Thursday, February 16, 2017

#True Love

I have not been posting on my Blog as frequently as I once did. I am busy creating though and tend to show these pictures more often through Instagram. If you're not already on Instagram you are really missing out on tons of inspiration. You can click on the camera icon located in the right hand column of this blog to find my profile.  {follow me  @amys_art}

Here are a few cards I've been posting lately that you are missing out on! They were all created from the Operation Smile special stamp set called True Love. It features some darling little characters and sweet phrases.



Not only do you get a wonderfully sweet stamp set, but you also support a great cause! Order online.


Remember to check Instagram for the most current inspiration! Have a happy day!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bunny Z-Fold Box Card

When I first saw the February Stamp of the Month, I knew right away that the bunny trio would look cute on a Z-fold box card. When colored softly with water colors the Hello Lovely papers are the perfect backdrop.




Easter Bunny {S1702} is available until February 28, 2017 at a special discounted price of only $5 with qualifying purchase. You will have plenty of time to create your Easter cards!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Specials

Close To My Heart has a great opportunity for new and former consultants this month. They are also offering an adorable Easter Bunny stamp of the month. Take a look at the specials in store for you this month!



Sign up as a Close To My Heart during February and in addition to the normal benefits of signing up, you will also receive the February, March, and April Stamp of the Month sets FREE—an additional $53.85 in retail value! Sign up today!

 

Former Close To My Heart Consultants~

As a special offer this month, you can choose a no-kit sign-up option that will let you become a Consultant again without paying for another New Consultant Kit! Sign up for just $50 and you’ll still receive the $50 in Select Product Credit PLUS the three Stamp of the Month sets! Sign up today!


 Easter Bunny {S1702}




How adorable is this little bunny family? This will be the perfect stamp set to make your Easter cards or to showcase those special Spring pictures! I will have some fun projects to show you later this month using this discounted stamp set.


Thank you for stopping by today. Please take a look at the specials tab for more information or you can shop online here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hello Lovely Brush Box

Every once in awhile you come across an item that you simply can't discard, because you see other potential in it. That was the case with this tea box I received over the holidays. It was a great, sturdy box with a nice sized drawer that pulled out. My daughter just received some new makeup brushes that I knew would be scattered about and needed to be contained. Take a look at the box before.


I debated whether to use the Dreamin' Big paper collection or the Hello Lovely papers. The brushes have beautiful rose gold handles so the decision was easy....Hello Lovely it is!

Also, I am entering this project in the Heart 2 Heart silver and gold challenge for those beautiful gold accents and brush handles of course.



On the top of the box I used some of the coordinating papers, a PML card and some complements. I even lined the inside of the drawer to pull it all together. Now her brushes will stay clean and organized and I was able to re-purpose a lovely box.

The Hello Lovely paper collection is available now in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hello Lovely Layout

Typically a traditional 12x12 Scrapbooker will create a two-page coordinating layout. In my album for 2016, that I have yet to complete, I have set up monthly dividers which can lend itself to 2 page layouts, single pages or perhaps a 3 page layout! Sounds different, right? This helps me end monthly events at the divider, but also gives me some additional room for a few extra photo's or maybe one very special photo!

In this three-page layout, I am featuring some pictures of my daughter's Senior Homecoming. If you visit my Blog often, you'll know that she is my major inspiration and dominates most of my album! I'm trying to document so much as this is her last year in High School. She posed with her best friend and her daddy. Truly though she was a beauty in her black lace dress, with gold under tones and her hair curled up. The Hello Lovely paper collection was just the right touch of soft colors and gold glittery bling to compliment the black dress and beams of sunlight that shone into the pictures.
Take a look.

 This is how the pages will be in order, with the third layout revealed after turning the page of course.


 

I did very little stamping to this page. The majority of the embellishments come from the coordinating complements. Here are a few closer looks at the decoration on the pages.



This paper collection is featured in the newest Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. It will be available until the end of April. This collection would also make lovely wedding or anniversary cards and layouts.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are inspired by the Hello Lovely collection and stretching your scrapbook layouts!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Dreamin' Big Camera

I'm super excited to share this project with you. This Christmas my daughter wished for a camera. She loves photography and would like a camera with all the bells and whistles that will last a lifetime. Sticking to the "mom & dad Christmas budget" we opted to give her money to save up for what she really wants. I'm not much for just handing money in an envelope, so I came up with something more creative! Thanks to the SVG Cuts website I found the perfect camera!!


This camera is a nice big 3D project. It is easy to cut out and assemble with the instructional video. The Dreamin' Big papers were perfect to use and coordinate so nicely. The entire top of the camera, with dials and all, lifts off revealing a space for rolls of cash! Look closely at the acetate lens...how cool, yes!


Please visit SVGCuts for tons of inspiring ideas. You can get this new Dreamin' Big paper collection and coordinating products now online. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Celebrate January 2017!

With a new year there is always new possibility and of course there is a new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book! January is National Papercrafting Month and Close To My Heart has a beautiful project to ignite your creativity. Let's take a look at a few of the new offerings.


 Flower wreaths are very much in trend this season and this kit has everything you need to create a beautiful home decor item. Even better....you can get it for FREE this month! Click on the Current Specials tab at the top for more details.

Here is a look at the wreath I made following the instructions included. The only things I added were the gold gems and some gold shimmer from the new shimmer brush in the SE 2017 Idea Book.






CTMH has brand new spring idea books in white, sea glass and pink. They come in D-ring or Post-bound.


January stamp of the month, Adore You, has images and sentiments certain to express your love this season. See more details on the Current Specials tab at the top.



Meet the new paper collections~

Dreamin' Big


 Hello Lovely

 Some Kinda Wonderful

 Sugar Rush

You can always click on the Idea Book image on the right side column to view the entire new book. Be sure to also check out the new products online, there you will see additional workshop and project ideas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Pop and Twist Calendar 2017

I try to come up with a different calendar idea every year. This year a few pop & twist card ideas were trending on the internet, so it was fitting that I designed a similar concept for my calendar this year. I taught this as a class last week and it was a big success. Here are my calendar samples using the Swan Lake collection and a sneak peek at a brand new collection coming in January!


This one is already sitting at home in my freshly cleaned scrapbook room! This is a new paper collection called Dreamin' Big that you will see in the Winter/Spring Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. You can get your hands on this gorgeous paper starting January 1st.


Here are a few more of the calendars made by the ladies. Each kit was different and used various collections of paper and embellishments. Look closely as you may see a few more sneak peeks!


The total dimensions of this calendar is 5 x 7 so you can lay it down flat and place it in an envelope for easy mailing. To display you simply lift on the top piece, slightly twist and it holds in place by the post-it note pad and embellishments if desired. Here are some quick dimensions to get you started on making one of your own.

Base cardstock measures 5 x12, score at 7 inches. Then turn at a diagonal on you paper trimmer or score board and make a score line from the bottom corner to the top of the side that now measures 5x5, creating two triangles.



Place glue on the bottom triangle that gets folded and twisted up towards the base, not on both triangles! You will then place another piece of matching cardstock that measures 5x7 to the top where you placed glue, making certain to line up the top with the bottom piece.

 
All that is left is to decorate with coordinating patterned papers and embellishments. Don't forget your calendar and post-it note pad. {It is best to use red line glue to keep a secure hold as the calendar will be displayed somewhat vertically.} I get my calendars from Taylored Expressions. We also decorated a pen to match for writing down those important thoughts!

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you make a Pop & Twist calendar!

Monday, December 12, 2016

'Tis the Season for Homemade Mini's

I love making homemade keepsakes, especially for the Holidays. I like to look back each Christmas to see what old traditions we still celebrate or to see the new memories we created. Sometimes I don't keep my own handmade treasure, rather I pass them along as special gifts to someone I love. I shared this mini album with my customers using a combination of Artbooking album pages with the newest Cricut City Sidewalks collection.







Did you see all the fun shapes from the cartridge along with some of the City Sidewalks Complements? They all played together very well in this mini album!

Don't forget that these collection will retire at the end of the month!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Card Buffet

I recently hosted my first ever card buffet. I created a dozen different Christmas cards with a huge variety of themes from reindeer to gingerbread men and even a VW bug!? The ladies had 2 hours to create and the more they made the more savings the earned per card. It was hit overall and everyone really had fun!

Here is a picture of the cards, minus one that was left out of the photo.~


This picture illustrates how the cards were set in crates or boxes with kits to make the card along with the materials needed to complete it. Most required a stamp set and inks, but others needed thin cuts, markers, craft heaters, embossing folders and more.


Here are the ladies having fun, but mostly getting to work....serious business you know!


One of the aspects that the ladies enjoyed the most is that all the ideas were already thought of for them. The could simply look at the master card and recreate it. I try to come up with interesting ideas and wanted to explore all sorts of stamp images as well as use a variety of papers. Sometimes the ideas came from strange items. Like the Merry VW bug card. On a recent shopping trip to Michaels I came across these adorable magnetic closing boxes for 50% off. The image of the little cars decked out for the holidays was my inspiration for this card. I think the post office should seriously make this a stamp design. I would buy it! None of these card kits were left in the box...well not many cards were left at all at the end of the night!


Happy crafting!