Friday, December 2, 2016


Hello everyone!!

I have a special post for you all!
Illustrated Faith is having a BOGO sale going on now and it includes some really great items...even some that are marked down already!
Items included for example are tip ins, washi strips, clear cuts, paper, tabs, icons and MORE!
Click on the picture below to head over and shop their sale!!
Sale ends December 14th!

Click HERE to be directed to the sale!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

#Gamer's In Training

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

I can not believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving already! Time has flown by! As the next few days pass, I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving, a productive Black Friday and I hope you find some new crafty bargins for you stash!!!....but shhhhh...we won't tell! HAHAHA!
I am continuing on with scrapping my stash this week and have "shopped" my stash of crafty supplies and created a few smaller "kits", so to speak, to work from so I don't feel so overwhelmed.  Today I'm pulling all older collections with the exception of the Dear Lizzy Documented sheet that I used for my background paper. I wanted to have this be a bright and contrasting layout with a black and white background with pops of bold and bright color...then I got a little carried away with my mists! lol!!  I love how this turned out!
Here are a few close ups and I'll have product listed below!

This time around, I used more product lines that I have been using in the past few layouts. 
Here is some of the items that I used:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Got Candy? Eek! Eww! Halloween Layout

Hello everyone!
It's hard to believe that we are just 2 days away from Thanksgiving already....where in the world has the time gone?! October seems like such a blur....and so does this first part of November! Sheesh! lol
Anyways, I'm still pushing thru my photos from Halloween and getting them into my album and wanted to share this one! This is probably my most favorite this year because seriously, how cute are those spiders?!  If you know anything about me, you'd know that I would NEVER say I like spiders, but how could you not in this layout?! They are just so dang cute!!!!!

Here are some close ups of the layout and I'll have product information below!

The products that I used in this layout came mostly from my stash...because that stash keeps growing and I feel like I'm never using it..oops!   Some of the items used were from Pebbles "Trick or Treat" collection and the others were from Bella Blvd "Too Cute to Spook" collection. It seems like these two manufacturers are my "go to" companies lately. Because they are older collections, they are more difficult to find for sale, but I was able to find a few pieces of the Pebbles collection. Here are the links:

Friday, November 11, 2016

"Family Is Love" Layout

Happy Friday All!

Today I have a fun layout to share with you using Bella Blvd. products, watercolors and a cut file from The Cut Shoppe! Fall has definately been in the air lately and I love to capture that moment at least once every year when it's still warm enough outside for my boys to play in the leaves and enjoy the sunshine. The photo is a little fuzzy, but I made it a warm grey scale to help hide that and to also tone down the colors on the page since there is so much going on. 

Here are some photos and close ups of the layout and Ill have links at the end for the products I have used!

I LOVE this leaf paper from Bella Blvd and knew that I had to use it, but I also wanted to do some watercoloring splashes, So I decided to use gesso behind the leaf grouping so you can see it better. The leaves I made from a cut file from The Cut Shoppe.  The file actually is just one of the single leaves and what I did was scale them in different sizes and weld them together for behind the photo, then left 3 different size single leafs to use on the top right of the layout. I used my Gansai Tambi Watercolors to color my leaves then applies my clear wink of stella glitter pen over top to add shimmer.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Free "grateful" .png !!!

Good Crafty Morning and Hello Saturday!

With a hectic week, it's been so relaxing to sit, design and create this early Saturday morning!...just fitting it into an even busier weekend lol!! Any ways, I was sketching and prepping for my 30 Days of Gratitude, because I realized that begins this Tuesday...holy crap where did the time go?!  I eventually want to make an introduction 4x6 card for in my album and wanted something  "personal" to start the 30 day journey.  Here's how the lettering ended up:

I cut it in two sizes, possibly one to use in my bible journal as well, and heat embossed it twice with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder....this was my first time using this color of embossing powders...and WOW!!  I'm impressed! Definitely a new staple in my collection!

I would like to share this "grateful" hand written design with you all!
Click HERE for the .png format to use in you Silhouette software...just resize and image trace!
(Please remember this is a free image designed by me. No selling or reproducing for sale items is permitted without my permission.)

Enjoy and be sure to share what you create by tagging me @coleby1981 on Instagram!
I can't wait to see you make!!!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Layout using Maggie Holmes "Bloom"

Happy Fri-yay!!!

I created a layout a few days ago following the amazing sketch from Paper Issues!

I knew the paper, photo and embellishments that I exactly wanted to use! I just love when that happens! Sometimes that's the biggest battle! The papers and some of the embellishments I used came from the Maggie Holmes "Bloom" collection and the other embellishments are from the Carpe Diem collection.

I just love that the little blocks in this paper describe exactly the relationship between my boys and their favorite dog! ....and isn't that pup so darn cute with the tie?! 

Thank you so very much for stopping by!

Have a creative and colorful weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Jesus never leaves!

Hello everyone and happy Friday eve!!!

Today I'm sharing probably my most favorite entry in my bible thus far.

"He will be with you. He will not leave you."

No matter what our troubles may be, Jesus never leaves us. Ask for forgiveness if we are astray. Ask for help if we are lost. Sometimes just a simple "thank you" for everything he's done for us.

The word "leaves" inspired this entire project.  I used my silhouette to cut out all of the individual leaves and painted them with distress paints as you can see below.

After the leaves dried, I splatterd them with white paint dropplets for more dimension.  I formed them into a wreath on my page and topped it off with an assortment of sequins and enamel dots.  I also added on 3 wood veneer leaves over top some thread for more dimension.  

Here are some close ups of the page!

Thank you all so much for stopping by!

I hope you have a fantastic evening and a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bible Journaling Bonanza!

Hello crafty friends!

I have so busy with my head in my bible that I keep forgetting to post these as I create them! I've been water coloring, using my new fabulous Distress Crayons from Tim Holtz and heat embossing all sorts of things! lol!!  Here's what's been added to my bible over the last 2 weeks:

This layout has to be one of my top 2 fav's!  It happened by a whym and was one of those moments where a verse hit me and I wanted to get it down...and it all happened in maybe 20 minutes...which is a record for me!

Another fav....I wanted to try the "cleaner" look to my pages...but, I'm not sure if this is really my style...not enough color! Hahaha!

LOVE the heat embossing on this layout with the water coloring on the leaves!!! 

My first attempt at a "tip in" if you will...that "One of a kind" card is a flap with journaling behind.

Oh and my other fav!!  Just look at all the water color, tone on tone stamping and enamel dots!! 
Makes my heart HAPPY!!!!

Next page, I'll try to remember to post as I finish it! 
And maybe with a process in there too!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a colorful week!