Thursday, January 10, 2019

Happy Little Stampers ATC January Challenge

Hello everyone!

I am excited to announce that I have joined Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge team. Today is my very first post with them and I am so excited!

For anyone who isn't familiar with ATC cards, they are mini works of art that measure 2.5" x 3.5" and are traded around the world. Usually they are numbered and signed on the back by the artist. 

This month's theme is Vintage. I loved creating my ATC!

First I used the ink Baked Brown Sugar from Stampin' Up to get that nice blended dark vintage-y look for the background. I made the edges darker by using the ink and not blending it with the blending tool.

After I got the color exactly how I wanted it I took a large word background stamp and inked it in white ink. 

Once I stamped the words and had the background I die cut a butterfly from a punch my mom, Lisa from OhSoCuteByLisa, had in her stash. I am always borrowing her supplies! Make sure to check out her ATC card as well because we are both on this team, so cool!!

Next I added a pearl to the center of the butterfly for an added finish. 

The last step was adding in twine to the top of the card. 

That is it. This card was so much fun to make and I am so happy to be on this team and able to share much more like these cute cards with all of you. 

I hope you'll play along with us this month and enter the ATC challenge at Happy Little Stampers

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

I wanted to write this post today to talk about my word of the year. I know...I am late with this but my word did not come to me right away. It took 3 days into the new year until I realized, this is my word. 

The word I have chosen for 2019 is consistent. I feel like I always start a bunch of things whether its with my planner, my family or anything. I don't normally stick to something very long and I would like to change that. I have decided that consistent is the perfect word for me for 2019 because there were multiple things that I thought I want to do this longer than just today or just this week. 

Now I know it may seem crazy but I am not setting impossible goals to stick to. I am choosing things that are simple but that I know I will be able to accomplish each week/ month.

Here is a look at the eight goals that I have created for myself this year:
I am really excited for 2019! I have a lot of plans and goals for this year. I am so excited to see them all come to life! 

What are your goals for 2019? What is your word?

Happy New Year!


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Paper Sweeties Plan Your Life Series- January 2019!

Happy New Year!!

I can't believe that it is January 1st, 2019! 2019! Where has the time gone?!

I hope that everyone had a lovely holiday season spent with family and friends! I had the pleasure of spending the holidays with some of my favorite family members! We had the best time together and did not want it to end. 

Today I am here to show you my monthly layout using Paper Sweeties Planner Series stamp sets. I used a whole bunch of stamp sets to complete this months layout.

To start I used the words "blog post" from the stamp set Get Your Craft On. I then used the stamp set Celebrate and stamped birthday and the balloons.

The last two stamp sets I used were Everyday Basics and Winter Sentiments. Everyday Basics was released in November and it is the perfect stamp set for all types of planner spreads.

I used the stamp "work" from Everyday Basics and stamped it out on each day.

The last set I used was Winter Sentiments and I used the stamp "resolutions" and "weekend" from this set. I absolutely love the little hearts on either side of the word weekend.

Here is a look at my monthly spread using all different stamp sets from Paper Sweeties:

Hope you will check out all of the stamp sets from the Planner Series at Paper Sweeties!

Thanks for stopping by! Please make sure to head on over to my fabulous team and check out all of their posts for today!

Maria Patrick

Happy New Year from my family to yours!


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Paper Sweeties 25 Days of Christmas 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to Day 16 of 25 Days of Christmas with Paper Sweeties

Today I am bringing you a fun tag created with Planner Series Stamp Set Happy Holidays

The first time I saw this stamp set I noticed the reindeer and just loved it so. I knew that I had to use that reindeer somewhere for something. 

I came up with the perfect idea. I decided to use the reindeer to create a background. I die cut a circle using the Sweet Cuts Circle Scalloped Frame. The die creates a scalloped outside and I used the inside circle to make my tag.

 I then stamped the cute little reindeer in all different directions around the tag. Then I took my Zig markers and colored three different shades of brown. Once that was done I took my red Zig marker and colored the nose.

After all the coloring was done I punched out a hole in the top and strung some twine and Sugar Sprinkles Seam Binding through the top so that it could be used just about anywhere.

I love adding cute decorations to my planner so that is exactly where this tag ended up after I created it. I absolutely love how it came out and I love getting to look at it in my planner setup!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today!

This month Paper Sweeties is showcasing all of the design team members and guest designers each day of the month getting everyone in the holiday spirit! Please check back each day to see what each design team member has created! Here is a list of what each day looks like:

December 1st: Planner Team Posts
December 2nd: Debbie Marcinkiewicz
December 3rd: Lilian Forsyth
December 4th: Amy Tsuruta  ---> Santa Savings Coupon: embellish
December 5th: Lisa Bzibziak
December 6th: Michelle Bala ---> Santa Savings Coupon: paper
December 7th: Mackie Robertson
December 8th: Karen Letchworth  ---> Santa Savings Coupon: stamps 
December 9th: Maria Patrick
December 10th: Lisa Golzbein
December 11th: Nancy Salkeld
December 12: Mackie Robertson
December 13th: Jinny Newlin
December 14th: Larissa Heskett
December 15: Kathy Schweinfurth
December 16th: Taylor Golzbein
December 17th: Maria Patrick
December 18th: Nancy Salkeld
December 19th: Jinny Newlin
December 20th: Lisa Golzbein
December 21st: Larissa Heskett
December 22nd: Debbie Marcinkiewicz
December 23rd: Karen Letchworth
December 24: Lisa Bzibziak
December 25th: Debbie Marcinkiewicz

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Paper Sweeties Plan Your Life Series - December 2018!

It's the Holiday Season!!

This is one of my favorite times of year. Everyone is getting back from their Thanksgiving celebrations and starting to prepare for their Hanukkah and Christmas plans. 

I know for me I always have to plan out all of the gifts that I get for my friends and family. This year I was able to use some fun stamps from Paper Sweeties to decorate my lists. 

Lists are just so much more fun when you can add cute stickers and stamps.

For this month I used multiple different stamp sets to add in each activity. Eleven to be exact. Eleven different stamp sets I used. I used Appointments, Celebrate, Check List, Coffee, Everyday Basics, Fall Sentiments, Get Your Craft On, Happy Holidays, Happy Icons, Shapes and Winter Sentiments.

I used Zig Markers to color in the balloons, the heart, the coffee beans, the snowflake and the reindeer. The Zig Markers do bleed a little bit through the Erin Condren Life Planner but not too bad. I was able to cover up the other side using a sticker for that week.

Now onto the lists. Lists are so important when it comes to the holidays. Everyone is preparing gifts, meals, vacations and so much more. I know for me I would be lost without my lists.

I use a Filofax Pocket Rings for my everyday carry and recently I have also been using the new Erin Condren Petite Folio. I love the dailies and it is so easy to keep track of all of my lists from
day to day.

Make sure to stay tuned to Paper Sweeties throughout the whole month! We are changing it up a little this month. Each day a different design team member will be sharing their projects with you. Also there may or may not be a new stamp being released this month so I would definitely stick around if I were you😉

Thanks for stopping by! Please make sure to head on over to my fabulous team and check out all of their posts for today!

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Exciting News!

Hey everyone!

I am back today to tell you some very exciting news for our shop PrettyPaperPieces4U on Etsy. My mom and I have been working on this idea for quite some time now and I am so excited that I am finally able to share it with all of you. 

This creation has been in the works for years and it has finally been possible to release it!
As you all may or may not know my mom, Lisa is pretty creative. She used to design invitations and from there went to scrapbook layouts and now she designs cards, tags and so much more. She has her own blog and Instagram dedicated to her crafty-ness! Whenever I need a card or tag or dashboard for my planner, she is the one that I turn to and beg her for yet another crafty design. 

With all of that being said, she designed the cutest little character and has been drawing it since she was in high school. Now I won't tell you how old she is but its been a while😝

Ever since I opened my Etsy Shop I knew that I wanted this character but we had no way or means of bringing it to life. It was my dream to see this come to life. 

Well ladies and gentleman, we have brought it to life. We have made that dream a reality. We actually did it and I could not be happier. I am so excited to finally be able to share this with you. 

I would like to present, Squiggly!!

This fun new character has been a dream for so long and I am beyond excited to be able to make that dream a reality today!! I hope that you all love Squiggly as much as we do.

Stay tuned for even more Squiggly releases in the next few weeks!

Thank you all for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Use the Stickers!

Hi everyone! 

I wanted to share my weekly spread and talk a little bit about my style of planning.

I have been in the planner community for 3 1/2 years and in that time I have acquired quite the sticker collection. Binders full of stickers ranging from functional to decorative. I know I am not the only one who struggles with this so that is why I am writing this post.

I find it hard to use certain stickers so instead I hoard them. I know I am not alone. I know countless of us other planner gals and dudes do this as well. 

I have been asked what good is that going to do to hoard them?!

Well I am not quite sure lol. Anybody have any guesses?🧐

So this week (after 3 1/2 years of planning) I decided to use the stickers. 

What good is hoarding them doing? 


They are still going to remain in the binder and I won't be able to enjoy them. By using them I will be able to view them throughout the week. I will also have a picture of the spread which will more than likely be posted to Facebook and Instagram. 

So I have decided. I am going to use my stickers. I am going to use all the cute stickers that I have been hoarding because they were too cute to use. 

Too cute to use?!

That is the point! Use the cute stickers. Use the cute washi. Use it all!

So in honor of this light bulb moment in my life😝here is a picture of my spread from this week. 
I used Planning Made Easy's October Sub Box from last year. I used the remaining stickers from the sheet because I had used this kit last year. So all the stickers that I decided last year I was going to hoard, I used this year for this week's spread. So here is my before and after the pen spread. 

Please let me know what stickers you have been hoarding for the past few years because I would love to know! 

Thank you for stopping by!