Saturday, January 28, 2012

My Version of a SMASH Book

Using the new Pemberley paper pack from Close To My Heart, I created one of those very popular SMASH books that are all the rage right now. Click on the photo if you'd like to see the entire book.

I chose to hold my book together with binder rings instead of wires so as to be able to add or take away pages if wanted. I am temporarily holding it together with silver rings but will replace them with gold soon as they will match the gold eyelets better, don't you think? And I will add some ribbon to the rings after they are replaced with the gold.

I had tons of fun making it and it actually isn't totally complete but it's a good start. I want to add a couple more envelopes and blank pages yet to the inside. I'm also not sure which front cover design to use. Can you help me decide? I created 2 different ones and may still come up with another one yet but I'm leaning toward the first one shown here. What do you think?

Smash Book
My book has covers made of cardboard (that came in paper packaging) that I cut 7 3/4" x 10 1/4" which I believe is the standard size of the SMASH books by K & Company. I covered them with pattern papers that were cut 8 1/4" x 10 3/4" and glued down on the opposite side then attached another sheet of pattern paper to hide the edges of the inside of the covers. I attached one 4" x 6" Flip Flap to the inside of each of the book covers. These will be for holding scissors, adhesive and small stickers and pieces of paper.

I used 6" x 9" manilla envelopes that I trimmed a scant 1/8" on one long side to create a pocket for the inside after sealing the envelope. I decorated these with pattern papers and cardstock on both sides. I cut a slot in each envelope to easily grab the 5 1/4" x 8 1/2" tag inside. I cut several sheets of 7 1/2" x 10" cardstock for dividers and added some tabs. The sheets of paper for journaling or doodling or just for jotting ideas down  in between the dividers were cut the same size.

I love the new Foundry Binder Clips from Close To My Heart that you will be able to purchase beginning February 1st, as they are just perfect for this project. I used them to hold the sheets of writing paper in between the dividers so as to make it a bit easier to turn the pages without possibly tearing them.

Okay, I've taken enough time away from completing my book so I'll end for now. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask! Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one!

~Carol



Friday, January 27, 2012

Studio J 'Five for Free in February' Deal


If you've been on the fence about giving the awesome Close To My Heart online scrapbooking program of Studio J a try, February is the month to do it! When you purchase a Studio J 5-pack, which includes 5 two-page scrapbook layouts, 5 Memory Protectors, and FREE shipping and handling, you will receive another 5-pack FREE! Wow! What an awesome deal to get you started with Studio J.

Just to put it simpler and easier for you--if you are already a Studio J member, this deal can save you $10 BUT if you do not have a membership, this deal can save you $93.40! Double wow! This should get you thinking that NOW is the time to give Studio J a try.

Just go to my website, create a free account and start playing! It's FREE to play and if you LOVE what you can do with this awesome program, then contact me February 1st to purchase this special deal! Look for more details coming February 1st as well!


Monday, January 23, 2012

New 'A'(wesome)-size Stamp Class

I am so excited that the new Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book from Close To My Heart is loaded with new 'A'-size stamp sets. Yea! I LOVE these little sets. Even though they are small, they hold so many possibilities for making (A)wesome artwork!

Here is one I've been playing with and I would LOVE for you to join me in an upcoming class featuring the 'A1119-A Garden' stamp set.

For the cost of $12, you can make these 3 projects PLUS you get to keep the stamp set. How (A)wesome is that? This class is scheduled for February 17 and payment is due no later than February 3. Contact me today to reserve your spot for this (A)wesome class!

This can also be shipped to you if you aren't local to me or can't make it to the class. Additional shipping charges will apply. Let me know if you would prefer this option.

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

A Pemberley Sneak Peek

Just thought I'd share a little 3" x 3" card that I made the other day with one of the newest paper packs from Close To My Heart called 'X7148B Pemberley'. I absolutely LOVE the colors of this paper pack since blues and yellows are my absolute favorite colors to play with.

I also used a new stamp set called 'A1119 A Garden', which is one I KNOW I will be using very often. It is one of many new A-size stamp sets in the upcoming Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book and I can't wait to show it to you. Give me a shout to reserve your copy!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge

Here's my creation for this week's Heart2Heart challenge. It's a color challenge using Crystal Blue and Amethyst PLUS you are encouraged to throw in a bit of shine and sparkle with glitter.

I am not a huge fan of glitter because it makes a huge mess and I always get it all over my clothes, my face and my craft room. It is not easy to clean up and that frustrates me but alas! Close To My Heart makes an awesome Glitter Gel that comes in a little squeeze bottle and is so easy to use with no mess! Love it!

I apologize for the poor quality of my photo since you aren't really able to see just how nicely that Glitter Gel looks but if you look closely, you may see a little sparkle in the center of the small Crystal Blue snowflake on the ribbon. The itty bitty teeny tiny snowflakes that I stamped in second generation Chocolate ink on the pattern paper also have a teeny tiny dab of the Glitter Gel in their itty bitty centers.

The card base was created with Chocolate cardstock in the standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" size. The Amethyst cardstock was cut to 4" x 5 1/4" and the piece of snowflake pattern paper from Wonderland was cut at 3 1/2" x 4 3/4".

The Crystal Blue snowflakes were cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge that is only available through yours truly or any other CTMH consultant, of course!

The big brad is one of the Shimmer Designer Brads. I also used the wide Dark Chocolate Striped Ribbon to tie in with the card base.

The 'Sending Warm Wishes' comes from a new stamp set called 'A Garden', that will be available in the new catalog coming February 1st so you just got a little sneak peek!

Okay now it's your turn to create something for this challenge! Thanks for stopping by! I hope I inspired you if even just a little!

Happy Scrampin'!

~Carol

Monday, January 16, 2012

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge 135

Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve posted a layout for the weekly scrapbook challenge I participate in but this time it wasn’t my fault! The wonderful gal, Helen Onulak, who is in charge of the challenges took a nice break so she could spend time with her 3 sons who were all home for the holidays. Good for her!
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Anyway, here is my layout for this week’s challenge. There’s those cute little girls again! I never get tired of featuring them on my layouts and I hope you don’t either!
I used the Illusion design from the 9034 Magic how-to book by Close To My Heart along with the X7140B Roxie Level 2 paper pack. I still love the Roxie papers and am glad they will once again be available in the upcoming Spring/Summer Idea Book. Yea!
Here is a list of the other CTMH supplies I used for this layout:
  • S1112~Mad About You-Dec 2011 Stamp of the Month
  • D1307~Annotations stamp set-for the journaling lines
  • Z2166~Tulip ink
  • Z2105~Black ink
  • Z2118~Desert Sand ink
  • Z1320~Tulip Mini Medleys
  • Z1393~Black Mini Medleys
  • Z282~Black Hemp
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Scrampin’!
~Carol

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Become a Close To My Heart Consultant

Are you a scrapbooker or cardmaker? Are you looking to supplement your income to pay off some bills or just want to receive a discount on your own paper crafting supplies? Ready to start a new career that's more fun and exciting than your present one? Then we need to talk!

Become a Close To My Heart consultant and receive an awesome kit full of business and creative products to get your new career off to a great start. The New Consultant kit is loaded with over $300 worth of products for only $99 and gives you more options to add on other kits at discounted prices. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to become a Close To My Heart consultant and wonder why you waited so long to do it!

Click here for more details, scroll to the bottom and sign up! I would LOVE for you to become a member of the 'Scrampers with Heart' team!

Happy Scrampin'!

~Carol

Monday, January 9, 2012

Heart 2 Heart Challenges Revisited

I haven't contributed to the Heart 2 Heart challenges in forever but I happen to have some extra time on my hands for the first time in awhile....hmmm, why is that? I MUST be forgetting to do SOMETHING! I'm sure it'll hit me when it's too late! But anyway.....

.......this week's challenge is to create something with either a NEW stamp image or one that hasn't seen ink in awhile. I chose to use the November 2011 Stamp of the Month: Cherish the Day because this is the first time I've had a chance to use the January image. My hubby's birthday is coming up and I needed to make him a card so this is what I came up with. Nothing fancy as he's not a fancy guy but I know he will appreciate this card.

I used the Sonoma papers and a zip strip from one of the papers to create this standard size card. I used an image from the Weathered Backgrounds stamp set (no longer available) and inked the base of the card in second generation Bamboo ink. I distressed the edges of some of the papers and the Cocoa cardstock by sanding them with a sanding block. I stamped the January 'ticket' in Cocoa ink and the number '15' in Olive ink. Punched a couple holes in the 'ticket' and tied a small bow with hemp to finish the card. Very quick, easy and simple.

Thanks for stopping in today! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Retiring Close To My Heart Products

These products will be gone January 31, 2012 unless they sell out first. If there’s anything here you really want, get them NOW! Just enter in the item numbers and they will be added to your shopping cart. For the stamp sets, if you enter the name into the search box, the stamp set will show up so you can see what it looks like. 

Here's an idea! When you place an order of $25 in retiring products or even deeply discounted items, you can receive the Rock the Block special for just $15. That's a savings of $30 and a deal that can't be beat! 

Contact me if you have any questions. Have fun shopping!

Level 2 Paper Packs:
1.      X7145B-Believe
2.      X7142B-Dreamin’
3.      X7138B-Fanfare
4.      X7137B-Lucky
5.      X7136B-Mayberry
6.      X7144B-Mischief
7.      X7131B-Sophia
8.      X7146C-Wonderland

Workshop on the Go Kits:
1.      G1030-Believe
2.      G1027-Dreamin’
3.      G1026-Elemental
4.      G1029-Mischief
5.      G1025-Roxie
6.      G1028-Sonoma
7.      G1024-Typeset
8.      G1031-Wonderland

My Stickease:
1.      X7145C-Believe
2.      X7142C-Dreamin’
3.      X7138C-Fanfare
4.      X7137C-Lucky
5.      X7136C-Mayberry
6.      X7144C-Mischief (rub-ons)
7.      X7131C-Sophia
8.      X7146C-Wonderland

Mini-Medley Accents:
1.      Z1275-Antiqued Copper
2.      Z1276-Colonial White

Brads & Eyelets:
1.      Z1274-Colonial White Brads
2.      Z1146-Pewter Decorative Brads
3.      Z1228-White Daisy & Black Soft Set Eyelets
4.      Z1229-Chocolate & Colonial White Soft Set Eyelets

Dimensional Elements:
1.      Z1225-Flurry
2.      Z1226-On Target

Ribbon:
1.      Z1126-Colonial White Ribbon Collection
2.      Z1103-3/8” Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon
3.      Z1100-3/8” Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon
4.      Z1102-3/8” Colonial White grosgrain Ribbon
5.      Z270-3/8” White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon
6.      Z1398-Wings Level 2 Assortment

Embroidery Floss:
1.      Z1093-Blue/Purple
2.      Z1094-Green
3.      Z1092-Red/Pink

Waxy Flax:
1.      Z1086-Cranberry
2.      Z1247-Crystal Blue
3.      Z1248-Juniper
4.      Z1249-Sorbet

Various Accessories:
1.      Z1355-Bliss Level 2 Assortment
2.      Z1400-Fanfare Level 2 Assortment
3.      Z1147-Foundry Metal Bookplates
4.      Z1633-Harvest Charms
5.      Z1486-Holiday Pockets
6.      Z1266-Just Blooms Spring Blossom Paper Flowers
7.      Z1300-Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack
8.      Z1356-Lucky Level 2 Assortment
9.      Z1359-Lucky Level 2 Journaling Spots
10.  Z1462-Midnight Felt Shapes
11.  Z1386-Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment
12.  Z1468-Top Coats Icing Overlays

Color-Ready Alphabets:
1.      X1406-Hodge Podge
2.      X5749-Oxford

My Creations Products:
1.      Z1310-Board Book
2.      Z1268-Journal
3.      Z1198-9x9 Memory Showcase

Supplies/Tools:
1.      Z616-Rubber Brayer
2.      Z1208-Soft Set Eyelet Tool
3.      Z1245-Eyelet Tool Replacement Punches

Cardstock-8 ½” x 11”:
1.      X1412-Black
2.      X1411-Colonial White
3.      1320-White Daisy

My Acrylix Stamp Sets:
·         A Hop
·         A Little Buzz
·         A Little Everything
·         A Love
·         A Paisley
·         A Posey
·         Adoption
·         Adorning Corners
·         Always in my Heart
·         Ambiance
·         Around the Block
·         Baby Love
·         Backgrounds & Borders
·         Beary Best
·         Beary Busy
·         Beautiful Butterflies
·         Beautiful Things
·         Believe in Your Dreams
·         Beloved
·         Birthday Blast
·         Birthday Boy
·         Bless This Nest
·         Blooming Layers
·         Bon Appetit
·         Boom!
·         Bunny Love
·         Campin’ Fever
·         Carefree
·         Catching Waves
·         Charmed
·         Cherished Flourishes
·         Ciao
·         Circle Around
·         Circle of Love
·         Circle Together
·         Connections
·         Cruisin’
·         Cupcake Sprinkles
·         Daydream
·         Down By the Sea
·         Dream Big
·         Dreams Come True
·         Enjoy Every Moment
·         Extreme Happiness
·         Family
·         Family Ties-Adult
·         Family Ties-Children
·         Family Ties-Pet
·         Fill in the Blank
·         Flower Pot
·         For Every Occasion
·         Friendship Blessings
·         From My Heart
·         Fun Times
·         Happy Holidays
·         Happy Moments
·         Hero
·         His & Hers
·         Horizon
·         Hot Diggity
·         Howdy
·         In the Month of April
·         In the Month of February
·         In the Month of July
·         In the Month of June
·         In the Month of March
·         In the Month of May
·         It’s A Zoo
·         Just for Boys
·         Just for Girls
·         Just The Ticket
·         Kanji Phrases
·         Let’s Go Camping
·         Little Princess
·         Love Always
·         Love Birds
·         Love Ya
·         Magic Tabs
·         Makin’ Waves
·         Ms. Chillin’
·         Ms. Scrapbook
·         Notice The Details
·         One of A Kind
·         On The Edge
·         On This Day
·         Over The Rainbow
·         Paisley Praise
·         Piece of Cake
·         Play Day
·         Post Card-Travel Series
·         Precious Love
·         Priceless Love
·         Recipe Box
·         Retro Tech
·         Royal Birth
·         Salutation Seals
·         Shining Star
·         Smiles
·         So Lucky
·         Soul Mates
·         Springtime
·         Star Power
·         Summer Breeze
·         Summer Days
·         Sweet Baby
·         Take Luck
·         Tasty Treats
·         Tea Time
·         Thank You
·         Thrill Ride
·         T.L.C.
·         Togetherness
·         Treetops
·         Trellis
·         Two-Step Backgrounds
·         Unity
·         X-Treme
·         You Did It
·         You Rock
·         You’re Great
·         You’re Sweet

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Oh the Creative Possibilities!

I began the new year by signing up for an online class at Big Picture Classes. I have been wanting to take a class from them for quite awhile and just decided to go for it this time. No better way to begin a brand new year than by committing to a project for a full month.

Of course, I am still doing my own challenge on my other blog of posting a new photo every day for a full year which I began back in September 2011 and so far that is going well except I have missed a few days. Oh well! Can’t remember everything!

Day 3 of Picture Winter is all about promise and possibility and I can think of nothing else so full of promise and possibility right now than the newest catalog/idea book from Close to my Heart.  It has so many possibilities with all the new beautiful paper packs, stamp sets and embellishments that my creative juices are ready to flow! AND I promise I will share my creations with you!

                      BPCDay3

If you would like a copy of this newest catalog for yourself, give me a shout! I’d love to show YOU the possibilities, too!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Scrampin’!

~Carol

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