Thursday, April 9, 2015

Guest Designer for Sweet Stamp Shop for their Grand Re-Opening


The Sweet Stamp Shop is having a grand re-opening going on now.
They asked for Guest Designers and I volunteered.

I created a PL card with the new Oolong stamp set image.
I used a retired paper pack and the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1 for the card design.
I often use the How To card designs and adapt them for my pocket scrapbooking cards.
I then colored the image with my Copics.
I then added the sequins from the Oceanside Sequins.

I loved how it turned it and just want to thank Nicole Rixon once again for the opportunity to be a guest designer for Sweet Stamp Shop.

Be sure to check out the Sweet Stamp Shop at www.sweetstampshop.com.

~Amy


Friday, April 3, 2015

So Much to Share....

 Yes!  Seasonal Expressions 2 is live!
You can shop it on my website anytime.

And don't forget these two gorgeous new Consultant kits.
I would love to have you join my team.
You get to chose from two fabulous kits when you sign up.

The Cardmakers Kit
  
The Scrapbookers Kit
Contact me for more info on becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant today or check it out on my website.

Check out the Deal of the Day promotion, running in the month of April on my website.
There's a different grab bag at a different price points each day, some with a value that is double what the grab bag costs, containing retired and current product.  In order to grab a grab bag, place one regular priced item in your cart and you are eligible for the Deal of the Day!
Check it out today!


And we can't forget our darling April Stamp of the Month: Typed Note.
This is one of my favorite Stamp of the Months this Idea Book!
Be sure to check it out!
Either buy it for $17.95 or buy it for only $5 with a $50 purchase (including grab bags)!
 

Thanks for stopping by!
~Amy

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Watercoloring for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Today I am going to share a cute little pocket scrapbooking card that I watercolored with my distress inks.  And yes, it is another sneak peek of what is coming in Seasonal Expressions 2!


I really love this darling little dog found on the Friendly Pets stamp set (available April 1st).

I started by stamping my image in Black Soot Distress Ink (after stamping off on scrap paper twice so that I could just see the outline) onto Watercolor Paper.  I used a variety of browns for the dog body.  I also used some Spun Sugar in there to add a little pink to the light browns for the belly of the dog.
See that tail.  It was added due to some of the ink running as I watercolored.  So he has a little tail added.  The heart balloon was colored using Seedless Preserves, mixed with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord.  I then used a Copic Black Multiliner Pen (0.1) to outline the whole image.
Finally I added the grass with a combination of Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks.

To watercolor with my Distress Inks, I apply some ink to my craft mat and pick it up with a damp/wet watercolor brush.

This is just one of many ways that I have used my distress inks to watercolor.

I am going to link this up to Kathy Racoosin's Blog, The Daily Marker, for her 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Amy


Saturday, March 21, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge and Another Sneak Peek

I got to enjoy the company of some good friends today and spent my time making some projects with the new product coming on April 1st.

For this project, I worked with a hostess stamp.  I absolutely love the images on this stamp, but chose to try this out with the simple heart shape, as I would have to fussy cut the shape.


I colored with my pigment inks once again.
For this pocket card, I used twilight and lagoon for the blue hearts and gypsy and thistle for the purple heart.  
The shapes on this stamp set are formed with words, which adds to the beauty of this set.

Supplies used (all CTMH except Versafine ink):
Versafine ink
Whimsy Mini Pigment Pads Pack (Twilight is retired, but there are other blues to use in it's place)
Paper Bird Stamp Set (available 4-1-15 as a hostess reward)

I hope you enjoyed this quick little pocket scrapbooking card!

Be sure to check out all my sneak peeks this week!
~Amy

Friday, March 20, 2015

Catch Up with Picture My Life Pocket Scrapbooking

I thought I would show you how easy it is to catch up on some scrapbooking with our Picture My Life Pocket Scrapbooking system.

I love pocket scrapbooking and aside from an occassional layout, it is the only way I scrapbook anymore.  I get more done and in albums for my family and friends to enjoy and ultimately, that is what is important to me.

In these examples from my scrapbook of my childrens' early years (yes, these photos are from 2001), I used the Heartstrings Picture My Life cards.
These cards are only available (along with the Hopscotch cards) until the end of the month, so be sure to pick you set up today.

I still need to add a little journaling and dates to these layouts, but they are essentially done.  I did these and 4 other 2 page layouts while watching Downton Abbey one night.

I love how much I can get done, in such a short amount of time.




Other then a pen to add journaling and my album, that's all I needed to preserve these memories for my family.

Be sure to check the Picture My Life Scrapbooking system out today.
It was a definite game changer for my scrapbooking style.
I can't say enough about it.

Have questions about pocket scrapbooking or in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA area and interested in holding or attending a workshop for pocket scrapbooking?  Be sure to contact me for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Amy


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sneak Peek from the New Seasonal Expressions 2: Available on April 1st and the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

I am so excited to announce the launch of Seasonal Expressions 2 on April 1st.  
I have spent some time this month working on some projects with the new product.
And let me tell you, there is some fabulous new product!

And with today's project, I am joining in on the 30 Day Coloring Challenge from The Daily Marker.


I had so much fun making this project, a card for my Project Life album, using a technique as shown by Jennifer McGuire.  I blended the color onto the flowers using pigment inks and my finger.



Supplies used (CTMH only):

Wavy Blooms Stamp Set

This technique was fun and the colors blended beautifully and are so very vibrant.
To make the flowers shiny and make the color stand out even more, I clear embossed the flowers after adding the pigment ink and blending it.  
I have to agree with Jennifer, the results are vibrant and beautiful.

I am also going to link this to Kathy Racoosin's blog, The Daily Marker, for her 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I am a little late to the game, but am going to try to do as many of the remaining days as possible.  For those that don't know, the 30 Day Coloring Challenge is just that. 
A challenge to color something each day.

Hope you will join me in this challenge.  Be sure link up to Kathy's blog or use #thedailymarker30day on Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by and check out some more sneak peeks for the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book supplement.

~Amy

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!


I enjoyed making some Valentines this year that used CTMH Stamps and papers.
These were created by using several CTMH Stamps and embossing them with white embossing powder on watercolor paper.

Once I embossed the stamped images, I used distress inks and a paintbrush to add the background colors.

I dried the background and then dropped water on it and dabbed it off to get spots of colors that were bleached of some of it's color.  I learned this technique from Kristina Werner at http://kwernerdesign.com.


For this card, I used a masking technique with CTMH stamps.
I added the I "heart" U with the heart from the Cutie Pie Stamp Set (retired) and the I and U from Studio Calico's Ben and Alex Stamp Set.
I embossed these with the Zing Red Metallic Embossing Powder, in order to help it stand out.
I wrote the word Valentine with my pen.

I then layered the Whisper CS with some Teal Glitter Paper and some patterned paper from the Heartstrings Paper Pack.



Supplies used:

Staford Watercolor Paper
Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberries

Cutie Pie SOTM (December 2014-Retired)
Zing Red Metallic Embossing Powder
Memento Black Ink

I hope you have a fabulous Valentine's Day and enjoyed this peek at a few of my projects!
Be sure to check out all my projects here and find all these supplies and more on my website.

And remember to check out our new albums, which are buy one and get one half off during the month of February.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you a fabulously crafty day!
~Amy


Monday, February 2, 2015

Another Card Inspired by Clean and Simple 4 Class



I had fun with this card and this technique.
It is a double embossing technique, as taught by Jennifer McGuire.

Products used:
A Little Everything Stamp Set (retired)
Versafine Ink
ShinHan Twin Touch Markers : WG4, WG7, BR116, RP198, colorless blender
Ranger Embossing Powders: White and Liquid Platnium

This technique is far simpler then it looks, but it really makes an impact on your cards.
You first emboss the sentiment on your background.
Stamp, color and cut your focal image.
Emboss again, over the image.
Line up the image and the sentiment and attach.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Amy


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Welcome February and A Happy Hello!

It's hard to believe it's already February! 
Where did January go?

With the start of a new month, we have the start of a new constant campaign, as well as a new SOTM.


Here's something I created with the February Stamp of the Month (SOTM): A Happy Hello and using a technique from the class that I am taking over at Online Card Classes.



This card was created using a mask to mask diagonal lines.  I just used a straight piece of post it masking tape and sponged some slate ink onto my card off that mask.

I then stamped out the flowers from A Happy Hello in Gypsy and Thistle inks.
I then cut them out and arranged them onto my card front.

I heat embossed the sentiment in white Ranger embossing powder.
I then cut out the sentiment and tucked it behind the flowers.

As a finishing touch, I added 3 bitty sparkles.

I loved playing with technique and had fun combining the flower stamps in this set to create this fun card.

And here is what the SOTM: A Happy Hello looks like.


You can only buy A Happy Hello in the month of February.
You can purchase it for $17.95 or spend $50 and purchase it for only $5.

And for the February Constant Campaign: 

Album Allure


Buy one album and get one half off.

You can't beat that deal.

I absolutely love our new albums.

You can shop my website anytime, day or night.

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon for more creations and creativity!
~Amy




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Clean and Simple 4 Card #1

I've started another class at Online Card Classes.
Clean and Simple 4
And I love it so far!



Here's a card I made using a simple embossing technique, using masking that Jennifer McGuire showed us in class.


I took a Hero Arts Background Stamp and stamped the sunburst in versamark.
I then die cut a circle out of masking sheets.
I first embossed the small circle with apricot and butter Zing powder, which I had mixed together.
I then removed the mask and embossed the rest of the sunburst with butter Zing embossing powder.

I cut the happy from a Studio Calico die in CTMH black cardstock.
I embossed it twice with clear embossing powder to give it some shine and dimension.
I stamped the birthday sentiment under it from a retired CTMH stamp.
Finally I attached it to my card base, cut from CTMH Sunset cardstock and added the gold sequins.

I'm so grateful for this new technique, taught

Thanks for stopping by!