Clique Kits PEP RALLY!!!

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This big dream called Clique Kits is becoming a HUGE reality and it’s all thanks to YOU!!  Clique Kits is much more than just another scrapbooking kit club to us CK Girls.  It’s a passion for creating and living all wrapped up into one goal ~ to live creatively. Let’s rock this blog share today!

The Honor Society challenge today was to share a little something about ourselves.  Well, you already know my name, my girls and my love of scrappin’, but what many of you don’t know is I love to eat my French fries with mustard!!  Yup that’s me, a mustard kinda girl!  My kids call me weird, I call it quirky :)

This first Honor Society Blog Share is such a special event for Clique Kits & we’re honored by every single one of you who has joined us today!  You may have arrived here from Gia’s blog, but you can hop in any order.  Here’s our line up!

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Here’s my first layout.  I was really able to stretch my supplies by using the exclusive printables and die cuts included with my Debutante Kit!  I used a piece of white American Crafts cardstock as my base and built my layout beginning with the edges stripes from my 12×12″ Amy Tangerine papers.  Then, I decided my background needed some ink, so I splattered some Mr. Huey’s Plumb Thumb and Heirloom inks randomly onto my cardstock.

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Up close & personal now… The wood veneers are from Freckled Fawn and I just adore them!  The cloud & ‘noted’ heart next to the wood veneer sun are actually from our exclusive printables!  I just printed them and used my cloud and heart punches to create my little accents.  Easy and economical too!  The fabulous thing about printables and die cuts is they’re reusable and so versatile!

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And my next layout is little bit different.  I used more Amy Tangerine patterned papers, exclusive Clique Kits die cuts, sequins, a glassine bag,  white paper doilies, Freckled Fawn stickers and a wood flair badge embellishment.  The journaling card “the best days goes like that …” is such a great piece in this kit.  Think about that journaling promp and all the possibilities it has!  I used my vintage typewriter to add the next line “Meet a princess at Disney &  have some lunch!!”  Talk about a perfect fit for any scrapbook page you can throw at this kit!

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Alright my Clique Kits friends, I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop at my scrappin’ blog today!  I have a feeling, you’re going to LOVE everything on our blog share today.  We’ve already seen some pretty awesome talent among our subscribers.  Don’t forget to follow our blogs so you don’t miss a thing!  You can easily follow me using BlogLovin’.

Newsflash!  We’ve just opened more subscriptions for June of 2014!!  Can you believe it?!  That’s a month ahead of our original schedule, just for you!  Head over and get subscribed today here, SUBSCRIBE NOW!  Have you seen the MAY Kit Sneak peeks? Head over to our Facebook page or Instagram page to see some sneak peeks of our NEXT kit!

Happy hopping today!  If you’re hoping in order, ERICA is your next stop!!  She’s going to knock your socks off!!

XoXo Jody



Pep Rally Announcement!!!

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Join us tomorrow for loads of fun & inspiration!  Us Clique Kits girls are being joined by some stellar subscribers to share what we’ve created with our Debutante Kits!!  Here’s a sneak peak at one of my projects for tomorrow.

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See ya all tomorrow!!

~ Jody

Simple Stories Blog Share!!

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Hey CLIQUE KITS fans, you’re in for a real treat today.  It’s our Clique Kits Simple Stories Blog Share!   Thanks for much for joining us today.  You should have arrived here from Gia’s blog, The Painted Crane.  Wasn’t her project fab!!  If you’re just joining us here on my blog, you can get the whole line up for today on the Clique Kits blog HERE

Here are the deets on today’s prize too!  It’s a $10 gift certificate for the Clique Kits Store!  What do you have to do to enter the drawing? First, stop by each blog and leave a comment so we know you were there. Become a follower of Clique Kits on the Social Media of your choice (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest) and subscribe to our blog via email !  We will not bombard you with anything except invitations to sales and events and inspiration as it posts on the blog!
Clique Kits has sold out of its debut kit Debutante and subscriptions will not be available again until July. If you want to be guaranteed a space in July, please follow the subscribe button to sign up for our wait list.  

Now, on with the show.  Here’s my first project using Simple Stories Daily Grind.  I LOVE making mini albums and this one was super fun to create!  It’s for a friend of mine who just had a baby boy.  The front and back covers  were made using recycled legal pads as my chipboard bases and measure 5″x7″.  I covered each side with some Daily Grind and another wood grain paper from my stash.  You’ll see that added a doily and a few other layers to add some interest to my cover.  I trimmed the doily in half and added on either side of the March journaling card.  I also added a small glassine bag with a shipping tag inserted inside and tied with some navy May Arts burlap string.  I love the little touch of texture the burlap string adds!  Next, check out the felt cloud and other goodies by Studio Calico, wood veneers & flair. 

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And here’s the inside.  I found the white corrugated 6×6″ pieces at Hobby Lobby and loved them!  Don’t the make awesome mini album pages :)  Of course I added lots of Daily Grind, Studio Calico wood veneers and some sweet Pink Fresh Studio Enamel Drops.  The white squares are where the 4×4″ photos will go when I gift this little mini next week :) 

Did you wonder about the wood veneer card?  Well, that’s also from Studio Calico and so cute!  I lined up the holes I punched for the other pages on punched right through the wood veneer card, just like butter with my WRMK Crop-a-dile tool.  (I love that thing!)  Next, I added the stamped images (from CTMH) with some Memento fade resistant dye inks in brown and black.  Yes, you can actually stamp right onto wood veneers and it looks awesome!  I also colored the wood veneer camera with a Copic marker, but you could use any type of marker for that task.  In the forth picture down, you’ll see the backside of the wood veneer card stamped with various colors.  The green is from CTMH and others are Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade.  

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 Lot’s more layering here, with a Heidi Swapp flag (Champion), new washi tapes, glassine bag and shipping tags.  The great thing about mini albums is you’ll have a dedicated space for your photos, and you can surround them with little embellishments and stickers.  You can also layer underneath your photos and papers by adding pull out tags for some fun hidden journaling!

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Are you a ‘stash’ lover… mustache I mean!  You can join me this Friday on the Clique Kits blog for a fun tutorial on how I created the fun felt mustaches and arrows using my Cricut!!  Here’s a closer look at one them, along with the embossed cameras on my blue Daily Grind banners.  The Amy Tangerine camera embossing folder will be coming to the Clique Kits Store soon, so check back often!!
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And here’s the back of my mini!  This Daily Grind card was the perfect ending to this mini album’s back cover, especially since it’s for a baby :)

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Ok, one more quick project today!  I used the Summer Simple Set to create this fun layout from our vacation at the beginning of March.  This is a great example on how you can add multiple photos to one 12×12″ layout!  I kept the one in the middle with Brad and our girls at 4×6″, then trimmed the square photos down to 3×3″.  The silly photo of Sari on top is about 5×3″.  The water in the background made is pretty easy of overlap the photos to create this fun collage.  This is another easy  way to solve the ‘too much water in the photo’ problem I always have with pictures of my family in the pool or water in general.

I used lots of foam adhesive for the clouds, which I punched from the Simple Set’s product cover sheet in the packaging.  I added some Basic Grey blue gems and some random yellow enamel dots from my stash.

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Here’s closer look at my stitched sun!  I used a bottle of Gesso as my circle template and punched some holes to create my sun!  It took me about 5 minutes to stitch the sun total. 


Thank for so much for joining us today!  I hope you’ve been inspired by my projects.  If you have, I would LOVE  if you followed my blog and connected with Clique Kits and myself on the net too!  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram and more by checking out my right sidebar.

But, wait there’s more!  Clique Kits is having a ONE DAY ONLY FLASH SALE on the Simple Stories A Charmed Life Paper collection . Today only and while supplies last, use coupon code CHARMED40 to get 40% your purchase of the A Charmed Life collection in the Clique Kits Store. We still have lots of Simple Stories in stock including some really fun Snap Sets and we will be getting even more in later this month! 

Next up, EricaRose Creates!  This girl is gonna rock you!!  Happing hoping today!




Hazel & Ruby Blog Share!

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Hey, I’m so happy you made it!  Yay for another Clique Kits blog share!! Weren’t Gia’s projects so inspiring and FAB.  I know, right!  So, if you didn’t make here from Gia’s Blog, no worries.  You can always start from the beginning at our CLIQUE KITS BLOG and hop along on our creative journey today.

This month, we created with Hazel & Ruby’s papers and some goodies Gia sent us CK Girls.  I loved the girly papers overall, but when I pulled out photos to work with I just wasn’t feelin’ it.. ya know, that creative mojo we have inside of us.  So, after walking away {and seriously vacuuming our basement where my scrap shop is} I went back and with a fresh view and starting cutting.  Yes, I starting cutting the papers!  Sometimes, even when I totally love a piece of paper I just can’t find the ‘perfect’ use for it.  And then it sits in my stash, and sits some more.. and well, you know what happens.  You don’t use it!  BLA!!  That’s a paper crime in my book scrappers, so let’s stop it right now.   Just cut it.  That’s how this layout evolved into being the newest member of my 2013 family scrapbook.

The base is a piece of cardstock from my stash, which was perfect with the bits of yellow in the patterns.  I loved the bold zig zags, but loved it more when I fussy cut the zig zags piece along the left side.  After I did that, the rest of the layout fell into place pretty quickly. I also added some texture & interest to my cloud shapes using an embossing folder, to be named soon! (click on each picture in the gallery below the full layout to make them bigger)

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Next up, bubbles??  When I looked at this paper with all the small dots in neat rows, all I could think about was bubbles and pictures of our girls in the tub.  So, that’s what a dug out.  Abby is 2 years old now, but these pictures have been printed since she was about 10 months old :)  I can’t be the only one who does this??  Please tell me I’m not…

Again, I used a cardstock base (off-white) then I trimmed that dots paper down to 11×11″ and rounded the corners to keep things…well, round.  Since I already trimmed the pink paper with all the fun arrows down I used that for the next piece of my background.  That’s the beauty of working with a collection all together, everything coordinates.  My long vertical banner is the opposite side of the trimmed 1×12″ dots paper.  One of the Hazel & Ruby pattern paper sheets is full of fun 3×4″ journaling cards. These are super fun to layer and make easy titles for your layouts too.

My favorite page element is the big sequin shaker that sticks out from the bottom of my photos.  I used a 5×7″ glassine bag and dumped in a couple spoonful’s of sequins, a few Studio Calico Wood Veneers and a couple random buttons. I sealed up the folded flap with two sided tape and staples.  Nothing is sneaking out of that sucker lol!  I also used two sided tape to adhere my sequin shaker to my layout and staples along the top since it was a little heavy.

If you know me at all, you know that I adore the negative.  Negative shapes that it!  At the top right you’ll see the wood veneer notecard with clouds layered on top.  Then just below that is the negative of the larger cloud.  I added a few Hazel & Ruby word stickers in the middle, which ended up right on the glassine bag.  Then I added a couple sequins and a Studio Calico wood veneer star using Aileen’s Tacky Glue.

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Here’s a few quick close ups for you.  Check out the sequin shaker and some of the simple layering around my baby girl lovin’ her bath in the kitchen sink.  Don’t all those sequins and buttons floating around in there remind you of bubbles too?!

And for my final layout today, Abby is showing off her attitude! This layout had to be more bold to reflect her personality.  I used a full sheet of Hazel & Ruby for the background, then built it around my sassy little Abby’s photos.  I didn’t add a whole lot of embellishments to this layout.  One I HAD to use was the Freckled Fawn Camera paper clip.  Even though I love the look of the fun shaped paper clips hanging off of paper layering, I wanted the whole camera to be seen.   My solution:  I used a solid green piece from one of the papers and cut a small slit just off center.  Pretty easy!

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**** For a tip on using up your letter stickers and Thickers ,follow me on Instagram  after you finish hopping today!  Don’t forget to hook up with Clique Kits, EricaRose Creates and Gia Lau to see how the CK Girls use Instagram to document our lives.  You’ll find some fun pictures of our families, behind the scenes, things we’re working on and more!

That’s all the scrappy goodness I have for you today!  Oh wait!!!  Us Clique Kit’s girls have a little treat for you today. One lucky hopper today has a chance to win a $10.00 Clique Kits Web Store Credit!!!  Rules to qualify for the shop credit:

~  leave a comment on each of the CK Girl’s blogs and the CK Blog

~ follows each blog with BlogLovin’ or other method on their site

~ share post from the Clique Kit blog today on social media and earn an extra chance for each share.

You’re going to want to social-media-share your butts off because just in stock yesterday is Simple Stories DIY!!!!  WHAT??!!  Yes, Clique Kits has DIY in stock and ready for shipping now!

Now, go check out CK’s Erica and see what she rocked out today!  See ya soon!





PinkFresh Studios Blog Share

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Finally!!  This is such an exciting blog share for us Clique Kits gals. As I’m sure you read in yesterday’s CK Designer Spotlight, Kinnari Zaveri, is the owner of PinkFresh Studio and an innovative female business owner.  As soon as we found her, we knew she was a perfect fit in our Clique and our monthly kits.  

Blog share deets: You should have arrived from Lacey’s blog and super cute project, but if not no worries!  You can always start at the beginning at the Clique Kits website and hop your way through.

I’ve been having a blast playing with some fabulous PinkFresh  enamel InstaFrames and Way To Home enamel stickers.  Seeing them on the PinkFresh Studios website doesn’t do them any justice. Here’s a look at what I had to play with.  And yes, there are some goodies missing :)

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I’ve been keeping up a steady pace in using my stash of papers which is a huge accomplishment for me!  I do love all my new stuff after all :)   I used lots of Dear Lizzy papers in this layout and embellished with some fun cork & corrugated cardboard embellishments that Gia sent me.

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Who says umbrellas are just for rainy layouts??  Not this girl.  I love trying to find other ways to use embellishments.  For example, the raindrops can easily be turned into some cute flower petals :) (coming in a Locker Room post this Friday) Check out all the fun PinkFresh embellishments & washi tape sprinkled around my layout.

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Don’t you just love these enamel arrows and color block wood veneers?  They both add such a super touch of cuteness!  Not to mention these Instaframes…. I must have more colors of them for sure!!  They were the perfect solution to my picture issue, I had too many for one layout and I didn’t want to spread this over two pages.  I was able to trim down my photos without feeling like something was missing or I was taking something away from the photo. The frames allowed me to add focus and some awesome pops of color right where I needed it.  To add just a little more cuteness, I embellished the Instaframes a little too:)

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Well, I’m thinking that you’re lovin’ the PinkFresh embellishments just as much as we do! PinkFresh Studio has put together a FABULOUS prize package for ONE lucky commenter! Comment on each blog during the share, the more you comment on the better your odds!  Oh AND Kinnari is giving a 20% off store coupon code to all our followers!  How sweet is that!!  Just use code CLIQUE20 at your check out.

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Remember scrappers, our first kit DEBUTANTE makes her entrance April 1st.  We still have a few subscriptions left and would love for you to join our Clique, complete with a forum, Facebook page, weekly kit inspiration and more!  You can check out the deets on our Clique Kits on-line store <HERE>  In the mean time, here’s a little peak and her contents!  More kit reveals and CK gals projects coming soon!


Ok friends, your next stop is Erica!  You’ll love what she’s created for you today!  Don’t forget to leave comments as you go and share on your social media pages too!  The more hoppers the merrier.  Happy scrappin’!



I have “A Charmed Life” by Simple Stories

Happy Monday… well it is for this Mama!  My life is truly ‘charmed.’  My vacation is officially started and I’ve been busy packing for our Florida/Disney vacation.  Today, I took some extra time for me so I’m sharing two things with you.  First up, a Clique Kits Locker Room post from last Friday. You can go <HERE> to check it out!  You’ll see how I use 6×6 paper to create a 12×12 layout + there’s a short video too :)

I also have another simple, but ‘charmed’ layout for you today.  I used the new Simple Stories A Charmed Life.  This line is fabulous for both girls and boys alike.  I know you see some floral.. but the other side is neutral.  Floral|Polka dots, Floral|Ledger and Floral|Solid.  Simple Stories aims to please :)

So for my layout, I chose a photo from when our 7 year old, Sari, was only 6 months old.  Ah,  how time flies!  I used the monochromatic diagonal stripe background and then trimmed three of the journaling cards away from the 12×12 sheet, keeping the three connected.  Next, I trimmed down the yellow polka dot to 6×8″ and the Ledge paper to 6×6″ and placed them as shown below.

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I adhered that journaling card strip towards the right side of my layout and tucked a couple doily pieces around my papers.  Next I used the scraps left over from my other layout to create some banner shapes.  I popped up those banners with some foam adhesive by 3L Scrapbook Adhesives.  If you’re looking for a fantastic foam adhesive, look no further that this!  I have them in my Etsy shop for under retail, because that’s how much I love them!  I added a simple title with Studio Calico Wood veneer alphas and a couple mini shipping tags for fun.  This it, short, simple and still so sweet!

I’m happy you stopped by today!  Thank for you spending your time with me today.  Now, mark you calendar & set your alarm for this Wednesday.  Check this out!

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 See you Wednesday everyone!!

~ Jody