Monday, February 1, 2016

February SOTM (Balloon Animals) Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM: 
Balloon Animals S1602

If you've just arrived here from
KATHY's BLOG then you are on the correct path.

Today I'm sharing this fun Easter Card I created using the Balloon Animals stamp set and the NEW Penelope paper packet (X7207B). I stamped the bunny/rabbit balloon using Saddle (brown) ink and the background dots were stamped with 1st and 2nd generation Crystal Blue ink). The grass was cut from Pear cardstock using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (p. 73, accent 3 + shift) at 3/4" tall. The "Happy Easter" sentiment that is stamped with Black ink comes from another stamp set that is shown on p. 19 of Seasonal Expressions 1 (C1638 Spring Critters).

Lastly, here's an image (below) that shows all of the stamps included in this stamp set 
that is available for purchase this month only (February 2016):

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting
MARIE's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop!!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Seasonal Expressions 1
New Product Blog Hop!

Today, 24 consultant artists are sharing artwork
they've created using NEW products
featured in the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog
from Close to my Heart!

If you've just arrived here from JEANIE's BLOG
then you are on the correct path.

 The first stamp set I fell in love with when I opened my 
Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog was this set (above):
Stuck on You (C1643) with it's coordinating Thin Cuts (Z3200).
Because I live in the "High Desert" of California and we see a lot more cactus here than other kinds of plant-life, I immediately knew that I had to have these adorable stamps!

 Here is the standard-size card I created with this stamp set and the thin cuts,
also featuring our NEW Penelope Paper Packet (X7207B).
I felt like the colors/patterns included in this paper packet
were the perfect combination (Crystal Blue, Honey, Pear, and
Thistle, PLUS I added Saddle cardstock and ink) to make my
cactus scene colorful and somewhat realistic looking.

 If you'd like to learn more about exactly how to use this
stamp set with our NEW thin cuts dies, you will want to
watch this how-to video:

Now you can continue on with the hop and be

inspired by more creative artwork and ideas 
by visiting MARIE's BLOG next. 
Enjoy the hop!!

Friday, January 1, 2016

January SOTM (Beloved Bouquet) Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM: 
Beloved Bouquet S1601

You should have just arrived here from 
Today I'm sharing two standard-size cards I created using this stamp set. The card on the Left features paper from the "La Vie En Rose" packet (X7201B) and the card on the Right features paper from our brand-new "Charlotte" paper packet (X7205B). The fun of a "Base and Shade" stamp set like this one, is how easy it is to stamp (in two steps) with two different ink colors to add depth, detail, and create a more realistic look with each stamped image. To achieve the look of my flowers, I stamped the "shade" or "outline" stamp first with Black memento ink (Z899). Then I stamped the "base" or "solid" stamp image on top of the first with Sorbet ink using the second generation "stamp-rolling" technique. To do this I inked the stamp with Sorbet ink and stamped it once on scratch paper. Then, by rolling the stamp so that only the outside edges of the image touch the Sorbet ink pad a second time, I get the extra dark Sorbet color on the outside edges of the solid image. I also used the same technique to stamp the leaves (with Slate ink) on the card on the Left (and below).

Here's a closer look (below) at what all of the images included in this stamp set look like:

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the cards I made!
Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting 
LELA's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My January Workshops (featuring Charlotte!!)

Happy New Year!!
I am over-the-moon excited about the all-NEW 
Workshop Program I have to offer you in 2016!

The value of what you get when you join in is so simple 
(yet genius)! All of the new monthly kits we have to offer
are designed to help you "use it all up" and consume
(not just collect!) your scrapbooking products.

For $26.95 (plus tax and s/h)
each monthly kit will allow you to create:
3 - 12x12 layouts (6 pages)
1 - Picture My Life layout (2 pocket pages)
and 8-9 standard-size Cards!

Workshops Your Way™ Charlotte Scrapbooking Kit Contents:
1 – Charlotte Paper Packet (X7205B)
1 – Charlotte Complements (X7205C)
3 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Black, 2 Whisper)
1 – Black & Gold Ribbon (Z3197)
1 – Treasured Puffies (Z3203)
Featured Colors: Black, Champagne, 
Slate, Sorbet, Whisper, White Daisy
G1104 $26.95

12x12 layout #1

12x12 layout #2

12x12 layout #3

Picture My Life (pocket pages) layout #4

PLUS, 9 cards (3 each of 3 designs)!

The scrapbook pages go together so quickly and easily since they now include stickers and chipboard die-cuts to embellish your pages with (instead of stamping). You will find that you can complete all of these items in just a few hours 
(approximately 2-3 hours for the 8 pages
and 1 hour for the 9 cards that 
do involve a little bit of stamping).

Starting January 1st, you can begin ordering this kit
to use at my upcoming workshop dates in January!!

1). Simply visit my website at

2). Click on the "JOIN" button in the 
bottom right corner to begin shopping
from my "January Workshop Orders!" gathering.

3). Add the "Workshops Your Way" Charlotte Scrapbooking
Kit (item #G1104) to your shopping cart to place the order at
least one week before the workshop date you plan to attend!

 Your kit will ship directly to you (or any address you enter) via FedEx and/or the U.S. Postal Service (please note that it has been my experience that orders placed using the "SmartPost" option can take a little longer to arrive, so the extra three dollars in shipping cost really isn't much IF you need to be sure it arrives faster using the $7.95 FedEx shipping option). You can purchase any additional items you want to, but I will have "on hand" all of the adhesive, stamps, inks, tools, card bases, and memory protectors you might need, available for you to use and/or purchase during all of my upcoming workshop dates.

If you would prefer to not shop online,
then simply get $32 cash/check (per kit)
to me at least a week before you plan to
attend so I can get your kit ordered for you!
(This price is "rounded up" and includes a few cents more than
the actual cost with the tax and s/h added. I will donate the 
extra 27 cents to Operation Smile, our affiliated charity).

Tell and invite your friends!!
because you also have the option to 
split/share a kit with a friend (just $16 each!)
if you can agree on how to divide it up, lol.

4). Then JOIN US at any of my upcoming workshop dates/times to complete your pages with my assistance. I will "show you how" to follow the "easy" cutting guide and share all of the latest tips, tricks, and techniques with you, to help you get your pages and cards created quickly and beautifully!

In January, I am offering 4 different workshop
dates/times for you to choose from including:
Friday 1/8 (6pm-9pm)
Saturday 1/9 (1pm-5pm)
Friday 1/29 (6pm-9pm)
Saturday 1/30 (1pm-5pm)
*If something comes up that prevents you
from being able to attend in January, you are always
welcome to come and use your workshop kit with me in
February when I will be offering 4 more workshop dates
(and a new kit option also).
**The WYW (Workshops Your Way) kits do come complete
with an assembly guide you can download and print once purchased, 
so you will easily be able to create all of the page layouts 
at home on your own if you would prefer to do that also!

Are you a card-maker only?
I haven't forgotten you!!

You are also invited to any/all of 
these workshop dates to participate
in my monthly "Card Buffet!"

Come when you want, 
stay as long as you want, 
and make as many as you want 
(a little or a lot) for
just $1.50 per card!
(bring/purchase your own adhesive to use
and please RSVP, as space is limited).

These are the new cards I will have for you to 
choose from the "buffet" in January 2016:

Lastly, I am very excited to announce my
NEW Consistency Club!!

It's simple...join me every month for 6 months
and I will reward you for your loyalty to me
with free goodies!

Those who purchase the WYW scrapbooking kit 
from me every month for 6 months in a row
(online or in-person) 
will receive their 7th kit FREE!
(a savings of $32!)

Card-makers who purchase $25 or more
every month for 6 months in a row
(online or in-person)
will receive a shopping spree
($25 worth of their choice of FREE products!)
during their 7th month.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Our December Class Creations!!

Happy December everyone!!
This month I'm offering two different class dates/times
for you to choose from, as well as one scrapbooking project
and a large variety of cards you can make with me!
There's still time to get a few hand-made
Christmas cards done and ready to give!

Friday, December 11th (6-9pm)
Saturday, December 12th (1pm-5pm)
Please RSVP asap as space is limited
to no more than 10 guests on each date.

 First, I'm showing you the FRAME IT UP!
(for Christmas) Scrapbooking Class page you can make...
This is a class/kit that I recently started offering that allows you to  change the page in this cute shadow-box frame each month to fit the current holiday/season! The class fee is $35 (the first time you attend) for a framed 12x12 decorative layout in a beautiful easy-to-change wall frame (your choice of Black or Colonial White frame)!

Then, additional classes/kits are JUST $7 for each additional single 12x12 page. In January we will create a Love/Valentine-themed page you can display in the same frame for just $7 and so on. For $5 more ($12 total), you have the option to create a simple 12x12 companion page also that coordinates with the framed page, so you can complete a two-page spread to add into an album when you are done displaying the single page in your frame.

Here's a closer view of this month's page so you can see the fun paper ruffle and dimensionality of the embellishments...
Next, I'm showing you some of the most recent card designs I've added to my variety of "Card-making Buffet" options. I try to design at least four new cards each month for you to choose from, but I have many leftover kits (pre-stamped) from prior months to choose from as well. I pre-cut all of the paper elements for each card and package them in little clear envelopes to create little "ready-to-stamp-and-assemble-kits" that you can purchase (for just $1.50 per card!) You simply choose the ones you want to make and create them with me during class time. Create just a few or a whole bunch (it's up to you)! Learn a variety of fun stamping techniques while adding just the cards you want and need to your own stash/collection for future mailing/giving.

Newest card designs for December

Card designs for November

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Focus on Stamping Techniques Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Focus on Stamping Techniques Blog Hop!

Today, 18 consultant artists are sharing artwork
they've created using products from Close to my Heart
and a variety of stamping techniques!

If you've just arrived here from JACQUELIN's BLOG,
then you are on the correct path.

The techniques I'm featuring today are 
two of my favorites that I tend to use a lot...
Coloring with markers and
Paper-piecing (layering)!

First, here are two standard-size cards I created (above) using the Sangria paper pack 
and the December Stamp of the Month - Candlelight Garden (S1512).
 These are the marker colors (above) that I used to color in my pretty flower bouquet.
Notice that (below) I used the two shades of yellow to color in the largest flower. I also used the Colorless Blender Marker (Z2469) to pick up color from the tips of the Cherry Pink and Peony Purple markers to color those flowers in a lighter shade before tracing directly with the fine tip of the colored markers to get the darker shades that outline the flowers.
Notice how I stamped an extra lid on a piece of scrap paper (above) and then cut part of it
out to be adhered over the top of the jar (below). This allows the jar and lid to look more
realistic. I then colored in part of the lid and traced the jar with the Warm Grey marker
(shown below).
Finally, you can see how I used the paper-piecing and layering technique again here (below)
to stamp a candle with a patterned design. Notice how I stamped not only the candle on the
patterned paper, but also the jar with the string so that the candle will have the string
stamped through its middle to maintain the appearance that the candle is inside the jar
once its paper-pieced in place.

Just make sure that when you stamp the candle again inside the jar on your Colonial White
piece of cardstock (shown below), that you stamp it so that the line of the string is as close to
the middle (center) of the candle as you can get it, so that when you adhere the candle on top
of its own image, the string will line up just right in the center.
Lastly, here's a glimpse at all of the images that are included in the
December Stamp of the Month - Candlelight Garden (S1512):
I hope you've learned something new from the
artwork and techniques I've shared today!
I am the last of 18 consultant artists that are
participating in this Blog Hop. You can start
at the beginning of the Hop again by going to
MELISSA's BLOG next! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My November Class Creations!

 So, the month of November has just been flying by
and I realized that I hadn't yet been able to share any
of the artwork I created for my November "Frame It Up"
Scrapbooking Class and my November Card Classes!
So here they are...enjoy!!

 This single 12x12 Fall page design was inspired by the Annual Inspirations Idea Book (page 118).  The papers I used were some of the leftover retired papers I had in my stash (Pathfinding and Flirty).  All of the stamps I used and most of the cuts were made using the Cricut Artistry collection (fall images on page 44).  The wreath was cut from Olive cardstock at 10.75".  The Desert Sand leaves (dry embossed and sanded) were cut at 3".  The Goldrush (Flirty patterned paper) and Chocolate leaf pieces were cut at 2.75".  Lastly, the acorns and acorn caps were cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy collection (page 36) at 1" and 1.25" from Desert Sand and Chocolate cardstock.  Ink colors I used include Chocolate, Desert Sand, and Glacier.

...and here are the four card designs
(below) that I offered for Card Class!
These cards use the White Pines 
and Sangria paper collections...

Happy Fall and Thanksgiving everyone!!