Showing posts from July, 2014

August Stamp of the Month - What a Hoot

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring What A Hoot, a set of 17 stamps. If you have come here from Maureen O'Sullivan's Blogyou are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE.

This set is just adorable and I think kids young and old will have fun playing with this 'dress-up' owl!  For my card I decided to use a technique that I haven't done in a while.  Actually, I used the spray pen technique with a challenge I participated in a few weeks ago and I had so much fun I wanted to do it again!  This card and technique will be my next Technique Tuesday class this month! (See my Upcoming Events tab for those details)
Here's my card!
I stamped the owl on our new Scardy Cat paper and the wings and face were stamped onto the new color - Thistle Cardstock.  Before placing the o…

Surf's Up Picture My Life with Heart To Heart

This is my last week as a Guest Designer with Heart 2 Heart.   It's been fun and I hope you have had fun playing along with their challenges!  This week's challenge is to create a project with Close to My Heart's Picture My Life.   I created a Vacation Mini Album using the Surf's Up Picture My Life Kit and the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.   This is the project we will be doing this week at my Monthly Girl's Night Out Event.

Creating the album was really easy using the PML cards!  I just chose several 4x6 cards and added 3 additional pages I created from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.   I also used the 3x4 cards to accent several of the pages.  The pages shown below along with the album cover were created using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

Surf's Up Picture My Life
Juniper Carstock
Buttercup Cardstock
Sorbet Cardstock
Cashmere Cardstock
Desert Sand Cardstock
Stamp - Sightseer (C1534)
Burlap Ribbon
Artbooking Cricut Collection
1 1/2" Rings

Sneak Peek - A Confetti Wishes Birthday

Today I'm sharing a card I made using the new Confetti Wishes paper from Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations book along with a few other new products that will be released in August.   This paper is so much fun!!

My great uncle turns 90 next week and his family is throwing a big party!  When I say '90' don't you dare think wheelchairs, nursing homes and canes!   He still lives at home, travels... ALOT and even has a cabin that he and his sons have been rebuilding up in Canada.  He is a World War II vet and always has lots of stories to share.  When people talk about favorite uncles, my Great Uncle Ed always come to mind.  I wish I could join in the party this weekend but I had other obligations already on my calendar.  So, I created this fun card to send him Birthday Wishes.

The printed paper is from the new Confetti Wishes paper.  Using the Artbooking cartridge, I cut the cupcake base from our new Canary Cardstock and the layer is cut from the new glitter paper from…

Some Like It Hot with H2H

This week's challenge over at Heart 2 Heart is 'Some Like It Hot'.  I thought about creating a summer time card but as I was going through my stamps, I came across this cute little set that I had never used before.  I've been creating lots of cards lately with retired papers for an upcoming Girl's Night Out Event in August.   I just kept coming back this to stamp so I decided to create a card with it for my event.

The stamp set is called Cup of Cheer (B1404).  The B&T paper I used was from the Elementals paper pack from a few years ago.  I paired it Indian Corn Blue and Cocoa.   I used retired ribbon (Cocoa Grosgrain) and a sorbet brad from my stash.

Come on over and join us at H2H this week!

Just 2 Weeks Left!

There are only two weeks left before we say goodbye to many products in our 2014 Spring Summer Idea!  If you have some items on your wish list from this book, you better get them before they are gone forever!  A few things like the Balloon Ride Scrapbooking kit, and the Ivy Lane Cardmaking kit were so popular, they have already sold out!

While we are excitedly anticipating the release of the new Annual Inspirations on August 1, I don't want you to miss out on some great deals like our Organizers.  I've got several of each of these and although my scraproom is a big mess - at least it's an ORGANIZED big mess!  The prices on all of our organizers will be going up $2-$3 in August so get them NOW before the price increase!

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Something Spicy for Heart 2 Heart

This week at Heart 2 Heart the challenge is titled The Spice of Life.   I decided to create a card that reminded me of spicy colors.  I used Cocoa, Ruby, Honey and Autumn Terracotta for my colors on this card.  I used two different embossing folders - Chevron and Stripes and had the stripes going in different directions to make it interesting.

Cocoa Cardstock - X5642 Ruby Cardstock - X5927 Honey Cardstock - X5668 Autumn Terracotta Cardstock - X1720 Rosewood Mii Medley - Z1857 Neutral Metallic Baker's Twine - Z1921 Ruby Exclusive Ink - Z2104 Stamps:   All the Details - D1555   True to Life - C1575

A Big Hug for Freshly Made

A dear friend lost her pet the other day.   He had lived a long and happy life but no matter what the circumstances, it is still very hard when you loose a pet that has been a part of your family for years. Time will ease her pain but until then, she just needs a big hug.   I made this card for her using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and my new ShinHan Touch Twin markers that I received in my new product bundles from Close To My Heart.

The base of the card is one of the pieces from the Fundamentals Basic Assortment pack (Z1939). This fun cardstock is an assortment of 20 double-sided 12” x 12” paper sheets (2 each of 10 designs) featuring the same design on both sides, with one side featuring a glossy-resist version of the design The other 2 pieces of cardstock are from the Free To Be Me paper pack that was the special back in May. (here's a little secret..... we'll be adding assortment packs in ALL of the colors beginning in August!)

The flower and butterfly images ar…

Up Up and Away with Heart 2 Heart!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great July 4th weekend!  Today its back to routine and work.  BOOO.... but maybe this card will lift your spirits about the workweek ahead.

I created this card for the H2H Challenge in which I'm a Guest Designer for this month!   The focus of this week's challenge is to create something that is up in the air such as a plane, helicopter, hot air balloon, butterfly, bird, etc.

For my card I used sketch #83 from Case This Sketch with Close To My Heart's Balloon Ride paper. How appropriate, right?   I pulled out my Lifting Spirits stamp set and paper pieced the hot air balloon using different patterns of paper from the Balloon Ride Kit.

Recipe: Colonial White Cards and Envelopes Valu Pack (X1410) Balloon Ride Paper Pack (X7180B) Lifting Spirits (C1570) Saddle Exclusive Ink (Z2171) Brown and Tan Sparkles (Z1753) Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z190) shape - Accent 4 Shift <N>
Case This Sketch

The Balloon Ride Paper Pack will retire at the end…

Brand New Consultant Kits for Close To My Heart

One of the most exciting things about being a Close To My Heart consultant is getting to see AND purchase new product one month before its released to our customers.  This gives us time to become to design, create and play with all the new products before we share them with our customers.   I've got new product coming today and I just can't wait!

The one month preview ALSO applies to any new consultant that signs up!  So if you sign up today, you will receive a brand new consultant kit loaded with new Close To My Heart products that hasn't been released yet!  And even better, there are two different kits to choose from which will better fit your papercrafting hobby.   Each kit is just $99 (Retail Value over $370)  What an AWESOME deal!

If you are a scrapbooker, choose the memory keeping kit which has a variety of essential tools and products perfect for creating beautiful layouts and pages.

Are you a card maker?  Choose the kit that is geared towards cardmaking!  This Ca…

July Giveaway!! Free Skylark Scrapbooking Kit!

We have only one month left to order from our 2014 Spring Summer Idea Book! Remember, ALL paper packs, Workshop on the Go Kit, Complements and Assortments will be retiring after July 31 so if you have a favorite that has been sitting on your wish list, you better get it before it's gone for good!

To celebrate the last month left in this book, I'm going to have a Give Away!! What's the prize? This fabulous Skylark Workshop On The Go Kit! 
(retail value $29.95)
This kit comes with everything you see above. You get a full color instruction guide that will provide you step by step cutting instructions and will show you how to create the layout above! It includes a D-size stamp set, Slate Twist Ties and Skylark Assortments. You will have plenty of paper left to create like the 2 page layout shown below!

Here is what you need to do to enter the drawing for this Skylark Workshop On The Go Kit:
1. FOLLOW my blog 
2. Leave a COMMENT about why you'd love to have this kit!

Guest Designer on Heart 2 Heart

If you are looking for the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - you can find it HERE
Wow! I'm really honored to be chosen as July's Guest Design on the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog! This month, each week,  I will be sharing artwork create for their weekly challenge.

During the 1st week of each month H2H will post an exclusive scrapbook challenge.  For July the scrapbook challenge is a color combo: Red & White Daisy with the option of Blue!  The layout must also have some sparkle AND sewing (real or faux) too!

I pulled out my spray mist pens that I had forgotten about and had some fun!   For my layout I used the Artbooking Overlay from "Celebration" but instead of putting the overlay on my layout, I used it as a template for my spray mist!  I mixed Cranberry re-inker with water for my red and I sprayed until I had a good coverage for the stars.    I removed the overlay and mixed Indian Corn Blue re-inker with water to give my layout a splash of blue!

I used my journaling…