Wednesday, August 1, 2018

For the Love of Crafting Blog Hop (August SOTM!)

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
For the Love of Crafting S1808

If you've just arrived here from
my friend KATY's BLOG
then you are on the correct path.
If you get lost along the way, you can find
a complete list of all of the participating
consultant blogs here on MELINDA's BLOG.

Today I'm sharing a standard-size card I created
using our beautifully vibrant watercolor paints!
(on cold press watercolor paper 140lb. 300gsm).

If you want to attempt to create a similar card,
you will want to make sure the watercolor paint
and paper is completely dry before you stamp on
it with archival black ink, as I have done here.
I also stamped the sentiment stamp with archival
black ink on a smaller scrap of the same watercolor
paper and then cut it out (cut my heart just inside 
the edge of all of the little black dots). Then I added
the cut-out heart element on to the card using 
3d foam mounting tape to give it some dimension.

The trick to achieving this look is to use lots of water,
and create puddles of color on your paper by tapping,
dabbing, and swirling the color on with your water brush
(do not swipe, smear, rub, or blend it in too much).
Let the puddles of color sit on top of your paper and absorb
slowly (the less you brush it the better). While it is drying,
you can also use a heat embossing tool (or blow air on it
using a straw) to spread the puddles of color from the 
inside to the outermost edges of your paper like I did 
here. When it was mostly dry, I then flicked splatters 
of color along the outside edges using a waterbrush
that I loaded with lots of water and color.

I am working on creating my first quick 
video tutorial, so you can see exactly how to do it!
I will be sharing it on Facebook later next week, 
so if you'd like to see that, please go visit and 
"LIKE" and follow my Facebook business page now!
(Jen Rubio - Close to my Heart Consultant)

Since I only used one of the images in this stamp set
this time, here's a look at ALL of the fun images included:

Now you can continue on with the blog hop
and be inspired by more creativity using this
set of stamps by visiting KIMBERLY's BLOG next!

Monday, July 30, 2018

August 25th Triple Treat Workshop (Reserve Your Spot Now!)

TRIPLE TREAT Creative Workshop!
(A Close to my Heart multi-consultant scrapbooking
and card-making event held three times a year!!)

Saturday, August 25th, 2018
(10am to 4pm) @ the Holiday Inn Express
 (2700 Lenwood Road, Barstow, CA 92311)

...featuring the "DOCUMENTED" paper collection!
 (shown here)

Workshop fee is $50 per guest, PRE-PAID BY 8/5!
to make your choice of either: (4) 12x12 layouts…8 pages total
*OR* (20) hand-stamped greeting cards (2 each of 10 designs)

The event will include lunch (catered by Panda Express), 
snacks, bottled water, iced tea, and/or coffee.
Materials will be pre-cut and sorted by your consultant
 so they are ready for you to stamp, color, and assemble.
Plus, enjoy an ice-breaker game, photo ops, prize giveaways,
current and retired CTMH products for sale, and plenty of
table space to spread your supplies out on while you 
create amongst friends!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Scrapbooking with Central Park (in July and August)!

The month of July sure has flown by!
However, there's still time for local customers 
to come and create these scrapbook pages 
and/or cards with me in the next few weeks!

PLEASE RSVP at least one week in advance if
you plan to purchase a pre-cut scrapbooking kit
($32 for the 4 layouts shown) or last minute RSVP's
are welcome for card-making ($2 per card,
all card designs are first come, first serve,
while my supply lasts).

The upcoming CREATE DATES
you have to choose from are:

Friday 7/27 (6pm-10pm)
Saturday 7/28 (9am-1pm)
Monday 7/30 (9am-1pm)
Monday 8/6 (9am-1pm)
Monday 8/13 (9am-1pm)
Friday 8/17 (6pm-10pm)
Saturday 8/18 (9am-1pm)

Last of all, if you haven't done so already,
please SAVE THIS DATE and plan to
JOIN US for our next BIG EVENT...
(pre-paid reservations are due by 8/5
so more reminders are coming soon!)

Get your choice of either scrapbook pages OR cards!!
(photos of the 20 cards the card-makers 
will be creating at this event are coming soon!)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

June Scrapbooking and Cardmaking...with Fresh Air!

June is here and these are the
the scrapbook pages and cards we're
making this month using the
"Fresh Air" paper collection!

First, let's talk about the "create dates"
I'm offering this month! As many of you
know, my oldest daughter is getting married
on June 15th. In addition to all the wedding
preparations and family we'll have staying with us,
I'm also busy preparing to be a creative presenter
at the Close to my Heart Convention (for consultants)
in Las Vegas from June 28-30. I'm so thrilled about
this opportunity and have A LOT of artwork to 
design/create using "top-secret" NEW
not-yet-released products that I need to keep
under wraps until the next catalogs are revealed
in August and September.

It's all a tad overwhelming, so I've decided
that I very much need to cut back on the
number of "create dates" I'm able to offer to my
customers in my home (this month only). If you
are also busy and/or vacationing this month and 
are unable to attend the following dates in June,
please know that you can still pre-order and
plan to make these projects with me during
July and/or August also!

The June "Create Dates" will be:
Friday, June 8th (6pm-10pm)
Saturday, June 9th (9am-1pm)
Monday, June 25th (9am-1pm)

Let's take a look at this month's pages!
If you compare my layouts to the originals designed by CTMH, you might notice some differences. This is because I frequently like to "change up" the pages to include more space for larger (mostly 4x6) photos, because that's usually my preference. Our workshop kits/pages are more versatile than you might think, and I can show you how to make them work for you, even if the photos you have to use on them are not the exact sizes and orientations shown. You are welcome to create your pages exactly like these ones below, or you can use your own creativity to change them up however you want!

These last two pages (above) are ones that I designed
using "Make It From Your Heart, Volume III"
as my inspiration (pattern #14 on page 32).
Layout #4 is a free BONUS layout, that I like to
design and add-on to your kit for you every month!

If you're considering joining my monthly scrapbooking
club, we'd love to have you join us now! Here's how...

It's really quite simple. Just plan to purchase and use
the featured scrapbooking kit I offer each month,
and by the end of the year, you can have as many as
96 pages done (that's enough to fill TWO full albums!)

Each monthly kit is $32 (when purchased in-person),
pre-cut for you (by me) and ready for you to use to 
assemble 4-12x12 layouts (that's 8 pages!) every month.
As an extra incentive from me, I also offer what
I call "DONE DOLLARS!" For every two-page layout you
complete (with photos and journaling!) by the end of the
following monthI will give you a credit of $1.00. If you
complete all layouts from the monthly kit, then you will
have earned a $4 credit to spend with me however
you'd like. In addition to this extra motivation to 
complete your layouts, I also reward you for your
consistent participation! When you buy any 6 of our
scrapbooking workshop kits, your 7th kit is FREE!
*There are additional shipping costs for customers who wish
to order online, and non-local customers will need to cut
their own paper (all kits include a detailed cutting guide to
make it easy!), but I do like to reward my online 
customers also with these extra perks from me.

Now, let's talk about Card-making!!
All cards are $2 each (bring and use your own adhesives).
You get to choose how many of each you want to make
from my "card buffet," whether it be just a few or a lot.
Any customer who has purchased a scrapbooking
workshop kit or who makes a $30 or more purchase,
qualifies for the discounted "club member" price 
of just $1 per card!

The cards this month are quite simple,
but FUN none-the-less!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Last chance to get Postcard Perfect!

So, our National Scrapbook Month 2018
is coming to a close and you have just
three days left to purchase any of our
Postcard Perfect products that are
available exclusively during May 2018 only!

If you attended any of my events during
the past month or two, then you may have
already seen these layouts that I designed
using the Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit,
plus a few sheets from the coordinating
Postcard Perfect paper packet.

FIVE fun tropical layouts, all for just $40.
(that's only $8 per layout!)
There are still a few days left to please
if you want me to order and prepare
one (or more) of these kits for you!
This is your last chance!!

You also have the option to purchase the
coordinating stamp set, paper packet,
and coordinating cardstocks from me
online now using this link:

 Layout #1 - Cut Above Layout Kit

 Layout #2 - Cut Above Layout Kit

  Layout #3 - Cut Above Layout Kit

 Layout #4 (designed by me, inspired by
MIFYH Vol. 3, Pattern 33, p. 72)

 Layout #5 (designed by me, inspired by
MIFYH Vol. 3, Pattern 22, p. 48)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The May Cards featuring Beautiful Friendship!

Join us in my home to create these hand-stamped greeting cards! Stamp and assemble as many as you want from my pre-cut "card buffet!"

All cards are just $2 each! (payable at the class).
First come, first serve, while my supply lasts!

This month's featured techniques include:
(on the teapot and teacup cards)
Coloring with markers 
(on the baby cards)
Stamping on vellum 
(mason jar card)
Bow and knot-tying 
(I can show/teach you how!)

Please remember to BRING YOUR OWN ADHESIVE
(or be prepared to purchase some from me...
Tombow tape refills are $2 each...or with the
dispenser included they are $4 each.

To save yourself a little time waiting to share tools,
please BRING the following items (only IF you have them):

Micro-tip Scissors (Z534)
3D Foam tape
Glue Dots
Waterbrush-Small Round (Z3224)
Watercolor Paints (Z3132)
Black Journaling Pen (Z1979)
or a fine-tip sharpie
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers:
Warm Grey 4
Warm Grey 7
Tender Pink
Marine Blue
Leaf Green
Ink Pads:
Archival Black (Z3271) 
Canary, Sapphire, Smoothie

Customers who have purchased the monthly scrapbooking workshop kit
or anyone making a $30 or more purchase will qualify for the discounted 
club member price of just $1 per card during the month
the purchase is made.

*Space in my home is always
limited to the first TEN guests,
guarantee your spot for each
date you plan to attend!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Summer Event Schedule...please mark your calendars now!

I'm excited to share my MONTHLY EVENT SCHEDULE
for this upcoming Summer! May and June are so jam-packed
for me, that I've had to re-arrange some of the dates I had
previously advertised (so, I'm sorry about needing
to make those changes)!

What you see below are the correct dates and times!
I'm also including images of each of the scrapbooking kits
we'll be working with each month (below). Remember,
local customers receive an additional 4th layout (designed
by me), so you get to make 8 pages total with your kit
for just $32. All cards are optional and cost extra.
The 4-5 card designs I'm offering during each month
($2 each) will also feature the same paper collection
(with coordinating stamps) and I am usually able to share
photos of the cards we'll be making about a week or two
before I offer them each month (so keep an eye out for my
Facebook posts and reminders). I hope you will plan to
discover and grow your creativity with us this Summer
and join us for the fun very soon!

Beautiful Friendship - May 2018

Fresh Air - June 2018

 Central Park - July 2018

Documented - August 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Classic Summer Bash Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Classic Summer Bash S1805

If you've just arrived here from
KATHY's BLOG then you are on the correct path.

If you get lost along the way, you can find
a complete list of all of the participating
consultant blogs here on MELINDA's BLOG.

First, I'm sharing this standard-size card I created using
the stamp of the month, plus papers from TWO different
paper collections - Beautiful Friendship X7233B and
Postcard Perfect CC5181 (available this month only, while
supplies last)! The patterned papers I used from the Postcard
Perfect paper collection include the polka-dotted vellum and
wood-grain papers you see here. All other papers are from
the Beautiful Friendship paper packet. The ink colors I used
include: Black Archival, Canary, Sapphire, Smoothie, and a
Leaf Green marker to color in the leaves. I did also use this
cute little sentiment stamp...Celebrate (M1188).
Finally, here's a quick tip to use when adhering your
vellum paper...use tiny dots of glue on the back side of
each of the printed polka-dots and then your glue is less
likely to show and be seen through the vellum.

Next, here's a look at all of the images
included in this FUN Summertime stamp set:

Now you can continue on with the blog hop
and be inspired by more creativity using this
set of stamps by visiting HALEY's BLOG next!