Wednesday, August 22, 2018

About Cardmaking for a Moment

I’m a cardmaker—I deeply enjoy making cards that are clean but dimensional. I’ve been around the Cardmaking community for many years and I think we need to address the issue of the insides! Basically every cardmaker I know—including myself—leaves the inside black. Sometimes I will put a strip of patterned paper on the inside or a tiny portion of an embellishment (mostly if I have leftovers from the front) but that’s the max. I fear I’m missing the boat by leaving the inside mostly blank. What do you do about the guts? How do you feel about repeating the same sentiment from the front to the inside? What do your insides look like?


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Magically Masked

The goal of the Techniques Blog Hop is to showcase the incorporation of stamping techniques with products from Close to my Heart so that our fellow consultants and clients have all the knowledge necessary to get the most out of their CTMH products. The more knowledge we share, the more creative we are.

This installment of the Techniques Blog Hop is “ Magically Masked”, featuring all the ways a crafter can utilize masking to add multiple layers of interest to a stamping project, without adding bulk.

There are many ways to use masking in stamping. 

I’m sure that you are stopping by from Marciava Warrell's Blog and that you were very inspired by her post showing you how she used masking.  

I chose to use the alphabet stickers that are in the current Central Park product suite as masks.
 While masking can be done with a goal for precision in mind, I wanted to have just enough of the letter showing that the title was readable but not super neat. I love that sloppy, mish-mash watercolor look. I chose the red and blue as the theme of the whole project. This is the title page to my pages about my recent trip to Las Vegas. (I guess that’s pretty obvious.)  I'm just getting started telling this story!

I did the water coloring using inks (re-inkers) and after letting it dry, peeled up the stickers, to reveal the masked area that remained. I did use a piercing tool and a Tombow Mono Sand eraser to get some of the sticky bits off the project. This is not a perfect bit of masking...but I hope it gives you an idea of how to use stickers as masks.

Thanks for stopping by and hope on over to visit  MAZ WOOD's blog and see how she has used the masking technique.

If you are interested in those awesome Central Park alphabet stickers, be sure to click here.

Happy stamping summer!


Sunday, July 1, 2018

SOTM-Highlight Reel

I’m flying home today from the Close to my Heart Annual Convention in Las Vegas so I’m keeping this short and sweet.

It’s July 1, and the Consultant blogger group is focusing on the Highlight Reel—the July Stamp set of the Month. You probably arrived here from Alayna Fleming’s Blog. Thanks for hopping along with us.

I bet you know the drill.
Stamp of the Month is only available in July.
Stamp of the Month is available for $5 with any purchase of $50.

On to the artwork!

Highlight Reel didn’t speak to me right off the bat...until I saw that tiny house and the balloons! Up! We have watched the movie Up! quite a few times and I love the imagery and the message of Up! So yes, I had to make an Up!-inspired card!

One of the famous quotes from Up! Is “Adventure is out there.” I am going to tell you a secret—there’s a new alphabet stamp set that was handed out at convention that I am going to use to add the “Adventure is out there.” sentiment to this card and will share it on Instagram the very minute we are allowed to share things from the coming catalog! For now, I used the “go for it” sentiment from a current stamp set called “A New Adventure”.

If you are an Instagram user, let’s connect. My username there is SarahDstamps.

The next stop on the Hop is Gina Brandstetter’s Blog. Go enjoy her work!

Thanks y’all!


Friday, May 4, 2018

Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day

I'm delighted to welcome my friends from The Scrap Gals Community to my blog to share in the 4PM Card Challenge as we celebrate (inter)National Scrapbook Day 2018.

What a day for gathering creative inspiration it has been so far!

If you aren't familiar with The Scrap Gals Podcast, please do yourself a favor and check the gals out in iTunes...they are Tiffany and Tracie--two ordinary scrapbookers and real life besties who talk scrapbooking on every level and in every format. If you enjoy a good conversation about memory keeping, crafting and friendship, The Scrap Gals might be just your thing. I enjoy each and every podcast!

Let's Go!

Its my fun job to offer up a card challenge for the gals today but first a little backstory. For some reason, every year on (inter)National Scrapbook Day, I seem to be traveling. Last year, I was traveling with my husband to Philadelphia PA where he attended a work meeting and I visited the Liberty bell and walked all over downtown Philadelphia. It was quite the trip (my first time seeing the Liberty bell in person) and a scrap-worthy day for sure. Last year I participated in the day of challenges, while flying...and it was a little tricky so I thought surely this year I would stay home and enjoy the day of inspiration in comfort and ease.

And then we realized that the Newsboys--my oldest son's all-time favorite band, were playing in Dallas on Friday night--the Friday night before (inter)National Scrapbook Day. So, I'm blogging in a hotel again--this time riding high after a night of great music and being reminded that life is what you make it and I am so happy to be a recorder of moments and happenings like tonight for myself and my family.

So, without further ado, let the 4PM challenge commence.

Scrapbooking is my first love, but cardmaking is not too far behind. One of the struggles I hear voiced often among my fellow cardmakers is the difficulty we face when the need arises for a "masculine card". We struggle to make cards that aren't too girly to be given to our brothers, sons, fathers, husbands, uncles, grandfathers, friends and coworkers who happen to be men. I'm hear to say I know a little bit about this challenge and I want to encourage us to overcome!

The beautiful thing about the hobby of cardmaking is that we can customize until our hearts are content. When you hear yourself saying those words "I have to make a man card", don't go too far down the road of dread. Stop yourself. This is an opportunity to do something different--something extraordinary. Put your crafty thinking caps on and switch it up!

For this challenge, I want you to make a card (or five) that you feel would be appropriate for a man.

For this challenge, I created a series of cards from very simple to slightly more complicated but all very doable. I used very basic (universal) supplies, a few interesting techniques and still kept the designs appropriate for the men in my life. I feel like through the use of these techniques, I was true to my crafty side without betraying the manliness of the recipients.

Card #1

Very simple, clean and crisp card to start us off. I used the ink smooshing technique with some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and some watercolor paper to create the blues and purples watercolor-esque panel. You will see this used on each card in a different way. It's a creative yet very simple technique that many cardmakers on YouTube have demonstrated. I enjoy creating the look of watercolors without the intimidation of tubed paints and brushes. Smooshing is so much less intimidating, don't you think. :)

You can, of course, use any ink color combo and any stamped sentiment to arrive at this card assembly

Card #2

A step more advanced for Card #2...Add in a tiny bit of stamping with the small stars from a Close to my Heart Stamp Set called "A Slice of Happy". By the way, that Happy Birthday label is from a fantastic Altenew set called Label Love! Its a little bit older but it is totally awesome. I've gotten so much use out of it and what's more manly than a label-maker sentiment?!

Card #3

This is my favorite card in the bunch. It's kindof the middle card in degree of difficulty as well as fun techniques. I added a stamped image--another image from the same CtmH stamp set, just using black ink (Momento) directly onto the watercolor paper. Stars are my universal, go-to design element for masculine cards. Stars can be toned down or jacked up to take things over the top.

Card #4

So, now we are kicking it up a notch! Pull out the star punch(es) and get busy! Continuing with the really can't go wrong here. I cut the background into pieces and re-mounted the squares, using some FunFoam underneath for lift. Guy like lift. :) This is a good way to add visual interest without fussiness. If you have punches or dies of stars in varying sizes, you can really go to town with a galaxy of stars!

Card #5

Finally, on Card #5, you can see that this design really blasts off. I used quite a few star punchies-- some popped up on foam for dimension, and some cut from the leftovers of that watercolor paper with the smooshed ink.

You can trim off the edges to clean up this card, if you need it to fit in an envelope.

Stars. Next time you need a masculine card, I hope your first thought is "stars would be perfect for this"!

You might have noticed that these cards were photographed on a park bench--since I'm traveling, I made use of a fountain area near our hotel for the photos. It was raining at home when we left and I didn't get to take the photos I normally shoot on the deck. I think cards shine best outside so I hope you enjoy this little visit to the water feature as a back drop. :)

I have two prize kits going out to two commenters--in order to receive an entry into the drawing for a cardmaking/handstamped card kit assembled just for this occasion, leave a thought on making masculine cards here on my blog before June 2. Be sure that I can get in touch with you, should you be chosen as the winner. It's a random drawing contest, open to friends in the United States and Canada.

If you are a member of the Scrap Gals Community on Facebook, you can comment about making masculine cards there or post your "answer" to the challenge there, for a chance to receive a cardmaking/handstamped card kit assembled just for this occasion. You have until June 2 to be entered into the drawing...although the thread of Facebook will continue indefinitely I'm told. Again, US and Canada. 

Just to keep it interesting--on Monday, I hope you will stop back by to see how one of these cards becomes a scrapbook page because I believe firmly that if you can make a card, you can (definitely) make a scrapbook page!

Thanks so much for visiting today and have a happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day!!

--Sarah Devendorf

Don't forget to check out the hashtag #thescrapgalsinsd2018 if you are an Instagram user!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CTMH Techniques Blog Hop - Creative with Cards

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood,
A beautiful day in the neighborhood,
Won't you be mine, won't you be my neighbor?

I'm so happy to share the April installment of the Close to my Heart Techniques Blog Hop with my friends and fellow consultants today! I'm glad you stopped by!

There's a good chance you landed here after visiting with Michelle Loncar's blog. I bet you enjoyed the artwork she shared too!

So the theme of this month's hop is the many uses of Picture My Life cards and cut-apart card sheets in the Workshop You Way Kits. I think most paper crafters are familiar with the concept of using small, printed cards as accents and enhancements on handmade cards and scrapbook pages. There are so many ways to incorporate PML cards into your crafting--we thought we would take a few minutes and demonstrate a few of those ways for you today.

Picture My Life cards come in collection packs and each pack includes two sizes of cards--3"x4" and 4"x6". You can choose to slide the cards into pocket pages along with your photos for easy pocket-style scrapbooking or you can also use them in a more traditional way by incorporating them as elements on a card or scrapbook page. Remember, PML cards are all about the POSSIBILITIES! You can do so many things with them!  I like to use them as accents on regular 12x12 pages. That's what I did today.

Instead of having to cut into a full sheet of polka dot patterned paper for this layout, the polka dot piece of paper is a 4x6 PML card. The small strips of pink on each side of the photo are a PML card that I ripped into three pieces, which you can see here:

If you hang around people who use pocket-style scrapbooking products, you know that a huge topic of conversation among them is the state of the corners. The looming question is always "do you prefer rounded corners or square one?"

I can go either way. For this particular use, I chose to round the corners of the pink pieces. All Close to my Heart Picture my Life cards have square corners!

One final look at the details:

I also used a horizontal Picture My Life card as the base of my title. I don't do vertical designs very often but I do love them.

Remember, Picture my Life cards equal POSSIBILITIES!

Now, go visit DanYellScraps and check out her creative adventures!

Until next time,

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Techniques Blog Hop - Purposeful Patterns

It’s the middle of March (hello spring break) and I want to welcome you as you travel through 13 blogs participating in the CtmH Technique Blog Hop — Purposeful Patterns! This month each blog will be featuring artwork inspired by the Close to my Heart Make It From Your Heart sketch books volume III and IV.

I’m sure you found your stop at CATHERINE NOWAK's BLOG inspiring. 

Close to my Heart offers Make It From Your Heart Volume III for scrapbook pages. Previous editions have been card designs. Each sketch is a double page spread and has two full-color example spreads included.  Volume III includes patterns 36 double page spreads. There are cutting guides and measurements included as well. 

These sketches are designed to use common photo sizes such as 4x6 and 3x4, and include 4 to 8 photos in each spread. 

As you probably know, sketches are simple recipes for design that can be copied exactly or used as a jumping-off point. 

Let’s just be totally honest here—I have a very difficult time following directions of any kind when it comes to Scrapbooking so I tend to use sketches as a jumping off point. I don’t look at the number of photos in a design because I usually use only 1-3 photos on a page and I basically never create a 2 page spread. So you might ask, do I actually use and like this book?

In a word, YES! Using a sketch as a jumping-off point insures that I know where I’m going creatively and helps me know when I have have arrived. I’m not a literalist...a design showing 7 pictures in the book can magically and easily feature 2 pictures on my page. I find that starting with a sketch enhances my creativity by giving me a basic framework from which I can expound with patterned paper, story, title and embellishments. 

For this layout, I used Pattern 27 from Volume III,  the left side.
This layout features flowers cut from the Gimme Some Sugar paper and the Marker Alphabet Stamps! I went with the flowers to convey the princess-y feel referenced in the journaling. The card in the upper right corner is the actual MARTA ticket.

Never let your design be locked up by the sketch. Instead, make it your own.

  • Flip it around. 
  • Change up the number of photos. 
  • Add extra journaling. 
  • Make the page larger or smaller. 
  • Use just the left or just the right side of the design. 

Using a sketch is like wearing a little black dress. You can wear the perfect little black dress 100 different ways because in truth, it’s not about the dress. It’s all about the earrings, necklace, bracelet and shoes! Am I right? 😁

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll leave a comment and then hop on over to KIRSTEN DESORCY's BLOG blog and see what she has created too.

Until next time,

Friday, March 9, 2018

Scrapbooking on the Run

I love to bring a few Scrapbooking supplies along when I travel. Last week, my husband and I went on a short Caribbean cruise and I packed a small kit of supplies to take along. I tend to be a night owl and he tends towards early retirement so each night after he went to bed, I did a little papercrafting in the quiet, with the balcony door open just enough to hear the waves. 
Here’s my kit:

Basically, it’s one kit from close to my Heart (the Chelsea Gardens kit) and some basic tools. This was enough to get me a little bit of scrappy time each night and I managed to do about three pages and cut out a bunch of flowers for an upcoming class. It was important to me not to take too much stuff--luggage space is at a premium on a trip like this.

I enjoyed scrapbooking on the cruise. Sometimes its a nice change of pace to NOT have to make too many choices.

Until next time,