Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dakota: Heart 2 Heart Sketch Challenge


I love to work with a sketch! This beauty is from the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog! Can't wait for you to see what I made with it using my Dakota Workshop on the go Kit from Close to my Heart!

What do you think of my take on this sketch?

I rarely create single scrapbook pages, so here is what the total 2 page layout looks like! I used my new "Make if from Your Heart" pattern sketch book (available to you on August 1st.) I love this new pattern how-to book! It is magazine style, which makes it VERY affordable and worth every penny! It is only $7.95! It contains scrapbook AND card sketches with all of the measurements. I used pattern 07 from page 18.

The medallions on one of the Dakota background and texture papers were PERFECT for mimicking the circle pattern on the sketch.

For a fun handmade embellishment I used the black hemp that comes with the kit to create "barbed wire". I will show you how I did it at the Dakota Scrapbook class that Cherish will host on Saturday September 29th. Contact me for more details if you would like to RSVP and reserve your spot or learn more about my classes.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cruisin with Scrabble Letter Title!

I had so much fun creating this special layout with my Cruisin Kit from Close to my Heart! It is for my daughter's book with photos of her visiting with her Uncle. When we go to see him we make a road trip of it, so the travel theme was an ideal fit!

I fell in love with the scrabble paper that is part of this Cruisin kit! I could not wait to cut it apart into individual letters so that I could use it to create my page title. I placed the letters in a scattered arrangement as if the tiles had been dumped out onto the page. I also added 3-D foam tape to raise them up from the base papers and give them some depth and shadow.

I had seen this layout done before in an older Idea Book using a scallop border. When I saw the argyle paper in this kit I knew I needed to use it as my interpretation of that scallop accent. I trimmed it to shape along the points of the black argyle diamond shapes.

I used the foil compliments to add some extra details to the finished pages. These are so simple and quick to use to put the finishing touches on your pages.

If you know that you need these travel themed "Cruisin" papers in your stash you will want to act fast to order them before July 31st when they will retire. Visit my website to order them today!

Retiring Papers:
  • Cruisin'
  • Footloose
  • Superhero
  • Lucy
  • Typeset
  • Roxie
  • Elemental
  • Sonoma

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Idea Books bring exciting NEW products!

The Close to My Heart Convention was held last week in Dallas Texas. Consultants were able to see the NEW Idea Book and get their hands on some new products!

Autumn Winter 2012 Idea Book
The NEW Idea Book will go live for customers to see online on August 1st. You will be able to see it on my website at Contact me for more information about getting your NEW Idea Book. If you are a current customer who has recently placed an order you may have already earned one for FREE. I am also willing to mail them to you and your friends if you are not near enough to have one dropped off.

New Cricut Cartridge!: "Artiste" $99 for 700 image cartridge, 3 coordinating stamp sets, and 3 chipboard sets.

Here are some highlights you are sure to find as exciting as I have!
  • New Cricut Cartridge: "Artiste"
  • 53 Accessories
  • All Colors available in 24 packs of card stock
  • Studio J now available to all, without memberships
  • 6 NEW Colors
  • Pigments Inks Available
  • NEW Alcohol based double ended markers
  • 2 Card based Workshops on the Go
  • 2 Home Decor based Workshops on the Go (advent calendar)
  • 9 Scrap booking Workshops on the Go
Scallop edge shadow-box
 This scallop edge shadow box is just one of many new home decor items that I am drooling over!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Footloose Layout #4: Sunny Skies!

This was the final layout that I created with my Footloose Kit. I call it Sunny Skies. :)

Layout from Let's Scrap Ning Blog: 2 V 4x6, 2 H 4x5 or crop to squares and create a grid.
I was inspired by the following sketch from the Let's Scrap Sketch Challenge.

I used the B&T Duo (background and texture) paper with the side that has a sun in the top left corner as one of my page bases. I added emphasis to the sun by tracing it with shimmery glitz gel in the shade called "stardust".

I stamped my wooden coins with sand dollars. (From the stamp set that comes with the Footloose kit). I also added hand trimmed fliflop "footprints" that I stamped from the "Just Chillin'" stamp set!

This layout was perfect to showcase a day at my Aunt and Uncle's beach house! The kids dug for seashells and had a great time!

August Campaign: FREE Exclusive Tote!

If you have ever considered being a Close to my Heart Consultant (for hobby or for business) August is a great time to sign up! Starting August 1st those who sign up to be a new Consultant, with either of the New Sign-up Kits, will receive FREE a Damask  Exclusive Bag! (A $50 value!). You will want to act quickly, this promotion is while supplies last. When the bags are gone they are gone. This is the same bag that Consultants who attended the 2012 Convention is Dallas received! It will be perfect to carry your new supplies in!

When you sign up to be a New Consultant you will have access to two different kits. The first is called "Essentials Kit". This kit is perfect for a Hobbyist or the Consultant who wants to start first with the creative items.

The Essentials Kit costs $49 and contains $130 value! You will find in it the following:
Essentials Kit includes: a Read Me First Letter, Current Idea Books (qty. 3), Hostess Order Forms (qty. 5), Customer Order Forms (qty. 5), Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471), Autumn/Winter 2012 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1115), Cello Bags (W1152), Petite Perks™ Nature's Delight Incentive Stamp Set (W2023), Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes (X7155C), Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit (G1045 ), My Creations® Recipe/Photo Box (Z1322), Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet (Z1777), Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2111), Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2173), My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase Stamp Set (D1522), My Acrylix®Perfect Fit—Frames Stamp Set (D1527), 3" x 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006), and a 2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009). (Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.) 

The second kit is called the "Master Kit". It costs $99 and is a $280 value! It contains everything from the Essentials Kit with additional materials needed to get your business started!

You will find the following in the Master Kit: Includes a Read Me First Letter, Current Idea Books (qty. 10), You Are Welcome Here Recruiting Brochures (W1151) (qty. 25), The Rewards Come Now Hostess Brochures (W1150) (qty. 25), 5 Studio J® Layouts (redeem within 3 months), Studio J® Brochures (W111) (qty. 5), Hostess Order Forms (W122) (qty. 25), Customer Order Forms (W101) (qty. 25), Petite Perks™ Nature's Delight Incentive Stamp Set (W2023) (qty. 5), Cello Bags (W1152) (qty. 25), My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782), My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778), Bonding Memories® Glue (1512), Sponge (Z697), Liquid Glass (Z679), Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534), Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes (X7155C), Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit (G1045 ), My Creations® Recipe/Photo Box (Z1322), Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet (Z1777), Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2111), Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2173), Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Marker Set (Z2434), My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase Stamp Set (D1522), My Acrylix®Perfect Fit—Frames Stamp Set (D1527), 3" x 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006), 2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009). (Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)
Please contact me if you would like more information about this Constant Campaign. You can also find more information and sign up to be my downline on my website!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Footloose Layout #3

I am loving the Footloose kit from Close to my Heart! This might be my favorite layout that I created with it!

Footloose Layout #3: 8 photos: 1 V 4x6, 1 Sq 4x4, 6 Sq 2.25x2.25

The papers were perfect to feature one of our summer traditions- a once a summer trip to a nearby resort, Crystal Mountain, to use their water park! The water swirl patterned paper compliments any pool photos really well!

I used the edge distressing tool to add a little white curl to the Lagoon Photo Mats I made. It helps it stand out from the patterned paper it is against.

I used the color ready adhesive alphabet I found in the while supplies last section of my Close to my Heart  website. (only I left them white and didn't color them- hehhe)

This zip strip had the perfect summer day by the pool sayings on it. I left it in tact as a full strip, but you can also cut it apart and use on the sayings you love best as accent details.

Footloose Layout #2: Bubbles!

It is not officially summer until we have spent time blowing bubbles outside! I had some fun photos of doing just that last summer so I used my Footloose workshop on the go kit from Close to my Heart to create this 2 page layout.

Footloose Layout #2: 1 H 4x6, 4 V 3x4
Sketch from "Sketch Support"
I found this layout on Pinterest. I have it saved on my board called "Sketches". It is from a website called "Sketch Support", visit either of these spots for sketch inspiration! Crisp Daisy White bases make the colors and textures of the paper "pop". The zip strip draws in a little of the yellow from the patterns and flesh tones in the photos.

Bubbles made using clear buttons from the "while supplies last" section.

For bubbles I found clear buttons in the "while supplies last" section of my Close to my Heart website! I placed them in visually appealing groupings of 3-5 in the areas suggest on the sketch. I added stamped bubbles underneath and a few vellum punched circles. (at class we will use only the clear buttons as I like them best and my example was a bit of an experiment). We will also use the corner rounder on the patterned paper.