Friday, June 28, 2013

52 Week Photo Project - Week 26: Something Yellow

This week's theme is something yellow.  I captured this picture of two of my girls during scriptures the other night.  I thanked Mikele for planning ahead and wearing something yellow for me. ;) I love to see my kids help each other out.  Mikele is a natural nurturer.  She has always been so good with younger kids and babies. She will be a great mother.

What did you capture that was yellow? Next week's theme is "Fireworks."

Friday, June 21, 2013

52 Week Photo Project - Week 25: Father's Day

Happy Father's day to the amazing men in each of our lives! This is a picture I took of my Dad a few years ago. My Dad and I are alike in so many ways - we are both opinionated, strong willed, stubborn, passionate and determined. We both like to joke and tease and can strike up a conversation with pretty much anyone.  We also are both very analytical and logical.  Of course being so much alike made it very entertaining growing up but now we are very good friends and have a lot of respect for each other.  I am also my Dad's favorite daughter!!! Don't believe me? Check out his tie. Yes that is pictures of me all over it. ;)

Who did you capture on this special day? Add your picture below. Next week's theme is "Something Yellow."

Friday, June 14, 2013

52 Week Photo Project - Week 24: Backyard

I am out of town this week so I will have to take and add this picture next week but I am excited to see your pictures of your backyard. We love our backyard and after working on it over the last couple of years we are really enjoying our space.

Update: This would have been a great picture for "something yellow" as well. The picture does the sunset no justice. I took this photo just after a rainstorm up in the Willow Flats area. I love that the mountains are in my "backyard." Just a short drive away I can be communing with nature and enjoying the great outdoors.

Next week's theme is "Father."

Thursday, June 13, 2013

CTMH Product Feature: Hook & Loop

Our hook & loop fasteners are such a simple but fabulous product. I use these all the time and love the ideas taht Brian from CTMH shared in this video tutorial. These would also be great with our flip flaps!!! Oh the options are endless. Well check out this short video and then head on over to my website to order yours! Don't forget to also check out the 4 fabulous promotions going on this month. I posted the details on my blog (scroll down past the ws layouts).

Monday, June 10, 2013

Better Blending

Card Created by Karen Pedersen
I have a great tutorial to share with you today. I love our new alcohol markers because it makes my coloring look like a pro! In the tutorial Laura from CTMH will show you how to use the alcohol blending marker to create some unique looks.  At the end of the tutorial she shares a gorgeous card using a stamp from this month's stamp of the month set: A Flowering Bunch. This set is probably one of my favorites from the Spring/Summer 2013 idea book and is only available through June 30th. All the supplies can be ordered from my website and don't forget the other 3 promotions going on this month! Details on my blog or website.


Friday, June 7, 2013

52 Week Photo Project - Week 23: End of School Year

Hip Hip HOORAY!! School is out for the summer! I love having my kids home. I love the break from homework, early mornings and strict schedules. My kids are pretty excited too!

So how did you capture the end of school year or the transition into summer? Share your link below.  Next week's theme is Backyard.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Handsome Toddler {Utah CHildren Photographer}

Oh I had the most fabulous time photographing this charming little 2 year old! He was such a character and tease. I was constantly trying to catch those wiggly little toes and he thought it was SOOOO funny. We were both laughing all through the session. The key to a successful toddler session is to:
  • Pick a time for the session when your toddler is the happiest.
  • Show the toddler your camera and what it does. I like to take a picture of their mom and show them the picture on the camera. 
  • Be patient and make it fun so you can capture genuine expressions
  • Know when to be done. The toddler will let you know they are done and call it good. 

Here are a few more favorites from the session.

 I think this is one of my very favorites! He was so cute posing for me.

Monday, June 3, 2013

4 Is This's Month's Magic Number!

Layout inspired by CTMH & Karen Pedersen

This month is all about the number 4! First all 4 of my kids are done with school!!! That alone is reason to celebrate don't you think? Secondly we will be creating 4 layouts with For Always WOTG kit and coordinating accessories. Finally there are FOUR fabulous promotions going on this month. I told you 4 was our lucky number.

As mentioned we will be creating with the For Always WOTG kit. I have posted pictures of all four layouts and the shopping list below the last layout. You can order all the supplies on my website. Be sure to join the June Workshop party and have your order in by the 5th so you can come to the class at my home on the 2oth of June. If you would like to attend the class please rsvp (435.764.3598)

Layout inspired by CTMH & Karen Pedersen

Layout inspired by CTMH pg 32 of Spring/Summer 2013 idea book

Layout inspired by Michelle Snyder
June Workshop “For Always” Shopping List

BASIC Kit G1055                                                                              Page
¡ X7165B        For Always Level 2 Paper Pack                     32                  9.95
¡ Exclusive      For Always Workshop stamp set                  36               13.95
¡ Z1811           For Always Assortment                               117                  5.95
¡ Z1754           Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment            120                  2.95
¡ No #             2 sheets of White cardstock                           8                    .80
¡ No #             Workshop Guide                                                                1.00
                                                                                                           $34.60 You Pay $29.95!!

BETTER (Basic Kit + More Accessories)
¡ G1055          Basic Kit                                                           36             29.95
¡ X7165C        For Always Complements My Stickease          32              4.95   
¡ Z1809           Black Shimmer Trim                                     122               4.95
¡ Z1820           For Always Textiles                                        117               8.95
¡ Z1812           Sparkles Clear Flourishes - small                  120               4.95                           

Add ons:
S1306              June SOM: A Flowering Bunch                   143                17.95 or 5.00
M1029            A True Thank You – Oklahoma Tornado Relief                   2.95
D1576             Home of the Brave                                                            17.95
B1437             Courage                                                                              9.95
Z1151             3-D Foam Tape                                            135                 5.95
Z1114             Piercing Tool Kit                                          131                 5.95
Z1686             Cricut Art Philosophy Collection                    15              99.00

*Stamp pad colors used Black,
You will need 2 extra sheets of Black and Slate cardstock, 1 extra sheet of Lagoon cardstock and 3x3 piece of Ruby cardstock.

** You may already have this item from a past workshop

Now there is also FOUR different promotions going on this month: (note that if you participate in #3 and #4, your purchases support donations to worthy causes)

1.  It's a Banner Month!
2.  June Stamp of the Month
3.  Military Stamp Sets: Get Patriotic...Stamp Style!
4.  "Thank You" Continues to Support Oklahoma

1.  It's a Banner Month!:  In June, Receive a free My Creations® mini banner! Make it a “banner” day by placing a $25 order that includes a stamp set* to receive your free mini banner. The mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging. Use the mini banner as a decoration for your parties and get-togethers this summer for many “banner” days! *qualifying stamp sets are sets that have a SKU number that begins with A, B, C, D or E.  M and K stamps are not included.  

If you are shopping on my website and place an order of $25 or more (in which an A, B, C, D or E stamp set is included) this banner will automatically be added to your order. 

2.  June Stamp of the Month:  I love this Summery stamp set and it's perfect for getting creative. I attached a picture of a card that my dear friend Karen sent to me. You'll notice that the background to the card Karen created (picture attached) was made by stamping one of the outline stamps randomly in Whisper.  She also only added a pop of color by coloring the center of the flower with our awesome Alcohol-Based Markers.  I wanted to show you that you can stay simple with this set even though it is a lined stamp set, or you can get really creative and color everything in. Picture of the set is attached. It's only $5 ($17.95 value) with a $50 purchase. And, if you are already taking part in the "Banner Month" special above, you are half way there!  But, never fear...check out #3 and #4 below and they will help you easily get to that $50 mark (AND the money you spend on them will also be donated to some worth charities!). If you are ordering on my website, and spend the $50 (before shipping and tax), you'll be prompted to add this set before you check out for only $5.

CTMH Products used on the card made with the June Stamp of the Month:  June Stamp of the MonthBlack CardstockWhite Daisy CardstockWhisper CardstockSky CardstockWhisper Stamp PadBlack Stamp Pad,Sky Exclusive Marker DuoSlate Polka Dot Washi TapeStardust Glitz Glitter Gel.

3.  Military Stamp Sets:  Let’s Get Patriotic—Stamp Style! 

Celebrate military service and promote patriotism with our new patriotic stamp sets—available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013.Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set! 

With Flag Day, Independence Day, Pioneer Day (here in Utah), and more right around the corner, now is the perfect time to celebrate military service and promote patriotism with these three new patriotic stamp sets.

Order them easily on my website with the following numbers: Home of the Brave (D1576), Strong and Free (Canada set, D1575) and Courage (B1437).  

4.  "Thank You" Continues to Support Oklahoma: If last month's tornadoes in Oklahoma was devastating.  Close To My Heart has created a way to help! They are donating all profits from the sale of this brand new stamp to the Red Cross Efforts toward the Oklahoma tornadoes through June 30. This stamp is just $2.95, and you can easily order it here I love that price point because it allows you to order one for yourself and extra for your friends.  All the while knowing that you are helping the people in this storm-torn area. 

So you see, as great as the National Scrapbooking Month specials were in May, CTMH made sure that June didn't come along and pale in comparison!  I love being  part of a company that cares so much for others!

What's the moral of this post today? You can easily take advantage of FOUR PROMOTIONS: Spend $50 (including one A-E stamp set), get the FREE My Creations Banner ($5.95 value), get the June Stamp of the Month for $5 ($17.95 value), add a Patriotic Stamp set or two to your order as well as the Thank You for Oklahoma (both of which can count toward your $50) and you will enjoy doing the following:
  • Helping our troops with the donations made from your Patriotic stamp set purchases
  • Helping Oklahoma with your Thank You purchase
  • Getting over $73.90 in products for only $55!