Thursday, September 27, 2012

Let's Get Organized!

Everyone needs a little organizational help form time to time, some more than others <raises hand>.  Well, now I can get on the right path and you can, too.  The new organizers that came out in the Fall /Winter catalog are perfect.  CTMH has a little video showcasing them. Check them out!

If you want more information on these nifty organizers or would like some of your own, just get in touch with me or you can order them online here.

If you were interested in the stamp of the month for this month, Fall Favorites, or wanted to take advantage of the National Stamping Month Promotion, you only have a couple of days left.   But have no fear, the fun doesn't end on September 30th.  Next month brings a new stamp of the month, Very Merry Christmas,  and a wonderful Studio J promotion.  Stay tuned and more will be posted on that later.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Some More Black and White

I'm finally getting around to getting my photos downloaded to the computer and edited some.  I still find the two-page layouts challenging to photograph.  I have horrible lighting.  But here is another layout made with the funky black, blue, yellow and white papers.  I had four sheets of different, papers and my plan was to use it until it was gone.  This is another layout from Magic.  The letters were cut with the Art Philosopy Cricut cartridge, as well as the little flourish.  The flowers were punched with a Marvy punch I had and layered on there.  I did use our new markers to doodle on the white petals of the flowers in Sky blue.  It matched really well, I thought.

That was my last layout in this paper.  I did three two-page layouts.  Now I'm down to scraps.  And what do we do with scraps? Make cards, of course!

I used Card Chatter Birthday and Just a Number stamp sets for this card. Again I used the Sky marker to doodle on the big flower.  

I threw in a few bitty sparkles for good measure on the inside.

Here's my belated birthday card.  The frame for the sentiment was also cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  

I also did a generic "thinking of you" card.   That sentiment is from the Casual Expressions stamp set.  That is one of those sets that I find myself continuously going back to.  

I have some more cards done and a few in the makes.  My scrap pile is getting smaller and smaller.  This paper just makes me smile.  I want to make it last as long as possible.  The first two cards were 5x7, then a 6x6.  It's winding  

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be posting more soon so check back.  

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More It's Your Day and Some Other Stuff

I had mentioned before that I was going through all my older papers.  I made up a couple of layouts from some funky yellow, blue, black and white paper I had.  I really loved this paper and was never sure what to do with it.  I decided I would try to make something that might actually appeal to my twelve year old.  The paper is not CTMH, but the stamps, pattern, and Cricut cuts are.

The pattern is from our retired Magic book.  I used the It's Your Day and Live Out Loud stamp sets as embellishments throughout.  I did take the time to handstich around this layout.  I swore I would never do it again, but I did.  It was much easier this time with the use of our ruler.  It has a grid with the little holes evenly spaced.  Using our piercer I went around the page and punched the holes and then went back with some white embroidery floss and sewed.  Still very time consuming, but I do love the way it looks.  

Here's another one I did with this paper. 

It's also a pattern from Magic.  I didn't do any stamping at all on this one.  But I did use the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge for all the embellishments.  I made a little pocket up at the top to house my tag using our 3d foam tape.  The scalloped borders are actually made with our corner rounder.  I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I have had this corner rounder for years and not until I joined up with CTMH did I know you could remove the guide and use it to make a scalloped edge.  You learn something new every day :) 

I took a day, Friday was a week ago,  and scrapped with some friends.  That's when I finished up these two layouts.  I also made some cards.   A friend had brought with her some HouseMouse designs she had for one of her projects.  She let me have a couple of leftovers to make a few cards.  There is some Dotty for You and some CTMH cardstock thrown in.  I just think the little mouse is adorable. 

That's all  for now.  As soon as I get the rest of my cards photographed, I'll post them, too.   Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Clearly the Best: Spanning the Space

For those who don't know, Close to My Heart now has videos on My Craft Channel.   The newest video is called Spanning the Space.  It has some great tips and techniques.  Personally, I like to lift ideas from the table,  

Hope you enjoyed the video.  If you see anything you just can't live without, feel free to contact me and I'll see about getting it to you as quickly as I can.   Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time...

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Back to School

After I started scrapping, I went back and gathered all my child's school pictures.  I always felt like it was such a shame that you had all these school pictures and usually they are just in a drawer somewhere after their year had past.   Traditionally, I always take pictures on the first day of school. So now I have a school days book and each year I have a two page layout devoted to the first day of school and her class picture(s).   First day is left page and class picture(s) is on the right.  I finally got around to putting together last year's pictures.  I was totally stumped, probably by the colors she was wearing.  But then I thought, why not go with school colors.  It just so happens that Gypsy is pretty spot on for bullpup purple.  It was her first year as a Bullpup and their colors are white and purple.

It gave me a chance to use our School is Here stamp set, too.  "I <3 school", may be a bit of a stretch, but it was still fitting. I used our Gypsy marker set to color in the hearts.  They matched perfectly.   I cut all the lettering and the "girl" from the new Artiste Cricut cartridge.  I used liquid glass (yes, I still love it :)) on the "6 th" for some added gloss and used the Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel to highlight "girl."  The striped purple paper is Gypsy cardstock that I scored at half inch intervals and lightly sanded across the top.  Just one more reason to love our cardstock.  I threw in some brads and bakers twine for good measure.  The cute little dog print border was from an ek Success punch I had.  She started the year with feathers in her hair.  I saved those and incorporated them in the layout, too. 

I have already started thinking about this year's school pictures.  Is it wrong of me to tell my child, "No, you can't wear that for school pictures.  It won't match the paper I plan to use on your school page?"  Hmm..oh 

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time..

Happy Scrapping! 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Many Mini Thanks

I think I just like saying that...many mini thanks.   I love mini cards.  I had made a few thank you notes to accompany my last gathering's  orders.  Everyone likes different things, so everyone got a different thank you card.  
This one was not so mini, but a thank you, nonetheless.  It was cut at 4" on the new Artiste cartridge.  It's the perfect size to hold a petite perks stamp set.

I cut the card on kraft cardstock.  The pumpkin stamp is from Fall Favorites, which is September's stamp of the month. I stamped it  on Colonial White cardstock and  I used our new alcohol markers in Autumn Terracotta, Olive, and Topiary to color in the pumpkins.  The frilly circle behind it is Olive cardstock, also cut from the Artiste cartridge, and the background is from our Flirty paper pack.

Here's another one using our Fall Favorites stamp set.  I just love these little pumpkins.  I stamped directly on my cardstock with Cocoa ink and again used my Autumn Terracotta and Olive markers. The thank you is from the Casual Expressions stamp set.   The strip on the left is our new burlap ribbon.  I cut it in half for this little card.  I topped it off with a strip of thin brown ribbon I had in my stash.

If you are doing cards with the new markers, I do recommend that you do all your coloring on a separate piece of cardstock and then adhere it to the card.  It does have some bleed through.  On these I made a little card face which allowed me to hide my ribbon ends, too, then attached it to my 3x3 card.

I still like our Stella paper pack.  Here's another one on kraft cardstock.  

Then last, but not least, the yellow butterfly. Such a simple card, but I liked the way it turned out.

Here's the same sentiment, but stamped in Slate.  The butterfly is from the It's Your Day double stamp set that is available until the end of this month for only $5 with qualifying order.  I stamped the butterfly on White Daisy cardstock with Buttercup ink.  The butterfly is a shade and base type stamp.  They have a smooth butterfly stamp and then one with the chevrons.  Using the same color ink you stamp the solid and then the chevron over it. I love the effect.  I wrapped it with some grey and white baker's twine and topped it off with two little sparkles.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Adding Color to Your Crafts

Close to My Heart has put out this great little video introducing their new color palette.  I thought I would give everyone a chance to see.  Wonderful ideas on the table, too.

I've been busy going through some of my older papers, but I hope to be posting some goodies soon.

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mini Card Challenge at Heart2Heart

This week at Heart 2 Heart the challenge is mini cards.  I LOVE mini cards.  They are fun to make and can be made for so many purposes and let's face it, they are so darn cute!    I probably make as many mini cards as I do anything else.   Here's one I had made with the the Love Blooms stamp set.  I use this set ALL the time.

I felt like playing with our new markers so I thought this would be a good coloring page.  I had colored these roses in the same manner in my Flirty layout from convention.  I just love these two colors together.    This is Autumn Terracotta and Hollyhock on the blooms and Olive on the leaves.  I added a little strip of raspberry B&T from the Flirty paper pack and added a little strip of black cardstock.  I had some black grosgrain ribbon so I made a little bow and topped it off with a recycled decorative brad.

These 3x3 cards are so versatile.  They can accompany a gift or just be given as a little pick me up all depending on your sentiment.   The possibilities are limitless.  And it's the perfect use for all those little scraps from your other projects much like my little thank you card I had in my Avonlea Leftover post.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone is enjoying their labor day weekend.  Until next time...

Happy Scrapping!