Thursday, June 22, 2017

All American Baseball Boy

Well I have an awesome surprise coming up in a couple of Thursday's but until that point you will have to simply sit back and enjoy my scrapbooking pages ;) 

You know I have been making cards for quite some time now and I am getting fairly decent at it. I can even make some awesome mini albums and flip books. But, for some reason when I sat down to make a full scrapbook page I became stunned...you know almost like a deer in the headlights!! I had no clue where to begin or what I should be doing to make one of those awesome pages that you see EVERYWHERE. 

With that being said I came to the conclusion that I need to find my scrapbooking mojo again and get back into the groove of it. Here take a look at my most recent page.


So for this layout I used papers from the Prickly Pear Line from CTMH. Now this is a perfect line for summer featuring lots of cacti and bright colors, however, as with many of our paper lines it's very easy to swap their themes and create something more. 

Keeping the page simple I decided to use the same line of embellishments all the way through. For this layout I chose the "My Boy" Complements also from CTMH. These complements are currently sold out and will not be back in stock, but the same theory holds true for any complements. 

Rule of Thumb: If you stick to one paper line and one set of complements throughout your whole project then Close To My Heart will help you match you project all the way through every time. :) 

Thanks for stopping in today and Happy Crafting. 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another Summer Scene Card!!

Hi Guys! Today I'm bringing you another beautiful card using the summer scenes stamps from Just For Fun! This card uses the "Grey Heron at Waters Edge" stamp as the main part and then I decided to top it off with the "May your day be filled..." sentiment stamp, which is not a new stamp but it's still a goody and it pairs perfectly with our newer ones. 

So enough chatter, let's get to this card.


Is that not one of the best stamps you have seen in a while! I love it! The best news is that Just For Fun released a few of these "summer scene" stamps and they are all just as fabulous. 

So for this card I started off with some CTMH ombre paper from the Prickly Pear line, I then simply added items from my stash, like those layered scallops. I stamped the image in a black ink and then colored it in using alcohol markers. I also added that sentiment to the white layer, prior to attaching it to the base. 

Since I love the look of a framed image I took some Lagoon ink and inked all around edges of the white paper. Again using a couple more items from my stash I attached some brown ribbon and a few embellishments from that same CTMH paper line. 

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you were inspired to head out and create something beautiful. 
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Swap Kit Card: Doily Sponging Technique

Ok so I wasn't going to post this card because I am not a big fan of the way it came out, but I used a really awesome technique so I could not resist. Here take a look and then we will chat a little more about it. 


Ok so let's talk for a minute. This card (and all the embellishments) came from a card/tag kit swap where we were challenged to make a project using the materials we were provided with. Well in this set of stuff, I received some doily's and if you know me then you know that I don't really ever use doily's so I was a little thrown. Well after a some hesitation I decided to try something new and to sponge the doily look onto the extra piece of paper I was provided with and wah-lah!! now I'm a fan of doily's!!! 


This technique is simple you just take a doily, a sponge, and some ink and get to work spreading the ink onto the doily using a circular motion. You can go above the doily like I did or you can simply use the pretty lace design on the doily to create that lovely pattern. 

The best part of crafting is using your imagination!! I am now eager to learn about more ways to use these cut little things, called doily's. Comment below and tell me how you use doily's and maybe I will feature you in an upcoming post :) 

Happy Crafting! 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Patriotic Card - Budget Friendly

Today's card was created to go along with a "4th of July" embellishment swap which will be coming to you this week on Wednesday. So I guess you could call it a little sneak peek to start your week.


This card was so easy to throw together and includes a pocket card as the front focal piece. I simply took this card (printed it out) and then added mats to it. Matting a focal piece, or any paper really, adds a lot of emphasize to the card. It provides a clean and finished look and is super simple and cheap (perfect for when you are working off a budget.) The two mats include the first layer in that blue star paper and then a thin ruby one underneath that using cardstock. 

Next, I used more of "The Paper Studio's All Season's" pack to layer a piece of patterned paper on top of the card base. Finally, I added a couple of foam stickers from the Dollar Tree (I know, I know it's my beautiful but highly budget friendly card right!!) and wah-lah I have a really striking and beautiful card ready for the summer. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the project.  

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Jack's Starburst (Video) Tutorial

Did you guys head on over and like my page yet? There are plenty of wonderful videos and tips that I have been posting lately so I really hope you did. For today I figured I would bring another video right here to your inbox and show you how awesome and easy paper crafting can really be. 



And here is the final product. 


I had some trouble with the banner section of this card so in the video it's a little different than the picture. After playing around with the twine for a little bit I finally figured out that it was too thick for the card and I decided to go with some embellishments instead.

For the card I used the Jack paper as well as the Jack complements. I love using pieces from the same line because there's no question on whether they match or not.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure to come on over to our facebook group and join in on this week's Mood Board Challenge.


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