Thursday, September 30, 2010

Olivia 1 Kit CARDS!

One of the services I offer as a consultant for Close to My Heart is called Traveling Workshops.  These are so fabulous!  The hostess chooses a paper pack, and everyone orders a Level 1 kit of that paper.  The one I chose to show is Olivia-gorgeous fall colors!  It's wasy to do-I precut all the pre-designed layout pages into card bases, then at the workshop we use the My Stickease, B&T papers, the coordinating card stocks, and the remaining scraps from the card bases to design the cards.  I also added some stamped images from several of my favorite fall stamp sets and a bit of ribbon.  I LOVE how they turned out!  All of our level 1 kits can be altered into cards, instead of using them for layouts.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Have you tried Studio J yet?

Studio J has just gotten even BETTER!!  We now offer memberships to those who want to explore online scrapbooking, "catch up" their books, create multiples of layouts, post photos online of scrapbook layouts,  or plan layouts before purchasing CTMH products.  Click HERE to check out the pricing options and play a bit with Studio J-it's FREE and EASY to use and FUN FUN FUN!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

No Rules Scrapbooking Club Layout for September

This is the layout we're making at club this week!  My favorite week of the month is CLUB WEEK!  I love getting together with my scrappin' friends and laughing and having fun while we scrap.  
We are using Hooligans, lagoon card stock, white daisy card stock, black card stock, and the Party Pennants stamp set.  We'll be using lots of NEW colors this week to make that cute pennant accent on the right page.  Black and white ribbon coordinates with the pattern in the striped paper.  The other paper to chose from this week is pear/sunset colored and sort of looks like a maze with little monsters on it-on the sunset side it's hard to see the monsters if you don't want to use them.  I opted not to use that paper on my layout because I really loved the pop of lagoon against the striped paper.  

If you're interested in joining my NO RULES club-no contracts, no order necessary, no obligations-please contact me!  Class itself is $10, and lots of embellishments will be on hand for you to add to your layout!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

'Cuz this is THRILLER!

How about this awesome card using the Thriller set??  How cool is that blue skull?  The bat is carefully cut out as well-such a great card!  This was made by one of the ladies in my Awesome Swap that I participate in.  Great job!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Bittersweet Day...

And so it begins!


You may have had this going on today, or recently, in your home-back to school! When I was teaching I had nightmares about back to school-was I ready, were the kids going to behave, was I going to sit down at all all day, and on and on.  Now my fears are related to my kids-will they cry, will they get on the right bus at the end of the day, will their teacher be nice to them, will they remember to go potty and eat lunch???  Today was that day for me, and I am proud to say that both kids did marvelously!  

Maggie is an old pro at the bus now, and hopped right on with no problem.  Natey and I waited about an hour and then went outside to wait for his bus (they arrive at two different times, two different bus stops) at the end of the driveway.  He was so excited to get going that he didn't even say goodbye to me, or wave, or notice at all that I stood there crying and taking pictures.  He was far more focused on telling the bus aide that he could do the seat belt himself, thank you very much.  

Today I sent two kids to school, and got two kids back, and I couldn't be prouder of them!



Monday, September 6, 2010

Thriller card using the friendly Vampire!

This card uses the friendly looking Vampire (at least that's what I think he is) and the extremely cool flourished frame as well as Hooligans paper.  I used this card for my swap that I participate in, the Awesome Swappers.  I used the reverse sides of both B&T papers so it was just sunset and gypsy, and added white daisy and black card stock.  I used my blending pen to add some color to the pumpkin, and the cuffs and lapels of the man.  I stamped the hearts long the right side in gypsy and popped them up using 3-D foam tape (one of my top 10 tools!).  I also popped up the matted vampire man with 3-D foam tape.  Don't you LOVE that sunset color?  It's so beautiful!  

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Another Thriller Card

Sorry about the blurry picture!  Here's the skull again-I just love that guy!  I used some chalk (orange, green, and purple) on the flourished part around the skull, and used a large Sparkle on his eye socket.  I used three smaller sparkles on the left, and random stamped the flourish/bracket in sunset on the background.  The black stubble tool works great for adding some distressing on the edges.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Thriller Tag-I love it!!

I was blog hopping yesterday and found this tag on one of my favorite blogs!   Fellow consultant Annette Green of Florida always has amazing artwork that she shares!  I've linked to her before but here it is again:  http://annettescreativejourney.blogspot.com/

Her tag is super amazing but I tried to make mine similar, and I do love how it turned out.  

I started with honey cardstock, then rubbed my autumn terracotta ink pad all over it.  I stamped the skull in black ink, then stamped the HAPPY from Happy Halloween in black as well.  Then I CUT MY STAMP APART!!  Yes, I did, for the very first time!  The HALLOWEEN comes from the sentiment that says Scary Halloween to you and although I've masked it before, it really was easier to cut them apart.  I can always stick them back together when I want to, one of the great things about acrylic stamps!  More black ink for the flourishes at the bottom, then autumn terracotta again for the trick or treat along the left edge.  Then I added Yo Ho Ho from a CTMH pirate set I have (I forget the name of it) to make it more piratey than creepy Halloween.  Black card stock as a mat and some black and white ribbon to finish it off.  Notice the sheen on the words and the skull?  Liquid Glass!!  I think it looks awesome!

Friday, September 3, 2010

"It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark..."


...well, I don't think it's something evil but it sure is a cute stamp set!  Previously I showed you the stamp set-so here are some projects ideas using this set!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

NEW Stamp of the Month: THRILLER!!

Isn't this so adorable?  Even if you are not a Halloween-person, this set is still a great one to have.  Use the edges of the skull stamp or the Punkin Head guy to add some interest to the edges of your photo mats or the edges of cards or pages.  I will be posting photos of some great cards soon from the Awesome Swap that I am in.