Monday, January 31, 2011

February Stamp of the Month and Valentine's Blog hops

Here's a quick post using the February Stamp of the Month.  If you're hopping through from  Jill's  blog- welcome!  If you are just starting here- you can find the next post link at the bottom of this post.

This card uses the brand new Sweetheart paper pack, Friendship stamp set, epoxy stickers and black ink... a few red sparkles to finish it off.

I LOVE this new paper pack... it is so pretty!  The new epoxy stickers are also pretty cool to play with.
Next up is Lori's blog... hope you enjoy the rest of the projects along the hop!!

If you haven't seen all of the awesome new Close To My Heart products yet- visit your consultant's site on February 1st!  If you don't have a local consultant- visit my site here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Page Kits for January

Here are the most recent sample layouts I designed and prepped page kits for.  I sell these at fundraiser crops that I am invited to vendor... and then donate a certain amount back to the fundraiser... they have been pretty popular.

It's hard to tell but on the first layout the butterfly is "popped " up for dimension... there are some pink sparkles (rhinestones" on a few of the circle shapes as well as on the butterfly.
On the second layout:  The butterfly and one flower sticker are popped up on the lower left page.  There are clear sparkles on the large "Express Yourself" sticker title.  the "spread Your Wings and Fly is also popped up.  The kits contain several long 3-D foam tape pieces that can be trimmed to fit.
This one also includes some Antique copper elements that are fun as well.

Most of my kits include a few extra things that I didn't use... so If you have a kit and have something that you are not sure where to put it- It can go wherever you like... or save for another project.  I just try to keep the cost of all the kits the same and sometimes that means including a little "extra" product.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

How to Video... Color Ready Kraft Borders!

You are going to be anxiously awaiting February 1st when you see this video!!  That's when these SUPER FUN Color Ready Kraft Borders will be available for your to order and use on your own projects!!
At only $5.95 for 50 (2 each of 25 designs)  this is a very affordable addition to your supply stash!

To pre-order these now... you can e-mail me here.  The order will be placed on Feb. 1st and direct shipped to your home!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Class for February... and discounts on my website!!!

Ok... I'll start with the discounts- Close To My Heart just added some more awesome items at GREAT discounts to the shopping section of my website.  Click here to check them out and order quickly if there's something you want- things tend to sell fast.

And... since I've been in a crafting frenzy the last week or so... Here are the layouts for my February Workshop on the Go class with full details:

*** Note*** I made changes to the design originally created by CTMH.  I am showing MY designs FIRST and the companies layout design second. 
Depending on how you create yours... you may or may not have appropriate supplies to also create the cards.  For this class- I really wanted to have two nice layouts to use with our Family Valentine's Dance photos for this year's event at Addie's school... Your kit includes the company's cutting guide for the first layout and mine for the second...  all I REALLY changed in the first layout was paper selection-I wanted something  a little "darker" and not so girly so I could use it on my son's layout (yes, it has pink AND hearts...  he's My Valentine" after all :)  My second layout is similar to the company's design, except I did not use their suggested patterns... I just eyeballed it and made my cutting guide from my layout.

And now for the companies layout and card samples as shown in the cutting guide included with your kit:

This class has Several options to fit your style and budget!!

Kit of the Month: Sweetheart

Beginner Kit: $18.95 (No Stamping)
Level 2 Paper pack
Level 2 “Stickease”
Full Color Guide for one 2-page layout and 2 each of 3 cards plus my own additional guide for a second layout and second set of cards.

Better Kit: $23.95 (No Stamping)
Level 2 paper pack
Level 2 “Stickease”
Full color guide (see Beginner Kit for details)
Sweetheart Level 2 Embellishment Assortment

Basic Kit: $29.95( savings of $2.90)  This kit includes the stamps and embellishments shown in the full color guide that is included with all options
Level 2 Paper Pack
My Acrylix Sweetheart Workshop Stamp Set
Sweetheart Level 2 Embellishment Assortment
Full Color Guides (see Beginner kit)

• Best Kit $ 34.90
Level 2 Paper pack
My Arylix Sweetheart Workshop Stamp Set
Sweetheart Level 2 Embellishment Assortment
Full Color Guides (see Beginner Kit)
PLUS a mini medley of your choice in Black or Tulip

Additional tool and A la carte items:

Z2193 Cotton Candy Ink Pad $5.25
Z2105 Black Ink Pad $5.25
E1018 Pennant Alphabet $34.95
Z308 Liquid Applique (used to "string" the pennant together)

All prices subject to shipping (7.95%) and sales tax

This class will be held Feb. 5, 2011 at my home near Kalamazoo/Battle Creek MI.  Please register by e-mailing me with your kit choice (click here) before Jan 23, 2011.  If you are unable to attend due to locating or timing, the kit by mail is available for no additional charges.  Your products will ship from CTMH and the additional cutting guide I designed will ship from me.  Kits by mail will begin shipping within a week after class is held.  They can be ordered anytime between now and July 31st... but don't risk forgetting- order now.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

a How To video for you!

Check out this video from CTMH showing how you can use the new spray pen being released in our Spring/Summer 2011 catalog on February 1st.  A set of 3 will sell for only $3.95!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Find Your Style- Club card

I have one club card for January to show today... the second is a Valentine's card and I'm saving it for the Valentine's Blog hop starting Feb. 1st...  the 3rd card is still under construction so I'll show that one tomorrow.

Today's card uses the "puddle pad" technique... basically you use a pile of baby wipes (I use 4-5 stacked together) and you drip reinker on the pad...  I used Vineyard Berry and Juniper.  You want to drip enough reinker that 1) the drops touch and 2) you have a large enough area that you can ink your image once with out picking it up and moving it to another spot (this will mix your colors and give a "muddy" appearance.  you want to touch the image to the puddle pad and know that ink is touching the entire image...
Then... stamp!  You can re-ink the image without cleaning it first, as the majority of the ink will be used up- or you can choose to wash before re-inking in the puddle pad- your choice.  I used some Sweet Leaf sparkles for my butterfly "trail"
Hope you are enjoying projects with new product as much as I enjoy playing with that new product!! lol... so much fun and I haven't shown you HALF of what I've made yet...yippeee for crafting :)

p.s.  Supply List:;  Wings Level 2 paper pack, January stamp of the month "Find Your Style", Juniper and V. berry reinkers; Colonial White designer ribbon, blue/green Sparkles.
To place your order for these items- click here

Monday, January 10, 2011

January club layout... Snow Day

This month my club members are wanting a winter themed layout...I couldn't resist using a few new products.  They won't be able to buy them till next month but they can start their wish list now...

The layout uses Sky and Pacifica and Kraft paper (only because I forgot to grab my Desert Sand paper when I was packing for a crop on Saturday)... Pacifica and Desert Sand Ink, Holiday Trinkets and the new Penant Alphabet Stamps.  The snowflake diecut is covered with a new patterned paper from the new Fanfare Level 2 paper pack.  The snowflake has white ink sponged around.  I used the new scallop punch to cut the white snowflake center... stamped with an image from the "Just for the Holidays" stamp set in Desert Sand.  Then a pretty shimmer brad finishes it off.

Tomorrow I'll be back with the cards for this month.  My club group can always choose between the layout or cards and non-members are always welcome... If you live in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area and would like more information on attending-please e-mail me here.  Layout is $5 and cards $3.50 or either FREE with a $25 order.  My club members always make their choice free with a minimum $15 order.
If you are not local, but wish to purchase a kit... the layout kit is $7 for pre-stamped kit and $5 for pre-stamped kit.  Shipping for either is $4.50.  Deadline for ordering is Sunday January 16th.

On a side note... remember the "Silent Night" kit I posted a few posts down...Completely sold every last one this weekend... even my pre-made sample!  Also sold the last of my Halloween kits and a Dress up kit... I have a lot of Kit making to do before the next crop on jan 22!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Raffle Prize Layout

I have two crops this month and needed a raffle prize for each... I created this layout and cut enough paper for  8 people.  At each crop I'll raffle a free class for 4 people and the winner can choose a date from my calendar. 
I think that when my order of Colonial White cardstock comes in...I will add something to my black strip besides the title and flower... It is a lot of black!

One thing I LOVE about being a consultant is the ability to buy some papers in bulk... this pretty Butterfly paper and the green polk dot paper on the right are both available that way which makes this project pretty affordable.  Thinking of becoming a consultant... Please e-mail me here for questions, or click here to join my team!
I can't wait to add my own photos to this layout!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Fundraiser Layout... Silent Night

I mentioned a while back in this post that I started to create some scrapbooking page kits to take to the crops I'm asked to vendor... to help raise funds for the group that invites me.  My goal is to create at least one new kit each month so that when I see "repeat" croppers at the events... I have at least one new page kit to offer them that they haven't seen.  I never re-make any kits that sell out because I get too bored by that.

Here is the kit I created in December with the new Cricut cartridge hubby bought me : Winter Frolic
I went with the Christmas theme because I sold all of the Chrismas page kits I created back in November.

This layout uses Cocoa, Bamboo, Tulip, Desert Sand, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, Baby Pink , Blush, and Colonial white Cardstock
Pattern paper from Perfect Day and Back Country and natural hemp

It was a LOT of work paper piecing the die cuts so along with my finished layout, there are only 3 kits available to croppers...  but it is sooo cute!!  The tag on the righ tpage can be used for the year or a small spot of journaling.  This layout is great for photos of kids in their church's Christmas program.  I am hoping to do a winter themed layout in the next week as my first crop of 2011 is the 8th!