Saturday, June 30, 2012

July's Stamp of the Month..."Live Out Loud"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
July 2012's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Live Out Loud****
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 Melinda Everitt's blog, "If You Bling It"then you are on the right track.

This is one of the cards that we will be making for my July Cards, Etc. Workshop that features the very cool Live Out Loud stamp of the month.  I also incorporated some of the images from the exclusive stamp set that only comes with the Victory Workshop-on-the-Go Kit.
Doesn't my bow look fantastic? :)  Wanna know my secret?  Cheating!  I simply tied a piece of hemp around the long piece to give an illusion of being gathered.  Then I tied a knot in a separate piece of ribbon, trimmed the ends and attached with fabric adhesive.  Voila!
I distressed the edges of the Desert Sand circle with the Edge Distressing Tool, pierced holes along the edge of the Colonial White circle and masked the shield before stamping the flourish and stars.  Finally, I stamped, trimmed and adhered two additional stars with foam tape for extra dimension.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  VictoryColonial White CSOutdoor Denim CS, Barn Red CS, Desert Sand CS
Here's a look at the entire stamp set.

I used this week's Mojo Monday Sketch for inspiration.


Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Live Out Loud" stamp set or want to get it for the amazingly low price of $5, 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" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here.  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", signing up to receive blog updates, 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  Georgia Hauglid's blog, "Trust Your Crazy Ideas" and check out her project.
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 Kathleen's blog.

Happy hopping!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Swap Card Crazy

Yesterday, I began working on creating swap cards for convention.  One of the fun things we do at convention is create cards to swap with other consultants.  There's really no "rules" per se, but consultants do like to receive cards that are made with current products and everyone is expected to try to make quality cards/projects.

Last year, I only created 25 and of course, it didn't take long to pass them all out.  So this year, I set out to double that number...maybe more.  So far I've created about 35.  To help save time, I'm making cards that I've already created once before, since half my time in creating is spent on figuring out what I'm going to make. :)  So far, I've created 10 of this card, 15 of this one, and 10 of the card below.

The card below is the same as the one I did here, but using a current stamp set.  There's also a challenge over at the Color My Heart Color Dare to which I'm going to submit this card.  It's a new challenge blog, so it would be great to have you visit it and become a follower, too. :)



  Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Embellishments: Prisma Glitter
Other: Bone FolderPaper Trimmer, Glue Pen (Creative Memories)


Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Heart's Swap Group Card

My dear friend and sister Close To My Heart consultant, Tamra Pope, convinced me to join her swap group about six months ago.  I hesitated, because...well, honestly...I don't need "one more thing to do".  Maybe you can relate.  However, she's my friend and I love her work, but mostly I stink at saying no.  Maybe you can relate to that also.

True to my fears, the last swap was due May 1st.  As many of you know, I'm a teacher and May is one of the most hectic...if not most hectic months of the school year.  Add to that the tragedy that occurred so close to home and multiple other obligations, I was late getting my swap cards done.  Waaaaayyy late.  Thankfully, the ladies in my group were enormously patient and understanding.

Since I was late, I knew that I wanted to make it extra special.  You know...multiple layers, special folds, etc.  I was looking for instructions on how to make a tri-shutter card and found a video on Splitcoaststampers.  The video featured a card created by Beate Johns and I loved everything about it...from the design to the colors.  So even though I didn't set out to CASE a card, I came pretty close.  After all, it's impossible to improve on Beate's card.

I mailed my cards out a few weeks ago and wanted to wait until I knew everyone had them before posting my card.  In the meantime, Tamra posted the cards from the rest of my group, as well as the multiple groups she was apart of.  If you'd like to see them, check them out here.  If you'd like to join the My Heart's Swap group that Tamra hosts, be sure to contact her via her blog.

The guidelines for the swap were...
  1. Cards must be standard size as a minimum 4.25 x 5.5.
  2. It's a free-for-all, no theme, anything you want.
  3. All products must be CTMH, except for any found objects, embossing folders, and border and punches can be used.
  4. Use at least two different paper packs (retired, last idea book and current idea book)
  5. Use at least 3 embellishments.
  6. Must have at least 8 layers (in one spot of your card, the paper and/or embellishments must layer up at least 8 times). Not including card base.
  7. Must use an Art Philosophy shape.  If you don't have the AP, then must use at least one shape from another source that is similar to the AP.
  8. Must have at least 1 stamped image.


My card was so thick, I was going to have to box it up to ship it anyway, so I decided to create a custom, coordinating box.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Embellishments: Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Crochet Flowers (retired), Silver Micro-beads (unknown), Pearl beads (unknown), Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Satin-trimmed Organdy Ribbon (retired)
Other: Cricut Art Philosophy, Piercing Tool, Natural Hemp, Liquid Glass, Bone FolderMicro-tip ScissorsPaper Trimmer, Foam Tape, Stitching Guide (Lasting Impressions), Score Board (Martha Stewart), Double Loops Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Safety Pin (Making Memories), Embossable Window Plastic (Gary M. Burlin), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time....


Monday, June 18, 2012

Oh, how I love ribbon!

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is to use ribbon.  Yes.  I said ribbon.  Being that ribbon is in my top three of favorite items to use, only behind paper and ink, I feel like quoting Homer Simpson with a "Doh!" (I don't watch it.  Remember, I teach 14 year olds).  Out of the 13 projects that I've created for H2H, 8 used ribbon and all but one of the rest had some sort of twine, thread or raffia on them.  So there's probably a good chance that I'll use ribbon on my project...challenge or no challenge.  However, we'd love to see you step your project up a notch and use two or more different kinds of ribbon.  


The inspiration for my card came from a scrapbook layout I made several years ago that has been one of my favorites ever since.  I loved it because I used scraps of ribbon to create a border.


I decided for this creation that I wanted to use the same technique, but with a cas-style card with rainbow colors, which is so trendy right now.  This card has 22 knotted-ribbon bows that have been attached with Score Tape (with fabric glue for the seam binding ribbon).  Most of the ribbon is from Close To My Heart (all but 7 pieces).  Occasionally, I didn't have a color of ribbon that I wanted, so I used one of my favorite CTMH products....Color-ready Seam Binding...to create my own.  I used Vineyard Berry, Lagoon, Amethyst and Gypsy inks to fill in my "color holes".  Doesn't get easier than that, I tell ya'!

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Embellishments: Color-ready Seam Binding Ribbon, Mini-medley Accent Smoothie CollectionMini-medley Accent Honey Collection, Mini-medley Accent Sunset CollectionMini-medley Accent Black CollectionDesigner Ribbon Red Collection, Designer Ribbon Green Collection, Designer Ribbon Round Creme Brulee Collection (Retired), Downtown Cyan Elements Ribbon (American Crafts), Downtown Orange Elements Ribbon (American Craft), Brown Polka-dot Ribbon (Heidi Grace Designs)
Other: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Fabric-Tac (Beacon), Micro-tip ScissorsPaper Trimmer, ATG Adhesive (Scotch)


This is my last inspiration project for the Heart 2 Heart Design Team. My tenure with H2H will be over in two weeks. :( I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations, being given the opportunity to recognize the wonderful creators, and on a personal level, having a "schedule" to keep me creating. It's so easy to let life get in the way of creating time, so having a deadline/schedule really motivates me to create. Since January, I have created 13 projects that I probably wouldn't have created if it wasn't for the challenges at Heart 2 Heart.  Here's a quick look back.




As much as I'd love to do it again and hopefully will in the future, it's now time for some new blood, so to speak.  I hope you will warmly welcome the new design team when they are announced, as so many of you did for me.  But what about you?  Do you work better with deadlines? Would you like to be part of a great team of ladies that provide inspiring art work to CTMH lovin' paper crafters? Would you like to increase traffic to your blog? Consider applying for a Design Team position for the second half of the year (July-December). If it's something you would be interested in, just check out the requirements here.


Back to this week's H2H challenge....
To play along, all you have to do is 1) follow the rules (use ribbon on your project and use mostly CTMH products) and 2) link your project back to Heart 2 Heart from your blog post or online gallery.  If you are linking from a blog, you must link directly to the actual post, not your entire blog.  3) You also need to mention H2H in your blog post and link back to H2H in your post.  4) Finally, we do ask that you consider turning off word verification, as it does make it easier for the design team to leave comments, as well as visitors to your blog. ;) 

In order to be considered for the Top 10 award, you must link your project for this or any of this month's H2H challenges by 10 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month.  

Don't have any CTMH products?  That's an easy fix!  Simply contact your local CTMH consultant (or go here to find one near you) or you can place an order by going to my website.

Now it's your turn.  So now I'd love to see how you use ribbon.


Until next time...





Saturday, June 16, 2012

July's Cards, Etc. Workshop

Did you know that last month I began holding a monthly card workshop?  I call it Cards, Etc.  At the workshop, we create two cards and one 3D or altered item.  It only costs $5 to attend and it's free if you place a minimum $25 order.  Not a bad deal, huh?  


The workshop featured the same line of paper as last night's scrapbooking workshop...Footloose.  If you would like to make one of these projects, just contact me to schedule a home gathering.  I'll bring the supplies, you invite the friends.  Easy peasy!
Here's the first project....



We used the stamp set "Quick Card - Shell" and Stardust Glitz Glitter Glue.

I used a sketch by Freshly Made Sketches to create this card.
Here's the second project.




I actually added the baker's twine after the workshop.  Sometimes, I just can't stop "adding" to a project.
We used the stamp set "Kick Back" for this project, as well as several shapes from the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection.
The design element on this box was actually inspired by a card that I saw a couple of weeks ago by the phenomenally talented CTMH consultant, Allisa Chilton.

The final project was pretty much CASE'd from another off-the-charts talented CTMH consultant, Tresa Black.  I so loved how she cut the cardstock into strips and the overall look of her card.  However, I chose to use the fish image from the "Under the Sea" stamp set, rather than the starfish.



 

Another thing I did after the workshop, was to stamp another fish and trim out the pectoral fin (yes, I'm a science teacher...lol) and glued the right side to the body and popped the left side with a little piece of foam tape.  Fun, huh?

Next month's Cards, Etc. workshop will be on Saturday, July 7th at 3 p.m. and will feature the paper, Victory.  Hope to see you there!

Until next time...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

July Scrapbooking Workshop Layouts

Here are the layouts that we will be creating at July's Monthly Scrapbooking Workshop.  As you will see, we will be using a really great masculine line of CTMH paper called Victory.  I'm really loving this paper, especially the ledger and green (key?) piece.  
This month, both of my layouts are designed by me (with a little inspiration from the 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book and Scrapbook Generations), but you will have enough paper left over to create the layout featured in the Workshop-on-the-Go Cutting Guide.


Layout #1 - This layout features the WOTG stamp set (love!), Natural Hemp, and Durable Square Studs...all included in the WOTG kit.  I'll be providing the wooden buttons for everyone.  (Click on any image to see it larger and in more detail.)



 
 
 
Layout #2 - This layout will feature the Natural Hemp, Durable Square Studs, Tough Tags and Pure Adventure Stamp set.





 
  
 

For the complete supply list and additional details and projects, please click on the Class Schedule tab at the top of the page or click here.


The workshop will be at my home from 6:30 until about 9:30 (give or take) on Friday, July 6th.  If you would like to attend, please call or email me by Tuesday, June 26th or go to my website and select July workshop to place your order.


Hope to see you there. :)


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