Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Birthday - Cute Koala card

Recently, I had the fun of teaching marker techniques, using the professional Touch Twin art markers made by ShinHan and distributed by Close To My Heart.

These are fantastic markers that have been designed for the vibrancy and consistency of their colors. Frankly, because of that intent -- and ShinHan's primary market in Anime art -- these markers don't blend as well as Copic markers, in my opinion, and require a different technique than I learned in Copic Certification classes.

I'd love to teach these techniques to you! Can we schedule a workshop?

I colored this cute koala in the class, and recently turned it into a card:


Supplies used: Close To My Heart's "Cute Koalas" stamp set (D1642, $17.95), Memento Tuxedo Black stamp ink, ShinHan Touch Twin markers, leaves cut from a Silhouette Online store and applied with Bonding Memories (CTMH) glue; mounted on Black and Glacier cardstocks. Sentiment stamp by CTMH.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Buckle Boutique blings out a Love Notes card box

For Valentine's Day, why say "I love you" with a simple card, when a set of love cards in a gorgeous box can be hers? 
I made this Card Box for Love Notes, covering one of Close To My Heart's Journaling Cards Box with CTMH's Yuletide Carol paper.  Yuletide?  Yes, right -- I think the roses on the pretty ruby paper is much better suited to Valentine's Day. Lovely, aren't they? 
Topping off the hinged opening is a strip of fancy Gold Rectangle Dazzling Diamond self-adhesive sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique. I simply trimmed the row using standard scissors, peeled off the sticker back, and adhered it to the box. The scissors cut through the resin very easily, for when I needed to trim them on a slant for the box sides. 
Now, while I intend to write a love note for my sweetie (hubby John) to put inside of the box for Valentine's Day (shhhh, don't tell), I also made a set of four cards that could be used within the box if that's more your style. 

Let's take a look at these romantic cards. All are size A2 (4.25" wide x 5.5" high) to fit perfectly in the Journaling Card Box:

For this card, I used a CTMH Colonial White card base and topped it with a layer of CTMH Ruby cardstock, and then a layer of tan damask print paper from the Yuletide Carol paper pack.  I tied a pretty beige grosgrain ribbon around the height of the card (securing under the Yuletide Carol layer). Before tying the bow, I cut an intricate die cut called "Celtic Heart" from Cheery Lynn Designs; I topped the bow with a romantic mulberry-paper red rose from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Love is definitely in the air with this pretty, detailed Valentine.
Starting with a card base from CTMH White Daisy cardstock, I embossed/cut the beautiful pattern and heart opening using a die from Sizzix.  The word "love" was cut from a piece of CTMH Slate cardstock, using a word pattern available from the Silhouette Online Store, and my Silhouette Cameo. The pretty leaf flourish was also cut using the Cameo and an SOS file, from CTMH Topiary cardstock, and topped with a mulberry-paper red rose from WOC.   

Again, for this card, I started with a CTMH White Daisy cardstock base, and topped the card with a piece of CTMH Ruby cardstock that I embossed using a ProvoCraft Cuttlebug hearts folder, and my Cheery Lynn Designs "Crossover" embossing machine.  For the stamped roses, I used a CTMH floral stamp and the rock-n-roll technique to apply ink to the image before stamping.  The "I Love You Because" stamp is also from CTMH, using CTMH Exclusive Ink in Black.  The leaves were cut using a file from the Silhouette Online Store, and CTMH Topiary cardstock.

Finally, for this simple card, I topped a CTMH White Daisy card base with a piece of Yuletide Carol paper that I had trimmed into a pennant shape.  I then cut the word "Love" using a Silhouette Online Store word pattern; I cut it twice -- once in CTMH Slate, and the other in CTMH White Daisy, for a unique effect.  The adhesive epoxy hearts are also from CTMH. 

For some specific products links, see here:

Here is the link to the Yuletide Carol Paper.

Here is a link to the Journaling Card Box.

The Buckle Boutique:
Here is the link to the Gold Rectangle Dazzling Diamond Sticker Sheet.
The Buckle Boutique’s Website . . . click HERE
The Buckle Boutique Blog . . . . click HERE
Facebook Page . . . click HERE
Twitter Page . . . click HERE
Pinterest Page . . . click HERE

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Organizing Tip: Keep Your Bling in An Album

Assuming you're just like me -- a craft hoarder as much as a crafter -- you're always looking for a sweet technique for organizing your papercrafting supplies.  Today, I am going to show you one way that I organize my bling/gems.

I have adhesive bling in every color, shape and size. Some are rhinestone or clear, some are pearlescent.

I have taken one of Close To My Heart's gorgeous new D-Ring Albums and I have dedicated it to storing my bling. This is the new turquoise chevron pattern, which happens to match CTMH's new Rolling Tote and Shoulder Tote.

I filled the album with CTMH's Memory Protectors (Designs 1-5) which have pocket dividers in various sizes.  I insert sheets of the bling into the pockets, and arrange the sheets by color, starting with clear, through ROYBGIV (red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo and violet) to brown and black.  

Now, of course, I have plenty of these gems -- so soon this album will bulge. To keep the binder closed and the embellishments in place, I made a ribbon belt. This gray -- matching the Rolling Tote and Shoulder Bag as well -- is the retired Satin Polka Dot ribbon also from CTMH.  I affixed an adorable blinged buckle from The Buckle Boutique. This buckle splits in the middle with a hook and eye clasp.  Perfect! 

For more information, on purchasing the beautiful new turquoise chevron album from Close To My Heart, please visit my CTMH site at www.cardmonkey.ctmh.com, or see the CTMH Chevron Album 

If you'd like to buy some buckle bling for your own album belt, here are links to The Buckle Boutique:

The Buckle Boutique’s Website . . . click HERE
The Buckle Boutique Blog . . . . click HERE
Facebook Page . . . click HERE
Twitter Page . . . click HERE
Pinterest Page . . . click HERE

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tip of the Day: Stop that Dreaded ATG Tape Slip

One of my very favorite tools in my craft room -- something I use every time I'm crafting -- is my "Adhesive Tape Gun" (ATG) by Scotch 3M.  I use the pink one, where the refills are typically 1/4".

From time to time, I sponsor a group "buy-in" of off-brand tape refills which seem to me to be just as great as the brand variety, though they are a lot less expensive.  I buy them from Tape Jungle, where with a purchase of 144 rolls (12 dozen), the price is $1.16/roll, including shipping. 

No matter if you buy off-brand or brand refills, many of my crafting friends say they've experienced the dreaded "tape slip".  Even a perfectly-threaded refill will fall off the applicator roll in the front, causing the tape to jam and the need to rip, disconnect and rethread the tape.

There just HAD to be a solution. Well here it is....

The tape needs a shim over the roll of tape, and you can create your own, either electronically, with punches, or by hand.  I used my Silhouette Cameo 2 (new, this Christmas -- thank you, Hubby!)  to create a disc out of cardboard that is 3" in diameter, with a 1" cut-out in the center, like this:

Just place the shim over the roll of refill tape that you've loaded into the ATG gun. 

Here's my offer to my readers:  If you just don't feel like making one of these shims yourself, just leave a comment here, and send me an e-mail (to cardmonkey@comcast.net) with your address and I will mail one to you, free! 

Be in touch if I can help you with this crafty tip!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Friday, January 16, 2015

Close To My Heart Announces Retiring Stamp Sets

At the end of this month, Close To My Heart will be forever-retiring 28 stamp sets.  

In case you have had your eye on any of these stamps or stamp sets, please be sure to order them before midnight (Mountain Time) on January 31, 2015, by going to my CTMH Online Business Address, which is (http://www.cardmonkey.ctmh.com
and SHOP (search/order) these stamps:

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturday, January 10: Frozen Blog Hop

Welcome to the FROZEN Blog Hop!

Whew! You've made it!!  
I am the very last stop on this super-chilly, wonderful blog hop. I hope you've enjoyed your visit and have been inspired to create your own wintery wonderland in your craft room.

So pull up a chair, a wooly blanket, and a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy one more fantastic project.  

I signed up for this Hop a long while ago, knowing that by the time January rolled around, our family would have been able to enjoy the Philadelphia presentation of "Disney on Ice: Frozen" to feature in my project. In addition, my granddaughter Charlotte -- a true Frozen fan -- would have celebrated her Frozen-themed fourth birthday party by the time of this Hop.  

I decided to make a mat/frame for a Memory photo of the occasion. What's a memory photo?  It's a 12x12" one page layout that I'll get framed. It's for those of us who just aren't scrapbookers enough to do a 2-page layout, but want to make the picture like a layout.  Here it is:

Charlotte was delighted when she saw this! The "snow maiden" cut-out is a file from the Silhouette Online Store, cut with my Silhouette Cameo 2 (a Christmas gift from hubby), using Close To My Heart "Glacier" paper.  The sentiment "Let It Go" is also a SOS/Cameo cut file, and cut from American Crafts silver glitter paper.  I glittered the cuts using Ranger Silver Stickles and CTMH Glitz, a retired product (that I LOVE!)

While I have an opportunity, let me say that the Disney on Ice production of Frozen is beautiful -- fabulous costumes in this story retold on ice. It was an exciting production even for adults, and Charlotte was enthralled, as you can see in these pictures:

Here are just a few shots from the show. We didn't bring cameras (silly us!) just cell phones, so the quality of these pics isn't great. We just wanted to focus on Charlotte's delight, and we weren't disappointed.

We had great front-row seats on the ice!! that my hubby "Pot" bought as a Christmas gift to Charlotte's family.  Thank you so much Pot for making this wonderful memory!

Now official Hop information:

I am the last stop on this Hop. If you've missed any stops, be sure to go back and start at the beginning, which is at the "Connie Can Do" blog of our hostess, Connie.  Do be sure to Hop along and leave comments for each of the participants, so you can be eligible to win prizes from our two sponsors:
Craftin Desert Divas is giving one lucky winner an awesome stamp set, and Golden Goddess Designs is giving one lucky winner the Adventure Templates from Kiwi Lane Designs. 

Here is a full list of the stops:

1.Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
2.Holli- http://www.sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
3.Jenny - http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/
4.Janet - http://janetscreativeworld.blogspot.com/
5.Alicia - http://www.goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
6.Lori - http://scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com/
7.Sarah - www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com
8.Audrey -http://kreativekreationsbyaudrey2.blogspot.com/
9.Theresa - www.scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
10.Miranda - www.nanasscrapspot.com
11.Jessica- www.craftinandstampin.blogspot.com
12.Lisa- http://lisakelly110803.blogspot.com
13.Melinda- http://www.mypapercrafting.com
14.Ellen- http://cardmonkeyspaperjungle.com

Thank you again for joining us!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Buckle Boutique sparkles in the New Year!

In December 2014, it was my great honor to be an independent crafter chosen by Kathy Davis Studios to participate in their annual "Joy Market," a craft exhibit/sale held at the KDS Gallery in Horsham, PA.  This year, the Joy Market was extra-special, because it was held in the new Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, in a beautifully restored barn just behind the KDS Gallery.

One of the products I sold at the Joy Market was this sweet Post-It Note holder, that I made using Dazzling Diamonds rhinestone resin adhesive sheets from The Buckle Boutique.  The sheets cut like butter -- using standard scissors (as I used in this case) or even an electronic cutting machine such as a Cricut, Pazzles or Silhouette Cameo.

As a gift to the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, I made two banners, including this one that hung over the Center's stunning stone fireplace. The banner also features TBB's Dazzling Diamonds -- can you see them?  Subtle, and lovely!

Here's a close-up of the banner. Up top, I cut the sheet of clear Dazzling Diamonds into strips of three rows high, then peeled off the adhesive backing and affixed them to the top of each pennant. I cut the pennants themselves on my Cricut Explore, and the snowflakes from Close To My Heart's Colonial White paper, using my Silhouette Cameo.

Have you had a chance to use some of the terrific products from The Buckle Boutique, whether the adhesive sheets or rhinestone bling like buckles and pins?  Well, WHAT are you waiting for?  Perhaps a brand new and exciting product???

If you're waiting for that, do *I* have a sneak-peek for you...
this weekend at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA, booth #2535), The Buckle Boutique and "The Modern Surrealist" Marisa Pawelko are unveiling a line of printed rhinestone sticker sheets with incredible new designs: 

Check out this Graffiti print:

Isn't that nifty?!  There are other sweet sheets, with lips, leopard prints, flowers and more. Do swing by The Buckle Boutique, either at CHA or by hopping over to http://thebuckleboutique.com to see what fun is available to you now.

For more information, here are links to The Buckle Boutique:

The Buckle Boutique’s Website . . . click HERE
The Buckle Boutique Blog . . . . click HERE
Facebook Page . . . click HERE
Twitter Page . . . click HERE
Pinterest Page . . . click HERE

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Resolution 2015: Get More Organized with That Perfect Gift!!!

Christmas is near. I hear the jingling of Santa's bells.  

If you still haven't found the crafter in your life the perfect Christmas present, here is a bundle of Close To My Heart brand new products exclusive to CardMonkey that is irresistible and will light up her organizing spirit:

That's right -- the Close To My Heart rolling tote is now available, and look how handsome and practical it is:

Take a peek inside, and you'll see that the zippers completely open to reveal enough space for lots of storage bins, room for her trimmer, catalogs, 12 x 12" paper, markers, and more!

Shown here are the CTMH large organizer, a medium organizer and three small organizers, each sold separately.  

Still yearning for more organization?  Why not add on a beautiful complementing shoulder bag?
It's got a roomy interior with a sweet zipper pocket inside, and it's a full 18" wide, perfect for holding scrapbooking papers and more.

How about one more? The new My Legacy Chevron Album -- while not designed exactly like the totes -- is what I use to hold some of my small embellishments like sparkle gems, pearls, and more. I simply slide them into the pockets of divided page protectors ("Memory Protectors") that CTMH sells too! Then slip that into the shoulder bag, and I'm a coordinated cropper ready for some serious "work" (hahaha) at a crop.

... and I am offering a special that should entice your inner Santa. And my offer is good through January 31, 2015, so if you've gotten some cash instead of coal from the Big Red Guy, now's your chance to get a sweet after-holiday deal:

Buy all three together -- that's the rolling tote, the shoulder bag, and the My Legacy Chevron album -- in one order from my CTMH website (www.cardmonkey.ctmh.com) and I will rebate approximately 10% of your order. All three together would normally cost $211.85, and instead will cost you just $189 (plus tax and shipping) for a limited time offer!  

Please note that this offer is being made by me personally, and ONLY me ... It is not a Close To My Heart special but instead is my way of rewarding your 2015 Resolution to GeT mOrE oRgAnIzEd!!!  Contact me by e-mail at cardmonkey@comcast.net to let me know if you are taking advantage of this offer, or if you have questions.  

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,