Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Year to Remember

This great Mini album was made with Creative Cuts and More 8"x8" Mini Album Set. It is a 10 piece die cut set with 2 covers, four dividers, four pages and four 1" rings. I ordered mine in Bazill Bling Cardstock - String of Pearls. I love the color it came it, it's soft and textured, which is awesome. I also used Basic Grey's Urban Couture Collection and Close to my Heart My Acrylix Stamps. This mini album is going to my In Laws, I did and album for the first year of my daughter's life and gave it to them for a Christmas gift almost 2 years ago and just recently they asked if they were ever getting another one? Well of course. It's going to be great for them because we are no longer living in the same country and they do miss thier only grand-daughter. I hope they will enjoy it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Autumn/Winter Idea Book Open House

Three times a year my heart gets all fluttery and I get really excited about the release of the latest Close to my Heart Idea Book. Well that time again is upon us, as of September 1st the Autumn/Winter Idea Book is available. With great new paper packs, unbelievable embellishments, awesomes stamp sets and an idea on every page, this is a book that you don't want to miss. I am having my first Open House to showcase the new Idea Book so if you live in the Denver Metro area and want to come down to take a look at the latest and greatest Idea Book, I would love for you to email me. I have prizes, giveaways on the hour and awesome ideas and ways for you to save or even earn free product. This is a great time of year for scrapbookers and I would love to share my passion with you. If you aren't from the Denver Metro Area and would love to get your hands on this hot item, check out Close to my Heart!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Clearly Beautiful Cards

Another clearly great project using Acetate from Creative Cuts & More. These two cards are the 5 x 7 Acetate card, I actualy cut it up to make 2 different cards. I quality of the accetate is awesome and easy to manipulate. I love the fact that the acetate gives the card some great dimension, not just paper layered, but great shadows and floating sentiments. In the back grounds I used Basic Grey Paper and Rubon's for the Bridal Card and the other card features all Close to my Heart Paper and Rubons.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

To Carry or to Capture?

For my next project as Guest Designer for Creative Cuts & More, I decided to take the basic Gable-Tall Box in Acetate and fashion it into a Phot Box. What better way to capture my daughter's boundless energy than by encasing it into this box. I wanted to create something with depth, color and fun techniques. This has eye-catching qualities and some great products helped that along. Of course we have the Gable-Tall Box in Acetate, Basic Grey Paper and Killer Red Tacky Tape from Creative Cuts & More. Rhinestones, Stamps, Inks and Ribbons are all Close to my Heart. I think this photo box is darling and only wish I would have found a way to make it rotate!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Stay in the Line!

So the next challenge for Whimsical Scraps and Bugs was a color challenge. You can see the colors in this post. I am a firm believer that companies put thier products into 'lines' so it makes you, the scrapbooker's, life easier. When you combine all the elements that you can find in a line from a manufacturer, you will always get a beautiful layout! I know that the trend is to mix and match, and in the beginning, that is all you really could do. But don't make your layouts harder then they have to be by doing unessessary extra work. This layout was made from Making Memories 'Chloe's Closet' and I think it worked out fabulously.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Moments Recorded

This is the latest from a great challenge site called Moments Recorded. Lots of great challenges. This last challenge was to use a sketch, mask and use mist of some kind. I do not own any kind of mist so I used paint splatter to recreate the mist effect. Messy! I do love my niece in this picture, she is really cute. Next time I think I will buy real mist for a great effect!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Back to School...Already?

How shocked was I to find out that school in the state of Colorado starts in August! The height of summer where I am from. Up in the frozen North we only start school in September, that way we have the warmest days to play outside. So one of my good friends daughters is off the the Honor Academy in Texas, giving a year of her life to God. I hope she has a good time, but, before she went I thought I would make her some great items to help her along. I think they will definately decorate her drab room and add some flair! I made the whole set of items I already had sitting around and SEI's Chocolat line of papers, goregeous!

This was my Eco friendly project...obviously made out of a tin can...the only thing I would differently is put something around the edge to protect her fingers and pens from getting cut, acrylic perhaps? Suggestions?

This is a great pen and notepad, just recovered. Picked up the notepad/pen set for a $1.

Great Dollar store buy, a horrible little picture frame that we recovered with our paper, Cork is painted and stamped and the letters are 'Color Ready' Sticker letters from Close to my Heart and my gel pens, love them sooo much!

This Journal is the best, with front, back and inside covers done with the paper I am sure all her thoughts will be well written. Just for fun I also stamped random inside give it some color!

A great Michael's buy, this little tool kit just needed some ribbon and a tag and it was done!

Of course the coaster post-it note holder! Recovered and AWESOME. I know that I missed some Must-have items that belong with this kit like pens, but I only had so much time. If you have any suggestions as to what else I could make with this kit, leave a comment I would love to hear from you!

Monday, August 10, 2009

BLOG HOP & August Guest Designer

Welcome everybody, this is my first Blog Hop! Also a great 'Thank You' to Creative Cuts and More and Die Cut Diva for letting me be the August Guest Designer of the month!!! I was really excited to play with all the great products and Die cuts that Creative Cuts and More has to offer, not to mention great ideas on the website. If you just got here and would like to do the blog hop, hop on over to Die Cut Diva which is the start of today's ACETATE blog hop and if you start there, there is a 15% coupon code for anyone who visits Die Cut Diva's blog. Weren't Chrissy's designs awesome? But of course I also have some great ideas for you too...

This is a Snow Pyramid, I modeled it to be like a 'Snow Globe'. Great for and ornament or a cute gift. I decided on the Acetate Pyramid Die Cut. Held the pyramid together with CC&M Killer Red Tacky Tape. I stamped the outside with Staz-on ink and stamps from Close to my Heart and then pumped up the words with Stickles and added Pink Rhinestones. If you look really close you can see an acetate 3-D snowflake inside the pyramid. I think it looks darling and would love to decorate my whole Christmas tree with these ornaments.

This great layout is about my Daughter and her Aunt...on a Swing. I had ordered a bunch of Acetate Flower die cuts and A la Mode Paper by Basic Grey from Creative Cuts and More, the flowers came in three different sizes and that was perfect for this pretty layout. I then used Staz-on ink and Close to my Heart Stamps to fill in the flowers. With a rhinestone in the middle and Acetate letter I had on hand, this layout turned out perfectly.
I love this blog hop with great ideas on it and awesome quaility die cuts. Note there is a giveaway of a brand new Sealife 8x8 album kit on the Die Cut Diva blog and there are FOUR ways to win! Also on the Die Cut Diva site is a sneak peek of the new All Occasions Card Kit, which features great cards in Autumn Colors and sentiments for occasions like Thank You's, Birthdays, Thinking of You's... Thanks for coming to see my blog and if you like what you see and are inspired I love comments and followers!
If you are continuing on with the blog hop your next stop is Jen's Blog with some more great ideas
As the Guest Designer for Creative Cuts and More, I have a bunch of great ideas yet to come this month, so keep checking back for more great ideas.

August Thanks-a-bration!

If you didn't already know I am also a Close to my Heart Consultant. If you scan my blog you will see that I use alot of thier papers and use thier clear stamps exclusively. I love their products and I know ladies who love thier products too. For the first half of the month of August you have the oppurtunity to earn FREE paper packs from Close to my Heart. There are lots of was to earn your FREE paper pack so drop me a line if you live in the Denver Metro area and I can get you on your way to FREE stuff. Act fast, Thanks-a-bration only lasts until August 17.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Take a challenge!

What a hard challenge I had this last time from Whimsical Scraps and Bugs Challenge Blog. I found it hard to create with 'Vintage'. Everybody, including myself is living in the now and loves to create using the 'now'. But we are here preserving not only our families memories but also my Grandma's, Grandpa's, nieces, nephew, cousins twice removed and so on. I, every now and then, love to do an older picture to try to update it and make me love it even more. Still lovin' my Cricut though, it is finally paid for (last payment has gone through) and now I can use and abuse it!!! Thank goodness I have WSB Challenge Blog to help me along. Are YOU up for the next challenge, submit your best Cricut made layout/card, see what you can make. The next challenge is a color challenge,

So break out your Cricut and make something wonderful!