Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Chicago Cubs Fan Celebrates 100!

Oh my goodness, this is such an incredible post to make.  It was absolutely my pleasure to be asked to make this card for a fellow Cubbies fan...and not just any fan--a fan for her 100 years of living life!!!

I used my Cricut Explore to create a Cubs cut file pretty easily by using a chunky font.  Then I realized how fun it would be to incorporate the Cubs logo style "C" into the birthday sentiment!  It worked brilliantly!  The Sapphire striped paper from the Close to My Heart Enchantment Fundamentals was a great paper to use for this design, as well as the Red Shimmer Trim and Blue Enamel Dots.

I used a retired sentiment stamp that coordinated nicely stamped in the front and inside in Sapphire Ink.  100 candles should get her any wish her heart desires, don't you think...and I bet she wished for another Cubs World Series Win!!!!!  :)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blog Hops with Heart Photo Inspiration

Welcome back to another creative session with the ladies at Blog Hops with Heart!

For this hop, we decided to utilize a popular new crafters' tool for getting those creative juices flowing...the inspiration photo!  This photo from Funky Junk spoke to me in a rusty olde-time creak...

Isn't that a FABULOUS wreath!?  I'm putting that one on the back-burner for a later project, lol...but for now, check out my mason jar vase that it inspired me to decorate (along with a little help from all these spring blooms around here!)

I don't know about you,  but I sure love a quick and easy home decor project to brighten things up.
I used the Rustic Home Fundamentals Paper and Ribbons from Close to My Heart to give my jar that rustic feel I love from the inspiration photo.  That little chipboard element from the Springtime Complements says, "stop and smell the roses."  The perfect little addition to my vase!

I grabbed various sequins from CTMH and Studio Calico to add some bling to the rustic burlap ribbon and wood grain paper.

You are now off to Stephanie's Blog to see what she has up her creative sleeves!  :)

Here is a complete list of  hoppers on our rustic journey today...enjoy!!!

Amie (that's me!)


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easy Button Scrapbooking with Cut Above Layout Kits

Are you an "easy button" scrapbooker?  I mean, if you have to go dig something out, or match a paper or ribbon or sticker JUST right are you down for the count before you even get started with your layout?  It is SO easy to get bogged down in the amazing variety of supplies we manage to drag home from a great sale, isn't it?  Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with taking a few days weeks ok, fine, months on a single, satisfying layout that you painstakingly design with love.  BUT, sometimes a girl just needs her easy button, am I right?

That's where this amazing Close to My Heart Cut Above Layout Kit comes in!!!  I used the Little One kit this time to create an adorable--and quick--layout with some of my favorite pics.  Here is how the original design (which is fabulous, but I didn't need all the elements) looks...

and here's my version!

I was able to easily tweak the title to suit my pics...

Now all I need to add are a few Grey Enamel Gems, and my layout will be complete!  Have you seen my giveaway going on HERE???  You are going to want to click and see! 

You are also going to want to pick up these two amazing layout kits that are now HALF OFF over on my CTMH website until they run out!  Check those out HERE!

Monday, April 10, 2017

More 15 Minute Memories! (Don't forget the giveaway!)

I did it again!  Another quick layout accomplished!  Blogging it is a WHOLE other story, lol.

Again, I used the Close to My Heart Cut Above Forever and Always Kit...but not for wedding pics...

I scrapped some more of my daughter's senior pics...and I am SO happy to have these in an album finally!  I really didn't think the title Forever and Always went with the pic, but then I noticed some familiar letters...and simply snipped the other gold foil letters to make my own "K!"

The Gold Glitter Gems are a great addition to these pages, don't you think?

Now, I have so many of these poses in all sorts of various colors...so the pocket pages that come with the kit were an absolute GEM!!! 

I cannot believe the value in these kits at the current 50% savings!!!  Wait, what????  YEP!  The Cut Above layouts are HALF OFF until they run out of stock or until the month ends, whichever happens first! 

Be sure to check out my last blogpost with the first page of my layout....there's a giveaway going on!!!  ;)  Here's a link!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

15 Minute Memories! (Plus A Giveaway!!!)

Are you kidding me!?!  What in the world took me so long to try these layouts?

OK, yes, time.  Time is what kept me from using the new Close to My Heart Cut Above Layout Kits.  What I guess I didn't realize is that TIME is exactly what you GET from these ingenious little scrapbooker's dreams come true!!!

Here is what the Cut Above Layout Kit--Forever and Always looks like made as directed....

...plus the pocket pages that you can make too!  Everything is included in the kit including the protectors!!!
It really has some gorgeous elements that I adore, but I already scrapped our wedding photos.  What's a scrapper to do???  Well, the layout happened to go lovely with...

...my daughter's senior pics! 

I am definitely a rule-follower, EXCEPT when it comes to kits, lol!!!  I kind of forge my own way and get the most out of everything that I can.  So, instead of using the white doily punch outs on the page, I used them as stencils!!  I sponged Whisper Ink over it for a most beautiful effect.

Sooooo I was finished with the layout...until I added some not-included bits of bling...

These bits and baubles are from the  Gold Glitter Gems, Pink Enamel Gems, and Grey Enamel Gems.

On a total side note--how do YOU spell "grey/gray" when you type it???  This almost haunts me each time I need to spell it out because which is right???  Please help me out and leave a comment with your thoughts on this!  I LOVE grey/gray, and want to know what you think.  I am going to pick one commenter at the end of April and send them a package of Grey Enamel Dots!  :)

Are you ready for the BONUS news???  These ridiculously time-saving kits are HALF-OFF for the rest of the month of April or until they are sold out!!!!  There are two kits on sale to choose from, and they are each just $7.48 and create 6 COMPLETE pages for your scrapbooks.  The only things you need are some adhesive and your photos!  Scoop yours up today from my website using the links in my post, and I will send you the bling you need to add to yours like I did here!!! 

Half-off, are you KIDDING me!?!?!?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

CTMH April Stamp of the Month, Flock Together

April is WELL underway, so it is time for me to introduce you to this dandy fellow...

the Close to My Heart April Stamp of the Month, Flock Together!!!  I created an adorable little card for one of my customers using it with the Hello Lovely Paper Packet...

I stamped these lovely quail in Chocolate Ink and then colored them gently in with my ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol Ink Markers (that's totally a mouthful, eh?)

One of the many reasons I LOVE the CTMH papers (besides the fact that they are already color coordinated for me) is that they come with two sheets of PML cards that are perfect for pocket scrapping!  I used one of these cards to get a cute little pattern on my die cut heart...

I used the die cut heart on the card I made, but can still use the PML card in a pocket...and it has a cute little window now!  :)
Only in April!

Wait, WHAT!?!?!?!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lawn Fawnatics First Challenge!!!

How geeked do you think I was when I stumbled upon the Instagram post that proclaimed the VERY FIRST challenge on a brand new Lawn Fawn challenge blog????  Oh, yes.....totally geeked!!!  I was bumming when the Lawnscaping Challenge closed down, so this was JUST the spark to light my creative fire!  I may be a Close to My Heart consultant, but I love me some Lawn Fawn, and I think you will LOVE how these two play nicely together.

I grabbed my new LF box card dies to make a birthday card for my niece.  Thank goodness for an inspiring first challenge I could use right away!

I LOVE this sprinkle paper from the Close to My Heart Sugar Rush Paper Pack.  In fact, ALL of the patterns in this pack complement the Here's the Scoop stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn perfectly!  This sentiment found on Sweet Birthday just happened to be...yep, perfect!

A little bit of creativity quickly turned these candles into a 17...

Oh my word, this scoop!  SO cute!

This adorable little guy looks delicious...and that glittery heart is even more appealing! I used one of the dies in the box card set to add it...

The back side of this box card is the perfect place to add some cardstock for a place to sign or write a little message.  I was even able to add a little bit of character!  ;)

Happy birthday, Abbie!!!  :)

Anyone else up for a challenge???  Join in here!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blog Hops with Heart 1 Year Anniversary! (Well, Almost!)

There is nothing quite like realizing your new blog hop group is heading for its FIRST anniversary...

...and also nothing quite like realizing that date has already passed, lol!!!  

In the spirit of anniversaries both forgotten and remembered, welcome to the Blog Hops with Heart (ooops we missed our) First Anniversary Blog Hop!

I used the opportunity to be AHEAD of the game for my in-laws wedding anniversary next month.  The Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card dies are absolutely my new favorite toy, and I'm not afraid to use them!

I paired the box dies with the Close to My Heart Uptown Fundamentals paper that is gray and black with white polk-a-dots.  Then I added a variety of colorful circles cut from the little round yarn die in the new Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin' set.  You never know where you'll find the purrrr-fect size circle!  ;)

I used a separate LF grass die to add some grassy knolls for my clan to adorn.  Those glittery little hearts are a die included with the box card set, along with all the parts to this coordinating banner!!!  I fashioned my own banner to fit the poles and wire...

Then I slightly bent the pliable acrylic stamps from CTMH Finding the Words to fit...

Each of my family members is represented here by a kiddo from the Mama Elephant In My Heart stamps and dies.  Our feline friend, Willow, needed to be a part of things, so I grabbed the Meow You Doin' sets as well.  Then I used my Copics and ShinHan Touch Twin Markers to color them to suit each of our personalities and styles.  One of my kiddos has super-curly-Q hair, so I HAD to give it a try, lol...anyone have any ideas for that one?

These three black dots dressed it up nicely...
I really love the contrast and the bright colors!

Now you are off to see Kelly's anniversary craftiness!  Thanks so much for joining us, and we hope you come back for future hops too!  :)

Here is the complete line-up this month...

Amie (that's ME!)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Close to My Heart Planner Coloring Pages: February and March

It's the last Monday before spring break here, so that calls for another blog post to get us through!  Today I wanted to show you my Close to My Heart Planner pages that I colored for February and March.  Did you know you can still pick up this planner in three different bundles at a CLEARANCE price??? 

February is just BEAUTIFUL!  I love the colors on a Peacock...so stuck pretty much to God's natural palette.

These are the ShinHan alcohol ink marker colors that I used...

March was filled with birds of all kinds!  What a great way to get ready for spring!  I dug out some of our bird identification books and used the ShinHan markers again to create my favorites...

How many can you name?  :)

Wait, what?!?!?  Yep, ALL of them!

Get this tea-rrific stamp in March!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Happy CTMH Anniversary!

Today is my 5th anniversary with Close to My Heart!!! 

I need to give a HUGE shout out to all of my amazing customers who have ever placed an order with me or attended one of my workshops--you are the reason I have been able to continue doing what I love for so long, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I am especially grateful that being a consultant for Close to My Heart allows me the flexibility I need to run my business in a way that suits my family's needs too.  My life has changed SO much over the past 5 years, and each time it has I just tweaked my business to roll with the changing needs of my family.  Whether it was sending a kid off to college, changing my job to work full time outside the home, or even moving the entire fam to a new house...I have been able to work my business to make it fit. And for that I am ever so thankful!

This card I made with the Sugar Rush papers and Cardmaking My Acrylix Stamp and Thin Cuts sure sums up how I feel about it...

Cut it out!!!  This super-sweet set of donut stamps and dies is 25% off during March or until they run out of stock, so scoop it up soon!  :)

The Dreamin' Big sequins coordinate perfectly! 

I feel like they had this sale on Thin Cuts JUST for my celebration--they are one of my FAVORITE products to use for easy button papercrafting!  :)

ALL Thin Cuts are on sale NOW!!!

Everyone who places an order in March during my Anniversary Celebration will receive a special surprise delivery of happy mail from ME!  It will arrive separately from your order, so you get to look forward to TWO special deliveries!  Be sure to link your order to my Anniversary Giveaway!  :)

Have a wonderful weekend!!!
Only in March!