Thursday, April 20, 2017

New Card designs for the April Card Class(es)!

I'm offering such a fun variety of new card designs
for you to make with me this month!!
(including two cards that you can make two ways!!)

The remaining CREATE DATES we have left in 
April for you to plan to join me include:

Friday 4/21 (6pm-9pm)
Sunday 4/23 (1pm-5pm)
Monday 4/24 (9am-Noon)
Saturday 4/29 (1pm-5pm)

Please RSVP for the date (or dates) that
work best for you and JOIN US at my home
to stamp and assemble as many as you want
from my pre-cut "card buffet"
for just $1.50 each!

(remember to bring your own adhesive or 
plan to purchase some from me if you need).

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cardmaking Workshops Your Way Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Cardmaking WYW Blog Hop!

The Close to my Heart consultant's participating 
in this blog hop today are sharing their artwork 
created using any of the four different stamp sets 
purchased as part of the Cardmaking
Workshops Your Way kits!
(shown on pages 13, 23, 33, and 43 of the 
soon-to-be-retiring Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog).

If you've just arrived here from
then you are on the correct path.

If you get lost along the way, you can find
a complete list of all of the participating
consultant blogs here on MELINDA's BLOG.

The cards I'm sharing today include a few standard-size cards I created using the Here For You stamp set from the Here For You kit (item #G1124) with the Hello Lovely papers.
Ink colors I used here (below) include Black, Fern, and Sorbet
(with both 2nd generation and a little 1st generation inking).

...and (above) here's another card (that I shared on my blog previously) that you might want to see also, if you haven't already! (you can use this link here to see the full list of ink colors used and tips/instructions how to create it yourself).

Now you can continue on with the hop,
and be inspired by more creativity
using one of our beautiful Cardmaking WYW kits, 
by visiting BRENDA's BLOG next!
Enjoy the hop!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Celebrate National Scrapbook Month - May 12th!!

Come Celebrate
National Scrapbook Month
with us...
Friends, Food, and up to 7 hours of creative FUN!!

Saturday, May 12th, 2017*
(10am to 5pm)
at Jen's house
in Barstow Heights

*Due to an unexpected family obligation that came up, I needed to move this event from it's originally scheduled date (May 6th) to the 12th! So sorry for any inconvenience this might cause! 
I hope you can still plan to join us!!

Event Cost: is FREE!
Just bring a potluck side dish/dessert to share!
I will be making crock-pot chicken fajitas (with tortillas)
and providing a variety of ice-cold beverages.

Bring ANY scrapbooking kits/materials you'd like to use,
or choose from a variety of my left-over pre-cut class kits 
(most kits are priced at $30 for 6 to 8-12x12 pages
or $20 for 4-12x12 pages).

On this day I'm also offering TWO very 
special designed-by-me LAYOUT CLASSES 
that are perfect for Beginner's!! 
(so invite all the newbies you know!!)
starting at 11am and 1pm!

Class participants will take about an hour (or less) to review the basics of scrapbooking
with me as we create TWO different 12x12 layouts (a pretty feminine page at 11am, and a versatile masculine page at 1pm). Each class layout kit is $10 each and you have the option to join us to make just one of the layouts or both layouts (it's your choice!)

The $10 per layout materials fee can be paid ahead of time or at the class, whatever works better for you, I just need your RSVP and commitment for each layout you plan to create

Photos of the layouts are coming soon!!
(but for now, you can see the special paper pack we'll use to create at least one of the layouts...shown here below!)

**Due to limited space, I'm going do something I rarely do, and exclude those who are "card-makers only" from this event. I need to do this to allow enough room in my house for all that I have planned and to be able to really put my time and focus on teaching scrapbooking on this day. I promise those who are card-makers only, that we will still have our regularly scheduled card-making class during the month of May and that we will also have a special event for card-makers only to celebrate and focus on their specialty (creating beautiful cards!), during September 2017, which is also National Stamping Month.**

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Upcoming April Events and Specials!

So, I have quite A LOT to offer you in April of 2017!

It's the fourth and final month of the Seasonal
Expressions (Spring) Catalog, so this is your last chance
to purchase any of the paper collections and stamp sets
that are featured in it only while supplies last!!
See all of our products & shop online here:

My Scrapbooking "CREATE DATES" in April 
will feature your choice of 

or (if you missed or didn't finish the big 3/18 workshop) the 
UPTOWN Fundamentals & Snapshots
scrapbooking kits (or ANY other recent kit 
and/or cards you've missed and want to make-up)!

(at Jen's house)
Sunday 4/9 (1pm-5pm)
Monday 4/10 (9am-Noon)
Saturday 4/15 (1pm-5pm)
Friday 4/21 (6-9pm)
Sunday 4/23 (1pm-5pm)
Monday 4/24 (9am-Noon)
Saturday 4/29 (1pm-5pm)

Local customers,
please let me know your kit choice(s) by April 1st 
(IF you want to attend create dates on the 9th, 10th, or 15th!)
please let me know your kit choice(s) by April 15th
(IF you want to attend create dates on the 21st, 23rd, or 24th!)

As a special bonus for local customers this month only,
(an exclusive offer available only from me!!)
purchase BOTH of the scrapbooking kits shown above
and receive your choice of either (6) FREE 12x12 memory
protectors OR any current/recent Stamp of the Month set
that I have in stock, absolutely FREE!

In addition to this great deal for my scrapbookers, CTMH is also offering a great campaign during April (all month long!) that allows us to purchase and try either one or both of the Cut Above (pre-cut) layout kits shown here for half price!! If you haven't tried them yet, you will want to, as these page kits are so much fun, so easy, and fast to put together!

(with a retail value of $14.95 each, these kits are only $7.48 each during April!!)

Watch here now, to see how quickly one 
of these pre-cut layouts goes together:

and finally...
an exciting announcement for all of my

I'm going back to offering one official evening CARD CLASS date each month where our focus will really be on cards and stamping techniques only (for the non-scrapbookers and scrapbookers alike) and I will have all-NEW card designs ready for you each month on this specific card class date. You can still come and create cards with me anytime throughout the month on any of the "create dates" I offer, but I'll introduce the NEWest card designs and techniques just once a month on the official card class date! I'm not yet quite ready to show you the cards we'll be making in April, but I am happy to show you that I'm using these adorable cards as my design inspiration: you can expect that three of our four cards 
this month might look similar to these above
(you know how I like to fancy things up with 
extra techniques and embellishing!)

(featuring NEW card designs!)
Friday 4/21 (6-9pm)

and Lastly...

Saturday, May 12th
(Crop & Potluck!)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April SOTM Blog Hop featuring Flock Together!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Flock Together S1704

If you've just arrived here from
then you are on the correct path.

If you get lost along the way, you can find
a complete list of all of the participating
consultant blogs here on MELINDA's BLOG.

For today's blog hop, I've created these two standard-size cards (above)! The colors I used include Cranberry and Pacifica cardstock along with a few scraps of the Uptown Fundamentals paper (Z3263). I also used the Black memento ink pad, Cranberry ink (2nd generation for the hearts), and Glacier and Pacifica ink pads. The marker colors I used include Cherry Pink, Marine Blue, Pastel Peach, and Turquoise Blue.

One exciting discovery I made while creating with this stamp set was that the smallest die included in the Thin Cuts - Basic Circles set (Z3318) is the perfect size to cut paper to stamp the "Love this" stamp on. I also used the smallest two heart dies from the Thin Cuts - Basic Hearts set (Z3317) to cut out the black hearts on my cards (above) as well.

Lastly, here are two more cards (above) that I created with
this stamp set and already shared on my blog previously.
You can find and read more details about these cards in
my previous blog posting found at this link HERE.

Now you can continue on with the hop,
and be inspired by more creativity
using this stamp set by visiting
Enjoy the hop!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tea-rrific Stamp of the Month Cards!

Today I'm participating in the most recent and very last  
Heart 2 Heart Blog Challenge for the month of March! This week the challenge is titled, "Tea Time," and I've used the March Stamp of the Month (S1703) "Tea-rrific" to create this card (above). As you can see, the card design is inspired by one of the cards that is part of the Workshops Your Way Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking Kit (G1120). I love the beautiful designs our CTMH art department comes up with for our workshop kits, and I find myself inspired by them quite often. A few little changes or tweaks of my own, and "bam!" I've now got another new card that I can use.

...and here's another card I made using this same stamp set (below) and have shared on my blog previously, using the Uptown Fundamentals papers (Z3263). Colored with Carmine, Warm Grey 4, Peacock Green, and Turquoise Blue markers.

This has probably been one of my most favorite 
friendship-themed Stamp of the Month sets that I can
remember in recent years! Today is the last day it's available
for purchase from CTMH and I'll be so sad to see it go! I do
still have a few more of these stamp sets on hand in my
inventory, so please feel free to contact me now if you 
still want/need a set of your own!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Essential Micro-tip Scissors!

I'm determined to complete all of the weekly challenges issued this month on the Heart 2 Heart Blog, so today I'm sharing a card I created using my most frequently-used "Favorite" tool for the "Tool Time" challenge. As much as I absolutely LOVE how Close to my Heart is now offering such a variety of thin-cuts dies to coordinate with our stamp sets, I still find myself wanting and needing to get out my most reliable Micro-tip Scissors (Z534) to do some detailed cutting occasionally. These are no ordinary scissors!! If you like to cut out small things, having these Micro-tips really does make all the difference! I've had new customers tell me many times that they're "just not very good at cutting," but then I love watching them discover that with the right pair of scissors, they really can and do cut so much more effectively!

So here's a "fussy cut" standard-size card (below) that I created recently using the stamp set from the Workshops your Way® "Here For You" Cardmaking Kit (G1124):

...and here are the instructions (below) that I made up to
help my customers figure out how to put the card together!

(ink colors used are Black, Cranberry, and Fern)
Sometimes, if/when I have a large group of guests attending a class, and I know it will be harder to get around to explain each card to every guest in full detail, I'll make up a page like this (elements adhered on 12x12 cardstock and kept in a clear memory protector), that they can pass around and refer to, to help them make sure they don't miss any steps when the stamping and assembly of a particular card is more involved. I hope it is helpful to you also by helping you to see and understand how this card was put together. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dreamin' Big Dragonfly Card!

Today I'm excited to share this standard-size card that I created for the weekly 
Heart 2 Heart Blog Challenge! The challenge a few weeks ago was to create something using the Dreamin' Big paper collection or to create anything inspired by the idea that it's "time to dream!" So this is the card I came up with using leftover paper scraps and embellishments from my Workshops Your Way® Dreamin' Big Scrapbooking Kit (G1121) and the Dreamin' Big - Cardmaking stamp set (C1674). I also added some thin strips of white shimmer trim for a little extra sparkle. The dragonfly was inked using "Stamp Rolling" technique with Whisper and Juniper inks.

I hope you've enjoyed and are inspired by my artwork.
Thanks for stopping by!

(The Dreamin' Big collection, shown above).