Saturday, August 25, 2018

You've Got Class with CTMH...

Thank you for joining us mid-month to let us show you the YOU'VE GOT CLASS promotion that is going on now through the end of September!

There are only 8 Consultants sharing this go-round so it should take you long to hop around, leave some love and be inspired!

Let's get started...if you've come from Catherine's blog, you're on the right track...keep hopping around until you've seen everyone's artwork.

Now, here's a look at what I created...I put a slight spin on the intended use. I can't wait for 11 years to complete the pages so I'm going to document the first day of every month during her 1st grade year - I'm hoping at the end of the year, we will have a progression of her growth as well as penmanship, etc based on the papers and stuff we will choose the save and insert into the folio!

Here are some closeups...if you're wondering about how I made the pencils, check out my IG or FB Fan Page for a video...




Thanks for stopping by on your lovely weekend! I hope you'll continue to hop on over to Miss Carrie's Blog and see what she has to share!



Friday, August 24, 2018

CRAFT in color...

There are only a handful of things that make me happier than seeing the word CRAFT and seeing it in FABULOUS colors almost takes the cake!

I made this card using the SOTM for August, For the Love of Crafting, and a NEW stamp set you guys are going to SWOON OVER!



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Here's a peek at the inside...
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Here are the Ink Pads I used...get them before Sept 1st before the slight increase in price goes into effect...oh, and the beloved CRANBERRY retires on Sept 1st (insert VERY SAD face here)...

Don't forget you only have until the end of August to get your hands on this ADORABLE stamp set....perfect for any crafter...and check out that CAMERA...adorable!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Think Happy Thoughts Tunnel Card...

You ever find a perfect pair of shoes so you buy one in every color?

Well, I found a FUN Tunnel Card tutorial online and have made 4 so far...lol...wanted to share my latest with you using the heavily discounted Prickly Pear Complements found in the CLEARANCE section of my website...




I even made my very own video to attempt to show you how...check it out and let me know what you think...keep on making videos and hang my hat up???

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Documented Details...

So, as soon as I saw this DOCUMENTED line in the Seasonal Expressions 2, I knew it would be one of my FAVORITES...I mean when CTMH features your family IN THE BOOK, it's almost a requirement to fall in LOVE! Below is the layout of my family, found on Page 45 of SE2...

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Here's a look at a one-page layout I made over the weekend....it came from Make it From Your Heart Volume 3 and has an accompanying layout so it MIGHT turn into a 2-page spread...depends on how much time I have this weekend...lol.

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When I saw the wooden Documented Titles, I immediately knew I wanted to emboss half of them (so popular right now with all scrapbooking companies)...AND even though they are about to retire at the end of this month, they are really versatile and can be used for ANYTHING and with any line...

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Here are some more details...



Head on over to my IG feed or my FB Fan Page to see the completed layout...you will NOT be disappointed!

Here's a look at the Documented Paper Packet...but you can check out the ENTIRE Documented Line {{{here}}}....isn't it GORGEOUS!!! And, Mustard is going to be so POPULAR this Fall so GRAB IT BEFORE AUGUST 31ST!!!!




Monday, August 20, 2018

Cuteness Overload with H2H...

August 20th already??? At this rate, I'm going to be 217 by year-end...time is FLYING!

Over at the H2H Challenges Blog, we are in CUTENESS OVERLOAD and while I had visions of BABIES, I chose to kill a couple of birds with one stone, so-to-speak!

Here is a tunnel card I made using the MORE MAGICAL line and a NEW stamp set you're getting a sneak peek of 😁

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The apple comes from a past SOTM and I added a little something extra using the Clear Shimmer Brush...the background on the front is stamped using one of our little M-size Stamp Sets (SUPER affordable and CUTE)...
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And, here's the inside...a tunnel card with a very 3D effect...no 3D-Foam tape required!



Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to go check out the other DT Members' CUTE artwork!!


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bring Back my Pack MAGICAL Blog Hop...

Is there anything MORE MAGICAL than mid-August when kiddos are getting ready to go back to school...moms are making plans for kidless days...working moms are thankful there's no more late nights of "fortnite" (HUGE EYE ROLL...lol). 

AND...CTMH brought back one of our favorite lines, featuring NEW COLORS, stamp set and embellishments!

Nine CTMH Consultants have come together to share with you some projects featuring the MORE MAGICAL line so sit back and be inspired!

If you've come here from Gina's Blog, you're on the right track...keep on hopping 'till you get back to where you started!

I pulled out some retired circle cards from CTMH and made this cute little card by adding this month's SOTM, For the Love of Crafting...the camera image goes PERFECTLY with this paper packet...

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I used some NEW Silver Embellishing Thread (available Sept 1st) to make a little thread nest...
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And finished off the inside with another image from this month's SOTM...

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to hop on over to Kimberly's Blog and see what MAGICAL thing she has to share!


Here's a look at the full Kit...there are also options that don't include the stamp set...

Monday, August 6, 2018

Lovely Layers with H2H...


First FULL week in August and this mamma doesn't know whether to rejoice because Summer is almost over or cry because Summer wasn't long enough! I think I have a layer of tears over my smile.

Speaking of LAYERS...how about a FUN challenge over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges! This week it's all about LOVELY LAYERS and I have a card to share...

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Let's take a look at the not-so-obvious layers. I stamped an image from this month's SOTM onto some B&T from the Documented line adding another layer...I also used Thin 3D Foam Tape to adhere this flower from the Documented Complements adding dimension and layers...

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you'll go check out what the other DT Members have to share and I hope you'll play along with us this month!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Journaling in Cricut Design Space...



Journaling in Cricut Design Space™


Did you know that you can use fonts in Cricut Design Space™ for more than just a title on your scrapbook page? In this next installment of our Design Space tutorials, we are going to show you how to use Design Space to create large journaling spaces for your scrapbook pages. Not only can the words of your story be the main feature on your page, it can also be made using your Cricut®machine and your favorite Design Space font.
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To replicate our font you will need to use the Cricut® Artistry collection. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)
The steps below show you how to work in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

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Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape.

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To make the base for your journaling, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. Next, resize this square to an 8.5″ x 11.5″ rectangle. Don’t forget to click the lock icon to unlock the size and change the width to 8.5 and the height to 11.5.

3. Color the rectangle.

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This is an easy, optional, step just to help you better see the text as you are journaling and then using the Slice tool later on. Since we wanted to use Bashful cardstock on this project, we went ahead and adjusted the color of the rectangle from dark gray to light pink. Click on the colored circle next to the scissors icon in the Layers panel to adjust the color of the shape.

4. Insert a line of text.

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To start your journaling, click Text and then search for the Artistry font in the search box. Once you’ve selected it, type your first line of text.

5. Resize the text.

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You’ll notice when you type your first line of journaling that the text is too large for your rectangle base. Resize the text to a height of 0.45″. You can do this by changing the height in the size box to 0.45. Make sure to leave the lock icon locked this time so that the width is automatically resized in Design Space.

6. Insert additional lines.

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Continue adding lines of text for your journaling. To do this quickly, simply duplicate a line of text. This way you don’t have to go back in and resize the font. Click the previous line, select Duplicatein the top right corner, and then type a new line of text.

7. Arrange lines of text.

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After you have completed your journaling, it’s time to arrange the lines on the base rectangle. For this page, we decided to arrange the majority of the text from the top down, leaving a space to add a photo and embellishments before the last two lines of text at the bottom. To help with spacing, you can insert other Basic Shapes, like we did here. You can insert and resize a square to give you an idea of where your photo will go or a circle to represent an embellishment piece. Don’t worry about perfectly spacing each line of text. Design Space has a helpful tool that we will use in the next step.

8. Use the Align tool to evenly space the lines of text.

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Once you have your lines loosely arranged how you like on the rectangle, select the rectangle and move it to the side. Then click and drag your mouse over all the top lines of text to highlight all of them at once. Select Align and then select Distribute Vertically. This will evenly space your lines, and the in the Align tool again, select Center Horizontally. This will center the text. You can also center horizontally the last two lines on the bottom. Because there are only two lines, the option to distribute vertically won’t be available.

9. Use the Slice tool to slice your journaling into the base rectangle.

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To slice the journaling into your rectangle, you have to work line by line. Place the rectangle behind your text. Then select the top line, hit the shift button on your keyboard, and select the rectangle. This will allow the Slice tool to become available in the bottom right corner. Just select Slice and your text will be cut into the rectangle. After slicing, you’ll have two extra lines of text. Delete both extra lines by selecting the red X. To see the remaining lines of text, select Arrange and then Move to Back. Continue this process for each line of text.

10. Cut your project and assemble your page!

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When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Your Cricut® machine will do the rest of the work for you and cut this journaling centerpiece for your scrapbook page!
We hope you love this creative option for adding journaling to your layouts using Design Space. Often the journaling is something we add once our scrapbook page is complete, but with Design Space, you can turn your journaling into a main feature of the page. There are so many options for filling your page with text when you use Design Space!

Friday, August 3, 2018

100 Journaling Prompts...


TAKEN FROM THE CTMH BLOG...

100 Journaling Prompts


Scrapbooking is all about the memory keeping. And because it’s easy to get stuck and not know what “counts” as a story worth preserving, we came up with a list of 100 different journaling prompts to get you going.

Current Favorites

  1. What are some of your favorite things?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. What are your favorite quotes?
  4. Who are your favorite writers?
  5. Do you have favorite paintings?
  6. What are some of your favorite creative outlets?
  7. What are your favorite games?
  8. What are some of your favorite gadgets? (this will be fun to look back on)
  9. What are your favorite restaurants?
  10. What desserts do you enjoy?
  11. What are your favorite recipes?
  12. What are your favorite TV shows/movies? (Netflix binging counts!)
  13. What is your favorite song? Do you have a favorite musician or band?
  14. Where are some of your favorite places/landmarks?
  15. Do you have a favorite travel destination?
  16. What is your favorite holiday or season?
  17. Do you have some favorite holiday traditions?
  18. Do you have favorite Christmas carols?
  19. Is there a special Christmas tree ornament that is your favorite?
  20. What are your favorite Sunday rituals?
  21. Who are your favorite people?
  22. What are some of your favorite things about your family?

Lists

  1. What accomplishments are you really proud of?
  2. What do you want to do in your life? (bucket list)
  3. What goals do you have for this year?
  4. What things do you want to do this summer/fall/winter/spring?
  5. What are some things you would like to learn?
  6. What books do you want to read?
  7. Where do you want to visit?
  8. What things do you want to see?
  9. Who would you like to meet?
  10. How do you indulge yourselself?
  11. What are you grateful for?
  12. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
  13. What are you obsessed with?
  14. What are some things you miss? (including “back in my day…”)
  15. What reasons do you have to be happy?
  16. What are some things that cheer you up?
  17. What makes you laugh?
  18. What inspires you?
  19. Who inspires you?
  20. Who are your friends?
  21. What are this month’s highlights?
  22. What random things do you know?
  23. What weird things do you like? (you know you have some)
  24. What are some things you can’t go without?
  25. What are some things you’ve done that you never thought you could?
  26. What things would you do if you weren’t afraid?
  27. What is happing in the world today? (current events)
  28. What tattoos do you have and what are their meanings?
  29. What are you good at?
  30. What makes you unique?

From Your Childhood

  1. Where did you grow up?
  2. What were some things you enjoyed doing as a child?
  3. What are some things you always did with your parents as a child?
  4. What do you remember about your childhood home? (or did you move a lot?)
  5. What was your favorite toy?
  6. Who was your childhood pet?
  7. What was your favorite meal as a child? What were your favorite treats?
  8. Where did you go to school? Who was your favorite teacher?
  9. Who were your friends in elementary school?
  10. Who were your friends in high school?
  11. What sports/extracurricular activities were you involved in as a teenager?
  12. When was the time you got in the most trouble?
  13. What were your favorite TV shows or movies?
  14. What was the best gift you ever got?
  15. What was the best/worst birthday/Christmas?
  16. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Firsts…

  1. Who was your first crush?
  2. Who was your first kiss?
  3. What do you remember about your first car?
  4. What was your first airplane ride?
  5. What was your first job?
  6. Who was your first concert?

More Memories…

  1. What is your love story? (how did you meet your spouse/significant other?)
  2. What is your saddest memory?
  3. What is your happiest memory?
  4. What is your funniest memory?

If…

  1. If a genie granted you three wishes…
  2. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) it would be…
  3. If you could meet any fictional character it would be…
  4. If you could live anywhere…
  5. If you could change history….

Family

  1. What do you remember most about your mother/father?
  2. Is there anything noteworthy about your parent’s upbringing?
  3. What are some of your mother’s or father’s favorites?
  4. Do you have any famous or high profile family members?
  5. Are there other family members that were/are important to you? (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)
  6. Who are your siblings?
  7. How do you spend family time?
  8. What family vacations have you gone on?

Motherhood

  1. What do you remember about each birth?
  2. What are some of your mom fails? (we all have them)
  3. What are some of your mom wins?
  4. What is mom life really like?
  5. What are your parenting goals?
  6. You love this kid because…
  7. Kids are funny because…
  8. Kids are scary because…
  9. What do you love most about being a mother?
Now that you’ve got these prompts to get you started, the next step is to do something about it! You may want to start by writing the story down and then finding photos to support it, or you may want to approach it the other way around—find photos related to your memory and then add a few written details. Either way, don’t allow your precious memories and stories get lost with time.
Whether by simply keeping a journal or by scrapbooking in whatever method best fits your style, now is the time to commit—or recommit!—to memory keeping.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

For the Love of Crafting Blog Hop...

Welcome to this month's SOTM Blog Hop featuring FOR THE LOVE OF CRAFTING...a stamp set after every crafter's heart!



There are only 28 Consultants participating this month so the inspiration should flow rather quickly. Grab your favorite beverage and hop along with us!

If you've come from Michelle Loncar's Blog, you're on the right track and well on your way to the end of the hop...if not, no worries, just keep on hopping 'till you get back to where you started!

Here's one of the many things I've already created with this stamp set...perfect for letting me know when my crafty weekends are! Can you spot the images?





Thanks for stopping by!

To keep on hopping, your next stop is my Extravaganza Partner - Jen Rubio...hop on over and see what crafty thing she's made.


Don't forget this stamp set is only available during the month of August and can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying order! If you don't have a consultant and would like to learn more about this FABULOUS program, check out my website {{{here}}}.