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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

How exciting!  A new year to celebrate with both a stamp set and more new Close to My Heart products!

If you have been hopping with us, then you have arrived from Tamytha's blog here and view her beautiful layout.  We have many consultants participating each month in this SOTM blog hop and you can certainly find inspiration for this stamp set by hopping along with us!  Do not worry, if you get lost along the way, then you can always find your way back to Melinda's  list here.


I love Valentine's Day!  I love candy and anything that has 'love' attached to it. SO it is no surprise that I love this new stamp set!



The best part is we also have a colorful paper packet designed especially for Valentine's Day called Heartstrings.  But if you are not a HUGE Valentine fan, then you can also use this stamp set in many other ways.


How about a mini-album for your favorite girl?

Or gift bags for your co-workers?


I created a layout for my upcoming workshop and I knew it would be perfect to add additional images from the stamp set.  The paper pack is from the NEW Seasonal Expressions I and is called Heartstrings.  You can find all of the information for this set in the Seasonal Expressions Blog Hop post here.


Now it is time to hop off to Melissa's blog here and check out her beautiful artwork.

Welcome another new year of Close to My Heart!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Seasonal Expression I Blog Hop

Welcome!  Life is sure exciting the entire month of December, isn't it?  So seriously, who is thinking about Valentine's Day?  I am!

Our brand new Seasonal Expression I supplement went live on December 1st and so it is time for a blog hop!  The very talented group of Stamp of the Month Bog Hop consultants is sponsoring this hop and we have over 30 consultants participating in this hop.



If you have been hopping with us, then you have arrived from Melissa's blog here.  Don't worry, if you get lost along the way, you can always find the list on Melinda's blog here.




My Valentine's Day layout inspiration came from Scrapbooking Generation's new Create e-magazine from February 2014 here.  I layed out my design in the Cricut Design Space program to give me an idea of colors and cuts.  Here is my sketch idea...

You can find the free downloads for this layout and the others here.


Next I started to work with the Heartstrings paper pack and accessories.

Love this paper pack!

Heartstrings Complements and Assortments


Then I accented the layout with stamped images from the C1604 Forever in My Heart stamp set.

The red outlines are the cut files from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  You can find my Cricut Design Space file here.


If you do not have an Explore, here are the cut sizes.

Art Philosophy - page 26
Large Heart - 2"
Small Heart -  1 1/2"

Art Philosophy - page 35
Label - 1 1/2"

Finally here is the layout that I have been working on!


Now it is off to Sheila's blog here for her Parisian tour...  

Thank you for joining us on this Seasonal Expressions I Blog Hop!

Monday, December 1, 2014

H2H Scrapbooking Challenge for December

It's time to celebrate! ...I am talking about your favorite holiday!  While I am sure that many of you love Christmas, that is not one of my favorite holidays! Actually it is Halloween but I decided to scrapbook Thanksgiving for this post because this holiday is rapidly becoming one of my most favorite holidays!

I love cooking for my small family and celebrating all that is blessed and wonderful about our life.  I am thrilled that I am able to finish a scrapbook layout before the 1st of December.  Thanks to the Close to My Heart November special, I was able to print a few layouts for only $5.00!

Here is my layout using the Studio J Pathfinding paper pack.  This paper pack is a brand new addition to Studio J and I am so grateful they decided to add several of the new paper packs to the program.


As you can see the Brill family includes a son and daughter-in-law plus two dogs!  My husband, and 'kids' had a relaxing weekend while I worked at the Bernina Sewing Center in Tampa, Fl.  Not to worry - I have several days off while they are at work!

Please join us and scrapbook your favorite holiday!  Add your linky here so we can all share your memories as well!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Oh my, OH my!  How did this year fly by so fast?!  It may be because my family had so many big events scheduled for this year, that we didn't have time to stop and think about each and every day.



Well this is the last SOTM Blog Hop for 2014.  We have over 60 consultants participating this month.  If you have been hopping with us, then you have arrived from Chris Lothian's blog here.

Don't worry - if you get lost along the way, you can always get back on track at Melinda's blog here.

This month's stamp set is S1412 Cutie Pie!  Look at all of those yummy cupcakes. I can only imagine what our talented group of consultants is going to come up with this month!



With all of the craziness of the Thanksgiving Holiday, I decided I was going to need to look elsewhere for some inspiration!

I found this great sketch for November at Stuck?!Sketches  here

                                         

I used some of my retired Sparkle and Shine paper because I was going for more of the whimsical holiday than the traditional one.  This sketch is a great use of scraps and my cutie pies are of the canine variety!



As you can see I mixed up the sketch to make it my own which is what many of us do...just sayin'. I did add a few items from my stash - the silver ribbon from Michaels and the plastic snowflake strip from Fancy Pants.  But the rest are all from the Sparkle and Shine paper pack.

If you would like to create your own layout you can find the Cricut Design Space file here.  if you have any problems, just let me know!



Now it is off to Melinda's blog here where I am positive you will find her outstanding artwork for this hop.

Monday, November 17, 2014

H2H Challenge - NO ..embellishments!

Now this challenge is a hardship!  One of the reasons I started scrapbooking is because I love buttons, lace, trims and 'stuff'!

So I decided to dig out last year's Sparkle and Shine from Close to My Heart and find any of the paper scraps that I could.  I love the Herringbone technique and I first learned of this through the Club Scrap forum.

What an easy technique!  1/2" strips to form a herringbone shape on a card front - EZPZ!



So I started creating my card front and it went together very quickly!  I added a few strips of scraps and a snip from one of the zip strips!  I wanted to add a brad, a button or SOMETHING to the top left.  But I settled on a small strip of paper to look like a staple!

enjoy!....

Please join us this week for a NO-embellishment challenge with H2H here!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Club Scrap PSL Challenge #1

Whenever I can , I try to participate in the Club Scrap PSL Challenge so I can use up my Club Scrap kits!  I love their kits because everything matches and I finish my layouts and get them into the photo albums.

This is the Fall PSL Challenge and I am on Tricia's Pumpkin team.  The first challenge was a color challenge.  We had to make sure that one of the colors was on each page we submitted.  EASY!



My first layout used the remnants from the Vogue kit from December 2010. We must use at least 50% of Club Scrap product to be counted towards the team points.  The grey floral is from the retired Bliss paper pack.

These wedding pictures are my favorites from my oldest son's wedding!




The second layout are pictures taken of the groom.


A few snapshots before the 1:00 ceremony on the beach.

Then I dug out pictures from our 1986 trip to Washington, D.C.!  I
used the Hopes kit from June 2013.


Pictures from the Smithsonian Museum


Yeah!! I Finished 6 pages and put them into their respective albums!