Friday, September 28, 2012

Ask A Stupid Question Day!

Today is National Ask a Stupid Question Day! It's your opportunity to speak up, and to ask all those questions you were afraid to ask. All those questions that you thought were too stupid or dumb to ask, have been piling up all year long. Today is the day to unload them. C'mon give it a try. Nobody will laugh......I hope. :-)

So my question is... What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Today's Quote: "Stupid is as stupid does". Forrest Gump

Have a GREAT day!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My Creations Bracket Frame! about hundreds of creative possibilities!
This is what I came up with on my first attempt...I say "first", because I plan on making many more!  SO many nifty, crafty, exciting ideas are running around in my head for these sit still long enough to indulge in paper and glue!  Ha!
Happy creating!!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Stamping across multiple surfaces:Stamping a continuous image over multiple surfaces is easy!  Check out these tips and tricks for spanning your image across several surfaces from more creative freedom and fun!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Congrats to Lucy for entering and winning my Stamp of the Month giveaway!!!!
Fall is in the air (which means Halloween!) and I'm LOVING CTMH's new Moonlight Paper!!!
Thank you to "Cricut with Heart" for this 'wingy' idea!

I'm also having fun creating these swing cards with my Cricut and the new CTMH exclusive Artiste Collection!

If you are interested in making these projects, just shoot me an email, and I will send you the instructions!  
Happy creating!!!!

Old Farmers Day

Old Farmers Day honors the hard labor of farmers throughout American history. Early American culture was heavily a farming culture. Early settlers cleared fields and pristine woods, to farm the rich land. They brought seeds and farming methods with them. They found new seeds, and learned new methods along the way. Many of those new farming methods came from Native Americans, who were already farming the land. Most notably, was the concept of hilling or mounding soil.

The month of October is a very appropriate month to celebrate and honor farmers. At this time, the harvest is largely complete. It means that farmers can take a break from their labors, to enjoy this celebration.

A farmers' work is long and hard. It certainly doesn't make a person rich. It has its good years, and its bad ones. There is no guarantee of a good crop. Weather, pests, and disease problems often prove disastrous. But, through it all, farmers have persevered. And, their ceaseless hard work sets an example for all.

As Americans, we tip our hat to all farmers for their contributions to American culture, values,society, and the economy. 

Happy Old Farmers Day!


Monday, September 3, 2012

I can't believe that it is already September! Where has the year gone? My grandpa always told me that the older a person gets the smaller the world gets and the faster time flys by. Boy was he right! That just means cooler weather is coming, (Yay hoodies, favorite blanket and pumpkin spice coffee!) which means more time inside doing what I love best....creating with Close To My Heart products! YAY!

September also means this:  NATIONAL STAMPING MONTH! As you probably already noticed, Close To My Heart began celebrating a little early...on August 15, but the celebration continues throughout September. In addition to that awesome special (more details below) there is a wonderful Stamp of the Month ("Fall Favorites") that is very "Fall-ish" and PERFECT for trying out our new alchohol based markers on.  Keep reading for more details and some marker tips.

1.  National Stamping Month: To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, we are offering a double stamp set promotion! You can get the exclusive, new My Acrylix® It’s Your Day double stamp set for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30, 2012. You’ll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes nearly 50 trendy images that makes it easy to capture the everyday moments in your life. The double set has a retail value of $35.90, which drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase! Have twice the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new, exclusive It’s Your Day double stamp set!

Here is the set:         

As always, the Stamp of the Month is a set valued at $17.95 and is only $5 with a $50 order.

So, let's do the math:  spend $50 and you'll get BOTH the "It's Your Day" National Stamping Month set ($35.90 value) and the September Stamp of the Month ($17.95 value) for only $5 each. That's spending $60 and getting $103.85.  You can shop on my website 24/7 (even in your jammies!) and you'll be prompted to add both sets as you are checking out.

3.  New Alcohol Markers Information and Tips:  Now, on to our new alcohol based markers.  They color BEAUTIFULLY.  Here are a few things to know about them (thanks to Sarah Paige-Gruber and her wonderful downline for compiling this information):
1.  They come in all 40 of our color shades
o   Each marker comes dual tipped – one end is a brush marker, the other end is a bullet/fine tip
o   Markers come in a 2 pack and retail for $5.95.  One marker is the true color of the set name and the 2nd marker is a shade darker or lighter than the true color to use for shading and blending.
2.  Always store your markers horizontally and shake well before using
3.  Alcohol inks are waterproof and can be layered and blended on surfaces other than paper
4.  There is bleed-through when using alcohol ink markers. Be sure to use clean scratch paper to protect your surfaces and clean fingers when coloring.  Also, plan on layering your colored images on your project if working on paper.
5.  To prevent a ‘streaky’ looking image, evenly soak the paper.  You have successfully and evenly colored your image if you turn over your paper and it is not blotchy looking
6.  Blending Pen with Alcohol markers: The blending pen picks up and moves colors, it is more like an eraser than a ‘blending’ pen.  You can use it to create highlights, ‘fade to white’ and fix minor mistakes.  The blending pen also ‘pushes’ color away from it.
7.   It is highly recommended that you use our new Pigment Ink pads and heat set your image prior to coloring.  

Here are a few usage tips:

Marker Blending on Paper – your basic ‘go to’ technique

1.     Color evenly with your lightest color, smoothly soaking the paper and coloring in circles to avoid streaks.
2.     While base color is still wet, add darker color to one side, lift up at the end of the stroke, leaving more ink in the area you want shaded
3.     Go back over the darker color with your original shade to blend the two and create a smoother look
4.     Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you achieve the shading look that you wanted

Feather Blending – this technique works best with long narrow images such as petals.

1.     Layer first color in one direction, press more firmly at the beginning of your stroke and lift as you go – fill in approx. ¾ of your image with this technique.  The ink may only soak through where you have pressed the marker at the darkest part of the image.
2.     Starting on the other side, use the same technique with the opposite color you have chosen.
3.     Repeat layers until you have smoothly transitioned and blended your colors in the middle of the stamped image.
o   Tips for this technique:
§  Use the side of the brush not the tip
§  Lots of light layers work best for this technique
§  OVERLAP your colors – don’t stop where the colors meet

Fixing Minor mistakes with a Blending Pen

1.  The blending pen ‘pushes’ ink away from it – if your ink bleeds outside of the stamped image, you can color with the blending pen to ‘push’ the ink back inside the line.
o   This works BEST with lighter colors and for small imperfections.