Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back again.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"Thankful to Start A New Year" layout (The Scraproom Blog Challenge)

My latest page was inspired by the latest sketch from The ScrapRoom kit club blog

I created this using my latest homemade kit. I love the "springy" feel of this kit and the colors are just within my comfort zone. 

I used a die cut title and then smaller letter stickers to complete the full title.

This balloon was cut out from a Simple Stories paper. I love being able to use some paper images for my embellishment.

This color burst design is actually a rub on and it added some colors to this part of the page.

Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,

"Just Awesome" layout (The Scraproom challenge)

I have been trying to find new creative ways to use my scraps of paper. And then I remembered the Scraproom kit club's Freaky Fast challenge. This one requires you to use a specific formula for cutting papers and use all of them for a page. 

I also used some cut files free from the Paper Issues blog.
I used products from my homemade scrapbook kit and I love the bright and fun colors of this kit. And because I could only use a certain number of papers, I pulled out some die cuts, washi tape and stickers to add some more details to the page. 

The cut file was cut with black cardstock which makes it stand out against all of the colors in this page.

The heart banner was a cut file as well. It was a left over from a previous page.

So that's it. Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,

"Simply The Best" card (Reverse Confetti Sketch Challenge)

Sketches have been my favorite way to jumpstart my creativity. This one was from the latest Reverse Confetti stamp sketch challenge. 

Like I said in the previous post, I have started to make more than one card of the same design that I was making. It just makes sense since I have all of the products already on my table. 

With this card, I used the Here's The Story (RVC019) stamp set. This is one of my favorite sets for my scrapbook pages since it has a bunch of great phrases and words but it also works well for a masculine style card set. 

 I used the phrases and words to create my own background paper. I used the striped pattern paper as the inspiration for the colors of my ink. I liked the combo of the blues, greens and yellows.

I then heat embossed the sentiment "simply the best" with gold powder. I added some letter stickers to complete the card sentiment. I added some fun foam to the circle die cut to make it stand out against the busy background.

So that's it for me. Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,

"Hello Friend" Card (Paper Smooches Card Challenge)

Hello friends. Today I'm sharing a card set that I made recently. I have found that I enjoy the process more if I make more than one card at a time. After all, I already have all of the products on my table and it just doesn't make sense to use up all of those products for just one card. It has been a win-win as I am using up more of my stash plus get a jumpstart in increasing my homemade card stash. 

For this particular card set, I was inspired by the latest Paper Smooches card sketch.....

Here's my take on the sketch...
I used the Friendly Flowers set for this one and a bunch of scraps. You can check out the rest of the Paper Smooches products here

I heat embossed the sentiment with black powder. As for the flower panel, I heat embossed the flower stamps with white powder and then added some color on the white cardstock with various distress inks. I matched the inks with the card bases.

And here are the four cards that I was able to make in one sitting...

So that is my card set today. Thank you for stopping by. Come back soon.

Till next time,

Friday, March 16, 2018

"A Sweet Date" layout

It has been a while but I have found myself looking at my favorite challenge blogs to ignite some inspiration and this page was created with a sketch from Stuck?! sketch blog. 

I used some items from my latest homemade kit. If you want to see what items I have chosen for my March/April homemade scrapbook kit you can view this video...

And here are some more close-ups from the above layout...

I had wanted to add some "donut" accents on this page to emphasize the theme and thankfully I had a scrap of paper that had a bunch of donuts on it and so I fuzzy cut them to add them here as embellishments. These are the times that I'm grateful for keeping scraps of papers.

 Thank you for stopping by and I hope you'll come back soon. I have a few layouts to share in the next few days.

Till next time,

Monday, January 22, 2018

Lawn Fawn and Glue Dots blog hop

Hello friends. Today I have a fun project to share. Since Valentine's day is right around the corner, I hope these projects would be inspiring to you and would get you into the "love" mood. 

Today Glue Dots Creative Makers are teaming up with Lawn Fawn Stamps for a special blog hop. I used this new stamp from LF as the basis of my projects....

Unfortunately it is sold out on their site. But check back with them soon to see when they can get it back in stock. 

 I made these "Happy Valentine's Day" cards using some new LF inks and the stamp set. To see the process for this card, please check out the Glue Dots blog here.

And because I love my blog followers, I have a special "extra" project for you today.
If you wanna check out how I made these treat envelopes via video, press play below...

And here are the written instructions...
Valentine’s Day Treat Envelopes
Designed by: Grace Tolman
Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Level: Intermediatte
Size:  2 boxes at 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ x ½  , 1 box at 3 x 4 x ½
White Cardstock- Solar White, Neenah Cardstock
Pattern papers- Let’s Polka in the Meadow, 6x6 paper pad, Lawn Fawn
Twine- Source Unknown
Craft dots, Glue Dots®
Removable, Glue Dots®
Ink- Black, Hybrid, My Favorite Things; (Lemonade, Grape Soda, Bubblegum) Lawn Fawn
Stamp- How you Bean? Conversation Hearts Add On, Lawn Fawn
123 Punch board, We R Memory Keepers
Label die- Stitched Label set, Lawn Fawn
1. Create the envelope with the 6x6 paper pads and the 123 Punch board tool. Adhere three of the four flaps of the envelope onto each other using some Craft dots, Glue Dots® adhesive.
2. Cut out the label from white cardstock and the Lawn Fawn stitched label die.
3. Stamp a heart and the sentiment using colored ink (for the heart) and a black ink (for the sentiment).
4. Place the treat inside the envelope. Adhere a dot of Removable, Glue Dots® adhesive onto the open flap of the envelope to close it.
5. Tie some twine around the treat envelope and tie the ends into a bow.
6. Adhere the label onto the treat envelope using more Removable, Glue Dots® adhesive.
7. Repeat the process for as many treat envelopes as you need.

Make sure you check out the Glue Dots blog as well as the Lawn Fawn blog for more inspirations.

Have a great crafty week.

Till next time,

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Monthly Celebrations December Edition "Celebrate Christmas Morning"

Hello my dear blog friends. How are you today? Hope you are all well and are enjoying the Holiday season. I am officially on break from school and my list of "fun things to do" is a mile high. Don't know if I will be able to get them all checked off. But it is always nice to know that I can do something else other than school work. :)

Today I am sharing my latest Monthly Celebration page and video. This is a year long collaboration that I've done with my scrappy sister Nicole, ColieBing on YouTube as a way for us to share how we document events in our lives. I have been pushed outside of my comfort zone at times with this project. Especially with creating 12 different double page sketches. Have you seen them all? What did you think of them? 

Anyways, without further ado, here's the December sketch...

and here's my page...

And here's the process video...

Plus of course close ups...

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Make sure you check out ColieBing's YouTube channel to see her take on this month's theme.

Till next time,

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monthly Celebrations November Edition "Hunting Brothers"

Hello friends. It is that time of the month again where I seem to remember I have a blog and have something to share. Question, how often do you still read blogs? I am trying to think if it is still worth holding on to this platform. If you are ever looking for me, you can also find me on Instagram and You Tube, both links are on the side bar of this blog. 

Ok so Nicole and I are at it again this month. We are sharing another layout that showcases something we celebrate for the month of November. I went with the nontraditional November event and that is a hunting memory. My husband goes hunting with his "mountain man buddies" once a year. They go up in the mountains of Colorado and hunt for Elk. 

As always, my page comes with a sketch...

And here's my page...

Here's the process video that goes with this...

And more close ups...

 I pulled out all of my masculine products for this page, which I have realized is not that much.

Do you find that there is a specific theme that you don't own that many of?

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out Nicole's YT video here.

Till next time,

Friday, October 20, 2017

Monthly Celebrations October Edition "Happy Halloween 2016"

Hello friends. I know that this blog has been neglected in the last few months and I do apologize about that. If you are ever wanting more inspiration from me, please make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on Instagram as those are the avenues that I am most active on. Their links are on the side bar of this blog. 

Anyways, it is that time of the month again where ColieBing and I share our takes for this month's Monthly Celebration series. I chose to do a Halloween page since that is a yearly event that me and my family celebrate in the month of October. And here is the sketch that I used for this one...

And here's my page...

Here's the process video for this layout...

And here are some more close ups...

 Thank you for stopping by.
Please visit ColieBing's channel to see her video.

Till next time,