Friday, February 5, 2016

Get Messy Happy Season

Hello artsy friends! I'm participating in the new 'Season of Happy' over at Get Messy so I wanted to share some artwork I created by following a couple of the first week's prompts.

But first let me show you the cover of my homemade art journal I made using some Gelli prints. Isn't it cool? So happy to be using these prints after making them some time ago. Gelli plate printing is so much fun! If you haven't tried it yet, you really should! You'll see more of the inside pages of my journal as I go along with this season's prompts.

This first page was created on a piece of mixed media paper before deciding to use my handmade art journal for the full 'season of happy' so it isn't actually going to fit inside of my art journal but I'm okay with that. I added it to another journal instead.

I followed the first 2 prompts for this page - ART prompt: Use your happiness colors in your favorite medium & EXTRA Challenge: Use only color & pattern, no words - and love how it turned out!

The next prompt I used is the JOURNAL prompt: Where is your happy place? My happy place is my scrap room and here's a photo of it! I did write some journaling on the left page but it's hard to see here. It's nothing really private so I'll share what I wrote.

My scrap room is my happy place! I have several other places that make me happy, too, but this room is by far the one that makes me happiest because I get to play to my heart's content any time I want to!

I hope you've enjoyed my artwork so far for the 'Season of Happy'! Won't you join us? Just go to Get Messy and sign up!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a messy day!

~Carol

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I am so excited!

A recent piece of my artwork was actually shared on Instagram by Stencil Girl Products*! Wow! Isn't that cool? I used several Stencil Girl stencils on my piece - some by Julie Snidle and some by Mary Beth Shaw. I had so much fun with this project but wasn't quite sure it was good enough to share until after staring at it for awhile and realizing that it was actually beginning to grow on me! Then I figured, what the heck!

The colors, the texture, the patterns created by the strips and the various stencils used all come together for a very pleasing experience to the eye. Well, at least I think so! ;) The quote was a perfect finish, too! I'm thinking of framing this and hanging it in my craft room for inspiration.
Have you dabbled in art journaling yet? Or maybe mixed media? If you haven't, you really should give it a try. It is so much fun and so very therapeutic for what ails you! Grab some mixed media paper, paints, stencils, paper scraps and pens and start playing! There's no right or wrong way, just have fun!

Join the Stencil Girl monthly stencil club for just $25. As a member of the club, you receive a 20% discount on any additional stencils you purchase.

I'm also getting excited about an upcoming opportunity for me but you're going to have to wait a few more days before I can tell you as I want to be sure it comes through. So stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a crafty good day!

~Carol

Monday, February 1, 2016

Share the Love with Close To My Heart

Happy February! I don't know about you but I love the beginning of a new month! So many new & exciting things happening with every new month no matter the time of year and here's two of those things I'd like to share with you right now for February.

SHARE THE LOVE and help change the life of a child. What could be better than sharing love and changing the life & happiness of a child?! Read on for the details.....


Get this stamp set for only $17.95!
Share the LOVE this February by purchasing the exclusive My Acrylix® Share the Love D-size stamp set (CC1060). Filled with adorable icons and lovable sentiments, this stamp set will be a beautiful addition to your collection—but there is more to this stamp set than meets the eye!

Not only will you be getting a high-quality, swoon-worthy stamp set by taking part in this promotion, but Close To My Heart will also donate $7 USD of the proceeds from this stamp set to Operation Smile™, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world*!

Check out our social media channels all month long to see this stamp set in action, and remember to post your own artwork using the hashtag #ctmhsharethelove to help bring attention to a wonderful and worthy cause.

For more information about Operation Smile and Close To My Heart’s relationship with this amazing organization, or details for this promotion, contact me.

*Offer valid February 1, 2016 (9:00 am MST – February 29, 2016 (11:59 pm MST) while supplies last. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the promotional stamp set. *Product purchases in US states Alabama and Massachusetts excluded from donation.

February 2016 STAMP OF THE MONTH - Balloon Animals

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

Innovative, creative, and always versatile—this 13 image stamp set is simply adorable!! Here’s just one example of these stamps in use. Isn't this just too cute??

REMEMBER - Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Please feel free to contact me at any time for more information about the fabulous products Close To My Heart has to offer. You can also find the current idea books & catalogs online here.

Have a fantastic February and don't forget to SHARE THE LOVE!

~Carol

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Close To My Heart January Special


Celebrate National Papercrafting Month in January with the exclusive Picture My Life™ Live Your Day scrapbooking program—available for this month only! 

This collection was designed to coordinate perfectly with the sensational Everyday Life™ 2016 Planner Pages and My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, so you can seamlessly integrate pocket scrapbooking into your 2016 planner. 

Whether in the planner or on their own, these cards make it easy to preserve your everyday moments all year long. Get yours today for only $8.95 before this offer is gone!

Watch the Live Your Day video on my website or contact me for more details.

*Offer valid January 1, 2016 (9:00 am MST)–January 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MST) while supplies last. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of items.

Friday, January 1, 2016

30 Days of Lists December 2015 | Days 28 - 31

I know, I know! It's only supposed to be 30 days, not 31 but hey, there's really no rules when it comes to listing. Here's the end of another fun 30 Days of Lists challenge, one of my favorites! I am looking forward to the next one.


HAPPY NEW YEAR and happy listing!

~Carol

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

30 Days of Lists December 2015 | Days 18 - 27

Sharing days 18 - 27 of 30 Days of Lists with you. Plan to join us for the next one! It's fun!













And that's it for now folks! I hope to post the last 4 days tomorrow so stay tuned! I hope you have enjoyed my lists this month and will consider joining us another time for a fun listing challenge. Not sure what Amy & Kam have on the horizon for the new year but I'll be waiting to hear and ready for whatever they throw at me! How about you?

Happy listing!

~Carol

December Daily 2015 | Days 22 - 25

Last days of this project!! Yay! Although I am a little sad to see the end of my December Daily project for another year, there are so many new projects and challenges on the horizon for the new year that I am really getting excited about.

Like the new FIT class by Cathy Zielske! I am so excited for this class! I started out last year with a great attitude and desire to jump on the 'more healthy' route but got derailed partway through the year and fell apart. ;( I was so bummed and just couldn't get back up. Thanks to Cathy, a few doctor appointments coming up and my husband checking my treadmill to make sure it's in good working order, I hope to get myself back on track. Wish me luck and come join us at Cathy Z's if you're in need of getting healthy support from a great group of like-minded peeps! But I digress.....back to December Daily.

I am so happy I used 12 x 12 page protectors for this project this year. It's so easy to just add the pages into my Project Life 2015 album instead of having a separate album to find room for in my already overcrowded scrap room. I just may have to do this every year, at least in the years I have a Project Life album which I love to do and hope to continue doing for many more years to come as long as I am able!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my December Daily album this year! It was fun for me as always!

Days 22 & 23

 Days 24 & 25 | Gosh I love those flip flaps!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol






Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December Daily | Days 16 - 21

Sharing the next 6 days of my December Daily project which will be added to my 2015 Project Life album. Incidentally, my album is a D-ring binder album from Close To My Heart, not from the Becky Higgins Project Life line of albums.

I am loving how these pages are turning out thanks to all the other wonderful Close To My Heart products I'm using. It may be a bit late to jump into this December Daily project but it's not too late to check out the latest and greatest awesome products from Close To My Heart. Enjoy my pages!

 Days 16 - 18
 Days 19 - 21 | I used 3 flip flaps - one 4x6 and two 3x4 - to add more photos and journaling to my page then attached some red ribbon pulls for lifting the flaps up to see what's underneath. Love doing this!
Thanks for looking! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

December Daily | Days 12 - 15

Here's all the album pages for my December Daily project for the past few days. They will be added to my Project Life album. All supplies used are from Close To My Heart - after all, I AM a consultant for that wonderful company! ;) I hope you enjoy looking at them.



Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Monday, December 21, 2015

Creating a Protective Cover for the CTMH Everyday Life Planner

I thought I'd share these photos for everyone wanting to know how I made a plastic cover for my Everyday Life Planner from Close To My Heart using a regular 12" x 12" page protector, also from Close To My Heart. I hope these instructions help you but if you still have questions, please ask! I am not perfect and may have missed something or messed up somewhere so please point that out if you take notice! I'd appreciate it!














Happy planning!

~Carol

Thursday, December 17, 2015

30 Days of Lists December 2015 | Days 11 - 17

Whoa, I'm getting behind in my posting, aren't I? Sorry! With Christmas fast approaching, there's so many holiday-related tasks that need to get done so other things get pushed aside. I have been keeping up on the daily lists, just not with posting them here. But anyway, here's the next few days of my lists and I hope you enjoy them!






Stay tuned for more of my lists as there's still several more days left in December. And it's not too late if you'd like to join in - just go to 30daysoflists.com to register.

Happy listing!

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