Saturday, April 15, 2017

"My Boy" 16-Page Scrapbook Workshop

From the moment I saw the "My Boy" complements back in December, I knew I'd be doing something with them. After all, there always seems to be a lack of masculine-type supplies & layouts.  I have to say though, this workshop has been a labor of love. Hours...no, days...maybe even weeks, have been spent on creating the pages, to creating the cutting guide, to taking and editing photos, to writing assembly instructions, to creating a collection of electronic files for other CTMH consultants. However, I am over-the-moon excited with the results. Check it out!
Here's a closer look at the eight layouts in this workshop.
LAYOUT #1 - My Boy: Utilized a little bit of splatter using ink and a waterbrush.
Don't the staples add the cutest touch?
LAYOUT #2 - 10 Things I Love About You
More mini staples.  They're my new favorite thing.
LAYOUT #3 - This Guy
Here I used ribbon, like I would paper and mini staples (again) on the banners for a unique touch.
Layout #4 - Love This Kid
I think this layout would work well for Disney, too.
LAYOUT #5 - Hello Handsome
Did you know that there are actually words on the Word Find pattern paper? Search for and circle words that convey the feeling of your photos.
LAYOUT #6 - Picture Perfect
The camera and word bubbles are from the Artbooking Cricut Collection.
Okay...at this point you can't deny that these mini staples are the bomb!  Also, check out "perfect".  Have you ever considered using Liquid Glass to perk up a sticker?  Works great, too, when you have a stubborn sticker that won't stay down. ;) 
LAYOUT #7 - Celebrate
This layout uses the Celebrate and Stars Thin Cuts.
LAYOUT #8 - My Hero
One of my favorite things about the Cricut Artbooking cartridge is how each button is "themed".  All of these cuts are from just one button and there's still seven other completely different images on this button!!
Would you like to make these layouts? There's a couple of ways...

WORKSHOP KIT TO GO:
I will prepare a kit for you, which will include all of the supplies needed to create these layouts, with the exception of the staples, splatter and inks.  Any Cricut and Thin Cut pieces will be precut.  The cutting file and assembly guide will be emailed to you.  Due to the size of the file, if you would like a full-color copy, please add $2.50 to the kit cost.

This workshop kit includes...
  • #Z3254 – Enchantment Fundamentals, ½ package (1 of each design)
  • #Z3306 – My Boy Complements 
  • #Z3288 – Adventure Ribbon Collection
  • #Z3314 – White & Black Dots
  • #1385 – White Daisy Cardstock – 10 Sheets**
  • #X5929 – Whisper Cardstock – 2 Sheets
  • #1386 – Black Cardstock – 3 Sheets
  • #1273 – Desert Sand Cardstock – 2 Sheets
  • #X5776 – Peacock Cardstock – 2 Sheets
  • #X5779 – Poppy Cardstock – 1 Sheet
  • #X5777 – Fern Cardstock – 1 Sheet
  • #Z1375 – Kraft Cardstock – 1 Sheet (or add another sheet of Desert Sand)
  • 23 - Cricut & Thin Cut shapes
  • 3/4 Sheet of Gold Glitter Paper (1/4 used for die cuts)
  • Digital file with full-color photos, cutting and assembly instructions, with a private link to additional photos (so you can zoom in on the photos to better see details).  
**Please note that the White Daisy cardstock used in these layouts are to represent suggested photo placement. Extra paper for this purpose does not come with the kit. They are strictly used to provide a suggestion for photo arrangements.  

Additional supplies used/needed...
  • Adhesives:
    • #Z2060 – Thin Foam Tape
    • #341 – Mini Glue Dots (other sizes could be substituted)
    • #Z553 – Glue Pen
    • #Z679 – Liquid Glass
    • Tape Runner of Choice, like #Z3022 – 3L E-Z Dots Adhesive or #Z3326 – Tombow Permanent Adhesive
  • #Z1836 – Non-stick Microtip Scissors
  • #Z1783 – Paper Trimmer
  • #Z2027 - Staper (w/staples)
  • #Z3225 – Medium Waterbrush (or medium sized paintbrush)
  • #Z1979 – Journal Pen
  • #Z1912 – Corner Rounder
  • #Z697 – Round Sponge or #Z726 – Sponge Daubers
  • #Z3261 – Stars Thin Cuts (cuts provided in kit)
  • #Z3256 – Celebrate Thin Cuts (cuts provided in kit)
  • #Z3169 – Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (cuts provided in kit)
  • Ink Colors (Optional)
    • #Z2850 – Fern
    • #Z2849 – Peacock
    • #Z2854 – Pomegranate
    • #Z2848 – Sapphire (needed for ink splatter on layout #1)
    • #Z2847 – Eggplant
    • #Z2851 – Saffron
    • #Z2805 – Black
    • #2835 – New England Ivy
    • #2818 – Desert Sand
    • #Z2852 – Poppy
If you are local, you can pick up your kit at my house at no additional charge.  If you are a long-distance customer, I will be happy to ship it anywhere in the US, via USPS in a medium Priority Flat Rate box for $12.95. Be sure to email me with your mailing address when you send your Paypal payment.  Due to ordering, packaging and shipping of supplies, please allow two-three weeks for delivery of kit.

COST: 
  • Local:
    • Kit only: $50 (only a little over $3 per page!)
    • Kit with printed, full-color instructions: $52.50
  • Shipped:
    • Kit only: $62.95
    • Kit with printed, full-color cutting & assembly instructions: $65.45
PRECUT WORKSHOP KIT TO GO:
This workshop kit is entirely precut and sorted for your convenience and includes only the precut papers, base pages and ribbon needed to duplicate the eight two-page layouts.  You will, however, receive full complements & White & Black Dots packages. This kit will not include staples, splatter, inking or photo placement cardstock.  You will receive a digital file with assembly instructions that include private links to the photo for a closer view. However, if you would like a full-color copy of the assembly instructions, please add $1.50

You will still need the additional tools/supplies listed above to complete the layouts as shown, except for the thin cuts and the Cricut, as these will be provided in the precut kit.

If you are not local, your kit will be shipped via USPS using a medium Priority Flat Rate box for $12.95. Be sure to email me with your mailing address when you send your Paypal payment. Due to ordering, packaging and shipping of supplies, and cutting, please allow two-three weeks for delivery of kit.


Options for Enchantment Fundamentals "My Boy" Workshop

INSTRUCTIONS ONLY (for consultants)
I do offer an electronic (zip) file for CTMH consultants.  The file contains...
  • Introduction Letter
  • Consultant Release to enable you to use my designed layouts for your own business.
  • Consultant Supply List with upsell suggestions and workshop tips.
  • Collection of Social Media badge, banner & collage for you to use to promote your workshop.
  • Cover Page to package with your workshop, as needed. It includes an editable space for your name.
  • Cutting Guide with instructions on how to read my cutting guide, as well as an editable space for your contact & web information.
  • Assembly Instructions which includes full-color photos, detailed prep and assembly instructions, as well as Cricut cut sizes (when used), suggested photo sizes and links to a private Photobucket file for closeup views of the photos.
  • Link to access my Cricut Design Space cutting file. (This is an optional add-on purchase.)
    There are two ways to get this workshop's electronic files. 
    1) Purchase the File
    Due to the large size of this file and the enormous amount of time taken in preparing it all, the cost is a bit more than usual, but still well worth it.  Cost for this workshop's electronic files is $10.  If you would like the CDS cutting file, the cost is $12.  
    2) Get it for FREE!
    Also, now through May 31st, if you join the current month's Shopping/Gathering Link and make a $25 retail purchase (pre-tax & shipping) on my website, I will send you the entire electronic file (including CSD file) for free, along with your choice of one of the following past workshop files. (FYI: Because my workshop files have changed over time (when you know better, you do better), my older workshops are not exactly like my latest workshop files, like Hello Lovely, Rustic Home and Enchantment, There's not a lot of extras, like links to additional photos, supply lists, etc. Also, some of the assembly instructions are less specific and more like general tips about specific portions of the page.)

    Hello Lovely
    Rustic Home
    Swan Lake
    Oh Deer!
    Magical
    Heartstrings

    Be sure to email me to let me know which e-file you would like me to send you, along with your CTMH website address.  Both consultants in and outside the U.S. can purchase the e-files. 
    Just click the Paypal link below and select which option you want.


    Consultant Options for Enchantment Fundamentals Workshop
    Be sure to check out this month's specials here!

    Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for visiting!

    Happy Scrappin'!

    Wednesday, March 01, 2017

    March's SOTM Blog Hop..."Tea-rrific"

    Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
    March 2017's Stamp of the Month is called.....
    ****Tea-rrific****

    With 30 participants in this blog hop and such a fun stamp set, you are sure to find lots of ideas using this month's Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month.  The hop makes a circle, so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all. If you have already started and are coming from Corinna Murphy's blog, "Corinna's Crafts", then you are on the right track. 

    I started with my favorite image from this month's stamp of the month and a sketch from Mojo Monday. I stamped the stacked cups three times, coloring one of each using ShinHan alcohol markers. Then I cut each out and stacked them using foam tape to add additional dimension. It's difficult to tell from the photo, but the polka dots and the large heart have been colored with the clear shimmer pen.


     Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps Used: Tea-riffic March 2017 SOTM
    Papers: White Daisy CS, Black CS, Adventure Fundamentals Pattern Paper
    Inks: Memento Black
    Emellishments: White & Black Enamel Dots, Silver Shimmer Ribbon, Adventure Fundamentals Pink & White Twine
    Markers: Black Journal Pen, Tender Pink, Vivid Green, Peacock Green, Carmine and Colorless Blender
    Other:  Microtip Scissors, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

    Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

    Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here. Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


    If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Vickie ODell's blog, "HeARTful Stamper" and check out her creation. You can find a complete list of all of the participating consultants here

    Happy hopping!



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    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    CTMH Fundamentals Creative Collections Blog Hop

    Welcome to the CTMH Fundamentals Creative Collections Blog Hop!

    I am sooooo excited about this particular hop! Last year, at convention, Close To My Heart unveiled a new way to offer our paper lines. Seasonal and theme-specific papers would be highlighted in our Holiday and Seasonal Expression Idea Books, while our Annual Inspirations Idea Book would offer paper lines that had a broader, more general appeal.  I guess you could think of our papers in the Expression books as the latest, trendy fashion, while the papers in the Inspirations book is like the classic black dress or a great pair of jeans. You know, fashions that go with just about everything and just don't go out of style.  Well, that's how I feel about the Fundamentals paper line. 

    With just over 20 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to see many, if not all, of the Fundamental lines of paper and just how versatile they are. The hop makes a circle, so if you are started here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all. If you have already started and are coming from Brenda Lapp's blog, "Crafting for Sanity? Or Insanity?", then you are on the right track.

    When I was able to preview the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book a full month before it went live in January (a perk of being a consultant), I was thoroughly excited to discover that CTMH was adding new, additional Complements collections to coordinate with the Fundamentals line from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  I was SUPER excited to see the "My Boy" complements, as I think masculine themed scrapbook supplies is just a little harder to come by and knew that I would just have to create layouts using them. Especially since the last several scrapbook workshops I've hosted have featured softer, more feminine designs and colors. So I'm featuring one of my six March workshop layouts for this blog hop and I just love, love, love how it turned out.
    This layout features some ink splattering to help break up the empty white space and kind of help give it a messy (a.k.a. boy) feel. 
    I think my favorite element (besides the papers and complements) is the little mini staples...especially on the banners. 
    Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
    If you would like to add this beautiful collection to your crafting supplies, be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours. You can find this collection here on my website. Also, if you don't already have a copy of the Annual Inspirations Idea book or the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog, you can view them online here or contact your consultant (or me) to get a hard copy. And as always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Kathy Burrows' blog, "Snips, Snaps, and Scraps" and check out her project. You can find a complete list of all of the participating consultants here

    Happy hopping!





    Wednesday, February 01, 2017

    February's SOTM Blog Hop..."Easter Bunny"

    Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
    February 2017's Stamp of the Month is called.....
    ****Easter Bunny****

    With almost 20 participants in this blog hop and such a cute stamp set, you are sure to find lots of ideas using this month's Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month.  The hop makes a circle, so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all. If you have already started and are coming from my friend, Michele Rowley's blog, "Evergreen Memories", then you are on the right track. 

    After perusing some of my pinned ideas on Pinterest, I rediscovered this card and was inspired by the way the trees bridged over the open area. So I thought....why can't I do the same thing but with bunnies? And hence, the following card was born.  I'm still learning how to use the alcohol markers (especially if it's not a flower), so I'm not real pleased with the coloring, but I think I'm making a little progress and I may still go back and recolor baby bunny again. ;) 

    The White Daisy cardstock on which the sentiment is stamped and the two big bunnies are actually one piece of cardstock. The bodies of the bunnies are adhered to a piece of patterned paper from the Hello Lovely collection.
    I recently created a faux bow for the "Beautiful" layout shown here and thought it would work well on this card. Between the less-than-stellar lighting when I took these photos and the shimmer on the ribbon, it's kind of hard to see. So I thought it would help to share the photo tutorial I included for the layout instructions.
     Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps Used: Easter Bunny February 2017 SOTM
    Papers: White Daisy CS, Whisper CS, Black CS, Hello Lovely B&T
    Inks: Memento Black
    Emellishments: Gold Glitter Gems, Blush Shimmer Ribbon
    Markers: Black Journal Pen, Shin Han Warm Grey 4, Clay, Tender Pink, Pastel Green, Leaf Green, Vivid Green, Peacock Green, Sap Green, Mariogold, Carmine, Golden Yellow, Turquoise Blue, Lavender and Colorless Blender
    Other:  Ruler, VersaMat, Craft Knife, Microtip Scissors, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

    Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

    Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here. Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
    If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Gina Brandstetter's blog, "Gina's Little Corner of StampinHeaven" and check out her creation. You can find a complete list of all of the participating consultants here

    Happy hopping!





    Monday, January 16, 2017

    February Scrapbook Workshop is Here!

    When I first saw the new Seasonal Expressions 1 book, I instantly fell in love the the "Hello Lovely" paper line. It features roses...which in my world...never gets old...and a beautiful, or shall I say lovely, color palette. This combination made creating these workshop layouts super easy for me. The first three of the five layouts are based on layouts offered by Close To My Heart...with my own twist, of course, and the other two are based on sketches...but otherwise, my creations. This line is just so gorgeous on it's own that there really was no need for extra embellishments beyond what already comes with the Workshop Your Way kit.

    Here are the five layouts that we will be making on January 7th.

    LAYOUT #1 - Beautiful In this layout, I will show you how to make a faux bow.
    LAYOUT #2 - Love 
    LAYOUT #3 - Best Day This layout is based on a layout offered by CTMH, but I flipped the pages 1/4 turn and what a difference 1/4 turn can make! I'll also show you how to utilize the Picture My Life cards in a fun and unique way.
    LAYOUT #4 - Together Forever  I love how this one turned out. This layout used a sketch from Make It From the Heart - Volume 2.
    LAYOUT #5 - Non-titled I chose not to title this one, but I think it's so pretty on its own that it doesn't really even need one. However, it would be easy enough to use the Cricut to cut your own title that fits your photos, or of course, stamps or stickers. This layout features the "Hello Lovely - Cardmaking" stamp and thin cut and all of the workshop attendees will get to play with the Shin Han markers to color in the flowers.
    I ended up redoing the coloring on the stamped flowers, as I initially just played and threw it on the layout without giving too much attention to the quality. :( That's what happens, I guess, when you're in a hurry to get the photos done.

    Note: I took photos outside, but unfortunately I think the colors got washed out. I've included a photo blow of the paper, so you can get a truer representation of the colors.

    Would you like to make these layouts? There's several ways...

    LOCAL WORKSHOP: 
    When: Saturday, February 4th at 10 a.m.
    Where: Rockledge, Florida (I'll send you the address when you register.)
    Cost: $36
    This workshop kit consists of one Hello Lovely! Workshop Your Way kit (#G1119), which includes...
    Plus...
    • Extra 8 sheets of cardstock: 4 - White Daisy,  2 - Whisper, and 2 - Colonial White
    • Pre-stamped & Pre-cut "Hello Lovely - Cardmaking" image
    • Use of Shin Han Alcohol Markers
    • Digital file with full-color photos, cutting and assembly instructions, with a private link to additional photos (so you can zoom in on the photos to better see details).  
    • Please note that the White Daisy cardstock used in the above photos are to represent suggested photo placement. Extra paper for this purpose does not come with the kit. They are strictly used to provide a suggestion for photo arrangements.  However, you may purchase extra sheets of White Daisy cardstock at the workshop for $0.50 a sheet if you want to make your own photo templates.
    Additional supplies used/needed...
    Suggested Coordinating Products...
      If you would like to attend in person, simply send me an email HERE. Spaces are filling up quickly!

      WORKSHOP KIT TO GO:
      Can't make it to the local workshop? No problem. If you are local, I can still prepare a kit for you and you can pick it up at my house at no additional charge.  If you aren't local, I will be happy to ship it anywhere in the US, via USPS. Just email me with your zip code and I'll send you an invoice (via Paypal) with the exact shipping or if you already have the supplies, you can simply place any $20 order on my website and I will email the cutting file to you for at no additional charge. Just communicate with me that you would like the file and I'll get it out to you within 24 hours. (Note: the cutting file will not be ready until the last week in January.)

      PRECUT WORKSHOP KIT TO GO:
      This workshop kit is precut and sorted for your convenience and includes only the precut papers and needed ribbon and embellishments to complete the layouts as shown. However, you will receive a full complements package. You will also receive a digital file with assembly instructions and a private link to additional photos. Cost is $46. If you would like a precut kit shipped, simply email me with your zip code and I will send you a Paypal Invoice with exact shipping costs. Please note that the White Daisy cardstock used in the above photos to represent photo placement does not come with the kit. They are strictly used to provide a suggestion for photo arrangements.

      You will still need the following supplies to complete the layouts as shown:

      Hello Lovely
      INSTRUCTIONS ONLY (for consultants)
      If you would like to receive an e-file with the full-color instructions & cutting guide, along with a consultant release to enable you to use my my designed layouts for your own business, there are now two ways to get it. 1) Simply join the current month's Shopping Gathering Link and make a $20 purchase on my personal CTMH SHOPPING WEBSITE. Next, email me to let me know that you would like the instructions and your oba and I will email you to them at no additional charge. 2) Both consultants in and outside the U.S. can purchase only the e-files. This month the cost is only $8. (Note: Instructions will be available the last week in January.) Just click the Paypal link below and be sure to add your oba in the comment section.

      Be sure to check out this month's specials here!

      Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for visiting!

      Happy Scrappin'!
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