Saturday, June 30, 2012

See Ya Later!

Just wanted to share a card I made for some friends that are leaving us. We met them through our church about 5 years ago. Our kids got along great, in fact my daughter and their's are best friends and having a hard time with the move. Why move then? Their dad is in the Navy and being deployed to Japan. It's a BIG move! We hung out last night and had a few good laughs remembering some fun parties and celebrations we shared. I prefer to keep goodbyes on the lighter side, as you can see with my playful card!

Their youngest daughter is our god child. Her and I were playing dress up lastnight. I'm really going to miss this cutie pie!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Be You

Take a look at this lovely card I created for Ribbon Carousel Challenge this week as well as the Inspired By Challenge #30. It was also inspired by a card I saw on Dawn McVey's Blog. I love the vibrancy of the colors, layered flower, mis-match of embellishments and the distressing.

The challenge of Ribbon Carousel was to do paper piecing. I chose to stamp the flower 3 times and then cut around the petals to give it dimension. Piecing it all back together on the card really makes it a focal point!

This was the inspiration photo on Inspired By. The colors, flowers and bit of polka-dots is what really caught my eye!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Little Birdie Mojo

It's a round or square sketch challenge on Mojo Monday this week. I chose square and I also chose to use the Stamp of the Month which will only be available for a few more days. I was having so much playing with the bird stamp that I came up with two cards. The first is a festive card for the upcoming 4th of July celebration!

For my second card I varied the sketch just slightly and it has a lighter, summer feel.

Get this stamp set before it's too late and don't forget you only have a few more days of Stampaganza also! You can order online here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

i do

It's wedding week on Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week. What does marriage and Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog both have in common? Commitment! As a Design Team Member for the past 6 months, I have fully committed my time and passion for creating. My term as a DT member has come to an end sadly and this will be my final post as a team member. Don't worry you'll still see me playing along with their challenges though! Enough about that...what's the challenge?!

This week we want to see your creative and elegant wedding or wedding shower projects. My initial thought was to create something in black, white and gray, a very classic color combination. Then I thought of my own wedding {years ago!} where my colors were black and white with a pop of red. The funny thing is that the venue for our reception had crazy neon lights so all my red looked like hot pink and a little orange. For my elegant, slightly quirky, wedding card I pulled in some Tulip, Cotton Candy and Baby Pink. Hope you like it!

Some of the elegant touches I included were fabulous frilly ribbons, sparkly buttons and pretty pearls. All of these embellishments and other products to complete this card are all Close To My Heart.

P.S. Thank you for the opportunity to be a Design Team Member at Heart 2 Heart. I've had so much fun participating in all the challenges and providing inspiration to all who visit. I enjoyed creating along side the other fabulous members. You are all so creative and really kept me on my toes. A special thanks to Mary V. and Haley for your commitment to the blog, it's members and coming up with all the challenge ideas. You girls rock!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Soaking in the Sun

Today I am playing along with two challenges. The first challenge is a new Blog I have been visiting. I have wanted to play along from the beginning, but was unable to squeeze in some creative time. It is the new Close To My Heart Color My Heart ~ Color Dare Blog. This is their 5th challenge and the dare is one of my favorites! Create-your-own Rainbow based on the color wheel!

The other challenge is for Inspired By Blog that had this great photo inspiration this week.

The page I created for these two challenges is from a recent vacation to the beach. I was able to brighten the photo with the surrounding rainbow colors and the pattern is from the inspiration photo. What appears to be a fairly simple layout was actually quite time consuming, but I {heart} the result!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Color My Ribbons

This week on Heart 2 Heart Challenges, Team B was challenged to use ribbon on their projects. They all rocked this challenge and inspired some fabulous creations! I wanted to get to work right away and play along. You can get all the details on the Heart 2 Heart Blog.

While Close To My Heart has some fabulous ribbons, they don't offer it in every color. The solution is to color my ribbon whatever color I desire with the spectacular Color~Ready Seam Binding Ribbon!

First, I cut pieces of ribbon and lined them up with the colors I wanted to use.

Using a sponge dauber for each color, I rubbed the color on the ribbon.

Here is how I used the ribbon for this adorable Birthday card!

Do you just love this little birdie? He's one of the many images on this month's Stamp of the Month. When you spend $50 you can get this adorable stamp set for just $5.

It's also Stampaganza! Now is the perfect time to stock up on those stamps you've had on your wish list, like the Birthday Wishes sentiment also featured on my card. Buy 2 stamps of equal or lesser value and get one FREE. Get more details here.

Don't forget to play along with the ribbon challenge on Heart 2 Heart this week!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Hero

One last "Dad" card to share with you today on Father's Day! The sentiment is perfect!

I used rub-ons from the Superhero collection and an older sentiment stamp. All product is CTMH.

Happy Father's Day to all those Hero's out there!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Lucky Dune Crew

If you're a thrill seeker, than these pages are for you! This year we celebrated St. Patrick's Day at the Sand Dunes. We ran with a great group of guys and gals and celebrated a Birthday with lots of food and fun! The title is fitting for this weekend, "Lucky Dune Crew", not only because of the Irish Holiday, but because we had no major "break downs". If  your not aware of sandrails, it is in there nature to have constant mechanical issues.

My layout design comes directly from the Magic How To book. I've always loved this design and wanted to use it for something one day. Well, this was the day! It requires a panoramic photo and this one was perfect with all the sandrails lined up.

{All products used are Close To My Heart except a few stamped images on right page from Stampin'Up}

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Snowy Spring Break

Today my pages are from our Spring Break vacation. We always love visiting and exploring Zion National Park. Who knew we would encounter snow in the Spring. Zion is already such a beautiful place, but with a sprinkling of snow it became even more majestic and gorgeous!

I used papers that naturally coordinate with the landscape, but added in some blues to reflect the change of weather we experienced. I even had to pull out my Christmas/Winter stamps again to stamp a few snowflakes!

{All products used are Close To My Heart}

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Golf Tournament

Summer is here, the perfect time to get caught up on my scrapbooking! Until we travel on vacation and I come back with more photo's! For now though my book will be somewhat up to date. If you need some scrapbooking inspiration please visit all week as I will share my pages.

This first page is from my daughter's Adult/Athlete Golf Tournament where she played with her Uncle and they tied for first place! There is some fun details throughout this page, but my favorite is the little girlie golfer. The stamp set I used is really a male golfer, but with some paper piercing it resembles my daughter perfectly!

Monday, June 11, 2012

For you *POPS* !!

It's a Father's Day challenge on Heart 2 Heart Blog this week! You may call him Father, Dad or Daddy, but sometimes I call him Pops! {Just don't call him "old man"! Ha Ha Ha}

I made a popcorn card a couple years back as an invitation for a party! The quote said "Pop on over"! I thought it would be fun to make a similar card for Father's Day! The popcorn is made from Liquid Applique. I apply a thin layer in the center and a thicker layer around the edges to give it the appearance of popcorn. Once I heat it and it becomes puffy and completely dry, I apply some yellow chalk to the centers with a Qtip. The popcorn tub is simply made with white card stock base and strips of cranberry red paper.

{All products are Close To My Heart}

Friday, June 8, 2012

Life is Tweet

The beginning of the month is always so exciting! New stamps, new projects and fabulous promotions! On Mojo Monday this week it's a new sketch and contest. The design has lots of layers and the possibility of lots of embellishments.

The beginning of the month also means a new stamp at a discounted price. This month's Life is Tweet, is super cute and I adore the little birdie! When your order reaches $50 you can purchase this darling stamp for only $5.

Just a reminder that it's Stampaganza all month long too! Buy 2 stamps sets and get the 3rd of equal or lesser value for FREE!

I was playing around in Picasa with this card and what I ended up creating reminds me of this week's challenge on Heart 2 Heart. Now it's Black and white with a pop of color! If you have not played along yet this week, "pop" on over there!

Ready to go shopping for this super tweet stamp and many more! Click here.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

T is For: Typeset, Teacher & Thank You

Today is the last day of school for my kids. They both had a great year and accomplished so much. My daughter and I sat down to design some Thank You cards for her teachers. She had some great teachers this year and a Thank You card is the least we can do for their hard work and dedication.

{All product used is Close To My Heart with the exception of the brass star brads}

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pop of Color

This week on Heart 2 Heart blog we are challenged to use black & white with a pop of just one other color! It is so hard to pick just one color from the fabulous selection that Close To My Heart offers. For this card I chose the color smoothie!

I am also entering this in the Ribbon Carousel's "Birthday Bash" challenge. {love the smoothie twine!}

Please visit the Heart 2 Heart blog this week for more inspiration and to play along!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Inspired By #26

Great photo this week on the Inspired By challenge blog. I love this trend of script in home decor. Here is what I came up with, you will see that I took the photo directly as it is for my card!

{Inspiration Photo}

I'm also so excited that my little apron tag was selected as the winner from last week's challenge!

Please play along with the challenge on Inspired By and hopefully you can get some inspiration too while your there!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mojo Monday 243

Just in time! I wanted to use the sketch this week on Mojo Monday. I have lots of Thank You cards to complete this week as it is the last week of school for my children. Check it out~

The assortment of papers and embellishments on this card are all Close To My Heart!

Friday, June 1, 2012

It's Stampaganza Time!

It's the most awesome time of the year! Like Christmas in June if your a huge fan of My Acrylix stamps!

The details: Purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, or E) at full retail price and receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value)—a savings of up to $29.95! There is no limit on quantities (buy 4 - get 2 free, buy 6 - get 3 free, etc.!)

Notes: Stamp sets available for FREE include A, B, C, D, and E-size sets only. Customizable (K), Workshops on the Go™, Cricut® collection, and Stamp of the Month are not available as free sets.
Stamp sets that count toward the qualifying purchase include full-priced A, B, C, D, and E sets only. Stamps that do not count toward a qualifying purchase include customizable (K), Workshops on the Go™, Cricut®collection, and Stamp of the Month sets (both discounted and full-priced).
Stampaganza begins today June 1st and expires June 30th, don't miss out on this special offer!
Also, If you spend $50 or more you qualify for the "Life is Tweet" Stamp of the Month for only $5!

You can place your order on my website or you can give me an order in person while attending this month's Cricut Club. More info on this class coming in your newsletters soon. I will also be posting more "close-up" pics of these gorgeous and "impressing" cards!