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Artiste Mini Album with Chantilly Lace & Pretty Faces

Happy, Happy Saturday my scrappy friends!! I’m sharing a fun mini album today using the Close To My Heart Chantilly papers and my the exclusively CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge. I love making special little gifts for those special people in my life and mini’s like this are my fav! I’ll get right to it with lots of pictures to share today.

I created this fun mini for my mother in law Dolly for her sister Elaine’s visit last week. I cut my mini album pages using my Cricut Artiste Cartridge, inked lots of the edges and started piling on the layers!

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Check out how I added the 4×4 Instagram pictures. I reinforced all the mini album holes with my Crop-a-dile and the large eyelets. I reinforced the holes for the photos the same way. I don’t know about some of you, but when I first started scrapbooking I bought hoards of eyelets and now hardly use them. Ok ladies, dig into that stash and use them!

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I added texture of a bunch of the die cuts and pockets by running them through my Sizzix Texture Boutique. I love the extra details the dry embossing adds to die cut or any element you want to adhere to your project! Plus, it’s so fun to actually USE those tools and look so pretty just sitting there 🙂

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I included a few pockets & a bunch of shipping tags also. They’re fun interactive elements that Dolly can write on or add more pictures herself.

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And you should always ‘bring up the rear’ and do something pretty on the back of your mini album too! I just stamped a simple sentiment from CTMH and adhered it with more Chantilly papers.

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And, you’re done! That was a lot of pictures to go through, whew! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own mini album with whatever supplied to you have on hand & use your Cricut and embossing tools!!

Happy Scrappin’!!

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Stamping with paints!! Krafty Hearts Blog Share Wrap Up

Kraft-y Heart Blog Share

It’s been a fun three days of sharing my new Close To My Heart Projects.  I think I’m sharing my favorite project today, saving the best for last!  Today, I’m sharing how I stamp with paints.  It’s pretty easy actually.  All you need are your stamps (wood mounted, acrylic or cling), a foam brush and some acrylic paints.

I started with the lovely Chantilly paper set and the June SOTM; A Flowering Bunch.  This stamp set is very fitting for this time of year, don’t you think?!  First, I layed out my papers and cardstock with my picture.  I used a 4×4″ Instagram picture of our daughter, Sari.  I just love this dress and matching headband!  I wanted to break up the color with some black and white, but not TOO much.  I added some torn pieces of the black and white script paper from the For Always paper set.  It also seemed to help ‘tell a story’ about this photo with the script writing.  I like to look for things like that to add into my layouts.. just a tip for you there! 

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Next, I stamped a bunch of floating flowers that lead from the edges of my layout, into my focal point.  I adorned most of the flowers with some CTMH Clear Sparkles and the Chantilly Fabric BadgesThese are very similar to vintage buttons, only they are adhesive backed and ready to adorn your scrapbook page or any other project you have in mind.

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I love this flowering border stamp, but I didn’t want to stamp it black or color in all the petals and leaves either.  This scrapper has to find ways to create her layouts fast!!  Any workin’ Mamas out there can relate, I’m sure.  So, instead I stamped the border with white acrylic paint.  You can see that I layered different pieces around my photo.  You can go HERE to learn how to create easy layers on your projects.  NOTE: I wash off my stamps right away so the paint doesn’t dry in all the crevices.

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This lovely stamp set is only available this month!! So, don’t delay and pick one up today.  You can order directly through my website HERE.  The June Stamp Of The Month is $17.95, or only $5 with a $50 order.  That’s a fantastic deal.  Host a party, on-line or in person, and earn FREE products fast!

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Thank you for spending your precious time with me today.  I hope you’ll stop over at Lynn and Kim’s blogs too.  Their projects are always so inspiring!  Also, remember, leave a comment on each of our blogs for your change to win some fabulous blog candy from our Krafty leader Lynn DardaThat candy is the double-stamp set  “It’s Your Day” and card kit.  It’s easy to win, just visit each of the three blogs listed and leave a comment on each one.  I’d love for you to join my blog by entering your email in the right sidebar, but that is not necessary to win.  Winner will be announced at From My Bungalow on Sunday.  Here’s the prize Lynn is giving away to one lucky winner!

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Now, hop over to Kim and Lynn’s blogs and leave them a little love! 

Kim at Violets and Sunshine

Lynn at From My Bungalow

Happy scrappin!

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Memory Works New Fall 2011 Products

Click on the link above and go straight to the new goodies already in stock at Memory Works.  You’ll see exciting new products from:
Simple Stories
3 Bugs In A Rug
Basic Grey
Echo Park
Fancy Pants
Theresa Collins
Unity Stamps
Crate Paper
… and that’s just to start off this Fall season!
Also, be the first to “LIKE” my new Facebook page and win a set of three 5×7
Jenni Bowlin Bingo Cards: ADORE, LUCKY, PEACE.  Scroll down and you’ll see the Facebook link along the left column.  Post a comment here to let me know you were #1. 
Thanks for stopping by & remember to do something creative today.
Jody