Monday, December 10, 2018

12 Days of Giveaways - Day 10 for JustNick Studio

Hello crafty friends...I'm so glad you are here!  Today is Day 10 of the JustNick Studio 12 Days of Giveaways where you can get a free cut file each day for the first 12 days of December.

Here is my layout.

I love creating a basketweave with paper strips, and it's perfect as a frame for photos like in this layout -- or you can back a cut file with it too!

Head over the JustNick blog so you can see this fabulous cut file up close and grab your free cut file today before midnight CST tonight, Dec. 10th!

 Have a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!



Monday, November 5, 2018

Definitely Wonderful | JustNick Studio Design Team Layout

Hi everybody!  So glad you stopped by today.  I have a layout on the JustNick Studio blog today, and it's one of my favorites!  It was so fun to create this fun and colorful layout.  

To see some close ups and the cut files I used, head over to the JustNick Studo blog

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful November!  Hugs and chocolate (hot chocolate for those with cold weather!).


Nature's Beauty | Glue Dots Week for Paper House Productions

Welcome to the new week, everyone!  This week the Paper House Productions team is partnering with Glue Dots.  Today I'm sharing a layout about nature.

For my layout, I'm using the Paper House Productions Field Study paper pad and several Glue Dots products:  

When I think of nature, I think of Banff, Alberta, Canada.  It's the most beautiful place I've had the good fortune to visit.

I used two JustNick cut files - Leaf Cluster and some leaves from Bare Tree. The GlueTape is a wonderful permanent adhesive that is great for cardstock, photos, papers, and embellishments.  My favorite adhesive to use is the Pop-Up Dots - they are permanent, thick dots that give dimension, and they're great for layering!  I used several on a few of the leaves. 

Glue Dots are a permanent part of my craft stash - if you haven't tried them yet, I encourage you to grab some for your projects!

Thanks so much for joining me today...make it a great week!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Halloween Treat Box Decor | Paper House Productions Design Team

Hello my pretties!

If you are looking for some Halloween decor ideas, it's easy with a few materials and some fun-sized candies.

You'll need:
Cut your Halloween papers, black cardstock, and acetate sheet to the size of your cube faces and adhere.  Adhere the acetate over cardstock underneath your letters so the Glue Dots don't show through.  Layer on alphas, stickers and ribbon.  Add candy...and enjoy!

Have a fun Halloween...and enjoy all the chocolate!



Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall Family Fun | JustNick Studios Design Team Layout with Simple Stories

Howdy crafty friends!  Happy Monday to you.  I'm sharing a fall themed layout today on the JustNick Studio blog - go take a peek to see some close-ups.  Here is the full layout.  I used the gorgeous Forever Fall collection from Simple Stories.  Such beautiful colors!

Head over to the JustNick Studios blog for some close ups and see the cut file I used.

Have a super week, and happy fall!


Thursday, October 4, 2018

You Are So Beautiful to Me for JustNick

Today I'm up on the JustNick blog sharing a soft and pretty layout with a photo of my grandmother when she was a baby in 1921.  She was precious!  She passed away in 2012, and I think of her daily.  I can't express how much I miss her.  She's the subject of my very first published layout as well, and I just realized I used Cocoa Vanilla Studio products for that layout, too.  Serendipity!

I show some close ups of this sweet layout on the JustNick blog, so please go over to take a peek and check out those gorgeous cut files I used!

Thank you so much for stopping by my little part of the blogosphere!


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Happy Fall for JustNick Studio

Hello crafters!

I was recently up on the JustNick blog sharing a fall-themed layout.  I love pumpkin patch photos!

You can see some close ups and the cut file used on the JustNick blog post.  I used mostly the Pebbles Simple Life collection - such great woodgrain papers!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy fall, y'all.  :)



Monday, September 10, 2018

{All of Me Loves All of You} Using JustNick Cut Files for Stitching - Tutorial

Hi crafty peeps!  If you have a large project you want to hand stitch, but want to skip the tedious process of poking the holes, then I have just the tutorial for you.  Take a look:

I used the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Wild at Heart collection along with the All of Me Loves All of You JustNick Studio cut file.

To see how to create a hand-stitched project from a cut file (along with a couple of close-ups), head over to my post on the JustNick Studio blog today! 

It's hard to believe those babies are now 16 and almost 10!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a super week!


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Always Believe in Yourself - Paper House Productions Design Team Layout

Hi y'all!  Welcome back to the blog.  Paper House Productions is continuing the Back-to-School projects this week, and I have a first day of school layout to share.

I used Color Washed to cut the JustNick Butterfly Background from the ombre paper.  Then I sewed a square of white cardstock over that same paper but flipped it so the colors were opposite of where the butterflies were cut.  The purple butterflies offset well to the orange in the bottom right corner.

I traced the butterfly outlines with a Gelly Roll glitter pen for some shine.  I trimmed the journal tag from the paper and used it as my title.

Some sequins and enamel dots help complement the additional butterfly stickers I added.

I hope your back to school week goes smoothly!  Thanks for joining me today.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

{Sweet} Design Team Layout for JustNick Studios

Happy "baby Friday", everyone...and welcome to my blog!  

Today's post showcases a layout of my daughter when she was four paired with two JustNick cut files and the ever-cute Pink Paislee Turn the Page collection.

There are several close ups on the JustNick Studios blog, so I'd love for your to jump over there to take a look at the layout in more depth.

Have a great weekend!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Altered Notebook for Sophie - Paper House Productions Design Team

Hi everyone-

I'm having a hard time believing it's August and school is around the corner.  It seems like it just sneaks up on you as a parent!  Although I have two starting in about a week, I created today's project for my niece because she loves pink and purple.

I first trimmed the ombre paper from Color Washed to match the size of the cover, and I adhered it to the cover.  Then I covered the back as well.  Next, I used the Lotus Washi Tape to create a border and then cover the spine.

Then it was time to adhere my Delicate Butterflies cut file and stickers!  Isn't that gold on the paper and stickers gorgeous?

I used the Narwhal and Butterflies stickers plus the alpha stickers from the Color Washed pad.

This project was so fun to create!  This would make a great teacher gift as well for that first day.

Thanks for joining me.  Have a great week!


Thursday, August 2, 2018

{Chill Out It's Summer} JustNick Design Team Layout

Hello crafty chocoholics!  Welcome back, and happy Thursday.  Today I'm sharing a layout with a couple of photos of us in Puerto Vallarta for my sister-in-law's destination wedding back in 2009.  I used three JustNick cut files and combined them with the bright and cheerful Echo Park Summer Party collection.

I used two different alpha cut files (Outline Alpha and Script Alpha 2) and the sun from Sunny Days.

For some close ups and how I created the title using Silhouette Studio, visit the JustNick blog!

I hope you are having a great summer, and I hope I've inspired you to create your own fun titles using alphabet cut files.

See you soon!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Family Beach Day - Paperhouse Productions Design Team Layout

Hello crafty friends!  Here in Houston, it is, REALLY hot.  So it's a good time for sharing summery layouts, and today I'm excited to share my first post on the Paper House Productions Design Team with you!!

In 2009, we went to a relative's destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta.  Traveling with a 9-month old on an airplane was interesting!!  My little guy ate his way through Cheerios and Yogurt Melts there and back!  :p  While there, we had some family photos taken, and we enjoyed feeling the sand on our toes that day.

How fun is this watercolored paper with the palm trees?  I used it as my base, but I wanted some "sand", so I trimmed a strip from another paper from the same collection (Sun Drenched), cut with Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors, and sewed along the bottom.

Sun Drenched also goes with the fabulous 3D Stickers, and you can see the "Beach" one from the Boardwalk stickers above as well as the palm tree below.  Such fun texture!!!  And I used a journaling sticker and some of the cardstock multipack stickers to showcase in the "sand".

I used both the Sun Drenched alpha stickers for my title, and added in a few sequins and enamel dots.

But my favorite part of the layout is my stitched sun.  I used the JustNick cutfile Sunny Days, stitched through every other ray, and then layered another 3D sticker in the middle - "Seas the Day"...what a perfect phrase for this beach layout!!

These 3D stickers are great for adding additional texture to your layouts.  I hope you're inspired to add some to your stash today to create with.  

Please follow me on Instagram for additional projects.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

{Moments I Love} JustNick Studios

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I hope you are enjoying your summer.  If you are like me, you probably have a past trip that you hold dear to your heart.  For me and my family, that place is Banff, Alberta, Canada - we went a little over two years ago.  It's *stunning*.  Really.  And someday we want to go back.  Because I love the area so much, I used a JustNick cut file called Free Love for my large title.

I have some close ups on the JustNick Studios blog today, so please go check them out to see the details, the other cut file used, and a tip for creating contrast with cut files.

So glad you joined me today!  Have a super week.


Friday, July 6, 2018

{Laugh More, Live Simply, Dream Big} JustNick Studios Design Team Intro!

Hello crafty friends, happy Fri-yay!

My very first Design Team layout for JustNick Studios is up, and I am SO excited to share it with you!  I've followed Nicole's free cut files for many years as she worked with Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, and I placed my first JustNick order two short days after she opened her store a little over three years ago!  So, I'm geeking out a little LOT being on her Design Team.  :)

I used the Simple Stories I Am... collection, Distress Oxide ink and other inks, and the following JustNick cut files:

Go check out the JustNick blog for close ups of my layout, and then stop by the JustNick store to pick out some of your favorites!!

Enjoy a crafty weekend!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

I'm Joining the JustNick Studios Design Team!

You guys, I have such exciting news!  I'm joining the JustNick Studios 2018-2019 design team!  I'm just too excited to join these artistic ladies!!

I remember downloading Nicole's first free cut file called Sketchy Circles from the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog back in 2013!  And a fan was born.  :)

Join me Friday for my first layout on the JustNick Studios design team!  I can't wait to share it with you all - don't forget to bring chocolate!

Have an amazing week!

Friday, June 22, 2018

{The Good Stuff} Published in Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine's 50th Issue!

Hello, hello!

I have barely been through the Summer 2018 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today once, and can I just say, "It's fabulous!"  It's the 50th issue, and they've gone all-out!  I have a layout published in it as well, and I'm so excited to share it with you!

We went to the Houston Zoo this past spring break and the weather could not have been better!  My daughter isn't in many of our photos from that day - 16 year olds want to go off and see the animals with their own friends...weird!  (lol)

I love this Fancy Pants Designs collection (I wish I could have 20 of those "The Good Stuff" ephemera!), and I used a cut file from SCT Magazine (as created by Nicole Nowasad) as well.  I looooove her cut files!

Go soak up all the good stuff in this issue, don't want to miss it!

Hugs and a good weekend!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Little Moments Layout

Hello friends!  Are you excited about the Summer issue of SCT Magazine coming out tomorrow?  It's their 50th issue, and I know they will celebrate in style.  I have a layout in this coming issue, so before the issue comes out, I wanted to share the sweetest spring layout that was in the Spring issue.

Here is my daughter helping water our flowers.  <3

I adore these photos, but I love them even more with all the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio goodness surrounding them!  I also used a bunch of flower cut files from Just Nick Studios (plus some fun fussycut flowers).  The watering can is an Echo Park cut file that I did some hand stitching around.  So fun!

Don't forget to check out the SCT Magazine site tomorrow at 10am CT for the 50th issue release!

Have a great weekend!


Fun news - I'm on the Paper House Productions Design Team!

Hello crafty friends!

I wanted to hop on the blog and share some fun news with you.  I'm joining the Paper House Productions Design Team for Summer/Fall 2018!  It's headed by Christine Meyer who I've had the joy to work with before.

I'm very excited to be on my first manufacturer's DT -- I feel it's an incredible honor, and I'm creating with some friends whose work already inspires me (not to mention working with some new ladies who I know will wow me!). 

I can't wait to share layouts with you starting in July!

Love and chocolate,

Monday, March 26, 2018

{Little Moments} Published in Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine

You guys!  If you haven't yet had a chance to view the Spring 2018 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine either in print or online, don't's stunning!  They pack so much goodness into each issue - and this one is no different.

I'm honored to have a layout published highlighting my daughter helping water our plants nearly 14 years ago.  <3  I used mostly Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dream...the colors are sooo cut files from Echo Park and Just Nick Studio.

Happy spring!!


Friday, January 5, 2018

"Thankful" - Published in the Fall 2017 Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine!

Hi there everyone!  I'm playing catch-up on my blog and wanted to share with you a layout that was published in the Fall 2017 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, my very favorite scrapbook publication!  I've been an avid reader for many years - it just inspires me every single issue!

Here is my Thankful layout:

This layout was of our first Thanksgiving as a family of four, in 2008.  I can't believe Paxton was that tiny once!!

I received some Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L in my gift from Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine from my Lovely layout, so I used it again for this fun layout to pop up the layers.  Here are a few close-ups.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I hope you have a wonderful week.