Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Video: WPlus9 Modern Peonies Heat Embossed & Watercolored Card


Today I have a watercolor card and video tutorial to share with you.

I was playing around with my new Modern Peonies stamp set from WPlus9, and some shimmer watercolors from Hobby Lobby. These are not my favorite watercolors but it was fun to experiment with something different from my Gansai Tambi watercolors.

Here's the video, and below it are more photos.

The gold glitter gems are so pretty! I seem to be using them a lot lately. 

It's really hard to see the shimmer in the photos, but it's there and it's really pretty, I promise! ;)

I hope you enjoyed! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Blog Hop: "Working Hard" Half Marathon Scrapbook Page

Hello there!
It's time for another blog hop with my Blog Hops With Heart girls! This month's theme is "Working Hard or Hardly Working." I chose to go with "Working Hard."

This past spring my hubby participated in his first half marathon with a group of friends. They all worked VERY hard to train for it and complete it...and he finished even with a hurt knee. I am so proud of him! I created this page to document his efforts.
The title of my page came from the shirts they had made. He and his group of friends all work for the University of Oregon Athletics and the new football coach, Willie Taggart, had recently been announced. One of Coach Taggart's sayings is "Have a great day...if you want to!" So they had shirts made that said "Have a great half" on the front and "if you want to" on the back. I thought that was very clever :)
The "run" die-cut is from Scrap Your Trip. I squealed a little bit when I found the YOU ARE AWESOME paper in my stash. It's from a paper pad, I think either from MAMBI or DCWV.
Love this pic of my daughter walking with him after the race :)

I hope you enjoyed my scrapbook page, thanks for stopping by!

Next on the hop is Katy. Be sure to hop all the way through for some truly amazing inspiration. I tell ya, I'm so lucky to be amid such talent!

I have been posting new videos to my YouTube channel so be sure to check it out and Subscribe! I started a new "Scrapbook Walk-Through series where I go thru my scrapbooks page-by-page so you can see them close-up. Here's the playlist for it.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Video Tutorial: Wooden Coffee Plaque Using Cricut & Vinyl as Stencil

Today I am sharing a wooden plaque that I made for my sister-in-law for her birthday. She showed me a photo she took of a sign in a coffee shop in Europe, which inspired this plaque for her! Keep scrolling for the video tutorial or view on YouTube HERE.

I found the wooden plaque at Michaels. It's about 10" x 10" and was nice quality yet inexpensive. Here are some photos and a little info on how I designed the cut file (not in the video), then hop on down for the video tutorial below.

To make my stencil, I added a 10"x10" square to my design mat in Cricut Design Space and then spaced out the text boxes to where I liked them. I found the coffee mug as an svg file on Etsy HERE. I cut the file on Oracal 631 removable vinyl so that I could get a nice sticky stencil but it would remove easily. I know some people use Glad Press-n-seal but I have a lot of Oracal 631 and I wanted to be sure I had a nice seal. I haven't tested the Press-n-seal and didn't think it would seal as nicely on wood. (It would probably be great on fabric.)

I tested a couple of ways of removing the vinyl: 1. Heat setting the paint just slightly so it was dry to the touch, then removing the vinyl. 2. Removing the vinyl while the paint was still wet. I had heard of people doing it both ways, and I preferred drying it to the touch first. It was less messy and I did not experience any noticeable left from the paint.

I wanted the heart to stand out a little bit and have some dimension. So I used red cardstock and then covered it with Nuvo Crystal Drops for a fun shiny finish.

Here is my video tutorial...you can watch below or in HD on YouTube HERE. Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting today! Let me know if you have questions.

Wooden plaque
Sand Eraser (1-pk)
Sand Eraser (5-pk)
Coffee Mug SVG file
Oracal 631 Vinyl
Foam Brushes (25pk)
FolkArt Acrylic Paint
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Nuvo Crystal Drops
All-Purpose Non-Stick/Non-Slip Mat
Piercing Tool (CTMH)
Piercing Tool (Amz)
Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors
Craft Heat Tool

Nuvo Drops and tweezers are a good price at Hallmark Scrapbook & Crafts. They have free shipping over $99. (This is my friend Stephanie's affiliate link.)

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Scrapbook Walkthrough: Year 2 Scrapbook Album-in-Progress for Baby Girl


This is the 2nd video in my Scrapbook Walk-through series. See Year 1 HERE. Although I try, I don't always get around to posting every layout on my blog. Plus sometimes it's fun to see them on video instead of just in still photos, so I thought I'd share all of my albums that I'm currently working on.

I like to mix 12x12 scrapbook layouts and pocket page layouts (Project Life/Picture My Life). This is not a complete album but I wanted to share what I have completed with you.

Watch the video below or HERE on YouTube.

This is from my daughter's "Year 2 Scrapbook." I recently finally decided how to organize my scrapbooks:
  • Year 1 is from birth through 1st birthday for my daughter (first born)
  • Year 2 is the remainder of the year (Aug-Dec 2014) from first birthday plus the full next year (2015)
  • Then it will go by years, so book 3 will be just 2016, then 2017, etc.
  • My son was born in 2016, but he will be mixed in with the rest of the scrapbooks (poor kids after the first born - they get jipped!) 
Let me know if you have questions or would like to see anything close-up. Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Scrapbook Walkthrough: First Year Scrapbook Album-in-Progress


I'm starting a new video series of scrapbook walkthrough videos. Although I try, I don't always get around to posting every layout on my blog. Plus sometimes it's fun to see them on video instead of just in still photos, so I thought I'd share all of my albums that I'm currently working on.

Today I'm starting with my daughter's "First Year Scrapbook." This is all of the scrapbook layouts and pocket pages that I've created so far for my daughter's first year baby book. This is a scrapbook-in-progress so it's not complete, but is a good start!

Watch the video below or HERE on YouTube.

Let me know if you have questions or would like to see anything close-up. 

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel! I'm trying to post at least one video per week and will be posting more in this Scrapbook Walkthrough series. 

Thanks for watching!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Halloween Blog Hop: Pocket Scrapbook Layouts

Today my Blog Hops with Heart friends and I have some fun Halloween projects to share with you! You may have come from Kelly's blog. If not, continue on and you'll make your way in a circle to see everyone's projects.

Today I am sharing two pocket scrapbook layouts using photos from Fall 2015.

This first layout is from the pumpkin patch. We have a GREAT farm up the road from us that does a great job in the fall with hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn mazes, yummy food, etc.
My daughter had just turned 2 and it was her first time going to the pumpkin patch and picking out her pumpkin.  My husband's parents (Mimi and Papa) were in town from San Diego and got to join us for all the fun, which was very special for them.
One of my favorite ways to embellish pocket pages (and traditional layouts) is with wood veneers. I backed these word bubble veneers with coordinating paper so there is a little pop of color showing through. I also like to add my embellishments on TOP of the page protectors.

I made my own "Project Life"/pocket page cards with regular patterned paper. I like how the striped paper tied in all the bright colors from my daughter's jacket.
I love CTMH's flip flaps! You can use them on traditional 12x12 layouts or they work perfectly on pocket pages. They come in multiple sizes, here I used the 3"x4" one. I often have a hard time deciding which photo to use if there are several similar ones. I don't want to necessarily "feature" all of them, but the flip flaps allow me to still include them.
I feel like I should also note here that the flip flaps are made of the same high-quality material as CTMH's memory protectors. I LOVE their memory protectors - they are truly the best I've found on the market. They're nice and sturdy and a true 12x12 size.

Here's a look at the full 2-page layout.

This next layout is a 1-page layout. I used the same paper and colors for our Halloween trick-or-treating photos. (I forget the manufacturers of the paper but it was from last year.)

I love this jeweled ladybug. I got it from Hobby Lobby quite some time ago and finally got to use it!

I used the same Halloween paper as a title for this layout as well. The little tiny ladybugs are by Jolee's Boutique. I had a bunch left over from when I decorated my daughter's nursery, which was/is a garden/bug theme. :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Now head on over to Stephanie's blog to see what masterpiece she came up with. Be sure to hop all the way around - these ladies are all so very talented!

Although there is not a video for these layouts, I have been creating lots of videos lately. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

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Flip Flaps
Memory Protectors

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Watercolor & Heat Embossed Feathers Card + Process Video

I am sure I'm not the only one who is not ready to let go of summer. Here in the PNW, our summer didn't come until July and I am just not ready for fall yet! But, with kids back in school, back-to-school colds cycling through our family, and the sun setting earlier, fall is slowly creeping into my summer mindset :)

So for this card I wanted to use bright and cheery colors that had just a *hint* of fall. I think this does the trick.

Here's my process video, and more still shots and descriptions are below. (If you like this video, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel!)

I can't get enough of this September stamp of the month from Close to my Heart. That feather makes me swoon! I'm also really digging the black Nuvo drops.
I have been having so much fun with watercoloring lately, as you may have noticed. I love that it doesn't have to be perfect to look amazing. I watercolored first with my Gansai Tambi watercolors, then stamped the feathers with Versamark Ink and embossed with silver embossing powder.

I cut the Thanks die-cut 3 times and glued them all together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte for a more 3D look. Then I coated it with CTMH's shimmer brush (like Wink of Stella). Isn't that sparkle amazing? It shows up really well on black. The Thanks die I used from CTMH is retired now, but I also like Lawn Fawn's Scripty Thanks die.

Here's a look at the Stamp of the month set. The best part is it's only $5 with a $50 purchase!

Thanks for visiting today!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My Daughter's Trolls 4th Birthday Party


My daughter's Trolls party was a few weeks ago and I made most everything, so I thought I would share with you in case any of you are planning a Trolls party - it seems to be a popular theme!

This was so much fun to plan and decorate - there's so much you can do with rainbows without spending a lot of money. I found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest and put my own spin on it. Here's my Trolls Party Ideas Pinterest Board if you'd like to take a look.

Kailyn's Rainbow Tutu was only $10 on Amazon, and I found the t-shirt at Target. One thing to note about the tutu is that each color of fabric is a separate piece, it's not a solid skirt. Plus it's see-thru. So my daughter had to wear another tutu under this (or your child could wear shorts, but my DD refuses to wear anything but skirts and dresses!). But she loved it! She wore this exact outfit, troll hair and all, to Costco the other day. She got quite a bit of attention.

I made her Princess Poppy headband as well as a headband for every child. The kids LOVED them. I made a plain black one (Branch) for the only boy (besides my tike) and he was just tickled to have a boy one.

TROLL HAIR HEADBAND TIPS: I watched a few tutorials on YouTube but found that if I tied 2 pieces of tulle per knot onto the headband alternated with 1 piece of tulle, it was nice and full. (Tying 2 strands across the whole thing was too full and tying just one strand per knot was not full enough.) I tied 9-10 knots per headband. Each strand was 20". I cut the flowers from felt with a Sizzix die I already had (similar to this), hot glued them together and added a flower or rhinestone in the middle, then hot glued them onto the tulle. I found the colorful fabric-covered headbands at Dollar Tree, 6 for $1. 

The rainbow backdrop was made with $1 plastic tablecloths from Walmart. Dollar Tree also had some tablecloths but I didn't like the color selection - and Walmart was the same price. I hung white balloons at the top as clouds. I used push pins to hold everything up - bunched up the tablecloths and held them up with 3 push pins each. This was so easy and I feel it was the most impactful decor. It looked nice behind the snack table and also made a great photo backdrop.

I used my Cricut Explore to make the "HUGTIME" banner; the Bubblegum font was free on Dafont.com. I cut out letters using my Cricut machine, each in a different color, and glued them to ribbon. The cardstock I used was from Close to my Heart in the Adventure color palette - Raspberry, Lemon, Willow, and Pacifica. I really like how CTMH cardstock cuts on the Cricut.

With the felt that I already had out for the Troll Hair headbands, I also made Hug Timers for each child. These were easy and a huge hit for all ages - even my little dude pictured below. He loved having a bracelet like the big kids :) I used the same felt flowers and hot glued them onto a strip of felt and added a velcro closure.

For the cupcakes, I found some inspiration options on Pinterest and my daughter chose this one. My mom made them and they were fairly easy. The toppings were light blue frosting, white frosting, and Airheads Extreme rainbow (found this at Walmart or available on Amazon). My mom noted that it was troublesome to keep the rainbow licorice arched...the frosting was pretty runny and it would slide flat. So either make sure you have a frosting that has some stability or you may need to cut the rainbows shorter than you think, like we did. But they still looked adorable!

Last but not least, I made shirts for my hubby and me. If you haven't seen Trolls, you may not get my shirt, but having seen the movie more than I'd like to admit, I thought it was hilarious and my daughter thought it was funny. I also used my Cricut to cut iron-on vinyl (HTV) onto inexpensive shirts I got at Walmart. The Cyan and Gold Glitter HTV are Cricut brand Iron-On, the pink holographic is Siser Easyweed. I *think* THIS is the same one on Amazon.

CRICUT FILES: If you would like the Design Space files, here are the links:



Most importantly, my daughter and her friends had a BLAST!! (So did the adults, especially my hubby!) Since it was hot out, we had lots of water activities: slip-n-slide that went into a kiddie pool, squirt guns, a Little Tikes slide that went into the kiddie pool (my kids LOVE this slide and use it with the pool all summer long). It was so much fun and all of the bright decor made it that much happier. I know it made for one excited little 4-year-old. :)

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think and let me know if you have any questions!

I also made her a Trolls birthday card. You can see that post and process video HERE.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Crafty Products I've Been Loving Lately + Card Share

Today I have a bit of a different video to share. I wanted to do somewhat of a crafty things haul but I'm also sharing some products I've been loving that are not necessarily new.

I am sharing lots of different brands plus several cards I've made lately with these products.


Favorite Crafty Products Video:


Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36-color watercolor set
Glass Eye Dropper
Prismacolor Pencils (24 colors)
Sand Eraser (1-pk)
Sand Eraser (5-pk)
Distress Oxide Bundle Release 1
Distress Oxide Bundle Release 2
Lawn Fawn "Sweet Smiles" Gumball Stamp Set

Close to my Heart
September Stamp of the Month (Note this is only available Sept. 2017 - this link will take you to current SOTM)
From The Heart Stamp Set/Card Kit (Note this is only available Sept. 2017 - this link will take you to current specials)
Shimmer Brush - Clear
Shimmer Brush - Gold
Heart border die
Rose Embossing Folder
Stamp Scrubber
Stamp spritz cleaner
All-Purpose Non-Stick/Non-Slip Mat
Large Organizer
Medium Organizer
Small Organizer
Mini Inks Foam Insert
Daubers Foam Insert
Mini Stamp/Embellishment Organizer
All Close to my Heart Products

Swimming By Stamp Set (Hallmark Scrapbooks)
Swimming By Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)
Dauber Storage (Scrapbook.com)
Dauber Storage (Simon Says Stamp)
Lawn Fawn "Sweet Smiles" Gumball stamp set (Hallmark)
Lawn Farn "Sweet Smiles" Gumball Dies

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Masculine Cricut Card: University of Oregon (or your team)!

Since today is the official start of Oregon football, I thought I'd share this card I made for my hubby. It was actually his Father's Day card, but I forgot to share it until now :)

It was super simple to make. I used CTMH's Artfully Sent Cricut Collection (which is retired, but still available HERE while supplies last). The entire 5"x7" base of the card was cut with this cartridge. So it's actually 10" x 7" because it cuts the front/back and does the score line. I lined the inside of the lattice with white paper for a simple black/white base. 

I got this "O" sticker from a local craft store - I put it on foam dots to give it some dimension then stuck it right on the card. That's it - easy peasy and he appreciated it :) You could use any team for this card!

I just love this Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. It's one of my very favorites because it makes cards so easy yet impressive. It wasn't one of the more popular Cricut collections for some reason but I highly recommend it! Especially if you use Design Space - there is so much customization that can be done with the cuts.

Thanks for visiting.

Go Ducks!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Holiday Expressions Catalog is Here!!! + September Specials

YES!!! It's one of my favorite times of the year...

The new CTMH Holiday Expressions Catalog is now available!!! Check it out >

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From the Heart Card Kit - 20% Off!
In addition, September is National Stamping Month, and Close to my Heart as a special card kit available only this month. The From the Heart card kit comes with 12 gold-foiled interactive card bases, envelopes, and a double stamp set! 

Below are the finished cards, and below that is a photo of what the card bases and stamp set look like stand-alone. You save 20% when you purchase the kit, and you can also buy just the stamp set or just the cards bases/envelopes. You can also get this kit for free when you sign up to be a Consultant during September or if you have a qualifying party. Let me know if you have questions! Learn more >

Stamp of the Month for $5
Last but not least, there's a new Stamp of the Month for September. I just love the mix of sentiments and images in this set. It's perfect for fall and Thanksgiving. It's only $5 with a $50 purchase!

Here's a cute little mini-album that CTMH created with this set. I have some cards to share soon that I made with this set! (Just need to edit the videos - yes I created more videos!)

 Thanks for visiting! Let me know if you have questions.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Free Scrapbook Layout Pattern + Warehouse Sale

Close to my Heart shared this awesome scrapbook pattern, so I wanted to share it here. It's free to download and use as a blueprint for your own page!
Download PDF of Pattern
Here's a back to school scrapbook page that CTMH created by following the pattern. They even used the August stamp of the month for the cute pencils, word bubble, "back to school" info square and "school is" square.

Close to my Heart has a few "how to" pattern books. Some have card and scrapbook patterns in them. This new one below has all scrapbook patterns. It's a smaller size and is 3-hole punched instead of in a bound book so that you can simply pull the page out that you want to use and keep it by your scrapbook area while you craft. You can even get a killer deal on an adorable 3-ring binder for it in our Warehouse Sale right now!
Make it from Your Heart Scrapbook pattern book

$5 Stamp of the Month!
The August stamp of the month is almost history. If you'd like this stamp for only $5, be sure to place an order by Aug. 31. It's only $5 with any $50 order. Be sure to check out this week's Warehouse Sale to combine it with more great deals!

Warehouse Sale
Here are the Warehouse Sale deals for this week. The Warehouse sale also ends on Aug. 31 so you have a couple of days to snag these deals (plus more), along with the stamp of the month.

Shop all Warehouse Sale deals >

Don't forget to download the free scrapbook pattern PDF!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

School Photos Scrapbook Layout: End of Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to another Blog Hops with Heart blog hop! This month's theme is "End of Summer" but it's open for interpretation for end of summer, back to school, or anything in between. You may have come from Wendy's blog...welcome! If you're starting here, that's OK too - you'll make your way in a circle.

I decided to do a scrapbook page of my kids' school photos from last year. My kids are both at the same "school" for daycare and preschool, and I love that they do "school pictures" even for the babies!
This was Kailyn's first year of preschool and Tyler was only 7 months old. I love his little button-down shirt. I think this was the only time he wore it. LOL!
Kailyn wore a cast for only 3 weeks (amazing how resilient kids are!), but I'm kinda glad she had it on for her school pictures so we'll always remember it. She was a good sport, especially for having just turned 3!
I love that the photographer posed her with Belle. She didn't bring Belle to school for the photos but I am so glad she made it in this picture...it captures so much of her personality. Her cowgirl boots...I can't even! She loved those things! I think we need another pair for this winter. I love how her little foot is kicked out.
These chipboard stickers were perfect - they are from a Project Life sticker pack that I believe is retired now (I can't find it on Becky Higgins' site). I wish I could tell you where the paper is from but I did not save the zip strips! But I believe it was a couple manufacturers that I mixed. I love mixing kits :)

Thanks for visiting today. Next up is Becca.

Be sure to keep on hopping...you will not be disappointed. This group of ladies ONLY puts out the BEST work! They are so inspiring!

We'd love for you to play along, too! If you create a project with our theme leave a comment so we can see!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trolls/Poppy Watercolor Birthday Card + Process Video


Today I'm sharing the card I made for my daughter's 4th birthday. My daughter is having a Trolls party next weekend so I bought some images on Etsy and had fun playing with lots of techniques - watercoloring, stamping, heat embossing and more! I am playing along with this week's Muse challenge #229...I was inspired by Tracey's blue watercolor background and the black background for the sentiment.

Here is the card, and be sure to check out the process video below.

I am still pretty new to watercoloring but have been addicted to it lately! I love playing with various effects and backgrounds for my handmade cards.

My daughter has shown a lot of interest in crafting lately and started making cards and scrapbook pages with me, so this is the first year I wanted to really take the time to make her card special. She saves her cards so I know she will want this displayed on her bookshelf!

Here is my process video. Enjoy, and please let me know what you think!

Thanks for watching and visiting my blog today! Go check out the Muse challenge and play along. There's a new challenge every Monday morning.

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I purchase a lot of my supplies that are not CTMH from Amazon because they have really good prices and fast/free shipping. I recently became an affiliate with Amazon, which means if you use my links to purchase, I will be compensated at no additional cost to you! I am also a Close to my Heart Consultant so any purchases you make for your CTMH supplies through me helps support my small business. I appreciate your support!

August Stamp of the Month (note this is only available Aug. 2017 - but there's a new one every month for $5 with a $50 purchase.)
Shimmer Brush
Heart border die
Black cardstock
White superfine embossing powder
Stamp scrubber
Stamp spritz cleaner
All-Purpose Mat
Glue pen
VersaMark Ink Pad
VersaMark Reinker
Archival Black Ink
Raspberry Ink
Micro-tip scissors
2"x2" acrylic block
All Acrylic blocks

Kuretake Gansai Tambai 36-color watercolor set
Canson Watercolor Pad, Top Wire
Glass Eye Dropper
EK Success Powder Tool (forgot to use but highly recommend!)
Cuttlebug Die-Cut Machine (newer model)
Black Tombow Marker
Scotch ATG adhesive
Fiskars Paper Trimmer

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