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Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Projects, Sales, & Free Shipping!

Hi everyone!
Lots to share today:
First, a reminder -- Big savings and free shipping at Artsy Albums through Monday!  Scroll down to our Thanksgiving post for details!

Next, I'm sharing two fun Christmas projects -- 

Here's a super cute and very easy scrapbook layout that I created for the Silhouette blog today.   Have you ever designed a page with a Silhouette layout kit?  Well, you know me, I'm all about the kits!  They can save you lots of time by letting someone else be creative, but still allowing you the fun of putting it all together.  And of course, with all kits, you have the creative freedom to change it up or add your own details.

For this project, I used one of Nichole Calmes' (PPbN Designs) adorable layout kits.  All of the pieces are in the file, and she also gives you a link to instructions that have the shapes color-coded for you.  I love how this page about Rian's first Christmas turned out ... and the kit made it so easy!

For my second project, I created a mini album for the Frosted Designs blog using papers by Echo Park, called Reflections Christmas.  You can visit the Frosted Designs store to purchase all of the supplies I used on this mini. 


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Now be sure to scroll down to yesterday's post to check out our Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
I have so much to be thankful for that I couldn't possibly list it all here -- family, friends, faith, good health, the freedom to own my own business...and all of you!  Thank you so much to all of my Artsy Albums friends!!  I am truly thankful for you!

I will be spending time with family this holiday weekend, but I want to let you know about all of the special deals I'm offering as my way of saying thank you to you!

1.  Free shipping today through Monday (US only) (international customers please contact me for discount shipping information).  Use coupon code SHIPFREE at checkout.


2.  All page kits are on sale!
Two-page kits are just $8.00
Six-page kits have also been discounted!

3.  All Halloween kits are 40% off!

4.  Select kits 50% off!


...and that's not all!
Please visit the shop at www.artsyalbums.etsy.com to view all sale items and get FREE SHIPPING this weekend!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas Planner Album with Lori Whitlock and Bella Blvd

Happy Monday everyone!
I have a fun project idea posted over on Lori Whitlock's blog today.  Visit her site for all of the links to the Silhouette cutting files and digital planning sheets that I used on this project.
I created a planner to help me keep all of my Christmas details in one place -- travel plans, gift lists, Christmas card ideas, menu plans, etc.  Then, after Christmas, it will be a great little album for remembering Christmas 2013.  I cut the album using my CAMEO, and downloaded the planning and calendar pages from Jessica Sprague's site.  The paper is "Christmas Countdown" by Bella Blvd.


The countdown is on!  Are you ready?
Visit Lori Whitlock's blog for links to all of the files you'll need to create your Christmas planner!




Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday Sketch at Silhouette

It's Thursday Sketch Day over at Silhouette!  This one is simple, but has so many possibilities!  When Jeana sent me this sketch, I immediately starting thinking about the fun cutting files that I could incorporate into each block...visit the Silhouette blog to see how I created this fun page about Maisy's First Christmas :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Christmas Mini Using Echo Park's Tis the Season

Good Friday morning friends,
It's super busy in the Penrod house these days!  We are on the final countdown to my son's wedding -- only 8 more days!  We're so very excited for him and his sweet fiancĂ©, and I promise I'll share pictures after the big day.

Until then, I wanted to share a mini album that I created for the Silhouette blog.  I used Echo Park's Tis the Season collection and some wonderful silver shimmer card stock from Bazzill.  Each piece of the album (designed by Lori Whitlock) was cut out with my CAMEO machine which made assembly fast and easy!
Visit the Silhouette blog to see a few more photos of this mini! 
Have an awesome weekend,

Friday, November 8, 2013

Two Fun Projects Using Echo Park Reflections Christmas

Hi everyone!  Lots to share with you today!

First, I have a fun Christmas layout posted over on the Silhouette blog today so I hope you'll hop over there and check out the recent changes to the blog -- you'll love how you can click on specific categories for home decor, scrapbook projects, tutorials, and more!  This week, we are teaming up with Hero Arts for some fun projects.  For this layout I used some brand new Hero Arts Silhouette tree shapes, along with a few of their matching stamps.


Next, we have a really fun challenge for you over at Frosted Designs.  Perfect for the holiday season, we are challenging you to create a "gift" project.  It can be a gift-card holder, box, bag, gift tag, or layout about a gift!  I decided to alter an Altoid tin to create a fun little gift card box.  The great thing about this project, is that if you have a Silhouette, all of the pieces are available in this fun cutting file by Lori Whitlock and can also be found in the Silhouette store.  The pieces cut out perfectly, even around the little metal hinge on the tin box.  The paper by Echo Park (Reflections Christmas) is available in the Frosted Designs store!




Finally, we have a winner from this week's Blog Hop Giveaway!  Congrats to Anita Mulcahey!  I'll be sending you an email Anita :)
 
I'm so glad you all stopped by today!  Please be sure to follow Artsy Albums on Facebook to stay up-to-date with our latest kits, fun tutorials, coupons and giveaways!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Silhouette Sketch Pen Tutorial

Good morning friends!

Today I posted a fun tutorial over on Lori Whitlock's blog.  It will give you a few tips on using your Silhouette Sketch pens.  If you haven't tried these, you really should!  They are fun and super easy to work with -- just replace your Silhouette blade with the pen!  Simple!  

My tutorial will walk you through sketching an offset like the one you see around this Christmas tree, and adding a sentiment or personalization to your card or project.  Head over to Lori's blog to get all of the details :)



Monday, November 4, 2013

Lori Whitlock Blog Hop + Giveaway


Welcome to Artsy Albums and your next stop on Lori Whitlock's Christmas Card Blog Hop!  If you're starting here, be sure to head over to Lori's site to start from the beginning!  You won't want to miss the cute card ideas at each stop!
Be sure to come back ... I have a GIVEAWAY that you won't want to miss :)
For my cards, I'm sharing a few of Lori's adorable Christmas designs. 

I just LOVE this adorable Santa.  He is actually a treat bag topper... but that's the wonderful thing about your Silhouette, you can create so many different things with just one design :)

  Lori's Santa file comes with cuts for the hat pom pom and holly berries, but I decided to add some texture and shine to my card with a small cotton ball and some red bling.  His eyes are also tiny dark blue gems.

 For the sentiment, I used a 'print and cut' label and offset it with dark green card stock.  Although I didn't get a picture of the inside, this green card folds open to reveal a great spot for a Christmas photo -- and Lori already has the photo slots designed into the file -- so easy!

For my second card, I used Lori's cute card design, along with paper and stickers she designed for Echo Park's Reflections Christmas collection.  I also added some more bling, a few cute red buttons, twine.  This one is a fun layered design and would be easy to create in multiples!

  Designs by Lori Whitlock:
Print and Cut Christmas Labels

Lori and I are BOTH doing GIVEAWAYS and Lori is also having an awesome sale...

For my giveaway:
 I'd like to give one lucky Lori Whitlock Fan a $10 download card to the Silhouette store :)

Enter here:

Don't forget to leave a comment below so I know that you've entered my giveaway!!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/NTAwZWI4YzMxOTAwMDJlNjdkNjMyNGI3ZjAyNjRjOjIw/http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/NTAwZWI4YzMxOTAwMDJlNjdkNjMyNGI3ZjAyNjRjOjIw/

Wow! So much fun stuff! Now on to the rest of the blog hop!
Your next stop on the hop is:

Thanks for hopping by!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

New Christmas Mini Album and Page Layout Kits

Happy Sunday everyone!
Since all of the ghosts and goblins have packed up their tricks and eaten plenty of treats, it must be November...and only 20 days until my son's wedding!!  We're so excited and down to only last minute details.  I'll have to share the wedding invitations with you this week!  I don't have pictures of them yet, but I'll take some and get them posted since many of you have asked to see them! 

I do however, have pictures of the latest Artsy Albums kits.  I posted two new ones in the shop this weekend and wow! Y'all must be ready for Christmas because these have been very popular :)  Thanks so much for your orders!!  I'll be shipping these kits out by mid-week.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/167743704/christmas-scrapbook-kit-or-premade-album?ref=shop_home_active
This Binder album includes 20 6x8 pages (10 front and back) with page protectors.
(Album is approximately 8x8.75)
Traditional Christmas red and green, fun titles, and 3-D embellishments -- these are just a few of the things that adorn the 20 pages of this festive holiday album.
*10 full 6x8 scrapbook pages (5 front and back)
*5 photo sleeve pocket pages for various size photos on front and back

https://www.etsy.com/listing/167754405/six-christmas-12x12-scrapbook-pages-kit?ref=shop_home_active

Also, I'm joining the rest of the design team over at Lori Whitlock tomorrow for a Christmas Card blog hop!  Please come back and join in on the hop!  Lori and I will both be doing giveaways and she'll have some other fun promotions!! 

Hope your weekend was wonderful :)