Friday, November 17, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques / November 2017 / Masking Magic

WELCOME TO:




Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

This month we’re going to explore masking techniques.  There are so many variations of masking, it would be difficult to list them all here.  But, since pictures speak louder than words, we’ll let our team show you the masking techniques they opted to try.  Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:


Our amazing sponsor this month is me,

Jodie Park of Close to My Heart


Please take a moment to check out her store here. I have listed below some of the products used if you would like to find them on my website.
And the awesome prize this month is this adorable stamp set:

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, November 26, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until December 14, 2017, to claim their prize.
You should have arrived here from Amanda.  If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.
For my card, I used a circle die cut to mask out for the moon and a die cut for masking out the globe. I used the dauber to fill in all the background with a combination of navy and black and glacier to make the night sky. I used our chalk pencil to add touches of snowflakes. Finishing off the globe with liquid glass for the shine. I stamped on our glitter paper with archival ink to make the base of the globe sparkle. Used the same glitter paper to add a strip of sparkle to the bottom of the card. I have provided videos below with great explanation of this and other masking techniques. I just finished a workshop for Christmas cards so this fit in just perfect timing. Stop by in the next week, I will have posted a couple more ideas, for you~~



                                    Warmest Wishes Stamp + Thin Cuts 
Item Number: Z3385

                                   




Thin Cuts—Basic Circles
Item Number: Z3318

As I used the cut from the thin cuts basic circles with removable adhesive and used a dauber to color in around the sky.  I did the same below with the globe from this great stamp & die set, to keep the space nice and white for my scenery!!

Chalk Marker 
Item Number: Z1767
Liquid Glass Item Number: Z679



Use the masking technique to create beautiful cards with magical results. 

Here are some videos for inspiration...






Now you’re off to visit with Amanda. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another great technique!
Hope you Have a
Happy Thanksgiving with your families!!!
Smiles,
Jodie
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost along the way:
Sharon
Kim
Wilma
Amanda
Jodie
Debbie
Claudia

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques / October 2017 / Waterfall Cards

Welcome to the
Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
There’s just something about interactive cards!  And Waterfall Cards are among the best interactive card techniques.  They look intricate, though, so we’ll let you in on any hints we uncover along the way.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one for yourself.
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
This month our amazing sponsor is none other than  Bugaboo Stamps
Please take a moment to check out their store here, their blog here and their Facebook page here.
And the awesome prize this month is $12.00 gift code to the store (about four digital images).
We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 29, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. If you would prefer to be notified if you win, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you. The winner will have until November 16, 2017, to claim their prize.
You should have arrived here from Lisa. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.
For my cards, I stayed with the fall Halloween theme, since we are in October!!
And to see it in motion click on the image below:



Remember, you can always make them Vertical or Horizontal!!!
                                    Possibilities are enless!!!
 If you are ever interested in making any of my cards, please contact me for details of upcoming workshops or to schedule a personalized workshop of your choice!! 
Now you’re off to visit with Card A Day Challenge Team. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!
~~SMILES~~

Jodie
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques / September 2017 / Inlaid & Lifted Die Cut Cards




Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
Die Cuts are certainly popular in the crafting world and there are so many from which to choose. But they can be expensive, so we’re looking at additional ways in which we can use them; specifically, inlaid and lifted die cuts.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try an idea or two that we’ve shared with you.
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:   
We have an amazing sponsor this month, Katydid Cards.

Please take a moment to check out the Katydid Cards blog or Facebook page.
And the awesome prize this month is:
We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. The winner will be announced on Sunday, September 24, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until October 14, 2017, to claim their prize.
You should have arrived here from Sandy. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning to increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.
So for my card this month I made some Thank you notes to some of my friends that helped me out during this crazy month. I am working on a Wedding card with similar technique, will post when I get it complete to see what you think!

 I started by using a die cut to make the opening for my sentiment on my cream cardstock layer.  I used a stamp set that had a similar shape border and free cut around the image and raised it with some foam tape.  Having it a little higher than the base, made it pop.  

Here is a peek into the inside.. 
Always nice to add a little extra inside the card also!! 

                               My friends loved the card.  
Here are some great videos for more inspiration on this fun technique~



Now you’re off to visit with Debbie. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another fabulous technique!
~~SMILES~~
Jodie
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Autumn is a Great time for Scrapbooking & Card Making and Cropping!!

Are you a person who cringes thinking about the end of summer or do you love the crisp air, crunchy leaves and brilliant colors of fall?  Honestly, for me, if it's not winter in Michigan, I'm good with all of the three other seasons!

Each season represents a fresh start and fall is usually the time of year when scrapbookers and stampers come back inside and start up their papercrafting again!  If that's you, here are some tips on how to prepare to begin again!

1.  Keep your crafting area clean!

Easier said than done, right?  However, a couple of suggestions to help you at least do better in this area.  
Start with the cleanest slate you can.  
Take fifteen minutes a day, EVERY DAY, 
and work on your room starting today.  
You will be surprised how much progress you'll make with just a non-interrupted 15 minutes of focused work.  
Do it now and you'll be clean by the first official day of fall.  
To keep it clean, the moment you finish your layouts or cards,
 put everything away so you can start fresh the next time.

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2.  Get yourself some good lighting.  

Less summer means less sunlight.  Just a few weeks ago I was able to buy the cutest teal colored Ott-lite for less than $30.  Not only does it have four brightness settings but also has an outlet to charge my phone!!   You need good lighting for good crafting.

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3.  Declutter.

Oh gosh, I know you don't like to get rid of anything just in case you may use it in the future. 
 But let's face it, that's like keeping your "thin clothes" just in case you lose that ten pounds.  
Get real and get rid of those things you haven't used in the past year or two!  
You will feel so much better with less.

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4.  Get some help!

If you are a scrapbooker, Close to my Heart has put out a brand new how to book,
It fits into any of our EveryDay Life albums.  
Don't have the money right now, try Pinterest!

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5.  Scrapbookers:  Scrap the photos you love first.

I know that many of you are chronological in your scrapbooking but sometimes going in order can put you up against a brick wall when the pictures that are next on your list are not ones you really feel like scrapbooking.  If you are chronological and don't have movable pages, just don't attach until the whole album is done.  That way you can still be in order.  If you want to try a different way, check out Stacy Julian's book, The Big Picture.  It changed everything about scrapbooking for me!

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6.  Cardmakers:  Don't do it all!

Cardmakers have big open eyes!  They see a new type of card, technique, or style every single day and they want to do them all.  Don't.  Yes, it's fun to try all of those new things but only IF you aren't doing it because you feel you should know it all.  It's is absolutely okay to keep to your favorites when making cards because, remember, the people who receive your cards don't care if it's the latest technique, they just care that you cared.

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7.  Figure out how you craft best.

Although I love running crops, trying to get anything done at a crop I'm attending is difficult for me.  There are too many distractions.  I'm a stay at home, work best by myself kind of crafter.  Stick Dirty Dancing in the blue-ray player and sit down at a table and I'm good!   That's not for everyone though.  Some people do their best work at a three day crop, others like to make cards with just a few people while sharing ideas.  Some need to get away, some like to stay home.  Go with what works for you, don't force yourself to do what doesn't just because your friends like the other way.  You'll be much more productive if you go with your own style.

If you have not checked out my upcoming September 15-17 crop, 
here is a link to check out and register if you are interested:  



8.  Go easy on yourself

This may sound like the opposite of what I just wrote but you will be more productive if you remember this is supposed to be for fun.  When it becomes a chore, it's no longer a hobby and you will begin to resent it.  There is no "have-to" about your papercrafting, there is only "want-to."

9.  Perfection is overrated.

There is nothing that slows down your crafting more than feeling that your page, 
card, or project has to be perfect.  It doesn't.  
It's about the love you put into your work.  If that's there, everything else is irrelevant.  

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10.  Just do it!

Nike had it right, when it's time to start crafting again, just get to it.  
Within minutes, you'll rediscover your love of it all 
and won't want to stop no matter what season it is!!!  

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So that's it!  Enjoy the new season!!

In case you did not know, CTMH has a special each Tuesday of August:
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One More Week

The 50% off Warehouse sale has only one more Tuesday left.  Make sure you get what you want before it's all gone.

See this week's sales here.


NEW CATALOG GOES LIVE ON SEPTEMBER 1st!!!  Click below to see!!


New papers, stamps and so much more!!!! 


Looking forward to seeing you this fall!!  

Smiles to all!!~~!!~