Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It's here......it's here.........

OMG.....it is finally here....September 1st and the release of our NEW Idea Book! I have been looking forward to this day for so long....I have so much artwork to share! Let me start with a beautiful stamp set, that is part of our National Stamping Month promotion, for September. 
Well, first I want to share our NEW Watercolour paper and paints. Oh me, Oh my.....what fun I have had with this paper and these paints. The cool thing is our watercolour paper is different than any I've seen before. It is the same weight as our cardstock and it is without texture. You can always tell it apart from our White Daisy cardstock by holding them together. Our watercolour paper has a bit of a grey hue to it.

I cut this delightful butterfly from our NEW Artistry Cricut cartridge and Watercolour paper. I used some removable adhesive to stick the butterfly down to another piece of Watercolour paper. Then I got my flat brush wet and added three splotches of colour. I filled my Spritzer with water and spritzed away to get the colour moving. I let the paper dry, then decided to add some more colour. Again, I spritzed to move the colour around. Before the paint dried, I used the pointy end of my poker and just lightly scraped some lines into the bottom of each of the wings. The paint will settle into these lines and it adds a nice bit of texture.

Once the paint was dry, again, I gently lifted the butterfly up. I sponged a very light edge of Black ink around the butterfly, then stuck it back in place with some Thin Foam Tape. I used Black ink to stamp this wonderful sentiment from one of our gorgeous sets offered for September's National Stamping Month. I accidentally got some Black ink on the edge of my block, then transferred it to my piece when I stamped the sentiment. So, it seemed fitting to add some more Black lines as an artful accident. I added some Turquoise Epoxy Dots and some Black as the butterfly body and this card was done.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: September National Stamping Month, Hello - Life!
Paper: Black; Watercolour
Tools: Watercolour Paints; Artistry Cricut Cartridge
Embellishments: Turquoise Epoxy Dots

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Coffee solves everything!

I am so itching to post pictures of all of the artwork I have created with new products.....I am just busting! Not yet, though.......you will have to wait a couple of more days until September 1st! In the meantime, here is one of my favourite sets, Treats of Friendship.
I used some Seaside patterned paper on a Black mat. I stamped Lagoon cardstock in coordinating ink with an image from, Geometric Backgrounds. My sentiment is from an Art Impressions stamp and the coffee cup is from Treats of Friendship. I paper pieced with some retired patterned paper and coloured with my Shin Han Alcohol Markers. I also added a Zip Strip from, Jackson. I also used my MFT Cross-stitch die on my sentiment piece.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Seaside; Jackson
Stamps: Geometric Backgrounds; Treats of Friendship
Cardstock: Black; Sunset; Lagoon; White Daisy
Ink: Black Shin Han Alcohol Markers
Tools: Scallop Border Punch
Other: Memento Black Ink; MFT Die-namics Cross-stitch Rectangles; Art Impressions

Friday, August 28, 2015

Up, Up, and Away!

I'm not sure how I did not post this card yet! This stunning stamp set, Balloon Wishes, is FREE with our August promotion "Get Organized"!
I used Crystal Blue cardstock for the mat and border. I added patterned paper from retiring, Scaredy Cat. I stamped the border piece with an image from, Flight of the Arrows, in coordinating ink.

I used my Shin Han Alcohol markers to colour in the balloon and added this sweet sentiment, also from the Balloon Wishes stamp set. I added a bit of Crystal Blue ink to the sentiment banner, just to help it pop a bit. I cut the balloon piece with a new My Favorite Things die.
All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Scaredy Cat
Stamp: Balloon Wishes; Flight of the Arrows
Cardstock: Crystal Blue; White Daisy
Ink: Crystal Blue; Shin Han Alcohol Markers
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Memento Black Ink; MFT Die-namics Cross-Stitch Rectangles

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A simple birthday

There are so many wonderful cuts on our new Artistry Cricut cartridge. This cut makes a great card in a snap.
I cut this from Glacier cardstock and added it to Jackson patterned paper. I used my journaling pen to outline the entire thing and draw in the starts. I added some Lagoon cardstock as a mat and this one is done!

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Jackson
Cardstock: Glacier; Lagoon; White Daisy
Ink: Black Journaling Pen
Tools: Artistry Cricut cartridge

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Karma.......

While on my trip to Close To My Heart's annual convention, in Disneyland, I shopped for a few other crafty supplies. This stamp included.....so I made a fun card.
I used some retired CTMH paper scraps from my work table. I added some yummy pink Shimmer Trim and Sparkles. I cut the flourish from Artiste and die cut the sentiment with a new die set from My Favorite Things.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: retired
Cardstock: White Daisy; Black
Embellishments: Black Sparkles; Pink Shimmer Trim
Tools: Artiste Cricut cartridge
Other: MFTstamps Cross-Stitch Rectangles; Riley and Company

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

She sells sea shells.......

Aaaaah, I love living in a place that with a 15 minute drive I can be at one of 5 or more beaches! I have always been fascinated with shells, so living in Victoria has helped. This stamp set, Treasured Friendship, was a must have when I saw it.
I used Desert Sand to cover an entire 12 x 12 sheet of Colonial White cardstock with shell images. Then I added the dots image from retired Nov SOTM, It's the Little Things to fill in any open spaces. I embossed some Smoothie cardstock with our Scallop Embossing Folder, then rubbed Smoothie ink over top. I stamped the sentiment with Smoothie ink, then added some Sequins from our retired Coral Reef pack.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Treasured Friendship; It's the Little Things
Cardstock: Desert Sand; Smoothie; Colonial White
Ink: Smoothie; Desert Sand
Embellishments: Coral Reef Sequins
Tools: Scallop Embossing Folder; Art Philosophy Cricut cart

Monday, August 17, 2015

Okay, when I saw a card using whip cream as poo, I laughed so hard then was so jealous I hadn't thought of it first! So, what better way to rectify that, than to copy it!
Check out the original on Paige's blog. I copied as much as I could, with my old, trustworthy Cricut Expressions machine. I put in White Daisy cardstock, then cut the first three words, spacing 5 arrow pushes in between each word. Then I moved to the next line and cut the next two words. I should have spaced over a bit further for "was", but a "crappy" card doesn't have to be perfect......ha!

I used Jackson patterned paper along with Juniper cardstock. The poo is cut with our gorgeous Brown glitter paper. I added googly eyes and you have a CRAPTASTIC card!

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Jackson
Cardstock: Juniper; White Daisy; Brown Glitter
Tools: Artistry Cricut cartridge
Other: googly eyes