Friday, June 23, 2017

Using Your Stash: Use It or Lose It Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

I am so excited for today's blog's all about using your stash! I hoard collect a LOT of papercrafting supplies. I am sure you can relate! "Oooooh, this paper is so pretty, I must have it, even though I have no use for it right this moment." Amiright?!

Well, us ladies in this blog hop would like to encourage you to dig deep into your stash and pull out some pretty paper, embellishments, inks, or anything else you haven't used in a while...or ever...and PLAY! We had a lot of fun. Grab a cuppa coffee and hop along with us. I am so honored to be among these talented will not be disappointed by their work.

Here's what I came up with...

In my layout I used a little new and a lot of old. I bought that adorable woodgrain chevron paper last year because I *had* to have it. And the white embellishments are from Close to my Heart's Dreamin' Big Complements, which I also *had* to have but hadn't used them yet. They worked perfectly with this layout. (They are officially retired but still available HERE while supplies last!)

The "new" in this layout is that die-cut transparency with the trees on it. I recently went on a scrapbooking retreat in Estes Park, CO, and we always stop at the biggest, best scrapbooking store on our way from the Denver airport to Mountains & Memories in Estes. Seriously, if you are ever in the Broomfield/Denver area, you HAVE to check out the Scrap Shack. It will blow your mind. (Anyone reading ever been there?) I took the photo below while we were there and this is only about half of the store. There's more retail space and a ton of "crop" room.
The Scrapbook Shack, Broomfield, CO

Anyway, I digress... I got that transparency there and knew immediately that I wanted to use it with these hiking photos. I backed it with white paper and let that be the focal point...I wanted to use pretty plain embellishments so the Dreamin' Big Complements fit the bill. They are plastic and add some fun dimension. I tried to get some shots of the dimension...

How cute is my little dude? He was in the stroller for most of the hike but was *just* starting to stand/walk when we went.

I had some woodgrain Thickers in my stash as well. They don't stand out super well but I was ok with that.

Here are full shots of each side of the layout...

I hope you enjoyed!

Next up is Amie >

Here is a list of all of the participants...check them all out!

Jayma Malme <-- me!

Dreamin' Big Complements
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Watercolor and Heat Embossed Card

I have been playing with watercolors lately, having fun exploring a medium that I haven't played with much before. I still have more learning to do, but I love that the more imperfect the outcome, the better! It's been a fun journey. 

This is one of the first cards I made. I used a very inexpensive watercolor paper and only partially colored the background. I used CTMH's watercolor paints with a large round brush (middle brush in the photo...I think equivalent to a #8 brush). I let it dry overnight (but you could use a heat tool to speed up the process), then stamped the (retired) sentiment stamp in Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. Make sure your background is completely dry before using embossing powder.

Here are some tips I've learned recently for watercoloring card backgrounds:

  • If you tape around the very edges of your watercolor paper to a board with painter's tape, then the paper will dry flatter instead of warping.
  • Start with a watercolor paper sized slightly larger than you need. Then trim off the edges to size after you're finished.
  • Keep practicing. There's nothing like experiencing firsthand how different paints react (each type is very different) and how much water to use, etc. My first attempts were AWFUL! But with each attempt, I learned and the next try was a little better. 
  • Try different paints. CTMH watercolor paints are pretty chalky. It makes for a more chalky background, which is an "in" look right now. They are more pigmented than other chalk watercolor paints on the market (Michaels carries some but they are much less pigmented.) 
  • Watch YouTube videos. Kristina Werner is an amazing watercolor artist and card maker. She inspired me to dive into watercoloring and I've learned a lot by watching her videos.
  • Have fun!

I hope you enjoyed my card. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy watercoloring!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May Special: Live Beautifully Collections

Close to my Heart has a stunning special for National Scrapbooking month: the Live Beautifully collection.

This collection includes the Live Beautifully paper packet, the Live Beautifully stamp set, and the Cut Above Live Beautifully layout kit, which includes materials for creating five 2-page scrapbooking layouts in half the time. Save 20% off the Cut Above kit when you buy it as part of an album bundle that also includes an album, adhesive, and journaling pen.

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Here is a look at the paper packet and stamp set. (Click to view larger.) Aren't they beautiful? They're so versatile, too. I just love all of the black-and-white patterns.

Close-up of stamp set:

Here's all that's included in the Cut Above layout kit, which includes all of the pre-printed pages and pre-cut elements you'll need to create the pre-planned layouts. Easy peasy and so fast to put together!
Here's a look at all of the finished layouts (click for larger view).

You can also get this bundle which includes the Cut Above layout kit with adhesive, a journaling pen, and your choice of D-ring or post-bound album at 20% off.

May Stamp of the Month for $5
You can also get this adorable stamp of the month for only $5 when you place an order of $50 or more on my website! I absolutely love the May SOTM, Live, Laugh, Love. Shop now >

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog Now Available!

Hello, Friends,

I am so excited to share CTMH's brand new Seasonal Expressions 2 with you! You are now able to view it and order the beautiful new products. View it here >

Here are just a few of the awesome new stamps, die cut sets, paper and more...

Jack Scrapbooking stamp & die set

Little Dreamer Cardmaking stamp set(Also available with matching dies)

Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp set

Little Dreamer Complements
Prickly Pear Workshop Your Way kit
(Items also available individually)

Beautiful Moments Stamp 
Keep Dreaming stamp set

You can view all of the new items in one handy spot RIGHT HERE >

Let me know if you have any questions, I'm here to help.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blog Hops With Heart: Rustic Inspiration Photo

Hello! It's time for another Blog Hops With Heart Blog Hop! I just love this group of gals that I hop with each month...they are all so very talented, so be sure to check out all of their projects!

This month we used the photo below as inspiration for our projects....
I was inspired by the rustic wood fence, so for my scrapbook page I used a background paper that has a woodgrain pattern. I love these photos of when my parents first met Tyler. They were taken just about a year ago! 

I can't tell you where most of the paper came from. I know the mint one is by Jen Hadfield, the rest was a mix from my stash. I used Thickers for the canvas title and the rest of the embellishments are CTMH. The white enamel shapes add a nice touch, as do the stickers from the You & Me Complements....unfortunately they're both retired now. I also added some white sequins and clear sparkles to finish it off.

I'll leave you with some detail shots...

You've reached the end of the blog hop for this month, but if you started here, head over to the Amie's blog to catch the beginning. Thanks for stopping by!

Get 50% off Your Scrapbook Layouts
CTMH's special for April is 50% off of our two Cut Above layout kits. They are literally SO FAST to put together...everything is pre-cut and designed for you. All you have to do is put it together and add photos. Check it out >

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