“I love scrapbooks. They are one of the finest ways of dejunking life and abode... A good scrapbook is interesting and inspiring even to the stranger...Well put together scrapbooks and photo albums have warmed more hearts than any bound book... Without a good scrapbook, much that's memorable in life is forgotten or damaged or lost...."

~ Don Aslett

Monday, January 31, 2011

February Stamp of the month blog hop

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  The stamp set featured this month is D1453 Friendship.  This month we have over 65 wonderful consultants participating and showing off their creations!

If you have come from Tamytha's Blog then you are on the right track.  

If you get lost along the way Helen at Hooked on Stamping has a complete list of all the participants this month.
I decided to do a card this month but later I did use the stamp set on a layout so I will share both with you.  The card is a 4.5 by 4.5 inch square card from the Wishes How-to book, the pattern - Just Right.   On page 61 of the new Spring/Summer Idea book, I loved the color combo of Garden Green, Petal and Smoothie and knew I wanted to create something with those colors.  I created a background with Petal and one of the images alternating full color and second generation stamping.  And so the card came together!

Products used:
Stripe paper from Passages Level 2 Paper packet
Smoothie, Colonial White and Desert Sand cardstock
Petal, Smoothie and Garden Green Ink
Smoothie Brads
Colonial White ribbon

I also used the stamp set on the Sweetheart Workshop on the Go layout that I put together.  Since I don't have a "princess" to scrapbook, I decided to use my friends instead.  The saying from this stamp set worked perfectly in the journaling spot!

Now "Hop" on over to Angela's Blog to see her work!  

Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the February SOTM is only available until February 28!  Contact me (GrigsterN at yahoo.com) or click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ScrapThat Crop on Saturday Jan 29th and Sweetheart preview

For all of you out there that like to know what's going on in advance and plan ahead, this post is for you!   The artwork that I am sharing today is not only a preview of the make and take that I have for the lovely ladies (and sometimes men!) that come out to the crops at ScrapThat but also a sneak peak at one of Close to my Hearts brand new Sping/Summer paper packs, Sweetheart!   It is perfect for the month of February boasting a color pallet of tulip, cotton candy, black and white.  I decided to switch it up this time and instead of a layout we are going to be making clear cards!!!  Perfect for your special someone for Valentine's day! 

Come on out to the ScrapThat crop on Saturday to get your set of these adorable cards!!  See ya there!

Monday, January 17, 2011

H2H color Challenge

The first challenge of the year over at the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog is a color challenge - I love those!!  And these colors are great - so great in fact that it turns out I had created something over my winter break that used these very colors!

As I was working through my photos from convention this past summer I was working to cross paper packs and do some outside the box color combos.  Here is what I created with a little black added to the mix:

Flip flaps closed

Flip flaps open!

Such a great color combo!! 

Materials used (all CTMH):
Silhouette creative basics stripe sheet
Sky Cardstock
Pear dot paper from Olivia (back of sunset paper)
Sky ink
Homestead Alphabet stamp
Gold embossing powder
Versamark ink
2 exclusive stamp sets from convention - Picture This and Life's Framework
4 x 6 Flip Flaps

Now go try it out yourself and then share your creation on the H2H challenges blog!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ScrapThat Crop on Saturday Jan 15th preview :)

Just as promised - here is the preview of the make and take for this Saturday's crop at ScrapThat2! at the Burlington Center Mall.  It features the Wings kit - read the posts below to find out more about this great kit for January and the special promotions for ordering!

I also want to share with you my banner project.  I created it based on the directions that Close to my Heart is providing in the Wings Workshop on the Go kit for January only!  Banners are the in thing right now - for only $6.95 be sure to get one of your own!

Happy Crafting - See ya Saturday!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Wings Workshop on the Go - layouts or cards - you pick!

Along with my Year of Cards workshop featuring Wings, I am also hosting a workshop where you can come and put together either the two 2-page layouts featured in the kit or the two sets of 6 cards featured (2 of each of 6 total designs).  It's a great opportunity to get some scrapping/cardmaking done and score some awesome discounts on coordinating stamp sets!!  See information below the photos!

Sunday, January 23rd from 10am-12:30pm at my home in Hamilton, NJ (6 spaces available)
Thursday, January 27th from 6-8:30pm at my home in Hamilton, NJ (6 spaces available)
Saturday, January 29th from 1-3:30pm at ScrapThat in Burlington, NJ (# of spaces flexible)

This kit is $29.95 plus shipping and tax.  I will let you know a final total when you RSVP.

Please RSVP to me and submit payment by January 12th to ensure that your supplies will arrive in time for the workshop!!  I will be placing one order on January 12 for all supplies so please refrain from ordering on my website for this workshop.  You can email me at GrigsterN at yahoo.com or comment here if you are interested.  This kit can also be ordered to go!

page layout 1

 page layout 2

card 1 (make 2)
card 2 (make 2)
card 3 (make 2)  
bonus card 1 (make 2)

bonus card 2 (make 2)

bonus card 3 (make 2)
When you purchase the new Wings Workshops on the Go™ kit (G1016) for only $29.95, it opens the door for you to participate in three exciting promotions. With the purchase of the Wings Workshops on the Go kit you can choose any or all of the following:
1.       Purchase the following new Spring/Summer Idea Book My Acrylix® stamp sets at a super discount:
My Acrylix® Stamp Set
Discount Price
Full Retail
A Game (A1113)
Rosy Regards (B1369)
Take a Picture (C1440)
Dreams Come True (D1470)
Bohemian Alphabet (E1019)

2.       Get the January Stamp of the Month set, Find Your Style, at a discount or free by purchasing new Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book products found in the Inspirations brochure as follows:
Purchase a Wings Workshops on the Go™ kit AND…Get Stamp of the Month

1 item from the Inspiration brochure 
25% off

2 different items from the Inspiration brochure
50% off

3 different items from the Inspiration brochure
75% off

4+ different items from the Inspiration brochure

**This means that you could end up getting the January SOTM for free for spending less than $100 like you would have to all the other months!!**

3.       You can also mix and match new products from the Inspirations brochure and products from the Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book, and we will automatically calculate the greatest savings between the standard program and this promotion for you to get the best deal possible!

4.       Celebrate National Papercrafting Month in January with a My Creations® banner project. Simply purchase a My Creations® Banner (Z1378) and you will be able to make the project with the remaining supplies from the Wings Workshops on the Go™ kit and the E-size Bohemian Alphabet stamp set. The how-to instructions are included with the Wings Workshop kit exclusively through the month of January. For details, contact me today!
Come a craft with me and this wonderful kit and I will show you some awesome new techniques!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Wings and Year of Cards Workshop

So have you checked out the Inspirations Product Sneak Peak yet?  The Wings paper pack is beautiful and the stamps and embellishments are pretty cool!  I loooooove the new spray pen!!  I have been wanting to plan this workshop for about a year now and I have finally gotten the right "inspiration" to do it!  Wings has the perfect blend of feminine and can be masculine as well.  Great for a card workshop!  Here are the details:

Thursday, Jan. 20th from 6-9pm at my home in Hamilton, NJ   (6 spaces available)
Sunday, Jan. 23rd from 1:30-4:30 at my home in Hamilton, NJ  (6 spaces available)
Saturday, Jan 29th from 9:30am-12:30pm at ScrapThat in Burlington, NJ  (# of spots flexible)

Please RSVP to me with choice of kit/items and submit payment by January 10th to ensure that your supplies will arrive in time for the workshop!!  I will be placing one order on January 10 for all supplies so please refrain from ordering on my website for this workshop.  You can email me at GrigsterN at yahoo.com or comment here if you are interested.  This kit can also be ordered to go!

You will have the opportunity to decorate a My Creations Recipe box and make 12- month tabbed dividers as well as 12 cards to fill your box to get you started.  You will have enough supplies left to make at least 9 additional cards (and other projects!) at home following the cutting guide I will provide.

Package Options:
Basic Kit: Includes Recipe Box and a Wings Level 2 Paper Packet    $23 (tax and shipping included)

Fly Higher Kit: Includes Recipe Box and a Wings Workshop on the Go Kit    $43 (tax & ship inc)

Soar Above the Clouds Kit:  Includes everything in the Fly Higher Kit PLUS your choice of any of the additional items from the Inspirations brochure.  Keep in mind that the stamps are nicely discounted and 4 different items will earn you the January Stamp of the Month for FREE!!  This is a great deal for those of you that plan to create more projects with this kit at home!  Prices vary depending on items chosen.

Suggested a la carte items from Inspirations:
*Wings Level 2 assortment pleated ribbon
*Black Mini Medley 
*Dreams Come True stamp set
*Rosy Regards stamp set
*Bohemian alphabet stamp set
*Wings My Stickease

Other a la carte items:
Vineyard Berry Reinker
Create-a-shade pearl paint (on backorder until Jan 10th)

This workshop is great to get started with having cards on hand for occasions that just seem to "pop up".  I have several stamp sets so you can choose any sentiments you want for any of your cards!  Make them work for what you need! That's what I did!

Get your spot while it's hot!  And happy crafting!