Friday, April 4, 2014

Skylark Monthly Memories Scrapbook Pages

Tappity - tappity - tap - tap - tappity... I'm still working ladies, but you'll have (e) mail soon! Here's the Skylark pages to go with that kit landing on your doorstep soon. How much do you love the glitter fringe flowers? For Skylark we will be using that new Teal shimmer tape in many different ways. Tutorial is coming soon - shimmer tape is the best thing ever! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ivy Lane Monthly Memories Pages

I'm hard at work on my shiny new laptop rebuilding my templates from scratch for our page instruction kits after the my poor overworked laptop went kablooey...twice already this year. These 6 pages in this kit I'm working on for Ivy Lane layer lots of awesome Chipboard, acrylic flowers from the Pink Base and Bling Jewels (not just for jewelry making!), and the new Purple glitter gems. Come back tomorrow to check out the Skylark pages...and club ladies, you'll have these instructions in hand by this weekend, as your kits have already been ordered! I {heart} you guys for being so patient with me while we transition through my move. See you soon!

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

We will be featuring April's SOTM called Balloon Talk, a trendy set of 24 stamps!If you have come here from MICHELLE'S BLOG, you are on the right path!This month we have over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants HERE. Here we go!
I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged. As you might know, we moved our family from Portland to Spokane kind of suddenly at the beginning of this year. I had BIG plans and dreams about how quickly I'd unpack and get settled. Then my computer DIED. I'd say about half of my stamp room is still in boxes at this point, though in my defense the packers who packer the second level of my house mixed everything up there together...then marked every box with "Arts and Crafts". Every. Single. Box. So I just unearthed my camera literally days ago. Sigh. As you can imagine that I've yet to send out change of address cards...and how that inspired my card for this month's hop. Oh my goodness, is it good to be back! 

I love how many different pieces and words come in this month's SOTM. You could easily make a card for just about any occasion! I combined the SOTM for the sentiment bubble and the background words with C1570 Lifting Spirits. I got my color combo from this week's ColourQ Challenge, for which I chose Lagoon, Smoothie, Slate, Creme Brule, and White Daisy. I knew the adorable Retro Sketches challenge sketch would be perfect with this little balloon image. So I paper pieced the balloon, and filled the basket with teensy hearts (sorry about the retired Dotty for You Paper, but it's just so adorable and fit the color challenge so well!). The bold stripe is the new Smoothie washi tape - I love how wide it is! I added some hand trimmed accent pieces of teal simmer trim too. Finally I colored my favorite Keyboard Kraft Alphabet stickers with a smoothie alcohol marker and added a layer of transparent shimmer with my Stardust Jelly Roll to add our sentiment. 

Now "Hop" on over to ALYSON'S BLOG to see her amazing work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the April SOTM is only available until April 30th, so contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for just $5!

 I've got a lot to share all saved up, including a little Shimmer tape flower tutorial later this week. It's so awesomely nice to see you again, Stampin' Friends!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ten Things Eyelets

This week over at Practical Scrappers the team is working on Ten Things to do with that oldie but goodie, eyelets! Do you remember the first time you saw eyelets? I was at a scrapbooking expo and when you entered the vendor hall EVERYONE was hammering. It was SO loud, echoing through the hall, and I stood in line to try out this awesome new embellie...and left with my first hammer and tool kit. Weren't those hammers just the cutest thing? Everything I made for a while had eyelets on it. I had four different eyelet setting tool kits, each one better, easier, quieter than the last. Do you remember being the gal at a crop setting eyelets when everyone is quietly giggling and eating chocolate working? Then I moved on to brads and embellished brads and stick on sparkles...and my poor eyelets just languished away. Sad. Lonely. Forgotten. Ok, maybe a brief shining moment on top again when I got my Crop-A-Dile Eyelet , since it is the best eyelet setting tool I've ever tried (and I've tried A LOT, so quick, easy, and quiet), but overall just hanging out in the stamp room. Poor eyelets! I won't neglect you further!
So I was thrilled with the new Practical Scrappers topic. I decided to combine some of my newest embellies with my eyelets stash. I love how the standard sized eyelets are perfect for matting sparkles or enamel dots. If you have the larger eyelets then you can "double mat" them too! I did have the larger eyelets but the movers were headed up the stairs soon so I had to work fast. Lord knows what they thought when the home owner disappeared upstairs shortly after they started packing and started to machine sew something, lol. I had to dig through my stash container of odds and ends because I didn't want to mess up all the careful sorting we'd done for the movers. I used the sketch from Freshly Made for my quick eyelet creation. 

And in honor of Eyelets, I'm giving away some sampler packs form my own eyelet stash! I've got three packs (plus a cute handmade card) to give away. Sign up below and let's crush it!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Moving Day and Winners!

Good morning! Round here life is moving pretty fast. Yesterday was packing day. Above that's all my Stamp Pad storage towers getting black plastic shrink wrapped so I won't have to completely unpack everything once we get to Spokane! The black plastic may or may not be so that the driver cannot see any of my ...well...more liquid items that are not supposed to be going onto the moving truck, but who wants to move while toting a large basket of acrylic paint? 

Now everything in the house is packed and ready for the movers to come take it away. I'm fairly certain that now matter how much we've talked to the boys and explained what's happening and gone over the steps, that they had no clue we were actually moving. Yesterday I spent an hour with Gabe sorting legos to make a pile of special legos that would be packed in their own box. When he came home from school and saw the box he freaked out. He could not believe that the movers boxed his special legos and that they would be going on the moving truck! Max was similarly dazed and confused when he went to choose his afternoon costume form the dress up box. Every day after school he either puts on his jammies (ninja turtle costume jammies) or spend the afternoon as whatever superhero catches his eye. I saved Robin back so he'd still have his favorite costume but he was distraught that we had no dress up box. After helping Gabe and Max through their respective eye opening loses they started clamoring for a snack. I think opening the pantry to find the cupboard bare was the final jolt needed for them to grasp that this is actually happening, lol.

In any case, I will be missing my Stamp Pad, and especially the friends who filled it something fierce. I managed to sneak up there and whip out one last card before the packers descended and made that room tidier than it's been in three years. That'll be up on the blog Sunday, but in the mean time, here's the winners for this week's giveaway of SEVEN awesome but retired CTMH stamp sets. I did manage to keep the giveaway sets out of the packing boxes so I could mail them next week while we are waiting for the moving truck to deliver. 

Whatever you are doing this weekend, reach out to your friends loved ones and give them a hug. Stamp rooms can be rebuilt...but I'm always going to cherish the ladies who made my stamp room such a happy place. Thank you for an amazing dozen years, Stampin' Ladies!

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