Monday, December 26, 2016

Fun With Color - Pigment Ink

Let's have fun with color! The new colors in the Adventure palette are so bright and fun that I wanted to show you some ways you can create with them. The first stop was stencils. Next stop? Pigment ink!




Playing with Pigments: This is such a neat technique I picked up from Scrapbook.com's Create a Card for Every Occasion class (it's free!). 

1. Using small pigment ink squares, drag each color across both sides of the card base, repeating a mix of 3 colors.
2. Using those same three colors, press each ink color onto a stamped image, alternating each color to give it an ombre or multi-colored look. Stamp the image onto white cardstock.
3. Sprinkle the stamped image with clear embossing powder and then heat.
4. Sponge a neutral color over the stamped image (this helps offset it from the colors of the card base). When done, tear the edges of the cardstock and adhere to the center of the card base.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fun With Color - Stencil Cards

Let's have fun with color! The new colors in the Adventure palette are so bright and fun that I wanted to show you some ways you can create with them. First stop - stencils!



Stencil How-To: For these cards, I did a tone-on-tone look (I used Tangerine cardstock with Tangerine ink for the top card and Raspberry cardstock with Raspberry ink for the bottom card). 

1. Tape your cardstock down with removable tape (i.e. washi tape).
2. Place the stencil over the cardstock and tape it down.
3. Ink up your sponge and gently circle it on the stencil. You can add more ink to make it darker, or even darken some areas while keeping others light. 

Stencil Ideas: There are plenty of stencils out there that you can purchase, but don't forget that die cuts can work just as well! The top card was made using an image from the Artbooking cartridge. 

Fun Tip: Adding a stenciled image onto cardstock creates such a beautiful base that you don't need to much else to decorate your card - just a quick sentiment and a few embellishments. This is a great way to create a lot of cards for many different occasions!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fun With Christmas Cards - Part 2

I shared some of the Christmas cards I created in a previous post (first part), and today I'm going to share a few more of my festive creations. 



Inspiration: Lawn Fawn's adorable stamps, dies and plaid paper! My good friend Jean got me the alpaca set last year, and I just added the Sprinkled with Joy set to my collection. 

It's In the Details: I used Close To My Heart's Shinhan Touch Markers to color the stove, baking equipment, birds and alpaca. CTMH's wood grain embossing folder gave the tan cardstock the look of a wood floor while the snowflake embossing folder added texture to the alpaca card. And finally, I added part of a doilie to the alpaca card because who doesn't love doilies? :)

Awesome Tip: You can add shading to your colored images really easily - just outline the area you want shaded with a gray marker, and then go over it with a color. I did that with the stove - it's outlined in gray and then colored with red.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Workspace Wonder - A Review of Close To My Heart's New Organization System

I am an organization junkie. I like to have space to create and to be able to find what I need when I need it. So I'm always on the lookout for good organizational systems. And I was so excited when Close To My Heart introduced their new system - Workspace Wonder


I've purchased several pieces already and have them set up in my craft space. I've had a chance to arrange them how I like and to see how they work while I craft. And here is my review of that experience.

Pros:
1. There are 6 different pieces (Large Tray, Small Tray, Stamp Pad Stack, Marker Stack, Tool Cubby and Paper Tray), which means you only have to purchase what you need. I didn't need the Marker Stack or Paper Tray, so that was less money I had to spend.

2. You can arrange each piece how you want them as they are interlocking. 

3. You can stack it vertically or horizontally, depending on your space. I have more vertical space than I do horizontal, so this was incredibly helpful.

4. Each piece is made of a durable, thick plastic material. I banged and threw my pieces around because I'm a klutz, and they held up nicely. 

5. It looks incredibly streamlined and neat, and it makes everything easy to find.

6. I have to say this again - being able to customize is huge. You can make this into whatever you want to fit whatever space you need.

Cons:
1. These pieces are pricey - this is a long-term storage solution meant to last, but you will pay more up front.

2. Although all the pieces are interlocking, it's not a strong lock. This makes it easy to move things around, but you can't keep them in a position and move the entire thing. If you're keeping them in one spot, then it isn't an issue. If you're traveling with them, you'll need to disassemble and reassemble. 

3. This is sort of nitpicky since it is a CTMH product, but only CTMH stamps (both old and new) will fit in the Stamp Pad Stack. I wanted to have all my inks in one spot, but I'll be using the Small Tray for non-CTMH inks.

4. The Large Tray provides a base for the Stamp Pad Stack, Marker Stack and Tool Cubby. However, this means that you can't stack anything in the tray higher than the tray lip, otherwise you won't be able to get your ink pads or markers out. This isn't an issue with the Tool Cubby.

Product Details:
Large Tray - 8" x 12" x 1" with a divider so there are two 4" x 12" sections; useful for stacking pieces and for storing flatter items such as blocks, adhesive and ink squares.

Small Tray - 4" x 8" x 1"; useful for storing re-inker (can hold up to 18 bottles), as well as other ink pads, blocks and other tools.

Stamp Pad Stack - 4" x 4" x 4" cube. Holds 5 CTMH ink pads (both the older ones and new ones).

Marker Stack - 4" x 4" x 4" cube. Holds 25 Shinhan Touch Markers. I don't have this piece, so I do not know if it holds other markers. 

Tool Cubby - 4" x 4" with a divider; useful for storing pencils, brushes and other long and skinny tools.

Paper tray - 12" x 12.5" by 2"; can store paper, including paper with a zip strip. I don't have this one, but I got a sneak peak at one a customer purchased and it will hold a lot of paper (and is sturdy enough for the weight).

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fun With Christmas Cards - Part 1

I had a blast making Christmas cards this year! I know I loved it so much because I used so many different products and made a bunch of different designs, so it always felt fresh and new. I thought I'd share with you some of the designs I created to help you get inspired!



Inspiration: Stampin' Up's Candy Cane Lane collection. To me it felt cozy, warm and utterly delicious.

Die-Cutting Diva: I went crazy with die-cuts! I used Poppystamps beautiful staircase die, Tim Holtz Christmas word dies, and Lawn Fawn stitched wavy border dies. Plus that adorable cat and pretty Christmas greenery came from Close To My Heart's cartridges. (The candy house was fussy cut.)

Awesome Tip: Metallic paper (like the copper sheets I used for these cards) take embossing folder designs incredibly well. I used a wood folder to make the copper sheet look like a wood floor. It's also great with dies and punches (I used a scalloped border punch on the bottom card).

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Close To My Heart Christmas Wish List


Do you have a Close To My Heart wish list?  Or do you know someone who is a crafter who would love a gift certificate? I can help! 

Email me at morganvogt80@gmail.com with your wish list and contact info for someone you'd like to make Christmas shopping a little easier (or with the name of someone you'd like to give a gift certificate to) and I'll take care of the rest!

"She let me know what my wife wanted, ordered everything, gave it to me wrapped, and I didn't even have to leave my house!"*

--Harried Husband

"I don't know anything about papercrafting, but I know my sister loves to craft, so getting her a gift card made it so easy!"*

--Sweet Sister

*Real testimonials, with names removed to protect the savvy shoppers. :)




Friday, December 2, 2016

December Close To My Heart Specials - It's the Little Things

Whether you're just getting started with papercrafting or are a seasoned scrapbooker, these mini album bundles can help you create quick and easy albums. Keep reading for details...

1. It's the Little Things


What better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums? Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option, and this month you save 30%-off the retail price!

Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle
Instalife™ Album—Blue Jean 
#Life™ Cards—Enjoy 
#Life™ Overlays—Black 
Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" x 4" 
Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" x 2" 
Retail Value: $27.75 
Your Price: $18.95 

Blush Mini Album Bundle
Instalife™ Album—Blush 
#Life™ Cards—Hello Gorgeous
#Life™ Overlays—Gold 
Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" x 4" 
Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" x 2" 
Retail Value: $27.75 
Your Price: $18.95 

Adventure Mini Album Bundles
Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes My Crush® 
Adventure Calls Memory Protectors™ (Choose 6" x 8", 4" x 6", or 3" x 4") 
Retail Value: $29.85 
Your Price: $19.95


Need a place to print your photos? Try Persnickety Prints!

2. December Stamp of the Month - Thoughtful Flowers

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.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Cricut Sale!


Happy Cyber Monday! All Close To My Heart Cricut collections are 30% off with a $30 order. That's just $69.30 for 700 images, 3 stamp sets and 24 sheets of cardstock! You can shop for 24 hours starting at 12:00 am MST.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Oh Deer! Christmas Card - Softening Patterned Paper

Creating soft, snowy backgrounds on Christmas cards is easy when you use vellum!


Inspiration: The amazing Clear & Sheer class from Online Card Classes. There are so many awesome ways to use vellum and acetate!

Technique: To create the soft background, I covered my Oh Deer! patterned paper with some vellum from the Uptown Fundamentals. It helps to mute the background so the Oh Deer! Complements really stand out.

I also heat embossed Perfectly Pine images onto the vellum, being careful not to leave the heat too long on the paper and heating both the front and back to prevent warping. 

Fun Tip: Use the embellishments to hide your adhesives. Simply glue wherever your embellishments will cover the vellum so you don't have to worry about the adhesive showing!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Friday Sale!!

This awesome Black Friday sale will start at 12:01 am (MST) and end at 11:59 pm (MST). 24 hours of goodness!!

What is included in the mystery boxes?
It’s a big surprise, but we will tell you that the mystery boxes will be filled with retired products grouped together purposefully for certain types of crafters. 
  • The scrapbooking bundles will contain products like retired My Legacy™ albums, papers, Complements, Instalife™ mini albums and cards, Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards, and assorted embellishments like mini-medley accents, washi tape, and stickers! 
  • The cardmaking bundles will contain things like retired Cut Above™ card kits, envelopes in assorted sizes, papers, and assorted embellishments. 
  • Finally, we will also be offering scrapbooking & cardmaking bundles with a combination of products for those who love it all! Again, these bundles will be inside mystery boxes, so you won’t know which exact products you’ll be getting, but this gives you an idea of what we’ve cooked up.

What are the prices for the mystery boxes?
  • $35 mystery boxes (on average, a $70 value!)
  • $50 mystery boxes (on average, a $90 value!)
  • $75 mystery boxes (on average, a $140 value!)
  • $115 mystery boxes (on average, a $235 value!)
  • $150 mystery boxes (on average, a $335 value!)
All mystery boxes will be available while supplies last—so grab a box for your stash before they’re gone!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Simple and Elegant Christmas Cards

How many Christmas cards do you make each year? I'm getting closer and closer to 100, so I like to keep them simple. I also want them to stand out and shine. So to make that happen, I went to my Cricut. 


Die-Cuts: All the pine needles, pine cones, stems and berries come from the Flower Market cartridge. Here is the Design Space file for you to use.

Colors: I let the lovely colors of the Oh Deer! paper pack inspire me. The simple background papers are from the paper pack, while the Fern, Ruby, Cocoa and Desert Sand cardstock go with the soft colors. 

Texture: I added in White Glitter Paper and Burlap Ribbon for texture. 

Easy, simple and elegant - I can't wait to send these out!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Happy, Happy Christmas Non-Christmas Layout


Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop! Come follow Close To My Heart consultants from the Rose Blossom team as we share our creations made using the Happy, Happy Christmas special!


If you came here from Kim's incredible blog, you are 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: Jen Schow's 6 x 6 Paper Pad Love video series.  This is perfect for the My Crush pages because they're just over 8" x 6", so you have plenty to work with!

Technique: Ink smooshing - I added a few drops of Canary re-inker on a plastic bag, spritzed some water on top, and then smooshed it onto my page. Easy and cool. :) 

Happy, Happy Non-Christmas: My first thought whenever I look through a new themed paper pack is - "how many of these pages can be used for other things?" The answer for Happy, Happy Christmas is - a lot! 

The strips of paper are from the My Crush Happy, Happy Christmas pages and the Oh Deer! paper pack. All the words (and that adorable brownstone) are cut out from the Picture My Life cards. I was even able to use some of the City Sidewalk Complements - I just covered parts of the stickers that didn't go with the theme and went with the all-purpose star die-cuts. 

You can get the Happy, Happy Christmas bundle on my website

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

Blog Hop List:
Brenda
Lynn
Kim
Morgan - YOU ARE HERE!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Oh Deer! Layout - Scraps and Altering Die-Cuts

I don't know about you, but I always have a lot of scraps that I'm not sure what to do with, and die-cuts that don't always match what I'm trying to do. Fortunately, there are some great tips you can try to get the most out of your scraps and die-cuts!



Scrap Tip: You can hide your scraps behind photos! All the paper you see in this layout are partial pieces (or even larger pieces with parts cut out from random areas). I just tucked everything behind the large photo and rearranged the pieces so they look much larger than they actually are. And those smaller pieces make great banners!

Die-Cut Tip: If you have die-cut shapes that you like, but the color or sentiment doesn't match, don't worry! You can alter them. I colored the gray chipboard banner at the top with some white acrylic paint followed by dabbing on ink. The stars are texture paste mixed with re-inker, and the bow was dipped in Versa Mark and covered with gold embossing powder. 

I learned these great tips from the amazing Jen Schow - her 6x6 Paper Pad Love video series and Die-Cut Diversity class had so much awesome info!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

December Layout Workshop: Happy, Happy Christmas!

Create five 2-page layouts using November's Happy, Happy Christmas special!

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

Kit Information (*all prices include tax*):

Happy, Happy Christmas Bundle: Red D-Ring or Post-Bound Album (Your Choice), Page Protectors (10-pack), My Crush Happy, Happy Christmas, PML Happy, Happy Christmas Cards, City Sidewalks Complements, Oh Deer! Cardstock and White Cardstock ($83)

Happy, Happy Christmas Without Album or Page Protectors: Same as above, excluding Album and Page Protectors ($45)

Class Location:
Quality Inn in St. Charles, IL

Class Date:
Saturday, December 10th from 10:30am-5pm - stop by at any time!

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 16th).

Monday, November 7, 2016

December Card Workshop: Mixing Fundamentals (Pt. 2)

In this workshop, you'll learn how to mix Fundamentals papers with themed paper packs while creating 8 gorgeous cards!





This workshop kit comes pre-cut with everything you need to create 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs) including instructions and leftovers to create more! 

Kit Information (*all prices include tax*):

Choose Either: 

Fundamentals Card Kit Half Pack (8 cards): Half Swan Lake Paper Pack, Extra Cardstock and White Card Bases & Envelopes, pre-cut ($12.75)

Or

Fundamentals Card Kit Full Pack (8 cards): Full Swan Lake Paper Pack, Extra Cardstock and White Card Bases & Envelopes, pre-cut ($18.45)

"I Didn't Come to November's Workshop" Add-On: Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack and Gray Enamel Gems ($28)

Stamp Add On: 
Thankful For You Bundle (stamp set and die) ($31)

Class Location:
Quality Inn in St. Charles, IL

Class Date:
Saturday, December 10th from 10:30am-5pm (stop by any time!)

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 16th).

Thursday, November 3, 2016

November Close To My Heart Specials - Happy, Happy Christmas

Brighten the holiday season with festive scrapbook layouts and d├ęcor pieces! Keep reading for details...

1. Happy, Happy Christmas

The Happy, Happy Christmas Campaign features a workshop that will help you create a beautiful Christmas album, plus show you how to make four additional projects perfect for holiday gifts!
During November, save over 10% off the retail value when you purchase one of the 12″ × 12″ album bundles for only $69.95 each! This bundle includes an exclusive guide to walk you through the steps of assembling five beautiful 2-page layouts. Add on additional items to make additional projects with your leftover materials, too! 
Bundles Include:
  • Red D-Ring Album or Post-Bound Album (Your Choice)
  • Top Load Memory Protectors (10-pack)
  • My Crush Happy, Happy Christmas Pages
  • Picture My Life Happy, Happy Christmas Cards
  • City Sidewalks Complements 
  • Oh Deer! Coordinating Cardstock 
  • White Daisy Cardstock (12 sheets)

2. Planners Gonna Plan


Discover your inner artist while staying on top of your schedule with our new 2017 planner system, which features seasonal designs you can color by hand.


Choose a bundle with either the Everyday Life Sea Glass or stripes album, or purchase just the planner pages if you already have an album—the choice is up to you!

3. New Thin Cuts


Love our Thin Cuts? Then you’re going to love this special, limited-time offer! We now have coordinating Thin Cuts for the following stamps sets: Swirly Seashells, Sweet Birthday, Wreath, and School Kids. These Thin Cuts are sure to go fast, so click here to place your order today!
4. November Stamp of the Month - New Year's Cheer
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, November 1, 2016

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - New Year's Cheer Card


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 November's Stamp of the Month - New Year's Cheer!

If you came here from Kim'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: This pin from Pinterest. The gray/white/pink color combo caught my eye, and I loved how a frame was used to ground the stamped images. 

Technique: Sewing with silver thread to create the banner, using different variations of each color to give it some interest (Whisper and Slate gray, Raspberry and Blossom pink), glamming up the glasses with the Shimmer Brush, and die-cutting that lovely frame from Artbooking to add my own grounding element.

Fun Fact: I originally stamped bubbles above the champagne glasses, but that white space in the middle is apparently very important to making this work, because it was just too busy!

November's SOTM is only available until November 30th. As always, you can get this stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase at my website

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

Blog Hop List: