Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sponge Stamping

Sponge Stamping is a fun and easy technique that adds softness and depth to your artwork. As you can see it makes a very beautiful butterfly, and you can also use it on flowers, balloons, whimsical bus and lots lots more! Just let you imagination run wild! Here's how it's done:

Supplies: stamps, ink pads and sponge daubers


  1. Start with 2 ink colors. Once you get the feel for using two ink colors, experiment with 3 or more.

  2. Tap you sponge dauber ion your ink pad. Then pat it on your stamp in the desired area. Repeat with the next color. In the sample, I inked the center butterfly with Hollyhock ink in the center and Clover Meadow on the outside, slight overlapping at the edges. The butterflies on the top and bottom are sponged with a single ink color.

  3. I recommend cleaning the stamp between "inkings." That's it! Have fun!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Using Photo Hangers

Step 1: Poke hole in the ribbon using a piercing tool.
Step 2: Attach photo hanger witha brad by pushing it through the hole. Secure the brad by folding down the prongs on the reverse side.
Step 3: Wrap the ribbonaround the back of your project and serure it by tying a knot through the photo hanger on the front.
Supply list:
Photo hanger, piercing tool and grosgrain ribbon

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Just Blooms White Paper Flowers are the BEST!

Here are some fun ideas:

1) Customize your flowers to match your artwork by sponging with ink.

2) Add a brad or button in the center to make flowers "pop!"

3) Apply a few drops of Liquid Glass to create "dew drops!"

You will love playing with this fun embellishment!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Eighth Grade Graduation!
It was so much more fun to scrapbook when my kids enjoyed having their pictures taken! Oh well, it's good to have Evan ready to take on High School!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Unique Clear Cards Playshop

Unique, Creative and Surprisingly Simple! Close To My Heart's Brand New Clear Cards decorated for Summer Splendor!
I offered this playshop at my home early in June and it was so poplar, that I'm offering it again! Gather a group of your friends together for some Summer Fun and create these 4 striking cards! You'll learn new techniques too! Just $12.95* per person pre-paid.
Call Today as my schedule is really filling up! 408 265-4147
*Tax, Shipping and Handling added to all playshop orders.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Get Your Goodie Box Today!

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This is a great way to stock up on Gifts for your paper crafting and scrapbooking loved ones, too.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Relief Sanding

Step 1: Choose a distinctive but thin shape such as a spiral clip

Step 2 Place shape under cardstock and sand lightly to bring out the imjpression in the white core.

Technique Supply List:

Spiral Clip or other emelishment of chice

White core Cardstock

Sanding kit