Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Sliding Down layout

And it's another layout share from me today. 

I have been loving putting together scrapbook kits from my own stash and this one was the fourth layout from the kit that I had put together this month. You can check the video of the supplies I've gathered here...


Sliding down layout
These pictures are from four years ago. I love looking at them as they show a "younger" version of the kiddos. Not that they're super old now but their facial features have definitely changed.

I have to admit to you that I don't like my title. I was trying to be clever and use up some letter stickers but I really don't like the idea of sliding down to joy. I will change the word "to" to "with" before I slip this layout into my album.

And here's a process video showcasing this layout...


And here are a few more close up pics....

Do you ever get stumped with titles? What's your trick to overcome that? I would really like to know.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pirate's Cove layout

Hi there crafty friends. Today I'm sharing a layout I created with some of my stash and was inspired by this sketch from the Stuck?! challenge blog


Pirate's Cove layout
These are pictures from our first trip to Pirate's Cove, up in the Denver area. We loved it so much that we've been going to it for the last three summers. Our summer won't be the same without a trip to this water park.Thankfully, each year we manage to score some awesome deals on entrance fee so we are able to go year after year.

I know that I should be thinking of Christmas colors and themes this season but I just love how bold and vibrant colors brings me back to summer, one of my favorite seasons.

Here's a video on how I created this layout...

and here's a few more detail shots...

Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a great day.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas cards with ribbon scraps *Ribbons Unlimited Inc.*

Hello there friends. Today I’d like to share a super easy card design that can be mass produced for your holiday greetings. It’s also a great way to use up ribbon scraps. 

Instructions:
Gather your supplies. I will show you on a different blog post where all my ribbon scraps came from but for now, you can see all sorts of widths and lengths of ribbon in the mix. This design is also very useful to use up tools such as embossing folder, die and glitter glue. 

Create your card base from whatever cardstock you prefer. I made mine from white cardstock to measure 4 ¼ x 5 ½”. I then cut a 4 x 5 ¼” piece of white cardstock and ran them through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss dot embossing folder.

Next, I used a gold shimmer cardstock to cut my Christmas tree die from. I ran it through my die cut machine twice to make that all of the detail cuts were made. 

After that, I assembled the card. I picked out a pattern paper with red and green strips on it as a border and laid out how I want my ribbon scraps to go under the pattern paper strip. I then cut notches on each one and adhered to a ¾” strip of pattern paper. 

I first adhered my embossed background onto the card then my red strip with ribbon scraps under it; Followed by the die cut Christmas tree. To add some more texture, I filled the star top of the die with glitter glue. 

Here are some more close ups of the cards….


 I hope this inspired you to add some ribbon scraps to your next project. Thank you for stopping by.

-Grace
Supplies Used:
Dazzle ribbon, Ivory, 7/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Country check, Royal, 5/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Edinburgh, Dress Stewart, 1”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Grosgrain, Copen, 3/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Cardstock- (white) Walmart; (gold shimmer) Worldwin Cardstock
Pattern paper- Bazzill
Die- Die Versions

Glitter glue- Studio G, Hampton Arts

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Holidays card *Inspired by Stamping*

Hi crafty friends. I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season and not feeling stressed out already. If you are stressed, I hope a little bit of crafting is in the plan today and this card can be your inspiration for your next project....

Happy Holidays card
I created this card as an idea that can be used for mass produced cards. A little bit of pattern paper, stamping, glitter glue and twine can all be used to create one or one hundred cards.

I used the Holiday Tags set as well as a star from the Build a Stocking set. I decided to cover up the two on the sides with pattern paper and cut out ornament design because I didn't like how I designed the insides of the tag. Something that I'm not ashamed to let you know. Everyone makes mistakes, and I am not immune to that fact.

I also added some glitter glue to the star to add some more "shine" to it.

So there you have it. Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gingerbread Advent Calendar *Inspired By Stamping*

Hello friends. Today I'm honored to be the designer spotlighted at Inspired By Stamping. Christmas season is upon us. What traditions do you share with your family? 

I love creating traditions with my little family. It's exciting to celebrate seasons like this in a fresh pair of eyes, especially of my children. This year I wanted to take the advent calendar in a different direction. Usually advent calendars have little trinkets or treats to countdown to Christmas. Well I'm trying to teach my children to think less about the 'stuff' and more about the true meaning of the season. I was so happy to have found this scripture countdown online and I thought that I'd do this as the way to count down to Christmas. To get this calendar done, I used some cut files from Inspired By Stamping, as well as a stamp for the numbers. Here's the result...

I used the Sugar and Spice cut file (gingerbread man and the bow tie) cut from brown paper and red and white pattern paper. I love how cut files makes mass producing shapes so easy. I was able to cut the shapes in less than 10 minutes. I added a face to each one with just a marker. 

For the numbers- I stamped this postage stamp on white cardstock. Since the stamp is not a Christmas one, I covered the center with pattern paper. I then used a bunch of Thickers for the numbers. I kept the colors the same so there's cohesiveness even though I used different types of fonts and textures.

To tie them all together, I punched out holes on the sides and alternated the red and gold ribbon.


I didn't know how to add the scriptures on the individual gingerbread man cuts but couldn't think of any way to do it creatively so I ended up just taping it on the back.

So there you have it. I'm so excited about how this will help our family remember the true meaning of the season.

Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Happy Holidays (Christmas tree) card *Inspired By Stamping

Hello my crafty friends. Today I am sharing a Christmas card with you. I hope my project will inspire you to use up some of the latest stamp releases from Inspired By Stamping in your next project.

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For this card, I layered some pattern papers from Echo Park and then highlighted the sentiment by stamping it on yellow cardstock. It was a bold move but paid off since I had some busy designs from the pattern papers.

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To add some texture and interest to the trees, I heat embossed them with green powder, hand cut each of and adhered one with foam adhesive.

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Big Holidays set, Inspired By Stamping
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Build a Stocking stamp set, Inspired By Stamping
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Others: Cardstock, Pattern paper, ink pads, green embossing powder, adhesives

Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I treasure this layout

Hi there crafty friends. I'm sharing my first of, hopefully many more layouts, for this month. This layout was inspired by this photo from the Scrap our Stash challenge....

"I treasure this" layout
I used the circles, the turquoise color and some bling as my inspiration. I used the circles as my background. It was a good way to use up some scrap papers. I also used some accents that have the turquoise color and then added a trim with gold in it as well as sequins. 

Here's a video sharing how I created the page....


and here are some more close ups....


Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas card 2014 + video on effective mass production of cards

Hi there friends. I know that in some parts of the world, Christmas starts before Halloween, but I prefer to get into the spirit of the holiday season AFTER Thankgiving. Isn't that how it used to be? Anyways since I'm in the holiday mood now,I decided to share with you my Christmas card for this year...

I haven't massed produced Holiday cards in a while and decided that this year, I will go back to my "roots" so to speak. I loved making handmade cards for the holiday season and it gives me a great excuse to use up my stash. 

I created this card using this a few stamp sets from Inspired By Stamping. They can be found here, here and here

While creating my card, I found some easy ways to make this project cost effective and efficient. Want to hear it? Watch the video below to learn more.


And here's a few more close ups of the card...

Now all it needs is a family photo and I might even type up a year in review newsletter. I'm on a roll here!

How about you, do you make handmade cards for the season? What's the best tip you've found that makes it fun for you?

till next time,
Grace

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Family layout

So how was your Thanksgiving day? Was it full of yummy food and great company? Did you brave the crowds and got some deals? Well however you celebrated the day, I hope you were able to create some great memories. 

Speaking of memories, I got one documented recently, inspired by this sketch...

Happy Family layout
Remember my page from Wednesday? about my daughter's baptism? Well the photo on this page is from the same weekend. My parents and two of my siblings were able to come to the baptism and we had to document the mini reunion with a family photo. I got this one printed as a 5x7 and I thought it needed it's own special layout.

The sketch had an extra challenge that went with it. They wanted us to add something that inspired us. My family definitely inspires me and that's what I used as my journaling prompt.

I used a lot of die cut shapes and itty bitty pieces from my stash in this layout. I loved the deep turquoise background but needed to ground the page a bit so I added some white paint around it.

Here's a video of how I created this page....


And here are some more close ups...




Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Till next time,
Grace