Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Share the Love and Help the Life of a Child

Operation Smile is an amazing non-profit organization that puts smiles back on the faces of children with cleft palate, cleft lip, and other facial deformities.  During the month of February, Close To My Heart is focusing their efforts on Operation Smile by offering a special stamp set called Share the Love.  For every stamp set sold, Close To My Heart is donating $7 to Operation Smile!

Look at how adorable this stamp set is!  I've put together a simple, but oh-so-fun, card, and when you purchase this set in February, you will receive this card as your thank you from me!

Thanks for stopping in today!  I always appreciate your visits!!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - February Stamp of the Month

It's time for the Rose Blossom Blog Hop showcasing the February Stamp of the Month, Balloon Animals!  I hope that you look forward to this as much as I do.  During our two hops each month, I am constantly amazed by the talent on my team.  They truly do bring you their very best!

Now this hop is a circle so you can just keep going around.  Should you get lost along the way, come back here, and there is a list of blogs at the very bottom of this post.

I've gotten a scrapbook page to show you today of my cute little great-nephew.  He happens to be my Dad's namesake, and he has a smile as happy as my dad always did!

Well, isn't he cute as can be?!

Before building this page, I splattered it with yellow and blue watercolors.  That adds such a nice touch to a page!  (If you'd like to learn more about watercolors, visit THIS LINK to watch an excellent Close To My Heart video.)
The yellow striped paper is from the Penelope paper packet.  I added a few pieces from the Adventure Fundamentals sticker,  Glacier Fundamentals assortment, and some Carnival washi tape.

It's time to go visit Marg now!  I know she has amazing things for you in the Tater Patch!

Here is the Stamp of the Month.  It's always just $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase!!


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Simply Inspired Blog Hop - Seasonal Expressions

Welcome to the Simply Inspired Blog Hop!  We are showcasing projects using brand new product from Seasonal Expressions Volume 1.  

If you arrived here from the lovely and talented Lisa's blog, you are in the right place!  

My project started with a whole lot of random stamping and coloring...

I used the stamp set Friend in Me and Shinhan markers.  I colored the flowers with are Peony Purple, Tender Pink, Turquoise Blue, Leaf  Green, Golden Yellow, and Light Orange.  I didn't like the stark white background, so I filled it in with the Pastel Peach marker.

Then I cut the paper into 4" x 3" rectangles to insert into our black display tray.

I wanted this project to be about my sisters, so I simply added some purple and gold glitter mats, black and gold ribbon, and a heart charm.

Your next stop is the incredibly sweet and creative Sheri!

This is the beautiful floral stamp set I used for my project:

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Charlotte Layout Workshop - Long Distance Option Available

Charlotte Layout Workshop - $35
Sunday, February 21st at 2:00 pm
(Andover Senior Center)
Monday, February 22nd at 6:30 pm
(Brenda's Home)

In this class, you will create THREE 2-page layouts!

There is no stamping this month, but a whole lot of great design and embellishments!
(Don't you think these photos of my nephew's family are perfect?!)

Class kit includes:
  • Charlotte Paper Packet, pre-cut and ready to assemble
  • Charlotte Complements
  • Black and Gold Ribbon (5 yards)
  • Treasured Puffies
  • Gold Shimmer Trim
  • Printed Instructions
This class can be ordered long distance, and kit will go out by February 22nd.
(Please note:  Priority shipping has gone up quite significantly.  
I have had to increase postage costs to $7.00 per package.)

Charlotte Layout Class

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Charolette Card Class - Long Distance Option Available

Charlotte Card Making Class - $20 
Thursday, February 11th
6:30 pm
Brenda's Home

I've got some great new techniques to share, and I can't wait to show you!

We will be making 9 nine cards (3 of each), and we will be using the new Thin Cuts as well as watercolors to color our diecuts.  You will love how easy and fun this is!

This class includes:
  • Pre-cut Charlotte Paper
  • Pre-Cut Watercolor Paper
  • Use of Thin Cuts, Stamps, Inks, and Watercolors
  • 9 Card Bases & Envelopes
  • Black and Gold Ribbon (5 yards)
  • Gold Treasured Puffies (43)
At $20, this class is a steal!  

(This class is most beneficial if you come to my home, but I understand that many of you are long distance.  Long distance kits include a $3 fee for die cutting, watercoloring, and stamping your pieces as well as a shipping fee of $4.)

Charlotte Card Class
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Card Buffet - Sunday, January 24th

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Andover Senior Center
1685 Crosstown Blvd NW; Andover
(Turn into the City Hall parking lot and the Senior Center is located at the north end of the building with it's own entrance.)

You can pick and choose which cards you'd like to make, and how many of each.   I have packed a lot of fun techniques into these cards!  A few of those techniques are:
Dry Embossing
Heat Embossing
Coloring with Alcohol Markers
Water Coloring

Cards are $2.00 each and include envelopes.  Make 10 or more cards, and they are $1.50 each!  There will be at least 10 all occasion cards to choose from, and there will be at least 10 of each card available to make;  Come early for your best selection!

PLEASE BRING:  Adhesive, Scissors, Glue Dots, Pop Dots

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  Bring a friend and receive a free gift from me!

Here are four of the cards that will be available to make:

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Team Builders and My Meraki

I returned from Salt Lake City yesterday after spending 2-1/2 days at the Close To My Heart Team Builders conference.  It is an amazing gift from Close To My Heart, and it is filled with rich knowledge, business ideas, great friendships, and artwork.

One of our artwork projects this year was Meraki.  Have you heard of it?  Meraki is to do something with your soul and with love.  We were given a piece of white daisy paper, a piece of watercolor paper, and paint brushes,  When we reached the table, we were able to choose from a dozen stamp sets, markers, and watercolors to create our own Meraki.  It was an exercise in putting ourselves and who we are on paper.

I went right for the floral stamp set Blossoming Expressions and the butterfly set Your Beautiful Self.  I stamped the images with Memento ink, and used light watercolors.  I felt like the finished page really was putting my personality and creative style on the paper. 

Meraki was really a freeing exercise.  I think the light colors emulated my somewhat introverted personality.  If you have that quality, too, I think you know exactly what I mean.  The clusters of various flowers without perfect placement, represent my creative style.  The butterflies?  Well, I think they show freedom in being just who I am.  

Try your own Meraki!  Don't copy mine or anyone else's, but rather put yourself on paper.  If you do create one, let me know.  I'd love to see it!!

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