Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pay it Forward!!!

Paying it forward is always nice, right? Well, I have never had an opportunity to participate in something like this so I decided, why not? Receiving a gift from someone I don't know AND not knowing when I will receive it will be totally awesome! I was one of the first people to respond on Scrapping Wonders blog about paying it forward so I will be looking forward to receiving a gift from her within the year. :) I am almost copying her post about this word for word so I don't forget anything important.
I will send a surprise gift to the first 3 people to comment on this post.  This gift will be made by me and I will send it sometime within the next year. Exactly when you will receive it will be a surprise!
Of course there are some rules in this game and here they are:
1.  I will make a little something for the first 3 people who comment on this post.  It will be a surprise and may arrive at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year).
2.  To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along, too.  Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first 3 people who comment on your blog post.
3.  You MUST have a blog.
4.  After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.  If you haven’t posted in 48 hours then the next commenter will be chosen.
If you want to join in just comment below and if you’re one of the first 3 I’ll send you something before the end of August next year!
Can’t wait to hear from you!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Have I mentioned lately..... much I LOVE the new Dakota paper pack from Close To My Heart? No? Wait, I think I have but that's okay because I have yet another layout to share with you. I think you'll like it but YOU let me know by leaving a comment for me and if I receive at least 10 comments, I will randomly pick a name to receive a little something from me! Now on to the layout......

wanting to use up some shapes (swirls) cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge awhile ago, I really wasn't sure how they would look with these papers but I really like the effect. What do you think?

I recently bought more of the metal hinges, which I really love, so I wanted to use some of them on this layout as well. I think they worked perfectly with the birdboxes, don't you?

I also had a ton of clear buttons that I hadn't used in awhile and thought they would work great here, too.

I think I may have gone a little brad-crazy but I like how they look adorning the space around the swirls.  And the little scraps of burlap ribbon (love that ribbon!) added a nice finishing touch. Would you agree?

Here's a close-up shot of the smaller photo so you could see that I attached one of the new small Flip Flaps to the page and used the photo hinge to hold it in place. Flip Flaps are a GREAT way to get more photos on your layout - sometimes you have a ton of photos of a subject or special event and you aren't sure which ones to scrap or you want to scrap them ALL - Flip Flaps are great for that! ;-)

The next photo shows the flap open to reveal the journaling box underneath as well as another photo. I still have to write the journaling yet. That is the hardest part for me so I always save it for last.

Supplies used are all CTMH unless noted:

  • X7157B - Dakota paper pack
  • D1412 - Noted Backgrounds stamp set (n/a)
  • C1304 - Sans Alphabet stamp set (n/a)
  • Z1792 - DE Awards Chipboard Shapes
  • Z1747 - Memory Protectors Flip Flaps
  • Z1701 - Baker's Twine
  • Z1760 - Burlap Ribbon (LOVE this!)
  • Z1366 - Black & Pewter Brads
  • Z1402 - Pewter Hinges (n/a)
  • Z282 - Black Hemp
  • Z1391 - Clear Buttons
  • Z2105 - Black Ink
  • Z1686 - Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Sorry there were 3 products no longer available but if you wanted to 'lift' this layout for yourself, you can certainly use other items in your own stash. 

I hope you like the layout! Okay, now it's time to leave me a comment and be nice, please! ;-) 

Happy scrampin'!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hey! Did You Know?

that Close To My Heart has a new Cricut cartridge called 'Artiste' and it is awesome?! It has over 700 images just like the 'Art Philosophy' cartridge they introduced last year. So why am I telling you this? Because it is an awesome product and a must-have for all your paper crafting projects and I want to offer it to you for just 1/2 price!

Yep, you heard right! This $99 product can be yours for just $49.50 plus shipping & tax. Now here's the catch - because you KNOW there's always a catch, right? You must hold either a home gathering (at my home workshop so you have no mess at your home) OR a book party with sales of $250 or more and you will get this cartridge for 1/2 price PLUS at least $40 in select products FREE! Sound like a plan to you? 

Who couldn't use a fun girls night out or a reason to get together with friends, right? It's a win-win for everyone! I have several dates available in the next couple months - if you choose a home gathering in my home. Holding the gathering at my home saves YOU the trouble of having to prep your home for guests - all you provide is a simple snack and drinks - I do the rest!

Give me a shout! I would LOVE to help you get this cartridge for 1/2 price. Even if you are out-of-town, you can get in on this great deal, too! Get a group of friends together to hold a book party OR hold an online book party! Oh, that sounds like fun! 

If you aren't interested in holding either a home gathering or book party but would still like to order this awesome collection, click here to place your order OR contact me to place your order!

Cricut® Artiste Collection

With just the touch of one Cricut® Artiste key you can take your creativity over the top with wonderful 3-D projects, party favors, interactive cards, awards, and more! From robots and spooks to weddings and Valentines, your cupcake wrappers, invitations, and party essentials will coordinate and come together for any celebration! Includes a step-by-step assembly booklet for the 3-D projects.
Collection includes:
  • 1 – Cartridge (700 images: themed projects, cards, fonts, shapes, and 3-D items)
  • 3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
  • 3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)
Creative Feature Keys: Accent 1, Accent 2, Accent 3, Accent 4, Card, 3D Object.
Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 2" x 6½" (Y1010).
Cricut® is a registered trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

***NEW*** Kit of the Month Club

Hey Scrapbook Enthusiasts!
Beginning in September, I will be forming a new club I am calling the ‘Kit of the Month’ Club and would LOVE for you to join in! It will be a great opportunity for you to get that scrappin’ done. You’ve probably been too busy to get much scrappin' time in since the kiddos have been out of school for the summer, right? Well, they will be back to school soon and then it’s more time for yourself! Yea! Read below for all the juicy details about my new club and let me know if this is something that can work for YOU!

On the first day of each month, I will post a new featured Workshop on the Go kit – September’s kit will be Scholastic – how appropriate for back-to-school time, right? Then you will go to my website - ScrampingwithCarol and place your order through the Kit of the Month gathering link that you will see. Each monthly kit will cost $29.95 plus shipping & tax and will be shipped RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR! How cool is that? If you do not like the featured monthly kit, there are 7 other scrapbooking kits that may work better for you so feel free to choose a different kit. 

Each kit comes with:
·        1 – My Reflections Paper Packet
·        1 – My Acrylix Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)
·        2 – Neutral Cardstock Sheets
·        2 – Packs of Coordinating Embellishments ($2.25 - $5.95 value)
·        1 – Instructional Brochure

I will also list other products you will need to complete the pages as shown (you can always substitute if you wish) as well as many other products that coordinate nicely with the featured paper pack.

I hope you will give this new club a try. As an extra incentive to try it out, if you have a group of friends - at least 4 others + yourself - who may be interested in this club, you could qualify for FREE products. Contact me for more details! Be watching for the Scholastic Kit of the Month Club details soon!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
Happy scrampin’!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

I am LOVING Dakota by Close To My Heart!

Here’s another beautiful layout I created with the new Dakota paper pack from Close To My Heart. Can you believe this is the fifth double page layout I have created with the same paper pack plus adding a few extra sheets of cardstock and one more patterned paper from a second pack? I also made 2 single page layouts and one card. Amazing, isn’t it? That is why I LOVE the paper packs from Close To My Heart!

I am offering Dakota for my monthly scrapbook class in September but if you can’t attend on the scheduled dates of the 24th, 25th or 26th, feel free to go to my website at to order this fabulous paper pack and have it delivered right to your door. We will not be creating this particular layout during the class - below are photos of the 2 we will be creating - but if you wish to create it at home, I will provide the cutting diagram for you when you purchase the paper pack.

I am also offering a NEW class called "Make It From Your Heart" featuring the new "Make It From Your Heart" design booklet scheduled for September 17, 18 & 19. Click on the link for all the details and be sure to RSVP by September 3 with your payment of $25.

Here’s a list of the supplies I used (all CTMH unless noted):
  • ·         X7157B - Dakota paper pack
  • ·         Z1686 - Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
  • ·         D1524 - Frame It Up stamp set
  • ·         D1329 - Noteworthy stamp set (no longer available)
  • ·         CC1020 - It’s Your Day stamp set (special set available Aug 15-Sept 30 – ask me about it!)
  • ·         Z2192 - Pacifica ink
  • ·         Z2172 - Whisper ink (brand new color)
  • ·         Z1718 - Wooden Garden Shapes
  • ·         Z1760 - Burlap Ribbon (LOVE this)
  • ·         Z1335 - Licorice Opaque Gems
  • ·         Z1392 - 2” Scallop Circle Punch
  • ·         Z1366  - Black Brads

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Happy scrampin’!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Please bear with me!

I am trying out some new blog designs so bear with me as I find just the right one! I'm getting bored with the orange and need a change! It may take me another day or two but I'll find one that I really like and I hope you will, too! I appreciate your patience!

From This to This - the Close To My Heart Way!

Here’s a layout I created today using the new 
Scholastic papers from Close To My Heart and a couple scraps left over from an old paper pack called Cherry-O, which is no longer available. Sorry! ;-(

Other supplies used are:
·         D1478 Bingo Alphabet
·         D1364 Recipe Box (n/a)
·         S1109 Limited Edition (n/a)
·         CC1020 It’s Your Day (available Aug 15 - Sept 30 - ask me about it!)
·         Z2105 Black ink
·         Z2118 Desert Sand ink
·         Z2114 Cocoa ink
·         Z2170 Ruby ink
·         Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
·         Z1766 Memo Assortment
·         Z1706 Round Durables
·         Z282 Black Hemp

I started with a sketch from a class I’m taking at Big Picture Classes called 28 Days of Sketches – Round 2 hosted by Lisa Day. This is the same class I took a few months back and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to join in again. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to keep up with the class this time around for some silly reason but I do try to get a sketch done when I can fit it in. 

As soon as I saw the sketch first thing this morning, I got started on it right away because I knew I had the perfect photos for it! I had just made my delicious pasta sauce yesterday so the details were fresh in my mind. I needed to get it scrapped before time got away from me and I love how it turned out. Hope you do, too!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy scrampin'!


Through My Brown Eyes 365 Challenge

This is my second blog I started last September as a challenge to myself to take and post a photo each day for a year. I am only a little over a month away from completing this endeavor, having missed just a few days due to either my forgetful mind or circumstances beyond my control, and I am happy with how it has worked out for me. 

I'm thinking I need to continue posting something each day but not sure what yet. Can you help me out? Give me some ideas of what I should challenge myself to do for the next 365 days! If I decide to choose your suggestion, I just may have a little giftie for you! So put your thinking caps on then give me a shout (along with your contact info) when you think you have a great challenge idea for me! I can't wait to hear your suggestions!

Have a great day and......
                                                 happy scrampin'!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Coming Soon - National Stamping Month Special from Close To My Heart!

IN JUST TWO DAYS, you'll be able to purchase this really cool double D-size stamp set called 'It's Your Day' for just $5! YEP! You read that right, just $5! That's a $35.90 value for just $5, plus tax and shipping, of course! Can't beat that with a stick! 

WHAT A GREAT DEAL on this cool stamp set to celebrate National Stamping Month but you do have to place a $35 order to take advantage of the deal! Click here to go to my website and start building your list of at least $35 in awesome products so you can get this set for just $5!

HERE'S ONE CARD I made with a couple of the images from 'It's Your Day'. Cute, isn't it? I just love that little bicycle! Some of you may even recognize the papers I used...Dotty For You!

AND HERE'S ANOTHER CARD I made with the stamp set and the Footloose paper pack, which unfortunately isn't available anymore but if you have some scraps left you can certainly 'lift' this card if you'd like! I won't mind but be sure to give me the credit! ;-)

SO HOP ON OVER to my website to peruse the awesome products and build your wishlist to be ready to place your order on August 15 for the National Stamping Month Special - 'It's Your Day'! This special runs till September 30 so you have plenty of time to earn more than one set - one for yourself and one for a gift - think Christmas! Oh no! I shouldn't have mentioned that yet but hey, it will be here before you know it so I'm just helping you plan a little ahead! Aren't I nice? ;-)

AS AN ADDED BONUS - when you purchase an additional $15 in product along with your $35 order, you get the August Stamp of the Month - Baroque Borders for just $5 as well, plus tax and shipping! How cool is that? 

Happy scrampin'!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

New CTMH 'Make It From Your Heart' Class

I was so excited when I received the new Close To My Heart How-To pattern book - Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 - that the wheels immediately started turning in my head to come up with a new class to offer. There are so many possibilities but here is what I came up with to start. Drum roll please...introducing....the brand spanking new "Make It From Your Heart" Class! Yea! 

Here are the details:
This class will feature ONE layout design and ONE card design from the new "Make It From Your Heart" (MIFYH) booklet each month. The first month will cost a tad bit more than each following class because you will receive the MIFYH booklet as a supply for the first class. You will only be charged $7.95 (plus tax and shipping) for the booklet ONCE then you will bring your book back to the monthly class to create a NEW layout and card, the designs of which I will choose prior to the class and notify you of the supplies you will need to order 2 weeks before. Sound good? Then read on for even more details!

Date:   September 17, 18 & 19
Time:  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost:   $25 (remember this includes the one-time charge for the design booklet to KEEP)
RSVP by:  September 3 with payment

Supplies you MUST purchase (I will provide the rest of the supplies):

9035 - Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 - $7.95
Z1464 - Milepost Shapes - $3.95

Supplies I will provide:
  • 1 sheet of Dakota pattern paper
  • 5 sheets of cardstock (2 Black, 1 Barn Red, 1 Whisper and 1 Colonial White)
  • 2 - Z1704 Badge Buttons 
  • 4 - Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons
  • 6 - Z1706 Round Durable Studs
  • 18" Z1701 Black Baker's Twine
  • Colonial White Waxy Flax (small pieces for buttons)
You will need to bring your own 12" paper trimmer and adhesive as well as your new MIFYH booklet to each monthly class. 

Here's an extra incentive to attend this class:
When you attend the class for the first 6 months, you will receive a FREE embellishment pack (retail value $2.95 - $5.95) of your choice. Get a friend to join you for 6 months and earn a FREE set of 2 markers (retail value $5.95)!

I am very excited for this NEW class and I hope you will join me! Let me show YOU how fun this class will be! Be sure to RSVP by September 3 with your payment!

Kits to-go are available! Click on the Buy Now button below to purchase and have it shipped to you. There is an additional shipping charge of $6.00. If you are local to me and do not need it shipped, contact me to place your kit order.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Special Close To My Heart 'Artiste' Offer Just Announced!

If you're like me, you LOVE your Cricut die cut machine and often wonder how you ever lived without it, right? Well, I'm here to tell you about a fabulous offer on a new Cricut cartridge that you will wonder how you ever could live without once you see all it can do! It's called Artiste and it's only sold through Close To My Heart consultants - and that would be ME! 

The Artiste cartridge is LOADED with 700 images which includes 3D items, shapes, themed projects and a font. You will have so much fun creating with this cartridge. Click here to see all the images included.

My special offer* to you - purchase this fantabulous cartridge collection anytime during the month of August and receive a current Workshop on the Go or Cardmaking Kit for FREE! That's a $29.95 value for FREE! Tax & shipping are extra.

Here's all you need to do! Just click on the JOIN button next to the Special Offer gathering on my website to place your order. After I get confirmation that you have placed your order, I will call or email you to ask which Workshop on the Go or Cardmaking Kit you wish for FREE! (tax & shipping extra)

Click on the links below to see the beautiful kits you could receive for FREE with your Z1790 Artiste Collection purchase!

G1045 - Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit 
G1041 - Avonlea Cardmaking Kit
G1046 - Clementine Scrapbooking Kit
G1047 - Dakota Scrapbooking Kit
G1050 - Flirty Scrapbooking Kit
G1048 - La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit
G1051 - Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit
G1052 - Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit
G1043 - Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit
G1049 - Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit

*This special offer is my own offer and is not being promoted by Close To My Heart.

Head on over to my website to start shopping this special offer before August 30th. Be sure to click on the JOIN button next to the Special Offer gathering.

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