Alcohol Marker Madness

This episode of Clearly The Best focuses on Close To My Heart’s new alcohol based markers. These markers make it so fun and easy to create stunning results in your artwork. The colors blend beautifully, creating lovely shaded images. Take a look at the video to see what I mean….

The markers come in a set of 2 complementary colors for only $5.95/set. Check out the entire color pallet here.

Happy Crafting,



Triple Time Stamping

I have seen so many examples of this technique lately that I just had to give it a try for myself. It’s a quick and easy way to get a beautiful result. I will definitely will be making more of these!


Products used are all from Close To My Heart.

  • Cardstock ~ Black, White Daisy and Tulip
  • Inks ~ Black pigment ink and Black exclusive ink
  • Stamps ~ Potential (March 2012 SOTM) and Wonderland WOTG
  • Other ~ Clear embossing powder (for the sentiment)

Happy Crafting!


Gable Box

Welcome to day 2 of Artiste in August. You should have arrived here from Jessica Wilson’s page. If not, don’t worry just follow the link below to the next stop on the blog hop. You’ll find a complete list of participants and their links at the end in case you get lost along the way.

Today’s project is the gable box found on page 37 of the Artiste handbook.


I cut it from Cocoa cardstock using the fit to page option (4 1/4”). Next I did some random stamping in versamark ink with the August Stamp of the Month, Baroque Borders and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I did it in 2 sections so that the versamark wouldn’t dry before I got the powder on. Putting the box together was super easy. No adhesive needed, it’s all tabs and slots….easy, peasy! I embellished the box with chocolate striped ribbon, slate mini medleys and a foundry ribbon slide.

Everyday I’m loving Artiste more, and the collection is a great value! In addition to the cartridge it comes with 3 all new exclusive stamp sets that coordinate with cuts on the cartridge and 3 sheets of coordinating Dimensional Elements chipboard shapes. That’s a $125 value for $99! You can order now by clicking here.

Now head on over to Amy Edwards blog, and be sure to come back tomorrow for more Artiste inspiration.

Gloria Rogers –
Tricia Rathke –
Lalia Harris –
Rebecca Kings –
Adeline Brill –
Jessica Wilson –
Kathy Johnson –
Amy Edwards –
Jen Patrick –
Pamela O’Connor –
Melinda Everitt –
Michele Eickholt –
Tina Gale Husong –
Denise Hobbs –

Happy Crafting


Bold & Beautiful

This week at CAS-ual Friday the challenge is to create a bold and beautiful design using black and pastels. I have seen 2 card designs recently that really grabbed my eye and decided (actually I woke up at 3 am with the idea Smile) to combine the two for this challenge.


These are the 2 inspiration cards. The first is by fellow Close to my Heart consultant, Michelle Johns. I just love all of the tiny flowers cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The second is one that I found on Pinterest when looking for masculine card ideas. Love the clean and simple design!

Here is my creation combining these 2 designs.


I used Crystal Blue, Buttercup, Blush and Sweet Leaf cardstock to make the flowers. Then placed them on a black panel on a White Daisy card base and added Bitty Opaques pearl gems to the flower centers. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Card Chatter Birthday stamp set with white embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear your comments and have you become a follower!

Mojo Monday

Mission accomplished! My goal for this week was to complete and post my Mojo Monday entry on Monday. Here it is.


The hardest part of this challenge was figuring out the dimensions of all the blocks….math has never been my strength Smile. To achieve the watercolor look on the flowers I used a stamping technique called tissue stamping. Basically, you scrunch up a tissue and use it to randomly apply different colored inks to the stamp. For the stems, I selectively inked just the stems and leaves then lightly stamped off some of the ink on a scratch paper so that the color would be softer and more fitting with the watercolor look of the flowers. I stamped the sentiment with chocolate ink, then stamped it again with versamark ink and heat embossed with clear detail embossing powder. The beauty of CTMH’s clear acrylic stamps and blocks…you can see through them to perfectly line up where you want to stamp your image!

Supplies are all CTHM unless otherwise noted.

  • Colonial White & Crème Brulee cardstock
  • Florentine paper pack (NEW! coming out in the new idea book Feb. 1st)
  • Treasure Life stamp set (D1306)
  • Crème Brulee ink pad (Z2167)
  • Goldrush ink pad (Z2123)
  • Twilight ink pad (Z2160)
  • Chocolate ink pad (Z2111)
  • Versamark ink pad (Z891)
  • Chocolate Waxy Flax (Z1088)
  • Opaques pearl gems (Z1336)
  • Clear detail embossing powder
  • Edge distresser (Z1297)