Monday, October 26, 2015

A Hoot For You! Sangria Owl

A while ago I wanted to stamp some cute owls.  I couldn't find 'the perfect' stap, so I started looking at all my stamps for inspiration.  One of the circles in the "So Many Smiles" set reminded me of owl eyes, and I ran with it from there.

The wings, beak, and ears are from D1677 "Friend Tree".  The body, eyes, and "you are a"  are from C1619 "So Many Smiles".

The ink colors I used were to coordination with the beautiful Close To My Heart Sangria set:  Pomegranate, Eggplant, Cocoa, and Poppy.   You could do it in any variety of colors for a fun and different look!

I used foam tape to attach the different layers for added dimension.

Here is a card I made using one of the owls!

I would love to see the creations this post inspires you come up with.  Please post yours in the comments!!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Swap Set - Layout: Elegant Halloween

Here is the final piece for my Nevermore swap set.  This is a beautiful new Halloween-themed set featured in our first ever Holiday Expressions Idea Book!   The paper and accessories are available now through December 31st, so grab them now in time for Halloween!

This scrapbook layout is 8" x 8", which is a great size for a special smaller album you may have.  It is also easy to mail (such as if grandparents have albums they need layouts sent for!).  It is also easily transferred onto a 12" x 12" layout by putting it on a larger piece of cardstock as a mat and adding embellishments around the edges as desired.

Layout:   "Elegant Halloween"


    Friday, September 18, 2015

    Swap Set - Card #3: Celebrate with T-Rex

    Here is the third card for my Nevermore swap set.  This is a beautiful new Halloween-themed set featured in our first ever Holiday Expressions Idea Book!   The paper and accessories are available now through December 31st, so grab them now!

    I have been dying to use this adorable new dinosaur stamp set from the new 2015-2016 Idea Book, and I wanted to challenge myself to use the Nevermore paper packet for a non-Halloween project.   This card came together with a fun and masculine twist and could be used for a number of occasions.

    Card #3:   "Celebrate with T-Rex"


    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    Swap Set - Card #2: Candy Corn Cutie

    Here is the second card for my Nevermore swap set.  This is a beautiful new Halloween-themed set featured in our first ever Holiday Expressions Idea Book!   The paper and accessories are available now through December 31st, so grab them now in time for Halloween!

    Card #2:   "Candy Corn Cutie"

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    Swap Set - Card #1: Spooky Shadows

    I'm back from vacation and ready to craft!  We had a great couple of weeks showing off our beautiful Pacific Northwest to my hubby's family from Sweden.   I have lots of pictures to scrapbook soon from the beach, the Gorge, Hood River, Mt. Hood, and Seattle.

    During the road trips, I took advantage of the time by working on some swap projects, so I have a few new projects to show you this week!    I'm participating in a consultant swap for our new 2015-2016 Idea Book ... we each do a set of 3 cards and one layout featuring one of our beautiful new paper sets.  You make 10 sets, and then swap 9 of those sets with the other consultants.  In the end, I'll have 10 beautiful sets of artwork each featuring different styles and a different paper kit!   Pretty cool!

    My swap items feature the Nevermore set, which is our great new Halloween-themed set featured in our first ever Holiday Expressions Idea Book!   The paper and accessories are available now through December 31st, so grab them now in time for Halloween!

    I know Halloween cards aren't very common, but think of these as a starting point -- these would make great gift bag fronts, goodie box decoration, or even home decor in a frame!

    Card #1:   "Spooky Shadows"


    1. Place the watercolor paper in portrait (taller than wider) position.  Using a very wet brush, apply a small amount of orange paint across the bottom of the paper in horizontal strokes.  Keep slowly working up the page until the brush is out of paint.
    2. Re-wet the brush and apply purple ink about 1/3 from the top of the paper in horizontal strokes.  Fan the brush down toward the orange paint until they are slightly overlapping and the brush is out of paint.
    3. Re-wet the brush and apply black ink at the top of the paper, moving toward the purple section in horizontal strokes.  Overlap the colors slightly.   Add more water as needed to dilute the paint and help with blending.  Add more paint as desired to make the colors more intense.   Set aside the background to dry.  Once it is dry to the touch, place it on a flat surface with something heavy (such as a large book) on top so it will remain flat while drying completely overnight.
    Cricut Design Studio:
    1. Insert image #M131A90.   Ungroup the image, and then detach the card from the scoring line.  Delete the scoring line.
    2. Insert shape of a square and resize it so it is large enough to cover the entire left side of the house card.   Select both the square and the house layers, and slice.  Delete the square and the blank left side of the card, leaving only the house.  Resize the house to 3.4" x 4.15".
    3. Insert shape of a square and resize it to 4" x 5.25".   Insert shape of another square and resize it to 3.5" x 4.5".   Center the second rectangle over the first, leaving more space at the bottom than the top.  Select both layers, and slice.  Delete the rectangle in the center, leaving only the frame.
    4. Layer the house into the frame so the bottom and left edges are just slightly overlapping.  Select both the house and frame layers, and weld.
    5. Select the bat/moon layer and click Contour.  Deselect all shapes except the one single bat.  Turn off contour, leaving only the one bat visible.   Resize bat to be 0.7" wide.   Create 4 more copies of the bat layer, for a total of 5 bats.  Adjust the size of each bat so they are a little different (but similar) sizes.
    6. Arrange 3 of the bats at the edges of the house frame:  one near the top left corner, one near the top right corner, and one down the right side.   Select these bats and the house frame and weld.  The remaining 2 bats will remain lose to be glued down to the background later.   Set these 3 layers to cut in black.
    7. Insert shape of a circle and resize it to 1.125".   Set this layer to cut in white.
    8. Insert image #M1067C7.  Ungroup the image, and then detach the ghost background from the scoring line layer. Delete all layers of the Halloween pop up card except the ghost background layer.
    9. Select the ghost layer and click Contour.  Deselect all shapes except the one single ghost.  Turn off contour, leaving only the one ghost visible.  Resize ghost to be 0.75" high.  Set this layer to cut in white.
    10. Cut out all pieces.
    1. Emboss moon.
    2. Stamp and distress all pieces as indicated in the ink ingredients section.
    3. Attach Grey Gears behind the house windows, trimming as needed so the edges are hidden behind the house.
    4. Attach the moon to the backside of the house frame in the upper right corner.
    5. Adhere silver foil tape across the bottom of the house frame.
    6. Attach house frame to the watercolor paper, with the black color at the top.
    7. On the card base, use the thick tip of the marker to draw a solid line border all around the front edges.
    8. Attach the house/background to the card front.
    9. Use regular adhesive to apply the remaining 2 bats.
    10. Use thin foam tape to apply the title banner and ghost.

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    It's Here! It's Here!!

    I'm so excited to finally be able to share the brand new 2015-2016 Annual Idea Book with you!   And wait, there's more!   A special Holiday Expressions supplemental catalog for items only available August through December!!

    The items are now live and available to look through and place orders at

    If you'd like to download a PDF version of these two beautiful catalogs (which are really truly Idea Books full of great projects and inspiration), you can do so here:

    I thought about pointing out some of my new favorite items, but there are so many this post would never end.   There's a new cricut cartridge, new embossing folders, new ink and paper colors, awesome new Fundamentals product line, oh and mini Picture My Life program called InstaLife!  

    Email me to schedule time to see these new products in person and discuss how you can get them for free while entertaining your friends with a fun theme-party!

    September Stamp of the Month Set
    Ask me how to get it for just $5!!

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    Great Deal Bundles - Easy Shopping Spree

    Want to get your hands on some of the beautiful Close To My Heart products but not sure what to order?   Here are a few packages I'd recommend to get you started!

    As always, if you have any questions before or after your purchase, please let me know.  I'm happy to share ideas, tips, and tutorials to help you find your creative path!

    The August 2015 Stamp of the Month is a really awesome deal and is only available for this month.  With any $50 purchase, you get the stamp set (valued at $17.95) for only $5!   So pick out two of the packages below (or any items you wish totaling up to $50) and you can add this awesome stamp set at a huge discount of only $5!

    Bundle #1:  Scrapbooking Made EASY!
    Scrapbooking Made EASY!
    Picture My Life Program

    Picture My Life™ Scrapbooking Program (select one)  $24.95
    Total:  $24.95 + S&H

    Home Decor Frame
    Bundle #2: Home Decor -- This would look great on a wall with photos, cards, or notes clipped to it

    Designed D├ęcor Black Frame (Z1880)  $26.95
    Hook Clips (Z1899) $3.95
    Total:  $30.90 + S&H

    Bundle #3: Fun & Easy Complete Card Kits - No Stamping Required!
    My Originals™ Matchbook Card Kit (Z1845) $11.90 (Value $16.95)
    My Originals™ Polar Pals Card Kit (X8627) $13.25 (Value $18.95)
    Total:  $28.10 + S&H   (Value:  $38.85)

    Zoe Workshop On The Go
    Bundle #4: Workshops On The Go!
    Workshop On The Go Kit (select one)   $24.95 - $29.95 
    Total:  $24.95 + S&H   (Value:  $35+ varies by kit)

    Bundle #5: Bling It On!  Everything you need to make 3 beautiful pendants!
    Base & Bling Pendants

    Base & Bling Style Sheet (Select any one)  $3.95  
    Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Antiqued Silver (Z1962) $4.95*  
    Base & Bling Square Glass Covers (Z1967) $1.95*
    Base & Bling Chain—Faux Antiqued Silver (Z1940) $5.95*
    Base & Bling Charms (Select any one) $3.95
    Liquid Glass (Z679) $6.95
    (*Note: Depending on which style sheet you select, you may want to swap the square pendant and glass for another shape - circle, rectangular, or square.  You can also select Faux Antiqued Gold for color)
    Total:  $27.70 + S&H

    Bundle #6: Travel Companion -- Great storage ideas for small items like jewelry while traveling
    Accessory Roll-Up (Z3121)  $18.95
    Base & Bling Affirmations Style Sheet (Z3173) FREE  ($3.95 value)
    Base & Bling Lovely Blooms Style Sheet (Z3174)  FREE ($3.95 value)
    Craft Boxes (Z4137) $6.95
    Total:  $25.90 + S&H   (Value:  $33.80)

    Bundle #7: Halloween Treats
    Cut Above™ Halloween Treat Bag Kit (Z2058) $14.95
    Trick Or Treat Sweets Stamp Set (B1460) $9.95
    Total:  $24.90 + S&H

    Bundle #8: Everyday Card Kit
    Cut Above™ Thank You Card Kit (Z2063) $10.95
    My Happy Stamp (M1045) $2.95
    2" X 2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1003) $6.50
    White Daisy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2163) $7.50
    Total:  $27.90 + S&H

    Bundle #9: Colorful Balloons - Brand New Products!

    Marker Roll-Up (Z3120) $17.95  -- Great for markers, make-up brushes, etc.!
    Balloon Wishes Stamp Set (D1667) FREE ($17.95 Value!)
    Zoe Paper Packet (X7197B) $9.95
    Total:  $27.90 + S&H   (Value:  $45.85)