Saturday, October 29, 2011

November Stamp of the Month-Cherish the Day


Holiday Wishes-November Special



When you place a minimum order of $25 in My Acrylix® stamp sets in November, you can purchase a new D-size Holiday Wishes stamp set for only $5! That’s significant savings off the full retail value of $17.95 US. And here’s a bonus: many of the images in the set coordinate with our Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge for added cutting and stamping fun!

Dates: Offer Now through November 30 (11:59 pm MST).


Notes: Stamp of the Month, K-size customized name stamps, Cricut® Art Philosophy collection, and Workshops on the Go™ kits do not count toward a qualifying purchase.

November Workshop on the Go! “Believe”


For November we will be working with the “Believe” workshop on the go kit! 

The workshop kit includes the Believe Level 2 paper packet, My Acrylix Believe exclusive stamp set, mini-medley accents olive collection, dimensional elements stars, white daisy cardstock, and Workshop guide.  All for the discounted price of $29.95 plus ship/tax. With this kit you will be able to make the following two 2-page layouts:



With the addition of the following items you will be able to make this bonus project as well:

Z1647 My Creations Card Box $4.95

X1486 Holiday Pockets $4.95

Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink, and Purple Assortment



Other items we will use for this workshop are:

My Acrylix Trinity Alphabet E1021 $29.95

Holiday Red Ink Pad Z2135 $5.25

New England Ivy Ink Pad Z2135 $5.25

Black StazOn Ink Z888 $9.95

Piercing Tool Kit Z1114 $5.95

Blending Pen 3174 $3.95

Sanding Kit Z1294 $3.50

Friday, October 14, 2011

Technique Blog Hop! Masking

Welcome to the November Technique Blog Hop!  This is my first month to participate and I am so excited to be a part of this extremely talented bunch of ladies sharing their love of Close to my Heart and stamping techniques!  This month there are 11 participants highlighting the Masking Technique.  An example of this technique is shown on page 15 of the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, but there are many ways to “mask” with stamping.  Hopefully you will see a number of these while you are hopping!
You can start anywhere in the hop but if you would like to start at the beginning, please visit the fabulous Shirley’s Blog.  You will see a listing of all the participants if you get lost or want to reference it along the way.
If you got here from Rachel’s blog then you are on the right track!
Here is my first mask example:
I used a post it note for my mask.  First I stamped the image on my desired piece of paper.  A second stamp of the same image on the upper corner of the sticky note (so that some of the sticky side is included on the back of the image) is then cut out and placed on top of the stamped image on your paper.
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Then, stamp another image on top of the “masked” image.  A background or texture stamp is a fun way to surround an image that has been masked.
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For this first card I used the Dreamin’ Workshop on the Go papers and exclusive stamp set.  Other items used: Colonial White Circle Cards Z1352, Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel Z1483, Natural Hemp Z280, Pacfica Ink Pad Z2192, Goldrush Ink Pad Z2123, and Chocolate Ink Pad Z2111.
For my second example I used the November Stamp of the Month Holiday Magic
I made the mask from the stamp itself.  Using a Spray Pen filled with water, re-inker, and create-a-shade pearl paint I sprayed over the stamp image set as it would be when being used as a stamp.  In the negative space I then went back and stamped the image.
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Other products used for this card are:  Vineyard Berry Cardstock, Sweet Leaf Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Green Button Assortment Z1371, Designer Ribbon Green Collection Z1616, Ponderosa Pine Ink Pad Z2145, Chocolate Ink Pad Z2111, Vineyard Berry Re-inker Z2257, Spray Pen Z1380, and Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint Z1039.  The card base was made using the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection Z1686.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  As you can probably tell I am very new at this whole blog thing so feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what, if anything I need to do to improve the experience!
Please continue onto Michelle’s blog for more masking inspiration!
Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011



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Thanks to the “Fabulously Artsy” Tresa Black, I am taking part in her Blogtoberfest!  I thought since I have finally started my blog that joining her challenge to make my blog the best it can be, is exactly what I needed to really get me going!

If you have a blog and want to participate, just go to Tresa’s site and sign up, add the Blogtoberfest button to your blog, and play along!

The first tip she shared was Windows Live Writer.  I immediately went to the site and downloaded the free application and hope it will make my blogging a little simpler.  So far so good!  Interested in Windows Live Writer?  Check it out, just click here.

Add On For FREE!! Become a Consultant with Close to my Heart in October!

SIGN UP AS A NEW CONSULTANT BETWEEN OCTOBER 1–31 and receive one New Consultant Kit add-on collection of your choice FREE! Add-on collections are priced at $40 each and have a retail value of up to $130, making this an incredible deal!

For just a $99 enrollment fee, you'll receive a New Consultant Kit packed with business essentials and new products valued at over $280, plus a FREE add-on collection to enhance your kit! Then you can choose to buy one or both of the other add-on collections for just $40 each. 

The New Consultant Kit: 

Roxie Add On Collection: 
Elemental Add On Collection:

Studio J Add On: 
Includes a 12 month Studio J Membership and five Studio J layouts.  $130 Retail Value.

Whether you choose to join for a little extra income or just as a hobbyist for the discount, this is a great month to do so to take advantage of this great offer from Close to My Heart.  Contact me if you have any questions. 

If you would like to go ahead and sign up now, you can do so through my website: