Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A new month...

means a great new Stamp of the Month set from Close To My Heart!

February also means a BRAND NEW IDEA BOOK... woohooo!

If you have arrived from Jen's blog... you are headed in the right direction... but if you are just joining the hop here at my blog- no problem!!!  The hop should circle around so you can see all of the great artwork.

First up- here is the stamp set itself... see those red lines around some of the shapes...  that means those shapes can be cut using our Cricut Art Philosopy cartridge which you can purchase here.

 I have to admit I cheated a bit on my project.  I have fallen head over heals in love with our new card kit and I just had to use it!..
This card kit is the: My Originals Sweet Surprises card kit.  It comes with pre-cut Kraft card bases, Kraft envelopes, My Stickease, chipboard, treat cups and ribbon.  It comes with all of the sentiments also as stickease or chipboard... but I substituted those for stamped images using the stamp of the month set.  Instead of filling my treat cup with treats- I filled it with paper flowers.  That way- if the recipient thinks it's too pretty to tear apart... they dont' have to worry about sugary candy sitting in there (if my kids saw candy in a card it would be torn apart in 2 seconds flat!

The great thing about this card kit as that the inside looks just as cute as the outside!!!     Wasn't that fun?  
Now you can head on over to Adeline's blog to continue on the hop!

NOTE**** tonight is your LAST chance to order from the Autumn/Winter catalog!!!!  Shop on-line here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Winter Wonderland....

wow... sorry for the nearly 2 weeks of being MIA...

I have been busy completing projects/ kits and planning new kits and classes and...lots of stuff.
I hit a deer with my car last week... totaled it.  Spent this whole week carting my family from place to place (including my husband) in his truck while trying to work full time as well... wasn't easy. 

So here... finally... is something new to look at:

This layout uses Wonderland Level 2 paper, Wonderland Stickease, shimmer brads, snowflake flurry chipboard, and the spray mister with white paint.  This layout is for my February clubs... The wonderland products expire Jan 31- so if you want to make this layout- order your kit by the 29th.  If you are not local- simply order here at my website.
Order the Wonderland Level 2 paper pack and stickease (use search term "wonderland")  add the shimmer brads (either $4.95 or $5.95 -can't remember) search term "shimmer".  Add the spray mister - search term "mister" and I will send you the cutting guide for this project.  Please note that the paper pack comes with 2 sheets of Crystal Blue and one Twilight- I used 2- Twilight and one Crystal blue- so you will just want to swap those colors around when making the layout.
Optional:  For $1.50 I will send you a liquid appliqued snowflake to add to your page (might be slightly different design than what is on my right page.  I take paypal or check for that payment.

Monday, January 16, 2012

a bridal affair

Yesterday I vendored a bridal show at a huge hockey arena in our area.  I had a blast and met lots of people that scrapbook and plan to make as much of their wedding decor as possible.

This is one of my display pieces.  I saw something similar on the CTMH consultant boards using this Sonoma paper and it was so beautiful I wanted to make my own.  I'd already planned to create a topiary but wasn't sure what paper I wanted to use till I saw that other one. 

I used a 5" styrofoam ball with 3.5 inch flowers cut from the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge.
The white pins are just boutinierre pins from Michaels wedding section.  Paper is the Sonoma Level 2 paper pack.  Purple ribbon is  the NEW color ready seam binding ribbon in the CTMH Spring catalog.  I used a sponge to die it with our Smokey Plum ink pad.  LOVE IT! 

The leaves are olive cardstock also cut with our Art Philosophy cricut cartridge... at about 5 inches.  Used a regular clay pot, some raffia and a wooden dowel from Michaels.  The wooden dowel is stained with Desert Sand reinker.  Just dripped a bunch onto a sponge and rubbed along the dowel to stain.  The woodgrain shows through- it turned out really nice.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sweet as honey...

I'm knee deep in designing projects for upcoming events and requested kits.

Here's a quick peek at a card I created today for my February clubs.  My first club of January meets next weekend so I needed to finish all of my February projects before then.

Since I don't have new product yet... I designed my February projects with stamps that  aren't new but ARE in the new Spring/Summer Idea Book.  I love the new spring book so much that I sort of stole this card design from it.  I switched stamp sets as I don't yet have the set they used to make this card- but I think it turned out cute anyway!

{Recipe List:  Chocolate, Desert Sand, Juniper and Colonial White cardstock, B1374 Bee Happy Stamp set, Cocoa, Sorbet, Creme Brulee and Juniper Ink pads, Blending pen, Col. White button , Natural hemp and Z1617 Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain and liquid glass.}

How To:  I scored the Desert Sand cardstock roughly every 1/4 inch and then went over top with the cocoa Stamp pad to enhance and bring out the scoring.  I squeezed each stamp pad before opening, to press ink into the lid.  I used my blending pen to pick the ink up and color in my design.  It gives it a nice soft look.  All paper edges were inked with cocoa.  The Dark chocolate striped grosgrain is too wide for my taste- so I cut it in half lengthwise and sealed the edges from fraying with a little liquid glass.  I adhered the ribbon with tombow adhesive and then lifted sections up slightly with a piercing tool to slide hemp underneath to adhere the button.  The rest of the hemp knots were just tied around the hemp going verticle over top the chocolate striped ribbon.

I've had this stamp set for almost a year and this was actually the first time I've used it! 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Studio J- layouts and a deal!

In a couple of weeks- I'll be vendoring at a Bridal Expo (Live in or around SW Michigan?  The Bridal show is at Wings Stadium on Sunday Jan. 15 from 11:30-3pm... click here for the website

Anyway... My good friend Tammy let me use some of her daughter's wedding photos to create some layouts for a Studio J scrapbooking display.  Here are the 4 I created- I used 4 different paper packs and altered the colors to match.

This one uses Bella... with the colors from the kit. 

This one uses the Silhouette Paper Pack

This one uses the Bliss Paper Pack... Which I was not totally fond of as a traditional paper pack but LOVE that you can change colors in Studio J.. the Smokey Plum makes it so pretty!

This is the Sonoma Paper Pack... Which I do love and is currently available as a Traditional paper kit for $9.95.  You can click here to see Sonoma products available.

Now ... what is this deal I mentioned in my post title?

In January-  Studio J members that buy 9 layouts will get one FREE!  Yep- Purchase 9 2-page layouts for $6.50 each and get the 10th free.
{The deal multiplies... so buy 18 get 2 free... buy 27 and get 3 free...and so on!}

Not a member?  No problem!  A 3-month membership runs just $30 and gives you complete access to all Studio J capabilities, templates and paper packs.  Or go for the 1-year membership for only $99.

Not even sure if Studio J is for you?  TRY IT FOR FREE!  Yep... free.  Nothing to download to your computer- no upgrades to buy.  Studio J is completely on-line.  Try it free by clicking here.  Just keep in mind that the free trial doesn't show all available options that members have access to.  It does at least give you an idea of how easy it is to use!

AND did I mention?  Members get FREE shipping on one order per month that contains 4-20 layouts!  All of our layouts are 2 page spreads which means... you can get 40 pages in that free shipping box!

oh... and Free page protectors - one for every layout ordered... not kidding!

Why wait- Join Today!  I offer Studio J points.  Earn them for your membership purchase, all layouts purchased, attending Studio J classes (if you're local to me) and more!  Spend your points on gift certificates/ free product/ discounted memberships and more!

Want to join now? Click here.  or e-mail me to order direct.