Thursday, May 26, 2016

New Calypso Workshop for June!

I'm excited to share with you all the details for a new workshop I'm having in June! This workshop will be a scrapbooking and/or cardmaking workshop because you get to choose whether to make a scrapbooking layout, some cards, or both!

This workshop will take place at MUGS Coffee in Anderson. I have been looking for a location outside of my home to hold workshops, and I think MUGS Coffee will be perfect. Besides having a side room with a big table, we can also purchase yummy coffee and snacks!

So here's what we'll be making! For June's workshop we will use the Calypso Paper Packet, which is Close To My Heart's featured paper packet for June.

Here's the scrapbooking layout we will put together:

This layout gives you space for seven pictures, and it's pretty simple to put together.

In addition to paper from the Calypso Paper Packet, this layout also features the fun Beach Life stamp set.

We will also embellish the layout with some Calypso Sequins and some of the fun flamingo tape from the Calypso Washi Pack.


Here are the cards you can make. You will make two of each of the five designs.

And here are the cards in more detail:

These fun cards feature the stamp set Tickled Pink.

This stamp set is so much fun to play with, and I love the sentiments. There are also coordinating Thin Cuts, which make the flamingos so easy to cut out!


Here are the details for the workshop:
  • Date: Monday, June 13
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: MUGS Coffee (1909 University Blvd. in Anderson)
  • Cost: $8.00 - $20.00 (see options below)

I know not everyone enjoys both scrapbooking and cardmaking, so I wanted to give you some options for this workshop. You can choose from one of the three options below:
  • $8.00 - make one two-page scrapbooking layout
  • $15.00 - make 10 cards (two each of five different designs)
  • $20.00 - make BOTH the scrapbooking layout and 10 cards

I will supply all the tools, embellishments, stamps, and inks, and I will have all of your paper pre-cut and ready to go for you. All you need to bring is adhesive!

Since this is the first time I'm doing a workshop like this and the first time I'm holding one at MUGS, I am limiting the workshop to six people. I will be advertising this to a broader audience since I'm not holding the workshop at my home, so I expect it to fill up quickly. If there's enough interest, I will try to hold a second workshop.

If you want to come, please email, call, or text me as soon as possible and let me know which option you are choosing. The deadline for signing up is Friday, June 10.

I look forward to seeing you in June!

Bethany Rielage


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy Times and Celebrate with Cake

May has been such a fun month with Close To My Heart! I have really enjoyed creating both cards and scrapbooking layouts with the Happy Times paper packet and stamp set. Both of these are only available during the month of May, and you can even get the paper packet for FREE with a qualifying purchase.

I also really love the May stamp of the month - Celebrate with Cake. It's so versatile and fun for both stamping or coloring.

Today I thought I'd share a card that uses both the Celebrate with Cake stamp of the month and the Happy Times paper packet.

It's a fairly simple card - nice and flat for mailing too! I used two different papers from the Happy Times paper packet and then stamped a couple layers of cake with coordinating ink colors. For this card I used Glacier, Canary, and Blush (retired). I then stamped "Celebrate" at the top and added some White & Gold Ribbon to the corners. I attached the stamped piece with thin foam tape, and I was done!

There's only one more week to take advantage of the May specials from Close To My Heart, so make sure you don't miss out!

Bethany Rielage

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Happy Times Layouts!

This month has been crazy for me and my family, but I finally found some time yesterday and today to finish up some scrapbooking layouts I've been working on.

I absolutely love the special Happy Times paper packet that Close To My Heart is offering during the month of May. It's beautiful and has been so much fun to play with!

The paper packet is free with a $60 order, or you can purchase it for $14.95. There's also a coordinating stamp set that is $17.95.

There is a Happy Times scrapbooking workshop that Close To My Heart provided to all consultants, but I wanted to tweak things a little bit and create my own layouts.

During the month of April, I realized that the Happy Times paper packet coordinated really well with the Picture My Life Love My Selfie collection. Unfortunately, those cards are no longer available, but I know some of you have already purchased them. If you don't have those cards, you could substitute the Picture My Life Watercolor - Gold cards or possibly the Picture My Life Through the Year cards.

Here are the four two-page layouts that I created with the Happy Times paper packet, the Love Your Selfie Picture My Life cards, and the Happy Times stamp set.




In addition to the products mentioned above, I also used the Sequins Gold Assortment, the Glacier Fundamental Assortment, and the Glacier Extra Thick Twine.

If you are interested in completing these layouts, I will be offering my assistance in putting them together as a workshop for next month. All you need to do is purchase the necessary supplies from me or through my website, and I'll let you know when I get some dates scheduled. I will provide a cutting guide and personal instruction for those who purchase the supplies and attend the workshop.

Here are the necessary supplies:
Happy Times paper packet
Happy Times stamp set
- Picture My Life collection (Love Your Selfie (retired), Watercolor - Gold, or Through the Year)
Sequins Gold Assortment
Glacier Fundamental Assortment
Glacier Extra Thick Twine
- Extra cardstock: 3 sheets White Daisy, 2 sheets Pomegranate, 2 sheets Creme Brûlée (retired)
- Stamp pads: Pomegranate, Canary, Blush (retired), Honey

If you already have some of these supplies, there's no need to purchase them again. Just get whatever supplies you will need to complete the layouts. And if you purchase all the necessary supplies, you'll get the Happy Times paper packet for free!

Optional Additional Services:
$5 - I will cut all of your papers for you ahead of time.
$3 - I will provide any stamps and ink if you would prefer to not purchase your own.
$5 - I will provide any adhesive you need, including foam tape.
$5 - I will provide the individual sheets of cardstock to supplement the Happy Times paper packet.

If you have any questions, please let me know, and be sure to get your Happy Times products before the end of the month. The paper packet is only available while supplies last, so there's a chance it could sell out early, so don't wait too long!

Bethany Rielage


Friday, May 6, 2016

Georgie Scrapbooking Layout & Workshop

  • Saturday, May 21
  • 9:30-11:30 in the morning
  • Cost: $8.00 (includes everything except adhesive)

I am trying a new workshop in May, and I hope to continue this type of workshop over the next several months. This workshop will be geared toward new scrapbookers or those scrapbookers who may not want to purchase a lot of product - but anyone is welcome to come!

In this workshop you will put together one two-page 12x12 layout. I will provide all the required supplies and embellishments, and the paper will even be pre-cut for you! All you have to do is come to the workshop, do a little stamping, and put the layout together! You will need to bring your own adhesive, or I can provide it for you for $2.00.

The layout for May features the Georgie paper packet, which is actually a very versatile paper packet. Although there are baby elements on some of the papers, most of the patterns are pretty neutral. I've even seen this paper used for a winter snow layout!

Here's the layout that you will be creating at the workshop:

The colors are very gender-neutral, and you could use these papers and designs with several different types of pictures. Spring, Easter, playing in the backyard, beach, vacation - almost anything could work!

Here are a couple close-up pictures of the layouts:

I have stamped the title for my layout directly on the white background paper. I chose to do this so that each person who attends the workshop can personalize her title to match her pictures. You will also be able to choose the exact colors and combinations of your embellishments and stamped images.

In addition to the Georgie paper packet, you will be using the So Many Smiles stamp set, the Grey Enamel Gems, and the Aqua Shimmer Trim.

The deadline to sign up for this workshop is Wednesday, May 11. Please email, call, or text me to sign up. This workshop is limited to six people, so sign up soon! If there's enough interest in a second workshop, I will do my best to find a time!

Bethany Rielage


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Picture My Life Watercolor Cards

Close To My Heart has just released some new Picture My Life watercolor cards in the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book, and they're so fun! Here's a video that shows how to use them:

Here's a link to the clear watercolor cards:

And here are the gold watercolor cards:

Let me know if you have any questions about these - or any other - products. Have fun shopping and watercoloring!

Bethany Rielage