Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pinkfresh love!

Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a new LO using the first paper collection from Pinkfresh Studios called Up in the Clouds.

I immediately fell in love with the soft colors and bold patterns in this collection.

And for you gold loving scrappers, this collection had matching gold embellishments!!!  

Oh and I can't forget puffy stickers, gold rubons and enamel hearts!!  Eeek!

Check out the Pinkfresh selection in the store and don't forget to use code Michelle for 20% off your order! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Swagger Jagger, Swagger Jagger...You should get some of your own [Swag Bag]...

Hello crafty friends! I have NO IDEA why it took me so long to become a Paper Issues Swag Bag convert, but I finally committed and I am so glad that I did. 

I am sharing two layouts that I made with February's Swag Bag today but I have to tell you, I did FOUR layouts with the Swag Bag this month! For $7.99 a month ($9.99 less 20% discount using the code "Becky") that is INSANE!!! When was the last time that you did a whole layout for under $2?!?! That is definitely budget friendly and as a CPA by day, I wholeheartedly recommend that kind of value! 

Everything you see on this first layout is entirely from the February Swag Bag with the exception of the enamel dots and the gold Thicker title!  Aren't my sister and BIL adorable? I thinks so (LOL)!

This next layout is 99.999% Swag Bag! The only thing I added from my stash is the label which I journaled on! This photo of my nieces taking a sisterly stroll through the back yard while their dad was burning is one of my favorites photos EVER! I just love that they are holding hands!

If you fall in love with the Paper Issues Swag Bags like I have, you can assure yourself one each month (they do sell out EVERY month) by subscribing for 6 months here!

Finally, be sure to check out all the NEW STUFF hitting the shop daily from CHA! So much good stuff! Use the code "Becky" for 20% off your entire order + FREE shipping on orders over $60 (after discount applied).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sketchy Saturday Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of Sketchy Saturday 006!

Amy Bannon! Amy created this adorable layout based on the sketch and I love how she made it her own. That stitching is just perfect and what a sweet photo. Amy, you have won a $10 gift card to the Paper Issues store! Please email me at chapinjennifer at yahoo dot com to claim your prize. Thank you so much for playing along, and thanks to everyone else who linked up as well! Be sure to check back this Saturday when we are posting another free cut file challenge.

Have a great evening!

Boy featuring Echo Park

Hi everyone, it is Mary-Ann here today. 
 It seems like all of the new CHA releases lately have had some sort of pink or gold in them.  When I spotted this Jack & Jill Boy collection by Echo Park, I had to get it.  I love the blues, grays and oranges.  These colors were perfect for the photos I have been wanting to scrap.  
There are even some red colors but I chose not to use those just yet.  

The "BOY" title is cut from a piece of paper.  We all have a collection of little embellishments that we have been hoarding.  Adding those to your layout can be lots of fun.  Here I added orange sequins, stars, some orange flair from A Flair for Buttons and orange and blue stickles.  

I challenge you to create a layout that does not contain pink or gold in anyway.  
It will  be hard, but you can do it.  I dare ya!

If you need this collection or any other items from the Paper Issues Store, head HERE and use coupon code: Mary-Ann to receive 20% off everything you need, or want!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Project Life Monday

Hi everyone, Meaghen here sharing a Project Life spread with you. When I saw the new line from Elle's Studio, Cienna, I just fell in love with every bit of it. The colours are beautiful and as always, the embellishments are perfection. 

This was the first February in 75 years that the temperature did not get above the freezing mark where I live. Since when I look back on February, all I remember is that it actually hurt to be outside, I knew I wanted to use colours that reminded me of nicer weather to come and chose Cienna. This is just the first of four spreads I have for February, however the remaining three are also done with Cienna. I like using the same products for each of my month's for a cohesive look. 

This spread covers a massive snow storm we had, resulting in a snow day for my whole family, the coldest month in many years, Niagara Falls freezing, my husband getting to meet the owner of the Buffalo Sabres, bedtime cuddles, and Andy filling out valentines for all his friends at preschool.

The calendar card is from the 3x4 Calender Tag pack from the Hello 2015 line. Everything else is from Cienna. I used the blank labels, Bits & Pieces, and wood veneers  on this page. 

On this page I used a bunch of the cards in the Journaling Tags pack. They had the perfect sentiments for what I wanted to convey. They really made putting this spread together so easy.

There is still lots from Cienna available in the Paper Issues shop, as well as a ton of new products from CHA. Use code 'petitenoonie' to get 20% off your entire order!

Thanks for hanging out with me today and happy scrapping!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Game On (Swag Bag Spotlight)

Hey there! I love my Swag Bag! It has become one of my favorite ways to create a layout.

I get so excited when my bag arrives. First I dump everything out. Then I push all the little bits into a pile. Then, I sort the papers into groups that can work together on a page.

That's exactly what I did here.

I grabbed all the black&white and solid papers to create a large matte for my photo. I added a couple of layers of vellum. Then I went digging into my pile of little bits. Banners, stickers doilies, oh my! So much to choose from! I used them all!

A couple of the new Bella Blvd DooDads found there way onto the page,  a few drops of Heidi Swapp Mist and Voila`! 

So umm, yes, Swag Bags are the Bomb.  They sell out fast! Subscriptions are the way to go to ensure you get yours each month. You really don't want to miss out on the goodness. While you are in the shop, check out all the rest of the new product and use code BEACHGAL for 20% off your order

Friday, March 20, 2015

Paper Issues Online Crop!

Today is an exciting day because we are kicking off the Paper Issues 2-Day Online Crop! Make sure you have RSVPed to the crop and that you are a member of the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook Page ("PIFF") so that you don't miss out on all the good stuff!

We have TWO Grand Prizes up for grabs + a 4-month Design Team Spot + 24 Challenges with individual prizes as well! AND if that wasn't enough we also have SIX MORE chances for you to win by participating in crop games and activities in PIFF, on Facebook and on Instagram! All of the details will be posted today and tomorrow in the Facebook Group and/or on the Crop Event Page

For your first two chances to win share this graphic on your Facebook and/or Instagram account, tag Paper Issues and use the hashtag #PICrop!  One lucky person that shares on Facebook will win some new Lawn Fawn stamps and one lucky person that shares on Instagram will win an "I have Paper Issues," koozy from Parker on the Porch

The crop challenges will start at 3PM PST/6 PM EST on Friday, March 20th and continue through until midnight on Saturday, March 21st with challenges and games being posted and played every hour! Here is an outline of the challenges as they will be posted (including all details) in the PIFF FB group! 

We are so excited to crop with everybody and we have some great challenges and prized lined up!

The entire Paper Issues team would like to send a huge shout out to all of the sponsors that are sponsoring a challenge during the crop, including: 

Fan Feature Friday: Painting by the Numbers #1

Today's Fan Feature Friday has a bit of a twist because we're showcasing projects made by three members of the Waffle Flower Crafts design team along with projects from our Paper Issues {Friends & Fans}. This linky party is a product swap, so the Waffle Flower Crafts team received February Swag Bags from Paper Issues and made some beautiful creations to share with you. Let's take a look, shall we?

Waffle Flower Team Projects

1. Sabrina Alery's soft and pretty mini album pages feature sweet, girly touches and a whole lot of sparkle. I love how she used the 3x4 papers from the Swag Bag to mat her photos.

2. May Park's card incorporates banners and chipboard pieces from the Swag Bag. Take at look at her stamped and color washed background. There's some great stitching going on here too!

3. Tessa Wise created this fresh and beautiful card with the soft color scheme of red, pink, grey and white, adding in the vellum banner and chip piece from the Swag Bag. I love the great layering and twine bow!

Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Projects

4. Jessica created a rainbow of color down one side of her page by painting with gelatos. She also added in chipboard numbers which fit perfectly with the theme of this issue.

5. Terry used an alpha/number embossing folder to create the background of her card. I'm loving the mix of distressed elements with the strip of polka dot burlap!

6. Juliee went with the numbers part of the theme on this fun page about math. Take a look at the numbers cascading down the page!

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

See you next week for another edition of Fan Feature Friday, showcasing more projects from Painting by the Numbers.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Create Die Cuts with Your Silhouette

Hey everyone! Heather here. I love stamping. And sometimes i want to cut the stamps out of the paper I’ve stamped on. But what I do not love is fussy cutting stamps. It takes a while, I never seem to keep a smooth edge, and I get frustrated trying to get my scissors into tight corners.  I knew there had to be a better way but without a die cut machine and coordinating dies however would it happen?

Insert my Silhouette Portrait and PixScan mat. I’ve been in a situation before where I’ve stamped an image with a light color and the trace feature had a hard time tracing so I thought to myself, what if I do a master set with blank ink, save them into my library and then can access them at any time in the future. That was it! It’s a pretty easy process too. 

I recently got this Baked with Love stamp set by Lawn Fawn and wanted to show you my new stamp process.  I've put together a quick video accompanied with instructions bellow. 

1. Grab all the images from the set. 
2. Ink them up with some blank ink and stamp them onto white paper.
3. Place paper on PixScan mat, take a photo, and import into computer.
4. Open Silhouette Software and open PixScan image. (Zoom to your preference)
5. Select the Trace tool and trace around all the images. (Adjust your settings here I turned off the high pass filer then played with the threshold and scale settings to get a nice clean edge) Once it is ready to go click Trace Outer Edge.
6. All the images will be one shape, so you will go to Object > Release Compound Object.
7. Reselect all the shapes and go to File > Save As > Save to Library. Title appropriately. 

From here you should be good to go. If you ever want to precut some shapes, or use light ink, you can access your library, grab the shape, and cut.

So now that you’ll get to save some money on dies, you’ll want to grab more cute stamps right? Well here, head over to the Paper Issues shop and grab some more stamps and save a little with this coupon: TALKTOHEATHER for 20% off your order. So what are you going to grab? I'll see you next time! Heather. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lawn Fawndamental Ink Review

Hi everyone, Heather here to bring you a post all about the new Lawn Fawndamental Inks. When Lawn Fawn announced their new ink line at CHA this year, I was so very excited and could not wait to use them. Not only are the names of the inks adorable, like Hippo, Freshly Cut Grass, and Fake Tan, but the colors are also solid. 

The very first thing I did was create ink swatches of each color to tape to the top of the lids. The ink does a great job matching the color, but I like to create my own sample so I can see just how the ink stamps. Inking up the stamps is great, it feels like I'm dipping the stamp in butter and it holds nicely on the surface. (I have a few stained stamps and I was able to see the color shine through to get good positioning before stamping.) It seems like it doesn't take too much time or pressure to transfer the ink to the paper and you're left with a clean image. 

So they stamp great, but how do the colors fit in with my current assortment. Aside from black, specialized, and pigment inks, I only have one brand of Dye inks, Color Theory (CT) by Studio Calico. (All of my comparisons and descriptions will be compared to those and noted in the photo.)

Wild Rose. Similar in tone to CT Coral Bay but that extra touch of pink to give you a nice soft pink.

Cranberry. As it sounds, a darker red similar to a maroon, Cranberry is a fantastic addition to my collection as my others red inks are much brighter. 

Fake Tan. I really like this for an orange. It feels more earthy and grounded in it's almost burnt orange state. Another pleasing addition. 

Sunflower. This ink is not as bright as it's closest companion in my current collection, CT Sunny Day. It's toned down just enough to still give you the brightness of a yellow but pleasantly understated. 

Fresh Cut Grass. This is the green I was waiting for. The name feels like spring and so does this shade of green. It's a light to medium green and not to heavy towards yellow or blue. I can tell this will be reached for often. 

Mermaid. With a name like that can you go wrong? This truly was another missing in my collection. Darker than CT Glass Slipper and Mint Hint, but more teal than CT Something Blue, this ink almost deserves a category of it's own with it's solid teal blue color. 

Deep Sea. Very similar to CT Deja Blue, but Deep Sea is a bit toned down which makes it feel more fish and complimentary. 

Hippo. Similar to CT Clean slate. This is a great mid-tone gray, if you don't have one already, consider this your recommendation. 

Walnut. A great name for this medium to dark brown. A touch lighter and barely a bit more yellow than it's closest companion in my collection, CT Doc Brown. 

Black Licorice. This is a great black. I'm going to reach for it a lot. Since it is a dye ink, it works well with Copic markers. The coverage is nice, crisp, and even. I also noticed it was not as quick to stain as some other black inks do. When stamping a single image and cleaning right after there was no staining, but when stamping one image multiple times and not cleaning immediately after there was minimal staining. 

Here is the chart I made for myself to sit right next to me on the craft table so I can easily tell which ink will be the perfect fit for my project. Lawn Fawndamentals are on the left, Color Theory on the right. 

So there you have it! All ten of the new Lawn Fawndamental inks. Which inks will you be grabbing? Need a coupon? Use: TALKTOHEATHER for 20% off your inky Paper Issues order. Until next time, Heather.