Monday, July 21, 2014

Use Your Stash Blog Hop - Recycle Something

It is time to Use Your Stash and we are helping you with our little recycle blog hop. If you have come from Katy's blog, you are on the right track. This hop is a big circle, so when you have returned from where you started you have seen them all. Get lost along the way or want to start from the beginning, our hostess this month is Joy and she has a list of all the hoppers.

I love to recycle glass jars and my Mom's favorite jelly comes in such cute little jars. Using my retreat paper packet, Jubiliee (so glad I got it when I did cause it is retired and GONE, good things go fast) and these jelly jars, I will soon have one of the many retreat goodies ready for my August retreat.

Using Silver Shimmer tape and Honey triangle Washi tape, I created a little band around the middle of the jar.

Using one of the new Annual Inspiration stamps and Honey ink, I created a sentiment piece with the little 'surprise' sentiment from Lifting Spirits (C1570) stamp set, stamped in the middle in Black ink.

A two inch scallop circle, with a 1 1/2" Black cardstock matted 1 1/4" Colonial White cardstock circle was the perfect way to let my retreat friends now they are special using Big Top (C1580) stamp set.

Now it is time to hop on over to Janet's blog to see what awesome creation she has in store for us!

BUT WAIT, I would love the hear what you thought of my creation, so please leave a comment, they are appreciated.

Shirley

This month the Close To My Heart special is for Consultants only (would love to have you join my team and take advantage of a ShinHan marker special, just ask me how) -- to share the fun of everything Close To My Heart and the excitement of the upcoming Annual Inspiration, I am offering a personal special. From now until the end of July (July 14th - July 31st) you can earn a FREE My Reflections paper packet(retails for $9.95) from the new Annual Inspiration catalog by :

  1. Become a follower of my blog AND
  2. Place a $25 order or more on my website 
Leave a comment stating you are or have started following my blog and when I see your order placed, I will send you an email stating you earned the paper packet. On August 1st, I will send you a link to my website so you may make your choice of which NEW paper packet you would like to receive and off it will be sent to you! No paper packets may be sent earlier than August 1st, the 'go live' date of the NEW Annual Inspiration.

If you can't wait to see the new products, join the Close To My Heart family by becoming a Rockin' Heart - click here to start!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Skylark Picture My Life Gift Card Holder Card

One of my Rockin' Hearts, Joan Nummy, shared what she called a one sheet card with me during her recent Club Crop. She knows how to throw a great crop!!

It looked very similar to a gift card holder I learned to make during the first few years of my Close To My Heart career (click here to see the gift card holder directions).

After a search on Pinterest, I found the directions from StampingwithMichelle. I loved it. A few changes to make it more like the gift card instructions I knew and this became the basis for my Team Swap cards. We are featuring Close To My Heart's Picture My Life cards in cards. And the best thing, Skylark is my featured paper packet this month and we have Skylark Picture My Life!!

Here is a photo of the completed front of the card - ooooh what is that behind it!!



Here are the instructions





Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my creation. If you have a moment, please leave a comment, I love to hear what you have to share.

This month the Close To My Heart special is for Consultants only (would love to have you join my team and take advantage of a ShinHan marker special, just ask me how) -- to share the fun of everything Close To My Heart and the excitement of the upcoming Annual Inspiration, I am offering a personal special. From now until the end of July (July 14th - July 31st) you can earn a FREE My Reflections paper packet(retails for $9.95) from the new Annual Inspiration catalog by :

  1. Become a follower of my blog AND
  2. Place a $25 order or more on my website 
Leave a comment stating you are or have started following my blog and when I see your order placed, I will send you an email stating you earned the paper packet. On August 1st, I will send you a link to my website so you may make your choice of which NEW paper packet you would like to receive and off it will be sent to you! No paper packets may be sent earlier than August 1st, the 'go live' date of the NEW Annual Inspiration.

If you can't wait to see the new products, join the Close To My Heart family by becoming a Rockin' Heart - click here to start!!

Supplies Used:


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Technique Blog Hop Sneak Peek New Annual Inspiration!

July is a fun month for Close To My Heart consultants as we drool over the new Close To My Heart catalog, Annual Inspiration, and start finding neat and new things to share with each of you.

As a change of pace and in preparation of the 'go live' date, August 1st, our Technique Blog hop will be a 'pick your own' technique based on a new technique found in the new Annual Inspiration.

You have hopped here from Debi's blog, where she shared handmade hues - Now my choice is Book Smarts a cool mini album binding idea - so my technique is to share a new binding technique I recently saw on Pinterest - binding with Washi tape (and there is a great new product for Washi tape in the new Annual Inspiration).

At Convention, we created a cute mini album using Picture My Life cards. I did not have time to bind it with the ribbon, as suggested, and I am glad as I learned how to bind with Washi tape - here is the final step, binding the outside.


It was so much fun and so easy, I started by attaching each page together. Lesson learned, work in stages because it works best if the pages can lay flat as you attach them.


I am so glad you stopped by and now it is time to hop over to Sheila's blog to see what Music to the Eyes technique she has in store for us.

Please share your thoughts, I love your comments.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Coloring with the Blending Pen using Yuletide Greetings

One of my favorite tools is the blending pen. Our Close To My Heart blending pens have a paint brush tip and a writing tip. The pen is filled with fluid that will help blend several mediums such as dye based or pigment ink or watercolor pencils or more.

And it is never too early for creating Christmas cards and when I found that Yuletide Greetings (D1553) is in the new Annual Inspiration (going live August 1st), I knew it was time to pull out the blending pen, some ink, and White Daisy card stock and get started.

Skylark is my paper packet of the month for July, as I love the beachy colors featured. So a little Lagoon and Sweet Leaf with the addition of Canary (a new yellow coming in the Annual Inspiration) and I was off to color my Christmas cards.

Using Black dye based ink, stamp the image. Let dry for several minutes or longer. The horn image has shaded markings, which makes adding depth to the image easier. Starting with the shaded markings, color these areas. Come back and fill in.
Tip - the blending pen will only be able to blend dye based ink for a short time. If you continue coloring without reloading the brush, you will pill the paper (take it back to pulp). 
I try to do a few strokes in one direction going from darkest area to lightest and reload the brush often.
Lagoon ink was used for the bow, Sweet Leaf for the leaves and pine needles, Ruby for the berries.
Reloading the blending pen may be done by touching the pen tip to the ink pad directly or putting a little reinker on a plate or, in the case of Close To My Heart ink pads, squeeze the ink pad and open but don't twirl it - you will see ink on the inside lid, use this as the means for loading our blending pen.

I used a journaling pen and the Close To My Heart ruler to draw lines along the edge of the card base. These were random and I just got a feel for where I liked them drawn - it is fun to experiment - you can practice before you try it on your project.

Now using Black ink, I stamped the word 'Noel' on the outside along one of the drawn lines. Finishing the project, I added a double mounted White Daisy piece on the inside and stamped the sentiment in Black ink at the bottom right hand side. The double mat was created with Black and Lagoon card stock.




It is quick and easy to create several at the same time --


And don't forget the envelope.

This month the Close To My Heart special is for Consultants only (would love to have you join my team and take advantage of a ShinHan marker special, just ask me how) -- to share the fun of everything Close To My Heart and the excitement of the upcoming Annual Inspiration, I am offering a personal special. From now until the end of July (July 14th - July 31st) you can earn a FREE My Reflections paper packet(retails for $9.95) from the new Annual Inspiration catalog by :

  1. Become a follower of my blog AND
  2. Place a $25 order or more on my website 
Leave a comment stating you are or have started following my blog and when I see your order placed, I will send you an email stating you earned the paper packet. On August 1st, I will send you a link to my website so you may make your choice of which NEW paper packet you would like to receive and off it will be sent to you! No paper packets may be sent earlier than August 1st, the ;go live' date of the NEW Annual Inspiration.

If you can't wait to see the new products, join the Close To My Heart family by becoming a Rockin' Heart - click here to start!!

Supplies Used:
Yuletide Greetings (D1553 - $17.95 
Canary yellow ink goes live on August 1st or you could use Honey (Z2162) 
Lagoon (Z2195) 
Sweet Leaf ink (Z2153) 
Ruby ink (Z2170) 
Black ink (Z2105) 
Black journaling pen ink (Z1979 - $3.25) 
Blending Pen (3174 - $3.95) 
Ruler (Z1471 - $9.95) 
White Daisy cardstock (1385 -$9.50) Black Cardstock - used on inside of card (1386 - $14.50) Lagoon Cardstock - used on unside of card (X5762 - $14.50) 
White Daisy card bases and envelopes 50 value pack (X254 - $14.95)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Come One Come All It Is Time for Some Circus Fun

The Circus Alphabet is this month's Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month and it is so cool!!

If you have hopped from Lalia's blog you are on the right track.

You can never have enough alphabets can you!!

Life got a little in the way and Convention last week (BEST EVER) has set off my schedule.

Artwork is coming soon!!


Now hop over to Mary's blog to see what wonderful creation she has in store for us.

Shirley