sweet stamp shop // rad music

Hey friends! I am so excited to be back at Sweet Stamp Shop as a guest for September! I am using some fun sets from August to document some of my favorite tunes from the summer.

To add some fun, I did a process video to take you through the making of this page. Check it out here and then we’ve got some detailed photos below!

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Head on over to the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog for all the details!

See you there and happy stamping!
Andrea

whole 30 journey // a personal reflection continues

happy wednesday everyone!!

last week i posted about this new journey over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog and how i am documenting it – pocket-layout style.


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today i continue showing you the pages i’ve completed and how the reflections kit keeps on shining.

to get a quick refresher on this kit, check out this video:

to watch the process video for the above opening layout, check out this video:

so then let’s get on with more of the layouts i created with the supplies in the reflections kit.

 

i very much enjoy real food. about 6 months ago i began to eliminate simple carbs from my lunches and dinners so i began to get a true taste of the paleo life. but i constantly rewarded myself with undeserved treats. even with working out, i just wasn’t seeing the results. i want to be tone. i don’t want certain parts of me to jiggle. but as this Happiness card says; this struggle for balance, this something i need to get through; is all part of the big picture of a healthy and fit life going forward. IMG_5559

 

part of this program (and any change you’re making away from your normal bad habits) requires LOTS of prepping. foods need to be ready to eat or you’ll likely grab that quick bag of chips. so i dried some apples to make a sweet-ish treat. but what i didn’t realize was just how long it takes apples to dry in the oven. and oh my goodness, let me tell you, it’s worth the time it takes when the smell of that sweet apple scent floats around the kitchen for hours.IMG_5560

 

i hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this personal journey come to life in my album. may you find your path and may you feel comfortable documenting each and every step toward a change in your life.

to see a quick flip-thru of the entire project in my album, you can see it here:

and for links to the products i used in this album, see below.

happy scrapping!
andrea

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the whole30 project // featuring REFLECTIONS kit by sweet stamp shop

hi and happy friday! i hope you have some serious crafty plans for the weekend! 🙂

so today i am over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog, sharing more projects i completed using the REFLECTIONS kit.

on august 5th, i started to embark on the Whole30 food journey as a way to retrain my body to crave real food instead of the junk that has held me captive for years. and wouldn’t you know it, but the Reflections kit was the perfect way to document this adventure in my ongoing album about ME.

this 6×8 page is my opening and it was so much fun using so many of the cards and embellishments from the kit. the question and answer card is my favorite piece and was perfect for a short interview with myself. the questions are so much deeper than the typical currently or favorite lists we all know and love, so i appreciated that my answers truly reflected my fears and goals.

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as a fun treat, i filmed a video during the process of completing this opening page. check it out right here!

there’s more details on my post over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog, so click on over and check out a few more pages!

OH!!! and next week i will continue to share more of my album, which includes many more pieces from this sweet kit. please join me here on wednesday the 3rd!

as always, it’s been a pleasure to share this sweet kit with all of you!

until next time, happy scrapping!
andrea

on cherry street // reflections kit release // a kit by sweet stamp shop

good morning!

in case you don’t follow me on instagram, which, you totally should be, i announced that i would be designing for Sweet Stamp Shop once again. but only for a special release kit by On Cherry Street. and I’m super excited to show you what this kit can become.

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this gorgeousness is called reflections and it’s a complete kit with PL sized cards, embellishments and character beyond words.

check out this quick reveal of all the kit contents.

and check out the process video i did for the first two pages.

recently, i began to expand my 6×8 ME album (which already includes my take on the march 2014 30 days of lists) to include stuff from my childhood, and different items that don’t really belong in our family album. one of the topics i want to document is the plethora of roles i play in this amazing life. my idea is for this to be something future generations can see and know exactly how much i loved all the peaks and valleys of my time here.

the reflections kit is a perfect way to capture some of these sentiments. and here’s how i used as much of the kit as humanly possible:

and introduction of sorts, to my kids, to tell them hello. to tell them that i may not always act as joyous as this photo reflects during our daily goings-on, but i want them to know how truly joyful my life is with them in it.

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there are dreams i’ve had that i hold back. these dreams are always in the very front of my heart and mind. documenting them makes the reality of them coming true even clearer. this kit brings out all of my hopes for making a plan, having clarity on not getting too far into the clouds and being confident in a new path.IMG_5325 IMG_5334 IMG_5303 IMG_5304 IMG_5308 IMG_5309 IMG_5337 IMG_5306

 

13 years is a long time to dedicate your life to others. especially when those others have peed on you, thrown up in your hand, pooped everywhere and made messes on your walls and furniture. but there is something profound about seeing a life grow in front of your eyes and then experiencing the fruits of your labor – literally and figuratively – when those little people act like responsible and mature human beings.
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so what’s your story? what can reflect on? what physical legacy do you want to leave behind?

try this kit and make a fun project out of documenting yourself! get your’s here! but if i haven’t convinced you, check out the sweet stamp shop blog to see how others used this kit!

happy scrapping!
andrea

 

 

sweet stamp shop // may release #2

guuuuyyyysss, this is my last release post for sweet stamp shop! 😦  my 3 month term is over at the end of may and i’m kinda sad. as much as i would have loved to stay on, this summer is going to be super crazy-insane busy in the gray household so i need to put all of my extra energy into making sure this ship runs smoothly. so with that, i give you my final release post (and my second to last post). you can bet i will still be featuring and promoting sweet stamp shop, because seriously, they keep cranking out superb designs. like for reals.

this bonus release includes two pretty simple sets, but boy will they be useful for soooo many layouts! introducing balloons and happy birthday!!

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the release of these was perfect timing because i was just at the point in my project life where we celebrated my mother in law’s birthday. so inspiration wasn’t hard to come by. here is the full spread i made for the day. IMG_0704

the title card was so much fun. for the balloons, i stamped onto scraps of patterned paper and then cut around them. i used pop dots on the back of the yellow and green ones to give them some dimension. then i just stamped the strings directly on the paper. the happy and birthday are stamped directly on a trimmed 3×4 card. easy as pie…or cake!

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my mother in law is a beach lover. she loves tropical places and decorates her house with palm trees and lush colors that remind her of the places she loves. so when it came to making a card for this layout, i wanted to represent and celebrate her.

now let’s get one thing out there, i am no painter. i have never found a deep love for this particular medium. my mom however, she’s a fabulous painter! and when she told me she was taking a watercolor class i was so excited because my interest in watercolors had been sparked recently. she and i had a crafty day last weekend and i wanted her to help me practice and show me some techniques after some failed attempts to mix stamps and watercolors during the previous week.

we are seriously the best team. whatever project we do, we always take on our respective roles. i come up with the design and she helps execute it. i knew i wanted a beach scene with a happy birthday sentiment in the sky and i had the color samples i wanted. so she helped me mix colors and showed me techniques to get the results you see here. i did one, loved how it turned out so i did another! gorgeous isn’t it? any chance i can be teleported here? IMG_0706

and as a special bonus, i filmed the process of me making the second one and i’d love to share it with you.

BUT WAIT! there’s more! how would you love a giveaway? head over to the sweet stamp shop blog to enter to win some oldie but goodie sets!

i sure hope you have some crafty weekend plans!

happy scrapping!

andrea_sig

sweet stamp shop // may release #1

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hey crafty friends! the sweet stamp shop is back with another adorable set of new releases! how cute are these? omg, that skunk!!!

 

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as a design team member, i love getting these stamps to play with so i can show you just how versitile and fun they are for your pocket layouts.

today i am showing off handcrafted. and i know what you might be thinking: ‘andrea, this set is for card makers. it’s just so they can put something fun on the backs of their cards to make people think twice about tossing it.’ 🙂 while part of that is true, it’s not JUST for cards at all!

let me show you how i made this set work for my pocket layouts:
we crafters know how important our supplies are, so why not document your space and try out this paper glue and me too stamp:

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and we’ve all made something ourselves, right? document the things in your life that are handmade or handcrafted. maybe it’s not even something you made, but something made FOR you.

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this includes people too. i used a combination of stamps from sweet stamp shop as well as a stamp from another vendor to say what i wanted to say. handcrafted by god are all stamps from sweet stamp shop and they go perfectly with the you are and triangle from studio calico.

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how can you use this set to document the handmade things in your life? today only, you can use COUPON CODE: MR110 to receive 10% off your order for any of these new releases, and then show me what you make with it!!

and don’t forget to check out the sweet stamp shop blog to see how the other design team members used their sets!

hope you have a super crafty day…and with national scrapbooking day coming up this weekend, i hope you enjoy some pocket scrapbooking!

andrea_sig

sweet stamp shop // april release #2

hello there sweet friends!

it’s time for another set of new releases from sweet stamp shop! this release is full of adorable cuteness, once again!!

let’s look at the sets that are available today:

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for this release, i’ll be showing off owl be genius, hedgehog kiss and mr. octopus. all can be found in the sweet stamp shop.

okay, seriously…all of these stamps are super cute and have so many uses. here are a few ways i used them in my project life layouts.

marshall was given a whole long stand of stickers at trader joe’s, probably by using his charm and gorgeous eyes. but i thought this owl set was the perfect way to document it.

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this set has no particular use yet, but i got new supplies that have a woodsy homey feel and i wanted to use them with these adorable little heggies.

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mr. octopus was the perfect set to document the digital life my 12 year old lives in. he loves his iPod touch and loves to text and chat and game.

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just a few ideas here to get you thinking….stamps definitely have a place in your project life world!

if you need more convincing, head on over to the sweet stamp shop blog to see other ways our design team has used these adorable stamps! and then you can use discount code AR10 for 10% off the new release today only!

and let me know which ones you decided on…they’re all so cute!

happy scrapping!

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