Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Something with Animals


I participated in a card exchange with some friends and the challenge was "something with animals".  It could be any kind of animal and since hunting season just started this past weekend, I decided to use the Hunting for Words stamp set (which is now retired) along with the Fresh Air papers (which is also retired).

My card was a standard size card:


Here is a close up of the detail:


And another angle of the card:



Papers:  Fresh Air Scrapbooking Kit; Nutmeg and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  Hunting For Words (Retired)
Inks:  Momento Black Ink; Nutmeg Exclusive Inks; Water Color Pencils; BG10 Copic Marker
Embellishments:  Mocha Opaque Pearls (Retired); White Burlap Ribbon
Other

My granddaughter, Mikayla was able to get a deer on the junior hunt over Teacher's Convention.  She said she only wished her's was as big as that.  She did a great job and there's going to be food on the table.  She appreciates that blessing of the life of the deer for her food.  Actually I'd say it's a pretty nice buck!


Happy Hunting and Happy Stamping!



Saturday, October 20, 2018

Grateful Heart Featured Paper Blog Hop


Welcome to our Featured Blog Hop featuring the autumn papers and stamps of Grateful Heart!  We will be showcasing items from our Grateful Heart kit with various projects created by talented Close To My Heart consultants so get your sip of coffee and we'll be off.

If you are visiting from Carol Ellis Loftus' blog, you are on the right path.  Also, Carol's blog is the beginning  of the hop. You can start there or you can just continue as the hop goes around in a circle and you'll end up back here.  Next check out Shirley Ross' blog, but please feel free to check out my artwork before you go....

My card is a standard size card base  4-1/4" x 5-1/2".


And another look square on.


And a closer look at the detail:


Papers:  G1161 Grateful Heart Scrapbooking Kit; Goldrush and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  S1810 Thanks & Giving (October 2018 Stamp of the Month)
Inks:  Momento Black Ink; Pomegranite Exclusive Ink; ShinHan Markers:  GY234 Leaf Green; Y222 Golden Yellow; R11 Carmine; B68 Turquoise Blue
Embellishments:  Z3371 Gold Pearls; Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim; G3365 Gold Foil Paper
Other:  Spellbinder scallop circle and circle dies

Here is the stamp set used S1810 Thanks & Giving (October Stamp of the Month):

And next is a closer look at the beautiful Grateful Heart Papers:
So now the next eye candy on our list can be seen at Shirley Ross' blog!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Christmas Blessings and other October Specials


You can never get enough Christmas! For a limited time, Close To My Heart is offering a discounted workshop bundle with an exclusive stamp set that gives you materials to create 12 cards that celebrate the heart of this special season. Take a look at the images from this exclusive D-size stamp set (retail $18.95 USD):

There here is a look of everything else you get with this kit from some beautiful combination of papers, sparkle paper, silver string and silver glitter gems as well as card blanks and envelopes.  Enough to make 12 beautiful cards:

You can take a closer look at these beautiful three styles of cards below.  Click for details:



Purchasing information can be found here:  https://kattisch.closetomyheart.com/ctmh/promotions/campaigns/1810-christmas-blessings.aspx where you can purchase the whole kit for only $33.95 USD (a retail value of $45.70).  For those who purchase this set and do not have a Cricut, I will cut out the pieces that need to be cut from the Cricut (or click this link for a copy of the design space file which can be found in the instructions).  Just make sure you let me know!  This special is available through December 2018.

Ribbon Warrior Special

The next October Special which especially dear to my heart is the Ribbon Warrior Special:


You can get this stamp set for the special price of $11.95 ($14.95 retail value):

Or you can get the stamp set with thin cuts for the special price of $22.95 ($28.95 retail value):


This special is only available in October.

Holiday Sparkle Special


OK, I confess, I'm a sucker for a shaker card and this kit comes with everything you need!  Lots of information at my site here!  You can get the whole kit and caboodle, stamp set and supplies to make enough for 12 large shaker cards for $38.95 ($48.90 retail value--a 20% discount):
Or just the supplies for $29.95:

Or the wonderful Christmas stamp set for $18.95:
This special is available through October 31st.

Advent Calendar Special

Make this holiday season extra joyful with this enchanting advent calendar from the brand new Cricut® Season of Joy collection. You can now purchase a custom bundle of papers chosen especially for creating this project; pair this bundle with your Cricut® collection, a few accessories, and a My Acrylix® stamp set and you’ll have everything you need to create this festive papercrafting project!  And if you decide to purchase this special and do not have the Cricut or cartridge available, I will cut out your project for you (or click this link to get a copy of the Design Space files in the instructions), but you must tell me you need that done.  Find out more details here:  This is the bundles for $25.95:
This special is available through December 31st.

Happy Stamping!




Friday, October 5, 2018

Halloween Is On The Horizon

My favorite type of cards to make are fall and Halloween cards (of course, when Christmas time rolls around, that will be my favorite type of cards to make).  I recently entered a card exchange that we had to do black and white and one other color.  Immediately a Halloween card popped into my head and I knew what I was going to do.

Here is my card featuring Hello Pumpkin papers and Hello Pumpkin Cardmaking and Scrapbooking stamp sets.  It is a standard size card:


Here's a closeup of the details:


Papers:  G1160 Hello Pumpkin Workshop Your Way, Black and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  Z4239 Hello Pumpkin-Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (inside greeting); D1806 Hello Pumpkin-Scrapbooking
Inks:  Memento Black Ink; Nectarine Exclusive Inks
Embellishments:  z1263 Bitty Sparkles; Black & White Baker's Twine; Scaredy Cat Assortment (Star - Retired)
Other:  Spellbinder Circle and Scallop Circle Dies; Nectarine Sparkle paper; Cricut Spiderweb Embossing Folder

Images used:  Hello Pumpkin-Scrapbooking and Hello Pumpkin-Cardmaking Stamp Sets:

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Paper Pack Used:
I will be entering this card in the following Challenges (which I have never done before--entering into multiple challenges):

Double Trouble Challenge #11 - Black & White + one color
Crafter's Cafe October Challenge - Black & White + one color
Die Cut Divas Challenge - Autumn and Halloween
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #19 - Anything Goes w/Critter
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #128 - Halloween
Cards in Envy Challenge - Something Spooky

Happy Stamping!


Monday, September 3, 2018

September SOTM - Just Treats

This month's stamp of the month S1809 Just Treats has several fall/winter sayings and accessories that makes this such a fun set! This is a set of 22 images that will only be available until September 30th.  Spend $50 and this beautiful stamp can be purchased for just $5.00.  Below are the images for this stamp set:

For my standard size card, I chose the Hello Pumpkin papers from our new 2018 Holiday Expressions Idea book.  I took the card sketch from this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch #280:


Here is my rendition of Sketch #280:


A close up of the details--the stars are done with sparkle papers:


A final picture from the side:


PapersG1160 Hello Pumpkin Workshop Your Way, Black and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps S1809 Just Treats stamp set (Stamp of the Month)
Inks:   Momento Black Ink
Embellishments:  z3314 Black and White Dots; z3236 Black Glitter Paper, Orange Glitter Paper
Other:  CTMH Thin Cuts Stars (ret.)

Happy Stamping!



Saturday, August 18, 2018

Documented Featured Paper Blog Hop


Welcome to our Featured Blog Hop for August featuring the beautiful papers and stamps of Documented!  We will be showcasing items from our Documented kit with various projects created by talented Close To My Heart consultants so get your sip on (coffee, tea or juice) and off we go!

If you are visiting from Erica Haskin's blog you are on the right path.  If not, you can start at the beginning with our hostess Carol Loftus's blog or you can just continue as the hop goes around in a circle and you'll end up here.  Next check out Michelle Loncar's blog but please feel free to check out my artwork before you go.

I have chosen to make a standard card, but decided to use a stamp set that will be going out at the end of August.  It is our Operation Smile stamp set, Punny Pals.  Here is my standard size card:


And here is the inside of the card:



PapersG1154 Documented Workshop Your Way, Saffron and White Daisy Cardstocks
StampsD1751 Punny Pals; C1719 Documents-Cardmaking stamp sets
Inks:   Momento Black Ink; Shinhan Pastel Peach marker, E37 Sepia, E33 Sand, V06 Lavender, V09 Violet, V17 Amethyst, G94 Grayish Olive, GG99 Olive and V12 Pale Lilac Copic markers
Embellishmentsx7234c Documented compliments (flower); z4177 Documented Dots; z4196 white cotton ribbon
Other:  Circle and scallop circle die from Spellbinders

Here is one last look at the cute, cute D1751 Punny Pals stamp set images:

C1719 Documented - Cardmaking images:
And here is our featured papers:

Now be sure to check out the next hop on the blog hop which is Michelle Loncar's blog  and see what beautiful eye candy she has cooked up for you today!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Central Park Featured Paper Blog Hop


Welcome to our Featured Blog Hop featuring the colorful papers and stamps of Central Park!  We will be showcasing items from our Central Park kit with various projects created by talented Close To My Heart consultants so get your sip of coffee and we'll be off.

If you are visiting from Michelle Loncar's blog, you are on the right path.  If not, you can start at the beginning with our hostess Carol Ellis Loftus' blog, or you can just continue as the hop goes around in a circle and you'll end up back here.  Next check out Haley Dyer's blog, but please feel free to check out my artwork before you go....

I ran across this fun fold card that I thought would be cheerful and fun for the Central Park papers:  And, strange enough, it ends up being 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (a standard size card) even though the card base is 5-1/2" x 11".


Here is the card stretched out a bit so you can see the folds:


And here is the card all stretched out.  For the greeting section (3rd section) I used daubers to get that dotted effect on white daisy panel.


Papers:  G1151 Central Park Workshop Your Way; Pacifica and Colonial White Cardstocks
Stamps:  C1719 Documented - Cardmaking
Inks:  Pacifica, Willow, Bashful, Lemon, and Poppy Exclusive Inks
Embellishments:  Z4178 Central Park Sequins

Here is the stamp set used C1719 Documented - Cardmaking.  I love the greetings in this stamp set!  You can click on the picture to better see the details of the set.
Now be sure to check out the next hop on the blog who is Haley Dyer's blog and see what beautiful eye-candy she has cooked up for you today!

Dimensions:
  • Base 5-1/2" x 11" scored at 4-1/4", 7" & 9-3/4"
  • Decorative Paper Layers -1st Section: 2 pieces at 1" x 5-1/4"
  • 2nd Section: 2 pieces at 2-1/2" x 5-1/4"
  • 3rd Section: 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Front Panel:  2-1/4" x 3-3/4" (each other panel is 1/8" smaller)
Happy Stamping!


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Here's To You - Campaign


I always say this is my artwork and information blog, not my advertising blog.  However, Close To My Heart's new campaign, HERE'S TO YOU is just too beautiful not to share and will only be available from July 15th through August 31st:


It features a workshop kit inspired by life’s special occasions! To celebrate these moments, the Here’s to You workshop kits features four exclusive stamp sets designed for making elegant cards and layouts. The products in this workshop include four stamp sets and other items to create one 12″ × 12″ page and seven cards that can be used for weddings and many other occasions!  Check out the beautiful cards and layout page in this Workshop Guide.

Here are the four exclusive B-size stamp sets (click to enlarge):
Here is a peek at the contents of this kit which you can order with or without the embossing folder (click to enlarge) and contains the stamps, papers and embellishments to make the lovely artwork shown below or in the instructs (link above).

Here is the contents of the full kit:  4 stamps set shown above, 11 sheets of cardstock (1 Bashful, 1 Glacier, 2 Juniper, 1 Lagoon, 2 Linen, 1 Pacifica, 2 White Daisy, 1 silver glitter) 1 sheet of Vellum, 1 set of White Pearls (z3370), 7 card blanks and envelopes.  I am truly Wowed by this set set.  Set artwork below:



12 x 12 one page layout.  Check out the lovely embossing!


Standard size cards:
And there are four more beautiful cards! I just wanted you to see some of the details.

Don't forget that July is also Stampganza month (buy 2 stamp sets and get the 3 or equal or less value for FREE) and Close To My Heart has brought back the exclusive large Solo alphabet for this occasion as well!


Finally, you can get this fun Stamp of the Month set:  Reel Highlight for only $5.00 (with a $50 purchase).
I hope you are enjoying your summer!  I love when the days are sunny yet there's a cool breeze!  Happy Stamping!



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