Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I’m so excited with all the new papers and stamps coming in the new Spring/Summer Close to My Heart catalog, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still use some of my favorites from the previous books.
A few of our beautiful paper packs will be retiring for good on February 1st, and some have already been sold out, like the Stella paper I used on this card. You have just a few days to claim the remaining gorgeous papers, before they disappear forever!
Retiring Paper Packs Stella (sold out)
Pear & Partridge (sold out)
Pemberly (sold out)
Florentine (sold out)
Monday, January 21, 2013
The Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book & Catalog from Close to My Heart is now available for purchase! Jam packed with ideas and new products, you can get your hands on one for just $6. Included with your purchase you will receive a $5 rebate good for your first purchase of $25 or more on my website.
Bonus! While supplies last, get the Autumn/Winter idea book for no extra charge with the purchase of your Spring/Summer book. Just choose the Bonus option on the shopping page link below.
For Always Paper Packet – Bold Black & White with a variety of patterns for mixing with any color of the rainbow.
Buzz & Bumble Paper Packet – For the vintage lover, with a warm neutral autumn color palette.
Later Sk8r Paper packet – You’ve got boys… you need this paper.
Canvas Art Kit (Workshops on the Go) – Everything you need in one kit, I love the patterned canvas, all ready for photos and embellishments!
Fabulous You Stamp Set – Well, I have to have this one because it has the word Fabulous in it. And the birds… gotta love new birds.
Bigger Background Stamps – there are a couple new sets that have longer stamps, great for background images.
Fabrics – Two of the new paper packs have coordinating textiles. I see lots of handmade flowers and ruffles on my cards and pages!
Zipper Lace – It’s lace, it’s got zipper teeth. It’s perfectly awesome.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Are you excited about the new products coming out in the new Close to My Heart catalog? I am!
I’ve been creating projects for Creative University, so I have lots of artwork I can’t show you… yet. But today I needed a quick little card and there were all these leftover pieces on my desk, just begging for a new home. Snip-snip, stamp and distress, ta-da!
Close to My Heart products used:
February Stamp of the Month, Home Sweet Home
Buzz and Bumble paper pack
Both of these items will be available on my shopping website beginning February 1st.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer, where have you been all my life? How could I have been so wasteful of my time, slicing bananas with a plain ol’ knife, when one quick motion cuts an entire banana into perfectly sized pieces. Adding up the years of wasted banana slicing time, it just makes me weep with regret.
There are over 1,700 reviews on amazon for this silly, simple gadget. You’ll laugh ‘till you cry on some of the witty remarks some of the reviewers have left. Here are a couple of my favorites:
No more winning for you, Mr. Banana!
For decades I have been trying to come up with an ideal way to slice a banana. "Use a knife!" they say. Well...my parole officer won't allow me to be around knives. "Shoot it with a gun!" Background check...HELLO! I had to resort to carefully attempt to slice those bananas with my bare hands. 99.9% of the time, I would get so frustrated that I just ended up squishing the fruit in my hands and throwing it against the wall in anger. Then, after a fit of banana-induced rage, my parole officer introduced me to this kitchen marvel and my life was changed. No longer consumed by seething anger and animosity towards thick-skinned yellow fruit, I was able to concentrate on my love of theatre and am writing a musical play about two lovers from rival gangs that just try to make it in the world. I think I'll call it South Side Story.
Banana slicer...thanks to you, I see greatness on the horizon.
Angle is wrong
I tried the banana slicer and found it unacceptable. As shown in the picture, the slices is curved from left to right. All of my bananas are bent the other way.
Saved my marriage
What can I say about the 571B Banana Slicer that hasn't already been said about the wheel, penicillin, or the iPhone.... this is one of the greatest inventions of all time. My husband and I would argue constantly over who had to cut the day's banana slices. It's one of those chores NO ONE wants to do! You know, the old "I spent the entire day rearing OUR children, maybe YOU can pitch in a little and cut these bananas?" and of course, "You think I have the energy to slave over your damn bananas? I worked a 12 hour shift just to come home to THIS?!" These are the things that can destroy an entire relationship. It got to the point where our children could sense the tension. The minute I heard our 6-year-old girl in her bedroom, re-enacting our daily banana fight with her Barbie dolls, I knew we had to make a change. That's when I found the 571B Banana Slicer. Our marriage has never been healthier.
Monday, January 7, 2013
by any other name would smell as sweet. – Shakespeare
I’m in a quandary, see. I’m no flower expert, so I’d like to say it’s a rose, since the other stamps on this set appear to be roses. But I’m probably wrong and I would love someone to set me straight.
So leave me a comment, what do you think? Is it a rose or something else?
Even without a name, this flower looks lovely in Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays. I used Poinsettia Red Gold and Green with Envy Green. Instead of spraying the colors directly onto my paper, I squirted a bit onto a paint palette and used a watercolor paintbrush to apply the color just where I wanted. I used Cocoa and Cashmere ink from CTMH to add shadows and soften the background for that watercolor look. A dab of gold embossing powder in the center adds some metallic shimmer.
Get the January Stamp of the Month, Happy Valentine’s Stamp set for $17.95, or for just $5 with an order of $50 or more on my website.