Thursday, January 26, 2012

Amazing Deals up to 80% off + Stamp Set Giveaway!

Hi, Friends!
I just had to let you know a couple of things. First, there are some AMAZING deals on my website. Lots of coordinating paper, stickers, and embellishments are up to 80% off! Here are just a few of the amazing deals...make sure you snag them before they're gone! Shop now >

Be sure to scroll all the way down, because I'm giving away a stamp set to one of you lucky readers!

Sweetheart Collection: Paper Pack $3 | My Stickease $2
See, I told you there are great deals! Keep reading, or shop now >

You may remember my Sweetheart mini-album. Details here.

Seriously, just $1 for My Stickease stickers! They're thick cardstock stickers...great for scrapbooking or cards. Such fun colors can use them for Halloween or even birthdays. Here's a card I made out of this paper for a birthday. Details on this card here.

Here's a beautiful Christmas collection. Save it for your Christmas cards for this year, or use it to scrapbook Christmas from last year! (Or if you're like me, the last couple of years. LOL!)

Mistletoe Collection: Paper Pack $5 | My Stickease $2 | Assortment $2

Mini Medley Accents: Autumn Garden $2 | Holiday $2

Ribbon Rounds: Chocolate $4 | Black $4

These have embossed designs that, when inked, resist the ink and leave a pattern. Here's a card I created. I stocked up on these them! Card details here (great way to use your scraps).

You can leave these kraft-colored, or ink them any color you want. The best part is that they're self-adhesive! Here's an idea - sprinkle glitter on the adhesive side, then glue down the opposite side. They come with lots of 12" strips per package. Here are some 3"x3" cards I made using the kraft borders. They go a long way! Details here.
Lots more clearance items. Check them all out here >


How would you like to win this Mad About You stamp set? It's perfect for Valentine's Day, and it even includes some project ideas inside!

Head over to my Giveaways page and enter to win. Deadline to enter is on Jan. 31 at 11:59pm (Pacific time), and I'll choose one lucky winner on Feb. 1!

Remember that on Feb. 1 you can also view the new CTMH Idea Book online! Woo hoo! And if you place an order of $40 or more (including clearance items) I'll send you an Idea Book for free! Shop now >

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Products Retiring on Jan. 31!

I'm SO excited for the new CTMH Idea Book to go live on Feb. 1 so you all can see the wonderfulness inside! (Yes, I made up a word.) And let me tell you, the papers, stamps, and embellishments are to die for! CTMH never ceases to keep up with the color and style trends that make us swoon. You can look through the new Spring/Summer Idea Book HERE on or after Feb. 1. Want your own copy? Place an order of $40 and I'll send ya one!

But with every new product release, we need to say goodbye to some older products. Some of my favorite items are retiring. Like the Circle Around stamp set. Here's a layout I created with it.
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And the Sophia paper pack and Stickease. Oh, how I love Sophia for little girls.

And wow, if you make birthday cards, you NEED Piece of Cake. It's my go-to...always the perfect size image and a few great sentiments to choose from.

For us visual folks, here is a slideshow of all the products that are retiring on January 31. If you see something you like, you better grab it now! (And yes, even retiring products count toward your $40 purchase to get a free Idea Book.) There's a list below the slideshow of all the items retiring. You can type the name in the search box on my website to quickly find it. Click here to open a new window and begin shopping.

(Thanks a bunch to Tamytha Jenkins for putting the slideshow together. And to Kathleen Stoppelmoor and Cassandra Bennett for putting the retiring list together.)

Some of these items are even clearance-priced. You'll find the discounted items here.

And here's a list of all the items retiring. Click here to open a new window and begin shopping.
  • Level 2 Paper Packs:
    • Believe
    • Dreamin’
    • Fanfare
    • Lucky
    • Mayberry
    • Mischief
    • Sophia
    • Wonderland 
  • Workshops-on-the-Go:
    • Believe
    • Dreamin’
    • Elemental
    • Mischief
    • Roxie
    • Sonoma
    • Typeset
    • Wonderland
  • MyStickease:
    • Believe
    • Dreamin’
    • Fanfare
    • Lucky
    • Mayberry
    • Mischief (Rub-ons)
    • Sophia
    • Wonderland
  • Mini-Medley Accents:
    • Antiqued Copper
    • Colonial White
  • Brads & Eyelets:
    • Colonial White Brads
    • Pewter Decorative Brads
    • Black and White Daisy Soft Set Eyelets
    • Chocolate and Colonial White Soft Set Eyelets
  • Dimensionals:
    • Flurry
    • On Target
  • Ribbon & Floss:
    • Colonial White Ribbon Collection
    • 3/8″ Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon
    • 3/8″ Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon
    • 3/8″ Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon
    • 3/8″ White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon
    • Wings Level 2 Assortment
  • Embroidery Floss:
    • Blue/Purple
    • Green
    • Red/Pink
  • Waxy Flax:
    • Cranberry
    • Crystal Blue
    • Juniper
    • Sorbet
  • Various Accessories:
    • Bliss Level 2 Assortment
    • Fanfare Level 2 Assortment
    • Foundry Metal – Bookplates
    • Harvest Charms
    • Holiday Pockets
    • Just Blooms Spring Blossom Paper Flowers
    • Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack
    • Lucky Level 2 Assortment
    • Lucky Level 2 Journaling Spots
    • Midnight Felt Shapes
    • Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment
  • Color-Ready Alphabets:
    • Hodge Podge
    • Oxford
  • My Creations:
    • Board Book
    • Journal
    • 9×9 Memory Showcase
  • Supplies/Tools:
    • Rubber Brayer
    • Soft Set Eyelet Tool
    • Eyelet Tool Replacement Punches
  • 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock:
    • Black
    • Colonial White
    • White Daisy
  • Stamps:
    • A Hop
    • A Little Buzz
    • A Little Everything
    • A Love
    • A Paisley
    • A Posey
    • Adoption
    • Adorning Corners
    • Always In My Heart
    • Ambiance
    • Around The Block
    • Baby Love
    • Backgrounds & Borders
    • Beary Best
    • Beary Busy
    • Beautiful Butterflies
    • Beautiful Things
    • Believe In Your Dreams
    • Beloved
    • Birthday Blast
    • Birthday Boy
    • Bless This Nest
    • Blooming Layers
    • Bon Appetit
    • Boom!
    • Bunny Love
    • Campin’ Fever
    • Carefree
    • Catching Waves
    • Charmed
    • Cherished Flourishes
    • Ciao
    • Circle Around
    • Circle of Love
    • Circle Together
    • Connections
    • Cruisin’
    • Cupcake Sprinkles
    • Daydream
    • Down By The Sea
    • Dream Big
    • Dreams Come True
    • Enjoy Every Moment
    • Extreme Happiness
    • Family
    • Family Ties – Adult
    • Family Ties – Children
    • Family Ties – Pet
    • Fill In The Blank
    • Flower Pot
    • For Every Occasion
    • Friendship Blessings
    • From My Heart
    • Fun Times
    • Happy Holidays
    • Happy Moments
    • Hero
    • His and Hers
    • Horizon
    • Hot Diggity
    • Howdy
    • In The Month Of April
    • In The Month Of February
    • In The Month Of July
    • In The Month Of June
    • In The Month Of March
    • In The Month Of May
    • It’s A Zoo
    • Just For Boys
    • Just For Girls
    • Just The Ticket
    • Kanji Phrases
    • Let’s Go Camping
    • Little Princess
    • Love Always
    • Love Birds
    • Love Ya
    • Magic Tabs
    • Makin’ Waves
    • Ms. Chillin’
    • Ms. Scrapbook
    • Notice The Details
    • One Of A Kind
    • On The Edge
    • On This Day
    • Over The Rainbow
    • Paisley Praise
    • Piece of Cake
    • Play Day
    • Post Card – Travel Series
    • Precious Love
    • Priceless Love
    • Recipe Box
    • Retro Tech
    • Royal Birth
    • Salutation Seals
    • Shining Star
    • Smiles
    • So Lucky
    • Soul Mates
    • Springtime
    • Star Power
    • Summer Breeze
    • Summer Days
    • Sweet Baby
    • Take Luck
    • Tasty Treats
    • Tea Time
    • Thank You
    • Thrill Ride
    • T.L.C.
    • Togetherness
    • Treetops
    • Trellis
    • Two-Step Backgrounds
    • Unity
    • X-Treme
    • You Did It
    • You Rock
    • You’re Great
    • You’re Sweet

To shop for retiring products, "while supplies last" products, and products that are not retiring, click here to open a new window.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Stella Thank You Card - Peek at New CTMH Goodies!

I just can't get enough of this new Stella paper from Close to my Heart. I adore the colors. In fact, someday if I have a baby girl this just might be my inspiration for her nursery. You'll see the paper soon in the brand new Idea Book, which you can find HERE on Feb. 1!

I used another new item, the Just for You stamp set. That gorgeous flower pairs perfectly with the Stella paper. And the flower matches with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, so you can cut them out in a jiffy! This is definitely one of my new favorite stamp sets. The flourish is from a set that came out in the fall called Love Life, which is another favorite of mine!

To give the flower some dimension, I curled the petals up with my piercing tool. I first wrapped just the edge up on the skinny metal part, then wrapped the whole petal around the wider wooden part. Then I put the cocoa flower center on foam to give it more dimension.

My inspiration came from Mary's card here, which was inspired by a Mojo Monday sketch.

I made several of these cards to send with the new Idea Book to some of my customers, and added a few different embellishments to the centers of the flowers. You, too, can get an Idea Book in the mail for free if you spend $40 or more with me! Or you can view it online HERE beginning Feb. 1.

Would you like to receive a whole slew of the brand new CTMH goodies at a fraction of the cost? Sign up to be a Close to my Heart Consultant! You'll receive a giant box of new product, including Stella and the Just for You stamp set, plus TONS more for just $99 (almost $300 value). If I could sign up all over again, I sure would! See more details about becoming a Consultant, for business or pleasure, HERE.
Happy creating!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Clean and Simple Valentine Cards

Welcome to Day 4 of the "Love me Do" Valentine's Blog Hop! Today I'm featuring Clean & Simple (CAS) cards. I love the CAS tends to be more focused so the pretty paper and/or stamping really stands out. Plus, when you have several to create they're quick to put together!

I recently bought a 6x6 My Mind's Eye "Honey Cake" paper pad that is not Valentine-themed, but it had some great paper to work with for a Valentine's card.

I cut out the hearts on my Cricut with the Art Philosophy cartridge (1-1/4") and stamped the "string" from the CTMH Paper Lantern stamp set. The stamp at the bottom is my is the reason I'm even sending Valentine cards (normally I don't). But I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to use the "Sending love from Seattle" sentiment to my family who is all out of state. I picked it up from Impress--one of my favorite stores I've found up here in the PNW.

I also created this variation using the lanterns from the Paper Lantern stamp set, but I don't really like how it turned out.

Don't forget that on January 24th we will be giving away a collection of goodies from the group to one lucky participant. To enter, you'll need to fill out a Google Docs form on Live.Teach.Create on January 20th, asking various questions about the posts throughout the week. All those who enter the correct answers will have a chance to win!

Now it's time to visit Tasha's blog.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Valentine's Mini-Album

Today is Day 2 of the "Love Me Do" Valentine's blog hop. You can see my first post here, along with info on the grand prize at the end of the week! All this week a group of 5 designers, including myself, will be showcasing Valentine ideas to help inspire you for the season of LOVE!

This is a project I did last year, but I love it so much that I wanted to share it again! I used the My Creations Memory Showcase, which I love for many reasons, but especially because it can lay flat on a table or stand upright to display the whole thing!

The paper packs I used are now retired: Sweetheart and Animal Cookies from Close to my Heart. But the Sweetheart paper is on clearance right now for just $3.00!!! Hurry and get some...that's a crazy good deal! The retail is $12.95! I also hand-stamped some cardstock to make my own patterned paper.

I used the Spray Pen with Tulip re-inker and pearl paint on the front and back covers, as well as on 2 of the pull-out tags.

Love all those pretty buttons! Buttons are one of my favorite embellishments, and CTMH has some awesome ones. They have a lot of detail, and they're very reasonably priced...each bag comes with tons of fun buttons for just $5.95. Check them out >

How perfect is the black heart accent? It's a sticker from the Sweetheart embellishments. It's also retiring soon, so snag some while you can!

I used the Damask Tiles stamp set to make this pink-on-white background paper, and the Noted Backgrounds stamp set for the pink-on-pink paper. Both of these stamp sets are now retired, but the Universal Backgrounds stamp set is another one of my favorites for creating my own patterned paper and is still available.

Isn't the Bohemian Alphabet adorable?! It's one of my favorites...a must-have for scrapbook titles. The silver/pink ribbon is from Martha Stewart.

You can find some AMAZING deals on the "While Supplies Last" page of my CTMH website right now, including this Sweetheart paper and matching MyStickease.

To see all the clearance items go here >

Now hop over to Tasha's blog, and be sure to check back with me tomorrow for a new idea!

(I can't take total credit for the layout of these pages. Most of this album was lifted from Vicki Wizniuk's 9"x9" baby album here.)

Here's a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Valentine's Button Heart {What's in a Frame} for Our Valentine's Blog Hop

Happy Monday, and welcome to the “Love Me Do” Valentine’s Blog Hop!  This week, January 16th-20th, we have a group of 5 talented designers sharing projects with you on their blogs to get you prepared for the upcoming season of love! We hope to inspire you to create something fun! We'd love to see your work, so leave a comment on the blogs as you go through.

On January 24th we'll be giving away a collection of goodies from the group to one lucky participant.  The giveaway will be hosted through filling out a Google Docs form on Live.Teach.Create on January 20th, asking various questions about the posts throughout the week.  All those who enter with the correct answers will have a chance to win!

And now here's my first project of the week...

I used mostly Close to my Heart red buttons (love the detail in all CTMH's buttons) to form the heart. I first cut a heart from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge in Cranberry as my base and layered the buttons on top. The banners were stamped with various words from the Love Language and Sweetheart stamp sets (both retired), then the edges were inked in cranberry ink.

I love creating framed much so that I have a line of it in my Etsy shop called {What's in a Frame}. I specialize in personalized baby name nursery can check it all out here.

Thanks for joining me today for Day #1 of the “Love Me Do” Valentine’s Blog Hop!  Next person in the hop is Tasha.  Check back again with me tomorrow for a new idea!

Here's a list of all the designers participating...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Another Fire Truck {What's in a Frame} Nursery Decor + SNOW

I have another Fire Truck {What's in a Frame} baby name decor to share with you. This is almost exactly the same as the one I shared here, only a different name. Fire truck nurseries must be popular!

I don't think I will ever get tired of making these...they're so fun! If you'd like one to match your little one's nursery or to give as a gift, you can find the details in my Etsy shop.

This morning we woke up to snow! Granted, it was a very light dusting, but it's really exciting for me because this is the first winter we've live somewhere that gets snow. And this girl LOVES snow! :) We're supposed to get a little more today and tomorrow...yay!

Have a wonderful rest of your long weekend! Come back tomorrow because I'm participating in a Valentine's blog hop that goes on all week long. It's sure to get your Valentine's crafting mojo going!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fire Engine {What's in a Frame} Nursery decor for Baby Boy

I have another fun little boy's {What's in a Frame} to share with you today! This one was to match the Nojo Engine 27 cute is this?!

I had a lot of fun with this frame. I found some reflective firefighter-themed stickers from Me & My Big Ideas to match the theme, then used patterned papers and cardstock from CTMH to match the bedding. I especially love that little dalmatian. I used to have a thing for dalmatians when I was younger...I had a whole collection!

It's hard to tell, but the fire truck has a shiny reflective coating on it that looks cool in person.

I wanted to recreate the "engine 27" from the bedding, so I achieved the look by 2nd-generation stamping the "27" (Extreme Caps stamp set) in chocolate ink and stamping "engine" over it in cranberry ink. The stamp set I used for "engine" is A may remember it from a CTMH special a few months back. Well, you'll be happy to know that it's coming back in the new Spring/Summer catalog, for only $6.95! It's a great all-purpose stamp set to have on hand.

The only patterned paper I used are the blue pieces! They're from the back sides in the Twitterpated and Cherry-O paper packs. The red and brown pieces are cardstock that I stamped to create my own patterns. The cranberry pieces are stamped with the Noted Backgrounds stamp set (retired) and the chocolate pieces with Hit the Spot (also retired) from CTMH. I LOVE background stamps...they have so many uses. You can still get the Universal Backgrounds stamp set, another one of my favorites.

Available for Purchase!
This nursery decor is available in my Etsy shop and can be personalized for your baby or to give as a gift. Lots of other styles and themes available, or I can match your theme. 

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Scrapbook Layout Contest at Practical Scrappers

For all you scrapbookers out there...yes, you! I wanted to be sure you know about Practical Scrappers' layout contest!

You don't even need to create something new to enter the contest, you can email them your favorite layout that you've created in the last couple of months. The contest will have 6 rounds.

There are lots of prizes, so hurry on over to Practical Scrappers to get all the details!

The deadline to enter is THIS Friday, Jan. 13 at midnight CST.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Christmas Feast Scrapbook Layout

I got a Christmas layout done! But I'm not really that on top of my scrapbooking...this is from Christmas 2009! I'm not as behind on all of my photos, but I tend to take so many pictures at Christmas that I get overwhelmed and put off scrapbooking them. This year I hardly took any pictures so I won't have that problem! I'm working on simplifying.

You've seen this Bible paper before. I used pages from the Christmas story in Luke for this page...I love it! (And as a reminder, I use Bible I got at a used book store for crafting purposes...I don't tear up my own Bibles!) I used the Holiday Trinkets stamp set (retired) for the ornaments and added some silver glitz glitter gel. Love me some bling!

I used the October stamp of the Month from CTMH, called Holiday Magic for the pennants. (My first time using this set.) They're actually Christmas trees. I added some licorice opaques between the banners. The title is stamped with the Friendship Alphabet and there are little snowflakes stamped in 2nd generation in the background.

I'm entering this layout at Heart 2 Heart use a stamp set you haven't used yet.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fabric-Wrapped Bangle Bracelets and Rosette Rings

You may have noticed that in addition to paper crafting, I like to make jewelry every now and then. I have never gotten too fancy in my jewelry designs, but this year I was inspired by so much jewelry on Pinterest that I got more into it than in the past. I made some really cool pieces as Christmas gifts (if I do say so myself).

First up is an upcycle project. My cousin gave me 2 plastic bangles that she never wore, assuming I could do something cool with them. And she was right :) I decided to take some fabric scraps that I had been hoarding to turn them into trendy and fun little bracelet and ring sets. I left the edges raw because I like the raveled look.

I gave the pink and gray set to my sister because it matches the Statement Necklace I gave her for her birthday. And the green and black one went to my good friend Melissa (the same Melissa who just got married and was on the receiving end of my paper flower bouquets).

If you'd like to learn how to make the fabric rosettes on the bracelet and ring, I created a video a while back on how to make a statement necklace which includes these flowers. You can find it here.

I made some more jewelry as Christmas gifts so I'll be sharing them in the near future as well. Some of them were Anthropologie-inspired!

Thanks for visiting, I hope you are able to do something creative today!