Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Product Spotlight Maggie Holmes Shine

Hey everyone, we have a new spotlight today using the oh so beautiful Shine collection from Maggie Holmes.  Not only is this collection gorgeous but it has so many kinds of embellishments.  

First up we have Aleksandra with this super sweet LO.  I love how she added the piece of vellum behind her photo.  So beautiful!

Next we have this pretty in pink LO from Becky.  I love how she used all pink and black for this LO. It's just gorgeous!

Candi created this fun LO by tucking in some embellishments in the vertical paper strips.

Jen Boumis has the cutest little girl ever!  This LO has some awesome layering and I love that little frame!

Kelly used this fabulous calendar paper as her background!  Brilliant!!

Mary Ann J added the perfect amount of embellishments to this frame background paper.  Perfection!

Mary-Ann M also used the frame paper but she cut out a frame and used it on a photo!  So beautiful!

There is still lots of this collection in the Paper Issues store.  Use the code michelle for 20% off your order!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Celebrate Autumn

I am not usually one for Fall themed anything. Despite the beauty of the season it is the looming never ending Winter season that prevents me from fully enjoying Fall.  I don't even enjoy the every so popular scent/flavour of pumpkin.  Which brings me to the subject of this layout.
You always know it's officially Fall when photos of people enjoying their pumpkin spice lattes start to fill your social media feeds.  No pumpkin spice for this girl, I am a bigger fan of the Salted Caramel Mocha beverage.  I am also a huge fan of the grid design.

I find that when I am not sure what direction I want to take my layout in, a grid design is a sure fire way to get the juices flowing and complete a project quickly.
For this layout, I've used a few pieces from the Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice Collection, proving that Fall isn't all that bad.  I just love how Simple Stories found a way to create brads that look just like tradition brads without all the hardware.  And how cute are these designs?

I used 3D adhesive to pop my photo and a few other elements off the page to give some dimension.

And the stitched arrows above the ampersand were created using this Amy Tangerine embroidery stencil kit, an old time favourite of mine.

Are you can still working on Fall photos?  If so, you can get your hands on some of this collection in the Paper Issues store.  Don't forget to use my code to save 20% off everything in your cart.

Happy crafting friends!

Monday, November 23, 2015

New Issue: Let Me Espresso My Gratitude (Round 2)

Welcome to round 2 of Let Me Espresso My GratitudeThis issue runs for two more weeks, giving you plenty of time to add your project(s) to the link up. Today we have three more projects from the design team to share with you. Enjoy the inspiration...

Link your project(s) and link back to Paper Issues by December 6th for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Issues storeBe sure to read the New Issue Monday Link and Win FAQ post for information on what you need to do to be eligible for the prize.

Before we get to the details of this issue, let's take a look at what three members of the Paper Issues team created with products available in the Paper Issues store.

Sherri (left), Jennie (center), Leah (right)

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail.

So what is Let Me Espresso My Gratitude all about? Here are a few ideas to get you started (use one or use them all). Feel free to use any product you'd like.
  • Show us your Thanksgiving projects and tell us what you are thankful for.
  • Share a project about coffee. Is coffee your favorite beverage? How about using a coffee cup embellishment? Get inky and use a coffee-themed stamp or add a coffee stain to your page.
  • Download the Thankful-Watercolor free printable from the Paper Issues store and use one or more of the cards on your project.

Here are the links to Paper Issues' product and social media sites. Please stop by and say hi!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Swag Bag Sunday Spotlight

Hello friends with issues! It's hard to believe we are only a few days from Thanksgiving and all of the activities of the holidays are fast approaching. For so many of us that can mean little to no time to create and craft as we love to do. 

Today I am sharing a quick mini-album created with the Paper Issues October Swag Bag (get yours here). Usually speaking, a project can take me several hours to several days to complete. However, this album was done within an hour and a half, which is a miracle!
The front pocket on the album was made using a photo sleeve stuffed with embellishments and sealed using the WRMK Heatwave tool. 

Following are photos of the individual pages from the album. Everything I used (with the exception of the tiny alphabet stickers and the adorable tiny doily from my friend Kelly Feldman) is from the October Swag Bag and few bits from past Swag Bags.

Many of you may recognize that my photos are various prompts from the #iSpyWithPI Fall Edition.

Last but not least is the Thankful Watercolor-November Free Printable File from Paper Issues.

Thank you for visiting today!
Remember that everything from this project is available in the Paper Issues store and you can receive 20% off your order by using code McJennifer!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

..:: November Sketchy Saturday Features ::..

..:: the features ::..

Hi!  Dona here with a few fabulous features inspired by Becki Adams awesome layout and the November PI sketch!  

Just a reminder; here is Becki's awesome layout & sketch:

 Here are a couple more layouts buy the PI Design Team:

For my take on the sketch I used mostly Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice collection.

Mary Ann Jenkins takes us from fall to winter with her take on the sketch.  I love the Heidi Swapp wood shapes! Available in the PI store here.

Check out these fabulous projects from our Paper Issues {Friends & Fans } Facebook page:

I love this layout that Anna Uhras shared with us! That splash of color in the background is fab!

Asa Johansson added lots of layers behind this photo! Love the color combo, too!

Carolyn Johnson used some fantastically, bright colors in her take on the sketch. I love those triangles!

Kirsten Williamson used chevron paper in her take on the sketch. Love that title!

Last but not least, Suzanne Spokus shared this lovely layout in the Paper Issues {Friends and Fans} group.

There is still time to play along! And If you do, you just might be featured on the blog, in our instagram feed, or you could with a gift card to the store! Share your project using this sketch as inspiration in our  November Challenge Album located in our Paper Issues {Friends and Fans} group for the chance to win a Paper Issues Gift Card!  While you're there, check out all the other challenges going on this month for more inspiration and more chances to WIN!! You have until December 7th to enter!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Let Me Espresso My Gratitude #2


This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from our current linky party, Let Me Espresso My Gratitude, sponsored by Paper Issues. Every Friday, we showcase projects our {Friends & Fans} have linked up, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

Let's take a look at the projects that caught our eye this week...

1. Heather "
created a collage of cut leaves, then pop dotted a negative cut file of a large leaf on top" to make this beautiful fall card. Such a creative take on a traditional shaker card.

2. Heidi shared a terrific card with a great geometric background, pretty mix of colors and some amazing coloring skills.

3. Amy is the queen of making coffee/hot beverage themed cards and this one is no exception. Take a look at the sparkling gold whipped cream on this beauty!

4. Bev shared this clean and simple coffee card. The blue adds the perfect pop of color and the trio of coffee beans finishes off this stamped card beautifully!

5. Alison shares how her "love affair with Starbucks" first started. Such a fun topic to scrap!

6. Suzanna's page is pure fun. The big title, wreath and bow really put the focus on her festive photo.

Thank you all for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

See you next Friday with more featured projects from Let Me Espresso My Gratitude.