Sunday, November 29, 2015

Printable Perfection

This month's free printable from Paper Issues is so awesome. I can't even...

These hand drawn images from the very talented Jennie Garcia are original pieces of art that will make any card, layout or PL spread original and oh so colorful! The water color background of these printables seriously make me beyond happy!

Aleksandra Gadji used several of the printables on this awesome layout with the Shine line from Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. I adore this layout from Aleksandra, her use of that frame paper is perfect!

This month I did something a little bit different and created two cards using the last month's free printables and the Autumn Day line from Photo Play Paper.

This adorable little owl PaperPOP was perfect for a fall card! I just love him!


Here is a closer look at the cards I designed with the printables!

Make sure you check out all the free files Paper Issues has RIGHT HERE! We've got sketches, cut files and printables galore!

Remember to show off your projects using the Printables in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by adding them as a comment to the Printable Challenge! While you are over there, be sure to check out all the November challenges and play along for a chance to win one ot two Paper Issues gift cards each month!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cut it Up features

Happy Saturday, PI friends! You still have time to play along with our November Cut it Up challenge until December 6th. The Leaves are Falling cut file can be used for any kind of crafting project: your Fall layouts and mini albums, home deco, on a canvas, in your travel or art journal, a card etc. We want to see what you do with this file. You can download it for FREE overhere in the Paper Issues store.
Mary Ann already made a stunning layout with this cut file and now she also created this super gorgeous Fall card. The colors she used, give me that cozy Fall-feel and don't you love that quote? It's perfection!

Once you created your project with this cut file, you can link it up overhere in our November challenge album on facebook and you might be our lucky winner!

Have a creative weekend!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Let Me Espresso My Gratitude #3

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from our current linky party, Let Me Espresso My Gratitude, sponsored by Paper Issues. Every Friday, we showcase projects our {Friends & Fans} have linked up, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured.

Let's take a look at the projects that we are thankful for this week...

1. June created this pretty fall card with a number of die cuts. The wreath design is so beautiful!

2. Sherrie made these adorable purse-style gift card holders for her "coffee buddies". She added coffee cups, a donut (!) and used Velcro to keep them closed. Super cute!

3. Tina created a layout to show how thankful she is for FaceTime. She even has a process video to show how the page came together so be sure to check out her blog.

4. Steph shares her love for Dunkin' Donuts (and some love for Paper Issues' PaperPOPs) on this fun page.

5. Maria made these gorgeous place cards for her Thanksgiving meal. They are a beautiful mix of die cutting, embossing and watered down Distress Inks.

6. Helen's coffee card goes perfectly with this month's theme, plus she gets bonus points for using the free Thankful Watercolor printable available in the Paper Issues store.

Thank you all for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "my project was featured" button from the sidebar to showcase on your blog.

See you next Friday with one more round of projects from Let Me Espresso My Gratitude.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

November Off The Page Features

Hi Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!  I have some great projects today that some of the Paper Issues Friends and Fans linked up to my Off the Page Challenge... Take a peek...
First off is Angela Alexander  who used her Silhouette and some Cardstock and enamel dots to create this fabulous wood block home décor piece!
Janice Daquila-Pardo created this beautiful wreath by adding some origami folded leaves and flowers to a grapevine form.  I just fell in love with the colors!
My last feature is Michelle Madarieta Price's place cards.  I love the marbling technique she used on her leaves!  Just beautiful!
That's it for me today!  I wish you all perfectly cooked turkeys and fun with family and friends today!  I'll be back next week with the December Off the Page Challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Product Spotlight Maggie Holmes Shine

Hey everyone, we have a new spotlight today using the oh so beautiful Shine collection from Maggie Holmes.  Not only is this collection gorgeous but it has so many kinds of embellishments.  

First up we have Aleksandra with this super sweet LO.  I love how she added the piece of vellum behind her photo.  So beautiful!

Next we have this pretty in pink LO from Becky.  I love how she used all pink and black for this LO. It's just gorgeous!

Candi created this fun LO by tucking in some embellishments in the vertical paper strips.

Jen Boumis has the cutest little girl ever!  This LO has some awesome layering and I love that little frame!

Kelly used this fabulous calendar paper as her background!  Brilliant!!

Mary Ann J added the perfect amount of embellishments to this frame background paper.  Perfection!

Mary-Ann M also used the frame paper but she cut out a frame and used it on a photo!  So beautiful!

There is still lots of this collection in the Paper Issues store.  Use the code michelle for 20% off your order!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Celebrate Autumn

I am not usually one for Fall themed anything. Despite the beauty of the season it is the looming never ending Winter season that prevents me from fully enjoying Fall.  I don't even enjoy the every so popular scent/flavour of pumpkin.  Which brings me to the subject of this layout.
You always know it's officially Fall when photos of people enjoying their pumpkin spice lattes start to fill your social media feeds.  No pumpkin spice for this girl, I am a bigger fan of the Salted Caramel Mocha beverage.  I am also a huge fan of the grid design.

I find that when I am not sure what direction I want to take my layout in, a grid design is a sure fire way to get the juices flowing and complete a project quickly.
For this layout, I've used a few pieces from the Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice Collection, proving that Fall isn't all that bad.  I just love how Simple Stories found a way to create brads that look just like tradition brads without all the hardware.  And how cute are these designs?

I used 3D adhesive to pop my photo and a few other elements off the page to give some dimension.

And the stitched arrows above the ampersand were created using this Amy Tangerine embroidery stencil kit, an old time favourite of mine.

Are you can still working on Fall photos?  If so, you can get your hands on some of this collection in the Paper Issues store.  Don't forget to use my code to save 20% off everything in your cart.

Happy crafting friends!

Monday, November 23, 2015

New Issue: Let Me Espresso My Gratitude (Round 2)

Welcome to round 2 of Let Me Espresso My GratitudeThis issue runs for two more weeks, giving you plenty of time to add your project(s) to the link up. Today we have three more projects from the design team to share with you. Enjoy the inspiration...

Link your project(s) and link back to Paper Issues by December 6th for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Issues storeBe sure to read the New Issue Monday Link and Win FAQ post for information on what you need to do to be eligible for the prize.

Before we get to the details of this issue, let's take a look at what three members of the Paper Issues team created with products available in the Paper Issues store.

Sherri (left), Jennie (center), Leah (right)

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail.

So what is Let Me Espresso My Gratitude all about? Here are a few ideas to get you started (use one or use them all). Feel free to use any product you'd like.
  • Show us your Thanksgiving projects and tell us what you are thankful for.
  • Share a project about coffee. Is coffee your favorite beverage? How about using a coffee cup embellishment? Get inky and use a coffee-themed stamp or add a coffee stain to your page.
  • Download the Thankful-Watercolor free printable from the Paper Issues store and use one or more of the cards on your project.

Here are the links to Paper Issues' product and social media sites. Please stop by and say hi!