Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April Workshop - Spring Cards

Get a jump start on your spring cards by getting them all done in one evening!  At April's workshop, you will make a card for each of the following occasions:  Easter, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Birthday, Baby and Congratulations.  You have the option of making all 6 cards, or if you don't have a need for certain occasions, you can select the 4 card option and pick your desired cards.
This workshop will be held on Thursday, April 10th at 7 PM.   All materials will be precut and ready to assemble.  Light refreshments will be provided.
Space is limited, so purchase your kit today to reserve your space!  The RSVP and payment deadline is April 5th.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours of your payment.  There are two options for this workshop - 4 cards for $12 or all 6 for $15.  If selecting the 4 card option, please list your desired cards in the "notes to seller" section.
Spring Card Workshop
Not local to the area, contact me to purchase the kit (with an added fee for S & H) so you can create your own version at home!  All images will be pre-stamped, pre-cut and ready to assemble.  I am happy to help you out via e-mail or phone with any questions you may have.

Friday, March 21, 2014

ABC Blog Hop - Letter "F"

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter F. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their F element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy
If you came from Judy Faye Garner at Judy Faye's Place, then you're on the right track!

For the letter F, I chose to use Close To My Heart's 6" x 12" Flip Flaps.  I came across a version of this on Pinterest, and thought it would be a great way to add more photos plus an interactive element to my layouts!  The original post is from Janene Wawro over at Create with Janene.

These pictures were taken by a photographer friend a few years ago.  We only had a mini session shoot, but we stayed for about an hour afterwards checking out the location.  I had such a great time capturing my family in exploration mode!  The more formal portraits are on the front two pages of the layout. 
But if you lift up the two flaps over the right page......
You will discover the "Behind the Scenes" pictures - an entire 12" x 24" layout tucked away back here!
To create these folds, I used 2 of the 6" x 12" Memory Protectors Flip Flaps.  I trimmed the end of the overhang a little bit (maybe 1/8") just to minimize the extra plastic.  The flap on the left (top image) was just attached over the edge of the 12" x 12" page protector. For the right flap (bottom image), I folded it back on itself and attached it to the edge of the 12" x 12" protector.  You will see a very slight opaqueness to the edge of your layout, but as you can see in the image on the far right, it does not impact the pictures at all. 
The Sarita Paper Pack was a perfect color palette for our pictures!  Here are all the layouts out of the page protectors so you can see them glare-free!
I topped the page off with embellishments from the Sarita Assortment (the wooden shapes as well as the antique gold medallions on the title page)!  The little swirls and the brads are all from the retired Mini-Medly Accents Collection in Antiqued Gold.  The gold background shapes and the colonial white title box for the "Behind the Scenes" title were cut from CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. 
This little embellishment was made using CTMH's Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  The backpiece is cut from Crème Brulee cardstock and the overlay is cut from Goldrush cardstock.
Thanks for checking out my newest layout!  Here is a list of the Close To My Heart Supplies Used:
Z1325 - Memory Protectors Flip Flaps, 12" Assortment
4110 - Memory Protectors Top Load
Z1751 - Baker's Twine, Harvest Assortment
X7171B - Sarita Paper Pack
Z1873 - Sarita Assortment
A117 - A Typeface Stamp Set
Z2140 - Outdoor Denim Exclusive Ink Pad
Z1906 - Cricut Artbooking Collection
Z1686 - Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
1514 - Tombow Mono Adhesive
Z1151 - 3-D Foam Tape
CTMH Cardstock in Colonial White, Goldrush, Outdoor Denim, Crème Brulee
Retired - Mini-Medly Accents Collection; Antiqued Gold

All items can be purchased by visiting my CTMH website!

If you started at the beginning, you have now reached the end of the blog hop!  In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Product Spotlight: 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray

Last November, I was able to capture an adorable picture of my two kids, my niece and nephew stacked in a pile of oldest to youngest.  They also posed in a picture with their Great-Aunt.  She doesn't have any children of her own, so my children and their cousins are very close to her. 
For her birthday, I wanted to create a special keepsake for her including these two pictures.  I immediately thought of Close to My Heart's 5" x 7" Hinged Photo Display.  There are 7 opening for either pictures or décor elements.  I chose to include the two pictures from November as well as one of my two kids and one of my niece and nephew.  All pictures were secured into the display tray using Liquid Glass.
In the bottom left opening, I wanted to include a sentiment from the Family Love stamp set.  I used the Smokey Plum ink to stamp the sentiment onto Champagne cardstock.  The background paper as well as the Ivy Lane Purple strip are from the Ivy Lane Paper Packet.  To add a little sparkle to the sentiment, I placed an itty bitty sparkle onto the circle in the center of the stamp.  The sentiment is popped up using 3D foam tape for extra dimension.
In the upper right opening, I used Smokey Plum ink to stamp the word "Aunt" with the Vogue Alphabet set. The shape is cut from the CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge out of Champagne cardstock.  It is also popped up using the 3D foam tape.  The background paper is from the Ivy Lane Paper Packet, and I added a little strip of Hollyhock cardstock to add contrast.  I flanked the edges of the Hollyhock paper with a row of itty bitty sparkles.
For the remaining section, I really wanted to include a paper rose.  I have seen lots of people make these, but was very intimidated to try my own!  I found a video tutorial by another CTMH Consultant, Cathy Derouche, that gave me great ideas and the confidence I needed to get started.  I didn't have all the tools that she uses in her video, but was able to adapt other tools I own to get the job done.  I used the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge to cut the main portion of the rose.  As recommended in the video, I cut two flat flower shapes from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to add a few extra petals to the outside.  I love how the rose turned out! 
The background paper and the two little strips are all from the Ivy Lane Paper Packet.  I added a small sparkle from the clear assortment to the center of the rose, then added a clear sparkle flourish coming out of the bottom right of the rose. 

I'd love to help you create your own Hinged Display!  I can also put together a kit for purchase if you are interested in creating the display as shown.  Contact me for more information.

Close To My Heart products used:
Z1838 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray
E1026 Vogue Alphabet Stamp Set
D1506 Family Love Stamp Set
X7178B Ivy Lane Paper Packet
Z1812 Sparkles Clear Flourishes - Small
Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z2147 Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
1514 Tombow Mono Adhesive
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z1790 Cricut Artiste Collection
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
CTMH Cardstock in Champagne and Hollyhock

All items listed above are available for purchase via my website