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,
Michele




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,

Michele

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Nat'l Stamping Month Brings You...

Trendy, fun stamps that capture the celebration of life. 

Hello Life is a set of three coordinating stamp sets, although each has a special paper crafter in mind. 

As I created my artwork, I couldn't help but use them interchangeably and I am really loving the watercolors.  Such a fun new technique to play with.  

 The products I used to create this card are shown below.  And, thanks to Jen Patrick for the inspiration to create this card.  To see more artwork, visit the consultant blog hop starting here
Stamping and painting,
Michele

Sunday, September 6, 2015

National Stamping Month: Hello Life Blog hop

Not one, or two but THREE fabulous stamp sets were created by CTMH to celebrate Nat'l Stamping month.  Are you ready to see some fun!  These stamps sets really celebrate life!

 If you have arrived here from Darlys' Blog you are hopping right along.  When you have finished here, you will move on to Paige's Blog for more artwork.

The three stamps sets were created with individual styles of paper crafting in mind, one for card making, scrapbooking and pocket scrapbooking but together, the coordinate beautifully and you get a discount when you purchase all three.

I pulled out my archival ink, new watercolors and brushes and started stamping away.  I love the camera in the scrapbooking stamp set so I used it to create the borders on my pages.  I then created my title, using images from all three stamp sets.  The Enchantment Fundamental paper packet helps to add a bit of texture and the final touch is the watercolor paints to accent the words.


 Celebrate Nat'l stamping month with Close to My Heart during the month of September.  The three Hello Life stamp set.  Each set is $13.95 but when you purchase all three you pay only $34.95, a discount of $6.90.  To order, visit your consultants website or, if you do not have a consultant, purchase here from me.  

Some details.  




Below is a list of the products I used to create these layouts.  And remember, when you are done here, visit Paige's Blog to see what she has in store for you.



Thanks for stopping bye and here's to a great month of stamping!

Michele



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

So much goodness!



September brings a few of my favorite things!  I am so excited to share them with you.

FIRST
The premiere of the 2015-16 CTMH Annual Inspirations idea book AND Holiday Expressions.
Chock full of brand spankin' new paper packets, stamps, embellishments and workshops.  How can you get yours?  When you place an order on my website, you can add the Annual Inspirations book for $6 and the Holiday Expressions for free!  Want the Annual Inspirations for FREE too?  Ask me about becoming a part of my Reap the Rewards club or hosting a creative get together with your friends.

SECOND
It is National Stamping Month!  Hello Life!  During this celebration, you can purchase these exclusive Hello Life stamp sets.  Each stamp set is designed to fit with a specific type of papercrafting, whether that's traditional scrapbooking, cardmaking or pocket scrapbooking.




Hello Life- Cardmaking


Hello Life- Pocket Scrapbooking

Hello Life- Scrapbooking

These sets are $13.95 each or if you purchase all three, they are $34.95 a savings of $6.90.  You can purchase these on my website here.  Watch my blog (subscribe to get updates in your inbox), CTMH blog and Facebook (Like my page and check "get notifications" to stay up to date) for artwork throughout the month. 

THIRD
Paper Garden stamp of the month!  This gorgeous stamp set is available through September 30th and is $5 with a qualifying purchase.  To see more artwork, stop by the consultant blog hop.  You will surely be inspired!



FOURTH
School is in session!  What are you doing with your summer memories?  Stop by my calendar of events and see if there is a class, crop or workshop that is right for you!  In September I will be creating with the Zoe paper packet and will be introducing the new watercolors. 


Remember, you can shop for all this goodness on my website!  And always, let me know if I can help you with your creative projects.




Here's to your favorite things,
Michele


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Blog Hop: Paper Garden

Welcome to the September Blog Hop with the Paper Garden stamp set.

If you are coming from Traci's Blog, welcome!  I know you have enjoyed some beautiful artwork!  When you are finished here, you will be traveling on to Paige's Blog to see what she has shared with you. 

I was inspired by this set to try out the new watercolors that are featured in the new Close to My Heart Annual Inspiration idea book.  (That is another blog post!)  As you will see, I tried two different techniques of stamping the images;  first I stamped in Archival Black ink and then watercolored over it and second, I heat embossed the image with clear detail embossing powder before watercoloring.








Here are a few tips and tricks that might help you.  If you heat set the Archival ink before watercoloring, the black ink stays darker.  You might also try the black Stazon ink as well.  When I used the water colors over the heat embossed image, I blotted the paint off the image.  I found that if I rubbed at all, it removed the embossing, therefore the image had less contrast.  I am not sure if this was because the paper was still wet from the paint or a characteristic of the watercolor paper.


You can purchase the Paper Garden Stamp set from your consultant or me for $17.95 or $5 with a qualifying order.  You can see the products I used to create these cards in the collage below and you can shop for them on my website.  Also, if you are local, I will be offering classes.  You can view the calendar of events here.

Now don't forget to hop on over to Paige's Blog for more artwork!

Enjoy the flowers,
Michele