Friday, July 26, 2013

CardMaker Makeover - Lovely Lily

One of my favorite magazines is the CardMaker magazine. I have both the print and the digital subscriptions! I just love looking through my copy and getting ideas for different tricks, techniques and just all around paper crafting happiness. But I often find that while I love the cards they share, I rarely have the materials that they use. So....... why not create your own using the materials that you DO have on hand. If you are anything like me, you have TONS of products that you can use to replicate their works of art and make it your own.

That is exactly what I have done here and will continue to do in my new series Titled CardMaker Makeover - Close To My Heart Style!  I do hope you enjoy this and see how easy it is to use their ideas and make it your own. So here is my first card.
This one was taken from page 15 of the Summer 2013 issue. I created a standard A2 card (4.25" x 5.5") using the value pack from Close To My Heart. I  created a 4.25" x 5.5" panel using a piece from the Laughing Lola paper packet and then attached a 3.75" x 5" piece of B&T Duo from the same paper packet. I stamped the image and sentiment on a piece of Daisy White cardstock cut at 3" x 3.75" then mounted that on a piece of Black cardstock leaving a 1/8" border. The 3.75" circle was cut using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge on a piece of Gypsy cardstock.

Next I attached the 3.75" circle to the panel of B&T Duos with some Tombow® Adhesive, I next attached a piece of black ribbon and then, using 3-D foam tape I attached the panel with the image. Last I attached a sparkle.
Here is a video of how I put this card together.
I hope you come back and follow this series.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

In the meantime, Happy Paper Crafting!

Card base and envelope
5 1/2" X 4 1/4" Colonial White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

Laughing Lola Paper Packet

 Lovely Lily

 Family Love

 12" X 12" White Daisy Cardstock 

 12" X 12" Black Cardstock 

 12" X 12" Gypsy Cardstock

 Cricut Cartridge

 Sparkles Clear Assortment

Exclusive Inks® Markers


Tombow® Adhesive   

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Artbooking Cricut Cartridge Pre-Order Special - Close To My Heart (CTMH) Exclusive

This is so Exciting!
By now I'm sure you have heard all the news about the newest Close To My Heart cartridge, "Artbooking".  You are going to love all of the amazing home decor projects and layouts that you are going to be able to create! WOW!
This cartridge has tons of overlays, mini albums, images, and even a brand new font.  What is the best part you ask?  Each key boasts a theme so you can create a complete themed album with coordinating pages up to 12x12!  In addition, there are photo mats (in standard photo sizes) along with borders, titles and accents.  Plus it comes with three coordinating stamp sets to add even more to your pages! Below is a sample of a wonderful project that was created using the Artbooking cartridge.

If you would like to see a video on exactly what comes in this bundle and how I have used it, watch this.

Here is a two-page layout I created with this fabulous cartridge. It was SO easy.
I know how excited everyone is to get their very own cartridge.  So I'm going to let you in on how you can get this cartridge before August 1st when it releases.

Join my team this month and get the brand new kit featuring the Laughing Lola paper(total value of kit is $155 for only $49) and order your new cartridge immediately at a discount!

If that does not interest you how about putting in a pre-order?  Order your Artbooking Cricut cartridge from me and I'll include a mini stamp set.  Plus I'll pay your tax and shipping!  So that is FREE shipping and FREE mini stamp set with pre-orders.  Offer ends at midnight on July 31st, 2013.  Orders will ship August 1st with stamp set.

This pre-order also allows you to get the August stamp of the month Chocolate Affair for only $5 if you choose. Just look at the beautiful projects you can use these stamps on.

  Choose Cartridge alone or cartridge with stamp of the month

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to reading your comments and possibly working with you. In the meantime
Happy Paper Crafting!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Creatively Redeeming Treasures Team Blog Hop July 2013

Wow, we are already over half way through the year, can you believe it!  It is so amazing how fast the time goes by.  Does it feel the same for you?


"Welcome to the Creatively Redeeming Treasures Team Blog Hop if you are coming from Helen Gullett's Blog you are in the right place! If you are just stopping by, feel free to follow the links and hop the whole way through and see everyone's artwork. We will be doing this Hop every month on the 19th so make sure to scribe to my blog so that you won't miss any of the great projects!

In celebration of the wonderful food of the season AND our July Stamp of the Month - Sweet Life, I created this card. You can get your Sweet Life stamp set, valued at $17.95 at a 72% discount (only $5) when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products. 

I also played around with our Exclusive Inks markers to create these lovely peaches! First I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black fade-resistant dye ink, as I have found it is the ONLY ink that doesn't bleed when using alcohol markers. I then used Buttercup, Blush, Cranberry, Pear, and Topiary to color the image.

I used Spellbinders Nestablilites Classic Ovals and Classic Scalloped Ovals to cut out the image after I had stamped and colored it. Popped that up on 3-D Foam Tape. I embossed the Honey Cardstock with a Sizzix Dots embossing folder, then used a corner rounder on all four corners. Then I layered this on a piece of Black Cardstock and used the corner rounder on that as well. Next I wrapped a piece of Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon around this panel. Tied a separate bow and attached that to the left side of the panel on top of the ribbon with a Memory Book Mini Glue Dots®.

I then attached the panel to the card base, attached the oval piece and then used the corner rounder once again! Walla, here you have it! 

If you would like to purchase any of the products that I have used, please contact me or head over to my Close To My Heart website.

Thanks for being fantastic and stopping by. Now hop on over to my CRAFTY FRIEND, Kara LaSala's blog to see what she created."  

Just in case you got lost, here’s the complete list of Blog Hop:

Elizabeth Mindemann
Meredith Hainsworth
Dolores Cancel
Heather Flaherty
Elizabeth Kennedy Cammack
Nancy Duhaime
Helen Gullett
Angelina Romero— YOU ARE HERE
Kara LaSala - Next Hop

Thanks again for stopping by! ~Angelina

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Getting Organized

One of my biggest challenges when I first started out paper crafting was getting and staying organized.  There are so many options out there to help us with this issue. We don't have an Ikea around here, which I see so many people posting some really great solutions from them on their blogs.

I have to say though, that Close To My Heart has some great solutions and I am sharing a video with more information.

Check it out. These organizing containers come in a variety of sizes and can be used for so many different needs.  My favorite, is to pack up my products in the large one and take it to a crop!

Keep your crafting supplies organized in this sturdy plastic, see-through, stackable storage container. The Large one comes with removable dividers. Perfectly sized to hold up to 40 My Acrylix® stamp sets. 14½" × 10½" × 7½".
The Medium one comes with removable dividers. 14½" × 10½" × 5".
The Small one measures 14½" × 10½"× 2". (Check out the Craft Boxes Foam Insert (Z4140) and My Acrylix® Blocks Foam Insert (Z4141), both designed to fit inside the small organizer box.)

Which solutions do you use?  How do you STAY organized?

Thanks for your comments and Happy Paper Crafting!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Caption This!

I am always looking for stamp sets that I can use to create Masculine cards. County Born is the perfect set.  Here is an image of what you get.
I have so many ideas that I can use with this set. What I love about the card that I created (see above) is that you can pretty much use if for any occasion!  So with that in mind.....
I am asking if you would please Caption This card!  Leave your caption in the comments section below.

Here is another card that I created using three stamps from this stamp set.

Here is a tutorial on how I created this image using a masking technique. I am also including a video tutorial on how I colored this with alcohol markers, both from Close To My Heart and Copic.

Thanks for playing along and I look forward to reading your Captions!In the meantime, Happy Paper Crafting!~Angelina