Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Terrific Tip Tuesday - 4-29-14 STUDIO J

Have you ever looked at pictures you wanted to scrap and realized, "Oh, if only I still had some of that Close To My Heart paper from a few years back . . . it was JUST the right color combination!"?????

My tip for today is to check out all the great "paper packs" available through Studio J - our online scrapbooking program. When I went to design this layout of my niece's baby shower recently, I found this "oldie but goodie" design theme from years ago . . . STILL AVAILABLE when you design your layouts on Studio J. 

And remember - you can get into Studio J any time and look around, design, play - - - it doesn't cost a penny until you decide you are ready to purchase layouts that you've made. It doesn't get any better than that!

Visit my website and take a look . . . it's fun, and FREE to play!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Art # 10

Art by Karen Pedersen

Does this card feature some of your favorite retired products?  Dig them out and get busy!

Friday, April 25, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Art # 9

Art by Shari Froemming

Three great projects here, including a gift box, cut on the Cricut and using our new 2-sided Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Art # 8

Art by Jaime Llewellyn

Great texture is introduced to this card with the use of our "Dot" embossing folder.  Simply emboss, then sand gently and the white core of the paper is allowed to show through.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Terrific Tip Tuesday - 4-22-14 Inspired Color Combos

 Look around you!  What color combinations feel good to you?  What makes you smile?

I came across a FB page the other day that got me thinking about being inspired by color combinations that surround me.  So today I opened my eyes for what might draw out my creativity, and make me smile.

A map - this is the world map we mark as our son travels the world as a Merchant Marine.  I love the earthy tones..........

Blooming pansies - I love nature's vivid colors here, and the plant was a gift from some dear friends.....

A pottery platter - which was a gift from Close To My Heart at last year's Convention, in recognition of my Director title.....

Each of these things have beautiful color combinations that are very pleasing to my eye - and they each evoke for me a good and positive feeling.  Now - how might I translate these color combinations into my own creativity?

Could I use the soft map colors to create a beautiful scrapbook page that would lay a beautiful background for photos?  Could I use the bright pansy combination of purples, greens and yellows to make a festive birthday card?  Would the pottery colors work together to make a gorgeous gift bag or box, using our Cricut Artiste cartridge?

The end results would be beautiful - AND - I would have the bonus of working with colors that I already know make me feel good.

Visit this FB page for more inspiration, and then open your eyes, look around, and see what might inspire YOU!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Art # 7

Art by Tina Dupin

Laughing Lola is the paper theme here, accentuated with our Neutral Metallic Baker's Twine.  "Hello, it's me" is a great greeting for any type of card!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Art # 6

Art by Shannon Law

Mix it up!  We just can't get enough of our BT Duos, no matter what the paper pack.  Stripes, polka dots and geometric all come together well here, in the Babycakes theme.

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Art # 5

Art by Maggie Cameron

Pro Player BT Duos combine here in three bold strips for a splash of color and texture.  Silver Shimmer Trim and a Black Epoxy Bubble embellish.

Friday, April 11, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Art # 4

Art by Julie Reynolds

Clean simplicity.  A little BT Duo on the bottom from Lollydoodle, and a strip of Pear CS.  Add some Pink Flamingo Dots to the thought bubble, and we're good to go.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Amazing Prom Corsage!

Here is an amazing wrist corsage, made by fellow CTMH Consultant, Anne-Marie Scott:

"It's nuts here with getting all the kids ready for prom!  It is made with the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge, base and bling, and silver glitter paper colored with Alcohol markers to match the dresses. One down, four to go, plus boutonnière's! Sorry they are just phone photos for now. They were made in a way that the cuff can be removed and the flowers lay flat so they can be pinned like to a cork board or something. A little too poofy for a scrapbook, but they won't rot and stink either. ;) the initial pin is  removable also."

April Stamp of the Month Art # 3

Art by Debi Gardner

Each little square here stands out so well because they're individually inked on the edges.  Do this by brusing the piece directly onto the ink pad.  Gives great dimension.  Purple Shimmer Trim finishes it off.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Today . . . My favorite day . . .

Saw this picture on Facebook and LOVE the quote.  Used our Bracket Frame, covering it in Black cardstock.

April Stamp of the Month Art # 2

Art by Leslie Ann Chivers

The Babycakes paper packet is shined up here with the use of Bronze Shimmer Trim.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Art # 1

Art by Becky Mackenstadt

Black and Lagoon make a bold combination on this card, accented with a Black Sparkle Flourish.

Friday, April 4, 2014

April Virtual Layout Class - "Ariana"

Here are the SIX layout pages that you will be able to create with this month's Virtual Layout Class.  Just place a $30 product order (prior to ship/tax) by clicking here -and enter the "April Virtual Class."  Then you can let me know if you'd like the instruction packet for the card class previously posted, or this layout class:

Would you like a "shopping list" of items featured in these projects, to help you with your order?  Just email me and ask.

Then once you've received your instruction pack via email (including full color photos, cutting guide and easy-to-follow assembly instructions) you can create at your leisure, according to your own schedule!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Terrific Tip Tuesday

Each Tuesday, I will be posting on Facebook a tutorial featuring a Terrific Tip!  Today's tip is about using just two colors within a card to create a simple but attractive look.

Here are the cards from today's tutorial, and the products featured:

Cardstocks: Bamboo & Cocoa
Ink: Cocoa
Z1837 (Twine) Wooden Mini Medley

Cardstocks: Pear & Lagoon
Ink: Lagoon
Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape

Cardstocks: Whisper & Blush
Ink: Blush
Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim

Cardstocks: Sunset & Honey
Ink: Honey
Z1931 Honey Triangles Washi Tape

Stamp sets used:
A1146 Sincere Expressions
D1539 The Happy Couple
Learn more: http://julie.ctmh.com/Default.aspx

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ARIANA - April's Virtual Card Class

Here are the 8 cards YOU can create, when you make a $30* order through the April Virtual Class link on my web site.  You will then receive, via email, a printable instruction pack, including full color photos, step-by-step directions and easy-to-read cutting list.  This class is available only through ordering via the April Virtual Class link.

Email me today for a list of products used for these cards, to help you in ordering.

*$30 before ship/tax