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, 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

A FOXY CARD

I just love this cute little fox.  Her eyes are closed, showing those beautiful lashes, and that coordinates with the eyelash paper!  The paper is the new "Some Kinda Wonderful" from CTMH, and the little fox is in the "Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Bundle".  The bundle includes the stamp set (this fox along with a turtle and quail) as well as the thin cut dies to cut them out!  It couldn't be easier to get the image ready for the card.

Speaking of the image, I decided to use my Prismacolor pencils with odorless mineral spirits to color this little fox.  So I decided to enter this in the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge this week - Make Your Mark.  Be sure to pop over there to check out the other entries. 

In addition, I used Raspberry and Black ink on the card, and added the strip of black shimmer trim.  The design of the card actually came from a Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge over a week ago, but I didn't get it done in time to enter it over there.

This card is one of five 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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sweet Birthday Card

February is Birthday Extravaganza in my Stamp Club classes, and what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a yummy cupcake!  I created this card with the sketch from the Stamp Ink Paper challenge blog, but missed the deadline to submit it there.  However, I am entering it in the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More blog.  Pop over there to check out the other projects.


The stamp set is Sweet Birthday (B1532) with a coordinating Thin Cut Die set (CC1156).  I used the retired Kaleidoscope papers from CTMH for the background and cupcake wrapper.  I embossed the background paper with the Confetti embossing folder (Z3118) and mounted it on Pixie cardstock.  I used Canary cardstock behind the cupcake and Pear cardstock for the sentiment banner.  I used Canary ink and watercolored around the edges of the cupcake frosting, then used the Clear Shimmer Brush (Z3293) to add some sparkle.  The circles on the cupcake wrapper are colored with a variety of colors of the Shin Han Markers.  The candle is stamped in Willow ink and the flame in Canary.  I added sparkle on the flame with the Gold Shimmer Brush (Z3316).  Thin 3-D Mounting Foam (Z2060) was used to pop up the cupcake.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

JANUARY 2017 STAMP CLUB


I've enjoyed an extended stay from my sons during their winter breaks from graduate school.  Because of that, I've delayed scheduling the Stamp Club classes.  They will start next week - and here are the projects.  There are individual posts on the blog about each of these cards, so take a look at them if you want more information.

You will create all four cards shown for $20.  If you can't make any of the dates, or you live out of town, you can get a pre-stamped kit with photo instructions for $24.  There will be an additional shipping charge if you need the kit mailed.

All classes take place in my craft studio in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  I will give you address and directions when you register.


Let me know if you are interested by emailing me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com

Dates for Stamp Club this month are:
Thursday, January 12
Saturday, January 14
Monday, January 16
Tuesday, January 17
All classes start at 9:30 and run till about 1:00

FLORAL HEART


The January Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart showcases a heart with flowers.  I re-created that feel of that image, but used the Thin Cut Heart Die and the large floral array on the stamp set.  This gave a bit more dimension than just the flat stamped image.


The heart die cuts 2 images at once - a thin border and the main body.  I used Sea Foam glitter paper for the border and Sea Foam cardstock for the body.  This has been my favorite paper (both for cardstock and glitter paper) since CTMH introduced it as their color of the year back in August.  I will miss this paper come fall!  Looking forward to see what next year's color will be.


S1701 - Adore You - January's Stamp of the Month
I wanted the floral image to be soft, so I used my stamp pad inks and watercolored with them.  I just applied to color to an empty acrylic block and used a very fine watercolor brush to color in all those small spaces!  This is a good way to make sure your colors will coordinate, and you can control how much color actually gets applied.  It's easy to add another layer of color if you want a deeper shade.

So here's a list of what I used on these cards - all from CTMH
Stamps: 
Adore You - S1701 (January's Stamp of the Month) - the flowers
Thoughtful Flowers (retired) - sentiment
Papers:
Colonial White cardstock
Sea Glass cardstock
Sea Glass glitter paper - Z3240
Blossom cardstock
Inks:
Blossom
Canary
Sea Glass
Juniper
Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: 
Happy Thoughts Embossing Folder (Z3249)
Sugar Rush Dots - Z3310
Heart Thin Cut Dies - Z3260
Liquid Glass - Z679 - the best adhesive to stick anything to the glitter paper!

Be sure to check out what other favorites are showcased in the projects at the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge Blog.  It's always fun to see so many creations in one spot!

Thanks for stopping by today - and hope you are having a great start to the new year!