“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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  The stamp set featured this month is S1109 Limited Edition!  This month we have over 60 wonderful consultants participating and showing off their creations! This stamp set is extremely versatile and looks great on cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and 3-D projects!

If you have come from Wendy's Blog then you are on the right track!

This month's stamp set seems to want to be used for back to school, but certainly has many other uses as well!   I was having a little trouble coming up with a card that I liked so I decided to try it on a layout and I am pleased with how it turned out.  I recently re-united with my high school girlfriends after 11 years so of course we took so pictures and it seemed to work well with this stamp set!

close up of page with stamped images
Products used (all CTMH except where noted):

S1109 Limited Edition Stamp Set
Typeset Level 2 paper packet
Milepost Shapes
Colonial White Cardstock
Juniper, Vineyard Berry, Black Inks
Spray pen, Vineyard Berry Re-inker
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge

Now "hop" on over to Melinda's Blog and check out her beautiful artwork for this month!

 If you get lost along the way you can go to Helen's Blog to see the complete list of all the participants this month. 

Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some other great ideas! Remember, the September SOTM is only available until September 30th!  Contact me (GrigsterN at yahoo.com) or click here to see how you can earn this stamp set for just $5!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

To all Cricut, stamp, and deal lovers out there!!

Close to my Heart has some deals you won't want to miss - and they are ending soon!  You have just until August 31st, 8 days, to take advantage of this awesome double deal!   For the first time possibly ever, CTMH has 2 great promotions that overlap - yes, you can get it all!  So, with the introduction of the new Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, all of these deals are well within reach!

So, if you like the Cricut Cartridge, then here's the deal - $99 for the cartridge bundle: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, (3) D-size stamp sets, and 3 sheets of Dimensional Elements chipboard shapes that all coordinate in shape and design.  Now, this qualifies you for BOTH of this months promotions:
  • Spend $50 to qualify for the Stamp of the month, Wicked for just $5 (a $17.95 value) and then also get "A Typeface" a cute little a-sized alphabet for FREE!  (a $6.95 value)
  •  Spend $75 to earn Pair-a-phrase, (2) D-sized sets in one envelope, FREE!  (a $35.90 value)
So, all of this - the Cricut Bundle, and 4 additional stamp sets all for $105! (plus shipping and tax) A savings of $55.80!!!
If you aren't much of a Cricut person, that's ok too, just place a minimum of $75 in an order and you too can get this amazing deal!
And.....if you spend just $50 additionally or more, you can earn $25+ in additional FREE product!  Contact me to learn more.
To start shopping....head on over to my website!!

Lastly, if you would like your own copy of the Autumn/Winter Idea book, click the contact me link above and make sure to include your address.  The book is free, Priority Shipping in the US is just $5...and look for a little thank you from me with your book.  :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pair-a-Phrase Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pair-a-Phrase Blog Hop! We are having a special blog hop to feature the stamp set Pair-a-Phrase which Close to my Heart has created in honor of National Stamping Month.  This promotion runs from August 15th until September 30th and features 2 D-size stamp sets in one envelope - valued at $35.90!  You can earn this stamp set for FREE with a $75 order during the promotion period.  This hop has over 40 wonderful consultants participating and showing off their creations!

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

This stamp set has images and corresponding sentiments that are perfect for making cards for all occasions!  They even look great on scrapbook layouts. I made 2 cards using just a small number of the vast amount of images that you get with this set.  I'm sure I will be using this set more in the future, that little snowman is just adorable!

For the first card, I used Roxie paper and the bicycle image along with some sorbet ribbon and a heart cut with the new Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.
For the second card I used Typeset paper and the ribbon stamp.  I also used one of the Mile post shapes - love these things!  
On both cards I added some color to the images using the coordinating ink pads and my blending pen.

Products used (all CTMH except where noted):
Pair-a-phrase stamp set
Typeset and Roxie paper packs
Vineyard Berry, Juniper, Creme Brule, Desert Sand, Sorbet, Cocoa, Tulip, and Garden Green Inks
Blending Pen
Red Ribbon Assortment
Colonial White brads
Colonial White, Vineyard Berry cardstock

Now "hop" on over to Adeline's Blog and check out her beautiful artwork for this hop!

 If you get lost along the way you can go to Helen's Blog to see the complete list of all the participants this hop.

Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some other great ideas! Remember, the Pair-a-Phrase stamp set is only available until September 30th!  Contact me (GrigsterN at yahoo.com) or click here to see how you can get this stamp set!  And don't forget that the $75 purchase also qualifies you for the August stamp of the month for $5 and the bonus "Typeface" alphabet stamp that you can get free as well!  Now is a great time to place an order for some of those new things you've been eying up or maybe it's time to splurge and get the new Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge!   

Friday, August 12, 2011

Typeset Desk Organizer Workshop

I have had so much fun working with new product so far!  I love all the new papers and I am growing to really like Typeset, and the Milepost shapes, just awesome!  So I decided these would combine perfectly to make an adorable desk caddy.  And sure enough, I love it!  It will be sitting on my desk this school year for all my students and teacher friends to see.  I love it so much in fact that I want to share the opportunity to make one with everyone.

When: Tuesday, August 30th from 6:30-8:30pm
Where:  My crafty workshop in Hamilton, NJ
What: You will get - CTMH My Creations Photo box, a pack of Milepost shapes, Typeset papers, and other desk supplies for your caddy all for just $15!
You will need to bring: a strong paper to paper adhesive, paper trimmer and scissors.

RSVP/pre-pay no later than 12 noon on Monday August 15th.

**Also this workshop kit may be ordered to-go!  I can get a kit to you even if you can't attend in person on the 30th.  It will come with all the supplies and instructions/photos.  If you will need your kit mailed to you, please include an additional $5 for Priority shipping.**

Front view with supplies inside (pens, scissors not included)

Back view with supplies inside

Notepad and binder clips included!
Comment below or email me (GrigsterN at yahoo.com) to order your kit!
Hope to see you on August 30th!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

H2H Hot, hot, hot this week!

Over at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog, the theme is HOT!  Well since it is summer, I suppose that would make sense.  So I took a look through the stack of photos I have just waiting to take their place in my scrapbook and I found some that I still had from 4th of July weekend (I had done some in Studio J already, see previous post).  It was hot that weekend and it was a great day for a cookout and the pool.  So, I share with you my 4th of July Family Picnic (dessert style!) Layout.

I used the Fanfare Paper pack and Stickease as well as the July stamp of the month and the Boom! stamp set. I love how it turned out and since everyone had to have an icing mustache I added a flip flap to make sure to include everyone.
Now, try to cool off as you check out all the Hot this week over at the H2H Challenge Blog!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

ScrapThat Preview for Saturday August 6th

So for all you followers out there who attend the crops at ScrapThat, here's a preview of the mini make and take class that I will be teaching on Saturday.  They found some room for me and let me come back - yay!  I am so excited for this crop because we get to play with brand new product!  I decided to use the Elemental Paper Pack to create this weeks layout and it is so versatile and goes with anything - and bonus, I've got several different color combos to choose from!  I'll show you my sample but you'll have to wait until Saturday to see the other color combinations I have available.
My California Adventure pictures were perfect for this paper!  The picture does not do it justice, it looks so much better in person.
Hope to see you Saturday!