Thursday, October 31, 2013

Illuminate - November Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Illuminate, a set of 15 stamps. If you have come here from Elizabeth Mindemann'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 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!

This set was immediately one of my favorites when I first got my Autumn Winter Idea Book.  I've been so busy that I never had a chance to work with it until now.   I just love all the different lanterns.  I created three different cards using the Laughing Lola (X7170B) paper pack.



For this card I wanted to give the impression that the lights were hanging from a wire so I tied little knots where each lamp is hanging in some Black hemp and adhered them with liquid glass to hold in place.  I also added liquid glass to each bulb to give it a shiny effect.  Here is a close up:



For my next card, I stamped the lanterns with Black Pigment ink on the Laughing Lola Purple cardstock.  I stamped them again onto White Daisy cardstock.  I used Honey Alcohol markers to color the lights using the lighter shade for the very center for a soft glow.  Then I cut out just the light portion of the lantern and adhered them with glue dots on top of the stamped images on the Laughing Lola Purple Cardstock.   Again, I used Black Hemp to 'hang' my lanterns.



This last card was actually the first card I created with the set.  It was something that I had in mind all along and I found the perfect sketch for my idea in the How To Book - Originals.  The sketch is called Center Sash.



Remember!  You can only get the November Stamp of the Month during the month of November!  If you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart Products you can get Illuminate for just $5!!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Now it is time to hop over to Shirley Ross' Blog to see what she has created!


Santa Claus is Coming To Town!

I know!  Today is Halloween but that just means Christmas is around the corner right? At least that's what Walmart is saying.  I stopped there on Tuesday to grab some Halloween Candy and it had already been moved from the seasonal aisle and replaced by Christmas goodies!   I did find some Halloween treats through although it was already picked over.   An now.... trick or treating may be postponed to Friday due to some strong winds and storms headed our way and expected to hit at the Trick or Treat hours!

I usually start making Christmas cards early though and I have already posted a few here on my blog!  Here is another card I wanted to share with my new favorite Christmas stamp from Close To My Heart's Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide - Santa Claus (C1567).  I'm a sucker for anything Santa so no surprise that this one is a favorite.



I used the sketch from Clean & Simple #264 turning it horizontal.  I stamped Santa in Ruby ink and stamped the reindeer in Chocolate ink.  I used my Ruby marker to color the reindeer's belts but once I added the Bitty Sparkles you couldn't really tell I colored them.   But I like the way they look. The Merry Christmas shape was cut with the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  The Santa Claus stamp has TWO stamps that coordinate with the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  

Recipe:
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 White Daisy Card
Sparkle & Shine Paper Pack - X7176B
Santa Claus - C1567
Ruby Chevron Ribbon - Z1846
Red Shimmer Trim - Z1848
Bitty Sparkles - Z1707
Ruby Ink - Z2170
Chocolate Ink - Z2111
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge - Z1906


I'm entering this card into the Clean & Simple Challenge - #264



Don't forget! When you place an order of $100 or more (retail price) between October 15 and December 31 from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book, you qualify for one free “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide.

The “star” items are the products in the gift guide that have a circled star image next to the product’s item number and include:
  • Sparkle & Shine Paper Packet (X7176B)
  • Sparkle & Shine Complements Dimensional Elements (X7176C)
  • My Acrylix® Magical Days Stamp Set (D1552)
  • My Acrylix® Santa Claus Stamp Set (C1567)
  • My Acrylix® Mary and Babe Stamp Set (C1562)
  • My Acrylix® Trim the Tree Stamp Set (A1149)
  • My Acrylix® Charming Chevrons Stamp Set (A1150)
  • My Acrylix® Lots of Love Stamp Set (A1151)
  • My Acrylix® Angel Friends Stamp Set (B1435)
  • My Acrylix® Lifting Spirits Stamp Set (C1570)
  • My Acrylix® Banner Wishes Stamp Set (B1438)
To see the and other products in the Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide go to my website at www.stampinheaven.ctmh.com

Monday, October 28, 2013

Shimmering Santa

One of the new stamp sets in the Holiday Guide is Santa Claus (C1567).  If you love all things Santa like me, then this adorable stamp is a must have!   I used the sketch from this week's Paper Players challenge to create this card.   The masking technique helps to create a Ruby Santa's cap after stamping Santa in Slate ink. The strip across the front of the card is the zip strip from the Sparkle & Shine Paper pack.



Recipe:
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 White Daisy Card
Sparkle & Shine Paper Pack - X716B
Silver Glitter Paper - Z1829
Clear Sparkles 
Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel - Z1313
Stamp: Santa Claus - C1567
Ruby Ink - Z2170
Slate Ink - Z2173
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Z1686 - <Shape 6> 2 1/4"
Santa Claus (C1567)

Challenges that I'm entering this card into:



Don't forget! When you place an order of $100 or more (retail price) between October 15 and December 31 from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book, you qualify for one free “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide.

The “star” items are the products in the gift guide that have a circled star image next to the product’s item number and include:
  • Sparkle & Shine Paper Packet (X7176B)
  • Sparkle & Shine Complements Dimensional Elements (X7176C)
  • My Acrylix® Magical Days Stamp Set (D1552)
  • My Acrylix® Santa Claus Stamp Set (C1567)
  • My Acrylix® Mary and Babe Stamp Set (C1562)
  • My Acrylix® Trim the Tree Stamp Set (A1149)
  • My Acrylix® Charming Chevrons Stamp Set (A1150)
  • My Acrylix® Lots of Love Stamp Set (A1151)
  • My Acrylix® Angel Friends Stamp Set (B1435)
  • My Acrylix® Lifting Spirits Stamp Set (C1570)
  • My Acrylix® Banner Wishes Stamp Set (B1438)
To see the and other products in the Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide go to my website at www.stampinheaven.ctmh.com

Friday, October 25, 2013

More Washi Fun

Here is another fun Washi Tape card to share with you today!   I think I'm getting addicted to Washi Tape.  I love finding creative ways to use it other than just sticking it to a card.   Can you see where I got creative?

I applied the washi tape to some dimensional element stars covering them completely.  On this card I tried to blend them in by matching them to the strips of washi on the card.  After I completed the card, I starting thinking about covering larger dimensional elements with the washi tape.   That will be my next project!




Recipe:
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 White Daisy Card (X254)
Chocolate Cardstock (X5643)
Party Washi Tape 3-Pack (Z1908)
Dimensional Element Stars (Z1680)
Heartfelt Birthday Wish (M1033)
Chocolate Ink (Z2111)
Cotton Candy Alcohol Markers (Z2417)

The Party Washi Tape is available for a limited time only -until December 31 or while supplies last. This 3 pack of washi tape has 15 yards on each roll!  
Check out this and other fun products in our Holiday Gift Guide!
Start Shopping HERE!

I'm entering this Birthday Card into Seize the Birthday Anything Goes Challenge!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Fun Washi Ho Ho Ho

Just a quick stop in to post this fun card I created.   Washi Tape is so much fun!   I created this really quick card using mostly washi tape in my design and the fun M-size Santa's Greeting stamp.  


 

Recipe:
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 White Daisy Card - Value Pack - X1410
Ruby Cardstock (X5927)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape Collection (Z1907)
Santa's Greeting (M1028)
Ruby Alcohol Maker (Z2429)
Black Ink (Z2105)


Cranberry Baker's Twin - Harvest Assortment (Z1751)

I love the Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape!  With 15 yards per rolls - that's right 15 yards PER ROLL! you can crank out alot of cards in just minutes!  Add Santa's Greeting and you're done!

You can find the Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape and other great products in our Holiday Gift Guide or on my Website at www.stampinheaven.ctmh.com.


The Freshly Make Sketches Challenge #109 inspired my sketch although I varied the center just a bit.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Happy Birthday - with a Masculine Touch

My Dad's Birthday is coming up this Friday and I wanted to get ahead of the game and create his card early.  An October birthday calls for some fall colors and the paper in the Huntington Paper pack is just perfect - plus it is great for masculine cards.

I used sketch #86 from RetroSketches for this card.


I used the Artiste Cricut Cartridge to cut my notepad paper and stamped it with the Noted Backgrounds stamp (retired).  

Recipe:
5x7 Colonial White Card
Huntington Paper Pack (X7174B)
Natural Hemp (Z280)
Burlap Ribbon (Z1760)
Noted Backgrounds (retired)
Proplayer Assortment (Z1879)
Artiste Cricut Collection - Z1790
Artiste Stamp - Happy Birthday
Artiste - Banner 

Challenges I'm entering this card in




Saturday, October 19, 2013

Spooky Goody Bags

I popping in for a quick post here to show off some popcorn bags!  I've got a busy day of creating ahead of me.  Many things planned - let's see how many I actually get accomplished!

Last night I held my October Girl's Night Out Event.   I had 16 ladies attending and since it IS October I thought it would be fun to share some Halloween treats. I these made these little popcorn boxes of goodies for each table centerpiece that held some yummy treats!

These were so quick and easy to create - only took minutes!


The paper is from the retired Spellbound paper pack that was absolute STEAL on the Close to My Heart website a few weeks ago.  ($3 a pack!!)

Recipe
Paper - Spellbound (Retired)
Artiste Cricut Cartridge - Z1790
Bags -  Artiste Cricut Cartridge: 4" 3-D Object <m>
Shape - Artiste Cricut Cartridge: 4" 3-D Object Shift <M>
Stamp - Perfect Fit - Halloween (B1413)
1 1/4" Punch
Ink: Black
Cardstock: White Daisy & Sunset
Sunset Twine - Baker's Twine Harvest Assortment (Z1751)
Black Twine - Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment (Z1701)

I'm entering these little bags of goodies into two challenges:




Thanks for stopping by today! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Yuletide Greetings

I loved the sketch this week at Mojo Monday's and couldn't wait to try it out.  I turned the sketch on its side for a perfect fit of the Yuletide Greetings stamp.   I used a blending pen and Topiary Ink to shade the pine needles and I used Ruby and Topiary Alcohol markers for the bow and holly leaves.


 

Recipe:
5x7 White Daisy Card
Sparkle & Shine Paper (X7176B)
Yuletide Greetings (D1553)
Red Shimmer Trim (Z1848)
Mini Medley Accents Ruby Collection (Button and Twine) (Z1861)
Slate Ink (Z2173)
Topiary Ink (Z2155)
Blending Pen (3174)
Ruby Alcohol Marker (Z2429) 
Topiary Alcohol Marker (Z2143)
Red Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1484)

Products used:
             
Yuletide Greetings D1553  
Ruby Mini Medleys (Z1861)



Sparkle & Shine Paper Pack (X7176B)



Be sure to check out our new Holiday Gift Guide!
You can see the booklet on my website HERE!

Purchase $100 in Products (from Autumn Winter Idea Book and/or the Holiday Gift Guide!) and receive any *starred* item in the guide for FREE!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Banner Wishes with Charming Chevrons

Have you had a chance to check out the Holiday Gift Guide from Close To My Heart?  There is more in the guide than just Christmas items!  A few non Christmas items I fell in love are two very cute stamp sets - Banner Wishes and Charming Chevrons.

Today has turned cold and dreary which goes right along with this very bad cold I caught!  I left work early and came home to sleep which did do some good.  This afternoon I made this bright cheery birthday card to chase those yucky blues away.


I used Cotton Candy, Whisper, Pear and Honey Inks.  The sparkles around the chevrons are from the Sparkles Chevron Shapes (Z1909).  They fit perfectly to the Charming Chevrons (A1150).
Banner Wishes (B1438) completes my card with a few scattered Bitty Sparkles (Z1263).

Shop now from the Holiday Gift Guide!  When you spend $100 (from either the Autumn/Winter Idea book or the Holiday Gift Guide) you can choose a selected starred item from the Gift Guide or FREE!  All the details are on my website at www.stampinheaven.ctmh.com

I'm entering this card into Crazy 4 Challenges C4C207 to go along with this inspiration photo:


Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide Blog Hop!

Close To My Heart's Holiday Gift Guide is being released and we've got some exciting products for the Holidays and even some that will carry over into the spring!  To help inspire you, 22 Consultants are sharing their artwork with some of the new products from the Holiday Gift Guide.


If you have come here from Haley Dyers Blog - The Inky Scrapper, you are on the right track!  If you are just getting started, don't worry, the hop is one big circle so when you get back to me you will have completed the hop!   If you get lost along the way, the list of hoppers can be found HERE.

I've been so busy this past week preparing for an upcoming trip so I barely had time to play before leaving.  But I did manage to create a card with the new Sparkle & Shine paper pack and some fun new accents!


I LOVE these new Sparkle Holiday Shapes (Z1910).  These holiday rhinestone shapes are adhesive backed and they are a perfect fit with the new Trim A Tree (A1149) stamp set! The Trim A Tree stamp coordinates with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge so creating this card was very fast!  I just cut out the images on the cricut, stamped them with Juniper and Ruby ink, added the bling and I was almost done!  I finished my card one of the pearl flag pins from the Sparkle & Shine Assortment (Z1860) tied off with a piece of Grey Wool Baker's Twine from the Baker's Twine Natural Assortment (Z1701).

I love how easy it is to create when everything coordinates so well!  Be sure to check out the Holiday Gift Guide!  You can find it on my website beginning October 15th.
Items Used:
Stamp - Trim A Tree (A1149)

Sparkle Holiday Shapes (Z1910)

Sparkle & Shine Assortments (Z1860) 

Now, it is time to hop on and see what Dawn Ross at I Am A Happy Stamper has created!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween Mini Albums - Easy and Fun with Artbooking!

Fall leaves, cool breeze and lots of candy corn!  That is what October means to me!  But I have to admit - I cheated and bought my bag of candy corn before October actually arrived!  I just couldn't help myself.  Candy Corn is a weakness.... a terrible weakness.

I'm off on my annual MAD Trip.   If you don't know, MAD stands for Mother and Daughters.  My mom, my three sisters and I have made it an annual tradition to go away on a 4 day trip just us - no kids, no husbands, no pets.  

In the meantime, I didn't want my blog to sit here all lonely and unattended!  Since it is October, I thought I would share one of the lastest Artbooking Made Easy episodes.  This video shows you how easy it is to create a fun Halloween Mini Album with the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.




If you want to see more artbooking videos, be sure to check out my Artbooking Videos tabs!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Sneak Peek - It's a Celebration!

I believe this is probably one of the quickest cards I have ever made and it's so simple!  I used two new products that will be available October 15 in Close to My Heart's Holiday Gift Guide and the sketch from Unscripted Sketches.


The three strips of washi tape are from the Party Washi Tape 3 pack (Z1908).  I love these colors and the especially the woodgrain washi!  My stamp is from Banner Wishes (B1438).   It contains the banner seen above and 6 sentiments - It's a Celebration, Best Wishes, Thank You, Happy Birthday, You're The Best and Congratulations.   All are different fonts and they all fit on the banner!

Watch my website for the Holiday Gift Guide coming October 15!

Unscripted Sketches #225
US_Sketch225

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