Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Jeanette Lynton Template!

Jeanette Lynton, the founder of Close to my Heart, recently started her own blog. The other day she posted a new Originals template, so of course I had to try it out.

Our great friends announced the other night at dinner that they are expecting their first child! We are SOOO happy for them, so I thought this would be a great template to use for their "Congratulations" card!

Paper: Life Delights striped B&T
Textured Cardstock: Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Colonial White
Stamps: Express Postage (July08 SOTM), Random Thoughts, Treasure Life (Sept08 SOTM)
Ink: Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Blush, Lilac Mist
Blush Edge Anchors, Chocolate Ribbon, Twill Ribbon, Chocolate Brad, paper flower, Coluzzle circle template, edge distressor

And here it is with the insert pulled out:

I hope you all had a GREAT weekend! Lots of Love,


Too Early for Christmas?

Is it too early for Christmas cards? NEVER!

It did not turn out exactly how I envisioned it, but the concept has been "floating around" in my head since I got this cute set! Maybe I was just trying to justify buying a set called "Nursery Bash" when I have no nursery, or kids for that matter. But I have found many other uses for it!

Remember those oragami Christmas Trees that were so popular last year? Well, it's baaaaack! Okay, I know I talk (or write, in this case) too much, so here is my fun card from this weekend:

The corners say "happy holidays" and have the square sparkles in between the words. There are also tiny sparkles in the corner of the Aspen paper! And for extra BLING, there is glitter on the dots on the tree, and covering the entire star! I love things to sparkle and shimmmer!

Paper: Aspen (for the background), Perfect Day (juniper dotted B&T for the tree)
Cardstock: Bamboo Textured (for the card base), White Daisy Textured (for the matting), Baby Pink Textured (for the piggies), Taffy Textured (for the giraffe), Sunkiss textured (for the star) , Desert Sand Textured (tree trunk)
Stamps: Nursery Bash, Seasonal Thouoghts (mini "Happy Holidays"), Make A Wish Booking Set (star)
Ink: Hollyhock (piggies), Creme Brulee (star and marker to darken the giraffe), Sorbet (giraffe spots and hair), Tulip (hat), Outdoor Denium (words)
Sparkles, Glitter, 3D Foam Squares

Here is the inside:

Stamp: December Word Puzzle
Ink: Outdoor Denium, Juniper, Creme Brulee

I love how the mini trees inside have dots on them just like the B&T paper used for the tree on the front! Here is a side-view to see that the piggies, giraffe, and star are paper-pieced and are 3-D with foam squares- and don't forget that cool tree!

There is a new template that Jeanette (CTMH founder) just put up on her blog... maybe I will try that one today.. ( if you are interested in trying, too). I will post what I come up with!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Love these little elves!

The great thing about Football Sunday is that I can listen to the games and play with my stamps at the same time (not that I have a choice in listening... It is the only thing that is on in our house from pregame shows at 8:00 AM through the late game until at least 9:00 PM).

So on my last order, at the last minute, I bought the December Word Puzzle. I am not sure why I even bought it- I am not really into the word puzzles, but I am SO GLAD I DID! Oh My Gosh- I think this is my new favorite stamp set, I can see myself using this on everything and in so many different ways. It is definitely one of the most versital holiday sets I think CTMH came out with this year...

Of course, I also had to play with those cute little elves from Merry Pursuits =] Here are some of the cards I came up with today:

I embossed the little elf with black embossing powder and colored him in. Then I used liquid glass and glitter on the lights.
Inside the card:

This one is with the new Creative Basics Evensong paper. I embossed the elf again and colored him in. I also stamped on the ribbon. The full saying is on the inside of the card.

On this one I just stamped the elf and colored him in, and then cut him out (thank goodness for microtip scissors). He is on 3D foam squares, so it is "dimensional". I also used glitter on the snow and the Dec. Word Puzzle on the inside:

One more- real basic. I used Magical Season for this one:

That's all for tonight... I am going to watch the rest of the Cowboys game- it looks like they are going to win this one! GO ROMO!

Lots of Love,

Congratulations to...


After randomly picking a name from those that posted comments, Ms. Sally Jo May was drawn for the cute Boo-tiful cards! I will bring them to you tomorrow!

Thanks to all who "played" and left comments... we will have to do it again soon!

Lots of Love,

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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Hello to all my friends!
I had to share these cute little ghosts:

Ingredients: Stamp Set: Boo-tiful; Ink Colors: Grey wool, Grey Flannel Pansy Purple, Amethyst, White Daisy Ink; Paper: Enchanted (Stripes)and Game On (Stars); Accents: twill ribbon; Garden Green Brads; Sparkles.

To spice things up a bit, I am going to have a "drawing" for these fun little 3x3 Halloween cards. To enter, just leave a comment anywhere on my blog! I will post the winner over the weekend!

I will be posting my artwork on here from time to time! I hope you come and browse around and enjoy the cards/scrapbook pages as much as I enjoyed making them!

Lots of Love,

New Ink Pad/Marker Storage!

I have to say, I was estatic to get the new CTMH Ink Pad/Marker storage tower as part of my Hostess Rewards! OMG- I just love it! All my new style ink pads are in the front, with the neutral colors and the old style in the back:

I originally had this organized by color family, but I am too visual of a person, so it had to be "pleasing to the eye", so rainbow order it is! And the reinker tray is holding my blocks for now...

Now, who is going to come over and stamp with me?

Lots of love,

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Just Because!

One more to share- this is the make-n-take from Saturday's gathering with the September promo set, Just Because, and the new color Sorbet!

3x3 Cards featuring new paper packets!

Here are the fun little 3x3 cards used in the Idea Book Scavenger Hunt from Saturday:

Stamps: Nursery Bash (for the cupcakes), Classmate Alphabet
Ink: Tulip, Sorbet, Creme Bruele
Perfect Day paper, Liquid Glass

Stamp Set: Code It
Ink: Cocoa, Indian Corn Blue
Magic Moments Paper Packet
Twill Ribbon, Chocolate Mini-Melodies (Brad)

Stamp Set: Angel Sent
Ink: Grey Wool, Parchment, Baby Pink, Blush, Grey Flannel, Buttercup, Crystal Blue
Notebook paper, Winter Cozy Sassy Strand

Stamp Set: Snow Friends
Ink: Grey Wool, Grey Flannel, Twilight
Aspen Paper, Sparkles
Inspired by CTMH Consultant Vicki Wizniuk!

Stamp Set: Magical Season
Ink: New England Ivy, Cranberry
Evensong paper, Holiday collection buttons, 3-D Foam Squares, liquid glass (as adhesice for the buttons)

Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2008 Idea Book!

Thanks to everyone who came to check out the new Close to my Heart Idea Book! Here are pictures of the paper packets that we played with:

Birthday Cards

Here are some birthday cards I made for family members celebrating Happy Birthdays in August:

Stamp Sets: Nursery Bash, Today's Date (August 08 SOTM)

Ink: Grey Wool, Grey Flannel, Blush, Petal

Paper Garden Paper Packet, Winter Cozy Sassy Strands, 3-D glue dots

Here is one more:

Stamp Set: Today's Date (August 08 SOTM)

Ink: Grey Wool, Garden Green

Vintage Travel Paper, Garnet B&T

Twill Ribbon, Garden Green Brads, 3-D glue dots, Coluzzle Circle template

Thanks for looking!