Tuesday, 23 August 2016

French stamps and watercolour - Encore


Ok, alors on s'amuse.  Still playing with watercolour paint.  Not only does the watercolour paint give vibrant colour on the special watercolour paper that CTMH sells, but also on shimmer trim ! Who knew?

For these two cards I used the same Close To My Heart French stamp set called Happy to Be Friends C1605F.  It is so versatile with sentiments that can be used for all sorts of occasions. This is a MUST have in everyone's stash.
To start, I cut pieces of 12x12 watercolour paper down to fit the card front.

For the rainbow card, I put water in the barrel of the brush and dipped bristles straight into the colour and painted stripes directly onto the dry paper starting with orange, yellow, green, blue and then purple, no blending, going for bold vibrant colour contrast.  I also painted the stripes on the silver shimmer trim. Once the paint was dry, I stamped the sentiments in black ink, peeled the backing of the shimmer trim and adhered it to the rainbow paper, matted in black and glued to the card base.

watercolour rainbow card CTMH French stamp
Vibrant Rainbow 

For the pastel card, I did a wet wash on the paper first close to the paper's edge, then chose colours similar in muted intensity. I let the paint stripes overlap a bit and blend into one another making for a smoother transition.  When paint was dry I ripped the edges all around pulling paper towards me to reveal the core. When the paint was dry, I adhered the painted paper to the black mat and to the card base.  C'est si simple.
Muted Pastel

I used the watercolour paints and the medium flat watercolour brush.

CTMH Products:
Card base and envelope: Daisy White X254
Mat: black cardstock: 1386
watercolour paper: Z3146
watercolour paints: Z3132
watercolour brush: medium flat Z3226
shimmer trim: silver Z1799
stamp set: Happy to Be Friends C1605F

à bientôt,

Monday, 22 August 2016

French stamps and watercolour

I am so excited that Close To My Heart now sells a dozen stamp sets in French !!  I look forward to showing you some projects with them over the next few days.

I decided to make this sweet card and used the watercolours.

Watercolour, French card, love, Close To My Heart
Carte en français (Close To My Heart)

Close To My Heart sells watercolour paper in sheets of 12 x 12. It is nice and smooth and gives nice results when stamping on it.  So I cut a piece down to fit the card front. Then I used the watercolour paints and the medium flat watercolour brush. I put water in the barrel, and applied a wet wash on the paper first before painting the colour from lightest to darkest pink.

Once the watercolour paint was dry, I stamped the sentiment and hearts using black ink.

Card base and envelope: Daisy White X254
Mat: black cardstock: 1386
watercolour paper: Z3146
watercolour paints: Z3132
watercolour brush: medium flat Z3226
stamp set: A1192F

à bientôt,

Friday, 19 August 2016

All Day Mega Crop for National Stamping Month

Come crop til you drop on Saturday September 10  from 10AM to 11pm ! This bilingual event is open to all crafters!

We'll celebrate National Stamping Month !

Day Includes / la Journée Inclus
• 8 feet of cropping space / 8 pieds d'espace de travail
• Free Goodie Bag / sac-cadeau gratuit
• 13 hours to focus on your crafting / 13 heures de crop
• Contest and Games and Prizes. (must be present to win) / un concours, des jeux et des prix
• Shopping (CTMH scrapbooking supplies available). / Magasinage de produits CTMH)
• Free Wi-Fi / WiFi gratuit
• Free parking and easy access - no stairs. / Sationnement gratuit et facile d'accès - aucun escalier
• Fun and laughter / du plaisir autant que vous en voulez!!!

Optional / Supplémentaire
• Lunch: On your own
• Dinner: pizza

Get a full 8-foot table all to yourself. Bring extension cord for Cricut/Silhouettes, etc.
Une table de 8 pieds par croppineuse. Apportez vos rallonges pour les appareils Cricut/Silhouettes.

(d’ici le 30 août / August 30)
Return the registration form with your payment to guarantee your spot. Space is limited. Sorry, no refunds, however your spot can be transferred to a friend - just let us know

$40.00 + dinner / 40 $ + souper

• E-transfer payment / transfert bancaire
• Cash / Comptant

For more information or to obtain the registration form contact Dominique at dominique.fun2cre8@gmail.com

And don't forget
Friends don't let friends craft alone.

à bientôt,

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Flower Market Collection - Cricut

As of August 1, 2016, CTMH has a new Cricut collection !  Woohoo.

It is called Flower Market and you have the option of purchasing a physical cartridge(Z3285) or a digital only option (Z3290).

Both collections include the same images and come with
1 – stamp set with 28 fabulous sentiments
2 – stamp sets of background images - good for creating textures. Each square is approx 3" x 3".
1 – pack of cardstock in Adventure colours (20 sheets - 2 each of 10 colors)

Cricut® Flower Market Collection (Z3285)

The only difference is if you order the digital version you will receive a code in the package rather than a physical cartridge. You will then redeem the code online. The product description for the digital version states "Only available for use with Cricut® Explore™ and Cricut® Explore Air™", so plan your purchase for the type of Cricut® you own.

The Flower Market cartridge has:
  • Two fun fonts
  • 132 multi-layered flower images and other icons 
  • 17 3-D flowers (cactus, holly, rose, rhododendron, ranunculus, poppy, poinsettia, hibiscus, daisy, daffodil, chrysanthemum, and amaryllis) (and not the kind you have to roll - simple gluing and bending)
  • 54 containers for the flowers (baskets, jars, etc.)
  • 74 wreaths, leaves and branches
  • 54 layered word art images! 
Here are some of the images on the cartridge.

 multi-layered images - like the flowers on this wreath and card

3-D flowers like this bid daisy

 containers for the flowers like this mason jar

wreaths, leaves and branches - like on these cards

layered word art images - like in this layout

Look at this stunning layout my talented upline Julie Carrière made using the cartridge.

And don't forget
Friends don't let friends craft alone.

à bientôt,

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

August Promotion - Basically the Best

On August 1st, Close To My Heart released its new catalogue. Full of new products.
Here is a picture of Rustic Home paper (on the left in the photo below) and Uptown Fundamentals (on the right).  

These packs are considered part of the "Basics" collection but there is nothing basic about them. Both feature foil designs and specialty materials for making your artwork unique. Both include 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 designs. 

During the month of August, you can choose to get either a pack of the Rustic Home paper or Uptown Fundamentals paper for FREE when you order the new Whimsy, Adventure and Enchantment Fundamental papers,

This is a savings of $13.95 or $14.95 depending on the FREE collection you select and when you qualify for Basically the Best you also qualify to purchase the SOTM for $6. Yep, this deal is basically the best!

Here are images of the Whimsy, Adventure and Enchantment paper packets:
Whimsy Fundamentals 

Adventure Fundamentals

Enchantment Fundamentals

Here are images of the Rustic Home and Uptown Fundamentals, either which you can choose for FREE once you purchase the above paper packs:
Rustic Home Fundamentals

Uptown Fundamentals

You are always welcome to contact me if you have any questions. More details about this campaign can be found here. Orders can be placed on my website.

à bientôt,

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

August - Stamp of the Month

Each month, CTMH releases a special stamp set available for that month only. You can purchase the (Stamp of the Month) SOTM for only $6 when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products. Alternatively you may order one or more of this stamp for $21.25.

The August 2016 Stamp of the Month is Purr-fect Halloween. It has a whopping 17 stamps.

Here are projects created with the stamp set by CTMH Corporate artists.


To get your stamp you can shop on my site at www.dominique.clostemyheart.ca  or email me your order at dominique.fun2cre8@gmail.com

And don't forget
Friends don't let friends craft alone.

à bientôt,

Monday, 1 August 2016

Annual Inspirations catalogue launch

The new 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations catalogue is available TODAY and it is jam packed with tons of great new products. You can view it online or order your own copy. I'd love to hear what your favorite new product is...

View it online here: http://dominique.closetomyheart.ca
Order your own copy here: http://dominique.closetomyheart.ca/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9687

If you would like to join my current gathering, please let me know ASAP!! Order going in Thursday!

And don't forget
Friends don't let friends craft alone.

à bientôt,