Monday, December 9, 2013

Baby Kailyn's Wooden Letters Decorated With Scrapbook Paper


Woohoo...I finally have a napping baby so I've had some crafting/photo editing/blogging time! (Up 'til now Kailyn would only nap in the car or stroller, or not at all.) I finished Kailyn's nursery a few weeks ago and took pictures, and I've been dying to share them with you! But this is good timing, because this project can double as a Christmas can spell "Noel," "Joy," etc, and cover with Christmas paper!

Her nursery is inspired by a garden theme. It's not an all-out garden theme, but lots of bright colors, flowers, butterflies, and bugs :)

I have two more decor projects to share before we get to the entire room. First are these cute wooden letters that I covered with scrapbook paper. They're hanging above her crib, but I'm waiting to show the whole shot until I share her whole room because there's another decor item in the shot ;)

I got the plain white letters at Joann's...I thought the font was cute. Then I chose the paper that would cover each letter. I have a whole box of paper and embellishments I've collected to match Kailyn's nursery. The order of the colors/patterns is not by chance...I spent more time than I should have picking out just the right paper for each letter...laying them out in order to make sure it was pleasing to my eye. I actually had to re-cut the paper for 3 letters because I wasn't happy with the order. Anyone else like that??

To cut the letters, I traced them UPSIDE-DOWN onto the BACK of the paper I wanted to use. Then I cut them out and adhered with Scotch brand adhesive for my ATG. I love that's super strong. Make sure you get as close to the edge as possible so it doesn't peel back. You could also use Mod Podge, but I like the look without the Mod Podge better. Then I inked the edges in Cocoa ink with a sponge dauber and decorated with baker's twine, sparkles, etc.

Here are some close-ups of the embellishments on some of the letters. Pardon the editing, my camera didn't catch the blue well and I tried to get them closer to the real color :)
The letters don't come with a hook for hanging, so I added my own D-ring hangers to the back. They were easy to screw on. It was easier to do that than add a ribbon hanger to each letter.

I hope you enjoyed! I'm editing the next nursery photos now...

Happy crafting!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Birthday Weekend STAMP SALE + Some of My Favorite Products

Hello, crafters!

If you are a fan of my Facebook Page, you got a head start on this sale! So glad a bunch of you could take advantage of it! Well, today is my birthday, so I want to offer you this special ALL weekend—thru Monday! This is a great time to order your favorite items from the just-released RETIRING LIST. The items on this list will retire the end of January.

Now for my biggest SALE ever!
  • Receive any A- thru D-size stamp set FREE with your $50+ CTMH order. (That's up to a $17.95 value for free when you spend just $50!) 
  • Get TWO sets or one E-size set with your $100+ CTMH order. (Up to a $35.90 value!) That's like saving over 35% on your order.
Shop here >

Plus you can take advantage of the special offers through CTMH!

The Stamp of the Month will only be $5 when you spend $50. November's Stamp of the Month is "Illuminate"...

The December Stamp of the Month is "Special Care"...

PLUS, til tomorrow (Sunday) you can pick a "star" item from the Holiday Gift Guide for FREE with your $100+ order.

To order: You can either email me {jaymalew at gmail dot com} your order, or you can place your order on my website then let me know which freebie(s) you want (I'll ship separately).

Here are some of my favorite products and stamp sets right now.

This hot air balloon/airplane/clouds/banners set is so cute and trendy!
Lifting Spirits stamp set
(this is a "star" item)

The Make it from Your Heart how-to books are such a great way to jump-start your creativity. Each book has tons of scrapbook and card projects to inspire you, complete with cutting diagrams and instructions on how to assemble.
Make it from Your Heart How-to book
Vol. 1 | Vol. 2

I adore these arrows. So many ways to use them, but I especially think they're great for clean and simple (CAS) cards.
One-Way Borders

Of course, one of the highlights of CTMH's products are our Cricut collections. This is the brand new Artbooking collection. See my review video HERE. The Art Philosophy and Artiste collections are also must-haves!
Cricut Artbooking Collection

I love this next stamp's great for such a variety of scrapbook pages, including school themes. All the arrows and banners and backgrouns makes is great for cards, too!
All the Details
  I am a big fan of background stamps, and this is the newest one. You can see all of CTMH's background stamps HERE.
Geometric Backgrounds
 I also love a good alphabet set. This Vogue Alphabet stamp set is fun for scrapbook layouts, cards, or a variety of other projects. I love that it has caps and lowercase.
Vogue Alphabet stamp set

 This is one of CTMH's new mini stamps, it's only $2.95 and is the perfect stamp for a quick or not-so-quick birthday card!
Heartfelt Birthday Wish stamp
  Liquid Glass should be a staple in every crafter's stash. It's a super strong adhesive, plus a fun glossy finish for your projects. Adhere the most stubborn material to your project or use it in "real life." I once adhered the sole of my shoe with Liquid Glass when it was starting to peel back!

 Burlap is awesome, and CTMH's burlap ribbon is high quality, doesn't stink, and has nice finished edges.
Burlap Ribbon

 These markers are awesome for your Christmas cards! You can use them to write on dark-colored cardstock, or just use them to add a little shine to your project. They have a felt tip.
Metallics Markers

Take a look at the Autumn/Winter Idea Book >

Browse products online >

Remember to order by Monday to take advantage of my FREE STAMPS sale! Get a free stamp set (up to $17.95 value) with your $50+ order, or 2 stamp sets (or 1 E-size, up to $35.90 value) with your $100+ order. If your order is over $150, you can also choose $25 in Hostess Rewards! Shop now >

Let me know if you have any questions or need help choosing deciding on your wish list!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

No-Sew Zebra Ribbon Flower Headband for Baby Kailyn

I've made quite a few headbands recently for Baby Kailyn, so I thought I'd share them with you. I'll start with this zebra print flower, which is the first one I made for her first photo shoot. :) She was about a month old in these pictures. Awww, how quickly they's only been 1.5 months since then and she's so different now!

All the ribbon and the stretch headband came on spools from Hobby Lobby. I started with a felt circle approx 1.5" and hot glued 1.5" zebra ribbon around the perimeter, kinda folding/pleating as I went. I added about 1" of hot glue as I went so that it wouldn't dry before I got the ribbon down. Then I did another layer of ribbon, gluing it down just inside the first layer.

The hot pink tulle came as pleated ribbon already, so I just added one layer of that on the inside, the same way as the other. CTMH's rhinestone brad (retired) made the perfect flower center! I used pliers to cut the brad part off, then hot glued it down. (Liquid Glass would work as well...probably even better. Or E6000. Hot glue doesn't always stay stuck to metal very well but I was in a hurry for her to wear it.)
I sized the elastic to her head and hot glued the ends together. Then I glued the flower onto the headband over the hot glue. I added another felt circle to the inside of the headband for a finished look, and also so the died glue wouldn't bother her. (You could also sew any part of this headband, but I avoid sewing whenever possible.) :-)

Close to my Heart now offers Base & Bling wearable craft supplies and has made a video tutorial on how to make these beautiful and unique flower clips, suitable for you or your kids. The yellow one uses fabric that was cut with the Cricut!
Check out the video...

Shop Close to my Heart Base & Bling >

Happy crafting!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Garden Theme Baby Shower Invitations Using Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

Back in June I was blessed to have 3 Baby Showers in 3 different areas to celebrate sweet Kailyn before she was born. I made the invitations for the shower that my mom and sister hosted. We went with a garden theme because that's the theme of her nursery.

I was really excited to make the invitations, but the only problem with making my own is that I was even more of a perfectionist than I normally am!

I had to get the colors and the layout just right. Here's the first attempt that was cute, but didn't make the cut...

Then I saw THIS blog post of Lalia's cute teacher gifts and was instantly inspired by the hemp and flower.

So I played around some more.

Getting closer...

And then, TADA! Here's the winner...

So I got to work. I cut the flowers and leaves from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I added Stickles glitter to every center flower.

I found these cool Jolee's embellishments to add to the garden theme...

Oooooh, glitter! Gotta have some sparkle! I folded the leaves down the center and curled the flower petals up a bit to add some dimension. Everything was adhered with glue dots.

I really like the wording. The top (next to the ladybug) reads:
A sweet little lady is on her way,
Let's celebrate her mom with a special day!

Here are a few variations with different flower centers. I like the clear best. :)
(Click photo to see larger.)

Of course the envelope had to be spruced up. The butterfly stamp is Martha Stewart and I'm not sure what brand the ladybug is. They were impulse buys at Michael's. But I've gotta say I am not happy with the quality. They did the job but I couldn't use dye ink with pooled up on the stamp. I had to use pigment ink to get even coverage. (Another reminder of why CTMH stamps are so amazing!)                   

Thanks for visiting!

Learn More About the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection >

CTMH colors used:
Ruby pigment ink (ladybug stamp)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Airplane, Clouds & Chevron Baby Boy {What's in a Frame} - A Peek Into My Creative Process

I have a really fun {What's in a Frame} to share with you today! Here's a detail shot before we get into the good stuff...
Baby Michael's nursery is decorated in airplanes and the colors are tan, blue, and white. I thought I'd give you a little peek into my creative process. 

I knew I wanted to add some clouds and a sun. I cut the sun and clouds from the Artiste Cricut cartridge. The sun is cut at 3-1/2" to coordinate with the sun stamp in the My Sunshine stamp set (a previous Stamp of the Month). The clouds are cut at 3 different sizes, I forget the exact measurements. I also cut the letters for his name with Artiste.

Then I decided to use the airplane from the retired CTMH Splendid Day stamp set. I inked it in Crystal Blue and then rolled the edges in chocolate to make it pop. I then cut it out, along with the banner to trail from it, and laid everything out to where I liked it.

Once I liked the general layout I adhered the squares down, added the embellishments...and TADA!
When I made this artwork, Baby Michael wasn't born yet, so I left the banner blank for Momma to add his birth stats. I inked the edges of the cloud with a sponge dauber using Crystal Blue ink.

 Since I added a sun in the corner, I also brought in a few other pops of yellow to tie it all together. I stampedthe sun in Honey ink and also inked around the edges.

Here are the measurements I use for all my frames:
  • Colored squares: 1-3/4"
  • White squares that letters are on: 1-1/2"
  • Letters: 1" on Cricut
Paper used:
Tan: CTMH Twitterpated, Claire, & Magnifique
Clouds & blue letters: My Mind's Eye Fly a Kite paper pad
Chevron: I forget! 

Here's the finished product once more...

I hope you enjoyed...have a crafty day!

You can purchase your own customized {What's in a Frame} artwork in my Etsy shop. I love to create one-of-a-kind artwork to match your little one's nursery! They make great gifts, too!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Favorite Things Blog Hop: Sparkle & Shine paper!

Hello, and welcome to the "My Favorite Things" blog hop: Holiday Gift Guide edition! Some of my Playing With Paper team is here to share our favorite product(s) from the new Holidays from the Heart gift guide from Close to my Heart. It's a mini holiday version of our Idea Book, and it has some fab new products!

One of my favorites is the new paper pack, called Sparkle and Shine. I've been into simple lately, because I have limited crafty time. I was able to whip these 2 CAS cards up one day during Kailyn's nap. (Which is a feat, because her naps are short these days!) Both cards are the same design but slightly different.

I was inspired by THIS fall card by Karen at The Bald Dragonfly (found via Pinterest). I used the Scandinavian Wishes stamp set for all stamping, which was October's stamp of the month.

I like this first card the best. The skinny strip was plain cardstock and I stamped the long and skinny stamp from the set onto it. I fussy-cut the bird. It has legs on the stamp, but I didn't bother cutting them out and I think it looks just fine!

   The bird adds a little dimension...he's on a foam square.

The second card uses the zip strip from one of the patterned papers. All of CTMH paper has an extra 1/4" of useable paper on each patterned sheet...there's a fun design on one side and the paper pack info on the other. The other difference with this card is that I inked around the edges of all the paper for some extra pop. I'm not sure if I like it better with or without the ink...I like it both ways. (If I were to do this second card over I'd make the white piece a little's bugging me now.)

Now head on over to Norhalma's blog...she's always got something beautiful to share!

You can order the beautiful Sparkle and Shine paper now (it actually has SILVER in the paper...not's shiny!) There are lots more great Christmas stamps AND all-occasion stamps as well!

View the Holiday Gift Guide >

Using Washi Tape With Cricut Art Philosophy Card

I just had to share this video that Close to my Heart posted! They created an adorable card with a cupcake cut-out card base using the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection plus our new washi tape!

Such an adorable card...check out how easy it is to put together...

CTMH's washi tape is high-quality, just like all of our products. Plus the rolls come with a very generous amount!

Shop CTMH's washi tape >

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Look Inside the CTMH Consultant Kit + Get a Bonus Gift

I have EXCITING news just released from Close to my Heart. It's a special for joining my team! How timely, too, because I just made a video of the new Consultant Kit (see below). Right now when you join my team, you can also receive a brand new Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program, valued at $24.95!
Autumn/Winter 2013 New Consultant Kit
(Picture My Life is not shown.)
Picture My Life™ is a brand new, yet-to-be-released scrapbooking program from the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book. There are 8 themes to choose from, with designed cards, a cover page, and Memory Protectors just for this program (it sounds similar to Project Life to me). To be eligible for the free product, all you have to do is sign up by Dec. 15 and get $300 in sales by March 31, 2014! (Sales can be from yourself or your customers.)

You can start earning your FREE Picture My Life program right now when you sign up. With all the excitement that's going on with CTMH, plus my help every step of the way, you'll have no problem reaching this goal! 

Check it out: when you order the Essentials Kit and qualify for this offer, you will receive more than $180 in products and supplies, plus commission on your sales, all for just $49. Add to that the perks of Straight To The Top, and a new Idea Book coming soon, and you have an incredible opportunity to start your business strong! See all my info & FAQs about joining >

Here's a video I put together to show you a close-up of everything you get in your New Consultant Kit...

If you are a former Creative Memories consultant, I'd like to invite you to try Close to my Heart. As you evaluate your options, you'll find that Close To My Heart has diversity of product, from high-end to simple and easy; an established compensation plan with meaningful benefits and travel rewards for leaders; and a business model that is available to you NOW rather than in several months.

Join my Team now to start earning your exciting new Picture My Life scrapbooking program!

I'm here to help you. See more info & FAQs >

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Use Your Scraps: Super Easy 3x3 Thank You Cards

I love 3x3 cards. They're quick, easy, and cute, which is what I need since I include one in every order that my customers place. And it's even more important to be quick now that my crafty time is limited with my little one :)

Here are some 3x3 thank you cards I made using retired paper from one of CTMH's specials a few years back. I still love it, but only have small scraps left, which was perfect for this design.

The stamp set I used is also retired but one of my favorites. You could replace it with the A True Thank You stamp (which is only $2.95!) You can use this stamping technique with any stamp!

The flowers and sentiment are all one stamp. I first stamped just "Thanks a Bunch" by inking only that part in chocolate ink. Then I cleaned the stamp and inked the flowers in Sweet Leaf, then immediately inked the tops of the flowers in Dutch Blue (a retired color) before stamping on the cardstock. Since the Sweet Leaf is so light, I didn't need to worry that I inked over it in a darker color. (Be sure you DON'T ink in a darker color first, then add a lighter color. Your darker color will stain the lighter ink pad.)

That's it! Each card just took a few minutes, and they were easy to mass-produce. (A few bitty sparkles would look cute in the flower centers, too!)

Happy crafting :)

A True Thank You