Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pick of the Patch: Scrap Soup Challenge

It's another fun challenge up on the Paper Issues blog. Go check out the "recipe" for October's Scrap Soup and play along.
Here's my take on the recipe.

I used American Crafts Bootiful Night for the paper piecing with the Paper Issues cut files.

The gold Thickers with black foam were the perfect touch of shine for the title.  I love the black twine that was included in the tags from Fancy Pants Designs Spellbound Halloween collection.

Hope you'll join us and play along with scrap soup!  
It's the perfect time to pull out those fall photos and get documenting this season of pumpkins!
Don't forget to cut out some fun free cut file pumpkins to go with your photos!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Meeting Kariel: Mermaids Have More Fun

It's such a fun day! It's Try it Tuesday hosted by Amanda-Jayne.  
She's got a great challenge for October.  
Get your mixed media on your paper and then punch it out, 
cut it out, or use your scissors to create your page elements. 
Go check out the Paper Issues blog for all of the details.  
For my take, I used Shimmerz paints on cardstock and after it dried I ran the paper through the Silhouette with a free PI cut file for my mermaid scallops background.

Here are a few more views:

Don't be afraid to paint, splatter, and get messy on your paper and then use a cutting machine when it's dry!  You may want to flatten the paper overnight before cutting it. Machine stitching or foam adhesive behind the cut file make it easier to deal with warping or uneven surfaces.
We hope you'll play along!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Free File Friday: Fall in Love with Leaves

Yay! It's FRIDAY and at Paper Issues we are all about the freebies--as in Free File Friday!  Go check out the PI blog for a round up of projects from the team showcasing various leaves that are offered in the shop!
I wanted the leaves to be layered around my fall photo and didn't even use white cardstock at all for the cut files.  I mixed it up with polka dot texture cardstock, kraft, and woodgrain! I love how it complements the small leaf background paper from Carta Bella Hello Fall. 

This project uses three Paper Issues free cut files: Autumn Blessings 
for the title, Boo Pumpkins for the orange leaves, and Fall Fun for the kraft leaves. 
from their Creekside collection by American Crafts.

Fall is definitely a fun season full of beauty if you live in
 an area that gives way to a free color-show! 
My son had so much fun collecting leaves of so many shapes and colors! 
It is definitely fitting to "fall in love" with nature!

The paper textures are my favorite part of this project.  Carta Bella has the thickest patterned paper and it has such a lovely texture to it.  It worked so well to sew it with a slight border left around it to wrinkle, fold, bend, and tear to give peeks at the lovely golden yellow "side B" of the paper.
The Pebbles, Heart of Home by Jen Hadfield dark espresso paper with sentiments is a must.  It is so sweet and perfect for documenting family!

Download the free files at Paper Issues and play along all month long!  
I can't wait to see what you create with leaves. 
Tag us online so we can find your work and send you some love!
Here are just a sampling of possible leaf cut files:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Smile: Disney Aulani

It's all about Take 5 October today!  I love the fun prompt list and getting products out to use to meet the list that Mary Ann has posted each month. I used new Elle's Studio Family Fun for this project. The prompts I used: orange, blue, white, sticker, and enamel dots.

This striped paper is just bold and dreamy for background paper.  I loved matching up the ephemera shapes to overlap the color lines and swap the light to dark. 
Tone on tone is a favorite design technique.
 Puffy Stickers and enamel dots= instant dimension! Loving the white acrylic paint splatters to make the white stand out against all of the bold color.

Get Elle's Studio and much much more at Paper Issues online store.  

Monday, October 2, 2017

Which Kraft? Beautifall Moments

Today it's all about a new issue at Paper Issues.  The new theme to play along with: Which Kraft? 
Go check out the Paper Issues blog for all of the details in what this issue is all about! 
 I was inspired to use the cork Thickers and a woodgrain cut file (as close to kraft paper as I got!). This photo of my crew is all about life in October.  
Falling leaves and sunny skies are our favorites in fall!
Here's my take using new Carta Bella Hello Fall and a PI cut file.

Carta Bella Hello Fall paper and woodgrain paper to use for PI cut file were the base to build this fall design. Lots of foam adhesive to pop up the cut file against the Shimmerz mixed media splatters. The wooden leaves were included in a PI swag bag kit from last fall. I was hoarding them for the perfect project. This sure worked!

 The cork-look Thickers worked for the new issue prompts to use cork, kraft, or other natural products. The Hello Fall papers were the perfect mix of patterns for backing the flower cut file.

 I hope your October is full of festive photos and moments that capture this beautiful season of changes!
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