Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Use Your Stash Blog Hop - Dimensional/Chipboard Embellies

WELCOME to the “UseYour Stash” Blog Hop! You should be coming from Terry Morrow's Blog. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

Today I am showcasing Dimensional Elements and/or Chipboard embellishments.  I’m trying very hard to use up my stash, so I made 2 projects this month.

First, I made a card for co-worker’s birthday.  She is a little on the Bohemian side, so I used the Stella Workshop On The Go.  The reddish paper I cut to the size of my card then distressed the crap out of it with the Edge Distresser.  Next, I cut the Lagoon paper about a half inch shorter than the actual card, and again, got happy with the distresser.  The 2 Cocoa strips on the left are from the top of the 12x12 page.  I love how Close To My Heart uses every piece available – no wasting!  Yep, I distressed those as well. 

Next, I inked both of the hearts, one in Lagoon and one in Sunset.  One thing about the Stella Workshop On The Go, is that all the embellishments, save a couple, on this card came in the package!  So that cute little doily flower and the vintage button, were both in the package! I added only the Pin Clips and the Opaque Adhesive Gems in Pearl to round out my card.  I arranged everything & then used Liquid Glass to hold it all in place. 

The 2nd project I did was a bit more involved and instead of getting crazy with the Edge Distresser, I got a bit happy with the ink pads.  The first thing I did was choose the paper in the Florentine Workshop On The Go that had what looked like a painted ceiling from a sanctuary (which is probably why they named the paper pack Florentine!).  I cut out the cross in the middle and the circular pieces at each of the corners. 

Then I took the cross and flipped it over and placed it onto a piece of 12x12 Colonial Cardstock.  I then used the back of the cross to ink in Twilight all the way around onto the cardstock.  This way, I was able to get the shape I wanted without ruining the beautiful cross.

Using the inside of the cross that was also cut out, I inked the corners in a semi-circle in Cocoa, Olive, and Goldrush.  I also inked these colors all the way around the outside of the cross.  As I went along, I blended the colors to give the edge a more cohesive look.  Using Liquid Glass on the hearts and circles in the designs of the circular corners, I was able to give a shine, as well as some texture, to my project.  The picture I chose had some of the same colors in it, so it worked very well with this design.  Next, I glued it all down. 

The last thing I did was use the brownish-glittered chipboard on the edges of the picture.  I have no idea where I got these, nor do I have any idea how long I’ve had them.  But, I’m using my stash, so that is ok!  Ok, check out he Shopping lists and then hop on over to Judy Faye's Blog to see her amazing talent.  Thanks for stopping by!

I've made the product numbers links directly to my website to make shopping easier for you. :D

Shopping List for the 1st project
Stella Workshop On The Go - G1032 
Edge Distresser - Z1297
Lagoon Ink - Z2195
Sunset - Z2191
Pin Clips - Z1612
Opaque Adhesive Gems in Pearl - Z1336
Liquid Glass - Z679

Shopping List for the 2nd project
Florentine Workshop On The Go – G1038
Colonial White Cardstock - 1388
Twilight Ink – Z2160
Olive Ink – Z2137
Goldrush Ink – Z2123
Cocoa Ink – Z2114
Liquid Glass – Z679
Glittered chipboard – I have no idea where I got these or how long I’ve had them.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

March Stamp of the Month

Sevearl ladies and I have joined together to use the Stamp of the Month stamp sets to make projects and share with each other.  I love seeing what others do, it inspires me to be a better crafter.  It's interesting to see how different each person's project is when we are all using the same stamp set.  Get ready for some beautiful artwork from beautiful people!

 My Card

 The seal to the envelope for the card I made

Judy's design

Melissa's design

Tonya's design

Thursday, March 15, 2012

B&T Duos Designs as Embellies Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month we are highlighting the B&T Duos Designs as Embellishments” Technique as shown on page 21 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 
 We would love to see what you’ve created using this month’s technique, please visit our challenge blog where you can share your project and be entered into a chance to win great prizes.  You will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  If you are coming from Debi’s Blog, you are on the right track.  Let’s get started!

First thing I did was try to think of a way to use the B & T Duo Designs in a different way than was shown in the Idea Book.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Pemberly Paper Pack, but I wanted something different.  As I was playing a game of Scrabble with some of my students, it hit me – the Cruisin’ Paper Pack has Scrabble tiles on one side of the paper.  I used my Euro Personal Paper Trimmer to slice the tiles into strips then I ran the strips through my Xyron.  After I had all the strips mounted as stickers, I cut the tiles off individually.  I had the B & T Duos, now I just needed a project to work on.  My classroom is a hodgepodge of things, so I decided I’d create a fun display with my name on it. 

Along with my name, I placed a few other words to make it look like a Scrabble game.  The words I chose were things that describe me: Teacher, Friend, Stamps, Creator, and Paris.  The Roxie Paper Pack has a lot of really great roses.  I cut some out and used the Edge Distresser to alter the edges of the roses.  Then, I inked the edges in Desert Sand.  Using the razor blade, I sliced along the lines of portions of the roses and then distressed that portion as well.  Because Close To My Heart paper has a white center, I used the Blending Pen to add color over the white inside of the parts I cut with the razor blade.  I placed the letters and roses down and then began to embellish my page.  That’s the fun part!

I love flourishes; so of course, I pulled about 3 different stamp sets out that had flourishes.  I used all 3 stamp sets to give some variety.  Over the top was how I pictured the finished product, so I continued to stamp more than I normally would have. 

The wooden Eiffel Tower was painted over in a light coat with the Create-A-Shade paint.  This left a slightly white and shimmery look to the wooden tower.  White just wasn’t what I wanted, so I lightly inked the whole thing with a sponge in Desert Sand. Voila! A gold tint appeared & looked perfect.  The 2” Scallop Circle Punch was used to punch out a few circles out of Roxie paper.  I crumpled up the cut outs a few times to give an antique look and then inked in Desert Sand. Also, the 2” Scallop Circle Punch was used to cut out a circle from an old copy of Wuthering Heights, crumpled up, and then inked in Smoothie.

Several items were stamped and then cut out to be glued to the background paper.  The dress form from the Tailor Made stamp set was one such item.  To give a bit of dimension for the dress form, I used pop dots to lift it off the page.  Two 2” Scallop Circles cut in half are used as the skirt for the dress form.  Opaque Adhesive Gems in Licorice and Mocha were placed around the skirt, at the base of the dress form, and the neck to give a bit of elegance.  The wings were from Star Power (retired) and were stamped in Cocoa ink onto Desert Sand cardstock.  The Roxie roses and the wings were lightly traced in Stickles – Diamond.  I like the Diamond because it has a tendency to pick up and reflect the colors that are around it, without being too much.   Now, hop on over to Michelle B’s blog and check out what she has created.  Don’t forget to post your project on our challenge blog!

Close To My Heart Shopping List:
Cruisin’ Paper Pack - X7154B
Roxie Paper Pack – X7140B
Black Ink – Z2105
Desert Sand Ink – Z2118
Cocoa Ink – Z2114
Smoothie Ink – Z2196
Opaques Adhesive Gems in Licorice -  Z1335
Opaques Adhesive Gems in Mocha – Z1333
Round Sponge – Z697
Euro Personal Paper Trimmer – Z338
Edge Distresser - Z1297
Create-A-Shade Paint – Z1039
Microtip Scissors – Z534
Blending Pen – 3174
Tweezers – Z1382
Scallop Circle
Punch - Z1392
Dreams Come True Stamp Set – D1470
Love Life Stamp Set – D1482
Instant Memories Stamp Set – C1466
Live Inspired Stamp Set - C1408
Tailor Made Stamp Set – C1442
Star Power Stamp Set – D1403 (Retired)

Non-CTMH Shopping List
Wooden Flourishes Eiffel Tower by Kaiser Craft
Old copy of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Pop Dots
Razor Blade

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

And the Award Goes To.....




“Wild Woman”


for passing this award to me.  It's always nice to be recognizd, and let's not kid ourselves, it's even more fun to brag a bit. 

Liebster is a German word that means beloved or favorite. This award is only for blogs with fewer than 200 followers, so up-and-coming bloggers are recognized for their creative works!

Here are the rules to accept this award:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award and rules on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

My Top 5 Are:

Each of these ladies is amazingly talented and their gifts uplift others.  I want to thank each of them, including the Wild Woman Joy, for being the beautiful women God created them to be and for sharing their creativity with everyone!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Ok, well I've had a few ladies sign up as a new Consultants with Close To My Heart!  Welcome to all of you! 

Here is my dilemma:  I don't have a team name and I need one.  That's where YOU come in!  Send me your idea for my team name and if your idea is chosen, I will gift you $25 in Close To My Heart product of your choosing!

So get your creative juices flowing & send me some suggestions to my email address:

Looking forward to what y'all creative folks come up with!

Until then, happy crafting!  ~ michelle

Thursday, March 1, 2012

CTMH & You!

You’ve seen all rest, now join the BEST ~CLOSE TO MY HEART!

When you sign up on my team as a new Consultant March 1-31, you’ll receive a FREE (yes! I said Free!) Exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge collection along with your New Consultant Kit!  The collection retails for $99 and it will add so much to your New Consultant Kit!  With the cartridge, you get 3 coordinating My Acrylix D-size stamp sets and 3 sheets of matching Dimensional Elements shapes.  If you already own the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge – no problem, just enjoy picking out $100 worth of product instead!

So let’s just list it all out.  For $99 you get:
·       Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
·       3 coordinating My Acrylix D-size stamp
·       3 sheets of matching Dimensional Elements shapes
·       Close To My Heart color swatches
·       All kinds of brochures
·       Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book
·       Spring/Summer 2012 B&T Duos Sampler
·       Cello bags
·       Petite Perks Sweet Thanks Incentive Stamp Set
·       My Acrylix Wonderful You Incentive Stamp Set
·       Double Scrubber
·       My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner
·       Bonding Memories Glue
·       Sponge
·       Liquid Glass
·       Clear Sparkles
·       Micro-Tip Scissors
·       Dark Chocolate My Legacy Faux Leather Album
·       My Creations Collage Cubes
·       Workshops on the Go- Stella Kit
·       Stella Compliments Canvas Shapes
·       Colonial White Die-Cut Cards
·       Clear Sparkles
·       Olive Exclusive Inks Pad
·       Cocoa Exclusive Inks Pad
·       Lagoon Exclusive Inks Pad
·       My Acrylix Urban Alphabet Stamp Set
·       My Arcylix Just for You Stamp Set
·       1 x 3 ½  My Acrylix Block
·       3 x 3 My Acrylix Block

ALL of the above for $99
Are you ready to join my team now?
Contact me & we'll get started