Friday, July 31, 2015

Featured Card: Butterfly Sparkle

It is so hot here in Portland, I'll be staying inside in the air conditioning this weekend.  I'm a wimp when it comes to weather, I guess that's why it's good I live here!   We usually have very mild conditions, but for a few days per year it might dust a little snow or get way too hot.   I consider 80 to be borderline, but this week's temps of over 100 are just ridiculous!!    Sounds like a good weekend to stay inside and craft!

Speaking of craft, here is a card I designed for my recent Card Buffet, complete with the recipe so you can whip one up yourself!

Yuletide Carol Paper Packet (Retired; Suggested Replacement:  Seaside Paper Packet (X7192B))
Round Sponge (Z697)
Sanding Kit (Z1294)
Wishes™ (softcover) (9041) (Pattern Used:  Season's Greetings Card 2, page 112)

Cutting Guide:
Black:  (A) 2" x 5-1/4", (D) 1-1/4" x 4-1/4", (F) Cricut butterfly background
Desert Sand:   (G) Cricut butterfly top layer
Pattern:  (B) 2" x 5-1/4", (C) 1-1/4" x 4-1/4"
Shimmer Tape:  (E x 2) 2-1/2" strips

  1. Adhere the larger Black (A) and Pattern (B) to card base, centered on the card with the center edges touching but not overlapping.
  2. Adhere the smaller Pattern (C) and Black (D) on the opposite paper from step 1, centered on the card with the center edges touching but not overlapping.
  3. Emboss the Black Butterfly (F) using the Dot folder.  Use the sanding kit to sand off some of the black paper and expose the white core on the dot pattern.  Use the sponge with Desert Sand ink to lightly dab ink all over to turn the exposed white areas into tan.
  4. Position the Black Butterfly approximately centered on the card, angled to the left.  Adhere the Black Butterfly to the card using foam tape behind each wing and regular adhesive behind the body (so that the wings pop up from the body slightly).
  5. Use the sponge with Desert Sand ink to lightly dab ink all over the Desert Sand Butterfly (G).  Adhere the sand colored butterfly on top of the black butterfly by applying adhesive only to the body of the butterfly (so the wings are free to flap).
  6. Attach the Shimmer Tape (E) strips above and below the butterfly, centered on the card.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

All-You-Can-Make Card Buffet!

I'm introducing a brand new monthly event ...
All-You-Can-Make Card Buffet!

Here's how it works:

  • You'll arrive and look up and down the buffet line at all the card options available to you.   Each month additional card options will be added, including seasonal specialties.
  • You'll pick a card to make first, and take an envelope full of pre-cut pieces back to your seat.
  • I'll be your "waitress" and will bring you any additional supplies you need to make your card and walk you through the process step by step.
  • You'll work on your card while socializing and having fun.  Be aware of paparazzi who love to have photos of our artists and their creations!    
  • You'll finish the card, show it off so everyone can "oooh" and "aaah" at your craftiness!  
  • Tuck your card away safely in the provided envelope to take home with you.
  • Return to the buffet and help yourself to another card packet.
  • Repeat the process as many times as you'd like over the two-hour creative feast!   I will give you a "last card" reminder when there are 15 minutes left to ensure you have time to finish.
What to bring:
  • Yourself
  • Your friends
  • A smile
  • Buffet fee (cash, credit, or paypal accepted)
Not ready for the full buffet?   Stop in for a free sample ... your first card is free!  

Price:   $15 for All-You-Can-Make Two-Hour Buffet   

Location:    Wilsonville, Oregon
Please RSVP to confirm the date and get the exact address

Thu, 7/30 7pm-9pm
Wed, 8/26 7pm-9pm

call:   503-805-1876

Not ready for the full buffet?   Stop in for a free sample ... your first card is free!  

The chef has no secrets around here, and will happily provide you with all the recipes for each creation.  That way, you can recreate your favorites again at home!

Want to bring some friends?  Great!  I'd suggest making a reservation to hold your spots.   Receive a special discount for each new friend you bring to the buffet!    

Private parties are also available, this would make a great shower theme (make all the thank you cards or announcements and give them to the guest of honor to use!), birthday parties, teen gatherings, etc.!   Card themes can be customized to meet your party's needs!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Scrapbooking Revisited

I'm afraid to admit how long it has been since I completed my own scrapbook page.  I used to do tons of scrapbooking, and then I sort of set it all aside until recently.   This is the scrapbook layout I put together for the Close To My Heart Convention layout contest.   The requirements were that it had "Make It From Your Heart" in the title and used current products in unique ways.

Finishing this layout sparked me to get back into doing full scrapbook layouts (instead of just cards and mini albums) again, so I'm off and running!

My spin on the title was around making decisions.  When we fell in love with the idea of a French Bulldog puppy, it certainly wasn't thanks to logic.  It was an emotional decision, and yet a wonderful one.  We love our little Olivia so much!

I took the opportunity to use a large variety of products in some unique ways.  I used a bunch of pre-printed Picture My Life cards and cut them up as embellishments.  I also used a frame page from the Hip Pics Album and attached it with washi tape (upper right) so it flips up and there are more photos and journaling behind it!   My favorite accent was making paw prints out of sequins.

 Here's the full "recipe":

©       My Creations™ Hip Pics Album – One page (for flap)
©       My Crush™ For Her Book – Clear page protector (for photo window in flap)
©       Oceanside Sequins (for paw prints)
©       Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape (for embellishments and to attach flap)
©       Flaxen Extra Thick Twine (for embellishment on title and flap)
©       LePen™ Journaling Pen (for hand written title and journaling)
©       My Acrylix™ Stamp Set:  Paper Bird C1613 – Heart stamp (for background on flap)
©       B&T Duos™ Bulk Packs:
o   Seaside (for outer frame, photo embellishments, photo frames, and zip strips in background)
o   Jackson (for heart and arrows embellishments)
©       Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads:  
o   Bamboo, Champagne, Glacier  (for ink distressing)
o   DesertSand (for background on flap)
©       Exclusive Cardstock:
o   Colonial White (for background and title overlay)
o   Desert Sand (for title background, arrows border, and photo frame)
o   Cocoa (for photo frames and hearts for paws)
©       Picture My Life™ Jackson Scrapbooking Program  (Sold Out, Sorry!)
o   Large cards (title refers to journaling on one side of the card used):
§  “It doesn’t get better than this” (for hearts in title and journaling)
§  “This was so awesome” (for strips under photos)
§  “What a smile” (for flap front title)
§  “When I have free time I like to” (background stripe below title)
§  “Noteworthy” (journaling background frame)
§  “Photo Fave” (border behind true happiness)
§  “Laugh out Loud” (location/date journaling background and cut out paper clip)
o   Small cards (title refers to journaling on one side of the card used):
§  “Right now” (flags on title)
§  “Because it happened” (background stripe behind title)
§  “Do you remember” (journaling box)
§  “And then it occurred to me” (arrows embellishment)
§  “Random thought” (heart with pattern next to date journaling)
§  “Life is a beautiful ride” (journaling)
§  “Notes” (journaling on inside of flap)
§  “True Happiness” (bottom right dimensional element)

©       Foam Tape (for dimension)
©       Liquid Glass (for securing twine)
©       E-Z Dots Adhesive

©       Edge Distresser (for inner frame edges)
©       Round Sponge (for ink distressing)
©       Corner Rounder
©       Scissors

©       Trimmer

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Jump On It July!

The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely,
versatile stamp set that is a great match
for your cards and layouts that celebrate
all the wonderful things that life has to offer.
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer!   In Oregon, it has been very warm by mid-day, so I go swim laps first thing in the morning and then try to stay indoors and cool the rest of the day.  That means more craft time!

Through July 31, for every $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5! That is a savings of up to $17.95 USD!
July Stamp of the Month - FREE with Special!
Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 of any current, retail priced stamps. 

These are some of my favorite stamp sets!  
Here is a gift bag I recently made using Exotic Flower (
Thin 3-D Foam Tape, and our amazing alcohol markers!
To take advantage of this offer, go to my online store and add $25 of any current, regular price STAMP SETS to your cart.  Once you do, a message will pop up that you qualify for the Jump On It special and you can select which set you want to add.   You can even get multiple sets, one per $25 worth of stamps ordered!

NOTE:  This also includes the stamps that are retiring at the end of August, so get them before they are unavailable!   Check out the "While Supplies Last" and "Retiring Items" sections to see those stamps that will soon be retired!   Spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!

$5 Special Sets available (select one set per $25 of stamps purchased!):



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

While Suppies Last!!

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!  These are the colors being retired by Close To My Heart and replaced in the new 2015-2016 idea book.  These are some long-time favorites, and are now only available while supplies last .. so order your papers, reinkers, stamp pads, and fundamental packs now before they are gone!   Check out the Retiring Items section as well as the While Supplies Last section for additional discounts and products that are being retired.

SPECIAL PROMOTION:  Anyone who places an order through this link will be put in the drawing for any hostess rewards earned by the combined orders!  For every $50 spent, you will get an additional entry in the drawing!