Friday, December 31, 2010

It's a NEW YEAR! - Find Your Style!

FIND YOUR STYLE in a new year!   It's January 1 so that means it is time for a blog hop again! I've made two more cards with the January Stamp of the Month - Find Your Style.  I can't get enough of this stamp set!

Again, I used the Wings paper with this stamp.   One of the B & T papers in Wings had a beautiful background that I wanted to incorporate with the stamp without covering the whole card.  The Sweet Leaf background of the paper had an accent of Juniper so I brought that color to the forefront of the card with the Juniper stamped bird with sponged edges of cocoa.  The card is a simple card of Love.

The next card is one of those ideas that come to you at random moments.   This card design idea hit me at a time that I was not even in my scrapbook room.  I was in the shower where most of my ideas seem to hit.   I don't know.... maybe it is the hot water heating up my brain.  ha ha.  I couldn't wait to sit down and put this one on paper.

The shoe was the idea that hit me.... I stamped the shoe in Versa Mark ink onto Barn Red cardstock.  Then I added clear embossing powder and heat set it.  Next, I sponged black ink over the shoe so that the ink adhered to the portions that were not embossed.  (Resist technique) This brought out the design in the shoe.   For my accents I used the Just Blooms Paper Flower and butterfly.   The flower center is a Corduroy brad from the Mini Medley Accents Black Collection.  

If you missed my first post this week with this stamp set go to Find Your Style
Now, for more ideas with this stamp hop over to Nancy's Blog for a fun ride through the Blog Hop! 

RECIPE: Card #1
Wings Level 2 Paper (X7135B)
Find Your Style Stamp (Only Available in January!)
Cocoa Ink (Z2114)
Opaques Adhesive Gems - Mocha (Z1333)


RECIPE: Card #2
Wings Level 2 Paper (X7135B)
Find Your Style Stamp (Only Available in January!)
Black Ink (Z2105)
Barn Red Cardstock (X5637)
Just Blooms Paper Flowers Spring Blossom (1397)
Mini Medley Accents - Black (Z1393)
Clear Detail Embossing Powder (Z821)
Versa Mark Ink (Z891)
Craft Heater (Z555)

If you love this stamp, you will want to be sure and get it during January!  After that, it will be unavailable.  We've got some awesome discounts on this stamp!   Visit the January - Inspirations! page of this blog and click on the brochure link.    Order the Wings WOTG and ANY 4 other items in the brochure and you get the Find Your Style stamp for FREE!  

Here's wishing you a Safe & Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Find Your Style

I fell in love with this January Stamp of the Month the minute I saw it. My first thought was "I don't know what I'll do with it but I LOVE it!" I had a little bit of quiet time on Christmas to play with this stampset so I sat down to make a few cards and the ideas started flowing! I love the vintage look of the stamp and it works perfectly with the new Wings paper.
Here are a two of the cards that I made.


RECIPE:
Wings Level 2 Paper (X7135B)
Find Your Style Stamp (Only Available in January!)
Black Ink (Z2105)
Wings Level 2 Assortment - Pleated Black Ribbon (Z1398)
Buttoned Together Stamp (C1361)
Barn Red Cardstock (X5637)

RECIPE:
Wings Level 2 Paper (X7135B)
Find Your Style Stamp (Only Available in January!)
Barn Red Cardstock (X5637)
Black Ink (Z2105)
Barn Red Ink (Z2104)
Juniper Ink (2165)
Opaques Adhesive Gems - Mocha (Z1333)
Note: The smaller butterflies were cut from the Wings B&T paper!

I have two more Find Your Style cards to share so be sure to come back on January 1! I'll have the link to the January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop posted too.

For more Close To My Heart artwork, be sure to add the Big Red Scraps website to your favorites! It is a great place to get inspired for layouts, cards and all crafting projects!
For lots of fun and MORE amazing creations from our January Inspirations be sure to visit Tresa's Fabulously Artsy blog and hop along with us.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Be Inspired With Wings!

The new 2011 Spring Summer Idea Book from Close To My Heart doesn't arrive until February but January has a sneak peak of things to come.   Let me say.... if the sneak peak is this beautiful, I can't wait to see it ALL!

In January my clubs and my Thursday night workshop will be creating a beautiful layout and cards with the Wings kit.    The workshop kits have not changed.  They still include a full Level 2 paper pack, an Exclusive stamp (that is NOT available in the Idea Book), a coordinating embellishment AND a full color, step-by-step instruction brochure for both layout and cards!   PLUS, when you purchase the Wings kit in January you get a spray pen AND instructions for making a banner!  You get all this for just $29.95   How cool it that?  (You can see the banner I made on my previous post - Wings Banner)

I was able to get my Wings kit early for pre-view and put it together.  The papers are awesome and I LOVED the spray pen.  This is a cool technique I'll be teaching this month.   Now I want to spray everything!

To see the Inspiration Brochure just click on the link in the "January Inspirations" tab above.

I'll be posting pictures soon of the cards I made using this paper along with the January Stamp of the Month so be sure to check back!  I LOVED working with this paper!

Contact me today if you would like to join me for the Wings Workshop on January 27th. 
RSVP needed by January 7th.

Friday, December 24, 2010

A Little Bit of Mistletoe!

 It's been a quiet day for Christmas Eve.   My oldest daughter had to work until 4:30 and my youngest went to pitch with Dad.   So I had a little bit of quiet time to myself this afternoon.   Everything was wrapped and I've done all the baking I was going to do today.  So I sat down to do a little project I've been wanting to do all December!   This only took my 45 minutes!  No Kidding!   I've decided that everyone should always keep a 6x6 Memory Showcase album and a Level 1 Paper kit on hand.   These two items make a fast, simple and easy gift!
I used Mistletoe Level 1 along with Snow Days stamp set to make this quick little gift.  


Take two of the base pages and cut into 6x6 squares.  Then use your included cardstock and stickease to dress up the pages!  
RECIPE:
6x6 Memory Showcase Album (Z1195)
Mistletoe Level 1 (X7130A)
Snow Days Stamp (C1420)
Cocoa Ink Pad (Z2114)
Red Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1103)
Red Brads

I HOPE EVERYONE HAS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 20, 2010

All Decked Out

If you have been wondering where I've been since the cookie swap..... well I've been a little bit under the weather.   I know.... it's NOT the best time of year to come down with a cold but it really took me out of my craft room for several days!  I am just now beginning to feel a little better but I still haven't made it back into my craft room.  I've got so many things I want to do this week!

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge was to post a favorite Christmas card.   Since I was not feeling up to crafting, I did sit down with ALL my Christmas cards that I had made in the past.  I thought I would address a few and send out a few to my new friends I have met this past year.  It was fun to remember the excitement of using each new stamp and thinking of ways to create with them.    I wanted to post one of my past favorites.... All Decked Out.    It reminded me of playing with paper dolls - except this was a snowman!  It comes with a choice of hats, scarves and mittens!  I stamped out the snowman and covered him with fun flock and just a bit of prisma glitter.   I used our Exclusive Markers to color his hat, scarf and mittens.


Recipe:
Topiary Cardstock (X5635)
Holiday Red Cardstock (1274)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
All Decked Out Stamp (D1308)
Black Ink Pad (Z2105)
Black Exclusive Marker (Z2305)
Holiday Red Exclusive Marker (Z2327)
Topiary Exclusive Marker (Z2355)
Fun Flock (Z263)
Prisma Glitter (Z134)

Winner of A Sip stamp:   Gina C.
Thank you Gina & Wendy for sharing your cookie Recipes!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cookie Swap!

If I have counted correctly, this will be the 8th year for our annual cookie swap.   It began with a group of girls that worked together in the same department and had a common bond of scrapbooking.   Over the years, some things have changed. Some of us still work together, while others have moved to other departments or even another company. Some still scrapbook and some have found other hobbies they enjoy.  But one thing has remained steadfast - and that is the bond of friendship among 12 ladies.  We all lead very busy lives, but we make a point to get together this one time of the year to sit together, catch up, laugh and of course eat cookies!

This year I made Red Velvet Christmas Cookies.  I had a very busy week and weekend so I wanted to keep my recipe simple.  When I came across this one, I knew it was the one I'd make this year. 



So far, these cookies have passed the family taste test.  They all gave this recipe a thumbs up.  My family can be very tough cookie critics!   They are usually waiting for me to get home wth all my cookie samples so that they can try each one.   I think they look forward to my cookie swap as much as I do!

Here are my cookies packaged and ready to go - along with the recipes.  I printed the recipes on the computer and used the flourish stamp from "A Timber" to add a simple border.
Red Velvet Christmas Cookies
makes 3 dozen
1 pkg Red Velvet Cake mix
1/2 cup oil
2 T. Water
2 Eggs
12 oz pkg White Chocolate Chips

Combine all ingredients, mix well.  
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets sprayed 
with non-stick vegetable spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  
Let cool slightly before removing from pan.  
Cool completely and drizzle with Cream Cheese Icing.

I'm Giving away a FREE STAMP!
Share your favorite Cookie Recipe here.  
Just leave your name and cookie recipe in the comment section of this blog.  
Next Friday I'll draw a winner from everyone that leaves a comment.
You could win the A SIP stamp.  (To see this stamp, go to ADK Holiday Bazaar post)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wings Banner

January is National Papercrafting month and Close To My Heart is inspiring us to celebrate!   This week I received my pre-view Workshop kit and stamps that I ordered.    The workshop kit is Wings and it is GORGEOUS!    I will be sharing my layout from that kit soon but first I wanted to share my banner that I made.    In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, CTMH has included an instruction sheet in the Wings WOTG kit for making a banner with their new My Creations Banner.  I made the layout and cards for the kit first and STILL had plenty of paper to make the banner.   This banner is chipboard and include 8 flags and rings.    Since I recieved my kit and banner before the Holiday Bazaar, I decided to make my banner to hang in my booth.  Perfect!


Here is another picture a litle bit closer showing the middle three flags. I used the new Bohemian Alphabet stampset for Close To My Heart.   I stamped each letter and cut them out, then used foam strips to make them stand out.    Now that the bazaar is over, I'll put the banner in my scraproom. LOVE IT!



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bizarre Stuff!

BAZAAR that is!  But some might think these little albums made from Close To My Heart's My Acrylix stamp envelope bizarre!  I think they are cute!  First I want to give credit to one of my spa buddies - Shannon Pelletier for this wonderful idea!   She made a bunch of these and brought them to us in Utah at our Retreat.   They were so adorable I couldn't wait to get home and make a few myself.

This turned out to be a perfect way for me to use my retired 6x6 paper samples and leftover stickease from other projects that I had.  These two albums are made with Top Stitch (top left) and Tinkerin' (right).

You can use old stamp envelopes or you can purchase these in packs of three from Close To My Heart.  (Item # Z335 - 6x6 Paper Organizers) To make the album - first slice open the sides of the envelope so that it opens like a book.   Cover the front and back with B&T paper.   I found some CD size envelopes to adhere to the inside back cover for a photo CD.  Then I added 6 sheets of B&T paper (6x6) and about 2-3 sheets of coordinating cardstock.    Insert into the envelope album and hold steady while punching a hole in the top and bottom corners of the book.   Thread ribbon through and tie into a knot!  Embellish as desired.  SO EASY!  



CD envelope in back.   A great way to share LOTS of pictures!








I used the remaining stickease from Top Stitch to embellish the pages.   I kept the pages simple by not adding photo mats.   This is so that one would not feel limited to which photos they can use.




Here are two more that I made using That's Amore and Back Country.  

These are just a few more neat little gifts that I will be selling at the ADK Bazaar on Saturday!  Be sure to come see me!

ADK HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Location: Doubletree Hotel - Murfreesboro, TN
Date: Saturday December 11
Time:  9am - 4pm

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ADK Holiday Craft Bazaar

I have not participated in a craft show or bazaar for nearly two years and when my daughter came home from her ADK Sorority meeting back in October, she handed me a piece of paper and said "Here is something you can do!".   My first response was "There is no way! I'd never be ready in time".   Then I gave it some thought and decided I would do it.  I love the opportunity to meet new people and share my love for Close To My Heart!   So.... I'm going to be at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro, TN on Saturday, December 11th   If you are out shopping - stop by and see me!     I'm going to have some inexpensive gifts that would be great for co-workers and friends or just a little something to stick in someone's stocking.   Here are just a few items.  (I'll show more later this week)

One of my very favorite stamps this season is the A-size stamp  - "A Sip".   I loved making these little hot cocoa packet covers with this stamp.   Each flavor is represented with a different paper/design.  I'll have a sign posted so you can be sure to choose the flavor you love most!  It's perfect little something to warm the heart of a co-worker or friend!



Check out these altered Ribbon Round tubes!  These were perfect for filling with Kisses and M&M's (two of my favorite Christmas candies!).   I used another A-size stamp on this one - "A Timber".  I have 3 different sizes of candy tubes. 

I used various paper folding techniques to make 'toppers' for my lids.  One technique was shown our Summer/Spring Idea Book (Love those Tips & Hints throughout our books!).  It is shown with the Passages papers.  The other flower came from our Passages Workshop Kit instructions!  Here is a picture that shows the tops a little better:


Check back soon!  I'll share more items plus a couple of cute little albums made from our stamp envelopes!  (Yes - that is correct - the envelope is the album! You've got to see this!)

ADK HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Location: Doubletree Hotel - Murfreesboro, TN
Date: Saturday December 11
Time:  9am - 4pm

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Sketch Week

I recently discovered a great new blog.   It's been around for a while but I never took the time to go see what all the H2H Challenge talk was all about.  I'm so glad I found it!  There is some GREAT artwork on this blog.     This week's challenge is a sketch.     
Last weeks Design team member Mandy Leahy had a video demonstrating making paper flowers.  I could not wait to try it out.   It was a little late for me to get in on that challenge so I decided I would give this week's challenge a try and I just had to include one of those flowers! I used December's Stamp of the Month - Amore and Magnifique paper.

So, without further ado.... here is my card for this weeks H2H Challenge:


Recipe:
H2H Challenge Sketch
December Stamp of the Month - Amore
Magnifique Level 2 Paper kit (X7127B)
Chocolate Cardstock (X5643)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Pacficia Ink (Z2192)
Lagoon Ink (Z2195)
Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems (Z1333)
White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon (Z270)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)

If you want to learn the technique for the flower, visit Mandy's blog at www.mypassionforscrapbooking.com

Be sure to visit the H2H Challenge blog and check out all the artwork!  Just click on the H2H blog button to the right.  It is right above my listing of Favorite Blogs!
  

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ah.... Amore! in December

December's Stamp of the Month is all about AMORE!  I know it is too early to be thinking about Valentine's Day already but if you plan to make some cards for February 14 you need to get your stamp this month!

I had so much fun playing with this stampset.  I stepped away from the pink and red traditional valentine colors and reached for one of my favorite paper packs of this season - Magnifique and the colors of Pacifica, Chocolate and Lagoon.
I'm so excited to share my cards with you!  I made 3 different cards but I will share 2 today and a 3rd on Friday. So you'll have to come back and see my FAVORITE card of the three.



This is a 8 x 3 1/2 card pattern from Originals.   The pattern is called Vertical Three but I changed it up a bit and made it a "Horizontal Three".   My card is accented with the Opaque Pearls Adhesive Gems (LOVE these gems!)   I stamped the heart two times with Pacifica ink using 2nd generation stamping and punched out a circle from each.   Then I stamped the smaller hearts with Pacifica ink.


This second card is from Originals - Package Deal.  This pattern is for a 6x6 card but I made it just a bit smaller using a 5x5 portion size.   I used 2nd generation stamping with Lagoon ink in the small white square using the bottom portion of the heart of vines stamp.  To add a little bling I used our Clear Sparkles.

RECIPES:
Card #1: Originals - Vertical Three
December Stamp of the Month - Amore
Magnifique Level 2 Paper Pack (X7127B)
Chocolate Cardstock (X5643)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Chocolate Ink (Z2111)
Pacifica Ink (Z2192)
Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems (Z1336)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)
7/8" and 5/8" Circle Punch 

Card #2: Originals - Package Deal
December Stamp of the Month - Amore
Magnifique Level 2 Paper Pack (X7127B)
Lagoon Cardstock (X5762)
Pacifica Cardstock (X5759)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Lagoon Ink (Z2195)
Pacifica Ink (Z2192)
Mini Medley Accents Lagoon Collection (Z1340)
Clear Sparkles (Z1104)

Remember.... the December Stamp of the Month is ONLY available during the month of December!  You can get it at a discount too! Be sure to visit my website at www.stampinheaven.myctmh.com  to find out how you can get it for FREE!

Want to see more great artwork with this stamp?   Jump on the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop by other Close To My Heart consultants.   Start with Jenifer's blog and hold on for the ride!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Do you Believe?

I made a few more Christmas cards yesterday morning before going over to my mom's for more food and games.    I thought I would share a couple with you.  These were very easy and very quick!  Just the way I like it!  (Although I list the Item # for the cardstock, these cardstock colors are included in the Mistletoe Level 2 paper pack)   For my card bases I used Close To My Heart's Colonial White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack (X1410).   You get 50 cards (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) and envelopes for only $14.95.  This comes to about 30 cents per cards which is very economical!  (And saves your paper cutter blade from cutting all that cardstock for cards!)

On this card I wanted to make my reindeer fly so I used 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation stamping.  I stamped Santa twice.  To get a good deep color on Santa and to cover up the white edges where I trimmed him, I used a sponge dauber and inked over the entire surface and edges of the Santa.  I cut out the snowflakes on the 2nd Santa and adhered them to the first Santa with glue dots to give just a little dimension (doesn't really show in the picture).  I used the 3-D foam tape to make Santa stand out from the Reindeer.
Recipe:
Mistletoe Level 2 Paper (X7130B)
New England Ivy Cardstock (1282)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Stamp: I Believe (C1427)
Cocoa Ink (Z2114)
Cranberry Ink (Z2116)
Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1103) On SALE!
Opaque Pearl Adhesive Gems (Z1336)
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)

I LOVE this A Timber stamp!   It is only $7.95 and you can do so much with it!  I quickly made about 16 cards with this stamp and leftover scraps from my card workshop!
Recipe:
Colonial White Cards & Envelope Value Pack (x1410) 
Mistletoe Level 2 Paper (X7130B)
New England Ivy Cardstock (1282)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Stamp:  A Timber (A1110)
New England Ivy Ink (Z2135)
Cranberry Brads from Essentials Asst (Z1219)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)

I hope you enjoyed today's cards!   Maybe today I'll get a tree put up if I can stay out of my scraproom!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love this time of year! Thanksgiving holds so many special memories for me.  For many years, my family would gather together at my grandma's farm in Newburgh, IN.   Now we stay close to home and we go over to my moms - each bringing our specialty dish!   So much food!  I hope everything is having a wonder Thanksgiving holiday and spending it with family and friends!  

Recently as I was prepping for my upcoming Olivia Workshop, I decided to use the same card instructions in the kit but change the stamp to make some Thanksgiving cards.       The pumpkins and the "May the bounty......" quote both come from the new stampset - Harvest Home.   These stamps are great for coloring and shading (although I did not use that technique here).    On the first card to the left I used Barn Red ink and stamped onto Barn Red cardstock.  Then I sanded the area of pumpkins bringing out a little of the white core.   The other quote on the card to the right is from The Present.  It has a wonderful quote that I love to use on cards:
Yesterday is history 
Tomorrow is a Mystery
Today is a gift, that is why we call it the Present.


Recipe for Cards:
Olivia Kit (G1013)
Card Pattern - From Olivia Kit instructions
Timeless Stamp (exclusive for Olivia Kit)
Stamp - Harvest Home (C1419)
Stamp - The Present (D1436)
Barn Red Ink (Z2104)
Smoothie Ink (Z2196)
Cocoa Ink (Z2114)
Shimmer Brads (Z1349)
Sanding Kit (Z1294)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Customer Spotlight - Terry Reid

Just in time for Thanksgiving!  My good friend and StampinHeaven Hostess Club member created this beautiful Thanksgiving card.   She used the Centers Accent pattern the Jeanette's How To book - Originals.   I love these how to books for cards.   If I find a card I really like but don't want to make the size shown in the book, they are so easy to adapt to other sizes, which is what Terry did here.


For this card, Terry used Cocoa, Goldrush, Olive and Colonial White Cardstock.  The card shown in the Originals book used a pattern B&T for the piece at the bottom.  Terry created her own B&T by using random stamping with Goldrush ink on the Goldrush piece of cardstock.    She used dry embossing on the cocoa piece at the top.   Terry exposed her embossing by sanding the cardstock to bring out the white core.
The buttons adorning the card were from Close To My Heart's Autumn Button collection (now retired).  They are adorable on this card! Gee.... wish I had thought to order some of those before they retired!   Make a note - see something you like on the retiring list?? Be sure to order it before December 31!.   To see the products that are retiring at December 31, click on the link to the left under  "Shop With Me".

Thank you Terry for sharing your card!   Be sure to leave her a 'love it' comment!

Would YOU like to be in my Customer Spotlight?   Just send me your card, layout, 3-D project or other artwork.   I just ask that you use only Close To My Hearts products.   Email a picture of your work along with a recipe of products used.

Terry's Recipe:
Originals - Center's Accent
Cocoa Cardstock (X5642)
Goldrush Cardstock (1243)
Olivie Cardstock (1245)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Give Thanks Stamp (D1110) retired
Thanksgiving Stamp (C1426)
Natural Hemp (Z280)
Autumn Buttons retired
Chocolate Ink (Z2111)
Goldrush Ink (Z2123)
Olive Ink (Z2137)

Friday, November 19, 2010

I'm no Cake Boss!

Last night as Jeff & I were getting into bed, he asked me "Did we leave a light on outside? It seems really bright."   I said "no - must be full moon.   Just like it was 16 years ago."   November 19, 1994 was a memorable night.   It was the first weekend of gun season for deer and my husband wanted to go hunting.   I was one week overdue with my second child and Jeff wasn't sure he should go.    I insisted he go.  I told him that if he stayed around nothing would happen.   I was getting frustrated that this baby was taking so long to decide to come.   Jeff agreed to go only if I went to stay at my mom's house.   I'll never forget as we stopped to pull out onto the highway, looking up and noticing how big and full the moon was.   Jeff looked at me and said "Are you sure?"   I told him "I sure!"   So I went to my mom's and he headed for the woods.    As the morning was about to dawn, Kayli decided it was time.   Jeff had just climbed into his tree when he got the call - You'd better come now!

Kayli Nicole came into the world full of life and raring to go.  From the first moments, I realized that Kayli was unstoppable and determined in everything she would do.   She always knows what she wants and she will do what she needs to get it.     This is a wonderful trait but can sometimes be trying for a parent.   So, this year is the BIG 16.   A big milestone that needs to be celebrated in style.  Kayli has always been very specific in what kind/type of birthday cake she wants.  (I really don't know where she got that because all I ever got to choose when I was growing up was a Chocolate, Vanilla or Yellow cake!)   Maybe it's the 'designer' in her.  She found a picture and showed it to me - "This is cake I want."   Rather than go to a bakery, I decided I would give it a try.   (She would be aghast if she knew what I planned).    When she asked if I found someone to do her  cake, I told her I had it covered.  As we are putting away the groceries, she comes across a white cake mix.
"YOU aren't making my cake are you??"  she said
"I bought that because it was on sale!" I said.
"Who is making it?  Is it a friend?" she asked.
"hmm... yeah, it's a friend" I said.
"Do they have my picture I sent to you".
"Uh yeah - they have your picture".    

So off to school she goes and I come back home and begin my quest for that 'perfect' cake.  After 3 hours I washed and put away all evidence of any cake baking & decorating going on in my kitchen today.   It's not EXACTLY like her picture but I think it is close enough and not too bad for someone that doesn't know a darn thing about cake decorating except for what I've seen on Cake Boss!
I know I probably should have written on it but couldn't bring myself to do it.   Just didn't feel right!  Maybe I'll make a little sign to stick in it.  

After my day of being Cake Boss, I think I'll stick to scrapbooking and cardmaking.   The cake will be all gone after tonight.  But the things I scrapbook or cards I make will be around to enjoy for a long time.  Here is the card that I made for Kayli's 16th birthday.

Recipe:
Magnifique B&T (X7127B)
Chocolate Cardstock (X5643)
Party Pennants Stampset (C1429)
Rustic Numbers Stampset (D1267)
Chocolate Ink (Z2111)
Pacifica Ink (Z2192)

Oh and BTW.... She did get her Driver's License this morning so WATCH OUT!!  

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Creating with My Creations - Acrylic Mini Album

This is one of the most fun items of the My Creations products that I have ever done!   And, sad to say, it is retiring after December 31.   I went ahead and purchased a couple of extras because I know I will want to do a few more of these before they are gone.    This little mini album pictured here was one I created for my daughter's birthday.

The challenge in creating an Acyrlic Mini Album is hiding your adhesive and layering your pages.   Your top page will reveal a little bit of the the page underneath.   Close To My Heart's Rub-Ons work beautifully on these pages also.  For this album I used Boom-Di-Ada paper (now retired) and Nature's Ambiance Rub On's and the stamp set Friendship Word Puzzle.  This stamp is one of my "Go-To" stamps when I do anything about friendship.  I will never tire of this one!  Check out my slide show below that shows each page of the album.


Do not let this one pass you by!   This album was originally $14.95 but has been marked down to $9.95.   What a COOL inexpensive gift!   You can find this album under Accessories/My Creations 3-D Products on my website.   Item # 1117

RECIPE:
My Creations Acrylic Mini Album (Z1117) Now ON SALE! 9.95
Friendship Word Puzzle (D1258)
Nature's Ambiance Rub-Ons (Z1097)  Now ON SALE! $6.95
Boom Di-Ada Level 2 Paper (now retired)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Creating with My Creatons - Display Album

One of my FAVORITE My Creations products is the Display Album. This incredibly versatile album has a hard front and back cover that is easy to cover and embellish.  It opens up in a triangle fold for displaying on a desk or end table.  You can get creative and use it as a desktop monthly calendar, photo flip frame or even a recipe book of heirloom recipes.  This album is just $7.95 and would make a great gift!  See some great examples of Display albums below.


I created this album highlighting some of my favorite recipes from an annual Cookie Swap I attend each year.  I used paper from the Mistletoe Creative Basics paper (X5811) along with the new Old World Alphabet Stampset (E1017).  I embellished the cover with Cranberry Designer Ribbon (Z1209) and Mistletoe Level 2 Assortments (Z1330).

There are 12 spiral bound 6x6 page protectors that are perfect for protecting your recipes!  Print out your recipes on cardstock and embellish with fun stamps!

Here is a fun idea!  For a Cookie Swap - take a picture of the person and include it with their recipe!

If you are making an Heirloom recipe album - be sure to include pictures of the person that handed down the recipe.  This will be a keepsake!

Check out this Display album created by my niece April for her husband.  (They were newley engaged at the time) April wanted to make something special highlighting special moments that she and Zach shared.  She used paper from the Emporium Level 2 kit and various stampsets.


If you don't know April you will soon!  Earlier this summer, April Slayden McKinney was selected as one of Paula Dean's Women of Philadelphia Finalists in the Appetizer category for her Blue Peach Pizza recipe!   She got to go to Savannah, Georgia and spend several days with Paula Dean and cooked her specialty on Paula's show.  COMING NOVEMBER 22 April will be featured on the NBC Today show demonstrating her Hot Sticky and Sweet Potatos.  April is an up and coming cooking star!   Check out her blog - Cookin Up Dreams    As if April is not busy enough traveling the country, she started her own business called Doorstep Dinners.   April made special sandwiches and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies for my Clear Card Workshop and they were a HIT!

Stay tuned for more My Creations product highlights!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Creating with My Creations - Memory Showcase Albums

Here is a quick and easy memory album that makes a wonderful gift!  These Memory Showcase Albums come in two sizes: 9x9 ($5.95) and 6x6 ($3.95).   The front and back of the albums are like hardbacked books.  You open the front cover to reveal two 2-page layouts.  When the book is closed you can open the back cover  and it will reveal another 2 page layout!  This is a total of 8 pages.    I have done several of these as gifts.

Here is a Christmas themed book I created when the Memory Showcase Albums first came. The paper I used on this book was from the Creative Basic Evensong collection which is now unavailable.  But this year's Creative Basic Mistletoe (X5811) would be perfect!   This pack comes with 12 sheets of B&T (6 each of 2 designs) and a coordinating round of ribbon at a low price of $7.95.   Just add cardstock and embellishments and you've got a really nice gift!  See all the pages in this slideshow:


I also made a 9x9 Memory Showcase album for my Dad for Father's Day.  He had restored some antique cars which I knew he would eventually sell.  What better way to preserve the memories of the finished restorations than in this keepsake book!  Our new Passages Level 2 (X7126B) paper would be perfect to make a vintage album for someone you love.


Next is 6x6 Memory Showcase that I did for a family gift exchange that features a traditional recipe that is brought to our Thanksgiving meal each year.   This is something that will treasured for years to come. The paper used on this album was Abundance which is now gone but our new Olivia Level 2 (X7128B) paper would be perfect for this type of gift!



Our Level 1 kits are perfect for the 6x6 Memory Showcase Albums.   Just cut your base pages into 6x6 squares.  You also have 2 sheets of cardstock and 2 sheets of matching B&T to use PLUS stickease!  Now THAT is Fast and Easy!

I hope you enjoyed my Memory Showcase albums.   Order some today and make something from your heart!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Creating with My Creations - Cube

Close To My Heart has some great 3-D products called My Creations that you can alter to make some very special gifts.   They are easy to alter  - just cover with paper and embellish!   We have a wide selection of My Creations 3-D products - the Showcase Memory Albums (9x9 and 6x6), Display Album, Recipe Box,  Mix & Mingle, Board Book, Journal, Acyrlix Album, All-Sorts Mini Album and more!   Over the next several days I will be sharing some of the 3-D My Creations projects that I have done.

Just recently I finished a My Creations Cube.  I have to admit, I have had this cube for a while.  I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it because there are so many possibilities.   Our Idea Book has some great artwork pictured through out the book using the cube.   I chose to make my cube a Christmas gift box!  This cube is 5x5x5.  It is the perfect size to hold a Christmas coffee mug and some hot chocolate!
The cube comes flat which makes it so easy to cover.   I cut each sqaure of B&T paper and aherred it to the cube. (Be sure to turn it over and cover the that side also - it will be the inside of the box.)  It only took 2 and 1/2 sheets of 12x12 B&T paper and 1/2 sheet of cardstock.  I covered my cube with the paper from the Mistletoe Creative Basics.  For the front of my cube I used the A Sip stamp.  I stamped the cup with Cranberry Ink, the spoon, steam and sentiment are all stamped in cocoa ink.  I embellished with Mocha Adhesive Gems.    The box is tied together with cranberry ribbon.  

This shows the top of the box.   To make an open/close lid, I did not tie the ribbon to the top of the box - I only tied the sides together.  I used a hole punch to punch a hole in the lid and also the front near the top.  I then tied a ribbon through the two holes to tie the lid shut.   For added embellishment to the top I added photo corners from Foundry Flourishes Assortment.  (These have peel and stick backs) 

Order a couple of cubes ($4.95 each) and give a gift that will warm someone's heart.

Recipe:
My Creations Cube (Z1152)
Creative Basics Mistletoe Collection (X5811)
My Acrylix A Sip stamp (A1109)
Mocha Adhesive Gems  (Z1333)
Foundry Flourishes Assortment (Z1331)  
Cranberry Ink (Z2116)
Cocoa Ink (Z2114)


Sunday, October 31, 2010

"A Little Thanks" goes a long way!

It is always handy to have a few Thank You cards on hand.   So I made up a few using Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month - A Little Thanks.   I chose to work with the Cherry-O paper which was introduced in our 2010 Summer Idea Book.   This paper will retire December 31 so if you like it, you need to get it before the end of the year!   (Be sure to check out this month's special on my Monthly Specials tab)

For this round card I used our 4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards (Z1352).   I used the Simple Secure pattern from Wishes.  The pink band with zig-zag stitching is cut from the ribbon paper in Cherry O (so the stitching isn't actual stitching!). The ACTUAL stitching is around the border of the card.  I used Chocolate embroidery floss to stitch around the edge.   It was easy and only took a few minutes.  "Gratitude" is stamped in Chocolate ink.
Accents are colonial white and chocolate buttons with a Chocolate Ribbon (it's real).



My next card is Winning Combination from Originals.  I used several stamps in chocolate ink to random stamp on the chocolate cardstock base. To make the center sentiment pop, I used foam tape.  After tying a knot onto a piece of twill ribbon I wrapped it around the front of the card.  Hanging from the ribbon is metal tag from the Mini Medley Accent Collection - Colonial White (Z1276).    I love this collection.  It includes tags, buttons, brads and ribbon.   I added another stamp "Just a little note" to the front of the tag.

This card was one of my favorites!  I used the pattern All Squared Up from Wishes.  My cardstock base front is Tulip.  I stamped "Thanks" with Tulip Ink onto a piece of Colonial White Cardstock and trimmed it.  After tying a piece of Tulip ribbon around the front, I added a couple of flowers and a butterfly from the Just Blooms Spring Blossom Paper Flowers (Z1266).  The ribbon and brads are from the Mini Medley Accents Tulip Collection (Z1320) which also includes Buttons and photo clips.

My last card is really just a pattern made of up scraps.  I liked the polka dot ribbon piece from the Ribbon B&T paper and wanted to use it on a card.  So, I chose Colonial White as my card base.  I stippled chocolate ink all over the card to add texture.   I edged all my B&T paper and cardstock in the chocolate ink.   The sweet sentiment is my focal point of the card. I accented the card with a couple of Colonial White buttons and a 'bunch of flowers' from the stamp set.

If you like this stamp set, be sure to get it during the month of November.  That is the ONLY time it is available!   You can get it at a discount or for FREE with a $100 order.  (Added bonus - during November you can get an additional stamp of your choice for FREE when you place a $100 order!)

Want to see more great artwork with this stamp set?  Hop on Close To My Heart's Blog Hop and take a ride!  You can start with Helen Onulak's blog: Hooked On Stamping

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