Sunday, August 17, 2014

Congratulations with Freshly Made Sketches

I just returned from vacation to a long list of "To Do's".  First up on the list was to create a card for my niece's baby shower that was today.   Since I was helping to give the shower, I had done alot of the things needed before I left for vacation and I left the last thing - the card for the gift for last.  So I got up early and created the card before I left for church this morning.  First, I'll share the card I created and then I'll share some of the other things I created for the shower too!

I looked to Freshly Made Sketches to get me going.  I can always count on their sketches for a great starting point.   My niece is decorating the baby's room in an airplane theme so we decided to carry that theme out in the baby shower.  So, of course, my card was an airplane theme also.

I used the Chevron Embossing Folder with the Whisper cardstock for the background.   The striped piece is the Outdoor Denim from our new Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment.  I used the other side of this piece which has a glossy embossed pattern of the same design as the mat for my clouds.  I colored the plane with our new ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.  I added the Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon and Silver Sequence as a final touch.   The plane, clouds and banner are the from the Lifting Spirits (C1570) stamp set.   "Congratulations" is from the set - Banner Wishes (B1438).   Here is the sketch that got this card started.

 I also made a banner for the shower.

I used the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge to cut the banners in Outdoor Denim Cardstock and Whisper.  I ran the Whisper banners through the Cuttlebug with the Chevron Embossing Folder.   The clouds were cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge as well as the letters.  Slate Polka Dot Washi Tape give the banner a nice edge.

Here is a look at the table - Check out the runway created by my mom!
I created the centerpiece with the help of my daughters.  It's an Airplane Diaper Cake!

A shower is not complete without cupcakes!  I cut the wrappers from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and of course - I had to add some embossing!  This time I used the Polka Dot Embossing Folder! My friend Julie baked the yummy cupcakes and added the ribbon and cupcake toppers.  I thought they turned out adorable!

Thank you for letting me share the Baby Shower pictures with you!  Having the exclusive Close To My Heart Art Philosophy and Artiste Cricut Cartridges made prepping for the shower so much fun!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

It's a Merry, Merry Yuletide Carol!

Today I'm featuring the new Yuletide Carol paper!  I love to stamp wreaths so was excited to see that we have a new Christmas Wreath stamp in our new Annual Inspirations called Merry, Merry. 

Playing with this wreath was fun.   I stamped the wreath in 2nd generation New England Ivy.  Next I used sponge daubers to daub the ink onto the berries and pine cones.   The berries are Ruby and the pine cones are Cocoa.  Check out the little bird!  I inked the bird up on the corner of my cocoa pad and then used the sponge dauber again to ink the berries.

I used our new Gold Shimmer Trim (LOVE THIS!) and Gold Sequins to give the wreath and card a little Christmas Cheer.

This card will be on display at my Annual Inspirations Open House on Saturday, September 6.  I would LOVE for you to drop by and bring a friend!  I'll have samples of ALL the new papers in addition to many of the new products!  PLUS as always.... FREE Make & Take AND Door Prizes!  It's always fun!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wanderful with Deconstructed Sketches

Close To My Heart has many great themed paper packs but they are also very versatile  For instance - take a look at Wanderful. This is a paper pack people may look at and think it is only good for traveling/vacation themes.  

With this card I created, you can see that this is definitely not the case!  I used the back side of the traveling themed paper to create this pretty card with flowers!

This card features one of Close To My Heart's newest colors - Flaxen.  I used Have a Happy Day stamp for my sentiment and flowers.  The flowers are stamped in Gypsy and Crystal Blue, the leaves in Flaxen.  The ribbon is another new product - Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon.

Products used for this card:

Deconstructed Sketch 163

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You can see the new products up and close and personal!!  

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