Friday, June 24, 2016

Focus On Sketches - Cherish

I hope you've been following along and enjoying my new series Focus On Sketches - 3 Ways or More. I'm up with the 3rd and final layout for June's sketch from Creative Scrappers Sketch #295. Don't forget you can play along with the sketch and win a fabulous Jillibean Soup prize.

This week we're looking at changing up the foundational pieces of the layout. If you look at the background you'll see multiple layers of paper cut into squares. I'm sharing how to do a watercolor background and layered digital die cut to take up the same amount of space but give a whole other look to your layout.

I'm also stretching out the tags to take in the space of the journalling. Still two tags but pulled apart to take up more space on the layout. The title remains in the same place.

Here's a look at more of an explanation of how to expand your sketches for more looks.

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch
Focus on Sketches - Cherish

And some close ups

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Save 25% at Dayspring Customer Appreciation Sale

25% off your entire purchase

and don't forget FREE shipping when you sign in.

At the top of my list is the new Illustrated Faith Yes and Amen Bible Journaling kit

Happy shopping and let me know what you get!!


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Friday, June 17, 2016

You Are My (Scrap-Room June Kit)

I've had a blast this month guest designing for the Scrap-Room and hope you've enjoyed seeing what I've created. This is my final layout using the kit but I still have some scraps and you know I'll be using them up! Today I'm working with the Echo Park Pinstripe collection.

I love the challenges over at the Scrap-Room and this layout is done with the formula from the Freaky Fast Friday challenge. It really stretches me and is so fun to see all the different designs that can come out of the same starting place.
You can join in with the Freaky Fast Friday challenge for prize over at the Scrap-Room.
Along the top I used one of the long stickers as well as the throw away pieces between two of the. You know me I'm always on the look out how to use every last bit up!

To ground my photos I added a strip from the washi tape and another long sticker. I thought the ruler was perfect since the fish stories always grow and my hubby is in construction so they go hand in hand.

I used a die cut from the ephemera and word stickers from the sticker sheet to create my long title.

The bingo card was cut from one of the patterned papers and then I added some twine through a tag to document my journalling. A few more stickers and it was done. Such a fun fast layout.

Be sure to visit the Scrap-Room and check out their Flavors of the Month kits and the other designers layouts. Lots of fun challenges there and on their Facebook group.

A BIG thank you to the Scrap-Room for having me!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Focus On Sketches - 3 ways or more

I've started a new series on my Youtube channel and if you're not already following me there I'd love to have you subscribe and create along with me. I love sketches! they're a great starting point if you need a little nudge and sometimes they're great to just follow exactly when you want to create quickly or lost your mojo. I'm going to be sharing how I change this sketch up to create two more examples. I've already shared my layout following the sketch almost exactly so back up and check it out if you haven't already seen it.

Here's the first sketch I'm working with from Kristine Davidson and Creative Scrappers.

I started by one of the easiest ways to change a sketch and that is starting with the photos. I substituted the two small photos for one 6x4 portrait photo.

I didn't stop there. Instead of two pieces behind the photo I used one sheet of the floral then created the separation shown on the sketch with border strips. Instead of the tags I used my stamps to create a large embellishment to take it's place.

Here's a look at the whole process and more of my thoughts working with this sketch.

We Are Family Process Video

Hop on over and check out the pinterest board I've started to collect the sketches and layouts I'll create. I'd love to have you play along and share with me. So come along on the adventure to have your sketches go even further.

Pinterest Board - Sketches 3 Ways or More
Youtube Playlist - Focus On Sketches: 3 Ways or More

Supplies Used
Creative Scrappers Sketch #295
CTMH Happy Times paper
CTMH stamp
Cricut Artiste cartridge
Simple Stories - We Are Family, I Am, Carpe Diem clear stickers, wood veneer, sentiment, and photo stickers
Echo Park Family Stickers
CTMH ink pads - glacier, smoothie, fern, canary, saffron
CTMH gold shimmer trim
Sm scallop border punch
Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink pad
Sponge dauber
pink gems

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Layout Share

When I finish layouts i have a box that I stack them in until I can get around to putting them into albums. I had a lot piling up so last year  I started once a month to film a little overview of the layouts I created and then promptly put them into their appropriate albums. It's been working fairly well and I can say the only stack of layouts I need to deal with are some that are still waiting for journaling. some day I'll get all caught up. LOL

Here's a little look

Link - Scrapbook Layout Share

In case you don't follow me on youtube here's a little look at the layouts I created in April. I try to share once a month all the layouts I created the month before but I got a little behind going on vacation in May and still catching up.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Close To My Heart Retiring Product List 2016!

It's that time of year where Close To My Heart  will be revealing all new programs, policies, and products!!! 

BUT in order to make room for fresh, new, amazing products we have to say goodbye to some old favorites!  

With that said, these are the products that will be retiring on July 31st, but are only available "WHILE SUPPLIES LAST" so don't delay if you are interested in getting these to complete your collection or the thing you have been putting off, now is the time! I've already posted the stamp sets separately.

Paper Collections, Kits, and accessories 

G1096 Workshops on the Go® Zoe Scrapbooking Kit
G1097 Workshops on the Go® Sangria Scrapbooking Kit
G1100 Workshops on the Go® La Vie En Rose Scrapbooking Kit
G1101 Workshops on the Go® Kaleidoscope Cardmaking Kit
G1102 Workshops on the Go® Georgie Scrapbooking Kit
G1103 Workshops on the Go® Urban Scrapbooking Kit
X7197B My Reflections™ Zoe Paper Packet
X7197C Zoe Complements
X7199B My Reflections™ Sangria Paper Packet
X7199C Sangria Complements
X7201B My Reflections™ La Vie En Rose Paper Packet
X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements
X7202B My Reflections™ Kaleidoscope Paper Packet
X7202C Kaleidoscope Complements
X7203B My Reflections™ Georgie Paper Packet
X7203C Georgie Complements
X7204B My Reflections™ Urban Paper Packet
X7204C Urban Complements
Z3078 La Vie En Rose Assortment
Z3079 Urban Assortment
Z3082 Zoe Assortment
Z3084 Sangria Assortment
Z3085 Kaleidoscope Assortment
Z3092 Georgie Assortment
Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit
Z3148 Cut Above™ Beautiful Blossoms Card Kit  

Z1475 3” x 3” White Daisy Envelopes
Z1476 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1477 5” x 7” White Daisy Envelopes
Z1478 6” x 6” White Daisy Envelopes
Z1756 3” x 3” Colonial White Envelopes
Z1757 4.25 x 5.5 Colonial White Envelopes
Z1758 5” x 7” Colonial White Envelopes
Z1759 6” x 6” Colonial White Envelopes

Embellishments, Glitter Paper & Trim
Z1725 Adhesive Springs
Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment
Z1816 Durables Artisan Studs
Z1853 Aqua Dots
Z1928 Durables Triangle Studs
Z1934 Flamingo Dots
Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts
Z2010 White Enamel Stars
Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment
Z3035 Pixie Extra Thick Twine
Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine
Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine
Z3040 Thistle Extra Thick Twine
Z1849 Bronze Shimmer Trim
Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim
Z1986 Pink Shimmer Trim
Z3025 Blue Shimmer Trim
Z1991 Teal Glitter Paper
Z1992 Purple Glitter Paper
Z1922 Pink Glitter Paper

Border Punches, Embossing Folders

Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
Z1997 Triangle Border Punch
Z1998 Chevron Border Punch
Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder
Z1925 Chevron Embossing Folder
Z1926 Quatrefoil Embossing Folder
Z1927 Damask Embossing Folder
Z1960 Stripe Embossing Folder
Z1993 Arrow Embossing Folder
Z1994 Floral Embossing Folder
Z1995 Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Z1996 Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Z3018 Heart Embossing Folder
Z3019 Vine Embossing Folder
Z3020 Diamond Embossing Folder
Z3021 Scallop Embossing Folder

 25% off until June 30
    Z1980 My Legacy Cocoa Damask D-Ring
    Z1981 My Legacy Slate Circles D-Ring
    Z1982 My Legacy Cocoa Damask Post Bound
    Z1983 My Legacy Slate Cirlces Post Bound
    Z2090 My Legacy Lagoon Chevron D-Ring Album
    Z2091 My Legacy Ruby Floral D-Ring
    Z2092 My Legacy Lagoon Chevron Post Bound
    Z2093 My Legacy Ruby Floral Post Bound
    Z3034 My Legacy BlackD-Ring
Home Decor, Mini books, Bags
    Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard
    Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box
    Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box
    Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album
    Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
    Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags
    Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags
    Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
    Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box
    Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box
    Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag
    Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book
    Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book
    Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album
    Z3070 My Creations™ Mini Folio
    Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container
    Z1833 My Creations® Kraft Container
    Z1871 My Creations® Kraft 3-Ring Album
    Z1953 My Creations® Journaling Cards Box
    Z1956 Hip Pics Album
    Z1750 Display Tray
    Z1838 5 x 7 Hinged Display Tray
                                        Cricut Collections

Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection
Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection
Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection 

  Base and Bling

Z3173 Base and Bling Affirmations Style Sheet
Z3174 Base and Bling Lovely Blooms Style Sheet
Z2054 Base and Bling Journey Style Sheet
Z2055 Base and Bling Signature Style Sheet
Z1903 Base and Bling Adhesive Dots
Z1904 Base and Bling Adhesive Strips 

Picture My Life & Instalife

Z3177 Picture My Life™ Through the Year Scrapbooking Program
Z3178 Picture My Life™ Childhood Scrapbooking Program
Z3179 Picture My Life™ Georgie Scrapbooking Program
Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program
Z3181 Picture My Life™ Beautiful You Scrapbooking Program
Z3145 Picture My Life Overlay Black
Z3182 Instalife™ Album–Berry
Z3183 Instalife™ Album–Teal
Z3186 Instalife™ Cards–Colorful Me
Z3187 Instalife™ Cards–The Bright Side

Z3114 Roller Stamp This Happened
Z3115 Roller Stamp Day-to-Day

Did you gasp at a few like I did?? It's exciting to think how much new we'll be getting but so many things on my list I need to grab before they're gone!!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

$5 Mug Sale perfect for Father's Day

Father's Day is one week away!! Have you gotten your gift yet? I always have good intentions and then feel like I'm a slacker when it comes to showing my appreciation to my wonderful husband but this year I've got it taken care of. Yeah me! and Yeah for Dayspring having a fabulous Father's Day sale including these $5 mugs.

Sale ends Tuesday

This is the mug I've picked out for my hubby, The Nobel Man. He loves his coffee and this is a large mug that holds 16 oz. I love the design and scripture which is perfect since he's in construction. I know he's going to love it. 
I also ordered a few other things in the Father's Day sale and am going to take him to Bass Pro to pick out a new fishing rod. I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. 

You can take $10 off any $40 Father’s Day purchase with code DAD10. And, don’t forget, you can log in to receive FREE SHIPPING.

so how about it? Do you have a plan? What are you getting your favorite guy for his big day?

Alligators in the Wild (Scrap-Room June kit)

I'm so excited to be sharing this double layout using the Scrap-Room Flavor of the Month kit today. If you're a subscriber you'll receive a Recipe card with all my instructions. If not then sign up today!!

Here's a look at my process

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch

And some close ups

I love the wood veneer frame in the kit and used it to frame a close up of one of the photos I snapped of an alligator while we were in Florida.

The tags in the kit make a perfect journalling spot and embellishment.

I added some buttons and twine from my stash as well as some alphas.

Supplies used
SR Flavors of the Month June kit
Pink Paislee Fancy Free paper, tags, wood veneer
PP cork hearts from the Embellishment kit
Sewing Machine


Friday, June 10, 2016

50% off Craftsy Classes

If you're looking for some great classes on all kinds of subjects Craftsy is for you!! and from June 10-13 you can get them for 50% off.

 For four days only, you can get any and all classes for 50% off, and that means sunny, inspired afternoons doing exactly what you love. Expires 6/13 @11:59pm MDT

Some of my favorite designers have some awesome classes such as Paige Evans, Danielle Flanders, Nichol Magouirk, Amy Tan, Wilna Fursterbug, and many, many more. There's also classes on photography, photoshop, lightroom, and everything else under the sun. Grab a cup of tea and pick a couple and enjoy!!

I thoroughly enjoyed Paige's silhouette class.

I'd love to hear about ones you've taken or on your wishlist!

Happy Crafting

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Friday Flash Sale

News flash!  It's almost time for another Friday Flash Sale. What is that you ask??

During the month of June, we’re offering great deals on bundles of discounted Close To My Heart products every weekend! Check my website HERE each Friday during June to find a new set of bundles. 

There will be lots to choose from, but you’ll need to snatch them up quick, because they’re only available through the following Monday while supplies last! Bundles will be available at various discount levels and price points throughout the month, so check every weekend to see the new offerings. Remember, these discounts won’t last forever, and some will be gone in a flash, so act quickly to score the best deals!

The first one starts TODAY at 5pm Eastern Time! Don't miss out!!
Click HERE to see a countdown clock for when the next Flash Sale will begin!

Dates and Times for all Flash Sales:
Friday, June 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm (EST) – Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm (EST)
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm (EST) – Monday, June 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm (EST)
Friday, June 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm (EST) – Monday, June 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm (EST)