Friday, July 25, 2014

The Much Anticipated Annual Expressions is coming soon!

Introducing Annual Inspirations, our new Idea Book!!


This 194 page catalog is loaded with a year's worth of beautiful papers, embellishments and other creative supplies. Come see it for your self at my reveal party next month.

Come check out the new annual Idea Book including 9 new paper collections, a new Cricut cartridge, 5 new Picture My Life programs, new jewelry and home decor items plus lots of great new embellishments. 


Sneak peek at the new Pathfinding paper!

Everyone who comes will get a free copy of the new Idea Book ($6 value), a chance to win a door prize and will make a fun project with new products. Bring a friend to receive a special gift from me. You will also have chances to earn tickets for a mystery hostess drawing.

Date: Monday, August 25
Time: 7 - 8:30 pm
Place: My house in Arnold, MO (I'll send you the address when you RSVP)

This party is free, but please RSVPrebecca@showmescrapping.com to help me plan.

Hope you can make it,
Rebecca

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get Distressed! Tools to add some distressed detail to your paper products

Want to take your paper projects up a notch? Distressing is the best way to make your project come together and look professionally made. Almost every project I do uses one of the forms of distressing shown in this video. It doesn't look complete until something has been torn, inked, sanded or scratched. Some how roughing things up a bit makes all the pieces come together into a cohesive look.


What is your favorite method of distressing? Share your thought in the comments below.

Happy Creating,
Rebecca

Monday, July 21, 2014

Skylark Card Kit Details

On Friday, I posted about the new Skylark card kit. Today, I wanted to show you a few details about the cards in the kit.



Edge treatments always make a project come together. For these cards, a little sanding on the solid cardstock brings out the white core. In addition, sponging with Chocolate ink softens the white and B&T paper edges.


A little foam tape on card 3 & 4 under trimmed bird and blooms adds dimension. 



This butterfly on this card was stamped twice. Once on the underlying White cardstock piece and once on a scrap of lagoon paper. The lagoon butterfly was trimmed and the wings folded up. It is attached to the card with a little Liquid Glass at the body only so that the wings are above the paper. The stamping on the white cardstock creates a shadowed look. 



Here are close up pictures of each of the cards:
Skylark Card 1

Skylark Card 2

Skylark Card 3

Skylark Card 4
Skylark Card 5
I only have 5 of these kits left. Ready to order? Click this link!

Be sure to review the list of additional items needed to complete the cards. These products can be purchased on my CTMH sales website (www.rebeccabrown.ctmh.com). The stamps, inks and tools will also be available for your use at my August workshops.

Don't forget to post pictures of your Skylark projects to win a size M stamp set of your choice. Details of this contest are in this post --> LINK

Keep Creating!
Rebecca

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Get them while you can...

Don't forget that all of the current paper collections will retire at the end of this month. In addition, all retiring items are now while supplies last, so order while you can. What is your favorite?


Use this LINK to see all the retiring items.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

New Kit - Skylark Kraft Tri-fold Cards!



This new kit is for 10 Kraft trifold cards and envelopes. You will make two each of the five designs shown above. 

Each kit includes:
  • 10 Kraft 6" x 6" Cards and Envelopes
  • 2 Sheets Skylark B&T and 3 sheets of solid cardstock (White, Lagoon, and Chocolate)
  • Embellishments
  • Full color instructon sheets


Be sure to review the list of items needed to complete the cards. These products can be purchased on my CTMH sales website (www.rebeccabrown.ctmh.com). The stamps, inks and other tools will also be available for your use at my August workshops

I'd love to have you join us,
Rebecca

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Skylark Hello Blooms Layout



When my sister sent me these precious pictures of her family and I thought the soft Skylark papers were the perfect way to say "Hello" to my new nephew, Moses. I finally had a chance to get the put the layout together and I'm quite happy with how it turned out. The layout pattern is "Classic Look" from Imagine by Jeanette Lynton.

This layout uses the same stamp set (Hello Blooms) as the card I posted a couple days ago. I love stamps that are versatile to work with both cards and layouts. You may notice that the flower and leaf cluster in the bottom right is a replica of the flower on the card.

For the layout, I cut out a couple more flowers and leaves, but picked a different flower shape to add variety. Also, I made centers for these flowers by stamping 1/2" circles and attached them with foam tape.


I love the zipstrips and use them for ribbons, borders, banners or arrows. They are the most economical embellishment since they come with the paper and, of course, they always coordinate perfectly.



Here are close ups of the two pages in the layout.



Skylark - July Collection of the Month

All month, I'm posting pictures of projects made with Skylark, my collection of the month. When you order products from this collection and show them off, you are eligible to win a size M stamp set of your choice.



There are three steps to be entered into the drawing:
1. Place an order of $25 or more that includes a product from the Skylark collection* on my website (www.rebeccabrown.ctmh.com)
2. Create a project that includes something from at least one of the products listed above.
3. Post a picture of your completed project on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #showmeskylark.

Enter as many unique projects on separate posts as you want. One winner will be chosen randomly from all qualifying projects posted as of August 31.

Keep creating!
Rebecca





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Happy Bloom Skylark Card



Today, I have another Skylark project to share. I love this paper and am so sad that it will retire at the end of the month!

This card is based on the pattern Sweet & Simple from Originals Card Confidence Program by Jeanette Lynton. The Close To My Heart How To books are my go to when I need some inspiration. They are a must on any paper-crafter's bookshelf.

The leaf and flower were cut on the Cricut using the Artiste cartridge (p. 32 of the handbook). All of the stamping is from the Hello Bloom Acrylix stamp set.


To make the card nice and dimensional, I popped the flower & leaves up with 3D Foam Tape. The flower center is from the Skylark Assortment. So pretty!

Skylark - July Collection of the Month

All month, I'm posting pictures of projects made with Skylark, my collection of the month. When you order products from this collection and show them off, you are eligible to win a size M stamp set of your choice.



There are three steps to be entered into the drawing:
1. Place an order of $25 or more that includes a product from the Skylark collection* on my website (www.rebeccabrown.ctmh.com)
2. Create a project that includes something from at least one of the products listed above.
3. Post a picture of your completed project on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #showmeskylark.

Enter as many unique projects on separate posts as you want. One winner will be chosen randomly from all qualifying projects posted as of August 31.

Have fun creating!
Rebecca



Monday, July 14, 2014

Product Focus: Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment -- plus a chance to win a pack!

One of the most overlooked products in the current Idea Book is the Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment. It's time to take this baby out of the corner. The pictures in the book just don't do it justice. Until you see there papers in person, you can easily miss how unique and versatile they are. I'd like to invite you to take a closer look at this product.

In each pack, you get 20 sheets of double-sided paper, 2 each of 10 designs. Both sides of the each paper have the same pattern. On one side the palette color is offset by white and on the other with a glossy resist. The colors match our basic color palette allowing you to add a little extra glimmer or a classic subtle design to any project by replacing your solid cardstock with the Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment



Watch this video to learn more and to see some fun examples of how these papers can add spice to any of your projects. 



For a chance to win your own Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment, follow this LINK to Jeanette Lynton's blog and leave a comment telling her what your fundamental scrapbooking item is and why you can't live without it. To be eligible to win, be sure to leave your comment before July 31, 2014. 

Happy creating and good luck!
Rebecca

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Confession Time: I just finished my first album!

I feel like shouting from the rooftop, "My 2010 Family Album is DONE!" I'm thrilled to finally have one finished!!

Technically, this is not my first completed album. I have finished a couple of my daughter (baby & preschool years) and a few trip books. But this 2010 album is my first {completed} annual family album.

I have completed pages that will eventually go in over 10 year's of incomplete albums. A couple more are like this one was a few hours ago: assembled with over 90% of the work completed but waiting for me to finish a page or two, add journaling (my least favorite part) or other minor tweaks.  This morning I decided "Today is the Day" and finished everything that was outstanding for 2010.

Not perfect, but done!

Most of what I did today was journaling. When it comes to journaling, I am a horrible procrastinator. You know how some people have math test anxiety? Not me, I love math, but the sight of a blank essay book scares me to death! So I tend to put it off journaling because it is so hard to get it perfectly. Today, I decided I'd rather have it done than perfect and incomplete. So I just grabbed my journaling pen and started writing in all those blank boxes the first thing that came to mind.

In order to wrap this album up, I utilized Studio J digital scrapbooking on several pages. These beautiful pages mix perfectly with my traditional paper pages. This title page is from the Year In Review Express Collection, so all I just dropped my pictures in and updated the title and journaling.



I also mixed full layouts with pocket pages. For example, I had several random pictures of things that happened over the summer that didn't really fit on layouts, but helped tell the story of what we were doing that year. I used the Horizontal Divided Page Protectors (Design 2) to include these pictures in my album. I created the journaling card in the top left pocket in Studio J.


I also used Flip Flaps throughout when I had more pictures than space on my pages. This allowed more room for the titles, journaling, embellishments and just space for everything to breathe :)

A stack of 4 " x 6" pictures with Flip Flaps

3" x 3" Flip Flaps to add a mini-book to my Christmas page
I finished the album off by putting the year in a Label Holder and clipping it to the spine. Now this album truly is shelf-ready.


So, I've shared my secret of incomplete albums. Now it is your turn! Do you have unfinished projects waiting for just a few minutes to wrap up? Tell me about it in the comments.

Keep Creating,
Rebecca


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Funky Circus Alphabet Stamp Set Ideas -- Just $5 in July



Don't you love this fun, funky Circus Alphabet stamp set? The capital letters are open so that you can color them with ink, markers or pencils. Or stamp them on solid cardstock and trim to add pizazz to your project.

The video below has some great project ideas to inspire you to create something for yourself.



This stamp set is available exclusively in July and is value priced at just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more.

Shop now>>

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2014 Convention Memories at Disneyland

WARNING: Long post! But don't worry, I have included lots of pictures to make it easier to get through.


Last week was the 2014 Close To My Heart Convention and it was a whirl-wind experience which included:

  • Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones
  • Playing at Disneyland :)
  • Experiencing the introduction of some amazing new products
  • Seeing creative projects made by very talented individuals
  • Learn some great business tips from successful consultants
  • Get straight from the top updates from our VP team
  • Celebrate achievements at the Awards Banquet
  • And so much more!
The theme of this year's convention was Artistic Adventure and it is hard to capture the excitement with a few pictures, but I'll try anyway. 

I arrived in beautiful Sunny California on Tuesday and after quickly settling into our room, my roomie and I headed over to Disney's California Adventure. Since this was our only chance to "do the parks" we crammed a lot into about 5 hours! 


Wednesday was Leadership Day and the morning was filled with small breakout sessions with Senior Directors. I took so many notes that my pen started smoking. Just kidding, but seriously, I picked up so many great ideas!  

In the afternoon, we got to play with the new alcohol markers and I must say that I will recommend them without any reservations. Two thumbs up! They were so easy to use, had great ink flow and vivid colors. (More on the markers in a later sneak peak post.)


Wednesday ended with our team meeting. I love hanging out with the folks!


Goofing off at our Team Meeting with Julie
There was electricity in the air before Thursday morning's main session. Historically, this session is filled with new product reveals and prizes so the place was buzzing with anticipation. This year's session did not let us down.


So many great new products to tell you about...of course there are beautiful new paper collections (nine) and tons of new stamp sets, but there are also 5 new colors for our pallette, 5 new Picture My Life sets, 3 new My Crush books, 5 quick pre-cut kits, new home decor items, new shapes for Base & Bling jewelry, a scoring board, embossing plates, new fundaments & glitter paper, new embellishments and a new Cricut Cartridge! I will be sharing more about these new products in the next few weeks.

The session ended with distribution of the much anticipated Annual Expressions catelogs in these fabulous back packs.

I spent the lunch break digging through all the goodies in the bag and pouring over the new Idea Book. I really think this is the best catelog ever!


That afternoon, we had a creative session in which we made three cards cut using Artfully Sent, the new Cricut cartridge. We also made a Picture My Life mini-album and an oval Base & Bling bracelet.



Friday was packed with a more creative ideas, business meetings and another creative session, followed by the Awards Banquet.





Tina Sutton accepting the award for team sales - Go Scattered Hearts!

 

Saturday morning came early with the first ever Close To My Heart Rise & Shine Fun Run "5K". We got to run/walk through a nearly vacant California Adventure park. What a fun experience and opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime selfies.






Despite near exhaustion, I couldn't miss the high point of Convention: Extravaganza! This is a mind-blowing time in which very talented consultants share all the amazing projects they were able to create with the new products in just a few weeks. 

Extravaganza projects by Michelle Snyder
Somewhere in the middle of all that, I wondered down to the gallery full of catelog artwork. It is so cool to see these projects up close and personal. 


At the closing session, I got to cross one more thing off my bucket list: be part of a flash mob. Read more in this post>> What a exciting way to conclude such an amazing convention!


Whew! No wonder I was exhausted when I arrived home on Sunday!

Thank you for indulging me by listening to my story and looking at my pictures. I have had so much fun reliving the convention with you. I really can't put into words how much fun is packed into those few days. I left energized and inspired to both get creative and pursue my Close To My Heart business more intentionally.

Next year's convention will be once again be at Disneyland in Anahein, CA. I'd love to have a few of my friends join me! Yes, I'm talking about YOU! Please contact me to learn more about how Close To My Heart may be a great opportunity for you. I'd love to have you on my team. Convention is wonderful, but CTMH is so much more than just this annual event.

Have a Magical Day!
Rebecca