Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pemberley Workshop Preview! Layout #3!

I found some pictures from Easter of last year and was so excited that they would go really well with the Pemberley Kit from Close to my Heart! My son had worn a brown outfit and the shades of paper and cardstock in the kit were the perfect fit!

Pemberley Workshop Scrapbook Layout #3: Based on "Love Potion" pattern from the How to Book titled "Magic" pg 18
Desert Sand was the perfect page base to build upon with the navy patterned side of the coordinating paper. I hand trimmed the butterfly to symbolize spring. One of the other coordinating papers has a print that is a pattern of hexagons linked together. I hand trimmed them and cut them apart, then scattered them on my pages and spaced them apart in a honeycomb pattern. Honeycombs are very trendy right now!

One of my absolute favorite techniques to use is to stamp on a dark brown, kraft brown, brown bag, or desert sand colored cardstock with an also dark ink- then color it in with white or light colored shades of gel pen ink and colored pencil. The effects are simple and beautiful!

When I created this layout I also kept in mind the inspiration of the "Picture Perfect Challenge" from the Heart 2 Heart blog. The ques I took from the inspiration photo were that repeated shapes, the crisp white against the desert sand brown, the lined up squares of the photos on the wall, and empty space on the wall by the window.

I will add a cricut cut title in Colonial White or Bamboo card stock later. You can easily create a variation on this layout by flipping over the papers to use the other side. This would work with the honeycomb cutouts too, they would be yellow patterend shapes instead.

What I used:
Desert Sand and Bamboo Cardstock
Bamboo and Outdoor Denim Ink
B&T Duo Papers
Card Word Puzzle Stamp Set (Butterfly)
Pemberley Stamp Set (Rope)
White Gel Pen
White Colored Pencil
Yellow Colored Pencil
How to Book, "Magic"
Micro Tip Scissors

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pemberley Workshop Preview! Part 2

I couldn't wait to dig into the Pemberley Workshop on the Go Kit and make a 2nd two page layout!


Navy Blue is such a popular color right now, so I was very excited to see what I could create based on that. Scrapbooking is a great way to cure the winter blues! (See what other crafters are creating to Cure their winter blues at the Moxie Fab World Blog).I used "Outdoor Denim" cardstock as the base then built upon it with the B&T Duo papers from Close to my Heart. I cut the paper flower from the patterned paper and used it as an accent in the middle of the photos on the 2nd page. I found a flower in the pattern that did not have any other leaves or petals overlapping on it so that it would look good standing alone. I also added some sponging in outdoor denim ink to the edges of the photo mats.

I found the inspiration for this layout on the blog "Let's Scrap!". This layout was in the gallery. I didn't know the exact measurements so I created my own interpretation. This layout will be home to one 5x7 and four 3 1/2 x 5 photos! My mom loves blue, so I think maybe some photos from Mother's Day or her Birthday would be appropriate for this layout.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pemberley Workshop Preview!

The new Workshop on the go Kit named "Pemberley", from Close to my Heart's NEW Idea Book, is a favorite among my friends and customers. I am working on designs for both Scrapbook layouts AND Cards with this kit. I am so excited about how the first layout turned out that I wanted to share it as a preview!

I made a few adjustments to the recommended layout because I didn't want to use both sheets of the b&t duo papers as the base- I wanted to be able to use the other side of the paper on some different projects. So I used Colonial White as my base instead. I use 6" of the yellow print paper and aligned it to the bottom of the pages. I added the navy zip strip along the top of that and then the rest of the layout follows the original recommendations that come in the brochure with the kit.

Layered flowers: We will stamp on pre-cut flower shapes, then bend up the edges of the petals and layer them together before adding three tiny adhesive pearls to the center.

Title is cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Let me know what title you need to have cut and I can prepare it for you before class!

I will update this post in the coming days to show you some of the other projects I am planning with this Pemberley kit. The workshop, which Rachael and Terry are hosting, is on March 24th. We are taking RSVPs until March 5th, at which point we will need to order supplies. Let me know if you would like to join us!

Here is a link to see the Pemberley Workshop on the Go Kit supplies
Here is a link to view the FaceBook Event for the upcoming Workshop

Email: heatherjanedesign at gmail dot com

Sketch and Color Challenge!

Finding a sketch challenge AND a color challenge to combine was a great way to find some direction on this Thank You card that I wanted to make. I just had to add creativity to HOW I interpreted it.

I used a patterned stamp on the vertical shapes, then smudged the edges by rubbing my stamp pad on them. I layered a couple of stamp images in the square and set the flower on foam tape. Instead of a bow I tied a length of ribbon in one knot onto the ribbon band that is wrapped around the blue card stock.

I based my color choices on the Colour Q challenge. Orange, lime, blue, and grey are not colors I normal grab for to put together. It was fun to work with new colors and I am very happy with how the colors look together!

Follow these links if you want to play along too!
Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 229
ColourQ 125

Friday, February 24, 2012

March Special: $400 in product for ONLY $99

This is one of the best deals I have seen with Close to my Heart! You can receive $400 worth of product for only $99! This includes the exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Bundle, which retails for $99 when purchased alone.

March is a fabulous time to sign up as a new Consultant with Close to my Heart. When you sign up between March 1-31 you will receive a FREE Art Philosophy Cricut Collection! This collection will give the already amazing value of the New Consultant Kit and extra boost! It comes with the cricut cartridge, three coordinating stamp sets, and three sheets of coordinating chipboard shapes. If you already own this collection, you can opt to have $100 in select product credit. Now is the perfect time to embrace the Philosophy of fun!

Watch this You Tube Video to get all of the details!

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*Offer available March 1—31, 2012. No additional tax is charged on the Cricut® collection when ordered during enrollment.

**Additional requirements and limitations regarding the redemption and shipping of Select Product Credit apply. Select Product Credit is added to new Consultant account following approval of enrollment.

Here are a few links if you want more information:

Contact me if you have any questions! HeatherJaneDesign at gmail dot com

Thursday, February 16, 2012

For my Valentine's

I created this Valentine for my Son and Daughter and gave it to them on Valentine's Day this year. When I discovered I could combine the puffiness of Close to my Heart's liquid applique with the cuteness of this lamb stamp from the "Howdy" set- I could NOT resist that adorableness!

If you were able to attend my New Idea Book reveal party at the end of January you were able to create this card for yourself as a make-n-take project! We used the heat gun to make the dried liquid applique "fluff". The patterned papers are from the Stella Paper Pack. I provided a pre-cut heart shape that I cut on my cricut out of Cranberry Red Card Stock with my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. We used the micro-tip scissors to trim out the lamb and also added a little color for the nose and hooves with the blender pens.

The "Happy Valentine's Day" stamp is from the December Stamp of the Month from 2011 called "Mad about you". I stamped it on the inside and on the flap of the envelope. What do you think?

I entered this card in the Heart 2 Heart blog challenge from Close to my Heart. I also have it available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Congratulations Card!

There are so many reasons to send a card that says "Congratulations!". A friend of mine asked me to create a housewarming card for her to give to someone. That is when the stamp set from the Close to my Heart Art Philosophy Cricut bundle came to mind! The Congratulations stamp lists all kinds of reasons to be congratulated and then you simply check the one you intend! "New House" is on the list!

The layout for the card was from this week's sketch on the Mojo Monday blog challenge. (Mojo227) I used my left over Mayberry Kit papers and card stocks. The Congratulations stamp that I used coordinates with the 2" matching shape on the cricut cartridge. I cut it first and then stamp it. I used the tiny stitch for a button from my "Tailor Made" stamp set to check the box for the occasion I wanted. I used pink taffeta ribbon from Stampin Up to create a ribbon border with a bow. The sentiment on the inside, "Best Wishes to You", is from another stamp set that comes with the Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle. I used Chocolate Brown Ink.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

February Specials from CTMH

February is in full swing! You will not want to miss these specials for the month of February from Close to my Heart!

The NEW Idea book for Spring/Summer 2012 is here! (Isn't the cover beautiful!?) A few items have been announced as retiring. This will be the last idea book to feature the following items! (That means when they are gone, they are gone!)

The stamp of the month for February is "Thoughtful Tidings". It is full of phrases that lend themselves well for use on both cards and scrap book pages.

My favorite is the "Consider yourself hugged" stamp! Click here to link to the SOTM on my webpage.

Also in the month of February is the "Five for FREE" promotion with Studio J, Digital Scrap Booking. Buy a Studio J® 5-pack, get one 5-pack free!

Studio J 5-packs include everything you need to have 5 two-page layouts (that’s 10 scrapbook pages!) shipped to your door ready for your scrapbook album. Each 5-pack can be redeemed for:

Double your layouts with our Five for Free promotion! For each Studio J® 5-pack you purchase this February, you’ll get one free 5-pack. That means you get 10 layouts for just $55—that’s just $2.75 per page, with free shipping!
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger: Fancy Schmancy

This week's Inspiration photo on the Moxie Fab World Blog- Tuesday Trigger was a lot of fun to work with!

I used it to create a card of encouragement to give to a family member who is going through cancer treatments. I used a square card to focus in on the cross section of the tiny cake like treat in the inspiration photo. I used a pattern stamp to create texture on the bottom layer of the cake. Pink ribbon from Stampin Up was the perfect item to act as the pink filling. Kraft paper made a great top layer. The lightest pearls from the Mocha set of opaques from Close to my Heart topped it off. I put them in a scattered pattern just like they are in the inspiration photo.
Cover of card

"Faith is knowledge within the heart..."

Card inside: "beyond the reach of proof" - Kahlil Gibran

Card with Envelope

Coffee Card

Such a cute card sketch this week at Mojo Monday's Blog challenge!

I used it to create a special birthday card for a co-worker of mine. She LOVES coffee so the coffee mug stamp from the Wonderland set was the perfect fit!

I also used the Pemberly background and texture paper that is in the NEW Idea book from Close to my Heart. The square Kraft paper cards are a lot of fun. The steam coming up out of the mug is a stamp from the Rock the Block stamp set. The brown ribbon accent is from the Ribbon Rounds.