Friday, December 30, 2011

Start the New Year out with a BANG of a SALE!

As 2012 rockets in, catch the wave and save!!!!!!!!!!  Place an order 12/31/01 OR 01/01/12 of $100 or more and receive a TWELVE dollar gift certificate to use on your next order with me!


This is perfect for all of you who didn't get our Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge or those of you who have been wanting a twelve month Studio J Membership!

Hurry this offer won't last long Cinderella you only have before stroke of midnight on New Years' Day, Monday this offer turns into a fond dream.

Remember orders over $150 also qualify for HOSTESS REWARDS!  That's an additional beginning amount of $25 in FREE product!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

REGISTRATION for January 10th closes 12/30!

January Workshop registration reminder:  Last Day to register is THIS FRIDAY THE 30th.  January's class is going to be featuring ROXIE papers and we will be making a Rocking, sparkling layout as well as a little Valentine magic.

The $20 workshop fee for Tuesday 01/10/12's class is due.  Email me at hrkinney@hotmail.com with class questions and for mailing address.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Boxing Day

Okay, so by wishing a Happy Boxing Day you can tell I'm from Michigan on the Canadian border right!  My husband said the only thing funnier is that you all can't hear my "EH" when I type!

I hope you all enjoyed your Holidays!  We have lots of papercut-bandaided fingers at my house and I have serveral hundred more toys to unpackage and assemble (WHO thought sewing barbies' hair to the box was a good idea?????).  So I will be off crafting line for awhile, and just wanted to send some e-love

From my family to yours, enjoy your week....spend time taking holiday photos, Promise we will papercraft them next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Friday, December 23, 2011

I wanted to wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

  • May your mailed packages arrive on time to smiles this week.
  • May your children all smile and look the same way in family photos.
  • May Santa overlook your holiday case of the Bah Humbugs as you scavenger what's left in the mall and fight for that parking spot.
  • May that gift you sent be the right size and color.
  • And most of all from my family to yours I hope you have a safe and Blessed Holiday Season!



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Last minute gift making

So we are in crunch time....would love to hear those last minute holiday gift making projects you are working on!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fun hostess gift -- Skirted bottle/tree

Here is a fun way to dress up that bottle of wine you are taking as a hostess gift this year:
Or to make into a center piece....read below for the crazy easy directions!
  •  Cut B&T (Background & texture paper) of your choice--double sided design, like Close To My Hearts papers are really needed--into 3/4" x 4" strips
  • Take one strip and wrap it tightly around a ball point pen (or something of similar shape).  No need to pinch/hold for excessive amount of time, just wrap and release, then repeat.  This worked out great to do while watching TV.
  • Starting near the bottom of the bottle apply liquid glass to top 1/3 (just a thin line is all you need) of the paper strip and place
  • Continue placing the strips all the way around the bottle trying to maintain level line, but top will be covered, so no need to be exact.
  • Start the second row with the bottom of the glued area overlapping slightly at the top edge of the first strip 
  • I went three rows up for the skirted version of the bottle then wrapped a 1" strip around the bottle to give a clean edge of the skirt (a ribbon also makes a nice finish at the waist).
  • To make the tree version just continue up the bottle
  • I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rock The Block Promotion

12/19/11 - 01/31/11 Rock the Block Promotion
You can go to my website ctmh.com/heatherplotzke to get yours now!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

December's Stamp of the Month

Wanted to remind you that when you spend $50, the above set can be yours for only $5!  To get yours call me or go directly to shop at ctmh.com/heatherplotzke


Available December 1–31, 2011 only.
With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for just $5.00 US / $5.50 CAN! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.
Spend:
  $50.00 US / $55.00 CAN 
No purchase req.
You pay only:
  $5.00 US / $5.50 CAN (72% Off!) 
  $17.95 US / $19.95 CAN (full retail) 
Set of 14
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3 1/2" (Y1009), 4" × 5" (Y1012)
Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut® Art Philosophy collection (Z1686).


$17.95   S1112


 

Friday, December 16, 2011

December's workshop - Elf's lodge

This month's class we made this super cute Elf's lodge featuring Believe papers.  The house set came from one of my favorite scrapbooking stores Cool Scrapbook Stuff in Poway, they always have the most unusual and creative items.
 


 One last super feature of this house is that the roof comes off, and inside is a chipboard album and there is plenty of space to save keepsake treasures.


PS:  Thanks Dana for finding the treasure house for me!  I have one house left, and I am thinking Easter Village!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

November's Workshop Photos

 Somewhere along the way, this post got lost...oops must be the site administrator lol!  This is my sample from November's workshop where we used Dreamin' papers and the Art Philosophy Cricut roses.  The  butterflies from Just Blooms were glued down only in the middle with their wings bent up to look like they were taking flight.




Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Studio J Love Your Layout - December 2011

Here is the next installment of Love Your Layout from Close To My Heart and Studio J!
This month's layout is focusing on Studio J version of our Wonderland papers.

Go to ctmh.com/heatherplotzke and click on the Studio J tab on the left of the screen.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Clearance items a plenty!


So all of us looking for super bargains now is the time to go to my website ctmh.com/heatherplotzke and look through the While Supplies Last section!  There are whole paper packs starting at just $2.00, can you believe it $2.00!!!!!  That's a 80% savings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  These will not last long, there are chipboard sets, embellishments, My Stickease, and cardstock packs super reduced!
Mayberry Level 1 just $2.00   
Sweetheart Level 2 just $5.00

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Favorite Item EVER & some reasons why

I get asked all the time, what is my favorite scrapbooking "thing", next to my photos and I know when asked that's not what people are looking for, my super most favorite, best invented item of all time...which I use on every single everything project would be LIQUID GLASS!
A679 Liquid Glass 
Original designed as a glass glaze type finish, this is the best ever adhesive.  I use this for everything from glueing down buttons and gems, ribbons and fantastically adheres chipboard and other weighted items.  I have rescued Raggedy Ann's bangs from an over zealous brother with this glue.  I must own about 6 bottles of this at all times, because I never want to not have one in my travel crop case, on my desk, in the household glue area, etc.  Its a steal for the low price of $6.95, and lasts a super long time.

Below is a tip sheet I received years ago from my Upline Bren Yule, who got it from a Sister Consultant,
Lorrinda Holman that has so many great, great ideas for uses that I wanted to share.

Ideas for Liquid Glass:


- Use to attach page elements (especially good with clear items): metals, vellum (note: it can show through a little bit), transparencies, fibers, flowers, plastic embellishments, stickers that have lost their stick…etc…

- Use to add any kind of water effect to a page: bubbles, water droplets, or just to make something look wet

- If you have a dull metal object you can make it look shiny again by adding a thin layer of glaze

- Use to highlight designs on pattered paper (ex: flowers, vines, or even geometric figures – any area you may want to draw attention to, or add interest!)

- Use on photo to make an object stand out

- Use on stickers to give them dimension

- Add some ink to change the color and it gives it a stained glass look

- Use it with micro beads

- Make clear epoxy type stickers with it

- Fill conchos with it

- Add it to acrylic paint to give it added sticking power (and a glossy shine) when painting metals

- Drop it on a transparency the size of the picture you’re using and then hold it up and let it drip down. when it dries, put in front of your picture and it looks like the picture has like water down it - great for water park or slip-and-slide pics

- Don’t want a knot/bow in a piece of ribbon or fiber to keep slipping out? Add a dot of liquid glass on the back – it dries clear, rarely (if ever) discolors, and holds like crazy!

- Use on shrink plastic to give a beautiful glossy look!

- Here's my recent fave: pound down a bottlecap, cut a photo down to size and put it inside the bottlecap, then cover with the glaze and let it harden. Love the look! Need to watch it though - sometimes the pic wants to 'float', you may want to temporarily adhere it with something else before you glaze over it. Hey, I bet this could be pretty neat with our new bottle cap set!

- Use it to add glitter to a project.

- Use it to make a crystal for your clocks/watches

- Use them on My Stickease ... I covered one of the blue star circles from Independence; took a bit to dry, but they are beautiful! Now I can't use just the plain stickease! I will go through a ton of this stuff!

- What about using it in a dimensional frame that way too ... This stuff is too cool! I heard you can bend and crack it too ...


More Tips and Tricks for Liquid Glass

1) It can and does change the ink color a little bit when you put the liquid glass on top. Sometimes it's a really good thing. It made a fish that Gail used look more vibrant and colorful.... Sometimes it can be a bad thing especially on words. Reds tend to be more temperamental.

2) When you want to put liquid glass on a shape... like an oval or square saying from the word puzzles. Stamp your image on your cardstock, but do not cut around it yet... Cover with a thin coat of liquid glass. Then add additional coats until it reaches the desired thickness. After your image is completely dry... then cut it out. If you cut it our first, the moisture from the product will curl the edges of your paper as it dries.

3) Always start with a thin coat and then add additional coats until desired thickness

4) You can tint your liquid glass by mixing in a little re-inker. Then use a toothpick to apply to desired area.

5) It's fun to trace words with!

6) Works great on Stickease!!!

7) And our super duper trick!!!! Place small amounts on a sheet protector. When it's dry it peels right up and you can then add it to your project by placing a small amount of liquid glass around the edges to adhere it to your project. If you want to draw certain shapes, stick a piece of cardstock with the shapes on it in your sheet protector and then you can draw on top of them... Too fun!!!

8) And... using tip from step 7... you can cut out the image with scissors to make the edges all nice and neat

9) Building on number 7 again... You can take a piece that is almost dry.. and crack it like cracked glass!!!

But here's my most important tip of all!!! Order a bottle and play with it yourself. It goes a long way... experiment... try the tips I've shared and see what your results are before you show it to your customers. My version of a thin coat and your version might be different. See what works for you....
And yes...I'm now liquid glass obsessed and can hardly wait to share it with my customers now that it's not TOP SECRET. LOL

#1: Layer it on your projects to give a smooth glass-like finish.
Spot Gloss: Apply a thick layer of liquid glass directly to the stamped image with the applicator tip. Let dry completely (about 30 - 60 minutes) before handling.
All-Over Gloss: Use a paintbrush to apply a thin, even coat of liquid glass to the entire image. Let dry (about 3-5 minutes).

#2: Use the applicator tip to apply a thicker layer of LG to "select elements" of your design to add emphasis. Apply a second or third coat if your first layer was not standing up off your paper enough to please you. Some ideas are to apply it to leaves, flower petals, insects, teacup, umbrella, window, eyeglasses, Christmas ornaments.

#3: Simulate dew on a petal by adding little droplets to flowers. You can also add it to the petals of actual dried flowers or fake plastic ones. This really does look like dew and you won't spend a fortune buying designers ones from stores.

#4: Highlight only special lines on an image.

#5: Use LG to outline your image. This provides the look of embossing without needing the heat gun. This looks especially inviting when used as "frosting" of a cake.

#6: Try applying the LG in layers. By that I mean apply a thick line of LG to the outline of your stamped image. Allow that to dry and then come back with a brush and apply a thinner coat of LG to the inside area that you outlined. Allowing time to dry between applications will keep the areas from merging and will add depth and make the image look 3-D. You can also add a 3rd and 4th layer by applying a second coating to an area that has already dried. It will really make your images POP!

#7: It truly gives the look of glass and as such looks wonderful when used on glass items such as the light bulb in the Little Inspirations set or the Christmas lights in the Border Builders set . . . Makes the lights shine. Use LG on the fish bowl in the Little Hellos stamp set or use it to create a faux glass "Bug Jar" and use one of the bug sets to stamp some bugs to go in the jar.

# 8: Experiment with different applicators to add textured patterns to your stamp art. Use a paintbrush to apply a thin coat and swirl the bristles to create small circles, half moons, or squiggles to achieve different results. Use a stencil brush to dab on LG for a rougher texture. Use a sponge to create a spackled look.

#9: Use LG to seal your shrink art pins. This creates dimension and provides a more exclusive look to your shrink art. This is the perfect way to seal your poly shrink wine charms while providing a great glassy finish.

#10: After applying LG to an image, sprinkle a little Prisma glitter on top. This adds more dimensional sparkle than using other types of glue and looks great as candle flames, camp fires, etc.

#11: Create a dimensional paint. Add LG to small containers you can find in the paint section of hobby stores and then add a drop or two of CTMH re-inker and stir using a toothpick. Then apply color as desired to your stamped image allowing a few minutes drying time between colors so they won't blend. This provides truly beautiful results.

#12: LG makes the perfect glue for any project!! Use it to attach your poly shrink plastic embellishments, beads, feathers, and bows. It is very strong, great for adding hard to hold magnets, pin backs, and wire to your stamped projects. Be sure to let it dry completely before handling.

#13: Use it to make flat marble magnets or bulletin board tacks. Purchase the glass marbles/pebbles that have a flat side to them in the floral section of craft stores. Then use the circle punch to create the perfect shape to place behind these see-through marbles. Stamp desired image on the card stock circle and color it in using the Markers. Use Krylon Matte Acrylic or use the Krylon Workable Fixative to seal markers. Next, apply Crystal Effects to the flat marble and not to the stamped image. Then press the marble onto the stamped circle. If you don't have the Krylon to seal the markers, applying the LG in this manner (to the marble instead of the stamped image) will keep the image colors from smearing. Apply a bit more LG and then attach a magnet or push pin to it.

#14: Here's a twist on using it to make the flat, clear marble magnets . . .Trim small school photo to fit the back of the stone. Poor LG directly onto the picture. Then adhere to the back of the stone. Let dry and then add magnet to the back for a refrigerator magnet of your little darlings.

#15: Use it to glue vellum to card stock. It won’t show through. I’ve found the best way to keep vellum from wrinkling or “popping up” after application of CE is to apply it with a fingertip or Q-tip applicator in a very thin coat . . . DO NOT apply it straight from the bottle.

#16: Make Glitter Gloss using LG, prisma or other ultra fine Glitter, and an old paint brush. This is really simple. Squirt out some LG onto a scrap of acetate or other non-porous surface. Using a toothpick, stir in some glitter until you have the consistency you want. Then using a paintbrush, brush the glitter gloss onto your stamped art, stamped tiles, polymer beads, etc. When dry, it gives a glossy and sparkly look to your art. Try using this to add glitter to snowcaps made with liquid applique, add highlights to ornaments, Valentine hearts, etc. Anywhere that you want to add a bit of sparkles. You can also use this same homemade glitter gloss on hand painted ceramics and clothing.

#17: Make a Stained Glass Glitter Window. Stamp image on window sheets using Staz On. Allow a second or two to let it dry. Next, use the tip of the LG bottle to move it (LG) around to cover each individual area with a thin layer of the LG. While it is still wet, dump on glitter. Only do one color of glitter at a time. let each area dry at least an hour before going to the next color.

#18: Use it for "fray check" on the ends of your ribbon after you have cut them to the desired length.

#19: Place on top of Radiant Pearls or Pearl Ex and get even more pearlescent shimmer and shine.

#20: Use LG, stamped tissue paper and prisma glitter to create beautiful, sparkling ornaments for Christmas or any special occasion.

# 21: Create "Shimmering Pearls" by adding a small amount of Pearl Ex powder to some LG. Then apply over your stamp art with a brush.

#22: Add LG to areas of images that you've dry embossed and achieve even more "pop"!

#23: Use LG to seal beaded pens. After you make your pen, set it into a block of Styrofoam. Let your pen cure (inserted into the Styrofoam) for 24 hours. Then dip the pen upside down into the bottle of LG. Tip it right side up, and insert back into the Styrofoam to dry for another 24 hours. It works like a charm sealing the pen so that he beads won't fall off.

#24: Use LG to seal Domino art when you've used chalks or Pearl Ex to color in your image. The LG creates a wonderful thick sheen when applied in more than one coat. Or you can use it as a sort of Modge Podge to attach a stamped tissue paper design to the Domino (similar to the candle/tissue paper technique or the glittery glass bulbs technique.)

#25 put some liquid glass on a sheet of acetate--or other non porous tray, take a baggie smooched up in your hand, dip the baggie in the liquid glass and smooche it randomly on a piece of card stock. Like the sponging technique with paint that was really popular in the 90's!
Let it dry. Then sponge on ink--you can use more than one color. I did this technique on bamboo cardstock and sponged on olive and chocolate ink. Wherever the liquid glass was resisted the ink and the bamboo color showed through--I did this to make my own camo cardstock. I've also done it on chocolate cardstock and lightly sponged cocoa ink, with the tone on tone it gave it a faux leather look!

Friday, December 9, 2011

OWC Holiday Bazaar, Sat 12/09 At Camp Pendleton Main Exchange Area

Come out and do some extra special Holiday shopping with local Vendors and Artisans at the Main Exchange on Camp Pendleton...You have to be military to shop in the base stores, but everyone is welcome to shop with the outside Vendors.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Studio J great for businesses! Be your own ad agency

Have an at home business?  Work in an office that could use some professional looking advertising materials?  Create a Studio J layout for tons less than a print shop or advertising agency would charge.  Here is a layout I did for the Hearing Aid facility I work for.  These are for our office walls and our website, so I didn't list our numbers/addresses, but I just as easily could have of!  My boss was thrilled with the outcome.
Oceanside & Encinitas Hearing Centers



Monday, December 5, 2011

Buttoned up Christmas Card How To Video

If you loved the video project here is a picture of the stamp set and a link to but yours today!

C1471 Happy Clusters


Christmas crafts???

I would love to hear what everyone is working on?  I have few Studio J'd calendars in the works (promise I'll post photos soon), along with a cricut cut rose and photo covered wreath.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday tag video from CTMH

See how quickly you can make these adorable gift tags.  It will make your holiday rush soooo much easier!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Last Day to Register for 12/12 workshop

For all my local friends, Friday the 2nd is the last day to register for December's workshop.  We will be focusing surprise-surprise on holiday themes this month using Wonderland and Believe paper packets.

The workshop fee is $20 and again is Monday 12/12 at Oceanside Community Church.

Contact right away so you don't miss securing your spot!  Happy Friday.