Monday, February 11, 2019

February Cards

I have a group in Portage that meets the 2nd Wednesday at noon at Pizza Ranch (you need to buy a buffet meal) and at the Baraboo First UMC on the 1st Thursday at 6:30pm.  Last Thursday we had to cancel at church and reschedule for this Thursday and I am hoping that Valentine's Day turns out OK. 

Here are the 3 cards we are making:


This card can be changed with other "critters" that I will bring to the event for those who are tired of the snow or use the penguins to celebrate our latest white fluffy stuff.


The butterflies have Gold shimmer brush on them that doesn't show up well on the photo.  There is still hope that spring will make it some time.


Close to my Heart has a thin cut alphabet.  The little hedgehog is sponged and then the letters are cut out.  You can see the color of the paper underneath showing through.  It is for those who need your hugs through paper. 

Cards are a wonderful thing to make and to share.  If you are interested in being part of either group or hosting a group at your home, let me know.  You can commit to 4 months at a time or 1 week at a time as long as there is still room in the class (as paper has to be cut ahead of time).   

Friday, February 1, 2019

February Stamp of the Month: Heartfelt Sentiments

The February SOTM, which is Heartfelt Sentiments S1902, a set of 9 stamps. 


This months Stamp of the Month is a 4 1/5 " x 5 " stamp.  There are several things to know with a larger stamp:
1. put the acrylix block on the table with the stamp up and put the ink onto the stamp from above rather than putting the ink pad on the table and tapping the stamp on top of it.
2. as with all new stamps make sure you "season" it by inking and stamping on scratch paper first.
3. larger stamps need to have pressure all over so that the stamp will come out even.  It helps to try out the stamp on scrap paper.

With the larger stamp this month, I was wondering how to use it.  Close To My Heart has great Cricut cartridges and the one I used was Cricut Flower Market Collection .  I make the watering can large enough for the stamp and small enough for the paper which meant the stamp was sideways on the can.  

I had some Heart Happy Workshop Kit  CC2197 (available through February) paper left and I used Red Shimmer trim Z4012.

I vacillate between feeling the layout worked and not sure if it worked.  I thought it would look neat to have the hearts seemingly being poured from the watering can.  You can't see the paper I used on the edges because I covered it up with heart photos and paper.  It mirrored the right side.  Let me know what you think - too crowded or did it work for you?

I used the Basic Hearts Thin Cuts Z3317 for both the paper and the photos.  I have a program that allows me to print any size photo that I want so it was easy to get the right size photos.  I used the Thin 3D foam Z2060 under the watering can and some of the photo hearts.

I used Intense Black ink Z4189 for the stamps on the watering can because I was going to paint the flowers and the ink won't run with water.  I chose to "smoosh" the cover of the ink pads and use the Small round waterbrush Z3224 to get the ink from the cover.  I tested out the colors on the mint paper and used Candy Apple Z6509 and Raspberry Z2812 for the reds and Willow Z2807 for the green as the Mint was too light.  If you really want your colors to match the paper and you paint frequently, the reinker might be a better bet but as many people only get the ink pads, this is a way of using the exact color that is on the paper. 

You could use: 1) reinker (pages 122, 123)  2) ShinHan markers (page 131)  3) watercolor paints Z3132 or 4) watercolor pencils (Page 130) with the Intense Black ink or Archival Black Z3271 as both are waterproof.


Friday, January 25, 2019

Left Overs

As I was cleaning up and getting ready for our family Christmas celebration, I came across some "left over" card projects.  They were from different times and groups.  Lately, I have been finishing the cards the week after the groups have met.  I thought about going back to the projects and seeing which stamps I had used but then rejected that idea. 

I had new stamps from this catalog so I used new stamps as they fit with the card kits I had made. I had several of each card but here is a sampling of what I made.







Each of the stamp sets have different sayings and I used different ones on the cards.  I was happy with the combination of old and new.  Sometimes I have just take the pieces of paper from the projects and put them in the scrap pile.  I had gifted most of the cards for Christmas and thought it was time to start getting my "stash" of cards together. 

All of us have projects that are in the middle of completion.  Sometimes the directions and the paper get separated.  Think about what you have and what you can do with what you have.  Maybe it will be combining old and new as well.  Have fun and let go of what you did create and create something new with it.  The cold and snow have kept me inside and it has been a perfect match of clearing up some piles of halfway completed projects.  Go for it!  Have fun! 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Happy Heart blog Hop



Welcome to our Happy Heart Blog Hop!  We will be featuring Happy Heart Special Workshop and  Happy Heart Special Every Day Life Album workshop 


If you have come here from {Brenda Lapp's Blog}, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: .

This month we have 18 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Happy Heart Specials and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I have made 2 cards using the Happy Heart Paper. The first card is:



To make this card you would need:
Z3317Basic Hearts Thin Cuts
C1764 Got Snow? Hostess reward stamp
Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim
Z4189 Intense Black Ink
Markers: R11 Carmine, 120 Black, Y22 Golden Yellow
Z4223 Red Shimmer Brush
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape


The second card is:

For this card you would need:
C1773 Butterfly Friendship stamp
Z4189 Intense Black Ink
Z2844 Pixie, Z2812 Raspberry and Z6501 Ballerina inks pads
The Silver Glitter gems are in the Happy Heart packet
Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape


Now "Hop" on over to {Melissa's Blog} to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the kits are on sale now for 25% off and are available until the end of February! 




Thursday, January 3, 2019

Valentine's Day Cards - I Heart Us

I love the versatility of the Close To My Heart papers. Each paper set has a name. In the new catalog, there is a paper called "I heart us". There is a deluxe kit which

focuses on assembling a 6" × 8" mini album, creating a wreath by stamping, and paper weaving. This kit makes 1 two-page layout, 2 single pages, and a 12-page 6" × 8" mini album.



You can go to my website and get this workshop or get the workshop without the stamp.


I do card workshops during the month. People make 3 cards. Because of when we meet, I am offering the Valentine's day cards this month. I know that some people don't do the holiday cards so I give them options for making it another card.




This stamp set have other things to offer. I also bring other stamps with sentiments that vary but can be anything from birthday, to sympathy, to thinking or you, or thank you.


Here is the stamp set which you can see can easily become a thank you card.


One of the other cards is definitely a Valentines' day card.
There is variety in the stamp set:
I am offering a different stamp set if they so choose, it can be Valentine's Day as well as a "thinking of you" or "Thanks".
The last card can easily be a sympathy or thinking of you card.
I use the paper packet and cardstock packet from the I Heart us.
I have lots of paper left over for scrapbook or cards projects.  I enjoy the card kits and scrapbook kits that come from Close To My Heart but every so often I love creating my own.  Enjoy looking at my website for all the new products.  The catalog goes for 4 months.  Check out what is new!

Start the year out right being creative and having fun with all your dreams of cards and scrapbook.  There are so many different sizes of scrapbooks to enjoy.  This kit allows you to do 12x12 and 6x8.  You have such a variety of ways to journal, keep photos and keep in touch with friends and family.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas Card Buffet

There are 11 card designs that you can choose from at the Christmas Card Buffett.  Wednesday December 5 will be at the Pizza Ranch in Portage.  Sunday December 9 will be at the First United Methodist Church in Baraboo.  A third time TBA will be at my home.  








Monday, October 8, 2018

Epic Happy Birthday Cards


The Hello Pumpkin paper has these cute cards in the Workshop Your Way.  You will make 2 designs of 6 cards each.  These are really cute as a kit but the designs and cutting patterns can be used for any number of paper scraps you might have around. 

Check out my website for this cute Workshop Your Way.  Keep posted because I am going to see what this stamp set and design will look like with other paper.