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Geek Lab: Adventure Card

Hi friends,

Melissa here with you today and it’s a bittersweet post! This is my last one… not just for this current kit but also for my term as a design team member. I have absolutely loved my time here with Clique Kits but, I had to make the decision. I love designing and teaching and empowering other creative types but, it’s time to take a break from DT’s and focus on me and what I want to do. I’m looking forward to no deadlines and such. But, I will say, this team will be one I will miss. I hope you know that Clique Kits has a GREAT things here. Beautiful kits (will always be my favorite), amazing inspiration (I’m excited to see what the next team does) and a fun community (have you joined us on Facebook yet?)

For my last card with you all, I wanted to, once again, show you a card using the gorgeous cut files that are exclusive to the CK kits. I loved the fall leaves square but, was more drawn to the individual leaves. In my head, I pictured utilizing the circle stickers and then embellishing with the leaves. It turned out better than I even thought. I hope you like it too. Here is the finished card a few close ups:

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I also used the little asterisk shaped cut files that were part of that square. I actually like the texture they bring with the tone on tone of the white cardstock. I was equally excited when I realized you can see them in the photo too!

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How cute do those leaves look??? They really add the perfect amount of texture and help the card have a bit of interest. Those stickers are fabulous but, when in a pinch for that “one more thing”, cut files are the best!

I decided to hand write the first part of the sentiment on to one of the stickers. I just could not find the right alpha in my stash or anywhere else so, handwriting it is. Thankfully, I do like my handwriting!

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Thanks for joining me here today!

The past year has definitely been an adventure I have enjoyed and I’m also looking forward to moving on! See you around!

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Locker Room: Enjoy the Journey Card

Hi friends,

Melissa here with you again and I’m sharing the second, of four, projects I have made using the stunning September Sundance kit.

I love Locker Room posts! The title always reminds me of half time at a football game (totally appropriate right now since it’s football season GO HAWKS!) and the coach is getting every one fired up again… whether it’s because the team needs a kick in the toosh or maybe they are rocking it out and don’t want to lose steam. So… this type of post always has me wanting to give you a pep talk! Maybe you have no mojo… maybe you are going strong… whatever it is, I hope that I can just provide with a couple more tools for your creative toolbox and how to make the most of your kit!

Here we go!

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I know, I know. This looks like the makings of an Art Studio post but, it’s not. This piece of cardstock was a booboo. I messed up with my ink for another project. Almost threw it out but, noticed the colors went perfect with the papers in this kit. So, I added a few more splatters and decided to use it as my cardstock base. See? Even our “mess ups” end up useful! Don’t throw them out just yet!

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Alright, so this next part has a lot to share. One of the ways I love taking on a new perspective and/or stretching my product is to look at what I can fussy cut. The flowers and leaves were so perfect to do this with! It definitely helps to utilize every single part of the kit. I also wanted to incorporate one of the cut files. I love how cut files can add more to the projects and, the best part? You never run out! I’m also going to be using some of the stickers on this card and those fun alpha stickers.

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I want to point out something with this card, so far. When I use mists and inks on my cardbase, I notice that I use less product. Why? Because the inks provide a couple of things… texture and color. That way, I can bring in a little pop of something with the pattern papers and embellishments but, not too much. The result is my product/kit lasts longer! And I can make more! Which is exciting when I love the collection and papers and all that! Yay!

Here is the final card with the finished sentiment and embellishments…

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Thanks for swinging by today! Head over to the shop to see more of the September Sundance kit, as well as, the ala carte shop for all the beautiful add-ons you can get! Use code melissa10 at checkout and save 10% on your order!

Until next time…

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Geek Lab: Dream Big Card

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Hey friends,

Melissa here with you today and I’m sharing one of my four projects created using the absolutely stunning September Sundance kit. Seriously, it is so beautiful. I just love the two collections from 1 Canoe 2 and Fancy Pants. So Fall but, a slightly different color palette than the usual oranges and browns. Love!

Alright, so, on to my project. Today I wanted to share with you a fun card using one of the cut files from the CK Store. I love using cut files and I know there are so many posts and tutorials on using them but, it never hurts to see one more. Right? Plus, it also doesn’t hurt to remind you we have some awesome cut files here in the shop! Designed exclusively for you by some top notch ladies, too, and they go so well with the kits and product! Yay!

Alright, here is the cut file already cut out and ready to go…

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To get my papers ready, I kept the “negative” pieces of the cut file and used them as a template. That way, I knew I would get slightly bigger to the true size. This helps immensely when getting ready to place them in between those spaces of white cardstock. I know they fit and will go over slightly so I can use some adhesive too. I found it easier to adhere the patterned paper strips to the card first. Especially for this particular cut file since there were some super thin pieces. It’s hard to line it up right and get it down perfect.

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Because of the thin lines of cardstock, I used glossy accents as my liquid adhesive. It dries clear and I don’t mind the slight shiny parts that show. After adhering the cut file on to the cardstock, I didn’t like how the basket part of the hot air balloon looked as just white. It was too late, and too annoying, to try to cut out from cardstock something so, I dug out my Gelatos. Next time… I will remember to cut out “just in case” OR color with the ink FIRST. It got a little sketchy a few times and almost smeared on my card base. But, in the end, I don’t mind the way it looks.

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The puffy sticker words from Fancy Pants are just perfect for cards! Almost all of the sentiments are PERFECT and I thought this one would go so well with the hot air balloon.

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The card really didn’t need much else! Just a of the die cuts from the kit and ta da! Easy and so fun and whimsical.

Thanks for joining me today for Geek Lab! I hope you get a chance to grab some of the awesome cut files in our shop and use them to help stretch your kit! Make sure to use code melissa10 at check out to save 10% on your order!

Until next time…

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Art Studio- Mermaid Hair

Hi everyone!  Audrey here to share another page I made with my most favorite Clique Kits kit EVER!  The August Malibu kit featuring Pink Paislee Summer Lights!

I find it easier to work with a kit when there are also amazing cut files to go with them!  I used this “Scallop” cut file that goes along with the August monthly release.  You can find it in the store HERE.

This file reminded me of scales on a fish (or mermaid!) and with the other mermaid elements in the kit also, I felt I needed to do a mermaid page.  I found this photo of my daughter on the boat and I loved her messy hair blowing in the wind, her smile, and her purple life jacket that went perfectly with the colors in the kit.

 

 

I started by adding some mists and inks to the background.  I cut the file from the ombre blue/purple patterned paper and added it on top. I clustered a few embellies on each side of my photo after I matted it with some patterned papers

 

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I added a few hints of scalloped stitching, and of course the mermaid chipboard on the bottom right.  To help your eye move across the page, I added a thin strip of polka dot paper on the left side of the page.

You can watch me create this page from start to finish here:

 

Thanks so much for watching and enjoy the August Kit!

 

 


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Geek Lab- The Ocean is Calling

 

Hi everyone!  I have totally ripped through this entire August Kit, Malibu, featuring Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection.  I love the water color look and the gradations from yellow to blue to purple and pink.

For Geek Lab today, I thought I would use some of my trusty tools: my Silhouette Cameo, my sewing machine and a circle punch.

I began by cutting this cut file from the store from a CK Clique Into Color Kit from a year or so ago.  The images are large paint strokes, and I wanted to create a “sand” layer, a “water” layer, and a “sky” layer up my page.  Once I had my layers down, I stitched over most of them with coordinating threads to add some texture and interest.

Once I had the layers on, I punch some circles from coordinating papers and overlapped them on two colors.  I wanted a place to ground my embellishment and the circles did just that.

Finally, I embellished each circle area with chipboard and stickers.

You can watch the whole process here:

 

What are your favorite tools to use on a page?

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

-Audrey

 


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Locker Room – Mini Album

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Hello everyone! Enza here with a mini album to share with you today using the beautiful July Pool Party Travelers Notebook kit.

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The idea for my mini was to have a 2017 album with only one picture per month. I do this a lot. I use the same concept for my TN. I think it’s fun to look at random pictures and get a feel of how our life is/was during that given year. You will also notice there is no journaling. The reason for it is that I usually include the full stories in our Project Life albums. Sometimes I just want to look at pictures and pretty papers 🙂
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The 4×6 cards from the Ain’t Life Grand collection included in the kit are just the right size. I started by cutting a few tag shapes from different patterned papers and adhered them back to back. I love how thick the papers are. There is no need to add extra cardstock in between the layers to make your pages stronger, which saves time and money 😉 Once all my pages were ready, I embellished them with a variety of elements. A mix of ephemera pieces, exclusive cut files and printables from the Clique store, and some stitching added that layered, unique look I love.

Here is the front:

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Here is the back:
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The alpha stickers I used were included in the June Aquarelle kit. The copper color coordinates perfectly with the Pool Party TN kit.
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Some of the cut files were modified to fit the tag shape. Same idea was used for a couple of pictures, as well as the 3×4 cards that come in the kit. I just adhered them back to back, cut the top corners, and punched a hole to fit the other tags.
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I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and will maybe use your Traveler’s Notebook kit to make a fun and colorful mini album.

Until next time. Have a lovely day!

Enza


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Clique Kits July Challenge

Hello Clique Fans!  Erica here with you to bring you our July challenge!  First thank you to everyone who added projects in our Clique Facebook group for the June challenge!  The randomly selected winner for June is Denis Montecinos!  Please email erica@cliquekits.com to claim your prize!  We hope to see you again this month for our July challenge!

This month our challenge is ANYTHING GOES so have fun and lets so those projects everyone!  I know a lot of you are scrapping your summer memories so add them to the July challenge album in the Clique Facebook group for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Clique Kits shop!

Here is a look at some inspiration from a few of our design team members using the July 2017 kits!

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Remember you can link up in The Clique Facebook Group HERE!

Here are a few details about the challenge!

  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by August 3rd, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up.
  • Create any type of project

Thank so much for stopping by today!