Thursday, April 3, 2014

Because I'm Happy!

What a fun song playing on the radio stations! It inspired the title of this Birthday themed layout.

The left page of my layout was inspired by the Spring Idea Book, page 126. I love the new fundamental papers with their trendy, glossy resist patterns. I was also captivated by the bright cardstock papers and Washi tape against the black chevron.

Instead of stitching, I opted for a Heidi Swapp color shine pennant. This addition allowed the left page to flow into the right page where I used Heidi Swapp color shine specialty cardstock. This time I flipped the balance of colors with the black, but kept the chevron pattern!

Crazy and colorful! Beautiful faces with great big smiles!! This layout makes me so happy!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bag in a Box

This is a simple and cute project that I taught during my Spring card exchange. These darling little bags in a box were created using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Maker. {Yes, I realize it's not Close To My Heart. It was a gift from one of my customers and I wanted to share some ideas using it....besides I used all CTMH papers and stamps to create them!!} A Cadbury crème or caramel egg fits inside perfectly so it's a great idea for Easter just a few weeks away! These would be awesome for little favors at a Birthday, Shower or Wedding too!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Beauty of the Ball

I can't get enough of these gorgeous Ariana papers. With just a few Stickease embellishments and the addition of some Timberline wood grain papers this layout came together beautifully!

The title "Beauty of the Ball" is for my daughter celebrating her very first Military Ball. These pages will be great for the pictures I took of her in her dress with her hair done up!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Balloon Launch

Our little town held their first Balloon Festival earlier this month. My husband and I woke early in the morning and headed to the park. We sipped our morning coffee while watching over 20 air balloons fill up and launch into the blue sky. It was truly amazing! Our town plans to make this an annual event, so I will be sure to mark my calendar every year!

I am submitting this layout in Heart 2 Heart's Triple Play challenge. The Balloon Ride papers are lovely and the resin embellishments {x3} are a great addition to the collection.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"New Product" Spring Card Exchange

Yesterday I hosted a Spring card exchange. Our theme was to create a card using something new from the Spring Idea Book. It could be a new stamp set, paper collection or embellishment, as long as it was fresh and new for Spring! Each and every card was completely unique and different, which was exactly my goal! I feel that each of us now have a new item, or two, on our "wish list" now that we've seen it used on one of the cards!!

Here is the card I made, using both a new stamp set {camper crazy} and the Skylark papers. I also used a new card design that I made on the envelope maker, an idea that I shared with the ladies after the exchange.

What once was old is new again! This stamp set is from Jeanette's stamp archive. {Happy Hive} How cheerful is this card?! and the bee's are sooo cute!

How clever is this little surprise of a card!? It lays flat and fits neatly in a standard envelope. Then when you open it..... explosion of color and fun!

 This gorgeous card incorporates the new Balloon Ride papers and Give a Lift stamp set.

Fancy folds and striking blue Ariana papers make this card so beautiful!

That darling little Stamp of the Month Fox is the star of this card. He is just too cute...or should I say Foxy!!!

Finally, this last card features a promotion stamp and the very versatile Fundamentals Basic papers. The tiny heart pattern truly compliments the larger heart and "love you" sentiment.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Way to Go Kiddo!

Making some treats today for the kids I work with at school! They are always fascinated with my mechanical pencils, so I told a few of them that if they work hard for me I would get them one. Call it a bribe if you wish, but I think of it as a reward for the hard work they can accomplish. Some super cute packaging never hurts either!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Celebrations Month!

Sorry for not posting in awhile! My schedule has been full and it is officially celebrations month. This week we celebrated reading week at school and I have been busy with activities and projects for various classrooms. It was also my father and my husbands Birthdays this week. But that's not all! I have been busy working on plans for my daughter's Birthday this weekend too!

Needless to say it has been crazy this week. However, when I saw the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches I could hardly resist! What a fun sketch and I do need a special card for my Birthday Girl!

I love the new embossing folders from Close To My Heart. I chose the chevron pattern for this card and peeking out beneath is the lovely Skylark papers. I also incorporated the new pink glitter paper as the band and pleated some gray grosgrain ribbon behind it. These colors are perfect for my fashionable teen and has layer upon layer of texture!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Cheerful Hello!

Today I'm playing along with The Dynamic Duos Challenge. They have a bright colorful challenge using not two choices this week, but three! {Triple Threat!}While Dynamic Duos was posting their new challenge on Saturday, I was out shopping with my daughter. We were having fun sampling all the new soaps and scents at Bath & Body Works. I found this really pretty scent called Mad About You. It came in the cutest bottle with a very cheerful color combination of bright pinks, orange and green with a graphic black and white pattern. Wouldn't you know that the next day I checked the Dynamic Duos Blog and those were the colors in this week's challenge! How crazy is that!

The chevron paper is one of the new Fundamental Papers. Underneath is just a bit of polka dot Washi tape. Here is my color and design inspiration~

Monday, February 24, 2014

Balloon Ride Pennant Frame Update

Just to give you an update on my Pennant Frame workshop I held last week. The ladies had a good time picking and choosing their papers and embellishments to create their own frames. As promised I remembered to take a photograph of them completed. I knew they would all do something different and that would be a fabulous thing to post so that you can see all sorts of ideas and hopefully be inspired!

They still need to add their photo's for the center mat, but as you can see each is so unique and beautiful! How clever is it that these papers coordinate so well with the complement chipboard pieces and yet you can get a very feminine version and a more masculine version. Close To My Heart products make it so easy.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ariana Cards & Box

At my last workshop {Balloon Ride Pennant Frame}I previewed my next class. I decided to create a card box and four coordinating cards using the gorgeous Ariana papers. The new My Creations Journaling Cards Box is perfect for storing small cards, photo's or the Picture My Life journaling cards. It is simple to cover in any papers you like and embellish as little or as much as you want. I decided to add some beautiful Artiste roses, color misted petals and a pretty little flourish which is the challenge this week on Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog.

What a fantastic little box and the cards look so elegant with these papers. This is going to be a fun class!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Balloon Ride Pennant Frame

Today I am hosting a Pennant Frame workshop. I chose the gorgeous Balloon Ride papers and complements to decorate them. This is a fun and simple project to complete. The participants will get the option to decorate their frame exactly as they wish, each will be different and unique! Here is what my sample looks like~

I will try very hard to take pictures of the other finished frames as I know they will each be different. I can't wait to craft and play today!!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Base & Bling with Ariana

My project today was inspired by Jeanette Lynton's favorite things in the latest Idea Book {found inside the cover page}. She has chosen pieces from the new Base & Bling, but has them displayed so neatly in a folded card.

I wanted to re-create this project myself using some Ariana papers that happened to match the necklace image I chose from the Storyteller style sheet. Now the necklace is perfect to give as a gift, complete with elegant packaging.

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Foxy Valentine's!

Happy Valentine's Day Bloggers! I hope you got to show those special people in your life how much you love them.

I started my day off in a Kindergarten room where the kids were wildly excited to pass out their yummy treats and hand written Valentine's. Then off to see some second graders do the same while the teacher was hopeful to get them re~focused to begin their math lesson. {good luck with that!} Fifth graders were hard at work, but still anxious to celebrate. A couple of girls came to the conclusion that this would be the last year they get to exchange Valentine's. They seemed disappointed about that and not exactly looking forward to starting Middle School. I re-assured them that when they get older and enter Middle School and High School they get to attend dances with boys they like and before they know it they will be driving to school! That made them grin and giggle!

All the fun festivities at school made me anxious to get home and start my Valentine gifts for my very special someone's! I made some delicious desserts for tonight and a hand made Valentine for my Husband, Son & Daughter. I of course had to use the adorable Stamp of the Month and Lollydoodle papers!

You still have time to get this stamp set at a discounted price, order here. Be sure to add the darling Lollydoodle papers too!

Show some love today!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hey Foxy!

The theme this week on Heart 2 Heart Challenges is "Hearts Galore"! I'm showing some love to the adorable Wild About You Stamp of the Month. How cute and totally trendy are these fox? They are everywhere right now and you can't help from singing 'that' song when you see one! Now even though the challenge is to show some hearts on your project, I made the cute chevron hearts just a subtle addition to this card.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Base & Bling Necklaces

One of my favorite new products this Spring are the new Base & Bling necklace craft pieces. Wearable art is all the rage these days. I love that you can create something for yourself or a loved one that is simply unique and personalized! Here are a few I did to show at my Open House.

This first necklace represents my nickname given to me by my parents; 'Birdie' is what they would call me! I used a bird cage image from the style sheets and added the silver bird and feather charms.

Monograms are the perfect way to personalize a jewelry piece. On this one I chose a flashy and fun chevron image in bright colors. Before adding it to the pendant base I used an older black rub-on letter 'A'. I added the scissors and another charm of my own, a mustard seed given to me by my sister.


You can make these all your own, the possibilities are endless. To see all the style sheets and charms look in the latest Idea Book pages 80 & 81 or go online here.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

You Are So Loved

Can you believe that Valentine's Day is just around the corner? I know that I better get started on my cards now if I want to be ready!

The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches inspired me to use some newer and older items. One of the brand new items from Close To My Heart are the versatile Basic Fundamental papers. These double sided papers are incredible. One side has a glossy resist pattern, while the other side in the same pattern is a flat, non-glossy design. This paper with a tiny heart pattern was perfect for this cute little banner that I found at a local craft store made by Me&My Big Ideas company. It too has a shiny quality on the gold banners and some glitter on the bitty hearts. In my older stash of goodies, I pulled some assorted hearts from my Heidi Swapp collection and sprayed them in Sweet Cherry Color Shine mist. Just a bit of glitter glitz was added to these to match the other elements.

At a closer look you can really see all the glitter and shine of all these products together. Even the Washi tape has some glimmer!

The Fundamental papers and that gold polka-dot Washi tape are available now for purchase. You can order online here or with me personally.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

It's All New!

Today is the day that the Spring 2014 Idea Book goes live! This book is filled with the best artwork and most innovative, on-trend products on the market. Take a look at all the newest paper collections.


Balloon Ride

Ivy Lane





Which paper collection is your favorite?