Jul 22, 2012

Summer Scrapbooking Layout(s)

Guess what the challenge is this week over at  Heart to Heart Challenges? Water Fun!! Just the challenge I needed to help get me ready for an upcoming scrapping night I'm hosting this week.

It's not an official class, but rather just a few close friends coming over to join me in doing some scrapbooking. One friend offered to bring dessert. Doesn't get much sweeter than that.

 Anyway, I decided to go ahead and get an early start so that I can be a good hostess and have something a little bit inspiring to get them started. Here is the layout I created tonight:

Footloose Summer Layout

I really love how it came out. I used a packet of paper from Close to my Heart called Footloose. This paper did not excite me when I first saw it. However, I began to see some really cute scrapbooking layouts being shared on Pinterest and on some consultant blogs. It began to grow on me. So glad I decided to get some to use for this summer's pictures. I also used a few of the coordinating dimensional elements. LOVE IT!!!  

I am in the process of doing a few more summer layouts while I am on a roll with this paper packet. Here is another one for you:

Another Footloose Creation

Can you spot my boo-boo? I erroneously stamped the date incorrectly. As I marveled at how I managed to do that, I then spotted a photo I almost added that was from 2012 instead of 2011. Thankfully it was fixable. I love looking back at how much my children have grown even over just a one year period of time. I added a few cutouts from a Cricut Cartridge I had on hand called Life is a Beach. Next to my Close to my Heart Art Philosophy Cartridge, I think this one is my second favorite cartridge that I own. Lots of fun summer goodies are on it. Perfect for doing beach layouts like this one.

If you are interested in learning how to scrapbook your memories, please contact me. I can teach you how to preserve your memories and celebrate your relationships through scrapbooking!

If you are already a scrapper but need a little inspiration now and then, be sure to check out H2H Challenges to see creative ways to use your favorite Close to my Heart products.

Let me know what you think of my creations by leaving me a comment. They really make my day.

Thank You

It seems that lately I have lots to be thankful for. For that reason, I have had to come up with a few masculine thank you cards of late. I thought I'd show you what I came up with as I think they came out really nice.

Thank You Friend using Typset Paper Packet

I created these cards using Close to my Heart paper packet called Typset. Unfortunately, this paper packet retires very shortly (Aug 1st). The good news is that perhaps you can use it as inspiration for paper you have on hand, or use the some of the new paper packets that are coming out August 1st . When you combine the cute paper included in the packet, with the solid cardstock that coordinates (also included in the packet) with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, the possibilities for creating great cards are endless.

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Just when I think I have a handful of cards on hand to last for a little while, another sweet friend has a birthday and I look to my basket of cards and realize "gasp" I need to make more. That is actually not a problem, but a blessing as I LOVE to make cards and I love to have friends who fill my life with joy. This week I used the Mojo Monday Sketch as inspiration for the card I created. Here is their sketch for this week:

Super cute, right? I thought so. Here is the card I created using this inspiration:

To create this lovely birthday card I used a paper packet from Close to my Heart called Florentine, my cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge to create the pretty little flower,  the leaves, the paper ribbons, as well as to cut out the circles I used for placing my sentiment. The sentiments are retired CTMH stamps. The bow was actually created off of the card (it's easier that way) and then I just glued it right over a strip of ribbon that I ran through the middle of my cardstock. Another week I am blessed to use the Mojo Monday sketches as inspiration.Hope I have inspired you to check out their blog and get busy making your own Love-ly cards.

Jul 16, 2012

Birthday Cards-masculine theme

Elemental Birthday Cards

Just wanted to share with you a few cards I whipped up this weekend. We had a birthday party to go to for a family member who was turning 8. I had just finished making a card for a 7 y/o the day before using my Super Hero Paper packet so I was wanting to do something different. I pulled out my Elemental Paper Packet and came up with these while the family watched a Saturday evening movie together. I love that I made three so that the next two I need will already be in my basket ready for gifting.

I really just let the cute paper do the work. I did add a little bit of Silver Glitter Gel to the top two cards and some Mocha Opaques to the bottom card. I used my Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out the cupcakes and used my coordinating stamps to stamp them in brown. On the bottom cupcake, I ran the bottom portion through my paper crimper to give it a little dimension. I love how these came out.

If you enjoy the possibilities of this paper packet, you need to contact me ASAP as it retires the end of this month. Augh!!! I will miss the versatility of this great paper.

Jul 4, 2012

Ahhh,..... Summer

Well, it's that time of year that I look forward to most,.... Summer. The mountain is all green from a winter full of snow and the temperatures are in the 70's. Homeschooling is pared to just a subject or two and we have this expanse of time to relax a little bit.  You know what I am looking forward to? Yes, you guessed it, making more cute cards and catching up on scrapbooking.  If that is one of the things you look forward to as well, I hope I can share a bit of what I am doing to keep you motivated and moving forward in achieving those goals.

Just wanted to share a few of the cute cards I have made over the busy month of June:

This great card was made using the Paper Packet Typeset. It will be retiring soon, so if you like it, be sure to get your order in to me by the end of July. I also used the coordinating Typeset Complements Canvas Shapes. This paper also makes really cute birthday cards or just general Guy cards with the dark and neutral colors. 

Here are the Father's Day Cards that I came up with this year:

To create these cards, I used my Victory  Workshop on the Go kit. These kits contain not only a full packet of paper, but also an exclusive stamp set that you can't purchase out side of the kit, as well as coordinating embellishments (in this case the Durable Square Studs and Natural Hemp).  I also played with my White Daisy Pigment Based Ink to create the cool background paper on the one shown on the top right corner. To create the two matching cards, I used my Cricut and Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out the banner shaped card, cut the paper to match the shape, and to create the star and the #1.  I changed out the cartridge to write the word Dad, but I could have used the Art Philosophy Cartridge to do it as well. The letters would just not have been welded together (unless I used the Cricut Craftroom which I did not want to hook up at the time).

There are a few pregnant Momma's at my church right now so I had several baby boy cards that needed to be made in June. Here is the latest one I made:

This cards was created with some retired products. I used Wonderland Paper (which you just  might get this month as a special part of the Constant Campaign for July). I love the way it turned out. I used my Cricut and Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out the decorative squares and circles on the top portion of this card. Easy Peasy!!

Hope you get some time to play too!