Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Studio J

So Close to My Heart is bringing out a great online scrapbooking program called Studio J. It should be released to the public shortly. As a consultant I was able to get a test run of how the website and program works. All I have to say is that I am really impressed. It was fun to create layouts using this method. And much quicker than traditional scrapbooking. I was able to get 10 two page layouts done in about 3-4 hours. Everything coordinates so well. Making it very fun and simple.

Though I would never be able to give up traditional scrapbooking, I could see myself enjoying the benefits and ease of Studio J. I ordered my 10 layouts tonight to be printed and mailed to me. Will post an actual picture of what they look like when they arrive. I hear that the quality and look of the layouts are outstanding. I'm so excited.

Here is a screenshot of one of the layouts I did using Studio J.
To find out more you can visit, they have a great video up there about it. Also feel free to ask me any questions.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lady Gaga Tees

Here are my latest silk-screening projects. I use the Yudu machine by Provocraft to silk-screen. And I love it. Takes a few trial and errors to get the hang of it. But it is an awesome machine!

Will post other Yudu creations in the near future. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 29, 2010

You Rock Cards

Here is a set of cards I made recently using the You Rock line from Close to My Heart. I again used the Wishes How-To Book to get the recipes for the cards. I made a total of 12 cards, 6 different designs, two of each. I will post the other 3 cards on another day. Stamps sets used were Star Power Stamp Set, Cocktail Alphabet Stamp Set, Togetherness Stamp Set, and the So Lucky Stamp Set.

Here are the cards individually:

I love the You Rock Paper line and the stamps and embellishments that coordinate with them. Can't wait to make some layouts using this line. Have a ton of concert and kareoke pics to scrap.

Thanks for looking and please leave a comment and visit my CTMH website.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Topstitch Card

Here is a card I made using the Topstitch Line from Close to My Heart.

The stamps set I used are The Togetherness Stamp Set (which has great borders and accents) and Paisley Praise Stamp Set (great paisleys and phrases).

Also used ribbons from the Colonial Whit Collection and stamped with Chocolate Ink.

I have a hard time coming up with for ideas for unique and beautiful cards. Many times my cards look a lot the same. But I have started to use one of the Close to My Heart How-To Book called Wishes. It is so great. I was familiar with their How-To Books for scrapbooking layouts, and had no idea about the How-To Books for cards. They make making detailed and pretty cards so easy. It is like following a recipe. Also there is a really great feature in the book. There are three card workshops, with instructions to make a set of 12 - 20 cards, with the use of a few papers and accents. It was great to get some card making sets done in one sitting. I will post some more cards made this with feature soon.

Here are the current idea books available

And you can click on the picture to bring you right to the Wishes Book.

Thanks for visiting and please feel free to leave comments or questions.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Veranda Card Set (WorkShop to Go)

Here is a set of cards I made using the Veranda Line from Close to My Heart. These cards were based on the Workshop to Go Kit for the Veranda Line. Here is the set of three cards together. The kit gives you enough to make six cards, two of each design. And there is plenty left over to make more cards or scrapbook layouts. Also there is a full color brochure to give you directions.

And here are individual closeups of the cards:

Hope you enjot these cards and please fell free to leave comments or contact me with any questions.

Astorians Do It Better

I thought this might be an appropriate for my first post of the blog. This is a recent shirt made using freezer paper ironed on to a t-shirt. The freezer paper has a shiny and a dull side. When layed on fabric and gone over with an iron, the freezer paper adheres to the shirt/fabric. It makes a perfect and cheap stencil. I used fabric paint to color in the letters, but have also used silk-screening inks with a paint brush with great results as well. I used the Sure Cuts Alot Program with the Cricut to cut the lettering out. Just remember if you are going to make a shirt using the freezer paper as a stencil and you have lettering, you have to flip and reverse the image/letters you want to cut out. I forgot to do this and the lettering came out backwards. Even if you cut it out by hand, you just want to make sure that when you lay the freezer paper down that the images appears correct once you go over with it with the paint.