Thursday, May 14, 2015

Card Challenge

Yesterday, I reposted a challenge on Facebook by Close To My Heart to make something using embossing folders and embossing everything. Here is a card I made using the May National Scrapbook Month exclusive paper pack called Taste of Summer. Love the bright colors and patterns!

Everything is embossed except the first layer of black and the smoothie layer behind the number 6. Even the flower is embossed.

I laid several pieces on the shim we need to put inside our folders and embossed all of them at once. I used 3 of our folders and changed up the Stripe embossing folder by laying the black layer behind the number 6 in the opposite direction of the background. I added a piece of our self-adhesive glitter ribbon and a brad to give it more "Wowzer" appeal. Click on the links below to see the Embossing Folders and a few other items I used on the card.

Stripe Embossing Folder

Item Number: Z1960

Chevron Embossing Folder

Item Number: Z1925

Taste of Summer

White Shimmer Trim-# Z3024

I would love to hear what you think of this idea! Thankyou Denise Anderson-Turley for this wonderful idea. I love how it looks!

Monday, April 27, 2015

How to Use Flip Flaps in Scrapbooking

Memory Protectors™ Flip Flaps™ 12" Assortment

4" X 6" Memory Protectors™ Flip Flaps™

Memory Protectors™ 6" X 6" Flip Flaps

Memory Protectors™ Flip Flaps™ Small Assortment

I have been having fun using these items in a scrapbook I am making for a friend. I can't show those pages because the photos I already put on the pages are not mine so, I will share this video by a fellow consultant Lynn Como. Great variety of ways to use all the different sizes.

As we clean up our craft rooms, be sure and save those small pieces of papers and use them to cut small Cricut cuts, weaving, creating mixed stripes, designing a quilted look, making little banners or sunbursts for your cards or scrapbook layouts.

Check out this blog by Jeanette our CEO for more great ideas!!!

Paper Patchwork-Making your Scraps Work for You

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Cleaning!

I just spent the weekend at my daughter's house helping her clean up and organize her Craft Room. Course, part of the time was spent in a rocking chair with our 2 month old grandson and reading a story or two to his older brother. I call that Grammie privileges!

Whenever I work on sorting papers, cardstock, stamp sets, etc. I get to thinking how can I use and organise these bits and pieces of papers or these retired paper sets. I will be attempting to show you some ideas in the next few weeks and hope this inspires you to start using up your own stash.

Let's start with this video showing some projects using the Close To My Heart's Artbooking Cricut Collection.

Great tutorial making the rolled flowers. I learned a couple tricks here.
I tend to save my scraps of paper from cutting projects. One thing I have done to organize them is to sort by colors ( blues, reds, neutrals, etc.) I use our
 Resealable Bags-Z329 (pg.187 Annual Inspirations)
 and then they will stand upright and ready to grab pieces out of it as needed. Also, easy to take to crops or retreats. These little pieces sure come in handy cutting smaller pieces with the Cricut, to stamp on and fussy cut, and to add color where needed. That's how I organize my bits and pieces, now please tell us how you organize yours by commenting below.
I would love to see pictures also. Feel free to post your photos in my Facebook Page.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Color Challenge

This post is a little late for this week, and I am sorry. I have been working on my Valentine Buffet Workshop and lots of running errands this week plus, getting food ready today for tomorrow's All Day Crop!!!!!
Here is another peek at a card you can make.

Parts of this super simple card is cut with both the Close To My Heart Art Phylosophy and the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. The Cashmere piece was cut using my Gypsy incorporating two different shapes from the Art Phylosophy. Using this little machine helped me be able to utilize the paper I cut it from also. You can do the same thing by cutting this piece at 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" then, using the Center Point Button on your Cricut Machine to cut the 2 1/4" circle about 1" down from the top.

Here is a close up of the flower. Rolled flower from the Art Phylosophy and 3 different sizes of the same die cut flower from the Artiste. Stamp with
 this background stamp D1637 Jumping Geometrics

The rest of the card was stamped with the January Stamp of the Month. The round stamp fits exactly inside the circle.

I used retired Baby Pink, Cashmere, Colonial White, Hollyhock, Pixie, Cotton Candy and Cocoa. Now, its your turn, make something with these colors or something similar and post it on my Facebook Page

Thursday, January 22, 2015

National Papercrafting Month - Year Noted Paper Kit

We have only 9 more days to get this beautiful Kit to celebrate National Paper crafting Month!

Watch the video below and see for yourself what a wonderful product this truly is. Maybe you already know exactly what you want to use yours for. 

Click here for more information!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Valentine Card Buffet and All Day Crop!

The weather man is reporting a warm up this weekend! Looking forward to a little warmer weather myself. How about you?

Last week I shared the January Fun that's going on with Close To My Heart. The fun is still happening and if you missed the blog, click on the words January Fun to catch up.

Still working on the Valentine Buffet Workshop. I have settled on a date and also a date for the first All Day Crop for this year! Check out the information to the right of this blog and the Events tab above.

Here is a sneak peek of the Bonus Gift Box we will make after the 2 hour buffet workshop is done! Of course, you have the option of decorating it to your liking. This is just a sample. 

Come and join the Fun and make Valentine Cards and a gift box for your Sweeties!

Part of the fun of today's blog is I am sharing some wonderful and creative ideas from some fellow consultants in a blog hop. Start here and jump from blog to blog. They have added the next person's link in their blog which is usually towards the bottom of the blog and highlighted. Have fun hopping and looking. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Retired Stamp Sets and more!

Hey ladies! It's January already! Like you all haven't 
noticed. LOL! Christmas is over, New Year's is over and now were looking forward to a long winter's rest. I call it hibernating, and this is when I can really get some cards and scrapbooking done! Who is with me?

Even though we didn't have a White Christmas or even a real cold one, we sure are white and below zero cold this week and especially today! My dear Hubby and I took a little road trip about 30 miles south of us to meet our Son and deliver his mail to him plus deliver an order to a dear sweet friend of mine this evening.We started out about 4:30 and although the wind was blowing snow, the road wasn't too bad. By the time we started back towards  home, it was blowing harder and snowing so, the roads were becoming more thick with sticking snow, plus the wind was making it a bit hard to see the road in front of us. I am glad we had our Suburban! 

So, talking about hibernating, and making cards and scrapbook pages, that is what I have been doing this past week. It's the first I have been able to get up here for a month at least. We had a lot of family events going on like I am sure the rest of you have too. I was working on a Valentine Workshop this week to take to Ohio tomorrow but, now I have to cancel. Looking forward to maybe rescheduling for them. I will be posting pictures and offering a workshop here also with these same cards. Watch for the event on here and Facebook.

There is 2 Campaigns going on for the month of January! Purchase $50 in product and you not only get the January Stamp of the Month 

for only $5 but, you also get:


January 2015: Year >> Noted

2. Extra, Extra Hostess Rewards!

Hostess Rewards

Although any month is a great time to book a Gathering,this is the month to be a Hostess! You will get to bump up your Hostess Rewards! Click on the links for more information. 

 Close To My Heart has posted their 

retiring stamp sets here. Get them while they last!

And one more limited time offer, check out the Studio J limited time offer ( Express Yourself) for your Christmas photos.

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