Friday, February 23, 2024

Birthday Layout with Say It with Flowers & Sweet Memories

Since yesterday was my Dad's birthday, I thought I would share my birthday layout from last year (that just got made recently). 

I used the Sweet Memories collection and a sketch from Make It From the Heart, Vol. 5.  I love starting my projects with a sketch!

If you look closely, you can see how I used the bricks from Stencil Pack 1 and blended both Mulberry and a little Mist to make some bricks on the background.

I enjoyed embellishing the layout with the February stamp of the month, Say It with Flowers, hearts that I Thin Cut, and the Sweet Memories die cut embellishments.  I also used strips of Mulberry glitter paper.


It's hard to believe I'll have another birthday in about a month's time!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

79 Is Just a Number Card

At last month’s card class, I made this card in advance for my dad’s birthday using the Let's Party Scrapbooking stamp set & Thin Cuts plus the cute "Polaroid" Thin Cut.


Because I had to mail it to him, I chose not to make a shaker card in the window, but that would be such a fun addition! 

Happy birthday, Dad!!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Tailgate Greetings Hello Card

This card was so fun to make!  I used the Tailgate Greetings stamp set and Thin Cuts paired with the Sweet Memories collection for an old fashion, masculine twist.


I cut the truck out of Mist cardstock and then embellished with gray and red markers, white gel pen, and Mist shimmer brush.  (It's hard to see the shimmer, but it's a nice subtle touch.)

Since I didn't have a specific person or event in mind, I decided that "Hello" and "UR #1" would be nice.  I stamped the sentiment in Sage and the tire track stripes in Mink.

Usually I don't think a card is complete without embellishments, but I like this one without any extra bling or bulk.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Say It with Flowers Thinking of You Cards

At today's card class, we made one of these thinking of you cards with the February stamp of the month, Say It with Flowers.  I used Jade and Royal inks and colored pencils for both of them.


I love the look of nested rectangles for a quick, easy, and pretty card.  For the first one, I stamped the corners of the card with the flower cluster and the small single flower.  A few green dots finished off the card.


For the second card, I stamped the flower bunch and then colored it in with more color than the first card.


I added gold Stickles to the flower centers and a few gold glitter gems.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Sending Love Cards

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Both cards use the February stamp of the month, Say It with Flowers, the Sweet Memories paper, Mulberry glitter paper, and (retired) hearts Thin Cuts.


They didn’t turn out quite like I had envisioned, but I still like them.


Hope your day is full of love!

Friday, February 9, 2024

Another Happy Birthday Card

This card came together quickly using the Let's Party collection!  Because our patterned papers have prints on both sides, it can be really fun to play with patterns.  I like how using the banner paper with its pink background create a more feminine card.


The black strip across the card front is black shimmer trim which adds a fun touch of sparkle in real life.  The sentiments are from the Let's Party Scrapbooking stamp set & Thin Cuts stamped in Ballerine and Black.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Happy Birthday Party Hats Card

This cute card came together quickly with the Let’s Party Scrapbooking stamp set & Thin Cuts!

After stamping the party hat and the “happy” banner in Bluebird, I added the Sundance and Candy Apple stamped Thin Cut party hats and stamped the birthday sentiment in black directly on the card panel. You cannot go wrong with nested rectangles on a card front!

Monday, January 29, 2024

New Beginnings Layout

New Beginnings is definitely an apt title for this layout!  In October, we purchased a new sofa and loveseat to replace the set that has lovingly worn out.  They were delivered earlier this month, and we simultaneously began emptying my late mother-in-law's house as her housemate has sold it.

We are working to make room for some of her treasures into an already full home.  I am really pleased with how our living space is turning out as we blend the old (but new to us) with the new.  It is nice to have reminders of those who have gone before us.
I used the January stamp of the month, Looking Forward, with a combination of Evergreen and Silver Bells (plus a touch of Pine patterned paper from a collection from last year) and Evergreen die cuts.   I used Mocha ink and TriBlend markers.  I think that it is so fun to mix & match collections (and I love how Close To My Heart designs collections to mix together).

How much do you love the little notebook paper journaling spots?  I will be using them often!  Grab them before they retire in just a few short days!

P.S.  This is layout 2 of 52 for 2024!

Sunday, January 28, 2024

22nd Birthday Layout

My first layout of 2024 is complete! (And it’s from an event that isn’t even a year old! LOL)  I selected Pattern 15 from the new Make It from Your Heart, Volume 6, for this layout and the Let’s Party collection.

I really love how I was able to use these busy papers without the papers overwhelming my photos.


Adding a little Bluebird ink with a blending brush really helps my title frame (cut with the Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin Cuts) pop.

I used a mix of stamped Thin Cuts and acrylic shapes from the collection to embellish my layout.

Don't be afraid to write directly onto your pages!  Your loved ones will treasure your handwriting and your words!  Besides, mistakes are an opportunity to embellish!


Saturday, January 27, 2024

The Best Is Yet to Come Card

This card uses the Skylark paper collection and stencil paired with the January stamp of the month, Looking Forward, and its Thin Cuts (die cuts).  (These are only available through the end of the month, so get yours before they're gone!)


The featured colors are Toffee, Lagoon, and Limeade.  (If there's a next time, I won't use the middle green of my TriBlend marker, only the light end.)

Monday, January 15, 2024

Looking Forward Baby Shower Card

Happy New Year!  Last weekend, I had the privilege of Attending a baby shower for a sweet new baby who will make his appearance next month.


I use the new Sweet Memories collection with the January stamp of the month, Looking Forward. That adorable mama Kanga and her baby Roo are from a retired stamp of the month set from last year. I used Tri-Blend Markers to color everything. I’m really grateful for the coordinating Thin Cuts with the January stamp of the month. I did fussy cut mama and baby.

The main colors of this card are Sage and Periwinkle.

Saturday, December 30, 2023

O Christmas Tree(s) Card

Here's yet another Christmas card, this one using Evergreen, Home for Christmas, and the Triangle Trees Thin Cuts.


The sentiment is stamped on the inside.

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