Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring August's SOTM,  "What A Hoot". If you have come here from Angela Garcia's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants HERE.

This month we have 67 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I decided to go in a different direction - rather than making a Halloween-themed project, I used this set for a birthday card.  And of course, I chose our new paper collection, Confetti Wishes.  This happy happy paper features bright colors, including two of our new colors: Thistle and Canary.  And the stamp set is perfect for paper piecing - I stamped the owl image on the diagonal stripe paper, then on the confetti design, cut each piece out and glued.  Then I stamped the party hat and paper-pieced the stripes.  I created a banner by trimming the hat image.  Those pieces were colored using our blending pen.  I created background paper by random stamping 'what a hoot' tone-on-tone in Crystal Blue.  Here is a closer look:

Supplies Used:  Confetti Wishes papers
Ink and Cardstock:  black, crystal blue, pacifica, thistle
Black enamel stars

Purchase this fun set for just $5 with any $50 purchase during the month of August!  Shop Here

Now "Hop" on over to Jaime Llewellyn's blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas. Remember, the August SOTM is only available until August 31st!

Thanks for stopping by, and keep checking this blog to see projects I've made with new products, available now!

One More Day!

Yep, our newest book, Annual Inspirations, launches August 1st!
Today is your last day to purchase any Retiring Products.  Get them HERE.

Starting August 1st, you will be able to purchase new products.  Don't have an idea book?  I'll send you one.  The book (usually $5.95) will be FREE from me, you just pay postage.  Send me a check for $5,  I will send you a free complements (My Stickease) of your choice  ($4.95 value) when you make your first purchase. You can also purchase an idea book at my online store at or click HERE

Too anxious to wait for your book?  View it online here: See Idea Book

And keep checking this blog in the coming days for photos of new projects!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tour My Craft Room

It has been quite some time since I've posted photos of my craft room.  I've changed a few things and have decided to give you a tour.  I'll be posting photos over the new few weeks to give you a peek into my work space.  Welcome to my world:

 This is where I (sometimes) sit and mostly stand to create my projects.  I set the counters at kitchen-level height since I like to stand and get a better perspective of what I am working on. The higher counters also give me lots of space underneath and larger cabinet space to hold supplies.  I kept the space under my work counter open so I could store my crop bags and cricut machines and an iris case unit.  My puppy likes to curl up into a ball at my feet under there too.  The space between the far wall and my countertop workspace is open, and I use that area to set up banquet tables for crops.

This is the neatest this counter has been for awhile!  When I'm working it looks like an explosion of craft supplies.  But everything does have a home and I like that when I'm done with a project it tidies up quickly.
Looking into the room.  My cricut station sits in the corner there, and I have another bar stool under that counter to sit while I cut lots of stuff on my cricut.  I also have a sewing machine and a bin of supplies tucked under the counter.  I had an electric cord hole cut in the countertop back in that corner so I could set up my sewing machine and string the cord to the foot thru.  It's capped nicely when not in use.  There is also a cable and phone jack in case I ever decide to set up a television.  And I had an electrical outlet installed in the upper cabinet so I could charge devices without crowding the countertop.

I had the cabinets custom-made since scrapbook supplies require deeper cabinets and shelves - the average size kitchen cabinet wouldn't hold 12 x 12 paper.  So I designed my room to hold my stuff.  I'll give you a peek inside these cabinets in a later post.
I love this iris case wall - it holds tons and makes it easy to grab the supplies I keep together for a specific project.  I don't know if you can see it, but a few of these cases are empty - in anticipation of new supplies! 
And my bookcase wall.  Again, I had this bookcase custom made to hold a scrapbook, so they are 16" deep, if I recall correctly.  I was tired of my scrapbooks never being able to fit into a regular book case!  The white cases are full of old scrapbooking magazines, but I'll probably move those guys out to accommodate more scrapbooks as I fill them.

And here's my baby girl, she likes to hang out with me when I work.  Always nice to have company when you're scrapbooking!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned for more photos in posts to come.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jubilee Reunion

I finished this layout a couple of weeks ago and realized I haven't posted it for you to see:

It is the Jubilee Layout from the Workshop on the Go kit.  This kit will only be available for a couple more days, so if you are interested, buy it HERE: Jubilee WOTG

Here are closer look at each page:

Hubby and I took a road trip over Memorial Day weekend to Nebraska for our family reunion.   There were SO many people who came!  His mom is one of 10 siblings, so there's always a crowd.  A very cool thing, as my side of the family is rather small.  Definitely overwhelming for me when we first got married, but I love being part of a huge family!

The Jubilee papers are perfect for a Nebraska family reunion.  This is what I've got done so far, and I'll post again when I scrapbook more of the photos I have from that weekend.

I created this layout exactly according to the directions in the kit, with the exception of the number of photos.  Instead of a large photo on the left side of the layout, I used two 4 x 6 photos cut down a smidge to fit.  I swapped out the zip strip on the right side for a portion of b & t print cut directly from the page.  I thought 'fun for the whole family' fit better.  And then I borrowed a friend's Cricut cartridge to cut 'Family Reunion' - I think it was 'A Child's Year', which I also own, but I made this layout at a crop at a friend's house. I like to take Workshops on the Go to the crops I go to because then I know I'll have all the supplies I'll need together, and most of the thinking is done for me - less thinking, more talking!

Thanks for stopping by, more artwork coming soon! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pennant Frame

I completed my Pennant Frame and added it to my frame cluster on the wall in my craft room.  Now I just need to fill the blank wall to the right of the window and then I'll feel like I'm finished.  Who am I kidding?  My craft room is a constantly-evolving project - I like to change things around.  But here is what it looks like for now:
And here is a closer look at my pennant frame:
This pennant frame can be purchased HERE
And good news:  it won't be retiring, so it will be available for the next full year.  The papers I used, however, are from the retired pack La Belle Vie.  I think I mentioned it before that I've been hoarding these papers to complete the projects I have planned for the walls in my craft room.  I also used the coordinating My Stickease.  Then I made some flowers and leaves with my Cricut Artiste cartridge, and added some shimmer trim along with the Rosewood Mini Medley.

A closer look:

Here is what my view is like when I'm working:
I've taken a bunch of photos of my craft room and will give you a tour in a future post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coming Soon!

Let the excitement begin!  Yep, the brand-spankin-new CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book will launch August 1st!  I can't wait to share all of the new goodies with you!

I've been busy crafting crafting crafting and I will have lots of new things to show you soon.  My Book Launch Party will be Saturday, July 26.  If you are interested in joining me and receiving your very own FREE copy of the new idea book, please contact me for more information. 

In the meantime, all products on the RETIRING ITEMS list will no longer be available after July 31.  So if you are interested in anything, get it while you still can!

***Place an order of $25 or more via my ONLINE STORE during the month of July, and I will send you a copy of the new Annual Inspirations FREE on August 1st!***

Thanks for stopping by, and keep checking this blog for more info soon!