Five Minute Friday

This super simple card took me all of 5 minutes – I love when this happens. All it took was an amazing sheet of patterned paper, a funky greeting and a little stapled embellishment. The key to these super quick cards is finding paper or background stamps that do the work for you!

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The paper is from an older Amy Tangerine 6×6 pad that I have clearly been hoarding. The sentiment is from a recent Studio Calico kit & the woodgrain heart is part of the Studio Calico Essentials line – I have these in just about every color. 
Ok – thanks for joining me for Five Minute Friday – give it a try and share a link below!

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Color Me Happy

I love Pinterest. I’m a relatively avid pinner, happily collecting boards of DIY, recipes, card inspiration, color combinations and more. But, after hours get sucked away into the time warp that is Pinterest, what then? Its an amazing site, but a total trap as well. I have recently made an effort to do more with my pins – cook the recipes, do the DIYs – I even have friends who host Pinterest Parties making creations they find on the site.

I have decided to start a new series using the color combinations I pin endlessly to inspire some new creations. I love color – I love fearless combos, pleasing pairings, rainbows. I am always looking for new combinations and how those matches could spark something new in my creativity. This was fun – I highly recommend it. Here is my first experiment.

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Here was the color combination 
I pulled some coordinating papers, patterned papers and ink to get things going.

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I decided to start off with some navy cards -
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This card uses the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Dots set – a really set this one! And the gorgeous Alte New Magnolias for Her set – love those gorgeous blooms. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Greetings. The card is cut to 4″ wide to allow for the banner & flower hanging off the edge.
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A super simple one using some leftover Studio Calico goodies and some fun patterned paper. 
Next, I got inky with a Simon Says Stamp diagonal stripe stencil and one of my all time favorite floral stamp sets. 
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Lastly, one of my favorite layouts – the perfect way to show off gorgeous patterned paper and a big sentiment. 

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That is all for this instalment of Color Me Happy – I hope you’re inspired to do something with all your pins! Thanks for stopping by!

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Wish List Wednesday

There are so many things on my crafty wish list right now – how about you? Here is what I’m wishing would magically appear on my doorstep (can someone please let my husband know this very handy gift list was posted?).

I love this stamp and die from Studio Calico. Truth be told, I have already preordered this, so no need to send this to me if you were considering it ;-)

Next up, the Notes & Things collection from Crate Paper. All of it. Every single item. Here are some of my favorites – swoon.

Next up, the fun new release at Simon Says Stamp. I love the Enjoy the Journey set for Project Life & scrapbooking.
And the stencil set? Yes, please.
And the Keep Swimming set is adorable. I think I will love this for kid’s cards and card making kits geared at a younger audience.

I loved the new release from Alte New. The Sketchy Flowers Rose – total stunner.

How about those Clearly Besotted Stamps that I have had my eye on for awhile? First up, Fresh Flowers. This set is just stunning – I think it is time to take the plunge and order it.

From their latest release – I love the Simply Quilled set – this is really something different to add to the stamping arsenal.

Lastly, I have a confession. I have a serious addiction to ink. I own just about every ink pad from every major manufacturer. And I can’t stop. There is something about a new ink pad – the color, the juiciness, the endless possibilities offered by such a simple little rectangle! I love all the Hero Arts inks – I probably reach for them first, followed closely by Papertrey Ink & Simon Says Stamp. 
But, I have been wanting to try the WPlus9 collection for a long time – I think the colors are so appealing. I think I will put the original collection & the new colors on my birthday wish list next month. 

Ok, that just about does it – and would definitely do it for my wallet for a long time!

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Penny Arcade Card Kit, Take 2

Popping in quickly today to share some more cards I made with the Studio Calico Penny Arcade Card Kit & Pinball add-on. I did these outside of the designated 1 hour challenge (see here). These cards came together very quickly thanks to gorgeous patterned papers.

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On both of these I did challenge myself to use only kit contents and I love the result. Typically I would never think to use letter stickers on a card, but I love how they look on the 2nd card, so well worth giving yourself that challenge and seeing where the supplies take you.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Back again soon sharing a one layer card for the current Hero Arts Challenge.
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Studio Calico Office Hours Card Kit

Ok, here’s the deal – I am a serious sucker for kits. I love them. Really, really love them. I get the Simon Says Stamp card kit & the Studio Calico Project Life kit. I recently indulged in the Studio Calico card kit as well and I am super excited about it. Getting mail every single month is AMAZING.

In my modus operandi, I put on the timer for 90 minutes when I went to work with this kit. I completed 3+ cards, with the 4th nearly done – not terrible (though definitely room for improvement!). I kept it simple and used the gorgeous patterned papers for the backgrounds of my cards and kept the other elements simple. I used the scraps to create a 4th card that was a mix of leftover bits.

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These cards were fun – I loved the mix of navy, corals & yellow. The wood veneer elements are divine and so were the gorgeous buttons. I went with some unconventional clouds on the first card – watercolored with a Wet Cement paint dauber. 
Thanks so much for stopping by – hope you are having a great weekend!

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Project Life Weeks 1 & 2

Hey there!

Things have been busy around here…and I haven’t been feeling 100%, so apologies for the quiet blog lately. I wanted to share the first 2 weeks of my 2014 PL album. I am still really behind on 2013 & will be sharing those periodically, but my goal is stay on track with 2014.

I have figured out a way to make my life a little simpler with regards to this huge undertaking:
1) Print pictures at home. I don’t LOVE the quality, so good pictures I might order, but the majority of my photos are taken on my phone anyway, so it is no big deal to just print them here and be done with it.
2) Work exclusively with monthly kits. I subscribe to Studio Calico and I found this spread came together so much better when I forced myself to use the contents and not go searching through my big stash for every little embellishment.
3) Journal as I do the spread, as opposed to doing all the fun bits and leaving all the journaling blank (this is how Sept-Dec 2013 currently looks!).

I think that is it for my approach so far this year – hoping I can stick with the album as I love having it & even my 2 year old likes to look through it :-)

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Ok, thats a lot of pictures! Sorry for the poor quality on these – still can’t quite get down a knack for photographing these spreads.
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Turning 2

Hey again!

A very quick post today – I’m busy catching up with friends in London and scouring the sale racks ;-) This is another birthday card for a 2 yr old – this time a little girl. I used some old Studio Calico goodies & piece of adhesive cork I’ve had in my stash for awhile now!

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Thats all for me today – hope you are having a great weekend!
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Project Life 2013 – Week 8

Hello again! I’m in the midst of a crazy week. This first week of January has to be one of the hardest of the year, right? I’m overwhelmed with all the things I’d like to do this year & desperate to get it all organized, but still feel like I’m walking in circles. Anyone with me here?! I hope so!

So, I’m still catching up on my 2013 Project Life and *trying* to be ok with it. I’m hoping to fine tune my approach this year and not get so far behind – this is already proving difficult ;-)

Anyway, here is week 8 from 2013.

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Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!
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Quite the Pair

So, whilst you read this from the comforts of your home (or wherever you catch up on your blogs!) I am most likely about to pull my hair out on a flight with my 2 year old! Flying with an extremely active toddler is not fun. Ever. But, I digress. Here, as usual, to share a card!

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I put this one together using some Studio Calico kits – love when things come together like this. It is actually the same layout as Thursday’s card – I cheated a little! I think this card is so sweet for a wedding.

Things will be a little quieter here ?(though I still have some things to share!) the next 2 weeks as we enjoy some time with my husband’s family!
Thanks for visiting!

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Be You

Hey friends!

Popping in to share a very quick card today – lots to do in the final week before vacation! Haven’t even thought about packing the little one or myself! Had very big ambitions to wrap up 2013 with an onslaught of crafting & organization, but alas a never-ending cold is thwarting all my efforts.

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I did have a chance to play over the weekend – made this cheerful card using the Mama Elephant Be You stamp set. I bought this to use on my Project Life, but happy to put it to use on a card as well. Lots of other mixed stuff going on here – a 3×4 journal card from Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste PL Mini Kit, Heidi Swapp papers and some Studio Calico embellishments.

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For the stamped focal point, I first stamped it on the journaling card in a bronze pigment ink. I then stamped it again with a charcoal ink, cut it out and stitched it over the first stamped it, offset slightly. 
Ok, that is all for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by – really appreciate it!

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