Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last Day to Order from Holiday Expressions!

Today is the LAST DAY to order from Close To My Heart's Holiday Expression book!  
Stock up now on your favorites!  
Don't forget the special Everyday Life Planner BUNDLE ends today!  
After today, the Planner items will be available separately.  You save by ordering the bundle!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Christmas in the Book!

Wow... I can't believe that I've almost finished recording this year's Christmas!  It's all thanks to Close To My Heart's White Pines Picture My Life Scrapbooking and their daily photo prompts!  I didn't actually place all the pictures I took with the daily cards but it sure gave me alot to scrapbook!   I won't share ALL my pages (you'd get bored with it) but I did take a few snapshots of some of the pages so you can see how it all came together.

First - I FINALLY added a picture to this page we created at our Making Connections Event back in September.  This page incorporated the White Pines Paper along with the PML cards and White Pines Compliments.

Here are some of the pages:  

On the page above I added my own PML card - Christmas Cheer using the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge that has lots of pocket cards.

Above, the "Hope" card was cut again with the Artfully Sent Cartridge but this time I used a regular card!  I just sized it to 4x6 to fit the pocket.  Then I added some compliments!

And just a few more pages..... I actually did some journaling!! Yeah Me!

I just have a few more picture to add and I will be completely done!  I'm so happy that I did this and I'm sure years from now my girls will enjoy looking at it!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Glittering Ornaments Say Merry Christmas

About a week ago I was flipping through a Pier 1 catalog that I got in the mail and came across a picture of this beautiful frame.  I kept thinking about the frame and how it would make a really pretty Christmas Card.

photo credit - Pier 1 Imports
This frame was my inspiration for this card!

 I used my Artbooking cricut cartridge and Design Space to cut the Overlay (6 1/2 x 4 1/2).  I cut the Overlay four times  -twice in White Daisy, Teal Glitter paper and Green Glitter paper.  I used the White Daisy as my base and cut apart the Teal and Green Glitter Ornaments.  I cut two White Daisy overlays so that I could use ALL of the ornaments.  So I have another card just like this only the ornaments shown here are an opposite color on the other card.  Under the overlay is a 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 White Daisy cardstock embossed the with the Confetti Stars embossing folder.  All of this is layered onto a 7 x 5 Card.  The Merry Christmas Banner was cut with the Artistry Cricut Cartridge.

I had so much fun creating this card.  I wish that I had thought of it sooner and I would have made several!  Maybe next year......

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Make It Merry with Thistle!

Who is ready for Christmas?   Not me!!  I still have a little bit of shopping to do but not alot.  Just finding the time is difficult.  Even finding time to create has been hard!  I'm way behind on prepping my January classes but hope to make alot of progress by the end of this week!

We have a workgroup lunch tomorrow and I offered to make the Christmas Card to go along with our boss's gift.  My boss LOVES bling and she loves anything the color of purple even more.  So, I thought it would be fun to create a card using the color she loves most with lots of glitter and sparkle!

This was one of my favorite stamps that came out last year and it's still available this year.  It is called Make It Merry.  I stamped the scooter with black ink and again with Thistle Ink.  I used the Peony Purple ShinHan Marker to color the base of the scooter.  I cut the wheel covers and the headlights from the scooter that I had stamped in Thistle ink and adhered them on top of the scooter.
I used the masking technique to stamp "Make It Merry" in the two colors of Thistle and Pear.  Adding the glitter paper and shimmer trim with lots of sparkles makes it pretty blingy don't you think?

Products Used:
White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack - X254
Make It Merry - D1617
Purple Glitter Paper - Z1992
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Quatrefoil Embossing Folder - Z1926
Purple Shimmer Trim - Z1919
Green Shimmer Trim - Z3087
Peony Purple ShinHan Marker - Z2462
Pear Exclusive Ink - Z2197
Thistle Exclusive Ink - Z2640
Black Exclusive Ink - Z2105
Bitty Sparkles - Z1263
Sparkles Clear Assortment - Z1752
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge - Z1906

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Creating Ornaments with Base and Bling!

I wanted to send my team a bit of Holiday Cheer so I created some cute Holiday necklaces with Close To My Heart's Holiday Style Sheets and Base & Bling along with some Fern Twine.  These were a hit at my Holiday Craft Day and I thought my downline might like to have one to wear during the holiday season.  The necklaces laid on my craft table waiting for me to finish wrapping them up and getting the cards ready to mail.  While this project was on hold, one of my consultant friends messaged me a picture of some ornaments that another consultant had created using the Base & Bling!  I thought WOW! How pretty are those?!  I guess there is a good side to being a procrastinator sometimes.   I grabbed up the pendents cut all the twine off.  I wanted to make ornaments instead!

I had square pendents to work with so I searched for a shape that would compliment the square shape. I found just what I needed on the Artiste Cricut Cartridge!

Artiste - B&T Paper: 2 1/2" Accent 2 <H>
Gold Glitter Paper: 2" Accent3 <Merry Christmas>

I used White Pines B&T paper to cut the larger shape and Gold Glitter paper to cut the piece just behind the pendent. I used Liquid Glass to glue the pendent to the glitter paper. Each ornament as a gold bell strung onto the grosgrain ribbon. I thought these turned out quite nice! 

I just might have to add this project to my next Holiday Craft Day!


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Stamping Techniques Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamping Techniques Blog Hop! Last month, for two days, Close To My Heart had two FREE all day classes on Creative Live! They shared some very valuable and informative information about Close To My Heart, our products and tons of fun techniques! In case you missed it, the recordings of the webcast are now available on the CreativeLive site, so you can now catch up on everything you missed! Even if you were able to watch it, feel free to tune in again and return to your favorite segments. After the CreativeLive classes, the Stamp of the Month blog hoppers thought it would be fun to showcase some of the stamping techniques that were shared in their classes!

If you came from Lela's blog you are on the right track! The hop is one big circle so when you get back to the blog you started with you will know you have visited everyone!

Here is my card I created using a 2nd generation random stamping technqiue.

I stamped "Joy to the World" several times with Glacier ink on the background of my Colonial White Cardstock.  To give the random stamping a subtle look, I inked my stamp and stamped it first on a piece of scratch paper and then onto the cardstock.  This is called 2nd generation stamping.  When I was finished I inked my stamp again stamped directly onto the card. (1st Generation).
Closer View

I matted my stamped pieced onto Glacier cardstock and Gold Glitter Paper.   I accented the card with Glacier Extra Thick Twine and Gold Glitter Gems.

Thank you for stopping by!  Now, hop on over to Jacquelin Green's blog to see the technique that she is sharing today!

Products Used:
Colonial White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack - X1410
Glacier Cardstock - X5770
Glitter Paper - Z3076
Christ is Born - C1628
Glacier Extra Thick Twine - Z3039
Bling Gems Gold Assortment - Z2023 
Glacier Exclusive Ink - Z2641

Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Different Christmas Album

For years my Christmas Scrapbook consisted of a picture of our Christmas tree.  A picture of our girls in front of the tree.  Some random pictures of the girls opening their gifts.  Every year - the same things only a year older and all the pictures were taken on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Now my girls are grown and living on their own.  This is my first year to go through the Christmas Season at home as an empty-nester.   I really enjoy the Christmas Season and this year Close To My Heart gave me an idea to do something a little different.

This year Close To My Heart introduced their White Pines Picture My Life Cards.  In addition to an array of adorable journaling and title cards, this collection also includes a card for each of the first 25 days of December!  I'm going to take a picture every day to count down the days until Christmas. Below is just a sampling of cards.   One great thing about these cards, is that they have the same picture on both sides - one side is vertical and the other side is horizontal.  This makes them very versatile.
White Pines Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program
Remembering to take a picture everyday will be a real challenge for me.  Many times I can't go into another room without forgetting what I went in there for!  But this is something I really want to do and I can't wait to put it all together!   Several blog posts back I shared two layouts that I created at a Making Connections event with the White Pines Paper paper pack, the PML cards and Compliments along with some twine and red gems.  I plan to use these two pages at the beginning of my album.

I'll put this year's family picture on this page.
I'm going to also be playing along with Close To My Heart's social media challenge. It is called the Christmas Countdown Challenge. During December, Close To My Heart will be posting photo prompts on Instagram and Facebook inviting everyone to follow along by taking your own photos and sharing them using the hashtag #ctmhcountdown. I think this is a great way to document the season.

And here is the fun part!  Each week, they will draw a winner from those who have shared their photos on Instagram and send them their very own Picture My Life™ White Pines scrapbooking program. Then, on December 28, five winners will be selected from those who have posted every day on either Instagram or Facebook. The prize for these five winners will be a My Legacy™ Cocoa Damask D-Ring album, a Picture My Life White Pines scrapbooking program, and a Memory Protectors™ variety pack! 

Be sure to join in on the festivities and post your daily photos on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #ctmhcountdown.

For those that want to play along with CTMH here is their entire list so you won't have to wait for their daily posting!!

Take time to enjoy every minute of the season - it's the most wonderful time of the year!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Stamp of the Month - Candlelight Garden

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Candlelight Garden. This is a set of 10 stamps! If you have come here from Melissa Robinson's Blog, you 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 stamp gave me the opportunity to really play with my watercolor paints! Before I started painting, I stamped the jar and flowers on my watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat set it with Gold Embossing Powder.  Then I painted away!  I also stamped and embossed "Thank You" and the heart on Champagne Cardstock.  I just painted a swoosh across the heart.  The champagne shape is cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. My background paper is from the White Pines Paper Pack.   Yep - that Christmas themed paper can be used for things other than Christmas!   For my final touch, I tied some Fern Thick Twine around the jar.

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Now it is time to hop over to Michelle Loncar's blog and see what she has created!
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