Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Joyful Stars Blog Hop September 2016

Happy September everyone! What a crazy month it has been for me! I decided to home school my son so we have been on a new schedule and busy with new activities.  I started a new semester at work with all new students and joined a new committee.  I had my car towed, an unfortunate event that should not have happened.  I also finished organizing my craft space and had two successful and fun scrapbooking classes!  And I even gained another special downline on my team!

So now that I have caught you up on all my recent endeavors, I must apologize to Joyce and the Hoppers for the lateness of this post.  Sorry guys!  But as the saying goes "better late than never'
so...

If you arrived here from Helen Gullett's beautiful clean cards you are on the right track.  I have been working on getting those Halloween photos scrapbooked.  I have a lot of years to catch up on and I am using the fabulous Workshops from CTMH to get me started.  Our new Halloween themed pack is called Jeepers Creepers.  It has the traditional colors of orange, purple, black and green with the cutest monsters, spooky silly eyeballs and lightening bolts which were perfect for my son's Harry Potter costume.  Here is my take on the Jeepers Creepers Workshop Your Way and an additional layout.  I am using this paper collection to scrapbook some of our older Halloween photos since I think it works great with those less-scary costumes.  The caption for each photo tells you how I changed the WYW to better fit my style and photos.

I added a mat on the left page since my photo wasn't as large as the pattern called for.

I changed the journaling block to better fit my page.

I stamped and cut the yellow ghost on the left page from the Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts Bundle and added more monster footprints and puffy eyeballs.

I added a flip flap to the page and here it is with the flip flap open

this page was based on the Quartet pattern from Reflections

I have more to show you but I have not yet added the photos so I will save them for next month.  Hop on over to Joyce's Blog next but before you do,  please leave me a comment below.  Thanks and happy crafting!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Joyful Stars July Blog Hop

Welcome again friends to the Joyful Stars blog hop.  If you have arrived here from Lori's blog you are on the right path.  Today I am celebrating my birthday (a little late)  and my anniversary (a little early) with Close To My Heart! My birthday was in May and my 7th Anniversary with CTMH is July 13th :). In honor of these two occasions I created this layout using our confetti wishes paper.  This is a spin on the layout that came with the workshop on the go for this paper packet.  Of course I had to make it my own by adding the dimensions, layering and paint flickering.  I also changed the paper designs from the originals too.  Don't be afraid to try a new combination if it better suits you and your photos! I am pretty excited about the results and ready to celebrate with my CTMH friends today!



Now hop on over to Donna's blog at hintsofhappinesswithDonna.blogspot.com for more creative fun!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Love this Face Layout Kit

Love That Face! This valentine's day was so special!  My son bought me the most beautiful bouquet of red roses! I just knew this Heartstrings paper packet from CTMH would be perfect! I will teach this layout as a class at Scrap-a-Way this weekend in Rhode Island.  




         

Scrappers that take my class will be able to purchase the following 3 layouts as a kit for a special discounted price of $20.  Most everything is precut and all embellishments are included!! First come first served as quantities of this kit are limited :) 















 Hope you all had a very happy Valentine's Day spent with the people you love the most! <3


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Copic Marker Class

I'm at Scrap-A-Way Retreats in Mystic this weekend helping out and teaching two Copic's classes.  For those that are unfamiliar with Copic markers this class is a perfect introduction.  It's Copics 101 :)  Here are two images that we will color in the class.  Don't be intimated it's not as hard as it looks!





Topics covered in this class will be:
What makes Copic markers so special?
What types of paper and inks are compatible with Copics?
What are the best techniques to create beautiful blends?
Which markers should I use for shading?
What is the colorless blender used for?
Are there any tricks to using the colorless blender?





Please contact me to sign up and check out my Facebook page Stephanie Loves Scrapbooking.

Let's color together! :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Joyful Stars December Blog Hop- Paper Pinecones

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for December.  If you came from Helen's blog you are on the right path.  I am busy working on holiday cards and crafts this month.  I started by making this card box and cards using the Snowhaven Card kit.  I love the fun look of these cards and sayings and I changed them a little from the original design. I embossed the sentiment and frame with silver embossing powder rather than just stamp it with ink. I really like the way the embossing looks especially with the silver shimmer trim.






My next project was inspired by some super cute pinecones I saw on Pinterest.  These pinecones were not real but instead, handmade out of paper!  I found a great tutorial from Catherine Nowak online and went out to buy some necessary supplies.  I used a styrofoam egg, Close To My Heart paper, a lot of sequin pins and some Liquid Glass.   Sequin pins are shorter than a traditional pin and easier to use for this craft.  I started by cutting a sheet of 12x12 paper into 1 inch squares. Fold two of the ends of one square over to meet in the middle so the square now looks like a house.  Pin the bottom of the paper to the styrofoam moving in a circular pattern, layering and overlapping the pieces until the whole styrofoam egg is covered.  At the bottom I used liquid glass instead of pins to secure the last couple pieces of paper so that those last pins would not show.  You will use one 12x12 piece of paper for each pinecone. Here are some of the ones I have made so far.



I also want to try this with ribbon instead of paper. Another neat option is to use different patterns of paper on one pinecone.  Plus you can also attach a loop of ribbon or hook and use them as ornaments on your Christmas tree.  

These pinecones are now one of my new holiday craft traditions.  My only piece of advice is to use a metal thimble to protect your pointer finger because pushing in all of those pins gets a little painful after fifty or so.  But, as with most painful activities, the pain is worth it in the end.  :) 

Now, hop on over to Andrea's blog and continue the hop with us! If you liked my artwork please comment below and check out some of my other posts below. Thanks! 

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Joyful Stars November Blog Hop

Welcome to the November hop! If you came from my friend Jolene's blog you are on the right path :)  This month I have been designing a lot with the Pathfinding paper packet and accessories from Close To My Heart.  I am having a blast this weekend at Scrap-a-Way Retreats in Mystic, Connecticut.  All of my classes I am teaching here feature the Pathfinding collection.  I am really happy with the way these layouts turned out and I appreciate all of the ladies that took my classes and had fun creating with me this weekend.  Please scroll down to my older posts to see more of my classes.






I have to get back to creating my Snowhaven kits now but please continue on with the blog hop by visiting Nancy's blog. Nancy makes the most beautiful cards you ever saw so I know you will be 'wow'ed with what she has to show you!  Next month I will be at Sterling House in Stratford, scrapping and having a great time!  I hope to see you there or at a scrapping event soon!

Happy Crafting! :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scaredy Cat EEK Layout

EEK!! It's almost Halloween! One of my favorite times of the year.  I have had a busy month with my son's 7th Birthday party kicking it off.  October is just the best month ever in my opinion.  The weather is cool and breezy kind of like baby bears porridge not too hot and not too cold.

This weekend I will be in Glastonbury for the Picture Perfect Weekend retreat.  I look forward to this every year.  It is close to home and I get to see many of my scrapbooking friends who dress up in amazing costumes and make me feel like a kid again.

I will post more pictures of the event later but for now, here is the layout I will be teaching in one of my classes this weekend.  I used the CTMH Scaredy Cat paper packet and My Stickease.  Dressed it up with some 3D black epoxy stars and of course black ink to distress everything.  The title is a fun way to use up scraps of paper and highlight your title.  All that's left is to fill it with my pictures from our costume contest this weekend! :)






5x7 Shadow box frame with Candy Corn $5 with purchase of EEK Layout

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August - Joyful Stars Blog Hop


Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for the month of August.  If you are coming from Elizabeth's blog you are on the right track.

Wow August has been one busy month for me! I have been having lots of fun with Josh and working hard on the lab manual I am writing.  I was just given a deadline to edit my whole book by Monday! Yikes!

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Adventure Park in Bridgeport. It was challenging and rewarding. I never thought I would be able to complete not one but two courses of zip lines, bridges and other obstacles high up in the trees!  Here is a few pics of the fun we had there.  We are planning to go back next week, just in time for getting more exercise before my next trip to Florida later this month.



Well enough about me I know you want to see some of my artwork from the new Annual Inspirations idea book by CTMH! In this layout I used the new Wanderful collection.  I love this collection because it is perfect for all kinds of trips.  Just this past summer we have been on so many trips including the Statue of Liberty, Disney World, Lego Land, Adventure Park and the list is still growing!  As you can see I will be using this collection a lot!

Recently I had my downline over for a team meeting.  This is the layout we created with Wanderful and the Here We Go stamp set.  We used the technique of heat embossing on the globe stand to make the gold shine.  To create the real globe look we stamped with desert sand ink onto crystal blue cardstock.  I just love the way this globe came out.  I also used one of the Base and Bling charm arrows on the compass to give it more of a lifelike look.  To me it is little touches like this that really make your layouts pop! Arrow washi tape was also used to add some more whimsy fun.  Now I just need to add my photos from our upcoming trip to Florida and this layout is all set to be placed in our Vacation album.


I love my downline!!! Here is Laura, Helen, Margherita and me showing off our layouts :)

I hope you enjoyed my layout.  Now hop on over to my CTMH BFF Jolene's blog to see what beautiful artwork she has to share.  Thanks for hopping over!

Happy Crafting! :)