Showing posts from February, 2012

March Stamp of the Month has POTENTIAL!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring "Potential", a set of 8 stamps.  Six of these stamps coordinate with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  If you have come here fromKrista Ritskes blog you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.   If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE

This month we have over 50 consultants sharing what they created with this month's beautiful stamp.  Following the hop is easy, just click on the link for the next blog at the end of each post! Have fun hopping!
I created three cards with this stamp using Florentine paper pack (X7153B).   I love this paper so much I had to get two packs!  I thought Florentine was just perfect for this stamp!  Here are my three cards. Keep scrolling down, I will also show each one separately.

First my favorite of the three....
This is a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 sq…

A Garden for H2H

I wanted to make a little Thank You card for my good friend Leslie that spent her Saturday helping me at my Open House a few weeks ago.   I always have lots of cash and carry items at my open house and it is hard to talk to customers if I'm writing up sales receipts the entire time.  So this was a huge help to me!  I let her choose some 'happys' for helping but still wanted to make her a card.

I used this week's H2H (Heart to Heart) sketch for this 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 square card.  I started it on Friday but didn't get it finished.  I spent ALL DAY - no ALL FREEZING DAY in the cold wind at three softball games yesterday.   Softball in February is not the best of times.  I added a few last touches this morning so hopefully I'll get this posted before the H2H linky deadline is up!

I used the Lucy Paper pack (X7149B) for this card along with the new A Garden (A1119) stamp.   This is a great little stamp for quick cards or tags!  I stamped the butterfly and flowers in the…


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A Freshly Made Color Throwdown

Today I put two Challenges that I love together.   Color Throwdown had some wonderful colors this week.  These fresh colors made it perfect for my other favorite challenge - Freshly Made Sketches!

I used Close To My Heart's colors of Lilac Mist, Buttercup, Sunset and Grey Wool.   WOW - it's been a LONG time since I've even opened my Lilac Mist pad!  But I love these colors together.... who would have thought Sunset with Lilac Mist and Buttercup?

I used one of my favorite new stamps for this 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card - Just For You (B1398).  The Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge makes a perfect cut for the large flower.  I alternated the colors as I stamped the petals for the flower.   I added a Sunset Button from the Sunset Mini Medley Collection (Z1338) and also some grey baker's twine from the Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment (Z1701).  I tied little French Knots in the center of each of the three medallions.

Here are my inspirations for today's card.

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Mojo Mondays and Smash!

On Mondays, my hubby and I love to watch The Voice together.  We try to guess who the singers will pick as their coach.  Sometimes it is easy but at times I've been very surprised!  I feel so bad when none of the coaches turn around.... even if I agree with them!  But, I sure wouldn't want to be in their seats!  When they began promoting Smash before its season premiere, my hubby told me right away that he was NOT going to be watching that one!  I told him that was fine, I'd would go to my scrap room to watch it.  I had to at least watch the premiere to see if I would like it.   Now I'm hooked!  So now, every Monday I spend 2 hours watching the Voice with Jeff and then the next hour it is me, Smash and my scrap room.  What a Beautiful combination!

What else happens on Monday?? Why, it's Mojo Monday!   I love to check out the Mojo Monday sketch each Monday before I leave for work.   Tonight while I was enjoying Smash I created this card for Mojo Monday.   This one …

Baker's Twine and Lollipops!

I just love the little lollipops made with Baker's Twine!  I wanted to give it a try so I combined CAS-ual Friday Challenge (use ribbons) and Inspired By Challenges for this card.  

I used the Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment (Z1702) for my lollipops.  The colors of twine are Lagoon, Honey, Sunset and Smoothie.  I LOVE these colors!  I used Brads and Ribbons from our Mini Medley Assortment collection.  "Birthday Greetings" is from the new set - Just a Number (D1514).   

To make my lollipops, I inserted a brad so holding the twine under the brad as I flatted then prongs. This holds the twine in place.  I then added a swirl of liquid glass around the brad in a circle as big as I wanted the lollipop to be.  This helps adhere the twine in place as I wrapped it around.  
A simple card but fun to make!

Here is the inspiration pictured from Inspired By Challenge.  I'm so glad to get to play along this time.  I've been wanting to but haven't had a chance until n…

A Freshly Made Birthday Card

I loved the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and it worked out perfectly with the colors this week at the Color Throwdown Challenge.  
I used Close To My Heart's colors of Smoothie, Blush and Bamboo cardstock for my Color Throwdown Colors.  

The flowers from the Card Word Puzzle (C1494) stamp along with Bamboo ink added a nice subtle random stamping effect.  I felt the cardstock alone was just too stark.  But maybe that is me..... I couldn't resist the urge to stamp something!    My "Happy Birthday" sentiment is stamped with the new 4 My Friend (D1510) set. 
I used a combination of Art Philosophy Cricut flowers and a paper flower from the new Paradise Paper Flowers (Z1710).   The flower is topped off with a wooden button  (Z1387) and that ever popular Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment (Z172)!  

Here is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the color inspiration fromColor Throwdown:

A Ribbon of Many Colors - Seam Binding Ribbon

One of my MOST Favorite new products in Close To My Heart's new Spring Summer Idea Book is the Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon (Z1732).  Have you ever been working on a layout or card and you don't have just the right color of  ribbon you need for that added pizzazz?  Now all you need is this one roll and you can have every color you ever wanted!

Once I got this new ribbon, I have been planning my projects around the ribbon just so I can color the ribbon! I love it!  You can color the ribbon with a spray mister (a cool effect) or dye it in re-inker. But the easiest and fastest drying method for coloring the ribbon is just sponging the color on with a sponge and ink pad.  I'm a quick project gal so I choose the sponge and ink pad method.  Watch this quick video below to see how I inked my ribbon and made a twisted flower with it!    Then scroll on down for a closer view of the card I made!

After I made this video, I discovered a much better method for attaching the twisted…

A Little H2H for Lucy

This week at H2H (Heart 2 Heart) their challenge was 1-2-3.  Use 1 stamp, 2 pattern papers and 3 embellishments.  Instead of making a card this time, I made a layout!  I'm working on a project and needed to make a layout. My problem now i,s I don't have many pictures to scrapbook!  My girls are grown and we just don't take many pictures so I didn't have the kind of pictures I was looking for to complete my project.  It is hard to go back and use old photos because I have found that photography and the quality of our photos has changed so much in the last 20 years.  Many times I shake my head at the types of shots I took way back when.  So, I reached out to my friend who has the most adorable little girls and asked if I could use them as my subject.   I think this turned out 2 CUTE!

My layout design is from the How To Book - Imagine.  The sketch is "Up The Tempo".   One of my 'go to" stamps for flourishes lately as been the Love Life (D1482) stamp.  I…

Cruisin' to Mojo Monday

Yippee!  I FINALLY got to create something for Mojo Monday.  I've been so busy the past two weeks, I missed a couple of great challenges.   With my Open House Celebration behind me, I was excited to see the Mojo Monday sketch and know that I would get to do something with it.

For this week's Mojo Monday I decided to do something a little different!  No florals or 'pretty' paper this time.  I pulled out my new Cruisin' paper from Close To My Heart.  This paper is so fun and has lots of potential for great pages and other projects.   This 5 x 7 card would be great for a race fan or even a car fanatic.  It reminds me of my dad because he loves cars.   He has ALWAYS been a fan of cars - old and new!

I used the Art Philosophy to cut the square shape also the shape for my "Good Times" sentiment.  I added bling sparkles to the arrow on the sentiment because it reminded me of a flashing sign.  The car, gas pump and sentiment are all from the stamp that is include…

CAS-ual Friday Meets Fashionista!

So sorry I've been away!  I had my Open House Celebration for Close To My Heart's new Spring Summer Idea Book on Saturday so I have been very busy getting ready for that.   I'll be sharing some of my creations over the next couple of weeks.

Also, last week, my oldest daughter celebrated her birthday and I wanted to make something special for her.  Kirsti moved out last fall into an apartment she shares with a friend.   We got her a new comforter set for her bedroom when she moved and she didn't really have much for her walls.   When I saw the Fashionista (D1504) stamp set in the new Idea Book, it reminded me so much of Kirsti!  She loves clothes and she has more shoes than I probably have had my entire life!  I thought this stamp would make the perfect wall art for her room - right along side the specially made shoe shelf her dad made her!    I think this picture was a hit!

I stamped the images on to White Daisy Cardstock.  I stamped the girls again on another sheet u…

Door Prize Riddles!!

Well I got a little behind here on my blog posting the Door Prize Riddles.   I have been posting them to my StampinHeaven FB page though.   Thought I'd catch you up in case you've been watching my blog and not my FB page so you won't have to search!  If you know the answer just leave the Riddle # and the answer in my Comments!   Each correct answer will earn you a Door Prize ticket!

Giveaway #1 - What's CHOCOLATE and hold beautiful memories but you can't eat it!
Giveaway #2 -  What has 54 sides. You can stackem' or you can rackem'!
Giveaway #3 -  It's not sold in our Idea Books and you can only get one from me! You can take it with you to all your crops. It holds bits and pieces. (Hint: I gave away one last year!)
Giveaway #4 -  This prize has the same name as a Comedy TV series that ran from 1992 - 1999 about a young New York couple.  Like the series, it is no longer available!  It's all about LOVE!

Sound like fun?   Come to my Open House and find out …

A Little Sunshine for Freshly Made Sketches

WHEW!  What a crazy busy week this has been.   I've got my Open House coming up next Saturday and planned to do alot of creating to get ready for it.   I planned to do a little bit every night.  Well, it didn't take long for that to get shot down!   Our dog, Remi, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever has been sick since January 2.  He is not even 2 years old and he could barely get up and walk!  We've been going back and forth to the vet.  Finally we were referred to a specialist about 50 miles away.   Remi spent all day at that vet having about every test imaginable done.   After work I went to sit with my hubby to wait.  It was 6:30 before we able to bring him home.  Needless to say, no creating that night.  The following two nights I worked late.   Friday night, I planned to come home and spend the evening in my craft room but instead, I spent the evening at the clinic and then the pharmacy getting a prescription for my husband who had a scratched eye and some infection.   Boy oh…