Sketches to the Rescue!

Hi Everyone!

Two days in a row I was able to craft.  I like it!  In fact, I love it!  I thought I would use up the Seaside Paper Pack that I was using on yesterdays layout.  I was digging it.  Digging the colors, so why not?  Seaside is really beach themed, but I didn’t have any more beach pictures, so I thought I would scrap one of my favorite places to visit.  The Bay Area.  I hope you enjoy it!

I used a sketch that I found on Pinterest from ScrapbookGeneration.com.  I loved it!  I find many 2 page layouts have way too many pictures and this one was perfect.

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So, here is my take on it.  I hope you like it.  Oh and before I forget, the font is “Milkshake” available right now for free at Fairgoods.

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Well, that’s probably all I’ll be posting this week.  I am going to a crop on Saturday, so hopefully I’ll have something for you.  Please remember to check out my Close to My Heart site.  Have a great week!

Peace Out,

Cindy

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A Girl & Her Pop-Pop – CTMH Seaside

Hello Everyone!

I won’t even tell you it’s been awhile because you already know.  Life just seems to be getting in the way these days, but I’m glad to say that I took some time today and crafted!

I’ve been wanting to use the Seaside Paper Pack for awhile now.  I knew I had the perfect picture, so it was just a matter of time and yes, time was today.  I really like the way it came out and it’s probably one of my favorites.  Not because it’s incredibly good or anything, but it has pictures of TWO of my favorite people!  My daughter Izabella and Pop-Pop.

Pop-Pop has always been an incredibly special person to me… and my girls.  My dad died at the very young age of 50 and my Uncle Frank (aka Pop-Pop) took over that father / grandfather figure roll.  Who better to fill that roll?  My Dad and him were best buddies.  We were always together… always.  In fact, he walked me down the aisle when Jack and I married.  The nicest man you would ever meet.  Kind, generous… loving.  Anyway, I hope my girls always remember how special he is and how much he loves them.  So… onto the layout!

As you know, I’m a Close to My Heart distributor and have been for the last several months.  I really love their products… their paper… their card stock… their embellishments.  If you are paper crafter, card maker, scrapbooker, check out my Close to My Heart Store.  Oh and a new catalog is coming out soon, so if you see anything in the current one, better grab it fast.  Here we go!

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I hope you enjoyed it!

Peace Out!

Cindy

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Oh So Pretty!

Just wanted to share with you one of the newest Close to My Heart “My Reflections” paper packet – Blossom!  I just love it!   So Pretty!

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I had ordered this paper pack as soon as it was available to order and I couldn’t wait to play around with it and finally be able to share it with you.  I just love these colors together!

Here is the 2 page layout that I came up with using Blossom.  I hope you like it!

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Izabella getting fitted for her new glasses!
Tada!!!  How cute is this kid???
Tada!!! How cute is this kid???
I used Wink of Stella in clear to add a teeny tiny bit of glitter to the project.
I used Wink of Stella in clear to add a teeny tiny bit of glitter to the project.

I wouldn’t normally even think about putting these colors together, but they truly work.   Close to My Heart must know what they’re doing! <wink>  Oh and my kid’s pretty cute too!  Stay tuned for some other really great projects I’ve done with CTMH products and while you’re waiting, check out my CTMH website!

Oh and before I forget, here is the Stamp of the Month Promotion!   Spend $50 and get this stamp set for only $5 – regularly $17.95!  Can’t beat that huh?  Not even with a stick!  😀

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Thanks for stopping by!

Peace Out,

Cindy

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Creativity…

So, I was chit-chatting with a friend the other day who had asked me to accompany her craft shopping.  She was contemplating buying a Cricut, but I had to admit to her that I wasn’t the one to ask about the latest and greatest Cricut.  I have a Silhouette Cameo and as much as I might like to, right now I really can’t justify the expense of another digital cutter. My husband would kill me… dead.  😀

Anyway, I had sent her some links to a couple of the Meetup Groups I’m in for scrapbooking, trying to encourage her to join me, but said friend told me she wasn’t very creative.  <gasp>  Now granted, you have to have SOME creativity for scrapbooking, but now a day’s the companies make it so easy.  Close to My Heart, for example… they offer Workshops on the Go for both scrapbooking and card-making.  These kits have everything you need – patterned paper, cardstock, embellishments AND an instructional guide to create layouts if you choose to use theirs.  What I also noticed, just the other day in fact, is that on the zip strip  of each patterned paper it lists the colors of ink and cardstock that would go with the patterned paper.  It doesn’t get much simpler than that!  Love it!

So, tonight… I pulled out a Workshop on the Go and headed to Pinterest for a sketch.  Here’s the one I settled on:

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And this is what I’ve come up with:

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So my friend (who shall remain nameless.. ahem.. Karen)… I DO think you can do this.  In fact, I know you can!  Looking forward to you joining me!

Peace Out!  Ohhhh and check out my CTMH page!!!

Cindy

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Really Time to Get My Craft On – Really!

Hello there everyone!  Yes, it’s been quite some time… again! I really have not done much in the way of card-making for the last several months, so I’ve not really had much to post. However, I’ve been scrapbooking.

I’m currently working on our Disneyland album from our trip in 2013. That album is just taking forever! After that I have our Disney World trip of 2014 to scrap. I have to say though, doing nothing but Disney is getting kind of old.

I’ve also been trying to hit as many crops as possible. I went to the Scrapbook Summit in Simsbury, Ct this past year and LOVED it! Loved it so much that I’ll be going back again this year! I also have a fairly local one that I enjoy about 30 mins away. It’s just a day crop, but it’s perfect. They are held about once a month and I’ve met some really nice people there. There always have a couple of vendors. One in particular that always has great classes – Andrea with Close To My Heart.

Anyway, there really is a point to this post, I promise. At the last local crop I went to, I signed up for Andrea‘s class and as usual, I was not disappointed. Yes, I was… Simply Smitten!

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It’s a great layout and I’m still looking for the most perfect pictures to add to it. I’ll be sure to post it when I’ve added them!

So I got to thinking about how much I really like the Close To My Heart Products. It’s really the best of both worlds for me. Great Paper and Great Stamps! All in once place!  I spent a lot of time checking out Andrea‘s CTMH page and started asking her questions… Lots of them! In fact, so many that we decided it was best to continue on the phone rather than Facebook Messenger. And yea, this is how I decided to become a Close To My Heart Consultant!  I really wanted to do this, but I had some concerns. Really… one concern… parties.    I. Don’t. Do. Parties. For me, there is nothing worse than having a party, inviting all these guests and having them purchase products out of obligation. Products they will never use. You know. We have all done it. She put my mind at ease and I ordered my starter kit!

So, after I made my decision, I went to my craft space and realized… it’s a MESS! There wasn’t an inch of space to be had on that table. It took awhile to clean up, but I did it. I then went to my paper stash to try and figure out what CTMH products I already had because I knew I had a few. Why wait until I get my starter kit to create something? I pulled out a paper pack that I had one at the local crop and decided to use that. It’s a retired paper pack, beautiful nonetheless. Click here to check out some of the other paper packs they have to offer.

Not feeling very creative, I took to Pinterest to check out some of the scrapbook sketches I had previously saved for time just like this. This one in particular caught my eye.

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I now had the perfect sketch for the Flirty paper pack. I just needed to find some pictures. I had recently come across some older pictures of my mom as some members of my mom’s family have gotten together on Facebook to share some ancestry information. These were perfect, only I would have to wait for them to be printed as I didn’t want to use the originals. It was then that I decided to finally buy that portable photo printer my husband had given me last year for my birthday. At the time I had hundreds of pictures already printed from our trip, so I didn’t want to buy the printer then and just have it sit, so I told him to wait. Well, now was the time as I can see the way I scrapbook start to change. I did some research because I was torn between the Canon Selphy & the Epson Picturemate Charm. I decided on the Selphy as it seemed to have better reviews AND it was probably about $100 cheaper. So, off he went and I started working on my layout. By the time he got home (he had some other places to go), I was ready to print those pictures. And here is my finished layout. I think I like it. In fact I love it!

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I hope you enjoyed my post and please check out my Close To My Heart page!

Peace Out,

Cindy

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Wow! Do I remember how to do this???

Yes, it’s been that long!  It’s been so long that it all feels new to me.  I could give you a million reasons why I haven’t posted… why I haven’t stamped… why I haven’t scrapped… yada, yada, yada.  Eh… it just happens.  Anyway, I made a card. Yes, yes I did.

I wasn’t really sure where to start, so I started with a sketch and a kit.

Here is the sketch I used from Operation Write Home – Sketch 233.

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I also used the Simon Says Stamp June 2014 Kit of the Month.  It doesn’t seem to be available any longer, but I will link the stamp set below.  Anyway, I made my card and then I got a bit carried away and made 4 more.  More than I’ve made in the last year.  Here is the first one:

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I like the first card I did.  The ONLY thing I’m a little disappointed in is that I didn’t have any decent off white paper to stamp on which is why you see the spotchy flowers.

Here are the rest:

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So… Here you have it!  I crafted AND I blogged!  😀  And let me tell you… the blogging took a lot longer than I anticipated.  A new computer, trying to figure out Lightroom & WordPress… Just whooped me!  😀  I hope you enjoyed them.

Peace Out!

Cindy

OWH Sketch Challenge #178

Hello Everyone!  Well, I’ve been out of commission the last few days or so, but everything is now A-OK!  We like that!  No, in fact… we love that!  I wanted to share a card I made with you last Sunday for Operation Write Home’s Sketch Challenge #178.  Here is the sketch:

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I wanted to have a different take on the sketch.  I didn’t want it EXACTLY like the sketch, but I didn’t want to stray to far either.  So my idea was to take the 1.5 X 3.25 section and actually make it a window.  I didn’t want to use a die to cut it though because I knew I would never be able to line them all up, so I pulled out my trusty Bosskut Gazelle and cut the shapes that way.  Worked like a charm!  It worked so well I made 2 cards.  Both cards are using paper from the Simon Says Stamp June 2013 Card Kit.

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I hope you enjoyed them!

Peace Out!

Cindy

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What a Week!

And I can’t say I’m sorry it’s over!  The 3rd week in May is typically worse than any other week of the year – as busyness is concerned.  I *LOVE* celebrating the birth of my babies, but did they BOTH have to be born the same week (different years of course)?  And did my youngest have to be born on *MY* birthday?  Yes, she did!  Best birthday present ever and well, my husband hasn’t been able to top it yet.  Perhaps that’s why he has stopped trying.  LOL!  Anyway, all this… 3 birthdays and add some health issues for my husband, which includes 2 hospital visits and 1 doctor visit makes for a very difficult week.

Krystina’s 19th birthday was on Monday.  She had to work, so we weren’t able to do much of anything.  We gave her her presents when she came home and a happy girl she was.  Here is the card I made for her.  I just love Sherri Baldy My Besties stamps!  This one, Gill, reminds me so much of my daughter Krystina.

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Izabella’s 6th birthday was on Friday as well as my 29th & a bit.  Here is the card I made for her – Mabel Rose.

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I hope you enjoyed my cards and I’m very much looking forward to a peaceful week!

Peace Out!

Cindy

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What a Week!

And I can’t say I’m sorry it’s over!  The 3rd week in May is typically worse than any other week of the year – as busyness is concerned.  I *LOVE* celebrating the birth of my babies, but did they BOTH have to be born the same week (different years of course)?  And did my youngest have to be born on *MY* birthday?  Yes, she did!  Best birthday present ever and well, my husband hasn’t been able to top it yet.  Perhaps that’s why he has stopped trying.  LOL!  Anyway, all this… 3 birthdays and add some health issues for my husband, which includes 2 hospital visits and 1 doctor visit makes for a very difficult week.

Krystina’s 19th birthday was on Monday.  She had to work, so we weren’t able to do much of anything.  We gave her her presents when she came home and a happy girl she was.  Here is the card I made for her.  I just love Sherri Baldy My Besties stamps!  This one, Gill, reminds me so much of my daughter Krystina.

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Izabella’s 6th birthday was on Friday as well as my 29th & a bit.  Here is the card I made for her – Mabel Rose.

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I hope you enjoyed my cards and I’m very much looking forward to a peaceful week!

Peace Out!

Cindy

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His & Hers – Day 2 – Oh & a Bonus!

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Hello Everyone! This will be short and sweet today. I’m really liking OnlineCardClasses.Com – His & Hers! You really need to check it out. Anyway here is my contribution for today. I chose to use Operation Write Home’s Sketch Challenge for the week and make a His & Hers. Sorta kill 2 birds with one stone…Eh… what a horrible analogy. Anyway, you know what I mean.

Here is Sketch Challenge #170:

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And here is my take on this challenge done as a “His & Hers”.

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And now Hers:

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I hope you like them! It was a simple card, but some nights simple is good! I’ve been thinking that I really need to win the lottery so I can stay home and craft all day! 😀 This work thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

And now for the bonus cards!  I had told you in my last post that I had attended a 3 day crop.  Well, here are a couple cards I created during that crop.  Enjoy!

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Peace Out!
Cindy

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