Tuesday, September 28, 2010

No More Trick or Treating!

I received a Hooligans Level 1 kit (X7129A) in one of my bundles I purchased from convention.   This kit is so cute but I really don't have any cute little trick or treaters at home anymore.   I pulled out the pre-printed base pages and stickease and immediately thought  - "this kit does NOT have to limited to Halloween!"   My daughter, Kayli attended the Young Life camp at Windy Gap this past summer and she came home with lots of pictures.  The camp is nestled in the midst of the hills of North Carolina and her pictures the captured beauty.   There were also some great pictures of Kayli and her friends - moments captured in time.  

It had been a while since I scrapbooked with a Level 1 kit.  I had forgotten how fast you can put these together!   Simple, Easy & Fast - I did both of these layout in under an hour.   The stickease that accompanies this kit is not "Halloweeny" and they were perfect for these pages.  When your creative juices are running on low (and we all get there at some point in time) just pull out a Level 1 kit and put it together in a snap.    On the back of the two sheets of stickease are layout suggestions.   No thinking here but it does get your creative juices flowing again!  

Check back later this week for more Hooligan pages with the Level 2 kit!

Friday, September 24, 2010

What does $100 look like?

Next month, October, we are going to be Jumping for Joy!  Why?  Because anyone that Host a Close To My Heart Gathering (party) with sales of $450 gets bumped to the next level of rewards!   That is awesome because the next level means you can choose $100 in FREE select Close To My Heart products!  So, do you wonder what $100 in rewards looks like?   Here is an example of what a Hostess might choose:

Shown in the picture is a My Reflections Level 1 kit, a My Reflections Level 2 kit, Level 2 My Stickease, a combo pack of cardstock (24 sheets - 4 sheets of 6 colors), a D-size stamp set, 3 My Acrylix blocks, 3 Exclusive ink pads and a marker!  That is a ton of stuff! From all of this alone you could really generate some layouts and cards.

BUT WAIT!   Not only do you get $100 in FREE product, you can choose ANY 2 items at 1/2 price!  So, to help you create all of those layouts, get our new Magic book at half price.  You will need something to store all of  those beautiful layouts in so choose one of our new My Legacy Faux Leather albums for half price!  Here is a picture of what your total Rewards would look like:

With these two half price items, all of this would cost you less than $28 (before tax and shipping).  That is an awesome deal.

Do YOU want to be jumping for joy?  Host a Close To My Heart Gathering in October!   Check out My October Calendar on my website for available dates and book your party today!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cardmaking Made Easy

I used to NEVER make cards.  My paper crafting abilities were pretty much limited to making scrapbook pages.   Why was it easier to make a 12x12 layout than a small card?  For some reason I was intimated by that small card that didn't even include a picture!  Yet every time I went to purchase a card I cringed at paying $3.75 - $4.50 for a card.  I would think to myself "With all those scraps I seem to hang onto, I could easily make a card for much less!"  I had all of these beautiful papers and embellishments from Close To Heart that would make beautiful cards.  I needed to be using them!

Then, Jeanette Lynton came to my rescue!   She introduced her first "How To" book for cardmaking called Originals.   The front cover alone will entice anyone to open it up and just breathe in the ideas.  The artwork in the book was enough to inspire even the least creative mind!  A couple of years later, Jeanette introduced us to her 2nd book, Wishes.   These are two of the best books I've seen on making cards of all sizes!  From small 3x3 gift cards to the 7x5 cards and even trendy circle cards!  Each book comes with a CD that includes templates for some of the card designs and templates for making envelopes.

Each book has 100 unique card designs that include blueprints, cutting dimensions and step by step  instructions.
Now I have NO excuse.   I have not purchased a single card since I bought my first Originals book!   When I need a creative break from layouts, I make a few cards.   And of course, with each Workshop kit I do, I make at least 3 cards from the kit instructions.   Now, when I need a card for a special occasion on short notice, I just go to my card box.

My card box is a My Acrylix Organizer (Z1038) that holds our My Acrylix stamp sets but it works perfectly for holding my cards.  I made subject dividers so that I can go right the cards I need!  One of these days I'll get around to covering the box and making it pretty but in the meantime it serves its purpose just right! 
Jeanette Lynton has some beautiful cards on her blog today using colors from the new Summer palette.  Be sure to check them out here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Catching Up with Studio J

I think we all feel a little behind when it comes to scrapbooking.  I know I do!  I FEEL organized.  I THINK I am.   ha ha I will immediately download pictures that I've taken at special events, weekend trips and more. Then I assign them to certain folders with titles and dates.  I know those pictures are there - on my computer when I'm ready to scrap them.  Nothing wrong with that except I'm accumulating more pictures than I have time to scrap!   I have found that I will scrap the more recent events first and those other photos?? Well they just get pushed lower on the priority list.   I'd have to sit down, sort through them and then select the ones I want to print for my layouts.   If I'm sending them to print I feel like I already need to know the layout I'm using so that I will know if I need a 8x10, 5x7 or a regular 4x6.  Oh it's hard to decide! If the picture is particularly good, I'll order at least a 5x7 and ALSO get the 4x6.  Who knows... I may need both. This gets expensive!   I've got a really good printer that prints great photos but if I print all of my own photos I'm running to the store to buy more ink all the time!

While I love the traditional scrapbooking with paper and embellishments I have a great way to catch up on those others photos that have seem to have taken their place in line that just seems to move backwards.   It is Close To My Heart's new Studio J program!   No, this is not a software you purchase. It is right there ready to use on the web and so easy!  You can get to it by clicking on the Studio J link on my website.  

Two years ago I drove to Seaside Florida for a weekend retreat of scrapbooking and relaxing with other Close To My Heart Consultants.  I got back and downloaded my pictures but something else came up that I wanted to scrapbook and then another event, and another.  What do you know! It's been TWO YEARS and they were still sitting there.  So tonight, I sat down and downloaded the pictures to Studio J (very easy and quick) and within 30 minutes had this layout!  This layout had a 5x7 and all I had to do was drop the picture in and it sized it.  Check out the lovely Tina Sutton sporting her flamingo shades!

On Labor Day we picked up our new puppy so of course I took lots of pictures of that!  Last Saturday I did this page in less than 20 minutes!

I am way behind on my daughter's last year's softball season. I've got to get those finished before the new season begins!   I think I will do all of those on Studio J.  Instead of spending many hours over several days on those pages, I can have them done so much faster! That will leave me time to do the traditional pages that I really love to create.

There is so many AWESOME aspects to Studio J.   The best deal is the membership.  I purchase a one year membership for $99.   This membership offers great benefits.  I pay only $6.50 for my layouts (up to 10 a month) and I get FREE shipping and FREE memory protectors! I also get FREE JPG files so I can take them and get additional layouts printed somewhere else.  ALSO, if I don't want to purchase the layout, I can just purchase the JPG for only $3.00.     Members also get additional layout and paper choices not offered to non-members.   I expect to see some Member only specials in the future too!

Craft Critique did a review on Studio J.  Read here to see what they had to say!

If you haven't tried out Studio J, do it today.  There is No Charge to Play!   I would love to see your comments on what you think about!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Customer Spotlight - Mandy LaCroix

One of my very good friends and a very talented customer, Mandy LaCroix created this layout using CTMH Cherry-O Paper.    This paper was introduced in our Summer Idea Book and was one of my favorites!   Mandy loves to create gift books for friends and family.   This is a page she designed for a new baby.    Mandy actually mixed in paper from another paper pack with this layout.   The green matting underneath the Tulip Cardstock is B&T is from the paper pack Daydream.    One paper pack will go a long way for pages and cards but when you mix them with other paper packs you can stretch their use even more! 

To accent the 8x10 photo that will go onto this page Mandy used her Bowl of Cherries stamp set  that came in the Cherry-O WOTG kit.  Mandy used the 2nd Generation and Rock n Roll technique to stamp her Cherries.   First, using the 2nd Generation technique, she inked the Cherry with Tulip ink and stamped it on a scratch paper.  Next she rolled the edges of the cherry into the Tulip ink.  Then she stamped the cherry onto her page.  This gives her cherries a dimensional look. 
For Mandy’s title “Sweetie” she used the Essential alphabet stamp (now retired).   "our little" is from the stamp set Baby (also retired).  To set off the Tulip mat under the Cherry B&T paper, Mandy dry embossed each corner and sanded before layering.  For an extra flair to her layout she added Tulip and Clear buttons tied with Chocolate Waxy Flax and knotted a Chocolate ribbon across the picture.

These special WOTG (Workshops on the Go Kits) are available each Idea Book.  They include a Level 2 paper pack, B-size stamp set; 1 accent and a step by step instruction guide for completing a 2 page layout and 6 cards.  You still have plenty of paper and cardstock left over to create even more.  To see the Autumn/Winter Workshop on the Go kits available now go to Shop Online and select the Workshops on the Go Kits on my website.

Thank You Mandy for allowing me to feature you this month!  Be sure to leave her a little "love"!  We'd love to see your comments!

Would YOU like to be in my Monthly Customer Spotlight?  Each month I will select a customer's artwork to spotlight.   It can be a card, layout, 3-D project or other artwork.  I just ask that you use only Close To My Heart products.   Email a picture of your work along with a recipe of products used.  I'll select a new Spotlight each month.

Cherry-O Level 2 Paper X7123B
Tulip Mini Medley Accent Collection (Buttons) Z1320
Clear Buttons Z1155
Chocolate Waxy Flax Z1088
Chocolate Ribbon Z1127
Chocolate Ink Z2111
Tulip Ink Z2166
Sweet Leaf Ink Z2153

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Clear Christmas Cards

Have you seen the newest craze in card making?  It's Clear Cards!  Clear Cards create a new twist on dimension in card making. They are so fun to work with but to some, it might be a bit intimidating.  Where do you begin?  What type adhesive do you use? Will it show? How do you layer?  All these questions will be answered at my Clear Christmas Card Workshop.  We'll make 4 cards (2 each of 2 designs) using the Mistletoe Creative Basics paper and three stamp sets:  I Believe, Nature's Gift and Adorn-ables.  Inside the cards, we will stamp a sentiment so you can't see it until you open the card.  

For more information on this workshop, go to November 11th on My Calendar.
Deadline to RSVP for this workshop is October 10th.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Under the Mistletoe - ALREADY?

Sometimes it is hard to think about Christmas this early but every August I start planning my annual Christmas Card Extravaganza workshop. This year, I have two very different workshops planned!  Tomorrow I'll be featuring my 2nd Christmas Card workshop with Clear Cards so be sure to come back!

For my annual Christmas Card workshop, I chose our new Mistletoe paper. This paper has a vintage Christmas look to it. Next, I needed to choose a stamp set or two to use.  Since July's CTMH convention I have had many new Christmas stamps that I have been waiting to use.  I had so many choices it took me a while to decide which two I would use. I finally settled on Adorn-able and Father Christmas.  Adorn-able reminded me of the old glass ornaments that we used to hang on the tree when I was little.  All sparkle and shine.  I used the Glitz Glitter Gel to make my ornaments sparkle like the ornaments of old.   The other stamp I used, Father Christmas, is totally vintage - perfect for the Mistletoe paper.   I love the postcard stamp so I knew I had to use that on one of the cards.  Ribbon and pewter brads complete the cards.   This year I added a DELUXE option my workshop.   My workshop attendees can opt to purchase the Mistletoe Level 2 Accents to create a real vintage feel to their cards.  See the two options below.  I have included a slide show of both the basic cards and the Deluxe Cards.
BASIC CARDS - 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs)  

DELUXE CARDS: 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs) These cards include the optional Mistletoe Level 2 Accent Assortment

For more info on the workshop dates and cost, check my November Calendar.
Or email me at gmbscrapper@comcast.net for more information.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Something Evil's Lurking In The Dark

And it is September's new stamp of the month Thriller!   Create some FUN Halloween party invitations and cards with this stamp.  I have to admit, when I first saw this stamp I wasn't sure how to use it.  After some trial and error I finally created a "thrilling" clear card!  For my clear card below, I used the paper from the new Hooligan's paper pack.  This is such a fun paper pack!  I stamped the vampire image onto Lagoon card stock with Versamark ink and then heat embossed Black embossing powder onto it.  Note: Heat embossing does not work directly on the clear card unless you are going for rippling warped affect.  (part of my trial and error)  I added a knotted ribbon from the new Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset collection.  When you open the card, you will see "Scary Halloween to You!" hidden underneath the vampire.

For my second card, I used the Wishes - Pieced Together pattern for this 6x6 card.  Again, using Hooligans paper, I stamped the skull on white card stock and then again on the Gypsy B&T.  I cut out the heart from the Gypsy stamped image and glued it to the skull on the white card stock.  The ribbon, button brads and tag are all from the Mini Medley Accents Sunset Collection.

When I was finished playing with this Thriller stamp, I began to clean up the mess I had created.  My daughter, Kayli, came in to ask me a question and she spotted the stamp set laying there on the table.   She said "Oh that makes me think of Ed Hardy".  For those that have not heard of Ed Hardy, this is fashion design created by Christian Audigier.   He once dreamed of being a rock star but he couldn't really sing, so he began designing clothes that have a Rock Star flair.  Kayli really likes his perfume more than his clothing designs.  ANYWAY, after she said my stamp set reminded her of Ed Hardy I knew my work with this stamp set as not done!  All day I kept thinking I needed to create something "Ed Hardy" style.    So as soon as I got home from work I sat down to put my ideas to paper.   Here is what I came up with...
I used textured card stock in the colors of Ocean, Watermelon and Citrus Leaf.  (All of these colors are retiring at December 31)  I stamped the Skull onto the Ocean and trimmed it close to the swirls.   Next, I random stamped the bat and crown onto the Watermelon card stock.  I stamped these very close together.   On the Citrus Leaf piece of card stock I stamped the outer edge of the skull all along the edges with the top of the skull toward the center.  When I layered the pieces you cannot see the skull.  To give it some "rock star" bling, I added some of the new sparkles from our new Sparkles collections.   Then I added a "Happy Birthday" tag. 
The card stayed around for 2 days.  My daughter gave it to her friend for her birthday.  I guess it looked "Ed Hardy" enough for a 15 year old! 

This stamp is ONLY available until September 30.  
Check out my website for ways to get it at a discount or FREE!

I hope you enjoyed my creations with the Thriller stamp set.  If you want to see more, jump onto this blog hop.  Start with Helen's Hooked on Stamping Blog and each blog will take you to the next.  Have Fun! 

Check back next week to see what I did with the Hooligans Level 1 kit (and it's NOT Halloween!)

Thriller September Stamp of the Month - D1442
Hooligans Level 2 Paper Pack - X7129A
Mini Medley Accents Sunset Collection - Z1338
Sparkles - Blue and Green Assortment - Z1327
Sparkles - Red Purple and Pink Assortment - Z1326
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