Archives for October 2013

Craftable Containers

With the holidays coming how cute would it be to design you own unique gift?  Well with Close to My Hearts containers you can design the perfect gift container for those special people on you list.  Check out this video of some of the great things you can do with these containers.

Happy crafting!

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Believe in the Magic ~ Holidays from the Heart


Welcome to the Holidays from the Heart Blog Hop!!! I have been busy designing layouts and playing around with all the new product.  I am so excited to share some of it with you now.  Did you know that as of this post you too can now order form the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide?  Yes, starting today it is now available to everyone.  Please keep in mind that some of the products in the guide are while supplies last, so you don’t want to wait too long to get your hands on these items.

Here is a layout I designed using the Sparkle & Shine paper (X7176B) , Sparkle & Shine Complements (X7176C) and Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape (Z1907):

Sparkle & Shine Tree Layout full

Sparkle & Shine Tree Layout_left

For this page I cut the title “Believe in the Magic” on my Silhouette using Juniper cardstock.  I used the Sparkle & Shine Washi tape for ribbon on the tag.

Sparkle & Shine Tree Layout right

The shimmer of the silver washi tape is so awesome.  I also love how all of the Sparkle & Shine paper has that wonderful simmer too.

Hope you enjoy all of the participants artwork.

This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters.   Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group.

Artbooking Made Easy ~ Fall Layouts

It is so pretty right now with all the fall colors and the cool temps.  This past weekend we went on a train ride to take in the colors of fall.  Gavin loved riding on the Choo Choo train!! We took a bunch of photos and I look forward to scrapbooking them.   I have been on bit of a roll getting some layouts completed.  The Artbooking cartridge makes it easy to create spectacular fall layouts. Check out this new video which demonstrates a couple fall themed layouts.

Happy Crafting!

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Holiday Guide with an Attitude!

Welcome to the Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop!  I will be kicking off this blog hop, so if you are starting with me the you are in the right spot.   The Stampers with an Attitude are excited to show you some Artwork with an Attitude using our incredibly awesome new Holidays from the Heart Gift Collection, so here we go.

Last year I had purchased a advent calender box which had 25 drawers.  Since Christmas has pasted, I had set it to the side as I figured I would embark on it this year.  Well when I was able to preview the new Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide I was in LOVE!  The Sparkle and Shine paper is so festive and fun, I knew it would be prefect to use to crate my advent calendar.  Then low and behold on the next page was Magical Days stamp set.  OMG this was the most ideal stamp set ever. I could hardly wait to get mine.

 Magical Days advent calendar with Sparkle & Shine

For my advent calender the following products:

  • Sparkle & Shine Paper Packet X7176B
  • Sparkle & Shine Washi tape Z1907
  • Magical Days D1552
  • Ruby Ink Z2170
  • Twilight Ink Z2160
  • Slate Ink Z2173
  • Pink Glitter Gems Z1807
  • Bitty Sparkles Z1263
  • Cranberry Bakers Twine Z1751
  • Ruby Chevron Ribbon Z1846

Any of the items marked with an * are from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and will be available to purchase starting October 15th.  I actually choose to use Twilight instead of juniper which is one of the coordinating colors with the Sparkle and Shine paper; it was an accident but I liked the way it turned out.

Now hop on over to MELINDA EVERITT ~ If You Bling It to see what wonderful creation she has come up with.
Here is the full list of participants:

  1. Catherine Nowak ~
  2. Melinda Everitt ~
  3. Pamela O’Connor ~
  4. Sheila Bennett ~
  5. LaJeania Hicks ~

October Card Workshop

Join me October 15th for a fun evening with the girls.  We will be making these four cards.

Give Thanks - Mojo Monday

Acorn card

Sarita Sunburst card


Washi candle Card

Please contact me if you are interested in joining me.

Happy Crafting!

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October Stamp of the Month


Have you seen October’s Stamp of the Month?  Check out this adorable stamp set ~ Scandinavian Wishes ~ which is only available October 1st thru October 31st, 2013.  If you spend $50 you can then purchase this great stamp set for only $5.



Just think of all the cute cards and scrapbook layouts you could make with this stamp set.

Happy Crafting!

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Giving Thanks

Well it is MOJO Mondays Card Challenge time again…. Here is sketch number 314.


Since it is fall I thought the perfect paper would be Huntington.  Here is my take on this great sketch!

Give Thanks - Mojo Monday

For this card I used Barn Red, Olive, and Champagne cardstock.  I also used the Happy Harvest stamp set and Olive bakers twine.

Happy Crafting!

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Artbooking Made Easy ~ Flip Stand Albums

Have you seen the new Flip Stand Albums? I have been excited about them and cant wait to try them.  Well here is a great video which can help jump start your creativity using Artbooking cartridge to make one or two.


Happy Crafting!!

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Too Cute to Spook

Are you in the Halloween spirit yet?  As I have mentioned before I love this time of year and our house in in full Halloween spirit.  Yes I am one of those people who you probably think is a bit crazy… Well you may be correct, but it is just so fun and there is so much cool festive things out there to tempt me when I go out shopping.

Well I am going to share with you another Halloween layout I designed.  I decided to try something a little different.  Normally when I scrapbook I have my photos in hand.  Lately I have been running into road blocks when I am trying to put my layout together.  The most common issue is when I have found a cool layout for inspiration but I can’t make my 4×6 photos work.  I love using the CTMH How to Patterns, sketches online, and magazines for inspiration.   Generally the way I go about scrapbooking is I select the photos I wish to scrapbook and star them in Photoshop (I use this to edit and organize my photos).  I will then edit them fixing red eyes, cropping, lightening or adjusting color if needed.  I will then have them printed mostly in 4×6 but occasionally 5×7 and 8×10.

I had an idea in mind for a layout and found a sketch from PageMaps which would work well.  The layout incorporated some odd sized photos (5.5×4, 2.75×4 etc).  I have never been opposed to using photos in other sizes but it is hard to get them out of a 4×6 photo.  So this time I thought I would use Studio J using the No Limits layout to size my photographs.  I uploaded the edited photos into Studio J.   I confirmed my photos would work in the dimensions that were shown in the layout.  I cut some scrap white paper to act as place holders for my photos so I could get busy designing my layout.

This process worked really well – see for your self:

Too Cute to Spook Layout

I used Laughing Lola paper pack and had one sheet of  Bazzill cardstock which I used in conjunction with the Laughing Lola purple, Lagoon, Laughing Lola gold, Gypsy, white and black cardstock.  All the creatures were cut using my Silhouette.  I then used Washi tape and the Washi Wonder stamp set as accents. I was able to get the journaling done and now all I need to do is drop the photos in when they arrive.

Too Cute to Spook Layout_leftToo Cute to Spook Layout_right

Stay tuned for a couple more layouts done this way. Until then happy crafting!

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Stitching 101

I am sure you have seen the wonderful new stitch guide that Close to My Heart has come out with if you haven’t then please check to out here:


I really like this tool and look forward to creating many more projects with it.  Here is a great a project that I created using the Stitch Guide and then a great video by CTMH showing you how to use the guide.  In this layout I used the stitch guide to create the stitched look around the layout.

Sarita Layout right close up

Happy Crafting!

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