Friday, August 30, 2013

Look What's New in Stamps!

You know I LOVE stamping...and you just have to see some of Close to my Heart's new stamps!  Check out this video!!

Are you ready to get some of these great stamps?  Just email or call me and I will set you up!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Get the Ombre Look on Your Crafts!

I don't know about you, but I see the Ombre look everywhere!  Clothing, hair, name it, they have "ombre" it!
And now you can do this cool technique on your craft projects!  Watch this short video and see how to do it.

So, are you ready to make something fun with these?  I AM!  I am going to my dimensional elements stash right now to make something using this cool technique!  I will post it later and show you what I have come up with!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fall is Coming!

Since we talked in my last post about our NEW Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, I had to show you this fall layout I made with it!

It is so fun!  I cut the tree overlay out and then I decided to add more leaves of all the autumn colors.  The leaves I cute from our Art Philosophy cartridge.  I cut them out of goldrush, autumn terracotta, olive and barn red.  The sizes are 3/4", 1 1/4" & 1 3/4".  It took a little time to make it, but the outcome is BEAUTIFUL!  

 Now I have to wait for fall to get here so I can take some pictures for this page!!  LOL

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


My husband and I decided a couple weeks ago to take a bike ride.  It was an absolutely beautiful day!  After our bike ride we sat on a blanket and listened to the birds chirping and the wind blowing the leaves on the tree.  Then I realized how few times we sit and take in nature!  No cell phones, no facebook (which we are still proud to say we don't have a facebook account), no instagram!  Just nature and us!  It was amazing!

We had so much fun and can't wait to do it again.  I created this layout for my Open House.  I used our Huntington paper pack.  

So grab your camera, leave your cell phone at home and ENJOY each other AND nature!  Give it a try again!  You will be glad you did!

Friday, August 16, 2013

It's Football Time in Nebraska!

If you are not from Nebraska, then you don't know that we LOVE our football!  If you are from Nebraska, then you will LOVE this layout!  I created it with our new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge!  

The cartridge creates the "overlay" that I cut in our Cranberry Cardstock.  What is so fun about this cartridge is you tell it to cut at 11 inches (that tells it you are putting it on a 12 x 12 page) then it cuts everything else proportionately.  How cool is that!

So I cut out the football and then added the "N" using our (now discontinued) Varsity Alphabet!  But I know lots of you have get it out and use it!  Then I grabbed our Kraft Keyboard Alphabet stickers for the "Go Big Red".  FUN!  

Would you like to purchase the new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge?  Just email me and I will get it ordered for you!!  

It's almost time for the Husker get your layouts made now!!!  And GO BIG RED!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Close to my Heart NEW Crush books!

OH MY GOSH!  I am in love with these new CRUSH books!  I knew they would be fun, but I have to say, I didn't think I was going to have this much fun with them!

I have always wanted to create a small scrapbook for all the trips I have taken with Close to my Heart.  I didn't want to make a 12 x 12 album (well I made one for each trip) but I wanted a small one to show a "snapshot" of my trips...but we didn't have anything that worked...until now!  
The Crush books have 60 10 x 7 printed cardstock weight pages and is hard bound all for just $12.95!

Here is my first page.  It tells the story (left side) of how my hobby turned into a business and the rewards were earning some AMAZING trips!  

The stamp that says "reel life" is from B1431 Reel Life it is just $9.95.  It is a perfect stamp set for these albums.  And I always have to tell my husband when we are on these trips to "pinch me" because I can't believe we have been to so many amazing place all because of Close to my Heart!  The "pinch me" are from stickers inside our pack of My Crush Best Day Ever Assortment ($4.95) it includes 16 journaling spots, 4 4x4 sticker sheets, 2 4x4 alphabet stickers and 4 2 x 2 envelopes.  They are all PERFECT for these little pages.  

So I am doing just a 2 page layout of our trips.  I put a little journaling on it as to where we went and I even used duplicate pictures from when I was scrapbooking my 12 x 12 album.  I even found a stamp set that was from a past campaign (not available now, but if you have it, it is PERFECT for this book) it is called It's My Day.  LOVE IT.  Then I got to thinking...I have extra dimensional elements that I need to know, those little pieces that you have sitting around...GET THEM OUT!!  lol  You can also use washi tape, other stamp sets and even our adhesive dots etc.  Anything that is relatively small and doesn't bump your pages up too much.

But then I got to am I going to get lots of pictures in just 2 pages...FLIP FLAPS!  Yep, I used our small assortment here.  Now I can put multiple pictures in a small area.  GENIUS!

I am doing just a 2 page layout at a time.  I go in my 12 x 12 scrapbook and get the dates and places, then go to my duplicate picture storage and pull pictures.  I don't want to do anymore then 1 trip at a time.  I feel like sometimes we pull too many things at the same time and get overwhelmed.  So I don't pull another one until the current one is done.  I just pulled pictures for our 3rd trip.  We have taken 11 so I hope to have them all done before we go on number 12!  LOL

So think about what you can use one of these for.  Family trips, kids going to college (they can take it with and do a little every day like pictorial diary!  How fun would that be!  Teen girls would love these, maybe one for just birthdays, or Christmas' etc.  the list is endless.  So get yours soon!  And get ready to relive your memories!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Designed Decor Frame Kit

I am so excited that Close to my Heart has come out with this new Designed Decor Frame Kit!!
It comes with this beautiful frame, an exclusive stamp set, 33 Kraft die cut shapes, 6 mini wooden clothespins, and baker's twine hemp.  So, everything you need to make it!!  Plus you will have extras that I will be using on scrapbook pages!  

This is going to be on the guest book table when people come in at my son's wedding.  I know the pictures are a little small to see here, but the first "picture" is of a text my son sent me when he asked Brooke's dad for his approval to marry his daughter.  It says, "he said yes".
The next one is a text from Cody of a picture where he would propose to Brooke.  It says, "here tomorrow".  He was so cute when he was getting ready to ask her.  Then the next picture is of him proposing, then their engagement picture and the last one will be of them at the wedding.

It is such a fun way to "tell the story" for everyone to see.  You can now get your own frame kit for just $35.95 AND you get a great stamp set that you can use in so many other ways!  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Baby Workshop

Do you have baby pictures that you need scrapbooked??  I have a 6 page Baby Workshop that you need to sign up for!  Here are the pages you will make!  

This workshop is Saturday, August 24th from 1:00 - 4:00.  You will make all 6 of these pages.  The workshop is $37 and you get the Babycakes paper pack, extra cardstock, exclusive stamp set, color brochure, babycakes assortment, and bronze shimmer trim.

If you would like to sign up for it, please email or call me by Friday, August 16th, I need time to get the supplies!   
And remember, if you don't have a child, you actually were a baby once, your friends might have a baby, your spouse was a baby (probably still is...LOL) or even your parents.  So get signed up, look for those pictures and let's relive those memories!

Friday, August 2, 2013

August Group Layouts

I just LOVE that Close to my Heart has kits that are so versatile!  Here is our For Always paper pack.  It was designed for weddings, but look what I did with them!
This one is a LOVE layout.  You can use it for your kids, spouse or anything that you love.  Even weddings...

Above is the embellishments on the layout.  It is our black & gray assortment buttons.  The heart is from our Trinkets wooden shapes.  Can you tell I love those...they are all over my blog!  LOL  Then I added a few clear sparkles to the heart.  

Then here is my favorite.  Our annual convention was held at DisneyWorld, so I thought I would create this layout as Mickey Mouse!!  Then look at the buttons on the right side.  I put 3 of them together to make Mickey's head!  How fun!  
Not going (or not been) to Disney.  You might have had a birthday themed party that you can use this layout for OR, just change the circles on the left side to a rectangle and use it just for a picture.  

I also used our dimensional elements for the "Mickey".  What a fun layout!  Want to make these?  Come to any of my August groups...see the "upcoming events" tab here to see what days I have groups and then send me an email to let me know you are coming!  Hope to see you soon!