Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Graduation Card for H2H

Hello. It's good to be back for the moment at my sadly neglected blog. From April to July, I am so busy with work that I have no energy left to craft. 

Over the past few months, I have been sending out a lot of cards from my stash. So it's time to stock them back up. I had just a few graduation cards left, so that helped me decide the theme for the card I am sharing with you today.

All supplies by CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Paper: Later Sk8r (retired), Outdoor Denim CS (retired), White Daisy CS
Stamps: Smarty Pants (retired), Ink Blot (retired)
Inks: Outdoor Denim (retired), Whisper (retired), Lagoon
Tools: Oval Dies (Spellbinders), Micro-Tip Scissors
Other: Thin 3d Foam Tape

Back story: I had originally designed this card as a dinosaur birthday card. You can see the original version here. Which is your favorite? The strange thing is that when I did a search on Pinterest, I could only find a few examples for graduation cards for inspiration. We, as crafters, must not send out a lot of graduation cards. 

I would like to link this card up to Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Friends. This year, we were invited to a friend's graduation party for their daughter. Guess we have finally hurdled the generation gap since this was our first invitation in a couple of years for such an event.

Thank you for hanging in there with me during my absence. I hope to be able to share a few more designs with you before work picks back up again in September. Have a blessed day.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Too Cool For School Layout

I have been holding this layout back for a while. It took hours to create, and tracking down retired items to pull it together.

This is one of those layouts that is way cuter in person. I stamped each of those buildings and fussy cut them. Every 3rd one is popped up with 3d foam tape for added interest. The title is from the retired Chalk It Up workshop on the go, and the back to school sentiment is from a long-retired stamp set I've had forever. The paper is retired Laughing Lola with the Thistle glitter cardstock we sold until last year, I believe. I hope they will bring this item back.

So, the layout was totally inspired by my daughter's dress we bought from Gymboree a few years ago. It was the first time I even bought the shoes to match. Can you guess? Yup. Thistle purple glitter shoes. Eek! The dress had this skyline design on it and of course the minute I purchased the dress, I had to track down that retired Cityscape stamp set. Sometimes, you just have to.... Definitely a case of "I hope my husband doesn't sell my craft supplies for what I told him I spent". Haha.

This was the first photo shoot we ever did on our front porch on the first day of school. My daughter was going into first grade. She was so little.

Sometimes, you just gotta have fun when crafting and not be in such a hurry. It's cheaper than therapy, as they say. ;)

Happy crafting!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Baby Boy Album

Last summer, when the new fundamental lines were introduced, Brenda Rose, a fellow consultant, shared her designs with us. I knew that I would eventually use them, and when I was approached recently to do a baby boy album for my Aunt's great-grandbaby, I knew this workshop would be perfect.

I did not use much of the whimsy patterns, but instead chose to use up a long-retired kit that was actually in my sell pile. The blue and champagne colors were perfect for baby boy, and didn't necessarily scream "Winter" and "Snow". Of the few patterns that do, they were specifically alotted to the months where winter reigns in Northern Michigan. I added Canary cardstock, and even some other retired papers, such as Twitterpated. I mixed stamping and cricut cuts for my embellishments. And my favorite of them all is Month 10 and 11. Foxes and teepees are super trendy right now. Goldrush cardstock was the perfect color for my fox.

I am so pleased with this album. It was THE fastest one I've ever put together, with project completion under 24 hours. I started this on a Friday night at 9pm when kids were in bed, and finished it up at 5pm the next day. And that was with sleep, too.

Hope I've inspired you to look at those papers in your stash in a new light. Just because it was purchased for one theme, doesn't mean it wouldn't work for something else. And don't be afraid to mix and match your collections. 

I would like to enter the fox layout into the H2H challenge for this week "What a Wonderful World". Babies do make this world a wonderful place. 

Happy crafting!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Enchantment Shine Layout

I actually shared this layout once before, but without pictures. I couldn't resist updating you with the pictures in place.

Isn't this sweet? The pictures are from a Daddy/Daughter dance my loves attended last year. This is about the time that life got really crazy for us, but we took a small time-out for the things that matter most. 

My husband was wearing this dark green and blue plaid dress shirt and my daughter had on the perfect purple dress and sweater. I'm sad that she has already outgrown this outfit, but I think we will be passing it on to a little school friend who has mentioned several times how much she loves that dress. And she has the same name as my sweet girl.

Tomorrow, I am going to share with you a baby boy album I created in a 24-hour time kidding. You'll have to stop in again to see this one.

Happy Easter!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Kiwi Lane Inspired Winter Layout

So, last summer, when I had more time for dreaming and less time for scrapbooking, I purchased some Kiwi Lane Designs templates. You may have heard me speak about them once before.

Kiwi Lane created and branded the "framing" style of scrapbooking. Basically, you use their plastic see-through templates to trace out and place your paper scraps on a 12x12 base. They have a series of videos and screen shots of the step-by-step process to make it easy to use. One half of a cut goes on page 1 and the other half on page 2. You can layer and move the pieces around until you get the exact look you're going for. I especially love these curvy templates for creating winter and beach layouts.

This is my first attempt. I took it a step further and combined cricut and die cuts on my version. And to give credit where credit is due, this layout was scraplifted from Pinterest. My embellishments are different, as are the papers/colors. I really enjoyed creating this one, and my daughter loves it.

I am not a consultant for Kiwi Lane, but in the interest of inspiring, I wanted to let you know about them. They are a Christian based, family-owned company in the Midwest. I think you will fall in love with their designs, too, and find ways to implement this scrapbooking style into your own creations.

Happy crafting!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Jubilee Hay Rides Layout

I wanted to share a layout I created last Summer with you. I used the now retired paper collection called "Jubilee".

I kept this one simple. And actually, I separated them out so that the left page was the 1st layout, and the the right page was the final layout in a gift album I created for my sister-in-law to use with 4H pictures of her children. I intially was going to create an album for each girl, but decided that they probably wouldn't do anything with the books. So I decided to keep it simple and just do one album. I think the parents will treasure this album, especially now that one of my nieces is off to college.

Psst. Can you believe I initially did not like this paper? It made some cute layouts, and fortunately I have more.

Happy crafting!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nevermore Halloween Layout

Here is another odd ball layout that I never pictured on my blog. I actually created all 3 of the layouts that Karen Pederson, a fellow Close To My Heart consultant, shared with us.

That large photo was cropped down from an 8x10. I had to crop out some of the kids to make it fit, but it worked out well for me in the end. A couple of the kids (on the end) were moving when the picture snapped and they were blurry. 

My daughter picked the Dorothy costume because of the red, sparkly shoes. A girl can never have enough glitter. Especially that one!

I really liked this paper collection and the complements were wonderful to work with, as well. And due to Ms. Pedersen's inspiration, I finally cut glitter paper on my cricut. And I have to tell you something about that. Close To My Heart glitter paper does a much better job of holding together when "under the knife" than off-brand glitter cardstock. You get what you pay for. Just sayin'. 

Happy crafting!