Organization with Workspace Wonder

Organization with Workspace Wonder

I truly love the organization provided by the CTMH Workspace Wonder!  I’ll admit that I really didn’t want to pay full price & I wasn’t sure if it would fit in my tiny workspace.  However, I decided to take advantage of the great hostess only bundle for my 50% off item for one of my past gatherings, & I liked it so much that I got another bundle at 50% off the following month.  Here is how I configured my two bundles:

There are many ways to arrange them, & it is as versatile as it is sturdy!  And, YES, both our old & new ink pads fit in the stamp pad stacks.  It fit into my space without having to rearrange my wall grouping which features my girls many years ago.  (BTW, the cutie in the photo is my high school senior).

This hostess only bundle includes 2 paper trays, 1 large tray, 1 small tray, 1 marker stack, 4 stamp pad stacks, & 1 tool cubby.  If you are interested in hosting a gathering to earn free select product, contact me.  If you have a $350 gathering, you would qualify to get your own workspace wonder bundle or something else you have your eye one for 50% off.

Happy Crafting!  Beth

 

Make It From Your Heart shared blog post: Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique

Make It From Your Heart shared blog post: Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique

The CTMH blog has a great technique posted today so I want to share it with you!

“One of the paper collections in the new Seasonal Expressions idea book is called Little Dreamer,…which got us thinking about a certain sponging technique we love that adds a dream-like magic to all your artwork. In a nutshell, here’s the technique: Use titles or shapes cut with your Cricut® machine or with Thin Cuts metal dies as stencils for sponging ink onto your pages.

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First, use a bit of adhesive to attach your title or shape to the page. Next use a sponge dauber or the round sponge to add ink over your title or shape, and then fade the ink into your paper. Once the ink is dry, carefully remove your stencil (if there is any adhesive residue, it’s a cinch to remove with our Rub & Remove™ eraser).

For our artwork, we found it worked best to use both the round sponge and sponge daubers. We used a sponge dauber for a more concentrated look, like you can see immediately around our title, and then the round sponge for fading the ink into the page.

Sponging Tip: If you haven’t used a round sponge before, you’ll want to cut out a pie-shaped wedge from the sponge rather than using the entire sponge. That way your sponging will be more precise, and you can get more use out of your sponge!

We recommend playing with the round sponge and sponge daubers, as well as various amounts of ink, on some scratch paper before sponging onto your artwork.

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This stenciling technique is a great way to create unique backgrounds for your artwork. For this page, we attached three clouds to the page and sponged around them. After allowing the ink to dry, carefully removing the clouds, and removing any adhesive, we cut three more clouds and sponged around the edges. Then we popped them up with 3-D tape to give the page dimension. The final look sure is dreamy!

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You can incorporate multiple colors into your stenciling! Here we used a scalloped piece for our stencil, and then sponged on a rainbow of colors. There are SO many possibilities!”

To check out the entire Make It From Your Heart blog post & to see the recipes for the cute LO’s shown above, Click here.

Happy Crafting!  Beth

National Scrapbooking Month Crop

National Scrapbooking Month Crop

Even though Life is crazy busy for me this May, I couldn’t let National Scrapbooking Month go by without hosting a crop at my house!  You have your choice of joining me Friday night from 7pm until 10(ish) OR join me Saturday afternoon from 3–5:30pm  OR come both times.  I will have the new Jack WYW as well as the Live Beautifully papers & stamp set  & a variety of card kits available.  Contact me to RSVP as space is limited.

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May Day: Live Beautifully; May 2017 SOTM; & New Seasonal Expressions!

May Day: Live Beautifully; May 2017 SOTM; & New Seasonal Expressions!

“May Day!  May Day!” I couldn’t resist this quote since this May is going to be soooo crazy busy for my family.  My oldest daughter graduates from high school at the end of this month!  This is another LO of my daughter & her friends before Senior Prom. It went together so quickly using the “Live Beatifully” Cut Above  kit, which is one of the featured specials during National Scrapbooking month.IMG_0800.JPG

The exclusive Live Beautifully paper kit & stamp set  is also available during May.

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The papers are absolutely beautiful, & there is a lovely card workshop available using them.

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Let me know if you are interested in making the cards in this workshop or if you just want any of the Live Beautifully campaign items before they retire.

Finally, the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book is full of new stamps, papers, workshops & more!  You will be directed to get a free copy when you place an order on my website. Or, you can ask me about getting a copy.  Check it out online!

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Finally, Check out the May 2017 SOTM! Item Number: S1705 

 

Happy Crafting!  Beth

My “Little One”

My “Little One”

I am feeling a bit nostalgic as of late. I love how this LO of my oldest daughter turned out.  The CTMH 15 minute Memories campaign for April came at just the right time for me, but there are only 2 days left until it is over!  Back when my “Little One” was wearing this cute little bear sleeper, I had not yet entered the world of scrapbooking so I don’t have many of her baby pictures scrapped yet.

  

Recently she was going through old photos to pick some for a slide show for her graduation open house, & she came across this cute baby picture.  I knew right then it was perfect for the Little One Cut Above Kit.  It went together very quickly, & brought back fond memories of my “baby.”

This campaign ends in just a couple of days, & the current Seasonal Expressions Idea book will retire as well. At 50% off for the next 2 days, now is the time to place your order along with any of the other items you’ve had your eye on in this current Seasonal Expressions.

Happy Crafting!

Cut Above Workshop

Cut Above Workshop

This month’s workshop features our Cut Above kits which are 50% off  in April!  These kits go together sooo quickly because everything is precut so you just need adhesive.

Chose from two different kits: Forever & Always and Little One.

Each kit includes the following:

  • Two 12″ × 12″ printed base pages
  • Die-cut paper pieces
  • Title and embellishment stickers
  • 12 coordinating pocket cards
  • Two 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™
  • Two pocket-style Memory Protectors™

 

 

Keep in mind that these kits can be used for more than just your wedding or baby pictures….How about using the Forever & Always kit for anniversary photos?Or using it for anybody you want to spend forever & always with, like family? I love these generational photos of grandma, daughter, and granddaughter.And even though YOU may not be the one having a baby, the Little One kit is perfect for pictures of any little one (including toddlers and little kiddos!) in your life, be it niece, grandson, cousin, goddaughter—you name it!It’s even good for fur babies!

DETAILS:

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
  • 2:00pm–5:00pm at my home
  • ($25)$17 (covers kit, shipping, tax, & my instructions)
  • Sign Up Deadline:  Thursday, March 13th, will allow me to place order so it will arrive in time for the workshop.

Even though the base pages are printed and all the loose pieces are pre-cut, these layouts are still handmade—and you can tell! One thing that sets these pages apart from any store-bought, pre-designed scrapbooks is that they have dimension. To start off, you are attaching loose pieces and stickers to the pages, which already gives them dimension—but then you can also pop up any pieces you want with 3-D foam tape for even more personality!

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Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or just looking for something new to try, these kits are sure to make your life a little bit easier. And at 50% off this month, they’re a total steal!