Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August's Stamp of the Month..."Baroque Borders"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
August's 2012's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Baroque Borders****
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 Melissa Laverty's blog, "Fancy Melissa"then you are on the right track.


I love this month's Stamp of the Month set, because it's the type of stamps set that can be used on just about anything.  I chose to use of the smaller stamps to create a tone-on-tone background using smoothie cardstock and ink.  I used the larger stamp (with the straight lines) to create another tone-on-tone piece with bamboo cardstock and ink.  


After stamping the dancer on the colonial white, I knew that I wanted something to fill in the empty space, so after trying several different stamps and ink colors, I finally decided on the music note background from Universal Background stamps (one of my fave, go-to stamp sets) and bamboo ink.  Finally, I stamped another dancer, trimmed, and adhered with foam tape.
The above ribbon technique was inspired by a card created by my upline Sherri Tozzi.  I learn so much from her.
The banner is from a new Dimensional Elements set called Awards.  The set has some other really cute banner shapes and they all coordinate with the new Close To My Heart exclusive Cricut Artiste Collection.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Smoothie CSColonial White CS, Bamboo CS, Cocoa CS
Embellishments: Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain RibbonMocha Opaque Gems, Awards Dimensional Elements
Other: Make It from Your Heart Vol. 1, Edge DistresserFoam Tape, SpongeMicro-tip ScissorsPaper Trimmer, ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set.

I used pattern #25 in the new How-to Book from Close To My Heart called "Make It from Your Heart", available August 1st, 2012.
I used this week's CR84FN Color Challenge for inspiration.

And don't forget, this gorgeous Damask tote is available for free when you become a Close To My Heart consultant in August.  The tote is only available while quantities last, so don't wait long.  However, the unbelievable price of $49 will stay.  If you would like to learn more you can check out my post and video here.


Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Baroque Border" 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  Debra Van Patten's blog, "Memories of the Heart" 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!

New Close To My Heart Consultant Kit & Tote Video

Starting tomorrow, August 1st, Close To My Heart will be giving this gorgeous Damask Tote to ever person who joins Close To My Heart for FREE!  The consultant kit is a steal, too.  For only $49, you get ~$130 worth of product!  Close To My Heart is the perfect choice, whether you want to start your own business, or even if all you want is to get your crafting goodies at a discount.


I don't have the biggest team in Close To My Heart, nor am I the most successful.  But I can promise you this.  I am active with Close To My Heart and I am on a mission to grow my team. So if you are looking for an upline that will help you to grow your business or an upline who will except that you only want to do CTMH for the discount, I am that person.  You can find more information about becoming a Close To My Heart consultant here and If you have any questions for me, whether about the business side of it or how CTMH can fit into your life, or even to see if I am a fit for you, please don't hesitate to contact me.  If you would like to join my team, just click here and get your future with CTMH started. :)  I hope we get to work together!


Here's a video that I created to show you all the fabulous-ness of this offer.  



Until next time....

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Final "Perfect Pairs"....Believe or Wonderland


The seventh, and final "Perfect Pair" is actually one of two available during July 30-31...Believe Paper Pack and Holiday Pockets OR Wonderland Paper Pack and Wonderland My Stickease.
 OR

Here are some of the things I created with the Wonderland paper.  (Sorry, but I didn't create anything with the Believe Pair or the Wonderland My Stickease.)



If you'd like either one of these particular "Perfect Pairs", just place a minimum $75 order on my website between July 30th and July 31st and you will be prompted to add these items to your order for free.  Note: You will not be given a choice, but one will randomly be sent out with your order.

A couple of things to remember...
1) The "Perfect Pairs" are while quantities last, so order early in the availability window to increase your chances of getting the combo that you want.
2) Once your order reaches $50, you can add this month's Stamp of the Month set for $5.  That $5 will count towards the $75 requirement needed to qualify for the FREE "Perfect Pair".

If you have any questions about this promotion or anything else, please contact me and I'll be happy to answer them.

Until next time...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Perfect Pair" #6...Sophia Paper & My Stickease



The sixth "Perfect Pair" available during July 26-29 is the very feminine Sophia Paper Pack and Sophia My Stickease.


Here are some of the things I created with this pair.
I made this layout, but never scanned/photographed it. This layout provided by CTMH.




If you'd like this particular "Perfect Pair", just place a minimum $75 order on my website between July 26th and July 29th and you will be prompted to add these items to your order for free.

A couple of things to remember...
1) The "Perfect Pairs" are while quantities last, so order early in the availability window to increase your chances of getting the combo that you want.
2) Once your order reaches $50, you can add this month's Stamp of the Month set for $5.  That $5 will count towards the $75 requirement needed to qualify for the FREE "Perfect Pair".

If you have any questions about this promotion or anything else, please contact me and I'll be happy to answer them.

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Final CTMH Convention Album Contest Layout

Okay.  Here is the last of the five layouts I entered into the album contest at convention.  This is the layout where I stayed up until about 5 a.m. in the hotel room completing.  I had to stay up so late, because I was exhausted and stressed out and my creative mojo was nowhere to be found.  About 3 a.m., I almost called it quits.  However, I was so close, I just couldn't let myself give up, as I knew I would be kicking myself later, if I did.  Again, because of my late start (and very late finish), the layout is fairly simple, but knowing how it was starting out, I'm very pleased with the end result.

There is one really big boo-boo, but there was nothing I could do about it.  And it was one of those boo-boos that happen on the Very. Last. Step!  Ugh!  Oh well, I'll tell you about it below.

This layout rounds out the other layouts by detailing how, thanks to all the contributions of the stars in my life, I have become a star. Primarily in the lives of my students.  One weakness in my layout, is that I had to scan the photos on the right from the yearbook, so the photo quality was lacking.  But I think the biggest weakness of this layout was the journaling.  There was just so much more I could have documented.  Like how I felt when my peers selected me as teacher of the year and how I felt the last day of school this past year when a former student came to visit me to thank me for turning him onto science and for helping him to believe in himself.  He's going to be a senior this year and one of the colleges he is applying to is MIT.  He'll never know just how much that meant to me.  As I often wonder if I really am making a difference.  Every time I have those thoughts, I'll remember his words.
I love doodling on my layouts.
I used a resist technique for some of the stars using Liquid Glass.  Another great technique I learned from my upline, Sherri Tozzi.  You stamp an image, then go over it with liquid glass, intentionally going off the lines.  After it dries, sponge a contrasting ink color on the image and buff off any extra ink.
Okay...here's where the big boo-boo happened.  I was literally layering these stars...my very last thing I needed to do for this layout.  To insure that they wouldn't fall off, I used liquid glass.  Completely unaware until after I had adhered the last star, I noticed a big glob of liquid glass on my photo!!  If you look at the yellow star on the right, you can see the remnants!  I would have cried, except I was too exhausted. LOL
To fill in some of the empty space and to tie the left page to the right, I stamped a star border...alternating ink colors.
Here's a quick look back...











Well, that does it.  For those of you that voted for and supported me at convention , I greatly appreciate it.  Those tweets and emails of support meant so much to me.  
Unless something unforeseen happens, be on the lookout at next year's convention in Orlando for my second album entry.  This round just inspired me to start earlier next year. :) 

Until next time...


Monday, July 23, 2012

CTMH Convention Album Contest Layout #4

This is the fourth of the five layouts that I entered into the album contest earlier this month at the Close To My Heart Convention.  As I mentioned in this post, I didn't start these pages until a week before I left for convention.  I completed this layout the night before I flew out to Dallas.  You can definitely see that it is much more simple than the first three layouts I did.  It's actually more like the layouts I would normally do for my album.  Of course, I love it, because it features my hubby and beautiful babies (though they're not really babies any more). :(
I like how the lines in the plaid paper represents the "rays" in my title.
I used the curled paper strip technique that I used in another layout that used the Dotty for You papers.  I also used a border stamp from the Family Love set and added bitty opaques in the center of the flowers and where I connected the images.
Here I folded the corner back and added a little square of polka dot paper.  A technique my upline, Sherri Tozzi, uses frequently...and one that I love. 

I used one of the stamps in the Family Love stamp set to stamp on the Color-ready Cork letters.  I also inked the edge of an acrylic block with desert sand and used it to stamp my journaling lines.
I'll be back tomorrow with my final layout.

Until then...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

CTMH Convention Album Contest Layout #3

The following is the third layout of my contest submission.  It focuses on the couple that I studied the Bible with and how we came to meet and how my life, particularly my spiritual life has changed...for the better, I may add...since we met.
In the original baptism photos, the tile was a bright yellow with green and the water was very aquamarine.  Completely did not work with the papers or other photo, so I changed the colors to create a more coordinated sepia tone.
I saw this idea at a booth at the StampFest event that I went to a  month or so ago. I love the layers of paper, but to save paper and eliminate weight, I cut the centers out of the olive and amethyst cardstocks and used that paper for mats.
I stamped both the front and back of the Cricut Art Philosophy flowers with the script in the Universal Background stamp and sponged inks on the edges of both sides.  I then gave them various centers.  For the leaves, I used an embossing stylus to create the veins, then bent the leaves at all the creases, sanded the surface and then finally sponged desert sand along the edges.

Not easy to see here, but on the left, you can see two post cards sticking out.  I created a pocket out of the  bottom photo in order to store two post cards that a friend gave me.  One post card is a picture of the baptismal pool, while the other is an exterior picture of the Assembly Hall where I was baptized.
I sandwiched the Olive twill ribbon between two layers of journaling and added a rhinestone brad to 1) dress it up and 2) to hide the little gap between the papers caused from the bulk of the ribbon.  I have to tell you, I was a helper at one of the Create-n-Takes at convention and to prepare for that CTMH sent me the kit a couple of weeks prior to the event.  They also sent me some extra goodies for helping.  One of the goodies were the small flip flaps.  It was soooooo tempting to use them here, as one of them was the perfect size, but I didn't want to risk being disqualified. ;)
More of my journalimg, as it appears when fully opened.

I'll be back tomorrow with layout #4.

Until then...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

"Perfect Pair" #5...Mayberry Paper and My Stickease


The fifth "Perfect Pair" available during July 21-25 is...Mayberry Paper Pack and Mayberry My Stickease.

This is a great set for summer-themed projects and it definitely has a more feminine feel.  However, there are enough neutral patterns to help tone that down, if you needed.

Here are some of the things I created with this pair.








If you'd like this particular "Perfect Pair", just place a minimum $75 order on my website between July 21st and July 25th and you will be prompted to add these items to your order for free.

A couple of things to remember...
1) The "Perfect Pairs" are while quantities last, so order early in the availability window to increase your chances of getting the combo that you want.
2) Once your order reaches $50, you can add this month's Stamp of the Month set for $5.  That $5 will count towards the $75 requirement needed to qualify for the FREE "Perfect Pair".

If you have any questions about this promotion or anything else, please contact me and I'll be happy to answer them.

Until next time...
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