Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Balloon Wishes on Wednesday

Woah.  It's getting super late, so here comes a quick post!

I created this card to cheer up a crafty friend's hubby...

I stamped the beautiful hot air balloon image from Balloon Wishes in Memento Ink and colored it in a rainbow of ShinHan Marker colors...

The clouds are left over cricut cuts from Artiste, and two little Red Enamel Gems set off the sentiment banner...

I found this perfect sentiment on the stamp set that accompanies the new Flower Market Cricut Collection!
I sure hope it made him smile.  :)

Get ready for Valentine Season Now!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Fundamental Friday Layout!

Happy Friday!  Today is also a FUNdamental Friday on which I share a new creation with these FUNdamentally versatile papers from Close to My Heart.

I just adore this cutie pie...and the layout isn't bad either!  ;)

I used several strips in various widths of the Adventure Fundamentals as well as the coordinating Good Life Complements...

Keeping it Simple!  :)  Enjoy the weekend!

Still available!

Only in January!

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year Organization...Check!

Sooooooo, is anyone getting more organized this year? 

I have a FABULOUS little tip for you if you have the new Close to My Heart Thin Cuts pilling up without a clue how to store them. 

It all starts with the Everyday Life Albums and is mine!

Do you believe those magnetic carrier sheets that come with the thin cuts fit snugly but nicely into the 4x6 pockets???

Just slice them in half to fit in the 3x4 pages!

This beautiful Everyday Life Album with gold foil accents is actually on clearance right now too!!!

This Black and White Striped version is the one I showed you above...

The Sea Glass version is even on the website still!!!  (my fave...and the one I use with the Planner Pages!)
 There are two sizes of protectors I used... 4x6...

 and 3x4....
I am LOVING this system to store my stand alone Thin Cuts!!!  I store the Thin Cuts that coordinate with any stamp sets WITH the stamps in the envelope.  Hope this helps you in your storage resolutions this year!

Only in January!
Just for National Papercrafting Month!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Sparkling New Year!

I am SO glad you stopped in today because DO WE ever have a treat for you!

The ladies over at Blog Hops with Heart are ringing in 2017 with a little bit whole lot of Sparkle!

Let me say, that pictures can not do this little piece of work justice!  I tried in several different settings and lighting, and could not get a shot that I loved.  I hope you can imagine how much it really shines!

I am not a resolution girl at I have taken a more "thematic" approach to my New Year.  I have been told I have a sparkly personality, and I have amazing strands of glitter sprouting in my hair, let me tell you.  I think this theme is really going to suit me...

I was able to use a variety of new toys on this project.  The yummy sprinkle paper is found in the new Paper Suite from Close to My Heart called Sugar Rush.  (They completely had me at "sugar.") ;)  

I embossed the image with Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder after stamping in Versamark Ink.  This Keep Calm sentiment is one of my faves from Papertrey Ink.  It came in the amazing Make It Market Kit called Shakers and Sprinkles.  I look forward to using this kit together more with my new sprinkle paper!

The highlight of the project is definitely the Sparkle shaker.  This die cut comes in the brand NEW My Girl Complements from Close to My Heart.  I used a combination of elements from the Papertrey Ink Kit, random sequins from my stash, and some stitched rectangle dies from My Creative Time to fashion the shaker element.

I spy Sea Glass Glitter Paper!  :)
My theme inspiration hangs perfectly meshed on my picture wall in the foyer.  Hopefully this little reminder leads me to calmly sparkle my way through 2017!   

Thanks for sticking with me through all those pics!  Now follow the trail of glitter to Becca's Blog for some more sparkle and shine!  Happy New Year!

Here's the whole line up for our hop...ENJOY!


New Year, New Mojo!

Isn't it amazing how motivation is really the key to getting a project done?

THIS STORY was my motivation for my sprinkled birthday card, and the perfect Mojo Monday sketch by Julee provided the rest!

I used the Sugar Rush Paper Suite and coordinating stamp/die set from Close to My Heart.

Sea Glass Glitter Paper and Sugar Rush Dots, of course!  :)

The Baby Girl Complements provided these great embellishments!

 I was sooooooo happy to ring in the new year with a new Mojo like this, and hope she loves it! 

If you are a crafty peep with birthday cards laying around, why not send one off to her today (read the story in my link at the beginning if you have no idea what I am talking about...?)  I bet you have a stash ready to go!  :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome Home, 2017!

Welcome to 2017...and welcome National Papercrafting Month!!!

I briefly introduced you to this GEM of a kit that you can actually get for FREE this month!  It is called the Welcome Home Wreath Kit from Close to My Heart.  Here's mine all finished...

I absolutely love it sooooooooo much more than I ever thought I would!  It was super easy to punch out the floral parts and assemble it with my trusty Liquid Glass.  No hot glue gun required, so no worries!!!  Here are a few close ups...

I added a new Gold Glitter Gem to the center of each rose and on each side of the "Welcome" banner.

Sea. Glass. Glitter. Paper. Boom.

Now for some tips and tricks to use if you want to assemble one of these beauties yourself!

1.  It took me a good 4 hours to really personalize mine the way I wanted.  I inked the edges of most of the papers.  Do it!  If you do--ink everything FIRST!  I used Topiary Ink on the truest green leaves and petals,New England Ivy on the rose leaves, and Fern Ink on the rest of the greenery.  The blue flowers petals I edged with a light hand in Peacock Ink--yep I know, pretty dark!  I love the contrast, but you could go lighter with Glacier for a more subtle effect. Your fingers will be very inky, so wash your hands really well before assembly too--do NOT touch those white roses after inking--curl them FIRST and hide them, lol, or make sure your fingers are good and clear of smudging ink on them.  Actually, just roll them first!

Look at the difference in the petals of the succulents both inked and non...

2. Add glitter if you like!  I ended up adding layers of my gorgeous Sea Glass glitter paper to the blue flowers...and it was super easy!  I just used the empty punch outs as a stencil to trace on the back side of the glitter paper...then cut them out!  These cuts are also available on the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge, but I only wanted to cut a few, so this was way faster and conserves the glitter paper.

The glitter paper is pretty thick, so I peeled off that back layer to let the petals curl more easily later...

3. Add the twigs and leaves as you go...not at the beginning!  Better yet, lay it all out like I did before you start gluing anything to the first, making sure you know which ones are layered over others, then see where you want to add the other greenery and twigs.  Place your banner so you know where you would like it to be as well--before you attach anything!  After I knew I liked the arrangement, I took a picture for reference.  I glued the large white rose on first and kind of made my way out from there.

If you can't wait to get your hands on one of these kits there are 4 great ways to do that!  Three of those ways get it to you FREE!!!!  You can purchase the kit on my website for just $18.95.  You can get it for FREE along with a $60 order, OR earn it free as a Hostess when your party reaches level 2 in sales, OR you can get one FREE when you join my team this month!!!  Now the only question left is, how are you going to snag one?  :)

Here is a GREAT little video to show you the kit assembly!

Only in January! 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017, Here We Come!

WHAT a joy to ring out one year and ring in the next!  There is something crisp and refreshing about new things--new stamps, new inks, new YEARS!  All of these things bring new opportunities to create, and I definitely love to do that, so lets get to it!

Now there are a couple of things new years doesn't mean, and one of them is that everything is not perfect and easy though.  My kiddo is on her way back to college while SICK, my poor girl, and I am praying like crazy that the rest of us don't catch it before we go back to school in a few days...BUT I am determined to keep my positive attitude through whatever comes.  I honestly don't care for resolutions because the rate of failure is high for me, um yeah, let me tell you...SO I instead embrace a THEME to live by for 2017.  You won't be too surprised, lol, but it suits me to a T at this point in time.  Here is a little sneak peek for you--the big reveal is coming on Thursday when the ladies and I present the next Blog Hops with Heart creations for you.  Until then, let this be a hint of what's to come!

So NOW, lets get to the NEW crafty things!  January IS after all National Papercrafting Month!

Close to My Heart has released a new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book with 4 new paper suites and TONS of other fun new products!  Check it out on my website starting today!
I am positively positive that you will find plenty to add to your wish list...but if you spend just $60 of it in January, you will get this amazingly beautiful Welcome Home Wreath Kit absolutely FREE!!!!

The kit is SO easy to use...and I can't wait to show you what I did with mine!  Here is one way to put it together...

Isn't it lovely?

One more NEW thing this NEW year...and that's the Stamp of the Month!  This one will get you all ready to make Valentine themed layouts and cards...

Hope your 2017 is off to an amazing start, and I'm saying a prayer for you all tonight!