Monday, December 31, 2012

More Valentines

Yesterday I was in the Valentine's mood, apparently.  I got several Valentine's cards done.  All were different styles and papers.  The first one I got done was still from that Christmas paper I had made the gift card holders from.  The more I looked at this card, the more this started to look like Christmas  I guess as it was intended, but I continued on in my pursuit of a Valentine.  I made this one to contain a bookmark.  I gave my daughter a card like this last year and I really liked the design and tried to recreate it.

The card itself measures 7 x 3.5 inches. Kind of odd sized, but I found a whole stack of envelopes this size.   The little tag on the front is attached with a little glue dot just behind the ribbon knot.  That way it can be easily removed and used as a bookmark.  I scalloped the edge of the card with my corner rounder. The heart was cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge on Cotton Candy cardstock.   I stamped the sentiment at the top from Card Word Puzzle.  The on was kind of challenging. I used the word "NOTE" and turned it upside down and masked off the "TE."  But, it worked!   The Valentine's Day sentiment at the bottom, along with the hearts, and the inside sentiment are from the Whooo's Your Valentine stamp set.  The stitching down the side is from the Stitched Together set.  All stamped in Cotton Candy ink.  Here's the inside.  

I just used a tiny scrap of paper and glued it on each side to make a little holder for the ribbon tail of my bookmark.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I have several more projects and cards I will be posting soon, so check back.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Simple Valentine

As much as I love Christmas, I'm giving the Christmas crafts a rest.  It's time to move on to what's next.  I have made the transition from Christmas to Valentine's.  I just recently received my Whoo's Your Valentine kit, CTMH's constant campaign for this month and next,  and it is adorable.   Here's a  simple Valentine's day card I made.

This is on a 5x7 black card base.  I embossed the White Daisy cardstock with a dotted background.      I then punched a 2" circle on the right side.  The ribbon is from the retired Tulip Mini Medley.  The heart is a Dimensional Elements Heart that I inked with Tulip ink and a dauber.  The little silver tag is from a set of  curling tags I found on clearance at some point.  I tied my bow around my White Daisy, adhered my little tag that says "I Love You", and then used 3d foam tape to attach it all to the card base.  I then used glue dots and attached my heart in the openting.  I used our Silver Metallics Marker and a ruler and made the silver outline around the front. I absolutely love these metallic markers.  I find myself using them all the time.   Voila!  Simple and sweet valentine's card.   Here's the inside. 

I used the Whooo's Your Valentine stamp set from the  kit for the sentiment and the hearts on the inside.  They are all stamped in Tulip ink.  I used the same marker and drew a simple line around the inside sentiment just to dress it up a little bit.  

I think I am off to do more hearts.  Thanks for stopping by.   

Have a happy new year and stay safe! 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Gift Card Holders

I hope everyone has had a wonderful and safe Christmas.  Last night, at the last minute, of course, I decided I needed a gift card holder.  It was really going to be more of a "Thank You" than a Christmas gift, but a combination of both.  I found some really pretty Christmas paper that was soft muted wine, pink, and greens.  To be honest, it didn't really strike me as Christmas paper, so it was perfect.  I had watched a video from Kristina Werner where she made these cute little gift card holders and I thought I would try one of my own.  In the midst of making my little holder the light bulb came on, we have gift card holders on the new Artisite Cricut cartridge.  I ended up making one of each.

The one on the left is a simple tri-fold card that measures 3.25 x4.25 finished. The bottom lip folds up and is secured with two brads which becomes a nice little pocket to put the gift card in.   The one on the right is cut from the Artiste at 5".  After I finished the first one, I realized I really did like this paper and hmm...this might would work for Valentine's day as well.  So the gift card holder on the right turned out to be a Valentine's gift card holder.   Here's the inside. 

I have no idea where this patterned paper came from, but I love the colors. I used Kraft for my bases and Cotton Candy and Ruby ink.  That's our seam binding ribbon on the front of both cards.  I outlined both card fronts with our silver metallics marker for a little faux stitching.   Very simple cards, quick and easy.  The heart on the front is Cotton Candy cardstock embossed with my new Big Kick (my Christmas toy!).  I have a feeling you will be seeing a lot more embossing :)

That's it for tonight. I just wanted to share those quick and easy card holders.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Twilight Snowflakes

This year one of my favorite colors to do Christmas cards in has been Twilight.  I just got the Snowflakes stamp set not too long ago and I have been dying to use it.  I had seen a card done by Vicki Wizniuk, over at the Wizard's Hangout,  in Snowflakes and Twilight.  It was my inspiration for these cards.  I was in search of a simple, yet pretty, Christmas card design that wasn't going to cost me an arm and a leg to send.  I wanted some bling, but paying that extra $.20 surcharge because you have a sparkle on the front hurts my feelings. This is what I came up with.

I was pleased with the result.  It met all my needs.  It was Twilight in color, flat for mailing, and yet had some glitter and glam.  I used Twilight, Dutch Blue, and Sky inks for my snowflakes.   I used Stardust  Glitz Glitter Gel in the centers of each snowflake.  The one on the left has a little something extra.  You can't really tell from the picture, so I tried to get a closeup below.

I used silver embossing powder on the little snowflakes.  I really liked the way they both turned out.  They were easy, fun, and pretty.  What more could you want?

Thanks for stopping by.  Merry Christmas and stay safe!

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Christmas is almost upon us.  Where has the year gone? Try as I might to get things caught up, it's just not working.  I'm still working on my Halloween  Maybe sometime after Christmas I can get those done...maybe.  One reason I can't get them done is keep getting distracted by shiny, glittery, Christmas things.  Which is not always a bad thing.  I did take a break from the Moonlight to do a little Believe.  
My friend, Kim,  and I took a day and did some card making on Friday.  She brought her Christmas stamps that I didn't have.  When I get a chance with stamps I don't have, I tend to stamp a bunch of images and hope I can use them later.  Well I took advantage of her Christmas Cheer.  This stamp set is so cute.    

The striped paper is from Believe (retired).  The plaid on the inside of the card is its reverse side.  The cardstock is Holiday Red (retired) and Sky.   The card on the left is a 4.5 x 4.5 card and I used the corner rounder to give it the scalloped edge.  The one on the right is die-cut card Kim had and traded me for some other card I had. 

I colored Santa in with Copics markers R14 and R17 for his suit and E00 for his face.  I thought the red was a great match for the paper. The blue is CTMH's Sky marker set.  The sentiment is stamped in Sky ink and I used a dauber to color around the edge of the frame shape, which was cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy.  I added a little sparkle above the "I" for the only bling on this card ( I had to throw some in somewhere :))

Here's one with Santa and his trusty little elf.  This one is a 5x7 card. 

I used the same colors with the addition of the Sweet Leaf marker set to color in the little fellow's shoes and presents.  The banner is from the Cricut Artiste cartridge and the sentiment , inside and out, is from the Christmas Love stamp set.  You can't really tell from the picture, but I used 3d foam tape and popped the little guy off the page, as well as the banner, just to add a little dimension.  

I just love this stamp set.  This little Santa and his elf just make me smile.  It just so happens that H2H Challenges is open for all things Christmas until the end of the month.  I'll be posting this there.  Be sure to stop by there for more inspiration and smiles.  They always have some beautiful work over there. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be posting another card as soon as I get it uploaded, so check back soon. 

Stay safe and have a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Whoo's Your Valentine?

Today is the release of the Whoo's Your Valentine kit from Close to My Heart.  With a $35.00 qualifying purchase you can get this amazing little kit for only $10.00.  This kit is only available through January 31 in celebration of National Papercrafting Month.   See what you get....

These are adorable and what a great idea for school valentine's, teacher's gifts, or to spread a little sweetness at the office.  Everyone can enjoy these. 

Also, the While Supplies Last page has had some updates.  To make things easier,  I have added a tab at the top of this page that will take you directly to it.   They have posted a bunch of the retired cardstock packs.  You can get 24 pages of the same cardstock color for only $3.00.  The 8.5 x 11 size combo cardstock packs are only $2.50, just to name a few things.   Until tomorrow at midnight you will be able to join the Mystery Hostess gathering and be eligible to win $25 in hostess rewards.  You will receive one entry for every $25 spent on the website.  Don't miss out!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and a great start for the weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monogram Stamps - A Personal Touch

One of my favorite things from the Autumn/Winter 2012 catalog is the introduction of our monogram stamps.  I love these little guys.  For only $2.95 you can have your own monogram stamp. Here's a few ideas from Close to My Heart on how to use these little gems. 

These stamps make great little gifts or to keep for yourself to personalize your own cards and scrapbook projects.  If you would like to order one of these or any of the products shown, please feel free to visit my website or contact me and I'll be happy to put your order in.  There is still time to get in on the Mystery Hostess gathering.  It will be open until December 14, 2012.  Remember starting December 13, you will be able to order the Whoo's Your Valentine promotion as well.  With a $35 purchase you can get this kit for only $10.  

For every $25 spent on my website before December 14, you will receive an entry to win $25 in hostess rewards.  

Seems as though I haven't had much time for crafting a midst the preparation for Christmas.  I did manage to get my Christmas tree up and some presents wrapped.  The cards are almost in the mail.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. 

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Project Inspiration

Here's another great little video from Close to My Heart using the Perfect Fit Frames stamp set.  These add a great touch to so many projects.   Have a look!

If you have any questions or would like to purchase any of the items shown in the video, feel free to contact me or visit my website .  

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't give up on me.  As soon as I can steal some time from the hectic holiday happenings, I'll be back to creating and posting.  

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

While Supplies Last

Even though I know better than to post anything after 10:00 (I'm usually too tired to think straight past that time :) I just wanted to share with you that Close to My Heart has added a few new things to their While Supplies Last page.  Not only did they add new things, but some of the items that were on the page have been further reduced.  This is your chance to get your hands on some of those retired paper packs, stickease and coordinating embellishments for $1.50 to $4.00 each, an incredible savings.  Be sure to check it out!  If you do make an order  make sure you click to join the Mystery Hostess gathering.  For every $25 you spend, you will get an entry into the drawing on December 15th for $25 in free hostess rewards.  What a great way to start the Christmas season, great bargains and a chance to win freebies!

I'm hoping within the next little bit I might be able to get back to the crafting board.  The holidays have been so hectic I haven't been able to accomplish much.  So bear with me and hopefully soon I will have some new things to post.   My intentions were to get the holiday scrapping up to date.  (Well, my intentions were good at least!)

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and took lots of pictures.  Because we all know...

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cricut Cards and Envelopes

Here's a great little video from Close to My Heart showing a few fun tips and tricks to use with the new Cricut Artiste cartridge.

If you don't have the Cricut Artiste cartridge yet or have any questions about it, please feel free to contact me or visit my website, here.

Also, the While Supplies Last page on the website has been updated!  If you are not familiar with the While Supplies Last page you should check it out.   There are some great products,  greatly reduced.

Hope everyone has a happy Veteran's Day and a great week!

Happy Scrapping!  

Friday, November 2, 2012

Congratulations and More Christmas Cards

Congratulations to Ms. Barbara!  She won the Mystery Hostess for October and received $25 in freebies from Close to My Heart.  Anytime you see a "Mystery Hostess" gathering on my website, feel free to jump in.  For every $25 you spend on my website, you get an entry for a chance to win $25 in hostess rewards to be spent on ink, paper, stamps, etc. throughout the book.  At the end of the month, if orders total $150 or more,  one lucky winner will be drawn.  Don't forget, Studio J orders count as well.

I would also like to thank everyone that stopped by the Fall Festival.  It turned out to be such a pretty day.  I have been kicked into high gear trying to get ready for that.  Now, that it's over with, I can get back to business as usual in a little more relaxed mode.

Its seems as though I totally skipped all the other holidays and just jumped into Christmas card mode. There are just so many beautiful cards out there.  Everywhere you look is decorated for Christmas.  Some places started months ago. With only a month and half left, I am no where near through with what I had planned to be through with, but such is the story of my life.  I did finish making the rest of my little snowmen from the stamp set Flakey Friends.  I have had such a good time with this set.

These are the last of the ones I had stamped.  I did the one on the left in Cranberry and Pear.  The one on the right is Cotton Candy and Pear.  I just wanted to see how many color variations I could use with these little guys for Christmas.  I just think they are adorable.  This stamp set is just snow much fun! (sorry couldn't resist :))

While in the flaky mood, I decided to try another card.  This one was inspired by Allisa Chilton over at Rocky Mountain Paper Crafts.  She has some wonderful cards and a great blog if you haven't checked her out.  

For mine, I used Sky, Indian Corn Blue, and White Daisy cardstock.  This card is 6x6.  I cut the bigger snowflake from  from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge on page 22.  Than I layered a smaller snowflake from page 27 of the same cartridge.  The sentiment is from the Perfect Fit-Holidays stamp set and is stamped in Indian Corn Blue.  The background paper on this card is actually second generation stamping using the snowflake from Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Workshop stamp set with Indian Corn Blue ink.   Here's the inside. 

This sentiment is from the To You and Yours stamp set.  I used another snowflake, same as the outside one, only reversed color and used the fallout from the largest one for the center.  You can barely see the stamping on the inside of the card, but I did the same thing as  for the background on the outside of the card.   A couple of blue sparkles from my stash and called it done.  

That's all for now.  Sorry for the long post.  Hopefully, I will have more to post soon.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Clearly the Best: Alcohol Marker Madness

Here's a video from Close to My Heart talking about their new alcohol markers.   These markers are great.  Have  a look...

If you would like to order any of the products you see, feel free to visit my website, here, or contact me.  I would love to show you how :)

If you should happen to order from my website this month, be sure to join the "Mystery Hostess" gathering upon checkout.  For every $25 you spend you will receive an entry to win $25 in hostess rewards. 

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Project Inspiration: Card Workshops on the Go

One  of the great new items that was introduced in the current Autumn/Winter idea book  is the Cardmaking Workshop on the Go.  I believe they have had card kits in the past (before my CTMH time), but never a Workshop on the Go for cardmakers.

Just like in the WotG for the featured paper packs, the cardmaking WotG's have a stamp set and embellishments unique to the kit.  There are two WotG's for cards this season, one for all occasions and one for Christmas.   Here is a video from Close to My Heart showing the features in each kit.

The great thing about these kits,  is that you have the stamp set and the instructions, complete with cutting guide, that you can use over and over again.   I have done the Avonlea kit as a group workshop  and posted on it earlier, here.   My daughter and I spent an afternoon doing the Christmas kit.    Either alone, or in a group, these kits are great.  

For more information on the kits you can check on my website here or feel free to contact me.   

Thanks for stopping by.  

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Krafty Christmas Cards

I thought I would give my cute little snowmen a rest for a while and try my hand at kraft paper.  I do love to work with kraft paper.  While surfing through the posts on Pinterest, I came across a great card.  Plain, simple, and done with kraft paper.  The 5x7 card in the middle was my spin on the original.

The patterned paper was some Christmas paper I have had in my stash for a while.   I only had one page of each paper, so I meant I was going to make it stretch.   I got four big stars out of the polka dotted sheet comfortably (cut at 4" on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge).  So, four big cards is what I have.  The stamped flourish is from the Love Life stamp set.  It's another one of my favorite "go to" stamp sets.  I stamped the flourishes in Colonial White pigment ink.  Make sure when using the pigment inks that you give it time to dry or heat set it.  I usually stamp and then move on to something else.    I cut stars out of Colonial White cardstock and then layered them on.  I tied a little bow from our natural hemp and added a little red sparkle. I stamped my sentiment, from the Merry and Bright stamp set,  in Ruby ink.  Voila!  Krafty and simple.  Although, I couldn't get any more stars out of my printed papers, I just couldn't let it end there.  I made the cute little note cards on either side.  Here's a closer look. 

I love mini cards.  These little jewels are 2 1/2 x 3 3/4.  I just cut strips for little banners, stamped the smaller flourish and added my Colonial White star.  I needed some way to keep these all together so I found this neat little box that's cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  It's on page 57.  I cut it at 3" and it's perfect for five of these little cards with their envelopes.  

No set is complete without 3x3's :)  I used the same design on my 3x3 kraft cards and made them a neat little holder for them to fit in.  Thanks to Vicki Wizniuk for the template for this little holder.  I use it all the time.  I think it makes such a great little gift. 

This holds four cards and their envelopes.  I just decorated the belly band with a leftover star or two and it's now part of the matching set.  

Moral of the story is....never throw away scraps :) I still had some of this paper left, so I made five more Christmas cards which I hope to get posted soon.  As long as you have a good base cardstock, you can make two pieces of patterned paper go a long way. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to have more posted soon. 

Happy Scrapping! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Oval Frames

Amongst my cardmaking efforts, I managed to get a few frames done.  ( I tend to get distracted by shiny things..or zebra things..or brightly colored get my point).  I found these great oval frames at Tuesday Mornings.  I thought they might be worth working with.  They are chipboard and open backed.  It just so happens that our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge had just the right oval to cut the opening for the middle.  So, basically, I lucked out :)


This is the first one I did.  I'm not sure where I got the cream and black paisley paper from, but I have been wanting to do something with it for a while.  I cut some roses from the Artiste Cricut cartridge in Ruby and Colonial White.  I inked the edges of the Colonial white roses with Ruby ink.  The leaves are cut from Olive and Colonial White.  I used the Olive marker to add color to the Colonial White leaves.  Here's a better look.  

To me the leaves seemed too flat.  So I used the marker to give them some life.  I gently curved them around a paint brush to give them some shape as well.  

The frame around the opening was cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  It took several attempts to get the size right, but I finally found one that worked.  

These frames can be hung either horizontal or vertical.   The ones below were at my daughter's request.   She does love some zebra stripes. 

The flowers on the following frames were cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.  They were cut from White Daisy cardstock and I used Tulip (retired) ink to ink the edges. The flowers are cut in three different sizes.  Mine are 1/2" difference in size.  You ink the edges, spritz them with water, crumple them up, flatten them back out and then assemble while still damp.  I layered them with our black tulle ribbon, roughly cut into ovals.  I found some pink gemstone brads from my stash and just poked them in there.  While the flower is still damp, you can shape it as you please.  

I cut the coordinating leaves from the same key as the flower, but in black cardstock.  I used our Sparkles Black Flourish to add a little bling around the frame.   Here's the one done in Gypsy.

The flowers were done in the same manner.  I used the clear Sparkles Flourish for this frame. 

Also, I used my embossing stylus and simply drew a line down the middle with the curve of the leaf to give it a little more dimension as well. 

These little jewels will be going with me to the Fall Festival at Sunland this year at the end of this month.  If you are in the area, please stop by.   I'll have some more crafted items, cards, layout kits, and papers for purchase.   

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to have more soon. 

Happy Scrapping!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

More Flakey Friends

I am still having fun with my Flakey Friends.  These guys are just fun.  They make me smile.  I hope they have the same effect on whoever receives these cards.  This time I thought I would try for a blue Christmas.    So here are my little fellows in blue. 

This time I took advantage of the beautiful day outside to take the picture of this one.  The colors are definitely more true to life.  Again, I stamped the images in Memento Black ink.  I used the Sky and Outdoor Denim marker sets to color them in. It's still a little hard to tell from the picture, but I stamped the little snowflakes from the Ornamental Cheer stamp set above my snowmen and used our Clear Detail embossing powder on them.  After I heat set them, I used a sea sponge and lightly swirled on some Sky ink.  The cardstock colors are Dutch Blue (retired) and Sky.  The sentiment is from the Pear and Partridge cardmaking WOTG.  I stamped it in Dutch Blue.  The frame is a cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartrdge (page 26, I use this one all the time, but I can never seem to find it unless I mark I cut the white on the layer  function and used the fallout from that cut to put on the blue which is cut from the regular shape.  That way I can raise my sentiment for some dimension instead of it being framed in.  It gives the same look but going a different direction,  if that makes sense.    I had some blue ribbon in my stash that just happened to match and topped off my bow with a bling gem from the Boutique Assortment.  That's it, three merry little snowmen.  Oh, how dare I forget.....prisma glitter!   One cannot have happy snowmen without prisma glitter snow :) 

I'm going to try a couple of more combinations of color for these little guys, so check back soon.  Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

Happy Scrapping! 

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Flakey Friends

 I'm still on my cardmaking mission, at least one a day.  So far I have done better than that, but just haven't been able to post every day.  Today, I have a few I wanted to share with you.  These are my flakey little friends from the stamp set Flakey Friends, how appropriately named :) From the  moment I saw this stamp set, I have wanted to make something with them.

Not only did I want to do something with them, but I wanted to do it in non traditional colors.  This was the first card I made with these little guys.  I stamped them all in Memento Black ink.  I colored them with our new alcohol ink markers.  These were done in Smokey Plum, Twilight and Sky.  I think their noses are Autumn Terracotta.  I used the same colors of cardstock with some Whisper thrown in.  After I colored them I used our Prisma Glitter and dazzled up their snow. I just brushed on some Mod Podge and sprinkled it on.  I thought they turned out really cute.   Here are the other cards.  

I was definitely having some flakey fun :)  You can see the glitter a bit better in the picture below.  

The glittery snowflakes on these cards are K&Company.  I wanted to make a frilly kind of card.  I don't usually go frilly, but they are fun.  The lacy square in the background is cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  The frames and the little snowflakes are cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.  I added a little ribbon bow from my stash, a  bling gem from the Boutique Assortment, and some sparkles and called it good.    

I don't think I'm through with these little guys.  They are just too fun.  I think I am going to try some different colors.  Check back soon and hopefully I will have them completed and posted. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Few Butterflies

I was doing a little experimenting tonight.  Every now and then I will see something and just have to try it.  Sadly, I don't remember where I saw the original card, but it was gorgeous.  I knew I couldn't recreate it exactly, but I could come close.  I don't have an embossing/die cut machine.  I keep seeing all these beautiful cards with this lovely embossed papers.  I think I am going to put one on my Christmas list.  But until Santa comes,  I'll have to figure out how to get the same look by some other means.

The original card I saw had an embossed frame on the face of the card and lots of bling.  I didn't want to do all the rhinestone flourishing on the front, so I opted for heat embossing.  With my lighting its a little hard to see, but I used the flourish from the Love Life stamp set and our clear detail embossing powder.  I stamped it with Versamark, coated, then heat set.    I cut a card face slightly smaller than my card and used my embossing stylus (after I stamped)  and my scoring board to make it look like a frame.   Here's a closer look.

It's super easy to do and an option if you don't have an embossing/die cutting machine.  I thought it added just a little dimension to my basically all white card.  The butterflies were punched with a Martha Stewart punch and I added a few bitty gems.  The sentiment is from the 4 My Friend stamp set.

My daughter told me there wasn't enough color in the first card so I made another one with a little color.

That's the same flourish from Love Life stamped in Whisper ink.  The butterflies are the same as above, I just used a dauber and Buttercup ink to give them a hint of color.  This sentiment is from the Casual Expressions stamp set.  I did the same thing on the front of this card. I outlined about 1/8" from the edge with my embossing stylus on my scoreboard.  Make sure to remember to emboss from the back.

I'm hoping that I will continue celebrating World Card Making Day all week long.  My goal is to make at least one a night.  I'll be posting more later this week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Scrapping!

More Sunflower Cards

Here are a few more of the sunflower cards I was working on this past Saturday.  I took pictures of the three just before my batteries quit.  I had stamped several sunflowers, so now I'm just trying to use them up.  I drug out my Pemberley paper pack and created a few cards.   

The cardstock is Outdoor Denim and Bamboo.  I used Colonial White on the card above and White Daisy on the one below.   The patterned is the B&T paper from the Pemberly pack.  I used Outdoor Denim ink for the sentiment, which came from the Card Chatter - Birthday stamp set.   The sentiment below is from the Friendship Bouquet set. 

The card below is straight off the flyer for the stamp of the month where Friendship Bouquet was featured.  I really liked it from the moment I saw it.  Mine is not exactly like theirs, but it was as close as I could get it. The letters are cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to be done with my Christmas cards very soon, so stop back by and see what's new.

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Happy World Card Making Day!

So, I'm a day late (and usually a dollar short), but wanted to wish everyone a happy World Card Making day!

Even though I didn't get this posted yestereday, on card making day, I did celebrate the day.  I made cards all day yesterday.    I didn't get as many done as I wanted.  Mainly because there are other people in this house that think they need things, like food and clean clothes and the like.   Some people just don't understand the importance of making cards!  But in any case, I will be posting more cards this week as I get them uploaded.

It was a day where I just wanted to stamp and color.  So, that's what I did.  I drug out a previous stamp of the month stamp set, Friendship Bouquet, and went to town with our new markers.  Here are the first three I did. 

The card above is a square card base  4 1/2"  square  and adhered to a scalloped square cut at 5 1/4"  from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.   The cards below are standard 5 1/2" x 4" card bases from CTMH.   The one on the right is stamped on White Daisy with Memento Black ink.  The one on the left is stamped on Colonial White with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

 The only yellow marker set I have right now is Honey. I used the two Honey markers on the flower petals.  I used an eyeshadow applicator and our Chocolate ink and applied the ink to the center of the flowers.  I tried using the wet brush and applying it that way, but I ended up liking the daubed on look better.  The stems and leaves are colored in our new markers in the two shades of Olive and the darker Topiary.  The green cardstock is New England Ivy and the brown is Chocolate, but the yellow cardstock is some I had from my stash and there is no telling where it came from.    I also wanted to see what our prisma glitter looked like on the flowers, so the one on the White got some in the center.   It really picked up a green hue on top of the chocolate ink.    

I'll be posting more cards through the week, so stop back and see what's new.   Thanks for stopping by. 

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Clearly the Best: Dauber Dynamite

Before I found Close to My Heart, I never really played in ink.  But once I found them, and fell in love with their products, I play in ink all the time.  And what fun is playing in ink if you don't have a dauber?  I use my daubers all the time.  I love them!  I, too, have one for each color.  

CTMH put out this great little video showing you a couple of techniques you can use your daubers for.   I thought I would share it with you. 

You can find the Clearly the Best videos on MyCraft  All of the items shown in these videos are Close to My Heart, so if you see something  that you can't live without or like more information on, please, feel free to contact me or log on to my website, here.  If you make an order through my  website, be sure to "join" the Mystery Hostess party.  For every $25 you spend you will receive an entry into a drawing at the end of the month to receive $25 in free merchandise.     

I'm in the process of getting a few more things together which I'll be sharing with you later, so stop back by if you get a chance.   Thanks for dropping in!

Happy Scrapping! 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Let's Get Organized!

Everyone needs a little organizational help form time to time, some more than others <raises hand>.  Well, now I can get on the right path and you can, too.  The new organizers that came out in the Fall /Winter catalog are perfect.  CTMH has a little video showcasing them. Check them out!

If you want more information on these nifty organizers or would like some of your own, just get in touch with me or you can order them online here.

If you were interested in the stamp of the month for this month, Fall Favorites, or wanted to take advantage of the National Stamping Month Promotion, you only have a couple of days left.   But have no fear, the fun doesn't end on September 30th.  Next month brings a new stamp of the month, Very Merry Christmas,  and a wonderful Studio J promotion.  Stay tuned and more will be posted on that later.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Some More Black and White

I'm finally getting around to getting my photos downloaded to the computer and edited some.  I still find the two-page layouts challenging to photograph.  I have horrible lighting.  But here is another layout made with the funky black, blue, yellow and white papers.  I had four sheets of different, papers and my plan was to use it until it was gone.  This is another layout from Magic.  The letters were cut with the Art Philosopy Cricut cartridge, as well as the little flourish.  The flowers were punched with a Marvy punch I had and layered on there.  I did use our new markers to doodle on the white petals of the flowers in Sky blue.  It matched really well, I thought.

That was my last layout in this paper.  I did three two-page layouts.  Now I'm down to scraps.  And what do we do with scraps? Make cards, of course!

I used Card Chatter Birthday and Just a Number stamp sets for this card. Again I used the Sky marker to doodle on the big flower.  

I threw in a few bitty sparkles for good measure on the inside.

Here's my belated birthday card.  The frame for the sentiment was also cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  

I also did a generic "thinking of you" card.   That sentiment is from the Casual Expressions stamp set.  That is one of those sets that I find myself continuously going back to.  

I have some more cards done and a few in the makes.  My scrap pile is getting smaller and smaller.  This paper just makes me smile.  I want to make it last as long as possible.  The first two cards were 5x7, then a 6x6.  It's winding  

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be posting more soon so check back.  

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More It's Your Day and Some Other Stuff

I had mentioned before that I was going through all my older papers.  I made up a couple of layouts from some funky yellow, blue, black and white paper I had.  I really loved this paper and was never sure what to do with it.  I decided I would try to make something that might actually appeal to my twelve year old.  The paper is not CTMH, but the stamps, pattern, and Cricut cuts are.

The pattern is from our retired Magic book.  I used the It's Your Day and Live Out Loud stamp sets as embellishments throughout.  I did take the time to handstich around this layout.  I swore I would never do it again, but I did.  It was much easier this time with the use of our ruler.  It has a grid with the little holes evenly spaced.  Using our piercer I went around the page and punched the holes and then went back with some white embroidery floss and sewed.  Still very time consuming, but I do love the way it looks.  

Here's another one I did with this paper. 

It's also a pattern from Magic.  I didn't do any stamping at all on this one.  But I did use the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge for all the embellishments.  I made a little pocket up at the top to house my tag using our 3d foam tape.  The scalloped borders are actually made with our corner rounder.  I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I have had this corner rounder for years and not until I joined up with CTMH did I know you could remove the guide and use it to make a scalloped edge.  You learn something new every day :) 

I took a day, Friday was a week ago,  and scrapped with some friends.  That's when I finished up these two layouts.  I also made some cards.   A friend had brought with her some HouseMouse designs she had for one of her projects.  She let me have a couple of leftovers to make a few cards.  There is some Dotty for You and some CTMH cardstock thrown in.  I just think the little mouse is adorable. 

That's all  for now.  As soon as I get the rest of my cards photographed, I'll post them, too.   Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Scrapping!