Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hearts for Haiti

My blogging time was sparse last week so hopefully I can share some new and fun ideas and thoughts with you this week. 

But first, I want to recognize that many of us have been watching the devastation that has taken place in Haiti two weeks ago.  Some of us may even know someone who has been directly affected by this tragedy.  Close to My Heart has been watching too and has opened up an opportunity for you to share your heart. 

"Our hearts go out to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and like so many of you, we’re eager to help. We’re excited to announce Close To My Heart’s February Constant Campaign, Hearts for Haiti—where customers can get a great deal while doing great good for those affected by the devastation in Haiti."

From February 1-28, 2010, our 12” x 12” textured cardstock combo packs are buy one, get one FREE—and with every offer purchased, Close To My Heart will donate $2 US to Operation Smile’s Haiti relief efforts.   Close to My Heart has been a donating a portion of their profits from every stamp set purchased to Operation Smile for several years.  This is an additional charitable donation to go directly to the Operations Smile's work in Haiti. 

Watch my blog throughout this month for fabulous ways to use textured cardstock in your artwork.  You can order your textured cardstock on my website or by contacting me directly. 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Art & Soul: New Webisode Featuring Veranda Paper and Valentines

You’ll adore all the sweet ideas featured in our special Valentine’s Day episode! Whether you create hand-crafted lollipop covers or personalized Valentines, the important people in your life will love knowing how much you cherish them. Plus, learn a variety of ways to use Dimensional Elements! All this and more on this episode of Art & Soul®. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Veranda Scrapbook and Card Workshop

Join me "on the Veranda" for a fresh spring for scrapbooking and card making.  Workshop dates are Friday February 5th 9:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. or Saturday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m.  Your workshop options include:
  1. Create three 12x12 double page layouts with extra paper to make more at home (kit price is 29.95 with the stamp set and 26.80 with out the stamp set)
  2. Create one 12x12 double page layout ($5)
  3. Create 12 notecards with plenty of paper to make more (the kit price is 29.95 with the stamp set and 21.85 without the stamp set)
  4. Create 3 notecards ($5)
Contact me if you are interested in participating.  RSVP by January 28th so I can get the supplies for you!  These are samples of one of the layouts and 3 of the cards.  We will also be doing the layout "Isaac" that I posted on January 7th. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

Family Birthday Book

Ever forgotten a birthday?  Keeping track of birthdays can be hard sometimes.  This small 3 ring binder with a page for each month is beautiful and functional.  Created using the Veranda Level 1 paper packet, My Creations 3 Ring Binder, Antique Copper Mini Medley, and Today's Date Acrylic, Confidential, and Save the Date Acrylix stamp sets.  The lettering on the cover is from the stickease included in the kit and is used throughout for more embellishing.

Create this 5x7 mini book with me on Saturday February 6th at 3 p.m.  The cost for all the supplies is $25 (includes shipping and tax).  Order your kit by January 28th (contact me to RSVP for workshop) to assure its arrival!  If you are not able to make it to the workshop, when you order the supplies, I will send you the cutting guide to create your own book.  I am looking forward to filling my book with birthdays...and hopefully this will help me be less forgetful. 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Spring Idea Book Preview Part 4

Enter Chocolate brown and Baby pink with heavenly blue!  Topstitch is going to be popular!  The suede flowers that were created to embellish these papers are soft and sweet.  And with the coordinating "Togetherness" stamp set D1402, you can create a stitched look, without the sewing machine! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Spring Idea Book Preview Part 3

Perfect for those spring shots, Easter, baby, and boys!  This playful kit is full of spring color that is versatile for many different themes.  I am looking forward to playing with this kit and adding my personal photos. nephews will be here for a week in February!  I bet we will be playing cars and trains.  This is going to work out great!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Spring Idea Book Preview Part #2

You Rock is the name of one of the new paper packets featured in the spring 2010 Idea book. My first look at this paper was WOW! I wasn't sure how/if I would use it. Then, New Years Eve came and I was inspired. It was the first time my husband's four college roommates and their families were all together. It was so much fun! And, we all played Rock Band...for hours. Don't you think a few of these photos will look great on these papers! Don't have them yet but when I do, you will see my results!


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Spring Idea Book Preview Part 1

If you haven't had a chance to view the idea book online or in hand, then take a minute or hour to enjoy the refreshing view of spring.  Once again, beautiful new paper packets, wonderful embellishments, lower prices on "A" size stamp sets, charming stamp of the month choices, and much more. 

My first opportunity to use product from the new book was to play with Veranda.  The soft colors are rejuvenating and with antique copper embellishments, this paper is elegant!  I plan to use Veranda for my workshops during the first weekend of February.  Order your products for this workshop in January! 

Inspired by Lori Miller

Turned 180 degrees for variety!

Friday, January 1, 2010

True Friends! January Stamp of the Month

Start the new year with a versatile stamp set that will add delight to your cards, scrapbook pages, and paper crafts all year and beyond!  To see a variety of artwork using this stamp set as well as peeks at new products from the spring idea book, enjoy this blog hop.  If you are interested in trying this set out before you get it, join me for my January workshops.  See the calendar on the side bar for dates and times.