Saturday, May 20, 2017

Prickly Pear Friday Freebie

I created this card for our new Seasonal Expressions 2 Launch.  The paper pack used is the newly released Prickly Pear Collection. After all the recent freak snow/hail storms I decided I needed something bright and cheery! YAY!! What do you think of these colors? They just screamed Spring, Summer and Birthday to me! I wanted to go for something a little Gender Neutral, so it didn't scream GIRL!!!  (Although you know I'm the epitome of "Girly Girl"... love me some pink and red!!) So, this was stepping out of my creative box for a bit.

Not to mention it was getting close to Cinco de Mayo; you know, the day after the infamous and now drawn out with ridiculous memes for "May the 4th be with you".  Here's a close up of both the outside (seen above) and the inside (featured below) of the card I created. After moving to the Midwest/Rockies/Ski Country... Cinco de Mayo just isn't the same... Oh yeah, it's celebrated here, but not like they celebrate in Texas! Ha! Margarita specials go on EVERYWHERE there... here, yeah, they say they're celebrating, but restaurants here know nothing about running appetizer and drink specials, oh well... we've got snow! LOL

I used 2 different stamp sets, Fiesta Time (C1681) and the one that comes as a Bonus with the

So now that you've seen the card front and inside sentiments, let's take a closer look at just how this card was created...

Below you'll see the start of my creative process. Color, color, color... Yes, as a Copic enthusiast and Certified Designer, and the little girl in me, I had to color these margaritas to look as yummy as possible. I'm still in school for Illustration, so I love to try different coloring mediums, and it just so happens that Close To My Heart also carried professional alcohol markers! Shin Han Art Touch Twin markers, just like Copic markers, are also used by all kinds of artists, including Manga artists and Pixar/Disney artists (storyboards... everything else is digital of course)

Colors use to color the lime margaritas are:

First I stamped and heat embossed the image with Versamark and Ranger Princess Gold Ultra fine embossing powder, colored the image, and just for another "true" added affect, I added Liquid Glass to create that epoxy/glass look! (Besides I'm not a fan flat images... needs dimension!)

You'll find the Cricut Design Space files I created below.  Comments are greatly appreciated! I ask that if you do use my files or refer to them, please tag me on social media or send your crafting buddies back to my original blog post so they can download them for themselves.

Cricut Design Space Cut Files:

Prickly Pear "Party... Like there's no Manana"



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Friday, May 12, 2017

Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit Now Available

Scrapbooking Kit, Close to My Heart consultant Elise Sosa #scrapbook #papercrafting

This month, if I do say so myself, Close To My Heart has truly outdone themselves! Can you say LOVE at first sight?? This kit is so easy and so beautiful, it's all in the name! Not to mention all of the versatility in the colors and the embellishments! WOW!

So, let me show you what all you get in this kit. (I've put it together three times as gifts for Mother's Day, a Baby Shower Album and a graduation!) But first let me tell you how you can get it... There are 3 ways to get this kit while supplies last.

3 ways to get your Live Beautifully Kit during May

  • Purchase it on my website:
  • As a Hostess (Once you obtain $350 in customer orders, you get it absolutely FREE in addition to your regular hostess rewards... so that's another $60 in SPC and 1 item at 50% off!!)
  • Best Bang for your Buck -----> Become a Close To My Heart consultant by joining my team, and you automatically get it for FREE, along with your kit, an additional $50 SPC to customize your kit, and you become a part of a wonderful team, and company doing what you love most!! *** PLUS, if you join this weekend, there's time for you to be a first time attendee at our Convention next month in Utah! Or too soon? You can be join us at our Album Retreat in sunny AZ in October!!

Close to My Heart May National Scrapbooking Month Kit available at #scrapbook #Scrapbooking #papercraft
CTMH Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit Layout 1

#gold #papercrafting #scrabook #nsd #nsm

I had to show you this up close and personal shot. The kit has gold foil papers and embellishments, along with beautifully shaped flowers that you can easily lay flat or create dimension with just a few pieces of foam tape or a pop dot...

CTMH Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit Layout 2
Here's another fave of mine! Dimension, dimension, dimension!! *smiles* If you look below, not only is "love" layered in a stamped look on this watercolored background, but the kit also comes with a coordinating "love" foil sticker that you just place wherever you like! (of course you're free to jazz up your layouts however you wish, but I'm just showing the way the kit was designed. *You should see what other customers and consultants have done with this kit so far!)

CTMH Live Beautifully Cut Above Layout 3

CTMH Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit Layout 4

CTMH Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit Layout 5

 What comes in the kit?

Everything you see here! Enough to create five 2-page layouts for a total of 10 pages! That's nearly half a complete album! You just punch out all the pieces, follow the step by step in instructions, add your photos with your favorite adhesive, journal (or not... LOL... totally up to you) and your done!  Even includes 6 memory page protectors!

We also have the complete kit that comes with the album, adhesive and journaling pen that makes this easy for a beginner scrapbooker, or even someone that has been crafting for years and just needs to get out of that creative slump.

Live Beautifully Post-Bound Album Bundle (CC1224)
Live Beautifully D-ring Album Bundle (CC1225)
Stay tuned for the video on how quick and easy this project is to put together, along with our upcoming class schedule to complete another 6 pages and/or a mini album!

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at this months special!

Happy Papercrafting!

Aka Sosa's Wife

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Release Peek

Our latest Seasonal Expression just launched on Monday and while I was in the process of creating card and scrapbook class samples, I thought I'd create a quick and easy Picture My Life card! (Also called Project Life or Pocket Scrapbooking through out the Papercrafting world)
I specifically designed it to show the versatility and ease of using our Flip Flaps! So this one uses a 4x6 and a 3x3 flip flap!
You can purchase those here in my online store
Want to join my team? With Close to My Heart you get so many benefits, plus you can even be your own hostess! Just ask me how!