Friday, June 27, 2014

a reason to smile…

How can it be Friday already?  Is anyone else wondering how in the world a single day can drag on for so long, yet an entire week simply flies by?  It’s been a crazy summer so far with kids going all different directions – but by tonight everyone in our little family will be safely tucked back into our little nest, which makes this mama bird VERY happy! 

Yesterday I had a layout go live on the Bella Blvd. blog – it’s title, appropriately, “find a reason to smile.” 


I was challenged to create this layout based on an inspiration piece found on pinterest – click over to the Bella Blvd. blog to see the inspiration as well as several more projects inspired by the same piece.  I always love to see how other designers interpret photos for these types of challenges, don’t you?

Here are some details:


I was going to include a supply list – but the list is HUGE – that’s what happens when you go rifling through an entire stash to find a few specific colors! So instead, click over to my gallery at (here) and you can find links to all of the products I used!  :)

Have a happy weekend – find a reason (or a hundred) to smile! :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

june paper smooches blog hop…

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches July/August release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies are releasing soon.  Our new stamps and dies will release at midnight (eastern time) on June 30.  (12:01am on July 1st EST) You will find our new releases HERE.
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize!
The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, June 29th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners. 
Ashley Marcu
Betsy Veldman
Emily Leiphart
Erin Lincoln
JJ Bolton
Jocelyn Olson
Kalyn Kepner
Kim Kesti
Laura Bassen
Laurie Schmidlin
Michele Boyer
Mou Saha
Pamela Ho
Summer Fullerton
Teri Anderson
Wendy Sue Anderson <<------you :="" are="" here="" p="">To increase your chances of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)
I used the new “Blossoming Buds” and “Kudos” stamp sets as well as the “Seasonal Tree Dies” and “Large Leaf Dies” to create my layout:
I used my favorite color of subtle ink – Prima Attic Dust to stamp the “grateful” block:
The tree and leaves are all die-cut from Pebbles Inc. papers – one of my favorite older collections, “Front Porch.”
Thanks for stopping by – enjoy the hop! :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

a final top dog dies project…

Well, you know the old saying, “all good things must come to an end.”  I’m a little bit sad to be sharing my final project as a member of the Top Dog Dies design team.  I’ve been reevaluating my priorities (again, isn’t it a constant thing?!?) and decided that it’s time to phase out some of my design commitments.  This contract just happened to be the first (of several) that was up for renewal (or not).  I’ve really loved working with the team at Top Dog Dies and will miss the fun interactions – but this is what’s best for me right now.  I’m still a big fan – and I’ll still be using their awesome products – just not in an official capacity!

Okay, enough about me – more about this fun card:wendysueanderson_topdogdies_circle_card

I decided to use one of my favorite Mini Album dies from Top Dog Dies – the “Circle Mini Album” to make this card.  I just love shaped cards and this circle die makes it so easy to make round cards!


I just fold my background paper or cardstock – in this case I used awesome silver foil paper from Chickaniddy Crafts – and place it over the die blades.  Instead of leaving the entire binding edge, I place the fold closer to the inside, making the flap less visible.

Thanks for the ride, Top Dog Dies, it’s been fun! :)


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Friday, June 20, 2014

my guy…

One of my assignments for the Chickaniddy Blog this month was to create a layout  with the topic “Men in My Life.” Well, there's only one MAN in my life - my awesome husband.  (Yes, there are little men, our sons, but this one is all about my main squeeze!)  It's hard to get him in front of the camera, but I was happy to find these three photos from Spring Break last year. 


He truly is my best friend - he has been for over 20 years now.  I'm so blessed to have his love and respect! And I'm super lucky that he supports my passion for scrapbooking, paper-crafting, and photography!  I'm the luckiest girl I know! ;)


Okay, less mushiness and more about this awesome paper!  I love using the foil papers to die-cut shapes with my Silhouette.  I wanted to cut a big heart to use on the background of my layout - but after I cut it out, I decided that I liked the negative space best - so I opted to use the silver foil paper for my background and let the patterned paper peek through the heart shape.


Of course I had to add machine stitching around the edges - the foil paper is lightweight, so it's easy to stitch right through it!


I also added lots of stickers - many of them have a bit of added dimension with foam dots behind them.

Be sure to visit the Chickaniddy Crafts Blog for loads of fun ideas – and some really great ways to use their new foil papers!


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

chickaniddy layout–inspired by pinterest…

Every month some of the design team members at Chickaniddy Crafts get to collaborate and make projects inspired by various pinterest items gathered together on monthly mood boards (here) by our awesome team leaders!  This month, I had the opportunity to be inspired by our pinterest june mood board and this is the layout I created for the Chickaniddy Crafts Blog:


Here’s a look at my inspiration:


As you can see, I was mostly inspired by the GOLDEN vertical lettering.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the title onto white cardstock and then I placed a piece of gold foil paper behind the lettering.


I mixed some of the papers and stickers to coordinate with the colors in my "sunrise" and "sunset" photos.  I sure love the view from my kitchen window - it makes doing the dishes feel like less of a chore and more like a treat!

You can see how the other girls were inspired HERE!


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Chickaniddy Crafts - Twirly Girly Collection - Bradssilhuette_cameo_bundle

Monday, June 16, 2014

a little hello card on a monday morning…

It’s a brand new week!  And it’s my turn to take over the Top Dog Dies blog today – hop on over there to read more about this card:



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Thursday, June 12, 2014

it’s time to decorate for the 4th of July…

I created these fun patriotic blocks using the fun sequins and papers from Doodlebug Design!


You can find all of the details for this fun (and easy-enough for the kids to help) project over on the Doodlebug blog!  Thanks for stopping by! :)


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