Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New artwork for my card class this month.

I found these ideas on Pinterest and Splitcoastampers

I made the first one using CTMH's Avonlea papers.  I added Chocolate and Dessert Sand card stock.  I used the Artiste Cartridge to cut out the shapes under the ribbon rose.  I stamped the tag with the Avonlea workshop stamp set in Dessert Sand and Juniper ink. I sponged all the edges with Dessert Sand Ink then distressed the edges with CTMH's Edge Distressor.  I added 2 large Rhinestones in the top left corner.  
I also added Chocolate Bakers twine to the tag.

 I made this card using Family Tree D1526.  I stamped the tree in Black Stazon ink on the Lagoon card stock.  I used CTMH's new Lagoon Pigment ink to stamp the swirl on the Black card stock.  I used a White gel pen to dot the edges of the Black card stock.  I stamped the Butterfly from A Flutter a in Black Stazon on the Lagoon card stock and cut it out.  I backed  the black card stock in Topiary card stock.  I dotted around the lagoon swirl on the edge of the black card base.  I used Foam tape to the back of the scalloped circle to give the card some dimension.
I hope to have the other 2 cards made in the next few days.  

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think about these cards.  

Happy Scrappin',


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

“The Magic of Monograms”

Shows you how to make personalized office supplies and household items with the My Acrylix® Monogram stamp sets. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

"The Stamp behind the Mask"

This video features masking portions of your stamps so that you only ink and stamp what you want to see. 

I hope you enjoy these little videos.  You can watch more by going to My Craft Channel.

Please leave a comment if you would like to see more of these videos.

Happy Scrappin',


Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Baby chicks are 2 weeks old now.

They are so cute.  They are getting big too.  The other morning when I let the other chickens out of the coop the new babies came down the ramp in between the ones that were born in July, Cleopatra was on the ramp about half way down and stopped.  The little baby chick decided it didn't want to wait for Cleopatra to move so it jumped on Cleopatra's back.  Cleopatra jumped and ran down the ramp and shook real good to get the baby chick off her back and was ready to go out side.  It was so funny to watch.  Here is a  pic of the new babies.

Chuck is learning to crow, it sounds like a Kazoo.  At first I thought it was the neighbor boy playing  with a Kazoo in his yard, but it was Chuck.  I love to hear him crow, it is so cute.  Here is a couple pics of Chuck.  I think he is quite handsome.  Mostly white with some black speckles on his neck and tail.

I hope you enjoy hearing about my little farm.

I have a few new cards to share soon too.  I'll try to get those posted in the next couple days.

Happy Scrappin,


Friday, October 26, 2012

Ink It Up!

Learn how to use the Exclusive Inks® marker sets and pigment pad sets from Close To My Heart to bring your artwork to life!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Clearly The Best: Dauber Dynamite

Dauber Dynamite—Getting Perfect Precision from Your Inks features a stamping technique with sponge daubers for a soft, shaded look. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Clearly The Best: Alcohol Marker Madness

Alcohol Marker Madness features coloring stamped images with Alcohol-based markers for a smooth, vibrant look.

If you would like to order these markers call me 503-708-6889 or email me  The markers are $5.95 for a set of 2.  Each marker color comes with our original color and a lighter or darker shade.  There are still a few colors that are unavailable and I can let you know which ones those are when you call or email me.

Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: New WOTG Card Kits

Friday, October 12, 2012

New Baby Chicks.

Medusa has been setting on 2 eggs for three weeks now and so I have been checking on her quite often the last couple of days. There were still 2 eggs yesterday morning and yesterday afternoon, when I went out to check on Medusa to see if we had babies, we did.  One was all dry but the other was still wet.  My hens like to lay in the same nest box and so sometimes there are 3 different colors of eggs in the one nest.  I tried to keep Medusa from nesting but she insisted.  She even pecked at me once when I tried to take the eggs so I told her she could keep 2 and I put and M on both and pulled all of the others that I found.

Here are pictures.

 I believe that the first one is a Silver Laced Wyandotte, because it doesn't have many feathers down it's legs and on it's feet.
This one is a Cochin, it has lots of feathers on it's legs.

It is getting pretty chilly at night now, I hope they will be ok.  I have heat lamps in the coop so I think they will be fine.  I will keep you posted on the growth.

On a sad note, I lost my favorite hen yesterday.  Sarasvati, the hen that just hatched chicks in July.  Sara was a Partridge Cochin
RIP Sarasvati Feb. 2011 - Oct. 11, 2012

I have a crop and card class on Saturday so I should be able to get some artwork made.

Happy Scrappin',


Clearly The Best: The Swipe Hype

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cards for Class this Saturday.

Here are the cards I made for this Saturdays card class.  The first two I used CTMH's Clementine paper pack and Card Word Puzzle C1494, Say It In Style D1283 Stamp sets. Along with CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

This card I used CTMH's Flirty paper pack and For Every Occasion D1187 Stamp set.
 My Niece Tarina made this one for me using CTMH's Flirty Paper pack, CTMH's Artiste Cricut Cartridge and Baroque Borders S1208 stamp set.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Ph. D Certified

A couple weeks ago I went into the CTMH Corp. website and logged into the Training Academy to finish the Ph. D. Courses that I started earlier this year.  I completed my Bachelor's and Masters Courses in 2009.  When I completed all 4 of the courses a message came up that said

On behalf of Close To My Heart and the Training Academy, we would like to congratulate you for earning your Ph. D. degree. Reaching this milestone in your Close To My Heart training is an accomplishment you should be very proud of.

In 4-6 weeks, you will receive your 12" × 12" diploma along with your Ph. D. certified pin in the mail.  It is signed by CEO and founder Jeanette Lynton and the President of Training Monica Wihongi.

I received the certificate and pin in the mail Friday.  Thanks Jeanette and Monica.  I love the Pin and Certificate.  I have just the place to hang the Certificate.

The pin is magnetic and I wore it all evening.

Happy Scrappin',


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Frugal Living NW

I found a new site that I would like to share with you, it is called Frugal Living NW. is here to help you save money so you can achieve your family's financial goals. We focus on deals in and around the Pacific Northwest, sweet online offers & creating a wonderful home on a budget. New to couponing? START HERE!

The goal of this blog is to help each Frugal Living NW reader save money, not just for the sake of having more money but to help each of you reach your financial goals. We focus on deals in and around the Pacific Northwest, especially Oregon and SW Washington.

Please become involved in the Frugal Living NW community:
- Comment with your deals and questions.
- Get the deals sent to your email.
- Contact us with ideas and suggestions.
- Post your own sweet deals on our Facebook page.
- Follow Frugal Living NW on Twitter.

Help us continue to make Frugal Living NW a valuable resource for people in the Pacific Northwest!

You should check it out.

Happy Scrapin',


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Take a Walk in the Moonlight Blog Hop

I found a Blog hope that I think you will enjoy.

If you want to see some great Ideas using the Moonlight paper pack, you should take a look at this blog hop.  These ladies have done a great job.

  1. Lucy Love 2 Create 
  2. Darla Caution: Crafting is Contagious
  3. Deanne Treasured Heart
  4. Bethany Stamping at Home
  5. Wendy My Scrapbooking Blog
  6. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper
  7. Erin CreatErin
  8. Maria Maria's Paper Craft Place
  9. Carolyn Nuts 4 Scrappin' 
  10. Joanne Josie's Joy
  11. Julia YouCanCreate
  12. Theodora  ~ Celebrate Crafts
Happy Scrappin',


Save with Studio J®!

October 2012 Constant Campaign
Get a free Studio J® layout in October! In this special promotion, you will receive a free custom-printed layout when you buy 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. Up to 4 free layouts! It’s a great time to use any Member Bonus layouts you may have. If you haven’t tried Studio J yet, now is the time to start!

Studio J® Tricks to Add Flair to Your Layouts

Even though Studio J® is fast and easy to use, it is helpful to know some great tricks that can make customizing your layouts even more exciting. Here are some Studio J tricks straight from our professional Close To My Heart artists:
1. Customize your background and texture paper. You can change the color and intensity of the background and texture paper included in whichever kit you choose. Simply select the piece of background and texture paper, change the color in the color selection tool, and increase or decrease the intensity of the color in that same popup box.
2. Crop My Stickease® quotes, titles, and tags. The cropping feature on the My Stickease images allows you to select a section of a quote, title, or tag to use as a border or other embellishment.
3. Create a customized My Stickease image. If you have a specific image in mind to use as an embellishment on your page, you can create a customized My Stickease to fit your theme perfectly. Simply add a text box, photo hanger, ribbon, ribbon slides, and Stickease to create the little suitcase! So easy! Be sure to crop or send elements behind other elements when necessary, and add several elements together for a unique look!

4. Select more than one element at a time. If you want to move several elements of your layout at once, simply click and drag your mouse around the elements you would like to select. Let’s take buttons, for example. After the buttons have been selected, you can click the icons in the popup box to choose to align the buttons vertically or horizontally if you desire.
5. Make faux washi tape with vellum text boxes. To create the look of a piece of clear washi tape, make a small rectangular text box, filled with vellum background (this is the default color for text boxes). You can make the tape strips as large or small as you want, or even layer them for more emphasis.

6. Stretch one photo across multiple photo wells. If you have fewer photos than photo wells, instead of deleting the excess wells, try scaling the picture to a larger size and then copying the picture to other photo wells and matching the photos up until they align with an almost seamless image. This trick works best with photo wells that are adjacent to each other.
7. Create ruffled ribbon. Select “Ribbons” in the drop-down menu under the Embellishments toolset. Choose ribbon tab and rotate the tab so that it is vertical on the page. Then layer several tabs on top of one another, sending every other one to the back to create a ruffled look.

8. Create a jagged border with text boxes. You can create a jagged border simply by rotating multiple text boxes about 45 degrees and making them the same color as the background. Put these boxes on top of a long, rectangular box of another color, and you’ve got a jagged border!

9. Change the background of your layout. Sometimes you may like the photo and journal arrangement in a layout, and yet want to change the background colors. Because photos sit on top of everything else, this is easy to do. Simply pull a journaling box over the space you want for a different background and fill it with a color from the color selection tool or a patterned paper from the Papers toolset. Then, send it backwards until the photo wells are on top of your new background.
Bonus Trick! Use keyboard keys to make embellishments.Did you know that some of the best tools for creating custom embellishments are the basic keys on your keyboard? It’s as simple as typing into a journaling box with no background color. Use periods to make a polka dot pattern, angle brackets to create a trendy Chevron look, overlapping pound signs to make burlap, question marks to make rope, and so much more!

Encourage your customers to try these tricks on their own Studio J®layouts. October is the perfect month to give it a go because for every 9 layouts you create, you’ll get a 10th layout for FREE!
For more info on using Studio J, check out the

You can check out for lots of great ideas using Studio J also.

Happy Scrappin',