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!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

:: ham{burger}ing it up ::

Today is Sketchy Saturday at Paper Issues and I'm  up on the blog with my take on the sketch!
Who doesn't love a good grid???  I used both machine stitching and hand stitching to create my grid first, and then I got out my photos, some Pink Paislee Bella Rouge scraps (that's all I have left,  I may need to get more from the Paper Issues Store soon) and a couple of circle punches.
I love combining the circles with the grid layout! It was fun, but not complete until I added three pieces of flair from {a flair for buttons}!
And then the journaling, of course.   I really love how this one turned out, it's definitely one of my favorites! And it all started with this sketch at Paper Issues made by the great Jennifer Chapin.  Check it out, play with it, and link it up by March 20 for a chance to win a gift card to The Paper Issues Store.

There are so many new goodies in the store right now! And Cassie keeps adding new stuff as she receives the newest releases.  Don't forget to use the code orangegearle to receive 20% off your entire purchase!

See you soon!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

:: #30 days of lists ::

Are you a lister?  I'm a lister and I'm playing along with other listers this month over at 30 Days of Lists!  I made a tag mini book using Crate Paper's Open Book Collection.  I love all the gold accents throughout this collection!

Along with the purchase of March's #30days of lists, there are discount codes and free files.  I am using the free prompt files and adding my own embellishments when I add it to the tag.

P.S. I see the spelling error.  Thank goodness for erasable pens!  I fixed it, but I was way too lazy to take another photo.  ;-)

Here are days 2 & 3!

See you again soon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

:: you are my sunshine ::

I am up on the Paper Issues Blog today with a layout using Pinkfresh Studio's Up in the Clouds collection.
I've had this photo printed out and ready to scrap for several years. When I saw this awesome watercolor paper, I knew it would be perfect for this photo and this story.  Look how little she is!  YIKES!  Time flies, doesn't it??
I loved the "rain" look of this paper so I decided to go with that -- and enhance it a bit.  I stitched with my machine at various lengths, and added an enamel dot to the end of each stitched line.  I really love how it turned out!  I've also been waiting for just-that-right layout to use those awesome hearts!

It may be difficult to tell in the photos, but there is pink tulle behind the cut out title.

I am linking this up to Paper Issues current issue: Enamored with Enamel sponsored by Paper Camellia.

Here are some ideas for what could you link up to Enamored with Enamel:

  • Use enamel embellishments, like enamel dots, hearts, chevrons, words, etc.
  • Do you love stars? Let them take a starring role on your project.
  • Are polka dots your thing? Go ahead, go dotty with dots.
  • Get things pointed in the right direction by using arrows, geotags, globes, etc.
  • Is punctuation your thing? Add punctuation symbols to your project.
  • Share the love by using hearts.
  • Show us something you absolutely love, whether it be a person, flower, food, thing, place, movie, song, etc.
  • Use Paper Camellia's kits.

Here's what you need to do to be eligible to win Paper Camellia's March Main Kit:

1. Link up as many projects as you'd like. They can be new OR old.

2. LINK BACK to Paper Issues between now and March 22nd.

Enabler Alert: There are new goodies coming into the Paper Issues Store so often that it's difficult to keep up (I am not complaining, let me tell ya).  Check out the store and don't forget to use the code orangegearle to get 20% off your entire purchase!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

:: project life : week 7 ::

Hi friends!  Welcome to week 7.  I'm  almost completely up to date on my sharing for this year!  I had just gotten a package from The Paper Issues Store full of Simple Stories Life Documented yumminess.  So I broke it open and got started (and I even caught it all on video, see below) This was Valentine's Day week. I have a two page spread, with an insert of valentines!
:: week 7 left ::
:: week 7 right ::
:: week 7 spread ::
:: week 7 spread with insert ::
I took B.'s valentines from school and cut them up into 2x2 squares -- sometimes showing the kid's writing, sometimes showing a portion of the valentine itself.  I filled this coin protector, front and back.  FUN!

I struggled a bit this week because I didn't have very many photos -- but I like how it turned out and I love that insert.  I grabbed my iPhone and took video as I created the two page spread.  Check it out if you are interested. I hope to do more process videos (PL and otherwise), so subscribe if this is something that interests you!

Since I used flair from {a flair for buttons}(Script Words in Color and Words to Live By 1) I'm linking this up to our latest issue at Paper Issues (last day to link up!), sponsored by {a flair for buttons}.  Nearly all the rest of the supplies I used can be found at Paper Issues here.  Use my code orangegearle for 20% off your entire purchase!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon!