Wild About You!

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you know that I love cards with a  wow factor – a fun fold, something that really makes your recipient know that they are special to you.

A few days ago I saw a video on the Jennifer McGuire Ink blog touting Off-The-Edge Die Cut Cards and I knew immediately I had to give it a try.  I’ve seen this technique before, but always struggled until I watched the video (several times) and even slowed it down step-by-step while I made this card.  Turns out it’s much easier than I thought it was going to be and I’ll be making this style of card again.

Do you have your Punny Pals stamp set yet?  It has definitely earned a front row on my desk – I’ve used it for so many cards and the fact that it benefits Operation Smile makes it that much sweeter.

Thank you so much for stopping by…I hope you’ll take a minute and leave me a little love!  I’m wild about your comments.

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Owl Always Love You

Did you pick up the Share A Smile Card Kit?  I loved the Punny Pals stamp set when it was released, but adding Thin Cuts took my love over the top.

I’m trying to share some new techniques in my Just the Basics card class and this background was a fun one.  I inked an acrylic block directly with my Glacier Ink pad and then spritzed it with water from my Spray Pen and applied it directly to my square of paper.  The fun thing about this technique is you won’t get the same results twice.  I then stamped my sentiment in Memento Black Ink and popped up the owl which I water-colored.

This is such an easy technique and you can also use multiple colors on your block just make sure to use your lightest color first.  You can also use your die-based markers for an additional look.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you’ll give this fun technique a try.

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Color Club Exclusive – October

This month the rich browns of Espresso are featured in the exclusive Color Club card.  Accented with Bashful Glitter paper and pearls this card also features a sentiment from the Stronger Together disaster relief stamp set.

I am loving the new Basics – from the rich browns to the warm grays – this new family of neutrals is a real show stopper.  What is your favorite color from the new basics collection?

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a little love, I read and appreciate all your comments.

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October Specials with Close to My Heart

Welcome to October…can you believe we’ve already made it to the 10th month of the year?

October is a busy month for me…most of the activity centers around our annual Pumpkin Carving Party.  We enjoy hosting parties here at our house so adding one more in the fall seemed like just the thing to do.  I’ve also added a new class to my lineup – Monday Mayhem – I’ll describe it more later.

Let’s visit the Close to My Heart Specials:

  • September Stamp of the Month – Christmas Tunes
  • October Special – Share a Smile
  • Round Up Matching for Operation Smile
  • Classes

Christmas Tunes – This set of 7 stamps will have you humming along while creating your Christmas cards this month.  The exclusive “D” sized stamp set is yours for just $5 with a qualifying purchase during the month of October.

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Share A Smile –  With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. To bring these stamp images to life, we’ve made a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive
card kit! The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available at a discounted price! Create these delightful cards and use them to share smiles all around!

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Round Up Matching – With every order you have the opportunity to “round up” and donate to Operation Smile, but the month of October is Special because Close to My Heart will match those Round Up Donations up to 10,000.  I am really hoping that ALL of my customers will choose to participate in the Round Up and help me increase my Operation Smile Donation thermometer.  If you have any questions on how you can help feel free to leave a comment on my blog or e-mail me.  I am around 1/4 of the way to my annual goal of funding at least one smile.

Classes: 

Just the Basics:  Thursday, October 5th 10am or 6pm  – This class is designed for the new to seasoned stamper.  We’ll touch on some techniques and fancy folds.  Cards will include birthday, thank you, thinking of you themes.  Papers will focus on using the fundamental line.  RSVP today!  $15

Falling for You:  Thursday, October 19th at 10am.  You’ll be thankful you signed up for this class as you create with the Falling for You papers this month.    Must RSVP by October 5th!  $15

Sign up and prepay for both Just the Basics and Falling for You card classes for just $25, that’s a $5 savings.  If you’re schedule changes last minute your card kit will be available for pick up at your convenience.

Monday Morning Mayhem:  Grab your Workshop Your Way Kits or other Close to My Heart products and join me for some crafting mayhem.  Space is limited to 6 and you MUST RSVP.  This is a FREE non-instructional craft time.  Donation to Operation Smile would be appreciated.  Please only Close to My Heart Products.  Although this is a non-instructional time I will be available to answer questions and some limited product will be available for purchase.

 

 

 

3 Ways From the Heart

Last Monday I told you’d I’d share some samples I’ve made from the September Close to My Heart Special and then the week got away from me. So today I have those cards for you.

My first card is the traditional use of the stamp set from the card kit. Layering the flowers with different inks makes a beautiful card.

My next card was stamped in Memento black ink and colored in. I really like the large sentiment on the front of the card. Inside I layered the flower in the more traditional way.

My third card is a completely different use of the card base, taking a pattern from the Beary Christmas card kit and turning it into a fun fold card.

It is lots of fun playing with this fun fold card kit. One of the tricks is really folding those score lines. Grab your bone folder and you’ll have success.

Thanks for being patient I hope you enjoy these cards.

Thanks Amigos!

Have you visited the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge yet?  I’m Guest Designing for the month of September so I’m here to hound you again!  Get linked up people!!!

The Falling for You papers are so fun to work with now that the weather has turned a bit chilly – everything feels like leaves and pumpkins!

Seaglass was a tough act to follow but Close to My Heart’s Color of the Year Bashful has taken a front row on my craft desk.  I’ve actually got tired of hopping up and getting it so I gave it along with the matching glitter paper a place of it’s own.

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If you order during the month of September it’s likely you’ll find this card in your bag (or mailbox if you order directly from my webpage.)  It’s one of my favorite sizes 4.75 X 3 –  I can get 4 out of one sheet of cardstock.  That rich yummy brown is Espresso one of the new additions to our recently redesigned basics palette.  It’s difficult to see in the photo, but the arrow under the sentiment is stamped in Bashful – both of these stamps are from the September Stamp of the Month Feel So Blessed.

Do you like little cards?  Leave me a comment and I’ll drop a card in the mail to you.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and make sure you visit the Three Amigos Blog Hop.

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Colors From the Heart

September’s  National Stamping Month Card Kit From the Heart gives you all the supplies to make 12 beautiful interactive cards including an exclusive E sized stamp set.

From the Heart!

I was recently asked “what colors should I use to stamp my From the Heart cards?”  Although the choice is strictly yours – you can stamp in black and use watercolors or our ShinHan Touch Twin markers or any combination of our exclusive inks, however the sample artwork prepared by our art department used Slate, Fern, New England Ivy, Thistle, Blossom, Pomegranate, Pixie, Saffron, Canary, and Eggplant.

I hope that you will enjoy putting your card kits together.  Remember that you are not limited to just use this set as designed – you will find many uses for the interactive cards and stamp sets separately.  I will be posting some additional artwork this week I hope you’ll come back and see.

Don’t forget that this special is only available through the end of September or while supplies last – you also have the ability to purchase both the stamp set and refill cards separately at full retail price.

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