Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Centerpiece with Cricut Flowers

One of the best parts about this time of the year is decorating. Last year, Close to my Heart shared this festive floral centerpiece made from paper. It uses retired paper and Cricut shapes, but I wanted to share it because it's so cute and you can recreate it with different products! If you already have the Artiste cartridge you can make it just like this. If not, you can make layered flowers and holly branches from the new Flower Market Cricut collection and there is a roll-up 3D flower on the Artbooking cartridge. I think the gold glitter stars add the perfect touch of sparkle.

In the video below, Monica from Close To My Heart shows you how to make the flowers featured in the centerpiece, using the (retired) White Pines paper collection. 

Watch on YouTube or below.

If you're feeling especially crafty, you can make a matching banner and cupcake wrappers as well! What an adorable tablescape.

Happy crafting!

Monday, November 28, 2016

30% Off Cricut Collections from Close to my Heart!!!

Oh my gosh...this is the best deal on CTMH Cricut cartridges I've seen!

All you have to do is spend $30 on retail-priced products on my website, then you can buy one of our Cricut collections (except City Sidewalks) at 30% off!
  • There's no limit to the number of Cricut® collections that you can qualify for at that discounted price—you can get one with every $30 you spend!
  • All our Cricut® collections are included except for the City Sidewalks digital collection. You'll see a full list of available collections on the shopping cart page when your order qualifies for the special.
  • Qualifying purchase must be in full retail product—discounted and clearance items will not help you qualify for this special (However, there are some great deals so you'll want to check them out still!)
  • Purchases will count toward earning the discounted Stamp of the Month and Hostess Rewards.
The sale is going on NOW! Start shopping >

Friday, November 11, 2016

Scrapbook Process Video #1

Hello, friends!
I'm excited to share with you my very first full scrapbook process video. I created this cute layout by mixing patterns from lots of different Close to my Heart paper packs. I will link all of the paper packs and supplies below. I also played with CTMH's new heart thin cuts dies and accidentally ended up using paint—but it ended up being a good mistake! Watch my video to see what happened :)
I was inspired by Karen Pederson's layout HERE. She used different lengths of washi tape—great use for all that washi we collect! I used a mix of Halloween, Christmas and all-occasion paper for my layout. I even used the cut-apart page in the Jeepers Creepers paper packet to get the stars paper.

Here's the video...

Give it a "thumbs up" if you like it and want to see more. I am still getting used to doing the voiceover...I'll get better with time :)

Here are some detail shots.

In this first one you can kind of see where I messed up and fixed it. If I didn't tell you, you'd never know!

Watch the video here >

Thanks for visiting!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Adding Dimension Using Stickers: Lollydoodle Park Scrapbook Layout

Today I have another oldie but goodie to share with you. I used the retired Lollydoodle paper and embellishments for this 2-page layout. It worked beautifully for these cute park pictures :)

I love this little owl. I purposely placed the LOL rhinestone so it looks like it's falling from the tree. I also stamped the Ink Blots stamp set using tone-on-tone blue ink in the corners.

Lots of sparkle and dimension when you look closer. 

TIP: These flowers are actually stickers, but I didn't want the raised ones to be sticky on the back. So I stuck them onto cardstock then cut each one out. It's more time-consuming but I think the 3D effect here is worth it!

Thanks for visiting, I hope you are inspired!

Most of these products are retired but you can still get the fun Ink Blots stamp set!

Ink Blots stamp set

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New Style Ink Pads Are Available in New Colors!

EEEK! Our NEW style of stamp pads are now available to order in the new Adventure colors: Raspberry, Blossom, Tangerine, Lemon, Willow, Emerald, and Pansy. Check them out >
The new design is larger and has an easy-open magnetic closure.

New ink pads for the rest of our exclusive colors are still on their way...I will update you when they become available.

Look at all of the new beautiful colors. They make my heart so happy.

Shop ink pads >

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Have a great day!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shabby Chic Baby Name Nursery Decor

I really love how this {What's in a Frame} turned out and I can't believe I never shared this project. I think I made it 2 years ago! The shabby chic look is so cute; the paper, fabric rosettes, and frame work in perfect harmony. 

I used a mix of 6" x 6" paper pads that I had in my stash. The fabric rosettes are from CTMH's retired rosette ribbon, as are the pearl flourish stickers.

I cut Sarah's name out of gold glitter paper using the font from CTMH's Artbooking Cricut cartridge. 

Thanks for stopping by! I still have lots more "long lost" projects to share :) And hopefully some NEW ones with NEW product soon, too!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Taste of Summer & Operation Smile cards

Happy Friday!
I recently ran across a ton of photos of projects I made last year and never shared. Yikes! So I'll be sharing them over the coming weeks. These older projects use retired CTMH products, and I just got a bunch of NEW CTMH products so I'll mix those in as I create with them, too!

First up are some cards I made with the Taste of Summer paper and stamp set that was a special last summer. I just love these colors! I also used the Operation Smile stamp set from last summer for the sentiments.

These products are retired, but check out the new yummy yellow and purple colors that Close to my Heart just introduced. The yellow is especially close to this color, appropriately named Lemon.

The white sequins I used are retired, but still available on clearance HERE. Snag them while you can! CTMH also has lots of new sequins. The best part of their sequins is that they come adhesive-backed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Shop Close to my Heart anytime on my website. Be sure to check out the Clearance page, as there are GREAT deals and new items are added periodically.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Backyard Fun Picture My Life (Project Life) Scrapbook Layout

Hello everyone. Today I have a Picture my Life (Project Life) 2-page layout to share. I used a variety of products here. 

The Title Card, "Backyard Fun," was stamped with the Handwritten Print alphabet set.

The watercolor-look cards are from CTMH's Through the Year kit (retired). I also used some various stickers and wood veneers from my stash. One of my favorite techniques in pocket scrapbooking is coloring the wood veneers with alcohol markers.

The glitter triangles below are a cut from CTMH's Artistry Cricut cartridge which came out last year.

Thanks for visiting! Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Calypso Meets Picture My Life Meets Mojo Monday Card

Today I have an elegant yet fairly simple card to share. I used a past Mojo Monday sketch for this card along with CTMH Calypso paper & a Picture My Life card (retired).

The Calypso papers have a very summery feeling to them, as some designs have flamingos and pineapples, but this card shows how versatile the paper pack is as well. See all Calypso coordinating products >

The Calypso paper pack and sequins are available for just a little while longer, so hurry and snag them! The "Hello Friend" PML card I used is now retired. But there are more great pocket scrapbooking options now that the new catalog is live!

Calypso Paper Packet

Calypso Sequins
Shimmer Trim

Stamp of the Month

The August stamp of the month is so adorable! There are so many fun options for this Halloween cat. You can snag it for only $5 with a $50 purchase on my website. It won't be hard to find some must-haves now that the new catalog is live--like the new Cricut Flower Market cartridge (digital or physical cartridge) and lots of new stamps and papers
August Stamp of the Month - only $5!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mixing Pocket Pages & Traditional Scrapbook Layouts + Pocket PhotoPrinting Tips

Hello! Welcome to the Stick it in a Pocket Blog Hop! You may have come from Stephanie's blog, but if not that's ok because this hop is a circle. Enjoy!

Today I have a scrapbook layout to share with you. But not your typical 2-page layout. When I had my daughter I started doing more Project Life-style scrapbooking because it's a little quicker (CTMH calls it Picture my Life - PML). But I am still a 12x12 traditional scrapper at heart. So when I realized that I can mix the 2 styles in one album I was stoked! I love the results! 

**See my tips on mixing these pages at the end of the post**
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The left page is the traditional 12x12 scrapbook page. I did lots of layering and mixed some Becky Higgins Project Life embellishments with CTMH embellishments and a rhinestone heart from Hobby Lobby.

TIP: This is the back of the above page. If you are adding layers to a page, cut out a portion of the middle so that you aren't wasting all that pretty paper that would otherwise be covered up!

And here is the right page, which is a pocket page. I LOVE the colors of this paper (I forget the manufacturer...oops!) and I love these fun pictures of my girl.

Adding wood veneer is one of my favorite things to do right now. You can color the wood any color you want...I use alcohol markers which work great! Adhere with glue dots.

I also used an alcohol Marker to color the "11 Months" title. They are canvas stickers that were originally white.


TIP #1: One of the tricks I have found for making pocket pages is to edit your photos first: crop them how you want and then print them at the size you need for your layout. Here's what I do...
  1. PicTapGo app for editing. I think its best feature is "lights on," which does a great job of lightening photos that are too dark. It also has lots of other filters, which you can use as intended or at a % of filter "strength." For example, if I have a dark photo, I can use "lights on" to lighten it, and I can even try "lights on" again to to even lighter, then bring it down 50% if the 2nd time was too light. You can add layers of different effects and even save "recipes." That way if you take a lot of photos in the same spot in your house, and say you used 5 different filters, you can edit each photo with one tap to apply the same filters. 
  2. PicFrame app for 3x4 (or smaller) photos. I like this app because it saves the collage in high resolution, which is what you want for printing. Not all of the collage apps do this because so many people use collages just for Facebook, Instagram, etc. Pocket pages typically have 4x6 and 3x4 photo spots. I don't want to waste a 4x6 print that I'm going to cut down to half its size anyway, so by putting 2 photos into a 4x6 photo collage, you are saving your paper! The app adds a border around the photos by default, but you can take the border out so that you have true 3x4 photos once you're finished.
  3. Selphy printer to print. I love the convenience of the Selphy, especially at a crop and especially if I'm doing pocket pages and am not sure what size I'll need each photo. The only downside I've found of the Selphy is that it's finished size print is slightly less than 6", so it leaves a little gap in your packets. But it doesn't bother me enough to not use it. The prints are good quality and the convenience can't be beat!

TIP #2: Picture My Life pages are just slightly larger than traditional 12" x 12" because of the seams between the photo pockets. But with CTMH's awesome D-ring albums and page protectors, you can hardly notice. They blend seamlessly and it totally works! Plus they always lay flat in your album. I LOVE the high quality of CTMH.

Now hop on over to Katy's blog! Thanks for stopping by!

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Father's Day Card Tutorial

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