Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Stamp of the Month - Typed Note

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Typed Note, a set of 19 stamps including a vintage typewriter. If you have come here from Nancy Womersley'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.

I had a little fun with this set.  The vintage theme called for some Paper Fundamentals in Enchantment colors.   This card has a secret hidden message.  Can you guess where?

After stamping my typewriter I cut a slit at the top and created another 'hidden' message behind the first.   You can see the message by pulling the tab!  The tab is a clip from the My Crush Wildwood Clips.  I used a glue dot to make it permanent so that it would not pull away.

Pull the tab and find out what the "NEWS" is!

I will be teaching how to create this fun card at my next Technique Tuesday Class!

Here are the products I used to create my card:

Z2047 My Crush Wildwood Clips
Paper Fundamentals - Enchantment Assortment - Z2031
Sequins Gold Assortment - Z2012

Purchase this D-size stamp set—available for one 
month only—for just $5 with your qualifying purchase. 
That’s over 70% off retail! Simply place an order of $50 
or more in Close To My Heart products to qualify for 
this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Now it is time to hop over to Maria Myers' blog to see what she has created!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

More Blossoms

I'm still playing with my Blossom Cardmaking WOTG kit.  The papers are so pretty!!  This time I used another new stamp - Wavy Blooms (D1651) with the leftover papers that I have.

I stamped the images with Versa Mark ink and embossed them in white.  I used my ShinHan Touch Twin markers to color the flowers.  The sentiment is from the stamp set that is included with the kit. I added our new washi tape - a strip of Glacier and Pear from the new washi pack - Boardwalk.  New white sequins from the Coral Reef Sequins add a finished look to the card.

All of these new products will be available on April 1!

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my card design.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

April's Artfully Sent Class - Graduation Cards

Just in time for all the High School and College graduations that are just around the corner!  My next Artfully Sent class is all about Graduation Cards! In this class we will create these three cards:

The first is a sentiment card.  I added some color using the Glitter paper from the Teal Glitter Paper collection.

The 2nd card we will create is a swing card!  I added star paper from the Chalk It Up paper pack to help bring out the celebration!  I kept the card pretty simple but add some free-handed lines around the card with a journaling pen to give it a finished look.

The last card is a pop-up card!

If you are local to me and have the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge and your own Cricut Machine you can sign up for this class!   The class fee is just $10 and you get all the materials you will need to make the cards - including envelopes!  You just need to bring your Artfully Sent Cartridge and Cricut Machine and other basis supplies!

Two date choices! 
Monday, April 20 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 25 @ 1:00 pm

Class size is limited!  Contact me today to sign up!  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Greetings with Jackson

WOW.... what a beautiful day we are having here in Middle Tennessee today.  But alas, it will not last.  While today's temp will reach mid 70's by Friday night the freezing temps will be back.  That is how it here - flip flops one day and the next you are looking for those woolly socks.  UGH....  enough of the weather.  Let's move on to something more exciting to talk about!

This weekend I got a chance to play with more new product from our Seasonal Expression 2 that is coming out in April!  This time I pulled out the new Jackson paper pack.  I LOVE this paper. The patterns and colors are just beautiful!

Using the sketch from this week's Paper Player's Challenge, I created this card:

The stamp set is an exclusive Hostess Only stamp set - Paper Birds (C1613).  Isn't it cute? I love the scripted sentiments.  I also used the new Oceanside Sequins (Z3041).  The sequins package contains 4 colors - 


I'm entering this card into the Paper Players Challenge.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blossom - Sneak Peek

Today I got to play with some new product that is coming in April.  (One month product pre-view is just another little perk for being a Close To My Heart Consultant!)  The new Cardmaking WOTG kit in Seasonal Expressions 2 is a MUST HAVE.  When I got my first peek at the kit I knew I had to have it.  The cards were beautiful but the stamp set alone is ADORABLE!  I had to have it.  It's been sitting on my desk for about a week now and I had so may other things I had to do first.  I was dying to play with it.

The kit comes with plenty of supplies and a cutting guide that shows you how to make 5 cards each for 3 different designs.   I always like to make the 3 design just one time and then I will change it up a bit and create my own cards with the supplies I have left in the kit.

Here are the three cards I created as per the kit instructions:

Next I created a card using the flowers stamped in Lagoon and Glacier.  The little washi tape stamp is fun!

And now my favorite because these Popsicles are so fun!  I kept is pretty simple....

That's all for today!  I need to get back to playing with my new stuff!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Album In a Day - PML Style

If you are reading my post, the chances are you are already a scrapbooker or at least you are in the paper crafting world and know the importance of scrapbooking.   There is more to scrapbooking than just making 'pretty' pages.  Scrapbooking is a documentation of life.  Your life.... your family's life. It's a documentation of things you love, events your want to remember and maybe even things that are painful or healing.  If you took a photograph, it was likely because you wanted to remember it.

Not too long ago, I was visiting my grandma.  One of the things we love to do is look through old photos.  We are fortunate that my grandma is still with us and she can usually answer questions we have about who is is the photo or what the event was that the photo was taken at.  But that will not always be the case.  Photo taking way back then (early 1900's) was probably a some what of a luxury. Today, the ease of taking photos with our cell phones and digital cameras has now lead to us having hundreds and thousands of photos.  Many of these photos end up either on our computers or if we are 'good' we'll get them printed and file them away in a box that holds hundreds of photos.

When I talk to many people that do not scrapbook there are usually 3 main reasons they give for not creating a documentation of their photos:

  1. Time..... they just don't have the time.   Yes, I get it.  Usually creating a nice 2 page layout takes about an hour.  Even if you are no frills scrapbooker, it would still take about 30 minutes to create two pages.   Scrapbooking just one event might take hours.  I get it.  
  2. They are so behind already they wouldn't know where to start.  Just thinking about it overwhelms them.  Yes, I understand that too!  I have been there.  When I started scrapbooking my kids were already 6 and 11.  I thought it was too late because going back 11 years was so overwhelming.   I finally said to myself it was OK.  The first thing I scrapbooked was the most recent vacation we had taken.  Then I went on from there.   
  3. Too much stuff.   They felt they would have to make a huge investment to purchase a bunch of stuff they might not ever use much! 
Finally, there is an answer to all of these excuses!  It's time to get those photos out of the box or off your computer!  On, Saturday, May 2 I'm going to hold an event that will help you do this!  Here are the details about the event:

Saturday, May 2 - 9am - 4pm

At this event, I will show you how to create beautiful pages to show off all of those photos you've been storing in a box.  We will be using Close To My Heart's popular Picture My Life A La Carte Kits.   This new way of scrapbooking has taken the industry by store.  It fits into everyone's busy lifestyle and it does not require a ton of scrapbooking tools and supplies.   Not only is this great for the non-scrapbookers, it is great for the experienced traditional scrapbookers as well.  These pages can be easily incorporated in among your traditional pages as well!  When you come to this event, you will receive an Album In a Day Kit.  

The Kit will consists of:
Your Choice PML Kit
Your Choice 3 Ring Album
2 Packs of Variety Pack Page Protectors (20 total)
3 sheets of Color Cardstock (will coordinate with your PML Kit)
2 sheets of either White or Colonial White Cardstock
1 Package of Silver Sequin
3 4x6 Flip Flaps
3 3x4 Flip Flaps
Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen

Total Cost of Kit - $95 

When you register and pre-pay you will choose your kit and your album.

You could potentially go home with 40 completed pages!! 

What you would need to bring:
Pictures - and LOTS of them (100-150).  Bring the box! 
Pop Dots/ Foam Tape
Corner Rounder (I will have one to share if you do not have one)
Paper Trimmer (I will have one to share if you do not have one)

We will begin at 9am and break for lunch around noon.  I will provide drinks and snacks but lunch will be on your own.  After lunch when we get back together we will have a 'PML card swap' for anyone that wants to participate. Also, during the event, I will have on-hand some 'extra' fun things for you to add to your pages.  

I will have a special BONUS GIFT for anyone that brings NEW TO ME customer to this event! So.... I'm encouraging any of my regular customers to share this event with everyone they know! When the NEW person signs up and pre-pays you will get a bonus gift when you come to to the event!


Contact me today to sign up!
EMAIL:  gmbscrapper@comcast.net

Monday, March 16, 2015

Brushed with Happy(iness)

Woo Hoo!!!  Spring has come!  Wow.... what a beautiful weekend we had!  The weather was awesome.  I did manage to squeeze in some crafting time in between spending time outside and watching basketball (HUGE UK fan here).  I had plenty of things on my "To Do" list that I needed to complete before the weekend was over.  One of my task was to create the layouts with the Brushed WOTG kit for my clubs.  This paper is just absolutely gorgeous!!  Maybe it is because I'm tired of grey skies and rainy days.  The colors in this paper makes me happy.  After finishing my layouts (I'll share those soon), I had plenty of compliments and paper scraps left to create this happy card.

The Brushed compliments are vellum.  Aren't they pretty?  I used the green journaling piece of vellum to stamp the word "happy" which is from the exclusive Brushed WOTG Stamp set.  I used Staz-on ink so that it would dry quickly and not smear. The bunch of pink flowers in the left corner of the sentiment are vellum as well as the little layered flower in the bottom right corner.  I kept my card simple but I did add a white metal flower from the Brushed Assortment.

I used leftovers from the Brushed Workshop On the Go Scrapbooking Kit and the Brushed Compliments to create this card. 

              Brushed WOTG Kit - G1087                             Brushed Compliments (X7190C)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Close To My Heart's Weekly Challenge
‪#‎jrlcreativechallenge - Create a Happy Card

The Paper Players

Sweet Sunday Sketch #260

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Birthday With Confetti Wishes

I do believe the Close To My Heart's Confetti Wishes collection is about the cutest I have seen in Birthday theme papers!   I created this layout using the leftover papers from the Workshop On the Go Scrapbooking Kit for my clubs.  They will create the featured layout in the kit and then they can create the layout I created here adding the Confetti Compliments and Confetti Assortments.   (This layout can be done if you just purchase the paper pack and add two sheets of White Daisy Cardstock).

 I started the base of the layout with Sketch #11 from Make It From Your Heart Volume 1.  Instead of doing all the small photos I changed it up to use larger photos and added the compliments and assortments around.

I used foam tape under every other letter to make the pop.

Again, more foam tape under the balloons! (I LOVE Foam Tape!)

Here is a cluster of presents...... I started with the large blue present adhering it directly to the page. Then I added foam tape under the green present.  Next, I added the rest of the presents around to make a nice cluster.

Products used for the layout:   Purchase the WOTG Kit and add the Confetti Wishes Compliments!

Confetti Workshop On the Go Scrapbooking Kit (G1086)

Confetti Wishes Compliments - X7189C 

OR Purchase the Compliments, Paper Pack, Assortments and add Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985)!


Confetti Wishes Paper Pack - X7189B

Confetti Wishes Assortment - Z2044

If you purchase the Kit and Compliments or the Paper Pack, Compliments and Assortments, I will send you the cutting guide and instructions for this layout for FREE!!  All you have to do is place you order on my website.  I will see that you ordered the products and will email you the PDF file!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Last Call For Hopscotch!

I was sitting at my craft table tonight trying to get inspired.  I caught sight of my Hopscotch WOTG kit that my clubs had just recently completed.  I had created a layout that used the Hopscotch Compliments for them but we didn't use them all.   I had just enough papers left to create a couple of cards using my leftover compliments.

Here is the first card:

This was fun to create!  I used the File Folder sketch from the Wishes.  I stamped "HELLO" on the speech bubble in Indian Corn Blue.  This stamp is from the set Have a Happy Day (D1616).   I love the conversation bubble zip strip!  After adding the zip strip I tied a bit of Flaxen Extra Thick Twine around the card.

Here is my second card.  It's pretty simple.

This card was inspired by a card I saw in the upcoming Seasonal Expression 2 book coming out in April!  I used the round circles for flowers.  My stems are created from brackets and the leaves are created using the mustache stickease cut in half!   I finished the card with another stamp from Have a Happy Day and some Aqua Dots.  I also used more Flaxen Extra Thick Twine, but this time I pulled the twine apart so that it would not be as thick.

Remember!  The Hopscotch paper pack, compliments and Workshop On the Go kit are available ONLY until March 31!  If this is on your wish list, get it before it's gone!

Products Used:

All of these products can be purchased on my website at www.stampinheaven.ctmh.com 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Little Note

Who is ready for spring?  I know I am!!  I believe this is the 4th time I've worked from home due to icy road conditions here in Tennessee.   I'm not sure about tomorrow.  Although it started melting some this afternoon, with temperatures no higher than low teens tonight, it will all just freeze back.

After I shut my work laptop down for the day I was in the mood to create something with color - something to make me think of Spring.   So my little daffodil stamp set was just the thing.   These pretty little flowers are some of the first ones to poke through after the hard winter.  I LOVE daffodils.

This card is very simple.  I stamped the image in black and then used my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers to color.  I layered it onto Topiary Cardstock.   To keep a clean and simple look, I used a journaling pen to draw a line around the edge.   I used Topiary washi tape for my pennants on the side.

A Little Note - A1171
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers:
Golden Yellow - Z2452
Marigold - Z2457
Sap Green - Z2463
Colorless Blender - Z2469
Topiary Striped Washi Tape - Z2002

The card sketch is from CAS(E) This Sketch

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