Sunday, June 18, 2017

Celebrating 100 YEARS with Grandma

I come from a family history of longevity.  Yesterday, we celebrated my Grandma's 100th birthday!! (Her actual birthday is really tomorrow - Monday, June 19th).  My Great Grandma (Grandma's mother) lived to 105 so it was no surprise to us that my grandma would strive to do the same!  So of course, we had to throw her big a party!!   Family from all around came by to wish her a Happy Birthday.



I wanted to do something special for my Grandma and give her something she would enjoy - looking at pictures from the past and reading everyone's birthday wishes!   I took an idea from fellow consultant Karen Pedersen.  Karen shared a guest registry she created for her son's wedding that was an album with layouts that the guests could sign. What a beautiful gift. So, I took Karen's idea and created a similar type album on a smaller scale.   I created 8x8 layouts and included pictures of Grandma through the years.  We had a special table set up, where I placed a couple of layouts on the table at the same time.  As the pages filled with signatures and notes, I would change them out with other layouts.

Now after the party is over, Grandma can enjoy the pictures and sweet notes over and over.

Here are the layouts I created with some specific notes about some of the pages.  Enjoy!


For this album, I used last year's Scrapbooking Month special paper - Happy Times.  I had just enough scraps left that I was able to use most of what I had left!  You will see, that with this type of album, you don't need ALOT of extra papers but I did use ALOT of cardstock!  The "Happy Birthday" and the balloon were both cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (now retired).  I dug around in my stash and found some paper flowers from years ago!  These were big round flowers that I folded in half and then folded in half again!  I used the mini staple to hold the folds together.   The stem is from the Happy Times stamp set!








For all of my pages I used an 8x8 piece of cardstock for the base page and layered it with White Daisy cut to 7 1/2 x 7 1/2.  Since the pages are smaller I wanted to allow plenty of white space for the signing area so all of my pictures are either 3x4 or 4x3 in size.




Originally I was only going to have the pictures with no headings or names... but as I thought about it, I knew that eventually this album would end up handed down so adding names and dates where I was able became very important.


The flowers stamped on this layout are from the Happy Times Stamp set that was exclusive to National Scrapbooking Month in 2016.  I used Canary and Glacier Inks.





















There are a couple of pieces on this layout that are from my stash...... The Glacier Heart washi tape and the Glacier Thick Twine.



This layout is one of my favorites.  My Grandma was a quilter and she had a group of ladies at her church that she quilted with.   Since it was something she loved to do I wanted to be sure to include a picture in her book.  I decided to piece together the pattern papers like a quilt for this page.  I also tied little knots of twine and added with a few wooden buttons.






















Here are more paper flowers and a butterfly I found in my stash.  Perfect Accent!



















I ended the book with a layout of Grandma and husband Ed.  The picture on the left is a trip they took a few years ago to Venice, Florida.  I love how happy they look.   The picture on the right is probably one of their more recent photos in their new home.  After living on the family farm all her life (the farm had been in the family for over 100 years), she sold it to move to town.

I hope this Guest Book will inspire you!  The concept is a wonderful idea for creating a keepsake - whether for a wedding, milestone anniversary birthday!  

You can see Karen Pedersen's wedding guest album here:


Friday, June 16, 2017

Retiring Stamps Blog Hop!


Today our SOTM Blog Hoppers are sharing some artwork created with their favorite stamp sets from our Annual Inspirations catalog which will be retiring August 31st. If you landed here from Michelle Loncar's Blog you are on the right track!  Look for the link at the bottom of my post that will take you to the next blog!

I have several stamp sets from our Annual Inspirations that I love to use over and over.  It was difficult trying to decide which one to feature for this blog hop. But I finally decided on So Many Smiles.  I have used this stamp for cards and layouts!  For this layout I pulled out a few pages from the Enchantment Fundamentals and used the lined notebook page from Memo Fundamentals papers as my base page.  I cut a 5x7 frame from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and rather than using it as a frame for the picture, I just used it as part of the page elements.

I stamped cascading circles from So Many Smiles with Sapphire, Ruby and Saffron inks. 





Products Used:

So Many Smiles C1619
Memo Fundamentals Z3294
Enchantment Fundamentals Z3254
Sapphire Ink Z2848
Ruby Ink Z2879
Saffron Ink Z2851
Twine - Enchantment Ribbon Pack Z3288
Prickly Pear Sequins Z3324
Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen Z1979



Remember, most of the stamps are retiring JULY 31.  If you have some favorites on your list, get them before they are gone!  Once they are retired they are gone for good.

Now it is time to hop over to Judy Faye Garner's Blog and see which favorite retiring stamp she has to share!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Let's Party!

Today I'm going to share with you one of our Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kits - Let's Party!  I love these kits because you get everything you need to make 12 cards (just add your ink).

This kit includes 12 cards and envelopes, Burlap Ribbon, sequins, paper and cardstock, and an exclusive stamp set that you will see ONLY in this kit!  There are even FREE instructions that guide you through the cutting and assembly of the cards that can be downloaded from my shopping website.


These are the cards that you can create when you use the instruction guide:


I like to create a few of the cards as shown in the guide. Then I like to venture out on my own and see what kind of design I can come up using the stamp and leftover supplies.  Here are two cards I created using the supplies in this kit.


I love the background stamping I did with Happy Birthday.  I used the Masking Technique to get this look. First, I stamped Happy Birthday on the White Daisy Cardstock.  Then, I stamped "Happy Birthday" on a sticky note and trimmed it out really close.  I placed the stamped sticky note right on top of my Happy Birthday on the white cardstock.  (I like to use sticky notes because the paper is thin and the sticky on the back holds it in place).  Next, I stamped the stars in Tangerine, Glacier and Sorbet all over.  You can see where some overlapped the "Happy Birthday" but because I used the masking technique, it looks like the sentiment is in front of the stars.


For this card, rather than stamping the pennants directly onto the card, I stamped them onto the pattern paper and cut them out.  I used my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers to color inside the "Let's Party!" sentiment. To get the Glacier color with my markers, I used Warm Grey 4, Turquoise Blue and the Blender (in this order).

There are endless options with this stamp and I still have plenty of paper and accents left to create even more!

Order YOUR Workshop Your Way Let's Party Cardmaking Kit (G1132) today!

Start Shopping HERE:  www.stampinheaven.ctmh.com



Sunday, June 4, 2017

We've Got You Covered - Buy 1 Get One Half Price Albums!


During the month of June, Close To My Heart is offering a Buy 1 Get 1 half price album special! If you have previously purchased one of our My Legacy Album in the last year, then you KNOW how beautiful they are!

We have two types of albums to choose from: D-ring and post-bound. Both feature sturdy interiors, top quality hardware, and beautiful faux leather exteriors in a variety of colors. Our albums are built to keep your memories safe and on display for years to come. 


What is the difference between Post Bound and D-Ring?

The Post-bound albums display layouts seamlessly with no gap between the pages for a professional, polished look. It works best with our spine expanders, our traditional Memory Protectors™ with lay-flat seams, and our new Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors. A hidden binding system with handles for loosening and tightening posts makes adding pages to the album easier. 


The D-ring album is the queen of versatility. Use it with any of our Memory Protectors, including the pocket Memory Protectors designed for Picture My Life™ cards. Pages can be added and removed quickly and easily, and the durable steel D-ring binding keeps everything securely in place.



When you purchase our albums, don't forget to add Memory Protectors!
We have several different options of Memory Protectors available. If you prefer pocket scrapbooking, we offer five different designs of divided Memory Protectors with varying pocket sizes. These are best used with our D-ring My Legacy albums

Designs 1 & 2 feature pockets exclusively in 4" x 6" size.



Designs 3, 4, and 5 feature pockets in 4" x 6" and 3" x 4". 


We also offer a Variety Pack that includes an assortment of designs 3, 4, and 5. Each pack includes 10 protectors. 

If you prefer to showcase classic 12" x 12" scrapbook layouts in our post-bound My Legacy albums, side by side with lay-flat seams, we offer both top load and side load Memory Protectors. 


We also offer Strap Side Load Memory Protectors for those who prefer a strap-bound album. 

Pocket Plus Memory Protectors
In addition, we also offer our line of Pocket Plus Memory Protectors. These provide the opportunity to add extra photos or artwork to layouts without creating additional 12" x 12" layouts. They feature a full gutter, which allows them to lie flat in post-bound albums. The Memory Protectors Pocket Plus are offered in 4 different designs, each of which includes 10 protectors. 

Designs 1 and 2 feature pockets exclusively in 4" x 6" size while designs 3 and 4 feature pockets in 3" x 4" size. 


Here are some examples of layouts that include the pocket plus Memory Protectors:







Our Album special is going on ONLY during the month of June!!  Albums will be While Supplies Last during this campaign so be sure to order yours early to ensure you get the style and color you want!  They will go fast!

Order yours today HERE:  www.stampinheaven.ctmh.com

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Hello Foxy


Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Hello Foxy. This set has 11 stamps. If you have come here from Michele Rowley'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.


What a cute stamp set!!  Aren't these little foxes just adorable. For my card, I used Kraft paper and I stamped the images with Chocolate ink. I colored the images with my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers. Because I was coloring directly on the kraft cardstock, this gives the colors a more subtle look. I used our Gold Shimmer brush on the green leaves.   


I tucked Blush Shimmer Ribbon behind the crochet ribbon.  This is layered on top of a piece of copper foil accent vellum from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack.  My final touch was gold glitter gems.  

Products Used:
Colonial White Cards & Envelopes X1410
Kraft Cardstock Z1375
Rustic Home Fundamentals Z3262
Blush Shimmer Trim Z3313
Rustic Home Ribbon Pack Z3292
Leaf Green ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Z2454
Sap Green ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Z2463
Tender Pink ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Z2464
Cherry Pink ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Z2460
Golden Yellow ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Z2452
Mahogany ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Z2456
Barely Beige ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Z2445
Gold Glitter Gems Z3312


Remember! This stamp is available ONLY during the month of J!une
Get it for $5 with a $50 purchase



Next up on the hop is Priscilla Gotham. Let's see what she has created!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lucky - Live Beautifully

This is my 5th and final layout that I created with my Live Beautifully Paper pack!  I decided to keep this layout simple using just the Thistle and Black design papers. My "LUCKY" title is from the You & Me Complements accented with Thin Cut Stars.



Products Used:
Live Beautifully Paper Pack (CC1212B)
You & Me Complements (Z3269)
Thistle Cardstock (X5769)
Black Cardstock (1386)
White Daisy (1385)
Black & White Dots (Z3314)
Thin Cut Stars (Z3261)
This & That Stampset (C1667)
Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809)
Black Exclusive Ink (Z2805)

ICYMI - See my May 1 blog post that gives the details on all of our Live Beautifully products HERE. 


The Live Beautifully products are only available 
during the Month of May! (while supplies last)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop


Welcome to our Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop! We are showcasing many of the new products in our 2017 Seasonal Expressions 2 that was just released this month! If you have come here from Haley Dyer'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.

We have 4 new cardmaking kits in the new SE2 catalog.   I love these kits because they are versatile enough to keep using over and over.  I like to purchase the kit and make at least one of each of the card designs as shown in the instruction guide but then I'll go out on my own and create something different with additional supplies I have on hand.  Today I'm sharing the Workshops Your Way Anniversary Cardmaking Kit and the extra cards I created using the All About the Gold Fundamentals.




This kit includes:
1 – exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
1 – sheet No Worries paper
2 – cardstock sheets (1 Sea Glass, 1 Smoothie)
1 – aqua shimmer trim (Z3086)
1 – No Worries sequins (Z3322)
12 – white card bases & envelopes










These are the card designs you can create using the instruction guide for this kit.


Here are 3 cards I created using my leftover kit contents and All About the Gold Fundamentals.  For my 1st card, I used a larger piece of the woodgrain paper and stamped the flowers right onto the paper.  I stamped the heart border across the bottom using Smoothie ink.  I stamped the hearts with Smoothie ink onto the Smoothie cardstock and cut them.




For my 2nd card I added a piece of All About the Gold Fundamentals. I stamped the flowers onto the Smoothie cardstock that is included in the kit and then I fussy cut them out.  I added some aqua shimmer trim and sequins for accents.


For my last card, I used the bold diagonal stripe piece from All About the Gold Fundamental. Before adhering to the card base I make small marks where to stamp my sentiment and then I stamped onto the card base before overlaying with the  All About the Gold Fundamental piece.  I stamped the small rose onto Smoothie cardstock and cut it out.  I stamped the banner onto the Sea Glass cardstock and trimmed it.  I added aqua shimmer trim to finish it off. 


NOTE:  When adhering these overlays, apply your adhesive where it will not show.  On the "Happy Anniversary" card, I applied it behind each gold dot.  On the "thanks" card, I applied the adhesive behind the gold stripes.

Products used:
Happy Anniversary Cardmaking WYW Kit - G1131
All About the Gold Fundamentals- Z3246
Black Exclusive Ink - Z2805

You can find all of these products on my website!
Remember to add a FREE Seasonal Expressions 2 book when you place your order!

Now it is time to what new goodies that Darlys Recker is sharing on her Crafty Happy blog!  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Our Story - Live Beautifully

Here is Layout #4!!  I created the layout with paper from the Live Beautifully paper pack adding White Daisy and Sea Glass Cardstock.  I love using black and sea glass colors together.   I added lots of Black Glitter complements from the You & Me Complements.  





Products Used:
Live Beautifully Paper Pack (CC1212B)
You & Me Complements (Z3269)
Sea Glass Cardstock (X5789)
White Daisy (1385)
Capture This Stamp (C1702)
Black & White Dots (Z3314)
Thin Cut Basic Hearts (Z3317)
This & That Stampset (C1667)
Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809)
Black Exclusive Ink (Z2805)

ICYMI - See my May 1 blog post that gives the details on all of our Live Beautifully products HERE. 


The Live Beautifully products are only available 
during the Month of May! (while supplies last)


Monday, May 15, 2017

Live Beautifully - Smile

Here is Layout #3 that I created with our special Live Beautifully paper pack and stamp set!  This layout features the bold floral paper along with the 2 gold foil designed papers. I was also able to incorporate the diagonal gold zip strips into my layout.  I used Pomegranate Cardstock as my base pages.


I stamped the roses in pomegranate ink, and I also used gold embossing powder to heat emboss two of the roses. I stamped the word "smile" and sentiment in Desert Sand ink.  I have found that this color looks great with the gold embossing. I also used some of the gold glitter complements from the You & Me complements along with a few Gold Glitter Gems.

Products Used:
Live Beautifully Paper Pack - CC1212B
Live Beautifully Stamp - CC1212C
Gold Glitter Gems (Z3312)

Sea Glass Glitter Paper (Z4027)

Versa Mark Ink (Z891)
Fern Ink (Z2850)
Whisper Cardstock (X5929)
Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Power (Z2068)

ICYMI - See my May 1 blog post that gives the details on all of our Live Beautifully products HERE. 


The Live Beautifully products are only available 
during the Month of May! (while supplies last)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

National Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Blog Hop


May is National Scrapbooking Month!  Close To My Heart has several exclusive products available during the month of May to celebrate!  I believe these products will fit every scrapbooker's needs whether they are first time scrappers, experienced scrappers, those that love to stamp and those that love to design their own layouts!  ICYMI - See my May 1 blog post that gives the details on all of our Live Beautifully products HERE.  But, for now, lets get started on the hop! If you came from Haley Dyer's Blog you are on the right track! At the bottom of my post, you will find the link that will take you to the next blog.  If you get lost along the way, you can find thcomplete list of hoppers HERE.

Today, I'm sharing one of the five layouts that I created with the Live Beautifully paper pack.  


















On this layout, I used the subtle Whisper diagonal stripe paper for my base pages. I chose the sea glass floral paper accented with the 2 gold foil designs. I stamped the flowers onto Whisper Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed the White Embossing Powder to get my White Flower accents. Using the Whisper cardstock, gives the flower's line a color that blends with the base pages.  I used Fern ink for the leaves. 


I stamped the word "dream" directly onto the layout on the left page and the sentiment on the right.  I added a touch of sea glass glitter paper for trim and Gold Glitter Gems as accents.  

Products Used:
Live Beautifully Paper Pack - CC1212B
Live Beautifully Stamp - CC1212C
Gold Glitter Gems (Z3312)

Sea Glass Glitter Paper (Z4027)

Versa Mark Ink (Z891)
Fern Ink (Z2850)
Whisper Cardstock (X5929)
Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Power (Z2068)

The Live Beautifully products are only available 
during the Month of May! (while supplies last)
Visit your consultant's website to order or 

Now it is time to hop over to Alyson Mayo's Blog and see what she has created with Live Beautifully!


Friday, May 5, 2017

This is Bliss - National Scrapbooking Month with Live Beautifully

Today I'm sharing one of the FIVE layouts that I created with our exclusive Live Beautifully Paper.  This is Close To My Heart's special paper for National Scrapbooking Month.  ICYMI - See my May 1 blog post that gives the details on all of our Live Beautifully products HERE. 

I love watercolor pages in this pack.  One side is pink and the other side is sea glass color. I used the pink side of this paper for most of the layout cutting off 3" to save for my Thin Cut Hearts and some of the pennants at the bottom.  For the top border, I used the black/white stripe paper that looks like big watercolor brush strokes.  I love how the You & Me Complements go so well with this paper.


The word "bliss" is one of the compliments.  I stamped "this is" from the stamp This & That to complete my title.   




Products Used:
Live Beautifully Paper Pack (CC1212B)
You & Me Complements (Z3269)
Black Cardstock (1386)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Thin Cut Hearts (currently unavailable) 
This & That Stampset (C1667) 
Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809) 
Black Exclusive Ink (Z2805)



The Live Beautifully products are only available 
during the Month of May! (while supplies last)
Visit your consultant's website to order or 

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Live Laugh Love



Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Live, Love, Laugh. This set has 9 stamps. If you have come here from Tracey Pierce'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.


If you love stamping and coloring, this stamp is right up your alley! I know that coloring is all the rage right now but I just don't have the patience (or time) for all the detailed coloring.  I LOVE these words and the stamps are so pretty but I didn't want to color them! That is why I wanted to show how this stamp can be used in a NON-coloring way.  

For this one-page layout I used watercolor paper for my base page layered on top of Thistle cardstock. I painted swashes of color across the page for each word. I mixed my watercolor paints to get colors close to Glacier, Lagoon and Thistle. After letting the watercolor paints dry, I then stamped each word right on top.   

I also painted these same colors on another piece of watercolor paper and stamped the flowers and then cut them out.


I didn't quite like the way the small flower looked looked when I cut it out so I decided to stamp these directly on the page randomly to look like they were blowing in the wind.  Then I attached the other watercolored flowers around the words and matted picture.

I chose these colors because I loved the colors in our new Little Dreamer (X7219B) paper pack.  I added a small flowery piece of that paper beside my matted picture.  I also added Little Dreamer Glitter Gems (Z3321) to the flowers and randomly around the page. This was a fun layout to do.  I hope you like it!

Remember! This stamp is available ONLY during the month of May!

Get it for $5 with a $50 purchase



Come on! Let's Live, Love, Laugh a little! N
ext up on the hop is Haley Dyer. Let's see what she has created!

May Is National Scrapbooking Month!!

There are so many new things going on in May with Close To My Heart!  FIRST and FOREMOST - it's National Scrapbooking Month!!  Each year, Close To My Heart releases an exciting new paper that is exclusive for May ONLY!

Our Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set are designed to celebrate your beautiful life. This exclusive paper packet and stamp set can be purchased with no qualifying purchase required!  We also have an exclusive set of Cut Above®layouts that are designed to make preserving memories faster, simpler, and easier than ever. 
Let's take a look at all of our Live Beautifully offerings!
First up, our Live Beautifully paper pack and stamp set!  The Live Beautifully paper pack includes 16 sheets of 12x12 papers (2 each of 6 double-sided designs and 2 each of 2 single sided gold foil designs). The Live Beautifully D-size stamp set features sentiments, titles and floral images)
Live Beautifully Paper Pack (CC1212B) - $14.95
Live Beautifully Stamp Set (CC1212C) - $17.95

Throughout the month of May I will be sharing 5 layouts that I created and designed with this paper pack and stamp!  I will post them here on my blog so be sure to stay tuned!

Next up, is our Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit!  Our Cut Above kits are a new, easy way to make coordinating layouts to preserve your memories. The Live Beautifully Cut Above™ layout kit comes with everything you need to create five two-page layouts. With pre-printed base pages, die-cut paper pieces, stickers, and gold foil accents, this kit will help you preserve the moments that matter most in practically no time at all. 

Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit (CC1212A) $44.95

Contents of the Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit

Buy the layout kit alone or get a discount by buying it as part of an album bundle.
Bundle includes Cut Above Kit, Album, Journaling Pen & Tombow Adhesive
Retail value of $87.10
- 20% off Price - $68.95
Options:
CC1212 Black Post-bound album bundle
CC1225 Grey D-ring album bundle

All our Live Beautifully products are only available this month, while supplies last!
Check out my Upcoming Event Tab on this blog to see the classes that I will be offering during National Scrapbooking Month! 


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