Friday, June 26, 2015

My Crush Inspiration Pt. 3 - Think Outside the Book

There are a lot of beautifully decorated pages in these My Crush books, but you don't have to use all of them in your book. 

Idea #3: Think outside the book. You can use these pages on other projects - it's okay to tear them out and create layouts, cards and other pieces of art. 



Inspiration: Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1, Pattern 8.

Technique: I tore a page straight out of my In the Pink My Crush book and used it as my focal point of this layout. I followed the dimensions of the page map simply by tearing out a few more pages and cutting them down to size. I also used the In the Pink Assortment and Glitter Glam stamp set to decorate. The only extras I added were white cardstock and Gold Sequins.

Fun Fact: I played handbells in high school. Yes, that is a real thing. :) 


There's still a few more days to take advantage of June's special by getting a free stamp set (a $9.95 value!) with the purchase of any My Crush book and assortment. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Retiring Items


It's that time of the year again - the Retiring Items have been announced.  These items are now considered "while supplies last" so when they're gone, they're gone for good!


Items will be retired as of August 31, 2015.  But don't be sad - this means we're making room for all kinds of new items that will be released on September 1, 2015!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

June Stamp of the Month - Ice Cream Dream Puppy Card

I wanted to make a card with a puppy eating ice cream. Enough said. :)


Inspiration: Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1, Pattern 19. And mint chocolate chip ice cream - my favorite.

Technique: Using our Shinhan Touch markers and Colorless Blender to color the images. Also, using the same three products for all my June Stamp of the Month projects, including my previous card and layout - Brushed paper, Brown & Tan Glitter Paper and Aqua Dots.

Fun Fact: While I currently have three cats, I grew up with three dogs.


As always, the Stamp of the Month can be yours for $5 with a $50 purchase. Get yours today on my website! But remember, it's only available until June 30th!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My Crush Inspiration Pt. 2 - Scrap Your Scraps

I love December - not only because of Christmas, but because I always seem to do so many fun things throughout the month. I always end up with a pile of tickets, tags, and other memorabilia (this happens to me on vacations as well). 

Idea #2: Scrap your scraps. Because My Crush books are more like journals, they really are the perfect place to hold all your fun odds and ends from trips and events. 


My Holiday Happenings My Crush book is all about last December, and this page in particular focuses on some of my favorite events. We went to movies, visited historic towns and saw a fun Christmas musical. But I only managed to get one photo - everything else was ephemera. So, what to do?


Flip Flaps - These plastic pockets make it possible to hold lots of photos, postcards and other items. You can show off your favorite up front, and tuck away other items that you want to keep, but don't want to have front and center.


Pockets - The Holiday Happenings Assortment comes with adorable pockets that are perfect for tucking away items you want to keep, but don't want to showcase. I put ticket stubs in mine. 



Hidden Spaces - Use areas behind the Flip Flaps, pockets and tags to hide additional mementos that might not go with your page design. That way you preserve them, but they don't clash. 


Scrap your scraps while taking advantage of June's special and getting your free stamp set (a $9.95 value!) with the purchase of any My Crush book and assortment. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

June Stamp of the Month - Ice Cream Dream Retrosketches Inspired Card

This card is all about the ice cream thanks to this sketch from retrosketches:


Inspiration: I wanted these yummy ice cream images to be front and center, and this retrosketches design created the perfect framed area to show them off. 

Technique: I used our Shinhan Touch markers to color the images, along with the Colorless Blender to lighten the centers. The ice cream bar uses two-color blending to create that soft creamsicle look. I also challenged myself to use the same three products for all my June Stamp of the Month projects - Brushed paper, Brown & Tan Glitter Paper and Aqua Dots

Fun Fact: You can use sketches and page maps over and over again while keeping them fresh by simply rotating the design. The sketch I used was vertical, but I rotated it so I had a horizontal row of ice cream treats!


As always, the Stamp of the Month can be yours for $5 with a $50 purchase. Get yours today on my website! But remember, it's only available until June 30th!

Friday, June 12, 2015

My Crush Inspiration Part 1 - Preserve Your Journeys

I want to show you how to make the most out of June's My Crush special. There are so many ways you can use the My Crush books, and I thought I'd share some of my favorites throughout June to help you get inspired. 


Idea 1: Preserve your journeys. My Crush books are a wonderful way to document the paths your life takes, such as starting a new career, living a healthier life, making (and doing) your bucket list, joining a book club, going through pregnancy, or any other incredible personal journeys you may take. 


I have an In the Pink My Crush book dedicated to my journey as a Close To My Heart consultant. This page is all about my favorite past team meetings. I used the In the Pink Assortment to mat my photos and the Glitter Glam stamp set to embellish. 


Start preserving your journeys by taking advantage of June's special and getting your free stamp set (a $9.95 value!) with the purchase of any My Crush book and assortment. 


Monday, June 8, 2015

July Heat Embossing Workshop

Learn all about heat embossing at July's workshop! I'll demonstrate 6 heat embossing techniques, and you'll leave with cards, bags and tags that are perfect for those summer birthdays and events! Plus, this is a scrap your stash event - bring your own embellishments and use them up!





The workshop kit comes pre-cut with everything you need to make 4 cards (2 each of 2 designs),  2 tags and 1 bag, including instructions, and you'll have plenty leftover to make more projects! Remember, you'll bring your own embellishments so you can use them up!

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

Basic Kit -1/2 Seaside Paper Pack, 4 card bases and envelopes, Neutral Metallic Baker's Twine and use of embossing supplies (bring your own and get a discount!) ($17.35)

Better Kit - Basic Kit + Full Seaside Paper Pack and your choice of stamp set:
Treasured Friendship ($39.05)
Or
Seaside Greetings ($43.64)

Best Kit - Better Kit + both stamp sets ($59.64)

Class Dates:
South Elgin Only - Saturday, July 18th at 2pm & Sunday July 19th at 2pm

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 June 29th). 

Kit Contents


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June Close To My Heart Specials - Summer Crush

June's special will help you keep your summer memories on the go. Keep reading for details...
1. Summer Crush


During June, when you purchase any My Crush™ book and its accompanying assortment, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE! That's a savings of at least $9.95! Choose from five lovely My Crush book offerings that will provide a swoon-worthy background for your favorite memories:



I'll be posting awesome ideas for using the My Crush books to help you keep your memories while you're on the go this summer, so stay tuned!

2. June Stamp of the Month - Ice Cream Dream


As always, the Stamp of the Month is only available during it's month and is only $5 ($12.95 savings!) with every $50 ordered (before shipping and tax). Spend $100, get 2, and so on. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Stamp of the Month - Ice Cream Dream Rose Blossom Blog Hop


Welcome to the Rose Blossom Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we have 9 Close To My Heart Consultants from the Rose Blossom team sharing their creations using June's Stamp of the Month and other great Close To My Heart products on their blogs. 

June's stamp set is called Ice Cream Dream and has 7 delicious images:


If you came here from Kim's amazing blog, you are on the right path.  If you get lost along the way, you can always come back here and go to the bottom of the post for the blog hop list.

Here we go!


Inspiration: This adorable sketch from Sketch Savvy, and my best friend's daughter who loves her ice cream. :) 

Technique: I colored the images using our Shinhan Touch markers and the Colorless Blender. Also, all the artwork I made with this stamp set uses the same three supplies - Brushed paper, Tan & Brown Glitter Paper and Aqua Dots. Keep a look out for more!

Fun Fact: Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream is my favorite. :)

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

Now it's time for you to keep moving on the hop!  Head on over to Mary's incredible blog - you'll love her artwork!

Here are the blogs in the hop.  I invite you to follow each one so that you can keep up with what they are doing in their crafting lives!!