Monday, July 6, 2015

Makeover Monday!

I hope my peeps from the USA had a fabulous 4th over the weekend!

I have been a bit occupied the past few days with a family trip, a luxury which I quickly learned to cherish after my oldest left for her first year of college.  These days are going by fast while she is home, and I want to enjoy each little chance our family has to hang out together.  Here is a peek at us all rocking out to old Disney movie soundtracks in the van on the way home from TN...

It was GREAT!!!

Alright, back to a layout that I showed you a sneak bit of in May...because I finished it!  :)

That little heart splatter stamp is found on the Documenting Memories My Acrylix.

I used a layout in the last Close to My Heart Idea Book as the inspiration for my makeover...

You might have noticed this picture on the CTMH website in the Specialty Papers category, too!

I will hit some of the product highlights for you...

I used the Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment for the bold background of the layout.  Enamel Dots, Sequins, and some stitching using the Stitch Guide and Piercing Tool round out this cluster.

I cut the letters from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge on my Explore from Lagoon, Topiary, White Daisy, Smoothie, and Honey CS.

The next two pics show all the different washi tapes I was able to coordinate into the layout...

I hope you use your copy of the Close to My Heart Idea Book to transform the amazing ideas into YOUR creations too!  :)

Some of these products I used are retiring in August and running out of stock quickly if you are interested in a makeover of your own!  You can check them out using the links up above.

If you also happen to fill your cart with just $25 in stamps, remember to add a FREE Stamp of the Month OR a $5 Hostess Only My Acrylix stamp set this month!  :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jumping into July!!!

Can you even believe it???  July always seems to sneeeeeeeak up on us doesn't it?  I DO have some FANTASTIC news to go along with its sudden appearance, though!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!  I had a strong rally at the end of June to meet my sales goal, and have YOU to thank for it!!!  Because I could NOT have done it without you, not only am I giving away the size D stamp to the one who put me over the goal, I am ALSO going to send EACH one who also helped me out a special gift!  I absolutely appreciate it!  :) 

AND I have great news for July as well!

This month, you can get the Close to My Heart July 2015 Stamp of the Month for just....nothing!!!

It is totally true!  Just purchase $25 worth of My Acrylix stamps from my website, and you can add this adorable set for FREE!  You just pay shipping on the retail value of the free stamp which is less than $1!  :)  Now THAT'S a reason to celebrate!  Here is a closer look at this SUPER scrapping set...

BUT WAIT!!!  There's MORE!!!

When you purchase $25 in My Acrylix stamps, you could also choose any current HOSTESS ONLY REWARD set for just $5!!!  That's right!

SO, for every $25 you spend on stamps in July, you can choose to add one of these amazing deals!  You just pay the shipping on the free sets (which is less than $1 on the largest stamps.) but no tax.

AND, YES!!!  You can qualify for more than one!  :)

Monday, June 29, 2015

More Ice Cream on Monday!

Well, I sure didn't get any more scrapbooking finished this weekend, but that is alright.  I have been doing a HUGE decluttering project around the house, and purging REALLY feels good.  I made lots of progress and even found some of my dining room in the process!  ;)   Be sure to check out my clearance price My Acrylix stamps for sale in my Flee Market, and you can help me clear out some more!

Anyhow, there are just two days left in June, and I am just a bit over $100 shy of my sales goal this month.  I have a GREAT incentive for you to help me reach my goal!  My peeps who live nearby can place an order through me with FREE shipping by adding to the order I am placing on Tuesday.  EVERYBODY can win though, because the order that puts me over my goal will win a FREE My Acrylix stamp set that is worth $17.95!  :)

You just might want to pick up this month's Stamp of the Month because there are only two days left to get it in your crafty little hands.  I made the following card using it...

See the fine line details I added by hand with a black marker?

It was tons of fun to make those colorful Popsicles from Ice Cream Dream with the puddle pad method.  The Lagoon ink and CS goes really well with the Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon I used to attach the tagged sentiment.  The Hostess Only Tagged with Love My Acrylix which has several different sentiments that accompany the three tag shapes.  I, of course, used the same images as this example artwork from CTMH, lol!  Oooops!

Since that wasn't exactly enlightening, lol, here is a peek at the rest of the set...

Contact me to set up your own online gathering so you can earn this set for free!  :)

Get your FREE stamps while they last!  The Pink Combo shown here is already sold out!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Scrappin' on Saturday (I Hope)

Another Saturday has suddenly appeared, and I fully intend to get some scrapbooking finished.  You might have noticed JUST a bit that I haven't posted a single PML or PL layout in a few months.  Ugh, I can't believe I fell off the wagon so quickly!  I am hoping to get all caught up to's see...27???  Oh my...

I am glad I have some cards all set to go that I made with my June 2015 Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart.  I love them for highlighting pictures from a party or just hanging out eating ice cream!

I LOVE the "sweet taste of summer" stamp found on the Ice Cold Summer My Acrylix.

I love the chalkboard look for this fantastic font!  I also tried my hand at a couple of other stamping techniques for these easy pocket cards for the Picture My Life system of pocket scrapbooking also called Project Life.  I used my stamps to create some coordinating pocket cards and rounded the corners with my corner rounder.

This puddle pad technique involves dropping ink on a baby wipe to create a colorful image.  Sometimes you need to add a bit darker colors to your images this way, which you can see in my example below...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Card Workshop Wrap-Up on Wednesday!

Whew!  I wanted to give you guys a quick peek at what the lovely ladies at my private card workshop this past week cooked up.  I knew that most of them were beginner stampers, so I wanted to keep things pretty straightforward.  Here is one of the simple cards I taught them to make...

This card has simple stamping and very easy step by step directions to follow, nothing complicated. It features the fun Confetti Wishes Paper Packet and the Happy Everything My Acrylix Stamp set, both from Close to My Heart.  I also added some fun white enamel stars.

Well, would you believe those "beginners" came up with THESE???

Aren't they fantastic!?  It was certainly a pleasure to have them over to my Craft Cave to play!  :)

June ONLY!

FREE stamp with purchase!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Three Challenges in One!

Alright, it sure isn't often that you just hit that SWEET spot when crafting, but everything lined up JUST right to make this special birthday card and it all started with this simple-tastic sketch from Jen for Freshly Made Sketches...

It also started with a great little bit of theme and color inspiration with this picture from the MCT Challenge!

The card was going to be for my daughter's birthday next month, so I selected just the perfect paper from Close to My Heart called Seaside.

The paper strip at the top is from the Blossom Paper Packet also from CTMH.

I knew right away when I saw the sketch that I wanted to use my neglected Paper Smooches Happy Birthday die for the sentiment...

If you read my blog regularly, you might know my big kid went off to college this past year for the first time EVER. Her campus has a very unique system of transportation via yellow bikes that you just grab and go.  I could not WAIT to use the MCT Way to Go dies to make one for the card!  She is going to LOVE it!

I used Canary CS from CTMH and a black from my stash that has a little bit of a texture.

I always like to add a bit of sparkle to my cards, and the almond glitter glitz gel I used for the sand is actually on clearance on my website right now!  :)

I cannot believe I made it work for all three challenges this week!  Thanks to all the DTs for all the amazing inspiration each month, and thanks to YOU for peeking in on me today!  :)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Everything Old is NEW Again!

Hey, happy weekend!  This is actually Father's Day weekend now, lol.

Just wanted to give you a head's up that there are new While Supplies Last (AKA Clearance!) items up on my website.  Get em while you can, because there are limited quantities available!  Paper, embellishments, dimensional creations, washi, you name it, it's there!  :)

Here are some of my faves!
Chocolate Woodgrain Washi

Sarita Paper Packet

Sarita Complements

Ivy Lane Assortment
Cut Above Birthday Treat Kit

Go grab some great deals, don't forget to join my FREE STAMP gathering so I can send you a free My Acrylix stamp set, and have a fantastic weekend!