Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hip Kit Club | Fabulously Fallish

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of I do receive compensation and material product from Hip Kit Club to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

The October 2015 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits from Hip Kit Club landed on my doorstep this past weekend, so Fall can officially begin!  There are so many fun Fall goodies in this month's Kits, and I am kind of giddy since Fall is my favorite season.  Granted, sometimes Fall just kind of passes us by down here in the south, but I'm determined to enjoy any little bit of it.  While I was out enjoying the nice weather this past Saturday, a squirrel was visiting and snacking on some flowers.  I snapped a few photos of him and knew I wanted to use the picture on my first layout this month!

I started the layout by layering a couple of cards from the October 2015 Project Life Kit behind my photo.  Before adding the photo to the background paper from the October 2015 Main Kit, I used a brown pen to trace the plus sign design from the stencil included in the October 2015 Color Add-On.  Then I cut a few leaves on my Silhouette Cameo, and added coordinating water colors to the background paper, before stitching the leaves down.

I used a mix of the Evalicious Navy Puffy Alphabet Stickers and Dear Lizzy Thickers from the Project Life and Main Kits for my title.  I always love to mix typography in my titles.  And the mix of embellishments from the October 2015 Embellishment Kit, Project Life Kit and Main Kit, were perfect for adding the finishing touches to my layout!

I can't wait to get started on more layouts, with this month's Kits!  And we also have new Cut Files and Printables to go along with the Kit this month.  Make sure you visit the Hip Kit Club Website and sign up for a FREE account to have access to each month's downloads!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hip Kit Club | We Are Better Together

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of I do receive compensation and material product from Hip Kit Club to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

When I start a layout, I usually have some idea in mind of where I am going with the design.  But for this layout, I had zip, zilch, nada!!  So instead of sitting for an hour and wondering what I should do, I just kind of jumped in.  I grabbed one of the Documentary patterned papers from the September 2015 Main Kit from Hip Kit Club and cut some hearts.  I mixed the hearts by using the multi-colored Ampersand side and then added in a few hearts from the opposite wood grain side.

I liked the way this look turned out in the background, because it allowed me to use some of the patterned paper from the Kit, without the background being completely overwhelming.  Layering the patterned paper hearts over White cardstock from the September 2015 Cardstock Add-On, gave the base of the layout a bit of a cleaner look.

I wanted to create a vertical design with my photo and a few embellishments, to avoid covering up too much of the background.  The "We Are Better Together" tag from the Amy Tangerine Bits pack in the Main Kit, worked great for the title of my layout.  And I used one of the Crate Paper Die Cut Words and a few Crate Paper Chipboard pieces from the September 2015 Embellishment Kit, to add a bit of dimension to my layout.  I also love that you can adjust those Chipboard pieces, by removing part of the backing and lessening the dimension of the different pieces.

And I couldn't resist adding in a bit of stamping with the cute Elle's Studio alpha stamp set, included in the September 2015 Color Add-On Kit.  I thought about coloring over them with the Distress Markers also included in the Color Kit, but I wanted a bit more of a contrast, so I went with a Black ink pad instead.  I liked the end result of our daughter and son's initials stamped in the background of the layout.

I was really happy with the end result of my layout, considering my lack of a plan!  That's one of the great things about the Kits from Hip Kit Club, you don't have to over think it.  So much of the work is done for you, because of the amazing products included every month!  If you are thinking about subscribing, now is a perfect time!  Just head over to the Hip Kit Club website and check out the upcoming October 2015 Hip Kits and the information for becoming a new Subscriber!

And before I go, I'm so excited to be staying on with Hip Kit Club for another term.  I LOVE working with the Kits, and I am looking forward to working with everyone for the upcoming term!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Flair for Buttons | Love This & FREE Cut File

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of I do receive compensation and material product from A Flair for Buttons and American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

Fall is officially here and I am SO GLAD!  I love everything about Fall...the colors, the temperatures and all of the fun activities.  And I can't pass up a group of Pumpkins, without snapping a photo, since they are my favorite color, after all!

The new Cedar Lane from Pink Paislee is one of my favorite collections for Fall.  It has a lot of Fall elements without being overly themey.  So I decided to go that same direction with the Flair Buttons that I chose.  Instead of using specific Fall Flair, I went with Buttons from the Smash Phrases Flair set and the Today Words Flair.

I started my layout, with an inspiration photo I found on Pinterest.  I loved the look of the wonky rectangles, with the layered leaves.  So I did a similar design and then arranged three Flair Buttons in the center of a few of the leaves.


Once the Flair Buttons were placed, I went back and selected embellishments from the Pink Paislee Cedar Lane Bits pack to finish the layout.  I tried to alternate all of the embellishments and Flair Buttons on the page, to get just the right balance.

And since I had the Wonky Rectangles background designed for my layout, I thought it would be fun to share the Free Cut File with you!  You can download the PNG & SVG formats of the cut file HERE!


And make sure you visit the A Flair for Buttons Etsy Shop to pick up the Small Phrases Flair set and the Today Words Flair set!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

American Crafts | Boo Crew

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

It's Halloween Week on the American Crafts Blog, and I was up yesterday with a new layout!

How to: Layer 9 banner shaped pieces from the Halloween Banner Kit on a white cardstock background. Machine stitch around each of the banner shapes with black thread. Place one of the large spider webs from the banner kit in the center of the layout. Use a paper piercer to punch holes around the shape of the spider web and then back stitch over the shape with the carrot twine. Place the doily spider webs on each of the remaining 8 banners and add a button or brad to the center. Adhere your photo to the center spider web with pop dots to add dimension. Use Thickers above and below the photo for your title. Embellish around your photo with a screenprinted clothespin and adhesive layered embellishments. Finish by adding orange acrylic paint around the edges of your layout.

Supplies: Halloween (340373) - Banner Kit, Halloween (340377) - Doilies, Halloween (340389) - Brads, Halloween (340382) - Brads, Halloween (340378) - Adhesive Layered Embellishments, Halloween (340390) - Buttons, Halloween (340388) - Screenprinted Clothespins, Halloween (366507) - Carrot Twine, Halloween (340023) - Black and Orange Twine, American Crafts (340363) - Washi Tape, Dear Lizzy (370089) - Woodland Thickers, Dear Lizzy (366187) - Cordial Thickers

Monday, September 28, 2015

Big Picture Classes | Mini Made Easy

Do you ever feel like you are overwhelmed with photos from a trip, birthday or special occasion and don't have the time to sit down and get them all on layouts?  Then head over to Big Picture Classes and join me for my newest class, Mini Made Easy!

In this class, I will show you how I created this fun tag album, with photos from a recent trip.  There are a lot of different options for Mini Albums, so you can use your own choice of album, or download and cut the Free Tag Album included with the class!

The Mini Made Easy Class live on the Big Picture Classes website today!  I hope you'll join in the class and add your finished Mini Album to the BPC Gallery!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pretty Little Studio Giveaway WINNER!

Thanks so much to everyone that commented for the Pretty Little Studio Giveaway!  It's time to announce the WINNER of my Five Favorites giveaway!


Helen please email me at with your mailing information, and I will forward it to PLS!

Illustrated Faith | Journaling Bible

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of I do receive compensation and material product from Illustrated Faith to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

It's been busy around the Blog, but I was up last week with two post on the Illustrated Faith Blog and wanted to share them here, too!  There are so many new stamps and products to play with in your Journaling Bible or your layouts, so make sure you visit the Illustrated Faith Etsy Shop to check them out!

Matthew 5:13

It's always great to hear a sermon on a verse or chapter you're pretty familiar with.  I think God always has something new for us to hear, no matter whether it's a Scripture or story we've heard 50 times or more. 

Several weeks ago our Pastor's sermon was on Matthew 5:13, "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost it's taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?  It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet."  I have heard this verse countless times through other sermons, Sunday School, camps, Vacation Bible name it, I've heard it.

As I was taking notes, one of the points Pastor Chris shared during the sermon, was "Don't let your inability to do everything, keep you from doing something."  This really stood out, because a lot of times I feel like it's impossible to accomplish anything for God, because I can't possibly change everything.  But this message reminded me that I don't have to change everything.  Any little bit of what I do for God counts.  It's worth something. 

And I think, right now, Illustrated Faith is my something.  Being a stay at home mom, I don't always have a lot of interaction outside of my crazy kids!  And when you ask God for opportunities to share with others, He always brings those opportunities to you, despite your circumstances.  God is funny that way!!  I'm glad He put this in my path and the chance to get to know and share with so many Ladies all around the world, some who I may have the chance to meet one day and some that will just continue to be my internet friends.  

I hope God shows you what your something is, and that you can be the salt to those around you!

Supplies:  Homespun Alpha Stamp Set, Whatever Is Lovely Stickers, Wordfetti White Stickers, Genesis Kit, Send Me Stamp Set, Watercolors, Washi Tape, You Rule Bible Mat 


Psalm 23

It's funny where inspiration comes from, or what God might use to just send you a little message here or there.  When I received my newest happy mail from Illustrated Faith it included the Explore Stamp Set.  I'm not a big stamper, but the mountain image in the set kept calling my name, so I knew I wanted to use it.

I recently read The Road to Becoming by Jenny Simmons, former lead singer of Addison Road.  She talked about difficult moments that happened in the life of the band and her family, which led her to a place of feeling lost in God's plan.  Spiritually, none of us want to be in the desert, the valley, the wilderness.  It's a place we feel lonely, scared, trapped and forgotten.  We want to be back on the mountain ASAP, where God has something awesome in store for us.

But when I am in the valley, I tend to forget that God isn't waiting for me on the mountain top.  He's right there with me in the valley.  And if I spent more time listening to Him, than worrying about trying to get out of the valley, I might actually hear and learn something from God.  Our time in the valley can change us, grow us and teach us.  Psalm 23 is God's comfort to us, when we are in the valley.  He is our Shepherd, our Restorer, and our Comforter. 

Sometimes I think the mountain top can be more dangerous for Christians, than the valley.  The mountain top can become comfortable, and we forget to depend on God.  And that's when a trip to the valley slaps us in the face!  If we are depending on God on the mountain top, the walk through the valley might not be so hard.  It doesn't mean that there won't be hard things to face, but knowing that Jesus is there with us, gives us hope of seeing the mountain top at the end of the journey.

Supplies:  You Rule Bible Mat, Explore Stamp Set, Wordfetti White, Mini Olive You, Typed Practice What You Peach, Mini Mint to Be, Mini Bless Her Heart, Big & Bold Black Eyed Pea, Genesis Kit,