Monday, December 26, 2011

Close To My Heart Wonderland Scrapbook Layout

I thought I'd share a new layout I just created today as I prepare for my next monthly scrapbook class. I used the awesomely delicious Wonderland paper pack that I am having fun with. The pattern used-Secret-comes from the 9034 Magic how-to design book by Close To My Heart.

I really love how this layout turned out! This is the first time I've used the Top Coats Icing Overlays and I totally LOVE how they look. They're pretty cool!

This is one of the layouts we will be creating during our January scrap class so if you'd like to make one for yourself, plan to come play with us and let me know by January 9, 2012. Contact me for a list of supplies to make this layout plus one other.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a good one and happy scrampin'!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Are you an X-Factor Fan?

Well, I’m not really a huge fan of the show but due to the fact that a sort of ‘relative’ is one of the three final contestants vying for a 5 million dollar recording contract prize, I have been following it. And tonight is the last night the final three contestants perform their last songs so I will be watching. Tomorrow night the winner is announced and I will be so happy for the show to end. It’s not my favorite show to watch but like I said, someone I know has been on it and that’s the ONLY reason I’ve been watching. Anyway, good luck to Josh Krajcik, hubby’s great niece’s father.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Time to Rock the Block!

RocktheBlockCC Ready to Rock the Block? 
This is the My Creations Collage Cubes that will be a new product available in the upcoming Spring/Summer Idea Book but you can get one of these along with the Rock the Block E-size stamp set for just $15 beginning TODAY!
That's a savings of almost $30! Place your order of $25 from the current Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book and this set is yours for only $15. How cool is that? It's like getting the stamp set for FREE!
Give me a shout when you're ready to order OR have a family member contact me to purchase this for you as a late Christmas gift!
Here is one example of how you can decorate these cool 2” x 2” heavyweight chipboard blocks but there are MANY more possibilities! I hope to share more with you soon.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Roxie Christmas Card

Well, I know my 12 Days of Christmas Cards event is over but I just couldn't get out of that Christmas card making mode. So here's one I made today that I wanted to share.

I used a scrap piece of Roxie papers, which I haven't played with in awhile along with 2 different stamp sets--C1420 Snow Days and A1110 A Timber. Featured ink colors are Black, Desert Sand and Tulip. The card base was made with Kraft cardstock and is a standard size card.

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a good one!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 13

Okay so this isn't a drop dead gorgeous, knock your socks off, awesome card but it'll have to do. Looks like my drop dead gorgeous, knock your socks off, awesomeness is hiding today! I apologize because I know you were really waiting with bated breath for my post today, right?

This was originally not going to be a Christmas card as the pieces had already been cut and prepped for a thank you card similar to another one I recently made but feeling under the gun here, I decided to steal it for my last 12 (or 13 as it turned out) Days of Christmas card.

The card base is made with Bamboo cardstock, is standard size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and opens on the right. I used the pretty X7146B Wonderland papers again with the main colors being Twilight, Heavenly Blue and Chocolate. I am enjoying playing with them as they are perfect not only for Christmas cards but for any papercrafting project.

For the tree, I used an older Christmas stamp set called 'A1110 A Timber' that I've had since last year at this time but one that I still love. I made it look 3D by stamping the tree image 3 times in Twilight ink, cutting them out then gluing them together. It's hard to see but there are several bitty sparkles on the tree for decorations.

I also used another older stamp set called D1166 Vintage Christmas, which is another one I still love, for the words 'Christmas', stamped in second generation Chocolate ink.

It's not easy to see but the music image from D1477 Universal Backgrounds was stamped with second generation Chocolate ink on the piece of Heavenly Blue cardstock.

The little words, Merry Christmas, come from a stamp set called D1112 Seasonal Celebration. I apologize if some of these stamp sets are no longer available. I have so many stamp sets that I still love and use fairly regularly so you will see me use them from time to time.

I like how this turned out but it still seems like it might be missing something or maybe it's just me! What do you think?

I hope you have been enjoying my 12 (13 actually) Days of Christmas cards. I wish to thank a sister consultant, Paige Dolecki, for the inspiration for this endeavor. I took advantage of this opportunity to get my cards made for sending out to my friends and family members so I really did accomplish what I set out to do. That's always a good feeling!

Thanks for stopping in! Happy scrampin'!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 12

Well, I was going to create a drop dead gorgeous, knock your socks off, awesome card for the last day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cards but I was just too gosh darn busy today to get one made. So here is one I made a couple days ago with the X7145B Believe papers and yep, you guessed it, C1473 Remarkable Wreath again!

And since I wasn't able to post that drop dead gorgeous, knock your socks off, awesome card today, I am going to extend my 12 Days of Christmas Cards for at least one more day while I complete that card for you and get it posted. So check back again tomorrow for an extra treat!

Happy scrampin' and cardmaking!


Monday, December 12, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 11

Here's a very quick and easy card to make. I like quick and easy this time of year, don't you? It's also such an easy card to mail, too. No bulkiness to get messed up when going through the mail system.

Colors used are Grey Wool and Barn Red on a White Daisy card. I think these 2 colors are fast becoming my faves. The stamp set used is one of the 3 that come with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart.

Thanks for looking! Happy Scrampin'!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Another Wonderland Creation

As promised, here's another creation with the Wonderland papers. Isn't it just the cutest little gift bag you've ever seen? Colors used are Chocolate and Heavenly Blue. Stamp sets used are C1469 December 25th, S1110 Holiday Magic (October SOTM) and S1111 Cherish the Day (November SOTM). I cut the bag at 6 1/4" on my Cricut machine using the Art Philosophy cartridge. The brad and baker's twine are not Close To My Heart products but everything else is.

Thanks for stopping in! Happy Scrampin'!


A Christmas Card A Day-Day 10

Are you getting tired of C1473 Remarkable Wreath yet? Well, I know I'm not! I just can't get enough of this beautiful wreath. There are so many possible color combinations you can use on it and every one looks gorgeous!

Colors used are Chocolate, Twilight and Heavenly Blue. I also used the Wonderland papers from Close To My Heart and the D1477 Universal Backgrounds stamp set. The 'Merry Christmas' phrase is from an old stamp set called 'D1112 Seasonal Celebration', which is no longer available. Sorry!

This is my first creation with the Wonderland papers so I am off now to play with them more. I'll be back later today or tomorrow with another piece of Wonderland artwork to share.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Scrampin'!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 9

Another beautiful card from the C1473 Remarkable Wreath stamp set. And again, I also used that wonderful color combination of Grey Wool and Barn Red. LOVE those 2 colors together!

Thanks for dropping by for Day 9 of my Christmas card creations. Hope you like!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Wings Altered Photo Frame

If you really like this frame, it's for sale! It's one of several I will have available for sale at my Handmade Holiday Shopping Event. These altered frames are so much fun to play with. I never run out of ideas for decorating them!

If you are local to me, give me a shout for more details about my Handmade Holiday Shopping Event or check out the details on my business Facebook page. I'd love to see you there!

Thanks for stopping in today!


Christmas Tag Banner

 I had tons of fun putting this Christmas banner together. It was so easy to do with the awesome Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart. All the tags and letters were cut with the cartridge. The hardest part was trying to decide how to decorate each tag.
 I used some older Mistletoe Christmas papers from last year because I thought it was about time to use them up! The main colors used were Cranberry, New England Ivy and Bamboo. There are several stamp sets at work here, too and I will try to list them all.
S1110 Holiday Magic, which was the October 2011 stamp of the month and is no longer available, A1115 A Holiday and one of the stamp sets that comes with the Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge bundle.

Thanks for stopping in!


A Christmas Card A Day-Day 8

My two favorite 'blues' together again! I love Pacifica and Sky together. They are just the coolest 'blues'!

I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder on the Sky cardstock, cut out a snowflake (and set it aside to use on another project) from a piece of White Daisy cardstock using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart then inked from the inside of the snowflake to the outside edges with Pacifica. Love the effect!

The word 'JOY' comes from D1492 Christmas Love. Adding a piece of White Daisy ribbon and bow finished the card off nicely!

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 7

A quick and easy card to share using the B1381 Holiday Cheer stamp set again. I love these ornament images and the little phrases. The colors I used are Cranberry and New England Ivy which are just the best colors for Christmas. The swirly thing that the ornaments are hanging from is an image from the Holiday Magic stamp set which was the October stamp of the month. That image is actually supposed to be the runners on a sleigh but I flipped it upside down to use it like a metal ornament hanger. Pretty cool idea, huh? Love how you can use images for something other than the obvious!

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a good one!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 6

Very quick and easy card with random stamping. Random stamping is so fun that I really need to do it more often.

I love these two little snowflakes from the S1110 Holiday Magic stamp set from Close To My Heart (which was the October SOTM) so I decided to do some random stamping in Cranberry and New England Ivy inks. I also used B1381 Holiday Cheer for the words.

To finish it off, I put a small clear bitty sparkle on the tiny star underneath the words. Hope you like it!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 5

Here's my card for today! This one was made with the Believe paper pack from Close To My Heart. Now let me just tell you, I was NOT real crazy about this paper pack when I first saw it but as I've played with it more and more, I've begun to like it just a tad bit.

The orientation of this card is a bit unusual for me. I typically prefer the standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch size, which this actually is, but usually in the vertical mode with the opening on the right. I wanted to try a different style of card and like how this turned out.

The metal embellishment and the baker's twine are not from Close To My Heart but seemed just perfect for this card. Hope you like it!


Monday, December 5, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 4

Two of my most favorite colors together are Barn Red and Grey Wool from Close To My Heart. And of course, they look fantastic when creating a simple wreath with the Remarkable Wreath stamp set. There's that wreath again! Isn't it a beautiful image? I never get tired of creating with it.

I thought at first that this card looked a bit naked but the more I look at it, the more I like it. It is a very simple card but I like it just the way it is! I try to make easy, non-bulky cards as the majority of my cards go postal. I want them to arrive in one piece, not a mangled mess so I choose to keep most of my cards on the flat side.

Hope you enjoy the card.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 3

Gift Card Holder
Here's a cute gift card holder I made today. I actually made several but this is the one I liked the best and wanted to share it with you.

I made this with the X7145B Believe papers from Close To My Heart and that wonderful C1473 Remarkable Wreath stamp set that everyone seems to love.

The second photo shows the inside of the gift card holder and the area in the center is where the gift card slides in. If you are in need of any gift card holders for anyone on your Christmas list, give me a shout! I'd be more than happy to make some for you!
Gift Card Holder--inside

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 2

Another Christmas card to share. Same colors and stamp set as the previous one. 
I love these 2 shades of blue. So pretty together!

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #132-Magic Top Hat Layout

My latest layout for the weekly scrapbook challenge. I made this with the new Wonderland paper pack from Close To My Heart. This is my first creation with this paper pack and I really like it. The layout is by no means complete. After I put photos on it, I will embellish it more and since it's not winter yet, it'll be awhile, at least I hope so!

Supplies used are all CTMH:

  • G1031~Wonderland Workshop on the Go kit
  • 9034~Magic how-to book (Top Hat design)
  • Z2111~Chocolate ink
  • Z2117~Crystal Blue ink
  • Z1365~White Daisy and Chocolate brads
Have a happy scrampin' day!


Rock the Block

Beginning December 19 and running until January 31, 2012, when you place an order of at least $25 (before shipping and tax) from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get this awesome E-size stamp set and set of collage cubes for just $15. That's a retail savings of almost $30. How cool is that?

See the second photo below for what I did with my set of collage cubes. I put 4x6 photos of my granddaughters on each of the six sides--the cubes are 2" square, and very sturdy chipboard I might add, so you use 6 of them for your photos--the other cubes can be decorated any way you wish with images from the Rock the Block stamp set.

I am loving this special promotion and I know you will, too! Mark your calendar for December 19 then give me a shout so I can hook you up with your own set of collage cubes and stamp set to create with.

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day

Well, I actually meant to start this yesterday but due to the fact that I had an appointment with a tooth extractor (aka: the dentist) I totally forgot to post yesterday. I would like to share with you one Christmas card each day for the next 12 days. I thought I would do this as a way to get my cards all done and have them ready to mail way before Christmas so we'll see how I do.

And here is the first card I have to share with you. All supplies are from Close To My Heart. The colors used are Pacifica and Sky. I love these 2 shades of blue together and especially for the Christmas season. The stamp set used is D1492-Christmas Love, which has quickly become one of my favorites this year. I will share another card made with this stamp set and color scheme tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sonoma Photo Tray

Oh, I am so pleased with this photo tray I finally finished today. It only took a few days as I wanted to go slow and be sure to make it just as nice as could be. I am so glad I wasn't in a hurry because it turned out really, really nice. It's quite possible I could add more embellishments to it but for now, I LOVE it as is!

I think the Sonoma papers from Close To My Heart are just perfect for that vintage-y, old-fashioned feel and absolutely perfect for family photos! There is space for 3 photos on this tray, which can hang on the wall or stand on a mantel or shelf if you prefer.

I am loving the new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart! See all the pretty flowers on the tray? I made them all with that cartridge and it was soooo easy! If you have a Cricut machine, ask me for more info on the Art Philosophy cartridge. Once you get this cartridge, you won't need ANY other as it has 700 images. Can you believe that? 700 images!!! The possibilities are ENDLESS! Go to my website to check it out further then let me know when you're ready to get your own copy of this awesome cartridge.

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a great day!


Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #131~Olivia

I used one of my all-time favorite Close To My Heart paper packs, Olivia, for this layout I created for the weekly scrapbook challenge. Unfortunately, it has been retired and is no longer available. :-(  The design comes from the Imagine how-to book and it's called Understudy.

Below is a complete list of the supplies used which are all CTMH unless noted.

  • 9030~Imagine how-to book
  • Olivia paper pack (retired)
  • C1463~Harvest Happenings
  • Z1686~Art Philosophy Cricut/CTMH cartridge
  • Z2108~Brown Bag ink
  • Z2114~Cocoa ink
  • Z2191~Sunset ink
  • Z2104~Barn Red ink
  • Z1366~Antiqued Copper brads
  • Z1365~Colonial White brads
  • Buttons (retired)
To shop for any of the supplies used to create this layout, except for the retired items, please go to my website. Give me a shout if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping in today! Make it a good one!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #130~Elemental

The latest layout in the weekly scrapbook challenge that I participate in. Love how this turned out! I thought it might be a bit too busy with all the patterns going on here but it really looks good. I still may add more embellishments later when I put some photos on it.

The design used, On with the Show, is one of my favorites in the Magic how-to book from Close To My Heart. You'll be able to make this layout if you attend my December scrap class along with a Christmas layout. More details to come later.

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:

  • 9034~Magic how-to book
  • X7141B~Elemental Level 2 paper pack
  • Elemental stamp set (included in the G1026 Workshop On The Go kit)
  • B1378~Miracle stamp set (unavailable)
  • D1482~Love Life stamp set
  • Z2164~Sorbet ink
  • Z2111~Chocolate ink
  • Z2167~Creme Brulee ink
  • Z2137~Olive ink
  • Z1612~Foundry Pin Clips
  • Z1489~Olive mini medleys
  • Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (only available through CTMH)
Thanks for stopping in today! 


Friday, November 11, 2011

My First Blog Giveaway!

Remember this cool Pair-a-Phrase double-D stamp set that was a Close To My Heart special a couple months ago? Well, if you weren't able to grab one then, here's your second chance!

When you place an order of $50** or more on my website before November 25, you will be entered into a drawing* to receive this stamp set FREE! How awesome is that? AND if $25 of that $50 is spent on stamp sets, you are eligible to receive an awesome Holiday Wishes stamp set for only $5.00. Now that's an even more awesome deal as the retail value of the Holiday Wishes set is $17.95**.

To see artwork created with the Pair-a-Phrase stamp set, click HERE, HERE and HERE. And if you click HERE, you will see two more cards made with this stamp set. Look at all you can make with this stamp set! So many possibilities!

Don't delay! This special giveaway* will expire on November 25th. Enter my website to place your order NOW! And good luck to you!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

*This giveaway is not being conducted by Close To My Heart. It is mine alone.
**Shipping and tax are extra and will be charged at the time of checkout. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Couple Christmas Cards

Totally LOVE these 2 cards! I was inspired by someone on Pinterest today. When I first saw their card posted, I knew I had to try making my own version and here are 2 of them!

It was so easy to create these cards using the snowflake image on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge sold only through a Close To My Heart consultant like yours truly! How cool is that? Give me a shout when you're ready to buy one for yourself. In the meantime, you can admire the artwork I create with the cartridge.

I can picture this design in many different color combinations so off I go to try to come up with more!

Hope you enjoy my cards as well as the one by the original poster who I believe shared her creation on Split Coast Stampers recently.

Have a good day!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #129-Love that Face

Here's another layout of my precious little granddaughter, Aveney. Gotta love that face, right? (Sorry for the glare on the left page.) This layout was created for the weekly scrapbook challenge as always. It uses 2 different designs from the Reflections how-to design book from Close To My Heart...Front & Center-Space pg 69 and Front & Center-Focal pg 71. If you have the Reflections book, create a layout using these 2 designs and share it with us. It would be great to see what you create!

I still need to find a space to put either some journaling or just the date, her name and age somewhere on the layout. Haven't decided the best place for that yet.

Below is a list of the Close To My Heart supplies I used for this layout:
  • 9031~Reflections how-to design book
  • X7141B~Elemental Level 2 paper pack
  • Z1489~Olive Mini Medleys
  • Z2118~Desert Sand ink
  • Z2318~Desert Sand marker
  • Z1686~Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Scrampin'!


Friday, November 4, 2011

An Altered Photo Frame

I totally LOVE how this frame turned out! The photo doesn't do it is gorgeous! I was inspired by a sister Close To My Heart consultant by the name of Bren Yule. You absolutely MUST visit her blog. She is so talented!

 I decorated this frame with the Bliss paper pack from Close To My Heart. Unfortunately, Bliss is no longer available. :-(  But it was just perfect for that elegant, vintage-y look I wanted to achieve.

I cut the letters, hearts and scalloped pieces with my Cricut Expression and the Art Philosophy Cricut Close To My Heart cartridge, which is totally awesome! I embellished with some Pewter brads, a flower, a ribbon slide and a swirl along with a knot and strip of Colonial White ribbon.

This beautiful frame would make a great gift for a loved one! Want to make one for yourself? Or have me make one for you? Contact me!

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

Happy Scrampin',

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #128-Moi?

Love these photos of my youngest granddaughter, Aveney. 
Isn't she just too cute? 

This is the latest layout created for the weekly scrapbook challenge that I participate in. The Caboodle papers, now only available in the Studio J online scrapbooking program, were just perfect for these photos. Don't you agree? The design used, Portrait Collection, is from the Cherish how-to design book.

As I look at this layout again more closely, I realize that I meant to change the color of the text under the main photo on the left page to the same color as the rest of the journaling. Oh well!

Since this is a digital layout and not a traditional one with actual paper and embellishments, I have no list of supplies to share. But if you'd like to try this out for yourself, click here to start playing with Studio J. And let me know if you DON'T enjoy it but I know you will!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #127~Holly Jolly

I wasn't too crazy about the new Believe paper pack from Close To My Heart until I made this layout for last week's scrapbook challenge. It is so cute! Don't you agree? The design for this layout, Hat Trick, comes from the Magic how-to book. I also used the Holiday Magic stamp set that is the Stamp of the Month for October. This set is just perfect for all your holiday cards and scrapbook pages but is only available until October 31st so give me a shout if you'd like to purchase one. Ask me how you can get it for just $5.00!

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


Monday, October 17, 2011

A Cool Gift Card Pocket

This cool gift card pocket was inspired by a Close To My Heart sister by the name of Vicki Wizniuk. You can see her awesome artwork by clicking here. Vicki posted this recently on the bulletin boards for CTMH consultants and I absolutely loved it! I immediately had to try my own version and this is what I came up with. Isn't it just too cool?

It is, however, not a super quick project but was lots of fun to create. I made it with the Dreamin' paper pack from Close To My Heart and the Hooray Bouquet stamp set. The second photo shows the inside tag that holds the gift card.

And the third photo is where the gift card is stashed. Although I don't have one inserted, it would go on the top part where the cutout is. It's a pretty snug fit so it won't fall out. If you'd like to make one of these gift card pockets for yourself, click here for the instructions. 

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


Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #126~Be Yourself

There's nothing better than 'being yourself'. After all, isn't that what makes each and every one of us uniquely special? I have always told my children to just 'be yourself'. You are who you are and no one can change that!

This week's challenge layout features photos of my lovely daughter who has just got to stop getting older and better because that means I am also getting older and I'd also like to think I'm getting better, too! Haha! Although I am very proud of the wonderfully beautiful woman she has become, I do long for those days when she was just a cute little blond-haired (yep, she used to be a blond) toddler running around, dressing up and totally entertaining me with her happy silliness! She was always happy and smiling every day that you couldn't help but feel happy, too! Oh, where did the time go?

I created this layout using the Studio J online scrapbooking program from Close To My Heart. The design used is Performance from the Magic how-to design book. If you haven't tried Studio J yet, click here to start playing. It's FREE to play. You only pay for the layouts you want printed out by Close To My Heart. You've already got all those photos on your computer, right? Well, what are you waiting for? Upload them to Studio J and get them scrapbooked before your computer crashes!

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


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #125~2 Cute

Here's my layout for last week's scrapbook layout challenge. I used to always be on time with posting these weekly challenges but lately I don't know what my problem is. I can't seem to be on time for anything anymore. I guess I really need to get more organized and I know that's easier said than done. But I'll give it a try.

Anyway, here's a list of the supplies used for this layout which was created using the Salsa design from the Imagine how-to book from Close To My Heart.

All supplies are from CTMH unless otherwise noted.

  • G1017~Sweetheart WOTG Kit
  • B1370~Sweetheart stamp set
  • B1269~Journaling Jots stamp set
  • C1441~Affection stamp set
  • Z2193~Cotton Candy ink
  • Z2105~Black ink
  • Z1386~Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment
Unfortunately, the Sweetheart WOTG kit and stamp set along with the Level 2 Assortment pack are no longer available to purchase but if you already have these supplies, you could certainly duplicate my layout if you wish.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Blog Award for Me?

Oh gosh! I have just received a blog award from Jody Gustafson, a sister CTMH consultant. I feel very honored to receive this award. Thank you, Jody! If you have never visited Jody's blog, you really should! She is one very talented lady and continues to inspire me!

Okay so here's what I have to do next. I have to choose 5 more blogs that have inspired me and this will be very tough to do as there are so many great ones out there. The main goal of this award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. Although most of the blogs I chose are not technically 'up and coming' they do have under 200 followers.

Here are the rules to accept this award:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

The 5 bloggers that I have chosen for this award are truly inspirational to me:

Paige Dolecki-Although Paige doesn't post to her blog often since she is a very busy mom, you will get plenty of inspiration here!

Krista Ritskes-If you need ideas for your tons of scraps, Krista's blog is the one to see.

Dawn Heuft- Dawn loves to create videos to show how she makes her many beautiful creations. Thanks for taking the time to do that!

Teri Baxter-Lots of great ideas here! While visiting Teri's blog for crafting ideas, please be sure to thank her hubby for his service to our country! Thank you!

Adeline Brill-Adeline's artwork is awesome! She often participates in blog hops so you will get much inspiration here!

Be sure to visit each blog and leave them some love!

Thanks again for this award, Jody!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dreamin' of a Paper Bag Album

I just had to share this cute little paper bag album I made using the new Dreamin' paper pack from Close To My Heart. It was so much fun to make and  is actually not quite done. I'm sure I can come up with more ideas for embellishing the pages so there may be more details added later.

 I created this with 3 standard size brown lunch bags. They make such cool little albums! I folded them in half, used a bone folder to give them a really good crease, then sewed them down the center with brown thread on my sewing machine. I also sewed around each of the pages except for the ones with the opening. I wanted to leave that edge free to slip a tag into.

 The second photo shows you what the tags look like. I made 3 of each size tag and decorated the fronts and backs of each one.
 The other 2 photos show some of the inside pages just so you can see how they can be decorated.

Stamp sets used on this project:
D1482-Love Life
S1109-Limited Edition-Sept SOTM

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my little paper bag album and that it has inspired you to grab some of those lunch bags and get creating yourself.

Have a great day!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #124~Fall Fun

Isn't this layout just gorgeous? I really am so in love with the new Dreamin' papers. Absolutely beautiful Fall colors! Now to find some great Fall photos to put on it. Well, it just turned Fall so I really don't have any photos yet and I sure hope that all the rain we have had this past 2 months doesn't affect the Fall colors this year.

I used the new Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge for the title and journaling boxes as well as the letters for the title. This cartridge is the BEST thing since sliced bread! If you have a Cricut machine, this is a MUST-HAVE tool. You most likely won't even need any other cartridges once you have this one. It's awesome!

If you have the Magic how-to design book, please join this weekly scrapbook challenge and create a layout using this design. When you've completed your layout, let me know so I can check it out.

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:

  • G1027~Dreamin' Workshop on the Go kit, which includes the X7142B Dreamin' paper pack, a C-size stamp set (exclusive to the kit), Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads and Z1483 Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel
  • 9034~Magic how-to design book-Spellbound design
  • Z1686~Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge
  • C1399~On the Edge stamp set
  • B1269~Journaling Jots stamp set (no longer available)
  • Z2123~Goldrush ink
  • Z2150~Sunflower ink
  • Z2111~Chocolate ink
  • Z1365~Chocolate brads
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one!


A CTMH Card Workshop Sneak Peek

Dreamin' Card for Card Workshop
I am so in love with the new Dreamin' paper pack from Close To My Heart. I have been having so much fun making lots of cards and artwork with these gorgeous Fall-inspired papers. I'll try to post more of my Dreamin' creations soon.

Here's a sneak peek of a card that we will be making at my next card workshop in October. We will be creating several Thanksgiving cards as well as a couple Halloween cards and a birthday card or two. If you'd like to make one of these for yourself, let me know by September 30th. Contact me soon for more details!
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