Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christmas Card Workshop!

The weather report today is telling us were going to cool way down and maybe snow! I personally enjoy the snow, I feel like its part of good old Indiana weather so, why complain? Below zero weather is a bit of challenge but, there again, we have a wood stove, a roof over our heads, plenty to eat and if the wind isn't blowing, we stay warm. 

Winter weather tends to make me go into hibernation mode. Especially after the holidays are done and the decorations are all put away. I never feel cabin fever, I just hibernate in my craft room and make pretty things. LOL!

Meanwhile, I am working on a Christmas Cards Workshop! Here is a start~

Card #1.

 This one is probably my favorite of the 3 on this blog. I loved how this technique is done. Here is the blog where I got the idea. Tamara's Paper Trail Thankyou so much Tamara for sharing this beautiful idea and your own gorgeous project.

Of course, all products used are Close To My Heart.


Black Staz On and Black (regular stamp pad)
Background Paper- Yuletide Paper Pack
D1610~Christmas Post Stamp Set

I started with the Whisper stamp pad and sponged the color inside the stencil with circular motions. I added the Slate on the outside edges adding Whisper to try and blend the colors. Adding the White Daisy into the center really helped smooth the colors. The idea is to give your sky depth and light.
I put a tiny puddle of white acrylic paint out on my craft sheet and tapped out a tiny bit then tapped on the gray (keep your stencil on) to make it look like snow falling. The key to this is to work off excess paint before applying to your project and less is more. 

Stamp the scenery stamp design on first with the Stayz On. Stamp again with the White Daisy. Remember, this is very wet and takes awhile to dry. You can use your heat gun to dry it faster. I took a tiny paintbrush and painted in the roof. Not solid. I want it to look like snow. 

Sentiment is stamped in the regular Black stamp pad. The size is:5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Card #2.
This card is inspired by this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Click on the link to see what the other ladies did with this delightful sketch. Then, try it out yourself and share your card with us on my Facebook Page.

 Here is the sketch!

Here is my card!

For this one, I used the Hostess Rewards Stamp Set-C1587 Sing Glory in the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations on page 7. 


Desert Sand
New England Ivy
Barn Red
Creme Brulee

The background technique is a Tim Holtz technique  using stamp pads, craft mat and water sprayed on the inks. You will need your heat gun to dry between layers of inks. All the credit goes to him. Sorry, I couldn't find this one in his blog I have all 3 of his books. I highly recommend them.

Here is another way of using this method also on our very own founder Jeanette Lynton's blog.

I used the Saddle to stamp the angel on the mottled background. I stamped the angel again with the versa mark stamp set and then embossed it with clear embossing powder to make it shine! The Ruby sentiment is stamped with Barn Red using D1544-Distressed Backgrounds stamp set. The design is cut with the Art Phylosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Page 46~ cut at 1"from Cashmere Cardstock
Page 46~ tag cut at 1" from Ruby Cardstock

Card #3-

This card was another Sketch Challenge from the Case this Sketch blogsite.

Mine didn't quite end up the same because of the subject.

This stamp set is retired, but, I just realized I actually have the one that took its place. 

D1614- Reason For The Season Stamp Set


Barn Red
Scrap Paper from the Snowhaven

I completely stamped the top piece all at once before cutting the side off. It's probably a no-brainer, but, just wanted to put that in. Using the Whisper for the city on the horizon line makes gives a very satisfying depth to the scene. Slate was used to stamp the Wise Men then the black for the rest. 

Hope you enjoy making these. I will be offering these and other Christmas Cards in a Card Buffet Workshop on Nov. 29 where you will make as many cards as you can in 3 hours for $15! 

Interested? Contact me here, on Facebook (I will be setting up an event) or email me and let me know if you want to join me and I will send you a registration form to fill out. Prepay will be neccessary with no refunds after Nov. 24.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lucky 5

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media! 
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Birthday Card

I actually made this card for the Cardibilities Challenge but because we were getting ready to go camping that week and it was a birthday card for my oldest daughter, it didn't get posted. 

This card was a fun try at using the advantages of my Gypsy with our Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. I am sure you can do the very same thing with the Cricut Craft room. I just haven't been in there yet to play with it.

 There are at least 3 different techniques on this card. Would you like to learn how to make it? 
Sign up for my Creative Club and join me each month to make this card and other fun, creative projects you can use. 

There is more information about this fun Club above. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mojo Monday!

Here is a card I made using the September Stamp of the Month~ Family is Forever and the sketch is from Mojo Monday! Check out the blog and see all the other cards that were made from this design. Lots of wonderful creative talent!

Everything on this page is made from Close To My Heart products.

Pathfinding Paper Pack X7186B
Embossing Folder Z1925
Barn Red Stamp Pad Z2104
Glacier Stamp Pad Z2641
Lagoon Stamp Pad Z2195
Cocoa Stamp Pad Z2114

I cut down a little overlay I had cut from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. It's the one I used as a stencil on the 2 page layout below. 

The next 2 cards design is from our Wishes Card design book. Somehow, I cannot get out of the brown rut with these cards. This one, I used the same overlay piece from the one above. Same colors, except the the Lagoon ribbon is actually Washi Tape on cardstock. 

This one is a 6x6 card. Quite fun to make although I see I got the centers off a tad bit. :-( 

I used the Art Phylosophy Cricut Cartridge and cut a circle in the top layer and then a ruffled circle for the smaller circle right in the center of the card itself. I used the Center Point button on the Cricut machine. I didn't realize until I had the card all put together and realized it's off a bit. The Gold Dots in the center are on the Vellum paper from a retired paper pack. 

Thank you so much for looking. Please be sure to comment below.

September Stamp of the Month

Wow! Time sure flies! Here it is, September already and I am just now posting a Scrapbook layout I made with the September Stamp of the Month.

I used paper from the Pathfinding Paper Pack. I didn't actually have the paper pack so, used from my sampler set and cardstock to match. I cut the mats from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. 

I had cut several little overlays from the Artbooking to check my Expression 2 to see if it was working. I used a couple of them as stencils on the edges of the pages and on the title. I glued and trimmed pieces of it to fit on the title piece.

I paper pieced the 2 hearts on the tree. Hope you like  what I did. I would love to hear from you~leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Stamp Of The Month

Well, here is the August Stamp of the Month. You can still get it, one more week anyway. 
Here are some things I did with it
First, I made a 2-page layout for my Grandson's birthday party. Who says this stamp set has to be for Halloween? ~Smile~ I even used the colors from the Scaredy Cat paper pack because they sorta went with the colors in the photos. 
                           Left side............
Right side..........Background paper was random stamped with one of the stamp designs. I stuck the letters too close together, his name is spelled Brauner.

6 x6 card set with some paper piecing and coloring with the ShinHan markers.

Another card using an overlay from the Artbooking. I shrunk it down to fit using the Real Dial size.

Sorry, I really like paper piecing. Another card. 

Fun Things to Make and Do

Got together with the girls in Ohio again. I am hoping they will post photos of their finished projects. We worked on these Pennant Frames. Once again, each unique individual creative self came out in each one.
This is the one I made. I used a retired paper pack, cut the pennant frame from the Artbooking at 1/2" on real dial size, the frames are from the Artbooking and cut on real dial size at 6 1/2". Just choose a square frame.The two borders are cut from the Artbooking on real dial size. One is cut at 1" and the other is cut at 3/4"

Here is a little something I did for organising. Decorated a notebook into a camping book. For some reason, I forget from one year to the next what to take for the grandkids and what we need for inside the camper. LOL!

I really had fun with this, I colored the little campers with our new ShinHan markers. I used some stickers that go with the Retired paper pack I used. The Note paper die cut was cut from the Artbooking I think, then stamped. 

Some cute little Thank you cards. This one is 3 1/2 x 2 1/2. I random stamped the background with the flowers and leaves and stamped the chicken wire on top of everything. I used retired eyelets. 

This one is the same size and the bottom plaid is stamped. Again, I used retired paper and brads.

This one is 3x3". Again I used a retired paper pack called Free To Be Me. Stamped the flower on B&T paper, trimmed every other petal off the top one, stacked it on top of a whole one on the bottom. 

I used a pop dot in between the layers of flowers to give it that 3 dimensional look. 

It looks kind of flat and blah, right?

Tah Dah! Get out the quilling tool-Z1795. This handy little tool has a slit in both ends so you can thread the piece of paper in and roll. Very, very cool and super handy to make those rolled flowers from the Art Phylosophy and Artiste Cricut Cartridges. I used it to add some dimension to these flat and boring flowers.

Curl.......and when your done....
add an Aqua Dot-Z1853 to the center. 

What a cool tool! What a happy ending!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Garage Sale~ Day 2

Here is some more stamp sets for you. Remember, if there is any you want, let me know by email, Facebook message or call me. Order by the number, please.

                                                            Stampin Up Wooden Stamp Set
                                   D size My Acrylix Stamp Set by Close To My Heart

                                                          B size My Acrylix Stamp Set

                                                       D size My Acrylix Stamp Set

                                                  D size My Acrylix Stamp Set

                                                    D size My Acrylix Stamp Set

                                                        B size My Acrylix Stamp Set

                                                    D size My Acrylix Stamp Set

                                                    D size My Acrylix Stamp Set

                                                        B size My Acrylix Stamp Set

                                                    C size My Arylix Stamp Set

                                      Mixed bag all but 1 are retired Close To My Heart.

                                  Stampin Up Set

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