Friday, May 26, 2017

Going Green Blog Hop!

I just LOVE the month of May!  With everything in my neck of the woods coming back to life and turning green again, I couldn't resist a blog hop dedicated to just that...

And I decided to choose my new favorite shade of green to star in my show--Sea Glass, the first ever Close to My Heart Color of the Year.

I just so happened to have the perfect gift bag to use (oh yes, I reuse them!)  So I knew right away how to wrap this gift for one of my favorite little people.

I created an easy-peasy gift tag out of the rainbow and cloud dies from the Little Dreamer Scrapbooking and the Cardmaking stamp and dies sets...along with some White and Gold Ribbon.

The matching card features a little different color scheme, adding more Emerald Green accents and some great Sea Glass Glitter Paper. 

I used a scalloped frame die from Mama Elephant, a pocket card from the Little Dreamer Paper Packet, and some Sea Glass CS as well.  Some Princess Gold Embossing powder from Ranger added just the right amount of glam.

I hope you enjoy all the greenery on our are now off to see Lalia's creation!

Here is the entire line up for our hop this month...

Amie (that's me!)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Live Beautifully Layout 5!

Oh. My. Word.

This is my 1000th blog post!!!  Are you kidding me?!?  It seems like yesterday that I got hooked on Cricut and started down a path of adhesives and papers and bling!  Wow, I cannot believe it...thanks so much for sticking around with me!  :)

What a most wonderful layout to share for this special post.  I love how things just come together like this moment.  I could not have planned it better.  This layout is what my scrapbooking is all about.  Beautiful memories.  Keeping them alive with the art of scrapping...

This was our very last beach trip with Grandma.  I will treasure this selfie always, and these pages capture the feeling so well!

The warmth from the gold foil is just the perfect touch again...

Just 7 more days to get your hands on these easy peasy Live Beautifully pages for your own scrapbooks!  They go together in no time at all.  You can even pick up a paper packet to match them for the rest of your pics, too--I have lots more pages to go with those!  ;)

Thanks so much for reading my blog! 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Live Beautifully Layout 4!

Ready for the next one?  I am!

This one JUST might be my favorite layout from Live Beautifully...

You can see I didn't quite add my journaling on this page.  Well, it was the last page I put together because I had a hard time deciding on pics...and then by the end I was a blubbery mess!  It was safer to walk away before my hard work drowned in tears, lol.

Who am I kidding, this was NOT hard work, lol!!!  These layouts are all designed and ready for you to literally throw together!  The gold foil details on these elements are just fantastic!  They were the perfect accent to my pics!  (I promise I am not screaming...I'm just so darn excited about getting these pics into an album!)  ;)

Just 8 more days to pick up your kit! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Live Beautifully Layout 3

Ok, back to some more layouts! 

Here is one of my favorite layouts from the Close to My Heart Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit for National Scrapbook Month!

I added some pics from my girl's first year at college...

It was easy to add a couple of words to the title like this...

I just swoon a little every time I catch a glimpse of that wood grain paper, lol!  Who would have thought wood grain butterflies would be sooooo beautiful!?  Just about 9 days left to pick up your kit that even includes page protectors, AND averages out to just about $5 a page!  This is literally easy button heaven!  :)

May Stamp of the Month!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Teacher's Appreciation Week

We celebrated our teachers at school a couple of weeks ago, so I wanted to share this little card I whipped up with one of the new Close to My Heart stamp and die sets...the Jack Cardmaking set.

I have to admit, this bear has completely stolen my heart! He is such a versatile guy to have around the craft room...and can hold a variety of items in his arms, including this apple from the School Kids Stamp and Die set.  He looks fab in front of these trees found in the Jack Paper Packet.

These No Worries Sequins add a nice woodsy touch!

I colored my bear and apple pretty easily using the Carmine, Vivid Green, Barely Beige, and Mahogany ShinHan Markers

Don't forget to remember your kiddos' teachers as this school year comes to an end!  Just a few words of thanks is a tremendous way to let them know how much you appreciate them!

Only in May!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Live Beautifully Layout 2

Here is proof that I cannot wait to show you these layouts...I am posting two days in a row!!!!  Try not to pass out on me here...I know it's shocking.  ;)

These gold foil accents...

SO effortlessly awesome!!!  Get the Live Beautifully Layout kit this month only for less than $5 a completed page!  More of my pages to come!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Live Beautifully Layout 1

Here come the layouts!!!  This is the first one in the set of 5 two-page layouts included in the Live Beautifully Kit available this month from Close to My Heart...

The layout papers are all pre-cut, and there is virtually nothing to do except punch out a couple of page embellishments--and choose your photos--before you start to put this page together...

I really love the pops of gold foil throughout these layouts!

Four more left to show you, so be sure to come back soon!

Only for National Scrapbooking Month in May!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mojo Monday 495 with Courage

Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere! 

I wanted to share my creation for the Mojo Monday contest this month because I used a very special stamp and die set--and I'm hoping to get the word out there to my fellow crafters to come join in on a wonderful fundraiser.  You can purchase the Ellen Hutson Courage Stamp and Die set to make a $25 donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 

I happen to work with two amazing women who conquered breast cancer, so I wanted to join in the fight and make these cards for them.

I flipped the versatile sketch from Mojo Monday 495 on its side to better suit my sentiment...

I used my R20 Blush Copic marker to color in the ribbon for the inside of the card...

Thanks so much for stopping in to see my card today--now take a moment and check out this ongoing fundraiser if you like...United We Conquer.

Here are the rest of my supplies...

Close to My Heart Uptown Fundamentals Paper
Close to My Heart No Worries Paper Packet
Close to my Heart Exclusive Die Inks in Raspberry, Pixie, Ruby, Eggplant, Pansy, Thistle, Glacier, Lagoon, Sweet Leaf, Willow, Tangerine, Lemon, Desert Sand, and Archival Black
Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder
Sizzix Big Shot

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Happy National Scrapbooking Month!!!

Welcome to May!  I'm excited to show you some amazing layouts this month!  It IS National Scrapbooking Month, after all!  ;)

I might need to stock up on my tape runner though...I emptied three on Saturday, lol.

Here are a couple of sneak peeks of the beautiful Live Beautifully Cut Above Layouts from Close to My Heart.  If you like gold foil accents, then you will LOVE these!

As soon as I get some pics taken in the daylight, I will post the full layouts!  Have a great week!

Friday, April 28, 2017

A Little More Wonderful

I was just going through my blog pics and realized I have quite a few projects that I haven't posted yet--and that supplies I used for them are running out quickly--so I better get posting!

These two layouts were super-easy and quick using some already coordinated papers and complements from Close to My Heart.  Pre-coordinated means easy-button scrapbooking at its BEST!

This first page uses the Complements from the Workshops Your Way Some Kind of Wonderful Scrapbooking Kit.  

The next uses the Complements in the Workshops Your Way Dreamin' Big Scrapbooking Kit.  The title stickers included in this one are SPOT on for my family pics.

And did I mention they have GLITTER embellishments, too???
Mmmmmm...a zip strip with tiny hearts!  LOVE!

I pulled the two pages together easily using some neutral papers from the Rustic Home Fundamentals Paper Pack.

The two kits I used are disappearing quickly (and my favorite kit, Sugar Rush, is already sold out) so get a move on over to my website if you have it on your wish list! 

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!)