Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Last Day for Happy Times {Just the paper collections that is!}

Today is the last day to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month and the monthly special collection of Happy Times paper and exclusive stamp set. If you had your eye on this collection and saw all sorts of possibility using it in your scrapbooks or even just your card making, then you should order today!

How about a little inspiration from the Close To My Heart design team~

This paper transitions so well from scrapbooking projects to cards and much more! Here are some cards I created with the collection and a few older and newer stamp sets. They were so pretty, I decided to display them in my nook all month long. Just in case you need more inspiration!

Today is the last day! You can order online here. Remember with a qualifying purchase of $60, you can get the paper packet free!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Make it Magical

I introduced you to the bright and colorful Calypso through a layout made for summer! You also said "Hello!" to the gorgeous Florence papers. Today I am making some magic with the fun and playful paper collection called Magical.

If you are a theme park enthusiast like me you are going to love this collection. In the Idea Book many of the layouts featured photo's with those famous mouse ears indicating that they were perfect for Disneyland theme park vacations. From the stamps available and the accessories that coordinate with this paper it definitely speaks the magic known to Disney.

However, our family recently ventured to a theme park full of a different kind of magic! For the first time ever we visited Universal Studios Hollywood in California where they recently opened the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As you will see the Magical papers complimented this theme park just as well as Disneyland.

Take a closer look at how I showcased a couple of postcards purchased at the Owl Post in Hogsmeade.

I used some very old metal hinges that I broke in half and fastened them tightly on the top and bottom of the cards with a couple of brads. It was just enough to hold them in place, yet I can remove them easily to see the front of the cards and the special Hogsmeade postmark stamp on the back!

The Magical papers were also a lot of fun for scrapbooking some of the other lands and attractions at Universal Studios.

From Wizards to Minions this paper truly is Magical and will make your fun family vacations more memorable!

For more artwork ideas look online at my website, Pinterest or you can search #ctmhmagical on Instagram.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Say Hello to Florence

When you open up the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book, the first paper collection you will see is Florence. The artwork for this collection is simply stunning!

The art team really out did themselves with this dream catcher. It is gorgeous and truly ingenious. What a great display to catch your eye right away for a paper collection.

Here is a layout I made using some of the floral papers and a Cricut cut title. As soon as I started working with this paper I was reminded of the old Chantilly paper collection. Do you remember that paper?

You can always see more artwork from this collection online at my website, Pinterest or Instagram by searching #ctmhflorence. Thanks for stopping by and meeting Florence!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Unique Mom's

The entire month of May is National Scrapbooking Month and Close To My Heart is celebrating with the Happy Times paper collection. I'm really trying to celebrate this month and get caught up on my own scrapbook pages. I was able to use these pretty new papers for a layout to showcase a few beautiful photographs taken on Mother's Day.

We celebrated Mother's Day at my Sister-in-Law's home this year. My In-Law's have a large family and we branch off in many directions, making a big photo like this very special. I can say that each of us are truly unique and lucky to have each other to learn this tough, but rewarding job of being mom's.

The Happy Times floral paper really complimented the pictures especially as we were all holding roses. I also like the soft colors against the black background with the pops of gold paper and bling. The "Unique" PML card is actually from the Florence papers and the card with gold hearts is one of the new watercolor PML cards.

Be sure to get this paper collection before its no longer available. Shop online here.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Hello Calypso

The new Calypso paper is a happy, colorful collection of flamingo's and pineapples. This paper has a playful combination of bright colors with a black and white base. The images will certainly make you feel like a warm summer day! Take a look at a layout I created with these papers anticipating the upcoming summer break! {Only a few days away....I'm counting down the days!!}



On this layout I used a combination of the Calypso papers and the coordinating complements. I also added some stamp sets for the "hello" title, journaling lines and ink splatters. My favorite accessory has to be the flamingo Washi tape though, it's adorable!

See more of the Calypso papers online. You can also search #ctmhcalypso on Instagram or search for projects on Pinterest. Are you ready for some summer fun?!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Introducing...Magical, Calypso & Florence!

Have you met the new paper collections? You can view the new paper collections in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book now online. Here are the stars featured in this newest book~


 Featured Colors: Black, Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Honey, Sapphire, Whisper, White Daisy


Featured Colors: Black, Cotton Candy, Honey, Lagoon, Pear


Featured Colors: Flaxen, Peacock, Poppy, Ruby, Saffron, Whisper

All of the paper collections come with 2 double sided sheets with 6 designs in a 12x12 size, plus one sheet that can be cut apart to create Picture My Life cards in 4x6 and 3x4 sizes. Stay tuned as I will show some projects using paper from all of these collections!
See more details of these papers and complements online or get the Idea Book for yourself!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Times for Mom

I'm so glad that the Happy Times papers arrived before Mother's Day. I knew right away that they would work perfectly for Mother's Day cards! I loved the floral prints and gold paper, but found that with the different patterns each card was unique. Take a look~

Remember you can get the Happy Times paper collection for free with a $60 purchase this month only!

Now go spoil your Mom's!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Perfect for Prom

My daughter attended her High School Prom a couple weeks ago. Luckily for me, I just received the perfect papers and products to showcase some of the photo's that I took. I am entering this layout in the Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog this week in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month. If you know me, you know one of my favorite subjects to scrapbook is my daughter. I have created traditional pages, digital pages, pocket pages and baskets full of mini scrapbook albums too!
I like to try all sorts of scrapbooking styles and I'm never afraid to combine them either. For this traditional 12x12 layout, I did not hesitate using the PML cards outside of the pocket!

This month's special Happy Times paper works great for the soft subtle colors and the gold paper really adds pizazz. Plus, there is another special product that made the layout even more spectacular. The brand new Picture My Life watercolor with gold cards are amazing!

I love the wood grain paper and the gold paper is amazing too! Let me tell you about these PML watercolor cards! They come in gold and clear. On these pages I used the gold obviously to match the gorgeous papers. They have 3x4 and 4x6 sizes and a variety of sentiments and patterns. You can color right over the gold foil with our watercolor paints and brand new waterbrushes. {That's right, brand new waterbrushes!} You can also stamp on them!

Here is a sample of the gold Picture My Life watercolor cards~

There are 3 new waterbrushes. The one pictured here is the flat brush which is great for covering a large space quickly. You can also get a medium tip and a fine tip for those intricate projects. These are just a few of the new exciting products you will find in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.

Don't forget that if you place an order of $60 you will receive the Happy Times paper collection for free.

Plus! Get an album for 25% off to hold all of those wonderful scrapbooking layouts you will make this month!

To place an order and see the new Idea Book please visit my online website!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Beyond Awesome!

In the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book you will find some very cool stamp sets. One in particular is Beyond Awesome! I love the sentiments in this set. They will be perfect for all sorts of occasions. Here is a card I made for the Freshly Made Sketches using this stamp set with some new Magical paper and complements.

See more of these brand new products in the SE2 Idea Book. You can click on the image of the book in the right side column to view online.