Saturday, May 31, 2014

SS Vintage Bliss - Family

Todays layout if for my daughters baby album I've been working on. I used another sketch from the Sketch Solutions class at BPC. I adore the Simple Stories Line and Vintage Bliss is one of my favorites. Even though it's not a baby line it's perfect for a baby album. I'm adding a few touches from SS Baby line to baby it up on some pages.

And a few closeups.
I fussy cut some of the butterflies from the paper for embellishments along with punched some with my Martha Stewart butterfly punches.
The stickers and brads come from the Vintage Bliss collections.

If you don't have a CTMH consultant I'd love to help you with all your scrappy needs. While your shopping don't forget to check out this months 2 promotions for only $5 each. Details are on the side of my blog or the links below.

Friday, May 30, 2014

BG card kit

I was able to go to a crop last weekend with two of my besties. It was great and relaxing to just chat and enjoy each others company and I even managed to get a few things scrapped.

This is an older Basic Grey card kit that was given to me a few months ago. It's supposed to be a baby girl card kit but since I don't know that many people having babies I decided to just make them girlie cards. LOL

I think they turned out quite cute now I just need to get them out to some of my lovely friends that enrich my life so much.

If you don't have a CTMH consultant I'd love to help you with all your scrappy needs. While your shopping don't forget to check out this months 2 promotions for only $5 each. Details are on the side of my blog or the links below.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CTMH Free To Be Me - You've Got a Friend

Here's one more layout I did with this months $5 Free to Be Me paper pack. You can get all the details to get your own at the end of this post. Only a couple of more days so don't wait!

I used another sketch from my Sketch Solutions class from BPC. The class is awesome and it's been a challenge for me so that's always good!

I've been trying to include the feather printed vellum on every layout and haven't been able to work it in yet. I love that vellum. I did manage to use this months Stamp of the Month for the title. You can grab it for only $5 this month as well.

I also used the fabulous new Feather stamp and one of the Hostess only stamps Family Photo. I love both of these stamp sets and will be using them over and over again especially scrapping my family. LOL

Supplies Used
FRee to be Me paper pack
S1405 You've Got a Friend stamp
B1433 Family Photo stamp
C1584 Feathers stamp
Ink Pads Chocolate, Lagoon
Aqua Dots

If you don't have a CTMH consultant I'd love to help you with all your scrappy needs. While your shopping don't forget to check out this months 2 promotions for only $5 each. Details are on the side of my blog or the links below.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CTMH Free To Be Me - Sibling Love?

Have you snagged your $5 Free To Be Me paper pack yet? If you haven't you only have a few days left to grab it. Don't miss out! I love this paper!

Todays layout is one for my Sketch solutions class with BPC. It's a great sketch to work with and was perfect for these two photos of my kiddos being typical siblings and the infamous "She started it".

Supplies used are from Close to my Heart
 washi tape
C1575 True to Life stamp set
Tommy assortment (retired)
Scholastic asst (retired)
EK Success spiral border punch
Enamel dots

If you don't have a CTMH consultant I'd love to help you with all your scrappy needs. While your shopping don't forget to check out this months 2 promotions for only $5 each. Details are on the side of my blog or the links below.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Everyday Moments = Simple Stories Homespun

I love receiving kits each month from Scrapbook Generation. Not only do I get fabulous new sketches to work with I get a sampling of the newest products. I'm in love with this paper and think I will have to be ordering some more. From my favorite company Simple Stories this is their new Homespun collection.

My daughter and I spent a lovely day together getting her enrolled in her first full  time semester in college. We spend some time in the library which is her favorite place to hang out then had a lovely lunch at a new little restaurant. Perfect day enjoying each others company and everyday moments.

I used my monthly kit and altered the sketch a little bit to fit my photos and different embellishments that reflect things about the day and the personality of my daughter.
I hope you enjoy

If you don't have a CTMH consultant I'd love to help you with all your scrappy needs. While your shopping don't forget to check out this months 2 promotions for only $5 each. Details are on the side of my blog or the links below.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Disneys Flower and Garden Festival

This was another fabulous kit from Scrapbook Generation that I knew instantly I wanted to use photos from Disney's Flower & Garden Festival. The colors and designs are perfect for it.

And again using the cut apart cards and fussy cutting some paper made this a super quick layout to pull together. If you haven't check out Scrapbook Generation and their kits as well as their full online store be sure to do so. They are wonderful designers and super great to order from.

Tina Gale

Friday, May 23, 2014

WDW Princess & the Frog

When I saw this lovely Scrapbook Generation kit I knew it was perfect for these photos. I couldn't wait to put it all together.

Disney has the funnest little setups for photos. This one is in the gardens where you can meet Tiana. It's a beautiful area with the bright colors and a perfect place to find a frog to kiss to see if it could be your prince charming or princess.

I adjusted the sketch a little bit to fit with my pictures but it's still pretty true to theirs. Fussy cutting all the butterflies and words make this an incredibly fast layout to put together. When you don't have embellishments to match your papers or if you prefer flatter pages look to see if  you can cut images from your paper and there you go perfectly matched embellishments.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BPC Sketch Solutions

If you've followed my blog or facebook page you know I love to learn new things especially scrappy things. I'm always looking for inspiration from others and trying to learn from them. It's been a few months since I took a class so when Big Picture Classes posted the Sketch Solutions class by Donna Jannuzzi I of course checked it out but decided I was probably too busy to add anything else to my plate. Then the online message board  I participate on started talking about it and before I knew it I was contemplating again. Then fellow board member Isbaha posted a coupon code. Now how could I keep resisting. I've signed up and will be working along with several of my fellow board members. Class starts tomorrow so it's not too late to sign up. I'll be sharing what I get done here so you can follow allong and I'd love to see your layouts you create should you decide to join. You can share them on my facebook page

Class information, video and registration can be found here:

 Try Discount code SKETCHBOOK for $8 off the course. Last time I checked it was still working.

To prepare I printed off the Ebook, I've gone through my photos and pulled a few that have stories I want to tell. I gathered up some supplies and organized them into kits along with my photos so they're easy to pull and use with each lesson. There will be a new sketch every other day so I'm hoping all the preparation will help me keep up. I don't think I'll be able to do a layout every other day but hoping for at least a couple a week and maybe three. I have the next week off so this first week I certainly hope to get a lot accomplished.

I hope you join me!

CTMH Monthly specials
While your shopping don't forget to check out this months 2 promotions for only $5 each. Details are on the side of my blog or the links below.

Tina Gale

Scrap Club Bonus Layout - Balloon Ride

Each month I host a Scrap Club that you can join locally or long distance. You can read all the details in the link above on my blog. Today I'm sharing June's Bonus Layout. We will be working with Balloon Ride and I've fallen in love with it's soft muted colors. So great for so many kinds of layouts.

I kept this fairly simple and I still have a lot of journalling to add to which will fill up the rest of the horizontal space next to the photos. I used chipboard pieces from the BAlloon Ride complements as well as stamped images from some of my favorite stamp sets. If you don't want to do stamping you could simply use more of the Complements or Balloon Ride Assortment to embellish your pages.

Links for club details and the supplies used in June's Club layouts.
Scrap Club

Products Used in my samples
Make It from Your Heart How-To Pattern Books Vol 1 & Vol 2
X7180B Balloon Ride Paper Packet
X7180C Balloon Ride Complements
Z1857 Rosewood Mini Medley
Z1812 Sparkles Clear Flourishes
D1558 Washi Wonder Stamp set (Hostess Only stamp)
C1575 True to Life stamp set
Z1333 Mocha Opaques (Retired)
Ink Pads - Saddle, Sorbet, and Juniper
Z1852 Stitching Guide
Z1859 Foam Pad
Z1114 Piercing Tool
Embroidery Floss

While your shopping don't forget to check out this months 2 promotions for only $5 each. Details are on the side of my blog or the links below.
Free to be Me Paper Collection

 I'll be back with the other two layouts later this week. I hope you'll come back and check them out as well as leave a comment on what you think of Balloon Ride.

Tina Gale

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

March Month in Review

I'm back today with March's Month in Review layout. I think I've finally played around enough that I like this one much better. I lowered the horizontal strip of papers even further and added washi tape to add more color to the page. It's just such a shame to cover up so much of the pretty paper.

I hope you're enjoying my MIR layouts and I'll try to get aprils done soon and posted.

Tina Gale

Sunday, May 18, 2014

February Month In Review

I'm getting behind in my posting but I have good excuses. I've been busy working on layouts part of the time but this last week I've been away visiting my son. It's been 5 months since he moved and with Mother's Day I just couldn't stand it any longer. My daughter and I flew out to spend the week with him. It was wonderful but much to short and even harder to leave.

I'm so glad that I've started doing the Month in Review albums so that he can see what all we've been up to as well as the enjoyment we are getting looking at them each month. I leave the album out on the coffee table to enjoy by everyone that cares to sit and peruse.

This is February's layout without the journalling. I have some personal stuff to add so decided to do it after it was photographed. I'm still tweaking the layout to  more of my liking which will teach me to always do a trial run before I cut up 12 months worth of layouts. Let that be a lesson for all. ;o)

If you're just joining me and don't know about the Month in Review Album you can check out the labels to the side of my blog and find all the information to create your own. I absolutely love doing it and see doing it for a long time to come.

Don't forget this months Close to My Heart specials. It's a double dip month with a special paper pack for only $5 and the Stamp of the Month for $5 with your $50 purchase. you can get all the details on the links in the side of my blog.

Tina Gale

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

FIVE New CTMH Collections

Close to my Heart has just added five new Collections. 
Each product collection has been designed to tailor to a different type of crafter—whether you are a scrapbooker, cardmaker, or stamper—or whether you like a little bit of everything! We also have a collection designed with the beginning crafter in mind, which includes basic supplies to get  what you need to start off your crafting adventure.  It's also perfect timing for a great Mothers Day gift. Get the whole collection while saving money over buying each individual product. 

What is included in the product collections?

Stamping Basics: 
Z2140    Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2135    New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2170    Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2162    Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2147    Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks™ Pad
A1155    My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Japanese Blossom
A1157    My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Island Greetings
1778      My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner
Z1782    My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber
Z1038    My Acrylix™ Organizer

Cardmaker’s Quick Start: 
Z2193    Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2195    Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad
B1442    My Acrylix™ Belated Birthday
D1584    My Acrylix™ Big Hug
Y1003    2" × 2" My Acrylix™ Block
Y1009    2" × 3 ½" My Acrylix™ Block
X254      White Card and Envelopes Value Pack
Z1922    Pink Glitter Paper
Z1702    Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment

Stamping Scrapbooker’s Delight: 
Z2173    Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2118    Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad
C1574    My Acrylix™ Believe in Yourself
E1028    My Acrylix™ Hopscotch Alphabet
A1159    My Acrylix™ LOL
Y1006    3" x 3" My Acrylix™ Block
1512      Bonding Memories™ Glue
Z679      Liquid Glass
Z1279    VersaMat™
Z1977    Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack
Z4114    Memory Protectors™ 4" x 6" Flip Flaps™
Z1939    Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment

Memory Keeping Fundamentals: 
X7182B  Timberline Paper Packet
X7182C  Timberline Complements
Z3005    Timberline Assortment
X7177B  Skylark Paper Packet
X7177C  Skylark Complements
Z3000    Skylark Assortment
1512      Bonding Memories™ Glue
Z1977    Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack
9038      Cherish™ Scrapbook Program
Z1151    3-D Foam Tape
Z1851    Scallop Border Punch
Z1912    Corner Rounder
Z1979    Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
Z1768    Metallics Markers
Z1708    Sparkles Flourishes
Z1918    Teal Shimmer Trim
Z1930    Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1825    Keyboard Kraft Alphabet

Essentials Toolkit: 
Z4139    Medium Organizer
Z4137    Craft Boxes
Z1924    Dot Embossing Folder
Z1925    Chevron Embossing Folder
Z1852    Stitch Guide
Z1114    Piercing Tool Kit
Z1294    Sanding Kit
Z1204    Bone Folder
Z1380    Spray Pen
Z1039    Create-a-Shade™ Pearl Paint

If you'd like an even better deal. Invite your friends to order with you and you could get one or more of these collections for 1/2 off!!

tina gale

Rediscover CTMH - Time for a new Free download

I love to see what Close to my Heart brings us the first of each month in the way of a FREE download and this months is one I will definitely be using in some upcoming layouts. This months free download is called Rediscover Beauty and has four fun cards that you can get creative with. They're sized 3" x 3 1/2" so perfect for your layouts, a card or use along with the Picture My Life Projects!

The FREE TO BE ME paper pack will be available ONLY during the month of May 
(or while Supplies Last!)   
Get your pack today for just $5 with a $50 purchase!   Start shopping now!
Shop my website 24/7!

The Free download will go lovely with these papers!!

tina gale

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month

I love the month of May and not just because it's my birthday but because the scrapbooking industry celebrates with me. heehee

This month is another wonderful Close to my Heart promotion in honour of National Scrapbooking Month.
With your $50 order you can purchase the Free to Be Me paper collection for only $5!

The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks that have an embossed shiny surface, vellums with gold dots and a vellum with feathers, and B&T Duos™ and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else.

The papers are gorgeous! You're going to want more than one pack!

I have a FREE guide to send you for a double layout and cards when you purchase from my website.

Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! 

So make sure to get your Free to Be Me paper collection in May for just $5 and let your creativity take flight!

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