Saturday, July 20, 2013

Surf 's Up

It's summer time and I know we are all spending time outside enjoying the sunshine and the surf!  For this month's blog hop, we are featuring the exclusive "Surf's Up" paper pack from Close to My Heart!    We're celebrating fun in the sun with this colorful paper pack that also has some amazing coordinating accessories and embellishment.

Not only are all of our creations going to use our Surf's Up paper line BUT they will also be using our exclusive Art Philosophy, Artiste, and/or the NEW Artbooking Cricut cartridges available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant!  What ?!?!? If you don't already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, please contact one of the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!

In this hop, you will see projects featuring this versatile cartridges from many talented crafty ladies!  Enjoy our blog hop!  

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create . If you came
from Melinda's blog -- If You Bling It then you are in the right place!

Welcome Hoppers! Let me first confess that I spent a lot less time on this project than I would have liked due to a serious family emergency (more about that some other time). I had to decide pretty quickly what to take with me to work on this project before I left town and I will have to say that this is where our new Cricut Cartridge - ArtBooking (available 08/01/2013) came in so handy.
Because of the features on the cartridge that allow you to create a whole layout from one key I was able to quickly decide on the page themed elements that I wanted to utilize and not have to guess about what size to cut them at as you just set the dial size at one setting and each page element on that key cuts at the right proportion to fit your page. Genius! You are going to love it.

Forgive the quality of these photos, in addition to being in an unfamiliar setting with not so great lighting, the dog kept photo bombing me! Leo does not make a good photo assistant ;-). On the close ups you will notice ample use of epoxy bubbles/green and blue assortment (I finally had to make myself step away from the bling.) and burlap ribbon. The only other materials I used were the paper from the Surf's Up paper pack and the cuts made on my Cricut with the ArtBooking Cartridge. Sometimes less can be more.

I hope this has inspired you. Your next stop on our Surf's Up blog hop is Justine's blog, The Twilight Stamper .

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~Love 2 Create (link:
  2. Theodora ~Celebrate Crafts (link:
  3. Traci ~Paper Crafting 101  (link:
  4. Michelle ~My Flights of Fancy (link:  )
  5. Melinda Everitt - ifyoublingit (link:
  6. Melissa Harris ~ The Keen Krafter (link:
  7. Justine Hovey ~ The Twilight Stamper (link:
  8. Heather Hunt ~ Creative Coconut (link:  )

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.


  1. Love your scrapbooking pages. You have done a great job with our new cartridge. The surfboard is ADORABLE!

  2. I think we share a brain. Our layouts are quite similar :) great job!

    1. LOL! Justine - - I'm not sure I have enough of a brain to share with anyone ;-).

  3. Thank you! I was amazed at how easily it came together once I made the decision on which images to cut. I loved adding bling to the surfboard. :-)

  4. Love your layout. That cartridge looks rally the umbrella and the surfboard....ADORABLE!

  5. Nice layout. This paper is perfect for what you made.

  6. Fantastic layout love all of the FABULOUS detail

  7. Melissa

    What a beautiful layout. Great for summer vacation photos.

    The new cartridge is FANTASTIC!! I can't wait to get mine.

    Thanks for sharing, and I hope your family emergency is over and that everything worked out.

  8. Thank you everyone for the lovely comments. I really did enjoy putting this together and can't wait to play with my cartridge a bit more. I really enjoyed my first blog hop.

  9. Such fun pages!! I like how it is layed out and all works so well, like the "sand" paper matting for pictures, that will be a great look with beach shots! Very nice and clever.