words in this Happy Place collection... on the paper, the project life cards, and in the die cut ephemera. I think they tell the love story of my daughter and son-in-law perfectly.


This striped paper is my favorite sheet from the collection. You may remember I used the top piece on my first layout. By replacing that missing portion with the red paper, I can now get two layouts done with it. That bold diagonal cut at the top leads your eyes right to my photo.


 I used more die cut ephemera from the kit to create my title "You & Me". Other die cuts like the "Oh Yes" and the "Caught In The Act" were perfect too.


There are even more words arranged at the bottom of my layout, "Sweet Life", "Us", "Hooray", and the date.


With all those words, I didn't feel the need to do any journaling. 
Thanks for stopping by. Stop by the Clique Store and check out what new things are available. Use coupon code Marcia10 and save 10%, Don't forget about our Clique Kits Anything Goes challenge. Always great prizes up for grabs.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Hello Life - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with my fourth layout that I created with the January Clique Kit featuring the awesome Fancy Pants Designs Happy Place collection.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this kit!!! I still have lots of paper and embellishments left too, which is amazing because I love to use lots of pattern papers on my layouts. For today's post, I thought I would give you an idea on how to use some of those labels that came with the kit. I created this layout, documenting some of my 2016 New Year resolutions. I am also using one of the exclusive digital cut files designed by Lacey. I love this one because it reminds me of confetti. I really love how this one turned out even though it has a photo of me, lol.


It often amazes me that some people can be so happy-go-lucky and others are so serious. I am one of those serious people. This year I want to Smile More, Make Time for Me, Have Fun, Laugh Often, Spend Time with my Family, and Celebrate Every Day. I selected some of the puffy script stickers that were an Add-on and some of the ephemera die cuts. Then I decided to print the text I needed on vellum. This would allow me to move things around. For no show adhesive on the vellum, I used my Xyron Sticker Maker.


Then I arranged the vellum, stickers, and ephemera die cuts on the labels. I like how the stitching emphasizes my resolutions.



 There are so many awesome ephemera die cuts. I used another one for my title here.


Thanks for stopping by today. Clique Kits is having a clearance sale, making room in the store for some new purchases. Use coupon code Marcia10 and save yourself 10%. Also there is a new Anything Goes challenge up on the blog. No excuses... link up and join the fun!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Top 15 of 2015 WINNER!!!

Hello everyone.

I am just popping in here to announce the winner of my Top 15 of 2015 prize, the Echo Park Teacher's Pet collection.

Congrats goes to     Sandy RossDecember 30, 2015 at 6:53 AM

Sandy can you please send your mailing address to