Thursday, December 13, 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine- Blog Hop!

Thank you for stopping by to enjoy our Blog Hop featuring
our newest kit just released to help us celebrate
National Paper-crafting Month in January...
Whooo's Your Valentine?!!
If you've just arrived here from Haley's Blog, The Inky Scrapper then you are on the correct path.
Whooo's Your Valentine- stamp set included in the kit!
Isn't this stamp set adorable!? (And versatile?!
Whooo's Your Valentine Kit used for pages, MIFTH Vol 1
I used my kit to create a special 2 page layout for my Daughter's scrapbook. These pages are to celebrate her 14th month! She had a photo shoot and wore a cute shirt with tiny hearts on it- so the hearts from this stamp set were PERFECT!

I used the pattern stamps to create patterened paper from my cardstock! These were so easy to line up!
November 2012 Stamp of the Month- used for journaling

I loved the "I heart you" sentiment so I made sure to work it into my artwork at the top.
I had so much fun with this Valentine Kit! (Even though I used it for scrapbook pages so far! I'll make my Valentine treats later!) I know you will love it too! The kit is a $40 value and can be yours for only $10 with a $35 purchase from December 13th 2012 - January 31st 2013. (The kit includes: 12 die-cut boxes ready to fold in various colors, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of Silver Glitter Paper (NEW!!), 12 Treat Tubes with Lids (NEW!!!), and the Whooo's Your Valentine Stamp Set.) Visit my blog to learn more- Let me know if you have any questions!
Now that you have seen my creation- hop over to Jen's Blog- Jen's Jewel Box, to see what she has made with the SAME kit! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tuesday Trigger, Shimmer and Shine!

It's time to sparkle!

As a Close to My Heart Consultant I was able to preview the NEW "Whooo' Your Valentine" Kit early! When I first saw the Silver Glitter Paper (available in February 2012) it knocked my socks off! Love at first craft! It really does shimmer and shine! So when I saw this Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab World Blog- I had the perfect excuse to put it to use!

Shimmer and Shine, Tuesday Trigger inspiration photo.
Silver and Gold and shiny fancy metallics! It's just one thing I love about the Christmas Season- a reason to celebrate and get glitzy! Here is the card I created while inspired by this photo (and also keeping my most bling loving friends in mind).

I used this sketch from Mojo Monday The Blog as my design. This one is Mojo207. The first week of the month at Mojo is contest week! Play along for your change at the winnings! :)

I used the sparkle paper with my scallop punch and I am happy to report that it impressed me! The glitter falloff on my workspace was minimal and the punch worked without any extra effort! I am impressed with this new Paper!

When I think metallic and shiny I reach for my embossing powders and heat gun right away! This time I COMBINED my silver and gold embossing powders as an experiment to just see what would happen. (Those who know me understand this is very out of my comfort zone- I am usually very diligent to return each respective powder to its own personal vile... I just had to make a new vile for this concoction!) I love how it turned out! It adds more dimension then the flat silver would have been alone. What do you think?

What fancy blingy things have you created this Christmas?


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Scholastic Scrapbook Class Preview!

TaDa! I am so excited to show off the Scholastic Scrapbook pages that I designed with the Workshop on the Go Kit from Close to my Heart! This is one of my favorite kits from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book! (Blame my inner nerd that always loved school!) Perfect for back to school (or the class photos you are getting back now), bookworms, readers, Librarians, boys or girls!

I have designed 4 fun 2 page layouts for us to create! You will have the chance to use some of my inks and stamp sets at class if you like. (Some designs use stamp sets not included in the kit)

Layout #1
Layout #2
Layout #3
Layout #4

The Scholastic Scrapbook Class will be held on December 29th. A perfect chance to relax after the Holidays! You will go home with 8 pages ready for photos!

Please RSVP and order your supplies by December 14th. This is the last date to order by to be sure our items will arrive ahead of time. I like you to have time to trim your papers before class so that we have more time for stamping and crafting during class. I will provide a cutting guide for you.

***NOTE: The Scholastic supplies were recently listed as "retiring" which means once what is in stock is sold, it is gone and not re-stocked. If you LOVE this kit you might want to order sooner then the suggested RSVP date. Keep in mind if you order online you will have access to the newly stocked "while supplies last" clearance section as well!

I hope you can join us! Watch for future posts featuring each layout in more detail! Please contact me if you have any questions.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Pear and Partridge Layout #4

This is my forth layout that I created with my Pear and Partridge Workshop on the Go Kit from Close to My Heart! I created it as a monochromatic base by building the sketch with neutrals and similar Greens. (I did this because I knew I would load the pages with photos that feature Red- resulting in pages that are Christmas colored red and green!)

I love the Heart 2 Heart Challenge sketches and this layout is made based on sketch 20! If you enjoy working with sketches you should visit the blog to look through the ideas there. They are all made using Close to my Heart supplies too! You can play along also!

I fell in love with the zip strip that read "Christmas is a Time for Sharing". It was perfect to feature sharing Christmas with my sister who lives out of town!

I LOVE my baker's twine! I thought my red version would make a great candy cane inspired accent on this Christmas page. I tied them in tiny bows and then cut them at varied lengths.

Hope you are starting to feel the Magic of the Christmas Season!


Pear and Partridge Layout #3

I am feeling very festive! Scrapbooking photos from Christmas past has me looking forward to this year!

My third Christmas Scrapbook layout is made using the Pear and Partridge Workshop on the Go Kit from Close to my Heart. These papers were perfect for a page I wanted to make for my Daughter!

The layout design is based on a sketch from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 book, page 30, sketch 13. I love when a photo works out to be a cut out, or in this case, what I call a "border buster". The subject was clean and had no other objects in the way, there was a crisp line between her and the background, which made her easy to trim out. Her piggy-tails were just so cute and letting them pop out past the border of the sketch brings them extra attention!

I used my Alphabet Stamp Set, "Token", to add an attractive title and accented it with a Red Grosgrain bow. I used the same stamp set to create the numbers for the year. I made them smaller by punching them out with my small circle punch. The letters are punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch from Close To My Heart.

Hope you like it!


Pear and Partridge Layout #2

My second layout with Pear and Partridge uses the sentiment stamp "The best Gift: Family". I just love this simple stamp that comes in our workshop kit! It is perfect for these pages I made about my daughter and her cousin stealing the show at our Christmas Party a few years ago.

I also used a lot of squares with rounded corners! My corner rounding punch was glad to come out of storage, and it might show! :)

I also used the glittery rub ons again and I love how they look when used on the darker card stocks!

My favorite part of this layout is the ornament I created with the October Stamp of the Month stamp set, "Very Merry Christmas". I stamped it in Cranberry ink and then used my clear detail embossing powder and craft heat gun to emboss it and make it shine! Added the ribbon binding bow accent and set it on 3D Foam tape.

I am entering this layout in "Challenge #118 - Ornaments" at the 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge Blog. I hope they like it!

Thank you for visiting to see what I have been up to!

Pear and Partridge Layout #1

I'm so excited to share the layouts I have created with Pear and Partridge for Christmas! Here is layout #1.

The design of this layout is based on the brochure tutorial that is included in the workshop on the go kit from close to my heart. It can also be found in the Make It From Your Heart volume 1 book of sketches, Sketch 14 page 32. I used photos from my Son's first Christmas! I added a few extra photos to the space at the top!

I used the glittery rub ons from the kit as accents on both pages. They are a lot of fun and offer a finished polished look that is really easy and quick!

I did a little stamping too! I stamped the Christmas Tree and added a red sparkle from the kit. I also stamped a border under the red strip of Cranberry cardstock along the top. Also, my favorite sentiment from the stamp set, which reads "I'll never forget this Christmas because..."

What fun Christmas Projects have YOU been working on? Have you used your Pear and Partridge supplies yet?


Friday, November 30, 2012

Retiring List 2012!

The list of retiring Close to my Heart items has been announced! Check your wishlists! If something you have wanted is on this list you will want to act soon as they are now available while supplies last and will not be re-stocked once they are gone! Contact me today if there is anything you want to order, or must have.

2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book Retiring List

Item # Item Description Page # Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book

Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads 127
Z1360 Rhinestone Designer Brads 127
Z1361 Brads Red Assortment 127
Z1362 Brads Pink Assortment 127
Z1363 Brads Blue Assortment 127
Z1364 Brads Green Assortment 127
Z1365 Brads Basic Assortment 127
Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons 125
Z1391 Buttons Clear Assortment 125
Z1395 Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet) 130
Z1465 Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers 130
Z1681 Dimensional Elements  Numbers 131
Z1761 Dimensional Elements Ornaments 131
Z1762 Dimensional Elements Snowflakes 131
Z1765 Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes 130
X7147C Stella Complements Canvas Shapes 68
X7148C My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment 68
X7150C My Stickease® Victory Assortment 69
X7153C My Stickease® Florentine Assortment 69
X7158C La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment 38
X7160C Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements 50
X7161C Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements 56
X7162C Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons 62
Z1464 Milepost Shapes 128
Z1466 Bling Assortment 128
Z1695 Urban Felt Alphabet 130
Z1696 Keepsake Felt Alphabet 130
Z1709 Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers 129
Z1460 Foundry® Ribbon Slides 126
Z1711 Foundry® Binder Clips 126
Z1712 Foundry® Number Plates 126
Z1461 D├ęcor Journaling Spots 129
Z1687 Bohemian Assortment 128
Z1689 Timeless Charms 128
Z1692 Tough Tags 128
Z1694 Bouquet Assortment 128
Z1741 Haunted Assortment 128
Z1749 Autumn Lane Assortment 128
Z1763 Boutique Assortment 128
Z1772 Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday 128
Z1393 Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection 126
Z1316 Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection   124
Z1385 Designer Ribbon Blue Collection 124
Z1615 Designer Ribbon Red Collection 124
Z1616 Designer Ribbon Green Collection 124
Z1388 Newsprint Rub-Ons 130
Z1700 Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1733 Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1743 Festive Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1742 Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1407 6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1408 6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1054 My Creations® Display Album 132
Z1378 My Creations® Banner 132
Z1614 My Creations® Memory Game 132
Z188 Craft Jars 120
Z1352 4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards 123
Z1353 4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards 123
Z1731 My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit 123
X7147B My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet 68
X7148B My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet 68
X7150B My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet 69
X7153B My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet 69
X7158B La Belle Vie Paper Packet 38
X7160B Flirty Paper Packet 50
X7161B Moonlight Paper Packet 56
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Packet 62
Z1252 Cutting Knife 135
G1041 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit 22
G1043 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit 66
G1040 Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit 14
G1042 Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit 23
G1044 Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit 67
G1045 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit 21
G1046 Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit 29
G1047 Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit 35
G1048 Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit 41
G1049 Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit 47
G1050 Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit 53
G1051 Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit 59
G1052 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit 65
Item # Item Description Page # Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book
A1104 A Tweet 90
A1111 A Tulip 68
A1116 A Melody 94
A1122 Bravo 92
A1128 Quick Cards—Shell 80
A1129 A Rainbow 85
B1365 Spring Up 71
B1369 Rosy Regards 67
B1374 Bee Happy 83
B1397 He Is Risen 74
B1402 My Peeps 72
C1439 Enjoy Life 95
C1440 Take a Picture 93
C1442 Tailor-Made 94
C1450 Eclectic Edges 99
C1452 Delight 71
C1455 Aspire 96
C1456 Heartfelt Treasures 68
C1457 Happy Camper 84
C1458 Paper Lantern 90
C1473 Remarkable Wreath 70
C1474 10 Things 105
C1485 Super Powers 47
C1498 Country Life 82
C1499 Perfect Day 80
D1195 The Works Alphabet 117
D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet 117
D1296 Chocolate Alphabet Small 114
D1301 Hodge Podge Alphabet 114
D1303 Classmate Alphabet 114
D1462 Splendid Day 77
D1464 Card Chatter—Love 106
D1467 Trees & Things 76
D1472 Simple Memories 66
D1478 Bingo Alphabet 113
D1505 Roar! 89
D1508 Diverse Backgrounds 102
D1509 Magic Adventures 78
D1511 Kick Back 81
E1013 Field Trip Alphabet 114

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

CR84FN67 Color Challenge!

This is a new Color Challenge that I stumbled upon on Pinterest, after my friend Casandra pinned it. I LOVE Purple! This color challenge was an absolute must for pages I needed to make for my Wedding Album!

Plum, Gold, and Tan. Here is the 2 page layout I created based on this! You can play along at the Spark Your Creative Spirit CR84FN Challenge Blog too!

I used Bamboo (Tan) bases. I built on them with Smokey Plum and Gypsy Purple card stock. I added purple Ribbon and ties. My Gold is large shimmer brads that anchor the ribbon ties.

I thought this color scheme was the perfect fit for these pages I wanted to make about my Husband's grandparents who were all able to attend our Wedding! I used the little cricut cut shapes as journaling areas to put thier names and the number of years they were married. We are so glad they could all be at our special day!

What special pages have you made for your own Wedding Album?


Happy Birthday Dad!

It is always fun to make Brithday cards for my Dad because it usually means breaking out my robot stamp sets since he is a Robot enthusiast. But this year I was excited to be a little less predictable! Thank you to the "Scholastic" kit from Close to my Heart I was armed with the perfect paper! I used the papers with the old wooden letterpress alphabet and book spine collection. My Dad has an appreciation for old letter press style and also is a collector of books- has an extensive personal library.
Birthday Card for Dad 2012: Front

Birthday Card for Dad 2012: 3D Foam Tape to make books pop

Birthday Card for Dad 2012: Inside

Moonlight Scrapbook Bonus Extra Layout

Have you gotten your Halloween photos printed? I'm wanting to get mine printed and in my albums before my camera fills up with Holiday Photos! This is an extra layout I created with the scraps left over after I designed 4 layouts using the Moonlight Workshop on the Go Kit from Close to my Heart.

I used the Moonlight Compliments Dimensional Elements as chipboard accents. I really like the title, "A Haunted Halloween".

I combined what I had left of my Haunted Assortment gems with the banner pieces from the Complements. They look great together!

What do you think?

Okay, now that I have Halloween out of my system... standby for Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Moonlight Scrapbook Layout #4

I couldn't wait to use the new tulle ribbon from Close to my Heart! My 4th Moonlight 2 page scrapbook layout was the perfect place!

I used the black Tulle Ribbon along the bottom band of both pages. You can see it more clearly in the next photo.

Using the Tulle over a contrasting color created a great Halloween texture!

Chipboard pumpkins anchor a zip strip title. "Pumpkin Parade"

More Chipboard elements as journaling accents! Embellished with different sizes black adhesive backed gems.

Haunted Assortment large gems on penant shapes cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Hope you like it!


Moonlight Scrapbook Layout #3

This is my third scrapbook layout created using the "Moonlight" kit from Close to my Heart. What I love about the Moonlight kit is that it can be used for more then just Halloween- which it is also perfect for!

I thought these papers were perfect to showcase my "Messy Eater"!

I created the Messy Eater title with my Art Philosophy Cartridge and cut this shape in half from what it was originally. (Making two pieces that look just like this one!) I used my Archival Black ink, Haunted Assortment embellishments, and the Cocktail Alphabet Stamp Set.

What do you think?


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Moonlight Scrapbook Layout #2

My second Moonlight Scrapbook Layout that I created with my kit from Close to my Heart is based on the design that comes in the brochure with the kit. I just simplified a few things to make it easier to teach at our workshop.

This layout was ideal for photos from my daughter's 5th Birthday Party! We had a Halloween Party! I was so excited that the Moonlight Kit has PURPLE in it! I could not wait to get to this layout to use the purple. (Have you figured out yet what my favorite color is?)

To create the lamp post we stamped it in Archival black on our purple. Then while it still had black ink on it I stamped it on the sponged patterned paper over an area that was orange and cut out just the windows to the lantern. I lined that piece up with where the lamp would look "lit". Then I cleaned the stamps and stamped it again in goldrush ink again on the sponged pattern paper. Then I trimmed it out and placed it on the sign area of the main lamp post. Add some black gems and wha-la! :)

The coordinating chipboard compliments made this accent quick and easy!

Those who know me personally know I hold a special place in my heart for a real FEAR of spiders! But this guy is so cute I actually love him! :) The sparkly eyes make his irresistible on this layout!

Hope you like this layout and are having fun preparing for Halloween!