Thursday, February 23, 2017

Crafting Trends 2017 - Succulents

This is the trend that took me most by surprise. I lived in New Mexico for over 5 years and have a special place in my heart for these juicy little plants. 

As a side note, cactus are also being included in this trend even though they technically are not succulents.  

Inspiration: Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class.

Technique: There are a few things going on with this card
1. I used clear embossing paste with a stencil to create the textured background.
2. I colored those adorable plants with watercolor pencils, smoothing it out with the Blending Pen.
3. I heat embossed the sentiment on vellum. 

Card Elements: I used the Stuck on You stamp set, Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen, Versamark Ink, White Embossing Powder and Uptown Fundamentals

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Crafting Trends 2017 - Earth Tones

Although the color of the year is Greenery, the overall colors for 2017 are earth tones. This shell card is a great example of that natural feel:

Inspiration:'s Create a Card for Every Occasion class.

Technique: I stamped the shells in Versamark ink and used white embossing powder to heat set the images. And then I had fun with watercolors! I got the paper wet and dabbed various colors in the shells and let them run outside the lines. I love how flowy and natural it looks.

Card Elements: I used the Swirly Seashells and Finding the Words stamp sets along with Sea Glass cardstock.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Crafting Trends 2017 - A Touch of Whimsy

Adding a whimsical element to any project gives your creation a playful feel. I love doing this with simple layouts like the one below. 

The design is very basic, but that pocket full of fun little surprises makes it a lot more interesting. 

Inspiration: Close To My Heart's Imagine How-To book.

Technique: Creating a pocket - I made sure not to add any glue to the top of the Sea Glass cardstock so I could tuck in embellishments.

Page Elements: I mixed the Memo Fundamentals, Rustic Home Fundamentals and Whimsy Fundamentals and brought them together with the All Together Complements. I also stitched along the edges with copper thread. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Hello Lovely Layered 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 made using the new Hello Lovely collection! 
If you came here from Kim'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.

Ideas for adding layers to your cards:

Cut Apart Cards: All of our paper packs have 2 sheets of cut apart cards. They have beautiful designs and sentiments and come in 3x4 and 4x6 sizes - perfect for layering on cards! The gray and white circle background and the "Best Day" banner both come from the Hello Lovely cut apart card sheet.

Die Cuts: I love adding layers with fun die cut shapes. I used the Hearts Thin Cuts, which work especially well because they have both solid shapes and outlines, so you can layer even more! Plus the outlines allow you to highlight words, such as the "Best".

Vellum: Want to add more layers without adding too many patterns? Use vellum! The translucent paper gives dimension without taking away from the pretty paper. I used the striped and gold dot vellum from Uptown Fundamentals.

Embellishments: My favorite way to add layers - embellishments! I added a few stickers from the Hello Lovely Complements, and tied it all together by sewing around the card and the banner.

You can get these new products and more on my website

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

Blog Hop List:

Monday, February 13, 2017

March Layout Workshops - Hello Lovely Layouts

Create three, 2-page layouts using the new Hello Lovely collection at March's layout workshop!

The layout kit comes pre-cut and ready to make with leftovers to create more!

When: Saturday, March 11th anytime between 10:30am to 5pm
Where: Quality Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL
Cost: $35 for three, 2-page layouts

Sign Up Now!

Friday, February 10, 2017

March Card Workshop - Hello Lovely Flower Shaping Cards

Create 12 elegant cards for spring using the new Hello Lovely paper pack at March's Card Workshop! Plus, you'll get to learn flower shaping techniques. 

The card kit comes pre-cut and ready to make with leftovers to create more! And you can choose your sentiments:
  • Happy Birthday
  • Happy Mother's Day
  • Thinking of You
  • Happy Wedding Day
  • Happy Anniversary
  • Plus more!
When: Saturday, March 11th anytime between 10:30am to 5pm
Where: Quality Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL
Cost: $25 for 12 cards 

Sign Up Now!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Crafting Trends for 2017

I love finding out what all the new trends are, and one of the best ways to get a feel for what's coming up in any given year is to check out the runway (great for patterns and basic feel), home decor (colors - though this follows the Pantone colors), and weddings. Here is what I found: 

I have already noticed these trends in the crafting world, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the artwork I've already created with these trends throughout the month. Check back weekly for my Trends 2017 artwork!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February Close To My Heart Specials - Sign Me Up!

Want to get the February, March, and April Stamp of the Month sets for FREE? Keep reading for details...

1. Sign Me Up!

New Consultants who join Close To My Heart in February will get:
  • The February, March, and April Stamp of the Month sets for FREE! (That's a $53.85 retail value!)
  • Plus the already incredible value of the New Consultant Kit!

Former Close To My Heart Consultants who re-join in February will get:
  • A lower-priced, no-kit enrollment option for just $50! 
  • You will still receive $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on products of your choice, meaning you basically get to sign up for free! 
  • PLUS you’ll get the February, March, and April Stamp of the Month sets for FREE!
Interested in learning more? Contact me for details. 

2. February Stamp of the Month

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.