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Ah.... Amore! in December

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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.   …

Do you Believe?

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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 adhere…

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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 w…

Customer Spotlight - Terry Reid

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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 orde…

I'm no Cake Boss!

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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 c…

Creating with My Creations - Acrylic Mini Album

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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 …

Creating with My Creatons - Display Album

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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 -…

Creating with My Creations - Memory Showcase Albums

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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…

Creating with My Creations - Cube

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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 …