Monday, July 27, 2015

I Did a Bad, Bad Thing

But I'm going to make up for it!

I completely forgot to share with you my latest published layout. The July issue of Create magazine is online and free for download.


My layout uses papers and stickers from Pink Paislee, handmade paper, shapes and words cut with the Cricut, and more.  To see a better quality picture, more great Readers Gallery projects, free sketches, and more in 277 beautiful pages, head on over to Scrapbook Generation and download your free copy today. You can also download the sketches from the magazine free in their online store.

I even have a special offer for you today! You can save 10% on your first purchase with SG using this link. I highly recommend their sketchbooks, which you can purchase in hard copy or digital form.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jump On It!

Welcome to our Jump On It in July blog hop! If you've arrived here from Haley Dyer's blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place. Here's the scoop on Jump On It in July:

This month's special offer is a one-of-a-kind chance to get your favorite set of Hostess Reward stamps without hosting a party, for only $5. Or, you can choose July's Stamp of the Month for free. All you have to do is purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps and the choice is yours!

There are a lot of great stamp sets to choose from, and I'm sharing two of them today. This first card uses the Hats Off stamp set along with the masculine Jackson papers.


My card design is from the Wishes pattern book, and I used the Happy Birthday stamp from the set on the inside. This is a great masculine set, but that clock could make some pretty feminine birthday cards as well.


My second stamp set is Happy Hexagons, and I chose to make this card using only cardstock to show you how to really take advantage of this special.


The sentiment and hexagon border images are from the Happy Hexagon stamp set. To get this set, you can buy the other two sets I used for this card, and there are tons of other possibilities for the three sets.

The single flower is from the Shower Flowers stamp set ($13.95).





The allover patterns are from the Botanical Backgrounds stamp set ($17.95).





The background patterns can easily be stamped tone-on-tone, like the pear panels in my card, or can be colored in, like my white panel. I used our watercolor pencils on my card, but you could also use our Shinhan markers with great looking results.


Remember, this offer is only good for the month of July 2015, so be sure to jump on this chance while you can!  If you are ready to shop, you can use my picture list below. The links open in a new window so you can continue on with the hop as soon as you're done. When you're ready to move along, let's go see what Pam Ellison has created for us!

Shopping List for Card #1:

Jackson Paper Pack
Wishes How-To Book
Kraft Cardstock
Stamp Pads in Glacier, Barn Red, and Cocoa
Hats Off - Promo appears in cart when you qualify!








































Shopping List for Card #2:

Cardstock in Pear and White Daisy
Make It From Your Heart - Vol. 2
Stamp Pads in Pear. Glacier, Sunset, and Canary
Watercolor Pencils
Shower Flowers Stamp Set
Botanical Backgrounds Stamp Set
Happy Hexagons - Promo appears in cart when you qualify!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Life is Wonderful! - July SOTM Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Stamp of the Month blog hop for July! This month's stamp set is Life is Wonderful, a set of 8 stamps that would be totally at home on a card, a scrapbook page, or home decor. If you've arrived here from Krista Hershberger's blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place! We'll continue around the circle until you get back where you started.

I particularly love the look of the chalkboard technique with these stamps, so I chose to use that on a scrapbook page. I used a sketch from the Reflections book for my design.


While you can certainly create a chalkboard look with other ink colors, I love the simplicity of the white. It also looks particularly striking on the black cardstock when used in a monochromatic project like this. I added two Cricut cuts from the Artbooking cartridge, and stamped a border using the arrow stamp and Topiary ink.


I used a masking technique to leave a gap in the frame, rather than have it stamp through the "wonderful" image.

Remember, you can get your set of stamps for only $5 with a $50 order. If you'd like to shop for any of the products I used, the photo links below open in a new window. When you're ready to move along, we'll go see what project Nancy Womersly has for us this month.

Products used:

July SOTM
Blossom Paper Pack
Cardstock in Topiary, Sweet Leaf, & Black
Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment
Stamp Pads in Topiary and Sweet Leaf
White Daisy Pigment Stamp Pad
Cricut Artbooking Collection
Round Sponge

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ice Cream Dream and Confetti Wishes

I had some time this week to play with the Ice Cream Dream stamp set again. This time I made a fun layout from my son's birthday. (Just click to see it larger.)



I used the Confetti Wishes paper pack, and I made an additional pattern paper by stamping the various ice cream images in coordinating colors on white cardstock. I based my layout on a sketch.


I also used the ice cream images to create paper piecings with some fun added color. I then stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and created a banner for my title.


I also paper pieced the ice cream truck and the puppy dog, using pens to color in his tongue and nose. I added some 3-D Foam Tape on some pieces for added dimension.

Remember, Ice Cream Dream is the Stamp of the Month for June, so after the 30th it will no longer be available. You can get yours for only $5 with an order of $50 in Close To My Heart products, or purchase it alone for $17.95 (plus tax & S/H).

Products Used:

Confetti Wishes Paper Pack
June Stamp of the Month
White Daisy cardstock
Stamp Pads in coordinating colors
Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
3-D Foam Tape

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ice Cream Dream

Hello an welcome to June's stamp of the month blog hop! This month's stamp set is Ice Cream Dream, a set of 7 fun stamps that I can't wait to use on all kinds of projects.  If you've come here from Judy Burger's blog, or if you're just starting out, you are in the right place.  Just hop around our approximately 50 participating blogs until you're back where you started.

For my first project with this stamp set, I made a birthday card for my ice-cream loving 14-year-old daughter. It was perfect, since we planned to give her money this year.


I used the Bokeh technique for the background (more on that at the end), and simply stamped the sentiment in black on it. On a scrap of White Daisy, I stamped the ice cream cone twice using Black pigment ink. I gave it a quick blast with my heat gun to make sure it was completely dry before coloring it with my alcohol markers. (I used Copic markers, but if you are looking for a more economical option, our ShinHan markers are a great alternative!)

After coloring the ice cream of one image and the cone of the other image, I cut them out. I cut the entire image with the cone colored, and only the ice cream of the other image. I mounted the ice cream on the cone using thin 3-D foam adhesive.  I then applied Liquid Glass to the surface of the ice cream and, while still wet, sprinkled on some chunky gold glitter to make it look a bit like her favorite Drumsticks.

I mounted my background on a black mat, then a Gypsy mat, then on to the card base. Once the Liquid Glass on the ice cream cone was dry, I adhered it to the background using more thin 3-D foam adhesive.

If you'd like to shop, here are the supplies I used:

June SOTM
Stamp Pads in Gypsy, Thistle, and Cotton Candy
Basics Mini Pigment Ink Set
White Daisy Pigment Ink Stamp Pad
Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Liquid Glass
Sponge Daubers
Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
Cardstock in Black, Gyspy, and White Daisy






















































Bokeh Tutorial:

The Bokeh technique is super easy! All you need are a few items:
  • White Daisy cardstock
  • stamp pads in 2-3 colors for background
  • white pigment ink stamp pad
  • sponge daubers
  • circle templates in various sizes - you can make your own using stiff plastic from product packaging and some circle punches (or a Cricut, etc.)

Step 1 - use sponge daubers and your colored stamp pads to randomly place colors on  the white cardstock. Let dry or blast with a heat gun.

Step 2 - Using the circle templates and a sponge dauber, sponge the white pigment ink randomly on the background. Be sure to overlap some and run some off the edges for a natural look. Let dry or blast with a heat gun.

That's it! Can you believe how easy that is?!

I'd love to hear what you think of this project before you go. Now, let's hop along to Maria Myers' blog and see what fabulous project she has for us this month. I'm looking forward to seeing all the ideas this month!

Monday, April 6, 2015

This Is What Happened...

Hello and welcome to our new product blog hop! CTMH has just released the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, and it is full of some great new products.  If you've arrived here from Kelly Janes' blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place! Just continue hopping along until you end up back where you started, and prepare to be inspired by over 40 talented consultants.

The first set of items I couldn't wait to order from this catalog are the Jackson paper pack and complements. They have a nice rugged outdoor feel, and I couldn't wait to put them to work on pictures from last year's trip to South Dakota.


The adhesive complements make it super easy to create a fun layout in a short amount of time.


This title was whipped up quickly using two adhesive complements, stacked. Note that I trimmed the ends of the zip strip directly above it to mimic the banner shape of the title and tie it in to the rest of the layout.


I used one of the included complements to journal, and I used three small medallion complements to build some page accents.  I simply cut a coordinating shape from a shade of Teal Glitter Paper, using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and a slightly larger one from Barn Red cardstock. I finished each accent off with an adhesive sequin from the Oceanside Sequins pack.

If you'd like to see details or shop for any of these items, I have a picture list below. Links open in a new window so you can come back to continue the hop any time. When you're ready to hop along, let's go see what Kathleen Androlewicz has for us on her blog.

New Products:

Jackson Paper Packet
Jackson Complements
Oceanside Sequins











Other Products:

Teal Glitter Paper
Art Philosophy Cricut Collection

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