CTMH – March Stamp of the Month

Tea-rrific Mother’s Day Card

You’re My Cup of Tea Card

March 2017 Stamp of the Month – Tea-rrific SET OF 11 $23 S1703.  Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for that month only, for just $6! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

 

STAMP OF THE MONTH March 2017: Tea-rrific Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $6.

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Saying Thank You

Some of you may know that I recently won an amazing contest.  Creative Scrapbook Magazine and forty five different sponsors, (that’s right 45!) held a nine day contest called Taste of CHA.  A creative wonderland of treasures.

The delivery company arrived with a giant box today.

It was crammed to the brim, can you have a brim on a box, very full!

As I stared to pull treasures out I laid them on my ironing board;

then around my sewing machine; then on top of my printer; 

then moved over to my desk and finally piled the last on my chair and sewing stool.

It is overwhelming.  The generosity of the sponsors and the hard work that it took for Creative Scrapbook Magazine  to pull together and organize the giveaway.  If you choose, it would be wonderful to have you all to drop by Creative Scrapbook Magazine  and give their page a thumbs up.  Tell them you are looking forward to entering TASTE of CHA next year.

I know I can’t wait to get playing with all the goodies!

CTMH One-day Sweet Sale!

In celebration of the sweetest holiday of the year, we’re holding a one-day flash sale, 30% discount on selected products from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.  

One Day Sale

This Sweet Sale starts February 14 at 3:00 pm MST (2:00 pm PST; 4:00 pm CST; 5:00 pm EST) and will end at that same time on February 15 . Sale prices are only available on orders placed online – CTMH  To see which items will be discounted during this sale, visit the shopping cart online at any time during the sale times—the Sweet Sale items will be listed on that page.

As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items. Additionally, the sale price does not apply to Select Product Credit (SPC) purchases, so if you choose to order any of the sale items using SPC, you will be charged the full retail value.  

All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last, and there is no grace period for placing orders, so be sure to get your orders in before the sale ends!

 

 

National Craft Month ~ March

In honor of National Craft Month, I am posting my efforts from today.  Granted they are not “handmade” but on the other hand, I did make them.

I received a gift of a Microsoft Office Suite which included 2010 Publisher Program.  My computer had been factory reset and I had lost the key to my previous Office Suite.  I was helpless!  Especially without my Publisher.  Do you have a program that you particularly like?  I LOVE Publisher.  It is so easy to use and I just feel like I can make it stand on end.

With our move to another Province, I decided my Art site needed an update and new name so I choose Skimmerhorn Studio.  I have also been going to a couple of markets where I need to have a business card; cards for my hand painted glasses, etc.  Improvisation was the name of the game.  For business cards I used small (I mean mini) watercolour paintings and for a company name plate I painted a picture, and little white tags for prices.

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Valentine Card – Ombre Heart

February is already sneaking up on us fast.  Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it.  Here is a quick card you can do and have tucked away for your special sweetheart.

I wanted to try an outline of a heart and thought of dots, but as you can see, it turned into an Ombre Heart!  Ombre Heart 7

Start with a small square/rectangle of watercolour paper as the base for your painting.  I cut out a smaller heart, this can be from anything that will hold some shape, like a good card stock.   [Read more…]

Easy, Mailable Christmas Cards

Do you mail out Christmas Cards?  My sister was telling me how many she has going out.  Forty or more just in Canada, then there are some going to the UK, Australia and the US.  I thought she may have to take out a second mortgage just to get them all sent!

I do love to receive cards but find that over the years and too many moves to count, we have lost track of friends over the years.  I still send out a few, those determined to keep track of us!

Handmade cards are still my favourite to send.  They can be expensive and a bit of a pain to mail however.  Canada Post likes to stuff your envelopes through this tiny slot to see if it “measures up”.  And that is the trick with handmade cards.  All those lovey embellishments that stick up or poke out just don’t make the tiny slot and you end up paying more for each envelope.

Here is a bright wintery card that will definitely make the grade this year.  What do you think?Christmas Cards 5

The stamped image is on watercolour paper.  I like to use watercolour paper because of the quality and the ability to wet it without having the paper curl on you. This does not have to be expensive paper.  You can buy a relatively cheap paper from almost any department store, or wait until Michael’s has a coupon.  I buy the Canson cold press pad.  It is 140lb, acid free.

Next I scored the a sheet into rectangles 3.5×4.5  This was just enough to print one image, the Christmas Tree.  I got six trees from one sheet of 9×12 paper.

Using a juicy ink, my white is hardly ever used so was perfect, I stamped the tree in the center of a couple of the rectangles.  Because I was going to emboss the trees, I only did two at a time.

With all the trees done in silver embossing, I was ready for the colour.  You can use petty much anything to add colour.  I used my Acrylic paints as they were bright and intense.  If you like a softer look, watercolour or pencil crayons would work.  For more intense the copic pens would be great as well.  But, as you know, I love to splash paint around and so used my Acrylics.Christmas Cards 4

The paint exceeded all my expectations.  I loved the look and how the colours blended into one another, without rolling out over the edges of the embossed tree.  While the last two were wet, I tried to sprinkle over some silver glitter.  Ha!  Glitter Dump!  It was fun.

The background was from my stash.  I cut them 4×5.25, smaller than my 4.25×5.5 cards but larger than the rectangle trees.  The edges are just run over with some matching ink.Christmas Cards 3

There are no embellishments of any kind, but the embossing power and the brilliant colours make the tree stand out.  I love them.

Do you send out cards?  Bought or handmade?

 

 

DIY Easy Christmas Card

With all the Christmas decorations going up in stores and the touch of white stuff on the hills, I want to start all things Christmas!

On Penny Black blog there are so many great designers and ideas that it is hard to pick.  There was one called Frosty, Cool Colors I just had to try.  Of course, I did not have their great design stamp or for that matter any of the materials.  In fact this is pretty much not like theirs at all.  But it did inspire me to try and make something like that.

Here is what I used.

Watercolour paper – these were pages that the original painting was, well let’s say “not up to par”.  I cut them 1/4 inch smaller all around than the card I was placing them on.

Watercolour

Watercolour

Next I swished water over (on the clean back side!) in a back and forth slant, not really filling in or covering my paper.  On to this, I dropped or splatted four different colour blue paints from my palette and let it run where it wanted to.  Once all the colour was dropped in, I took a blow dryer to it.  I am terribly patient that way.

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I stamped on the Christmas/Winter design from my Close To My Heart Stamps and poured over silver embossing power. My stamps were not as loose and airy as the one in Frosty, Cool Colors but I was still pleased with the results.

Next I managed to find some Close To My Heart paper.  This was a feat as most of my studio is still stuffed into the front porch, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do!   Christmas Cards 6

Don’t you just love those colours?  I cut the background paper the same size as the card and used some thin glue dots to attach both the background and the picture.  It was such a fast easy method and I think the results are great.

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Are you sending cards this year?  Will you make your own?

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