Friday, January 29, 2016

Seasonal Expressions 1 Contest Winner

And the winner of the Seasonal Expressions 1 new product contest is...
Jean Wortham! You get a free pack of Charlotte paper - you're favorite!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Scraplifting Tip - Pick Your Own Theme

Scraplifting is a great way to learn how to design pages and to find out what your style is. It's also helpful for getting out of a creative block, or shaking up your current designs. 

My philosophy on scraplifting is that to get the most out of it, you should at least change a few things so you can turn it into your own art. There are many different ways to do this, but my favorite is to alter the theme.


This gorgeous layout comes from the first page of Close To My Heart's new Seasonal Expressions 1 mini catalog. I love how the theme of the layout is tied together with all the hearts - I knew I wanted to scraplift the idea of having one shape in different forms (individual shapes, border and background).


For my scraplifted layout, I kept the design the same, but I changed the theme - instead of hearts, I went with moons and stars because they matched my "Midnight in Paris" photo much better. I also changed the colors to give it a nighttime feel.


I also kept the watercolor accents - the brush stroke under the star border, the splatter in the upper corner and the watercolored star.

Try finding a layout or card design you really like, and change the theme to fit your photos or occasion. I'd love to see what you come up with!

Monday, January 25, 2016

La Vie En Rose Supplemental Art - Simple Valentine's Cards

Lovely Valentine's cards made with leftovers from the La Vie En Rose workshop, plus card bases and some bling. If you didn't get the workshop, then all you need is La Vie En Rose paper and Complements (or cut out stamped images). 



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. 1, Pattern 20*

Cutting

Black and White pattern: 4 x 5.25" (or cut so there's about an eighth of an inch around the paper and card base).

Brightly Colored Cardstock: 1 x 4.25 of either Pomegranate or Poppy cardstock (or cut a medium strip).

White Cardstock: Punch a 2" circle or cut a 1.75 x 2.5" square (or use any shape you'd like).

Put It Together

Embellishments: Using a mixture of thin and thick 3-D Foam Tape, layer stickers and die-cut shapes from the Complements. Add Clear Sparkles (or any neutral bling, such as sequins, pearls, etc.) around the layered images.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

It's Contest Time: Win New Product from Seasonal Expressions 1!

There are so many awesome new products in the Seasonal Expressions 1 mini, and I want to share them with you! You can win one of the new products just by telling me what's your favorite! 

Go to my website, pick out your favorite new product (they're easy to spot - they have "new" by the photo), copy the link, and paste it in the comments along with the name of the product. You'll be entered into a drawing to win your favorite new product! 

I'll announce the winner on January 29th.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Workshops Your Way Layouts - February Workshop

Learn how to use the new Workshops Your Way kits and create three 2-page layouts! These new kits come with so many goodies and incredible projects, and I want to make sure you know how to use them!

This workshop kit comes with everything you need to create three 2-page layouts, including instructions, plus there's extra to create 9 cards (instructions included) or any other projects you'd like!

Kit Information:

Charlotte Workshops Your Way kit - Charlotte paper pack, Charlotte Complements, Black & Gold Ribbon, Treasured Puffies and extra cardstock  ($32; includes tax)

Tool Add-On

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

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, February 20th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, February 20th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, February 21st 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 January 29).

Friday, January 15, 2016

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Live Your Day!



Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop! Come follow Close To My Heart consultants from the Rose Blossom team as we share our creations using January's National Papercrafting Month special - Live Your Day!


If you came here from Kim Hill's amazing 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: These awesome Live Your Day Picture My Life cards! All the titles, sayings, and decorative backgrounds are from these cards. I wanted to create a traditional layout using pocket scrapbooking cards because it is so easy since they're already decorated!

Technique: To make the cards and photo pop, I ink edged them in White Pigment Ink, which also goes with the areas I sanded - with that white core, it creates a perfect spot for journaling, as well as adding a distressed look to the edge of the paper.

Fun Fact: This is the first page in an album I'm creating for my parent's trip to France. However, I'm already halfway done with the album - I don't like to scrapbook in order. :)

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:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Simply Awesome Watercolor Techniques (Video)

You don't need to be an artistic genius to create amazing projects with watercolors - all you need are a few simple technique tips and you'll be able to make beautiful watercolor art! This video shows you 6 awesomely simple watercolor techniques that you can use on any project:

                                                                                           

Monday, January 11, 2016

Workshops Your Way Cards - February Workshop

Learn how to use the new Workshops Your Way kits and create 9 fabulous cards! These new kits come with so many goodies and incredible projects, and I want to make sure you know how to use them!


This workshop kit comes with everything you need to create 9 cards (3 each of 3 designs), including instructions, plus there's extra to create three 2-page layouts (yes, they're part of the kit!) or any other projects you'd like!

Kit Information:

Charlotte Workshops Your Way kit - Charlotte paper pack, Charlotte Complements, Black & Gold Ribbon, Treasured Puffies and extra cardstock  ($32; includes tax)

Card Add-On - 9 card bases & envelopes ($2.70)

Tool Add-On

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

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, February 20th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, February 20th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, February 21st 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 January 17). 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Workshops Your Way - Tips, Tricks and Info Bits! (Video)

There are some fun new trends for 2016, and my favorite are these amazing new Workshops Your Way kits Close To My Heart has introduced! From textured backgrounds, to coordinating stamp sets and die cuts, to customizing kits to create what you want, there's plenty to keep your papercrafting fresh.


I want to help you get the most out of these new kits, so this video shows you all the tips, tricks and info bits you'll need to get started!

Monday, January 4, 2016

January Close To My Heart Specials - National Papercrafting Month

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with these awesome specials! 
Keep reading for details...

1. National Papercrafting Month - Live Your Day


Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with the exclusive Picture My Life Live Your Day scrapbooking program—available for one month only! This collection was designed to coordinate perfectly with the sensational Everyday Life collection. Whether in the collection or on their own, these cards make it easy to preserve your everyday moments all year long. Get yours today for only $8.95 before this offer is gone!

2. January Stamp of the Month - Beloved Bouquet

Create beautiful bouquets on all your projects with this two-step 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.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Papercrafting Goodies for the New Year!

The new Seasonal Expressions 1 mini-catalog is filled to the brim with beautiful papercrafting goodies, along with new product lines and changes to current lines!


I have some fun posts planned to help introduce you to all the wonderful changes, including a video tutorial on our new Workshops Your Way (get all the tips and tricks for making the most of these awesome kits!) plus a look at what's trending in 2016 and how the new mini can keep your crafts fresh and up-to-date!

There's so much to look forward to in 2016!