Monday, September 30, 2013

FMS Peace and Joy Snowflake

I'm skipping from Fall to Winter today with a lovely card for Freshly Made Sketches. The new Frosted papers don't scream traditional red & green Christmas, but they are perfect for winter cards and projects. With this card I have captured the calm, cool season with some "frosted" blues and neutrals. The Rosewood mini medley accent in the center of the snowflake is gorgeous and adds an elegant touch to the card. I think that the FMS sketch was the perfect base to showcase that wreath and snowflake!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Inspired By Fall {my favorite!}

It has been some time since I played along with an Inspired By challenge! The picture was very inspiring and showcased my favorite season of all....Fall! I am also playing along with the "favorite things" challenge at Heart 2 Heart Blog. Yes, Fall is my favorite season, however my favorite scrapbooking product currently has to be the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.

{inspiration photo}

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Celebrating the Little Things

I have combined some Buzz and Bumble papers with the new Sarita papers for the sketch this week on Freshly Made Sketches. I have also been patiently waiting to play with the new irresistibles hexagons chipboard. These are so cool and easy to add to just about any project!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Artbooking Back to School

This Close To My Heart video inspired me to get those back to school pictures scrapped! I wanted to try some of the school images found on the Cricut Artbooking keys, but knew that I would not follow the layout designs. I also wanted to use the new Framework Alphabet, it is the coolest and right on trend!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Artbooking Route 66

Creating this Artbooking page was fun and easy! Originally it was a class taught as the Pajama Party that I mentioned in an earlier post. I put my own spin on it for some pictures I took this Summer.

The layover pieces, photo mats and most of the embellishment pieces were all cut at 11" using just two keys on the cartridge. (The Road66Trip title was chipboard purchased at a local Arizona scrapbook store.)

Some tips: The layover pieces take some time to cut on your Cricut machine! While it's chirping, print out your photo's, do the dishes or change over your laundry! Also, don't use a fresh, virgin cutting mat. They are too sticky and it will be very difficult to remove the delicate layover in one piece.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Kraft, Twine and a Sketch

Today's card is clean, simple and Merry! I decided to play along with two challenges for this card. A simple sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and a sing-along musical twist at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!

At Heart 2 Heart Challenges they asked us to interpret the ever popular song "Brown paper packages, tied up with string....", you know the one! So I chose Kraft cardstock and some sparkly twine from the Frosted Workshop on the Go card kit.

I noticed that one of the card designs in the Frosted kit was very similar to the Freshly Made Sketch this week. Just a bit of adjusting and a pop of Twilight blue (inspired by Vicki Wizniuk) I was able to get the exact card I wanted!

Be sure to visit these challenge blogs and play along! If your curious how you can put a twist on the Frosted Card Kit place an order with me or online here.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Frosted Card Kit

I shared the Laughing Lola Workshop on the Go Card Kit with you earlier. We talked about the great value of these kits and how easy it is to create 15 beautiful handmade cards. I don't know about you, but I make the most cards in the littlest amount of time for the Holidays. Trying to beat the deadline of sending all those Christmas cards is always a challenge. With the Frosted Card Kit it will be easy and quick!

I'm not going to show all the cards with variations like I did with the Laughing Lola cards. Instead I want to show you how easily you can use the stamp set included in the kit to create completely different Holiday cards. Think outside of the brochure!!

These are the cards as instructed in the brochure~

Here are a few ideas using that stamp set with different colors and papers.~

You will notice some fun stamping techniques and recognize some papers that are not "holiday" themed. That's part of the fun! My card designs all came from the new Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 book. (this book is awesome and a must have!)

You can order the Laughing Lola and Frosted Card Kits with me or online here. Experience the fun of creating these cards and the value of the kits!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Laughing Lola Card Kit

Let's talk about card kits! The Autumn/Winter Idea Book offers two Workshop on the Go card kits. The first is Laughing Lola that works perfectly for a variety of occasions. The second is the Frosted kit that is great for the Holiday season. These card kits come with just about everything you need to create 15 beautiful cards. You will need the recommended inks and some basic tools to complete them. Everything else is provided including: D-size stamp set, B&T duos papers, cardstock, card base and envelopes, embellishments and a how-to instructional brochure.

With everything provided you simply cut, stamp and assemble! You can create your cards exactly as instructed in the brochure or feel free to add your own touches to the cards to personalize each one. That is what I did here with the Laughing Lola kit.

This is a sample of the cards exactly as directed per the brochure~

There are 3 different designs and you will make 5 of each, giving you a total of 15 cards. In the picture above I have shown the cards as they are in the brochure starting with card 1 on the left, card 2 in the middle and card 3 on the right. As you scroll down you will see how I changed each design just slightly giving it a different appearance. Perhaps I flipped  the B&T paper, substituted another color cardstock, stamped another color ink or varied the embellishment. Each one is unique and I can guarantee that not one recipient will get the same card!

Let's talk about value! Not only are you creating 15 cards with the best papers and embellishments provided in the kit, but you are also getting a D-size stamp set to keep and reuse for many more projects. The retail value of the kit is $36.78, but you pay only $24.95! That's a savings of $11.83!

Laughing Lola Kit G1064
Frosted Kit G1063

These kits can be ordered through me or on my website here.

Come back soon and I will show you some ideas I created with the Frosted Card Kit!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Great Specials to get you STAMPING this month!

Close To My Heart has some great specials this month to celebrate National Stamping Month!


The Poster Tidings Stamp of the Month for only $5 with a $50 purchase....PLUS...


... a trio of adorable stamps for only $10!!

Be sure to check out all the details of these promotions on the Current Specials tab at the top of my Blog.

I am also hosting an Artbooking two-page layout workshop on the 14th. Details will be in your newsletter arriving soon! If you do not receive your newsletter in your email, please let me know and I will forward the details to you! You won't want to miss this workshop if your new to the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and want to get started with scrapbooking your pictures the Artbooking way!