Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

It's been an exciting month around here...the Close To My Heart convention in Dallas, release of a new Idea Book, lots of new stamps, papers and toys to play with!!  

Check back here on August 6 (my birthday!) to check out the NEW PRODUCT BLOG HOP.

If you're here for the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop, you're in the right place!  I hope you have a chance to go around the whole circle of 58 Close To My Heart consultants who all worked with the same stamp set to create beautiful and different items!  I hope you are inspired by their creativity.  I always am.

If you've arrived here from Dawn Ross' Blog, welcome!

This month's stamp set is called Baroque Borders:

I like the style of the corner stamp sets, so I stamped two.  I wanted to use a sentiment that was "on the serious side" - so I used a sympathy set, from the new Words of Comfort stamp set (below, C1524).  It's a really nice one.  Any sentiment would work well, really. 

I thought it needed something interesting besides the words, so I added some NEW Colonial White Rosette Ribbon (Z1800, $7.95 for 5 yards).  The flowers are only 3/4" across, so I like that much better than the big pink ribbon flowers we had before.

I cut a few apart and colored them with a Sponge Dauber and Twilight Ink.  I think it adds something.  Very subtle, though.

I thought the card looked much better, but still, it needs something.  A little glitter... (who doesn't need a little glitter??)  I tried different color and Glitz Gel options.  Did you know we now have a GREEN Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1771, $2.75)?  I think it will be great for Christmas cards.  I tried it on these flowers, but I liked the Stardust Glitter Gel better (Z1313, $2.75); the Stardust color has a blue-ish tint to it.  Either with or without the Twilight Ink would look nice.  I opted for it WITH the Twilight Inked flowers, and Stardust Glitz on the top flower (bub not all three). I put a few dabs on the flower and smeared it around with my finger.

You should be able to click on the picture to make it larger.

Did I mention that Close To My Heart now has a new Cricut Cartridge?  It's called Artiste! And  the center shape is cut with the new Artiste cartridge ($99).  (I LOVE this shape!  It's so elegant.)  I also cut a leaf set with Artiste, which I barely sponged a little with the Twilight ink.  I didn't bother to cut the leaves apart, since I was planning on covering them up with ribbon flowers.

All done!  And the best part is, because the flowers are made of ribbon, they will smash down.  So if you want to mail it, the card will still be beautiful upon arrival.  And with any luck, the mail man won't charge you extra postage.  I love simple, beautiful cards.

If you want to start shopping, the new Idea Book starts August 1 - ready, set, go!!  And don't forget that you can also sign up to be a new consultant starting on August 1 and get the Fabulous Bonus Bag!  (Hey look, it kind of coordinates with my card!...I think that's what inspired me...)

Supplies Used:
August Stamp of the Month - Baroque Borders (S1208, $17.95 or just $5 with your $50 purchase)
Cricut Artiste (Z1790, $99 for cartridge with 700 shapes, 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 sets of coordinating chipboard)
Card Stock:  Twilight, Colonial White, Sweet Leaf
Colonial White Rosette Ribbon (Z1800, $7.95 for 5 yards)
Twilight Stamp Pad
Sponge Daubers
Stardust Glitter Gel better (Z1313, $2.75)
Foam Mounting Tape (under both layers)

Now hop on over to Annette Green's blog!  Happy Hopping!  And don't forget to hop on back this way on August 6 AND 15!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

August New Consultant Specials and $100 in Free Products!

Did you know that you can get this super cute bag if you sign up to be a Close To My Heart consultant in August?

I'm so excited, the new Idea Book was just released and the new consultant kit is now just $49!  In it, you get over $130 in brand new scrapbooking and stamping supplies!  AND if you sign up in August, you will get the super cute teal and white backpack bag shown above (holds lots of 12x12 papers nicely).  I have one - it's fabulous!  (The bag is available while supplies last, so sign up on August 1 to guarantee your incentive bag.)

BUT WAIT - there's more!  (haha)  Read on to see how you can get $100 in FREE product from me, as a reward!!

You can sign up to be a Close To My Heart consultant on my website here.  If you sign up and reach $300 in sales between your sign up date and September 30, I will give you $50 in FREE product of your choice! If you sign up and reach $1200 before September 30, I will give you an additional $50 in free product for a total of $100 in FREE goodies of your choice.  WOWIE! 
Close To My Heart also has rewards for hitting $300 and $1200, so you could earn up to $100 MORE in free products!  

Why am I rewarding you so much?  I'm going for the CTMH incentive trip, and I'm working hard to earn it!!  I will also have customer specials starting August 15.  Stay tuned!

Here is what comes in the $49 New Consultant Kit (filled with over $130 in products):

Hard to resist, isn't it? If you have ever considered signing up - now is the time!!  Sign up on August 1, and reach the sales numbers I listed above by September 30 for a total of $100 in free product of your choice from me.  I would love to reward you with lots of free scrapbooking and stamping supplies!  (Plus, you'll be joining one of the best teams in the company!)
Got questions? Email me  I'd love to talk to you!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Baby Card with Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon

I got this really cute baby card idea from my upline, Naomi.  

First I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge (Z1686, $99) to cut the scallop card (at 4 1/2") and Heavenly Blue circle (at 4").  (By the way, Heavenly Blue is one of the retiring colors at the end of July.)

Then I ran the blue circle through my Cuttlebug.  It's like a pasta machine for paper.  You stick the paper in (sandwiched between some plates) on one side, and turn the handle, and out pops something different on the other end.  (I used the green background so you could see the scallops on the card.)

In this case, I used the Embossing Folder to press the circles and flowers into the paper.  You can also cut with it (it's a low-tech (die) cutting system)...but very effective.  I got my Cuttlebug online years ago - they're really reasonable.

You could use any stamp for the center of the bib.  I used blush ink and New Arrival (C1501, $13.95).  The mat is Sunkiss Yellow (retiring color).

I used a circle punch to punch out the hole at the top of the card, blush brads to connect the pieces together, and two 7" pieces of Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon (Z1732, $6.95) on the top.

I really like the Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon.  It's cool because you can color it any shade you want.  I used rubbing alcohol and reinker.  Check out Connie McFarlane's video on different ways to color the Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon.

Love it!

Hope you had fun looking.  :)  Hopefully you will get a chance to play with the Ribbon, soon, too!  To start shopping, click here!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July Stamp of the Month

It's hard to believe July is already 1/3 over!  I swear time goes faster when you get older.  :(

I'm a little behind the times, but here's my July Stamp of the Month creation.  It's called Live Out Loud., and you can buy it for just $17.95.  Or if you spend $50, you can get it for $5!  What a deal!

Plus, if you take advantage of the July special {buy $75 on my website and get a free paper pack and coordinating accessory - valued at up to $17.90}, you can get the Stamp of the Month for just $5!  Different weeks offer different free paper packs, so choose one week, or shop more than once during the month.  Click here to see which packs and accessories are being offered.

If you haven't seen the July stamp set yet, here it is!

It's very fun, and festive.  I kind of like it...it's growing on me.  :)

Here's my creation with the July Stamp of the Month:

I used the Pemberley paper pack (X148B), Outdoor Denim stamp pad (Z2140), Flutter paper Shapes (Z1463), Glitz Glitter Gel (Silver-Z1482 and Stardust-Z1313), foam mounting tape.

I love this sheet in the Pemberley paper pack.  I don't know why.

If you want to shop now - visit my website:  www.lisasargent.ctmh.com

If you want to see more Stamp of the Month creations, you can go to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop (which I usually participate in).  I'll be back next month - on time - so not to worry!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Missing you...

Sorry, I've been absent so long.  It's been crazy, with family issues and holidays.  I am sorry!  :(

Here's something fun with the Lucy Workshop on the Go kit.  You may not have even noticed them.  In the current Spring/Summer Idea Book, in each section of the new 8 "featured" paper packs, there's a Workshop On The Go.  It includes a full paper pack (in this case, Lucy), an exclusive (not available on its own or elsewhere in the Idea Book) stamp set, 2 Colonial White sheets of card stock, Lucy Glittery Rub Ons, Bittly Sparkles, Instructions on how to make a 4 page scrapbook layout!  AND you get to save money doing it!  (See page 31)

You know I love flowers...especially flower with the "inside" and the "outside" on the stamps.  I like to be able to stamp the color on the flower petals, because I am too lazy to color them in my hand.  And now with the Close To My Heart AP Cricut cartridge, I can cut out the flower, and stamp the outline, without coloring or stamping the inside.  LOVE it!

This card uses the Lucy paper pack and color combinations:

But I love this different color combo - less girly...almost masculine.  ALMOST, since flowers are never masculine....

The faint words on the card are made lighter with second generation stamping.  A fun technique, you should try it some time!  (Ink up your pad, stamp your image on a scratch paper, stamp your image on your project.)

Supplies Used on Card #1 (it's easy to make lots of these):
Lucy Workshop on the Go (G1034, $29.95)
Lucy Paper Pack (X7149b, $9.95)
4 My Friend Stamp Set (D1510, $17.95)
Card Stock: Sunny Yellow, Creme Brulee, Pear
Inks:  Pear (on flower), Topiary (on tag)
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Pink Button
Watermelon Waxy Flax (retired)
Corner Rounder (I like Creative Memories')
Glue Dots

Supplies Used on Card #2 (love the 2nd generation stamping, still pretty easy to make this card, too):
Lucy Workshop on the Go (G1034, $29.95)
Universal Backgrounds (D1477, $17.95)
Card Stock:  Cocoa, Creme Brulee, Sorbet
Inks:  Cocoa, Chocolate, Sorbet
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Cocoa Ribbon

Promise to post a few more times this month!