Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kraft boarder flowers

Today is a technique I recently used for a swap card. I am finding that I am enjoying this flower more and more and depending which Kraft boarder I use will vary on how the flower turns out.

The first thing I do to make these flowers is I pick a boarder I wish to use. ( the ones with 1 edge rounded, and 1 edge flat work the best.) Then I use the rounded edges as a folding guide.

I fold where the rounded edges meet, going all the way down the boarder. (you can use just part of the boarder but you will have to start manipulating it while you fold to see how much you need.)

From here I find it easiest to lay it on a flat surface as I put the folded edges in the center of the flower.

Once you have it positioned the way you would like remove the back adhesive protector and put a glue dot on the non adhesive side of one end of to ad-hear the 2 ends together. This will keep the flower how you desire temporarily, attaching it to a layout or card will require liquid glass.( if you do not have liquid glass a glue gun will work just fine)

The finished product is on the card below. I used a glue dot to stick the button on top of the flower.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pink and Boys

Having  2 boys I am not big on pink in my layouts. In fact a part of me gets mad when I see an over abundance of pink paper packs in our Idea Book.
However, I have found ways to use those paper packs for layouts of my boys. The one I am going to show today is done with the Sweetheart Paper. This layout was done for my feb. paper club event. Since this month has valentine's day in it, the paper works well for most people. I typically do not have pictures from valentine's day, so I went a different route with this.

By going through pictures of my boys with their friends, I found the pictures of my youngest son with a pair of twins, which happen to be in outfits that go very well with the paper. Also being that the twins are girls, it paired it up even better. While this won' always work, I have found matching colors in your photos to a color or 2 in the paper you are choosing will help please the eye of the viewer looking at your layout. It will create a nice flow of color through out the layout.

For this layout I used the Magic layout: On with the Show, the Spray pen, dimensional hearts, and Sweetheart paper pack.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Create your own designer Brads

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In the newsletter I talk about the specials Close  To My Heart is running that month, along with tips/ techniques and the events I am hosting for the month.

Now on with the technique for the day!

Create your own Designer Brads

Tools needed:

Liquid Glass
Sponge Dauber
Ink (Re-inker is more consistent, but an ink pad will work)
Brads (The Bigger Brads work better).


1) Using the sponge dauber, apply desired color to brad. The ink will bead up on the brad but just keep adding ink till you have a light consistent color of ink (partially beaded) over the top.

2) Next you will want to carefully spread liquid glass over the top of the brad

3) Make sure not to squeeze too hard or it will cover the brad too quickly. As the glass slowly pours on to the brad use the tip of the liquid glass container to swirl it around to make designs.

4) Finally, let it dry. To give it a more antique look, take your nail or a hard object and press against the dried liquid glass to give it a broken look.

This same type of technique can be used to apply fluff for fuzzy  brads, and glitter!
The new spray pen would be another great way to apply the ink color!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Free, Free, and Fabulous!

Free, Free, & Fabulous: Join Close To My Heart in February 2011 and earn a FREE Consultant Kit and FREE products!

Join Close To My Heart in February and earn a FREE kit and FREE products!
When you become a Close To My Heart Consultant during February and achieve Straight To The Top, you will receive a rebate of $129 US/$140 CAN on your New Consultant Kit, plus $100/$110 in select product credit rewards. That’s a total retail value of up to $491/$544 in products and business supplies for FREE! Your kit’s free, your select products are free—how fabulous!

Here are the details of the Straight To The Top:
Reach Straight to the Top by:
• Submitting sales of $300/$330 or more in your first month and
• Submitting total sales of $1,200/$1,330 or more during your first three months.

Then redeem your $100/$110 in select product credit for My Acrylix® stamps, blocks, Exclusive Inks®, cardstock, My Reflections® paper packets, and more!

For more information on this, as a business owner or a hobbyist please contact me:

Stamp of the Month

Every month there is a stamp featured in the Idea book. For that month I work with that stamp specifically to show you how great it can be.... and you want to know the best part? you can get it for FREE! Check out this month's stamp of the month below with details on how you can get it for free.

Want to join an exclusive club? Every month Close To My Heart offers you an exclusive My Acrylix® D-size stamp set FREE or at a large discount. The stamp set is available to qualifying customers for that month only. It’s our way of saying thank you, and your way of getting fantastic deals on our amazing stamps!

Here’s how to get a fabulous deal on your very own Stamp of the Month!

You spendYou saveYou pay only
$25 US / $27.95 CAN 25% off $17.21 US / $19.12 CAN
$50 US / $55.50 CAN 50% off $11.48 US / $12.76 CAN
$75 US / $83.50 CAN 75% off $5.74 US / $6.38 CAN
$100 US / $110.95 CAN 100% off FREE!
February’s Stamp of the Month is:
Friendship (Set of 8)

Recommended Blocks:
1" × 1 1/2" (Y1001)
2" × 2" (Y1003)
4" × 4" (Y1008)

Fun and Free- the way every month should be!

I do applogize for the about a week of me being Missing in action.. I tell ya keeping up with life such can make a person run themselves ragged. However, I am coming to you with some great news that I relieved at my new Idea Book unveiling party. Everyone that contacted me and told me they couldn't come were given the info in person or via mail, unfortunately it took me a little bit to get it to you, BUT you have plenty of time to take advantage of this.

A Perfect 10!

Perfect 10: Members-only special: Buy 9 Studio J® layouts, get the 10th free!

Members-only special: Buy 9 Studio J® layouts, get the 10th free
Score a perfect 10 in February! If you’re a Studio J member, you can take advantage of this great opportunity to fill up your scrapbook. For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you’ll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on! If you’re not a member yet, now’s a great time to join!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's Febuary

It is the 1st of February which brings several things for Close To My Heart. For starters today the new idea book is Live! Along with 2 great campaigns. To get more details on this and on my events along with a technique check out my monthly newsletter.
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