Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Thank you!

Today, I woke up to a beautiful, sunny day. It's cold but lovely enough for a walk! And it seemed like a good day to count my blessings. And that includes all of you that follow me here. So thank you!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Valentine's Card

Valentine's is only a little over a week away. Here's a quick and simple card in case you you need a head start on your Valentine's cards.

Charlotte paper
Everyday Life washi tape.
The peach circle is 3", the white circle 2", and the heart is 1 3/4" (cut on my Art Philosophy cartridge).
Instalife Roller Stamp-This Happened to stamp Love

Happy Paper Crafting!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Simply Inspired Blog Hop--Seasonal Expressions

It's time for a blog hop! It's been a while but we are back. This hop is a loop so if you get lost along the way, you can go here to see a list of all participants and get back on track. You should have arrived here from the very Fancy Melissa's blog.

This hop is all about the January to April Seasonal Expressions catalog. And I am in love with the Charlotte paper. In my last blog post, I showed you the Charlotte Workshops Your Way. Well, I wasn't satisfied so I made another layout!

This layout uses my leftover embellishments from the Workshops Your Way. I did need an extra paper packet, but believe me, I've made good use of the extra paper as you'll see in future posts.

I love the chipboard pieces from the Charlotte complements.

I had already used the today sticker on a previous layout so I just very carefully cut out the left over outline on my sticker sheet and used that here!

And another close up of those great elements.

I really do love this paper packet and I hope I've encouraged you to fall in love with it as well. And I hope I've inspired you to use those leftovers!

And now on to Karen Pedersen's blog where I know you will be inspired as well.

Happy Blog Hopping!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Charlotte Workshops Your Way

The majority of the time, I design my own layouts for my Cherish Your Memories monthly classes. Close to My Heart has always offered beautiful workshops, but they haven't quite fit my style or utilized as much of the paper or as many accessories as I like. However, for the February Cherish Your Memories classes, I'm going with CTMH's designs. They have revamped their Workshop on the Go to make Workshops Your Way, and when it comes to the Charlotte Workshops Your Way packet, I'm all in.

These colors and patterns perfectly complemented my family photos taken last summer (photo credit to the very talented D'arcy Benincosa).

There is enough paper in these kits, if you follow the online instructions, to make THREE layouts (I typically have done two in the past).

And it comes with all the accessories your heart could desire!

There are chipboard and stickers, as well as these gold Treasured puffies!

There is a whole roll of ribbon as well.

And in addition, you get two sheets of Picture My Life cards. Some of them you'll use on the layouts but you'll still have several left over to use for pocket scrapbooking.

The Picture My Life cards are vertical on one side and horizontal on the other so they will work for the orientation that best suits your photos and design.

And you know what else? You have paper left over to make cards!!!!

The cutting guide includes designs for three cards and you have left over paper to make more if you would like. (The stamp set, Springtime Wishes, is purchased separately).

The paper and accessories can all be purchased individually but bundled together as the Workshops Your Way is the most inexpensive way to go.

So join me for my February Cherish Your Memories classes or order your own Charlotte Workshops Your Way and print the online guide. And never fear, I did make a layout and a few cards of my own design that I'll be featuring later on on the blog.

Happy Memory Keeping!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Artistic U Day Crops and a Quick Card

My partners and I just wrapped up a day time Artistic U crop yesterday. In addition to our Spring and Fall overnight crafting retreats, we've decided to start offering day crops. We had our first yesterday with another next Saturday due to demand. We will continue to hold these on the third Saturday of every other month with the next day crop in March (this is tentative and could change--watch ArtisticU.net or like our facebook page for the latest).

Unlike our three day retreats which include projects, etc., these day crops are less structured. We offer space to crop, lunch and dinner, product and kits for purchase, and permission to take time for yourself to preserve your memories. Believe me, it's a bargain and well worth your money. 

My partners and me! We make a good team.

One of the features we offer at all our retreats is a card buffet. You choose from several different cards and purchase them by the card. You don't have to design them but you get the fun of stamping and putting them together. 

I had a ton of Fundamentals paper left over from a Fall project and decided I needed to make good use of it. One of my card buffet cards was this quick and colorful card. Easy peasy! 

Here's a close up of the texture of the Fundamentals. I love texture. 

So check us out at ArtisticU.net. Our Spring retreat is coming up soon!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Another Beloved Bouquet Card

Trying to get a jump on Valentine's Day this year so yes, I did make another card with the January Stamp of the Month, Beloved Bouquet.

I love the simplicity of black and white. 

Remember, it's only available in January!

Happy Paper Crafting!

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Disney Page

This one is a blast from the past. Occasionally, I pull out some layouts I use for classes and FINALLY get photos on them. Because I had created a Disney page earlier in the month, I flipped through my Disney album and realized I had a layout I had created a few years ago missing photos. I have a lot of Disney photos so that was easy to rectify.

These are not the best Disney photos I have but this is one of my favorite memories. We went to Goofy's kitchen for the first time. My oldest was 6, my middle son was 3, and my daughter was about 6 months. It was magical for them and the characters were so wonderful! Spencer, my 3 year old, really got into it. And when Christian, my six year old, hurt his leg and started to cry, Goofy came to the rescue. I can't believe I hadn't scrapped these yet! 

I tucked the journaling behind a photo. This is one story I don't want to forget. I miss my little ones. But then that is why we preserve our memories. So we don't forget memories like these.

Happy Paper Crafting and Memory Keeping!