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!