Friday, August 29, 2014

One Sheet Wonder With Chalk It Up

Today is my last post for this month's featured Kit of the Month, Chalk It Up. If you aren't familiar with the term "one sheet wonder", this is when you are able to make a number of cards from only one sheet of patterned paper. In today's case, it is a whopping 16 (yes, sixteen) cards!

Using a "workshop" from the Wishes how-to book, I used a full sheet of patterned paper left in my Chalk It Up kit, along with 2 sheets of cardstock and 16 card bases to make a wide array of cards for several occasions. Since the workshop makes 2 each of eight different designs, I decided to make one version of each card using leftover chipboard Complements and one version using stamps. I also added embellishments using the Chalk It Up Assortment and White Enamel Stars.

Check out all of these great cards! For each pattern, I show my chipboard version first followed by the stamped version. Remember, all CTMH patterned paper is double sided, so YES this is all from one sheet of patterned paper!

Great for graduation or encouragement

Stamps used are Joyful Birthday* and the current Petite Perks**
Great all-occasion design!

Stamps used are from the Hostess Exclusive Cuddly Salutations***

Love this for a new job, college acceptance, all kinds of things!

Stamps are from Joyful Birthday* and Hostess Exclusive Cuddly Salutations***

Many uses for this one - Graduation, Job Well Done, Birthday...

Stamp from Joyful Birthday*

Another all-occasion option

I thought this would be great for a new baby! Stamps are from the Hostess Exclusive Cuddly Salutations***

I couldn't resist stamping on this one but you could totally copy this with a chalk marker!

I tapped on a little pigment ink with my finger to make my whale blue - looks like colored chalk! Stamps from the Hostess Exclusive Cuddly Salutations***

Many great options for this design, including birthday or even retirement!

Stamp from Joyful Birthday

I love this one! Another great all-occasion design.

Great use of a sticker from the Chalk It Up Assortment, and more pigment ink applied by finger. Stamps from the Hostess Exclusive Cuddly Salutations***

Let me just say that I  L-O-V-E simple cards like this. They are actually mailable (although a few will require extra postage due to the hard embellishments) and usable for every day. And, the best part, I was able to make them all in a few hours! Even adding the extra touches like the chalkboard technique and the finger-dabbed pigment ink took very little time.

Here is the scoop on the three stamp sets I used:

*Joyful Birthday - simple sentiment in 4 awesome font styles

**Petite Perks - our current little "perk" set. I give one to all of my in-home (or other physical location) hostesses, and to online hostesses who go above and beyond.

***Cuddly Salutations - fun Hostess Exclusive stamp set. You can "purchase" this stamp set with just $6.00 of your Hostess Rewards!

Be sure to check out my Kit of the Month page before the end of August if you're interested in the special offers I have available when purchasing Chalk It Up and related products.  I also have pictures of more artwork from CTMH corporate, a link to all of my Chalk It Up posts this month, and links to purchase any of the products eligible for the Kit of the Month specials.

I hope you'll come back September 1 for not one, but TWO different blog hop posts! One with Close To My Heart, and one with Scrapbook Generation. Tons more fun coming all September long!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nothing Matches - What Do I Do With This?!

I think we've all been there: one piece of paper left from a kit; oh, that paper is cute!; bought a "sale box" - I don't have anything that "matches"! What do I do with this?? 

Well, today I have two examples of what to "do with this"!






I bought this super cute fabric paper when an area scrapbook store went out of business... about five years ago.  (Anybody remember love, elsie?!) It is the only item from this brand I have ever bought, so what does it match?

Rule #1 - things don't have to match exactly. Pulling in different shades of the same or similar colors is good enough! Here's what I did:


I thought about what other paper I had with brown and/or pink in it... and remembered this older CTMH paper that also has animal prints in it which I thought fit the bill perfectly!  Since I don't like to take a lot of time on my pet layouts, I pulled some letter stickers out that I got in a Webster's Pages sale box. I don't normally buy letter stickers, but since I had some they were an easy solution. (Just to clarify, that title does refer to the cat and not the husband, lol.)

The Scrapbook Generation sketch I chose called for plenty of patterns, making it easier for this one pattern to look like it really belongs with the others.


I opted to use flowers for the embellishments because 1)my boy cats don't mind, 2)it is easy to layer them and mix & match colors, and 3)I have a ton of them! My stash is pretty large, so I have no hope of telling you what brands they are, but only the pink one above did not start out as flat paper flowers. I layered everything together and added pearl brads (the larger ones for sure are from American Crafts) and some rhinestone flourishes for fun.

Rule #2 - when in doubt, try to use papers from the same brand. They are more likely to carry similar colors across different lines, making it easier to find something else to work with.  Along with this follows...

Rule #3 - solids and single colors can make almost anything work!


At first glance, these two sheets don't look like they have much in common. But they are both from the same manufacturer - Webster's Pages. The sticker sheet on the left was from a sale box, with I think only one paper from the same line.  However, the bracket frame I wanted to use (same color/pattern as the blue leaves here) had nearly the same blue as some papers from another line of theirs I had purchased so I added this striped pattern. The other patterns I had left from that line were too "themed" for this layout, so I decided to go with single/solid colors for the rest of my papers.


The Scrapbook Generation sketch I used for this layout called for a large die-cut paper. Since I wanted to use that frame, I just added to a similar shade of cardstock and trimmed around the frame, leaving a border.  For the red-orange and brown, I used single color patterns from the same line as the stripe. They are a simple mottled pattern. Then I chose a CTMH red for the bases that matched the red in the stripe.  


More letter stickers from the Webster's Pages box sale, which were a similar green to the one in the stripe, made up the title. I pulled out the final color from the stripe, the lighter blue, with some of my flower embellishments.  All of the flowers on this layout were made with flat paper flowers that I layered together and used random brads from my stash for the centers.

That's all I have for you today!  I hope I gave you some ideas for using up those items in your stash that just don't "match" anything else you have.  I'd love to see your results if you decide to try my ideas - just link them up in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Simple Sketch With Chalk It Up

I'm back today with one final layout using Chalk It Up for this month. (I did make one more, but since it's for publication I just can't share it yet.) Be sure to come back later this week for an awesome card "workshop" that calls for only one sheet of patterned paper to make 16 cards!


Please ignore the tweenage angst - I think we all remember those Jr High years, lol.  I wanted to keep this layout fairly simple as my oldest is absolutely anti-girly everything. The black chalkboard background ties in pretty well with her clothes, while the Lagoon mats really help the photos pop. I saw a layout somewhere online (sorry I can't find it again, boo) that I used to create a sketch for my layout - love it!

I used the same easy chalkboard technique as in my earlier Chalk It Up posts. If you missed it, you can visit the Kit of the Month page for a link to my previous posts, plus awesome artwork direct from CTMH's design department.


The title is stamped with pigment ink. I pressed a little harder than usual so that some of the ink would pull back up instead of giving that full coverage we normally go for. This is a great way to add to that chalkboard look. The alphas I used are Keyboard Uppercase and Handwritten Print.


Simple pennant shapes make a great accent. Totally not girly, but absolutely cool and trendy! I added puffy stickers from the Chalk It Up Assortment and White Enamel Stars.


I used a chipboard piece from the Chalk It Up Complements for my simple journaling.



Just a couple more places where I used those fun pennant embellishments. They're one of my favorite "handmade" things to add because they are simple to make! Small ones like these are pretty easy with just scissors, but do you know a trick for making nice even tails on even larger ones? A square punch! Just use a corner of it to punch the end of any rectangle to turn it into a pennant.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you're interested in seeing more artwork, or you want to shop for any of these products, just visit my Kit of the Month page for links to all of the featured products for the month of August.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Double Duty With Sketches

My favorite thing about using sketches is that one sketch never turns out the same way twice... or does it? Check out these two versions of a Scrapbook Generation sketch:




Pretty much the same, right?  And that's what I love! We have two girls, two years apart in age. So last year, they both bridged in Girl Scouts. I had pretty much the same pictures for both of them, but of course needed a separate layout for each girl.

I had some Girl Scout papers in my stash in different color versions, so I was able to tailor the layouts to their level in GS. The only difference is the specific embellishments and title treatments I used, only because I had some Brownies products left over from another use.

Making a sketch do double duty like this is a real time saver! I really only had to plan the papers once, then grab the same ones from the other color version. Also, some of the pictures were identical, making placement and cropping faster. And since these will be going in two different albums, no one will likely even notice.

I'd love to see your results with this! Be sure to show me if you try making multiple layouts with the same sketch, and let me know what you think.

Supplies used:
  • Cardstock - Ponderosa Pine from CTMH, brown from Bazzill
  • Patterned paper - K&Company (discontinued)
  • Stamps & Ink - CTMH   Keyboard Uppercase and Handwritten Print 
  • flowers & embellishments - from my stash

Friday, August 22, 2014

Chalk Up Another First Day of School!

I'm back today with another layout using my featured Kit of the Month for August, Chalk It Up. While this line is fresh & fun for lots of topics, it is of course designed to be perfect for school photos!


(Please forgive the glare on the left page; I slid the pages in sheet protectors in order to add Flip Flaps.) I love how simply swiping a little White Daisy pigment ink on the black cardstock really makes it look like a chalkboard! This easy technique really makes a big impact.


I used more of the chipboard Complements from last time to title this layout. The addition of a White Enamel Star adds even more dimension.


Since I used smaller picture sizes than the original sketch called for, I added this fun row of embellishments between these two.  More enamel stars tie in with the title, and the puffy stickers from the Chalk It Up Assortment are a fun addition.


Here you can see a Flip Flap I used to add another picture to this layout.  They are one of my all-time favorite CTMH products - an inexpensive way to make any sketch or layout idea more versatile!

Be sure to visit the Kit of the Month page during August to see my special offers on Chalk It Up and related items, as well as artwork from the Close To My Heart corporate design department and a link to all of my projects using Chalk It Up.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sketch Me If You Can!

So, I know I have lots to share with you for the Kit of the Month this month, but I also have lots of other things I haven't shared yet that need to be! I'm starting with this one because there is a deadline to share and I'm late getting this up thanks to back-to-school drama.

I think you all know by now how much I L-O-V-E sketches. And I particularly love the sketch books and downloads from Scrapbook Generation. Their online magazine, Create, has been continuing to gain in popularity and I've been submitting (and awesomely, being published) about every other month lately. So here is the layout I had published in the August issue:


This layout was a great fit for some Lego party pics I had waiting to be scrapped. And the Echo Park Paper line I used was perfect too! SG just seems to always know what I need in a sketch and it works out great.


This sketch featured a nice large area for a title, and I chose to use a large patterned paper to feature a stamped title for my page (stamps are discontinued from CTMH). That awesome border is all made with stickers and chipboard pieces from the EPP All About a Boy line. I just added a few brads and some twine.


I love the pennant banner trend and hope it sticks around for good! A good way to use some paper scraps, and I added the B-O-Y pennant chipboard shapes along with a few gear stickers and twine.


The sketch called for a tag for journaling, so I used the center of a 3x4 "Project Life" style piece and trimmed off the corners. I just added the hole reinforcer sticker and some ribbon/twine. Easiest embellishment ever!

So, want to try your hand at some of their sketches? You can download them for free from their online store, and if you want to submit, the deadline is September 5. All submission instructions are on page 203 of the August issue of Create.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Time has been flying as we prepare for back-to-school here, but I have several new projects to share with you in the next couple of weeks. Since my last project was a layout, I thought I would share something completely different this time.


Here's a perfect example of the versatility of the Chalk It Up designs.  Even though, this treat bag would be great for your favorite student (or teacher) to find in their lunch box, this would work for anyone.  I tucked a packaged large cookie inside, but all kinds of things would fit.


I cut this belly band and paper circle with the Artiste Cricut cartridge. It's meant for a card, but works great for this project! I added a zip strip from one of the papers, a chipboard embellishment, some white enamel stars, and a couple of puffy stickers from the Chalk It Up Assortment. Voila! Star power in a flash.

This is all part of August's featured "Kit of the Month", so be sure to check out the offers I have when you purchase select items this month. Direct links to all of these products are on the linked Kit of the Month page.
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