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 justice..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!

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