Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Family is Forever

 Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! September's featured stamp set is called Family is Forever and has 7 gorgeous stamp images:


If you've come here from Jaime Llewellyn's Blogyou're on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here


 This month we have 80 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using September's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Hopping around is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!!



This stamp set makes gorgeous cards - the tree image is a beautiful background, and the sentiments are perfect for occasions with family and love. I used Yuletide B&T paper and Glacier cardstock for a pop of color. That fun bow was made using Black Shimmer Trim and our Mini Stapler and was topped with a Gold Bling Gem. I also added some Gold Sequins to the tree. I stamped and cut the Glacier hearts and Black sentiment to add some dimension.



This pop-up card comes from the Artiste cartridge (pg. 51). I cut both the card base and pop-up from Yuletide B&T paper. I also cut the pop-up from Glacier cardstock and then just cut out the portions I wanted (the scalloped edges and "LOVE".) I used the stamp set to create my own patterned paper on the front of the card, and to stamp the lovely hearts (another Artiste shape!) Black Shimmer Trim and Gold Bling Gems were the finishing touches.  

 Now "Hop" on over to Wendy Kessler's Blog to see her artwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas! 

Remember, September's SOTM is only available until September 30th! You can get this fun stamp set for only $5 with a $5o purchase. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Color Layout - Glacier, Thistle and Flaxen

This is my last post introducing our new colors, and for this project, I focused on cool Glacier blue, lovely Thistle purple and soft Flaxen gold. I love this combination!



I used Chalk It Up paper as my base because even though of the three colors, only Flaxen is a part of the color combo, the black chalkboard pattern goes with pretty much anything! 

Chalk It Up Paper Pack
To add in some texture and dimension, I used both Glacier and Flaxen Paper Fundamentals (both from the Whimsy collection). 

Whimsy Paper Fundamentals
I got the Flaxen and Black Dimensional Elements from the Chalk It Up Complements. A great tip to get the most out of the Complements and Assortment that come with each paper pack - make sure to use at least one color in the collection's palette. That way you're sure to have some embellishments you can use, even if you're creating your own color combo!

Chalk It Up Complements
All the arrows come from the Artbooking cartridge, and for a finishing touch, I added some Silver Sequins. The stitching was done by a machine because there's nothing I love more than sewing on paper. :)

Artbooking Cartridge
Silver Sequins

What fun color combos will you make?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Picture My Life Pillow Box

Here's a fun and easy way to create a lovely gift holder - use Picture My Life cards! 



For the Pillow Box, I chose a pretty Picture My Life card from the Balloon Ride collection as my base, and I found an image and sentiment from other cards that I cut and adhered to the base. I used some retired Chocolate ribbon and Brown & Tan Sparkles to finish it up. Voila!


You can create your own Picture My Life creations and take advantage of our August special! But hurry - the special is only good until August 31st!

Monday, August 25, 2014

September Layouts Workshop - Chalk It Up

September's layouts use the funky Chalk It Up collection, which is not only perfect for school-related memories, but makes wonderful layouts celebrating the everyday!


You'll have fun making these too cool layouts as we play with our new stapler, fun embellishments, and stamping that feels like doodling! Plus with fun Cricut cut outs and Flip Flaps for adding on more photo space, you'll be getting a lot out of this workshop!

Check out a close-up of the first layout:




And here's a close-up of the second layout:




The layout kit is pre-cut and comes with everything you need to make two 2-page layouts, including instructions. Can't make the class? These kits are available for mail order (or local pick-up)!

Kit Information:

You can choose from three great kit options (includes tax). All three kits count towards the Stamp of the Month - if you want the Stamp of the Month, please email me at morganvogt80@gmail.com instead of of ordering here.

*Photos of Kit Contents Below*

Basic Kit - Chalk It Up paper pack, Assortment, Complements, 4 Flip Flaps and 3 extra sheets cardstock ($25.63)

Better Kit - Chalk It Up Workshop on the Go (includes paper pack, Assortment, extra cardstock, stamp set, Black Striped Ribbon, and brochure), Chalk It Up Complements and 4 Flip Flaps ($41.91)

Best Kit - Better Kit + Flaxen Ink Pad and 8 sheets Flaxen Cardstock ($54.24)

Class Dates:
South Elgin - Sunday, September 14th at 2pm
Bolingbrook - Thursday, September 11th at 6:30pm

If you would like the kit shipped, please add "Shipping" to your cart; an additional $5 shipping charge will be added. In addition, if you'd like the kit to be pre-stamped, please add "Pre-Stamped" to your cart; an additional $3 will be added.

Additional products needed to complete this project:
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Stapler
  • 3-D Foam Tape
  • Black Ink
  • Flaxen Ink
  • Sponge
  • Blocks for stamping
  • Optional: Chalk It Up Workshop on the Go stamp set

The workshop is sold out

Supplies Used (All CTMH)
Chalk It Up Paper Pack
Chalk It Up Assortment

Chalk It Up Compliments

Chalk It Up WOTG
Flaxen Ink
Flip Flaps

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pretty Purses with New Colors Pixie and Canary

Another fun project with some of our new colors - this time, I'm showing off pretty Pixie pink and sunny Canary yellow. 




These adorable purses were made using the Artiste cartridge (pg. 41), and the lovely paper and accents are the Brushed paper pack, Complements (look closely - they're vellum stickers!) and Assortment.

What beautiful creations will you make with these wonderful new colors?

Supplies Used (All CTMH):

B&T Paper - Brushed
Cardstock - Pixie, Canary and White Daisy
Ink - Pixie, Canary, Pear and Black
Embellishments - Brushed Assortment, Brushed Complements and Topiary Chevron Ribbon
Other - Hook and Loop Dots (to close the purse strap) and Journaling Pen

Thursday, August 21, 2014

End of the Month Freebies

I want to give away free Close To My Heart products! Why? Because I am so close to reaching a milestone in my business and a personal goal. And to thank you for helping me with that, I have a fun personal special for the rest of August:
  • If you spend $25, you'll get a FREE ink pad of your choice
  • If you spend $50, you'll get a FREE paper pack of your choice
  • If you spend $75, you'll get a FREE paper pack AND ink pad of your choice
  • If you spend $100, you'll get a FREE Workshop on the Go of your choice
You can do this one of two ways - click here to shop on my website, or simply email me with your order and I'll place it for you (morganvogt80@gmail.com). Your free item will come separately, so do not order that - I will get that for you.

How about more free stuff? I currently have a few more party dates available in November and December. If you book a party by the end of August, you'll get a FREE paper pack of your choice!

Remember, you can also get the August Stamp of the Month for $5 with a $50 purchase, and you can get a 10-pack of Memory Protectors for $3 with the purchase of any Picture My Life kit

Thank you again for helping me reach this goal!

August Stamp of the Month
Picture My Life

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Creating Traditional Layouts with Picture My Life

Picture My Life is fantastic for creating quick, pocket scrapbooking albums, but all those wonderful cards that come with the program are also great for making traditional layouts. I've used them as embellishments, journaling cards and photo mats, but they can also help create an entire layout.


This layout was made with 4x6 cards from the For Always Picture My Life program - I just cut them down a little so they fit the page. I also fussy cut and pop-dotted images from the cards.

To add a pop of color, I cut Art Philosophy images from Smoothie cardstock. Silver Washi Tape, Silver Shimmer Trim and the retired Keyboard Alphabet and Rosette Ribbon helped me add the finishing touches.


Whether you're a pocket scrapbooker, traditional scrapbooker, or somehwere in between, Picture My Life has something for everyone! And during August, with every PML kit you purchase you can choose a 10-pack of Memory Protectors for only $3! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

September Creative Cards Workshop - Gate Fold Cards

September's cards are all about learning the gate-fold technique and getting introduced to the new Chalk It Up collection! You might also notice that one of the cards uses August's Stamp of the Month - What a Hoot. I'll be doing this with my future workshops as much as I can because I want to make sure that if you get the Stamp of the Month, you use it right away!





The card kit comes with everything you need to make 6 gate-fold cards (2 each of 3 designs). The kit comes pre-cut with instructions, including the gate-fold template so you can make them again and again! Can't make the class? These kits are available for mail order (or local pick-up)!

Kit Information:

You can choose from three great kit options (includes tax). All three kits count towards the Stamp of the Month - if you want the Stamp of the Month, please email me at morganvogt80@gmail.com instead of of ordering here.

*Photos of Kit Contents Below*

Basic Kit - 1/2 Chalk It Up paper pack, 6 card bases and envelopes, Chalk It Up Assortment, and 36" Black Twill Striped Ribbon ($15.64)

Better Kit - Basic Kit + full Chalk It Up paper pack and White Enamel Stars ($25.88)

Best Kit - Better Kit + Great Job stamp set ($41.88)

Class Dates:
South Elgin - Saturday, September 13th at 2pm (Class is full!)
Bolingbrook - Thursday, September 11th at 6:30pm

If you would like the kit shipped, please add "Shipping" to your cart; an additional $5 shipping charge will be added. In addition, if you'd like the kit to be pre-stamped, please add "Pre-Stamped" to your cart; an additional $3 will be added.

Additional products needed to complete this project:
  • Trimmer
  • Score tool
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • 3-D Foam Tape
  • Glue Dots
  • Black Ink
  • Optional: August Stamp of the Month - What a Hoot and Great Job stamp set

The workshop is sold out

Kit Contents

Chalk It Up Paper Pack
Chalk It Up Assortment
Black Stripe Twill Ribbon
White Enamel Stars
Great Job Stamp Set
What A Hoot Stamp Set

Friday, August 15, 2014

New Colors, New Cards!

We said goodbye to five of our colors in July, and now in August we get to say hello to five brand new colors! To celebrate these lovely new shades, I'll be showcasing art with these colors every Friday in August. Today I'm highlighting sunny Canary yellow, cool Glacier blue and the awesome Thistle purple (yes, that one is my favorite!)



I made this fun birthday card for a New Color Card Swap for my team (I love having a group of people I can swap art with!) I used the Whimsy Paper Fundamentals for the background (can you see the embossed design on two of the strips of paper?) and the delicious Build-A-Cake stamp set. For some finishing touches, I added Bronze shimmer trim and Gold Bling Gems.


Let the drooling continue...with the Sweet as Sugar stamp set (so adorable - it's a special hostess-only rewards stamp set!). I added some paper from Confetti Wishes and used the Dot Embossing Folder on white cardstock. To finish it up, I added Gold Glitter Paper, Brown & Tan Sparkles and Thistle Ribbon

Meet our New Colors!

Canary
Glacier
Thistle
Pixie
Flaxen