Monday, August 28, 2017

Say Goodbye to Seasonal Expressions

The current Seasonal Expressions mini-catalog is about to retire - do you have everything you want from it before it's gone?

Here are a few of my favorite pieces of artwork I created from products in this mini:

Get your favorites before they're gone!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

25th Anniversary Layout - Back to Basics

We made some beautiful layouts at Convention using products from the new Annual Inspirations catalog. One of my favorites is this simple but elegant layout.

The Story: These are photos from my grandparent's 25th anniversary. I love seeing how elegant everyone looks, as well as how happy my grandparents were. My favorite, though is that picture of my grandma out on the dance floor dancing away.

The Basics: This layout was made with papers from the Basics Fundamentals, which I thought was just perfect for these old fashioned photos. The papers are so elegant and the Better Together Complements add just a small touch of color with the Bashful pink and a little shine with some silver foil.

The Finishing Touch: I didn't have to do much to make this layout fit the photos, but I did add a little something to the title - I stamped "You Are My" in front of home. I think if a layout begs to be used with certain photos, you can find a way to add just a few touches to make it fit perfectly.

Monday, August 21, 2017

You're Invited: Annual Inspirations Open House

Our brand new Annual Inspirations catalog is now out, and the new Holiday Expressions will be released September 1st. So to celebrate, I'm having an open house with lots of artwork and prizes!

When: Saturday, September 9th from 11:30am till 4pm (stop by anytime!)
Where: South Elgin, IL

There will be plenty of artwork on display, plus everyone who comes will receive a free Holiday Expressions. If you purchase $25 or more, you'll get a free Annual Inspirations. You'll also have many chances to win artwork and hostess rewards!

RSVP Here (and get a drawing ticket!)

Sign Up Now!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Celebrate Card with Colored Vellum

You can do a lot of cool things with vellum when you're crafting. Here's one of my favorite techniques - coloring on vellum!

How to Color on Vellum: 
  1. Find an fun image with lots of space for coloring (such as this Happily Ever After stamp set), and stamp it on vellum with Versamark.
  2. Use White Embossing Powder and heat set it.
  3. Use alcohol-based markers, like these ShinHan markers. Don't color on the front of the vellum - rather, flip it over and color on the back. It gives the image a stained glass look and is a lot quicker because you don't have to worry so much about staying in the lines!
  4. Flip the image over and adhere either in areas that will be covered by paper or embellishments, or try sewing it on to a piece of cardstock.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - You Are Here Cricut 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 You Are Here Cricut cartridge! You Are Here is filled with 700 travel-themed images, and the collection comes with 3 coordinating stamp sets and a 24-pack of cardstock.

If you came here from Marg'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: Sometimes, when I'm not sure what I want to do with a cartridge, I'll flip through the images and see if something catches my eye. As soon as I saw that turtle, I knew I wanted to make a mosaic with him.

Techniques: Besides adding scrap paper to the back of the turtle image to create a mosaic, I also did a watercolor wash of the background to make it feel like the ocean. 

You can get the You Are Here collection (both physical and digital) on my website.

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

Blog Hop List:
Morgan - YOU ARE HERE (Ha! :)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Paw Print Layout with Adventure Fundamentals

Doggy paw prints and bright, Adventure colors - I loved making this fun layout!

Making Paw Prints: Cut a paw print template using a die cutting machine (If you have a Cricut and the Artistry cartridge, you can use my Design Space file). 

Tape the template down with washi tape. Mix re-inker with acrylic paint and once you have a color you like, sponge it gently over the template. Carefully remove the template.

Optional: After the images dry, outline them with a Journaling Pen.

Inspiration: The new Make It From Your Heart Volume 3, Pattern 1

Products Used: Adventure Fundamentals for all the paper, Happy Moments Complements for all the stickers, and the Thin Cuts Heart Border for the heart border and those little heart confetti pieces. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

New Annual Inspirations Artwork - Basics Fundamentals Card

Our brand new Annual Inspirations catalog means brand new artwork! I cannot wait to show off all the lovely projects I've been creating. 

Here is the first thing I made when that big box of new products came in:

Technique: Sometimes the easiest way to break in a new pack of paper is to cut strips - you use the paper, but still leave most of it in tact! So I cut strips of patterned paper and cardstock, overlapping them.

The For You Darling stamp set is a two-step stamp that allows you to create more realistic and dimensional flowers. I used the lighter Bashful ink along with a medium color (Pixie) and a darker color (Raspberry) for the outlines.

Take It Up a Notch: Although our Gold Shimmer Brush isn't new, what I did with it is new to me! I squeezed the brush so the tip had some liquid and then flicked it across the card. I love all the ways you can use shimmer brushes!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge - You Are Here

Our brand new Cricut cartridge - You Are Here - is now available! And to celebrate, I'm giving away free product!

You Are Here Collection - 700 images, Enchantment Cardstock and 3 coordinating stamp sets
If you order the new collection from me, you'll be entered to win $20 in free product or a 50% off item! Here's what you do:

1. Order the You Are Here collection on my website (either the physical or digital collection).

2. When you check out, select "Join" next to Cricut Contest at the top of the page. You will then be entered to win!

3. As an additional bonus, if you also purchase the new Hello USA digital add-on (for Explore or Air only), you will receive a pack of Bashful Glitter Paper free!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Close To My Heart Specials - Freebies and Discounts all Month Long!

Our new Annual Inspirations catalog is out and along with it comes some amazing specials this month! Plus, if you place at least a $25 order with me, you'll receive a free catalog!

1. Online Warehouse Sale

Every Tuesday during the month of August we will unveil a fresh set of retired Close To My Heart products and product bundles at a 50% discount! These items will only be available during the week they are launched while supplies last, so you’ll need to act fast!

Want weekly reminders? Follow my Facebook page!

2. Jump For Joy

When you have a home workshop in August, you can earn more free product because you'll jump to the next level of hostess rewards! I call them home workshops because you and your guests will also make a free, fun project!

3. Rewards Your way

Do you want even more free product? How about a chance to be a part of a team that goes to crops and fun Close To My Heart events together?

If you join CTMH during August, you have a chance to earn an additional $99 in free product above what you get when you sign up! Plus, you'll be a part of a team that loves to craft!

4. August 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.