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!





Ready. Set. Go, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!

I have a fun layout to share with you using the September 2017 Hip Kits.  On Wednesday, Felicity, Corrie, and I were challenged to use the Pink Paislee/ Paige Evans page 01 cut apart sheet and Amy Tangerine felt bows, both found in the Main Kit.  You can check out all of our projects on the Hip Kit club blog here.

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I started by cutting the paper apart into the 4×6 and 3×4 cards.  I also fussy cut the flags, some flowers, and paper planes from some of those cards.

I decided I wanted some mixed media on my page.  I used some Tim Holtz distress oxide in worn lipstick to watercolor on top of white cardstock.  I also used some Heidi Swapp gold color shine and the Ruby Shimmerz from the September color kit to add some ink splatters.

I wanted your eye to be drawn up towards the mixed media, so I centered my cards and picture toward the upper half of the layout.  I’m also a fan of white/negative space, so I like how all the interest is at the top, followed by a title, journaling, and a few embellishments at the bottom.

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I absolutely love Paige Evans’ Turn the Page collection…it was perfect to document this milestone.  My daughter started middle school this year, and this is her at her first locker, with her new schedule in hand.  Gah, where does the time go?!  “The Best is yet to come,” “there is MAGIC up ahead,”  “the future is bright…” all perfect, am I right?!

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I am so in love with the Hip Kit Club exclusive gold alpha for my title, and the felt bows are too cute!

I love how my layout turned out, and I hope I have inspired you to get crafty!  If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you check out the Hip Kit Club shop!

Happy Friday friends!



September Memory Planning, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  I’m so happy to be sharing my first Hip Kit Club project with you!  Today, I’ve got a Memory Planner spread using pieces from the September 2017 Main kit, the September 2017 Embellishment kit, and the September 2017 Project Life kit.  This kit is jam packed with Paige Evan’s new collection Turn the Page, and I couldn’t be happier!

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(my hand model is cute little Ellie!)

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I have always been a pen & paper girl.  I don’t use the calendar on my iphone, I use a paper planner, and this planner houses my life!  Ha!  Even though I love decorative spreads, my planners have to work for me.  The weekly spreads are not pretty by any means; it is filled with penciled in school activities for my girls, practices, reminders, scratched off to do lists, bills to pay, etc.  The monthly spreads always sat empty, so I decided that would be where I could get creative.

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I am loving everything about this month’s kit!  The colors, the exclusive alpha, and the Paige Evans Turn the Page collection!  If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend that you do!  Stop by the Hip Kit Club shop for more goodies…you don’t want to miss out on the color kit either!

If you want more info on how I put this project together, you can read my post from this past Saturday on the Hip Kit blog here.

Are you a planner?  I hope you liked my Memory Planner spread, and I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty!

Happy Monday friends!



Baby faves

Hey friends!  Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite baby products.  I’ve been meaning to share some baby favorites every couple of months, but here we are, with Ruby at 10 months old already.  Life happens, but better late than never, right?!

I’ve got lots to share.  Hmmm…where should we start?

Bathing and diapering:

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one.  Cetaphil GENTLE SKIN cleanser & Moisturizer.  All of my girls have sensitive, eczema prone skin.  The pediatrician recommended this brand to us.  I use the gentle skin cleanser as a body wash.  I just pump some right into my hand and rub it directly on her body.  Then I rinse.  I must admit it is a little weird at first using a body wash with no suds, but it leaves her skin feeling soft.  After bath time, we follow with either the moisturizing lotion or cream, depending on the season.  You will find these products with the face washes and moisturizers.

two.  Baby Bum Brush  This is a diaper cream “brush.”  It may seem like a silly product, but I loved it.  I hated having cream get stuck under my nails.  Even though I washed my hands, diaper creams are meant to be somewhat water resistant, and I would hate the residue of the cream under my nails.  I also found that I could use less cream when using this brush.

three.  A+D ointment.  This has been our diaper cream of choice.  There are essentially two types of diaper creams, the white kind with zinc oxide, and the vasoline-type ointment.  For our girls, the vasoline-type A+D ointment worked best.

four.  Water wipes.  I like these wipes because they are made of 99.9% water.  As I mentioned, my girls have sensitive skin, so I like that these are chemical free.


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one.  DenverDarlings head wrap & bows.  I absolutely love these big bows!  They are just so cute, and well made!

two.  ManeMessage baby headbands.  I loved these tiny bows for Ruby when she was a newborn.

(We really loved our personalized blanket by Audrey’s Bear as well!)

three.  Freshly Picked moccasins.  These are just so darn cute.  The are really soft on the outside and even softer on the inside.  They’re easy to put on, but harder for baby to pull off.  Genius!


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one.  Mula stack & nest cups from Ikea.  These are only $2.99, and my daughter loves them.  She loves to knock them all down when we stack them up for her.  You also get lots of toys in one!

two.  Tomy hide & squeak eggs.  This is the cutest little toy set!  Ruby loves holding the eggs, and emptying out the cartoon!

three.  Moo, Baa, La La La!  We really love Sandra Boynton board books, but she likes this one best!  You can see that it’s well loved.  This was also my middle daughter’s favorite, and she wore her copy out!


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one.  Yobaby yogurt.  It’s organic, tastes good, and baby likes it!  Win win!

two.  Olababy spoon.  These spoons are the softest and most flexible I’ve found.  They’re really easy for baby to hold.  I also like the shape, as it’s easy to get every last drop of baby food out of the bowl.

three.  Baby fresh food feeder.  I loved putting pieces of fruit in this for my daughter.  We tried pears, apples, strawberries, peaches, and bananas.  The cold fruit was great for teething and it was a great intro to solids.  I have seen these in the stores before with the mesh.  I like this silicone option better…so much easier to clean!

four.  Zoli gum massager.  My baby loved this when she was teething.  It was so cute, we called it her little lollipop or popsicle!

five.  Gerber Organic Puffs.  Baby girl goes crazy over these puffs!  The gerber brand puffs dissolve better than some of the other brands.  They are perfect for beginners.

six.  Baby Mum-Mum.  These snacks are good for baby to hold on to.  Just like the gerber puffs, this snack dissolves really easily.  My daughter enjoys holding onto this snack and taking little bites.  It is the cutes thing!  I also like that they are individually wrapped.  It’s great to stick one in your diaper bag for on the go snacks.

seven.  ComoTomo baby bottle.  I bought this bottle as a last resort.  Baby girl is exclusively breastfed.  I only pump and give her the bottle once in a while.  When she was a younger baby, she took the bottle fine, but all the sudden at about 3 months, she wouldn’t take the bottle anymore.  We tried all kinds of bottles, Avent, Mam, Dr. Brown, but she just wouldn’t take it.  I came across the comotomo bottle, and it claims to be a bottle made to closely mimic breastfeeding.  It is a different kind of bottle for sure.  The bottle itself is made of silicone, so you can squeeze it.  My daughter really likes this bottle!

Speaking of breastfeeding…

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one.  Spectra S2 breast pump.  I got to choose between a few brands of breast pumps through my insurance.  I did some research, and read a lot of reviews, and decided on the Spectra, a brand I had never heard of before.  With my first daughter, I had a Medela, and with my second daughter, I had an Avent.  By far, the Spectra is my favorite.  I like that you have the option of double pumping, or pumping just one side.  It is a hospital strength pump, and it is quieter than my previous pumps.  You can change the strength of the suction, and the speed.  I also like that it’s a closed system, so you don’t get liquid through the tiny tubing.  I highly recommend this pump!

two.  Oat Mama lactation granola bars & tea… a great snack for nursing mothers!  My favorite granola bar flavor is the chocolate almond coconut.  I had previously bought some lactation cookies from the grocery store, and they tasted like cardboard.  These granola bars are really yummy.


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Fisher-Price Animal Party Bouncer.  We have had this type of vibrating bouncer from Fisher Price for each of my girls, and they all loved it!  My older girl had a fish themed one, my second girl had a safari themed one, and Ruby has this rain forest theme.  Not only does the chair vibrate, but when baby startles, the legs cause the chair to slightly bounce.  Perfect for newborns!

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Antilop highchair with tray, and pyttig pillow from Ikea.  This little highchair is so affordable, minimalist, easy to clean…everything I want in a highchair!  I loved this highchair for all my girls, and it’s no different this time around!


Dockatot.  You can read all about why I loved this for Ruby in this post.


Milkmaid nursing poncho & car set cover.  I loved this as a car set cover when Ruby was younger, and now it’s a diaper bag essential, as I use it as a nursing cover.  You can read all about in this post.

That’s it for now!  These are products that we are loving.  I hope it helps you out, if you’re a new mom, or need baby shower ideas.  What products are you loving, or have loved for your sweet babes?

Happy Sunday y’all!

my Craft room

Hey friends!

I introduced myself, and shared my craft room for my first post on the Hip Kit Club blog on Wednesday. You can read all about it here!

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I just got my September 2017 kit in, and it is jam packed!  I can’t wait to create!  If baby would only get a decent nap, lol!  I am so excited to share my Hip Kit Club projects with you!


Happy Thursday!