Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Product Options for Lucy Workshop

As promised, today I am giving an overview of what products you may want to purchase to create your Lucy layouts.

Basic Kit: $15.85 Plus Tax & Shipping
X7149B Lucy L2 Paper Pack $9.95
X5901 Colonial White Cardstock 6-Pack $2.95
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles $2.95

Better Kit: $20.80 Plus Tax & Shipping
X7149B Lucy L2 Paper Pack $9.95
X5901 Colonial White Cardstock 6-Pack $2.95
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles $2.95
Z1690 Bitty Buds Assortment $4.95

Best Kit: $34.65 Plus Tax & Shipping
X7149B Lucy L2 Paper Pack $9.95
X5901 Colonial White Cardstock 6-Pack $2.95
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles $2.95
Z1690 Bitty Buds Assortment $4.95
Z1710 Paradise Paper Flowers $5.95
Z1702 Paradise or Z1701 Neutral Baker's Twine $4.95 (each)
Z1333 Mocha Opaques $2.95

Please Note: If you have any of the cardstock or embellishments already (retired paper flowers or other pearls and sparkles will work just fine; even waxy flax will work in lieu of baker's twine), please add items accordingly. One more thing, if you want to stamp your flowers in place of using paper flowers, I will have a few stamps at the workshop that you may use.

Now, onto workshop details:

Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Casandra's House

Orders will need to be placed for this workshop no later than Sunday, April 22nd. Please be punctual because we will be making our Pemberley layouts in the afternoon, along with a few make-and-take projects. Thank you so much.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Lucy Spring Layout #3

Here is my third and final layout that we will be creating with Lucy.
I decided ultimately to keep this layout a bit more generic in theme in case my customers wanted to use everyday photo's. Aren't zip strips fun? They were the perfect accent.

Inspiration was found in two places, actually. First, using the Love Life Stamp inspiration came from Scraptabulous Studio. Second, the overall template inspiration came from Sketch Support.

I believe that there would be enough blush cardstock to use as bases, and pattern paper could be used where you see the blush pink cardstock. Some of my cricut cuts were guesses yesterday and I didn't have quite as much left as you should have. I have been pre-cutting layouts for my customers for most of my workshops. For this workshop, my attendee's will be cutting their own papers to allow more creative freedom.

Products Used:
Lucy L2 Paper Pack
2 Colonial White Cardstock Sheets
Extra Creme Brulee Cardstock (Customers can use printer paper or bring photo's to attach)
Love Life Stamp Set
Grey Wool, Cotton Candy, Blush, Sweet Leaf & Chocolate Inks
Bitty Sparkles
Grey Wool Baker's Twine
Chocolate Embroidery Floss
Cricut AP Cartridge
Corner Rounder

Please see Sketch Support link above for photo sizes, but in general, you could bring six 4x6 photo's to attach. Also, if you would prefer to change up the colors a bit, you could bring some blue (light to medium in color) cardstock with you, or any color that you think would be pretty with the sweet leaf B&T paper.

Tomorrow, I will go into depth on what products you will want to purchase to complete your Lucy layouts. For now, have a wonderful day!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Lucy Birthday Layout #2

Hello and Happy Sunday to you! It's hard to believe that this next layout comes from the same paper packet as yesterday's layout...Lucy.
Petal Purple and Grey Wool look awesome together!

Bitty Buds Assortment  & Dimensional Elements Numbers

Elemental WOTG Stamp & Party Pennants Stamp
This layout is the real reason I decided to do a Lucy Workshop. My daughter's birthday is just before Mother's Day, and I recently bought her a beautiful patchwork seersucker dress from Gymboree. It has a matching lavender sun bonnet with butterflies embroidered on it. I'm having a moment of disbelief that my baby is going to be 4 in just six weeks....

I found inspiration for this layout here.

Products Used:
Lucy L2 Paper Pack
1 Sheet of Petal Cardstock
Elemental WOTG Stamp Set (Retired)
Party Pennants Stamp Set
Petal, Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Cotton Candy, Creme Brulee, Grey Wool & Chocolate Inks
Creme Brulee Baker's Twine
Bitty Sparkles
Bitty Buds Assortment
Dimensional Elements Number
Cricut AP Cartridge
Corner Rounder
Scallop Border Punch
SU Butterfly Embosslits

I used the blush cardstock that came in the kit for the photo mats, but this could be saved to use as bases for the last layout I will be showcasing tomorrow. (If you attend my workshop, please bring some scrap cardstock or printer paper to use in these locations.)

There is one more thing I would like to point out, if you do not like the purple on this layout, and would like to switch it to one of the other colors in the kit, we can do that. I have Sweet Leaf and Smoothie in bulk sheets. The opposite side of the sweet leaf B&T paper is a pretty yellow floral paper. By turning that over, you could have a completely different look to this layout. I love our new B&T paper and it's awesome versatility.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lucy Easter Layout #1

Good morning! I am so excited to share my first Lucy layout with you. I am really into pennants right now, so when I came across a layout on Pinterest that uses fun pennants, I just had to see how Lucy would look with it. I can tell you that at least 2 hours went into figuring out dimensions before I made a single cut. My notes are quite scattered at the moment. LOL

 I found inspiration for this layout here.
Close-Up of Left Page Peeps

Close-Up of Right Page Peeps

Close-Up of Flowers on Right Page
Products Used:
Lucy L2 Paper Pack
Colonial White Cardstock (2 Sheets)
Smoothie Cardstock (1 Sheet)
My Peeps Stamp Set
Springtime Stamp Set (Retired)
You & Me Stamp Set (Retired)
Chocolate, Smoothie & Garden Green Inks
Bitty Buds Assortment
Pink & Red Brads Assortment (Smoothie)
Sunflower Button (Retired)
Neutral Embroidery Floss 
Mocha Opaques
Paradise Paper Flowers 
Smoothie RicRac (American Crafts) Ribbon
2" Scallop Punch
Cricut AP Cartridge
Watercolor Pencils

Stay tuned tomorrow to see Lucy Layout #2.


Friday, March 23, 2012

For the Love of Lucy

Today, I worked on my Lucy layouts...and when I say today, I mean all day. I am grateful to my little girl for being so patient with me as I balanced household chores and mama duties along with my crafty fun. Based on my daughter's response to these layouts, they are "very pretty". 

As was the case with Cruisin', some of the busy patterns made me nervous with this kit. Ironically, when I started fanning the papers out to decide what color scheme I wanted to use, the busier sides of certain papers actually worked better. I also hadn't realized how similar our Cotton Candy and Blush colors were.

I added in some Colonial White, Petal, Smoothie and Creme Brulee cardstock to create my layouts. 

Tonight, I only have enough time to share a few sneak peeks with you. I promise to share more detailed views with you in the coming days. 

I know I've said it before, but I will say it again...I love Pinterest! If you aren't pinning, what are you waiting for?! It's awesome.

Have a good night. 


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Elemental Goody Bags

On Saturday, I held my first big all-day crop. People in attendance each received the following goody bag as my thank you for participating.

Thank you, Kelly, for helping me put these adorable bags together. I found inspiration for this project on Page 30 of the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book. The bag was cut at 6" on the Cricut.

Products Used:
Elemental L2 Paper Pack
Misc. Button
White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon (Retired)
Zoology Stamp Set
Cricut AP Cartridge
Olive, Creme Brulee, Pacifica, Chocolate & Desert Sand Inks

Each participant received a skein of chocolate embroidery floss, a spool of coordinating ribbon, an adhesive spring and some chocolate, plus the fun goody bag itself.

I would like to thank everyone that was a part of this crop. It was so much fun! Can't wait to do it again.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Cruisin' to Coolsville Layout

Today, I would like to share with you my last Cruisin' layout.
I found inspiration for this layout at Scrapbook Generation's blog. I am a real fan of being able to use 4x6 photo's on my layouts. The cost is quite economical and most of us tend to buy our prints in 4x6 size.

The original layout sketch that I used has (1) 4x4 photo, (1) 4x6 photo and (8) 3x3 photo's. Since I wasn't sure if I honestly had 10 photo's to use, I decided to change mine to 4x6 size (in the vertical juniper section). I love the flexibility that this sketch allows for number of photo's. I may decide to add my journaling to one of the photo mats.

You can see the original sketch here. I asked my husband what he thought about this layout, and was surprised at what he had to say. He loved the cranberry stripes at the top...said they reminded him of the old 50's diners. Since this paper is reminiscent of that time period (in my opinion), it was an awesome thing to hear. He rarely has much to say about my scrapbook layouts, so this was a really exciting moment for me. Those of you that share my love for this wonderful hobby can probably relate. :)

Products Used:
Cruisin' WOTG Kit
Cruisin' Foil Complements
Additional Cranberry, Black and White Daisy Cardstock

After creating the 3 layouts that I've shown you, I have 1 full sheet of B&T paper left, along with some smaller scrap and (2) sheets of grey wool cardstock. I plan to create at least one more layout for my personal use and have decided that my attendee's should have the same option to get creative with the remaining pieces from their kits.

If you would like to join me for this workshop on April 22nd, please contact me here for kit options. If you are unable to attend, but would like to purchase pre-cut, pre-stamped kits, I would be happy to accommodate you.

Thank you so much for stopping by.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Quick Update on How-To-Programs

Good evening. I just received my weekly update from the Close To My Heart corporate office. I thought I would share with you what was in my e-mail.

Update on How-To Books Inventory
As we announced last week in the post, the how-to books will be retiring and, as promised, we will try to keep you up-to-date on inventory levels. Reflections® is now out of stock, and Originals® will be unavailable very soon. The remaining how-to books are also quickly approaching run-out levels.

That's word for word what I received information on. If there are any of our How-To-Programs that you've been on the fence about, now is the time to buy. Don't wait....

If you have any questions, or would like to place your order today, please contact me soon.


Cruisin' Down Memory Lane Layout

Hello, again! I haven't been this excited by a paper kit in a long time. Cruisin' really is a very versatile kit. So many possibilities....

Today's layout was inspired by Jeannette Lynton's blog (CEO of Close To My Heart). You can see the original  here. I chose to follow her example pretty close, as you can see. I decided to use my Typeface alphabet stamp set, and the Cricut cartridge for the title. I also tried to incorporate a few more of the foil complements into my layout.

If it wasn't for my Great-Grandma, most of these photo's would never have existed. Great-Grandma Holcomb had a polaroid camera, the first that I remember seeing. I think in a round-about way, that my Great-Grandma helped me understand the importance of capturing moments in time with pictures. Yes, that is me...and my baby brother in these pictures.

Some of my favorite memories are of going to visit Great-Grandma and playing with the toys she kept in a box for her grandchildren to play with. She had a buffet in the dining room that she kept candy in, and each time we went to visit, we were allowed one piece of candy. It was a rare treasure back in the day. I can remember how lovely she smelled...I think it may have been rosewater, and how soft her skin was when I'd press my cheek to her's. Silly little memories but one's that make me happy. I don't think a kinder, gentler person has ever existed in my world.

Really, that is what makes scrapbooking such a wonderful hobby. We have the ability to preserve our family memories for generations to come.

Products Used:
Cruisin' WOTG Kit
Cruisin' Foil Complements
Black Embroidery Floss
Cricut AP Cartridge
Typeface Stamp Set
Magic How-To-Program

Tomorrow, I will share my last Cruisin' layout with you. Please feel free to share your memories or comments below.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cruisin' through Good Times Layout

Hello! Back at the end of December, I was able to preview the current idea book. This is one of my favorite perks to being a CTMH consultant. :) While thumbing through the book, Cruisin' popped out as being one of my favorites. On the first of January, I pre-ordered my WOTG kit. The best part about this kit besides the fun colors is the stamp set that comes with it. I just knew it would be a perfect way to scrap about one of my favorite people...my husband.

So today, I would like to share with you my first Cruisin' layout. I finally found the perfect kit for our vacation photo's from 2002. Hot diggity!
Inspiration for this layout came from Mary Berg. You can see her layout here. I contacted Ms. Berg to make sure that she would be okay with me using her artwork for my workshop. She was so very gracious and kind in allowing me to do so. I decided to change mine a little so that I could use the stamp set included in the Workshop On The Go kit. This will be our first layout, for those of you that would like to join me on April 22nd.

Products Used:
Cruisin' WOTG Kit
Cranberry, Juniper, Black and Grey Wool Inks
Cricut AP Cartridge
Cherish How-To-Program

Don't you just love the checkered zip strips? I wish we had a 12x12 sheet of this pattern. Awesome!

Stay tuned for more Cruisin' layouts this week.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Super Powers Cards

Good afternoon! The sun is shining and it's been a beautiful early Spring day. Hard to believe that one week ago today, we had 3' of snow on the ground. Today, as I look out my study window, I see bare grass. (Happy sigh)

I signed up for a children's birthday card swap with my fellow CTMH consultants. I was so excited to dig out my new Super Powers stamp set and get crafty.
This was my "first draft", so to speak. It felt a little flat to me, even with the 3-D foam adhesive. So I went back to the drawing board, and this is what I came up with.
I used a Mojo Monday sketch from a few weeks ago. I think this one is just right, though both look nice.

Products Used:
Fanfare L2 Paper (Retired)
Super Powers Stamp Set
Card Word Puzzle Stamp Set
Black Brads
Martha Stewart Red Baker's Twine
Grey Wool Baker's Twine
Watercolor Pencils
Black, Honey, Grey Wool and Pacifica Inks

The second card presents a wonderful way to use up small scraps. There are (5) 1x4 strips, standard size card base, 3x3 1/2 white center cardstock, 2x1 cranberry cardstock, centered (slightly smaller) white sentiment cardstock. Twine is wrapped around 3 times and tied together.

My kids loved coloring in a few extra Super Hero images that I had stamped. It's a great way to keep them busy when Mama wants to get crafty. :)

Have a wonderful evening!