Thursday, May 31, 2012

Life is Tweet - June Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring "Life is Tweet", a set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here from Judy 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!

I decided to make some Clean and Simple cards with this cute stamp!  I used the Value Pack of White Cards & Envelopes (X254).   These are so handy to have on hand.  I can quickly make a card and have the envelope right there to mail it right away!

Here is a close up view of one of my cards.   I used Smoothie and Sweet Leaf for the colors in my cards.   I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut out the shape of the flower and then stamped it twice, once in Sweet Leaf and then again in Smoothie.  I cut out the Smoothie "life is tweet" and popped it up in the center of the flower.  I stamped the stem in Sweet Leaf and then inked the flowers in Smoothie before stamping.  I used the ribbon from the Smoothie Mini Medley Accents for my bow.  

Here is a little closer view:

I will post the other cards individually over the next few days.  I'm busy working on my Extravaganza presentation for convention!  WHOO HOO!

Don't forget about STAMPAGANZA!  Beginning June 1, buy 2 stamps and get 1 stamp FREE!  Shop from the  2011 Autumn Winter Idea Book AND the 2012 Spring Summer Idea Book!  Read all the details on my website at

Now hop on over to Jill Lucas' Blog and see what she has created for you!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What Makes Close To My Heart Acrylix Stamps the BEST?

Here we are 2 days away from one of Close To My Heart's BIGGEST promotions!  It is something that every loyal fan of Close to My Heart Acrylix stamps looks forward to!  It's STAMPAGANZA!  In plain stamping language STAMPAGANZA means Buy 2 stamps and get 1 FREE!  What a deal!

See Details HERE.

When I first discovered Close To My Heart I was a plain and simple scrapbooker.   I only created layouts and I didn't use stamps!  To me, stamps were too cumbersome to store and I did NOT have the storage space to 'collect' stamps that I would use only once or twice.  I would NEVER get into stamping!  Well, I learned to never say "NEVER"!.   Now, not only do I create scrapbooking layouts, I create cards, 3D items and more.  AND I love to stamp!

So, what makes Close To My Heart's stamps the best?
Here are just a few reasons....  (Artwork credit: Close to My Heart Artists)

  • My Acrylix stamps are ready to use right out of the package—no cutting out, mounting, or applying stickers required. Just place the stamp on your block, apply ink, and you’re set!
  • My Acrylix stamps and blocks are clear, making it easy to stamp in exactly the right spot.
  • My Acrylix stamps can be used to create a variety of popular looks, including:
    • base and shade stamping

    • creating your own patterned paper
    • sponging on multiple inks for single-impression, multi-color images
  • Many My Acrylix stamps coordinate with Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge shapes, giving you lots of creative possibilities. Cut the shape on your Cricut® machine, stamp the image on the shape, and attach to your project! In the Idea Book, the images outlined in red coordinate with Cricut® shapes.

  • My Acrylix stamps are super easy to maintain, store, and transport.
OK are you convinced?  Go ahead - start looking through our 2012 Spring/Summer Idea book AND the 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book!  Make your list and be ready to order on JUNE 1st!   

Don't have an idea Book?  You can view it online at my website -
OR send me an email to request your very own Idea Book!  For just $5 I will send you BOTH 2012 Spring Summer Idea Book AND the 2011 Autumn Winter Idea Book.  I will ALSO include a $5 certificate to use on your next purchase!

Don't forget about the Dotty For You paper pack!  This special ends tomorrow!  Get a 24 pack of Dotty For You paper (2 each of 12 designs) for just $5 with a $35 purchase of products from the 2012 Spring Summer Idea Book!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Birthday Wish for You!

There were 3 designs from the Dotty For You paper pack that I haven't had a chance to use yet.  On Sunday. I pulled one of those designs to make this card.  I love the design on this paper because it is from one of my favorite stamp sets - Card Word Puzzle (C1494).  The papers in the Dotty For You pack were hand designed by Close To My Heart's artists.  This particular piece was designed using the flower from the Card Word Puzzle stamp.   I used the Sketchbook Saturday Challenge sketch for this card!

The only stamping I did on this card was the sentiment! The Card Word Puzzle stamp has a variety of words  that you can put together create your own personal sentiment.   I sponged Lagoon ink onto the Color Ready Seam Binding  Ribbon (Z1732) so that it would perfectly match my card!   Since this is a Birthday card I'm entering it into Crazy 4 Challenges this week.  They are looking for Birthday Cards!  

For my flower, I cut out three flowers from the paper, cutting each flower smaller than the previous flower.  Then I used a blending pen and ink from Lagoon ink pad to color my flower.  I used Sweet Leaf ink for the leaves. Next I stacked each layer using a piece of foam tape to give it a dimensional look.  I added bitty sparkles from the Blue and Green Sparkle Assortment (Z1327) to the center.

Here is a picture of the Card Word Puzzle Stamp!   You can create over 50 different sentiments with these words!  
Everyone should have this stamp in their stash!  

(PSST!...... STAMPAGANZA is coming to Close To My Heart on June 1st!  That means between June 1 and June 30, when you order 2 stamps you get a third stamp for FREE!)  So put this one on your list!  Be watching for more details!

But remember! while you are waiting for the big STAMPAGANZA event, be sure to grab a pack of the Dotty For You paper while we still have it!   This special paper pack will not be available after May 31st!  (or while supplies last)  See my Dotty For You! tab for more details.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dynamic Duo

Close To My Heart's Dotty For You special is winding down!  There are only 10 days left to take advantage of this awesome deal!  I will be sharing more cards this week using this fabulous $5 pack of paper!  (More details on this pack at the end of this post!)

I love it when I discover new blog challenges that excite me!  Two that I recently discovered are the new Dynamic Duo Challenge blog and The Paper Players.  Each week Dynamic Duos features two colors to use in a card, layout or other project.   I LOVE the colors for this week.   It's called Black Tie and they used Black and a yellow.
Over at the Paper Players the challenge is to create something with Polka Dots!  Here is a card I created that works for both of these challenges.

I pulled out my Fashionista (D1504) stamp set that I have not used in a while.  It was one of the very first stamps I purchased as soon as Close To My Heart's 2012 Spring Summer Idea book came out.   I used the Buttercup  dotted pattern from the Dotty For You paper pack and teamed it up with the 'Fashionista' wearing a polka dot dress!  I added black brads to the centers of my dotted buttercup flowers from the Paradise Paper Flowers (Z1710).  This card was very quick and simple to make!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Oh!  What about that Dotty For You paper special?  It's 24 sheets of beautiful B&T (Pattern paper).  Two each of 12 designs.   You can purchase this special pack for only $5 when you purchase $35 in Close To My Heart products from the 2012 Spring Summer Idea Book!   Now THAT is an awesome deal!
Hurry!  This is a "While Supplies Last" item only through the end of May 31st!  Don't miss out!  To order, go to my website and start shopping HERE!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Graduation Card

Time for Graduation!!  Last week our local university held their graduation and today over 6 area High Schools held their graduations!  Here is a graduation card I made using the sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping Blog.  I turned the sketch and made a horizontal card.

I don't have any specific graduation stamps so I improvised with a set that I thought would be perfect for a graduation card!  The sentiment, "imagine the possibilities" is fom the upcoming June Stamp of the Month.  I used a background stamp from a past Stamp of the Month, "You Are", to create the lines accross the cranberry cardstock. 

I created a graduation cap using a square tag and a big brad from the Pacifica Mini Medley Collection (Z1698).  The gold tassel is embroidery floss.  I covered the Dimensional Element Numbers with Cranberry Carstock.

I am entering this card into 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge.   Their challenge is to make a graduation card.  If you are looking for more Graduation Card ideas be sure to check out their challenge!
Here the sketch I used from Clean and Simple Stamping:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Silver Embossed Wedding Card

I needed to created a wedding card for my daughter's friend.  Using the sketch from Pals Paper Arts this week and my Card Word Puzzle (C1494)  stamp, I created this silver embossed card.   I randomly stamped the flower using Versa Mark ink on to a piece of White Daisy cardstock.   Then I embossed the flowers with Silver Embossing Powder.   I stamped and embossed three more flowers that I would cut out separately.  You can't really see on the picture below but the lower flower on the right is 'popped' out using the flowers I cut out and layered.

Here is a closer look at my layered flower.  It gives a little bit of dimension to the card.

Since I didn't have any silver ribbon to use for this card, I pulled out my Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon (Z1732).  I love this ribbon because I can get any color I need just by sponging the ink onto the ribbon.  Viola! I have silver ribbon!  I used Grey Wool ink (Z2125) to get this color.  It perfectly matches the Grey Wool cardstock that I have layered on my card.   I added.a small Rhinestone Designer Brad (Z1360) to the center of my bow.

Here is the sketch from Pals Paper Arts that I used:


I hope you enjoyed my card and maybe got some inspiration from it.   June is close at hand and there will be lots of weddings!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers! I am so thankful for my mom.  She has always been there for me.  She supports everything I do and always encourages me when I'm down.

I made a special Mother's Day card for my mom.   She loves to work in her yard (which is BEAUTIFUL BTW) and she loves birds.  I thought that the colors of Buttercup and Juniper, along with the bird made the perfect card for my mom.

I used dotted Buttercup paper from the special Dotty For You paper pack.  (This special ends May 31st!)  The bird and vine were cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.   I stamped "Happy" with the Polka Dot Alphabet (D1469) and "Mother's Day" is from a retired set.  The Polka Dot Alphabet stamp is perfect with the dotted paper! I added two resin flowers from the Bouquet Assortment (Z1694).
I used the sketch from the Sketchbook Saturday Challenge (#59) and the colors were inspired by a brand new blog challenge - Dynamic Duos.   Be sure to check out these challenges!

The bird qualifies this card to be part of the CAS-ual Friday's Challenge!

Just a reminder! There are only a few weeks left to grab your pack of Dotty For You paper for $5 with a $35 Close To My Heart Purchase! (or While Supplies Last!).   Don't miss out on this versatile paper pack!  Visit my website to order your pack today! Start Shopping HERE.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day Card with Dotty For You

I'm back!  Finally finished with the softball season at school.  Well, almost. I still have a lot of paperwork to do but at least I don't have to spend hours up at the field.   The team had a great season and I'm sort of sad to see it end but I'm ready to get back to a somewhat normal life.  

I sat down tonight to see what challenges I've been missing.  This week over at Heart 2 Heart the challenge is to make a Mother's Day card.  That is something I need to get done!  Also, over at the 4 Crafty Chicks, the challenge was to make a card using a stamp for the sentiment only.  So, I incorporated those two challenges along with the sketch from Skipping Stones Sketch #127.

Here is my card!  I used the Dotty For You paper from Close To My Heart. This Buttercup and Grey Wool pattern stripe was a piece I had not used yet.

I used CTMH's Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon with Grey Wool ink to match my paper.  I scrunched a piece after dying  the ribbon and used my craft heater to heat set the scrunch.  I set it with Liquid Glass and added a pearl to the center.   My flowers were cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge using the <Flower8> setting at 2 1/2", 2 1/4" and 2".  I layered them using a piece Foam Tape.

My stamped sentiment is from the set 4 My Friend (D1510).

Here is the Skipping Stones Sketch #127:

The Dotty For You paper is available until May 31 (or while supplies last).  Get this wonderful pack of 24 sheets of paper (2 each of 12 designs) for only $5 when you purchase $35 in Close To My Heart products.    Start shopping now!  Visit to start shopping!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Taking a Short Break to Wrap up a Season!

I'm sorry my posts have been sporadic as of late.  We have reached the last few weeks of my daughter's High School Softball season.   Our school is hosting the District Tournament.   Hosting a successful tournament requires a lot of work from all the parents so that means I've been spending many nights at the ball field from beginning to end! Since I'm their Booster Club Treasurer I'm usually the first one there with money for concession and gate.  Then, I stay through the end to collect and total up before leaving. I had one free night last week and I had intended to spend some time catching up on some creative things.  But, I was so exhausted I just couldn't get myself into my scraproom!

We had games Friday & Saturday so I knew there were a few things I absolutely HAD to get done today.  Those came first before I would allow myself any 'play' time for challenges that I love to participate in.   But alas, I ran out of time.   The final Championship game is supposed to be Wednesday night.  Hopefully this 70% chance of rain they are calling for tomorrow night doesn't push everything back!   If it does happen to rain us out tomorrow - I'll know where I'll be!  In my scraproom creating!

Since I don't have any artwork to share, I'll share a couple of pictures from my daughter's Junior year of softball.    The team has had a pretty successful season especially for a young team of starters consisting of 4 Freshman, 2 sophomores, 3 Juniors and 2 seniors.  Kayli plays 2nd base and is also one of the 4 pitchers on the team.   I've got a lot of pictures to scrapbook!  But I have found a quick, fast and easy way to get it done!   I'll use Studio J of course! I'll be sure to share on here when I finish!

Kayli - Left handed batter
Kayli - Pitching

The Highlight of our season - Beating the cross town rival on THEIR field!
It had been a long dry  spell
since last win - in 2003!

What are they pointing at?!!!

Cute team Picture!

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