Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year + Seasonal Expressions

Happy New Year!

I was lucky enough to be at the launch of our NEW Seasonal Expressions in Portland, Oregon. I buddied up with Washington State Consultant, Amy Ulen again and enjoyed sitting with her and friend Karen. I declare that the 2018 Spring Seasonal Expressions is one of my all time favourites!

Here are the first 2 cards I created with products I was able to order in advance of the book's release. Just a huge perk of being a Consultant!
 This sweet set is the Making Waves - Scrapbooking stamp set. The Making Waves patterned paper pack is so whimsical with mermaids and ethereal colours. this set is simply FANTASTIC!

I did a little technique on these cards I call, Backwards Stamping! For the Sea Star, I used the wrong side of the stamp to stamp the star image with Glacier ink. Then I turned the stamp the way it was intended and stamped the sea star outline within the "backwards stamped" image! This stamping was done on 2 different patterns of paper in the Making Waves package.

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed it with Black embossing powder. Then I used my Clear Shimmer Brush to colour in the word "Stardust". I coloured the mermaid with my Shin Han Alcohol markers and added the DIVINE coordinating flower sequins to her hair.

All supplies are Close To My Heart:
Paper: Making Waves
Stamp: Making Waves - Scrapbooking
Ink: Willow; Emerald; Tangerine; Glacier; Versamark; Shin Han Alcohol Markers
Embellishments: Making Waves Sequins; Clear Shimmer Brush

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas cards in 3D

I have been neglecting my blog.....again! During my neglect, I have been creating some special 3D cards. Here is the 2nd one I posted, but with more of a description of how I made it.
For this card, I cut 3 trees from our 2017 Cricut cart, You Are Here, from Fern cardstock. Then I cut the decorations with Sea Glass Glitter paper. I scored down the centre of each tree and the decorations, then stuck them together to create this dimensional tree.

Behind the tree, on the White Daisy piece, I stamped the snowflake image from Christmas Borders in 2nd generation Sea Glass ink. The sentiment is from, Silver & Gold Cardmaking and is first stamped with Fern ink and then ghosted with Sea Glass ink. (Ghosting is stamping the same image a second time, a wee bit the side and above/below the darker stamped image.) I matted the White Daisy with Sea Glass cardstock.

I added various patterned papers on a Slate background and added a Silver Foil cardstock strip. This is a 5 x 7 card and in order to keep the tree three dimensional, it fits nicely in a clear plastic box, for mailing or presentation.
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All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Silver & Gold Cardmaking; Christmas Borders
Cardstock: White daisy;  Fern; Silver Foil; retired Slate; retired Sea Glass card & Glitter paper.
Ink: Fern; retired Sea Glass
Tools: You Are Here Cricut cartridge; Scoreboard




Wednesday, November 8, 2017

3D Christmas Cards

I love creating 3 dimensional items to put on cards. At Christmas time, I think cards should be over the top....so this is a class I have created to teach at home and at the Monteray Rec Centre. Each of these cards will be presented in a clear box, as they do not squish down to fit in a normal sized envelope.
 The first card has a very full poinsettia made from White Daisy and Sweet Leaf cardstock. The wreath underneath is from New England Ivy cardstock. All elements were cut with our Flower Market Cricut cartridge. I used retired patterned paper from City Sidewalks.
 The second card has a sweet dimensional New England Ivy Christmas tree with Sea Glass Glitter paper accents. I stamped the White Daisy piece, behind the tree, with the snow flake image from Christmas Borders stamp set. I used second generation Sea Glass ink. I also added a strip of our NEW  Silver Foil cardstock along with some retired patterned papers on a Slate cardstock mat.
Finally, the third card uses NEW patterned paper from Beary Christmas.The stars were cut from Art Philosophy then I used our Score Board to score each of them. I also used our Confetti Embossing Folder; White & Gold Twine; and Clear Shimmer Pen. I used stamp set Silver & Gold Cardmaking for all 3 cards. I stamped the sentiment with New England Ivy ink, then ghost stamped again in either Glacier; Sea Glass; or Sweet Leaf ink.



All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Silver & Gold Cardmaking
Patterned paper: Beary Chirstmas; retired City Sidewalks
Cardstock: New England Ivy; Cranberry; Slate; White Daisy; Glacier; Silver Foil Cardstock; Sea Glass Glitter cardstock; retired Slate
Ink: New England Ivy; Sweet Leaf; Glacier; Sea Glass; Shin Han Marker
Embellishments: White & Gold Twine; Clear Shimmer Pen; Clear Sparkles
Tools: Flower Market & Art Philosophy Cricut carts; Score Board; Confetti Embossing Folder


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fall has arrived......can I get a YIPEE!

Fall has arrived......my favourite season of the year. The weather cools off and the sun sets earlier and rises later....perfect for a night Owl like me. I have again been bad at posting on my blog, but will try to catch you up now.
This card uses two new items from our Fall/Winter Seasonal Expressions. The first is this beautiful Embossing Folder that I used for the base of this card. I embossed Fern cardstock, then rubbed coordinating ink over the entire thing. It is mounted on Glacier cardstock, which is also used for where the sentiment is stamped with Fern ink.

The die cut leaf is from new stamp set with coordinating Thin Cuts, Falling For You - Cardmaking. It is a wonderful set with lots of leaf choices. The amazing Gold scalloped border was created with our fantastic NEW Gold Foil cardstock and Scallop Border Thin Cuts. I added clear Sparkles that I coloured with a Shin Han alcohol marker. 

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All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Falling For You - Cardmaking with coordinating Thin Cuts
Cardstock: Gold Foil; Fern; Glacier
Ink: Fern; Shin Han Alcohol Marker
Embellishments: Clear Sparkles
Tools: Scallop Border Thin Cuts



Friday, October 6, 2017

Christmas Cards with Cricut Design Space

I have been so inspired by many CTMH Consultants.
Most recently both Jennifer Smith and Julie Carriere have piqued my interest with their amazing workshops and easy purchase of their Cricut Design Space files. After putting myself through a self taught crash course of Design Space, I felt very satisfied altering some files. I created these cards and would like to offer the files and instructions to you, for purchase.


These cards will make a great Christmas card workshop for you and/or your customers, or for you to make and send out.
Here are the exclusive Close To My Heart products I used. 

Close to My Heart Required Materials:
You Are Here Cricut Cart Z3389 (digital Z3387)
Flower Market Cricut Cart Z3285 (digital Z3290)
Artistry Cricut Cart Z3190
Artiste Cricut Cart (retired)

Other Close to My Heart products used:
Christmas Borders D1746
Mistletoe Kisses M1182
Beary Christmas Cardmaking Stamp C1691
In the Background D1750
Gold Foil Cardstock Z3365
Silver Foil Cardstock Z3366
Bashful Glitter Paper Z3360
Poppy Cardstock X5963
Glacier Cardstock X5977
Bashful Cardstock X5941
Fern Cardstock X5960
Toffee Cardstock X5950
New England Ivy Cardstock X5959
Poppy Ink Z3852
Glacier Ink Z2841
Bashful Ink Z2819
Black Ink Z2805
New England Ivy Ink Z2835
White Daisy Pigment Ink Z2863
White Twine Z3216
White Value Pack Cards & Envelopes X254

With a $25 purchase of supplies from my website, ballistic.ctmh.com, I will email you the Design Space (explore only) cutting files and a full colour, step by step assembly guide FREE. (Canadian orders only)
For my CTMH counterparts, you may purchase the cutting files and guide to use to showcase these products in any workshop/class settings.
Canadian Consultants may e transfer $5 to receive only the cutting files and assembly guide. All other Consultants may use this link to purchase the files.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

You Are Here

We are here.......this card is a compilation of our Cricut carts and experimentation. I started with wanting to make a stencil of this tree image from Artbooking. When I received my new CTMH You Are Here Cricut cart, I decided to use the clam shell to make the stencil.
Once the stencil was cut, here is what I did to make this image. I schmered some Tim Holtz Oxide ink all over a 4x4 piece of Colonial White cardstock. I let it dry/cure for 24 hours. Then I layed the stencil down over top and used a TH ink tool to apply a turquoise ink over top of the rest. After letting that cure for 24 hours, I went in with a Shin Han Alcohol Marker and coloured the leaves. Then I outlined the tree with a White Gelly Roll pen. I added Red Glitz by all of the leaves.

I stamped this wonderful sentiment from a set that came with Cricut cart, You are Here, in Pacifica ink. I added the twine then some Lagoon and Saddle cardstock mats.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: You are Here coordinating
Ink: Pacifica; Shin Han Alcohol Marker
Cardstock: Saddle; Lagoon; Colonial White
Embellishments: Twine; Red Glitz
Other: Tim Holtz Oxide Ink & Ink tool

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Feel So Blessed

I do, feel so blessed. I feel blessed to have my amazing husband and 3 children. I feel blessed to have a  home in an amazing city and country. I feel blessed to have the friends; community; and businesses I do. So our September Stamp of the Month, Feel So Blessed, is extra amazing!

I heat embossed the sentiment in Black on watercolour paper, first. Then I just splashed and smooshed some turquoise shades of paint on. Once it was dry, I stamped this beautiful feather and added the outline with my Black Journaling pen. I also used a White Jelly Roll pen to add some highlights to the sentiment, to help it pop more. I finished with some Silver Sequins a Black cardstock mat.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Feel So Blessed, Sept SOTM
Ink: Black; Versamark; Watercolour Paint
Cardstock: Black; Watercolour
Embellishments: Silver Sequins
Other: White Jelly Roll Pen