Friday, December 20, 2013

Using up your Stash- Glitter and and Glitz Gel

If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Rachel's Blog. There are 9 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog.

Let's get started. Today I am showcasing a Joy Fold card I made for a card swap I am in. I used the glitter to highlight within the card.

 This is the front of the card. It is held shut by the surf board. While the picture it is hard to tell I used glitter on the word sunshine. This was achieved by using Versamark over the stamped image "sunshine" then poured glitter over the versamark.

when you open it up I left it clean for any type of message to be written. To give it a little something I took my glitter glitz and put it in the white section of the turtle's shell. (again with the picture it may be hard to see.)

Supply list:
*The item codes have been linked to my website to make pricing and purchasing easier.*
Versamark: Z891
Surf's up paper: X7168B
Mocha opaques
Prisma Glitter
Glitter Glitz Stardust
Ink pads ( Lagoon: Z2195, Sobert: Z2164, Honey: Z2162,Sky: Z2194

 Now hop on over to Nikki's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

If you would like to know how to make the Joy Fold card here is an excellent Tutorial from You Tube.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rockin Hearts Team Blog Hop- Holiday color theme

Today the Rockin Hearts Team is focusing on their favorite holiday color theme . Check out my take on this theme, then simply follow the links below to the other hoppers!

For this I actually dug through my stash to use up some of my old Christmas stash to work on my Christmas cards. Specifically those small pieces of stash that get thrown out if they don't work well on a layout and just sit around forever. 

 I colored in the lights with the Close to my Heart markers to make sure they were nice and bright.

Supply list: 
 CTMH retired holiday paper
Topiary marker: Z2413
Cranberry marker: Z2419
Topiary Cardstock:X5635
Stardust Glitter Glitz: Z1313
Brown and Tan Sparkles:Z1753

Now before you go check out the rest of the team's take on this theme from the links below. Be sure to come back over the next few days to see if other team members have joined in on the fun.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Using up your stash blog hop- Using unused/used once stamps

If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Rachel's Blog.

There are 6 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

Today I am showcasing A stamp set that is retired that I have never used.

To really utilize using up my stash I decided to use old close to my heart paper with it. I made a 4x4 card.
The flower I made with 3 different stamps from the stamp set and 3d foam tape.

Now hop on over to Joy's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide Hop

The holiday guide from Close to my Heart is live and ready for you to enjoy all the goodies. To show you many wonderful things you can do with the items in the holiday gift guide you can check out all the participates in this linky blog hop. The list of participates are below, and check back over the next few days as that list may grow!

Let's get started with my project:

I chose to use the My Creations Hip Pics Album, with the Sparkle Chevron Shapes.

You get these 5 sheets of Die-cut shapes. Which is great but overwhelming. So what I did first was I poped all of those shapes out and started stamping them with the stamp set. That way they are ready to be used for this project and future projects.
Next thing I did was put some of the die cuts on the cover, for them to go around a photo. I was in debate on which photos to use with this super cute album, so I decorated it with out photos.
The pictures of my son surfer look just great with the colors of the die-cuts. So you could see what a 4x6 photo looks like in these I inserted on. There is actually a little bit of over hand on it that I need to trim off. The pictures however do fit wonderfully in this. Making it a great little photo album since the typical photos laying around are 4x6.
Here you can see where I attached die cuts on the edges to hang over the photos on purpose. I liked this a lot because it allows that scrap booking feel with stuff on the pictures. However it isn't actually on the picture.

Lastly here is some of the chevron sparkles. You may have also noticed through out I tried to leave enough room on each page to make sure I could journal if I wanted to. With out inserting pictures in to it now, you now can see what this cute album could look like and its potential as a gift to a loved one.

Supply List:
**Item codes for each item are linked to my ctmh website so you can see larger pictures of the items with their prices, and purchase if you would like. I provided the item codes so you can have an easier time shopping on your consultants website.**

My Creations Hip Pics Album: Z1915
Sparkle Cheveron Shapes: Z1909
Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape: Z1850
Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape 3 pack: Z1907,

"This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group."

Technique blog hop- Naked layouts

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 4 of us highlighting the Naked Layouts technique.This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 

If you are coming from Shirley's Blog, you are on the right track!  (If you get lost along the way, I have provided a list of the hoppers below.)

The technique naked layouts, is where there are no photos on the layout, and no photo wells. For this technique I took it more as a way to scrapbook, and it is a step before the final process. I often will make layouts with out specific photo wells on them, and leave them "naked" until I have printed photos or decided what photos I want to use with it.

With this particular layout I found it really easy to go about this. Since I tend to always take a lot of pictures during fall I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of room for pictures on this layout when it "gets dressed". Also I wanted to keep it simple since at this juncture I have a general theme, but some of my embellishments may end up being more coordinated to the theme within the photos.

Supply List:

Flirty Paper Pack: no longer available
Flirty dimensional complements: X7160C (on while supplies last for $1.50)
Durable Round Studs: Z1706

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Joy's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Blog Hopper List: (names are linked to their blogs)
Tabbi- You are here

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Links troubles

This is just a friendly notice to let you know that if you are having problems with some of the links in my blog that refer you to product on my website do not be alarmed it is not you! Recently the Close to my Heart consultant websites have had some tweets done to them to make them easier to go through and more organized. As a result this would make the url's for some of the past product links I shared with you no longer work.

Please keep in mind that when I make supply lists I specifically give you the Item code, which you can search for on mine or another consultants website if the direct link to the product is not working.

With that I thought I would share a fun minion picture that I love as I do love someone with autism.

Which I gotta say I think he is pretty awesome.

This is my son at a Surfers for Autism event. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

It's October!

It's the beginning of a new month which means new stuff! Check out the things that are coming to you from me and Close to my Heart during the month of October 2013.

Stamp of the Month- Scandinavian Wishes

 Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

This stamp set came out with perfect timing to prepare for the holidays. While it may feel too soon to be thinking about christmas, it is just the right time to start thinking about making your own christmas cards with out spending a fortune on store bought cards.
Campaign of the month- Rediscover CTMH

Life is sweet and so are these adorable designed paper pieces! Download them for free through October 31 and use them as cupcake flags or to wrap small chocolates and give the gift of sweet.Go here and check them out today!
***keep a look out mid month for another great offer!***

Featured paper this month-Sarita

 G1066- This is the Workshop on the go. Giving everything you need to be creative with this wonderful and colorful paper.
Have all the supplies you need to be creative and just want the paper? You can get just the paper pack. X7171B

Keep an eye out on my blog this month for ideas of what you can do with this paper.

Kit of the month! 

I am offering 3 kit options this month that will include optional get creative instructions (with designs by me). The kits will utilize the featured paper of the month.
Scrap booking kit: $10 (this gets you half a paper pack, instructions to utilize the kit and embellishments.)

Card Kit: $8 (this gets you instructions with paper and embellishments to make 6 cards.)

Pocket scrap booking kit: $10 (this comes with 3 page protectors, Idea instructions to make pocket cards, 2  12x12 sheets of card stock (makes 24 3x4/ 4x3 cards) and 2 sheets of B&T paper + embellishments.)

If you order one of these kits you will be put in to a drawing for $10 in product.
**Drawing will be held November first, and winner will be announced on here and facebook. After I make initial contact to the winner, you will have 72 hours to get in touch with me on how to receive your items, otherwise another winner will be drawn.**

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rockin Hearts Team Blog Hop- Using stash stamps

Hello! Welcome to the Rockin Hearts Team Blog hop. This hop is actually being done in the form of a linky party, so be sure to check out the other blogs linked below for more ideas.

This month's theme is : using a stamp you have only used once or never.

I for one am guilty of buying a stamp, having a ton of ideas or at least a few ideas for it and then never using it after I get it. This gets bad enough that if my stash gets over flowing these are sometimes the stamps that I choose to get rid of. Today though we are going through our stash to find these very items and find a use for them.

While when I think stash I think embellishments and paper, stamps and other items that stick around for the long term can be a big part of that stash. Something as simple as pulling out that old item to see what you can do with it can in the long run help eliminate the stash we do think about (paper/ embellishments).

 I chose this stamp set, which is a past CTMH stamp of the month from earlier this year. While I was so excited about this stamp set, once I got it it was put aside. This may be in part because I was just finishing my degree and became very focused on scrapping specific things which this did not go with.
 I decided I wanted to use it for a pocket scrapbooking swap I am apart of so once I figured out that I was going to do 2 colors per pinwheel I stamped out the appropriate color of each pinwheel to make the right number of swap cards.

This is what I came up with, it is a 3"x4" card that can be used as a filler on a traditional scrapbook page, or as a filler card for a pocket scrapbooking layout.

Supply List:
Retired pinwheels stamp of the month
Dream pop paper
Lagoon ink: Z2195
Honey Ink :Z2162
Gypsy ink: Z2190
Slate ink :Z2173
Smoothie ink ( to ink edges): Z2196
Indian corn Blue ink:

Now check out these other great projects that were done to this them by fellow Rockin Heart team members.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Big Idea Festival - Day 3

Go Here to check out the Big Picture Classes

For this layout I used the list of scents that reminded me of my childhood. I had spent a lot of memorable moments with my grandmother growing up so I felt having pictures of her for this was important. Especially since several of those scents are because of memories spent with her. 

To see previous big idea festival days I did go to the links below:

Day 1
Day 2

Friday, September 20, 2013

Using up your stash Blog hop- Diecuts and Cricut cuts

If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Judy'sBlog.

There are 6 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

Today I am showcasing Cricut cuts specifically using cricut cuts as templates for making multi media layouts.

 I started off by cutting out these words. While I am using them for my title I just cut them in white cardstock because they weren't remaining on the page.
 Before placing the words on to the paper how I wanted them I first applied a small about of blue glue to the backs of them and let it turn clear so they would temporarily stick to the cardstock with out ripping it. I then used re-inker in a spray pen with alcohol to spray over the words.
 I then cut a bunch of cogs out that were welded together before they were cut. Once those are stuck to the paper I rubbed a layer of gesso over them. Then I removed the template and allowed it to dry.
 As you can see those cogs look very different!! I took Twinkling H2O paints lightly over the area, to give it a rusty look. As you can see there is a purplish red metalic/glitter hue through out.
I ended with this. The metal piece on the burlap was painted with Tim Holtz crackle paint. It wasn't fully dried in this picture to show the crackle effect.

I love that using my cricut is not just for cutting shapes and titles to to adhere to my layouts, but it is a cheaper route to have a wide variety of templates. The words are now nicely colors and stowed away to use for another project. I had cleaned off the gesso off the cog template so it could also be reused.

Thank you for checking out my project, please leave a comment and tell me what you thought.
Now hop on over to Shirley's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

Big Idea Festival -day 2

Big Picture Classes

Day 2's challenge I chose the list of my favorite school supplies to shop for. Which due to my love for art supplies ever since I was little, I figured pictures of stuff I had made went well with this. The photo in the middle was actually a photo shoot I did in the snow. 

What is the Big Picture Class? Go Here to my first post about the big Idea festival where I have explained Big Picture Classes. They have many free classes that can help stir your creativity, some of these have even been done by Close to my Heart. 

***Note that each day I am showing you only one of the lists that were used in the class. I did however save the lists so I could use them all. There is an e-book on the big Picture Class that has all the lists and then some in them and it is reasonably priced.***

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Big Idea Festival -day 1

Big Picture Classes

The first part of this month Big Picture Class had a free class called Big Idea Festival. This class they do every day and it is 10 days of great ideas to help you get your layouts done. This year it focused on "my childhood" and it used 30 lists to document your childhood. If you have never used the BigPictureClass and sometimes get in a creativity funk I would highly recommend this site.

Little about BigPictureClass
  • Its free to sign up
  • They have free and paid for classes
  • Classes are archived for you so you can go back to them later
  • They have self paced classes
  • There are e-books with great ideas (one of these e-books is where they generated the lists for the big idea festival). 
  • you can win prizes in the classes!
You can register on the big picture class Here.(using this link you will be using the refer-a-friend which gives us both 10% off a purchase of a self paced class or workshop. Only given to us after your first purchase. If you would rather not use the refer-a-friend use the links above that take you to the main website.)

For every day in the class we are challenged to use 1 of the three lists that the instructor used in our mini album/ smash book/ pocket scrapbooking/ layouts, and then post it in that day's photo gallery for a chance to win one of the giveaways. While I am working on using every list, here is the layout I made for that day's challenge. 

I had put the very basic part of this layout together a long time ago and set it aside. I found it worked wonderful with this. I had put 2 photo wells on this for when I get together with my mom and go through all the childhood pictures she has as I only have a portion of them. The list was about all my favorite childhood books. I even put pictures of some of those books. 

Remember there were 10 days so I will be posting the others everyday. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Mixed Media Mash Up!- CKC Jacksonville

First Class of the day!

To start off I was taking this class with my friend Susie. Also the class was at 10 a.m., this time is a big deal because it was perfect in every way. It allowed us to get our kids to school, and not have to rush to get down to the convention......... also this should have allowed plenty of time to get coffee in our system.

HA! well my husband's wallet got stolen 2 days before this, so he called me when I was on my way down asking me if I had found it yet.. my responce, "um no, let me just turn around now and spend the rest of the day doing that!" (can you feel the sarcasm dripping off my lips as steam shoots out my ears.)

That was needless to say enough of a distractor that the coffee didn't get finished but was in tow. Then I did early access to the vendor show/fair/ section.... It was soooo much to take in at once half out of it that I then got all disoriented about the time... thinking our class started at 10:30.

After much debate we got to the class at 10:17, which was too late to be put in for the goodies from the class, and caused us to do some rushing to catch up on the layout but working together we managed to pull it together....... Did I mention that somehow my paper cutter didn't get packed!!!
 This is the entire finished product. We used some nifty markers that have india ink in them on the canvas. (they did that as we showed up so I literally just scribbled on mine and spritzed fast. Which is evident and had I slowed a little despite the scribbling I could have blended it better. but it is a photo mat so I wasn't worried)
 Also we used on the left edge a fabric template, and some gelletos on the top of the page. You can't forget the huey mister over the "trust your heart" template. Lastly on this page we used some Gesso with a template to get that white round bumpy circle.
This page is incomplete for 2 reasons... 1 no photos, I haven't got that far, and probably won't till the pieces that were missing from the kit get here, which is the other thing. So the cardboard and burlap have gesso on them. The blue pieces were done with the gelletos and then misted and swirled around with my finger. This is the same for the yellow and pink one, only difference there is if you look at the pink. I applied a lil more gelleto to it as we were leaving to mist later. Unfortunately it dried before I could mist it make it hard to smooth out. (Just means those are on my shopping list!)

Instructions/ Supplies

Because I did not design this layout and I am not affiliated with the products or the people that made the layout I am not putting the instructions on how to do this on here. IF you are interested in the instructions for this layout which comes with a full list of the products used please Contact Me. I do have a copy of the instructions which I scanned for archival purposes. This layout could easily be done with a combination of CTMH products mixed with the multi media tools, if you want tips on how to make that happen, just ask. =)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

CTMH Technique Blog Hop- Using Liquid Glass

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 6 of us highlighting the use of liquid glass. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 

If you are coming from Shirley's Blog, you are on the right track! 

This is an mini album I made for my son that was themed around his 8th birthday. You will see on the 3rd page I used liquid glass in a non traditional way.

On this page I used liquid glass to make the feel of water.
To do this I first took Pacifica pigment ink and sponged the chipboard till it was nice and blue. From there I adhered the sky piece of cardstock. I then lightly put a layer of liquid glass over the pacifica ink giving it a shiny water like look. In some spots instead of applying the liquid glass I put liquid applique and let it puff up naturally.

On the left page I used 4x4 flip flaps to do a waterfall effect.

Supply List:  

Surf's up paper pack: X7168B
Adventure mini pigment ink set: Z2501
Baker's twine neutral assortment: Z1701
Liquid Glass: Z679
Liquid Apllicaque: Z308
Artbooking Cricut cartridge: Z1906

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Joy's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

ProPlayer layout

Featured paper of September- ProPlayer

I lifted this general layout from a Creating Keepsakes magazine I got free from attending the CKC in Jacksonville. As you can see it is a very simple layout but full of fun and focusing on pictures.

I hand stitched the center area which is where the journaling and title will go. The picture spot right below it is matted on Washi Tape.

This was a layout done in the moment because I really enjoyed that layout and I knew I would be able to find something to go with this. So until I skim through my pictures to decide what will go on this, I have it nicely marked for picture sizes so I can put it in a protector in my Work in Progress Album.

The work in progress album I have found to be a life saver. It allows me to keep being creative and using up my stash while not feeling like I can't do anything because I don't have pictures printed, or I don't at this moment have pictures to fit this layout. Since sooner or later I will.

The album has another advantage which is it's price tag. It is only $15.95. So for any of us that are guilty of making layouts and then holding off on buying an album because of the price, this lets you do it longer while securely protecting those layouts. This is an item that now that I have it, I can't live with out it. You can get your own at my website.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pro Player Gathering projects

Want free scrap booking products?

Who doesn't!! If you choose to host a gathering with me, and you just love the Pro Player Paper these are the two projects I have had parties does with this paper. Which they just love.

 This card is the perfect size to use with a gift.
For big parties this little package is made for the size to hold a little candy like a Hersey kiss. Nothing cheers up a person's day that a cute way to say you care with a "kiss".

If you are interested in having a party please Contact me. When life is too hectic or we don't live close together for a traditional in home party we can always have an online party!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

9/11 Challenge layout

Yesterday while remembering 9/11 I had posted a challenge for my readers to make something that talked about your memories of 9/11.  Here is my layout for that challenge.

I chose to keep it very simple so the layout could be more so focused on my story from the event as well as the pictures telling the story of the event. I used both new pictures in memory of the event as well as pictures from the event. The journalling actually goes over my day of September 11, 2001. Then I ended with flowers as a symbolic symbol to remember those that lost their lives due to this tragic event.

I would love to see what you did, please feel free to post it in a comment or on my Facebook Page.

CKC- Follow your Heart Mini Album

This class was taught by Jamie from Close to my Heart, she works for Corporate there, and is apart of their design team. The class was an hour and a half of fun. This class really allowed you to see what the new Cricut cartridge, Artbooking is all about. Below are pictures of the finished mini album we made in order as they would appear as you flip through the book.

Not sure what pictures I am going to put in it yet, but I do know that my son is probably going to snatch it so it will probably be photos driven towards something he enjoyed.

Supply List:
Laughing Lola Paper-X7170B
Laughing Lola dimensional elements- X7170C
Laughing Lola Assortment-Z1854
Artbooking cricut cartridge- Z1906

Colors of cardstock used:
Slate- X5930
Black- 1386

Colors of ink used:
Honey- Z2162

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