Friday, April 18, 2014

Complimenting Ariana

One of the greatest things about being a Close To My Heart Consultant is the lasting friendships you make.  A few days ago I returned from my extended weekend with some of my best CTMH sisters! In 2008 I went to my very first convention and was so excited to be chosen as one of nine winners of  a Spa Retreat Getaway.  It was one of the most memorable experiences and we became great friends. Each year at convention we have a mini reunion lunch to catch up with everyone.   We decided that a 2 hour lunch wasn't enough time so last we started planning a weekend reunion.   This year we were not ALL able to attend but hopefully next year more will be able to go.

Our wonderful hostess was Jaime who opened up her home to us for the weekend.  She had an AWESOME scrapbook studio.  We created until wee hours in the morning.  It was so much fun to collaborate on our businesses and art.  I came away very inspired and best of all - ALL CAUGHT UP so hopefully I'll have some time to create with freedom  - not things that I have to get done!

I'm going to be sharing some of the things I created last weekend.  Today, I'm sharing the Ariana Paper with Compliments.   I created a layout and also a card using only the compliments - no stamping.   What a snap to put together and it comes out so lovely!

The layout sketch  is from Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 - Pattern 7.  I used the Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles along with the cute little bows from the Ariana Assortment to embellish the layout.

I still had a few compliments left when I finished the layout.  I thought they would be perfect on a card.  Here is the card I came up with:

Products Used:

Ariana Paper - X7179B
Ariana Compliments - X719C
Ariana Assortments - Z3002
Black and Grey Expoxy Bubbles - Z3002

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Washi Tape Blog Hop!

Welcome to our  Washi Tape Blog Hop!!  Washi tape can be used in so many ways.  Join me and 16 other Close To My Heart Consultants as we show you fun ways to use washi tape!  This hop is sure to be lots of fun!  If you came here from Jean McNulty's  blog you are on the right track!   The hop is a big circle so when you get back to me, you have completed the hop.   If you get lost along the way you can get back on track by clicking HERE.

Today I'm using washi in a very simple way.   I added it to our Spinner Cards to create a couple of very quick Birthday cards!  Mixing and matching colors and designs will have your creativity soaring!

These Circle Spin Cards are just perfect for our "M" size stamps. Adding the Washi Tape dressed up these plain and simple cards in a flash!

See my recipes below for all the products used.  
Now it's time to hop on over to Joy McHargue's blog.


White Daisy Circle Spin Cards & Envelopes - Z1866
Shooting Star - M1038
Belated Birthday - D1442
Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape - Z1920
Ruby Chevron Washi Tape - Z1933
Metallic Markers - Z1768
Cranberry Exclusive Inks Marker Set - Z2419
Black Exclusive Ink - Z2105
Cranberry Exclusive Ink - Z2116

White Daisy Circle Spin Cards & Envelopes - Z1866
Smoothie Cardstock - X5763
Balloons - M1037
Belated Birthday - D1442
Smoothie Striped Washi Tape - Z1923
Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape - Z1850
Black Exclusive Ink - Z2105
Smooth Exclusive Marker Set - Z2409
Lagoon Exclusive Marker Set - Z2412
Aqua Dots - Z1853

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Artbooking My Life

I'm headed to Virginia for a little mini re-union with my CTMH sisters that won the Spa Retreat back in 2008.  I'm so excited and can't wait for the time we'll share together.   I have a lot of creative projects that I want to get done while I'm there so I should have LOTS to share when I return.

While I'm gone, I wanted to share this video that shows how to incorporate the Artbooking cartridge with the Picture My Life series.  I absolutely LOVE our new Picture My Life sets and adding artbooking images really add a great touch to these already wonderful cards to make a really beautiful memory book.   Check out this video for more info on using TWO great products together.

Check out my Artbooking Pinterest Board!

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