Thursday, August 7, 2014

"It's Your Day" and it's a Blog Hop too!

Well... hello there.  It's been a long time.  I'm just going to jump right back in and post my first post in over a year (yes, you read that correctly).  Yikes!

I'm very excited to be a part of the CTMH Blog Boosters Annual Inspirations Blog Hop.  I've recently participated in a card swap using one of the new papers in the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book and I thought this would be the perfect place to showcase it.

My assigned paper pack was one of the new Winter papers called "Snowhaven".  It has a wonderful variety of papers which can look very "Winter-like" or they're also versatile enough to be used in a beautiful non-seasonal project.

This is my card:

To go with this fun Snowhaven paper pack I chose to use the super cute scooter stamp found in the "Make it Merry" stamp set.  I love me some paper piecing so that's what I did for the body of the scooter and the two gifts on the back.  I also used the fun new mini-stapler to add some cute Slate colored diagonal striped ribbon for some interest.

I didn't want my card to necessarily be for Christmas so I used a sentiment from a different stamp set called "You Mean the World to Me".  I figured this card could then easily be turned into a birthday card.  I hope you agree.  :)

For the swap, we had to make 26 identical cards.  I always feel a sense of satisfaction when I'm done and like to take a photo of my work.  Here they all are.

I hope you'll check out the other links at the bottom of this post to see many more wonderful examples of artwork from my fellow consultants using new products from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Be Mine, ya big Flirt

Hey there~  Just finished up one of the cards for this weekend's card workshop, so I thought I'd take a couple minutes and post it.  We all know how I work, if I don't do it now it just may be a while.  ;)

For this weekend's card workshop I'm using some of the papers I haven't had a chance to use previously.  Once the new Idea Book goes live on February 1st, there will be 7 new paper packs to play with.

I've used a couple of the papers in this "Flirty" paper pack previously, but I haven't had a chance to use this great, graphic floral paper until now.  There is no stamping involved on this card, so it's quick and easy peasy.  Got to love the CTMH Cricut cartridges.

A little closer view of the Cricut "Artiste" Be Mine image.

Aren't those colors fun?  Well, I'd better get off of here.  My goal is to design one more card tonight before I got to bed.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Creative University 2013 - it's going to be fabulous!

Okay, it's pretty sad that I have neglected this blog since September 10th.  What??  That's crazy!  I said it before, facebook is leading to my blog's demise and hopefully I can prevent that from happening.  I'm not one to publish New Year's Resolutions, but I do think about them each year.  I will say that one of mine this year is to do much better at updating my blog, starting now...

Some of you know that for the last 2 years I've attended something called "Creative University" for a weekend in February. It's a fantastic getaway on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Northern Idaho. You can choose either a 3 or 4 day stay (Thurs/Fri - Sun).  This year it's February 14th - 17th. 

The "University" consists of several crafty classes designed by a fellow CTMH consultant, Tresa Black. Tresa's a fantastic artist and makes this getaway so much fun. Even though she's a Close to My Heart consultant, this is not a CTMH sponsored event. There are many different crafts and products represented. There is also a lot of time to work on your own projects too.

I'm telling you all about this because there are still some spots available and I thought some of you might like to attend or know someone who would.  Tresa has set up a website with all the details.

I'll be attending again this year and I'd love to have you join me.  And a little secret that I can now let out of the bag, I get to be one of the instructors this year - yipee!  I'm not sure what I'll be instructing yet, but I know whatever Tresa comes up with will be FABULOUS!

Here's a quick video to give you a visual of this wonderful event.  (If you look closely you'll even see me a couple of times.)

Now, if this sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, please register before it fills up.  If any of you are interested and have any other questions that aren't addressed on Tresa's website, please feel free to ask me. I'd love to have some more friendly faces joining me this year. Did I mention that you get 3 wonderful meals a day - woo hoo, no cooking!!  (Now that's my kind of weekend.)

I hope some of you can take advantage of this. I've really enjoyed my past experiences there and have even learned new skills that I've passed along to some of my friends. Be sure to pass this info along to anyone that you think might be interested. And if anyone is nervous about the classes, not to worry, they're all doable by beginners. There are so many fabulous ladies there willing to help. :)

Until next time...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pear & Partridge Swap Card

Hi there.  I'm finally getting around to taking some photos of some of my swap cards I made last month.  For this particular card I was assigned the CTMH stamp set called "Merry & Bright".

I'm a sucker for Christmas stamp sets, so this was a great addition to my collection.  I love all of the images and they match perfectly with our new paper pack called "Pear & Partridge".  It seems like Close To My Heart alternates between traditional and more modern Christmas paper packs each Winter and this year is back to a more traditional look with Cranberry Red and a darker New England Ivy Green.  I tend to lean towards the more modern colors and designs myself, but I do like a little bit of traditional as well.

Here is the card I created using "Merry & Bright":

Isn't that new Burlap Ribbon great?  I love it and I've used it with several of the new paper packs, it looks great with all of them so far.

For this swap we're supposed to use at least one technique as well.  I used a couple different techniques.  I did one called "rock n' roll" on the partridge.  First I stamped the bird in Cashmere ink, then I rolled just the top edge in Cranberry ink (while the Cashmere ink was still on there) and then stamped on the paper to get that color fade.

I also did some paper piecing on my card.  I'm a bit addicted to "fussy cutting", so I stamped my bird both on the card itself and on a separate piece of cardstock and then cut that one out by hand and adhered it over the image I stamped on the card already.  I also did the same thing with the Cranberry Red bow on the top of the wreath.

The last technique I did was just coloring with our new alcohol based markers.  I colored in those five little flowers on the wreath before I added a cute little sparkle to the center.  And if you haven't used an alcohol based marker before, you're gonna love it, the color goes down like butter and leaves no streaks - yay!

I had to duplicate this card 26 times, but it wasn't too bad.  The hand cutting of the partridge and bow were a little time consuming, but I did them while watching tv, so not a problem.  The other shapes were cut using one of our exclusive Cricut cartridges called "Art Philosophy", it does all the work for you.  :)

Here's a closer look at the paper piecing.  You can see I popped the partridge up with a little dimensional foam adhesive.

I also stamped a Christmas sentiment on the inside of the card and added another little bird down in the corner - easy peasy.

Here's a complete list of all items used to make this card.  You can click on each one to find the item on my website:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back soon.  :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Humble Artist's Swap - August 2012

At the end of July, I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to join a card swap that I've been an admirer of for a long time.  It's called The Humble Artist's Swap.  It's a bi-monthly swap consisting of a group of approximately 10-12 CTMH consultants headed up by fellow consultant Nancy Ball.  (I have a list of all of the "HAS" swappers on my sidebar, so you can go check out all of their fabulous work as well.)

Nancy gives a set of guidelines each round and assigns 2 different groups of swappers (so you only have to make 5 or 6 cards total).  Now these guidelines are definitely a challenge and I was a little scared that I would miss something my first try, but I think I got all of the requirements into this card.

Here were the guidelines for August:
  • Minimum 8 layers
  • Use ONLY neutrals and one color
  • Use one stamp set with the word “Background” in it
  • Use one stamp set with the word “Borders” in it
  • Have at least 2 other different stamped images
  • Use at least 3 Art Philosophy shapes
  • Minimum 3 embellishments
  • Card must be at least 4 ¼ x 5 ½ 

Whew, crazy huh?  Here's what I came up with:

I was a little worried about all of the layers, but by my count I think I got them all in there.  I counted 9 layers on my card (not counting the card base) that all overlap at one point, right under the word "make" in my sentiment.  Here's how I counted my layers:

You must also use all Close to My Heart supplies and I managed to do that as well (although, by the time of this post one of the stamp sets has since retired.

Here's a complete list of supplies used (with links to my website where available):

This sketch I used was one I found on the mojo monday website.  It's #181 from 2011.

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Hi, my name is Kandi and I'm addicted to swaps.

Ha!  Yes, I'm still here, just been busy making lots of stuff in my "free" time.  Actually, August turned out to be a pretty busy month because I got a little crazy and overextended myself by signing up for 4 different swaps, all due within a couple weeks of each other.

In my evenings after work and on weekends (minus one, when we went camping), I've made a few items:

41 Board Titles
82 Greeting Cards
8 Single Page Layouts
8 3D Cricut Items
* Not to mention, a few other items for a Craft Show my friend Linda and I did in early August.

Whew!  I'm so glad to be done, finally.  I don't know what I was thinking, but I just have a hard time saying no.  I normally do 2 or 3 swaps when a new Idea Book comes out, but 2 new opportunities presented themselves to me this time around and I just had to go for it.  :)

Unfortunately I'm on a computer that doesn't have my current photos uploaded, so I will be back with photos of the various swap items soon.  I also hope to post some photos of other goings on from this Summer, now that it's almost over.

For now, enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I'm off to eat breakfast at my Mother-in-law's house - yum!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The New Autumn/Winter Idea Book has arrived!

If you'd like a copy of the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book, please contact me and I'll get one to you.  In the mean time, you can browse the catalog on line, just click on the image below.  As always, it's full of lots of fun new papers, stamps and accessories.  Enjoy!

* And if you just can't wait to place a order, you can shop HERE.  :)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Join CTMH in August and get a *FREE Tote!

Have you ever thought about turning your hobby into a lucrative business? Or maybe just getting Close to my Heart products at a great discount for you and your friends? August is the PERFECT time to sign to up. Not only do we have a new $49 kit, but if you join my team in August, you can get this adorable exclusive tote bag for FREE (while supplies last)!  

You can choose to order the $49 New Consultant Essential Kit and get $130 worth of brand new CTMH products shown below! (Or choose the $99 Master kit and get $280 worth of new goodies!)

New $49 Essential Kit Contents: 
  • Read Me First Letter
  • 3 Fall/Winter 2012 Idea Books
  • 5 Hostess Order Forms
  • 5 Customer Order Forms
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatch
  • Autumn/Winter B&T Duos Sampler
  • Nature's Delight Petite Perks Stamp Set
  • G1045 Avonlea WOTG Kit
  • X7155C Avonlea Canvas Shapes
  • Z1322 My Creations Recipe Box
  • Z1777 Color Ready Canvas Alphabet
  • Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad
  • Z2173 Slate Ink Pad
  • D1522 Glamour Lowercase Stamp Set
  • D1527 Perfect Fit Frames Stamp Set
  • Y1006 3" x3" Acrylic Block
  • Y1009 2" x 3 1/2" Acrylic Block
 Master Kit Contents: 
 Includes everything in the Essentials Kit, plus-
  •  7 additional Fall/Winter 2012 Idea Books
  •  25 You are Welcome Here Recruiting Brochures
  •  25 The Rewards Come Now Hostess Brochures
  •  5 Studio J Layouts (redeem within 3 months)
  •  5 Studio J Brochures
  •  20 additional Hostess Order Forms
  •  20 additional Customer Order Forms
  •  4 additional Petite Perks Nature's Delight Stamp Sets
  •  25 Cello Bags
  •  Z1782 My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber
  •  1778 My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner
  •  1512 Bonding Memories Glue
  •  Z697 Sponge
  •  Z679 Liquid Glass
  •  Z2434 Chocolate Inks Marker Set
  •  Z534 Micro Tip Scissors
The promotion starts at 9am (MT) on Wednesday, August 1st.

The tote is only available while supplies last, so sign up early to make sure you get yours before they are gone.

Have questions? Feel free to CONTACT ME.  If you're ready to sign up, use the quick and easy online form on my website HERE.  Don't forget to wait until August 1st if you want a chance to get that cute Damask bag.

*If you don't have a need for that cute bag, I'd like to offer to purchase it from you for $20.  Myself and a couple of my unit mates couldn't make it to Convention this year and missed our opportunity to get one for ourselves, so let me know if I can take it off your hands.  ;)  That would also make your consultant kit $20 cheaper once I pay you for the bag.  What a deal!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Just fluttering by to say... happy birthday to my dad..."

Ahh, I can't believe I've actually done posts for 4 days in-a-row!  It's been ages since that's happened.

First things first, I need to give a big shout out to my Dad and wish him a very Happy 65th Birthday today!!

Ha ha, what a goof!  He got a hold of Mateo's skateboard and helmet at Jaxon's last baseball game, lol.  I just love his sense of humor and I'm so glad that a little of it rubbed off on me.  :)

Okay, onto to the crafty stuff...

Well, here is my favorite card from my workshop last week.

I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with it at first, but I knew I wanted to use this cute little stamp called "A Tree".  I love the "A" sized stamps, they're only $6.95 - you can't beat that price!  And I think it was very cute paired up with the Lucy paper pack.

I ended up stamping the Tree in Cocoa ink, then I stamped the tree top again in Sweet Leaf.  I cut out the tree top and glued it down.  I also stamped those tiny little butterflies (in Cotton Candy ink) and cut them out.  (Some of my workshop peeps weren't too happy about having to cut those out.  They are quite tiny.)  

The butterfly on the tree is popped up using a tiny foam dot.  Next we added my favorite Sweet Leaf stitched grosgrain ribbon.  (I hope this doesn't go away for a long time, I use it often.)  We tied a knot in the ribbon and stuck it with a Foundry Pin Clip.  Those are so fun because they have a little slot in the top to slide in a piece of paper (or even a photo if you're scrapbooking).  We stamped the sentiment on the reverse side of the floral Lucy paper and cut it to look like a little banner.  Next was some obligatory added sparkles and voila, the card front was done!

Back in February, at that crafty retreat I went to in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Creative University), one of the classes was a scrapbooking class.  The instructor & fellow CTMH consultant (Noreen Petty) showed us how to do a pop-up on our layout, so I took that same idea and applied it to the inside of the card.

Isn't that fun??  I just loved that added surprise when the card was opened.  We left the inside of the card blank.  No, my name and blog address wasn't printed in there, lol.  The butterfly was really easy to cut out using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  I hadn't used my Cricut in years and now ever since I've had this cartridge, I use it all of the time.

Well, that's it for my "Summertime" themed cards.  I hope you found some inspiration.  I know I haven't posted many of my past workshop cards, so I'll do some digging, get some photos taken and hopefully you'll see some of those very soon.  Happy Summer!