Friday, April 29, 2011

Studio J step by step tutorial

If you haven't tried Close To My Heart's user-friendly and oh-so-beautiful answer to digital scrapbooking: Studio J, NOW is the time! This just over 7-minute tutorial gives you all the basics you need to make your first layout...and MORE! You'll LOVE it! 

Studio J is FREE to create. No need to purchase programs or bog down your computer with downloads. Your projects will be saved for 90 days. Plenty of time to create multiple pages and purchase in quantity for better deals on shipping and pricing. Memberships are offered for AMAZING savings but not necessary.

Give Studio J a try! Click on the badge at the top of my blog for easier travels to Studio J.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

                      More chocolately deliciousness artwork using the Color Resist with Spray Pen

Technique: Color Resist with Spray Pen

The super talented K.Pedersen shared this card on her blog. I admit, I am an addicted follower! I love her style and ability to combine products...from old to new, colors, etc.

In this beauty, she shared a color resist technique. It takes a few steps but all are easy. Yet, your final result is elegance.

1. Embossed the stamped image from Close To My Heart's April Stamp of the Month with the Versamark Pad and White Daisy Embossing Powder on White Daisy Cardstock.
2. Filled my
Spray Pen up to the first line with Chocolate Re-Inker and then to the third line with water.
3. Sprayed the embossed paper lightly with the above mixture until I got the desired look. Hint: if you want a soft look with light spray marks like my card, be sure to hold your spray pen about 6-8 inches away from the paper you are spraying and press the nozzle fast.
4. I used my
Heat Gun to dry this quickly.
5. I then used my
Waterbrush and picked up color from my Cotton Candy Stamp Pad and my Pear Stamp Pad to color in the flowers.

The Chocolate Cardstock that I used in the background is stamped tone-on-tone with the butterfly image from the stamp set with Chocolate Ink.

For the card: I have been making tons of 3.5" x 8" cards lately. I love these little puppies. Not only do they fit simply in a legal size envelope to mail, they also cut easily from a standard (8.5" x 11") sheet of cardstock. Just cut a 7" x 8" piece and fold in half on the 7" side. You'll have enough cardstock left for stamping on pieces and using them to layer. Cool beans!

She used the April 2011 stamp of the month. You can purchase it or earn it FREE with qualifying purchase on my website

April Stamp of the Month

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chipboard Monograms

A is for Abby
 Covering chipboard is one of my favorite things. I made these monogram letters for my girls' doors. Another reason I love crafting: personalization. With each project I make, I customize the project and colors to the recepicient. Abby is my everything pink girl. I was able to find super cute pink paper with shades of pink and brown dots. Maddy, on the other hand, is an all blue nothing pink kind of girl. She loves shades of blue especially oceanic hues. Instead of dots or stripes, I opted for a more fun grown up yet sassy flower print that reminded me of the islands. 
M is for Maddy
Don't forget the embellishments! They are as important as the basic supplies. Currently, my favorite dimensional embellishment is the accordian flower. Easy to make but packs a big punch. I will post a video tutorial on how to make this style paper flower.
Accordian flower

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tutorial: Pinwheels

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Tutorial: Video Presentation

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

CTMH: April Campaign

 I love the ease and speed of Close to my Heart's level 1 paper packets. Preprinted pages and coordinating stickers make scrapbooking faster.simpler.easier. Give level 1 paper kits a try today. For the beginning scrapbooker or the expert with limited time.
Bling. Bling. Bling. I love bling! With CTMH's Sparkles you too can add bling to your projects!

Available in 4 collections: bitty clear, clear (2 shapes and 4 sizes), blue & green assortment and red, pink & purple assortment. At $2.95 each collections, you can afford all 4 collections. Self adhesive.

Don't forget the super vintage Opaques! Available in 3 collections: Licorice (black, greys), Mocha (browns and tan) and Pearl (cream) these gems are self adhesive for instant glamour. ($2.95 each collection)

And the Winner is...............

Congratulations to Bethany G for winning the custom made Sophia layout! I will deliver this after spring break. See you soon! Congratulations again!

Look in May for another contest and giveaway.