Friday, August 31, 2012

Fall Favorites - September Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring "Fall Favorites", a set of 11 stamps.  If you have come here from LeAnne Dudley'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 60 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 was couldn't wait to create something with this set!  It gave me a chance to play with our new alcohol markers!  I had so much fun, I created 3 cards! I used our new Flirty paper pack for all three cards and Burlap Ribbon.   I'm addicted to the Burlap Ribbon!  I want to put it on everything right now.  Since the Basic color group of the Alcohol Markers aren't available to order yet, I used our regular blending pen and Cocoa ink for the areas that I wanted to color brown.    Hopefully the Basic colors will be available this month!

RECIPE - 5 x 7 Card:
Make it From Your Heart - Adapted from Sketch #25
Base Colonial White Cardstock
Flirty Paper Packet (X7160B)
Alcohol Markers:  Ruby, Creme Brulee', Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Sweet Leaf
Ink Pads: New England Ivy, Cocoa, Bamboo
Blending Pen (3174)
Burlap Ribbon (Z1760)
Pin Clip (Z1612)
Natual Hemp (Z280)
Corner Rounder (Z578)
Sanding Kit (Z1294)

Details: I random stamped the pumpkins in Bamboo ink onto the Bamboo piece of cardstock.  This is layered under the scarecrow.  

I used the corner rounder to scallop the New England Ivy piece of cardstock that is placed to the left of the scarecrow.

I stamped "fall" twice in New England Ivy ink on Bamboo cardstock. I punched out the 'a' and layered it with foam tape to 'pop' it up on top of the other "fall".

RECIPE 4x4 Square Card:
Card - Artiste Cartridge (Z1790) - "2"<Card>
Flirty Paper Packet  (X7160B)
Burlap Ribbon  (Z1760)
Haunted Assortment (Rhinestone) (Z1741)
Alcohol Markers: Sweet Leaf, Autumn Terracotta
Ink Pad - Cocoa
Blending Pen - (3174)
Art Philosophy Cartridge (Z1686) - <Tag4>

Details:  I cut a piece of Burlap ribbon in half horizontally down the middle. Then cut off the edged border of the ribbon.  Next I pulled a few of the strands away from the sides so that the edges would fray a little.

RECIPE - 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 Card
Flirty Paper Packet - (X7160B)
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Z1686)
Alcohol Markers: Ruby, Creme Brulee', Sweet Leaf, Autumn Terracotta
Ink Pads: New England Ivy, Cocoa
Blending Pen - (3174)
Brad Assortment - Metal Asst (Z1366)
Natural Hemp - (Z280)
Burlap Ribbon - (Z1760)
Artiste Cricut Cartridge - <Shape 4>

Details:  For this card, I did not let the other half of the burlap ribbon I used previously go to waste!  I just attached it to the bottom of my card!   I scattered copper bitty brads across the bottom pumpkin/acorn border.  Next, I stamped extra border and cut out the acorn and leaves to add to my sentiment.

Remember! This stamp is available ONLY during the month of September!  You can purchase it for just $5 when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products!
Start Shopping HERE!

Now, hop on over to Lori Brown's Blog and see what she has created for you!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Halloween Banner in Moonlight

Banners are all the rage right now so why not create a fun Halloween Banner that is quick and easy for Halloween?   I created this Banner with Close To My Heart's My Creations Banner.  It comes with 8 chipboard pennants that measure 7" x 6" and includes 7 jump rings.   There was no stamping involved on this banner and using the coordinating Moonlight Paper Packet and Moonlight Compliments Dimensional Elements made creating this banner a breeze!  I tied Black Tulle Ribbon  to each of the jump rings and added Haunted Assortments for a little bling!   I also used the Artiste Cricut Cartridge for some on the background shapes on the pennants.

Since the above picture is so small (had to get the entire banner in!) I'm going to show you two pennants at a time so you can get a closer look!  

The little banners on the right pennant are actually from the Compliments Dimensional Elements!  
I used Black Hemp to string them together.  Aren't they adorable?
I used the Artiste Cricut Cartridge for the background shapes on these pennants. 
Left Pennant: Gold Rush - Circle; Smokey Plum - "!" <3-D Object>
Right Pennant - Black and Slate Cardstock - "Boo"< Accent 1>
Black Spider - "Boo" <Accent 4>

On the Left Pennant I made a rosette using the Smoky Plum B&T paper and the "Halloween" <Accent 2> key from the Artiste cartridge.  The banner behind the ghost and rosette is Slate cardstock cut using the "Halloween" <Accent 1> key.  On the right banner I cut a shape to attach the "eek!" compliment to.  The shape on the cartridge is "Boo!" <Accent 2>

On the right pennant, I used the smokey plum photo corners from Compliment Dimensional Elements to create another 'banner' across the top of the black cardstock.  I cut a doily circle "1" <Accent 3> from smoky plum cardstock to use behind my haunted house. On the far left pennant (shown above) and the far right pennant (shown here) you can see I attached a journaling strip from the Dimensional Elements to hang like a ribbon on the ends. 

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween Banner!  I've listed all the supplies below so you can make one too!

My Creations Banner (Z1378)
Moonlight Paper Packet (X7161B)
Moonlight Compliments Dimensional Elements (X7161C) 
Black Tulle Ribbon (Z1798)
Haunted Assortments (Z1741)
Black Hemp (Z282)
Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790)

Don't forget!!!  Only a couple of days left to place an order on my website and be entered into a drawing for a FREE Moonlight Paper and Moonlight Compliments Dimensional Elements!! 


Monday, August 27, 2012

Making a Banner from a Mini Album

I should have shared this one a while back but time got away from me and I forgot about it until I came across my pictures I took.  It is traditional (and fun) to make little gifts for your convention roommates.  I was waiting until AFTER convention to post these because I didn't want my room mates to see their gifts before they got there - just in case they checked my blog.  :)

This year I took our My Creations All-Sort Mini Album (now retired) and made a banner for each of my room mates using a page from the album.  The pages from the album measure approximately 6x6.  I got this idea from the spa retreat that I went on a few years ago and I thought this would be a great idea for a roomie gift.

Since we were in the middle of our National Scrapbooking Month campaign so I used the paper from that special - "Dotty  For You" to make each banner.  Each banner also features one of the new cricut images from our Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790) for their name plate.  (At the time I had a sample cartridge I was using to prepare for my Extravaganza class at convention).  I thought it would be neat to give them something 'new'.

Here are the three banners I made:

My Creations All Sort Mini Album (now retired)
Stamps - Polka Dot Alpha (D1469)
              Hodge Podge Alphabet (D1301)
Inks: Lagoon, Sunset and Grey Wool
Ribbons: Tonya's Banner - Designer Ribbon Green Collection (Z1616)
                Chris's Banner - Mini Medley Sunset Collection (retired)
                Kelly's Banner - Mini Medley Lagoon Collection (retired)
                                         Designer Ribbon Pink Collection (Z1384)- on sale While Supplies Last!
Buttons: Mini Medley Lagoon Collection (retired), Mini Medley Sunset Collection (retired)
Other - Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment (Z1702), Just Blooms Paradise Flowers (Z1710), White Daisy Paper Flowers (retired), Blue & Green Sparkles
Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790) Images -  Base layer was cut 1/4" larger than 1st cut image.
                Tonya's Banner -  "b" Shift <Accent 3>
                Chris's Banner -    "b" <Accent 3>
                Kelly's Banner -   "n" Shift <Accent 4>
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Z1686) - Butterfly - <circle 1> Shift

I'm submitting this for CAS-ual Friday's Banner or Pennant Project.

If you missed out on getting the Dotty For You Paper pack - be sure to visit my blog during the month of September for specifics on how you can win a FREE Dotty For You Pack!

Remember - I will be having a drawing for a FREE Moonlight Paper Pack and Compliments for everyone who orders from my website in August!   Drawing to be help September 1 so get your order in now!  SHOP HERE!

Happy Creating!

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Piece of Cake for Clementine

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I'm ready for the weekend and some crafty time!  How about you?

I just love our new Artiste Cricut Collection!  I made this cute little pie shape box in just minutes.  I was surprised at how fast it came together.  I used Close to My Heart's new Clementine (X7156B) paper to make this 'yummy' slice of cake.  I think this would make a really cute Thank You gift for bridesmaids or just about any occasion.

Then I just cut and folded!  To 'decorate' my slice of cake I used our new Colonial White Rosette Ribbon (Z1800).  It reminded me of the yummy icing border that is around the cake's edges.

I tied a big wide band of our Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1617) around the top and bottom and attached a Thank You sentiment stamped from our new set - Casual Expressions (D1525)  I used the Artiste cartridge to cut out the base for the stamped image. ("b" <shift> Accent 3)  One of the things I really like about using the stamps that coordinate with the Artiste cartridge, is that it tells right on the stamp carrier sheet what page in handbook that the cut is located.  No thumbing through pages and pages looking for the cut you need! It also tells the size you need to set your dial to so that your stamp is a perfect fit to your cut image!

Here is the stamp set I used - It has some really great sentiments and images.  I can't wait to use it to make some cards!


Watch this quick video about our new Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  Brian shows how easy it is to use!
If you would like to purchase this cartridge which is only available through Close To My Heart, you can order it directly from my website HERE.  It will be shipped to you!

Don't forget! I'm having a drawing for a FREE Moonlight paper pack and Compliments. 
You must order from my website during the month of August to be eligible for the drawing! 
Only 7 days left to get your order in and a chance to win!)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

An Owl in Moonlight - Another Extravaganza Project

Here is another card I created for this year's Extravaganza Moonlight class at our Close To My Heart convention in Dallas.  This card was so much fun to create!  Once again, I used our new Moonlight paper pack to create this 5 x 7 card.

I used our new Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790) to cut out the Owl.   One key (Eek! <Accent 3>) on the cartridge cuts out the body of the owl.  I used our new SLATE cardstock for the body.   Then using the same measurement and same key plus the "SHIFT" key I cut out the feathers, wings, eyes, nose and feet in our Goldrush cardstock!   

I sponged the edges with Goldrush ink to give it more definition and added Bitty Sparkles to each wing.  The owl's eye are dotted with black sparkles from the new Sparkles - Black & Grey Assortment (Z1754).    I used our Black Stubble tool with black ink to add texture to the card base.  

Other products used:

Perfect Fit - Halloween (B1413
Mini Medley Accents - Slate Collectiion (Z1787)

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween Owl card!   I'm submitting this card to this week's The Paper Players Challenge blog which calls for paper piecing on a clean and simple project.


Don't forget - I'm having a drawing this month for a FREE Moonlight Paper pack and Moonlight Compliments for everyone that orders from my website this month!   Must order ON-LINE from my website by August 31.  Drawing to be held on September 1.

PLUS  - When you spend $35 you can get our National Stamping Month exclusive stamp "IT'S YOUR DAY" stamp for $5 when you spend $35!  Be sure to "Add" this at the end of your order!

Don't forget to check out my NEW BLOG - StampinHeaven Clearance Sale for my listing of used stamps looking for a new home at


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's Your Day! - National Stamping Month

Did you know that September is National Stamping Month?  Close to My Heart is offering a one time exclusive double stamp set to celebrate and it is perfect to highlight ANY DAY in your life!  Here is the GREAT news - You can purchase this double stamp set "It's Your Day" for just $5 when you purchase $35 in Close To My Heart Products!  And you don't have to wait until September to order!  You can get it beginning August 15th.  WOW!! Now THAT IS A DEAL!

Over 40 Close To My Heart Consultants got their stamp early so that we could show you different ways to use this fabulous set!  If you came here from Michelle Jones Blog you are on the right track!  Following the hop is easy. Just look for the next link at the end of each post.  Let's get started!

This is the double stamp set - you get TWO D-size stamps in one envelope!

I've got a couple of things to share that I made with this set.  First, is this little journal.  My daughter is in a sorority and she needed a little notebook for the girl she was rushing.   They use the notebook to take notes and various other things and it must be carried with them at all times.  I happened to have one of Close To My Heart's retired journals that has a protective front cover.  So I used this to create her notebook.

I didn't have a Greek Cricut Cartridge so I used the George Cricut Cartridge.  I just made an "A" a little bit larger than the other "A" and "K" and cut the legs and top tail off to make it a "D"!  I thought that was pretty clever.

About a week later, I wanted to create a layout using this set.  If you like doing the Project Life, this set is perfect for that! I wanted my layout to represent all things involved in ADK rush night.  I found the perfect sketch for my layout in our new Make It From Your Heart Book (9035).  I used sketch #4 for my layout.

I used Bamboo as my base and Sky, Creme Brulee and Smoothie Cardstock along with tone on tone stamping. The "ADK" on this layout is actually one of our NEW stamps - Greek Alphabet (B1411). I was happy to see Greek letters finally added to our stamps!  I also used the new Burlap ribbon (Z1760) and our Color Ready Canvas Alphabet (Z1777).

And last, I created this 4 1/4  x 5 1/2 card.   This was also from a sketch in our Make It From Your Heart Book (9035).  Sketch #19  I used the dotted stamp and tone on tone stamping to stamp a background on the color cardstock. Then I used the stripe and chevron stamps to stamp on the white cardstock.  I used Burlap Ribbon to make my pennants and strung them along on natural hemp.

I hope you enjoyed my creations! If you want to order this fabulous DOUBLE D set, visit my website and place your order today!  A minimum order of $35 qualifies to get it for $5!

During the month of August, anyone that places an order on my website will have a chance to win a Moonlight Paper Pack and coordinating Compliments!  Drawing will be held on September 1!

Start shopping HERE!

Now it is time to move on over to Debra Van Patten's blog and see what she has created for you!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Life is Good with MOONLIGHT

I've been sharing some artwork that I created for this year's Extravaganza at our Close To My Heart convention.  I've been so busy getting ready for my Open House tomorrow I've haven't had a lot of time to get them all posted.  But I'm going to take a few minutes today to share one of the layouts.   (Be sure to read at the end of my post about a special drawing this month!)

Once again, I used the Moonlight paper paper.   It's a Halloween themed kit but I created this layout to show how you can use the paper for events other than Halloween.  This is my good friend Jana and her family. Aren't they a beautiful family!   I printed the pictures in black and white - they went so well with this paper!

The new Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon (Z1802) makes a nice pleated border.  I used Glue Dot to pleat the ribbon (because I hate pulling out the sewing machine!).  I also used the new Sparkles Black Flourishes (Z1745).  I love these!  I used the new Artiste cricut cartridge (Z1790) to cut the shapes for my stamped images. It's a perfect fit!  To finish off the layout, I inked a few butterflies from our Flutter Paper Shapes (Z1463) with Smokey Plum ink and added some black sparkles from the new Black and Grey Assortment (Z1327)

This is the stamp set that I used.  I used the edge from "elixir" and also "toad"

I use the masking technique to stamp just the decorative edges of the Magic Potion (C1509) stamps.  Then I used phrases from Remarkable Wreath (C1473) "Life is Good" and Love Life (D1482) "Love".

Close Up:

OK!  I've got to get back to my Open House preparations!  But WAIT!  There's more!  I'm going to have a special drawing this month for the wonderful Moonlight paper pack AND coordinating compliments!   If you place an order anytime during the month of AUGUST I will add your name to the drawing.  On September 1 I'll draw for the winner.
Shop from my website at 
Be sure to check out the special that starts August 15th!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Autumn Winter Products from Close To My Heart!

Close To My Heart's new Autumn Winter Idea Book is here and today's hop will showcase many of the new products!  So, sit back and enjoy the hop!  If you arrived here from Laurie Newton's blog you are on the right track!   Joining the blog hop is easy.   Just follow the links at the end of each post and it will take you to next blog!

I had the wonderful opportunity to teach at this year's Extravaganza classes at Close To My Heart's annual convention.  I had so many new things it was hard to choose what I would share in today's New Product Blog Hop!

Today, I'm sharing a couple of Home Decor Items!  I used the new Moonlight paper to show another use for this paper besides Halloween.  Moonlight's Smokey Plum Stripes and Diamond papers are perfect for Home Decor!

The star is our new My Creations Star (Z1803).  It is pre-assembled chipboard and has a hole in the back for hanging.  The star measures is 12".    To cover the star, I created a template for the points.  Then I used it to cut out my pattern paper.  I alternated the patterns on each point.   Before I adhered the paper to the star I sponged the edges of the star and the papers with Smokey Plum Ink.  I like to use our Bonding Memories Glue (1512) when adhering paper to our My Creations products.

I used our new Artiste Cricut Cartridge to cut the banner "5" <Accent 1> and the frame "5" <Accent 1 Shift> at 2 1/2".  The sentiment is from one of my favorite stamps - Love Life (D1482).  For my finishing touches I added the adhesive backed square Durable Studs (Z1705).   I tied our new Black Tulle Ribbon (Z1798) around the points of the star and used the ribbon as my hanger.

Next. I altered an inexpensive black frame using the same pattern paper.  The inner border of the frame is from the zip strips that I removed from the paper.  I added some larger sparkles from the Black & Grey Assortment sparkles (Z1754) in the top right corner and tied Black Tulle Ribbon around the bottom of the picture.  To finish off my bow I added a metal rose clip from our new Boutique Assortments (Z1763).

I hope you enjoyed my creations with some of our new products.  I've got lots more to share so please come and visit often!  For now, hop on over to Michelle Loncar's blog to see what she has created for you!

New Products Used: (Select the name and it will take you to my website)

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