Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Capture the Date with November's Stamp of the Month!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring Capture The Date, a set of 72 stamps.  If you have come here from Helen Onulak'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!

Wow!  Another month gone by and here we are looking forward to Thanksgiving!  Where has all the time gone? With November's Capture the Date, you have the perfect set to make note of that special date you want to remember!


***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!*** 
To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US 
severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, 
Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month 
set sold as a part of this promotion during November




I used this set to make a mini date book!  The Artiste Cricut Cartridge made it very easy to create the book and pages.  The cover and pages are all created by using just one key - <Family/Live>.   


I set the measurement to cut at 3 1/2 for the book and the pages.  I used Dakota paper (X7157B) for my book and reinforced it with black cardstock.  The book closes with our Hook and Loop Dots (Z1805).  These are great little adhesive velcro type dots.  Black hemp (Z282) ties it all together  while the Durables Round Studs (Z1706) give the book flap a finished look.   The layered flower on top is cut using the <y> Accent 2 key on the Artiste Cartridge with Pacifica and Black cardstock.

I tried out two different styles of pages you could use inside the book.  The first set uses the smallest numbers from Capture the Date so that you can write in something for each date.


The 2nd set of monthly pages was a little easier because I used the large numbers.  I put "1" and "15"  on one side of the page and on the back, I stamped "16" and the last day of the month.
I reinforced the inside edge of each page by using zip strips or 1/2 inch strips from the Dakota B&T papers.   The book has 12 pages but you could add at least 6 more pages for a total of 18.  I tied my hemp loosely so that book would open up wide enough easily write on the pages.

Here is one more quick and fun project using Capture the Date.  (You didn't think I'd have just ONE project did you??) For this project I made a journaling pocket.  Again, I used the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

I used the <U> Card key to cut the pocket in Barn Red Cardstock.  Zip strips from the Dakota paper  and a Foundry Ribbon Slide (Z1460) with Black ribbon to accent the pocket.  This pocket is 4 1/2 inches tall.   I cut a card to fit inside the pocket.  Now I just need to journal on the card and add it to a layout.

Remember! The this Stamp of the Month is available ONLY during the month of November!  You can purchase it for just $5 when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products!   BUT WAIT!!! In November when you purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5, you get any stamp (A, B, C, D, E & M) for 50% off!

Now, hop on over to Tracie Pasqualone's blog and see what she has created for you!  Or read further about my Mystery Hostess Party and then hop on.

I'm having a Mystery Hostess Party!  

No need to dress up, fix up or even get out of your your house!  You can shop in the comfort of your own home!   For every $100 in in total sales for the Mystery Party I will draw a Mystery Hostess and they will each get to $20 in FREE Select Product!  
  
HOW DOES THIS WORK?  Go to my website and JOIN "Gina Brandstetter Mystery Hostess" party and place your order byNovember 17th.  Your order will be shipped directly to you within 10 days of the date you submit your order.   For every $25 in product you order (before shipping and tax), your name will be entered.  For instance, if your product order totals $55 you will have two chances to be Mystery Hostess!

On November 18, I will tally the total sales from the party and will draw from all the names who submitted orders.  I will call each Mystery Hostess for their selection of $20 in FREE Select Product!   

So what are you waiting for??  Start shopping today!

What are the benefits of shopping on line?
  1. Your order is shipped directly to you!
  2. You can choose the $4.95 or 4.95% shipping (a lower option that may take 1 to 2 days longer). I love this option and use it often!
  3. You can shop from the WHILE SUPPLIES LAST section.  It's a great place to buy up lots of great discontinued scrapbooking supplies at a VERY LOW cost!  (Can you say STOCKING STUFFERS??) 
  4. Studio J layouts qualify as purchase for Mystery Hostess Party as long as you choose the option to Join the Mystery Hostess Party when you purchase your Studio J Layouts.  
  5. November's special will qualify! When you purchase Capture the Date for $5.00, you can choose ANY stamp (A, B, C, D, E or M) for 50% off!

MYSTERY HOSTESS PARTY ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON NOVEMBER 17TH!

Now, hop on over to Tracie Pasqualone's blog 


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christmas for Merry Monday

I really liked my card I created yesterday with the Perfect Fit - Frames stamp set so I used it for my 2nd card.  This time I used the sketch from the Merry Monday Challenge.  This challenge has great sketches.  If you check this one out every Monday all year long, by November you'll have plenty of Christmas cards to send!  I'm a little late discovering Merry Monday, but I've added them to my weekly 'Favorite Challenges' list.

Here is the sketch:


Here is my card:

For this card I used mostly cardstock and a piece of pattern paper from the Pear & Partridge paper pack (X7162B).  I LOVE the striped frame from the Perfect Fit - Frames set (D1527).  I stamped the frame with Olive ink onto Colonial White cardstock and used the coordinating stamp set Perfect Fit - Holidays (B1412) for the center of my frame.  The frame was cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (X1686).   The measurement and page number to find the key that cuts the shape are listed on the carrier sheet for the stamp so I knew the exact size I needed to cut.


I used Opaques Pearl Flourishes (Z1744) and a few Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems (Z1336) to add a little flair to the card.  

If you missed my other card with the Perfect Fit stamp sets you can find it HERE.


AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ME!
I'm having a Mystery Hostess Party!  

No need to dress up, fix up or even get out of your your house!  You can shop in the comfort of your own home!   For every $100 in in total sales for the Mystery Party I will draw a Mystery Hostess and they will each get to $20 in FREE Select Product!  
  
HOW DOES THIS WORK?  Go to my website and JOIN "Gina Brandstetter Mystery Hostess" party and place your order byNovember 17th.  Your order will be shipped directly to you within 10 days of the date you submit your order.   For every $25 in product you order (before shipping and tax), your name will be entered.  For instance, if your product order totals $55 you will have two chances to be Mystery Hostess!

On November 18, I will tally the total sales from the party and will draw from all the names who submitted orders.  I will call each Mystery Hostess for their selection of $20 in FREE Select Product!   

So what are you waiting for??  Start shopping today!

What are the benefits of shopping on line?
  1. Your order is shipped directly to you!
  2. You can choose the $4.95 or 4.95% shipping (a lower option that may take 1 to 2 days longer). I love this option and use it often!
  3. You can shop from the WHILE SUPPLIES LAST section.  It's a great place to buy up lots of great discontinued scrapbooking supplies at a VERY LOW cost!  (Can you say STOCKING STUFFERS??) 
  4. Studio J layouts qualify as purchase for Mystery Hostess Party as long as you choose the option to Join the Mystery Hostess Party when you purchase your Studio J Layouts.  There is a Studio J special going on right now in October! Purchase 9 layouts and get the 10th for FREE!
  5. Take advantage of the November Special - Purchase the November stamp of the Month for $5 and choose any stamp (A, B, C, D or E) for 50% off!!  Special begins NOVEMBER 1.  Details to be posted soon.

MYSTERY HOSTESS PARTY ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON NOVEMBER 17TH!

Warmest Wishes for Paper Players

I was so excited last night because I finally had a chance to sit down and work on some cards for a couple of challenge blogs!  It's nearly November and I'm a little behind on making Christmas Cards.   I love this sketch for The Paper Players challenge this week.

                                                           

 I used their sketch for this card I made last night.


Close To My Heart's Pear and Partridge paper (X7162B) makes a great backdrop for this card.  I pulled out my Perfect Fit - Frames (D1527) which I have been dying to use!   This set goes coordinates great with 2 other stamps - Perfect Fit - Holidays (B1412) and Perfect Fit - Halloween (B1413).  The little 1 1/4" circles and sentiments nest inside the frames.  I used Perfect Fit - Holidays for the center of my frame.  
I cut the frame with my Art Philosophy cricut cartridge so the stamped imaged fits perfectly!

Here is a closer view of my frame. I stamped the frame with Olive Pigment ink because I wanted it to be bold and stand out on the Cashmere Cardstock I was stamping on.   When stamping with pigment inks, the ink 'sits on top' of your base rather than 'soaking in' as the water based inks do.  The pigment ink will give a bolder color.  My finished touches are the Burlap Ribbon (Z1760)  (Hey! It goes with EVERYTHING right?) and Buttons and a metal flourish from the Mini Medley Accents - Antiqued gold (Z1786).

Stamp Sets Used:
   
                 
Perfect Fit - Frames D1527
     
Perfect Fit - Holidays D1412


AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ME!
I'm having a Mystery Hostess Party!  

No need to dress up, fix up or even get out of your your house!  You can shop in the comfort of your own home!   For every $100 in in total sales for the Mystery Party I will draw a Mystery Hostess and they will each get to $20 in FREE Select Product!  
  
HOW DOES THIS WORK?  Go to my website and JOIN "Gina Brandstetter Mystery Hostess" party and place your order byNovember 17th.  Your order will be shipped directly to you within 10 days of the date you submit your order.   For every $25 in product you order (before shipping and tax), your name will be entered.  For instance, if your product order totals $55 you will have two chances to be Mystery Hostess!

On November 18, I will tally the total sales from the party and will draw from all the names who submitted orders.  I will call each Mystery Hostess for their selection of $20 in FREE Select Product!   

So what are you waiting for??  Start shopping today!

What are the benefits of shopping on line?
  1. Your order is shipped directly to you!
  2. You can choose the $4.95 or 4.95% shipping (a lower option that may take 1 to 2 days longer). I love this option and use it often!
  3. You can shop from the WHILE SUPPLIES LAST section.  It's a great place to buy up lots of great discontinued scrapbooking supplies at a VERY LOW cost!  (Can you say STOCKING STUFFERS??) 
  4. Studio J layouts qualify as purchase for Mystery Hostess Party as long as you choose the option to Join the Mystery Hostess Party when you purchase your Studio J Layouts.  There is a Studio J special going on right now in October! Purchase 9 layouts and get the 10th for FREE!
  5. Take advantage of the November Special - Purchase the November stamp of the Month for $5 and choose any stamp (A, B, C, D or E) for 50% off!!  Special begins NOVEMBER 1.  Details to be posted soon.

MYSTERY HOSTESS PARTY ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON NOVEMBER 17TH!



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Masking Technique and Mystery Hostess Party

CHECK OUT THE LATEST TUESDAY EPISODE OF CLEARLY THE BEST!
Also make sure the see the details for my Mystery Hostess Party! 
You could be a lucky winner of $20 in FREE Product!

I just love watching the "How To" videos on My Craft Channel! This week's video was about the Masking Technique.  This is so simple to do and really makes for great finished artwork!  I especially love how they created the last layout they show.  Watch the video now.



This week Clearly the Best and My Craft Channel are giving away the My Acrylix Set - Words of Comfort.



 I LOVE this set and have already used it several times.  You still have a chance to win!  Go to My Craft Channel Blog (HERE).  Scroll down to find the Close To My Heart Give Away and follow the instructions for entering!!

Now a special announcement from me!!   
I'm having a Mystery Hostess Party!  

No need to dress up, fix up or even get out of your your house!  You can shop in the comfort of your own home!   For every $100 in in total sales for the Mystery Party I will draw a Mystery Hostess and they will each get to $20 in FREE Select Product!  
  
HOW DOES THIS WORK?  Go to my website and JOIN "Gina Brandstetter Mystery Hostess" party and place your order by November 17th.  Your order will be shipped directly to you within 10 days of the date you submit your order.   For every $25 in product you order (before shipping and tax), your name will be entered.  For instance, if your product order totals $55 you will have two chances to be Mystery Hostess!

On November 18, I will tally the total sales from the party and will draw from all the names who submitted orders.  I will call each Mystery Hostess for their selection of $20 in FREE Select Product!   

So what are you waiting for??  Start shopping today!

What are the benefits of shopping on line?
  1. Your order is shipped directly to you!
  2. You can choose the $4.95 or 4.95% shipping (a lower option that may take 1 to 2 days longer). I love this option and use it often!
  3. You can shop from the WHILE SUPPLIES LAST section.  It's a great place to buy up lots of great discontinued scrapbooking supplies at a VERY LOW cost!  (Can you say STOCKING STUFFERS??) 
  4. Studio J layouts qualify as purchase for Mystery Hostess Party as long as you choose the option to Join the Mystery Hostess Party when you purchase your Studio J Layouts.  There is a Studio J special going on right now in October! Purchase 9 layouts and get the 10th for FREE!

MYSTERY HOSTESS PARTY ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON NOVEMBER 17TH!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

More Birthday with Dakota

Here is another Birthday Card I made with the Dakota Paper pack.  I used the Pal's Paper Arts sketch for this card.  When I saw the sketch I saw burlap immediately. Are you surprised?  (BTW, I did order more burlap yesterday - My roll of burlap is getting so small, thank goodness I will get more before it's all gone!)



Card Recipe
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 White Daisy Card
Dakota Paper Pack (X7157B)
Sentiment - Casual Expressions (D1525)
Frame - Frame It Up (D1524)
Burlap (Z1760)
Durables Round Studs (Z1706)
Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790) (Oval Shape)

Here is the sketch I used.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Merry Christmas for H2H

This card was inspired by a card I saw in the new Paper Craft's Holiday Cards & More issue that recently hit the shelves.  I look forward to this issue each year and couldn't wait to get my hands on my own copy.   As soon as I saw the card created by Kimberly Crawford on page 27 of the magazine, I knew I had to lift it and put my own spin on it.  You can see Kimberly's card on her blog HERE.

Here is my take on the card:
There is that wonderful burlap which I love so much!  The burlap is probably the first thing that drew me to the card. The textured paper I used for my card is from the Scholastic (X7159B) paper pack which looks great with burlap.  Kimberly used felt for her poinsettia. I used the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790) to create mine.  I cut three different sizes using the <Merry Christmas> Accent 1 key.  I creased the center of each petal and bent it just a bit for more dimension   In the center of the poinsettia are three small bling gems from the Boutique Assortment (1763).  They are clear but I used my Cranberry Alcohol marker to give them color.
"Merry Christmas" is from the stamp set Christmas Love (D1492).

Hope you enjoyed my card!  I'm submitting this to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week.
Christmas Love D1492

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Dakota Birthday Wish


Two posts in one day!  Not usual for me - I like to spread them out but I wanted to get this card posted to the Freshly Made Sketches challenge before the challenge closed.  
When I saw this sketch I didn't have to think too long about what I wanted to do or what paper to use.   It immediately shouted out DAKOTA and BURLAP!  Any chance to use burlap on a project is a PLUS for me!  2nd note to self - order more Burlap!  I still have plenty but I always have that fear I'll run out before I get more - it's comforting to me to know I have enough backup on hand.
So, I pulled out my Dakota paper pack (X7157B) and Burlap and went to work.  My Dad's birthday is coming up soon and I thought the colors of the Dakota paper (Barn Red, Outdoor Denim and Whisper) would make a nice 'manly' card. Here is what I came up with:
 
I used the Artiste Cricut cartridge (Z1790) to cut the star and the paisley round shape. The paisley shape is glued to a coordinating dimensional element.  I stamped the star with the stamp set that is exclusive to the Dakota Workshop on the Go (G1047) kit.  "Birthday Wishes" is from the set Just a Number (D1514).  The Outdoor Blue twine is from the Baker's Twine Harvest Assortment (Z1751)Durables Round Studs (Z1706) 'round' out the finished look of the card!

Here is a closer view of the Just A Number stamp set.  It's great for Birthday cards! You can order this set along with the other items used in this card from my website HERE.



Just a Number D1514

Friday Mash-up Meets Color Throwdown

Hello there! I got home from my annual MAD trip on Wednesday. After getting the 'mundane' house things accomplished (and catching up on sleep!), I finally had time to play along with some challenges! Armed with a list of challenges I had printed out, I went to work.   This week's Color Throwdown color drew me in right away because they had some colors from my FAVORITE paper pack - Flirty (X7160B).  Note to self - Purchase another pack of this beautiful paper!!  I combined these colors with a sketch from Friday Mash-up for this card.

I added Pear cardstock to Flirty's color's of Goldrush and Flirty Raspberry.  A great combination!  
I used the new Artiste Cricut Cartridge for the banner, balloons and star.   The Artiste collection includes a stamp set that perfectly matches all three!  The banner is just the size for the Dimensional Elements - Banners that are ALSO included in the Artiste collection.   I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to make my scallop border.

Here is the Color Throwdown and Friday Mashup Challenges:

                                          

Both, Artiste (Z1790) and Art Philosophy (Z1686) Cricut Collections can be purchased ONLY through Close To My Heart and BOTH collections include 3 stamp sets, and 3 sets of coordinating Dimensional Elements.  These cartridges spend most of their time in my cricut battling out the usage time.  I love them!   
Don't have one or both?   You can order them from my website - HERE!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

SPOOKY Treats for Halloween!

Happy Saturday!   Here are a couple of more treat ideas using Close To My Heart's new Artiste Cricut Cartridge!


 
The little treat bag on the left was a snap to make!  So quick and easy.  The finished size of this treat bag measures 4 1/2".  Using the <Halloween> 3-D Object key, I set the measurement to cut at 4 1/2".  To cut the eyes, I used <Halloween> 3-D Object and "SHIFT KEY" keeping the 4 1/2 measurement set on the dial.  (Do Not select "Real Dial Size").  The Artiste cartridge will cut the eyes in proportion to your bag size.  I added some Black Button Brads to the eyes.   My stamped medallion is from from Perfect Fit - Halloween (B1413) and I used some bitty black sparkles from the Sparkles Black and Grey Assortment (Z1754).  The shimmery ribbon is from the Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799).

To the right of my treat bag is a cupcake treat!  Ok - if you look really close you will see it is a rolled up sock trying to act like a cupcake.  I made these treats for my Extravaganza Display at Convention and knew it would be easier than transporting a cupcake!  The cupcake holder is cut using the <Halloween> Accent 4 key with a measurement set at 2".   2" is the WIDTH of the cupcake holder (from bottom to top).   The cartridge will proportion the holder to this width.  This size fits standard size cupcakes.  

Before putting together the holder (there is a tab and slit you just hook together) I stamped on it using the Perfect Fit - Halloween stamp and also the bats and stars from the set Creepy Creatures (C1522).   My tombstone cupcake topper was cut using the <EEK> Accent 1 Key for the bottom layer.  I set the measurement to 1 1/2".  Next I cut the top layer using <EEK> Accent 1 "SHIFT" key using same measurement.  The cartridge will cut to fit the size of the 1st layer.  The "Ghostly Gathering" banner is cut from a zip trim from the Moonlight Paper Pack.

I  hope you enjoyed my treats!  I'm submitting these fun treat ideas to Crazy 4 Challenges blog.   This week everyone is sharing Halloween treat idea so be sure to go check it out!

If you don't have the Artiste Cricut Collection (Z1790) this one is a must have for your cricut cartridge collection!  It has 20 different Cupcake Holders for every holiday and occasion   Plus many bags and boxes for ALL your holiday treats and gifts and MORE!  To see everything this cartridge cuts, check out the Artiste Handbook link to the right of my blog.  This cartridge is ONLY available through Close To My Heart.  You can order it from my website HERE.

Stamps Used:
Perfect Fit B1413
Creepy Creatures (C1522)
                                      

Monday, October 8, 2012

Boo From the Crew! - Halloween Card

Here is another fun Halloween card using the Creepy Creatures Stamp set!  


For this card, I cut a doily from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge <1> Accent 3 and layered it behind Sweet Leaf Cardstock stamped with a border of bats and stars.  I stamped two ghosts and layered one on top of the other by using the Adhesive Springs (Z1725).  Here is a close up:


How fun!  The ghost jiggles!  The ribbon across the front of the card is our Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799).   This ribbon is adhesive backed and so easy to apply!

Creepy Creatures Stamp (C1522):

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fangs for the Memories

Hello!  I'm away on my annual MAD trip so I've schedule a few posts to keep you company while I'm gone!    MAD stands for Mother and Daughters.   Each year my mom, three sisters and I take a break from work, families and our busy lives we lead to spend a few days together doing something fun.   This is our 11th year for this trip.

I'll have lots to tell when I get back but for now, here is a Halloween card to share!


I love this cute little Creepy Creature Stamp (C1522) set!  I cut the spider web border using the Artiste Cricut cartridge <Spooky> Accent 4 key.  I used an embossing tool to make my lines in the Slate Cardstock and sanded them to bring out the white core.  Next I strung the black hemp randomly around the piece of Slate Cardstock.   The little black skulls are from the Haunted Assortment (Z1741).

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned, I have more cards to share with this set!

Creepy Creatures Stamp Set:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Creepy Coffin and Bat Treats!

Halloween is just around the corner! Everyone is planning their parties and digging out their Halloween decorations.  Use Close To My Heart's new Artiste Cricut Cartridge to make a fun coffin filled with treats for your next Halloween Party!  

I made this coffin for my Extravaganza display at convention back in July.  This finished coffin measures 7.5".  I cut the top and bottom from one 12x12 sheet of Slate Cardstock.  I used the <Eek> and <Halloween> keys to cut  the spiderweb, spider and the word "Spooky" using the Artiste Cartridge also.   I cut "Spooky" from Black and Smokey Plum cardstocks (both at same measurement) then layered and offset them just a bit so that the Smokey Plum showed from underneath.   I used skull brads at each corner of the coffin lid.  The brads and epoxy gem (on top of the spider's back) are from the Enchantment Assortment.



Here's a great Party Favor idea! - Cut the finished size down to 5".  Use the <Eek> key to cut a skeleton and place inside the coffin.  Fill with candy.  Once the candy is gone, your guest will be greeted by a creepy skeleton! 

Another great party favor are these bat candy holders!


I used the CARD <Eek> key to cut the bat.   My finished bat measures 3 1/2".  It is just the right size to hold three Smarties!  I used glue dots to hold the Smarties in place.  My medallions on the bats were stamped with the Perfect Fit-Halloween set.

PRODUCTS USED:
                                       
Haunted Assortment Z1741

Perfect Fit Halloween - B1413

Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790) - Eek & Halloween keys


Don't have the Artiste Cricut Cartridge yet?   Order is today!  Visit my website HERE to place your order!
Or contact me and schedule a party or a BOOK party to get your cartridge at 1/2 price!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Grateful Heart - Fall Card

I do believe Fall is finally here!  I leave for work very early and lately it is still dark when I leave the house and quite chilly.  As I was driving home yesterday, I really noticed that the leaves on the trees were beginning to change.  I love watching the trees change color.  Everyday it seems a little more vibrant.

One of my new stamps has leaves on it and I've played with a few times. But this time I wanted to try a clean & simple card to accent the leaves.  I left out all my pattern paper (and not using my Flirty paper pack was hard to do!).   I used White Daisy Cardstock for my base and added the cut out leaves I stamped with Autumn Terracotta and Olive inks.



Of course - what is a Fall Card without a little Burlap Ribbon (Z1760)!  I added Twine from our Harvest Assortment (Z1751).   The sentiment  "A Grateful Heart"  is from the stamp set Abundance (D1519).

Stamps Used:
Fall Harvest C1504
                                                   

Abundance (D1519)

I'm submitting this to 4 Crafty Chicks in their Thanksgiving Challenge,  Need a little FALL inspiration?  Be sure to check out their challenge for more great ideas!
                                         

Check out my Taste of Summer Pinterest Board!

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