Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Just Smashing!

I love when weekly challenges fit into my crafting plans.  This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge did just that.  I was snooping on Amy Moore's blog (even though I don't know Amy, I feel kindred to her as she has my maiden name and loves CTMH too) last weekend and found this cute post and idea about a smash book.  Unfortunately I did not purchase CTMH journals before they were discontinued so went in search of a "smash book/journal" I could use to captured fun momentos, ideas and use for journaling.  I did find a cute kraft looking journal with black binding and a black band.

When I saw the Heart 2 Heart inspiration photo below, I knew exactly what I was going to do with my "smash book." 
 I loved the crisp color combination of brown, white, teal and black and was drawn to the pretty floral accent in the room.  The journal turned out pretty clean and simple.  I am loving the pop of teal.   
 Using CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge I cut 4 different sized flowers and layered them with foam tape.  The black button in the center finishes off the flower pefectly and ties in all the black on the journal. 
I have already started "smashing" a few memories from January and February.  I'll try to share a few pages now and then to give you an idea of what my smash book is about.  Thanks again to Amy Moore for the fun inspiration.  I can't wait to see what becomes of this cute little journal.


Final Days for Studio J Promotion

Only a few more days to get this amazing deal on Studio J layouts.  Order a Studio J 5-pack for $55 (no shipping charge) and receive another 5-pack free.  What a great value!  Only $2.75 per page, pictures, embellishments, buttons, ribbon and more included on your printed page (of course all digital).  Plus the pages blend nicely with your traditional paper pages and are not at all bulky.  I love it!  If you have always wanted to try online scrapbooking, now is the time to get your 5-packs and try it.  Don't wait, the offer is only good thru Wednesday, February 29th. 

Remember, in December when I said I wanted to create a layout a day to document our Christmas celebration?   Didn't think I would do it?  Well, thanks to Studio J I completed a layout for all our special traditions and celebrations.  I have complete up to Christmas Eve, and just need to finish the rest of the month.  Thanks to this great February offer I was able purchase 10 prints at a better price than I get with my Studio J membership.  Here are a few of the layouts I made for my 2011 Christmas Album.  Feel free to click on them to see them larger.          

Please let me know if you have difficulty purchasing your 5-pack or need help registering and/or getting started.  I am always happy to help.  I would even be willing to give and individual tutorial to local friends who are interested. 


Friday, February 24, 2012

Put A Bird On It

Oh yes I did!  I put a bird on the Mojo Monday card and it looks so cute!

I just love Close to My Heart's Stella Paper Pack and how nice all the bright blues, reds, pinks, oranges and greens go together.  It looks so earthy and nice, and perfect for a bird :o).   I also used CTMH's Chocolate Striped Grosgain Ribbon for the pretty tie embellishment. 

What do you like to put birds on?


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Pretty Meal

Today I created a fun freezer meal of Chicken Taco Soup to give to a family at my daughter's preschool whose mother fell and broke her leg.  Freezer meals are perfect to bring to a family in need.  They are easy to prepare and are stored in Ziploc bags, so are disposable.
 To dress up the dull Ziploc bag and make the meal a little more special, I took inspiration from this weeks Heart 2 Heart Challenge Sketch.
 Since the bag topper was rectangle, I had to make a few adjustments.  Can you see the inspiration?
 I even added a smaller topper for the chocolate chip cookies too.  I love how pretty the Stella Compliment Canvas shapes are.  They add such a special touch to these simple projects. 
 I put the entire meal in a cheap Albertson's reusable bag to contain the meal in a nice compact package to deliver. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Scrappy Creations Class for March

Scrappy Creations Class
Thursday, March 8th at 7PM
Make this adorable springy layout and 4 cards using the new Lucy Paper Pack from Close to My Heart.  These are perfect for Easter, Springtime, Mother's Day and more.   

Let me know if you would like to participate in this class no later than Sunday, February 26.  Choose one of the following packets and arrange for payment, so that I may order them in time for class on March 8th. 
Workshop on the Go Kit-$35.14 (Includes-Lucy Paper Pack, Lucy Workshop Stamp Set/Size C, Lucy Compliments Glittery Rub-Ons and Bitty Sparkles)
Basic Kit-$11.69 (Includes only the Lucy Paper Pack)
Basic Plus Kit #1- $17.48 (Includes the Lucy Paper Pack and Lucy Compliments Glittery Rub-ons)
Basic Plus Kit #2- $15.14 (Includes the Lucy Paper Pack and Bitty Sparkles)
Complete Kit- $20.95 (Includes the Lucy Paper Pack, Lucy Compliments Glittery Rub-ons, and Bitty Sparkles)

Can't make it to class, but still would like to create these cute projects.  Order the Lucy Paper Pack or the Lucy Workshop on the Go and I will send you complete instructions to create the above layout and cards.
These additional products may also help to finish your projects more completely;
***These supplies may be ordered from my website and delivered directly to your home.  Please note that the price of individual orders may be different from class costs due to the price of direct shipping. 
 Always wanted to try Studio J online scrapbooking?  Make sure you take advantage of this month's special. 
Purchase a Studio J 5-pack and get an addtional 5-pack for free.  That equals 10 Studio J layouts for only $55.00.  Only $5.50 for one two page layout, $2.25 per page.  That is a fantastic buy.  Don't miss out!  This promation will only be available through February 29th. 


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Super Heros Everywhere!

This past weekend we celebrated my son's birthday with a superhero party.  It was a great time with lots of superheros everywhere.  See the invitation for the party here

Each of the children were asked to dress as their favorite superhero.  It was fun to have everyone in their costumes. 
 While the children arrived, there were paper airplanes to decorate and fly.  Once everyone arrived we played several superhero games, like "pass the kryptonite." 
 We made spider webs like Spiderman by rolling a ball of yarn around a circle. 
 Using our parachute, we played "cape games."  I talked about how a cape looked and how it moved. 
 We also played a Villain bean bag game to try to flip the "bad guys."  And lastly while I got lunch ready, the kids played a Mr. Freeze Dance Game. 
 After the games we had lunch.  We ate Super Hero Subs, "Crunch" potato chips, rocket ship fruit kabobs, veggies and dip, and green "kryptonite" jello parfait ( lime jello, pineapple, and cool whip). 
It was great party.  

Friday, February 10, 2012

Made with Heart

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and we have been busy making cards for our family and teachers.   This weeks challenge at Heart 2 Heart was to make something for someone you love.  Eventhough it is a day for sweethearts, we also like to send cards to our family to let them know how much we love them. 

If you follow my blog, you know that I like to use my children's art to create things.  These kid crafted cards are by no means meant to be pristine and gorgeous, but they are beautiful because they were made with little hands that were fully committed to the fun of creating.  I think they will be loved by the Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins who will receive these little gems.  

Using CTMH white card stock, the kids stamped hearts onto the cards using cut up toliet paper rolls in pink and red. 

 I stamped the simple phrase of "Be Mine" using CTMH Typeset Letters and mounted them on holiday red cardstock.  My daughter assembled and glued them on the cards. 

Some of the cards were very uniform.
 Some were a little random.
 A some were down right crazy!
None the less they were made with love and turned out looking pretty festive. 

Make sure to check out some more artwork "For the One/s You Love" at Heart 2 Heart.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Capes, Masks, Super Powers, Bad Guys Flee
Can it be?
Our little SUPERHERO is three!
I have only had my blog for about a year now, but my most popular posts have always been those regarding my children's birthday parties.  So, I thought I would post just a quick sneak peak at the invitation for my son's upcoming Superhero birthday party.  Stay tuned for more details from his big day.  Trust me, there will be villians, kryptonite, spiderwebs and lots of heros to the rescue.  Think it is going to be a great day!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Stella Layouts are Stellar!

I just love the new paper packs from the new Close to My Heart's Spring and Summer Idea Book and am really looking forward to some of the projects I have planned for the next couple of months.  It is always fun to use new product, especially when it is so pretty. 

Here are the two layouts we will be creating during the February 9th Scrappy Creations Class. 
Layout 1:  Lifted directly out of the Idea Book (pg. 16 Imagine: Follow the Lead).  I didn't have enough pictures to add, so I added a few journaling squares to complete the look.)
 Layout 2:  Adapted from a sketch in the February, 2012 edition of Scrapbooks Ect.  Although these papers were designed for spring and summer, I think these fall cookout pictures look nice too.   
Didn't sign up to participate in my class, or don't live nearby?  No worries, order one or more of the follow supplies from my website and I will send you complete directions on how to complete these layouts.
Stella Paper Pack $9.95
Stella Complements Canvas Shapes $5.95
Bohemian Assortment $4.95
You may also wish to purchase the following to complete the look:
Cocoa Ink Pad $5.25
Round Sponge $1.25

Stay tuned for March's Scrappy Creation Class projects.  I will be posting the finished projects later on this week or next. 


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It's February 1st!!!!!

Ready for sunny days, family bbq's, evening walks, days at the beach?  Well, wait no longer, the Spring and Summer Idea Book is now available.  Check out all the beautiful new products today! 
Be the first to order these awesome new products!  Shop online here

Let me know what your favorite new paper pack is. I always love comments.  It is difficult to choose, but mine is either Stella or Cruisin'