Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Interactive Scrapbooking Workshop #4

Contact me if you'd like to attend this workshop!

Workshop #4 - Cricut Envelope Conversion
Saturday, April 5th - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $10

These workshops, featuring interactive scrapbooking elements, will introduce you to new and innovative ways to liven up your scrapbooking layouts, making the experience as fun for the viewers as it was for the creator!  You can jump in at any point in the series.  Each workshop is a completed project on its own.  These techniques can also be used on cards and in art journals. 



I am creating my samples in my CTMH Bluebird Crush Book.  If you choose to purchase a Crush book (either Bluebird or Modville) and two coordinating accessory packs (total cost = $26.64), you will qualify to attend any one workshop for FREE!  However, you can choose to attend any or all workshops without purchasing a Crush book.  Bring your own journal, or just a page to add to a scrapbook or self-bound book.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Friday Crafting Crop

Friday Crafting Crop
April 11th

10 AM – 9 PM

Bring your scrapbooking and paper-crafting projects and join us for a day of fun!

Stay the day or just a few hours...

CALVARY ASSEMBLY
3429 CHILI AVENUE
CHILI, NY

Cost- $8

Contact me to reserve your space!

CTMH Contest - One More Week to Win!

Watch the video, then leave a comment on Jeanette Lynton's blog by March 31st for a chance to win one of Close to My Heart's new Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs!


For more information about Picture My Life, visit my shop!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Color Dare #86 - Ponderosa Pine, New England Ivy, & Goldrush

Have you made a project with the Designed D├ęcor Flip Stand Album (Z1896) yet?  I love this cute little easel for several reasons.  It is 5 3/4" x 6 1/2", so it's great for highlighting smaller pictures without struggling to fill an entire 12" x 12" page.  It's easily changeable - so you can add more pages when you get a new favorite picture, or as the mood strikes.  And it's a beautiful piece to display in any room of your house or office.

  • All stamps are from the Take Note Cricut Bundle (D1574) set and stamped on Colonial White cardstock.
  • The notebook lines were stamped in Cashmere.
  • Smile and the stars were stamped in Goldrush.
  • Good Times and the lower right arrow were stamped in Ponderosa Pine.
  • Note and the upper left arrow were stamped in New England Ivy.
  • The Goldrush accent strip came from the Sarita paper packet (X7171B).
  • The photo mat is Bamboo cardstock.
  • All pieces are sponge-edged in Cashmere ink.
All I need to do it add a picture!

What will this week's combination inspire you to create?  Join the Color Dare:  http://colormyheartcolordare.blogspot.com/

Friday, March 14, 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

It is with great excitement that I present my audition for the Graphic 45 Design Team - 2014 Edition.  For years I have admired and collected Graphic 45's beautiful papercrafting products.  However, a long-time habit of mine has been to save and savor the supplies I like best, waiting for the "perfect" time and project for which to use them.  In other words, the more I like it, the less I use it.  Why is that?   The good news is that I had quite a collection of papers to choose from to create my audition projects.  But I vow to break my ridiculous behavior for the future.  I had so much fun I'm going to continue to enjoy using my collection.  Stay tuned for more!


Ladies' Diary Shadow Box Frame

The majority of paper used in this project came from A Ladies' Diary collection.  However, I did slip in a few pieces from French Country.


I had a lot of fun pulling together some of my favorite embellishments to coordinate with this elegant lady.  While shopping, I am often drawn to embellishments that come in my favorite colors.  But lately I've found it helpful to have neutral colored items that can be "dyed" as needed.  For example, the scalloped ribbon (left below) was originally white.  I used a champagne colored ink pad and my water pen to "antique" it.  Likewise, the pink flower was also white in its original state.  A little blush ink warmed it up to coordinate with the lovely lady's dress.  The string of beads on the right were a classic pearl white.  While beautiful, the bright color stood out a little too much against the cream palette.  I simply added a little Copic marker to create the perfect shade!



Fashionista Canvas

This 12x12 paper was one of the many created by Graphic 45 designers that makes you say "what can I possibly do to alter this already perfect piece of artwork?"  For me, the only answer was to layer (just a few) more embellishments to add depth and texture.  I used cutouts from the Fashionista collection, background papers from On The Boardwalk, and just a few other goodies!



The corset was created using a technique I learned long ago, but haven't taken advantage of lately.  (Never fear, I will be using it again very soon!)  I stamped the corset on a transparency sheet, cut it out, then ran it through my Xyron to add a solid layer of adhesive. I adhered Magic Leaf flakes to the exposed adhesive to create a metallic corset. It doesn't get more special that that, does it?   I also darkened the stamped lines with my extra fine Sharpie.  The dress was my own creation and the lovely lady was stamped and colored with colored pencils. 


I raided my scrap bin to create this many-layered fabric flower.  (Believe me - I didn't make a dent in the box!)  I cut the shapes from a Spellbinders die.  Some fabric cut more easily than others.  But I found by running it through my Cuttlebug a few times and shimming the layers correctly, I was able to get some really clean cuts.  There were just a few spots in which I had to trim a determined thread.  The bottom brown layer is a single large flower.  The next layer, beige and gold, is created from two medium sized flowers, each folded in half and glued next two each other on top of the brown layer.  Next, I cut four red blooms, folded each in quarters, and overlapped the edges and center when gluing them to the assembly.  This created some nice "poof".  The small beige flower is a single layer.  To finish, I add a circle of gold beads.


I just wanted to make note of the fact I used both the positive and negative from my cardstock butterfly, cut from a Spellbinders die.  Don't throw anything away!  :)  The gold beads flowing through the top of the canvas are the same as the ones I added to the center of my fabric flower.



Bohemian Bazaar Card

Normally I do my best to avoid glare in my photographs, but this time I wanted to include enough for you to see that I added a layer of acetate to this card.  The acetate, just a bit smaller than the pink, orange, and turquoise frame, is raised up above the center bloom.  The left and right flower sprays, as well as the bottom bud and ribbon, are all layered on top of the acetate.



French Country Birdhouse

I picked up this cute wooden birdhouse a couple of years ago.  I painted it last year, but it kept getting moved from shelf to bag to box waiting for its day to take center stage.


I loved the kaleidoscope effect I could create on the roof with the rooster medallions. But I had to add my sunflowers and gem sprays to make the home really special for my feathered friend.



On the Boardwalk Plaque

This wooden plaque is another piece that's been waiting to be decorated (I have a quite a collection of items in that queue!)  It is dedicated to all my friends who have been dreaming of hot summer days through this challenging winter.  (I do not share that particular dream.)


The painting of the starfish and scallop shell was one of those "happy accidents" artists love to stumble upon in the creation process.  Originally wood, I wanted to give these pieces a bit of shine.  My copper Krylon pen has been in my tool bag for many years.  Apparently over the years the ingredients have separated.  When I tried to apply the paint, I was only able to generate a pale layer of non-metallic tint.  So I tried my gold Krylon pen and discovered magic!  The gold paint, also a bit "aged", reacted with the copper to create a speckled finish.  It was similar to the reaction you get when combining a Krylon pen with alcohol inks.  The resulting pieces look so much better than I planned!



Couture Gallery

Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime.  I took one look at the diamond pattern paper from the French Country collection and thought, "this has to be a floor."  And from there, my gallery was born.  From the wall paper to the carpet to the wrought-iron balcony railing (from the Couture collection), I found the perfect patterns to create an elegant backdrop on which to showcase the fashion posters of the Couture collection.  I am so thrilled that I was able to execute my vision for this piece.




These golden urns started their lives as wooden dowel caps.  I painted them a warm gold, filled them with glue and added tiny slivers of paper to simulate fronds.  I had so much fun growing these plants because no dirt or worms were involved!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Color Dare #84 - Sky, Topiary, & Sweet Leaf

As a quilting friend of mine likes to say, blue & green are our 'happy' colors.   Both colors soothe my soul and I find the combination very calming.  I use them quite often in my artwork and never have trouble creating with them, it's just a question of what I would like to create today!  
  • Using large Post-it notes, I masked off a rectangle on White Daisy cardstock.  To the exposed area, I added circles of Sky, Topiary and Sweet Leaf ink with sponge daubers, careful to fill the entire rectangle with color.
  • I created another scrap of colored cardstock from which to punch flowers.
  • All images were stamped in Black ink.
    • Dressmaker's torso and sentiment -  Find Your Style (D1452)
    • Butterfly - Delight (C1452)
    • Border - Miracle WOTG Stamp Set

Will you find this week's combination easy or a challenge?  Join the Color Dare:  http://colormyheartcolordare.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Interactive Scrapbooking Workshop #3

I am excited to announce a new series of workshops featuring interactive scrapbooking elements. These workshops will introduce you to new and innovative ways to liven up your scrapbooking layouts, making the experience as fun for the viewers as it was for the creator! You can jump in at any point in the series. Each workshop is a completed project on its own. These techniques can also be used on cards and in art journals. 

Workshop #3 - Long Card & Envelope Wrap
Sunday, March 16th - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $10



I am creating my samples in my CTMH Bluebird Crush Book.  If you choose to purchase a Crush book (either Bluebird or Modville) and two coordinating accessory packs (total cost = $26.64), you will qualify to attend any one workshop for FREE! However, you can choose to attend any or all workshops without purchasing a Crush book. Bring your own journal, or just a page to add to a scrapbook or self-bound book.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pineapple Paper Artists Team Blog Hop - Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book

The new Close To My Heart Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book is full of wonderful new paper packs, stamp sets, and embellishments.  The Pineapple Paper Artists have used these products to create this inspiration-packed blog hop.  Whether you are just beginning your journey or you came here from Martha Porschet's blog, I hope you will continue on until you are inspired by everyone's artwork.





Paper Pack:  Balloon Ride (X7180B) - B&T Duo, Colonial White, Cashmere

Inks:  Cashmere (Z2175), Twilight (X2160)
Stamp set:  Inspiration Flourishes (C1580)
Embellishments:  Durables Triangle Studs (Z1928)

Next, hop on over to Cheryl's Creations with Style to see another beautiful project!

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Stamp of the Month: Happy Place


Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing. Shop Now!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Friday Crafting Crop

Friday Crafting Crop
March 14th

10 AM – 9 PM

Bring your scrapbooking and paper-crafting projects and join us for a day of fun!

Stay the day or just a few hours...

CALVARY ASSEMBLY
3429 CHILI AVENUE
CHILI, NY

Cost- $8

Contact me to reserve your space!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

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