Monday, August 22, 2016

H2H Challenges: For the Girls

With two daughters, this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, For the Girls, is an easy one!  Today I am showcasing our older daughter and her BFF with this Calypso layout and the Tickled Pink stamp set (only available until the end of the month!).
Everything you see on both pages (except ink, stamps, journaling, and photos) came with the Calypso Workshop Your Way: the paper pack, all the embellishments, and the washi tape.
Though I don't love my handwriting, it makes journaling fast and easy.  The alphabet set that I used is retired, but you can find a similar beautiful font stamp set.  Don't you love those pretty flamingos?!?

You have all month to play along with any of the August H2H challenges, so won't you join us?

Monday, August 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Passionate About Pockets

It's time for "Passionate About Pockets," a blog hop featuring some cool pocket project ideas.  (If you're already hopping then you should have arrived from Wendy's blog.  From here, you'll visit Darlys next.)

With our summer trip to Europe, I have TONS of photos to scrapbook!  I decided to start at the beginning: our time in Copenhagen with my cousin Jeff.  I have so many pictures that using flip flaps helped me put 14 pictures on this one layout.  (Unfortunately the flip flaps add an unwanted glare to my pictures when I photograph the layout.  In person it is easy to avoid the glare.)  The sketch I used is a simple one from the how-to guide, Reflections.
 Here is the left page with the flaps closed...
 and open!
I used the new Memo Fundamentals paper plus some Cashemere card stock and the All Together Complements.  You will also notice a little rose gold foil tape and aqua shimmer trim.
 Above, the flaps are closed, and below all three of them are open.

Thanks for letting me share my love of flip flaps with you!  Please leave me a comment and then just click on her name to go see Darlys's pocket perfection!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

New Product Blog Hop: 2016-17 CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book

Have you had a chance to drool over the new Close To My Heart 2016-17 Annual Inspirations Idea Book?!?  (You'll notice that we don't call this gorgeous resource a catalog because it is so much more!)  This Idea Book has a core set of supplies that are available all year, with supplements of seasons products coming each quarter.  This New Product Blog Hop is going to give you all kinds of great ideas for what you'll find for the upcoming year.  {If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Michelle R.'s blog.  From here, you'll visit Michelle L. next.)

For my project, I chose to create a back-to-school layout of my daughter's and my first day of school (yesterday!) with the new Enchantment fundamentals paper pack and School 7-12 complements.  This layout is a sketch from Magic.
The only thing that I added in addition to the paper pack and complements is a few blue epoxy gems.

Thanks for letting me share our first day of school with you.  Please leave me a comment before going to see what Michelle L. has to share!
Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Magical Superhero Layout

Just about all I've talked about the last few months is that our oldest just graduated from high school.  You may also remember that we threw a friends' superhero-themed graduation party.  I used the Magical Workshop Your Way collection to create this layout of that fun party.
 Both the camera and the white & Canary title piece are pieces of the Picture My Life sheet included in the collection.
 All of the embellishments except the shimmer trim come with the Workshop Your Way collection.
She is a hero to me!  We take her to college on the 19th.  I am not ready for that yet!

Monday, August 1, 2016

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Purr-fect Halloween

Even though the temperatures continue to soar (and school is starting back), in the crafting (and retail!) world, our thoughts are always working ahead to upcoming holidays and events.  That's why Close To My Heart is introducing the Purr-fect Halloween stamp of the month set in August.  Along this month's blog hop, you'll see lots of creative ways to use this set (and not just for Halloween!).  {If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Michelle R.'s blog.  You will visit Michelle L. next.}
Isn't this cat cute?!?  I had fun making this card with a sketch from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2 and the Sangria paper pack collection.  I used several techniques on this card.  You'll recognize the paper piecing on the hat and on the little banner.  (I stamped the banner on the card front with Cocoa ink and then stamped the pennant 3 times on scrap Colonial White card stock in Poppy, Pomegranate, and Eggplant then cut & attached the little pennants.)

One thing I am really excited about is having waterbrushes again for painting with our exclusive inks!  (In fact, we have 3 different sizes that you can see HERE.)  I knew that I wanted to color the cute cat with a waterbrush and Champagne ink.  You can read on for the technique, or you can skip directly to Michelle L.'s blog for the next project if you'd rather.  I stamped the cat in Cocoa so that it would have a nice dark outline.  Now for directions:

Step 1: Grab the waterbrush you prefer and your ink pad of choice.

Step 2: Squeeze the closed lid of the ink pad into itself to smoosh ink onto the inside of the lid to create your paint palette.

Step 3: Add a little water to your ink lid with the waterbrush.  (The cat is upside down because as I paint from the actual top of the paper/cat's feet to the bottom/cat's head, the ink will lighten.  I wanted the bottom of the cat to be darker than the top.)
Step 4: Begin painting!  Your paint will fade as you go, so you will need to repeat the first steps to get more ink.
Here you can see how I worked from top to bottom and left to right on the cat's body.
The finished painted cat.  (After it dried I stamped the eyes.)

Thanks for letting me share!  I hope you'll try painting with a waterbrush.  You'll have as many paint colors as ink colors, that all match perfectly.  Now go see Michelle L. next!
Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.

H2H Challenges: Florence

You may or may not have noticed may lack of posts this summer, but my Heart 2 Heart Florence project will clue you in.  My family went on a month-long European adventure in June!  We had such an amazing trip!  You will probably get sick of me sharing all my pictures and stories.  First up is a layout of me parasailing in the Alps!
 I had so many pictures that I made an extra 6"x12" flip flap panel on the left page.  Above it is closed and below it is open.
 Here is the left page with the flap closed...
 ...and with it open.
 I had so much to say that I typed my journaling.  You can see the journaling "card" open below.
 And finally the right page.
I highly encourage you to purchase the Workshop Your Way collection for whichever paper packs you love.  Not only do you get the amazing paper, but you get fabulous embellishments!  I love the rose gold foil tape, the foil accents in the Complements, and the Florence sequins!  If you buy them all separately, you'll pay a little more than in the Workshop Your Way collection.

Thanks for flying with me!  Be sure to check out all of the H2H designers' Florence projects this week.  You will have until the end of August to contribute your project.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Back to School Teacher Sign

Hello again!  It has been a long time since I have been able to post anything because our family took an epic adventure last month.  Now that we are back home, I am embarking on a new adventure, teaching 3rd grade for the first time (after 16 years in 5th grade).  I have been moving into and setting up my new classroom, trying to get ready for our official back-to-work start date (tomorrow).  I've made a little time for crafty play, and I'll be sharing some crafty classroom decorations off and on in the near future.
I decided that my new partner and crime and I needed name signs for outside our doors, so I made these two almost identical "chalkboard" signs with my Cricut & CTMH cartridges.  (I think I used Art Philosophy for the base and Artfully Sent for the letters.)
They were really easy to make and look great!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: From the Notebook

Welcome to July's stamp of the month blog hop featuring From the Notebook!  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Melinda's blog.  From here, you'll visit Darlys' blog next.)

Since I am such a fan of office & school supplies (which may have contributed to me becoming a teacher!), From the Notebook really appeals to me.  The challenge, however, was to use this set on a card.  I used the Magical paper pack, stamping my images in Sapphire, Cranberry, Black, and Honey.  The tag and circle were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge.  All of embellishments are from the Magical collection, plus I added some black shimmer trim.

Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to check out all the awesome creations on this blog hop.  You'll visit the talented DARLYS next after leaving me a comment.  Thanks!
Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

More May Stamp of the Month: The Long Way Home

These adorable cards are all made with the May stamp of the month and the Florence collection. Thanks to my swap group for these great "stamples!"

I cannot take credit for any of these lovely cards, and I can't name each individual artist.  Aren't they terrific?  Enjoy the ride!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Graduation Party

As you probably know, our daughter graduated from high school recently.  One of her friends' mom has the great idea to throw a joint graduation party for the kids rather than 10 separate ones.  When one of the moms suggested a superhero theme, we were hooked!  I made photo centerpieces and card boxes for each of our superhero graduates.  I used my CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge and some current and retired CTMH papers to make their individual superhero "shields."  Here are the boys' boxes.
We rented a room with a kitchen at our local state park, Vogel, and had fun decorating with the superhero theme.

One of the moms used her Cricut to make superhero initials to put on a cape for each kids.
Here's my awesome graduate with her amazing cape!
We had a fabulous time celebrating this milestone in their lives!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Just Married!

My dear friend got married today!  Unfortunately we couldn't be there (physically) because our vacation was already planned, but Traci and Stanley, we are with you in spirit and in prayer!
As the wedding is in denim and burlap, I chose a Crystal Blue card base to cut out this 5x7 card with the CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge.  All of the stamping comes from the (retired) Celebrate Love stamp set (in Crystal Blue).
I lined the White Daisy liner with a piece of Magical patterned paper for the bow and blue shimmer trim for the sentiment.  The pretty silver flowers are also retired from my stash.

I wrote their wedding date in the banner on the back of the card.
I also included a certificate for a scrapbook of the wedding and honeymoon photos, which I will make when I return!  Best wishes to the new Mr. & Mrs.!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Graduation Cards

If you know me, then you know that our oldest just graduated from high school!  We are really proud of her and her great group of friends.  Below you'll find the graduation cards that I made for the Class of 2016.  They all use the same sketch from Make It From Your Heart and the Smart Pants stamp set.  The first batch use our school colors, purple and gold.  I chose Gypsy card stock and Honey B&T from the Magical paper pack along with the black geometric B&T from La Vie en Rose.
This version uses gold shimmer trim, gold fundamentals assortment, and blue & purple epoxy gems as embellishments.
A girl in our church goes to the rival school in the next county.  Pacifica was a good match for their blue and white color scheme.  The black piece is from the retired Charlotte paper pack.  I used blue shimmer trim and white sequins.
Our final graduate's school colors are teal, black, and silver.  Lagoon card stock, teal shimmer trim, and sequins from the Florence assortment completed her card.
Last Sunday, we celebrated Senior Sunday at church for our three adorable graduates.  Ansley and Sean have known each other since before they were born!
I'm linking up these cards to the Heart 2 Heart Challenges Congratulations challenge.  Congrats to the Class of 2016!


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