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Thursday, July 31, 2014

What a Hoot!




Today I am featuring August's SOTM, which is What A Hoot because tomorrow is August 1st!


I just couldn't resist bundling this little guy up in some Snowhaven paper and Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon for a scarf to wish you "happy owlidays".  I did some very careful cutting of the stamp set and then penned in the "idays" with our journaling pen.  I have a feeling he will be celebrating many occasions throughout the year.


 Now here might be a more traditional owl friend, out with the moon.  For this card I used the fabulous new Shin Han markers to color the owl and create highlights on the moon.  I stamped with the Archival Black Ink, and then used the new markers color body and wings in brown.  I then used the Shin Han "blending" pen to remove some color.  Removing the color from the wings allowed the cross hatch pattern to show.  I was surprised how well it worked!  The  Chalk It Up paper packet (brand new too) creates a starry night for this guy, highlighted with some new black epoxy stars.  (We have white ones too and you can color them with are markers to match any paper you like!)


More new product coming soon.  Contact me to see how you can receive your new Annual Inspirations Idea book 
 Michele

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's a Circus around here!

Spruce up your circus with this cute alphabet which is only available through July 31, 2014. 


I love the versatility, the option of upper and lower case, and the whimsical nature.  You can get this set for $17.95 or $5 with a qualifying purchase. 

Here are the two cards I created using this set.




Visit my website to purchase your set before it is gone.

Michele

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Paper Fundamentals: A hidden secret

Close to My Heart hid these wonderful papers in the back of the book.  I have finally played with them and am excited that these are continuing on to the next idea book!  The set features 20 double sided sheets, 2 each of 10 designs, one side with contrast and one with a glossy pattern.  I created this card, kept it monochromatic, and let the Fundamental paper shine. 





Where can you find this paper?  Right here of course! 

The products I used include:
 And, if you like contests, watch this and enter to win!  



Add a little glimmer or a classic subtle design to your project with the Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment. Leave a comment before July 31, 2014,   Jeanette Lynton's blog and tell us your fundamental scrapbooking item for your chance to win a Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment!
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Love is in the Air

I have been busy creating with new products for fall and winter workshops.  I am so happy that all the new workshops on the go feature layouts using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  Every time I use this cartridge, I discover something fun and new!  You will start to see these layouts on my blog in August but until then, continue to enjoy these videos about how to create layouts, gifts, and mini albums using this fabulous cartridge.



Use Close To My Heart's Cricut® Artbooking cartridge to create striking scrapbook pages for your loved ones, from happy couples to loving families to cherub-like babies and so much more! Plus, learn how to create dramatic backgrounds to perfectly complement your love-struck photos.

You can purchase this and other cartridges here on my website OR ask me how you can get it for half price!   

 And here is the card I made using the same key! 





Enjoy!
Michele

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Week in Review

I have had a fabulous week and it has come to a close with the celebration of Alli's 18th birthday.  She is an amazing girl and has great adventures planned for her future.  Can't wait to see how it all plays out.  But grab your favorite cuppa and lets review the creative part of this past week!

Skylark: Beautiful for all occasions.


We are saying good by to Skylark at the end of this month!  The Picture My Life kit will still be available but if you want full sheets of paper to coordinate with it, now is the time!  Shop here for your Skylark Products. 


Some of my favorite coordinating products that are also retiring include:  

Marathon Results

I love hosting the 20 card Marathon with my downline Meredith!  It is fun to have 15 plus ladies over to create cards and fill up their stash for birthdays, thank you's, and any occasion cards.  You can see the cards we made when you click here, but I will add one here to start your "training" for our next one. 




My Artistic Adventure & A Contest

 The CTMH convention in June was a great celebration, good overdose of inspiration, and a fabulous connection with awesome people!  You can see the video in this post.   And you can win a WOTG of your choice from the new idea book when you "find me" and comment on the time stamp.  Kind of like a Where's Waldo!  And one photo to end the week of me at convention.


And who will join me next year for this fabulous adventure!  I promise CTMH and I will spoil you!

Enjoy your weekend.
Michele