Saturday, August 30, 2014

:: colorful fun ::

I am up on the Paper Issues blog today, sharing an August Swag Bag creation!
I started with white card stock and gelatos (see tutorial below).  Then I got out the Swag Bag, which is particularly yummy this month!
Don't you LOVE all of those stars?? See that chevron stamp?  THE SWAG BAG HAS A STAMP!  Woot!  Love it!
All of those fun layers are created from cards included in the kit. Seriously fun kit this month.  Have you got yours yet?  They are available here.

An extra for today: video about having fun with Gelatos!  :-)  I show you the technique I used on this layout as well as a few others to get you started!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you again, soon!

Monday, August 18, 2014

:: beach friends ::

A few weeks ago we took B. to the "beach".  It's about as close to a beach as we get in the middle of the US.  It's really a river, but there is sand and back channels free of currents that are perfect for wading, swimming and building sand castles.  We went there quite a few times last season, but haven't been there yet this year due to flooding.  Two of my close friends brought their children and grandchildren and they had a blast!  So did the adults!  So. Fun.  Soon after arriving home I had a chance to sit down with my Paper Issues July Swag Bag and I created a LO to share this story.

Nearly everything in this LO (besides the white background paper) came from either the July Swag Bag from Paper Issues (or previous bits and pieces from past Swag Bags).  So fun!  Have you picked up your Swag Bag yet?  The July bags are sold out, but the August bags are now in the shop -- grab one here! Don't forget, if you use my code (orangegearle) you can save 20%!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you again soon!

P.S. I just got my August Swag Bag, and it is awesome (there is even a stamp)!  I cannot wait to create with it. Srsly. Get one, and subscribe while you are at it! :-)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

:: cotton candy cousins ::

Hi all! Today is my first post over on the Paper Issues blog!  So. Exciting.  It's also the last day to link up with current issue, Mix Tape.  I'm linking up this layout, just in the nick of time.

There are many ways to interpret this issue. I chose to go with a "mix" of collections, and use a song and use some washi "tape"!  This layout is about B, and her cousin L. eating cotton candy (the real story, told with hidden journaling, is all about them sneaking more by going off and hiding in the closet, eating handfuls at a time)! 

Link up by midnight tonight!  Link back to Paper Issues to be eligible for an awesome prize by Hazel & Ruby!

Guess what?  I have a code to share with you!  It gives you (yes you) a 20% discount at the Paper Issues Store! Woot!

See you again soon!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

..:: project life : week 14 ::..

Week 14 left
Lots of black, white, and red this week!  It was a rough week -- including Bea home sick and my coffee maker breaking!  Some more tragic things too.  It's all in there.  The card that says "status" is where I wrote 10 awesome things to remember, so that I could try to forget the not so awesome!  It was actually a status message of mine on Facebook, so I added it here as well.
Week 14 right
The "hello sunshine" is stapled to a piece of clear acetate, and so is the partial card.
Week 14 spread
And there it is. Week 14.  No inserts, lots of content though.  I love this project!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you again, soon!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

:: darling boy ::

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of babysitting my grandson, B.  He is so flipping cute!

For this layout I used a bunch of Amy Tangerine 6x6 papers and the stamps that are in the Plus One collection. I also used a few random embellishments from some past Swag Bags at Paper Issues.

See that awesome cut file in the background?  I purchased this at a (newish) etsy store that my friend Ashley Horton has called The Cut Shoppe.  Ashley also has a blog of the same name where she frequently has challenges and sketches to go alone with her cut files! I think I'm going to try to play along with the August sketch & challenge.  Don't worry, I'll share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 1, 2014

:: hello august ::


hello backyard buddies.
hello catching fireflies.

hello wishing we could stay up later.

hello meal planning.
hello no more excuses.

hello PiYo.

hello back to school supplies.
hello back to school (what????)

hello paper issues design team.
hello happy dance.

hello making pretty things.

In case you missed the announcement, I have been asked to be on the Design Team over at Paper Issues!!!  Awesome!!  So exciting!  I'll share a discount code with you all soon!  Woot!