Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jump On It July - Paper Bird Card (With Techniques!)

I'm pretty sure Paper Bird is the favorite hostess rewards stamp set of my customer friends, because this is the one you've all been getting for July's special! So this card is for all of you. :)

Inspiration: The layering trend! I see it everywhere, and I wanted to try my hand at it.

Techniques: Layering is all about building up smaller elements from a larger base. I used the dove-tailed Blossom B&T paper as my starting point, and then I just added on from there. Tip - Use 3-D foam tape not only for dimension, but also to make it easier to tuck elements under your layers. 

Another cool technique? I flicked the edges of the white circle with Versa mark ink and sprinkled it with gold embossing powder before heating. It's like ink edging with embossing.

Fun Fact: The hardest part of this card for me was figuring out where in the heck to put the sentiment. I tried at least 10 different variations.

Get your discounted hostess rewards stamp set (or FREE Stamp of the Month) on my website all throughout July!

Supply List
Retired Item - Striped Sorbet Washi Tape

Friday, July 24, 2015

Wanderful Mini-Mix Album: At-Home Kit

Make a beautiful mini-album in the comfort of your home! This album is perfect for preserving all those summer traveling memories.

This at-home kit comes pre-cut and stamped and with everything you need to make the album, including instructions. The kit can be mailed to your home or if you're local, you can pick it up!

Kit Information:
You can choose from two great kit options (includes tax):
*Photos of Kit Contents Below*

Half-Pack Kit -1/2 Wanderful paper pack, 1/2 Purple Glitter Gems, Wanderful Assortment, Mini-Mix Album and extra cardstock ($26.50)

Full-Pack Kit - Full Wanderful paper pack, Full Purple Glitter Gems, Wanderful Assortment, Mini-Mix Album and extra cardstock ($34.50)

If you would like the kit shipped, please add "Shipping" to your cart; an additional $5 shipping charge will be added. 

You can pre-pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the PayPal “Add to Cart” button below. At-Home kits purchased by August 2nd will be mailed by August 17th. 

Kit Options

Kit Contents

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Close To My Heart Your Way Survey

Fill out this quick survey (only 7 questions!) to help me create the kind of experiences you want from workshops, gatherings and social media. 

Plus, everyone who takes the survey by August 1 will be entered to win a $20 shopping spree (I'll choose three winners!)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Catalog Retirement Party - Get Your Favorites While You Can!

Come join me in celebrating the retirement of our current catalog! I'll have a lot of specials on retiring product, and you'll be able to make wonderful projects with my various buffets.

The party will be held at my house in South Elgin, IL.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Convention Secret Sister

I love being a part of my team's secret sister gift exchange! We had an awesome one for Christmas, and we just had another one for Convention. Today I'm posting the art I created for my secret sister (who, funnily enough, was the same person I had for Christmas :)

With Convention being at Disneyland, I had to play up the theme. I used Artfully Sent to create the bubbly background for my card base, and I was so excited to get to use the special stamp set I received the last time I went to Convention (also at Disneyland).

Convention is jam-packed with events, so having some treats with you is essential. I made this adorable Artiste purse to hold some chocolate. And of course, I couldn't help but throw in a lovely Disney quote.

And finally, I wanted my secret sister to have something she could use to preserve her memories while she was at Convention. I thought the Mini-Folio album was perfect for keeping track of the people she met, the things she did, and any fun quotes that always seem to pop up.

Supply List
Retired: Wooden buttons, Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape, various assortments (pearl pin and bow clip), Fancy Fuzz, and Dreams stamp set (Convention only)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Studio J Flash Sale

Do you have an account full of Studio J layouts waiting to be printed? How about a big photo order you keep meaning to make? Well, now is the time to log in to Studio J and order all your layouts and photos! From July 15, 2015 to July 31, 2015 (5:00 pm MDT) all layouts in Studio J are only $5.00!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Close To My Heart Convention

What can I say about Convention? It's a rush being with consultants from across the country (and Canada and Australia :) who are just as excited as I am to see all the new products in person. The ballroom is filled to the brim with cheering crafters who can't get enough of the fun show Close To My Heart puts on to introduce the new product lines.

It's also an amazing time to connect with other consultants - especially the incredible women on my team. I had such a fabulous time getting to know all of them better. What a creative and amazing group I am a part of!

On top of all of that, Close To My Heart has awesome creative sessions and business classes, as well as product and artwork displays that are fantastic. So many ideas! Plus we get so much free product from the new catalog AND there's tons of drawings to win even more!

This year I took part in our Creativity Showcase - I got to show off my artwork to fellow consultants and Close To My Heart corporate (I would love to be asked to be a presenter at Convention!)

Best of all are all the ideas - from the presenters, to CTMH staff, to fellow consultants - my head is just filled with fun new things I want to try! I won't be able to share too much until the catalog is officially released in September, but I will be posting a few hints, and starting in August, there's a few new items I can show you (including that new Cricut cartridge!)

I can't wait for you to see it all - you will love what's coming!

Monday, July 13, 2015

July Stamp of the Month - Life is Wonderful Card

I love large stamps - they become the focus of any project, and because they take up so much space, there's very little you have to do around them. 

Large stamp = very quick card. :)

Inspiration: Originals How-To book, Side Focus pattern

Technique: Making a large stamped image the focus of a card. I also heat embossed the stamped image so the white really popped on the darker blue background.

Fun Facts: This card took me about 5 minutes to make. This is why I love large images! Also, I only used retired products, with the exception of white embossing powder and clear sparkles.

Make life wonderful with this awesome stamp set - you can get it for FREE with the purchase of $25 in regular priced stamp sets (or for $5 with any $50 purchase). Get yours today on my website! But remember, it's only available until July 31st!