Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sarita Card Workshop

One of my "go to" Close To My Heart products are the instructional how-to books. We have some for just scrapbooking, some for cards and the most recent books combines both of these. I opened the Wishes book the other day for some card ideas. {This is a book for just card making.} Browsing the pages I re-discovered some of the card workshops contained within the book. These are fantastic, because it gives you directions in cutting a few pieces of cardstock and only one design paper to create several cards! In this case 16 of them!

I chose to use the Sarita papers. It is such a lovely paper with cool patterns on both sides and vibrant colors. With this workshop you create 16 cards, however it is only 8 designs. As you can see I flipped my papers and chose all sorts of different sentiments and stamped images to make each and everyone unique! How many stamp sets did I use all together? Your guess is as good as mine! I was just having fun creating and in the end I had a pile of stamps on the floor next to my chair!! {ha ha}

Do you send several cards for Christmas? This workshop would be perfect for making a lot of cards in a minimal amount of time using just a little bit of supply!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yellow Makes Me Smile :)

 The color  yellow just makes me happy! One of my favorite and often used colors was Creme Brulee. As some of you may know this color has been retired and replaced with another yellow called Canary. As sad as I was to see Creme Brulee leave, I assure you that the new Canary color is lovely and may get just as much love!

I decided to use up some of the cardstock I had, along with some other papers that I have been hoarding. This layout was inspired by one featured in the Dream Pop promotion awhile ago.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Circus Alphabet Summer Titles

At my recent Open House event we made a quick 12x12 layout focusing on this month's Stamp of the Month, Circus Alphabet. With a qualifying purchase you can get this stamp set for only $5. That's 2 alphabet fonts for only $5!! The ladies had fun creating their pages and coloring their page titles.

 Here is the page I did for an example. It features the Lollydoodle papers and some Flamingo Dots.

The title was made with both the fonts on this set. The larger set is an open stamp which allows you to color in with colored pencils, markers or the ink pad and waterbrush. The smaller font was used on the months. It is just a simple alphabet with some cute curly lettering.

The ladies got creative on their layouts. They couldn't resist selecting some new papers to be released in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book. {tell you about that later!} I like the variation here as one chose to use the waterbrush pen and ink pad to color in the letters, while the other played with some new markers! {unfortunately I didn't think fast enough to take a photo of all the pages made before they left, if they send me a pic, I'll post it here!}

You have until July 31st to order this fantastic stamp set. You can place an order with me or online here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Themed {3x3} Mini's

I always spoil my customer's with goodies! Sometimes it's good eats, yummy treats or simply sharing crafty tips. Whenever they place an order with me they get some handcrafted love in return. I have been creating these mini 3x3 sets of cards for them for awhile now. Any order, no matter the amount, they will get to choose a handmade set of cards. Recently I created a few with summer time themes, using a "beachy" stamp set and the lovely Skylark papers!

Check out the cute "HI" card on the right! That one was created using this month's Stamp of the Month, Circus Alphabet. This is the cutest little alphabet stamp set and is at a great price this month only! You can purchase the stamp set through me or order online here.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hello Camper Friend!

Today I bring you a friendly card for Freshly Made Sketches! I'm still showing love for these Crazy Campers! I kept it clean and simple for you and I may have used some new products too! ;)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Happiness in a Muslin Bag

Earlier I posted a "Cherish" Base & Bling necklace in antiqued gold. A beautiful piece of jewelry and a lovely gift. I wanted to package this special bling in a nice way. The drawstring muslin bags make a perfect tote for these little lovelies! They can be stamped on and personalized any way you want!

I used the Country Born stamp set for the front of this bag. I rolled the barn stamp in three colors before stamping; Indian Corn Blue, Barn Red and New England Ivy. The sentiment was stamped in Cocoa. I find that darker, richer colors work best. You will also find it helpful to insert a piece of cardstock inside the bag before stamping. This makes it stiffer and will stop the ink from bleeding to the back of the bag. A simple stamped tag and twine are added at the top.

{Z1822 (3) 4"-6" drawstring bags $3.95}

Monday, July 7, 2014

Circus Alphabet ~ July Stamp of the Month

Look at how cute the Stamp of the Month is in July! Getting 2 alphabets for only $5 is fantastic!! Watch this video for some inspiring ideas, then check out the sneak peek of my Open House project below!

 I will be hosting my Summer Open House, Wednesday, July 16th. I will have the new Annual Inspiration Idea Book available along with new products and artwork on display. You can make this 12x12 summer inspired layout {using the July Stamp of the Month} for only $10. You may get to play with a few other new items too!! ;) Once you get to play with this alphabet, you'll want one of your own! Please contact me if your interested in attending the Open House event and creating the project.

 Not able to attend this time?....No worries, because the Idea Book is sooooo large, I will also be hosting a Fall Open House {September/October} and Holiday workshops!

***sneak peek***

The Circus Alphabet is only $5 after qualifying purchase of $50. You can order through me directly or online here.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Acrylix® Spritz & Scrubber

This is a must~have product! Check out this video:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Simple Base & Bling Necklace

I was playing with some of the Base & Bling accessories earlier this week and made a few creations. I suppose I was inspired by all the new Base & Bling options coming in the next Idea Book! So I thought it was best to use some of the pieces I already own.

This necklace has a subtle old-fashioned appeal to it. I love the faux antiqued gold finish to this pendant and chain. It blends beautifully with the sorbet color of the Dreamer Style Sheet sticker. That darling little bow is the finishing touch don't you think?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PML {Picture My Life} meets FMS {Freshly Made Sketches}

When I saw the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week I was thinking clean and simple right away! I also saw potential for an interactive card front. I used one of the larger Picture My Life cards from the Surf's Up collection as a tag in the front pocket. The recipient may choose to use it for journaling and using it on a scrapbook page! Something fun can be tucked behind the tag too!!

Picture My Life Surf's Up Scrapbooking Program
Z1946 $24.95

The PML cards are not just for scrapbooking, place them on cards or in the My Crush book!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Graduation Day Layout

I was able to get some of the graduation pictures scrapbooked this week. Not bad, considering it's still June...thank goodness for Summer vacation!!

These are some pictures of the graduation day...or should I say night ceremony! Our small town High School held the ceremony the old~fashioned way, out on their football field. It was a really hot day so we were worried about the sun beating on us while we waited for the ceremony to begin. Luckily by the time the ceremony began at 8pm the seating was really well shaded and temperatures fell quickly as the sun set behind the school. It was a wonderful ceremony! After the graduates received their diploma, they walked down the aisle and in front of the bleachers for all to see. As our son made his walk, we could hear his family members shouting & cheering for him! His Pa Pa loudly exclaimed "I love you, Alex!". {He's the one in the buttercup yellow collared shirt and dark blue hat}

 After the ceremony all the kids formed a big group and got to throw their caps in the air! This was also cool, because several schools have banned this action! After a big group picture the families were allowed on the field to take pictures. I knew we would have to be fast as my son is not a big picture taking kind-of guy!!

So here are a couple of good photo's I captured before the ceremony and after. I say "good" photo's because my camera does not take great pictures in football field lighting! :(

 I'm still using up some Free To Be Me papers. I combined them with an older paper collection and journaling pockets called Elemental. For my title I combined some AC Thickers with the E-sized Framework Alphabet. The pocket works well for holding the tickets. I have added some fun tags and embellishments of all kinds. I have yet to do the journaling, but I imagine it will be about what I described at the beginning of this post! :)

The following day we had a BBQ to celebrate...those pictures have yet to be scapped! Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Mojo Thank You

I found another sketch that intrigued me this week. I have not played along with Mojo Monday in some time and I'm still in need of some Thank You cards!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Feathers and a Birthday Banner

I love this trend of feathers lately! My Birthday and Thank You card supply has been running very low lately. I think that feathers can be used for either of these occasions, don't you?!
I was also intrigued by the sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

I have been hoarding this lovely paper from the Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit. It has a great color combination and pattern. I used the same colors to fill in the feather and stamp the other two feathers. Before I adhered the Birthday banner I sprayed the entire card with gold Color Shine. It gives the card just a mist of sparkle!

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Graduation Keepsake Book

I decided to create a book for our son's graduation. I wanted to fill it with some older pictures that captured several different memories from our son's life. I also wanted to leave open spaces so that guests attending his graduation could sign it with a personal message. Here is the sign I placed on the table next to the book~

 I used the My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album for my project. It is a great way to showcase photographs and guests are able to sign the pages still. The albums total measurements are 8 5/8 x 9, so the pages inside are 8x8. The 8x8 pages correspond with the Inspiration Mini-Album found on the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge pages 44 &45.

I ended up with a total of 14 pages {class of 2014}, but you could fit more pages inside this album!

I filled it with photo's of all sizes, flip flaps and several different cards from the Picture My Life Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Program.

My favorite aspect was that the different family members were able to find a special memory with them or their kids and that's where they signed in the book! For example, one of my son's closest cousins signed under a picture of the two of them together.

I was able to incorporate the small & big PML {Picture My Life} cards, as well as cutting out portions of the card like the "hero" sentiment on this page.

How cute is this "then & now" page. One of the most difficult challenges in creating this album is that at the time my son was young there were no such things as digital pictures or SD cards or hard drives that contained all my pictures. Oh no! I was digging through old Rubbermaid boxes searching for old photographs!! Thank goodness I always got double copies so that I had extras!

The last couple of pages are just for sister, mom and dad to sign. I'm wondering if I left enough journaling lines for myself...luckily with all our guests and excitement lately I have not yet let the circumstances truly sink in. There have only been little moments (like watching him walk down the aisle at the ceremony)  that I start to think of it and I come to just the brink of a tear.  Things are winding down now and I'm certain that when I finally sit to write the words my eyes will flood.

My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album (Z1871) $5.95

Cricut Artbooking Collection (Z1906) $99

Picture My Life Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Program (Z1945) $24.95

This album is not only great for graduation, but would be awesome for a baby shower or wedding too! You can find these products or similar items on my website here.