Showing posts from 2013

Cross Stitch Wishes - January Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Cross Stitch Wishes, a set of 13 stamps. If you have come here fromSarita Schraeder's Blogyou 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 40 consultants participating in the blog. Following the hop is easy- just click on the link at the bottom of each post and it will take you to the next blog!

Cross Stitch Wishes is a fun stamp!  It's that fastest way to cross stitch that I have found!  Just choose a color, ink and stamp!   I used to cross stitch alot before I found my new love - scrapbooking and papercrafting.  I created two cards using this stamp.

My first card I wanted to resemble a quilt.   I used a piece of pattern paper from the Sarita kit along with Cotton Candy and Sunset cardstock.  Here is a closer view:

I used anothe…

Final Day to order from Holiday Gift Guide!

Today is the last day of 2013!!  It is also the last chance to order from the Holiday Gift Guide and get these great products!

Check out ALL the products from the Holiday Gift Guide HERE and get them before they are gone!

Wrapping up 2013!

Is it just me or has this year FLOWN by?!  It seems like just yesterday that I was beginning to think about my daughter's final semester of high school and now she has just completed her first semester of college!   One minute I was planning a graduation party and looking forward to Close To My Heart's annual convention and the next minute I'm frantically finishing up my Christmas shopping and getting excited about the new Spring/Summer Idea book arriving at my door on Christmas Eve!

We are just days away from 2014 and I took a look back on this past year through my blog.   Somehow in my busy life I managed to find a little bit of scrapping time.   I totaled up all the cards I created through 2013.  WOW....
Sympathy cards - 4 Love and/or Valentine Cards - 7 All Occasion Cards - 31 Birthday Cards - 32 Congratulations / Celebration - 9 Wedding - 1 Baby - 3 Thinking of You - 3 Thanks - 11 Mother's Day - 2 Father's Day - 1 Christmas - 23 Plus 1 Happy New Year Card! (be…

Merry Christmas Eve!

I've been super busy this last week as I'm sure you all are too.   I wanted to make a quick card using the sketch from Retro Sketch before it was too late!  So here is my really quick card I created with mostly washi tape!

The stamp is from the Holiday Tags Set (D1560)
Retro Sketch #95
I'm also entering this into the Heart 2 Heart Sparkle & Shine Challenge.

Thinking of You

I had to take a break from all of the Christmas bustle last night to create a card for my Brother-In-Law.   He had surgery yesterday and for the 1st time that I can EVER remember, this will be the first Christmas that my sister and family won't be joining us for the Christmas Holidays.   I'm so sad that we will miss them this year but I'm thankful that his surgery went well and now he is on the road to recovery.  I wanted to send him a card to let him know that that we were thinking of him!

I used the Mojo Monday sketch for this card.....

Recipe - 5 x 7 Card ProPlayer Paper Pack (X7172B) Stamp:  Lifting Spirits* (C1570) Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape 3-pack* (Z1907) Durable Square Studs** (Z1705) Black Hemp** (Z282) Black Ink
* - Products available in the Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide available until December 31
**- Retiring items - available While Supplies Last or until January 31.

Mojo Monday Sketch:

Merry and Bright

Quick post here!  What a crazy busy week this has been.  We are in middle of some kitchen remodeling.  Although it is not a MAJOR remodel, it is enough to throw me out of the kitchen!  I had planned a vacation day on Friday to do some baking and then realized on Monday I wouldn't be able to be in my kitchen!   I had some cookie dough from the previous Saturday's baking day in the freezer that I needed to bake up for this weekend.  Thank goodness my husband's office has a really nice kitchen I could use!  I loaded up my baking sheets, parchment paper and frozen pre-made cookie dough and headed for my 2nd kitchen to bake!  I made good use of my time prepping for an upcoming club night while the cookies were in the oven.

I've been itching to get another card made before the weekend so I sneaked into my craft room this morning before heading out to KY for some early family Christmas celebration.  Here is my quick card I created using the colors from Pals Paper Arts.  I lo…

Frosted Joy

Happy Hump Day Everyone!  Here we are sneaking up on Christmas quicker than I am ready for!  I don't know about you but I've still got much to do.  I haven't spent much time in my craft room lately. Today I'm sharing a card I made on Saturday when it was so bitterly cold outside.  I used the sketch from one of my favorite challenge blogs, Unscripted Sketches for this card.     

I used paper from the Frosted paper pack for this card.  This blue snowflake piece of paper is my favorite out of this whole pack.  I used Framework Alphabet to stamp the word JOY.  I love the line drawn look of this alphabet stamp so in order to keep the drawn lines showing I stamped JOY onto the Champagne Cardstock and then again onto the Frosted Turquoise Cardstock.  The Frosted Turquoise letters were cut out and adhered on top of the stamped letters on the Champagne cardstock.  Look closely at the picture to the left - you can see the drawn lines.  The strip across the front of the card is …

Peace and Joy

Happy Monday everyone!  We had a VERY cold and rainy weekend here in Middle Tennessee.  We were lucky that we didn't get the snow and ice that was just an hour north but the rain sure made it pretty miserable.  It was a good day for doing a little bit of crafting and baking though!  I created a couple of cards on Saturday before I got started on baking cookies!

For this card, I used Sketch #56 from CAS(E) This Sketch.   I wanted to give this sketch a try when I saw it.   The triangle of stripes was intriguing.   This card is so simple it is almost embarrassing!  For this 5x7 card, I cut a triangle from our green glitter paper that measured about 4" on each side.  Next I pulled out my red and silver Shimmer Trim and added it to the green glitter paper.   I love this new shimmer trim!  It's adhesive on the back and it also comes in Black and Bronze.  (shhh.... here's a secret..... I hear it's coming out in Teal soon too!)

Once I got my shimmer trim on the triangle…

Fun with Printable Tags!

Each month, Close To My Heart provides a fun download that you can use to create something with. I always look forward to the 1st of each month and can't wait to see what little goodie is waiting for me to download.   This month it is a sheet full of colorful tags!  You can either print them out for some VERY QUICK and easy tags for your gifts, or you can use them in other ways.  I decided to use them on some quick cards I wanted to create.

Here are a couple of cards I created using one of these tags

I used Sky and Cranberry Cardstock for this card.  Look closely and you can see where I used tone on tone stamping with snowflakes on the Cranberry cardstock.   I added a sparkle flourish and red bow (retired cranberry ribbon and I was done!  I used Sketch #270 from Clean and Simple Stamping for this card.   This one was very quick!

My next card actually took a bit longer because I wanted to incorporate different patterns and different colors into my card.  Once I finally decided on t…

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"P" is for Ponderosa Pine

I came across a new challenge that seems like fun and is really a little bit of a challenge.  It's over at Pile It On.  Every Sunday they post a challenge.  But the REAL challenge is to find as many other challenges to enter as you can.   Pile It On's challenge on Sunday was to create something with a "P".   For this card I created, P is for Pine Trees.

New England Ivy and Olive are usually my 'go to' green inks but this time I pulled out my Ponderosa Pine.  This ia a color I rarely use but I really do like it!  I used 2nd generation stamping on some of the trees.

I wanted my card to be pretty clean and simple but it still needed a little shimmer.   (We all could use a little shimmer these days)  So I added some Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel to the 1st generation trees.  I matted my sentiment with Bronze Glitter Paper and added Mocha Opaque Gems for a finishing touch.  

Recipe 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Colonial White Card Stamp: Always Grateful - C1559 Brown & Tan Glitter …