Thursday, October 8, 2015

Shin Han Markers are a great tool for your holiday crafting

Close to My Heart has been selling these markers for a year now and if you have not tried them, you should!  I love how they color smoothly and easily and use them to brighten my artwork.

Here's a container that I covered with cardstock and then used a PML card as the focal point.  This particular card was very simple with an outlined design in green.  I wanted to add a simple bit of color so I used the Carmine, Golden Yellow and Sap Green.

Here's a video showing you the benefits of the Shin Han markers and some techniques you can use to add color to your artwork!  Green in the hair?  Sounds like the days of pool chlorine damaged watch closely how it works with the Shin Han Markers.

These markers are $5.95 each but can be free with your hostess rewards.

Close to My Heart also has a perfect way to store your markers, keeping them in the horizontal position so the ink is equally distributed in both pen tips.

If you are interested in learning more about the markers, watch for my upcoming classes or contact me to schedule a mini class. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop taking an in depth look that the products in the Holiday Expressions.  The products in this seasonal book are available through Dec 31st, 2015 and will bring a sparkle to all your holiday celebrations and memories. 

If you have come here from Michelle's Blog, you are hopping right along.  After you have visited here, you will hop on over to Kathy's Blog to see her artwork. 

I have been creating with many different products from this little book of goodness and have lots of kits and classes ready to go.  It was hard to choose what to highlight but I think my favorite is the White Pine Cardmakers Workshop on the Go paired with the Twinkle stamp of the month. 

What I love about the workshop on the go is that you have a pattern for three cards and you can use those same patterns with same paper packet and different stamps or change it up to different papers and stamps.  Each kit has supplies to create 15 cards. 

You can see here how I created the cards from the workshop on the go and then the same cards using the Twinkle stamp of the month.  So fun, so easy, so fast!  Here's a closer look at the cards created from the workshop on the go. 

And here's a closer look at the cards created using the Twinkle stamp of the month. 

And even better, these card kits are "refillable".  Ask your consultant or contact me to see yow you can get additional paper, sparkles, twine and cards to create additional cards which may be needed for your holiday greetings. 

Now if you want to see more artwork using the stamp of the month, remember there was a blog hop that you can start here featuring that set exclusively.  And if you are ready to go on to Kathy's Blog, hop on to her site. 

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my classes and kits with you. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Stamp of the Month: Twinkle Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Stamp of the month blog hop.  This hop brings along with it that sneak peek at the upcoming holidays.  If I am going to create gifts and cards for the holidays, now is the time to get started.  The Twinkle stamp set is the perfect place to begin!

If you have arrived here from Lauren's Blog, welcome and you are on the right track!  After your visit here, you will move on to visit Carol's Blog.

I have been using this stamp set to create cards, scrapbook pages and bags and tags for holiday gifting.  Here I used many of the stamps to create a double page layout for my holiday photos.

The ornaments cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, lights and tree cut from the Artistry Cricut Cartridge all remind me of family tree decorating!

Adding bitty sparkles puts the final twinkle on the page.

I hope you have been inspired while you have looked at my artwork.  Now, remember you will move on to Carol's Blog and through the hop to seeing more inspirational artwork.

Remember to purchase this stamp set, contact your CTMH consultant or if you do not have one, you can contact me to get yours.  Below is a collage of the products I used to create this scrapbook layout to make your shopping easier.  All the items can be purchased on my website.

Items include:

Happy Stamping,

Monday, September 21, 2015

Have I mentioned that I LOVE watercoloring?

Adult coloring is all the rage right now...but I feel like I have been doing this for 13 years.  Yes, stamping and coloring is therapeutic and relaxing for me and many of my customers and friends.  Guess what, so is watercoloring.  I will admit, I was a little hesitant about adding this medium to my papercrafting repertoire but I am so glad I didn't let that get in the way. 

With just a bit of water, a few colors, and a bit of water color paper, this card background was simple to create and capture the colors of this fall season.  The stamp images are added in archival black to give a bold sentiment. 

Want to try watercoloring?  I am hosting a Ladies Night out on Thursday September 24th 6:30-8:30.  Stop by and give watercoloring a try.  RSVP is helpful and bring your own adhesive.  The create and take is FREE. 

Products used to create watercolor cards are found on my website and shown in the collage below.

Happy painting,

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cricut Artistry Collection

This new collection from Close to My Heart helps you to create cards, scrapbook pages, and all sorts of paper crafts with a variety of icons, shapes and an OH SO cute font! 

You can see my artwork using this cartridge by going to the index in the right hand column and clicking on Artistry.  And better yet, you can watch this 10 minute video that will show you the details of the cartridge, stamp sets and the added Enchantment Paper to complete this collection. 

View Video Here

If you are interested in adding this cartridge to your creative tools, ask me how you can get it at a discount! 

Chirp, Chirp,