Saturday, October 3, 2015

Another World Card Making Day!

Hello, hello!

There are two holidays that make me feel empowered to spend alllll day in my crafty space - National Scrapbook Day and World Card Making Day. Today is WCMD and I've been participating with the challenges at Scrapbook & Cards Today. (LOVE this magazine and I'm so thankful to say I have a card in the Creative Cards issue! Woopee!)

Here are two cards I've created using two of the challenges, so far...

This first card is inspired by the Round Robin Challenge. I went straight from the image inspiration. I was drawn to the colors and the feathers! This was a lot of work. I was hoping I had a feather stamp but, only had the stencil. So, I traced it and then colored it in with watercolors. What a pain! But, I do like how it turned out.

The sentiment is a new release cut file, just for WCMD, from Just Nick Studio. Loved it right away!

The next card is for the Color Suite challenge. I chose the following color palette. SO fall and perfect to use with the new Pumpkin Spice collection from Simple Stories. 

And guess what I busted out??? STICKLES!!! Whaaaaaaat? Yep. Still have a little bottle that's followed me around for years. It added the perfect sparkle to the heart. Glad I kept my Stickles around!

Love, love this holiday! And I do plan to keep creating today! Back to my crafty space. :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Play Time and Some News

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday,

I have a fun page to share with you all today. It's one that encapsulates how I embrace my inner-child today.  There was a time when I would have had some bad feelings when thinking about my childhood. Yes, I had fun but, it also was a time of my life when some not so good things happened to me. So, it has affected me.

Up until several years ago.

After going through an amazing time of healing, I can finally embrace the good parts of my inner child. I can be a freak and do silly things and have FUN! I can break rules and "learn through my play". I've also learned the "child like" doesn't have to equal immature. I think there is a certain amount of wisdom when it comes to tapping into your inner-child. Laughter and being willing to learn and grow takes maturity and wisdom.

And that's how I want to live my life. Carefree. Being ME and not worrying about what others think. Being a wild child. Getting dirty and walking barefoot in the grass. And, yes, even breaking the rules from time to time.

I did a fun design with this page to create lots of movement and texture. I wanted it to almost be overstimulating but, not quite. And, the photo of me was perfect to include because that was a super fun moment with my Aunt. Two grown women... breaking the rules! (We didn't really stand or lean over...)

I also have some news to share. 

If you didn't know already, I have been part of the Inside Out family since July 2010. It has been an amazing 5 years of growth, creativity, building beautiful relationships and empowering others to utilize the tools of the scrapbooking trade to better their lives. I have and will always be a HUGE supporter of this approach and I absolutely love the direction Inside Out is taking. It's truly exciting.

As with life, though, things can suddenly take a different turn than expected. While I thought this would be a place I'd never, ever leave, there have been some new roles in my personal life and I'm afraid I have to let some things go. It saddens and excites me all at the same time!

So, this is my last post and last kit for Inside Out as I resign from my Lead Contributing Artist position. Thank you Rachel for being an amazing boss! I have so loved learning from you and being inspired by you. It has been an honor to be your Lead Artist and Social Media gal. What an incredible soul journey it has been!

This doesn't mean I'm disappearing from paper crafting, though. I'll still be here but, will have the freedom to make lots of things just for me. No deadlines. No restrictions. No obligations. I'll still be designing for Just Nick Studio and will be accepting any Guest Designer positions. Other than that, I'm excited to have more time to create just for ME! 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Oh Yes I Did

Let me preface this blog post with a little disclaimer and opinion. :)

I am a firm believer that inanimate objects do not operate on their own. There is someone who has to make it function. With that said, I also want to respect others opinions and viewpoint because there is usually a very valid reason. 

All that to say, I'm not apologizing for offending. But, I will make it clear that I'm learning how to use a gun. By going through the proper classes and such, my end goal is to conceal and carry. As a grown woman, living on her own, it's something that I want to do. :)

Now... for the fun part... because I had a lot of fun learning, how to hold a gun, for the first time. It was powerful. It was a little scary. It's was empowering and, in a way, confirmed how I felt about firearms.

Naturally, I have to document with a scrapbooking page. 

While visiting my Aunt and Uncle, in California, my Uncle was willing to give me a quick lesson. It involved holding the guns and understanding how powerful and violent they can be. (Violent was used in describing the power they put off when fired. NOT in regards to violence in general.)

It was a great lesson that helped me understand what kind of gun I would want to get and, also, to confirm how I felt already.

But... let's stop talking about the subject of the page and start talking about the pretty stuff used!!! I LOVE the DIY Home collection by Jen Hadfield (Tater Tots and Jello), for Pebbles, Inc. Such a fun collection and, I knew I wanted to use that animal print for this page. So bold and... heck I'll say it... a lil bit sexy.

Trees are strong and deep rooted. I loved using this wood embellishment from American Crafts (by Amy Tangerine). Great symbolism and I loved adding the pretty, and feminine, flower on top.

And... HELLO... cork bows??? CORK BOWS!!! These are from Dear Lizzy for American Crafts. I wasn't sure how I would like them in person but... I love!

I had a tough time finding a good alpha sticker, in my stash, to use with the 'yes'. The light blue went well but got lost in the pink. No worries! A black pen and some tracing helped solve that problem. 

You can find just about every item, on this page, in the Paper Issues store! (Gosh I miss being on that team!) Have you shopped there yet? There is always a discount! Each team member has a code you can use and Cassie has some killer sales every once in awhile. Plus, shipping is cray cray fast and carefully packed. 

*I am not getting paid for this endorsement. HA!

Thanks for swinging by today!