WELCOME to my blog! This is the place to see what class offerings I have. I am also a consultant for Close to my Heart, a company that offers stamping and scrapbooking supplies. Take a look at the products and specials they are currently offering.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Seize the Birthday Challenge

I'm getting back into the crafting "groove" after my trips far and wide!  It's fun to back in the craft room again - and about time, since I have a class in just a little over a week! 

The inspiration for the card I made is from Pinterest (of course!).  I love the "Botanical Backgrounds" stamp set from CTMH (D1645).  Coloring everything on the white background seemed a bit daunting, so just coloring in a few of the images worked well. 

The front flower (from "Happy Birds" C1600) is also colored, using the Golden Yellow ShinHan Touch Twin Marker (CTMH #Z2452).  The leaves are stamped with Honey ink and are from the "Have a Happy Day" set (D1616).  It's fun finding images from many different stamp sets that work together. 

The sentiments are all from the "Happy Everything" Operation Smile stamp set (D1653).  Operation Smile is the CTMH charity, and $3 from every stamp set sold goes straight to Operation Smile.  But this set will only be around for a little while.  It is retiring on August 31. So pop over to my CTMH website if you are interested in it (or any of the other sets featured here). 

I'm entering this card in the Seize the Birthday Anything Goes challenge this week.  Check out their blog for other great birthday cards.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that you have a one-of-a-kind, fabulous day!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Scrapbook Workshop - Blossom and Jackson papers

These two paper packs are in the Summer Seasonal Expressions catalog.  They will be available until the end of August, or while supplies last.  So guess we'd better get busy making our layouts with these beautiful papers!

This paper is so fun!  I used the Blossom Complements as well as the Coral Reef Sequins and Bitty Pearls on this layout for embellishing.  While the pearls are retired, the Bitty Sparkles are the same size and would work perfectly.  There is also another set of sequins - Oceanside - that could be used instead.  I've listed that information below.

It was fun to group the smaller stickers on top of some of the label shapes in the set.  Gave it a larger feel.  Then adding the sequins and pearls randomly on the pages helped to fill in the empty spaces.  Don't get me wrong - I like the empty spaces, but it just needed a little something and these little embellishments were perfect!

This is the sketch I used for the layout.  You can see the variety of photo sizes you can use - and I even switched that up and added a 4X4.  You could add more photos in those empty spaces if you have more photos you want to showcase.  It was fun to use the 3X4 size of photos - I cut them all from regular 4X6 pictures, but didn't feel the need to have all of the background.

Jackson is a great outdoor themed paper pack.  But you will notice in the layout sketch below that you can flip each of these pieces over and use the reverse side - and it doesn't have that outdoor feel.  You could use this layout for any theme you want!

This layout has only one more photo on it than the Blossom layout does, but because they are full-size photos, it fills up more of the space.  I wanted to keep the outdoor pictures large in order to see all of the beauty.  I cut the 4X8 from an 8X10 photo, but you could substitute several smaller photos in the same area.

The cost of the workshop is $20 and includes all of the cardstock and patterned paper to complete the layout as shown and a page protector for each layout.  If you wish to add the complements or the sequins and sparkles, you will need to purchase those separately.  Here's the information for those.  Click on the product number to go to my online shopping site if you would like to order them.  If you are on hand for the workshop, you can purchase coordinating cardstock to stamp images for journaling, titles and decorations if you do not want to purchase the accessories.

Blossom Complements - X7196C  - $4.95

Bitty Sparkles (top left) - Z1263 - $2.95
Coral Reef Sequins (top right) - Z3042 - $3.95
Oceanside Sequins (bottom left) - Z3041 - $3.95
Blossom Assortment - enamel shapes - (bottom right) - Z3072—$5.95
 Jackson Complements - X7195C - $4.95
Jackson Assortment (enamel shapes) - Z3071 - $5.95

 Workshop dates are:

Saturday, July 25
Tuesday, July 28
Both groups will meet at 9:30 in my home craft studio in Prescott Valley, AZ.  If you are interested in this project by cannot attend, I can make a kit available for you.  Contact me if you would like this option.
Please email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com to register or if you have questions.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Update from CTMH Convention

I'm having a great time at the Close to My Heart Convention at Disneyland!  I participated in the Consultant Creativity Showcase on Thursday night, displaying many of the projects we made in classes and workshops during the past year.

We now know that there will be two new catalogs to share with everyone at the beginning of September - our Annual Inspirations Catalog with product available for 12 full months, and a Holiday Expressions book, with products specific to fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and winter.  These products will only be available to order from September through the end of December.  There will be a Spring Seasonal Expressions catalog available from January through April, and a Summer Seasonal Expressions catalog from May through August.

I will be holding my annual Open House on Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29.  At that time, you can receive a copy of each of the new catalogs as well as see samples of the new products and projects that we will be doing in the coming months.  So mark that date on your calendar.  If you are not on my regular email list but would like to receive more information, please contact me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com.

One more exciting bit of news.  There will be one paper pack from the new catalog that will be available for you to purchase in August - a month ahead of the release of the rest of the product.  The Zoe papers are just so cute - and very versatile.  A smaller pattern on all the papers that make them work well for a variety of projects - not just a single theme.  Also, the new Cricut cartridge - Artistry - will be available for you in August as well.  I will see samples of what it is all about tomorrow, but my understanding is that it is a "back to basics" kind of cartridge along the lines of Art Philosophy - with updated images.  I'll have more information on both of these new products as August approaches.