Thursday, May 31, 2012

"Life is Tweet" SOTM Blog Hop

Happy June!  This month the featured stamp of the month is S1206 Life is Tweet, a set of 15 adorable images!  Below are the images in this stamp set.

If you have come here from my Interim blog, you are on the right path!  I am the actual first stop for this month's hop! You can find a list of all the participants (in case you get lost) here:  This month we have almost 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this set. The hop is simple to follow - just click on the link provided (below) in the post to move to the next blog!

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My item is a 6" x 6" Birthday card made with the Footloose Papers for my dear Daughter-in-Law who is turning 29, no really, she is turning 29 (mother of 3 but she still looks 16).

Here is a closeup of the detail.....

And lastly, a picture of the inside of the card.  I just love when I get to see the insides of cards because I never know what to do when it comes to the insides.

Papers: Footloose WOTG papers; Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, New England Ivy Cardstocks
Stamps:  S1206 Life Is Tweet
Exclusive Ink:   Smoothie, Lagoon, Creme Brulee,White Daisy Pigment Ink
Embellishments:  Liquid Glass; Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge; White Embossing Powder

Time to hop on over to Beth Naumann'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 thru April 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for $5!

Happy hopping!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Color Throwdown Challenge

I found this great little blog that has a color challenge.  The blog is called The Color Throwdown and since I enjoy anything that helps spark my creative juice (which flow rarely and slowly), I decided to take the challenge this week.  The colors intrigued me.  Here is the challenge--nice colors:

I tried to stay true to the color scheme which looked to me to be lots of white, then mostly the orange color, a bit of yellow and a pop of magenta and green.  While it's not my very favorite card, it's growing on me from last night when I made it.  I used Raspberry, a color that Close To My Heart retired about 7 years ago (right after I became a consultant) but it's still one of favorite colors fits the bid for the color challenge!

And here is a little better look at the dimensional elements:

Papers:  White Daisy, Raspberry(retired) Cardstocks
Stamps: D1470 Dreams Come True; C1494 Card Word Puzzle; D1436 The Present
Ink:  Sunset, Sunflower, Juniper, Raspberry(retired) Exclusive Inks
Embellishments: z1338 Sunset Mini Medley; z1336 Pearl Adhesive Gems; z1701Neutral Assortment Baker's Twine
I do love these colors!  They just look so cheery and I think this makes the perfect get well card. 

Live Simply, Stamp Generously!

A Dotty For You Birthday

As I said earlier this month, May is the month of Birthdays. One of my friends and stamping buddies just had a birthday.  I just love how neat the Dotty For You papers coordinate!  This came together so quickly and easily!
I just love how this all coordinates so beautifully!  Here is a snapshot of the inside of the card. This is the sketch I used for this card from Freshly Made Sketches:
I never get to see enough of the innards of people's cards so I'm still working at the perfect innards.  There should be an innards contest.  Would that be interesting.  OK, I digress....
Papers: Dotty For You papers; Colonial White, Grey Wool Cardstocks 
Stamps: C1494 Card Word Puzzle;  
Ink: Lagoon, Sweet Leaf, Grey Wool Exclusive Inks 
Embellishments: Lagoon Mini-Medley Accent Collection; z1709 Just Blooms Paper Shapes

Wishing my friend Shelley a Happy Birthday!  And wishing everyone a Happy Stamping day!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May is the Month of Birthdays

It has been a long time since I've done a Mojo Monday so when I had to make my dear Son In Law (SIL) a birthday card I decided to start with this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  Here is this week's sketch:

And, because the card is for my dear SIL, I decided to use the Victory papers.  I just love that kit and I still can't help creating cards with it!

I tried to capture some of the dimension of this card.  It is one that I would call a bulky card and would never attempt to send through the mail unless it was in a padded envelope.

Papers: Victory WOTG papers; Chocolate, Honey, and Colonial White cardstock
Stamps: D1410 4 My Friend; Noteworthy Background (retired) Stamp Sets
Ink: Chocolate, Outdoor Denim Exclusive Ink
Embellishments: z1706 Durables Studs (Square & Round); z1701 Neutral Assortment Baker's Twine

Hope your days are full of friends and family!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Today is the day we honor motherhood and the positive influence of a mother's love.  The most perfect and beautiful of God's creatures on Earth was a mother (Mary) who brought to us her perfect Son. So in honoring mother's everywhere I wish you all the most perfect Mother's Day. 

I have two mothers in particular that I honor today, my daughter Sarah who is the mother of my two year old granddaughter Zoe, and my daughter-in-law Amanda, who is the mother of my grandchildren Hannah 10, Mikayla 7, and Xander 2.  How blessed we all are to have you both!

This is the Mother's Day card I made fashioned from a card made by Allisa Chilton, a very talented CTMH Consultant.  When I saw this paper from the "Dotty For You" special paper pack I thought "what a dull paper in such a splendidly vibrant paper pack."  After seeing Allisa's beautiful card I fell in love with this paper!  The rose is made from 4 embossed flowers cut and layered together.  The tulips were my present.

A closer look at the layering, next:

Papers: Dotty For You papers; White Daisy, Grey Wool Cardstocks

Stamps: C1494 Card Word Puzzle; D1283 Say It In Style (Retired)

Ink: Grey Wool Exclusive Inks

Embellishments: z1707 Bitty Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems; z1336 Cream Opaques Adhesive Gems; z1732 Bulk Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon

Happy Mother's Day everyone.  I hope you all were able to share your day with friends and family!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Son

My son Ian had a birthday today! It seems like only a short while ago he was in high school and here he is a father of three beautiful children and turned 31 today! It was fun because we always get the family together for events like this even if only to have cake and icecream.

So, since he was gracious enough to have a birthday so I could make a card, I thought I'd show you it. (Masculine cards are always such a challenge anyway)! The card layout is from the WISHES book called "Delightful Dots" for a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (Standard size card).

Papers: Victory WOTG papers; Colonial White, Kraft, Olive Card stocks
Stamps:  C1497 Pure Adventure; D1410 4 My Friend
Ink:   Cocoa, New England Ivy Exclusive Inks
Embellishments:  z1706 Durables Studs (Round); z1701 Neutral Assortment Baker's Twine

I hope your next event will involve lots of friends and family.  Wish you many blessings this day!

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