Monday, September 30, 2013

Oh Snap! My Favorite Photos!

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Hello everyone, welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge post.  This week's challenge was selected by our very fabulous Melanie.  Melanie challenged the Design Team to use any Cricut overlay cut on a project of their choice.   

I have been doing a lot of scrapbook pages recently, and loving it!  Scrapbooking is still my first love in paper crafting.  When I scrapbook I feel like I am returning to my crafting roots and renewing my paper crafting interests.  I decided to create a two page 12 x 12 inch layout using an overlay and other fun elements.


I used two cartridges on this layout - primarily Close To My Heart's Artbooking, but also Craft Room Basic Shapes.  Artbooking is THE PERFECT cartridge for the overlay challenge, though I confess to be very impressed with the creativity of Design Team in selecting their overlays.  For me, Artbooking was a natural choice.  

I created these two pages for the "family" scrapbook.  I sometimes scrap the same photos over and over in different combinations, on different papers, for different scrapbooks.  I had previously scrapped a couple of the above photos for Bethany's book.  I am working on pages for Ian's book, and these two pages are for mine and Doug's family book.


I wanted to honor the colors and the season of the photos with my paper selections so I stayed within the fall color spectrum - lots of oranges, creams, browns, and rust.  I even managed to find a wood grain print to use as matting.


I had fun using the camera and the balloon phrases on these two pages.  I know that "OH SNAP" is not usually associated with cameras, but I thought it was cute here.  Of course I did add the traditional "click it" on the next page.



I used the Cricut Craft Room Basics cartridge to create the four circle frame cut.  I started with four inch circles welded together, and I added 3.5 inch circles into the middle of each larger circle.  I spaced the circles to fit around the other elements on the page.  The photos were hand cut using the cut out frame centers as a template.  


I finished the page with by adding metal embellishments to the page.  I added glue and glitter to the center of the smaller metal embellishments.

You know we truly love it when you join us in the weekly BBTB2 challenge.  The challenge rules are on the sidebar of the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog.  



As a quick reminder, today is your LAST day to order the September Stamp of the Month and to take advantage of the National Stamping Month special.  All order must be placed by midnight Mountain Time tonight!  

September is National Stamping Month and at Close To My Heart this month EVERYONE IS A WINNER!!  To celebrate National Stamping Month CTMH has an amazing customer special:  This month only - you can get 3 full sets of stamps for only $10 with a $50 order!  


And that's not all!  With that same $50.00 order, you can add the wonderful stamp of the month - Poster Tidings - to your order for only $5.00!!
  


Remember, when you order the Artbooking cartridge this month you can get everything listed above for only $114 (plus tax and shipping), a $190 value!!  THAT is a fabulous deal.  The cartridge and overlay, three jumbo sets of chipboard, and 7 stamp sets for only $114!!



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Iron Gate-fold Card with Roses


Hello everyone.  I have one of my hybrid cards to share with you today.  Recently a customer asked me why I use the Silhouette Cameo if I am a Close To My Heart consultant.  I pointed out that I actually LOVE the CTMH Cricut Cartridges, but I also love my Cameo.  This card is an example of how you can use CTMH products with your Cameo.


I found the cut file for the wrought iron gate card in the Silhouette America store.  I sized and cut the card.
I edited the design so that I had only the outside shape of the card and I cut that in white.  This allowed me to have a white inside and a while lining for the iron gate.  I wanted the gates lined because I did not want the inside writing to show through the gate.

To make my life easier I cut two colors and sizes of leaves with the Cameo.  I could have used the leaves from the stamp set I planned to use, but I confess, I took the quick way out!


I used the Close To My Heart Happy Autumn stamp set to stamp the roses for the gate front.   This is the same stamp set that I used on the fall cards last week (this post).  I think it is amazing the difference that ink color can make in the end result of a stamp set.  In last week's card the colors are bold and lush, where as in today's card the colors are more mellow.

In case you have not guessed, of all of the new stamp sets in the Fall/Winter Close To My Heart Catalog, Happy Autumn is my favorite.  I really, really like this stamp set.


 

Inside the card I added two layers on which I plan to stamp my sentiment and write the personalized message.  I finished the card by adding a the stamped "sweet" tag to the front of the gates.




Remember this is the last week to take advantage of the National Stamping Month special and the fabulous Stamp of the Month set!

September is National Stamping Month and at Close To My Heart this month EVERYONE IS A WINNER!!  To celebrate National Stamping Month CTMH has an amazing customer special:  This month only - you can get 3 full sets of stamps for only $10 with a $50 order!  


And that's not all!  With that same $50.00 order, you can add the wonderful stamp of the month - Poster Tidings - to your order for only $5.00!!
  


Remember, when you order the Artbooking cartridge this month you can get everything listed above for only $114 (plus tax and shipping), a $190 value!!  THAT is a fabulous deal.  The cartridge and overlay, three jumbo sets of chipboard, and 7 stamp sets for only $114!!



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pretty Woman on a Pretty Layout


Hello everyone.  I hope you feel like another layout featuring my lovely daughter, Bethany.  There is a story behind these two pages.  Bethany came home one afternoon after teaching all day and I thought she looked fabulous - especially for a woman who had just spent 8 hours with 20 second graders!  I decided to snap a couple of photos of her.  But of course, Duncan the wonder dog felt like he needed to be in the photos with her.  After some good petting, he gave her such a loving look, then he and Bethany both looked at me and smiled!  The photos were so cute that I had to scrap them!



I actually made most of these two pages last summer at Scrap Convention in a Heartfelt Creations layout class.  I do love using Heartfelt Creations products - but they ARE time consuming to use.  And even though cutting the individual pieces, stamping the individual cuts, adding ink, glitter, etc is time consuming, I always think the end result is so worth while!


My matting color choice may seem unusual, but it actually matches the subtle blue in the background print paper.  Also it matches Bethany's skirt.



I used a lot of glue and fine glitter on this layout.  The flower centers are glitter covered glue.  Also i used fine tip on the glue and outlined the word LOVE and applied glitter to the word.




Remember that is this is the last week to order the September Stamp of the Month and to receive the National Stamping Month stamp set.  






Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fun Fall Layout


Hello everyone.  Today's blog post is going up late due to technical difficulties.  I was having problems getting a glare-free photograph of the layout!  I photographed this layout in two different sessions, deleting all of yesterday's photos due to glare and poor color quality.  Today's photos, while better, are still not quite what I had wanted to share with you.


As you can see this is a two page, 12 x 12 inch layout.  The left page, above, includes some elements from an SVGcuts.com layout.  I used only part of the SVGs from the cut file.  I did not want the cuts to over power the photographs.

I used a fun fall orange and white print as the base card stock for this layout.  I cut the large partial circle, the cornfield layer, the stripes and chevrons on my Silhouette Cameo.  The title, sunflower, leaf border and pumpkins were also from the SVGcuts file.

Using the card stock, I created a second page to coordinate with the left page.  I used the same leaf border and pumpkin, as well as the same card stock prints.


I love that this layout gave me the opportunity to use the Close To My Heart September Stamp of the Month.  This stamp set has not only the fall subway art in the photo below, but a similar Christmas subway art!


I thought you might like a close up shot of some of the page elements.  Below you can see the double layer title, the corn stalks, and the sunflower.


I truly enjoyed making this layout.  Of course I do love the photos of Bethany and John so it was fun to design a layout to compliment the photos, but not overpower the photos.  I hope you like this layout as well.




Remember that is this is the last week to order the September Stamp of the Month and to receive the National Stamping Month stamp set.  







Monday, September 23, 2013

Family Time and Girlfriend Time....


Hello everyone.  I know it is Monday and that normally means it is time for my weekly Bitten By The Bug 2 post.  However this week I did not get my project finished.  It was all designed, but not cut when I left for a weekend at Lake Murray at my friend Sally's lake house.  And while I accomplished a lot this weekend, I did not get my BBTB2 project finished!  Sad, I know!  I did have a lovely time at the lake and I want to thank Sally and Beth for hosting us again.


I will be sharing some of the projects that I made this weekend later in the week.  I still need to photograph the projects and tonight I am just too tired to do that.  I actually fell asleep sitting up on the sofa checking my email.  My sweet hubby sent me off to bed for a nap, while he made dinner for us!  What a good, good man.


Remember last Monday when I told you that Ian had come home for the weekend?  I so enjoyed his visit that I set up a 20 minute photo shoot with Ian, Bethany & John, Doug & I in the back yard.  I need new photos of Ian and Bethany for our annual calendars I made each fall.  I decided that John will be added to the family calendar beginning in January so I needed photos of him as well.


I thought for a 20 minute photo shoot that we did okay.  I love the photos of Ian and many of those of Bethany & John together.  And of course these two cut solo photos of Bethany - above and John - below.


I managed to get two good photographs of Ian and Bethany together.  In this photo I think they look a great deal alike.


And as we were wrapping up, Bethany snapped a couple of photos of Doug and I together.  I especially liked the photo below.



Please do go over to the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and check out the Design Team's cats and dogs projects, and to congratulate our new Design Team members!!



Remember that is this is the last week to order the September Stamp of the Month and to receive the National Stamping Month stamp set.  






Friday, September 20, 2013

Let's Hear It For The Boys!


Hey there everyone!  I am off to the lake today to spend the weekend with some of my best scrappy girlfriends.  But before I depart, I am taking time to share this manly man card with you.   This card was made from a basic vest card cut file (downloaded from the Silhouette America store) and a bit of creativity on my part.

The original vest card included the out side vest cut, the lining, the shirt collar, and tie cuts (oh and the pocket tabs).  While I really liked the basic vest card, the thing that bothered me was that I would have to sign the card over top of the neck tie.  Well that just seemed wrong!  So I created and cut a shirt insert!  Problem solved.


I glued the tie and shirt collar onto the front of the shirt, and then I glued the shirt into the front right side of the vest.   Now when I open the vest I have the entire back of the card free to stamp a message and sign the card!

I found a container of assorted color SEI button top brads in my desk drawer and realized they were perfect for this card.  I added two light blue button brads to the color and four navy button brads to the front of the vest.  I also added the pocket tabs from the original cut file.



Thanks for stopping by today.   I hope you like my crazy printed vest "manly man card".  I will be back soon with another new project.




Thursday, September 19, 2013

Caribbean Cruise with Studio J


Hey there!  As many of you know, I tend to be a traditional scrapbooker.  But every now and then I find that Studio J, the Close To My Heart digital scrapbook program, has just the answer to my scrapping needs.  That was the case with this fun two page layout, a sort of over view, of the cruise Doug and I took two years ago.  

Studio J is great in that you can use pre-designed layouts, or you can select the "paper" you want to use and build your own layout.  Or, as a third option, you can select your paper, select a layout, and then personalize the layout to suit your needs and taste.  I usually go with option three, which I did in this layout.




I started with the paper set "Tommy".  After uploading my photos, I edited the layout I chose to fit my photos and to taste.  Once I was happy with the photo placement, I began working on the layers and other elements on the layout.  For example, I knew I wanted the add the banner on the right page (below) and the text "30th Anniversary Cruise".  Studio J makes it easy to personalize you pages and layers.  And there are a variety of fonts for journaling.




I made a couple of close ups for you to see changes I made to the layout.  I recolored the large label shape and added the striped layer over the yellow layer.  I added the little direction arrows, the ship's wheel, and the ribbon at the bottom with words printed across it.


The photo below shows an up close of the banner, complete with edge stitching I added, and the title text.  you can also see that I "matted" the photo on gold card stock!




My friend Peggy has become a regular Studio J scrapper.  She loves how she can scrap on the go with her laptop and photos.  If you travel a lot this could be an especially good option for you.  When I was participating in LOAD 513 and had to make a layout every day in May, I used my Studio J quite a bit because we were traveling.  Studio J (and Panera Bread!) allowed me to complete all 31 layouts on time, even while on the road!

You can click on any of the photos to see them larger - but this photo below will look better than the one at the top of the post.



You can access Studio J through my on-line Close To My Heart Store by clicking on the title STUDIO J.

As a reminder, Bitten By the Bug 2 is holding a Design Team Call.  You have until Sunday, Sept 22 to submit an entry.  All of the details are on the BBTB2 blog.


I am offering a special for anyone who signs up to become a member of my Close To My Heart team:  


For a limited time only I am running a personal Join My Teamspecial.  Anyone who joins my CTMH team in the next week will receive half of the cost of their $50 starter kit back from me.  That's right, for the next week I am offering you the opportunity to receive $25 back via paypal after you sign up on my team.

If you would like more information about being a CTMH consultant, email me and I will give you a call.  Or go to my on-line store and read more about becoming a CTMH Consultant - HERE.

September is National Stamping Month and at Close To My Heart this month EVERYONE IS A WINNER!!  To celebrate National Stamping Month CTMH has an amazing customer special:  This month only - you can get 3 full sets of stamps for only $10 with a $50 order!  


And that's not all!  With that same $50.00 order, you can add the wonderful stamp of the month - Poster Tidings - to your order for only $5.00!!
  


Remember, when you order Artbooking this month you can get Everything listed above for only $114 (plus tax and shipping), a $190 value!!  THAT is a fabulous deal.  The cartridge and overlay, three jumbo sets of chipboard, and 7 stamp sets for only $114!!