Monthly Archives: April 2013

1st Stitch Fix {behind the scenes-unedited}

stitchfix-1355586177_600Stitch Fix Review

Alas, my first Stitch Fix arrived!!! It came only a few days after it left the stylist’s hands! 

What is Stitch Fix? 

Only a genius idea. Think Shoedazzle minus the stripper shoes 😉 It’s just 500 times better! You fill out a profile, take a short quiz, and Stitch Fix Stylists plug away at sending you one-of-a-kind fashion pieces and accessories! NO TWO FIXES are alike, so they’re really tailored to your unique style.

How does it work?

You pay a $20 Stylist fee which goes toward your fix purchase, they send you 5 pieces USPS Priority Mail, you try them on, and send back the items you don’t like in a prepaid USPS Priority Mail Bag within 3 days of receiving the box.

Cost?

Within the initial profile and quiz, you set the budget for the Stitch Fix pieces! My pieces ranged from $48-$68. Receive 25% if you purchase your entire Stitch Fix!

Drawbacks?

If you don’t like anything in your Stitch Fix Box (which will never happen), you lose the $20 stylist fee.

Positives?

I love the personalization! You can further personalize your stylist experience by following them on Pinterest & setting up a Pinterest Board labeled “Stitch Fix” on your own Pinterest account. Your Stylist will see your picks and customize your Fixes that much more! 

 

Here’s my personal experience:

(photos are unedited. note: the messy bed and work-out hair)

1. The box comes with instructions written on the insides. Everything is carefully wrapped, comment card (with a set of instructions) included-

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2. Each item comes with a style card. This is my first item & it’s a keeper! $58

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3. Here’s my 2nd item. I’m not a fan. $58

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4. My 3rd item. I UNEXPECTEDLY LOVED this item. It’s a keeper! $68

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5. Jewelry. I don’t wear jewelry often and this necklace isn’t me. $48

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6. My final item. I had NO clue I would love this as much as I do! I’ve been working on my muscle tone. Can’t wait for these arms to get in better shape! Something to aspire to… It’s a keeper! $58

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7. The pre-paid USPS Priority Mailing Bag for returns, instructions, and an invoice.

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So, do you like what you see? Not the pictures silly, the Stitch Fix experience? Check it out for yourself HERE!

Thanks for stopping by & not judging my appearance 😉

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Sizzix Video Tutorial

_MG_8024Good Morning Blogosphere!

I have a step-by-step Video Tutorial up on the Sizzix Blog! I hope you’ll stop by and check it out 🙂

I give some tips for not only making this card, but for making any card!

Leave me some love!

Oh and FYI, I took some suggestions (and even mean comments) into consideration when I edited my video. I leveled out the volume levels and even cut out the clip of me sniffling 😉 heehee

Thanks for stopping by,

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A card for my Grandma :)

_MG_8040Hello Blogosphere!

First off, thank you, ALL OF YOU for you emails, comments, and Facebook comments to my “Let’s Be Real” post! It’s my hope that through a more positive self-image, that I’ll be able to feel real joy for my peers’ successes rather than judgement and feelings of lower self-worth.

THANK YOU.

Back to the program-

Here’s a card I created for the recent Paper Crafts Magazine call…it’s a reject!

BUT, I totally & completely 100% stand behind this card and cannot wait to send it to my Grandma for Mother’s Day 🙂 I used Liquitex Modeling Paste through a Creative Imaginations Stencil to create the butterfly!

I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes of an editorial board! Even though I’m sad this card didn’t make the cut, I know that there’s a rhyme & a reason! An issue has to be cohesive and representative of the month’s theme & I totally get that. Maybe my card didn’t fit the bill!

Thanks for stopping by! If you share one of your “rejects”, be it a Design Team Application creation or a Publication Call Creation, DO SHARE and link me up 🙂

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Materials: Creative Imaginations Stencil (Cherry Blossom), Liquitex Modeling Paste, Crate Paper Collection by Maggie Holmes, Lawn Fawn Stamps (Home Sweet Home), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (EZ dots mini permanent, 3D foam squares small white)

Let’s be real…

_MG_8030Now, for your serious broadcast-

Everywhere I turn, I’m drawn to blog posts by other bloggers titled Instagram’s Envy Effect, Pressures of Social Media, and the like. There is a strange phenomenon happening. We are not only envious of the stars who show up on the glossy pages of the fashion magazines or the super models in the latest perfume ad, but we’re beginning to harbor strong resentment for our peers via social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.

Personally, I’ve grown jealous of friends who post pictures of their bikini ready bodies, their genius kids, and perfectly styled homes. Some people make doing an updo look as easy as 1,2, 3, pin. Then there are the wives posting about the awesomeness that is their cooking, cleaning, organized, considerate, hands-on, family man of a husband. We don’t see the full story that is their life because we’re only privy to the small blips they choose to share with us.

Just like I’ve experienced jealousy through the looking glass, I know of a couple friends who have unfollowed me or hidden my feeds from their FB because of the very same feelings of resentment.

So, I’m going to do a bit of sharing today. This may be TMI for most, but I want to keep it real.

Let’s be real.

At my heaviest non-pregnant self, I weighed a shocking 165 lbs.

My husband is rarely home during the week. Right now, he’s deployed, so he’s never home.

My 3 kids sometimes drive me crazy & we go to bed in a tizzy. No stories read, no tucking in, no kisses or hugs, just plain exhaustion.

I have terrible self-confidence in my appearance.

My marriage is far less than perfect. We have weeks where we constantly bicker. We’ve used the D word in our most heated moments.

As a designer, I’ve let down manufacturers and friends more times than I’d like to admit.

There was a whole year during my pregnancy and a little after, I couldn’t bring myself to create anything of worth.

I sometimes make meals my family would rather leave for the dog than eat a few bites of.

At my darkest hour, I don’t log-in to Facebook or any social media for fear of overly happy accomplished friends.

I hide friends from my FB wall who are constant braggers or downers. I like to see a human-like balance!

I rarely “get dressed”. I’m always in gym clothes.

I haven’t had a haircut since January.

I have a good life, my husband works hard for what we have, I am proud of my accomplishments, proud of my children, but I, like you, have my every day struggles.  I think the more self-confidence we have, the less we’ll allow ourselves to feel lesser than or not equal to our peers we connect with through social media.

Next time you see your friend’s rock hard abs or her perfect children, just remember that she has her own personal struggles she faces every day. Just be happy. Happy for your friend, thankful for your life- successes and failures alike.

ALWAYS KEEP IT REAL.

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Materials: Mama Elephant Stamps (Say What), Papertrey Ink (Watercolor Wonder), Studio Calico Mask (Burst), Colorbox Spray Ink & Dye Ink for Stephanie Barnard (Bubblebum), Crate by Maggie Holmes Die-cut Typewriter, Washi Tape, Papertrey Ink White Cardstock, My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper’s Big Brush Pen (Black), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (3D foam squares black small)

The Stamps of Life: Mini Tags Balloons

minitags1Hello Blogosphere!

Hope your Monday wasn’t so manic 😉 My Monday went well! There was a sky full of sunshine, my kids cooperated for the most part, I received an award (army spouse stuff), Zumba was easy breezy compared to the last few days, and the house managed to stay clean!

Here’s a card I made using The Stamps of Life MiniTags2Cut Sizzix dies! The Dies come with Stamps as well, but I love seeing how far I can stretch a product, so I flipped my mini tags on their heads and turned them into birthday balloons!

The background stamp is the Birthday4Subways background stamp and the present is a die-cut from the Sizzix Framelits & Stamps Set, Penguin & Candy Cane! You should definitely check out the gallery for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Materials: The Stamps of Life (MiniTags2Cut, Birthday4Subways, Penguin & Candy Cane), Bazzill Cardstock, American Crafts Glitter Cardstock, The Stamps of Life Ink (banana), Studio Calico Wood Veneer (tiny stars), baker’s twine, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (3D Foam Squares Mix White), washi tape

The Stamps of Life: MiniTags2Cut

minitags3Hello Blogosphere!

How was your Saturday? We were exhausted from a busy week, so we took it easy today. The kiddos are coming down with some throat/coughing bug again, so we needed our day of rest!

Today, The Stamps of Life added to their stamp collection offering this fun Sizzix Framelits & Stamps combination, MiniTags2Cut!

I also used cars2drive, search4words, eggs4easter, and trees2build to create my scene.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Materials: The Stamps of Life (MiniTags2Cut, Cars2Drive, Search4Words, Eggs4Easter, Trees2Build), Colorbox Ink for Stephanie Barnard (sky blue, spearmint, licorice), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos (aqua dolce, coconut), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper’s Big White Pen, washi tape, Black Metallic Cardstock, White Cardstock (Bazzill), Adhesives (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 1/4″ 3D Foam Squares)

Video Tutorial: 50’s Diner & SSS Exclusives

_MG_7886_edited-1Good Morning Blogosphere!

I have 4 awesome cards + a Video Tutorial up on the Simon Says Stamp Blog!

Hope you’ll check it out & leave some love 🙂

Thanks,

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Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Mother’s Day

IMG_7895Good Morning Blogosphere!

How’s everyone doing? It’s Thursday, woo-hoo!

Here’s an Easter layout I created using the new mini stamp set from Lawn Fawn, Mother’s Day! It’s includes the perfect little flowers, stems, leaves, and a Mother’s Day sentiment! I chose to use the little flowers, stems, and leaves! I also used Daphne’s Closet papers! (Sorry the picture makes the layout look wonky, but it was something else trying to get a straight picture. It’s not crooked IRL…lol!)

I hope you’ll check out the other creations today on the Lawn Fawn blog because they’re also featuring Year Three, a birthday mini stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Daphne’s Closet

IMG_7892Hello Blogosphere!

Here’s a layout I made for the Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week! You should definitely check out the rest of the DT creations on the Lawn Fawn Blog!

I used some fun Daphne’s Closet Papers & Stickers as well as Riley’s ABCs & Clear To See! I had a lot of fun making this wonky layout & it totally suits my personality too 🙂

See ya soon!

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Lawn Fawn Release Week: Critters on the Savanna

_MG_7901Good Morning everyone!

Hope you guys had an awesome weekend! Our weekend was busy, but a good busy!

Here’s a pop-up card I created for Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Savanna release. I used the new Lawn Cuts dies to cut out that cute little giraffe and coordinated the stamps with fun papers from the Lawn Fawn Pink Lemonade Collection!

I also used the Sizzix Zig-Zag 3-D Pop-up Bigz Die by Karen Burniston and some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art Grip Colored Pencils for coloring the critters.

You should definitely check out the Lawn Fawn Blog for more inspiration! The Design Team has created some awesome projects!

See you soon,

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