Saturday, September 19, 2020

Distress Oxide Inks Video Series #3 - Emboss Resist, Water Painting, and Watercoloring

The third video in my Distress Oxide Inks series highlights more fun techniques. Today I will be sharing how to do the emboss resist and water paining techniques and how to use the Distress Oxide Inks to watercolor.

Watch the video below to see how I created these fun cards.

It is amazing how just painting with water can create a bleached effect.

I used a Clear Shimmer Brush instead of water on this card. (Love the sparkle!)

Watercoloring with Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn, and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Inks.

Watercoloring with Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, and Peacock Feathers Distressed Oxide Inks.

Stop by tomorrow for video #4 in the series to see how you can use your embossing folders with these super cool inks!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Distress Oxide Inks Video Series #2 - Smooshing Technique

The second video in my Distress Oxide Inks series shows how to create this super fun background by using a technique called “smooshing.” This is one of my favorite techniques using the inks.

Watch the video below to see how I created this card...

Here’s another angle of the card.

Stop by tomorrow to see the next video in the series where I will show you emboss resist, water painting, and watercoloring techniques...

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Distress Oxide Inks Video Series #1 - Supplies and Blending

I was honored to be asked by Close to my Heart to create a special video series on Distress Oxide Inks. I created a series of 6 videos showing different techniques and cards using these fun inks. I am thrilled to be able to share them here with you. I will share a new video each day for the next 6 days.

Today I will be talking about the different supplies that I recommend to have on hand when using the Distress Oxide Inks and I will share a couple of cards showing some basic blending techniques. (These inks blend like butter! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!) Watch the video below to see how I made these two cards...

Here are close-ups of the two cards I made in the video.

Check back tomorrow for video #2 in the series where I will show you how to do the super fun smooshing technique! 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Operation Smile Card

Close to my Heart supports an incredible charity called Operation Smile. They are a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. Every year CTMH has a special stamp set that they create where $7 of the proceeds go directly to Operation Smile.

We, the Creative Design Team that I am part of, wanted to highlight this stamp set called Every Bit of Wonderful to bring more awareness to this amazing charity. You can help support them by purchasing the stamp set and/or by making a donation directly on my website.

Here is the card that I made using the sweet Every Bit of Wonderful stamp (this year's OS set) and the Bright Stack which is part of the National Stamping Month promotion

Watch the process video below to see how I made this dainty little card. 

My video is part of a collaboration with the other Creative Design Team members. Be sure to check out their videos showing more creative ways to use the Operation Smile stamp set and Bright Stack. Be sure to visit each one for lots of creative inspiration! 

Lisa Stenz (that's me 😉) - 
Andrea Sherman - 
Julie Carriere - 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

September Project Kit - Bloom with Grace Boxed Card Kit

This month’s Creative Club project kit is a uniquely hinged card box that contains (12) standard sized cards (6 each of 2 designs) using the beautiful Bloom with Grace collection. There will not be a local class this month, but you can order a kit to be mailed to you or you may pick it up if you are local.

The basic kit is $30 and includes the following:
  • Pre-cut cardstock and patterned paper
  • Bloom with Grace—Cardmaking stamp set
  • (12) Standard sized White Daisy card bases and envelopes
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Link to Design Space file (You will need the Bloom with Grace and Artistry Cricut collections and a Cricut machine with Design Space access in order to use the link. You do not need these as all of the pieces will be pre-cut in the kit. You will only need them if you would like to make more in the future.)
Add Ons:

Watch the video below to see the unique design of the box and how it opens.

Add on the coordinating Thin Cuts metal dies for just $8 more.

The kit makes (12) standard sized cards (6 each of 2 designs) and a box to hold them.

The unique box has an attached hinged lid.
You can use it to hold the cards and envelopes or use it as a gift box. 

Make 12 cards (6 each of the 2 designs below.)

Contact me for more information or to order a kit. All kits need to be paid for in advance. Thank you for understanding.

Kits ordered by September 12th will mail out by September 26th.
Kits ordered after September 12th will be mailed within 2 weeks.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me cash or a check, or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $7 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Bloom with Grace Boxed Card Kit - Local

Bloom with Grace Boxed Card Kit - Shipped
$30 ($7 will be added for shipping)

Add Ons:

To find our about my monthly “no commitment” Creative Club, click here.
♥︎ You do not need to be local to participate. ♥︎

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September Specials and Promotions

It’s September 1st which means LOTS of new goodies and announcements!! I am so excited to share all kinds of great things with you today, including:
  • A brand new Annual Core Catalog
  • A brand new September/October Supplemental Catalog
  • A brand new National Stamping Month Promotion
  • A brand new Halloween Collection
  • A brand new Stamp of the Month
  • A brand new CTMH Kids online workshop
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TWO New Catalogs

CTMH just released TWO new catalogs filled with crafting goodness!

Our new Annual Core Catalog is available TODAY and is jam packed with amazing core products that will be available for an entire year! PLUS the new supplemental September/October Catalog! 

You can view both catalogs online here, order your own copy here, or you will get a free copy of the catalogs when you place your next order on my website here.

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National Stamping Month Promotion - Creativity in Motion

Celebrate NSM with animated stamps that you have to see to believe!

Bring your stamps to life with the innovative animated stamp sets featured in this year’s National Stamping Month Special called Creativity in Motion! When you layer the lined acetate over the top of these specially designed stamp images, sliding the image back and forth results in a magical, moving stamp image! This special features three different animated stamp sets, animation sheets, an exclusive pack of 6" x 6" patterned papers, and a fourth stamp with coordinating Thin Cuts designed to decorate and embellish pull tabs for your animated stamps!

Watch the video below for more info on this creative collection...

Get a 20% discount on the animated stamp sets when you purchase all three in the Animated Stamp Sets bundle. Save even MORE with a special project bundle that includes materials for creating fun artwork designed especially to show off these adorable stamp sets! This bundle was created especially for our National Stamping Day celebration. Learn more about this online event here.

Order your Creativity in Motion items here.

Offer valid while supplies last through October 31, 2020.
Shipping is assessed on retail value of items.

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September Stamp of the Month

Here for the Memories stamp set

With a minimum qualifying order, get your D-sized Stamp of the Month for just $5! Add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($18.95) or with your qualifying order of $50, get it for just $5.

Set of 13
Recommended Blocks:
1" x 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3½" (Y1002), 2" x 2" (Y1003), 2" x 3½" (Y1009)

Click here or on the image above to order your Stamp of the Month.
Stamp of the Month is only available from September 1 - 30, 2020.

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Got Candy?

Cute Halloween themed Collection!

Skip the tricks and save big on an absolute treat of a paper collection, featuring an exclusive paper packet, stamp set, and more! The Got Candy? special includes a fun-filled collection of coordinating products, including a delightful paper packet, a coordinating cardstock pack, an exclusive stamp set, and a matching set of exclusive loose sequins! Save 20% when you purchase the whole collection in the Got Candy? bundle!

Order your Got Candy? items here.

Offer valid while supplies last through October 31, 2020.
Shipping is assessed on retail value of items.

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New CTMH Kids Crafts

Cards from the Funny farm Virtual Workshop!

Introducing another great crafting project for kids who love stamp and make cards. These Funny Farm Cards are sure to bring a grin to every crafter’s face! We’re looking forward to another kid-friendly creative experience with the Funny Farm Cards virtual event taking place September 25th! This event will walk kids through each step of creating a series of 10 sheets of cardstock, plus 10 White Daisy card bases and colorful envelopes. Save 20% when you choose the card kit that also includes the From the Funny Farm stamp set and mini stamping block!

Order your Funny Farm items here.

Offer valid while supplies last through September 30, 2020.
Shipping is assessed on retail value of items.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Treasured Memories Sympathy Card

Making sympathy cards is not something that I look forward to because it means that someone has experienced a loss and is hurting. However, I do think it is important to let those grieving know that you are thinking about them and praying for them.

I recently created this sympathy card using a beautiful stamp set called Treasured Memories. I embossed the outside of the card with a retired embossing folder called Rose. I stamped the images using Pewter, Pebble, and Ballerina ink.

I cut the front of the standard sized card about an inch short and then adhered a piece of Ballerina cardstock to the inside so that it peeks through on the front when closed. I adhered the sentiment banner with Thin 3-D Foam Tape. After stamping the flowers and leaves, I trimmed them out with micro-tip scissors and adhered them under the sentiment strip.

Sending sympathy cards is always tough, but hopefully this one will let the recipient know that they are loved and being prayed for.