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Monday, July 16, 2012

July Technique Hop ... Perfect Clusters

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are several of us highlighting the Perfect Clusters as shown on page 96 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit Debi B's Blog .  While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  

If you are coming from Ann Maire's Blog, you are on the right track!

For my project that highlights this technique, I created an 8x8 layout for a shadow box.  This picture is of my precious Tenley from her 1st birthday photo shoot.  I love the flower field and all the colors in her tutu, so I decided to not use B&T paper and simply use cardstock and embellishments.  For this technique I used the perfect cluster of embellishments by using 2 different flowers, flourish sparkels, and a stamped sentiment.

Here is the finished product:

Supplies: CTMH --- Gypsy cardstock, Sunflower cardstock, Flourish Embellishment,  Sunflower flower,  Sparkles,  Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Bling button & pin, Ribbon, You Hold the Key to My Heart stamp set (retired)
Non-CTMH - Purple flower
You can go ahead and continue on with the hop by visiting Wendy's blog, or keep reading for details on how I used this technique in my layout.

I started out by choosing sunflower and gypsy cardstock to match the flowers in the picture.  I had a flower from my local scrappin' store that matched the gypsy color but I didn't have a sunflower color one, so I decided to use my re-inkers and make one.  Here is how I did that:

I created a 'sunflower' color by using my alcohol, water, sunny yellow re-inker, orange re-inker and pearl paint.  It was an almost exact match.
White flower before adding mist.
Finished sunflower color
After getting my flower colored just right, I simply put the layout together and perfectly clustered the embellishments:

Then I placed the layout in a black shadow box which will be in my office!!!!

Now visit Wendy's blog to continue on with the hop!!!!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

CTMH Just Made Studio J Even Better!

OH MY WORD!!!!!!! Close to My heart is having their annual convention in Texas this week and even though I am not there to hear the exciting new announcements first hand, I have wonderful fellow CTMH consultants who are sharing the updates. This is one I am very excited about (I will share more tomorrow):

~~~~~~STUDIO J UPDATES~~~~~~~

As of July 12, 2012, Studio J® memberships are being phased out, making Close To My Heart's fabulous online design software more accessible and affordable for everyone! Whether you currently have a Studio J membership or have yet to try out this innovative product, here are some details that you’ll want to know:

Starting July 12 - that's TODAY - all Studio J kits and patterns will be available to all users, regardless of membership status. Those “Members Only” flags will come down for good, opening up previously exclusive content to anyone who checks out Studio J. Even better, the non-member price for layouts is being slashed from $13.00 to $6.95! On top of that, non-members will now be able to download JPEGs with every print order, as well as having the option of placing separate orders for JPEGs for only $2.95.

If you have a membership now, there will be a bonus program starting in October to make up the difference in what you have already paid for your membership.

In addition to all this great news about Studio J’s increased accessibility, you’ll be delighted to know that even more new content is coming, particularly the Express Collections Beta: 6 gorgeous collections of 10 professional-looking, coordinating layouts for quick and easy album creation!

If you still have not tried Studio J -- now is the perfect time to do so.  To get started visit my website at Heart & Soul Scrappers and create an online account (if you haven't already) then visit Studio J to get started or contact me for a step by step instruction sheet!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy 10th Anniversary!!!

June 21, 2002 - I married my best friend, gained 2 amazing daughters and gave my sons a wonderful 'dad'! This year we celebrated our 10th anniversary with a vacation to the New England area.  

On Tuesday June 19th we flew into Boston, Ma and explored the Freedom Trail. It was a great reminder of all that our fore-fathers went through to make sure we have the freedoms that we take for granted everyday. Then on Wednesday, we explored the state of New Hampshire and visited Ruggles Mine - the oldest mica mine in the world.  On Wednesday evening, I took my husband to Fenway Park to see his Red Sox and we sat right next to the Green Monster and saw Big Papi (David Ortiz) hit a grand slam!!! My hubby was like a little boy -- he was so excited to be there.  Then on Thursday, our anniversary, we drove up the East Coast of Maine and ate a quaint little restaurant on a  wharf and had fresh Maine lobster -- it was soooo good!!!!!!!  On Friday we drove up to Vermont to see covered bridges and also went to a regional tournament for Curling (as in the Olympic sport).  And finally on Saturday we went to the Red Arrow Cafe (as seen on Food Network's Diners, Drive-In's & Dives) before heading back to Boston to fly home.  Here are a few pictures of some of the highlights of our trips:

Lobster Dinner - Happy Anniversary to us!!!

Ben Franklin statue in Downtown Boston on the Freedom Trail

Site of the Boston Massacre

One of the cemeteries on the Freedom Trail

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View from the top of Ruggles Mine

Inside Ruggles Mine

Big Papi hitting a Grand Slam!!!!!

The Nubble Lighthouse in Maine

East Coast of Maine 

Windsor Covered Bridge in Vermont -- Longest two lane covered bridge in the world -
it connects Vermont & New Hampshire

Windsor Bridge

View of the Boston Harbor from the plane

One of my favorite parts of our vacation was being able to see even more of God's beautiful handiwork - the mountains and the ocean are so breath-taking and I pray that I never grow tired of seeing their beauty!!!!