Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Place - March Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Happy Place, a set of 7 stamps. If you have come here from Melissa Laverty'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! I know that I can't wait to see what fabulous projects everyone has to share!  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!

Sometimes when I see a stamp set for the 1st time I know exactly what I want to do with it. I have to admit, that when I saw Happy Place for the very 1st time, my thought was.... "I have NO idea how I will use this one!". It was not until a saw a fabulous creation posted by Debi Davis did I know what I was going to do! Debi had the CUTEST little pop up surprise box that she created with February's Stamp of the Month - Wild About Love. When I saw her creation, I knew immediately that the March Stamp of the Month would be PERFECT for a Pop Up Surprise Box! So, this is what I'm sharing today with many many thanks to Debi!

I used Lollydoodle paper and Slate Cardstock to create my box. This folds up to be a 5x7 card. I tied a piece of Topiary Chevron Ribbon around the outside and attached a stamped heart with a glue dot. There is no need to untie the ribbon, when you open the card to create the box, the ribbon will stay in place and you can still see it under the flaps!

I wanted the dolls to have a layered look with their shawls, aprons and bonnets, so I stamped these onto different colors of cardstock with slate ink and cut them out. I adhered them to the dolls with glue dots. I colored the base of each doll and their hair with our Alcohol Markers using Sky, Pear, Cotton Candy and Buttercup.

For my hearts, I stamped them first with slate ink and then again in Cotton Candy and Sky. I cut just inside the dotted line of the Cotton Candy and Sky stamped hearts and adhered them on top of the Slate hearts. I used a glue dot to attach the heart to 1/4" x 2" strip of cardstock and then adhered them inside the box.

I had so much fun making this little pop up box that I'm offering it as a class to my customers! (Check out my Upcoming Events Calendar for more details)   Remember! You can get the Happy Place stamp for just $5 with a $50 purchase! Visit my website to get yours today!

Now it is time to hop over to Traci Godbee's Blog to see what she has created!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Look To The Light - A set of Ivy Lane Notecards

I wanted to share my March Girl's Night Out Event that I had available for sign-up at my Open House earlier this month.  The event was so popular that it filled up by the end of my Open House! Since it filled up before I had a chance to really advertise and send out an email to my customers about it, I'm considering doing this one again if there is enough interest.

I created a set of five note cards using the Ivy Lane Paper Pack and coordinating Stickease.  Stickease is great for creating quick cards when you don't want to do a lot of stamping.  The only stamping on these cards are the bible verses from the set Look To The Light.

I used a little bit of foam tape to layer the stickease in some places to give the cards more dimension and also added Bitty Sparkles to each card.  I wanted to keep the embellishment to a minimum so that these cards could easily be mailed without the need for extra postage.  I also inked the edges of each stickease with Bamboo ink to give it a more finished look.

These 5 cards and their envelopes fit perfectly into Close To My Heart's new My Creation Journaling Cards Box.   This journaling box is perfect for holding an entire set of our Picture My Life cards but I wanted to show another use for it.  Again, I used the Ivy Lane Paper to cover the box and added Stickease to embellish the outside of the box.

The large flower on the front is layered stickease and I adhered it to a cardstock shape that I cut using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.   Adding the stickease to the cardstock made it easier to adhere only the top portion of the flower leaving the lower portion free to move when the box is opened and closed.  I love the lacy border stickease!  It looks like I wrapped my box with lace!

Here are the products I used for this project:

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Owl You Need it Love..... Lollydoodle Layout

A few weeks ago I shared an Artbooking layout I created using the new Lollydoodle paper and some of the coordinating stickease. If you missed it, you can see that layout HERE.  I had several pieces of stickease left so I created another layout using paper I had left from the Lollydoodle Workshop On The Go kit.  I wanted to share that layout today.  This is one of the Layouts that my Hostess Clubs will create.

This layout sketch is adapted from the Make It From You Heart Vol. 2 -  Sketch # 2.  I used the FIT TO PAGE key to cut the large flower using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.   

 I fell in love with these Lollydoodle owls!  I used nearly all the stickease I had left and added lots of Pink Flamingo Dot accents around the page.  One of my very favorite CTMH go to items is our Foam Tape (Z1151).  I used alot of it to pop up the various pieces of stickease.   It really adds dimension and looks great when you layer as I did in the flower next to the owl in this picture to the left.  (TIP - when using Foam Tape with Stickease, sprinkle a little bit of talcum powder on the back of the stickease to remove the stickiness.  This will keep the stickease from adhering to your page in places that aren't covered by foam tape.)

I still had one piece of stickease left so I created this card!

Since I was all out of Owl Stickease, I used my Owls stampset for the owl on this card.  The owl was colored with Juniper, Cotton Candy, Whisper and Sorbet Alcholo Markers.
The card is Sketch #27 from Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1. 
Ribbon - Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon (Z1929)
Lollydoodle Assortments (Z3006)
Owls - B1450

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Big Hug

Wow.... here it is Tuesday night and I haven't posted since last Friday!  Alot has been happening and I haven't had much time in my scrap room.   I might have mentioned in a post earlier in the year that I was making some changes in the way we eat.  I've been shopping differently, cooking differently and really paying attention to what is actually IN the things I'm buying.  I haven't purchased a loaf of bread since December!!  I can't tell you the last time I opened a tub of butter  - nothing to put the butter on!  It's been a good change so far and I'm finding so many things that I didn't realize I liked!

On Valentine's Day my husband and I went to Academy Sports and outfitted ourselves with new workout clothes and we joined a local gym the next day.  I'm loving it!  On the days that I can't go with Jeff, I can go with my girls. (I've learned I can't keep up with them though and I need to go my own pace!).  

So, while I'm beginning to love this new lifestyle change, I'm trying to figure out how to fit in my creativity!   I finally managed to find some time tonight to finish a card I started on Sunday.   Even though I knew exactly what I wanted to do, my mojo just wasn't there.   I left it for later and yesterday I started thinking about it and decided I needed to change the stamp that I was using.  So, today I was anxious to get home and finish it!

Here is my card. The sketch is adapted from the Sweet Sunday Sketch.

I used one of Close To My Heart's new embossing folders - Quatrefoil.   I found a similar shape on the Artiste Cartridge to use for my sentiment.  The colors I used for this card are Buttercup and Black inspired by Dynamics Duos Challenge.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Sunday Sketch #207                 Dynamic Duos

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Flourish Challenge
Pile It On Challenge #7 - Sentiment as the Focus

All products are Close To My Heart:
Black Cardstock - 1386
Buttercup Cardstock - 1271
Quatrefoil Embossing Folder - Z1926
Black Shimmer Trim - Z1809
Black Sparkle Flourish - Z1745
Big Hug My Acrylix Stamp - D1584
Black Ink - Z2105

Big Hug Stamp Set

Friday, February 14, 2014

Pink Glitter Hearts.....

Happy Valentines Day!

I don't make alot of Valentine cards but I have some new Pink Glitter paper from Close To My Heart that I thought would make a pretty Valentines Card!   Oh yeah and have I mentioned my new embossing folders?   You bet!  I had to incorporate that into my card too!

Freshly Made Sketches had the perfect sketch!

The Pink Glitter paper comes in 3 different shades of pink.  I used two of them here.  I cut the hearts on my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge at 1" and 3/4".  I stamped the sentiment in Slate Ink. The sentiment is from the Valentine's themed stamp that was our National Papercrafting Month Special in 2013.  It's a cute little stamp and I just had to hang onto it!    The twine is from the Ruby Mini Medley Accent collection.  I love the silver thread that runs through it!

Here are the Close To My Heart Products I used:

Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - Z1686
I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch #123

Pile It On - Stripes and/or Dots

Cut it Up Challenge - Valentine project with a die-cut

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dream a Little Bling - February Girl's Night Out Project

Last July I started a monthly Girl's Night Out Event.  One Friday a month, I offer an easy workshop that would be fun to attend with friends.

For February I have scheduled a Dream a Little Bling workshop.  This month we will be creating a trendy necklace with Close To My Heart's newest Base & Bling collection.  The necklace was so quick and easy to create that I added a ring box to alter to our event.   This box would make a cute place to store the necklace or use to give as a gift!

At the workshop, attendees will get a chain, a square pendent with glass cover and their choice of 2 charms.  When they sign up for the workshop, they will indicate whether they want the Faux Antiqued Silver or Gold.  At the event, they will choose the picture they want to go in their pendent under their glass cover from the Dream Style Sheet.   In the picture above, I chose a background sticker and stamped the butterfly on it with pigment ink.  I had to let this dry completely before adding the liquid glass to seal the cover.  Because of the slickness of the sticker, stamping with pigment ink has to be done very carefully so that the stamp doesn't slide around.

I LOVE these pendents!  Here is a picture of the very first one I created as soon as I ordered the supplies.   This one is Faux Antiqued Gold and has a round pendent.  The sticker is from the Dreamer Style sheet.  The charms are from the Thinker Charms Set (Z1957)

Here is a closer look at the My Creations Ring Box we will be altering.  I used the retired paper from the popular Claire paper pack.   I cut the flowers with the Artiste Cricut cartridge and layered.  Then I added a little button bling on top.  We'll also make a tag for the box.

The gift tag is stamped with the set - Crafted With Love (B1399).  Workshop attendees will have a chose of sentiments to use to stamp their tag.

I still have a few spots available for this workshop!  If you are interested in attending, please contact me by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14.   The cost of the workshop is $20.

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Chevron Embossed Happy Birthday

With this month's special - Get a FREE embossing folder with the purchase of 2 packs of cardstock (single color or combo), you are going to be seeing alot of embossed artwork on my blog!  I got my folders last week, and I just LOVE playing with them.

Yesterday I created this card for my daughter's birthday.  She turned 24!  WOW..... hard to believe.  I came across the colors over at the Paper Players challenge and knew immediately that I wanted to use them for her card.  I combined the colors with the sketch over at the Sweetest Thing.

The colors in the Paper Players challenge were Midnight Muse, Crisp Cantaloupe and Gold.  I used Close To My Heart's colors of Outdoor Denim, Sorbet and for my gold I used our Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape.  I adhered the washi tape to a piece of white cardstock and then cut it to the size I needed.   The polka dots were easy to line up so I was able to make the cardstock as wide as I needed.
The birthday cake was first stamped in Sorbet and then I stamped it again in Outdoor Denim and Desert Sand and cut out the pieces that I wanted to layer onto the cake.  Since the Desert Sand was not 'gold' enough for me, I used my Gold Marker to color the cake stand.

I used the Chevron Embossing folder and the Belated Birthday stamp set.

Be sure to check out my February Special Tab HERE for all the details on how to get an embossing folder for FREE!!   Recipe for my card follows below.

                           Paper Players Color Challenge:      The Sweetest Thing:

Close To My Heart Products Used:

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Embossing is the Boss!

Close To My Heart has five new embossing folders!  I was so excited when I learned that CTMH would now be selling these.  I couldn't wait to order mine and start using them.   Here is a card I created using the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.

I used the Damask (Z1927) folder with the Blush cardstock and the Stripe (Z1960) folder with Sweet Leaf.   I ran the cardstock through my Cuttlebug going against the grain to get the white center of the cardstock to show through.  The stamp is new for Spring and is Joyful Wishes (A1152).  I stamped it in Desert Sand and then used alcohol markers to color.   I also stamped the image in Blush ink and cut out words "JOY", "LOVE" and "DO" and adhered them on top of the same image.  I also colored and cut out two of the larger flowers and adhered on top of the same flowers.  Bitty Sparkles and Hemp Bakers Twine accent the card.

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch:

Get an Embossing Folder for FREE in February!

During the month of February, you can choose any of the five embossing folders for FREE when you purchase two packs of Cardstock* (single color or combo color). 

Order yours today! Visit my website at

*White Daisy, Colonial White and Paper Fundamentas do not qualify. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lollydoodle Artbooking - New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our NEW PRODUCT Blog Hop! This hop will take you through 27 consultant blogs introducing you to some of the best new products in the Spring Summer Idea Book! It's a big circle so when you get back to me you know you have been all the way around the hop! Just look for the next link near the bottom of each post. If you came from Terry Ann Diack's Blog you are on the right track!  If you get lost along the way you can find the complete list of participants HERE.

I have so many NEW things to share, it was hard to choose one for the New Product Blog Hop!  But don't worry, what I do not share today, come back and check my blog for more new product peeks in the coming days.

I decided to share a layout that I created using Lollydoodle paper and the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge - Nursery Layout.    My inspiration started with one of the zip strips from the Lollydoodle paper.   Across the zip strip it reads..... "He said"   "I Love You "  "She said"   "Kiss Me."    So I planned my layout around that one little zip strip.   The Lollydoodle Paper Pack has some adorable coordinating compliments that I wanted to use also.

Let's take this a page a page at a time......

You can see that I chose one of the Lollydoodle B&T's as my base page. I liked the little polka dots showing through my White Daisy cardstock overlay.  I chose the photo frames with hearts for my layout.   The frame on this page fits a 4x6 picture. Can you see the little wood grain hearts at the bottom of the frame?  This is actually washi tape adhered to a piece of cardstock and taped to the back of the frame.  The vertical leaves running from top to bottom of the page are two zip strips from one of the other B&T papers.  The tree, owls and flowers are from the Lollydoodle stickease.  I cut apart the "He said" "She said" zip strip and added it to the leaf zip strip like signs on a post.

The right side layout has a 1/2 page overlay and two 4x4 frames.  Remember, when using the Artbooking cricut cartridge, you only need to set the measurement dial one time and it will cut everything proportionate to the layout.  In this case, I set the measurement dial to 11".

Here I added the same woodgrain washi technique for the hearts and I used more stickease.  I used a portion of the 3rd zip strip on this page!   Can you find it?  It's the 3 half circles above the "RAY!".

I also used a few Lollydoodle Assortments on these pages and added some Flamingo Dots to the centers on the flower stickease. These are just adorable!

I hope you enjoyed my layout!  It was so much fun to create!!  I have listed all the products I used below.   In the meantime, if you like you can hop on over to Michelle Loncar's Blog.

Products used for this Lollydoodle Layout:
Lollydoodle Paper - X7183B
Lollydoodle Compliments - X7183C
Lollydoodle Assortment - Z3006
Flamingo Dots - Z1934

Artbooking - Z1906

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sneak Peek - Ariana

Quick post here.  I wanted to share a card I created using the new Ariana paper pack. This is beautiful paper which makes for beautiful cards and layouts.

I kept this 5x7 card fairly simple using the big rose from the Ariana Complements as my focal point.   The White Daisy Cardstock was cut using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge - <Card> x.   It was a little longer in length than I wanted to so I cut it to shorten the length and then used a zip strip to cover up the seam.  Those zip strips sure come in handy!!   The sentiment is from the new stamp set - Greatest Love.  My accents are the new Black and Grey Epoxy Bubbles.   The sketch I used for my card is from Deconstructed Sketch #136.

You can see this card and more at my Open House this Saturday - February 8th.  
Stop by between 9am and 1pm!   
2722 Lascassas Pike - Murfreesboro, TN

New Products used for this card.
Ariana Paper Pack - X7179B
Ariana Compliments - X7179C
Greatest Love - B1444
Black and Grey Epoxy Bubble - Z1935

Deconstructed Sketch No. 136
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