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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Thursday, April 6, 2017

50% Off Scrapbook Kits - April Specials from Close to my Heart

I'm so excited about this promo...Close To My Heart is offering their Cut Above layout kits for 50% off!!! 

They literally take minutes to put together and are designed to make memory keeping easier than ever. Each layout kit includes:

  • Two 12" × 12" printed base pages
  • Die-cut paper pieces
  • Title and embellishment stickers
  • 12 coordinating pocket cards
  • Two 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™
  • Two pocket-style Memory Protectors™

All you need to do is follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-page layout in minutes. Preserve even more memories using the coordinating pocket cards. The page protectors and pocket Memory Protectors are included in the kit!! 

Only $7.48 for FOUR Scrapbook Pages!
You get to choose between two designs at 50% off—Little One and Forever & Always. 

You guys, that's $7.48 for four fully designed and prepped pagesplus some extras to create more on your own if you want! You can't go wrong! Shop now > 

Watch this super quick video to see quickly these layouts come together!

Anyone who joins my CTMH team as a Consultant in April will receive their choice of either the Little One or the Forever & Always Cut Above™ Layout Kit in their New Consultant Kit at no additional cost! 

You can join just for the kit (it's a super awesome dealonly $75 for the kit full of stuff, including $50 in product credit to CHOOSE what you want! WHAAAT?!) Or you can decide to sell our products. Either way you get to keep all the goodies that you get in the kit! Learn more >

April Stamp of the Month
I also have to share this adorable CTMH April Stamp of the Month set, Flock Together. You can snag this set for only $5 ($17.95 value) when you spend $50 on my website. Here are a couple of samples that the talented Close to my Heart Art Department put together...

Last Chance for Seasonal Expressions Catalog!
This is the last month that you can order out of the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog. Be sure to order the items you want from it soon, as most of it is while supplies last. You can shop on my website.

Clearance Up To 80% Off

Be sure to check out the Clearance page on my website for some seriously great deals. They're all while supplies last and are going fast! Lots of great embellishments, Picture my life, mini albums, and more to stock up on. Shop Clearance >

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Shop Layout Kits at 50% off >

Happy creating!

P.S. Don't forget to snag your layout kits for 50% offthat's only $7.48 per kit for four fully prepped and designed scrapbook pages! Shop now >