Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Christmas in July

I will be hosting a Christmas in July card workshop later this week. I wanted to share the cards and tell you about some of the products that I am using as they are only available this month!

Here is the assortment of cards that we will be creating~

You might be wondering how can you do a Christmas themed card workshop when there is not a Holiday Idea Book with Christmas papers yet? Thinking out of the Christmas box you will discover that the Into the Woods papers are great for Christmas or Winter themed cards. Add in some stamped images, Cricut cuts and Thin cuts and you have wonderful holiday themed cards!

Two stamp sets I used are actually found in card making workshops in the current catalog. Those are the You're Awesome kit and the Thinking of You kit. These stamps are sold only in the card making kits with all the materials you need to design 12 handmade cards. Why not make a beautiful set of cards with the kit and then find more uses for the stamp set later!

I have also used the July Stamp of the Month named appropriately, Bear Hugs! You can get this stamp for only $5 with a qualifying purchase this month only. Bear and cub are perfect for a Christmas card!

Finally, you may also notice the Falala card with punched out circles. This is a band new Thin Cut only available through a promotion called Share the Joy! You can get more details on this special going on throughout the month of July on my website. The cool part is you have the option to purchase the thin cuts only, stamps only, or the complete bundle of products at a discount.

As you can see I have incorporated the monthly specials with current/available products to create unique Christmas cards. Sleigh bells will be ringing soon, will you be ready?!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Beautiful Moments Crafting On

I shared a layout I created using the Cut Above layout from the Craft with Heart subscription. This layout featured the Craft On collection which I altered the papers and embellishments with some older Prickly Pear items. Here is the original layout from the subscription box to remind you.

If you look carefully at this layout and the one I created in the previous post you will notice that I did not use the yellow flowers, some of the title and the polka dot and black stickers on the bottom portion of the page. Not to let any goods go to waste I repurposed them in another layout featuring the Craft On papers and embellishments. Take a look.

Pretty clever huh! I pulled in some of the cut-apart pieces and papers from some older mix-in packets too adding a pop of yellow stripe and Lagoon!

See all of the Craft On collection in the newest Seasonal Expressions Idea Book or online here.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Thinking Outside of the Box! Plus, It's June!

Hello friends!

Welcome to a new month and new specials! June has some great specials to continue your scrapbooking, gift giving and all things summer!

First, I would like to say that I just started my summer with a quick trip to sunny Southern California to see our son and spend time as family. I am just embarking on my summer adventures which will hopefully include more crafting time with all the new products.

One of the new items I've been wanting to play with is the scrapbooking pages from the current Craft With Heart Subscription Box. I really liked the layout for the month of August which features the Craft On papers. I however, was not thrilled with the floral papers and wanted a burst of color to match the pictures I took in California! So I thought out of the box and pulled in some older Prickly Pear papers. The perfect match!

Here is what the original layout looks like in the Cut Above guide~

Big difference it makes! It was easy to change up though, I only needed to add some papers to the existing base and change up the embellishments. The "sunshine" title remained and I added the "California" from the Hello USA Cricut cartridge.

Here is a look at the layout with photo's~

I feel like the Cut Above kits gives you a good launch board towards creativity, yet allows you freedom to put your own flare on it!

Speaking of getting a head start towards creativity! Check out the special for this month.

FREE Layout Kits with Select Stamp Sets!

Celebrate the best moments during June with four My Acrylix® stamp sets and coordinating layout kits designed to preserve some of your favorite memories. This special features three stamp sets from our Seasonal Expressions idea book and one exclusive set—Then & Now—designed just for this special. 
For this month only, we’ve paired each of these stamp sets with materials for creating a 2-page scrapbooking layout at no additional cost! You pay the price of the stamp set and get the layout materials FREE—a savings of up to 40%!
Save an additional 25% by purchasing all four kits as part of the special The Best Moments Are Free bundle! You can also get one of these workshop kits FREE when you become a Consultant or host a qualifying party in June!
Take a look at some of the kits you can purchase online or get the bundle!

Please log onto my website for more details and to see all the purchasing options!

Let's not forget about Dad's and Grad's this month either! We have a special mini album that is geared for Dad's, but would make a great graduation gift also with a few changes!

You can find all the details included for this promotion also on my website here. The bundle is the best deal and will make your project super easy to put together in time for Dad! 

Last, but not least, a super pretty Stamp of the Month. It's Your Day to Sparkle is the sweetest cake stamp great for wedding, anniversaries and birthdays.

As always you can get this special stamp at a discounted price for the month of June only. Follow the hashtag #ctmhitsyoudaytosparkle or search for it on Pinterest for more ideas using this lovely stamp.
Thank you for stopping by, hope you have lots of crafty fun this summer!

Monday, May 13, 2019

World is Yours Cards Too!

Hello! Hope you are enjoying National Scrapbooking Month so far! The World is Yours collection is great for all those moments we will celebrate not only in May, but throughout the year! However, the papers and exclusive stamp set from this collection can be used for making cards also. Here are a couple cards I created with that cute bicycle image.

You can simply stamp the bike on a piece of cardstock or you can fussy-cut the image and add it to your project. Don't forget that flowers and leaves make great background stamps! Be sure to check out all the options available this month and other specials going on online! Have an adventurous day!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

National Scrapbooking Month ~ The World is Yours

May is National Scrapbooking Month! To celebrate Close To My Heart has several options to capture your most treasured memories. The World is Yours kit has options for traditional 12x12 scrapbookers, mini-album experts or those crafters addicted to pocket pages! With all the gorgeous papers, embellishments, tools and an exclusive stamp set you'll be set for the month. Plus, you will have access to all sorts of downloadable artwork from the website. Here are a few pages I made with some help from those designs.

Don't you just love the titles throughout these pages?! This look is achieved by cutting the letters on your Cricut on the base page. Before adhering them you can back them with any colored cardstock that you choose. This is all available online to create yourself and will include the download for your Cricut machine. (as long as you own the cartridges)

I did change up some of the paper colors, embellishments and orientation of the photo's on the right side page. You have the freedom to change is as you like or keep it exactly as shown on the workshop.

This next single page layout is an absolute stunner! Shaker cards are all the rage, but have you ever seen a giant shaker page? This is awesome! The shaker is made with a cut-out map from the Cricut, some foam and the transparent layer to contain your sequins/sparkles is from a 12x12 page protector cut to fit!

Again I changed up some of the papers and colors, but you can download and create this page exactly as shown in the guide. Now to find the perfect photograph to showcase on this incredible page!

There are more creations to come, plus some super easy Cut-Above layout too. I'll be back soon to show you more options! In the meantime have a happy scrapbooking month!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Wild & Punny

With every new Idea Book I tend to find a stamp that is my favorite throughout the entire catalog. This stamp was not my usual genre, but it encapsulates a favorite animal of mine recently and my daughter's "spirit animal". The llama and sloth together on one stamp set? So crazy!

I really like the other animals and the "punny" sentiments that coordinate with them. Plus, to get any stamp with the thin cuts is a no-brainer! Here are some cards I showcased for my Open House event giving a sample of each creature.

I pulled in a mix of papers from many of the new collections in the idea book along with the mix-in papers. I used the sloth card for my daughter's graduation. She just received her Associate's Degree from the university where she has attended for only 5 semesters. She will have her Bachelor's Degree by next spring, hence the irony of the sloth!

Here we are with her from this past Friday. So proud of her, what a beautiful day! I can't wait to scrapbook more of the pics we took from the weekend as it is National Scrapbooking Month!

Take a look through the new Idea Book to see which stamp set stands out as your favorite. I hope you like this stamp too and consider adding it to your collection. It would be so "punny" if you do!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May is National Scrapbooking Month

In May we celebrate preserving our most treasured memories! Close to My Heart always provides an exclusive paper packet and stamp set to celebrate. This year they have so many spectacular options for every crafter in mind! You can choose to create traditional 12x12 pages, easy Cut-Above pages, mini-albums, and for card-lovers we still have something for you!

Here are a few options, but be sure to check online for more choices!

While online you are going to notice several new products as a brand new Idea Book also launched on May 1st! This book will give you options to craft projects for summer, travel, girls, boys, weddings and the craft-a-holics you know and or may be yourself!

I will give you a peek at all the new collections later. Plus, you will see in addition to the new products even more specials. Here are just a few~

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Happy Wishes and Rainbows

Just a happy little card using the Oh So Happy papers and embellishments. I believe the rainbow was actually from the cut above page in the Crafting with Heart subscription. I did not want to incorporate it in the page as instructed, but did not want it to be forgotten! I repurposed it on a greeting card that will undoubtedly brighten someone's day!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this card brightened your day!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

No More Teens!

Back in early March a thought came into my mind as I was working. The following day would be my daughter's birthday. My youngest child was turning 20! I no longer have young children, no more teenagers, my kids aren't kids anymore! I'll remind you that I work at an elementary school and as I had these thoughts I happened to be working with a kindergarten student. Where did the time go? I suppose I know the answer, but how does it happen so fast?

Moments like this make me grateful that I kept scrapbooks throughout all the years. I can fondly look back at all the memories and see how much everyone has changed. I certainly don't want to stop preserving the memories as new moments are on the horizon. I look forward to the new adventures!

My now 20 year old daughter seeks her own adventures as well! Away at college we were not able to spend the day with her, but she made the most of it with a close friend taking photo's to capture the milestone. I printed the pictures she sent me and created some beautiful pages of my beautiful daughter on her special day!

This single page was inspired by a couple of similar designs on Instagram and the Internet. I knew that I had to incorporate a rounded floral design and the bold "Beautiful" title from the So Much Happy collection!

Here is the page with the photo's added. These were my two favorite pics.

I chose to print these in black and white so they did not distract from the pretty colors of the page. I added in some more chipboard and sticker flowers from the complements.

Here is the complimenting page with some more photos from the day. These I left in color as the location has such gorgeous scenery!

The So Much Happy paper collection and coordinating embellishments will be available until the end of this month.

Be sure to preserve those magical milestones. The precious moments in our lives are fleeting fast!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

More of So Much Happy

Sometimes when I get out a paper collection, I just sort-of get on a role! After creating a scrapbook layout, I kept making beautiful things with this cute collection. My next endeavor were some more cards using more of those adorable Complements, cut-apart pieces and lovely papers.

This first card is kind-a cute and the second card is for a kind friend! Don't you just love this bird hitching a ride on this stretched out pooch. I just tied a balloon on and set them in some thin-cut grass! Any animal lover will appreciate receiving this card on their "Bird-day"!

As if this floral paper in the collection wasn't enough, I've added a bold yellow sentiment from the cut-apart papers. It is centered on an embossed circle and raised up on 3D foam. The 'friend' sentiment comes from the itty bitty alphabet stickers on the Complements sheet. Super simple to add just about any sentiment you wish. Instead of 'friend' I could have said 'nose picker'. It makes me think of that old saying, "You can pick your nose and you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friends' nose!" or Something like that!

Hope you liked these cards and had a laugh! Hope your day is filled with So Much Happy!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

So Much Happy Plants and Flowers

The cut-apart paper and Complements from the So Much Happy collection are irresistibly cute. Some of the images and sentiments I used on a scrapbook layout that I posted earlier. I felt that some other images would work better for a greeting card.

I especially liked the little flower pitcher and the big leafed plant. Take a look at my simple creations.

For both of these cards I used some really old PML cards that have been in a craft organizer for some time now. I have a new thing for a pop of bright green and turquoise on a base of black and white. Especially black and white dots! To spruce up the pant I added a little mint shimmer to the blue areas. The sentiment is one of my favorites; an older stamp set, but a keeper!

This card uses an older PML card also, but I added in a piece of peach cardstock that has been cut using the fancy tags thin cuts. I gives the card a feeling of the pitcher sitting atop a table.

Both cards are very simple which allows the Complement pieces to be the star of the card! This collection will be available until the end of April. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Finally Friday and a Freebie

Hello and happy Friday friends! It's been awhile since I posted and for good reason. You may recall in my last post that I was eagerly anticipating the graduation of my son from Marine Corps Boot Camp. It was an exciting time and I was thrilled to see him again and share in his accomplishment with family and friends.

I took lots of photo's and now I'm in the process of documenting the experience. In this first layout I captured our first day to arrive in San Diego. We traveled with our own little crew and made a fun day after hours of driving in a car. We played on the beach and had some delicious tacos.

The layout design came from a free pattern shared on the Make it From Your Heart Blog. You can get the printable design for your self. Mix it up with any papers you desire, I used the So Much Happy papers and embellishments from both the cut-apart paper and Complements. Here is what the layout looks like before adding pictures. {I flipped the photo's on the right page to be horizontal rather than vertical.}

Don't be afraid to cut-apart sentiments even further to curve it around your cut circle. You can also bend your border stamps to outline the circular shape!

Be sure to visit the CTMH Blog for your free pattern. It is lots of fun to create!