Tuesday, April 17, 2012

National Scrapbooking Promotion--"Dotty for You"

Watch the video to learn about this great special being offered from April 17th to May 31st. I have just recieved my pack of paper and will be creating some cards and layouts to share with you over the coming weeks.

Conact me at scrapnyapwithcarolyn@gmail.com to get in on this great deal!

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lace & Pearls OR Bling???

I designed these 2 cards using the Mojo Monday sketch#236 and an idea from Tamra Pope  for the beautiful flowers created using the exclusive CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. Go check out her blog (by clicking on her name) for a fantastic tutorial!! I couldn't decide between going with pearls and lace, which I thought went well with the Lucy paper pack, or the full out BLING (and I love bling!) so I made one of each....both from the same paper pack. How versatile is that!

This is also my entry for the Great Impressions Lots of Flowers challenge.

So here's the Pearls and Lace.....

Here's a close up of the flower--isn't that fantastic! There's 5 different layers to this baby!

And now for the Bling!

On both cards I used the coordinating ink on the dry embossed cardstock to better highlight the embossing. I had a hard time putting the sparkle flourish on the "bling" card--not that it's hard to use, the "hard" part was in using it on something I'm going to give away. I love these sparkles, luckily I know where I can get more!
These are going to make terrific Mothers Day cards!

Supply list:
-Lucy paper pack
-Opaques Gems- pearl
-lace ribbon (non CTMH)
-blush ink pad
-Sparkle flourish
-Bling brads
-grey wool ink pad
-Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
-Flourish embossing plate (non CTMH)

Christmas....in April????

Yes I'm a little out of season on this one. It was actually my club layout from Dec, but I didn't have a picture to go on it when I did the layout....and I'm a little anal about making sure that I get pictures on my layouts before posting it!!!! Luckily, my sister took the perfect picture of our dad on Christmas Eve, sitting on Santa's knee. He lost his wife last year, so we haven't seen him smiling much, so this full out laugh was a welcome site!

This layout was inspired by Merilee Restucci. You can click on her name to go to her blog, she shared the template with consultants a few years ago, but her blog doesn't seem to be updated any longer, so I'm not sure she's even active anymore.

I used the exclusive CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut out all the holly leaves for the layout, then gave them a quick spray with pearl paint and water in the spray pen, just for a little glimmer! Also used the cartridge for the bracket and then clear embossed the flourish on it. The paper is from the retired Mistletoe collection from 2010. I do plan to do a 2nd page to go with this layout--maybe by next Christmas I'll have that done!!!

Thanks for looking!

supplies used:
- Mistletoe paper pack (retired)
-new england ivy cardstock
-garden green cardstock
-sweet leaf cardstock
-cranberry cardstock
-chocolate cardstock
-red buttons
-cranberry grosgrain ribbon
-Love Life stamp set
-versa mark
-clear embossing powder
-Martha Stewart punch

Monday, April 9, 2012

Masculine Birthday Cards

April is a busy month for Birthdays in my family--all of them being males!!! So as I was digging through my card box for some cards, I discovered I was lacking in the masculine b-day cards section. I took the time on Friday to sit down and get busy creating. I had earmarked a card that a fellow consultant Delores Byrne had posted (click on her name to visit her blog and see the template for the springfold card) Here's my take on it!

I got my template a little backwards--and didn't realize it till I had attached the paper to it--so I added the brads and waxy flax to assist in holding the card closed! The Victory paper pack was the perfect fit for my nephew Michael, who I was creating the card for.

Next up I needed a card for my brother.....I pulled out some of my scraps from the retired Lucky paper pack, but I knew that I wanted to use this particular sentiment stamp on his card, from the new "Just a Number" stamp set, which is just packed with witty birthday sentiments. The inside of the card reads......
....yours will remain unlisted.

And finally a card for my stepfather. I had debated ordering this stamp set, Perfect Day, wasn't sure I would use it enough! So glad I had it on hand Friday when I was inspired to create this card and brayer the background. I clear embossed the dots to resemble the stars, prior to brayering twilight then outdoor denim. I used a 1/2" circle punch from a post it note for the moon--then removed it once I had finished brayering. I coloured the light in yellow then covered it in liquid glass. The effect was much better in person!

Well now I have to go create some more cards, because I already gave all these away this past weekend!!!! Back to the drawing board!

Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Footloose layout and Adventure Canada.

This layout was from our Vacation last summer to Pelee Island, Ontario. The southern most spot in Canada--well the inhabited spot anyways, there is one more tiny island just south of Pelee, but no one lives there! We were amazed to find out that when on this spot we were on the same line of latitude as northern California!!!

I used the Adventure Canada stamp set to make the map of Canada, but the island isn't on the map so....my "X" is actually off the map!

 The priority for my husband was to do the 2km hike through the Provincial park that is at the bottom tip of the Island so that he could say that he truly stood on the spot most southern. So that's what inspired the layout as well as the title of the layout.
 This layout went together soooo extremely easy because I used the sand like paper from Footloose as well as a simple 1" stripe from another pattern in the paper pack with the zip strips from the top and a little matting. So easy!

This is also my entry into Scrpbookers Anonymous' April challenge to use a map and brads on your layout.

Supplies used:
-Footloose pattern paper
-creme brulee cardstock
-lagoon cardstock
-cocoa ink pad
-Adventure Canada stamp set
-creme brulee brads

-assorted chipboard (non CTMH)
-paint (non CTMH)
-Cricut (sorry can't recall the cartridge!)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Scrap n Yap all day with me!!!

I just got back from Scraptopia yesterday and had such a wonderful weekend scrappin and yappin, that I'm ready to do it again!!! I will be posting some of my creations from the weekend over the next few days, so be sure to come back and check them out!

My family might protest if I go away for a whole weekend again so soon, so I thought I would set up an all day scrap instead.

When: Saturday May 5th, 2012
Where: Elmvale Lions Hall
Time: 9am to midnight (or as long as you last)
How much: $15 per person
Whats included: Coffee and Tea--brown bag your lunch, and if interested you can throw some money into the pot and we will order pizza for dinner.

This is a "just scrappin" day. No frills, no interuptions. Space is limited to 30!

Here's what you need to do;
1-send me an e-mail and let me know if you are attending (I will add you to the list)
2-get me your money (secure your spot with payment....cash, cheque or e-mail money transfer)
3-show up and have fun!

Hope you can make it!
Carolyn Crowe
Close to My Heart
Independant Consultant