Monday, April 22, 2013

Buzz and Bumble Additional Layouts Workshop

Out of the new papers for the Spring/Summer catalog, the three that came out on top for me were Chantilly, Claire, and Buzz and Bumble.  I'm usually a really bright-color girl, but there is something that draws me to the Buzz and Bumble, too.  I especially loved the Workshop on the Go kit for that paper pack.  The antique seed pack and the flowers just sucked me right in.   I liked the page designs that were featured in the WotG kit, but I wanted more.  With the addition of just a few extra sheets of cardstock and a Wooden Mini Medley I was able to get the two featured layouts and three additional two page layouts from the kit.

Embellishments for these layouts were made using the stamp set that comes in the WotG, but could easily be replaced with the Buzz and Bumble My Stickease that compliments the paper pack.  After making the five 2-page layouts, I still had quite a bit of paper left to use in other projects.

The instructions, with cutting guide,  for these additional layouts are available with any purchase from the Buzz and Bumble line (WotG kit, paper pack, My Stickease, or Buzz and Bumble assortment).  After making a purchase, simply send me an email and I will send you the files (approximately 8 mb). Be sure to put "Buzz and Bumble Workshop" in the subject line.   When you make a purchase through my website, be sure to join the Mystery Hostess Gathering for a chance to receive $25 in hostess rewards.  For every $25 you spend, you will be entered into the drawing at the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dream Pop Birthday Card

May is National Scrapbooking month and Close to My Heart will be celebrating.  Although we are not there yet, I thought I would share what's coming up.   Beginning May 1st, you will be able to order a spectacular paper pack called Dream Pop.  The colors in this paper are so bright and cheery.  They are simply irresistible.   I have great plans for this paper, but I just couldn't help myself , so I made a  So here's a sneak peek at some of the Dream Pop papers I used.  Aren't they just fun?

I started with a standard sized top fold card base.  The little girl is Sweet Kiki LaRue from CC Designs.  I thought she was adorable. I colored her with copics to match the paper.  The sentiment is from the Cricut Collection stamp set that comes with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I added some grey and white baker's twine and a little button from the retired Honey Mini Medley set.   It's hard to tell from the picture, but I coated her shoes and the cherry with liquid glass and her ice cream with Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel.  

I thought it turned out pretty cute.  Because this one has a button, I will be entering it in the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog as well.  

The Dream Pop papers will be available for only $10 with a $35 qualifying order beginning May 1st through May 31st.  This set has 12 sheets of embossed cardstock and 12 sheets of B&T Duos which are only available for this promotion.  You'll hear more about the Dream Pop collection closer to it's debut, so keep checking back. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pun Fun Cards

I had seen a set of cards created by Karen Day featuring the Puns of Praise stamp set and instantly fell in love.  I don't have that set....yet :)  But, I did remember that I had Pun Fun.   It's a set of  six cute little line images and, well, puns. These cards are of simple design and bold color, two things I really like.

I colored my images with copics.  I used Sunny Yellow ink to stamp my design from the In the Background stamp set.   I used a fine tip black marker to make my faux stitching. I mounted my images on Black and Sunny Yellow cardstock and adhered them with 3d foam tape.  I added some Baker's Twine and a button.  That was it.   I can't wait to try some of the other images in the set.   

Speaking of buttons, this week at Heart2Heart Challenge Blog the challenge is "Button Up."   These little jewels have a button on them so I'll enter them over there, too.  I missed the Pun Fun challenge week, but I do have buttons!   If you haven't stopped by H2H, you should check them out.  There is always tons of beautiful work to inspire you. 

I have a few more goodies I have made this past week.  As soon as I can get them photographed and uploaded I'll be sharing them with you, so check back soon.    Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Creatively Cricut

Close to My Heart has produced another great video.  This one talks about some of the wonderful things you can do with the Cricut and our fabulous Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges.  Check it out!

Discover tips and tricks for using your Cricut® machine to get the most out of your die-cutting. Stamp on Cricut®-cut pieces, change the size using special features, and more!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Playing with Claire

Claire is one of the featured paper packs in this Spring/Summer Idea book.  And it's one of my favorites.  I haven't gotten to play with it as much as I wanted.  Although, I did manage to put together a really simple layout and a card. The layout was based on an old sketch by Inspired Blueprints.

I didn't do as much with this layout as I wanted, but I don't want to make it too specific before I choose my pictures.  What I was really tickled with was the card.  I used the same design from a previous card, which was a take on a Kistina Werner card, only this time everything is Close to My Heart. 

Super simple design and very little paper.  So, it's perfect for scraps.  The sentiment is from the Words of Comfort stamp set, stamped in Outdoor Denim ink.  I punched out three different sized hearts from the cardstock in the pack and used Liquid Glass on the smallest one. (Just because I think something should shine or sparkle or something :))  I used my score board to emboss some lines in between my papers and rounded the corners. 

That's it for tonight, but have no fear, I'm not through with Claire.  I'm not sure what I want to do with it next, but I really love the colors.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Grateful for Your Friendship

Here's another card I put together from the April Simon Says Stamp card kit.  It started out to be something totally different and just kind of evolved into this card.  I had originally cut the window for another sentiment, but it was too small, so I just had fun with it.  The stamp set is Happy Every Day by SSS.

The paper is from Fancy Pants and the strip at the bottom is the washi tape that came with the kit. The hearts are 3 dimensional elements from Close to My Heart.  I used Honey, Juniper, and Black CTMH inks to decorate them using the little stamps from the kit.  I finished it off with a bow tied from the neutrals collection of baker's twine from CTMH.  

I thought it turned out kind of fun and light.  It was quick and easy to put together.   I loved playing with all the patterns. 

Thanks for stopping by.   Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Amazing Birthday Card

Perhaps the title is a little misleading, but it does say "Hoping you have an AMAZING Birthday :) The challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge is Birthday/Celebrations and it's their fourth birthday.  I thought it only fitting to make them a birthday card out of the Simon Says Stamp April card kit.

The paper is from Fancy Pants 6x6 Park Bench collection.  I love the colors. The sentiment is from the Happy Every Day Stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped it in Whisper Ink from Close to My Heart.   I used my new found love, the glitter pen, to  trace over the Amazing and the stars to give a little sparkle.  

Just a quick post tonight.  I will be playing more with this kit to see what else I can come up with.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Happy Scrapping! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

More Scrap Paper Cards

I still had paper left, so I had to make more cards :)  I'm still working with the scrappy paper I used to make the previous two cards.  The neat thing about this paper is it looks different all depending on how you use it.

This card was also from the last day of class.  It was based on a design by Kristina Werner.  It's a strip of the same scrappy paper and then bits and pieces of the individual papers.  I cut the bigger heart with a die on my Big Kick, but I punched the smaller two hearts from the paper.  I coated the smaller two with Liquid Glass.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and stamped in Desert Sand ink.  I used my glitter pen again and traced over it to get that golden effect.

Here's a closer look at the stamped sentiment.  The photo doesn't do it any justice.  It really sparkles. 

While I still had paper I decided to die cut some flowers from it.  The die is from Simon Says Stamp.  I simply cut a circle window from my card face and used my scallop die to make the little border.  I stamped my sentiment in Desert Sand ink and adhered it with 3d foam tape.  I made it glitter, too. I glued the flowers directly to the card. I punched a little butterfly from a scrap piece and that was it. 

Here are the flowers in full length.  All from the same paper.  I stamped the sentiment from the Words of Comfort stamp set in versamark ink and heat embossed it with white powder.   I added a small tied piece of Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon. 

The scrappy paper that I made is dwindling in size, but there is still some left.  I may see what else I can squeeze out of it.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pattern Play Wrap Up with Scraps

The last day of the Pattern Play class was over a week ago, but I am just now getting my pictures uploaded.  The last day was a wrap up day where Jennifer McGuire showed some beautiful cards made with paper scraps.  I thought that was definitely worth a try.  I mean, who doesn't have scraps?

Someone had given me a stack of paper not too long ago and I didn't really know what to do with it, because it was paper. I am used to working with cardstock.  The patterns and colors were very pretty.  This was a perfect way to use these.

The most time consuming part is actually cutting the paper strips and gluing them all together.  But once your paper is made it goes a long way.  These little squares are 1 3/4".  I rounded the corners and attached them using 3d foam tape onto a standard kraft card base.  The sentiment is from A Friend Like You stamp set and was stamped with versamark ink  and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The wooden flower is from the Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes collection. 

This is another card made with strips of the same scrappy paper as the one above.  This one is also of Jennifer McGuire's design.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and stamped in Desert Sand ink.  I used a clear glitter pen and carefully traced over the stamped sentiment.  I absolutely loved the result.  It turned my Desert Sand ink into glittering gold.   The flower is another shape from the Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes collection.  The little enamel pearlie things were from my stash. 

I foresee me making more scrappy paper in the future.  It is a perfect way to use several scraps of different papers that you might not would use on the same page, but when put together have a really nice effect.  I have a few more of these cards using this same paper that I hope to have posted this week, so check back soon.  

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