Sunday, October 18, 2020

Thanksgiving Cards and a card workshop

I just completed making my Thanksgiving cards for this year and had so much fun creating these I knew I wanted to share the results with you. I had started making these on National Card Making Day during my Zoom event using a 14 Card One-Sheet-Wonder technique I found on Pinterest. I cut the pattern pieces and started working on the card pieces during that event.



I knew when I started making these they would be Thanksgiving cards using more of the Bloom with Grace paper and embellished with stamped images from the With A Grateful Heart stamp set. I am so pleased with how these came out. 

I adapted the cutting guide I found on Pinterest to create the following guide for the piece of 12" x 12" Bloom with Grace patterned paper I started with.

Once I had the patterned pieces cut I worked with Espresso, Fern and French Vanilla cardstock to mat the pieces and create each of the cards.

I used the Woodgrain Embossing folder on a few of the card pieces as well as Espresso Ink and a waterbrush to create a splatter effect on some. 

The embellishments were done with stamped images from the With A Grateful Heart Stamp Set + Thin Cuts as well as Cricut cuts from the Close To my Heart Complete Creativity Cricut collection.

If you are interested in making these for yourself you can purchase the full directions to this workshop at the end of this post following the Buy Now button to my shop.

Cards 1 through 4
Cards 5 through 8


Cards 9 through 12

Cards 13 and 14

I hope you liked the cards. Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies List:

X7260B - Bloom with Grace Paper Pack
CUSTOM12 - Custom Cardstock Pack 12 sheets
    6 sheets Espresso, 3 sheets Fern and 3 sheets French Vanilla
Z3775 - With A Grateful Heart Stamp Set + Thin Cuts
Z4189 - Intense Black Exclusive Ink
Z2829 - Espresso Exclusive Ink
Z3225 - Medium Round Waterbrush
Z3696 - Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Z3682 - Fancy Borders Thin Cut
Z2519 - Gold Yellow Triblend Marker
Z2517 - Burnt Orange Triblend Marker
Z2486 - Dull Green Triblend Marker
Z2513 - Red Brown Triblend Marker
Z2512 - Muted Brown Triblend Marker
Z891 - Versamark Ink
Z2068 - White Detail Embossing Powder
X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

Here is what you will receive with the workshop files:
  • Welcome Page 
  • Cutting Guide with color photos of the papers and directions for cutting the papers needed
  • Card Guide with supply list and color photos of the completed cards
  • Consultant Release
  • Social Media image for you to use in promoting the workshop for your customers
I hope you enjoy creating these cards just as much as I did creating them!






Friday, October 16, 2020

Comfort & Joy Scrapbooking Workshop

I worked on this scrapbook workshop design last weekend while doing a Zoom crop with some friends. I continued working with the collections from the September/October Idea Book from Close To My Heart to create workshops for you. This workshop features the Comfort & Joy collection. 


This workshop creates 8 12" x 12" scrapbook pages - 4 2-page layouts. I love the traditional color patterns in this collection - so perfect for scrapbooking those holiday memories.

If you are interested in creating this workshop for yourself or with your customers, there are 3 ways to get the files:

1. Follow the Buy Now link on the bottom of this post. The files are $12.00 (USD). 

2. Place a purchase on my Close To My Heart website for $35 or more (before taxes and shipping).

3. Join my Close To My Heart team, all team members have access to my workshop files.

Sharing a few more pictures of the layouts you will be able to create with this workshop guide.







Supplies Needed for this Workshop:
X7261S - Comfort & Joy Paper Pack + Sticker Sheet
X7261C - Comfort & Joy Coordinating Cardstock
X7261D - Comfort & Joy Picture My Life Cards
X7261E - Comfort & Joy Gold Glitter Die Cuts
Z1985 - Gold Shimmer Trim
Z3312 - Gold Glitter Gems

Here is what you will receive with the workshop files:
  • Welcome Page 
  • Cutting Guide with color photos of the papers and directions for cutting the papers needed
  • Layout Guide with supply list and color photos of the completed layouts
  • Consultant Release
  • Social Media image for you to use in promoting the workshop for your customers
I hope you enjoy creating these layouts just as much as I did creating them!










Wednesday, October 14, 2020

May 2020 Monthly Recap

I continued with my monthly recap layouts today during my Scrapbook with me event. I focused on photos from May of this year with this layout and had fun playing with the current Mix-In papers.

For this layout we worked from this sketch by Even More Scrapping. 


You can see this sketch along with other variations on it here.

I cut the title using my Cricut and cut the bracket for it using the Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin Cut. The rick-rack strips were done using a border punch from my stash.

Added some die cut stars and some silver glitter gems for embellishment.

If you are interested in joining me for one of my Scrapbook with me events, make sure to head over to my Facebook page to follow me so you will get the notifications for upcoming events.

I hope you liked the layout! Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies list:

X9019 - Mix-in Paper Pack
X9020 - Mix-in Coordinating Cardstock
X6047 - Black 12"x12" cardstock
1385 - White Daisy 12"x12" cardstock
Z3686 - Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin Cuts
Z4191 - Silver Glitter Gems




Tuesday, October 13, 2020

25 Years Together

I knew as soon as I saw the Silver Foil Pattern paper in the current Core catalog that I would use it for this layout. My husband, Mike, and I went out in Boston last weekend to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. With the 25th being silver I decided to pair the foil paper with some of the current Mix-in paper for this.




I did this layout on Monday with my Scrapbook with me group and we used this sketch from Stick It Down as inspiration.



This sketch is their October 2-page challenge sketch. You can see this sketch along with others here on their blog.

I changed it up a bit and used fewer photos that were slightly larger for my version.



I cut the title from silver glitter paper using the font that is part of the CTMH Artbooking cartridge. The Artbooking Cartridge has been my go-to set for a long time. You can see this cartridge along with others here on my Cricut affiliate link.



I added some silver shimmer trim and some miscellaneous embellishments to add some more sparkle to it.

I hope you liked the layout! Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies List:

X8018 - Silver Foil Patterns paper pack
X9019 - Mix-Ins Paper Pack
X6047 - Black 12" x 12" cardstock
1385 - White Daisy 12" x 12" cardstock
Z3239 - Silver Glitter paper pack
Z1799 - Silver Shimmer Trim






Sunday, October 11, 2020

October 2019 Monthly Recap

 Ok. I know I said I had used up most of my Got Candy paper. Well, I didn't quite. I had just enough leftover to make this 2-page layout during one of my Scrapbook with me sessions. I love how this paper, even though definitely Halloween-themed worked well with a little more of a generic October layout.


For this layout we worked from the following sketch that I found through Pinterest as part of a CKC Blog Hop. I used this to continue with my Monthly Recap layouts I have started. I went back a bit in time to document October of 2019 - hard to believe that this was just a year ago.


You can see this sketch along with other variations of it here.

I continued to cut my titles and embellishments from my Cricut and keep the titles to the same format for each month of the year. I used Thin 3-D foam tape to raise up the title and stars to give some dimension and used some of the Got Candy sequins to give some sparkle.



I have really enjoyed working with the Got Candy collection. Remember, this collection is only available through October 31st so head on over to my website today to see all the elements of the collection and shop this collection. 

If you are interested in attending one of my Scrapbook with me virtual events, make sure to head on over to my Facebook page to follow me so you will get notifications of my upcoming events.

I hope you liked the layout! Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies list:
CC8201 - Got Candy Paper Pack
CC8203 - Got Candy Coordinating Cardstock
CC8205 - Got Candy Loose Sequins
Z2060 - Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z2089 - Glue Dots Micro Dots




Saturday, October 10, 2020

Woodland Friends Thank You cards

Here is the second set of cards I made during National Card Making Day last Saturday with my group. This set of 15 cards was so much fun and so easy to put together! They feature the Woodland Friends stamp set and thin cuts from Close To My Heart along with a retired paper collection called Florence.


The cards were made using a fantastic card making class from Susan Williams, another Close To My Heart consultant. We used 3 pieces of 12" x 12" double-sided patterned paper cut into 12 6" x 6" squares to make these 15 cards.  I had so much fun teaching my group this technique during my virtual National Cardmaking Day.







The Florence paper was so perfect to use with the adorable creatures I stamped from the Woodland Friends stamp set as embellishments to the cards. I used Intense Black Ink to stamp the images and then colored them in with the Triblend Markers.

I am so glad I can offer these virtual events. If you are interested in attending one of my upcoming virtual events, head on over to my Facebook page to follow me so you will get notifications of these events.

I hope you like the cards! Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies Used:
X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
Z3756 - Woodland Friends Stamp Set + Thin Cuts
M1276 - Thank You Kindly Stamp Set
Z4189 - Intense Black Exclusive Inks
Z2060 - Thin 3-D Foam Tape




Friday, October 9, 2020

April 2020 Monthly Recap

 As the weather gets cooler here. I am continuing to have my twice weekly Scrapbook with me events on my Facebook page to keep the scrapbooking mojo going. At one of my recent events I continued with my monthly recap layouts this time I worked on my photos from April of 2020. I seem to go back in time to a prior year and then back into 2020 - I am enjoying the freedom with being able to scrapbook whatever I feel like doing!

I enjoyed creating this layout with my group! I focused on a few photos from the month and more journalling to tell our day-to-day story of April.


The layout was based off of this sketch from April of 2020 from the PageMaps blog. You can find this sketch along with others here.


The layout features the Lovely collection from Close To My Heart. I can see so many possibilities with the colors and patterns in this paper pack. I paired it with the coordinating cardstock as well as some pearls in the color of the year - Blue Belle.


The scalloped circle and title were both cut with my Cricut machine. I had chosen a title style to use on each of my monthly recap layouts for 2020 and am doing the same with earlier years recaps.



I always try to add some dimension to my layouts using embellishments such as the pearls shown here as well as glitter gems and ribbon or twine. I additionally will use the Thin 3-D Foam Tape under some elements to add dimension that way. For this layout I used the tape under the title as well as some stickers. 

A quick tip when using foam tape with stickers is to remove the "sticky" from the back. I use a little bit of cornstarch and a small paint brush for mine. I just brush the cornstarch on the back over a piece of scrap paper and then shake off the excess. 

You can see all the elements of the Lovely Collection over on my website here

If you are interested in joining one of my Scrapbook with me events, head on over to my Facebook page and follow me so you will get notifications of upcoming events.

I hope you like the layout. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies list:

X8015S - Lovely Paper Pack + Sticker Sheet
X8015C - Lovely Coordinating Cardstock
Z7000 - Blue Belle Pearls




Thursday, October 8, 2020

Technique Thursday #2 - Halloween Cards using a Two-Sheet Wonder

For today's Technqiue Thursday post I am sharing with you some recent cards I made. I had so much fun celebrating National Cardmaking Day last Saturday with my group! We worked on 3 different card making techniques during the day. I will be sharing them with you all here but wanted to start first with this batch of Halloween cards featuring the Got Candy paper pack and the Spooky Gnomes stamp set.


I used a 6x6 (ish) Two-Sheet Wonder Challenge from Mojo Monday to create these cards. The cutting diagram and card sketches from the challenge make 3 cards from 2 6" x 6 1/2" pieces of double sided paper. I doubled the paper and cuts to make 6 cards.


You can find the cutting diagram and sketches here on the Mojo Monday blog along with other variations for the cards.

I added some extra embellishment to the cards with some scalloped cardstock pieces as well as some pennants using the Zip-strips from the paper. The Gnomes were stamped using the Intense Black Exclusive Inks and then colored in using the Triblend Markers. I used the Black and Clear Shimmer Brushes to add a little sparkle to the gnomes, bats, moons and stars.








I have been doing a lot of crafting with the Got Candy special and have more planned. Remember that this special is only available through the end of October. Make sure to shop this special today!

I hope you liked the cards. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies list:

CC8201 - Got Candy Paper Pack
CC8203 - Got Candy Coordinating Cardstock
Z3782 - Spooky Gnomes Stamp Set + Thin Cuts
Z4189 - Intense Black Exclusive Inks
Triblend Markers

X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
Z4224 - Black Shimmer Brush
Z3293 - Clear Shimmer Brush



Tuesday, October 6, 2020

November 2019 Monthly Recap

As my girls have gotten older I have found the photos I take on a daily basis and at events or holidays have changed. With the photos changing so has my scrapbooking. In order to roll with these changes I have started to do a monthly recap series of layouts and for each month create a 2-page layout with an overview of the month. I have been working on these during my twice-weekly Scrapbook with me sessions with my group and want to start sharing them here with you all.


This layout was based on this sketch from Even More Scrapping. 



You can find the sketch along with other layout variations here.

I used some of the paper from the Bloom With Grace Paper pack for my version of this sketch along with cardstock from the Coordinating Cardstock pack and a card from the Picture My Life Cards.  




I cut the title and leaves on my Cricut and added some wood shapes I had in my stash to add some embellishment to the layout.




I had a quite a few extra photos from November so I incorporated some 4"x4" Flip Flap Memory Protectors to make a waterfall element on the layout to hold the photos. I used some twine that I adhered underneath the bottom photo in order to tie the waterfall element closed.

If you are interested in joining me for one of my events, head on over to my Facebook page to follow me and sign up for the events!

Hope you like the layout. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:

X7260B - Bloom With Grace Paper Pack
X7260D - Bloom With Grace Picture My Life Cards
X7260C - Bloom With Grace Coordinating Cardstock
Z4221 - Mink Twine
Z3235 - 4"x4" Flip Flap Memory Protectors