Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter B. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their B element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy.  If you came from Jenifer Benner – Jen’s Messy Studio then you’re on the right track!

Bathtime Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless noted: Retired Paper Packet, Sparkles Clear Flourishes – Small, Babycakes Stamp Set (retired), Boutique Borders Stamp Set (retired), and Sugar & Spice Cricut cartridge.

My layout is full of the letter B, from baby and bathtime to the name of my stamp sets.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Shelly Nemitz – Just One Pretty Piece.


Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

1. Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy

2. Catherine Nowak~ Catscrapbooking

3. Pam Trostle ~ Pam’s Crafty Creations

4. Marie Goetz – Marie’s Paper Crafting and Such

5. Janna Gray – The Creative Princess

6. Stephanie Feist

7. Jenny Gilbert The Creative Heart

8. Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings

9. Diana Saunders ~ Farmer Di Stamps

10. Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana

11. Darlys Recker – Crafty Happy

12. Jenifer Benner – Jen’s Messy Studio

13. Wendy Kessler – My Scrapbooking Blog

14. Shelly Nemitz – Just One Pretty Piece


On November 7, we will be creating the Yuletide Carol Scrapbooking Workshop.  If you are in Club, this is the time to order.  You need to order by October 3 by contacting me or joining the correct gathering on my website to receive it by the scheduled workshop date.

The Yuletide Carol Scrapbooking Workshop Kit includes:
1  – My Reflections Yuletide Carol Paper Packet (X7187B)
1 – My Acrylix Yuletide Carol Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
3 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Colonial White, 2 Kraft)
1 – Yuletide Carol Assortment (Z3007)
1 – Sequins Gold Assortment (Z2012)
1 – Instructional Brochure

Basic Workshop on the Go supplies: All Workshops On the Go Kits use some or all basic supply items which I recommend you bring with you.  These items include a paper trimmerscissorsspongepiercing and embossing tool kitMy Acrylix blocks for stamping, and adhesives of your choice (which may include Liquid GlassGlue Dots3-D Foam, etc.)

Additional Supplies required to complete:
Black Exclusive Inks Pad (Z2105)
Desert Sand Exclusive Inks Pad (Z2118)
New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Pad (Z2135)
Ruby Exclusive Inks Pad (Z2170)

Coordinating products:
Yuletide Carol Complements (X7187C)
Cricut Artfully Sent Collection (Z3017)
ShinHan Twin Touch Markers
Christmas Post Stamp Set (D1610)
Noel Stamp Set (C1598)
Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set (D1553)
Christmas Village Stamp Set (D1554)
Merry, Merry Stamp Set (C1591)
Make It Merry Stamp Ste (D1617)
Magical Days Stamp Set (D1552)
Santa Claus Stamp Set (C1567)
Trim the Tree Stamp Set (A1149)
O Holy Night Stamp Set (A1168)
Mary and Babe Stamp Set (C1562)
Reason for the Season Stamp Set (D1614)

Colors (for cardstock, inks, and markers):
Black, Champagne, Colonial White, Desert Sand, New England Ivy, Ruby

When you place an order of $50 or more, you get the Stamp of the Month set for only $5.
The Stamp of the Month is:
(September) Family is Forever
(October) Home for the Holidays
*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) Home for the Holidays.

The current Constant Campaign is:
(September) #30 Years of Happy
*The Constant Campaign you qualify for 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 the MONTHSPECIAL.

Additional Layout: (directions on my website)

Merry Christmas Layout by Wendy Kessler


I changed the first layout by flipping the photo mats on each page to work with my pictures.  I don’t have photos yet for the second layout so I only attached one side of the elements that overlap onto the photo mats.  I also made the third photo mat on the second page the same size as the first two.  I don’t know if you can tell, but I wrote the size of the photo that I would need right on the mats so I won’t need to measure when it comes time to adding pictures.

Peace on Earth Layout by Wendy Kessler

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month we are highlighting the Perfect Clusters Technique as shown on page 96 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  See examples of embellishment clusters throughout this hop.  When you use a variety of sizes, shapes, and textures in these clusters, you add visual interest and accent your photos while keeping the focus on important page elements.

This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  So if you are starting here, just continue until you make your way back.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Tonya’s Blog.  If you get lost along the way, go to my previous post for a list of all participants.

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Serendipity Heart of Winter Project Pack, Basic Dazzling Die-Cuts, Chocolate Cardstock, Sparkle Flourishes, and organdy ribbon.

Let me tell you, I really dug into my stash for this one!  That is what is so nice about these techniques – you can apply them by using supplies that you already have.  That being said, I didn’t have everything I wanted for this layout.  I wanted a neutral color ribbon but I really liked the organdy and all I had that matched was the blue so I settled for that.  I really wished I had some pearl flourishes on hand but I settled for the sparkle ones.  I also didn’t have a pin to stick out of the cluster.  I am going to buy some more of these to finish the layout but just don’t have them on hand now so it will have to wait.  I did think about what I could substitute that I already have and just couldn’t come up with anything so you will have to just imagine 1-2 of these bling pins sticking out of the flower by the dance tag.  You know how it is when you have something in your head…  In the end I am still pleased with the layout, it’s just different than I would have done it.

I really didn’t vary the technique this time but you can see that these Sparkle Flourishes can simple add a lot to a layout!

We would love to see what you’ve created using this month’s technique, please visit Technically Terrific  where you can share your project and be entered in a chance to win great prizes.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Joy’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Here is a list of participants:

Visit Technically Terrific to join in this challenge!

This is obviously a much older layout.  I’ve had it sitting around for many, many years.  I made it at a local scrapbook store class.  It’s not my favorite and really not my taste but kudos for me for using up a layout that has been sitting without pictures for way too long!

I got these mini paint cans at the Target Dollar Spot and knew I would have a use for them.  The top one was used for a teacher’s gift.  The second can was part of a gift exchange for my daughter’s 5th grade girl gift.  We also made a journal which I will post in a couple days.  These are Christmas, but you can decorate them for any occasion.  All supplies are from my stash and I used the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge for my diecuts.  I also added a tag with ribbon to the handle of the can.