Friday, March 20, 2015


The Paper Issues Girls are hosting an online crop over on Facebook tonight and all day tomorrow!  Every hour or so there are challenges and games -- AND PRIZES!  My challenge is a stitching challenge -- hand stitching or machine stitching on a layout or card.  I did BOTH.

I also used a bunch of wash and little do dads from my stash!

Here are a couple of closeups of the title stitching.  I used Amy Tangerine's Comrade Embroider kit.

This was a fun one!  Hope you join us over at Facebook and play along.  You have through March 29th to link up a photograph of your never-before-seen project -- and there are some really awesome prizes!  

See you soon!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

:: so loved ::

Some of the Paper Issues Girls are up on the Paper Issues Blog with a product spotlight using AC's DIY Shop 2 collection.  I got to work with this collection and loved all of the gold goodness!
As soon as I saw that sequins ribbon, I knew I wanted to use it for a big, bold title! I am loving that gold dot burlap!  That's my favorite part of this collection!

I created a little pocket for behind the photo so that I could use the Mercantile tags from the collection both as a design element and a place for hidden journaling. This story is a personal one, about a therapy dog at our school, and his owners.

Check out what some of the other PI girls created using this collection here.

There are lots of new things in the store -- it's bursting!! Check things out and don't forget to use the code orangegearle for 20% off your entire purchase!

See you soon!

Monday, March 16, 2015

:: let me count the ways ::

New Issue Mondays at Paper Issues just make me giddy (and I'm extra giddy because we are on Spring Break)!

Our current issue, 
Painting by the Numbers, is sponsored by Waffle Flower Crafts and full of possibilities!!

<<<<<<<< WFC sent DT members these awesome number stamps! I love how versatile these stamps are! I have several project ideas rolling around in my head,  and I am certain that I will use them over and over again.  When you hop over to the Paper Issues blog you will be able to see how several design team members used these number stamps on their projects.  Here is a look at what I came up with for this project:

I'm using patterned papers from Webster's Pages & Pinkfresh Studio, StazOn ink and and some watercolors that I purchased at Michaels.  I stamped numbers randomly all over the pink paper -- every which way.  Then I used my watercolors and filled in the holes.  :-)  I decided that I wanted a little more texture so I stamped some more numbers on white card stock, painted them in, cut them out, and then popped them up!

As always, you can link up your projects (new or old) and you could win this same versatile stamp set! Here are a few suggested link up ideas: use numbers (embellishments, stickers, rulers, patterned paper, etc.), mixed media (watercolor, gelatos, inks), stamping, St. Patrick's Day, use Waffle Flower Crafts products.

There are new items coming in to the Paper Issues store frequently. If you want to save 20% off your entire purchase, use the code orangegearle!