Saturday, July 31, 2010

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

The beginning of another month is here which means a new stamp of the month! This month brings us a beautiful stamp set called Something Splendid! A beautiful large flower that incorporates one of my favorite techniques, Base and Shade Stamping.

This month the blog hop has over 60 consultants featuring tons of beautiful artwork to inspire everyone! If you come from Dawn's blog you're on the right track. If not just keep going from here as it's one continuous loop. You're sure to love all the art that has been created!

Base and Shade Stamping: This is one of the easiest techniques that adds a huge amount of dimension. To do this stamping technique you first stamp the "shade" or inside portion of the stamp in the lighter color. Next add the "base" or outside stamp by lining up the images. This is easy with acrylic stamps! Just look at the effect you get!

I've created two different pocket cards. One can hold a nice letter and the other I've designed with book marks. It's a great small gift and who doesn't need more bookmarks???

Now hop over to Jody's blog for more inspiration!

Friday, July 30, 2010

It's an Entire Weekend of Scrap-A-Mania!

November 5-7

Come spend an entire weekend scrapbooking with other fellow enthusiasts! Just think…an entire weekend of scrapbooking and FUN! Freebie drawings all weekend, silent auction for Operation Smile, Close to my Heart Product Table, Goodie Bag and much, much more!!!

You can't beat the price!!!!

Cost Before August 10: $125 (includes 2 night’s lodging, 5 meals & a super fun scrapbooking goodie bag)

To Reserve Your Spot Email me at:

Cost After August 10: $135 (includes 2 night’s lodging, 5 meals & a super fun scrapbooking goodie bag)

When: Friday, November 5 through Sunday November 7

Where: Howell Nature Center

Time: Friday check in: 6pm

Sunday check out: 1pm

Final RSVP by October 15 (Space is Limited so the sooner the better!)

To Reserve Your Spot Email me at:

The rooms house 2-3 people, so let us know if you are planning to come with a scrapbooking friend or friends and you will be assigned the same room.

You will earn tickets throughout the weekend and be entered to win lots of fun prizes (including card kits, paper packs, stamp sets, and more). Here are some of the ways you can earn tickets throughout the weekend:

  • Recruited a friend to come to this weekend crop--10 tickets (plus a free stamp set)
  • Bring a snack or goodie to share (there is a fridge)--10 tickets
  • Stay up the latest during one of the nights--10 tickets
  • Complete any project you brought--1 ticket per project
  • Buy anything off the shopping table--5 tickets
  • Sign up for any workshop--20 tickets
  • Book a party --20 tickets
  • Place an order--20 tickets

Do you love to scrapbook or make cards but feel like you never have time to devote to it at your house?

Then, this is the perfect opportunity for you!! Don't miss out on this super fun, affordable weekend of scrapbooking!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

H2H Color Challenge

This week at H2H the challenge is a color challenge. These colors (Vineyard Berry, Blush and Creme Brule) are beautiful together! I decided to make a fan fold flower to embellish my card. It was super easy and fun and adds great dimension. Just take a strip of paper, scallop one edge, score between each scallop and accordion fold on the score line. Tape to make a circle and "flatten" to make a circle and adhere to a circle. Add a center and you're done. I made three different "flowers" and stacked them to get different colors.

The card pattern is from Jeanette Lynton's Wishes book, the papers are Creme Brule and Blush cardstock, Emporium and Cherry-O creative basics. The bitty sparkles add just the right tough of bling.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What's Cookin' at H2H!

The challenge this week at H2H is to incorporate a recipe of some sort into your art. I have to admit that this one took me a while to come up with something to make. I was thinking of a recipe book or layout with pictures and a recipe but I was also wanting to make something that was a bit different and unique. I finally came up with an idea I thought would be fun, unique and useful. I call it "Recipe for Happy Trails".

We do a lot of outside activities in our family so I made this fun envelope bag to pack up snacks for the hikes or bike rides. It will carry some nuts, raisins, crackers and M&M's. What's a happy journey without snacks right?

The bag is made with a shipping envelope. Just cut off the top to make it square, score the three folded sides 2 inches, open the envelope and fold on the score lines. Tuck under the flaps at the bottom and you've got yourself a bag. It was lots of fun to make and I know the users will love it and the contents :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Card Challenge Sunday

Today I had some time to work on my Mojo, finally! I decided to take on two challenges and do something very different for each. Both were sketch challenges but from two different sources. My first card is based on this sketch from Taylored Expressions. When I saw the cute flowers I knew I had to use the CTMH Splendor Paper. I fussy cut the flower from one of the patterned papers and then stamped the bird and the three bug buttons. I embossed them to give them a bit of shine and character.

The second challenge is from 365 Cards. I decided to go with a gate fold card and rotate the sketch 90 degrees. I am going to send this one to my niece who just learned how to ride a bike. I don't have a bike stamp but thought this one would work out just as well. She was so excited to learn that she called to tell me right away.

Friday, July 16, 2010

H2H Challenge - ABC

This weeks challenge is Anything But A Card. I decided I would make a set of four magnetic game boards. I covered metal and some magnets from a home improvement store with Stardust paper to make Tic-Tac-Toe, Chinese Checkers, Hangman and Checkers. They are going to be stored in a My Creation Memory Box (it hasn't arrived yet so I don't have it to decorate quite yet). I thought this would be a great thing to take in the car for some of the long rides.

To make the hangman I used packaging tape along the bottom and sides so you can use a dry erase marker to write the words and the letters that weren't part of the word. The snowman is made up of individual parts that can be assembled as missed letters are mentioned.

Back from Convention

Ok I've been back for nearly a week but it's taken me that long to fully recover from Convention. It was an absolutely fabulous time! Jeanette Lynton is such a wonderful woman and she inspires us all. Before Convention my friend Jeannette (not Lynton but just as nice and inspiring) went out for a day of sight seeing. It was about 110 degrees, very humid and we were on an unairconditioned bus. It was the hottest tour I had ever been on. The tour guide was wonderful but by the end of the tour I was almost certain I had melted! Here are just a few pictures of some of the places we stopped. The last picture of Jeannette and I was after being on the bus for 3 hours so forgive our rather hot and melted look!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Convention is HERE!

Today was the first day of the 2010 Close to my Heart Convention and it was AMAZING! The production and events are more than anyone can image. The detail of decorating the hotel is unmatched. There are stickers on the vertical risers of the stairs and a huge window banner all for CTMH. Our company is fabulous and I'm so in awe of the support and talent of all the corporate staff and consultants who are a part of it.

Today we learned of the many new products that are coming up in the fall idea book and new programs that are going to be unveiled from mid July through the end of the year. No one is going to want to miss out on the Fall open house I'll be hosting. There will be art, prizes, catalogs and more new stuff than ever! I will be sending out an newsletter after to convention with many details. I'll also post pictures as soon as I get home.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July Everyone! I hope you get to spend a day filled with friends and family enjoying the freedom of our nation!

In honor of Independence Day I thought I would share one of my Studio J layouts I did that features family fun at a fireworks display. Studio J made this layout so much fun and so easy to do! I've done this layout with standard scrapbooking techniques and it's cutting intensive and I had to reprint one picture 3 times to get the cutting right. I love how it turned out and love even more that it took me about 20 minutes to compete! Check out Studio J to see what you think. All you have to do is visit my website. There is no cost to use ANY of the software! You don't pay for anything until you decide to print the layout you've created. I save up and order 10 at a time because they send you page protectors for free and you get free shipping! Check it out today on my website.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Passages Layouts

I was finally able to sit down and create with the new Passages paper pack. I wasn't sure what to do with it at first but it didn't take me long to realize how much I loved it! The browns are rich with just the right touch of green. Our outdoor pictures are going to look great on one and I have some wonderful Father's Day pictures to put on the other one.

This weekend I had my layout class and these are the two layouts participants got to make. Everyone was pleased them. I can't wait to see what pictures they put on them!

Left Page Close-up

Right Page Close-up

Left Page Close-up

Right Page Close-up: the upper right rectangle is a pocket where I can put journaling tags.
Check out my website for more artwork and inspiration!