Friday, August 1, 2014

Picture Perfection With Picture My Life!

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD/$27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a
coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014 while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($9.95 USD). Qualifying Memory Protectors include: Design 1, Design 2, Design 3, Design 4, Design 5, Top Load,
Side Load, and Variety Pack.

Now, I'm going to show you samples of all 13 of the available Picture My Life programs down below. But I thought you might like to see more examples of one in action. I shared these pics of the Later Sk8r version when the Picture My Life program first came out, but now is a good time to share them again. I'm leaving them in small size, so just click on any you want to see larger.

Title Page
Back of title page on left
I just love how fast these come together and how great they look! The memory protectors give you lots of different options for arranging things, too. Now here are samples of some of the cards included in each PML Scrapbooking Program. You can click on the link under each picture to go directly to the order page for that style. As always, if you have any questions, just let me know!

Chalk It Up
Pear & Partridge
For Always
Laughing Lola
Later Sk8r
Surf's Up
Ballon Ride

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What a Hoot! - August Stamp of the Monoth Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the first Stamp of the Month blog hop for our new 2014-15 Annual Inspirations catalog & idea book.  If you've arrived here from Carla Creates, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place! Just hop along in a circle until you come back to where you started.

This month, our stamp set is What a Hoot - a fun set of 17 owl-icious stamps, especially well-suited for Halloween and Fall projects. I wanted to play with both options, using only cardstock and ink, and here are the results:

Now how cute did those turn out?! The simplicity of cardstock and ink opens up a ton of possibilities for colors and patterns, but I did actually use two of our new paper collections as color inspirations for these.

For this card, I got my color inspiration from the new Scaredy Cat paper - Black, Sunset, Thistle, and Colonial White. I didn't have any Thistle cardstock yet, so I used the Dot Embossing Folder on some Colonial White cardstock, then used a Sponge Dauber to swirl on Thistle ink from the stamp pad. I stamped the owl image directly on a Colonial White panel in Black. I then stamped the swirls directly in the image, using a post-it mask to keep them all inside the lines.  I stamped the image again on Sunset and cut out the "caped" portion, then adhered it directly on top of the original image. I also stamped the mask image on this piece.  I stamped the "bat wings" in black and swirled on Thistle ink. After cutting out the wings, I mounted them with 3-D Foam Tape.

For this card, I got my color inspiration from the new Pathfinding paper line. The pattern paper is random stamped with the flower image in the stamp set and Olive ink. I colored in the images using the Blending Pen and ink from the stamp pads. The card base is Chocolate cardstock run through the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. Everything else is just plain cardstock with sponged edges. I added Bronze Shimmer Trim, some flowers from my stash, and a couple of Gold Assortment Bling Gems.

If you'd like to shop for any of the products I used, there are links underneath each picture below. The links open in a new window so you can continue the hop from right here! Otherwise, if you're ready to hop along, let's head over to Shirley's Mom N Me Scrap and see what she has to share this month!

What a Hoot - Stamp of the Month
Cardstock - in Sunset, Colonial White, Chocolate, Barn Red, Champagne, Lagoon, and Olive
Dot Embossing Folder
Woodgrain Embossing Folder

Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

Sponge Daubers
3-D Foam Tape
Bronze Shimmer Trim
Bling Gems Gold Assortment
Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads in Thistle, Sunset, Black, Chocolate, Barn Red, Lagoon, Olive, Glacier
Blending Pen

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pigment Power!

I love color in my scrapbooks! One of the easiest ways to add color is with stamping, but traditional dye-based ink pads don't always give the results I'm looking for. Enter pigment ink:

Pigment ink gives rich, opaque color directly on your colored cardstock, as well as on white or cream.

I love not having to stamp everything on a separate piece and adhere it! And the formulation from Close To My Heart dries pretty quickly with NO heat setting or embossing!

The best part about pigment inks is that the rich color is lightfast and will remain true much longer than dye-based inks.

Obviously, you can buy pigment inks a lot of places, but I have tried several kinds over my many years of crafting and I do highly recommend those from Close To My Heart.  The colors coordinate with their other products, they are a fast drying variety, and their small size & the fact that they come in a set makes them one of the best-priced products on the market.  Check out all of the pigment ink sets available right here.

Other products used in this layout:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mojo Monday Card

I've had a little to craft lately! I had supplies still sitting out from working on a layout I was submitting to Create magazine, so I made this fun little card for Mojo Monday:

The papers & stickers/chipboard are from the About A Boy line from Echo Park Paper, cardstocks are from my stash, and dots & Chocolate ink are from Close To My Heart.

I put a simple matching panel on the inside, leaving it blank for now, but with plenty of room for a stamped sentiment and/or a handwritten message.  I think this one would be great for a little boy's birthday.

Time's almost up for this week's Mojo Monday sketch, but be sure to check out the next one and play along if you can!

Monday, June 30, 2014

It's a Circus In Here! - July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the July stamp of the month blog hop! If you have arrived here from Sheila's blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place. If you get lost anywhere along the way, I have a list of all the hoppers right here. (Click now and it will stay open in its own window while you hop.)

This month we're featuring Circus Alphabet - it's full of fun, doodle-style uppercase letters and a full set of coordinating lowercase letters and numbers. I can see lots of uses for this set, but for today I used it to title a layout about a school music program.

I used a sketch from the Magic how-to book, changing the one 8x6 picture on the left page to two 4x6 pictures.

I decided to split the title into pieces and used all uppercase letters for "music" and the lowercase on the other 2 sections.

To make the letters stand out more against the patterned background, I first stamped with
Lagoon pigment ink.  Once that was dry, I used a white gel pen to fill in the centers.  Because the "C" has doodles in the center, I stamped it again on top of the gel ink once it was dry.

I had several pictures, so I added some Flip-Flaps to get all of the photos included.  I will go back and add a strip of journaling to some pictures so I can list the names or make additional notes.

If you're ready to shop, I have a list below. All links will open in a new window, so you can easily continue our hop!  When you're ready to move along, head on over to Maria's Stamp Momma blog and check out what she made this month.

In addition to the items shown below, I used some leftover large adhesive sparkles from a wall decor kit and a White Signo Uniball gel pen. The green ribbon is from my stash.

Lollydoodle Paper Packet
Sorbet Cardstock

Adventure Pigment Ink Pads
Sorbet Stamp Pad
Pear Stamp Pad
Aqua Dots
Flamingo Dots
Bitty Sparkles
Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment

Circus Alphabet
4x6 FlipFlaps

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