Friday, August 31, 2012

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! Fall Favorites!

Yay! It's September! (it's my Birthday month!)

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop with Close to my Heart! On this hop you will see beautiful artwork created by consultants using the featured stamp set. You are sure to be inspired! To see a list of Consultants on the hop, click here.

"Fall Favorites" September Stamp of the Month 2012
"Fall Favorites" is one of my favorite stamp of the month sets! I could not wait to open it and get to work! I created the following 2 page scrap-booking layout based on a sketch from the Let's Scrap Ning Site.

By: HeatherJaneDesign

Sketch Challenge from Let's Scrap
What do you think?

This was my very first time using the NEW Markers from Close to my Heart! They are so much fun to use! I used three colors. Pacifica, Olive, and Autumn Terracotta. Each marker comes with a complementary marker in a shade darker OR lighter then the parent color.

I think I did pretty well for my first attempt using these markers. I do not have Stays On ink yet- which is recommended for using with the new markers. (So I improvised and stamped my Chocolate Ink then clear embossed it to seal it in.) I can see where I will get more confident with them each time I use the markers. They can do SO much! Do you see where I was able to create brown? I didn't have a brown marker, but I used a few layers of Autumn Terracotta and Olive, letting it dry in between.

  • "Fall Favorites" September Stamp of the Month
  • Markers: Pacifica, Olive, Autumn Terracotta
  • Card Stock: Bamboo Bases, Sunset Orange, Cocoa, and Colonial White for stamped images
  • Chocolate Ink Pad and Clear Embossing Powder sealed with Heat Gun
  • Hemp Twine accent tied in bow
  • Sunset Ink for sub title
  • Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for Title letters
  • Mischief Papers
I hope you like my project! Please leave comments so that I know what you think. If you would like to find out more about how to order this stamp set for your collection please contact me or visit my website.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Arrival Card: Inspired by #37, SSS172, and Focal Point

I always get so excited creating cards to celebrate new life! I can't wait to get the above card out in the mail!

The focal point of this card is the layered square scallop with the sentiment on it. Focal points do not always have to be in the middle. I set this one apart from the rest by using 3D foam tape to add dimension and create shadowing. I am entering this card in the Moxie Fab World Blog Challenge to show "Focal Point". You can play along too!

I LOVE this sentiment from the "New Arrival" Stamp Set from Close to my Heart. This sentiment was the reason I HAD to buy this stamp set. It just melts my heart and sums up what it feels like to be a new parent or grandparent.

The photo from the Inspired By #37 challenge was my inspiration for color and texture.

I used the design on this sketch to create my card by. I found it on The Sweet Step Sketch Challenge Blog. The spin on this sketch was to use die cuts or punches. I used square punches and a scallop square I cut on my cricut with the Art Philosophy cartridge from Close to my Heart.

Blog Challenge Entries:
The Moxie Fab World Blog Challenge: "Focal Point"
Inspired By: #37
The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog: SSS172

The "New Arrival" stamp set from Close to my Heart
  • Stamp Set: "New Arrival" (CTMH)
  • Footloose and Cruisin' Paper (CTMH)
  • Yellow and Twilight Card Stock
  • White Card Base
  • Grey Wool bakers Twine (CTMH)
  • Lagoon Button (CTMH)
  • Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
  • Ribbon I saved from a gift at the card recipients baby shower (heheh)
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: Harvest Banner

This video demonstrates how to use the NEW alcohol markers from Close to my Heart! Watch how to layer and blend the colors. I can't wait to use these!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

September 2012: National Stamping Month

Isn't this stamp set adorable!? The stamps work perfectly for both card making or scrap-booking! I've had a lot of fun using this stamp set and I have more projects planned for it as well. (The bike will be too cute for using on a scrapbook page about my children learning to ride their bikes!)

If you would like to add this stamp set to your collection let me know! Or, visit my website to place a $35 order so that you can get it for only $5! (when you shop with me online you also have access to the "while supplies last" section which has all new items listed in it!).

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

National Stamping Month Blog Hop!

Close to my Heart is celebrating National Stamping Month with an exclusive double stamp set! This blog hop will show you what Consultants have been creating with the "It's Your Day" stamp set. You are sure to be inspired!

If you arrived here from Kim's blog, "Creative Hands and Hearts", then you are on the right track!

I created these cards with my stamp set.

The design of this card is based on the Mojo Monday sketch challenge 253.

Make this stamp set yours for only $5 when you make a $35 purchase from August 15- Sept 30th. You can do just that on my website!

Now hop over to Katy Taylor's blog, "An inside to my Heart", to see what she has put together!

Avonlea Workshop! Cards or Scrapbooking!

The Avonlea workshop is fastly approaching! Look over the projects so that you can plan if you would like to take part in the card making or scrapbooking. Jody will host for us on September 8th. You will want to RSVP and order your supplies by the 22nd of August. Looking forward to seeing you! Let me know what you think of these projects!

If you are joining us for the card making portion of the class you can expect to make the following cards. You will want to order the Avonlea Card Making Workshop on the Go Kit. (You will have more envelopes and cards left over to create on your own after you are done).

If you are planning to join us for the scrapbooking portion of the class you will want to order the Avonlea Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go Kit or select items a-la-carte.

Keep in mind that when you plan your order that there is a promotion going on for National Stamping Month. When you spent $35.00 you will have access to a double stamp set which is worth $39 for only $5! Also, if your order gets to $50 the stamp of the month is only $5. You can visit my website and place your order online if you like and have access to the NEW items listed in the clearance section.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

NEW Product Blog Hop!

See what you can make with all of the NEW Products in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Close to my Heart Idea Book! Just follow along this blog hop to see what Consultants have been creating. If you arrived here from Jody's Blog, Making Time for Memories, then you are on the right track!

I created this two page layout using the NEW "Dakota" Workshop on the Go Kit! It is my FAVORITE. The barn wood texture paper is amazing and so much fun to create with. I used pattern 09 on page 22 of the "Make it from Your Heart, Vol 1" pattern book- also NEW.

The burlap ribbon is another one of my FAVORITE items from the NEW Idea Book! It was the first item I purchased. I used it in this layout as one of the vertical design elements- a long pennant/banner.

I was very excited to see that we will now carry a set of metallic markers! I love how they look against dark card stocks and as shiny accents to color stamped images in with. Also in the above photo is a piece of the zip strip from the "Dakota" kit.

"100% Cowboy Tough" is a stamp from the set that comes only in the kit. I accented it with the gold mettalic marker.

Now hop over to Susan's Blog, Stamping in the open, and see the fun things she has created!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Scraps Challenge with Avonlea and "Make it from your heart"

"SCRAPS!" Thats what I yelled out loud when I saw page 10 of the NEW "Make it from your Heart" pattern book. This layout pattern lets you use some scraps up, yet have a finished looking page with lots of impact and a polished look. I entered this in the Heart 2 Heart Blog Challenge "Scraps".

I created this 2 page layout for my Aunt Julie's 50th Birthday Album that I am working on with my Mom.

Supply list:
Avonlea Scraps
Flirty Scraps
Make it from Your Heart
Mocha Opaque Adhesive Gems
Stamp Set: Picture Perfect (D1363)
Stamp Set: Pennant Alphabet
Ink: Black, Twilight