Wednesday, September 28, 2011

5 for 5 this month

Yah!  I did it!  I participated in all 5 of the challenges at Heart-2-Heart this month.

The final challenge was to use a sentiment stamped image only.  Since I already had the February 2011 SOTM set out for the last challenge, I opted to use the sentiment from that set as my focal point.  I then used some scraps of paper from the Sophia paperpack and punched some circles from a ruined New Testament I have saved.  I inked the edges of the 6 circles and stuck a brad through the center of each, before shaping the paper into a flower.  After I had the flower the way I wanted it, I spritzed a little water on it and let it dry.  This helps it to hold its shape a bit better.

This was a super easy card to make, but the bright cheery colors from Sophia just make me smile when I look at this card.  Now to decide who to give it to...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I have to admit, I hold onto paper.  You know, I just might need that piece for a special project or a scrapbook page, etc.  The crystal blue textured cardstock is one such piece that has a lighter shade on the reverse side.  I used both sides--the crystal blue for the square and the lighter side for the scalloped circle.  I also used twilight cardstock, which I ran through a cuddlebug folder.   The black cardstock was stamped with a damask image from the February 2011 SOTM.  I used other retired stamp sets for the sentiment and dress form (this came from the January 2011 promotional stamp set for Wings).  To add some sparkle to the card, I first stamped the dress form image using embossing ink and then I heat set the silver embossing powder.  The ribbon and blue gems are from my stash of embellishments.

It was fun to create a card using all cardstock.  I've been inspired by the beautiful artwork for this challenge at Heart-2-Heart.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Treasures Inspiration

Yesterday I shared that I made a couple of cards for a lady that purchased several of the CTMH stamp sets I had available for sale.  Here is the second card that I made using the retired stamp set, Treasures of the Heart, and papers from the Sophia kit.  I really like this card and plan to make a few more similar to it.  Once I get the new AP cartridge, I can just imagine the possibilities...  No more cutting out stamped images by hand!  At least not as many as I do now.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blog Award

To be nominated for a blog award by such a FANTASTIC blogger is very humbling.  I want to thank Marie with a Smile for thinking of me for this blog award.  You can visit her blog here.

I've copied the "rules" directly from Marie's blog:

The goal of the award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. 
The rules of the award are:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

There are many fantastic up and coming bloggers that I have visited, but here are 5 of my favorites--if Marie hadn't been the one to nominate me, I would have definitely put her blog on my list:
1)Aaron B at  I wouldn't call her an up and coming blogger, but she doesn't have 200 followers yet.  She brings wonderful inspiration on a regular basis, with videos thrown in here and there.
2)Shirley at  This lady shares many great techniques with pictures and written instruction.  Lots of great things to try can be found here.  
3)Casandra at  Casandra is a new CTMH consultant  just like I am; however, she has jumped in with both feet and is off and running with her business.  You can find lots of new projects with current papers on her blog.
4)Carol at  Carol is another blogger I wouldn't call up and coming, but she still qualifies for this award.  Carol's creations are beautiful.  She often has scrapbook inspiration to share, which I just love!
5)Karen at  She has a lovely blog and I LOVE the style of her cards.  She does beautiful work and you are sure to find great inspiration here. Again, I wouldn't call her blog up and coming either, but she doesn't have the 200 followers yet.

Fishing Inspiration Card

I've accumulated several CTMH stamp sets, so I decided to sell all my duplicate sets and several of the sets I no longer use.  My goal is to reinvest in more current CTMH product.  Anyway, I had a lady by 6 new stamp sets from me, so I made a couple of cards as inspiration for her using duplicate sets I have.  The first card I will share is using the retired stamp set, World's Best Dad, and papers from the Lucky kit.  It is a simple card with limited embellishments, so it came together rather quickly.  I left the inside blank, so the sentiment "celebrate" can be used for a few different occasions.  

Monday, September 19, 2011

3 for 3 so far this month!

It is my goal to submit an entry for each of the challenges at Heart-2-Heart for the month of September.  Here is my entry for the die cut challenge.  I used my cuttlebug for the leaf shapes as I will be placing an order later this week with the new exclusive CRICIT cartridge on the order. I'll get to play with that in October.  I used the Lucky papers and the stamp set Enjoy Life for the bike.

The new challenge for this week is to use 3 different colored cardstock papers on a project--no patterned papers.  I'd best get to thinking on that one...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Birthday Girl

Here is a quick card I made up for our youngest daughter's birthday.  My color combination came from the small piece of ribbon I wanted to use on the card.  Because the buttercup piece of cardstock was too plain on it's own, I used a background stamp to give it some dimension.  This particular stamp set is no longer available, but you can create a background with any of your stamps.

I didn't have any little colored flowers other than the green one, so I inked some white daisy flowers from CTMH.  They are a fantastic deal and so versatile.  Buy them here.  Not much else to tell except that she loved all the pretty colors.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Italy Anyone?

Early in the summer when I had my first CTMH open house, I had cut several cards using some of the new papers from the Spring and Summer Idea Book.  This card was what I recently ended up creating with the last of the card pieces using the Fanfare papers.  I inked up my Ciao stamp for the first time, too.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sweet Leaf and ???

 The challenge this week at Heart-2-Heart is to share your favorite color combination.  Well, I can't say that I have a go-to color combination.  There are so many wonderful combinations that you can create using Close to my Heart's exclusive color palette.  For this challenge I knew I wanted to use sweet leaf--it works with so many colors.  Then I just decided to see what scraps I had to use.  

For the first card, I used barn red and chocolate with the sweet leaf.  The stamp set is called Remarkable Wreath.  

The next card uses hollyhock and indian corn blue with sweet leaf.  I came up with the combination by looking through my stash of precut stamped flowers left from previous projects.  The stamp sets used for the tag are the September SOTM and the National Stamping Month promotional Pair-a-Phrase.  Both of these sets are available THIS MONTH ONLY.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Enjoy the Ride

A sweet friend from church is celebrating a birthday today, so I wanted to make a card for her.  I began with two things in mind--Heart-2-Heart color challenge (pear, sorbet, cocoa) and using the special National Stamping Month promotional stamp set from Close to my Heart.

I knew right away where to get the pear paper--the Sophia collection!  As for the sorbet paper, that was another story.  When I was searching through my CTMH paper stash, I came across the Evensong (retired) paper and found the perfect compliment for the pear paper.   To finish off the color challenge, I used cocoa cardstock for my base.  As for the stamps, I used C1439 Enjoy Life and FREE PROMO Pair-a-Phrase.

Wouldn't you love to be able to stamp this adorable bicycle for yourself?  This month ONLY, you can get this stamp set for FREE with a $75 qualifying purchase.  Did you know this is a super special stamp set?  It is a Double-D stamp set--that's right, you get two D size stamp sets for FREE!  Just visit the side of my blog and look for the Celebrate National Stamping Month image for all the details and to shop with me to get your own FREE Pair-a-Phrase stamp set.