13 March, 2015

Paper Patchwork: Making Your Scraps Work for You

It hurts our hearts a little to see the remnants of a beautiful cardstock page littered with cuts and holes that seem to render it unusable. It’s a crying shame. There’s so much paper leftover, and yet none at all! “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” (Thank you, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.) Potential appears to be squandered. Dreams run dry. Yet we still find ourselves clinging to these scraps, hoping someday we’ll find their purpose.
But there comes a point where a crafter can simply no longer endure anguish of this magnitude—something must be done about the scraps! So, in the spirit of this month’s theme of organization, we set out to find a purpose for these bothersome scraps that are so tantalizingly lovely in their brokenness. We were determined to use them, rather than stuff them away into that easily forgotten dungeon we call “the scrap box.”
And so we did! Want to see what we came up with?
#1) THE LAYOUT
This authentic and eye-catching layout is made with scraps from ELEVEN different papers! (Check the recipe at the end of this post to see which ones.) The best part about it is that, thanks to the Cricut® overlay, we only needed small scraps of the papers to weave into the layout. The different patterns and colors working as one make for a brilliant display that proves these paper scraps are better together than they ever were apart.
Other noteworthy things we love about this layout:
  • The White Daisy ink splatters against the kraft cardstock. We love the way this adds texture and life to the spread, encompassing the repurposed and artful utilitarian nature of this layout.
  • The way the journaling is seamlessly integrated into the flow of the layout. We’re just tickled over how the journaling blends so seamlessly with the layout that it’s become another artistic feature! It also adds a dose of personality and life to the layout.
  • The creative use of the Sparkle chevron shapes. Did you notice that the lines of sparkles stemming from the photo are actually cut from Sparkle chevron shapes? Cool, right? Just one more example of how to use bits and pieces to create something beautiful..........more

Cricut Artfully Sent: Pocket Function

The Pocket function of your Close To My Heart Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge will spice up so much more than just your layouts. See the possibilities in this video.
Learn to use Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge, it is packed with beautiful and inspirational card concepts, including the “pocket” function.  You'll be blown away with what you can create using this cartridge.                                   

 

If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

08 March, 2015

Mosaic Card

I was looking through CTMH's Wishes book which has a 100 card ideas & came across a card on page 114.   I liked the mosaic look & thought it would be a great way to use up some of my leftover scraps from the Heartstrings Workshop on the Go kit (retiring at the end of the month), but what started with a simple idea ended up looking nothing like the original design.   Close To My Heart has 8 How-To Program books with 100's of scrapbooking & card making ideas along with cutting guides & fundamental design principles.

I had fun with the mosaic pieces & it's a good way to use up all your little scraps.  The frame is from the March Stamp Of The Month "Choose Happy" & I used the Watercolor Pencils to colour it in then sponged around it & inside with the Glacier Ink Stamp Pad.  The background stamp on the side is the Season of Thanks set, I used VersaMark Ink pad & embossed it with Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder, then I used Pixie, Glacier & Whisper ink stamp pad colours for the reverse embossing, I found these to go with the papers the best.  The little border stamp is also from the March SOTM set along with the "you're special" sentiment.

Before I put it all together I used a double sided sticky sheet & put micro fine glitter over it & burnished until it smoothed out then peeled off the backing & used it as a sticker over the top of the mosaic pattern to soften it down,  I was happy with the end result.

If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

06 March, 2015

A Game of Hopscotch

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You’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from a playful creative awakening when you get your hands on our fun Hopscotch Background and Texture (B&T) papers. Using the Hopscotch papers is more than child’s play—it’s carefree crafting at its finest.
There are hundreds of ways to transform the hopping hexagons, sprightly sunbursts, and other popping patterns on these papers into works of art. So what’s your game plan?
One of our favorite ways to use the playful papers is with the Workshops on the Go® Hopscotch scrapbooking kit!

If you’ve used our Workshops on the Go® kits before then you’re already acquainted with the joy that comes from piecing together a gorgeous, complete scrapbook layout or collection of beautiful cards. These kits give you everything you need to complete some of the loveliest pieces on the block—wherever and whenever you wish. The only things we don’t pack into our kits are the three things you provide: your trusty paper trimmer, your adhesive of choice, and your creativity.
We don’t like to play favorites, but if we did, the spunky Hopscotch scrapbook kit from Seasonal Expressions 1 would definitely be one of them. You can’t help but love its energetic papers and eye-catching patterns—and the stamp set scores a lot of points for positivity and sheer cute factor!

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So who’s in? There’s only one month left to get this goodie before it’s gone forever, so get yours from your Consultant before March is over and this game of Hopscotch includes.                          

04 March, 2015

Creative Crop Club - Heartfelt Creations

I held my first Creative Crop Class last Saturday & the ladies were very happy with their creations, I featured the Heartstrings theme.  They created a double page spread & 4 cards with plenty left over for more.

The Gold Bundle included a Workshop on the Go kit, Complements Pack, a Sponge Dauber, their choice of either a Stamp Pad or Shin Han marker, Cricut cutouts, the class fee & Instructions plus they also qualified for the Stamp of the Month.
For the double page spread I used Cranberry (1272), Lagoon (X5762), Whisper (X5929), Hollyhock (1246) & White (1385) cardstocks. For the braiding & newspaper print background I used the B&T papers in the Heartstrings paper pack (X7193B).  The roses, journal box & other embellishments come from the Heartstrings Complements Pack (X7193C).  The big red heart was cut on the Cricut using the Art Philosophy Cartridge (Z1686), I just love using my Cricut machine it makes everything so much easier& the possibilities are endless, you just need your imagination.





I found the idea for these 2 cards on page 8 of the Seasonal Expressions Ideas book using the Heartstrings Workshop on the Go kit & the Heartstrings Complements.    I change them around a bit & instead of making them Valentines cards I used  the February Stamp of the Month "A Happy Hello".   For the Hello card with the heart on it I masked part of the stamp so only the words Hello showed.  The arrow was cut the make it look like it was piercing the heart & the roses I stamped & then fussy cut around them to add some dimension to the card.  The little glittery hearts are from the Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037).



I just love being part of a larger family with Close To My Heart, there are so many talented women who share their ideas & give inspiration for creativity.   These 2 cards were a combination of cards I saw & added my spin to them.
The braided card was made using the Heartstrings Paper pack (X7193B), February Stamp of the Month, Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037) &  Pixie Extra Thick Twine (Z3035).

The Hugs card was made using Cranberry (1272), Whisper (X5929), White (1385) & Black (1386) Cardstock, Cranberry (Z2116) , Whisper (Z2172) & Black (Z2105) Exclusive Ink Pad.  I stamped the small roses with the cranberry ink using the 2nc & 3rd generation technique & masking the heart so not to go outside it with the flowers.   The silver hearts are from the Stuck on You Puffies (Z3037) embellishments & finished it off with a black ribbon bow.

 If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

03 March, 2015

Cricut® Artfully Sent: Sleeve Function

Layering is where it’s at! The Sleeve function of Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge holds dozens of options that will lend beautiful depth and complexity to your cards in a matter of seconds.
Learn to use Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge, it is packed with beautiful and inspirational card concepts, including the “sentiment” function.  You'll be blown away with what you can create using this cartridge. 

                                   
 If you would like information about anything you see or would like to place an order or even become a consultant & join my team - please don't hesitate to send me a message at mtlamont52@gmail.com, I will be happy to help you in any way I can or purchase directly from my Online Shop & have it delivered right to your door.    I also offer scrapbooking, card making, base & bling & papercrafting classes......contact me to find out more.

02 March, 2015

March New Consultant Special!

MARCH NEW CONSULTANT SPECIAL!
- CHOOSE YOUR KIT!

Thinking about joining Close To My Heart? March is the month to do it!  During the month of March, new Consultants who enrol will receive a FREE shoulder tote (a retail value of over $35) with their New Consultant Kit.  Our New Consultant Kit is just $130 & includes nearly triple the retail value in products & supplies.  Including your FREE shoulder tote, that is a saving of over $375!





Additionally, new Consultants who remit $650 worth of commissionable sales in their first 50 days after their New Consultant Kit ships will receive the rolling tote (a retail value of $199) as a FREE bonus (not including shipping/handling)!  These organisation pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they are only available while supplies last, so hurry on over & join today!

 
 
Which kit suits you - Cardmaking or Scrapbooking?
  You have the choice!
             
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