15 June 2017

No Worries! It's All Good....

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop for June featuring Close To My Heart's No Worries collection. And I'm here to tell ya folks, it's ALL good! If you just hopped in from the fabulous Shelly Nemitz' blog, Just One Pretty Piece, you're in the right place. This collection is perfect for documenting the lazy days of summer.  Take a look:

I've been creating like mad with these papers and complements, and it's been a breeze. Everything coordinates beautifully, and the paper designs are perfect for all sorts of non-scrapbooking needs. Like a farewell card, for example:

I needed a couple of these cards this month for friends who are moving home to other parts of the world.

I used kraft cardstock for the card base, and layered it with Sapphire cardstock and No Worries paper. (LOVE those cabana stripes). I stamped the palm trees image from the No Worries Scrapbooking stamp set directly on the middle panel using Sapphire ink, and then stamped the image again on the White Daisy panel inside the card for a lighter, second-generation look. I then used Desert Sand ink to stamp the bottom edge of each panel with the sand texture stamp from the No Worries Cardmaking stamp set. I used the same stamp and some ink-blending techniques to create a beach look on the inner panel as well. I decided to create my own embellishments for the front using stamps and coordinating thin cuts from the No Worries Cardmaking set. I stamped the umbrella in Sapphire ink, the sentiment in Cranberry, and the starfish on the inside in second generation Sapphire, Cranberry, and Lagoon inks. I cut everything out with the coordinating Thin Cuts, but decided to cut the extra white edge off the star fish. For the deck chair, I stamped it twice--once in Desert Sand and once in Lagoon--and cut both out with the Thin Cuts. I then cut the striped fabric from the Lagoon chair and pieced it onto the Desert Sand chair. I then popped every thing up with foam tape.

Here's a look at some close ups:

And here's the card once again:

I hope you liked my little farewell. I know you're going to LOVE this collection, so you definitely want to go check it out here. In the meantime, hop on over for some AMAZING inspiration from Morgan Vogt at Tweetscraps.

Have a wonderfully creative week!

02 June 2017

Kraft-y Hello

Hi All! Welcome to the Kraft-y Hearts Blog Share featuring Close To My Heart's June Stamp Of The Month: Hello Foxy. Check it out:

Isn't this a cute set? I love the fonts used in the sentiments, and the little fox sitting down is one of my all time favorite images. So let's take a look at the project for today:

To create this little card set, I used a long-since-retired card making kit by Close To My Heart, which included the card bases and matching envelopes, the kraft cardstock and glitter banners, and a black banner that I trimmed down to fit my sentiment.

I began the cards by stamping the wreath images onto vellum with VersaMark ink and heat embossing them in white. I then colored the backs of the images using my ShinHan Touch alcohol markers and cut them out. I stamped the fox and flower images directly onto the card bases using White Daisy ink and then colored them with my Prismacolor pencils. I wanted the white ink to stand out a little more, so I went back over the image outlines with my white Gelly Roll pen. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on the black banners that were included in the kit, and then cut them down to fit into the center of the wreath.

To put the card together, I layered the banners on top of each other and adhered them to the card base with my tape runner. I then added the wreaths to the banners using Matte Medium by Ranger. Finally, I popped the sentiments in place with foam tape.

Here is a collage of close-ups:

And here's a look at one of the cards and its matching envelope:

I hope you enjoyed this little set. Don't forget to stop by From My Bungalow and see what the amazingly talented Lynn Darda has in store for your inspiration. 

Have a wonderfully creative weekend!

01 June 2017

Plan It!: June

Hi All! Welcome to June. We're 6 months in. How's 2017 working out for you? I have to say, I've had better years. Still, on the whole, I'm learning a lot about a lot, so it's certainly not been a waste.

Since we're at the half-way point in the year, I decided June would be a good time to start a few new post series here at Violets & Sunshine. So the first of each month will start off with a Plan It post that gives a quick look at my planners.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a planner girl. HOWEVER, I only keep two planners and one of those, which we'll be looking at today, is a new experiment for me. I'll be posting bits and pieces of my daily planner on Instagram and Facebook, so you can check those if you're curious. The new experiment is a dedicated "business" planner. Let's take a look:

This binder-style planner is from Close To My Heart. It's an A5 size, and as such, not one I will carry with me on a daily basis. The binder itself has retired, but they have two other styles that are beautiful and in the supplies list below. The monthly tabbed dividers are all designed to be colored in whatever media you choose. I've cut the dividers down to fit my daily planner and use alcohol ink markers to color them. However, for this planner, I've started coloring it with my watercolors. The cardstock is so heavy, there is minimal warping (none at all if you tape the divider down to a board when you paint it). 

The back of the divider has a motivational quote, and the pattern on the divider is carried throughout the month on the monthly and weekly pages. 

Usually this page would say "remember..." at the top, but I wanted to switch it up to reflect my business goals. So I added a little flag at the top on which I stamped the month from Close To My Heart's Capture This stamp set and spelled out "GOALS" using the Pen Pal Alphabet stamp set. The arrow and "THIS." are also from Capture This. The title is in Archival Black ink, the arrow is second generation Sapphire ink, and THIS is in Cashmere ink. 

Here's the monthly view. I prefer a Monday start for my weekly and monthly views, so the Sunday start will take a little getting used to. 

This calendar only reflects workshops and activities that are business related. I use washi tape to add events to my calendar so that I can move them around if necessary. I also used a little stamp from the Plan On It stamp set and Whisper ink to cross out days that I want to keep from scheduling business-related events on.

The weekly view calendar does start on Monday, which is fantastic, and has two columns for appointments and to-do's. I changed it up just a little by subdividing the columns into four. I stamped "Appointments" in Cashmere inks and "Family" in Lagoon ink using the Stay Focused stamp set by Waffle Flower Stamps. "To-Do" is from the Plan On It set and is stamped in Glacier ink. I added sticky notes to my page finder (which is from Close To My Heart's 2016 planner). I wanted to set my to-do lists off from my appointments, so I added a strip of Rose Gold Foil Tape along the edge. I also added a column for my family so that I can keep track of their appointments for minimal scheduling conflicts.

And so the experiment begins. I'm not sure how the "business only" planner is going to work. I'm sure I'll add some components to it as we go along. 

So out of curiosity, do you keep multiple planners? Do you keep your work planner separate from your home planner? Enquiring minds want to know, so please leave a comment!

And have a wonderful first day of June!