Monday, July 31, 2017

Rainbow Layout | DT project by Tarina Lafollette

Hello Everyone!
I hope you're all having a great week so far!
This is my very first try using watercolor crayons and I would have to say, I really liked playing with them! For this layout, I used a 6pc., tropical scented, watercolor crayon set from Recollections and a piece of watercolor paper from Close to My Heart. I used Gesso to prep the page before I started and that helped minimize the warping. It also helped the color not soak into the paper, which gave me more vibrant colors. 

After I dried the watercolors with my heat tool, I used my new, CTMH stitch guide to create the patterns for the hearts. I could have drawn them, but I have a hard time making my hearts symmetrical lol and it drives me nuts! lol So, this stitching guide is wonderful for that! I then went through my stash of embroidery thread to match the colors on the background. Thankfully, my grandma gave me her collection. It took about 30 minutes to stitch all of the hearts and swirls.

After that, I worked on the photo mat. I pulled out some bright green and fuchsia/lavender-ish cardstock that I thought might go with the background, and I knew I wanted to add in some black and white to balance out all the color. I generally don't go for green, but it ended up looking great on the layout, and muuuch better than the fuchsia color.

I pulled the striped and polka dotted papers from the Live Beautifully papers I have in my stash. I cut down the watercolored paper so that I could get a good sized border of black and white stripe. And yes, I did distress around the edge of the watercolored paper! lol I just can't help myself!
After I got the photo mat down, I went through my little hoard of embellishments and pulled out the Good Life Compliments. The blue glitter words worked perfect for this layout. Why did she choose purple? you may be asking lol because there was originally purple between the orange and pink watercolors! I just blended it a bit much and forgot to add more on there lol It did end up being the exact purple that I used in the crayon, so even though it got blended, it still fit right in.

Can you believe it?!?!? I didn't add any bitty sparkles to this project! :D

If you'd like to get your hands on the stitching guide, tonight is the last night! It'll be retired tomorrow. The link for the stitching guide is in the layout recipe below.

Layout Recipe
Recollections Watercolor Crayons (from stash)
Clear Gesso (from stash)
Embroidery thread (from stash)

I have a video up on my Youtube channel (hellotarina) if you'd like to watch my process. It's a bit of a long one, but I wanted to show and explain my thought process in real time. If you do watch, I hope you gain a bit of inspiration and/or bravery to try your hand at something new.

I hope you have a lovely week, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Storybook Alphabet cards | DT project by Tarina Lafollette

Hello Everybody!
Today I'm sharing a couple cards with you.
I absolutely love the Storybook Alphabet(aka the July Stamp of the Month) from Close to My Heart and was so excited to use it!

 I recently got my hands on this set and all of CTMH's pigmented inkpads for my birthday, so I wanted to play with them a bit. The color palette from the Little Dreamer collection inspired the rainbow effect and I decided to use the whole sheet of stamps as one background stamp. If you love mixed media, this technique would work great for you.
I easily created movement on the card base by inking the stamp in a diagonal pattern. I really love how vibrant these inks are, so I decided to try out the pigment inks on black cardstock too. It worked beautifully! 
I added a small doily from my stash and cut a few labels using the Spellbinder's Labels 10 die set. I decided to heat emboss the 'way to go' sentiment on black cardstock to help it show up. The stamp is from the 'Way to Go' stampset. I kept the sentiment for the card on the right fairly simple and stamped 'Have a sweet Birthday!' From the stampset Sweet Birthday. To finish off these cards, I added a few sequins, glitter gems, and Bitty sparkles.

Could you imagine this stampset stamped in black and colored in? 
It would create a perfect title on a card or layout!
Just a quick reminder for those of you who love this stampset. July 31st is the last day the Storybook Alphabet stampset will be available to order!

Card Recipe- left
Spellbinders labels 10 dies
Pigment ink sets-
Small Doily (from my crafty stash)

Card Recipe- right
Spellbinders labels 10 dies
Pigment ink sets-
Small Doily (from my crafty stash)
Sweet Birthday Stampset

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
I hope you all have a great weekend,

I am so excited..................

I just have to share this with you.  

The NEW Close To My Heart Exclusive 

Cricut® You Are Here Collection (physical cartridge) Item Number: Z3389 $99.00

Collection includes the following:
1 – cartridge (700 images: shapes, titles, phrases, and font)
1 – Enchantment cardstock combo pack (two-toned)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets

Cricut® You Are Here Digital Collection (no cartridge)  Item Number: Z3387 $79.00

Contains the same shapes, stamp sets, and cardstock as the cartridge collection. The only difference is that the 700 images are accessed using an online code rather than a physical cartridge.*
*Only available for use with Cricut Explore™, Cricut Explore Air™, and Cricut Explore Air™ 2.

Product Description

Featuring 60 layered images, this collection has shapes, overlays, and names for all 50 states, as well as a local flower, slogan, and state-specific icon. The collection also includes 10 extra images about the US, including regions and the US flag. Accessed using an online code rather than a physical cartridge.*
*Only available for use with Cricut Explore™, Cricut Explore Air™, and Cricut Explore Air™ 2.

This is a great cartridge for everyone to have in their cartridge collection.  I mean who hasn't been to a National Park or famous land mark?  So many possibilities.  I know I will be using this one a lot.  
I will try to create some layouts and share them here soon.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like to host a party to earn some FREE products.

Here's a link to my website so you can check it out.

Happy Scrappin',


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Price increases 08/01/17

Are you ready for this?  Here is the list of items which will be going up in price August 1, 2017.
Order by July 31st to save $$
**The price of plastics has jumped up significantly over the last several years and CTMH has finally needed to raise prices due to this material cost.

Products Increasing in Price: Get Them Before They Go Up!

You may want to order those up right NOW, before that happens. I've included a list and links below. Enjoy shopping! And, you're welcome! 

How to books - 9035 make it from heart vol #1 and 9042 #2: price increasing $2.00 on August 1.

Memory protectors: price increasing $1.00 & $2.00, depending on the product and size

Memory protectors Value Pack: price increasing $4.00 product image

All Reinkers: price increasing $1.00 

All glitter paper (all colors) : price increasing $1.00

Z3146 water color paper: price increasing $1.00

Z3089 grey gems: price increasing $1.00

Z3132 watercolor paints: price increasing $1.00

Z1382: Tweezers price increasing $1.00

Z1204 bone folder: price increasing $1.00

Z1207 rub and remove eraser: price increasing $2.00

Z1836 micro-tip scissors nonstick: price increasing $2.00

Z679 liquid glass: price increasing $1.00

The following products are organizational products:

Z334 paper 12x12 envelope: price increasing $3.00

Z4138 small organizer: price increasing $3.00

Z4139 med organizer: price increasing $5.00

Z1834 large organizer: price increasing $5.00

Z1839 tabbed dividers: price increasing $1.00

Z4137 craft boxes: price increasing $1.00

Z1897 dauber foam insert: price increasing $1.00

Z1898 pigment ink inserts: price increasing $1.00

Z4140 craft boxes foam insert: price increasing $1.00

Z4141 blocks foam insert : price increasing $1.00

Z3106 mini stamp organizers: price increasing $2.00

Z1038 my acrylic organizer: price increasing $1.00

The following products are from our Workspace Wonder line of products--these items can stack and snap into place in so many awesome formations (which I love!!!!). You can see a video about how they work here:

Z5102 small organization tray: price increasing $1.00

Z5104 stamp pad org tray: price increasing $1.00

Z5103 marker organizer stack: price increasing $1.00

Z5105 tool cubby: price increasing $1.00

Z5101 large tray: price increasing $2.00

Z5100 paper tray: price increasing $1.00

As you can see, I have given you links to purchase each of these products on my website. To shop on my site in general, go here.

The current Annual Expressions Idea Book is retiring on July 31. Many products are retiring with it. You can see and order them here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

3rd Annual Crop 4 Vets....................

That's right September 23rd is the date.  

VFW 1324 Auxiliary is hosting our 3rd Annual
Saturday, September 23, 2017

104 S. Tumwater Dr., Oregon City, OR

 ~ 9am - 9pm ~

A “scrapbook crop” refers to a group of people who come together to work on their picture scrapbooks, sharing a common space and ideas at the same time. Don’t scrapbook, that’s ok, if you make cards, crochet, knit, bead, make jewelry or some other type of craft you are welcome too. 100% of all proceeds from event fees go to the Auxiliary programs to help our Veterans, local Military and their families in need!

Join us for 12 hours of fun and creativity! Simply bring the projects you are working on and enjoy a minimum of 4 feet of table space along with friendly conversation in a well-lit, drama-free space all for just $30.00.   Please bring your favorite dish to share with others for our pot luck style lunch and dinner.  I will let all attendees know how many participants will be there. 

There will be a silent auction, Door prizes, a *scrapbooking class, and a *card class (*additional fees apply). We will also have a beginner - Advanced Cricut Class. You will even have a chance to earn more tickets and win more prizes.

Raffle Tickets! Earn tickets for our grand prize drawing.
• Every person that arrives by 10 am will start the day off with (2) raffle tickets.
• Bring a Personal Hygiene product and receive (1) raffle ticket per item, (limit 10 tickets)!
• Make a scrapbook layout for our Auxiliary and you will receive (5) tickets!
• Make cards for our Veterans and you will receive (1) ticket per card (NO limit)can be made in advance.
• Knit or Crochet a hat for our Veterans and receive (1) ticket per hat (limit 10 tickets)
Participate in our games and challenges and earn even more tickets. Tickets may also be purchased.

We will open at 9:00 am and close at 9:00 pm

Each person will get a ticket for coming and may earn even more tickets throughout the event. You can earn tickets by bringing Personal Hygiene products (Listed below), making pages for our Auxiliary Scrapbooks, making cards for our military and Veterans and participating in games and challenges.

Personal Hygiene products; *Bars of soap - *Liquid dish soap - *Tooth brush - *Tooth paste - *Disposable razors - *Shaving cream - *Deodorant - *Toilet Paper -- *Shampoo  

*** Note Tooth brushes should be individually wrapped, only small containers of liquid dish soap and laundry soap as we cannot repackage them. Donations of these items are always welcome. Thanks for your understanding.

Also the VFW 1324 & Auxiliary have adopted another Unit at Camp Whithycombe in Clackamas OR. Most of this unit has been deployed over seas 3 or more times each. I recently met their Family coordinator. Juel is one amazing lady. She also works with Soldiers Angles. I invited her to the Crop 4 Vets and was telling her about some of the things that we do at the crop. She said she needed to send some cards to her soldiers. So, who wants to help make cards for our soldiers who are deployed to let them know we still care and appreciate all that they do?
She will take cards addressed to the troops with encouragement, support and especially any personal note or story. I have Marines, Army, Navy and Air Force --- so addressing the cards to "service member" is helpful.
I know that there cannot be glitter on the cards unless it has a clear glue over top so it can not come off. We don't want to put them in harms way.
Start now and bring them to the Crop 4 Vets or you may drop them by the VFW Post 1324 on any Friday evening from 5-8 pm.

I hope you will join me in making some of these cards.  

Here is a link to the Crop 4 Vets Event page where you can sign up to join us or bring the cards.

If you would like to mail the cards please contact me for an address to send them.  

Happy Scrappin',


Monday, July 17, 2017

Mark your calendars......................

The new 2017-2018 Annual Inspiration Idea Book will go live on my website August 1st.  
You may get your own personal copy by placing an order on my website 
or by sending me an order by email 

We have new thin die that match our stamps sets 

With these new stamp and die sets you can create 3 step stamped images making them look more realistic.  

CTMH recomends this stamp set to stamp the cut letters.  Just think of the possibilities.

Well that is enough for now. I'll have more sneak peeks coming soon.  Don't forget to check in.

Happy Scrappin',


Friday, July 14, 2017

Nautical Themed Baby Album | DT by Tarina Lafollette

Today I'm sharing a mini album I made for my dear sis-in-law.
Her theme was nautical, but she wanted to stick to navy, grey and whites.
I chose a more manageable, 6x8 mini album size, along with pocket pages for quick and easy use.
For the cover, I did a monogram. I just couldn't get anything else to look quite right with the bold blue stripe. lol

These are just a few pics of the inside pages. Just to give you all an idea of what's in this little mini.
I used 6x8, 4-3x4s, and 2-3x4s with1-4x6 inch pocket page protectors. That pretty much filled up the album, but I also created a pocket for the very last insert. I used a page protector to make the envelope as well.

For this page, I wanted to do a highlight mamma while she's pregnant. It's always hard to imagine years later how you felt or looked with each pregnancy.

This is one of the full 6x8 pages with a journaling spot added. There is plenty of room for writing about what went on during each month, including babys' growth. This aslo allows for a 3x5 inch photo to be added above! 

This is a view of month 3. I started each of the months with a 3x4 title card and added in a few DIY filler cards she can move around to any 3x4 spot. I just love the little filler card! I created all of the filler cards by hand, but there are many companies out there now, including Close to My Heart, that sell pre-made ones.

This is one of the 4x6 card spots. I created a filler card that helped designate this little section to pics of the family. This coordinates with journaling cards that have room for mom, dad, and sisters' information on them. There's room for a 4x6 family photo up above also.
I love the way this mini turned out, and my SIL was excited to get to filling it up with photos. One nice thing is, whith the style of the album(pocket pages) if she runs out of room, she can add more page protectors.

If you would like to see my album flip-through, check out my video: 

You can also buy all the supplies, including Cricut cartridges from Close to My Heart to create your very own mini album. 

I hope you enjoyed my little mini album!
Have a great weekend!