Oh My Stars

Here in my neck of the woods, it’s Family day. We were going to go out to watch a movie, but no one was interested in getting ready to go. So, we enjoyed a relaxing day at home. I got to play some more. Yay!

I got this stamp set- the Gimme Some Sugar scrapbooking stamp set- as a gift from my upline. Looking through the catalog, I didn’t think I’d get much use out of it, but I’ve proven myself wrong! It worked well on this layout, and another I hope to share tomorrow with you.

I mixed Stargazer with our (now) retired Beary Christmas Paper. Honestly, I think they were meant to be paired together. It’s a perfect match! I played up the ‘Shining Star’ portion of my daughters school award by making the title ‘oh my stars’ and stamping stars around it. It’s hard to see, but the little word bubble says, ‘are you kitten me’? So stinking cute. 😊

By the way, how great does Pacifica cardstock look with all that papery yumminess? It’s s nice change from using a Glacier all the time!

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Friends Always

Hello friends! I’m dropping in to share another two page layout with you!

I’m crushing hard on Gimme Some Sugar. I love the colour pairings, the pattern (the flowers are great for fussy cutting and using as embellishments. Did you know that?!); it’s bright, fresh and summery. I can almost smell summer with this paper. (The pictures enable me to hear the sounds from the event- rodeo- we were at, too. I love it).

This layout is the third instalment in my layout Buffet. It’s coming up on March 24, from 5-8 pm. Kids are welcome- childcare is free at Bugz & Beanerz on Wednesday evenings! If you’re in the area, treat yourself to an evening out!

Join me again tomorrow so I can share the last project we’ll be making. You won’t want to miss it!

Out of This World

Happy Wednesday. How did we get here so quickly? A minute ago it was Monday! I’m currently working on another project, but wanted to take a quick break to show you my latest layout.

How cute is this paper?! It’s called Stargazer, and it’s perfect for all your astronomy lovers, boys and science geeks! (My daughter is one of them). I tried tying horses and space together…how did I do? 😂

This was their first experience riding a horse, and I’m sure they’d tell you it was out of this world. Their minds were blown, and frequently ask when they can go again.

This is project two in my layout buffet. Stay tuned to see more. More is coming!

You’re Invited Make Waves Invitations

The twins’ birthday is coming up, so I’m between planning workshops and a few other miscellaneous projects, I made time to create their birthday invitations.

Simple and straight forward is best when you’re creating cards in bulk. They’ve also got to be cute, too, though. Can’t forget that.

They’re birthday invitations are perfect for them, because the paper I used is in their favorite colours. Have a look:

I used side B of the Make Waves Paper; it isn’t often I find patterned paper in purple, so this is perfect! Anyone else find this, too?

I also used the Make Waves Stamp scrapbooking set. Instead of using the gorgeous mermaid stamp (she’s really popular, I’ve noticed), I used the scallop and little starfish stamps.

On the reverse side, I included all the important information. I’ll mail these and send them to school with the twins the first week of February. I personally dislike getting invitations the week of or days before a birthday. Last minute does not work for me! I understand it happens, but I try to stay organized.

Holiday Break

Curious to know what I’ve been up to the last few days?

But first- how was your Christmas?

We had a nice Christmas, filled with family, a surprise guest and severely cold weather, making it a very cozy holiday. It was the best ever.

The surprise guest was my sister. We haven’t seen her since February. She almost didn’t come because road conditions were poor and forced her to turn around and go back home. But, she made it the next day. I didn’t know it until she was 20 minutes out.

My husband had the entire Christmas holiday off, so I didn’t actually get into my haven until Wednesday. And since then, I’ve just been prepping for workshops. It’s boring, but productive. 😊

I want to get it done now, so I can focus on my first love- my personal scrapbooking- before I start planning more events for 2018. I want to host another card buffet before the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog expires. I’m thinking that’ll be at the end of March- then I’ll have Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to think about! I’m excited for what 2018 has in store for me (as in my business!) it’s looking bright and promising!

I’ve also started thinking about the twins’ birthday, which is coming up fast! Time to start planning that, too!

Are you a current customer of mine? Are you part of my Insiders Club? If not, you should get on over there! I have something special happening right now for anyone born in the month of January. To be a part of it, send me a comment and I’ll get you hooked up! (If you’re born later in the year, hold tight. I’m coming for you, too).

CTMH ALittle Bit of Pun

It’s absolutely impossible to see in the first Layout, but I used one of the A Little Bit of Pun stamps as a background element in the top layout. I used Bashful as the background colour as far as the stamping is concerned, which is why it appears invisible. It’s very light in nature. By the way, I tried zooming in on the areas I stamped, but I still couldn’t see it. It is there, I promise, and it looks really cute. I used The ‘you’re one hip square’ stamp from the stamp set.

In the bottom layout, the stamp work is way easier to see. Using the bottom portion of the ‘I like you a whole watt’ stamp, I created a border by stamping repeatedly along the top portion of the photo/journal mat. I cut a scalloped oval with my Cricut, and stamped the entire image with Pewter and Crystal Blue Ink. The oval is inked with Glacier ink using a sponge dauber.

In both layouts, I paired the Fundamentals papers with the SOTM; Basics and Whimsy are showcased in both layouts.

I Thought…

I mixed a lot of papers to create this layout. It’s all left over paper from other projects, honestly. The title had already been cut- it’s been in my ‘left over Cricut cut outs’ box forever. The stars were meant for another project but were too big. They worked well here. The Beary Christmas Paper is left over from making samples for my next kids workshop. I’ll share that in the near future. The rest is bits and pieces that have been floating around for awhile and needed a home.

It took me quite awhile to complete this layout. I think it was nearly a week. Normally I pump them out at a much quicker pace. The design on this one kicked my butt, but it feels good to have it done. I’m proud of it!

My daughters told me this subject was a creepy one. I think that’s why I struggled. Creating a layout about something falling out of your head is harder than I anticipated! Thank goodness that’s the only picture I have of that sort!

Pumpkin Carving

I moved away from strictly CTMH in this layout, and included some SU patterned paper I had in my stash. CTMH skylark complimented the paper well, and it was perfect for more Halloween pictures!

Each of the kids had a go at unpacking the pumpkin, but they’re their fathers daughters, and both wound up gagging over the look and feel of it’s innards, so Mom had to finish. 😏

CTMH Silver & Gold Halloween

Silver & Gold isn’t just for Christmas! I used Side B from the bulk paper pack to create a Halloween 🎃 inspired double page layout.

The title and embellishments were cut with my Cricut. Same with the year in the bottom right corner of the journaling block. I finished off using the zip strip and some washi tape.

Using CTMH Zip Strips

I’m sure I’ve covered this topic before, but a refresher never hurts.

Need a way to use up that stash of zip strips? Arrange them in a pattern on your page then place your photos next to them. Layer your title and embellishments overtop, and you’re finished!