Tuesday, April 30, 2013

May Stamp of the Month - Pinwheel

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring Pinwheel, a set of 10 stamps.  If you have come here from Michelle's Blog you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.   If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE 

We have over 60 consultants participating in the hop. Following the hop is easy, just click on the link at the end of the post and it will hop you right over to the next blog!

I created two cards with this set.  For my first card I created a ferris wheel of pinwheels.  The Artiste Cartridge has the perfect ferris wheel image.  

My second card is a fun graduation/celebration card.  I used the coordinating pinwheel image from the Artiste cartridge to cut out the pinwheels.  Then I layered them for a fun look. 

Remember! The Pinwheel Stamp of the month is available ONLY during the month of May!  You can purchase it for just $5 when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products!

Getting to $50 is easy this month! When you purchase $35 in current Close To My Heart products, you will qualify to get the special Dream Pop paper for $10!  (See the Dream Pop special HERE!Add another $5 purchase and you will qualify to get this fun Pinwheel stamp for $5! (The Pinwheel stamp retails for $17.95 - this is a huge savings!)

Now, hop on over to Dawn's Blog and see what she has created for you!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dream Pop Special Preview Blog Hop

May is National Scrapbooking Month and once again Close To My Heart has KNOCKED it out of the park for another HOMERUN winner!  Go into most any store and you will see bright colors of  Banana, Mint, Raspberry, Strawberry and Tangerine.  These yummy colors are featured in our exclusive DREAM POP paper packet which includes 12 cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only—you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else!

Today, we have 35 consultants giving you a special preview of our new DREAM POP paper that will only be available during the month of May.   This hop is great big circle so you can start here and click the link to next blog near the end of each post to hop to the next great piece of art!  You will know you have made the complete circle when you get back to me!  If you came from Elizabeth's blog you are on the right track!

When I got my paper pack in hand I knew I wanted to created something extra special!  My baby is graduating from High School in May.  She loves bright colors and hot trends so I wanted to create a special book so that she could record those special memories this past year.   I used Close To My Heart's My Creation's Bookmark Album to create this book.  

This book has a magnetic flap closure which is not really designed for a lot of 3D depth and layering on the pages.  I wanted to add lots of accents and layers so I cut the flap from the back page and the spine from the  middle.   I really liked the look of the flap so I covered the flap and glued it to the front cover.  I replaced the small rings with larger rings to fit my now bulky pages.

Here are a couple of pages from the book.  I'm still working on the others and will share when I'm finished.

Don't you just LOVE this paper??  This paper is so hot it is going to start flying off the shelves on May 1st so you will want to order yours EARLY!  For every $35 you spend, you can get the Dream Pop paper pack for $10.  That is an AWESOME deal!  As an added bonus - party hostess will get a FREE pack when their sales reach $400.  Contact me to book your party today!

For more inspiration, be sure to follow my Dream Pop Pinterest Board, where I'll be pinning all things Dream Pop.  Remember to to visit my website www.stampinheaven.ctmh.com on May 1 to order your own Dream Pop Paper pack!

Now, it's time to hop on over to Pam's Clearly Crafty Corner to see what she has created for you!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cupcakes and Dream Pop

WOW!  Two cards in two days!  I guess I'm trying to make up for missed creative time the last few days.   I created another card with the special Dream Pop Paper that will be available beginning May 1 until May 31 (or until supplies last).  This paper is so much fun I'll be REALLY surprised if there is any left at the end of May!

This morning when I checked the blog challenges I got an idea to combine the Mojo Monday sketch with the Heart 2 Heart Challenge (create something with a cake or cupcakes and twine).  I couldn't wait to get home and put my idea to an actual card!

Here is what I came up with:

I used some Dream Pop pattern paper for the bottom portion of the card and the rest is cardstock from the Dream Pop pack. The cardstock is so cool because it has a resist pattern on it.  Each color has a different pattern.  I used the cupcake stamp from Pun Fun (C1501) - one of my favorite sets!  I used Black Pigment ink for my stamping because this is resist cardstock and our waterbased inks don't adhere to the resist portion very well. I had to make sure the ink was dry before I cut them out so that they wouldn't smudge. Instead of ribbon, I used four colors of twine, which matches the colors of Dream Pop perfectly!  

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch that I used - 

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 White Daisy Card - Bulk Pack - X254
Dream Pop Paper (Coming May 1st)
Pun Fun - C1501
Joyful Birthday - B1419
Baker's Twin Neutral Assortment (Grey) - Z1701
Baker's Twin Paradise Assortment - Z1702
Basic's Exclusive Ink's Mini Pigment Pads - Z2503

Be sure to join me on April 26 for a Dream Pop Blog hop!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sneak Peak of Dream Pop

Next month is National Scrapbooking Month and Close To My Heart always has an AWESOME paper pack to celebrate.  Close To My Heart consultants get a one month preview BEFORE the paper is released. (Just one of the perks to being a consultant!) I absolutely LOVE this paper!  The colors are vibrant and right on trend.   I couldn't wait to play with it.  But, I had to wait a bit due to a busy softball schedule. I spent Thursday through VERY late last night at a softball tournament.  I'm happy to say, my daughter's team won the Championship!  It took me a while to get going today.  (I'm still feeling effects of the windy weather and loud screaming that I did! I nearly lost my voice!)

I combined the colors from Playdate Cafe with Sketch #98 from Deconstructed Sketches for this card - 

Hopefully this large picture shows the resist that is on the cardstock included in this paper pack.  There are 6 different colors (2 each) of cardstock each with a different resist design.  This pack also includes 12 different designs of paper.  Beginning May 1st, you can purchase this special for just $10 when you purchase $35 in Close To My Heart Products.  Now THAT is an AWESOME deal! 

                                         Deconstructed Sketch No. 98

5 x 7 Card Recipe:
Dream Pop Paper Pack (Available May 1 to May 31)
Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment (Z1701)
Joyful Birthday (B1419)
Perfect Fit Mom (C1543)
Art Philosophy Cartridge (Z1686) - Oval 2 - 2"

I'll be showing more art with Dream Pop paper this week so be sure to come back to see me!
Join me for a special Dream Pop Blog Hop on April 26.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Beautiful Day Layout

Today I wanted to share with you the 2nd layout I created for my application to teach at this year's Close To My Heart convention.   Due to a new format, they cut the field of teachers back from 32 to just 18.  I was not selected this year but I will try again next year!

My oldest daughter traveled to Louisville, KY with a couple of friends back in February to run in a race on her 23rd birthday.  My sister lives in Louisville and she has a daughter Kirsti's age so all got together the evening after the race and celebrated her birthday.  My sister even made her a cake.  It was a special day so I wanted to be sure to capture the memory for her.

For this layout, I used our Claire paper pack, chevron ribbon, burlap ribbon, wooden mini medley accents and lots of wooden trinkets shapes!   I had not used the wooden trinket shapes yet so I had a lot of fun using them on this layout.  This layout is Sketch #1 from the Make It From Your Heart Book.  On the right page I used the wooden chevron trinket shapes to point from the cake, to the lighting of the cake and then to big crencendo-blowing out of the candles!    My title was created with the Color Ready Canvas Alphabet and Outdoor Denim Ink.  I cut the word "DAY" with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and used the piece of paper instead of the actual letters.  Here are a few close up of more layout details:

 At the lower corner of the left page, I used the wooden flourishes along with a burlap flower I created.   I topped the burlap with a wooden button and then scattered a few more wooden buttons around the page.  I tied a piece of the hemp baker's twine (included with the Wooden Mini Medley Accents) in each button.

I wanted to capture the memories, so I created a journaling pocket with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  Pull out the card and read about the special memories of the day.   Another wooden accent from the Wooden Mini Medley's decorates the front of the pocket.   The two flags were stamped onto Blush Cardstock with Hollyhock ink with stamps from the Chantilly Birthday Cardmaking stamp. (This is included with the Chantilly Cardmaking Workshop on the Go Kit)

I created a stamped border along the top of the pocket with a stamp from the Girl's Rock set.

Here you can see the little bow I made using the burlap ribbon.  I tied the center together with a piece of Natural Hemp twine and added a tiny wooden heart from the Color Ready Wooden Trinket Shapes.  The bow is layered on top of a flower stamped onto Blush cardstock with Hollyhock ink.

I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I had fun putting it together.   The Claire paper pack became one of my favorite of the books and I just LOVE those little Color Ready Wooden Trinket Shapes!

Here is a complete recipe for the my Beautiful Day Layout:
Make It From Your Heart - Sketch #1 - 9035
Claire Paper Pack - X7166B
Girls Rock Stamp Set - C1538
Chantilly Cardmaking Stamp - W1061
Outdoor Denim Ink - Z2140
Hollyhock Ink - Z2128
Burlap Ribbon - Z7160
Chevron Ribbon - Z1808
Wooden Mini Medley Accents - Z1837
Color Ready Wooden Trinket Shapes - Z1844
Color Ready Canvas Alphabet - Z1777
Artiste Cricut Cartridge - Z1790
"DAY" - Artiste Cricut Cartridge cut at 1 1/2"
Pocket - Artiste Cricut Cartridge - Card "7" key and Shift Card "7" key  cut at 2 1/2"

I'm going to enter this layout into this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge for their "Button Up" Challenge.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Paper Flowers Thank You

I created this card using the Mojo Monday sketch to show at a mini card workshop tomorrow.

The hostess asked me to demonstrate how to make paper flowers so I made this card for my finished example using the Claire Paper (X7166B).  I cut the paper flowers with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge in three different sizes - 3", 2 1/2" and 1 1/2".  Rolling them is easy with Close to My Heart's Quilling Tool (Z1795).   I also cut a flourish to accent the flowers like leaves.  The flourish was long so I cut the flourish in half and then put both ends behind the flowers.  "Thank you" is from the stampset Casual Expressions (D1525).

Mojo Monday Sketch 288:

Friday, April 12, 2013

Lookin' Good

Here is a quick card I made last night.  I'm still working on getting the hang of 'clean and simple'.  I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and the colors from Playdate Cafe.  When I saw both challenges I just knew they had to go together!  I used In the Background (D1540) stamp because I can't get enough of the chevrons! My tropical flowers are from another new set - Tropical Paradise (C1531).  For a little pizzazz to the card I added Glitz Glitter Gel - Stardust (Z1313) so I'm also entering this card into CAS-ual Friday's Challenge.

I used Close To My Heart's colors of Sunset, Outdoor Denim and Crystal Blue.



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Adding Fabric to Your Layout

I wanted to share a layout I created using the For Always paper and textiles.  I created this layout a few months ago as part of my application to teach at this year's Extravaganza at Close To My Heart's Convention.  I had the wonderful the privilege to teach last year and had hoped to get another opportunity again this year.   I got word on Monday that I was not selected this year.  They have changed the teaching format this year and only chose 18 teachers as opposed to 32 that they had last year.   I know the competition was stiff.  I've seen the artwork by other consultants and they just blow me away with their creativity.

I had mixed feelings about not being chosen.  Yes, I was disappointed but I have to admit there was a part of me that was relieved.  This May my youngest daughter graduates from High School so this is beginning to be very hectic for me as I prepare for her graduation and party.   Those that are chosen to teach will only have about two weeks to get their art work ready for convention so I'm sure I would have been under major stress.

I'll try again next year and maybe by then I will have learned to step up my creativity and come up with some really out of the box creations.

I submitted two layouts - the first of which I'm sharing with you tonight using my daughter's senior pictures.

For my layout, I chose the Slate Cardstock as my base pages.  The black piece with the white writing is one of the For Always textiles.  I cut the pieces down to the size I wanted and then I frayed the edges by pulling the threads out one thread at a time. To get a nice even fray all the way across, it is important to make your cuts as straight as possible.  I actually pulled out my sewing machine and stitched these pieces to the base pages.

You can see the frayed edge a little better in the picture to left.

I also used the For Always textiles to create fabric flowers.  The small twisted flowers were created by cutting a long piece of fabric (about 12") by 3/4" wide.   I tied a knot in one end and then twisted the fabric and rolled it around the knot adhering it to a 3/4" circle piece of cardstock.  I used liquid glass which dries very fast and holds very well.

My bigger fabric flower is 3 layers.  I cut the largest piece of fabric about 1 1/2" wide and about 7" long.  I frayed one edge and used a running stitch along the other edge.  I then pulled the thread to make a ruffle and sewed the ends together.   I repeated the next layer out of different fabric cutting it just bit smaller than the first layer.  The top layer is made from the Black Tulle Ribbon gathered together.  It is all pulled together with a button from the Black Assortment.

To create my title I used our new Black Glitter paper.  I cut the word "LIVE" with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and the word "life" with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge.   I love how easy it was to cut the glitter paper and it was not messy at all!

The finishing touches to my layout were Sparkles Black Flourishes and I added a couple of strips of the Black Shimmer Trim with more buttons.

For Always - X7165B
For Always Textiles - Z1820
Black Tulle Ribbon - Z1798
Black Assortment Buttons - Z1821
Black & Grey Glitter Paper - Z1829
Sparkles Black Flourishes - Z1745
Black Shimmer Trim - Z1809

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll share my other layout and also a 6x6 Canvas I created.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Wonderful Fabulous You

I think I'm getting my mojo back after missing out of an entire week of creating.  Tonight I created this card while watching the season premiere of Mad Men.  Being born in the 60's (I won't tell you which year), I've always been fascinated with that era.  I love seeing the fashion trends of that time.  One time, a long time ago, I remember thinking I'd like to be in the world of advertising.  I guess that is another reason the show fascinates me.

So - here is my Mad Men premiere card.....

The stamp is from Fabulous You (C1533).  I used the other bird stamp from this set recently for a Birthday card for my mom.  You can see it HERE.   I stamped the image and sentiment in cocoa ink and used our new Alcohol markers to color the bird and flowers.  The crochet flower and button are from the Antiqued Gold Mini Medley (Z1786).

I used Sketch #235 from Clean and Simple Stamping for this card.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fun with Chevrons

Oh boy, what a week I've had.  We've been going through our Fiscal Year End at work so I've been working long (VERY long) hours this past week.   I would leave the house before my hubby even stirred in bed and came home long after he'd already gone BACK to bed.  My dog missed me so much that in the morning he'd come hang out in the bathroom with me as I got ready for another long day at work.  We finished up Friday night and I was anxious to get back in my 'Little Corner of Stampinheaven' to play.

Even though I knew I wouldn't be able to create until today, I still checked out my favorite blog challenges everyday.   So today, I revisited a few that I wanted to participate in. Today, I created a card that I could enter into three of my favorite challenges - Unscripted Sketches (sketch), CAS-ual Fridays (Chevron and Flowers) and Dynamic Duos (colors).

The colors I used for this card are Close To My Heart's color Juniper and Ruby.  I love these two colors together.  I'm not sure I would have chosen these had I not seen the color on the Dynamic Duos Challenge.  I used In the Background (D1540) to stamp my chevron image.  I cut the flowers using my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and stamped them with the Girls Rock (C1538) stamp set.   "Happy Birthday" is from the set Perfect Fit - Birthday (B1417).  My finishing touch are sparkles from the Clear Assortment (Z1752).

SK174 US205

Monday, April 1, 2013

Fabulous You - Happy Birthday to My Mom

When I received the new Close To My Heart Spring Summer Idea Book and saw the Fabulous You stamp (C1533) I immediately knew I had to have this set for my mom.  She loves birds and flowers. My Mother's birthday was on Sunday and I've been saving this stamp to make a special Birthday card for her.

I used the Chantilly paper for my card.  I cut the doily with my Artiste Cricut Cartridge using the Accent 1 <1> key.  Then I stamped the image in the center.   I used a combination of blending pen and ink pad along with our alcohol markers (Olive and Creme Brulee) to color the bird and flowers. I sponged the edges with Cashmere ink.  My favorite accent - Pearl Flourishes add a beautiful touch the card.

I used Sketch #21 from CAS(E) this Sketch.

I'm also entering this card into Paper Player's Tic Tac Toe Challenge #39.  
My Tic Tac Toe could be either Spring / Yellow & Green / Pearls or 
Pearls / Birthday / Pink & Green!

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