Monday, September 26, 2011

Studio J Photo Tips

Even if you are an experienced Studio J scrapper, you will learn some cool tips on this video. My favorite was combining two photo wells into one to fit a larger photo. I also like that you can convert a text box into a photo well. I'm always trying to fit more pictures onto my layouts.

If you are ready to try your hand at Studio J, follow this link, to set up a free account and create your first layout! I'd love to talk with you if you have any questions about Studio J. Just drop me an email!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thanksgiving Card Video

Fall is certainly arived! I'm a summer girl, but I can't help but enjoy the colors of autumn. I bought my pumpkins and put an leafy wreath on the door as soon as it started feeling chilly. Fall is a great time for crafting. It's cozy to be inside but also comfortable to go out to get inspiration from nature.

I think you'll enjoy this video on how to make the beautiful pumpkin card found on page 66 of the Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book. "So Grateful" is one of my favorite new My Acrylix stamp sets. This set is great for cards and scrapbooking. Do you have some pumpkin patch or carving pictures that need a home? I am planning to "scraplift" a beautiful layout posted by another Close To My Heart consultant earlier this month that also uses this stamp set set. I'll post pictures once I have it done.

Let me know if you'd like more information on how to get the supplies or tools for this project.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Order your Christmas Card Kits Now

Believe it or not, Christmas will be here before you know it. If you would like to make cards to send to your friends and family, now is the time to start planning.
If you are interested in making some of the Christmas cards I posted a few weeks ago, I now have kits available to order. Please click here for more information and to place your order.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thank You Card Workshop - 9/18

This Sunday it is card making time again!  If you have never come to one of my card workshops, let me assure you that it is a great way to get some quality "girlfriend" time. You will not regret missing your Sunday afternoon nap! We have a fun group and we would love to have you join us.

You will make 12 Thank You cards for $12, four each of three card designs.

For this first card, we'll learn how to make color coordinated brads using cardstock and liquid glass. Very cool when you don't happen to have some that match.We will also use tickets cut by the new Art Philosophy cricut cartridge. Very quick and easy!

Verand B&T paper
My Acrylix For Every Occasion and Dreams Come True stamps
Creme Brulee Grosgrain ribbon

We will also use the Art Philosophy cartridge for the tickets and scalloped circle on this card. The stamps used came with the Art Philosophy bundle.

Zippedee B&T paper
My Acrylix Art Philosophy Tag Stamp Set

For the remaining card, we will use clear embossing powder to make our own "irresistable" wreath. By applying darker ink, but wreath will POP out. I'm still playing around with the exact card design. I will post a picture once I have it just right.

You can now register for this workshop online. Click here to go to the Cards by the Dozen page then scroll downto the September 18 Order Now button. Email me if you have any questions.

Hope to see you here!

Studio J: Now that's fast!

Have you tried Studio J online scrapbooking yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Watch this video to see how quickly you can create a beautiful layout using this system. Yes, it really is that easy!

If you are interested in trying for yourself, click here to set up your account and start creating. No purchase is necessary to get started. Give it a try: I think you will like it. If you do, drop me an email to discuss your options for ordering prints.

Have fun creating!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Manger Christmas Card

I have one last Christmas card to show you and it is my favorite. I really wanted this one to have a rough look. Like it has been in the stable with baby Jesus. I used a stipple brush to distress the Kraft card stock with Cocoa ink. I dug the fake straw out of my craft closet. I've had it forever and I have no idea what it is called.

In case you can't read the text, it says "A baby, a manger, a bright and shining start; A shepherd, an angel, three kings from afar, A savior, a promise from heaven above --- The story of Christmas is filled with God's love." On the inside of the card is stamped "Joy to the World".

Recipe (all Close To My Heart):
Kraft, Cocoa and Colonial White card stock
Milepost shapes
Archival Black and Cocoa ink
My Acrylix Christmas Story
Hemp and "straw" (not CTMH)

I hope you have enjoyed my parade of Christmas cards over Labor Day weekend. So, now that you have seen them all, what is your favorite?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Peace on Earch Card

I've got another Christmas card to show you today. This one is simple and sweet. The inside says Luke 2:15, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Zippidee B&T Duos
Honey and Colonial White card stock
Antique copper brads
My Acrylix Glory to God and Everlasting Life

Once again, I picked discontinued paper from my stash that I purchased at a big discount. I had to double stamp the image to really get it solid and dark. Good thing I'm using clear stamp blocks!

What do you think?

Happy Holiday Card Set Video

Since I'm posting pictures of Christmas cards this weekend, it is fitting to share with you this video from Close To My Heart. Watch it to see what the creative team at the corporate office have dreamed up for Christmas. This video will give you some helpful tims on making several cards in one sitting.   

Please let me know if you have any questions about this project or would like to order supplies to make some of your own.

Limited Edition - September Stamp of the Month

It is already September! A new month means a new stamp of the month. This month's Close To My Heart stamp of the month "Limited Edition" includes all of the stamps pictured below.

This stamp set coordinates with the new Cricut Art Philosophy collection (Z1686) making it super easy to create perfectly cut tags and journaling boxes.

Instructions for the great projects pictured below are on the Close To My Heart website --- click here to go there now.

As the name Limited Edition implies, this stamp set is exclusive for the month of September. You can purchase it for $17.95 or get it for just $5 with a fifty dollar purchase. Ready to shop? Click here.

If you would like to see more projects using this stamp set, you can "blog hop" to see ideas from over 60 Close To My Heart consultants who have posted creations on their blogs. I love this to get my creative juices flowing. Click on this link to start hopping. Once you have viewed the artwork on this blog, follow the instructions to hop to the next blog. Have fun!

Don't forget that the National Stamping month special continues through the end of September. Spend just $75 to receive the double stamp Pair-a-Phrase set for free. You can't beat free! The $5 you spend on the stamp of the month applies toward the $75. So combine these specials by selecting other items totaling $70 and pay just $5 to get both Limited Edition and Pair-a-Pharase stamp sets.

There is also a blog hop for Pair-a-Phrase. Click on this link to start hoping down this trail.

Have fun!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Season of Hope Card

I'm still on my Christmas card kick, but today's card is a little less Christmasy. I was going more for a wintery look. It's kind of hard to read the top of the card. It says "A Wonderful Season of" to go with "Hope" in the bottom right corner. I stamped John 3:16 on the inside since that pretty much sums up where my hope lies.

Recipe (All Close To My Heart):
Magnifique B&T Duos
Daisy White cardstock
My Acrylix Jubilation, Cricut Bundle and Everlasting Life
White Ribbon

This is the first time I've used my sewing machine on paper! I really like the look so I'm going to leave my sewing maching out and try some more. I used Liquid Glass on the back side to hold the ends of the thread in place. For the dove, I cut a 1-1/2 inch <tag1> from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. It is perfect for the 1 inch stamp.

So what do you think about Card #2? Please comment with your thoughts.