Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy Halloween, friends!
Wanted to share a couple of last minute Halloween cards I created with the super spooky and CUTE October 2012 Hip Kit & Embellishment Add-On Kit!

I love how simple the design of this card is...but the mix of patterns on the paper make it so fun and interesting! I added a little zig zag machine stitching and just a few tiny rhinestones to the starry night patterned paper.
How adorable is this sweet little witch from the October Afternoon stickers that I used on my second card? She's a cutie for sure!
I totally love the look of ink splatters on projects, so when I ran across this glitter splatter technique on another blog...I couldn't wait to give it a go! Just take some clear drying craft glue, water it down a bit and using a paint brush, flick some of the glue on the paper. Then you can sprinkle glitter over the glue and...TaDa! Glittery goodness!
Hope your day has been filled with lots of treats...and not so many tricks!
Have a safe and fun Halloween night!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hanging On

Honestly, I absolutely love the season of fall...the colors, the scents, chunky sweaters, woolie socks and sunny days with cooler nights. BUT I'm not quite ready to give up summertime I'm still trying to hang on to it for a little while. Still wearing my flip flops (even though my toesies were a bit cold this morning!) and last night I mixed up a Raspberry Gin Rickey cocktail from my Country Living magazine, which was so yummy and refreshing...but would've been even better if the sun hadn't set yet! (Shorter days are one of my LEAST favorite things about the change in the season...)

So I'm still hanging on to summer...and the Hip Kits from Hip 2B Square that I've been working with are helping me keep in the spirit! Here's a layout that I created with the fabulous July Hip Kit and July Embellishment Kit...which just scream SUMMER FUN! Or in this case...SURF'S UP!

So many fun bits and pieces in these July kits. I love the darling die cuts from October Afternoon (isn't that cassette tape awesome?!?), the cute flags from Elle's Studio, the fun striped washi tape, the wood veneer arrow...I could go on and on and on...

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow to see the cards I created with these July kits!
Wishing you a happy, sunshine-filled day,

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tag, You're It!

Hi friends!
Welcome to another Paper Issues blog hop! We're kicking off September with a new theme and...
Tag, You're It!
The 'Tag, You're It' theme inspired me to create this sweet little home decor project. I've had this shabby, vintage frame in my stash for quite a while...waiting patiently to be put to good use. Now I can't wait to hang it up!
To create this framed collage, I simply layered a manila tag, a craft paper tag, a canvas tag, a heavy chipboard tag (repurposed from a manufacturer's clothing tag) and a sweet 'layered' chipboard piece from Basic Grey's Clippings collection over a fabulous piece of patterned paper from Amy Tangerine's Ready Set Go collection. A bit of machine stitching on the original mat, a bit of cute washi tape from My Mind's Eye and a Crate Paper button added just the right finishing touches. The Basic Grey chipboard piece says 'Celebrate Each Moment.' I love that.

Soooo....are you feeling lucky?! Because we're thrilled to have Craftwell as this theme's sponsor with a fabulous giveaway! After you visit all the talented ladies on the blog hop list below, be sure to visit the Paper Issues blog for all the details on how you could win this eBosser.
How cool would that be?!

Bethany (You're here! That's me!)
Don't forget to link up your 'Tag, You're It' inspired project at Paper Issues. You have from now until September 22nd to share your projects and get entered to win that awesome eBosser from Craftwell!
Also, don't forget to check out the new kits and goodies at the Paper Issues shop here. Remember to use code 'BETHANY' at checkout for a 20% discount.
Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Summer Lovin with Paper Issues & Simple Stories

Hi friends! Happy summer!
For those of you hopping over from Susan's blog...WELCOME to our Paper Issues blog hop!
We're kicking off our new 'Summer Lovin' issue...with a fabulous blog hop celebrating the long, hot, happiness packed days of summer AND another giveaway!

Look at that! 23 sheets of Simple Stories' Summer Fresh 12x12 paper, coordinating stickers, alphas PLUS 3-4x6 overlays!!! Whoohoooo! I LOVE this collection! Here's a simple summertime card I created with it...

To be entered for this amazing giveaway...

1. Like Paper Issues on Facebook.
2. Like Simple Stories on Facebook.
3. Leave a Comment on the Paper Issues blog that you completed 1 & 2.
4. If you're not already a follower here...become one. I'd love to have you pop by regularly!

And don't forget to link up a project here! We'd love to see what you've come up with! It doesn't have to use the Simple Stories can be anything that makes you think of summer!
You have until August 25th to enter the giveaway...and a winner will be announced on Monday, August 27th on the Paper Issues blog.

Your next stop on our hop is Melissa! Go check out her darling summertime layout. And if you've missed any of the other creative stops on this hop, here's the full list of places to visit...have fun! You're sure to be inspired...

Paper Issues SUMMER LOVIN' Blog Hop

Bethany (You're here! That's me!)

Wishing you sunshine & creativity...

Friday, June 29, 2012

Picnics and Patriots

Wowsa...July IS right around the corner (even if it doesn't feel like it outside)!
As we count down to a month that celebrates freedom & carefree summer days with a dose of parades, picnics and fireworks...Paper Issues kicks off a new theme of 'Picnics and Patriots'!

Join in on the fun & inspire us with your projects featuring red, white and blue by linking up here! You won't be disappointed! Look at what's up for grabs...

Some Pink Paislee Declaration! Woohoo!
All you have to do is 'like' Paper Issues on Facebook and link up a project for extra entries...just be sure to leave a comment to let us know you want to win! Also, be sure to click on some links and leave some love! There's a lot of awesome red, white and blue inspiration to be found!

In the spirit of this patriotic color theme, here are a couple cards that I created...

{Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, October Afternoon & My Mind's Eye, Sticker: October Afternoon Cherry Hill, Stamps: Ant from G-Rated Rubberstamps, Happy Summer by Savvy Stamps, Embellishment: I have no idea where that metal clip came from...maybe Making Memories?}

{Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle Fresh Print Traveler, Rub Ons: Basic Grey, Embellishments: sparkly American Crafts button, Kaisercraft Sparklets in Rouge.}

Don't forget that the Paper Issues store is FULL of scrappy goodness right now. Go check it out (...and if you make a purchase and use code BETHANY at checkout, you'll receive a 20% discount!)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be Colorful.

This is my kind of run...

Have you heard about this? How fun is that?!? A friend just told me about The COLOR Run...and sadly we missed the local one, but I can't wait for it to come around again!
Wishing you a colorful day...whatever you're doing!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

May Hip Kit

Hello friends!
I have been playing with the May Hip Kit and am absolutely loving it! It's such a fun, happy, colorful kit to create with.

The Studio Calico Chevron mask that is part of the Embellishment Kit is fantastic and I'm having so much fun playing with it. Here's a card I created using this mask and the Mister Huey's Real Red mist that is also included in the Embellishment kit...

I love how the red mist looks when used on the American Crafts Fireberry cardstock...allowing the chevron pattern to create some great texture without stealing the show!
All of the other goodies can be found in the main May Hip Kit.

Hope this inspires you to get out your kit, mist and mask...and play!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Worktable Wednesday

So many people have these cute, catchy post titles on their thinking I might adopt one of them. Not sure where I saw this specifically, but I like the sound of 'Worktable Wednesday'. Like so many, it is not unusual for me to have several projects going at once! I like the idea of sharing the most current project or work in progress from my studio table on Wednesdays. So here we go! Hopefully the first of many 'Worktable Wednesday' posts...

I've been creating some gift tags to have on hand for various occasions. This is one of my favorites so far. Layers of foil wrapping paper, tulle, a paper doily...all stitched together. Quick and easy, simple and sweet.
Wishing you a creative Wednesday...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Altered Frames

Hi friends!
Have been trying to organize some of my photo folders and ran across photos of these altered frame projects that I had worked on a while back so thought I'd share...

I started with these plain, wood framed mirrors and using some matte Mod Podge, patterned paper, paint, rub-ons and various other embellishments, this is what they turned into...

This paper from the Sassafras Lass 'Mix and Mend' collection is one of my all time favorites! Lovely texture and lots of vintage goodness. The Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue spool button and pattern tissue paper worked perfect with it to create the pretty little cluster of embellishments in the bottom corner!

I used a lot of different papers, stickers and rub-ons on the second frame for lots of texture and more of a collage feel (and a fantastic way to use up the scrap stash!!)...

These were such a fun project to work on. Since both of those were donated to a fundraiser, I guess I'll have to make myself another one! Think I'll go get my paints out and get messy...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Gettin' Sketchy Again

Hi friends!
Today I'm back again with another sketch project. Another fun October Afternoon sketch that inspired one of our Hip Kit cards this month...

And here's the card that I created with products from the May Hip Kit...

I love the color blocking style...seeing this a lot, even in fashion, and totally loving it!

The patchwork SMASH Tape included in the May Kit is so dang fun. You can see in Saturday's post how I used it on my sketch layout in long strips. For this card, I selectively cut segments of it to use as part of the color blocking. So fun!

Take a minute to see how the other Hip Kit Designers' were inspired by this sketch at the Hip 2-b Square blog and be sure to leave a comment there for another chance to win some goodies!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saturday Sketch Layout

Happy Saturday friends!
The Hip Kit designers were given this October Afternoon sketch as inspiration for one of our layouts this month...

Here's what I created with the May 2012 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits...

Totally loving this kit! The colors are sooooo vibrant & happy!

You'll notice that the title really blends in on the page...and I love how it turned out! The Crate Paper letters blend really well with the My Mind's Eye patterned paper, so the title is really subtle but creates some cool texture on the page...

Head over to the Hip 2-b Square blog and check out the other designers' fun layouts! I love to see how each designer interprets the sketch and how their own distinct style shines through while using the same Hip Kit! Plus...if you leave a comment on the Hip Blog, you have a chance to win some goodies!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

News Flash: Yarn Bombing in Local Park!

How cool is that?!? I loved it so much that I couldn't help but give one of those trees in their woollies a squeeze! I adore creative people and the way they spread their magic to make the world a happier, more beautiful place...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

eBay Treasures

Hi friends!
A very large package arrived on our doorstep the other day...

My dear hubby referred to them as 'a fine set of vintage American Tourister suitcases' - in what was his best British accent. I'm pretty sure he was mocking me...especially when later he asked me how many more suitcases I was going to add to the collection! But no bother...he can mock as much as he like...just look at these orchid-hued lovelies waiting to be repurposed! 


Pristine inside, lined in a shade of cotton candy pink and two sets of the happiest keys ever... 

I scurried off to one of my favorite places to buy fabric and can't wait to get started on recovering these cases! One will be covered in the pretty Amy Butler floral from Gypsy Caravan collection (that gal has fabulous color sense!) and the other will be covered in a fun print called 'Just Dandy' by Josephine Kimberling for Robert Kaufman. Do you like? 

Will be back to share the 'after' pictures soon!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Creating MY Living Canvas

Hello friends!

A month or so ago, Christy Tomlinson introduced her newest online workshop 'Your Living Canvas' - a collaboration between her & Art McCracken. I am so inspired by Christy, totally admire her art style and have taken a couple of her online workshops...which were completely fabulous! So when she offered a discount on this class and a payment plan to boot, I just couldn't resist and I signed on for this creative adventure. Going to learn how to let go, reflect on who I am, what my story is and create art!

Thankfully, this is a self paced workshop and I do have an entire year to access the weekly exercises. So far I've experienced week one of the workshop and have created my art journal cover...

LIFE is about creating yourself. How true...and very cool is that?!

The book I choose to alter is titled 'Good to Great'. I love that you can still see the title on the spine, through all the layers of paint, paper & rubons.

And that's exactly what I'm going to do with this workshop and the art I create...enjoy the process.

If you're interested, you can find more info about Christy, Art and their 'Your Living Canvas' workshop here.

Wishing you a creative day,

Monday, June 4, 2012

May Hip Kit from Hip 2-b Square

Hi friends!

Last week was the debut of the May Hip Kit at Hip 2-b Square...and it's another fabulous kit, my friends! This kit features products from Echo Park, October Afternoon, American Crafts, Crate Paper and My Mind's Eye...all of my favorites!

Check out that fantastic SMASH tape! Fun, fun, fun!
And I am loving the May Embellishment Kit...

Here's a video that Kimberly created to share a preview of the May kits and more info can be found here.

Happy scrapping~

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tis the season...

...for rain showers (we have our fair share of these here in the Pacific Northwest), glorious sunbursts, green sprouts and beautiful blooms! We have welcomed spring with open arms and are in full on gardening mode here at our house...LOTS of rain with little spurts of sunshine have made the weeds go wild! It is fun to watch the garden come of the first peonies actually opened up the other day and our Cecile Brunner rose bushes are an explosion of fragrant blooms! I absolutely love this time of year.

Here's a layout I was inspired to create about our first garden. The Jillibean Soup cardstock stickers included in the April Hip Kit that I used on my margarita card are perfect for garden themed layouts too!

Our yard has evolved quite a bit over the 11 years that we've lived here, so it was fun to look back at these old photos and finally document what our garden looked like back then. I should really get outside and snap some photos of what it looks like now so I can document that too!
Happy scrapping~