Friday, April 11, 2014


The patterned paper I used for this layout is not CTMH but, I am sure that most of us are not purists and I sometimes need different styles and colors and to USE my stash!  The thing I always find amazing when this happens though is that I can go to my CTMH card stock and find coordinating colors!  The color is a little off on this photo but I used Honey, Cranberry, Black and Lagoon.

I really liked the White Daisy for the title but I had no embellishments to particularly add to this layout so I jazzed up the White Daisy by adding the faux stitching!  It is amazing to me how much just a little faux stitching can add to a page!  Oh and the corner rounder made it a little softer!  I rarely think to do corner rounding anymore but I love it when I do!  Did you know that our corner rounder perfectly matched the rounded corners on out Picture My Life line too?  So if you want to round photos or other paper you include they can blend perfectly!

The other thing that really stood out to me with this page is that it was so graphic it didn't seem to need a lot more than just the layout itself!  Kind of a less is more type of thing!

Hope you enjoyed this post and if you leave a comment for me I will draw a name to send them gift in the mail!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Photofull and Money $aving $ketches Classes

Thursday, April 10 Morning at 10:30am Cost is $8 per class.  Info is below on the paper to bring, you would bring all the tools you use for basic scrapbooking also! This is a sneak peek at what Tami did!  I do have my own done to share with you!


Got lots of photos from one event and don't want to make lots of pages? Photofull is for you! Cost is $8

For this month's class on Thursday at 10:30 you will need 
2 cardstock for background
1 cardstock for a flap 
1 cardstock for a small flap and mat
2 sheets of different patterned paper ( one should be double sided or have a 3x12 scrap of a 3rd paper

Money $aving $ketches

Don't like to spend a lot o your pages!? Money $aving $ketches is for you! Make 2 two page layouts using just 8 sheets of paper and this includes the mats! Cost is $8.
For this month's class on Thursday at 10:30 you will need :
4 bases
2 different card stock
and 2 printed papers

Here is a link to other classes I attended at Stamp Antonio before it closed!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Everything ABC Blog Hop - Letter G

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter G.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever  the crafter has chosen as their G element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you are at the beginning!

For the letter G I chose Grin and Gift!  I love my daughter's grin in the page on the left!  It is so hard to get a decent grin from her it usually looks more like a grimace!

 I made these pages and eleven more from last Christmas in less than 2 weeks with very little time investment!  

The paper used is Sparkle and Shine which is now retired but is still available in Studio J! The title is the Stickease Alphabet!  I love being able to use Stickease alphabets because I NEVER run out of letters and they are always the right size!  
 One of my favorite things about Studio J besides no mess and speed is that I ALWAYS have the right sized picture!  It scales the picture in proportion to the photo well!  So for the pictures on this layout, I would have had to make a whole bunch of reprints to be able to make it this way!  I only print 4x6's unless I have a reason to print something different!  I made this layout while on a trip to Chicago when I had wifi access but no space or time to get out my scrapbooking stuff!
 My kids are quite into drawing and making creative works of art!  On this layout the title is Gift of Creativity because they are all getting gifts that require their creativity to use!
Lora got stamps and some retired CTMH ink pads!  I did not use the traditional title box on this layout and just added a title box where I wanted it and sized ti to fit the space!
On the left page below I was able to add Stickease to dress up the blank spots that used to be photo wells!   I even used stitching for the banners and resixed the tringle stickease to fit the stitched banner! Joshua got an art kit and Micah a game called Fibber!
Can you imagine the things you can create on Studio J!?

Want to give it a try?  There is no cost until you order!  There is nothing to buy except the layouts at $6.95 for a 2 page layout!  
There are tons of papers to choose from and lots of layouts including one where you can create you own layout!  You can even use it for photo processing if you want 100 year quality photos!  They even have some new layouts intend for exactly that where you can just drag and drop your photos into the photo wells and go!

Now on to check out what the others have created for the letter G!  

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Catherine 

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way :)
1. Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy 
2. Catherine Nowak~ Catscrapbooking
3. Joy McHargue~ Studiowow 
4. Pam Trostle ~ Pam's Crafty Creations  
5. Cary Magnani - My Heart's Design 
6. Shalana Glass - Scrappin with Shalana 
7. Judy Faye Garner - Judy Faye's Place
8. Lauren Moore - CTMH Craftings
9. Darlys Recker - Crafty Happy
10. Jenny Gilbert - Jen's Creative Classroom

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Free Cricut Cartridge!

Ever thought about signing up for a membership with Close to My Heart!?  

NOW IS THE TIME! CTMH is offering the Cricut Cartridge of your choice with and new consultants in the month of April.  It is first come first served meaning that when cartridge is gone they will not backorder it!  So Sign up now to get the cartridge you want….it is $99 to sign up and a cartridge costs $99 so you are getting the cartridge and all the stuff listed below for just $99 plus Shipping and tax!  It is an amazing deal! Check out the Cricut Cartridges here!

I will give you $25 in select Product credit when you have $300 in sales in the first month!  And if you get $1200 in sales in the first three month CTMH will give you your sign up cost back!  


Includes a Read Me First Letter, Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Books (qty. 10), Hostess Order Forms (qty. 25),
Customer Order Forms (qty. 25), Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471), Spring/Summer 2014 B&T Duos™ Sampler(W1127), Petite Perks Delicate Wings Incentive Stamp Set (qty. 5) (W2028), Reflections™ Scrapbook Program (9037),Originals Card Confidence Program™ (9036), Workshops on the Go™ Skylark Scrapbooking Kit (G1072),Skylark Complements Dimensional Elements (X7177C), Skylark B&T Duos™ Bulk Paper (BULK322), Skylark Bulk Resin Flowers (BULK340), Durables Triangle Studs (Z1928), Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918), Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2195),Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2118), Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173), My Acrylix™ Hopscotch Alphabet Stamp Set (E1028), My Acrylix™ True to Life Stamp Set (C1575), My Acrylix™ Believe in Yourself Stamp Set (C1574), 3" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1006), 4" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1012), 2" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1010), Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836), My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782), My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778), Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512), Sponge (Z697), Liquid Glass (Z679), and Cello Bags (qty. 25) (W1152). (Some items may not be shown. Contents subject to change without notice.)

 You get $409 worth of stuff for $99 and after that you can do what you wish with it!  Your options are:

1. Get the Consultant kit and never buy anything again.
2. Get the Consultant kit and buy yourself at a 22% discount and maybe sell to your friends also at a discount to keep your membership active.
3. Get the Consultant kit and have parties, clubs and crops to sell CTMH as a career!

No matter what you choose to do I will be there to support you and encourage you as much or as little as you would like! You can sign up here  or contact me for more information.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Photo Fun!

Skylark is one of my favorite papers in the Spring/Summer Idea Book.  So I have almost no paper left from my paper pack but I had these fun photos left that go with the other pages!  I used an extra sheet of the bulk Skylark paper and leftovers of the paper pack with two sheets of Kraft.
Cheryl Even posts sketches on her blog from time to time and I had pinned this one and it worked great with the number of pictures I had with a few tweaks.
I used zip strips to emphasize things and journal with minimal effort!  The leftover chipboard from the Skylark workshop as the final touch.  Inking the edges of this paper really helps to define the papers!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Let the Magic Begin

Once a year I go to Chicago to spend time with my friend, Dawn scrapbooking.  This is that time and I am working on Disney photos from our trip last summer.

Stuck!?  had this sketch challenge on their blog and it worked perfectly for these photos!
 It was fun to try to figure out a border!  I wanted something Disney related and found the Mickey head border on the Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge.  I just welded them together in the Cricut Craft room and sized it to be appropriate for the page.

The title was inspired by this page on Pinterest.  I had some mickey head stickers that my kids gave me for my birthday last year that were perfect for the Begin part of the title!

I used the bright colorful Jubilee papers that meet the challenge of a Rainbow of Colors on the little red wagon blog.  It was funny these papers were already picked when I saw this challenge and the Stuck!? challenge and decided to combine them!

This page was fun to do!  It has fun colors and a great subjects, aren't my kids cute!?It is amazing how a simple sketch can turn into your favorite page!  Thanks for the inspiration!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Everything ABC Blog Hop - Letter F

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter F.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever  the crafter has chosen as their F element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you are at the beginning!  If you are lost there is a list at the bottom of my post!

F is is for Fancy Folded Card with a Flower! I had a lot of Fun making this card.  I knew I wanted a folded card but had to do a little research to figure out which kind I wanted!  I got the idea here!

Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment formed the base of the card.  Hollyhock and Ivy Lane papers were used on the inside and for the flower.
 The I used the Dotted Love stamp set to add the sentiment on the inside and added the leftover heart from making the flower to add to the Dotted Love stamp to make the heart pop. 
 This is the card all the way open!

To make the flower I used the heart from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to cut 11 hearts using the Cricut Craft Room with this file.  I folded each heart in half slightly off center to show both sides of the paper.  Each heart I glued to a 1.5 inch circle and then put a discontinued Base and Bling metal flower in the center.

I also entered this in the Southern Girls Challenge- Floral Frenzy!

For other Ivy Lane projects go here or Paper Fundamentals go here.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Catherine Nowak of Catscrapbooking.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way :)

1. Linda Norman- ScrappyTherapy 
2. Catherine Nowak~ Catscrapbooking 
3. Joy McHargue- Studiowow
4. Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings
5. Stephanie Feist-The QuiltedScrapper
6. Cary Magnani - My Heart'sDesign  
7. Pam Trostle ~ Pam's CraftyCreations 
8. Jenny Gilbert -Jen's DigiScrap
9. Michelle Battitori - Michelle's Handmade World
10. Shalana Glass - Scrappin withShalana 
11. Darlys Recker - Craft Happy
12Angelina Romero - Papercrafting with Angelina 
13. Judy Faye Garner - Judy Faye's Place

14.  Lisa Plummer - Flaunt Your Creativity