Wednesday, September 1, 2021

National Stamping Month - CTMH has you covered!

 It's National Stamping Month!

And that translates to Close To My Heart's Slimline Celebration. Take a peek at their blog for close up details of all the wonderful things.

Do you love it? I love it!

You can find all the goodies in a great big bundle (Savings!) or individually on my shopping site.

Here's a super quick card using the slimline vertical sentiments.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

On the Brink of Autumn

Thank you for stopping by to view my submission for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge number 436. Being at the end of the month I decided to use some of the new Close To My Heart product that will be available for you tomorrow, September first! 

I really like the current trend of slimline cards. I love the shape and how we can take advantage of it. I see many more of these cards in my future! So says my crystal ball... 

Any season but summer is my favorite, so I'm working on fall themes already. I love this autumn tree paper that is part of our new Pumpkin Spice paper pack. And I think it's perfect for a slimline card, right? 

Here is the sketch for this month: 

You know I use my own perspective of the proposed sketch but I did use the wood themed background paper (trees are wood, right?) and here's where my "dots" come into play. 

They are almost too subtle. 

Now it's your turn. Head on over to AHSC, grab the sketch and then create a card to play along. 

Here's what I used to make my card. These items are available at the time of this post or while supplies last.  

CC9214 - Slimline Sentiments
X7272B - Pumpkin Spice Paper Suite

X6062 - Harbour Cardstock
1385 - White Daisy Cardstock
X257 - Slimline Cards & Envelopes

Z2805 - Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6534 - Papaya Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z697 - Round Sponge 

Z3312 - Gold Glitter Gems 
Z4054 - Gold Embellishing Thread 
Z3440 - Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen

Z3372 - Adhesive Runner 
Z1151 - 3-D Foam Tape 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

A Beach Chair Day

Atlantic Hearts Sketch no. 434. 

I've chosen to work with my Close To My Heart At The Lake set for this week's sketch. My dream is to own a home or a cabin on a small quiet lake. I already have the Adirondack chairs and lots & lots of books.  All I need is the water! 

Please stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog and think about playing along with us. If you don't want to play you can still OOoo and AAaahh over the the artwork.  

Here's what I used for this week's challenge. All products are available at the time of this blog posting or while supplies last, unless otherwise noted: 

Z3971 - At The Lake stamps & thin cuts (D2033 without thin cuts)
D2052 - For All Occasions stamp set - Available September 1st
X6032 - Wisteria Cardstock 

X5968 - Lagoon Cardstock
Z2895 - Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad 
Z2805 - Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2488 - Green Turquoise TriBlend Marker
Z2489 - Blue Turquoise TriBlend Marker
Z2490 - Ice Blue TriBlend Marker

Z3676 - Blue Belle Loose Sequins
Z3372 - CTMH Tape Runner
Z3440 - Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen 
Z2060 - Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1151 - 3-D Foam Tape
X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Just Chillin'

We are quickly approaching the end of the Close To My Heart annual core catalog cycle and I decided to feature some retiring colors in my classes before they are gone.  Chillin' With My Gnomies features Fern & Peacock, two beautiful colors that are simply lovely together. I can't resist Gnomes so I had to show them off, too! 

I added some clear gloss paste to the sunglass lenses for this little Gnome in the middle. It added some great dimension and really darkened them up.  

This card was so fun to put together.  It's inspired by someone else but I really don't know who.  A friend of mine showed me the card I was inspired by, however, it was sent to her from someone else.  I'm sorry I can't give credit for the original inspiration. 

Below is a list of the products used.  The inventory for the Peacock and Fern Exclusive Inks stamp pads is already getting low. If you have either or both of those colors already you may want to get a re-inker.  

These products are available as of August 11, 2021 or while supplies last. 

Z3965 - Chillin' With My Gnomies (D2028 without Thin Cuts)
X5960 - Fern Cardstock 
X5958 - Peacock Cardstock 

Z3682 - Fancy Border Thin Cuts
1385 - White Daisy Cardstock
X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack 

Z2805 - Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2849 - Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6509 - Candy Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2474 - Ice Grey TriBlend Marker 
Z2475 - Brown Grey TriBlend Marker
Z2476 - Fair SkinTriBlend Marker
Z2477 - Tan TriBlend Marker

Z2481 - Coral TriBlend Marker
Z2482 - Citrus TriBlend Marker
Z2486 - Dull Green TriBlend Marker
Z2489 - Blue Turquoise TriBlend Marker

Z2490 - Ice Blue TriBlend Marker
Z2495 - Bright Pink TriBlend Marker
Z2496 - Pale Pink TriBlend Marker
Z2497 - Dark Red TriBlend Marker

Z9999 - Essential Blends Marker Bundle (I used 12 of the 24 so I thought I should share the bundle with you)
Z3372 - Adhesive Runner
Z3440 - Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen

Z2060 - Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z4246 - Ranger Texture Paste Trio (temporarily out of stock)

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

I'll Miss You Blue Belle!

This week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is a shout-out to the Close To My Heart Color of the Year, Blue Belle.  This color was announced last September and is about to retire as of August 31st.  It's such a gorgeous color - it makes me sad to see it go! 

The pattern in the squares and rectangles was created with an embossing folder. I inked the inside of the folder with Blue Belle ink, placed my White Daisy paper inside and ran it through my embossing machine. It's a fun technique and you get completely different results on both sides of your paper. 

Here is sketch #432 that inspired my card. 

I found this sketch to be a little more challenging that some. But that could just be me having a creative block.  How about giving it a go yourself?  I'd love to see what you come up with. 

Below are the products I used for this card. As I said, Blue Belle is retiring at the end of August so if you love this color be sure to grab some before it's gone! 

All linked products are available at the time of this post while supplies last.

Z3681 - Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cuts 
Z3697 - Floral Lace Embossing Folder 
X6048 - Blue Belle Cardstock

Z7000 - Blue Belle Pearls 
Z4213 - Silver embellishing Thread
Z6519 - Blue Belle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
Z3372 - Adhesive Runner
Z3440 - Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen
Z2060 - 3-D Thin Foam Tape

Saturday, July 24, 2021

You Brighten My Day

This is my very very late sample for sketch #430 of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  But I'm going to link you up to it anyway because it's just so darn fun to play along!  Check it out here

You still have a few days to play along with this sketch. It's a good one, right? 

And if you feel like the time is too close, then do the next one. To be honest, you don't even have to do a current one because all the sketches are great whenever you need inspiration for a card. 

Here are the items I used to put together my card. If you like them please consider ordering from me. I appreciate your purchase and you'll love the products! All items are available at the time of this post while supplies last. (Product numbers are links to the item)

Z3967 - Smiles from the Garden stamps & thin cuts (D2030 without thin cuts)
X7270B - Isabella Paper Pack
X9030 - Mix-ins Paper Packet (July-August)

X6045 - Sage Cardstock
X5947 - Mink Cardstock 
1385 - White Daisy Cardstock

Z6521 - Sundance Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z6508 - Blue Bird Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z6512 - Evergreen Exclusive Inks stamp pad

Z6504 - Sage 
Z726 - Sponge Daubers
Z3676 - Blue Belle Loose Sequins

Z4260 - Stitched Rectangle Frames
Z3372 - Adhesive Runner 
Z3440 - Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen

Z1151 - 3-D Foam Tape
Z2060 - Thin 3-D Foam Tape 
X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

Today's post has been brought to you with the help of Zuzu.


Friday, July 16, 2021

Wander Shaker Card Samples

Just a quick post today to share the awesomeness of the shaker version of the Close To My Heart Wander cards from the Wander Cardmaking Kit.  How can you even resist these?  

The kit does not include supplies or directions to make the cards into shakers. I wish I had thought of this idea but it was shared with me by another CTMH Maker, Andrea Mahaffey. 

If you would like to make these along with me (in my virtual live class online) all the information is in my previous blog post, here, for convenience. 

I hope you will join me!