Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Early Black Friday: Cricut Access Members Exclusive 2 Day Sale

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Cricut is offering Access Members an exclusive Early Black Friday Sale!


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New For November: Creative Memories Birthday, Glacier Collection and More!

This week we are celebrating 3 years of the new Creative Memories with the launch of some great new products, a free shipping offer and a chance for you to win one of the new Rolling Bags and a $200 Spree!

 This week only, enjoy FREE SHIPPING on orders of $95 or more (includes surcharge areas!). 
Offer ends at 3 pm CT on Friday, November 10th.

Check inside your order for a Golden Ticket, 20 lucky winners* will receive a Golden Ticket in their order, which allows them to earn a FREE Rolling Bag!

1 lucky winner will receive a Platinum Ticket in their order when it arrives, which gets them the  FREE Rolling Bag plus a $200 Shopping Spree!  

*One chance to win each day per name and mailing address.

Visit my Creative Memories website to see all the new products listed in the What's New section.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bash My Stash: O'Keefe Historical Ranch Clean & Simple Layouts

Getting close to the end of this album, I only have a few more layouts to do of our tour of the Historic O'Keefe Ranch in Vernon, BC.

For this set of pages, I wanted to highlight the heritage features of the buildings so I kept my layouts simple by matting my photos on black cardstock and using the same woodgrain chevron pattern cardstock on all three.  My only embellishment is a strip of Shimmer Trim that I cut in half lengthwise and used as a border along the edge of the cardstock.

Schubert House - this house was smaller, but the trim work inside the house reminded me of the heritage house that my family had owned.

These are my favourite pictures from this tour and the reason that I decided to stick with very simple layouts.  I really wanted the pictures to stand out on these pages.  

I love all the old products in the General Store.  I was a Watkins Consultant for many years and spotted a few Watkins products on the bottom shelf.

I found a map online and printed it out and added to one of the layouts.   So glad that everything is online to reference since these photos are from 2002 and I couldn't remember the names of all the buildings. 

These layouts were so easy to put together - unlike the rest of my album where I used sketches, for these layouts I was inspired by the Power Layouts method.  I laid my pictures out on each sheet of cardstock and set aside.  When it came time to adhere I just quickly matted all the pictures at once, cut the two sheets of wood grain cardstock and the embellishment strips, adhered everything, journaled and just like that I was done.  

So fast and easy!  I love decorative scrapbooking but I have quite a few albums to do so I am trying to keep it as simple as possible. After I do the last three layouts from this trip I will have completed three albums this year.  The first album took the longest (started a couple years ago) because it is all decorative layouts.  The last two are fairly decorative but I planned differently and they went a little quicker - better use of my time and supplies.   I will be ordering one (or two) of the re-released Power Layout kits from Creative Memories and pre-sorting my layouts so the box is ready to grab and go when I find I have an extra few minutes. I will still do some decorative layouts - I'll just add a post-it note to the guide to reference which sketch I want to use for that page.  

If you aren't familiar with this sorting method check out this YouTube video - it's from 2010 but
explains very well how this method works. 

I wish this method had been around back when I first started using CM products in the mid-90's.  I probably would have completed more albums.  I really like that you know what will be on the back of the right-hand page.  I love the quality of the CM pages with the jeeping but was always concerned that I would mess up and put the wrong pictures on the back.   By using the guide to represent the back of a page I can rearrange and have everything exactly as I want it before adhering.  

You can find the Power Layout Kit under the Tools section of my Creative Memories website

Supplies used in these layouts:
  • CTMH White Daisy cardstock
  • Recollections Black cardstock
  • CTMH Fundamentals Wood-grain cardstock (retired)
  • CTMH Bronze Shimmer Trim

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Masculine Birthday Card with Distress Inks and Stenciling

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This card was fun to make - it was my first time using Texture Paste with one of my Tim Holtz stencils.   My hubby is a car guy and I'm always looking for craft supplies that I can use on his birthday cards or scrapbook pages.  This Tim Holtz Treads stencil is perfect!

I started with a light gray cardstock and tinted the Ranger Texture Paste with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I laid the stencil on a diagonal across my cardstock then filled it in with Texture Paste

Once it was dry, I started distressing the cardstock with more Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
I went over it a few times so I could get a lot of colour in between the tire treads. 

I blended the Hickory Smoke Distress Ink all around the edges of the cardstock.  Then I added a bit of Stormy Sky Distress Ink - the ink pad was really wet compared the rest that I bought (leaked in packaging), and it went on heavy so I blended it out as best as I could.

I used my CTMH Ink Blot Stamp set (retired) with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink and stamped randomly over the top and bottom.   

 I added some Black Rhinestones and stamped the Happy Birthday (retired) with Ranger Black Archival Ink

Inside I stamped another sentiment and the Hot Rod is from CTMH Maximum Power stamp set (retired).