15 February 2017

Hello Lovely 2017

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom February 2017 Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart's Hello Lovely Collection. If you've just arrived from the ever-inspiring Shelly Nemitz's blog Just One Pretty Piece, you're in the right place. If you're just starting with me, you can find a full list of participants here.

Here's a look at the Hello Lovely Collection. This Art Deco inspired collection might be my favorite so far!

Now on with today's project. I started out this paper crafting journey as a scrapbooker. But between keeping up with my family and wanting to spread my creative wings, I have really gotten away from it. Nevertheless, toward the end of 2016, I decided that I wanted to document each month of 2017. I didn't want a complicated daily narrative, just a snap shot of who I am and what I am thinking about or doing on a single day in the month. So on the 17th of each month, I take a photo or two that gives a little peek into my life on that day. So let's take a look at February:

Most months will be single page layouts, but it just so happens that on the 17th of this month I'll be at Disney World with my hubby. The kids have their own gig to attend over the long weekend, so it will be just the two of us. I suspect I will need two pages to document everything for that day, and I might just document the whole weekend! The 6x8 base layers for both pages are cut from Kraft Cardstock.

To create the pages, I started with a sheet of patterned paper from the collection cut to 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches. To that layer, I added a 3 3/4 x 5 7/8-inch piece of pattern paper at the bottom, and then adhered 3 different zip strips cut to 5 7/8 inches from the collection above the patterned paper. To created a smoother transition between the floral pattern and the zip strip immediately above it, I added a 5 7/8-inch length of Blush Shimmer ribbon that covered the seam. I cut a 4 1/8-inch square photo mat from Kraft Cardstock and popped it up toward the top of the page using foam tape. I then added a bow from the Blush Shimmer Ribbon to the right-hand edge of the page. To finish it off, I added my title using letters from the Hello Lovely Complements pack and "my" and "life" from the Journaling Prompts stamp set stamped in Desert Sand ink and then colored over in Gold Metallic Marker and outlined with a 0.03 Copic Multiliner. The arrow, "remember," and flag stickers are also from the Complements pack. I then adhered the entire page to its Kraft Cardstock base.

Here are some close ups of the page:

Page two was made exactly like page one. However I adhered Kraft Cardstock photo mats (cut at 3 1/8- and 2 1/8-inches square) directly to the page. I created a hidden journaling area using a 3 x 4-inch flip flap and a journaling card from the cut apart page in the collection. I added two stickers from the complements pack and a Kraft Cardstock mat to the journaling card and slid it into the flip flap. I then added two journaling cards from the Picture My Life Journaling Cards pack beneath the flap. Finally, I embellished the page with three more stickers from the complements pack.

Here's a look at the embellishments and journaling area:

And here's the layout in its album:

Once I get the pictures in place and the journaling finished, I'll make a slit in the page protector and feed the flip flap through it. That will allow the journaling to be read without having to remove the page from the protector or the album, and yet it will still remain hidden when you are just thumbing through the book.

And there you go! A scrapbook layout from me! I hope you enjoyed it and are inspired to document your own year. Now hop on over to Tweetscraps and see what the oh-so-talented Morgan Vogt has in store for your inspiration.

And have a wonderfully creative week!

14 February 2017


Hi All! Happy Valentine's Day! Just wanted to pop in and share a treat box I made to give to two of my Valentines today.

I created these two boxes using the Thin Cuts Basic Hearts dies, Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock, and the Polkadot and Woodgrain Kraft Cardstocks from Close To My Heart's Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack. So let's take a look:

First up is the box for my daughter. I cut two hearts from the Neenah cardstock using the largest of the heart dies and then four from the same cardstock using the heart that is the next size down. I then used the same two dies to cut four large and two of the smaller hearts from the Polkadot Kraft Cardstock. I then used the large Kraft hearts to cover front and back of the large white hearts. I covered the front of one of the smaller white hearts with one of the smaller Kraft hearts and then stacked the remaining three hearts on top of one another, adhered them together, and then covered the front with a craft heart. I inked around the edges of the hearts with Thistle ink. I then cut a strip of the Kraft Cardstock for the sides that measured 1 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches and scored it lengthwise at 1 inch. I added a strong tape to both sides of the paper in the 1/2-inch space between the scoreline and the edge of the paper. I cut thin triangles through the tape up to the score line so that I could manipulate the paper around the smaller 2-layer heart. I then adhered that to one of the larger hearts that served as a base. I added the 4-layer heart to the middle of the second larger heart to create a lid for the box (the 4-layer heart fits into the box and keeps the lid from sliding off.

To decorate the top of the box, I used the smallest heart die in the same die set to cut 2 hearts from Whimsy Fundamentals paper in Thistle. I used Thistle ink to create a patterned paper using the "XO" sentiment from Adore You (CTMH's January 2017 Stamp Of The Month) and double stamped the sentiment from the same set. I then cut out the sentiment using the label die from the Hello Lovely die set. I also tied a bow with Thistle Extra Thick Twine, and adhered one heart, the sentiment and the bow directly to the box. I then popped the other heart up using foam tape.

Here's a look at some close ups of the box:

And here's a look at my son's box:
I created it exactly the same way using the Woodgrain Kraft cardstock and paper from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack. I also used White Bakers Twine to tie a knot for the top instead of a bow. The sentiment was stamped in Pacifica Ink, which I also used to ink around the edges of box.

Here are some close ups:

And here's a look at the boxes and their lids with the candy inside: (If I were making these to give away to friends, I would use wrapped candies instead of M&Ms.)

Finally, I actually made these to match their Valentine cards. (You can see more about the cards here.)

I think the kids enjoyed receiving them even more than I did making them, if that's possible! They aren't my quickest box, but I love the way they turned out. And I hope you've enjoyed them too. 

As a reminder, tune in tomorrow evening for the upcoming Rose Blossom February Blog Hop. And until then have a Happy & Creative Valentine's Day!

11 February 2017

With Enough Coffee....

Hi All! Just wanted to pop in and share a card I made using the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit. The kit sold out quite some time ago, but I'll have links at the end of the post for the supplies I used. Now let's take a look at the card.

For the base of the card, I cut a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11 inches and scored it at 5 1/2 inches to create a top-folding A2 sized card. I rounded the bottom corners of the card and then stamped the card base with images from the Simon Says Stamp Coffee & Tea stamp set in Desert Sand ink by Close To My Heart. I accented three of the hearts on the card base by tracing them with my White Signo Gel Pen.

I layered a piece of patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs Cream & Sugar 6x6 paper pad that was cut to 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches. I cut down a piece of White Daisy Cardstock an inch smaller than the patterned paper and stamped the sentiment toward the top in Cocoa ink and popped it up on the card using foam tape. I cut banners from patterned papers in the Cream & Sugar paper pad and adhered them together. I then wrapped some hemp twine around one end of the banners and aded them to the card front using tape runner and foam adhesive. Finally, I added some absolutely adorable puffy stickers (also by Doodlebug) to the front to finish it off.

Here are a few close-ups of the sentiment and those stickers:

And here's one more look at the card:

I've made quite a few other cards using this kit, including a few valentines, so stay tuned! In the meantime, have a wonderfully creative day!