Easter With Cricut

Hey! It’s only Tuesday, but it feels like it should be Friday already! I miss dropping in as frequently as I was. I assure you that when spring break up is over, you’ll see more of me.
Since Easter is nearly here, I thought I’d share some fun crafts I’ve come across. A lot of them can be made using your Cricut and imagination.

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Masculine Birthday Card

Hello! Spring break up is upon us, which means my husband won’t be working- or working as much- as he has lately (or all year). Hopefully it’s a short break up season. With our economy and new provincial budget, I’m worried how his lack of work is going to affect our family with a single income. Very unnerving days are upon us. One thing I’d like to know: when did I turn into my parents?! I remember them stressing over King Ralphs reign; we survived, and his changes to our provincial budget turned into a really good thing. New generation- new provincial budget. I’m sure we’ll survive, but the future looks incredibly foreboding- much like my parents thought (I’m sure) back in the day. 
On a bright note, I’ve got a card to share with you. It was made by special request by a family friend. I have moments where I’m ok with taking “custom orders” again, but they’re few and far between. I may take the odd custom order (card) in the future- if the conditions are right (ie. Time, amount, complexity, motivation…)
Not sure what I’m talking about? There was a time that my main ambition in this dream of mine was making and selling handmade product. I’m still interested in selling- Close to my Heart products- and not as much handmade product. My dream now is more editorial in nature.  I’m happy with blogging, and have had a positive start, but one day I’m hoping it’ll evolve into something more. More- as in producing my own crafty magazine or literature, or landing a spot on a paper crafting team somewhere as a freelance writer/contributor.  We’ll see where time brings me!

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This is the inspiration I began with. My customer, if you will, found this card on Pinterest and requested that I make something like it. Here’s my version:

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I showed her the tool stamp set you see stamped on this card before I started. Once I had her approval, I got to work. I began by stamping the saw image in CTMH Bamboo ink, then matted it on strip of cream card stock (also stamped with saws), green dry embossed card stock and bits of Timberline patterned paper. She mentioned that blue is the recipients’ favorite color, so I pulled the blue Lagoon color out of the Timberline patterned paper and carried it into the rest of the card. The card base was made with CTMH Lagoon card stock. Lastly, I stamped the birthday image in Ponderosa Pine ink and added some rustic SU nail- inspired brads.
What do you think? I’m slightly obsessed with the carpentry tool background- I’ll be using those stamps again in the future! Did you know? The tool stamp set I used is actually a Father’s Day stamp set?!

Golden Delight Layout and Card

Hello! The weekend- for us, that is- is finally upon us! I’ve been feeling really drained lately, so I’m looking forward to a morning of sleeping in! I think my kids are looking forward to spring break- they’ve been harder to get out the door to school in the mornings, and they’ve been passing out in the afternoons. One more week of school, then we’ve got some time off. Woot!

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This layout has me stumped. I’ve struggled with exactly how to embellish it for so long, that I’ve succumbed to putting it in my album and moving on. How would you “finish” it off?

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I used this sweet 8.5×11 layout (by a friend of mine over at scrapbook.com, BoBecca), and while I love her original, I’m not loving my version. Yet. I may revisit it in the future- time will tell!
I also made an anniversary card- just this morning. After dropping the twins off at school, I came home, gathered up a few things that needed to be mailed, then walked to the mailbox. Even though it was raining;  not hard, mind you, but it was still raining. It’s a welcome change over snow! It’s helping the snow vanish at a rapid rate! Come on, spring!
I found an anniversary invitation from my aunt and uncle. On April 23, they’ll be celebrating 50 years of marriage. That’s quite a feat! Since being married for 50 years (or any inbetween) calls for a handmade card, I immediately jumped onto Pinterest for inspiration. This one immediately caught my eye:

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I saved it to my Fave Card Scraplifts board.  You’ll find it by following the links. Here’s what I came up with:

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I loved the heat embossing on the original card, as well as the floral stamping around the sentiment on the original. I began by testing out stamping the floral design; if I didn’t like how the image looked stamped, I would have attempted heat embossing next. Fortunately, I like it the way it is!
The floral stamped image on the top of my card didn’t transfer as nicely as I would have liked, but I was able to fill in the gaping hole with pop dotted roses stamped in green (CTMH sweet leaf). I added one to the bottom portion of the sentiment for balance.
The green roses served a dual purpose- first, to provide a contrasting color, and secondly to signify springtime (since they got married in the spring).
(And, in case you’re wondering, the remainder of my stamping was done with CTMH saddle ink. I printed the “happy golden anniversary” using my computer, and I cut the journal tag its matted on with my Cricut,  using the Artbooking cartridge).
I hope they like it!

Layout Title Ideas

Have you ever struggled with titles for your scrapbook layouts? Do you even add titles, or do you skip it altogether?
I admit, there’s times I really struggle with thinking up a catchy phrase to attract the readers (onlookers???) interest. To me, a layout is incomplete without one, though having one (or not!) isn’t mandatory (or always necessary).
If you’re like me, and you like having titles, maybe you’ll find my Layout Title Ideas board on Pinterest helpful. I haven’t had much time to create lately, but I know it’ll be useful when I do!
There’s a fairly wide variety in it so far- for being a fairly new board! Find Disney titles, camping titles and everything in between! See something I’m missing? Let me know!
I did mention in yesterday’s post that I’d be sharing another layout, but I think I’ll save it for tomorrow. Also, with Easter fast approaching, I’ll be sharing Easter ideas in the near future too!
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful Wednesday afternoon!

Handle With Care

Hi! I’m here today with another layout to share. It’s the last one I completed at my crop a few weeks ago. I can’t believe it was two weeks ago already! Time flies when you’re having fun!
Well, I’m certain I scrap lifted a sketch or layout I found on Pinterest,  but I can’t find it! Oops! I’m sure I’ll eventually find it. In the mean time, here’s the layout I created:

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Here’s some close ups:

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(I’m still obsessed with Close to My Hearts’ Amour stamp set…can you tell?)
Come back tomorrow for more layout fun!

Cards Galore!

Hello! Just dropping in quickly to share what I’ve been up to lately! Other than hanging out with my husband and kids- and unexpectedly buying some new living room furniture- I held my first Close to My Heart workshop of the year and made a few cards for some good friends.

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I found both of these cards- the designs, at least- on Pinterest. You’ll find the originals here.

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These last three cards were made with the Heartstrings card Workshop on the Go. There are 15 of these cards in total- 5 of each design. They are also available for purchase!
If you’d like to purchase these cards, please comment on this post.  They measure 4.25×5.5 inches and retail for $3 CAD each. (5 cards retail for $10).
I’m also planning my next workshop, which is taking place on May 2. Join me to learn more about pocket scrapbooking by playing with the Jackson Picture My Life system!

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Jackson PML

Hello friends! Another busy weekend is upon us- the last two weeks since my husband had his last weekend off flew by incredibly fast! Where does time go?!

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I am so incredibly excited over my next workshop- were going to play with CTMH’s Jackson PML Kit.
I’m actively looking for people to join my workshop, so if you live in my neck of the woods, please come and check it out! You can find the event pinned to the top of my Facebook page. It starts on May 2nd, and please be aware that registration is based solely on pre ordering your kit. The fee is $20 (covers the cost of your kit and registration). Find out more on my page!

That’s Me! Layout

Hello! The week is half over, and I think my kids are ready for a break. They typically approach school and extra curricular activities with gusto, but I’ve been finding that the three of us are petering out. This morning, they asked how many days were left before they’re done school for the week. Then they asked if there was skating tonight. Thankfully, we’re heading into slower extra curricular days…for now, we’re just doing gymnastics. I think that’s enough for a bit- though they’re asking to play outdoor soccer again. Instinct tells me ‘no’, we’ll see what my head decides!

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How fun is this layout?! I’m loving all the circles. Here’s my inspiration:

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This layout can be found on my fave sketches board on Pinterest. I thought the zip strip from my CTMH patterned papers would work well to mimic the stitched lines in the original; since I didn’t have enough pictures that would work cut into circles, I opted to leave my circles empty. I also replaced the journaling spot with a 4×6 photo instead. 

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Join me again tomorrow to see another (the last) layout I created at the crop I went to last weekend. Enjoy your evening, thanks for dropping in!

You’re Amazing Layout

Hi everyone! It’s been a good day- I’m planning my next CTMH workshop (which will focus on PML) and I’m relaxing at home with my family. It’s a good day! Want to know more about the workshop I’m hosting? Check it out here. You must live in or near Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada to attend this event.
Today, I have another layout to share with you.

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The only thing not Close to My Heart on this layout is the white paper doily. Everything else- card stock, patterned papers, washi tape, inks and stamping is CTMH;  I used the Ivy Lane stamp set to embellish this page and stuck with chocolate, blush, sweet leaf and flaxen inks.
I was also inspired by a sketch I found on Pinterest:
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You’ll find it here on my Pinterest, and here.
I’ll be back again tomorrow with another layout. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!

Heartstrings Mini Album

Hi everyone! I’m back today after spending the weekend away relaxing and catching up with dear friends. I got to scrapbook for two and a half days from sun up until sun down (and then some!) I got a few layouts done and an entire mini album- which I’ve been planning to create since my trip to Las Vegas back in November. I am going to share it with you today!

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I used Heartstrings patterned papers and coordinating card stocks (as well as some white daisy card stock), and a variety of CTMH stamps (the main ones being Amour, This Moment, and Ivy Lane). The inks I used include: Whisper, Outdoor Denim, Blush, Lagoon, Crystal Blue and Hollyhock.  Heartstrings is still available- in a paper packet and coordinating embellishments, and as a card making kit. You can visit me here to order yours. It’s available only until the 31st of March! Get your order in now!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a layout (one of three) I also managed to create before the weekend ran out! Enjoy your afternoon!