Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop

Welcome to our Dreamin' Big Blog Hop!

Today we are showcasing items from our new Seasonal Expressions catalog with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart consultants.  

If you are visiting from Amy's Blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the CTMH Blog Challenge and Support Group Blog Hop Guidelines beginning with our hostess Carol.  Once you are done reading this post head on over to Haley's Blog....she's done an amazing project!

My project is a 12" x 12" layout ....

How to Make Today's Layout

1. Select Slate card stock for the base paper.  Cut the branding strips off of both 12" x 12" insect
patterned paper.  Cut one of the 12" x 12" pages to measure 11" x 11".  Distress the edges with scissors and ink the edges with Slate ink and adhere it to the base page centering in all directions.

2.  Cut Juniper card stock to 4" x 12".  Using the Dragonfly image from the Dreamin' Big - Cardmaking Stamp Set, stamp images across the card stock using matching Juniper ink.  Stamp the bug in between the Dragonflies with Slate ink and them emboss with clear embossing powder.

3.  Cut a 5-3/4" x 7-3/4" photo mat from Saffron card stock and adhere under the image card stock strip as shown.  Adhere the mat first and Juniper image strip onto the page over this mat.  Your photo will be place onto the top of this strip at the end.  Add the zip strips onto the top and bottom edge and trim edges if necessary.    Add the ADVENTURE title to the top right hand of the page using coordinating stickers from the Dreamin' Big Complements.  I like to use the sticker sheet as my layout guide so I set it below my title area and then place the stickers one at a time.  By doing it this way you can keep your title straight PLUS you don't misspell your word accidentally.

4.  Add your photo over the Saffron mat.  Lay a piece of Whisper Thick Twine onto the left side of layout from the bottom to the top.  Fray the edges for a rustic look.  I'm making my layout more of a masculine look instead of a garden look because my photo is my grandson Eli. Using a glue pen, adhere the twine securely and let dry.

5.  Stamp the same Dragonfly image onto White Daisy card stock using Poppy ink three times.  Using the matching die cut out all images.

6.  Add foam mounting tape onto the back of two of the three dragonfly images.  Adhere two images on top of each other skewing them slightly for the effect of movement.  The final bottom layer is adhered to the layout flat using adhesive not foam tape. 

7.   Cut the 3rd largest circle from the Basic Circles Thin Cuts from Poppy card stock.  Add the insect sticker from the Compliments to the center of the circle and adhere it to the top right corner of the photo.  Add a few more stickers as shown.  Adhere one sequin inside the black heart sticker.

8.  Add journaling to the sticker circle to complete the layout.  Don't forget to date and sign your name!

Ink Colors for the Dreamin' Big Creative Collections 


  1. Very cool page!!! Thanks for participating!

  2. Love the bugs! What a cute way to use the twine!

  3. Adorable layout! I love all the distressing!

  4. Breathtaking! I love the distressing, I love the layered dragonfly, I love what you did with the twine. I love everything about this page! This is a fantastic layout!

  5. Great layout! Thanks for the excellent tutorial, as well.

  6. This is amazing! I love how you made your own background paper by stamping. And I really like the ripped and inked paper. I'll have to remember that trick! :)