Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September SOTM Blog Hop!

Oh my gosh, school is just starting and my granddaughter Mikayla just started kindergarten. They just grow up so quickly! Well, this means it is also time for September Blog Hop (and the first day of the Idea Book).  This month features Halloween with a stamp set called THRILLER (D1442)!  You have just arrived from Helen Onulak's blog.

This card is 5" x 7" and uses the new Hooligan papers from the new Idea Book going live today. 

Supplies:  D1442 Thriller Stamp Set; Hooligans Paper Pack; Black, Lagoon, Gypsy, Sunset, Pear Exclusive Inks; Black, Gypsy, Lagoon CS; Liquid Glass (monacle on guy and scroll); Licorice Opaques gems; Black Designer Ribbon Rounds; Sunset  Mini Medley Accents Collection

To see the complete list of blog hoppers are here: http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/p/sotm-blog-hop-list.html.   Hope you enjoyed the show! Now hop on over to Lori Miller's blog to see more September eye candy and enjoy all the stops along the way!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Side Stair-Step Card & Tutorial

This turned out to be my favorite of all three.  I just love the way it turned out.  First, here is a photo of the the Side Stair-Step collapsed:

Standing Card:

And another to better see the stairs:

Supplies:  Zipidee Paper Pack (Cranberry, Black, Honey, Indian Corn, White Daisy CS); Black, Indian Corn, Honey & Cranberry Exclusive Inks; Thrill Ride & Ticket to Ride Stamp Sets; Black Waxy Flax; Clear Button; Fancy Fuzz Borders.


1.  Start with a 6" x 9" piece of paper.  Determine which side you want your side-rise to be on, then on the "back" side of the paper, draw your line lightly at 2". 

2  Next, on the 4" side of the line, score at 1", 2", 3-1/2", 5" and 7".  On the penciled line at 2", put in your paper cutter and cut from the 1" score to the 7" score.

3.  For the side-rise, rather than score it a t 4 1/2", I fold the 2" side in half by lining up the bottom edges of the 6" side. Then I crease everything with bone folder. (You can click picture above to see a larger view).

4.  Add stamping and embellishments. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stand-Alone Pop-Up Card & Tutorial

Now for the second card from my Customer Appreciation Workshop is the Stand-Alone Pop-Up card which features this month's Stamp of the Month - Something Splendid.  Here is the card all flatted out:

Below shows the card popped up and standing alone--you can click to enlarge picture:

Supplies:  Something Splendid Stamp Set, Splendor Paper Pack (Topiary, Moonstruck, and White Daisy CS); Moonstruck, Heavenly Blue and Goldrush Exclusive Inks; White Daisy ricrac; pearls; white daisy brads; white daisy grosgrain ribbon; pop dots; prisma glitter.


1.  Starting with a Topiary piece of CS 4-1/4" x 11, score parallel to the 4-1/4" side at 1", 2-3/4", 3-3/4", 5-1/2", 7-1/4", 8-1/4", and 10". Be sure to make each line crisp with a bone folder.  All lines are valley folds.  Click on image to see it enlarged.

2.  You will need to cut a slit on the 5-1/2" line for your tag to go through.  To do this, place a mark about 5/8" in on either side.  You can now cut from mark to mark with your paper cutter or craft knife.  Make sure that you will leave enough room for your tag (especially if it has pieces that are dimensional) so it can move freely though the slot.  You can do any stamping on the base if you wish while it is still flat.  Set aside for now.

3.  From Moonstuck CS you will cut out a piece 2-3/4" x 5-1/4" for the tag mat.  From Splendor B&T paper make the tag 2-1/2 x 5".  Corner round the tops of the tag and tag mat and glue together.  Stamp and decorate tag.
4. Using scrap Topiary CS punch a 1-3/8" circle and a scrap of B&T punch a 1-1/4" circle and glue together and fold in half over the top of the tag and glue.  Punch with hole punch for the ribbon (tip:  eyelet would work well here).  Add ribbon.

5.  Using Score Tape or Red Line tape, on the stamped 1" end of base, on one side place tape next to edge of paper.  On the other end, place tape next to scored line.

6.  Slip tag through slit in base piece and attach tag to one side with tape and make sure it is centered along the edge of the base and line it up with the edge of the paper.  Fold up the other side with the tape and attach to the tag.  As you pull up the tag and push the base down, the card will free stand.

7.  TIP:  I added a piece to the back of my tag that folds out when the tag is free standing.  This helps the base stay down and the tag stand straighter.

Have fun creating! Stay safe!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Customer Appreciation Workshop

A couple of Saturdays ago, I had a customer appreciation workshop.  It was a card-making workshop and the theme was fun fold cards.  It was a blast and I really love the cards that we made.  It was a super day.  Now I am going to debut the cards.  Here is the first card we did--a tri-fold.  Here is it collapsed

Tri fold opened:

 Another view:

A couple of closeups:


1.  Cut a 6" x 12" piece of hydrangea CS.  Score parallel to the 6" edge at 2", at 4", at 8" and 10".  Click to make image larger.

2.  Parallel to the 12" side, 1.5" from the edge cut from the 2" score to the 10" score on both edges of the paper.

3. Fold each fold and use your bone folder to sharpen the folds.  On the illustration below, M = mountain fold and V = valley fold.  Click image for larger view.

5.  Now you are ready to begin decorating.  I love using the 6" x 12" size because all the panels start out as even sizes.  Here is what I did (see image for panel information--click it to make larger).

A = 3" x 4"
B = 1.5" x 2"
C = 3" x 4"
D = 1.5" x 4"
E = 2" x 6"
F = 2" x 3"

6.  I started with Hollyhock Cardstock (CS) for covering the first set of panels.  I cut Hollyhock panels for E's, D's, & F.  For the section that would end up Panel A, I filled in the rest of panel A with a hollyhock piece the size  of Panel F.  (Panel size e.g. E = 1-7/8" x 5-7/8")

7.  Next I used Topiary CS to cover panels B & C.    (Panel size e.g. B = 1-3/8" x 1-7/8")

8.  Cut Flower B&T for both E & D panels.  (Panel size e.g.  E = 1-3/4" x 5-3/4")

9.  Cut Dotted B&T for all Panel Bs.  (Panel size B = 1-1/4" x 1-3/4")

10.  The last panel that I cut was a bamboo textured CS for panel A.  It should have been 2-3/4" x 3-3/4".  Mine was a little larger so I said Oh well.....  I used colonial white CS for the flowers, button, and Friendship saying for decorations.  I used some punches, brads, pearls, and sparkles as well as a Just Blooms butterfly to finish off.

Watch for tomorrow's tutorial for Card 2.  This will be the second of three cards that we made in my workshop.  It is a stand-alone pop-up card.  So stay tuned!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sneak Peak & Mojo Monday

Okay it looks like I've deserted Close To My Heart when you look at this Mojo Monday card.  Actually I just got my first order in of some new papers and stamp sets from the Fall Close To My Heart catalog which goes live September 1.  I just couldn't resist, these guys are called Party Animals and the paper is the Hooligan paper kit.

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch--I really love this sketch:

And, here is my card which is a 5" x 7" card:

Supplies:  Party Animals Stamp Set, Hooligans Paper Pack (Pear, Gypsy, Black & White Daisy Card Stock), Opaques in Licorice (black pearls), Paper Piercing, Orange Grosgrain Ribbon

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Establishment Media Pushing Brain Eating Vaccines

This is really happening!  It was bad enough to put flouride in the water (first used by Germany during WWII to subdue and dumb down concentration camp prisoners).  Now main stream media is trying to tell us that to lobotimize all the masses into servile minions for the abberant globalist filth is something we should happily volunteer to do.  Aren't you sick of being poisoned by the water, GMO in your food?  Try to find a pack of gum (sugared gum) that doesn't have aspertame (poison) in it.  Why would sugared gum have aspertame?  Wake up America to the evil, nefarious, globalist scums who want to get rid of you!  They are going to be testing this on many groups of our military in the next couple of months to remove their humanity and turn them into lobotimized zombies who can no longer think for themselves and must succumb.

Super Online Sale Starts Today - Aug 4

Close to my Heart wants to show how much we appreciate you! And to do so, we are bringing you a MEGA sale with SUPER deals for 8 days only. From August 4th at 8 am (PDT) through August 11th, while supplies last, you can purchase selected My Stickease® assortments for only $2, My Reflections® Level 1 kits for only $4, and My Reflections® Level 2 paper packets for only $6 directly from my shop online site.

The deals are amazing (over 50% off) and in order to bring them to you we will not be able to sell any of the item numbers from these items on regular orders during the campaign. These items will also be unavailable for sale beginning August 1, at 11:01 pm (PDT) in order to prepare for the sale.
Remember these amazing prices are only available for a limited time and while supplies last. Be sure to make your list ahead of time and shop early for the best selection! These goodies make great gifts!

Here are a few FAQs about this great sale...
1.  What are the prices of the items for sale?
The My Stickease® assortments area available for sale for only $2. The My Reflections® Level 1 kits are available for only $4, and the My Reflections® Level 2 paper packets are available for only $6!

2.  Are these items available only online?
Yes! In order to bring you such amazing deals on these items, we will only be offering these items for sale on my MyCTMH site.

3.  Can I purchase other items at full retail along with these discounted My Stickease, My Reflections Level 1 kits and Level 2 paper packets on the same MyCTMH order?
Yes! You will be able to mix and mingle the items for sale from the $2, $4, $6, for 8...It’s YOU We Appreciate campaign along with regularly priced items for sale on my site.

4.  Is this campaign a ‘while supplies last’ campaign?
Yes. We have provided a many, many items numbers for you to purchase from during the campaign. So there is ample supply on hand but each item is while supplies last.

5.  Will the purchase of the discounted My Stickease, My Reflections Level 1 kits and Level 2 paper packets count toward my receiving the Stamp of the Month at a discount or even free?
Yes! Your purchases for the campaign count toward the Stamp of the Month incentive. So I encourage you to buy smartly to get the Stamp of the Month at a discount or even for free!

6.  Will tax be charged on this promotion?
Tax is assessed on the actual amount you pay for the item if your state has sales taxes.

7.  How much is shipping/handling for the $2, $4, $6, for 8...It’s YOU We Appreciate campaign deals?
Regular shipping and handling applies.

8.  Is there a limit to the number of My Stickease, Level 1, and Level 2 paper packets I can purchase on one order?
Not at all! There is no limit to the number of items you can purchase on one order.

Here is a document to see all of the products that will be on sale.

Here is a list of the products that will be on sale.

Start shopping at my shop online site now!
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