Friday, March 13, 2015

Let's Catch Up!

Hey everyone! Long time, no see. I know. 

Lots and lots going on in my world...always. That never changes. I've lately withdrawn from social media for various reasons and also from blogging. As many of you know, I also have a homesteading blog where I share a lot of our real life home practices which includes a from-scratch lifestyle, raising a variety of animals for different purposes, and striving to maintain simplicity- all the while raising 3 young kids and being a "stay at home mom" who works multiple part-time jobs both inside and outside of the home. So I've realized the need to disconnect a bit more from my online life and focus more of my available energy toward the everyday demands of my actual life. Get what I mean?

So in an effort to maintain that balance, blogging has become rather secondary. I didn't mean to take this big of a break and I apologize. And I wanted to take the opportunity today to catch up on some Prima projects that I've done in the past couple months. I hope you enjoy :)

"Hello" Tag
This tag was created using my favorite of the new releases from Prima, the "Butterfly" Collection designed by Jodie Lee. To say I love this range would be an understatement.The patterns, images, and color palette are a dream come true. I'm really into purple at the moment, so this one is right up my alley.

I've paired the papers with flowers new and old, as well as some gorgeous embellishments. The frame seen here is from the new "Timeless Memories" trinkets packs.

"Fall in Love" Card
Another new release from Prima is Frank Garcia's "The Archivist" collection. In Frank's true style, you will find lots of neutral colors and awesome patterns. This is one of those collections that you just have to have as it is so versatile. 

I've used one of the new Prima Mixed Media stamps here to create the messy butterfly background. And the brown egg carton flowers are amazing- they are super thick and durable which makes them perfect for mixed media!

"Love is Beauty" Tag
The "Bella Rouge" collection is bold and gorgeous. I've paired the papers here with new flowers and new Finnabair Art Ingredients. Microbeads, glass beads, and new Color Bloom sprays add to the textured mixed media background here.

"Happy Moment" Tag
 Another project featuring the "Butterfly" collection. A bit of fussy cutting here brought this tag to life :).

Bedtime Story Mini Album
If you've got little kids, you've got to have the "Bedtime Story" collection! The vintage children's book theme offers diversity and so much interest to an album like this one. 

Lots of new flowers, brads, wood icons, crystals, and other embellishments helped me out along the way.

There you have it, folks! I hope I didn't overwhelm you too much- I know there's a lot of images in this post today. :)

And as the week enters the weekend, I hope life is treating you well. We've had some unusually nice weather around here- a week ago it was -20 F and now we're in the 40's. Although we have several feet of snow yet and March typically shows us our biggest snow storms, it's a welcome break from our always-too-long winter. I'm starting my seeds inside this weekend and have been anxiously planning for our biggest garden yet with so many dreams and plans to be fulfilled.

I wish you all the best. And I hope to see you soon!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Prima "The Archivist" Layout

Good morning! Hard to believe we're already half-way through January...although, being the first of the two coldest months of the year, I'm happy to see it go quickly :)

By now, you're well aware of the fabulous collections that Prima released for Winter CHA. "The Archivist" is one of them, and I'd like to share with you a layout that I created for CHA using this awesome new collection by Frank Garcia.

Neutrals just simply do not go out of style! I love how versatile they are, especially for a rustic boy layout. My little guy Wyatt is simply in love with our many chickens, including this little girl who we affectionately call "Butterstuff". The vintage imagery available in this collection like the typewriters and clocks meld beautifully with the various florals, making it a range suitable for all styles and subjects!

Here are a couple of closeups:

Prima Products Used:

990220- Archivist Collection "Les Facons Dont Je T'aime"
990275- Archivist A4 Paper Pad
579524- Archivist Tag Me
579036- Archivist 4x6 Journaling Note Cards
578978- Archivist 3x4 Journaling Note Cards
579272- Archivist Clear Stamp
579395- Archivist Say it in Crystals
579586- Archivist Wood Icons
580469- Archivist Flowers
580506- Archivist Flowers
580476- Archivist Flowers
573836- Color Bloom Spray Mist- Tea Stain
573805- Color Bloom Spray Mist- Gold Foil
573829- Color Bloom Spray Mist- Worn Leather
961503- Art Ingredients Texture Paste- White Crackle
961596- Art Extravagance Glitter Set- Luminous
962562- Art Ingredients Micro Beads- Silver
962579- Art Ingredients Micro Beads- Copper
580001- 6x6 Stencil- Young Spring
962326- 7x9 Elementals Stencil- Dots & Stripes
 Thank-you for coming on over! I hope your week is off to a good start- take care of yourselves! :)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

NEW Prima Winter CHA 2015: Bella Rouge Collection {Layout}

Good morning everyone!

As most scrappers know, Winter CHA is just around the corner. Which means all of our favorite companies are showing us their latest must-have collections and goodies! Prima, as always, has a fabulous lineup of products for us. They've been previewing over the last few weeks, and today I'd like to share with you a layout that I created featuring the new "Bella Rouge" Collection.

"Natural Beauty"
Not only is this collection absolutely classy and beautiful, but it's incredibly versatile too. And I am in love with the rich, warm color palette! On this layout, I started by toning down the background just a bit with some gesso. I then watered down some gesso a bit and used a paintbrush along with some very high tech flinging motions {insert sarcasm here} to create the random splatters. There are some new Color Bloom sprays released this time around as well, one for each collection. I've used {2} of them here: Empres Gold and Deep Teal.

Each collection offers a range of new flowers too- including these roses. I LOVE roses- they are always my favorites of the Prima flowers- and you get such a great selection of them here. I've dressed these ones up a bit with some of the new Prima Art Ingredients: micro beads, seed beads, and glitter. 

I may have mentioned in the past how much I love that the new wood icons are printed. This mirror piece here was great for adding my own touches to :) Behind the lovely lady you see one of Jamie Dougherty's new Bloom Collection stencils- isn't it awesome?! And some "Empress Gold" Color Bloom spray.

 More new flowers and leaves, as well as one of the new collection brads. Perfect for that extra special little touch!

Prima Products used:
847111- Bella Rouge Collection "Les Amours"
847319- Bella Rouge A4 Paper Pad
579487- Bella Rouge Tag Me
579357- Bella Rouge Say it in Crystals
579296- Bella Rouge Brads
578930- Bella Rouge 3x4 Journaling Note Cards
579111- Bella Rouge Cling Stamps
580582- Bella Rouge Flowers
580537- Bella Rouge Flowers
580575- Bella Rouge Flowers
580513- Bella Rouge Leaves
579548- Bella Rouge Wood Icons
580315- Color Bloom Spray Mist- Empress Gold***NEW
580322- Color Bloom Spray Mist- Deep Teal***NEW
962579- Art Ingredients Micro Beads- Copper
962586- Art Ingredients Micro Beads- Bronze
962623- Art Ingredients Micro Beads- Grass
961596- Art Extravagance Glitter Set- Luminous
980429- Bloom Collection 6x12 Stencil- Circles
573584- Trim

Thank-you for visiting today! I hope your weekend is off to a great start :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Life is Full of Wonderful: A New Layout for Webster's Pages

Good morning! It's been a busy behind-the-scenes month of creating for me as CHA is just around the corner, but I am here today to share with you a layout and a card that I made for Webster's Pages using the "Nest" Collection. This collection has rapidly become one of my all time faves! Bold colors, an array of patterns, motifs, etc- all come together for one versatile collection that easily suits every style!

First up, I have my layout which features my sweetheart of a daughter:

"Life is Full of Wonderful"
I wanted a sugary, frosted feel for this layout :). A bit of gesso toned down the background before I applied some masking with modeling paste and a sprinkling of microbeads and Prima glitters. Layers of cards cut from the "Nest" collection created the base for my photo.

I've used some of the collection cardstock stickers like the vintage telephone one here, as well as a jewel from a Webster's Pages bookmark.

I love the variety of paper straws- such cute, fun additions to any project!

This resin cameo is perfect for accenting a sweet little girl layout :)

Another resin piece from a Webster's Pages cameo set, I love the pennant shape and cute font :)

A Blue Fern Studios chipboard frame pulled the whole photo grouping together. I painted it white and sprinkled on some Prima glitter to give it some shine.

Webster's Pages Products Used:

I also have a card that I would like to share with you, also using the Nest Collection. This one is a bit more tame :)

"She Follows Her Heart"
As mentioned, I just love the diversity available in this collection. I love the chevrons, feathers, bold colors, etc and lots of white too! I tried to contrast them here with just enough layers to create a simple yet fab card :)

I'm a bit obsessed with tulle lately :) I've tucked in a classic Webster's Pages ruffle ribbon trim to pull together the pinks. 

Webster's Pages Products Used:

I hope that you are all doing good and that life is treating you as it should ;)

Take care,

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Touch of Gold w/Webster's Pages

Good morning!

Today I'm going to share a tag that I created for Webster's Pages using their brand new "All That Glitters" collection, designed by Brandin O'Neill. Though this is a holiday line, I chose to create a non-holiday project, focusing on GOLD! I love gold, don't you? So I added some bits of glitz and glam to make this layered tag extra pretty :).

"Love" Tag
Clearly, this collection has plenty of awesome golden details as you can see from the papers and motifs. I love the contrast of pink with gold, so I added just a touch of that in there as well.

As usual, I include plenty of layers in the bottom portion of my tag, alternating between paper and gorgeous trims like these from Webster's Pages. I've also sprinkled on some glass beads and glass glitter from Prima.

This classic tinsel trim is also From Webster's. I love including multiple trims in my bow topper treatment and I like them to be a little bit messy, too, for a pretty shabby chic feel. My flower cluster includes all new flowers and leaves from Prima's Summer CHA release.

The framed "Love" motif was given dimension with foam adhesive to not only allow the flowers to be tucked behind but to really make it the centerpiece of my tag.

Webster's Pages Products Used:

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Some Prima Projects!

Good morning :)

Today I'd like to catch up on a couple of Prima projects!

First up, is a thankful-themed card:

"Thankful for You"
I wanted to create a fun card that would be perfect for your best girlfriend! I have used the beautiful "Princes" collection which I adore for its muted, neutral, soft shabby chic color palette. 

I used one of the new Julie Nutting "Mini Dolls" which are absolutely adorable! 

Also put to use some favorite Prima dies and plenty of new release flowers too.

Prima Products Used:
911041 Julie Nutting Wood Etched Mini-Dolls, 951153  Princess- Collection Kit, 572785  Metal Die- Doily 1, 572822  Metal Die- Flowers, 572846 Metal Die- Flowers 2, 577599 Manhattan Flowers, 577438 London Rose-Crown, 578602 Maduro Flowers, 576097 Say It In Crystals, 578633 Volado Flowers, 578510 Iced Coffee Flower

Next, we have a fall-themed Pin Spin project, where we find an inspiration photo on Pinterest and create a project inspired by that photo!

 I love this photo of my younger two children, who are just 13 months apart. I remember how scared I was to have kids so close together, and many people told me that when they got just a little bit older, they would be like twins. And they are! It truly feels as if there is no age gap at all :)

I was inspired by this beautiful fall photo:


Prima Products Used:
846855 Epiphany- Clear as Day
846633 Free Spirit- Hippie
847012 Cigar Box Secrets- A4 Paper Pad
892494 Stamp-n-Add: Angel Wings
573911 Color Bloom- Sultry Shimmer Gilded
569662 Allstar Tickets and Tags Set
578572 Cigar Box Secrets- Havana Nights
578596 Cigar Box Secrets- Humidor
578640 Cigar Box Secrets- Culebra
578633 Cigar Box Secrets- Volado
577544 Melbourne- Reef
577742 Rodanthe- Sandbank
577940 Serasota- Dreamy

Thank-you so much for stopping by and viewing my Prima projects today! I hope your week is off to a pleasant start :) Best wishes,

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Strawberry Fields" Layout for Webster's Pages!

Good morning everyone! Believe it or not, I'm up with a new post today. Things are winding down for me here after 6 long months of canning after continual foraging and harvesting. It's getting colder and winter could arrive at any's always a mad dash to get everything settled before we find ourselves under snow.

But I have been creating, I have! :)

I had the pleasure of using a gorgeous collection from Webster's Pages which I hadn't yet had the chance. It was released just a little while back and is called "Strawberry Fields". It is just stunning! If you love it too, you can find it {HERE}.

"Do You Suppose She's a Wildflower?"

I love the cheerful colors of this collection and the fabulous country summertime feel of the patterns. I thought they paired nicely with this photo of my daughter feeding the chickens. 

I added a bit of fussy cutting, as well as some strips of the "Woodgrains Vellum" from the collection beneath my cluster here (the yellow patterned piece), as well as the strip directly above my photo. I've also used quite a few gorgeous Prima flowers, many new releases.

The various ATC cards available for cutting out with this collection make for great titles too! I love it when a collection allows me that luxury, rather than having to dig into my letter sticker stash to create my own. And I especially love when I can then use a title that I may not have thought of, yet fits so well, as in this case :)

Webster's Pages Products Used:

Strawberry Fields Collection Paper: Weathered
Strawberry Fields Collection Paper: Dream On
Strawberry Fields Collection Paper: Storyteller Sheet I
Strawberry Fields Collection Paper: Strawberry Patch
Strawberry Fields Collection: Woodgrains Vellum

Thank-you for stopping by today! I appreciate your visit :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NEW Webster's Pages "Nest" Collection!

Good morning and welcome to...October?! For real? 

Yes, crazy. But let's start off the month right with a project with a brand NEW collection from Webster's Pages called "Nest". This collection is awesome...and being a family-oriented mama, all the little family-themed items in this range are right up my alley. So many cute motifs to cut out, cards, titles, new stickers, etc- much to love here. And COLOR...tons of color!

Here is my very first project using this gorgeous new line:

"With You I am at Home"
The inspiration for this canvas came from the 4x6 "Family" card cut out. I loved the different shades of eggs all sitting in a row :). And I just went from there. 

I applied some "Egg Blue" chalkboard paint from Prima with a spatula to the background of my canvas. Then misted with "Sunshine" & "Worn Leather" Color Bloom sprays before I went to work adding my various "Nest" cutouts and stickers.

I loved creating dimension by layering these little fussy cut frames and heart, popping them up with foam adhesive. I also used one of the vellum envelopes from the Nest "Memory Pockets & Labels Kit" to pull the whole cluster together. 

Below my layered hearts I added a Blue Fern Studios "Party Flags" chipboard banner piece. I found that if you use an old paint brush (one that has stiffened bristles) and apply gesso vertically, you get a wood grain effect which I though worked great for this project! 

Webster's Pages Products Used:
{Follow any of these links to purchase directly from Webster's Pages!}

Nest Collection- "Home With You" Paper
Nest Collection- "Life's Fabric" Paper
Nest Collection- "Special Places" Paper

Thank-you so much for checking our my project today!
I hope all is well in your part of the world, and that your new month is off to a great start!

See you soon :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Metals from Prima!

Have you seen the new Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Metals from Prima yet? Prima made the full, big reveal earlier this week- and you are just going to be in love! Such intricate pieces with moveable parts...amazing. Truly, not a detail was spared in these pieces!

This is a nature-inspired canvas that I created, featuring a couple of these new pieces. 

This shabby metal latch has three different parts to it, complete with a functioning sliding bolt. If you love fine details, you will be truly pleased with these!

This vintage water pump reminds me of one that I have in my own garden. I wanted to give it an aged appeal, and there's just so much texture on the surface that coloring and altering truly has no limits!

Check out the blog for more- including Ingvild's new stamp-n-add set and resins!!

Have a great weekend!