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,

Kathy

Clearly the Best!

Another great video highlighting another reason My Acrylix clear stamps from Close To My Heart are clearly the best!

My Craft Channel…..

Check it out….Close To My Heart is now on My Craft Channel!  www.mycraftchannel.com How cool is that?

Watch the first episode  below.

Artiste in August ~ Final Day!

Can you believe we made it through 31 straight days of Artiste awesomeness?!! Well, I did take 2 days off…. I have learned so much by participating in this Blog Hop and I am so thankful that I managed to overcome my fear of how much work it would be. I would have missed out on so much if I’d followed my first inclination and said “Post a project everyday for a month….are you crazy?” I want to thank Gloria Rogers for coming up with this challenge and organizing the hop.

Speaking of hop, you should have hopped here from Adeline’s blog. Just continue from link to link until you come full circle.

Today it’s “artist choice” again and I decided to make a card for my niece’s birthday later in September.

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I love the way this card front interlocks and opens. I used the retired Lucy paper pack and blush cardstock. The card is on page 44 of the handbook and the cupcake is on page 69. The card is cut at 5.5” and the cupcake at 2.5. If I had cut the cupcake a bit smaller, it would have worked with the matching stamp, but I wanted it this size. The larger zig zag circle is from page 35 and is stamped in Sweet Leaf ink with the coordinating stamp from the Artiste collection. I even used a shape from Art Philosophy on this one! Flower 5 on page 48 of the A.P. handbook is stamped with the “life is tweet” sentiment from June’s Stamp Of The Month. The border inside the card is also from this set. The inside sentiment is from the birthday stamp set that is part of the Artiste collection.

I hope that you have been inspired this month by all of the Artiste artwork on this Blog Hop and that you will continue to check in and comment from time to time. I’d love it if you would become a regular follower!

Now, go on over to Paisley’s Playhouse to see Amy’s final Artiste in August creation.

Happy Crafting!

Kathy

Gloria Rogers – http://www.scraptabulousstudio.com/
Rebecca Kings – http://heartfeltcreationsbybecca.blogspot.com
Adeline Brill – www.adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Kathy Johnson – http://kathyscreativecorner.com/
Amy Edwards – http://Paisleysplayhouse.blogspot.com
Jen Patrick – http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com/
Pamela O’Connor – http://reflectionsofmyartandsoul.com
Melinda Everitt – http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/
Tina Gale Husong – http://tiggersscrapplace.blogspot.com/

Artiste in August ~ Day 25!

Welcome back! You should have just come from Adeline’s blog, which means that you are on the right track! Keep on hopping from link to link until you come full circle.

Today is another “artist’s choice” day and I have chosen the popcorn box on page 67 of the Artiste handbook.

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These would be fun snack containers for a party or to make family movie night a little extra special. I used the Dotty for You paper pack and the Kudos stamp set that is part of the Artiste collection. The rosette is also from artiste. I love how this turned out and how easy it was to make. Page 67 features several movie themed projects including the popcorn box, a Movie Night welded title, film strip, a ticket shaped card (perfect for gift card giving) and more… all on the same key!

There are several other themed keys on the Artiste cartridge including several holidays, baby, wedding, birthdays and more. This video shows some of what can be done using just one key.

Now keep on hopping over to see Amy’s project of the day at Paisley’s Playhouse. See you tomorrow.

Happy Crafting!

Kathy

Gloria Rogers – http://www.scraptabulousstudio.com/
Rebecca Kings – http://heartfeltcreationsbybecca.blogspot.com
Adeline Brill – www.adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Kathy Johnson – http://kathyscreativecorner.com/
Amy Edwards – http://Paisleysplayhouse.blogspot.com
Jen Patrick – http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com/
Pamela O’Connor – http://reflectionsofmyartandsoul.com
Melinda Everitt – http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/
Tina Gale Husong – http://tiggersscrapplace.blogspot.com/

Amazing special offer starts today!

Close To My Heart’s National Stamping month special offer starts today. Get this great double D size stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase. Watch the video below for details.

Be sure to check out the While Supplies Last clearance sale items available here for some incredible savings on retired CTMH products……Hurry, at these prices, they won’t last long!

Artiste in August ~ Day 15

Welcome to those of you coming from Adeline’s blog, and everyone else too! Just keep following the links and you should end up where you began.

Today’s project is a cute little purse found on page 41.

I chose to use the new Avonlea paper pack. I love the soft colors of these papers.

At convention this year, one of the Extravaganza teachers showed faux leather and I made a mental note to try the technique with some of these cute purses. I should have made a written note so that I could remember who to thank for the inspiration.

I cut the purse at the size recommended in the handbook and cut the “pocket” piece from chocolate cardstock. The faux leather tab is a 4” x 1/2” piece of chocolate c.s. with the corners rounded on one end.

Before beginning the process of creating the “leather”, I used the tick marks to fold the pocket and creased it good with my bone folder in an attempt to make it easier to fold after altering the c.s. This ended up being very helpful when it came time to fold and attach it to the purse.

To create the faux leather, lightly spray the card stock with water using the spray pen to soften the it. Then crumple it up into a tight ball. Straighten it out and allow it to dry….or do what I did and speed up the drying with a heat tool. Once dry, lightly sand the raised parts, then ink them with chocolate ink. I just lightly rubbed the c.s. across the ink pad. There you have your “leather”!

Next I re-folded the pocket and attached it to the purse and assembled the purse, adding the faux leather strap/tab and a velcro closure.

I tucked a little heart stamped with a sentiment from the Wonderful You stamp set (retired) into the pocket.

This little purse would make a great presentation for a small gift or gift card for someone special in your life…..wouldn’t you like to receive a gift like this?

Now it’s time to go see what Amy has today at Paisley’s Playhouse. See you tomorrow.

Happy Crafting!

Kathy

 

Gloria Rogers – http://www.scraptabulousstudio.com/
Rebecca Kings – http://heartfeltcreationsbybecca.blogspot.com
Adeline Brill – www.adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Kathy Johnson – http://kathyscreativecorner.com/
Amy Edwards – http://Paisleysplayhouse.blogspot.com
Jen Patrick – http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com/
Pamela O’Connor – http://reflectionsofmyartandsoul.com
Melinda Everitt –  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/
Tina Gale Husong – http://tiggersscrapplace.blogspot.com/
Denise Hobbs –  http://oklahomainker.blogspot.com/

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