Monday, January 26, 2015

Using Negative Cricut Cuts on Your Scrapbook Pages

Goooooooood MORNING!  I am extremely upbeat and chipper today!  Don't hold it against me because I am typing this on Sunday, not Monday, lol!  ;)

Anyway, I showed my Facebook fans a sneaky peek of this fantastically easy layout that I made by using the part of my Cricut cut that I would normally discard--the negative.  Follow me on Facebook HERE to see more sneak peeks like this one.

I cut out a bunch of circles with my Cricut and was left with this...
I am a keeper, let me tell you...so as I was tossing it out, that little voice popped out and whispered, KEEP IT!  Use it!  I have learned to listen to that little voice, my friends!  ;)

I carefully evened up all the edges, and used it to make a cute little beach layout with the Seaside Paper Packet and the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Collection...


Here comes that gold polka-dot vellum from the retired Free to Be Me Kit...I am down to just a little bit left, gasp!



This is what the White Daisy CS looked like on the back as I was using my ATG to adhere the little squares of paper and the pics...






It was really easy, and I think it makes a BIG statement! 

Year Noted is available in January ONLY!

Available to help support Operation Smile through March!

Stamp of the Month for January ONLY! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Cupid for Valentine's Day

I'm really rolling in the love theme after that Valentine's Day blog hop this weekend.  Here is another heart-tastic card creation to spark your creativity...


This one uses another one of Close to My Heart's fab Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets.  It is called Happy Hexagons and has a variety of sentiments, along with these fantastically formable hearts...


The hexagons in this set coordinate with the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.


The rest of these images are found on the lovely Forever in My Heart and January Stamp of the Month My Acrylix stamp sets.  I used the CTMH Exclusive Inks Hollyhock and Black.





Monday, January 19, 2015

Be Amazing (Yes, YOU!)

Is there a day of the week that starts with a P or a J???  I need a catchy little way to introduce these little cards for PML or PL or call them Journaling Cards if you like, but I need a coordinating day...how about an eighth day of the week called Paperday?  Oh how I wish!!!  :)

Here is the latest of the cards I made with the Year Noted Kit for National Papercrafting Month...


I thought the Gold Polka-Dot Washi was a lovely coordinating product, how about you?


I stamped the "BE AMAZING" image from the current Stamp of the Month in Sorbet Ink (twice without re-inking.)  The arrow from the Year Noted Kit is stamped in Black.  That pretty little glittery gold butterfly is in the CTMH Junebug Puffies.


I don't know about you, but I am REALLY loving the gold accents, and I am usually a silver girl!  It reminds me a lot of Teresa Collins new lines this year.  :)




Saturday, January 17, 2015

Damask Divas Valentine's Day Blog Hop!


 You are correct!  It is NOT Valentine's Day....YET!  So that means you have plenty of time to soak in some inspiration from our Blog Hop, order up some fantastic products, and get your own projects made in time for February 14th!  :)

This hop is brought to you by the Damask Divas Team led by the amazing Mandy Leahy!  It goes in a big circle, so all you have to do is read each Divas' post, find the name of the next crafty blogger and click on the link to take you there!  If you happen to get lost along the way, just head on over to the Damask Divas Blog for the entire line-up.  No easy button required!  Ready or not, here we go!

My project involved finding a way to send my friends a little gifty that I had made for them at Sticky9.  I wanted to hide the photo magnet in a little pocket card...and wow, did it EVER work out!


I used the fabulous NEW Heartstrings Paper Packet from Close to My Heart, along with Red Shimmer Trim, Red Enamel Hearts, Forever in My Heart My Acrylix, Pixie Extra Thick Twine, Whisper and Cranberry Exclusive Inks, Indian Corn Blue CS, 3-D Foam Tape, Base and Bling Free Thinker Charms, Stitch Guide, Piercing and Embossing Tool, and Scallop Border Punch.  (Pause for a breath, lol.)

Here is how the Cardstock pulls out of the pocket with the magnet inside...



I used our Foam Tape to pop the pocket up just the right amount to fit.  This view shows how you can just tape the messy ends of the twine to the back of the CS after using the Stitch Guide and a needle to thread it through.


Here is another way to make one!


I added some rose images from the Heartstrings Workshop on the GO Cardmaking Kit My Acrylix, along with some Base and Bling to match!  The leafy part of the stamped image is also colored over with the Leaf Green ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol Marker


I just used my piercing tool to poke a hole in the CS.  Then I used my tiny little pliers for opening and closing the jump ring on the rose.  It was super-easy.  :)


Well, I sure hope you enjoyed my project today!  The amazing Jennifer Dykstra is up next on the hop, so click on over to see what she has to share!  :)

Don't forget to pick up these limited time offers this month as well!

Year Noted for National Papercrafting Month

Stamp of the Month


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday Retiring My Acrylix Stamps

I guess it is sometimes true that all good things come to an end, and for the following list of Close to My Heart My Acrylix stamps, the end is near!

A1124 A Tree*
A1139 Congrats Graduate*
A1141 Be Still*
A1154 Friendly Thoughts
A1156 Flower Confetti
B1418 Love Doily
B1423 Hoppy Easter
B1439 Dreamer*
B1440 Fancy Fair
B1441 Buggy Love
B1444 Greatest Love
B1445 Happy Hive
B1450 Owls
C1571 You're the Best*
C1573 Do Your Best
C1574 Believe in Yourself
C1577 Mother's Day*
C1579 Coming Up Roses
C1583 Robot Family
D1547 Paper Doll*
D1579 Windy Day
M1035 Newlyweds*
M1036 Perfect Polka-Dot Day
M1037 Balloons
M1038 Shooting Star
M1039 Good Job Stencil
M1040 Parasol
M1041 Hi
M1042 Colored Egg


There is a handy-dandy new category on my website HERE that lists them all with pictures. 

My FAVORITE retiring stamp is Be Still.  I have used it in so many cards for my friends.  Here are a few that I have made over the past couple of years and also some projects made with some of the other retiring stamps ( I put an asterisk next to the names of the sets with pics below)...














If you have your eye on any of these stamps, be sure to pick them up before January is over, along with the following specials!!!  

Year Noted

January Stamp of the Month

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Brushstrokes in Ombre with This Moment


Here is a nifty NEW My Acrylix for you to drool over...like I did, lol...called Brushstrokes.


As you can see, I also used the January Stamp of the Month, This Moment for the HELLO sentiment...and the wonderful fundraising stamp for Operation Smile, You're the Bomb for the "wonderful"...


I stamped in an Ombre pattern with my Lagoon, Juniper, and Glacier Inks from Close to My Heart.  THEN I added some bling-a-bling-bling in the form of Silver Sequins. You can get each and every one of these products on my website through the links in my post...easy peasy!  :)



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Week One 2015 Wrap Up Goals Vs. Reality #jrlcreativechallenge

Hi everyone!  I wanted to be making this post over a week ago, but as far as best laid plans go, mine aren't really cooperating.  I had some MAJOR goals for 2015 in the scrapbooking department.  They kind of got derailed by a non-functional (but BRAND NEW by the way) Canon Selphy printer.  I cannot at the moment give it a glowing recommendation, but I do hope to have another one in my hands soooooooooon so I can catch up yet again.

I DID decide to show you the layout I finally got put together without the actual pics I had planned, however.  Do you hear me, Canon, I will NOT be deterred!  As far as my scrapbooking resolution goes, gettin' 'er done is the name of the game and I intend to!  Just in time for the #jrlcreativechallenge HERE is my layout.  ;)  I added the Shine ON card in the upper left until I can get the right pics...


I have just three pics printed for 2015...because they each ended up with a white stripe down the middle...ugh.  I didn't want to waste any more paper or ink, so I stopped at three.  I can show you the PML cards I used for the layout though!  The first one uses a great little stamp for you bling lovers like me!  It is found in the Glitter Glam My Acrylix, and I stamped it onto the PML card from the Chalk It Up Picture My Life A la Carte Cards...

See more of this stamp set HERE on the Close to My Heart Blog! 

You are NOT dreaming!  You can now purchase JUST the 122 PML cards for $14.95 without the page protectors!  That way you are free to choose the style of page pockets you want to use (IF any at all!) You can also still purchase them as a kit for $24.95 as well to make it super simple and quick, or to just try all of the styles out.

Used my glitter pen to add the sparkle!

This awesome shiny gold foil star is in the National Papercrafting Kit, Year Noted.

SO, my saga continues as far as my weekly goals go this year, but I am determined to make this work!  Stay tuned, and NEVER let ANYONE (or thing) dull your sparkle!  :)

This little bit of sparkle mojo happened across my screen recently and helped me in my current mess, so I wanted to share it in case it helps you out whatever your "mess" might be!