Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Over 55 consultants are participating in Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop this month, and with a new Idea Book filled with wonderful new goodies (Artiste Cricut cartridge, new colors and beautiful papers, just to name a few) this should be a very inspiring one!

August's Stamp of the Month is called "Baroque Borders" and has five distress-style flourishes to choose from. You can view all the images in this set in the right hand column of my blog. When you place an order of at least $50, you qualify to get the Stamp of the Month for only $5.

If you are already hopping along through the Blog Hop, you came here from Lisa Sargent's blog. Keep on scrolling through my post to the end to see where to hop to next.

Meanwhile, check out the 5 x 7 card I created with this beautiful stamp set.

The main stamped area is Cocoa embossing powder on our new Ruby cardstock.

I started the card by repeat-stamping one of the images with Ruby ink in a row onto our new Champagne card stock. Using a stipple tool, I dabbed some specks with Chocolate ink. (My card base is Cocoa cardstock.)

I edge-distressed a piece of the new Scholastic B&T paper and inked the edges with Cocoa.

Also from Champagne card stock, I cut this pretty frame on the new Artiste Cricut cartridge. (3 1/2 inches, Accent 4, pg. 60) I speckled Chocolate over the top like I did earlier.

Foam tape on the back to pop it up.

This was one of those happy accidents: one of the new Memo Assortments fit inside the frame perfectly! I added some colored seam binding (Creme Brulee and Olive) to the memo tag and popped it up with foam tape.

Happy Birthday was cut from the Artiste cartridge from Cocoa cardstock at 1-inch (pg. 70)
The flower is from the cartridge as well as the leaves. I used Creme Brulee and Olive cardstocks for those. The flower is one of four new rolled flower cuts.  (I used Accent 2, pg. 54 at 2 1/2 inches). Leaves are 1/2 inch, pg. 54 as well.

I added more of the colored ribbon along the bottom, scrunching it up as I glued it down.

Then to finish off the raw edges, I added some (retired) Antique Copper photo corners. (I'll surely miss those.)

Here's another look at my card.

Your comments are appreciated! Thank you. Now, keep on hopping through the Blog Hop and check out what Jen Rubio has come up with. I'm sure it's amazing, as usual!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Kit of the Month Club - August

The Kit of the Month Club is open to all 
and August's kit is now ready! 

Here are the details for my Kit of the Month Club:

Each kit is designed by me and includes beautiful Close To My Heart cardstock-thick, double-sided papers, coordinating embellishments, photos and instructions to make four scrapbook pages. I tend to throw in some extras too, like cuts from either of Close To My Heart's two exclusive Cricut cartridges: Art Philosophy and the new Artiste.

Kits are $20 each (plus shipping) and ship the first week of each month. Members sign on for a 12-month cycle, secure a payment plan, and then sit back and relax while I handle the rest. I've done all the design work, created an easy-to-follow cutting guide, and also supply additional photos so members can see all the close-up details. The pages come together in a snap!

Contact me at AnnetteGreen@me.com to start your 
Kit of the Month Club program!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

So Many Reasons to Join the Close To My Heart Family

If you've ever thought about joining the Close To My Heart family, now is the one of the best times to jump on this opportunity. And here are just a few reasons...

1. New Essentials Consultant Kit for only $49
Includes everything you need to meet your crafting or career needs. At approximately $130 in retail value, this is a great deal!

2. Master Consultant Kit for only $99
You've got a choice. You can opt for the new Master Kit which includes everything in the Essentials Kit plus more supplies and 5 Studio J layouts. This is valued at $280 in retail!

3. Free Close To My Heart tote when you join in August 
(while supplies last)
This beautiful bag was given out at Convention to all attendees! Wish I had been there to get one. And now they are giving all new consultants who sign up in August a FREE one. (while supplies last) This is a big vinyl-coated bag measuring about 18" high x 18" wide x 7" deep and has two deep side pockets, a large inner pocket under the flap, and a very roomy inside compartment for toting your CTMH goodies. It has a detachable/adjustable shoulder strap plus backpack straps for ease of carrying.

4. Become part of a family
Enjoy the company and camaraderie of my Flamingo Gals team and other CTMH consultants through quarterly team meetings, annual Convention, networking online and other CTMH events. This is a photo of my team back in 2010 at Convention in Washington, D.C. Some faces have changed, but we're going strong and growing together.

If you would like to join us in our Quarterly Team Meeting as our guest where you can ask questions, be part of our discussion, and enjoy a make-n-take project with new products from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book, we'll be meeting Sunday afternoon, August 12th from 1:00 - 4:00. I would love to have you join us!

5. Make money while having fun
Commissions start at 22% and build from there based on your personal sales, team members and their sales, and additional income can be made through classes, workshops and incentives. You get out of it what you're willing to put into it. Even if you're a hobbyist and want to join for the pure fun of it, there's always room for you in our family.

6. Set your own hours around your schedule
Imagine working from home, in your PJs creating beautiful things with paper and stamps! 
Imagine setting a schedule around your family and your lifestyle.
Imagine having the bonus of using your CTMH business for supplemental income to your other job, only this one is MORE FUN.

7. Be part of an excellent company
Close To My Heart is always on trend, always evolving, always listening to their consultants and responding in positive and effective ways. With their Online Training Academy, they have provided a limitless resource for both new and existing consultants to learn, grow and build a successful business. Online videos, printables, web images, flyers and weekly newsletters from the corporate office plus a monthly formatted newsletter for consultants makes YOUR job so much easier and enjoyable!

8. Convention 2013 is at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort 
in Orlando
This is so exciting for not only us local Florida girls, but for ALL consultants! 
Convention dates are June 27, 28 and 29th. (Leadership Day, June 26th)

So many more reasons, I could go on and on. Autumn/Winter is the best time to join Close To My Heart in my opinion because it's the heavy holiday season when people are wanting to create cards, layouts, gifts and home decor pieces. CTMH products sell themselves they're so great, all they need is a consultant to showcase them!

Contact me at AnnetteGreen@me.com if you think you might be interested in this opportunity or if you have any questions. You don't have to live in Florida to be on my team. It's so easy to do from anywhere in the country!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Time Flies, Enjoy the Journey

As I keep saying, July is my "get 'er done" month and today's project is one that's been sitting around waiting for me to start. I wasn't even really sure what I was going to make with this piece of wood, but I picked it up at my local craft store and then put it in a corner of my studio to wait for me.

$3.99 from the craft store. Measures about 7 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches.

This is what I came up with. This is filled with all sorts of wonderful Tim Holtz goodies. I'll be teaching this class in August to my All Things Tim group.

Usually I get my ideas when I go on my early-morning runs, but I've been healing from a hip injury, so haven't been able to do much of any type of exercise for a while. What's so interesting is my mind found another time to get inspiration: in my dreams. Seriously. I don't know if this happens to other artists but it's never really happened to me that I can recall. I would wake up (that half awake, half asleep thing) during the middle of the night (for several nights) and an idea would come to me, I would make a mental note of it, and then fall back to a deep sleep. Weird. The first night it was the clock with wings and Time Flies theme, then the next night was the composition with the gears and the Alpha Cards. Again, really weird for me, but very cool.

Here are a few close-ups and details...

Letters are Grungeboard Alphabet Soup painted with Red Pepper paint dabber.

Tick Tock Alterations Die by Sizzix. Wings were colored using the Faux Patina technique in Tim's book A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. II

Gears, gears, gears. Grungeboard and metal ones. 

I've been waiting for an opportunity to use these new Alpha Cards

This Philosophy Tag is a reminder to me. Time Flies, just breathe and enjoy the journey.

This has got to be my favorite Alterations Texture Fade. It's the riveted metal from the Diamond Plate and Rivoted Metal set. I used alcohol inks to color Ranger's foil tape sheets. The effect is so cool.

So artists, I would love to know when your best ideas hit you. 

In your dreams?

While exercising?

In water? (my daughter and another friend of mine say this)

Please share, and let me know what you think of the project. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!  

Monday, July 16, 2012

Coaster Wall Hanging - Live. Laugh. Love.

Pinterest is a wonderful thing. I'm sure I don't have to tell you this. So much inspiration! I could spend all day looking at beautiful things there. For example, this beautiful piece that inspired me a while back. It's been in my Idea Folder for months, and since July is my "get 'er done" month, now was the time to get to it.

This artwork comes from the blog "Delightfully Distressing" but when I try to go to the page, it comes up blank. I want to give credit where it's due, you know. So here's the link, at least, to a Pinterest page for Delightfully Distressing instead. Be sure to check them out. Really pretty stuff!

With my July Cards & More Club approaching I decided to create a Close To My Heart inspired version of the coaster project. Being at the end of the CTMH Spring/Summer Idea Book, I feel as if I've exhausted the season's papers and really wanted some bold colors, so I opted to use inks and stamping and not a single piece of pattern paper to create my design.

With the help of CTMH's Persnickety Journaling Spots and quite a few stamp sets (like 6 or 7) these coasters were easy and fun to create.

Each coaster starts off plain, then gets covered with colored and stamped Colonial White 4 x 4 squares of card stock. The card stock is colored with a Tim Holtz-style technique of puddling re-inkers and water on a non-stick craft mat, then dragging and dipping the card stock squares into them to create a multi-color marbleizing effect.

Here's what I came up with...
I added some flowers cut on the Cricut (Art Philosophy cartridge) plus some small paper flowers I had in my stash. Buttons, a crocheted flower, and some stamped-and-cut sunflowers embellish the whole thing.

Here are a few close-ups. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back in a few days with some exciting announcements about the new CTMH Autumn/Winter Idea Book!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New Kit of the Month Club Starts Now!

July's kit kicks off my new Kit of the Month Club. Each kit is designed by me and includes beautiful Close To My Heart cardstock-thick, double-sided papers, coordinating embellishments, photos and instructions to make four scrapbook pages. I tend to throw in some extras too, like cuts from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge or some other fun doodads.

Kits are $20 each (plus shipping) and ship the first week of each month. Members sign on for a 12-month cycle, secure a payment plan, and then sit back and relax while I handle the rest. I've done all the design work, created an easy-to-follow cutting guide, and will always post additional photos here on my blog so you can see all the close-up details. The pages come together in a snap!

Here's a look at July's kit assembled.

These pages would be perfect for your 4th of July celebration, birthday, or summer trip. 
(title banner not included.)

Included in this month's kit are these great corrugated stars. I've inked the raised edges with Black ink on a sponge dauber to give it a little more dimension and interest.

The rosette is fun and easy to make, and turns out so cool when including the zip-strip on the Close To My Heart paper.

Also included in this month's kit is a pack of Black Mini-Medley accents filled with button brads, metal tags, photo tabs, buttons and ribbon.

Try this easy and interesting treatment when adding a button to your layout. Punch a border strip with a circle punch that's a little larger than your button. Then glue the button into the notch you created. 

Empty spaces for journaling allow you to customize your layout to your needs.

The placeholder for my title was created with the Pennant Alphabet stamp set. When I'm ready to add photos to my pages, I'll re-stamp a new title. Pennants are not included in the kit, but give you an idea of how to create a fun title to go with these pages.

Want to join the new Kit of the Month Club? 

Simply contact me and we'll set it up.
e-mail:  AnnetteGreen@me.com

Thanks, and have a great day!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge - NYC Configurations Box

As I mentioned a few posts ago, July is my designated "Get 'er done" month, so I grabbed a Configurations Box I've been stashing, the mementos from our New York City trip (a year and half ago), and got busy.

This sure timed out perfectly since the  Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities challenge this week is Configurations Boxes! You can find some helpful tips on making a configurations box in Tim Holtz's book A Compendium of Curiosities II on pages 33 & 34.

Configurations Boxes are great for all those little doodads you pick up when you're on a trip and don't know what to do with when you get home. For me, I knew I was going to make this box before we went, so I was constantly on the look-out for small souvenirs during the trip.

The Lost & Found paper stash was perfect for this box. I used it exclusively throughout, along with the new Commute Tissue Tape. Perfect!

Mini numerals suspended by stapling them to filmstrip ribbon. Here I painted mine with Pool paint dabber, then distressed the edges with Walnut Stain.

We went during the month of March (Spring Break). Brrr, it was freezing!

I got the old blocks from a local antique store (remember, Lisa?), and although we didn't actually go to the Statue of Liberty, I felt that she really needed to have a place in this box.

My daughter was thrilled to learn that the Nintendo World Store was right near Times Square where we stayed, and the week we were there was the official unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS, so she got to try it out firsthand. The place was packed!

The apple was from my local craft store. One of those miniature foam ones. I sawed it in half and glued it to the back of this cubby hole.

This hanging frame was off of a Hallmark photo display piece I've been holding on to for a long time. To make it hang, I weaved the chain through two jump rings then attached them to a word stick (after drilling a second hole in the word stick) then glued the word stick flat to the lid of this cubby. It was a little tricky, but it worked.

We went to the top of the Empire State Building and then went to Grand Central Station. See the cityscape in the foreground of this cubby? (click on the photo if you can't see it) It's a stamp from Tim's "City Central" set, stamped with Staz-on ink onto clear acetate, then glued to the front lip of this cubby.

We also visited the World Trade Center Memorial. Those blue things you see are little tags we wore while in the museum. It was an emotional experience touring this memorial. They have tissue boxes positioned all around for good reason.

Of course we couldn't miss a trip to Chinatown where we picked up this mink Buddha figurine.

Seeing Phantom of the Opera in New York City has always been a dream of mine, and we were lucky to get very good seats ahead of our trip for the show. While there, we were delighted to find that Daniel Radcliffe was starring in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, so we managed to get tickets for that show too.

I made mini playbills from both shows by scanning the actual ones and shrinking them down in PhotoShop, then created a few more pages joined at the spine and then added some foam tape to pop up the pages on the right side a bit. 

I hope this encourages you to GET SOMETHING DONE with month. Just grab an unfinished project and commit to get it done! Once you start, it's hard to stop until it's complete.

Thanks for coming by today. Now I'm off to check out all the other Configurations creations over at Studio L3. Be sure you check them out too. Great inspiration!