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April 12, 2015

Welcome to the April Stampers with an Attitude Spring Has Sprung Blog Hop.  This month I am following  {Kimberly Moss.}  Who is the Stampers with an Attitude?  It is the Close to My Heart team lead by my fabulous upline, Kimberly Moss.

Our blog hop is a circular hop.  You just click on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post and go visit the next blog.  If you get lost, I have all of the participating blogs listed at the bottom of my post.  Hope you enjoy seeing what our team has made for you.

Have you seen the beautiful Hopscotch Flip Flap Workshop that the very talented Lisa Stenz designed?  I purchased the directions from Lisa right before Hopscotch retired.  For my workshops I use current product, so I substituted our Brushed paper pack for the Hopscotch paper pack.

I love the floral papers featured in Brushed.  So vibrant!

Lisa designed an incredible layout!  It is like a scrapbooker's Christmas morning, full of surprises to open.  This layout holds 52 pictures!  Can you believe that? A 2 page layout that holds 52 photos.  How do you do that, you ask?  With our incredible Flip Flaps!  Close to My Heart makes this wonderful mini page protector in all different sizes that attaches to the outside of a page protector.  You can add more photos,  Picture My Life cards, memorabilia, and you can even "hide" your journaling if you choose.

Look at all of the Flip Flaps I used!

This is even more beautiful in person!  Local to Memphis?  I am holding Flip Flap workshops using Brushed or if you prefer, Jackson (our more masculine paper pack).

Workshop Details

Dates and Times:  April 18th from 1 pm - 4 pm or May 2 from 9 am - 12 pm

Cost:  $35

Workshop includes everything but your photos and your adhesive

RSVP by April 11th for the April 18th workshop or April 25th for the May 2nd workshop.

                                                   Flip Flap Workshop

Not local?  I can ship you a kit with full instructions for an additional $5.

                                            Flip Flap Workshop with Shipping

I want to thank you for visiting my blog.  The next very talented artist for you to visit on our blog hop is {Jen Patrick}. 

Spring has Sprung with Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop List
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April 6, 2015
Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

I am following {Maureen O'Sullivan's Blog.}   We have almost 40 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Close to My Heart Seasonal Expression 2 Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.    

Did you know that Close to My Heart released a new mini catalog called Seasonal Expressions 2?  It went live on April 1st and you can order from it until July 31st.  I love, love, love all of the new products!  We have 2 new paper lines - Blossom and Jackson.  Now, who doesn't love new patterned paper?

Thank you for hopping through our Blog Hop.  

In the Seasonal Expressions 2, the Workshop on the Go for Blossom is a Card Workshop.  It is super cute.  It has an exclusive stamp set that is one that you have to have.  Great for all ages!  And it makes 15 cards.  

I decided to make the Blossom Workshop on the Go cards as designed and then on a second set changed the paper pack to the Jackson paper pack to show you how versatile the stamp set and the card design is.  Close to My Heart includes 3 original card designs in this Workshop on the Go and who is to say that you cannot use the pattern for different paper packs?

So, on to my cards.  

The card on the left is the card using the Blossom Paper Pack.  It is so bright and Fun!  The one on the right is the one I made using the Jackson Paper Pack.  I think it is pretty fun as well!

Here is a close up of my card again using the Blossom Paper Pack.

And here is a close up of my card using the Jackson Paper Pack.  I think it worked pretty well.  What do you think?

The Blossom Workshop on the Go calls for you to adhere a piece of the Juniper Thick Twine to the card and then cut a second piece, knot it and fray the edge and adhere it near the first piece of twine.  Here is another way to do it.

Take a 5" piece of Thick Twine.  You can either loop the twine once around a pencil and tie a knot or just tie a knot leaving a loop near one end, but leaving enough left that you will get the placement shown in the directions.

Then cut the loop so that you have two even pieces above the knot.  Fray the edges just by unraveling the twine above the knot.  Now adhere with a very thin line of Liquid Glass.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  

By the way, I would love for you to leave me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Tracey Pierce's Blog.}

You can purchase any of the supplies listed below on my website.  

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April 3, 2015
Good morning!  Are you as ready for summer as I am?  We are going on vacation in June and I found this adorable mini-album designed by Annette Green, an incredible designer and a former Close to My Heart Consultant, that will hold my pictures perfectly.

Being a Close to My Heart Consultant, when I find a cute project, not only do I make one for myself, but I offer it to my customers as well.  The stamp set Annette used has retired and I sold my only copy (GASP!!!).  So I redesigned the embellishments on this album to include some newer stamp sets and some of our adorable Close to My Heart Cricut diecuts.

Here is my album:

I am offering this class in April in the Memphis Area.

This is a 12 page mini album cut out of Kraft Cardstock, which makes it pretty sturdy.  All pieces will be cut out for you and all that you will have to do is to ink the edges, do a little stamping, and assemble it.

Date:  April 19th from 1 pm - 4 pm or 2 pm - 5 pm

Cost:  $20

Please RSVP to:

I am also offering this mini album as a kit for $20 and will ship it directly to you for an additional $5.  All of the stamping will be done.  All you will have to do is to ink the edges and assemble, following the full set of instructions that will be included.  To order, just click on the PayPal button below.  Be sure to include your shipping address.  I have kits ready to be shipped out now!

April 1, 2015
Have you ever thought that your artwork needed a little something extra?

I really enjoyed the card I made yesterday but it felt unfinished. So I added a little black sequins.

Which one do you like best?

The original one?

Or this one?

Please post in the comments.  I have a little blog candy for those who participate.

How would you like a great deal?

Do you like to receive surprise boxes in the mail?

The Deal of the Day starts today.  Everyone loves a good deal and this one is worth up to double the price of the grab bag. Each day at 4 pm (central time zone) they will offer a different priced grab bag. The cost will be between $35 and $150. Each day will be different.

In order to get it, you pick a current, full-priced item into your cart. Then you can order as many of these grab bags as you want. It is while supplies last and each grab bag will only be available for 24 hours.

Shipping and Handling is charged on price paid - not on the value of the contents.  WOW!!

Only an hour and 50 minutes until the first grab bag becomes available.  You can see today's grab bag as well as purchase it here in one hour and 49 minutes.  Good luck and have fun!

March 31, 2015

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

This month I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have over 60 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

The April Stamp of the Month is entitled Typed Note (S1504) (Set of 19). Here is a picture of this stamp set:

Today is the start of the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog and lots of new products!  We have 2 new paper lines, new stamp sets, and lots of new embellishments.  Want a new catalog?  Just post a request in the comments and I will send you one or you can look at it online here.

I opened up the new Jackson Paper Pack.  I was in Heaven!  Love the smell of a new paper pack. This stamp set seems very vintage to me so I pulled out my sponges and set out to make a collage looking vintage image for my card.

My card is a 5" x 7" card.  Here are the measurements for the pieces:
Cashmere cardstock 7" x 10"
Cocoa Cardstock 5" x 7"
Barn Red Cardstock 4 ¾" x 6 ¾"
Jackson Brown Patterned Paper 2" x 4 ½" and 1 ½" x 4 ½"
Jackson Triangle Patterned Paper 3" x 4 ½"
Barn Red Cardstock 4 ¼" x 5 ½"
White Daisy Cardstock 4" x 5 ¼"
Jackson Juniper Patterned Paper - 5 pennants cut at 1" (Art Philosophy)

Pieces are adhered in the above order.  All pieces are inked with Cocoa Ink.  

Here is how I made this card.

I started out by stamping the typewriter and the pointed finger in Black Archival Ink on the piece of White Daisy Cardstock.  I chose the Archival Ink because it gives a darker, more intense black stamped image.  Then, using the beautiful flourishes found in our stamp set, Love Life (D1482), I loaded the stamp set up with Versamark and stamped it so that it would not touch the stamped images.  See the flourishes on the left bottom and right top corner?  I heat embossed these images using our clear embossing powder.  The flourishes will now resist any ink I sponge or stamp over it and will remain white.  

Then I took some of the sentiments, mounted them to one large acrylic block and stamped it in second generation Saddle Ink on the left side of the stamped image panel. I wanted to add some Barn Red to bring all of the colors in so I second generation stamped the chicken wire image from Distressed Backgrounds (D1544) with Barn Red Ink.  I also added some Harlequin pattern in Barn Red from Fabulous You (C1533) on over the flourishes.

Between each step, I wiped off the embossed flourishes to keep them white.

I now sponged Champagne Ink over the entire White Daisy Panel.  When I sponge, I start on the scrap paper that I rest my cardstock on so that there are no big splotches on my artwork.  I take my time and rub the ink into the cardstock.  See the "sponge splotches" on my scrap paper below.

Then I sponged Cashmere Ink around the outside and towards the middle, leaving the center alone.  This will give you a focal point and bring your eye towards your images.

Then I sponged Saddle Ink around the edge, followed by Cocoa Ink just around the very edge. Here are my panels from beginning to end result.

Then I assembled my card.  The pennants were stamped using the alphabet stamp set, A Typeface (A1117), in Black Archival Ink and are shaped by rolling around the handle of my paper piercer and then just the top is adhered to the card.  I like dimension and this adds a bit.  I used some of our new Glacier Extra Thick Twine.  It is tied into bows and adhered to the card with our Liquid Glass.  I added some embellishments from our Black Mini Medley and Voila ........... my card!

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Sheila Bennett's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

The Typed Note Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between April 1 – April 30, 2015. 
You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website.  

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