Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Beautiful Thoughts" Canvas Journal

 
 
I created this My Creations® Canvas Journal for a friend who will soon be a first time mom. I used Dream Pop, the May CTMH special, Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet, Close to My Heart Honey Ink and Sparkles Clear Flourish-Small. 
 
I used my scissors to fussy cut all the flowers, circles and banners from 3 sheets of Dream Pop. Here is a sneak peak of all the Dream Pop papers:
 
 Dream Pop is available May 1-May 31st from any Close to My Heart consultant for only $10 with any $35 purchase. Starting Wednesday you can purchase here.
 
 
 


Monday, April 29, 2013

Dream Pop Cards

I have had so much fun playing with Dream Pop in layouts I decided to try using with some cards. I came up with 3 very different cards using the following Close to My Heart supplies:

Dream Pop
Card Chatter-Focus on the Little Things Stamp
4 My Friend Stamp
Grey Wool Ink
Glitter Paper
Art Philosophy Cartridge





Look for tomorrow's post using Dream Pop and a CTMH Journal.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Happy Mother's Day



Welcome to our April Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop! As you know, both the Artiste and the Art Philosophy cartridges are available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant. If you don't already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, please contact one the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2Create. If you came from Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking then you are in the right place!

Our challenge this month features not only one of these amazing cartridges but we also have a Mother's Day theme since Mother's Day is less than a month away.  I decided to create a layout of a Mother's Day outing in 2010. Here is what I came up with:



I used the following Close to My Heart supplies:

  • Make it From the Heart Vol. 1-pattern 9
  • Surf's Up paper pack
  • Surf's Up Assortment
  • Surf's Up Stickease Assortment
  • Cocoa Ink
  • Indian Corn Blue Cardstock
  • Color Ready Canvas Alphabet
  • Art Philosophy Cartridge (I used square 3 at 9" and 3" to create the two squares)

All items I used are available for purchase on my website and if you "join" my Mystery Hostess Gathering you could win $25 in free Close to My Heart products.

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

1.Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
2.Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
3.Wendy ~ My Scrapbooking Blog
4.Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
6.Stephanie Feist-YOU ARE HERE!

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you in creating your own Mother's Day projects!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Dream Pop Layouts

Available on May 1st through May 31st is a fabulous 24 sheet paper pack from Close to My Heart for only $10 (with any $35 purchase of products from the current Idea Book). I have been creating layouts with the paper and here is what I have created so far.



I added the Whisper and Gray cardstock for the 1st layout and the Cocoa cardstock for the second layout. All other paper is part of the Dream Pop pack.

Here is the entire paper pack:


Starting May 1st you can place an order here!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Claire and Pun Fun

I cannot believe I have been lazy on updating my blog. I am sorry for that. I have been scrapping up a storm, but with the weather getting nicer, soccer starting and my job hunting it is so much quicker to post on Facebook then to write a blog post! I will catch up this weekend so you don't miss out on any great layouts. Last night I decided to play with my Puns of Praise Stamp Set from Close to My Heart. I also used the new Claire paper pack, Outdoor Denim and Sunset Close to My Heart Ink.

Here are the 4 cards I made:



The cutting instructions are as follows:

Card 1-  Blue cardstock 4"x 5 1/4"
              The chevrons are hand cut from one of the patterned papers in Claire
              Sunset cardstock 3 1/2" square
              Pink cardstock    3" square
              Blue cardstock 1/2" x 4

Stamped and inked with Outdoor Denim

Card 2- Patterned paper-4x 5 1/4"
             Orange Strip 1 1/2" x 4"
             Sunset cardstock 2" square

Stamped and inked with Outdoor Denim.

Card 3- Blue cardstock 3 1/2" x 4"
             Gray dot patterned paper 1 1/2" x 4
             Floral patterned paper 3 1/2" square
             Blue patterned paper 3 1/4" square
             Sunset cardstock 3" square

Stamped and inked with Sunset and Outdoor Denim

Card 4-  Banners were randomly cut between 2" and 1 1/2"

Stamped and inked with Sunset.

  

Monday, April 8, 2013

Claire Layout with Homemade Spray Mist

I love misting however, I always want to mist with a  color I don't have or I want it to match the ink I am using on the layout. Close to My Heart has a perfect solution:

All you need to add is water!





 There is no exact recipe as it depends how dark you want your spray. I typically use 8-10 drops of re-inker, a small dab of pearl paint and then carefully fill the spray pen with water. Shake well and then spray on your cardstock, patterned paper or embellishments.

For the best spray result I hold the pen at a 45 degree angle and 6" away from my paper. Be sure to play with scrap paper first until you get a feel of how to spray so it does not glob or pool.

Here is the cardstock I misted before I created anything.



Here is the final project.

 

Besides the spray mist, I also used the Claire paper pack, Outdoor Denim Cardstock both from Close to My Heart and some miscellaneous silver flourishes.




Saturday, April 6, 2013

My Sunshine Blog Hop

 
 
 
Welcome to our April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month's stamp from Close to My Heart is "My Sunshine" and is available exclusively through your Close to My Heart consultant from April 1 - 30, 2013.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.
 
 
 
If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create.   If you came from Theo of Celebrate Crafts then you are in the right place!

I created both a card and a layout using the Bo Bunny Barefoot Word paper. What I learned though is that our ink and cardstock colors go Perfectly with Bo Bunny paper! I used our light blue card stock, white daisy cardstock and honey, lagoon, crystal blue and pear ink and finally our assorted flip flaps to add more pictures of water play. All Close to My Heart products can be purchased here.






 
To create the title, I cut out the title in some extra cardstock at 1 1/2" on the Cricut Artise Cartridge and then temporarily glued them down and then sponged honey ink over them. When I removed the letters, this is what was left.





Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.

If you get lost along the way here is the complete line-up:
  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious
  3. Amber ~ Scrapper's Therapy
  4. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  5. Theo ~ Celebrate Crafts
  6. Stephanie ~ -The Quilted Scrapper-YOU ARE HERE





Thursday, April 4, 2013

Day 4- "Number One Dad"

A fabulous customer/friend found some old Close to My Heart kits on Ebay for 2 page "World's Best Dad" layouts. She ended up with multiple kits and shared with all of us one night at a Crop.

However, as soon as I saw the paper and embellishments, I knew a one page layout to put in a frame would be perfect for my husband.

Here is the end result:





Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Day 3-Moonlight 1 page layout

 
 
 
The story behind this picture cannot fully be captured in a layout, but I did try! This was from my son's first field trip in pre-school. It was raining so hard the day we had fieldtrip to an apple orchard/pumpkin patch. He was so cold he would barely hold the pumpkin for a picture and definitely did not want to smile!
 
I used some of the Moonlight paper pack from Close to My Heart that I had left along with some Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes, Color-Ready Seam Binding ribbon,  Olive Exclusive Inks® and Thickers.
 
The layout is from Reflections, Bottom Border, Diagonal Accent on Page 27.

 
 
 


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Day 2-Buzz and Bumble Layout

 
 
Buzz and Bumble is one of my favorite new paper lines from Close to My Heart. It is so versatile and has so many fun colors. This layout features the sunset, crème brulee and cocoa colors.
 
  • The striped paper is cut 10" X 12" and the 3" are cut off of that for the right page.
  • The honeycomb paper is cut 2" x 4" for the left page and 2" x 12" for the right page.
  • There are two 2"x2" squares of patterned paper and cocoa on the right page for 2 photos.
  • The photo mats are cut at 5 1/4" x 7 1/4", 4 1/4" x 6 1/4", and (2) 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
I also used Sunset Baker's Twine and the cocoa die cut is from the Art Philosophy Cartridge.
 
This double page layout is also part of my Page Kits of the Month and is available for purchase for $6, or $15 for the next 3 months of layouts or $55 for 12 layouts over a year.

 
 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Day 1-Later Sk8r Layout

 
Welcome to April 1st! Not only is this April Fools Day, it is also the first day of 30 that I will showcase a layout. Today I am using the Later Sk8r paper from Close to My Heart. I also used the Make it From Your Heart Vol. I for the design. Other misc. supplies I used was the Crème Brulee Baker's Twine and Outdoor Denim Ink. The "family" is from some Thickers.
 
I used my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge available exclusively through a Close to My Heart Consultant.
 
 


All supplies are available directly through my website. Join my Mystery Party for a chance to win $25 in FREE Close to My Heart product.

Stay tuned tomorrow for another great layout idea.