Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Another Flower Card

I just can't help it...I love to make flowers! The petals are from an old book, I took a page & put it onto a cricut matt & cut it with our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Once cut, use your inks a sponge and colors that match your pattern paper. This paper is from our"Wonderland" paper pack. Pretty blues & purples.

Stay tuned...More flowers soon!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Close to My Heart Typeset Scrapbook Pages

More artwork with the Typeset Paper Pack! 
I'm going to add all the quirky things about me that make up my personality &/or loving attributes or maybe reasons why I annoy those I love! For instance:
   *I do like to be on time...but have rarely been!
   *I Love hot tea but...hate ice tea.
   *My clothing budget is spent on crafts. (Did I just say budget! Haaaa!)
   *I love word games but...can't spell.
   *I'd rather see the sun rise after being up all night than wake up early to watch it! 
   *I brake any vacuum I get my hands on within a year!

Those are just a few of the funny quirks in my personality! Gotta know me ta Love me!
It's a lot of "White Space" (unprinted area of a piece of printing, as in a layout or newspaper page, or of a portion of a piece of printing, as of an advertisement; blank space) for me...don't cha think! I wanted this look but had to view lots of websites to get energized for the simplicity & balance in these eyecatching pages. Sketchabilities is where I found lot of layouts I liked for this style. If your looking to get a lot of pictures on one page this type of layout is not going to work.  For one a two maybe three picture pages it's perfect or should I say "Picture perfect!"
 "Clustering" the butterfly, flower, tag & frame make an ideal shabby chic embellishment. The new Just Blooms flutter" Butterflies are so easy to create in any color you like! Just add ink! Use a sponge, brush, or dauber. Add one or more colors. I love that I can easily coordinate them with my pages. They come in various sizes & prints.
I also included corrugated chipboard (the tag has been edged in blk ink & the bracket was rubbed across vineyardberry ink & painted with pearl paint) The dimensional flower is a cut from our new Cricut Cartridge (That I now could not live without!) & loosely wrapped to keep the bulk down. There is lickerish pearls on the butterfly & a corduroy brad for the flower center.The brads & ribbon are in our Black Mini Medley Collection.
Posted by PicasaThe fluer de lee is also a cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge. I used my label maker for the words & date

Monday, September 12, 2011

Scrapbook pages with "Typeset Paper Pack"

Awe...Isn't he cute! Seems like it was just last year he was in Preschool! He started 5th grade & is excited to be in the highest grade in his school. I guess he's "cool" now because he is one of the oldest! Pulling pictures like this out now is one of the reasons that I don't scrapbook conalogically. It's so much fun to pull these older photos out & ooooh & ahhh over them (maybe even cry a little because they are growing up so fast!) He's already asking me about Middle School. Jarred slow down will ya!
These "back to school" pages were created with a new paper kit "Typeset" from the Fall/Winter Catalog that was released on August 1. I'm really enjoying this paper pack. It's colors & style will go with any age or boy/girl. Plus as an added bonus there is beautiful generic patterns on the back of these B&T Dous. Wait until you see what I did with them. (Pages to be posted soon!)
I've been researching a new technique "clustering" I spent some time scouring the Internet & magazines for ideas. Our new Corrugated chipboard shapes are perfect for this. I'm having sooo much fun with them. There are 48 different shapes & sizes in a package. You can ink them, color them, paint them, stamp on them & more. Plus I love, love, love our new "Typeset Canvas Compliments." You know why??? Because they are not a sticker! They are printed on canvas and have awesome texture! What a great price too, $5.95 for 2 yes that's 2, 6" x 12" sheets.

As some of you know I find it hard to use stickers. I just don't like the texture. When I do use them I sand them, ink them, stamp on them & layer them so they look more like an embellishment & not a sticker. Otherwise they are so "flat" & one dimensional. That's why I so love these "Canvas Shapes!" They add instant detail & color to everything you use them on! Great for pages, cards & altered items. (especially teacher gifts!) Check out some of the stars, journaling spot & alpha cards below.

Join us on Friday Sept. 23rd for may workshop with this paper pack. We'll be creating 4 layouts & learning new techniques.
Here's a supply list:

ORDER #               PRODUCT                                                      PAGE #                   PRICE
Z1464                    Milepost Shapes                                           128                         3.95
X5907                    Light Green Cardstock Shade Pack            8                             7.95
                              TOTAL                                                                                            27.80
1386                       Black Cardstock                                             8                           14.50
Z1393                     BackMini-Medley                                        127                         4.95
S1109                     SeptemberSOTM                                         140                         5.00
Z1463                     JustBlooms Flutter Paper Shapes             128                         5.95
                               TOTAL                                                                                            30.40

Z2165                    Juniper Ink Pad                                                9                              5.25
Z2163                    White Daisy Ink Pad                                        8                              6.95
Z2105                    Black Ink Pad                                                    8                              5.25
Z697                       Sponge                                                              132                         1.25
                                TOTAL                                                                                             18.70

Due to Labor Day weekend, Pink Friday & Fallasburg Fall Festival class will be held on Friday Sept. 23rd at 6:00. This class (only) will be at the Springhill Suites in Cascade (Behind Target on 28thstreet) 5250 28th Street, GRR, 49512. Future classes will be held at Lowell Arts Council on South Hudson, by the Fire barn & Mill. 

"Basic Kit” is necessary  for this class. “Better” & “Best” products are optional but may be used on the pages produced in class. We’ll be creating back to school & everyday moment’s pages at the crop. I'll be emailing the invitation out tomorrow with the supply list so you can order & have your product in time for the class.  Email me if you would like to be included in the invitation.

Call me with any questions 616-608-2653.

Jolene McCormick 
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

This is my new "Go To" cartridge! I use it all the time with the matching stamp sets. I love that I don't have to cut anything out with scissors anymore!

Friday, August 19, 2011

It's so exciting when we get a new catalog! We wonder what colors will be in the new paper kits. What patterns, will we like them? What new accessories will there be? There is such a build up of enthusiasm before it's release. I'm so thrilled with this seasons catalog! (released August 1) Beautiful color mixes, wonderful new patterns, fun new accessies and an exceptional offering of stamps & crafting supplies to explore and express your creativity. The card below was made with the new "Dreamin" Paper pack. I love the bold varity of colors & prints in this kit.
I sooo cannot leave the new cricut cartridge alone! Just another 3D flower cut from Honey CS, rolled up and petals curled with a "Mocha Pearl" in the center. The frame below is one of the "Milepost Shapes" flipped over & stamped on with a flourish image. I followed the color challenge from CR84FN.

Chic new paper pack!

The "Roxie" Paper Pack is Chic & fun! Check out the flourishes & flowers and make sure to see the black-n-white zebraish (is that really a word?) print.  I predict this trendsetting paper pack will be a best seller!

The floral image is from "The Present" stamp set and the sentiment is from "Unscripted"  
This card design is a template from Clean & Simple Stamping & they have teamed up with CAS-ual Fridays for this sketch.

Isn't the Zebraish (I like my made up word!) print jazzy! Combined with our Smoothie (pink) it looks awesome! The frame, flowers, flourish & border were all cut on the cricut using the CTHM "Art Philosophy" cricut cartridge. To give the flower some zing I added our transparent acrylic pearl paint (create a shade), mixed it with a little water and painted the petals, waited for it to dry & then added a little Glitz Glitter Gel to the edges of the petals & boarder around the sentiment. For the center of the flowers a pearl is perfect! It's from our Opaques Adhesive Gems. This card was fun to make & I love how it turned out!  

Here's a close-up of the flowers so you can check out the details.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I Just Love Purple

The rich colors are so lovely in this elegant patterned paper from our new "Sonoma" paper pack. The beautiful tapestry designs and subtle coordinating patterns combined with my favorite colors; Smokey Plum, Amethyst, Pansy Purple & Olive Green complete this paper package. 

OK so I love anything with writing on it! This is just one of the sizes & patterns from our "Just Blooms Flutter Paper Shapes." They come white with several different prints then you just add the ink that cooridnates with your paper pack & you have a breathtaking embellishment. Make it "pop" by adding glitter & rhinestones. 

Did I mention how much I love our new "Art Philosophy" Cricut cartridge! The sentiment frame, 3D flower, leaves & scallop boarder were all cut from my new "go to" Art Philosophy cartridge. It's so easy to make these flowers with our cartridge, just cut it out & roll it up. Fiddle with petals a little & glam it up with glitter & a rhinestone "Ta Da" you have a gorgeous embellishment for your card or altered paper project. 

I played along with "The Sweet Stop" Challenge Sketch Blog when I made this card. I like their sketches, they are clean and balanced.This sketch was a great inspiration for my card.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More Great Artwork

I remember when my kids used to hug! This paper kit is called "Elemental" It's such a great kit because it will go with everything! Very basic subtle patterns that will work with any theme.

Oh Gosh! Some of you know how much I love Halloween! This new "Mischief" paper pack is awesome! We also have fun new felt designs to go with it! Check out the tree, fence, corner design, black mat behind the bat & chandler on the card. They are wonderful quality & add texture to any layout or card. Make sure to check out the new colored rub-ons for this halloween kit! I can't believe it...we have colored rub-ons!! I love rub-ons & now we have them in color! Yippie!

Monday, August 8, 2011

New Paper Pack artwork

Our Corporate artist are so awesome! I love these layouts!
This is from the new Roxie paper pack! Don't forget that our pattern paper is now Cardstock weight. It also has a zip strip across the top with a design that coordinates with the paper pack & the opposite side names the colors that are in the pack. With a heavy paper cutting it on the cricut will be a breeze!

This picture doesn't show how pretty this "Dreamin" paper pack really is. It has rich fall colors & beautiful designs. I can't wait to work with it. Plus most of leaf images on the stamp set that match are cricut cutable. Can I just tell you again how happy it makes me not to have to get my scissors out!!

August Special & Cricut Images

OK, so... clean up your puddle of drool after looking at what will be my new "Go to " cartridge. Because it has everything!! Be sure to hop on over to my website and place your order for "Art Philosophy"!

I have spent a lot of time dreamin' about the new Cricut cart. images in the last few days! I can not wait to get it. Mr. Fed Ex guy was suppose to come Saturday with my cart. & all the other new goodies from the Fall/winter catty & HE NEVER SHOWED UP! Do you even want to know how many times I checked the front porch to look for my order thinking maybe he forgot to ring the doorbell? This is the first time in 12 years that my order did not come in as specified. Did it have to be when my new cricut cart. was in the box?? In between walks from the front porch to the back slider (in case he left it there) I reorganized my scrap room so I would have the proper place to showcase my new product & room to get my cricut out & play! Yes, you can actually see my scrap desk & some of the table behind me! I even sorted through some of my older stamp sets & pulled out 20 or so to add to my clearance area! Any how... he never showed up & they don't deliver on Sunday or Monday so, now I'm waiting impatiently until tomorrow with hopes that I will see my order. Here's to dreamin' about my new "Art Philosophy" Cricut cartridge.

August SOTM

EXTRA, EXTRA, Free bonus stamp set in August!

A Typeface Stamp Set

When you place an order of $50. or more in products and purchase the August Stamp of the Month set, (pictured about) Wicked, for just $5.oo, you'll receive the My Acrlix "A Typeface" bonus A-size set FREE (retail value $6.95)! Think of it as two promotions in one-qualify for and purchase the discounted August Stamp of the Month set, and we'll throw in a second set FREE! It's EXTRA! EXTRA!
Did you know that with the purchase of the new Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (order #Z1686), you qualify for the DARLING August Stamp of the Month for $5, and on top of that you'll get the August Special "Extra, Extra" Typeset font stamp set absolutely FREE? No? Well, now you know! What a great month to order! If you happen to order $150 or more in products, you'll also qualify for FREE hostess rewards. Whoo Hooo!! If you order the Cricut collection and the Stamp of the Month, you'll already be at $104.00. Another $46 will get you $25 in free hostess rewards. How can you go wrong??

EXTRA, EXTRA!! FREE Stamp Set in August!

Free bonus stamp set in August!

In celebration of our newly updated Stamp of the Month program, we’re throwing in a little something extra: a FREE* bonus stamp set! In August, when you place an order of $50 US/$55 CAN or more in products and purchase the August Stamp of the Month set, Wicked, (I Love this set, the cute boots & stockings, the hat, a great background image plus the sentiments are great for graduation cards or new jobs!) for just $5.00/$5.50, you’ll receive the My Acrylix® A Typeface bonus A-size set FREE (retail value $6.95/$7.75)! Think of it as two promotions in one—qualify for and purchase the discounted August Stamp of the Month set, and we’ll throw in a second stamp set FREE! It’s Extra! Extra! Click here to order.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

More Cricut Info

Saturday can not come soon enough. "Why" you ask...because that is when my new Art Philosophy Cricut Cart., stamp set & new product will be here!! Whoo Hoo! I'll be stalking the Fed Ex guy! Look at just some of the images available!  Ohhh Hurry Up Fed Ex!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Matching stamp sets for the CTMH CRICUT Cart.

Complementary Stamp Images

Numerous My Acrylix® stamp images in our Idea Book  pair wonderfully with images on our Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. When you see the Cricut icon or a stamp image outlined in red in the Idea Book, you will know there’s a matching shape on your Art Philosophy cartridge. Ohhhh I'm so excited! Cut out the coordinating shape with your Cricut (YES!) machine using the setting indicated on the stamp’s carrier sheet, then stamp your image on the base shape—quick and easy!

Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection
Cricut® Cartridge Creativity at it's best!
We’re delighted to introduce the exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut® Art Philosophy collection! We’ve worked with Provo Craft* to bring you a Cricut® cartridge filled with 700 shapes hand-selected by company founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton. Simply insert the cartridge into your Cricut® machine (sold at retail stores) and you’re ready to cut any of the shapes with the touch of a button! Choose from stunning rosettes, unique gift boxes, elegant doilies, crafty banners, and of course flourishes (My favorite!) plus more. The exclusive images are incredibly versatile, and many are designed to be used with specific My Acrylix® stamps for real eye-popping power! Just imagine "no more scissor cutting every image!! OMG I'm in heaven!" You all know I'm not on the cut it out with scissors plan I guess I'm to much of a perfectionist, because it is very difficult to get a perfect cut...but not any more, WooHoo!!

Cartridge & More
Bring your artwork to life with stamps and chipboard Dimensional Elements! Uhmmm...can we combine any more of my favorite things...YES!! Let's make exclusive stamp sets that match designs on the cricut! When you purchase the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge,** you’ll also receive three exclusive D-size stamp sets and three sets of Dimensional Elements designed to perfectly coordinate with images on the cartridge. That’s a retail value of over $120 US / $140 CAN for just for $99/$109.95! Stamp on your Cricut shapes; cover your Dimensional Elements with a Cricut shape; or cut (Not with scissors!), stamp, and then cover! Ohhh I'm so loving. Please mister Fed EX guy hurry with my order I'm going into cricut withdrawal!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

WooHooo!! Close To My Heart New Catalog Debut on August 1!

I'm so excited! I can't wait for you all to see the new catalog & products! Awesome, Awesome & more Awesome! Here's some of my favorites from it:
   **CRICUT CARTRIDGE with 700 designs! WoooHooo a new cutting system! With stamp sets to match!! Yippie no more scissors!
   **Roxie paper pack!
   **Cardstock weight pattern paper!
   **New Chipboard that matches images on the cricut cart.
   **Awesome new LOWER prices on stamp sets! Yippie! Now I can buy more for the $$.
   **Loads & loads of new stamp sets with images that are cricut cutable! Can I just tell ya how happy that makes me!!
   **New Hostess Rewards Program! It includes WOTG & the New CRICUT "Art Philosophy Collection"
   **Awesome New Consultant Kit
   **New SOTM Pricing...With a min. $50. order get the D sized Limited time stamp set for only $5.00!

Their is so much, much more! I'm just exploding with excitement! Check back tomorrow for the link to the new catty!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat, Accepting Deposit Now!

Close to My Heart

Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat
September 23, 24 & 25, 2011

Love to scrapbook? Love to get away for weekends? Then try a scrapbook weekend retreat. Get some serious scrapbooking time with this incredible overnight getaway that includes hands on instruction, break-away classes utilizing some of the industry's most popular products, goodies, prizes, and lots of fun! Gather your girlfriends and get ready to re-energize your scrapbooking creativity! 48 blissful hours of scrapbooking with your buddies, making new friends, leaving your routines at home, pampering yourself!

When: Sept. 23, 24 & 25

Starts: Friday 4:00 until Sunday 4:00

Where: Springhill Suites, 5250 28th Street, GRR , 49546 (Behind Cascade Target)

Cost: Weekend $45. Or, Friday $15. Saturday $25. Sunday $10.

Register: RSVP with your $25. deposit before Sat. August 27th and earn "Early Entrance Privileges" & reserved seating for your group. Start as early as noon. Email me with your info.

What to Bring: All your scrapbooking and Stamping friends, a cup with a cover & a treat to share.

Hotel Registration: Get your best price by reserving your room under the CTMH block at $79. per night. Call 464-1130. The hotel is newer & beautiful. Rooms are suites with fridge, micro & separate area with couch & dining table. Breakfast Buffet is included with your overnight stay.

**Your own 6' table
**A Chance to win the Huge Grand Prize Basket
**Lots of Random Prize Giveaways (scrapbook layouts, notebooks, paper flowers, crochet flowers, scrapbook tools, stamp sets & more)
**Use of CTMH Stamps, Inks, Tools & More
**Free Technique Demos throughout the Weekend
**Design Help Desk with Hands On Iinstruction
**Cash & Carry area including: Paper, Stamps, Scrapbooking Kits & a Clearance Center
**Cricut with large library of cartridges to use available, bring your own 6x12 mat or pay $2.00 to use one for the time you are there.

**Regrettably this is a non-refundable event space is limited. I appreciate your understanding in this matter.

**Please pay for your cropping Registration with cash or check. Credit cards, cash or checcks can be used for Close to My Heart Orders.

**Send your $25. deposit to: Jolene McCormick, 12700 McPherson, Lowell, Mi 49331. Your deposit is what saves your spot.

Call me with any questions, 616-608-2653

Jolene McCormick

Wedding Card

I'm still in the "Wedding mode!" This Bliss paper inspires me. it's soft & pretty & oh so easy to make beautiful cards! Enjoy a quick post today, Hope you like it.