Sunday, February 15, 2015

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Music to My Eyes

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog HOP!

Featuring: Music to My Eyes
Did I say, "to my EYES"?
Yes, I did.
This month we are featuring the technique of journaling.
There are many ways to use journaling pens:
1. to record important information about an event, 
2. using pens to add whimsical designs to your artwork, or
3. using pens to enhance stamped images.

So, hop along with us as you discover 
how to use a journaling pen in your artwork!

If you arrived here from Debi's Blog, you are on the right track!

Traditional journaling is not easy for me! Or, at least not with a pen! My go-to type of journaling is with a catchy title, or using stamps to create the information, or using a computer to print the details.

I think... I over-think it... handwritten journaling! I know recording information is important. It's important to capture the place, time, attitude of the moment! However, recording emotions and feelings is a little more difficult. For my project I chose what comes hard for me....traditional, handwritten journaling! Ugh! This is probably not my best project.... but at least I did stepped out of my comfort zone to do a little hand journaling for such fabulous news! (And this blog technique)

My niece gave me a wonderful Valentine yesterday...she called to tell me she's going to have a BABY! Due in August! Shrill! Dance! So I created a layout to capture the news and add a picture of her! 

Close To My Heart products used:
G1087 -Brushed Paper Workshop On the Go 
and the Brushed Workshop Stamp Set
X7190C -Brushed Complement
Z3017 - Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge
Z1686 - Cricut Art Philosopy Cartridge
Z1979 - Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen

You can find the product on my Close to My Heart page here.

Thank you for stopping by to see my "Journaling" project! 

For more "Journaling" inspiration  hop over
 to The Inky Scrapper's blog awesome project.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

February Stampers with an Attitude Spotlight on Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!
Today's post is part of the Stampers With An Attitude February Blog Hop. Our theme this month was to feature anything from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.

If you have arrived here from Wendy's blog you are on the right path. If this is your first blog hop, it's a circular path featuring a variety of CTMH artwork  if you follow the links.

My project is a single page layout. It features our Heartstrings paper and Picture My Life cards, random stamping, and a little chaos. LOL.

I found a sketch on Pinterest I wanted to try. Of course, I never follow the sketch exactly! My interpretation always has a mind of its own! Oh well! That's the FUN in creating! Plus, this type of layout is kind of out of my comfort zone. 

A close up of the pocket heart and PML tags.

I cut the 3-D heart with the Artiste Cartridge, laid it on the paper, and then started random stamping around it. I absolutely LOVE the doodle circles from Doodled Designs, and the Brushstrokes Stamp Sets! They were so fun to use! By using the coordinating ink colors from the Heartstrings Paper Pack I knew the colors would work perfectly. That's why I love Close to My Heart products! I used our PML Hearstrings cards to create the tags inside the heart. It is now ready for my Valentine babies' pictures. The Designed Decor Frame lets me display the layout for Valentine's Day, and then later add it to an album.

I used these products from the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book,

X7193B - Heartstrings Paper Packet
X7193C - Heartstrings Complements
A1170 - Doodled Designs Stamp Set
C1608 -Brushstrokes Stamp Set
M1053 -Sweeter With You Stamp Set
Z3046 - Picture My Life Heartstrings Scrapbooking Program
Z3038 - Stuck on You Puffies

And these products from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book
Z1790 - Artiste - Exclusive CTMH Cricut Cartridge
Z2128 - Hollyhock Exclusive Ink
Z2195 - Lagoon Exclusive Ink
Z2105 - Black Exclusive Ink
Z2015- Black Designed Decor Shadow Box

If you haven't had a chance to view the SE1 just click here and you may view it online. Wow! There are lots of fun and creative items in this Idea Book. 
The Seasonal Expressions 1 is only available until March 30, 2015.

Thank you for stopping by and looking at my project. Continue your HOP over to the fabulous Melinda's If You Bling