Saturday, December 27, 2014

12 Days of Christmas

Inspired by Make It From Your Heart
When I saw this post on Make It From Your Heart I decided to use 
this idea to make my Mom her birthday present. Since my Mom
 was born on the 12th day of Christmas we wanted to celebrate it 
with twelve days of Christmas Birthday gifts... a gift for each day from 
Christmas until her birthday. The colors are inspired by the 
color challenge at Color My Heart: Ruby and New England Ivy.
12 Days of Christmas Birthday Basket
Day 1 a hand stamped paper bag wraps a loaf  of  persimmon pudding
Day 2 a cookie bag filed with Christmas cookies.
Day 3 A decorated envelope with a bookmark inside
Hugs and Kisses for day 11
Day 5 Her favorite: Red Vines
Day 7 A box of Hershey Nuggets
Day 8 A post it holder with a 2015 calendar for her purse
Day 6 A can of the yummy Party Chex mix
Day 9 A note pad to keep all those important notes
Day 4 a box of hand stamped cards
Day 6 top of can with Chex Party Mix
Day 10 A magnet saying for the refrigerator
Day 11 Hugs and Kisses
Day 12 the birthday present in a hand made box with kraft cs.

Join the fun with Ruby and New England Ivy and share with us at
Color My Heart. I'm off to make some New Years Cards with these colors.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Packaging the Money Gifts

This Year For Christmas
This year my husband and I decided to give cash for Christmas giving.
I didn't want to just but the money in a card so I  gathered up some
ideas on Pinterest. I incorporated the money with a Christmas candy treat.
Mason jar full of Christmas M & Ms with some cash inserted
in a tube in the center of the jar.
Mason jar with Christmas M & Ms, Hugs, and Kisses.
The lid has three candles, two are rolled twenty dollars bills.
Plastic water bottle filled with Christmas candies and
rolled dollar bills. To fill the bottle cut an opening in the
side of the bottle, fill with treats and money, close the opening
and cover with Christmas B&T paper. Cover lid with coordinating 
fabric and attach  with a ribbon.
A suitcase with Hershey nuggets wrapped in money.
Snowman has a twenty dollar bill scarf.
Clear box with Ghirardelli chocolates wrapped with 
twenty dollar bills. Container filled with Hugs and Kisses.
Soup can with pop top is filled with chocolates, a roll of
quarters, and some dollar bills. This gift is for my brother who
usually comes up short on parking change at the beach. Hope
this will help.To make this container cut the bottom off a
pop top can. Clean can, fill with goodies and reseal the bottom 
lid with liquid glass. Decorate the can as desired.
Nugget box with Money tree.

Happy Christmas and 
Merry New Year to you and yours.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Color Dare #122

Layered Hearts Ornament
With Cranberry, Sorbet, Olive, and New England Ivy.
Christmas colors at Color My Heart Weekly challenge.
Heart Dimensional Elements covered with Evensong B&T and layered 
together. Dangles from the tree with a button and bakers twine.
Share your Christmas creation with us at Color My Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Evensong
Dimensional Elements: Hearts
Embellishments: Button, Bakers Twine, Opaque

Sunday, December 14, 2014

2015 Desk Calendar

Fun with Picture My Life Cards
Picture My Life cards and Acrylic frames make these 
desk calendars for 2015 easy as 1-2-3.
1. Choose an encouragement saying from the Picture My Life cards.
2. Attach to a 4 X 6 coordinating Picture My Life card.
3. Insert into the Acrylic frame and embellish as desired.
Heartstrings PML cards embellished with rose and puffies
For Always PML cards with felt roses and puffies
Balloon Ride PML cards with Balloon Ride assortment and puffies.
So grab your favorite PML cards and make yourself a 2015 desk calendar.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Heartstrings, For Always
PML cards: Heartstrings, For Always, Balloon Ride
Embellishments: Frosted Assortment, Balloon Ride Assortment, Puffies
Other: 2015 Desk Calendar, 4 X 6 Acrylic Frame

Friday, December 5, 2014

You're the Bomb Free Gift

With the New Operation Smile Stamp Set
You can change the life of a child with just one stamp set. So during this
this season of giving you can receive a Free gift from me when you 
order this stamp set as a part of the Deal of the Decade
I've put together 6 gift boxes using the "You're the Bomb" stamps set. 
Each gift box has a special gift for you from the new Seasonal Expressions.
"You're the Bomb" Gift Collection
Artiste Gift box made with the new Heartstrings paper pack, Heartstrings
Picture My Life card, You're the Bomb stamp set and Pixie Twine
Artiste Gift box made with the new Heartstrings paper pack, Heartstrings
Picture My Life card, You're the Bomb stamp set, Puffies, and a gingham ribbon
Artiste gift Box made with Glacier cardstock, Hopscotch Picture My Life 
card, Flamingo Dots, You're the Bomb stamp set and Pixie Twine
Artiste gift box made with Pixie cardstock, Heartstrings Picture My 
Life card, You're the Bomb stamp set, Puffies, and a gingham ribbon.
Artiste Gift box made with the new Hopscotch paper pack, Hopscotch
Picture My Life card, You're the Bomb stamp set, Puffies, and Flaxen Twine.
Artiste Gift box made with the new Hopscotch paper pack, Hopscotch
Picture My Life card, You're the Bomb stamp set, Puffies and Flaxen Twine
Purchase this Operation Smile stamp set as a part of the Deal of the Decade
and one of the gift boxes including a special gift just for you will be yours.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Scrappy Backgrounds

Scraps of Christmas Colors
I found this background technique that works well 
with cheerful red and green Christmas colors.
1/4" strips with Ruby, Pear, and White Daisy
Art Philosophy snowflake cut at 2.75"
Left over sticker from the Holiday Treat Bag Kit
Embossed with Dotted Swiss embossing folder
3/8" strips with Ruby, Topiary, and White Daisy
Art Philosophy snowflake cut at 3"
Left over sticker from the Holiday Treat Bag Kit
Embossed with Dotted Swiss embossing folder
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Ruby, Pear, Topiary
Embellishments: Seam Binding Ribbon, Sparkles


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Deal of the Decade

Lasts All Month of December
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s 
revolutionary My Acrylix® clear polymer stamps—and we can’t 
wait for you to celebrate with us! 
With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of  December, 
you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the 
 Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to 
the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted 
price. A purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December 
Stamp of the Month for only $5. It is truly the deal of the decade. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Blessings to You

On Thanksgiving
May the Lord bless you richly at this Thanksgiving time and 
fill your life with His grace and love.

This special card was made for me by one of my super talented 
down line Valerie. She never ceases to amaze me with 
her creativity and gracious giving attitude. Thank you Valerie.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Color Dare #120

Christmas Tags With Fall Colors
It's cold and snowy for most of the country but here in sunny 
California it's warm and sunny. I finished my fall projects last month 
and have moved on to Christmas. So the fall color challenge at 
Color My Heart works great for some Christmas tags.
Christmas tags packaged in a glassine bag.

We are currently getting ready to have our entire home re-carpeted.
So... that means packing everything and moving it out for the carpet
installers. Oh..so much work. Need to chill out and stamp but not
much time. So here you have my 10 minute tags:
Load Cricut sticky sheet with White Daisy and cut Artiste tags- 2 mins.
Load mat with scraps of Barn Red, Goldrush, Olive, & Glacier and cut tickets- 2 mins.
Stamp 4 tickets from the Yuletide Carol WOTG stamps set- 1.5 min.
Stamp Washi tape images on bottom of tags using the 5 colors- 1.5 mins.
Stamp twigs, North pole, and DEC 25 on the tags- 1 min.
Edge each tag in coordinating color and add punched tag hole- 1 min.
Attach tickets to tags with glue dots and add string- 1 min.
Clean up the mess later. Gotta go pack some more.
So grab your Barn Red, Olive, Glacier, Lagoon, and Goldrush and make
a Fall creation or Christmas Creation to share at Color My Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Barn Red, Olive, Goldrush, Glacier
Stamps: Holiday Tags, Yuletide Carol WOTG, Washi Wonder
Ink: Barn Red, Olive, Goldrush, Glacier, Lagoon

Friday, November 21, 2014

No Embellishments NOvember

NO Embellishments at Heart 2 Heart
This week the challenge at Heart 2 Heart to create with 
NO embellishments.Who does that? I guess I do
 for this challenge. For my NO embellishment project I 
decided to use my Partridge & Pear Picture My Life 
4 X 6 cards as inserts in some Artfully Sent sleeve cards.
Artfully Sent sleeve page 39
Artfully Sent sleeve page 30
Artfully Sent sleeve page 15
Artfully Sent sleeve page 29
Now if you are up to the challenge of NO embellishments
I encourage you to share with us at Heart 2 Heart
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Cranberry, Olive
Picture My Life Cards: Partridge & Pear
Ink: Cranberry, Olive
Embellishments: NOne

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's NO Ink Time at Heart 2 Heart

NO NOvember Challenge
Creating with NO Ink is the challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart.
So.....Stamping is out. What does that leave? Stickease, papers, 
embellishments, ribbon, Picture My Life cards, My Crush assortments...
I'd better get busy. For my Inkless creations I've made a few
Christmas tree ornaments.
Lavender snowflake cookie cutter with circle
punched stickease from 2007 Holiday wishes card kit.
The snowman is adhered in the center using a pop up spring.
Clear glass Christmas bulb filled with rolled papers from
2014 Christmas Yuletide Carol paper pack. I make these
every year with the CTMH Christmas paper featured in that year.
Layered hearts covered with Christmas papers
Star Christmas cookie cutter with circle punched Mistletoe 
stickease and rosette. The sleigh is attached to the center using 
a treat cup.To adhere paper to the back of a cookie cutter attach 
the cutter to the paper with liquid glass, let dry and cut out shape. 
So let's see what you can create with NO ink. share with us at
Heart 2 Heart. You have all month to create and share.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Mistletoe, Evensong, Yuletide Carol
Cardstock: Colonial white
Stamps: None
Ink: None
Stickease: Holiday Wishes Card Kit, Mistletoe
Embellishments:Seam Binding Ribbon, buttons, sparkles, Bakers twine

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Tree Ornaments

With Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

Cut heart box @ 5 inches. Adhere box together, fill with
Christmas images and curly ribbon. Add ribbon to hang on tree. 
Cut box on page 23 in Cricut booklet @ 4 inches. 
Emboss with your favorite embossing folder. 
Add a winter scene on the front and back of box. 
Add ribbon and string to hang on the tree.
Cut box on page 22 in Cricut booklet @ 5.5 inches.
Stamp a background on the box and adhere together.
Add a decorative star, a ribbon bow and ribbon hanger.
Cut french fry box @ 5 inches. Add some decorative paper on
the front of the box. Cut a scalloped circle from some Christmas sheet
 music and secure to the front of the box with a filigree charm. Insert a lace 
doily and a piece of Christmas music into the french fry box. 
Add a handle and it's ready to hang on the tree.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Yuletide Carol, Snowhaven, Mistletoe 
Cardstock: Glacier,  Colonial white, Champagne, New England Ivy
Stamps: Home for the Holidays, Snow Days, Universal Background, Eclectic Edges
Ink: Ruby, Black, Slate, Pacifica, Desert Sand, Glacier, Pixie
Embellishments: Brads, Sparkles, Filigree charms
Other: Assorted ribbons, Lace 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ho Ho Ho

Santa Card at the Christmas Card Buffet
Make this fun Santa file folder card from the Artiste Cricut cartridge
at the Christmas Card Buffet. Just one of the delightful buffet
items to get your Christmas spirit jumping for joy.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Believe
Cardstock: White Daisy, Topiary, Holiday Red
Stamps: Perfect fit-Holidays, Perfect fit-Frames, Believe WOTG
Ink: Ruby, Topiary, Sweet Leaf
Other: Seam Binding Ribbon

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Remember Those Library Cards?

At the Christmas Card Buffet
Remember the Library Card Stamp Set?
Fun to use as a background for the layered stars. Also,
try putting a hemp bow behind the stars for some 
interesting dimension to your card

CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Yuletide Carol
Cardstock: Colonial white
Stamps: Library Cards, Holiday Tags
Ink: ruby, New England Ivy
Embellishments: Hemp

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Another Blast From the Past

At the Card Buffet
Who would have thought that the "Colors of Spring" circa 2004
could make such fun cards?
Updated with a cut out tree from Art Philosophy. The
pink dots are from the tree cut out from the card below
Updated with a cut out tree tag from Art Philosophy
and some silver glitter trim.

More Buffet cards coming tomorrow.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Color of Spring (circa 2004)
Cardstock: White Daisy, Watermelon, Clover Meadow
Stamps: Holiday Cheer
Ink: Pear
Embellishments: Silver Glitter Trim, Sparkles, Glitter Brad
Other: Gingham ribbon from stash