Friday, June 28, 2013

CTMH For Always

Close To My Heart For Always
Close To My Heart For Always card

The For Always paper collection from Close To My Heart inspired me to create this "Congratulations" card.  Reminiscent of the style of the art deco period; the Whisper, White Daisy, and Black colors featured in this paper pack, reminds me of classic European films.  The sheet of paper made to look like a handwritten love letter brings out the romantic in me, and to me there is nothing more romantic then the streets of Paris! 

One of the complimentary colors of cardstock in this paper packet is Lagoon, a stylish blue-green color that really pops against the neutral of the background.  I really liked the way it looked against the black. This color also is featured in the paper packets Later Sk8r and coordinates extremely well with Surf's Up!.  

I accented with Sparkles Clear Flourishes to give it a bit of bling.

BREAKING NEWS:  Lagoon will also be featured in the new "Sarita" collection coming in the 2013 Autumn/Winter Idea Book, available August 1, 2013!!  Email me to reserve your FREE copy (a $3.95 value) with a minimum $25.00 order.

I had a CTMH retired stamp set that had an image of a fleur de lis, so I used the technique called "second generation" stamping to add subtle color to the background, accenting with more Lagoon and duplicating my theme.  Using my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, I cut out the large fleur de lis as an anchor to the card to convey my love of France!  I also had my Cricut cut out the shape (rectangle 7) onto which I stamped my sentiment from one of my favorite stamp sets called For Every Occasion.

Do you know how to stamp in second generation?  Watch the video below from Close To My Heart to see how to take one ink pad and get multiple looks on your next paper crafting project.

The coordinated papers, inks and embellishments from Close To My Heart feature many beautiful ways to preserve your treasured memories and are sure to inspire you as they have me.  It's easy to get started. The New Consultant Kit, featuring a collection of products with a retail value of $130.00 can be yours for just $49.00!  


Everything to meet your crafting and career needs. Approximately $155 in retail value!
  • Read Me First Letter
  • Current Idea Books (qty. 3)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 5)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 5)
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471)
  • Spring/ Summer 2013 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1123)
  • Petite Perks™ Critter Expressions Incentive Stamp Set (W2025)
  • Chantilly Complements Dimensional Elements (X7163C)
  • Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit (G1053)
  • Reflections® Scrapbook Program (9037)
  • Originals Card Confidence Program® (9036)
  • Buttercup Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2110)
  • Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2193)
  • Spinner (Z1832)
  • My Acrylix® Wheel of Life Stamp Set (D1545)
  • My Acrylix® For a Friend Stamp Set (D1542)
  • 4" × 5" My Acrylix® Block (Y1012)
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Join by July 4th, 2013 and receive a welcome gift from me!  I would love to have you join the Create with Care team, and as a thank you, I'll send you a Pear Exclusives Ink Pad that coordinates perfectly with your Chantilly Workshops on the Go Kit!

Friday, June 21, 2013

CTMH Tommy card "Follow your Dreams"

I just love the Close To My Heart paper packet called "Tommy".  It is a collection of all things nautical. There are anchors, world maps, pennants, oars, boats, and more.  I really liked the colors of Cranberry, Honey, Desert Sand and Outdoor Denim together.

I ordered the complete Workshops On The Go Scrapbooking Kit, along with the Tommy Complements Canvas Shapes (stickers).  The kit not only came with 14 sheets of 12 x 12 paper, it included a coordinating stamp set and two matching packets of embellishments!

The other supplies that I used are:

I used my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to cut out the pennant shapes and the scalloped square.

If you've taken a cruise, or have one planned in the near future, this paper packet is perfect for scrapbooking the vacation memories of your sea voyage!  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Create With Care Website

If you haven't stopped my website,, lately, I encourage you to do so as there are are several great new Ideas and Inspirations that are sure to get you paper crafting immediately.  Learn a fun new technique such as how to "kiss with stamps" or how to make an adorable gift for your neighbor.  

Keep exploring...check out the special Patriotic Stamps that are perfect for Independence Day or view the current Stamp of the Month special that is available for only $5.00 with a $50.00 order!

Want to learn how to scrapbook digitally with ease?  Take a look at Studio J How-To for guides on photo editing and perfectly placed photos.

Looking to get some free scrapbook paper or stamps?  It's easy and you don't even have to clean your house!  You can hostess an Online Gathering and with just $150.00 in combined sales, you get $25.00 in free product for yourself!  The larger the combined sales, the more freebies for you!

Grab a cup of tea or coffee, settle in with your laptop, and view the current Close To My Heart Idea Book online. See the many projects, layouts, cards and gifts that you can make by hand.  Learn how to preserve your treasured memories with paper, inks and embellishments that are sure to delight and bring enjoyment to you and your loved ones for many years to come.

Now that your mind is filled with ideas and your fingers are itching to play with paper, it's time to do some shopping!  You will love the paper collections, coordinating inks and embellishments from Close To My Heart.  From How-To Programs to Workshops on the Go kits, you are never without inspiration.  The My Acrylix Stamp sets crisply stamp images and sentiments are designed to complement your artwork perfectly.

My favorite place to shop is the While Supplies Last page!  I ordered the My Creations Banner for only $2.75 and made the adorable home decor door hangers below with my Crop Class.  There are 8 white chipboard pennants that can be strung together to make a stylish banner.  Instead, we each made one with the initial of our first name as the main focus.  I'm going to hang mine in my cubicle at work.  Why not make this easy project for yourself?  Wouldn't this look fantastic hanging in your craft room?

Close To My Heart My Creations Banner, Close To My Heart Dream Pop
CTMH My Creations Banner as Pennant with Dream Pop paper

Here's the recipe:

I cut out the banner topper, paper swirl and letter using shapes found on my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  The accordion rosette was made using a strip of 1" x 12" paper with a clear button glued to the top.

We had such a fun time making this project!  Get inspired and Create with Care!

Molly and Beverly from Scrapbook, Stamp & Socialize

Bobbi from Scrapbook, Stamp & Socialize

If you live in or near Jacksonville, Florida and would like to join us, please check out the Scrapbook, Stamp & Socialize calendar of events.  

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Exploring Northeast Florida

You may have been wondering where I've been these past few weeks as I haven't posted recently. Well, I've been exploring Northeast Florida; making lots of amazing memories and taking photos to scrapbook! My husband and I have tried to spend our free time seeing, experiencing and learning about our new home. So nearly every free day off, we hop in the car and go off galavanting around the state looking for new things to visit.  

Jacksonville, FL

The past six months of living here have been amazing!  We have really enjoyed the weather, people and food of Florida.  We are 15 minutes from the coast and surrounded by a surprising amount of history and culture.

Recently, we headed north to Amelia Island.  The historic town of Fernandina Beach is a must see while on the island.  The downtown area has many shops, restaurants and galleries to explore.  We spent time walking the main street, window shopping and admiring the architecture and flowers.

We then drove to the Fort Clinch State Park where we walked the half mile fishing pier out over the Atlantic Ocean, walked along the beach trail and explored the historic fort that housed American soldiers in both the Civil and the Spanish-American wars.

Fort Clinch, Amelia Island, FL

On the recommendation of a fisherman that we chatted with on the Fort Clinch pier, we headed south for lunch at Chowder Ted's.  I'm so glad that we listened to that man!  The seafood shack sits right on the waters edge and the fish was fantastic.  We tried something new that we had never had before; a smoked seafood spread.  Served with crackers, it was mayonnaise based and contained chunks of several kinds of smoked fish.  We each had different kinds of fish sandwiches for our entree.  My husband had blackened grouper and I had the Cajun Shrimp.  We both ordered fries on the side, of which the portions were so generous we couldn't finish.  Next time we know to share only one side of fries.

Our next adventure was to the south.  St. Augustine is about a half hour away from us and is such a great city.  There is so much to see and do there you can't do it in one day.  We've actually been back a few weekends and still haven't seen nearly all of it.  Some of our favorite things so far have been the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in North America started by the Spanish in 1672.  

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FL

We even loved St. Augustine from the water!  We took the Scenic Cruise of St. Augustine, one hour and fifteen minute narrated sightseeing cruise along the Matanzas and Tolomato rivers where we explored the coastline of St. Augustine and Anastasia State Park.  It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and a light breeze.  We saw dolphins, birds, the historic St. Augustine Lighthouse and sailed under the Bridge of Lions.

St. Augustine Lighthouse

We've wandered the streets of St. Augustine, seeing amazing homes, churches and historical buildings that are hundreds of years old.  My favorite street, so far, is Aviles Street. I loved its flowering trees, sidewalk eateries and cobblestone paving.  Speaking of sidewalk eateries, we had lunch on this very street at the La Herencia Cafe', a restaurant featured on the PBS show "Breakfast Special".  It serves breakfast all day, but we were there for the Cuban American cuisine, specifically the Cuban Sandwich.  We had it with a side of black beans and rice.  Yum!

Aviles Street, St. Augustine

Last weekend we went even further south to Crescent and Flagler Beaches along the Palm Coast area. Our original plan was to see the Washington Oaks Garden State Park, but we got side tracked along the way by Fort Matanzas.  As you may have noticed, we enjoy forts and when we saw the sign for Fort Matanzas we just had to pull over to take a look!  To our surprise and excitement, we got to take a boat ride (free!) to get to the fort.  The structure was built along the banks of the Matanzas River about a mile in from the Atlantic Ocean to guard against enemy troops trying to sneak into St. Augustine from the south. We had a great time exploring this important piece of history.

Fort Matanzas, Crescent Beach, FL

After spending so much time on and near the water we decided that seafood was what we wanted for dinner, so we headed down A1A to Flagler Beach and found a fun place called the Golden Lion Cafe' to try. It is across the road from the beach, had live music and two story open air dining.  According to their website, it is one of the Top 10 Beach Bars in Florida. The coconut shrimp with pina colada dipping sauce was fantastic and the beer battered giant fish sandwich was wonderful.  

I can't wait to scrapbook all the amazing pictures and memories from our recent road trips.  I'll be posting layouts very soon.