Saturday, May 31, 2014

Kaboom - Let's Celebrate the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our June stamp of the month blog hop! If you've arrived here from Shirley Ross' Mom 'n Me Scrap blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place. If you get lost anywhere along the way, I have the complete list posted here.

Our stamp set this month is Kaboom - a set of 16 fun stamps perfect for all kinds of celebrations, and just $5 with any $50 purchase.

We have a blast every Summer during the July 4th weekend, and I hadn't yet scrapped my pictures from 2 years ago, so that's what I started with!

I use the Jubilee paper packet and coordinating stamp pads for this layout and I just love how it turned out!

This title block was easy to make: I stamped the "Let's celebrate!" image in Honey in the center of the rectangle. Then I stamped it in Cranberry on a scrap, cut out the banner, and popped it up using 3-D foam tape. I then random stamped the single star all over, using Honey, Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue, and Desert Sand.

This awesome border was made by stamping the various images on Colonial White cardstock and cutting them out with micro-tip scissors. Some are adhered flat to the page and others are popped up on 3-D foam tape.

The continuation of my border and my journaling strips. A big block of journaling just wasn't necessary for this layout. The yellow image, plus some of the others in the set, are compatible with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

No need to be intimidated by fussy cutting these images! I stamped way more than I needed, filling a sheet of Colonial White cardstock. Then I sat in the recliner and cut them with micro-tip scissors while I watched TV. I had enough for my layout, plus all these extras, cut out in about an hour. Now for my next layout or card I can just grab what I need without having to cut again.

Be sure to check out all of the images in this stamp set! I can totally see using them for the circus or zoo, a birthday party, fun fair, and more. (I even used a couple on a pool layout I posted the other day.)

If you're ready to start shopping, feel free to use any of the links below, as I have them set to open in a new window. Otherwise, hop along any time to visit Krista Ritskes' Simply Creating Together blog and check out her artwork.
Kaboom stamps
Desert Sand
Indian Corn Blue
Micro-Tip Scissors
3-D Foam Tape
2.5" x 3.5"
1" x 1" block
2" x 2" block
3x3 block

Art Philosophy

Friday, May 30, 2014

Fun & Sun

Today I want to share one last layout with you using the Free To Be Me paper pack. Tomorrow is the last chance to take advantage of this special promotion, where you can get the paper pack for $5 with a qualifying $50 purchase. (And don't forget the $5 stamp of the month too!)

I love the colors in these papers for Summer shots - they happened to work perfectly with the colors of the plastic deck chairs at this pool we visited.

Here you can see the great specialty cardstocks included in the pack. They all have a UV coating to produce those fun tone-on-tone patterns.  I cut my title using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge, and I used a piece of 3-D foam tape to pop up the front edge of that wave.

I cut more shapes from Art Philosophy as accents and journaling spots. The centers are actually from next month's stamp of the month, so come back Sunday to see more of that.

This is just another stamped image from next month's stamp of the month. And you can also see the Teal Shimmer Trim I used - I trimmed it down for a narrower size. I love how the sparkly color mimics the water in a pool.

These are all the papers you get in the paper pack. Be sure to get yours before the promotion ends May 31. Just make a $50 qualifying purchase and you will be prompted to add this to your order - easy peasy!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

On Trend

I promised today would be another Free To Be Me project, and so it is. I wanted to share a couple of the trendy paper designs that I didn't use in my earlier scrapbook layout.

Feathers seem to be coming back big time, which is think is stemming from the ongoing owl obsession (say that 3 times fast!), and arrows continue to make a strong appearance. Both patterns are included in the Free To Be Me paper pack, and I love the color combinations on them.

I chose to use these patterns for more of a kitsch-y western feel, rather than for their trendiness. If you've never been to Wall Drug in South Dakota, it's rather a large collection of western kitsch, including a large carving of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, a giant jackalope statue, and more. I had so many pictures from our short visit there that I am going to need at least 2 two-page layouts to contain the goofiness.

I still have plenty of paper left from the pack - now I just need to decide what other fun projects to make. I think some cards would look great with that feather paper.

Remember, the Free To Be Me paper pack is only available for a few more days. When May is over, so is this promotion! Get yours for just $5 with your qualifying $50 purchase.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I Love You To the Moon and Back

Today's card is a great use of scraps from various paper lines.  I submitted this for the May issue of Create magazine (it's on page 232) using their card sketch for the month.  When I saw the sketch, I instantly thought of one of the stamps in this month's stamp of the month, that says "I Love You To the Moon and Back".

Using the circle as a moon, I used paper from the Babycakes paper pack, and added layers of Lagoon cardstock and silver Glitter Paper from the Black & Grey pack. The background paper is the constellation pattern from the Timberline paper pack.  I added random assorted star embellishments, including buttons, chipboard, brads, washi tape, and paper scraps with the Epiphany Crafts star shape tool.

Remember, any $50 purchase gets you the stamp of the month for only $5. Here are all of the images included in this months stamp set:

Also, there are just a few days left for our National Scrapbooking Month promotion. That same $50 purchase also makes you eligible to purchase our Free To Be Me paper pack for only $5! It includes vellum, foil, UV-coated cardstock, and these great trendy patterns:

I have to tell you, I love these papers so much I had to place a second order this month so I could get a second pack! Be sure to come back here tomorrow to see more with these fun papers.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Free To Be Me - May Special

Close To My Heart has an awesome special this month for National Scrapbook Month! During National Scrapbooking Month in May, you can get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos™ and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)!

Of course, we have a special blog hop for you so you can get some ideas of what you can do with this special paper pack.  If you've come here from Melinda's If You Bling It blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place. So let's get down to business and check out my project!

As soon as I saw this paper pack, I knew the colors were perfect for some pictures I had of my son working on the annual 2nd grade Planet Project. I also knew that the perfect sketch was in one of my how-to books (I found it in Imagine).  I chose this sketch because Drew's planet was Jupiter and it reminds me of the striped look of the planet.  Keeping with that, I stuck to the red and yellow papers for the strips and added the aqua for accents.  Putting everything on the black background of "space" also matched his project poster - and I even used the same font on my title that we cut for his poster!

The Artiste Cricut cartridge has some great images of a Saturn-type planet and a star, so I used the cuts for my embellishments.

I sponged the edges of everything (except the vellum with gold dots) with coordinating ink for added depth. I used Creme Brulee, Ruby, and Lagoon.

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and I'd love to know what you think. If you're ready to shop feel free to visit my website (opens in a new tab/window). Now, let's go visit Adeline's blog. because I'm excited to see her idea!

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