Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tricks and Treats Blog Hop!

Here is a crafty way to kick off your Halloween celebrations this weekend!  The girls over at Blog Hops with Heart put together some sweet treats for you to browse, so grab your loot bag and start hopping!

This project was a bit over two years in the making...I just never had a chance to see it through until now.  I'm rather glad though since I now have some sparkly white glitter paper and the new Adventure Fundamentals to use...

I used a great 3D box shape from the now retired Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  I used my Cricut Explore machine to create triangular panels for each side, then resized them all to create some different heights.  I loved being able to bling these up a bit with sequins and black shimmer ribbon.

I just LOVE playing with paper and bling!!!!  

Thanks so much for popping in today to check out our projects!  Now hop on over to Becca's blog to see what treats she has up her sleeve!

Here's the whole line up for our hop (can you tell I'm watching baseball??? GO CUBS!):

Amie (Me!)



Planner bundles or pages!!!

New Thin Cuts!!!

Only in October!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Close to My Heart Planners are BACK!!!

YES!!!  My Cubs are up 10-2 in the 7th inning as I type this AND the Close to My Heart Planner pages are BACK....does it get any better than that??? 

It DOES!!!!  The new 2017 pages have COLORING illustrations for you to get your creativity on!!! 

Believe me when I say you need to grab these sooooooon if you want them!  Available for a limited time only, and last year the pages sold out faster than expected!

ALSO!!!  New Thin Cuts available!!!  Check out these fantastic new thin cuts available while supplies last!

FINALLY!!!!  Close to My Heart has completely redesigned their INK PADS!!!!!  This is a very welcome change--and you will not believe how easy the magnetized cases are to open!

Only in October!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hello World Artbooking Layout

This is the perfect example of how long it takes me to get some projects glued down...I cut it out at least two years ago, but finally finished it up at a recent all day scrapbooking event.  In case you feel a little behind in your own scrapbooks, this kiddo just turned 13...yeah, lol.  My layout has cuts from the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge from Close to My Heart and features some new complement stickers as well as some old pattern fundamentals paper.

My favorite part of the layout is the sunburst background cut.  I thought it would be the perfect way to display her birth announcement and pic. 

It's never too late to get those baby pictures into an album!  ;)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Jeepers Creepers it's October!!!

Jeepers, it's already October!  I have to say that I love my new personal scrapbooking rules, especially the one that allows me to scrapbook any pics in ANY order!  I highly suggest such a method.  It gets stuff done.

Last weekend I was able to continue working on the baby book of MY baby (who happens to turn 13 this weekend, whaaaaaaaaat?)  I couldn't WAIT to give this layout I saw on the CTMH Facebook Page a try... 

I did, of course, give it my own twist with a different orientation...and even threw in one of the Picture My Life cards included in the Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet!

This page was super easy to put together with all the coordinating pieces in the Jeepers Creepers Paper Workshop Your Way and the coordinating colors in the Adventure CS pack.  I LOVE how CTMH coordinates all the paper suites to make my scrapping SUPER easy!  :)

Only in October!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Swan Lake Drapery Fold Card

Admit it...we all like to have an easy button for something, am I right?  I know I sure do!  Especially when it comes to getting my craft on these days--easy is MUCH more likely to happen, lol.

One of the MANY perks I adore about being a Close to My Heart Consultant (besides the obvious discount on all my goodies, of course) is all the AMAZING support we receive from corporate!  Take, for instance, this time saving idea for a workshop class that was provided to consultants...making a popular drapery fold card! All the instructions and measurements are provided, so I just added a bit of my creativity!

Ink colors used: Goldrush, Cocoa

I used my favorite double-sided pattern in the Swan Lake Paper Packet and the Blessed Beyond Measure My Acrylix stamp set that is the September Stamp of the Month.  It is only available on my website for ONE more day, so scoop it up if you like it!  Those gorgeous leaves are cut from the Artbooking Cartridge on my Cricut Explore.  The sizes are listed right on the carrier sheet of the stamp set to make it EASY, just like I love!

Here is another easy-button idea for you when making your own drapery fold cards...

This little tip makes assembly THAT much easier!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One Pumpkin, Two Ways!

I haven't had too much time to get crafty lately, but I did manage to sneak in some playtime with the Close to My Heart Blessed Beyond Measure September Stamp of the Month.

Here are two ways to make a rich golden pumpkin for your autumn crafts!

The first way is to cut the shapes out using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge from Close to My Heart that coordinates with the stamp set.  I cut the two shapes in Goldrush and White Daisy.  Then I used Fern and Goldrush inks to add a bit of color with my daubers.

The second way is to stamp the pumpking image using some "rock and roll!"  This time I stamped the entire pumpkin in NEW Tangerine ink...then rolled the outside edges in Goldrush.  Finally, I went back to use the dauber to add a bit more layers of ink.  I adore how easy this is to do!

Just a few more days to grab this beautiful autumn-themed My Acrylix Stamp of the Month in September!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Swan Lake with Attitude

It's finally finished!!!  I started this layout last month after playing around with the Purr-fect Halloween Stamp of the Month for August...and then hit a wall with no time to finish.  My sister finally showed me how to use my ShinHan markers to make a beautiful Birman version of the cat image, which was quite the improvement on my first attempts.  After that, I just needed TIME! 

Our sweet girl, Willow!
I ended up using the Swan Lake Papers and Complements for this layout in a way I never quite expected. Do you see the 4 Picture My Life cards I used?  One of them is matting a pic at the top middle of the page, two are sticking out right behind that one, and the fourth is used as a journaling box!
I didn't need the swans anyway!
I simple adore the Thin Cuts Hearts in any color!  Here I used the Rustic Home Fundamentals Kraft paper, and even added a bit of glitter with the new CTMH Shimmer Brush!  I cannot say enough about this amazing new product!  You can use it as-is to add a bit of sparkle...OR...add some ink to create lots of colored shimmer!

The Swan Lake Compliments include a touch of gold glimmer...and I dug out an oldie but goodie--White Marquee Enamel Shapes!

The Complements also have several title stickers that are FANTASTIC for layouts!  I snipped the "G" in one of them to turn "Gratitude" into "Cat-itude!" It was a great little stumble onto the perfect addition to my layout!  :)

Don't worry!  I am still full of gratitude! Thanks for stopping in today!  ;)

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