Pages - Menu

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Paper Issues Swag-Baggalicious!

morning, chickens!  :)  i'm up on the Paper Issues blog today with my FINAL post as a Creative Team member...  i have LOVED being a PI Gal and have been inspired by such amazing talent, not to mention the camaraderie with these lovely ladies.  i am going to miss them all dreadfully but am cheering the new girls on from the side lines! 

have you joined in the Pinspire Me Mondays or the Sketch Saturdays yet?  how about the Link Party?  there's a new one starting tomorrow and remember, you can link old or new projects as long as you link back to Paper Issues!

anywho, my project today is all about the illustrious Swag Bag.  it's no secret i'm mad crushing on my happy mail every time a new Swag Bag arrives, and December's rocked.  this is what i did with it:

yeah.  i had fun with this one!  oh, wait.  what do you mean it's only a sneak?  well you'll have to go to the Paper Issues blog to see the rest of it then, won't you?

SO.  i've got some goodies to give away, and i'll randomly pick one commenter over there to win a little Fancy Pants True Friend action - the 6x6 paper pad and ephemera pack will be coming your way!  CLICK HERE to check out my post and leave your comment to win this:

for the record, the ephemera pack is sold out in the Paper Issues shop, but the paper pad is still available!  it's my absolute FAVOURITE Fancy Pants line to date, and i want you to have it!  :)

and if you want to be inspired every. single. day...  Paper Issues will do that.  thank you, Cassie Box, for tryin' me on for size!  it's been an absolute pleasure and an honour to call myself one of your Creative Team!

Monday, December 8, 2014

3rd annual Hol-ODD-Day hop at Some Odd Girl!

it's TIME!

our Hol-ODD-Day hop kicks off NOW, and i'm so glad you're here! 

We Odd Girls have joined together for a fun event for EVERYONE - not just because you get to hop, but because you get to PARTICIPATE and share your own holiday creations. So glad you've joined us for our 3rd annual Hol-ODD-Day Hop!

We mixed things up a bit to bring you a nice variety of holiday projects that we hope will inspire you. You can comment on all of the blogs, participate by linking your own below (to be eligible to win, be sure you link to us in your post), and comment throughout the event on other people's links as well! And there will be PRESENTS! The hop goes from now through Friday, December 12th, and we'll be announcing 3 winners next Wednesday, December 17th, so you have plenty of time to comment between now and then! Our Hol-ODD-Day Hop link party will close at midnight on Friday the 12th.

Today, all of the Odd Girls have projects to share for the big event, so you can visit their blogs to see all the action happening. Here's the hop list for our awesome team:

Remember to comment along the way, and link up your holiday-themed projects using Some Odd Girl stamps (new or old)!

i created a little wedge box/ornament using the gorgeous Bright Lights Kaylee digi stamp (she'll always be one of my faves!):

the box will be filled with candies (probably Ferrero Rocher) and hung up, either from our mantle or on a tree that has yet to be put up...  these boxes are SO easy to make, and a couple of little punched holes to tie them together, and presto!  instant gift!  (yep, a gift card will also fit inside!)

ZOOM to see this cutie up close:

i also used the green arrow paper from the Sunshine Sorbet paper pad, as well as some Sorbet Sequins and Hexie Dots all blinged out.  

so hop along, and comment along the way, and you are welcome to join us by adding ANY Some Odd Girl holiday-themed project (new or old) to our little Hop Party Linky - just be sure to link to Some Odd Girl in your blog post, and you might be one of our lucky winners - there will be THREE!  

we also have some awesome themed digi BUNDLES for you, so CLICK HERE to see what's in the shop!

What the #@!$%& - new Paper Issues link party!

hey there, chickens!  there's a new flair party in town, and Paper Issues knows where it's at!  you're invited!

our theme is "What the #@!$%&" and there is SO much you can do with it!  punctuation, typewriter keys, typed journaling, scripty writing, numbers, exclamation (WOW! SHEESH! YIKES!), money, texty abbreviations (LOL, WTF, BRB, etc...) - you catch my drift, right?  :)  or use Feed Your Craft product on your page.  link up and be sure to link back to Paper Issues and you might win!  you might also be featured on our Facebook page, or our Instagram feed, or on the Paper Issues blog as one of our Fan Featured Friday friends!

this issue is sponsored by Feed Your Craft, who are all about awesome flair, and there are 3 packs of flair from their shop up for grabs for the winner of this issue!  we also have a discount code for you - use code PAPERISSUES15 now through 12/31 to save 15% off your entire order!  they have LOADS of fun stuff, including this neutral ampersand (of which i would like 100 more!) and book text, which is perfect for anything!

i combined some of the Teresa Collins "Something Wonderful" elements (including the title from the pack!), some goodies from my December Swag Bag, Jillibean Soup enamel stars, some Fancy Pants ephemera goodness and my trusty Dymo label maker. 

those apples?  yeah, they were MAILED TO ME.  by my bestie, Kristy, who hand-picked them in Michigan when Honeycrisp season started last year.  when i opened this huge box to find apples inside, i cried like a baby.  love you, girl.  like whoa!

so, link up!  join in the fun!  your projects can be new or old, but you must link to us!  CLICK HERE to check out the Paper Issues "What the #@!$%&" linky party and see what the rest of the awesome Creative Team did with this one...  we LOVED using the Feed Your Craft flair, and we know one lucky winner's going to be loving it, too!

for your shopping needs, check out the Paper Issues shop and see what's new!  Cassie Box has new goodies arriving ALL. THE. TIME.  and you can use my code to grab 'em before they're gone! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gossamer Blue GORGEOUSNESS at Paper Issues!

hey there, chickens!  sharing a pretty little thang i made for bosses' day not too long ago, and i can't gush enough about how unbelievably beautiful these bits and pieces from Gossamer Blue are...  the "On My Desk" line is my favourite so far, but Gramercy Road and Get Happy are also quite fabulous indeed and i am hoarding a bunch of those, too.  :)  loads of Gossamer Blue available in the Paper Issues store (and often getting restocked in case you miss it!)...

here's my card:

zoom for maximum shimmer and loveliness:

all Gossamer Blue and Simple Stories (papers) and gold flowery bits from my stash.
OOHHHH, the gold.  so much of it!  

CLICK HERE to check out the whole bunch of Gossamer Blue stuff at Paper Issues, grab yourself some pretty things (or get your wish list together so someone else can spoil you!), and knock 20% off your whole order using my code ORANGE:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Still time to win an SRM Stickers prize pack at Paper Issues!

hi there, chickens!  i'm back with a new scrappy page for the current Link Party at Paper Issues!

our theme (until this Sunday!) is "Witchin' You a Happy Halloween" and it's sponsored by the awesome SRM Stickers...  i used a TON of the stuff i received on the gift packaging i made HERE, but still had loads left over, so i decided to dissect and make it go even further!

this page...  oh, this little miss.  she has this magical effect on me.  my niece...

i used the gorgeous new On My Desk line from Gossamer Blue and added in some Swag Bag details, a couple of Pinkfresh Studio Wood Drop Chevrons plus some little bits and alphas...  but that doily, the scalloped border stickers beside the photo and the "happy" stickers around the edges of my photo?  they're SRM remnants - i just ditched the "Halloween" and they worked perfectly!


another zoom, to show you my sweet Baby G!

there you have it.  oh, you might be wondering how it fits our theme for the Link Party?  wellllllll, there's a whole lotta HAPPY going on in this picture - that's how easy it is to make it work!  you can add new or old projects that are HAPPY in theme, Halloween-based, spooky, costumey, witchy, a page about you, etc.  the sky's the limit!  CLICK HERE to join the party, and SRM has an awesome prize pack up for grabs for one lucky winner!  remember to link back to the Paper Issues blog in your post to be eligible to win.

feel like shopping?  use code ORANGE to get 20% off everything in the Paper Issues shop - ALWAYS!
annnnd if you're itchin' to grab some of that gorgeous Gossamer Blue, there's lots left in the shop!

have a nifty day, folks.  life's good.  :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick or Treat with Some Odd Girl!

hey there, chickens!  are you ready for some FUN?!

We’d like to welcome you to Some Odd Girl‘s 2nd annual Trick or Treat Halloween Hop!

Thank you so much for joining us!  All of the Odd Girls have concocted a creepy little creation to inspire you today, and you’re invited to visit each blog to see what’s been brewing!   You might have arrived from Linda’s blog – if so, you’re on the right track!  If not, you’ll want to CLICK HERE to get things started, because you won’t want to miss a thing!

We’ll be sharing some of these pretties at the Some Odd Girl blog over the next few days, but TODAY, we kick things off!  So you might be wondering what this Trick or Treat stuff is all about, yeah?  Well, in addition to amazing papercrafty goodness you’ll see at each stop, you’ll get tricks along the way, too!  Simple tips and tricks to little secrets we papercrafters have figured out that we want to share with you!  

My trick for you today is this... Don't allow yourself to get stuck in a theme with a themey stamp...  Sometimes a little outside-the-box imagining will breathe new life into a stamp set!

And then there are TREATS! 

As you hop, you’ll come across some Treats, located at random Odd Girls‘ blogs.  We have some clear stamps, some Odds & Ends, some digi stamps and lots and lots of inspiration for you!  AND, as if that wasn’t exciting already, we have a discount code for you!

saves you 25% off your ENTIRE purchase during the hop!

So I have a festive little creation to share today...  BUT would you have thought to use the Yeti clear stamp set for something other than a winter/Christmas project?  Well he is a monstah, so he's kinda perfect for Halloween too, right?  :)  Here's my card, and I've used some of the awesome orange woodgrain paper from our Sunshine Sorbet paper pad and some orange and blue Sorbet Sequins as well:

here's my Yeti dude up close, and you can see all the fun little things in my embellie cluster:

Be sure to leave a comment at each stop, and if YOU have any tricks you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them!  There might just be a prize in it for one commenter who leaves us a trick!  Okay.  So have you got all that?  Here’s your hop order, in case you've randomly arrived:
Leah (you are here!)

And there you have it!  We will hop now through October 31st at midnight Eastern, and our winners will be announced back here on the Some Odd Girl blog on Monday, November 3rd.  Happy Haunting – I mean HOPPING!  :)  Your next stop is Suzanne's blog!  I'm pretty sure she'll have something amazing waiting for you there, so, GO! 

And a very Happy Halloween from all of us at Some Odd Girl!

Paper Issues has Halloween Witches with SRM Stickers!

it's time for a brand new ISSUE on the Paper Issues blog!  we are sponsored this time around by the lovely and TOTALLY versatile SRM Stickers (seriously, they have something for EVERYTHING)...  but they don't JUST do stickers!  oh no, there's more!

first, lemme tell you about the issue.  our theme - "Witchin' You a Happy Halloween!" - with a TON of things you can do with it!  share your projects featuring:  Halloween events or characters, costumes, creepy things, dark Halloweeny colours, Halloweeny embellishments, spiders, bugs, creepy or haunted buildings, ghosts, scary movies, HAPPY things (literally anything that relates to happiness, since the word "Happy" is in our title!), all about YOU pages, SRM products (stickers, borders, doilies, bags, etc.)...  

i used a slew of cute SRM Halloween Stickers and included two of their pillow boxes and a bag (the corrugated pillow box is repurposed from my stash) and i created some little borders and tags from the stickers.  here's my Halloweeny ensemble!

you might spy a little Doodlepop on there, some Limba white woodgrain vellum (on the little batty box), as well as a piece of Toni From Designs flair

this kind of project is a little outside of my usual comfort zone but i can't wait to give these to the next-door neighbour kids on Friday! 

CLICK HERE to see what else the Creative Team did with these awesome SRM products, and join our link party for your chance to win an awesome gift pack from SRM Stickers!   you have until November 9th to play along, and remember, even though Halloween is Friday, the theme is WIDE OPEN for you to interpret and link up new or old projects!  (just remember to link back to the Paper Issues blog to be eligible for the prize!)

and THIS, folks, is yours forever! 
grab the newest crafty goodies before they're gone (like the new stuff from Gossamer Blue, Amy Tangerine and We R Memory Keepers), and subscribe to the awesome Swag Bag and be one of the cool kids!  :D

Friday, September 26, 2014

Toni From Designs FLAIR - Happy Halloween!

hey there, chickens!  

i'm SO pleased to have been invited to submit some projects for my friend Toni From for the opening of her Etsy shop!  Toni From Designs was launched on Monday, and all week on her blog, there has been loads of inspiration from Toni and many of the Paper Issues gals...  today, i'm happy to share 2 cards i made to celebrate her grand opening!

both of these use the fun Happy Halloween flair pack:

first up, this:

it includes two pieces of flair plus lots of pretties from the Halloween Swag Bag from Paper Issues, and some goodies from my stash.  that tag?  glittery goodness.  oh yeah.

my second card includes two more pieces of flair, but i took a much cleaner and simpler approach...

do you not LOVE that #sendcandy sentiment?  the doily comes from the Swag Bag, but the ghosts are from SEI and the hexie sequins came from an assorted pack from the dollar store.  i NEVER find good things at our dollar store, so i was overjoyed when i found these in the mix! 

i have more Halloween cards and gift boxes to make, so you can be sure there will be some appearances by Toni From Designs flair!  ANNNNND there's a sale going on right now while we celebrate the kick-off...  use code GRANDOPENING and get 10% off your entire order, now through September 28th!  (custom orders are available!)

CLICK HERE to visit Toni From Designs on Etsy, check out the blog HERE and keep checking for more inspiration!  every Monday, new flair is released, and my wish list is already growing!  :)

(linked up to Paper Issues' "Witchin' You a Happy Halloween" link party sponsored by SRM Stickers!)

Monday, September 22, 2014

there's new FLAIR in town!

can i get a "WOOT WOOT!"? 

my crafty friend and fellow Paper Issues gal, Toni From, opened her online shop today, and she's rocking the FLAIR with Toni From Designs!  i know you love this stuff as much as i do, so let's congratulate Toni on her new venture, wish her a TON of success, and GO SHOPPING!  :)  (there might be a promo code available, too, just sayin'...)

first of all, i LOVE these flair pieces.  they are flat backed, and PLASTIC, so as to maintain the archival-free quality of your paper projects.  the plastic backs make them lighter than the metal ones, too, which is great for cardmakers like me, who prefer their projects NOT to topple!

anywho, there are 10 sets available right now, and i already have 2, plus another set or 3 on order.  ;)  and you can save 10% off your whole order using the code GRANDOPENING now through 9/28 at midnight Eastern.

so.  you wanna see?  CHECK THESE OUT!

Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween


i'll be sharing a project using some of these later in the week, but CLICK HERE to see Trick or Treat in action, because our friend Jen Chapin made a fab page to show off the set!  

SO!  Toni's Etsy Shop is now OPEN FOR BUSINESS, and you should watch HER BLOG all week for lots of fun reveals!  did i mention she makes CUSTOM FLAIR?  yeah, you can order a specific thing and she'll rock it, just for you.  because she's pretty rad like that.

i'll be back to show off my Toni From Flair...
congrats Toni on your new shop, and thank you for letting me join you for the big release!

Monday, September 15, 2014

spotlight on BasicGrey's "Second City" line at Paper Issues

morning, chickens!  how was your weekend?

i had some fun checking out our town-wide yard sale, some drinks with the hubbin, volunteering at a cat adopt-a-thon, and some seriously late-night crafting, which i hadn't done in a LONG time!

well today, i'm sharing the fruits of my labour on Saturday night...  i grabbed a slew of the new Kelly Purkey line, "Second City", from BasicGrey and it came in one of my most recent Paper Issues orders.  WELL!  there are some gorgeous, bold patterns, and for someone who is generally TERRIFIED of purple, i'm kinda loving it in this collection! 

i'm up on the Paper Issues blog today, along with my super-talented teamie, Jen Chapin, and we're showing you how it's done, Second City style...

here's what i made into the wee hours, using one of my fave Origrami prints, the Limba White Woodgrain cardstock (my absolutely fave white!), and various items from the Second City collection (plus a couple of Highline items and VERY old brads and alphas from BasicGrey mixed in)...

i wasn't planning to go all bright and colourful with the photo - it just happened!  but i loved how it turned out!  the transparencies are my favourites from this line (that little HOUSE!):

and page flags!

i have two cards up on the blog, too, but you'll have to go there to check them out!  besides, you won't want to miss the fabulosity of Jen's pocket pages using this line!  CLICK HERE, check it out, and to see all the fun Second City (and Highline!) goodies, CLICK HERE...  if any of it happens to fall into your shopping cart, i've got a code for you!  20% off all of it, anytime.  yep, everything!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Still time to link up at Paper Issues!

we're in the last few days for the current issue - "Tell me dies, tell me sweet little dies" - if you link up at Paper Issues, there's a sweet Jillibean Soup prize pack up for grabs!  i am LOVING their Spicy Social Soup collection - so trendy and full of fun!

i'm linking up THIS project, featuring a ton of Swag Bag goodness and some of the new Webster's Pages and Pink Paislee, for the party:

that's me and Suz Mannecke, and she is fabulous.  :)

a pic of girls taking a selfie:

 layers of journaling-sized cards from the Swag Bag:

 and i will never be without my Dymo label maker.  

do you not LOVE all these beautiful teals and corals from the summer collections this year?  SO versatile!  but now there's a ton of new Halloween and Christmas stuff out, too!  i can't keep up!

join us for the Link Party by CLICKING HERE and share your creations (new and old) for your chance to win!  you have until this Sunday, September 14th to get in on it.  and if you're up for some shopping...  here ya go!  20% off all of it, as often as you'd like! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunshine Sorbet is HERE! Some Odd Girl launches PAPER!

we've been waiting for this, and the day has finally arrived!  Some Odd Girl is VERY proud to present...

the new Sunshine Sorbet 6x6 paper pad is filled with 24 sheets - 2 each of 12 original designs, and OH MY GOOMIE, these papers are the bizzomb!  they cut like buttah, they take ink wonderfully, and they are thick and sturdy, so they make great tags without needing a base. 

check out the WHOLE new release in the Some Odd Girl shop HERE, and look what the Odd Girls have done with these beauties HERE!

i made a clean and simple card using JUST the yummy woodgrain papers, and a spattering of the Sorbet Sequins, which match the colours in the paper PERFECTLY. 

but there's more!  we have new clear stamps available, plus we've released these AWESOME Hexie Dots wood veneers, and a new cut file to match the release.

this is an emotional day for me - i am FIERCELY proud of my girl, Kristy, for all she's done to bring Some Odd Girl to life and keep it fresh and fabulous.  this new release is an example of hard work, dedication, organization and MAD ARTISTIC SKILLS, and i am so pleased to be a part of this.  i am truly honoured to be her right-hand man.  love you, girl! 

so.  yeah.  all of that, PLUS the two stamp sets, AND there are new limited edition GOLD and SILVER triangle sequins that are amazing (!!), and the cut file...  this makes for an utterly awesome day for Some Odd Girl.  celebrate with us!

Monday, September 1, 2014

new Link Party at Paper Issues, sponsored by Jillibean Soup!

hey there, crafty friends!  today kicks off a branch new Link Party at Paper Issues, and we are sponsored by the ever-fab Jillibean Soup!  our theme?  those of you old enough to know it will have it stuck in your heads for days...

"Tell me dies, tell me sweet little dies!"

yep, i know!  enjoy that!  :)

i had the pleasure of working with some awesome pieces from their Spicy Social Soup and Sightseeing Stew collections, and it all came together for a fun little pairing.  here's what i made; all i added were an image, a paper clip and little enamel arrows (plus some mist on the die-cut).  otherwise it's ALL Jillibean Soup (and i'm loving these lines!)...

SO!  a pillow box with little improvised taglets using the papers with which i was working:

and my girlie, Strolling Mae, who is pretty much me:

now if YOU want to get in on this action and win an awesome prize pack from Jillibean Soup, you'll want to CLICK HERE.  then you'll want to link up old or new projects that fit the theme "Tell me dies, tell me sweet little dies" - and really, who doesn't have a die-cut shape?  use a pre-cut shape or die-cut your own...  or use a song title (like the Fleetwood Mac one that's repeating in your brain right now), or incorporate something that's dyed (hair? t-shirts?), or stretch it a little further and go for William Tell with the whole apple thing or archery - really, it goes on and on!  just be sure to link back to the Paper Issues blog in your post and you could be our lucky winner!

go like Jillibean Soup on Facebook and tell them the Paper Issues gals sent you!  

and shop in the Paper Issues store for some cute Jillibean Soup stuff HERE!

use my code ORANGE and take 20% off these and everything else in the shop, ALWAYS! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mix Tape issue at Paper Issues sponsored by Hazel and Ruby!

there are mere HOURS left to get in on "Mix Tape" at Paper Issues, folks, so HURRY!  there's an awesome pack of assorted washi tapes (fat rolls, scalloped and regular) up for grabs, from our awesome sponsor, Hazel and Ruby

i incorporated a bunch of their tapes into my project to show you how fat, scallopy and fabulous they are (and you might even WIN some of these very tapes)...  check it out!

love their tapes!  

and these...  the bits and pieces i used to back my photo?  they're pieces of the COVER PAGE from the Teresa Collins paper pads in the Paper Issues shop.  because, ya know, waste not, hoard not!

you can interpret the "Mix Tape" theme in SO many ways...  mix your product lines, baking mixes, tapes, music, mismatched things in general...  and you can link OLD projects, too, as long as they fit the theme.  just remember to link back to the party if you want to be eligible to win!  CLICK HERE - it all winds down in a few hours, so get in on the action!

this is one of the paper pads i was talking about:

but you can do this with ALL of your paper pads and kits that have cover sheets.they're perfect little mini patterns and they're totally usable on projects like this!  

use this, too, if you wanna save (a sweet deal on EVERYTHING!):