Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back again.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Enjoy it's your birthday card *Inspired By Stamping*

Hello there friends. Today I'm sharing a card that I created with some stamps from Inspired By Stamping. I wanted to "play" with watercolor so I used the flower from the Aster stamp set as my base. I inked it with some dark brown color onto some watercolor paper and then used my Reeves water color pencil set to bring it to life. I then brushed some water on it to create the watercolor effect. As you can see, I'm still a beginner with this technique but I love the result and how the colors just blend together well. 


I cut the image off of the watercolor paper and then transferred it onto my card base. Because I want the attention to go straight to the flowers, I made the whole design simple. I added a heat embossed sentiment, tiny ribbon to create my border around the card and then some rhinestones to finish it off. 


So what new technique have you tried recently?

Make sure you check out the IBS store for the latest stamp release.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, October 27, 2014

Silly Playful Happy layout + process video

Happy Monday friends. Let's start the week off with a layout shall we...

This one is based off of this sketch from Stuck?! blog and with the products that I've pulled together for my stash inspired by this month's use your stash kit...

Silly Playful Happy layout

Here's the process video with this layout...



and here are some more details...



Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a creative week.

Till next time,
Grace

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Inspired By Stamping Birthday Blog Hop


Surprise!  I'm here today, along with other gals on the Inspired By Stamping design team, to wish the Inspired By Stamping store's owner, Joanna, a happy 3rd anniversary for the store and an early happy birthday!  You should have arrived her from Donna's blog.  If not, and you'd like to join in the fun, please start at Joanna's blog and hop along with us to wish her many happy returns!  We've all made birthday creations to share using Inspired By Stamping products.  Come and take a peek at mine!


Warmest Birthday Wishes card
I'm still using the Neopolitan line from Dear Lizzy. I hoarded them for a long time and now it's time to actually put them to use. I used a sentiment from the "A Lovely Birthday" stamp set. 

 Instead of using a pearl or enamel dot, I used paint in the center of my flowers. It well coordinated with the flowers and I was able to use one of my small bottles of paint.

Thank you for stopping by today and for hopping with all of us from Inspired By Stamping!  Your next stop is Irit's blog. 

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, October 24, 2014

Our Story layout with video

Hi there friends. Today I'd like to share a layout I created this month. Before I go on, let me just tell you that my head has been spinning with ideas unfortunately, time in not in my favor. With the little one not sleeping through the night plus having to take care of the rest of the family, it's harder to find time to create. Hence the reason why posts here on my blog and few and far in between. But we all know that babies are not going to be this small forever so I'm consciously choosing to let go of some things in order for me to totally embrace little Mason at this age. 

So now that that's out of the way, I do have to give a shout out to all the scrap bloggers out there that produces so many ideas and inspiration that I can use to springboard my own creations. This month I had put together my own "kit" from my stash using the color scheme from Use Your Stash plus the sketch from Sketches in Thyme 

and here's the result...

Our Story layout 

and if you are interested, here's the process video for the layout....


Here's some more details...



Thank you for stopping by and I would love to hear what you would like to see more of in this blog. I love sharing my projects but kinda curious what drives you back here again and again.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Today mini book *Ribbons Unlimited Inc.

Hello there friends. Today I’m sharing a mini book project that I created using some 4x6 pocket scrapbook papers. Pocket pages and scrapbook supplies are a rage right now. While I don’t do project life, I still like to get the products cause they’re so cool. Recently, I got a pack of 4x6 papers designed for pocket scrapbooking. I used it as a base for my mini album. I then put it all together with a coil binding.  Because the papers were already cut into one size, I was able to put this book together in record time.


To spruce up the front of the book, I tied some colorful ribbons from Ribbons Unlimited Inc.



Here are a few pictures of the inside pages of the book…


I hope this inspired you to use those pocket scrapbooking products in your next mini album project.

Happy Creating,
Grace
Supplies Used:
#995 Grosgrain stripes, Yellow, 3/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Grosgrain, Stripes, 5/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Country check, Red, 1”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Lilac Leopard Grosgrain 5/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Giraffe 7/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Edinburgh, Dress Stewart, 1”, Ribbon’s Unlimited Inc.
Papers and border stickers- Ruby Rock It
Letter stickers- My Little Shoebox
Cardstock- WorldWin Cardstock
Bind it tool- Bind it all, Zutter
Pen- Millennium, Zig

Enamel dots- homemade

Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn Wishes treat bags *Inspired by Stamping*

Hi crafty friends. Today I'm sharing an altered project that I created using some new stamps from Inspired By Stamping. Fall is one of those seasons where we bake up a storm and then spread the love to family and friends. Well, what better way to hand those homemade treats than with a homemade bag as well?

I created the bag using some papers that had the Fall color scheme with it and then added a border using the Free stamp of September which is the Diamonds. I also added a label from the Autumn blessings stamp set

Now they're ready to be filled with some fun treats. 


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you check out the latest stamp sets from Inspired by Stamping by heading over here.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I'm grateful for you layout *Inspired By Stamping*

One of my favorite things about the Fall season is the reminder to have a more grateful heart. The new stamp Autumn Blessings helped me get a page documented about one of my favorite people in the world, my husband. He really is my better half and I am grateful for everything that he does for me and my family.

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One of my favorite ways to incorporate stamping in my scrapbook pages is to use them in lieu of pattern paper. In this page, I used the images in the stamp set to create three blocks of pattern paper (pumpkin, leaves, red bricks) and then used the stamp "grateful" to layer over a Polaroid image cut up from a pattern paper. I also used the stamp set for my title, heat embossing it with black onto white cardstock, cutting around it and then adhering  it onto my picture with some foam adhesive.

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Thank you for joining us today and I hope you try out the new Autumn Blessings stamp set and create something fun today.

 Happy Creating,
 Grace

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Others: Cardstock, Pattern paper, stickers, ink pads (apricot, emerald green, distressed brick red, pewter) , black embossing powder, black pen

Monday, October 13, 2014

Magazine inspired card *Ribbons Unlimited Inc.

Hi there ribbon friends. I am a big magazine reader. I love grabbing information, recipes, ideas and of course inspiration from the pages of lifestyle magazines. While browsing through an issue of HGTV magazine, I was stopped in my tracks with the photo of a cool door. As I studied the door, I noticed that the diamond design can easily be replicated with ribbons. Read on to see how I incorporated the design onto a thank you card.


Instructions:

1. For my square card, I cut out a 4 ½” square piece of white paper. I added some dazzle ribbon strips diagonally onto the paper. 

2. Next, I cut the square into four smaller pieces. 

3. Then I turned each square till I got a design that I was happy with. 

4. Then I adhered the blocks onto the center of a 5” square card. I then added a tiny strip of dark purple cardstock, a tied ribbon from more dazzle ribbon and two die cut tabs where I handwrote my sentiment. 

Here’s the finished card…

I used very minimal decoration on this card so that the eye can focus on the cool design created by the ribbon. 
I hope this inspires you to use some ribbon to create some cool geometric shapes for your next paper crafting project.

Happy Creating,
Grace
Supplies Used:
Dazzle Dotribbon 3/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Cardstock-Bazzill
Pen- Millennium, Zig
Die cut tabs- SEI
Enamel dot- Homemade

Monday, October 6, 2014

Just For You card *Inspired By Stamping*

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Hello there Inspired By Stamping friends, Grace here to share with you a card that I created using the new release Teeny Tiny Greetings...
 I love all the greetings and how they are all done in different fonts. I used a few of them to create a list of sentiments. To highlight the card sentiment, I stamped the border with brown ink and then heat embossed the sentiment using some green embossing powder. To add some more texture, I added some paper flowers to the leaf design of the paper on the bottom right.
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I hope this inspires you to create something fun today with the Teeny Tiny Greetings stamp set. 

Happy creating,
 Grace
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Others: Cardstock, Pattern papers, Paper Flowers, Rhinestone, Twine, Brown ink, Green embossing powder

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Family Update

Hello friends. Another month is almost over and before we say goodbye to September, here's what had kept our family busy this month....

Our first family "field trip" after Mason was born was to the Denver Temple. Our primary had a Saturday activity to go as families to the temple and go through a tour. The weather was great and what could be better than going to the temple as a family?


I'm not sure why Maddie has a pouty face in the photo above. I think she didn't want to be under the sun. Oh well! 

This month, our Primary had their annual sacrament program. For our friends that are not familiar with this, it's when all the children in our congregation give short talks/speeches and sing as a choir in between the talks infront of all of the congregation. This is a way for the children to share what they've been learning this year in their Sunday school and primary classes. The photo above was taken after that program. It's also our first official photo as a family of five. 

This month we got to celebrate Mitch's birthday. His special day fell on a Wednesday so we decided to celebrate the Friday after. But we couldn't pass up his birthday without singing the birthday song to him. We had some zucchini brownies that we had put a single candle on, lit it up and then sang our wishes to him. I love low key celebrations. :)

 We found that with every one's excitement with Mason, he was getting used to being carried all the time. That is becoming a bit of a problem for me during the day since no one else can pick him up but me. So we bought him a bouncer at Walmart and the photo above was taken on the day that we got the bouncer. I love this photo because Maddie has become a little mama for Mason and I'm loving the bond that they have together.

Speaking of being picked up, our little man also likes to sleep on me. I don't mind the cuddles but I also know that this can't be a normal routine or he won't sleep on his own. So for about five minutes I cuddle him and then I try to put him down. The photo above was taken during one of those sweet cuddle times with him. 

And of course, I can't end this post without random pictures of our little man. Left to right- Mason taken at the Denver Temple grounds, During his first bath, Just a random photo of him while sleeping, and a close up of him on his bouncer.

I got a photo of him on his first month (can you believe his officially one month old?) but that is still in the camera and around  here, we do what we can in 10 minute intervals while the baby is happy sleeping and getting the photos in my camera entails more than 10 minutes. Hopefully before next months' family update, I can post it.

Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace