Sunday, December 8, 2013

Welcome to the latest bloghop using Close to My Heart products.
For this project, we're highlighting Flip Flaps.  I thought it might be fun to
lift the flaps on this page to reveal each person's resolution for the new year.  
My teenagers get to keep a little privacy that way.
Goodness knows I didn't give them any when they were young. 
Welcome to the Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop!  The blogger in front of me is
Jen Patrick who always impresses.  Thanks, Jen!  
 The Stampers with an Attitude are excited to show how you can use 
Flip Flaps in  your next project, so here we go.

If you're already an afficianado of Close to My Heart, you'll recognize the houndstooth design from the Sparkle and Shine paper pack.  
But did you also notice the little round letters of the Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet?  
November's Stamp of the Month, "Illuminate" adds a nice touch 
(coupled with Buttercup paper and ink) 
for looking ahead to our bright future in the new year.
Happy new year, Scrappers!

The next blogger on the hop is Pamela O'Connor
who amazes me every day with her creations. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Okay, so my sweet husband took this picture and
strongly suggested that I share an idea I'm using this year.  

These fun mugs are filled with bath salts and a scrubbie 
but they're disguised as a frothy winter drink.  
There's a razor hiding in there to simulate a straw 
and a yummy looking cookie sits on top.
But don't be fooled: that cookie is not for your tummy;
 it's an ornament for the tree.
You can use cinnamon and glue to make dough and roll out 
just as if you were making sugar cookies.
Use your favorite cookie cutters and embellish as you like.
You can add "candies" that are really beads and buttons.
They'll smell good for years to come.  And they make great gifts.
These particular ones are going to the amazing ladies who help run the office at school.  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Get ready for the luckiest Friday the 13th of the year, my friends.  
This is the project we'll do in January; 
I like showing you before the event happens so you can plan ahead.  
Bring your photos so you can go home in January with a finished project, 
complete with all your family pics from the blessed holiday.  
You'll be getting the cutest paper pack and embellishments:

Sparkle & Shine Paper Packet (X71716B) for $9.95
Sparkle & Shine Assortment (Z1860) for $5.95

Ask Tami Buechler, there will be tons left over for other projects, too.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Blog Hop with Stampers with an Attitude
November's blog hop is themed "Gratitude with Attitude".
Many of you will quickly recognize Huntington papers (and the zipstrip along the side.)
I used September's Stamp of the Month, "Poster Tidings", because I love the whole 
subway-art-&-text look.  I stamped onto the same B&T paper but used different inks.
Then I cut sections from each of the different colors and put them together.

 The blogger in front of me is a creative genius, Hilary Reynolds.  Isn't she talented?  To see more talent, using Close to My Heart supplies, continue the bloghop by clicking on Pamela's site:     
  1. Pamela O'Connor ~
  2. LaJeania Hicks ~
  3. Melinda Everitt ~
  4. Angela Garcia ~
  5. Becky McClain ~
  6. Sandra VanWoerden ~
  7. Catherine Nowak ~
  8. Barbi Kelley ~
  9. Melissa Robinson ~
  10. Jen Patrick~
  11. Sheila Bennett ~
  12. Hilary Reynolds~
  13. Di Crawford ~

Here's our next layout, scrappers!  See the bottom right corner?  When you untie the square, it unfolds like the old fashioned wallet photos so you can include more pictures or journaling.  Who's in?

Stop sometime during the Thanksgiving feast and take some photos.  Oh, and get in front of the camera at least once.  You'll thank me ten years from now...  you know you will. 

Join us the second Friday of the month.  This project will be done on December 13 at my home.  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Plan ahead while taking those Halloween photos, my scrappin' friends, 
so you can be ready for the project we'll be doing the second Friday in November. 
I like to have one larger mat so you can highlight your favorite photo of the event.  
This one could be 5 x 7 - but remember to take it portrait style.
Come ready with some photos from Halloween and 
you'll leave with a finished layout ready for the scrapbook!

Friday, September 27, 2013

We're using the "Babycakes" paper packet in October but we're flipping that cute giraffe paper over and displaying the dots instead.  Now the letters and dots help make a school theme.  We'll cut some stars out of the cricut and keep the strips down with the accompanying "Babycakes" embellishments.  We're working on it the second Friday in October.  Come on over!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Michelle's the next winner for bringing back last month's project all finished and updated with photos.  Now I know what you're thinking, but disregard that thought.  She didn't cut those pictures out of magazines; that's really her husband with their baby.  I know, right?

Close to My Heart gets credit for the paper; Michelle's husband gets credit for the hotness.

We use the Cricut all the time when it is Di's Project Night...

That's Melissa's first time using the Cricut.  That's NOT Bradley's first photobomb. 

I love when these two are at my house!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Digi Scrappers, be amazed!

Here's a badge to get to the best online scrapping site anywhere. It's only $6.95 for a two page layout and it's printed and shipped to your home. No kidding! Let me know if you'd like to get in on the next Studio J digital scrapbooking class I'm giving and I'll walk you through it; you just bring your flashdrive with some photos and I'll show you how good it all looks with just a few minutes.
In real life, I'm am elementary librarian.  This quickie bulletin board went together in just half an hour.  Scrappers think of bulletin boards as just an oversized layout.  It's kind of like blending my two worlds, huh?
What do librarians (who moonlight as scrapbookers) do with a wonderful book when it gets ruined?  Well, we turn it into something else, of course!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a beloved book so when it received water damage, I tore out the pages and decoupaged them onto a yucchy table that was at the curb on garbage day.  Score!

That table's not so yucchy, anymore...

Andrea has won prizes two months in a row for bringing back projects with her own photos mounted.  We love to see our finished products! Go, Andrea!

Who else rocks it?  Julie used our Surf's Up! papers with photos from Seattle she brought.  That girl comes prepared!  We love our Julie!

Monday, July 1, 2013

It's the Patriotic Blog Hop from Kimberly Moss' team ~ Stampers with an Attitude.  We're all consultants for Close to My Heart and are excited to show you some patriotic art using our products and a little attitude.

You've probably arrived here after visiting Vickie O'Dell's site:

Did you recognize the beautiful display tray from our line?  It can stand or be hung.  I like to change it out to whatever the season is asking for.  And our cricut cartridges make it easy to cut out any title I like for quick switching.  And those accordian ribbons are super easy with our Artiste cartridge.  You may have missed it in this fuzzy photo but I also have two of my favorite accessories: the colonial rosette ribbon and the Claire rosettes.  I would use those in everything if I could, even for jewelry, headbands or sweater accents.  Oh, wait - I wasn't supposed to mention that til the next catalog comes out August 1st. (oopsie...)

and the next visit on the bloghop is to Barbi's site: