Sunday, August 19, 2018

New Disney Layout

I am slowly catching up on my Disney Albums, one layout at a time. 
Here is my most recent layout, featuring photos of my daughter Irelyn.




Often times when my husband has the older kids with him on a ride, I am able to take candid shots of Irelyn and my son while we are waiting for them. 
Sometimes we get really cute pictures, sometimes someone is just hot and tired. 
These three photos turned out pretty well. 
This particular trip was back in May, during my birthday and Mother's Day weekend, so the weather wasn't too bad. 


I kept this layout relatively simple, but incorporated products from a few different companies. The Black, Lemon, and Ruby cardstock are all from Close to my Heart. 

I tried a new technique with the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts from Close to my Heart. 
I simply die cut the letters of Irelyn's name with the Cuttlebug, then on a separate sheet of cardstock I took, Candy Apple Exclusive Ink, one of our new colors releasing September 1st and distressed it. 
Then I layered the piece with the die cut letters over the distressed piece for the effect you see in the photos. 



I embellished the page with a little Red Shimmer Trim also by Close to my Heart. It's one of my favorite embellishments. 
I love that it already has adhesive on it. 

The second part of the challenge was to use some of your older stash. 
I pulled out some of my older Creative Memories photo mats from 2007, and used the blue print, solid and the yellowish journal box on the page. 

Also from Creative Memories, I used an older Disney punch for the Mickey head on the right side of the layout.

Finally, I took a white gel pen and simply placed a few white dots randomly on the page for an extra touch. 

I love how simple it was to make this layout and it is slightly different with all the photos to one side, from how I usually set my pages up. 

I entered my layout into the following challenges:

Pile It On! Challenge Blog- Try A New Technique/Use Your Oldest Stash
A Bit More Time To Craft- #74 Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs- August Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp-Monday Challenge-Sprinkles and Splatters (White Ink Dots)
Classic Design Team-August Challenge #8



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Purposeful Plastic - CTMH Technique Blog Hop



There are 10 other amazingly talented Close to my Heart Consultants sharing their artwork with you for this month's Blog Hop

Should you get lost along the way, all participant's links can be found here. 

If you are coming from Michelle's Blog, you are on the right track.

As mentioned in a post a couple weeks back, I love to use our Cardmaking Kits to create layouts. 
These exclusive stamp sets coordinate perfectly with the patterned paper collection, as well as the supplies that come with the kit.  

For the Close to my Heart Convention a few weeks ago, I submitted a rather simple layout of my son Constantine when he was 6 months old. 
He is now almost 2. 
Here is a photo of the layout submission at Convention.


For the contest, I did not use 6 x 12 flip flap memory protectors, or any of the additional Pocket Plus Memory Protectors, however once I got home, I realized I wanted to add more journaling and an additional photo or two to my layouts in my album

When I take photos of my children at home, we almost always have a ton of photos. 
Using flips flap memory protectors or the Pocket Plus Memory Protectors is a great way to add just a little more space. 
They come in several different sizes.

I chose this layout to highlight the "Purposeful Plastic" technique for this month's Blog Hop. 

Here are photos of the layout in the album with the 
Pocket Plus Memory Protectors included.



I used all Close to my Heart products for the layout and the additional space.



The layout itself features the Fresh Air collection paper, and the products included in the 
Workshops Your Way® In My Heart Cardmaking Kit






The Picture My Life Cards that you cut apart from the paper collection were perfect for the Pocket Plus Memory Protectors.

In addition to the paper, and cardstock, I also used the pretty sequins pieces as embellishments. 

The "Memories" wording is from the Documented Complements.









This collection will be retiring at the end of the month. 
It is perfect for camping, outdoor, and masculine themes but also as you can see here, baby boy.


Thank you so much for stopping by, before heading over to Valerie's Blog, please consider leaving a comment and enjoy the rest of the creative talents in this month's Blog Hop! 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Monochromatic Card Using Patterned Paper for the Background of the Stamp

Happy Sunday! 

Today's card features several shades of black, white and grey.



The new technique that I tried was to stamp the image on patterned paper that had words in the background.
I've not tried this previously but see it used often.
I love how it turned out.

The Sea Gull on the pier posts is a digital image from 
the Smooth Seas Stamp Set from Beccy's Place.
I chose this image because I love the beach, complete with the sea gulls and their wings and feathers.

All cardstock is from Close to my Heart. I used Black, White Daisy and Pewter.
I distressed the White Daisy cardstock in the background with Pewter ink, to create my own patterned paper. 



The stamped sentiment "Enjoy the small Stuff" is from the August Stamp of the Month set
"For the Love of Crafting".




 It was stamped in Charcoal ink and mounted on 3-d foam dots

The grosgrain light grey ribbon used as an embellishment is also from Close to my Heart. 

I entered the card in a few challenges:
Pile It On! Challenge Blog - #145 Try A New Technique
Jo's Scrap Shack- #245 Fun-day Friday Challenge-Anything Goes
Love to Craft Challenge Blog - #25 Anything Goes 
Moving Along With The Times- #77 For the Boys
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-  Make Your Own Background 
As You Like It Challenge - What's Your Favorite? Fur to Feathers and Why?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August 2018 Stamp Of The Month Starts Today!

Each month, when you spend $50 retail or more, you have the opportunity to add on the "Stamp Of The Month" set for only $5!

This is a great way to maximize your money and build your supplies! 

For August 2018, our Stamp Of The Month is "For the Love of Crafting"!



Here is an examples of an adorable card you can make with this set:



This set would be perfect for the teenager, college student or a crafter of any age!

New CRAFT WITH HEART™ Subscription Program






Have you Heard? 

There's something New!!! 

Read More About It Here!

Monday, July 16, 2018

How You Can Help, Operation Smile From my Close to my Heart Website


Looking for a worthy cause to donate and help? 
There are several ways you can help Operation Smile through my Close to my Heart website... 
watch this short video for more information!


Vintage Butterfly Card...

This morning's card uses a combination of the digital image 
Butterflies Are Free 
by Pickled Potpourri 



and Close to my Heart products. 
I was going for a vintage look. 
I love butterflies, and this image is simply beautiful. 



The base of the card is White Daisy cardstock by Close to my Heart, I added a layer of Tangerine cardstock, then a piece of retired patterned paper from last fall's seasonal expressions. 

The image is colored in with Copic markers, and distressed with both Toffee and Almond ink.



The sentiment "Missing You" is from the "Shell Sentiments" Stamp Set by Close to my Heart and distressed with Toffee ink. 
Then mounted on a piece of tangerine cardstock as well.

I finished off the card with a few gold pearls as embellishments. 


I entered this card into the following challenges:
Pile It On! Challenge Blog - #144 Vintage/Retro
Color Crazy Craft Challenge- Week 28 Anything Goes 
Artistic Inspirations Challenge - # 204 Anything Goes
The Sketchy Challenge - # 144 Anything Goes
Polkadoodles challenge- #28 Anything goes


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