Monday, March 31, 2014

An Ivy Lane Congrats...Card in a Box

I had so much fun putting together this Card In A Box for a client/friend!! Her request was a congrats card for a recent marriage. Right up my alley! She gives me creative freedom which always makes it fun to create for her! 

I used the tutorial for the Card In the Box I previously posted on Youtube. You can find it HERE

CTMH Ivy Lane was my paper of choice. 
The stamp sets used were For Always Card Kit WOTG, The Happy Couple and a stamp set from the Art Philosophy cricut cart bundle. 

The inks used were Black, Hollyhock and Whisper

I created the bride and groom hearts using my CM heart punch, pearls and black pearls. I used a black marker to make the bow on the grooms heart. I used the Art Philosophy cart to cut out the image with the Congrats stamp on it and blinged it out using Bitty Sparkles. I stamped the flowers and colored them with Copics and fussy cut them out. 

All of the images are adhered to acetate so they could be strategically placed. I love that this card folds flat and has so many elements of surprise for the receiver. 
I love how this card came together!! 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Got Skylark??

How do you have fun altering a composition book? Well with Skylark of course. I am loving this paper pack!!

I don't know how you capture your thoughts but I tend to write them down daily. Here is the outcome of a cool paper and composition book combo.

You can get these books fairly cheap during back to school or the dollar store. 

I made this using the left over scraps from my Skylark WOTG Scrapbooking kit. Imagine that!! I made 4 layouts and still had scraps left over to play with! I added some of my favorite washi tape. I cut the letters using my Art Philosophy cricut cart. I cut the tag out from the designer paper as it was part of the background. Added a tag holder, some bitty sparkles and some bakers twine!! 

This is the back layered with papers edged with the corner rounder and distressed. Eazy Peazy!!

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!! SHOP WITH ME...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop Featuring the Letter F

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter "F". This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "F" element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy 

If you came from Michelle Battitori blog then you're on the right track!

The Letter "F" represents the word "Family". I was going through some old pictures and decided to make a scrapbook page of memorable photos from a trip to California which is where I was born and raised prior to moving to Pa. 
I used Balloon Ride paper pack to complete this layout. The word "Family" was cut from the CTMH Artiste Cricut cart pg 61. I cut my other page embellishments from the CTMH Artbooking cricut cart. Specifically using pgs. 38, 39, 47 and 79. I did some faux stitches connecting the pictures and added some washi to the arrow embellishment and gave it some dimension using 3-D foam tape. I distressed the edges using chocolate ink.
Some very special people grace this page. My grandfather who is no longer with us, my aunts, uncle, sister and cousin. There is nothing more important than "family"!!

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Darlys Recker's blog.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!! SHOP WITH ME

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Friends Forever

I am always excited when I come home from work to a CTMH box!! I ordered a few new stamp sets so I had to create with one of them.

Ivy Lane is such a great paper packet. I love the colors and patterned paper. Pairing it with the Fabulous You stamp set was a great collaboration. 

I enjoy making different types of fold cards. This one is a fancy fold double card. I cut 2 pieces of card stock. One was cut at 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 and the other 8 x 3. The larger piece was scored at 5 1/5 inches and the smaller piece 4 inches. Take your bone folder to crease and make into two cards.

Decide what patterned paper you want to use. I used 3 different pieces of pattern paper. I cut at 5 1/4 x 4 inches for the inside larger piece. The front left green panel is cut at 4 x 2 3/4 inches. The smaller card stock will need 2 pieces cut at 2 3/4 x 4 inches.

I used the Fabulous You stamp set for the front of the card. I love the intricate design with the bird. I used the background stamp in Blush ink along the side giving me the diamond pattern. I added Bitty sparkles. The sentiment is also from this stamp set and says "Friends Forever". I rolled the stamp in Blush ink and then the edges in Chocolate ink. The main stamped image of the bird was done in Chocolate ink. To keep this card closed I used a piece of velcro.

The inside sentiment is one of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou which is from the Scrapbook Statements Poets stamp set. I stamped the quote using Black Ink. 

I love how it came out!! Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting. SHOP with Me....

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spread Some Cheer Ivy Lane Style

How often do you send out cards just to put a smile on someone's face? I do so periodically however I should do it more.

I really like the new Ivy Lane paper packet as well as the fact that you can use instructions from any of the card making kits and pair it with new paper packs. New look, new feel, new smile!!

Here are cards I put together using Ivy Lane and the retired Laughing Lola card making kit instruction guide and stamp set. Love how they turned out!! I am going to find 3 people to send one of these cards too.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!
Ivy Lane Paper Packet
White Daisy Card stock
Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Laughing Lola Card Kit Stamp Set
Sanding Kit
Bakers Twine Paradise Assortment - Smoothie
Smokey Plum
Sparkles Black & Grey
Pink Sparkles - non CTMH

Monday, March 10, 2014

Think Spring ~ Bags In A Box

Super excited to post my first project as a member of the Scraps of Color (SOC) Creative Team. Check out the SOC blog by clicking ====> HERE!!. 

Hey crafty friends do you own a Envelope Punch board? If so this will be right up your alley, and if not time to run out and buy one!! Yes, I am being a enabler :-) 

I am thinking spring and the Bag In The Box using patterned paper with a springy feel does it for me, how about you?

Here is video tutorial so you can follow along and make one too!! 

You will need an envelope punch board and a 6 x 6 piece of card stock.  I used a piece of patterned paper which has a pattern on both sides to give it some versatility. Place the piece of card stock on your punch board and punch at 1 3/8 and 4 inches scoring at each punch. You will want to punch the remaining 3 sides using the score line as your marker to punch. Then use the corner rounder to round the 4 corners. 

Crease the paper on the score lines. You will have 2 small triangles and 2 larger. On the larger triangle side cut in to the first score line. It will be a total of 4 cuts. Put adhesive on the 2 smaller triangles as show above and fold them back. These flaps will be visible on the outside. 

Cut out your handle. Above I used a 3/4 inch circle punch. You can be creative and use an oval. I then pulled up the flaps to create the box, lining up the edges and securing with a glue dot. Do this on all 4 sides and now you have your Bag In A Box! Add a piece of ribbon to finish it up. 

The possibilities are endless. From one 12 x 12 pieces of paper you can make 4 Bag in a Boxes!! These are great gifts for just about any holiday with the right patterned paper. For Easter the small plastic eggs fits perfect!! 

I hope you are inspired by this tutorial!! Now I challenge you to create one and post the link in the comments!! 

Products used: 
Envelope Punch Board
CTMH Mayberry Paper (Retired)
CTMH Lucy paper (Retired)
CTMH Save The Date stamp set (retired)
CTMH Seam Binding Ribbon
CM - mini flower punch
SU - Word Window Punch
Glue Dots

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop Featuring the Letter E

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the Letter "E". This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "E" element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy. 

If you came from "Stephanie Feist-The Quilted Scrapper" then you're on the right track!

My Letter "E" = "Easel" card w/ a drawer. These cards are so cute and will brighten anyones day!! 

 I used Lollydoodle and Balloon Ride paper. 
Check out my youtube video so you can see how these were made:

I love dimension so I popped up the balloon which was cut from patterned paper using 3-D Foam tape. I distressed the edges using chocolate ink and a piece of sponge. 
 The cloud and sentiment is from the Windy Day stamp set. I stamped the cloud in black ink and used CTMH water color pencils and water pen to blend. 
 To jazz it up and give the card some weight I added this cute charm from the Base & Bling Free Thinker Charms. I just love these charms!!
 I also liked the added touch of this bow which is from the Ariana Assortment. 
 The brads I used were from my stash. How cool is this card?!?! You can give as a gift with money in the drawer or how about a necklace made from the new CTMH Base & Bling!!
 This one was made from the Lollydoodle paper. I love the Owls stamp set which you have seen me using in several different projects. I stamped the owls in black ink and colored them using water color pencils. I again used my water pen to move the color. I stamped the branch using chocolate ink and topiary for the leaves. I added some Lagoon Bakers Twine from the Paradise Assortment to top it off. 
The scoring of the card stock was done using my MS Scor board and the CTMH bone folder. I added the brads by piercing the paper with the piercing tool. 
Thank you for stopping by!! Happy Crafting!! Shop with Me!!

Cutting dimensions
Card stock cut at:
6x3 inches and scored at 1 1/2 & 3 inches
8 1/2 x 3 inches and scored at 1, 4, 5, & 8 inches
4 7/8 x 4 7/8 scored at 1 inch on all 4 sides
Patterned paper cut at:
2 3/4 x 3/4 inches - 4 each
2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches - 2 each

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

CTMH New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH New Product blog Hop. 

I had fun creating this super cool project using the new Lollydoodle paper pack and My Creations Pennant Frame

The Artbooking cricut cartridge was used to cut the paper to fit the pennant frame. I really adore the pink polka dot washi and added some random strips. The inside of the frame I flushed back to give it a shadow box effect. I made a photo mat and cut some embellishments. 

The Art Philosophy cricut cart was used to cut this beautiful flower and the branch that compliments it. The flower was cut from page 69 and the branch from pg 43. I added a large bling to the center of the flower and curled the edges using the Piercing Tool

I love this butterfly which was also cut from Art Philosophy pg 55. The base is White Daisy card stock and the layer is Lollydoodle B&T paper. I added bitty sparkles to the center of the butterfly. 

I adore how this came out. Now all I need is a wonderful picture to add the finishing touch. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!! 

Check out the new Idea Book by clicking ---> Here!!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Special - Studio J - $5.00 2-Page Layouts Fast & Easy Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial

I am so fortunate my CTMH Sister Cardmonkey Jarvis is allowing me to share the wonderful Studio J Tutorial she put together.

You do not want to miss out on this great special and guess what?? YOU CAN TRY IT FOR FREE!! Go to my website and play, fall in love with Studio J and print out the awesome digital scrapbook pages you have created!! Thin month get 2 Page layouts for $5.00!! 

Step 1:  Let the Fun Begin with Studio J!Go to: My Studio J website by clicking ====> HERE. This is the opening screen you will see, shown below:

Step 2:  Create an Account – It’s free and easy!Here is what the screen looks like, and what you’ll need to complete:

Step 3:  Welcome to Studio J!  Here you’ll find ways to create or open your existing projects (top right click), start a new project (middle right click), or how to buy/print your projects (bottom right click):

Here is what the screen looks like:

Step 4:  Today, I want to show you how you can use your Studio J “layouts” as a printing service for your digital photographs by using what is called “Express Print”.  You can arrange the photographs in any size configuration that fits on two 12” x 12” digital pages and, during the month of March, have those photographs printed for just $5.00 for each two-page spread (Regular retail: $6.95).  

To start, click the middle link: “Create a new project”
You’ll see that I’ve named my project: “Pictures for PML” – that’s Picture My Life™, Close To My Heart’s newest product for scrapbooking-on-the-go.  

With the Picture My Life™ specially-designed layouts produced with sectioned page protectors, your photos can be full sheet (12” x 12”), or 4”x6” (horizontal  or vertical) and/or 3”x4” (horizontal or vertical).  

Here are the designs of the sectioned page protectors currently available in Picture My Life™:

Design 1 – 12 x 12” page protector: Full sheet.  Available as top loading or side loading to fit in your
D-ring or post-bound albums, in packs of 10 or 25;
also available to fit your strap-system album,
in side loading value packs of 25.

Design 2 – 12x12” divided into 6 sections,
each 4”h x 6”w (horizontal photos).
Holds 12 photos (using both sides)

Design 3 – 12x12” divided into 4 sections
that are 6”h x 4”w (vertical photos),
plus 4 sections that are 3”h x 4”w (horizontal photos).
  Holds 16 photos, using both sides.

Design 4 – 12x12” divided into 4 sections
that are 4”h x 6” wide (horizontal photos),
plus 4 sections that are 4”h x 3”w (vertical photos).
Holds 16 photos, using both sides.
Design 5 – 12x12” divided into 3 sections
that are 6”h x 4”w (vertical photos),
plus 6 sections that are 3”h x 4”w (horizontal photos).
Holds 18 photos, using both sides.

In addition, you can expand the possibilities of how your pages look and how many photos each page can accommodate, by using Close To My Heart’s uniqueFlip Flaps™. 

Flip Flaps™ are individual protectors with an adhesive strip, made in convenient sizes to attach overyour page protectors to add more photos or journaling to conventional layouts.  You can also use them with your Picture My Life™ albums in the same way! 

So be sure to design your Studio J™ Express Print pages to include some photos in the Flip Flap™ sizes you want to use in your albums. Those sizes are:

Step 5:  Upload your pictures. 

Step 6:  I’ve uploaded pictures from my granddaughter Charlotte’s recent photo shoot with her Mom and Dad.  I’ll want some for my albums, and some to give away.  

See the tab in the bottom right that says “CONTINUE”?  Click that!

Step 7:  To use the Express Print feature of Studio J™, you’re going to want to design your own Custom Layout. So click the bottom link, “Create Your Own Custom Layout” when the Select A Layout Type screen appears. 

Step 8:  Now the next thing that will happen is that Studio J will load its kits.  For the purposes of “Express Prints,” you’re not going to be using a kit. However, just allow Studio J to load the new kits. Your screen will look like this:

Step 9:  Pick any paper that suits you – it doesn’t matter, because for this, we’re not using the paper. Pick one and you’ll be taken to layout PATTERNS, and your screen will look like this:

You’ll notice that all of the print patterns are shown alphabetically. I want you to scroll down to the pattern that is titled: “NO LIMITS”.  Click on it:

Step 10:  It’s kind of silly here, but it’s asking you to pick whichever “mix” on blank pages – and you’ll see no mix, like this:

That’s okay.  Double click on any one of them – I usually pick door #1 (far left).  Here’s what your screen will look like next:

Step 11:  Next you’re going to want to create your “photo wells”. Click on the first tab underneath all of your photos on the left – the one that says Text & Photo Areas:

See that bottom box on the left column that’s marked Photo Area?   While your cursor is over that box, left click and hold to drag a box onto your upper left side of your page one (left) as I did here:

You’ll see that there is an operations box that opened up next to the space for the photograph that you’ve placed.  Here, this is a horizontal 4x6” photo.  You can change the size by simply changing the dimensions in that box (typing the numbers), or by grabbing the arrow to the lower right of the photo, and dragging it to whatever size you want. 

Your photos don’t need a mat if you plan to trim them for a layout or matting on paper, but if you want to add a mat to ensure your size, choose the drop down menu in the Operations Box and pick how wide you want your mat.

Here is how it looks if you chose a 1/16” mat.  Note that a color box pops up, so you can change the color of the mat to whatever you pick, including white if you just want a trim space.

Continue filling your layout with photographs of your desired shapes/sizes, simply by grabbing another photo box from that left column and dragging it into position on your layout. Resize them manually by grabbing the drag arrows, or be sure your sizes are a perfect fit for your Picture My Life™ spaces or your Flip Flap™ pockets by typing in your desired dimensions.  

Remember, Picture My Life™ only uses 4 x 6” or 3 x 4” sizes (either horizontal or vertical), while there are wider varieties of sizes available in Flip Flaps. 

Another hint:  When you’re dragging your photos into place on your layout and you want to snug up the pictures next to each other, remember that your arrow keys on your keyboard can be used to move the photographs too, one little space at a time.  This makes it easy to ensure you’re using all of the printable surface, and maximizing your dollars when printing these pages. 

If you’d rather save some of the space for titles or Journaling boxes that will print along with your photographs, grab those boxes instead.  These are handy to print out to use on your traditional layouts, or made to size with your Picture My Life or Flip Flaps. 

OK, my layouts are done and now it’s time to drop the photographs in place.

Here are the photographs I’ll be needing to complete my future layouts, along with a title:

Step 12:  Drop in your photographs.
Go back to the upper left-hand column and click on where it says Photos.  This will bring in all of the photographs you have downloaded for this project.  (You CAN add more at any time!)  

Move your computer’s cursor over to the photo you want, and left click and drag the photo into the space you want.  

You’ll see on the Operations Box that opens with the photograph that you can increase the scale of your photograph.  When you increase the scale, the center focus of your photograph may now be out of the print area.  Do you see that in the middle of the photograph there is a handprint?  Move your cursor atop of that handprint and left click/hold to drag the portion of the photograph into the print space. 

For example, here is Charlotte’s picture placed at regular scale:

Here it is scaled to 250% before I’ve grabbed the hand to move it:

Here it is after I’ve moved it into my print position:

There are also all sorts of special effects you can apply to your photograph. For example, here is one of Charlotte’s picture that has had a Sepia filter applied, and her photograph has been rotated 60 degrees:

Here she’s flipped horizontally, and converted to Black and White:

….and if that isn’t sweet enough, you can also edit any of your images, just by clicking the Edit Photo box (third from the right, top, in the Operations Box) to take the photo you’re working on directly to the editing function:

For example, if I wanted to make my little Munchkin into a Leprechaun, I could toy with the saturation and hue:

Not to worry, there are UNDO and REDO buttons in the upper left of the Image Edit screen!  

There you have it, I’m done, in twelve easy steps!

When you’re ready to purchase your layouts, click “PURCHASE” in the upper right hand corner, and your project menu will appear.  To the right of the project menu, you’ll find “Add to cart”. Each two-page layout is currently $6.95 but is on sale throughout March for just $5.00.  And best yet – whether you buy four layouts (the minimum order) or fifty -- they ship for a flat $5.95!