Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tutorial - Popped Up Star

For Memorial Day I participated in the Operation Write Home's Blog Hop. You can read the post HERE.
This was card I created.

I have received many complements and questions about this popped up star.

So today I am going to share how it was created. First I started with a 1 3/4" star cut from the Art Philosophy Cartridge on the Cricut.

Next using your paper trimmer line one point and one valley of the star up on the cutting track.

{Note: You do not need to color every embossed line. The colors are just to show you where the marks are made}

Take a embossing stylus and emboss every point from end to end.

This is how it should look face up after embossing.

Now fold on each line and reinforce each crease with your bone folder.

To get the final valley and point look, pinch the point of each star to the center while folding the smaller valleys downward.

Your Star should now look like this.

Finally to complete the look sponge the edges and creases using Pacifica.

Here is the finished star.

To keep the dimension use one smaller and one larger square of 3D foam tape stacked on top of each other.  The smaller square is attached to the star, the larger is attached to the smaller and then to the next element.

Here is a close-up of the star element attached to a square piece of White Daisy cardstock sponged in Tulip with the sentiment stamped in Pacifica.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If so leave me some love to let me know how I did.

Supply List: (All Close To My Heart
Cardstock: White Daisy & Craft
Ink Stamp Pads: Pacifica & Tulip
Adhesive: 3D Foam Tape & Dotto Runner
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Embossing Stylus, Bone Folder, Sponge, & Art Philosophy Cricut Collection.

~ Chandel

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop

"Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have. Memorial Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to the people who have fought for the things we have."

In my small way I try everyday to Thank those that serve our country, and on Memorial day I try to remember those brave men and women. Operation Write Home is an amazing organization that collects handmade cards to send to are armed forces serving over seas. Cards from all over are gathered, box and sent off to various posts all over the world. There the men and women that serve in our military are able to choose a card (or two) to write home in. Can you imagine getting a personal note from a loved one sent from across the world wrapped up in a little bit of hand made love? I do remember when my son was sending care packages to Afghanistan and Iraq when one day we received a postcard made of a cardboard box scrap. The officer thanked my son for his packages and then apologized for writing him on a scrap because that was all that they had left to write on. Immediately my son went to work collecting and saving every cent he could to ship them legal pads and pens so that they could write home on something more than scrap. A few years later I came across this amazing blog filled with amazing artwork. As I read on I realized that this blog wasn't really about card making it was about our Soldiers. Operation Write Home's Blog is chalked full with amazing artwork, great tutorials, and sprinkled with stories that will warm you heart!

Now Down to the business.............

Here is the sketch I choose to use for the Blog Hop:

OWH has over 100 different sketches to choose from! When I choose this one I could not get the patriotic theme out of my head so here is my card for the Hero in my life...

No card is ever complete with out a little bit of ink .....

And some foam tape!

A sprinkle of Red (Tulip), White (Daisy), and Blue (Pacifica) and a ton of love!!! This one and it's sisters and brothers are being added to the box getting ready to make it's way to OWH. I hope you enjoyed the Card and if you loved the products used please check out my post from yesterday HERE for some great deals, and bit of donating. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used: (All are CTMH unless noted)
Cardstock: White Daisy and Craft
Ink Pads: Cranberry and Pacifica
Stamps: Universal Background and Victory WOTG (MY HERO)
Adhesive: 3D Foam Tape

Friday, May 25, 2012

This Weekend ONLY - Memorial Day Special!

One day a year around the country we pause to remember all of the amazing men and women who have fallen while serving our country. Many of us will spend the weekend BBQing in our back yards, while some of us will officially kick of summer vacation. Personally my family I will celebrate our eldest son's graduation from High School, kick off the beginning of summer , and we will attend our local Memorial day service to remember those who have given so selflessly. Coming from a military family Memorial day was a time were we would gather, enjoy great food, and just spend the day together thankful for each other's company.  So in honor of this especially patriotic day, I am offering a THIS WEEKEND ONLY special!* For every $50 (not including tax or shipping) you order from Friday, May 25th, from 8 am thru Monday, May 29th 11:59 pm (Pacific Time), I will send you one FREE paper pack of your choice!!! 

To make this deal even sweeter you can combine this special offer with Close To My Heart's May Promotions. So for every $50 you order, you can get a May Stamp of the Month,
Friendship Bouquet for only $5; plus for every $35 you order from the current Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book, you can get a Dotty for You paper packet for only $5!

Now that is what I call a special but to sweeten the the pot just a little bit more let's take a peak at the break down.

Place a $50 order (not including tax or shipping)
  • Get a FREE paper packet of your choice
  • Dotty for You promotion for only $5
  • May Stamp of the Month for only $5
    = Over $41.85 in savings and free products!!!

Place a $100 order(not including tax or shipping)
  • Get TWO free paper packets of your choice
  • Up to TWO Dotty for You promotions for only $5 each
  • Up to TWO May Stamps of the Month for only $5 each
    = Over $83.70 in savings and free products!!!
Who doesn't love to save almost as much as you spend? I know I don't.

Now if you are like me and love so many of Close To My Heart's great products and the list just keeps growing so does the deals!! If you place an order of $150 your order will also qualify as a gathering and you will earn an additional $25 in free hostess rewards, as well as choosing THREE free paper packets!** Not to mention the opportunity to snag FOUR sets of Dotty for You and 3 May SOTM for only $5 each!

Place a $150 order(not including tax or shipping)
  • Get THREE free paper packets of your choice
  • Up to FOUR Dotty for You promotions for only $5 each (Yes FOUR!)
  • Up to THREE May Stamps of the Month for only $5 each
  • $25 in Hostess Rewards**
    = Over $140.50 in savings and free products!!!

Want to place a larger order? Contact me and I will help you figure out how to get the most bang for your buck!

Here is how to take advantage of these amazing deals: 
  • Place your order online here*** and then email me with your paper packet choice. I will order your paper packet(s) and have them sent separately.
  • If you order more than $150, either place your order here*** or email me your order and I will place it for you so that you can get the hostess rewards*** shipped with your order.

One more SWEET tidbit: If you came across this crazy deal because you are participating or following the OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop, when emailing me your paper pack choice mention OWH and I will DONATE 10% of your sale total to OWH!!! How's that for a bit of crazy?!? Sweet Savings and Donating to an amazing cause! So get your wish list out and get all of those great goodies you have been eyeing! I doubt you can find a sweeter deal than this!
* Please note that this promotion is sponsored by Chandel Woody and not by the Close to my Heart Corporation, any other Consultant, or Operation Write Home.

** Hostess rewards can be redeemed for select product credit including: My Acrylix Stamps, paper packets, My Stickease, Compliments, ink pads, markers, blocks, card stock, Workshops on the Go kits, and Studio J Memberships & 5-packs

*** Please choose to join the “Memorial Day Special Gathering” when ordering on-line! Doing so will make the ordering process much easier for both of us!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wall Hanging For A Very Special Couple

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of attending a very dear friend's wedding shower. For years Brandi and Chris have shared a very special love and have been waiting for just the right time to concrete their union. The couple's love of blues is always apparent. From their wedding to the decor of their new house, to their eye colors; various shades of blue has played a part in their lives. Along side blue you will always find neutrals with this pair. Warm and rich colors match their personalities and love not only for each other but all of those that are in their lives. Chris is a man's man who can appreciate the beauty and art in the world while Brandi is a sweet, slightly whimsical, no no nonsense classic kind of beauty. Both appreciate the outdoors, family, life and of course each other. Together they can do anything. So to help them commemorate this special union and the new chapter of their lives I knew I had to give them something special from my heart.

For their gift I really wanted to create something that would fit them. So I closed my eyes and tried to think of them. I imagines swirls of bright blues and rich browns, a few flowers and a couple of pearls for that touch of elegance.  

Brandi being the simple elegance kind of girl I couldn't imagine tons of sparkles or glitter but I know in her heart she loves a bit of bling so CTMH Opaques Adhesive Gems - Mocha collection and a bit of Creme Brulee tinted Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint would be just the right touch.

In the Mocha Opaques Collection there are 3 colors to choose from; Cocoa, Chocolate, and light tan. I used all of them to help compliment the various shades of Browns and Tans in the background. 

The opaques were placed in organic free formed swirls around and underneath the cluster of hand rolled flowers. The cluster of flowers and Opaques gave weight and depth to what would have been a flat piece. 

Close To My Heart's Art Philosophy Cricut Collection Cartridge was the perfect place to find the Fluer De Lis and various rolled flower options. To make inking the flowers easier I left the entire pre-cut sheet of White Daisy cardstock on the Cricut mat and sponged and inked until I reached the color saturation and variation I wanted. I wanted to keep the flowers feeling a little lighter than the background and Fluer De Lis so I tried to ink more Crystal Blue, and Bamboo. I did use a little bit of Desert Sand and Twilight for more character, and just the faintest bit of Pacifica. I did not use Chocolate on the flowers, as it would have been a bit heavy for the appearance I was trying to achieve. The colors did mix and mingle a bit, creating this patina kind of shade of green/turquoise, which was exactly what I was trying to achieve.

For the Fluer De Lis I inked the base Crystal Blue color on while still on the mat but added depth and shading in Twilight and Pacifica once it was removed. For the background I simply sponged and inked an entire 12 by 12 sheet of White Daisy Cardstock in Choclate, Desert Sand, and Bamboo. By sponging so much cardstock I was worried I would eventually destroy the ink pads so to reduce wear and tear on the pads I simple placed matching reinker in the lid and directly dipped the sponge into the ink. I then sponged some of the ink out on the piece of wax paper I had under the piece to protect my work surface. When the sponge dried I then went back to the wax paper and picked the color back up or I went back to the lid. By using the reinker in the lid I was also able to achieve a better saturation of color in a shorter amount of time. If I had kept sponging off of the pad it would have taken much longer to get the depth of color I wanted, and I would have had to re-ink the pad many times. Normally I do not have to do this but this being such a large area to cover it made a difference. If I am working on a smaller piece using the pad would have been just fine.

Be sure that all layers are completely dry before adhering. If any layer is still damp either allow more time to dry or hit it with a heat tool. Just be aware that heating with heat tool does dull the color a little bit and if you have the color where you want it, it might be better to just wait for it to dry. If you do not allow all layers to dry completely the Mod podge will begin to pick up color and become tinted. Sometimes this is a good thing sometimes it is not. 

I allowed all of the pieces to dry overnight before adhering them to a 12 by 12 artist canvas using Mod Podge. To ensure proper adhesion I Mod Podged the canvas as well as the back of the background. Then using an old gift card I began to smooth out all air bubbles. Once most of the air bubbles were worked out I then added a layer of Mod Podge and placed the Fluer De Leis. After a couple of coats of Mod Podge I sprayed the entire canvas with a CTMH Spray Pen filled with a mixture of Creme Brulee and Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint. This gave the entire canvas a soft golden pearl effect that didn't really show in the picture but added just that little bit of "Je ne sais quoi". After drying over night I added the hand rolled flowers with a bit of Liquid Glass and then the Opaques. To ensure that the Opaques would stay in place for a life time I coated them in Liquid Glass as well. Liquid Glass is not only an amazingly great adhesive it also drys clear for a epoxy look, this also helped the Opaques stand out more with out taking away from their natural beauty. My final step was to add a personal message and to sign the piece on the back frame in a permanent marker. I didn't not want the writing to show up over time so the wooden frame was the perfect place to hide it.

I love how this wall hanging turned out! More importantly than the love I had for this piece is the love the couple has. I was thrilled to see their eyes light up when they open their gift, and can not wait to share their special day with them! Funny how just a few sheets of White Daisy Cardstock can turn into something like this, and even more amazing is the love that has blossomed over the year with Brandi and Chris! I wish them more love than they thought possible, more happiness than they can imagine, and just enough clouds to really treasure the special love they share! Congratulations Brandi and Chris, I love y'all!

Supply List: (All Close To My Heart Unless Stated)
Tools: Cricut Art PhilosophyCollection Cartridge, Round Sponges (cut in 1/6ths and labeled for future use),  Spray Pen, & Tweezers (to help roll the flowers with)
NON CTMH Items: 12 by 12 Artist Canvas, Foam Brushes, and Mod Podge (Found at local craft stores or big box stores)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May SOTM – Friendship Bouquet Card

Sunflowers, summer, shades of yellows and blues are all things that make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Here in Texas May is when Summer really starts to hit; the temperature soars into the 90s, pools are filled, the days are long and bright. Big, Bright, Sunny Yellow Sunflowers are just the perfect mate for May.

I have been thinking a lot about my girls lately. Usually we try to get together once a month for girl time but the last couple of months have been crazy for us and we just haven't had the chance. So to let them know that I still know they exist and to let them know I am thinking about them I wanted to make them something. Close To My Heart's May 2012 Stamp of the Month, Friendship Bouquet, is the perfect set to let them know I am thinking about them.

Creating this card was simple. First stamp the large sunflower in Chocolate on a 4” square of Colonial White toward the top left corner. Heat set with a heat gun. This will ensure the ink is completely dry and set so that when coloring it in with a blending pen the original image is less likely to run. You could use a solvent-based ink like Brown Staz-On, but I hate to stain my stamps so I take my chances with the heat set method. In most cases I notice the paper will start to pile before the ink will run badly enough to affect the end result.

Next take out a blender pen and your Crème Brulee, Chocolate, and Olive ink pads. Squeeze top of your ink pad to transfer some of the ink from the pad to the lid. (If you don't like to do this then you can use a drop of the matching re-inker in the lid, use the re-inker tip while open to spread the ink out a little bit.)

Using the brush tip of your blender pen begin to pick up a little bit of Buttercup and test on a scrap piece of paper. 

If the color is the saturation you want start to color in the stamped sunflower image. If it seems too light then pick up a bit more ink, if too dark continue to color out on the scrap until you get to the desired shade.

Remember that as you color your image the blender pen will slowly fade to clear. That being the case, start in the areas you want shaded and as the color begins to fade move towards the edges where you want the color to be lighter. After completing the petals of the flower, color all of the Crème Brulee out on a scrap piece of paper. Next move onto the center in Chocolate and repeat the process. Finally stamp 2 leaves in Olive and blend as well.

To achieve a 3D flower just stamp and blend on a scrap piece of paper, fussy cut a flower and extra leaves. Sponge the edges of the base square in Chocolate, and put down the matching zip strip (I love those things!) Now pop up the extra flowers and leaves on 3D foam tape and align with the originally stamped image. Now as much as I like it now, I DO NOT like to fussy cut! This was a happy accident. I had accidentally smudged the flower while taking step by step pictures so I had to do something to hide save it.

For the final finishing touch stamp “Treasured Friend” in Pacifica on the front bottom right corner. If you have time (which I usually don't) covering the center in Liquid Glass adds a bit more dimension. For those girly girls out there add a sprinkle of Prisma Glitter to the top of the Liquid Glass before it dries for a see through sparkle and added glam.

Don't forget about the inside! Stamp the stemmed sunflower in Desert Sand and another sentiment in Pacifica on a 4” square of Colonial White. Inside adhere a 1” by 5” scrap of matching paper (faux zip strip), and then the stamped square of Colonial White. Write a personal note, sign, seal, and deliver to that special friend. Girls keep your eyes on the mail box, it's already on it's way.

Supply List:
Cardstock: Colonial White, Dreamin' (retired) but Pemberly would be lovely as well.
Embellishments: Liquid Glass and Prisma Glitter

P.S. This was my first tutorial! I would love to hear you thoughts about how I did and how I can improve. Thank you so much for looking! Until next time...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

May Specials

Let me tell you how excited I am for the amazing Close To My Heart specials in May. First is our Stamp of the Month, Friendship Bouquet.

This stamp set has to be one my most favorite stamp sets of the month ever! I love sunflowers, summer and friends. I can't wait to share with you what I have done with it! Just wait!

 Corporate has done some amazing sample artwork for this one. For a supply list, ideas and instructions to create these amazing products click here. As always place a $50* order and you can get the Stamp of the Month for only $5**.

What does Crème Brulee, Grey Wool, Lagoon, Smoothie, Sunset, and Sweet Leaf have in common? They are all bright vibrant colors used in the Dotty for You paper pack special for National Scrapbooking Day (1st Saturday in May, the 5th this year). National Scrapbooking Day may only be one day but CTMH is running the special all month long, now that is what I call a celebration! The Dotty for You paper packet includes 24 specially designed, coordination B&T Duos sheets (2 each of 12 patterns) and an artwork idea insert. To get this amazing paper pack place an order of $35* or more from the current Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book and you can purchase the Dotty for You paper pack for only $5**!

Here are some of the amazing patterns in the Dotty for you paper pack. On the reverse of each of these patterns is a dot pattern in a coordinating color and White Daisy. No matter how you mix these papers they will match perfectly with coordinating colors and feel. I can not wait to create summer-y goodness with Dotty for You!

*Before Tax and Shipping **Tax and shipping do apply ***Both Specials are available From now until May 31st or while supplies last.