Okay, here we go ! Here is the lineup again:
Welcome! If you arrived here from Clique Kits then you are in the right place and if you are just passing through, you just happened upon the Clique Kits Simple Stories Blog Share and a flash sale on the A Charmed Life paper collection! Just for today's blog share, you can take 40% off this amazing winter release from Simple Stories in the Clique Kits store, while supplies last! Of course, if you comment on each blog and become a follower of the Clique Kits blog by email you will be entered to win a $10 gift certificate to the Clique Kits store which is packed with Simple Stories goodness! Don't you just love all those Snap set cards in all of those fun themes? They are so much fun and versatile too!
Okay, here we go ! Here is the lineup again:
My favorite colors usually tend to end up looking girly on my layouts. Even my boy pages can somehow end up veering to the patterns and colors that reflect my personal style, and chances are some pink will end up somewhere on the layout! When I saw the Daily Grind collection from Simple Stories, and how it had all the fun woodgrains and rich colors, I fell in love and knew I had to step out of my comfort zone and play!
In this next layout, I chose the A Charmed Life collection to document a recent weekend trip I made to Napa Valley, CA for a conference. It was a last minute trip by myself and I didn't think it would be very much fun- but this girl +iphone camera= make your own fun. LOL!
Needless to say, I found one of the last remaining local scrapbook stores in the Bay Area, or so I am told. And of course, I found the wine tasting! So what more does a girl need?
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, and joining us on our inspiration tour with Simple Stories! You are going to LOVE Jody's work, your next stop. Don't forget to comment, and sign up to receive the Clique Kits blog feed and newsletter. We'd love to see you like the Clique Kits Facebook page, and of course join us on all the social media. Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Welcome to the Clique Kits Hazel & Ruby Blog Share! You should have arrived here from the Clique Kits Blog. Here are some pictures of the kit contents the Clique Gals shared for this event, which features Hazel & Ruby's Chalk it up and Gone Typo Collections. Of course there is way more here than we could use for one blog post. What can I say- we were practicing for Clique Kits when I put these together- and we want to continue to pack our kits with goodies for our subscribers too! You betcha we will! By now I'm sure you have seen the big reveal of Debutante, Clique Kits first kit available for the public! If not-you better hurry and check it out!
Getting back to the reason we are here today- celebrating the 1st Day of Spring! I have 2 very different layouts to show you of memories from past springtimes. First is a classic style layout showing off the really bold, fun patterns of the Chalk it up line. This photo was taken by my husband of Hannah and Caitlyn who are now 17 and almost 18 1/2 years old. I came into the girls' lives when they were 10 and 12, so I love how these pictures help me to see the girls through my husband's eyes.
Next up is a kind of trendy and fun one with the main element being my archer's arrows made from embroidery and the Gone Typo multi-colored chevron paper. I just loved this paper and knew I wanted to do something special with it.
This photo was taken on one of our family vacations back in the Spring of 2009. I loved this candid shot of them all stuffing their faces with cupcake deliciousness!
I had a lot of fun working with both of these paper collections in different ways. Here are a few tips:
Now your next stop is Jody's Blog. Enjoy the rest of the hop! The prize for today's Blog Share is a $10 Gift Certificate to the Clique Kits Store! You have to be in it to win it, so leave a comment here and on each blog to enter. There are extra entries if you share on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, so be sure to comment for each share!
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Here are some more pictures. For a complete listing of kit contents, head over to Clique Kits and look under "monthly kits" for all the details. I hope you will consider joining our clique and finding your scrapbooking home on the web with us. We would love for you to join in on our blog shares, our forum, our Facebook page, and on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. There is so much more to come!
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Coming up this week…
There are so many reasons we think you will find Clique Kits is more than a monthly kit club- it's a community, a group of friends, a chat room, a source of inspiration, and a chance to get your scrapbooking done faster, easier, and better than ever before! No matter what your style or format, and even if you 'just' make cards-- Clique Kits takes the work out of coordinating exciting new products with exclusive products not found anywhere else, and support only a click away on Facebook, by email, and in our forum. It's your lucky day--we'll take the 'pinch' out of getting more of your memories documented and have a great time doing it together!
WELCOME to Paper Wing Productions' CELEBRATE Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway! I am honored to be a guest designer for this blog hop and celebration (and I happen to be a big fan and customer of this great company-they have great stamps and mixed media supplies.) If you’re just stopping by for a visit, please CLICK HERE to start from the beginning.
Paper Wings Productions is celebrating their two year anniversary! Get comfortable and prepare to be inspired by the design team and special guest designers. Enjoy the hop!!
The main prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions online store.
For a chance to win all you need to do is:
I used the Hanging Stars Clear Stamp Set for this sentimental mixed media layout of two of my daughters in a photo taken five years ago before they were so grown up! I have been waiting for inspiration to scrapbook this photo of them "celebrating' sisterly love with a tea party for a while and this stamp fit the bill perfectly!
Alright, it's time to send you off to your next stop so head on over to Tara's Blog !!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY!!
&Let Your Creativity Take Flight!
PinkFresh Studio is today's sponsor for our blog share! We are so excited to use their fabulous products to inspire you! Do you love these products?! Well, PinkFresh Studio has put together a FABULOUS prize package for ONE lucky commenter! Comment on each blog during the share, the more you comment on the better your odds! Not only that! PinkFresh Studio has offered our fans a coupon code to share! This is good through March 12, 2014. Receive 20% off the PinkFresh Studio store, use code clique20.
Here is today's line-up.
Today I have two layouts to show you using Pinkfresh studio products. I am a really big fan of the Pinkfresh Studio washi tapes. There are wide rolls in colorful ombre designs, airmail stripes in really great colors (the newest designs even have gold stripes-- SWOON!) and more. Another really special item from Pinkfresh are the enamel frames and stickers. There are so many uses for these- and they now come in at least four different color palettes. I am always super excited to see what Pinkfresh Studio owner/designer Kinnari will come up with next! If you would like to get to know more about her, she was a "Designer in the Spotlight" over on the Clique Kits Blog, and you can find the post here. And now without further ado my layouts!
Products: Patterned paper Sunshine collection for Project Life by A Beautiful Mess, Yellow and Grey Washi Tape from Pinkfresh Studio, Green vellum arrows from Studio Calico Printshop collection, Chipboard speech bubble from Amy Tangerine's Cut and Paste, Corrugate Butterfly from Jillibean Soup, Wooden flair and stenciling on 3 x 4 cards my own creations. Grey diagonal stripe card stock recycled from Pinkfresh Studio packaging.
This layout was inspired by one of Aesop's Fables which you may have heard of; Town Mouse and Country Mouse. My husband and I are like the town and country mice-I was raised in New York and he was raised in Nebraska. My daughter Caitlyn,171/2, and all of the children in our family have been exposed to bright lights and big cities while also knowing the security of small town living and I thought these photographs really capture that contrast. She's beautiful in either setting, isn't she?
Next up is a mother-daughter layout with the next girl in the sibling strip-this is Leah who is now 15.
Products used: Kraft card stock from American Crafts, Heart patterned papers (yellow and multi colored) and 4 x 6 journaling card from Monte Paper Mill Hello Darling collection, Various patterned papers from Studio Calico Lemon Lush collection, Vellum bits and pieces from Studio Calico Printshop collection, Washi tapes, color block wood veneers, and enamel frame and stickers from Pinkfresh Studio.
My husband, a photographer, took this shot of Leah and I last year during a photo shoot that was supposed to be of the kids. He said this photo made him realize who Leah inherited her feisty attitude from. What can I say? He married me!
I hope you enjoy the rest of today's blog share and don't forget to leave some love along the way for a chance to win a FABULOUS Pinkfresh Studio prize package!
Hi! Welcome! If you came from Erica's Blog you are probably tracking our lineup- otherwise you can find it on the Clique Kits Blog. I know you got lots of amazing inspiration from Erica-don't you just love her style? Today we are featuring a designer we know you love as much as we do: Amy Tan. Every time she comes out with a new collection I love it even more than the last. And that is pretty hard to accomplish when I was head over heels with her very first signature line! Clique Kits is giving you a chance to win some Cut & Paste today**. This is just a big tease though- the real fun begins in April when Clique Kits will be introducing Debutante; the first of many fabulous kits. Guess who the designer in the spotlight will be in April?
** Leave comments and share on social media for more chances to win it!
I love to make mini albums to document my kids birthdays every year. I always feel like I have too many photos for just a layout, and I like to use birthdays as an opportunity to record the many changes in my children each year as they grow, the different things they are up to, and general impressions of them at that age. It just all goes by in a heartbeat!
To make this mini album I started with the Day book that went with the Cut & Paste collection. I especially loved the canvas triangles that coordinated with Cut & Paste because they could be used in so many ways and stitched together to make an arrow design on my cover. I also wanted to give some Amy style embroidery a try and I found it wasn't as hard as it looks!
Next up I have a traditional 12 x 12 layout to show you. This layout also features Gigi, my second youngest child, whose birthday is documented in the mini album.
Here are some ideas from this layout:
* Photograph your subject from different angles.
* Use a vellum or clear pocket to make a sequin shaker.
*Try a color blocked design on a plain chipboard embellishment to customize it for your layout!
*Emboss something for the texture.
* Add some interactive peek-a-boo effects with paint or ink behind some journaling or with a special die cut piece of card stock like this one.
And, last but not least...
* You can never have too many sequins!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Leave me a comment, and on every stop along the way for a chance to win this Cut & Paste prize package.
Your next stop is Jody's Blog
I can't wait to see what Jody and Lacey have in store for us today! Make your way back to the Clique Kits Blog when you are finished and post your prize drawing entries in the 'comments.'
Arriving from the Clique Kits blog? Awesome! You are in the right place! If not, head over there to find the entire blog share line-up and some fabulous FREE printables to download designed by Clique Kits' graphic designer Lacey Igo Gasper.
If you are following the Clique kits blog you may have seen the Designer in the Spotlight feature where Kaitlin Sheaffer gives us some insight about her creative process, the inspiration for Wildflower, and lots of other fun topics. If you missed it, you can find it here.
And now for the fun part!
Today's blog share was inspired by the following quote:
May your life be like a wild flower...Growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day- Native American Proverb
Our challenge was to use something wild on our project! The wildflower collection of course lends itself very well to this challenge since it has so many trendy designs like florals, deer antlers, and outdoorsy polaroids. Here is a peek at some of the products we shared to create with.
In keeping with Clique Kits style, we added in some coordinating embellishments to make it our own, including some exclusive flair designed by graphic designer Lacey Igo Gasper.
I made some traditional layouts and also made my first 2014 pocket page layout! I finished off with a little all-occasion card. I usually scrapbook using lots of artsy and mixed media techniques which helps me to express a feeling or a memory visually. I am really loving watercolors these days!
In this layout of me and my other half, I used two of my favorites of the patterned papers- the pink feathers and the tribal pattern. Good things come in threes (or is that bad things? I guess I am an optimist!) so I used three different styles of deer or antlers- a letterpress card made for the kits by yours truly (Letterpress Plate from Studio Calico) a wood veneer antler, and a fussy cut one from the paper collection. I love that purple/pink/orchid triangle washi tape-don't you?
In this view you can see a close-up of one of Lacey's flair. Adorable, right?
This close-up shows the painted (with watercolors) background paper I made and cut to use as one of my layering elements, as well as some banner shaped gift tags-- another unique add-on hand selected for this month's blog share!
This layout started with one of my favorite backgrounds- 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. It can handle the layers of gel medium, watery paint, and ink splatters. I used a resist technique with watercolor wash over it and then a random explosion of glittery Freckled Fawn stars and sequins selected to match the Wildflower line in bright pink and orchid.
Die cut bits and pieces were add-ons designed by Lacey, and the black acrylic word is a custom Amy Tangerine collaboration with Kal Barteski.
I am pretty happy that thanks to blogging I will actually have Caitlyn's graduation album completed on time for her graduation this May.
I used leftovers to make my filler cards for this layout of a week of hellos and goodbye's in our family- my son was arriving for a visit on his winter break from law school, and my daughter was headed out to play in the Rose Bowl parade with the Hawaii All State Marching band. Not a typical "New Years" week for us.
I was deterred from exclusive use of Project Life products by a fear of getting bored with the same patterns and colors all year long. I am planning to use not only anything and everything I love from all of the new journaling cards all of the manufacturers are making now, but also leftovers and scraps from my stash. Whether you are already doing pocket pages or have not quite decided one way or another- Clique Kits could be the perfect solution for you since our kits will have supplies versatile enough to be used for either style (or maybe a little of each like me!)
I love that little Fox flair! I am not alone either- we showed some sneaks of this month's flair on Facebook and everyone has been asking where to get them, which is here. (If they are not listed, you can probably convo Lacey for a custom order.) Clique Kits is definitely excited to have Lacey as our in house graphic designer.
Make sure you leave a comment on every blog to be entered to win this fantastic prize. Share the Clique Kits Blog Share post on Facebook for an extra entry!
And now, your next stop is Jody's Blog
If you get lost, check back at Clique Kits for the complete line-up.
Thanks for visiting and don't forget to make sure you are following the Clique Kits blog for updates and information on subscriptions/memberships. We are looking forward to an exciting year and have so much planned you will definitely want to be in the Clique!
It is my pleasure to introduce a brand new paper crafting kit club to all of my scrappy-crafty friends!!
Where designer products are in the spotlight and paper crafters are the in crowd.
You can meet the Clique Kits Team Here
We have been hard at work planning and we think you are going to LOVE the results!
Each kit will spotlight one of the hottest, newest designer collections along with extra goodies coordinating with it. Each kit will also include plenty of surprises playing a supporting role including some exclusive embellishments. But we want to be more than just a kit company. We want to be a place where our club members connect with friends--old and new, learn new techniques, and participate in an active online community. At Clique Kits paper-crafter are the in crowd. There will be a private Facebook Group, opportunities to share your creativity, and forums for all of us to support, encourage, and uplift one another. We are social-on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! So please do like our Fan Page and connect with us on any or all of the above! (Links are live on the website!)
Our fantastic graphic designer, Lacey, has made something special for you as a thank you for being part of our BIG Announcement! FREE Printable Calendar cards you can use to start off 2014 right! They will fit in standard 3 x 4 ad 4 x 6 pocket pages or can be used in any of your projects as is! To download these great calendars for FREE please visit us here.
We have a number of really fun events planned for the next few months leading up to our first kit reveal, the April Kit! In the mean time, Gia is busy at the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim scoping out brand new designer products and posting peeks on our Facebook page! More information is to come shortly including the most important…how YOU can subscribe and be part of the Clique!
Several months ago some paper crafting friends and I started doing monthly blog shares featuring a designer paper collection, inspired by a quote, and a challenge theme. To celebrate and express gratitude for the inspiration, encouragement, and support shared with scrappy crafty friends, we host blog shares to feature projects to inspire others (and made with products we shared) ! We hope that you will connect with us and join the fun each month.
Here is the line-up of blogs you will not want to miss.
Gia Lau <-----That's me
For a chance to win a CTMH My Acrylix "Lots of Love" stamp set you will need to leave a comment on each of the participants' blogs. For added chances to win the stamp set, become a "new follower" (extra entry for each new blog you follow). You will have til Saturday night to comment. Lynn will announce the winner on her blog, From My Bungalow on Sunday afternoon. We are especially thankful this month to Lynn Darda for sponsoring this Blog Share and encourage you to visit her online store or better yet contact her directly for some personal one to one expert advice and service no matter what level of skill or interest you are at !
Our projects were inspired by this quote:
The challenge this month was to use a heart or a home (ie. house) in a project. Here are some of the products we shared from the Laughing Lola Collection:
For my first project I made a mixed media layout of my daughter running on the beach. See if you can spot the hearts I used in my clusters of this and that.
To make this layout I started with the white card stock and painted on some gesso. I used a stencil and some heavy acrylic gel applied with a palette knife to make the circle design which adds a layer of texture. For another layer I applied some orchid colored gelato pigment making some random circles on the page, spritzed them with water, and then 'finger-painted" them for a watercolor effect. When these were dry, I used my CTMH chevron stamps as well as my CTMH geometric background stamps (the checkered design) finishing the chevrons with the bling coordinated for them by CTMH. Finally, after deciding on the placement of my photo, matted on the Laughing Lola purple card stock, I started adding clusters of paper snips (the patterned paper is so neat- you can even use the SKU strips on the bottom!) with my sewing machine, some of the coordinating dimensional pieces, and that adorable bow paper clip!
One trend I have been obsessed with lately is feathers-not so much real ones as much as created ones. I have used washi tape, stencils, stamps, and in this case I used some embossing paste mixed with some blue mica mixers and a peacock feather stencil on a base of vellum. After they were dry, I cut them out and added them to my page. My last embellishment were the beautiful CTMH Base and Bling metal flowers. Here are a couple close-ups.
With gesso brushed on haphazardly on my card stock, the acrylic stamps don't come out perfectly. That is A-OK with me, however when I am making a mixed media background- in fact-I am going for a distressed look with lots of texture even though there is a lot of white space.
My next project is a mini album I made using chipboard and a Cinch binding. I didn't get it done in time for Christmas, so it is going to be a New Years present for my parents.
Last, but not least, I didn't want to let my scraps go to waste. I had some kraft paper matchboxes I found at Hobby Lobby the last time I was on the mainland. I decided to make some little wishing boxes to send to friends. The idea behind a wishing box is to write a wish or a goal (like a new years resolution perhaps) on a scrap of paper, tuck it inside the wishing box, and carry it in your purse or keep it on your desk to remind you of your intention to actualize your wish!
Here is the little surprise inside!
The base and bling word accents from CTMH were perfect little charms for the insides of my match boxes.
I hope you enjoyed these projects and will leave me your thoughts! Incidentally, the purplish pink color that is so vibrant in this collection happens to have just been voted the Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid! Everyone is talking about this color and I have to confess- I am loving it!
Now here is that line-up again! Have a wonderful day!
Gia Lau <-----That's me
What's in My Cyber Basket Wednesday!
It's time to get back to the routine after some very sporadic (for my blogging that is) winter holiday months. I am kicking off 2014 on the blog with one of my favorite posts to write because it involves not only scrapbooking therapy but my other favorite therapy- the retail kind! If you are a new visitor and want the background on this column (usually posting the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month) you can find it here.
Now before I get to my haul, I want to show a sneak peek at what is on my work desk right now getting ready for the CTMH Laughing Lola Blog Share tomorrow!
This week I must be on a stamp quest because not only did I discover an awesome and totally unique artist's new stamp store online, but I also decided to host my first ever Stampin' Up party on Facebook with consultant Erica Thompson. When I caught a glimpse of the latest addition to the catalog- the "Occasions" edition that went live on January 3rd--I started a wish list a mile long. For the next edition of WIMCBW I will have to share my Stampin'Up Haul after finding out whether I earned some fabulous hostess rewards and finally place my own order! The party doesn't close until the 15th so you can still get an order in (and use my hostess code JG4WXDP7 when you checkout!)
So first, I will introduce you to Aha Arts owned by designer Ashley Goldberg from Portland, Oregon. Here is a quote from the About page of the Aha Arts site.
Ashley's art can be found in galleries and shops around the world. Some of her clients include: Urban Outfitters, Target, The Land of Nod, American Greetings, Fox Broadcasting, and Serena & Lily. Her work has been featured in many publications including: The New York Times, Dwell, Inc. Magazine, Lucky Magazine,Juxtapose, Design Sponge, and Apartment Therapy.
So basically, Ashley's art rocks. You don't even need to know all of those accomplishments to see for yourself.
Here is what I bought:
These stamps are 4 x 6 size and highest quality clear photopolymer. I used to think that only red rubber stamps could be "deeply etched" and that no clear stamps would ever compare to Close To My Heart My Acrylix stamps. There are many poor quality clear stamps out there that aren't worth the effort- however cute the designs may be. Obviously, in some cases you get what you pay for. These stamps run 14.99 per set- about the same as the ever so adorable Lawn Fawn stamps and comparable to the other stamp bar setter-Stampin'Up. As far as customer service, Ashley's e-commerce platform was buggered up when I tried to place my order and she responded right away to my email and allowed me to order by email/paypal. I can't wait to try them out!
I hope you will check out Aha-Arts.com and let me know which ones you like!
This Blog Share is happening tomorrow. You can start with our sponsor, CTMH Consultant and Blogger Lynn Darda of From My Bungalow or right here on the Painted Crane and hop along with Jody, Erica, Cassandra, and I for more fantastic inspiration!! There is a prize being awarded to one lucky person who comments on each blog with extra entries for each new blog followed! Be sure to include whether you are following in your comment, and make sure you check your settings to ensure we can find you if you win! See you tomorrow starting at 10 am CST!!