Sunday, August 31, 2014

Farwell August

    Another month of the summer is on its way out! Many of you have already returned to school, but some of the schools in my area go back this week! I cannot even fathom that it's already that time of year! goes fast!

    Today I want to share a monthly wrap up with you all as we say goodbye to August! First up are a couple cards that I made for my mom and dad's birthdays this month! These were super fun to make, and really easy to execute! Check it out:

I tore this paper out of the new My Crush "In the Pink" book! I then cut it down to size, and used it as my card background. I stamped the frame from the "Have a Happy Day" stamp set in Glacier ink. The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment came from the "Belated Birthday" stamp set.
I added Liquid Glass to the edges of the largest flower to make it "pop"
The inside of my mom's card
For my dad's card I used the back of the same My Crush book paper, a scrap piece from the "Paper Fundamentals: Basics" pack, the new "Slate Diagonal Striped" ribbon, the new "Black Arrows" washi tape, and the new "Topiary Striped" washi tape. The burst image came from one of the "Artiste Cricut Collection" stamp sets, and was stamped in Olive ink. The birthday sentiment came from the "You Mean the World to Me" stamp set.
On the inside of my dad's card I wanted the phrase to stand out a little more. So I first stamped the phrase in Olive. Then I re-stamped the phrase in Black and a little off set. This image came from the "Belated Birthday" stamp set.

    A couple weekends ago, I hosted another "Scrap Your Stash" event at my house! It's a super busy time of year so I didn't have many that could come, but a friend of mine came and we had a girls day getting projects done!

    I worked on my upcoming "Christmas Card Buffet" workshop for September, and Terry worked on layouts! We had a wonderful lunch (thanks again, Terry), good conversation, and fun creative time! I cannot wait to do it again soon (and hopefully with more of you ladies in attendance)!

    I hope you all can join me for the next Scrap Your Stash event in October called Croptoberfest! I will be posting more details on this upcoming event later in September, but save-the-date now for October 25th! Trust don't want to miss this fun all day fall crop!

    Also, since it's the end of the month! You all have less than 24 hours to take advantage of August's awesome steals and deals! Here's a refresher for those of you that might have missed it:

August SOTM: What a Hoot

   August's SOTM is called What a Hoot! and it features super cute owls and phrases perfect for this fall's events! This month only you can get this amazing stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase! This is too cute to pass up, so get yours today!

A fun card that I made during Barbra Otten's card workshop!
Another cute card using the SOTM, more of the same My Crush paper, and Chalk It Up papers!

Picture Perfection Promotion

    I love this next promotion! During the month of August, when you purchase any one of the 13 available "Picture My Life" Scrapbooking programs for $24.95, you are automatically eligible to add your choice of any 1 of the 8 qualifying Memory Protector 10-packs for only $3 ! This is such an awesome deal! You can get 122 double-sided cards (in 3"x4" and 4"x6" sizes), 1 matching designer cover sheet, and 20 Memory Protectors for only $27.95!!!

    Ladies, now is the time to stock up on these awesome kits! Check out the 5 new Picture My Life Scrapbooking programs in the Annual Inspirations book, or choose from any of the 8 existing PML programs. You're sure to find something that's perfect for you! Contact me today to get started with Picture My Life! 

Pick any one of these 10 packs for only $3 this month!
    Here are a couple PML projects that I did this month for my engagement pictures ('s only been two years....that's a new record for me!!):

A 12x12 picture that I cut apart and put into a pocket page protector! I then cut the adhesive off a new 3x4 flip flap, put the 3x4 sparkler picture in it, and popped that section of the photo up with foam tape. Then I cut the title out of a 4x6 card from the "For Always" collection, glued it to the negative space of my photo, and added a couple black flourishes on top of the page protector! I love the simplicity and clean lines of this layout! 
Two more PML pages complete using the "For Always" collection! I love how fast and easy these came together! I added just a little extra embellishing with some Chalk It Up Assortment hearts!
The fourth PML layout page of my engagement pictures using more "For Always" cards and Chalk It Up Assortment hearts. In total it took me less than an hour to complete all 4 pages! :) I love quick projects!

    The last couple reminders I have for you all today are a couple reminders from my events calendar! If you have not seen my fall promotion for "Pick Your Party", definitely check it out now! It's an amazing deal, and a great way to stock up on all these new products!

Pick Your Party Promotion from Candid Captures

     I have the perfect solution for you this fall! It's called "Pick Your Party", and it's a special promotion that Candid Captures is offering during the months of August-October only! Here are the details you need to know to take advantage of this amazing new special:

  • Host a workshop sometime during the months of August-October
  • Choose the style of workshop you would like to have: Online or In-home (can be at your house or mine!)
  • Choose the type of workshop you would like to have: Scrapbooking/Memory Keeping, Cardmaking, or Home Decor
Here are the amazing benefits of being a host at one of my workshops:

  • When you host a workshop during the months of August-October, you automatically qualify for a NEW paper collection of your choice with matching complements!
  • The night of your workshop you get to choose a surprise grab bag containing new products!
  • You will make a FREE project the night of your workshop!
  • You will receive the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book for FREE!
  • The chance to receive exclusive stamp sets only available to hosts
  • The chance to receive FREE and DISCOUNTED Close to My Heart products of your choice with CTMH's exclusive hostess rewards program!
  • AND so much more!!!
  So don't delay! My calendar will fill up fast for these next 3 months, but I want to make sure I see you on it! Get a hold of me to start scheduling your workshop today!

September's Workshop Wednesday: Christmas Card Buffet!!!

    My Annual Christmas Card workshop is back, but with a fun and exciting new twist! This year you get to create as many Christmas cards (and other fall cards) as you can in 2 hours for only $12!!! That's right! You get to choose which cards you work on, and you get to work at your own pace! 

    There will be 25 different cards to choose from, and you have the full 2 hours to get as many of them done as you can! This awesome new workshop will be held September 10th from 12-2pm and again from 6-8pm at my house in Hastings, MN! The cost is only $12, and you will walk away with beautiful, finished Christmas cards! 
    I am suggesting that each attendee bring their own "Basic Workshop Kit" with them since I have limited supplies. A list of the "Basic Workshop Kit" can be found on my blog (under the Event Calendars tab) and on my Facebook page (or you can contact me with questions)! 
    Please RSVP by September 3rd for this awesome new workshop, and I cannot wait to see you all there!

Featured Paper Pack-of-the-Month: Chalk It Up

    Lastly, I want to show you all the projects I did using the featured paper pack-of-the-month, "Chalk It Up"! I love this paper pack! The colors are fantastic, and the designs are super fun to play with! Plus it's perfect for back-to-school time! Here are my projects from this month using this awesome new paper pack:

WOTG Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit Layout #1 using the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge
WOTG Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit Layout #2. I altered this layout for larger pictures on the left-hand side. I used the Reflections How-to book to pick a different layout design to go along with the right-hand side.
This is one of the 2 page layouts that we made at Convention this year! I love the simplicity and colors of this layout. We used "Chalk It Up" and "Wanderful" papers, and the following stamp sets: "Happy Birds", "Have a Happy Day", and "Here We Go".
The FREE make-n-take project I had at the Annual Inspirations Preview Party. This fun little project is a gift card holder which was perfect for back-to-school gifts!

The next few pictures are glimpses of the Chalk It Up Picture My Life Mini Album that we made at Convention, too! I showed this off in a previous post, but wanted to show it off again since I was featuring this paper pack this month!
We used 4x6 PML cards, black cardstock, the Chalk it Up Assortment pack, and some stamping from the "Here We Go" stamp set!
Here's the Cricut shaped card I did for a card swap at my July Consultant Camp meeting. I used the WOTG Brushed Scrapbooking Kit stamp set for the title piece, Chalk it Up, Wanderful, and lots of new embellishments!
Here is the inside of the Cricut shaped card. The middle section folds up into a gift card holder, too! It was super easy to put together and decorate, and I love how it turned out!

    You still have time to get your hands on the "Chalk it Up" paper pack before school officially starts! If you have any questions on my projects or would like more information, please let me know! Otherwise, have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend, and I will see you tomorrow for a peek at what September has in store for us all! Until next time:
Here's to life, love, and creativity!