Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Times Layouts - For Girls and Guys

Our special Happy Times paper pack has such a variety of colors and designs, plus all those gold foil accents! What I really love about it is that it can be used for so many different themes, and although it appears feminine at first, you can create some masculine projects with it as well.


Make it Feminine - I used soft colors and a floral pattern, plus a pretty rose Base & Bling charm. 
Technique - I swiped Versamark along the edge of the paper and then sprinkled it with Gold Embossing Powder. It gives it a metallic distressed edge to go with the paper.

Layout - This is actually a 6" x 6" version of a regular layout from the Reflections How-To book. It's very easy to re-size - simply divide all dimensions in half!


Make it Masculine - I focused on the blue and green colors and used wooden embellishments. 
Technique - To give it even more of a masculine flair, I edge distressed the White cardstock and sanded the rest of the papers.

Fun Fact - This layout has photos of my husband from almost 30 years ago! The layout above has photos of his sister when she was a kid.

Remember, Happy Times is only available until May 31st, so get yours on my website now!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Regatta Supplemental Art - Animal Greetings Cards

These 3 x 3 cards look adorable with the Animal Greetings stamp set, and the images were so much fun to color! These cards were created using leftovers from my Regatta workshop. If you didn't get the workshop, then all you need is Regatta paper and Red Enamel Gems.




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

Cutting

White Card Base - 3" x 6" (or use any small card base)

Pattern Background - 2.75" x 2.75" (or leave about an eight of an inch between the pattern paper and the card base)

Flaxen Square - 2.25" x 2.25" (or leave about a quarter of an inch between the Flaxen square and pattern paper)

White Square - 2" x 2" (or leave about an eight of an inch between the Flaxen Square and White Square)

Put It Together

Stamping - Make sure to use Black Archival Ink for stamping the images and sentiments to prevent smearing.

Coloring - You can use any sort of coloring method with this stamp set, including alcohol markers, watercolor pencils or watercolors. I used watercolors to color in the images and add subtle backgrounds. 

Embellishments - Add Red Enamel Gems as desired. Try using 3-D Foam Tape with the White Square - coloring the image can wrinkle the paper a little, and Foam Tape helps make it look purposeful and dimensional. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

June Layout Workshop - Happy Times with Watercolor PML Cards

During June's layout workshop, we'll be creating with the National Scrapbooking Month special paper pack - Happy Times. And you'll learn how to use our new Picture My Life Watercolor Cards!

Layout 1



Layout 2
(From Brenda Rose)



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

Kit Information (*all prices include tax*):

Layout Kit with Happy Times Paper Pack at Full Price: Happy Times paper pack, Pink Enamel Gems, Gold Watercolor PML cards and extra cardstock ($37)

Layout Kit with FREE* Happy Times Paper Pack: Happy Times paper pack, Pink Enamel Gems, Gold Watercolor PML cards and extra cardstock ($20)

*With qualifying $60 purchase

Tool Add On: 
Medium Round Waterbrush ($7)
Medium Flat Waterbrush ($7)
Watercolors ($14)

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

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, June 11th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, June 11th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, June 12th 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 May 23rd).

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Happy Times With National Scrapbooking Month


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 with CTMH's National Scrapbooking Month special - Happy Times!


If you came here from Kim Hill'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: Scrapbook and Cards Today layout from winter 2015 issue.

Technique: This particular layout I scraplifted had a really cool design put together using only hearts. So I thought I'd try it with the different patterns of the Happy Times paper packet and one of the dies from the Ornate Blossoms Thin Cuts. The gold bling comes from the Gold Fundamentals Assortment.

Fun Fact: That's me with Cary Elwes at a book signing for his lovely book on the making of the Princess Bride. He's still incredibly handsome and very kind.  

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

Blog Hop List:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

June Card Workshop - Happy Times with Watercolor PML Cards

During June's card workshop, we'll be creating with the National Scrapbooking Month special paper pack - Happy Times. And you'll learn how to use our new Picture My Life Watercolor Cards!





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

Kit Information (*all prices include tax*):

Card Kit with Happy Times Paper Pack at Full Price: Happy Times paper pack, Pink Enamel Gems, Gold Watercolor PML cards and card bases & envelopes ($38)

Card Kit with FREE* Happy Times Paper Pack: Happy Times paper pack, Pink Enamel Gems, Gold Watercolor PML cards and card bases & envelopes ($21)

*With qualifying $60 purchase

Tool Add On
Medium Round Waterbrush ($7)
Medium Flat Waterbrush ($7)
Watercolors ($14)

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

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, June 11th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, June 11th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, June 12th 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 May 23rd).

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Times My Creations Card Box

I've already started the National Scrapbooking Month celebration with this card box made using the special Happy Times paper pack!


I needed a place to store all my fun metallic Picture My Life cards (including Beautiful You and Gold & Silver Overlays), and this My Creations Card Box fits them all perfectly!

I covered the top of the box with my favorite floral pattern, and then kept the rest of the box simple with the mint stripe pattern so I could highlight fun details.


I used two Beautiful You PML cards to decorate - the gold ribbon card on the front, and I cut out the gold deer on the back. 

I used the gold foil striped paper to cut out the "Metallics" title, which I also could have done with the rest of the gold foil details, but I decided to just use some gold foil stickers I had on hand. I added some Silver Sequins so that both metallics were represented. :) 

Monday, May 2, 2016

May Close To My Heart Specials - National Scrapbooking Month!

There are lots of awesome specials to take advantage of during National Scrapbooking Month. Keep reading for details...

1. Happy Times!

During May, with a qualifying purchase of $60, you can get the exclusive Happy Times paper packet for FREE! This fun paper packet features floral designs, gold foil details, and more! You can also purchase this exclusive paper packet at full retail for $14.95 with no purchase requirement. Additionally, we’ve designed a coordinating stamp set, Happy Times, to go with the paper packet, which you can purchase for $17.95. You can start shopping now on my website!

2. #AllTheAlbums


To keep the National Scrapbooking Month celebration going, we’re also offering a 25% discount on all of our currently available My Legacy albums! The sale starts now and is until supplies last, so get yours here before they're gone!

3. May Stamp of the Month - Celebrate with Cake


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.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Celebrate with Cake



I wanted to be a part of the Rose Blossom blog hop for May's Stamp of the Month - Celebrate with Cake. But I completely forgot to purchase the stamp set! However, that shouldn't keep you from enjoying the amazing artwork created using this stamp set.

Start at Brenda Rose's blog and hop on through to see some incredible artwork.