Sunday, August 30, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 122 - Wanderful travel layout

I was searching for a new way to get me creating more often so I thought I'd try out the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

This week's challenge is #122

I have just started working on my scrapbook for the trip of a lifetime that my husband and I took to Mediterranean Europe this summer.  This sketch worked wonderfully to create a two page layout for this album.

Supplies Used: (all from Close to my Heart)

Cardstock:  Black, Colonial White, Gypsy, Flaxen, Crystal Blue

Patterned Paper: Wanderful

Die cuts/titles: Artistry (CTMH Cricut)

Right hand page

Close up of die cuts on right hand page

Left hand page

Close up of title made using Artistry cartridge

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sneak Peak of the Annual Inspirations 2015-16

Welcome to the Brae-er Team Blog Hop! 

This month we want to give you a preview of products from the 
new Annual Inspirations Idea Book 2015-16.

If you have come from Tamara's blog, then you're on the right track.  
If not, this is a circular blog and you can pick up anywhere and see all of the posts.

Inspiration is essential in any art form from painting to papercrafting and it is a fundamental quality of Close to my Heart products from the exciting papers to the beautiful ink colours.  With each new Idea Book, we are introduced to new sources of creativity.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s Christmas and I’m sneaking a peak at my presents when I get to page through a new catalogue.  I make my wish list and can’t wait to buy all my new favourites.  

This month you also get a sneak peak of the new Annual Inspirations 2015-16 through the Zoe line of papers, accessories and Workshop on the Go kit. (All of which are currently available for purchase and will remain so until the end of August 2016.)
Figuring out what to make this month was quite easy.  I started with the Zoe paper and accessories, along with my chosen photos. In need of inspiration and speed, I turned to the How-To Foundation line of books.  With seven photos (six horizontal and one vertical), I turned to the “Easy Inspiration” layout in the Cherish book (found on pages 106-107).  It was a perfect fit for my photograph requirements, plus a great chance to use multiple papers and patterns from the new Zoe papers.

-          Zoe paper pack (X7197B) 
           Glacier cardstock (X5770)
-          White Daisy cardstock (1385)
-          Coral shimmer trim (Z3088) - currently available in the Zoe WOTG kit
-          Zoe assortment (Z3082)
-          Zoe complements (X7197C)
-          Black enamel stars (retired item)
-          Cherish Scrapbook Program (9038)
-    STAMPS:
-          Handwritten Print (E1030)
-          Sorbet (Z2164)
-          Sweet Leaf (Z2153)

Card Series
This series of cards uses the paper and colours of the Zoe paper pack and is inspired by the Wishes Card Confidence book.

 Card #1 – “Collage”
Collage design on page 97 – Wishes Card Confidence Program

Stamps Used: - “Thinking of You” from August Stamp of the Month: Framed (S1508)
-          Flower from September Stamp of the Month: Paper Garden (S1509)

Card #2 – “Card 3”
Card 3 design on page 23 -  Wishes Card Confidence Program

Stamps Used: 
- “For You” from August Stamp of the Month: Framed (S1508)
- Flower from September Stamp of the Month: Paper Garden (S1509)

Card #3 – “Card 3”
Card 3 design on page 23 -  Wishes Card Confidence Program

Stamps Used:
 - “Thinking of You” from Have a Happy Day (D1616)
-   Flower from September Stamp of the Month: Paper Garden (S1509)

Card #4 – Pinterest inspired
This card takes its inspiration from another source: Pinterest. The colours are inspired by the Zoe paper colours.

Stamps Used: 
- “Thinking of You” from Seaside Greetings (D1609)
-   Flowers from September Stamp of the Month: Paper Garden (S1509)

August 2015 SOTM - Framed (S1508)

September 2015 SOTM - Paper Garden (S1509)

-          Zoe paper pack (X7197B)
       Glacier cardstock (X5770)
-          White Daisy cardstock (1385)
-          Coral shimmer trim (Z3088)
-          Wishes Card Confidence Program (9041)
-          August Stamp of the Month: Framed (S1508)
-          September Stamp of the Month: Paper Garden (S1509)
-          Seaside Greetings (D1609)
-          Have a Happy Day (D1616)
-          Sorbet (Z2164)
-          Sweet Leaf (Z2153)
-          Canary (Z2643)
-          Black (Z2105)

Benefits of the CMTH How-To Publications
-         -  Inspiration for proven effective scrapbook layouts (or card designs)
-          - Each sketch or design provides basic information: number of photos used, cut sizes             and layout
-          - Diagrams and instructions are easy to read and follow
-          - Offers suggestions for changing the photo numbers and sizes for other possibilities               using the same sketch
-          - Ease of use – can search sketches by number of photos used
-          - Great for beginners to teach the basics
-          - Great for experienced crafters to add to their repertoire
-          - Endless possibilities - each sketch design can be rotated or combined with other                   sketches to create new looks and options
-          - Layouts don’t limit your own personal creativity
-          - Many of the books also teach stamping or papercrafting techniques
-          - Quick, easy and beautiful layouts that can be used over and over again

Cherish (9038)

Wishes (9041)
For more information on any of these Close to my Heart products, 
contact your CTMH consultant,
or check out my website at

Now check out the next blog in our hop: Heather Steeves.