Thursday, September 30, 2010

CTMH--- October SOTM Blog Hop- Share the Magic

Welcome to the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for October 2010!

All artwork on the hop will feature October's Share the Magic, a set of 12 stamps! If you have come here from Katy's Blog, you are on the right path.

This month we have  about 70 CTMH Consultants sharing their SOTM creations, and other great CTMH artwork. Hopping along is fun and simple to do - just click the link at the end of each blogger's post to move to the next one! 

This month's Stamp of the Month kicks off the Holiday season!  I love this fun, whimiscal set!!  It is perfect for coloring or watercoloring :)  Did you know there's only 85 days until Christmas???  (And now that I've looked that up, I'm feeling a tad behind!)

This month, I used this set as a part of my "Joyful" Home decor workshop.  I stamped the Tree in New England Ivy and then watercolored it in using the same color (O).  I stamped the reindeer in Cocoa and used chocolate, desert sand and cranberry to color him in (Y).  I also stamped the presents in New England Ivy and colored them in with the New England Ivy and Cranberry (L).  All stamped images are colored with the waterbrush, by dipping it in the ink and coloring the image. 
BIG THANKS to Annette Green!  I had already created half of my workshop and could not think of anything "Christmas-y" with 6 letters to go on the back.  She posted her version of "Joyful" and I struck gold!  

October SOTM- Share the Magic
Cranberry, Garden Green Cardstock
Creative Basics Mistletoe
Dimensional Elements Uppercase
Pearl Opaques
Cranberry ribbon
Holiday Trinkets Stamps
Cranberry, New England Ivy, Chocolate, Cocoa, Desert Sand inks

Check out the other side of the "Joyful" sign:

 This one was copied almost exactly from page 38 of the Autumn Winter Idea Book.  

Stay tuned for workshop details on how YOU can create this fabulous Home Decor Display sign!!!

Remember, the October SOTM is only available until 10/31! Click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Now hop on over to Angela Tutton's site to see what she has created for you!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CTMH-- Magic + Magnifique Last one

....for now!

Here is the second of the 2 pages that we completed at Convention. We used the Magnifique Kit once again.   If you missed the first, see it HERE.
This is yet another interactive layout I created using the all new Magic How-To book.

When corporate asked us to bring photos for this layout, it listed 20 pictures in different sizes for "layout 2".  I thought to myself "how in the world will I fit 20 pictures on one page?" and "I don't have 20 pictures of the same event".  Sure enough, using the new 12" flip flaps, this layout has 21 pictures on it!

This ONE layout has almost ALL of the pictures from our camping trip to the beach this year in it.  I saved a couple to do another layout with.  WOW!!!!!!  Four day's worth of vacation packed into ONE LAYOUT!!!!! 

Magnifique Level 2
Z1325 12" Flip Flaps   
Black Marker
9034 Magic
Z1261 Lots of Dots Alphabet

Order your Magnifique Kit of the Month and YOU could create this layout too!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CTMH-- Studio J Updates

I <3 CTMH!
They really really listen to their customers and consultants needs!

FIRST:  Check out this fabulous article on Studio J

Studio J has ENHANCED the member benefits!  
To help make Studio J® as user-friendly as possible, Close To My Heart is removing restrictions on the number of layouts members can purchase at 50% off each month. Effective now,  members are no longer limited to 10 layouts at this price, but will receive the 50% discount on every layout ordered. Members will still receive one free shipment per month for up to 20 layouts when their orders reach the existing minimums. If you have already purchased more than 10 layouts for the month and paid a higher price for the additional layouts, you will be credited the difference automatically on the credit card used for the transaction.

 Yaaaaaaaay!!!!!  I'm so excited about this one!  I ordered my Studio J layouts this month, but stopped at the 10 that were 50% off!  Now we are no longer limited to the amount we will get at a discount!

Become a member today and SAVE BIG!

Memberships and details can be found here:  STUDIO J

Saturday, September 25, 2010

CTMH- Hooligans + New COLORS + more Layout

Don't you just LOVE CTMH's new colors????  I DO!!!!!
Today I have taken inspiration from a few places for this layout!

Jeanette Lynton posted about the new Summer Carnival Palette and the Summer Celebration Palette recently.  The artwork shown in these posts capitalize on the brilliance of the new colors!

The sketch I used today comes from Creative Scrappers- Sketch #84

I was also inspired by the colors and pennants from the Stampin' Celebration Challenge #21

I had a great time stamping, using my Cricut (Once Upon a Princess cart) and embossing with my Cuttlebug.  It's not very often that ALL of these toys get played with on one layout!

And mostly, I just want to use the Hooligans Kit for layouts that are NOT Halloween! 

Hooligans Level 2
Hooligans Stickease
Summer Celebration Cardstock
I Scream (retired)
Lagoon Mini Medleys
Sunset Mini Medleys
Party Pennants
Gypsy, Sunset, Cotton Candy, Pear, Lagoon & Black ink
Cricut & Cuttlebug

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CTMH-- Magic + Magnifique Again

Here is yet another interactive layout I created using the all new Magic How-To book.  We created this layout at Convention in Washington DC this summer and I taught it to my Kit of the Month group on Sunday.  They LOVED IT!  Everyone was so thrilled to learn how to use the 12" Flip Flaps in order to add to their scrapbooks.

Mezmerize left side

There is an 8" Flip flap on the left and 4" flip flap on the right. 
With 8" Flap opened:
Both Flaps opened:
I still need to do some journaling or add another picture in the blank spots
My favorite parts of this layout (besides the 12" flip flaps) are:
1- the use of the new Foundry Flourishes metal accents.  I love how they create a "buckle" behind the peacock on the front page and the little photo corners in the corners of the page. 
2- the stamped peacock!  We used "Circle of Love" and inked the whole peacock in Pear, then rolled the head and tail in Lagoon.  Add some Mocha opaques or even the new Blue and Green Sparkles to him and WHOA!

Magnifique Level 2
Z1340 Lagoon Mini Medleys         
Z1327 Blue Sparkles                      
Z1331 Foundry Flourishes                
Z1333 Mocha Opaques         

Z2195 Lagoon Ink                        
Z2197 Pear Ink                                 
Z1325 12" Flip Flaps    
D1438 Circle of Love 
9034 Magic
*Title Printed by CTMH

Order your Magnifique Kit of the Month and YOU could create this layout too!

Stay tuned for the right side of this interactive layout..... 20+ photos...... MAGIC!                  

Monday, September 20, 2010

Blog Update--- New "Pages"

Did you notice that I've added new "pages" to my blog????

At the top, you'll find a page for the 2010 Retiring List and my current Stamp Set Sale

Stay tuned as I add more pages over the coming weeks. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

CTMH-- Magic + Magnifique

Have you seen the new Magic book???  This all new How-To book by Jeanette Lynton is amazing!  It will teach you how to make your scrapbook pages truly "Magic"al!  The patterns alone are fantastic, but the details of making them interactive are super cool! 

This weekend my Kit of the Month club will be working with the Magnifique Kit.  In addition to the featured scrapbook pages in the kit, I am teaching them 2 layouts from Magic.

This layout is called "Now you see it"  I created both pages of the layout, but not as a 2-page spread. 

This is the left side layout:
This is the right side page.  I cut a "hole" in my base page to show the slide out piece.  When laying in the album, you'll be able to see the journaling.  You can pull the little metal tab to see the additional pictures when the piece is slid out. 

All CTMH unless noted
Magnifique Workshop on the go
Z1340 Lagoon Mini Medleys           
Z1327 Blue Sparkles                        
Z1331 Foundry Flourishes                 

Z2195 Lagoon Ink
Z2305 Black Marker
Z2192 Pacifica Ink
Z1142 Stayz-on Timber Brown
E1014 Posterboard Alpha
D1136Giggle Caps Alpha
D1280 Spot on Backgrounds
C1300 Just Like You
Z1088 Chocolate Waxy Flax
Z1070 Dimensional Elements Monograms "P"
Z1055 Dimensional Elements Monograms "A"
Bo Bunny Clear Chunky Shapes

Order your Magic book HERE today!  SHOP HERE for any products used!

Stay tuned to see the other Magical page I'm teaching at the Kit of the Month club

Join the Kit of the Month club today- email me to order!

Monday, September 13, 2010

CTMH--- Paper Flowers Challenge Card

I came across a video tutorial the other night on how to create paper roses from a uber-talented fellow consultant Tracey Mason.  I sat and created several of these right on the spot.  I was looking and waiting for the perfect card sketch to use them on.  You can see her tutorial HERE!

Along came the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge:

I just knew it was perfect!  I could not resist using my favorite color combo of red, black and white on this card, and one of my all-time favorite paper patterns from the Silhouette Creative Basics (retired) pack.

I doubled up on Challenges today for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge- Sentimentally Yours

Check out how cool these flowers look:
I really want to mail this card to a friend of mine for her birthday later this month.... but I'm not sure it would survive in a regular envelope.  I may just keep it in my ever growing stash :)

Supplies used:
All CTMH unless noted:
Tulip Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock
Liquid Glass
Pearl Opaques
Silhouette Creative Basics
Happy Birthday Stamps
Archival Black Ink
Fiskars edge punch

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