Monday, June 30, 2014

July Sotm: Circus Alphabet {CTMH stamps}

Hello my crafty friends!

I am LOVING the new July stamp of the month set- a GREAT alphabet set that is super fun to work with.  If you are coming from Judy's blog- welcome!  If you are joining the hop first here at my blog- no worries... follow the link at the end of the post and if all works as it should you'll make a circle through the hop. 

Here's the set:

As always-  this set is only $5 with an order of $50 or more.  Such a great deal!
There are 50-60 consultants all posting fabulous artwork where this set is likely to be the feature of the project.  I thought I'd take a different route and just use it to add the fine details to my layout- my kid's ages.  
This layout I'm showing was another piece of artwork I created for my display at convention.  So consultants visiting this page might recognize it if you perused consultant showcase at convention.   Do you notice something unusual?  My layout has PHOTOS!  Yessiree.... I actually am showing you a completed layout.  Enjoy because it doesn't happen often that I've got the perfect photos already printed ;)   I would love to show the pages side by side but I had my super zoom lens on my camera and even standing on a chair I couldn't fit the entire thing into the frame so you'll have to imagine it for now.                           
Product Supply List:      Ariana Paper Pack; Lagoon cardstock, black/silver glitter paper pack, assorted Picture My Life cards, aquadots, flamingo dots   I also used Cricut Art Philosophy and Cricut Artbooking to cut fonts.     I used 3-d foam tape to help add dimension to the layout.

I pulled out little snippets of each page showing how the set was used to journal their ages:

I hope you enjoyed my post.  I just wanted to show how nice these fonts are for smaller journaling type work on a layout!  Now head over to Lalia's blog to see what she has created.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Picture My Life CTMH card


I just returned from the annual CTMH convention {AWESOME!}  I have so many fun things to share with you over the coming year- it's going to be fun!!

In the meantime, I have tons of artwork to share.  Today I'm posting a card I created for the consultant Creative Showcase.  This is the first year they've had this event and basically we could sign up for a 3 foot space on a table to showcase some artwork... there was a lot of great stuff and here is one of my pieces:

I used the Ariana paperpack for cardstock and skylark Picture My Life card for the patterned paper piece.  It was 3x4 with rounded corners, I just trimmed enough off each side to remove the rounded corner look and square it off.

I used clear sparkle flourishes, burlap ribbon, hollyhock zipper trim, Ariana bow assortment.  I also used the " Love This"  stamp set:

I stamped in Chocolate ink.  With a blending pen I colored the butterfly with chocolate and Hollyhock inks.

I used Liquid glass to stick the heavy zipper in place.  I used 3-d foam tape to pop the patterned panel/ chocolate piece on (I only added foam tape to the parts that did not touch the burlap and zipper trim... the overhangs attached directly to the green cardstock.  Need adhesive- click here to see our selection.
This card is super cute and in "real life" the green of the bow matches the cardstock.

Hope you enjoyed this fun project!  Check back tomorrow for the new July Stamp of the Month hop after 9pm EST.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Close To My Heart 2014 Retiring items List

It's that time again- time to retire  a list of products.  That means NEW FUN STUFF is on it's way.  I leave tomorrow for sunny California and the Disneyland Hotel where CTMH will unveil it's new 2014-15 Annual Inspirations catalog to it's consultants.  WOOHOOO- seriously my favorite time of year.

Here is the list of items retiring- some of these items make me sad..  :'(  But then I remember that there are NEW ITEMS coming and i'm instantly happy

Take a peek.  everything on this list is "while supplies last" and I'll update it twice a week as new things run out.

if you have trouble accessing the file please e-mail me.  It is in google drive so even if you don't have excel it should post.

NOTE:  As things sell out I'm also adding a comment on whether or not I have this item in my cash and carry stash. 

If you need to stock up on anything before it runs out... you can shop here:

Thanks for taking a peek!  I'll have a bunch of photos to show next week of my projects I created for my creativity showcase at convention!

Monday, June 9, 2014

one card design; 3 ways. Close to My Heart Card Class secrets

Hi!  Welcome to my blog for a fun post on card classes.

Those of you that periodically visit my facebook page ( ) or that receive my monthly newsletter , already know that about 3-4 times a year I do a series of " Card buffet" classes.

Basically, I charge $15 for two hours of card creating madness.  I design anywhere from 10-20 card designs and have anywhere from 5-50 "kits" pre-cut for each design. 

This past weekend I had two hostesses who signed up to host an "all occasion" card buffet.  Since these hostesses both lived 3 hours from my home- I had to be prepared for BOTH classes, with no chance to prep more card kits in between.

I thought it'd be fun to show you a trick I use that keeps these card classes affordable and quick to prepare.

The secret starts with the Holiday card buffet I prepped last fall.  I had about 15-20 designs prepped and this was one of them.  I had about 50 card kits prepped for this one card:

I used Juniper and White Daisy cardstock.

All 3 washi tapes from the Sparkle and Shine Washi tape 3-pack that was available for a limited time last fall.
Blue green epoxy gems and pink/red sparkles (retired)

I also used the Santa Claus Stamp set and Artiste Cricut collection.

It's a simple card - and went together quick for those that were into mass producing.

One of these awesome hostesses decided to host a Birthday card buffet a few months later.  I had about 15 card sets left for this design...  I cut another 20 so I had 35 total and made it more "birthday like" with a few minor changes:

I kept the green washi tape and switched to a slate polka dot tape.  I kept the same die-cut shape but switched the stamps.  I used the Holiday Tags set with Juniper and slate inks. 

We also switched to the black and grey epoxy gems.

I went through about 20 of these sets.

Then I had two hostesses want to host the recent "all occasions" card buffet.  I was getting sick of this card so I stuck with the final 15 card sets and didn't cut more.  I made the following updates to the card:  I kept the Juniper Washi tape.  I swapped the other washi tape color for teal and silver glitter shimmer trim.  I also swapped the stamps for a "thank you" from the Casual Expressions stamp set.    All 15 of these card sets were swooped up at the last class.

As I mentioned- these cards are relatively simple.  Since my attendees get anywhere from 8 (for new stampers/ paper crafters) all the way up to 25+ cards finished... I have a mix of easy- difficult cards.  Now that this class is over- I'll post a few more of my designs later this week.

In the meantime- I was cleaning my craft room and found a brand new, unopened pack of the Sparkle and Shine Washi tape that I used on these cards.  There are 15 YARDS of each design for 45 yards total! (135 feet!!!)
This washi tape sold for $13.95 last fall.  The red and silver are both available individually at $4.95 a roll.  The green was never available separately.  I am selling this package for $10 which will INCLUDE shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.

The paypal button is set up to only sell ONE package- so if it accepts your payment it is still available ;)