Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Planners Gonna Plan ~> Planner Bundle Offer ending soon!

So I wanted to share what I've been doing in my CTMH Planner this month so far. Using the NEW Charlotte paper pack (which matches the 2016 Planner) coming available January 1st, 2016 I did some Planner Creating!

Using the New Charlotte Paper Pack, Item number X7205B I created a planner dashboard that matches my CTMH 2016 Planner. I even have a shaker element in it. You can see the whole thing on the video below. A planner dashboard is usually something you have in your planner with your Year's theme and holds post it notes and other inserts you will use through out the year. 

Front of Dashboard complete with my Years Theme.

The Theme "Don't Quit your Day Dream" is actually a Picture My Life card!

This is the backside. 
         You can see my pockets with the shaker behind them and the post it notes. Cute stickers were given to me by Deborah @                                                      blushandlipstick, she's on Facebook, twitter and periscope too!

Here I'm 3 hold punching the dashboard after its been made to fit the monthly tab sheets

Only 9 more days to take advantage of the 

Planners Gonna Plan Bundle!

Attention all planner addicts, check out this soon to end special where you can get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life™ album from Close To My Heart, the accompanying Everyday Life 2016 planner pages, and the coordinating Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp in an exclusive product bundle for only $29.95 USD / $35.95 CAD. That’s over 15% off the retail price for 6 items (Album/Binder, Planner tabs and pages, Today clear marker, Gold foil two pocket insert, 4 pages of matching stickers and the Perfect Plan roller stamp!....but wait if you order this bundle NOW I'll add in a matching Planner Washi tape roll for FREE (that is a $3.95 value on top of the 15% savings) With the new Everyday Life line, you’ll experience “memory keeping on the go” as you track your menus and shopping lists, stamp reminders, keep appointments, and tuck away precious memories—plus much more—all at once! This offer is only available while supplies last, so plan to place your order early in the month and start 2016 off right. But this bundle/offer is only available for 9 (nine) more days!
Dates Offer valid: December 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–December 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT) ONLY...while supplies last.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Stamp of the Month, Candlelight Garden S1512

When I first saw this stamp set I immediately fell in love with it. I host our monthly Close to my Heart Team, Acrylix Chix's monthly stamp of the month swaps and I really thought everyone would love this. It seemed that most everyone was a bit intimidated by this outline set....or maybe everyone was so focused on Winter and the holidays it was hard to get into the mood to create with a spring themed set. However, I was pleasantly surprised with what they all created. I'm happy to show you those submissions plus other samples I've found using this awesome and versatile stamp set.

and here are some other great pieces for you to view

I hope this inspires you as much as it did me!

The Stamp of the Month is available for one month only, for just $5—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing or purchase it at full price for $17.95.

Glazing Technique Tutorial

This is a fairly simple technique that really adds depth and pop to your stamped outline images. I'm using the new December Stamp of the Month, S1512 Candlelight Garden.

Here is a full supply list:
*Water in a spray bottle
*Any stamp pad or re-inker
*Water brush
*Glazing medium
*Stamped outline images
*Acrylic Block
*Baby Wipe

Step 1: dab a bit of your ink pad or re-inker ink onto the acrylic block and pour a small dab of glazing medium on top of it. Using your waterbrush mix the two. If it dries while your using it spitz with a bit of the water from the spray bottle.

 Step 2: "Color" in your stamped images. You can use darker inked areas to show highlights adding depth and dimension to your images. Clean up is a breeze...just wipe off your waterbrush onto a baby wipe until it shows clean.

Finished 3"x3" card

Finished Gift Card Holder

You can see the whole tutorial video here!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Planners Gonna Plan: The Everyday Life™ Planner System from Close To My Heart

I'm so excited to announce the Newest product from Close to my Heart.
Everyday Life Planner System

Attention all planner addicts! During December, you can get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life™ album from Close To My Heart, the accompanying Everyday Life 2016 planner pages, and the coordinating Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp in an exclusive product bundle for only $29.95 USD / $35.95 CAD. That’s over 15% off the retail price! With the new Everyday Life line, you’ll experience “memory keeping on the go” as you track your menus and shopping lists, stamp reminders, keep appointments, and tuck away precious memories—plus much more—all at once! This offer is only available while supplies last, so plan to place your order early in the month and start 2016 off right. This is a WHILE SUPPLIES LAST so if you are going to order do it quickly as I anticipate they will go quickly. …but wait that isn’t all, if you take advantage of this special Promotion I will add to your order the matching Planner Washi tape FREE!
Dates Offer valid: December 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–December 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT) ONLY...while supplies last.

Place your order at click on join on the December Planner Orders party to place your order online.

THE DETAILS: The album is a black hardcover 3-ring album with gold foil designs. It measures 9 3/8” x 8 ¼” x 1 ½.”. The 2016 planner pages consist of 154 pages, including 1 pocket folder page, 12 monthly dividers with tabs, 1 designed page finder, and 4 sheets of stickers. The pages are 3-ring hole punched and measure 8 3/8” x 6 7/8.” The pages include both monthly and weekly horizontal spreads that begin January 2016 and run through December 2016. The roller stamp coordinates with the label stickers that come with the 2016 planner pages and features titles, reminders, and additional images.

I will be doing a Periscope broadcast of this set and other Planner items CTMH has available, the date will be announced soon.

Cyber Week Special

*STEALS & Deals* sale!
Today through Dec 4th 4pm MST ONLY
Click on Nina's Art Spot then click JOIN on the CyberWeek Gathering link and shop and save 25% off the following 39 items:
Z3111 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm Faux Gold
Z3112 Base & Bling Jingle Bell Faux Gold
Z3135 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm Faux Silver
Z3136 Base & Bling Jingle Bell Faux Silver
Z3138 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm Faux Gold
Z3139 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm Faux Silver
Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program
Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit
Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album
Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags
Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags
Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box
Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box
Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag
Z1838 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray
Z1750 Designed Décor Display Tray
Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard
Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box
Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box
Z1833 My Creations™ Kraft Container
Z1871My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album
Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box
Z1956 My Creations ™ Hip Pics Album
Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book
Z3044 My Creations ™Kraft Mini Book
Z3069 My Creations ™ Mini Mix Album
Z3137 My Creations ™Pint-Sized Container
Z3168 Cricut ® Artfully Sent Collection
Z1476 4¼" x 5½" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1477 5"x7" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1478 6"x6" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1756 3"x3" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1757 4¼" x 5½” Colonial White Envelopes
Z1758 5"x7" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1759 6"x6" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
Z1997 Triangle Border Punch
Happy Cyber Week

Monday, November 16, 2015

Making a Gift Card Holder........from a Toilet Paper Roll :O)~

When it comes to packaging items I'm a bit of a never know what can be re-purposed. I even have my husband helping in my hoarding, he developed a storage system for all my awesome finds...but that is another post for another day!

Today I'm going to share with you how to make an awesome Gift Card Holder from a mere empty toilet paper roll.

Here is a full list of the supplies I used, some are available at
  • Empty toilet paper roll with excess tp removed
  • Z1204 Bone Folder
  • Z2027 Stapler
  • Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Paper Trimmer
  • X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Pack
  • X7202C Kaleidoscope Complements
  • Z1934 Flamingo Dots
  • Z679 Liquid Glass
  • Z2170 Ruby Ink
  • Z2105 Black Ink
  • 1386 Black Cardstock
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Glazing Medium
  • Water in sprayer
  • Water brush
  • Baby wipe

When I decorated this TP Gift Card Holder I used a simple technique on the outline stamped heart to give it added dimension and a bit of pop. See more from my broadcast earlier today.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 2015 Coming to a close!

Remember items in the Seasonal Expressions are only available through December 31st, 2015

White Pines Paper Collection
Available through December 31st, 2015


6 – 12" × 12" B&T Duos™ (2 each of 3 double-sided designs)
6 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (2 Chocolate, 2 Colonial White, 1 Cranberry, 1 Fern)


2 – 6" x 6" Coordinating Sticker Sheets
1 – Assorted Kraft Die-Cuts (not all shown)
1 – Assorted Thick Plastic Die-Cuts (not all shown)
8-piece set of matte badge buttons; adhesive-backed; ¾"–1".

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cheers, 2016!

With a little help from my fellow Team Swappers I put together this Picture My Life (PML) style single page layout for the New Years Celebration coming up. All are using the November Stamp of the Month (SOM) S1511 Cheers, 2016!I even put in 4 spots for photos, forcing myself to take pictures of our celebration. We traditionally haven't really celebrated the New Year with much gusto in the past but I'm determined to give me a reason to celebrate...maybe a photoless layout will inspire something.

Here is the layout as a whole

The 2016 Happy New Year 4"x6" PML in the upper left quadrant of the page was created by Kendra Halverson, my awesome team mate who ALWAYS participates in our Team Swaps. She used her Cricut to cut the panels Cranberry outline and Happy banner. In this panel she used the following supplies: 

  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • 1273 Cranberry Cardstock
  • Z2116 Cranberry Ink
  • z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
  • Z2066 Gold Embossing Powder
  • Z2012 Gold Sequins
  • Z2105 Black Ink
  • Z679 Liquid Glass 

The 4"x6" Photo panel in upper right quadrant I created using the following supplies:

  • 1388 Colonial White Cardstock
  • Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim
  • Z2105 Black Ink
  • Z679 Liquid Glass
TIP: Shimmer trim makes trimming out a photo panel, PML, card so super easy!

The first left 3"x4" PML I created to hold a smaller photo. I used the following supplies:

  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z1829 Black Glitter paper
  • Z3105 Gold Fundamentals
  • Z1912 Corner Rounder
Flip Flap Front

The second 3"x4" Flip Flap "I can Dream BIG", I created. I used the following supplies:

  • 1388 Colonial White Cardstock
  • Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper
  • Z2105 Black Ink
  • Z679 Liquid Glass
  • Z3105 Gold Fundamentals
  • Z3027 3"x4" Flip Flap
  • Z1829 Black Glitter Paper
  • Z2012 Gold Sequins
Flip Flap Back

The 3"x4" PML under the Flip Flap was created by Denita Marble, another awesome team mate who does our team swaps. She used the following supplies:

  • Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment
  • Z2105 Black Ink
  • Z2012 Gold Sequins

The third PML is another photo panel I created using simply the gold glitter paper and one of the wood Gold Fundamentals Cut in half.

TIP: Don't be limited by boundaries, especially in PML pages. Simply allow a 5"x7" photo to move across several PML pockets or like in the above pocket let the "You Are Here" Gold Wood Fundamental extend for visual interest.

The final 3"x4" PML was created by another team mate Elizabeth Briones. She used her cricut to cut out the champagne glass from Cranberry cardstock. She used the following supplies:

  • Z2173 Slate Ink
  • Z2105 Black Ink
  • Z1375 Craft Paper
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2012 Gold Sequins
  • Z2116 Cranberry Ink

The bottom left 4''x6" PML I created using all the same supplies but added the Z1979 LePen Journaling Pen. I have been taking CreativLei's 31 Days to love your lettering online class and its made huge strides in improving my scrapbook hand lettering. Note the shadow in the Imagine banner...see Tip below.

TIP: Mix a bit of the ink out of a re-inker with some Liquid Glass and use a watercolor brush to paint it on to get a shadow effect. *remember to clean your brush right away once it dries you can never use it again.

The final 4"x6" PML is to hold a 3"x3" photo. On this panel I did use the Cuttlebug Embossing folder for the clock. I used strips off leftover Gold Glitter paper for the star stripes and the Gold Fundamentals.

Thanks for viewing!

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking; Experience the "FUN" of the Fundamentals!

Experience the beautiful Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking Workshop, available only during November! This workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My Legacy album bundles, available during November for $71.80 usd each! When you purchase the album bundle, you will also qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory Protectors FREE, a savings of $19.95 usd! Along with the album style and design of your choice, each bundle includes one Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack, one Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack, one Peacock Fundamental assortment, and three sheets of White Daisy cardstock. You will then be set to turn these beautiful products into fabulous layouts using the new Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop featuring five layouts you can make using all the supplies in your bundle.

*Offer valid Nov. 1, 2015 - Nov. 30, 2015 while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the FREE items. Shipping/handling rates are based on the full retail price of any free items, including the sheets of White Daisy cardstock (three sheets #1.19 usd)

Click HERE to place your order