Friday, February 25, 2011

Frosty Friends--Post 2 Today

As I was thinking about "COLD" as my starting point for creating a card, I immediately thought of this oldie, but goodie CTMH stamp set.  Not knowing where to start after deciding on this stamp set, I ended up using a Cuttlebug folder to emboss the front of a card base.  Then I dusted off a set of chalks I have and chalked the raised snowflake images.  To help the image "pop" a little I colored in a handful of details.  The ribbon was added with staples to just give a bit more detail to the card.

Treasure of the Heart

With Valentine's Day already past, I didn't really know what kind of heart card to create.  As I was looking through my CTMH stamps and paper scraps, the idea for this card began to form.  Other than the fact that the little 3/4" x 3/4" squares were time consuming, I rather enjoyed coming up with a card without getting inspiration from elsewhere.  All of the supplies, except for the gems, are from CTMH.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Winter Day

Here was a simple card I made during my card making marathon day a couple of weeks ago.  It was one of my attempts at creating a card with a more masculine feel using scraps.  We've got lots of snow here, so I thought the winter image from this CTMH stamp set, which has a tree depicting each season, would be a good choice.  This card is completely blank, so it can be used in a variety of ways.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Becky

Last night was a youth fundraiser at church and also the birthday of one of the mothers of a youth member.  I decided to bring Becky a birthday card, which included a piece of Ghirardelli chocolate.  It was so much fun to help her feel a little special!

The card uses CTMH cocoa and twilight cardstock, scraps from a piece of paper from Michael's, CTMH sentiments from 2 different stamp sets, images from the CTMH Find You Style stamp set, a CTMH flower, and brad from my stash.  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the cocoa cardstock and I embossed the dress form image to add some sparkle.  The flower was "colored" with twilight ink.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Handmade contributions for the LOL auction.

The teens at our church are having a special fundraiser tonight called LOL (Love Out Loud).  There will be a meal, made by the teens, served family style; skits put on by the teens; and both a silent auction and a live auction.  I decided to create a couple of things to put in a "Quiet Time" basket for the silent auction.

I made a journal using some cocoa cardstock, a scrap of twilight cardstock, a sheet of patterned paper from Michaels,  and a 1/2 size notepad.  I used a limited edition stamp set from CTMH for the flourishes (which I embossed with clear embossing powder), a Verve plain jane for the Scripture, and the CTMH Live Inspired stamp set (you can just see the image on the white cardstock).  The ribbon, gems, and brad are from my stash, while the flower is CTMH.

 The cards are single layer cards using the CTMH stamp set Treasure Life (my favorite set) and various CTMH stamp sets for the sentiments.  I used cocoa, twilight, and sweet leaf inks.  With the event tonight and not starting the cards until lunchtime today, I needed to keep it simple and quick.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kiss and tell...

Here is my submission for the current challenge over at Heart 2 Heart.  It is a card using some dirty stamp kissing and some clean stamp kissing.  For three of the "train cars" I stamped the image in a lighter color and then kissed it with images using cocoa ink.  For the cocoa car I just inked the image and then pressed a clean stamp on it to get the pattern.  The main stamp set I used is called Childhood.  I can't think of the name of the paper pack, but it is from a retired CTMH level 2 pack.  The brads, buttons, and ribbons were just some that I had on hand.

My cousin and his wife are expecting a baby boy in June, so I will likely use this card for them.

2007 Christmas

I created this layout using the H2H Scrapbooking sketch posted on January 27th, which can be found on the Heart 2 Heart blog.  Most of the spaces now have pictures on them.  Just the smaller colonial white mat on the left page will have journaling.

I used various CTMH stamps and the Mistletoe paper pack for these pages.  The chipboard trees were the only non-CTMH item.  I had picked those up at Big Lots a couple of years ago and never used any.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Single layer card--stamping only.

I have made several of these cards and put them together as sets using various color combinations.  They make quick and easy gifts.  This is the only card I have left of this style and I neglected to take pictures of the sets I gave away.  My original inspiration came from Lisa Stenz's blog.

This CTMH stamp set (Treasure Life) is perfect for cards like this.  I just used two colors (sweet leaf and moonstruck) and some second generation stamping.  The verse is a Verve plane jane stamp.  There is a youth fundraiser this Friday at church, so I hope to get at least a couple sets of cards made up for the silent auction.  I will definitely be making a set of these cards using various Scripture and sentiments.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Almost ready to set sail.

With girls outnumbering boys in our family 2 to 1, masculine cards and pages don't get as much attention.  However, last weekend in my card making marathon, I purposely created a few masculine cards.  The cards you see here just need a sentiment stamped and they are ready to go.  I used an old CTMH stamp set for the sailboat (sorry, I can't think of the name right now) and more scraps to complete the card.  In fact, I stamped 'Happy Birthday' on one and mailed it to my BIL last week.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I love butterflies!

With limited space in my little craft area, I don't have a lot of room for stuff in general.  I'm also one that hates to throw out any scraps, but I am getting better. First, I am turning to scraps before cutting into 12x12 sheets for cards.  Second, I recently went through my file system for scraps and threw away any scraps smaller than 2x2 or shorter than 4 1/4 inches.  This eliminated a good deal.

I created these cards using scraps and the lovely CTMH January SOTM.  I'm pleased with how they turned out and look forward to sending a word of encouragement to a friend... just because.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Get Well Critters

A sweet lady in our church was taken to the hospital after church on Sunday for chest pains.  After a short stay she is now home and this is the card I made to send to her.  To begin, I used the Heart 2 Heart sketch challenge and then I used all CTMH papers, some are rather old scraps, and stamps.  It's all CTMH I guess, because I just used paper and stamps for this card.  Simple and sweet!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Last card using my DCWV card base stash...

The colors on this card lent itself to create a more masculine feel card, so that is just what I did.  My supply of masculine cards is very low and I wanted to add a few cards to it.  Over the weekend I ended up with 5 cards that had a masculine feel.  The CTMH stamp set I used on this card is called Make it Count and it is another favorite of mine.

Here is another card I made using this stamp set.  The card was started by a friend of mine one craft night last fall and she couldn't figure out what to do with it.  I finally got around to adding the white strip and then doing the stamped images.  When I know how it will be used I will add a sentiment to the front as well.  Lately I have been leaving most of my cards blank, because you just never know what you might need a card for...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

More DCWV bases and Find Your Style SOTM...

Thank you to everyone who has shared projects using this stamp set!  I wasn't sure about it until I saw some of your wonderful creations and now I am having so much fun playing with the stamp set myself.  It's a great set to use for those "girlfriend" cards that are a joy to give.

Adding some ribbon to the dress form and a little pink gem to the shoe (it's hard to see in the picture) just set the card off IRL.  This is also a favorite color combination of mine...  CTMH used to have a beautiful paper pack using these colors.  I'm hoarding mine for scrapbook pages of my girls.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A little blue bird wisdom.

This card base was one of four DCWV patterned card bases that I had left from a purchase I made a couple of years ago.  In sorting through my scraps I was able to find some colors that complimented the base.  I used the January SOTM, Find Your Style, for this card.  LOVE IT!  This is definitely a stamp set I will be using on a regular basis.