Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Product Spotlight *Shimelle*

When the new collection by Shimelle is filled with a colour combination I am always drawn too.  Of course I had to create with it.  I created the layout of our spoiled toy Poodle named Wilson in no time flat.  

As cute as the dog is, the sweet designs of these patterned papers really needed to be showcased. Yes, it's true sometimes I like the focus of my pages to be just as much about the product as I do about the photos and memories.  This gold glitter heart paper was just too gorgeous to resist. I couldn't bare to cut it, or cover it up, so I chose a design that helped me with that.  Using 2x2 photos allowed me to have a nice cluster toward that top of the pages leaving as many of gold hearts exposed as possible. Each of Shimelle's patterned papers also have really cute tear strips.  I think this is such a great new trend that manufacturers have started, I feel like I'm really getting my money's worth being able to use up every last bit of paper.  They add a fun little element just as tags would, but without the extra expense.

I also created one that allowed me to use more of her patterned papers and some items from my stash.

Patterned paper and machine stitching go together so well in my world.  Love the way it adds texture to my layouts especially when combing several patterned papers on one layout.

This week I've asked DT member Becky Monmaney to join me in showcasing the Shimelle collection.  She created this great two-pager, showcasing her cutie pie niece.  How great do those big chunky numbers look along that photo strip paper?

And, of course we both fell head over heels in love with the gold glitter heart paper.  I love all her gorgeous layers and the use of the cork pieces.

You can get your hands on this Shimelle Collection right here, in the Paper Issues shop, and if you use code: SHERRI you'll save yourself 20% off your entire purchase.
One last thing before I go.  If you'll remember I offered you a chance to get your hands on some sold out Oh Deer goodies by Fancy Pants in this post.  Thank you all for sharing your comments and Christmas movie favorites.  

Congratulations to the author of comment #42 - Melissa!  
A very merry goodie bag will be making it's way to you as soon as you contact me at: with your snail mail details.  
If I do not hear from you within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.

Have a great day PI friends!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grateful - November Cut File

Hi everyone!  Corri here today sharing a card I made with the November Cut file created by Jen Chapin.

You can download this free file from the Paper Issues Shop.

Here's the card I made using the Fancy Pants - As You Wish Collection.  I love the idea of making a Fall card with these bright colors.  

Be sure to check out all the new goodies that were just loaded into the shop.  Use my code to save 20%. 

Winner: Get Your Game On

Our Get Your Game On linky party has ended so let's find out who won the $20 gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!
Congratulations to Sandi P.! Sandi linked up this great layout of her grandson's Little League team which was featured this past Friday during our Fan Feature Friday.

Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your project with us, Sandi! Please send your full name and mailing address to within the next 48 hours and we will get your prize right out to you. If we don't hear from you, unfortunately we'll have to choose another winner so don't miss out! :)

A new link up started yesterday, called Birds of a Feather Flock TogetherLink your projects AND link back to Paper Issues, for a chance to win the Country Cookin' collection from our sponsor, Ruby Rock-It.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Issue: Birds of a Feather Flock Together with Ruby Rock-It

Happy Monday and happy Thanksgiving week! Welcome to our new linky party, Birds of a Feather Flock Together, sponsored by Ruby Rock-It. Let's take a look at what the design team created with Ruby Rock-It's Country Cookin' collection, then we'll see what this issue is all about.

Row 1: DonaCorriStephanie
Row 2: Jen BoumisShannonKelly

Note: Clicking on each design team members' name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail.

So, what is this theme all about? Here are ideas of what you could link up:
  • Scrap a picture of your Thanksgiving turkey, the feast on your table or your favorite dish.
  • Are you a bird watcher or have a bird as a pet? Maybe you even have bird pictures from a visit to the zoo or bird sanctuary.
  • What makes you have a bird (as in things that drive you crazy)?
  • Use flocking or feathers on your project.
  • Tell us about a special friendship.
  • Who do you spend Thanksgiving with? Is it too much togetherness? LOL!
  • What was your latest tweet on Twitter?
  • Share something about the people in your family, maybe you've had family photos taken, created a holiday card with a family photo, etc.
  • What's on your Thanksgiving menu? Are there traditional items you make year after year?
  • Scrap one of your favorite recipes or a recipe that's been handed down from generation-to-generation.
  • Use Ruby Rock-It products.
***Link up and LINK BACK to Paper Issues between now and December 7th to be eligible to win Ruby Rock-Its' Country Cookin' collection. Feel free to link up as many times as you'd like. If you're inspired to create something new, that's great, but older creations are welcome too!

Your project may even be featured on the Paper Issues Facebook pageInstagramPinterest and/or right here on the Paper Issues blog during our Fan Feature Friday.

Here are the links to Ruby Rock-Its' product and social media sites. Please be sure to visit and tell them Paper Issues sent you.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

❤{Grateful For You & Swag Bags}❤

I'm grateful for you always supporting my creative endeavors. Thank you for checking out my work and sending encouraging thoughts a long the way. 

I love being a part of Paper Issues. It makes my heart happy. I also love getting a Swag Bag each month. It is always so full of good stuff, I know I say it all the time, but I USE EVERY bit and piece of this bag each month. 

I love challenging you to use your Swag Bag in different ways...and the last few posts, I've been showing you how you can use the Swag Bag for cards. I created another set of 4 cards and I really hope you are inspired by them!

I wanted to show you each card individually, I love to layer on my cards, the Swag Bag has perfectly sized bits and pieces for cards, fun embellishments and awesome coordinating patterns and colors. 

Card 1: 

Card 2:

Card 3:

Card 4:

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, stay tuned for a new issue, some great blog posts and have a Happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Die Cutting Saturday - Cut File 002

Good morning and happy Saturday! This weekend we have another free cut file for you to download. This download includes a Silhouette file, as well as each individual file as a PNG - you can use these in the Cricut Explore software as well as a digital overlay on photos.

 For my layout, instead of cutting out the file I used my Silhouette Sketch pen to draw "fall" in a larger scale, then watercolored the inside. I added bits and pieces from the November Swag Bag and Amy Tangerine's Stiched Collection.

This is a fun way to mix up your cut files!

Here is creative team member Mary-Ann Maldonado's take on the cut file. Such a great page! She also used the November Magic free printable available in the store. Mary-Ann used the grateful and leaf cuts, as well as the November card from the printable printed at 8.5x11 size. So creative!

Creative team member Kathy Skou used the grateful, scribble circle and leaf cut files as well along with Fancy Pants True Friend collection. Such a perfect color palette for these photos! I love the subtle grid design as well.

Now it's your turn! Link up your project using the cut file by December 5th and you could win a December Swag bag. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week.

Winner - Sketchy Saturday!

Good morning! Thank you to everyone who participated in Sketchy Saturday 002! For this sketch, our winner is Heather Adams. The card that she created based on Corri's sketch is just beautiful! Be sure to visit her blog for lots of other great projects. Congratulations Heather, you have won a $10 Paper Issues gift card -- we will be in touch!

Stay tuned later today for our next free Cut File and challenge. You could win a December Swag Bag. Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fan Feature Friday: Get Your Game On #2

Welcome to this week's edition of Fan Feature Friday, showcasing projects from week two of our Get Your Game On link up! Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

The following people got their game on and caught our eye...

1. Becki's softball layout is colorful and eye catching with the pops of lime green and hot pink against navy blue. I'm loving the mixed title work too!

2. Andrea created this sports-themed card, complete with handmade pennants, texture and a great design.

3. June's page is about her son's love of robotics. The die cut and stamped gears are perfect on here!

4. Becky's layout has it all — a fabulous watercolor background, wood embellishments, fun title work, a mason jar and a Bingo card. Amazing page, Becky!

5. Valerie shared this layout about being a sports fan. I love the numbers in the background along with stars and hearts that lead your eye around the page.

6. Sandi's wonderful page captures her grandson's Little League team. She used a great color scheme and I'm loving the addition of the black elements and stacked word stickers.

7. Janet was inspired by the linky party theme to get back in the game after a short scrapping hiatus. Isn't this a great classic color scheme? There's great title work going on too (to say nothing of Janet's beautiful handwriting).

8. Carol shared this layout via her YouTube channel, sharing her thoughts and process on how this pretty powder puff (say that three times fast) layout came together. Loving the mix of elements, like the lace, sparkle, wood and touches of gold.

9. Rachel chose the perfect colors for her hiking layout. Loving the blues with the map letters and the wonderful globe topped with a geotag! Rachel's design was inspired by our Sketchy Saturday linky party.

10. The embellished border on Katy's T-ball layout, plus the sweet photo of her son, are both winners in my book.

11. Meaghen's layout caught our eye because of the wonderful grid design. A chipboard frame stands in for a photo, framing some journaling instead. Great use of white space too!

Thank you all for sharing your creativity with us! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

That's it for this week's Fan Feature Friday. A new link up starts Monday, 11/24. It's sure to have you flying back here to see what the theme is (that's a little hint, by the way). :) Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

So Thankful Layout

Hey everybody!

Today I'm sharing a layout that is all about thankfulness. After all, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and, while I'd like to think I'm thankful for life everyday, it is nice to have a specific day to let that gratefulness sink deep.

Have you every created a page about yourself? I'm a me scrapper. You won't find very many pages that are documenting events and the like. Most of mine are about me, my thoughts and emotions, etc.

So, it seems fitting to create one about what I'm thankful for. I always include a "selfie" photo. Usually it will be an expression or have me exuding the emotion I'm trying to portray.

For this page, I went pretty basic.

I also didn't use a themey paper collection. I could have easily used any of the gorgeous fall lines that are out but chose to use the Stitched collection by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts.

I just love the colors and those hearts! Super cute!

I am a pretty clean and simple scrapper so, when it comes to dimension and texture, I like to use fun embellishments like the enamel dots, bling and alphabet for the title. Here are a few close ups before I close this out:

I challenge you to create a page documenting what YOU are thankful for this year. It makes a great keepsake for yourself and is also fun for your family to find later on in life. 

Head over to the shop to grab yourself some of this beautiful collection!  And use my code below to save 20% off! What a steal!