Monday, August 20, 2012

Little Birthday Girl Goes To School

Friend Debbie loaned me one of her Cricut cartridges
(sorry, I don't remember its name)
to make this cute little blondie 
with her balloons and ice cream cone.

One pigtail is missing a pink bow.
Yes, that's on purpose.
Because that's life with little E!
She's "all girl"
so that explains the skirt's eyelet.

I'm still in shock that she has begun
her Kindergarten school year.
And I'm saying many prayers of thanks
that she just loves her teacher,
her classmates, and her school so much already!

The only CTMH products I used are
the colored pencils and the silver glitz.
Basically it's a card made from scraps.
But what fun it was to make!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Sympathy Card

This week the challenge at Heart 2 Heart is to create a sympathy card.

I used the new Close To My Heart Flirty papers, 
Artiste Cricut cartridge-cut butterflies,
Opaque pearls, and sheer ribbon
all on a Kraft paper based card.
The stamp, "Do not sorrow for the JOY
of the Lord is your strength" Nehemiah 8:10
is from Verve.

I wrote a personal note of sympathy inside.

If you haven't checked out the Heart 2 Heart challenges,
take a look at all the creative peeps' paper art there!

Featuring Artiste & Art Philosophy Designs

Flowers cut from Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Cut at 3 inches and rolled; adhered with Liquid Glass

Artiste paper purse 1 with Flirty papers 
Cut at 5 inches

Artiste paper purse 2 with Flirty papers 

Artiste paper purse with gift card pocket front 

Flirty pop up card front -- paper pieced popped up flowers

Flirty pop up card inside by Artiste
Cut at 4 inches

Have tons of fun with these CTMH products
from Cricut/Provo: Artiste and Art Philosophy!
You can find them in the new Idea Book!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sand Cake

 Playing in the sand is a favorite activity & 
one of our best playgrounds
 is in the shade.
The grand-girls like to play outside the box much more than inside it!
Their favorite thing to make is sand cake. 
The "carrot cake" was delicious. 
I was thrilled that the afternoon temperature was only 90 degrees 
we enjoyed a breeze too. 
They made sand cakes, climbed on jungle gyms,
slid on the slide, and went on a bear hunt.
We always take big water bottles along.
"I don't want to leave!" "Wahhhhh!"
That's music to my ears, 
knowing they'll be so happy to go back to play again.

 I used CTMH's "Cherry-O" papers that coordinated
with B's cherry summer sundress.
I inked the Irresistable Letters in Garden Green and Tulip
for the layout's title.
The photo on the left side is 8 x 10 inches,
and I gave all the sandbox photos a vintage effect
by using PhotoShop.
Photos on the right side are 4 x 6 inches.

StickEase makes embellishing a layout so super easy and pretty!
I put Liquid Glass on the StickEase and also on the cherries 
in the printed paper.
It can't get any easier or more fun.

Using Flip Flaps on top of the Memory Protector 
(right side, vertical photos)
is a great way to add extra photos and tell the story too--
I always include a journaled section to tell about the activity.

Happy memory-making!

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Road to OZ

Here's a fast and easy two-page layout
I made for Miss E's memory book.

She requested a Wizard of Oz party for her 5th birthday.
But as you can see, she is quite the fast-change artist.
She started out wearing her Dorothy dress 
(shown in the Flip Flaps in the final layout below encased in
the Memory Protectors),
and changed to a favorite dance costume (layout above)
before we lighted the candles on her pizza and cupcakes!

FLIP FLAPS have always been one of my favorite CTMH products!
I used 5 Flip Flaps on each photo mat
and all the birthday photos tell the story of the party.
In place of one of the photos, I added a 4 x 6 inch journaling section.

Flip Flaps come in a variety of sizes--they're awesome!
Click HERE to see them in the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book--
scroll to page 122 and find them at the top right!

The Dorothy gingham and red buttons were from my stash.

The stamps are from the "Look Who's ..." set
and the inks are Cranberry and Dutch Blue.

With Flip Flaps:

Happy memory-making!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NEW Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book Is Here!

The NEW Close To My Heart® Autumn/Winter Idea Book made its debut today! 
The image is the front cover. But just wait until you see all the GOODIES inside--

What grand new products Jeanette Lynton and her Close To My Heart team have provided!

You'll find the new Idea Book by clicking HERE ... 
or click the link showing the Idea Book at the top left sidebar of my blog ... 
that will take you straight to the on-line catalog. 
Browse and shop away!

Now that it's August 1st, the new Cricut Artiste® Cartridge is also now available! 
It's another exclusive product from Close To My Heart, and it's full of 700 new images.
Many of the images will help you make 3-D items -- great for gift giving!

Now hurry on over to click on the "Shop" button 
at the top left side of my blog to order yours today!

Pear & Partridge Card

                                                                           card front

                                                                             inside card

Happy AUGUST! 

What better way to spend another triple-digit-temperature day than to create some Christmas cards using NEW papers from Close To My Heart?! 

And here's my first one using the new Pear & Partridge Papers -- I'm lovin' these colors! 

Here's my "recipe" for this ivory card base that's 5 x 6.5 inches:

Green rectangle: 4.5 x 6 inches
Striped rectangle: 1.5 x 6 inches
Ivory rectangle: 3.5 x 3 inches
Pear & Partridge rectangle: 3 x 5 inches

Evensong ribbon: 13 inches
Bitty sparkles
Stamp set: Everlasting Life
Ink: Cranberry

(I modified the card dimensions from one featured in the Pear & Partridge WOTG kit.)

Have a great new month, keep praying for rain for all of us in the Midwest, and happy scrappin'! I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. I'd better be careful what I wish for! (I'll change my wish to a Caribbean cruise, how's that?)

Paper Art from StudioJane

Samples of my created paper art ...

Clear Acrylic Cards

Greeting Cards

Mix 'n' Mingle Album

Gift Albums

Memory Keeper Boxes

Art Keeper Boxes

Thank You Note Cards

Custom Gifts

Christmas Greeting Cards

Pregnancy Journals--Display Albums

For Baby

Floral Photo Note Cards