Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Miracle and Hot Diggity

Here is another card from my Summer card workshop. You can see the theme was using Hot Diggity; Kraft borders; a Spellbinder's shape and every paper pack from CTMH's Spring/Summer Idea Book.

This was a very simple card.......yet I love this little owl a huge bunch! A Sweet Leaf strip of cardstock against a Kraft Border. A stamp like Spellbinder's die in Crystal Blue for the owl stamped in Pear ink. The sentiment was stamped in Black.

We added a Bloom and some Colonial White brads. The girls made 3 each of the 4 cards.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Hot Diggity
Paper: Miracle
Cardstock: Sweet Leaf; Crystal Blue; Colonial White
Ink: Black; Pear
Embellishments: Kraft Borders; Blooms; Colonial White brads
Other: Spellbinder Nestabilities Die

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Some birdy is whistling.....

Hah, that was a silly play on I'll show you another card from a recent workshop. In keeping with the using Hot Diggity and Nestability is the card.

Some Mayberry patterned paper was used along with coordinating cardstock colours. The bird was stamped in Hollyhock ink on top of flowers stamped with Goldrush. This is also a loose take on one of the patterns from Close To My Heart's Originals card book.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Hot Diggity
Paper: Mayberry
Cardstock: Colonial White; Hollyhock; Honey; Garden Green; Cocoa
Ink: Cocoa; Hollyhock; Goldrush
Embellishments: Colonial White Ric Rac ribbon

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Puddle Pad technique

At a recent workshop, we used the puddle technique to stamp images. We used Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue reinkers on a small piece of felt, as our puddle pad.

The buttlerfly stamp is from CTMH's Hot Diggity along with paper from our Wings pack. I also had to use one of our fabulous Kraft Borders to this simple, yet sweet card. The rectangle is cut with a Spellbinders die and the ladybug is stamped in Black ink on Vineyard Berry cardstock.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Hot Diggity
Paper: Wings
Cardstock: Vineyard Berry; Colonial White
Ink: Black ink; Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue reinkers
Embellishments: Kraft Borders; Crystal Blue brads
Other: Spellbinders die; felt

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Baby Love

This card was a little something I put together after seeing a similar card on another Consultant's blog. It started with "Baby Love", the first stamp set I had to have from the Spring/Summer Idea Book.

I stamped an image from Universal Backgrounds in Twilight on Sweet Leaf cardstock. Then I stamped the image and sentiment in Black over top. I drew lines around the outside to appear as stitching, then added a Bloom and brad to finish it off.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Baby Love; Universal Backgrounds
Cardstock: Lagoon; Sky; Black; Sweet Leaf
Ink: Twilight; Black
Embellishments: Bloom and Sky brad

Monday, August 22, 2011

Something a little different

I'm not sure what I was going for when I created this card. I wanted to use a background image, but this card went completely off track of where I planned.

I used the script image from Universal Backgrounds, stamped in Black on Baby Pink cardstock. The cherry blossom and sentiment are from a retired set, Aspiration. I added the word "dream" from another retired set, whose name escapes me.

I added patterned paper from Sweetheart and also stamped and cut out the cherry blossoms from that paper. I finished the card with some Black Bitty brads and a Colonial White Bigger Brad that was dipped in Liquid Glass and then some Prisma Glitter.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Sweetheart
Stamps: Aspiration; Universal Backgrounds
Cardstock: Baby Pink; Hollyhock; Colonial White; Black
Ink: Black; Hollyhock
Embellishments: Black Bitty Brads and Colonial White Bigger Brad
Other: Prisma Glitter; Liquid Glass

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Here is the second card in my "Size Matters" class. I finally got a chance to use my sewing stamp set, Tailor-Made. The point of this class, in addition to showing the versatility of an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock, was to use a different background stamp for each card.

We stamped with an image from Universal Backgrounds in Tulip ink on Baby Pink cardstock. Some Mayberry patterned paper was added in the back and we made a flower from it, also. The sewing machine was stamped in second generation Black; the sentiment and stitches in 1st generation Black.

The flower was made by cutting a 1" strip of patterned paper and folding it in half, lengthwise. Then, making small cuts every 1/8 th of an inch along the non-folded edge. Then roll up the paper and fluff the flower. We also added some Glitz once we had the flower secured to the card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Patterned Paper: Mayberry
Stamps: Universal Backgrounds; Tailor-Made
Cardstock: Baby Pink; Colonial White; Black; Cocoa; Garden Green; Sky
Ink: Tulip; Black
Other: Glitz; Corner/Scallop Maker

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Size Matters card workshop

Before I went to CTMH's convention in Disneyland, I held a workshop with the intriguing name "Size Matters". I wanted to show how you could get two different sized cards from one piece of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock.

This card is 3 1/2" x 8" and we also made 4x4 cards from the left overs from the sheet of cardstock.

The background was stamped with Universal Backgrounds in Twilight on Sweet Leaf cardstock. We added a strip of patterned paper from Miracle and Twilight cardstock. Each gal got to choose some Kraft Border strips to use on their cards.

The flower is one of our old Dimensional Elements stamped with an image from Simple Memories in Pacifica. We sponged Sweet Leaf ink over the entire thing and Pacifica on the edges, before adding a Colonial White brad. The sentiment is from For Every Occasion.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Simple Memories; Universal Backgrounds; For Every Occasion
Patterned Paper: Miracle
Cardstock: Colonial White; Sweet Leaf; Twilight
Ink: Twilight; Pacifica
Embellishments: Kraft Borders; Dimensional Elements; Colonial White brad

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dreamin' about these cards

Here is the second card featured in my Photo Card Workshop. I have used lots of new products from Close To My Heart's Fall Idea Book and some great techniques.

I started with our new Kraft Die Cut cards and sponged Desert Sand ink everywhere. The dandelion fluff images was embossed in Colonial White. The tall flower images are embossed in clear embossing powder, then Crystal Blue; Pacifica; Goldrush and Chocolate ink where sponged in.

My embellishment grouping used our new Copper brads and stamping in Pacifica. I also cut the scalloped oval shape with my Art Philosophy cartridge.

I cut the "zip strip" from my new Dreamin' paper pack and along with a new Foundry buckle, added some great wide Chocolate striped ribbon. Below is the inside of the card where a picture can be included.

Finally, here is the bonus clip made with an ordinary clothes pin, covered in extraordinary paper. I used two of my favourite stamp sets to complete this card, Soul Mates and Treasure.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Soul Mates; Treasures; Ecclectic Borders
Paper: Dreamin'
Cardstock: Goldrush; Pacifica; Colonial White; Desert Sand; Chocolate
Ink: Desert Sand; Pacifica; Goldrush; Chocolate; Crystal Blue
Embellishments: Chocolate Striped Ribbon; Foundry Slides; Copper Brads; Bitty Sparkles; White Hemp
Other: Clothes Pin

Monday, August 15, 2011

Roxie and some new bling.

This is one of the cards customers will be creating in a upcoming workshop I am having. I have started with new Roxie paper; Kraft Die Cut cards and great new embellishments from Close To My Heart's Fall/Winter Idea Book.

I started by sponging Desert Sand ink on every edge of my Kraft card base. I stamped with Dreams Come True in Black on Smoothie cardstock. I also used images from You and Me. The flourish was in second generation and then overstamped with Versamark and embossed in clear embossing powder.

I spritzed new Butterfly Blooms with Blush reinker and Pearl paint in our Spray Pen. I added a button and pin from our new Bling Assortment and pleated ribbon from our new Designer Red Collection.

The flowers were made by cutting a spiral, wavy circle from Roxy papers and adding an Opaque gem to the middle. The inside has stamping on one side and the other is ready for a picture of someone special, along with room to write and another spritzed flower.

In addition, I made this sweet pin to go with the card. It is a clothes pin dressed up to match the card. Each person at my workshop will get to make this to go along with the card.

Tomorrow, I will post the second card customers will make at this workshop.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Dreams Come True; You and Me
Paper: Roxie
Cardstock: Smoothie; Tulip; Colonial White; Kraft Die Cut Cards
Ink: Desert Sand; Black; Versamark
Embellishments: Bling Assortment; Red Designer Ribbon; Black Hemp; Opaque Gems; Butterfly and Flower Blooms
Other: Clothes pins

Friday, August 12, 2011

A late night cup of tea.

Here are the final two beverage cards, this first one with the stamped flourish being my favourite. Ink is Pacifica and paper is from Miracle. Sentiments from Kraftin' Kimmie and CTMH Border Basics.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Border Basics; Promotional stamp
Paper: Miracle
Cardstock: Colonial White; Pacifica; Chocolate
Ink: Pacifica
Embellishments: Pacifica brads
Other: Kraftin Kimmie sentiments; Etsy graphic images

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Convention swap cards

Here are two of the cards I created to swap at CTMH's Convention. First, let me apologize for the lousy pictures. I was rushing the night before I left and just snapped pics on my work table, rather than using my light box and lights.

These were both very simple 4x4 cards. Both used Universal Backgrounds. The first used Wings patterned paper along with some Sweet Leaf and Black cardstock on a Colonial White base. I added one of my favourite products, our Kraft Borders.

I also used my Martha Punch All Over the Page punch to make the butterfly and stamped it in second generation Vineyard Berry with the script image from Universal Backgrounds.

This second card is a take on one from Leisa Hubley's blog using the Mayberry Workshop On The Go stamp set. I wish this card didn't look so crooked.....but I was stamping fast and that script is slanting and making things wonky!

The cardstock with the script is Baby Pink and there is Garden Green and Hollyhock along with the Colonial White base. The pear image is inked in Honey and rolled in Hollyhock. The script is stamped in Black.

I would like to say Thank you to everyone who swapped with me, at convention. This was an experience like no other. You are almost swarmed by Ladies asking if you are swapping. I saw some Gals with an enormous amount of items to swap, and understand some made upwards of 300! I don't know how anyone has the time to make that many....but I sure did enjoy swapping with who I did.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Mayberry WOTG; Universal Backgrounds; Thank You
Paper: Wings and Mayberry
Cardstock: Sweet Leaf; Black; Hollyhock; Baby Pink; Garden Green; Colonial White
Ink: Black; Sweet Leaf; Vineyard Berry; Honey; Hollyhock
Embellishments: Colonial White Waxy Flax; Garden Green brads; Kraft Borders
Tools: Corner/Scallop maker
Other: Martha Stewart Punch All Over the Page

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Coffee and Tea time

Before I left for CTMH's convention, I needed to make several cards for the stock I sell at a local cafe....Caffe Fantastico.

I had purchased these great downloads from an etsy shop recently. I also spied these great coffee and tea sentiments from Kraftin Kimmie. I put them together with great Close To My Heart paper and inks and here are two cards I made to sell.

The first one used Miracle paper along with Universal Backgrounds. I added Lagoon and Pacifica cardstock to Colonial White.

The second card used Intrinsic Backgrounds along with Mayberry patterned paper. I used Hollyhock and Garden Green cardstock along with the Colonial White.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless mentioned.
Stamps: Intrinsic and Universal Backgrounds
Paper: Mayberry and Miracle
Cardstock: Pacifica; Lagoon; Hollyhock; Garden Green; Colonial White
Ink: Pacifica; Cocoa; Hollyhock
Buttons: retired Fall buttons
Other: Martha Steward border punch; Cricut Storybook; Etsy graphic download

Monday, August 8, 2011

Thank you for not "unfollowing" me!

Well, I'm not even going to look back to see how long it has been since I posted some artwork.

I attended my first Close To My Heart convention a few weeks ago, after 7 wonderful years as a Consultant. I had the best time and met some new friends, namely Jennifer Kelly; Jackie Block-Lupien; Barb Sinclair and Karen Norman.

We shared much laughter and Jennifer was my adoptive Mom, making sure I got where I needed to go on time and pretty much leading me around by the nose (Hmmm, if you know me you know how difficult that would actually be to accomplish!). I'm pretty sure Jennifer and I are sisters from another Mother!

Anyhow, here is some artwork I created before I left for the Disneyland convention and our family's three week vacation.

I punched out the butterflies with Martha's Punch All Over the page punch. The background was stamped with the script image from Universal Backgrounds. The sentiment is from Dreams Come True. I added some sparkles to each of the butterfly cut outs.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Universal Backgrounds; Dreams Come True
Patterned Paper: Miracle
Cardstock: Vineyard Berry; Twilight; Colonial White base
Ink: Vineyard Berry
Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles
Other: Martha Steward Punch All Over the Page

Monday, August 1, 2011

Coffee or Tea anyone?

Here are two more cards I created for sale at Caffe Fantastico. I used Miracle patterned paper for both along with Lagoon; Sweet Leaf; Pacifica; and Twilight cardstock. I stamped with a border set whose name escapes. me.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Border Basics
Paper: Miracle
Cardstock: Pacifica; Sweet Leaf; Lagoon; Twilight; Colonial White
Ink: Chocolate; Pacifica
Other: Cricut Storybook and Kraftin' Kimmie sentiments and Etsy digital images