Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunshine Wherever You Go

I had so much fun playing along with the sketch challenge from Atlantic Hearts last week I thought I'd play again.  You don't have to be invited to play, so if you think having a sketch to inspire you is fun, check them out.  You can post your creation for everyone to see or just keep it to yourself.  If you know me at all you know I'm an attention hog so I always like to share.

I wanted to use the You Are My Happy special one more time before it becomes unavailable to you, my friends.  So I did this whimsical card suggesting you can just pick a sun off the line and take it with you.

I'm still playing with my retired papers and created a monochromatic theme for this card.  Stamps & inks are both currently available from my website.

This is the Atlantic Hearts sketch that inspired my card:

I stayed pretty true to the sketch but there is no right or wrong.  It's just a fun way to get the creative juices flowing!

My card will be available for you to make at my card buffet workshop this Friday.  Don't lie - I know you aren't busy so I hope you'll come.  All the cards you can make for just $15.  I have six new designs including Halloween, birthday, Christmas, this one (above) and 2 more.  Contact me to register!

Find the products I used for my card:
CC1025 - You Are My Happy - My Acrylix Stamps - Constant Campaign, Available until September 30, 2013
Z280 - Natural Hemp
X1410 - Colonial White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
My Exclusive Inks:
Z2110 - Buttercup
Z2162 - Honey
Z2123 - Goldrush

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Your Laughter

For the first time ever I decided to participate in a challenge.  This challenge was created by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

My submission uses the Close To My Heart Laughing Lola paper pack and this month's special for National Stamping Month, "You Are My Happy." 

Let me tell you what makes me happy about You Are My Happy.  This is a special that will make your heart smile!  For just $10 you will receive three full size stamp sets worth $47.90.  Just place a $50 order on my website and it's yours for only $10.  How fun is it going to be when you receive that box of goodies?!?! 

Here are the three sets you will receive:

Complete Alpha-Numeric set


This offer ends September 30th so be sure to grab yours today! 

Products used for my card:
X7170B - Laughing Lola Paper Pack
Z1854 - Laughing Lola Assortment
CC1025 - You are My Happy My Acrylix stamp set
Z2195 - Lagoon Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2172 - Whisper Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z1686 - Cricut Art Philosophy Collection

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

1 - 2 - 3 Craft September!

This month the 1-2-3 Craft ladies are sharing a card from Originals, page 34, "To The Point." This is an 8"x3.5" card - I love this size which fits nicely inside a business envelope. I started with one card but was having so much fun I couldn't stop.  Therefore, I bring you four cards - all a variation on a theme.  All papers are from the Close to my Heart Huntington paper pack which was also featured in the Paper Trail blog hop earlier this month.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you haven't already seen the other participants' cards, be sure to visit Mary at Road to Peace of Mind or Escape? and Darlys at Crafty Happy

Find the products used in these cards at my Close to my Heart website:

9036 - Originals Card Confidence Program
X7174B - Huntington Paper Pack
D1560 - Holiday Tags My Acrylix stamp set
B1424 - Classy Doily My Acrylix stamp set
C1504 - Fall Harvest My Acrylix stamp set
D1550 - Happy Autumn My Acrylix stamp set
Z1333 - Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems
Z1753 - Sparkles Brown & Tan Assortment
Z1816 - Durable Artisan Studs
Z1817 - Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape

Exclusive Inks Stamps Pads:
Z2162 - Honey
Z2123 - Gold Rush
Z2191 - Sunset
Z2116 - Cranberry
Z2104 - Barn Red
Z2171 - Saddle
Z2173 - Slate
Z2137 - Olive

Monday, September 9, 2013

Chantilly Framed Layout

My most favorite thing to do with my crafting is making things for the people we love.  If you've received a handmade gift from me, trust me, you are high on my list of friends and family.  We've recently (six days ago, to be exact) welcomed a new little girl into our extended family, my niece's third child. We've been fortunate to live fairly close to them for the past few years, but being an Air Force family, they will be moving soon.

For Amelia, I created a frameable layout that hopefully will feature some of her first photos.  As time goes on and she grows, her mom can remove the layout and add it to her scrapbook.  

Sometimes I don't feel as creative as other times so I looked around for inspiration for this and found it here on my own blog.  Of course I could have gone to many resources through Close to my Heart, but I came across this one first.  My inspiration was from here.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you've enjoyed your visit and continue to have a great day!

Close to my Heart products used in this project can be found and purchased from my website.  Just click on the item number: 

X7163B - Chantilly Paper Packet 
Z1814 - Chantilly Assortment
Z1826 - Hollyhock Zipper Lace
Z1811 - For Always Assortment
Z1686 - Art Philosophy Cricut Collection

Friday, September 6, 2013

Poster Tidings - September Stamp of the Month

I fell in love with this stamp set the moment I saw it.  It's a seasonal set that applies to Autumn/Thanksgiving and Winter/Holidays.  The versatility is awesome, crossing the lines between card making and scrapbooking.  I'm going to show you the cards I did today, but I hope to be back in the future using these stamps as accent titles on layouts.

Here are the stamps, a set of two.  Notice the autumn one will ink on the letters while the winter one will ink the background and leave the letters 'blank.'

Poster Tidings - S1309

I inked up the autumn stamp with Close to my Heart Exclusive Inks colors Honey, Gold Rush, Autumn Terracotta and just a touch of Saddle at the very bottom.  The image is layered on papers from our Huntington paper pack and embellished with leaves from our Cricut Artbooking and bronze Glitz.
Featuring Huntington paper pack

The first of my winter cards is done with Close to my Heart Exclusive Inks Juniper and Ruby.  These are two of the colors that are featured in our Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide coming out soon.  I'm so excited to share it! 
Background stamp: One-Way Borders - C1561

The second of my winter cards I did in wintry blues, Close to my Heart Exclusive Inks colors Sky and Indian Corn Blue.  I inked from the top down with Sky directly from the pad, then from the bottom up halfway with Indian Corn Blue.  I love how it turned out! 
Background stamp: Single Snowflake - M1031

Poster Tidings Stamp of the Month is only available through September 30th.  You can buy it straight out for $17.95 or, with a $50 order for just $5.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you like my cards.  I'm available to answer your questions at  Have a wonderful weekend!

Products I used for these cards are available through my website.  Just click on the product number:

S1309 - September Stamp of the Month - Poster Tidings
M1031 -  Single Snowflake
C1561 - One-Way Borders

X7174B - Huntington Paper Pack
X5752 - Juniper - 24 12x12" pack
X5927 - Ruby - 24 12x12" pack
X5761 - Sky - 24 12x12" pack
X1410 - Colonial White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

Z1483 - Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel
Z1906 - Cricut Artbooking Collection

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Paper Trail Blog Hop Featuring Huntington

Thank you for coming to the September Paper Trail blog hop featuring Close to my Heart's Huntington paper pack.  If you arrived here from Tracey's Paper Crafting Princess blog you are on the right path.  If you are just getting started, just follow the links at the end of each blog and you'll wind your way right back here after visiting us all.    

I decided to use the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge from Close to my Heart to create an 8"x3.5" mini album.  I used a bit of mix & match magic to do it and this is what I ended up with:

The pretty focal papers of Huntington as a focal point on the cover 

All cuts & words are part of the Artbooking cartridge

The zip strip from the Huntington paper cut apart creates the poem

Strands of burlap from our burlap ribbon are used for the hinges
I love the overlays in the Artbooking cartridge and had to use one on the back.

I scoured through my photos to add to this mini album but alas, I couldn't find the autumn pics I was looking for. Please feel free to imagine your own autumn photos on the pages.  

Now hop on over to Karen's blog, Inky Fingers, for some more fall inspiration.