Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Just a quickie post today!
Know why I’m so happy? I’m packing my suitcase today for a cruise to the Caribbean, lucky me! My husband and I will be taking our first cruise. This is something I’ve wanted to do my whole life and he surprised me by booking the trip several months ago. So I’m happy… and lucky to have such a spontaneous husband!
This card from the card café at Creative University uses on my favorite new stamp sets, Hopscotch alphabet. Love that you get both upper and lower case plus numbers and punctuation.
Shop for Hopscotch alphabet here.
I call this background technique Inky Blocks. It’s so simple, yet so awesome! Stamp a 2”x2” block into an inkpad, then spritz with water. The more water you use, the more ink will transfer to your page. Stamp onto white cardstock, overlapping some areas. Make sure to wipe off your block in between stampings so you don’t water down your inkpad.
Tresa’s Tip: Choose colors that will blend well. When using dye-based inkpads your colors are transparent and will create a third color when overlapping. Keep this in mind when choosing inkpads.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
At Creative U, I like to push the students into techniques and artwork that they might not have considered. It’s wonderful what you can do with a captive audience. (You WILL get messy and you WILL love it! Bwa ha ha!).
For the card café, students created a total of 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs. Each of the card designs started with a technique base, which they created on a plain piece of white or colored cardstock.
This card has a paint resist technique. Stamp a border stamp along one edge of the white cardstock in clear versamark ink, then heat embossed with clear powder. Brush acrylic paint onto the cardstock piece and allow to dry. Make sure you leave some nice paint strokes, blending out and away from the stamping. This is a messy technique and I wanted an “artsy” look to it.
After the paint dries, use a baby wipe to remove the paint from the embossed area. Again, this is not an exactly perfect look, some of the embossing ink may come off if you rub too hard, and it may be splotchy in areas. More artsy, less perfection.
Notice that I chose to use this messy, artistic technique with a modern color scheme and patterns. This could easily have been done in distressed browns and shabby chic vintage patterns, but I wanted to show off how to apply these messy techniques to other styles as well.
So if you like modern, but want to get a little messy, go for it! You’ll most likely end up with painty fingers and a happy creative spirit!
CTMH supplies used on this card (click on the link to shop):
Geometric Backgrounds stamp set
All the Details stamp set
Lollydoodle paper packet
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Best. Year. Ever.
Truly, I can’t begin to tell you what an awesome time I had at Creative University 2014. Friendships, artwork, food and creative inspiration, it was perfect.
So perfect in fact, we seem to have forgotten we are scrapbookers with cameras. I did not take a single photo, and there were remarkably few cameras clicking away at our retreat. We were too busy having fun! Thankfully, I have all the artwork that I created for the classes, so I’ll be posting the class projects over the next couple of days.
This card above is from the Page and Card class. All students created a double page layout and one card in this quick and simple class. No crazy challenging techniques, just good design and color balance. I used Skylark paper packet and the hello stamp is from the Cricut Artiste collection.
The layout pages also used Skylark B&T. I added Chocolate, Crème Brulee, Sweetleaf and Lagoon cardstock, plus Outdoor Denim cardstock was sanded for a distressed look. Stamp sets are True To Life and Believe in Yourself.
I’ll be sharing more artwork soon. For now, enjoy something that we DID seem to take lots of pictures of….
Photo credit: Amy Kupperman
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Are you looking for inspiration? Join me and other CTMH consultants as we share our creations with new product from the Close to My Heart Spring/Summer idea book & catalog.
I love color, in every shade, tint and hue. Whether it’s bold brights, deep jewel-tones, warm neutrals or 50 shades of grey, I love to mix ‘em, match ‘em and come up with new combinations.
The new Skylark paper packet has a gorgeous assortment of blues, and neutral browns. Plus it features a special edition Skylark Yellow that is only available in this paper pack.
For the card above, I decided I had to create something for my Creative University card class using Skylark Yellow, but I wanted to add a bit more pizzazz to the color scheme. Sorbet was a perfect choice, with its mellow peach tones, not too bold but enough to add a pop of color.
I used the Skylark Yellow B&T paper for the banner, with Sorbet cardstock on the upper half of the card. For the lower half of the card, my CU students will be creating their own patterned paper using a cool technique they’ll learn at camp. Lagoon (blue) and Whisper (grey) complete the color scheme.
I also use one of my favorite new stamp sets, Hopscotch Alphabet. This is a huge set, two carrier sheets in one envelope, with both upper case and lower case alphas, numbers and punctuation. So adorable and versatile, I’ll be using this one often.
Close to My Heart products used for this card:
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Hopscotch Alphabet stamp set
One Way Borders stamp set
Skylark Paper Packet
Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
Ready to see more creative creations with new products from Close to My Heart? Click on any of the pictures below to visit other CTMH consultants’ blogs and see their artwork. This hop will continue to grow with new entries until Sunday, Feb. 9th, so come back to this post for more inspiration. New entries are added at the bottom, so scroll down to view the latest each day!
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Sunday, February 2, 2014
The wait is over! New Close to My Heart stamps, papers and accessories galore! You can shop directly on my website, view the catalog online, or purchase your own copy of gorgeous 144 page catalog, shipped to you! You’ll receive a $5 rebate coupon good on your first order of $25 or more. Plus, while supplies last, you can get two catalogs for the price of one. Click for details.
If you’re shopping in February, make sure to take advantage of these great deals….
Are you a texture junkie? CTMH now has embossing folders! Choose from 5 different designs, all sized 7”x5”. You can get one free with the purchase of 2 exclusive color cardstock packs (single color or combo). These 24 sheet cardstock packs coordinate with our inks, reinkers and markers and are available in 40 gorgeous colors. Find them on page 139 of our online catalog.
And don’t forget the Stamp of the Month!
What does the fox say? It says “I’m adorable!”
You can purchase the February Stamp of the Month, Wild about Love, for $17.95 retail or get it for just 5 bucks when you order $50 or more on my website. It’s only available during February, so get this fox before it gets away!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Oldies but goodies. Sometimes it’s hard to let go.
As we get closer to the release of the Close to My Heart Spring/Summer 2014 catalog, I’m so excited to show off all the new papers, stamps and accessories. The new catalog is one of the best I’ve seen in a while. You’ll love the colors and styles, plus there are a few fabulous new product lines!
While waiting to show off new art, I have to pull out some favorites, even when they are retired. I used Pear & Partridge Christmas paper and one of my “I’ll never sell this one” stamp sets, A Tweet.
I inked up the bird with the Honey inkpad, then rolled the upper part of the stamp in Desert Sand inkpad. Love that two toned look! A bit of glitter on the tree branches and a sparkle eye for my birdie add a little shine to the otherwise rustic look.
Mixing old with new always works for me. How about you? Do you have some old favorites? Leave a comment and tell me what’s that one thing you’ll never part with.
Can’t wait to see the new catalog? Purchase it now, with a $5 coupon toward your first order!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Are you still on the fence about attending Creative University? It’s less than a month away and I have just a few spots available.
Way back in December I started a countdown of the top ten reasons to attend Creative University, posting one reason at a time. Well, guess what? I’m going to finish up strong and post the last 5 reasons right now!
Reason #6: FRIENDSHIPS
There is something about CU that brings people together and forms strong bonds that last long past the weekend itself. One of my goals when I planned the very first Creative University was to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that helped the students bond together. I dislike attending retreats that don’t encourage mingling and getting to know each other.
Whether you want to attend with a group of friends and family members who love scrapping and creating as much as you do, or if you come alone, you are welcome here. Who knows, you might meet your next best friend at Create U 2014!
Reason #7: Location, Location, Location
I’ve already counted the benefit of the natural setting at Camp Lutherhaven, the location of Creative University. But you’ll also love the INSIDE of our retreat.
Separate buildings for crafting, sleeping and eating, located just a quick walk from each other. Early birds and night owls both can enjoy their own schedule without worrying about disturbing others.
Fireplaces for cozy warmth in the public spaces with rocking chairs or cushy sofas and armchairs to curl up with a book or knitting. A beautiful dining hall with timber ceilings and huge stone fireplace.
Sleeping quarters are shared with 4 to 6 friends, each room contains their own bathroom. No outhouses in this camp!
Reason #8: Fantastic Price
Create U has always been an affordable option for an all-inclusive event. For one price you get everything from food to lodging to classes and materials.
This year only you have the option to customize your tuition. Every attendee will be able to attend a Creative Class for no charge, but you can also add on any or all of the three additional Creative Classes. Make cards, learn new papercrafting techniques, create a mini album and more!
For less than $200 you can be creating at CU!
Reason #9: Hangin’ Out with the Stamp Goddess
Creative University is your chance to rub elbows with some amazing women. From the teachers to the students, there is so much creative mojo at CU you’re guaranteed to go home brimming with new ideas for your artwork.
If you have always wanted to take a class with me, now’s your chance. This year I am personally designing all of the Creative Class projects, and I’ll be teaching two of the classes with the help of my fantastic teaching staff.
Reason #10: Time’s almost up!
Registration time is almost over, and there is only room for a few more lucky attendees to claim the last spots. I’ll be closing down the registration page on January 20th, or sooner if I sell out. Don’t miss out, register today!
This is a final post in a series of the Top 10 Reasons to Attend Creative University. Click on the links below to view other posts.
For information and registration, visit the Creative University website.