Monday, August 14, 2017

Easy Button Scrapbooking: Little Dreamer Layout

I always love what I call "easy button" scrapbooking.  Give me layouts that don't require a lot of fuss any day of the week.  It makes the chances THAT much greater that my pics are getting into an album.  Especially since I go back to full time work at school this week!  My crafty time during the school year is precious, let me tell you, and I know yours is too.

Here is a super layout that serves just that purpose!  I tweaked a little design that corporate provided to consultants and made it "pattern paper friendly" to creating several of the same layout.  This way I was able to offer the layout at my Workshop Buffet!  :)

This one features the Little Dreamer pattern paper, Gold Shimmer Trim, Gold Glitter Gems, and the Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cuts.

CS colors are Lagoon and Glacier while the inks are Tangerine, Lemon, Lagoon, and Glacier.

Lagoon CS is 3.5 x 11.5
Glacier CS is 4 x 12
Patterned Paper is 1.5 x 12
White photo mats are 3.5 in square
Gosh I adore that font!

The great thing about using a small strip of the pattered paper here is that you are free to choose coordinating solid CS and inks in the colors that YOU need.  Whether you need a feminine page or a masculine feel, you can pick the colors to suit your purpose!  These Little Dreamer products are only around while supplies last, so grab them if you want them!  ;)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Camping Life Layout with CTMH Jack

I am constantly finding beautiful layouts in my Close to My Heart Idea Books to recreate...and guess what?  That's exactly why we call them Idea Books!  SO many wonderful ideas inside!

The latest is on pg. 42 of the Seasonal Expressions that retires this month.  It uses the awesome Camping Life My Acrylix stamp set and Jack Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kit.  I have TONS of pics that coordinate with the theme, so I got right to work!

The tree patterned paper is great for outdoor activity pics!  I just love that this kit comes with all the embellishments you need to create MANY pages with your own twist along with the three pre-designed layouts!  I did add the Red Enamel Gems to my layout.

How cute is that Thick Twine attached with the Mini Stapler?

These crafty toys are only around while supplies last this month, so grab them if you need them!  ;)

Have you ever re-created a layout you found in one of the Close to My Heart Idea Books?  :)

How adorable is this new Stamp of the Month for August???
There are some amazing deals released every Tuesday this month!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Close to My Heart Mystery Hostess Month!

Happy August!!!

What's so happy about August?  I know, I know its almost time for school to start again, so the kiddos are not too thrilled, but my crafty friends can get excited because this month, I'm giving away Hostess Rewards!  Be sure to join your orders to my Mystery Hostess link to qualify for the drawing.  It's super easy to do, just click on the "Join" icon as you see below.  You can earn one entry for every $25 in products you buy, and earn at least $25 in FREE products!

Oh, and did I mention the SALE?!?!?

That's right!  It's time to clear out the warehouse for the new products coming this month and next!  Every Tuesday, Close to My Heart will post bundles of amazing products priced to go!  There is even a reduced shipping cost on these items this time as postage will be based on the sale prices instead of regular prices!  Check it out HERE!

August also happens to be the launch of the NEW Annual Inspirations Idea Book, too!

There are so many amazing new papers and stamps and ribbons, OH MY!!!  ;) 

You might be wondering if there is a new Cricut Collection....and there is!!!  This one is called YOU Are Here, and it is an amazing travel themed cartridge, plus SO MUCH MORE!!!

Finally, there is an adorable NEW Stamp of the Month for August as well...School Year!

This is a great month to get some scrapbooking in the books, so head on over to my website HERE to discover some amazing products to use! 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

An Irish Birthday Blessings Card for a Game of Thrones Fan

Today is my sister's birthday!  She just got home from an amazing trip around England/Ireland including a tour of the filming locations one of her favorite shows, Game of Thrones.  Now, I haven't ever even seen one episode of GOT, but I decided to make her a card designed to take her back!

I combined some brand new products arriving next month from Close to My Heart for this one...including the gorgeous new basic grey, Charcoal, for my base.  I cannot believe I don't have a pic of the inside of the card!  It shows the amazing new feature of the Close to My Heart CS--the softer tone reverse side!  All the solid color CS except White Daisy and Black will soon have this feature and some of the packs are already available!

I also used one of my fast favorite product lines...the Fundamentals!  I combined the NEW Basics pack (floral print) with two colors from the Adventure set (Willow green watercolor pattern and this beautiful Pacifica ombre watercolor pattern...)

Here is the cut I used for this card on my Cricut Explore machine...

Those big white clouds are cut using a die from the Little Dreamer Scrapbook Set on my Sizzix Big Shot.  I'll have a layout created with this set up next week right here, so be sure to check in!

IF I had remembered to take a pic of the inside of the card, you would see I chose a beautiful sentiment from Verve called Blessings.  It says, "birthday blessings" with this beautiful verse following, "May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door."

Happy, happy birthday, Sis!  :)

Just a few more days!

ONLY in July!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Another Card Buffet Design

You know how I'm always referring to my Close to My Heart catalog as an Idea Book?  That's because it IS!!!  I take ideas from it all the time, including this new design for my card buffet using the BRAND NEW CTMH Fundamentals patterns available next month...

This one is on page 64 of the New Annual Inspirations Idea Book that goes live to customers on August 1st.  I changed it up just a bit for my workshop  with the supplies I have on hand, but it's the same basic design.  It uses the Heartfelt Thoughts My Acrylix, Black, Fern, and Eggplant Inks, and papers from the Enchantment and Whimsy Fundamentals Papers.  I added Bitty Sparkles and Black Dots as embellishments.

Lucky for you I even made a little boo-boo on this one that I can use as a "teachable moment!"  ;)

That's not quite where I wanted to have a smudge of black ink...

So I grabbed this handy little tool called a "sand eraser" by Tombow.  It actually sands away a layer of the paper, so its a great way to correct ink smudges on white cardstock...

Since it also took away a bit of the greenery, I popped the stamp onto my handy dandy little Misty stamping tool to give it another layer of ink...

Buy any 2, get a third free!!!

Check it out soon!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Live Beautifully with Happy Heart

I've been super busy working to get things all squared away for my traveling workshop this week.  Here is one of my new additions to the card buffet!

Close to My Heart is SOOOOOOOO good to its consultants.  This is a card designed by one of the many talented consultants that is provided to us to use for our own workshops!  I just adore the banners along with the Heart Thin Cut Die!  I just changed up the sentiment to this one from Happy Heart to provide my ladies with options and added some bling!  :)

This sentiment is from the Happy Heart My Acrylix from Close to My Heart.

This Live Beautifully paper was actually only available during one special month, but it is now back in the "Going Soon!" category on my website, so it isn't too late to get your hands on it!  :)

PLEEEEEEASE, don't forget that the MAIN IDEA BOOK, called Annual Inspirations, is retiring at the end of July.  Sea Glass in all forms, except the D-Ring and Post bound Albums, will be GONE!  (Glitter paper is already sold out I'm afraid.)

If you have your heart set on anything in this book then grab it soon.

Only a few more days!

Only this month!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Card for My Girl on Her 21st Birthday

OK, I had put this one off for as long as possible, but the time had come.  Too quickly.

My girl is turning 21 today.  My mom heart was screaming at me that this cannot even be possible while my creative side (being held in check by said mom) was chomping at the bit to do what it does best.  Even so, the build up to the occasion was far toooooo intense for any part of me to even think about.  I couldn't bring myself to make the card.  Nothing was right.  Until the night before, of course! 

Side note:  The whole "night before" business is of course what led to such drab photos, but it is what it is, lol.

My girl is a rose gold kind of girl, so I used one of my favorite dies from Avery Elle to add a ring of hearts in a rose gold foil from my stash.  They form a frame around a circular window in the front of the card that I made with my 2.5 inch CTMH Circle Thin Cut Die.

Inside I used two brand new colors coming from Close to My Heart in August called Bashful and Heather.  I gotta say, I adore them both!  The balloon image is found on the Happy For You My Acrylix while the numbers are included in the beautiful Pen Pal Alphabet set.  That little bow on the balloon is so adorably delicate! 

I originally didn't use the circle die on the inside, but alas, I forgot to put my foam behind my card with I stamped the balloon inside the first time--and it was the easiest way to cover up the oops.  ;)

Oh, yeah!  I also used the new Charcoal color Ink for the word, birthday!
My "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from the CTMH Happy to Be Friends stamp set.  Did you know that if you buy two of these sets during Stampaganza in July you would get the third one free!?!  Every stand alone stamp set except the Stamp of the Month is included in this crazy deal!!

Only in July!