Saturday, November 5, 2016

Precious Puppy Layout

Okay, so I'm in love. Like big time in love. Like totally consumed, obsessed kind of love.

With my puppy.

My husband and I grew up without pets. And, we were fine with that. Actually, we always were grateful we married someone who understood we never wanted pets. The fur! The mess! The responsibility! No, thank you.

But then Indy. Well, actually Willett. Willett is my neighbor's Havanese and I kind of fell in love with her. And I had to have a baby, I mean, a puppy of my own. So, entered Indy.

We adopted Indy in February and he has changed our life. For the better. As the journaling above says (hard to read, I know), he's sweet, snuggly and so adorable. :)

Love this layout? It's from Pattern 8, Make It From Your Heart: Volume 2. CTMH's how-to books are so helpful. Most of the products used above are retired and I am proud of that. I'm trying to use up my stash, you too?

Indy says, "Woof!" meaning "Thanks for looking!"

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November SOTM Blog Hop - New Year's Cheer

Welcome to the November SOTM Blog Hop, featuring New Year's Cheer, a set of 13 stamps. If you’ve come from Maureen's blog, you’re on the right path. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s blog. 

Along the hop, you'll see artwork from 29 talented consultants who can't wait to share their creativity with you using the cheerful stamps below!

I decided to use Peacock, White Daisy and Ruby for my color scheme. I added a few products I had left from other projects, like the ribbon, the overlay with the stars and the swirly silver glitter banner. Quick and easy!

Inside of Card
The following products were used (all current CTMH products):

  • Peacock Cardstock, X5776
  • Ruby Cardstock, X5927
  • White Daisy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2863
  • Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2649
  • Picture My Life Happy, Happy Christmas Overlays, Z4016
  • Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z3288
  • City Sidewalks Complements, X7213C

Be sure to hop on over to Krista's blog to see her work! Remember, the November SOTM is only available until November 30!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Scrapbooking Layout

Love my little Scrappy Gals. Every Thursday afternoon, I get to spend an hour with 14 of the coolest Second-Fifth grade girls from my sons' elementary school. So, for Halloween week we obviously had to make a layout for their Halloween photos!

I used the ever so cute Jeepers Creepers paper, the EEK title and monsters cut from the Artistry Cricut Cartridge, Z3167 (p. 43) and the Halloween Greetings Stamp Set, D1605. I added a few googly eyes for fun and the girls LOVED them!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Enchantment School Layouts

Close To My Heart really changed their Annual Inspirations book this year. Instead of having a lot of themed papers, they went with color combinations in our new Fundamentals collections. I love all of the papers, but the Enchantment Fundamentals have gorgeous jewel-toned colors and are perfect for my school layouts.

I used the Cricut Artbooking cartridge to cut out First Day, the apple and the binder paper. I used the retired Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge for the penant banner. The stars were cut using our new Thin Cuts Stars in White Glitter paper and then I used our Shin Han markers to color them. So easy to personalize! I made these layouts with my Scrappy Gals after school program group and they were a big hit!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cricut City Sidewalks Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cricut City Sidewalks Blog Hop. Thanks for hopping over from Melissa Robinson's blog. There are 20 consultants participating in the hop, so be sure to visit all of their blogs. If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participating consultants here.

Cricut City Sidewalks Digital Collection is Close To My Heart's new mini digital holiday collection. With 30 complete images, including titles, photo frames, borders, card sentiments, card overlays and more, you'll love using this collection to brighten up your holiday creativity.

Every year our family goes to Washington, D.C. to see the National Christmas Tree and all of the little state and territory trees surrounding it. It's a tradition I've had since I was a little girl going with my parents. Living in Northern Virginia makes access to D.C. convenient and while we don't take advantage of the proximity enough, we do love our visits to see the museums and national monuments. 

How gorgeous is that snowflake background? While it took forever to cut on the Cricut, I love it so so much! It's hard to tell in the photos, but I put white glitter paper under the black snowflake background.

Supplies used:

Now, hop on over to Brenda Lapp's blog to check out her use of City Sidewalks!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Oh Deer! Christmas Layout

My obsession with all things Sea Glass continues. I created these layouts as a make and take for a crop I was recently a vendor at. Despite these not being the best photos, I love how they turned out!

The only difference between these two layouts is that I used the back of the B&T papers for the bottom layout (pine cones v the deer). And, yes, I know it's hard to see the bottom one. But, I wanted you to see the shimmer I applied to the snowflakes with our new Shimmer Brush! You can also see the gold embossing on the deer, using the Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder.

Close To My Heart's how-to books are so helpful when you're looking for a well-balanced layout. I used Three-Part Harmony on p. 44 of the Imagine book. And, that adorable deer comes from the Thin Cuts Woodland Wishes Bundle. That Merry Christmas cut out is awesome and comes from the new Cricut City Sidewalks Digital Collection.

I'm never crafting Christmas this early, but I am SO loving it. When do you usually start your Christmas crafts?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October SOTM Blog Hop - Yuletide Joy

Welcome to the October SOTM Blog Hop, featuring Yuletide Joy, a set of seven holiday themed stamps. You'll see artwork from 37 talented consultants who can't wait to spread some Yuletide Joy with you!

Thanks for hopping over from Donna Digby's blog.

How much do you love the color of the year, Sea Glass? I'm using it with everything, but am totally obsessed with the Sea Glass and gold color combo. Pair those up with our Oh Deer! paper and you have a winning combo!

Heat embossing is so fun and really details the intricacy of the star. I love adding a little bling to the inside of my card. It just gives it that extra special touch. CTMH's new Thin Cuts are so easy to use with my Cuttlebug and those stars are going to be on everything I create!

Products used (all CTMH):
  • Oh Deer! Paper Pack, X7214B, $9.95
  • Ranger Princess Gold, Z2066, $5.95
  • VersaMark Ink Pad, Z891, $9.95
  • Craft Heater, Z555, $34.95
  • Gold Shimmer Trim, Z1985, $4.95
  • Gold Assortment Sequins, Z2012, $2.95
  • Gold Glitter Paper, Z3238, $5.95
  • Cocoa Stamp Pad, Z2814, $7.95
  • Stars Thin Cuts, Z3261, $14.95
  • SOTM Yuletide Joy, S1610, $5
  • Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Make sure you head over to Wendy Coffman's blog to see what she's come up with. Get your own Yuletide Joy stamp set for $5 with any qualifying $50 purchase. And, don't forget it's only available until October 31, 2016 from your Independent Consultant or here.