Sunday, August 10, 2014

September's Scrapbooking Workshop

Before I show you the layouts for September's Scrapbooking Workshop, let me tell you a little about my new Workshop-on-the-Go Club Program.  As I've done for nearly four years now, each month I feature a CTMH WOTG kit, which contains everything needed to complete at least two 12x12, double-page layouts.  Each kit is always $29.95 (plus s&h and sales tax), but now when you become a 6- or 12-month member, you receive perks!

What are the perks to becoming 12-month member?
  • Select an album OR another WOTG kit for FREE (a $29.95 value) at the end of your 12-month term.*
  • Skip a month anytime during the 12 month period, if you want. 
  • Free Annual and Seasonal Inspirations mailed to you ($11 value)
  • Free Paper Pack Sampler ($3.75 value)
What are the perks to becoming 6-month member?

  • Select any paper pack and coordinating My Stickease/Complements (a $14.90 value) for FREE at the end of your 6-month term.*
  • Free Annual and Seasonal Inspirations mailed to you ($11 value)
Can I just purchase a kit on a month-by-month basis?
Absolutely! Even though you would not qualify for the benefits outlined above, you can still receive credit towards your Frequent Shopper Rewards.

Can I participate in the program even if I can't attend the actual workshop?
Of course, you can. Attending the actual workshop, just grants you access to some of the tools that you need. However, the workshop kit actually comes with the instructions for the first layout and I can email you the directions for the second layout, along with any additional notes about changes, tips, etc. 

You can get all of the additional details on the Club page HERE.

So let's take a look at the layouts for September's scrapbooking workshop...

This month's features the first new paper pack from the 2014-2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book called Chalk It Up. Even though this paper definitely has a school/teen theme, half of the patterns are neutral, so you can really change up the layouts by using those neutral patterns instead. Also, stamped titles and sentiments are only suggestions. I always encourage creativity, so feel free to change up the papers, titles, etc. to suit your personal needs.

Layout #1 - Life is Good

Layout #2  -Too Cool for School

Here's what you need to know for this month's pages...

Class Date and Time 

Friday, September 12th - 6:30 p.m. 
If this time does not work for you and you would like to get a group of friends together (2 or more), I would be happy to add a date to the schedule that works for you and your friends. Just give me a call or send me an email to iron out the details.

Be sure you have your space reserved and order to me no later than Monday, September 1st, to guarantee that your supplies arrive in time.  RSVPs after that date are based on a first come, first serve basis and only if extra supplies are available.

Items You Should Bring
* Adhesive of your choice (i.e., tape runner) for adhering papers
3D Foam Tape
* Paper Trimmer

Shopping List

 Kit #1 - Workshop-on-the-Go Plus (BEST VALUE)

Included in the Complete Workshop-on-the-Go Kit (G1081):
* Chalk It Up Paper Pack (6 BT, 6 Cardstock)
* My Acrylix® Chalk It Up Workshop Stamp Set (D-size) - exclusive to this kit
* Chalk It Up Assortment
* Black Striped Twill Ribbon
* Additional Cardstock (3 sheets)
* Full-color brochure.

Total before tax & shipping: $29.95 (A $40 Retail Value)

Kit #2 – Basic Kit
The kit for you if you do not want the exclusive stamp set.
Paper Used ...
X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Pack  - $9.95
Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment - $4.95
Z1988 Black Striped Twill Ribbon - $6.95
* Cardstock (1 ea. Lagoon, Flaxen, White Daisy) - $2.50
* Full-color cutting guide/brochure - $1.00

Total before tax & shipping: $24.35

Supplies can either be ordered directly through me via telephone/email (please don't email credit card info), by using the Paypal button below, or via my website.

September "Chalk It Up" Workshop Local Options

September "Chalk It Up" Workshop Long Distance Options
Additional items that will be provided during the workshop, but are also available for purchase.

Inks Used...
Z2105 Black
Z2642 Flaxen
Z2164 Sorbet

Tools Used...
Z1979 LePen Black Journaling Pen
* Z1906 Cricut Artbooking
Z1782 Stamp Scrubber
1778 Spritz Cleaner
Z534 Micro-tip Scissors
Z1836 Paper Trimmer
Z1151 3D Foam Tape
Z3022 Tape Runner

Here are some other items that coordinate with the Chalk It Up paper.
X7184C Chalk It Up Complements - $4.95
C1588 Great Job Stamp Set - $13.95
D1599 Geek Is Chic Stamp Set - $17.95
* D1612 Teacher Appreciation Stamp Set - $17.95
Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles - $3.95
Z1864 Slate Striped Twist Ties - $3.95
Z2010 White Enamel Stars - $3.95
* Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon - $3.95
* Z2003 Black Arrow Washi Tape - $4.95

If you would like to add any of the coordinating items above, just let me know when you place your order with me.  

If you'd like to join in the fun, just call or email me to sign up for the class and to place your supply order no later than Monday, September 1st.  RSVPs after this date are based on a first come, first serve basis and only if extra supplies are available.  Click HERE for contact info.

You can order your supplies by calling/emailing me (you receive your supplies at workshop) or on my website anytime (supplies ship directly to you). But if you order your product online, 1) be sure to allow ample time for it to arrive to you and 2) please select the Club date on the bottom, right hand corner of the main page, so that the hostess will receive credit and 3) please call, email or RSVP via to confirm that you are attending.   Thanks. :)

Until next time...

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Cricut Project of the Week & Free Cutting File

This week's Cricut project actually uses cuts from all three Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges: Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking.  I used a sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping for inspiration, though oddly, there's absolutely zero stamping on this card. Did you also notice that it's not Seaside? LOL  This card uses the fall-themed paper pack called Pathfinding. You, no doubt, will see more of this paper in the coming months.

The square from page 48 of the Artiste cartridge and the scallop border from page 48 of the Artbooking cartridge were welded together using Cricut software (like Cricut Craft Room or Design Space). However, it would be fairly easy to cut them as two individual pieces and hide the seam with ribbon, glitter trim, etc.
Tip: I took a strip of gold shimmer trim (about 4.5") and peeled and trimmed away a little bit of the backing on both ends and placed it on my trimmer. Removing some of the backing allows it to stick to the trimmer and stay in place so it can be trimmed to a thinner width. I cut 1/8" to be used on the bottom of the card and the remainder at the top.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Pathfinding B&TColonial White CS, Glacier CS, Champagne CS, Olive CS, Chocolate CS
Inks: Chocolate
Embellishments: Gold Shimmer Trim
Other: Cricut Artbooking, Cricut Artiste, Cricut Art Philosophy, Sponge, Corner Rounder, Journaling Pen 005 (EK Success), Bonding Memories Glue PenMicrotip Scissors, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's the sketch I used for inspiration...

Would you like a FREE copy of the cutting files for this project?  
If you use Cricut Craft Room, you can download the file here
If you use the Cricut Design Space, go to this link.
Note: You must own the three CTMH Cricut cartridges in order to cut this file.  If you don't have one or more of them and would like to purchase any of them, you can find it on my website, or contact me to find out how to get it for 1/2 off.  Also, I'm providing this cutting file for your personal use. Please be respectful and give credit when appropriate. Muchas gracias!

Don't forget about this month's specials....
Until next time...

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Another Seaside Card

It's been a few days since I've posted. Not my stated goal, but I do have a good excuse. Surgery. Nothing life-threatening, but it was my first time having surgery and my first time going under general anesthesia.  Everything went well and although I'm still sore, I'm ready to get a few more creative moments in before I have to return to school on Monday, with the kiddos returning the week after.

I originally was supposed to hold my Cards, Etc. Workshop this past Monday, but due to the surgery I had to postpone it.  I held it this evening and will host another time on August 25th.  Here is one the three cards we'll be making. Once again, the project features my well-established fave of the new idea book...Seaside, as well as one of my favorite sketch blogs, Mojo Monday.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Emellishments: Gold Glitter Paper, Hemp Bakers Twine (retired)
Other: Corner Rounder, Scallop Border Punch, 3D Foam Tape, SpongeNon-stick Microtip ScissorsPaper Trimmer (Fiskars), Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

It's also the last day to join in on the CTMH Blog Boosters Annual Inspirations Blog Hop, so I'll be adding this project momentarily. I've already posted a project HERE and HERE. The linky will remain open until 11:59 PT, so if you still want to join, click on one of the linked projects and scroll down to the bottom of the post where you will can join.  Even after the cut-off time, you can still click on the links and visit all the great projects that have been shared.

Until next time...

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Sick of Seaside yet?

Day 2 of the CTMH Blog Boosters Annual Inspirations Blog Hop. Again, consultants will be adding art work over the next 6 days, so the linky list at the bottom of this post will continue to grow and grow during that time. So be sure to come back often so you can see what's new.

Here is the second Seaside layout that I promised yesterday I would share today. After making a card (x2) and four layouts in the past week using this paper pack, (though I had a little help with some bulk paper), it should be no surprise that all I have left in my paper pack are itty bitty teenie weenie strips.  Are you sick of this paper yet, as much as I've used it this past week?  LOL  If you are, please don't tell me, because I just ordered another pack. After all, I know I'm going to need more before the end of this idea book. It's only two days old, for crying out loud.  I'm certain that sometime in the next 363 days, I'll need more Seaside paper. :) 
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Seaside B&T (includes the Colonial White CS), Bamboo CSPear CSLagoon CS, Buttercup CS (retired)
Other: Cricut Artbooking3D Foam TapeNon-stick Microtip ScissorsPowdering Kit (Mrs. Grossman's), Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)
When I opened the My Stickease and saw these stickers on a sheet, at first I was at a loss. Maybe "overwhelmed" is a better word. Can you figure why I was overwhelmed? How do you just pick a few stickers?! I loved them ALL! So at first, I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do. How would I use these stickers? Would I use them all? If not, then what would I do with the left overs?  So much pressure! LOL  Well, thankfully, an idea popped in my head. To be sure my plan would look okay, I actually cut all the stickers apart...cutting the sticker sheet into individual stickers.  Then I laid out the stickers, overlapping here, tucking there, moving this up and that down. There were a few stickers that I matted on cardstock, as I thought it made them pop more on the Colonial White cardstock. Finally, I got everything laid out in a way that I liked and then...ready for this? I took a picture of it, so I could remember how I had it, because I knew that once I get to adhering them down, I would forget. Have you ever done that?

After I got everything adhered, I still felt like I needed more. I had a couple of "holes" that were bothering me, so I broke out my Cricut Artbooking cartridge and cut out the shapes found on pages 52 (paradise), 53 (sun)  and 67 (wave).  After adhering everything down, i sprinkled some Aqua Dots around. 
If you missed my explanation about how to neutralize adhesive on the back of stickers so that you can layer them and not have them stick everywhere, you can read about it HERE.

I hope you've enjoyed my second Seaside layout using the coordinating My Stickease and that you will return frequently to see the expanding additions to this fantastic blog hop.  So go ahead and check out all of the artwork by clicking on the thumbnails below. Happy hopping!

August's Specials

Until next time...

Friday, August 01, 2014

CTMH Blog Boosters Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

I'm so excited that this day is finally here!!  The new Annual Inspirations Idea Book is finally LIVE for everyone!!  I'm so thrilled that everyone can now see what has had all of us Close To My Heart consultants abuzzing. 

If the new idea book wasn't enough to inspire you, we've got a blog hop for you.  The CTMH Blog Boosters Annual Inspirations Blog Hop starts today and will continue to grow for the next seven days and you can view the entire hop from any single, participating consultant's blog. Cool, huh?  Just click on the any of the thumbnails below and it will direct you to that consultant's blog post where the project is shared.  Come back often so you can see all the new entries that will be added throughout the seven days.

In case you missed it, too, the new 2014/2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book is good for an entire year.  There will be two Seasonal Inspirations Booklets that will be available to customers in December and April.  I have to tell you, my brain almost exploded with all the choices and if I purchased everything I wanted, my wallet (and husband) would have exploded, so I zeroed in on just a few favorites.  One of those favorites is the Seaside paper pack.  I previously posted a card Workshop-on-the-Go Kit layouts using this paper pack and today, I'm sharing with you one of the two layouts I created using the Seaside My Stickease. I'll share the second one with you in a day or two, along with some additional details about both of these layouts.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Seaside B&T (includes the Desert Sand & Colonial White CS), Pear CSLagoon CS
Other: 3D Foam TapeNon-stick Microtip ScissorsPiercing ToolPowdering Kit (Mrs. Grossman's), Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)
Don't you just love these stickers? I achieve this layered look by putting 3D foam tape on some of the stickers and then, before removing the paper backing on the tape, brush some baby powder onto the sticky part of the sticker.  It essentially neutralizes the adhesive on the sticker. Then I remove the backing on the 3D tape and place my sticker where I want. By the way, if you love the shell stickers, there's also a great stamp set called Treasured Friendship with beautiful shells like these (on my very long wish list).

Speaking of 3D foam tape (and because it's easy to miss), CTMH is now offering foam tape in two different thicknesses.  The original foam tape and the one I used on this layout is 2 millimeters thick.  The newest 3D foam tape is thinner at only 1 millimeter thick.  What a great way to vary the levels on your layouts and cards, not to mention that the thinner tape is ideal for cardmakers who send their cards through the mail, as it allows you to have dimension, but not too much bulk for mailing.
The Aqua Dots are not new, as they were carried in the last idea book, but one of the things that makes Close To My Heart such a great company to shop with, is that products from one idea book to another can still coordinate with one another. These Aqua Dots are a perfect example of this.

Notice the charm on the journal box?  I simply used my new piercing tool to poke a hole through the sticker and then attached the faux antiqued gold arrow charm from the new Base & Bling Charms collections called Signature.

A couple of notes about two of these stickers.  I neutralized the top half of the lighthouse sticker with the baby powder, so that it would not stick to the the photo area. I'll be putting photos on this layout later and rather than worrying about trying to peel it up, I can simply slide my picture behind it.  Same goes for the lined journaling sticker, except rather than using powder, I just didn't peel the backing off of my foam tape.  There is foam tape in the upper corners to keep popped up, but again, I can just slide my photo behind it.

Before I go, I just want to let you know what the special promotions are for August. If you either already like the pocket style of scrapbooking or have wanted to try it, the first special is perfect for you.  Purchase any of Close To My Heart's Picture My Life scrapbooking kits and you can pick out any one of the eight 10-packs of our Memory Protectors for only $3! That's a savings of 70%!  Second, this month's Stamp of the Month is called "What a Hoot" and even though I'm not a fan of Halloween, I must say it's a cute set.  As always, you can pick up the Stamp of the Month for only $5 with any qualifying purchase of $50 or more. Of course, you can also pick it up for $17.95 without an additional purchase.
I hope you've enjoyed my project and that you will return frequently to see the expanding additions to this fantastic blog hop.  So go ahead and check out all of the artwork by clicking on the thumbnails below. Happy hopping!

Until next time...

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