AME: Fun in the Sun

What does summertime mean for you and your family? Is it camping in the woods or swimming in the ocean? No matter your destination, the summertime-themed keys on the Artbooking cartridge will have the perfect cutouts to use in recording all those unforgettable memories.

Painter's Tape Technique

A quick and easy technique is to use Painter's tape to pick up ink from an ink pad and lightly tap onto White Daisy cardstock, alternating colors.  Stamp the flowers from the workshop stamp set in Cotton Candy and Juniper and cut out.  Use Flamingo Dots and Lollydoodle Assortment to make flower centers.

Lollydoodle Workshop

Diagonal Banners

For each B&T paper we have, there is a bonus to the paper.  If you aren't using your Zip Strips, you are missing a fun addition to any card or scrapbook page.  The diagonal trim on this card is from the zip strip of the Lollydoodle Paper Pack.  Use scraps to create the hanging banners in the upper left hand corner. 

Lollydoodle Workshop

Lollydoodle BFF

 I love that I can cut up the My Acrylix stamps to make my cards more versatile and colorful.  The main stamp in the Lollydoodle Workshop can be taken apart.  The BFF was stamped in Cotton Candy, You & Me in Pear, and the outer dashed image in Slate ink.

The other thing that I love about CTMH stamps is that I can cut out paper on the Cricut that matches the stamps.  This makes card making so much easier, by not having to fussy cut anything and I can match shadow or backgrounds to those cutouts.

Lollydoodle Workshop

CTMH Convention 2014: Artistic Adventure

The CTMH 2014 Convention called Artistic Adventure starts tomorrow!  Follow the Inkysquid Blotter blog, Twitter or Facebook for all the awesome updates about new products.

AME: Togetherness

Whether you’re celebrating romance, family, or friends in your papercrafting project, you’ll be head over heels for the together-themed cutouts on the Artbooking cartridge! With fancy frames, ornate edges, and faux flowers, you will be smitten with your finished products!

Flower Reverse Masking

A way to change up the Reverse Masking technique I spoke about in the last post is to use multiple colors.  For this card, I used Sorbet and Juniper to sponge dark around the edges and lighter in the middle.  The vines are second generation Slate stamps.  The main flower image is from the LOVE THIS stamp set and stamped in Archival Black Ink, and colored in with markers.  A Flamingo Dot marks the center.  I hand drew the line with a fine black marker.

Lollydoodle Scrapbooking Workshop
(Card layout inspired by Pattystamps)

Butterfly Reverse Masking

One of the cool stamps in the Lollydoodle Scrapbooking Workshop is the large BFF stamp.  You can either mask the inside BFF, or you can take advantage of how easy it is to cut apart the My Acrylix stamps.  I cut out the "BFF" and the "You and Me" so I could use the dashed outline by itself.  By cutting out a smaller version of the dashed I created a mask (with a cut out I can use for another time).  I sponged Sorbet lightly inside the mask and then stamped the dashed outline in Slate.  The butterfly and "Amazing" are from the CTMH LOVE THIS stamp set.

Lollydoodle Scrapbook Workshop
Lollydoodle Scrapbook Workshop
(Card Inspired by Pattystamps.)

Lollydoodle Birthday Presents

The bright colors in the Lollydoodle collection allows for fun cards like this one (layout designed by Mary Gunn FUNN).  Teeter multiple presents from the various cardstock and B&T paper.  Cut tiny strips of paper to create bows and add Flamingo Dots to the center.  Use a scallop punch to add layers to the card.

Lollydoodle Workshop
Lollydoodle Scrapbooking Kit

AME: Capturing Snapshots

Snapshots, circles, and fun inking techniques, oh my! Wondering what to do with all those snapshots you have lying around? The Artbooking cartridge’s snapshots keys are the perfect way to assemble those photos into one oh-so-memorable mini album, but with cutouts of cameras, dovetail pennants, and photo-strip frames, these keys are perfect to accent any project.

It's a Celebration!

The Lollydoodle collection lends itself to great cards for little girls' birthdays.  The pink.  The sparkley.  The fun shapes.  This card uses mostly scraps for a checkerboard effect to bring in all of the great colors from this collection.  Stamp and cut out the cute heart crown and embellish with Flamingo Dots.  The "It's a Celebration" stamp can be found in the Banner Wishes stamp set.
Lollydoodle Scrapbooking Kit

CTMH Retiring Items

Close to My Heart posted its retiring items list on my website under "Retiring Items".


Several colors are going away, including Buttercup, Blush, Twilight, Crème Brulee, and Sky.  If you want reinkers or extra cardstock for any of these colors, I suggest buying them now, instead of later.  These items don't usually stick around long once they've been announced.

Many more items are on the retiring list, including stamp sets and ALL of the paper packs in the current catalog.  All of the retiring items are "While Supplies Last" and on July 31st will be completely gone.

Lollydoodle Sunburst

A fun technique to do with lots of different scraps is the sunburst card.  Cut several triangles, making sure they are the same shape. To make each "ray" pop, I sponged Slate ink along the edges.  Use a base cardstock to adhere the rays in a radiating pattern and then cut off the excess along the edges.  Use a flower or another image to cover the area where the points come together.

Lollydoodle Workshop


We are in the middle of the graduation season and many times we give gift cards to congratulate the new graduate. This card is a great way to surprise anyone who is about to venture out into a new life. All wrapped up in an A2 sized card shape means this will be easy to send in a regular envelope. 

The base of the card is the normal 8.5" X 5.5" base.  The small stamp "Congratulations" is from the Banner Wishes stamp set and the 3-d circle is from the Lollydoodle Assortment.  The closure is a thin piece of B&T wrapped around the card with two small punched circles attached with White Daisy brads.

The inside of the card is where the magic happens.  Two 4" X 5.5" B&T folded into fourths and attached to the card help hold the gift card in place and create the "pop up" effect.

Lollydoodle Scrapbooking Kit

Colored Stamping

 Using different color inks help jazz up a card and make it fun.  I used second generation Cotton Candy ink on BFF and Juniper for You & Me.  Stamp tone on tone with Cotton Candy ink on Cotton Candy cardstock.  Flamingo Dots, Shimmer Trim, and sequins add lumpiness and texture to the card.

Lollydoodle Workshop

AME: Artbooking My Life

Take your no-hassle, ready-to-use Picture My Life™ scrapbooking to the next level by incorporating various cutouts from the Artbooking cartridge! You will be thrilled with the infinite possibilities available when pairing Artbooking shapes with the easy, ready-to-use cards from the Picture My Life scrapbooking programs. 

Triple Stamping Technique

The Lollydoodle scrapbooking kit has a fun stamp set with several flowers and a leaf.  These whimsical flowers can make a colorful background for a birthday card.  The technique used on this card is called the Triple Stamping Technique.  Stack the three White Daisy cardstock pieces on top of each other and attach with temporary adhesive.  Randomly stamp flowers in multiple colors (Lollydoodle colors are Sorbet, Cotton Candy, Slate, and Juniper).  Separate the three pieces, mat all three with the same color cardstock and attach to the base.

Lollydoodle Scrapbooking Kit

The Artiste cartridge collection makes it super easy to cut out and stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment.

And to make it extra special and sparkly I added some Silver Shimmer Trim and Flamingo Dots.

Lollydoodle Card Workshop

The Lollydoodle Card Workshop is a great way to create fun summer cards that will bring sunshine to the receiver's day.

 The Lollydoodle Scrapbooking Workshop also uses great happy colors to showcase your photos on a layout.  Or use the fun patterned paper to create colorful wall art for your child's bedroom.

Timberline Scrapbooking

Bring the great outdoors to your scrapbook pages with the Timberline Workshop on the Go.  Create two 2-page layouts with the Timberline Assortment and Irresistible Frames.

Celebrate 30!

In honor of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the stamping and scrapbooking industry, when you place an order totaling $50 during the month of June, you can add your choice of 1 of 6 great gift collections to your order for just $30! Each collection has an original retail value of at least $50—some even as high as $65. Plus, each collection is perfectly tailored to fit a variety of interests and styles. They feature everything from gift bags to ribbons to washi tape to alphabet stickers—and much more! Take advantage of these savings and snag your own collection for just $30. It may be Jeanette’s anniversary—but you get the gift!

AME: All-Star Scrapbooking

Put your team spirit on paper with the sports-themed keys on the Artbooking cartridge. With footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, and teamwork sentiments, these cutouts are the perfect accent to any team photos, whether it be sports, dance, or other activities. Yet the pennant banner, chevron overlays, and star border are just the thing for any theme! The sports-themed keys will leave you wanting to do a victory dance.

FMS: Explore Your World

 Freshly Made Sketches this week put up a perfect sketch for a card I wanted to make for the son of my husband's friend.  He just graduated from high school, and decided to live at home while going to college.  We decided to get two gas cards to help him get back and forth to school.   The front image "Explore Your World" is a stamp from the Timberline Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go.

I rotated the FMS design and used dimensional adhesive to lift up the front enough to hide the two gift cards.  I attached Cocoa ribbon to the cards to make it easier to pull them out.


The inside sentiment is from the Congrats Graduate set and the Banner Wishes set.  If you can't tell, the Banner Wishes set is my absolute favorite stamp set with perfect size fonts for card fronts or inside sentiments.


Get ready for the July 4th celebration with this month's stamp set, Kaboom!  This set of fireworks and explosive sayings will make you the life of the party.  Great for party decorations, fireworks photos, and Wile E Coyote cartoons.