12 days of giving Hip Kit Club blog hop, day 8

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Hello all!  Welcome to day 8 of the Hip Kit Club 12 days of giving blog hop.  You should be arriving from Lorilei’s blog, and your next stop is back to the Hip Kit Club blog.

Today’s gift is a cut file designed by Lorilei Murphy.

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Don’t forget to head back to the Hip Kit Club blog for instructions on how to access this cut file!

I made 2 cards using the beautiful snowflake ornaments.  I used the 2017 December Documented kit, the November 2017 Main Kit and Embellishment kit.  I just love all the Hip Kit Club exclusives in these kits!  There is so much to choose from: puffy stickers, wood veneer, tags, sequins…all you could need!

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I just love how they turned out!

Here is card number 1:

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Here is card number 2:

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I hope you like my cards and are inspired to get crafty!  I hope you’re having fun hopping along our blogs!

Happy Friday!

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December Daily cover page and Day 1, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  I hope your December is off to a great start!  I’m so excited to be working on another December Daily album!  This will be my 8th December Daily album…I started in 2010, and have been hooked ever since!

Today, I’m sharing the start of my December Documented album with you.  I’m not one to have my foundation pages ahead of time…I like to take it day by day, and see where the photos take me.  How about you?  Do you do your foundation pages ahead of time?

For my December Documented album, I will be using the gold 6×8 album (It’s amazing), the 2017 December Documented kit, November 2017 Main kit, November 2017 Project Life kit, and the November 2017 Embellishment kit from Hip Kit Club.

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For the front of my album, I used those fabulous Crate Paper tassels and buttons.  I may end up hanging them so you can see them when the album is closed hanging off the spine.  For my cover page, I made a simple half circle shaker page using vellum, the HKC exclusive holiday sequin mix, and gold numbers from American Crafts DIY shop.

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For day 1, I documented my homemade advent (which I made in 2015), and the return of Stewart, our elf.  The journaling cards in the Hip Kit Club December Documented Kit and the Project Life Kit are fabulous, and make pocket pages quick and easy!

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You can see my Day 1-2 for 2015 here, and my title page and Day 1 for 2016 here.

I hope you like what I’ve created, and I inspired you to get crafty.

Happy Tuesday!

 

12 days of giving Hip Kit Club blog hop, day 2

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Hey friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far!  Welcome to day 2 of the Hip Kit Club 12 days of giving blog hop.  You should be coming from Anna’s blog and your next stop is back to the Hip Kit Club blog.

Today’s gift is the Twisted Lights Frame cut file designed by our fabulous Kim Watson!

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Don’t forget to head back to the Hip Kit Club blog for instructions on how to access this cut file!

Now on to my layout!

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My family and I went to see the Nutcracker ballet a few years ago, and while I scrapped it in my December Daily album, I wanted to create a 12 x 12 layout for my regular album as well.

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I used the powder blue cardstock from the November 2017 cardstock kit to cut my twisted lights frame cut file.  Then I backed the bulbs with various papers from the November 2017 Main Kit.  I also used a few pieces from the November 2017 Project Life and December Documented kits to embellish my layouts.

It was so easy to create this layout with such an awesome cut file!

I hope you’re enjoying our hop!

Happy Saturday!

 

November Traditions memory planner, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday!  Today, I’m sharing a spread in my Memory Planner that I shared on the Hip Kit Club blog a few days ago.  Even though it’s a week in November, I created a Christmas spread.  Every year, we take our daughters to see Santa sometime in the week of Thanksgiving.  We do this for a few reasons: the girls have some days off from school, there is usually no line to see Santa, and we like to beat the December mall crowds.  I thought it would be fun to document the reason for our tradition, and to show pictures of each of my 3 girls’ first trip to see Santa.  (P.S. we went to see Santa this year on Tuesday, the 21st, and we were the only ones there!)

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I found myself using a lot of exclusive products from the November 2017 Main Kit, Embellishment Kit, Project Life Kit, and December Documented Kit.  There are lots of exclusive goodies in these kits!

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I started my spread by laying out the most important parts: the pictures, the title, and the journaling.  I backed the 3 pictures with pattern paper, and layed them out where I wanted them to go.  Then I worked on the title; I fussy cut “November” from one of the Project Life cards, and I love the exclusive gold alpha!  Next, I drew out a few lines, and added my journaling.

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Once all the important pieces were in place, I filled some of the empty spots with embellishments.  One of my favorite parts of the spread are the ornaments that I fussy cut from an exclusive 8×8 paper in the December Documented kit.  I added 3 ornaments on each side of the spread for balance.

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I finished off my spread with some machine stitching and gold ink splatters.

I absolutely love how this turned out!  I love having all the pictures of my girls’ first Santa visit on one spread.  (I love this story so much, that I may have to do a layout and/or document it in my December Documented album as well!)

I hope I have inspired you to get crafty!  I highly recommend you check out these kits if you haven’t yet!

Happy Tuesday!

Trio of cards, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends! Today, I have a trio of winter/ holiday cards that I recently shared on the Hip Kit Club Facebook page.  I made my cards using the Hip Kit Club November 2017 Main Kit, Embellishment kit, Project Life Kit, and Color Kit.  I made a clean and simple graphic card, a shaker card, which if you know me, you know they’re my favorite kind to make, and a card that holds a gift card.

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I absolutely love the color kit this month.  The sweater weather stencil by Echo Park is perfect for winter cards, and Distress oxide inks are so fun!  For my shaker and gift card cards, I used the stencil, Versamark ink, and the white embossing powder, creating a resist pattern for the distress oxide ink.

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For my shaker card, I used the peacock feathers distress oxide ink from the color kit, and also broken china distress oxide ink from my stash.  Isn’t that “sweater weather forever” sentiment perfect for the snowman and penguin wearing scarves and hats?  (I am loving all the critters in the Hip Kit Club ephemera pack from the November Main Kit… Kim Watson did an amazing job!)

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For my next card, I used the 2 distress oxide colors in the color kit…the 2 colors blend together so nicely!  To make a pocket for the gift card on my second card, I cut a Project Life card in half, and machine stitched it around 3 sides.

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For my 3rd card, I ink blended some distress inks from my stash to create a soft, cold morning sky.  The houses, sign, and tree are fussy cut from the Pinkfresh Studio December Days Starry Night paper.  The hillside is the American Crafts Sweater Weather Warm Wishes paper.  I love how simple, yet graphic this card turned out!

I am so ready for the holidays!  (I can’t wait for December Daily!)  Making these cards made me realize how close we are to December!  I haven’t gotten my decorations out yet…I’m trying to hold off until after Thanksgiving.  Also, I don’t know how much decorating I’ll do, considering I have a baby-on-the-move right now.  How about you?  Are you ready for the holidays?

Happy Friday 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!

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!