Clique Kits April Pep Rally featuring Origins

Pep Rally Origins

Welcome to my favorite day of the month-Pep Rally day! And reveal of the new kit! YAY!

Here is today’s lineup of great bloggers featuring projects made using the April Kit Origins. And don’t forget to stop by the Clique Kits website to take a peek at the amazing May kit! It is so incredible- those colors!

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/

Here—->Gia Lau https://giaaloha.com/

 

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This month I used the Origins kit and one of the best selling add ons- the Maya Road steel geometric heart die – to create the major elements of this layout. First I used the die as intended to cut some of those lovely hearts from the Simple Stories Life in Color patterned paper. I also used the die as a template to cut two heart shapes from the Bella Blvd acetate paper in the kit and I used my WeRMemoryKeepers Fuse tool to adhere them into a pocket which I stuffed with sequins.

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I was super excited about how this embellishment turned out! (sequins from Clique kits and Pinkfresh Studios). I used one of the mist colors that coordinates with the Origins kit (Diet Cola)  along with some watercolor paint to create a mixed media background for my layout.

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These Prima watercolors have been flying off the shelves in the Clique Kits shop. They are so convenient in the adorable little metal box and the colors are so vibrant! I cannot wait until more colors are available!

I loved the mirror acrylic laser cut piece that was a CK exclusive in the April kit. It would make any layout extra special. And the Bella enamel hearts went perfectly with my yellow and greyscale color scheme on this layout! They really added a pop of happiness!

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I finished my background with some Kelly Purkey stamps from my stash. I have found that where I used to sew, the fuse has become my new timesaver, for better or worse. Sigh.

I know you will enjoy the rest of the hop! Please leave comments for chances to win an April Kit, (or choice of prize of equivalent  value if you are already a subscriber), spread the word and invite all your friends- the more the merrier! Have a happy, happy day!

-xGia

Tuesday’s Topic: A Quick Sketch Challenge

Sunday morning just for fun Erica posted a sketch challenge in the Clique Facebook group for subscribers and fans over at Clique Kits. I had two b&w photos I was planning to scrap anyway so I was up for the challenge and felt inspired by the sketch right away!

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Using my April Clique Kit Origins plus a few simple additions from the Pinkfresh Studios Felicity collection die cut pieces and some washi tape from my stash (and from MAMBI Happy Planner collections) I was done with the layout in less than 20 minutes.  I really love the wood veneer title piece that was in this kit from Fancy Pants Designs and the little coffee cup was perfect for the photos of us on a lazy weekend morning having our morning coffee. Here are a couple of other views.

If you would like to join the fun and are not already a member of The Clique simply request an invite to the group or email for an invite to info@cliquekits.com or erica@cliquekits.com.

Farewell to March!

 

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There it is-the breakfast of champions. My hot,triple shot, venti caramel machiatto, stirred. And a banana. What are you drinking? Here is a quick layout and my last one of the month with the March kit! I am ready to cut into the April Kit! So before I do, I did one last super sweet and simple one.

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I really enjoyed using the March Kit Hell Yeah! Here is one last picture of it and a link in case you would like to know where you can purchase one of your own!

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Thanks for stopping by!

-xoGia

Tuesday’s Topic: Marbled Hearts

 

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If you are a follower of Giaaloha on instagram you may have seen this pic recently! If not, please follow my Instagram feed!

 

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This technique uses nail polish and shaving cream!

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Spread some shaving cream in a container

Drip some nail polish on top. I also spritzed some gold lame mist.

Then use a toothpick to make a design

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Gently lay each heart down on the surface and lift it straight up.

Once the foam settles and the air bubbles pop

Wipe the surface with a smooth cloth

such as a piece of clean cloth used to clean electronic screens or eye glasses

If you do not have these, a scrap of any soft rag such as flannel or old t-shirt will work.

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Each one has it’s own final appearance.

It takes a little experimentation to get different effects.

If you don’t have the time or or the desire to get messy, you can buy some of these handmade embellishments already made for you in the Clique Kits school store. April is our anniversary month and one of our goals for this year is to educate and share even more with our followers and community about our values and our goals of carrying MORE handmade, sourced from small business, Girl boss owned, and fair traded and eco-conscious companies! If you happen to be a DIYer or the owner of such a company and would like to contact us about your products, please feel free to email me at gia@cliquekits.com.

-xoGia

 

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Inspiration is everywhere, if you just look around. But sometimes, like on Mondays, my mojo can use a little kick in the butt. How about you? That’s why I sometimes force myself to do these Mojo Monday posts- to remind myself to find the inspiration in everyday life and remember to use it in my creative life! So here goes!

I bought this dress at Target this weekend for $29.99. I love the pretty salmon/coral color and noticed that this color is everywhere these days and even in the March Clique Kit Hell Yeah! I also found that some fun jewelry pieces matched and were on sale at Aeropostale buy one get two free-so I got a necklace, bracelet set and earrings (not shown) for $17. I am starting a new job site on Monday so I am feeling that “first day of school” excitement to meet new people and make a first impression. This outfit is very “me.”

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The traditional Japanese culture inspired Cherry Blossom Festival has been happening in Honolulu recently. I love this photo of the Queen and her court. The festival includes a pageant, which is fun. This photo is inspiring with the pretty shades of pinks and purples and greens against the bold black and white rectangular checkered pattern. Zoom in and the florals are also lovely.

And now for my layout using the March Clique Kit Hell Yeah!

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Check out one of my previous Mojo Monday posts for more about those eyes!  I love the gold feather die cut which was an add on available in the school store-it really makes the layout special.  If there are any of the March Clique Kits still available, you can purchase one here. To make sure you don’t miss out on any future kits, make sure you subscribe!

-xoGia

Saturday Morning Art Kids

 

 

Do you remember shrinky dinks? My kids love to use my stamps and inks to create charms to turn into jewelry, zipper pulls, and other fun stuff using heat shrinkable film. Here is how we did it!

 

 

There are still some of this adorable stamp available in the Clique Kits shop! I just love using the cactus and adding the faces and bows and the polka dot pattern! Have you got yours yet?

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-xGia

Girl Friday: Planner Check In

 

 

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Just a quick post to share some of the fun stamps I have been using in my planner this month. I just love this macaron stamp which was designed by Lacey Gasper and is a Clique Kits exclusive stamp! I love that it stamps really crisp as an outline and I can color it however I want- this time I was playing with my paints. I am not sure how many of this stamp are left but if you hurry you can still get your own!

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I know I am a bit quirky, because these stamps are not at all considered “planner” stamps, yet I love to use them to decorate my pages with the fun and whimsical designs! In fact, I have found that I use my stamps the most on my planner pages, or in my travel journals and sketchbooks where I feel the most free to just play and be goofy.

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Here is a close up of the Celestial stamp from Wildflower +Co. also still available in the Clique Kits store. I adore this stamp because it is unique and funky. How cute is that constellation kitty?  Do you use stamps in your planner? What are your favorite brands? Thanks for stopping by today!

-x Gia

 

 

Clique Kits March Pep Rally featuring Hell Yeah!

Pep Rally HellYeah

 

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Welcome to my blog and this month’s Pep Rally. I am delighted to share my projects using one of my favorite kits that we have created so far–Hell Yeah!, and also to celebrate the reveal of the April Kit with you all! Before we get started, here is today’s blog line up!

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia Lau https://giaaloha.com/
Erica Thompson https://ericarosecreates.wordpress.com/
*Melissa Vining http://yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
*Leeann Pearce http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com.au/
*Carolina Schulz www.carolinaschulz.com
*Kat Benjamin http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com
*Marcia Dehn-Nix http://www.onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/
*Maryam Perez Osorio http://maryamperez.blogspot.com/
Elsie Robinson http://heyelsie.blogspot.com/
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Taina Cortes (Evi) http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Hannah Lemieux http://www.scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com/
Charity Feit http://www.scrapfaire.blogspot.com/
Mariah Hechler www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com/
Leigh Ann Odynksi http://www.artfulleighcreative.com

We are glad you are here to join the fun! At Clique Kits, subscribers who blog are invited to participate in our monthly blog hops to share projects using the kit and celebrate the reveal of the next month’s kit, earning free product credit for doing what we love and inspiring each other. Its definitely a win win all around! Just another perk of subscribing! Right now there are many products in the school store to spend these free product credits on, and if you shop before the 28th you can have items added to your kit box where up to 3 pounds are eligible for free or discounted shipping, depending on where you live. Last but not least, leave a comment on every blog and you will enter to win a free kit!

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Here is my  layout. I had fun playing with the chartreuse and papaya colored sequins that came with the kit to decorate my pineapple die cut on this page. Everything  except for the title lettering and a pineapple die that I used to cut the pineapple shape came in the kit!

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And now I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created!  Don’t forget to head over to Clique Kits for the full reveal of the April Kit: Origins. It is our Anniversary month and there will be lots of inspiration and neat stuff happening!

-xo Gia

Throwback Thursday: Basic Grey Tribute

 

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For my Throwback Thursday post this week I am sharing an older layout of my son Nikolas building something with his legos. Back in the day, Basic Grey was one of the hottest, trendiest companies! I have so many great memories of shopping in my small town LSS called Scrapbook Alley where they always carried Basic Grey lines! It is so sad to see Basic Grey no longer making paper collections!

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To play along with the Flash Mob tribute on Facebook, post your own Throwback Thursday layout using any Basic Grey collection. Tag a friend and use the following hashtags to enter to win a prize from Clique Kits!

#‎basicgreytribute‬

‪#‎basicgreyflashmob‬

‪#‎throwbackthursdaybasicgrey‬

#‎cliquekits_basicgreytribute‬

I know that we will never have another Basic Grey!

-xo Gia

 

Mojo Monday

 

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Aloha! I just realized that almost 2 months have gone by and I still have not posted about one of the craft and hobby industry’s biggest source of mojo! The CHA winter show was held for the last time ever in Anaheim, California this year from January 8-13th. This year the entire Clique Kits leadership team was able to attend, which was even more inspiring since we were able to combine our own company retreat with the industry’s largest trade show. What was even more inspiring to me than seeing all of the new products and all of the “celebrities” was just hanging out with and watching the Clique Kits leadership team in action! We have evolved into a well oiled machine over the past two years, and yet still continue to grow and improve!

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Here we are approaching the Anaheim Convention Center to get registered and then head out to Disneyland, California for some food, drinks, and heart to heart discussion of our progress and goals as individuals and as a company! Some people may not realize that the Clique Kits founders and leadership team work together from many different zip codes and time zones. How is that possible? We use the internet of course and video teleconferencing technology. So meeting up face to face to is a once a year opportunity!

 

One of the things I love about working with a team of girl bosses is that we started the company with the intention to empower each other, not have power over each other. Like any good team, with each player in the role where their strengths are used to the team advantage, everyone thrives! Sometimes stressful situations can pull even the best of friends apart. Basic tenets of communication and preventive maintenance are key in this situation. Some of the things the CK girls do to maximize team work are:

  1. Chat every day in our Clique Kits leadership chat group!
  2. Meet regularly starting with a monthly “check-in” just to update each other on life outside of the company!
  3. Back each other up. We are each able to step up to fill in for each other in any task if needed to help each other when we need to step away “offline” for family or personal situations. We give each other breaks-whenever asked!
  4. Communicate effectively. We know how to give and take constructive criticism. We are able to express ourselves freely with no fear of retribution. If anyone finds anyone else hard to take, we don’t ignore it. We clear the air right away!

Here we are at Downtown Disney- yummy macaroons for dessert!

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Back at our hotel suite-we had two adjoining rooms for the 5 of us. Sandy was our special guest as a design team member she was able to shoot lots of video for the Clique Kits and her personal You Tube channel covering the sights and activities we shared at CHA! Every night was basically a slumber party- we stocked the room with food & drinks and talked into the night making plans and going over the day’s events.

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Nicole took this picture of me because I have been kind of obsessed with Zebras lately. LOL

Echo Park company had a map to pin an Instax picture to your location on- I also loved this collection of all of the states-especially my favorite state- Hawaii.

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It was really neat to see the Altenew booth again-this year doubled in size! Last year we were so excited to order the stamp set we included in our Clique Cards Spring Edition 2015 and got to see the cards the Altenew owner created with the kit which featured the first My Mind’s Eye On Trend collection by Jen Allyson. We decided to do an encore performance and order the second On Trend (On Trend 2) for Clique Cards: Spring 2016 which is on sale now for pre-order! This time, we found another cute stamp from Hero Arts that coordinates with it perfectly! There are also NEW Altenew stamps available in the Clique Kits store, along with the amazing inks we tried out ourselves, and highly recommend for crisp,clean stamping perfection! (Ugh so many exclamation points- but I can’t help it.)

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Another product we will be bringing to The Clique this summer- possibly alone or in a kit, are these really cool watercolor powders which contain a mixture of colors by Cosmo Cricket. They were super fun to play with giving a multitude of cool effects!

Recently the Clique Kits leaders have opened up a heart to heart discussion about heading in a direction away from doing business with large monopoly corporations in the industry, and moving in a direction favoring working mostly with smaller companies with whom we have built trusting, mutually rewarding relationships in our first two years of business. We realize this is a major step, and may disappoint certain people who continue to covet the products controlled by certain conglomerates. On the other hand, with these products widely available elsewhere, skipping over them for Clique Kits would enable us to focus more on exclusive products, and again, allow us to network with and nurture our relationships with smaller companies and newer start up companies we could easily overlook otherwise. This is not to say we wish to boycott, or in any way put down large corporations in the craft and hobby industry. It is simply the topic of discussion and the Clique Kits leadership team is interested in hearing what other think. Clique Kits is still and always will be committed to supporting small businesses, indie artists (Etsy and handmade items,etc) and huge fans of fair trade sourcing products that give back to communities around the world! I would love to hear of sources to check out-so please feel free to make recommendations and comments!

-xo Gia