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Hello, Fall 2015

Fall is officially here! Who is excited for cooler temps, changing leaves, and Fall family traditions?! To help you document these precious memories, I recently shared a project over at Snap Click Supply Company:

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For the full scoop on how to put this Fall Scrapbook layout together, head over to this post. I just love the extra glitter sparkle on those leaves!

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P.S. I just heard about a wonderful tradition to celebrate the first day of Fall from our amazing family photographer and good friend Tiffany- their family celebrates by having dinner in a pumpkin! She used this recipe and said it was delicious!

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30 Days of Thankful: Week 3

Another week has gone by and I am loving Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful project.  Here’s a peak at my pages through yesterday:

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Before our trip, my Mom and I stopped at Pottery Barn Kids and I picked up a pack of DIY butterfly paper masks to bring to Wisconsin for Halloween.  This darling set turned out to be such a fun activity for all the girls.  They even made a special butterfly cut-out for Olivia… priceless!

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A snapshot of my favorite details: fun musical notes, a camera tag, a little ribbon bow, and more!

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Project archives: Week 1, Week 2

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30 Days of Thankful: Week 2

What an incredibly busy week!  Here’s a peak at Week 2 of my hybrid album as I’m following along with Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful:

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And some of my favorite details:

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In case you missed it, here’s WEEK 1.

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30 Days of Thankful: Week 1

Last year, I started intentionally documenting this season of gratitude by participating in Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful.  You can find a glimpse of my 2012 album HERE.  Life seems to be moving at 1,000 mph lately, so this tradition is especially meaningful for me right now.

Here’s a look at the first batch:

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Day 1:  So grateful for quiet moments filled with beauty.  This tired pumpkin fell asleep on our walk this afternoon.  Love the feeling of slowing down to take in nature’s breathtaking array of Fall colors.  It’s been raining leaves for the past few days- we’ve seen gusts of golds, oranges, and reds swirling through the air.  Feeling grateful for bursts of sunshine, a beautiful sleeping baby, and sweet moments of utter calm.

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Day 2: I made a new friend today!  Normally, I am terrified of larger dogs… BUT, this sweet gentle giant captured my heart.  I’m so thankful I had a chance to meet “Bear” and catch up with his mama.  Good coffee, a loveable puppy, and a great conversation with a friend… a perfect Saturday morning!

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Day 3: Dearest Olivia- I am so grateful for your beautiful smile.  Your wide open grin quite literally lights up the room.  We are in awe of how much you have grown and learned over the past 10 months.  The road has not been easy- you are already unbelievably strong and I know that you will become an amazingly confident, caring woman.  Right now, I am soaking in precious moments: your sweet little laugh, the symphony of your distinct babbling sounds, and this amazing smile.  Love you always, Mom.

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Day 4: I am so grateful for my husband, James.  I am constantly amazed by his ability to fix anything.  I have yet to find a project that intimidates my mechanical engineer!  I still don’t know how a simple conversation about painting the breakfast room turned into a full scale kitchen demo and renovation… BUT, I am so grateful that James has the knowledge and skill to craft a beautiful space.

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Day 5: I am so grateful that my parents live close enough that popping over for dinner is an option while our kitchen is a functional mess!  Tonight, we enjoyed a wonderful new slow cooker recipe.  I will definitely be making this quinoa, chicken chili again!  Earlier in the week, my mom made a batch of homemade chicken noodle soup.  Olivia LOVED this dinner… It was probably the most we’ve seen her eat of solid foods in one sitting.  It was so cute to watch her devour this dinner favorite.

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Day 6:  Feeling extremely grateful today for perfect timing.  I had to take Olivia to music class during the window of delivery for our new kitchen appliances.  Our new oven, microwave, cooktop, and hood were delivered just before my mom had to leave for an appointment.  Five minutes on either side (my mom leaving or our return) would have meant the difference between moving ahead with the project and the reality of delays and/or extra delivery fees.

Some of my favorite details:

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Don’t you just love those tool die-cut images?  I embellished the digital base pages with patterned paper, punches, glitter, gold leafing, metallic nailheads, and ribbon.

Update: See Week 2 of this Thankful Project

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In the Workshop: Handmade Halloween

I’m so excited to share that I’ve been selected as a member of Jessica Sprague’s new Create Inspiration Team!

Since joining The Dating Divas team over a year ago, I’ve really worked on my photography skills.  Jessica’s amazing digital classes have been such a blessing to start learn the ins and outs of Photoshop to complement this growing hobby.  Her easy to understand explanations and fun tutorials are by far the best I’ve seen on the web.  I am so honored to be joining her creative team!

Here’s a recent card that I made using online elements from The Snap Click Supply Co:

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The “31” digital element serves as the focal point for this quick and easy card.  You can find this cute graphic in the Frightful Complete Kit.  I printed it out and die cut the image using one of the Spellbinders Labels 16 Nestabilities.  I ran it through the Cuttlebug machine one more time to emboss the image.

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Then, I distressed the border using the Vintage Photo stamp pad from Tim Holtz.  I love how distressing the edges really makes the embossing effect pop!

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I layered this element on gold paper edged with orange glitter, printed digital paper lined with a gold Krylon pen, and a brown paper card base.

A small purple witch’s hat served as the final embellishment.  I love adding a row of rhinestones to simulate a fancy ribbon or buckle on her hat!

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I look forward to creating more projects using a mixture of digital and traditional paper elements!

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In the Workshop: Glitter Techniques

Remember this teaser post?  As promised, here is the scoop on one of my favorite new crafting processes:

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A Bit of Background Info

When I was at the stamp convention in August, I spent quite a bit of time at The Stamp Doctor’s Booth.  Mechele Rudd, the owner, demonstrated how to achieve this gorgeous result using glitter and a product called Sticky Powder.  Here’s a snapshot of my Instagram feed:

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A few reasons why I love this technique:

  • You can create gradations of color within one image.
  • You can layer different sizes of glitter (large vs. fine) within the same graphic.
  • The final products serve as amazing embellishments or background details on your cards.
  • The glitter on your final image stays in place.  You don’t have to worry about little pieces flaking off each time you move the card.

Here are the notes I wrote down based on Mechele’s wonderful demonstrations:

Materials Needed

  • The Stamp Doctor’s Sticky Powder
  • Glue Pad
  • Heat Tool
  • Glitter
  • Small brush or paper towel
  • Small brayer

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Helpful Hints

I was so excited to experiment at home using this design process.  After a little trial and error, here is what I learned:

  • Don’t overheat the sticky powder!  Apply heat to the powder just until the powder changes form.  As soon as it turns to more of a glossy shade, move the heat to another area.  I learned the hard way that if you apply too much heat, glitter will not stick to the image.  As you can see, overheating will create empty spots on your final product!Glam-Glitter-Do-&-Don't
  • Glue pads need to be re-inked more frequently than other stamp pads.  Double check that there is enough covering your stamp.
  • To apply the glitter, just use your finger tips- no fancy equipment required!
  • Consider how you store your glitter.  I use little circular trays.  Since you will be essentially “painting” with glitter, having all of your color choices easily accessible (instead of neatly sealed in their small containers) makes this project a breeze!
  • If you don’t have a small brush to wipe away any excess glitter, a paper towel works great in a pinch!
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with layering glitter of different sizes.  Start with the largest size and apply to the area of choice.  Smaller sized glitter pieces will fill in the rest!

Thank you, Stamp Doctor, for showing me this amazing process- definitely a favorite of glitter techniques!

To see a card using this technique, click here!

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Glitter Sneak Peak

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So, I might have spent the last week covered in glitter.  I am absolutely thrilled with this new technique- stay tuned for the details!

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In the Workshop: Autumn Goodies

This Fall has been a whirlwind!  Here are card making ideas from my workshop:

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To give the card some extra dimension and texture, I cut out part of the leaves so they would pop-up and reveal a metallic backer lined with glitter.

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I designed this little book for my latest class at Checkered Cottage.  It is made from Simple Stories Harvest Love paper line and uses one 12×12 sheet of paper as its base.  So fun for capturing Fall memories!

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