Saturday, August 31, 2013

My Virtual Open House is here, and September is full of specials!

I'm super excited to share my first ever Virtual Open House of the new products and samples from the Autumn/Winter Close To My Heart Idea Book. In my video I give an invaluable overview of the new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, share beautiful project samples, tips and techniques and feature details on the September Stamp of the Month and the National Stamping Month campaign called "You Are My Happy." So if you have about 37 minutes, please take a moment to check it out here...

September begins National Stamping Month in the crafting world and Close To My Heart is celebrating with a wonderful campaign called "You Are My Happy."

This adorable stamp set trio is only $10 with any qualifying CTMH purchase of at least $50 or more, September 1 - 30th only.

If you viewed the video, you already saw my samples. If not, here are a few fun cards I created...

The September Stamp of the Month is called "Poster Tidings" and can be yours for only $5 with any qualifying purchase of at least $50 or more. YES! That means if you spend $50 or more, you not only qualify for the "You Are My Happy" promotion for $10, you also qualify for the Stamp of the Month for only $5 too!

I used CTMH's new Designed Decor Flip Stand Album to create this piece...

(That's me hiking in New Hampshire.)

It was easy to create the colored words and phrases.

I stamped the big fall stamp six times in different Fall colors. Then cut each column of words at 2 1/2" wide, then sliced through the words line by line and then put them back together again, mixing the colors around. To keep it interesting, I popped up a few of the big words with foam tape. If you watch the video, you'll get a closer look.

Don't miss out on the September Specials this month. Shop with me starting September 1st through the 30th for these great deals!

Thanks and enjoy your holiday weekend!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Virtual Open House Preview - Halloween Circle Mini Album

Hello everyone. It's another peek at a project I'll be featuring in my Virtual Open House video coming September 1st. In my video I'll be sharing loads of projects from the new Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter Idea Book as well as an overview of the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and helpful creative tips using many of the new products.

Today I wanted to share a Halloween circle mini album I created from the Artbooking cartridge. Since CTMH didn't come out with a Halloween themed paper this season, I pulled a paper stack from my stash from last year I purchased at Hobby Lobby. This line is called "Jeepers Creepers" by The Paper Studio.

In my video I'll take you through this mini and show how easy it was to create. It measures 6 inches.

I began by cutting lots of images from the Artbooking cartridge. Whether or not I'll use all these, I didn't know at that moment. I just cut what I thought I'd use and started playing with them. Most of the images are cut at the 6-inch measure to fit the album. Yes, even those smaller pieces. That's something I'll explain in the video.

The Artbooking cartridge has many overlays for each book, layout, or card. This is a good example of one for the Halloween circle album. This was the start of my cover.

I'll take you through a few more photos of the pages and the overlays I used with them.

This mini album was so much fun to make and took me just a few hours. Be sure to watch my Virtual Open House video starting September 1st. I share some tips on this project and many more.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to work on my video. Have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Mini Matchbox with Tag Mini Album Inside

Good Wednesday to ya. (I can't help but think of that camel in the commercial, "Hump DAY!!!!")

I'm a happy girl because I'm featured on the Graphic 45 blog today sharing one of my projects from Summer CHA using the Graphic 45 Mini Matchbox. Be sure to hop over there and check it out, along with some other beautiful creations using the new 12 Days of Christmas collection by fellow designers Susan Lui and Anne Rostad. I've also included a tutorial to make my accordion tag album that fits inside the mini matchbox.

Here's a peek of my project...

Let me know what you think. Here's that link again. Have a great day!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Virtual Open House preview - Make it From Your Heart

Volume 2 of "Make it From Your Heart" is a must-have guide for your quick card making and scrapbooking needs. It's filled with easy-to-follow cutting guides to create 16 different 2-page layouts, two 1-page layouts and 12 card designs. And the price point can't be beat at only $7.95! This beautiful booklet will be featured in my Virtual Open House YouTube video coming up starting September 1st. Today I wanted to share a little sneak peek of a layout I created using this guide.

This is from Pattern #17. I love that this booklet includes two finished samples of each layout showing various options of the blueprint like rotating the page or switching the pages (in the case of a 2-page layout). Here I've used the new Laughing Lola papers and accessories, along with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge bundle which includes stamps and chipboard.

Before I share some close-ups, here is the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 book.

Do you have Volume 1 yet? If not, I would highly recommend both. They are right on-trend with current papers and embellishments and fit today's style of scrapbooking and card making. I take these along to crops when I need some inspiration and ideas.

The Laughing Lola papers are so fun with paisleys, plaids and cougar spots. This accent strip below the Sophomore Year piece is the zip strip from one of the papers in this beautiful packet. Each 12 x 12 pattern paper has an additional 1/2 inch coordinating strip along the top that can be cut away and used as an accent. I love that!

These adhesive-backed shiny gems have a colorful pattern in them that coordinates perfectly with the papers. The stamps are from two of the three sets in the Artbooking bundle, as mentioned above. The arrows are stamped onto the chipboard arrows that are in the bundle as well. Don't you love that the stamps, the chipboard and the Cricut cuts all go together? What could be easier?

On rare occasion, I will stamp and cut out letters by hand as I did here. I couldn't resist using the whimsical "Glamour" Uppercase Alphabet set. It didn't take long to cut them out, I promise. And it was worth the trouble, I believe, because it's so perfect with this layout.

This stamped heart is another image from one of the sets in the bundle. I stamped it with Gypsy ink then colored in some of the eaves and flower centers with a Bamboo marker. The satin paper clip bow is another accent from the Laughing Lola Assortment.

The photos frames and the journaling frame are a combination of the chibboard pieces and matching Cricut cuts in the bundle. Sure did make this layout easy to pull together.

Stay tuned for more on using the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge for your creative projects. I'll have much more to come!

Links to buy these great products:

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Virtual Open House preview - Burlap Bags

My Virtual Open House is coming soon. Starting September 1st on YouTube, I'll be sharing projects and products from the Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter Idea Book with you. It'll include the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge and what makes it unique, along with some helpful tips and ideas along the way. Stay tuned and I'll post it right here September 1.

Meanwhile, I'm working away on samples and ideas to share with you. And today I wanted to give you a little sneak peek at one of my new favorite items in the Idea Book: Burlap Drawstring Bags.

These little cuties come in a pack of three for only $4.95 and measure 5 3/4 " x 4". Plain burlap bags with pull strings to draw them closed tight. They are really fun to dress up with stamped images and embellishments. In my Virtual Open House video, I'll share tips on what types of glue to use, the best way to embellish, and things I learned while creating these.

Won't these be fun to put at your Thanksgiving table with a pretty napkin and silverware tucked inside?

Or as a little thank-you gift bag for someone special during the fall season?

A gift card fits inside perfectly.

So does candy or a special baked treat.

The ideas are endless!

Can't wait for the video and want to get your Burlap Bags now? Simply go here and order yours today. Or shop with your CTMH consultant.

More previews coming in the days ahead leading up to the Virtual Open House.

Thanks for popping in!

Monday, August 19, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - August Journal Page

Hello and Happy Monday to ya! Today I've been playing with masks, creating my journal page based on Tim Holtz's August Tag of his 12 Tags of 2013. I learned a few things that I wanted to share with you.

But first, here's how my page turned out...

My pages are 6 x 8 inches on Bristol, vellum surface, 100 lb. by Strathmore. At the end of the year, i will create a book with rings.

I'm pretty happy with my page but, like I said above, I learned a few things that I need to share with you.

Share #1: If you don't have the Distress Stains Tim used, you can substitute with Distress Inks. Sort of. Rub the pads right onto your non-stock craft sheet, spritz with water, spritz your tag with water, and then swipe. I found that using just Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone made my page very light. Not enough color for my taste, so I added Vintage Photo in the same manner. I still had some pretty light areas, so I used a blending tool and more Frayed Burlap to swirl more color into those spaces.

I did a little "Spritz and Flick" action with water, simply because I LOVE that effect. Then I inked the outer edges with Walnut Stain.

Share #2: When using Distress Markers on your stamps, don't forget to HUFF before stamping. This moisture from your breath reactivates the inks. Many of you probably already knew that though. These two stamped images are going to be my masked ones.

Share #3: When masking (not shown) and then stamping a big giant black area of a cruise ship, don't expect to get all the areas close to the mask to fill in with the black ink. I had to go back in with my Black Soot marker and fudge it. You can't tell, can you?

Share #4: I was a good girl and followed Tim's directions when creating my mask. And by that I mean that I used Staz-on ink, let it dry, then cut closely around it. What I learned, however, is if you stamp over the mask with Archival Black ink (my cruise ship) and then want to rub off that black ink from your mask, guess what? I wipes out everything! No big deal. I can still use the mask. Just passing that info on to you. I would just stamp with Black Soot Distress next time.

I masked off the compass (not shown) and then stamped the other. This turned out really nice so far.

But when I darkened around the mask with some Walnut Stain, that's when I saw that I didn't cut my mask quite close enough to the stamped image. See the halo? Oh well, Tim warned me. So that's what I'm passing on to you. Share #5: Cut right on your stamped outer line. As you can see, I added a little pop with some Distress Markers on my compass. I may color more later, but for now I like it.

I stamped Bon Voyage using the new Fern Green Archival Ink by Wendy Vecchi/Ranger. Love those new shades she's introduced. Then I stamped my birds with Archival Black. I added a touch of Salty Ocean Distress Ink above the ship too. Share #6: Just like Tim warns us all the time, if you're going to swirl color onto a page/tag, make sure you start off the tag and move in a swirling motion. If you are doing an area in the middle of your page like I did, just be extra careful and use a very light touch so you don't get those hard lines from the sponge on the blending tool. 

Another look at my finished page. I don't mind the little imperfections one bit. I enjoy the learning process and am happy to pass it on to you.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great day!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Celebrate Today and Always with Bohemian Bazaar

"Delicious" is all I can say about Graphic 45's Bohemian Bazaar papers. Bright and colorful usually isn't my style, but just like ALL Graphic 45 papers, it speaks to me with it's pretty patterns and color combinations. And with a little distressing and inking, those bright colors become more vintage and earthy.

I think you'll see what I mean with this card I created this week...

I always have the same happy dilemma when I create with Graphic 45 papers. Trying to decide which papers in the collection to use. I want to use ALL of them, so I end up using quite a few as I did with this 5 x 7 card. (I almost always create 5 x 7's, by the way, simply due to the increased real estate. I need space to put all those great papers!)

Let me take you through my process of creating this card and maybe you'll give it a try too.

First I began with the Bohemian Bazaar 8 x 8"  paper pad and cut the three horizontal strips:

1 5/8 x 4 1/2"
1 1/2 x 4 1/2 "
1 5/8 x 4 1/2"

(You can decide which one you want to be the shorter one. I made the yellow one the shortest.)

Cut the striped paper 2 1/4 x 4 3/4". I inked all edges with a brownish tan ink (Frayed Burlap Distress Ink by Ranger) then taped the four pieces together and distressed the outer edges, then inked them again.

With a coordinating tan/brown thread in my sewing machine, I stitched around the perimeter.
(click on photo to see detail)

Cut a piece of Boho Baz paper 1 3/4 x 4 3/4" and border punch the side. Ink edges. Cut a piece of burlap ribbon and fringe the edge. My piece is about 3/4" x 4 3/4".

With double-sided sticky tape, adhere the burlap to the left edge of the paper, then sew a large zig-zag stitch down the paper as shown.

Adhere both units to a card base. I used the dark teal-colored cardstock in the Signature Series cardstock pack by Core-dinations.

Choose your embellishment pieces. I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch and my Spellbinders foliage dies to cut these pieces from the Boho Baz papers.

For added interest and dimension, I like to ink the edges of my leaves and then burnish the ends with the wooden handle of a piercing tool onto a soft mat to get the leaves to curl a bit.

From one of the cut-aparts in the Boho Baz papers, cut a post card and ink the edges. I stamped "for you" along the bottom left corner with a dark brown ink. The main image is stamped using PaperTrey Ink's "Mat Stack 2" collection and the Mat Stack Die #2.

Add embellishments as desired.

Stamped element is popped up with foam tape.

I think burlap goes so well with Bohemian Bazaar. I have used it on almost every creation with this paper. The added texture is a perfect compliment. 

Here's the card again.

Thanks for visiting today. Hope you're inspired to create something beautiful with Bohemian Bazaar. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

French Country Student Memo Board

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! I'm featured on the Graphic 45 blog today sharing photos and details on this memo frame I made for my teenage daughter. There's a video there too, so be sure to hop over there and check it out, leave a comment so you can win a big prize pack, then come back here to let me know what you thought of it.

It's got all kinds of functional elements to it and is substantially sized at 18 x 18 inches.
It was really fun to make.

Let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks, and have a great day!