Tuesday, August 31, 2010
... #15, Matthewsmommy said...
What a great show. Glad I'm a follower
Matthewsmommy, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can get your prize in the mail! Thanks to everyone who played along!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Here's how to decorate clear buttons:
1. Choose your paper and cut it a bit larger than your button. (See step 5. It is easier to me to trim it after it's glued than to try to trim it accurately ahead of time.)
2. If you'd like to add glitter, apply a bit of Stardust Glitz Gel to the back side of the button and let dry.
3. Apply dots of Liquid Glass to the back of the button. Adhere to the paper (decorative side up). Don't worry if some of the adhesive oozes out. Just be sure to press the paper tightly against the button back.
4. Use a piercing tool to find your button holes. From the back, push a toothpick through the holes and ream out the holes. Any excess paper should stick to the inside of the button hole. Let dry.
5. Trim the paper with scissors, following the outline of the button.
6. Apply Liquid Glass to the back of the paper to seal it. Be sure the edges are sealed. Let dry.
Enjoy your buttons! These make adorable accents on cards, layouts, etc.
If you'd like to learn how to string them together to make a bracelet, be sure to scroll down to find my two video tutorials.Finally, for your viewing pleasure, here's our little kitten trying to claim the button bracelet as his own. Sorry, Remy, but it's already spoken for!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I am going to give away the Olivia necklace I was wearing in my video to one lucky person who comments on this post by midnight 8/30/10. (Sorry, the bracelet was made for someone in particular.) To be eligible to win:
1. Follow my blog (or let me know in your comment you're already a follower).
2. Leave me a comment to let me know what type of online class you'd like to see me teach.
The random winner will be posted sometime on 8/31. Good luck!
If you want to learn how to make a button bracelet, be sure to check it out (link below). (Part of it will be so silly because I am reading the chat comments and responding to them- you won't be able to see what was written and only hear my silly comments.) It was tons of fun, and I hope to record some videos on my own Ustream channel: InkyScrapper.
Rather than have this crazy video continually play here on my blog, click right HERE to watch it when you have time. It's 30 minutes or more though you really don't need all that time to get the "gist" of how to make a button bracelet. (I am planning on making a short follow-up video to show you the closure more carefully, but I'll let you know when it will air or is posted.)
If you'd like to see my first button bracelet, click HERE and then scroll down in that post.
Thanks again for watching!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Since I went to Convention in July, I have had quite a bit of new product to play with for a while. It has been hard keeping it all under wraps! (Today is just the start of all the fun new products and projects, so be sure to come back here often. Thanks!) This gorgeous flamingo stamp set (D1438 Circle of Love) was given to us at Convention, and it has been killing me to keep it under wraps since then! Isn't it gorgeous? I don't know why, but I LOVE this stamp set!!! (It may be because I have a thing for birds, but that is for another day.)
I made this card for my downline (the wonderful gals who signed up under me as CTMH consultants) following the 8"x3.5" card sketch,"Lower Layers," from the Wishes how-to guide. I used the new colors Pear, Sky, Lagoon, Pacifica, and Gypsy to ink up this beautiful bird, the saying, etc. Each piece was ink distressed in the matching color or Pacifica. I used a little Lagoon ribbon and Purple Sparkles to dress up this beauty.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
1. Start earning hostess rewards with a minimum of two people ordering a combined subtotal of $150. (That means $150 before shipping, handling, and tax.) (Also, beginning 10/1, you can have an entirely on-line gathering!)
2. New expanded choices of free CTMH products for hostesses: stamp sets (excluding specials like the stamp of the month), blocks, ink pads, markers, reinkers, cardstock packs (including combo packs), My Reflections Level 1 kits, My Reflections paper packs, and My Reflections My Stickease. (Bold items are new to the Hostess Rewards program.)
3. Earn the option to purchase one (or more) half-off item(s) sooner than ever! When party sales reach only $250, earn 1 half-off item. It can be one of the exclusive hostess-only collections or any other one item in the Idea Book (excluding stamps of the month and any current special offer). You earn 2 half-off items at $450, three at $650, etc.
See p. 104 of the Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book for complete details. Remember too that as one of my hostesses, you have three options:
1. Have a gathering in your home (or other location) with your friends. We'll create a fun project while learning tips, techniques, and tricks of the trade.
2. Have a gathering in MY home (that means no cleaning for you!) for you and your friends. We'll create a fun project while learning tips, techniques, and tricks of the trade.
3. Host an online-only "catalog party" and earn free products! (This feature will
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Mark your calendars, it's less than a week away! The first Creative University - ONLINE!
Nine hours of free classes, presented by Close to My Heart consultants to kick off the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book and Catalog. The Fabulously Artsy Tresa Black has assembled a top-notch team of co-hosts for this event, with a variety of demonstrations to showcase new products from Close to My Heart.
Classes begin on the hour, so mark your calendars and set your alarms NOW!
The event is on Tresa's Ustream channel. Sign up (it's free!) to chat live with teachers and other viewers. Ustream account is not necessary to view the classes, but if you'd like to chat, you need to sign up.
Help promote this event: grab a badge from the sidebar!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Besides the colors of the Cherry-O paper pack, I love how this card opens: the left green panel opens and the pink polka dotted part on the right is part of the card base. I hope that makes sense! When you first look at it, you think that everything you're looking at is on the card front, but the card front is shorter than the base. Way cute!
Yesterday was our Heirloom/Recipe scrapbook layout class, and I can't wait to share the results with you. We had fun learning how to make all kinds of flowers to embellish our projects.
Logan got our pontoon boat fixed and put into the water Saturday (after all the rain), so we went out for our first family voyage. I even got to drive! It was so nice to be out on the cool water.
Have a great week! I will try to post often but as busy as we'll be I make no guarantees.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
I can't believe we're nearing the end of the month, and I haven't shared these beautiful cards with you! Each month, I participate in a stamp of the month swap. I create 8 identical cards and receive back all these gorgeous cards. The ladies in my group are so talented! (I mailed of my September stamp of the month cards yesterday, and I can't wait to show them to you- next month!)
Top photo, clockwise from top left: paper piercing adds such beautiful detail to an already gorgeous card (by Pam Beery); the crisscrosses are made using a bone folder or scoring blade and sanding (unknown artist); so fun and summery (Taralyn), and the embossed resist paint technique by Bridget Mahler
Clockwise again from top left: clear embossed sunflower; distressed card by yours truly; glitz glue gel flower center by TAS; and polka dots with the center flower stamp by Carla Ramirez
Can you see the sheen and shine of the clear embossing?
A close up of Pam's paper piercing and beautiful addition of Heavenly Blue sponged onto the flower image
Friday, August 20, 2010
Having the new Magic how-to scrapbooking guide (available 9/1!) made this layout come together so nicely! Do you like it? You are going to LOVE the new Magic how-to book!!! This particular sketch is called "On With the Show," and though it called for three 4"x6" photos, I was able to tweak it to fit my two (5"x7" and 8"x10"). That is one thing about our guides: you can follow them exactly, or you can customize them for your photos or project.
Let me know if you'd like to reserve a copy of Magic now! You will LOVE it! I can't wait to share it with you.
All supplies from Close To My Heart: Splendor paper pack; Friendship Alphabet Large, Friendship Alphabet Small, A Flitter, and Treasures stamp sets; Buttercup, Goldrush, and Topiary inks; Designer Brads Splendor; Big Pinks Just Blooms (white ones); paper piercer
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I knew that I wanted to preserve this aspect of her personality, so I had started to save photos of her being, well, adventurous. (The funny thing is that her sister is in three of them, two enjoying the action with her.) The second layout suggested in the Splendor Workshop on the Go (from Stamp Camp) was perfect! (It's the "Asymmetric" sketch from Cherish, and having those instructions makes it so fast and easy to put together a layout. I did turn the left page to make it work better with my pictures.)
Since I had quite a few cute photos of the action on the bungee trampoline, I'm using a flip flap to add two more photos to the layout without taking up more space. (I will just pull off the adhesive strip to attach the flip flap to the page protector when I'm ready to put them in her album.)
Do you like the peek at the NEW Old World Alphabet stamp set? It will be available 9/1!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I couldn't believe how well these pictures worked with this layout!
For the right page, rather than use all 2.5" squares, I cropped the picture of my elder nephew to fit where two squares would go. I love how it looks! I couldn't stand to crop his sweet dirty knees from the picture. (BTW, if you can't read the journaling at right, it says that my sister is teaching her boys that all girls like flowers!)
Here is a close up of the Irresistibles chipboard shapes that come with the kit (but are also available separately). Do you see the white polka dots, leaf veins, and flower designs? Those are imprinted directly onto the chipboard itself. Just sponge color onto the white chipboard, and the printed pattern resists the ink. So easy and effective!
(Come back over the next few days to see what else I made with this kit. I hope you'll love it as much as I do!)
Monday, August 16, 2010
Here's what comes in the kit...
1 - My Acrylix® "Love This" Stamp Set
4 - Exclusive Inks Mini Stamp Pads (Desert Sand, Hollyhock, Indian Corn Blue and Sunset)
9 - 4 x 12 Panels (3 each of 3 color schemes) to build the albums
3 - 6 x 12 die cut sheets (precut to match the stamps)
1 - 72" Length Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon
3 - Velcro Fasteners
1 - Fully instructional, easy to follow brochure
Dates: August 15–September 30, 2010
Customers can get the Triple Play kit beginning August 15 in the following ways:
1) Purchase the kit outright for $29.95.
2) Place a minimum order of $25 in My Acrylix stamps (excluding Stamp of the Month sets, Workshops on the Go exclusive stamp sets, and K-size custom stamps) and purchase the kit for only $15. (You will also be eligible to purchase the stamp of the month for 25% off!)
3) Place a minimum order of $40 in My Acrylix stamps (excluding Stamp of the Month sets, Workshops on the Go exclusive stamp sets, and K-size custom stamps) and purchase the kit for only $5. (You're very close to the $50 required purchase to get the stamp of the month at half off.)
The Triple Play offer is good on Gathering, Individual, and EZ Invite® orders. Customers may also order the kit on my MyCTMH® website and through EZ Invite online shopping. The kit is available while supplies last.
Dates: August 15–September 30, 2010
Hostesses who hold a qualifying Home Gathering with minimum sales of $300 will receive a Triple Play mini album kit FREE.
For New Consultants:
Dates: September 1–September 30, 2010
New Consultants who enroll during the month of September will receive the Triple Play mini album kit FREE as part of their New Consultant Kit. No additional tax or shipping/handling will be charged.
Let me help you get yours this month or next! (I have mine and the kit is absolutely darling. I can't wait to play!)
Sunday, August 15, 2010
My layout uses a few simple techniques. Since the theme was tubing, I used several circular stamp images to mimic the tubes without (hopefully) going overboard. I stamped them in a random pattern (AKA random stamping), overlapping some of them as I stamped. To make it even easier (I'm all about Close To My Heart's motto "faster, simpler, easier!"), I also "cluster stamped," meaning that I placed several stamps on one block to stamp a few images at once. A little Cocoa ink sponged on the edges of the Colonial White card stock softens the edges too.
To random stamp successfully, think about an imaginary triangle. Stamp your first image, reink and stamp it again, thinking about making a triangle with the images. Your third time stamping should be the third point of the imaginary triangle. Now use one of those points as the start of a new triangle, and stamp twice more. Continue stamping in this not-so-random pattern until your background is complete. A good habit while random stamping is to turn your block a bit each time so that your stamp isn't always pointing in the same direction on your project. (What I am trying to explain is not at all easy to see with a bunch of circles!)
Finally, to add more interest to my stamping, I overlapped some of the circles. If you look really closely, I highlighted the centers of the Sweet Leaf "bursts" and the centers of the smallest Crystal Blue circles with dots of Liquid Glass. Also, can you see the Liquid Glass I added to the water photos? It is subtle but effective.
This layout is based on the sketch from the Moon Doggie Workshop on the Go (last fall), but I used the Emporium paper pack and the "gallon-quart-pint" rule for my color scheme. If you look at my layout, what color is used the most? That is the "gallon" color. The "quart" color is used less than the main one, and the "pint" color is used the least of all. (I did use Colonial White as my base too, but I'm not really counting that as a color here.) So can you guess my "gallon-quart-pint" colors?
My "gallon" color is blue, and I used two shades: Twilight and Crystal Blue. Sweet Leaf is my "quart" color, with a "pint" of Cocoa thrown in for good measure.
If you've read this far, you get extra credit for attending my "class.":) Be sure to hop to the head of the class by heading next to Toni's blog to check out her technique. You get an A+ for today's lesson!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Then, I saw that there are two exclusive "paper packs" that are only available in Studio J. One is more for Easter, and the other screams summer. I had to upload a few of our lake photos to make a "Splash Zone" layout too!
Some really exciting perks are coming to Studio J in September, so I am going to wait until then to print my layouts. I am really excited about recording our memories and preserving our photos while they are fresh.
Try it out yourself right HERE. There's no charge until you print (or purchase your JPG to print somewhere else).