Thursday, December 18, 2014

Visits with Santa #TBT #CTMH

Back in 2011, I posted the tabletop display that I made of our older daughter's visits with Santa.  I couldn't resist posting a few pictures of it again.  (You can find the entire post HERE.)

 {This one ALWAYS cracks me up!  Poor kid!  Patient Santa!}

Please don't remind Little Sister that I promised to have hers finished by the next Christmas.  It still isn't made...  Maybe this year?  Now to look for that box...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fall Break 2014

Here's another Studio J layout that I made last month during the Lucky 5 campaign.  (Again, saving money scrapbooking?  Count me in!)  We are very fortunate to get a week off from school in October each year for Fall Break.
My cousin came "back home" to visit, and boy did we have fun walking and driving down memory lane!  I used the Pathfinding collection for these fall photos.

Monday, December 15, 2014

8th Grade Trip to DC

Back in October, our youngest got to go to Washington DC on a school trip for 8th graders only.  (We were very glad that my sister-in-law and her daughter were also going on the trip!  It certainly eased this momma's mind!)  They stayed in contact throughout the long weekend via text messages, so I decided to scrapbook the photos she sent me with Studio J during the awesome November Lucky 5 campaign.  Saving money & scrapbooking?  Win win!
The travel-themed Wanderful collection was a great pairing with her photos.  I know that this is a trip of a lifetime for her and one that she will never forget.

Friday, December 12, 2014

While the Parents Are Away...

You may remember the recent retirement party we held for our RV park managers.  Here's the layout I made of the fun evening (using Pathfinding in Studio J).
We decided it would be better for the kids (especially the younger cousins) to stay home with the teenagers rather than attend what would probably be a boring evening (to them).

I made the "mistake" of leaving my camera at home, and here are the wacky photos my niece took!

While the parents were away, the kids certainly did play!  It was a great choice to leave them at home with pizza!  This Studio J layout uses the techie Proplayer collection.  I think it was a perfect fit for this crazy bunch.  Gotta love 'em!!!

Here's to a little silliness today!  Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dragon Con 2014

Our oldest really wanted to attend Dragon Con in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, so we went for Saturday (only) of the long weekend.  I couldn't believe the crowds and the amazing, over-the-top costumes!  It was a really interesting day, to say the least.
Using Studio J made it really easy to scrapbook my pictures (all taken with my iPhone).  I used the Elemental collection because I couldn't decide on a color scheme or a theme, and it has great neutral yet fresh color palette.  I did change the Sorbet to Sunset in a few spots to better match our photos.  (That is soooo easy to do in Studio J!)  I am really pleased with how this layout turned out.  I also love that I can make one layout and then order 3 copies, one for each of us.  I know it is an experience we won't forget, and now we have the scrapbook page to prove it!

BTW, if we go again, I am totally making/getting a costume!

Monday, December 8, 2014

H2H Challenges: Tinsel Time!

Heart 2 Heart Challenges is offering up a fun holiday color challenge: Silver, Lagoon, and Black!  These colors are so festive and fun!  I ended up making two different cards for the challenge.

Both cards use the Art Philosophy CTMH/Cricut cartridge and Black and Lagoon inks plus silver shimmer trim and silver sequins.
The tree and star were both cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I covered the star with Silver Geometric washi tape to top the Lagoon-stamped tree (from one of the Art Philosophy stamp sets).  The sentiment uses the Holiday Tags stamp set, cut with the Artiste CTMH/Cricut cartridge (stamped in Lagoon and black).  My "snow" base is two pieces of silver shimmer trim, and the black snowflake background is from the Snowhaven paper pack.
My card base for the second card was cut with the CTMH/Art Philosophy cartridge.  It actually cuts out the card base with the trio of trees cutout too!  I backed my trees with scraps from my new Heartstrings paper pack.  The sentiment is also cut with the CTMH/Art Philosophy cartridge and stamped with a coordinating stamp.  (The frame is Lagoon and the sentiment itself is stamped in Black.)  I "grounded" my sentiment with Lagoon heart washi tape and silver shimmer trim, plus I added some pretty silver sequins.  I used a piece of scrap paper to mask off my snowy ground, and I sponged Lagoon ink on the card base to create a sky.  The inside says "Hope" (from the same stamp set).

Are you ready to sparkle and shine with a little Tinsel?  Get out your Lagoon, silver, and Black CTMH products and get creating!  You don't want to miss out on the final H2H challenge of 2014!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Have you seen Close To My Heart's darling Seasonal Expressions 1 mini magazine?  Everything in there is so cute and fresh!  I am so excited about the new stamp set with the Eiffel Tower.  (No shock there, right?  BUT, I am NOT featuring that one yet.)  I am also super excited about this blog hop to showcase some of the fun you can find and make in the Seasonal Expressions 1.  (If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Pam J.'s blog, and you'll head to Gina B.'s blog next.)
The Heartstrings paper pack is going to be my go-to pack!  I love the Crystal Blue, Lagoon, Hollyhock, and Cranberry combo.  I thought it was a perfect match with pictures from my cousin's wedding this summer.  I combined the paper pack with the new Heartstrings Picture My Life cards.
 The only embellishments I used were the Heartstrings assortment.
The first and last pages of my set use sketches from Relfections, while the middle two layouts use the Picture My Life cards and page protectors.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll like the Heartstrings collection as much as me.  There is sure to be more here soon!  Now go check out Gina's awesome creation!
Click HERE for the complete hop list.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Six Card/One Sheet Wonder Gift Set Class

You are cordially invited to my December card class on 12/14 at 2 PM to make six cards from one sheet of B&T, a little card stock, and six card bases.  Participants (and anyone who places a minimum $25 order through 12/14) will receive a digital copy of the template that we will be using.

We will be using the Snowhaven paper pack for a little wintry fun.  This is a great set to keep or to give away!  The first two cards use the December stamp of the month, Cutie Pie.
Do you prefer a chocolate (Cocoa) cupcake (above) or red velvet (below)?
The rest of the cards offer a peek at the January stamp of the month, This Moment (not available until 1/1/15).  Of course you can mix and match to fit your needs; I will also have Christmas stamps available.

If you're interested in attending or ordering your own kit, please contact me at inkyscrapper @ gmail dot com.  I hope you're having fun gearing up for the holidays!

Monday, December 1, 2014

H2H Challenges: Favorite Holiday

This month's Heart 2 Heart scrapbook challenge is your favorite holiday.  That is way too hard for me, because we love every holiday!  While Christmas is probably my all-time favorite, I enjoy celebrating each and every one of them.  I decided to share my Studio J layout from this year's Turkey Day festivities.  Anytime family is together, my heart is full!
As you can see, we had a fun time together with delicious food.  I used the recent Studio J special offer and the Pathfinding collection for my layout.  Studio J makes it so easy to create layouts!  Plus I can order extras for gifts. :)  (Act surprised, loved ones, when you get one!)

Be sure to join us for this next-to-last Heart 2 Heart 2014 challenge!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Stamp of the Month: Cutie Pie

Hey there, cupcake!  It's time for the December stamp of the month blog hop!  (If you arrived from Stefani's blog then you're hopping right along.  You'll visit Alyson next.)  As much as I absolutely love Christmas, it's fun to work on something a little different this time of year too.
To create this fun card, I started with the Confetti Wishes paper pack and a Make It From Your Heart sketch.  I stamped my focal images with Slate ink using the masking technique so that the cupcake is sitting on the cake stand.  I then colored the images with my blending pen and Pear, Crystal Blue, Canary, and Slate inks.  (Since I had recently had a green frosted cupcake, I thought that would be fun, but I am not totally in love with the colored green frosting. I'm sure Kermit or the Grinch would love it though!)  I stamped the background cupcakes in Lagoon, Pacifica, and Thistle.

I used two fun techniques on my focal image: I colored a white enamel star with the Peony Shin Han Touch Twin marker.  Then, so "sit" the cake stand on the "table" I used my craft knife to cut the base of the pedestal and then slid the checkerboard B&T paper up behind it.  I think that turned out really cool, if I do say so myself!

Then, I made two more cards with more of a holiday theme for my upcoming card workshop on 12/14.  These are two of my "six-from-one/one sheet wonder" class using the Snowhaven paper pack.

Both cards use red shimmer trim and silver sequins or a sparkle that I colored red with our alcohol markers.
I had to break up "the sweetest" to make it fit.  I just inked up sweetest, stamped, cleaned, inked up the, stamped, and cleaned again.

Thanks for stopping by for a non-fat, sugar-free cupcake!  Now go check out Alyson's sweet treat!
Click HERE for the complete hop list.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Trails Retirement Party

Our longtime RV park managers are retiring at the end of this season, and we recently held a retirement party for them.  Here is the card that I made (using the Happy Camper stamp set with pieces of Seaside, Pathfinding, and Snowhaven).

The sentiments are all from the CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent stamp set collection.

I also decorated this cutting board for the party guests to sign.  I stamped the camper with Staz-On ink and then colored it with a few of our Shin Han Touch Twin markers.  (I did use a thin black Sharpie to outline the LNRV.)  I think that they loved their party!
 Here's a favorite picture from the evening: my sister-in-law, my mom, my sister, and me!
Yes, I did make the Happy Fall banner in the background too!

Monday, November 24, 2014

H2H Challenges: No Rules NO-vember

It is time for our final NO-vember Heart 2 Heart challenge, and this one is a super fun, easy one: NO RULES!  That's right, ANYTHING goes, as long as you use something from Close To My Heart in your creation.  Today I am sharing two versions of the same layout.  The first one uses the November stamp of the month, It's the Little Things, and the Confetti Wishes paper pack.
 This sketch is a new one that you will find in December in our upcoming Seasonal Expressions.  I used the Confetti Wishes paper pack and the November stamp of the month.  I stamped the top left and the bottom right of the two-page layout.
 The kids (my nephews and their cousin, my unofficial great niece) crack me up!!!!  I embellished my page with purple gems and a flower from the Brushed assortment.
 Purple shimmer trim is a fun addition!
Now here is the pink version (using the Brushed paper pack):
 Aren't the pink shimmer trim and flaming dots a perfect complement?

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to break all the rules (except the CTMH one) with us to finish off November at H2H!


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