Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February SOTM Blog Hop

Happy February! This month the featured stamp of the month is S1202-Thoughtful Tidings, a set of 11 images!  Below are the images in this stamp set.  Notice the red lines around some of the images--those are images that can be cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridges exclusively available from Close to My Heart.

If you have come here from Vicki Price's blog, you are on the right path!  I am the first stop for this month's hop! You can find a list of all the participants (in case you get lost) here: http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/p/sotm-blog-hop-list.html  This month we have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this set. The hop is simple to follow - just click on the link provided in the post to move to the next blog!
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My item is a 5" x 5" card made with the Lucy Papers.  When I first saw Lucy it I thought it was darling for little girls.  I'm just loving this paper A LOT!  I choose to stick to a simplistic design.  Originally I was going for this weeks Mojo Monday, however when I saw how gorgeous this paper is, I just couldn't cover up half of it.  I just love those flowers!!
I also think the Pear Mini Medley Collection is perfect for this paper too!

Papers: Lucy WOTG papers; Colonial White, Blush & Gray Wool Card stock
Stamps:  S1202 Thoughtful Tidings
Ink:  Grey Wool Exclusive Ink
Embellishments:  Pear Mini Medley Collection
Other:  Liquid Glass & Prisma Glitter

Time to hop on over to Helen Onulak's Blog to see her beautiful eye candy! Be sure to visit all the Consultants' Blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas! Remember, the SOTM is only available until February 29th! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for $5! Here we go!

Happy hopping!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

2012 Spring/Summer New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our 2012 Spring/Summer New Product Blog Hop featuring new products from the 2012 Spring Summer Idea Book.
If you have come here from Helen Onulak's Blog, you are on the right path!  You can find a list of all the partipant's in case you get lost here: http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/p/sotm-blog-hop-list.html

We have nearly 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using new products. Blog hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Now "Hop" on over to Michelle Loncar's blog to see her beautiful creations! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to order new products!

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Below I am featuring the new Lucy papers.  I have created a gift card holder using "My Time Made Easy" templates--Insert Card Here and the Abra Bow Dabra templates for my Pazzles Inspiration Cutting Machine.  This box makes a perfect gift card holder for our FIVE FOR FREE in FEBRUARY campaign--buy a Studio J 5-pack and get a 5-pack for FREE (get the brochure by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner of my page)!   Below is a side view of the gift card holder.

Next is a top view...

And finally a look inside the box...

Papers: Lucy WOTG papers; Colonial White, Blush & Gray Wool Card stock
Stamps:  Pemberly WOTG stamp set
Ink:  Grey Wool, Blush Exclusive Inks
Embellishments:  Colonial White Designer Ribbon (lace)
Other:  Insert Card Here template and Abra Bow Dabra template; Pazzles Inspiration, Prisma Glitter; 2" scallop punch, 1-1/4" circle punch   
Now hop on over to Michelle's Blog!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

First Layout of the New Year

I have not been much of a scrapbooker but I love paper crafting.  My layouts are far and few in between.  But I've been wanting to do a layout of my grandson, Xander.  So here is the captured memories of my grand son's first haircut, in March last year.  I chose Lucky papers to match what he and his dad were wearing.  I just love the colors!!  I actually did this layout in Studio J last year.  [Studio J is the FREE to use online program from Close to My Heart that you can access here.]  I designed the layout in Studio J and used that to create this traditional scrapbooking page.  Feel free to click picture to see details.

Closer look at the left page layout:

 Closer look at the right page layout:

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Lucky Workshop on the Go Kit; Cocoa, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Autumn Terracotta, and Colonial White CS; Lucky My Stickease Assortment
Stamps:  D1471 Vintage Type
Ink: Olive, Cocoa, Outdoor Denim, Bamboo
Embellishments:  Wooden buttons, Autumn Terracotta waxy flax (ret.), Autumn Terracotta brads, Autumn Terracotta photo clips (ret.), Outdoor Denim grosgrain ribbon from the Blue Collection, Autumn Terracotta grosgrain ribbon (ret.) Pewter photo hanger
Other:  Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge; SU tearing ruler

And, for the curious, here is what I actually created in Studio J.  When doing the actual layout, it helped me to size my pictures and choose which way someone was looking (because you can also flip pictures around).  What a super tool to help in designing your layouts (a necessity for me who professes to be more of a card maker than a scrapbooker).

Studio J was fun but when I look at the two layouts, I think I love the classical scrapbooking one best because of all the textures and dimension!  But you can't beat Studio J for a design tool (and it's FREE - go to my shop on line site and create yourself an account and have FUN, FUN, FUN!!)

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