Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop & H2H #49 Challenge

Welcome to the CTMH April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
April's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Blessed****

The blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Judy Burger blog, "Making Time for Memories", then you are on the right track.

Have you ever sat down to create something and wonder "Where do I begin...what technique...what colors...how will I design the card?  Well, this is exactly how I felt when I sat down to create my project for this month's Stamp of the Month blog hop.  The only thing I was pretty sure I knew I wanted to do was to heat emboss the open lines.
Technique...check.
Next, I needed to figure out how I was going to design my card, so I sat down at my computer and started looking at challenge blogs for inspiration.  I ended up selecting the sketch for this week's Heart 2 Heart challenge...besides, it's been a while since I've played along, so why not shoot two birds with one stone?  (Don't worry, no birds were harmed in the making of this card...lol)  Here's the sketch...
I really liked the circle card, as I hadn't made one in a while...so I thought clear cards...it's been even longer since I made one of those.

Design...check.

Okay...I've got my design and my technique, but I was still stuck on the colors.  I really wanted to use CTMH's Bliss paper, but I had a big problem...I don't own it yet.  Well, not entirely true, I do own the bulk paper, but there's only two patterns and one of the two patterns is a tole pattern.  I just didn't think it would work with what I had in mind.  The other pattern is a pretty floral, but it was so...well...neutral, maybe a little boring?  But then eureka!!  I remembered seeing a gorgeous card that used Bliss paper with a "splash" of color.  I saw the card on Aaron Brown's blog, Booth 32.  I also remembered that she had suggested adding a splash of color to the muted colors of the Bliss paper pack.   I played around with some scraps in my Wings paper pack, but finally settled on a little strip of Vineyard Berry cardstock.  So now...
Color...check!
So here is what I came up with...
The very first thing I did was stamp the flower, but only after doing so and coloring in the leaves, I realized it was waaaaayyy to big for my little circle card.  However, I didn't want to toss it...after all, I had gone to all the trouble of stamping the image in black, then stamping the flower in Vineyard Berry, then stamping over the image again with VersaMark, embossing it with clear embossing powder and coloring in the leaves.  So yeah...too much effort to simply toss it. :)  So I ended up keeping it and making a simple little book mark.
I didn't add anything dimensional, as I wanted to actually be able to use it and felt that brads, bling or the like would make it too bulky for that use.
I stamped the flower a second time (except the very top portion) and cut it down.  On a scrap piece of cardstock, I stamped the bud portion, trimmed it and popped it over the end of the stem.  In the process of cutting the cardstock down to fit on the card, I ended up using an craft knife to cut the edges of the paper shorter than the image, but cutting around the image.  I love this look.  It reminds me of some stamps that I have from the Canadian company...Magenta...kind of like this one.

 
I used the sentiment stamp with Bamboo ink on the strip of bamboo cardstock.  On the strip of Vineyard Berry cardstock, I stamped the solid butterfly with second generation Vineyard Berry ink and the line butterfly with first generation Vineyard Berry.  I masked the "We are so" portion of the other sentiment stamp to create the "Blessed" sentiment strip.

I usually leave the inside of my cards blank, because I like to write little notes on the inside (though some would argue that they're more like letters...lol).  However, there are just so many images with this stamp set, I just couldn't help myself.  ;)  So, I stamped the flower (lined image) with second generation Cocoa ink and the flower bud with third generation Vineyard Berry.  I then stamped the sentiment (the same one that I random stamped on the bamboo cardstock strip on the front) using Vineyard Berry. 

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Blessed
Inks: Black StazOn, Black, Bamboo, Vineyard Berry, Cocoa, VersaMark
Pens:  Topiary Marker, Blending pen, Black (for bookmark)-EK Success

Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Blessed" stamp set at a discount or for FREE, be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" here on my blog, or by clicking on the "Stamp of the Month" tab at the top of the page or by clicking on the "Shop with Me" link near the top right.  Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me" and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Brae Montgomery blog, "The Brae-er" and check out her wonderful creation.

If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all this month's CTMH SOTM Blog Hop participants on Helen's Onulak's blog.

Happy hopping!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April Scrap Club Layouts

Here's what we'll be creating at Scrap Club on Friday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Layout #1 - "Live Today"
Layout #2 - "Enjoy Life"
This layout is based on the weekly sketch challenge at Sketchy Thursday's (see previous post).
Here are some closer pictures of the two individual pages.


I love this paper pack and the layout on page 30 of the Spring/Summer Idea Book that this month I'm offering a bonus third layout!
Layout #3 - "Childhood Home"
Here's what the layout will look like before pictures are added.
This is an example of suggested photo placements.
Here's a closer look at the two individual pages.


We will be making these three layouts using the "Lucky" kit from Close To My Heart in April. (Click on any image to see it larger and in more detail.) These layouts (and the papers in this kit) are perfect for anything masculine, ball games, picnics, fall, game night, and so much more! I actually think these would look great with zoo pictures.  In fact, I'm thinking about making another layout for some Animal Kingdom pictures that need scrapping. ;) Even though it's optional, I highly recommend that you at least add the first two items in the Best kit, as they really add a lot to the layouts.  If you do that, your subtotal would be $39.35 and with shipping and tax the total would be $45.03.

Here's what you need to know for April...

Class Date and Time (be sure you have your space reserved and order to me no later than Tuesday, April 12th.)
  • Friday, April 12 - 6:30 am - 9:30 pm
If this time does not work for you and you would like to get a group of friends together, I would be happy to add a date to the schedule that works for you and your friends.  Just give me a call or shoot me an email to iron out the details.

If you would like the kit, but cannot attend the class, simply order the items off of my website and send me an email requesting the cutting guide and instructions to the second and third layouts (you'll receive the cutting guide for the first layout with the kit) and I will email them back to you. 

Remember, in order to attend you only need to purchase the Basic Kit. After that, you are more than welcome to purchase the Better or Best Kit, pick and choose items from one or both of them, add some more items from the Idea Book, or just stop at Basic. Whatever works for you.  Here is the shopping list:

Basic Kit:
Subtotal $30.45*
Total with shipping and tax $34.84


Better Kit = Basic Kit plus the following products:

Subtotal: $61.60**
Total with shipping and tax: $70.49


Best Kit = Basic and Better Kits plus the following products:

Subtotal: $138.45****
Total with shipping and tax: $158.43


*at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month# ($22.95 value) at 25% off ($17.21)
**at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month# ($22.95 value) at 50% off ($11.48)
***at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month# ($22.95 value) at 75% off ($5.74)

****at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month# ($22.95 value) at 100% off (FREE)

#I have linked you to the March Stamp of the Month above. If you happen to purchase your kit in April, you will get the April Stamp of the Month instead.
 
Call or email me to sign up for a class and to place your kit order no later than Tuesday, April 12 at 9 pm (321-452-6275, jenkins6085@bellsouth.net) OR, order some of these items yourself on my website anytime.  (Kits ordered after April 12th, will require express shipping fees.)


Hope to see you there!


Sketchy Thursday Sketch Challenge

I needed to create a layout for my scrap club and was looking for inspiration when I came a sketch on Sketchy Thursdays Blog.  The sketch was actually for a single page layout...but I personally love two page layouts, so I essentially imagined stretching the 12x12 sketch into a 12 x 24 layout.  I just love the colors in this paper pack.  The name of the paper pack is Lucky and it's one of the newest paper lines offered by Close To My Heart.  If you're interested in any of the products you see in the layout, just click on the link in the supply list at the bottom of this post. :)




Here's some closer pictures of the two individual pages...

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Lucky, Rustic Alphabet
Inks:Outdoor Denim, Desert Sand, Olive
Pens:  Chocolate, Black (for "life")-EK Success

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monthly Scrap Club Resheduled

The Scrap Club for March had to be cancelled due to the fact that my daughter tested positive for strep throat the same day as club.  Two days later she tested positive for the flu, too. :(  I've rescheduled this workshop for Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m.   If you had planned on attending on the 19th, I have all of your supplies.  If you can't attend on this date, just let me know and we'll try and find a time that works for the both of us.

Here's what we'll be creating...
This layout is also embellished with optional Canvas Buttons, Mocha Opaques, Clear and Green Sparkles.

If you weren't originally scheduled to attend on the 19th, but you would like to attend on the 10th, you only need to purchase the Basic Kit. Anything above and beyond that is totally optional. This month, in addition to the Basic Kit, I suggest you at least add the first two item in the Better Kit. Those 2 little items make a huge difference! If you do that, your subtotal would be $39.85 and your total with shipping and tax would be $47.28.

Basic Kit
Subtotal: $33.85  You Pay: $29.95*
Total with shipping and tax: $36.78

Better Kit = Basic Kit + the following products 

Subtotal: 53.95**
Total with shipping and tax: $62.22

Best Kit = Basic and Better Kits + the following products

Subtotal: $79.15***
Total with shipping and tax: $90.57


Ultimate Kit = Basic, Better and Best Kits + the following stamp sets
Subtotal: $130.10****
Total with shipping and tax: $152.25

*at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month# ($22.95 value) at 25% off ($17.21)
**at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month# ($22.95 value) at 50% off ($11.48)
***at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month# ($22.95 value) at 75% off ($5.74)

****at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month# ( $22.95 value) at 100% off (FREE!)

#I have linked you to the March Stamp of the Month above. If you happen to purchase your kit in April, you will get the April Stamp of the Month instead.
Call or email me to sign up for a class and to place your kit order no later than Thursday, March 31st at 9 pm (321-452-6275, jenkins6085@bellsouth.net) OR, order some of these items yourself on my website anytime.  (Kits ordered after March 31st, will require express shipping fees.)


Hope to see you there!



Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yeah! It's spring break!

Aaahhhh....Spring Break....how I love spring break.  The timing always seems to be perfect.  It comes just when I feel like I'm going to "break".  :)  Anyway, I've been rather busy and haven't had a lot of extra time to blog.  But with a little break here, you'll probably see a few more posts from me this week, including the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  Then there will probably be another dry spell, as the school year comes to a close.  I keep telling my husband he needs to get another job or two, so I can stay home and craft and blog all day.  For some odd reason, he's not jumping at the offer.  LOL

Later this week, I'll be going to Navarre, Florida to attend Leadershare with Tina Sutton.  I'm very excited.  Not only do I look forward to learning new things, but I especially look forward to getting away for a few days with my family.  We very rarely take family vacations, due to the expense and logistics of finding care for three animals.  Although it will be a short trip, my kids are just excited to go to a hotel...to them that's a treat. :)

I have a few projects that I'll post over the next couple of days, but the first group of projects I'd like to share are the cards from the 25 for $25 Crazy for Cards Workshop that I taught in February.  Everyone made five each of five different cards.  I really love how the cards turned out and everyone seemed to have a great time.  For some reason, I never did share them here on my blog.  So here goes...
This card was inspired by Card #6 on page 24 of the Wishes How-to book.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
 Paper: Fanfare Level 2 Paper Packet
This card is based on the Celebration 6 x 6 Card Workshop sketch on page 24 of the Wishes How-to Book.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Inks:  Chocolate
Embellishments: Copper Bitty Brad, Crochet Flower (NLA)
Other items:  2" Scallop Punch, Sponge, Mono Adhesive, Glue Dots, Micro-tip Scissors, Waterbrush
This card is inspired by the incredibly talented Vicki Wizniuk and her gorgeous Thank You card that you can see here.
Adding Bitty sprakles in the center of the flowers adds just the right amount of bling.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
 Paper: Magnifique Level 2 Paper Packet
Stamps:  Bohemian Alphabet, Friendship (Damask - February SOTM)
Inks:  Lagoon, Pacifica
I honestly don't remember where this idea came from.   I know the overstamping technique (used for the balloon) was inspired from an Art n Soul video.
The white space annoyed me, so I simply pierced some holes to add some dimension and fill up some of that empty space.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
 Paper:  Lucky Level 2 Paper Packet
This card was inspired by the Card #1 Sketch in the Wishes How-to Book.
I just love the stamps that build things...like this flower.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
 Paper: Mayberry Level 2 Paper Packet
Embellishments:  Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon (NLA)
Hope you have enjoyed the cards.  You may have noticed that most of the cards were inspired by the Wishes Card Confidence Program (How-to Book).
If you'd like your own copy, click here or call/email me.

Until next time....

Hope for Japan

I think it would be fair to say that we have all been affected by the events in Japan.  I have personally cried when seeing the images and hearing the stories of loss...feeling great empathy, especially for the mothers.  Of course, if the natural disaster wasn't enough, they are now suffering with the ever present (and real) threat of nuclear devastation.  I can't imagine....


Many individuals, groups, corporations, etc. are giving their time and/or money (or other resources) to do what they can to help those in Japan.  I know I am limited in what I can do...both time and money.  However, I have tried to contribute something...even if it is small.  I figure a small contribution is better than nothing...as it can help buy formula for an infant, or insulin for a diabetic, or a blanket to keep someone warm.  My contribution may be small, but it may be just what someone needed.  Besides, many small contributions can lead to a very large impact.  Can you help?  If you haven't yet, but can, please do.  Together we can make a difference.


Well, Close To My Heart is joining the world's effort in providing some relief, too.  So from now until April 30, when you purchase the exclusive “Hope for Japan” A-size stamp set (A1118) for only $5, Close To My Heart will donate 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross’ efforts in Japan.



If you would like to help, simply call, email or visit my website to order the Hope for Japan stamp set.  I'd love to be able to serve you, but if you want to find a consultant closer to you, just click here

NOTE: The purchase of the Hope for Japan stamp can also help you qualify for March's Best Stamps on the Block campaign, as well as the Stamp of the Month.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spotlight Blog Hop using a Sketchy Thursday Sketch

Welcome to the CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop for March!
This month we are highlighting.....
****Scrapbooking Techniques****

The blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Laurie Flannery's blog, "Westman Scrapbooks", then you are on the right track.

I decided to focus on two techniques...one a supply technique and the other one...well, it's more of a layout technique.  The supply technique that my layout is highlighting is inking.  I used ink several ways.  One way I used it was to sponge it along the edges of my pattern paper.  I also applied the stamp pad directly to the paper...no sponge.  On some papers, I did both.  I used ink another way by sponging Buttercup ink onto the large flower.  It was originally the same color as the smaller flower.  A third way I used ink was to sponge it onto my chipboard letters.  I love these letters!  They have embossed patterns that resist the ink.  Once they are completely inked, you simply use a soft tissue to "buff" the ink off the embossed areas.  A fourth way that I used ink was by sponging ink on one of CTMH's newest products, Kraft Color-ready Borders.  See the little scallop strip on the bottom right?  It was originally a kraft color.  The final way that I used the ink was by stamping a pattern onto another one of CTMH's newest products...Canvas Badge Butons.   Of course, you could ink the entire button to custom coordinate it with any project or you could simply leave it untouched.

The second technique I focused on, was visual triangles.  I created two visual triangles using color.  Of course, you can create visual triangles with anything really...ribbon, flowers, journaling, pattern paper, etc.  One of the visual triangles is in the yellow and the other is in blue.  If you were to draw a line between the flower, the title, the little strip of yellow cardstock, and back to the flower, you would have a triangle.  Same thing with the blue...imagine a line drawn from the photo mat to the journal strips, to the circular piece and back to the photo mat, you would have a triangle.  Visual triangles help to draw the viewers eye through the entire layout, helping to give the layout balance.  A really simple, but effective way to create balanced, attractive layouts.


If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me" and/or leave a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Haley D.'s blog, "The Inky Scrapper" and check out her beautiful creation....

If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all this month's CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop participants on Wendy Kessler's blog.

Happy hopping


Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Emporium Level 2 B+T (retired); Colonial White CS, Crystal Blue CS
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