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Cuts2Luv Product Swap Blog Hop


Hello everyone, Jody here today for a very special blog hop! The Sparklers and I are very excited to announce our product swap with the fabulous flair shop, Cuts2Luv!! We have been planning this for months and are super excited the day is finally here!! Caroline from Cuts2Luv is a total a sweetheart and her flair are wonderful, so be sure to check her shop out HERE.  This is a long hop, so let’s get to it!

For today, I’m sharing a layout I created based off a sketch I designed and have included some brand new Shimmerz products, a free cut file (found HERE), and some lovely flair from Cuts2Luv!

I used this sketch as my inspiration and this FREE SpiegelMom Scraps cut file to create all my snowflakes. You can find the cut file HERE and the sketch can be saved right from this post. After cutting the Flakey background for another project, I saved all those lovely flakes for more projects! I stuck pretty close to my sketch, which always makes my scrapping go way faster.  I  just turned the sketch on it’s side to mix it up a little bit.  After all, I did just have an insane weekend LOL!!!  I started with white American Crafts cardstock and used several of the die cut snowflakes to as masks, painting over them with In The Navy AcriTonez from Shimmerz Paintz.  This technique is great when you want to create your own background and want specific colors!  I then used some of those same die cut snowflakes on my layout and layered them with the Blustery Day Feltie Snowflakes.  LOVE THESE!!  

The new AcriTonez are amazing, self-priming paints.  They go on with a chalky-like feel and dry completely matte, almost like chalkboard paint does. It’s the coolest!!  I also completely painted over the “Today” in my title.  It was black and the AcriTonez cover it beautifully.@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @americancrafts @Shimmerzpaints @amytangerine @cuts2luv, #spiegelmomscraps #scrapbook #cuts2luv #shimmerzpaints

After my background dried, which was super fast, I added some layers of Pink Paislee Moonstruck behind my photos to bring out the bright pink and navy.  I added some contrast with a Corky Flake (die cut cork snowflakes) and love how they stand out!15895056_10212346760050745_4755489259166753365_n

One of my favorite things to do when scrapbooking is adding small details around my page. It keeps your eye moving around the layout and gives it so much texture and interest.  Adding little details like Cut2Luv flair, SpiegelMom Scraps Sequins and splatters of Shimmerz sprays are my totally perfect finishing touches!  The navy blue splatters you see are Mama Sings the Blues Coloringz.  Caroline’s flair is fabulous!!  Layering it, like I did below is so much fun!  You’ll love the dimension and texture it adds to you layout!  Do check her out!!  Also pictured below are Tiny Heart Cork Confetti and Chasing Azul sequins.15966111_10212346760370753_4073962368382616117_n 15978069_10212346760850765_5285112350810972712_n

A few notes about my layout before you hop on to the Cuts2Luv blog.  Caroline and I love to give away prizes, SO be sure to leave comments on all the designer’s blog participating in the hop.  You have through Saturday, January 14th to leave comments and TWO winners will be announced on Monday January 16th in the Facebook event!  

Feel free to use it and tag #smssketches in your social media!

I hope you enjoy what I’ve created for you today and enjoy the rest of the hop!

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My Creative Corner


Hi there & happy Saturday!  I wanted to share my Creative Corner with you today.  This was my little crafty dream come true, when my handy hubby finished our basement 3 years ago.  He bought my work benches from Sam’s Club for my birthday 🙂 and ta-da!  My long bench is 6 feet and the shorter one against the wall is 4 feet with an attached brushed steel pegboard.  Both benches are 2 inch solid maple with a hard protective coating.  I love the pegboard and having all the things I reach for often at my finger tips, without having a bunch of stuff sitting on my workspace.  I’m a stand up scrapper and love the L-shaped format.  This way, I can easily watch what my kids are doing in the basement with me or talk with my hubby as he’s on the computer or watching TV. 

Here’s a quick tour:
I have two 4 foot tall handmade shelves from my Dad, stacked to save room for now.  These house my ribbons, tickets & small embellishments.  I’ve found the best way to store my ribbon is to display it!  Plus it’s pretty!
The shelf below is for my Cricut, JukeBox and Cartridges. Then, I have two big cubes with dividers that house cardstock and papers for the kids to use, then my stuff too. They actually have been good about knowing what’s their’s and what’s for Mommy’s projects!! The left cube is their’s, the right is Mommy’s. 
I also have a small white three tiered shelf to the right where I keep my Stampin’ Up inks, Dies for my Big Shot and fabrics & burlap to die-cut.  So far, it works…the very bottom shelf has baskets with all kids craft stuff…kids ink pads, wood pieces to paint or color, little paper punches, Popsicle sticks, etc.

Here’s my pegboard workbench!  I have ribbons here too, along with newer embellies I don’t want to put away, lots of adhesives & glues (blue containers), Tim Holtz Distress Inks (1 blue container), Mod Podge, scissors, a couple punches, Pop Dots, Glossy & Crackle Accents. I also keep an old Webster’s Dictionary for cutting up… yes, I cut up the dictionary by punching circles and other shapes to make flowers and other fun page elements.  50 cents at Goodwill!   The drawers to the bench house all my other big paper punches and lots of markers & journaling pens.

I just re-organized the area below for my stamps… boy, I have a lot of wood stamps!  I didn’t want to invest a lot of money into this space before we move, so I bought some white plastic modular storage cubes from Target on sale and used baskets I already had to organize store my stamps by season and sayings.  This makes them easy for me to find. 
Plus, I keep them low so the kids can use them too.
To the left of the stamp baskets I have some Cropper Hoppers full of Memory Works Theme Sets, both new and partially used.  I like to keep the coordinating papers, chipboard and stickers together so I can find what I want faster.  The Karen Foster bag also stores a lot of patterned papers and actually stayed packed most of the time for going to crops.
On the right side, you’ll see a 3 drawer unit.  Here is where I keep all my Thickers, letter stickers and Halloween & Christmas stickers and embellies.  This really works great for keeping those things nice & organized! 
The white basket sitting on top is where I keep my 4 paper trimmers…yup, I have 4 of them and they’re all 12×12″.  One Fiskers Rotary Trimmer that I can switch the blades on, one Fiskars Straight Trimmer, one Creative Memories Wavy Trimmer and a Purple Cow Rotary Trimmer I use for cutting thicker stacks of papers.
This little nook is where I keep my Sizzix Texture Boutique and embossing folders.  My 3 & 4 year old girls actually know how to use it & love to make cards with mommy
…gotta love crafty kiddos!
Last, are the stacked corner shelves I got a great clearance deal on at Michael’s.. only $4.00 each!  Here is where I keep my other embellies: buttons, paper flowers, Tim Holtz metal embellies, Stickles, re-inkers, Ranger Alcohol Inks, my 7 Gypsies, Maya Road & Canvas Corp. embellies, many different glitters & flocking.
(little canvas banner shapes, mini clothespins, mini metal hangers, etc.) 
The bottom shelf of goodies is all kid’s stuff:  buttons, flowers, pipe cleaner, gems, craft wire and more.  I also have several journals for scrappy inspirations, notes and layout planning!
..Oh and I can’t forget my Making Memories Slice Apron that’s signed by Elizabeth Kartchner, aka Dear Lizzy!  I met her last year at CHA in Chicago.  She was as sweet as her scrapbook pages!  The top shelf is for some pretty things, including the latest edition of MW Artist Trading Cards from this past April.

A few fun things below… my corkboard for recent layouts, ‘crEaTE’ shelf & my little basket o’ribbon on handmade spools from my Dad and Pa (Grandpa) and a couple vintage spools too. 

Thanks again for stopping by & and remember to do something creative today!
Have a crafty weekend!