Thursday, February 27, 2014

Shabby Chic Time

Shabby chic gives the appearance of age and signs of wear. 
To get that look I used some old fashioned lace looking paper, 
some cracked paper and lots of distressing on all other pieces.
Shabby Chic creations give me a chance to use up my recycled items 
that have been piling up through time. When ever I have a card that 
doesn't sell after three tries I just pull off all the embellishments and 
toss the card in the circular file. The embellishments are deposited 
in a container to be used another day. Ah...shabby chic time. Time to
get the container of used embellishments to recycle on a shabby chic card. 
To give an updated look I used a new stamp set along with new paper packs.
Be sure to share your idea of shabby chic with us at Heart 2 Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Balloon Ride, Skylark, Frosted
Cardstock: Colonial White, Cocoa
Stamps: Dreamer, Believe in Yourself, Universal Backgrounds
Ink: Cocoa, Sorbet, Desert Sand
Embellishments: Recycled from the past
Pattern: Wishes "Midpoint"

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Flourish Challenge

My favorite flourish comes in the stamp set "Love Life."
This flourish is garnished with flowers, buttons, and 
bitty sparkles for a simple Easter Card.
Now it's your turn to share your flourish creations at Heart 2 Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Sky, White Daisy
Stamps: Love Life, Greatest Love
Ink: Sweet Leaf, blush, Smoothie, Sky, Buttercup
Embellishments: Assorted buttons, Bitty Sparkles

Sketch #65

Sending Warm Wishes
from "A Garden"

This stamp set "A Garden" just happened to have a cute little
vase and some flowers that seemed just right for this week's 
sketch at CAS(E) this sketch.
Use this sketch to make your inspirational creation and share 
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Crystal Blue, Sorbet, White Daisy
Stamps: A Garden
Ink: Sweet Leaf, Sorbet, Crystal Blue, Blush, Whisper
Embellishment: Bitty Sparkles

Color Dare #82

Topiary and Goldrush
Color challenge at Color My Heart

Just recycling the topiary bags from Christmas and some old 
canning jars with the topiary textiles from Jubilee for some 
fun gift containers. Since I don't can the jars are painted white 
and filled with goodies for someone special. So grab your topiary and 
goldrush and share some fun with us at Color My Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Goldrush
Stamps: Made From Scratch
Ink: Topiary, Goldrush
Jubilee Textile, Christmas gift bag, canning jar

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dressing Up the Hearts

With Texture
Use the new embossing folders from CTMH to give texture to shapes.
Hearts Galore is the challenge at Heart 2 Heart. If you're like me
you probably have some extra cricut cut hearts laying around the craft room. 
So gather them up, emboss them and add them to a card for some textured fun.
Join the Heart fun at Heart 2 Heart as soon as you can. Only 3 days left to play.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Ariana
Cardstock: White Daisy, Ariana Coral, Crystal Blue
Stamps: Big Hug
Ink: Ruby(2nd generation)
Embossing folders: Quatrefoil, Dot, Stripe

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Color Dare 81

Take the Dare With 
Juniper, Blush, and Sorbet 
A fun combination of spring colors.
If you're not taking the color dare each week
come play and have fun at Color My Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Ivy Lane, :Lollydoodle
Cardstock: Sorbet, Blush, Kraft
Stamps: Skylark WOTG, Girls Rock, Big Hug
Ink: Juniper, Sorbet, Blush
Embellishments: Garden Shapes, Trinkets, Sparkles

Friday, February 14, 2014

More With Balloon Ride

A Tag Closure Card
Inspiration for this card comes from Vicki Wizniuk
She used a tag topper punch to make her closure but I don't 
have a tag topper punch, Oh, what to do? I can cut the 
card as instructed and hand cut my own tag topper closure. 
Voila..... a tag topper closure card. 
Fun, fun, fun. Give it a try.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Balloon Ride
Cardstock: Saddle, Creme Brulee
Stamps: Dreamer
Ink: Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Saddle
Embellishments: Paradise Flowers, Chocolate buttons, Opaques, Hemp Bakers twine

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fun with Balloon Ride

Paper Piecing
If you're not fond of coloring in open stamps you can have fun with 
paper piecing. Just stamp the image on some cardstock and stamp it 
again on different pieces of paper. Cut out the pieces and adhere to image.
Add some dimension by using the embossing folders.
Trinkets are always fun to add to any project.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Balloon Ride
Cardstock: Saddle, Sorbet
Stamps: Give a Lift
Ink: Saddle
Embellishments: Trinkets, Artisan Studs. Opaques
Embossing Folder: Quatrefoil

More Embossing Fun

With Close to my Heart's Embossing Folders
This 5 X 7 Quatrefoil embossing folder gives a fun texture to the solid 
colonial white cardstock. The pattern is repeatable for longer pieces 
of cardstock for unique textures on your scrapbook pages.
The pattern for this card comes from this week's sketch at 
CAS(E) this Sketch.Cut some circles in the cardstock and 
B&T paper to make a window for the balloon.
Use this sketch to create a project to share with us
at the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Balloon Ride
Cardstock: Colonial White, Blush
Stamps: Dreamer
Ink: Saddle
Embellishments: Trinkets
Embossing Folder: Quatrefoil

Friday, February 7, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Spring Summer

New Product Blog Hop
Sooooo many great new products have arrived with the new Spring/Summer Idea Book. 
Toooo many goodies to choose from to feature in this hop. 
You are on the right path if you have just come from Lalia Harris' crafty blog.
 I'm sure you have been totally inspired her crafty creation.
As soon as I saw the new Skylark Paper Pack 
I knew it was time to update my desk set. 
Note pad holder, Pen/pencil holder, and post-it mini clip board.
Note pad holder is made using a wooden gift box. Also 
includes a coordinating RSVP pen.
 Pen/Pencil holder is a tin can covered with B&T paper and embellished with 
Skylark Assortment, Bakers Twine, and Heart shaped dimensional element
Mini post-it clip board made using a 4 X 4 coaster covered and embellished
Skylark Assortment, Enamel shapes and a golf pencil covered with B&T paper. 
And the most important part of the desk set is the stand up calendar.
Now for some more inspiration from the new Idea Book 
Happy hopping and happy creating with your new products 
from the 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Skylark
Cardstock: White Daisy, Kraft, Sweet Leaf
Ink: Pigment Lagoon(use pigment ink when your creation will be out in the room)
Embellishments: Bakers Twine, Enamel Shapes, Skylark Assortment
Other: Binder Clip, RSVP pen, assorted ribbons, golf pencil, wooden gift box

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Embossing with Color Dare #79

Embossing Top & Bottom
Taking the color challenge at Color My Heart
Colors: Creme Brulee, Goldrush, Olive, Twilight
Emboss straight lines using your cutting track on your paper trimmer
and a stylus in the center of your cardstock. Using an embossing
folder, emboss the top and bottom of the cardstock. Use as
the base for a fun and simple card.
For color inspiration visit Color My Heart each week.

CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Creme Brulee, Olive, White Daisy
Stamps: Wings, Frame Flair
Ink: Twilight, Olive, Creme Brulee, Goldrush
Embellishments: Bakers Twine, Dreamer Charms
Embossing folder: Dot

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Enhance Your Free Valentines

With Embossed Dots and Free Valentine Download
Get your free valentine download here and get your free embossing folder 
when your order two packs of Close To My  Heart cardstock.

Yesterday I showed the quick version of the valentine cards. Today is the
enhanced version using Make It From Your Heart Vol.II
Make It From Your Heart Vol II #29
Make It From Your Heart Vol. II #25
Make It From Your Heart Vol. II #26
Make It From Your Heart Vol. II #19
Make It From Your Heart Vol. II #30
Make It From Your Heart Vol II # 30
You can use any pattern for your embossed card by embossing one 
or more sections of the pattern.

Trick: the trick to getting your dots solid without the white core showing
is to emboss two layers of cardstock together. On this card I embossed 
the black CS layered on top of the White Daisy piece.
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Black, White Daisy, Hollyhock, Cotton Candy
Embossing folder: Dot
Embellishments: Pink Glitter Paper, Black Glitter Paper, Black Shimmer Trim, Silver Shimmer Trim, Black Sparkle Flourishes, Trinkets

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Free Download from CTMH

Quick Valentine cards
To make these quick valentines cut each card out and inserted into the
My Creations Paper Pouches. The pouches are available at a discount on my website.
Attach a Valentine message on the front and fill the pouch with a Valentine candy treat.

CTMH Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Tags
Ink: Black, Cotton Candy

2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book is Here

Featuring Lots of New Products

New Product Highlights on this stand-up card:
Ariana Paper Pack( we have 7 new amazing paper packs) 
Ariana Assortment( The only place to get already made bows!)
Greatest Love stamp set(a set of six stamps with "Love")
5 X 7 Embossing Folder with Dots(patterns are repeatable for larger projects)

Now for the fun part. In the month of February for every two packs of 
5 patterns to choose from: Dot, Chevron, Quatrefoil, Damask, and stripe. 
So if you are getting low on cardstock this is a great opportunity to refill your
 supply and get a fun, free, embossing folder. I will be featuring these folders
all through the month. So, come back each week for embossing tricks and ideas.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Ariana
Cardstock: Crystal Blue, White Daisy
Ink: Crystal Blue Pigment Ink(use on items that set out in the room)
Stamps: Greatest Love
Embossing Folder: Dot
Embellishments: Ariana Assortment
Pattern: Make It From Your Heart Vol.II #30