Technique Blog Hop ~ Thin Cuts by CTMH

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

10271201_10153473465602934_1925557173188598655_oThis month we are featuring the Close to My Heart Thin Cuts!  What is a thin cut?  Well these are thin metal dies that you use with a embossing/die cutting machine.  I love these dies as you can watercolor and or ink you image then cut it out.   If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from MELISSA ROBINSON’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.

I decided to play around with the My Anchor thin cuts and watercolors.

My Anchor ~ Thin Cuts ~ Watercolor ~ CatScrapbooking.comI used a piece of watercolor paper and masked of using tape.  I painted the land, the water, and the sky.  I then painted more water colors on another piece of watercolor paper.  I used the waves thin cut to cut out the various shades of waves.  I used ink to stamp the other images.

Here is the full list of products used:

These thin cuts are only available while supplies last or until April 30, 2015.  As you can see the Springtime wishes has sold out so make sure you get yours while supplies last.

Now hop on over to KIRSTEN JADE ’S Blog and see what she has created for you today.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

Happy Crafting!

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Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop ~ Charlotte/Easter

Welcome to the Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop!!  The Stampers with an Attitude is the team lead by Kimberly Moss.  For this hop the Stampers with an Attitude are going to be showcasing art work with the Charlotte paper pack and/or an Easter theme.

If you are just starting here or hopping here from MELINDA EVERITT ’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 have been working on my on my personal challenge of designing a layout every week so I knew I would do a layout and I just happen to have some Easter photos that needed to be scrapbooked.

Easter Layout ~ Penelope ~ Spring Critters ~ Overlays ~ CatScrapbooking.comI knew the Penelope paper would be perfect for my Easter layout.  Here is a closer look at each side.  I apologize but the Honey color looks off to me and I just could not get right.

Easter Layout left ~ Penelope ~ Spring Critters ~ Overlays ~ CatScrapbooking.comFor the left side I used one of the white overlays and trimmed it to go over the lower right photo.  I used the Artbooking cartrige to cut the photo frame and backed it with silver glitter paper.  I had to to use that adorable fox with the Spring Critter stamp set since my son’s Easter basket was a fox.

Easter Layout right ~ Penelope ~ Spring Critters ~ Overlays ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is the right side, I also used one of the white overlay on the upper right photo.

Here is my full list of products used:

Now it is time to hop on over to the MELISSA ROBINSON’s Blog  and see what wonderful creation she has for you.

Here is the full list of participants:

Happy Crafting!

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My Layout Challenge #3

I have given myself a challenge of designing at least one layout a week.  So far I am doing great and have actually designed more than that :-).  I have been wanting to design this layout and when I saw the adorable Spring Critters I knew they would make this layout work. Here is the layout I am using for my week #3 using a lot of the new product from the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.

Penelope ~ Frog Layout ~ Spring Critters ~ CatScrapbooking.comI love these Spring Critters! It frog was perfect for this layout.

Here is the full list of supplies used to create this layout:

Check back again soon as I am always posting new artwork!

Happy Crafting!

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Kaleidoscope Layout ~ Texturizing Techniques

I have a fun layout that I created using a technique I recently saw in a Close to My Heart video.  The video is about adding texture to your layout and when was designing this layout I decided to give it a try.  Here is the video which shows a couple other ideas too but I focused on the cellophane bag, ink and our cleaner.

Here is my layout:

Kaleidoscope layout ~ Springtime Wishes ~ CatScrapbooking.comTo add the Sunset and Pacifica to the background here is what I did:

Texturizing Technique ~ Step 1 ~ CatScrapbooking.comThen just adding a spritz or two of the CTMH Stamp cleaner results in beading of the ink.

Texturizing Techniques ~ Step 2 ~ CatScrapbooking.comI then just rubbed the cellophane bag around the paper an viola a unique textured background.

Texturizing Technique ~ Kaleidoscope Layout ~ CatScrapbooking.comSo simple but it creates a unique affect.

Supplies used to crate this layout:

Happy Crafting!

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Planners Gonna Plan

Have you heard and seen the buzz about the new Close to My Heart Planners???  Well I love organization and planners so I was excited about this new product.  I was able to spend some time working on my planner this weekend.  I really love it!! I love the colors and that it has the week on two pages vs my single page planer I am currently using. I wanted to show you how it looks and how I am using it.

2016 CTMH Planner Month overview ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is the monthly overview. I used the stickers, washi tape and some of our papers to indicate things on my calendar.  I assigned a color washi tape/sticker for each member of my family and also have one to indicate couple and family time.  I also have my regularly schedule blog hops indicated with various circles and tabs.  This helps me stay up on things.  By the way if you look at some of the tabs you many not recognize some of those papers this is because they are from the soon to be released Penelope Paper pack.2016 CTMH Planner Weekly view 2 ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is what the weekly overview looks like.  I have the washi/sticker and tabs to indicate the same things on my monthly overview.  I used the new roller stamp to add menu to each day so I can plan my meals all on the same calendar instead of a separate one like I have been using.  I also used the birthday stamp on the roller to indicate a birthday then wrote who next to it.

2016 CTMH Planner Weekly view 1 ~ catscrapbooking.comI have to admit that the area to write to-dos or notes is not big enough for me as I currently uses a to do list for each day then transfer what is not done to the next.  I got creative and decided to create my own to do list and if I want I can change it every month if I want to look at something different.

To do list for 2016 CTMH Planner ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is a closer look.  I used the Artfully Sent cartridge and created one of the Framed Sleeve Cards #M101055 and cut it at 7.21″ high by 9.73″ wide.  This way I can slide in my to do lists in and change them out as needed. I actually created the inserts using the pocket cards and added the lines in Design Space.  So I just send it to my printer and using a black pen in the first holder I don’t have to draw lines, the Cricut does all the work 🙂  If you are wondering about the adorable flowers well this is another sneak peak at Springtime Wishes Stamp set and cut them using Springtime Wishes thin cuts.  I used my watercolor paper and paints.

To do list for 2016 CTMH Planner detail 2 ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is a closer look at how they slide in and out.  I am so happy the way this planner is working out that I can’t wait to start using it full time …. Only two more weeks!!!!

Now don’t you want your own??? Well what are you waiting for??? You can order your own 2016 planner now.  During December, you can get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life™ album from Close To My Heart, the accompanying Everyday Life 2016 planner pages, and the coordinating Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp in an exclusive product bundle for only $29.95. That’s over 15% off the retail price! With the new Everyday Life line, you’ll experience “memory keeping on the go” as you track your water intake, stamp reminders, keep appointments, and tuck away precious memories—plus much more—all at once! This offer is only available while supplies last, so plan to place your order early in the month and start 2016 off right.  Here is the link.

5746b11f-080a-4fef-b07b-3dfbb70306c2I will be sharing some other documents I have been crating to go with my planner like a freezer inventory, grocery list and blog social media chart.

Happy Crating and Organizing!

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