Thursday, September 3, 2015

Vintage Enchantment: The Nevermore Collection

Throughout the month of September, I'll be focusing on the Nevermore Collection.


To start off, here's a project made by the amazing artists at Close To My Heart.

This layout has so many fun details. I love the layered tags which are are a repeated element with a few on the top left and the bottom right corners of the photo. This really frames the picture and keeps it the focus. 

The stitching is another great detail, but the "little monsters" in the foreground steal the show! These were stamped then colored with our new Watercolors. Here's a closer look at these little cuties:


Want to scraplift? Here's a list of products used.

Recipe:
C1630 My Acrylix Little Monsters
X7198B Nevermore Paper Packet
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Z888 Black StazOn Ink Pad
Z2446 ShinHan Twin Touch Black Marker
X7198C Nevermore Complements
Z3083 Nevermore Assortment
Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3188 Paintbrush Set
Z3168 Cricut Artfully Sent Collection
Thread

You can make this and other Halloween projects using the Nevermore collection which includes a paper pack, Complements and Assessories pack. Each paper pack includes 12 sheets of paper: 6 double sided B&T prints and 6 coordinating solids.


Starting with the new Idea Books, Close To My Heart has redesigned the Complements packs. Instead of all of the pieces being of the same material, we now get a mix of stickers, kraft die-cuts and plastic vellum pieces. The picture below shows a sample, but the actual pack includes much more than what is shown.
The Nevermore Assortment pack includes 9 gems with detailed black and white images. These are adhesive-backed so are ready to finish off your projects. 

There are also a lot of new Halloween stamp sets that coordinate with the Nevermore collection. 

All of thes products can be found in my Close To My Heart shop.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

They are here! Brand new Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions Idea Books are LIVE!

I've been waiting so patiently to share these newest Idea Books with you since I saw them at Convention in July. The wait is finally over!!! Over the next few weeks, I'll highlight different items from the books, but today I'd like to give you an overview. You can see all of it now on my Close To My Heart website

Holiday Expressions Idea Book (live 9/1 - 12/31/2015)



This 37-page catalog introduces two new paper collections: the spooky Nevermore collection and simple Christmasy White Pines collection. Each of these collections includes a Paper Pack, Complements (mixed material assortment including stickers and die-cuts) plus an Assortment pack. 





The White Pines collection also includes a Scrapbooking Workshop, Card-making Workshop, and a set of Picture My Life cards.

This special Holiday book also contains lots of great fall and winter stamp sets, special Christmas Base & Bling items and two simple Cut Above card kits. Everything you need to get creative with your holiday celebrations.

All of these items are now available in my Close To My Heart shop, or you can view a pdf of the Idea Book online. 

Annual Inspirations Idea Book (live 9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016)



This catalog is big and beautiful! Starting with the lovely wreath on the front cover, the artwork contained in these 161 pages is stunning! Not only will you see the products offered for the next 12 month, but you will get lots of ideas of projects to make your life more creative.

New paper collections in this book include Sangria, La Vie En Rose, Kaleidoscope, Georgie and Urban. The complete line of Zoe, which was released in August, is also included. 









Each of these kits includes a paper pack, Complements and Assortment. Plus each also has either a scrapbooking or card-making kit. 

In addition to these new paper collections, we now have an expanded line of Fundamentals which allow you to create your own color scheme. The designs on the papers have been updated and stickers and assortment packs have been added to the line.




The Annual Inspirations book also introduces tons of new stamp sets, the new Artistry Cricut cartridge, 2 new embossing folders, new Picture My Life cards, new Cut Above card kits, new Base & Bling items, new organizers and pretty embellishments. In addition, there is a whole new line of mini-albums called Instalife. Also, our exclusive color palette has been updated with 7 new colors. 

These two books have so much crafty goodness, I can't wait for you to check it out! You can see it all in my Close To My Heart shop or view pdfs of the books using the links below.



Enjoy!
Rebecca

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BINGO Night and a few Sneak Peeks!

Tomorrow night my basement is going to the place to be! I'm hosting a BINGO night to celebrate the new products from Close To My Heart being released on September 1. This will be the last chance to order the retiring items and a chance to see all the new stuff. In addition, everyone who comes will gget to make a couple of fun project using brand new paper and embellishments!

All of this is in the context of a BINGO night. The ladies who come will have a chance to win some of the new products or a gift certificate to pick their own prize! Here are a few pictures of the decor and snacks I've been working on this weekend.





One of the projects we'll be making is this card using papers from the Zoe collection


If you look closely you'll get a few sneak peeks at what is coming up in September. For example, the background cardstock was embossed using a brand new folder, "Confetti Stars". I roughed it up a little with sand paper to bring out the white core on the raised areas so that the stars stand out more. 



We are also expanding our line of Shimmer Trim to include this pretty Coral. (There are two other new colors, but you have to wait until September 1!)

Finally, the stamping on this card is from a new stamp set. It is called Hello, Life - Cardmaking and it is one of three stamp sets that will be available exclusively in September to celebrate National Stamping Month. I'll post more info about these stamp sets in a couple days.

If you are local to the St. Louis/Arnold, MO area, I'd love to have you join us for some all the fun I have planned for tomorrow. You can sign up by clicking HERE to access the invitation. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Creating a Layout in 5 Simple Steps using Express Collections

Yesterday, I told you about my top 10 favorite retiring items. I left out one and it is a BIG ONE --- all of the current Express Collection layouts in Studio J are retiring at midnight August 31! (If it is already past that date, don't fret -- there are new Express Collections now available in Studio J. Pop on into the program to check them out!)



I love Studio J because it allows me to create beautiful pages without the mess, expense or time-commitment of traditional scrapbooking. Express Collections make this even faster because the pages are completely ready for you. All you need to do is drop in your pictures! Anything you do beyond that is optional.

There are 5 Simple Steps to creating a layout using the Express Collections,

#1 Log into  Studio J

If you do not have an account, you can create one now. This program is web-based which means there is nothing to install. Creating an account allows all of your work to be stored and ready to work on next time you log in. This frees you to work from any computer as long as you have an internet connection!

Remember this is a free to try program. You will not pay anything until you decide you are ready to order prints of your layouts.

#2 Create a Project

Under the Welcome Banner on the right, click on "Create a new project".



You can think of a project as a folder that holds related layouts. There is no limit to how many layouts you have in a project, but the program will run faster if you limit it to just a handful. Also, it will be easier to manage your photos with smaller projects.

#3 Upload your pictures

Use the browser wizard to locate the pictures you want on this layout. Not sure? You have the option of skipping this step and doing it later when you are finalizing your layout.

#4 Select your Express Collection layout

First you need to choose "Start with an Express Collection."


This will pull up a list of all of the currently available Express Collection sets. For my layout, I selected the "All About Me" Collection. This opens a pop up window with all of the layouts in this collection. My layout is "layout 09". 

Here's what the layout looked like when I first opened it. 



#5 Customize

The great thing about Express Collections is that these layouts are DONE before you START! So all you have to do is drop in your photos. However, you are free to customize more if you'd like.


Although the titles on Express Collections are editable, I choose to leave this one as is. You may notice in the original layout, you will notice there was a journaling box just below the title. I choose to delete it.


Instead, I added a larger journaling box below the pictures on the right page. You don't see the box because I set the background to "none". This makes the words look like they were stamped right on the papers.



Isn't this layout beautiful? I love all the artistic touches --- distressing, ink splaters, stitching, ribbon and butterflies. The clusters of embellishments are perfect. Sometimes, I just browse the Express Collections before creating pages from scratch. So many great ideas!

Get started in Studio J>>

Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions as you get started in Studio J. It truely is an amazing program!

Rebecca

Friday, August 28, 2015

A few of my favorite things...are retiring!

Just a reminder that a lot of our favorites are retiring! If  you have sticky notes marking things on your wish list in either of the two Idea Books shown below, you need to order now or miss out!


Although the official retirement date is not until August 31, all of the retiring items are now only available while supplies last. That means that when current inventory runs out, they are gone for good.

See complete list of retiring items>>

My Top 10 Retiring Items

As I looked over this list, I have to admit I felt some sadness. It was hard to narrow it down to just 10 items, but here's my favorite 10:

Number 10 - Base & Bling Charms


All of the current Base & Bling charms are on the retiring list! Yes, we have new ones coming, but if you like any of the current ones you need to get them now. The B&B antique metal chains and pendants are being replaced with shiny metal. So if you like the aged look, you need to order these as well.

Number 9 - Picture My Life Programs



Yes, we are getting new PML cards on 9/1, but I'm gong to miss the current ones which are ALL RETIRING! The Pear & Partridge Christmas cards pictured above are my favorite!

Number 8 - Outdoor Denim!!



This is one of my go to colors and I'm going to miss it! I'm also going to miss Smokey Plum, Olive and Autumn Terracotta. Sigh....The new Enchantment colors are pretty too, but this is a tough change for me. If you like these colors too, be sure to stock up on paper and get the ink pads!

Number 7 - Cut Above Christmas Card Kit



I love easy especially when the end result doesn't look easy. This card kit is so pretty with the glitter paper, deer and twine. But since everything is pre-cut, you can finish them in a jiffy!

Number 6 - Washi Tape



Yes, the rumor is true. All of our Washi Tape is retiring and are not being replaced in the new Idea Books. It took me awhile to warm up to this tearable tape, but just when I was falling in love...

Number 5 - Dimensional Elements Album Pages



I love this mini-album kit. All of the pages are images on the Artiste Cricut cartridge, so decorating the pages is simple. At just $4.95, it is a great deal! (By the way, all of the chipboard sheets that coordinate with the cartridges are retiring, so be sure to stock up on your favorites.)

Number 4 - Designed Decor Flip Stand Album



This popular stand is great for a desk calendar or family pictures. You can cut the pages on the Artbooking cartridge (with a little trimming) and pull an album to match your decor in minutes.

Number 3 - "Chicken Wire" Frame (aka Designed Decor Colonial White Frame)



This trendy frame can be used to display photos, Christmas cards, artwork and much more. It makes a great gift! Who do you know that would like one for Christmas?

Number 2 - Stamp Sets!



So many great stamps are retiring including this fun one called Belated Birthday which allows you to explain why you missed a birthday in style.

Number 1 - Seaside Collection



As a beach-lover, this collection makes my heart happy. Hurry! While the embellishment pack is sold out, you can still get it in the Workshop On The Go.

Now that I've told you mine, what are your favorites?




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