Archive for September, 2012

Stamp Sunday #39: Stitched Together

C1459 Stitched Together

Here’s another altered notebook.  Once again, I have specified it to the interests of this particular girl per my daughter’s request.  I used the Cricut Create-a-Critter cartridge (so super cute!), Close to My Heart papers (grey wool and grey flannel) and inks (black and grey flannel).  I used both the images and borders of the Stitched Together stamp set.  I’ve been doing a lot of tone-on-tone stamping for backgrounds lately!  The name is stamped with the new Urban Alphabet stamp set, which is becoming a favorite of mine.  It’s just the perfect size for so many things!

CTMH October Campaign – Studio J


You already know that Close To My Heart’s Studio J® online design software is a great deal, saving you lots of time and money. During October, you can get an even better value from Studio J — when you buy 9 layouts, you’ll get a 10th layout free!
Take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10: Buy 9 to get 1 free layout, buy 18 to get 2 free layouts, etc. You can get up to 5 free layouts! It’s a fast and inexpensive way to get your pictures off your computer and into your scrapbooks! Since you can ship as many as 50 layouts together in a single box, the savings truly stack up the more layouts you order in October.

Don’t for get about our sensational new Express Collections that make it even easier for you to save time and complete even more layouts!

Take me to Studio J®

Moonlight Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on our “Take a Walk in the Moonlight” Blog Hop.  We have a fabulous path for you to follow as you take your walk in the moonlight with us as we feature Close to My Heart’s Moonlight paper pack.

If you are coming from Bethany’s Blog, you’re in the right place.  If this is your first stop, you can go to the beginning at Lucy’s blog.

Here’s my layout:

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: Moonlight Paper Packet, Damask stamp set (retired), Smokey Plum ink, Opaque  Pearl Flourishes, Opaque Pearls, and Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge.

I used a Becky Fleck sketch for this one.  Who would have thought that these were “Halloween” papers?!  I just love Close to My Heart’s double-sided B&T Duos Paper Packs!  The strip is cut from the top of the paper.  This is a great feature that they’ve added over the last year, in addition to the paper being a thicker, cardstock quality.  To overlap the pearl flourish from one page to the next, I first cut it on the transfer sheet, then applied each section, matching up the one on the second page with the one already attached on the first page.  The photo corners are stamped with the same damask stamp that is on the page.  I cut the squares in half to create the triangles for corners.

The next stop on your moonlight walk is Stephanie’s Blog.

Here is the list of all the talented consultants who will lead you down the moonlight path:

Lucy
Darla
Deanne
Bethany
Wendy
Stephanie
Erin
Maria
Carolyn
Joanne
Julia
Theodora

 

Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Workshop Kit


On November 3 @ 6:00 – 9:00pm, we will be creating the Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit with a Mystery Hostess.  If you order for this kit or place an order of $29.95 or more, your name will go into a drawing for the hostess rewards earned on this order.  You need to order by Oct. 13 by contacting me or joining the correct gathering on my website to qualify and receive it by the scheduled workshop date.

The Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit includes:
My Reflections Clementine Paper Packet (X7156B)
My Acrylix Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Workshop Stamp Set (C-size) only available with this workshop
Pear & Partridge B&T Duos® Papers (2 sheets)
Cardstock (4 sheets, various)
Colonial White Cards & Envelopes (15 each)
Red Glitter Gems (108 gems) only available with this workshop
Tan Twill Ribbon (5 yards) only available with this workshop
Instruction Brochure

Required Tools: (if you are attending, I will have these available for your use)
Z2114  Cocoa Exclusive Inks® Pad  $5.25
Z2116  Cranberry Exclusive Inks® Pad  $5.25
Z2137  Olive Exclusive Inks® Pad  $5.25
Z697  Sponge  $1.25
Y1000  1″ × 1″ My Acrylix® Block  $3.95
Y1002  1″ × 3 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block  $5.95
Y1006  3″ × 3″ My Acrylix® Block  $8.50

Not provided:

Z1151  3-D Foam Tape  $5.95
Z341 Memory Book Mini Glue Dots®  $7.50

Coordinating products:
Z1326  Red, Pink, & Purple Assortment  $2.95
Z1204  Bone Folder  $4.95
Z1484  Red Glitz Glitter Gel  $2.75
X1410  Colonial White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack $14.95 (15 included in workshop)
Z1738  Colonial White Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes  $6.95
B1403  To You and Yours stamp set  $9.95
D1388  Card Chatter – Christmas stamp set  $17.95
D1492  Christmas Love stamp set  $17.95

Colors (for cardstock, inks, and markers):
Cashmere, Olive, Cranberry, Desert Sand, Colonial White

The Stamp of the Month is:
(September) Fall Favorites
(October) Very Merry Christmas
*The Stamp of the Month may vary depending on your purchase date.  If you order online, it will be the month in which you are purchasing.  If you order by contacting me, it will be (October) Very Merry Christmas.

The current Constant Campaign is:
(September) Celebrate your everyday moments with the My Acrylix® It’s Your Day double stamp set. Get it for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30, 2012.
(October)  Buy 9 Studio J layouts, get the 10th one free.

Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit

On November 9 @ 6:30 – 9:00pm, we will be creating the Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit.  If you are in Club, this is the time to order.  You need to order by Oct. 5 by contacting me or joining the correct gathering on my website to receive it by the scheduled workshop date.

The Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit includes:
My Reflections Pear & Partridge Paper Packet (X7162B)
My Acrylix Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp Set (C-size) only available with this workshop
2 – Colonial White Cardstock Sheets
Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons (X7162C)
Sparkles Red, Pink, and Purple Assortment (Z1326)
Instruction Brochure

Additional Layout: (directions on my website)  Correction on cutting guide…red cardstock should be two 3 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ NOT 6 1/4″

Bonus Project: (directions on my website)

Add these items to your order to create the workshop bonus project:
Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Z1761)
Red Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1484)
Baker’s Twine Harvest Assortment (Z1751) 

Required Tools: (if you are attending, I will have these available for your use)
E1021  My Acrylix® Trinity Alphabet  $29.95
Z2175  Cashmere Exclusive Inks® Pad  $5.25
Z2116  Cranberry Exclusive Inks® Pad  $5.25
Z2137  Olive Exclusive Inks® Pad  $5.25
Z697  Sponge $1.25
Y1000  1″ × 1″ My Acrylix® Block  $3.95
Y1002  1″ × 3 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block  $5.95
Y1009  2″ × 3 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block  $7.50
Y1010  2″ × 6 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block  $9.95

Not provided: Z1151  3-D Foam Tape  $5.95

Coordinating products:
Z1743  Festive Velvet Rub-Ons  $4.95
Z1772  Dimensional Elements In Color – Holiday $5.95
Z2502  Enchantment Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pads Set  $19.95
C1510  Merry & Bright stamp set  $13.95
C1520  Christmas Joy stamp set  $13.95 

Colors (for cardstock, inks, and markers):
Cashmere, Olive, Cranberry, Desert Sand, Colonial White

The Stamp of the Month is:
(September) Fall Favorites
(October) Very Merry Christmas
*The Stamp of the Month may vary depending on your purchase date.  If you order online, it will be the month in which you are purchasing.  If you order by contacting me, it will be (October) Very Merry Christmas.

The current Constant Campaign is:
(September) Celebrate your everyday moments with the My Acrylix® It’s Your Day double stamp set. Get it for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30, 2012.
(October)  Buy 9 Studio J layouts, get the 10th one free.

Here are my layouts:

One problem I have is that when I order my pics online they are not truly 4×6; they are a hair shorter.  This can be a problem when creating layouts that are measured out specifically for 4×6 photos.  Here is one solution (this also works if you haven’t lined things up straight or cut straight): I make a photo mat that overlaps all the imperfections as you can see with a couple of the photos in this layout.  I always have a ton of Christmas photos so I will be using 4×6 flip flaps to add the rest of the photos to my layout on both pages.  I was cutting the very last curly-q of that Christmas tree when I realized that I could have just cut the ends off and made them pointed.  So if cutting isn’t your thing that would make it easier to reshape the tree instead of cutting around to the inside of those tips.  I could not get the second generation stamp (on the Christmas tree) to show up so I just stamped it in the solid ink color and I think it’s better.  My last comment on this layout is that I really dislike those small stamp letters but I think they were worth the hassle for this one.  (only for the first page though!)

Not sure if this is an error or not….I would not have had enough red cardstock to cut mats for all the photos….but it seems that the mat for the larger one does not appear on the cutting guide.  If you want the red mats I would suggest more cardstock or just using some of the red patterned paper (you will have extra).  As far as my other changes…I rotated the first page to accommodate my picture.  I skipped the mats on the second page and used 4×6 photos.  I resized piece E to 7″ x 10″ instead of 5″ x 9″.  However, if you want to keep the journaling spot free you could fit two 4×6 photos within that area.  I just don’t  journal much on my layouts and I wanted to add a bit more color/pattern.  When cutting the Christmas tree fo this one, I did cut off the curly ends.  Something else that is on the layout that I didn’t notice instructions for is the small border strip.  This can be cut from the striped patterned paper.  I am so mad at myself.  I did not realize until I was completely finished with this layout and put the pages side by side that I mixed up the background paper with the tan that was meant for matting the photos!  I guess it’s not the end of the world.  Frustrating, but I a certainly not going to redo it.

Finally a note on the rubons.  Once again these are high-quality and easy to apply.  I did notice that if they have glitter you need to rub them a little more but they still turn out well.  I haven’t found many that so easily rub over layers of photos as you can see on my first page.  I even used the rubon underneath the top of the cutout tree and it is holding down the tip (tree was attached with 3D foam tape).  I added a few extra rubons and sparkles to my layout.  I cut the one rubon to transform it into a corner.