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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Butterfly Gift Enclosure Card with #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set

3" x 3" Gift Enclosure Card by Karen Pedersen

Don't forget, there is just one week left to get your #30yearsofhappy stamp set.  All you have to do is spend $30 on stamp sets (before shipping and tax) and it's yours for FREE!  Yep, no kidding...FREE!  Spend $60 on stamp sets, and get 2 free sets, and so on!  Oh, and don't forget that for every $50 you spend on anything (before shipping and tax), you also get this month's Stamp of the Month (Family is Forever) for only $5 ($17.95 value).

Both deals are only good in September, so don't miss out. When purchasing on my website, your #30yearsofhappy set(s) will automatically be added when you have reached the minimum stamp set purchase.  Here's a link to see all of our incredibly awesome stamp sets. Also, when you reach $50 in sales, you'll be prompted to add the Stamp of the Month. Easy, peasy, lemon squeasy!

Here's a detail photo of my card, a photo of the stamp set.  You'll also find a products used list, with photos and links, at the end of this post.  Have a great day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Creative Blogger Award

I am honored to be nominated as a Creative Blogger by fellow CTMH Consultant, Vicki Wizniuk.
  I was extra honored to be nominated by her because she is one of my creative idols. It's kind of cool that she feels the same way about me. Be sure to check out her blog. She does BEAUTIFUL work!
We are joining up as a chain of fun blog hop tours, where we will get to meet new bloggers, get new inspiration and connect with blogs that will open up our creativity. 
This blog hop is sure to be a great inspiration. 
I hope you hop along with us.
Here are my 4 questions I need to answer before I pass along my nominations…

      What am I currently working on?

I am currently working on three 2-page layouts made the beautiful Pathfinding papers for my November Play Group classes.  I love this paper and am having so much fun designing with it.  I offer my Play Group classes each month in person here in Utah, or long-distace through kits in the mail.  You can always see upcoming classes here on my blog.  Just scroll down the left side of my blog to see past months, the current month, and the explanation of how Play Group works.

      How does my work differ from others in its genre?

This is a very hard question. It's hard to be objective about your own work. I'm not really sure how I differ, but I can say some things I really like and try to bring into my work:
  • bold titles (like on this layout)
  • something that really catches your eye and makes my page/card unique (like the scattered "Hero" throughout the borders of this page)
  • when scrapbooking I try to make the photos the centerpiece and to embellish and decorate my pages in a way that enhances the photos, but doesn't take away from them (like in this layout I used muted colors that went along with the bold colors in the photo. That way the photos really stood out).
  • I love fun and different color combos (like the takeoff on the traditional red and green color combo by using different color saturations of them)
  • I LOOOOOOOVE embossing
      Why do I create what I do?

First of all, I LOVE to be creative. I love the whole process of thinking of color combos, deciding how to lay things out, and how to embellish. I even love the process of journaling and putting life and memories to the artwork I've created.  All of that is true and part of why I create, but the BIGGEST reason is that I love my family. I want to beautifully preserve the memories and experiences we have shared for not only them, but generations to come. Long after I'm gone I hope that people will look at my books and learn about my family and me.
      How does my creative process work?

That's another hard question! I am not sure.  Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and think of an idea. Other times I look at a photo and a color combo will pop into my head.  Other times I see a throw pillow or fabric at a home decor store and just know I want to bring that feeling to a card or scrapbook page.  I guess  my creative process works by living life. I am always inspired by colors, textures and design I see in nature, in home design stores and magazines, or in fashion. I love the beauty that this world holds and get so excited to try to bring that beauty into my own creations.  Several years ago, I made a scrapbook page that was wholly inspired by a gift bag I had.

The layout below was inspired by a decorative plate I saw in a store.  I loved the stars and the turquoise and beige mixed in with the red, white and blue color scheme.  I incorporated those design elements into this basketball layout of Dawson.

So… now I get to nominate some inspiring bloggers.
I nominate Lisa Stenz, and Christine Adams
They are both BEAUTIFUL artists and their insides are just as beautiful as the artwork they create! 
Check out their blogs, you will not be disappointed. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Shiny Tree Card with the September Stamp of the Month

5" x 5" card created by Karen Pedersen

Although it's been a week of high temperatures in Utah (we even set a state record at 94 degrees on Wednesday), that hasn't stopped the trees on the mountain by my house to know what season is coming. The leaves are changing and the colors are so pretty.

This little 5" x 5" card feels just like this week has felt to me:  full of Autumn colors on the mountain, but still lots of green right down  here in the valley.

I think the September Stamp of the Month (Family is Forever) is such a great set. On this card I decided to spend a little bit  more time than I normally would on a single card because I wanted to see how that beautiful tree would look paper pieced and shiny.   Here are step-by-step instructions to how I created the tree piece. I hope you like fussy cutting (wink). I actually find it kind of relaxing and a bit therapeutic. 

Reminder: You get can this set in September only and it's only $5 ($17.95 value)  for every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax).  Head on over to my website to order. You'll be prompted to add your Family is Forever set before you check out.

  1. Stamp the tree in Chocolate Ink on Goldrush Cardstock.
  2. Stamp the tree again in Barn Red Ink on Colonial White Cardstock.
  3. Stamp the tree again in New England Ivy Ink on Colonial White Cardstock.
  4. Carefully cut out the hearts from the Barn Red stamped tree and adhere them over the hearts on the Chocolate tree.  I love my Non-Stick Micro Tip Scissors for jobs like this one.
  5. Carefully cut out the leaves from the Topiary tree and adhere them over the leaves on the Chocolate tree.  I really love the small tipped Glue Pen to adhere small, detailed pieces.
  6. Sponge the edges of the Goldrush piece with Chocolate Ink and a Round Sponge.
  7. Squirt a generous amount of Liquid Glass on the Goldrush piece (I'd say a good quarter to half-dollar size puddle).  Using a small sponge brush, "paint" your liquid glass all over the piece, making sure to get it in between all of your fussy cut pieces and covering everything. Smooth it out and set aside and let it dry.  (Tip:  As it dries, your piece may "curl" a bit.  Once it's dry, just put it under a stack of books for a bit and it will flatten right out).
I would never spend that kind of time on everything I create, but every once in a while it's really fun to try new things and create something really special.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Picture Perfect Gift Enclosure Card with #30daysofhappy

Can you tell that I'm loving the #30daysofhappy stamp set?  Well, just in case you can't tell, I'll tell you that I am loving it!  This little set is just perfect (Picture Perfect, even!) for a quick 3 x 3 gift enclosure card.  Do you realize that you can get 8 - 3" x 3" card bases out of one piece of 12" x 12 cardstock (just cut it in half at 6" and then each of those 6" strips cut into 3" x 6" strips.  Fold in half. Voila!)?  Nifty!  Close To My Heart even sells 3" x 3" envelopes!

BTW, sorry the photo is a bit blurred. I didn't realize it until I went to post it today. Unfortunately the card is not where I can get to it to photograph it again (it's packed for a big meeting later this week with my team).  Hopefully you get the gist.  I will give a few tips on techniques I used on this card and will also include a products used list with photos and links to them on my site at the end of the post.

Don't forget that this set is yours FREE in September when you spend $30 or more (before shipping and tax) on stamps.  When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add it to your order before you check out.

Technique tips:
  1.  I love creating my own backgrounds with stamps. I did that on the Sunset Cardstock on this card by stamping rows of the little camera stamp. I stamped one camera right side up and the next one upside down. I made sure I didn't have cameras sitting directly on top of each other. I sort of staggered them in between each other from row to row to create more balance and visual interest.
  2. You may have noticed that the cameras are the same color as the cardstock. I am a big fan of tone-on-tone stamping and love that  Close To My Heart provides matching cardstocks, stamp pads and reinkers.  Woo Hoo!  I stamped on my Sunset Cardstock with Sunset Ink.
  3. The little hearts strip is Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape.  Sometimes I want washi tape to look a little more solid (as opposed to putting it directly onto the Sunset Cardstock and having that shine through the hearts), so I cut a strip of White Daisy Cardstock, adhered the Washi to that, cut a notch in the end, and adhered it to my card.  Try other colors underneath too for varied looks.
  4. Doodling is back!  I used the Journaling Pen to create my border on the card, as well as a hand drawn border on my focal point (the Picture Perfect square).  I didn't use a ruler at all. I wanted more of a 'free' feel to it. 
Need some ideas of stamp sets to purchase to help you reach the $30 mark to get the #30yearsofhappy set FREE?  Here are a few of my favorites:

In the Background
Charming Chevrons
Happy Birds
Fall Harvest
 You can also see all of our stamp sets collection here.


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