Showing posts from March, 2012

April's Stamp of the Month - You Are...

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring "You Are...", a set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here fromJudy Burger'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 around.   If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE

We have over 50 consultants participating in the hop. Following the hop is easy, just click on the link at the end of the post and it will hop you right over to the next blog!
This month I chose to feature the Stamp of the Month with the new Victory paper to create some masculine cards.  I had fun creating cards combining the You Are... stamp and the Victory paper (X7150).
My first card is 6x6 and I used a sketch from Wishes.  

Although the pattern was for a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 card, I altered the size a little to make it bigger.  I needed a bigger opening for the stamp I wanted to use in the center.  The center is s…

Dotty For You - Clean and Simple

Here is another card with the Dotty For You paper!  I thought this 5x7 card was perfect for this week's Clean and Simple Challenge sketch.

RECIPE: Colonial White Cardstock Buttercup Cardstock Dotty For You Paper (Available April 17) Buttercup Cardstock Ink: Grey Wool Exclusive Ink Stamp: A Garden (A1119) Just Blooms Paradise Paper Flowers Baker's Twine Paradise Collection Art Philosophy Cricut Collection (Circle and Flower)
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Clean and Simple Sketch

Dotty For You and a Sweet Sunday Sketch

I finally managed to squeak in some crafting time before our game this morning.  I got my new "Dotty For You" paper on Thursday and couldn't wait to start playing with it. I had planned to spend Saturday evening and today in my craft room but that didn't happen.  Weather and games had other plans.   My daughter's game was rained out yesterday so we had to go back today and play.  I had about an hour to play to this morning so I wanted to give the Sweet Sunday Sketcha try.

I love this paper!  The Dotty For You paper is a specially designed paper pack for National Scrapbooking Month that is coming up on May.

RECIPE: Dotty For You (Available April 17) Smoothie Cardstock Colonial White Cardstock Ink: Grey Wool Exclusive Ink Tickets - Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Banners - Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Baker's Twine Neutral Collection Sparkle's Blue & Green Assortment Stamps: Blue Ribbon (C1464)              4 My Friend (D1510)
Here is the Sweet Sunda…

New Close To My Heart Websites!

I guess I outdid myself at the retreat a few weekends ago.  I haven't felt very creative since I've been back. My scrap table is growing cold without me there.   I had good intentions of doing a few things last night but after dinner I went for a walk.  I'm going to try to get back into my daily walking routine.   Sometimes it is hard when I've been gone working all day.   By the time I get home I usually have a list of things I need to do and walking hasn't been on that list.   I'm going to make that a priority now.   After I got back from walking, my daughter was leaving to run over to The Avenue to pick up a pair of shoes she's been wanting.  Her friends were all busy so she was going alone.  She is on spring break this week and I thought it would be fun for a little Mother/Daughter time.  I think she was happy for me to come along.

So, there went another night leaving my scrap table all alone.   I thought this would be a good time to talk about our new C…

Scrapbooking at Petticoat Junction

It's been a week now since I've returned from Petticoat Junction.   A group of us try to get down there at least twice a year - once in winter/spring and once again in the fall.   We always have such a blast.   This time the winter weather stayed away and the drive there was absolutely gorgeous!  It was hard to stay on my side of the road because I just wanted to gaze at the beauty of the landscape.  Petticoat Junction sits in the little town of Normandy, Tennessee which is about 20 miles off I-24 heading towards Chattanooga.  Once I got off the boring interstate, my drive became winding country roads through a landscape of rolling hills with white fences and green fields.  The Bradford Pear trees were in full bloom, and the sky that met the hilltops was the most beautiful blue with fluffy white clouds here and there.   You really feel God's beauty on quiet drives like these.

Once I got to the retreat and unloaded, I was on a mission to get several things done.   Many of m…

Another Liebster Award!

Ah!  My dear friend Krista Hershberger awarded me the Liebster Blog Award!  I met Krista a couple of years ago when we both won the Close To My Heart Spa Trip back in 2010.  We've stayed in touch ever since and meet up each at convention.   I love checking in with her blog.  She always has something amazing to share!  Be sure to check it out.  It's Krista's Crafty Corner!

So what Is this Liebster Blog Award?  This award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers, to bring attention to their blog, and increase their following!  

Here are some of the blogs I subscribe to. I love to check up on them weekly (Sometimes daily!) to see what awesome creations they are sharing.  I'm sharing this award with them!  Please stop by to visit them, and become a Follower.

1. Susie's Stamping Corner - Susie Rostad 2. .......WOW..... Did you Make That?  - Joy McHargue  3. Clearly Stamping - Amy McVey 4. Jen's Messy Studio - Jenifer Benner 5. Stamping Rules - Wendy Coffman

Here are t…

Easter Card for Sweet Sunday Sketch

Here is another card I make while at my scrapbooking retreat this past weekend.   I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch for this 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.

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Lucy Paper Pack (X749B)
Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1383)
Opaque Pearl Adhesive Gems (Z1336)
Bitty Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems (Z1707)
Stamp: Lovely Lily (B1401)
Watercolor Pencils (3505)
Waterbrush (1771)
Grey Wool Exclusive Ink Ink

Sweet Sunday Sketch:

4 My Friend - Card Patterns

Hello!  I'm back from my weekend retreat at Petticoat Junction!  What a great weekend!  There is nothing like spending the weekend with a bunch of gals that love creating and scrapbooking.  We laughed a lot and ate WAY to much!  I was able to get some projects completed for some upcoming workshops plus I've made my cards for the next 2 upcoming Stamps of the Month!  It feels good to be ahead of the game!  I'll be sharing those as the time comes.

This morning before I had to pack up,  I was able to made a couple of cards for some challenges.  I used the Card Patterns sketch for this 6x6 card.

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Recipe: Elemental Paper Pack (X7141B) Desert Sand Cardstock Lagoon Cardstock  Colonial White Cardstock Just Blooms Paradise Paper Flower (Z1710) Baker's Twine - Paradise Collection (Z1702) Stamp:  4 My Friend (D1510) Ink:  Desert Sand Ink Brad - Lagoon Mini Medley Collection (retired) Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - 5"  and 3 1/4" <Circle2> 3 1/4"
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Sympathy Card for Clean & Simple

I needed to create a sympathy card this past week so I used the sketch from the Clean & Simple Challenge blog to make this card.

I used Bamboo cardstock and paper from the Pemberley Workshop on the Go Kit (G1033) for this card.  This kit comes with a coordinating stamp set.  I used the flower stamp to create my flower by stamping it several times and then cutting it a bit smaller each time.  The light shade of the flower is stamped using the 2nd generation technique.  I added Pearl Adhesive Gems for my flower center.  The ribbon is from Mini Medley Accents - Honey Collection (Z1488).   
The sentiment is from 4 My Friend (D1510) stamp set.  This set has 10 sentiments perfect for any occasion.  I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to cut the shape for my sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed my card!  I'm packing up to head out to Normandy, Tennessee - Petticoat Junction.  Will be spending the weekend will 11 fun ladies for a weekend of scrapbooking, and fun times creating!   Hopefu…

A Baby Card with Springs!

Close To My Heart has a cute little New Arrival (C1501) stamp set in the new Spring Summer Idea Book.  I don't have too baby type stamps and whenever I need to make a card for a baby shower, I never seemed to have one I really liked.   When the new Idea Book came out I quickly added this one to my collection. CAS-ual Friday's challenge this week is "make a clean and simple baby project".  I had the perfect opportunity to try it out!

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my  4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card.

I used the Cotton Candy B&T paper from the Lucy (X7149B) paper pack for my card.  The base in the center is random stamped with the little flower from the New Arrival stamp using Cotton Candy ink.  If the center looks a little off, it is my elephant is 'springing' to greet you!  I used one of Close to My Heart's new products - Adhesive Springs (Z1725).  These little 3/4" springs will make your artwork 'pop'!  You get six springs in the pa…

Getting Creative with Mini Banner

Have you noticed I changed my blog header?   I made this mini banner with one of Close To My Heart's new My Creation products.  The My Creations Mini Banner (Z1736) has 10 white chipboard pennants in four different shapes.   They measure 3" x 4".  Perfect size to create something fairly quickly.

I used the Stella Paper Pack (X7147B) to cover the chipboard pieces.  This was AFTER I created 2 layouts, and six cards!  Just shows how much you get out Close To My Heart's paper packs for only $9.95! - And I still have paper left!
I had so much fun putting this together.  I sponged Lagoon, Cocoa and Sunset ink on the different letters of the Dimensional Element Monograms for the word "create".  

Creating this banner was even easier using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Z1686).  I just selected the shape on the cartridge and cut the my paper to fit the size of the banners!  No trimming necessary!  Got to love that!  
I used many of Close To My Heart's new…