Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Good Life

Today we are up on the Paper Issues blog showing you lots of fun ways to use your Stitch Happy sewing machine or thread to hand stitch.
I used the Stitch Happy twine from the Paper Issues store to hand stitch while I was traveling. This heart cut file from Paper Issues was the perfect size to hand stitch around.

A few close ups of the details on the layout:

The We R twine was the perfect match for the heart cut file paper which is from Amy Tangerine On a Whim.  This leaf paper was a close match to Paige Evan's Oh My Heart collection. I used up lots of scraps from past layouts to fill in the hearts on this cut file.

The rose gold journal card was a great size to be a photo mat. I used the chipboard Oh My Heart Thicker frame as a photo mat layer for dimension. These patterned papers are so versatile.

I scattered Oh My Heart puffy stickers and phrase stickers from Simple Stories. I added WE R Stitch Happy twine stitching in three of the central hearts for a bit more focus on the stitching nearest the photo.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fantastic Fun: San Antonio

It's time for Paper Issues August's Add it Up Challenge hosted by Michelle.  It is all about adding more and more until you hit the point totals.  This month the target is 110-120.  Here's my take using Amy Tangerine's Hustle and Heart collection paired with the brush stroke PI cut file. I got to a total of 115 points for this project. See the details on the PI blog.

Here's a closer look:
Do you need these little bitty bows?!  Yes, yes you do!  Get these adorable little babies in the store now!  I added splats of Shimmerz Inklingz in the "paint brush stroke strips".

 I mixed foam Thicker alphas from On a Whim and Hustle + Heart.  I love the fun brush script font that make them interchangeable! I added hand stitching on the photo mats.  It easily adds more texture and dimension.

I love the striped water color paper "The Bright Side" in Hustle + Heart.  I first cut it apart in strips.  I measured the width of the stripe and enlarged the Brush Stroke background cut file to fit this paper.  Simply ungroup the cut file and enlarge the brush strokes you want to use.  Check out those Hustle + Heart puffy hearts.  They are perfect for sprinkling around a page.

Fill up your page and add it up!
I sure hope to see your take on this fun challenge!
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Too Cool

Today on the PI blog Mary-Ann is wowing us with a new moodboard for August for Pinspire Me.  I love her fun boards.  It is always so easy to play along.
I was inspired by the movie clapperboard and the little boy with candy scattered around him.
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 I used Amy Tangerine Hustle + Heart for my take.  I welded the PI cut file letters and sunnies into my title for a fun take on my son's sunglasses obsession. I splattered Inklingz watercolors from Shimmerz throughout the background along with the packaging technique to mimic the Hustle + Heart paper I used for the title letters. I liked how it worked for the colors in the candy image.

Check out some of the fun details:
The PI free files include the open brush alpha which I welded with the sunglasses cut file from the summer cut file. I ungrouped the sunglasses cut file to lift off the lenses as I wanted just the background layer of the sunnies for my O's.

I love the ephemera that is part of the Hustle and Heart collection. It has a shiny layer and adds fun sayings and pops of color. 

 The Hustle + Heart  foam Thickers include shapes and this extra long arrow. The Amy Tangerine sticker booklet is so versatile with pages of clear sticker phrases, shapes--check out the multi colored and wonky shaped hearts I scattered.  The little red scallop sticker prompted me to doodle scallops on my journaling.

Get all of the awesome Amy Tangerine Hustle + Heart collection for 20% off in the Paper Issues store.  Cut files are always free! Grab them all and have fun playing around.  Alter them like I did  here to make them work for you!
Thanks for stopping by today, I can't wait to see how you are pinspired by the August moodboard. Play along now through September 3rd.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Free File Friday titles: Sun & Fun

I am up on the Paper Issues blog with a new installment of Free File Friday!  
We are focusing on using a cut file title this month!  
I used the Sun & Fun title from the Geo Tropical Palms cut file and converted into stitching dots.  See this blog post for the details on how to get the perfect-sized hand stitching holes by converting the cut file--it's so easy! 
Bella Blvd Secrets of the Sea was perfect for documenting my little fish!

After you convert the cut file lines to stitching marks, I usually cut the cut file out as a solid shape.  This helps when it's a scripty title or other intricate shape so you can lay the shape on top to see where the stitches go as well as spots you might want to add a stitch hole to make the stitching more rounded.

I adore this printed quote paper from Bella Blvd Secrets of the Sea.  I had wanted the quote to show--and voila--I realized by showing only the border of it the top and bottom of the paper display the entire quote.  So very sweet! The ephemera pack and sticker sheet worked well together for layering and adding details.

 I just played with Shimmerz brand watercolors for this layout. I love how it worked on the paper and the way it dried is so pretty.  Some colors were shimmery and all colors played off the color scheme of the Secrets of the Seas papers. I got paint into the stitching area in some spots but the twine just soaks it up.

More stitching and Shimmerz paint close ups on the cut file title. So, here's my "secret of the seas"--I started this stitching layout in June and just completed it in August!!!  Anyone else have page designs that you start and don't finish or take you forever to finish?!

One last view of the title in full. I added lots of splatters as you can see he was all splashed by the waves in the photo. I love the look of the ombre colors in the letters. The Bella Blvd fish were so cute with this design.

I hope you are inspired to use a cut file title in your projects this month.  
Paper Issues has so many words, titles, alphabets, and quotes to use to help you with your page designs. 
Create a title and submit your project in the August Challenge thread in PIFF (Paper Issues Friends and Fans on Facebook.)  
Who knows, you might be the lucky one to win a PI store gift card?!
Grab some cut files to download and get ready to create. 
Bonus if you create a title that you converted to a stitching file.
I love seeing what you create.  Tag us on social media so we can share some love!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Adventure

Today's new challenge at Paper Issues is hosted by Amanda and she is challenging us to work our title!  This month she wants us to use the word SUMMER in our title along with other words!  This was so much fun to look over my stash and the free cut files in the store to create a vertical and horizontal mix title.

A closer look at the mixed media using Shimmerz paints and the beautiful Fancy Pants summer collection, Hello Sunshine to go with my Caribbean cruise pic. The cut file words are found in two different cut file sets.

 Loving the gold details on the Fancy Pants Hello Sunshine ephemera pieces.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sketchy Saturday: Ferris Wheel Fun

Today on the Paper Issues blog is a new Sketchy Saturday for August hosted by Amy!  Check out this fun sketch:
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I used Echo Park Summer Dreams for my take.  I loved the ferris wheel designs that were included in this collection. I just had to pull out my MN State Fair pictures from last summer to find one to work with.  I switched it up and used one photo, but added the 3x4 cards to my design.  I started with an acrylic painted background with the light teal/aqua color in this collection.

Brads, enamel dots, and chipboard stickers to get all of the circles! I added stitching in various layers to add texture. The Summer Dreams collection has the cutest ferris wheel paper in navy. I used both sides of this in the layering because-- rainbow polka dots!!!

The "so much fun" card was a square cut apart that I sized down to fit this LO design. Don't save these cards for pocket scrapping! Use them on your traditional scrapbook pages as well! Machine stitching and enamel dots sprinkled throughout.

Hope your weekend is going well. 
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Back to School

It's a new Project Pocket challenge at Paper Issues.  I documented the start of last school year with Simple Stories Old School.  This was fun to put together and get into the album.  I love mixing it up and adding pocket pages into my albums when the spirit moves me or time is ticking!

A few close up looks:

Use up those text stickers, random stickers, and extra labels on your pocket cards.Add messy threads, flair, and enamel dots for texture and interest!

Add washi tape on top of your photos for a fun layer of text or pattern to cover plain parts of your photos.

I hope you will check out this fun challenge on the PI Blog. 
 An easy way to get started is to use your cut apart papers
 that are usually included in each collection.  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Try It Tuesday: Washi Tape

Happy August!  We are back with a new month full of challenges to try out. Check out the PI blog--Try It Tuesday is all about fun ways to use washi tape to add texture to your projects!  I had so much fun using my neglected washi tape on this challenge!

A few close ups of the torn washi and stitching with mixed media.
I love the Amy Tangerine On A Whim collection washi tape that had multiple tapes included.  It worked perfectly to match with the colorful paper and the mixed media water colors and gelatos I used.

I popped up the Paper Issues free files title that I used.  I also cut out the You Fill my heart full of Love  cut file for all of the hearts in the border. The AT chipboard Thickers were the perfect addition under my title.

 Clear stickers are the perfect addition to photos or background paper. Find some of AT On A Whim and her new collection: Hustle and Heart in the store.

Have a wonderful first day of August!  Summer is scooting by too quickly.  I hope you will join us on the new challenges that pop up throughout the month. This one is a definite must.  Washi is always a good idea to play with!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Scraplift Sunday: Love These Days

Today on the Paper Issues Blog we are lifting the talented Michelle Gallant as she created a stunning patriotic Canada Day layout.  I love the overlapping elements at the mid-line.  I just got the new collections from American Crafts in the mail from Paper Issues and I couldn't wait to use something new.  This is from Creekside by one canoe two.  This collection has so many pretty designs it was hard to pick.  I loved the row of flowers on this patterned paper.  I cut it in half and moved it to the top half.  Check out the long roller stamp as well.  I love the row of leaves and so many more.

I loved this picture of Brooklyn with the peonies--because--peonies!!  No really, she loves to be in the pictures and was happy to pose with the gorgeous blooms at Grandma's house. The gelatos and watercolors were used to give splatters along the midline among the flowers.  I used flair from my stash and popped some elements up with foam dots.  The little stickers were fun to layer under the photo as mini banners.

The Creekside 6x12 stickers and ephemera pieces worked so well together for layering.

Scraplift Sunday is such a fun challenge to join in on!  Check out Michelle's design on the PI blog and lift it.  I can't wait to see your take on this one!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Free File Friday: Summer Adventures at Magnolia Market

Today on the Paper Issues blog, it is all about documenting your summer adventures or travels with Paper Issues cut files
 I used the butterfly cut file as a stencil with acrylic paint to get a patterned yellow background. It's ok to be messy! I love the imperfect look as it is just an added texture to the background and you can usually cover up spots that you are not fond of with layering or more embellishments! 
I thought the butterflies were a good choice for documenting my trip to Waco, Texas to see Magnolia Market and the Seed Supply gardens.  Since this photo was of me standing in the gardens I was able to use up lots of the SS Summer Days florals and sun icons as it was over 90 degrees!  I used Simple Stories Summer Days and added two cut file arrows from the Magical cut file set.  Arrows are always a fun idea when documenting a travel excursion or local road trip. 

Project Life style pocket cards work great as titles, layers, and to fussy cut around.  I used several Simple Stories cards in this grouping.

I love these Dear Lizzy Thickers that were part of her last collection.  The colors coordinated well with Simple Stories.

It was a fun day in Waco, TX stopping at a bucket list location for me!  I love all design shows especially watching Chip and Joanna Gaines.  It's a definite 'worth the trip' location! The people were so helpful and kind.  It made our visit so very pleasant.  More of the close up of cut file mixed media background.

Thanks for stopping by for Free File Friday!  I sure hope you will join us and try out your cutting machine with one of the fun designs from PI! Tag us on social media if you use a cut file.  I can't wait to see what you make!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Swag Bag July: E Monogram

Hello!  It's a fun day at Paper Issues.  We have the new swag bag in the shop for July and we are spotlighting lots of ways to use a swag bag on the blog!  I went with creating a monogram letter for my son Ethan using June's swag bag kit.

Here's how I started the monogram:
Step one: print a large block style letter on your printer on regular printer paper.  Trim away the extra paper.  Cut swag bag cards into strips of varying length.  I kept the width all the same.

After all of the monogram is filled with paper pieces.  Stitch in place.  I stitched mine separately from the background as I knew I wanted to add mixed media on the background and use foam dots behind the letter.
I embellished with stars included in the swag bag, a geotag, and mini alpha stickers included in the kit!  I love all of the small bits that Cassie includes in her month swag bag kits.

 For the photo layers/mats, I added strips of leftover cards and pieces I didn't use on the monogram.  It adds depth and colors against the busy blue mixed media.

I hope you will Swag Bag with us!  These kits are perfect to try out and fall in love with!  Each month is new and unique.  The kits can also be mixed together.  I used just the June kit for this LO and I still have soooo much left to use.  This is my second time using the kit on a LO!  I love that these can be used in so many ways--think traveler's notebook, pocket pages, cards, and scrapbook layouts or off the page paper projects!
Here's the July kit:
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