Monday, April 17, 2017

Blog Candy update..................................

Are you ready for this?  

We are at 99,154 views.  

So close.  

Help us get 845 more views and hit the 100,000 viewers goal. 

I'll extend the giveaway to April 30th, so more people can enter.
As of tonight I only have 2 entries in the drawing.

All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is leave me a comment on my blog.

Don't forget, this is what is in the box so far and I have a couple item ordered that I am waiting on to arrive. I can't tell you what it is, cause it's a surprise from the new Seasonal Expressions II Idea Book that launches May 1st.  And YES, you will be getting the new Seasonal Expression II Idea Book too.

Cut Above® Layout Kit—Forever & Always Z3319 $14.99 On Sale now for $7.48

Cut Above® Layout Kit—Little One Z3320 $14.95  On Sale now for $7.48

Here's the new Seasonal Expression II Idea Book.  It's available May 1st.  
Let me know if you want one.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Together Forever Layout | DT

Hello Everybody!
The inspiration for today's layout came from a wreath I saw in the Flower Market Cricut cartridge. From there, I decided that since this is my last layout using the Hello Lovely collection, I'd go all out and show off the beautiful flowers in the Hello Lovely Compliments!
When I first started cutting into the paper pack, I had decided to cut the center out of one of the floral patterned papers and set aside the border for later use. I'm so glad I did, because I don't think this layout would be complete without the floral border.

To fill the center of the background, I pulled a sheet of Whisper cardstock from my stash. I distressed the edge (of course lol) and adhered it down. The next step is one I've never tried before, but was the whole reason I chose the Stampin' Up score board over several others. Using the diagonal insert, I scored diamond shapes into the background in various places to create some texture. Kinda hard to see in the pics, but I'm pretty sure you'll be seeing this technique more and more as I continue to get my crafty mojo flowing. 

Next step is acrylic paint, yes, I said acrylic paint lol. I added a bit of baby powder to white acrylic paint to thicken up the paint a little. It worked great and, once applied, it helped bring out the scoring that I had done beforehand. I, then, added some metallic gold and then some eradescent glitter paint, drying in between coats. My background did warp, but only a little bit. :)

Once all of the paint was dry, it was time to add a doily from my stash, the photo, and the sentiment. The 'Together Forever' sticker worked perfect at the bottom of the photo, and I also used words from a branding strip to fill in the space on the right hand side. After those were adhered, it was all about placing the flowers. 

I pretty much filled in the flowers at random, building up around the outside edges of the photo. Once I got the flowers down, I added some of the gold, puffy, heart and arrow stickers that were also included in the Hello Lovely compliments.
Once everything was placed where I wanted it, I added some Gold Glitter Gems and some of my forever favorites lol, Bitty Sparkles next to the hearts to create three dainty clusters. The last touch was to use my Gold Shimmer Pen and splatter some gold sparkle lightly around the page.

Here's the layout recipe:
-metallic gold
Stampin' Up score board
baby powder
Gold Shimmer Brush

If you'd like to watch how this layout came together,
you're welcome to watch my process on my YouTube channel (hellotarina).

I hope this leaves you inspired and
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Blog Candy update.

We are now at 98,996 views on this blog.  I was hoping to hit 100,000 by the 15th, we are just 1,004 views short.  We can do this.  Send all your friends over to look at some of the great artwork. 

Did you see the pic of items I have pulled so far.  

I have added the Cut Above® Layout Kit—Forever & Always $14.95 Value
and the Cut Above® Layout Kit—Little One $14.95 Value.  
Bringing the total value of Blog Candy up over $84.00
Check out this video on how the Cut Above kits go together.  They are so easy. 

Don't forget, I'll be adding more stuff before the end of the week so check back soon. 

Happy Scrappin',



Friday, April 7, 2017

Bargello meets Sugar Rush | DT *Updated

Hello Everybody,
Today I'm sharing my latest card with you guys.
Have you ever heard of bargello? I hadn't until a couple of weeks ago lol
Once I saw it, I fell in love and had to try it for myself!

The Sugar Rush collection from Close to My Heart was perfec for this technique!
If you wanna try it, here's the video I adapted mine from: Recycled Paper Bargello Card | Kissing Class #09 by Kate Palmer. I will update this post to include my own tutorial as well. In it, I will be using my adaptations. I really love how this turned out and I may just have to do a bargello card with each of my paper packs! lol

*Update: After several hours, I finally managed to work my way around centimeters!lol Here's the link to my YouTube video tutorial:


I also used the Basic Hearts Thin Cuts for my heart cluster and the Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts(currently unavailable) for my sentiment. To make 'hello' stand out, I cut it three times and glued them on top of each other. this makes the die cut thicker and more prominent.
After adding my cluster and sentiment, I finished off the card with a few Bitty Sparkles & Grey Enamel Gems (pack includes white also). 
Oooo! I could work it into a layout as well! lol
So much inspiration, so little time!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Update on my 10th Anniversary Blog Candy Giveaway!!!

I just checked the stats and we are at 98,807 views and we still have 9 days.  

We can do this.

Are you ready to see some of the candy I have pulled aside?


Here is what I have compiled so far.

4 - A sized stamp sets $6.95 each
1- Blush shimmer ribbon $4.95 each
1- yard lace trim $1.95
1- Adventure Fundamentals paper pack $19.95

Don't forget to share this blog candy giveaway with all your crafty friends and remind them to leave a comment.

Happy Scrappin',


Thursday, April 6, 2017

It’s that time again!

I'm holding another one-day flash sale on my website starting Friday, April 7 at 3:00 pm MDT (2:00 pm PDT; 4:00 pm CDT; 5:00 pm EDT) and ending at that same time on Saturday, April 8.
 This sale will feature a 30% discount on selected products and product bundles from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.  Make sure you join the FLASH SALE gathering on my website as I will be gathering names for a Mystery Hostess. One lucky person will receive $25.00 in FREE select product. 
I'll draw the lucky winner on Saturday evening.
Sale prices will only be available on orders placed through my website during this sale. All discounted items ordered as part of this sale count towards Stamp of the Month and Hostess Rewards qualifying order totals. As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items.
All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get the orders in before the sale ends!

Happy Scrappin',


Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 6th marks my 10th Anniversary with Close To My Heart!!!

It's my 10th Anniversary 
with Close To My Heart and I want to celebrate!!!  

If we can get 100,000 views on my blog by April 15th I will give away some BLOG CANDY!!!

We are at 98,642 right now.  That is only 90.5 visits a day.  We can do this.

We have a new Seasonal Expressions II Idea book coming in May and I will be giving 1 new Seasonal Expression and some new products from the book along with lots of other items. 

I'll be posting pics of all the items I gather, except for the New Seasonal Expression and the new items from it, keeping those a surprise.

I will be collecting names of all who comment and draw from only those names.  You get your name in the drawing for each comment. 

Who's going to Celebrate with me?

Leave a comment and share with your friends.

Happy Scrappin',