Mini is Marvelous Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 11 of us highlighting mini albums or really anything crafty that is mini.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork.

I really wanted to create one of the new Stories by Stacy albums and plan to make it for my husband for father’s day, but unfortunately life has been a bit busy.  I will still crate this album but it will be in a little later this summer.  Fortunately I had been working on a mini album so I decided to focus on it.  If you are coming from DEBI MCBAINS BLOG, you are on the right track!

I crated one of these albums for my son after his first year of Pre-K as I did not just want to give him a big box of papers.  You can check out my first on HERE to see how it will be bound. I will plan to take it to Office Depot/Max and have them add the binding.  The size of the book is 9×6 inches.

This is the cover using the Central Park papers.  I really love this pattern paper as it is so cheerful.  The inch worm ruler is a SVG file that I have with my Silhouette.  I used White Daisy, Charcoal and Willow.  I matted the photo with Glacier.

The inside cover is using the revers of the paper and his class photo.  I also saved one of his name tags to add to the album.

The PreK he went to used the Tools of the Mind program so every day they created a play plan which will go in this section which was him drawing a picture of what he was going to do and eventually starting to write what he planned to do. This was the divider tab for his play plans.

I made a divider for each of the different types of papers and artwork that went home.  I used all CTMH cardstock focusing on Willow, Poppy, Canary, Pacifica and Glacier.  Instead of using the actual art work I actually took photos of them, then had the photos printed and added.  This makes the whole book much more compact and a great memory book.   I am planning on dropping it off to get bound this week!! Now on to Junior Kindergarten….

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto HALEY DYER’S BLOG where you will find some additional artwork highlighting the awesome patterns Close to My Heart Offers!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Rad Dad ~ Masculine Themed Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rad Dad ~ Masculine Themed Blog Hop!!!

You will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  For this hop we are featuring artwork which showcases the awesome Rad Dad stamp or masculine themed art work.

If you are just arriving here from MELISSA ROBINSONS 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 about 10 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I needed to create a couple of Father’s day cards and I really like the Dad you’re rad saying so I wanted to focus on that.  The next thing that came to mind was music and a guitar so that is the way I went.  I used a couple of guitars that are part of my Cricut subscription.

I used my Basic Star Thin Cuts to crate a mask so I could sponge the Crystal Blue stars.

I cut the guitar using Pewter, Sapphire, Chrystal Blue and Black cardstock.  I then added a little of my Clear Shimmer Brush to the Crystal Blue on the guitar. I also added a couple of the Black Dots. Here is a close up.

I then decided to do one with a bit more contrast and added Ruby.

I used a different guitar but followed the same design idea.  I used Linen, Kraft, Sapphire and Black for the guitar.  I did use the Ruby pattern paper from the fundamentals with the diagonal as the base layer, however, it is hard to see in the photo.

As you can see I used the Shimmer Brush again to add so sparkle to the guitar.  For both cards I did use the Rad Dad Stamp set which is only being offered now until the end of June so be sure to purchase yours today!

Your next stop is along this hop is MELINDA EVERITT’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creations she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop ~ A Bushel & A Peck

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring May’s stamp of the month ~ A BUSHEL & A PECK (S1806) a set of 15.

If you are coming here from VICKIE O’DELL’S Blog, then you are in the right spot ~ 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.  This month we have around 20 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

You can’t help but fall in love with adorable girl.  So of course I wanted to focus on her.

So I had an idea to sponge an apple behind this cute little girl.  I used the apple Cricut cut from Artbooking. I sliced the apple with a card base shape and then cut.  I then used the pieces to mask off the areas like this.

I used  my scissors to cut the stem and leaf so they were separate pieces.  I placed the apple and stem pieces to sponge the leaf with Fern.  I then placed the leaf piece and removed the stem to sponge in the stem area using Nutmeg and Espresso inks. Next I sponged the apple.

Placing the stem and leaf pieces I sponged the apple in Ruby.

I used my ShinHan markers to color the little girl and stamped the sentiment on Fern cardstock.

If you love this stamp set you will want to be sure you purchase it this month as it is only available the month of June and if you spend $50 on qualifying product it could be yours for $5!!

Your next stop is along this hop is WENDY KESSLER’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Seasonal Expression 2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expression 2 New Product Blog Hop!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring artwork which showcases our some of the new product that was just released in the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.

If you are just arriving here from KIRSTEN JADES 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 about 20 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

This summer my son and I are planning on getting a hike in every week so I decided I would get a jump start on the layout and create a “bucket list” of hikes we could do.  So My plan is to take a photo or two from each hike and add it to this layout.  I will plan to add pocket pages to account for the additional photos.  As we complete a hike on this list I can just check it off!

I used the Make it from Your Heart Volume 3 to create my layout.  It is based off pattern 31 which shows you how you can utilize the pocket pages for more photos, which I intend to do.  I used the Fresh Air paper pack and both the Fresh Air Cardmaking and Fresh Air Scrapbooking stamp sets.

In this photo you can see the brown dots, these are the white dots which have been colored using a brown ShinHan Marker. I also used the New England Ivy Ribbon and the Fresh Air shapes.

The adventure title was cut using my Cricut and my Flower Market cartridge.

Your next stop is along this hop is KRISTA HERSHBERGER’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creations she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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Lovely Layers Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 10 of us highlighting our stamp sets that create wonderful depth with layers.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork.

If you are coming from DEBI MCBAIN’S BLOG, you are on the right track!

I love the new Let’s Go Fishing Stamp Set, so I decided to make it the focus of my card.

I am loving the earthy tones of the Fresh Air paper and love the wood grain paper.  I knew they would pair perfectly with this stamp set.  I used the the three layer stamp of the fish from the Let’s Go Fishing Stamp Set.  I stamped the base layer in Pebble and then rolled (also called rock-n-roll technique) it in Flaxen. The second layer is stamped in Fern and the third is New England Ivy.  I then curved the fishing line and colored it with the Golden Yellow ShinHan Marker.  I also colored the Clear Sparkles with Turquoise Blue ShinHan Marker.

I added a little sparkle to the fishing line with my Shimmer Brush.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto REBECCA COOMBS BLOG where you will find some additional artwork highlighting the awesome patterns Close to My Heart Offers!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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National Scrapbooking Month – Postcard Perfect Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Scrapbooking Postcard Perfect Blog Hop!!!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring artwork which showcases our National Scrapbooking exclusive Postcard Perfect paper and stamp set.  This paper is so beautiful and fun.

If you are just arriving here from KIRSTEN JADES 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 about 17 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I love to scrapbook and I am excited to use this paper for some our cruise from last may.  But what I wanted to show you, is if you are not a scrapbooker this paper is great for any type of papercrafting.  Here is a card that I created.

I am loving the Make it from your Heart Volume 4. If you do not own this pattern book then you are missing out.  I used pattern 7 as my basis for this design.

For my card I used the Postcard Perfect paper pack and the Aqua blue color that is in the coordinating cardstock.  I also use Silver Glitter paper and Peacock Cardstock.  I used the Postcard Perfect stamp set to stamp the flowers in Pixie ink, then I fussy cut those flowers.  I added the new White Ribbon behind the sentiment and the Bitty Sparkles to the flowers.  The sentiment if from the Fresh Air Cardmaking Stamp Set and Die and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Your next stop is along this hop is DARYLS RECKER’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creations she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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May Stamp of the Month ~ Classic Summer Bash

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring May’s stamp of the month ~CLASSIC SUMMER BASH (S1805) a set of 25.

If you are coming here from MISS CARRIE’S CREATIONS Blog, then you are in the right spot ~ 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.  This month we have around 25 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I love this jar!! I knew that would be the center of my creation.  I decided to do a jar full of flowers.  I really am happy with how it turned out.  I crated more of a jar look by using white daisy cardstock as the base of the jar then stamped the jar image on velum to layer.

Here is a side view so you can see that layering.

For this card I got to play with a few of the new products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 that is now live!! I used Beautiful Friendship paper pack for the background. The flowers are Trillium Cluster – #MD6F60F which is from Flower Market.  I did slice some of the stems and leave off a few flowers but wanted to create a cluster.  I used Canary, Nutmeg, Linen and Fern as the colors for the flowers.  I used the Fresh Air Cardmaking and Die set for the sentiment.  I masked the stamp so I could get the Smile in canary ink.  I added a little of the Blue Burlap Ribbon and Clear Sparkles to finish off the card.  I did watercolor a bit of blue on the white stamped jar.

If you love this stamp set you will want to be sure you purchase it this month as it is only available the month of May and if you spend $50 on qualifying product it could be yours for $5!!

Your next stop is along this hop is WENDY KESSLER’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Picture My Life Blog Hop

Welcome to the Picture My Life Blog Hop!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring artwork which showcases our Picture My Life Cards.  What is Picture My Life? Well these are 4×6 and 2×3 inch cards that can be used for pocket style scrapbooking; however, they can also be used for a variety of projects.  I will use them as they are intended when I am adding flip flaps.  I will also use them on traditional scrapbook layouts as well.  But they can also be used to make cards and what ever else you can dream up.

If you are just arriving here from MELINDA EVERITT’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 about 20 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

For my card I wanted to play with the Gimme Some Sugar papers and Stamp Set.  I then started flipping thru my stash of PML cards.  I stumbled on this PML Clear White Overlay with the “life is good” and knew it would be perfect.  I used it as on overlay over the pink checked PML card from Gimme Some Sugar paper pack.  I did trim both of those down so it would fit better on my card.

You can see in this photo the White PML Card better.  You can also see I used the Juniper twine from the Whimsy Ribbon Pack.  For a final touch I added two grey gems.  This card was based off pattern 17 in the Make it from your Heart Volume 4.

Your next stop is along this hop is BRANDI ROBINSON’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creations she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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Creative with Cards Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 12 of us highlighting our Picture My Life Cards. These cards can be found in sets and also as part of each of our paper packs. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork.

If you are coming from TAMMY LUBICK’S BLOG, you are on the right track!

I decided to play around with the Watercolor Cards. I then used the Make it from Your Heart Volume 4 to create my cards.

This card I used the Making Waves Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts.  I also used patter 17 as my design.

With this card I used the Stargazer paper pack, Stargazer Cardmaking stamp & thin cuts, Blue Burlap Ribbon, White and Sapphire cardstock. I used pattern 8 to make this card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto MICHELLE JOHNS BLOG where you will find some additional artwork highlighting the awesome patterns Close to My Heart Offers!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Step Right Up Blog Hop

Welcome to the STEP RIGHT UP Blog Hop!!!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring artwork which showcases the Step Right Up Bundle.

If you are just arriving here from WENDY KESSLER’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 about 12 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I designed two cards for this hop, both using our wonderful new Make it from Your Heart Vol 4 how to book. Here is the first and it is based on pattern 10 on page 24.  I used Sapphire, Cranberry, Saffron and White Daisy Cardstock.  I added the polka-dot PML from Stargazer too. I colored in the fun and then added a bit of Gold Shimmer to it. Which you may be able to see better here…

Here is my other card. This one is designed using pattern 20 on page 44.

For this card I used the exclusive Showtime stamp set and the stamp of the month Birthday Time.

Be sure to take advantage of this great bundle!! Here is the link .

Your next stop is along this hop is GINA BRANDSTETTER’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creations she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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