Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Love white core paper!!

Today I want to show you just how awesome Close To My Heart's cardstock is.  The wonderful thing about this cardstock is that it is white core, which means that the middle of the paper is white.  While that may not make such a difference if you're using the entire sheet of cardstock, it gives you some options to do some really cool things with it.  Here is an example of a thank you card that I made for my customers, using a technique called dry embossing.  I embossed straight lines on the cardstock (using my ScorePal, or you can use a bone folder and ruler) and then sanded off the raised part, with our sanding block, removing the color of the cardstock, and revealing the white core of the paper.  Very cool effect, no????   If you look closely, you can see that the circle of Cocoa cardstock has also been distressed along the edges (using the Edge Distresser tool), again revealing the white core.  So much fun!! Have you tried a new technique today????   What are you waiting for??  :-)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Father's Day card

Just a quick post today.  This is a card I made for Mike for Father's Day, using the awesome June Stamp of the Month, Wonderful Friend.  This is the first year in probably 6 or 7 that he's actually been in town on Father's Day week-end.  So how will we spend it???  In the car, taking Josh to camp!  :-(  Oh well, as he said the other day, he'll spend Father's Day doing what fathers do. . . sacrificing for their children.  He's such a wonderful Daddy, and my kids are truly blessed to have him as a father.  I'm pretty lucky to have such an amazing guy!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Oh, baby, baby. . . .

WARNING: Picture-heavy post ahead!!  Today I want to share a project that I made for Allie's 4th grade teacher.  Mrs. Ciancio is having a baby at the end of the summer, and I made a mini baby album for her for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I had a great time creating it, and I hope she enjoys it as much as I do. 

This mini album was inspired by a mini-book created by Tresa Black.  You can see her original here.  I've just recently discoverd Tresa's blog, and WOW!!  She does amazing work!  So, thank you, Tresa for the inspiration!

Like Tresa, I used Close To My Heart's 3-Ring Binder as the base of my book.  This little gem is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and comes with 5 inserts with tabs.  By folding the inserts in different ways, I was able to make pockets to hold little tags.  I'm thinking that a mini-album similar to this would make a GREAT Off-the-Page class!  So here are the pictures of my album.  I used the More To Adore Level 1 paper pack, and a set of My Stickease.  I have to admit, a few of the embellishments are not CTMH. . . but hey, I'm a newbie consultant, and I have a LOT of stash in my craft room that needs to get used up!!  :-)  The pictures show the album pages first, and then I took pictures of the individual pages, so you can see details.  The last 2 pictures show the matching gift bag and thank you card I made as well.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Love the beginning of the month!!

It's the beginning of the month, and there are some exciting things going on at the Paper Princess Studio!!!  Close to My Heart has an AWESOME deal going on this month, but it's ONLY available on my website:  Every day during the month of June, you can click on my website, and be directed to one of two different types of deals. . . .

***On goodie box days… you can purchase one box filled with popular products at 50% or more off retail value! Each goodie box day will feature different surprise items, so you can score a wide variety of current and recently retired products.

***On jackpot days… 5 products will be offered for sale at discounted prices. One of the 5 products is the mystery jackpot item for that day, but we’re not telling which—exciting, isn’t it! If you happen to order the mystery jackpot item, we’ll reward you with one or more FREE Close To My Heart products, with shipping included on the free items! If you purchase all 5 products, you’re guaranteed to hit the jackpot! There’s no purchase limit—if you order multiple secret jackpot items, we’ll send you the same number of free items.

If you click here, it will take you directly to the Jackpot June page.  Feeling lucky?  Take a gamble on the Jackpot days!  Want a great deal??  Take advantage of the goodie boxes!  There's something for everyone!

June also brings with it a NEW stamp of the month.  This month's stamp is called Wonderful Friend, and is just perfect for those masculine cards you've been dying to make!  Check out a blog hop featuring projects made with this adorable little set.  It all starts here.  Grab a cup of java, take the laptop out on the porch, and settle in to see some amazing artwork.  This set is only available in June!  Click the picture on the sidebar to see how to get it at a discount, or even FREE!

Make it a great day!!