Shopping Sales and Deal Sites, Oh My!

November 8, 2017

Good morning,

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you probably already know this but, I have been shopping lately, a lot! I can’t help it, my local scrapbook store had a fantastic sale last weekend, including 50% off Graphic 45.  Yes, I know, 50% off the new lines too, so I went a little crazy! In addition, I added to my Nuvo Collections of ”Pure Sheen” (fine glitter) and Nuvo “Glimmer” (glitter paste in a jar).  To my defense though I am still replenishing from when my little one decided to decorate the floor with my entire glitter and embossing stash!

 

At the same time, Blisy.com has amazing sales going on this month!  Their stamping sale last week was amazing with things up to 80% off. I challenged myself to look at things that were under $7.00. I am not a big stamper or embosser, but I am working on it.  I thought by limiting myself I wouldn’t have the selection so I would be safe. WRONG!  I ended up with 14 items from embossing folders to mini distress inks to stamps sets, including shipping around $30.00. Here is a sampling:

I was surprised by how much I loved the Frayed Burlap color, that is going look great on beach themes and all my guy layouts! The brick embossing folder is perfect for some Christmas projects I was thinking of adding a chimney! Time Holtz nailed the brick color perfectly!

Then if you saw yesterday’s post on the hot cocoa card, then you know my monthly stamp set came in. I guess I am having a little bit of an early Christmas, now if only I could get the new Silhouette Cameo 3 for under $10.00 then there would be some celebrating!

I think what kicked this whole thing off was some great deals on Peachy Cheap.com daily doorbuster quality deals. Now they are doing one for planners but since it can be used for cardmaking or scrapbooking it is like getting two deal a day!

Finally, if you ever want more of a collection that is older or maybe you are like me and only find bits and pieces when it is too late. The first place I look is Scrapbooking-for-Less.com. I filled in “Life in Color” by Simple Stories. I find past collections at great deals including Simple Stories, Graphic 45, Echo Park, Carta Bella, Bella Blvd to name a few!

Anyway,  I hope you are able to pick up some things off your wish list to finish up your Autumn and Holiday projects! Know this is a safe place to share, no judgment! If you have a great place to share, please tell about it in comments!

…Until next time

 

Cold Mornings and Hot Cocoa!

November 7, 2017

Good Morning,

Our weather lately has been crazy; last week we were roasting with 90-degree weather and this week we finally are getting those cold, crisp morning of Fall. This time of year is one of my favorites with all the trees showing their beautiful color, the cooler air and my favorite drink, hot chocolate! I like mine with a little nutmeg on top; I know not the most traditional!

My new stamp and die set just arrived from Stamps of Life, it is the cutest Hot Cocoa theme, it fast becoming a favorite.

I couldn’t wait I had to make a card right away! Being that it is Fall I wanted to go with a more rustic look, so I grabbed kraft paper and decided against doing a more elaborate background. I was inspired by those cool overcast Fall morning with a warm cup of cocoa.

I used the mug stamp and die along with whipped cream outline die, and the detailed whipped cream inset die. To give it a little shine and a few sprinkles of “nutmeg” I mixed my latest Nuvo acquisitions in their “Pure sheen” aka fine glitter collection in spiced apricot and diamond.

The card itself is a 4.25 by 5.5 (A2) size with an inside layer of white at 4×5. The sentiments in this set are perfect so I went with “…is like a warm hug on the inside”  ideal way to describe how I feel after drinking a mug of cocoa!

I added a little red and white bakers twine, die cut the marshmallows for a little playful movement and then pop dotted the mug and whipped cream.

This set is super fun, and I see she just came out with the polka dot stamp for the mug. If you are interested here is the site.  I have not done a recent monthly stamp project in a while, but this was hard to put off, I guess it spoke to me!

What is your favorite Autumn warm drink?

Until next time…

Here is my supply list:

Echo Park “I love Family” – heart sticker
Echo Park “I love Family” 6×6 pad – ” family tree” blue paper
Stamps of Life – Die Hard set for November – mug steam, both marshmallows dies, “Hot    Cocoa” stamp and “is like a hug from the inside” stamp.
Baker’s Twine
Nuvo Pure Sheen in Diamond and Spiced Apricot
Stamps of life – Chocolate ink pad

*please note I do not receive any compensation for recommending these products. I just love them and think you might too!

 

 

 

What? Gems on a boy layout!

November 4, 2017

Good Morning,

These photos have taken me forever to find the right paper line to scrap these pictures. In fact, it has been so long, my son who was in 3rd grade at the time of these pictures is now in Middle School!

Finally, Doodlebug Designs came to my rescue by releasing Dragon Tails earlier this year. This line has been good for birthday layouts as in the one found here, but also for things like dragon slaying and sword fighting….with balloons!

As I get myself more involved in social media, I am finding so many scrapbookers who have a hard time doing boy or guy layouts. As a mom of three boys, I never gave it much thought other than to think the majority of the industry caters to young girls and women. I am not a pro, but one thing I do not have a problem with is adding sparkle and floral components when warranted.

On this layout that you will notice I used gems. The large blue gems helped the swords come to life (cameo cut file “Pirate Sword” by Amy Robinson).  On the journaling card, they act as to give the feel of a tacked up sign. Then I lucked out to find grey pearl gems in my stash to help move the eye across the page as it felt like the two sides were divided.  I used my circle punch to make “tabs” then added a gem to look like a tag pull.

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I use them a lot to move an eye around, dot I’s and give a border on a picture. What is best about these adhesive pearls or gems is they are not “heavy” looking on a page. As compared to an ephemera piece or sticker. Even a stamp sometimes seems like it takes up too much of the visual! As an alternative, if I am out of gems I reach for my Nuvo enamel drops or the new glitter drops.  What do you think, do you use gems or something sparkly on your guy layouts?  Let me know in the comments!

You don’t have to give up your bling just because you are doing a boy or male layout.   What do you think, do you use gems or something sparkly on your guy layouts?  Let me know in the comments!

Here is my supply list:

Silhouette Cameo

doodlebug 12 x12 collection pack

Adhesive Eraser

Scotch ATG

Until next time…….

A little Bro Time at the Pumpkin Patch

October 1, 2017

I am sorry to be away for so long! School stated with so many demands that my time to create has been non-existent. I miss being able to share and visit all of your projects and sites.  I will be around soon to check what all  of you are doing.

But for now let’s get into this layout…..

I used an older Authentique Collection called Moonlit for all the papers. I love the little 3×4 cut aparts in this collection. The brighter colors pop with the papers. The little boy was too cute to pass up!

Pumpkin patch 2016

The spider web was a little flat so I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in black to give it dimension and shine.   Then finished the picture with some twine and Tim Holtz little halloween metal tags.

Look forward to seeing everyone’s posts about this years pumpkin patch visits and Fall decorations.  Let me know what you think in comments!

Until next time…

 

P5x7 Paper Tray

July 18, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a quick project to share. I needed something to hold note paper on my desk.  I was getting ready to peruse a big office supply store but first I needed to finish in the Silhouette Design Store. I thought why notsearch for desk organization. I couldn’t believe all the choices available.   I found this little tray and thought it would be perfect so  I skipped the office supply store figuring if this didn’t work out I could still make the trip. I can say it did work out, so I save my self a few dollars to spend on more cut files! 🙂

paper tray

After making a simple cut in one sheet of 12 x12 I had this perfect little tray that holds 5×7 note cards. I think I might make another one to hold scraps or finished pieces when working a larger project. However you use it this tray is probably the easiet cut file I have ever had the pleasure of working with, plus I love the functionality of it.

It cuts in one piece and then folds up beautifully. I used scor-tape to adhere the corners as I find it has a little more strength than my ATG. I think it took me all of 5 minutes to put this together.

Here is my quick and easy project that looks amazing. Check out those cut-out handles too.

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Here is my supply list:

  • 1piece of 12 x12 paper
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Lori Whitlock Designs 5×7 Serving Tray in the Silhouette Design Store
  • Scor Tape

Thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions please leave a comment.

Until next time,

 

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