Friday, October 31, 2008

SC199 - Happy pumpkin

This is another sketch challenge I accomplished recently! It can be found here, at SCS, so check it out!

My card uses Orange, Clover Meadow, and Chocolate Cardstock. I stamped the pumpkin and the sentiment in Chocolate ink. The vine is stamped on the Clover Meadow cardstock in Clover Meadow ink. The Orange Organdy is old CTMH ribbon.

To color in the pumpkin, I broke out my almost forgotten soft chalks! It was fun to use them again!

The stamps are from the Harvest Memories, and Say It In Style stamp sets.

Have a happy PUMPKIN day!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mojo Monday - Let it snow!

Not the best picture - sorry about that....but I'm so excited! I decided this week that I am going to try to do at least 2 sketches from either SCS or other blogs each week. I loved the Mojo Monday sketch this week - and this card is what it inspired!!

I used paper from the Aspen paper packet, along with Outdoor Denim and White Daisy cardstocks. I stamped the images in Outdoor Denim ink and the snowflakes on the circle in Creme Brulee. I colored the elf image with my CTMH markers in Creme Brulee, Twilight, Outdoor Denim and Bamboo.

I don't have a small scallop circle punch so I cut two circles with my Coluzzle system. Then I used a pair of scallop scissors to cut around the larger blue circle - it wasn't very easy!!! And it's not toally even, but I think it looks ok!

Stamp sets used are Merry Pursuits and Christmas Scripts.

To snow or not to snow.....oh let it snow!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Give Thanks for Fall!

I really like this striped paper from the Enchanted Paper Packet - can you tell?

This card was quick and easy to make. I stamped the fall tree from the Four Seasons stamp set in Pansy Purple on a piece of White Daisy cardstock. The moon is a circle stamp from the Solo B stamp set - which is stamped in Sunflower ink. The tree is layered on a piece of Pansy Purple cardstock.

I also layered the piece of striped B&T paper on Pansy Purple. The sentiment is also stamped in Pansy Purple ink. Just below the sentiment are two White Daisy itty Bitty Brads. Love them - they are soo tiny! The card itself is Sunflower cardstock.

Hope you're having a good fall day!

(All Supplies are Close To My Heart)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Poll Posted

No artwork today...or at least not until later, maybe. I have some I need to photograph today - it's on my list of things to do!!!

But I did add a new poll on the right about embellishments. I'm curious - what is the favorite embellishment out there right now? You can choose more than one on the list, but if you choose "Other" please leave a comment and tell me what you like to use on your cards and pages!

Have a great day!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Stamplifted NOEL

You know, sometimes you see a card and you just HAVE to copy it. I saw the original for this card on our corporate artwork bulletin board and had to make one. Love it!!

I did use different paper than the original creator. This card has the blue pattern from the Notebook paper packet, Moonstruck cardstock and White Daisy cardstock.

Stamp sets used are Essential Alphabet, and Feathery Flakes.

This technique is so fun to do, too. It's called stamp-kissing. I inked the N EL with Crystal Blue ink. Then using the small snowflake, I inked it in Moonstruck and stamped it directly onto the letter stamps. (Note: you have to have a very steady hand for this because the stamps slide very easily!) Then I stamped the whole thing on a piece of white cardstock. Beautiful! I added the large snowflake for the O and stuck a White Daisy bigger brad through the center of it. NOEL got layered on a piece of Moonstruck which has the edges distressed a bit. The small snowflake on the blue Notebook B&T is stamped randomly in second generation. After putting it all together, I thought it needed just another little something, so I added the tiny layered snowflake image in the lower corner. Perfect!

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sweet Angel

I LOVE this little angel set - Angel Sent. The four little angels are so sweet. This little angel has a frame of Cranberry cardstock accented with a gold brad and a piece of New England Ivy organdy. The angel is stamped in black ink on White Daisy cs, and is colored with CTMH markers. I added a bit of prisma glitter to her wings and halo.

The card base is White Daisy cs, with a panel of B&T from the Evensong Paper Packet. I wasn't sure I liked this square pattern until I used it on this card. The sentiment is stamped in black and is layered on Garden Green cs. The sentiment is from the Peace on Earth set.

Hope your weekend is going great! Come visit again soon!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart.)

Here is a close up of the framed angel. The frame is set up on foam tape.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Feathery Flakes

Every single time there's a new snowflake set I think...."I gotta have it!" Now sometimes, I manage to get past the temptation to buy, but not this time. I love this new set!! There are three different sizes of snowflakes in it and they are all gorgeous!

For this card I used Moonstruck, Crystal Blue and White Daisy cardstocks and Moonstruck and Crystal Blue inks. Some of the smaller flakes are stamped in second generation - although it's a little hard to tell in this picture.

The card is a gatefold and there is also a sentiment on the inside along the lines of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with a couple of smaller flakes accenting.

The sentiments came from the Peace on Earth set, and the B&T on the right side of the card is from the Notebook paper pack. There is also a Moonstruck Bigger Brad in the center of the middle flake.

Stay warm where you are!! It's only 28 here this morning....brrr!!
(All supplies are Close To My Heart.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Enchanted Harvest

Loved this sketch when it was posted on Splitcoaststampers last week -SC198. So, I had to give it a try. The two B&T papers are from the Enchanted paper pack. Cardstocks used are White Daisy, Garden Green, and Pansy Purple. I used CTMH markers to color the image from the Give Thanks stamp set. The vine on the Garden Green strip is stamped with Garden Green ink in second generation and is from the Harvest Memories set.

(All supplies, except the square brads, are CTMH.)

Have a great day!!

Where does time go?

I know this is an often asked question, but I am constantly amazed at how fast the days go by anymore. Suddenly my oldest child is a Senior in high school. I remember when I took him to his first day of Kindergarten...and how I cried all the way home. My middle child is a Freshman...he's supposed to still be in second grade!! How'd he get so tall? Taller than anyone else in the family. My baby, my daughter, is 10!! She's 10? My little girl is getting taller and beautiful and full of teenage ideas.

Not only that, but it's already almost the end of October?? How in the world did that happen? School just started yesterday, didn't it? Two and a half months.....wooosh.... Seems impossible that we are already staring another holiday season in the face! Don't get me wrong, this is my favorite time of year, but didn't we just have it? I turned 40 last December...and now all of a sudden December is just right around the corner and my next birthday is coming with it. What???

Well, I hope you all have a great day today. Thanks for "listening" to my rambling. I just looked at my kids and the calendar this morning, and felt really, really tired all of a sudden. Like life has been a virtual whirlwind and it's going by way too fast.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

happy Fall

This card is one of my favorite newest creations! It is a 4-1/4" square card of Olive cardstock. The red strip is a 1" x 4-1/4" strip of Barn Red cardstock. The tree is stamped in Cocoa ink on a piece of Colonial White cs an layered on Cocoa cs. I used CTMH markers - Sunflower, Barn Red, and Olive - to add some color to the leaves. The Olive Waxy Flax is attached using a pewter photo hanger (love those!) and the tag is a stamp from the Annotations Stamp of the Month. The word "happy" also came from the Annotations set, and the word "Fall" came from the Four Seasons set with the tree. The tag is stamped in Olive and Barn Red inks.

Happy Fall!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart.)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Noel Elf

I love these new little elves in the Merry Pursuits set....they are just so cute! The original card I made was the lower one in this picture with the darker B&T paper. But then when I was giving the class, one of the ladies decided to use the lighter back side of the paper and I liked how it looked so much that I made one that way, too. So cool to have choices with one piece of paper!!

Both B&T papers are from the new Evensong scrapbooking kit from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book. It's a really pretty set of papers....

I colored the elves with my CTMH markers using Cranberry, Olive and New England Ivy, and Vanilla Cream.


(All supplies are Close To My Heart.)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Just Because

Little Owl! Love this little guy - he's in the same set as the larger owl a few days ago - Whooo loves you.

I stamped Little Owl in Chocolate ink atop his Chocolate branch. I colored in his beak with a Sunflower marker.

The leaves are from the Treasure Life stamp of the month set. I inked them in the new Juniper ink, then rolled the edges in the new Tulip ink - omitting the stem portion of the stamp. Then I stamped them in first and second generation, overlapping a bit. The edges of the White Daisy panel were rubbed across the Chocolate ink pad. The panel is then layered on a piece of Juniper cardstock.

The red strip is a strip of the lovely new Tulip cardstock...I love that color!! The cute little mushroom is stamped at a slight angle and inked in Tulip and Juniper. Oh, and I stamped the sentiment above in Tulip, too.

Have a great weekend! We actually have very few plans this weekend - imagine that!!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart.)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Peace on Earth

Here's a pretty Christmas card!

The B&T paper is from the Notebook paper this kit! The next layer is Moonstruck cardstock that I used the edge distressor on. Then Crystal Blue cs, also edge distressed. I stamped the sentiment in Moonstruck and added two white Bigger Brads to the bottom corners. For the stamped piece, I used Moonstruck and Crystal Blue ink to stamp the new snowflake images from the Feathery Flakes set.

Not really looking forward to snow yet, but this card does put me in a little bit of a holiday mood!!

Have a great day!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart.)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Whooo loves you?

Don't you just love this owl? He looks so bright eyed with his little chocolate brad eyes. Colors in this card are Garden Green, Chocolate, and Goldrush.

The owl was stamped and cut out. I used my Coluzzle system to cut out the moon, stamped the branch on it in Chocolate ink, and then rolled the edges of the moon across the ink pad. The owl is attached with pieces of foam tape so he's popped up a little bit.

I stamped the grass across the bottom of the Garden Green cs panel in Garden Green ink. The little mushroom was stamped, cut out and attached with a foam square. After layering it all together, I placed the sentiment stamp in a curve on an acrylic block and stamped it along the side of the moon.

Come back and see another owl card soon!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Plant Smiles

This card was made using the new CTMH color, Creme Brulee and the Stamp of the Month set from last month, Treasure Life.

The top strip of Creme Brulee cs was scored at 1/2" intervals. Then I adhered the end of a piece of white organdy ribbon to the back of the strip and folded it over the top, tied a knot in the other end, and attached the knot with another glue dot. That strip was then attached to the top of the card.

The flowers were stamped with Creme Brulee ink in first and second generation. Finally I added the sentiment in the open space.

Hope your day is full of smiles, laughter and love!
Thanks for visiting!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart)

Monday, October 13, 2008

season, time, purpose...

This card is another CASE. I just loved the idea so much that I had to make one. I changed the papers from the one I saw, but I can't take credit for the main idea.

The stamps are from a new set - Four Seasons. I started out by adhering the striped B&T from the Enchanted paper pack to the bottom half of the card. Then, using that as a guide, I stamped all the trees in Garden Green. Once the trees were done, I added the strip of Garden Green Cardstock. I inked the saying from the Make It Count stamp set with Garden Green ink....wiped the ink off the words I wanted to highlight and used a Pansy Purple marker to re-ink them. I stamped that on a piece of White Daisy cs, layered it on a piece of Pansy Purple cs, and added a piece of purple ribbon with a White Daisy Bigger Brad in the top corner. Then I just attached that whole piece to the card.

Thanks for visiting today! Have a great day!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart.)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Autumn Splendor

This was a pretty fun card to make. I used the swirl stamp from the Free Spirit stamp set and stamped it in Autumn Terracotta on a piece of White Daisy cardstock. I moved it a bit, and stamped it again in second generation. Then I stamped leaves and the berry from the Autumn Splendor set in Olive and Autumn Terracotta inks in second generation. I stamped the sentiment in Olive ink. This panel is layered on an Olive panel 1/4" larger. I layered that on the B&T paper (one of my FAVORITE patterns from the Expedition scrapbooking kit). I used a glue dot to adhere the end of the piece of gingham ribbon to the back of the b&t, knotted the other end of the ribbon and attached it down with another glue dot. Then the whole thing went onto the front of a standard size card made from Autumn Terracotta cardstock. Finally, I used a glue dot to adhere a paper leaf from the Just Blooms Autumn Leaf collection.

Happy Autumn!

(All supplies are from Close To My Heart. Ribbon is from the Autumn Terracotta ribbon rounds collection!)

Friday, October 10, 2008


I LOVE the new Notebook scrapbooking papers from Close To My Heart. They are just so much fun! This card is made with two of the papers from that kit, and was inspired by a card made by another consultant. Unfortunately, I can't remember who, so if it's a comment and let me know!! I stamped the coffee cup and saucer (from the Coffee Shop set) in black on White Daisy cardstock. Then using the solid stamps, I stamped the cup in Hollyhock ink, and the saucer in Bamboo ink. The steam is also stamped in Black. Then I cut out the image and adhered it to a circle cut out of an OLD cardstock called Bark. (The Bark cardstock is also what I used for the card itself.) I cut the circle using my Coluzzle system. The circle is attached to the card with foam tape. I stamped the word Grateful in Black on the Notebook patterned B&T paper. The inside of the card has another panel of the lined notebook paper for writing your message.

Love this card! Hope you do, too!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Awesome blog candy

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Picnic Accordian Album

I made this little Picnic Accordian Album for a silent auction at our church to raise funds for our Youth Mission Trip we take each year. I was fortunate enough to go on the trip this summer as an adult leader. It was wonderful! We spent time at the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana - a week of working in the town of Lodge Grass and running a Kids Club for the beautiful children there. I got to watch our high school youth bloom in the love of Christ - it was a great experience for all of us.

This album is made with a 6x6 accordian album available from Close To My Heart. I used a retired scrapbooking kit and new rub ons. Also added ribbons, and buttons. Some of the die cut elements are popped up on foam squares.

Colors are Holiday Red, Star Spangled Blue, Clover Meadow. I hope that the person who bought it at the auction has a fun time adding their own photos and memories to this album!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart, except ribbon.)

PS. If you want to see close ups of the pages, let me know in a comment and I'll post those, too!

Monday, October 6, 2008's been a while...

I've realized that blogging is a lot harder to keep up with than I thought it would be. (Not to mention easy to get out of the habit, too!) I have spent a lot of time looking at other blogs in the last few weeks - which is great fun, and very inspirational to say the least! And I find I am amazed at the number of people who can find the time not only to stamp something almost every day, but to also sit down and put it on their blog!! When I first started, my plan was to get something up at least every other every now and then. I'd love to find the time to stamp every day - but it's not gonna happen. So my new goal is now to post something new at least twice a week. (And what I'm really hoping is that I'll be able to find a way to work time into my daily routine a lot more often than that....but shhh, we'll see how it goes before I really say that out loud!!!)

So, with that will not be a stamping day, but I am going to try to get some photos taken today so that I can post a card or two tomorrow. And in the mean time....I'll keep checking out your blogs....but maybe a little faster so that I have more time for my own!! LOL

Have a great week!