Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Good morning!

I want to share a few things about this layout that I created yesterday.  First, other than the card stock, i used non-CTMH paper from my stash. Sometimes your project may call for a certain theme, color or texture.  In my case, I wanted to use volleyball themed paper. I was able to pick up the paper at a Springfield shop when some friends and I did a road trip! What a fun place! Unfortunately, the local scrapbook store has become a dying breed, but specialty papers can still be found online or often times, at the the larger craft and hobby stores.

I also want to point out the title.  IVVP stands for the club volleyball team my granddaughter was on this spring.  Knowing I would never be able to purchase a title, I did the next best thing.  I laid her warm up shirt out flat and took a picture.  I cropped it to the appropriate size and printed it on white card stock.  No fancy camera needed...I took my picture with my phone!

I was inspired by a layout from Scrapbook.com that I spotted on Pinterest.   I used the idea of the five tipsy-turvy pictures across the page.  The rest of the design is mine.

Till later,

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Boys will be Boys!

Yesterday I posted a layout  in the For the Girls challenge on the Heart 2 Heart blog.  Well, I can't forget the boys...here are a couple layouts created for special men in my life. Most of the product is retired, but I hope you are inspired by the designs.  The first design is by Becky Higgins. The second is from Pinterest; I am sorry I am unable to locate the name of the designer. 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Playing with Fundamentals

I took some time this week to play with some of the Fundamentals papers from the 2016-17 Annual Expressions catalog. I also used the Good Life Complements.  They made it so easy to provide embellishment to an otherwise plain layout. Design credit goes to Cheryl Even of Even More Scrapping. While the design is very linear, it does give you the option to scrap a lot of pictures.

This layout is about my granddaughter's graduation from junior high. Our school colors are black and gold and I wanted to highlight those colors.  A little hard to see, the light paper is printed with Saffron letters in a Find a Word style.  I added  the Eggplant patterned paper on the sides to bring out the color of her dress.  The gold shimmer trim and the gold sequins added extra bling.

Close to My Heart Products used:
Enchantment Fundamentals Z3254
Good Life Complements Z3264
Black cardstock 1386
Gold Shimmer Trim Z1985
Gold Assortment Sequins Z2012

Have you checked out the new catalog yet?  It can be viewed on my website http://suebruch.closetomyheart.com

Till next time--

I have posted this layout on the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog.  This challenge is For the Girls.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Magical Mojo Monday!

Mojo Monday time again and I am using the Magical paper packet from CTMH.  It is another packet that will be expiring at the end of the month.  The theme and the colors of this packet make it perfect for all things Disney or any of your other summer activities!

The scalloped circle is from the Artiste Cricut Collection from CTMH and it is cut at 3 1/2" while the polka dot circle is cut at 3".  The Honey piece is 1" by 4".  The piece the sentiment is stamped on may be cut according to the size of your stamp.

Close to My Heart products used include:
Magical Paper Packet X7209B
Magical Sequins Z3214
Black cardstock 1386
White Daisy Cardstock 1385
Momento Balck Ink Z899
Carmine Shinhan marker Z2448

Please visit the Mojo Monday blog for more creaative ideas!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Calypso One More Time

Calypso is one of the paper packets in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog that will be retiring on August 31st.  It is such a fun paper set...full of designs to celebrate all your summer events.  I used it here to create a card for this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  As I have mentioned before, participating in challenges has been an incentive to create with designs that I would never come up with.  The stamp sets are retired Close to My Heart products, but any shape or image can be used in place of the flower.

Close to My heart Products used:
Calypso Paper Packet X7210B
Black Cardstock 1386
White Daisy Cardstock 1385
Poppy Exclusive Ink Z2852
Pear Exclusive Ink (retired)
Momento Black Ink Z899
White Shimmer Trim Z3024
Silver Assortment Sequins Z2013
Bitty Sparkles Z1263
Happy Times stamp set CC1064 (retired)
Springtime Wishes C1641 (retired)

Please visit the Mojo Monday Blog for more design ideas.

Friday, August 5, 2016

August Stamp of the Month

Hello!  I am back from my vacation and have just about shaken off the jet lag.  I finally made it to my craft room today to create a card for you.  Once again I was inspired by a sketch from Mojo Monday.

  I had hoped to receive my order of new supplies from Close to My Heart, but seeing that did not happen, I hit my stash once again to create this Halloween card for you. Current products used were Black cardstock, Shinhan Markers, Black Momento Ink and Black Shimmer Trim.  The stamp set used, Purr-fect Halloween  is so much fun.  I have also seen this used on birthday and just because cards.  Trade out the hats and eyes and you get an entirely different look!

This set is available during the month of August for $17.95 or just $5.00 with a $50.00 order

To see this sketch and more cards created with it, please visit http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/2016/08/mojo-monday-459-contest.html