Thursday, April 14, 2011

Layered Flowers Blog Hop

Welcome to our newest Technique Blog Hop! This month there are 12 of us highlighting the “Layered Flowers” technique as shown on page 7 in the Close To My Heaert Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this link. While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way. Let’s get started!

If you are coming from TONYA WHITEHURST'S  Blog, you are on the right track! This technique is highlighted with the Sophia paper packet in the Idea Book but you will find variations for its’ use through this hop.

I used the Extreme Happiness stamp set (Item C1356) and papers from the Miracle Level 2 paper pack (Item X7133B) to create this "Paradise" card. I love how the Honey-colored hibiscus flower pops against the muted tones of Bamboo, Crystal Blue and Sweet Leaf in the Miracle Collection.

If you would like to see details on the technique or my supply list, please continue reading below.  If not, please continue on to DEBI BARBER'S blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

The steps to Layered Flowers are:

1. Stamp base image in one color and outline in another (if applicable to stamp selected). Repeat on another piece of cardstock.

2. Trim first image around all outer images.

Trim second image, cutting out portions of the flower (to create the layered effect).

3. Curl ends of petals on second image and adhere on top of first image. Layer mixtures of stamped accent and embellishments to finish.

Thanks for stopping by!  Continue onto  DEBI BARBER'S blog to continue the hop!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

This Is NOT April Fools...

Wowzers! There's a huge sale going on at my Close To My Heart website. This Cherry-O bundle is selling for an amazing $15 (retail value $32.80!!).  You'll see more deals at my website. These items are While Supplies Last.

Also, when your order reaches $100 or more you can select a My Reflections Level 1 kit for free (retail value $9.95).  You'll also get the April Stamp of the Month Blessed for free (retail value $22.95).  Now that's a great deal!!

And don't forget the Hope for Japan stamp set available this month for $5.  All proceeds go to the Red Cross for the Japan earthquake victims.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hope for Japan

In 1991 I lived in Tokyo, Japan serving a religious mission for my church.  One morning I awoke to tremors from an earthquake centered near Yokohama, many miles south of my six-story apartment building.  You'd think growing up in Southern California, I'd know how to handle a little movement but that six-point-something quake took me by surprise.

The Sendai quake is unlike anything any of us has ever experienced before. If you're like me, you've been awestruck by images of the destruction in that region, wondering how you can help.  Close To My Heart has created a stamp set called Hope for's just Five Bucks, and all profits go to the American Red Cross efforts in Japan. This offer is available through April 30th.  Contact me or visit my website to order one, or more.

April Stamp of the Month: Blessed

I was pleasantly surprised by the versatility of this month's stamp set.  You'll see what I mean when you scroll down.  I decided to get out of my comfort zone and make a circle card from the Wishes book.  The papers are from the Sweetheart paper pack (Item X7134B).

You can get this stamp set at a discounted price with purchase:

You spend: $25          $50.00      $75.00       $100.00
Savings:      25% off    50% off     75% off     FREE!
You pay:    $17.21      $11.48      $5.74        FREE!

Contact me or visit my website to order yours.

Thanks to the following Consultants who contributed to this artwork display:
Michelle Battitori, Neely Dean, Judy Faye Garner, Carol Harris, Sharryl Hales, Cathy Rogers, Joy McHargue, Julyne Morvis, Melissa Robinson, Shirley Ross, Rachel Ventura, and Tonya Whitehurst.