Saturday, March 16, 2019

So Much Happy Paper Collection Blog Hop

The So Much Happy collection is probably my favorite of this Idea Book (but it's so hard to choose!), so I am thrilled that we're featuring it this month on our blog hop! (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Brittany's blog, and from here you'll visit Julie's blog next.)

I used the I Heart Us workshop to create this layout and modified it to fit my photos.  This layout is Day 8 of our European adventure in 2016.
Do you spot my mistake?  It was Day 8, not 7, so I cut a strip of White Daisy, stamped my title again, and then glued it over the original.  I don't think it's too obvious!  (I didn't go back and take another picture of the corrected double-page layout, however.)
You might be wondering which alphabet set I used.  Any guesses?

It's the cute Letter Board stamp set!  All of the other embellishments are part of the I Heart Us workshop collection.

Here's the completed right page.

I also used the So Much Happy workshop for Day 10 of our trip.

 I used some of the Complements to embellish this layout.
Finally, I used the collection for the title page of the second volume of our European adventure scrapbooks.
Read more HERE if you'd like to know more.

Thank you for letting me share the So Much Happy collection and layouts from our epic adventure.  Please leave a comment before you hop on over to Julie's blog.  Thank you!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Love Blossoms Blog Hop

Have you seen the beautiful current Close To My Heart special workshop, Love Blossoms?  It is a beautiful double stamp set plus a complete 12-card workshop.  My blog hop group decided to feature this special so that you can see how versatile this set really is.  {If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Krista's blog.  From here, you'll visit my friend and fellow Heart 2 Heart designer, Melissa.}
For this hop, I wanted to show a different side of Love Blossoms, so I only used sentiments and not the flowers.  These cards will be mailed to my daughter in college over the next few months.
The first one is going in the mail tomorrow so that she'll have it well before St. Patrick's Day.  I used the So Much Happy collection with the addition of gold shimmer trim.  I inked up the "may your day be" (NOT inking up the "as" at the end) in Lemon and then stamped "lucky" in Clover.  I cut the shamrock from Clover card stock with my CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge.
My second card uses the Something Fierce collection.  After cutting the Thin Cut hearts, I stamped the sentiments in Pewter and Raspberry.  I like the addition of the white enamel dots!
My final card uses the I Heart Us collection.  I stamped the top and bottom sentiments in Pixie and "fabulous" in Raspberry.  To create pink shimmer trim, I used my Shin Han Twin Touch Tender Pink marker to color silver trim.  The cute heart is from the I Heart Us complements.

Thank you for letting me share a variety of fun and easy cards.  Feel free to copy them if you like!  After leaving a comment, go visit Melissa's blog next on the hop!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}



Friday, March 1, 2019

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: This Happened

Welcome to the March stamp of the month blog hop with This Happened!  Are you ready for some super fun ideas and inspiration? {If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Wendy's blog.  From here you'll visit Michelle's blog next.}
Since I participate in a monthly stamp of the month card swap with my team, I had the challenge of using this cool set on a card paired with the So Much Happy collection.  I ended up using a sketch from Make It From My Heart, Vol. 1 and the fun sentiment.  Notice how I made my banner tag with one of the stamp and the little heart border too.
I thought adding the Canary dots was a fun touch.

Here are all of the team cards from our swap:
Aren't they cute?  (Sorry that I can't give credit to their creators, but feel free to shout out in the comments if one of them is yours.)
Thanks for hopping by!  After leaving a comment, hop on over to Michelle's blog to continue the This Happened blog hop.
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Saturday, February 16, 2019

I Heart Us Paper Collection Blog Hop

The I Heart Us collection is cheerful and fun!  Be sure to visit each blog on our hop to get some great ideas.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Carol's blog, and from here you'll visit Debi's blog next.)
My first card uses the Year of Sweetness stamp set paired with I Heart Us paper and sequins.  I inked up my sentiment in Pixie and then the bottom portion in Raspberry.  For the cupcake, I stamped the wrapper in Mint, the frosting in Canary, and the sprinkles in Lagoon.
My second card uses the February stamp of the month, Heartfelt Sentiments.

Thank you for visiting!  I'd love a comment before you leave.  Now go see what DEBI has created!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Lovely Layers {CTMH Technique Blog Hop}

Lovely Layers is this month's CTMH Technique Blog Hop theme, and it can be interpreted in a variety of ways.  See what our talented consultant group has put together this month by hopping along.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Michelle Johns' blog and from here you'll visit Debi McBain's blog next.)
For my "twist" on this technique theme, I am showcasing our fabulous flip flaps.  If you're not familiar with them, flip flaps are plastic pockets (in a variety of sizes) with an adhesive flap.  Any guesses as to where my flip flap layer is?
Here's a hint: it's on the right page.  (I did photograph my layout BEFORE using the flip flap, because the clear plastic glares a lot in photos.)
If you guess "door #6" then you were right!  Speaking of 6, the photo on the outside of the flap is the 6th layer of that stack (so the sticker 6 is the 7th layer?).
Here's a close up of the left page in case you're interested.  Can you tell that I used the Something Fierce collection?  Not a single dinosaur in sight...  (If you'd like to learn more about this layout and my second layout of our day in Berlin, feel free to click HERE.  If you'd like to see what I've scrapbooked so far from this adventure, click the Europe 2016 tab at the top.)  If not, I'd love a comment before you hop on over to Debi's blog to continue the Lovely Layers Technique Blog Hop.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

February Stamp of the Month Valentine Cards

Happy Valentine's Day!  I had a great time using the February stamp of the month, Heartfelt Sentiments, to create Valentine cards for my three loves.
My first card got mailed Monday to our daughter in college.  I stamped the large sentiment stamp on a 4"x5.25" White Daisy panel with black ink.  I also stamped the banner portion of the stamp onto a piece of Candy Apple card stock and then cut out the banner.
Can you see how I colored the sentiment with Red and Black shimmer brushes?  This panel was glued to a piece of Candy Apple card stock and then mounted onto the front of my card.  White enamel gems completed it.

My second card, for my husband, is similar to the first but similar.  I used the red shimmer brush on this one and added a puffy heart from the So Much Happy collection.

My third and final card is for our younger daughter.  I love this piece of Sapphire with Lagoon hearts from the So Much Happy collection and knew it would be perfect for her card.  I stamped the sentiment panel in Sapphire and then the banner with Lagoon ink.  I colored the sentiment with Marine Blue and Peacock Blue Shin-Han Twin Touch markers, and the flowers with Turquoise and Vivid Green.  I also used my mint shimmer brush on the sentiment and some of the flowers.  (It is really hard to photograph the shimmer brushes!)
Do you like the aqua gems?  They are clear sparkles colored with the Turquoise Shin-Han Twin Touch marker!

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

Friday, February 1, 2019

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Heartfelt Sentiments

The Close To My Heart February stamp of the month, Heartfelt Sentiments, is absolutely gorgeous!  I'm really looking forward to playing with it this month- and beyond.  You're going to see many creative ideas along our stamp of the month blog hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Jayma's blog.  From here you'll click on her name to visit Gina's blog next.)
The fun colors and patterns of the I Heart Us collection made me want to make a rainbow card.  I love this tile pattern from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1.  I also wanted to show how you could use this stamp set on a card.  Do you see the four stamped tiles that I made?  I clustered the small flowers and polka dot stamp onto my 2" block to stamp on each 1.25" square.
I stamped the cluster in Pixie, Canary, Lagoon, and Thistle to create my stamped tiles.  I stamped the banner in Carolina and the sentiment in Black.  I fussy cut the banner to go across the card and then sprinkled on a few I Heart Us sequins.

I think this card is going to send a lot of cheer to its recipients!  I'd love a comment before you hop over to Gina's blog.  Thanks for stopping by!  I'm so blessed to know YOU.
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Europe 2016: Day 7, Berlin

On our epic European adventure, we took an excursion into the city of Berlin.  I would have loved to have been able to spend more time there but am grateful for being able to see a few of the most important sites.
We bused into Berlin from our port and had a bus tour before we stopped in the center of town to take a walking tour. 
Can you tell that I used the Something Fierce collection for these Berlin pages?  Not a single dinosaur in sight...
We also had a little free time, so we did try currywurst.  I used a flip flap to journal about it.  (Not our favorite, but when in Berlin...)

Next are our photos of the Wall and the Holocaust Memorial.
I felt that it was important to keep this pages solemn and somber to focus on the photos and remember the history. 


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

More Europe 2016 Layouts: Day 6 (Copenhagen)

If you're new to the blog, the back story is that we were able to go to Europe for a month during the summer of 2016.  I am diligently working on getting my photos (finally) scrapbooked.  I was on a roll for a while and am excited to get back on track.  (You can follow my progress- and more importantly our trip- using the Europe 2016 tab, above).
On our final day in Copenhagen, my cousin dropped us off to wander Nyhavn ("New Harbor," established in the 17th century).  I paired these pictures with the (retired but still available on my website) Central Park collection. 

I used a flip-flap to be able to include all of my photos plus the all-important journaling about what we saw.
I've always had a love of churches and cathedrals and our visit included walking by the Russian Orthodox Church and the English Church.
This layout also uses the Central Park collection.

We had such a great time and took so many pictures during our six days with my cousin in Denmark that my layouts have filled an entire album!  Here's my closing page, a tribute to the iconic Danish Little Mermaid (with my adorable "mermaids").
Thanks for traveling along with us!  If you'd like to enjoy our trip, be sure to click on the Europe 2016 tab, above.  It is definitely a work in progress!

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