Saturday, June 30, 2012

Perfect Pairs

Earn perfectly-paired products with your next purchase!

Like peanut butter and jelly, like lemonade and barbecues, like glitter and glue—some things are just made to go together. That’s the heart of July’s Perfect Pairs campaign: to celebrate how perfectly Close To My Heart products go together, because having papers, stamps, and accessories that were designed to work together makes embellishing your projects that much easier.

Throughout the month of July, we’ll have several different product pairings consisting of a favorite My Reflections® paper pack with a corresponding Complement or accessory kit that you’ll be able to get for free!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Polaroid Look in Studio J

Today's video shows you how to turn your photos into Polaroid prints on a Studio J layout. There are several other creative techniques in the video. I love how he used squares to turn the border sections into pennants.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

More ideas for Color Ready Ribbon from Jeanette

Earlier this month, I posted a video showing how to use the Color-Ready Seam Binding ribbon (link). Close To My Heart founder Jeanette Lynton posted some fabulous artwork on her blog using this technique.

Here's my favorite piece:
Click here to see the rest of her gorgeous work. Enjoy!

Monday, June 18, 2012

FREE Paper-crafting Night - July 28th

Please mark your calendars and plan to come to my house on July 28 for a FREE paper crafting night. This is your chance to catch up on your current projects or start something new. You can work on your scrapbook pages or make some cards. It is totally up to you!

We’ll start at 6:30 and (if we last) go until midnight. Please bring everything you need to complete your projects. My “shop” will be open for business in case you forget or run out of something, or if you just feel like shopping. I do have a few left over card kits from prior workshops that you would be welcome to purchase and use my stamps and ink pads to complete.  

You will also get sneak peak at the new Fall/Winter Idea Book! Come see the new paper kits and cast your vote for which ones should be included on the Fall/Winter workshop schedule. Although the catalog isn’t officially open until 8/1, I will be collecting orders to submit once August rolls around. If you choose to place an order at the paper crafting night, I will cover the shipping!

There is no charge for this event, but I do need to get a headcount. In addition, space is limited to the first 8 people who RSVP. Please email me to sign up or if you have any questions.

Summary of details:
Paper Crafting Night
July 28 from 6:30 - midnight
at my house (email or call for address/directions)
cost = $0!

Bring a friend and get a gift! (Please RSVP for them too.)

My Acrylix Stamps: Just the Facts!

Since the June special allows you to buy two stamp sets and get one free, I thought this would be a great time for a refresher on some facts about Close To My Heart's My Acrylix stamps. I believe they are "clearly" the best!

7 Facts that set My Acrylix Stamps apart:
  1. My Acrylix stamps are ready to use right out of the package—no cutting out, mounting, or applying stickers required. Just place the stamp on your block, apply ink, and you’re set!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon

See how to make this pretty, soft white ribbon a stunning color to match your projects. It’s as easy as pie!

I had a lot of fun playing with this ribbon a few weeks ago. Let me know if you'd like to try some yourself!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Studio J Experience

I'm thrilled that Close To My Heart included 5 free Studio J layouts with my convention registration. I love this company! I also received instructions for five beautiful layouts teaching new techniques. I just finished my layouts this morning and can't wait to show them to you.

Layout #1
Kit: Lucy; Pattern Stars Above
My favorite technique from this layout is cropping My Stickease borders to make ribbon streamers. The pink lace across the top and on the large photo on the left uses this technique. The short lace pieces hanging down from the buttons is also cropped pieces of border. Pretty nifty!

Layout #2
Kit: Michief; Pattern: Dynamic Duo

Monday, June 4, 2012

Putting the Pieces Together

Creating dimensional artwork is a piece of cake

This article is from my June Close To My Heart newsletter. Please let me know if you would like to be added to my mailing list.

Add dimension and heighten the visual interest of your stamping through paper piecing. This technique lets you use a single stamp to create multi-color, multi-dimensional artwork that is sure to impress. Read on to discover how simple it is!

“Life Is Tweet” Card

You may have spotted this technique in the artwork for the June Stamp of the Month; paper piecing was used to create almost all of them! Let’s focus on the Life Is Tweet card to get an idea of how the technique comes together. In creating this card,

Saturday, June 2, 2012

It's Stampaganza Time!

It's June and that means that it will be Stampaganza time! Got some stamp sets on your wish list? This is what you have been waiting for. During the month of June, purchase any two My Acrylix stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, or E) at full retail price and receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value)—a savings of up to $29.95!

To make this deal even sweeter, I’ve decided to offer a little prize. One lucky person who places a Stampaganza order through my “June Special” gathering will win an American Celebration stamp set. This patriotic size D stamp set includes all the images shown below.
There are two ways to place your order:

Friday, June 1, 2012

Life Is Tweet

Is it really June already? I can't believe another month has flown by.
The June Stamp Of The Month, Life is Tweet, is fun and whimsical. I'm loving the birdies! It is really a card makers delight with birthday, anniversary, thank you and other well wishes. Party hats, balloons and flowers add to the charm.

Supply lists and directions for the projects above are on the Close To My Heart website via this link.
Here's a picture showing all of the "Tweet" images in this set.

Remember this stamp set is only available during June 2012. Order yours today for $17.95 or just $5 when you spend $50.