Clearly the Best: Rock & Roll

Use Rock ‘n’ Roll stamping for two-color shading! Learn how to create a stamped image with depth and dimension that will bring your artwork to life.

Happy Birthday Man

Tim Holtz is a very popular designer, particularly for his masculine approach to his designs.  This card uses some of his techniques while using CTMH products, inspired by A Kept Life.  
Paper: For Always WOTG, Glitter Paper
Images: For Always WOTG
Embellishments: brad, Slate ribbon
Cricut Artiste: 8 and 9 button
Other: PC Embossing Envelope, SU Notebook paper punch

Many Thanks Splatter Card

Inspired by Pamela at Reflections of My Art and Soul, this card was very fun to make, and messy!  This is a great way to use up scraps and some of the Zip Strips from our B&T papers.  Multiple layers create dimension and visual interest to the card, while the splattering of Black and Sky reinker looks playful (used a toothbrush for this).  Washi tape and glitter buttons finished off the card.
Paper: For Always WOTG
Images: Thoughtful Tidings, For Always WOTG
Embellishments: glitter buttons, washi tape, reinker

Chalkboard Technique

The chalkboard technique is really popular right now.  Here are two examples using the For Always WOTG.  The Happy Birthday card idea comes from Betsy at her Supergirl blog.  Using multiple images, stamp with Versamark and heat emboss with White EP.  Sponge White Daisy ink over areas on the panel.  Use colored pencils to highlight certain words.

The below example uses Direct-To-Paper to colorize the strips of paper and butterfly.  Alternately between the strips, I drew pen lines using the same color marker.  The sentiment is stamped in versamark and heat embossed with white EP.  The Two strips of shimmer trim in black and purple sparkles add a final touch of glitter to a happy card.

 Paper: For Always WOTG
Images: For Always WOTG, Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday
Embellishments: Shimmer Trim, Paper Butterflies, Purple Sparkles


Glitter Glitter Everywhere

A good way to create classy greeting cards is to add a little glitter.  CTMH has many ways to add glitter to any of your scrapbook layouts, greeting cards, and home decor projects.  The above card shows two colors of shimmer trim, black and silver, and two colors of glitter paper, black/grey.  Use our alcohol markers to color the silver trim any color from our color pallet.  Purple sparkles on both examples show a colorful way to make your projects shine.  On the card below (inspired by Kelly Brandt), Glitz Glitter Gel in silver is a super easy way to add glitter.  Also, check out CTMH's prisma glitter and Slate Mini-Medly accents.   We also have two different glitter alphabets, Glamour and Pixie.

Paper: For Always WOTG
Images:Words of Comfort, Paper Lantern
Embellishments: Shimmer Trim, Slate Ribbon, Purple Sparkles, Paper Butterflies, Glitz Glitter Gel
Art Philosophy Cricut: Oval4

Rainbow Thank You

One of the amazing properties of the For Always kit is the neutral colors, black and white.  A crafter can take advantage of this and tailor the papers to any colors to match the mood of the scrapbook page or card sentiment.  In this example, I used the direct-to-paper technique to color the white areas of the B&T paper.  The idea for the card came from Heather Stewart's blog, Scraptastic.  
Paper: For Always Card WOTG
Images: A Little Thanks
Embellishments: purple sparkles, Slate ribbon
 Art Philosophy Images: Shape7 Tag

Smooshing Reinkers

As guest designer for the Color My Heart dare this week, I was given outdoor denim, gypsy and sky as my challenge.  I had reinkers on my table from last week's For Always workshop, so I decided to keep playing with them and here is one (of the many!) backgrounds I created using my reinkers and a spray bottle of water.  I have a little tray that I dropped reinker drops in random places and then sprayed liberally with water.  I placed a piece of White Daisy CS over the reinker/water and let it soak up into cool displays of color.  Then, I stamped in White Daisy Pigment ink and Outdoor Denim Dye Ink the star image.
Paper: White Daisy CS, Outdoor Denim CS
Images: December 25th, Salutation Seals
Embellishments: Outdoor Denim ribbon and buttons
Cricut Images: Artist W Accent 4

For Always Cards

The three card designs created in the base For Always card Workshop on the Go are shown below.  In this workshop, we played with purple sparkles and had fun using a different type of neutral colors (Slate and Whisper instead of Bamboo or Cashmere).  The clear stamps made it super easy to nest the heart within a heart, overlay pennants and "hang" stars.

Clearly The Best: Re-vamping with Overstamping

Learn how to make your stamp images jump off the page with overstamping—a layered stamping technique to add artistic flair to your projects!

For Always

The For Always Workshop on the Go helps you craft 15 versatile cards for lots of ways to cheer friends and family. Contact me for details about this upcoming card workshop or the accompanying scrapbook workshop!

From the Bottom of my Heart

This week's Color Dare is a single color, Juniper.   Because the background is white, the For Always B&T is easy to alter to match your project.  I sponged Juniper Exclusive Ink over the B&T for the bottom panel.  Don't forget the zip strips from the B&T!  Useful to add the extra *zip* to any project. 

Paper: For Always B&T and zip strip, Black CS, 
Images: Avonlea Cardmaking Workshop
Embellishments: black button brads, striped ribbon
Cricut Images: heart3

For Always sneak peak

I am working on the upcoming For Always card workshop and thought I'd share a sneak peak.  I think they look like Ritz crackers (but maybe I'm just hungry!).  They are actually gears cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge from CTMH.

Sign Up and Celebrate!

It’s time to sign up as a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant! When you sign up as a Consultant in April, you’ll receive a little something extra for joining the Close To My Heart family—the April, May, June, and July Stamp of the Month stamp sets for free! These D-size stamp sets are great for a new Consultant to create artwork, bring to Gatherings, and show off to everyone. Now that’s a reason to celebrate!

*No additional shipping/handling or tax will be applied for the free stamp sets. Only new Consultants who sign up during the month of April will qualify for the free stamp sets. Offer valid April 1–30, 2013.

Dates: Offer valid April 1–30, 2013.

Clearly The Best: How to Kiss—with Stamps

Learn how to kiss...with stamps! In one easy technique you can create a clever, unique design on your stamp image for a more customized look. Let us show you how!

My Sunshine

 The days are getting warmer and the skies are getting bluer.  Push away those winter days with this fun set of 8 stamps.  The sun is shining, birds are tweeting and hot air balloons are splashes of color against the blue sky in this fun Sunshine stamp set.

Available April 1-30, 2013.