Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Charming Cascades Card - Another One for STAMPAGANZA!

There are so many amazing stamp sets that you can get for FREE during March's STAMPAGANZA! 


One of my favorites is the Charming Cascades stamp set - the lovely falling shapes are perfect for backgrounds, borders and adding just a touch of flair:


I used colors, paper and ribbon from the Regatta collection, Clear Sparkles and some Cricut-cut stars to really make the falling stars image stand out and shine.

What stamp sets would you like to get for free? You have until the end of March to buy 2 and get a 3rd free on my website.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

April Layout Workshop - Urban Diffusers

Learn how to use embossing folders with diffusers on layouts! We'll be creating with the cool Urban collection and making two 2-page layouts.

Layout 1

Layout 2
This workshop kit comes pre-cut with everything you need to make two 2-page layouts including instructions and plenty of leftovers to create more!

Kit Information (*all prices include tax*):

Layout Kit - Urban paper pack, Urban Assortment, Urban Complements and extra cardstock ($32)

Stamp Add On

Tool Add On

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

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, April 9th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, April 9th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, April 10th 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 March  21).

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - STAMPAGANZA Favorite Stamp Set Card

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 our favorite stamp set to celebrate March's STAMPAGANZA!


If you came here from Kim Hill's lovely 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: A card layout from a 2010 issue of Paper Crafts magazine. I keep a binder of inspiration from various magazines, and it just goes to show there's no time limit on inspiration!

Technique: The angled layers of Penelope paper are actually all the same width - 1". But by overlapping them, they all look like the were cut an an angle. Also, I stamped the various cactus images on both white and colored cardstock to make each of the images stand out.

My Favorite Stamp Set: Stuck on You! I lived in New Mexico for over 5 years, so I have a special place in my heart for prickly plants. What are your favorite stamp sets? Take advantage of STAMPAGANZA's buy 2 stamp sets and get a 3rd free special at my website!
Now it's time for you to keep moving on the hop!  Head on over to Cathy's amazing blog and see her beautiful artwork!

Blog Hop List:
Marg
Morgan - YOU ARE HERE!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Kaleidoscope Supplemental Art - Gem Layout

Cascading gems and metallic bling make for a beautiful layout! This layout was created using leftovers from the Kaleidoscope workshop.

If you didn't get the workshop, then all you need is Kaleidoscope paper, Gold & Silver Overlays and either Kaleidoscope Complements or a gorgeous gem stamp set, like Diamonds are Forever. Plus, you can use up your metallic bling!


Here are the directions - you can be exact with my measurements or keep it loose with the general guidelines I provide in parentheses.

Cutting
Pear Cardstock - Layout Base

Stripe Paper - 11.5" x 11.5" (or leave about a quarter of an inch around the paper and the layout base).

Photo Mats (exact measurements below, or leave about an eighth or a quarter inch between each layer): 

White cardstock - 5" x 7" and 3.25" x 4.25"
Canary cardstock - 4.75" x 6.75"
Yellow Bokah paper - 4.5" x 6.5"
Green Geometric paper - 4" x 5"
Purple Plus paper - 3.5" x 4.5"

Photos - 3" x 4" (3) or one 3" x 4" and one 4" x 6" (or cut to fit the photo mats)

Put It Together
Stamping: Using Pacifica, Pear, Canary, Gypsy, Sunset and Pixie ink (or any bold, bright colors), stamp and cut a variety of gems. Layer the gems with Foam Tape. You can also substitute stamping with the Kaleidoscope Complements. 

Embellishments: Use Gold & Silver Overlays along with any metallic bling you have on hand - I used Silver Foil Tape and Silver Sequins.

Title and Journaling: I created my title using Pear cardstock and Cricut cuts (you can use stickers, stamping, or anything else). I wrote my journaling on White cardstock and then cut it into strips.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

April Card Workshop - Urban Diffusers

Have you ever wondered how to use diffusers with embossing folders? Then this is your workshop! We'll be creating 6 masculine cards using embossing folders and diffusers, and you'll learn all the different ways you can use a diffuser!




This workshop kit comes pre-cut with everything you need to create 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) including instructions and plenty of leftovers to create more!

Kit Information (*all prices include tax*):

Card Kit - Urban Paper Pack, Enamel & Glitter Blue Dots, Whisper Twine and 6 card bases & envelopes ($28)

Stamp Add On
Ink Blot ($20)

Tool Add On
Circle Diffuser ($7)
Square Diffuser ($7)
Honeycomb Embossing Folder ($10)
Diamond Embossing Folder ($10)
Chevron Embossing Folder ($10)

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

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, April 9th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, April 9th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, April 10th 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 March  21).

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March Close To My Heart Specials - STAMPAGANZA!

It's time to go stamp-crazy with Stampaganza! Keep reading for details...

1. Stampaganza 2016!


During March, when you buy any two My Acrylix stamp sets (M-, A-, B-, C-, D-, or E-size) at full retail price, you get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! That's a savings of up to $29.95! This offer is only available during March, so start submitting your stamp orders as soon as possible, and let the Stampaganza begin! Go to my website to shop.

2. March Stamp of the Month - Sunshine Birdies

Get ready for spring with this sunny 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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Stamp of the Month - Sunshine Birdies Rose Blossom Blog Hop

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 March's Stamp of the Month - Sunshine Birdies!

If you came here from Shelly's incredible 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: I always need thank you cards for my business, and with a name like Tweetscraps, this stamp set was too perfect for making them.

Technique: Good old fashioned marker coloring and fussy cutting. Plus, I used the same colors and paper sizes, but switched them around to give the cards variety. And here's a tip - trying to cut lines and swirls is really difficult. Instead, chop them off when fussy cutting and draw them in with a journaling pen.

Fun Fact: I had run out of plain white card bases, and I was too lazy to cut up some new ones, so I raided my stash of die-cut cards instead. Sometimes being lazy is a good thing. :)

March's SOTM is only available until March 31st. 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 Cathy's lovely blog and see her beautiful artwork!

Blog Hop List:
Morgan - YOU ARE HERE!