Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mad About You - December Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring December's SOTM, Mad About You, a set of 14 stamps.  If you have come here from KATY'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 over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Following the blog hop 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!

I made several things with this stamp using Close To My Heart's Roxie Level 2 paper (X7140B).  I've never been a big fan of Valentine stamps but I fell in love with this one when I started using it.  Maybe it was the Roxie papers.  They go so well together!  I've got an individual shot of each item so if you follow along I'll tell you a little bit about each one.

This was the first card I made and this was the beginning of my love affair with this stamp.  I used the pattern - On The Edge from Jeanette Lynton's How to Book - Originals for this card.  I also used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to cut the Heart and the 'ticket' shape before I stamped them. (BTW - there are 4 images on this stamp set that coordinate with the AP Cartridge).  Look closely at my heart.  Can you tell I used clear embossing?  My ribbon is from the retired Designer Ribbon Tulip Collection.   I also added a button from the Bling Assortment (Z1466).

Check out this card!  This time I used my mixture of Clear Embossing Powder mixed with Prisma Glitter.  See the sparkle?  I thought the shimmery heart and the velvet ribbon gave this card a softer look.  This card pattern - Package Deal is also from Jeanette Lynton's How To Book - Originals.  My final touch was to add Bitty Copper Brads to the heart.  The border around one side of the square is one of the stamps from the set.  Are you LOVING this paper yet?

Here is a simple 3x3 card.  More manly looking don't you think?  Might be good to attach to a bag of more 'manly' Valentine Candy.  Is there such a thing?    And the plaid paper is from Roxie - so that paper is not ALL GIRL!

And last, this was one of my favorites!  A Pillow Box cut from the zebra print paper from Roxie using the Art Philosophy Cricut.   I cut the pillow box at 5" using the Decorative Font+Shift <Flower4> (p. 28).  The Tag is also cut with the AP cartridge before I stamped it.  Final touches were organdy ribbon (retired) and bitty bling! I used Tulip and Black inks on all these projects.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my projects as much as I had fun creating them! Now hop on over to Susan Brook's Blog to see what she has create!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Live Laugh Love - A Fashion Inspiration

I LOVE green.  For as long as I can remember, my favorite color has always been green.  So when I saw the Fashion Inspiration over at Moxie Fab, I couldn't wait to play with it.  This week it is all about being inspired by objects around us!   The Fashion Inspiration picture is a green houndstooth jacket adorned by what looks to be a pewter broach.  

So how did I interpret this picture?

I like the houndstooth print and I think that Close To My Heart's Elemental (X7141B) paper was just perfect for my card.  I used one of Jeanette Lynton's sketches for this 5x7 card from the How To Book - Originals (9032).  The sketch is Mosaic Borders.  The broach on the jacket above inspired me to add pewter accents to my card so I used the small pewter buttons from the Mini Medley Accents - Pewter Collection (Z1487).  I pulled a piece of hemp through all three buttons and left the ends free.  The sentiment is from the Love Life stamp (D1482).  The flowers are from the set -  Unscripted (C1465).  I used 2nd generation stamping to fill the space around the sentiment.
Ink and cardstock colors are Olive.  

Close up of the card sentiment:

This was a fun break from my Christmas card frenzy!  I can't wait to try out the other Inspiration pictures this week over at Moxie Fab.  Be sure to check them out!  I'll be you'll be inspired too!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Simple Kraft Christmas Card

I love color challenges and when I saw the colors on CR84FN Color Challenge all I could think of was Kraft.   I've seen several button Christmas cards this year and have wanted to try my hand at it.   This is a very simple card.  I like the clean look of the card and I just couldn't bring myself to distress the edges.   I used Close To My Heart's stamp - Happy Clusters (C1471) for the tree.  I had alot of older retired buttons (browns, tans and colonial white) so I felt like it was OK to use these.  (I've been working on using more of embellishment stash.)  The "Noel" which serves as my tree trunk is from the set Christmas Love (D1492).  The ribbon is from Designer Ribbon Green Collection (Z1616).  The kraft card is from CTMH's 6x6 Die-Cut Kraft Cards and Envelopes (Z1474).  You get 10 cards in the set!

My color inspiration from CR84FN:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bringing Holiday Cheer to CAS-ual Friday

I made this card several days ago for the CAS-ual Friday challenge and never posted it!  So here goes! Another card using the Holiday Cheer (B1381) stamp set!  After making this card, I realized I made another card very similar to this several weeks ago! (you can see it HERE).  

Cardstock: Holiday Red, Topiary, White Daisy
Stamp: Holiday Cheer  
Ink:  Holiday Red and Topiary
Accents:  Clear Sparkles and Black Hemp

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Savings with StampinHeaven


FREE Stamp On Black Friday THROUGH Cyber Monday!

The FIRST TWO customers to order the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection  
will recieve a  FREE Holiday Magic Stamp and FREE SHIPPING!**  Holiday Magic was the October Stamp of the Month is no longer available for purchase! (Value $17.95)  See this stamp HERE.
Cricut Pkg 
The Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Z1686) is a MUST have cartridge in your cricut collection! This would make an AWESOME Christmas gift!  At just $99 the Art Philosophy collection includes: 
1 - Cartridge (700 images: Font, Shapes, and 3-D items)
3 - Coordinating My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets
3 - Coordinating 9" * 12" Dimensional Elements Sheets (Tags, Mixed Shapes, Banners)

*In order to get FREE shipping you MUST email or call me with your order.  My website is not set up to give free shipping at checkout.  I will submit your order and have it shipped directly to you.   
This offer is only available through Gina Brandstetter, Independent Consultant - Close To My Heart and applies to the FIRST TWOcustomers that order the AP Cricut Collection on BLACK FRIDAY through Cyber Monday.
BONUS for Website orders!
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Winter Wonderland for Mojo Monday


Thought I'd share a card I created the other day for Mojo Monday!  No stamping on this card!  A first for me in a long time!  Since Snowflakes are the theme over at 4 Crafty Chicks I'm submitting this one to their challenge two!  Be sure to check out both blogs for some great artwork!

I used our Wonderland Level 2 (X7146B) paper for this card.  My snowflakes are from the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge.   For the snowflakes with the circle border I cut Decorative Layer <Snwflke3> at 2".  The bigger snowflake in the middle was cut at 2 1/2" using <Snwflke3>.   After I cut them out, I covered the snowflake's area with Bonding Memories Glue (Z553) and then added Prisma Glitter (Z134).   The Prisma Glitter changed the stark white cardstock to a very pretty shimmer!  I added the Clear Sparkles (Z1104) to the center of each.   The "Believe" is one of the Top Coats Icing Overlays (Z1468).  This was a perfect fit for the center of my card!   All products used are from Close To My Heart.
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I'm offering a special deal if you shop my website during 
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday Trigger - Red and Rustic

I haven't done a Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab lately but when I saw today's challenge, I couldn't wait to try it out.  Here is our inspiration - Red and Rustic.

Once again I pulled out one my FAVORITE stamps from Close To My Heart's 2011 Autumn/Winter Idea Book - Remarkable Wreath (C1473).  I just can't stop playing with this one!   I actually made a quick Thank You card with it just before I started on this Tuesday Trigger.    I have definitely got my money's worth out of this stamp so far!

Rustic reminds me of weathered grey wood and that was the look I was going for on this card.   To 'weather' my wood, I used Grey Flannel Cardstock and scored it randomly.  Next, I sponged Grey Wool ink onto the cardstock piece and then sanded over it to bring out the white core.  The grey flannel is layered on Cocoa cardstock.

The wreath is stamped with Cocoa ink and the berries are Cranberry.  Instead of the usual red bow on the wreath, I pulled cranberry ribbon through the large pewter button from the Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection (Z1487).   The "Merry Christmas" sentiment is from the Christmas Love (D1492) set.  This card was quick and simple but I think still has a elegant rustic feel to it.

Hope you enjoyed!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Black, White and SPARKLE!

With only a few days left in our Holiday Wishes stamp special, I wanted to share another card I made using the tree from this set.  The challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges this week was to use Black, White and WOW!   So my WOW color is red.   I'm not used to using Black and White for my Christmas colors but I think this card turned out nice!

For this 5x7 card, I used a pattern from Jeanette Lynton's How To Book - Wishes.  The pattern is called Midpoint.   I used my Art Philosophy cricut cartridge to first cut out the tree.  Then I stamped the it with Black ink and added Red Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1484) to each little bird.   My red-checked ribbon is from the Designer Ribbon - Red Collection (Z1615).  I used 3-D foam tape to pop the tree up a little.
Here is a picture a little more close up of the tree and birds. 

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Monday, November 21, 2011

A Christmas Filled with Love - Card

I haven't been much of a fan of the pom pom ribbon.  Mostly because I wasn't sure how to adhere it without sewing it on!   I detest the thought of pulling out my sewing machine for several reasons.  1. My family might think it means I'm willing to mend and will want me to fix broken zippers or sew up ripped seams.  2.  I wouldn't be able to find the thread I need.  3.  There is absolutely no more room left on my crafting table for one more thing - much less a big table top machine!  

But I made this really cute card for Cardabilities challenge and the pom pom ribbon was just what it needed to add a little fun to this holiday card! 

The plaid paper is from the Believe Level 2 (X7145B) paper pack.   The stamp set I used is Christmas Love (D1492).  This set has some great Christmas sentiments on it.  You can see the entire stamp set HERE.  I stamped the ornament in Holiday Red and Topiary and used a 1/2" punch to cut them out so that they were a perfect fit behind my clear button.    And there.... you see the Topiary pom pom ribbon for my edging.   There!  I did it!  
Buttons are from the Clear Assortment (Z1391) and the pom pom ribbon is from Designer Ribbon Green Collection (Z1616).

Here is the Cardabilities Sketch I used:

Thanks for looking!  Hope you enjoyed my card!  

Thanksgiving Card - So Much Goodness

I took a break from all the Christmas colors to create one more Thanksgiving card before the Holiday was over.   Gee!  How did we even get this far into the year already?  My family has been planning our Thanksgiving meal for about 2 weeks now.  Not really planning though.  It's more of confirming who is bringing which dish, although, every year we bring the same ones!  Hard to break tradition!

Ok - Back to my card.  I loved the colors over at The Play Date Cafe and couldn't help doing one more card.  Besides, I'm in love with our Dreamin' papers and they are perfect for the color inspiration.   I paired them up with The Friday Mashup!

Here is the Friday Mashup Challenge:
1. Make a project using Paper Rosettes
2. Make a project using the sketch
3.  Mash it up and make a project using the sketch and use paper rosettes!

I love how the Dreamin' (X7142B) paper looks as a paper rosette!  I used a Harvest Charm (Z1633) for the center.  The sentiment is from the retired November stamp set.

Paper rosettes are easy to make.  I made mine using a strip of paper cut 1 1/4" x 12".  I scored the paper at every 1/4" and then 'fan folded'.   Once it was folded and glued it end to end and attached my charm to the top.  You can also use buttons for the center.  Get creative!   
Over at Friday Mashup they have a link to a tutorial on how to make a paper rosette from a border.  Be sure to check it out. 


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Peace On Earth

Here is a quick card for Freshly Made Sketches.   I used Cocoa, Twilight and Colonial White for my cardstock colors on this 5x7 card.   The stamp is Close To My Heart's Glory To God (D1483).  I used with cocoa and gold embossing powders for the images.

I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut my shape for "Peace on Earth".  I cut colonial white piece <Shape 7> at 2".  I layered it on the same shape at 2 1/4".  The ribbon is from the Chocolate Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon.

I made several cards this weekend and I'll be sharing over the next few days so come back to visit!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Hunter's Birthday

Did you miss me?  I've had a really busy week this week and haven't posted since Monday! I did manage to do a little bit of creating and today I'm armed with my stack of challenges I want to get to. 

Yesterday morning my husband got up about 3:30 am to go hunting.  I woke up when his alarm went off and never really did get back to my good realm of sleep.  I had all these ideas that started going through my brain!  Among the ideas was a Birthday card for my hubby whose birthday just happens to be Thanksgiving Day this year!  I knew what colors (Outdoor Denim, Cocoa and Bamboo) and which stamp I wanted to use so I couldn't wait to get into my scrap therapy room and put it together.   It was HOURS before I was able to get in there.

I used the sketch from Pals Paper Arts for my 5x7 card.  The stamp is actually a combination of two stamps from the Captured Moments (C1423) set.  The stamp has 3 scenes - Halloween, Fall and Christmas. See this stamp HERE.  The Fall scene reminded me of the season that my husband loves to hunt the most.  But the Christmas scene is the stamp that had the deer on it.  But it also had a snowman and Christmas trees, not exactly a 'hunting' scene.  So I made my own!   I stamped the Fall scene first with Versa Mark ink and embossed with Cocoa embossing powder.   Next I inked ONLY the deer from the Christmas scene and stamped it onto my Fall scene!  I embossed this with cocoa embossing powder also.   So now I had the perfect Fall Hunting scene!    

I stamped "Have a Perfect Day" instead of Happy Birthday because if my husband even SAW a deer that big, he'd say he had the Perfect Day!  (The sentiment is from a retired set). 

The last touch was to accessorize so I used the Chocolate Striped Ribbon (Z1617) (love this ribbon!) and added a charm from the Harvest Charms set (Z1633).   Next, I added the Opaque Mocha Adhesive Gems (Z1333). 

Now I'm off to my Scrap Therapy room with my stack of challenges.   Let's see how many I can get done before I have to go back to work on Monday! 

Oh! and yes - my husband is hunting today so that meand GUILT FREE Therapy all day! 


Monday, November 14, 2011

Brightening a Day with Mojo Monday!

I'm still working on cards for my grandma's card box.   As I see sketches that I think work for the Sonoma (X7143B) paper I'm using, I take a break from the Christmas Card Frenzy I've been in lately.  Today I took a Mojo Monday break!  I created this 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card for today's Mojo Monday:

I didn't have a flower that matched the color of the paper so I made my own color.  I haven't liked my past results changing the paper flowers with the sponging technique, so this time I tried something different.  I used our  Spray Pen (Z1380) with water and re-inker.   My 'purple' re-inker was Gypsy and if you are familiar with Close To My Heart colors, you know this is a pretty bright color.  I knew I would need to 'dull' it down a little so I added a drop of cocoa re-inker.   The result was an 'old fashioned' muted color which I think actually matches the paper pretty well.  

My Pewter frame, button and photo corner is from the Mini Medley Accents Pewter collection (1487).  I used cocoa ribbon through the button.

This is card #4 for my Sonoma Card Box.   If you missed Cards 1 - 3 and the box, these links will take you there:
Sonoma Box 
Card #1
Card #2
Card #3

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmas Love for Card Patterns

One of the stamp sets we used in my Christmas Card Workshop this past week was Christmas Love (D1492).  This is a great set with 12 different stamps.   I haven't had a chance to really use this set other than a few of the stamps for card front sentiments.    It has a cute little stocking, Christmas Tree, ornament, and candle in addition to great Christmas sentiments like JOY, Noel, Magic of Christmas and more.   See the entire set HERE.

One of the Blog Challenges I check in with on Saturday is CardPatterns.  Yesterday they had a great pattern that I thought was perfect for the stocking on the Christmas Love set.   I created a 6x6 card for this sketch:

Since Christmas has been my focus in card making lately, I saw these banners as stockings.  I used Holiday Red, Topiary and Sky ink to stamp my stockings.  Then I added prisma glitter for some sparkle.  The string of lights is from the Believe Stickease (X7145C).  I used the plaid paper and the Topiary cardstock from the Believe Level 2 paper pack (X7145B).   Instead of a button I stamped star in Holiday Red ink and accented with organdy ribbon.

Have a great week everyone!  Hope to be back with my art later!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Warm Holiday Welcome

The other day as I was reading through the blogs I follow, I came across one of my favorites... Broken Treasures. Elizabeth had created a "door" card that was inspired by one she saw on Pinterest.  Ever since I saw it, I have been wanting to create one with my stamp Remarkable Wreath (C1473).
See entire stamp set HERE.

On Thursday, Pal Paper Arts posted their new challenge.   This weeks challenge is a  Holiday Theme.  The colors in the picture were the inspiration for my door.

Ppa pic
My card is 3 1/2 x 8.  The pine tree in the picture was my inspiration for the New England Ivy door.  I trimmed the door with Garden Green which was inspired by the model's accessory - the scarf! The berries on my wreath were stamped with Cranberry, then I added drops of Red Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1484).  The Cranberry Grosgrain ribbon is tied onto the wreath.  My door knob is an Antique Copper Designer Brad (Z1410).   The sentiment "Celebrate the Season" is from the set Glory to God (D1483) and stamped in New England Ivy Ink.  Now I just need to get my REAL front door to look this inviting!  

Holiday Wishes - Ornament Card

Here is one more card with the special Holiday Wishes stamp!   I started this one a few days ago and didn't finish.  I can't remember now why I set it aside.  I sat down tonight to do a few challenges and saw the pieces for this card laying on my table.  All I had to do was put it together and add some finishing touches.

I used the sketch from the Sketchbook Saturday Challenge.   She has some really nice sketches on here so I'll be checking this one out every Saturday!

I used the Wonderland Level 2 Paper pack with this card.  See the flourish coming out from under the ribbon?  That is actually part of the Christmas Tree stamp from the Holiday Wishes stamp!  The wide ribbon is from the Dark Chocolate Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1617).  I love this ribbon!  The ribbon tied to the ornament is from the Designer Ribbon - Blue Collection (Z1385).  I stamped the ornament with Twilight Ink and added Prisma Glitter to the dove.  My final touch -  Clear Sparkles  (Z1104).

Here is a closer view of the ornament which shows the Prisma Glitter a little better.

This is a great stampset!  If you have not ordered your Holiday Wishes stamp yet, you have until November 30th!  You can get this set for just $5 when you purchase $25 in My Acrylix stamps! This set has four images that coordinate with the AP cartridge - tree, stocking, ornament and star! 

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