Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sketch Features

Hey there and happy Saturday! It's time to show off some projects using our most recent sketch. We've had a nice handful of entires. Let's take a look at a few.

Maria created this beautiful layout and scaled it down to 6x12 in size. The sketch translates well to the smaller size and it's so unique!

Josephine used hearts in place of the circles on this 'oh so sweet' page. I love how she stitched down  all the hearts. The black and white title is striking and that sentiment is perfect too!

Sandi P used the card sketch for this darling Mother's Day card. That layered pinwheel is fabulous! And so is the photo staging!

Thank you so much to everyone who has linked up so far. There is still time to link your projects up on the original post here for your chance to win. You have until June 5 to link up.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fan Feature Friday: Let's Get This Party Star-ted and Par-ty Heart-y #2

This week's Fan Feature Friday showcases projects from the second week of Let's Get This Party Star-ted and Par-ty Heart-y, sponsored by SugarPea Designs. Every Friday, we showcase projects linked to our current issue, so be sure to share your projects for a chance to be featured and to win a $15 gift certificate to the SugarPea Designs Boutique.

Who's in the spotlight this week?

1. Ruth made this fun super hero shaker card, complete with a star center, to accompany a Captain America die cut ornament.

2. Anna linked up this fabulous page. She did an amazing job using star patterned paper and stamps, plus she added hearts to her design. Way to go, Anna!

3. Debbie created this fun baseball-themed Father's Day card, in patriotic colors. Take a look at the big, red, sparkling star she used as an embellishment.

4. Brianna, from the SugarPea Designs design team, shared this sweet birthday card. The pairing of the dragon, pinwheel and sentiment is adorable!

5. Karen's pretty patriotic card is full of texture, plus it has a great mix of embellishments. Take a look at those pretty flowers and wood veneer stars!

6. Sierra made this fun birthday card for her niece, using Crate Paper's new Poolside collection.

7. Carol's soft and pretty page shows us the formal side of having a good time. There are some great embellishment clusters on here, Carol!

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

On Monday we'll have a brand new issue for you so be sure to check back to see what it is (and who our sponsor is). Until then...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I am... STILL obsessed with this line!

Hey there, fellow crafty friends with issues!

Leah l'Orange here, bringing you another in a series of pages I've been working on that feature the utterly gorgeous I Am collection from Simple Stories.  There's still some of it left in the shop, but you might want to HURRY because the shop keeps getting loaded with new stuff all the time!

I knew with all the colors I was mixing on this page, plus the pink-hued photo, I HAD to go with the Limba White Woodgrain (because seriously, LOVE) to make everything pop.  I layered in some pieces of the I Am 6x6 papers and a bunch of coordinating sticker and chipboard elements.  A title with some alphas from my stash, some Heidi Swapp Color Shine and a handful of enamel dots and sequins from the shop (I've accumulated a rather large collection of these, so they may show up on every single project I make for the next twelve years).

OH, and a scrap of gold trim I've had for about 6 years.  Seriously, I held onto a 3" piece of gold ribbon for SIX YEARS.  But here it is, having found its purpose after all this time.  (Why DO we hang onto the tiniest of bits for so long?!)

 Would you get a look at that Limba?  DROOL-WORTHY.

The Paper Issues shop ALWAYS has a great selection of embellishments for your embellishing enjoyment (!!!!) and right now, I've got a full assortment of pretties from Pebbles, Shimelle and Doodlebug sitting on my desk for the next project. 

Need to grab yourself some of this stuff now?  

Grab what's left and everything else in your shopping cart for 20% off ANYTIME!
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Thanks for joining me today - now go use up some old thang and be done with it once and for all!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hello and Goodbye

Hi everyone,

I am sharing a card today that utilizes a new favorite technique - using cut files and filling in negative space with pattern paper. 

This is a cut file from the Silhouette shop. I hand cut the patterned paper from the #happy collection by Allison Kreft. 

It's such a fun and pretty collection!

I love the movement of this card. It's like a dizzying effect of enamel dots spinning around until it centers on the butterfly. 

You can grab this awesome collection and the enamel dots in the Paper Issues shop.

Make sure to use code Melissa20 at check out to save yourself 20% off your entire order.

This is also a goodbye as it's my last blog post as part of the team here at PI! I've so loved my time here! I'll still be around our FB group, though. So, see you around!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Hi there! Alex here.

Today I wanted to share a layout I made with one of my favorite collections right now, Color Chaos by Bella Blvd.

Alex Gadji - Hero

I mean... black, white, red, yellow and stars... it's a perfect match for my little fire fighter!

Alex Gadji - Hero closeup1

I love pretty much everything about this collection, but the transparencies are my favorite part! On this layout, I have used both the Brilliant (the one with the black stars) and the polka dot McIntosh Confetti. They can add such a nice touch to any project!

Alex Gadji - Hero closeup2

I have also used Bella's chipboard embellishments Hearts & Stars, Borders and Whatnots as well as white enamel dots.

Alex Gadji - Hero closeup3

I hope that you like this layout and that you feel inspired to play with Color Chaos. You can get it all from the Paper Issues store. And don't forget to use ALEX20 at checkout to get 20% off.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 18, 2015

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It's Pinspire Me Monday!

Middle: Popsicles

Look at all the awesome ways the PI Girls were inspired by this Pinspiration!

Lisa created this card full of creative delight! It was inspired by the color swatch  and it is just beautiful! 

Meaghen is sharing this light, airy, magical layout for this month's Pinspire Me. It's awesome!

Tarrah's layout is totally feeling mason jar inspired! You'll also find some awesome green vibrance going on here! 

Jana created this whimsical, starry-love filled layout and it's amazing! I love everything about this layout, I hope you do also! 

Cassie's layout is droolworthy, the stars, the colors and the overall awesomeness should have you running to your scrap desk right now!

Corri's sweetest layout ever, will again, have you running to gather supplies and create! Look at that awesome title work and the patterns together! 

Danielle's layout is all sort of awesome. She filled this layout with circles, details and pinspired sweetness! That's one drool worthy purse also! 

and last but certainly not least, Devra created an awesome 2 pager layout full of fireflies and the magic of summer nights!

I created a layout also, thank you for letting me share all of this inspiration with you today! 

You have until June 14th to link up in our Facebook Group - Paper Issues {Friends & Fans}, you'll find an April Pinspiration Post there! If you link up to the post, you have a chance to win one of two Pinspire Me Grab Bags inspired by the Pins  you see above!  
If you do link up, you'll have a chance to win one of two awesome {Pinspire Me Prizes} We've got a super snazzy hashtag just for you... #paperissuespinspireme
Happy creating! 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Date Night featuring ::Swag Bag::

Good Morning Paper Issues friends.  It is Mary-Ann here, to share my most recent project with you featuring the March Swag Bag.  A Swag bag is a culmination of current, popular product and embellishments in mini form.  It includes a sampling of many different products.  No two Swag Bags are identical.  Go HERE to get more information.

All of the little bits and pieces, 3x4 papers, letters and chipboards were all included in the Swag Bag. The only things that I added to create this project is the 12x12 cardstock, machine stitch and various Stickle drops which provide some coordinating color.

It is truly a small package of fun that can arrive monthly to your door.  Sign up HERE.  If you need product from the Paper Issues Store, go HERE and use 
code: Mary-Ann to receive 20% off anything you order.  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Die Cutting Saturday

Hello everyone, it's time for another Die Cutting Saturday! This month we have a set of pocket page cards for you, that you can use for a lot of everyday occasions. You can download this cut file for FREE in the Paper Issues store. You can link up your projects made with this cut file set for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

For my layout I used the coffee cup and 'but first, coffee' cards to go with this coffee picture. All papers and embellishments are from the Fancy Pants Designs Office Suite collection.

Now on to the amazing projects some girls of the team created with this file to inspire you.

Michelle made this gorgeous layout about her beautiful daughter. She used the cut out letters from the 'let love shine' card and the oh so pretty papers and embellishments of the Pink Paislee Bella Rouge collection.

Jen Boumis created a layout with my fave color combo, pink and black. I love how she used the cut out hearts as well. The products on her layout are a mix of Studio Calico Amelia, Pebbles, Fancy Pants Designs Office Suite, Pinkfresh Studio, Bella Blvd en one of the Swag Bags.

Corri rocked this card with the stars cut file, I love how she can make a simple pocket page card look so awesome. She used the October Afternoon Treasure Map collection and the colors are just perfect for a masculine card.

Jennifer enlarged the 'but first, coffee' cut file to use it as the title of her layout. I love her layering skills and the molding paste hearts in the background. She used papers and embellishments from the Shimelle True Stories collection.

It's your turn now, we can't wait to see what you will create with these cut files! Download them overhere and don't forget to link up for your chance to win a $10 gift card to the Paper Issues store!!