Sunday, March 19, 2017

..:: just chillaxin' ::..

Here's another layout that I did during Paper Issues online crop this weekend!  This was for the stitching challenge. I used both hand and machine stitching (two of my faves)!


For this layout I used items from Shimelle's most recent collection Little by Little.  I fussy cut those circles out -- and stitched them down with my machine. But before that I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut stitching holes for my title!  So fun!   Here are a few close ups!



This crop was so much fun! It's been great seeing all of the different takes on each challenge!

..:: coffee ::..

It's Swag Bag Sunday at Paper Issues, and I played along!  Here is the layout I made with a February 2017 Swag Bag!




First I added a cut file in my Silhouette Studio Software, and used this tutorial to create stitching holes, then stitched it with black embroidery thread.


Gotta have a bit of flair from A Flair for Buttons. :-)


This cup die cut was the inspiration for this layout, actually. When I saw it, I remembered that I had a photo of a coffee cup with a heart on it! :-) 


As always, lots of layers when I make a layout with a Swag Bag!

Grab a Swag Bag or anything else from the store and use the code 'orangegearle' for 20% off your purchase!



Friday, March 17, 2017

..:: first sign of spring ::..

Paper Issues is having an online crop this weekend!  I made this layout as part of one of the challenges -- scrap the first of something! Here are the details if you would like to participate in the challenges (it's free, it's going on all weekend, it's not too late, and there are fun prizes)! 


I got my inspiration for this layout from the great Missy Whidden -- she did some similar title work and I thought it fit perfect for this layout!  

I used mostly items from Paige Taylor Even's most recent collection for Pink Paislee -- Oh My Heart. I also added a couple of flair from my favorite etsy shop -- A Flair For Buttons. And finally all of those pretty little confetti stars are from Color Cast Designs.

Here are a few close ups!






I would love it if you would play along with use in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group! Look for another layout or two coming soon!



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

..:: hello beautiful ::..

There's a new Product Spotlight up on the Paper Issues Blog today!  Any time I get a chance to use Cocoa Vanilla Studio's products, I jump at the chance. As soon as I took these Snap Chat photos with flower crowns, I knew I wanted to use this collection to scrap it!


I absolutely love the watercolor look of this paper. But I can't really do a layout these days without adding a little bit to the background. 😜 So I grabbed a purple and a blue gelato and mixed them together to get this beautiful color! I love it!


I used just about every flower in the die cut pack, and three of the flair buttons! This is such a beautiful collection, I had a difficult time stopping!



I already have a couple more projects planned with this collection and I imagine I will use every last scrap of it! I love it! 

Get your Cocoa Vanilla Studio Wild At Heart collection -- and oh so much more -- at the Paper Issues Store. Use the code 'orangegearle' for 20% off your order!



Monday, March 13, 2017

..:: love this life ::..

It's Mix It Up Monday at Paper Issues! Our challenge is all about using some sort of wet media to add texture to your page. I used transparent texture paste, and stamped with an ABC stamp to add more texture. 


I was going for a light and airy look with this layout, which isn't really the way I usually go, but I was trying to challenge myself. 😀 I like how it turned out!  Here are a couple of close ups.



I also made a video if that suits your fancy!



Check out the blog for more information about how to play along this month! I cannot wait to see what you make! Check out all the new goodies in the Paper Issues Store, and use the code 'orangegearle' for 20% off your purchase!



Monday, March 6, 2017

..:: family commute ::..

It's time for the March Issue over at Paper Issues. This month it's ANYTHING GOES. Check out the blog for details on how you can play along.

Here's my take on the issue:


I went to snap a selfie of myself one morning on my way to work. My intent was to send it to my team to let them know that I would probably spill coffee on my light clothing before I got to school.  But I had a great photo bomber -- so, I had to scrap it! 😂 The journaling talks about how lucky I am that I get to carpool each morning with My One True Love and B. 

I used a combination of Pinkfresh Studio bits and bobs from their latest collections as well as items from Fancy Pants Joy Parade.  I started with green and orange and it became a blast of colorful confetti. 

Hope you play along this month!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

..:: seriously, don't grow up ::..

The Quotable Challenge is up at Paper Issues today!  This month I played along. Here is the quote:


And here is my take on the quote: 


As soon as I saw that chipboard phrase in the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection, I knew it was perfect for this quote challenge! In fact, I used all Dear Lizzy on this layout! Here are a few close ups.


I did some fussy cutting for this one. I cut out a bunch of the flowers (black line, doodle almost), and water colored some of them. I liked the pop of black and white, but also wanted some color, so I used both! LOL  I layered them on top of each other for a bit of dimension. 


There are a ton of cute little puffy stickers in this collection. I used a bunch, and some enamel dots, too.


All the gold in this photo meant I needed to add a bunch of gold thread throughout the layout. 💟

Hope you enjoyed this one -- I loved making it!  I hope you play along with us -- details here.  Grab some Dear Lizzy or anything you need from the Paper Issues Store and use the code 'orange gearle' for 20% off your order. 



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

..:: time to stand up ::..

It's a Product Spotlight over on the Paper Issues blog today -- and I played along!  I am totally digging this Dream On collection. Each time I name this collection I sing it, do you? Gotta love me some Aerosmith.



I thought this card was perfect for the theme of this one.....I built the rest of the layout around this card and the photo. :-)


A little bit of flair from {a flair for buttons}


I just loved everything about this collection, right down to the alphas. :-)  Play along. Grab some Pinkfresh Studio yummies from the Paper Issues Store and use the code 'orangegearle' for 20% off your order.