Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blessed - April Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring April's SOTM, which is Blessed, a set of 12 stamps.  If you have come here from TONYA'S BLOG, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here .

This month we have 56 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

April Stamp of the Month - Blessed
This stamp set is available ONLY during the month of April.
Get it at a discount of FREE!  Ask me how!

Following are a few of my Blessed Creations using Miracle Level 2 Paper (X7133B):

My own pattern inspired by a layout in the Spring Summer Idea Book!
I used our new 2" Scallop Circle Punch (Z1392) for the flower in the corner
along with a Colonial White Designer Brad (Z1274).

Pattern:  Wishes - Sun Dial
Embellished with Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems (Z1333)
and Ribbon from the Mini Medley Accents Colonial White Collection (Z1276) 

Pattern:  Wishes - Simply Said
Embellished with Mini Medley Accents Colonial White Collection (Z1276)
I hope you enjoyed my cards!   Be sure to leave a 'blessing' in the comment section!

Now hop on over to SHANNON BECK'S BLOG and see what she has created!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the April SOTM is only available until April 30!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mojo Monday #184 - Sympathy

I sat down tonight really intending to work on a card for a different challenge but I needed to make a card for my friend who's father passed away today.    The Mojo design was really more fitting for the card I was making.    As I made the card I thought of Ginny and her family and pray for comfort in this time of loss for their family..

Here is this week's Mojo design:

My card for Ginny:

Miracle Level 2 Paper (X7133B)
Petal Cardstock (X5667)
Cocoa Cardstock (X5642)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Rosy Rgards Stamp (B1369)
Cocoa Ink (Z2114)
Kraft Color Ready Borders (Z1377)
Bliss Level 2 Assortment (butterfly) (Z1355)
Opaque Mocha Adhesive Gems (Z1333(
Cocoa Designer Ribbon (Z1316)
3 D Foam Tape (Z1151)

To see more creations for the Mojo Monday #184 be sure to visit their blog

Monday, March 28, 2011

Color Challenge on Play Date Cafe!

If you have been following my blog, you know that I like to participate in the H2H and Mojo Monday weekly blog challenges.   These challenges have really encouraged me to think outside my box and and get creative.   Every once in a while H2H will have a color challenge which I really like.    My friend Mandy found a great color challenge blog last week called Play Date Cafe.    When I checked it out, I knew it was one that I wanted to take part in!

Here is the inspiration for this week's colors.... (LOVE THEM!)


These colors made me think of Close To My Heart's new stamp set called Paper Lantern.  Cool, crisp summer lanterns in Dutch Blue and Gypsy.

Here is my interpretation of these colors:

White Daisy Cards & Envelopes Valu Pack (X254)
Paper Lanterns (C1458)
Dutch Blue Exclusive Ink (Z2119)
Gypsy Exclusive Ink (Z2190)
Black Exclusive Ink (Z2105)
White Textrued Cardstock (retired)
Dutch Blue Cardstock (1241)
Gypsy Cardstock (X5757)
Black Brads - Mini Medley Accents Black Collection (Z1393)
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

All products are Close To My Heart products.

Be sure to visit Play Date Cafe and check out all of the wonderful challenge entries this week.  You are sure to be inspired!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Customer Spotlight - Gina Conley

I just love it when my customers get excited about creating something with Close To My Heart Products! At my Saturday Hostess Club I gave Gina her recent order.   She was so excited to get this one particular stamp set and she told me what she wanted to do with it.   She had seen a picture in a recent paper crafting magazine that inspired her to create something similar with a stamp by Close To My Heart.   Today, she shared her creation with me and I think it is beautiful!   I wanted to share it with you.

Simple Memories (D1472)
Card Chatter - Sympathy (D1476)
Honey Exclusive Ink (Z2162)
Blush Exclusive Ink (Z2106)
Bubblegum Exclusive Ink (Retired)
Chocolate Exclusive Ink (Z2111)
Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems (Z1333)
(all products Close To My Heart)

Thank you Gina for sharing your artwork and allowing me to share it too!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mojo Monday #183 - A Retirement Card!

I'm a little behind getting to my Mojo Monday challenge - there seemed to be so much going on this week.   A co-worker is retiring next week and I was asked to make him a card.   This just gave me an excuse to get my Mojo on!    Here is the Mojo design:

Since this co-worker is male, I needed something with a masculine look and what better paper to use than Lucky!  This is the paper we've been working with at my monthly Hostess Clubs.  I also wanted to use some of my coordinating Lucky Level 2 Assortments.  These are perfect accents for the Lucky paper with many various die-cut chipboard shapes with unique designs.  I found one with a clock with I thought was perfect.   I added a couple of wooden buttons and used hemp in place of ribbon.  The sentiment is actually from the Card Chatter Birthday stamp but I only used the first part of the phrase.  Inside I stamped "CELEBRATE Retirement!"

Mojo Monday Pattern #183
Lucky Level 2 Paper (X7137B)
Desert Sand Cardstock (1273)
Sunset Cardstock (X5758)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Outdoor Denim Ink (Z2140)
Card Chatter - Birthday (D1475)
Party Pennants (C1429) (used inside card)
Lucky Level 2 Assortments (Z1356)
Wooden Designer Buttons (Z1387)
Natural Hemp (Z280)
Edge Distresser (Z1297)

Thanks for looking!!!   Leave comments if you like!  
Want to see more art with this design?   Check out Mojo Monday #183 HERE

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hope for Japan

There are MANY reasons that I LOVE being a Close To My Heart Consultant.   I could sit here and type out reason after reason but I will give you just one important reason.   Close To My Heart is a very caring company.   This was proven to me in February 2010 right after the Haiti earthquake.    Close To My Heart quickly said "What can we do to help".   So, they had a huge Hearts for Haiti campaign and offered a buy one get one free deal for their Textured Cardstock with proceeds going to the relief effort.    It was unbelievable the amount of support that came with this offer.

So, once again, Jeanette Lynton and CTMH said "What can we do to help?"  This time we are offering a special A-Size stamp set for just $5.   The entire $5 will go to the American Red Cross to benefit the relief efforts in Japan.       This stamp set (shown below) will be available through April 30th.

Add this stamp to your order when you order on-line (find it HERE) or
Contact me today to offer your help by purchasing this Hope to Japan.    

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It's Oh Baby Over at H2H

This week's H2H Challenge is all about Babies!  We could create anything with a new baby in mind.  I chose to make a card - actually two cards!  One for a boy and one for a girl.  I used the same pattern for both cards.  The pattern is called Designer Tab from Wishes.  

My Baby Boy Card:
Stars are cut from one of the B&T papers!
Fanfare Level 2 Paper (X7138B)
My Acrylix Stamp - Polka Dot Alpha (D1469)
My Acrylix Stamp - Salutation Seals (C1461)
Pacifica Exclusive Ink - (Z2192)
Clear Button Assortment (1391)
Designer Ribbon Blue Collection (Z1385)

My Baby Girl Card:
Instead of cutting a small slit for the flower tab, I used the pom-pom ribbon to slide the tab behind.
Sweetheart Level 2 Paper (X7134B)
My Acrylix Stamp - Polka Dot Alpha (D1469)
My Acrylix Stamp - Spring Up (B1365)
Baby Pink Exclusive Ink - (Z2102)
Cotton Candy Exclusive Ink (Z2193)
Pear Exclusive Ink (Z2197)
Designer Ribbon Pink Collection (Z184)
Bitty Sparkles (Z1263)

Check out all of the other Baby ideas-cards, gifts, layouts and more over at the H2H Challenge. 
Just click on the H2H Badge Button to the right!

Friday, March 18, 2011

March is for LUCKY!

When you think of March you may think Lucky.  That just happens to be the name of this month's workshop but it's not GREEN like the popular St. Patrick's Day color!   This Lucky paper is full of warm colors of Outdoor Denim, Sunset, Olive and Desert Sand.  At my workshop we will be creating layouts (or cards) with the new Lucky Workshop on the Go Kit.   This kit includes a package of Wooden Buttons, hemp, an exclusive stampset (not sold separately) and an instruction brochure along with the Lucky Level 2 paper pack for creating a layout and 6 cards.

Exclusive Stamp set & Wooden Buttons included in the kit.

Feature Layout

Additional Layout from Magic - Top Hat
This paper was perfect for creating layouts from several bonfires that my daughter attended in the fall.   There are some really great Lucky Level 2 Assortments and Journaling spots that match this paper also.    The Level 2 Assortments are various die-cut chipboard shapes, each with a unique design.

You can order this entire Workshop on the Go Kit on my website.   Just order item number G1018.   You can add these additional assortments shown above.    Need a coordinating alphabet stamp?  Check out the new Bingo Alphabet (D1478).  See it here.  Another great stamp to use with the Lucky paper is Enjoy Life (C1439)  See it here.

To see other upcoming workshops visit my website calendar.  

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Birthday with Fanfare!

Today's Mojo Challenge was a pretty simple sketch.   I really like the sketch but I think the challenge for me was to figure out a way to 'bling' it up a little and make it more than simple.  For this sketch I decided to use Close To My Heart's new Fanfare paper pack.   This paper says "PARTY!" to me so I decided to make a birthday card.

Mojo Monday #182 Sketch:

 Here is my version of this sketch:

I used Close To My Heart's Edge Distresser.  This is a cool little tool that is great to use when you want  to roughen up the edges of the paper.  The designer brad on the ribbon is from the Fanfare Level 2 Assortments.    This is a cute little assortments of brads that coordinates very well with this paper pack.


5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Colonial White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X1410)

Fanfare Level 2 Paper (X7138B)
Cranberry Cardstock (1272)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
My Acrylix Salutation Seals (C1461)
Designer Ribbon Blue Collection (Z1385)
White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon (Z270)
Fanfare Level 2 Assortment (Z1400)
Pacifica Ink (Z2192)
Edge Distresser (Z2197)

Hope you enjoyed my card!  

You can see more Mojo Creations by clicking on the Mojo Badge Button to the right of my blog.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Home Sweet Home - H2H Challenge

This week's H2H Challenge was to create a scene using 3 different stamps.  They could be from the same stamp set or from different stamp sets.   One thing I learned from this challenge - I don't have many stamps to make a scene!  The only trees I have in my 'yard' are all Christmas Trees and as much as I LOVE Christmas, I'm over that for now.  I want SPRING!!!   So this really was a challenge for me.  I thought about it all week.   I got out my idea book several times this week trying to get that 'ah ha' moment.   At one time I thought I figured it out but I wasn't excited about my idea.  

So tonight, I sat down at my stamp tower and searched through all my stamps looking for something.  One stamp I kept going back to was Flower Pot.   Then I remembered the upcoming May Stamp of the Month - Chairs to You.   I haven't had a chance to play with this one yet but it was my favorite one of all the Stamps of Month.   So I decided to create a 'homey' scene using the overstuffed chair with a nice little flower pot beside it.  Then of course I had to add just the right decorating touch with a framed 'Home Sweet Home' picture.  

Making the chair was fun and once again - I eeked out some small squeals of excitement when I saw it coming together.  I used a miniature pleating technique for the chair ruffle.  (I recently learned this when I created the layouts from the Miracle Workshop on the Go Kit).    I used copper Bitty Brads for the buttons on the chair.

And now..... here is my card for this week's H2H Challenge!

Closer view of chair ruffle
Creative Basic Veranda Collection (retired)
Chairs to You (May Stamp of the Month - Available in May ONLY)
Flower Pot (D1409)
Tasty Treats (D1427)
Juniper Cardstock (X5752)
Bamboo Cardstock (1301)
Cocoa Ink Pad (Z2114)
Juniper Marker (Z2365)
Olive Marker (Z2337)
Sunflower Marker (Z2350)
Designer Ribbon - Cocoa Collection (Z1316)
Bitty Brads Metal Assortment (Z1368)
Foam Tape (Z1151)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mojo Monday #181

This week's Mojo Monday Challenge was just that for me.... a Challenge.   The design was angles, circles, different patterns, you name it and it was there!   I had been working with April's Stamp of the Month - Blessed and the new Miracle Level 2 Paper all weekend.   On Sunday night I was playing around with one of the stamps thinking about doing a circle card.   I stamped the bird image a few times before finally getting something that I was happy with.   It was late so I set the image aside to finish something the following day.   When the Mojo Monday Challenge was posted the next morning I knew I had a starting point with my stamped bird!  So I began creating my card around the bird!  I was excited to get to use the Kraft Color Ready Borders with this card.  I matted the bird with our new Kraft cardstock.   I actually used my corner round (with the guard removed) to turn the plain circle into a scallop circle!

Here is the Mojo Design:

Here is my Mojo Monday #181 entry!

The flourishes are our new Irresistables Villa Chipboard Die-cuts.   The ribbon flower is my first attempt at making a flower from ribbon.   I just threaded one side of the ribbon and pulled it, then wrapped it around and stitched the bottom together.   I added a little pearl to the center.    I need to do this a few more times to perfect it I think.    Here is a closer view that shows the scattered pearls and also the chipboard flourishes.   I inked the chipboard flourished with a sponge dauber.

Miracle Level 2 Paper (X7133B)
Kraft Cardstock (Z1375)
Olive Cardstock (1245)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
My Acrylix Stamp - Blessed (Available in April)
Opaque Pearl Adhesive Gems (Z1336)
Irresistables Villa Chipboard Die-cuts (Z1390)
Kraft Color Ready Borders  (Z1377)
Desert Sand Ink (Z2118)
Olive Ink (Z2137)
Corner Rounder (Z578)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)
Designer Ribbon Round Colonial White Collection (Z1126)

You can see ALL the Mojo Monday entries by clicking on the Mojo Badge to the right.  
Hope you enjoyed the card!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mayberry - So SWEET!

What helps to make a cold rainy day better?  Get out your favorite paper and do some crafting!  I needed to design a fun card for an upcoming private workshop that I will be doing so I pulled out the Mayberry paper and went to work.   I have the cutest stamp set called You're Sweet that I purchased last summer.  I had yet to use it so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.   I got out my Wishes book and found a card design called File Folder that I thought would be fun to use our new scallop punch with.

I have to admit, as this card was coming together, I got more and more excited.   If you were at my house and in another room you would wonder what those little squeaks and squeals were about.  I can't help it.... I emit little noises when I really like what I'm creating.    When I was finished, I had to show it off.   I 'skipped' (not really) to the family room where my husband was watching TV (Probably basketball) and said "Isn't this cute???".    He barely turned his head my way and gave me this long look and said in his best Eeyore voice, "What is it?" (insert major eye rolling from me here).    So, to get the gratification that I searching for (and should have done in the first place) I took a picture with my phone and sent it to one of my best scrapping buds - Mandy of the Scrappity Doo-Da blog.   She immediately gave me the praise I was looking for.

Here is my card.   I put the reverse side of the Honey print paper on the inside of the card.  I used the scallop punch to punch out the front edge of the card to show the inside paper.

Hope you like it!!  I could have added ribbon and alot of embellishments but since it is for a workshop, I like to keep it fairly simple for those that might be new to scrapping and/stamping!

Oh and BTW - if you don't have someone that can provide you with adequate praise for your creations, just shoot me an email and I'll be there with all the scrappin' praise you need!  :)

Have a great week!   

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A is for A-size Stamp!

The rainy weather today was the perfect recipe for creating today.   So I sat down with my Creative Basic Wings Collection paper and a couple of A-size stamps and created a few cards!  This week I have my Card Chatter Workshop and we are going to be using this same paper to make our cards.  If you missed my post on my Card Chatter Workshop you can see it here.    I wanted to show off our A-size stamps at the workshop along with our wonderful How To books - Originals (9032) and Wishes (9033).    My card-making skills were really lacking in the design department before these books came along.   Now I make cards with confidence!  hmmmm..... Maybe that is why they are referred to as a Card Confidence program! 

I love the style of these new A-size stamps!  They make creating quick cards very simple and easy and they are OH SO CUTE!   The price of these A-size stamps is great too at just $7.95.  There are eleven different A-size stamps to choose from.  I've compiled all eleven right here for you to see!

I used "A Tweet" and "A Sip" for my two cards.  
A Tweet

A Sip
Card #1  Wishes - Collage
Colonial White Cards and Envelopes (X1410)
Paper - Creative Basics Wings Collection (X5812)
My Acrylix Stamp - A Tweet (A1104)
Cocoa Cardstock (X5642)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Opaque Mocha Adhesive Gems (Z1333)
Ribbon (included with Creative Basics Wings Collection)

Card #2  Wishes - Designer Tag

Colonial White Cards and Envelopes (X1410)
Paper - Creative Basics Wings Collection (X5812)
My Acrylix Stamp - A Sip (A1109)
Natural Hemp (Z280)
Pewter Photo Hangers (Z1403)
Pewter Brads - Brads Metal Assortment (1366)

I hope you enjoyed the cards!  If you like these A size stamps you can order them right from my website.  Just click on the "Shop With Me" badge to the left.   Or call me to place an order!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mojo and H2H Color Challenge - Combined!

I was so busy last week, I didn't have time to participate in both of my favorite blog challenges - the H2H Challenge and the Mojo Monday.  But this week I'm back!  I decided to combine both challenges this week and make one card.    H2H this week was a color challenge.  These are always fun because they are usually colors that I would not think to put together.

These are the colors:  
And this is the Mojo Sketch:

I decided to do a 6x6 square card.   I mixed up the paper using B&T paper from Hooligans and Veranda paper packs! Who would have thought these two could go together!  I couldn't wait to use my new Kraft Color Ready Borders for this card.   These are new from Close To My Heart and come with 50 12" borders (2 each of 25 designs).  They are so cool because you can use your ink to make them different colors.   I, of course, inked mine black!  I used another one of our newest products - the Spray pen.  I mixed some Gypsy re-inker with pearl paint and water and then sprayed my white daisy flowers to make them a shimmery Gypsy color.   The stamp set I used is one of our fabulous A-size stamps "A Tweet".   Our A-size stamps are just $7.95 and are perfect for making cards.  

Here is my card.  I hope you like it!

6x6 Card Base - Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Black Cardstock (1386)
Creme Brulee Cardstock (X5754)
Veranda Level 2 Paper (Retired)
Hooligans Level 2 Paper (X7129B)
A Tweet My Acrylix Stamp (A1104)
Card Chatter - Sympathy (D1476)
Black Ink (Z2105)
Gypsy Ink (Z2190)
Gypsy Re-Inker (Z2290)
Create A Shade Pearl Paint (Z1039)
Spray Pens (Z1380)
Kraft Color Ready Borders (Z1377)
White Daisy Variety Pack (Z1300)
Opaque Licorice Adhesive Gems (Z1335)
Ribbon is from the Retired Creative Basics Veranda Collection

Be sure to check out all of the other Mojo cards and the H2H Cards.  Just click on my blog badges for the blogs to the right.

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