Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Last Chance for Topstitch Workshop

Thursday, March 18th is the last day to purchase your Topstitch Workshop kit. You won't want to miss out on this adorable gift set. See my post of Monday, March 8th for more details.

Email me at if you are planning to attend.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dare To Dream

Whether you're looking for a way to make additional income or a way to save money on your supplies, this is a fantastic time to join Close To My Heart. For the low price of $99 you will receive a start up kit loaded with fabulous CTMH products valued at more than $300! And when you sign up this month, you'll also receive the next four exclusive Stamps of the Month, which won't be available to customers until May, June, July & August. That's four additional stamp sets valued at $91.80 for FREE! There are bonus packs you can choose to add on as well for even greater savings on more CTMH products.

Signing up is easy. Click here to complete your enrollment form.

If you sign up this month, I'll send you a My Acrylix organizer to store your new stamp set in. It's my gift to you.

If you have questions about becoming a Close To My Heart consultant, post them here and I'll answer them as quickly as possible.

Caboodle Cube

I made this photo cube for a baby shower gift. It was pretty quick and easy. The cube is made of white chipboard and comes flat with scored lines for easy assembly. You can tie the corner holes together like I did or use Liquid Glass to adhere. Each side of the cube is 5".

Items used:
* Scraps from my Caboodle Level 2 paper kit (X7121B)
* My Creations Cube (Z152)
* Outdoor Denim accents (Z1277)
* White Hemp (Z281)
* Vanilla Cream Exclusive Inks stamp pad (Z2169)
* Just For Boys stamp set (C1338)
* Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks stamp pad (Z2140)
* Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks stamp pad (Z2117)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Creating the Perfect Title

Stickers are convenient, but what happens when all the common letters are used? You're left with a sheet of Q, X and Z, among others. I always have the letters I need when using my Close To My Heart alphabet stamp sets. There are many fonts and sizes to choose from. And they're easy to use as well.

I use the lines on my Versamat to line up the letters.

Since I need two h's I can leave a space for the first one and stamp the image later. Sure, I could leave off the last h, but I find it easier to line up the missing letter between two existing letters.

The next step is to lift the letters of the Versamat using my acrylic block. By pressing the block down on the letters, they cling to the block and lift up in alignment. Now they're ready to ink and stamp.

Stamp the ink images on your project.

Next, add the missing h.

I cleaned the stamps and moved the h from the large acrylic block to a block all by itself. Then I inked the h and situated it between the C and E in Cherish.

Viola! Perfectly straight titles every time.

Special thanks to my friend Melissa Robinson for inspiring this scrapbook layout.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Topstitch Workshop

Aren't these cards adorable? I made them using the March stamp of the month "A Little Everything" and Topstitch paper from Close To My Heart. The darling box and matching bow are the perfect size to hold these cards & envelopes. A big thanks goes out to fellow CTMH consultant, Chris Green, for her amazing designs.

You can make these too at my house on Saturday, March 27th from 1-5 p.m. You'll also make a mini album using a 6" x 6" Memory Showcase Album, a unique accordion-fold album from CTMH. All this for just $25. These make fabulous gifts perfect for Moms or Mom-to-be, or keep it for yourself. Seating is limited, so contact me right away to register: Pre-payment is required by March 18th.

The workshop includes:
  • 1 Topstitch level 2 paper pack
  • 4 card bases & envelopes
  • 6 Just Blooms
  • Assorted Chocolate Ribbon
  • Chocolate Soft Set Eyelets
  • 6x6 Memory Showcase Album
You'll need to provide your own adhesive and scissors. We will also use a piercing tool, bone folder, glue dots, and a craft sponge for ink distressing.

Additional items for consideration:

D1408 A Little Something Stamp set $22.95*
D1402 Togetherness Stamp set $22.95
Y1003 2x2 Acrylic Block $6.50
Y1005 1x6½ Acrylic Block $6.50
Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad $5.25
* Also available at a discount, ask me how.
(shipping and tax apply)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Scrapbooking, Texas-Syle

Last weekend I had the opportunity to join a few friends (and meet some new ones) in Gainsville, Texas for a scrapbooking marathon. I went through 3 packages of Tombow adhesive in three days. We stayed at the Lone Oak Ranch located near the Oklahoma border. Since I had to fly into Dallas, I was limited in the amount of scrapbooking paper and embellishments I could stuff into my suitcase. But you will be amazed by the goodies these ladies hauled to the Ranch. It was such a fun, relaxing, productive trip. I hope to do it again someday.

There are 34 of us settled in here. We each had our own 6 ' table for 48 hours of creative space.

My friend, Joy M. Look at how organized she is. I was able to dip into Joy's scrap bag when I needed just a small amount of Twilight or Sweet Leaf cardstock. Thanks, Joy!

This is an outside shot of our creative space. The 'ballroom' was surrounded by 10 lodgings, so it was very convenient to go to bed after scrapbooking until 3 a.m. Yes, you read that right. Some of us stayed up until the wee hours of the morning taking full advantage of our creative time away from the distractions of home.

I've seen a lot of mounted game: deer, elk, moose, even a 'jackalope'*, but I've never seen a bull until now! This lovely wall decor' adorned the dining hall. (*if you haven't heard of a jackalope, google it.)

And did I mention the divine dinner rolls?! Mmmmm.

A Little Everything

It's a new month which means a new Stamp of The Month from Close To My Heart. It's called A Little Everything (D1408), and it has a little everything in the way of sentiments - perfect for crafting cards and embellishing scrapbook layouts. This stamp set is available through March 31st for $22.95, or you may receive it at a discount - even free - when you purchase CTMH products.