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November ’15 Top 5

Hello! Can you believe it’s December?! I still can’t get over how fast this year went. I love this time of year, I love making Christmas cards, decorating the house, and have a couple of days off from work! This month’s Top 5 is a little different (if you don’t remember why, check out my last post.) November’s Top 5 is my “Why didn’t I put these items on my Top 5?” list. There have been a couple of times where I catch myself using something and think “Why didn’t I? What was I thinking?” So here they are!

Top 5

1. Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink
December Fave 1

This has become my “go-to” ink. Not only do I love the quality of the ink but I love this size it comes in. I always get nice, crisp images when stamping and this is perfect for stamping sentiments. Below you can see my Halloween cards I made using this ink.

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2. Paper Smooches Uplifters Stamp Set
December Fave 2

I just love Paper Smooches and I especially love this set with all the different sentiments. These pair up nicely with all of Paper Smooches images and are funny/sweet and random. Of course my favorite is “You’re kick ass”, but you can see below the sentiment I went with for the card made in this post.

3. Studio Calico Mia Alpha Stamp Set
December Fave 3

You know I love me an alpha stamp set and Studio Calico happens to have the best alphas. I like to use the Mia Alpha set on my calendar refill in my traveler’s notebook. I love the look of brush script or hand written fonts and I would rather use this than to use my own handwriting.

4. Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
December Fave 4

One of my most favorite techniques to use on cards is heat embossing. I’m real picky on choosing embossing powders, I like for my images to look crisp and clean and I know I will get that with Judikins Embossing Powder. Not only is it a good powder but the iridescent sparkle powder is so pretty. I try to use this as much as I can because I just love how it looks once it dries. I used this powder on one of my favorite cards I made this year, you can check that card out on this post.

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5. Wendi Vecchi White Embossing Paste
December Fave 5

Another favorite technique of mine is embossing with paste. This jar has lasted me this whole year, and now I’m even using it to make my Christmas cards. I like how I can create different textures with it, how I can add a couple of drops of ink to it to make it any color, and I love how it dries. Before I used it, I always thought if you touched the dried paste it would chip off, but it doesn’t. Once it dries, it turns into a hard “gummy” texture, I always end up messing with it after it dries and it never messes up.

It is so easy to use and if I don’t have a stencil to use, I just make my own like I did below. I made the heart stencil using My Favorite Things’ Flamingos die set and the pear stencil with WPlus9’s Clear Cut Stackers: Pear Die.

I hope you guys enjoyed my Top 5, I had fun going through my old posts and seeing how I’ve used some of these products. I am working on getting my Christmas cards done and I can’t wait to share them with you! You will see that I used a couple of items from this list for my cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Links to items mentioned:
Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink
Paper Smooches Uplifters Stamp Set
Studio Calico Mia Alpha Stamp Set
Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
Wendi Vecchi White Embossing Paste

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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.

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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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September ’15 Top 5

Hi guys! It’s October and Summer is over! I’m so ready for cooler weather, boots, and Halloween, not really looking forward to putting away the flip flops, everybody talking about pumpkin-spice flavoring, and daylight savings time ending. Oh well… Once fall starts I feel like it just goes downhill from there, first Halloween, then Thanksgiving right after, and before you know it, it’s Christmas! So with that being said, this month’s Top 5 has a couple of holiday items!

September Top 5

1. Hero Arts You’re My Boo Stamp & DieDSC03214

I really wanted to make Halloween cards this year and I wanted to find a stamp with a cute/funny pun, and I found this. I didn’t own anything from Hero Arts aside from the ombre inks, so I checked out their site and fell in love with this stamp. It was exactly what I was looking for plus it’s wood mounted and you can also purchase the matching die set!

2. Plain Angela Planner Stickers

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Planner stickers are a must have for anybody who is addicted to their planner like I am. I’m always looking for different ways to decorate my monthly calendar or just a plain spread. My friend, Angela, just opened up an Etsy shop and you can find different types of stickers and she regularly adds new ones. Go check it out!

3. Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Holiday Stamp Set
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I have already started my shopping for my Christmas cards this year. Once I startd planning my cards I knew for sure I wanted to use this stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I love the fonts and the different combinations you can use for your sentiment. I’m getting into the Christmas spirit already and I can’t wait to start working on my cards!

4. Mommy Lhey My Doodled Day Planner Stamp SetDSC03220

Another great accessory for your planner are planner stamps. Momma Lhey has a variety of planner stamp sets to choose from but I really loved this one. Each stamp is small and perfect for your monthly calendar. I especially love the “chinese”, “pizza”, and “tacos” because that’s literally all I know how to cook (or order).

5. Ali Edwards Just Thankful Stamp SetDSC03223

I went onto the Ali Edward’s website to look for some Project Life stamps and I came across this set and thought it was perfect for my gratitude journal. Not only can I use it for that, but it could also be used for Project Life and even a Thanksgiving card. I love stamp sets that have many uses!

I’ve already started working on a couple of different projects that I’m excited to share. September ended up being a slow month for me creatively, I’m hoping to pick up the slack in October though. I’m also ready to start on my September Project Life layout! I took a lot of pictures during the month so hopefully I’ll be able to get my layout done quickly like last month, fingers crossed!

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon!

Items mentioned:

http://static.inlinkz.com/ppr.js

Link to Plain Angela Etsy store:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PlainAngela

Link to Ali Edwards Just Thankful Stamp Set:
http://aliedwards.com/shop/stamp-sets/stamp-set-just-thankful-by-ali-edwards

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August ’15 Top 5

Hey there! I hope you guys had a great August, I sure did and I can’t wait to get started on my Project Life layout! I am most definitely ready for Fall but for now I am wearing my flip flops and t-shirts as much as I can…

Anyway, on to the Top 5:

August Top 5

1.Studio Calico Mega Date Stamp

August Fave 1 I really tried to stop myself from getting this because I thought “why do I need a huge date stamp?”, but then I saw all the cool traveler notebook spreads and scrapbook layouts that people made using this stamp. You can see below the comparison in size between the mega stamp and the Heidi Swap stamp that I usually use. No joke, this thing is the size of my face.August Fave 1a

2. Kelly Purkey Reading List KitAugust Fave 2 I’ve been picking up my books a lot lately so I knew I had to have this kit as soon as it came it out. I love how you can rate and review your book with the stamp set and I especially love the cards it comes with for you to jot down your favorite quote from the book, plus you also get this in a PDF file so you can print more once you’ve used them all up. I did a test run with a book I finished early August, A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout. The cards are perfect for Project Life!August Fave 2a 3. Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi, 24 Color SetAugust Fave 3

I REALLY wanted this watercolor set back when watercoloring was getting popular in the card making world but I knew I didn’t need to spend that amount of money on them being a beginner. That’s how I ended up with the Peerless Watercolors. BUT, I just happened to find this set at Hobby Lobby and you know what that means… you can get it half off with their weekly coupon!!! Straight into my cart it went!

4. Lamy Safari Fountain PenAugust Fave 4

I’ve always had an obsession with pens (please tell me I’m not the only one) and I knew I was in trouble when I googled “Lamy”. I happened to ask somebody on Instagram what kind of pen they used for their traveler’s notebook and she told me she uses a Lamy fountain pen. There are different colors, types, and nibs to choose from, I happened to go for the Safari fine tip pen (black on black like my Jeep :D). It’s my first fountain pen and it did take a while to get used to it, and because of that any little piece of paper I could find has my name written all over it. Writing with this pen feels just like butta!

5. Pink Paradise Flair Buttons

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My friend Angela and I decided to open up an Etsy shop, Pink Paradise, and sell flair buttons and hopefully down the line other types of embellishments. It is definitely still a work in progress but we both love creating and we are crazy about embellishments and thought “why not make our own?”

I love using flair buttons on my Project Life and scrapbook layouts, and the good thing about them is if you can also order these in pin-back or hollow-back!

I hope you guys enjoyed my list, I know I had a lot of fun spending money on these items! I also hope you guys check out the Pink Paradise Etsy shop, the link is below. Also, you can find me on Tumblr now, it’s more of a personal account with a lot of Friends and Harry Potter reblogs but also more personal photos.

Hope you guys have a great September!

Items mentioned:

http://static.inlinkz.com/ppr.js

Link to Studio Calico Mega Date Stamp: http://www.studiocalico.com/shop/reveal/mega-date-stamp

Link to Kelly Purkey Reading List Kit: The Kelly Purkey Shop is down for maintenance, once it is back up I will post the link

Link to Pink Paradise Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PinkParadise1?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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July ’15 Top 5

Hi guys! Can you believe we’re in August already?! I hope you guys are enjoying better weather than I am. I heard the weather man say it was starting to cool off because we’re only reaching 99-100°F the next couple of days… <Insert eye roll, as I wipe the sweat coming out of my eyeballs, not tears, sweat.>

Other than that I’m ready for August! I get to cross something off my bucket list and see Incubus in concert! The best part is AJ will also get to enjoy the concert, he’s a big fan of the band and will be able to sing and rock on.

I hope you guys enjoy July’s Top 5:

July Top 5

1. Christine Herrin More Coffee Stamp SetJuly Fave 1

If you know me, you know I love coffee, it just makes my day, I actually look forward to waking up in the morning because I know I get to have coffee soon, the best part of waking up really is with Folgers in your cup! So of course… I had to have this stamp set. I knew of Christine Herrin when I ordered this shirt from Cotton Bureau that she had designed. After Instagram stalking her (she has an awesome feed), I found out she came out with this set AND is coming out with more stamp sets soon! This is perfect now that I’m doing Project Life and journaling, plus I just really love her font!

2. StazOn Midi Ink PadJuly Fave 2I have a couple of StazOn ink pads that I’ve had for awhile, which I use to stamp on pictures, but I never knew they came in this smaller size in this cute pad! I noticed these ink pads popping up on my Instagram feed and I thought they were special edition ink pads that weren’t available anymore but luckily you can pretty much buy them anywhere. I only have the Midnight Blue pad but I am definitely going to get the rest of the colors. Below is a picture I took of some wall art, I stamped the triangles with the StazOn. My husband went with me to this restaurant and saw me take the picture, when I showed him this picture, he didn’t realize it had been stamped on. Pretty good!

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3. Studio Calico Labels Stamp Set by Hello ForeverJuly Fave 3

Ok, so I’m loving labels right now and this stamp set is awesome (it also comes with the matching die, which I have yet to order). You get 9 different tags, which you can stamp in any color, and you get a couple of icons. I think this is a must have if you are into journaling and/or Project Life.

4. Comic Home Refillable Felt Traveler’s Notebook

July Fave 4

It was only a month ago that I thought to myself “I will never get into journaling again. What is this Midori stuff? Why is this even a thing?” And here I am, obsessed with the “traveler’s notebook”, so attached to my “journal” that the only time we’re apart is when I’m in bed. Yeah, it’s gotten that bad.

The authentic Midori covers are leather and very beautiful but I happened to come across this green felt “fauxdori” and I fell in love. You can find this felt cover in 3 other colors, and surprise surprise I didn’t get the gray (I really want that one too though). I plan on blogging about my jounal once I really figure out my “style”, so keep a lookout for that!July Fave 4a

5. Autumn Leaves For The Record Stamp SetJuly Fave 5

I just happened to find this stamp set on Amazon when I was shopping online (for Midori stuff) and I thought it would be neat to have for my journal and also for Project Life and Scrapbook layouts. As you can see, these stamps fit perfectly on parcel tags, which are perfect as embellishments.July Fave 5a

So July ended up being more of a “documenting” month for me. I’ve been so attracted to anything that has to do with journals and any modern-day memory keeping and I think it shows with this month’s Top 5. I hope you guys enjoyed your July!

Items mentioned:

Link to Christine Herrin More Coffee Stamp Set: http://christineherrin.com/shop/-pre-order-more-coffee-3×4-stamps

Link to Studio Calico Labels Stamp Set by Hello Forever: http://www.studiocalico.com/shop/stamps/stamp-set-labels-by-hello-forever

Link to Comic Home Refillable Felt Traveler’s Notebook: https://www.etsy.com/listing/215246236/refillable-felt-journal-felt-notebook?ref=shop_home_feat_3