Monday, July 17, 2017

JFF: Embossing and Sponged Card

Hi guys! Today is my day to design for the Just For Fun challenge blog and I had so much fun making this colorful card.


For this card I started by sponging on different ink colors to create a really fun background. I then decided to grab the "Cupids Arrow" stamp and cut it apart so I ended up getting two stamps out of one. I did this because I wanted to clear emboss those beautiful arrows on the background and use the sentiment in a white as the foreground. 


This card was super simple to put together and came out awesome. Here take a look at the process video I created. 


Thanks for checking in today! Happy Crafting! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CK: Welcome Back & Unicorn Birthdays

Hi and Welcome to the Scrap Shack!! Today I have some exiting news.... I have decided to re-join Creatve Knockouts Design Team!! Woot Woot! This is one of my favorite design teams to be a part of and for today's post I have a wonderful Birthday card to show you. 

Every Thursday at Creative Knockouts there is a brand new challenge as well as a prize package! The theme varies every week and all members of the DT come on and showcase their projects using a digital stamp. Well this week the challenge is "Birthday Wishes" and our sponsor is none other than  Digital Delights which is exactly where my image came from. 


Digital Stamp: Starz The Unicorn
There's no better CTMH stamp to use with this digital image than the Birthday Princess one. This is a great magical birthday stamp that features great sentiments, princesses, magic sparkles, and of course your prince frogs. The inside sentiment for my card was pulled from this same stamp set. Here take a look. 


For a little extra added inspiration I turned to another one of my favorite challenge blogs FUSION and used their sketch. 
As far as the rest of the elements on my card I decided to use the "Adventure" paper line from CTMH which was just recently retired. However you can find a similar paper called "Enchantment" here. I pulled the "Happiness Is..." off from a Pocket Scrapbooking card and the gems are from my stash. 

The theme this week at Creative Knockouts is "Birthday Wishes." If you are interested in checking out the other DT members or playing along with us you can find the Creative Knockouts blog here

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project. 



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Project Life: Birthday Spread

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my newest project. Today's project is a project life layout of Doo's 6th birthday...which was back in February...whoops. It just goes to show you that even the professionals can get behind on their scrap-booking. 


I love to put together these pages because they are super simple, fast, and work wonders when you are trying to catch up on albums (which is me all the time!!) 

So for this particular one I grabbed some PL cards from my stash and started to cut and glue. I find that this type of scrap-booking works the best when you start with a card and then add to it, remember we are trying to save time. 

One tip that I do have to pass along to you would be to use repetition and symmetry. For example, I used the outer corners for my pictures which helped to keep the flow of the whole page simple and what you would expect. As far as repetition is involved, I simply used the same shapes and theme throughout, so even though the embellishments did not come from the same pack they still matched the overall layout. I also used the triangle to decide where I wanted to place things (take a look at the buttons.) 

If you are new to scrap-booking or even just new to Project Life then make sure to head on over to CTMH and pick up some cards (and page protectors.) We have all of the supplies you need to get started or to stock up. I promise once you get involved with this super simple method it will be hard to go back to your old ways. 

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!


 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Woah July!!


Hello and almost good-bye July!! LOL! Wow where is this summer going?? I have been so busy keeping my two boys busy (I know summer can be SO boring...right??!!) and traveling around to weddings and such that I haven't had much of a chance to be on the blog. Good news for you though is that if you follow me on Facebook then you have fortunately had the chance to see a little more of me. It's simply easier to get on social media than it is to blog...so sorry...but stay tuned because once things get back to normal around here (you know when school starts back up) we will be back to our regular scheduled programming. Anyway, I do hope that you are having a good summer and keeping just as busy. 

Today's card is totally summer! If you guys follow me then you know that I take part in swaps. We swap cards, project life layouts, ATC's...pretty much everything. I mention that because today's swap came from one of those groups. This particular swap was a "kit swap" which is awesome because someone volunteers to send kits out to 4-5 different people and then we all make a tag or card using the same materials. Afterward, we meet back up online and see what everyone else created. I know tons of fun right!! 


So for this swap I had to use all the items in the kit and then I could add 3 additional items from my stash. Even though I could add three I only ended up adding two, that yellow paper (retired from CTMH) and the "congrats" sentiment. 

I can't wait to see what everyone else created.  If you are interested in joining us then feel free to head on over to Swapper's Corner or perhaps even PCS&S both on facebook. You don't even have to limit it to those two groups you can do a simple search and tons of groups will pop up. It's so much fun to swap and you meet some amazing people!

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you enjoyed my project. 

Happy Crafting! 

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Jack Mini Album: Elegant Edges

Hi Guys!! Thanks for stopping in today. For today I thought that I would come on and share one of my latest mini album creations. This mini, along with most of my mini's, was inspired by one of the albums that I saw over on the My Sister Scrapper Youtube page. If you have not checked out Ginger's page make sure to head on over and do that. Ginger is very talented and shares a ton of great content.

OK so now onto mine. This mini album was made using the Jack paper line and complements as well as a couple of items from my stash. This line is only available for one more month so if you loved seeing all of my projects using it make sure to head on over and pick some up for yourself.


I hope you enjoyed that video. Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel and give my video a "like." You can also feel free to share it with all of your crafty friends, the more the merrier. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting! 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Some shirt and tips, all using HTV

Ok so I've been making shirts for a couple of months now and the more I make the more I get requested to make, which is a win, win for all. However, working with HTV can be very time consuming and is a bit of a learning curve. With that in mind here are some basic tips for those of you that are just starting out.

  1. Play around with the different vinyl companies until you find one that works for you. Vinyl like paper can have different levels of thickness so it might take a couple of tries to find on that you enjoy working with. 
  2. Always (and I mean ALWAYS) make sure your image is flipped before cutting. HTV features two sides, the back side of the vinyl and a plastic cover to protect it from the heat. Cut backwards on the mat side. It sucks to go through all of that time creating a design and not flipping it before you cut it.  
  3. Speaking of plastic, do not peel off the plastic until your heat has been applied. The HTV is heat sensitive on both sides and will melt onto your heating device...whoops...more importantly this will ruin your design and your HTV and you will have to start all over with new material.
  4. I highly recommend a heat press (even an inexpensive one) if you are going to make this a long term thing. Nothing works as well as a heat press at keeping that vinyl on the apparel long term..trust me! 
  5.  If you are not using a heat press then make sure to use your iron on a hard, flat surface. Not an ironing board. You want to make sure to apply the right amount of heat and pressure to get a nice firm hold. 
  6. You will know when your HTV is stuck because that top plastic layer will peel off with ease. If for any reason it is tough to peel up, simply apply more heat. 
  7. HTV can go on almost any material!! Just make sure to check the temperature and timing settings every time you switch your material. 
  8. Get creative and have fun. HTV now comes in all sorts of colors and textures - they even have holographic HTV!!! Unicorns anyone?!! 

Ok so now onto some projects. Make sure to check out that glitter vinyl I used...love it!!




Isn't that glitter vinyl awesome?!! The best part is that it's super simple to work with. My best advice to leave you with is to step outside your comfort zone. Working with vinyl is so much fun and it's much easier than you think.

Thanks and Happy Crafting!

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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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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Waterfall Cards, Oh My.

Hi Guys! I hope you were all able to stop in last week and check out my Live video on how to make a waterfall card! It was a lot of fun and I actually ended up making a couple of them. Well today I am here to show off those creations with you. Check these out, they are such fun interactive cards and they are so easy to make.


For these two I actually ended up using the "Little Dreamer" paper pack. This is a very fun paper pack with lots of bright colors, hearts, rainbows, and of course unicorns! I paired up this paper pack with our brand new Stamp of the Month "Hello Foxy." "Hello Foxy" is a set of 11 stamps ranging from sentiments, to foxes, and flowers.

Here is a better look at those flaps.


And of course the materials I used. 

Stamps
Hello Foxy $5.00 only available in June
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Little Dreamer Paper Pack - 12 Sheets of 12"x12" Double Sided Paper

Thanks so much for stopping in today! I hope you enjoyed these creations. If you happened to miss that tutorial video you can come on over to my fan page and catch up. See you over there! 

~ Jen ~ 

Monday, June 5, 2017

2 for 1: Summer Fun!

Hi! Welcome and thanks for joining us today! Today is my day to design for the Just For Fun blog and I have two wonderful and amazing summer cards to share with you today, so let's get right to it.

So these two cards have a lot in common. They were both made using my watercolor paints and they both use stamps from our brand new release!! I love these summer scene stamps, no matter what you do with them they are simply beautiful!

The first card up is a very "Cool" take on the summer scene. I used a lot of blues with it. I matted some DSP from "The Paper Studio's All Season's" paper pack and then I typed up a poem using that same blue tone. This card uses the new Adirondack Sunset stamp.


Next up we have quite the opposite because I chose to stick to warmer tones. The theme is still the same and I stuck to the beautiful scene stamps, I just switched up the colors. For the second card I decided to use the Relaxing in the Sand stamp along with the watercolor paints. I also typed out this sentiment and matted the layers. 


If you have not already picked out your summer stamps make sure to head on over to JFF and take a look at all of the new beautiful ones we offer. Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to stop back in for more inspiration! 

Happy Crafting! 


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Jack Tag & Challenges

Today we have a brand new challenge starting over at Sunny Day Crafting and it's one of my favorite types of challenges, a tic-tac-toe board!!
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I came up with a really fun tag using our Jack paper line. Also just in case you are wondering my tic-tac-toe is across the middle. I used the blue ribbon from our Enchantment pack along with our Jack cardmaking stamp set and die. Also let me be crazy for a minute and let you know how WONDERFUL the thin cuts are to use. It really makes stamping and cutting out images so extremely easy and quick! 


Ok so for this tag I started with a piece of 3"x5" red cardstock. I then took some of the Jack patterned paper and I measured it out so it fit the entire tag. I used the solid colored cardstock to give the tag a little more meat. After I had the plaid layer down I decided to layer on some more pattern paper, only this time I cut it to 3.5" x 3.5" so that the awesome red plaid could show through. 

I then cut off that B&T strip from the top of the paper and I created a border to cover that white patterned paper. Before I put the bottom strip on I decided to use that same stamp set and stamp "Happy Father's Day" across the bottom using a black ink. 

The images all came from the stamp set and were colored in using my watercolor pencils. These tend to be a little more subtle than the alcohol markers I normally use. I finished everything off by adding a couple of black enamel dots and some awesome blue twine (of course stapled..since that my favorite accessory for tags!) 

I hope you enjoyed. Also don't forget to head on over to Sunny Day Crafting and play along with us. We love to see your creations and this is the last challenge before we take time off for the summer. 

Happy Crafting! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jack Flip Book Video

We are getting so close to month's end!! I love it because that means that I get to bring you a whole new set of promotions, stamps, and of course paper lines. I hope you get just as excited about it as I do, but if not then no worries because today I have a wonderful video showing off one of my all time favorite paper lines, and the one I will be playing with the most in June! 


Yay that's right!! I figured June would be the perfect month to showcase the Jack paper line found here. This paper line is perfect for my boys, for camping,  and even for Father's Day celebrations. You know that I am so very excited to show you all that I made using it. 



Monday, May 29, 2017

Last Call for these

As the month comes to an end I just wanted to come on and give you a last call on a couple of wonderful products that I have used this month. It's always said to see wonderful products go away and if you had as much fun as I did this month then make sure to head on over to my site before the inventory is gone. 

So what's leaving us?? Of course our wonderful "Live, Laugh, Love" stamp of the month will be retiring. The stamp of the month is always a great deal, especially when you can get it for over 70% off the retail price. Simply make a purchase of $50 or more and you can grab this 9 piece stamp set for only $5!! It's a crazy deal!! 

Ok so just in case you missed it here are the 9, yep 9!!, stamps that you get in this set. Followed by a little inspiration. 
Stamps




Also retiring at the end of this month is our wonderful "Live Beautifully" paper line, including stamps, paper, workshops, everything that went along with this awesome deal. This beautiful line featured bold geometric designs, soft floral designs and color, along with beautiful gold foil accents so if you did not pick any of this up make sure to go over and get some of it. 

Here's some inspiration. 




Also, for my own exclusive promotion this month, if you purchase any of this paper line I will give you a free gift as well as a tutorial on how to make these 10 cards and still have 1/2 paper pack left over to play with. 


~~ I know it's hard to let these great deals go, however, with the close of one month comes the start of something new so make sure to stay tuned as I will be closing this week with a whole new line of wonderful! ~~

Thanks for stopping in today and Happy Crafting!