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Friday, August 12, 2016

August Stamp Club Projects

OK, so I'm a little late sharing the cards we made in the August Stamp Club Classes.  Normally, I post these BEFORE the classes so people can sign up.  Things were a little hectic around my house with carpet cleaning which resulted in furniture rearranging and clutter purging!!!  All very good things, but time consuming.

We made two cards using the retiring Florence papers (X7208B).  The one below made use of the Bunch of Love stamp set (C1647) and coordinating thin cut dies (Z3251).  The rose gold foil tape (Z3218) was added, along with some of the rose gold sequins included in the Florence Sequins (Z3213).  All of these products are featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, and they are only available until the end of August - so if you are interested, head over to my CTMH Shopping Site to get yours before they are gone! (One exception - the rose gold foil tape is being carried over into the new Annual Inspirations book!)
 

The next card also used the Florence papers, but all of the stamps are from the new Annual Inspirations book.  The stamps are Birthday Sparkles (B1537) - sentiment and sparkles on front, Wise Guy Birthday (C1662) - cake and stand, and Way to Go (D1700) - border garland.  A strip of Gold Glitter paper (Z3238) was added as a border, and the shimmer pen (Z3293) was used to add some dazzle to the frosting area of the cake.


We used the new Whimsy Fundamental Papers (Z3255) for this fun card, along with the new Hearts Thin Cut Dies (Z3260).  The Operation Smile stamp set True Love (D1711) was used on the top card, and Happy Heart (A1192) on the bottom card.  A little shimmer pen was used to accent the heart, and a couple of Clear Sparkles (Z3274) were added.  Cardstock colors are Whisper, Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue.

The final card used an inking technique featured several weeks ago on the Close to My Heart Blog. 
The images are stamped on our watercolor paper, but the background ink is applied using a sponge.  You can see a video of the technique on my Facebook business page. The paper used is from the Rustic Home Fundamentals (Z3262).  I love the fact that the woodgrain papers are grey on one side and brown on the other!  Kraft and Slate cardstock were used to mount the watercolor panel.  Stamp sets are Nature's Wish (D1703) - the trees, and Hooked on You (B1535) - the fish and the sentiments.

Stay tuned for an early preview of the cards for September's Stamp Club - I will post them before the class meets!  Thanks for stopping by - and I hope you enjoy your weekend. 

HEART2HEART FLORENCE CHALLENGE

Close to My Heart is featuring the Florence paper pack this month, the Heart2Heart Challenge features Florence this month, and I featured it in my Stamp Club classes as well! This is one of two cards we made using the Florence papers.  It also uses three new stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book that was released on August 1. 

The papers of course are from Florence - and that paper pack is still available until the end of the month.  So if you are interested in this great paper, act now over at my CTMH shopping site.  Here's a list of the rest of the products I used on this card:
Papers:
Florence paper pack ( X7208B)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Gold Glitter Paper (Z3238)
Inks:
Flaxen (Z2824)
Poppy (Z2852)
Peacock (Z2849)
Stamps:
Birthday Sparkles (B1537) - sentiment and sparkles on front
Wise Guy Birthday (C1662) - cake and stand
Way to Go (D1700) - border garland
Other:
Shimmer Pen (Z3293) - shimmer glitter added to the frosting area of the cake!

Check out the other great Florence projects over at the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!  Keep watching for more projects with the new products from Close to My Heart.
I've been so busy with house things and CTMH activities, I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted here!  The end of July saw me hosting my annual Catalog Launch Open House - but this year, several other consultants from the Paper Pals team joined me.  The card shown above was the make-n-take project we did.  The beautiful mint green color was one of the reveals at the Open House - the new Sea Glass Color of the Year.  This beautiful color is available in cardstock, glitter paper and inks - but only until the end of next July!  It is such a fun color - and you can see how well it goes with the shiny gold.  This Sea Glass color can really be seen everywhere - so much so, that I was able to find napkins and charger plates at the local craft store - and I've seen it on storage containers at the discount stores!  It will be a fun year adding it to our papercrafting projects.

If you weren't able to make it to the Open House but want to have more information about the new products in the Annual Inspiration Catalog, you can click here to check out the online version of the catalog.  Or send me an email at scrappingailaz@gmail.com so I can make arrangements to get a catalog in your hands!

I'll be posting up more projects from the new Idea Book, so stay tuned!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Wedding Card




I have been putting off making a wedding card until I found a sketch that I thought would work for what was inside my head.  Well – I found it!  The sketch at FabFriday was just what I was looking for.  In addition, one of the Heart2Heart Challenges this month is for a congratulations card, so that works.  And Stamp Ink Paper has a Card Makers Choice challenge going on with the stipulation of using your favorite stamp, colors and paper.  Well, white cardstock seems to be a staple, so guess you could say it is a favorite.  Gold and Silver are always fun to work with.  But the favorite stamp was easy.  It’s the striped border stamp!  I have used that stamp on so many projects – glad I could use it on this one as well.

I knew that I wanted to use the Cricut cuts of Mr. and Mrs. overlaid on the stamped ampersand.  I decided to emboss the ampersand with silver and cut the words from gold glitter paper.  I also embossed the card base to give it a little more definition.

 On the inside of the card, I stamped flowers in a light grey ink, then embossed the "Congratulations" in gold over the top.  Just wanted to keep the silver/gold theme going on the inside as well!
Here's a list of what I used on this52 card.  
All products are from Close to My Heart:
Stamps:
Mr. & Mrs. (C1621) - ampersand
The Happy Couple (retired) - inside sentiment
Celebrate Love (retired) - inside flowers
In the Background (retired) - my favorite diagonal stripes
Paper:
White Daisy Cardstock
Gold Glitter Paper (Z3076)
Inks:
Whisper Grey
Versamark
Other:
Gold embossing powder (Z2066)
Silver embossing powder (Z2067)
Floral embossing folder (Z1994)
Mounting foam
Cricut Artistry cartridge (Mr. and Mrs.) Z3190

Be sure to pop over to the other challenge blogs and see the projects showcased there:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Father's Day Pocket Card

Wow - Father's Day is almost here!  Glad I have this card ready to go.  I loved the cute mustache/bow tie stamp set the CTMH had in the last Seasonal Expressions Catalog (unfortunately, it retired at the end of April).  I had seen a pocket card on Pinterest that I thought would work well the give the look of a shirt.  The Magical paper from CTMH worked great for it because it is double-sided, so the collar is just turned down, giving the new pattern!

I am entering this card in two challenges this week - the Heart2Heart "The Ties That Bind" challenge and the "Holiday" challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

You can see how the card pulls out of the pocket to reveal the greeting for that special dad!  
A really fun card to make.  
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work - 
and hope you have a great weekend with the fathers in your life!

July 3 update - I was thrilled to find out that I was selected as the "TOP ADDICT" 
with this card over at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge!!!  Thanks!
 

Friday, June 10, 2016

CTMH Flash Sale!

 
It's time for this week's FLASH SALE from Close to My Heart!
 
Here is a link to my CTMH website so you can take advantage of this sale.  Once on this shopping page, click on the FLASH SALE option on the left hand menu.  This will show you all of the offers for this weekend.
Remember - these special bundles are only available from 2 pm this afternoon until 2 pm on Monday.  And they are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST - so once they are gone, the bundle deal is not available again.  The individual items may still be available, but I can't guarantee how long any of the retiring products will remain in stock.
Looking for suggestions of what to create with these bundled products?  Head over to the CTMH blog and see what they are showcasing with this weekend's products.
https://blog.closetomyheart.com/

If you decide there is something you want to order, I have a special incentive for you.  For each order you place during the Flash Sales (each weekend through the end of the month), you will be entered into a drawing for $25 of free hostess rewards!  This is in addition to the product credit that you earn if you attend the monthly Stamp Club classes.  Just be sure to JOIN the Flash Sales Order gathering on my CTMH website.  Here's what you are looking for - just click on the JOIN button and you are set.  It will take you straight to the shopping page, or you can find the same button when you are looking at what you've added to your shopping cart.
You can go ahead and place your own order, or let me know to place it for you. Because these items are while supplies last, I will not hold on to any orders to group them with someone else - I don't know when the next order will come in, and I don't want anyone to lose out on a great deal. So expect to pay the $4.95 minimum shipping charge on your order.

Email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com if you want me to place your order - and please include a phone number so I can call and get your payment information. You can either use your credit/debit card for the order or I can give you the total and a link so you can PayPal the money from your bank account at no charge.

Have fun checking out this week's specials! ​

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Adventure Birthday Card


This week my younger son will be celebrating his birthday.  He just started an engineering internship down in Tucson, so we won't be spending time with him on his special day.  But he's always had a sense of adventure, and I wanted to use this cute Penny Black boy image.  It just fits him. And the design from Freshly Made Sketches this week was perfect!  Be sure to hop over there and check out the other great cards the talented participants have entered in the challenge.  

I used several coloring methods on the image - colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits as well as alcohol markers.  The papers are from Passages - a long retired set from CTMH, but still hanging around in may stash!

 
Thanks for stopping by - and I hope your week is filled with wonderful adventures!