Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Quick Cards

Watch this quick video on how to create some simple yet cute cards and layouts with just ONE stamp set. You can't get any easier than that, plus it is easy on the budget. Contact me today if you are interested in ordering some quick and easy stamp sets or hop on over to my website and look through the Close to My Heart spring/Summer 2012 Idea book

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

June Special--It's Stampaganza Time!

I am so excited that Close to My Heart is offering their ultimate special on their stamp sets for the month of June! Stampaganza is always a great time to stock up on some stamp sets that you've been eying for a while in the Idea book. PLUS you earn one FREE for every two you buy, it can't get better than that.

For every two My Acrylix® stamp sets* (sizes A, B, C, D, or E) you purchase at full retail price, you’ll receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE * (of equal or lesser value)—a savings of up to $29.95 per set!

Check out my website to see all the many stamp sets you can order and you can either order them from my website, or contact me at beckielehman@yahoo.com to place an order.

Remember that many of the stamp sets will be retiring at the end of this Spring/Summer 2012 Idea book cycle (July 31st, 2012) so be sure to order your favorites starting June 1st!



Pemberley Kit of the Month

 Layout #1
Layout #2
Layout #3

The second kit choice for June is Pemberley and as soon as I saw the beautiful flowers and deep blues, browns, and yellows of this kit I knew this kit would become one of my favorites.

The Basic Kit Includes:
Pemberley paper pack $9.95
Pemberley Stickease $4.95
• Color Ready Wood shapes $5.95
• Step-by-step guide $1.00
• 4 sheets Colonial White Cardstock $2.00
• Cutting Diagram for all 3 layouts FREE
For only $23.85 (plus shipping and handling)

Now if you really want the most bang for your buck you will want to purchase the Deluxe kit which includes everything in the Basic kit PLUS:
•  Pemberley Stamp set $13.95
•  Bitty Pearls $2.95
  Bouquet Flower Assortment $5.95
For only $41.85 (plus shipping and handling)

 Some additional items you may want to order are:
Bitty Pearls--(in Deluxe)--$2.95
Bouquet Flower Assortment--(in Deluxe--$5.95
Honey Ink pad-- $5.25
Desert Sand Ink pad--$5.25
Outdoor Denim Ink pad--$5.25


Please contact me to place your kit order and you can either put your Pemberley kit together on your own, or attend one of my 8 Cherish classes in July.

If interested please contact me at beckielehman@yahoo.com and we'll see which class might work in your schedule, or if you are long distance we can order you a kit and I'll email you the cutting guide so you can create them on your own.


 

Victory Kit of the month


 Layout #1

Layout #2
Layout #3

During the month of June my Cherish the Memories classes have two paper kits to choose from and we will create them during my classes in July. The first kit is Victory and is perfect for your outdoor/camping photos and is also a great kit for your boy/man photos.

The Basic Kit Includes:
Victory paper pack $9.95
Stickease $4.95
Tough Tags $5.95
• Step-by-step guide $1.00
• 4 sheets Colonial White Cardstock $2.00
• Cutting Diagram for all 3 layouts FREE
For only $23.85 (plus shipping and handling)

Now if you really want the most bang for your buck you will want to purchase the Deluxe kit which includes everything in the Basic kit PLUS:
•  Victory C-Sized stamp set $13.95
•  Natural Hemp $2.25
Durable square studs $3.95
For only $41.85 (plus shipping and handling)

Some additional items you may want to order are:
Natural Hemp--(in Deluxe)--$2.25
Durable square studs-(in Deluxe--$3.95
Varsity Alphabet stamp set-- $29.95
Barn Red Ink pad--$5.25
• Chocolate Ink pad--$5.25
Outdoor Denim Ink pad--$5.25


Please contact me to place your kit order and you can either put your Victory kit together on your own, or attend one of my 8 Cherish classes in July.

If interested please contact me at beckielehman@yahoo.com and we'll see which class might work in your schedule, or if you are long distance we can order you a kit and I'll email you the cutting guide so you can create them on your own.



 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Dotty For You...Good Luck Card

Today's post again features some beautiful artwork that the Close to My Heart art department created with the Dotty For You paper pack and they call it Bonus Artwork because it isn't featured on the color guide that comes with your paper pack.

Good Luck Card


Neutral Inks for a Clean Look
To create a card with a clean, crisp look, use the dominant neutral color to stamp your sentiment.
Yo-yo Accent

Create a trendy yo-yo element by accordion-folding a long strip of cardstock every 1/4", adhering the two ends together to make a circle, stitching the center with thread all the way around, and pulling the ends of the thread taut to create a yo-yo. Secure the center with a button to keep your yo-yo flat.



There are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95:
• Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5.

Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE. Click here to join today or to receive more information!








 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dotty For You...Banner

I loved how the Close to My Heart art department created this sweet Mini banner using the Dotty For You paper pack, so I thought I would share it with you for today's artwork post.

Kylie Banner



Paper Ribbons
Create your own ribbon from your favorite B&T paper. Cut a strip of paper a little less than three times the length you want your ribbon to be. Mark or score your strip in segments as follows: 1/2", 1", 1/2", 1", 1/2", etc. Starting at a 1/2" scored end, make two folds going away from you, then two folds coming toward you, then repeat until your ribbon is complete.

Ribbon Accents
Thread a long ribbon through the banner holes and then add some flair by tying small bows or knots to the ribbon in between each pennant using baker’s twine or Waxy Flax.

Remember that there are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95:
• Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5.

Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE. Click here to join today or to receive more information!






 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dotty For You...Cards and Box

For today's post I decided to continue some of the artwork tips that were shared from the color guide included in your Dotty For You Paper pack, and these tips are great for putting together the cards and card box from the guide.

R Card


Helping Adjacent Patterns Pop
To help two adjacent patterns stand out individually, separate them with a solid color in between.

Simple Pleasures Card


Creating a Bohemian Look
Combine several paper patterns and colors to create a trendy bohemian chic look.

Jen Box


Creating Visual Transitions
Carry the neutral foundation color, in this case Grey Wool, onto the other elements of your art piece to help the eye easily transition between elements, like the colorful chevron box top and the sides of the box.

Once again remember there are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95:
• Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5.

Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE. Click here to join today or to receive more information!







 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Dotty For You...Artwork Tips

Today's post shares with you some great Artwork tips that the Close to My Heart Art department put together to help you maximize your Dotty For You paper kit, and I hope you learn some fun tips like I did!

Sisterly Love Page


Polaroid Snapshot Technique
Create a Polaroid snapshot look by first cutting out a rounded-corner rectangle the size of your focal point. Then, cut a larger rectangle around the negative space, creating the look of a Polaroid. For example, if your subject is 3" × 2", cut a rounded 3" rectangle using the Cricut® machine then discard the rectangle and keep the negative space, cutting that piece at 4" × 2½". Add journaling to the empty white space at the bottom and attach it to the layout at an angle using 3-D foam tape. You’ll now be able to create the Polaroid look for any kind of picture without needing a Polaroid camera!

Kiss Page


Pin Flags Technique
Make a darling accent from your paper scraps by trimming a complementary banner and wrapping it around a pin from the Bling assortment (Z1466) to form a small pin flag.

Surf Page


Stitch a Frame
Use dark thread and stitch around your layout’s focal elements to ground your page.

Sweet Life Page


Making Embellishments Stand Out
Add a bit of white, solid space behind decorative elements, such as this baker’s twine bow, to help them stand out on busy B&T Duos® papers, like this chevron pattern.




There are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95:• Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5.

Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE. Click here to join today or to receive more information!







Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Perfect Pair

Watch this video to see how you can easily create your own Banner using Close to My Heart's Dimensional Elements Banner collection and the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

Dotty For You...One Week Left!

You have only one week left to make sure you order your very own Dotty For You paper pack! Hopefully I have been inspiring you with all the artwork samples I have shared over the last 3 weeks, and keep checking back because I still have more to share.

For today's post I thought I would share the video that Close to My Heart made to explain the awesome deal that you get when you make a qualifying purchase of $35 of Close to My Heart products and then you can purchase the Dotty paper for just $5.




There are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95:
• Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5.

Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE. Click here to join today or to receive more information!








Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Studio J--Embellishing Across 2 pages

Watch this Studio J video to learn how you can make your accents and embellishments stretch across both pages of your layout and create a complete layout! If you are interested in creating your own Studio J layout, just visit my website and create an account here and get started today!

Dotty For You...Bloom

Today we have another guest designer and fellow consultant Cindy Zacharias. She created this layout at one of units Create Day's and as I watched her creating the beautiful flowers with our Baker's Twine I asked her if I could share the layout on my blog. I was very happy when she said yes.

To create the flowers she used our smaller Bonding Memories glue pen, Dotty paper, and the Paradise Baker's twine. She started out by cutting her flowers with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge, then she used the glue pen to apply a thin amount of glue on the flower edge and then used the twine to follow along the glue pen line. Once the glue dried she had a beautiful flower that looks like she hand stitched.


Close to My Heart products used: Dotty for You paper packet, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, Colonial White card stock, Paradise Baker's Twine, Paper piercer/mat, Colonial White brads, Bonding Memories Glue Pen,

There are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95:
• Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5.

Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE. Click here to join today or to receive more information!





 
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