Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fabulous Fall

Are you enjoying the posts this week on the Shinhan Touch Twin markers?  I sure am enjoying creating with them!  Today I have some fall leaves and acorns for you.

This is the Fall Harvest stamp set, and the images are perfect for coloring.  I stamped the leaves and acorns with cocoa pigment ink and then heat set them so they would be ready for coloring.

Let me explain how I colored the leaves:
  1. I colored the whole leaf with Pastel Green
  2. I shaded liberally with Golden Yellow
  3. I shaded the leaf near the veins with Marigold
  4. I colored the whole leaf with Golden Yellow again to blend the colors
The acorns were super easy!
  1. I colored the base of the acorn with Pastel Peach
  2. I shaded the base with Barely Beige
  3. I colored the cap of the acorn with Clay
In order to match my acorns, I did something kind of fun.  I colored the banner with a Pastel Peach marker, and then I stamped my sentiment.  It is so fun to add a little coloring here and there to a project.

Thanks so much for stopping in, and may you be very blessed today!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thanks So Much

I sure am having fun working with the Shinhan Touch Twin markers!  There are just so many things that you can do with them, and today I have two different techniques to show you.

I never have enough thank you cards in the house so I made a batch of 3x3 cards.  I have to tell you that these were so easy!  I used washi tape and shimmer trim for the background, added some loops of Waxy Flax from my stash, and complete the card with a flower.  Let me show you the flowers up close so that you can see what I did with them.

I stamped this fun flower with black archival ink.  I colored each flower with two inks, and this is how you achieve the look I was able to get with my flowers. (Read to the end, and I will list the colors for you.)
  1. Use the lighter ink first and color the whole flower.
  2. Use the darker ink to create shading where desired.
  3. Color the whole flower again with the lighter ink to blend all the color together.

Really, it's very easy, and how you learn is just to try it for yourself!  Every flower, every image that you color may look different because of the pressure you use in coloring or where you shade.  That is the thing I love about the Touch Twin markers!

I wanted the centers to match, so I colored the Gold Bling Gems with the same alcohol markers.  
How fun is that?

I hope that you are enjoying learning more about Twin Touch markers this week!  Thanks for stopping in and may your day be especially blessed!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

When Life Gets Stormy

In continuing on with techniques using Shinhan Touch Twin Markers,  I wanted to show you a way to add even more vibrancy to the beautiful palette of colors.

This is the Rainy Day stamp CUTE!  I stamped the boots with black archival ink, and then heat set them to dry the ink.  I used only two colors for the boots - Tender Pink and Leaf Green.  I shaded each pair a little by adding extra layers of color.  The alcohol ink in the Touch Twin markers dries quickly, so once I cut them out, I covered them with Liquid Glass.  After all, aren't rain boots supposed to be glossy?

Thanks for stopping in today, and be sure to drop by tomorrow for some coloring/blending techniques!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Everything is Better With a Friend

I thought it would be wonderful to spend the next week telling you all about our new Shinhan Touch Twin Markers.  These markers are made with an alcohol-based ink formula which means you can color and blend easily.   Let me show you a card I made showing simple coloring.

First of all, I stamped the image with black archival ink.  
(This stamp set is called Better With a Friend and is available to hostesses only for just $10.00.  It has three of these adorable girlfriends and two great sentiments.)  

NOTE:  It's very important that you use either archival ink or pigment ink as they won't bleed when coloring with alcohol ink.  

I used six different colors for this card:
B68 Turquoise Blue - scarf, purse
R140 Light Orange - shopping bags
P282 Peony Purple - shopping bags

This was straight-forward coloring with the fine tip end.  I wanted to start the week with simple coloring so that you can see how beautiful the ink is without doing anything else!  

TIP:  I find it much easier to color images by outlining the inside edge of the image and then filling in. If you have a small area (like the purse strap), simply dot the fine tip on that area.  Because it's alcohol ink, it blends together beautifully!  

We carry 24 Shinhan Touch Twin Markers along with one colorless blending marker.  
I am excited about the cost - just $5.95 each!  Here are the colors for you to see, and you can find them on page 180 of your Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

Something I am even more excited about is that you can earn these markers as Hostess Rewards!  
Hostess stamps, free markers, free paper, free ink, free stamps, free product, potential half-price items....a Close To My Heart hostess is so lucky!!!

Be sure to tune in all week as I show you other great images and techniques!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Birthday

I love looking through our paper packets and finding a non-traditional use for them.  That's what I did today.  I used Chalk It Up (what could be perceived as school paper) to make this clean and simple card.

The pattern of the arrows in the two different papers is really fun, and I thought they worked very nicely with the patterns in the flowers.  Don't you love the fresh sorbet and lagoon colors?  
The flowers are from the Pretty Petals stamp set, and they can be cut with the Art Philosophy.

I feel like a challenge or two, so I am going to enter this into the following:
Keep it Simple - Arrows
Little Red Wagon - Birthday
Color Throwdown - Color Challenge

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lifetime of Happiness

I was out on my deck doing devotions this morning, and I was so thankful for flowers.  They just add so much happiness wherever they are.  I used the Mojo Monday sketch to add some "happy" to this card.

The rich colors I've used are chocolate, glacier, and honey.  That beautiful stamp set is called Lifetime of Happiness, and it is filled with lovely flowers and foliage.

To achieve the embossed background on the glacier paper, I used the Floral Embossing Folder.  Perfect match for this set!  I added a little bling and the card was done.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are finding yourself most blessed!
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Cultivating Creativity Scrapbook Club

I am so excited to announce my Cultivating Creativity Scrapbook Club starting in September.  I decided after all these years of teaching club that I needed to have a name and so Cultivating Creativity was born!  Let me show you September's pages using Chalk It Up and then I will tell you all about it.

September 2014 – May 2015
Are you short on time but would like to get some pages done every month?  Why not try my monthly Cultivating Creativity Scrapbooking Club?  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other scrappers and to have a fun evening out!  Each month we create two 2-page layouts.  Whether you buy the kit long distance or come to my home, everything is pre-cut and ready for you to put together. We will complete all the techniques and stamping at the beginning of the class, and then you are free to complete your pages at your own pace.

Every month, you have the opportunity to choose your kit!   Whether you choose the basic kit or order the largest available, your pages will be beautiful! 
  • You will place your order for your kit one month in advance.
  • Ordering your kit one month in advance allows you the freedom to get exactly what you want each month without being committed to one type of kit.
  • The kit you order will count towards a Stamp of the Month purchase or Monthly Special (before tax and shipping).
  • My pages will always be Kit #4 using not only the Workshop on the Go stamp set, but other stamps that match the paper packet.  This will give you the opportunity to try a lot of different product!
So now that you've seen September's pages and what is included in each kit.

Kit #1 - $14.90 (plus shipping and tax)

Kit #2 - $19.85 (plus shipping and tax)

Kit #3 - $26.80 (plus shipping and tax)

Kit #4 - $34.90 (plus shipping and tax)
**The value of this kit is $47.55**

Cultivating Creativity is a Hostess Rewards Club!

When you commit to the full nine months (September 2014 – May 2015), during one of the months you will receive the hostess rewards for your club night.  This is true if you are a long distance member, too!  As a Hostess, you automatically start you at $25 in Hostess Rewards as my way of saying thank you for the commitment. 

·         You will receive additional hostess rewards and potential half-price items based on the orders from your club nights and any outside orders you bring.  As little as $100 in extra orders will give you $40 in Hostess Rewards and one half-price item!  I help you out by posting an Online Gathering on my website so that your friends can easily order to support your hostess month.

You will need a basic supply kit every month.  

If you need anything else, I will let you know in the monthly reminder that I send.
 Micro-tip scissors
Tape runner
Glue dots
3-d foam tape
Clear ruler
Photos (optional – I will provide the dimensions in the monthly reminder)

Cultivating Creativity Scrapbook Club will be on the last two Mondays and Tuesdays of each month.* Choose the night you would like, and you will stay on that night each month.  

Chalk it Up
Scaredy Cat
Yuletide Carol




*NOTE:  December and May classes will be held one week early due to the holidays.

Openings remaining:
  • CCSC #1 - 2 openings
  • CCSC #2 - 1 opening
  • CCSC #3 - FULL
  • CCSC #4 - 1 opening

Are you long distance?  No problem!

I will invoice you for the kit of your choice and ship it to you with full directions. Additional charges for long distance kits:
  • If you would like the stamping completed on your layout, there is an additional $3.00 charge.
  • Shipping is based on the kit you buy as well as your zip code so that you are charged actual shipping cost.
If you are long distance, you may purchase your kit choice here.  Once I see what your kit choice is, I will send you another invoice to pay for direct shipping to you.

Kit Options (cost includes CTMH tax & shipping)
Don't forget to add the select the stamping fee if you would like your layouts stamped!

I will not be creating cutting guides at this time for my kits.  My suggestion for fellow consultants is that you purchase Kit #1.  You will still be receiving pre-cut pieces, directions, and a photo.  You would then be able to add your own embellishments and stamping.

Friday, August 8, 2014

One Card...Two Looks

There is a card on page 93 of Annual Inspirations that I really like so I wanted to duplicate it.  Ill show you my cards first, but then I want to tell you how easy it is to create cards that are shown in the idea book.

The chevron backgrounds on these cards are the Adventure (pacifica) and Whimsy (sweet leaf) Paper Fundamentals.  The stamp sets used are Charming Chevrons and You Mean the World to Me.  Now I want to show you the original card from the  book.

Do you notice that right underneath the card the name of the pattern is shown?  That means I can go right to my Wishes book and look up the All Tucked In pattern.  From that point, I can go to the recipes.  Now when you look at Annual Inspirations online, you are given the choice to look through the book, print it, or look at the recipes.  The recipes tell you the name of the pattern again along with all of the "ingredients" you need.  As you will notice, I substituted here and there to make the card using what I had on hand.

I hope this helps you as you look through Annual Inspirations and find the things you would like to re-create.  There are so many beautiful pieces of artwork, and I think it's wonderful that there is a place you can go to find exactly what you need!

Thank you so much for stopping in today, and have a day most blessed!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hostess Rewards Stamps

We have several fun Hostess Rewards stamps in Annual Inspirations.  They are available to hostesses only, and they are priced very low so that Hostesses can get the most bang for their buck!
(Look for them on pages 5 - 10 in the idea book.)

Today I am bringing you a card using the Hostess set called Sweet as Sugar.  I used the sketch at The Deconstructed Sketches for my inspiration.

I used two of our brand new colors, Canary and Thistle, and I paired them with White Daisy and Pear.  I have a color challenge for my team each month, and these were the four colors I am having them work with this month.  I cant wait to see what they come up with because they always inspire me!

The Canary and Thistle paper is from the Whimsy Paper Fundamentals.  Have you seen them?  They are patterned on one side and the back side is embossed in the same pattern.  We have Fundamentals in all 40 colors now, and I love having them to use on my projects!  I cut the flower using the Artiste cartridge.  I simply cut five in different 1/4" increments and stacked them.  Such an easy way to make a full flower!

Did you know that even if you are far away from Minnesota, I can help you have an Online Gathering?  It's so easy for me to set up a website link and facebook event to make your Gathering successful.  I will send you an Annual Inspirations book along with some samples to show your friends.

If you are local, I am booking dates for September and October right now!  I so appreciate the opportunity to come into your homes and show people what is new with Close To My Heart.  A fun make and take are always included!

Let me show you the Hostess Rewards chart:

Pretty awesome rewards, right?  I think that Close To My Heart has one of the most generous rewards programs around.  And to top it all off, Hostesses don't pay any shipping and handling on Hostess Rewards!

Feel free to contact me at (763) 227-0583 or if you are interested in hosting a Gathering.  Whether it is local or online, I would LOVE to help you earn FREE product!

Thanks for stopping by today!!
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Winner - Halloween Treat Bag Class

Thank you all for stopping by to visit me and comment on my Halloween Treat Bags on this post.

The random winner of the class is Morgan!  I will be in touch to give you your kit!!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Life is Like Riding a Bicycle

When I need a card in a hurry, I love pulling out my Picture My Life cards.  I can always find one that will match just what I want to say!  This card went in the mail to my son today to congratulate him on a new job.  To me, it's one of the best jobs in the world....he is going to be a barista at a coffee shop. (We all know my love of a good cup of coffee!)  However, I know it's not quite the income he would have liked.  I am hoping he will see that it's not always about the job, but where God wants us to be at the time.

For this card, I used the Chalk it Up cards, and I used just two of them.  I used a 4x6 card for the base and a 3x4 for the sentiment box.  Can you even stand how beautiful that twill ribbon is?  We have it in black and cranberry, and I think you are going to find that it's very easy to tie into a bow.

Picture My Life is such a fun program.  You can go so far beyond the pocket page protector and make cards, home decor items, gifts, and traditional pages.  

This is the PERFECT month to give Picture My Life a try!

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

There are 13 Picture My Life programs to choose from, and each one of them includes:
44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™(various designs)

That's a tremendous value, don't you think?  Thanks so much for stopping in today!!
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Escape

I haven't had the opportunity to play along with many challenges lately, and I have missed it!  I love the Mojo Monday sketch this week, so I sat right down to create this morning.

Seaside is just beautiful and calming paper.  I combined it with a couple of the Seaside Picture My Life cards and a flower from the Pretty Petals stamp set.  I inked the flower in Sorbet, sponged the edges with Desert Sand and then stamped it.  That really matched the paper nicely!  I added a little metallic twine, a few gold bling gems, and added a metal flourish from the Rosewood Mini Medleys.  All of these items can be found on my website.

You may see a lot of artwork from me in the next couple of days!  I am taking a couple of days off, and one of the things I'd like to do is play with more challenges.  I've got some tasks to finish in the house, but I can't let that take up the whole two days off!!  ;)

Thanks for stopping in today and have a day most richly blessed!
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I saw the stamp set from the Wanderful Workshop on the Go, and I knew exactly what picture I wanted to scrap.  And then I found the perfect sketch created by Susan Stringfellow for Scraptastic, too!

I am so lucky, so blessed that because of Close To My Heart, Jerry and I have been able to make memories all over the world.  Spain, Malta, Italy, France, the Eastern Caribbean (we loved Dominica and Grenada), and Costa Rica.  Gosh, these are places that we could never go on our own.  Close To My Heart is so generous with their rewards!  Along with the Workshop on the Go, I used the Sightseer stamp set for this page.  It's just so fun to play with paper!

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

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rose Blossoms Annual Inspirations Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop!  Boy, are you in for a treat today!!  I promise that you will be inspired and learn some new things about the Annual Inspirations Idea Book!

If you came here from the very talented Cathy's blog, you are on the right path.  This blog hop is a great big circle, so no matter where you start you will can still make it through all 9 blogs.  Should you get lost along the way, you can always come back here and go to the bottom of the post.  I've got everyone from team listed.

Because I create a lot of kits, I was thrilled to see the new Cut Above line of products!  I know how much you all love to have a package full of pre-cut pieces to put together when you are in a rush.  That's what Cut Above is all about!  You will find four card kits (2 Christmas and 2 all-occasion) and two treat bag kits in Annual Inspirations.  Today I want to talk about the treat bags.  There is one set for Halloween and one set for Christmas.  They are complete with plastic bags and stickers for your candy.  They even come with foam dots!

Cute, right?  I think so!  You simply stamp the included circle, add some candy, and you're on you way.  Of course, though, I had to add my own flair!

I made some accordion-fold flowers using Artiste and Scaredy Cat, added a Thistle die-cut (what a gorgeous purple)  and stamped some characters from Frightfully Fun (the CUTEST Halloween stamp set ever!).  I finished them off with some black epoxy stars and thistle diagonal striped ribbon.

The ghost and mummy are 3-D on circle.  I simply stamped one on the circle and popped up another one that I had hand-cut.  Stinkin' cute as can be!


I will be teach a class using the Halloween treat bags in early October.  If you comment on this post, you will have the opportunity to win a FREE class kit from me!!  Go to my Facebook page, and you will have an opportunity to win there, too!!

Now it's time for you to keep movin' on the hop!  You are heading to the wonderful kraft-i-ness at Lynn's bungalow!  You will love what she created!!

Should you get lost along the way, here are the blogs in the hop.  I invite you to follow each one so that you can keep up with what they are doing in their crafting lives!!

Brenda – (YOU ARE HERE!)

Thank you so much for stopping by, and may your day be richly blessed!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Annual Inspirations and Flash Mystery Hostess Special!

Please welcome the new 
Annual Inspirations Idea Book!

After months of anticipation, Annual Inspirations has arrived at last!
The art-filled pages are now available for your viewing pleasure!  With additions such as 5 new colors and 9 new My Reflections™ paper packets, this idea book is overflowing with artistic inspiration.   CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE IDEA BOOK

And here's the FLASH!

When you go to my website, you will see that there is a Gathering called "Annual Inspirations."  If you shop from now until August 7th, you will be entered in the Mystery Hostess drawing to win FREE product!  Everyone that places an order of $25 or more will receive a FREE Annual Inspirations Idea Book in the mail!!

So hop over and look through this gorgeous book.  The artwork is spectacular, and you will surely be inspired to create!

Thanks for stopping in today, and may your day be blessed!

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