WELCOME to my blog! This is the place to see what class offerings I have. I am also a consultant for Close to my Heart, a company that offers stamping and scrapbooking supplies. Take a look at the products and specials they are currently offering.

I hope you find something of interest to you.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CTMH Annual Inspirations Catalog - It's HERE!!


The time has finally arrived - the new CTMH Annual Inspirations Catalog is now available for you to order from.  You can head over to my CTMH shopping site, or you can contact me to place your order.

If you don't have this catalog yet, let me know.  I'll find a way to get one in your hands!   My email is scrappingailaz@gmail.com

In the meantime, you can click here to see the online version of it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A SEASIDE THEME FOR AUGUST STAMP CLUB

 
You can see a very summery and Seaside theme for August's Stamp Club.  We'll have fun making these cards and learning a new technique that allows you to create your own background paper.

More information is found on the Stamp Club page of this blog.

Dates for Stamp Club are:
Tuesday, August 5
Thursday, August 7
Saturday, August 9
Monday, August 11
Cost is $20 and includes all materials to make the cards shown.
Not able to make one of the above dates or you are out of the area?
Consider purchasing the kit!
Contact me for more information 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SugarSketch Challenge 007 with another SNEAK PEAK!


The stamp set for this card is one of the new Hostess Rewards Sets from CTMH - in the new Annual Inspirations Catalog that you can get at my Open House on Friday and Saturday!  I liked the angled strips on this sketch, and the stripes on the paper.  I managed to get the top of the card into my striped embossing folder at an angle to match the stripes (hint - I actually cut the cardstock in half in order to make this work).  Once again, I used the new alcohol markers from CTMH to color the images - soooo easy!   This card will be a part of our September Stamp Club.

If you are coming to my Open House, you can get an extra ticket for the door prize drawing if you can identify the new color (or maybe colors) on this card.

Check out the other cards made with this design at the SugarSketch Challenge Blog

Thanks for stopping by - and let me know if you need information about coming to my Open House - scrappingailaz@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous and Deconstructed Sketch = another SNEAK PEAK!


We've actually had a few days where we might have needed at least the umbrella from this card!  But here in Arizona, not much need of the boots and raincoat.  I really liked the sketch for this card, and was able to incorporate a lot of elements onto the card. 

While the stamp set is one of the new ones from the CTMH Annual Inspirations Catalog that I will be sharing at my Open House on Friday and Saturday, there are a few elements that are from my huge stash - thus it qualifies for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge (don't you love that name?).  Craft Hoarders was all about embossing this week, so the background dot folder works.  But the cardstock for the base of the card is something I bought on clearance from SU years ago - and I liked the color so much, I think I bought about 6 packs of it!  So still trying to use that up. 

You can see some evidence of my other "stash" item on this card - the little raindrops.  That's from the CTMH Liquid Glass - and a bottle of that goes a really long way - so it's been around for a while.  But I liked the added extra it provides.

There's one new tool that was used on this card - can you spot what it is?  If you are coming to my Open House and you guess what it is, you can get an extra ticket for the door prize drawing. 

The last thing I want to say about this card is the technique for creating the cloud and "sky" strip.  I wanted these elements to look like a rainy day, so I used my acrylic block (no stamp on it), inked it up, then spritzed it with water - a LOT of water - and then stamped it down on the paper.  The water and ink pool in areas and disappear from others, giving the effect I wanted.  Kind of an extension of the watercolor technique we did in Stamp Club last year with the poppies and fall wreath.

Head over to these blogs to check out the other cards made for these two challenges:
Deconstructing Jen - Deconstructed Sketch #159
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #12  - Who's the Boss?

Thanks for stopping by - and let me know if you need information to attend my Open House!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Retiring List Updates

The post about the sold-out retiring items got bumped to the next page as I've added more photos.  Here is a link so you can stay up-to-date on what items are no longer available.
Retiring List Update

Case This Sketch #85 and Paper Players #205 with another SNEAK PEAK!


This card offers more of the "Seaside" theme for August.  The clean and simple sketch was perfect, and the monochromatic colors really imitate what you would see on the water. 

The color used - Glacier - is one of the five new colors being introduced by CTMH in the new Annual Inspirations catalog.  I love how soft the color is and am finding that it is a real go-to color for me as I've been creating for the upcoming classes and workshops.  I hope you will enjoy it as well.


All of the cards we will be making in August and September will be on display at my Open House on Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26.  I will also have samples of upcoming scrapbook workshops and other special projects that are on the horizon.  Most of the new items in the new catalog will be available for you to see, so be sure to drop by. There is a door prize drawing, and you can get an extra ticket entered in the drawing if you can remember the name of the new color that is used on this card!  Don't forget - Glacier!

You can see how great that new color looks on the Colonial White cardstock.  While it is named for an object made of ice, I really like the beachy feel Glacier offers.

Head over to the two challenge blogs that inspired me on this card:
CAS(E) this Sketch
The Paper Players

Thanks for stopping by.  Email me if you need information to attend my Open House.
scrappingailaz@gmail.com

"FAMILY CLASSICS" BOX WORKSHOP - AUGUST 16 or 18

This cute card box was designed several years ago by fellow CTMH Consultant Vicki Wizniuk.  She provided the information for us to recreate it, and I offered workshops back in 2012.  By request, I am offering this workshop again.  BUT - the box that it is built on is retiring at the end of this month, so we need to act quickly to get the supplies we need for this.  More information is available on the Project Workshop page of this blog. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Deconstructed Sketch #160 and another SNEAK PEAK

 


We will have a "Seaside" theme for our August Stamp Club, and this is one of the cards we will make.  I used this week's Deconstructed Sketch for the design and the "smack down" technique for the background shared by another consultant at our recent team meeting. Lots of layers and different textures on this card.

Now - here's your challenge to earn an extra ticket for the door prize drawing at my Open House this coming Friday and Saturday, July 25 or 26 -

How many different colors are used on the "smack down" background?  And can you name those colors?

Pop over to Deconstructing Jen's blog to see the other cards created with her sketch. 


Thanks for stopping by.  Let me know if you need more information about the Open House.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Another SNEAK PEAK with Seize the Sketch #24


I'm having fun with the items from the new CTMH Annual Inspirations Catalog.  I love this little scooter, and thought it was a great way to share some birthday wishes.  For this card, I rotated the sketch from Seize the Sketch Challenge.

This card will be a part of our September Stamp Club.  For those of you coming to my Open House on Friday July 25 or Saturday July 26 you can earn an extra ticket in the door prize drawing if you try to guess which stamp image on this card came from a new Christmas set!

I will say that the new alcohol markers CTMH is offering are wonderful - I love the way they put down a smooth layer of color.  You can try them out at the Open House.

If you are interested in coming to the Open House and want more information, please email me at

Head on over to the Seize the Sketch Challenge Blog to see the other cards created with this sketch.


Hope you have a great day - thanks for taking time to stop by my blog.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A SNEAK PEAK at the new CTMH Annual Inspirations Catalog with a Christmas card in July!

 

The sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge was the start of this project along with the challenge over at Sweet Stampin' for Christmas in July.  I wanted to use one of the new hostess stamp sets from the CTMH Annual Inspirations catalog that I will be sharing with my gals at my annual Open House - just a week from today on Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26.

This card also provides a challenge to those who will be attending the Open House - to see if they can find the new product that is showcased on the card.  Other than the stamp set (Sing Glory C1587 which I already identified as being new) can you find the other four new products shown on this card?  Make notes for what you think - then bring it with you to the Open House for an extra entry for the door prize!


Some of the detail of this card was inspired by several other challenges that were running this week.  The background image was stamped (Distressed Backgrounds - CTMH D1544) and the front image panel was popped up for dimension - both a part of the Friday Mashup Challenge.  Merry Monday challenged us to add sequins - and I went a bit above by adding bling to the center of my sequins!

You know that I like to add something to the inside of the card - so here it is!  A wonderful greeting that goes with the hostess set.  For those of you who are interested in this stamp set, you can be a hostess for a CTMH gathering, or, if you are a regular in my Stamp Club groups, you can use your product credit to purchase the set.

Here are the links to the challenges that this card is entered in.  Pop over to their blogs to check out the other great cards that have been created.
Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #227 - the design!
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Christmas in July
Merry Monday - sequins
Friday Mashup - use a background stamp and add dimension

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

OPEN HOUSE DATES - Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26

I've returned from the Close to my Heart Convention with
NEW COLORS - NEW PAPERS - NEW EMBELLISHMENTS
NEW HOME DECOR ITEMS - NEW STAMPS
NEW WORKSHOPS - UPCOMING STAMP CLUB PROJECTS
MAKE-n-TAKE - DOOR PRIZES

See them all at my OPEN HOUSE
Friday July 25
Saturday July 26
9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. both days
at my home in Prescott Valley
email me if you need directions
Bring a friend and be entered in a special door prize drawing
Interested but never been to any of my activities?  Come on over!
Special door prize drawing for all new attendees.
SEE YOU SOON!

CTMH NEW CRICUT CARTRIDGE - ARTFULLY SENT

The newest in the collection of Cricut cartridges from Close to my Heart will NOT disappoint you.  This cartridge, called Artfully Sent, is all about card making.  And it's all about making beautiful cards.  I was able to assemble several cards from this cartridge at the recent CTMH Convention and am looking forward to getting the cartridge running on my machine.

The cartridge is not yet available, but should be ready for purchase by the beginning to middle of August.

As with the other CTMH Cricut cartridges, this one has over 700 images that work together to create your finished project and three wonderful stamp sets.

Contact me if you are interested in this cartridge so I can let you know when you can place your order.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BASE & BLING - New product coming in the Annual Inspirations Book


Everyone was able to create a Base & Bling pendant in June's class.  There are new sizes of the pendants and additional items being introduced in the 2014-15 Annual Inspirations Book.  While at convention, I attended a workshop showcasing many additional ways of using this product.  I'll have some of that on display at my Open House on Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26. 

ARE THESE ITEMS ON YOUR WISH LIST? and AN UPDATE ON RETIRING ITEMS

The new Annual Inspirations Book is teeming with new products and many of our old favorites.  However, there will be a slight price increase on some items when it is released in August.  Are any of these on your wish list?  Then consider ordering them in the month of July to save a few dollars, and get yourself closer to the $50 purchase to get that cute Circus Alphabet Stamp of the Month!  Each of the products below is linked to my online shopping site so you can see the details of the item.


Organizer – Small: $12.95 => $14.95 
Organizer – Medium: $16.95 => $19.95  
Organizer – Large: $22.95 => $24.95  
My Acrylix Organizer: $12.95 => $14.95
  
Sponge Dauber: $3.95 => $4.50
Sponge Dauber Value Pack: $14.95 => $16.95
Watercolor Pencils: $22.95 => $26.95
Sanding Kit: $3.50 => $4.95



ALL Ink Pads: $5.25 => $5.95
ALL Re-inkers: $4.25 => $4.95
CTMH Archival Black inkpad (waterproof): $5.95 => $7.50 (re-inker price stays the same) 


Edge Distresser: $2.50 => $3.95
Ruler: $9.95 => $11.95
Stitch Guide: $12.95 => $13.95 (the price of the accompanying foam mat didn’t change)

 ALBUMS: $24.95 => $29.95 

Also, don't forget about the items that are retiring at the end of this month.   Click here to go to the retiring list and product information on my website.

Several products have already sold out, so if you have a paper pack you really want, let me know as soon as possible so we can get it ordered.  Here's a list of what is no longer available.  I will keep this updated as I find out about other items.



True Fit Folios
Blush 12x12 Cardstock
ProPlayer Paper Packet
ProPlayer My Stickease Assortment
Babycakes Paper Packet
Babycakes Complements Canvas Shapes
Timberline My Stickease® Assortment - these have been re-ordered and should be available by mid-July!
Designed D├ęcor Frame Kit 

Blush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Sky Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Blush Exclusive Inks™ Re-Inker
Twilight Exclusive Inks™ Re-Inker
Creme Brulee Exclusive Inks™ Re-Inker

Added 7-2-14
Buttercup Exclusive  Inks™ Stamp Pad
Buttercup Exlusive Inks™ Re-Inker
Creme Brulee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

Added 7-9-14 -
My Creations Bracket Frame
My Creations 6X6 Memory Showcase

Added 7-10-14

Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint
Baker's Twine Paradise Asst
Sky Exclusive Inks™ Re-Inker


Added 7-11-14 -

WOTG - Ivy Lane Cardmaking Kit

Added 7-16-14 -
WOTG - Balloon Ride
Keyboard Kraft Alphabet
Timberline Assortment

Added 7-21-14 -
WOTG - Lollydoodle Cardmaking Kit
WOTG - Timberline 

Added 7-25-14 - 
Timberline Paper Pack 
Creme Brulee Cardstock 

Added 7-28-14 -  
WOTG - Lollydoodle Scrapbooking 
Twilight Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 

Added 7-29-14 -  
Lollydoodle Paper Pack

Added 7-30-14 - 
WOTG - Balloon Ride
WOTG - Jubilee
Ivy Lane paper pack
Ariana paper pack
Balloon Ride paper pack
Jubilee paper pack
Twilight cardstock
Buttercup cardstock
Irrestibles Hexagons
My Creations Kraft Pocket Album