Monday, September 1, 2014

Tell Me Dies Tell Me Sweet Little Dies with Paper Issues

Paper Issues has a new issue posted and its titled "Tell Me Dies, Tell Me Sweet Little Dies"... I love that title!! Of course, that means we want to see your projects using die cuts, as well as your stuff using our sponsor's products--Jillibean Soup, or even a project that shows off your mad fussy cutting skills.
Here's what I created with my Jillibean Soup goods...

Head on over to Paper Issues, pick yourself up some Jillibean goodies in the shop,check out what the other team members created, and link us up to your related projects!

Have a great Labor Day!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Admit One... or two!

I haven't been crafting too much this summer, 4 kids in tow doesn't allow for much creativity in this house. BUT I came across some photos from my daughter's birthday party a couple years ago and I rediscovered these lovely invites I created for the event. We were taking all her friends to see The Lorax in the theater and there wasn't exactly a ton of Lorax themed party stuff on the market, so I did what any crafter would do, I made my own. :)

The big tickets and the Lorax mustaches were created using my Cameo, the rest of the Lorax is just some circle punches and the "Admit One(two)" are stamped and embossed alpha stamps. They didn't take too long to make and the kids really loved them. 
I created a few other treats for the party as well...

Lorax mustaches on a stick from using felt and Truffula trees using pipe cleaners and pom poms.

I decorated my daughter's gift bag with a little scene and quote from the movie and I made her a little Lorax for her room.

Stop by Paper Issues and share your projects with us! If you do, you could win an awesome prize pack from Fancy Pants!
(Details can be found at Paper Issues)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Hey there! 
I know it's been a bit since I have blogged. It has been a very busy summer, here. I have my two kids and my brother's two kids in tow with me everyday. We have been trying to make the best of the gorgeous weather and there are a few back to back birthdays in my family in the summer. It's been go-go-go!

I had totally forgotten to share my last project for the Chic Tags team with you. I am sad to go. I chose not to re-enlist so-to-speak because life has gotten pretty busy lately and I really don't have as much time as I used to, to dedicate to scrapbooking.

Here's my very last Chic Tags DT project...

I used my cameo to cut out and print the title. I LOVE that machine!
And as a bonus, this project just so happens to coordinate with the current Paper Issues "issue"...Say Cheese, as this is my favorite pic of us to date. My title is from the song Home is wherever I'm with you by: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and I did a bit of mixing it up with the products, I created a "patterned paper" by combining a couple masks, as well as mixing some Die Cuts With a View with my Chic Tags stuff.

Thanks for stopping by! 
See you soon!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I've got a super cute camera scarf and you can too!

Isn't is adorable?!?! 
You can get one (or one of every color) for yourself HERE at Bethany Lane.
It comes in 4 different colors and they are only $8.99 a piece. BUT if you buy 4 AND use the code: MRloveBL$5off$ (it needs to be entered in step 2 of checkout)
that knocks the price down to $5.50/scarf!
The code is good for any order over $5 so whether you buy one or a hundred, you can still save some dough. Move quickly though because this offer only lasts until 7/22 or until supplies last!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hey there! 
Welcome to Day 2 of the Chic Tags/ The Twinery blog hop!
You must have found your way here from Christine Meyer's blog. 
If not, be sure to check the list below and start from the beginning so you can see all the lovely projects.

For my layout, I kept it simple, yet busy all at the same time.

It's simple because I stuck to only a few products but its busy because there is enough scattered here and there that your eye is drawn all over the page to take it all in. 
I wanted to use a significant amount of twine, so I started by mapping out where I wanted my twine, and what colors I wanted to showcase. I wrapped the center(ish) of my layout with the Twinery's Caribbean, Stone, and Pink Sorbet solid color twines. I added my title and photo, then I layered on the Chic Tags Cloud 9 Sequins, Mini Icons, Squares, Tidbits, and Label Stickers.

Here's a closeup of that beautiful twine...

Be sure to stop at the Chic Tags and The Twinery blogs first. And if you missed yesterday's hop you will want to catch those links there as well. There will be a prize from each company given out so hop over to The Twinery's blog to find out how you could win this...

and stop by the Chic Tags blog to see how you could win this...

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the hop.
Below, you will find a list of today's hop stops in case you get lost.
Your next stop is Jennifer Cuthbertson
Have fun!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Gettin' the scoop on the sweet days of summer with Paper Issues

It's that time again! 
The new issue is up at Paper Issues and this round we are gettin' the scoop on the sweet days of summer and Bella Blvd. is our sponsor. :) Stop by the linky party and check out what some of the PI team did with the beautiful Bella Blvd. goodies as well as what the other linkers have been creating(it IS a party, you know).
Here's what I created using the Bella Blvd. Summer Squeeze collection...

I had such a great time using Bella Blvd.'s Summer Squeeze collection and you could too, if you link us up at Paper Issues with your project!

And if you just can't wait to see if you're the big winner of the Bella Blvd. Summer Squeeze collection, you can pick yourself up some at the Paper Issues store and use the code MANDYKAY to save 20% off your order!

And here are a few links for our sponsor...

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Chic Tags and me

Hey there! 
I stopped by to share the two Chic Tags layouts that I have up on the Chic Tags Blog recently.

First up, the monthly sketch has been posted and I played along. 
Here is my Cloud 9 layout based on the June sketch...

And here is another layout from me, featuring Let's Go...

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Very Chic and Totally Odd Hop

We are VERY pleased to welcome you to A Very Chic and Totally Odd Hop!

Chic Tags and Some Odd Girl have partnered up to show you some magic that combines our products into BEAUTIFUL paper crafting projects! We're so glad you're here!
Now through Sunday at midnight EDT, you can enjoy some gorgeous inspiration from the Chic Tags Creative Team and the Odd Girls, leaving your comments at each stop along the way, and on Tuesday, July 1st, a winner will be announced at each blog... Both winners will get $15 to spend at EACH of the Chic Tags and Some Odd Girl shops!

You should have arrived from Angie Boutiller's blog; there are 11 stops in total. As you make your way around to each of the blogs, we are QUITE sure your head will be spinning with ideas! The Chic Tags Creative Team was certainly inspired by the fun Some Odd Girl stamps they received, and we think you're going to like what's in store.

I hope you are as inspired as I am by this amazing collaboration!
I had the pleasure of working with the SOG Breakfast Friends clear stamp set and my oh my did I have some fun with it! I stamped my happy little coffee mug onto some white cardstock and then again on a piece of patterned paper. On the white cardstock, I colored the mouth, handle, and coffee parts, then cut them out. I adhered them to the stamped image on the patterned paper and then cut that out as well. I layered up my papers and die-cuts, adhered them to the card then, I stamped out my sentiment and trimmed the cardstock into a banner shape. I think it turned out pretty cute, how about you?

From here, you're heading over to visit the Chic Tags blog!
Be sure to comment on ALL posts, and you'll be eligible to win!

In case you get lost along the way, here is your full hop list:

Thank you SO MUCH to Some Odd Girl for partnering up with us for this fun event, and to all of you joining us, happy hopping!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In the navy with Paper Issues!

Paper Issues has a new issue posted and its called In the Navy.

There is a great prize to be won and almost 60 link-ups so far! 
So stop over and check out what's happening over at Paper Issues!

For my card, I cut a mask(the scattered dots), the anchor and the sentiment, all with my Cameo. I laied the mask out over my card front and inked it with a navy blue ink pad. I had cut the anchor out of white cardstock, along with the sentiment, but it needed some inking to make it look like metal. So, I started with a grey ink, went over it with a darker shade, then gave it a light pass with a metallic gold ink pad to give it that worn metal look. I topped the whole thing off with a bit of thicker twine, tied to the top of the anchor and then twisted randomly about the card. 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to link us up to your projects at Paper Issues!
Have a great day!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Paper Issues- Food For Thought

Hey there folks! 

And the best part is we have a super awesome sponsor this round...
Some Odd Girl!!
They have some of the cutest stamps and digi products on the market. 
Check out the adorable set that I had the pleasure of working with...

Adorable images and clever sentiments... they are right up my alley!

Here are a couple cards that I created using the SOG Fruit Salad set.

For my fruit, I stamped the images onto watercolor paper and colored them in using watercolor pencils and blending with a wet brush.

Here are a couple close-ups...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my Paper Issues Food for Thought projects!
Don't forget to check out the PI linky party  for all the details on the linky party as well as the prize!
And please check out our sponsor's links...

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hello Happiness

Hey there, folks! 
I am just quickly stopping in to share a Chic Tags Cloud 9 project with you. :)

You can read all about my process and find links to the products I used on the Chic Tags blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Let's Go to Philadelphia!

Hey folks! 
I am stopping in real quick to share a layout I created using the new Chic Tags - Let's Go Collection

My project is posted on the Chic Tags blog today so you can stop over there for the full write up on my process and the supply list.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

a Pintrest inspired post

I have a post up on the Maya Road DT Blog this week. 
Here's a peek of my project, but you'll have to stop over at the Maya Road DT Blog to get all the details.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The weather forcast for the next two weeks...

is its Raining Cats and Dogs according to reports from Paper Issues. Or maybe that's just the name of the new issue... either way, I've scrapped my fair share of puppy pictures. Here's a few of my favorites...

And technically, this one is about a movie about a dog... so that counts, right?

 Check out the other projects and link yours up HERE.

Friday, May 9, 2014

So there was this one time I made a card out of a coffee cup...

This week happens to be teacher appreciation week and I am on the committee at our school, that treats the teachers during this week. I created a couple cards for the different things going on throughout the week I will have to share those with you another day. Yesterday, my friends at Paper Issues posted a photo of my coffee cup card and that sparked a few requests/questions. So, I am here to hopefully answer some of those for you. :)

To start, I found this 3D Coffee Cup with Lid cut file by Jamie Cripps in the Silhouette Store. She has a fantastic tutorial posted HERE to help you put your cup together. I will go through the steps with you here as well, but just in case I missed a step while taking photos or my directions aren't so clear, you can check out her tutorial.

When you open the file its a very big file and it looks like this...

So you'll have the drag the file over to the right and down a bit so that it looks like the photo below, and send it to the Silhouette to cut. Don't worry, it will only cut the shapes that are pictured above the mat on your screen.

Then, you'll want to move your file over to the left far enough that the next set of cuts are over the mat. But before you cut... if you are interested in making "coffee" to go inside your cup like I did, you will want to copy and paste the long tabbed strip to the bottom of your mat like so...

Once all your cup shapes are ready to go, start with your main cup pieces. They are the big curved piece, the trim strips, and the bottom of the cup is a round tabbed piece.

Before I adhered any of the cup pieces together, I measured and marked  3/4-1in. down from the top edge, all the way across the cup body.

This is where I adhered the second large tabbed strip. I lined up the perforations with the markings on the cup. Since this shape is slightly rounded, I had to cut a few tabs along the bottom so that it could solidly adhere to the cup wall. There will be a bit of an overhang, don't adhere that piece just yet! Now, you will need to locate the end of the cup wall that has the perforated strip. ***This is not for bending! It is a mark for you to add your adhesive. Once you add your adhesive to the perforated end, pull your shorter ends together and adhere them, forming the walls of your cup. Don't forget to secure that loose end of the tabbed strip.

 Next, you will need to add adhesive to all the little tabs on the round die cut. I have found that glue dots work really well for this. Fold all of your tabs up and insert and adhere this to the bottom of the cup(tabs on the inside).

Now, your cup should look like this from the top, looking in...

 The perforated end of the shorter tab, works the same way, you don't want to bend it, just use it for a guide for your adhesive. Now, here's where I dropped the ball on photographing my steps. :( You should be able to figure it out, but if not, you have that link at the beginning of this post to refer to.

I added adhesive to the shorter tabs before putting it together because, well, I like to make things difficult. :P The shorter tabs are folded down, and adhered to one of the circles with the oblong hole near the edge(tabs on top of the circle die cut. Be sure to line the hole up with the shortest tabs before gluing it all down. The longer tabs get fed through the slots in the larger circle with slots(there is only one of these) It will look like the first pic below on one side, and the second pic below on the other...

I added a few more glue dots to the top, because we now have to adhere the matching circle to the top to hide the tabs. Before I did that, I used a Cocoa Daisy splatter stamp and some Jenni Bowlin Brown Sugar ink to add a little detail to the cup's lid. :)

Now you need to take the long tabbed strip, adhere it end to end again, and glue the last larger circle to the under side of the tabs like we did above. The little top hat piece that we have already created gets glued to the top of the larger piece. See below...

Now for the sleeve and "coffee"
I set up my mat so that it will cut both things at once, so here is what my mat looked like to accommodate the two different pieces.

I cut my brown circles about 3.3-3.4 in. 3.5 was just a bit too big for my cup but you may have to play around with the sizing to get it right for you.

And as for the sleeve, you can cut it from any patterned paper you'd choose, but I wanted mine to look like notebook paper. I didn't have any patterned paper like that, so I created my own.  I used a ruler and a grid to help me get my blue lines straight, then I added the little red stripe and I punched a hole, just for fun. :)

Again, the perforations are just the guidelines for your adhesives. And just a tip, you really want to use something with a good hold. You don't want this to fall apart!

The last thing for me was the "coffee". I wrote my message on my circles it before adhering it to those tabs we put in the top of the cup a few steps back.

So there you go! A card created from a coffee cup. 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!