Hurray For You Card

Hello! What a miserable afternoon it is! There are weather advisories for my area…hubs is headed outside of town at 2 am tomorrow morning, and I worry it’s going to be slick with all the snow and freezing rain there is around me. If any of you’s have to go out, be extra careful!

For a change, here’s a card I made awhile back to beef up my birthday card stash. I was running low and needed more. This card is super simple to make and is a fantabulous way to use up scrap papers. 

Begin by trimming your papers to 0.5 inches wide. Arrange them how you like, then glue them down. Stamp yoyr message on scrap cardstock, trim to size and punch the corners. Add stars (die cut or ephemera), and you’re done! Quick, easy and super cute, to boot!

This birthday card I found on Pinterest inspired my set of cards. (I made a total of 5).

Happy Birthday

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Today’s layout is also from the twins’ cousins’ first birthday party. I created my layout using a Basic Grey sketch that I found on Pinterest.

I used a mixture of CTMH Urban and Scaredy Cat papers. Scrap papers out of my scrap pile also made sneak appearances here.

To embellish, I cut the lion and monkey- as well as the title- with my cricut. If you look closely, you’ll see lions, monkeys and other safari animals in their highchairs and other pieces of furniture!

Pool Party

This week is just whizzing by, isn’t it?

I have another layout to share today- a double page birthday themed layout. It wasn’t my twins’ birthday, but their cousins’. Two of their cousins are twins, just like mine are! The only difference is they’re a year younger!

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Some of the games at the party included this kiddie pool full of rubber ducks and little fishing rods.  It was one of the twins’ most favorite activities at their cousins’ birthday party! The bouncy house was the next favorite.

I used a mixture of products from a variety of manufacturers; most of my embellishments were cut with my cricut. The little journaling card on the right page is Echo Park. CTMH also made a sneak appearance with a bit of stamping.

Thanks for dropping by! See you again soon!

CTMH Celebrate With Cake

Good morning! Welcome to Monday AND to National Scrapbooking week! Are you participating in any crops or NSD events and activities?

Scrapbook Generation is hosting a week long online crop- starting today! Find them online and on Facebook under the name SG Scrap Squad. There’s something that’ll appeal to everyone!

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Sometimes, you can find scrapbooking supplies in the most unexpected places. The papers that I used in today’s layout cane from a liquidation store, years ago. I just now decided to use it. Aren’t they pretty?! I love the contrast of the floral paper from the gingham.

I combined those papers with Aprils’ CTMH Stamp of the Month- Life in Pictures. It’s full of vintage and fun camera stamps, as well as theme-fitting quotes and phrases. That adorable Polaroid is also part of it! (I used a pop-dot behind the camera to create a bit of depth).

Since we’re embarking on a new month, there is a new stamp of the month. This one is delicious- it’s full of cakes and cake slices. Perfect for every birthday and special occasion that requires cake!

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This D size set retails for $21 CAD, but it can be yours when you make an order of $50. It can be anything- there’s no purchasing requirements to receive this beautiful stamp set. To sweeten the deal, combine your order with some friends and save on shipping costs!

The easiest way to place an order is on my website. You can do it anywhere- while you’re on the go, or from the comfort of your own home. Visit my website here.

Thanks for dropping by! I’ll be back again real soon with more layouts!

@36 Using CTMH Urban

Hey there! I’m sneaking in quickly while hubs catches some zees.

Want to see another layout?

Sure you do!

This layout was made almost exclusively with Close to My Heart’s Urban patterned paper. This paper is perfect for more masculine projects- it’s got a subtle blueprint graphic printed on the dark Teal portion of the paper (side A), while side B sports a Diamond Plate pattern. The colors are quite masculine, too. I love the rich hues on both sides of the paper.

I don’t have it pinned,  but I’m fairly certain I used Kelly Klapsteins’ last double the fun sketch to create my layout- a double page spread.

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Yep. It isn’t often I scrapbook double page layouts. When I do, the occasion usually calls for it.

To begin, I layered large alpha die cuts on top of CTMH Peacock cardstock, which coordinates beautifully with Urban. From there, I layered Whisper cardstock and strips of varying widths of Urban patterned paper. I punched the one strip using the arrow border punch (also CTMH).

The journaling card came from a Jillibean Soup collection, while the rest of the embellies were cut from my cricut. Lastly, the adorable cupcakes were leftover from Valentines I made for the twins’ friends at school.

If you’re unaware, Urban is still available for purchase from Close to My Heart. Purchase the paper in a pack, to use any which way your heart desires, or as part of a WYW (workshop your way); instructions and the cutting guide are also available when your purchase is made. When your order reaches  $50 CAD, you’ll receive April’s Stamp of the Month for just $6! (You’ll be prompted to add it to your order before confirming your final purchase).

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I’m so pleased you dropped in! I’ll be back again with more inspuration real soon!

Now Available!

Hello crafty friends!

Did you know that I make greeting cards as well as layouts?

If you didn’t, you may be new to my blog. If you’re a keener and return frequently/occasionally, you may be interested to know that my greeting cards are available to purchase.

Yep, that’s right. They’re just $2 a piece,  or $7.50 CAD if you buy 5. That works out to $1.50 per card.

Sound reasonable?

Would you like to see them?  To keep you in suspense, I’ll share only a couple, but I do have a card for every occasion.

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To see all the cards I have on hand, please visit my Facebook page. Some of the cards are stamped inside, as well.

Like any of the cards you see but want to make them yourself? Let’s talk- I’m open to creating kits and organizing workshops too!

Now, the items I have for sale doesn’t end with handmade cards. I also offer scrapbook albums- by commission. If you don’t have a scrapbook album, don’t worry! I can order you one through CTMH (your choice of cover), which will be included in the overall price of your completed album.

I can also order your favorite papers from CTMH, too, so that the theme, colors and embellishments remain consistent throughout.

Most, if not all of the products used to create your special album will be Close to My Heart, though my other favorite products and manufacturers may find a place in it too.

You’ve already seen a lot of my scrapbook layouts, so you’ll have a good basic idea what your scrapbook album will look like once it’s completed. All I need are your pictures.

(My printer does not print high quality photos, so I suggest printing them via your favorite store and I’ll take it from there.)

I’ll hand deliver or mail your cards or album when it’s completed. It’ll be done in a timely and efficient manner. The size of album is negotiable, too!

So, if this interests you, let’s talk! I’d love to help you out!

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!

CTMH Skull You’re Invited

I am seriously climbing the walls these days. Just when I think both my daughters can go back to school, my younger one proves me wrong. She has a cold…I think. And the flu. And she had an allergic reaction.

The flu is coming out two different places.

😕

I’ve been trying to go grocery shopping for two days and it has yet to happen. My shelves are bare. Today isn’t looking good anymore, either.

And I’m going cray-cray.

Please Lord, make this week less painful, somehow. There’s no school Friday again, which means a long weekend. And, the phone call I just got from Panago with the $5 credit on our account doesn’t count. Nice surprise, though!

It must be because we haven’t ordered from Panago in months. I love their sauces. Especially the jalapeño ranch sauce. Yum.

I haven’t scrapped in months, either.

Just kidding. It’s been a week exactly. I’m going through withdrawals. I want to play so badly!!!

The last project I created was the card below, which was the result of scrap lifting a card over at SG.

Good times. It’s a fond memory now.

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I wanted to have these cards- which are technically supposed to be invitations- completed by tomorrow. Six of them.

Obviously they’ve not gotten done. Neither are my valentine’s.  See them here. Oh, I hope I’ll get time soon. Playing at night isn’t really doing it for me lately. I just want to do it during the day.

So, what did I use on the card above?

Close to My Heart products, of course. The houndstooth stamp along the bottom of the patterned paper border is a background stamp. I used bits of scrap Seaside patterned paper and Peacock cardstock. With a few cuts from my cricut, I added a hexa background and skull die cut, for a homespun twist on Monster High.

If you didn’t see it at first, don’t worry. I cut the skull to appease my children, who are hell bent on a MH themed birthday, but I’m not crazy about the idea.

The cute little bow is a puffy sticker, also CTMH. It also comes in two shades of pink and silver. I’m slightly in love with them.

Sigh.

Reality beckons. I wish my poor child would stop coughing. She’s going to hack out those lungs yet, I’m sure.

CTMH Cutie Pie Cupcake

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Creative Scrapbookers’ January sketch inspired this layout of eating out with the grandparents. They treated us to dinner in order to celebrate the twins’ birthday back in 2012.
Rather than use circles, I swapped them out for cupcakes, which I stamped with Staz-On ink then shaded in using my ShinHan markers. I also dug deep in my stash, and pulled out some old Jillibean Soup patterned paper, making sure my CTMH cardstock coordinated with the colors found in the patterned paper. I stamped on the Whisper cardstock with Whisper ink to give it a slight pattern and some depth.  The title came from the Cutie Pie stamp set, once again.
Thanks for dropping by! I’ll be back again soon with another layout and a card.
Till next time!

CTMH Cutie Pie Birthday Card

Hello again, dear friends! I’m dropping in today with a card I created using a sketch that I found on Paper Issues Facebook group page. It’s part of their January sketch challenges. You should check it out- their page is full of fun activities that’ll keep you crafting and entertained! (Type Paper Issues into your search bar on Facebook and you’ll find them easy peasy).

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My daughter is going to a birthday party tomorrow, so I created this card to give to her friend. I used CTMH Balloon Wishes for the message at the top of the card (stamped with Outdoor Denim ink), as well as Cutie Pie SOTM (retired).
To color in the cupcake image, I turned to my CTMH Shin Han markers, and for a little extra Bling,  I used purple glitter glue to create sprinkles on the icing. You’ll also find a Pink Flamingo adhesive dot in place of the cherry at the top of the cupcake.
Please join me again soon! Enjoy your weekend! (TGIF lol)