Monday, December 28, 2015

Secret Sister Gift Exchange - Receiving Pt. 2

I received some amazing gifts from my secret sister on my Close To My Heart team, which I showed off in a previous post. But this one is my favorite:





I love mini-albums, and to have such a beautiful one created just for me left me speechless. The cover is gorgeous (I love everything from the Kaleidoscope collection!), and each page is unique. But what really got me was the album itself - I've never seen anything like it! This photo doesn't do it justice - when it opens, it looks like a half star and the pages just pop out. 

What amazing talent we have on our team!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas and a Crafty New Year!

Merry Christmas to all you crazy crafters out there! I hope it's a wonderful day for you and you get a chance to do plenty of stamping, gluing and embellishing over the holiday and New Year!


I've loved every minute I've gotten to spend with all of you - whether it's at one of my workshops, catching up on social media, or just the time I spend thinking about each of you as I post and create - I feel very fortunate that you are all a part of my life. I'm looking forward to another fun year of being a Close To My Heart consultant and sharing that with you!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Secret Sister Gift Exchange - Receiving Pt. 1

I love our team's annual secret sister gift exchange because it's incredible to be given one-of-a-kind creations from one of my team members. My secret sister turned out to be the incredibly talented Kim Richardson.

Our fearless leader, Brenda Rose, has us let her know what our favorite paper collection is, along with our favorite treat. It's a great jumping off point for getting started.



Gifts: Kraft Container and Clear Pillow Box treat holders 

Favorite Paper Collection: Kaleidoscope

Favorite Treat: Sugar-free candy (you do not want to see me hopped up on sugar :)

Why These Gifts are Awesome: Not only are they beautifully decorated, but Kim went crazy adding on the most amazing details - Kaleidoscope Complements and Assortment, Pink Shimmer Trim, Thistle Twine, and my all-time favorite retired product - Rosette Ribbon. 

But it doesn't stop here - Kim created one more amazing piece of art that I will be showing off after Christmas - stay tuned!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Close To My Heart's Everyday Life Collection (Video Tour)

Close To My Heart's new Everyday Life collection is all about celebrating the every day. There are many different ways you can use this collection and this video shows you 6 different projects you can create. If you have any other ideas, I'd love to hear about them!


Even better, during December, you can get the album, planner pages and roller stamp for $29.95 (that's 15% off retail price!) Click here to get yours!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Secret Sister Gift Exchange - Giving Pt. 2

I showed off some of the gifts I gave to my secret sister for our team's secret sister gift exchange in my previous post. Today, you can see the last gift I gave her - a mini-album!






Mini-albums are so much fun to make! Because they're small, it doesn't take a long time to finish one. I designed this one using Design Space and the Artistry cartridge. The album is the My Creations Mini Folio, and I decorated with La Vie En Rose paper, Red Glitter Paper and Silver Sequins

In an upcoming post, I'm going to show off what I received. :) 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Secret Sister Gift Exchange - Giving Pt. 1

Every year, our Close To My Heart team has a secret sister gift exchange. I love doing this because it gives me a chance to create for someone on our team and to receive beautiful artwork in return. Our team is amazingly talented, and I am so excited to share some of our creations with you!

Here are some of the gifts I created for my secret sister:


Christmas Card - with her love of La Vie En Rose, and my love of the card on page 42 of Annual Inspirations, I knew I couldn't go wrong. :) I created a watercolor background and decorated with Glacier Fundamentals Assortment. 


Candy Holder - my secret sister loves Swedish Fish, so I created this fun container to hold them using Artiste, Enchantment Paper Fundamentals and some fun bling (Base & Bling rhinestone, Whisper Twine and Gray Enamel Gems).


Layout - my secret sister loves the new Enchantment color palette, so I went crazy choosing colors not only from the Paper Fundamentals collection, but also other paper packs (Sangria and Urban - can you spot those papers?) All the hearts are from Art Philosophy, and the finishing touches are the Enchantment Stickers and Silver Sequins.

My next post will be the rest of my gift to my secret sister - stay tuned!

Monday, December 14, 2015

January Layout Workshop - Watercoloring

Watercoloring is a fun and beautiful trend, and if you haven't tried your hand at it yet (or are just getting started), then you'll get a lot from this layout kit!

You'll make two 2-page layouts (and have plenty leftover to create more!) Plus, if you can't make the workshop, you can not only order a kit to work on at home, but I'll also post a YouTube video that demonstrates all 4 techniques you'll be learning!

Layout 1



Layout 2



This workshop kit comes with everything you need to create two 2-page layouts including instructions and plenty of leftovers to create more! Plus I'll post a YouTube video showing all 4 techniques you'll learn for those of you who want to work on the kit at home!

Kit Information (*all prices include tax*):

Layout Kit - La Vie En Rose Paper Pack, Assortment & Complements and additional cardstock and Watercolor paper ($32)

Tool Add On

At Home Kit - If you'd like to work on this at home, add the "Shipping" option to your cart and an extra $5 will be added on (if you're local, you're welcome to pick it up).

Class Location:
Country Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, January 9th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, January 9th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, January 10th from 1pm-4pm

You can pre-pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the PayPal “Add to Cart” button below. Mail order kits purchased by December 20th will be mailed by January 11th.

Watercolor Card Kit


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Watercoloring - January Card Kit

Watercoloring is a fun and beautiful trend, and if you haven't tried your hand at it yet (or are just getting started), then you'll get a lot from this card kit!

You'll make 6 cards (and have plenty leftover to create more!) Plus, if you can't make the workshop, you can not only order a kit to work on at home, but I'll also post a YouTube video that demonstrates all 6 techniques you'll be learning!





This workshop kit comes with everything you need to create 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) including instructions and plenty of leftovers to create more! Plus I'll post a YouTube video showing all 6 techniques you'll learn for those of you who want to work on the kit at home!

Kit Information (*all prices include tax*):

Card Kit - La Vie En Rose Paper Pack, Watercolor paper, Silver Sequins, and card bases & envelopes ($22)

Stamp Add On

Tool Add On

At Home Kit - If you'd like to work on this at home, add the "Shipping" option to your cart and an extra $5 will be added on (if you're local, you're welcome to pick it up).

Class Location:
Country Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, January 9th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, January 9th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, January 10th from 1pm-4pm

You can pre-pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the PayPal “Add to Cart” button below. Mail order kits purchased by December 18th will be mailed by January 11th.

Watercolor Card Kit


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Paper Fundamentals Supplemental Art - Mini-Album Pt. 2 (Directions Included)

Here is part 2 of the Paper Fundamental Mini-Album.

Remember, the trick to any mini-album is to choose a few designs and repeat them, but with different papers. It makes it simple to put together, but each page looks unique with the colors and embellishments you choose.

Design 3 (left) and 4 (right):



Here are the directions - you can be exact with my measurements or keep it loose with the general guidelines I provide in parentheses.

Design 3: Journaling Side
White Cardstock - 3.25 x 4.25" (or cut so there's about a quarter of an inch of the Kraft base showing, and it's about the same size as the Paper Fundamental strip)
Paper Fundamental Strip - 3.25 x 4.25" (or cut so there's about a quarter of an inch of the Kraft base showing, and it's about the same size as the White cardstock)
Journaling - use a ruler and Journaling Pen to create the journaling lines (or stamp them in Black ink)

Design 4: Photo Side
Paper Fundamental Mat - 4.5 x 6.5" (or cut so there's about a quarter of an inch of the Kraft base showing)
Paper Fundamental Strip - 0.5 x 6.5" (or a thin strip at the top of the mat)
Photo - two 3 x 4" (or one 4 x 6" photo or any other combo you'd like)

Finishing Touches
Add stickers and assortments - don't be afraid to mix colors!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Paper Fundamentals Supplemental Art - Mini-Album Pt. 1 (Directions Included)

You will love making this mini-album because it's so simple and quick! I'll show you how to create this easy mini-album in two posts. 

All you need are leftovers from the Paper Fundamentals workshop and a Short Stack Album, or Enchantment Paper Fundamentals, Enchantment Stickers, and Pomegranate and/or Peacock Assortments.

The trick to any mini-album is to choose a few designs and repeat them, but with different papers. It makes it simple to put together, but each page looks unique with the colors and embellishments you choose.

Cover:

Design 1 (left) and 2 (right):


Here are the directions - you can be exact with my measurements or keep it loose with the general guidelines I provide in parentheses.

Cover:
Paper Fundamental Strips - 1.5 x 6" and 1.75 x 5.5" (or one thick and one medium strip)
Paper Fundamental Scallop Circle - 2" punch (or any simple shape you'd like)
White Cardstock Title - 1" Circut cut title (or use stickers, stamping, etc.)

Design 1: Journaling Side
White Cardstock - 4.5 x 6.5" (or cut so there's about a quarter of an inch of the Kraft base showing)
Paper Fundamental Strip - 2.5 x 4" (or cut so there's about a quarter of an inch around the paper and the journaling area)
Journaling - use a ruler and Journaling Pen to create the journaling lines (or stamp them in Black ink)

Design 2: Photo Side
Paper Fundamental Mat - 4.5 x 6.5" (or cut so there's about a quarter of an inch of the Kraft base showing)
White Cardstock Mat - 4.25 x 6.25" (or cut so there's about an eight of an inch of the Paper Fundamental mat showing)
Photo - 4 x 6" (or two 3 x 4" photos or any other combo you'd like)

Finishing Touches
  1. Use a 2" scallop punch and 1.5" circle punch to add an area for embellishments on the right side (or use any shapes and sizes you'd like!)
  2. Add stickers and assortments - don't be afraid to mix colors!
I'll be back later this week with a post on the second set of designs.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December Close To My Heart Specials - It's Planner Time!

Attention all planner addicts! During December, you can get an awesome planner bundle for 15% off the retail price! Keep reading for details...

1. Planners Gonna Plan


During December, you can get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life™ album, the accompanying 2016 planner pages, and the coordinating Perfect Plan roller stamp in an exclusive product bundle for only $29.95. That’s over 15% off the retail price! 

With the new Everyday Life system, you’ll experience “memory keeping on the go” as you track your menus and shopping lists, stamp reminders, keep appointments, and tuck away precious memories—plus much more—all at once! This offer is only available while supplies last, so plan to place your order on my website early in the month and start 2016 off right. 

2. December Stamp of the Month - Candlelight Garden

Light up your artwork with this lovely stamp set:


The Stamp of the Month is only available during its month and is only $5 ($12.95 savings!) with every $50 ordered (before shipping and tax). When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Stamp of the Month - Candlelight Garden Rose Blossom Blog Hop


Welcome to the Rose Blossom Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! Come follow Close To My Heart consultants from the Rose Blossom team as we share our creations using December's Stamp of the Month - Candlelight Garden!

If you came here from Kim Hill's amazing blog, you're on the right path!  If you get lost along the way, come back here and go to the bottom of the page for the blog hop list.



Inspiration: A card from the new Seasonal Expressions mini-catalog (I love being a consultant - I get to see our product over a month early!)

Technique: Watercolor painting. 
  1. Stamp images with Archival Black ink. 
  2. Wet the entire image first with a flat brush.
  3. For the flowers, color using the smaller round brush, dab a bit with a tissue, then go back over certain parts with the wet paintbrush to make those areas a little darker. 
  4. For the mason jar, use the big flat brush and start at the bottom and brush across and up so it gets lighter towards the top.
Fun Fact: This was my first time painting a stamped image with watercolors. I am officially hooked and can't wait to do more!

December's SOTM is only available until December 31st. As always, you can get this stamp set for only $5 with a $5o purchase at my website

Now it's time for you to keep moving on the hop!  Head on over to Cathy's lovely blog and see her beautiful artwork!

Blog Hop List:

Monday, November 30, 2015

Close To My Heart Cyberweek Sale

Starting Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 4th, 39 current items can be yours for 25% off retail price, including the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection!


How do take advantage of this special? Simply click here to go to my website, and under the Shop tab, you'll see a menu entitled "Cyberweek Sale!" with all the items. I also have them listed below. And remember, this is while supplies last.

Want more? If you click the Join button next to "Cyber Week Drawing Prize" on the lower right side, you'll be entered to win the free hostess rewards! But you will only be entered if you click Join. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 7th.

List of Sale Items:
Z3111 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Gold
Z3112 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Gold
Z3135 Base & Bling Snowflake Charm—Faux Silver
Z3136 Base & Bling Jingle Bell—Faux Silver
Z3138 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Gold
Z3139 Base & Bling Red Bead Charm—Faux Silver
Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program
Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit
Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album
Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags
Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags
Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box
Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box
Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag
Z1838 5" x 7" Hinged Display Tray
Z1750 Designed Décor Display Tray
Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard
Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box
Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box
Z1833 My Creations™ Kraft Container
Z1871 My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album
Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box
Z1956 My Creations™ Hip Pics Album
Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book
Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book
Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album
Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container
Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection
Z1476 4 ¼" x 5 ½" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1477 5" x 7" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1478 6" x 6" White Daisy Envelopes
Z1756 3" x 3" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1757 4 ¼" x 5 ½" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1758 5" x 7" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1759 6" x 6" Colonial White Envelopes
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
Z1997 Triangle Border Punch

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Wishes

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Not only am I grateful for my family and friends who I will be sharing this special day with, but I am also thankful for all of you. And for deep fried turkey. :)


Monday, November 23, 2015

Sangria Supplemental Art - Thank You Cards (Directions Included)

Easy peasy thank you cards made with leftovers from the Sangria card workshop and card basesIf you didn't get the workshop, then all you need is Sangria paper, Poppy Twine and Pink Enamel Gems.




Here are the directions - you can be exact with my measurements or keep it loose with the general guidelines I provide in parentheses.

*Design from Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2, Pattern 28*

Cutting

Bold pattern (papers on far right and left sides): 4 x 1.75" (or cut so there's about a quarter of an inch around the papers and card base)

Subtle pattern (paper in the center): 4 x 1.5" (or cut so there's about a quarter of an inch around the papers and card base)

Color cardstock square: 2.5 x 2.5" (or cut so it's about a quarter of an inch larger than your off-white square)

Colonial White (off-white) square: 2.25 x 2.25" (or cut so it fits your stamped sentiment)

Champagne cardstock strip: 0.75 x 5.5" (thin strip)

Put It Together

Stamping: Use Cocoa (dark brown) ink to stamp your sentiment - I used Victorian Gratitude.

Optional: Use a corner rounder to round two corners of your color and Colonial White cardstock squares.

Embellishments: Tie a bow with the Poppy Twine and add Pink Enamel Gems as desired.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Paper Fundamentals - Your Papercrafting Secret Weapon

The Top 5 Reasons why Paper Fundamentals are your papercrafting secret weapon:

1 - You can create any color combination you want. Sometimes a paper collection has the colors you need, sometimes it doesn't. But with Paper Fundamentals, you have all colors at your fingertips.

2 - You can make any theme you want. Don't have paper with the theme you want? Then make your own! Paper Fundamental patterns are general enough to fit with any theme, and the magic of Cricut, die-cuts and punches means there's no limit to what you can create.

3 - You get texture and dimension without any work. Paper Fundamentals have embossed designs on one side that create beautiful texture, and the coordinating embellishments add automatic dimension (bows, tags and wood shapes) and shine (glitter stickers).

4 - No stamping necessary! With 4 sheets of stickers and 4 different embellishments, you can create any sentiment you want with plenty of images to go with them.

5 - Paper Fundamentals complement all Close To My Heart paper collections. This means that if you're running low on patterned paper or you want to add more designs to a collection, you have all the extras you need.

Take advantage of November's special today so you can build up your papercrafting arsenal:



Each Simply Fundamentals bundle is $71.80, and it comes with everything you see pictured above:
  • Album style and design of your choice
  • Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack (20 sheets)
  • Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack (4 sticker sheets)
  • Peacock Fundamental assortment (glitter and wood stickers, bows and clips)
  • 3 sheets White Daisy cardstock 
  • Plus a FREE value pack of 25 Memory Protectors (that's a $19.95 value!)
  • And you can download instructions to create 5 layouts!
You can order as many bundles as you'd like; simply go to my website to order!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November Stamp of the Month - Cheers, 2016! Layout

You can make stamped images really pop by choosing a design with a lot of white space:


Inspiration: The layout on page 71 of Annual Inspirations. I only re-created the left side, though, because I want this to be the first page of next year's album.

Technique: I kept the papers simple so the stamped sentiments would really stand out. The patterned paper is from the Enchantment Paper Fundamentals, and the only bling I added was Gold Shimmer Trim. Everything else is focused on the bright colors of the stamped images (Pomegranate, Fern, and Poppy with Cocoa as the neutral).

Fun Fact: I never make New Year's resolutions - I believe that if you want to change something, the best time to start is now. :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Paper Fundamentals Layouts - December Workshop

This month's special helps you put the "fun" in Paper Fundamentals, and I want you to take advantage of it! We'll be using the supplies from the Simply Fundamentals bundle this month to create next month's layout workshop, which includes five layouts! 


This workshop kit comes with everything you need to create five 2-page layouts including instructions and leftovers to create more!

Kit Information:
Layout Kit - Enchantment Paper Fundamentals, Enchantment Stickers, Peacock Assortment, and extra cardstock ($46; includes tax)

Simply Fundamentals Bundle Kit - Enchantment Paper Fundamentals, Enchantment Stickers, Peacock Assortment, extra cardstock, album design and style of your choice and Value Pack of 25 Memory Protectors ($87; includes tax)

Pre-Cut Add-On - Close to My Heart designed a beautiful cutting guide for the workshop that you can use to cut your layouts and choose your own color combos. However, if you'd like me to pre-cut your layouts, then add on $5.

Class Location:
Country Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, December 12th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, December 12th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, December 13th from 1pm-4pm


If you would like to order this kit, simply email me at: morganvogt80@gmail.com, and I will send you an invoice via PayPal (please order by November 23rd).