Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Create your own patterned paper

Learn how to create your own patterned paper with a tone-on-tone stamping design that will give your new paper a professionally designed look!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Monday, April 29, 2013

Basic stamping techniques

Learn about generational stamping, coloring in stamped images, and creating your own stamped pattern by going back to the basics for results you’ll love!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Monogram Stamps, a personal touch.

Add a personal touch to your artwork with our new monogram stamps—only $2.95 each!



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Take time to create,
 
Alex

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cluster Stamping!

Embellish a page or card with a cluster. You can create a clustered look with multiple stamp images for a cute and coordinated design!



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Take time to create,
 
Alex

Friday, April 26, 2013

Everyday Embellishing!

It’s easy to incorporate chalk, metallics, and bling into your artwork with a few embellishments you can use on your everyday papercrafting projects. Let us show you how!


This Merry & Bright page uses dots created with the gold metallic marker to add extra sparkle around the edges of the page. Notice the scalloped accents with outlines in gold marker which adds dimension and draws your eye. Our metallics markers will make your artwork sparkle!

Add heart to your art with an extra touch of bling—cover your Dimensional Elements with silver Glitz™ glitter gel, a clear Sparkle or two, or a touch of silver from the metallics marker! Your heartfelt messages will bedazzle your loved ones.


The chalk marker and 12" × 12" chalkboard sheet are a perfect pair for creating a unique project. Journal and embellish your memories with the quaint look of a chalkboard—minus the dust—and a lot of freehand fun, perfect to display in your albums or on your walls!


If you haven’t had a chance to scrapbook your Halloween photos yet, here’s a great idea for a spooky page. The Haunted assortment with its cute skull brads, spider badge buttons, and more, is the perfect go-to for scary Halloween memories. It also coordinates nicely with the Moonlight paper packet and Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements.


Tell your story with papers and accents that complement your unique tale. The Memo assortment’s little note tags are great for embellishing and journaling all in one, and the tiny epoxy numbers mimic old typewriter keys. Pair the Memo assortment with our Scholastic paper packet and My Stickease® assortment for your school-themed memories and more!


This elegant layout is tied together by antique elements from the Baroque assortment, Avonlea Complements canvas shapes, and the beautiful Avonlea papers. Add a timeless quality to your memories with graceful keys, broaches, and buttons from the Baroque assortment.

Whatever your project, embellishing will bring your artwork to life. Add that extra something to your everyday projects!

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Take time to create,

Alex

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Framing your sweet treats

Use our Perfect Fit stamp sets featuring frames, sentiments, and images that fit together to create a fashionable message or accent. Pair your sentiment or image with a gift box made using our Cricut® Artiste cartridge for a sweet surprise for neighbors and friends!



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Take time to create,
 
Alex

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rock 'n Roll Stamping

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.



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Take time to create,

Alex

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The right tools make all the difference

Discover how easy crafting can be when you use the perfect tool for your project. Whether you are creating 3-D flowers, applying rub-ons, or writing on chalkboard sheets, there is a tool for you!



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Take time to create,
 
Alex

Monday, April 22, 2013

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!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stamps and Dimensional Elements from the Cricut Artiste Collection

Discover how combining stamps and dimensional elements with your Cricut® Artiste collection cut-outs can make your artwork stand out!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Saturday, April 20, 2013

More out of Home Decor

There are so many creative ways to use hand-crafted 3-D items. Use our great products to create home décor that will bring a fun and unique accent in your home. It’s easy to use Close To My Heart products you already know and love—with a different twist!
 

This festive thankful countdown uses the My Creations® cubby to celebrate Thanksgiving. Fill the Cricut®-cut boxes with reminders of things you are thankful for, and share the grateful fun with your family. Use it to countdown to your favorite holiday, like Thanksgiving, or use different embellishments and countdown to a loved one’s birthday to show them how much you love them.


This adorable star was made from the Dakota paper packet, Casual Expressions stamp set, and Dakota Complements Foil Images have a country feel, you can use any of our Reflections paper packs to make a welcoming star for your front door.


Everyday household items can also be combined with Close To My Heart products to create dazzling home décor. Use the Flirty paper packet and your Cricut® machine, along with everyday household items such as a flower pot and Styrofoam ball, to create a papercrafted tree. Or add a few Dimensional Elements to the autumn colors of the Flirty papers to create a desk calendar using two My Creations blocks. You can even use cute Cricut®-cut flowers and leaves to make a festive banner!


For displaying precious memories, the display tray is a perfect fit! Display photos, stamped sentiments, Dimensional Elements, and other embellishments for a prized layout that you can proudly hang anywhere in your home. The display tray is easy to personalize, too; cover up several windows with cardstock for larger photos!

Creating unique home décor is so much fun to do; the trick is deciding which project to create first!

Don't forget our New Consultant Special, join Close To My Heart during the month of April for only $49 and receive the April, May, June and July Stamp of the Month stamp sets FREE! Visit my website for more information!


Take time to create,

Alex

Friday, April 19, 2013

Creative Kissing!

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!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cricut Cards and Envelopes!

Discover how to create cards, envelopes, and more with the Cricut® Artiste cartridge. Move beyond flat cut-outs for more creative freedom!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pigment VS Dye!

When is it best to use pigment ink and when is it best to use dye ink? Find out the answer along with even more helpful tips to make your stamped images perfect for the occasion!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monogram Magic!

Discover the versatility of the My Acrylix® Monogram stamp sets—you can personalize office supplies and household items in a snap!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Stamp Behind the Mask!

Discover the versatility of masking: a stamping technique for only stamping particular sections of your image. Pick and choose the designs and stamp only the parts you want! I love this technique, check it out!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ink it Up!

Discover the versatility of the Exclusive Inks® alcohol-based marker sets and pigment pad sets to bring your artwork to life!


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Take time to create,

Alex

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Alcohol Marker Madness!

Learn how to color stamps with your pair of coordinating alcohol-based markers that are sure to brighten a page, spruce up a card, and add pizazz to any project! Check out how Kristine uses the markers on an embossed image. Enjoy!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Friday, April 12, 2013

Discover the possibilities of Cricut Craft Room

If you love your Cricut® machine, then you are going to adore all of the fabulous things you can do with Close To My Heart Cricut® cartridges in the Cricut® Craft Room. Create layers, cut negative space in the shape of your choice, make borders, and link elements together for a connected look. It’s easy! We’ll show you how.
Here is how to get started with Cricut® Craft Room:
1.    Create a FREE account in a few easy steps.
2.    Download and run the application for PC or MAC, depending on the type of computer you use.
3.    Connect your Cricut® machine to your computer using a Type B USB cable. (Note: For more info on this type of cable, see your Cricut® user’s guide or your local electronics store.) Once you have connected your computer to your Cricut® machine, the “Load Mat” button is the only button you will ever need to push on your machine in the entire process. Cricut® Craft Room will do everything else for you.
4.    Once inside the application, choose the type of Cricut® machine you own.
5.    Insert your Close To My Heart Art Philosophy or Artiste cartridge into your Cricut® machine.
6.    In the lower left portion of the application there is a tab that is labeled “Images/Cartridges.” Select “All Cartridges” from the dropdown menu. (Note: You must choose a cartridge that you own. You can also purchase individual images from the Cricut® store.)
7.    Scroll to find the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy or Close To My Heart Artiste cartridges you own.
8.    The virtual mat in Cricut® Craft Room is just like the mat you’ll load into your machine. And, it is oriented the same way that you will load your mat into the machine, with the arrow at the top.
9.    To drag an image to the mat, simply click on the image in the image selection tool box and move it to the mat.
10.  Once the image is on the virtual mat, you can adjust the placement by clicking on the image and moving it to any location on the mat.
11.  Now that you know the basics, you can start creating and exploring the possibilities!
Follow these steps to create the negative space on a card base, like you see on this Cheer Up card, featuring images from the Art Philosophy cartridge:

1.    Select the “Card” tab in the Art Philosophy images. Find the card base you prefer and drag it onto the mat. (We used Square 1 for the Cheer Up card.) The image will be cut in the exact direction and location that you place it on the virtual mat. At the top of the screen, or at the left under the “Shape Properties” tab, you’ll see size boxes. Enter the width and height for your shape. This is the size it will be cut on the machine, regardless of what size your machine indicates on the flip screen.

 

2.    Choose an image to cut out of your card front. We have chosen a butterfly by going to the Basics tab, clicking the “Show Shift/Lock Images” at the bottom, and then selecting the butterfly. Drag the image to the right side of the card base, position it, and alter the size, as desired. Once the image is in place, you will see a cut-out image in its place. This Weld feature is automatically on unless you disable it, and allows you to see how the card base will look with your images cut out.

 3.    Select another image, drag it to the card base, and position it how you’d like it. Continue adding images to the card base, if desired.
 

4.    To cut your finished artwork, load the mat into your Cricut® machine and insert the corresponding cartridge. Next, press the green Cut button at the top of the computer screen and follow the prompts. The machine will cut the shapes as you have prepared them in Craft Room. If more than one cartridge shape has been added to the project, the machine and screen will prompt you with instructions.

 
Here are so more artwork examples that have been made using Cricut® Craft Room software. Follow the instructions below to learn some more fun tricks we used in creating this artwork.
Birthday Greetings card

 
Here’s how to create the bracket frame as shown in this Birthday Greetings card:

1.    Drag a card base from Art Philosophy cartridge and size it to be 9" wide and 4½" high.

2.    Add a 1½" bracket frame (from the Basic tab) to the center of the right side of the card. So far, all of the shapes have been placed in Layer 1. You can add additional layers using the Layer feature located toward the top of the screen, directly above the mat. Each Layer will be cut from a separate sheet of paper and is indicated by a different color on the screen. Using the Layer feature allows you to fully design your Cricut® shapes before cutting any pieces.

3.    Add a second Layer by clicking the plus sign. Click and hold the Layer 2 tab and drag the tab to the left so it is first in the row. This allows you to see the second Layer on top of the first so you can visualize your finished project. Drag a 3" bracket frame to the card base and position it over the 1½" frame. Then, still using Layer 2, add a 1½" bracket frame in the center of the 3" frame.

4.    Maneuver the Layer 2 frames so that they perfectly line up with the Layer 1 frame. Use your keyboard arrows for exactness.

5.    Cut the pieces following the prompts on the computer screen and Cricut® machine. Layer 2 will be cut first, so be sure to load that paper first. Then load a new sheet of paper for the Layer 1 pieces.

6.    Embellish the card as desired.
 
                                        All Boy page

 
Want to create a border that spans the entire length of your 12" page? It’s easy!

1.    In Craft Room, change the mat size to 12" x 24" under Machine & Mat tab on the left of the screen.

2.    Drag your selected border to the mat and rotate it so it is vertical.

3.    Change the height of the border to 12". It will automatically change the width proportionally unless you click the aspect ratio button between the width and height measurements.

4.    Whether you have a 12" × 24" mat or a 12" × 12" mat, you can use this function with a 12" × 12" piece of paper. Simply place the border as close to the top of the Craft Room mat as possible, but not exactly flush with the top.

  
5.    Cut the piece following the prompts on the computer screen and Cricut® machine.

To create the title with the letters joined together to form one piece instead of individually cut letters…

1.    Drag your letters to the mat

2.    Overlap portions of each letter to connect them

3.    Use the Weld feature to join the letters together seamlessly.

4.    Cut the piece following the prompts on the computer screen and Cricut® machine.

There are so many possibilities to explore in the Cricut® Craft Room using the versatile Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges from Close To My Heart! If you have any questions about using Cricut® Craft Room, visit www.cricut.com where a Cricut® employee will be glad to help you. Be sure to get your Art Philosophy and Artiste Cricut® cartridges today in order to create with them in this new and exciting environment. Visit my website to place your order!
Take time to create,
Alex






Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dauber Dynamite!

Discover the beauty of sponge daubing. When you ink your stamps with sponge daubers, you can create a soft, shaded look that is perfect for a page or card! Check out this rainbow effect on the card, cool name, right?! Cool projects done with our Cricut Artiste Cartridge, check them out!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Coordinate with Cricut Cuts!

Learn how to use your stamps to bring Cricut® cut-outs to life! Many Cricut® shapes from the Artiste and Art Philosophy collections coordinate with stamp sets so you have more potential for creating, decorating, and accessorizing!



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Take time to create,

Alex

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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 a great for a new Consultants to create artwork, bring to Gatherings, and show off to everyone. And only $49 to start your business!, now that’s a reason to celebrate!

Are you ready to start your scrapbooking business? Visit my website here to sign up!

Contents of the New Consultant Essentials Kit include:

Everything to meet your crafting and career needs. Approximately $155 in retail value!
  • Read Me First Letter
  • Current Idea Books (qty. 3)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 5)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 5)
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471)
  • Spring/ Summer 2013 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1123)
  • Petite Perks™ Critter Expressions Incentive Stamp Set (W2025)
  • Chantilly Complements Dimensional Elements (X7163C)
  • Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit (G1053)
  • Reflections® Scrapbook Program (9037)
  • Originals Card Confidence Program® (9036)
  • Buttercup Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2110)
  • Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2193)
  • Spinner (Z1832)
  • My Acrylix® Wheel of Life Stamp Set (D1545)
  • My Acrylix® For a Friend Stamp Set (D1542)
  • 4" × 5" My Acrylix® Block (Y1012)
Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.

Contents of the New Consultant Master Kit include:
The Master kit includes everything in the Essentials kit plus more supplies and 5 Studio J® layouts. Approximately $335 in retail value!
  • Current Idea Books (qty. 10)
  • 5 Studio J® Layouts (redeem within 3 months)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Spring/Summer 2013 Gathering Postcard (W1122)
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471)
  • Spring/ Summer 2013 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1123)
  • Petite Perks™ Critter Expressions Incentive Stamp Set (qty. 5) (W2025)
  • My Creations™ 6" × 6" Canvas Display (Z1818)
  • Spinner (Z1832)
  • Chantilly Complements Dimensional Elements (X7163C)
  • Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit (G1053)
  • My Creations® Star (Z1803)
  • Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon (Z1732)
  • Reflections® Scrapbook Program (9037)
  • Originals Card Confidence Program® (9036)
  • Cello Bags (qty. 25) (W1152)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories® Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • Buttercup Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2110)
  • Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2193)
  • My Acrylix® Glamour Uppercase Stamp Set (D1537)
  • My Acrylix® Wheel of Life Stamp Set (D1545)
  • My Acrylix® For a Friend Stamp Set (D1542)
  • 4" × 5" My Acrylix® Block (Y1012)
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006)
Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.

If you would like to know more information about joining Close To My Heart, check out this link to videos from our Corporate Staff! Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Take time to create,

Alex

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Digital Scrapbooking made easy with Studio J!


Even though Studio J® is fast and easy to use, it is helpful to know some great tricks that can make customizing your layouts even more exciting. Here are some Studio J tricks straight from our professional Close To My Heart artists:

1. Customize your background and texture paper. You can change the color and intensity of the background and texture paper included in whichever kit you choose. Simply select the piece of background and texture paper, change the color in the color selection tool, and increase or decrease the intensity of the color in that same popup box.

2. Crop My Stickease® quotes, titles, and tags. The cropping feature on the My Stickease images allows you to select a section of a quote, title, or tag to use as a border or other embellishment.

3. Create a customized My Stickease image. If you have a specific image in mind to use as an embellishment on your page, you can create a customized My Stickease to fit your theme perfectly. Simply add a text box, photo hanger, ribbon, ribbon slides, and Stickease to create the little suitcase! So easy! Be sure to crop or send elements behind other elements when necessary, and add several elements together for a unique look!

 
4. Select more than one element at a time. If you want to move several elements of your layout at once, simply click and drag your mouse around the elements you would like to select. Let’s take buttons, for example. After the buttons have been selected, you can click the icons in the popup box to choose to align the buttons vertically or horizontally if you desire.

5. Make faux washi tape with vellum text boxes. To create the look of a piece of clear washi tape, make a small rectangular text box, filled with vellum background (this is the default color for text boxes). You can make the tape strips as large or small as you want, or even layer them for more emphasis.

6. Stretch one photo across multiple photo wells. If you have fewer photos than photo wells, instead of deleting the excess wells, try scaling the picture to a larger size and then copying the picture to other photo wells and matching the photos up until they align with an almost seamless image. This trick works best with photo wells that are adjacent to each other.

7. Create ruffled ribbon. Select “Ribbons” in the drop-down menu under the Embellishments toolset. Choose ribbon tab and rotate the tab so that it is vertical on the page. Then layer several tabs on top of one another, sending every other one to the back to create a ruffled look.


8. Create a jagged border with text boxes. You can create a jagged border simply by rotating multiple text boxes about 45 degrees and making them the same color as the background. Put these boxes on top of a long, rectangular box of another color, and you’ve got a jagged border!

9. Change the background of your layout. Sometimes you may like the photo and journal arrangement in a layout, and yet want to change the background colors. Because photos sit on top of everything else, this is easy to do. Simply pull a journaling box over the space you want for a different background and fill it with a color from the color selection tool or a patterned paper from the Papers toolset. Then, send it backwards until the photo wells are on top of your new background.

Bonus Trick! Use keyboard keys to make embellishments. Did you know that some of the best tools for creating custom embellishments are the basic keys on your keyboard? It’s as simple as typing into a journaling box with no background color. Use periods to make a polka dot pattern, angle brackets to create a trendy Chevron look, overlapping pound signs to make burlap, question marks to make rope, and so much more!

I hope you enjoyed all these cool tips and get a chance to “play” around with Studio J. Simply visit my website www.AlexG.ctmh.com, click on the Studio J tab and try it FREE!!

Take time to create,

Alex