Monday, June 19, 2017

Atlantic Hearts 217 - Thanks Cards

Hey there, I am excited to be a guest designer for this week's Atlantic Hearts Challenge.  This week we are using sketch  #217.  A big thank you to my friend Michelle Steward for inviting me!


Here is the inspiration sketch 

I decided to combine this sketch with the workshop your way - anniversary kit.  I don't know about you but I love all things wood grain.  You can add pretty much any colour with this pattern paper. Here I've use Sapphire and both sides of the wood grain pattern paper.  I love the sentiment and the succulent flowers from this stamp set.  Do you know, we also have a matching succulent in the Flower Market cricut cartridge.


Here's the same design using Lagoon cardstock.  The WYW kit comes with both Smoothie and Sea Glass cardstock. As you can see the wood grain pattern paper lends itself to all colours.
Why did I choose to sand distressing all pieces of cardstock and pattern paper, well when cutting the small succulent flower the white cardstock core was showing and it this point my choice was to ink or sand.  I went with sanding and love how it turned out.

TIP:  when distressing small pieces place them on the back side of the VersaMat, (the cushioned side) gently sand from the centre outwards.

Both oval piece and smaller stamped flower are popped using 3D foam tape. I also  used the white burlap ribbon  behind the stamped flower.  You'll need to separate the strands from the ribbon using your micro tip scissors, simply run them between each stands to create single pieces.

If you'd like the cricut pieces to make your very own click here.

For more inspiration using sketch #217 please visit the Atlantic Hearts SKetch Challenge here. Want to see all AHSC Sketches go here.

Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope you have an absolutely wonderful week!











Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dreamin' Big - 6 page workshop

Get this super cute paper before its all done.  Paper is available until April 30th or while supplies last. This Vacation Happy workshop was completed with the WYW kit .  You will need one extra (half sheet) of Juniper and Glacier cardstock.

Wanna get these instructions for FREE, simply order the kit from my website and I will email then to you, its that simple.
Only want the assembly guide  and Design Space efile.  The guide is ready to purchase!


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layout no.1 
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layout no.3

Dreamin of fun and palm tree! Thanks for stopping by hope I've inspired you to create something fun with paper. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

National Scrapbook Month - Live Beautifully

April showers will indeed bring May flowers, the celebration starts on May 1st. Here is a preview of what Close to my Heart has in store for you.  Specials will be listed on my website May 1st!

Remember your life is full of everyday beauty that deserves to be remembered. This National Scrapbooking Month, celebrate the beauty of your life with this exclusive, Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set. Featuring rich floral patterns, gold foil designs, and more, this paper collection is only available for a limited time.
*Offer available 1 May–31 May, 2017 while supplies last*

10 page scrapbooking workshop
I immediately wanted to create pretty layouts featuring not only this paper pack but you guessed it 3D flowers using the Flower Market cartridge.  I love the elegant look of black & white flowers, this paper was the perfect combination.

Take a look at my latest •READY•TO•GO•PROJECT• The assembly guide includes ten (10) 12"x 12" scrapbook pages (4 double-page layouts, plus a front and back layout) using the Live Beautifully paper suite from Close to My Heart. You will need the Cricut EXPLORE machine to access the cutting efile.
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Let's take a closer look....

Front page - Live Beautifully
10 page scrapbooking workshop

Layout #1 - dream

Layout #2 - smile

Layout #3 - Love this

Layout #4 - Beautiful

Back page - just being me

Interested in this workshop please see the purchasing options below.

A) Place a $25 dollars order on my CTMH website and get efile for FREE (Canadian orders only).
B) Just want the •READY•TO•GO•PROJECT• eFILES they are available for only $10 through Paypal "For my US / Australian customers, PayPal will convert CAD (Canadian Dollars) to USD & AUD Dollars when they process your request.

or just click here

C) Canadians can also purchase the eFILE via e-transfers simply email:  Julie.thescrapzone@gmail.com.

Thank you for stopping by, hope I've inspired you to create something pretty with paper!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Hello Lovely Workshop

Lovely paper for sure...  This is my April workshop, I included the HELLO stamp set.
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Have a great day!

Sugar Rush workshop

Here a little Sugar Rush minus the hero paper.... Dont' get me wrong the ice cream cones and donuts are super sweet but I couldn't find the right photos to go with the pattern paper.  So here's my take on the Sugar Rush workshop your way.  I took a different creative direction and love how it all turned out.

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Thanks for stopping by, have a great!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop

If you love bright and beautiful colours this is the paper pack for you.  The Black Glitter Complements really bring it all together. Don't afraid of the bold patterns, when used in small pieces it provides the perfect pop of colour. 

Black watercolour splatters work really well with this fun paper. You can also select the blues in the paper pack for a softer look.  The Glacier and Pacifica is a perfect combination. 

layout one
Birthday Scrapbook layout
layout two
layout three

Thanks for stopping, Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Captured Memories Album Workshop

This year part one of my resolution was to scrapbook with a purpose. With this in mind, I've been working on this really awesome album. Some people do vision boards. Why not a vision scrapbook. Cause you know if the page is done the memories will follow. Much like when you get our family pictures done and coordinate the outfits to match your favourite paper pack. You know who you are..... it's OK I do it too.  I thought this would be the perfect project to get you started on your very own 2017 vision album.  This can also be used as a year in review album.

When looking through the annual inspirations catalog this one stamp set kept coming back time and time again.
What's so special about this stamp set?
Well it's available in three languages for one and is a great way to keep track of monthly memories.

That's when the album concept starting dancing in my head.
http://juliecarriere.closetomyheart.ca/
Instead of "A year in review" why not "A year of wonders". I think that if you put it out there and truly believe it's going to happen... it will!
CTMH D1702 Capture This Day


So what's your plans for 2017? Enjoying the winter even if it's cold, sharing a wonderful Valentine's celebration with friends and family, or going to the Sugar Shack in March. Plan for one activity each month and take pictures, you'll be glad you did. Documenting everyday life is truly special. So from holidays to birthdays this album will help you cherish all of your favourite moments. Moments make great memories what will YOURS be this year ;-)

To help you complete this entire album, I created this •READY•TO•GO•PROJECT• which includes (13) double page layouts. One for every month, the 13th layout is used for the first and back pages. You will need the EXPLORE Cricut machine to access the cutting efiles from Design Space. Or the Expression machine for the CCR files. (6 out of 13 are completed, the full 13 will be done by February)
When you place a $30 dollar order on my website; you'll receive the assembly guide , the Cricut Design Space eFILES plus the CCR efiles for FREE.  These efiles will be email to you once the purchase is completed.

You will need the following supplies to complete this album project:

Papers:
Z3254 - Enchantment Fundamentals pack (QTY1)
Z3237 – White Glitter paper (QTY1)
Z3240 – Sea Glass Glitter paper (QTY1)
Z3236 – Black Glitter paper (QTY4)
Z3238 – Gold Glitter paper (QTY4)
1385 – White Daisy cardstock sheet (QTY23)
X5780 – Pomegranate cardstock sheet (QTY1)
X5776 – Peacock cardstock sheet (QTY2)
X5775 – Sapphire cardstock sheet (QTY2)
X5642 – Cocoa cardstock sheet (QTY1)
1273 – Desert Sand cardstock sheet (QTY3)
1282 – New England Ivy cardstock sheet (QTY4)
X5777 – Fern cardstock sheet (QTY3)
X5229 – Whisper cardstock sheet (QTY3)
1386 – Black cardstock sheet (QTY11)
X5774 – Eggplant cardstock sheet (QTY2)
1388 – Colonial White cardstock sheet (QTY1)
X5780 – Pomegranate cardstock sheet (QTY1)
X5778 – Saffron cardstock sheet (QTY2)
1243 – Goldrush cardstock sheet (QTY3)
X5779 – Poppy cardstock sheet (QTY2)
X5643 – Chocolate cardstock sheet (QTY1)
Stamps sets:
D1702 – Capture This Day
D1709 – Line it Up (Cricut Flower Market collection)
D1710 – Playful Patterns (Cricut Flower Market collection)
B1484 – Jennifer’s Hand Alphabet
Other:
Z3132 – watercolour paints
Z3225 – watercolour brush (large round one)
Z1382 - Fine point tweezers
Z2446 – Black ShinHan marker
Z3316 – Gold Shimmer Brush
Z3261 – thin cuts - stars
Inks:
Z2813 – Sea Glass
Z2849 – Peacock
Z2873 – Slate
Z2805 – Black
Z2850 – Fern
Zz2847 – Eggplant
ZZ2854 – Pomegranate
X5778 – Saffron
Z2835 – New England Ivy
Z2848 – Sapphire
Z2823 – Goldrush
Z2852 - Poppy
Embellishments:
Z3292 - rustic home ribbon pack
Z3289 - uptown ribbon pack
Z3274 – sparkles
Z3312 – gold glitter gems & Z3314 Black Dots
Adhesives:
Z3022 - Adhesive tape runner
1512 - Bonding Memories Glue Pen
Z1151 3D Foam & Z2060 3D Thin Foam Tape
Cricut Cartridges:
Z3169 – Artbooking
Z3167 - Artistry
Z3285 - Flower Market
Let's take a closer look!

Every album needs a beginning and as you can see here I've starting to include my pictures starting with January.  January is typically really cold here, it's the perfect time to scrapbook inside and stay warm.
Using the Memento ink, I've stamping directly on my picture to highlight the month.  You have 6 places for photos on the front page and 6 photos on the back.  This page is meant to capture the essence of what's to discovered inside the album.

 Starting with January, the beautiful Peacock fundamentals, Sea Glass & White Glitter papers really captured to cold "brrr" in the air.
For my Australian CTMH sisters,  I included an option for January to help you celebrate Australia Day on January 26th....

February is full of LOVE and roses, the Pomegranate colours paired with Black glitter paper gives this layout a very elegant flair.

Late winter is maple syrup time! One sure sign of spring is seeing sap buckets hanging on maple trees.  If you're lucky enough to live in the Eastern part of Canada and some parts of the United State you can't wait to taste “real” maple syrup. There is no way to describe its unique flavor and pure goodness. It’s a natural wonder of the world! Knowing that this is a unique experience of some of us, I created an optional layout for the month of March.  Skiing is another great outdoor activities shared by some many people.

I love to incorporate paint splatters using watercolour paints  and this layout was perfect for this technique.  I used the clear shimmer brush on the mountain tops and white pine tree.   If you like more glam I recommend using White Glitter paper.

April showers will bring May flowers...  The Peacock fundamentals paper was perfect for these boots but what's a pair of boots without a good umbrella.  I primarily used the Flower Market cartridge to make all of the flowers throughout this project, this cartridge was one of my best investment, love the versatility I reach for it all the time.

 Tulips are a sure sign that winter is over...  Time to get back on your bike and enjoy to warmer weather. You'll noticed that most of the photo spots are standard 4x6.  This was done purposely to give you the opportunity to add more pictures with our great flip flaps.

I must admit this is not my favourite flower but it's everywhere. Dandelions are at their prettiest when received them from your child.  The first time my daughter brought me a bouquet of dandelions I realised that this flower can be beautiful too.

This year CANADA will be celebrating it's 150th birthday, I can't wait to celebrate with my family and friends.  For my United State neighbours, I created this great USA optional layout.  I've been collaborating with some of my Australian CTMH sisters to create a page for January 26th.  Look for more details soon.

Our summer plans include a visit to New York City, this will be a perfect layout for my album! The circle of stars reminded me of the Statue of Liberty's  crown, not that I'm planning ahead too much.

 Endless summer days indeed, The Goldrush and Peacock colours paired with the bright Poppy hibiscus are just perfect for those beach photos or beautiful sunsets.

 I love September... the feeling of a new beginning.  I'm sure my kids have a completely different feeling when it comes to September. But this is a milestone that needs to be documented, they will thank you for it when they're older.  This can easily be stitched to a road trip layout.  simply replace the apples with cars, train and automobiles....  

October my favourite time of year.  I just love Halloween, maybe this is the year I can convince my girls to wear Sugar Skulls.  Halloween doesn't need to be scary all the time. These flowers really complete this layout getting it a bewitching quality .  Once again the Eggplant and Goldrush colours are spot on!

November is typically the time where we get family photos done, it's a time to be thankful.  The Sapphire colours can look both elegant and casual (white t-shirt and jeans). Already trying to coordinate my outfits with this paper.

And just like that it's Christmas once again.  Pomegranate and Fern is the perfect traditional look for this layout.

Let's not forget the back page where you can wrap it all up.  As you can see the recipe for this album workshop is quite yummy.

So why not get together with a few friends, classes are available locally, contact me for more details and to set-up some time.  We can meet once a month and complete this album together.  This is also the perfect project to bring to crop or a scrapbooking retreat. By pre-cutting your Cricut pieces you can create an entire album in just one week-end, how nice this that ;-)

I chose the Enchantment Fundamentals papers for this project, the paper is available until July 2017 you won't want to miss it.  I spent many weeks on this project so you can have it •READY•TO•GO•  all the cutting diagrams, Cricut Design Space efiles and yes even the CCR are all done.  You simply need to purchase the supplies and GO!

Close to My Heart Sisters are also welcome to order these efiles to use in support of their own business! Yes, this means you can copy/print/distribute these efiles to your own customers and hold your own events using my designs and efiles! The guide was created as such that you can print one sheet per month and add it to your customers project bag.

CTMH Enchantment Fundamentals

 Interested in the assembly guide and efiles, please see the purchasing options below:

A) Place a $30 dollar order on my CTMH website get the assembly guide plus all Design Space efiles and CCR efiles for FREE. (Canadian orders only)

B) Just want the •READY•TO•GO•PROJECT• efiles, they are available for $30.00 through Paypal. For my US / Australian friends, PayPal will convert CAD (Canadian Dollars) to USD & AUD dollars when they process your request.
C) Canadians can also purchase the eFILEs via e-transfer simply email me.

Thank you for stopping by, hope I've inspired you to create something pretty with paper!


Friday, January 20, 2017

National Papercrafting Month - Welcome Home Wreath Kit

Yeah! it's a thing.....  and I'm all over it.... For the entire month of January get your hands on this beautiful succulent wreath.  It's so easy to put together. Want it for FREE contact me for more details.


So let's think outside the wreath, the wreath is beautiful but what about a beautiful set of cards?
CTMH Welcome Home Kit
Additional  materials used to create these cards are:

 Love Thin Cuts
Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts
Hearts Thin Cuts
Happy Birthday Thin Cuts
XOXO Thin Cuts
White Daisy Cardstock
White Daisy Ink
Black Cardstock
Black Ink
Watercolour Paints
Watercolour Brushes
Gold Shimmer Brush
Sponge Daubers

The beauty is by selecting just a few of these items you can actually get the wreath kit for FREE.

Here are the basic instructions:
  • Ink distress the dark green succulents with black
  • Ink distress the two tone green with white
  • Ink distress two tone blue with white
  • Ink distress the card based and embossed pieces with black
  • Using watercolour paint added splatters of black and white 

Now how did I get so many succulents.  Well, since these are cards I separated the blue ones light with light and dark with dark.  You get 4 instead of  2.  When I was making the white roses, I used the negative part of the rosette and made two more white roses, you can actually make three but the larger one didn't turn out so good for me.  I also used the banner piece on two of the cards then cut sections of the wood grain pattern paper and made two more.  All and all you end up with 7 beautiful cards.  Not the mailing kind, these will need to be hand delivered with love.
CTMH Welcome Home Kit
Card no.1 -  6x6  using the largest succulent
CTMH Welcome Home Kit
Card no.2 - 6x6 using two of the smaller succulent and the negative part of the rosette flower
CTMH Welcome Home Kit
Card no.3 - 6x6 using the Juniper darker blue pieces only
CTMH Welcome Home Kit
Card no4. - 6x6 using the Crystal Blue lighter pieces only, plus medium rose and the negative part of the small rosette.
CTMH Welcome Home Kit
Card no.5 using the Sweet Left and Fern colour succulents plus the large rose.
CTMH Welcome Home Kit
Card no.6 - 5x7 using the Juniper darker colour pieces plus the medium rose.
CTMH Welcome Home Kit
Card no.7 - 5x7 using the Sweet Left and Fern and the Crystal Blue lighter pieces only, plus the smallest succulent.

Happy National papercrafting month and remember make something beautiful with paper.