Saturday, October 25, 2014

Another batch of Christmas cards

Anyone who knows me, knows I love embossing, be it wet or dry. I love the texture and depth that it brings to even plain white paper. For the Rejoice card, I added the depth by using a piece of Background paper and white embossing power on the Angel with a touch of bling on the wing.

A little bit of Washi tape to some scraps and a handcut flame make for a dramatic and beautiful display.

I love white on white embossing and decided to add just a touch of color to the trees, a pop of red to the words and a bit of glitz to the snowflakes.
as always if you have any questions, or need dimensions, just ask. If you click on any picture it will enlarge it to see more details. Have a blessed day

Autumn Cards

We did work on Autumn cards, not just Christmas. Here are some recent ones.

need details just ask. Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Christmas Cards

We have been doing some Christmas cards for the past couple of months, to have a good selection to use for personal cards and wanted to share some of these with you all.
 B 1403 To You and Yours stamp set paired with a Darice embossing folder and CTMH New England Ivy cardstock with the wonderful white core, perfect for sanding to bring the embossed design out. Scrap of Skylark for the center of the card and some red glitz adds the bling.

This is one of the cards we will be doing next month. CTMH Artfully Sent cricut cartridge page 46 Sentiment cut at 5 1/2 inches with real size dial. Cut off the blank card side and embossed the angel cut out frame. Use the edge of a gold metallic pigment ink to distress and streak as a starburst. Mount a scrap of retired Background and Texture behind the Angel and then mount the card front to a 5.5x4.25 card. Rounded the edges of card and angel frame. Cut a piece of CTMH washi tape in half and apply to top and bottom of frame.

 Another fun Artfully Sent card. This one was inspired by another consultant, Susan Suske @ page 49, shift Sentiment cut at 4.25, which will produce a 8.5x4.25 card. Black belt is 3/4 x 5.5, Buckle cut from Artbooking pg63, real size dial @ 1.25 and Beard from Artiste page 61 Shift>accent4 cut @ 4 inches and cut in half, emboss with Darice folder and enhance with sparkle glitz. White panel for inside 4.25x5.5.

 Artfully Sent cartridge pg. 46, Shift>Sentiment @ 4.25 for card front, Cut inside pop-up on page 46 Shift>Pop-up Real size dial on @ 8". Cut Mary and Babe @ Icon real size dial on @ 2.5", Cut Tree and Shepherds Real Size Dial on>Shift>Icon @ 4.5. Black layer of cardstock 4.25x5.5 is sandwiched between card front and pop-up. A piece of holographic silver Duck tape gives the card it shine on both the front and the inside of the card. Embossed in Silver the word Rejoice from the C1587 Hostess Stamp Sing Glory and the words from retired stamp set C1089 Christmas Heaven. Add a strip of black cardstock 5.5x5/8" to bottom inside pop-up card. Need more help with step by step order of putting a pop-up card together? Leave me a message and I'll post a more detailed description.
This is October Stamp of the Month and it is so cute with a lot of great stamps. I embossed white cardstock with the snowflakes, using a Darice folder, then using a sponge dauber I barely colored the raised snowflakes in Glacier ink, then used a stickles to dot the center of the snowflakes. Stamped the polar bear with Glacier ink, trimmed around the scalloped edge and distressed around edge with Ocean ink and mounted it onto Glacier cardstock distressed in Ocean. Popped up the Polar bear image and gently outlined the lines on the bear with lagoon marker then decorated scarf and center of snowflakes with more stickles. Stamped the words Merry Christmas with Ocean ink onto white strip from the stamp set that comes with the Artfully Sent cricut cartridge.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Free to Be Me May National Scrapbooking Month Special

Get the exclusive Free to Be Me paper collection for $5 (retail value $11.95) with every qualifying purchase of $50 (excluding tax and shipping) during May in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month. 
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 The Free to Be Me paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos™. The retail value of the workshop is $11.95. The paper collection includes:

  • 6 – Free to Be Me B&T Duos™ Paper
  • 2 – UV-Coated, Designed Teal Cardstock Sheets
  • 2 – UV-Coated, Designed Red Cardstock Sheets
  • 2 – UV-Coated, Designed Gold Cardstock Sheets
  • 1 – White Feather Print Vellum Sheet
  • 1 – Gold Foil Polka-dotted Vellum Sheet
  • 1 – Access to Online Workshop Guide
Featured colors: Gold, Mint, Peach, Red, Teal, Tan, White Daisy

For every $50 spent in an order, you can purchase 1 paper collection for $5.
Purchases made in Studio J™ do not count toward a qualifying purchase; this includes layouts and JPG files. Also, discounted items purchased online under “While Supplies Last” do not count toward a qualifying purchase.  You'll be happy to know that Stamp of the Month purchases (both full retail and promotional discount price) do count toward a qualifying purchase! This means if you spend $50, you qualify for both the May Stamp of the Month for $5 and the Free to Be Me paper collection for $5! 

Qualifying customers will be prompted at checkout to add their paper collection

Friday, March 7, 2014

Studio Savings

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

6x6 card in a box

Really like the larger 6x6 size that I tried with this butterfly card. It was amazing to see what a big difference in size there is. Saw this set of stickers and knew I wanted to try the card in a box with these beautiful butterflies popping out of the box. I cut my cardstock 6x12 and scored it at 6 inches horizontally then flipped it and scored at 3, 6, 9 inches.Then I cut on the vertical score lines down to the horizontal score line and folded on the lower score lines to form the box. I needed to cut a 1"x6" piece of matching cardstock to make a tab to close the box ends. I scored the 1" in half vertically and attached one side of this folded piece to one end of the box using a strong adhesive like the red stuff. then did the same thing to the other side of the folded piece, connecting it to the other end of the box. The inside dividers where made by cutting a 4x4 square in half and scoring 1/2" on each end. Folding those scores like a Z and attaching to inside of box as in the instructions for the previous card in a box instructions.
Just a note on the paper used in this card. The glitter paper and the holograph paper were both purchased at Walmart along with the sheet of butterfly and heart stickers. I backed each butterfly with black CTMH cardstock and simply trimmed around so that the backs of the stickers would have a finished look and in that sandwich I attached a clear piece of acetate to make the support for the butterflies invisible. I heat embossed the butterfly image on the holograph paper with CTMH Black embossing powder and also heat embossed all the other sentiments and images to be cohesive. The pictures don't do this card justice, it is really shiny and sparkling with the glitter paper. Would love to know what you think of this.
Please leave a comment below if you like this.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Card in a Box


card in a box opened
outside folded flat
Wow I checked out Stamp & Scrap with Frenchie and knew that my Hostess Club would be making one of our own tonight. Check out her video and see how easy this really is.
The cardstock cuts I did:
Colonial White Cardstock- 9x5 1/2, Score the long side @ 2 1/8, 4 1/4, 6 3/8, 8 1/2. Then turn and score the short side @ 2 3/4 thereby dividing it in half. Cut to the halfway fold on the score lines on the top half of the paper. The end score, at 8 1/2 inches is then cut across at the halfway fold leaving a small tab on the bottom half. Fold at score lines, apply a strong adhesive to tab and form into a box.
Laughing Lola paper cut 5 1/2 x 2 1/8, and stamped white cardstock 5 x 1 3/4 inches. This is used on the outside back panel of box, not seen when box is opened.
Flap pieces cut from Laughing Lola @ 2x 2 3/4 inches.
Center Divider is Colonial White cardstock cut 3 1/8x 3 1/8, scored @ 1/2, and 2 5/8. Then turn sideways and cut in half. Fold at the score lines, one forward, one back like a Z. Apply adhesive to the Z flaps with so that the adhesive on the front on one side, the back of the other.( Or lay flat and apply adhesive to one flap while up, then turn over and apply to other flap while up.) To apply to inside of box, align Z tab with back of box in corner and top of tab even with top of box, or one side. Make sure the other tab is open and close the box flat. Press and when you open you will see that the other tab is exactly where it needs to be. Repeat for other divider.  This is really easy if you watch Frenchie's video.
Now you are ready to decorate. I used lots of stamp sets that I cut with my Cricut Cartrides. I'll try and list them for you.
Cardstock Pansy Purple cardstock and ink
                 Blush cardstock and tulip ink
                 Creme Brulee cardstock and Ink
                 Citrus Leaf cardstock and Pear ink
                  Dutch Blue cardstock and Star Spangled Blue ink
                  Lilac Mist cardstock
Cricut Cuts: Artiste: Flower on pg 32 cut @ 2" and 1 3/4" save centers. Leaf pg 32 cut @ 1 3/4" save center. Flower pg 73 @ 1 3/4 and 1 1/2", Flower p 44 @ 1 1/2"
Art Philosphy Flower 7 pg 39(shift) @ 2" and 1 3/4" and Flower 8 pg 50 (shift) 1 3/4 and 1 1/4

Stamp Sets used:   B1447 A Mother's Love
                               C1540 Hello Blooms
                               S1306 A Flowering Bunch
                               D1306 Treasure Life
                               C1340 Aspiration
                               B1362 Tag the Occasion
                               Art Philosophy Coordinating Stamps

Balloon Card in Box

outside folded flat

Same directions as above. Used Pear cardstock, Strip paper from retired Dotty for You paper pack, Lagoon, Sunset, Honey, Lagoon and Pear cardstock and a piece of paper from Later Sk8R paper pack.
Balloons were cuts @ 1 1/2" with Artiste Cricut cartridge, pg 70. Banner D1529 from the Artiste Collection coordinating stamps and cut out of Sunset and trimmed. D1423 Happy Forever for the cute little hedgehog. I followed Frenchie's video, link above, to make the balloons float. Hope you try these and have fun.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

WOW Amazing New Catalog, Amazing New Products

This is one of the best catalogs Close To My Heart has ever produced. Love it, but don't take my word on it, check it out yourself, Here
While it is fun to look at it online, there is something about having a catalog in hand to page through whenever you want, so CTMH is making them available to add to your order for just $3.95. You can purchase yours by searching Idea Book in the shop feature or following this link. Embossing folders are one of my favorite tools to add to my cards and scrapbook pages to give them that little extra something. I am excited to offer our new embossing folders, a generous 5x7 size, that fit most machines you might have. This month extra Special campaign is buy 2 qualifying cardstocks and receive a FREE embossing folder. How cool is that? I know you will have as much fun playing with them as I do. Check out the details of the special on my webpage
I have always loved our Stamp of the Month program and this month the stamp set is just the cutest.

Order S1402 for $17.95 or better yet add it to your qualifying $50 order and get it for just $5.00. You will be prompted at the end of your order to add this. I can see some really cute scrapbook pages. Do you see the red line around the heart and the Wild Thing stamp? Did you know that these images have matching cuts on our Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and it tells you this on the carrier sheet for the stamps, see it in the top right corner? And that's not all it even tells you what page and what size to cut the image, see it to the left of the Wild Thing? How cool is that. CTMH has hundreds of stamps that have corresponding cricut images, just like these.
There are so many great new products available right now, the new papers are amazing. Check some of these out.

 Balloon ride

Ivy Lane

Most exciting to me is the new Memory Protectors that have been added.
Strap Hinge side-loading fit CM type albums

side loading for post albums

design 3
design 4
Want to earn all of these great products for free, contact me to start your own online gathering, EZ, and perfect for all your scrapbooking friends. They can shop from the comfort of their homes, have their order sent directly to them and you can choose great hostess rewards. Give me a call today and I can start your own online gathering.

Friday, January 31, 2014

February 1st ...Picture This Scrapbooking Program

 An entire Album in a flash. That's the description of the New Picture My Life Scrapbooking program.
You'll love our quick and colorful solution for your favorite photos. Choose from eight Picture My Life programs, based on a versatile theme, from childhood to friendship to travel. Each program contains 122 double-sided cards in 3x4 and 4x6 horizontal and vertical designs and a 12x12 preprinted cover page to bring it all together. Each cardstock-weight card features journaling on one side and versatile sentiments or images on the reverse. A single Picture My Life program is designed to pair with approximately 100 photos to fill the 10 included Memory Protectors. But let your creatively go wild with more or fewer cards and protectors to make your album perfect for you.
Your own photos are all you need to add to make amazing artwork—in no time at all.
Most people will have lots of cards left over to use on so many other projects. Use them in your regular scrapbook pages, in mini albums, My Crush Books, as journaling cards or on cards and tags.
Each program includes a 12x12 cover page, 122 double-sided cards, and 10 Memory Protectors with various-sized pockets to hold your cards, photos and cover page. You can include the two different card sizes in both horizontal and vertical formats on the same page. Need more? Protector options are also available separately.At $24.95 this is a terrific way to scrapbook all your photos.

Friday, January 24, 2014

3 more Skylark cards

Here are 3 more Skylark cards from the scraps I had left over from the first cuts on my 12x12 piece of paper.  I added some Timberlake, flipped the Skylark over, added some embossing from my cuttlebug stash of folders and use another strip of the Chervons. So I was able to easily create 7 standard size cards from one sheet of this super cute paper. I've left the sentiments off till a later date on a couple of these, since they lend themselves to so many occasions. Oh and don't tell my hubby, but that's his Valentine Card.

Sneak Preview Skylark Paper

Wow, I just love this paper. I couldn't wait to cut into it and was amazed at how easy it was to put these four cards together with just one sheet of paper. I also have some scraps to make another couple of cards, but hubby wanted his dinner last night, so I had to stop playing. The best part is all the collage work is already printed on the paper. The card in the bottom right had nothing added except for that terrific paper strip of chevrons that comes on the top of the 12x12 paper. Yep the paper is printed just like that. For the bottom left, I ran the paper thru much my cuttlebug, added a paper strip and stamped the sentiment, distressed the edge in chocolate and mounted on white card, couldn't be easier. Above left, added the chevron strip and stamped bird image and sentiment from Fabulous You stamp set C1533. For the one top right, used a desert sand marker in spots on bird, stamped a small
added the chevron strip and stamped sentiment. All 4 cards done in a matter of minutes and with one sheet of Skylark.  You are going to love the others papers too. New catalog available Feb. 1, 2014. To view it go to my website click on the link on the middle right that says join one of Jane's gatherings (Shannon's) to shop all the newest products. I'll be showing more of them. This gathering closes on the 2nd so everyone can get their newest products as soon as possible. Your items will ship to your home, no waiting for everyone else, no waiting on delivery. I'll expect a slightly longer shipping time due to the volume that will be hitting all at the beginning of a new catalog.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

National Papercrafting Month Exclusive

Now is the time to order your very special Cloud Nine cardmaking Kit. CTMH is offering this wonderful, fun and creative kit for just $15.00 with a qualifying purchase ($35 in current products).

1 – My Acrylix™ Cloud Nine Stamp Set (D-size)
1 – Cloud Nine B&T Duos™ Paper
1 – Lagoon Cardstock Sheet
1 – Honey Cardstock Sheet
1 – 9" × 9½" White Daisy Die-Cuts Sheet
1 Roll – Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape
1 Roll – Teal Shimmer Trim
1 Package – Durables Triangle Studs
10 – Card Bases & Envelopes
1 – Instructional Brochure
Bright, fun and trendy, this kit isn't just for cardmakers. I've already seen some terrific scrapbook layouts using this kit. Contact me today or go to my website to begin shopping to qualify for this great kit.

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Christmas Cards

So easy using the CTMH cricut cartridge for the cutouts and frames and some silver glitter paper give these little trees all the bling. Sparkle and Shine paper helps with these festive cards to complete the holiday theme.
Using a cuttlebug embossing folder for the snowflakes with CTMH's great white core cardstock (simple use sanding block to make the snowflakes pop), stamp, color and cut out you little penguins and accent with some washi tape. On the ornament card, ornament is cut out using CTMH cricut cartridge, then backed with washi tape from Holiday catalog and topped with a red organza bow, white accent backed with black cardstock and layered on sparkle and shine paper.