Monday, March 31, 2014

Some Blasts from the Past

Greetings all!

I was going through some old pictures and found some pictures of paintings that I did as part of stress relief many moons ago. I loved it but had to stop for various reasons. There are some missing but I will photograph them all one day soon. I will have to share them at a later date. Here are some for now:

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time....

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I Took the Plunge......

Happy Sunday all!

I have been admiring many mixed media artists, especially Donna Downey. Well, I had a friend come to spend the weekend and she had me look up videos on Faber-Castell's Gelatos. Well, it piqued my interest and I decided to try it out. First we decided to try making a tag. Here is what I made:
I combined a Tim Holtz tag with the Tim Holtz tissue paper and Distress Paint. The red paper was from my scrap pile and the bird was cut a Tim Holtz die we found at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $6.99. The words are cut from my Smash label maker. I decided I need a real label maker because this was a pain and did not stick. I inked the bird with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Then I moved on to the real project-a 8" x 10" canvas. This was part of a 2 pack from Hobby Lobby for $5. We gesso'd the canvas first (like we did to the tag) and dried it with the Embossing gun. We broke out the Faber-Castell  Gelatos and got busy. Here is the end result:
Do you see more of the Tim Holtz tissue paper there? I used my Cameo Silhouettes for all the die cuts and inked them with my Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks (Sunset & Twilight). I used Pop Dots to give the clouds and hummingbird to give dimension and the flowers are from Spare Parts that I found at Hobby Lobby too. The branch was inked with Tim Holtz distress inks and then I used my fine point brown and grey markers to give it dimension. I just LOVE this! I have a second one planned now too. I am so glad that you came by to share this adventure with me. Until next time....

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Close to My Heart's March Stamp of the Month

Good day all:

Yesterday I shared my layouts made with the Ariana Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go and told you there were leftovers in the kit to get even more creative with. Well, I used the Ariana papers to make a Mother's Day Card. Here is a picture of the March Stamp of the Month:

I can see that I will be using this stamp set a lot. Here is the card that I made for my Mom:
The border stamp on the pink is from the Ariana Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go. Stop by my website to see all the amazing Workshop on the Go's available. I definitely need to take a coloring class LOL! It definitely looks better in person. With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for a discounted price! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price $5.00). Thanks for stopping by. Until next time....

Monday, March 24, 2014

Isn't She Lovely.....

Happy Monday all!

I decided to pull out my newest Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go-Ariana. Let me tell you about these Workshops. You get so much in this kit you can do one double page layout, a single page layout and then some cards as well. I have never been disappointed with any of the Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go's. When I first saw this WOTG, I fell in love. It was so pretty and I saw great potential with the stamp set that came with it. The embellishments are just darling too. Here is the two page layout that I made:

I will be placing pics on this of our first visit with our newest grandchild, Adelina. 

In this Workshop you get:

Ariana Paper Packet
My Acrylix™ Ariana Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
4 White Daisy Cardstock Sheets
Ariana Assortment
Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles
Instructional Brochure 

Featured Colors are: Ariana Coral, Ariana Green, Ariana Grey, Crystal Blue, Outdoor Denim, White Daisy

Follow the included step-by-step instructions to create the two-page layout featured in the workshop guide. The layout pattern is a Jeanette Lynton original created exclusively for this workshop. Then use your remaining materials and online tips to create an additional layout, shown in the guide.

Some basic tools you may already have, such as inks, stamp blocks, or how-to books, are needed to complete these projects.

Additional products I used are:

Exclusive Inks! Stamp Pads: Sorbet, Crystal Blue, Outdoor Denim, Whisper and Olive

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Close to My Heart Base & Bling Necklace-Voila!

Happy Sunday All!

I recently got to spend time with my friend Ellen and she showed me the new Base & Bling Necklaces. To commemorate my trip to Paris many years ago, I chose to use the Base and Bling Square Pendant in Antiqued Silver finish with the Eiffel Tower from the Storyteller Style SheetStoryteller Charms and Free Thinker Charms. Here is the result:

The other style sheets available are: Dreamer, Queen Style and Free Thinker. I plan on making myself a charm bracelet to match as well. Other Base and Bling items include: Headband, Rings, Hair Clips, Bracelet Cuff and Necklace. Imagine the possibilities!!! 

Here are some videos direct from Close to My Heart to spark your Creativity:

You can hop over to my website HERE and you can order the supplies to make your own personalized items. You have loads to choose from. Have any questions? Send me an email here or leave a comment below with a way to contact you. Off I go to work on my newest Workshop on the Go to share with you tomorrow. Until then.....

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Eye see Circles

Greetings all:

Today I get to share a little circle inspiration. Over at the BMC Crafting Station Get Inky Challenge Blog we are seeing circles. I decided to make my circles balloons with a very special message. I think it was quite clever. Here is my card:

Here is the recipe:

* Get Inky! Stamps by Blue Moon Creation: Hugs, Love and Misses Ovals
* Old Close to My Heart paper
* Prima Rosarian Collection 6 x 6 paper stack
* Rhinestones
* Recollections Twine
* Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks: Ruby, Outdoor Denim, Black
* Sharpie Paint Pen: White
* Ranger Glossy Accents

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope that you will join us for the Circle Challenge. Until next time....

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Welcome to Studio J by Close to My Heart

Good day all:

Do you know about Studio J? Well there is a special going on this month and you don't want to miss it. 

Close To My Heart's online design software, Studio J®, helps you easily create two-page layouts using our foundational scrapbook patterns, exclusive color palette, and themed designs all delivered in 12" × 12" custom prints ready for your albums. It's a snap!
So what are you waiting for? Enter the studio now to discover the fun of creating beautiful memories in Studio J! Or for more information, visit the Studio J FAQ.
Studio J® layouts are custom-printed to the highest quality, made to last a lifetime.
You control all the themes and templates. Every layout is distinctively you.
You have hundreds of options for every pattern you choose, so your style always shines through.


You’ve taken the photos—now keep the memories. In five easy steps, create beautiful 12" × 12" two-page layouts showcasing your stories. When the custom prints arrive at your door, slip them into your cherished albums. No one will guess it only took a few minutes to design them!

Per two-page, custom-printed layout (including JPG files)$6.95
Per two-page JPG file only$2.95
Shipping per box of up to 50 layouts$5.95 USD / $13.95 CAD
Minimum layouts per order4
The special this month is:

Get your Studio J™ layouts for only $5 each during the month of March!
March 2014: Studio Savings

Fast and easy layouts for a fraction of the price!

During the month of March, order your Studio J™ layouts—including ones using our new Photo Express Collection—for only $5 each! Quickly create gorgeous, personalized studio layouts using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments. And don’t forget to check out the templates in our new Photo Express Collection, which allow you to design layouts entirely comprised of photos in minutes. You’ve taken the photos. Now keep the memories.™
Watch the campaign video and then contact me for more details.
*Offer valid March 1–31, 2014. Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts. For additional information about shipping and handling, please visit > Products and Pricing > Shipping Options.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

For all of those who celebrate this happy day, I wish you Happy St. Patrick's Day. I will be enjoying the Corned Beef and Cabbage and the Irish Soda Bread that I made from May your Monday be magical. Until next time....

Sunday, March 16, 2014

What do you get when you have 50 hrs of Scrapbooking time? Part Three


Today is the last day of layouts that I completed during my weekend away. I just got a new box of goodies from Close to My Heart and I cannot wait to get creating with them! For now I will share the last set of layouts that I created during the My Favorite Things crop. Here they are:

These are all 2011 and a well. Now onto some Close to My Heart Projects. Thanks for sharing these memories with me. Now onto some more projects soon. Until next time...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What do you get when you have 50 hrs of Scrapbooking time? Part Two

Welcome back to Day Two of scrapbook layouts that I made during my weekend away. I still cannot believe that I got so many pages done. Here is the second set:

These are some more pics from 2011 and some of the adventures we have gone on. The nice part is I am using up a lot of old papers so that I can move onto my new items. I hope you will stop by tomorrow to see the last set of pages I will be sharing. Until tomorrow.....

Friday, March 14, 2014

What do you get when you have 50 hrs of Scrapbooking time? Part One

Good day all:

I recently went to a  weekend crop sponsored by Croppers Delight NYC that they held in NJ. It is a weekend where many wonderful companies donate prizes and giveaways for the participants. There were over a 120 women and we had a BLAST!!!! I had a wonderful Secret Sister that gave me goodies this weekend. There was a Conga line and dancing on Saturday night. The best part was that I got so many scrapbook pages done. As there were so many I got done, I will have to split them in several posts. Here is round 1:

These pics span from 2007-2011. Can you tell I am a little behind? And to think I have so many more pics to scrapbook! Come back tomorrow to see more of the pages that I got done. Until tomorrow...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's the Wearin' of the Green!

Good day all!

I am here to share my Green/St. Patrick's Day Inspiration Challenge Card for the Blue Moon Creations Crafting Stations Get Inky Challenge Blog. I have to admit that St. Patrick's Day is a favorite holiday of mine from childhood. It was a day of nothing but Irish music, food and time spent with my favorite Nanny! I decided to make my card with at interactive piece to it. Here is my card and I can explain.

The sprig of 4 leaf clovers detach to become a lapel pin!!! Here is what I used to make my card:

- Misc. colored cardstock (I have accumulated so much throughout the years I don't know where I have gotten them)

- Inky Moonbeams Club Digital Stamp (Happy St. Patrick's Day Clovers)

- Stella Wink Glitter Pen (Yellow)

- Clovers cut with my Cameo Silhouette

I hope you will join us for the Green/St. Patrick's Day Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to seeing your creations as well. Until next time...

~ Sue B ~

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Crafty Card Gallery's March Challenge - Birthdays

Greetings all!

Susan here from Susana's Scrappin' Corner and I am so happy to be sharing my Birthday card for this month's Crafty Card Gallery's challenge. March is a wonderful month for birthday's. My eldest son is the 13th and my dear friend celebrates the 20th. In their honor, I made this card:


- CTMH Cricut Collection Art Philosophy cartridge and stamp set (cupcake, star and sentiment) and Cricut Collection Artbooking (sentiment cut out) 

-  Retired Creative Memories Holiday Frames and Tags (Scalloped Edge)

- Flashback Dizzy Dots paper

-  CTMH Exclusive Inks: Ruby and Twilight

- Sakura Metallic gel pens (blue and pink)

- Stella Wink Clear Glitter marker

Thanks so much for joining me today for the challenge. Wishing you all a great day. Until next time.....

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Where do you Bling?

Good day all!

I am packing for a weekend crop and looked at all my bling. Holy smokes, I need to get this better organized. Well, Close to My Heart has now solved my problem! And here it is:

12" X 12" My Legacy™ Work-In-Progress Album
Item Number: Z1348

This specially-sized 3-ring binder holds your scrapbook pages in our 12" x 12" Memory Protectors™ while you plan and assemble your finished albums. Includes a coordinating protective case. (Memory Protectors™ not included.)
This album serves two purposes. If you are working on a lot of pages and are not ready to put them in your actual books (like me who scrapbooks out of chronological order), you can put your pages in some 12 x 12 page protectors.

In regards to all the bling I have, I will be taking the 12" X 12" My Legacy™ Work-In-Progress Album and add in the 12" x 12" Memory Protectors™ Design 312" x 12" Memory Protectors™ Design 4 and 12" x 12" Memory Protectors™ Design 5 (pictured below) and add my bling in the various pockets.  
Then I can just slip it into the coordinating protective case and place it on the shelf to pull out as needed. I hope that you  found this tip handy and get your bling or scrapbook pages organized. If you have any questions, you can email me HERE. You can start shopping HERE. Well, off I go to finish packing. Until next time....

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Challenge Inspiration for Get Inky Stamps Challenge Blog

Happy day all!

Today I get to bring some buttony fun for the Buttons, Buttons Everywhere Challenge over at the Get Inky Stamps Challenge Blog. I am so happy to be back sharing my projects consistently with the rest of the team. As you know the challenge is to dig out buttons from all over! Remember your hidden button stash? Now is the time to pull them out and to show us your your crafty entries with your favorite buttons. Well that is just what I did!! Here is my card:
 Here are the supplies I used:

- Blue Moon Creations Joyful Jar Drinks Stamp Set
- Stampin' Up flower buttons
- Recollection Twine
- CTMH exclusive Inks Black stamp Pad
- Stella Wink Glitter Pens: Golden Yellow & Clear
- Paper from my scrap pile

I hope that you will join us for the button fun over at the Buttons, Buttons Everywhere Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you soon. Until next time....

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lollydoodle? What's a Lollydoodle?

Happy Day All!

Well, a Lollydoodle is the scrapbooking and cardmaking Workshops on the Go in the Spring/Summer 2014 catalog.

Lollydoodle Cardmaking Workshop
Item Number: G1080

Use the materials, kit-exclusive accessories, and instructions in this kit to create 15 beautiful cards (5 each of 3 designs) inspired by Jeanette Lynton!
Make them all the same or use different layouts/stamps.

Inks used are Slate, Lagoon, Pear & Hollyhock


Lollydoodle Scrapbooking Workshop
Item Number: G1078

Create the two-page layout featured in the workshop guide. The layout pattern is a Jeanette Lynton original created exclusively for this workshop. Then use your remaining materials and online tips to create an additional layout, shown in the guide.

Inks used are JuniperPear & Hollyhock

I just love these Workshops on the Go. You can see the other Workshops here. Come and join the fun! Until next time...