Friday, July 21, 2017

Red, White, and Anything But Blue Blog Hop + Process Video

Hello! Today is blog hop day with my Blog Hops With Heart friends. I love seeing what this talented group of ladies comes up with each month. You may have come here from Wendy's blog, but if you're starting here you can keep on going in a circle.

This month's theme is to use red, white, and anything but blue! I decided to use black. I love the classic black and white with a pop of color, so I used red as my pop. I even created a process video for you, so see below to watch!

I used the Uptown Fundamentals paper pack for the black-and-white words and polka-dot papers. The black-and-white lines pattern is from Some Kinda Wonderful, and the red is from Prickly Pear.

Watch the process video...

I can't stand how cute that bear is! He's so can make him hold anything! He's from the Jack Cardmaking stamp set. You can get that set with matching die-cuts, too!

A bunch of these products are retiring on July 31 so be sure to snag them if you love them, too!

You have reached the end of the Blog Hop. But if you started here, be sure to go to Becca's blog and start at the beginning. (Spoiler: she's giving away some copies of her new book!!!)

Don't forget that STAMPAGANZA is going on all month! Buy 2 stamp sets, get one of equal or lesser value for FREE! (Stamp/die sets not included.) Sale ends July 31, 2017. Same day that the current catalog ends and lot of stuff retires! SHOP NOW >
Prickly Pear

Some Kinda Wonderful

Uptown Fundamentals paper pack

Jack Cardmaking stamp set
Jack Carmaking stamp + dies

Gold Glitter Gems
(not retiring)

Black and Gold Ribbon(not retiring)

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Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

All CTMH Stamps: Buy 2 Get 1 Free!

Stampaganza 2017 has begun! In July only, when you buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price, you'll get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE!

You get to choose from any current stamp set, plus CTMH brought back a collection of popular sets that just for Stampaganza! Check them out >

When you add three sets to your order, the least expensive set will automatically show up FREE in your shopping cart.

Here are just a few of the many sets you can choose from. See them all > 
Birthday Princess 
Happy Hexagons

School Kids

Sing Glory

Shop all stamps @ Buy 2 Get 1 FREE >

Also in July only, you can snag this cute alphabet stamp set for only $5 when you spend $50 on my website! Alpha stamps are always handy and this one is super cute. Shop now >

Thanks for supporting my Close to my Heart business! :)

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.

View all Live Beautifully products >

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 >