Friday, March 16, 2018

Step Right Up!

And another great special from Close to My Heart! This bundle includes a stamp set!  Available through the end of March.

2 each - black, cranberry, saffron, sapphire, white daisy cardstock

2 sheets gold foil paper
Gold pearls
Red Shimmer Trim
Showtime stamp set
Order CC2184 for $29 or get the stamp set by itself for $18.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

2018 Week 9

One of the great things about our kits is the complete page - embellishments and all.  When I start with my photos instead of with a layout, the pages tend to be simpler.  This set I actually started at Convention.  The page on the right was a workshop during the event.  And no, it's not cheating to put your pictures on a pre-done page!  It's getting your memories in the book that count - no matter how you choose to do it.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Important Things

There is always something new going on at Close to My Heart.  Today it's a new bundle called Important things.  Based on a journaling model inspired by Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book this bundle empowers crafters to create a custom album highlighting the Important Things in their lives!  This bundle is only available through April 30 while supplies last.

The bundle contains:
1-Chelsea Gardens bulk paper sheet
1 - Gimme Some Sugar bulk paper sheet
2 each - Bashful, Linen and White Daisy cardstock sheets
1 each - Peacock, Juniper and Mink cardstock sheets
3 - 4" x 6" Flip Flaps
2 - 3" x 4" Flip Flaps
1 - 3" x 3" Flip Flap
3 - 6" x 8" Everyday Life Memory Protectors
3 - 4" x 6" Everyday Life Memory Protectors
3 - 3" x 4" Everyday Life Memory Protectors
Order product number CC3187 $17

Friday, March 9, 2018

Die-namite Special

The special of the month is 25%-30% off most Thin Cuts & Stamp/Thin Cut sets!  This is while supplies last.  To get a full list - just hop on over to my business site by clicking here!  Don't forget to join the Mystery Hostess party for your chance to be the hostess.  The party is at $40 free to the hostess as of today.  Some of these will still be available if you decide to wait until March 21st, when the registration for the next FETCH opens.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2018 Week 8

Here is week 8.  This is a really simple layout, using some older CTMH paper from 2014, and some gold embellishments from a compliments pack. This is another college book layout.  The empty mat is for her February calendar.

How is your weekly layout challenge going so far this year?

Monday, March 5, 2018

2018 Week 7

Well, I missed week 6 in making a layout, and I'm a little behind in posting, but I should get caught up (blogging) this week.
For week 7, I've picked one of the layouts I did at the Fundamentals Retreat.
This paper is from the Silver and Gold WYW.  The blank space is for the daughter's school calendar she hasn't sent yet. This is another page in her college book.
Happy scrapping!

Friday, March 2, 2018

March Bells & Whistles

March Bells & Whistles workshop is this zoo page.  I had some great help for title suggestions, and I'm sure you can think up some more, suitable to your pictures.  Workshop is March 16, 6:30-9:30, $7.  Please RSVP so I can have a kit ready for you.

Title Suggestions:
Jungle Love
I Live in a Zoo
Where the Wild Things are

Good page for pictures of:
Jungle Adventure ride at Disney
Animal Kingdom (Disney)
Kids playing (Wild Child, Wild Animals)
Eating (Do/don't feed the animals)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

March Card Class

March's card class with be on March 8, 5:30-7:30 PM.  We'll be making these 3 cards from the Stargazer paper and card making stamp/die set. You can change up the sentiments if some of these won't work for you.  Cost is $5 for 3 cards.  We'll be doing a little work with re-inkers and the wet wipe technique, for the galaxy look behind the astronaut porthole.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Embellishment Swap

I had so much fun making an embellishment swap with my Cairo Crew!  This was my contribution.  It uses papers from the retired No Worries papers. (Love it?  I still have a few of the paper packs in my inventory.)  The stamp set is also retired.  I used the wet wipe and re-inker technique for the stamping.
Here's some closer details:

And  my pictures even turned out good!  Go figure!

Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 Week 6

More pictures on a page - and with the Stargazer paper pack again.  When CTMH has a pack of paper that I don't think I can use, it makes me try harder to find a use for it.  And when I try, it actually turns out to be pretty easy.  Like using the Stargazer paper for the Disney park layout and then again for this eclipse layout.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Simple Valentines

Here's the card I made for my daughters.  (They never view this blog, so I'm safe, lol.)
It's made with the punny stamp set, We Belong Together.
I also used more heart paper from the Silver & Gold paper pack, Shin-Han markers to do the coloring and the confetti stamp from Eat Cake & Celebrate, stamped in pebble and pewter, then more dots with some clear Stickles.  Super easy!

Friday, February 9, 2018

2018 Week 5

I like this one a lot.  More Chelsea Gardens card making butterflies, along with a seahorse cut from the Life is a Beach (not CTMH) Cricut cartridge.

Just some up close details!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February Bells & Whistles

The February Bells & Whistles pages are for Disney, from the Stargazer pack.  It's designed for Space Mountain or Tomorrowland photos.  Or even Toy Story.
The roller coaster is double layered, popped with foam tape. Coaster (4") and title (3.5") are from the You are Here cartridge.  The mouse heads are from the Splash of Color stamp set, the galaxy in between is from Stargazer-cardmaking.  The black and white strip is from Cats & Bats. The stars on the right, behind the title and the coaster cars are from silver foil sheets.

Monday, February 5, 2018

February Card Workshop

The February card workshop is this Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 5:30PM-7:30PM. Cost is $5 to make 3 cards.  We'll be using the Make Waves card making stamp set and the scrapbooking stamp set.
Here are the cards!  If you can't make it, and love the cards, I've included a few tips to make them at home.
This card is 4" wide by 11" long.  Score the card at 2 3/4" on each end, then fold inward.  The octopus is in Pewter, the heart colored with a Shin-Han.  The circles are from our die set.  The bubbles are from the scrapbooking stamp set, in Glacier.  That's linen paper, with the retired cascading embossing folder, and I scrubbed glacier ink on the folder before pressing.  Be careful when you dot his eyes.  If  you cover up the little bit of white that's near his eyes, it takes him from cute to evil.  Tape the bottom of the octopus circle to the bottom fold and the top of the green circle to the top fold.  The pieces slide into each other.

On the inside, I used the seaweed from the scrapbook stamp set in sweet leaf, lagoon and juniper, background octopi in pebble and popped the pewter octopus, cut from the die set that goes with the card making stamp set.  There are some glacier bubbles behind him too, which i colored the inside with the clear shimmer brush.  On the upper and lower folds on the inside, I used the gold heart foil paper from the Silver and Gold Christmas set.  As of today, this paper pack is still available, but I  had it as leftovers.  The bottom panel is stamped with the seaweed and the top panel is stamped with the bubbles.

This has a watercolor panel, which i used water and re-inker.  Let it dry, then tape it down really good to  your background panel.  I popped the whale, but stamped the water spout in sapphire once I knew the placement and before I stuck  him down.  Pop in a few sequins, and add a little clear Stickles to the "water" (can't see that in the photo).

Using sponge daubers, shade in a circle in the middle of the card with crystal blue and lagoon ink.  Tip - don't use a lot of ink.  I dabbed up my dauber with ink, then stamped off the darkest onto a scrap paper, then started doing the blue/green background.  I suggest a little practice on scrap paper to get that light look, but it won't take you long to figure it out.  Tear your kraft paper, then sponge the edges with desert sand.  The crabs are in ruby and die cut, then tucked or popped as I liked.  I also brushed some gold shimmer pen on the kraft paper, below the desert sand edges, but not all the way to the bottom.  Dot the eyes with your black marker.
I used the shimmer brush on both the crabs and the whale - but i don't recommend it.  It does lighten the ink and makes it streaky.  I preferred the shimmer on the bottom white part of the whale. This technique would be good for somethings, but I preferred the darker colors on the animals here.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Frame It! Spring 2018

The next Frame It! workshop will be on February 17, at 10:00am at Piper & Leaf on Hwy 72 (just like last time).  There is no charge for us to use their location, as long as we support the business.  And Cherry Christmas is in stock right now, so why wouldn't we?
This is the layout.  Please let me know what title choice you would like to go with - happy, family or spring.  If none of these work for your photo, lets talk, and I'll see what other choice I have that might go better.

$10 for just the layout, $25 if you need the frame.  Sign up here!

Frame It - Spring 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

Pretty in Pink

The February special is called Pretty in Pink!  You can get certain pink or gold products for 25%, or 30% off select bundles.