Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Musical Layouts

Last night we got to enjoy our younger daughter's jazz band concert.  They got to work with a professional jazz quartet all afternoon and then perform.  They were wonderful!  (She has to be at the high school at 7 AM every morning to participate, and then catches the last school bus of the morning with two other 8th graders to get to the middle school on time.)
 Because both girls participate in band and chorus (and Ansley takes piano lessons too), I grabbed pictures of them making music this past year and created a Studio J layout for each of them.  I love the musical B&T in the Yuletide Carol Christmas collection, so I used it and changed the red to Smoky Plum to tie into our school colors.  I love how this combo looks and how both layouts turned out.
Thanks for letting me share my girls with you!  We are so proud of them!

Monday, March 23, 2015

H2H Challenges: How Cute!

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge theme is how cute!  I made this adorable owl gift bag using the CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge.
It was so easy!  I used a piece of Canary card stock to cut out the bag itself.  I used two different pieces of Brushed B&T- one for the eyes and the other for the flower medallion.  I used some gold glitter gems to accent the eyes and the owl's "pin."  It truly couldn't be easier!

Be sure to go check out all of the H2H Team Thistle's adorable creations and then be sure to link up your own.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Eiffel Tower Card

In my effort to use up the last of my Heartstrings paper pack scraps (only available through the end of March), I made this card (with my Amour stamp set).
The book print pattern is my absolute fave from this pack.  I paired it with scraps I had left of the other side (hearts), teal shimmer trim, a tiny scrap of another Heartstrings B&T scrap, plus some Whisper and Lagoon card stock on a White Daisy card base.  Isn't the Heartstrings assortment badge a lovely finishing touch?  Thanks for letting me share l'amour francais with you!

Monday, March 16, 2015

H2H Challenges: Green with Envy

Since green is one of my favorite colors, this Heart 2 Heart Challenge isn't really challenging at all!  I decided to get in the festive spirit and make a little paper four-leaf clover using Pear card stock and B&T from the Brushed paper pack.
This idea came from Pinterest, of course!  Here are a few photos of the various steps.


I'll leave you with my cute niece and the clover she made.  Cute, right?  Be sure to check out the H2H blog if you can stand to be Green with Envy!



Saturday, March 14, 2015

Try Stamping on Tuesday Top 3

This card was selected as one of the Top 3 for the Try Stamping on Tuesday challenge #207!
Thank you very much!  That one was my favorite of the two, also.

Friday, March 13, 2015

January Photo-A-Day Challenge & Skylark Picture My Life Layouts

In theory, the Picture My Life pocket scrapbooking line has sounded like a great idea to me, but I have had trouble implementing it until now.  During our snow days last month, I took all of my January photos and actually got them scrapbooked!   I am super stoked about this feat!  (First, I have been participating in a photo-a-day challenge just because I have wanted to record more of of the every day in my life.  Thanks to the Snapfish app, I have 100 free prints per month, so I printed all of my January photos.  A couple of days I needed more than one photo to tell our story, but most days have just one highlight photo.)  I used the Skylark Picture My Life collection to get me going.





If you have photos that don't fit the orientation of your pockets, cut them up and back them with cardstock, B&T, or PML cards.
{I love this picture of the Hubs and me!  I had to split it to make it fit, but I still think we're cute- and together!}


Thank you, Instagram, for helping me remember what I was doing each day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ring Ring Card

Ring ring!  Here's a fun card to say hello!

This card idea was totally "stolen" from the talented Aaron Brown and uses the CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge.  I began with the Chalk It Up paper pack, and I taught my card class participants how to make a pop-up card without a Cricut cartridge.

Do you remember these? :)  Rather than cut the "hi" sentiment from the Cricut cartridge, we stamped it with a stamp set from the CTMH/Cricut Artiste collection.  I think this card would be a great way to brighten anyone's day.  I hope it has yours!  (And if you'd like to learn more about CTMH, feel free to give me a ring!  You can find everything that I used HERE if you'd like some of your own.)

Monday, March 9, 2015

H2H Challenges: Favorite CTMH Sketch

Often my go-to crafty resource is a sketch, so I was super excited that Heart 2 Heart Challenges is asking us to use our favorite Close To My Heart sketch this week!  We have so many great how-to guides for scrappers and/or card makers, so you're bound to find tons of inspiration too.  If you don't have one of our how-to guides, first, what are you waiting for (?!?) and second, you can find some of them HERE.

It is truly hard for me to say that I have one favorite sketch, but there are several that I do love more than others.  For my card, I used sketch #28 from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2.  I used up my few last scraps of the Heartstrings paper pack (only available until the end of the month!), my Amour and A Quick Hello stamp sets, plus Slate, Whisper, Lagoon, Cranberry, and Hollyhock inks.  My embellishments included red shimmer trim and the Heartstrings Assortment badges.

Now, be sure to choose a sketch you love and get crafting.  We can't wait to see what you make, so link up at H2H after you check out our fabulous DT's projects.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Eiffel Tower Gift Box

Of course I fell in love with the Amour stamp set and its lovely Eiffel Tower!  After browsing Pinterest, I came up with the idea of a pie/cake box Eiffel Tower gift box.  What do you think?
 It was easy to cut this box and lid with the CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge.  The base is Colonial White card stock, and the lid is cut from Desert Sand.
 To tie the box closed, I used a piece of retired Colonial White ribbon from my stash.
 Here's the lid with out the tie.  To create the grass, I masked off the area of the Eiffel Tower base, then sponged on Pear ink.  I used the arched swirls from the Amour stamp set to stamp the pretty swirls in the "grass."  (It really adds an elegant touch.)  I used another flourish to mimic clouds.  Below, you'll see how I jazzed up the box base: I stamped the text stamp with Lagoon ink, then trimmed down the Lagoon heart washi tape to a thinner thickness to use on the bottom.
 Here's a final peek at the completed box.  I'll need to add some bonbons before I give this as a gift!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Snow Day Layout

While we were snowed in, I took these pictures of our home and was able to scrapbook them with assistance from the Heartstrings paper pack and Heartstrings Picture My Life card set.  I really love how it turned out!

I also used the May stamp of the month (sneak peek!), Just Sayin'.  I hope you enjoy the LO as much as I enjoyed making it and preserving memories of home sweet home.
 For the Whisper sidebar, I random stamped the Just Sayin' circle.  For the Slate bottom border, I created a checkerboard pattern with the square chevron stamp.
The left accent rectangle is a Picture My Life card that I embellished with stamped images from the May stamp of the month, the Heartstrings Assortment badges, and arrow washi tape (plus silver geometric washi tape and red shimmer trim).
 All three of the rectangles on the left page are Picture My Life Heartstrings cards.
 I made the pennant banner with the triangles from the May stamp of the month, Just Sayin'.
 Of course I used my favorite silver sequins on the layout too.
Thanks for letting me share my home sweet home with you!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Choose Happy

The name of the March stamp of the month says it all: Choose Happy!  That is what I tried to do when I made my card.  (Are you ready to see tons of great ideas with this stamp set?  Then hop along the March stamp of the month blog hop!  If you're already hopping then you've probably found me from Sheila's blog.  After you visit here, you'll click to go to Nikka's next.)
My swap group chose Confetti Wishes as the paper pack for this set, and truthfully I struggled with that choice at first.  I decided that a CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy bluebird would help me Choose Happy, so that is what inspired my card.  (Can you see how I lined the bird's cutout wing with blue shimmer trim?)  We don't have a Cricut cut for that pretty frame, but it was easy to cut out by hand.  I had to play around with my paper strips, the purple shimmer trim, and the pennant zip strip to get a design with balance that I liked, but this card is a great use of scraps!  I like the subtle addition of the two border stamps (in Pacifica on Pacifica).  I maybe went a little crazy with the purple glitter gems, but I love the contrast of the green epoxy bubble to pull it all together.
Click HERE for the complete hop list
Now, before you leave to visit Nikka's blog, I challenge you to CHOOSE HAPPY!  A fellow teacher has this message posted in her classroom: Sometimes the only choice we have is our attitude.  Choose happy!

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Happy Hello + In{k}spire Me #187

Surfing some of my favorite crafty challenge sites, I found another timely challenge that I thought would work perfectly for the CTMH February stamp of the month, A Happy Hello: the In{k}spire Me Challenge #187.

Here's my version:
If you're a frequent visitor to my blog, first thank you (!!) and second, you'll notice the palette from yesterday's cards: the Heartstrings paper pack plus Lagoon, Cranberry, and Hollyhock ink.  For this card, I added a Heartstrings Assortment badge to the Aqua Dots embellishments.  Thanks for taking a peek at my version of this sketch!

{All of my supplies are from Close To My Heart.  You can find them HERE if you're interested.  The Feb. stamp of the month is only available for one more day!!!  Thanks!}

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