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!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Joyful Birthday Workshop

Happy Hump Day!  It was simply GORGEOUS here yesterday after not seeing the sun in I don't know how long!  What a treat!

Today I have a special private workshop that I am hosting for a friend.  Here is one of the cards we will be making...

We will be using the Blossom Paper Packet(retiring!), the Joyful Birthday My Acrylix Stamp Set (retiring!), White Shimmer Trim, Kraft CS, and Coral Reef Sequins.  I also used the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection to cut the flower and leaves.  The shapes all cut out on the same paper, and I just had to reverse the pattern to the green leaves.  Easy peasy!  :)

Stamp of the Month for JUNE!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Pass the Ice Cream!

Alright, so it wasn't quite Father's Day yesterday.  BUT, in my defense, I wasn't the only one who planned for it like it was!  ;)  I did feel a bit silly, though.  Can someone pass the ice cream, becaues there isn't anything ice cream can't fix! 

Shimmer Trim with a cherry on top!  :)

I used the following Close to My Heart supplies to make this simply fun birthday card:

Stamps:  2015 June Stamp of the Month, Ice Cream Dream and Seaside Greetings
Inks:  Lagoon Exclusive Ink, Lagoon, Smoothie, Gypsy, and Pear Ink Refills
Papers:  Blossom Paper Packet (zip strip), Lagoon CS, White Daisy CS (both included in the Blossom paper packet)
Other:  Dots Embossing Folder, Coral Reef Sequins Asst., White Shimmer Trim, Thin Foam Tape, black fine line marker

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Before Father's Day

Father's Day is right around the corner, are YOU ready?  We are almost done with preparations, and I was able to pop (see what I did there?) two cards into the mail to beat the mailman.  ;)

I REALLY do like this new Father's Day My Acrylix from Close to My Heart this year...The Best Dad Ever.  I think the Jackson Paper Packet showcases it nicely...

 This sentiment is easy to stamp in different colors and paper-piece parts of it for a great effect...

I was able to sneak in some of the retired Typeset Paper Packet that I used for my Mother's Day cards! 
 For my second version of the card, I wanted to make a bit of a western feel.  I replaced the hat with a cowboy hat cut from the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge...

I totally love the look of this one!  

My dad is (was, lol) a red-head, so I HAD to make the mustache with Barn Red Ink...the tie is in Juniper.
Have a great weekend, everyone!  :)

June Stamp of the Month

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Oh, Wait, It's WEDNESDAY!!!

Wow, isn't it crazy how fast the week flies by when you pack a few appointments and summer camps into it?  ;)

GUESS WHAT!?  I am a Princess over at Freshly Made Sketches again!  I was so excited to read the blog yesterday to find can see my coffee and donut tag HERE!  :)

Now, on to some business...can you believe they already released the list of retiring items from Close to My Heart???  I KNOW!!!  FIRST, let me assure you that ALL of the stamps that are retiring will be available until August 31st.  We make the My Acrylix Stamps in house, so they won't run out.  :)

I am in shock that one of my favorite new items is already leaving--when the sequins are gone, they are GONE!  :(

These great new epoxy stickers won't be around forever either!

ALL the current Picture My Life cards are hitting the highway as well!  OH my!

The current My Crush line will be history soon to make room for all-new designs!  Want to get the matching My Acrylix for FREE???  Check out this amazing offer HERE!

Can someone please wake me up from this nightmare...not the green glitter paper!!!

If you want to check out the entire list of retiring products, just click HERE to see them all on my website.  Close to My Heart has created an entire category JUST for the retiring items to make it easy for you to grab your must-haves before they run away August 31st (or while supplies last!)

Don't forget to grab your June Stamp of the Month while you are at it!  Only available in the month of June for $17.95 or just $5 with a $50 purchase!  :)