Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Happy Spring!  Welcome to April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  If you have been hopping along with us, then you have arrived from Sheila's blog here.

Don't worry if you get lost you can always find the list of participants on Melinda's blog here.

This month's stamp set is so 'retro' - I love it!  It is S1504 Typed Note  and is perfect for your card sentiments.

Since I am not typically a card maker, I always try to think outside the box for a scrapbook layout.  The first step I take is to look for ideas from others.  These are the two creations from Close to My Heart.  The first one is a card

The second one is a pack of playing cards.

But I was unable to be inspired by anything else besides a card!  So I dug into my Basics collection of paper and created this 'manly' look Father's Day card. My husband collects vintage audio items and this old radio was a perfect backdrop for my picture.  Two strips of shimmer trim for an added accent and it is done!

Now it is off to Michelle's blog here to check out her awesome artwork.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brushed WOTG For April

Life has sure been crazy around here!  I am finding it very difficult to manage two different hobbies/jobs!  But soon it will be time for the April Women Out for The Goodtimes meetin'!

This month's Close to My heart paper pack is X7190 Brushed.  It is perfect your your Easter or spring pictures!

Here is the layout from the Workshop to Go

Option I - G1087  includes the following:

Workshops on the Go® Brushed Scrapbooking Kit Contents
1 – My Reflections™ Brushed Paper Packet (X7190B)
1 – My Acrylix® Brushed Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
4 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Pear, 1 Slate, 2 White Daisy)
1 – Brushed Assortment (Z3013)
1 – Topiary Striped Washi Tape (Z2002)
1 – Instructional Brochure
Featured Colors: Black, Canary, Juniper, Pixie, Pear, White Daisy, Slate

Option II - G1087  PLUS X7190

The stamp of the month is S1504 Typed Note

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the March Stamp of the Month Blog hop.  If you have been hopping with us, then you have arrived from Wendy's blog here.  Isn't her layout cute? Don't worry if you get lost along the way, you can always find your way back by checking Melinda's post here.


This month's stamp set is S1503 Choose Happy.  It is a collection of funky frames and swirls to accent your cards or layouts.

Here is a mini album from Close to My Heart in which they used the frames to accent the photos in the album.

Here are the supplies used to make this mini album.

7" Wedding Details Mini Album 
S1503 My Acrylix® Choose Happy 
X7190B Brushed Paper Packet 
X5764 Pear Cardstock 
X5930 Slate Cardstock 
X5772 Canary Cardstock 
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper 
Z1847 Green Glitter Paper 
Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad 
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad 
Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad 
Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad 
Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon 
Z1932 Silver Geometric Washi Tape 
Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment 
Z1754 Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment 
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles 
Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment 
3174 Blending Pen 
Z679 Liquid Glass 
Z1852 Stitch Guide 
Z1859 Foam Mat 
Z1912 Corner Rounder 

Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection 
Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes: 
Artbooking 6" Shift+Overlay (p. 62) 
7" Shift+Photo Mat 1 <9> (p. 46) 
7" Photo Mat 2 <0> (p. 47) 
7" Shift+Photo Mat 2 <[> (p. 47) 
Artiste 2½" and 2¾" Accent 2 <3> (p. 33) 
2¼" Card (p. 62)

Perhaps you envision the stamp sets as an accent to your scrapbook page.

I created a quick card using the Confetti paper pack and the colors canary and thistle.  I created a plaid effect with the swirly lines included in this set.  I used a ShinHan marker to color the white shimmer trim and added some bling to this simple design.

Now it is off to Michelle's blog here to view her beautiful layout.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the February SOTM Blog Hop.  Over 65 consultants are participating in this month's blog hop.   If you have been hopping with us, then you have arrived from Brenda's blog here and viewed her beautiful artwork.

The stamp set this month is S1502 A Happy Hello

The artwork from corp is very cheery and cutesy.

Try as I might to use this stamp in a layout, I just couldn't come up with anything cutesy about my life!  Really... So my design is a card.  I needed a quick card to send off and this one will fit the bill!  A few leftover cut files from a "Cricut Fail" and the card is done!

The inks I used are Pear, Pixie and Thistle.  The greeting is with Slate.  I wanted a dark color but not black.  This worked perfectly!  Now I can write my message and send off my card.

Now it is off to Michelle's blog here where I am sure you will find some uber creative work!

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!