Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Share the Love Layout - Combining Paper Packs

In a previous post, I mentioned that my team is "sharing the love" by exchanging cards and layouts with each other throughout the year. 

My partner's 1 year anniversary with CTMH is in April, and this is the layout I made to commemorate that:

I actually combined 4 paper packs into this one 6 x 8 layout! The key is to focus on a color scheme - I used colors from our Whimsy palette, so all I had to do was pick and choose papers that had those colors. 

I used Dreamin' Big, Whimsy Fundamentals and leftovers from last year's Everyday Life pages. And to bring it all together, I added some gold from the Uptown Fundamentals.

I also mixed embellishments - I used the Springtime and My Girl Complements (again, Whimsy colors and neutrals). 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Seasonal Expressions 2 Mini-Catalog Open House

You're invited to my open house for our new Seasonal Expressions 2 Mini-Catalog!

When: Saturday, May 13th, anytime between 11am and 4pm
Where: My house, South Elgin, IL
Project: Create a free make-n-take card using new products!
Get More: You'll also receive a free mini-catalog and a chance to win prizes!

Register by May 1st:
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Share the Love Card - Using Leftovers

Our team is doing something rather wonderful - we're exchanging cards and layouts with someone else on our team that we don't really know so we can get to know each other and share our love of Close To My Heart and crafting. 

And this is the card I created for my partner this month:

At this point in the year, I often have more scraps than whole sheets of paper (well, that is until our next mini-catalog is released :) So I wanted to play around with what I do have. I used strips of  Whimsy Fundamentals, and to ground them, I added wood slat paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals. And to tie it all together, some Springtime Complements.

My favorite part, though, are the herbs I watercolored from the Good Thymes! stamp set. They were really easy to color and look pretty cool cut out and bunched together.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Turning Mistakes into Creative Opportunities

There truly are no mistakes in crafting - just creative opportunities. 

I've found that when something doesn't go as planned, that's the best time to start looking at what I'm doing from another direction. 

Often I end up turning what I thought was a mistake into something even better than I had originally planned...

"Mistake" 1: I glued down the paper squares before really playing with them, and ended up having to remove them from the card base and rearrange them. Unfortunately, that caused some tearing of paper. Instead of giving up, I simply edge distressed everything. I think the rough edges look cooler than what was originally there.

"Mistake" 2: Originally I had wanted to incorporate this month's Stamp of the Month into the card. However, no matter what I did, nothing felt right. But I liked the squares and the colors, so I just took away that one element that was blocking me and focused on what I liked.

"Mistake" 3: I wanted to create fun clusters of embellishments, but I had used up most of the embellishment packs I had that went with the colors. The few embellishments I did have looked sort of strange floating around on the upper and lower corners, and I really didn't have anything that could ground them. So I went to my scrap stash and cut a few circles - that allowed the card to flow and the limited embellishments to stand out.

Don't be afraid of imperfections - often they end up turning your projects into something even better in the end!

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Close To My Heart Specials - 15 Minute Memories

Create beautiful layouts in 15 minutes at an awesome discount! 
Keep reading for details...

1. 15 Minute Memories

This month our innovative new Cut Above™ layout kits are available at 50% off the retail price!  Choose between two designs—Little One and Forever & Always—and then follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-page layout in minutes. You’re going to love how quickly you can preserve your memories with Cut Above.

2. April Stamp of the Month
The Stamp of the Month is only available during its month and is only $5 ($12.95 savings!) with every $50 ordered (before shipping and tax). When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.