Archives for July 2015

Color Dare #153 ~ Sunset, Hollyhock, Olive and White

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #153 we are featuring SUNSET, HOLLYHOCK, OLIVE, and WHITE DAISY.

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I have really been wanting to use the Brushstrokes Stamp Set so I needed a bit of inspiration, so I went to Pinterest.  I found this card which I lifted for my own.

Color Dare #153 ~ Card ~ Own Kind of Wonderful ~ Brushstrokes ~ catscrapbooking.comFor this card I used Brushstrokes C1608 and Your Own Kind of Wonderful D1627 stamp sets.  The flourish which I stamped in Black if from Technique Tuesday ~ Wild Vines.  I added some bling with the Bitty Sparkles.

Now it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~ Color Dare #153.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday August 6, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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July Specials Coming to an End

Wow we have had some great deals this month and they will be coming to an end in just a couple of days so you will want to make sure you complete those orders and to take advantage of them.

First we have those exclusive Hostess Stamp Sets available to you without having to host a gathering.  Here are the details.  During the month of July, when you purchase $25 USD in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5 USD! That is a savings of up to $17.95 USD!

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Second is the Studio J Flash sale.  All layouts are only $5!!! This is a awesome deal and one I am taking advantage of by printing my photos to scrapbook.

studio-j-flash-sale2Don’t miss out!!  Please let me know if have questions or need assistance.

Happy Crafting!

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Studio J Flash Sale

Be sure you are taking advantage of the Studio J Flash sale going on now through July 31, 2015.  This is a great time to sit down and get some layout finished.  Or you can just print photos so you can scrapbook them.  This sale does not happen but once a year so you want to take advantage of it while you can.

studio-j-flash-sale2If you have any questions about how to use Studio J please reach out to me as this program is really super easy to use.  You will be shock how fast you can hammer out layouts and they look like you spent hours. To get started just click HERE and get started!

Happy Crafting!

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Convention Fun

I am still reeling from the whirl wind of the Close to My Heart Convention which ended a week ago.   My mind has been spinning and I have been busy planning ever since.  All I can say is how awesome is it that you can say I have to go to a convention at Disneyland????  I love having to say that :-).  I was able to go last year for the first time and never want to miss again.

Convention is all about learning, meeting and seeing friends, and the most important part ~ getting a first hand look at the new products in the Idea Book.  It is truly an exciting, fun filled events.  The excitment and anticipation of the new products is electric and this year is no exception ~ this Annual Inspiration is AWESOME as is the new Holiday Expression.  I am so excited to share some of the new products with you but I will have to wait until September 1st before I can post it here.  However, if you want to get some sneak peeks you will want to follow my Facebook page ~ catscrapbooking.

As for the fun meeting up with friends both old and new was equally as fun.  Here are a few photos I wanted to share from convention.  IMGP3478aIt was so fun to be able to get my photo taken with Carl and Russel.  This year the convention was centered around the movie UP.

IMGP3483aIMGP3422aA couple of photos of our team.

IMGP3589aBeing silly after awards night.

IMGP3697aWhat more can I say…. this is the best company and I just love being a part of Close to My Heart!!!

Happy Crafting!

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Stampers with Attitude ~ Summer/Vacation Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop!!  The Stampers with an Attitude is the team lead by Kimberly Moss.  This month the Stampers with Attitude are going to be showcasing art work with a summer / vacation theme.

If you are just hopping here from MELISSA ROBINSON ’S Blog  then you are in the right spot.  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating consultant at the end of my blog.

I love the Seaside paper pack and we have been lucky to go on a beach vacation the past three years.  The last two were to visit family.   I grew up going to the beach so I wanted our son to have that experience too.  We went to Watercolor FL in 2013 to stay at my brothers house.  So I knew this paper pack would be perfect for the beach photos from this trip.  Mind you or trip was not quite the beach trip we hoped as it poured everyday with flash floods.  So we took what little beach time we could.

SummerVacation Layout ~ Seaside ~ Treasured Friendship ~ catscrapbooking.comI used the stamp set Treasured Friendship to create the accent points using the shells.  I stamped them and then added some color using our watercolor pencils.  I then inked the edges using Champagne and Desert Sand.

SummerVacation Layout detail ~ Seaside ~ Treasured Friendship ~ catscrapbooking.comI cut the tittle using my Cricut Explore ~ I have to admit the one thing I do not like is trying to remember what font was used after I have selected it and un-grouped then welded.  I cannot for the life of me remember which one I choose (sorry).  I did cut it twice using two different patten papers.

Now it is time to hop on over to very talented MELINDA EVERITT’s Blog and see what wonderful creation she has for you.  Here is the full list of participants:

  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Catherine Nowak ~ You are here
  3. Melinda Everitt
  4. Wendy Taylor

Happy Crafting!

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ABC’s Blob Hop ~ O

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

ABC's Blog HopFor this hop we will be featuring the letter O.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their O element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, welcome!  If you just hopped here from LINDA NORMAN’S Blog  then you are in the right place.   The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Linda’s blog HERE.

For my “O” element I decided to focus on a layout based on my son’s OUTFIT.  I was able to pick up a few other “O”s along the way ~ OUTDOOR DENIM, OVERSPRAY and OTHER PAPER Co.  Here is the layout:

ABC's O ~ Overspary ~ airplanes ~ catscrapbooking.comI love Close to My Heart cardstock as the colors will complement almost any paper pack.  I was able to uses Colonial White, Glacier and Outdoor Denim with this layout.  The paper pack is one I have from my stash ~ Rough & Tumble by Bella Carta.

ABC's O ~ Overspray detail ~ airplane ~ catscrapbooking.comHere is a close up of the overspray.  I used Glacier re-inker mixed with a little alcohol and used our Spray pens to create the overspray effect.  It is a great way to add a little color or texture to solid cardstock.

Now it is time to hop on over to WENDY KESSLER’S Blog and see what she has created for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #151 ~ Seaside

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #151 we are featuring the colors from Seaside ~ GLACIER, LAGOON, PEAR, HOLLYHOCK, SORBET, DESERT SANDS and Colonial White.

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I just got back from a beach vacation so I thought it would be great to go ahead and design a scrapbook layout from this trip.  I also had been doing a little bit of organization in preparation for my trip to Anaheim and the 2015 Close to My Heart convention.  There I will have a sneak peak at all the new product which will be released September 1st.   Anyway, in my cleaning I discovered I have several SVG files that I forgot I owned so I got them in my Silhouette and printed photos to remind myself to used them.  One of the ones I found was this Tropical Paradise.

Color Dare #151 ~ Seaside ~ Tropical Paradise ~ Vacation layout ~ catscrapbooking.comI love the hibiscus flower and the island was covered with them so it was the perfect accent.  I also added the stitching by using a ruler and my white gel pen.  Here is a close up.

Color Dare #151 ~ Seaside ~ Vacation layout detail ~ catscrapbooking.comNow it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~ Color Dare #151.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday July 23, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Jump on it July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Jump on it July Blog Hop!

JumpToday you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  We are featuring artwork which showcases the July promotion Jump on it July. Do you love those elusive Hostess Rewards stamp sets?  Well you are in luck, during the month of July, when you purchase $25 USD in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5 USD! That is a savings of up to $17.95 USD!  The Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on!

If you are just arriving her from LISA PLUMMER’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have 31 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I love the Happy Hexagons stamp set!!!!

I thought it would be the perfect stamp set for a layout of my son.Jump in July ~ Hexagon ~ Blossom & Snowhaven ~ boy layout ~  catscrapbooking.comFor this layout I used the Happy Hexagon stamp set C1596.  I decided to mix a couple of the paper packs which you would not usually think to mix together ~ Snowhaven with Blossom.   I also added the Honey from the Adventure Fundamental paper pack and White Daisy and Whisper Cardstock.  I love the way this layout turned out ~ so remember to think outside the paper packs and mix them up.

I used my Cricut to cut the hexagons from the Artbooking cartridge.   The title was cut using my Cricut Explore using Design Space.  I used Enviro and Ashlyn’s Alphabet ~ Block to create the title.  I cut the title twice so that the Whisper acts as a shadow.  Then to add a little bling I used the Coral Reef Sequins Z3042.

Your next stop on the hop is HALEY DYER’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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NEWS FLASH ~ Studio J Sale!!!!

Oh my  ~ this is such good news!  Close to My Heart totally rocks!!!!  They just announced on their blog Make it from Your Heart, there will be a flash Studio J sale!!!!   This sale will go from July 15th to July 31st.  This is the perfect time to get caught up on scrapbooking, or print up some of those photos using the photo wells.  What you have never tried Studio J ….. Now is the perfect time!  studio-j-flash-sale2

Technique Blog Hop ~ Simple Shadows

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

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This month we are featuring a technique called ~ SIMPLE SHADOWS which can be found on page 102 of the Annual Inspirations Idea book.  This technique is really simple and can be used with cards, home decor or scrapbook pages.  Basically by making a second die-cut in another color either dark or in my example light you can make your die-cut pop. This month we have ?? consultants featuring artwork using this technique so you will definitely be inspired.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from WENDY KESSLER ’s Blog then you are in the right place.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

I have been making it a personal goal to complete some of my own scrapbook layouts so I don’t continue to fall further behind.  I chose to do this layout with the fun Jackson paper pack which is from the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.

Technique Simple Shadows ~ Jackson Layout ~ catscrapbooking.comThe colors of the Jackson paper pack are great for outdoors but also for boy theme.  I designed my own title using my Cricut Explore.  I really like Design Space as you can use any font you own to make a title.  In this case I used Boys are Gross font – it was really not intentional but the name makes me chuckle since my son is covered in food 😉 . Once I pick the font I un-group the letters then move them and weld them together.  I then just cut the title twice once using Colonial White and then again using Glacier.

Here are the products I used for this layout:

  • Jackson Paper Pack X7195B
  • Barn Red, Colonial White, Glacier,  and Cocoa cardstock
  • Glacier Extra Thick Twine Z3039
  • Jackson Complements X7195C
  • Brave Enamel Shapes Z3073

Now hop on over to DARLYS RECKER’s Blog and see what she has created for you to day.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

  1. Debi barber
  2. Melissa Robinson
  3. Wendy Kessler
  4. Catherine Nowak ~ You Are Here
  5. Darlys Recker
  6. Melissa David
  7. Michelle Loncar
  8. Haley Dyer
  9. Shirley Ross
  10. Tonya Whitehurst

Happy Crafting!

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