Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Party Fun!

Hello! Anyone have a Halloween party planned? 

I do and I've been busy making decorations. By the way, 
I have a cute little helper for today's post: 

If you're having a party, these stacks are a MUST. 
I was able to quickly make these cute decorations very quickly thanks to these 2 stacks:

Here's a sample of the cool stuff I made. 

The bats in the background are simply popped off the stack and taped to fishing line and the line is secured to the display board. 
I also took a couple bats and put them on sticks. They can be used as props in a photo booth :) 

Here's my little helper showing you these props. 
Surprisingly, she loves that paper cat!

The hats are cool because they can be used as treat holders, photo booth props, or party hats! Just staple some elastic to the sides for a handle or to secure on your head. 

These treat containers from the Lia Griffith stack make great goody bags to hand out at a party! 

I added the tiny bats with wire so they look like they're flying in front of the house. 
Feel free to get creative with these awesome stacks, they cut out a lot of the hard work, so it gives you more time to embellish and get creative. 

Hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October stack-a-holic challenge

It's that time again! DCWV's Stack-a-holic challenge was recently posted on the blog. 

Here is my take on the sketch: 

I use the stateside stack for this photo about my friend's first visit to California. She dreamed about visiting Death Valley and here we are in the salt flats at bad water. 

I used Modeling paste and the Stateside stencil set for the title 'here we go.' 
The dots are an older DCWV stencil. 

I hope you get to play this month. 
As always, there is also a card sketch if that's what you're into ;) 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friend Friday with DCWV and Chameleon

Hello! Welcome to Friend Friday! We've teamed up with our friends at Chameleon for blog hops and giveaways the first 3 Fridays of this month. 

For my project I decided to use one of my favorite DCWV stacks: Jet Black 

Jet Black is black and white with gloss resist and includes a couple solid glitter pages. 
I love it because I can use it as is or change it by adding color.

These Chameleon pens were perfect for adding just the right amount of color to my layout: 

I started this layout by choosing a photo that I really love but have had a hard time scrapping. 
The photo is a bit grainy and it's been hard to find papers that match the photo, story and mood. 

I picked my favorite journaling cards and started coloring them. I decided to go with an ombre effect by touching the tip of the marker to the mixing chamber for 5 seconds and using the lightest tone in the middle of the cricles and larger flowers.

I played around with my photo and the papers until I was happy with the basic layout. Then, 
I cut the circles journaling card in half and had it stretch across my layout behind the photo and other cards to create the illusion of a larger piece of paper. 

The word 'Today' and some of the words in the background are colored using an ombre effect as well. I used the lightest tone on the bottom of the letters and the darker tones towards the top. This adds just a little more interest :)

I added my embellishments and used the black Chameleon marker to outline around the hearts paper. I used the mixing chamber to have my outline vary in tone from gray to black. I like the slightly imperfect, distressed look that it gives the layout. 

I was beyond excited to get to play with Chameleon pens. I love the concept because I love getting different tones with just one marker. There is definitely a learning curve and I practiced on coloring pages until I felt confident in my ability to use the markers effectively. I also watched Chameleon's youtube videos on their website. I think it's well worth it to educate yourself on how to properly use these markers to get the most out of them. But they are definitely well worth it! 

Enjoy the blog hop and good luck winning those prizes!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Halloween Jewelry with Blue Moon Beads

Hello! It's almost October and I'm excited to be able to wear the Halloween jewelry I made with the Blue Moon Beads Holiday Frights line. 

The Spider hair pin is my favorite piece. I simply used wire to secure the spider to a hair clip. My daughter's Ariel doll is modeling it for us. 

This Candy Necklace can also be wrapped around as a charm bracelet. I love pieces that are versatile :) 

We're big Walking Dead fans at out house and this Zombie necklace and earring set was so easy to make. I just used a black ribbon for the necklace. 

Next time you're at Joann stores, check out the Holiday Frights line and get in the spirit! 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September Stack-a-holicChallenge reminder

Hello! I have a layout all about being thankful. 
Who says you have to wait for november?! lol 

This is my take on the DCWV Stack-a-holic challenge this month. This was a fun sketch because the placement of the photos is very different than what I would choose on my own :)

Make sure to play along and you could win some new DCWV goodies. 
Just visit the DCWV Blog for details and more inspiration from the rest of the awesome design team. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hello Fall!

Hey Everyone! Oh my! It's September...How did that happen so fast?!

I'm looking forward to comfy sweaters and warm drinks. What are you looking forward to this fall?

I thought I would make some acorn treat holders to hand out to a few friends as we welcome fall, later this month. I used the new DCWV & Lia Griffith Fall Acorns stack from Joann stores.

The patterns are already die cut, so all I had to do was pop them out of the stack and  assemble them.
I love to have something to do while I watch TV and these Acorns got assembled during a  Downton Abby marathon :) 

A couple tips:
1. Use a pencil to curl the ends of the acorn tops for a 'cuter' look.
2. I found hot glue to be the best adhesive option. Use tweezers while assembling to avoid burning fingers.

Embellishing the Acorn tops was SO much fun!
 Probably the best part of the whole process. 
I used beads, buttons, wood veneer and wire from my stash. 

Next, fill with your favorite treats. I opted for Brach's Autumn Mix and Mega M&Ms. 

Now, let's hope I can keep my hands off the treats :) 

What would you put in these?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Made Mine Jewelry

Hello! Today I have a bit of a different post for you :) 
I made a few pieces of jewelry with the Made Mine collection by Blue Moon Beads. 
These are blank pieces that can be customized by adding rub on monograms...and more!

The monograms come in a variety of fonts. The rounded font was not my favorite when I saw it in the package, to be honest. But, I found that it gives classic jewelry pieces and "edgy" look, which I'm loving. 

The locket is my favorite! Have you ever wanted to wear your scrapbooking paper because it's just so beautiful?! I sure have! 

So, I did! I used a one inch circle punch to get a piece of a favorite paper, and added it to the locket. The Made Mine collection includes discs that you can use in this locket, so I added a monogram on a clear disc and inserted that over the paper. 
I'm so excited about wearing my favorite papers and patterns...But I probably wouldn't do it in wet weather because the paper is exposed in the back. 
Thanks for visiting the blog today, hope you leave here inspired :)