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Friday, August 22, 2014

Hawaii, Stamp of the Month Art, August Special, FREE Catalog, and Kidney Stones

Thanks for your patience with me this week as I have worked on passing this kidney stone (and living through it!).  Although I'm not quite there, the pain is now minimal and I am beginning to function again. Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and prayers!

Today is Friday, something many people call "Aloha Friday," and it's SERIOUSLY Aloha Friday at the Pedersen house!  Yesterday I finished earning the February 2015 week long trip for two to the Disney resort on Oahu (Aulani) courtesy of Close To My Heart! It has been since about 2005 or 2006 that Dan and I went to Hawaii together. This is going to be FUN! Because YOU, my wonderful customers and your purchases from me are a big reason that I was able to earn this trip, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU!  Thank you for your business, thank you for being the best customers on earth, and thank you for your friendship! I am the luckiest CTMH Consultant around.  Not only do I have the BEST customers, but I also have the BEST team!  Want to join me on the 2016 trip (earning period is October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015)?  Join my team now and I'll help you set and reach goals to get there!

Lastly (but certainly not leastly) it has been over a week since I've shared any art.  Thanks again for your patience (this is beginning to be a post full of thank you's, isn't it?  That's not a bad thing! I'm feeling extra grateful for so many things today).  I've posted a 6" x 6" card I created with the darling August Stamp of the Month (What a Hoot) at this top of this post. Here's a detail shot.  Just like in this post, I mixed and matched papers from 3 different paper packs. I also used one of the five new Close To My Heart colors that debuted this month, Thistle. I love this purple!

To get this stamp set for only $5 (available only in August and valued at $17.95), just spend $50 (before shipping and tax).  If ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add this set before you check out.  Need some ideas on products to purchase to reach your $50?  Never fear! Just check out the supply list that I used to create this card at the end of this post.  It is complete with photos and links to each product on my site.

Don't forget the "Picture Perfect" August Special as well. You can read the details about that wonderful special here.  Also, this special is JUST FROM ME: Spend $100 on my website in August (before shipping and tax) and I will drop a BRAND, SPANKIN' NEW Close To My Heart Idea Book (approx. $10.95 value including shippping) in the mail to you for FREE!

Thanks again for EVERYTHING....for helping me earn a trip to Hawaii, for your loyal support, for your thoughts and prayers this week as I have been MIA trying to live through passing this stone, and for your patience with me when I go a week without posting artwork!  Aloha!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Birthstones, Rolling Stones, Rhinestones, Brownstones, or Kidney Stones?

Sorry I have been MIA. I have been trying to pass a kidney stone for a while. I hope today is the day. Otherwise, I may be hiring one of you to come shoot me and put me out of my misery.  I'll be back with artwork and fun ideas once that stone leaves me!  

I'd much rather have birthstones, or the Rolling Stones, or rhinestones or a brownstone than kidney stones any day!   I'd rather give birth!  At least when you have a baby  you get a small break between the pains and there is a beautiful baby at the end.

Since tonight is the night my family surprised me with an early birthday gift of going to see "Wicked" with my daughter, it HAS to pass today.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mixing Patterned Papers on an August Stamp of the Month Card

I love picking and choosing patterned papers (which we call background and texture papers {B&T} at Close To My Heart) from several different paper packets.  For this card, I've chosen papers from three different paper packets to use as I created this fun and funky card stamped with the August Stamp of the Month.  Can you guess which paper packets I used?  Check the products used list with links at the end of this post to see if you were correct.

I did quite a bit of paper piecing on this owl. If you look back at my post from last Friday, August 8, you can see some instructions that will get you started.

Don't forget that this darling "What a Hoot" stamp set is only available during August. It's yours for only $5 ($17.95 value) with a $50 (before shipping and tax) order.  When ordering on my website, you'll be promoted to add this bee-hoot-iful set before you check out.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Too Cool 7" x 5" Card

Too Cool 7" x 5" card by Karen Pedersen

Happy Wednesday!  How cool is this card? Too cool! Check out the products used list at the bottom of this post (with links). The "cool" thing about this card is I used the Chalk It Up Workshop on the Go kit. For $29.95, you get all the paper you need for a couple of layouts (with leftovers), the stamp set, 2 different accessory items (the ribbon and some matching embellishments), and a layout instruction guide. The whole thing is valued at about $43 and is only $29.95. Awesome!

One of my favorite parts of this card is the embossed arrow background. I just used a bit of the Sorbet Cardstock in the Chalk It Up Paper Packet and my trusty Arrow Embossing Folder, ran it through my Cuttlebut, and voila: a beautiful, dimensional background piece!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Picture My Life 12" x 12" Summer Fun Layout

As you know, this month's special is GREAT if you a pocket scrapbooker. But, did you know it's GREAT even if you aren't?  Last week, I showed you a card I made with a Picture My Life (PML) card and today I'm back with a layout I created using Picture My Life cards without the pockets. See, PML cards are great for ANYONE!  I cut some of the cards down and created my own layouts right on 12" x 12" paper. Cool beans!

Before I tell you more about the layout and share a few detail shots, let me remind you of this month's special: Our Picture My Life scrapbooking kits are awesome, and during August, when you purchase one of them, you will receive your choice of one of our 8 Memory Protector 10-packs for only $3 ($9.95 value).  When shopping on my website, if you purchase a PML collection, you'll be prompted to add your protectors before you check out.

Now, back to the layout...I had so many photos from the past few weeks of family Summer fun, and I really wanted to put them all on one layout.  I printed all of my photos 3" x 4", trimmed some of them down a bit, grabbed a few of the Skylark Picture My Life cards, adjusted their size as needed, added a few accessories here and there, and created this page lickety split. You'll see a complete products used list with links at the end of this post.

I really loved using the Skylark PML cards because the colors are pretty subtle and neutral, which was great since my photos had so many different bright colors in them. I didn't have to worry about a color explosion, and colors clashing.

Lastly, don't forget that if you place a $100 order (before shipping and tax) on my website this month, I'll send you the brand new Annual Inspirations Idea Book (193 pages of products, artwork, ideas and techniques) for FREE!  It will come separately from your order.


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