Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy September!!

It's going to be an amazing month - I just feel it!!  One good reason I think that is because September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! 

When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

Also we have a great Stamp of the Month -  "Family is Forever" - so true.  You can purchase the set on my website  for just $5 with a $50 purchase or $17.95 with no minimum purchase.  

That's all for now, it's time for this girl to go collapse and get some sleep.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Your Own Kind of Wonderful from Close to My Heart 2014-2015 Annual Inspirations

Ok, here they are my very first two cards made with new 2014-2015 CTMH Annual Inspirations products.  I could hardly wait to try out the new colors, so here I stamped 4 out of 5 of them - Glacier, Thistle, Pixie and Canary.  The stamp sets I used were Your Own Kind of Wonderful available to customers now and Better with a Friend a set that's only available to hostesses. 

The first one is 5 x 7 -

I decided to make these for a swap so I recreated it as 4.25 X 5.5 and I switched to Thistle for the larger butterfly.  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Stuffed" heart card.

I skipped on to this card that's made with a "stuffed" heart.  I water colored the heart and with the paper still wet from that I pressed from the back to ease out a raised area on the front, put some tissue in the raised area, added adhesive around the edges of the heart and backed it with another piece of card stock.  It's really hard to tell from the photos but it looks really neat in real life.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday and twos more days till new goodies!

What day is it??  Yes it's already one of "those" weeks, not just for me either, I've been hearing it over and over.  I will have just two more 10 year pile cards after this.  I'm saving my favorite for last and it's made using a technique that I'm pretty excited to teach in one of my clubs again soon.  

But for now here's a cute little card - it was part of a campaign I think, and the sketches/instructions were included with the set.  I think she's pretty cute and because of that she reminds me of a couple of my friends named Cindy with her dog.  My friend Cindy if you stop by let me know!

Monday, July 28, 2014

3rd Blast from the Past and 3 to go..

Just a few more days until I can share artwork made with new products.  For now here's another card from the 10  year old pile.  It's so cute, I didn't make it and I feel bad I can't remember who did.  This original rubber stamp little bear set did make a comeback recently as a My Acrylix.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm here with a blast from the past!

I feel like a little Who now on Horton Hears a Who, trying to get attention "I am here, I am here, I am here!"  Boy is it good to be back.  I finished my class this week and made tons of progress on the house.  My studio however, is another story, I can't really even use my desk right now!  I thought about just piling up what's on it and moving it to the floor but I'm trying to swear off doing counter productivity.  

But nevertheless I think what I have to share EVERYDAY this week will be entertaining.  When cleaning out my attic I came across a box of cards and pages that I made when we lived in our other house - yep, it's been up there 10 years as of last month.  At first I thought "well this is all trash now but maybe I'll keep a couple things just for ol' times sake."  Much to my surprise, I STILL really like a lot of it.

I thought now was a perfect time to share these because our new catalog goes live next week so what a perfect time to "go retro"  I see so many of the techniques that were popular then coming back, and I LOVE that so I think I'll plan some back to the future techniques for my clubs.  

Let me know if you would like any info about techniques and materials that I've used.   Here's my pretty glitter butterfly.