Monday, September 10, 2018

Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop


Welcome to our Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop!  Our newest catalog was just released on September 1 and there are so many AWESOME new products!  Deciding what to feature for this blog hop was a tough choice!  I can't wait to see what everyone has created!  If you came from Michelle Loncar's blog you are in the right spot!  The hop is a big circle so when you get back to me, you will know that you completed the hop.

Let's get started.   For my New Product Feature I decided to showcase several new products including a new technique!  

Check out my card, which is LOADED with lots of new goodies!



When I decided to create a card using our new COLOR OF THE YEAR - SUGARPLUM, I needed help deciding which colors to use with it!  So I grabbed our new Love Of Color book to see what was suggested.  This new How To book features every color in the Close To My Heart's color palette in wonderful combinations along with beautiful artwork on every page!  
To compliment my Sugarplum choice, I used Sapphire, Sage and Linen.

Next decision...... which new Thin Cut tag?? The new Fancy Tags thin cuts have 10 tags - 4 of them having stitching!  To use as many tags as possible, I chose 4 to layer.  You can see two of the tags I used had the stitching.  The little tab behind the sage tag is one of the tags also.

I stamped my tags with Grateful Heart Cardmaking Stamp using Charcoal, Sage and Sugarplum inks. 

I couldn't wait to try out our new texture paste!  Using Design space, I chose a butterfly from our Artisty cricut cartridge and duplicated it a few times, then welded them together.  I cut it out on the new Stencil sheets.  Using the Matte Texture paste and my butterfly stencil, I added the texture paste to the lower corner of my card.  It dries pretty quickly.  After applying the 2 sapphire cardstock strips for my accent color, I stamped around the edges with our new Stitched Borders stamp right on top of the texture paste!  

I gathered all the tags and tied them together with Mink Twine and added some Sugarplum gems.

Here are all the products I used to created this card:
White Cards and Envelopes - X254
Love Of Color - 9045
Sugarplum Cardstock - X5989
Sapphire Cardstock - X6021
Sage Cardstock - X5993
Linen Cardstock - X6009
Fancy Tags Thin Cuts - Z4305
Grateful Heart Cardmaking Stamp - C1727
Stitched Borders Stamp - C1748
Charcoal Ink - Z2831
Sugarplum Ink - Z6500
Sage Ink - Z6504
Texture Paste Opaque Matte - Z4245
Palette Knives - Z4247
Mink Twine - Z4221
Sugarplum Glitter Gems - Z4192
Artisty Cricut Cartridge
Stencil Sheets - Z4244
Dual Action Glue Pen - Z553
3D Foam Tape - Z1151

I hope you enjoyed my card!  Contact your consultant to purchase any of these products.  If you do not have a consultant, you can shop from my website here:


Now it is time to hop over to Alyson Mayo's blog and see what she has to share!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September Stamp of the Month - Just Treats


Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month's stamp is Just Treats. This fun stamp set has 22 images!! If you came from Lauren Moore's Blog you are on the right track! The hop is one big circle so when you get back to me you will know you have completed the hop! If you get lost along the way, you can see the entire list of participants HERE.


I love this stamp because it covers Halloween to Christmas with some Thankfulness in between!  So many occasions all in one stamp!  I chose to create a Thankful card using our new Boutique paper featuring our Color of the Year - Sugarplum!


I brushed some Sugarplum Shimmer onto the white cardstock before stamping the sentiment in Peacock ink.  I love how this shimmer looks!  I wanted a decorative tea cup so stamped right onto the pattern paper and cut it out.  I added a bit of trim with the Sugarplum Glitter paper and also used the new Border Stitches on both sides.  The new Mink Twine and Sugarplum Glitter gems add the final touch.

Here is a close up of the Sugarplum Shimmer Brush!



Products Used:
Just Treats - September Stamp of the Month
White Cards & Envelopes - X254
Boutique Paper Pack X7235B
Sugarplum Cardstock X5989 
White Daisy Cardstock X6027
Sugarplum Glitter Paper - Z4188
Stitched Borders Stamp - C1748
Peacock Ink - Z2849
Sugarplum Ink - Z6500
Mink Twine - Z4221
Sugarplum Glitter Gems - Z4192

This stamp is available only through September 30th.
This stamp is just $5 with a $50 purchase!
Contact your consultant or order yours from my website!


Now it is time to hop over to Haley Dyer's blog and see what she has created!




Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Sign Up for Fall Virtual Card Making Classes!


I'm SOOO excited about the next session of Virtual Cardmaking Classes!
What is a Virtual Class? And why would YOU want to take it?
What do you get out of it?
I started doing the Virtual Class for several reasons. Maybe one of these reasons applies you?
  1. The date and time of an actual workshop does not always work with everyone's schedule. Especially in the fall with school activities going on!
  2. I work full time - so can only do classes in the evening. Going to class while your kids are in school is easier or you don't like driving at night.
  3. I live in Murfreesboro, TN - you live several hours (or days) away!
  4. You like to be crafty at 2am.... I don't (I used to...my body just doesn't allow it anymore!)
  5. You've never created cards. If you are only a scrapbooker, creating cards can be intimidating! I KNOW! When I went to create my first card I was STUCK on where to start!!
  6. You are afraid to cut your paper. You might cut something wrong and you only have one chance to get it right! (Believe me - I've had this fear when I know I have ONE CHANCE to get it right!)
  7. You are not afraid of cutting your paper wrong - you just hate taking the time to cut it! Honestly, some people just do not enjoy cutting paper!
This is a 4 month class. The price of the basic kit each month will always be $28. You will have the option to add 1-3 ink pads at $9.50 each (ALWAYS OPTIONAL).
The kits are our awesome Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kits but what makes these kits different is I will order and PRE-CUT the materials for you! When your kit arrives in the mail from me, you will have everything that comes in the original kit PLUS your leftover scraps (you can create more cards!) and the pieces for each card will be sorted into marked envelopes! Now all you have to do is stamp and assemble! ALSO, when I ship the kits to the members they will get an extra little "happy" (something that you can use on your cards that is not included in the actual kit!)
What do these kits include: (See photo below for a recent kit that was shipped)
1. 12 Cards & Envelopes
2. SORTED Pre-Cut Papers plus scraps
3. Embellishments
4. Exclusive Stamp set
5. Printed Instruction Guide
6. EXTRA HAPPY from me!
When you join my fall session of classes, you will be sent a link to join a FACEBOOK GROUP CLASSROOM. On or close to the 15th of the month (depends on which day it falls) I will post a Facebook LIVE video in the private classroom group showing how to create each card - walking you through each step start to finish. You can follow along with me LIVE or watch when it is convenient for you! Have a question? Ask away! Share you creations!
ATTENDING CLASS OFFERS A BONUS: In addition to the cards we create in the kit, I share 2 additional cards I created using the same pre-cut pieces in different ways to create a 2nd look! These extra cards aren't shared anywhere else - so attending class is the only way you'll see them! I'll give you stamping tips along the way. 
Even though the actual WYW kits will be increasing in price starting September, I'm going to keep the base price of the kits at $28 for this session. This prices includes the pre-cutting of kit, ALL of your kit materials including the stamp set and guide, and priority mail shipping to you! I am NOT including the cost of shipping the kit to me first. Each additional ink added will be $9.50. All payments for the class are through Paypal. 
Our first Class will be Hugs for You.
Ink colors needed to create these cards are: Charcoal, Saffron & Sugarplum
Sign up BEFORE September 3 and I will mail you a NEW 2018 Holiday Expressions!
Sign up for your first class here!
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Hugs For You Virtual Class

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