Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Friend You Lift Me Up" Center Step Card

Today's card is one that I made for the last Cards, Etc. workshop. I wanted to challenge my ladies with some watercoloring, but truth be told, I was a little nervous that I was pushing it and that they may revolt. :) So I offered them some other coloring alternatives, like colored pencils and blender pens, but I have to say everyone was up for the challenge and did phenomenally.  I can't wait to get my hands on the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers! They would be great for this stamp image. Soon. Very soon. :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Balloon Ride B&T, Champagne CS, Juniper CS, Colonial White CS, Watercolor Paper (Canson)
Stamps Used: Give a Lift
Inks: Archival Black, Saddle, Crystal Blue, Juniper, Sorbet, Creme Brulee
Emellishments: Wrangler Assortment (pearls), Mini-medley Accents Wooden Collection (twine)
Other: Cricut Artbooking, Watercolor Brush, Sponge, 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Product Notes: The Balloon Ride Paper Collection and Mini-medley Accents Wooden Collection will be retiring after July 31st.
The pearl badge buttons come from the Wrangler Assortment, which are currently in the While Supplies Last section of my website for only $1.45!
Remember the special I have going on this month...
Until next time...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Tutorial

I'm realizing just how noisy it is around here ALL. THE. TIME.  It's really starting to get to me, I think.   One of the things I loved about being off in the summer was all the quiet time in the house. Even with the kids being home, they often would play outside, hang in their room or go to grandma's, so I could do whatever I wanted (or needed) to do, like craft, clean, decorate, or just hear myself think.  I don't consider myself a loner, but I do like alone time. I also don't like people up under me when I'm trying to work.  For example, if I'm cleaning the kitchen...I mean really cleaning..."get out of the kitchen".  Well, my hubby has been out of work for a few years, so now he's home 24/7 and although I love him, I never seem to get alone time anymore unless I leave the house.

Like I said, it's probably always noisy around here, but the last few days I've just really been hyperfocused on it, because I wanted to create a video and made numerous attempts. I first made numerous attempts to record the video as I demonstrated and explained the project/technique. I finally gave up and decided that I would just record it, mute out the background noise and then dub the narration over the video.  Well, between my noisy clan and Movie Maker changing the location of the narration, not keeping up, etc., I finally just gave up.

Today was the day I had planned on sharing a video tutorial.  Hence, Tutorial TUESDAY.  As I shared with you a week or so ago, my goal is to be a better blogger and my calendar says that today is a tutorial and darn it! I'm going to post a tutorial.  It may not be posted as early on Tuesday as I had originally planned, but it's still technically Tuesday.  So earlier today, I recruited my son to help me take some photos and rather than show the making of the card from beginning to end, I'm just focusing on the technique that I used for a couple of the butterflies on the card I shared the other day on THIS post.  

The technique is called Kissing and no, not that kind of kissing. ;) (Trust me. You wouldn't want me teaching that...LOL)  Anywho...this is one of those techniques that no doubtly came out of someone just playing with their stamps.  It's so much fun and such a great way to add a little texture to an otherwise solid plain stamp.  

"Kiss" the solid, inked stamp to an uninked stamp.  In this case, I inked the solid butterfly stamp from the "Your Own Kind of Wonderful" stamp set (available 8/1/14) in Sorbet ink and kissed it to the scroll butterfly from the same set.  Some of the ink gets removed and leaves a pattern on the inked stamp.

This is essentially the same technique as the previous one, but just reversed.  I inked the scroll buttefly and kissed it with the solid butterfly.  The ink transfers the pattern on to the uninked stamp. This is where you can really switch it up with different patterns as shown next.

As you can see here, I kissed the uninked, solid butterfly to a floral background stamp and a chevron background stamp, both from the "In the Background" stamp set. The third example was created using the linen background from the "Distressed Backgrounds" stamp set. 

In this example, I inked the solid butterfly with Sorbet and then kissed it with the scroll butterfly that was inked with Desert Sand. A great way to incorporate a couple of colors on a stamp without getting ink from one ink pad onto another.

Here's another way to get two colors onto an image.  I inked the solid butterfly in Sorbet and then stamped the solid image onto my cardstock.  Next, I cleaned off the stamp and then kissed it to the floral background stamp that I inked in Desert Sand.  Because Desert Sand isn't very dark, the effect is very subtle.  However, you certainly could get a more noticable effect by using a darker ink on the patterned stamp.

This is really the same as the technique above, except this time, I used second generation stamp on the solid butterfly (ink, stamp and stamp again).  Then I kissed the clean, solid butterfly stamp onto the inked floral background stamp and then stamped that over the first image.
Here is a close up of the butterfly on my card in which I used the "Kissing" technique.

Hope you enjoyed my throw-together tutorial. I may have to consider getting up at 3 a.m. to create a the next tutorial. Heehee.

Don't forget about this month's specials...

Until next time....

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Where Old Meets New

As a Close To My Heart consultant, we are able to order products a month before they are available to customers. This gives a chance to try them out by preparing our projects for upcoming workshops, gatherings, open houses, etc.  

In preparing for next month's Cards, Etc. class, I chose to use the new line called Seaside (one of my many faves) and a sketch from Mojo Monday.  I decided to take this opportunity to blend the new product with some products that are retiring soon, just to show you how great Close To My Heart products complement each other, even from one idea book to another.

Here's the card I came up with where old meets new. :) 

I'm currently working on a video tutorial to show how to add a design on a solid stamp like was done on the small and large butterflies shown above. Great way to add a little texture to a solid, flat image. (My goal is to have it posted here by Tuesday, so stay tuned for that.) ;) 
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Seaside B&T (available 8/1/14_ Colonial White Daisy CS, Desert Sand CS
Stamps Used: Your Own Kind of Wonderful
Inks: Desert Sand, Sorbet
Emellishments: Lagoon Zipper Lace, Base & Bling Teal Jewels
Other: Cricut Artiste, Edge Distresser, Bone Folder, Liquid Glass, Microtip Scissors, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

The beautiful Seaside paper and 'Your Own Kind of Wonderful' stamp set will not be available for purchase until August 1st, so unfortunately this little sneak peak will have to suffice until then. I have some exciting things planned for my blog which I will begin to reveal on August 1st, so be on the lookout for that. Again, here are the two items that are set to retire on July 31st and are on a While Supplies Last status, so grab yours HERE.
Here's the sketch I used at Mojo Monday.

Remember, the specials this month....

Until next time...

I Want You!

Would you like to get a discount on your scrapbooking supplies?  Would you like to be one of the first to get the latest CTMH products?  Or would you like to make extra money or enjoy the camaraderie of other inky friends?  Whatever your reason, I'd love to talk to you about joining one of the best companies in the world (I truly believe that) and my team.  
If you join before the end of August...
  • you will get a choice between two brand new Consultant Kits...a Scrapbooker's Kit or a Cardmaker's Kit...a $365-$370 retail value...for only $99 (plus s&h).
  • an opportunity to take advantage of the ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Special that's available only to consultants. Get a free stamp set when you purchase 12 markers, or three stamps when you purchase 24. Ask me for additional details.
  • you will have until December 31st to meet your $300 quarterly minimum, with no minimums required during the third quarter.
  • a chance to have your $99 kit cost refunded back to you when you have $1200 in sales within your first 90 days. It's almost like becoming a consultant for free!
  • and get the latest products BEFORE the August 1st release.
  • get the Stamps of the Month and Hostess sets at their promotional prices

If you would like more information, just check this out or contact me . Or if you're ready to join today, simply click here.  I'd love to have you on my team. :) 

Until next time...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cricut Key of the Week & Free CCR Cutting File

I'm so excited for Close To My Heart's newest Cricut baby...Artfully Sent.  Unfortunately, due to some issues with ProvoCraft, we can't get it until August. :( Boohoo.  Thanks to the three that we do have though, Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking, there is no shortage of creative possibilities.

The cartridge and key that I'm going to highlight today is Art Philosophy and the < Rctngle7 > key on page 55.

I wanted to created a version of this gorgeous card that I found when looking for fancy fold ideas. In order to make the card, I welded two butterflies together in Cricut Craft Room. The two individual solid butterflies were then embossed with the Damask Embossing Folder from Close To My Heart and sanded to reveal the white core.  Finally, I added the scroll butterfly cut from silver glitter paper.  On the inside of the card, just above the sentiment, I added a strip of scalloped glitter paper to act as the 'stop' on the easel card. 
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Crystal Blue CS, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamps Used: Love This, Big Hug
Inks: Whisper, Crystal Blue
Other: Cricut Art Philosophy, Scallop Border Punch, Bone Folder, Glue Dots, Microtip Scissors, PScoring Board (Martha Stewart), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Would you like a copy of my Cricut Cutting File, so you can make your own butterfly easel card?  If so, you can download it here for FREE.

Don't forget about the special promotions that I have going on this month....

Until next time...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hostess with the Mostess

Close To My Heart is celebrating their 30th Anniversary.  I learned about them nearly 14 years ago. To think that they were in existence 16 years before I heard of them...oh, the pain of it! So much paper and stamps that I could have bought! LOL  Anyhoo, one of the things that always amazes me are the number of people that I run into that say "What is Close To My Heart?" WHAT?! How do so many people not know about the greatest company ever?! 

This brings to mind something that I learned from Presidential Director Noreen Petty at CTMH's Annual Convention this past June. She talked about sharing CTMH with everyone, something that I know I don't do well enough.  Since I want to grow my CTMH business, it only makes sense that I need to share what Close To My Heart has to offer with more people than I have in the past. I've begun this mission of building my business by improving my blogging presence (a whole week of posts...woohoo!...hey, it's a start.) Now my next goal is to get CTMH into the hands of as many people as I can.  This is where I could use your help. 

I am looking to hold at least two gatherings a month.  Do you know of anyone who would be open to hosting their own online or home gathering? Would you pass on my information to them? What about you? Would you like to help me AND get free CTMH products?There's a few options...

  • Home Gathering: You invite a few friends over and I bring all the supplies for you and your friends to try CTMH products and create a lovely project.  You can also increase your hostess rewards by combining your home gathering with an online gathering.
  • Online Gathering: I'll send you an email that you can forward to all of your friends and family. They simply will go to my website (, select your gathering and shop. Their purchase will ship directly to their home. 
  • Catalog Gathering: I'll send you an Idea Book and several order forms and you can share the Idea Book with family, friends, co-workers, etc. Of course, in the digital age, you're able to reach more people with an online gathering, but the face-to-face sharing is great, too.

So what do you get for all your efforts? You will receive a new Idea Book, a free stamp set and select product credit as outlined below...PLUS...for the first two people that schedule any type of Gathering in August, I will DOUBLE the Select Product Credit*! For example, if your gathering orders reach $450, you will receive 2 half price items and $160 in free products!!! And keep in mind that the new Idea Book starts August 1st! What a great time to get free goodies! Maybe you would like to get the new Artfully Sent Cricut Collection for half price? Or is there something else you would rather have? 
*Select from the following products for your free Hostess Rewards: My Acrylix stamps, My Acrylix blocks, Exclusive Ink pads, Exclusive Re-inkers, Complements, My Reflections Paper Packs, all cardstock packs, Workshop on the Go Kits, and Studio J layout
If you want FREE and half price Close To My Heart products and/or you would like to help me reach my goal of holding at least two Gatherings a month, please CONTACT ME so I can save the date that works best for you or set up your online gathering. 

Plus, don't forget about the special I'm offering this month...

Until next time...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Fourteen years ago or so, I worked at a rubber stamp store named Stamp Cabana. It was one of the most fulfilling jobs I've ever had. I LOVED working there. While there, I really pushed for them to start carrying scrapbook stuff, but they didn't want to become a scrapbook store. However, there were a lot of crossover type products, like tools and paper, so they allowed me to teach scrapbook classes.  I taught a beginning class, punch art, creative lettering, memorabilia, stamping in scrapbooks and more.

I was recently looking for a photo of my daughter sharing a scrapbook with her doll, but couldn't find it. I thought to myself, "I know I put that picture in a book!" Finally, after looking in her albums two or three times, I pulled out my old "teaching" album that I created to show during my beginning scrapbook class and voila! there was the picture.  I thought I'd share this page for Throwback Thursday, as I think what the page says it's still pretty on point. :)
The previous page says "Scrapbooking". This page asks, "Is it worth it?" Of course, I'd say ABSOLUTELY!
Here's the photo that I was looking for. Hannah was literally talking to "Sunshine" about her baby photos. So cute! Of course, I also think about how life was like when I could fit all of my supplies in a three-drawer organizer from Office Depot. LOL
Hannah is showing her great grandmother her shirt. This photo means more to me today than it did then, because my grandmother passed away in 2006.
I find this part amusing now, because of the word "film"...remember the days of film and developing? I also can't help but think, "Investment? What about the investment in paper, stamps, stickers, ink, embellishments, pens, scissors, etc.?" Now there's some money!
Remember template rulers? That's how I created the border along the bottom. Kind of miss the excuse to use markers and coloring.

Thanks for traveling with me down memory lane. :) 
Don't forget about the special promotion that I am offering this month...

Until next time...

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