Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cleaned Up the Posts

Earlier this year I had switched emails associated with this blog and in the process I lost over a year's worth of pictures.  That meant I had over a year's worth of posts without pictures--just a black image with an exclamation point.  I hated seeing them, so I finally just went through all my posts and deleted the ones with missing pictures. There were soooo many posts that I deleted.  Bummer!

I've been mulling over the idea of creating a new blog and also the idea of just eliminating this blog altogether as it zaps a lot of my time.  The time zap is not with posting, but perusing all the great ideas out in blog-land.  I find that I spend so much time getting ideas I don't have nearly enough time to create.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Final Inspiration Card... for now

I've sold all the retired CTMH stamp sets that I originally pulled from my collection.  While I really need to go through them again and part with a few more, it's such a difficult decision.  Some stamp sets hold sentimental value, some I've purchased with ideas for how to use them (even though it's not happened yet), and others are favorites that I won't part with.

Anyway, here is the card I made for the buyer of a former SOTM called Heartthrob (D1309).  While I did use this stamp set on occasion, I now have a newer stamp set that has hearts for all those "love" projects.  The color combination came about by accident using scraps I had on my table.  It was one of those happy discoveries as I like the way the card came together with these colors.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Floral Thank You Inspiration

Here is another example of a super simple card using all scraps and a retired CTMH stamp set called Floral Thank You (B1124).

Monday, October 24, 2011

A couple of retired stamp sets that I parted with...

The retired stamp sets used for this card are Whimsy Garden (B1072) and Special Friendship (C1092).  I used scraps and miscellaneous embellishments for this bright and cheery card.  In hindsight, I would have used a larger card base to spread out the stamped images and embellishments.  

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Brilliant Bookplates Inspiration

So I went through my collection of CTMH stamps and picked out several sets that I haven't used in years, so I could sell them.  I like to make a card for each of the stamp sets I sell and give to the buyer as inspiration for their own use of the stamp set.  As I created this card using the retired CTMH set, Brilliant Bookplates, I kept thinking, "Why haven't I done this before?"  I really like the look of the patterned paper I created using this stamp set.  The sentiment is from the current set, Say It In Style.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

turning 6

A special little boy we know recently turned 6, so this is the card I made for him.  It also fits the Heart-2-Heart challenge this week--use a number in your creation.  The papers are retired papers from CTMH called Goodtimes.  I used the January 2012 SOTM, Little Reminder.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Birthday Gift for a Friend

A good friend of mine celebrated a birthday recently, so as part of her gift I gave her a set of all-occasion cards in a cute little magazine holder.  The papers are from K&Company.  All the stamp sets used are from CTMH.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Brother!

My one and only sibling celebrates a birthday soon, so one of our daughters and I made this card for him using the Mojo Sketch (#210) for this week.  The papers are from a long ago retired pack called, "It's a Guy Thing," by CTMH.  The sentiment is from the current CTMH set called, For Every Occasion.  I used Cuttlebug dies to cut the leaf shapes--such a great masculine accent this time of year!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Curly Sentiments

I have sold my friend the only copy I had of the retired CTMH stamp set, Curly Sentiments.  While I had gotten good use out of it, I just didn't use it any longer.  She has grade school age girls that like to stamp and make cards, so this set is perfect for their family.

Anyway, I made this simple card for them so they could stamp one of the sentiments on the inside before sending it to someone.  I also used one of the exclusive AP Cricut cartridge stamp sets for the flowers and the May promotional stamp set From Me to You for the ticket.  Each of these stamped images was cut using the cricut!  I only have the baby bug, so I couldn't get the exact size for the flowers.  If you ask me, they still look great and I didn't have to fussy cut anything.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Alphabet Favorite

The CTMH stamp set, Doodle Alphabet, is one of my all time favorite CTMH alphabet sets!  Unfortunately it is retired, but you can use any alphabet stamp set to create a card like this.

I also used one of the exclusive AP cartridge stamp sets for the heart.  The butterfly is a MS punch and the button, ribbon and thread are all from my stash.

This is just a cute, super simple card that could be used for a child's birthday or a just for fun card.  I was in a hurry or I would have done a better job getting my letters lined up.  :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

More Treasures of the Heart

A friend of mine purchased three retired CTMH stamp sets from me.  I have duplicates of two of the three sets, so I decided to make inspiration cards for her using the sets I have.  She had specifically asked about how to use the stamp set, Treasures of the Heart (C1271), so I made this inspiration card for her as an example of how she might use one of the sentiments with the flower.  This card could be used as a thank you or a friendship card.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Friendship Alphabet Inspiration

With the Typeset promo in August, I saw several cards using that stamp set to create a "word find."  Well, you can do that with any alphabet stamp set you have.  I used the small Friendship Alphabet set (C1401) to create this inspiration card for a lady who purchased it from me.  In addition, I used a stamp set the comes exclusively with the Cricut package from CTMH (Z1686) and the stamp set Say it in Style (D1283), along with the Fanfare papers (X7138B) that are still available.  From start to photograph, this card took me 30 minutes.  Having the Mojo Monday Sketch 209 sitting out was a big help.  I was literally needing to run out the door to deliver the card and stamp set.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Beautiful Fall Day

For the past several days we have been enjoying absolutely gorgeous fall weather--it's been in the low 70's.  The turning of the leaves on the trees and the crunch of fallen leaves beneath my feet were the inspiration for my card.  I used the Mojo Monday 209 sketch and some DCWV papers I've had for far too long.  The leaves were cut using my Cuttlebug and the sentiment is from a retired CTMH stamp set.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sketchy with a 6"x6" piece of paper

The first challenge over at Heart-2-Heart is a sketch challenge.

I love sketch challenges!  For my card, I used the 6"x6" piece of Typeset patterned paper that was in my consultant idea book, a card base, and a few colonial white cardstock scraps.  The largest star image and the sentiment image are found on one of the exclusive AP Cricut cartridge package stamp sets from CTMH.  Love, love, love that I can use the Cricut to cut images and then stamp them with a CTMH stamp set.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Quick Test

I received my exclusive AP Cricut cartridge, available ONLY through CTMH, at the end of last week.  YAH!!!  Oh my, there are so many options and so little time to play.  Anyway, I wanted to quickly test out the cartridge, so I cut images that can be stamped with one of three stamp sets that come in the bundle you can purchase here.

We had a beautiful fall weekend in Wisconsin, which came after many days of gloomy weather.  Therefore, I didn't spend time in my craft corner, but outside enjoying the beautiful weather and God's amazing creation.  This is a super quick card that I put together using two of those images and some very old fall papers that I have in my stash.  Add a little ribbon and a couple of brads and there you have it.

It's expected to be nice all week long, so I don't know how much time I'll be taking to craft.  However, it's time to begin a whole new month of Heart-2-Heart challenges, beginning with a sketch challenge.  I've also not submitted anything for the Mojo Monday challenges in ages, so I think it's about time I did that as well.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Special Days Inspiration

The retired, CTMH stamp set, Special Days, is sooo versatile.  There are lots of "special day" stamps to choose from, but I opted to keep it simple and use the "birthday" stamp that comes in the set.  I was also guessing the lady that purchased this stamp set would have a use for a birthday card.  This card uses the Fanfare paperpack and some buttons from my stash.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tiny Feet Inspiration

In the last month I have sold a few of my older, retired CTMH stamp sets that I no longer use.  My tastes have changed as I continue to stamp and develop my paper-crafting style.  To help with ideas for use of the stamp sets and as a thank you for the purchase, I have included cards using the stamps they purchase.

For this card, I used the stamp set Tiny Feet and the current Mayberry papers.  I love the use of the Mayberry papers for a baby card--it would work for a boy or a girl!