I completed my first creativity challenge!

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Woo hoo! I finished my swap card. It may not look like much, but it took a lot more time than I thought it would. I’ll put 34 of these in the morning mail.

So, this is a little sneak peek from the new CTMH Idea Book that is being launched on May 1st. This is the Animal Cookies Creative Basics paper. It is so cute. I used the new stamp set Sweet Baby everything but the “UR” which is from the Be True stamp set.

I’m not a card maker, so this was my second attempt at a card for the swap. My first attempt was a total reject! LOL! I’m showing it here simply so you can see the back of the patterned paper. The back of the small flower print is Clover Meadow. I really like the color combination in these papers.

Okay, I’m off to set my creativity challenge for the week.


Bye-bye Unforgettable…Hello new product!

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I made a valiant effort to use the entire Unforgettable level 2 pack, but I still have 4 full sheets of paper and tons of scraps to use. Alas, my new product has arrived, so I’m packing up Unforgettable in order to work on my swap cards. You may not hear from me for a couple days, but make sure you check back this weekend to see a sneak-peek from the new Idea Book! This cute card folio was inspired by a Wonderfully Whimsy tutorial!

This card was inspired by the Mojo Monday Week 82 sketch. I’m not much of a card maker, but I can see that these sketch challenges will help me improve, so I think I may start doing more challenges! Here is the sketch:


I’m Tickled Pink!

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Woo hoo! Happy day! My eliptical was finally fixed today, so I get to work out as soon as I’m done posting this message. My CTMH order also arrived with the new Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit which went on sale today! The kit comes with instructions for two double-page spreads, so I’ll post them as soon as I finish the layouts.

The Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit, created exclusively to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, is available TODAY through the end of May. As always, you may purchase it at retail or earn it FREE! There are three ways to get it for FREE–make a qualifying purchase, have qualifying Home Gathering sales, or enroll as a new Consultant in May!

One more very cool bit of CTMH news before I go exercise and then play with my new product (so much for doing school work tonight!)…to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, Close To My Heart is sponsoring a contest that anyone can enter at the Scrapbook and Share blog! You have a chance of winning $150 in CTMH products, so click on the link and check out this contest!


Talk About Unforgettable!

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So, I spent the afternoon finishing up the Unforgettable Workshop on the Go. I usually don’t give myself enough time to make the cards, so I was determined to do it this time. I ended up making two of each and still had a ton of product left over from the workshop kit!

I’m always amazed at how many layouts, cards, and projects can come out of one level 2 paper pack. A part of me wants my challenge for this week to be to use up the rest of the pack, but I have a swap that is due soon, so that needs to be my challenge. I guess I’ll make using up the rest of my Unforgettable kit a secondary challenge while I wait for my order to arrive!


Why I Love Finishing Files!

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So, I posted a couple layouts yesterday and realized it was silly to have them in two places, so I’m going to post the complete layout here and link back to my CTMH gallery for the detail shots. That seems to make more sense. This layout uses the Unforgettable paper pack and is a direct scraplift from page 21 of the Spring 2009 Idea Book. I love how quickly the layouts come together using Cherish and scraplifting the embellishments!

So, while I was working on this LO, I was reminded about how much I love our finishing files! When I work with Dimensional Elements, I usually ink them with a sponge dauber or use the back of a large stamp. I like to add stamped images to the top to add even more dimension. I find that this is the quickest way to work with DE. Yet, there are times when I really want to take it to the next level and I cover the DE with B&T or preprinted patterns. The finishing files make a huge difference when covering them with B&T! Here are some photos from the layout above.


The first step is to glue the top of the DE to the back of the B&T. I use a strong adhesive like CTMH Bonding Memories or Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Anything that will glue the edges. Regular tape runner adhesive is not good for this. I let it dry over night to be on the safe side.

When you cut out the pieces, don’t worry about getting too close to the edge…that’s where the finishing files come into play! Simply run the finishing files along the edges of each DE and the paper will come off. The files have different shapes to allow you to get into tight spots. I use the flat and rounded edge of the largest file the most.

When you are done, this is what they look like. Now you can embellish to your hearts content. I inked the edges for my final layout, but sometimes I like to leave the white edge of the paper and DE showing through. The DE are easy to poke holes in for placing brads or setting eyelets. I also like to add a bit of bling to my DE using buttons, sparkles, Liquid Glass, and glitter.


Unforgettable

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I printed almost 600 photos from my Disney Cruise last summer. I know that I shouldn’t attempt to scrapbook all these photos, but it was so difficult to choose! Even so, many went unprinted…I like to take pictures…what can I say?! Anyway, my CTMH Imagine+ Club is using this paper pack for our next club workshop, so I’m working on completing the layouts from the Idea Book. Thank goodness for scraplifting; it makes life so much easier! The lighting wasn’t very good when I took these photos, but you can get the idea. The photos on the page look much better in person. Click here to see each page of the layout up close.


To Blog or Not to Blog?

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In December of 2006, Neal and I made a pact to write for 1/2 an hour each day. We both started blogs with the goal of posting daily. I failed miserably! My last post dated May 28, 2007, described how excited I was to be a Close To My Heart Consultant. I would like to say that a booming business left no time for blogging, but that isn’t the case. I simply overextend myself and something has to give. For the past two years, it has been my websites. I stopped blogging, podcasting, and updating Shakespeare High. My word for 2006-2007 was “Create,” and I definitely added more creativity to my life in the form of scrapbooking. My word for 2008 was “Cleanse.” I broke my sugar addiction, added exercise to my routine, and lost 45 pounds! I feel better than I have my entire life, and now I know what is important to me. Therefore, my word for 2009 is “Balance.” Exercise and creativity are non-negotiable for me now, therefore, I must find balance in other areas of my life. I’m working on giving up some responsibility at school so that I can come back to the passions that give me joy. The goal of this blog is to document my journey and to provide me with an outlet to share my creativity. I’m glad you found me, and I hope you will share in this journey by playing along with my weekly creativity challenges!


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