Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brushed Scrappy Gals Layout

One of the highlights of my week is teaching Scrappy Gals at my sons' elementary school. The third-fifth grade girls are so fun and creative. I enjoy that hour so much!

I keep the layouts pretty simple for two reasons. First of all, the girls NEVER copy my layout. Keeping the strips simple allows them to create their own layouts. Secondly, we scrapbook "backwards." The photos are adhered at a later date so I try to keep options for different sized or oriented photos.

Just in time for the first day of Spring (and a mid-Atlantic snow), here's my Brushed layout.



Saturday, February 28, 2015

March SOTM Blog Hop - Choose Happy

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring March's SOTM, Choose Happy, a set of 14 stamps.  If you have come here from Vicki Price's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html



This month we have 68 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Have you ever read Brene' Brown? I love her book The Gifts of Imperfection. She has such a beautiful way of sharing her thoughts on loving ourselves and accepting what we might consider our faults. The "choose happy" sentiment made me think of her. I always keep a few copies of that book as birthday or "pick me up" gifts for friends. I think I'll include this card with the next one I hand out!


                           

Supplies used:
Now "Hop" on over to Gina Brandstetter's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the February SOTM is only available until the 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Happy Hello - February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring February's SOTM, A Happy Hello, a set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here from Michelle Johns' Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html




This month we have 68 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!



I needed a simple card to send my grandmother, one just to wish her well and let her know I was thinking of her. The phrase "A happy hello!" was perfect! Supplies used:

Now "Hop" on over to Lori Brown's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the February SOTM is only available until the 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Quick Gift Bag

This morning, I needed a quick gift bag for a little bracelet I was giving my fabulous CTMH Director and friend for her birthday. The Designer Creations Buttoned Bag was the perfect answer. I just added a stamped image, a few embellishments, washi tape and shimmer trim and had a cute package for my gift!




Friday, January 16, 2015

Snowhaven Birthday Card


I am super excited for next weekend's FancyCrop hosted by my good friend, Fancy Melissa. Four days of cropping with an amazing group of women? I'm there!


Melissa's team of consultants are participating in a birthday card swap. I'm tickled with how mine turned out using paper from the Snowhaven Paper Pack. I was inspired by this card from Janeybell Designs (see the Sweet Sunday sketch challenge design at the bottom of this post).





I just love the new embossing folders from Close To My Heart. A customer commented that this Dot one would be great for LEGO photos. Genius!
Supplies used:
  • Snowhaven...Paper Packet, X7188B or Bulk paper, BULK347
  • White Daisy Cardstock, 1385
  • Glacier Cardstock, X5770
  • Black Cardstock, 1386
  • Joyful Birthday Stamp Set, B1419
  • Wish Stamp Set, M1051
  • Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon, Z1989
  • Metallic Baker's Twine from the Ruby Mini-Medley Accents, Z1861
  • Silver Sequins, Z2013
  • Dot Embossing Folder, Z1924
  • Cricut Art Philosophy, Z1686 (circle cut at 2 1/4")



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - This Moment


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring January's SOTM, This Moment, a set of 12 stamps.  If you have come here from Maria's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.


This month we have approximately 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!



I am the worst aunt in the world. Last August, I forgot my favorite (and only) niece's birthday. I felt awful. I'm just terrible about keeping track of days and need a better reminder. Yes, I know that my iPhone has a wonderful calendar and alarm system, but that's besides the point. I decided to make a monthly "card" calendar with birthdays and anniversaries. Why didn't I think of this sooner?!?

  • Crystal Blue Cardstock, 1292
  • White Daisy Cardstock, 1385
  • Heartstrings Paper Pack, X7193B
  • Bohemian Alphabet, E1019 (retired)
  • Archival Black Ink, 44751
  • Cranberry Ink, Z2116
  • Whisper Ink, Z2172
  • Crystal Blue Ink, Z2117
  • Black Arrow Washi Tape, Z2003
  • Stuck on You Puffies, Z3037
  • January SOTM-This Moment, S1501
Now "Hop" on over to Dana's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas! Remember, the January SOTM is only available until the 28th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Cutie Pie

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring December's SOTM, Cutie Pie, a set of 11 stamps.  If you have come here from Priscilla's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.


This month we have approximately 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!




The Dot Embossing Folder provided just the texture I wanted for this card. I rubbed a little of the White Daisy Pigment Ink across the dimensional dots with a sponge to give them a little more "oomph." I love the hand drawn look of the pennant and the cupcakes. I couldn't resist filling them in with our new ShinHan alcohol ink markers. They are so easy to use and I adore the vibrant colors.

Now "Hop" on over to Nancy's blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas! Remember, the December SOTM is only available until the 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!