Monday, April 27, 2015

Spread Your Wings and Fly Scrapbook Layout

Hello, hello! I am so sorry I haven't posted since the beginning of the month but I have been so busy now that spring is here, but is it really here? This spring has been a tough one getting here for sure but maybe now we can be assured of warmer days going forward as it's almost May already! So hard to believe, isn't it?

I have been quite busy doing outdoor stuff getting the garden(s) ready for flowers & veggies - can't wait for those - plus a lot of bird watching as it is nesting season for our fine-feathered friends and we have a lot of them around us that we enjoy oh so very much! We have a pair of beautiful Bluebirds who are protecting 3 little eggs from those nasty House Sparrows as well as a pair of Tree Swallows who want the box they are in so they can nest themselves. We have other boxes available for the Swallows but for some reason they want the one the Bluebirds are in so it's been quite a show watching the Bluebirds defend their box and being quite successful I must add.

We also have a pair of Chickadees nesting in one of the other boxes. We are so excited about this because we have never had them nest here before. They also have 3 little eggs waiting to hatch. I hope one day soon the Tree Swallows choose where they will nest because they are driving us nuts going from box to box to gourd and back to a box as they try to decide which one they prefer. Just get in there already please!!

And we are, of course, still waiting for the arrival of our first Purple Martin pair. This is our fourth year trying to lure them in and although we did have two different visits from them a couple weeks ago, they haven't been back. They have never visited us this early in the season before either so we are hopeful that's a good sign but it's hard to say as there are no guarantees where these magnificent birds are concerned. They are so picky where they choose to nest - the conditions for them have to be just right - so it's really a crap shoot whether you get them or not. Keeping fingers crossed!

Well, I really didn't mean to talk your ear off about our birds as my intention was to share a new scrapbook layout with you so without further ado here's the layout in all it's beauty!

I have been dabbling in art journaling recently so I'm learning new techniques using gesso, paints and inks and love how I can incorporate them into my scrapbook layouts. I was a bit hesitant when I first started working on this layout but once it got going, I had a lot of fun with it.

I had a vision in my head of how I wanted it to look before I even started and I must admit, it turned out pretty darn close to that vision so I am very happy with it. Here's a bit of detail about how it all came together:

  • I first spread a layer of white gesso on top of a sheet of white cardstock using an old credit card - it's perfect for achieving a very thin layer - then dried it with my heat gun since I'm a tad bit impatient and didn't want to wait for it to dry on it's own.
  • I then slightly watered down some gray acrylic paint then brushed it on top of the dried gesso in vertical lines
  • Next I used black acrylic paint to draw some lines and fake nails on the boards to simulate old barn boards such as the ones in the photos.
  • Once I was happy with the barn board look, I then stenciled some flowers in various colors of ink along the bottom - no rhyme or reason - just different flowers in various colors that matched the girls' clothing somewhat.
  • I decided where I wanted to place my photos then set to work finding embellishments to match. I stayed pretty simple on the embellishments since there was already a lot going on on the background so a couple flower die cuts and some washi tape were perfect and just right for framing the photos.
  • The 'Spread your Wings and fly' is a free die cut I got when I took a Studio Calico online class with Wilna Furstenburg, which was totally awesome! I cut the words with my Cricut Explore machine and love how easy it was to do!
  • I then added a few metal flowers, black sequins, a strand of sequined ribbon, a bow made with some Pixie Twine from Close to my Heart, which I totally love, a leftover owl button, a couple word strips from Ali Edwards' 'Click' story stamp kit for this month, splattered a bit of black paint here & there while covering the photos with scrap paper so as not to get any paint on them and called it done!
I love how this layout turned out and I hope you do, too! Maybe it has inspired you to create something similar so go for it and please share your finished project with me. I'd love to see it!

Feel free to ask if you have any questions about the products or more details on the techniques I used.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April CTMH Deal of the Day

Hey everyone! Love a great deal? I know I do! How about 30 days of great deals? During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount.

To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart on my website at and you will be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)! Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 to $150. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay!

Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 5 pm EDT each day and only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!

Five different price tiers will be available randomly throughout the month!
• $35 Grab Bags
(On average, a $70 value!)
• $50 Grab Bags
(On average, a $90 value!)
• $75 Grab Bags
(On average, a $140 value!)
• $115 Grab Bags
(On average, a $240 value!)
• $150 Grab Bags
(On average, a $325 value!)

Dates: Offer valid April 1, 2015 (5:00 pm EDT) – May 1, 2015 (4:59 pm EDT).
Let me know if you have any questions! Happy grabbing! 


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

30 Days of Lists Challenge - March 2015

I just realized I never even posted any of this month's lists for this challenge. I have so many projects that I'm trying to keep up with and getting far behind on just about everything so this took a back seat to everything else that I was involved in. Yikes! But it is DONE and just in time so I am sharing them all with you now. So grab a favorite beverage, kick back and enjoy! ;) I think you should be able to read them all without me typing each one out but if for some reason you can't, give me a shout and I'd be happy to help you out.

If you think you'd be interested in this fun 'listing' challenge adventure, click here to get more details so you'll be ready for the next round OR you can click on over here to join in another one just starting April 1st by TheResetGirl.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy listing and happy scrampin'!


Friday, March 27, 2015

A Blossom or Two Sneak Peek

Hello, it's me! I've thought about us for a long, long time...or something like that. Ha, started off with 'Hello it's me' and went right into that song some of you may remember. But that's not the reason I'm here today so here goes.....

I received some beautiful new papers from Close to my Heart a few days ago and have been playing with them ever since. I love the name - Blossom - as soon the blossoms will be popping out around here, at least I hope so if winter ever loses it's grip on us. I have so many ideas in my head for this paper pack but here's what I came up with to start.
 This first layout is actually a design from the wonderfully talented art department at Close to my Heart. I love it but don't have the stamp set they used so I improvised and used one that I just bought - D1647 Documenting Moments - which will be available to purchase beginning April 1 from the Seasonal Expressions 2 mini catalog. Check back then on my website to order yours or other awesome new products. I also used the M1051 Wish stamp set way up in the very left-hand corner.
This second layout was based on a sketch I found over at PageMaps. I used several stamp sets here - new & old including the one I used in the first layout - D1647 Documenting Moments. Also used D1607 Bodacious Banners, D1574 Take Note from the Z1906 Artbooking Cricut Collection, A1160 This is Good, which was a set available as a hostess reward a while back and S1411 It's the Little Things, which was a stamp of the month set from last November. Embellishments used are Z3039 Glacier Twine & Z3042 Coral Reef Sequins which will both be available beginning April 1st as well.

JUST A REMINDER --- only 5 more days to sign up to become a member of my 'Scrampers with Heart' team before the awesome deal goes away. Check out my original post explaining all the exciting details when you sign up this month!

Thanks for stopping by today! Make it a scrampin' happy day!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Past 3 Weeks of Color Theory

For the past 3 weeks I have been taking a class over at Studio Calico called Color Theory. It has met all my expectations and then some! I have learned so many new techniques for using paints in my scrapbooking and I never knew it could be so much fun!!! Wow! Makes me feel like a kid again playing with paints and watercolors and such! Oh what fun I'm having!

 Primary Colors & Impasto Paint Techniques
 Complementary Colors & Stamping
 Warm Colors & Brushstrokes
 Cool Colors & Text Techniques
Achromatic Colors & Stencils
I threw in some yellow just because I wanted to. I know it's not an achromatic color but it's my favorite and I love to use it in my scrapbooking a lot.

Although I didn't follow all the teacher samples exactly, I tried my best with the supplies I had to work with and am fairly pleased with how just about every layout came out. The 'Snow Much Fun' doggie layout is not my favorite - and not because I don't like doggies 'cause I sure do and especially this one - but it's okay and will stay for now.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my painting abilities today. If you'd like to try some of these fun techniques yourself and give your scrapbooking a creative boost, head on over to Studio Calico to sign up for this class. You'll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a scrampin' happy day!


Getting My Messy On Week 6

There's seriously nothing special with my pages for this week's Get Messy art journal challenge. I was drawing a blank and struggling to come up with something awesome using just pink or red but alas, I failed! But I am going to share it with you anyway - just be nice, please! I don't take criticism well. Ha ha! Actually I think I'm harder on myself than others are but I guess that's okay in a way because it makes me try even harder to do better. So my next art journal page should be awesome, right?? Stay tuned!

I used a bunch of different stamp sets on these pages - from Technique Tuesday and Close to my Heart - along with various shades of pink in paints, inks & colored pencils on top of gesso. The focal set of words on the left side is 'Love U Lots' and the right side is 'love you more'. I thought that was kind of clever!

Hey, if you're enjoying the pages that I've been sharing these past few weeks and would love to give this fun art form a try, just head on over to 'getmessyartjournal' to join us. You'll be happy you did!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy, messy day!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Getting My Messy On Week 5

Whoa! I am really late this time! I need to stop beginning so many new projects at the same time so I can focus on & complete each one in a timely manner. But it's so much fun learning new techniques and art forms that I'm afraid if I don't at least start something while the thought is fresh in my mind that I may never try it and will totally miss out on the excitement of learning something that just may be a perfect fit for me. Did that make sense? Well, anyway, let's move on to my latest 'Get Messy' art journal page.
The love prompt I used is challenge #2 which was to take a 'selfie' against a plain background then write affirmations around your figure. Well, I didn't quite follow the prompt exactly but it works for me! Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a scrampin' messy day!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Getting My Messy On Week 4

I know, I'm late again, aren't I? I just can't seem to get it together lately. I have so many different projects going on that I'm getting confused. Agh! Anyway, here's what I created for week 4 of the get messy art journal challenge.
Okay so this turned out a bit darker than I'd hoped but I really do like it. The words were free cut files through the Color Theory class I am taking over at Studio Calico. I cut them out with my Cricut Explore which is one awesome machine, I'm sure, once I get the hang of it. It has a huge learning curve as it's quite different from a Cricut Expression machine and I just haven't taken the time to learn much about it yet but eventually......

I wanted to use a couple small photos (these weren't my first choice) of 2 of my granddaughters being crafty - I love that they are creative like their grandma - and since the gel medium ruined the first 2 photos I wanted to use (lesson learned-do not swipe gel medium over top of photos), I went with these 2 which worked out just fine anyway. I attached the photos with staples since the gel medium ruined the first photos and I really didn't want to take a chance on ruining these as well.

I'm not 100% jump up & down happy with this project but it'll do. I followed the Love Prompts Set 4 Challenge #4 which says to use cut up strips of magazines, photos or papers, etc to create a shape or background. I used cut up pieces of paper, glued them down then painted and stenciled over top of them for my background. Kind of dark but not too bad. I'm still learning this art journaling stuff so bear with me.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a 'messy' day!


Monday, March 2, 2015

Getting My Messy On Week 3

A little late posting this but here's my latest art journal creation for last week's Get Messy Art Journal challenge. I'm not so sure I followed the prompts very well but I had fun working on it. I may still add some small embellishment or something as it looks a bit too empty to me. I'm open for suggestions! 
Papers and stamp sets used are from Close to my Heart. I used watercolor crayons from Stampin' Up (that I've had for ages) on the background as well as yellow acrylic paint, gesso and stencils.

Hope you enjoy my artwork and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 27, 2015

The Awesome Ladies Project Sketch Challenge for February

Last month I signed up to join the Awesome Ladies Project group (click here to read about this project created by Kristin Tweedale) but haven't really participated much yet until today. Although when signing up I knew I'd probably not be available the last Friday night of each month to join in, which is when the members take 2 hours out of their Friday night to be creative and chat + share their creations online, but it sounded like something I just might like to be a part of. I usually go to bed early on Friday nights for an early Saturday morning in winter then my Friday nights are busy in warmer weather the rest of the year with our Friday Night Fires so when will I actually participate in this awesome group? I'm not really sure but whenever circumstances will allow, I suppose. So we shall see.
But without further ado, here's my take on the sketch for this month's Awesome Ladies Project challenge. I chose to make a page for my art journal which I have just recently begun playing with. I am having lots of fun with it, too! Quite simple page really but I like it. I hope you do, too!

Supplies used:
  • Ali Edwards Story Stamp - AM/PM kit (good morning sunshine)
  • Artist's Loft watercolor paints from Michael's
  • G1087 Brushed workshop stamp set from Close to my Heart (happy & my heart is filled with sunshine)
  • A1165 Capture the Day stamp set from Close to my Heart (It's a beautiful day)
  • D1627 Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set from Close to my Heart (butterfly)
  • X7194B Hopscotch paper pack from Close to my Heart (arrows cut with Cricut Artbooking cartridge)
  • A selfie of me! ;) (my Nikon D3200 DSLR camera)
If you'd like to learn more about Kristin and her Awesome Ladies Project, you can check it out here.

Thanks for stopping by today. Make it a good one!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

You've GOT to see this awesome deal!!

If you've been thinking about joining Close To My Heart, March is the month to do it! During the month of March, new Consultants who enroll will receive a FREE shoulder tote (a retail value of over $26 USD / $29 CAD) in their New Consultant Kit. The New Consultant Kit is just $99 USD / $109 CAD and includes nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies. Including your FREE shoulder tote, that is a savings of over $290 USD / $320 CAD! 

Additionally, new Consultants who remit $300 worth of commissionable sales in their first 40 days after their New Consultant Kit ships will receive the rolling tote (a retail value of $149.95 USD / $164.95 CAD) as a FREE bonus (not including shipping/handling)! 

Here's a breakdown of the numbers to try to get your mind thinking about this awesome deal even more: 
  • Spend $99 for New Consultant Kit - get over $370 in products & supplies
  • FREE tote -- $26.95 value 
  • FREE rolling tote -- $149.95 value after remitting $300 in sales in the first 40 days 
  • Earn $66 commission on that first $300 in sales and that totals over $612 in FREE products, supplies & commissions for the initial cost of just $99. Pretty darn awesome, right? Keep reading!
  • Remit $1200 in commissionable sales in the first 90 days and CTMH will refund your initial cost of $99 for the New Consultant Kit. 
  • Add in the commission on those sales and you are getting over $810 in FREE products, supplies & commissions! 
  • And finally, if you join my 'Scrampers with Heart' team, I will give you one currently available paper pack of your choice FREE - retail value $9.95. Add that to the $810 and you now have over $819 in FREE stuff! How cool is that?

*The organization pieces that you can earn for FREE are designed to help you get your business off to a rolling start big time! They are only available while supplies last though so don't delay! If you're ready for a rewarding career with CTMH, head on over to my website on March 1st to join and take advantage of this awesome deal!!*

*Dates: Offer valid March 1, 2015–March 31, 2015.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Getting My Messy On Week 2

Hello! Hello! How is everyone doing with this brutally cold weather most of us here in the states are experiencing? I totally dislike it - I seriously don't know anyone who does like it - and have pretty much been hibernating all winter. I venture out about one day a week for the essentials like wine and oh yea a bit of food, too, but for the most part I am housebound by choice and having fun being crafty. I hope you are able to find something to occupy your indoor time as well so you don't experience cabin fever or go stir crazy!

As I mentioned in previous posts, I am participating in the 'Get Messy Art Journal' challenge for February-March and it's all about the love this time around. Love of things and love of people, which pretty much covers a lot to love, doesn't it? One thing's for sure though, I don't love winter!! But there are so many other things I do love - art journaling being one of them right now and oh so much fun so here is what I completed thus far for the second week of the challenge.
The prompts I followed on this page were to incorporate an e e cummings poem in your artwork plus use some stitching. I planned to do some real stitching on this but was afraid I'd mess it up so in the end I decided to do some faux stitching instead around the edges of the cotton inkjet printable fabric (that I recently discovered in my stash that I had bought a very long time ago) where I printed out the poem. I still have to write the names of my family members that I love on my page yet and then it's done.
Here's a double page spread where I list 10 of my husband's qualities that I love about him. The prompt was to list 100 things or 100 people you love or 100 reasons you love something or someone or as many things that you love about one thing or one person if you can't think of 100. Well, if I really took the time and put my mind to it, I'm pretty sure I could come up with 100 things I love about my husband but I chose to just focus on 10 of his best qualities and call it done! I had no problem coming up with 100 things I love so that's a list for another page.

If you're an art journaler or have never done this art form before, consider joining in the 'getmessyartjournal' challenge. It's fun, relaxing and therapeutic plus you just might discover something about yourself that you never knew. Now, wouldn't that be cool?

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay warm wherever you are or cool if you're down south of the equator - you lucky duck!

Happy scrampin'!


Monday, February 16, 2015

March 30 Days of Lists Sneak Peek

It's getting closer! Are you ready yet? I think I am, I think I am, I think I am! Ha ha! I say that because I am notorious for changing my mind on how I want to proceed with just about anything! I always think I have it all thought out and planned exactly how I want a project to look going forward but always seem to come up with an alternative plan. I don't always follow through on that plan though. Most times I come right back around to my original idea and tell myself I should just stick with that one from the very beginning but I do like to explore other options just for the sake of saying I tried! But without further ado, here is a sneak peek of how I am capturing my lists in this round of 30 Days of Lists.

The top title card is a free download from Meg, who is one of the sponsors of 30 Days of Lists, when you register for the challenge. I made the bottom card with some stamps from Close to my Heart that you can find here. I am in love with this stamp set! There are so many possibilities of flower combinations to create with it + right now it is helping me to get through these past few brutally cold winter days.

Here are a few of the journaling cards, which are also free downloads when you register. The prompts have been blocked out so as not to spoil it for those who look forward to surprises each day in their inbox. I usually prefer to be surprised myself but this time around I decided to take advantage of the free printables and when you do that, the surprise is spoiled. But I'm okay with that for this time. I printed the cards on 4 different colors of cardstock from Close to my Heart just to add some variety 'cause I get bored easily and besides that's just how I roll!
Here's a few more cards waiting for my lists. As you can see, I printed some 3" x 4" and some 4" x 6" - again I wanted some variety and to keep the boredom at bay. 
And here is the last page. I wanted to keep the last page similar to the first so I chose to print these cards on white cardstock as well. I again stamped some of those flowers - don't you just love them? - on a 3" x 4" card to fill in the one pocket to balance out the page.

Okay, that's it for the sneak peek. If this round of listing sounds fun to you, head on over here to get yourself registered and I'll see you on March 1st!

Happy listing!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Getting Ready for 30 Days of Lists

I'm getting ready for the March edition of the 30 Days of Lists challenge! How about you? Are you going to join in the fun this time around?

I haven't quite decided how I will create my lists yet but I do plan to use this 6 x 8 album from Studio Calico. It's been sitting on a shelf in my scrap room for a few weeks now screaming at me to use it so this will be the home for my lists this time around and maybe for the next round or two of listing as well since there will be plenty of room left. I have tons of page protectors inside. ;)

If you'd like to join in on this round of fun listing, go here to register. It's only $10 and it gets you some free downloadable printables with all the prompts already printed on them in case you like to plan ahead and don't wish to be surprised each day. But, you do not have to use those printables. Sticky notes, journaling cards, journals or even mini albums make excellent listing surfaces! It doesn't matter what you use as the whole point is to just create a list. Your lists can be typed or handwritten, very simple or very creative - whatever floats your boat! Just remember to have fun!

I plan to share my lists here - although probably every few days instead of every day - so check back after March 1st to see how I am creating my lists. If you decide to join in, please let me know! I'd love to know how you are listing.

Okay, time to finish getting ready for 30 Days of Lists. Have a great day and happy listing!


CTMH Album Special

Good Morning!

Are you in need of some great quality scrapbook albums, post-bound or D-ring? If so, this is the month to get them at a discount. BUY ONE GET ONE FOR HALF PRICE! Good deal in my opinion. 

You take the time to create your beautiful scrapbook layouts that you hope will last a lifetime and then some, right? Why would you want to put them into low-quality albums and have them fall apart in a few years only to have to replace them at that point? Start with a great quality album and you won't be replacing it anytime soon. Trust me on this!
Head on over to my website and click on the SHOP link > Albums & Accessories to see the beautiful albums that Close to my Heart has to offer. If you have any questions, please give me a shout! Offer expires February 28 or while supplies last so don't hesitate if you want to take advantage of this great deal!

Also want to mention, I may be dropping from Close to my Heart at the end of March so if there's any products you really, really want consider ordering soon. If enough of you do order, you may very well help to keep me afloat with CTMH so I thank you in advance!

Have a great day and happy scrampin'!

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