Happy New Year~

Hello 2016!

With the start of the new year have you joined the planner craze?

I tried last year, but quickly fizzled out.

This year I thought I’d try again using it to simply keep track of all my doctor appointments and the rest of the family’s crazy schedules.

Wish me luck!

Of course, I’m going to mix in some craftiness like stamping, pictures and other little sparkly things.

To start the year off right I wanted to dust off my Cricut Explore and make decorative paperclips like the ones  I had been admiring on theplannersociety Instagram feed.

My decorative clips~

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Aren’t they adorable?

I used Cricut’s Seasonal Character to create my Baby New Year and Santa Claus.

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I can’t wait for December to roll back around to use this guy.

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Of course, he’ll probably end up in my December Daily. He he.

Currently I’m using a sparkly heart clip to hold my place.

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And I’m actually using my planner.

Yay!

I used~

Heidi Swapp 2016 Memory Planner, Sweet Stamp Shop Planner Stamps, Cricut Seasonal Character for Baby New Year and Santa Claus, Teresa Collins Gold Paper Clips, American Crafts Red & White Paper Clips, EK Success Layered Heart Punch, DCWV Cardstock, DCWV The Twinkle Glints Stack, Wink Of Stella

The Glasses Don’t Fool Me~

You may know by now that I’m the Queen of Gift Cards when it comes to gift giving.

Currently I like stamping or decorating in some way the Recollections kraft bags before sliding my gift card in.

However I knew I wanted to do something a little different for my super hero loving cousin.

My gift bag~

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I started with stamping and coloring on Desert Storm Neenah paper the average boy next door found in the Sweet Stamp Shop Super Boy set.

A close-up~

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It was interesting coloring on this paper for the first time.

I didn’t quite get the shading I wanted, but it still looks cute.

I think I will be practicing a bit more with it in the future

Lifting the flap~

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Once you lift the flap and his disguise of glasses is removed, my super hero is revealed.

Isn’t it always the quiet ones with glasses that you have to watch out for?

Or is that just how it is in my house. He he.

I colored this as part of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

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I used~

Sweet Stamp Shop Super Boy and Girl Power Stamp Sest, Recollection Kraft bags, Copics, Neenah Desert Storm Paper, Signo White Gel Pen, Black Glaze Pen

Trying something new…

30 Day Color Challenge 2

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already figured out what I’ve been up to.

But, I thought I’d share here too.

I’m spending a little bit of time each day coloring for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin from the Daily Marker.com.

I figure the best way to learn is to do, right?

My first eight days of coloring~

Mostly these are just colored images.

Hopefully, one day you’ll see them on a project.

Guess who else is super excited about this little daily challenge?

Hartly

Yep, this girl right here.

It’s also turned into a little mommy and daughter bonding time.

And that makes it even better.

Let me know if you’re participating too as I’d love to see what you’re coloring.

And quite possibly what other stamps I need to buy. He he.

I used~

Mama Elephant, Sweet Shop Stamps, Some Odd Girl, My Favorite Things and Stamping Bella Stamps, Copics, Misti Stamping Tool

Think Pretty Thoughts~

And what’s prettier than unicorns?

I used this card by Jennifer McGuire for my NSD 2015 Challenge: Pin It! to recreate something you’ve pinned on Pinterest.

My card~

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Like Jennifer’s card I water colored the background and used stitched dies to create my blue sky.

Then I colored my unicorns and used pop dots, so they’re flying through the sky.

A close-up~

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After all of that I ended up stamping the sentiment crooked. Oh well.

It’s still cute.

Maybe not as cute Hartly’s version.

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Want to join in?

Head to Colleen’s blog with your version of your favorite Pin.

I used~

Sweet Stamp Shop Unicorns Stamp Set, Mama Elephant Creative Cuts Dies, Water Color Paper, Neenah Solar White Paper, Wink of Stella, Copics and Akashiya Sai Water Color Brush Pens