Monday, August 30, 2010

A Fancy Flower With Cherry-O

I made this card with the Cherry-O paper pack from Close to my Heart. That awesome flower is fairly simple to make: Punch 8 circles from patterned paper and 1 from cardstock using CTMH's 1-1/4" circle punch. Fold the sides in on the patterned paper (see my example below). Stick a glue dot in the center of the cardstock circle and adhere the folded "petals" on the cardstock circle base to form a flower. (Note: You will need to play with the width of each "petal" to get them to line up perfectly. Don't expect a perfect flower your first time!) There's also a picture tutorial on page 13 of the Summer Idea Book.

Sorry the picture isn't better...took this one on my iphone.

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is Fancy head on over there to see the design team's awesome creations...then join in on the fun!

Stamp sets: Dainty Thoughts (Good Luck), With Love (stem/leaves)
Other supplies: Cherry-O Level 2 Paper Pack, Chocolate ribbon, Chocolate ink, Sweet Leaf ink, 1-1/4" circle punch, Chocolate waxy flax, button from stash

Although I didn't use the Cherry paper from this pack, it's adorable. If you're into cherries, there are a lots of coordinating cherry items here.

CTMH dainty thoughts stamp setCTMH with love stamp setCTMH circle punchTo browse and shop for Close to my Heart items, visit my website!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

All-Day Scrapbook & Cardmaking Crop THIS Saturday

If you live around Fresno and love to craft, I hope you'll join Jen and me for our very first All-Day Crop! We'll be at Denny's on First/Shaw in their meeting room at 3pm...and we have it all the way til midnight!! If you can't make it for the whole time, join us when you can!

We're going to demo new products in the Close to my Heart Autumn/Winter Idea Book, provide 2 make-n-takes for you to get hands-on with the products, give away lots of raffle prizes, and more!

Demos and Make-n-takes run from 3:30 til around 8:00. Bring your own projects to work on or buy our ready-to-create scrapbook page kits. We have lots of paper, cardstock, stamps, embellishments, and other items at discounted prices for you to choose from as well.

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Cost is $5 and includes your make-n-take and new Idea Book!

Can't make it?
Stay tuned to our blogs because we'll be taking video of the demos to post on YouTube after the event!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sneak Peek at Olivia Paper: Play Time

Here's another Sneak Peek at Close to my Heart's NEW Autumn/Winter Idea book. It releases in less than a week now! I created thislayout with the new Olivia Workshop on the Go kit, and made a few changes to it. I used a mixture of the fall stamp set that comes with the Olivia WOTG and the stamp set that comes in the Splendor WOTG (only available until Aug 30!) Notice that beautiful coral color? That's a NEW color! Can't wait til you can see all 8 beautiful new colors!
Check out the close-up of that sparkly brad. It's HUGE, and very flat...I love it!
Supplies: Olivia Workshop on the Go (Olivia Paper Pack, exclusive stamp set, Designer brads), Splendor WOTG stamp set, Friendship Alphabet (large)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Capitol & All Its Splendor

Have I told you how much I LOVE the Splendor paper that came out this summer from Close to my Heart? Well, it's my all-time favorite paper now...second to Magic Moments (now sad!). I wanted to use the Splendor paper for this layout, but also wanted to bring out the red in the beautiful flowers in my photos and there is no red in the Splendor paper. So...I random-stamped my own patterned paper for the background—one of my favorite techniques! I used the same bright colors as are in Splendor—Moonstruck, Goldrush, and Topiary, and added some Tulip. Those flowers really pop now!

Now, how 'bout this awesome flower? It's deceivingly EASY to do. Tresa Black did a whole ustream video including this technique, but basically, you freehand-cut different-sized circles, ruffle and ink the edges a bit, and stick them all together. For the leaves, you also freehand cut the shape, then score the lines into it, then sand and ink the edges.
Can I also mention how much I love this Posterboard Alphabet stamp set. Definitely one of my favorites for 2 main reasons: 1) It's easy to cut out. 2) You can stamp onto patterned paper and your paper becomes the alphabet.

I also want to note that I created the base of this layout in about 15 minutes (not counting random-stamping and embellishing). I used the Reflections how-to book, so I chose the layout I wanted to used based on the photos I had chosen, then the cutting guide was done for me. I simply followed the cutting instructions and assembled. Easy! If you don't have any of the scrapbook or cardmaking how-to books from CTMH, I highly recommend one (or all) of them. For samples from each book, click here and scroll down to "how-to books."

Supplies (CTMH):
Splendor level 2 paper pack, Exclusive stamp set from Splendor Workshop on the Go, Posterboard Alphabet stamp set, Felicity stamp set (no longer available), Bigger Brads, Sponge Dauber
Inks: Tulip, Moonstruck, Topiary, Goldrush

Monday, August 23, 2010

Reusable August Calendar

I saw this idea on the very talented Jody Gustafson's blog and had to make one for myself! The letters are you can use this calendar year after year...brilliant! I just used temporary adhesive instead of permanent. I made the surfboards using the oval on my George Cricut cartridge. The sand is Desert Sand cardstock torn to expose the white core.

To hang it, I simply slipped it into a scrapbook page protector and hung it on my bulletin board. Easy peasy!

Supplies: CTMH Moon Doggie level 2 paper pack, Friendship Alphabet (large and small), Dimensional Elements On Target, Extreme Happiness stamp set, Cricut w/ George cartridge

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Another Sneak Peek of Magnifique: My Nephew's First Scrapbook Layout

Here's my second sneak peek of the new Magnifique paper from Close to my Heart. Just over a week until it's available for you to buy! OR, if you attend my Open House Crop on Aug. 28 (put on with my friend Jen) you'll get the new Idea Book EARLY! If you're in the Fresno area, come craft with us at Denny's on Shaw & First from 3pm til midnight. We're going to have raffle prizes every hour, 2 make-n-takes, lots of technique demos, a goodie bag for everyone including the NEW Idea Book, and lots more!

Ok, onto the scrapbook page. This is my little nephew when he was just 1 month old. Now he's 6 months and has the biggest blue eyes you've ever seen! Hopefully I'll scrap some more recent photos soon :) I haven't decided if I'm going to journal in the blank spot on the brown cardstock. What do you think? I don't have much to say, but does that blank spot look funny?

Notice some new goodies? I used two new colors: Pacifica and Lagoon. And the colored rhinestones are a new embellishment...they're so fun and match this paper perfectly!

Stamp Sets: Friendship Alphabet (large and small), Cottage Floral, Magnifique Workshop on the Go stamp set
Embellishments: Blue and green rhinestones, Dimensional Elements Stars, Bitty Sparkles

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Baby Name Frame Using Cricut, Double-Sided Sticky Paper & Glitter

I love baby showers! These baby frames are my absolute favorite things to make. (If you are new to my blog, you can see all the frames I've made here.) I attended a baby shower a couple of weekends ago, and they knew they were having a girl, and decorated her room in pink and green, but hadn't picked out a name yet. So, for now the frame says "baby." But I let the parents know that when she has a name I would love to switch "baby" with her name. That way the frame can grow with kids love things with their name on them!

To make the letters, I used double-sided sticky paper from Stampin' Up (here's my demo Angela's website) and cut the letters from it on my cricut. Make sure you put it on a medium-slow setting and the deepest cut. Then I carefully peel the letters from the sticky paper (sometimes you still need scissors, and be careful!), then stick it on a 1-1/2" white square. I then cover the letters with Martha Stewart glitter. I find her glitter is the SPARKLIEST! (For boys' frames I use crushed velvet, sometimes called fun flock.)

The frame is 8x10...this size is my favorite to work with...the ratio works well with the squares and it's not too big or too small. For longer names, 11x13 works well too. The squares are 1-3/4", which means the letter squares at 1-1/2" have a little mat. Since all frames are a little different, be sure to test yours before adhering all the squares down, it's never a TRUE 8x10 opening, so you may need to tweak the border around the squares. If you look closely at mine, you can see that there is more space between the vertical squares than the horizontal ones. Don't one will notice but you. It's more important for the border to be even than the space between all the squares.

If you have any questions about making these, let me know!

DCWV Baby Girl glitter paper stack; CTMH Just Blooms paper flowers; CTMH Blush cardstock; pink flowers from wedding section at Michael's; frame from Michael's; buttons, flowers, rhinestones from stash.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Quirky, Cutesy, Clean Card + How to Take Perfect Pictures

This week I ran across a great new website...Embellish Magazine. Thanks to Lawn Fawn for posting the link on Twitter and Facebook, and for sponsoring their color challenge this week!

I love this color combo. I used my CTMH supplies and inks in Twilight, Sorbet, Bamboo, and Chocolate. Here's the card I came up with.

To make the flower I followed Tresa Black's uStream tutorial. The best part is that the circles are cut freehand! No circle cutters, punches, cricut, or any other fancy supplies. The "un-perfectness" is what gives it the quirky and shabby chic look I was going for. The leaves are cut freehand as well, then I just stuck them on my paper cutter to emboss the veins. I sponged every edge of paper as well as on top of the leaves so they'd pop. To ruffle the ribbon I used mini glue dots. I really don't like this technique, but it's the only way I could think of to get the effect I wanted...I am open to any ideas! I would have loved to sew it, but I'm a terrible seamstress and my sewing machine is broken.

Oh, and today I ran across a bit of brilliance while I was blog surfing. Have you been wondering how some people get the most perfect pictures of their cards? Well, a lot of them use light boxes. I have wanted a light box forever but didn't want to buy one and didn't know how to make one. Well that has changed. Check out Tracey Mason's AWESOME tutorial to make one for FREE! That's right...FREE...PLUS it takes less than half an hour! Let me tell you, if I weren't lying flat on the floor with my back thrown out I'd be making mine right now. You can bet I'll be making mine as soon as I'm physically able, and I too will have awesome photos :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summer Smiles Card

I created this card to send to my sister and her hubby and kiddos. I moved farther away from them this summer and since it's not very easy to drive 5 hrs to visit, I send them cards instead. I sent this one last week.

This card was somewhat inspired by Tracey Mason. I hesitate to give you the link to her blog...she is amazing and you may never come back! Seriously though, if you have not visited her blog, you must.

Colors are Bubble gum and Citrus Leaf (retiring). Stamp Set is from the Splendor Workshop on the Go.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sneak Peek at NEW Magnifique & A Sip

This week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart is the sketch you see to the left. I love sketches...they always give me a great jumping off point.

In my cute little 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" card I used one of the patterns from CTMH's new Magnifique paper that comes out Sept. 1. Aren't the colors beautiful?! I love all the new colors that are being introduced in the Fall/Winter Idea Book, and this paper uses 2 of them: Lagoon and Pacifica.

I also featured one of the new acrylic stamp sets—a small set called A Sip. It's only $ that! Can't wait to make a card with a little pouch inside for a tea bag or Starbucks Via instant coffee pouch to send to a friend :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

NY Pizza & Yankees

Last summer my hubby and I took an amazing trip back east. We visited our friend Adam in Harrisburg, PA, and throughout the 10 days also visited New York, DC, Philly, and Boston. (I shared my interactive scrapbook page of Fenway Park here.) A whirlwind of a trip, but absolutely incredible!

These are some photos from the day we went to the new Yankee Stadium. Two of Adam's friends came, and so did my cousin who lives in NYC. I'll give the Yankees that they have a pretty incredible new stadium, but it was too over-the-top for me and lost all of its historical significance. I much preferred Fenway Park. It was an event, not just a game.

I used Cranberry and Topiary cardstock with some patterned paper I found at my local scrapbook store. Alphabet stamps are Extreme Caps and Sans. I added just a few embellishments with white daisy grosgrain ribbon and brads.

I think this layout is so fun! It's from Imagine: Perfect Prelude, pg. 26. I rotated the pages and changed it up a bit to fit my pictures, the I love how the cutting diagrams and instructions in the book helps speed up the planning process! If you don't have one of Jeanette Lynton's how-to scrapbooking or cardmaking books, I highly recommend them!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Congrats, Grad!

I finally scrapbooked my husband's graduation photos! Well, some of them anyway. I have another layout to do, but this is a good start. The 2 bigger ones are from the professional photographer. Don't mind my pathetic-looking shot with the grad...I had food poisoning and tried to put a smile on my face but the misery won over. I feel terrible that I don't have any good shots with my hubby on his big day :( BUT...I do like how the layout looks :)

The patterned paper is from the Stardust paper pack (now retired *sob*), and I added Cranberry and Outdoor Denim cardstock. The stars are cut out from the Shining Star and Wishing Star stamp sets. Embellishments are Autumn Harvest Brads, Clear Craft Buttons, red sparkles (retired), and natural hemp.

Monday, August 9, 2010

D.O.T.S. Days: My Very First Cards

Back in junior high I used to have stamping parties with my friends with a company called D.O.T.S. (Dozens of Terrific Stamps). Some of my friends, my sister, and I would save our allowance and babysitting money to buy stamps and make cards! It was just over 2 years ago that I started wondering what ever happened to D.O.T.S. I did a Google search and eventually found Close to my Heart—the company that was once D.O.T.S.

I immediately found a Consultant near me and had a party, and it wasn't too long after that I became a Consultant myself. I was so impressed with how far they'd come and fell in love (or became addicted, however you prefer to look at it) to the art of papercrafting all over again!

A couple of months ago I moved, and since I was moving farther away from my parents (and would have the space), they asked that I take the stuff I'd been storing in their garage.

Lookie what I found...

All of my old D.O.T.S. Stamps!!! (Well, most of these are D.O.T.S.) Ah, such memories. How many of you remember these stamps?!

Then I dug deeper and found some of the cards we learned how to make at the stamping parties.

WARNING: You are about to witness some shocking images. Don't worry, I am not producing "art" like this any more! :)

Shaker Card
These are some of the very first cards I'd ever made. Cardmaking has come to a whole new level since then, and the technology behind the stamps, inks, paper, and everything else is now revolutionary!

Take a look at what Close to my Heart's stamps look like now...

They're clear! They're awesome! Just cling them onto an acrylic block and you can see EXACTLY where you're stamping for perfect placement every time! And not only are they clear, but they're super high quality. They retain even the finest details and hold ink extremely well (not all clear stamps do).

The stamp set shown above just so happens to be the August Stamp of the Month. You can get it for free by placing an order of $100 or more on my website. You can also get it at a discount for orders of just $25 or more. See how.

Just to prove that I don't produce artwork like that any more, here's one of my recent cards, demonstrating how awesome it is to be able to see exactly where you're stamping. The background of the card is all stamps...I created my own patterned paper with exactly the images and colors I wanted to use! You can't easily do that with wooden stamps.

Check out all of Close to my Heart's clear acrylic stamp sets >>

If you'd like to place an order for CTMH products, visit my website!

Thanks for visiting :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

In Remembrance: Marilyn's Mini-Album

Last week heaven gained an angel. Marilyn Langsdorf had been battling cancer for 10 years, and her struggle finally ended last Thursday morning. I had only met her a couple of times, but felt like I knew her for years. She was one of the most giving, unselfish, sweetest, faith-filled ladies I'd ever met.

Her family and my husband's family were very close. All the kids were around the same ages and grew up together in a tight-knit Los Angeles community. In 1992 the Langsdorfs moved to Oregon and the Malmes moved to San Diego, but they stayed in close contact over the years. When Marilyn was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago, the doctors didn't think she had long to live. But she sure showed them what a fighter she was!

Marilyn went through a lot with her treatments, and even toward the end when she was miserable she always had a positive attitude. She had a peace about her that was unexplainable...because she knew where she was going.

Marilyn, we miss you terribly, but are happy to know you are in a better place. I hope someday I can be half the example you have set for your children and those who look up to you as the model of a godly woman, wife, and mother.

I made this mini-album for Marilyn's family to help them remember all the cherished times the two families shared over the years. My mother- and father-in-law went through all their old photos in boxes and scrapbooks, and scanned and sent them to me. What sweet memories they have!

(Instructions to make this mini-album are below.)

I only had about half a day to make this album...there are a few things I would have liked to add, like more journaling. But overall I am very happy with how it turned out, and know that the Langsdorfs will treasure it. It was really fun to make with the pockets and different-sized spots for photos.


CTMH: Splendor level 2 paper pack, circles from On Target dimensional elements, Colonial White ricrac, Colonial White grosgrain ribbon, Topiary organdy ribbon (retired), Autumn Harvest Brad Assortment, Sans Alphabet stamp set, Extreme Caps alphabet stamp set, Topiary ink, Moonstruck ink, Goldrush ink, sponge daubers
Other: White paper flowers (from wedding section at Michael's), metal stickers, Cuttlebug, Top Note die, CD Literature Folders

I received these instructions from my CTMH upline, Kay Pekin to make this mini-album with the CD Literature Folders.

  • (2) 5" x 11" pieces of cardstock. Same or different colors.
  • (1) 5" x 10" cardstock
  • (4) 5" x 5" B&T paper for front & back cover and inside front and back covers
  • (2) 5" x 4-1/4" B&T for pockets. Same or different patterns.
  • (6) 4-3/4" x 2-1/2" cardstock, 2 each of 3 colors
  • 5" x 11" pieces of CS: Score every 1/2" starting at 5 and ending at 8. Montain/Valley fold until the 8" mark. Slide each side into the CD folder. Shorter side goes in the side without the pocket.
  • 5" x 10" cardstock: fold in half
  • Attach the 2 pieces by taping the 5" x 10" folded piece to each of the CD cases. One side on the back of one, and one on the front of another.
  • Finish taping the papers to the empty spots on the CD case.
BEFORE you tape the front and back B&T onto the project, you can put ribbon around it to tie it closed.