Monday, October 31, 2011

Cherish The Day Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to November's {Cherish The Day} Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month the featured stamp of the month is S1111-Cherish The Day, a set of 44 images!  Below are the images in this stamp set.

If you have come here from Vicki Price's blog, you are on the right path!  I am the first stop for this month's hop! You can find a list of all the partipant's (in case you get lost) here:  This month we have almost 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this classic set. The hop is simple to follow - just click on the link provided in the post to move to the next blog!
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My item is a treat/favor holder created with the new Believe Paper Pack (Workshop on the Go).  I am SO loving the CTMH Cricket Art Philosophy cartridge with over 700 images and the ability to make many 3D projects like this one!

Supplies used: S1111 Cherish The Day Stamp Set; G1024 Believe WOTG; Kraft card stock; Black & Holiday Red Exclusive Inks; CTMH Cricut Art Philosphy Cartridge; Red Sparkles; Sparkle Brads (retired); Sweet Lear Grosgrain ribbon; Hershey Hugs.

Time to hop on over to Helen Onulak's Blog to see her beautiful eye candy! Be sure to visit all the Consultants' Blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas! Remember, the SOTM is only available until November 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for $5! Here we go!

Happy hopping!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Christmas Card Class & Faux Bow Tutorial

Last night I had a really fun class with 5 new ladies that I met for the first time.  None of them had ever stamped before so I wasn't completely certain we would make it through 3 cards.  There were a lot of new things to learn with these cards.  First off, I have to give credit to Vicki Wiznuik, a Canadian consultant shared her fabulous card ideas on the consultant board.  My changes are ever so slight.  Here is what we did:

The first card we created had lots of glitz glitter!

Next we moved to something that had a little texture.  I also demonstrated that with CTMH's white core card stock that you could sand the texture ever so slightly to make it pop even more.

And finally, we got to make a faux bow which makes a lovely gathered bow.  Doesn't it look like the most perfect bow?

So, how do you make this lovely faux bow?  Note that any picture (above/below) you can click on it to see more detail.

1.  For this ribbon (which is 1" wide) I started with a 10" piece of ribbon, a button (2 holes is easier to do this), and some hemp or waxy flax (I prefer the waxy flax).

2.  Take the left end of the ribbon and cross it over the center of the ribbon and take the right end of the ribbon and cross it over the center:

3.  Through the top of the button insert the waxy flax and come up through the second hole but leave the waxy flax loose forming a big loop.

4.  Insert your ribbon (for pix #2 above) through the loop.

5.  Now tighten the waxy flax forming a bow but leaving the waxy flax just loose enough so you can adjust the bow:

6.  When the bow is adjusted the way you like, tie a single knot in the waxy flax or if you are using hemp you will have to tie a double knot to hold it.  Trim waxy flax down to about the width of the button.

7.  Trim the ends of the bow and voila, you have the perfect faux bow!

Now if that isn't the easiest bow I ever didn't tie!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Welcome to the Sharing From the Heart Blog Hop! Grab your coffee, sit back and enjoy all the great projects from 13 ladies we've got for you today!! The hop goes in a complete circle so you will end up here or where ever you started when you are finished. 
We have several different themes so you'll be getting a good variety today!!  You have probably arrived from Jody Gustafson's blog and the next stop after here will be Kristine Ponte's blog

Below is my artwork featuring FALL FLING ideas!  It is a 6" x 6" card.  I just love the Dreamin' papers and have been itching to used them!

A closer look showing the dimension:

Supplies:  Harvest Happiness Stamp Set; Dreamin WOTG kit;  Pacifica, Cocoa, & Colonial White Cardstock; Goldrush, Pacifica & Chocolate Exclusive Inks; Colonial White Designer Ribbon Collection; Shimmer Designer Brads; Piercing Tool

My card was inspired by a sketch from Viva La Verve Week #2  on Split Coast Stampers:

Now, hope on over to Kristine Ponte's blog and see what beautiful eye candy you will find there!  Thanks for stopping by today!  If you get lost along the way, below is a list of participants.  Enjoy!

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Diana Soling
Adeline Brill
Deanne Jacobs
Heather Hunt
Jody Gustafson
Kathleen Androlewicz - YOU ARE HERE
Kristine Ponte
Lela Norris
Stephanie Thompson
Tammy Smith
Tamytha Jenkins
Wendy K.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Blog Award - Oh My Gosh!

Oh my gosh! Sarah Batkin, whose beautiful and inspirational blog is Sarah Batkin's Legacy of Love, awarded me this darling blog award back on September 19th.  I finally got a day off where I was going back through my email trying to catch up and noticed that she had awarded this to me.  Thank you Sarah!  Thank you so much!!

Liebster is German for "favorite" or "beloved".  So essentially it translates into "Favorite Blog".  The award is sent to blogs that have fewer than 200 followers.  It recognizes the "little blogs" out there and helps to draw more followers . . . something every blogger wants, right?

And here is the best part:  As part of accepting this award, I get to pass it on to 5 blogs.  I can think of a lot more so this is not going to be easy recognizing only 5.  So, here are the blogs I have chosen to recognize and why I would like to recognize them:

Nancy Brown, Creatively Artsy Card Gallary.  I learned so much about layering from Nancy. She has some seriously beautiful cards and amazing Etsy cards.

Sheila Bennett, Sheila's Stamping Stuff.  Sheila has a great blog!  She is pretty much a consistent poster to her blog and she inspires me to do more!!

Adeline Brill, Welcome To My Creative Place.  Adeline was one of the original people who inspired me to blog!  She is one creative lady!

Melinda Everitt, If You Bling It They Will Come.  Melinda always has some fun projects and fun artwork!

Olena Dundee, From My Hands, To Your Heart.  I love Olena's layering techniques.  She has beautiful artwork.  As a MojoMonday fan, I've admired Olena's blog for a long time!
All of these ladies are SO talented and I hope you will visit them and enjoy their beautiful artwork as I have!
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