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 were....so 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 artwork....so 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!