DIY Valentines 2016

In the spirit of Valentines Day, I thought I’d share all the valentines I made for all the special peeps in my life.

Seems kind of fitting, right?

You’ll already have met these ones:

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You can read more about them here.

On Friday, I sat down to make valentines for my husband and kids. I didn’t get miss A’s valentine done until late last night.

It’s hard getting things done when a certain someone won’t go to sleep.

A sleeping husband doesn’t make things easier. (He’s an oil man, so had to be up at an ungodly hour due to pending road bans- which are a month early this year. Not good.)

Anyways.

The design for Miss M’s card began percolating in my brain late Thursday night.

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I used CTMH Beloved Bouquet to create the base and shade leaves and flowers. The flowers are stamped in Peacock and Lagoon inks and the leaves in Sweet Leaf and Pear inks.

The oval was cut using my Cricut Explore.

I love it when a plan comes together!

The card I made for A was inspired by a card sketch over at SG Scrap Squad’s Facebook group.

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Clean and simple, my favorite scrapbook/cardmaking style. Swoon!

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Double swoon!

I matted the patterned papers with CTMH Eggplant cardstock, and stamped the flowers using Thistle and Eggplant inks.

As you can see, Beloved Bouquet us also showcased on this card, too.

Unfortunately,  it’s no longer available for purchase. It was January’s stamp of the month.

I sincerely regret not purchasing this stamp set earlier and showing it off. Isn’t it stunning?!

If you have a child that loves purple anything, like I do, Eggplant cardstock and ink (and reinker!!) is a new product. You’ll find it on my website and it’s available to purchase!

Lastly, I made a valentine for my husband. It’s completely my own design, much like M’s is.

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I cut the birds using my Cricut and adhered their wings using my CTMH liquid glass (available for purchase on my website).

Note: it’s not just an amazing glue. It’s also fabulous for creating accents on your projects! It’s very versatile!

To create some dimension, I inked the edges of the birds so they don’t get lost in the background. I stamped the heart using memento ink in rhubarb using CTMH Share the Love, then filled in the heart with MS glitter glue.

I hope you enjoyed my handmade valentines today and I hope they inspired you to create your own (for next year!) LOL

Drop by again soon. I do love your visits!

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CTMH Charlotte WYW

It was a busy day here in K- house. My parents will be away during the twins’ birthday, so they spent the day with us today. It was fun!

I’m ready for a break,  though. T- minus fifteen minutes before the kiddos go to bed.

Then I have one more valentine to make!

I hope I can get it done!

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I took the opportunity to play around (just a tiny bit) with CTMH Charlotte Workshop Your Way. I wanted to play with it earlier, but didn’t have the right amount of pics to create a double page spread.

That is, until I came across these pictures. There is a Playland for the littles to play in at our local leisure centre. Every once in a while, we indulge and play there.

Needless to say, they (the twins) love it there.

I love this workshop.

The colors, patterns, embellishments…all so feminine, flirty and just plain heavenly. 

I’m not really a big fan of scrapbooking with stickers, but I have to say that the ones included in the kit are alright. They look a lot nicer (and are) a lot nicer than what I previously had stock piled in my stash.

(They’ve been donated to my children).

I don’t know…I always thought stickers were cheap and one dimensional. While they are one dimensional, they can also look classy and not cheap.

Extravagant, maybe?

I don’t know what word to use, but I do like how they look. I was wrong.

Thankfully!

There are still two more layouts to complete using this kit. I’m hoping that one day soon I’ll be able to complete them!

I hope you drop by again to drool over more eye candy!

So Blessed

Hello friends!  Thank goodness it’s Friday!

Oh wait. Tomorrow is Friday.

Today feels like a Friday because we have an extra long weekend again.

Right.

Last weekend was Superbowl 50. How many of you watched the game?

How many of you pretended to watch the game, and really just scrapbooked?

Yeah, I did too.

Scrapbook Generation hosted an online crop to celebrate, and I joined in the fun. I couldn’t resist.

And, I’m so glad I did.

There’s still time to partake in the challenges, if you’d like. The challenges close on the 21st of February. Check them out on Facebook for all the details (and fun!)

The layout I’m sharing today is the first challenge I completed as part of the crop.

Here’s the challenge:

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Also, a sketch I found on Pinterest inspired the design for my layout:

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The sketch is from LCOM #120.

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I chose to go with neutral colors for the “N”; funky, fibrous ribbon for my “F”lair, and used a large tag for the “L”.

The tag has been floating around my scrap storage container for awhile. I thought it would be perfect for framing one of the pictures.

These two pics are some of my all-time favorites.

My husband is a pretty good looking guy. I was reminded of that again looking at these two pics. I’m pretty lucky!

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I used a mixture of CTMH Skylark, White Pines and Charlotte on this layout.

Did you know that if you participate in the challenges, you could win a $25 GC to Scrapbook Generation?

Well, now you know!

Get on it!

Let Your Light Shine

I’m dropping in quick to share another layout I created using the soft and beautiful Charlotte patterned papers. Pink anything pairs so nicely with this paper, I couldn’t resist using it again.

Sadly, it’s my last sheet of 8.5×11 Recollections cardstock in that color.

Oh well.

I just made more room for more goodies- by 1/16th of an inch.

😀

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This layout was inspired by a sketch that I found online. You’ll find it pinned to my Pinterest, specifically my Fave Sketches board. Find me here.

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I used my Cricut to cut the chandelier. I chose the chandelier because it’s feminine and totally my eldest twin.

Also, I didn’t have a third picture to scrapbook, so I turned the last square into a journalling spot.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Hope to see you again soon!

Key to My Heart

I came across a really fun sketch by Laura Whitaker a couple days ago.

The arrangement of elements reminded me of a key (it’s sort of what it was shaped like), so I ran with it.

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Do you agree it’s shaped like a key, or is it me?!

Either way, I found it inspiring, so (like I said) I ran with it.

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Instead of creating a double page spread, I kept this project to one page. Mostly because I had only two pictures to play with.

I layered CTMH White Pines underneath the key, as well as scrap Scaredy Cat (A and B sides) and Thistle cardstock.

I also used CTMH Share the Love to embellish my page.

The title and key were cut with my Cricut. To help the key stand out a bit more against the cardstock, I outlined it with a black pen.

I’ll be back again soon! Thanks for visiting!

CTMH Selfie

I worked hard on special valentines my kids’ teachers asked us to make last week.

They were due today.

I feel so bad that I forgot to send them to school this morning. I remembered everything else, except those.

I tried texting their teachers about it but got no response. I hope tomorrow isn’t too late.

😐

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You can’t tell from the photo, but I doodled some dotted lines over the little pennants to look like stitching. It’s pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.

The pictures were left over from last year. Thankfully, there isn’t a drastic change in the twins’ appearances from this year to last, so I figured they would work. (I have no 4×3 school photos from this year left). I improvised!

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I’m crushing big time on Thistle (CTMH cardstock) and teal together. Isn’t it yummy?!

I used my Cricut to cut the hearts in both images. In the bottom picture, I layered the SU DSP underneath the heart, traced then freehand cut it out, trimming any excess paper after it was adhered to the purple heart. Both the girls’ names were also cut with my Cricut. 

I can’t wait to do this exercise over again next year! I had a lot of fun making them!

As you know, this month is the month of love. February is synonymous with love and valentines. And, you may also know that CTMH provides an opportunity for every customer to donate to Operation Smile.

This month, CTMH stepped up their game, and is donating $7 USD from the purchase of every Share The Love stamp set to this wonderful organization. Learn more about it here.

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As you can see, I used the Share the Love stamp set on this layout, as well as Charlotte patterned papers.

Which I love, by the way! Such sweet and soft, romantic colors! The hint of pink just takes it over the top!

Using the stamp set, I stamped various images and fussy cut them out, arranging them around the page to create a triangle.

(The stamped deer image came from Woodland Romance, which coordinates flawlessly with the Charlotte paper).

Once again, I cut the title using my Cricut.

I’ll be back again soon with more projects showcasing the Share the Love stamp set! I hope to see you then!

Misc. CTMH Projects

It’s the last day if our 4 day extra long weekend, and it’s come not a moment too soon.

I love my children, but Lord help me if I hear anymore bickering out of them before 9 am tomorrow morning.

I’ve heard enough of it over the last 4 days to last me until summer break.

Seriously.

On the bright side, I got a lot of scrapping done over the last couple of days. Without it, I would not have survived this weekend.

Bless their little conniving hearts.

I mentioned some time ago, that I had begun creating valentines for my kids to give to their friends at school.

I didn’t complete them until just a few days ago. It feels good to have them out of the way. Now I can devote time to organizing and planning my husband’s 40th birthday.

Oy. We’re getting old.

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Originally, the teal valentines were going to the girls in their classes (the twins are in separate classes this year), and the red ones for the boys.

I realized early on that it would be too difficult for the girls to keep it straight.

Instead, the teal ones are for miss M’s class and the red ones will go to Miss A’s class.

Problem solved.

(It helped that A told me she liked the red ones best).

I also have the twins’ birthday invitations completed. They started out looking like this sample card, but after sitting on it for a while, I decided that I didn’t quite like it for an invitation.

The image in front of me didn’t match the image in my brain.

So, I tried again.

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Much better!

Part of me (honestly) has been wondering if I should have added MH behind the skull (for Monster High), but I’m fairly happy with what I see already, so I’m leaving it.

All the pertinent party information is on the reverse side of the card.

That’s it for me today.

My kids just started watching Rio, so maybe it’s time for me to sneak away and play some more.

Till next time!

Feb-Mar PML Layout

What a windy day it’s turning out to be!

Must be blowing in another Chinook. I just peeked at the weather, and Tuesday is supposed to be 7°.

That’s insane! It’s February!!!

Makes me wonder what kind of spring and summer we’ll have.

😕

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I had just one February journal card leftover in my stash (Jillibean soup), and apparently no March journaling cards.

Luckily, I had coordinating patterned papers, so I made my own! I layered the SU “&” stamp underneath March (using CTMH Desert Sand + Chocolate inks).

The two journaling cards at the top and bottom of the middle pocket row, were stamped in CTMH Cocoa ink. (CTMH You are My Happy and Share the Love stamp sets). 

This is the last PML Layout until I’m completed March 2012 photos, but it won’t be the last layout using our special Share the Love stamp set (available only this month).

Read more about it here.

Next time I drop in, I’ll have some odd projects that I created for my kids’ friends for valentines, for my kids’ pending birthday (coming up on the 22nd), and special valentines that my kids’ teachers asked us parents to make for a special project at school.

After that begins March 2012 layouts!

See you next time! Thanks for visiting!

CTMH Live Your Day + Scraps PML

Oh boy, it’s bound to be a crazy day here in my neck of the woods.

I just happened to notice the weather is supposed to be warm today- 5°C.

Fantastic! My kids are SO playing outside today.

And then the Weather Network notified me: freezing rain warning today.

Great.

Actually, it’s ok. I’m not heading on a road trip with the twinlets anymore. Our financial and career future is so uncertain in this economy these days.

Oil affects everything, y’all.  More than you realize (me, too, until I got schooled).

On a brighter note- it’s best not to dwell on the scary future- I have another PML Layout to share with you.

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This layout is a mixture of Live Your Day and scraps from my stash. The scraps are made up of elements I stamped and fussy cut in the past that weren’t used and Carta Bella and Jillibean Soup.

Have you noticed that the pictures filling the 4×6 pockets don’t actually fill the pocket?

I’ve had to modify those pockets because the pictures I ordered through Apple came to me at 4×5 inches instead of 4×6.

Why would you make your measurements on your website in cms rather than inches?

It confused me (and consequently really irritated me), and as a result, I will not order through them anymore.

Even if the price point is comparable to Wally. And they deliver straight to my doorstep.

Wally isn’t so bad, considering it’s two minutes down the road.

Or do I try Shutterfly or another photo printing company? Ideas?

Join me again tomorrow for more crafty goodness- and as promised sometime ago, finished valentine’s for my kids’ school classes- in the next couple days.

Enjoy your warm and rainy Friday!

CTMH Live Your Day PML Layout

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I mentioned a couple days ago that my most recent CTMH order had come in, and the Live Your Day PML deck of cards had been part of it.

(Find that post here.)

I still plan to use up my scraps on future PML layouts. Because, let’s be honest, I really like the idea of destashing and cleaning house.

On a side note, I’ve also began to “nest” in my haven- purge, clean up and reorganize the entire room.

Slowly.

As I cut items on my cricut, I kill time by picking something up and reorganizing. A lot of what I’ve found, so far, has been donated to my kids.

It totally made their day!

Making more room totally makes my day! Or, the eventual goal, makes my day.

Maybe I’ll even share pictures of my sparkly and clean haven when it’s all done. No promises, though. I’ve got to finish cleaning it, first.

As you can see, the Live Your Day PML cards have bright and fresh patterns on them, and are ideal for monthly scrapbook pages, birthdays, or to decorate your planner. Each month is included in the 4×3 inch cards, which is fabulous for keeping your dates straight.

For a little further embellishing,  I added pink heart puffy stickers around February, and stamped and fussy cut the banner (Woodland Romance D1683).

Stay tuned for more PML yumminess in the very near future!