Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Stamp of the Month - A Very Merry Christmas

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring A Very Merry Christmas, a set of 11 stamps.  If you have come here from Pamela O'Connor'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 love this set!  It has 5 images that coordinate with the new Artiste Cricut Cartridge plus 4 great sentiments.  I made 3 cards and 2 gift boxes with our Pear & Partridge Paper (X7162B).

For details and close up views on each item, continue reading below.

This card was created using the
Artiste Cricut Cartridge. (Keys: "q" Card and "Q" Shift Card)  It is a postcard with a removable band wrapped around it.  The card is 4 1/2". There was no guessing on the band measurement because I used the same measurement as the card and it cut just the size I needed to wrap around!  I used one of the zip strips from the paper pack for the center of my decorative band.  Slip off the band, and the sentiment is revealed.

For this card I used Sketch #26 from the Make It From Your Heart book (9035).  Our Colonial White Rosette Ribbon (Z1800) adds a nice soft touch.  Bitty Opaques Pearls Adhesive Gems (Z1707) decorate the ornament and the Cranberry Twine (Z1751) wraps is all up!   

I love these mittens and couldn't wait to add them to a card.  The Artiste Cricut Cartridge cuts the perfect size!  I stamped the mittens in Olive ink and adorned them with Mocha Opaque Adhesive Gems.  A piece of Natural Hemp keeps the mittens together. This card is Sketch #25 in the Make it From Your Heart book.

This little gift box is perfect for hiding a gift card!  I set the measurement at 4" and used the <Noel> Card key to cut.  It makes a nice interlocking wreath in the center.  I cut a tag using the <3> 3D Object Shift key.  After addting Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1483) for sparkle I tied the tag around the wreath with Cranberry Twine (Z1751).

My last item is a fun little gift bag.  I cut the gift bag from Cashmere Cardstock using the <Noel> 3D Object key on the Artiste Cricut Cartridge setting the measurement to 5".  I created a border at the bottom of the bag by stamping only the top portion of the "Do not Open until..." stamp with Olive ink.  I added a Festive Velvet Rub-on (Z1743) and then added the "Holiday Treat" stamped on the coordinating Artiste image.  I stamped it first in Cranberry and again in Olive punching out the Olive to layer on top of the cranberry image.  My bag is tied up with a piece of Burlap Ribbon (Z1760)

I hope you enjoyed all my festive creations!  
Remember! This is available ONLY during the month of October!  You can purchase it for just $5 when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products!

Now, hop on over to Annette Green's blog and see what she has created for you!

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Here is a quick card I made.  Well, actually it took me a while to finish, I had a creative block this past week.  It seemed I had all sorts of ideas in my head but I had a difficult time getting it onto paper.  After coloring and trimming my cornstalk a few days ago, everything just stalled and I left it sitting on my table.  Today I was determined to finish so I put away everything I had previously pulled out and started fresh with only the cornstalk.

Here is my finished project - FINALLY!

I found a 6x6 Die Cut Kraft card (Z1474) that was another unfinished project from another time of creative block.  I used a piece of green B&T paper from the Flirty paper packet (X7160B) to cover up some stamping that was on the card.  I trimmed off the scallop edge of the card and used it as a border under my Burlap ribbon (Z1760).  The cornstalk stamp is from the set Abundance (D1519) and was colored with watercolor pencils and a blending pen.

I cut <Shape2> from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for my Sentiment.  One at 1 3/4" and the layer at 2".  My sentiment is stamped in New England Ivy Ink.   Durable Round Studs finish off my card.

I'm entering this card in the Inspired By Challenge

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fun with Magic Potions

October is JUST around the corner.  Create some fun potion bottles to add to your Halloween decorations this year!  I had fun with the Magic Potions (C1509) Stamp Set when I was creating items for this year's Extravaganza.  I went to Hobby Lobby and found these cute apothecary bottles at 50% off!  Each of the stamped labels have a perfectly matching image on the new Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  The carrier sheet for the stamp tells which page the image is on in the Artiste booklet and also what size to cut so that the stamp will fit it perfectly! 

I stamped each image ink with either Goldrush, Smokey Plum or Black ink and then stamped again with Versa Mark ink.  I embossed them with our Clear Detail embossing powder.
I used Moonlight paper pack (X7161B) along with Black and Natural Hemp to accent my labels.  The little owls on the bottle to the left are cut from the Moonlight paper.

When I finished, I had to add my own little magic medicines!  Reeces Pieces, Candy Corn and Chocolate Covered Raisins!   YUM!
Magic Potions C1509

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Belated Birthday Greeting with Pun Fun!

Yesterday I held an all day crop for my StampinHeaven Hostess Club Members.  Just another benefit I provide to my hostess clubs!  I appreciate my Hostess Clubs and like to provide a space and free lunch for my Hostess Club Members to catch up on projects.   We had a wonderful day yesterday and I used the time to work on upcoming projects.  I took a break after a while to do something for fun.  I had brought along some challenges in case I got a chance to try one out.   This card was fun and a bit different from my usual 'style'.

I used the colors from The Playdate Cafe and the sketch from Unscripted Sketches to create my card.


Here is my card:

I used Ruby, Cocoa and Goldrush cardstock.  Usually I have some type of pattern paper on my cards. I didn't like the plain cardstock so I added 5/8" punched circles to the card.  The  layered flower and scalloped strip is cut with Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  My little turtle is from the PUN FUN (C1505) stamp set.  I stamped the turtle on Goldrush and Cocoa cardstock and pieced him together.   Red sparkles from the Sparkles - Red, Pink & Purple Assortment (Z1326) add the final touch.

Create quick fun little greetings with this Pun Fun stamp set!

Happy Creating!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Website Sale at Close to My Heart!

I just LOVE it when they add additional products to our While Supplies Last sections of our websites!  You sure can't beat these deals!

One of my most favorite paper packs from the past was the Elemental Paper pack.  I loved it because it was  SO versatile.   You could mix and match it with almost ANY other paper!  Where else can you can awesome cardstock quality paper (6 sheets of B&T and 6 sheet of cardstock) for only $2.50!!
****UPDATE 9/21 - This Paper pack is ALREADY sold out!****
(People snatched this deal up immediately!)

Elemental Level 2 Paper Packet

6 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (2 Desert Sand, 2 Olive, 1 Pacifica, 1 Sorbet)
6 – 12" × 12" B&T Duos® Papers (2 each of 3 double-sided designs)

$9.95 $2.50 X7141B

And that's not all!  Check out some of these other awesome deals!
Coordinating Dimensional Elements only $1.50!

Elemental Complements Dimensional Elements

2 – 12" × 6" Coordinating Printed Dimensional Elements Sheets

$4.95 $1.50 X7141C

And how about these Canvas Badge Buttons (Z1397) for $2.00!  You can dye them or stamp on them!  They add so much fun to you layouts!

OR these Tulip Mini Medley Accents (Z1320) just $1.00!!!  Buttons, Ribbons, brads and more! This 'red' color will go great with your Christmas cards and layouts!  

Did I say Christmas??  Check out the Dimensional Element Ornaments (Z1337) only $1.00!!

These are just a FEW of my favorite things on the While Supplies Last section of my website.   Check out ALL the great deals and stock up!!  

And don't forget to add the It's Your Day stamp set for $5 when you place a $35 order!!  (retail value $35.90)
This special 2-stamp set is available ONLY until September 30th!!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Family Heritage Part 2 - Memory Showcase Album

Today is part two of my Family Heritage Spotlight on Art that was featured on Jeanette Lynton's blog.  On Friday, I shared the one page layout I created of my Great Grandparents.  If you missed it, you can see it HERE.

Today I'm sharing the 6x6 Memory Showcase Album I created featuring my Mother's parents and grandparents and great grandparents!   I used the Avonlea paper pack (X7155B) for the pages in my book.   I love the 6x6 Memory Showcase Albums.  Creating beautiful pages are quick and easy especially when you have compliments such as the Velvet Parlor Rub-ons (Z1742).

For the front of my book I used the stamp set "Family Tree" (D1526).   I stamped the tree with Chocolate ink onto a 4 1/2" doily in Avonlea White Cardstock.  I used Artiste Cartridge "1" <Accent3> Key.  Next, I cut simple circle in the Chocolate cardstock at 5".

Here is a close up the doily.  A paper piercer and small 'pokes' around the inside edge of the doily give a faux stitching look.

"My Family Tree" is stamped on an image cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and adorned with one of the adhesive backed Brocade Assortment accents (Z1748).

Before adhering my paper to the front and back of the book, I glued a 12" piece of Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon (Z1802) across the front and back.  Then I glued the paper on top of the ribbon.  This makes a nice tie closure for the book.

Page 1 and 2.  This is a picture of my Mother's Great Grandparents on her Mother's side.  I used a journaling pocket on page one.  This is a great place to add all the names of the family members along with the date.  Another brocade accent adds a nice touch to the pocket.  On Page 2, I used a Parlor Velvet Rub-on to accent the page and picture adding a few Mocha Adhesive Gems.

Page 3 & 4.   These are pictures of my Mother's Grandparents (page 3) and my Mother and her family (Page 4).  I used more Velvet Parlor Rub-ons on these pages.   I rubbed the velvet flowers right onto the Avonlea Teal cardstock and cut them out.   Again, I added Mocha Adhesive Gems to accent the flowers.  Then I stamped the borders on the name plates with stamps from the Family Tree set.  Coordinating shapes were cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

Page 5 & 6.  My Mother's grandparents on her Father's side (Left page).  On the right, is a picture of her parents when they were first married.  These old photographs had a yellowish tint to them and I thought they looked great with this piece of paper from the Avonlea paper pack.  The border at the top of the pages is one of the zip strips centered on Slate Cardstock.  My banners are more Velvet Parlor Rub-ons. 

I left the back of the book fairly simple so that it could lay flat.  I really like the sentiment that comes with the Family Tree stamp set - "Families fill our lives with happiness and laughter, leaving us memories to treasure today and forever after".   The words on the left and right sides of the page are cut from one of the zip strips.  They are PERFECT for the theme of my book.

These 6x6 Memory Showcase Albums (Z1195) make a lovely gift that is very quick and easy to put together. These little albums are only $3.95!  Add a paper pack, compliments and just a few accents and you will have a nice gift for under $20 or less! One paper pack goes a long way with these little books so you could easily create 2 Memory Showcase Albums!

Thanks for stopping by!!  HAPPY CREATING!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Starburst of Encouragement for Friday Mashup

This week's Friday Mashup has a technique I haven't tried before - Starburst Technique.  I thought it made a really pretty design so I wanted to give it a try.   My card is going to a friend who is going through tough times right now.  I wanted to send her words of encouragement and the starburst design to me says "Things will be brighter".  I hope the colors of the card will brighten her day and cheer her up.

I used Flirty paper (X7160B) for my card and accented it with Color Ready Wooden Arbor Shapes (Z1765) and a flower from Just Blooms Floret Paper Shapes (Z1764).  The Olive ribbon is from the Mini Medley Accents - Olive Collection (Z1489).  The sentiment is from the Words of Comfort stamp set (C1524).

Here is the Friday Mashup Sketch:

The instructions for creating the starburst can be found here.   I altered mine just a bit because the card I was making was a little bit larger (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) than the one is the demonstration.  I cut my triangles for the starburst at 2" x 4" and then cut each triangle in half.
My card needed more triangles to fill the 2 1/2" x 5 1/4 piece of rectangle cardstock that I used.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Family Heritage - Spotlight Feature

I was so excited and thrilled today to get an email from Close To My Heart's Corporate office notifying me that my art was being featured on Jeanette Lynton's blog!  It is such an honor to be recognized!  I'm am always so in awe by the creativity of my fellow consultants and Close To My Heart's very own Art Department, that being spotlighted by Jeanette just blows me away.  It has been an exciting year for me and my art.

I'm going to share a little more detail over the next couple of days on the pieces that Jeanette featured.  Today, I'll share my most favorite piece - the one page layout.   I used the one-page layout sketch from the new Make It From Your Heart.  (Sketch #17)

This is a picture of my Great Grandparents, Anna Katherine and Fred Schneider.   So many memories came back to me as I worked on this layout.  I never knew my Great Grandfather. He died at a fairly young age even before my own father was born.  I did have the pleasure of knowing my Great Grandma though!  She lived to the ripe old age of 105.  I can remember going to visit her as a little girl.   She had moved from the family farm in Newburgh, Indiana to a little house in town.   She lived there in that little house well into her ninety's.  I remember she had a little vegetable garden out back along with flowers - Day Lilies I believe.   Sometimes when we got to her house she would just be coming in from the garden.  I remember the old wooden rocking chair in her front parlor with carving on the back, and the patchwork quilt across the back of the sofa.  Grandma Schneider, as all the great grand kids called her to distinguish between other grandmas, loved to quilt.  She made a quilt for each of my sisters and I still have that quilt today.  I loved going to her house because in town, the ice cream truck would always come by her house.  We'd hear the tinkling of the bell and she'd get out our her little change purse and give us some coins so we could get some ice cream.  I remember sitting around her kitchen table eating her special Springerle cookies listening to stories of yesteryear.  Springerle are an old fashioned German cookies flavored with Anise.  I remember Grandma's hearty laugh and how her smile that would light up the room.    Those were special times with my Grandma and memories that I will always hold close to my heart.

Here are some close ups of a few of the details of the layout:

I used the two keys that come with the Brocade Assortment (Z1748) to tie around my ribbon.   The ribbon is our Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon (Z1732).  Olive ink, blended with just a little bit of Chocolate ink colored my ribbon to coordinate with the special trendy Avonlea Green in the Avonlea Paper pack (X7155B).

The flowers were cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge using the Avonlea Teal cardstock.   I layered the flowers on the Avonlea Canvas Compliments (X7155C) using the vines, flower and leaves.  In the center of the flower is an Opaque Mocha Adhesive gem  (Z1333).

I displayed this layout at my open house recently and my Grandma was in town visiting my parents. My Grandma is one of four children by my Great Grandma.  My mother brought her by and she was very touched to see the photograph put together on special layout.  My Grandma is 95 years young and still lives on that old family homestead in Newburgh, Indiana.   The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!!

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to come back and I will detail the 6x6 My Creations Memory Showcase album that features my Mother's grandparents and parents!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Organizing My Ribbon - New Craft Organizer

I have tried several different ways to organize my every increasing inventory of ribbon.  First, I put my ribbon in one of those organizer boxes from Wally World but I quickly outgrew that.   Next I had my husband put a ribbon rod on the wall behind my work desk.   But then it became a pain to take 4, 5, 6 rolls off to get the ONE roll that I needed to take with me when going to a workshop or crop.  PLUS, there were several rolls that constantly unwound on their own.  I'd turn around and half the roll would be spilling onto the floor.   One day, not too long ago, I accidently knocked the entire thing onto the floor.  That was the last straw.  I was busy and didn't want to fool with winding all the ribbon and re-spooling them onto the rod so I threw them all in a small plastic box near my desk.  So, there they sat for weeks, jumbled together and I could no longer tell what I had.

Today, my solution came!  I'm so excited!  I ordered the new Medium Organizer from Close To My Heart.  I could just hear the jubilation from the poor little ribbon rounds when I took the organizer out of the box.    The great thing about this organizer is that it is see-through!  I can see exactly what ribbons I have without even opening the box!

The other great thing about this organizer is that each divider can be removed!  Remove one, two, three or all!  This box has lots of potential!   It measures 14 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 5".  The height is great because my larger rounds (upper right) are taller than the dividers but there is enough head room they fit with room to spare!

I can't WAIT to get my small organizer!  I'll be organizing all my accents next!  You can order both of these organizers on my website!   See them HERE
Medium Organizer Item #Z4139

Small Organizer Item #Z4138

Now I'm inspired to go create something with some ribbon!

Happy Organizing!!  Thanks for stopping by!
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