It’s a Pet-Pourri at the Heart2Heart Challenge

If you’re like me, you probably have phone full of pet photos and a stack of pet-shaped stamps.  87504779_10157306730953089_7096549616794992640_nWell, my friend, it’s time to dig all of those out of your stash, and start creating for our Pet-Pourri challenge.  Our Design Team has created quite a few pet-loving projects for you to enjoy at the Heart2Heart challenge blog.  Before I show you what I made this week,  I want to remind you that this challenge is open all month long.  Just make sure to link your project before April 30th

Remember how I said that I have a phone full of pet photos?  My kids will vouch for the fact that there are more photos of this sweet fur baby than there are of the humans. 🤣 Now that the kids are grown and not around as much, this little pup gets most of my attention, which would account for all the photos of her.  These are some I took of her last summer when we took her fishing. 

Our little miss is quite the character.  She was fascinated with the crayfish in the mud and equally curious with the fish wiggling at the end of the chain. When I decided to start recording these memories, I was searching for a new technique to try and, wouldn’t you know it, SG Scrap Squad was doing a challenge this weekend. 

The inspiration for that starburst, came from a sketch they published for the challenge from the November 2015 issue.  I chose to create mine from some These are My People papers & a few patterns from our Mix-Ins

After creating the starburst and adding the photos, I began looking for embellishments.  I knew that I had a crayfish (lobster) from an older collection, some fish from the Seas the Day stickers, and some elements from These Are My People – what I didn’t know was how I was going to pull all those pieces together.  

I decided to grab some Kraft paper and add it behind the starburst then frame the photo in Sapphire Blue. This matched both the crayfish and the sentiment stickers. 

To tie the whole layout together, I added that large torn paper sticker from the These Are My People sticker sheet.  To me it looked like water, making it the perfect addition to the layout.  I added a few elements to the top of the page for the title and the layout was complete. 

I hope that you were inspired by this Sweet Furry Fisherman layout and that you plan to join us for our Pet-Pourri challenge at Heart2Heart.  

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A Special For All My FURbaby Friends in November

Best Friends FURever Special

Our furry friends play a huge role in our lives🐾, and we want to help you document your favorite memories with your pals with paws. To help you do this, we’ve created a one-of-a-kind 6″ x 8″ Cut Above® kit, a Best Friends Furever Workshop kit, the Best Friends Furever paper suite and coordinating cardstock pack, AND two new stamp sets.

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Save 20% when you purchase the FURever Workshop Kit

Through November 30th, you can order any of the exclusive, individual items for full price. As an added perk, you can get the Best Friends Furever Workshop Kit w/Stamp Sets at a 20% discount! With the exception of the stamp set, these special items are only available while supplies last.

Here is What is Included in the Workshop Kit

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(13) Cardstock Sheets
(1) White Acrylic Hearts
(4) White card bases & envelopes
(3) Top-load 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™
(1) Memory Protectors™ Design 2

Kit can be ordered with OR without stamp sets
(1) My Acrylix® Eat Play Love Stamp Set 
(1) My Acrylix® Kitty Cuddles Stamp Set 

Order this kit 

Create even more fun pet-themed projects using our other Best Friends Furever items, too! We’ve also created a new paper packet, sticker sheet, and two new stamp sets, along with a special workshop kit to help you keep your pet-themed creativity flowing.

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Paper Packet & StickersCoordinating CardstockCut Above Album KitEat Play Love Stamp SetKitty Cuddles Stamp Set

We are offering special deals for Hostesses whose parties reach the third level or higher of Hostess Rewards, and for new Consultants who sign up during the month of November – choose either the Eat Play Love Stamp Set or the  Kitty Cuddles Stamp Set for free!

This Best Friends FURever special is available for a limited time. These exclusive items are only available while supplies last, so get yours before they’re gone! 

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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My Weird Scrapbooking Life

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, I have decided to try to post more scrapbook pages.  As I created this layout, I realized that I have some really weird scrapbook habits. So, in honor of a month dedicated to scrapbooking, I have decided to share my top ten habits of “weirdness” with you.  (Maybe you can ease my mind into believing that some of these habits aren’t so weird.) 

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER ONE
I love scouring the internet for inspiration and challenges.  This week’s online search led me to two challenges.  I adore the Raspberry, Mink and Juniper combination for this week’s Color My Heart Dare, and I really wanted to challenge myself to use Vellum as instructed in the Heart2Heart Challenge(These challenges are so fun – this time I was blessed with the Diamond Award from Color My Heart Dare and the May Darling Award from Heart2Heart.)

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER TWO
I don’t glue everything down all at once.  In fact, I am known to have a huge pile of randomness that I have thrown onto the page, rearrange, THEN when I am finally satisfied – I snap a photo of it on my phone for reference. By taking a photo, I have something to refer to when my life calls me elsewhere or when my ever aging brain forgets where I placed that stamped rose.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER THREE
I change my mind a lot.  Originally, I had placed the stamped vellum raspberry rose overlay on top of raspberry cardstock, but after looking at the fundamentals paper, I decided to go with white cardstock instead. Which leads me to weird habit four…

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER FOUR
I look at all the items I have chosen for additional inspiration.  The background paper has raspberry roses on white – I matched those with a heat embossed velum raspberry rose on top of white cardstock.  The Thin Cut Hearts have stitching which I matched by adding stitching to the page.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER FIVE
I eat chocolate while scrapbooking and sometimes have to use a white pen to cover up the random chocolate stain on a layout.  My scrapbook desk holds two tins  – one with chocolate and one with dog treats. I don’t dare mix them up. 🙂

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER SIX
I save most of my scraps and Cricut® mistakes.  On this layout, the vellum roses were cut from scraps, the cardstock roses were cut from scraps, the leaves were stamped on scraps, and the title was a mistake made and used.  I even cut my little hearts from the raspberry roses I had intended on using.

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER SEVEN
I use a lot of foam tape. I need to by this stuff in 100 foot rolls.  I love the dimension that using both Thin 3D Foam Tape and 3D Foam Tape as well as our Foam Dots gives to a project.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER EIGHT
I don’t post many layouts with photos.  In all honesty, I like to keep my family life private and protected.  Although, I do seem to have (and post) more pictures of my dog than my kids and her little attitude would prevent most people from taking her.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER NINE
I like to use a variety of shapes, colors, and textures on my projects.  I have been learning quite a bit lately about color application and how to “match” tones and shades.  I love mixing lines with floral and scripts. I am careful to make sure that each has something to add to the layout and doesn’t take away from the photos.  I am also a big fan of texture.  It adds dimension and sophistication to a project, but a little can go a long way.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER TEN
I make A TON of mistakes.  That white pen thing with the chocolate is just the tip of the iceberg. I have been known to leave a coffee ring on a project then cover it with a flower or clean a stamp and mist the ink all over the page – great opportunity to try my hand at splatter painting. I have been know to pull a piece of paper up only to tear it then just call it “added texture”.

So, maybe some of these aren’t so weird, but, to me and my little brain monsters, they seen awful strange some days.  I do hope that you take a little bit of time during National Scrapbooking Month to express your “weirdness” and breathe in the paper goodness of crafting.  Make sure to take the time to visit my website and see all that Close to My Heart is offering to celebrate a month dedicated to scrapbooking.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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