Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stuck on You!

I'm stuck on craft challenges lately. They help to launch my creativity with an idea or a sketch. This card is the result of 2 challenges this week. The first is a sketch challenge found on Freshly Made Sketches. It's pretty straight forward resulting in a clean and easy card. The other challenge comes from Heart 2 Heart Challenges which is a stitching theme. I chose to go faux!

I love the bright whimsical colors of the Prickly Pear papers, but I wanted to create more authentic looking cactus. For this I reached for an older stamp set called, Stuck on You. This is one of those sets that came with coordinating Thin Cuts making it all too easy. The more difficult part is coloring in the cactus, however I find this to be relaxing. The faux stitching is made by using some wavy Lawn Fawn Die Cuts.

Pretty clean, simple and cute! Be sure to check out these blogs for some challenges and inspiration!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hello Unicorns

Despite my lack in posts here on the Blog, I must reassure you that I am making time to play in my craft room. Especially now with the big Stampaganza sale happening! Some of my favorite stamps are simply sayings or sentiments. They can convey your message on a card or show emotion to a scrapbooking page. Close To My Heart has several stamp sets with some traditional sentiments and some very trending, popular sayings. This month is the perfect time to stock up on your favorites! Here is just a cute card I created using the Dreamin' Big papers, a few embellishments and a thin cut. The perfect sentiment can be found on the inside of the card.

This greeting on the inside was made up of 2 different sentiment stamps, so go ahead and mix it up!

I posted the front of this card on Instagram a few days ago. If you are not on Instagram, I recommend that you join, its a ton of inspiration. If not, you can always click on the camera/Instagram logo on the right of my blog just under my profile. It will take you to my page. There you will find more artwork posted regularly and in most cases before I get it on my Blog.

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Don't forget to save big this month on the stamp sale. Buy 2 Get One FREE! shop online

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

No Worries Bear!

I'm sharing a card with you today for the Heart 2 Heart "No Worries" Challenge. I love this paper collection and found that it can be more versatile than just a beachy theme! On this card I used the Jack cardmaking stamp and thin cuts to create a laid back, fishing bear. Obviously, he has no worries now that he is retired!

Be sure to check out the other entries at H2H. Make sure to stop by the website to order these fabulous products.

P.S. The retirement sentiment is from the No Worries Cardmaking and thin cuts set. All items are on the website and currently available until the end of July.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Stampaganza in July!

Woo~Hoo! It's that time of year when Close To My Heart offers the innovative and amazing MyAcrylix stamp sets on sale! It is almost like Christmas in July for those lovers of inky stamping!

For this sale Close To My Heart has also decided to bring back some older stamp sets previously taken away into retirement. Go online to see a list of those special sets and get all the details!

Stamp of the month ~ Storybook Alphabet

You can never have too many alphabets! This set can be stamped as is or you can color them in with whatever medium you like. Plus, this month you can get it for only $5 with a qualifying purchase!

Finally, I want to leave you with this image from the website carousel. It features a variety of projects using the Prickly Pear paper collection. I think the artwork is beautiful and makes me love this collection even more that when I originally saw it in the Seasonal Expressions book. I must warn you that July is the last month that this collection will be available, as the other collections too. Don't let it pass you by!

RAWR!! = Party!!

A crazy little monster wants to wish you a Happy Birthday with a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches Blog! This card combines patterned paper, Picture My Life card and some cool Cricut cut designs. It all comes together for a colorful, fun card perfect for any little wild one celebrating a special day!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hello Foxy will soon say Goodbye!

The Hello Foxy stamp of the month will soon be saying goodbye! With a qualifying purchase you can get this stamp for only $5. The fox in this set are just too cute! Take a look at some cards I created using the different fox with some of the clever sayings!

These fox look great paired with the Prickly Pear papers, making it look more like a desert fox!

If you take advantage of the other promotions going on this month, ie. the albums BOGO and 25% off cardstock, you will easily qualify for this stamp set. Be sure to go online to see what is available on special still and place an order. Thank you for stopping by and say hello to Foxy!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Carnival of Cardstock

Close To My Heart has announced a great deal to end the month of June! How would you like 25% off all cardstock until June 30th? What a fantastic deal and who doesn't need more paper!

You can get the coordinating cardstock packs from the current Idea Book collections for only $7.46. Those include Little Dreamer, Prickly Pear, No Worries and Jack!

Or you can choose single color packs and multi-color combo packs at a discounted price of $10.87
 Keep in mind that this deal will end on June 30th as well as the BOGO Album promotion. See all of the specials online here.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Freshly Made Beach

It has been a long time since I have played along with a sketch challenge. This was a fun one though and a great opportunity to use a new stamp set! I used the sketch for this week on Freshly Made Sketches along with the No Worries papers and cardmaking stamp set. What is great about this stamp set is that it has coordinating Thin Cuts to make all of your images perfectly cut and stamped!

Ah! No worries at all! Don't you just want to go hang out and relax at the beach now? Toes in the sand, cold drink in your hand!

Friday, June 9, 2017

It's a Fiesta with Prickly Pear!

The BIG grad party has come and gone! There was a ton of preparation for the party itself, but I managed to find some time to create a few layouts that would work for the party pics to come. I wanted to use the fun Prickly Pear papers as I liked the bright colors and the cactus would work well with our backyard decor where the activity would happen.

The included PML cards can act as titles on your page or you can use the card and add the complements chipboard letter die-cuts for a big title!

This page worked well to showcase some of the areas that my daughter and I decorated inside the house.

We used several areas in our house to show her memorabilia, photographs and to set up a "One Smart Cookie Bar". For this reason I decided to add a flip flap to the layout to show more pictures and not crowd the page.

Take a closer look at these fun titles and complements that can be added to your Prickly Pear pages!

Remember that this collection is available now in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book which will expire in August.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Specials Start with a Flash Sale!

At 2 p.m. Pacific time today, a flash sale begins on my website! Products from the newest Seasonal Expressions book as well as the Annual catalog will be at a special reduced price. Be sure to check it out!

While your there shopping, check out the gorgeous albums. They are in an assortment of colors and you can get them in either a post-bound or D-ring style. For the month of June it's buy one get the second for 50% off.

Once you've added your albums and sale items, you will be well on your way to receiving the stamp of the month for only $5! Hello Foxy is a cute, sweet friend that you will want to share with loved ones and friends!

Enjoy all of this month's specials and continue to celebrate your memories and spread your joy with others! Happy June!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

More Live Beautifully Cut Above Layouts

Today I am sharing a couple more layouts that you get in the Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit. These layouts come with base pages and just a few embellishments that create a page in just a matter of minutes. However, don't let your creativity be limited by a predetermined design. For this layout I wanted to add many more pictures than the original design allowed for. I found that some flip-flaps and an additional page protector insert was the fix! Here are the base pages of the layout.

In this photograph you can see where I added a 4x6 flip-flap on the left side and the insert is laying over the right side.

Here I have shown the flip-flap open revealing the picture on the back and underneath. This flap will be adhered to the 12x12 memory protector.

Finally, once the insert page is loaded in the album it will simply flip to the other side to reveal another set of photos or PML cards. Now I have a beautiful layout that showcases many more pictures. {Good thing, because I must have taken 50!}

With Senior Prom complete, I moved right on to graduation pictures. I wanted a few photos of my daughter in her cap and gown before the big ceremony. I did love the colors in the photos, but I thought they looked more elegant in black & white with this layout from the kit. The gold and white banners are not part of the kit. I added those myself as they were used on her announcements and I wanted to carry over the theme.

This is my favorite layout in the kit, so I saved it for last. I love the clean white and shiny gold together with just a hint of the sea glass color in the flowers. Plus, the curved lettering is already printed on the paper making it so easy to add the photos and embellishments.

Be sure to get this kit, papers and exclusive stamp set before it's too late! You have until May 31st!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit

I can't believe we are already more than half way through May. Half way through National Scrapbooking Month! Have you explored the Live Beautifully collection being offered this month only? I was able to show some of my customers the new items especially focusing on the Cut Above Kit. Scrapbooking your memories doesn't get any easier than this! Check out a collage of the kit contents.

Hopefully you can see the mix of papers, embellishments and the how-to brochure included in the kit. Everything is pre-cut and the assembly is simple. Here are just a couple layouts I completed within only a few minutes. Maybe 12-15 minutes per layout after printing the photo's of course.

You can search more ideas with this kit on Pinterest or Instagram with #ctmhlivebeautifully or #Nationalscrapbookingmonth. I will show you a few more layouts here on my blog in the coming days as well! Happy scrapbooking!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Prickly Pear with Cactus and a Llama

Hello! Have you been browsing the newest Idea Book? I always love turning each page back and seeing all of the newest collections and projects. I am always pleasantly surprised with the creativity and cleverness that CTMH comes up with each season. Now of course I like all of the new papers, but sometimes there is one collection that captures my interest first. In the new book it was the Prickly Pear collection and that adorable Llama stamp set.

The Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp comes with coordinating thin cuts in the Llama and Cactus shapes. This makes the cutting and stamping super easy. These cards were made in no time at all and the papers are really awesome too!

We created this Llama card at my Open House. It was a llama fun to make! Do you llama make one too?

You can get the paper collection and stamp set with thin cuts online now. Just think of the creations on both your scrapbooking pages and cards!