Saturday, August 2, 2014

Day 2 New Product Blog Hop

Today I am sharing a card made with NEW Pathfinding paper; NEW Hostess stamp and another NEW stamp set. So many NEW things and so little time to play with them all!
I have many favourite things and leaves are one of them. For a few years I would collect leaves and make prints from them. I did this after watching a PBS show about Gyotaku, the traditional method of Japanese fish printing. I did actually try the fish method to a huge, smelly mess.....much to my husband's chagrin. He was much happier when I moved on to leaves!

So, back to my card! I chose this lovely pattern paper because it features our new Glacier colour and Chocolate. I added Bronze Shimmer Trim to either sides of the border. Both the main patterned paper and the border are matted with Chocolate cardstock.

I stamped with these sweet leaves from NEW stamp set, Thankful Heart, on Autumn Terracotta cardstock in coordinating ink. The lovely wreath and all of the parts within, are also from a NEW set, called Thanksgiving Wreath. It is a Hostess Reward stamp set and is stamped with Olive; Lagoon; and Chocolate inks. I coloured the wreath in with our NEW Shin Han Markers. I also elevated the center part and sentiment with our fabulous NEW thin foam tape.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Pathfinding
Stamps: Thankful Heart; Thanksgiving Wreath Hostess set
Cardstock: Chocolate; White Daisy; Autumn Terracotta
Ink: Chocolate; Olive; Lagoon; Shin Han Markers
Embellishments: Bronze Shimmer Trim
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge


Friday, August 1, 2014

New Product Blog Hop

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Today, August 1st is the launch of our NEW Annual Inspirations Idea Book. I'm joining the blog hop with a card using the amazingly sweet, August Stamp Of The Month, What A Hoot.
I started this card with the gorgeous NEW patterned paper from Chalk It Up. Don't let the name fool you...there are amazing patterns in the pack that go along with a chalk style patterned paper, also. I matted everything on Black cardstock.

This sweet owl's body has been coloured in with our NEW Shin Han Art Markers. I stamped his belly with images from the set in Flaxen; Lagoon; and Black ink, then paper pieced it. The wings were stamped with Black ink, then I patted them with Lagoon and NEW Flaxen ink pads to add a bit of colour. The sentiment is coloured in with the same alcohol marker as the owl's body.

I added Aqua Dots; Turquoise Shimmer Trim; and retired Black Hemp to the border. I punched the scalloped edge with our Scallop Border punch. I also used retired Colonial White brads to attach the wings. If you were up close and personal with this card, you would also see I have used our NEW Thin 3-D Foam tape on the owl and sentiment pieces.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Chalk It Up
Stamp: What A Hoot, Aug 2014 Stamp Of The Month
Cardstock: Colonial White; Black
Ink: Flaxen; Lagoon; Black; Archival Black; Shin Han Art Markers
Embellishments: Aqua Dots; Turquoise Shimmer Trim; retired Black Hemp



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

OPEN HOUSE Aug 8, 9 and 10

I am sooooooo excited for our NEW Annual Inspirations Idea Book to launch on August 1st, that I have been furiously creating artwork to show you. I've been hiding it for almost a month and thought I might share the card attendees at my Open House will be making.
 We'll start first with a new technique, which is "Using your embossing folder as a stencil". I read about this from another CTMH Consultant, then tried it on my own. I rubbed our new Flaxen coloured ink pad over my Dots Embossing Folder, then spritzed with some water diluted Lagoon reinker. I closed the folder, but just rubbed the ink into/onto the paper, rather than actually embossing it using my Big Shot.

I stamped these love flowers with Black Memento ink, then coloured them in with our new Shin Han Art Markers. The alcohol markers are fun to colour with and the two colours I used almost match another 2 of our NEW colours, Thistle and Pixie.

Then I added some patterned paper from our NEW Chalk It UP paper pack, as well as, some sweet New Thistle ribbon. The sentiment and banner are from Oodles of Doodles with Black and Lagoon cardstock. I punched the border with our Scallop Border Punch.

Join me at my OPEN HOUSE:
Fri, Aug 8 from 6 – 8pm
Sat, Aug 9 from 3 – 5pm
Sun, Aug 10 from 11am – 1pm

Now, some exciting things will start to happen on my blog at midnight PST Thursday. I am participating in this AMAZING New Product Blog Hop set up by Tresa Black. Stop by to see some amazing artwork with new product from our Annual Inspirations Idea Book, that goes live Aug 1! Contact me to get your own copy! See you then!
All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Chalk It Up - NEW
Stamps: Oodles of Doodles; Love This
Ink: Flaxen 0 NEW; Lagoon; Black
Alcohol Markers: Shin Han Art Markers - NEW
Embellishments: Thistle Ribbon - NEW; Opaques
Tools: Dots Embossing Folder; Scallop Punch; Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Other: Memento Black ink

Monday, July 21, 2014

Masking Technique

I am still working on using up some of my retired papers before I can show you some of the fabulous creations I've made with paper from our NEW Annual Inspirations Idea Book. This card shows one of my favourite techniques, masking.
I have used Clementine patterned paper and a zip strip from Claire. The cardstock is Sorbet and Cocoa, along with Colonial White.

Now for the "Masking" Technique. I inked up this flower from retired, You Only Live Once and stamped it in the left corner. I also stamped one on a sticky note. I cut the image from the sticky note, then covered over the first flower I stamped. I inked the flower twice more and stamped on either side of the first image. When you remove the sticky note, it looks as though the first image is in front of any others stamped. I stamped the sentiment over top with Cocoa ink, then added some Stardust Glitz.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: retired Clementine & Claire
Stamp: retired You Only Live Once
Cardstock: Colonial White; Cocoa; Sorbet
Ink: Sorbet; Cocoa; Desert Sand
Embellishments: Stardust Glitz


Thursday, July 17, 2014

I'm celebrating today..........

In honour of my 50th birthday today and my 10 year anniversary with Close To My Heart, I would like your help celebrating………

If you will help me celebrate both milestones, I will give you gifts with every $50 order you place with me or via my website…….between today and July 31st.
You can choose an “M” sized stamp set FREE; I will create a set of gift cards for you FREE and also include an embellishment surprise FREE.
This offer is only available through me, in celebration of my ½ century birthday and first decade with Close To My Heart! Email me with your choice of FREE “M” sized stamp item (do not include it with your online order) and I will send it along with your FREE gift card set and FREE embellishment surprise.

Please join me for one my upcoming OPEN HOUSE dates:
Fri, Aug 8 at 6 – 8pm
Sat, Aug 9 at 3 – 5pm
Sun, Aug 10 at 11am – 1pm
Our new annual Idea Book is bursting at the seams with AMAZING new products, including stamps; jewelry; home d├ęcor; scrapbooking; and paper crafting supplies.
-To earn tickets for my door prize draws, email me to confirm a seat at my open house.
-Earn even more tickets by helping me fill my August and September calendar. (Invite some friends over for a few hours of fun. We’ll make a project and you can earn FREE product along with having some fun!)

At my OPEN HOUSE you can enjoy a helping at my NEW Jewelry Buffet! Make a necklace or cuff bracelet for yourself or someone special…..it is so fun to give a gift you created yourself!

Pick up your NEW Annual Idea Book for $6, at my OPEN HOUSE and I will include a $6 coupon for you to use on your 1st order from our NEW Idea Book.
Now on with the show.........
 It is fitting to show you these two cards made with the gorgeous Jubilee patterned paper. I love this Honey coloured paper with the doily pattern. It was edged with Desert Sand and cut with my Sizzix card die. The flowers are cut with retired Free To Be Me paper and tied up with Natural Hemp and a Colonial White Brad.
For my birthday, I plan on taking a whale watching tour....a 3 hour tour.......
We have 3 Orca pods hanging around the island these days, along with Humpback and Minke whales. There are also porpoises and sea lions among many other amazing wildlife to see. I'm really excited as I have wanted to go on one since moving here almost 23 years ago!

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Jubilee; Free To Be Me
Stamp: Thank You
Ink: Desert Sand; Ruby
Embellishments: Natural Hemp; Colonial White Brad
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Sizzix card die


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Make use of your STASH!

STASH of paper, that is! This lovely patterned paper is from Emporium, which is still loved, yet long since retired.
This card was a quick put together. Twilight mat with a piece of retired Emporium patterned paper. I pleated some retired Vineyard Berry ribbon and attached it to a Twilight border. I punched a 2" scalloped circle and a 1 3/4 Colonial White circle for stamping. I used the stamp set that came with Artiste in Twilight and retired Vineyard Berry ink. I added some Green Epoxy bubbles to finish the card off.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Patterned paper: retired Emporium
Stamp: Artiste Stamp set
Cardstock: Colonial White; Twilight; retired Vineyard Berry
Ink: Vineyard Berry; Twilight
Embellishments: Green Epoxy Bubbles; retired Vineyard Berry Ribbon
Tools: 2" scallop circle punch; Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge


Monday, July 14, 2014

Timberline almost gone!

These cards are from my June Embossing & Die Cutting Class, hence the "Father's Day" sentiment. I love the wood grain paper, but also wanted to show the rich, reverse side of this paper.
I was recently cleaning up my work space and found 2 Sizzix dies I had never opened. You know you have too many tools when......  Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to try them out. So I picked this ticket shape of a Tim Holtz Mover & Shaper to add to the never opened card die. The only thing I didn't like about this card die, is it cut the card smaller than your standard 4.25 x 5.50 size.

I wanted to add some extra texture to the patterned papers, so first they went through our Lines Embossing Folder. I cut stars from Lagoon; Ponderosa Pine and the Timberline pattern with my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. We added Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon; Natural Hemp and a retired button to snaz up the cards.

 All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Timberline
Stamp: Say It In Style
Ink: Lagoon; Desert Sand
Cardstock: Colonial White; Ponderosa Pine; Lagoon
Embellishments: Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon; Natural Hemp retired Buttons
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge; Lines Embossing Folder
Other: Sizzix XL & Tim Holtz Mover & Shaper dies