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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Merry & Bright Christmas Card

I love the new Oh, Deer! papers from Close to My Heart - and the Woodland Wishes stamp set and glitter papers worked so well on this card.  The tall tree is embossed, using the Sea Glass Pigment Ink and clear embossing powder.  So I am entering this into this week's Technique Challenge over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Blog.  The Woodland Wishes stamp set has a coordinating set of Thin Cut Dies, so cutting the deer and tree was quite easy!  The snowflakes are also cut from the new Snowflake Thin Cut Dies - and they cut through the glitter paper like butter.
You can see the embossing on the tree a little better in this close-up photo.  And you can see the difference between the Sea Glass pigment ink - used to emboss the tree - compared to the Sea Glass dye ink that is used on the image on the inside of the card.  Both of them are so pretty!

I added dimension to the deer and the sentiment block with mounting foam.  Rather than matting the sentiment piece, I used the gold metallic marker to doodle around the edges!  A little cleaner look.

Hop over the the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Blog to check out the other embossing techniques people used - either heat embossing or dry embossing.  They are beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you are interested in any of the products I used on the card, you can check out my Close to My Heart shopping site - scrappingail.closetomyheart.com/

Friday, October 7, 2016

OH, DEER! Christmas Card Workshop

In the next few weeks, I will be offering workshops to create 16 beautiful Christmas cards using the Oh, Deer! papers from Close to My Heart.  Take a look at the cards -

All materials for this workshop are pre-cut.
You will receive the card bases, the stickers/die cuts to decorate your cards, the twine and the small clear sparkles to embellish the cards.
All this to create these 16 cards is only $35.
You also need a set of gold and silver metallic pens and a clear shimmer brush.  If you don't already have these in your craft stash, they can be purchased for $4.95 each (plus shipping & tax).

Dates for the workshop are:
Tuesday, October 18
Saturday, October 22
Thursday, November 10
Another class can be added on 
Thursday, October 20 
if there is enough interest. 

All classes meet at 9:30 in my craft studio in Prescott Valley, AZ. 
Email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com to register.
Let me know when you register if you need the metallic pens or shimmer brush.
Register by October 10 to ensure materials 
are available for the October 18 & 22 classes. 
Once your registration is confirmed, you are committed to purchasing the 
pre-stamped kit to complete the cards if you are unable to attend on class day.

None of those dates work, or not in the area? 

 You can purchase a pre-stamped kit for an additional fee.  
Shipping is also available.

CTMH Consultants can also purchase the kit or the instructions for the kit.

For KIT information, visit the Kits for Sale page on my blog.


Friday, September 30, 2016


Fall is definitely in the air in Arizona!  I am enjoying working with the Swan Lake paper pack from CTMH - the featured paper for October.  You can see in the two cards above the rich fall colors in the papers.  You will make ONE of these cards - you will decide in class which stamp set you will use to complete it.

The Swan Lake papers also offer some softer colors in their palette.  The Christmas card below also uses the Swan Lake papers, and the October Stamp of the Month - Yuletide Joy. 

One more fall card - actually, a Thanksgiving card.  I couldn't resist these cut little squirrels, and combined them with our technique for the month - using an embossing folder, but not embossing with it!  Come to class to find out what we are doing!
Finally, we will use the City Sidewalks paper.  While it will be featured in November, I jumped the gun a bit and combined our little Surfin' Santa and some trees with the bright Christmas colors in this paper pack.  Don't worry, we'll still work with it again in November!  As with the Swan Lake card, you will make ONE of these designs, deciding during class which images you want to use.

Class dates are:
Saturday, October 1
Monday, October 3
Tuesday, October 4
Thursday, October 6

Cost for the class (which includes everything to complete 4 cards) is $20.
All classes meet at 9:30 in my craft studio in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Not in the area? You can get a kit mailed to you for an extra fee!
If interested, email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com.

Christmas Card for Mojo Monday #467

Can you believe it's time to start working on Christmas cards!  Of course, I heard on the news this morning that some one million people already have their Christmas shopping done, so maybe I'm a little behind! 

I used a variation of the Mojo Monday sketch to create this card for my October Stamp Club classes.  I love the sparkle of the shimmer trim and the embossed star image.  The detail in the stamp is great - and I didn't want to get caught up in trying to color it - so thought embossing it would be the easiest thing to do.

Here's the items that I used - all from Close to My Heart:
Swan Lake paper pack (X7212B)
White Daisy and Glacier cardstock
Yuletide Joy (S1610) - October Stamp of the Month
Mini Christmas (M1152)
Silver shimmer trim (Z1799)
Ranger Silver Super Fine embossing powder (Z2067)
Confetti Stars embossing folder (Z3119)

Be sure to pop over to the Mojo Monday blog and check out the other great cards made with this sketch!

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CTMH September Special Celebrating National Stamping Month - CREATE KINDNESS

Celebrate National Stamping Month this September with
 hand stamped cards designed to help create a little more 
kindness in the world. The Create Kindness card kit contains 
all of the supplies needed to create 24 beautiful handmade 
cards that you can use to brighten someone’s day! 
The kit can be yours for only $46.95—
a 15% savings off the retail value! 
Thanks to pre-printed card bases, these cards come together in no time, leaving you more time to do something thoughtful for someone. Watch Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram account, and Facebook page throughout the month of September to see what they’ve created with this card kit & the acts of kindness it has inspired! This exclusive kit is available in the month of September while supplies last, so make sure to get your order in early.

The Create Kindness Kit sells for $46.95
(a $56.40 value if purchased separately)
Kit Contents:
  • 24 – 3" × 3" pre-printed card bases & envelopes ($9.95 purchased separately with circles)
  • 24 – Pre-cut 1 ¾" white circles
  • 8 – Exclusive M-size stamp sets (8 @ $2.95 = $23.60)
  • 1 – Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ mini stamp pad ($2.95 value - this mini pad cannot be purchased separately)
  • 1 – 2" × 2" My Acrylix® block ($6.95)
  • 1 – My Acrylix® mini stamp organizer ($12.95)
As a special bonus, the exclusive stamp sets and pre-printed card bases with envelopes are also available for separate purchase, 
but only in the month of September while supplies last!  

All 8 of the stamp sets are shown below – each can be purchased for $2.95 each plus shipping and tax.

The 3x3 cards with envelopes and the circle are also
 available so you can purchase as many sets as you will need.   
These are available for $9.95.
The 2x2 block ($6.95) and the M-size stamp organizer ($12.95) are regular items in our catalog, so they can be purchased at any time.

Contact me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com
Or head over to my CTMH shopping site and order yours today!

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. 


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:
Florence paper pack ( X7208B)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Gold Glitter Paper (Z3238)
Flaxen (Z2824)
Poppy (Z2852)
Peacock (Z2849)
Birthday Sparkles (B1537) - sentiment and sparkles on front
Wise Guy Birthday (C1662) - cake and stand
Way to Go (D1700) - border garland
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.