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October ’15 Top 5

Hey guys! I know I say this all the time, but how is this month already over?! By the time I was going to decorate my house for Halloween, I realized we only had two weeks left and now here we are… So instead of Trick or Treating tonight, I have been in my craft room playing with my new supplies!

October Top 5

1. A Beautiful Mess Messy Box  Subscription
October Fave 1

I haven’t been subscribed to any monthly kit for the past couple of months so I took my time and looked at many, compared kits and prices, and finally I found one I knew I could commit to. A Beautiful Mess is a blog I follow and it is ridiculously cute! It is ran by two sisters, Elsie and Emma, and they have great style, crafts, recipes, and kits, all on their blog, which is also great. Not only is this kit perfect for Project Life and scrapbooking, but I love the price! I would have taken a better picture of the contents inside but everything has been used/cut up/stamped on but luckily I have this picture from Instagram.

Yay! Got my first #messybox!!!

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2. Illustrated Faith Emily’s Patterns Stamp SetOctober Fave 2

I am obsessed with pattern stamp sets and I had to order this right away once I saw it. Illustrated Faith’s stamps are so awesome and are mostly used for Bible journaling but there’s so many different ways you can use them. I know I’ll be using this set to create backgrounds on scrapbook layouts or even for Project Life inserts, like I did below.

October Fave 2a

3. Sweet Stamp Shop Nod To Mod Stamp Set
October Fave 3

Ok, how cute is this set? It’s so hard to choose just one stamp set when you shop at Sweet Stamp Shop but the flamingos won me over, and the cacti… I bought this to use in my Midori but this could easily be used to make cards. I love the quality of their stamps, their prices, and their quick shipping. This isn’t my first stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop and it’s definitely not my last!

4. Dr. Ph. Martin’s Iridescent Calligraphy Colors

October Fave 5

So I randomly came upon these at Hobby Lobby and knew that Dr. Ph. Martin was a watercolor brand because I had been seeing a couple of people using them on Instagram. I hadn’t heard of the iridescent calligraphy colors and the bottles do not list “watercolor” as a “use” but I didn’t care, the ink was too pretty to pass up. I colored with them using my Ranger Water Brush and even though they’re supposed to be used for calligraphy, I think they leave a real pretty effect when brushed on. On the first picture below, I colored the flamingos in Iridescent Orchid and it looks normal when you look at it strait on but when you tilt the paper, you can see a foil-like effect, which you can see in the second picture. The beak was colored using Peerless Watercolors. Love it!!!

October Fave 4a

5. Molotow Art Masking PenOctober Fave 4

I also happened to find this at Hobby Lobby and I thought it was neat after seeing a couple of videos of this in action. This dries really quick and comes off very easy. I did, however, have trouble using it at first. I think I wasn’t letting my paper completely dry off after watercoloring on it. Some of the paper would tear off as I would take the masking off. I think it also helps to use a specific kind of paper, this worked better for me once I started using it on 110 lb cardstock. Once I got the hang of it, the better my masked images looked.

October Fave 5a

I hope you guys had a great month and Halloween! I’m ready for Thanksgiving because we actually get days off!!! I started working on my Christmas cards today! I know it’s early, but so far I have fifteen people on my list, and I’m hoping to add more.

Thanks for checking out my Top 5, hope you guys enjoyed!

Links to items mentioned:
A Beautiful Mess Messy Box
Illustrated Faith Emily’s Patterns Stamp Set
Sweet Stamp Shop Nod To Mod Stamp Set
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Iridescent Calligraphy Colors
Molotow Art Masking Pen

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