WELCOME to my blog! This is the place to see what class offerings I have. I am also a consultant for Close to my Heart, a company that offers stamping and scrapbooking supplies. Take a look at the products and specials they are currently offering.

I hope you find something of interest to you.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dreamin' Big Birthday Card

I hadn't played much with Close to My Heart's Dreamin' Big papers, so thought it was about time, since they will only be available until the end of April!  I also wanted to use the "Leafy Congrats" stamp (A1203).   This card actually was created in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep.  I had seen a sketch that I liked, but didn't want to turn on my computer, so was working from memory.  Well, I got the basics of the sketch, but not too accurate.  I tried it again with the actual design of the sketch, and decided I liked my first go at it better!  So that is what you see here.

This is the stamp image that I used in the circle.  You will notice that it says "CONGRATS" right in the middle.  Well, I loved the leaves, but not the sentiment, so that's why there is the banner going across the center of the circle with the Happy Birthday greeting!  Now I have multiple ways of using this stamp, and not just to tell someone that they did a great job!

The banner is juniper cardstock, so I used the juniper ink to watercolor the leaves, adding the berries with my Carmine ShinHan marker.  All of the patterned paper is from the Dreamin' Big paper pack, with the addition of black and poppy cardstock.  The circle frame is cut using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Circle Frames.

I am entering this card into the Birthday! challenge over at StampInkPaper this week.  Pop over to their website and check out the other great birthday cards to help Andrea celebrate.

By the way, this card will be one of the projects for my April Stamp Club classes.  Email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com if you would like more information about this.  Classes will meet on Saturday April 8, Monday April 9, Tuesday April 10 and Thursday April 12.  Pre-stamped kits are available if you are unable to attend those dates, and kits can be mailed if you are out of the area.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CLEAN AND SIMPLE CARD

I was able to fit a little crafting into last week, even though we were busy with Nathanael's piano recitals.  We had a whirlwind weekend with his fund-raising recital in Prescott for the Symphony Association's Scholarship Fund, and then we headed to Tucson where her performed again for friends from his university days.  I have one week before we leave to hear him perform this recital for his master's degree at the University of Houston.  So glad we can do all the traveling, but it means I have to get busy with the rest of the cards for my May classes!  Well, here's a peak at the first card.  I used the design from CAS(E) this sketch for a quick yet elegant card.  I am also entering it into the Clean and Simple challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and MoreYou can click on either link above to head over to these challenge blogs and check out the other projects people have created using their inspiration. 
I embossed the floral image from Close to My Heart's "In Bloom" stamp set (A1199) in white on white cardstock.  I then used sponge daubers to add the color - canary, pixie and sweet leaf inks.  The sentiment from CTMH "Happy to be Friend" (C1605) is stamped in black.  I used a Die-namics Inside/Out Stitched Rectangle die to cut out the image panel, then used foam to mount it on a slightly larger piece of white before putting them both on the card base.  I love the clean look of white on white, so why not white on white on white?

This card will be one of the projects for my April Stamp Club classes.  Email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com if you would like more information about this.  Classes will meet on Saturday April 8, Monday April 9, Tuesday April 10 and Thursday April 12.  Pre-stamped kits are available if you are unable to attend those dates, and kits can be mailed if you are out of the area.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CUT IT OUT! March Special from Close to My Heart




Save 25% on all Close to My Heart Thin Cuts during March!
Thin Cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25%-off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional shapes in no time!
*Offer available March 1–March 31, 2017 while supplies last—so order early if you are interested!

This list shows the thin cuts & bundles that are available during this special - their regular & sale prices - and where to find them in the catalogs!  

Contact me if you have questions - scrappingailaz@gmail.com - or head over to my CTMH website to place your order - http://scrappingail.closetomyheart.com/

Thin Cuts—Hearts (Z3260, reg $14.95 , now $11.21, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—Stars (Z3261, reg $14.95, now $11.21, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—Happy (Z3258, reg $13.95, now $10.46, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—Love (Z3257, reg $10.95, now $8.21, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—Hello & Thanks (Z3259, reg $11.95, now $8.96, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—Celebrate (Z3256, reg $13.95, now $10.46, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—XOXO (Z3305, reg $10.95, now $8.21, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 51)
Thin Cuts—Happy Birthday (Z3304, reg $9.95, now $7.46, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 51)
Thin Cuts—Basic Hearts (Z3317, reg $12.95, now $9.71, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 52)
Thin Cuts—Basic Circles (Z3318, reg $12.95, now $9.71, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 52)
Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3301, reg $28.95, now $21.71, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 10)
Sugar Rush Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3300, reg $23.95, now $17.96, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 20)
Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3303, reg $23.95, now $17.96, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 30)
Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3302, reg $23.95, now $17.96, Seasonal Exp 1 p. 40)
Swirly Seashells Stamp + Thin Cuts (CC1219, reg $31.95, now $23.96) – stamp set in Annual Inspirations p. 61
Thin Cuts only —Swirly Seashells (CC1155, reg $18.95, now $14.21)
Sweet Birthday Stamp + Thin Cuts (CC1220, reg $18.95, now $14.21) - stamp set in Annual Inspirations p. 39
Thin Cuts only —Sweet Birthday (CC1156, reg $9.95, now $7.46)
Wreath Stamp + Thin Cuts (CC1221, reg $16.95, now $12.71) - stamp found in Annual Inspirations p. 66
Thin Cuts only —Wreath (CC1157, reg $10.95, now $8.21)
School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts (CC1222, reg $32.95, now $24.71) - stamp set found in Annual Inspirations p. 53
Thin Cuts only—School Kids (CC1158, reg $15.95, now $11.96)
REMEMBER - shipping will be charged on the full retail price of the items, not on the sale price.

Monday, February 27, 2017

You Are Tea-rrific!

The March Stamp of the Month from CTMH is SOOOO cute.  While the sentiments in the set are tea-related, it would be so easy to switch this out to be a coffee themed card as well!  I used the Freshly Made Sketch for this week as the basis of the design.  The new Adventure Fundamental Papers from CTMH offer several designs for all of the ten colors in the Adventure color family - so I used the two designs for the Blossom color.  In order to coordinate the colors on the cups to the paper, I used the ink pads for Blossom, Sea Glass, and Canary to watercolor the cups.  I added accent colors with the ShinHan Markers - Carmine and Turquoise Blue.

This card will be a part of my March Stamp Club classes.  The stamp set - called Tea-rrific - will be available for purchase all during the month of March.  You can buy it at the regular retail price of $17.95, or if you place a $50 order, you can get this cute stamp set for only $5!  Quite a deal.  In addition, during the month of March, all of the thin cut dies and stamp/die bundles from CTMH will be on sale at 25% off!  Take advantage of the sale and get the stamp set at the reduced price!
Be sure to check out the other great cards designed with the Freshly Made Sketch - pop over to their blog!  And thanks for visiting me today.

Friday, February 3, 2017

BECOME A CLOSE TO MY HEART CONSULTANT



 
Tomorrow – February 4 – I will celebrate 6 years as a consultant with Close to My Heart.  This amazing paper crafting company has so much to offer.  I am so glad that I took the plunge and joined up.  Through the classes I teach (using CTMH products) I have connected with so many wonderful people that I now call friends. 

In addition to the classes, I also have a team of seven other consultants who share with each other their experiences and creative talents to make us all be better at what you do.  And not all of them are teaching classes like I do.  Some have small groups that meet each month while others work just with a few family members or friends.  It is up to the individual to decide how they want to serve as a consultant.  We meet together every other month to support one another – whether they live locally or are out of the area.  We find a way to connect!

This month Close to My Heart has a wonderful opportunity if you are interested in joining my team.  If you have never been a CTMH consultant before, you can purchase a starter kit for only $75.  This kit gives you tools, a storage container, samples, catalogs, and business forms, PLUS $50 of Select Product Credit (money for you to spend on stamps, inks, paper, etc.) that YOU want to start you on your way.  And during February, CTMH will give you the Stamps of the Month for February, March and April for FREE!  Nothing is better than free!

If you have been a consultant with CTMH in the past, there is another offer just for you!  You can sign up again for just $50.  You won’t get the kit, because you already have the wonderful products.  But what you do get is the $50 of Select Product Credit for the purchase of those items you want.  So you aren’t out anything to give this another go. PLUS, you get the three Stamps of the Month for free.

I am here to help you get started and support you on your journey if you are interested in taking advantage of this great offer.  Message me, leave a comment, or send me an email at scrappingailaz@gmail.com.  Check out this link to my CTMH website with more details, an informative video, and photos of what is included in the new consultant kit.  

BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA - February's Stamp Club

Birthday Extravaganza is a great opportunity to create lots of birthday cards to celebrate your friends and family. This year, we are making five cards and a cute little tea light birthday cake!

There's still room in the upcoming classes. Let me know if you are interested. Email me at

Upcoming dates for Stamp Club are:
Saturday, February 4
Monday, February 6
Tuesday, February 7
Cost is $20 to complete the projects (+$4 for a kit) plus shipping if necessary

Thursday, February 2, 2017

SPRINKLES ON TOP

I love the play on words with the belated birthday greeting on the top card.  This Sugar Rush paper and the accompanying stamp/die set are so cute!  These products are all from Close to My Heart.  While the set has a "sprinkle" stamp with it, I found a die that cut those tiny little sprinkles from Taylored Expressions and added them on top of the one of the donuts.  A little patience is required to adhere those tiny pieces to the top of the glittery frosting.  But well worth the effort.

I have entered this card in the Seize the Birthday Blog "Anything Goes" challenge this week.  Be sure to hop over there and check out the other birthday creations. 

This is another of the five birthday cards we are making in my Birthday Extravaganza classes this month.  They have just started, so check out to see if you could make one of the upcoming dates - or get a kit to complete the projects at home.
Dates for Stamp Club are:
Saturday, February 4
Monday, February 6
Tuesday, February 7
All classes meet at 9:30 and run until about 1:30
Cost is $20 to complete the projects (+$4 for a kit) - plus shipping if necessary
Email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com if interested