Showing posts from January, 2013

Home Sweet Home - February Stamp of the Month

February 1 is finally here and you are going to LOVE the new products in the Spring Summer Idea Book!   February brings us a new Stamp of the Month fresh out of this book!  This set of four lovely stamps will be great for cards, layouts, home decor and gift items! This stamp is just $5 when you place a $50 order of Close To My Heart products!

If you have come here from my  Laila Harris' blog you are on the right track!  The Blog Hop is one big circle so you can start here and go all the way around until you come back to me!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participating consultants HERE.  
We have over 60 consultants participating in the hop this month!  Just look for each link to the next blog at the end of each post.  You will surely be inspired but all the art you will see!
I created 4 items with this stamp - a 6x6 Canvas wall art, framed art, gift bag and a card.  I will show each one individually.

I love this frame!  This was is a 3-D frame that…

Time to Say Goodbye!

There are only 3 days left in January which means there are just days left to get some of those popular retiring products!  Many have already sold out.   Don't let the time pass you by or you will miss out!

Here are just a few of my favorites that will not be available after January 31:

Flirty Paper Pack (X7160B) and Workshop On the Go Kit G1050: 
While I have to admit when I first saw this paper, it WAS NOT a favorite but once I started working with it, I loved it!  I have barely a scrap of it left.  It was perfect for fall.   The Workshop on the Go Kit is a bargin because you get the Flirty Dimensional Element Compliments, Exclusive Flirty Stamp set and Clear Sparkles plus an instruction guide for completing a 2 page layout!   All this for $29.95 (retail value $33.60)

Another favorite retiring paper pack is the Victory Paper Pack: (X7150B)  If you have boys or men in your life, this is the perfect paper for scrapbooking or making masculine cards!

Don't forget the match Victor…

Sneak Peek at Tommy

Finally!  A sneak peek at the 7th new paper pack coming February 1!  I was waiting for just the right sketch and found one on Clean and Simple Stamping!  This 7th paper pack is Tommy (X7169B).  It has a nautical theme with colors of Cranberry, Outdoor Denim, Honey and Desert Sand.  There are so many possibilities with this paper.

Here is my card which shows four of the patters offered in this paper pack.

The banners were created with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge:  <Banner2>, <Banner3> and <Banner4>.  I cross-stitched each banner to the side bar with Cranberry Bakers Twine from the Harvest Assortment (Z1751).  My sentiment and the pennant border are stamps from the Tommy Workshop on the Go exclusive stamp.  This stamp is only available with the Tommy WOTG kit (G1058).   I added sparkles from the Clear Sparkles Assortment (Z1752).

Here is the Clean and Simple Stamping sketch I used for my card:

Tommy and the Tommy Workshop on the Go Kit will be available February…

Surf's Up! - A Sneak Peek at Paper #6

Have you ever created a card and even though you were finished, you felt like something was missing?  This is how I felt last night after I finished my card for Freshly Made Sketches.   I even photographed and edited the picture for my post.  It was late when I finished editing the picture, so I decided to leave the post writing for today.  I left the card sitting out.  As I was walking through the room this morning to leave for work I glanced at the card and that feeling of "something missing" come over me again.

I guess all I needed was a little time to meditate on the card during my 50 mile drive to work.  As I was driving it suddenly came to me!  It needed Baker's Twine and something round..... hmmm..... an Irresistible Chipboard Shape!  I couldn't wait to get back home and make those little adjustments to my card.   I'll share both and see what you think.


Now I feel like it's complete!  The paper is the new Surf's Up(X7168B) paper that…

Another Sneak Peek with Claire

I've been waiting for just the right sketch to show off this next new paper!  This week's Mojo Monday sketch was just what I needed!  Today's sneak peek is Claire!  I LOVE this fun print and can't wait to create some cool layouts with it!   The Claire paper pack (X7166B) features the colors of Hollyhock, Sunset, Cranberry and Outdoor Denim with Cashmere! 
Everything on this card will be in our new 2013 Spring Summer Idea Book!  I used a Perfect Fit - Birthday (B1417) stamp on this card because I'm trying to make more Birthday cards this year!  I cut our new Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon (Z1808) in half.  The 3/4" wide ribbon was just a bit wide for the small square but I really wanted to use this cool ribbon!  I added 3 of the Durable Artisan Studs (Z1816) to the ribbon.   And how about that fabric flower?!  That is one of 3 fabric flowers from the Claire Assortment (Z1813).  The assortment also includes 3 pink acrylic flowers and 3 clear acrylic flowers.  SO …

Sneak Peek - For Always

Here is another sneak peek at a new paper pack in the Spring Summer Idea Book! This paper is called For Always (X7165). The 6 different patterns are all black and white.  This paper looks great with pops of colors.  I used Ruby for my pop of color on this card based on the colors in the Dynamic Duos Color Challenge.   I based my card on the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketches.

No stamping on this card!  I used the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790) to cut my shapes - even the tulip shape flower with the flourishes.  The Black Tulle Ribbon (Z1798) creates the bow pulled together by a button from the new Black Assortment (Z1821).  I used bitty black sparkles from the Black and Grey Sparkles (Z1754) on the tulip.   I decided not to add a sentiment to the card.  I think it might have gotten lost in the pattern!  But, I really like the way this card came together.

Here is the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketches along with the Dynamic Duos colors:

I'm also linking this up to Color My Heart: C…

Later Sk8r - Another Sneak Peek with a Birthday Card!

It's been a few days since I've posted because I actually haven't been in my craft room.  I told myself that I HAD to get all my tax stuff together before I could return and play.   It was a daunting task that took me two days but by Saturday afternoon I was back in my favorite room!

After finishing up some upcoming Stamp of the Month projects (to be revealed on Feb 1) I pulled out another new paper pack to play with.   This time it's Later Sk8r (X7167B).   Although I don't have any boys to be scrapping I do LOVE this paper and I can absolutely make it work for my needs because I love the patterns and colors used.   I went back to the Seize the Birthday challenge for this card I made because this week they are making BOY birthday cards.   The sketch is same as last week - you can see the GIRL birthday card I made with Chantilly paper HERE.

I used Slate cardstock as my background but I added some texture to it by using the background stamp that is included in the La…

A Tuesday Morning Happy Birthday

This week's Tuesday Morning Sketch was perfect for Close To My Heart's new Honeycomb stamp set.   I couldn't wait to get home and use this set for this sketch!   I combined the sketch with this week's Color Throwdown.

I used the ink colors of Smoothie, Sunset and Blush for my honeycombs.  The outline is stamped in Desert Sand.  And what do you know - there is that burlap ribbon!  BTW, I've used so much burlap lately that I'm getting low again so will be ordering more!  I wrapped some Smoothie Bakers Twine around the burlap and tied a little bow.  The sentiment is from my new Joyful Birthday stamp and also stamped in Desert Sand.
My inspiration:

Recipe 5x7 Card Desert Sand Cardstock White Daisy Cardstock My Acrylix Stamp - Honeycomb C1537 (Available Feb 1) My Acrylix Stamp - Joyful Birthday B1419 (Available Feb 1) Burlap Ribbon - Z1760 Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment - Z1702 Smoothie Exclusive Ink - Z2196 Sunset Exclusive Ink - Z2191 Blush Exclusive Ink - Z…

Valentine Card with Heart Opening

In the midst of getting all my new product, I had an idea for a Valentine card that was inspired by a challenge on the Moxie Fab World blog - create a card with a window (Challenge #60).  I've had this heart shaped LOVE stamp for a while that I have never used.  For the last two weeks, I've been pulling it out of my stamp box trying to come up with a unique way to use it.  When I saw Cath's challenge to create a card with a window, I knew exactly how I would create my card.  I used my cricut to cut the card (7x5) and with the gypsy I was able to place and then cut my heart shaped window right where I wanted it.  I cut the opening 1/4" larger than my stamped heart shape.
My paper is from the Pear & Partridge paper pack (a Christmas paper!) but I love this print and think it has a romantic feel to it.   To make it even more romantic, I added the Colonial White Rosette Ribbon around the edge of the opening and then added little pearl opaque adhesive gems.   My pleat…

Sneak Peek of Chantilly - Birthday Card

The day after the newSeize The Birthday challenge was posted, my new products for Close To My Heart's Spring Summer Idea Book arrived.  As I opened each packet of new paper I knew immediately that I would be creating a card with Chantilly for this challenge!   If you haven't discovered Seize the Birthday yet, it's brand new and I'm going to really like this one.  It's all about Birthday cards!  They will post a new Sketch every two weeks - Use the sketch the first week to create a 'girly' card. The second week you create a masculine card using the same sketch.  I can already tell that this one will be fun!

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card for the 'girly' week!

The papers are from the new Chantilly (X7163B) paper pack that will be available February 1.  I used two brand new stamps set that will be released then also.  The frame, which coordinates with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, is from the set Frame Flair (D1548).  The sentiment is from Joyful …