Sunday, September 30, 2012

Close To My Heart October Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close To My Heart October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  I can not believe it is October already (I know I say this every month - I'm feeling older by the second) and this is one of my favorite stamp sets (again another thing I say often - oh well it's true). 

If you are coming from Mary's blog you are in the right place!  I hope you are enjoying this hop so far - many many talented ladies sharing their projects with us.  I am so inspired every month by these women!    

This month's stamp set is Called A Very Merry Christmas and coordinates with the brand new Artiste Cartridge - I love love love it!!

   You can get this pretty set one of two ways during the month of October . . . 
1.  Purchase the stamp set outright for $17.95
2.  Place a purchase of $50 with your CTMH consultant (or on my website) and get this set for only $5
I offer a few ways for you to get this stamp set from me for FREE
1.  Place an order of $100 on my website and I'll ship you this stamp set along with a current Idea Book
2.  Book a gathering (girls night out) or on-line catalog party with me and get this set for FREE with a $150 or more party
3.  Sign up to join my Close To My Heart scrapbooking club/team and get this set from me for FREE
Contact me today for the details - I'm excited to chat with you about the possibilities.  
I made this card using the following materials:
Kraft shaped cards
Black Ink
Cranberry Ink
Black marker


I also stamped the envelope to match

Thanks for stopping by!  I love your comments and consider it a great compliment when you pin my projects - thank you!  Now hop on over to Beth's blog and see what she made with this stamp set.  

Elizabeth Mindemann
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Friday, September 28, 2012

SEM New Chapter Blog Hop

We are hopping over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles this weekend to celebrate some new design team members!

If you are arriving here from Felicity's blog you are in the right place :)

Our challenge was to create something that represented a "new chapter" in our lives.  I thought I would share with you a layout I did of my precious baby girl.  Each child God has blessed me with has entered me into a "new chapter".  My first born introduced me to motherhood.  My second introduced me to being a Mommy of multiple children, making life fun, busier and much more full.  My third child I lost and that baby introduced me to grief I had never experienced before and the love and comfort of my Creator.  My baby girl introduced me to a "new chapter" of being a Mommy to girls.  I love each one.

Here is a layout of my baby girl . . .

The papers I used for the flower were not actually scrapbook pages but from a book.  When I had my first child we did not know what we were having and my grandmother gave me this baby book that had all these girly colors and pages in it.  I had a boy so I started cutting up the book to use on my Mommy and me scrapbook pages.  I used these same pages to cut flower petals and inked the edges to give some illusion of scrapbook papers :)

I also used the new Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge to make this super cute paper baby shoe - wouldn't this be great as a decoration in your baby's room (my daughter is in love with it and it now sits on her bookshelf).  I was thinking they would be perfect as baby shower favors filled with candy.

The hop starts today, September 28 and ends Sunday September 30th  11:59pm PDT. Remember in order to qualify for our grand prize you must be a follower of SEM and leave a comment on all the blogs.

So, what are you waiting for...hop to it!

Elizabeth - You Are Here
and back to SEM

We would love to see you create a layout or mixed media project that represents a "new chapter" in your life.  Whether you have already begun this journey or you are thinking about it, we want to hear about it :)

*Twist: Use book pages or book text on your project . . . be creative!  

Link your projects back to SEM for an extra entry into our grand prize drawing!

Hop on over to Kelly's blog!
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by :) 

Elizabeth Mindemann
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Close To My Heart Colors Galore

   Autumn is one of my favorite times of year!  I love wearing sweaters and drinking tea.  One of my favorite reasons for loving Autumn is the colors - I love all the colors of fall :)

Close To My Heart has some great new colors this Season - check out this video about some great trendy colors like raspberry & mustard!  

Happy Monday!


Elizabeth Mindemann
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Feature a Friend {on Friday}

I am so happy to welcome you to Feature a Friend {on Friday} because I actually have a friend to feature :) 
I stumbled across the blog Clips-n-Cuts last winter and immediately fell in love!  Vicky is such a talented artist and I have been inspired by many of her creations.  When she agreed to do a guest post I was thrilled!

Vicky is a happily married mother of two living in Greece.  She is a full time Information Technology and Communications Teacher and a midnight crafter.  Her passion is cardmaking and she shared with me that she is always looking for some free time to hide away in her craft room :)  Vicky blogs over at Clips-n-Cuts sharing her cards and a weekly how-to video.  She has a YouTube channel with a ton of inspiration.  You may be most familiar with Vicky's website Inlinkz!  Yes that is right Vicky is the owner of Inlinkz, a website that provides on-line tools for bloggers, to organize challenges and link products.  So here is Vicky . . .  

Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here with you today.  Thank you Elizabeth for the honor to introduce me to your readers!
Today I decided to share with you a simple card I made using Gelatos.

I will share with you the process step by step.

To make the background I heat embossed my stamp with white embossing powder.

And then I used three shades of green gelatos to color the whole embossed cardstock.

Looks awful, doesn’t it?! LOL!
Gelatos react with water and they resist embossed areas. So you can spray with water on top to make the colors blend or use a baby wipe. I did the second and look how soft the colors turned out. Perfect for a background image.

Then I white embossed my flower twice. I will cut it out later to create two layers for dimension.

I used three shades of gelatos to color my flowers

Yeah … I know… same awful look. But now I blend it with my fingers. No water at all, cause I wanted the colors to remain vibrant.

No need to be neat. I cut out the flower so I didn’t have to stay inside the lines.

I added a button and the sentiment to put everything together.

Hope you had fun and got inspired to use different coloring techniques.
Thank you Elizabeth!

Thank you so much Vicky!  I can not say enough how much I love your card!  The colors just pop and I'm excited to try my own card using these techniques.  Please stop on over to Vicky's blog and thank her for a great tutorial.  If you are interested in being a guest on Feature a Friend {on Friday} please e-mail me at alwaysdeeper at hotmail dot com for more information.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

Creatively Yours,  

Elizabeth Mindemann
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