Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Capture the Date

You are sure to get lots of great ideas to use with the Close To My Heart November stamp of the month, Capture the Date, by hopping along this month's blog hop!  If you're already hopping, then you should have arrived here from Laila's blog.  You can continue on to the next blog and circle around by going to Laurie Newton's blog next.

If you're familiar with my blog, then you probably know that I am on a year-long scrapbooking journey I've dubbed "12 for '12."  (I even have a Facebook group for those interested.)  Each month, I am creating a "highlights" layout to remember all the big (and little) things we've done.  I started this last year and wish I had started them so much sooner!  Here's my title page for this year's album:
I began with two of my favorite family photos from this year, the gorgeous Avonlea paper pack, and a single sketch from the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1, how-to guide.  All of the stamping is from the November stamp of the month, Capture the Date.  I was going for a "subway" style of artwork.  Not sure I succeeded but I like the way it turned out anyway.
For both of the columns of months, I stamped them directly from the carrier sheet- not on a block!  CTMH had them lined up so beautifully, and I knew that I'd never get them perfectly straight again on my own!  I cut the banner and journaling block by hand (and then matted the block on some of the light green cardstock in the Avonlea paper pack.)  Of course I had to bling this layout up- it is the title page and all!  A little shimmer trim, some sparkles, and a beautiful Avonlea Brocade Assortment medallion (which I also blinged up some more with sparkles).
Thanks for hopping by!  Go visit Laurie's blog next to Capture the Date!

All supplies from CTMH: Capture the Date (Nov. 2012 stamp of the month); Avonlea paper pack; Twilight, Chocolate, Slate, Olive, and Sweet Leaf inks; Chocolate marker; Avonlea Brocade Assortment; sparkles; silver shimmer trim

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Trick or Treat!

Tonight is our town's annual Halloween on the Square, which is great (safe) fun for kids of all ages.  We are going to be working on behalf of our 4-H club in the "Haunted Fort" so if you live around here, come join us!  There will definitely be fun for all ages, from the Haunted Fort to the carnival-type games, plus concessions for all.
This adorable trick-or-treat stamp is a sneaky peek at the upcoming Close To My Heart December stamp of the month, Year-Round Cheer.  I just love this cat!  I used the Moonlight paper pack and some black tulle, plus a little Liquid Glass and Silver Glitter Glitz Gel.

Happy Halloween to you!  Don't forget that there's also still time to play in the Heart 2 Heart Challenges Halloween/pumpkin challenge.  See you there too!

Monday, October 22, 2012

H2H Challenges: Halloween

It's Halloween time at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  Share your adorable Halloween or pumpkin-themed projects with us this week on our site.

My Hallween decor needed a little boost, and with all the cute owls you see everywhere these days, I couldn't resist using the "hooray for owl-o-ween" chipboard piece from the CTMH Moonlight Dimensional Elements on a chipboard My Creations (large) banner.  This project came together really quickly and easily using the coordinating Moonlight products.
To embellish the pennant, I made a rosette out of our black tulle ribbon (just gathered an edge and sewed it right up) and a medallion out of strip of Moonlight paper.  I added black sparkles for the owls' eyes and then randomly placed green and clear sparkles all over the background.  Do you see the silver trim running across the center?  It helped to jazz up the piece while anchoring my medallion.  The final touch was a little Liquid Glass on the owl beaks and some Green Glitter Glitz around the edge of the sentiment.

Be sure to check out all of the inspiration from our talented Heart 2 Heart design team.  We can't wait to see what you make!  One lucky player will be next month's guest designer, so get your fall project linked up.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Angry Birds Birthday Card

How can my nephew be six?!?  Yesterday was his actual birthday, but we celebrated last weekend with an Angry Birds birthday party.  Here's the card that I made for him.
 I didn't have a pattern, but I looked at several different Angry Bird images.  I used my circle and oval cutter plus my 1-1/4" circle punch (for the whites of his eyes), my small circle punch for the black eyes, and my 2" scalloped circle punch to make the "feathers" for his tail.  The other pieces were cut from cardstock.  It was  just a little trial and error but super fun to make!  I used CTMH White Daisy, Black, Holiday Red (retired), and Sunny Yellow (retired) cardstock.
 Here's his card attached to his present.  I decided that the card itself was enough embellishment for the package.  Boys don't need bows, right?  Especially six-year-olds who are going to rip the paper right off to get to what's inside!  (Funny story: I couldn't find the regular tape so I used scrapbook tape.  That makes opening a gift very difficult since that stuff holds TIGHT!)
Here's my sister and her sweet family.  I love these guys so much!  Happy birthday, Doodle Bug! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cricut Artiste Gift Card Holder

One of my downline (Hi, June!) gave me this Cricut Artiste envelope and Creme Brulee bow that she turned into a gift card holder.  I used the Clementine paper pack and 4 My Friend stamp set to personalize my version.  Isn't that paper bow adorable?  The shimmer brad actually holds the 3-D bow in place. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

God Bless You Card

This card will be going out in the mail this week to a very special lady (my nephews' nana) who is undergoing breast cancer treatment right now.  (She's doing well with her treatment but is understandably tired.)  I hope this will be a little sunshine in her mailbox.

My favorite part of the card has got to be Close To My Heart's new silver trim!  Its glittery goodness doesn't seem to shed everywhere, and once you get the clear backing peeled off, it adheres extremely well to your project.  (You are going to be seeing a LOT of this stuff from me! <3 nbsp="nbsp" p="p">
This card pattern is a sketch from the new how-to, Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1.  (Have I mentioned that this cool guide has scrapbooking sketches and card patterns?  Plus it is only $7.95!)  To coordinate with the La Belle Vie paper pack, I stamped the awareness ribbon (retired) in Blush and then used my new Slate pigment ink to overstamp the sentiment and then swipe the edges of the card and the sentiment panel. 

I need to use this card as a reminder to schedule my very first mammogram.  Am I a big girl now or what?  Have you scheduled yours? 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

SOS Challenge: Hot Chocolate!

Because so many of our readers live where it is starting to cool off, this month's Scrap Our Stash challenge is hot chocolate.  Interpret that any way you like!  Since I have previously made a layout about my family's love of hot chocolate (and my love instead of hot tea), my thoughts veered to winter.  When I found these pictures of me at (almost) five, I knew I wanted to preserve them.  After all, who better to tell MY story than me?
Growing up in south Florida makes this event all the more memorable: the first time in recorded history that it actually snowed as far south as where I lived!  (Now you guys who get lots of snow are probably laughing, but it was indeed a Florida milestone.)
If you look for it, you can see a bit of Chocolate paper and ink, plus a mug of the yummy stuff.  All of my products are from Close To My Heart, including this layout sketch from the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1 how-to guide.  I had fun playing with several of my winter stamp sets, including the October stamp of the month, Very Merry Christmas, for those cute mittens. Guess which alphabet set I used?  If you guessed the Chocolate Alphabet (Large), you're right!

Again, if you look closely, not only will you see my favorite pair of gloves (each finger had a different face with different colored yarn hair), but you'll also see a second-generation stamped snow flurries border.  I wish you could see the pretty Slate polka dot ribbon in person!  It is gorgeous and shimmery in real life.  The only other embellishment I used on the left page is the pretty charm from the Avonlea Brocade Assortment.

Now it's your turn to scrap some of your stash.  Pour a mug of hot cocoa to inspire you, and drag out some of your chocolate-colored scrappy stash to get to work!  Come join us at Scrap Our Stash!

All supplies from Close To My Heart: Chocolate Alphabet Large and Warm Winter Wishes (retired) stamp sets; Avonlea paper pack; White Daisy, Twilight, Olive, and Chocolate cardstock; Twilight and Slate ink; Twilight marker; Grey Wool baker's twine; Slate polka dot ribbon; Avonlea Brocade Assortment

Monday, October 8, 2012

H2H Challenges: Number Challenge

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we're celebrating birthdays by the numbers!  Even if you don't want to share your number, we're asking you to use numbers in your birthday creation.  Be sure to check out this week's DT projects, because you will truly be inspired.  We have lots of fun ideas and techniques to share this week.  (Way to go, Team B!)
My card uses the fun Flirty papers along with Hollyhock and Olive cardstock.  This pattern is a sketch from the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1 how-to guide.  The (retired) happy birthday sentiments were stamped with Hollyhock.  To create the ombre 15, I used my (retired) Friendship Alphabet Large and began by inking up the numbers in Honey, then Goldrush, and finally Hollyhock.  I love how it turned out!
I distressed the edges of my card base and the number panel with Honey ink.  The Olive mat is edged in Olive ink.  I pulled some retired sheer Hollyhock and Goldrush ribbon from my stash to make a bow.  I think it adds another touch of femininity to the card while also mimicing a present.  Making paper ruffles is another girly touch that I just love.  Since every girl needs some bling, I filled in the flower centers with Bronze Glitter Glitz gel.

Now it's time for you to celebrate some special birthdays by the numbers.  Be sure to use some Close To My Heart products and link up to the H2H challenge blog before the end of the month.  Happy birthday!

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Here is one of the five cards I taught for my World Card Making Day class today.  We began with a Colonial White card base and random stamped the rose from the Card Word Puzzle stamp set in Bamboo.  The "thanks" sentiment is from the Many Thanks stamp set, and I stamped mine in Goldrush and layered it on a New England Ivy mat.  We cut the flowers out of the Flirty paper (and the pretty orange piece is the back of the same floral paper).  Some Bronze Glitter Glitz Gel adds some bling while keeping this card easy to mail.
This card was made with the Avonlea paper pack and the Card Chatter- Sympathy stamp set.  It is my go-to set for sentiments.  I really wish you could see how pretty that Slate polka dot ribbon is in person!
Both cards use sketches from the how-to guide, Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1.

Finally, my younger daughter decided to participate, and she ended up making the most cards with a total of 17!  That girl was on a roll!  Check them out below.  (Note to self: buy more bling to replace what she used.)
Happy World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day!

Please scroll down for several card posts today!  In addition to sharing some of my favorites, I also hope to share what we make in class today.  Please join me in touching people's lives with a handmade card.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Favorite Cards Recap

In honor of World Card Making Day today, I wanted to share some of my favorite cards (so far) of 2012:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cricut Artiste & Avonlea Purse

Have you seen all of the things that the Close To My Heart/Cricut Artiste cartridge will do?  Here's an adorable little purse that I made with a sheet of Avonlea paper. 

Since it's so cute, I only embellished it with a pearl badge button and our beautiful new Slate polka dot ribbon.  (Unfortunately in this photo the ribbon hides the pretty scalloped edge of the handles.)  The purse measures about 3" tall.  I think these would be so pretty as table favors at a luncheon or bridal shower or to hold any small gift.

What would you put inside?


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