Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Father's Day Card Kit Now Available!

Thanks for making this card kit such a huge success! Due to Pinterest and other links on the web linking to this old post, I have created an updated Father's Day BBQ Apron Card Kit HERE.

You asked for it...this BBQ Apron Card Kit is now available for purchase!!!
Or if you are in Fresno, CA, you can attend my workshop on Saturday, June 11 1:30-4:30pm.
(Scroll down or see the sidebar for the Paypal "Buy Now" button.)

There are 2 cost options for purchasing this kit...

  1. I will pre-ink the edges of the paper and pre-stamp the background stamp and “Happy Father’s Day” for you for $7 (plus $1 shipping).
  2. If you have the supplies to ink and stamp on your own, the kit is $5 (plus $1 shipping).

Paper options...
I have kits made in 4 paper options (shown above, click picture to see larger)...argyle, stripes, bingo, and plaid.

Your kit includes:
  • All the pre-cut cardstock and patterned paper to complete the card.
  • Ribbon and brads needed to complete the card.
  • A step-by-step written tutorial with photo on how to put it together. (PDF emailed)
  • Templates for the Apron card base, apron patterned paper, spatula, and mitt. (PDF emailed)
Everyone will need:

  • Scissors (I recommend micro-tip scissors)
  • Adhesive
  • Black Sharpie (or other marker)
  • Piercing tool (recommended) or push pin
If you are not purchasing a pre-stamped and pre-inked kit, you will also need:

  • Sponge
  • Stamp pads
  • Acrylic Block(s)
  • Universal Backgrounds stamp set (or other of your choice)
  • A Little Everything stamp set (or other of your choice)
***I will mail your kit within one day of receiving payment. Be sure your address is correct in Paypal when ordering.

***I will email the instructions/templates in a PDF file to the email you provide through Paypal.

    Thank you!!!

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    Sunday, May 29, 2011

    Product Feature: Newsprint Rub-Ons

    I wanted to be sure to share this video with you because I LOVE CTMH's newsprint rub-ons, and the way they are packaged is ingenious! Each letter of the alphabet gets it's own strip and you just cut off what you need. Watch this quick video to see what I mean...

    Smart, right?! I also love how they come distressed!

    You can order your Newsprint Rub-ons HERE.

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Simple Kraft Card with Miracle + 2 Punches

    Here's a super simple card for you. I love when simple cards work out and just look so elegant. Don't you love the Kraft cardstock base?!

    I used a strip of paper from the Miracle paper pack for the lace, which was punched from one of my Martha Stewart wide edge punches. I love that it punches both sides so it's not actually just an edge punch. You can see another super simple (yet elegant) card I made with it HERE.

    The butterflies are punched with another Martha Stewart punch from a sweet leaf paper in the Magic Moments paper pack (retired *sob*).

    The "thank you so much" stamp is from the Thank You stamp set, which is my absolute most-used, most-loved set!! Who ever thought you'd need so many "thank you" stamps? Well trust me, you do ;)

    Have a wonderful day!

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    Tinkerbell & Pinkalicious Tutus & Matching Hair Clips

    My niece's 3rd birthday is coming up, and I've been making her all kinds of fun stuff! She's been super into Tinkerbell lately, and I found the perfect tulle at Hobby Lobby to make her a Tinkerbell tutu! (My measurements are at the bottom of the post.)

    I got the tulle that comes on a spool to make it easier...I know it's a little more expensive but it was on sale for 50% off. Plus It's just easier for me to store that way. I used white and lime green normal tulle, and also found lime green with glitter in it! When I was finished making this tutu I had glitter ALL.OVER.THE.FLOOR!!! I vacuumed and I'm still finding it. My sister will thank me. :)

    And you know me...of course I had to make matching hair clips! She looks absolutely adorable in pig tails, and wears them a lot, so I made her 2 matching clippies. The flower centers are actually brads from Dear Lizzy/American Crafts. I popped off the brad backing and hot glued it on.

    This next one is a Pinkalicious tutu. I gave it to my friend Jen's daughter, Allie—her 3rd birthday is coming up, too! She's having a Pinkalicious party so I wanted to give her something to go along with the theme. If you look closely, you'll see I also added some glittery lace strips for added sparkle and interest :)

    Here's sweet Allie wearing her new tutu and clippie.

    And even at 11 years old, Inky knows how to play with the best of them ;)

    If you'd like to make a tutu for the little girl in your life, here's the YouTube Video I found most helpful. 

    And here are my tutu measurements:
    Strips: 24" long, 4-6" wide, about 60 of them
    Elastic waistband: 3/4" width, 18" long, sewn together

    I'm linking up here:

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    Saturday, May 21, 2011

    Save 50% on an Already FABULOUS Deal!

    In case you missed it, May is National Scrapbooking Month! To celebrate, Close to my Heart has some great deals for you!

    Throughout this month the New Consultant Kit is 50% off. That's right...only $64.50 (+tax/shipping) for what was already an amazing deal...around $300 in product! Who isn't up for a screaming deal these days?! Plus it gets even better! CTMH is throwing in the You & Me Scrapbooking Kit, designed specially for this month, for FREE! That's a $34.95 value! You can also purchase the You & Me Kit for $34.95, or for $15 with a $50 purchase.

    Here's a video from Close to my Heart with a peek inside the You & Me Scrapbooking Kit.

    I'll let you in on a little secret...you can purchase the Consultant Kit at $64.50 purely for the goodies. If you don't want to be an active Consultant—no problem! If you are anything like me, you'll spend at least that much on craft supplies this month anyway. So, why not treat yourself to the BEST product on the market and get a whole shopping cart full of goodies?! Take advantage now >

    Or...If you've been thinking you could use a little extra money to support you habit addiction hobby or treat yourself to a little vacation, now is the perfect time to join the CTMH family! If you have a few friends or family members who scrapbook or make cards, they're sure to fall in love with these products! You'll also receive a discount on your own purchases, or even some free products by hosting your own gatherings!

    Or...If you're a power seller and want to make a flexible, fun career of sharing your passion with others, this is a great opportunity to jump-start your business!

    So, What's the Deal, You Ask?
    Once you purchase this kit you'll also save 22% on anything else you purchase while you remain an active Consultant. You have 1 full quarter to meet your $300 sales minimum...this is usually accomplished in one home gathering. But even if you don't make your sales, you don't get booted from the company—you simply drop to a Junior Consultant and receive 10% off your purchases. If you still do not meet sales after one year, you will no longer be a Consultant. On top of receiving this awesome discount, CTMH is very generous with their compensation plan (free products, trips, etc), is great with recognition, and is truly supportive of your business! Plus, I'm here to help you every step of the way! What do you have to lose?!

    When you sign up, you get to create your own kit! Choose 3 of the 6 bundles, as shown in this flyer. Here is just one example of what you could receive at your door in just a few days!
    Click here to sign up today!
    But beware...once you go CTMH, you may not go back! Let me tell you just a few of the reasons why I LOVE Close to my Heart...

    Easy Color Matching
    Close to my Heart's product line features 60 exclusive colors. When I use Close to my Heart paper, I know which colors are used in the design, and I can choose the cardstock, ink, ribbon, buttons, brads, etc. that match my layout perfectly. I remember doing my sister's wedding scrapbook, and I'd have to dig through my stash to find just the right shade of pink to match the paper I was using. I wasted so much time just trying to match! But with CTMH products, everything coordinates perfectly, which makes your layouts and cards come together just that much easier!   

    Coordinating Paper Kits
    I love that CTMH's paper comes in kits. Each level 2 kit comes with six 2-sided patterned papers, plus 4 colors of coordinating cardstock. This gives you enough paper for at least 12 layouts!

    Clear, Durable Stamps
    Close to my Heart's MyAcrylix stamp sets are another huge reason why I LOVE this company. The best part is that they're clear, so you can see exactly where you're stamping and never have to guess your placement. This came in very handy when I random-stamped the background to this graduation card.
    The acrylic stamps come on a clear acetate sheet, peel off easily (unlike stamps I've bought at craft stores), and cling right onto the clear acrylic block with ease. You can use them time and time again, and if they start losing their stick, simply wash with mild soap and warm water. POOF! They're just like new again. Plus they store neatly in their envelope, taking up little space—a comodity in my craft room! Plus the stamps are made of very high-quality polymer that will last and last, and hold even the finest details, which the cheaper stamps I've tried definitely do NOT.

    I feel so lucky to have found Close to my Heart because I truly feel they have the best products on the market and do an amazing job of staying current and ahead of trends. Becoming a CTMH Consultant was one of the best decisions I ever made. Seriously! I've connected with other Consultants and scrapbookers all over the country, my artwork has vastly improved, I am constantly learning new techniques and tips, and I've burst out of my shell and now talk to people and meet other ladies I wouldn't normally have met! (I used to be super shy!) Plus I've realized the depth of my TRUE passion. 

    To learn more about me and Close to my Heart, read my "About Me & CTMH" blog page HERE.

    To take advantage of the Consultant Kit at 50% off + FREE You & Me scrapbooking kit, click HERE.

    As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

    Friday, May 20, 2011

    Fun Fanfare Card

    This was my first time playing with Close to my Heart's new Fanfare paper pack. Such fun colors! I kept this card simple because I made it for my dad's birthday...the day before the Fourth of July. But it just so happens that this card will be doing double-duty, because the day after his birthday he's retiring!!! Yippee! I'm so excited for him!
    And I just had to share this next picture with you because of how perfectly Oslo is positioned to get in the picture. I can't tell you how many times I have to reposition my card because he is in the background. So I just went with it this time.
    I used Shining Star, one of my all-time favorite stamp sets for the star and "celebrate." I got this set in my Consultant Kit 3 years ago and it's constantly a go-to for me. Because it's such a great set, it's still available if you wanna snag it!

    To give the star that two-tone effect, I first stamped it in sunny yellow, then just rocked the edges in cranberry.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    My New Craft Room Wall: What I've Been Up To!

    I'll go ahead and say it: I'm addicted to spray paint.

    Ever since the weather warmed up and the flowers began to bloom, I've had spring fever, and I can't get enough of this color GREEN! It's called Eden, and I highly recommend it :) Last month I had quite the project going on with this paint...I created a focal wall in my craft room. More on that in a minute...
    I also can't get enough of coral and aqua as accent colors right now, and I found these pictures at Marshall's that caught my eye.
    I didn't buy them when I first saw them because I had nothing in mind to do with them. But I kept thinking about them all week. I had to have them. I went back thinking they'd be gone, but they were there! The small one was only $12.99, and the larger one $16.99. Why, oh why did I not buy them the first time? I also found those cute small picture frames to bring all my inspiration colors together.

    Then I had this novel idea to spray paint every old frame in my house to this green. There's a big wall right in front of you as you walk into my craft studio, and I'd never been happy with how I decorated it, so I decided to make a frame collage. And to bring cohesion to all the frames, and get my love of Eden green out, I painted them all the same color green.

    I'm happy to say that I FINALLY finished this project! I feel like it took forever...I had to prime the frames a few at a time, then paint, wait to dry. Then prime and paint a few more, run out of paint, go to Home Depot, finish painting. It became a drawn-out process and I'm so glad it's done!
    I've had the mirror forever, but was bored of the silvery-gold frame. I painted it and thought it still needed a little something, so I made a bunch of fabric rosettes for the top and bottom corners. I used old t-shirts, cotton scraps, and a polyester tank top to make my flowers. I'll post my tutorial on how I made this frame soon.
    This next frame had been sitting in our garage for a while because I didn't like it. A coat of green spray paint jazzed it up really fast! I had a white mat that fit it perfectly (from who knows where). I wanted to print some subway art to go inside, but the opening is 11x13, and I didn't want to pay to have something printed elsewhere. So I found this subway art HERE for free and printed it on 8.5x11" glossy photo paper. To fill the gap between the art and mat, I created a 2nd mat using the same coral polyester tank top I used for the rosettes!

    And there you have it, my new craft room photo wall! It feels so springy and inspiring now. Isn't it amazing what a coat of paint can do!? The best part? I had everything on-hand, just had to buy the paint!

    Have a wonderful day!

    I'm linking up here:

    The DIY Show Off

    Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden

    Blue Cricket Designs Show and Tell

    Coastal Charm

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    How to Create Scalloped Borders With a Circle Punch

    I wanted to share this video from Close to my Heart with you because I think it does a great job of showing you a fun new technique plus the value of the Workshop on the Go Kits...all in under 4 minutes!

    I love CTMH's Workshop on the Go Kits...they include everything you need to make 12 cards or 2 2-page layouts, or a mixture of the two. Plus the step-by-step instructions, including cutting diagrams are included. It's a fast, adorable way to get your scrapbooking or cardmaking completed.

    I love that CTMH's circle punch is 1-1/4"...I haven't seen that size in stores. It makes the perfect size scallop!

    You can view/order any of the 8 Workshops on the Go HERE.
    And you can view/order the 1-1/4" circle punch HERE.

    Here is a layout and 3 cards you can create with the Mayberry Workshop on the Go, featured in this video.

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Making Jewelry

    My mom visited me last month and we had some fun picking out jewelry supplies, among other crafty things, at Hobby Lobby. Our creative ambitions got carried away and we never got around to making jewelry, but I later made this fun necklace with the ribbon and pearls we got that day. I've seen this look in stores and online and really like it, so I thought I'd try it myself...and I love how it turned out. I ended up giving a finished one to my mom and she loves it!
    I also had these black resin mums that I made into earrings. I don't know that I'd necessarily wear them with this necklace, but I thought I'd share them since they match :)

    Thanks for visiting, I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    Chick Cupcakes

    I'm a little later sharing these pictures, but better late than never! I wanted to share the cute cupcakes I made for Easter. I spent a week and a half in San Diego visiting my family and we had Easter at my sister's house. I was in charge of dessert and wanted to make something cute since my sister has little kiddos.

    I got an email from Betty Crocker with this recipe a couple of days before Easter. PERFECT! Betty Crocker has Gluten-free yellow cake mix!

    Here's the picture from Betty Crocker's website...much better picture than mine.
    And here are my chicks. I used peach gummy rings cut into triangles for the beaks and chocolate chips for the eyes. They were deeeeelicious!

    These would be great all spring long though...not just for Easter. They were fun and easy to make...and your kids will have fun helping!

    Thanks for visiting my little blog today. Have a wonderful day.

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    Simple Punched Flower Card

    I love cards that are simple, yet elegant, and I think this one is just the ticket. I punched 3 flowers in coordinating patterned paper and added a rhinestone to the center of each. I love the look of rounding all the corners.

    You can add any sentiment to the card...this design would be perfect for Mother's Day!

    Thanks for visiting!