Sunday, April 5, 2020

Everywhere Else...

I missed Mardi Gras this year. Sad at first, it was probably a very good thing as much of the spread of Covid-19 in my area seems to coincide with that holiday and the influx of visitors to the city!

So here's a photo from last year, when we headed out to the avenue and stood shoulder to shoulder with thousands of our closest friends. ;)

Patterned papers and the vellum cityscape diecut are all from Vicki Boutin's Let's Wander collection.

Chipboard letters are from the gazillion half-used packages from my stash. It was a fun challenge mixing up colors and finding all those letter "e"s! I love the look:

Here's hoping next year finds Covid-19 a distant memory, and the parades can roll again.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Heavy Metal-Reward

I've had this photo for a while and the Cocoa Vanilla Legendary collection helped me get it on a page.  Now that my son no longer swims, these ribbons and trophies, as well as a small fortune in dry rotting tech suits are the remnants of a sport that consumed him for a good 6-7 years. I wanted to document his collection of awards in a fun way, so I created a bustling banner decorated with die-cuts, stickers, flair, and brads from my stash.

Brads are still a favorite embellishment, so I was happily inspired to use a few for Paper Issues' Heavy Metal challenge. 

I actually scrap lifted myself with this one, and in turn scrap lifted Susan Stringfellow, who inspired my Spongebob Monopoly page below. It's still one of my favorites!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scraplift Sunday

(Originally posted on the Paper Issues blog 3/29/20)

Good morning everyone! It's my favorite day of the week...Sunday, otherwise known as Scraplift Sunday! This week I scrapped about the delectable oranges that grow on my daughter's tree. It may not be in my backyard, but we get to share in its bountiful harvest. Lucky us!

Here's the page I lifted, Happy created by Lacey:

See those scallops? When I saw the rainbow paper from Amy Tangerine's Picnic In The Park, I immediately knew that flipped upside down, they would make cute colorful scallops. For the horizontal strips I went to my tear strip jar and picked a few with colors found in those rainbows. I never throw those tear strips away; I keep a tall vase on my desk and add to it constantly!

My three orange slice embellishments were created from a free Paper Issues cut file, How Sweet It Is
Backed with orange patterned paper, they look good enough to eat!

The leaves were also cut from a free file, Leaves and Laurels.
In clusters around the matted photo, they provide a nice contrast to the bright colors elsewhere. 

Sun Kissed indeed! I love having an orange tree in the family. ;)

And I'd love to see your scraplift! Share your page on the Scraplift Sunday thread on the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook page for the chance to win one of the monthly prizes. 

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Shades-Paper Issues Spring Crop

Every summer my sisters and I take one day from our week at the beach to shop/window shop and go to lunch...just us. No kids, adult or otherwise! We always end up at the same stores, and eat at the same restaurant, taking a sisters' photo in front of "the frogs" at George's. Somehow we ended up taking a photo elsewhere this year, in sunglasses!

This layout is for the Bohemian Rhapsody challenge during Paper Issues' Spring Crop. The challenge is to create a page full of color and pattern by using 5 or more patterned papers and 3 or more die-cuts. Done and done!

The background paper is a cool worn wood from Heidi Swapp's Art Walk collection.

Other papers, stickers, tags, etc. are from Vicki Boutin's Let's Wander collection.

They look so pretty together!
And we look so much better with our shades. ;)

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Take 5-Rock On

(Originally posted on Paper Issues blog 3/24/20)

While I was awaiting the arrival of Vicki Boutin's new collection, Let's Wander (now in the Paper Issues Store), I pulled out some of her Kaleidoscope collection, and created a page for the March Take 5 Challenge.

That background paper worked so well with my photo, a stunning mural painted on a brick wall!

And here is the list of items that I tried to incorporate:

See if you can pick out 5 or more elements on my page 
that fulfill the requirements for this challenge:

Actually, I was able to use seven things from the list:


I also used elements from the following free cut files: Tropic Like It's Hot and Rock N Roll

I hope you've been enjoying the March Challenges. 
Check them out over in our Friends and Fans Facebook Group
We love it when you play along! 
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Random Embellishments=Super Fun Page

I don't get too many photos from my college kid, so when I found this one on his cousin's Instagram, I took advantage of the situation! They were at an Ariana Grande concert, tickets a Christmas present from his aunt. His pink shirt and the Paper Issues That Was Random challenge inspired the design.

Talk about random! I gathered everything pink that I could find. 

Some of the die-cuts relate pretty well: the Favorites cassette tape, vinyl record, music notes, the words Saturday, Lovely, and Sweet Treats. 

Others were truly random...but pink! A sock, flamingo, umbrella, coffee cup, button, suitcase and trees are prime examples. 

Sweet, indeed!

Monday, March 23, 2020


Our neighborhood has become the hot spot for ducks. About a year ago over 50 Mexican Whistler ducks came to roost in our neighborhood. I figured they would head back home when fall arrived, but it came and went and they're still here. Every evening they gather on the lawns, roofs, and telephone wires, waiting for one of the neighbors to throw down corn or bread. Yeah, they know a good thing when they have it.

Another group of fowl making themselves known in the neighborhood are six domestic ducks and their ringleader, a large rather obnoxious goose. I caught them parading down the street one morning, snapped a photo, and scrapped it, using the Friends free cut file from Paper Issues for the title. 

I double mounted my photo then combined a gorgeous background paper from Vicki Boutin with a garden of fussy cut flowers from Shimelle's Never Grow Up collection for this colorful page.  

Those ducks really Quack Me Up!

This page was created for the Paper Issues Best Buds challenge. 
Check out all of the March challenges in their Friends and Fans Facebook group.