My Collections

Friday, February 9, 2018

XOXO is here!

Hello! Happy Friday! 

I just got a beautiful box of XOXO goodness in the mail yesterday, so I snapped a few shots of the collection to share with you! It turned out exactly how I had imagined-- I'm in love with the color palette of this line!

Here's a peek at the entire collection, all piled together:


21 8x8 patterned papers (Melissa still has the 12x12 size in the works for the future!)


rose gold transparencies and vellum:


close-up of the rose gold transparency. It's gorgeous in person. 


printed transparencies and vellum:


four different sized paper packs:


one of my favorite items in this collection-- mini alphabet block stickers (a new font this time, too!) and regular alpha stickers:


flair buttons and sequins:


stickers:


die-cuts:


and cut-aparts (some of which are available as die-cuts if you don't want to cut them out yourself):


I'm SO excited to play with this collection! It's my favorite collection I've designed yet. :) What do you have your eye on?

If you would like to check out the collection in the PLS shop, click HERE


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Good Stuff {pls}

I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today sharing another project that I created with my Feels Like Fall collection. I am typing this earlier in the week and I am SO EXCITED because on the day that this posts, I SHOULD be getting my box of my Valentine's Day collection in the mail!!! Those days are my favorite days. I've been waiting anxiously to see this collection in person for months now. I hope it has turned out like I'm wanting it to. If it has, the XOXO collection will probably be my favorite line that I have designed so far. the colors are totally swoon-worthy and I love all of the puns and love-y dove-y sayings I got to put in this collection. But anyways. Enough on that (I'll try to share photos soon!).

I am still loving the tiny patterns of the 2x2 swatch paper pack from PLS. They can be stretched and used in SO many different ways! Here's how I used them on a layout, punched into lots of 1" squares!





I just wrote out a whole blog post for the Pretty Little Studio blog, so if you want to read more about this page, click HERE. :) 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hello Card {pls}

Today I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog with a new card that I created using my Feels Like Fall collection. This collection was releases a little late in the fall season, so I've been challenging myself to use it for everyday type projects. And it's been working wonderfully! 

To me, you wouldn't even know I used a fall themed collection on this card unless I told you. ;)

I have always loved the motif of hearts, and the heart punch is my most-used punch in my stash. It's a cheap one from Hobby Lobby, but to me it's the perfect size and shape. I punched lots of hearts from the little 2x2 patterns in the swatch pack. The patterns are so tiny and perfect in the swatch pack-- it's one of my new favorite items in the Pretty Little Studio shop. I think the size of the patterns is perfect for cards. <3




If you want to read more about this card (I hate typing stuff twice, so I'll just let you check it out on the PLS blog. :) ), click HERE to view the entire post on the Pretty Little Studio blog! :)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hello Sunshine

Hello! Happy Tuesday! Hope you are having a fabulous week so far— it’s pretty quiet around here at the moment. I’m trying to keep busy, but some days seem to drag by while Kevin is at work. I have been laid off form my job since December 8th, and I’m going back soon, so there won’t be too many more super quiet days like this. So I suppose I should just enjoy them, right? :) 

I’ve been sketching out different plans for my cut flower garden that I want to plant once it gets warm enough. I need to probably pre-sprout some of my seeds soon! It’s so exciting to think about having my own flowers. I will have to post on that later, because lately I’ve been obsessed with anything flower garden related, so I could fill up this whole post with flower talk! Haha! By the way, what flowers are your favorites to grow that aren’t hard to take care of? I’d love to know!

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Anyways, here’s a card that I made for my sister. I was sending her a little happy package and while I was making this card, I thought it was perfect to send to her. 

I used the older Bella Blvd/ Illustrated Faith “She Blooms” collection for this card. I had bought a collection kit from Hobby Lobby from this line and hadn’t touched much of it, so I got it out and played with it a bit. Lately, I’ve been trying to revitalize my older stash and use it up because hey— I bought it for a reason: I liked it! :)

I used a couple of different sized circle punches to make some circles to sprinkle across my card and then used some images trimmed out of the cut-apart journaling cards to embellish the card. 

I’m still into ink splatters and machine stitching, so I finished off the card with those two things. This card is so FLAT, but I still love it! 



What's your go-to technique that you do on all of your projects? 


Friday, January 26, 2018

You're My Favorite

I haven't played along in a scrapbook challenge in a while. Way back when, I basically created to enter challenges. I think it was the novelty of winning things and getting free happy scrappy mail that made me want to enter challenges. Then I went through a phase of creating basically for design team projects. Now, I create for my Pretty Little Studio design team, but everything else is free and just-for-me. 

When I saw this mood board challenge that Clique Kits is hosting, I was immediately inspired by all of the images! I believe all of these photos were taken at Creativation this year by one of the Clique Kits ladies. So basically I think of this challenge as a "trend" challenge. 

Here's the mood board:

And here's the traveler's notebook spread that I made for the challenge. 


The picture that stood out to me most in the mood board was the watercolor palette. I loved all of the colors, so I got out my Jane Davenport watercolor set and swatched out all of the colors in the exact order of the inspiration photo (I used watercolor paper so it didn't warp.). Next, I took lots of different alphabet stickers and made a "ransom note" title. I'm not usually a fan of this look, but I think it looks very cute and whimsical on this page. I think using only black and white alphas helped it not look too crazy. :) I love cacti, so I added a sticker from a Crate Paper sticker sheet. Lastly, I layered some tissue paper fringe behind my title in lieu of the layered tassels in the mood board. And that's basically it! I added a few extra touches, but that is it!   



Do you like playing along with scrapbooking challenges? If you want to play along with this particular challenge, click HERE to view the Clique Kits Facebook page. :)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Scrapbook Layout || Today

Hello! 

The layout that I'm sharing today is one that I made probably over a month ago. I was just ITCHING to do something creative, so I got out my newest products (the Dear Lizzy Stargazer collection) and got to playing. I hadn't even touched these products because I bought them right before we moved to our current house and when we moved, we were busy for a while after that. We have remodeled and fixed up a lot of the house and so we had a lot on our plate for a couple of months. I didn't start with any sort of plan for this page-- I just made it up as I went along. 

I bought those GIANT chipboard phrases, not knowing that they were that huge! But, come to find out, I really love the large impact that they give to a page! I mean, look at this! That chipboard word is such an awesome title!


If you think you're seeing a little haze of pink around the layout, it's because I watercolored some light pink around the white background. I thought it needed some more color. :)  You can definitely see the watercolor better in person. 



I did something else very different for this layout-- I journaled AROUND the page! Can't say I've done that in a loooooong time (I've probably done it once or twice before, but not often.). I really love how it turned out! It helped border the page, and I didn't want to put the journaling in one of the blocks on the page because there really wasn't much room for it! 


When is the last time you did something totally different on a project? Using this giant title and journaling around the page were both two very different things for me to try. :)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Stamping on Cards

I've been wanting to get better at using stamps on my cards. As you can see in my latest haul (click HERE to visit the post), I have lots and lots of new stamps to get inky.

Today I'm sharing a few cards that I've made recently that utilize my stamp collection. 

This first one is my favorite. I stamped the strawberries from the Fruity stamp set by Studio Calico + One Little Bird I bought recently. I LOVE puns and berry puns always get me! :) I'm learning that I like several "layers" to my stamping, meaning they can't just be one image in one color repeated over and over. Here on this card, I made some of the leaves different colors for a little bit of a twist, added some small light pink flowers around the card design, and then topped it off with some gold splatters. I really love how this one turned out, and even though it's a one layer card, there's so much prettiness going on on it. 



This next one is a card that I made just because I needed some creative time that particular day. I got out my Studio Calico Confidant 6x8 stamp set that I won last year in an Instagram giveaway and used some new images that I have never inked up before! I used some Studio Calico dye ink for this card and blended some of the color after I stamped the images. I LOVE Studio Calico ink. It is water based, so when you use a water brush on it, it will blend and mix beautifully. 


You can see some of my water brushing here. 


This last card is a sweet and simple card. I wanted to make a masculine birthday card to have on hand, and hopefully these blues aren't too girly! ;P The sentiment is a super old stamp I had my stash (I believe it's from Kaisercraft) and the brush stroke is from a Gossamer Blue stamp set. 



Do you like stamping on your cards? I'm learning to love it! :)