Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Go ... See ... Do... - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

I have another layout to share using the awesome June Clique Kit featuring the Crate Paper Journey collection! I am not a PL scrapper, but I still love to use those journal cards to tell a story on my layouts. I cut out the "Our Adventure" journal card and started listing a few of the highlights from a late summer camping trip. We were camping in Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth Minnesota. My son was having a great time exploring in the creek nearby. I remember yelling at him not to ruin his new school tennis shoes in the water. So he carefully took them off and left them on the bank before jumping rocks to cross the creek. I snapped his photo and as he was jumping rocks to come back, he slipped and caught himself, but his foot was sliced open on a sharp rock! We ended up having to take him to a nearby hospital emergency room. Life with boys! You can see I used Lacey's mountain cut file too. It looks awesome with my photo.


One of my favorite parts of the kit are these gold acetate journaling cards. They are super fun to layer over the pattern paper and ephemera pieces. You can see I used staples and even stitched over them to keep them in place. I didn't want to use any adhesive that would show.


Don't you just love these wooden tokens by Maya Road too!



 Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Chief Crazy Horse - June Clique Kit

Hello blogging friends! I am so excited to be sharing the first of several projects using the June Clique Kit featuring Crate Paper's Journey collection. It's perfect for those summer destinations you have planned! What popped out for me as sure favorites was this gold acetate sheet and those die cut feathers. With the tribal feel, I couldn't help but dig out a picture from a trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota of Chief Crazy Horse.

Look how gorgeous all this gold is!

I am in love with the Maya Road wooden tokens too.

Each monthly kit has exclusive flair and digital printables and cut files. I used one of the printables in the upper left corner of the photo.

What do you love most about the kit?

Browse the Clique Store and use coupon code Marcia10 to save 10%. Besides the monthly kit, they also have a special edition card kit, and planner kits.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Congratulations on Your Wedding Day - Still Shaking it up for Top Dog Dies!

Hello blogging friends! Did you know Top Dog Dies just released some more new dies? I think they are my favorite yet. Here are just a few.... Hop over to the store to see everything.

These last 2 dies are designed for Project Life scrappers. Yup, they are just the right size so you can create your own PL cards! and they are so awesome on cards too!

Being inspired by the shaker card blog hop this past weekend, I decided to try another shaker card with the wedding couple....

I filled the inside of my shaker with sequins and glass glitter. This stamp sentiment is from the amazing Altenew Ori Kami set available in the Clique Store for a limited time. When they are gone, they are gone. (use coupon code Marcia10 and save 10%). Oh... and this gorgeous paper was part of the Clique Kits Spring card kit. There just might be a few of those left too.

Top Dog Dies Heart Doily Die Set

Isn't this wedding couple adorable?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Xyron Giveaway Winner!

Time to announce the winner for my Xyron giveaway....

and the winner is ...... Lisa    from    Lisa's Creative Niche.

Can you email me your address at
Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sugar & Spice, Lots of Spice - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends! I have a soft and sweet layout using the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios Sugar & Spice collection to share today. This layout was actually something I envisioned making when I first received the collection...I just had so many other things I wanted to create with it though, lol. To add to the softness, I used a white background. The top of the layout has this pretty heart cut file from Kerri Bradford Studios. I filled some of the negative spaces with bits of patterned paper. This is a great way to use up some scraps. Here is my layout....


 Here is a detail shot of the cut file with the beautiful pattern papers...


Now some girls may be all Sugar & Spice, but I know this particular girl is lots more spice, lol. Can't you just see it in those mischievous eyes. Here is my title. I splattered the background with ink and used those fabulous wood veneer pieces from the collection to embellish.


I love the flair in the collection as well. I couldn't resist using some here too.


Just one more shot....


I hope you enjoyed my layout today. Have a great week!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Time to Shake Blog Hop - Top Dog Dies

Shake, Shake, Shake That Card! It’s blog hop time again at Top Dog Dies. We have a whole lotta shaking going on this time for our blog hop. Shaker Cards! They are always a fun card to receive and make.

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize! Three winners will receive the New Top Dog Dies Hot Air Balloon Die Set

For your chance to win, enter your email address below by 5/20/15. Winners will be posted on the Top Dog Dies blog after 5/20/15.
Here’s how it works…
Visit each blog on the hop in order. Each Design Team member has created a special shaker card using dies from Top Dog Dies. Visit each blog, check out the shaker projects and leave your comments. Don’t forget to enter to win. Here is the line-up....

I created my card with the Top Dog Dies Heart Doily die set and the Top Dog Dies Sheep die set. I had the perfect punny stamp for the sheep, an older Pink Stamper stamp set. Here is my card...

Top Dog Dies Heart Doily die set
Top Dog Dies Sheep die set
Top Dog Dies Heart Mini Album Finishers die set
My Mind's Eye Pattern paper
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Pink Stamper Punny Stamp set
Clique Kits Sequins from their Spring Card kit

Enter to win here....
Fill out my onlineform.

Now hop on over to Kymona's blog.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thanks for Helping Me Grow - Imaginisce inspiration

It's Teacher Appreciation week at Imaginisce! I couldn't resist a "Thanks for Helping Me Grow" box card using the new Imaginisce Heartland Farm collection. I am having so much fun with this SVGcuts box cards cut file.

I used my i-Rock to set some metallic gems in my strawberry blossoms. This is best done before you assemble your card.

It is so easy too, just hold the hot tip to the gem for a few seconds.

I even made a coordinating envelope to go with my card with that adorable strawberry paper. See how flat this card folds.

Now a few chocolate covered strawberries are just what I need to go along with my card!

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Die Cuts, Enamel Dots  (Heartland Farm), I-Rock, Metallic gems
American Crafts: Cardstock

I am loving the new collection Heartland Farm! Are you loving it too?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Little Birdie Told Me - Top Dog Dies Inspiration

Hello blogging friends. I have another Top Dog Dies card to share with you today. I found these pretty Bo Bunny papers when I was sorting through my papers and thought they were perfect for a Spring Birthday card. I can't seem to get enough flowers while I am waiting for something to start blooming here.

I layered up the Top Dog Bella Doily die and the Top Dog Vintage A2 Mat die at the top of my card. Don't be afraid to cut your dies and use only a portion, The Top Dog Dies Little Birds and the Close to My Heart sentiment stamp "a little birdie told me .." are a match made in heaven.

Top Dog Dies Bella Doily
Top Dog Dies Vintage A2 Mat die
Top Dog Dies Little Birds die set

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mom : Floral Box Card Tutorial for Xyron and a GIVEAWAY!

Happy Mother's Day my blogging friends. I hope you all had a wonderful day with your families. I had a fabulous weekend with my kids and even managed to get some of my flowers planted!

I am so excited to be returning to the Xyron design team! Did you know that they have a new 9" Creative Station? Let me show it to you....  The new 9" Creative Station has a sleeker design and the crank handle folds flat against the machine. It takes up less space, so you can fit more scrappy supplies into your craft rooms ;)

This machine does double duty. Not only do 9" cartridges fit, but the smaller 5" ones too.

Such a smart idea. When you open up the machine there is a green divider that you lift up when you want to insert a 5" cartridge inside.

Slide the cartridge in place, ensuring the end of the adhesive strip is between the 2 black rollers and close the lid.

Well I was so exited I couldn't wait to play with it. I decided to make a box card for my Mom using the new Heartland Farm collection from ImaginisceA special Mom deserves a special Mother's Day card. 

Here is how I did it...

Step 1. Using a die cut machine cut out the Floral Box Card from cardstock and pattern papers. Insert the smaller die cuts into the new Xyron 9" Creative Station with the 5" permanent adhesive cartridge in place. 

Tip: This helps avoid losing the smaller pieces.

Step 2. Switch out the 5" cartridge for the 9" permanent adhesive cartridge and run the larger pieces through.

Step 3. The new Xyron 9" Creative Station still has this useful paper cutter in the back of the machine.

Step 4. Assemble the card, placing cut pattern paper pieces onto the cardstock base.

Step 5. Now let's die cut a sentiment for the card front. Run a strip of cardstock through the Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker. (Check out this pretty gold sticker maker! Giveaway details below)

 Step 6. Peel off the protective film from the top side of the cardstock.

Step 7. Set die cut on top and run through manual die cut machine.

Step 8. Peel off paper backing from select die cuts and apply to card front to spell "MOM". Tip: There is no adhesive residue when you apply the adhesive first and then die cut.  

Step 9. Embellish card with enamel dots.

I love that these cards fold flat! Here are a few more pics....

Xyron Products Used:

Other Products Used: 
Silhouette Cameo, Sizzix Big Kick, Top Dog Dies Typewriter Uppercase die set, SVGcuts Box Cards SVG file, American Crafts cardstock (blue, white, and green), Imaginisce Heartland Farm collection and Family Fun colletion Pattern Papers, Imaginisce Heartland Farm collection Enamel Dots, Quick Quotes Powderpuff Ink in green. 


To celebrate my return to the Xyron design team I am giving away 2 of those gorgeous gold Xyron 1.5" Sticker Makers, one to a follower of my blog and another to an instagram follower. Just leave a comment on this blog post. Bonus points if you share on your Facebook page. Just leave me another comment here that you shared. You have until May 17th to enter. Winners will be announced on May 18. International applicants welcome.

Thanks for stopping by and Good Luck!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dad - Top Dog Dies Tutorial

Hello blogging friends! Here in Minnesota we are gearing up for the fishing opener. With over 10,000 lakes here you can imagine that this is a big deal. My hubby was sorting through his tackle box to see what he needed and I spotted some lures with feathers on them. I immediately thought of my Top Dog Dies Feather Die Set and thought I could make one of those! Of course I would have to improvise for the hook. With Father's Day looming, I decided to create a card with a fishing theme that I could put my fishing lure on.

I loved what Top Dog Dies guest designer Leigh Penner did with the Top Dog Dies Vest die on one of her cards and decided to do the same for my fishing card. I wanted the vest to look more like a fishing vest though so it needed to have lots of pockets. Kraft cardstock gives it a masculine touch. I also used the Top Dog Dies Typewriter Uppercase set for my simple sentiment. It's the fishing lure that steals the show though.

Top Dog Dies Typewriter Uppercase set
Top Dog Dies Vest die
Top Dog Dies Feather Die Set

Let me show you how you can make a fishing lure too. You will need...

Tim Holtz Memo pins
A long needle nose pliers
Sewing Thread
Top Dog Dies Feather Die Set

1. Die cut some feathers. Using the Needle Nose Pliers, bend the end of a memo pin into a hook.

2. Using a medium length feather, tie it to the hook using the tread.

3. Holding the feather end of the memo pin, start wrapping the thread around the pin, adding feathers behind and in front as you wrap.

4. Tie a slip knot to finish. Trim loose thread and paper from hook. A dab of glue on the back side of the string will keep it from unraveling.

Wish us luck on opening day. Thanks for stopping by.