Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kailyn's First Birthday Garden Party Invitation - Chalkboard & Flowers

Today is Kailyn's 1st birthday. Seriously...SERIOUSLY...where does the time go?!?! Before I had a baby I heard from friends all the time that "time flies." It's not that I didn't believe them, but it's just crazy to actually experience it yourself.
I thought today was the perfect day to share her first birthday party invitations with you. I teased on my Facebook page, but now that I've sent them out and her party is almost here, I think it's safe to share them online :)
I would have loved to hand make all of the invitations, but with limited crafty time (I decided to spend more time on the actual party décor) I came up with a hybrid solution! I knew I wanted to have a garden party, and it had to have BLING! After spending what seems like a million hours on Pinterest and Etsy, and finally found the perfect design from THIS shop. I think it's more perfect than anything I could have done myself, and I love that it still has the handmade touch.
I worked with the shop owner to customize the colors and text, then she sent me the file. I had it printed at a local printer that I use at work. Once I got it back I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper, added lots of BLING from my CTMH Sparkles collections, and added a strip of washi tape to "hold" her photo.
Here is a closer shot of the front...

And the back... What a doll face!

And here's another close-up of the cute flowers and all that sparkle!!

Her party is on Sunday. I can't wait to share all the details with you!
Thanks for visiting :)


Saturday, July 26, 2014

CTMH Convention Highlights & Pictures

I am behind on sharing...and I have so much to share! Be sure to "like" my Facebook Page for more up-to-date info :)

The end of June was Close to my Heart's annual convention, and I joined my CTMH family at the Happiest Place on Earth...Disneyland! I made a vacation out of it. My family lives in San Diego, as you may know, so Kailyn and I flew to San Diego first for several days, then went to Disneyland for Convention. My MIL and SIL came with us so they could watch Kailyn while I enjoyed all the festivities!

She made an appearance for lots of pictures, though! I am so proud of my friend and downline, Mandy, who has earned top recruiter multiple times, and had 20 of her fabulous team members at Convention.

Here I am with Amie and Dana before one of our General Sessions. Mandy gave everyone these cute Minnie ears. And she also gave Kailyn these cute Minnie ears and outfits that her baby Londyn wore to Convention at Disneyworld last year! So handy that our babies were born almost exactly a year apart :)

Oh my goodness I just love this picture. Such a DOLL!
This is my friend Michele (pronounced like Michael). She is a Director in the Seattle area and when I lived in Seattle, she adopted me as team member and let me attend her team meetings!

Here's our brand new Annual Inspirations Idea Book and the super cute convention bag/backpack we got this year!

Cute hedges at the Disneyland hotel outside of the Convention Center....

Here's Mandy and me at the Awards Banquet! She, of course, earned several awards!

And here are Dana and Amie again. Love these girls!

Unfortunately I missed our team photo that happened before General Session so I don't have a picture of everyone :( But it was so fun to meet my online friends from all over the country!

Now to the good stuff...


It is called Artfully Sent and it is card-focused and AWESOME. Just like Art Philosophy, Artiste, and Artbooking. It is not finished being produced by Provo Craft yet so I have not been able to play with it ahead of time like Consultants usually get to do, but it will be available some time in August. I will be sure to let you know when it is here!!!

I will be posting some cards that I made at Convention using it SOON! Plus I took pictures of some cards that CTMH shared at Convention. It is AMAZING. Seriously. You need it.

Email me if you want to be on my interest list and I'll be sure to let you know once it's here!  jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Weekend Recap

If you are catching up on your blog-reading, here are my posts from this week in case you missed them...

See some gorgeous & fun artwork from CTMH corp with the fun fireworks-themed June stamp of the month. More bang for Your 5 Bucks >
John Deere-inspired {What's in a Frame} nursery décor.

Flashback Friday Teacher pillow box and matching card >

Friday, June 13, 2014

Flashback Friday: Teacher Appreciation Gift

Hello, and happy FRIDAY!!! I don't know about you, but this has been a long week, and I am very excited that the weekend is just around the corner.

Your kids are probably already finished with school, but for those of you who may need a last-minute little teacher gift, this might help! I made this flashback project last year for Teacher Appreciation Week.

This little pillow box was made using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (page 28) and is the perfect size for a little treat. I also made a matching 3" x 3" card with the same layered flower, both use the retired Dream Pop paper...I just love these bright colors!

The flowers were also cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge. (If you have a Cricut, it's a must-have cartridge for sure!)  I had just used some burlap ribbon for a different project, so I used some of the fibers I pulled from it to wrap around the pillow box for added texture.

I inked the edges of the flowers in Archival Ink first for the pillow box, but I didn't really like it, so I left them plain for the card. I used a pearl badge button (retired) for the flower centers.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Unique Father's Day Card:
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If you are looking for a unique Father's Day card, I am still offering my BBQ Apron card guide! This easy-to-follow PDF includes a supply list, instructions, cutting dimensions, and templates to make a card that the guy in your life will love!
It's always hard to make masculine cards, but I made this card for my dad, father-in-law, and grandpa 2 years ago and they all thought it was awesome! It's sure to be a hit for your guy as well.
The guide is only $5, and all proceeds are going to my friend's Adoption Fund (read more about it here). So, you can help my friend reach her goal to be able to bring her sweet girl home, PLUS get an awesome guide to make an awesome card :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

John Deere Tractor {What's in a Frame} Nursery Decor

I'm back with another {What's in a Frame} to share with you. I've made a similar John Deere Nursery Décor frame in the past, but a different name. It's always fun to see it again! I really love how this turned out. You are not going to believe what I used to make the tire tracks!


Here's a nice close-up of the tracks. Ready to hear what they're made from? Iron-on fusion webbing curtains! I got curtains from Ikea and they come super long, so they give you this fusion webbing to cut to length and "hem" them. But why would I use it to hem my curtains when I could use it for crafting?! :) To adhere it, I wrapped it around the back of the squares and taped it in place.

James' name is cut with the font on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I stamped tone-on-tone for a subtle look while still adding some visual interest. The yellow squares are stamped with Sunny Yellow ink using the grid from CTMH Noted Backgrounds (retired), and the polka dots are with Topiary ink using the CTMH Hit the Spot stamp set (retired).

Thanks for looking, have a great day!