Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I am So Lucky


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Life Is Good



This is a layout I loved to make. It seems so bright and cheerful. I stamped two apples and used them in place of the “o’s” in Good. I also punched 1 ½ inch circles out of the patterned paper, cut them in half and used them as a border. A quick and easy technique but it adds a little punch to the finished layout.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Mayberry Paper Packet X7136B

Colors are Honey, Olive and Smoothie

Mayberry stamp Set

EK Success circle punch


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Playing a little catch up with Artwork Week 2


This is a diaper cake that I made by Granddaughter Maddison last year. 

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Sonoma Workshop On the Go


Sonoma papers remind me of my grandmother, very elegant. The papers were edge distressed with the finger daubers to give it that “aged” look. This is also the first layout that I got to use the new Zip Strip…this is an additional border attached to the top of the 12x12 papers, a really great new addition to Close To My Heart papers. It is the diamond looking border. I also used a EK success scalloped Scallop border for the Cocoa piece above the zip strip. I then layered a mixture of stamping and embellishments in a couple of places on the layouts. This cluster attracts your eye from left to right making it a smooth viewing layout.


All Supplies are form Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Sonoma Paper Packet X7143B

Colors are Olive, Smokey Plum, Colonial White and Cocoa

Sonoma Stamp Set C1476

Mini Medley Pewter Collection Z1487

EK Success Scalloped Scallop Border Punch


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Another layout


I am really in the use it up mode. There is a whole bunch of mixed embellishments on this layout. I Most of them are retired. I do challenge you to use up some of your stash. We have to make room for new things.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Colors are chocolate, Tulip, Blush and Colonial White

Sketch is from Magic…Enchanted

Cherry O paper X7123B

Free Spirit Stamp Set D1217 (retired)

Blush Die Cuts

Pink Assortment Buttons Z1370

Journaling Spots Love Always X1407

Irrestibles Villa Die cuts Z1390

Chocolate Brads Tulip Ink Z2166

EK Success Bracket Border Punch

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Getting caught up on artwork posts.

I have come across a ton of artwork that I have not posted yet but the papers are retired.  Some of these are layouts that I have done a long time ago and some are more recent when I went digging in my stash of papers to use some of it up.  Anyhow, I am going to post a bunch of it in the next few weeks.  Some have products listed and some do not.  I hope you enjoy it anyways. 


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Workshop On The Go

_B105826 novalee posing picture perfect (Medium)

This layout is made with the Roxie Workshop on the Go kit. These are really simple to make as all the instructions are provided in a full color brochure. They are also very flexible to make changes to suit your photos or your tastes.

One of the things that I did not really like about the instructions for this layout was the plain circle on the left hand page. It was too plain for me. So out comes my trusty old Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge! I really liked the look of the Circle4 image on page 51 of the booklet. I didn’t have a whole sheet of the paper that the instructions said to use so I went digging in my stash of paper and came across the notebook sheet from the Notebook paper packet. So that is what I used to cut out the Circle4 image at 9 inches.

One of the other great things about using only Close to My Heart paper is that it is so easy to mix and match different kits! You are not searching endlessly for papers to match with just the right shade of beige. A real time saver!

I also got to use the straight pins from the Bling assortment. They do come with little rubber stoppers to place on the back of the pin if you were wondering. I know I was happy to see the little rubber stopper as I bought some other pins from another company a little while ago and the did not come with the protector so I was scared that someone would get poked so I never used them.

All supplies are from Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:

G1025 Roxie Workshop On The Go Kit

Colors Black, Smoothie, Tulip and Desert Sand

Roxie Workshop Stamp Set

X7102B Notebook Paper Packet

D1491 Hooray Bouquet

C1466 Instant Memories

Z1686 Art Philosophy cricut Cartridge

Z1466 Bling Assortment

Z1104 Clear Sparkles

Black Satin Ribbon (unknown)


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Friday, February 17, 2012

CTMH Sketch books are on the retired list. Get them now before they are all sold out.

_C286405 Miracle tilted layout (Medium)


I followed the Magic How to sketch - Out Of the Hat – for this layout. I cannot say enough about the sketches in the Close To My Heart sketch series. They make scrapbooking faster, simpler and easier for sure.These Sketch Books are on the retired list. 

 Buy them today before they are all sold out.

Each sketch has:

A full color photo showing a completed layout with photos and embellishments

Cutting diagrams for easy to follow paper sizes

Blueprint showing paper placement

Shows photo suggestion sizes

Suggested title placement

Suggested journaling placement

Tips or techniques to enhance the layout

So you see these sketches gives you complete directions while still leaving plenty of room for your own creative talents to shine.


All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Magic book – Out of the Hat Sketch

X7133 Miracle Paper Packet

Textured Cardstock in Bamboo, Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue and Colonial White

D1482 Love Life Stamp Set

Blue Buttons

Sweet Leaf Ribbon

Green and Blue Flowers CTMH and Prima

Sweet Leaf Waxy Flax

Sweet Leaf Brads

EK Scalloped Scallop Border Punch

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

5 Things Layout

_C286396 Five things (Medium)


For this layout today I used the Cricut Craft Room to weld my letters together. This program is really easy to use and it is FREE thorough Cricut (Provo Craft). I don’t get a lot of time to play around with this program but from what I have seen so far it is pretty user friendly.

I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to get my 5 things title from. I welded the word “things” together so it came out as one piece instead of 6 separate letters. With the weld feature you can do this to any title or saying you want to. And make it any size you want to as well. How cool is that?

I also used Photoshop and my wide format printer to print my journaling down the left side of page 1.

I am still waiting on a photo to be printed so I can place it in the right hand page. 

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Magic How To Book Disappearing Act

X7133B Miracle paper

Colors are crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, Bamboo and Vanilla Cream.

Z2153 Sweet Leaf Ink

Z2117 Crystal Blue Ink

Z1686 Art Philosophy

C1474 10 Things Stamp Set

S1112 Mad about You Dec Stamp of the Month

Blue Assortment Buttons

Sweet Leaf Ribbon

Glue Dots

Glue Pen

Epson Wide Format Printer

ATG Adhesive Gun

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Scrapbooking Using 4x6 Photos

_C036044 photo shoot of the day (Medium)

This was another of my quick layouts. One thing that makes this layout quick is that I used all 4x6 photos. I didn’t have to dig through my digital photos on my computer, then Photoshop them to the correct size and print on my printer. Sometimes that makes scrapbooking more work that I want to put into it on certain days. So I get some of my best photos printed at either Don’s Photo or Blacks Photo in 4x6 size to have to scrapbook quickly. I am always on the lookout for layout sketches too that incorporate 4x6 photos so I can do some quick layouts. I hope you like this one.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

X7137b Lucky Paper Packet

Colors are Desert Sand, Bamboo, Olive, Outdoor Denim and Sunset

Z1356 Lucky Level 2 Assortment

Z1206 Basic Buttons

C1466 Instant Memories Stamp Set

Desert Sand Ink

Garden Green Ink

Nestabilities Labels 16


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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Embossed Resist Technique

This is my very first technique video.  It is on embossed resist and I hope you watch it and let me know what your thought are. 

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