Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Create your own paper

If you're like me, there are many times when you don't have paper in exactly the colors you need. Stamp your own paper! You can do this for scrapbook pages, or cardmaking...you can still cut the paper! I used several stamps from the "Delight in Everything" CTMH stamp set. If you first look at the big red flowers, you'll see that they are stamped in triangles to help me give it a random look. I continued this technique with all the flowers. When you don't have much white space left you can fill in wherever you need to. Don't be scared to overlap and stamp off the edge. Just make sure you have scrap paper underneath! Colors used: cranberry, breeze, buttercup, and garden green.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Some of my artwork


Here are two cute and easy ways to add texture and a fun surprise element to your cards. Both examples use the new Perfect Day paper pack, colors are Juniper, Sorbet, Cocoa, and Tulip. In this first example, I not only added the "peek-a-boo" feature, but I tore it to add more texture and interest. The stems of the flower are scraps of paper...save all your scraps!! You never know when they'll come in handy.

In this second example, I simply rolled down the corner of the card. Again, this gives it texture and a fun surprise element...yet it's SO easy! To give the corner some color and tie it into the rest of the card I glued a small piece of the juniper green cardstock...another scrap! To give the card some more texture I rubbed a cocoa stamp pad on the edges, which gave it a vintage look that goes great with this paper!

Stamp set: Inspriation
Paper: Perfect Day

Friday, August 8, 2008

New CTMH Idea Book is here!

Here's the cover of the new Close to My Heart Idea Book! It's filled with lots of inspiring projects and awesome new products! I'd love to host a party for you and show you this book.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rock and Roll Stamping

Try using this technique to create a look that is lighter in the center and darker on the outside.

To use this technique:

  1. Press your stamp into a light-colored ink pad.
  2. Press only the edges of the stamp in a rolling motion on a darker-colored ink pad. Be careful not to ink the center of the stamp.
  3. Press the stamp firmly on your paper or project. (Do not rock on this part-just push straight down and up.)
  4. Tip: Be sure to use the lighter color first to avoid inking the lighter pad with a darker color.