Thursday, February 23, 2012

Birthday Cards

This week's challenge on Use it or Lose it as to use this photo as inspiration for our project:

I was immediately drawn to the colors and large clock, so I used those two aspects of the photo for my 2 cards.

I used the following products:

Art Philosophy Cartridge
Snowflake Chipboard (Stars)
Lagoon Baker's Twine
Celebrtion Stamp Set-CTMH
Enjoy Life Stamp Set-CTMH
Black and Lagoon CTMH Ink
White Daisy Cardstrock-CTMH
Pearls-American Crafter

Be sure to check out the challenge blog and all the other great designers.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chipboard Altering is Endless

Yes, I said it, endless. There are probably dozens of different ways to use, decorate and alter chipboard. Chipboard is a fabulous way to add dimension and texture to your project. Chipboard works great on cards, layouts and altered projects such as frames and tins.

Here I am going to show you how to ink, cover with patterned paper and mist your chipboard.

To begin you need chipboard! Chipboard is sold by almost every manufacturer and I will be using Close to My Heart Chipboard and my own chipboard today. You can also create your own chipboard with a thin piece of chipboard and a die cutter.

Other materials I used were modge podge, Close to My Hear Ink and Re-Inker, Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist, paint brush, Close to My Heart filing tools and sanding tools, scissors, patterned paper and a sponge.

First I will show you how to cover your chipboard with patterned paper. You will need a piece of chipboard, modge paint, paint brush, sanding tool, scissors, and ink for edges is optional.

You will begin by paint modge podge on the top of your chipboard and put it on the wrong side of the patterned paper. After the modge dries (which usually only takes a few minutes) you will take your scissors and cut around the chipboard leaving a small edge of patterned paper extending around the chipboard.

Your next step is sanding the edges of the chipboard so it smooths to the edges of the chipboard. Here is Simon showing you how to sand your edges. (I could not figure out how to use both hands to work on the chipboard and take a photo so Simon volunteered to sand for me!)

Here is the finished look of the chipboard after sanding the edges.

I add ink to the edges of my chipboard to hide any imperfections on my cutting or sanding.

Here is the heart on a card that I created with the Love Life stamp set, blank ink and black and white card stock.

Next I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to spray my chipboard. I used the Creme de Rouge color to spray three stars that I will use on a scrapbooking layout. When using Glimmer Mist, keep the bottle approximately 6" away from the item you are spraying and when spraying apply even pressure and strokes. I used 3 layers of Glimmer Mist to cover the three stars.

Here is the layout I created using the chipboard stars. I used some retired Close to My Heart paper "Notebook" and a sketch from blueprintsketches as inspiration.  I also sprayed my 12x12 cardstock with the Glimmer Mist to pull out more of the color.

Another fun way to be creative with chipboard is to create your own spray ink using Close to My Heart re-inker, water and a spray pen. Not only is it fun it is super easy. All you do is take your spray pen, add 3-4 drops of re-inker and fill with water. If you want a pearl finish you can add a few drops of Close to My Heart pearl paint.

Spray using the same technique as with the Glimmer Mist. I will show this on a complete project on a post tomorrow!

Finally, you can create your own chipboard with a die cut machine. You will need a thin piece of chipboard and your die cut machine. If you are using a Cricut, you will need a deep blade housing and turn your machine to "multi-cut" at least 3 times. I had to turn it on multi-cut 4 times.

I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge and used the layered butterfly to create this beautiful piece of chipboard.

I then grabbed some scrap paper and covered it and then used my file set from Close to My Heart to sand the inside scrolls.

My favorite part about the Close to My Heart chipboard is that it coordinates to sizes on the Art Philosophy Cartridge or creating your own chipboard allows you to cut one piece in chipboard and another piece in paper and cover it without all the fussy cutting.

Now it is time to grab your supplies and start playing with your chipboard.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Oh Baby Mini-Album

I have fallen in love with the Close To My Heart mini-albums. This is the second one I have made and it is for my cousin and his wife and their first baby.

I used the following supplies:

CTMH Mini-Album
Twitterpad Paper from CTMH
"Nonsense" Rub-Ons by We R Memory Keepers
Tiny Tots (flowers)
Misc. Buttons

Some techniques I would use on my next mini-album; I would use modge podge to put the paper  directly onto the chipboard and then sand the edges, I would remember to plan ahead and put the brads on before I adhered the paper to the chipboard and I would leave room for more journaling.

I hope you can use this album as inspiration for your next or first mini-album.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Piece of Cake Birthday Card

I am excited to be part of an amazing group of Close to My Heart Consultants creating for the Use It of Lose It Blog. Our first challenge was to use our oldest Close to My Heart Stamp. I used the Piece of Cake stamp set. It might not be my oldest, but it is one of the oldest I have!

I designed this birthday card to use for my mom's birthday:

Aside from the Piece of Cake stamp, I used some old CTMH paper I had lying around "Gingham Spring Combo" along with CTMH markers and Oak Brown ink.

I look forward to my next reveal in two weeks.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rock the Block Holiday Workshop

This is the papercraft workshop of the quarter! Join me as we create a block set that you can use for 6 different holidays; Valentines, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Any blocks that are white at this time will have photos on them, but I cannot find the perfect pics and still have some boxes to look through!

Join me March 13th from 6-9pm to create this fabulous home decor.

The cost for this great workshop is $22 and includes all supplies. Must RSVP by March 1st to allow time for ordering of blocks.

February Card Workshop

With all this sun we have been having, I have neglected my blog the last few days. So here I am working to get caught up while watching NCIS.

I hope you can join me Thursday February 16th for my monthly card workshop. We will be making 10 cards and here are 8 of them :

 If you have never taken a card workshop before it is a great evening to get some handmade thank you, birthday and all occasion cards created. Everything is cut for you so all you do is ink, embellish and personalize.

The cost for 10 cards, with envelopes is $15 and you provide your own adhesive or $18 and I provide adhesive. We will meet from 6:30-8:30. RSVP by Monday February 13th.

Monday, February 6, 2012

20 Layouts in 5 Hour Workshop

Whether you are new to scrapbooking, behind on scrapbooking or want to create a scrapbook from your family vacation, this workshop is for you. Join me Friday Mach 9th from 6-11 pm to create 20 beautiful layouts. You choose your paper and I do all the cutting and prepping for you. That night you will ink, embellish and put the layouts together. You will have use of my Cricut, inks and stamps.

The workshop price of $60 includes all paper and a matching embellishment pack, plus an extra brads, buttons or ribbons you want to add to your pages.

I used the Victory paper to create the following layouts:

Mine are not all embellished yet, but I wanted to get them posted so you could mark your calendar and look at an Idea Book and pick your paper. Please RSVP by February 22nd so I have to time to order and cut the kits. Kits are also available for those who don't live in the area.

Monthly Scrapbooking Club

This month I am starting a Monthly Scrapbooking Club (will go from February-July) with 6 ladies. We will meet the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00.

We will meet one night a month and complete a layout that I have prepared, have snacks and spend the evening enjoying ourselves. In return, you commit to purchasing $25 worth of Close to My Heart product every month on our Club night. This is a great way to pace yourself as you buy all the wonderful Close to My Heart products in the current catalog.

As a bonus, each month someone earns the hostess rewards for that month, which means free/reduced Close to My Heart Product. So, once during the Club period, you will earn a minimum of $25 in free product along with the Stamp of the Month for the month you are the hostess.

Also, if you have a friend sign-up too for the Club, I will give you a free stamp set (Size A or B) with your first order. So be sure to share this with your scrapbooking friends!

If you are not a scrapper but a card maker, I will create 3 cards for you to make each month using a variety of techniques.