Monday, August 24, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Workin' 9 to 5

Good morning!  I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for joining us this week for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge, "Working 9 to 5".  When I hear that short phrase, I cannot help but think of Dolly Parton and start singing, "Working 9 to 5..."  You're welcome for now getting that song stuck in your head.  LOL  I loved that movie!  Did you?

The "Everything is Better with a Friend" stamp set, exclusive to hostesses, really jumped at me when I thought of this theme.  The stylish ladies convey a hard-working woman who enjoys treating herself every once in awhile...  (You can get this stamp set FREE with a qualifying order through the end of this month.  Contact me for more details, if you are interested.)
Zoe B&T was used as was Sorbet and Kraft cardstock and Coral Shimmer Trim.  The sentiments for this card came from the Zoe Assortment (they are stickers).  It was fun to incorporate them.  The two words were backed on slate cardstock and then 3-D using foam tape.

If you are wondering how I "colored in" the images...  I did paper -piece everything except for the purse and her hair, at which point I used ShinHan markers to color them in.  I love paper-piecing and even though it can be a little tedious, it is well worth it - and I hope you agree!

Thanks for stopping by Heart 2 Heart Challenges and I look forward to your participation in this week's challenge!  Make it a GREAT day!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Good Day Sunshine

Welcome to another fabulous week of challenges at Heart 2 Heart!  I am looking forward to some great participation this week as I am always looking to be inspired and enjoy seeing what everyone designs.

This week I decided to try out the fun and cute coffee cup cut from the NEW Artistry Cricut Collection.  I absolutely love how this turned out and hope you do too!  Isn't it too fun?!  I cut the Coffee cup out twice, once on the Canary Fundamentals cardstock and then again on White Daisy cardstock.  I cut off just the lid portion of the White Daisy and glued it to the Canary cup.  The "wrap" was cut out of Kraft cardstock and a piece of Cranberry cardstock was placed behind the heart to make it pop.  I did realize the "wrap" is not to appear as it is snug on the coffee cup, to give that dimension, so be sure to lower it a bit so it does not sit too close to the top.  (I cut the coffee cup at its coordinating pieces at 4".)
The backside of the Canary Fundamentals paper was used for one of the stripes as was Cranberry cardstock and this fun pattern from the Cocoa Fundamentals.  Do you love it?!  I do!  The reverse side of the Cocoa Fundamentals was used to back the coffee cup.  The coffee cup was 3-D on the front of the card as was the sentiment, "I'm going to my happy place."  That image came from the Seaside Workshop on the Go stamp set that is only available through the end of this month!  It was stamped in Cranberry ink and some twine was wrapped around the cup to finish off what I think turned out to be a cute and simple card.
The Artistry Cricut Collection was newly released on August 1st and has 700+ fabulous new cuts, three coordinating stamp sets (I think these stamp sets are my favorite from those that are included with the collections), and comes with our beautiful cardstock!  There is a digital version now offered, at a reduced price then when purchasing the cartridge.  Click HERE for more details.
Thanks for stopping by and hop on over and see us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, being sure to share your artwork with us!

Make it a great week and make it from your heart!
Heart 2 Heart Design Team

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Get Organized! Fun NEW Organizers from CTMH!

This was posted on Close To My Heart's Blog yesterday and I thought it was worth sharing with you here!  It's well-written and really creates the excitement of these beauties being available to you...NOW!  I have both of the roll-ups and absolutely love them!  If you want to subscribe to the Close To My Heart Blog, click HERE, and then sign up in the right-hand column.  There are fabulous and worthwhile posts shared there and you won't want to miss out any longer!

Storage . . . with Style!

by Close To My Heart
With all the talk of travel this month, we just have to mention a fantastic offer that will help you transport your Close To My Heart supplies to and from crops and workshops with ease—or simply help organize your stock of supplies at home. Drumroll, please!
Introducing the Marker Roll-Up and the Accessory Roll-Up from Close To My Heart!
Get Organized!
These beautiful, brand new roll-ups are versatile and adorable. Plus, they coordinate perfectly with our Rolling Tote and Shoulder Tote for fashionable traveling. :) The marker roll-up is a canvas storage device designed to fit up to 25 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers within its interior elastic loops. It rolls up and secures with a stylish snap closure featuring a sweet enamel heart and also includes a hanging loop for easy vertical storage. The accessory roll-up is a canvas storage device that contains 16 clear plastic pockets with zippers to hold Base & Bling products, embellishments, or other accessories. Like the marker roll-up, it rolls up and secures with a snap closure and also includes a hanging loop for easy vertical storage.
Pretty great, right? Well, it gets even better! During the month of August, when you purchase one of these organizational roll-ups (or both!), you will qualify to receive a few additional perks—FREE perks!
When you place an order for the new marker roll-up at full retail price, you will receive the new My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes D-size stamp set FREE!
Balloon Wishes
If you place an order for the new accessory roll-up at full retail price, you will receive our two newest Base & Bling style sheets, Affirmations and Lovely Blooms, FREE!
Affirmations
Affirmations
Lovely Blooms
Lovely Blooms

Did we mention that these products aren't even available to the public yet? The marker roll-up, the accessory roll-up, the stamp set, and the style sheets are all from our brand new Annual Inspirations idea book. By taking advantage of this wonderful offer, you’re getting an exclusive sneak peek at some of the many fantastic new products available in the upcoming Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 idea book, which premiers on September 1. Be sure to check out all of Close To My Heart’s other organizational products, too, for all your organizational (and travel!) needs.
Visit my website to start shopping!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Ticket To Ride

Thank you for playing a long with us this month at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  This week's challenge is entitled, "Ticket to Ride".  It will be fun to see everyone's interpretation of it.

I chose to incorporate the hot air balloon image from Close To My Heart's newest Cricut cartridge, "Artistry".  I have seen some fabulous creations using it and decided to start playing with it a little bit more this weekend.  It has so much potential!
The balloon was cut at 4" from the Fundamentals paper pack (I used Gypsy) - I could not resist using the side with the hearts.  The overlay was cut the same size from Kraft cardstock.  Mini pearls, purple glitter gems and a small piece of White Shimmer Trim were used to cutesy up the hot air balloon.

I stamped the clouds from an exclusive stamp set that was given to Convention 2015 attendees. (I just couldn't resist using the image.) Glacier ink was applied, for some texture, using a sponge dauber.  The banner was stamped from one of the three coordinating stamp sets included with the cartridge as shown below.
I am looking forward to viewing artwork from this week's participants.  Make it a great day and have a blessed week!




Heart 2 Heart Design Team

Sunday, August 9, 2015

SWAA Zoe Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop this month where we are featuring the beautiful and NEW, "Zoe" paper pack!  You are sure to fall in love with her; I promise!

If you are coming from Melinda's Blog, you are on the right track.  If you were to get lost along the way, you can find a list of participants by clicking HERE.

This is the fun happy birthday card I made.  I absolutely LOVE the polka dot pattern contained in this paper pack as I am sure you can already tell.  It is so fun and happy and will be perfect for many artwork creations!  Canary cardstock was incorporated to add some color.  I even colored the white sequins (soon to require) with my yellow ShinHan marker!  I so love being able to do that! The sentiment us from the August Stamp of the Month, "Framed".
I also colored a clear Expoxy Bubble with the Cherry Pink ShinHan marker to make the perfect cherry for my ice cream topping.
The ice cream cone and ice cream scoop were cut out of the new, Artistry Cricut Collection released August 1st!
Here is a photo of the coordinating Complements for "Zoe".  They are too fun!

This is the Zoe Workshop on the Go.  You can click HERE to view details of the contents.
To check out some more artwork using this paper pack, head on over to Barbi's Blog to see what she has created!

Happy Hoppin'!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CTMH New Cricut Cartridge - Artistry Blog Hop

This month there are 30 Consultants sharing artwork incorporating the newest Cricut Collection to the Close To My Heart product line...Artistry!  It just debuted August 1st so you can be one of the first to get it in your hot little hands, if you have not already done so.  The collection comes with 3 exclusive stamp sets that coordinate with the cuts and beautiful cardstock!

If you are coming from Sheila's Blog, you are on the right path.  You can find a complete listing of participants by clicking here, should you get lost along the way.

There was no choice for me but to incorporate the fabulous and new "Zoe" paper pack into this card.  And who can resist using Coral Shimmer Trim, another new product, to sparkle things up a bit?  I can't!  It's just another fabulous color already added to one of my favorite products, Shimmer Trim!
I cut the flowers out of Crystal Blue and Glacier cardstock and the leaves, from Topiary and Sweet Leaf.
Page 27 of the Artistry book is here these cuts are found.  This is the first time I have used this cartridge but I am definitely looking forward to more fun with it!  There is also
Now, hop on over to Melinda's Blog and check out her fabulous creation and enjoy seeing the potential of this brand new cartridge!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop - Zoe

This paper pack, "Zoe", debuted on the 1st and it is so fun!  I can totally predict it is going to be a popular one and we are excited to share some fun artwork incorporating it.  If you are coming from Sheila's Blog, you are on the right track.  You can find a complete list of participants at the end of this post.  Now...to check out the Zoe goodness...

An "Express Collection", using Zoe, was released in Studio J on the 1st and I decided to take advantage of it.  In fact, I created four layouts using it, in less than an hour.  How is that for speedy scrapbooking?!  Gotta love when that happens!
This layout highlights the fun I enjoyed with my papercraftin' sisters when we attended the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, TX, in June.  My friend and team member, Angie, owns a retreat spot in Mansfield and so we went to spread the Crafty Creations Retreat goodness.  
What I love about these layouts and the Expression Collection is I simply uploaded my photos, dragged them into the photo boxes where I wanted them and added some journaling.  That was it!  I loved the title for this layout and felt it was perfect for commemorating these memories.
This is a screen shot of what the Express Collection looks like in Studio J.  (Click on it for a larger view.)  There are five layouts that are ready for your photos and journaling!  You will be amazed at how fast you can get layouts done when using Studio J.  I love it!
Some people say they can't get away from the touch and feel of paper and embellishments and... neither can I, but I sure love being able to whip out some fun and quality layouts while not making a mess and I can do so soon after the memories are created.  I love that!  So while it doesn't replace papercrafting for me, it definitely has its place in my life!  

One of the best things about Studio J, besides the quality of the layouts and the ease of creating them, is being able to try it out for FREE!  All you do is create a FREE account, if you don't already have one, and give it a try!  You only pay for the layouts, at a great price of just $6.95 per layout, when you are ready to have them printed and shipped to your door!  How is that for service?!  Check it out and let me know if you have any questions.  Imagine yourself...sitting on the sofa, with your family - maybe watching a movie, with a laptop on your lap and your preserved memories coming to life!  
I always love reading comments so please consider leaving one before heading over to Melissa David's Blog.  Thanks for hopping with us this month!

A list of participants:
  1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
  2. Melissa David
  3. Maxine Johnson
  4. Aggie Peters
  5. Tonya Whitehurst
  6. Lisa Lawson
  7. Marianne Hancock
  8. Michelle Brooks
  9. Sheila Wilkerson
Happy hoppin'!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Framed

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring the August Stamp of the Month, "Framed".  If you are coming from Wendy's Blog you are on the right track.  If you were to get lost along the way you can find a complete list of participants by clicking HERE.

This set can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order.  Click here to find out more details.
Of course I had to use the NEW paper packet, "Zoe", on this card.  It released today and is a fabulous paper pack!  I know it will be very popular!  I especially LOVE the polka dot pattern - and I am sure you will see me use it on a lot of other artwork creations.  Do you blame me?!
I used Glacier cardstock for the banner strip and flipped over the Polka Dot paper for the houndstooth, Glacier pattern.  Desert Sand and Sorbet inks were used to stamp the frame and sentiment and I had to use the beautiful...AND new...(drum roll please...) Coral Shimmer Trim!  Yep!  It's new and it's beautiful and there are two more new colors to be released on September 1st! This color is available now so make sure to add it to your order this month!  Three Gold Sequins were added to finish off the card.
I loved keeping this card simple and hope you love it!

Please consider leaving a comment and then head on over to Michelle's Blog.

Happy hoppin' and have a great week!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Convention Roomie Layout Made from Fundamentals

I work to make roomie and team gifts that are practical and will be used.  One of the gifts I have enjoyed making recently, for such occasions, are layouts suited for the event.  While I am a Close To My Heart purist, I decided to incorporate a few Disney touches to finish off the layout (the Disney logo and small Mickey resins in the center of the flowers).
Various colors of the Paper Fundamentals patterns were incorporated, as was some cardstock.  It was fun being able to reverse the fundamentals, creating different textures as I did.  Close To My Heart had recently blogged about incorporating envelopes into artwork so I gave it a try here.  I included a journaling spot and also thought it would be a great place for my roomies to include event tickets, etc.
I did create the Mickey Mouse image by welding three circles together from our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.
The ladies were happy to receive them and I had fun making them!

Have a blessed week!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Life Is Good!

Studio J assisted me in creating artwork for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, "Life is Good".  I have enjoyed using Studio J to preserve my 2015 Convention memories and love the bright and fun colors used here.  It was created using "Chantilly", a retired but fun paper pack!
With more use of Studio J, I have learned how to create banners like what you see on the title.  The white portion was a rectangle but I created a 1" x 1" square, made with Outdoor Denim (a retiring color), and rotated it so it would blend in with the background and make the dove-tailed look.  Fun right?!  There are so many fun things to do with Studio J or you can keep it quick and simple. 
The sticker, "Blessed Beyond Measure", totally reflected how I feel because Close To My Heart has brought me together with so many wonderful women across the country.  I love being a member of this wonderful company and am thankful for the joy and fun it brings to my life.
Be sure to participant in the challenges at Heart 2 Heart.  We would love to have you and I look forward to seeing your creations!  Thank you for stopping by.

Life IS Good...