Study Abroad blog share!

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Hello September blog hoppers!! You should have arrived here from Gia’s blog and her fabulous project!! Didn’t you leave there feeling inspired and a little daring!! If you’re just joining in today on my blog, please start over at the Clique Kits blog so you don’t miss any of our talented Clique Kits member designers!! They rock!

This month’s theme is to be daring and it’s based off of this quote. I’ve never really been one to play it safe when it comes to certain things so I really love this month’s challenge ~ Be Daring!!

Here’s your daring blog hop order!

Clique Kits
Gia
Jody
Erica
Lacey
Stephanie
Rosann
Tyra
Danielle
Charity
Cassandra
Sarah
Alisha

In order to be daring this month I really had to push myself. This month was full of my own challenges; kids starting school, schedule changes, kids activities, working overtime, family members getting sick both at home at far away, collaborating on new things and finding making time to create. My daring (and creative) moments this month definitely came when I made time to create. Ten minutes here, fifteen minutes there, changing laundry over and then running downstairs before someone notices I’m gone for five minutes LOL. Oh yes, I did that this month!
So, to celebrate my daring creative moments I made a mini album and literally used up over scrap of my September Study Abroad Kit!! Seriously, I have nothing left and I couldn’t be happier! I’m only showing a couple pages of my mini today to keep it short and sweet. My mini is pretty simple this time around but once I add my photos and top them off with a few other little embellishments, it will be just right.

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We have a bonus FREE cut file for today!!! Check it out and download it here!!

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Alright friends!! Now you’re on to Erica!! Happy hopping today!

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Clique Kits & Cut Shoppe Team Up!!!

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Happy day, it’s here!!!  Our team up with The Cut Shoppe!  I can’t even begin to tell you how totally excited I am for this blog hop.  It’s us Clique Kits girls and the entire Cut Shoppe Design Team. Pretty awesome right?! In case you didn’t get here from the beginning, you can start on the Clique Kits blog HERE and if you’re following the blog hop order, you should have arrived here from Annelie Maddock’s fabulous blog.  Wasn’t her project rockin’!!  

Important ~ Be sure to leave a comment on each blog to be entered to WIN!! The Cut Shoppe is giving away a $15.00 prize to their shop AND us Clique Kits girls are giving away an awesome Study Abroad and Pink Fresh Studio prize pack!!  We’d also love it if you followed our blogs with BlogLovin’ or by email. You really don’t want to miss a thing from these ladies!  You can connect with Clique Kits on Facebook HERE, Instagram HERE and Twitter HERE!  Let’s get connected and hang out!

Onto my prep-work and layout for today!! (P.S. I’ll have another layout on the Clique Kits Blog this Friday with more The Cut Shoppe goodness!!)  I started with a few extra supplies, pictured below.  Then cut these fabulous cut files using my Neenah white card stock.  Next, I sprayed them with my Studio Calico Heirloom Blue Mr. Huey’s and let them air dry.  I just love this color!! While the die cuts were drying, I created a fun green watercolor by mixing the Heirloom Blue with Sunshine and about a teaspoon of water.  I played with the colors on my card stock base… just a little so the card stock didn’t get too wet.  I could have used a watercolor paper here, but just decided to use my Neenah.  I also splattered some ink right onto my background using the same colors.

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Next, I built my layout on top of my watercolor background.  I added some fun clouds by stamping right onto my background with the fabulous chalkboard paint included in the Clique Kits Study Abroad kit!!  I used an Amy Tangerine stamp and masked off the sun-part of the stamp for all but one of the paint-stamped images on my layout.  Then I used the the Heirloom Blue Mr. Huey’s mixed with a little bit of water and painted inside my clouds.  I love how they really pop off my page!

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And now for some more close-ups of the details. Sequins, die cuts and origami hearts… oh my!!

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Thank you for joining us today!!  Remember to leave a comment on each of our blogs to be entered to win those fabulous prize packs mentioned at the beginning of my post and on the Clique Kits blog!!

I’d love it if you connected with me using my social media buttons in my sidebar too!  I have an exclusive coupon code on my Facebook page today, SpiegelMom Scraps!

Now, you’re in for a real treat!  Your next stop is the talented Cari Orellana. This scrappy girl is going to knock your socks right off!!

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Scrappy Blog Tour

Hello my friends!  Have you heard of the Scrappy Blog Tours going on right now?  Well, I was lucky enough to be tagged by the ever-so-talented Erica Thompson of EricaRose Creates last Monday!   After Erica tagged me, it was my turn to join in and then tag 3 more scrappy bloggers!!  Fun right!??  So here we go, I’m tagging…..

Lynn Darda        Kat Benjamin       Caroli Schulz

Kat and Caroli are two of the very talented new Clique Kits Design Team members and Lynn is fabulously talented card maker from our Memory Works days :))  I’ve really missed blogging along with Lynn!!  I’m so happy all these ladies have accepted my challenge for posting next Monday!   So, let’s get on the scrappy tour questions!

1. What am I working on right now?

I’ve been working on linking up to some recent challenges out there, including Clique Kits first monthly challenge, Anything Goes!!  If you haven’t heard, go link up!!  I’m also linking up to the Creative Scrappers Sketch #277 challenge this month using my Study Abroad kit.  Check out this sketch and my Study Abroad layout.

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2. How long does it take me to create a project?

To create a layout, it takes me anywhere from 25 minutes to over an hour.  It really just depends on how quickly things come together and whether or not I’m feelin’ it.  You know what I mean :)  One of my favorite things to create is mini albums, but those take several hours. When I create a mini album, I’ll plan out what papers I’m using and basic embellishments.  I usually end up cutting a bunch of die cuts, not really knowing what I’m going to use!

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

Hands down, my Clique Kit and all the goodies from the Clique Kits online shop!!  We have hand picked coordinating add-on items in our School Store, some even handmade and exclusive to CK!

4. How does my writing and creating process work?

It depends… big help right lol!  Seriously though, I go back and forth between starting with my photos and starting with my Clique Kit or other papers in my stash.  Lately, I’ve been starting with my monthly Clique Kit and pulling photos from there.  Sometimes, especially this month, I’ll even dress my girls to match the colors in my kit.  I can’t be the only one who does this either!! The thing is, my Clique Kit is so complete!!!  It’s full of fabulous papers and it’s not skimpy on embellishments at all!  Gotta love that scrappers!!

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
My girls always inspire me in many ways, especially to keep up with my photography.  They are always moving and on the go!  I take a lot, I mean a lot of photos of them.  Many of those photos do stay on the computer, organized by date, but I also print a lot as well.  209 yesterday!!

As far as creative inspiration, I check out the social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest, as well as the manufacturers sites to keep on the trends and new products. Many times though, I’ll Pin something and won’t go back to it for months.  As you can see, one of my inspirations is using sketches too!

6. What is my signature style?
Generally, I like to add lots of layers, texture and dimension.  I do this by adding my favorite May Arts Burlap String, paints, sequins, gesso, foam adhesive, wood veneers and other techniques.

Well, that the Scrappy Blog Tour in a nutshell!  I hope you enjoyed the your and interview.  Now, I’ll leave you with a few more of my recent projects!!

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Thank you so much for spending you time with me today!!  See you this Wednesday for the Clique Kits and The Cut Shoppe blog hop!!

~ Jody

 

CK’s 1st Anything Goes Challenge & Sponsor!

I could not be more excited for our first monthly Clique Kits challenge!!  It’s Anything Goes with a twist … A Pink Fresh Studios twist that is!!  Here’s the deal ~ create something, Anything Goes after all, and post it on your blog. Then copy and paste your specific blog post for our Clique Kits September challenge in our blog link tool at the bottom of the blog post.  It’s a blue button that says “Add your link.”  You can even enter up to three times during the month AND you’ll be entered to win a fabulous $25.00 Pink Fresh Studio goody bag!!  Right on!!!

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Here are two cards I created to send out to some special people we know and that fit our Anything Goes with a Twist September Challenge!!  For my first get well soon card, I used a Pink Fresh Enamel Frame in gray.. so love these!  I also added an exclusive Clique Kit die cut Polaroid frame, my favorite May Arts Natural Burlap String and my Study Abroad Clique Kit papers!

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My next card was also created with my Study Abroad Clique Kit.  I added my sentiment inside of my favorite Fiskars cloud punches and adhered my large white sequins with my Scrapbook Adhesive Dotz.  They hold like a charm!  I topped off my card with May Arts white seam binding and of course a couple fabulous Pink Fresh Studio color block wood veneers.  I also added some dimension by popping up one of my paper layers with Scrapbook Adhesive Foam Squares.

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And here’s my process video for creating both of my cards!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Head over to Clique Kits now for the challenge guidelines and check out the layouts created by Erica and Gia for this month’s Anything Goes Challenge!

Happy Scrappin!

Jody

 

 

Tell your girls they can fly!

Yes, I actually do tell my daughters this.  They can reach for the stars and accomplish anything they set their minds too!  Some people tell me that’s silly and girls can never do some of the things boys can do.  To them I say HA, think again and NEVER SAY NEVER!  It’s all about building your child’s confidence while you’re teaching them to be humble, a good sport, a good friend & listener and to be a good person.  I also teach my daughters to try new things, even if you don’t think you’ll like it.  They’re often surprised by what they try, and actually like!

Now to celebrate this teaching moment, here’s a layout I created with my September Clique Kit, Study Abroad.   The theme of this kit fit my photo nicely!  I just love this photo of Abby soaring on the swings at our favorite park.  I can still hear her yell, “Mama fly!”  This was also the perfect photo for this month’s Sketchabilities challenge!  I love all the white space in the sketch and how one square photo takes center stage!

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And now my first Study Abroad Clique Kits layout!!

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Thanks so much of stopping by today!  I’m already totally LOVING my September Clique Kit  and even more that subscriptions open again in November!!  Make sure you stop by the Clique Kits blog tomorrow for the huge Design Team Announcement!! It’s going to be EPIC!!!

Until next time, happy scrappin’!

~ Jody

Pinterest Inspired Glassine Bag Mini Album

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Happy Tuesday hoppers!  Today I have a new video live on my YouTube Channel and it features a lovely crafter I found through Pinterest, Ashley Newell!  Check this lovely mini album she created using glassine bags!  You can see the entire mini album on her blog here.

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Aren’t those straws super cute too!  I have a few hundred of those in my craft space that now have another use!   Here’s a closer look at my mini album.

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And now here’s my awesome prize ~ the brand new Maggie Holmes Notes & Things 6×6 pad, 2 Webster’s Pages embellishment packs, Pink Rose Metallic sequins from My Etsy Shop and a 25 pack of large glassine bags, also from My Etsy Shop!!  To qualify, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel HERE and leave my a comment on this month’s Create Craft Share video!

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Thanks so much!  My lucky random winner will be randomly chosen on August 28th and announced here!

Happy Scrappin’!

~Jody

 

 

Glam Camp Mini Album ~ Pep Rally!!

 

 

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Happy Glam Camp Day!!  Yes it’s an official day now don’t ya know LOL!  Well, you should have made you way here from Gia’s blog, The Painted Crane and I bet  you loved her project!  If you just arrived here to my blog, be sure to start at the beginning on the Clique Kits blog so you don’t miss a thing!  Be sure to subscribe to our Clique Kits newsletter to stay in the loop on all the fun Clique Kits news and upcoming events.

Without further ado here’s my Glam Camp Mini Album!  I used the fabulous corrugated aqua card stock as my base for the front and back cover and also used it inside as accents.  I’ll let my photos speak for themselves, with a few little things to mention along the way.

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Here’s in the inside :)  I used all of the Market Street papers throughout my mini album and included the add-ons also ~ My Minds Eye Enamel Dots, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Cards, Fox & Friends Freckled Fawn Wood Veneers, Starry Night Confetti and Oh It’s a Squirl paper clip.

By the way, those Studio Calico Wood Veneer cards are fabulous!  I punched the hole easily with my WRMK Crop-a-Dile.

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Here’s some of that fun Starry Night Confetti in action!

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Here’s a closer look at our exclusive Clique Kits die cuts in action and another one of those Studio Calico Wood Veneers Cards, only this time there’s a Market Street 3×4 card glued to the backside of it and a two of the cute little Fox & Friends Lawn Fawn wood veneers glued to the front (after they were colored with a light brown marker).

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Thanks so much for joining us today for this fabulous Glam Camp blog share!  Your next stop is the fantastic EricaRose Creates!  Don’t forget to follow all of our blogs and comment for your chance to win a $10 Clique Kit Store Credit!! Happy hopping everyone and don’t forget to share our blog share on all your favorite social media sites!  We love making new friends :)

Click.Create.Connect.

Jody