Monday, October 13, 2014

For All Things

I love the color combination from The Paper Players challenge and the For All Things stamp set.

I used these colors plus Whisper White and Chocolate Chip as my neutrals. First I made my own pattern paper by stamping the leaves. I used a watercolor brush directly on the rubber stamp and on the paper to vary the colors.

Here is my finished card:

At first glance, Mossy Meadow was not my favorite from the 2014-2016 In Color collection, but I like it more and more as I use it. It is great for fall and holiday cards!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Simplicity Links

I have not blogged about simplicity or minimalism lately, so I thought that it was time to share some links. Blogs, podcasts, and even a Facebook group helps me stay focused on simplifying our lives.

I am working through a career transition and Tammy Strobel's answer to my recent question gave me some helpful perspective. You can read her post about rethinking work on Rowdy Kittens.

I enjoyed reading Courtney Carver's discussion on the difference between simplicity and minimalism at Be More with Less.

I am happy to hear that one of my favorite podcasts about simple living will continue to have new episodes. I can relate to so many episodes of Simple Life Together.

I am working to cut back on some memorabilia and get our printed photos into a Project Life album. I've had all of the supplies for a while now, so it is time to use them! I love that I can move around the pages in my scrapbooks. I started with some photos of a trip to visit family in 2010.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kit Fun

Welcome to another Fun 'n Crafty Stampers blog hop! We are featuring Stampin' Up! kits today. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Whether you are a new or experienced crafter, kits are a fun way to complete projects. I am using the Everyday Occasions card kit. The kit includes supplies for 20 cards. They are super fun and all you need is some adhesive and scissors. I started my card with the intention of following one of the example cards in the instruction booklet, but I could not resist the urge to change it up a bit. (I also added a rhinestone that was not included in the kit.) This card came together in just a few minutes!

If you are in my local area (near San Jose, CA), then you can come make more cards with me from the Everyday Occasions kit on Monday, October 6th in the evening. Please RSVP on my Facebook page or Stampin' Up! website. If you want to order the kit, please click on the picture below or contact your Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I am really happy with this kit and look forward to making more cards with the supplies.

Check out the next post and the rest of our blog hop for more fabulous kits and ideas!
Sara G. of 1200 Some Miles
Tobe B. of The Craft Sea
Stacey L. of A Work of Carte
Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper

Also, if you are looking for a card kit at a great price, then check out the Hip Hip Hooray kit on the weekly deals for $14.96.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Rethinking Scrapbooking

If you have read my blog long enough (Hi Mom and Dad), then you will remember when I posted scrapbook pages. For the past 5 years or so, I have been making more cards than layouts. One of my barriers to regular scrapbooking has been printing the photos as we used more and more digital photography. I have tried digital scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements and My Digital Studio, but that was sporadic. I have been interested in Project Life, but I have not developed a system to regularly create this type of album. I may have finally found my solution because now there is a Project Life App for iPhone. It is quick, easy, and not too expensive. Here are some of the pages I have created in just a week:

Of course my first in-app purchase was the kit designed by Stampin' Up! Next I will have my 12x12 pages printed and then slip them into our scrapbooks. I like this option since I can mix in other types of layouts. This was the last traditional layout that I made over the summer with the one of the Stampin' Up! Project Life kits.

Project Life by Stampin' Up! supplies used:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Swap & Hop

The Fun 'n Crafty Stampers just completed our card swap for the Holiday catalog, and we are having a blog hop today to celebrate. I am impressed with all of the time and effort that is put into these cards. My friend and upline, Pam, does a wonderful job of coordinating our large card swaps.

I chose to use the Beauty of the Season stamp set and Blendabilities markers. I love the cardinal and this image is forgiving to color.

I hope that you will hop along to see the other cards and check out my supply list below. Your next stop is Stamp with Angela, and she makes beautiful cards!

Pamela Wu of Sticky Tofu
Sara Grafton of 1200 Some Miles
Angela McCormack of Stamp with Angela
Jennifer Blomquist of Northwest Stamper
Stacey Lane of A Work of Carte

Supplies Used: