Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Currently Loving in July + #currentlylist

Today, I have a handful of random items I have been loving this month. This is something I'd like to do once a month. I really enjoy seeing other people's monthly favorites, so I thought I'd share my own.

Currently Loving 
  1. My purple Personal Saffiano Filofax: She's not really a currently favorite, per se, because she's an all-the-time favorite. To put it in more appropriate terms, I'm obsessed with using my Filofax.
  2. Philosophy's Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser: Love. I don't know what else to say about it. It leaves my skin feeling clean and soft, as well as looking clean and clear. It will always be worth the money for me.
  3. 29 by Lydia Mondavi Secret of the Vine Serum Extract: It's never too early to start incorporating some anti-aging (I prefer to call it slower aging process) skin care products. This serum is used to improve the skin's elasticity, making it firmer and tighter, all while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. It smells lovely, a light dose of flowers. I use it as a serum, under my moisturizer most of the time. I've also used it as just a lightweight moisturizer. It does not make my face oily. So far, I like it. I haven't used it enough to notice any differences in my skin yet.
  4. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Marker Pens: I love using different-colored pens, even though I don't really color code anything when I'm planning or organizing. These are really nice and extremely fine point at 0.3mm. I use them all the time in my Filofax and Bullet Journal.
  5. Bath and Body Works' Sleep Aromatherapy Body Cream in Lavender Chamomile: OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS SCENT! It really is calming and relaxing. It sits on my nightstand. I HAVE to put it on every night before I settle down to sleep. Highly recommend.
And here's my #currentlylist, inspired by Kristin over at rukristin papercrafts and her currently project.


What products are you loving this month? And, if you play along with the #currentlylist project, link up your list in the comments section!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Make A Card Monday: Hello My Friend

My goodness, I can't believe another week flew by! I'm back on what I hope will be a lovely Monday. Today, I have a very simple, clean, and quick card for you.

Hello My Friend Card

This card was so much fun to make! It came together pretty quickly after I figured out the colors I wanted to use.

How To:
The Card

  1. Cut your white cardstock (8.5" x 11") in half at 5.5" on the long side. This, of course, gives you two card bases. Fold one of the two pieces in half. My card measures 4.25" x 5.5". Round your corners.
  2. Take a piece of washi tape to section off the lower right corner of your card front. This is where you will be stamping the flower images.
  3. Using any small flower stamp image (I used Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day stamp set), stamp the flower a few times in the corner in one stamping ink color.
  4. Using another small flower stamp image, stamp this flower a few times in a coordinating stamping ink color.
  5. My stamp set-the Avery Elle set mentioned above-has a couple flower center stamp images. I used this flower center stamp to stamp a yellow center in the peach-y flowers and the peach center in the yellow flowers.
  6. Using a small flower leaf stamp, stamp leaves on each flower in a green stamping ink.
  7. Remove the washi tape to display that crisp "line" between white cardstock and stamped images.
The Sentiment

  1. Using a peach-y colored cardstock that coordinates with your peach-y stamping ink, die cut the word "hello." (The color coordination of the stamping ink and cardstock was simple, as I'm using Stampin' UP! products.) 
  2. Adhere the die cut "hello" towards the bottom of the card front, making sure to overlap the word slightly with your pretty flower corner. 
  3. I decided to add a little more to the "hello" sentiment. With another stamp, I stamped the additional sentiment, my friend, in black ink, right justifying this smaller sentiment below the larger "hello."
  4. Your card is done!
The Envelope

Hello My Friend Card

Using the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board, I made my coordinating envelope for my card.
Hint: the WRMK's board does not have the measurement for the common card size of 4.25" x 5.5", but I have those measurements!

  1. Using the same colored cardstock you used to die cut "hello," cut a square 8" x 8". 
  2. Using the punch board, make your first score mark at 3.5", continuing to make your score marks around the square. 
  3. To make the envelope liner, you're going to act like you're making another envelope, but with white cardstock. BUT, cut your square a 1/4" smaller than your envelope. In this case, cut a square 7.75" x 7.75". Still make the first score mark, using the board, at 3.5". 
  4. Depending on how you will have your envelope open, cut the side flaps of the white "envelope" off. Then you're left with the middle of the envelope (or the top and bottom). Cut this piece in half. This will give you 2 white envelope liners.
  5. I used the same stamps and stamping ink on the envelope liner as I used on the card, to coordinate the envelope even more with the card.

Hello My Friend

I hope these instructions made sense. If you have any questions, especially with the envelope liner (I felt that may have been a little confusing), just let me know in the comments section! Supply list is below!


Supply List

Friday, July 25, 2014

Love for the Weekend!

In an effort for you all to know me a little better, as well as spread the love to other bloggers, sites, etc that I enjoy, I will be posting various links every Friday. These links will be whatever I've found interesting, exciting, or what I've absolutely fallen in love with over the past 7-ish days. Enjoy!

This week, I decided to make my own planner just for work. I was very specific about what I wanted. This post and this post gave me inspiration! More on my DIY work planner next week!

I want this bangle, and this bangle, and this bangle, and this one! Plus, it's all made in the USA!

I've already watched this trailer 10 times today. Can't wait to see this movie...for the obvious reasons! Like, I can't even.

This post is amazing and something I've always thought since this "inspirational" quote started floating around the Internet. (Inspired by Elise Cripe)

Also from the lovely Elise, this wonderful journey she's taking to document her relationship with beautiful daughter during her second year.

Last, but definitely not least, a little something from my challenge blog I co-host with Kelly.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Love For the Weekend!

Source: Pinterest; Original post: tumblr
In an effort for you all to know me a little better, as well as spread the love to other bloggers, sites, etc that I enjoy, I will be posting various links every Friday. These links will be whatever I've found interesting, exciting, or what I've absolutely fallen in love with over the past 7-ish days. Enjoy!

I am so excited about this challenge! You should join along too! So far, I've completed 4 consecutive days.

While you're at the above link, I discovered this site, which makes me happy. 

I'm excited I found this blog post full of video tutorials. Just another hobby I'd like to take up!

Reading this post, I can identify with some. There are others I need to consciously work toward.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My Milwaukee Photos

I'm finally posting some of my photos from my Milwaukee trip at the end of April! One of my best friends in the whole world lives in Milwaukee. It was my first time visiting her since she moved there in July 2013. I miss her tons! I wish we lived closer together, but we do a pretty good job visiting one another and scheduling many phone dates.


This trip consisted of talking, food, beer, sightseeing, food, driving around, a belated birthday cake, beer, lots of photo taking, food, baking, Hunger Games, shopping, local restaurants, food, walking around in the Historic Third Ward, antiquing, and did I mention food?

Here are photos. These were all taken with my phone, so not the best quality, but my trip is documented!

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Milwaukee is a lot of fun. I would like to go back during the summer months and take Mr. Sweet with me. 

Have any of you been to Milwaukee? What was your favorite thing to do while visiting?


Monday, July 14, 2014

Make A Card Monday: A Thank You Card

Happy Monday! (I know, the "happy" is questionable.) Let's kick off the week with some lovely card inspiration, shall we?

One type of card I seem to be creating a lot, as well as never seem to have enough of, is a thank you card. This thank you card I recently created to go out with a Just Two Midwest Girls scrap challenge prize winner. But, this card design can be used to thank anyone in your life.

Thank You Card

This card was really fun to make. I used my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board, which I LOVE! If you don't have one, definitely invest in one. I've been wanting to create this type of envelope card for awhile, but never sat down to make it happen. 

I made an envelope, according to the directions on the punch board, for a 4" x 4" card. Using the envelope I created as my card base, I layered my patterned paper and cardstock inside. On my cardstock, I stamped the flowers using a gold metallic stamp ink right in the center of my square. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and cut it into a thin strip to make a banner. I adhered that to my solid colored cardstock, layering three pink/salmon enamel dots on one end to balance the banner cut on the opposite end. Then, I added faux stitching along the edge using my white gel pen.

Thank You Card

Once the inside of the card envelope was complete, I used ribbon to keep it closed. The tag you see on the front holds my message to the prize winner. You can definitely add your message inside of the envelope. I was thinking of making my top layer of cardstock a flip up, adding the message on the next layer. I decided to use a tag on the outside instead. 

Thank You Card

So, the person receiving this fun and lovely card just has to untie the ribbon and open up the envelope to see the "card" on the inside. 

This card didn't take me long to create. I definitely see more cards like this in my cardmaking future! 

What new card designs have you come across lately? Anything you want to try or have tried recently? Let me know in the comments! 


Friday, July 11, 2014

Love For the Weekend

Source: Pinterest via Earmark Social
In an effort for you all to know me a little better, as well as spread the love to other bloggers, sites, etc that I enjoy, I will be posting various links every Friday. These links will be whatever I've found interesting, exciting, or what I've absolutely fallen in love with over the past 7-ish days. Enjoy!

I have become OBSESSED with this form of planning. I even purchased this trial for August to see how well it works for me. I'll let you know the status of that fun adventure in the weeks to come.

I have been intrigued by the elusive editorial calendar. This post does a pretty good job of explaining it. 

This sounds really intriguing. I'm tempted to try it. I love me a good monthly subscription box!

I'm a sucker for office supplies and sticky notes. Anything to pretty up my planner. I can't wait to get my hands on these, these, and these

I recently discovered this blogger and author, although she's been around for a bit. She's very inspirational. This post was very lovely to read. 

I've been curious about these and a healthy living lifestyle. I'll keep you all in the loop with my journey on learning more about them and incorporating them into my daily life.