Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Paper Trail Blog Hop- Anything Goes!

Welcome to the August Paper Trail Blog Hop!  This month, in anticipation of the new catalog release, our artists are using paper of their own choosing.  So be ready to see lots of great ideas and inspiration! If you arrived from Mary's blog, The Road to Peace of Mind, you are on the right track.  If you are just getting started here, with my blog, not to worry, we are a circular hop and you won't miss a thing!

With convention behind me and an open house on the horizon, I'm sorta kinda cheating this month. To ensure I would be ready to post I decided to use a couple of the layouts we made at convention using new product.  This paper pack is called "Clementine." 

Clementine Stars Shine Bright layout
The first photo is just a few of my upline's first downline that attended convention.  She has a "Rootin' Tootin' " team! The banditos are my roomies and me.  I had the BEST time with them! And below that... can you guess?  It's five of the Paper Trail artists!! 

Left page
The Antiqued Gold metal embellishments on these two pages are part of a new Mini-Medley containing metallic buttons, metallic swirls, brads, clips and more.  They add so much! When I add a little journaling, this page will be complete.

Right page

Clementine Havin' Some Boot Stompin' Fun layout
This layout is all about my roommates and me.  These gals were so much fun, convention just wouldn't have been as exciting without them!  That is an elephant we are having our picture taken with.  There wasn't just one in the lobby, there were two!

Left Page
 We have new Just Blooms in pretty autumn colors and patterns, a new Baker's Twine in Harvest colors and the CUTEST new Irresistibles Alphabet in Houndstooth pattern.  Oh, and I almost forgot the Noted Canvas Shapes!

Right Page
There is so much new and exciting in our 2012 Fall Winter Idea Book.  Contact me to get yours!

Now, hop on over to Vicki's blog, The Wizard's Hangout.  I can guarantee she has something fabulous for you!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Convention Swap

One of my favorite activities at convention is swapping cards with other consultants.  It's a wonderful way to get some really good ideas for projects in the future, as well as a fun way to meet other convention goers without feeling too awkward.

I usually try to make something that is a little different than a standard card.  For me it's as much (if not more) about the idea I give someone than what I get in exchange. This was my swap for the Dallas Convention.  It was inspired by Mrs. Magoo & Lou, a couple of really fun ladies I took some classes from when I was waylaid in Seattle for so long. Check them out on Facebook and "Like" their page.
Double Pocket Note Tag using Stella papers
With the note pulled out
The back is the same as the front without the flower embellishment
A small instruction sheet was folded inside the back pocket

A friend and I brain stormed some different uses for this item.   One that I really liked was to use it as the gift tag on a gift basket.  Using a 9x9 paper to start with, it holds a gift card very nicely, but of course the measurements for all the folds have to be adjusted, too.  Would a Christmas version of these be adorable hanging all over a Christmas tree?

What would you use it for?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Getting Caught Up

If you check my Scrap 2012 tab you may have noticed that I am a couple of months behind.  There is a good reason for this, but instead of going into a boring dissertation of my life in the past 3 months, I'll just show you what we've done instead!

You can see the full year up to date at Scrap 2012

Like May, June was designed by my darling daughter, Alyssa.  Which may explain why all the father/daughter photos feature her.

June Layouts featuring Close to my Heart Victory papers
June Left Side
June Right Side
 I was scrambling to complete the August layout prior to our class last night so I didn't provide photos.  The paper is "Footloose" and will be retired as of August 1st.

August featuring Footloose and Cricut Art Philosophy cuts

August Left Side
August Right Side

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sneak Peek...

And a very tiny one at that!

Close to my Heart Convention 2012 in Dallas was nothing short of awesome!  We have so many new things for you and I guarantee you will love them all!  Contact me for the new Idea Book/Catalog.

This is a mini album we made with the new Avonlea papers and our new chip board Album Pages. On our new Artiste Cricut cartridge (!!!!) there is a cut that matches every page in this album.  Woot!!  The album is totally doable without those cuts, but they make it so simple and easy!



So many fun new products on this album:
*Irresistibles Houndstooth Alphabet
*Slate Satin Polka-Dot Ribbon
*Silver Shimmer Trim
*Just Blooms Florets Paper Shapes

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cruisin' in July

Cruisin' workshop on the go kit

The Paper Trail blog hop for July is presenting projects with our Cruisin' paper pack.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to participate this month, but I do want to share what the other CTMH artists have done.  Below is a list of links to their blogs.  Start anywhere and circle through.  Don't forget to leave them some love!! 

Karen Barber    http://www.karenbarber.blogspot.com/     (Inky Fingers) 
Amy Raimy http://amyraimy.blogspot.com/ (Pineapple Paper Artist)
Lynne Field     http://fieldsfinery.blogspot.com/     (Field’s Finery)
Vicki Wizniuk    http://wizardshangout.blogspot.com/    (Wizard’s Hangout)
Mary Crosby http://mcrosby57.blogspot.com/ (Road to Peace of Mind or Escape?)
Linda Taylor    http://thepapertaylor.blogspot.com/   (The Paper Taylor)
Connie Myers-Kelly     http://scrapsstories.blogspot.com/ (Scraps & Stories)
Tracey Pierce http://papercraftingprincess.wordpress.com/ (Paper Crafting Princess)