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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wedding Card

I got the idea for the bride and groom hearts from a similar card on Pinterest.  The hearts are punched from paper that was embossed on my Cuttlebug.  The sentiment is from a CTMH retired stamp set, "Soul Mates."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Beach Themed Paper Bag Junk Album

A re-work of my paper bag junk album, but this time in a weathered beach vacation theme:

Anyone who signs up for my Paper Bag Junk Album Workshop can choose to make either the original, vintage vacation version or this beach vacation version.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Workshop: Paper Bag Junk Album

Finally, I'm ready to do another workshop.  I love junk albums, and this one came together really quickly.  It has lots of spaces for pictures, journaling, and lots of pull-out pages and tags.  It has a rustic look and is themed for vacation pictures.

And, it's made from brown paper bags! 

Here's a peak inside and some journaling space, a mat for a pic, a little journaling tag, and a pull-out page. 

Here's the side view.  There's a lot going on in there.
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Want to come over to my studio and make one?  Give me a call to set up a workshop or contact me through email, text, Facebook, or Google+. 
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Workshop Fee:  $15 (Includes Everything!)
Date & Time:  Whenever You Want!!!  Contact me and I'll work with your schedule.
Class Size:  I'm going require a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4 for this project.
Difficulty Level:  Easy!  Junks albums are imperfect, so anyone can do it, and I'm limiting the class size so I'll be available to help out a lot.
Theme:  If you'd rather, we can make your album more of an outdoor, woodsy theme, or even a brighter colored beach theme (with white lunch sacks).  If you want to do an alternate themed album, let me know in advance, so I can prepare.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

What Happens in Vegas...gets scrapbooked

(several posts today--make sure you scroll down)
Our trip to Las Vegas was pretty tame...a few fruity drinks, a little gambling, and our husbands posing by a busty figurehead at Margaritaville.  I used CTMH's new "Cruisin" papers for this what-happens-in-Vegas-stays-in-Vegas layout.
"What happens in" was punched with CTMH's "Vintage Type" stamps and punched out with 1/2" punch, and "Vegas" was stamped with the "Delightful" alphabet set.  "Celebrate Good Times" is fromt he CTMH "Good Times" set.  The drinks are all from SU.  The old lady playing the slots is from Art Impressions.
"Party On" is another stamp from the "Good Times" set, and "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words" is from CTMH's "Take a Picture" set.  The row of bling on both pages is from Recollections.

The Fabulous Flamingo Hotel

More scrapping from Vegas.  I used CTMH's Roxy papers for the zebra-like palm fronds with Tulip and Vanilla Cream CS. 
I used a lot of little pieces I picked up at the hotel, including a coaster and a room key.  The large bling is one of CTMH's new Sparkles Fourishes.  "Flamingo" was stamped with CTMH's "Posterboard Alphabet."  I stamped right on some-less-than perfect photos from around the hotel that weren't good enough to make the cut for the LO.  It makes a great title.

This side is pretty simple.  I alternated offsetting the photos on the vanilla cream CS to give it more interest.  The long line of bling is from Recollections.  The black scalloped edges on both pages are from Bazzill.

Jess's 22nd Bday - Mixing Paper Packs

I made this busy LO with pics from Jess's 22nd Bday.  I used three different CTMH paper packs (Cherry-O, Sweetheart, and Daydream) to make this playful, girlie look. 
White mats around the pages and photos tie it all together.  The banner was made with CTMH's "Pennant Alphabet" stamps, and "November 10" was made with the the "Vintage Type" stamps, which punch out perfectly with a 1/2" circle punch.  The numbers "22" on the flower are CTMH Dimensional Elements Numbers.  I used flowers, pearls, rhinestones, pins, and tabs for embellishments.  EK Success edge punches were used for the scalloped and birthday candle borders.

Mostly more of the same materials.  "Celebrate" is from a set of CTMH Irresistibles, covered in coordinating ink.  The two hearts toward the bottom center were punched, then I crinkled the all the edges up.  The long strip of pearl embellishments is from Recollections.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Las Vegas Layout with Cruisin Papers

This is my first LO from our Las Vegas trip.  I used CTMH's "Cruisin'" papers with coordinating foil stickers and bottle caps.  The LO is based on a LO example in the "Cruisin" Workshop on the Go.  All are available in the new CTMH Spring/Summer Idea Book, which is available to customers February 1.
I used CTMH's "Token" alphabet stamps for "Vegas" and punched them out with a 1-inch punch.  The bling flourish is one of CTMH's new Sparkles Flourishes.  (Vegas deserves lots of bling, right?)  All the embellishments are CTMH, except for the dice, which is a cut-out, stamped image I got from Jess for Christmas from Studio G.

Everything on this page is CTMH except, again, the dice, and the rows of bling under the date.  The "Wecome to Coolsville" foil sticker reminds me of the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.  The date is stamped with CTMH's "Save the Date" stamp set.

New Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book

Close to My Heart's Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book is available Feb. 1.

Contact me for your free copy!

Christmas 2011 Layout

My favorite pictures from this year's Christmas.  I used a bunch of snapshots on the right, and stacked them to balance out the single photo on the left.  I used mostly CTMH's Elemental and Typeset papers, and a variety of stamps.  Nothing is over-the-top Christmas, but by this time every year, I'm pretty much over red and green.
This picture of Jess & Neal was my favorite, so I highlighted it on a page by itself.  All the pictures and papers are lightly distressed with brown ink.

This collage is definitely top heavy, but I it balances with the first page.  I wouldn't use this layout for a single-page layout.  Also, carrying the stamped leaf/flower image over the two pages brings them together.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lots of Cards

I went crafting at a friend's this weekend and got a lot of cards done:

These were probably my favorite cards of the day.  I like the whimsical feel.  I used paper from CTMH's retired "Daydream" paper and an old wooden stamp from American Art Stamp.

Not sure of the papers on these--just some from my large stash.  The drink images on these two are from SU.

Both these cards were made from CTMH's "Fanfare" paper pack.  The butterflies are from CTMH's "Pair-a-Phrase" stamp set, and the ballplayer is from the "All Star" stamp set.

Some more with the "Daydream" papers.  The owl stamp is from Hero Arts and the leggy bird is from Whipper Snapper Designs.

Lastly, I made a couple birthday cards for crossword puzzle fans.  Not sure of the papers, but the cup is from CTMH's "Wonderland" workshop on the go stamp set.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Wedding Date Photo

Another idea from Pinterest.  I took these pictures and framed them for Jess & Neal for Christmas.  6-2-12 is their wedding date.  The numbers are from a highway sign, my house number, and my license plate.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Mojo Monday Challenge 222 with Cherry-O

I played along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge today.  Here's the sketch I started with:
All the materials on my card are from CTMH, except for the mini blue flowers, which are from Recollections.  The paper is from the CTMH paper pack "Cherry-O" and the stamps are "Zoology" (ticket) and "Card Chatter - Birthday" (sentiment).
The inside of the card reads:  "I'm just extending the Celebration!"

Another Antique Postcard Card

This card was made mostly with papers from CTMH's "You and Me" kit.  The barn scene is punched from an antique postcard.  The layout was inspired by a card by Amy Sheffer I saw on Pinterest.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Birthday Card from Antique Postcards

The butterflies and "Happy Birthday" were stamped, and the ribbon and flowers are new, but the postcard, roses, and lilly of the valley are all from antique postcards.