Monday, October 31, 2011

November SOTM Blog Hop!

First- A suber big Happy Halloween to those of you that celebrate!  We do and my kids are super excited to show off their costumes.  Kaden will be a dinosaur and Addison is Super Girl.  I'll show pictures after the festivities are over :)

Now- on to this month's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we kick off November with some great ideas using " Cherish the Day" which has 44 stamps!  I noticed that all of the examples in the book used the set on cards or gift packaging... so I wanted to whip up a layout to show you!

Before I forget the technicalities... If you've arrived here from Pamela's blog-  you are in the right direction- but if you are starting the hop here at my blog- it's NO PROBLEM... just click the next blog in the hop at the bottom of this post and circle around that way. 

First... Let's look at my project!  I used the little month stamps to mark some of the photos in the layout.  The photos progress month by month going across and then down.  I originally planned to mark each photo but wanted to add in some workding as well.  There isn't much by way of embellishments on this layout- just the cork letters and milepost arrow... but I didn't want to detract from all of the photos!  Obviously I'm missing a few- I just need to get them printed.  The rest were already printed out and ready for a page - so not too shabby!






Here's a couple close up photos from this left page of the layout... to show the stamp images a little better.  I could put the date the photo was taken in the little circle... if I feel like it!  I do not delete photos from my camera card until all the photos have been scrapped (and yes I have them all saved elsewhere as well.) 
 So on my camera card is the date every photo was taken... but I don't think I  NEED that information- since I'm not including it for every single photo.





Hope you like this little showcase of the November stamp set (and the cute photos of my little guy!)

Next up is Gina's blog- go see what she has cooked up for you!

Also- if you are wanting to place an order and don't have a consultant of your own (or I am your consultant)  you can click here to place an order.  There are lots of clearance sale items too!




Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Treat Bag and blog comments.

I love receiving comments from people and appreciate them all-  If you ever wonder why I don't do the same- it's because I CAN'T!  I don't know why all of a sudden - blogger will not let me post comments.  It's been happening since I purchased my domain name.  It is telling me that I do not have access to view your comment pages when I try.  So until I have time to figure it out- please know that if you leave comments for me- I DO visit your blogs but at the moment I can't post my own comment to your blog.

Thanks so much for visiting me :)
Traci
P.s.  How about if I share some artwork by someone else today... Kristin Wessel is a very talented consultant from my area.  I met her at Disneyland for the CTMH convention in July and she gave me this cute treat bag at the Detroit Regionals this month.  She taught a great class on accessories.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Handmade holiday gift card holders

Hello!!!
I am back to show you my design for some handmade holiday gift card holders I'll be selling at some upcoming holiday marts.

I designed these using the Kraft Scallop Edge cards.
I trimmed them and glued them until they were in this fun pocket shape.  I used Liquid glass to stick the card edges together to form the pockets.


I used the Believe Level 2 paper packet, our striped ribbon (which was way too wide- I cut it down the middle line and sealed the edges with liquid glass... yes this was tedious and way more work than a sane person would attempt... but I wanted thinner ribbon...lol)  I sprayed the entire project with our spray pens filled with desert sand ink and water, plus edged my papers with chocolate, giving it  more of a "distressed" look so that if some of my ribbon unravels... it looks like it's supposed to be like that.
I also used some of our pins to hold the "christmas cheer" sentiment.  some cranberry waxy flax tied through a bling button from our Bling Assortment pack ties it all together.  I cut the tag using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.
I have about 11-12 of these put together.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A little Celebration!

Last weekend I attended the Close To My Heart Regional Celebration in Livonia, MI.  I truly love every CTMH event I've ever attended... but really- this WAS the best event outside of Convention that I've ever attended!!
I got to spend some time with some awesome friends, create beautiful projects, and learn some fun techniques.

I'm going to start by showing you a very pretty card box we created...I love the glitz and sparkle on this project.  Due to the crummy weather in MI right now... I had to photograph under a lamp... and not a good one...lol!  So I apologize for the lighting.



We used the My Creations Card Box (item Z1647  $4.95), Dreamin Level 2 paper pack (Item X7142B $9.95), Bronze glitz Glitter Gel (item z1483 $ 2.75), Milepost chipboard shapes (Item z1464 $3.95), Pewter mini medley (Item Z1487 $4.95), Red Designer Ribbon (Item Z1615 $5.95), Color ready cork alphabet (Item Z1450 $5.95)

 Some of the designs were cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from our collection (item Z1686 $99)

I am loving this box-  I'd like to do some up for the holidays so stay tuned for that (but not too tuned... I have to order the boxes :)

If you would like to order any of these supplies for your own projects- please click here.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sonoma Fun!

Today my club meets to create their Sonoma projects. 
I think I've posted one of the cards and that is it...  if I've posted more- sorry!  I didn't see it anywhere.






All projects use the Sonoma level 2 paper pack.  The Layout also uses the stickease.  The cards use a variety of stamp sets.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

more on-line scrapbooking fun!!

Ok... I really wanted to post these AFTER my class next week... but I can't help myself...lol!
Here's another Studio J layout that CTMH had consultants attending Regionals in Detroit create ahead of time.


I am soooo happy to be catching up on some of my photos... this little guy is 2.5 years old now!!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Stuio J FUN!

I just HAD to show this layout..it is so super cute!!
I got step by step instructions from Close To My Heart to create 5 layouts in Studio J.  It's part of some training I'll be attending next week.  So... I mostly followed their instructions but switched out the paper designs with what worked best for my photos...
Paper Kit:  Typeset

These are some of the fun photos I took of my son this summer.