Friday, August 26, 2016

Monthly Memories Calypso Scrapbooking Kit

Can you believe there are only FIVE days left to order your kit for next month's scrapbooking workshop! Five days until these adorable kits are no longer available...sniffle...
In September we are doing a double kit month at Monthly Memories. You have the choice of either Magical or this sweet, beachy Calypso kit. Both kits come complete with all the paper, cardstock, and embellishments to complete 6 pages and 9 card fronts! You can complete your kits at home, at a crop, or if you are local you can come to our Monthly Club meeting where we create our kits together.
I absolutely LOVE the cute pineapple and flamingo washi tapes that come in this kit. There are lots of fun little vellum diecuts and stickers, too. 
I've again altered the instructions that come with the CTMH Workshops Your Way kit to better fit my scrapping style. I kept the original cuts intact so you can chose which of the 12 page designs you want to create.
You can download the CTMH instructions HERE for free! Or you can place your kit order here and I will email you my full color instructions complete with cutting guides, lots of pictures, and step by step instructions. If you are local to me, your kit purchase scores you that invite to our monthly crop night, where we create our kits together. Dinner is included, just bring your kit and favorite adhesive, and join in the fun!
I want to be sure to have enough space and dinner for all...

September 9th Monthly Memories Bring List:
CALYPSO I WANT IT ALL KIT (everything you'll need to complete as shown):
Includes, Calypso Papers, Complements, 
4 sheets of cardstock (3 White Daisy, 1 Canary), 
Calypso Washi Tape and Magical Sequins

CALYPSO BASIC KIT (about $15, but you'll have to add cardstock, very basic pages so feel free to bring your own embellishments):  
You'll need to add 3 sheets of White Daisy and 1 Sheet of Canary Cardstock to complete the pages.
If you are attending in person, you can buy CS by the sheet from my Cash & Carry.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summer's End Blog Hop

Welcome to the Summer's End Blog Hop! You might be arriving here from STEPHANIE'S BLOG. Let's Hop!
I've been wanting an excuse to put aside everything I'm working on and make something fun using my pile of new goodies from Convention. On this page I combined Sea Glass Cardstock and Glitter Paper, an Uptown Gold Foil Vellum dotted overlay, and some of the new Whimsy B and T. I added lots of bits and bobs from the You and Me Compliments, and a few cards from Hello Gorgeous. Plus lots and lots of hand stitching, since I was inspired by this sketch from Stuck Sketches.  
This summer one of our favorite special places to take our family and friends who visit from out of town is Kyra's Bake Shop in Lake Oswego. It's a 100% gluten free establishment that gluten lovers will still love because everything is so delicious! Kyra has won Cupcake Wars multiple times with her gluten free cupcakes, so that should give you a clue as to how amazing this place is. If you go, get the tomato soup. It's seriously the best tomato soup I've ever had, and even my veggie hating ten year old scarfs it right down. 

Next up on the hop is KATY'S BLOG. Happy hopping!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Birthday Cheer Cards

So I got craft-stracted and I never finished sharing the cards I made to go with my Magical Workshop next month. My version of the Magical kit makes 6 pages (3 double page layouts) and 9 cards.
I love how the bright blue of these sequins pops against the Magical papers. 
I actually made three versions of this design, one with a hot air balloon,  one with the airplane from Lifting Spirits, and one using the balloon stickers left over from the scrapbooking pages. 
I just love the little fluffy clouds! And it was fun to see how many different looks I could get using the same pieces in the same design with the same papers. On this balloon version I just used a journaling pen to outline the top of the card and add the balloon strings. Easy peasy!
The next Monthly Memories Scrapbook crop is Friday, September 9th, and we will be doing either Magical or Calypso, scrapper's choice! Space is limited (though anyone can order a To-Go Kit), and if you attend in person, dinner is included. Check out the details HERE and RSVP to save your spot

Monday, August 22, 2016

Paper Hugs are so SWEET!

So I haven't put this True Love Stamp set away since the day I took it from the shipping box...and no, not because I'm too lazy to tidy up! Once again, CTMH has made an Operation Smile benefit stamp set that's so cute I can't even stand it. Like this stamp needs to live on it's own block on my desk and go onto the back of every card I ever make. It's just that sweet.
Today is Monday, so there's a fresh new Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sketch to inspire! I paper pieced a card background out of the last little bits of Calypso I have left. I just finished my version of a Calypso scrapbooking kit this weekend, and I'm trying so hard not to go back and get more of this happy paper packet that's retiring in just about a week. I literally don't even have a 6x6 worth of scraps left at this point, so I guess I used it up well! 
I colored the little boy's face with Shin Han markers, but paper pieced his shirt and the balloons with tiny scraps of Calypso paper. I'm even going to actually MAIL this card, and if you know me, keep an eye on the sky (in case the pigs actually fly). Pop over to Atlantic Hearts to check out the sketch and join the fun!

Have a Sweet Birthday Cupcake Card

Sweet Birthday is basically my favorite birthday stamp set ever. There. I said it. How one little inexpensive set can make my crafty heart so happy...but seriously with the little faces and this adorable cuppie? Bliss.
Last week it was my sweet friend Cathy's birthday, so we went out for a fun (if noisy) dinner at the Thirsty Lion. I brought her this card, made with Georgie (RIP pretty paper packet...end of idea book retirement season is tough, man...sniffle) and the aforementioned adorable cuppie. I stamped the background with hearts from Happy Heart, another tiny little inexpensive jewel of a set. 
My card design came from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. It was fun to carve out the slanted shape instead of sticking with my usual straight lines. I watercolored the cuppie base and paper pieced the frosting with a scrap of Georgie. I went around the edges with a nice black journaling pen. Then I caved an added the wiggly eyes, and drew on some happy little eyebrows before glittering the cuppie liner circles.  Finally I blew on the glitter frantically until it was time to leave for dinner! Happy birthday again, Cathy!!


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