Friday, December 31, 2010

December CTMH Workshop Samples

In December I had two Close to my Heart workshops.  First was my monthly card workshop where we made the following three cards. 

This first card was made using a technique with an xacto knife and mounting tape.  We cut out just the top half of the crown with the xacto knife and then put mountin tape under just the top, cut out portion of the crown so that when the whole piece of cardstock was glued down the top part was raised.  It turned out really cool, then we added some sparkle to the crown to finish it off.

This second card was made with the Close to my Heart December stamp of the month.   We used the edge distresser on all sides of the papers and then even roughed up the edges of the B&T paper some more before adhering to the card base.  We created a cluster of images at the top of the card, stamped a border on the card base and ink distressed the edges and finishing off with ribbon and a pearl gem on top.

The final card we made was using one of Close to my Heart's new acrylic cards.  It is round with a scallp edge.  Just use a tombow adhesive to attach your paper to the acrylic card.  It was a pretty simple card to put together, just stamping the background and the "Love U" image on a small piece of cardstock and then gluing everything together.
At the Scrapbook workshop we made the Magician's Choice layout with an Accordian Booklet interactive element on the page.  This was such a fun layout to create.  I had tons of cute pictures of my grand-niece, Mia, that I wanted to use so the Accordian Booklet was perfect to use.  The left page of the layout features a big picture of her just moments after she was born, then smaller pictures of her with her mom and dad.  The right page of the layout features pictures of Mia with me and my son and daughter. 

The Accordian Booklet first page features a picture of her little feet, so cute!  As you untie the ribbon of the Accordian Booklet, it opens up to show a whole bunch more pictures on the front side of the booklet and then even more cute pictures on the back of the left side and the right side of the booklet.  So cute and really fun to make.  Close to my Heart's new idea book, Magic, has so many fun new layouts with all the directions to make these fun interactive pages.

 Here are some layouts that I made with Studio J, Close to my Heart's now online digital scrapbooking program (just go to my website and click on the Studio J button to play with the program, it is free until you want to buy your project when it is complete).  This program is so fun and so addition and the best part is that it is easy and so quick.  I am having fun doing both digital scrapbooking and classic paper
scrapbooking.  Both are great and I truly can't decide which I like more, they both tap into my creative side and I love the results of both!  I hope you enjoy what I created!                 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

CTMH 3 Ring Binder

I got this idea from Joanne Walton she had one made with Close To My Heart Animal Crackers papers and it was so cute I decided to make my own. I used CTMH Topstitch papers and My Stickease and added some bling with CTMH Sparkles and ribbon. I'm going to have some of these available to make at my next Project Night on January 22. This is picture is the front cover.

This is the back and the binder edge.

These are the inside front and inside back covers.

This is page 1 front and back

This is page 2 front and back.

This is page 3 front and back

This is page 4 front and back

This is page 5 front and back
This was so easy to make, all the front pages are the same measurements and the back pages are the same measurements. I used only two different B&T Duo patterns and just flipped flopped them and turned them around. The enhancements are My Stickease so really easy to add. I used Glue Dots to add the ribbon to the tabs on the pages and the tabs on the top of the pages come in the Topstitch My Stickease package. Then just add the Sparkles wherever you want them and you are done!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Regional Conference Projects

Here are some of the projects we made at the Close To My Heart Regional Conference almost a year ago. The spiral bound journal (using the Grace papers) is something new that will be offered in the Spring 2010 catalog out January 1, 2010. We used the Jingle papers for the cards, the Neighborhood stamp set for the Home layout below and the Twitterpated papers and My Stickease for the It's a Wide World layout.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dream Come True

I had been having a recurring dream for years, I would be in my home (and it always looked different) and find myself walking by a room not really being used or discover a room in the house I hadn't noticed before and I would say, "I could use this room as my scrapbook room." In December, 2008 we bought a bigger house and I thought it was time for my dream to come true. There was a room in the daylight basement that would be perfect! The dream turned quickly into a nightmare as on January 9, 2009, the first day in the house we found broken pipes damaged walls and so on. My dream room was torn to shreds to repair all the damages. We moved in on February 12, 2009, but still had alot of repair work ahead of us. This first picture is what one side of the room looked like (the opposite corner had its walls ripped out too from a foundation leak) this second picture is one view of the room before the previous owners moved out (they let us take pictures before hand so we could do some planning). The last three pictures are the finished room. On the black shelves I have my scrapbooking that I'm working on and also discontinued Close To My Heart product that is on sale at a discounted price. My desk is in a U shape so that I can use one area for scrapbooking, one for stamping and the other for computer work. I have three tables set up all the time so it is always ready for guests (I can seat 12 people at a time). I have a few sample ideas hanging up on the wall as well as my current workshop schedule. I have plenty of space to work, hold my stamping and scrapbooking workshops and have friends over to "play." So maybe it took longer than I thought it would and a lot harder work than I thought too, but it is finished and it is a beautiful room and I love sharing it with my customers and friends!

Past Card Workshops

 The cards to the right I created for my September Card Workshop for the attendees to make.  Rather than placing the pumpkins on a square background, I used my Cricut to make a different shape which I also repeated on the sentiment and it's matting.  I especially liked adding the googly eyes on the "Let's Party" card.  But the real winner was the "skull pirate" card.  I stamped it twice, once in Gypsy (the purple) and once in Black.  I cut out only the skull portion of the black piece then glue it on top of the Gypsy piece.  Adding the sparkle to the eye just topped it off!
 The cards at the bottom I created for my Card Workshop in October.  For the Rudolf card, I stamped part of him on a circle tag and then add a red sparkle to his nose for a little bling.  "The Present" card was made using Close to my Heart's new "Olivia" paper and it is really beautiful!  I used the edge distresser and then added some Bitty Brads to the stamped image.  "May the Bounty . . . " card was fun adding the folded rosette behind the pumpkin.  To make that I cut a piece of B&T paper 1 1/4" x 12" and then scored it every 1/4".  Fold it back and forth like a fan, then attach the ends together.  Secure it on the back with a piece of cardstock and using a Glue Dot.

 All supplies are Close To My Heart.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Studio J Digital Scrapbooking


Studio J is a fun new program digital online scrapbooking program from Close to my Heart. Here are some recent pages I made. It is such a fun program. You just load your pictures (by the way you have 3 months to just play with those pictures and the program before they delete your pictures, unless, of course, you buy your layout, then it will be online for a year) then decide which digital paper set you want to use. Next will pop up a lot of layout options. Choose the one that works best for you and it will then give you half a dozen paper combinations in the layout you have chosen. Choose the one that you like best. Then it will bring up the layout for you and all you have to do is pick items from the left and drap and drop them. You can change the color of any present ribbon or button or whatever. You can change the papers if you like, you can even distress the paper. Just play, it is really fun!