Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Up Close Look at Cards 1 and 2

To remind you, these two cards were cut from the 10 card workshop in Wishes.  The paper is the same but, as you can see, the cards have a completely different feel from each other.

The "Thanks" focal corners were created by using our 1.25" circle rounder.  I put just the corner into the cutter to create the concave look.  The flowers I stamped in Creme Brulee and then colored in with our watercolor pencils (Sorbet and Orange).  I then took some water and a paint brush and lightly blended the inks together.  I had really wanted to use our new alcohol markers, but I can't even order them until tomorrow - just like you.  I had originally colored and cut out another flower to mount above the word "thanks" but thought otherwise once I mounted the word.

The card needed something else which is why I added the Baker's Twine.  It adds so much to the card.  Oh, if you think the pollen looks shiny, you'd be right.  I used Liquid Glass dots on them to bring them out.

For the second card,
No stamping done on this card, just like my July workshop. :)  The sentiment is from the Clementine Complements which is canvas.  The sentiment is mounted.  The bottom right corner and edge of the card has been sanded slightly to add visual interest.  Those two buttons are Twilight and topped with Creme Brulee Baker's Twine knot (and attached with Liquid Glass).

Products Used (all CTMH):
X7156B  Clementine Paper Packet
X7153B  Florentine Paper Packet
X1410    Colonial White Cards and Envelopes
Z1151    3-D Foam Tape
Z679    Liquid Glass

"Thanks" Card:
C1494  Card Word Puzzle
D1444  A Little Thanks
Z2160  Twilight ink
Z2167  Creme Brulee ink
3505    Watercolor Pencils
Z1311  1.25" Circle Punch
Z1701  Neutral Assortment Baker's Twine

"Friends..." Card:
X7156C Clementine Complements
Z1702     Paradise Baker's Twine
Z1371     Blue Assortment Buttons
Z1294     Sanding Kit

Autumn/Winter 2012 Card Samples

I made these 10 cards for my good friend Heather Plotzke's open house she's having tonight on Camp Pendleton Base.  The only problem was that these cards didn't make it into the box with the other samples I had for her!!  So frustrating.

The good news, however, is that I get to post these pictures sooner.

I used two paper packets for these 10 cards.  I used the paper for all 10 cards because I used the cutting diagram from the 10 card workshop from Wishes how-to-program book.  The blue paper came from Florentine paper packet while the rest came from the new Clementine paper packet.  If you look at the Clementine paper packet (available to view August 1, 2012), you'll notice that there is a similar blue background paper in there.  The reason I didn't use that paper is to show you that you don't have to stick to one paper packet.  Mix and match the paper!  Go on, I dare you.  :)

So here is an overview of all 10 cards.  I'll have individual posts for an up close look at the cards.  Since I stuck with the same paper throughout, I changed the stamps and accessories as much as I could.  I haven't even gotten to play with all of the new goodies in this Idea Book.  I hope you like what you see.  :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July Workshop Up Close

I thought you'd like to see the five cards we made up close.  :)

This first card is Lower Layers.  The Sunset paper has been inked with Sunset ink, and Cocoa paper inked with Cocoa ink.  The small flower has been raised with mounting foam.  The green button has a piece of tied Lagoon Baker's twine.  A second card can be easily made to match this one.  The flower color and sizes have been swapped.
This second card is a new pattern from CTMH.  It was developed for the Stella Workshop on the Go project.  The bird is raised with mounting foam.  The green and colonial white paper has been direct to paper edge distressed.  There is a second branch and bird, so a second card can easily be made.
Sentiment Wave is the name of this third card.  I duplicated the top part of the template on the flap of the die cut card.  When you lift the flap, the design is also there.  I think this saying is nice and can be used as a thinking of you for a family member.  Our family is often overlooked.  It would feel really good to get a card in the mail out of the blue.  :)  Everything has been direct to paper edge distressed in Cocoa ink (including the circle saying).  To duplicate this card, you could use some of the left over flowers in place of the circle.
The fourth card of the workshop was this Top It Off card.  The stitched pieces of paper is the zip strip from one of the background and textured papers.  The papers are direct to paper edge distressed in Lagoon ink.
Finally, we have the Top View pattern from Wishes.  I've enlarged the Cocoa square to be 3"x3" to frame the flower.  the leaves are a separate canvas shape.  Here the Sunset paper has been scored every 1/4" and then sanded.  The Cocoa paper has also been sanded.  The zip strip band sticks out from the flap so part of it shows when the card flap is laying down.

I hope you enjoy making these cards and/or can see how versatile our products can be.  No stamping required with these cards!  If you must stamp, you can always stamp the inside.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Changes are Coming

As noted in yesterday's post, we are getting rid of the old to make room for the new.  CTMH just finished with convention which means I have news!

Effective Immediately:
Memberships for Studio J are no more!   If the membership fee had been keeping you away from scrapping your pictures digitally, get going!  All of the patterns and paper are available to you.  You can purchase  the completed layout and/or the jpeg of a layout.

Studio J has a new feature: An 11 layout "book" so you'll have 10 coordinating layouts (plus front and back pages) at your fingertips!  It's perfect for scrapping your vacation or event.  The layouts are prefilled for your convenience, but can be changed too.  Choice from 6 themes.

Effective August 1, 2012:
We are reducing the number of colors from 60 to 42.  There are 24 retiring colors are as follows:
Grey Wool
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream
Brown Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Holiday Red
Sunny Yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry
Garden Green
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple

Thus, all ink pads, cardstock, re-inker, and markers are going away too.  If you want them, get them ordered NOW before they are gone.

The new colors are Ruby, Slate, Saddle, Whisper, Cashmere, and Champagne.
We are also bringing in dual tipped ALCOHOL-BASED MARKERS in 40 colors (white and colonial white are being excluded).  Half of the markers will be available on the first, the other half on the fifteenth of August.

62 brand new stamp sets in our new book.  With that will be a total of 19 stamp sets that are designed to go along with your Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

13 brand new Workshop On The Go kits...including HOME DECOR, CARDS, AND CRICUT SPECIFIC  kits!

Pigment Mini pad collections for the 4 new color blocks Basic, Enchantment, Adventure, and Whimsy.

Home Decor items from a 12"star, an 11" Bracket Frame (7" opening),  14"x14"x2.75" Cubby, and a 13"x13.25"x1" Display Tray.

And my FAVORITE ANNOUNCEMENT... a new massive Cricut Artiste Cartridge bundle with even more amazing features on it.  This new set will feature a total of 698 original designed and coordinating images (plus a circle and a square).  15 of the brand new stamp sets were designed especially to coordinate with shapes.  A slew of 3-dimensional items are included!! I can't wait to get my hands on that purchase.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories

As the end of July draws closer, I want to give you the opportunity to see what stamps and accessories will no longer be available after July 31, 2012.

In addition, the only How-to program that is still available is Imagine (9030)- a Scrapbooking Program.  The others have been sold out and will not be replaced.

On August 1, 2012 you will be able to see the new Fall/Winter 2012 Idea Book and Catalog on my website.  If there is something on the above list you'd like to purchase, there is an open gathering on my website front page. Your items will be shipped directly to you.  :)

DON'T FORGET, YOU HAVE UNTIL JULY 31, 2012 FOR THESE ITEMS!  And you'll be eligible for free items -- see the previous post for more details.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

July's ONLINE Campaign

What are the campaign details?
Dates: July 1 (9:00 am MDT) – July 31 (11:59 pm MDT)
Featured Products: Paper packets and coordinating embellishments
 Place an online shopping order of $75 or more during July and receive a paper packet and coordinating embellishment FREE—it’s a Perfect Pair!  Purchases made in Studio J do not count toward a qualifying purchase.

Note: This campaign applies to online shopping orders on my website only. When you place a qualifying order online, you will be prompted at checkout to add a free paper packet and embellishment. The specific paper packet and embellishment you will  receive is based on the date you place your order, as follows:

Order Dates Perfect Pair Original Retail Value
July 1–5 Mischief Paper Packet (X7144B) and Midnight Felt Shapes (Z1462) $15.90
July 6–10 Dreamin’ Paper Packet (X7142B) and Harvest Charms (Z1633) $14.90
July 11–15 Fanfare Paper Packet (X7138B) and Fanfare Level 2 Assortment (Z1400) $17.90
July 16–20 Lucky Paper Packet (X7137B) and Lucky My Stickease® Assortment (X7137C) $17.90
July 21–25 Mayberry Paper Packet (X7136B) and Mayberry My Stickease® Assortment (X7136C) $17.90
July 26–29 Sophia Paper Packet (X7131B) and Sophia My Stickease® Assortment (X7131C) $17.90
July 30–31 Believe Paper Packet (X7145B) and Holiday Pockets (Z1486) Wonderland Paper Packet (X7146B) and Wonderland My Stickease® Assortment (X7146C) $14.90

Please refer to your 2011 Idea Books for pictures.

July Stamp of the Month

As we wind down this wonderful Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book, the office leaves us with a beautiful wordings stamp set.  This 8 image set is great for friends and family, and for the upcoming school year.  Don't miss out on the chance to own this stamp set.
samples from corporate

These samples are accented with the Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes, making the samples pop.  The stamp set, and idea book, are yours until July 31, 2012.  Here's your last chance to get what you need before items disappear.  Shop online at dsdoodles.ctmh.com or email me at dskdots@san.rr.com.