Friday, April 29, 2016

Get Well Soon Card

My dear friend recently had surgery so I made this "doggone" cute card to cheer her up.  (She is a major animal lover!)
I used the Love My Dog stamp set with the Charlotte Workshop Your Way collection.  I added in some coral shimmer trim for a little bling.  For the heart on the dog, I used a small heart punch to cut the heart out of the shimmer trim.  This sketch is from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1.

Remember that the April stamp of the month and everything in the Seasonal Expressions catalog retires tomorrow, so get the goods now!  You can shop RIGHT HERE!

Friday, April 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Resisting Can Be Fun

For this month's CTMH technique blog hop, resistance is futile!  That's right, we're featuring lots of resist techniques!  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Darlys' blog.  From here, you'll visit Kirsten's blog next!)
For my card, I used two different resist techniques.  First, I used the waxed paper resist technique for the Crystal Blue background.  All you have to do is wad up some waxed paper and then place it on your card stock.  With a paper towel below the card stock and above the waxed paper, press the "sandwich" with a hot iron.  The wax will transfer to your card stock.  Then, sponge Crystal Blue ink on the background piece.
The second technique is the crayon resist technique.  Highlight parts of your stamped image with a white crayon, then sponge color over the image.  Here I used Pixie ink for the flower.  I think it needs more of the white crayon resist, but it's really hard to tell as you work.

Thanks for hopping by!  I know that you can't resist leaving a comment before you hop off to Kirsten's blog!  Thanks again for visiting!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

More Cruise Layouts

The Regatta paper pack is absolutely perfect for our cruise pictures from this past Christmas!  I absolutely love the Regatta Workshop Your Way kit with a few embellishments and stamp sets can really make this collection (and project) my own.  (You can click HERE to see the first few pages of this album.)  WARNING!  I am sharing SEVEN two-page 12"x12" layouts!  Some are "traditional" layouts, some are pocket layouts, and all of them have been lots of FUN!
Celebrating my mom's birthday on board and wearing our Famous "Forced Family Fun" shirts.

The addition of teal shimmer trim really brings out the aqua of the ocean here in port at Bonaire!  I also liked the addition of the gold foil tape too.

We had so much fun at the beach in Bonaire that we took tons of pictures.  Thanks, Uncle Brian, for the underwater shots!

More from Bonaire: a mix of pocket and traditional scrapbooking
Sailing away from beautiful Bonaire

Christmas Eve onboard: Aunt Faith surprised us with a Christmas pageant she directed starring the kids (and a towel animal or two).
Santa surprised us all Christmas day with towel animals galore on the lido deck!
Thanks for looking if you've made it this far!  The layouts are fairly simple to keep the focus on the photos and because of the sheer number of photos.  It is really fun to go back and look through our trip scrapbooks and relive our vacations again.

I am linking these up to the Color My Heart Color Dare #188.  They are featuring the colors of the Regatta paper pack: Glacier, Sapphire, Pomegranate, Flaxen, and White Daisy.

Monday, April 11, 2016

H2H Challenges: Sketch

Heart 2 Heart Challenges has a great sketch for you this month courtesy of our awesome design team member Brandi.

Here is my take on the sketch.
This card uses the Penelope paper pack, Artistry CTMH/Cricut cartridge, and the Sending Love stamp set.  The gemstones are retired but the purple shimmer trim is still available.  I am sending this card to someone who recently had surgery, and I hope that she likes it.  I think it is really cheerful, and I hope she does too.

Be sure to check out all of the H2H Design Team's creations and why don't you join us this month?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Oglethorpe Visit

Our older daughter is thinking about attending Oglethorpe University in Atlanta for college starting this fall.  We absolutely loved it when we spent a day there recently as she participated in a scholarship competition.
 The layout uses the Charlotte Workshop Your Way collection, but I made up my own layout design.  I also added gold shimmer trim.
 Even though this isn't a pocket scrapbooking layout, I used the preprinted Picture My Life cards from the Charlotte WYW on a traditional layout.
We really think that Oglethorpe will be her home for the next four years!  We both loved it when we visited, and it felt like a great fit.  I'm glad I took lots of pictures to commemorate this special day.

Friday, April 1, 2016

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Life in Pictures

No fooling, it's time for the April stamp of the month blog hop featuring the cool stamp set, Life in Pictures!  Can I tell you how much I love all the cameras in this set?  I am looking forward to make a special layout this month with this set, so you'll have to come back again.  (If you're already hopping, then you should have arrived from Jennifer's blog.  You'll go to Tammy's blog next.)
Since time is short these days, I made this fast & easy card with the Life in Pictures stamp set and the Charlotte Workshop Your Way.  The Workshops Your Way sets include a paper pack, compliments, and embellishments.  All I had to do was add the stamp of the month and Black and Sorbet ink.  (This particular card sketch can be found in Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2.)

Thanks for hopping by!  Don't forget to SMILE!  Now go see what Tammy has created.
Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.

Monday, March 28, 2016

H2H Challenges: The Birds and the Bees

The final March challenge at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is "the birds and the bees."  I stretched this theme to include the butterflies too- though I did use the Sunshine Birdies stamp set (the March stamp of the month)!
The sentiment panel is one of my "tests" for my watercolor layout (that you can see HERE).  I painted on a 3" square block and then "stamped" it onto White Daisy card stock.  These colors go well with the Penelope paper pack, so I stamped the sentiment and butterflies in Black.  I had to  add a little bling with the purple shimmer trim and green epoxy triangle gems.

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy card!  Be sure to check out all of this week's H2H inspiration, and join us!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!

This simple card Rejoice stamp set with a mix of Zoe and Penelope papers. After stamping in Slate, I embellished with white and gold ribbon and a gold Treasured puffy sticker. 

Happy Easter from my family to yours!

Monday, March 21, 2016

H2H Challenges: Monogram

If you follow my blog, then you'll notice that I haven't been posting as much as I normally do.  Things are fine here but super busy.  (I know that we all are!)  I am working on my last course of my specialist (EDS) degree in addition to all of my other duties and responsibilities, so I just haven't had the crafty time that I would like (and need).  That will change before we know it though, because graduation is 4/30!  (HOORAY!!!)

I'm not the only one graduating this year.  (Again, if you're a fan then you already know this.)  Our oldest graduates from high school in May, and I have decided to make a small album of our family and friends for her to take with her to college so that she won't feel that she is journeying away from home alone.  I am using the CTMH Everyday Life album for this project and decided to use this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, Monogram, for the dedication page of her going away present.  (Shh!  She won't get this for quite a while, and I will post updates from time to time.)
The pretty floral background is page from the My Crush Everyday Life pages.  I used my CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge to cut her initials on a piece of Charlotte B&T and then adhered them onto White Daisy card stock.  I added strips of pink shimmer trim and then the Whisper arrows B&T (also from Charlotte).
The flowers in Cotton Candy and Black and the sentiments are from the Blossoming Expressions stamp set that I further embellished with gray epoxy gems.

I will be sharing more as I create this album.  Won't you visit the H2H blog and link up a favorite monogram project?

Monday, March 7, 2016

H2H Challenges: Retiring

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is the theme "retiring."  Maybe you or someone you know has retired, or maybe you want to use up some of your retired stash.  I've chosen to highlight the soon-to-retire Charlotte Workshop Your Way.
You can find instructions to make this card in the Charlotte Workshop Your Way downloadable guide.  I did use the new Woodland Romance stamp set, which is also retiring at the end of April.  For my stamping, I used Champagne, Slate, and Black inks.  The embellishments all came from the Charlotte WYW kit.  This card went together really quickly, so check out the Charlotte Workshop Your Way before it retires on 4/30.

Be sure to go to the H2H blog to see what all of our designers have made to inspire you this week.  You have all month to play along with any of the March challenges.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

CTMH Watercolor Blog Hop

Have you tried your hand with Close To My Heart's wonderful watercolor products?  (We have paints and pencils.)  This blog hop will give you some amazing tips to use this products.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Priscilla's blog, and you'll visit Jeanie next.)  I decided to create a layout with our watercolor paint and the March stamp of the month, Sunshine Birdies.
Since I am thinking spring, I used the Penelope paper pack and Creative Insider layout sketch.  I changed it though to use 3" squares on the right page.
I must thank the fabulously artsy Tresa Black for the idea to watercolor directly onto a block and then "stamp" the paint.
You may notice that on this page I cut down one of the small Picture My Life cards to make a 3" square.  On the left page, I trimmed down one of the large cards to make a journaling bloc.
I had fun watercoloring the stamped images.

Thanks for checking out my layout featuring our watercolor paints.  I'd love a comment before you leave.  Go see what Jeanie has made to inspire us next!

Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Stampaganza Extravaganza and Retiring Stamps Lists

Stampaganza is here!  Buy two CTMH stamp sets and get a 3rd free (of equal or lesser value)!

Close To My Heart has also released two important stamp reference lists that you can view by clicking the links, below.

You can take advantage of Stampaganza on my scrapbook class on Sunday, March 13, or anytime online HERE.  Happy stamping!


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