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'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.

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.

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

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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

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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.