Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kellie Stamps DT Blog Hop

Kellie Stamps Design Team
Blog Hop, Stamping Challenge & GIVEAWAY

Welcome to Kellie Stamps National Scrapbook Day blog hop and stamp challenge.

The Kellie Stamps Design Team thought it would be fun to share some stamping techniques with you all.  The BEST part is, we are having a BUNCH of stamp giveaways!

EXCITING NEWS : Today Kellie is offering a pre-order for the May stamp release.  Click here to check out the new stamp sets, Today and Outline It.  AND, for this weekend ONLY you can use the code : NSDAY2015 for 10% OFF your order, until Monday at midnight.

HOW TO WIN A STAMP SET?  We are giving you three chances to win!!

  1. Take part in the blog hop.  To do this, hop along to each blog on the list below, leave a comment on each, Kellie Stamps National Scrapbook Day blog post.
  2. Join in with our challenge by copying one of the stamping techniques shared by a design team member.  Projects must be NEW, no linking to old blog projects.  Once you have finished add your link to the linky at the end of the blog post.  Links can be to blog posts or images from instagram.
  3. ALL of the above.
 You have until Midnight Monday to take part in both the blog hop and the challenge.

Now...on to the challenge. I am challenging you all to use color ink to make a few Project Life cards. I know my go-to is black ink. It stays on my desk, out all the time, because I use it ALL THE TIME. I forget sometimes I have a whole drawer of colored inks! So...go through your stash and find one, or more, that you love and use it!

For these cards, I used the new Kellie Stamps that will be up for pre-order on May 1st, Today & Outline It.


I made three cards. For the first one, I wanted to use all the awesome words Kellie had in this new set to create a "currently" card. I used the Mint Hint and stamped the words in a list form under the "currently" title.

After I was done stamping, I used my typewriter to add in my journaling. I ran some of my words off the side, but honestly, this doesn't bother me. So I left it and moved on. I need to use my color inks way more. I love the contrast between the light mint and the black type.

For the second card, I used the script "I AM" in black and "awesome" in the Mint Hint.

I then used my Project Life pen to add my journaling, which was a list of all my titles. 

For the last card, I used the + symbol from one of Kellie's old sets (sorry, no longer available) in Mint Hint and stamped it in the center of my card. Then I used the new alpha set, Outline It, to set my kids initials on either side in black.

Kellie Stamps DT Blog Hop

Amelia Blog | @ameliawritesblog
Awbree | Blog | @awbreecaton
Debra Blog | @dptuffy
Jen | Blog | @jecarl
Jennifer | Blog | @sunlightandair
Jodie Blog | @polkadotcreative
Juli | Blog | @julimakesthings
PepperBlog | @pepper_creations
RachelBlog | @scrappinlove
Jessica Blog | Shop | @colorcastdesigns
Kellie Blog Shop | @giveagirlablog

If you are participating in the stamping challenge, please link your photo of your project here:


An InLinkz Link-up

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Project Life 2015 // weeks 10-13

Project Life 2015 // weeks 10-13

week 10

Austin's birthday week. Lot's of pictures. I ended up using 4 full pages for this week. Small pictures were printed here at home on my Pixma and the 4x6 photos were printed from Walmart (I am a HUGE fan of Walmart's quality and cheap prices for photos. I usually order all my 4x6 & 5x7 from them. I ONLY order from the processing lab though, having them mailed to me directly. DO NOT do the 1 hour, totally different quality.)

For the left side, I told the story about his birthday. 

Design A // 4x6 white cards, 3x4 white cards, Sunshine Edition, Kellie Stamps

I'm really embracing the white space this year and I am so loving it. I think I'm cleaning Becky out of all the 3x4 white cards. I can't go a week without them! My go-to PL product for sure.

For the right side (and the back of this page) I told the story of his birthday party. I made both of the kids party invitations from PL cards this year and it might have been the best idea ever. Not only were they super cute and easy to make, but they slip right into my page when I'm ready to document! For both sides, I let the photos tell the story. I did add just a bit of journaling onto some white cardstock and cut it down to 4x4. Wood accent is from Studio Calico.

Design Q // white cardstock (party invite how-to HERE)

For the back side, again all mostly photos. I just stamped the middle 4x4 card with "GOOD TIMES", a stamp by Kellie Stamps.

To continue with week 10, I rounded out the 4 page spread with the everyday photos from the week. I also told a bit about my being selected to be on the Kellie Stamps design team. Stamping directly on my photos is another one of my go-to moves. I use Stazon Ink in black.

Design A // 4x6 white cards, 3x4 white cards, Sunshine Edition, Kellie Stamps.

week 11

I didn't have alot of photos for this week, but luckily the kids had plenty of art for me to use. I added an 8 1/2 x 11 page protector for this week to add in this drawing by Paige.

This page tells a story about finding the kids reading. We were having a no TV weekend and it was surprisingly awesome. I found the kids twice quietly reading, once Austin was "reading" to Paige. For the journaling, I typed it on a bit of white cardstock and then adhered it directly on top of the painting. For the numbers Austin wrote, I had a bit of extra space on the side, so I backed the paper with 2 plain 4x6 index cards and then typed my journaling on that. If you are new here and curious about my week cards, I just print large numbers onto white cardstock, but them out, and adhere them to my card of choice. I started out the year using PL cards, but now I am using either art work or 4x6 white cards. I actually think I'm going to go back the start of this year and change them all to white cards. I just like the clean look better.

Design A // white cardstock, 4x6 index cards, Kellie Stamps

I use a small letter sticker on every drawing or art piece made by the kids to identify who made it. 

For the rainbow, I cut it out (it was on a giant piece of really thin, not awesome paper), placed two blank index cards side by side, adhered the rainbow on top, cut it where the cards separated, and trimmed the bottom. 

Design A // 3x4 white cards, 4x6 index cards, Kiwi Edition, Kellie Stamps

Totally loving the honestly on this page. And the stamps by Kellie were a perfect fit. "Today just sucked" was awesome for my story about the dog eating 1/2 a container of cocoa powder and then peeing on the couch. Yup..real life folks...all documented in my Project Life.

weeks 12 & 13

Another first for me this year is focusing on only a few colors. In the past my weeks have been a mix of everything, from everywhere. Sometimes they "matched", sometimes they didn't. This year, I find myself trying to stick to two colors, plus black and white. I like the challenge and I love the results. I didn't have enough photos or art for either week to do a full spread, so I combined them.

This page is all about how art is a huge part of our days. My kids color for hours each day. No I'm not exaggerating, literally hours. Some days way more than others, depending on our plans, but still...they draw, create, make, etc EVERYDAY.

Design A // 3x4 white cards, 4x6 index cards, Kiwi Edition, Kellie Stamps

This side was more randomness of our week. A visit with best friends, carrot cake pancakes, and family naps...all good stuff.

Design F // 3x4 white cards, 4x6 white cards, Kiwi Edition, Sunshine Edition, Gold Foil Value Kit, Kellie Stamps

That's all folks! I'm off to start packing up for the Make It Retreat next weekend!!!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Earth Friendly Playdough (again)

I get asked often what recipe I use for play dough so I thought I'd share it here again. It's so easy and super fun! I make it every few months. I store it just in a ziplock bag and it will last for 4-6 months. You can add glitter, gel color (I find the colors with the gel dye are more vibrant and true), and even essential oils (lavender and peppermint are my favorites!!). Here's the recipe:

Earth Friendly Playdough

2 c flour
1 c salt
2 c water
2 T oil
3 T cream of tarter

Cool over medium heat until blended. Once it's a sticky ball, remove from heat and let cool 2 min in a glass bowl. Then you can kneed it until soft and non-sticky. Add in your extras and your ready to go!! 

My kids are obsessed with brad lately. We cut out shapes and animals with the play dough and then use beads to decorate them. 

Happy creating!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Project Life 2014 // weeks 41 - 45

Project Life 2014 // weeks 41 - 45

week 41

left side - design A, right side is We R Memory Keepers 

For this week, I decided to go big with the art work. I tend to do this when I don't have a lot of picture or words going into my spread. At the top, I told a little story about Jay running a race here in our town. The kids thought it was pretty cool to cheer Daddy on.

3x4 grid cards

Simple page. I printed these pictures here at home. I then cut white card stock into 4x4 squares and adhered each photo to a square. 

For the middle I used a mixture of embellishments to fill the 2x2 squares. I wanted the see-through element, so I chose to leave the blank space open. The top pockets are sewn across the top to hold in the stars.

week 42

left side - design  , right side - design A

For this side I simply cut my photos down to 4x4 to fill the page. The middle 2x2 squares are still clear, and you can see through to the last page. 

The quote on the bottom left photo was cut from a Studio Calico card and adhered to the picture.

All three sentiments shown here were cut from different Studio Calico PL cards and adhered onto new cards/photos. Often times, I don't care for the busyness of the cards and this is a great way for me to still use and enjoy the cards, and the sayings.

Studio Calico PL kit, 4x6 index cards

week 43

both sides - design A

You guys know my obsession with my type writer. But I still want my handwriting in my albums. I am trying to achieve a good mix. I love how this page turned out. I'm really into black and white. The Midnight Edition is still my favorite kit. I always find myself coming back to it.

Midnight Edition, 4x6 index cards, Studio Calico stamps, Project Life pens

More art work. It just makes me happy. I typed up my journalling onto card stock, cut it out, and adhered it to my photos/cards.

Midnight Edition

week 44

left side - design A, right side - design Q

insert - 12x12

All handwriting for this side. A little trick I've talked about before: when you have a 4x6 opening and you want to fit in 2 3x4 cards/photos, simply attach both 3x4's to a 4x6 index card. They won't slide and you won't even see the back card. I did this on the top right.

Studio Calico PL kit

For the insert, I wanted to add in this pumpkin Paige made a school. I slipped it into a 12x12 page protector, centered it the best I could, and then while holding it in place, I stitched around the entire edge. I love how it looks like it's floating.

For this side, I only used a 4x6 index card cut down to 4x4. I wanted to focus to be on the pictures of Paige in her costume. I like how the orange in her wings pops against all the black and white. 

Midnight Edition, 4x6 index cards, Thickers 

week 45

both sides - design A

Here's a look at the week with the insert I added.

insert - 12x12 altered

This week I didn't have many photo's from our week at home (me and the kids) because Jay was visiting his brother in Utah and then they drove back cross country. For this side, I cut a map from a 6x6 Studio Calico paper pad and adhered it to a 4x6 index card. I also used an index card cut down to 4x4 to record some quotes from the kids.

Studio Calico PL kit

For the insert, I grabbed all the snapshots of Jay by the state signs from his iphone. I had asked him to do this before he left. He actually missed two states because they drove though during the nigh/dark so could't see the sign. When I printed the photos out I originally planned to cut the photos out and use them as I normally would, but I liked the way they looked all together on the template and decided to leave them as is. I slipped the page into a 12x12 protector. I stitched all around the edge. I then used some chipboard letters for a title and stitched them down as well. Lastly, I stitched along the top and then I cut it down, all around where I had sewn the plastic.

For the left side, I took up a 6x12 space by cutting up some school work Austin brought home. I then used the Studio Calico "road trip" card to document a little about Jay's cross country trip. On the "choose happy" card I wrote a bit about having the kids solo for a full week...I thought the card title was fitting. 

In the middle, I used some 3x4 grid cards (the tab at the top is a stamp) to document some things the kids were loving this week.

That's it. I'll be back next week :)