Monday, May 3, 2021

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

 Close To My Heart just keeps cranking out the hits, I mean, kits!!!  In addition to the five National Scrapbooking Day bundles, they are also offering an amazing National Scrapbooking Month collection, You Are Enough, which is the focus of this blog hop.  You will get so many great ideas!  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Maureen's blog.  From here, you'll visit my creative friend Cat's blog next.)


You can get the various pieces of the You Are Enough collection individually or purchase bundles to save.  I ended up getting a bundle because my wish list cost more than the bundle, but the bundle gave me more products for less money!  (SCORE!)  My bundle really came in handy for this hop because due to unforeseen events, I didn't get the crafting time I was expecting this weekend.  (Life, am I right?)  I decided to grab my Picture My Life cards (which I probably wouldn't have purchased outright but were included in my money-saving bundle) and use some of the 3"x4" cards on actual standard-sized greeting cards.

My first card uses a Blue Belle PML 3"x4" card that I layered onto a 4"x6" PML card (cut down to 4"x5.25" to fit my card front).  I added a strip of Sangria cardstock with the pretty rose gold pattern from my You Are Enough bundle and the pretty butterfly You Are Enough sequin.  (They catch the light and change colors in such a pretty way!)


For my second card, I followed the "be you" motto and embraced the crookedness (although if I had realized it was crooked, I would have added a bit more slant to make the crookedness work).

The top of this image shows one side of the 3"x4" PML card, and the bottom left shows the other.  I trimmed off 3/4" off of each end and turned them over to build my card sentiment.  I added strips of Blue Belle shimmer trim (not included in the You Are Enough bundle) AND I die cut the smaller butterfly from the You Are Enough collection from Blue Belle glitter paper (also not included).


For my third card, I cut down the "You Sparkle" card and then layered it onto a Glacier 3"x4" card, also trimmed down.  I adhered it to a piece of the Sangria rose gold cardstock (4"x5.25") and then added another butterfly sequin.  It didn't sparkle as much as I would have liked, so I swiped my clear shimmer brush across the sentiment.  (Unfortunately, my picture doesn't do the sparkle justice.)

Hopefully your takeaway is that you don't have to use products exactly as they are intended (and that you can create something pleasing even when you're short on time).  I'd love for you to leave a comment before you hop on to Cat's blog next.  Thank you!  Remember, YOU ARE ENOUGH!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}



Saturday, May 1, 2021

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Flowers for You

Welcome to the May 2021 stamp of the month blog hop!  (How can it be May already?!?)  This month's stamp of the month is an extremely versatile, beautiful flower set with lots of applicable sentiments.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Krista's blog.  From here, you'll click on her name to visit Michelle L.'s blog next.)  I decided to create two very different cards for you to kick off this month.

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My first card was supposed to have a circle shaker window, but then I didn't like how the black frame covered the original circle!
To begin, I sponged Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, and Candied Apple distress oxide inks onto a 4"x5.25" panel of White Daisy card stock.  The next photo shows how it looked spritzed with water (and with Peach shimmer brush flicked onto the front).
Here are the shimmer brushes that I flicked onto the panel.  I also ended up using the direct-to-paper technique to add Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple to the edges.
After cutting out the White Daisy circle with my circle shaker window dies, I colored my images with my two Coral Tri-Blend markers, plus added a little Peach and Red shimmer brush.
Hopefully this close up shows off some of the shimmer!  I adhered the floral circle to my card front with 3D foam tape and added black velvet ribbon.

For my second card, I stamped the long floral image with New England Ivy ink and then colored it in to match the new Hillside Cottage collection.
Here are the materials that I used (plus gold embellishing thread and glitter gems):

I cut out the floral panel with my Fancy Borders Thin Cuts and then added a strip of New England Ivy cardstock to ground it on my card front, along with the pretty Flamingo and Canary pieces from the new Hillside Cottage collections.

Thanks for letting me share both cards with you.  You're sure to see lots of great ideas as always along this stamp of the month blog hop.  Please leave a comment before hopping on over to Michelle's blog next!  Thanks!
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National Scrapbooking Day Bundle: More Than You'll Ever Know

Here's my take on the National Scrapbooking Day bundle/workshop More Than You'll Ever Know layout #2, complete with photos! My daughter will have to add her own journaling of defending her thesis from the comfort of my bed after being sent home her senior year of college due to COVID 19.


At first I stamped the far left image in Blue Belle and Black but realized that Smoothie and Black complemented my layout better. Those fun banners are part of the May/June Mix In paper pack and/or the NSD bundle, More Than You'll Ever Know (available while supplies last until the end of the month).

I'm also sharing this on the Heart2Heart Challenges May 2 challenge, Celebrate Connections.

Friday, April 30, 2021

More Than You'll Ever Know, Daisy Meadows, and You Are Enough Wall Hanging

The More Than You'll Ever Know stamp set meets Daisy Meadows and You're Enough collections in a 8"x10" wall hanging for my girls' apartment that they'll begin sharing in August!

I used 3D foam tape to push up the sentiments.  I stamped the image first in Cinnamon and then stamped the pieces in Mint, Fern, Peacock, and Peach respectively.
Don't you love the rose gold foil on the You Are Enough collection?  The rose gold foil tape is retired but a perfect match.
Can you see the shimmer I added with Peach, Gold, and Clear shimmer brushes?  They add a nice touch in real life.

Don't be afraid to mix collections, especially when they share common colors!  Daisy Meadows is going tonight, so get yours before it's gone!  The other two are available through the end of May, while supplies last.


Daisy Meadows Scrapbooking Workshop Layout 3

How can today already be the last day of April?!?  That also means that today is the last day of the March/April idea book and all of the fun products therein (stamp sets will still be available).


Here is my version of the 3rd and final layout of the Daisy Meadows scrapbooking workshop.  My right page varies from the original because I chose to use five 4"x6" photos (which meant that I had to leave off an adorable gingham bunny that will get used on another project).  You may be wondering where the other two photos are.  They are hidden under the egg photo which will be attached with flip flaps.  The only other change that I made to the workshop instructions was to use shimmer brushes to spatter my background rather than watercolor paint.

If you need something from the March/April idea book, visit my website HERE, and come back tomorrow for a look at some fabulous NEW products available May 1!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Daisy Meadows Scrapbooking Workshop Layout 2

The workshops in the March/April Close To My Heart Idea Book are only available for a few more days, so be sure to get yours before they are gone!  (You can order HERE if you aren't already affiliated with a CTMH Maker.)  Here is my version of the second layout of the Daisy Meadows scrapbooking workshop.


This sweet white Pekin duck must have been turned out by someone a few years ago (along with a mate who is no longer with her), and having affectionately nicknamed her Daisy, of course I had to pair some of my photos of her with the Daisy Meadows scrapbooking workshop!  When I cut these workshops, I do not usually cut the photo mat pieces until I have my actual photos, because I usually tweak the recommendations.


These pretty daisy die cuts are exclusive to the scrapbooking workshop, as is the pretty patterned paper band.  The sticker sheet is available in the workshop or with the Daisy Meadows paper pack.


If you're a scrapper (or want to be), be sure to grab the current scrapbooking workshops so that you can quickly create gorgeous layouts!  All you'll need is adhesive, a paper trimmer, scissors, and a journaling pen to create gorgeous layouts.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

National Scrapbooking Day Celebration Blog Hop

Close To My Heart is offering five amazing product bundles and two days of free classes (on April 30 & May 1) for our National Scrapbooking Day Celebration.  This blog hop features NEW projects made with these bundles.   (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Melinda's blog.  From here, you'll visit Darlys's blog next.)  I fell in love with ALL of the bundles and have so many ideas brewing!  My bundles arrived late so here are two cards that I have hurriedly created just in time for this hop.


For both of my cards, I used the More Than You'll Ever Know stamp set with papers from the Party Girl bundle (which is actually from May's upcoming You Are Enough special).  I also added Twinkle Toes holographic paper to both cards.  My first one used the Glacier foil paper paired with the current Daisy Meadows patterned paper.  I stamped my sentiment in Pewter, then highlighted the words with my Light Yellow Blend (light), Dull Green (medium), Green Turquoise Blend (light), & Pale Pink Blend (light) TriBlend Spectrum Noir markers.  I added a few Daisy Meadows dots to finish it.


For my second card, I knew that I wanted to use the Blue Bell rose gold foil cardstock from Party Girl (upcoming You Are Enough) so I grabbed my Love of Color color guide to select the combo of Blue Bell, Pewter, Wisteria, and Sangria.  I painstakingly masked my sentiment to ink/stamp in the four colors.  I added Wisteria ribbon along with the Twinkle Toes holographic paper and Blue Bell pearls.

Thanks for letting me share these two quick cards with you and hopping by!  I'd love it if you could leave a comment before you visit the talented Darlys next!

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

April Technique Blog Hop: Dazzling Dimension

The April Technique Blog Hop is focusing on adding dimension to your projects, and I have some cards and a scrapbook layout to share with you.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Michelle's blog.  From here, you'll visit Wendy's blog next.)  First up are my cards, which all use the Eat Play Love collection paired with the April stamp of the month, Scandinavian Folk Art Greetings.

My first card is for my fabulous sister-in-law.  I began by inking the two flower springs of the boot stamp in Lemonade and then inking the two foliage springs in Avocado then stamping the image onto the White Daisy rectangle.  Next, I stamped the boot on scrap White Daisy in Candy Apple then cut it out carefully.  I used 3D foam squares to pop the red boot onto the focal image panel.  I added some faux stitching with my black journaling pen to add a little weight to the panel and to have three pops of black on my card.

My second card uses a similar technique to create a bird house.  I stamped the house in Candy Apple on the main panel and then added the Lagoon cutout with 3D foam tape.  For the flowers, I stamped them first in Avocado ink on the main panel, then stamped the flower part on scrap with Candy Apple, fussy cut, and adhered.  Can you see the sparkle that I added for the bird house hole?

This card is my "chicken house" card.  I stamped the house in Toffee and then the bird in Lemonade on the main panel.  Once again, I stamped the bird on scrap, fussy cut, and added with a piece of 3D foam tape.  It was easy to ink up and stamp the "ME" of the sentiment, clean my stamp, and the ink/stamp the "HO" above it to spell home in a square instead of straight across my card.

Finally, I have a layout share.  This first image is the "before" without added embellishments and dimension.

The "after" includes my title and dimensional embellishments:

I used my Everyday Wishes stamp set and Thin Cuts of my title and stamped images.
After stamping the "happy" frame on the Lemonade Thin Cut piece with Lagoon, I overstamped the "happy" outline in black.  I repeated the process on scrap Lemonade cardstock and then fussy cut each letter.  I used my thin 3D foam tape to adhere the letters on top of the frame.

It was fun to color parts of some of my Eat Play Love wooden shapes with my aqua Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Marker (medium) to add further dimension and texture to my layout.


My final embellishment cluster used a combination of stamped image (stamped in Fern and colored with Spectrum Noir markers- even the bitty sparkle flower centers were colored yellow!), Eat Play Love wooden shapes, and black burst adhesives.


Thanks for letting me share these projects with you.  I hope I've inspired you to add some dimension to your projects!  I'd love a comment before you hop next to Wendy's blog to continue the Dazzling Dimension Technique Blog Hop.



Monday, April 12, 2021

Stamptacular Blog Hop

Close To My Heart is offering some amazing savings on stamps and Thin Cuts bundles this month, and this hop is highlighting some of our favorites.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Alyson's blog.  From here, you'll visit Brenda's blog next.)


For my *new* Stamptacular project, I couldn't resist creating a bird card!  I grabbed my Spruced Up Cardmaking stamp set and Thin Cuts to create a slimline (8"x3.5") card the Daisy Meadows paper collection.  I used Mint cardstock as my base and then cut the plaid Daisy Meadows patterned paper with my Fancy Cuts Thin Cuts.  I stamped my evergreen boughs with Peacock (first and second generation) on two die cut pieces and then stamped both of the chickadees/AKA goldfinches on Thin Cut pieces of Canary cardstock with Black ink.  I stamped the sentiment in black on the White Daisy banner and then added it on top of a Peacock patterned paper banner from the Daisy Meadows collection.  I finished my card off with a black burst adhesive gem.

Here are some other ideas that I've featured before on my blog but that also use current Stamptacular stamps.

Spruced Up Cardmaking:









Sweet Hummingbird:


Aurora Cardmaking:

Summer Vibes:




If you don't already have a CTMH Maker, feel free to check out all of the savings on my website HERE.  Note that many of the stamp sets are also available as a stamp set/Thin Cut bundle, so be sure to scroll all the way through all the goodness before you check out.

Thanks for letting me share some old and new projects as inspiration for this STAMPTACULAR blog hop and special!  Please leave a comment before hopping, swimming, or jumping on over to Brenda's blog next!

I'm also linking this post up to the Heart2Heart Challenges Old & New challenge!

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