Monday, July 28, 2014

Creative Blog Tour

I am doing something extra special and fun today!
I was asked to join a creative blog tour and I thought, what a fun idea! It's always great to "meet" new people who enjoy the same interests as I do and to see what creative things they are coming up with, so of course I jumped at the chance.

My friend Wendi Robinson from Scrappy Day in Paradise asked me to join in the tour. I met Wendi around the web and then got to know her much better when we were on a design team together. I've even met and chatted with her in real life a few times. She is such an awesome person!
I will tag a couple more creative ladies at the end of my post to continue on with the tour.

1. What am I working on?
Right now, this very second, I'm between projects. But I'm a layout girl at heart and you can usually find a layout or 2 in the works on my desk. I jump around a lot from year to year or paper line/theme. I just basically keep my inner need for change happy. Here are my most recent layouts:




2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think my mood really shows in my pages. I really like to "feel" the photos when I'm scrapping them and my layouts usually reflect that. I enjoy adding a bit of humor when I can and just keep it real with the fun moments life throws at you. I think the one element that I can't seem to leave off a page is ink. Whether it's in inking the edges of the papers, misting or a big of doodling, a layout doesn't feel finished to me unless I've inked.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Originally I think I started because my friend did it. lol She was selling Stampin' Up! and totally pulled me in. But now I scrap because I love it. I love my photos (love taking them too) and scrapping them seems to be a way for me to enjoy them and that moment all over again. The creative process behind it all is a super big bonus. I mean who doesn't like to get a little messy with ink now and then?

4. How does your writing/creative process work?
Generally I start with one of 3 different things. Either I have a particular paper line I need/want to work with, a sketch or the photos themselves. Usually I sift through my photos grinning at them until I find some I want to work with, then I'll grab a paper line and move things around on my table until I've picked a background to start with. If I get stuck I look through my favorite sketches (Nuts About Sketches) until I find one to jump start me. From there it's about adding pps and embellishments until my heart is happy. For some reason I tend to forget an actual place for the journaling, but I always find a way to get everything on the page that I want there, even if I end up hiding it under a photo or pattern paper.


Here are the creative blogs/blogger I have tagged.  They will be sharing more about themselves next Monday - Aug. 4th, on their blogs.  Make sure to stop by.

Amelia Harris
Fanciful Creations 
Amelia and I actually met through our daughters. They became friends in school and then we got to know each other through their hang outs. Amelia was already a serious crafter but had taken a bit of a break from scrapping, so I pulled her back in. She has a beautiful elegant style and fun use of paper that I just love!



 
Hi! My name is Amelia. I'm from Idaho, I've been married to my sweetheart, Jeremy, for 15 years and together we have 3 smart, beautiful girls whom I love to take pictures of and scrapbook! I was introduced to papercrafting back in 2004 a month before having my second daughter and even though my style and focus has changed over the years my love for it continues to grow! I'm a SAHM who loves to get craft on! ;)
 
Jennifer Taylor aka JenT
I recently got to know Jen from a design team that we both belong to. I was attracted to her fun upbeat personality right away. She so friendly and fun! I love her beautiful scrappy projects. She has some of the awesome-est ideas for projects, makes wonderful cards, unique mini albums and her layouts are super fun.
 
 
Hi, I am Jennifer Taylor aka jen t.  or jentmomof3 in the social media world. I am a sahm to my 3 kids-girls age 4 and 11 and boy age 23 months and husband of 14 yrs. I am a avid papercrafter . I love making scrapbook layouts, cards, and home decor. My blog: http://jentscrappysideofme.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Don't forget their are TWO giveaways going, Here and here.

Have a wonderful day!
:)Ange






Friday, July 25, 2014

Moxxie Summer time hop!

Don't miss my giveaway here.
If you're looking for the beginning of this hop you can find it here.

Hello! 
Welcome the the Summer time fun Moxxie blog hop!
(If you hopped here from Rebecca's blog then you're on the right track.)
Today our talented designers are going to show you fun summer projects using many different lines.

Here's my project for this fun summer hop. It's all about vacation! And where is the happiest place on Earth to vacation?


This gorgeous line is called Magical Moments.
That beautiful star with flourishes? ON the paper! I just added some strips of other patterns, the star border is the backside of a bar-code strip and then the rub-ons from Moxxie for the title.
Here's a couple closeups and the info for the hop. Good luck!
:)Ange


These rub-ons are awesome! The go on so smooth and easy.


I'm the last stop on the hop, so
don't forget to hop back to the Moxxie blog comment there to WIN this awesome line!

 Here is the list of blogs to check out:

Amy 
Every good hop has a prize right?




You could win this totally awesome BRAND NEW release!!!
You help your kids go back to school in style and now your scrapbooks can too!!
There are many chances to WIN!

Rules of the hop:
- Visit each designers blog and leave a comment. The more you comment, the more chances you have to WIN!
- After you've been to all the blogs head back to the Moxxie blog and leave a comment letting us know you hopped.
- Go to the Moxxie facebook page and share the post about this hop for another chance to WIN! (if you're not already, you will need to be a follower of our page to do this) Come back to the Moxxie blog and leave another comment letting us know you did this.
- Go ahead and Pin It! If you do, leave a comment on the Moxxie blog with a link to it letting us know that you Pinned! 
(International players are more than welcome to play but you will be responsible for shipping should you win.)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Have you seen them?

Don't miss my giveaway HERE.

Moxxie's new releases! 
There are 7 new releases and they are ALL so awesome! 
I don't even know where to start, but I will do my best.
Check it out:


This, Brainiac, line is so fun! I love the "nerdy" glasses the owl is wearing and I can't wait to use it with photos of my daughter and her nerd chic glasses that she got "just for fun"! Of course my favorite parts are the owls with polka dots and the chalkboard algorithims. Yep, I'm a bit of a nerd myself. lol
 And do you see all those alphas! I am totally set I tell you. I've ordered multiples of every color!


I have to say normally I wouldn't be overly excited for a football line but Grid Iron is just fantastic! It will go great with the photos I got of my son playing flag football this past May. Not to mention the Superbowl activities I can use it on. Even if I watch just for the commercials right? ;)


Next up is this gorgeous and elegant fall line. Autumn Glory is just that, Autumn in all it's glory. The colors are just amazing and the graphics are beautiful. My favorite part is all the falling leaves. This will be so fun to use on so many of my fall related photos.


Ok, so if you know me at all you know I do a bit of Volleyball. It's kind of a passion of mine. I also have a high school aged daughter that plays and I have to say, being a crafter and a volleyball "Mom" is kind of fun. I really enjoy making team treats and locker decor, so this line is going to be amazingly fun to work with this season!


Next up we have this super cute and spunky pet holidays line, Happy Pawlidays! It really speaks for itself, literally, read all of the funny quotes that are in this line! You will be cracking up just like me!!


 I will be honest with you here. I don't really know much about Racing. I know in Nascar that they take a LOT of left turns but that's about it. But I am loving this line with all of the fun bright colors and the need for speed! I can't imagine a racer that wouldn't like a line like this and I know this will look fantastic with my speed demon son's photos. I've already got lots of ideas for this awesome line!


Save the best for last you say? Oh YES!!! This is definitely my fav from this release, which is saying a lot because I really LOVE this entire release. But I know I'm going to have SO much fun with this slightly gruesome but so on trend line, Zombie Attack! Zombies are really it right now and I'm totally into them. It's been about 3 days since I last watched World War Z. lol I LOVE this line!!

So there you have it! 7 totally awesome and off the hook rockin' NEW releases from Moxxie. So I have one thing to say to you....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Toddler Motto w/ kaisercraft

You can still enter my giveaway HERE.

Have you been playing hard this summer?
My family has been extremely busy. It's been fun, but man is it flying by.

Today I have a fun layout using this adorable line from Kaisercraft called Party Animals. I just fell in love with these papers when I saw them! The cutest prints in great colors!! Here's my layout:


I used the Hooray paper as my background. I love papers like this because they really just take all the work out of a layout. All you have to do is add photos and spruce things up a bit if you want and you have a fun layout. 


 My inspiration for this layout was this fun quote from the Bop! paper. My youngest son is always breaking the rules and pushing the limits, so it didn't take me long to find some fun photos of him to pair up with this cute quote.


 Then I used my notebook edge punch on the quote card and my photos. I did some inking, fussy cut the monkey's tail to be above my photo and added some glitter alphas for my title. Then finished up with some fun cork stars.


Run into the Speedy Scrappers store and pick this line up, you will LOVE it!
Happy Scrapping! :)Ange

Monday, July 21, 2014

4 layouts w/ Simple Stories

 Don't miss my giveaway on this post!

Today I've got a few layouts I made for Memorable Seasons using Simple Stories Sea to Shining Sea line:

First up I did a sketch challenge from a 2 page Nuts About Sketches sketch #320. Here's the sketch:


I used the left side but switched it up a bit for my needs:


I had a lot of fun using washi tape as a banner on the ribbon they sent with the kit. I even found that metal star on my desk and added it to the banner. The Stars & Stripes card is cut from the Elements paper then I added the word stickers along with stars and circles I cut from other papers in the kit.

Next up is the Member of the Month lift challenge:
June's Member was Susan Anhern. She has many wonderful layouts to choose from in the gallery. What I noticed is that she does some beautiful journaling. So I did my best to get some heartfelt journaling on this layout:


I also used the cut out portion of the USA card to mist my background, then hung the USA letters from my banner paper at the top.

My 2nd challenge was a Theme challenge. I chose to scrap something Sweet:

Linking this lo to Paper Issues Say Cheese

This is my youngest using his toes to help him eat some taffy. He's such a fun little guy and I loved the title that popped into mind, Taffy Toes. I used the charcoal cs as my background then added some pattern paper and bunched a barcode strip with my star border punch to added along the pp. Then I had some cute stars to sprinkle on my layout. Lots of inking and some stickles dots finishes it up.

My last challenge was to Distress, any way you choose:
I used the Ahoy pp for my background and dripped splashes of blue dylusions on it. Then used the Original card from the Elements paper above and below my photos. I fussy cut around "Original" to layer it over the bottom of my photos. I did a lot of scissor distressing, ink and even used an emery-board to distress the edges of my photos.

I had a lot of fun with this kit!
Thanks for stopping by!!
:)Ange

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