You know how sometimes life just wants to get in the way of all the good stuff?
I am glad to share that not only did I finally get some time for some new creations but life is starting to calm down a tad (being a Mom and full time Special Education teacher can really lead to some crazy times LOL). I had my weekend retreat a few weekends ago and got some of my scrapbooking done AND some workshop planning done! GO ME!
Here are two of those creations:
Christmas Cards 2010.
I love all the great photos I receive with my Christmas cards every year. I hold onto them so that I can work them into my albums and see how my friends and family grow and change year to year. As you can see from the year- I was a wee bit behind on this task! I love how this turned out though! My tree is made from zip strips and paper scraps from the City Sidewalks Paper pack. I added in some Kraft paper and Gold Shimmer trim with some circuit cuts and thin cuts (the Christmas word is from our seasonal thin cuts). I LOVE how it all came together!
This one page layout is simple but mixes up some of our Fundamental paper patterns to highlight my silly kid (this should have been her first day of school photo but she would not give me a proper smile). I added some gold embellishments and another thin cut word- ‘hello’. This layout came together very quickly!
I have more to share so be sure to come back soon!
You may have already heard the news… that we have released another cricut cartridge! Crazy right?! I mean, how do we continue to find 700 different images and stay on trend and make it useful to card makers and scrapbookers AND offer all kinds of fun stuff with it! Well, despite all that we did it- the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge has arrived and it is awesome!
This layout uses the cartridge for our flower circlet and the title. I added some shimmer to the flower’s with our new shimmer brush (this thing is uber-awesome and is literally flying off the warehouse shelf!). Nice, clean and simple layout.
Flower market can be used for more than just flat flowers. The 3D flowers on it are also amazing (if you have seen the cover of our new Annual book – the bouquet was made with this cartridge). Here are some flowers that I cut and assembled. They were quick and easy. I added some sponging to the edges for effect and on the one flower you can see more Shimmer pen… I told ya- amazing!
Shimmer Pen magic up close… I just had too… it is likely the best thing in the new book and I cannot wait to show off some techniques with it!
Now here is a sneak peek for you card ladies. How cute is this bicycle and basic! This image is on the flower market cartridge AND the stamped sentiment is from the one (of three) stamp sets that come with the cartridge (as well you will receive a full pack of cardstock to use in making all your pretty projects). Other items used on the bike are Whimsy fundamentals and Sea Glass Glitter paper.
So- have you fallen in love yet??
I sure have! You can get all this great stuff on your own Flower Market cartridge by visiting my SHOP.
I have to say that lately when I get some time to craft, I find myself pulled over to the card-side. I can try things out on a card that I do not feel as brave trying on a layout. I also enjoy taking a layout that I like and turning it into a card (hint: if you visit my site and look through our Seasonal expressions you will find one card that demonstrates this).
I have been also been having a lot of fun with embossing folders and watercolour paint. These cards are all part of an upcoming card buffett. Did you know that you can host one of these in your home for your friends? Contact me for more details!
How about another layout featuring the fabulous White Pines Paper – our featured paper this month with Close to my Heart! This layout shows the paper, more of the complements and more of those handy Picture my Life cards (the perfect titles or journaling boxes!)
This layout also shows how you can take just ONE piece of patterned paper and make it work for a whole layout! Our papers have so many beautiful patterned pieces but if you add more cardstock to your ‘stash’ you will be able to REALLY stretch your paper. This layout also has red shimmer trim, bitty sparkles and red enamel dots as accents in the layout.
Here is a close up of one of the accent areas- PML card, White Pines complements, bitty sparkles and red enamel dots (and some foam tape to give the elements lift!)
Make sure you get your White Pines before the holidays arrive!
Happy November! A time of frosty windows and the beginning of our snow season (although if it holds off till December I would be okay with that too!) November starts to bring with it all the fun of the pre-holiday season: baking, decorating, time with family, traditions, expectation of the big reveal of christmas morning… I just love this part! For you, November will also herald a season to get back to scrapbooking and for me it means getting last Christmas scrapbooked BEFORE this Christmas!
Whatever our seasonal photos and memories, White Pines will be a paper that fits in perfectly! White Pines features a more traditional holiday colour palette with a hint of something a little different. The complements and assortment can add a fun flair to your pages or cards!
The below layout features the paper and complements as well as some of the Picture my Life cards (one for journaling and two accents that were cut out of other PML cards).
Christmas morning and only four photos??
I have hidden some extra photos of that morning behind others- using our AWESOME flip flaps (see below)
They are a great way to incorporate more photos but also add in photos that might not feature the best photography 🙂
You may not be aware of how cute and perfect our October stamp of the Month is for the upcoming Christmas season. If you are not check it out and make sure to get it before it is gone at the end of this month!!!
In this layout I used the stamp to create the lights at the top of my page (I then coloured them in with our shinhan markers).
Other product used in this layout: white pines paper, complements, fern twine and CTMH cricut artistry cartridge.
Here is the full stamp set (and yes it coordinates with out CTMH Artiste cricut cartridge.)
October we feature all things Sangria and as our fall colours deepen this paper becomes more and more perfect for the season! Yesterday I took some wonderful fall pictures that I cannot wait to scrapbook with this paper!
This is a quick little card featuring the Sangria paper and the Harvest Wreath stamp set. I added some of the bronze shimmer trim for some sparkle (how did I ever get by without shimmer trim?)
This card makes me reflect on all I have. I am blessed with so many things… a wonderful family, lovely home, great job and even better business and then all of you- my wonderful customers and loyal blog readers!
Welcome to another Brae-er Team blog hop! This month we are sharing art created using the CTMH featured paper packs Zoe and Nevermore (What is a featured paper pack you ask? Just as it sounds- it is a paper that CTMH recommends we feature in social media. These papers are timely and available so get them while you can!)
For my project I decided to take the Zoe paper (one that if you look back in my posts I have used a LOT in August and September) and do something unexpected with it. I paired it with some of our White Pines Compliments and some teal shimmer trim (and a splash of Cranberry cardstock) and got the PERFECT Christmas layout!
If you look closely you can see that the snowflakes and some of the other complements are a clear plastic- they add such a nice touch to the layout. I also added in some sticker stars from the complements and a few bitty sparkles (cause you can never have too many sparkles!) My title was created using our new CTMH cricut Artisty.
Now hop on over to Christine’s blog to see what she is sharing! If you get lost along the way the full list of participating blogs is below.
If you have followed my blog for any time you know that I enjoy throwing a good birthday party for my kids. Now, my son is older (11) and has evaded the birthday fun the last few years- opting for hockey games with friends and a trip south. My daughter thought is still young and LOVES a good party!
This year Ellery turned four and we decided to have a Sunshine themed party- outside games, beach visit if it is hot and lots of yellow! Of course I use as much Close to my Heart product as possible in throwing my parties!
Treat bags- we used the CTMH treat bags to create our little bags of sunshine for our friends. They included the sunny treats of bubbles and a ring pop! The front of the bags were decorated with cuts from the CTMH Artbooking cartridge and some of our new orange shimmer trim!
Our ‘Happy Birthday Sunshine’ banner was made with more yellow treat bags. The sun was cut out on the Artbooking cartridge and the alphabet was cut using our new CTMH Artistry cartridge (and I LOVE the font!)
This fun birthday decoration was created using tissue paper- cheap and easy but it took a long time! We took polaroids of all our guests and I added the pictures to this bunting with clothespins- a fun little addition but one that I forgot to snap a pic of in all the excitement.
We also had lots of yellow food- fresh corn on the cob, lots of lemonade and other sunny treats. I baked a cake and my sister decorated it- the cake was out ‘shone’ by the banana split bar (HUGE HIT!!) My big girl is now four and off to school- boo!
Have you seen our September Stamp of the Month yet? Paper Garden is perfect for fall cards and layouts (and can be used in many other ways!). The stamp set also coordinates with our Cricut Artistry cartridge which allows you to cut your flowers out and stamp faster, simpler and easier!
Here I paired the stamp set with our Nevermore paper- that’s right, the halloween themed paper can be used for more than just halloween! Both cards feature some of the patterned paper and cardstock from the Nevermore paper pack. Sticking with the purples and greys allows for a pretty card that is not overly feminine (even with the flowers added).
If you are interested in purchasing this stamp set you can do it in one of two ways: