Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy World Card Making Day

Sadly, I cannot celebrate today...but I am going to the Cavalcade of Bands to watch my son march with his high school Marching Band. And my older son is home from college for the weekend so that's a bonus, too!

So, if you are having fun making cards today...add a little extra embellishment for me! And happy World Card Making Day!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Here's another early Christmas greeting. I am having a lot of fun making round cards - they are kind of a refreshing thing to do! Really changes the way you think about putting a card together!

I used Bird Basics for this one - it's so fun to create those little birds. I'm blanking on where the little branch came from....

The card was cut with my Coluzzle system and I used a corner rounder on the layered panels.

The sentiment is from "Say It In Style."

The ribbon at the top is a folded loop - meant to give the card a little bit of an ornament feel. And then for the finishing touch I used a Black fine tip pen to create a wiggly border around the just needed something!!

Hope your Friday is fabulous! And if you make any round cards...leave me a note so I can go check them out! I'd love to see your ideas!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Just hangin' around...

....til Christmas!

Here's a cute little elf to get you in the Christmas spirit! Yes, a little early, but I try to start doing at least one Christmas card a month for my workshops starting in late summer. That way, we have a few ready ahead of time!

The papers on this card are from the Aspen paper packet. This is a great set of papers!! Love the colors.

This great little elf, from the Merry Pursuits set, is colored in with CTMH markers (my daughter did the coloring!)

The colors are Twilight, Outdoor Denim, Bamboo, and Creme Brulee.

The front panel of the card has about 1-1/4" cut off the long side. Then the plaid B&T paper is centered on the back panel in that space that is left open. The image is stamped colored and layered on Bamboo cardstock, and then layered so that it overhangs the front panel of the card.

(All product is CTMH)

Friday, September 18, 2009


I thought this card turned out pretty fun! These owls from the You're a Hoot set are so much fun. I used itty bitty black brads in the center of the eyes, that are also popped up on thin foam tape. And a white brad in the layered paper flowers.

Hope you enjoy this one...have a great weekend.

I'm worn out tonight from dropping my oldest son off at college for his freshman year. It's so much harder than I even imagined...but I am so proud of him and I know he will do well at college!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

you're a hoot!

This little owl is such a fun image! He is stamped in Chocolate ink and his beak is colored in with a Sorbet marker. I also added Sorbet brads to his eyes, and then filled in the whites with liquid glass around the brads.

The branch was inked in Sweet Leaf and then rolled in Topiary. The edges are distressed by rubbing the edge of the cardstock over the stamp pad. I also used a corner punch on all the corners to stay with the round feeling.

The sentiment is stamped in topiary and layered on a piece of Topiary cardstock. The B&T is from the Emporium paper packet, and I added a couple of Chocolate brads around the sentiment.

The round card was cut using my Coluzzle system - which is sadly being discontinued. I love my Coluzzle and I'm sad to see it unavailable.

Hope your day is wonderful! Thanks for stopping by!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Friday, September 11, 2009

The end of the party...time to go...

Here are the last few projects with "It's Your Day" and then I will get busy with this month's Stamp of the Month set!! LOL

I really enjoyed this set and can see it being used a LOT in the future, too!

I used papers from the Animal Crackers paper packet this time. Love these bold bright colors. On the left the cake is cut out and popped up on foam tape, along with the middle package on the right page.

Sweet and simple pages for celebrating a special day!

Colors are Holiday Red, Dutch Blue, Clover Meadow, Sunflower.

Here is a small card for the gift bag - same papers and colors, and the green gift is also popped up on this one.

Thanks for stopping by...hope your day is wonderful!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

and the Party goes on...

I still have a few more photos to share of projects with the August SOM - need to get started on September's!! LOL

Anyway, I used Sorbet and Citrus Leaf green for this card. The "flames" on the candles are Sunny Yellow.

For some extra pizzazz, I added Liquid Glass to the cake plate so that it's all shined up for the party! I stamped the Party circle in Sorbet on a piece of cardstock and then stamped the word "time!" over it in black. Then I cut the circle out and adhered it with a piece of foam tape.

The border along the bottom was made with the cake sections.

Party fun!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Not ready for summer to end....

One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh watermelon! The Summer Sweetness set is one of my favorites because of the watermelon images.

For this 4x4 square card I used Hollyhock, Juniper and Black.
I stamped the inside of the watermelon first with Hollyhock, added the solid part of the rind in Juniper, and then the detailed rind image and the seeds in black. I cut out the watermelon and layered it on my card.

The ribbon is just a small piece tied in a knot and adhered with a glue dot. I also added three Black Bitty Brads in the corner. The final touch was the sentiment below the brads in Black. (If I remember right the sentiment is from the Say It In Style set.)

(All supplies are CTMH - except for the ribbon, I think!!)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Celebration Ticket

Well, I'm not sure how it happened but August has ended...did you notice?? Anyway, this card is another sample from the August Stamp of the Month set It's Your Day. I had a lot of fun playing with this set - think it will be one that gets a lot of use in the future!

I used papers from Tinkerin for this card, and ink colors are Holiday Red, Clover Meadow, Sunflower, Sunny Yellow and Twilight.

For the ticket, I stamped the Celebrate image in Twilight on a 1" x 1.75" piece of Sunflower cardstock. Then I used my regular hole punch and snipped off the corners.

Hope your Friday is lovely! Thanks for stopping by!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Simply elegant...

I love how this card turned out...simple to make, yet lovely.

I used Blush, Hollyhock, Chocolate, and New England Ivy for inks. The paper is from the That's Amore paper packet, and the stamp set is Aspiration.

I stamped the branch and flowers on a single piece of cardstock and then cut it into three one inch strips. Then, I attached a loop of green ribbon at the top of each strip with a Chocolate brad before attaching all three to a panel of Chocolate cardstock.

Hope you like it!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Monday, August 31, 2009

Party time variation...

Here's a variation on the Party time! card. It involved cutting out all the packages and layering them a bit. I also tilted the sentiment square a little bit and moved the package to the other side.

I gave this card to my good friend and supervisor for his birthday.

Same colors, same papers as the other card.

(All supplies are CTMH)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Party time!

Love this card! I used the Stamp of the Month set "It's Your Day" for this card, along with paper from the Tinkerin' paper packet.

Colors are Twilight, Holiday Red, Sunflower, Clover Meadow, and Sunny Yellow.

The package on the side of the sentiment square is popped up with some foam tape.

Had lots of fun with this!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Watercolor Alligator

So this is the last card sample from my class for VC. This one was stamped in black and colored in with watercolor pencils. Starting with the lighter color first, then highlighted with a darker shade, you blend them together with the wet waterbrush. Easy, quick, and great results!

(All supplies CTMH)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Birthday wishes

I just love these pigs! They are layered on Petal cardstock on a Blush card. I watercolored them with my waterbrush. the Happy Birthday sentiments is from the Happy Birthday stamp set, and I added 3 Sunny Yellow brads under it.

Have a great day!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Life is good!

Here's another brayered card I created for my VC class. I still need some practice myself, but this was a lot of fun to do! The images were stamped and clear embossed. Then I made a mask for the hill and brayered on the green. After that, I used the reverse side of the mask to brayer the sky. I sponged darker coordinating colors around the edges and under the tree for a shadow (just doesn't show in the picture all that well.) Finally, I added my sentiment and layered the piece on my card. The card is 41/4" square.

(All supplies are Close To My Heart)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Brayered bandana card

I've ended up taking most of the summer off from stamping and holding classes - didn't really mean to...just happened that way. But, I was involved in VC and this is one of the cards I made as a sample for that class.

I clear embossed the images from the You've Got Flair stamp set on White Daisy cardstock. Then, brayered over it with Holiday Red ink. The brayered panel was then layered on a card made from White Daisy Cardstock. The sentiment was stamped on a small piece and attached with H.Red brads. A red button was glue dotted to the center of the paper flower, and that was glue dotted to the card.

Fairly simple and quick! Enjoy!

(All supplies are from Close To My Heart - except the button)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Quick note

Not a lot to share today...I've been busy working on getting things ready for an online class for next month. It took a LOT longer than I though it would. I'll share those projects later - they are for VC 2009.

I am also going to be gone this next week. I'll be travelling to the Crow Reservation with a group of high school kids from my church to work and play with the kids on the res. It's an amazing time of service - those little kids have so much love to share that I find myself blessed even though we are going there to try to share some blessings with them!

Hope everyone has a great week...I'll start posting again after I get back!
Take care!

Saturday, June 6, 2009


The stamp set for this was a Stamp of the Month a couple months ago - World's Greatest Dad. Colors are Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, and Colonial White. I used my waterbrush for coloring the fish and the fishing creel. The grass is hand-drawn and sponged.

Gotta finish cleaning before the big graduation party today so this is a short and sweet post. Any questions? Let me know!
(All supplies are CTMH)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Happy flower

This is a really bright card!! More so in real life than this picture shows!

Colors on this card are Sunflower, Clover Meadow, Black, and White Daisy. The papers are from the Animal Crackers paper packet. I used the With Love stamp set for this card. The words Happy everything are stamped randomly on the square White Daisy piece. The flower was stamped in Black on Sunflower cardstock and cut out. There is also a Clear button attached in the center with a glue dot. The flower is popped up on a piece of foam tape.

The final touch was the little piece of ribbon folded in half and added as a tag.

Hope everything in your day is happy today!
Thanks for stopping by!

(Everything except the ribbon is CTMH, ribbon unknown)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

How I started stamping....

I remember many years ago - about 19, I believe - I received a hand stamped card in a secret pal-type swap at work. I looked and looked at that card because I knew it was "different" but it took me a little while to figure out why. It was pretty and wonderful....and hand made! I'd never seen stamping like that and had no idea how it was done. So, when I found out who the maker was, I asked her about it. And now....she's my dear, dear friend so many years later!

She put together a beginner stamping class for a group of us from work and we met at her house one afternoon. I remember being so excited - I ran to the craft store to buy my very first stamp and a stamp pad to take with me to her house. It was just the beginning!!!! From that one stamp and that class.....I now have a room full of stamps and supplies, have been a CTMH consultant for 10 years this month, and still love it as much as that first afternoon!

It's so fun to share the cards I make and to teach others how to do it....I can't imagine ever stopping!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Soccer, anyone?

Here's another fun card for the kids. I used the Stardust paper packet, textured Honey Cardstock, and White Daisy Cardstock. The boy and soccer ball are from Family Ties - Children. I used a sponge to create the "sky" and the grass is hand drawn with a CTMH marker and then sponged in. Used my CTMH markers for all the other coloring, too.

Have a happy and energetic day!
(All supplies are CTMH)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Baseball Birthday Boy

Here's a fun card for the kids. I used the Family Ties - Children set for this card, as well as Happy Birthday. The B&T is from the Stardust paper packet. The cardstock at the bottom of the card is textured Honey CS. I also used Moonstruck and White Daisy cardstocks. The brads are white, the image was stamped in Chocolate and colored with CTMH markers. The grass was hand-drawn.

Have a great day!

Friday, May 29, 2009

3 x 3 thanks

I made this little bitty card for a swap. I am quite pleased with the way it turned out.

I used the new Bella papers, a Pansy Purple Just Blooms flower from the Autumn Daisy collection, and Smokey Plum ink. The ovals were cut with the Coluzzle oval template.

So, hey, "thanks" for stopping by today!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

On Confirmation, Graduation, and my baby going to middle school

I cannot believe how fast our children grow. My darling daughter, and baby of the family, is finishing her last few days of elementary school. In the fall she will be in middle school - wow! I look at her and I see a beautiful young girl who is growing so quickly into a beautiful young lady.

My middle child who is 14, will be getting confirmed at church this weekend. He's been through four years of studies for this. Our Pastor showed me the powerpoint show he put together for the celebratory dinner on Friday night - all those kids have changed so much in the four years they've been together! Just amazing to see the changes - not only in their faith life, but also in their personal lives and growth.

My oldest, who just turned 18 a couple weeks ago, graduates from high school next weekend. I am completely can my sweet baby boy be a grown young man ready to go out on his own?? I am having such a hard time letting go and yet, I can see that he is ready and I have raised him well. He's going to do great!

It's such a bittersweet time right now. I love my kids so much and I want them to grow and flourish - but I wish it wasn't all happening so fast!

Hug your kids today, love them, and make sure they know it!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Masculine birthday

Here's a card I did for a workshop of masculine cards. I used Make it Count - love that set - and papers from the Sarsaparilla paper packet. Colors are Barn Red, Black, Desert Sand. Oh, and I used the Black Bitty Brads on the little tabs - those things are SO tiny and cute!!

One of my favorite things about this set is that you can make your clocks look different every time. There are a couple sets of hands, little gears, etc. Too fun!

Hope your day is blessed and happy! Thanks for stopping by!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Way to Go!!

Here's a fun, small, square gift card. I have a son graduating from high school in a week and a half...sigh. So this card came out of thinking of that milestone in his life....

The circle images and arrow are from the Star Struck stamp set and the sentiment is from Say It In Style.

Colors are Moonstruck, Clover Meadow, Bamboo, and Desert Sand.

The fun papers are from the new Stardust paper packet.

(All supplies are CTMH)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Just Because

I really liked the Mojo Monday sketch from a week...or maybe two...ago. So this is the card I made using it.

I used the set Whoo Loves You and paper from the new Bella paper packet. Colors are Sweet Leaf, Holly hock, and Desert Sand.

The owl is paper pieced just a little - he's stamped in Hollyhock on the card, and then stamped again in Sweet Leaf on a scrap piece of cardstock - tummy cut out and glued to the Hollyhock owl.

Hope you have a nice Memorial Day! Thanks for visiting!

(All Supplies CTMH)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Daughter designed....

My 10 year old daughter designed this card - my only input was that I wanted to paper piece the dress and she took off from there. She chose the papers, the colors, everything - even drew a card sketch. We changed her initial design part-way through when we realized the tag was too long for the space she had (just flipped the card on it's side), but otherwise it's all hers! It was even a project for my monthly Create and Take class this week.

Colors are Vanilla Cream, Juniper, and Bubblegum. We stamped the girl from the Stamp of the Month set - Be Yourself - in black and then in Bubblegum ink on scrap cardstock, then adhered it over the black image. The tag has rounded corners with two small Juniper brads.

Just be yourself....everyone else is taken!!

(All Supplies are Close To My Heart)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Here it is...the first card in a LONG time!!!

Life is good....yep, that's my mantra today! Life is good!!

This is a new set called Treetops from CTMH and I LOVE it! The colors on this card are Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, and Chocolate.

I stamped the trunks of the trees first, then added the treetops. For the center tree, I stamped it in Sweet Leaf on my panel, then in the other two colors on a scrap piece of White Daisy Cardstock. I cut them out in different sizes and layered them together, then attached this layered piece on top of the tree with a piece of foam tape.

The saying is stamped in chocolate on a small strip of cardstock. Then I added two buttons for the finishing touch.

(All supplies are Close To My Heart)

Time marches on....

So I had a talk last night with a woman at work. We talked about discipline, working out, losing weight, discipline, wasting time, discipline.....and I've decided that I need to work on my self-discipline. I waste a lot of time doing nothing and talking myself out of doing something....sad.

Today I am going to make it a goal to get a whole bunch of cards photographed and at least one loaded on my blog. I am making it a goal to post at least three projects a week from now on. I am re-confirming my goal to finish the entire year's worth of the "His Holy Name" challenge - which I am woefully behind on at this point.

I am also setting goals for exercise and better nutrition for myself. I want to improve my fitness and health and I've been ignoring it for long enough.

So here I go! Off to change into workout clothes, find the camera and get going on these goals.

Hope you have a beautiful and blessed day! Thanks for visiting and reading my venting!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Check it out...

Click on the button on the right to see some great layouts at the CTMH Scrapbook and Share blog. There are some really nice pages there!

Friday, April 24, 2009

I'd win a BAD blogger award....

....just can't seem to get everything done that I'd like, ya know? Look how long it's been since I posted last. Crazy. Life is!!

I've still been looking at everyone else's blogs...just ignoring my own. Hoping to change that!

The new CTMH catalog starts in a few days...there are some amazing, fun new products in it! Can't wait to share some with you.

Hope your day is full of sunshine and happy moments....

Whatcha stamping today?? Me, I'm going to be prepping projects for a workshop tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Back from Camp

Oh my gosh, it was such a great week last week at Camp Wooten! The 5th graders were fabulous, the teachers were great and the food was wonderful! We had so much going on all week that I came home just exhausted - but happy! If your child's school doesn't have an Outdoor Education Program, they are really missing something! As soon as I upload pictures from my camera, I'll show you some of the things the kids learned and did. My daughter's cabin won an award for best Survival Shelter - too fun!

I also still have some projects to share and hope to get to that tomorrow when I have a day at home babysitting. I'm working long hours this week to try to make up some for a whole week off.

Hope everyone has a great day! Come back soon!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Update note

I just wanted to post a quick update note....I'm leaving tomorrow for a one week camping trip with the 5th graders from my daughter's school. Should be quite an experience - the camp is covered in snow and the forecast doesn't look great! My bag is packed with lots of long underwear and wool socks!

I have some new projects to share but unfortunately that will have to wait until I get home from the camping trip. Just don't have time to get them uploaded before I leave.

Also, I no longer have a myCTMH website, so if you have any CTMH ordering needs please contact me through email and I will help you!

Hope you all have a blessed Sunday and a great week ahead!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Easter gift bag

This little Easter gift bag was quick and easy to make. The handles are even paper, so it didn't take much in the way of extra supplies either.

I used the Easter Eggs SOTM for this one again. Colors are Blush, Sweet Leaf and Petal.

I made the grass by snipping little strips on a one inch strip of Sweet Leaf and then gently bending them down a little.

Thanks for visiting today!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Easter Eggs basket

This box was a challenge a few weeks ago at SCS (check it out here.)
It was super easy to make and, really, a lot of fun, too!

I used the February Stamp of the Month set called Easter Eggs for this project. The colors of cardstock are Sunkiss Yellow, Heavenly Blue and White Daisy. I used Heavenly Blue, Crystal Blue, Sunkiss Yellow and Buttercup inks. I used my big Marvy scallop punch for the yellow circle and my coluzzle system to cut the inner circle.

The eggs are a two-stamp layer - the solid layer was stamped in the lighter colors, with the detail layer stamped over it in the darker colors.

A simple 1/2" strip of Key Lime cardstock over the bottom of the eggs is the grass. Final touches were a little ink distressing around the edge of the white circle, a knotted piece of white ribbon and a blue button layered on.

Ready for Easter goodies!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Kissed Hello

This card uses a simple technique called stamp kissing. I used Cottage Floral, and the colors are Bubblegum, Watermelon and Citrus Leaf Green. I also used a small piece of old Bubblegum organdy ribbon.

The flowers on the main part of of the card are kissed - the dotted background stamp (from Spot On Backgrounds) is mounted on its own block and left uninked. The flower (from Cottage Floral) is inked in Watermelon ink. Then I stamped it onto the uninked background stamp, and stamped it onto my cardstock. You can see that I also did a few second generation prints as well. The leaves are stamped as is - no kissing.

For the flower on the sentiment panel I used the kiss-and-twist technique. So this time, I inked the flower in Bubblegum ink, and the spotted background in Watermelon ink. Then I stamped the flower onto the background stamp and gave it a little twist. The result is the fun blurred lines from some of the spots, and the dual color. I cut out and attached this flower with a piece of foam tape to give it some extra dimension.

The "Hello" sentiment is from Say it in Style and is stamped twice in Bubblegum and once in Watermelon ink.

Hope your day is bright and happy! Thanks for stopping by!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Flower bunny

Here's another card with the sweet Bunny Love stamp set. Isn't she adorable with her little hat and bunch of daffodils?

I used Vineyard Berry cardstock behind her and the accent papers are from the Creative Basics Emportium paper packet. She is colored with CTMH markers - Twilight, Sweet Leaf, Baby Pink, Vineyard Berry and Sunkiss Yellow. I distressed the edges of the image panel with Cocoa ink - and the bunny is stamped in Cocoa as well. The ribbon is knotted around the lower portion of the panel and is the Vineyard Berry Grosgrain that comes in the Creative Basics packet.

Hope your day is sweet!

(All supplies are CTMH)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Looooong weekend!

So, my daughter and I went to spend the weekend with my mother across the state. We left on Friday afternoon, planning to come back on Sunday. Well, we just got home late this afternoon - Tuesday!!! It snowed like crazy over the weekend at my mother's and on the mountain pass we had to come back over. My car's heater hasn't worked all winter and with snow and freezing temps I can't keep my windshield clear without heat. So we were pretty well stuck at my mom's until today when the pass was clear and travel was easier.

It was nice to have the extra time at mom's - she's getting ready to move and needs LOTS of help packing. But now I'm behind at work and everything else....agh!

So, no art post tonight, but I'll be back in the morning with a new card to share. Hope everyone's weekend was great!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Some bunny....

This is one of my favorite new sets in the Spring CTMH idea book. It's called Bunny Love and has four bunnies and some accessory stamps. They are just so cute!!

For this card, I stamped the bunny in Cocoa ink and colored it in with my CTMH markers - Twilight, Sweet Leaf, Vineyard Berry, Crystal Blue and Baby Pink. He is stamped on Colonial White cardstock.

The papers are from the Creative Basics Emporium set - love the floral one!

The diamond was left loose - not glued down, just tied at the top with the ribbon - so it dangles around a bit.

Below is a close up of the sweet bunny.

Hope you enjoy him!

(All supplies are CTMH.)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Taffy Rose

This is a really soft, pretty card. I used Taffy and Garden Green for colors. Cardstock is White Daisy, Taffy and Garden Green. I first cut the two colored strips to the size I wanted for the front of the card - and initially they were to be stuck right up next to each other, but when I started to put it all together I really liked it better with about a 1/8th inch gap between them.

I used a sanding block and sanded both pieces all over, paying special attention to the edges. Then I tied a small piece of Taffy organdy ribbon around the bottom of the GG piece.

For the rose, I stamped the outline detail image in Garden Green ink and colored in the leaves with the GG marker. Then I stamped the solid inside of the rose with Taffy ink, and sponged around the edges of the panel with Taffy as well.

The final step before putting it all together was to pierce holes in two corners for a faux stitched look.

Have a blessed day!

(All supplies are CTMH.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

miss you....

Yesterday I made time for myself to sit and stamp and just play...not getting ready for a class, not because I had to, but just to play. Forgot what that felt like!!! It was wonderful and fun, and refreshing!!

I challenged myself to use stamps that were NOT Close To My Heart. I stamped for 8 years before becoming a CTMH Consultant and I have a pretty big collection of "other" stamps that haven't gotten much use in the last 10 years. So, I decided that I was going to play with some of those. (Don't get me wrong...I love my CTMH classes and stamps!!)

This was a delightful card to make - mostly because there was no time deadline or pressure to make it!

So, I stamped the fish bowl in black in on White Daisy cardstock and made mask for the bottom part. Then I stamped the sea plant twice with Topiary ink, and colored it in with a Citrus Leaf Green marker. I stamped the goldfish in Black ink and colored it in with a Sunflower marker and went over that with my waterbrush and ink from my Orange ink pad. He's really quite pretty up close. I used the two markers to make "gravel" at the bottom of the bowl and finished by using the waterbrush and inks to paint the bottom of the bowl a light orange to reflect the "countertop" underneath and also highlighted some areas of the bowl with Citrus Leaf Green.

I used a standard size card of Citrus Leaf Green cardstock and used a corner rounder on the top two corners to match the feel of the fish bowl. For the countertop, I used a strip of orange cardstock and dry embossed the lines into it at 1/4" apart. Then I sanded the entire piece and attached it to the bottom of the card. I also sanded around the edges of the card.

Finally, I attached the fishbowl and stamped "miss you..." in black ink at the top corner.

Love it! It'll be going out in the mail to a dear friend of mine I only get to see once every few years...hope she likes it!

Thanks for stopping by today, hope your day is blessed in many ways!

Cardstock - White Daisy, Citrus Leaf Green, Orange - CTMH
Inks - Black, Topiary, and Citrus Leaf Greeen, Sunflower markers - CTMH
Stamps: Goldfish - PSX, Sea plant - Stamps in Motion, Fishbowl - Rubber Stampede, sentiment - SU!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Basketball thank you

I KNOW, I know! Two cards in one day! How cool is that??!! My daughter and I just finished this card a few minutes ago. Since my camera was still out I figured I'd go ahead and get the pictures! Sorry it's a little blurry - I took several, they all I gave up.

Anyway, I folded a standard sized card and used my Coluzzle circle template to cut it into a round shape on the fold. My daughter helped draw the basketball lines and then I stamped the words in black ink. Stamps are from the Say It In Style set.

We go to my daughters end-of-season party tonight so she will give this to her coach!

Thanks for stopping by!

(Supplies are CTMH - Orange cardstock, Black ink and marker, Say It In Style stamps.)

Hello Flower

I love how this card turned out! I used the Thoughts of You stamp set, as well as Say It In Style for the sentiment.

Colors are Tulip, Blush and Chocolate. The B&T paper is from the That's Amore kit. Love that stripe!

I used my paper piercer and accompanying pad to pierce holes down the side of the flower panel and also around three sides of the Blush cardstock in the background. I love the look that gives the finished project! I also sponged Tulip ink around the outer edges of the flower panel.

Hope your day is great!

(All supplies from CTMH)

Photos done!

Yes!! I got some photos taken of recent check out my next post, and stop by in the next few days for new posts!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Business as usual....

I seem to stack up a pile of projects....then need the time to take pictures....then post in a clump of days until I run out and need to start over....this seems to be my pattern! So anyway, I am at the point of needing to take some pictures, which will hopefully happen today! So be watching in the next couple of days and I'll have some new artwork to share with you!

Hope all is well in your little corner of the world!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

His Holy Name Challenge - 3

The new pewter brads from CTMH were the perfect accent for this page for the His Holy Name Challenge. God's attribute #3 is Protector. The brads made me think of little shields.

I LOVE how this page turned out. Hope you enjoy it, too.

(All supplies CTMH)

Monday, February 16, 2009

His Holy Name Challenge - 2

His Holy Name challenge can be found at SCS.

Challenge #2 - God's attribute - Sovereign.

For this page I used edge anchors and a little bit of Chocolate Grosgrain ribbon for embellishments. I also added some stamped elements from the Playful Petals stamp set in Chocolate ink.

Papers used are from the Life Delights paper packet and Chocolate, and Sweet Leaf cardstocks.

I printed the definition and verse from my computer.

Come back tomorrow for the third challenge piece. And I'm currently working on the fourth, so it'll be up later this week. (It took me WAAAAAAAY too long to get these photos done!!)

(All supplies used are CTMH)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fun Birthday card

I made this card last week for my brother-in-law. I used the Sarsparilla paper packet and the Star Struck stamp set for this card. I also used a dimensional elements letter "d" and covered it with one of the coordinating papers from the paper packet. I used the new files to distress the edges of the cardstock layered under the cut out stars and to clean off and distress the edges of the letter. I twined some hemp around the stars and glued it in place with a couple drops of liquid glass. I also sanded the top piece of old Bark cardstock and then inked the sanded places with the Barn Red ink and a sponge applicator. The stars were stamped in Barn Red and Black inks.

On the inside of the card I inked the sentiment in Barn Red and rolled the edges in black. The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday set (one of my favorites because it has Happy Birthday in a fun variety of fonts.) Then I added the stars and the circle image as accents.

(All supplies are CTMH)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I made this card a while ago for an annual swap I do with one of my class groups. I used the Coffee Stain stamp set, and the Notebook paper packet. Colors are Hollyhock, Crystal Blue, and Desert Sand. There's a little bitty Hollyhock button for accent.

Sorry about these last few pictures - don't know what happened to them - they looked fine when I was editing them....

Have a great Wednesday!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine Calendar Cards

Here's a calendar duo created for Valentine's day. The first is non-traditional colors - Petal, Twilight, Sweet Leaf. And the second is Holiday Red, Black and White.

Both cards use the stamp set Moments in Time, which was the January SOTM. I used Petal brads for accents on the first card, and Red Sparkles for the second card. The sentiments are from Say It In Style, and The Works Alphabet.

Thanks for visiting today!

(All supplies are Close To My Heart)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Heart Key

Here's another card using the special set, Key to My Heart. I love how this one turned out - colors are Tulip and Juniper. Papers are from the KTMH paper packet. It's really a fun set!

(All supplies are Close to My Heart)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

CTMH Anniversary!

This month is a special celebration for CTMH. When you spend $25 on My Acrylix stamps you can earn the Good Times stamp set used in these projects for FREE! You can check it out and see the stamp set image at my website - it's listed in my sidebar.

Friday, February 6, 2009

You hold the key.... my heart!
This card was made with the special set that was available last month from CTMH for National Papercrafting Month - Key to My Heart. Such a fun set! The giant key was inked in Creme Brulee and rolled in Tulip. Then I stamped it on White Daisy cardstock and cut it out. The heart was stamped in Tulip, cut out and layered on Tulip cardstock. I pierced a hole through it and used a piece of red hemp to tie the heart to the key.

The card was made with White Daisy cardstock. I stamped the pretty flourish-y corner stamp in Creme Brulee, then used the Creme Brulee and Tulip stamp pads to distress the paper. I added a strip of cardstock from the Key to My Heart paper packet and a 1/2" strip of Creme Brulee cardstock. The key was attached with small pieces of foam tape and the heart was left free to dangle.

I stamped the sentiment from the set "You hold the key to my heart" on the inside of the card in Tulip ink.
Thanks for visiting today!

(All supplies - except the red hemp - are Close to My Heart.)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Two posts today....

This card is such a fun size to make. Start with a 6x6 square of cardstock and fold it in half for a 3 x 6 card.

The colors in this card are Sorbet, Chocolate, and Vanilla Cream.
I used the new Aspirations stamp set and the Card Commentary set. The ribbon is a piece of Chocolate grosgrain.

I stamped the branch image first near the top of a piece of Vanilla Cream. Then added the flowers. I used my chocolate ink pad to add the distressing around the edges and here and there around the image panel. Then layered that on Sorbet cardstock and added it to the front of the card.

I used a 1" strip of Vanilla cream, stamped the word love in Chocolate ink, added the flower and layered that on a 1-1/4" strip of Chocolate cardstock. Then I tied a knot with the ribbon at one end, attached the strip at an angle and cut off the excess cardstock.

(All supplies are Close To My Heart)

Can I help??

This is my silly kitty, Keiko...she was very interested in all my cards when I was taking photos yesterday. She really thought it would be a better idea if I took pictures of her. I know this because every time I got one set up to photograph I'd have to move her out of the way or set the camera just to the side of her so she wasn't in the picture.

Silly cat!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Valentine Matchbox

This was my first try at making a matchbox - and it was a LOT of fun! I used the More to Adore papers and the All My Love stamp set for this sweet little box. Colors are Chocolate and Blush.
This box is just the right size for 3 Hershey's Nuggets. Fill it up and give it to someone you love!

(All Supplies are Close To My Heart)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Today's the day.....

I've been trying to find time to photo all my newer projects and life has been so crazy! But today is the day! I'll be back later with some new cards I've done lately!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

His Holy Name Challenge

This is my first submission for the new challenge on Splitcoaststampers. We will be studying the attributes and names of God in this challenge. I'm really excited about it. So this is my first page...I will be keeping my challenge pages in a 6x6 Cocoa My Legacy Linen album from Close To My Heart. And I've decided to use the Life Delights paper packet throughout, as well.