Archives for January 2013

Last Day for Whoo’s! Too Cute to Miss

Today is the last day for Whoo’s Your Valentine!  It’s a very, very cute set that is so versatile, I’m loving it.  If you are on Facebook, be sure to check out the Close To My Heart corporate page and see all of the very cool art work that is being made with it!!  Here’s my latest two:  One filled with Skittles and is the resist embossing and one filled with Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans….

Don’t miss out because you can do so much with this darling set!! Coffee stamp set is sold seperately.

Simply Irresistable!

I watched this great video on resist embossing by Monica and Kristine from the Close to My Heart Home Office and I was inspired to create.  Long ago, I learned a technique using resist embossing in a different way, using a craft mat and inks.

First you take your card/paper and stamp an image of your choice in clear embossing ink and powder.  I’m using the Versamark pad and clear embossing powder from Close to My Heart:

You heat it with your craft heater (not to be confused with your hair dryer!).

Once the embossing powder is melted, let it cool for a moment and then you can add ink to it.  In the video (post at the end of this post, you can see some different wants you can ink.  I’m going to show you a different one!  Take a craft mat and ink pads.  With your ink pads (or markers), ink the craft mat!  You can create a color pattern here.  Once you are done, spray the ink with water. 

Take your embossed paper and lay it down on the wet ink and you’ll get a watercolor effect.  The embossing will prevent the color from adhering to the paper, showing white (or whatever your cardstock color is under the embossing).  This is a very easy technique which can create some beautiful art work!!

Let it dry.  I put it under one of my work pads so it would dry flat.  Once dry, I made the box:

 I used the other piece as the top to completed my project, one of the “Whoo’s Your Valentine” treat tubes:

I’ll fill this cute little tube with Skittles to match the rainbow colors. Be sure to  get your “Whoo’s Your Valentine” kit here!!  Time is running short as well as the supplies.  We have less than 13% left!!!

Here’s the great video on Resist Embossing:

Creatively Yours,

Exquisite! Inspiring! A Must Have!!

Our Spring Summer 2013 Idea Book is about to be released!! !  I love this IB! The new papers, stamps, and embellishments are exciting.  All of the paper packs are exciting and can be used in many ways by adding different colored cardstock to the project.  So versatile!  The projects and art samples are beautiful.  You’ll keep this one around just to inspire the muse in you!

I’ve mailed off IB to all of my
hostesses and customers from the last 6 months.  Not a customer?  Place
your order for your Idea Book now for $5.00!  When you place a $50.00,
you’ll get your next Idea Book FREE!!

Creatively yours,


Kids and Whoo’s…..

Well, I got brave over the weekend and did a “Whooo’s Your Valentine” workshop with 3 kids.  We did a simple version of the treat tubes.  The kids loved the stamping and gluing parts of the workshop.  We made 72 valentine treat tubes for them!! 

The kids are looking forward to adding some sweet treats to them.  Don’t miss your chance to get this sweet deal with the cutest owl stamps!! 

Stretching out

I follow Brenda Rose, a dear friend and wonderful paper artist, who led me to   Iwona “Chupa” Palamountain’s blog. The world is very small on the internet!  Chupa is another very talented paper artist. Chupa puts up sketch challenges.  While I’ve never joined or entered into her challenges, I do LOVE the creativity it sparks. 

I made this card from our January SOM “Happy Valentine’s” in two different fashions.  One using the smaller roses (2 of them) and another using 1 larger rose.  I varied the ink for the sentiment.  I colored the roses in with our wonderful Alcohol Markers!  These will make great thank you notes!!  I used the Cricut AP to cut out the scalloped circle and the layer. 

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #86

Follow the link above to see the Sketchbook Challenge.  I’m so glad the internet offers me the opportunity to see and learn from other incredible artists!!

Whooo’s Your Valentine

Who’s your Valentine?  This cute candy tube set from Close to My Heart! That’s who!  This set is so very versatile – be watching for a few more projects from it.  My daughter is super excited to be giving these valentines to her friends at school.  I’m super excited that she can help make them!!  Watch Kristine from Close to My Heart share this wonderful kit with you:

Get your “Whoo’s Your Valentine” kit here!!

Smitten for Shoes

Who would have though my little one would fall for shoes so soon?  I needed a pair of shoes for an outfit.  I took her along.  Before I knew it, she was busy trying on shoes to see if she could wear “big girl shoes”.  She had  a great time and so did everyone watching her! 

I used the Clementine Paper Kit to create this layout.  I used the January SOM , “Happy Valentine’s”.  I used the Cricut to cut my title.  I used our die-cut hearts, exclusive inks, and our glitter gel to make my heart embellishments.  I even added a little bit of glitter to my paper accents  – red and almond! Glitter Glue rocks !  The CTMH Alcohol Markers are the best for coloring as you get two markers for each color – for your main color and shading!  I love our pearl embellishments – add a touch of elegance.  Add them to our wooden butterflies for some dimension.  You can get everything you need by Shopping here!

SG might be smitten for shoes….I’m smitten for her!!!

Bling and Alcohol Markers!

Another discovery!  You can use your alcohol markers for adding color to your clear, white pearls, or white metal establishments.  For the purpose of this entry, I’m using clear gems.  You color the top of the embellishment with your alcohol marker.  I used the brush end of the marker.  You can deepen the color by adding layers – just allow one layer to dry before adding the next one. 

Results?  Embellishments which really add to my card!

Big “Thanks” to my friend Linda Black for sharing this nifty tip with me!  Get your clear, pearl, or white bling and alcohol markers by Shopping here!

Valentines in January?

Yes, Valentine’s in January!  Our January Stamp of the Month “Happy Valentine’s” is a very elegant set with wonderful sayings.  Through out the month, I’ll have different samples to show off featuring this set!!


Here’s my “Smitten” card.  You can see my glitter heart really well here.  I did this using our wonderful glitter gel glues!  See the post from December 26, 2012, showing you how to do this.

You can buy the stamp set outright or get it for $5.00 with a
$50.00 order (and you’ll also qualify for our ““Whooo’s Your Valentine”
Special as well).

Just a reminder when you order online – be sure to add yourself to the current month’s “online orders”.  Joining this online gathering will allow you to earn FREE select product to reward your loyalty.  Read more about it:  Create Your Rewards!