Tuesday, July 17, 2018

August FETCH Details

Image result for free dog images sign up for F.E.T.C.H

Starts Friday, August 17, 2018 at 5:00PM
Ends Sunday August 19, 2018 at 5:00PM
Located at Rainbow Subdivision Clubhouse, 101 Rainbow Glen Circle, Madison, AL
Cost is a $50 or $60* – details below.   *plus tax and shipping
Registration for the event opens on July 17 and closes on August 15, 2018.
There is a space limit of 24 scrappers.  Your paid reservation guarantees you a spot, regardless of your arrival time.  If you find you will not be able to attend, please let me know, so I can open your spot to another scrapper.
Sleeping arrangements are not included in the crop.  The nearest hotel is Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 2600 Old Fairway Road, with a nightly rate of $95.  If you are interested in booking and sharing a room, I can help co-ordinate the logistics.  Going home is also suggested.  Your supplies will be safe until your return.
Simple meals are included (bagels, soup, sandwiches).  We are near several fast food restaurants if you would like to take a break and eat out.  Shared snacks and desserts are always welcome.  Please bring your own drinks; soda, coffee, wine, etc. 
We are scrapping the weekend away – comfortable clothes are part of the package!  Pajama’s and all forms of comfortable clothes are welcome.  The chairs are of the foldout type.  A cushion is recommended for comfort.  The facility does have Wi-Fi.  The lighting is dim in the evenings; you will need to bring your own desk light.
There are two ways to register between July 17 and August 15, 2018.
  • Log onto my website and order $60 (plus tax and shipping) of products under the gathering called FETCH.  There is no other fee for the event, just the minimum order amount.
  • Visit my blog and pay $50 via PayPal.  This option is available for scrappers who do not want any additional supplies, but would like to participate.

If you have any other questions, please contact me at:
334-695-2448 – phone or text
Happy scrapping!
Dawn Cortner
Your Close to My Heart Independent Consultant

Friday, July 6, 2018


The July special is Stampaganza!
What does that mean?
That means when you order two stamp sets, you get the third one for free!
 A few things to  note:
  • When you order, you will get the least expensive set for free - so stick to the same stamp size/price range.
  • If you want to get two sets of 3 (or more), contact me - I know how to make this work, but it can't be done online without placing two orders and suffering through two shipping charges.
  • Any STAMP SET works on this special - but not STAMP AND DIE sets.
  • Don't forget to add the stamp of the month for just $5 more with your $50 order.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Convention 2018

This year's convention was held in sunny, and 108 degree hot, Las Vegas!  I learned about a LOT of upcoming new products and will be sharing them with you shortly!
A few highlights without giving too much away -
  • we are getting 10 new colors
  • no more Fundamental paper packs
  • new mixed media to play with
  • an extra kit in the Holiday catalog
The new catalogs will go live September 1st.  You can receive a free hard copy with any online order placed on or after September 1st.  So once you do a little online shopping, you can have the new 160 page catalog for future product selection and great idea inspiration.

Monday, July 2, 2018

2018 Week 23

Week 23 - I managed to get to these photos pretty quick.  I find it's easier to do good journaling when the memory is fresh!  This is one of the Fresh Air kit layouts, but I added the two pictures on the top.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Ink in a bottle!

This is a direct copy from CTMH's blog.  Check out what else they talk about here - CTMH Blog site.  This one was so great I wanted to make sure you saw it!

A Thing or Two About Re-inkers

When creativity strikes, you can be sure to find a full spectrum of color-coordinated products within any Close To My Heart catalog, including our most often unsung hero—the re-inker.About Re-inkers #ctmh #closetomyheart #cmthraddad #ctmhreinkers #reinkers #ink #exclusiveinks™ #ExclusiveInks™ #ctmnexclusiveinks #colorcoordination #color #colour #colourcoodination #colorcoordinating #colourcoordinating #coordinating #matching
Available in every exclusive color, these awesome little ink bottles can be used for so much more than to re-fresh its stamp pad counterpart (although they are pretty great at that, too!). The ink is an acid free, water-based dye that can also be splattered using a paintbrush, misted using a spray pen, mixed with water and painted on for a watercolor look, and applied in as many other creative ways as you can come up with. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, re-inkers make color coordination easy and effortless for any crafter!
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Can you spot the ways we used re-inkers in this layout? (Hint, we used them three times.)
1. There’s the Almond “watercolor” wash behind the journaling on the right page. It’s a perfect color match with the Almond cardstock used in the background, tying the journaling aspect of this layout with the visual elements quite nicely.

To achieve this look, mix some ink from a re-inker bottle with a bit of water and then paint away!
If you’re using a paintbrush, add a few drops of ink to the inside of a stamp pad lid along with a few drops of water. Keep in mind that the more water you use, the lighter the color will end up. Pick up the ink with your brush and you’re set! (To avoid water-warped paper, use watercolor paper.) With a waterbrush, you have the option of mixing the ink and water directly in the brush, where you squeeze the diluted ink right onto the bristles.
You are going to love painting with our inks!
2. The second place we used a re-inker was to make the Toffee ink splatters on both pages of this layout.

Again, add a little bit of water to your ink (to dilute the tone as much as you want and so that it will splatter easier than straight ink) and then, with the ink on your brush bristles, gently tap the brush a few inches above where you hope the splatter will land on the artwork.
Were you able to find where we used a re-inker the third time?

3. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…white ribbon dyed Crystal Blue! Dye white ribbons and twines with any of our re-inkers to get just the right color match you need for those finishing touches we all love.

To dye your ribbon, place the cut piece inside a small bag and then add ink. Seal the bag and mix it until you are satisfied with the color. Add more ink, if necessary, either to ensure the entire ribbon gets covered or to darken the tone. When you’re ready to pull the ribbon out, use gloves to avoid getting ink all over your fingers (this can get messy fast). The ribbon will need to dry before you can use it in your artwork. For a faster drying time, use a craft heater (or even a blow dryer could work in this instance).
No matter what, you can always have a ribbon or twine to match your art!
Let’s continue the game….
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This card illustrates two additional fun ways to use re-inkers in your artwork. What are they?
(We left off at 3 so let’s just continue the list, shall we?)
4. More splatters, this time with a stencil and a spray pen.
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Create a white space inside your “splatter zone” with the use of a stencil. We kept things simple in our example and used a circle, but really you can do this with any shape you want—consider all of the Cricut® shapes you have at your disposal and get creative!
To use the spray pen, simply fill it with some water and add a bit of ink from a re-inker bottle, shake, and then spritz. Raise the spray pen higher for a subtler splatter and closer to the paper for a more concentrated splatter. If you want the ink to dry faster, try using rubbing alcohol instead of water.
5. How do you like the ink effect used in the stamped sentiment of this card? With very little effort, you can make your very own multi-color stamp pad.
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Fold a few baby wipes in half and stack them on top of each other. (We used four here, but really it depends on how much ink you are using for your project, so consider this number on a case-by-case basis.) Using your trusty re-inker bottles, add different ink colors in a random pattern to the top of your stack of wipes. Allow your ink to spread into each other and then use this “pad” to ink your stamp.
There you have it folks! Effortless color coordination for all of your crafting brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Exclusive Inks™ re-inkers! Available in every exclusive color and formulated from scratch, use these mighty ink bottles along with the ideas we shared today to make your own, one-of-a-kind, designs.
And, of course, if your stamp pad is ever getting dry….
19 Helpful Tips for Using Close To My Heart’s Stamp Pads #infographic #stamping #ink #howto #dye #pigment #coloring #stamp
…use the coordinating re-inker to freshen it up! 🙂

12″ x 12″ Rad Dad Layout
Make It from Your Heart™
Vol. 3—Pattern 27 (p. 58)
D1811 My Acrylix® Rad Dad Stamp Set, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X7233B Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5949 Almond Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2727 Almond Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2217 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2728 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z4185 Fresh Air Shapes, Z4196 White Ribbon, Z4029 Bronze Sequins
4¼” x 5½” So Glad You’re My Dad Card (Vertical)D1811 My Acrylix® Rad Dad Stamp Set, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X7233B Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, Z2217 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2265 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2748 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z3325 Blue Burlap Ribbon, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
Cricut® Shape:
Artistry4″ Icon-1 <Travel> (p. 30, #M41036A)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Watercolor cards

I love the look of watercolors - so I have set out to see how I can incorporate them into my work more.
I started with this single sheet of watercolor paper, and just inked some watercolor on it.  My tip of the day is when you drop the water into the little circle of dry water color paint, spend some time mixing it up.  It's a dry paint and you are trying to bring it back to life, the more you mix the darker the color will get, the more paint you get in your water.
I added a little salt to the green section, which gives it that speckled look.
After painting my swatches, I walked off and let them dry. For about 2 weeks.  It doesn't take that long to dry, but that's when I found time to get back to this project.  Plus, it made them nice and dry to work with.
On Crop Saturday, I made these 8 cards using this one sheet of paper. After making the cards, my tip would be to have less white space between the color swatches.


Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Week 22

Another visit to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, the Lego display back in March.  I pulled a pre-done layout from my stash.  I added the title, a little stamping and a few more mats to add more pictures.  The 2X2 sizes are good for pages like this.

Friday, June 15, 2018

2018 Week 21

I love the Fresh Air papers!  And I'm finding what I am doing right now works with them, so being the scrapper I am, I'm taking pictures to fit the pages that come with the kit!  Here's my first one - and yes, I was scrapping the weekend away, taking pictures of the crop, while I did this layout!  Pictures were added later, but I knew what went where.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

July Bells & Whistles

The July Bells & Whistles workshop will be on July 20, from 6:30-8:30.  Cost is $7.00

This is an aquarium page with lots of fun things for you to do.  The fishy backgrounds are from a mask I made using a fish outline from the You are Here cartridge.  It's inked in glacier and crystal blue (with sponge daubers) then you stamp on top off all the fish, with the mask still in place, in charcoal.  I used a retired stamp set to get the lettering look I wanted in the fish. Then you add some pebble ink using a stamp from the Splash of Color stamp set.  If you only add one stamp set to your collection this year - that's the one I recommend.  I use it all the time, for added detail.

We also use the international stamp set This is Paradise.  It's a great ocean set, even if you are not from Down Under.  A little ribbon, and a few retired aqua dots and your page is done.
I will be leaving the charcoal mats as a single sheet of paper, so you can make your mats any size you want.  My sample is cut with 3 - 4"x6" mats and 3 - 4"x4" mats.  If you attend and like the sizes, I'll be happy to do the cutting for you.

Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 Week 20

I'm combing through a pile of really old photos, just random stuff of my girls as young ones.  I had all these of Hurricane learning about new things by tasting them.  The paper pack is Gimme Some Sugar.  The little chef bear is off the Cricut access site, but his papers are from the basics packs, this  year and when we had the textured papers.
The font is from Flower Market, and I inked half of it.  Both paper and ink are Charcoal.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Postcard Pefect Cruising

May is National Scrapbooking month and CTMH has a paper set just for May!
Postcard Perfect papers are good for Hawaii, Florida and beach trips.  This is a cruise layout I did, with Postcard Perfect and You are Here.

Get your own pack before it's gone!  Click here to see all the options.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dino-mite birthday!

I love cute stamps!  How about this hostess exclusive in the new seasonal catalog?

I tried the water colors and it made the dino look colored by a kid - which is kind of cool.  But I did like the marker coloring better.  I used masking to get all the balloons and the back ground behind the dancing dinos.  I used two different markers for shading on each dino - a green set, a yellow set and a blue set, pictured here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Week 19

When I saw the CTMH May stamp of the month, this layout came into my head.  I've got some old supplies and some new ones in here, but you can use any stamp set you have that works for you - for your captured in a jar things.

I used regular black ink on the photos.  Don't smash too hard or the stamp slides and you get a smeared jar.  I let the ink dry overnight.  I tested the ink on the edges of some of the photos (stamped on the scraps) so I could test when it was dry and not take a chance on smudging my main pictures.
The blank jar could be used for journaling, but in my case, these are just a bunch of random leftover photos after I had scrapped the events.  I am going to stamp the sentiment "More precious than rubies" from the Inspired Words stamp set - I just haven't gotten it in yet.

Monday, May 21, 2018

June Bells & Whistles

It's graduation season and vacation season and beach season and what am I inspired to create?
A pumpkin patch page!
Go figure.
I had fun creating this one, but it took me several days and several different trys!  I played with my new Cricut Air and the welding technique.
The title has a shadow and it's welded together.  You glue the letter down, then have just two pieces to put on your page.
The pumpkins are several layers: a fern background (welded as your base), a tangerine pumpkin, edged in sunset ink, then stamped with a design in sunset ink, then another detail layer in goldrush.
The pumpkins are from You are Here.  I grabbed the vine behind it off Cricut space, because I was travelling when I built the bottom border and don't have all my cartridges loaded yet.
The wagon is from Flower Market, cut at 4 1/2 ".  It has a little shading and stamping on it as well. The base layer is actually silver foil paper, so the center of the wheels are silver, even though they just look brown here.

If you order a kit from me, but are unable to attend the workshop, many times I will do the stamping for you.  This will not be one of those kits, because the stamps are not specific to the layout.  Just use any swirly, word, or detail stamp in your collection!
The middle section was designed to hold 8 horizontal pictures.  I figured most pumpkin patch pictures are horizontal, but when I went back through mine I found some of both.  Being open, the design allows for almost anything you want to do with your photos. The wagon does cut off some of the picture behind it, so your kit will include a B&T 4"x"6 to go there.
Here are a few samples of  how you can lay your pictures out.  The kit does not include white mats - I printed these pictures at home and that's just how they print out.

RSVP for your kit ($7) on Facebook or send me a message!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018 Week 18

While I do have a few recent photos that I need to get developed, I'm digging into my old album, and scrapping the photos I took before I started scrapping back in 2003.  Here's Hurricane trying to fly off the couch with kite wings - so cute!
This is a CTMH layout that only had spaces for a few photos.  Most of my personally designed pages hold many more photos - but I just had these three and this pre-done page worked just perfectly.

Monday, May 14, 2018

2018 Week 17

The last of April was a FETCH weekend. Even with all the activity of hosting the event, I still get to scrap some.  This is my final layout for the 2017 Convention - which is good, because the next one is in 46 days!
For this layout I used some retired paper named Urban.  Not only was this the last of my convention photos, it was the last of this paper pack as well.
I used the You are Here cartridge for this layout.  The bottom border is neat, in that it automatically offsets the layers, so you have this cityscape with some depth - just choose two different papers when you go to cut it.  I used fit to length 6" for this, and used two sets on the bottom of each page. 
I also cut some smaller pieces as matching embellishments (the compass and map). 2" (maybe?).

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Frame It! Summer 2018

Frame It workshop is this Saturday at Piper & Leaf Strong Station (Hwy 72).
Thanks Sherry - for reminding me to post this!  You can pay for the Frame It! workshop here.

Frame It - Summer 2018

Picture to be added!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018 Week 16

This week's personal layout has only ONE photo on it - a rarity for me, but it was called for.
Are you putting your scraps in your scrapbooks, as well as your photos?

Monday, April 23, 2018

May Card Workshop

The May card workshop will be on May 10th, from 5:30-7:30PM.  Cost is $5 for 3 cards. 

The perfectly lined are hearts are because it's not stamped - it's paper from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018 Week 15

This weekend was cold and rainy. I spent it all indoors - but on Saturday my scrapping mojo just wasn't to be found.  I had better luck on Sunday with this.

These pictures were similar to Christmas photos, with all the different colors.  But I found an old paper pack I felt went well.
This layout started with the photos, trimming them down to
11 - 3"x3"
2 - 4"x4"
1- 4"x6"  (I need to get one more printed, thus the place holder.)
That's a lot of photos!  Most of the time I can't cut my pictures down, but I'm learning to back off the zoom some of the time.
Next I worked with the size papers I had left in this kit.  Just for reference the vertical strips, from left to right are 1", 1/2", 4 1/4", 1/2". 
We've all got tons of ribbon, so I grabbed some and covered where the papers meet.  I love this little ribbon with the gold line down it (and it comes in several colors!).  I put a thin line of liquid glass down on the papers, then laid the ribbon on top, pressing carefully.  Works every time - just make it a THIN line.
The mat for the 3"x3" photos is a 12" x 3 1/2" strip.  One photo hangs off the edge, but I love that look. You could always use more paper if you don't.  The side where both pictures fit is 6 5/8" long.  The other side is just whatever's left.  I alternated which side has the hang-over picture.  So - now you know.  In scrapbooking, you can have a hangover without any alcohol!  The strips start at 1/4" from the bottom, with 1/4" between each one.  I centered the appropriate zip strip in the middle of what was left for space at the top.
The title is 2 1/2" tall, because that's what I had for paper, but that particular cut would work better as a bigger title.  The word getaway is very thin at this size.

Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 Week 14

Week 14 got away from me but for good reason-I was out making memories to scrap!  We went to visit the youngest down in Orlando and went to Universal Studios for the first time. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Yo ho ho and a Bottle of Rum!

I had a scrap of paper floating on my desk for months with the recipe for the sweet sauce I like to use on bread pudding.  As I was working with the Gimme Some Sugar papers - I thought they would work great for recipe cards.  But as I typed up this recipe, the Rum Sauce just called for some pirate action!  The stamp is from a retired birthday set and the papers are from the retired Jack pack.  Not only do you get to see my cute 6X6 card, you also get my recipe!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2018 Week 12

For my personal scrapping goal, I did two double layouts this week, with some really old CTMH papers, called Aspen.
Most of the time, I'm in high gear - so much to do, so much I want to do, I do it quickly so I can get more done in a hour, in a day.  And then, I look at some of the beautiful antiques and architecture of old.  The details make them so amazing.  But those details take time.
I want to have that level of details in my scrap pages.  Sometimes I can manage it, other times not so much.  On these pages, the pictures went down very easily.  These papers are preprinted with the picture spaces - no paper cutting or arranging.  So I spent some time on the details.
For starters I added some clouds.  These are 3 different stamps from a retired stamp set.  To make them group together properly, I stamped each one on post-it notes and used the masking technique.

You have to cut them out, but only once and it was well worth the effort.
Next I worked on the title.  The You Are Here cartridge made this one easy.  I stamped the clouds behind, then added the layered cut for my title.
My final touch was another combination of stamping, double layered cut, and some liquid glass.

Using the Flourishes stamp set, I stamped the word Hello, and then a couple of other flourishes right on top of the Hello.  Then I covered most of the letters with the camera cut, also from the You Are Here cartridge.
After the camera was attached, a sprinkled a little loose glitter in the middle and made the glass lens with liquid glass.  This was the last touch, so I could let it dry without moving the paper around.
They say with enough repetition, things become habit.  Maybe I can slow myself down enough to get into the habit of this great detail.