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Are you ready for some Enchantment?!

Enchantment L3 - detail on left 1 It’s all beauty… no beast!

rich vibrant colors:  eggplant, peacock, pomegranate, and poppy to name a few.

bold large scale patterns: big monochromatic spots, wide beachy/cabana stripes, AND

 several patterned papers in small-scale patterns to coordinate and keep it all balanced.

 

The March mix crop features 2-page scrapbook layouts with the gorgeous Enchantment Fundamentals, coordinating “My Boy” Complements, Enchantment Ribbon Pack and various enamel and glittered adhesive gems.  Attend the crop (Thursday March 23rd) or order the kit “to go” and you’ll be able to make all of these layouts for your own albums!  When you RSVP by March 14th, I’ll pre-order the kit you choose (see options here:   Scrapbooking Mix Crop – Kit Options for Enchantment) to have everything ready for you by next Thursday at the Mix Crop.  

Here are the three scrapbook layout samples 

Learn how to work with bold stripes.

Learn how to work with bold stripes.

Layout #1 – bold stripes — beyond the beach

I chose the bold striped patterned paper in Pomegranate and paired it up with the swiss dot patterned paper in the same Pomegranate color.  I can’t get enought of that deep red color!  For the most part I wanted to keep the whole layout monochromatic so my photos wouldn’t get lost on the page.

My photo subject for this layout was a Cubs Game outing …. when my oldest was just a baby and when winning the world series seemed like an impossibility…. so I did work in little bits of blue.  You can see it in the bakers twine from the ribbon kit, a banner and complement sticker, and the blue enamel dots.

Here are some extra photos zooming in on some of the layout details.  Thin cuts are all on sale this month so I added some glittery stars too.

Sentiment from the March Stamp Set of the Month -  Tea-rrific.

Sentiment from the March Stamp Set of the Month: Tea-rrific.

The Complement assortment included the "Picture Perfect" layout title.

The Complement assortment included the “Picture Perfect” layout title.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

learn how to keep bold paper patterns from overwhelming everything else on your layout

Learn how to keep bold paper patterns from overwhelming everything else on your layout


Layout #2 – seeing spots

Disclaimer – everyone in my family thinks I have gone bananas to do a whole scrapbook layout about my car.  But I  was really, really excited to move beyond my years as part of the (mini)Van-Clan.  If you laugh at me about this layout, know that you’re not alone.  :-)

 

With the exception of an embellishment cluster in the lower right corner and the XOXO element on the right side of the layout, I am letting the peacock colored spotted paper have the bottom portion of the layout all to itself — and then I’m adding all of my photos and most embellishments above that on some more subtle background paper.  I added a swath of the New England Ivy grid patterned paper in the center and then a swath of Memo Fundamentals patterned paper across the top.  Most of the kraft & black accents around the photos are from the Complement assortment but I also added in some satin ribbon from the ribbon assortment and some black enamel dots.  Here are some extra close up photos.

Enchantment L2 - detail on right sideEnchantment L2 - detail on left sideP.S.  The XOXO element was cut from another one of our on-sale this month Thin Cuts.  Love them!!!

 

 

 

 

everything but the kitchen sink

everything but the kitchen sink


Layout #3 – lovin’ the leftovers…

This layout with a basic grid of 3×3 photos will probably look a little bit different for each person who makes it and I know they’ll all be awesome!!!

  •  You choose which ever patterned papers you wish for the 3×3 squares between and around the photos.
  • And then what sentiments and accents you use and stamp around those pictures is also totally up to you.  I used a couple fun new stamp sets:  Silly Sayings from the Seasonal Expressions catalog AND This & That from the Annual Inspirations catalog.
  • You’ll have a lot of complements to choose from!  I also added some glittery black stars (Thin Cut) and lots of enamel gems in black, white, blue, green and purple.

I also just adore the bigger sentiment stamped on to the fern spotted square.  It says:  “Live in the moments and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”  Good advice if you read it in a card, on a home decor piece, or on a scrapbook layout!  Don’t you agree?

Enchantment L3 - detail on left 1Enchantment L3 - detail on right 2Enchantment L3 - detail on right 4Here are a few close ups:

 

 

 


If you’d like to get a kit to make all these layouts for yourself, here are the options:

  1. Plan to attend my March 23rd Mix Crop by signing up (send me an email with your kit choice) by March 14th.
  2. If you can’t make it to the mix crop, you can order a Kit “to go”.  There may be an extra charge if you want me to do any of the stamping before you pick up the kit.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  I hope you like what you saw!  

Feel free to leave a comment (especially if it’s a compliment) by clicking on the comments link at the top of this post.

 

MIX CROP for FEB – Sugar Rush (calorie & cavity free)

Sugar Rush 3a

The Sugar Rush collection from Close to my Heart is so yummy!!!  

And to scrapbook with it — is calorie free and won’t put you at risk for a painful trip to the dentist!  

Consider yourself invited!!!

  • WHAT:  Mix Scrapbooking Crop to create three 12×12 Scrapbook Layouts like those shown below
  • WHEN:  Friday, February 17, 2017 – 7pm to midnight.
  • WHERE:  My craft space;

(address will be provided to guests who’ve RSVPd upon payment for the Crop)

  • COST:  You choose your supplies kit:  $35 for the “Good” kit, $60 for the “Better” kit, or $80 for the “Best” kit.  To see what each kit includes, click Scrapbooking Mix Crop – Sugar Rush Kit Options or scroll down to the bottom of this blog post.

(At the crop I’ll make ink pads, acrylic blocks, and the other tools and accessories you’ll need — available so you’ll be able to make the layouts)

  • RSVP:  by email and send payment (VIA paypal) by February 10, 2017.

If you can’t make it to the crop I’m hosting, you can order a kit “to go” OR if you want to get a couple friends together to make the layouts, I can bring the crop to you!

1701-se-coverThe Sugar Rush collection is featured in Close to my Heart’s Seasonal Expressions catalog for the period of January-April 2017 (pages 14-19);  these items are available while supplies last during this catalog period — so I won’t be able to offer these kits beyond April 2017.

Would you like to see my sample layouts?

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Oh Deer! scrapbooking Mix Crop

Here are the sample layouts for my Mix Crop featuring the YUMMY Oh Deer! collection featured on pages 45-49 of Close to my Heart’s Holiday Expressions 2016 Mini Catalog.  You’ll see I used this versatile collection for a variety of photo subjects in fall and winter months.

Layout #1 – pictures from an out of town visit during a dance performance of my daughters

Oh Deer! Layout #1

Oh Deer! Layout #1

Close Up on left page

Close Up on left page

Close up on right page

Close up on right page

The almost all white base of this layout was inspired by a JOY card made by a fellow Close to my Heart consultant.  And I just adore all the sparkly goodness of our White Glitter Paper used in the title and snowflakes, our self-adhesive silver sequins and sparkle gems!

Layout #2 – pictures from a roadtrip to Wisconsin’s Door County over a Thanksgiving weekend

Oh Deer! Layout #2

Oh Deer! Layout #2

close up on left page

close up on left page

close up on right page

close up on right page

And then just by changing the base pages to Whisper and using more of the green and kraft patterned papers and accents and all of sudden Oh Deer gets warm & cozy!  The design of this layout was very much based on a layout I saw on Pinterest by Dana Kessler.

Layout #3 – pictures from the celebration of my 50th birthday

Oh Deer! Layout #3

Oh Deer! Layout #3

close up on left page -- check out the sparkly birthday hat!

close up on left page — check out the sparkly birthday hat!

close up on right page

close up on right page

 

And this layout design came right from Close to my Heart — you can find it on page 48 in the Holiday Expressions Catalog.  A few tweaks to make it fit my photo subject a little better.


I will schedule a crop in my home so you can make these layouts among fun company later this month or early January — or you can order to kit to make them at your own convenience.  In any event I’ll need to order the supplies for all kits no later than December 15, 2016.

There are three kit options to choose from:

  1. GOOD @ $31 includes the Oh Deer! Paper pack, Oh Deer! Complements, White & Gold Twine and assorted additional layout elements I’ll add to the kit.
  2. BETTER @$53 includes everything in the GOOD Kit + lots of fun goodies (Silver Sequins Assortment, Clear 4mm Sparkles, Grey Enamel Gems, 4×6 Red Glitter Paper, & Red Enamel Gems), AND a pack of Tabbed Journaling Cards.
  3. BEST @ $82 includes everything in the BETTER Kit + two Thin Cut Dies:  “Winter” and “Celebrate”.

These prices assume you will pick up your kit from me at my home.  If you prefer to have me ship your kit to you, the cost for shipment will be added to your total cost.

Email Me if you want “in” (by Thursday December 15th).♥

a few of my favorite stamp sets

Collage of Favorite Image Stamp Sets

Now that I’ve picked my chin up off the floor after realizing a whopping 257 stamp sets will be retired this summer, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite IMAGE stamp sets from the current Annual Inspirations catalog.

adored this year’s Operation Smile set called Animal Greetings.  Fun — easy to color — little animals each with a coordinating punny sentiment.  This has been darling for fun tags and little notes.  My kids have seen quite a few in their lunch box over the past year.

Always Grateful is the beautiful set with a few different trees and beautiful sentiments and the sentiment “Gratitude turns what we have into Enough” gets me every time.

Treats of Friendship and the other animal sentiments are so fun and cute.

The Packages, Boxes and Tags set may not seem glamorous but I love that you “build your own” gift tags in a variety of styles to match any gift wrap paper you have.  I just love when a card or tag “matches” a gift I’ve wrapped.

And finally I think the Salute our Heroes set is fabulous.  Clean, simple, striking and just gets me to the core.  At every Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veterans Day my heart is filled with humility, respect, and gratitude for the families who serve in our military forces.  We are so blessed to live in this country — and truly it is the Home of the FREE because of the BRAVE.

I have really enjoyed creating cards, scrapbook pages and gifts for friends and family with these beautiful stamp sets!

What are your favorite stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations catalog?  

Reply with a comment to this post and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free prize at the end of the month!

Click here to go to my Online Store (OBA) to grab your favorites before they’re gone.

257 Stamp Sets are Retiring

Audrey Hepburn Surprise ExpressionI can’t believe it either but I just counted the long long list!

The reason the list of retiring sets is so long this year is because:

CTMH  has continued to offer stamp sets from prior Seasonal Expressions catalog as long as supplies were in stock.

And even though they weren’t printed in the current Annual Inspirations catalog CTMH maintained online availability of stamp sets from prior Annual Inspirations catalogs IF they contained images compatible with CTMH Cricut Cartridges.

So in the attached listing** 16-retiring-stamp-sets (1) you’ll find the stamp sets in page order as they appeared in the most recent catalogs:

  1. the sets from the current 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations Catalog
  2. then the sets from the most recent Holiday Expressions Catalog (2015-2016)
  3. then the sets from last Spring’s (2015) Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog
  4. then the sets from last Winter’s (2014-2015) Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog, and
  5. finally the sets from older publications that were compatible with Cricut Cartridge

 

**it’s a PDF document, click on the file name two times and then you’ll be able to see it on your screen, save to your files, and/or print it out)

The 257 Stamp Sets on this Retiring List will be available until July 31st or while supplies last.  

You can shop online for them right here.

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