When most of you see this post you are going to be surprised. I haven't blogged in years! But I am back and want to start up again. I have been frequenting Blogger and enjoying all of your blogs and art work. So for today's post I want to share a layout that I did of our Miss Brooke for her third birthday. I used the December stamp of the month called Cutie Pie and pretty much followed the layout that CTMH used only I added a second page and changed a few things. I did not have the Black Arrow Washi tape that they used, so I used a stamp that had an arrow. I also didn't have the Handwritten Print alphabet stamp that they used. It is on my wish list...as are many things. So, instead I used my cricut and found a cupcake title that I liked. The yellow checked paper is from the Confetti Wishes paper pack. See you soon :)
I will be teaching a scrapbook workshop for Lexi's Brownie Troop and made this cute layout using the Laughing Lola papers from Close to My Heart. This layout is about what "She Likes." I will have all the papers cut and the girls will do the assembly. The pieces of patterned paper are cut down to 11 inches and are attached to a 12x12 piece of black cardstock to form a border and give a nice contrast to the paper. I needed to keep the cost down since I will be donating the supplies, so I chose inexpensive embellishments. Sequins are becoming popular in scrapbooking, so I bought a few packs at Joann's as well as a couple of packs of the little paperclip embellishments at 50% off. I will stamp the title and have the girls fill in the little strips of paper telling what they like. I am going to let Lexi help me teach the class and she is so excited about that.
I am taking a class from Stacy Julian and Jennifer Wilson at Big Picture Classes called The Art + Science of Scrapbooking. My first assignment was to go through my pictures and rate them and choose a photo to tell a story about. I have been wanting to scrapbook this picture and tell the story, but just haven't done it. Lexi and Brooke love their Uncle Ryan and it's obvious that he loves them too. One day they went on a walk and Lexi found this field of clovers and threw herself into them and, of course, Brooke joined in. The paper that I chose is called Neapolitan from American Crafts.
Do you ever feel like you are a minion at your place of work? I most certainly am beginning to feel like one. And, the thought of minions running around the department that I work in sparked my creativity to make this Minion Banner. I found an SVG file at http://www.grealishgreetings.com/assemble-the-minions/ and went to work creating my banner. The minion file is for a card and has a back to it. Since I wasn't making a card, I used the back piece to attach my bakers twine. I used Zip Dry glue and then attached the front piece on top.
After a very long day of travel, Bill and I arrived in Barcelona to spend a few days before we leave on a Mediterranean Cruise. I have always wanted to see Spain, because I am part Spanish as well as Irish and Norwegian. On the plane ride over, I happened to sit next to two handsome guys, one was from Spain and the other Norway. It was interesting talking to them and learning about the different cultures. When my son visited Europe, people thought he was from Spain. I had to see for myself what a true Spanish person looked like and surprisingly, he looks a lot like the young handsome guys here.
We had a great day of sightseeing, rode a tram over to the beach and did some people watching as well as walking down the narrow alleys and looking at the adorable homes. I love architecture and had fun taking pictures.
At 9:00 we ate Paella for dinner at a restaurant called Elche. We were able to get it without shells, which made it so much more enjoyable to eat. After a wonderful dinner and a bottle of wine. We strolled by the night clubs, where the evening was just beginning for the young people. Then, we hailed a cab which took us back to the Hotel Miramar. Until tomorrow, have a good night. For me it is quite late.
My sister-in-law Vicki was here last month and had fun taking pictures of Brooke. She is such a good photographer. I love how she captured the expressions on Brooke's face. This fun Dream Pop paper from Close to My Heart went so well with these photos.
Today after work, we had a baby shower for my boss Gina. She is having a boy and the room will be done in a jungle theme with snakes and monkeys. I have been on a diaper cake marathon these days and am really enjoying putting them together. Lexi helped make the diaper cake with the snake on it. She rolled a lot of diapers. I wanted to do something different with the monkey cake and searched for ideas on the internet and found instructions to make this motorcyle cake. Both cakes were a hit and it always makes me happy to make someone else happy.
I just love this CTMH paper called "Flirty." The colors are so pretty and vibrant. This paper pack can be used for Fall or Summer pictures as you can see in the layouts below. We will be making these layouts at my workshop this month on October 19 and 20. If you are interested in attending or would like to make the layouts on your own, please let me know and I will prepare a kit for you.
I am going to a baby's first birthday party today and needed a card. I went through the many chilhood stamps that I have and used "First Steps" and "Childhood" both from CTMH. The pieces of the train and cloud are popped up and buttons are used for the wheels. I hope the parents like it.
Lexi is at that age where she is so little and cute but wants so badly to grow up. I know there will be a day when she won't be interested in spending time with me. There will be girlfriends and boyfriends and so many other things that take her away from me. When I heard the song by Taylor Swift called "Never Grow Up," it brought tears to my eyes because they grow up so fast. I decided to incorporate that song into my layout. I used the Dakota paper pack from CTMH.
I am loving this Scholastic paper pack from Close to My Heart. At first, I wasn't too sure about the dark colors. I was thinking more along the lines of pink and red to match Lexi's dress. But, the contrast of the darkers colors makes her dress pop. Love it!
I am so excited to share my secret with you!!! Close to My Heart has made it so affordable for you to sign on as a new consultant. Everyone who joins my team in August (for the new low Consultant Kit price of $49) or the Master Kit for $99 - will also get this great new bag for FREE in their kit!!! It has a retail value of $50, and there will be no additional shipping charge to you. You can wear it shoulder tote style or backpack style!
NOW FOR THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!
Anyone who places an order of $25 or more on my CTMH Website or joins my team as a consultant during the month of August, will have their name entered into a drawing for the NEW CRICUT ARTISTE BUNDLE!!!!Yes you heard it right. You will get this $99 bundle for free!!! This offer is exclusive to me. There are other ways to win this bundle and I will explain, but first take a look at what you get.
The new Cricut® Artiste collection takes your creativity over the top! With 700 images, the cartridge features themed projects, interactive cards, awards, and more. From robots and spooks to weddings and Valentines, your cupcake liners, invitations, and party favors will coordinate and quickly come together for any celebration! Cutting and assembling the numerous 3-D items is a snap using the project reference chart and separate, step by-step assembly booklet. You will get three coordinating exclusive stamp sets and three Dimensional Elements 12"x 9" sheets that will help your artwork come to life, transforming the ordinary into amazing!
Now for the Rules: Join my team now or during the month of August and get your name entered 5 times in this drawing!!! Place an order of $25 or more now or during the month of August and get your name entered 3 times Link this blog post to your blog for 1 extra point Share this blog post on your face book page for 1 extra point You must be a US Citizen to enter Let me know in the comment section what you have done. Good Luck and I will announce the winner on September 1!!!
I am a stamper, scrapbooker and paper crafter as well as a Close to My Heart Consultant. I am a Christian and have been married to Bill for over 30 years. We have two grown children, Jennifer and Ryan and two beautiful granddaughters, Alexia and Brooke.