Friday, April 29, 2016

Last Chance Close To My Heart Retiring Items

Good morning!!!  Tomorrow at 11:59 PM will be the last chance to order from the current ideas book.  We have many items retiring tomorrow night.  You don't want to miss out.

Here is are a few items retiring

There are several more items retiring.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Head over to my store and order today.
Here is the link to the catalog that is retiring on May 1

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Come And Join My Close To My Heart Team.... Promotion Extended

Good morning.  It has been a while since I posted, but the special to join Close To My Heart for the all time low price of $75.  There are fantastic incentives also....  feel free to contact me for all the juicy details.

You can also click the link in my nav bar above Join My Team.  I would love to have you aboard.  You will receive top knoch training and plenty of perks.  I have a private Facebook group for my team only and you will be added to my upline's groups as well.  We have some of the industry's best know crafters in our network.

You get all of this good yumminess (if there is such a word) plus an addition $50 in free product of your choice.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Becoming A New Close To My Heart Consultant Is Now Better Than Ever

April Constant Campaign

Signing up as a new Consultant with Close To My Heart during April 2016 is more rewarding than ever. Not only do you get the beautiful New Consultant Kit at a new, lower price, but when you submit $350 in personal sales within your first 30 days*, you get your choice of either a FREE Cricut® collection or $100 in Select Product Credit—and that’s in addition to the Straight To The Top start-up bonus that you’ll earn along the way!
By signing up and joining MY team, I will show you how you can easily get that $350 in personal sales your first month.  You will have access to fantastic private Facebook groups full of other consultants that will also help you along the way.  Our upline is filled with many many knowledgeable and successful leaders.  You will not find a more comprehensive and thorough training with any other company.  Not only will you learn how to host a successful in person, in home gathering, but will learn how to utilize the online community and social media to promote your business.
If you have any questions, you can contact me or go to my New Consultant Sign Up page for more details.  This new consultant campaign for April info will be live on April 1st.
* The 30-day period begins five days (US) or ten days (CA) after the New Consultant Kit has been shipped.
Dates: Offer valid April 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – April 30, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).

#BabyImWorthIt #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #EarnMoney #BeYourOwnBoss

Saturday, April 16, 2016

[ VIDEO ] Birthday Card Using A Double Stencil Technique

Good morning everyone...  ooops it is almost afternoon.  Where did the time go?????

I played this morning in my craftroom.  My other half and older step son went out to Powerline Park in St Clairsville OH for their spring open.  So, they loaded up the Can Am Commander side by side and off they went for the day.  Probably the only kid appropriate event at that park.

Anyhow, Here is a card that I made this morning using a technique that I learned on Stamp Nation called double stencil technique.  The video is a little longer because I didn't do any speeding up of the video.

Products Used:

Tsukineko Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad, Timber Brown
CTMH White Daisy Ink
Craft Card Stock
White Ribbon
Upcoming CTMH Stanp of The Month for May 2016
Versamark Ink
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Tsukineko Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad, Timber Brown

Here is the video

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Brand New Card Kit Now Available

Greetings fellow crafters...  I just completed my new card kit that is now available for purchase.  Below you will find a pic of the cards and a video at the end of the post.

Included in this kit
  • 4 Card Bases
  • 4 Envelopes
  • 1 Piece of 6 x 6  Double Sided Pattern Paper
  • 1 Piece of 3 1/4 x 5 Double Sided Pattern Paper
  • 1 Piece of Solid Colored Card Stock
  • 1 Piece of CTMH Extra Thick Baker's Twine
  • Complete Cutting and Instruction Guide (will be emailed to you after purchase)

Not Included
Feel free to use your own stamp sets and supplies.  This kit is designed to give you the freedom to customize your cards.  However, if you would like to purchase any of the stamps, ink or adhesives, I have linked to them above.

To Purchase:

$9.95 + $3.00 Shipping and Handling

Close To My Heart and Stampin Up Consultants.  I will sell just the cutting guide and instructions to you.  Email me and I will send you an invoice via PayPal.  In your email, please include your shopping website so that I can verify that you are an active consultant.

Consultant Price is $7.00.  I will also send you the terms in which you may use my guide.  It includes the obvious...  can't sell or distribute in whole or part, no modifications to the document etc.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mother's Day Card Waxed Paper Emboss Resist Technique

Good morning...

I wanted to share a card that I just finished this morning.  I got my inspiration from a post on Stamp Nation, which I just joined a couple days ago.

I sort of CASED Dawn Turley's Happy Birthday card.  The technique is fairly easy.  She mentioned a YouTube video from GinaK on using waxed paper for an emboss resist technique.  I loved Dawn's card so much that I had to make one too.  Here is the GinaK's YouTube Video .  I followed her instructions.

Then I stamped the sentiment of white daisy card stock and did a dove tail cut to create the banner.
I also used my Zutter Bow It All 2.0 to make the bow.

Materials Used:

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

[ VIDEO ] 3 x 3 Note Cards and Envelopes and Box

Good afternoon everyone...

Being off work because of my knee surgery has really given me time to craft.  I am pumping out the videos like mad.  Geeeeee  I may spoil you, huh.

Any who....  here are a couple sets of note cards with envelopes and a cute box to put them in.


Note Cards:  paper cut 3 x 6 scored at 3"

Envelopes:  paper cut 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 scored at 5/8 on envelope punch board

Box 5 1/2 x 11   scored on short sides at 1" and on one long side at 3 1/2, 4 1/2. 8 and 9"

The video will be below....  but first, the products that I used in this video (box on right) ....

Kraft Card Stock
Black Archival Ink
Spring Time Wishes Stamp Set
Spring Time Wishes Die Set (No longer available)
Misti stamping tool
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
Tombow Glue
Shinhan Twin Touch Markers  Click the link and scroll down a little

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Frugal Way to Make Your Own Cling Foam Mounting Sheets for Your Unmounted Wood Block Stamps

Quick Post This Morning.....

Here is a really great way to cut your costs in half on mounting your unmounted wood block stamps onto cling mounting sheets to use with acrylic stamping blocks, Fiskars Stamp Press or your MISTI stamping tool.  I was so excited to come across this idea because I was running out of the EZ Mount Cling Mount Sheets and they are expensive.  I did some research and found this idea of using Fun Foam and Window Cling Sheets.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

[ VIDEO ] Art Journal Page Prompt Dream

Art journal page for the Prompt in the FB group Art Journaling Prompts.  This is week 14 and the prompt is DREAM.

Below is a video of me putting this page together.  I used some inks and stamp sets from Close To My Heart in this piece.  The word DREAM was stamped with Handwritten Print Alphabet stamp set.  The feathers were from the set FEATHERS,  The inks that I used were Black Archival Ink, Sapphire, and Saffron.

Check out the new promotion on Close To My Heart for becoming a new consultant.  I have never seen one this good.  April is the month to join my team.  Our upline is phenomenal,

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Vintage Style Gift Tags and MISTI Stamping Tool

Good evening folks....  hope everyone had a good weekend.  Mother Nature has lost her mind.  It was 70 degrees on Christmas Day and snow last night and it is April.  Go figure.  But I didn't let that spoil my weekend.  I got a package yesterday.....  I received the MISTI stamping tool....  The Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented.  This gadget is AWESOME!!!!   I love it.

I have struggled with getting my sentiments straight, incomplete stamping and hard to do mass producing. This new toy of mine corrects all of that and makes layering stamped images a snap.

I will probably do a video using this neat thing.  Well, actually, most of my future card making videos I will probably be using it.

I made some gift tags last night but did not record it.  I wanted to get a feel for the tool before going on film with it.

These are the tags I made last night.  I spent hours watching YouTube videos of reviews and other stampers using it.

What I did with these cuties are first I die cut the tags using my Big Shot and Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs and Tags Big Z die.  Then I took Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Walnut Stain, with the blending tool and colored the tags.  They started out a pale yellow color.

Then came time to use my MISTI.  I used Blossoming Expressions Stamp Set.  It is a layered stamp set that has 3 kinds of flowers and a set of leaves.  These stamps you layer them.  Each flower and leaf has a background layer and a top layer to add more detail.  This is where the Misti came in handy.  I used the same color for both layers.  But the bottom layer was a second generation stamping so that it would be lighter than the top layer.  Did the same for the leaves.

The sentiment came from our I Do stamp set.  This set is geared towards weddings but the Celebrating sentiment can be used for so many other occasions.

The inks used were Sorbet, Pomegranate, and black archival ink.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Art Journal Page Featuring April Stamp of the Month

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

I have been working on this project for 2 days.  In addition to scrapbooking and making cards, I love to play in my art journals.  It took 2 days because of all of the drying time between layers and household obligations.

Here is a pic of my page.  When I decided to do this page, I wanted to use CTMH new Stamp of the Month for April 2016.  The set is called Life in Pictures.  Instead of doing a scrapbook layout or a card, I wanted to do something different.  So I went for an art journal page.

What I did

  • I started by putting down a nice coat of Gesso to condition the page.  The journal I am using is actually just a sketch book.  With that said, the paper is not real thick to hold up to multi media art.
  • Then I put down some color using Close To My Heart's Watercolor paints.  I used some blues, purple and a green which is not real noticeable.  
  • Next, I took it outside and sprayed it with an acrylic sealant to prevent the watercolors from running when I used Modge Podge.   I also sprayed my photo.
  • I used a piece of plastic canvas used in needle point work as a stencil and used Tatterd Angels Gold Glimmer mist to mist a mild pattern on the background to add texture.
  • Matted the picture and glued it down on my page.
  • I took a couple stencils (the bricks and the butterfly) and applied 3D modeling paste to get a raised look.
  • I used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks to color the bricks and touched them up with ShinHan Twin Touch Markers.  The butterfly was colored using a couple of our inks like water color painting...  Cotton Candy and Gypsy.
  • Then I stamped using our black archival ink and our Stamp of the Month Life In Pictures.