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Little Dreamer Layout Challenge

I challenged my Facebook crafting friends to create a layout based on the Close To My Heart layout shared in their blog post.

If you are like me, having a little help in beginning the creative process is a good thing.

Close To My Heart calls their sketches recipes and just like cooking, they give you the basics and you make it yours by how what you add or change.

Here is the beginning of my version of the above recipe.

Several of our how-to books are retiring -- grab one or two before they are gone!!

Keep Dreaming

Keep Dreaming (D1720) is such a beautiful floral inspired stamp set. The sentiment 'never stop dreaming' is written in such a lovely font.

One of the cards for an upcoming class uses the rose bud stamped in Archival Black ink and colored with the ShinHan alcohol markers.

The card uses Pansy from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack.

A little doodling to add depth and texture and cause I like the look.

This would be a great stamp to have in your stash!!

Design Space Friday

Today's Design Space Friday (on Saturday) shares how to align and slice circles to create a card front.

I needed to design new cards for my All About the Ink classes for the upcoming Scrap It Southern Style event in Houston, TX and Jacksonville, FL.

In the video I share how to cut the circles out of the White Daisy and the Pansy cardstock. And finally how to weld the heart as shown in the right card.

The left hand card has a large circle and it remains centered from side to side and closer to the top. The right hand card has smaller circles offset.

Enjoy the tutorial.

Working with Scraps

I love how you end up with such a small amount of leftovers when you work with the Close To My Heart Workshop Your Ways. Today I am sharing the last layout I created from the leftovers from the Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Your Way.

There were two large strips of the large circle pattern paper and zip strips. Don't know what a zip strip is, well it is how Close To My Heart ensures all our paper is usable. The small 1/2" x 12" piece that runs along the top of the pattern with the paper pack information has a print on the other side that may be used in projects. You can see with the Some Kinda Wonderful, there was a raspberry pink zip strip, a multi-colored geometric shapes zip strip, and a black with white spotted circles. Love the zip strips!!
I added a few of the scraps of Willow for photo mats and some of the sparkly black glitter leftover pieces from the Some Kinda Wonderful Complements. I usually end up with more Complements leftover however they will work with any …

Design Space Friday Pop Up Peek A Boo Card

I was inspired by the video from Deb Valder on how to make a Pop Up Peek A Boo card and knew it would work as a great Design Space file.

I used the Live Beautifully National Scrapbooking Month paper pack, New England Ivy cardstock and ink and white and gold ribbon to create my first card. Since it is now a Design Space file, I will be able to cut enough for my upcoming card class!

Here I used the gold foiled floral sheet. It is white on the back side, making it a perfect choice for this card. The inside insert is cut on Close To My Heart White Daisy cardstock, our thickest cardstock, This combination created a sturdy card base but not to thick.

The frame and the vase are from Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges, Art Philosophy (retired) and Flower Market and cut in Glacier cardstock. A strip of New England Ivy cardstock is a great backdrop to the sending smiles sentiment stamped in New England Ivy ink.. The sentiment is from the Flower Market collection exclusive stamp set. 

Stamping on Pattern Paper, a tutorial

In an earlier post, I shared my start on a layout sharing how I stamped on the large polka dot Little Dreamer pattern paper.

Here is the completed layout. Using the ShinHan alcohol markers, I added a little of the lagoon, blossom, and thistle colors to the title.

Adding smaller flowers to the left side of the layout using the same Shower Flowers stamp image used on the pattern gives balance to the layout.

A little clear shimmer pen and white Shimmer Trim add the bling I like in my projects. And the small white dots from the Black and White Dots embellishments add the finishing touch.

A Guide from the Past

One of my FAVORITE things about Close To My Heart is the instructional guides that are shared with each Workshop kit! The Workshop Your Way guides are available to download (PDF) and keep on your computer or print and add to your 'I will do this later' file.

Here is a layout using the retired Penelope Workshop Your Way guide.

Supplies Used: Live Beautifully NSM special You & Me Complements (Z3269)
I will be hosting a local layout class (Saturday, June 17th) and a virtual class (Friday, June 16th). Comment if you would like more information!!

Happy Mother's Day Mom

This is the second Mother's Day without my Mom. You would think it would get easier but it doesn't. This day of all days would be the day I would call and thank her for all she did for me. See Mom was my biggest  FAN. She is the reason I craft, she was always finding new crafty ideas. I remember the candles she made. This was a hobby she took up when I was just entering high school. She had seen in a magazine how to put ice in a milk carton, add hot wax, tie a wick to a dowel and hang it from top of the milk carton and when set, cut the milk carton away. Click hereto see how it is done.

Live Beautifully

In addition to Little Dreamer featured paper collection, we have Live Beautifully a suite of awesome products ONLY available during May --

There are so many things you can create with this paper collection, one of these awesome ideas is an Artbooking inspired mini album.

Mini Album options:
Pre-cut Mini Album kit: $25
Pre-cut Mini Album kit with Live Beautifully Stamp set: $35

Design Space Friday True 12x12 Overlay

Today's Design Space Friday project is a true 12"x 12" overlay.

We will use a 12"x12" square. Next we will place the photo wells within the 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" cutting space. Now add any titles and shapes.

Last you will hide the 12"x12" square, select all the other images and ATTACH, making one image.

When you hit the Make It button, remember to move the image into the center of the mat and continue on to cut, creating a true 12"x12" overlay.

And a video is found below.

A Dreamin' Big Altered Composition Book Kit and Class

Are you or do you know someone who loves to journal or doodle or loves pretty things?

This kit may be just what you need.

What you will receive:

Composition Bookpre-cut Dreamin' Big pattern paper - double sided insects/floralpre-cut coordinating poppy cardstockDreamin' Big ComplementsDreamin' Big Word Zip StripAccess to an instructional video Cost of Kit: $20 (includes shipping)
Additional Supplies you will need: Bonding Memories Blue Glue (1512) or your favorite blue glue Liquid Glass (Z679) or equivelant Ribbon or Shimmer Trim Glue Dots
Online classes are scheduled for May 31st at 10 am; 2 pm; and 8 pm Order your kit and let me know which time you would like to join me

Flowers and Circles

May's Stamp of the Month, Live, Love, Laugh (S1705) has beautiful flower images. I wanted to see what would happen if I stamped those flowers on the large circle pattern paper from Little Dreamer.

The large flower images are from the Stamp of the Month and I added a small flower image from Shower Flowers (C1612).
The large words on the Stamp of the Month make for the perfect title. I have a little more embellishing and the photos.
The Stamp of the Month is ONLY $5 with a qualifying order!! SHOP NOW

Design Space Friday Banner Overlays

I saw a simple and easy overlay on Pinterest with just open rectangles and a title. I took the challenge and recreated it adding the little car from the retired Close To My Heart Artfully Sent.

Today I am going to share how to create the base overlay with the cutout rectangles AND add a little banner fun.


Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way

Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way (G1126)
website image does not share the AWESOMENESS of this paper suite. There is a video at the end to help show you a little better the beauty and versatility of Little Dreamer.

With the Workshop Your Way, you are able to create these three layouts and bonus Pocket Page Plus!

Add a Value Pack Card Bases and envelope  (X254) and the Little Dreamer Cardmaking stamp set and Thin Cuts bundle (Z3335)  and create SIX bonus cards. AND STILL HAVE LEFTOVERS!

Live, Love, Laugh

May's Stamp of the Month is so quirky and cute and elegant all rolled up into one.

Live, Love, Laugh (S1705) is the perfect stamp for the coloring enthusiast and more.

My first project is a little water color fun inspired by a video I watched this week. I will share it at the bottom. I am working on my watercolor skills and will be sharing my videos on Watercolor Wednesdays starting this week.
The images are also large enough for a layout. 

With the NEW Seasonal Expression 2 going live TODAY and the National Scrapbook Live Beautifully special available, it won't take long to earn this pretty stamp set for ONLY $5.
May will be filled with FUN new projects!!
Link to No Line Watercoloured Spring Flowers by Debbie Hughes