Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bokeh Butterfly Card


With the Bokeh technique being all the rage right now, I couldn’t wait to try it myself. Instead of using the standard watercolor or sponged ink techniques I have seen used to create the background, I used Close to my Heart’s mini pigment ink pads. It was really fun. I started out by smudging some Crystal Blue Pigment Ink directly onto a piece of cardstock. Then I added a little Glacier, Juniper, and Lagoon ink. I used my finger to blend the colors together. It was really fun! It created a creamy, smooth background. I let it sit for a little bit and then hit it quickly with my Craft Heater.

Then I punched a bunch of different sized holes in a piece of vellum with some circle punches to use as a stencil. I laid the vellum stencil on top of the blue background and used White Pigment Ink with a Sponge Dauber to create the different sized circles which created the fun Bokeh pattern. (Make sure to overlap some of the circles, use various sized circles, and make some of the circles a little darker than others.)


Because the pigment ink is not easy to stamp on and when you stamp your sentiment first and then cover the stamped image with pigment ink, it looks faded, I decided to cut my sentiment from a piece of Cocoa cardstock. I used the Carolyna Pro Black font and created the “hello” sentiment in Design Space and then cut it with my Explore machine. I adhered it to the bottom with Bonding Memories Glue.

Then I stamped the adorable butterfly from the Hostess stamp set called Paper Bird onto a piece of vellum with Brown StazOn ink. I cut it out, bent up the wings, and adhered it to the cardstock by adding adhesive just to the body of the butterfly. I poked some holes in the cardstock with my Piercing Tool to create the trail. To finish it off, I adhered the entire piece to a Cocoa cardstock base.


Isn’t the Paper Bird stamp set cute? You can get it for just $8 with your hostess rewards when you host a qualifying CTMH Gathering either online, in person, or by contacting me with with a $150 order. With $150 order, you will earn $25 in Hostess Rewards (free goodies!) Contact me if you have any questions.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Taste of Summer Layout and Cards with FREE Cutting Guide

Have you seen Close to my Heart’s Taste of Summer Paper Packet and coordinating stamp set yet? It is a fun and “juicy” collection that is only available during the month of May. You can purchase the paper packet for just $8.95 and the stamp set for $17.95. And, if you order both of them from my website anytime during the month of May, I will send you a cutting guide to make the layout below and (10) cards (5 each of 2 designs) absolutely FREE! If you already ordered them earlier this month, I will be emailing you the guide shortly.


The juicy ink colors used in these projects are Topiary, Sunset, Canary, Chocolate, and Thistle. I also used a little White Shimmer Trim and some 3-D Foam Tape. If you have an Explore machine, you can use the Design Space file that I created here to cut the title and bracket shapes. (The font is from the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.)






The cutting guide will show you how to cut enough pieces to make 10 cards (5 each of the 2 designs below.)



The paper packet includes 12 double-sided papers.


The stamp set coordinates with the Artiste Cricut Collection.


Click here or on the image below to place your order. I will email you the cutting guide within 24 hours after placing the order.


If you have an Explore machine, you can use the Design Space file that I created here to cut the title and bracket shapes. 
(The font is from the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May Project Kit - Jackson Flip Flap Layout


I had such a great response to my Flip Flap Layout project (shown here) a few months ago and have had many requests for a more masculine version so I decided to recreate the project with Close to my Heart’s great new Jackson Collection. You will utilize Close to my Heart’s various sized Flip Flaps to turn three layouts into one fun interactive layout where you can add up to 52 photos and/or Picture My Life Cards! If you liked my last Flip Flap layout, you will love this one too!

This month’s local class will be held on Thursday, May 21st at 7pm. (If you'd like to order a kit to be mailed to you instead, see shipping option below.) The project kit is $40 and includes all of the following:

Additional supplies needed to complete the project:
Both pages closed...


Right page open...


Left page open...


Both pages open together...


Use photos or Picture My Life cards to fill each of the 52 spots on your layout!








Use the Jackson Compliments for titles and accents on your layout...





Watch this video to see how the interactive layout works. (Note: This layout uses different paper, but the layout concept is the same.) You will turn 3 layouts into one interactive layout ready to hold 52 photos, Picture My Life Cards cards, or other memorabilia.


Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than May 8th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered by May 8th will be mailed by May 23rd.
Kits ordered after May 8th, will be mailed within two weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance. 
Thank you for understanding.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. Be sure to use the drop down menu to choose your kit options. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please chose the shipped option. $6 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Jackson Flip Flap Layout - local pick up
$40
Choose this option if you will be attending the class or picking up your kit.
 

Jackson Flip Flap Layout - shipped 
$40 ($6 will be added for shipping)
Choose this option if you would like your kit shipped.
 

To find out more about my monthly "no-commitment" Creative Club, click here.
You do not need to be local to participate. *Ü*

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!


Happy NSD! I hope you are doing something fun and crafty today! *Ü*

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Promotions

National Scrapbooking Month 
Get a little taste of summer today for only $8.95!


Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month during the month of May with our exclusive mouthwatering Taste of Summer paper packet, available for only $8.95! Featuring bold, vibrant colors, this exclusive paper packet is perfect to pair with your sweet summery memories, and provides delicious designs for your layouts, cards, and more! This paper packet is only available during May while supplies last, so get your order in early. No matter where you are or what the weather may be, you deserve a little taste of summer in your life!




Plus, as a special bonus, during the month of May you can also purchase the exclusive Taste of Summer bonus D-size stamp set for $17.95. 



Watch this great video for more information.



 *Offer valid May 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–May 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the item ($8.95).  

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May Stamp of the Month - Just Sayin’ 
Get this adorable stamp set for just $5!



With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5! Add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($17.95) or, with your qualifying order of $50, add it to your cart for the promotional price of just $5.



Set of 14
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006)

Click here or on the image below to order your May Stamp of the Month.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Simply Inspired Blog Hop - Seasonal Expressions 2


Welcome to another Simply Inspired Blog Hop. This month we are featuring projects made using brand new products from Close to my Heart’s new Seasonal Expressions 2 Mini Catalog. If you arrived here from Debbi Fournier’s blog, then you are in the right place.


I fell in love with the new Wavy Blooms stamp set as soon as I saw it. I used it to create this set of cards. I stamped three flowers onto a piece of White Daisy cardstock with Cocoa Pigment ink and embossed them with Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder. This made it easy to color them in with ShinHan Touch Twin markers.



After coloring in each flower, I cut them out with Micro-Tip Scissors. I stamped the flower again onto a piece of 3¾" x 5" White Daisy cardstock along with one of the sweet sentiments from the Wavy Blooms stamp set. Then I adhered the colored flower on top with some 3-D Foam Tape. I matted the entire piece to some colored cardstock (Lagoon, Canary, and Gypsy) with more 3-D Foam Tape and then added them to the card bases.

Isn’t the Wavy Blooms stamp set pretty? It has quickly become one of my favorites!


While my markers and stamps were still out on my desk, I decided to try to make some coordinating envelope liners. I colored a piece of ink jet paper with the markers to see if I could create a coordinating color. (The paper I used is from Staples and can be found here.) I didn't want to use cardstock because I thought it might be too thick to use as an envelope liner. The ink jet paper worked perfectly! After I colored the paper, I stamped some flowers on top in Cocoa ink



Thanks so much for stopping by. Now hop on over to Bren Yule’s blog to see her fabulous creation. If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all of the participants here.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Project Kit - Blossom Layout, Cards & Mini Album Kit


This month’s project kit is almost like three kits in one! We will be using one of Close to my Heart’s new Collections called Blossom to make a 12" x 12" layout, 6 cards, and a fun 12-page mini album. The class will be held on Thursday, April 23rd at 7pm. If you are not local, you are more than welcome to order a project kit. See below for ordering instructions.


There are two pricing options for this kit. 

Option #1 - $40 
Includes all of the following to make the layout and 6 cards:
(4) A2 White Cards and Envelopes
(2) 3" x 3" Cards and Envelopes
(2) Sheets 12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
Pre-cut brackets, flowers, leaves, and layout title
Step-by-step Instructions

Option #2 - $48
Includes everything above plus: 
(1) 12-page 4" x 4" My Creations Mini Mix Album

You may also choose to add the Scallop Embossing Folder for just $8 more. (Your kit will come with two pieces of pre-embossed cardstock, but if you would like to make more in the future, you will want this great embossing folder.)

Additional supplies that will be needed to complete the projects:
Adhesive: 3-D Foam Tape (regular and thin)

This month’s kit comes with a very special stamp set called Happy Everything. Close to my Heart donates $3 to Operation Smile for each Happy Everything stamp set that is purchased. Not only will you be receiving an adorable stamp set, but you will also be helping a child in need of a surgical procedure to correct facial deformities.


This is the layout that we will be making.




We will also be making 2 each of 3 cards designs. 






  For an additional $8, you will also receive the 12-page 4" x 4" My Creations Mini Mix Album with instructions. (This would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift!)






Contact me if you would like more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than April 8th if you would like to join us for the class.

Kits ordered by April 8th will be mailed by April 25th.
Kits ordered after April 8th, will be mailed within two weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance. 
Thank you for understanding.


To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. Be sure to use the drop down menu to choose your kit options. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please chose the shipped option. $6 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)


Blossom Kit - local
Use this option if you will be attending the class or picking up your kit(s).
 


Blossom Kit - shipped
Use this option if you would like your kit(s) shipped to you.
$6 will be added for shipping.


To learn more about my “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here.
You do not need to be local to participate.