Friday, August 31, 2012

Mistletoe Christmas Layout

I just got back from a day spent in town with my two kids. Though it was pretty nice, I'm reminded of why I usually shop without them. LOL My son got his hair cut just in time for school next week. My little girl wore her tiara around everywhere we went and people kept asking if it was her birthday. She would tell them no, she's a princess. 
I used another template from the new Make It From Your Heart Volume I book. I love how dramatic the cranberry red looks against the bamboo and cocoa. 

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lucky Thanksgiving Layout

Today, I'm sharing the next layout from a baby album I created last weekend. I wanted to note that I found our quick-pic albums in the while supplies last section for just $2, so I was able to create more layouts and still have a fabulous gift for a new mother. 
Paper: Lucky, Sunset CS, Outdoor Denim CS, Colonial White CS (CTMH); Stamp: Thanksgiving (CTMH); Ink: Sunset (CTMH); Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper Piercer (CTMH); Other: Neutral Embroidery Floss, Lucky Assortment, Milepost Shapes, Blue Buttons, Blue Brads (CTMH), Glue Dots

I love how the sunset orange photo mats pop off the page. This is another pattern from the new Make It From Your Heart Volume I Book. 

Stop by tomorrow to see another fabulous layout.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hooligans Baby Album Layout

My day job is not nearly as fun as my Close To My Heart consultant job is. After dealing with accountants and MSHA inspectors in one day alone, ah yes, definitely would rather be at home scrapbooking. :)

So today, I have the second baby album layout to share with you.
Paper: Hooligans, Black CS, White Daisy CS, Pear CS (CTMH); Other: Hooligans Stickease (CTMH)

Isn't it adorable? This layout had perfect spaces for the stickease I used.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Baby Boy Album Layout 1

Starting today, I would like to share with you the layouts that I created for a special baby's scrapbook album. He should arrive in the next month.
Paper: Emporium, Colonial White CS, Buttercup CS (CTMH); Stamps: Little Reminder, Bohemian Alphabet (CTMH); Inks: Chocolate, Twilight, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); Tools: Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Micro-Tip Scissors (CTMH); Other: Make It From Your Heart Volume I (CTMH)

This is from another one of my all-time favorite paper packs, Emporium. I now have mostly scraps left from this kit. Don't you just love that buttercup yellow as a base? I love how Close To My Heart provides matching colors and patterns in their kits so it takes the guesswork out of the equation. 

Stay tuned tomorrow for the next layout in this scrapbook. And believe it or not, I finished it within 24 hours of starting it...a new record for me.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Caboodle All Boy Layout

I just adore the following layout. 

Paper: Caboodle, Miracle, Twilight CS, Colonial White CS, Buttercup CS (CTMH); Stamp: This Way (CTMH); Inks: Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, Sorbet (CTMH); Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors (CTMH); Other: Crystal Blue Ribbon, Caboodle Stickease (CTMH)

I made this from a pattern in the new how-to-book "Make It From Your Heart Volume I". For those of you familiar with the book (and a sharp set of eyes, hehe), you may notice that the pattern has been slightly altered.

I can't wait to put pictures on it. Caboodle was one of those kits that I didn't immediately fall in love with back in 2010 when it was introduced. But after seeing some artwork made from it, I began to see how the fun colors worked very well with my photo's. It is still one of my favorites to this day. 

How about you? Have you ever taken a glance at a paper pack and decided that you didn't like it, but after a second glance, you changed your mind? I would love to hear your story.

Now, off to get dinner ready for my anniversary! Can't believe it's been seven wonderful years since I married my best friend. I am one lucky lady. :)


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lucky Layout

I love how this layout turned out. I used a pattern from the new Make It From Your Heart (Volume I) book. 
Paper: Lucky, Outdoor Denim CS, Colonial White CS (CTMH); Stamps: Enjoy Life (CTMH); Inks: Sunset, Desert Sand, Outdoor Denim (CTMH); Tools: 2" Circle Punch, Micro-Tip Scissors; Other: Kraft Borders, Neutral Buttons, Journal Tag (CTMH)

I haven't decided yet if this will be a gift layout for a family member's scrapbook, or for my son's album. I've been having fun playing with some older papers, though. :)

Now, off to print some more pictures for some layouts that I scrapped this past year. Have a happy, crafty day!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Silly Boy Layout With Fanfare

About 3 weeks ago, I created a fun layout inspired by a current issue of Creating Keepsakes Magazine. I am a wee bit embarrassed to admit that I misplaced it. LOL

Here it is:

Paper: Fanfare, White Daisy CS, Black CS, Cranberry CS (CTMH); Stamps: Shining Star, Elemental WOTG (CTMH); Inks: Pacifica, Cranberry, Black (CTMH); Tools: Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Cranberry Marker (CTMH); Other: Fanfare Brad Assortment, White Daisy Embroidery Floss, Color-Ready Cork Alphabet (CTMH)

Isn't is fabulous? Suddenly, I'm wishing I had more Fanfare paper on hand. It really was one of my favorite kits. Did you notice that the title was created with our cork alpha. letters? I colored them with a (retired) Cranberry marker.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. I will be sharing some layouts that I made for a baby album (shower gift) in the coming days. Stay tuned....


Monday, August 20, 2012

Check out my Facebook Page!

Hello! I've been busy creating a Facebook page, and am trying to increase my followers. If you like what you see here, please be sure to head on over to Facebook and "Like" my business page. And if you would like me to return the favor, please leave me a link to do so.

Thank you! Hope you're having a happy, crafty day!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our National Stamping Month Blog Hop! Today, we are featuring an exclusive double-stamp set titled "It's Your Day".
It's Your Day double stamp set #CC1020
If you have come here from {Jen Rubio's Blog}, you are on the right path!

This layout was inspired by Creating Keepsakes Magazine September/October 2012 Issue (Page 78). I loved the vertical orientation, and the large star (10"). The embellishments caught my eye and I knew this stamp set would be perfect to bring it all together. A quick tip on the funky sentiment shapes: I just used a curvy label (1 1/2") cut in half. I like how it sort of mimics a cloud shape, and the polka dot background stamp provided a really fun way to create my own patterned paper.

Now "Hop" on over to {Lalia's Blog} to see her lovely artwork. Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to place your order. This stamp set is perfect for a wide variety of projects including the much hyped "Project  Life". You can get this exclusive double stamp set for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15th through September 30th, 2012.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to leave a comment on my Dakota Cards and Free Giveaway post (8/11/12) to enter for the chance to win a free stamp set!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dakota Cards and a Free Give-away

Today, is my birthday. I don't really get excited about them anymore. LOL But my kids think it's awesome and always ask me when my party is going to be. 

Anyways, I wanted to share some recipes for my Dakota cards (as seen earlier this week).

Paper: Dakota, Black CS, Colonial White CS (CTMH); Stamps: Card Chatter-Sympathy (CTMH); Inks: Pacifica, Black (CTMH); Tools: Paper Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors (CTMH); Other: Wrangler Assortment, Neutral Embroidery Floss, Black & White Striped Ribbon (CTMH)

Paper: Dakota, Black CS (CTMH); Inks: Black (CTMH); Tools: Paper Piercer, Make It From Your Heart: Volume I (CTMH); Other: Wrangler Assortment (CTMH)

I wanted to show you a close-up of the items that come in the Wrangler Assortment (see below).
6 – 12mm pearl Badge Buttons; 3 embroidered patches, adhesive-backed, approximately 2" – 4".
Z1780 Wrangler Assortment
Isn't this assortment wonderful? All items are adhesive-backed for easy application. How's that for "faster, simpler and easier"?! The pearl buttons made me think of the snap buttons that I found on my dad's old shirts hanging in a closet when I was a little girl. 

If you'd like to purchase any of the items you've seen here, click here and it will take you to my website.

Now, if you've taken the time to read all that, I have a special give-away (see image below) today in honor of my birthday. Please leave me a comment below and I will pick one lucky random winner on Wednesday, August 15th. 
A1132 Family Stamp
Have a blessed day!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Autumn/Winter 2012 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop! Today, we are featuring new products from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book.
If you have come here from {Lalia's Blog}, you are on the right path!

Now "Hop" on over to {Maria's Blog} to see her lovely artwork. Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to place your order. Please check back with me over the coming weeks if you are interested in the recipes I used for each of the new cards I showcased today.

My favorite products from the new book include the new Artiste Cartridge, Clementine, Dakota, Avonlea and Moonlight kits, Make-It-From-Your-Heart How-To Book and the cardmaking kits.

Thanks for stopping by!