Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Workshop Wow: Four Seasons

I have been loving working with the Four Seasons Collection from the Close To My Heart 2022-2023 Core Catalog in my layouts since the new catalog came out and am so excited for this new special. The Workshop Wow: Four Seasons special features this collection in some fantastic scrapbooking and cardmaking workshops!

This special features 8 workshop kits - 4 for scrapbooking and 4 for cardmaking. This gives you one of each for every season of the year! These kits include patterned papers, stickers, cardstock and more from these collections. You can also save 20% when you choose the workshop kits that include the stamp + Thin Cuts dies.

Here are just a few samples of the layouts and cards that can be made with these workshop kits. The scrapbooking workshop kit features 7 layouts (3 2-page and 1 1-page layout) and the cardmaking workshop kit features 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs).

There is so much versatility to these workshop kits and I love how they work with each of the Four Seasons collections!

You can see and shop all the workshop kits of this special on my website today - here!

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Happy Hanukkah cards and a Challenge

I love using sketch challenges as an inspiration for my cardmaking and scrapbooking! I used a recent challenge from Freshly Made Sketches to create some Hanukkah cards for this season. I combined images from the Peace & Light stamp set with some stenciling to create this and love how it came out!

The inspiration for this card is from this sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. You can see this sketch along with others here.

I die cut a stitched rectangle piece from White Daisy cardstock and then used Periwinkle Exclusive Ink, a blending brush and a stencil from the Card Front Stencils pack to stencil the dot and star design on this piece. I stamped the menorah in Sundance Exclusive Ink and added some glimmer to the candle flames with Golden Rod Stickles Glitter Glue. The sentiment and leave branches are stamped in Pewter Exclusive Ink. I added a layer of Silver Glitter paper between the Sapphire cardstock layer and the White Daisy to add some additional glimmer to the card.

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

Supplies list:

C1964 - Peace & Light Stamp Set

X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

X8037B - Four Seasons - Winter Paper Pack

X5957 - Sapphire Cardstock

1385 - White Daisy Cardstock

Z3239 - Silver Glitter Paper

Z6537 - Periwinkle Exclusive Ink

Z6521 - Sundance Exclusive Ink

Z2832 - Pewter Exclusive Ink

Z3560 - Golden Rod Stickles Glitter Glue

Z4679 - Card Front Stencil Pack

Z4572 - Blending Brushes

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Catching up on Rhine River Trip layouts

Today I am sharing some of the recent layouts I have done from our Rhine River trip album. I have continued to work on these layouts during recent Scrapbook with me events. I am still working with the Hope & Kindness Collection for the layouts in this album. I love being able to create a trip album from a single collection to give a unified look and feel to the layouts in it.

After each layout I am also sharing the sketches I used as inspiration for the layout along with links to where you can find the sketches.

Allison Davis Sketch Support #11

EMS Sketch Challenge #96

Scrapbook and Cards Today Project 12 - Oct 2010

Heart 2 Heart Sketch #15

EMS Sketch Challenge #3

EMS Sketch Challenge #19

Sketch Savvy Sketch #161

Page Maps November 2014 Double

EMS Sketch Challenge #7

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

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Happy Birthday To You Layout

I created this layout during yesterday's Scrapbook with me event for my husband, Mike's, recent birthday. I worked with a combination of papers from the October-December Mix-In Paper Pack and the Four Seasons Winter Paper Pack. I love how well these papers work together.

The inspiration for this layout comes from this sketch from Scrap Savvy. You can see this sketch along with others here.

I converted this 12" x 12" sketch to an 8 1/2" x 11" layout to work with our 2022 family album. I pulled out a retired stamp set from my stash - Cake Day Cardmaking Stamp Set. I used this for the title, banner and balloon embellishments. I curved the title stamps along the top of the circle before putting them on the block. I stamped both the title and banner sentiment in Intense Black Exclusive Ink. The balloons were stamped in Seabrook, Sage, and Pine Exclusive Inks. I used 3-D Foam tape to raise up the focal photo and the balloons to add some dimension. I hand drew the balloon strings using a black pen.

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

Supplies list:

X8037B - Four Seasons Winter Paper Pack

X9044 - Oct/Nov/Dec Mix In Paper Pack

X9045 - Oct/Nov/Dec Coordinating Cardstock

Z6540 - Pine Exclusive Ink

Z6504 - Sage Exclusive Ink

Z6538 - Seabrook Exclusive Ink

Z4189 - Intense Black Exclusive Ink

Z1151 - 3-D Foam Tape

Z4575 - Black LePen

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Spooky Fun Layout

I completed this layout for our family album during Monday's Scrapbook with me event. As my kids are grown I do not have too many pictures of them at Halloween so being able to scrapbook the fun at my workplace (where my older daughter also works) is great. For this layout I used what I had leftover from the Fa-BOO-lous Collection after my Halloween crafting. I loved working with the different colors for these Halloween photos.

The inspiration for this layout comes from this sketch from Stick It Down. You can see this sketch along with others here.

I converted this 12" x 12" 2-page sketch into an 8 1/2" x 11" 2-page layout in keeping with the format I am using for our 2022 family album. I used a circle template along with a corner rounder to create the large scallop circle. I moved the journaling to the left-hand page. I used stickers from the Fa-BOO-lous collection along with some Melon Dots to embellish the page. I added some faux-stitching with a White Gel Pen to accent the scalloped circle.

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

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Christmas Tree Treat Holder and a Tutorial

Came up with a fun Christmas craft project recently and am sharing the results here with you today. I got inspired to make these Christmas Tree Treat Holders to be able to give some holiday goodies to my coworkers and friends. The treat holder can be used to give candy, a gift card or even put a tea light in to add to your holiday decor.

The treat holder uses 2 pieces of 12" x 12" cardstock, strong adhesive tape, circle cutters and fringe scissors to make it. I have included some variations to show how this can be made in different ways. 

I am including a link to a downloadable PDF of instructions for this treat holder as well as a process video for it at the end of this blog post.  The PDF contains pictures of the steps along with a link to a Cricut Design Studio file that is an optional way for cutting your paper.

Step 1: From the first piece of 12" x 12" cardstock cut an 11 1/4" circle. Cut this circle in 1/2. From one half-circle cut out a 6 1/4" half-circle and then cut a 3" circle from that.

Step 2: From the half-circle rin, score about 1/2" in from the outer edge and then cut notches below the score line. Fold along the score line.

Step 3: From the other piece of 12" x 12" cardstock cut another 11 1/4" circle. From this circle cut an 8 3/4" circle to create the first ring. From the 8 3/4" circle cut a 6 1/4" circle to form the second ring. Use the fringe scissors to cut around the outer edge of each ring, leaving 1/4" uncut along the inner edge.

Step 4: Apply strong adhesive to one side of a 3" wood circle. I used these to add stability to the base of the tree. Apply strong adhesive to one end of the front of the notched half ring. Remove the backing from the adhesive on the wood circle and half ring and working your way around adhere the notched tabs to the underside of the circle. Cut off the extra from the base once you have reached the end.

Step 5: Apply adhesive to one side of the 3" cardstock circle and adhere this to the bottom of the cone base to cover the notched tabs.

Step 6: With the cone base on a flat surface wrap the cardstock half-circle snuggly around the cone base. This helps to start to form the tree cone. Unwind this and apply strong adhesive to one half of the half-circle diameter. Again tightly wrap the half-circle around the cone base and with the adhesive secure the end.

Step 7: Apply strong adhesive to the back side of each fringed ring. Starting with the larger ring, remove the adhesive backing and beginning at the base of the cone, adhere the ring while working your way around and up the sides of the cone. Make sure to cover the 1/4" un-fringed portion of the ring as you work your way around. Follow the larger ring with the smaller one. Cut off any excess when you reach the top.

Step 8: To decorate the tree you can add some Gold Embellishing thread, some Glitter Gems, Stickles Glitter Glue, the possibilities are endless. I did die cut some stars from Gold Glitter paper and sandwiched a toothpick between 2 stars to use at the top of the tree.

I did one variation where I did not use the fringe layers and poked holes in the cone to let the light of a tea light shine through. For another variation I used patterned paper for the fringe layers instead of cardstock.

This is a fun paper crafting project to do for the holidays with endless possibilities!

Click here for the downloadable PDF of instructions. You can also watch the process video below.

Supplies list:

X6030 - Evergreen Cardstock

Z5024 - Adhesive Tape

Z4054 - Gold Embellishing Thread

Z3555 - Christmas Red Stickles Glitter Glue

Z3238 - Gold Glitter Paper

I hope you enjoy using these directions to share some holiday treats!

Thanks for stopping by!