Thursday, January 24, 2013

Disney World Layout

It's been a loooooooong time since I've posted anything but I admit, I'm not doing much scrapping these days.  However, I agreed to teach a class on Saturday with Flip Flaps and I choose a Disney theme since my family will be taking a trip there in June.

The first 6 x 12 Flip Flap is located on the bottom half of the left hand page . . .

 . . . it opens up to hold fifteen 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 pictures.  The frog, crown, and castle are also tiny little flip flaps and open up to hold an addition two 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 pictures per flip flap.

On the right hand side, the first 4" x 12" Flip Flap folds open to show a 10 day itinerary for the trip.

Underneath that is another 6" x 12" Flip Flap that opens up to hold an additional fifteen 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" photos.  

I plan to put ten 4" x 4" photos on the main layout, unless I get  really cute one, then I'd like blow one up to be 8" x 8" with two 4" x 4"'s on the side.  However, when all is said and done, I figure I can get a whopping FORTY-SIX pictures on this layout!!!  No matter how long we're gone, I only put one layout per trip in each child's album.  I hope this one will do the job for my kids and the others who put the page together on Saturday.

This page is almost ALL cardstock . . . Black, Slate, Ruby, Honey, Lagoon, and White Daisy.  There is also quite a bit of the new Glitter Paper on various places.  The Ruby polka dot paper I made with a 3/4" punch. The few pieces of B&T paper came from the brand new "For Always" packet as well as the brand new "Surf's Up" packet.  The title is Cork Alphabet and various stamp sets were also used as well as a few brads, waxy flax, and even some toothpicks for the little pennant flags.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

First Day of Preschool for Anna

I honestly didn't have as many tears sending my youngest off to preschool as I thought. Maybe it will hit me harder next year when she goes to school full time.  She was so excited and so nervous at the same time . . . it was fun to take her to her first day.

To commemorate the day, I made her a scrapbook page with the new CTMH Scholastic papers.  The first page is taken out of the new fall CTMH catalog.  I loved the rolodex feature for journalling and wanted to duplicate it.  To create it, I used the rolodex stamp in the new "Approved" stamp set.  I love it!  I also used the "Blue Ribbon" stamp set as well as one stamp off the cool new double stamp set "It's Your Day" (available until the end of September only).  In addition I tried out the new Canvas Alphabet in the title . . . *love*.

I hope you all are enjoying your new school year as much as I am!  I just LOVE the start of a new year :)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pre-Order Your New Artiste Cricut Cartrdge Now!

Hello my Cricut-loving Friends!

Have you heard the new rumors floating around that Close to My Heart has a new cricut cartridge coming out on August 1st?  Well, it's true!  And have I got a deal for you.  If you pre-order this awesome cartridge, you'll receive $20 in any Close to My Heart product FREE!

To take advantage of this deal, you must e-mail me your order no later than midnight on July 31st.  All orders will be placed on August 1st.  Here's some info on the new cartridge . . .

The price of the Artiste cartrige will be $99, which includes 3 coordinating stamp sets as well as 3 sheets of coordinating chipboard.  There are an absolute ton of 3-D gift boxes, some of the cutest I've ever seen!  I also love the simple, sans serif font on this cartridge.  There are over 700 images and letters to print . . .some of them are shown below (how about those cupcake liners!  Oh, and the flowers are to die for!)

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you're ready to place a pre-order and claim your free products.
Hope to hear from many of you soon :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Retiring Items . . . get them by July 31st!

August 1st marks the release of a brand new catalog and, thus, the retirement of many products and colors. If you'd like to order any of these items, please do so ASAP as they will only be available until July 31st or while supplies last.  Most of the How-To books are already sold out and I imagine many of the other items will as well.

Remember, if you make a $75 or more purchase on my website this month, they'll send you a paper packet and matching stickers of their choice for free. PLUS, if you click on "July Gatherings" on my website and enter your items under my party, you'll have a chance to earn the hostess rewards, to be redeemed when the new catalog go live in two weeks.

RETIRING COLORS: (shade and combo cardstock packs, ink, markers, and refills):
Grey Wool
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream
Brown Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Sunny Yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry
Garden Green
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple

A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday

B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16

C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature's Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies
C1473 Remarkable Wreath

D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date - French
D1398 Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style

E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

Z1163 Double Scrubber
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A New Batch of Cards

Recently I held a gathering for my friend Laurie and she requested that we make cards. I admit I haven't made cards in a long time, and certainly not since the new catalog came out, so I had a whole lot of card designing to do! Here are the results:

This new Peeps stamp set is A-dor-able. I used it for several projects and LOVE it! I paired it with papers from the Lucy paper packet.

This paper is my fav from the new catalog, Stella.

All stamps were used for this card - no pattern paper. Many of these are retired but I loved the antique-y look.

This is a combination of papers from Lucy and Elemental. Also the new Easter stamp set, He is Risen.

A fun wedding/anniversary card using the new Florentine papers. LOVE those papers too. The blue flowers are dyed and shimmered with homemade glimmer mist.

Cards don't get any simplier than this. Choose 6 rainbow colored papers, punch butterfly, attach, stamp a sentiment.

This one,too, is easy. I simply stamped a stitch stamp over and over in rainbow color/order. Then I punched a window at the bottom for the sentiment. Very easy and quick.

This one is easy but not quite so quick as the elephant is paper pieced and colored in a bit. A good amount of cutting but a cute and simple card.

A favorite pattern of mine, a quilt-type layout, using the new Pemberly papers. I love this design for using up scraps.

I know this is a knock off from Lisa Stenz. Love her simple look!

OK, I'll admit to a love affair with Copic markers . . .

A simple design using mostly cardstock. Very little stamping so it goes together pretty quick.

Finally, one last card that uses masking to put the circle in the middle. The butterflies are colored with a waterbrush.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

More New Layouts!

I've been in the scrapbook groove lately and have created quite a few more layouts in the past few weeks. I hope they provide a little bit of inspiration!

This first layout is interactive and uses Footloose paper and chipboard complements along with some other new products.

This first interactive element is a 6 x 12 flip flap.

The second interactive element is a 9 x 9 page protector that will fit right into my album and turn like another page. Adding this page gave me an additional 8 pictures.

This next layout also uses the Footloose paper packet:

These next three are all with the Victory paper packet, which is perfect for outdoors/woodsy/boy-type pictures:

A few pages using the new Florentine papers and stickease:

Here are a couple of pages using Superhero as well. I couldn't get into the "superhero"ness of this paper packet but I'm loving the Americana feel of the other papers in the pack.

Just a few pages from the Lucy kit:

This first one has some flip flaps on the second page.

And finally, I have one last layout that I started with Stella papers (which I love) but I wanted to incorporate some hand-doodling into the page to make it fun and whimsical and I ended up scraping all the B&T and just doodling the whole page!

I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for looking . . .


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Upcoming Crop at Sabre Lanes!

Everyone is invited to Sabre Lanes in Menasha for our first quarterly crop on Friday, February 17th from 5 PM - midnight. The cost is just $10 and includes pizza, two sodas, dessert, and table space for the entire evening. To RSVP e-mail Tanya at or call 460-0015. Hope to see you and your friends there!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Catalog Goes Live Today!

I spent the month of January playing with the new CTMH papers and a few stamp sets as well. I'm lovin' them! Here's a preview of what I've been working on:

I had almost all of Anna's formal baby portraits to scrap yet and this paper packet worked PERFECTLY with these 6 month photos. This is Superhero. Although there is a good amount of comic/superhero patterns, there is also some great Americana papers as well.

This paper packet is Lucy. Those large 8 x 10 and 10 x 13 photos are hard to scrap but when you have pretty paper to help carry the page, it makes them much easier to work with. I've been avoiding these 3 month pictures for, well, 3 3/4 years and I'm glad I finally found something I like!

I believe this paper packet, Stella, is my favorite. I used it for not only Anna's one year pictures, but also . . .
one of my favorite pictures of Ella. This is nearly an exact duplicate of the catalog cover.

This page is also taken directly from the catalog with only a few changes. The paper packet is Florentine and works awesome with this fall layout but would be great with beach photos and all types of pictures. It's very versatile and so pretty.
This paper is the new Footloose packet, which features patterns perfect for the beach and summer. I can't believe I never scrapped a bath photo of Anna either . . . man, am I behind! I couldn't resist the stamp set, either. LOVE IT!

Finally, I have my only interactive layout so far . . . a trip we took to Chicago in Summer of 2008. The paper is called Cruisin' and is perfect for road trip layouts. And how much do you love that argyle?

I have several more layouts done but lent them to a friend so I can't post them today. I also have every intention of having more done for the Sabre Crop on the 17th so come join us and take a look at everything you can do with the new catalog!