Chasing Dreams…

Hello all, I have a layout to share with you today, using a BUNCH of the newly-arrived-in-store-Chasing Dreams line from Crate Paper!  I love this line so much, I can’t even.

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So first of all, the name of the line inspired me.  I have a few photos of my daughter hard at work, but I only needed the one to tell this story today.

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I especially love the one sheet of paper with the tropics spread all over it!  (Have you heard - tropical is the new black this year?  You heard it here first.)

So I fussy cut around one piece of tropical greenery and vintage floral.  Because it’s like fine Belgian chocolate truffles.  A little goes a long way.  And this way, there’s more for another layout or two.  Economy AND beauty.  Win. Win.

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And then the line has a sticker package that doesn’t end.  With a pink camera?  Come ON now.  Yes, cameras have been around awhile, as an embellishment piece, because what else, after all, is scrapbooking, but documenting what the camera captures?  But even so, using them on a page, every page, often felt … a little forced, somehow.  But hello?  On a layout of my daughter who is striving to become a full-time, professional photographer?  Oh, I think so!

I also added a Silhouette - cut leaf bunch.  Because my poor Cameo was feeling neglected and it knows I might be developing feelings for another machine.  But I’ll let you know about that if and when it comes to pass.

chasedream2And then there are the Crate Paper, Oasis alphabet stamps!!  I will be using these a LOT.  They are the perfect shape and size and with a decent selection of markers or paint, will match any and EVERY layout or card you will ever make.  On this layout I went for the color varied, messily colored look.

As well, I got to play with some new Nuvo Dots.  I only got two colors in this shipment, but more are on their way and I couldn’t be more excited!  You guys.  The Crystal drops are transparent!  SO gorgeous!!

I’m predicting this line won’t last long, so get over to the store and getcha some, or let Lori know you will be needing a pizza box stat!

Have a great rest of your day!

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Keep yo’ fo’ks folks, they’s pah!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends and neighbors!!  C’mon in and help yourself to something from our appetizer platter!  The table is set and the turkey in the oven is making the house smell divine!!

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I’m sharing with you today, some photos of our Thanksgiving tablescape.  And also the little crafty/scrappy effort I made for place setting name tags.  Because I have all the supplies and someone would be disappointed if I didn’t.  Make that effort.  Even if the only disappointed person is me!

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I don’t have a grey table cloth to cover both our regular dinning room table plus the folding table Mr B has jimmied to fit with the regular table like its all one huge long table, so I covered everything with several white cloths and then angled the grey table cloth to fit end to end and tucked the sides up underneath the cloths.

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Yes, I married copper accents with china that has a gold edge AND silver tableware and goblets.  I don’t care what anyone says.  I like it and I’m gonna do it.

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So these name tags.  As much as I wish I could say I printed them (and that IS my goal to one day be able to do) I stamped these.  With individual alphabet stamps.  That Lori is looking into getting in the store.  SUCH a fun and easy way to look way more Pinteresty than you actually are.

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I tucked a single gingersnap cookie into each little paper bag (and I used up all I had so, Lori, I’ma need more please!) folded over the top and tied the tag to the bag with some twine.  Love how the buttery cookie makes grease marks on the bag!  These bags and these would also be super cute!

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I found some copper twinkle lights at Kirkland, a home decor store down here.  They’re battery operated so no need for cords dangling off the table.

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I decided against the fall colored floral arrangements I’ve seen everywhere this year, and decided to just cut a variety of greenery and put them in the chalk painted mason jars I did awhile back.  I love the simple color scheme of grey, white, copper and green.  So fresh and on point!

And finally the pie.  Always pumpkin.  I have no need to complicate my taste buds with pecan or apple options and so my guests have to be happy with pumpkin as well.  I am learning a new skill of cake decorating so the spun sugar accent was a late night youtube lesson that I thought would go fine on the pie.  I think I’ve just started a new tradition in our house!

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I hope you’re having a spectacular day where ever you are.  And if it includes a bite of turkey, even better!!

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This post was written by Norine on November 24, 2016

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