Saturday, April 23, 2011

So Blessed....

I made this card after seeing the inspiration and opportunity to win a prize at Aaron's blog.  The table cloth was the trigger for pulling out this old piece of CTMH B&T paper.  I cut out the basket and flourish using my Cricut.  The papers were all scraps, with the circles and eggs cut using my Cuttlebug and Nestabilities.  The sentiment is from a retired CTMH stamp set.

I plan to give this card to a lady at church that does lots for the kids of the church.  Tomorrow she is giving each of the kids Easter treats and two of my girls get to help pass them out.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

50th Anniversary

Our family has the privilege of helping my husband's aunt and uncle celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary this spring.  I knew that I wanted to make them a card, but I wasn't sure where to begin.  As I was visiting some of my favorite blogs, I came upon this card on Jen's Scrappy Pages.  The layout was eye catching, so I ran with it.

Not wanting to do the traditional "gold" card, I opted for gold tones, rich reds, and browns.  My color combination came from the patterned paper, which is one I picked up at Michaels or Joanns when they had a super cheap paper sale (you know, buy 6 for 96 cents kind of thing).  All the stamps are from CTMH, but the names elude me as I sit here and type.  I used ribbon and brads from my stash.  I've still got to work on the inside, but for now this is it:

After stamping the word "journey," I felt it wasn't a bold enough image.  I looked through my stamp collection, but couldn't find the right size "love."  That's when I opted for an alphabet set with just the right letters.  The "love" sentiment is second generation stamping so it wouldn't detract from the original sentiment.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Simple Things...

The Heart-2-Heart Challenge Blog is featuring a "Bunny Hop."  Here are the details:  create something Easter or Spring themed. Post it to your blog. On Monday April 18th only, add your link to the Mister Linky on the H2H blog. You can ONLY post your link between 8:00 am EST and 8:00 pm EST on April 18th!! After 8:00 pm, the link list will be closed and no other entries will be added through the week. You also MUST include CLOSE TO MY HEART products or your link will be removed. Then through out the day, you can bunny hop among the links to see what everyone has created. 

I originally planned to use this card for the "reduce, reuse, recycle" challenge; however, when I thought about a spring themed project this just fit the bill.  What better way to spend a spring day than outside on a swing!  The inspiration for this card came to me when I was helping my young son pick up his room and I came across a half dozen tires he's popped off tractors.  I could recycle them instead of throw them out, but I didn't want to use them in the obvious way and use them as tires on an image.  Then it came to me--a tire swing!  I am so pleased with the card.

CTMH supplies used:

  • stamp sets--The Simple Things and Grown With Love
  • inks--chocolate, sweet leaf, and pink carnation
  • cardstock--chocolate
  • B&T paper--Magic Moments

Sunday, April 17, 2011

H2H Reduce, Reuse, Recycle....

This is my first attempt at this challenge--a true reuse project.  I started with an empty Band-aid box and scraps of old CTMH paper.  In addition, I took some pages from a discarded New Testament (When the Gideons handed out New Testaments at the high school my husband works at, he found one ripped up and I told him I would use it in some way.) to create the flower.  The stamped image is the cute little frog from CTMH stamp set, Hot Diggity.   I'll likely fill it with treats and give it away or use it as a door prize for one of our craft nights at church.

The next project utilized a piece of plastic from a Nestabilities package.  I love the 3-D effect of the butterfly with this reused/recycled plastic.

The paper I used is from another retired CTMH paper pack, called Paper Garden.  The stamp set was a SOTM earlier this year--LOVE IT!!!  I used two other CTMH stamp sets as well.  One is a sentiment set and the other is called Playful Flourishes.  The first butterfly was stamped on blush cardstock in blush ink.  The recycled butterfly was stamped with staz-on ink and attached to the first butterfly with a single gold brad.

You can see the recycled butterfly much better in this close-up:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

H2H Spring Has Sprung

With thoughts of spring, come thoughts of flowers just beginning to peak out of the dirt.  Oh how I love the flowers in full bloom, when we can bring in a variety of flowers and form a gorgeous arrangement in a vase!  That time will be here before you know it...

The papers I used were some long ago CTMH papers, but they are so bright and cheery--perfect for spring.  I used a CTMH stamp set called With Love.

Oops... I forgot to add the close-up picture of the vase.  I used clear embossing powder on it.  Here it is:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Soaring Wishes

My husband has a birthday coming up and I wanted to get in on the H2H sketch challenge this week, so in the few minutes I had this is the card I came up with.  This was the largest Nestabilities circle I have, so I may try another card with a larger circle.  I'll just have to use the Cricut next time.  The papers are from a former CTMH promotional card set and the stamp set for the eagle and mountains (that's what is stamped on the blue CS) are from a retired set, Racoon and Friends.  The sentiments are also CTMH SS.