Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Video Tutorial: The Close To My Heart Stamp Scrubber.... everyone needs one!

Good Morning,

Today's video tutorial from Close To My Heart shows you how to use our new Stamp Scrubber to clean both pigment and dye based inks off of all of your stamps. It's very effective, affordable and easily transportable.... I made a rhyme without even trying (hee hee). At any rate, it is a great addition to any stampers arsenal. Enjoy. 
With a smile~ Tina



Monday, May 27, 2013

Dream Pop Papers

Good Morning,

Just a few more items made with the Dream Pop papers and the May Stamp of the Month- Pinwheel.
I would love to hear your comments on what you plan on doing with these bright and whimsical papers. 
With a smile, Tina






Friday, May 24, 2013

Dream Pop Celebration Card

Good Morning,

It's time for another Dream Pop card to get your creative juices flowing. The neat thing about this card is that you can see the glossy texture on the cardstock very nicely. All of the cardstocks are double sided, featuring one side with a glossy pattern to it, and the other side as just the cardstock. And look how much ooomph the Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes add. These are definitely stampable or inkable, but they look great on their own too. A little bit of Silver Shimmer Trim and bakers twine completes the look. Be sure to get your set today before they are gone... May 31st is fast approaching.  With a smile, Tina



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Treat Tubes, Muslin Bags, Clear Pillow Boxes and Kraft Containers

Good Morning,

By now I am sure many of you have seen all of the new gift-giving products that were introduced in the Spring and Summer 2013 CTMH Idea Book... but maybe you haven't been inspired to use them. Or, perhaps you weren't sure just how to use them. Or... maybe you haven't seen them. If this is the case, you can easily view our entire Idea Book online. 

In any case, this video will show you some great ideas to get the creative juices flowing. The cute little album made from our food safe bags was my favorite item they showed. I would love to hear which item you liked most from this video. Have a wonderful day!! With a smile~ Tina

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Buzz and Bumble Layout #3 for the May Scrap Clubs

Good Morning,

Here is the third and final 12x12 layout my May Scrap Club ladies created. You can see the Almond Glitter Glitz a little better on the bees in the second picture. And again... another layout that focuses on 4"x 6" photos to make your scrapbooking faster, simpler and easier than ever! Enjoy!




Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Party Favors featuring the Treat Tubes and Dream Pop Papers

Good Morning,

Another fun bit of artwork to share featuring the Dream Pop papers and our new Treat Tubes. These little gifties were introduced in the Spring/Summer 2013 CTMH Idea Book and are super easy to work with. Plus, they are made of a food safe material so your options of filling them are endless. Enjoy!  Tina




Monday, May 20, 2013

Dream Pop papers make the brightest, funnest, most sparkly Summer Layouts

Hey Everyone,

I had so much fun creating these three 12x12 layouts with the Dream Pop papers this weekend that I just had to share. The sun was shining a bit here in the Pacific Northwest and my kids were enjoying Popsicles after long periods of trampoline jumping... and these colors just screamed out at me to be scrapped. So here are the creations I came up with. 

The most important thing to know is that if you love these papers too, then you need to get them right away because after May 31st, they are gone forever. Head over to my site and read all about how you can get your own set.  Also, my Scrap Club ladies will all get to make these exact layouts in July! I hope they like them! 
With a smile~ Tina












Buzz and Bumble Layout #2 for the May Scrap Clubs

Good Morning,

Here is the second layout my Scrap Club ladies created this month. My camera and I were not getting along when I took these photos so I apologize now for the poor quality. We are still having issues but hopefully things will get back to normal soon. Wink Wink! Anyway, this layout focuses on the dark Cocoa cardstock for it's base and a nice neutral Champagne cardstock for photo mattes. I like this layout because it make scrapbooking so fast and easy using 4x6 photos. I know I need more "fast and easy" in my life sometimes. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to get your own kit.  Enjoy! With a smile~ Tina 



 It's hard to see in the photos, but I did dab a bit of the Almond Glitter Glitz gel on each of the bees to give them a bit of sparkle. In person it looks fantastic. And the beauty of this product... it won't flake off on to your photos, so no scratches!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Buzz and Bumble Layout #1 for the May Scrap Clubs

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to share the first of 3 layouts I created for my Scrap Club girls. These kits are also available as "To-Go" kits as well. In May I chose to feature the Buzz & Bumble papers and My Stickease accented with the Almond Glitter Gel and the Opaques Mocha Adhesive pearls. I uxed the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the accent shapes on the layout. This shape was an oval and I cut the top and bottom off to frame the focal point photo. Enjoy! With a smile~ Tina









Friday, May 17, 2013

Dream Pop papers with the Pinwheel May Stamp of the Month Set

Good Morning,

Since it is still National Scrapbooking Month I thought it would be fun to share cards and layouts that have been created using these papers throughout the rest of the month. This set is available during the Month of May ONLY and at a great price of only $10 with any $35 purchase. The colors are so vibrant and cheerful that I have been hoarding it. If you are interested in getting your own set of papers... it's easy. The Dream Pop papers are available right now. When shopping on my site, as soon as your total reaches $35, a pop up will offer you the pack. It couldn't be easier! Have fun. With a smile~ Tina






Thursday, May 16, 2013

Buzz & Bumble Card with CTMH's new Brown and Tan Glitter Paper

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to share some of the projects I have been creating with the Buzz & Bumble papers from Close To My Heart. This month I chose to pair this paper with the new Brown and Tan Glitter Paper and the Almond Glitter Glitz Gel. This combination goes so well together and is super easy to work with. On this particular card, I rubbed a bit of the glitter gel right onto the background and texture paper, as well as on to the bees. It was definitely as easy peasy card. Enjoy! With a smile ~ Tina


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Creating Custom Layouts and Custom Photo Wells in Studio J Online Scrapbooking software

Good Morning~

Boy do I have some excellent news for you! Close To My Heart has just added some amazing enhancements to our Studio J online scrapbooking software.... customizable photo wells. What this means is that your layout designs are now endless. You can create beautiful layouts in minutes with our trademarked patterns, or you can quickly and easily customize them to fit your needs. This video shows you the full range of capabilities. Be sure to watch all the way to the end to see how you can now make your very own collages as well. Just another reason I LOVE Studio J! And remember, it is ALWAYS free to create an account and build layouts.... 100 %. So poke around and have some fun in Studio J.
With a smile~ Tina

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Video Tutorial: Circle Punch Inspiration

Good Morning everyone,

Today's video tutorial from Close To My Heart features our Circle Punches and some fun stamp sets that, when combined, created beautiful and whimsical art. My favorite item they show is the card with the world stamp.... circle punch, flip flap, confetti... and wah-lah... an amazing card anyone would love to receive. Enjoy! With a smile~ Tina

Friday, May 10, 2013

Are you still celebrating National Scrapbooking Month?

Good Morning Everyone,

I know its getting later in the month but if you are an avid scrapbooker like me, you are STILL finding as many ways as possible to continue celebrating National Scrapbooking Month... and what better way to celebrate than a super discounted pack of bright and cheerful textured cardstock and fabulous background and texture papers. This exclusive paper packet is called "Dream Pop" and includes:

  • 12 cardstock sheets with an exclusive glossy pattern on one side and...
  • 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only —   
you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else! 

Check them out for yourself!  With a smile, Tina

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Later Sk8r Boy's Birthday Card

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to share a quick card I created with the papers and stamps from the Later Sk8r Workshop on the Go kit. I accented my card with the CTMH Silver Shimmer Trim tape and the grey Bakers Twine. For fun, I took the sweet leaf alcohol marker and colored over the silver shimmer trim to pull out the colors from the Background and Texture paper. Super simple card! Enjoy~ Tina

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Video Tutorial: Layering with Alcohol Markers

Good Morning Everyone,

I know its been a few weeks since I last posted.... tennis and baseball season both seem to keep me so busy, but in a super-fun-wouldn't-miss-it-for-the-world kind of way! My son just finished up districts today so that gives me a little breathing room to get back to this thing I love called crafting. I have several items made from the new "Later Sk8r" papers and stamps to share with you, but before I do, I wanted you guys to see this video tutorial on using our alcohol markers. I get a lot of questions about these, and "seeing" them in action will really help I think. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Enjoy the tutorial!
With a smile, Tina