Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's New Year's Eve!

Wow, I can hardly believe it is already time to usher in a new year.

I wish each of you a very Happy and prosperous 2012!

These are my New Year's cards created with Love Life and an unnamed set where the sentiment came from...sorry. I used Holiday Red and Topiary in for the swirls. The sentiments were both stamped with Holiday Red on a shape cut with my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

I added Stardust Glitz to all of the swirls to finish each card off.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Love Life
Cardstock: White Daisy; Sweet Leaf; Holiday Red
Ink: Topiary; Holiday Red
Other: Stardust Glitz; Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Friday, December 30, 2011

Last of the Christmas cards...

I have been enjoying my days off, home with family. I have been sleeping in past 11am every morning and didn't do much of anything in my workshop! I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas!

This card was another I created while using my Love Life stamp set like crazy. I cut our the star with my Art Philosophy cartridge, as well as, the sentiment shape. The sentiment is from Holiday cheer and all of the stamping was done in Holiday Red ink. The final touch on this card was our Stardust Glitz on the star.

All supplies are Close to My Heart.
Stamps: Love Life; Holiday Cheer
Ink: Holiday Red
Cardstock: White Daisy; Holiday Red; Sweet Leaf
Other: Stardust Glitz; Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It must be a Christmas stamp set?

Once I started using the stamp set, Love Life, I realized it was really an all season set. These cards scream Christmas poinsettia to me...and yet in different colours, not so much.

I used the polka dot flourish in between the small polka dot flower image. The pointed tips of each flower petal resemble a poinsettia, to me.

As with previously shown cards, I made this one with all sorts of interchangeable colours. These two show Holiday Red ink with Sweet Leaf and Holiday Red mats. The sentiment is Topiary ink stamped on Sweet Leaf Cardstock. I added Stardust Glitz to finish the cards.

All supplies are Close to My Heart.
Stamps: Love Life; Holiday Cheer
Cardstock: Sweet Leaf; Holiday Red; White Daisy
Ink: Holiday Red; Topiary
Other: Stardust Glitz; Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Live Love Laugh and Christmas

I have not been very far away......but just busy enough to not post to my blog for a bit. I've been feverishly working on Christmas cards and thought I'd share a few.

These three all use Love Life to add pattern to the trees. The sentiment is from Holiday Cheer and the tree shape was cut with Art Philosophy.

As you can see, I made several versions of this card by simply changing the colour of the tree, Glitz gel and mat. All of the trees are on foam squares for some dimension.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Love Life; Holiday Cheer
Ink: Holiday Red
Cardstock: Sweet Leaf; Topiary; Holiday Red; White Daisy
Other: Red & Stardust Glitz; Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Love Life

This card was totally lifted from another CTMH the moment I can not recall sorry.

The flourish image and flowers are from Love Life and the star is from Holiday Wishes. I popped the star up on foam dots and added some Stardust Glitz to various spots on the card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Holiday Wishes; Love Life
Ink: Topiary; Holiday Red
Cardstock: Topiary; White Daisy
Embellishments: Stardust Glitz
Tools: Art Philosophy and Cricut

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A small interruption!

I create things for one big craft fair every year. I have become very smitten with felt and started creating felt hair accessories, last year.

Yes, I do use my Nestabilities; Sizzix; and Quickutz to create them. This year, after getting and using my Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, I decided I would make a holder for my hair accessories, rather than just letting them float around inside the zip lock bags I put them in.

I cut my favourite shape.....I call it the bracket square. First I cut 4 from a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 Colonial White cardstock. I used this a template to design the printed words for each tag. Once I had everything lined up just right, I put several pieces of cardstock through my printer for the words. Then I cut the shapes with my Cricut.

I stamped the flourish image from CTMH's May, You and Me promotional stamp set, in Sweet Leaf Ink. Then I used a punch that punches holes to thread ribbon through, to punch holes for the barrette or hair clip to slide through. Then I slide these into zip lock bags and they hang nicely on my display/sale rack, with all of my information there.

You may notice, I also used a glittered Bigger brad for the centre. I dipped the brad in Liquid Glass and then in Prisma Glitter before using it to secure the layers of my flower.

All paper supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: You and Me
Cardstock: Colonial White
Ink: Sweet Leaf

Friday, December 9, 2011

Love Life

This stamp set, Love Life, is one of the most beautiful stamps sets Close To My Heart has created for our Fall/Winter Idea Book. It also contains an image that makes creating backgrounds easier than spelling it!

I started with White Daisy cardstock as the base. I added a Topiary background, then another White. I stamped the entire white piece in Topiary ink with the background image. I added a Tulip accent, then stamped a sentiment from set, December 25th, in Topiary. I stamped the next image with Holiday Red on a scallop circle cut with Art Philosophy. I see I should have matched the reds, but on the next one!

Below, I switched up the base mat to Blush, along with the ink. The sentiment was stamped in Tulip. Both of these cards took maybe 15 minutes to complete! I also added a blob of Glitz to the centre of each flower.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Love Life; December 25th
Cardstock: White Daisy; Topiary; Tulip; Blush
Ink: Topiary; Tulip; Holiday Red; Blush
Embellishments: Stardust Glitz
Tools: Art Philosophy and Cricut

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Twist with Remarkable Wreath.

This is another card made at my recent Remarkable Wreath class. It took a lot of thought, but I knew I wanted to something a little different.

I started with the 1/2 scallop shape and went from there. I had decided on the Sweet Leaf mat and the Twilight scallop circle, but it was the smaller circle from Kraft cardstock that brought it all together.

The stamping was a lot of steps. On the 1/2 circle, we stamped the leaves twice in Sweet Leaf. Then in Twilight ink, we stamped the berries 4 times to cover all but the middle. After all of the coloured stamping, then we stamped the wreath in Cocoa.

Once the 1/2 circle was finished, we stamped the wreath in Cocoa on the Kraft circle. The berries were stamped twice in Twilight after that. We used Eclectic Edges to stamp the border in Twilight on the Colonial White base.

The sentiment came from Bundled Buddies. The word "Friends" was stamped in Twilight and the rest in Black ink. We added a Twilight brad and some Colonial white grosgrain ribbon. The striped paper is from Miracle. Finally, we added Stardust Glitz all over where no berries were stamped.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Eclectic Edges; Bundled Buddies; Remarkable Wreath
Paper: Miracle
Cardstock: Twilight; Sweet Leaf; Colonial White; Kraft
Ink: Twilight; Sweet Leaf; Cocoa; Black
Embellishments: Twilight brad; Colonial White grosgrain ribbon; Stardust Glitz
Tools: Art Philosophy and Cricut machine

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Remarkable Wreath strikes again!

I have just completed my final Remarkable Wreath class for the season. For this class I thought we'd so some non-Christmas cards.

I started with a White Daisy card base and added some paper from Spring Sophia. We stamped the bottom right corner in Blush with an image from Typeset WOTG set. The border was stamped in Tulip with Eclectic Edges.

For the wreath, I cut a 2 3/4" circle in White Daisy; a 3" circle in Tulip and a 3 1/4" scallop circle in Kraft. These were all cut with Art Philosophy and my Cricut.

The wreath was stamped in Cocoa. The flowers were stamped in Creme Brulee; Sorbet; and Tulip. We stamped the lightest ink first and then the second colour overlapped about one third of the first. Then the Tulip was stamped to overlap about one third of the Sorbet. I added Stardust Glitz to the flowers and retired red velvet ribbon.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Eclectic Edges; Typset WOTG; Remarkable Wreath
Paper: Sophia
Cardstock: White Daisy; Blush; Tulip; Kraft
Ink: Tulip; Sorbet; Creme Brulee; Cocoa; Blush
Embellishments: Stardust Glitz; retired Red Velvet Ribbon
Tools: Art Philosophy; Cricut

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Some Christmas Cheer

I'm finally back with some cards I've been making over the past few weeks. I got through my craft fair and then didn't seem to be able to get my act together to get any of these posted. So, here comes another run.

I've been staring at my "Happy Clusters" stamp set since I was fortunate enough to get it in a convention bundle. I just haven't been able to come with anything to help me use it. I am smitten with shades of grey the last few months and with that, was finally able to come up with something.

I used Tulip cardstock as my background and Grey Flannel over top. I stamped in Grey Wool ink with an image from "Universal Backgrounds". The word, "Wish" came from a retired set that I think was "December Word Puzzle". I stamped it in Tulip, then overstamped in Versamark. I embossed it with clear powder for a raised effect.

The luscious buttons are from our Red Assortment and I added some Red Glitz where no buttons would fit.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Happy Clusters; Universal Backgrounds; retired December Word Puzzle
Cardstock: Grey Flannel; Grey Wool; Tulip; Versamark
Embellishments: Red Button Assortment; Red Glitz