Saturday, July 31, 2010

Clear Card Day 4 & Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

The final clear card in my 4-card series features the August Stamp of the Month "Something Splendid" which works out nicely for the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop this month!

Over 65 consultants are participating in the hop this month, so you're sure to get all kinds of great ideas and inspiration using this fantastic stamp set. I, for one, got a little carried away with this one and kept on making things with it I liked it so much.

If you're following along in the hop, you've probably come from Kristie Herdener's blog. If you're starting here, just keep on hopping. Scroll all the way to the bottom of my post to see where to hop next.

All products used on Clear Card #4 can be Ordered From Me anytime...
• Z1098 Love Letters Rub-ons
• Z1309 Clear Cards
• D1424 Something Splendid stamp set
• Z1034 Black Ribbon Collection
• Z1285 Holiday Buttons
• Z726 Sponge Daubers
• Z888 Black Staz-on stamp pad
• Z2105 Black stamp pad
• Z2118 Desert Sand stamp pad
• Z2103 Bamboo stamp pad
• Z891 Versamark ink pad
• Z673 White Daisy embossing powder
• Z679 Liquid Glass

And here are a few other things I've been making with this set.

This round card gives a little sneak peak of some new products coming out in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book. Olivia papers, Shimmer Designer Brads, & 4 1/2-inch Circle Cards. Thanks for looking. Now hop on over to Antoinette Herrin's blog to see what creative ideas she has to share.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Clear Card Day 3

I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of creating designs with clear cards. Don't take the word "challenge" as a sign of difficulty, it's just a matter of using your mind differently than it's used to. You now have to think in layers, which is actually quite fun.

Today's clear card is another square with rounded corners. This time the fold is at the top. I'm sticking with the same color scheme as the two previous cards posted this week since this is going to be my card workshop in August.

As I was designing this card (here's where the challenge comes into play) I started putting white foam tape on the backs of some of the circles that are on the front of the card. Oops, that white stuff is going to show through to the back, but I want them to pop up! So I just cut the same size circles as the front, stamped them pretty, and adhered them to the inside front right in line with the others. This solved it quite nicely.

That big swoosh is stamped right on the front of the clear card first, using Black Staz-on. The black words and phrases are rub-ons. (See products list below.)

For the inside of the card, I placed the Desert Sand cardstock to the very back of the card which allows for a cool, shiny inside. I used some more circles for stamping, making sure to line them up with the ones on the front. The biggest circle would be a good place to write a short sentiment or sign your name. The smallest circle is stamped with Black Staz-on in line with the clear button on the front. Tricky? No, I just used the negative space on a piece of scrap cardstock from a punched circle as a template to line them up, then stamped in the "hole." The little flower inside is also stamped with Staz-on, only Brown this time.

The black scallop border is a rub-on. On the rub-on sheet there are two of these scallop borders. Each is a long 12-inch piece. I simply cut four pieces at four inches long each, then used just one scallop to join them at the corners. This was a big tedious, but I'm happy with the results.

All Products Used Today Can be Ordered From Me Anytime...
• Z1098 Love Letters Rub-ons
• Z1309 Clear Cards
• D1330 Connections stamp set
• D1343 Love Language stamp set
• Z1034 Black Ribbon Collection
• Z1155 Clear Buttons
• Z726 Sponge Daubers
• Z888 Black Staz-on stamp pad
• Z1142 Brown Staz-on stamp pad
• Z2105 Black stamp pad
• Z2118 Desert Sand stamp pad
• Z2103 Bamboo stamp pad
• Z679 Liquid Glass

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Clear Card Day 2

Since this is going to be a clear card workshop (in August) I have designed the four cards to have the same basic look and feel using rub-ons, black ribbon, buttons, and a similar color scheme.

Day 2's clear card is a scalloped circle and has a little more paper coverage this time. Using my Coluzzle circle template (I'll surely miss this system when my blade goes dull since Provo Craft has dropped the Coluzzle altogether) I cut a few papers and cardstock into circles about 3 3/4 inches in size, then split each across the middle. By the way, all products are from Close To My Heart and are listed at the end of this post.

Rather than gluing the papers to the front of the card, I adhered them to the inside front. This gives the front a nice shiny appearance and more depth. The large stamped flower on the front has been heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then popped up with foam tape for added dimension. And all those tiny buttons were adhered with Liquid Glass. In fact, I used the Liquid Glass on most everything this time.

The Happiness Is... is a rub-on that is straight, but that's the great thing about rub-ons, you can rotate them a little and make them do anything you want. So letter by letter, I just turned the rub-on sheet a bit so it followed the curve of the card. The word Family is also a rub-on.

The edges of the card have been inked with Black Staz-on with a finger-tip sponge dauber.

The background and texture papers are from an older paper pack called Silhouette Creative Basics Collection which is no longer available, BUT the regular Level 1 and Level 2 packs of the Silhouette definitely are and they are just as pretty.

All Products Used Today Can be Ordered From Me Anytime...
• Z1098 Love Letters Rub-ons
• Z1309 Clear Cards
• D1304 Life's Creation stamp set
• Z1034 Black Ribbon Collection
• Z1155 Clear Buttons
• Z1285 Holiday Buttons (cream and white)
• Z726 Sponge Daubers
• Z888 Black Staz-on stamp pad
• Z2105 Black stamp pad
• Z2118 Desert Sand stamp pad
• Z679 Liquid Glass
• Z671 Clear Embossing Powder
• Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
• Z555 Craft Heater
* Silhouette papers, not shown: X7090B

Monday, July 26, 2010

Clear Card Workshop Day 1

Today is the first day of a four-part clear card series I want to share with you. This series of cards will be offered at my August 15th Clear Card Workshop. Watch for details on that soon.

This first card is designed for your most special friend. Someone you've known for a long time and can always rely on. Someone you know that you will remain friends with no matter what. Hopefully we all have a friend like this in our lives.

This card is square with rounded corners, one of eight cards in Close To My Heart's Clear Cards pack. It has a monochromatic feel with accents of black either by stamping with Staz-On or by utilizing rub-ons. The large flower on the front has been stamped with Staz-On onto a piece of clear plastic from a discarded Sizzix package. Easy to stamp on and cut out. A clear button with black waxy flax has been added to the center.

All cardstock edges have been inked with Desert Sand and the border squares (don't they look like stone tiles?) have been textured with Desert Sand on a sponge tool. Two holes have been punched on the side of the card to accommodate the black ribbon.

With clear cards you always have to be mindful of what's going to show through on the other side, so it's best to use Liquid Glass and spread it thinly and evenly over the entire piece you want to adhere. This will have the least show-through, in my opinion. And if you have unwanted show-through, simply stamp a few little flowers and put them over those areas like I have on the inside of the card.

All Products Used in Today's Card can be ordered from me anytime...
• Z1309 Clear Card
• Z109B Love Letters Rub-ons
• D1354 Endless Friendship stamp set
• D1361 Thank You stamp set
• Z888 Black Staz-On
• Z1298 Texture Sponge Tool
• Z679 Liquid Glass
• Z2118 Desert Sand stamp pad
• Z1089 Black Waxy Flax

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Coffee Card - Tim Holtz inspired

Anyone who knows me knows how I do love my coffee. Before you start envisioning a jittery coffee junky who sucks down java all day long, let me correct you. It's far simpler than that for me: one daily 16-ounce cup of my old reliable Americano. (two shots of espresso plus steaming hot water and a little touch of cream) It's the best darn thing in the morning in my opinion. Well, except for a big morning hug from my kiddo. (You can see other coffee posts of mine in Sept. & Dec. 2009 and Feb. & March 2010)

Meanwhile, this is my latest of coffee-inspired (and Tim Holtz inspired) card. My goal is to create all things coffee and set up an Etsy shop. This may happen sooner than later, so watch for details.

The Tim Holtz inspiration of this card lies in the overall collagey-grungeness, as well as the actual product.

For example, this Texture Fade emboss called "Patchwork". The raised surfaces have been inked with Cocoa ink and a sponge dauber. The messier the better.

And this awesome filmstrip stamp from Tim's line of Stampers Anonymous stamps that matches up absolutely perfectly with his filmstrip ribbon which is clear with this great burnt orange worn look in the little corners of the strip. See that? I just stamped the filmstrip image, then laid this filmstrip tape over the top and attached with some staples.

The front Lions Coffee stamp and the coffee cup are from StampFrancisco, a great site of all kinds of cool vintage-style products. And the inside of the card (cup ring and splatters) as well as the phrase on the front are from Inkadinkado.

All other products and papers are from Close To My Heart, of course!

Now back to my coffee.... there's still a teeny bit in the bottom of my cup.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Chipboard Home Decor

Inspired once again by Wendy Vecchi, I wanted to try my hand at a wall-hanging using some of her ideas I picked up at Stamp Fest a few weeks back.

All products used are from Close To My Heart. Item numbers are listed at the end of this post. I began with two pages from the My Creations All Sorts Mini Album. Each page has a different endging, so it's fun to make several of these with a slightly different look. Since there are six pages in this album, you can make three!

With a sponge dauber and some Autumn Terracotta ink, I sponged the outer portion very heavily, then followed over that with Vineyard Berry, working out to the edges darkest.

Then I sponged Twilight on the next chipboard page, following up with Cocoa for a nice dark outer edge.

After letting the ink absorb and dry really well, I stamped with Black ink the definition of the word Happiness from the stamp set State of Mind. This has been done randomly as sort of a background treatment.

From our Fresh Shapes Dimensional Elements, I used the square chipboard frame and stamped it with the lattice stamp from the Bon Appetit stamp set using Cocoa ink. I also inked the front lightly with Desert Sand with a sponge dauber, and the outer edges with a heavier hand, incorporating just a touch of Autumn Terracotta ink.

I cut a piece of B&T (background & texture paper) a little larger than the opening of the frame window and adhered it to the back of the frame. This B&T is from the Simple Pleasures paper pack, my all-time favorite CTMH paper.

On a piece of Colonial White cardstock, I stamped these images from Bon Appetit. Two sets of grapes and two sets of leaves plus one more small leaf not shown here but shows up in the photo. Then I cut them all out carefully. You'll notice that one set of the leaves has been cut apart. This allowed me to fill in leaves to the cluster, as you'll see in the finished piece.

The grapes in this stamp set are a duet-style stamp, meaning that the grapes themselves are one stamp in the set, then the shadows on the grapes are another. I stamped the grapes with Vineyard Berry ink and the shadow with Cocoa. This is the great thing about working with clear stamps since you have to be able to see through the stamp to accomplish this step.

For the leaves, I stamped using Olive ink and added some Cocoa with a sponge dauber in certain areas like the stem and some tips of leaves.

I cut another piece of B&T paper just a little smaller than the page size, rounding off the bottom two corners, then stamping a leaf border with Twilight ink. I inked the edges of the paper with Cocoa.

For some finishing touches, I used Cocoa ribbon and Antique Copper brads and photo corner embellishments. The word Happiness is also from the State of Mind stamp set and was stamped with Cocoa ink.

To assemble this wall-hanging, I staggered the pages a bit so you can see the one behind the other. I adhered them with Liquid Glass. The stamped images have been popped up using Foam Tape here and there.

I will add some magnets to the back of this and hang it in my kitchen, but another variation you could try is to punch out only two of the holes in the top and weave one long ribbon to serve as a hanger for a decorative hook.

• D1416 State of Mind stamp set
• D1367 Bon Appetit stamp set
• Z1224 All Sorts Mini Album
• Z1019 Fresh Shapes Dimensional Elements (chipboard)
• Z1275 Antique Copper Mini Medley accents
• X7070B Simple Pleasures Level 2 paper pack
• Z1316 Cocoa Ribbon Collection
• Z725 Sponge Daubers
• Z2101 Autumn Terracotta stamp pad
• Z2157 Vineyard Berry stamp pad
• Z2114 Cocoa stamp pad
• Z2105 Black stamp pad
• Z2118 Desert Sand stamp pad
• Z2160 Twilight stamp pad

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

I had so many awesome, wonderful blog comments from you all during my time at Convention, I thought I would give away one of our brand new D-sized stamp sets that will be coming out in the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book.

While I technically can't post a picture of it here yet, I'll just say it's a BEAUTY! It's called "Circle of Love" and it features beautiful flourishes, a fancy oval frame, a big gorgeous peacock, a peacock feather, a pretty heart, and the word "Family" as well as the phrase "Together We Can Do Anything." It's a $22.95 value and I'm giving it away. If you left me a comment between July 6 - 11 on my blog, your name went into my random drawing.

And the winner is... Sara! She posted "Congratulations" on July 10th.

Sara, I would love to mail your prize to you, so please contact me with your mailing address. (I tried to click on your Blogger profile, but it wasn't available.)

If I don't hear back from Sara by Sunday, I will draw another name.

Sara, are you out there???

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Album Contest Photos

So many of you have been so kind in all your comments. I cannot thank you enough for the well wishes. In addition to comments here on my blog, I have received many, many e-mails, texts and phone calls. I truly do appreciate all the nice words. I am honored to have such supportive, loving friends and consultants. Thank you.

I have had a lot of requests to post the pages of my winning album, so here they are. You should know that there were specific guidelines for each layout and the number of layouts we had to submit to qualify. If you can read this first page clearly, you will see the order of my layouts according the to requirements.

Also, if you have the time, try to read the actual journaling. You would think that a family heritage album would be quite boring, but I did my best to take the factual and translate it more into a story of how the family has evolved; how each person's life led them to their spouse, and so on. In case you don't know, you can click on each photo to enlarge it to fill your screen for easier reading and to see details better.

This album not only took 2nd place in the Close To My Heart Corporate vote (earning me an awesome prize of every new stamp set in the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book, over $700 retail), it was also voted 1st place in the Consultant's Choice with a $500 cash prize! This was a huge honor, as I mentioned in my earlier post, since it was a vote from my peers in the CTMH family. Thank you for your votes and your confidence in me. I am truly humbled and grateful.

I will refrain from adding more comments with the photos, but feel free to ask questions if any arise. Thanks for taking the time to look. Have a great day!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Double Winnings - A very good day

It's late, but I'm on a high, and I don't anticipate going to bed anytime soon. I promised that I would share with you the results of the album contest, so let's get to it.

Drum roll please....

2nd place winner for the Close to my Heart Corporate Choice: Annette Green! I won one of every new stamp set that is featured in the upcoming Autumn/Winter Idea Book. Over $700 in retail product! Not only did I get this basket load of the stamp sets, I got a big beautiful bouquet of flowers. I was so happy and proud to have my team sitting with me, cheering me on, hugging me to death. This is what being part of a team is all about: support, love and encouragement.

After they announced the top 3 winners, they announced the Consultants' Choice, which to me is the highest honor of all. As they described the winning album and then added that "this consultant has already won in the top 3" I was hyperventilating! Then they said my name and I simply cannot tell you the feeling, the HONOR, the gratitude I was experiencing in that wonderful moment. I was humbled.

It was absolutely thrilling to win the $500 cash prize, but more than that, it was beyond description the happiness I felt. Artists by nature are sensitive people, I think, and most of us wear a thin skin when it comes to other people's reactions to our work. So when many people really like what we've created, the work that comes from our heart and soul, our blood, sweat and tears, so to speak, it is a very rewarding and gratifying thing.

I am so grateful to have such a loving and supportive team of ladies. My Flamingo Gals, my friends. They saw my album submission photos before Convention and they believed in me right from the start, even more than I did in myself. And they were all so genuinely happy for me. I was feeling the love in a big way tonight, and I can't thank them enough.

I was invited to a special reception afterward with other honorees of many different awards. I had my photo taken with our founder/CEO Jeanette Lynton, spoke with a few other consultants and corporate staff, grabbed a quick little bite of fancy dessert, then raced back to my team of Flamingo Gals so we could all share the joy together. We sat in the beautiful atrium courtyard of the Gaylord National and had a drink while we passed around every single new stamp set to get a closer look. I loved that we had that moment together. It meant a lot to me.

Now I have this big giant vinyl $500 check like you see on TV that I get to KEEP. I know just the wall that this will be hanging on in my studio when I get home.

It was a great day indeed. And I thank you if you were here and voted for me.