Baby products I love: DockATot Grand

Hey guys!  I’m here today with another post in my baby favorites blog series.  Today, I will be talking about our love for DockATot!

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DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger.  They come in 2 sizes (the Deluxe is for babies 0-8 months, and the Grand is for babies 9-36 months old).  They are tested for breathability, and are OEKO-TEX certified.

We were so so excited to get the DockATot Grand, and it was delivered on Ruby’s 1st birthday!  (Side note…she had an awesome donut themed party, and how in the world did my baby girl turn ONE?!!!)

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We truely loved our DockATot Deluxe, but baby girl outgrew it a few months ago and we passed it along to my girls’ teacher who is due around Thanksgiving.  DockATot was actually at the top of her wish list, so I was glad we could pass it along.  We loved the way our DockATot “hugged” baby girl, and Ruby seemed to be comforted and soothed by it’s coziness.  (You can read my DockATot Deluxe blog post here.)


Back to the Grand…I quickly unboxed it, and got the cover in the washing machine.  Ruby has sensitive skin, so I always pre-wash bedding and clothes with fragrance free detergent.  I have to say that the DockATot covers wash really well.  They are made of all natural, 100% cotton, and the fabric is durable yet soft!  I chose the Mod Pod Grand Dock, because I love black and white patterns!  The covers come in lots of fun patterns and a classic white.  I love my Mod Pod choice, but the bananas for you print is calling my name!  Maybe I can have 2 covers and have them in rotation, ha!

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We are nowhere near it yet, but the Grand will be perfect for transitioning to a toddler bed.  When the time comes, Ruby will be hugged by her grand in a big girl bed.  I will feel more confident with her in the Dock, since the sides will keep her from rolling off the bed.

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What I also really love about the DockATots is that they are so portable.  The have a handle on the side, and they come packaged in a nice plastic bag with handles, which I highly recommend saving.  (I took our Deluxe to my parents house last Christmas when Ruby was 2 months old, and it was a life saver for naps!  I also didn’t have to worry about the cover getting dirty when loading and unloading the Dock from the car since I kept my plastic bag.)  If you need to travel long haul, DockATot offers really nice travel bags.

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Ruby seems to be super happy with her DockATot Grand.  (She was climbing in while I was putting the cover back on.)  I love it since I am able to let her nap wherever I am when I want her close.

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DockATots do not keep in heat, and provide an ideal micro-climate for babies and toddlers.  DockATots are designed in Sweden and hand made in Europe.

If you have a little one on the way, or you’re looking to buy a generous gift for a baby shower, you should check out the DockATot website.  Also, if you use my link, you can get $10 off all docks!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Monday y’all!

Fall card and gift tag featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey guys!  Today, I’m sharing a Halloween/ Fall card and gift tag that I made using the Hip Kit Club October 2017 Main Kit.

The off the page theme this week is Halloween.  I was really inspired by this month’s Leaf cut file designed by Kim Watson, so I decided to highlight them in my projects this week.  I made a card and a gift tag that could work for both Halloween and fall.

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I used my silhouette to cut the leaves on white cardstock.  Oh boy did I have a heck of a time with my machine!  Needless to say, a few curse words, and several wasted pieces of cardstock later, I cut the leaf cut file a couple of times in different sizes for variation.  I backed a bunch of leaves with the Dear Lizzy Stargazer Make a Wish paper (both sides), and the Hip Kit Club exclusive Autumn Breeze Favorite Flannel Paper.  I love how thick the Hip Kit Club paper is!

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For the background of my card, I die cut some papers from the Pinkfresh Studio Escape the Ordinary collection with a stitched rectangle die, and adhered it to a white card base.  I added 3 of the cut file leaves.  I liked the way some of the leaves looked without pattern paper, and I made sure to attach it only in the middle so I can flip up the edges.  I machine stitched through the center of the leaves for added texture.  I added the rubber sentiment, and a strip of white cardstock with the date.  With just a few more added details, like the Pinkfresh Studio stars and gold splatter, I was able to finish my card.  I found the gold polkadot paper gift bag in my stash, and I thought it would be cool to use it as an envelope.  It is the perfect size, and I have a little room to slip in a fun size candy!  Win win!

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I loved the leaves so much, I decided to adhere 3 together with some twine, and attach it to a box of m&ms.  (Have you guys tried the white pumpkin pie flavor?  They taste like Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes!)  Even individually, they would make great gift tags, but together, I really think it jazzes up the candy box!  (Bonus: I still have more leaves left over for future projects!)

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I also think that the leaves would make cute table setting cards for Thanksgiving.  If my family was fancy, I would totally do that, but we’re not!  We use paper plates and plastic forks when we have a get together…ha!

That’s it for me today!  I hope I have inspired you to get out your silhouette machine, and create some fall projects!  Don’t forget to check out the October 2017 Hip Kits!  Thanks for stopping by!

You can also find my project on the Hip Kit Club blog here.

Happy Friday!

Second Grade, a layout featuring Sweet Stamp Shop

Hello crafty friends!

Today, I have a layout to share with you featuring Sweet Stamp Shop.  The theme I was challenged with is getting back into the routine for fall.  Fall to me, means the start of another school year for my girls.  My middle girl just started 2nd grade, so I thought I would do a layout documenting her excitement for the first day of school.

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To make my layout, I first printed and trimmed my photo.  Then, I cut down a piece of craft cardstock to 8.5 x 11 inches.

I knew I wanted to use the Cartoon Alpha for my title.  I stamped the letters I needed, colored them in with copic markers, and fussy cut them for my title.  (I chose colors that coordinated with my photo.)

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Next, I got on my silhouette machine and cut out the hearts background cut file from white cardstock.  I adhered the cut file to my craft cardstock, and added some stitching and ink splatters.  I also added a piece of washi tape that I tore to the bottom of my cardstock.

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I created some layers behind my photo, and decided where I wanted to put it on my layout.  Next, I layed out the letters to create my title.  I looked for some embellishments that I could add to my layout, keeping in mind the colors that I wanted to use (pink, blue, yellow).  I found a cute balloon sticker, and I decided that I wanted another balloon.  I stamped the star from the Bright Star stamp set, and turned it into a balloon, by drawing on a string.  I colored it and fussy cut it out.

I like to lay everything out on my layout and move things around before glueing things down.  A good way to do this with stickers is to stick in on a piece of wax paper.

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I typed some journaling on the computer, and cut it into strips.  I glued them onto my layout on the upper left and the bottom right.  I added the shine bright sentiment from the same Bright star stamp set to the bottom of my layout.  To finish off project, I added a few more embellishments.  I created clusters around the photo to draw your eye in to my beautiful girl.

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That’s it friends!  I hope you like my layout, and I hope I inspired you to document your fall memories!

Check out my blog post on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today!

Happy Thursday!


Together, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout I made using the Hip Kit Club October 2017 Main kit and an exclusive cut file designed by fellow team member Jessica Fabiano.  The roses cut file she designed works perfectly with the Jen Hadfield Heart of Home Gatherings pattern paper.

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When I saw the cut file, and the floral pattern paper, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to scrap a photo of a wedding we went to a few months ago.  The wedding was in Wisconsin, and boy was it beautiful up there!  We left the sweltering heat of June in Texas, and enjoyed refreshing, even chilly weather in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

I was debating whether I wanted to back the cut files with pattern paper, but in the end, I decided on white on white.  I think it mimics and highlights the lace overlay on the bride’s dress.  I also love how clean the white looks, and if you know me, you know I’m a big fan of negative space.

I fussy cut lots of flowers from the Jen Hadfield paper: the roses, daisies, and the little blue flowers.  That paper is made for fussy cutting!  I must admit it took me a bit of time cutting all the little details, but I find that it helps to get the creative juices flowing.

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I also gathered a few leaves from the Pinkfresh Studio Escape the Ordinary ephemera pack, and created bouquets of leaves and flowers around the bottom left and top right corners of the photo.  I used foam squares on a few of the flowers to create lots of dimension.

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I trimmed off a tiny bit of the white cardstock, and matted my layout on a piece of Dear Lizzy Stargazer pattern paper.  To finish off my layout, I added my title, using an ephemera piece and the Hip Kit Club exclusive blue alpha.  I also wrote out my journaling, and added just a hint of Heidi Swapp gold color shine ink splatters.

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I really love how all the details highlight the wedding photo.  The wreath of roses in the cut file highlights the lace dress and frames my photo, and all the fussy cut flowers highlight the bouquet.

I hope you enjoyed my layout share today!  I shared it on the Hip Kit blog on Thursday, and you can find it here.  Don’t forget to check out all the awesome kits on the Hip Kit Club site!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Saturday!


2 Halloween cards, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  I created 2 Halloween cards using different pieces from the Hip Kit Club September 2017 Main Kit, Embellishment Kit, Color Kit, and the Project Life Kit for the HKC Facebook page.
You must be thinking how in the world did I make Halloween cards with such a bright and colorful kit…well, I was thinking the same exact thing when I was challenged with the Halloween theme!  With just a little bit of creativity and some black cardstock, I think I was able to pull it off!  Ha!

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I was looking through the Pink Paislee Paige Taylor Evans ephemera pack, and I saw the green book.  Then I thought, well what if it was a book of spells?  Next thing you know, I’m drawing a witch’s hat on a piece of pattern paper.  To age the book and the witch hat, I just added some distress ink to the edges.  I added some hand stitching for some texture and added interest.  For the background, I used the Echo Park star stencil from the color kit and some twisted citron distress ink from my stash.  For my sentiment, I printed a quote I recently saw on a t-shirt “you say WITCH like it’s a bad thing!” onto a piece from the Paige Evans journaling spot package.

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For my second card, I spelled out TRICK OR TREAT with the Hip Kit Club exclusive gold alpha.  (I’m so glad that you get so many letters…otherwise, I would have run out of vowels already!)  I embellished the card with lots of different stars (the two bigger ones are fussy cut from pattern paper, and I added hand stitching), and I love how the yellow star sequins look as if they are glow in the dark!

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I really hope you like my cards! I’m just glad I pulled off these Halloween cards from such a bright happy collection!

Happy Thursday!

Sparkle and Shine, a layout featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!

Welcome and thanks for stopping by!  Today I’ve got a layout to share with you using the September Hip Kit Club main kit, paper kit, cardstock kitembellishment kit, color kit, and the project life kit…I used it all, LOL!  I couldn’t help it!

A weekly sketch challenge is posted every Friday on the Hip Kit Club Facebook Member Forum, and a few design team members create projects based on the sketch.  I highly recommend you check it out to see how you can win a $10 coupon code to the store!

Here’s my take on the sketch:

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(Ellie is my big ball of sunshine…oh, I love her so!  The ambassador award at her school is a very big deal.  Only a handful of students get this award a couple times a school year.  Ellie’s big sister Lola has gotten the ambassador award twice, and Ellie was determined to get that medal too.  Imagine her excitement when she got picked to be the ambassador (finally, she says) in first grade!)

To begin my layout, I started with some mixed media.  I used a big round brush, and dipped it straight into the bottle of the Shimmerz Tuscan Sun Spritz to create the big ink splatters.  I also added a few splatters of the Shimmerz Caribbean Sunset Spritz, and some Heidi Swapp color shine from my stash.  After letting that dry, I used the Echo Park Knight Sky stencil and some texture paste to add some tiny tone on tone white stars.

Once everything was dry, I layed out all my photos, and decided where I wanted to put my title.  I love the mixed alpha title I created using the Shimelle glitter foam thickers, the Paige Evans sticker sheet blue square letters, and the Hip Kit Club gold alpha.

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I added some hand stitched stars that I fussy cut from a Paige Evans pattern paper, and a few stars from the Shimelle glitter foam thickers.

I felt like the right side needed a little something something, so I added a paper strip from the Maggie Holmes Festival pattern paper.  I love how the strip of tickets coordinate with the photo and colors of embellishments.  It also justifies my layout to the right, leaving all the white space to the left.

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This page was so much fun to create!  I used lots of techniques…mixed media, mixed title, layering, hand stitching, and machine stitching too!  I love my title especially!  I need to try the mixed alpha title more often!

That’s it for me!  I hope you like my layout, and are inspired to get crafty!  Check out our Hip Kit Club Member Forum Facebook page to see the sketch!

Happy Sunday y’all!

Moments, a layout featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey guys!

Today I’ve got a layout to share with you featuring the September Hip Kit Club main kit & embellishment kit.  A weekly sketch challenge is posted every Friday on the Hip Kit Club Facebook Member Forum, and a few design team members create projects based on the sketch.  I highly recommend you check it out to see how you can win a $10 coupon code to the store!

Here’s my take on the sketch!

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(This is Miss Ruby at 7 months old.  I absolutely love this baby stage…it’s so cute seeing her grab her toes.  I’ve got all the heart eyes for her!!!)

I started my layout by mapping out where I wanted the circles.  I used circle dies that I had near my desk to lightly trace various sizes with a pencil.  To make the hand stitching go easier, I used a needle to pre-poke holes.  I chose some embroidery floss colors to match the beautiful Pink Paislee Paige Evans Turn the Page pattern paper 02…love, love, love that full page of floral!

I punched some different sized circles from my favorite papers from the collection that coordinated will with the floral paper.  I attached some directly onto the paper, and added foam squares to others.

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I added a few layers under my photo, and embellished with florals on each side.  For my title, I used the “moments” die cut, and then added some journaling, which I printed on vellum.

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To finish off my layout, I added some gold ink platters, and a few other Paige Evans embellishments.  (Love that butterfly!)

That’s it for me!  I hope you like my layout, and are inspired to get crafty!  Check out our Hip Kit Club Member Forum Facebook page to see the sketch!

Happy Sunday y’all!