Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My 2013 in Reveiw


Here are 12 of my favourite cards made in 2013. I let my scrapbooks rest for the year, but 2014 will see them come to life again. I hope you enjoy this review.

Happy New Year!


Monday, December 30, 2013

Last 2013 Card Class with Banner Wishes

These are the cards made at my last Card class, for  2013.
 We started with Babycakes patterned paper and stamped with, All the Details and Banner Wishes. Ink colours are Lagoon and Slate, with Colonial White; Lagoon; Whisper; and Chocolate cardstock.
 The second card started with Sarita patterned paper, along with a border image from, One Way Borders. It was stamped in Outdoor Denim, then the sentiment is stamped with Lagoon ink in first and second generation. The mat colour behind the sentiment piece is Outdoor Denim cardstock.
Finally, this card has the lovely Laughing Lola patterned paper along with, One Way Borders, again. The cardstock colours are Lagoon; Black and Colonial White. Ink is Gypsy and a Lagoon alcohol marker. All of the sentiments are stamped with Banner Wishes, as are the scroll images. The star; butterfly; flower; and large sentiment shapes were all cut from Art Philosophy.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Banner Wishes; All the Details; One Way Borders
Paper: Babycakes; Sarita; Laughing Lola
Cardstock: Lagoon; Whisper; Chocolate; Outdoor Denim; Black; Gypsy; Colonial White
Ink: Gypsy; Slate; Lagoon; Black
Markers: Lagoon alcohol marker
Embellishments: Grey Wool Baker's Twine; Colonial White grosgrain ribbon; Sparkles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge; Make It From Your Heart Vol. II

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry and Meowy Christmas!


From my "Meowy" house to yours, we wish you a very
Merry Christmas!

We have enjoyed our Christmas day thus far and our cats have too! Their heads have been jiggling, like these cuties, with their first laser pointer toy. Only 1 of our 4 cats gets it......but I'm sure the other 3 will clue in soon enough!

Our 3 children; my husband and I are spending a nice, quiet day together. We've had our Christmas spiral ham for lunch and will enjoy our traditional snacks watching a movie together, later. Tomorrow may hold some Boxing Day shopping, but we are pretty shopped out after our weekend in Portland.

New Year's Eve is another quiet family evening......the kids toasting with sparkling juice packaged up like wine.....Randy and I with our Christmas liqueurs.  

We wish you all of the best for 2014 in life and love!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Holly in Glitter and Green!

Here are 2 more cards made at my Diecutting and Embossing class in December.
 These cards started with another cutting plate from Taylored Expressions. I cut the holly from Topiary and Glitter cardstock. I added Red Glitz for the berries on both. The top one has a Cashmere cardstock mat on a White Daisy card base.
This Green Glitter cardstock holly, has a mat of Twilight on a White Daisy card base. The sentiments are from Merry & Bright and Scandinavian Wishes. Both are stamped in Ruby ink on a White Daisy with Ruby mat. The top sentiment has berries from Merry & Bright stamped in second generation Ruby and is tied up with Cranberry Baker's Twine.

Well, we are off to Portland tomorrow to do our Christmas shopping. We have 3 full days planned before our direct drive back to the Port Angeles ferry terminal. We will get home on Christmas Eve then enjoy more family time the rest of the week.

Should I be too tired to post then, I would like to wish each and everyone of you and your families a very Merry Christmas with much warmth and love!

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Merry & Bright; Scandinavian Wishes
Cardstock: White Daisy; Cashmere; Topiary; Twilight; Green Glitter; Ruby
Ink: Ruby
Embellishments: Cranberry Baker's Twine; Red Glitz
Other: Holly cutting plate from Taylored Expressions


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Die-cut cards

I recently held my December Die-cutting and Embossing card class and these are two of the cards gals made.
 I started by running a piece of White Daisy and Silver Glitter paper through my Xyron, with an adhesive cartridge inside. This applied glue to the backside of each piece. Then I ran each piece through my Big Shot with this glorious cutting plate from Taylored Expressions.
The mat piece for both cards is Crystal Blue cardstock and the sentiments are from the stamp set, Snowflakes, stamped in Twilight ink.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: White Daisy; Crystal Blue; Silver Glitter
Ink: Twilight
Embellishments: Stardust Glitz
Other: Xyron; Taylored Expressions Snowflake cutting plate


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Frosted and almost ready to Christmas shop!

This was a quick card I put together with Frosted Workshop On The Go stamp set and some snowflake die cuts I had on my table.
I stamped with White Daisy pigment ink on both Pacifica and Kraft cardstock with snow and snowflake images from the Frosted WOTG set. I added snowflakes cut with Lil' Inker Designs; Simon Says Stamp; and/or Taylored Expressions dies.

I stamped the sentiment with Pacifica pigment ink and backed it with Lagoon cardstock. Then some Silver Shimmer Trim and a few blue Sparkles and this card is done.

If you are wondering about my "Christmas shopping" statement....I have not done any! Normally, I am done in September or October. This year we decided to take a wee hop across the border to Portland on the 20th.....so I will do all of my shopping there!

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Frosted WOTG
Cardstock: White Daisy; Pacifica; Lagoon; Kraft
Ink: White and Pacifica pigment
Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Trim; Blue Sparkles
Other: Lil' Inker Designs stitched snowflake; Simon Says Stamp detailed snowflake; and/or Taylored Expressions dies.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

More Season's Tweetings

This is another of the cards I made in my melee with my Season's Tweetings stamp set and Alcohol markers.
I started by stamping Ruby and White Daisy cardstock with the poinsettia image from the Close To My Heart's Season's Tweetings set, in Ruby ink. All of my mats are from Lagoon cardstock. I added a Ruby Glitter button; Ruby Shimmer Trim; Ruby Chevron ribbon and Cranberry Baker's Twine.

I stamped the wreath; bird and sentiment with Black Memento ink. I coloured in the berries with a Ruby alcohol marker. Then I added a line of Sweet Leaf colour to the base of each leaf. I coloured the rest of each leaf in with my Lagoon marker.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Season's Tweeting
Ink: Ruby
Markers: Ruby; Lagoon; Sweet Leaf Alchohol markers
Cardstock: White Daisy; Lagoon
Embellishments: Ruby Shimmer Trim, Chevron Ribbon, Glitter button; Cranberry Baker's Twine
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Memento Black ink

Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and Chocolate Tins


Happy Thanksgiving.......I am a day late and a Black Friday dollar short! I hope each of you have a family and love filled weekend being thankful!

These are just 2 examples of chocolate filled tins I recently made, to sell at the annual craft fair I sell in.
I started with Hershey Nuggets purchased while in the U.S. I also ordered these wonderful tins from Paper Mart that fit 12 chocolates, perfectly.
I used the stamp set from Season's Tweetings in combination with Pear & Partridge and Sparkle & Shine paper. Each chocolate is wrapped with a 1" x 3" piece of patterned paper. Then the entire tin is wrapped with either coordinating cardstock or patterned paper.

The wreaths are stamped with Black Memento ink, then coloured in with Close To My Heart alcohol markers. I've added Ruby Chevron ribbon and some lovely retired velvet ribbon. You can not see it, but both wreaths are adorned with Stardust Glitz, also.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Season's Tweetings
Paper: Pear & Partridge; Sparkle & Shine
Cardstock: Juniper; Ruby; White Daisy; Olive
Ink: Olive
Embellishments: Stardust Glitz; Ruby Chevron ribbon; retired velvet ribbon
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Paper Mart tins


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Snowflakes

Since we rarely get snow here in Victoria, on the beautiful wet coast, or Vancouver Island.........I decided to use lots of snowflakes for my Christmas cards.
This snowflake die is an exclusive Simon Says Stamp die. First I cut if from fun foam, then inked it up with Twilight and Crystal Blue ink to stamp my background on Crystal Blue cardstock. I matted that with Twilight and also stamped my sentiment with Twilight ink. I backed the sentiment with a Glitter paper border. 

The snowflake is cut from White Daisy cardstock and attached to Whisper and Twilight cardstock shapes with a Twilight Brad.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: Crystal Blue; White Daisy; Twilight; Silver Glitter
Ink: Twilight; Crystal Blue
Embellishments: Twilight Brad
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Simon Says Stamp die


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

'Tis the Season

This is the final card from my, Trim the Tree, workshop.
We used Ruby Sparkle Trim with the Sparkle & Shine patterned paper. The circles are cut from Whisper; Juniper and Ruby. The sentiment is from retired, Holiday Wishes. I have taken full advantage of our clear acrylic image, by shaping it to match the curve of my cut circle. The sentiment and ornament, from Trim the Tree, are stamped in Ruby ink. I tied it all up with Grey Wool Baker's Twine.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Trim the Tree; Holiday Wishes
Paper: Sparkle & Shine
Cardstock: White Daisy; Whisper; Juniper; Ruby
Ink: Ruby
Embellishments: Ruby Sparkle Trim; Grey Wool Baker's Twine
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Trim the Tree Workshop

This is the second card made at my recent, Trim the Tree, Workshop.
We stamped the shapes with Juniper and Ruby ink. All of them got strung up with Cranberry Baker's Twine and one got coordinating Sparkles from, Sparkle Holiday Shapes. The sentiment and birdie are stamped from, Perfect Fit-Holidays. The patterned paper is from Sparkle & Shine.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Sparkle & Shine
Stamps: Trim the Tree; Perfect Fit-Holiday
Ink: Ruby; Juniper
Cardstock: Juniper; Ruby; White Daisy
Embellishments: Sparkle Holiday Shapes; Cranberry Baker's Twine
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cats and Dogs

These are the last two cards of my October workshop using some sweet stencil dies I picked up in the summer.
 I used Whisper cardstock and Slate ink. I embossed this lovely pattern with Whisper cardstock, then wiped Slate ink over top. The border is Silver Glitter paper.
The stamping is from CTMH's, A Bowwow and Cozy Cat in Slate ink. The sweet cat and dog stencil dies are from Joy Crafts - Lin & Lene. They were both cut from White Daisy cardstock and inked with Black ink.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Cozy Cat; A Bowwow
Cardstock: Whisper; White Daisy; Silver Glitter
Ink: Slate; Black
Other: Joy Crafts - Lin & Lene cat and dog stencil dies


Friday, November 22, 2013

Sparkle & Shining while I "Trim the Tree"!

Here is the first card created for my latest Sparkle & Shine Workshop, featuring "Trim the Tree".
I was inspired by artwork made by Karen Pedersen with this set. I added a swiping motion to my ink pad while doing the tree, then used a Ruby marker to add the ornaments. The image stamped on the Ruby ribbon is from Merry & Bright and the sentiment from a retired stamp of the month, Very Merry Christmas.

I used our scallop punch for the borders. I added a wee bit of Silver Glitter paper and then the sweet, Sparkle Holiday Shapes to the Juniper stamped tree.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Sparkle & Shine
Stamps: Trim the Tree; Merry & Bright; Very Merry Christmas
Ink: Whisper; Juniper; Ruby
Cardstock: White Daisy; Juniper; Ruby; Silver Glitter
Marker: Ruby alcohol marker
Embellishments: Sparkle Holiday Shapes


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Polka Dot dies

Here is another card gals made at one my Embossing and Die cutting class.
We used a die from My Favorite Things to cut the polka dots. We added different colours of cardstock behind the dots, then matted on Gypsy cardstock. The sentiment is also stamped with Gypsy ink and we added buttons tied with Natural Hemp.

All supplies are Close to My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Thank You
Cardstock: Gypsy; Lagoon; Sweet Leaf; Twilight; Juniper; White Daisy
Ink: Gypsy
Embellishments: Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue buttons; Natural Hemp
Other: My Favorite Things Die-Namics Dispersed Dots

Friday, November 15, 2013

Creating a Stamp with your favourite steel die!

This is the 3rd card gals made at my Embossing & Die cutting class. Sometimes I find a die shape I love so much, I want to stamp with it, too. This snowflake is that image, so here is how I did the stamping.
First, I used the snowflake die, from Couture Creations to cut from fun foam. Then I just used my herma dots adhesive, on the snowflake, to attach it to a clear block. I inked it up with White Daisy pigment ink and stamped away on Kraft cardstock. It really is that easy to use any die to make a stamp.

I added some snowflake images from another stamp set to fill in the extra spaces. They were stamped with Desert Sand ink, from the Pear & Partridge WOTG stamp set.

All supplies are Close To My  Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Pear & Partridge WOTG
Ink: White Daisy pigment; Pacifica
Cardstock: White Daisy; Kraft; Pacifica
Embellishments: Burlap Ribbon
Other: Couture Creations Snowflake die

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Snowflake in Crystal Blue

This is the second card made at my November Embossing & Die cutting class.
The gorgeous snowflake die, from Couture Creations, cut and embossed White Daisy cardstock in one Big Shot pass. I stamped the Crystal Blue cardstock with a retired background image, in Twilight ink. Both of those were then matted with Twilight cardstock. The sentiment is stamped on Crystal Blue cardstock in Twilight in from, Perfect Fit-Holidays, set. The centre of the snowflake is a cut out from Glitter paper.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Perfect Fit-Holidays; retired background
Ink: Twilight
Cardstock: White Daisy; Twilight; Crystal Blue; Glitter
Other: Couture Creations snowflake die


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Snowflakes.....oh beautiful snowflakes!

I LOVE snow and snowflakes! Since we do not get much of either on the "Wet" Coast of Vancouver Island, I decided to substitute with a paper snow storm! This is one of the cards made at my recent Embossing & Die cut card class.
I wanted to utilize a non-traditional Christmas colour and went with the gorgeous purples of Close To My Heart's, Laughing Lola paper. I stamped the sentiment from, Merry & Bright, in Black ink on Lagoon cardstock. The border patterned strips are the zip strips cut from the patterned paper.

This lovely wool felt is from My Favorite Things and is "Grapesicle" in colour. I cut the snowflake with a die from Couture Creations, purchased from Crop Stop. I added a Glitter Paper star to the centre of the snowflake. It was what remained on my cutting mat after cutting a snowflake with Artiste.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Laughing Lola
Stamp: Merry & Bright
Ink: Black
Embellishments: Glitter Paper
Cardstock: White Daisy; Lagoon
Tools: Artiste Cricut cartridge
Other: My Favorite Things Grapesicle felt; Couture Creations Snowflake die

Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembrance Day

Lest We Forget - Remembrance Day



Friday, November 8, 2013

Owl be using Season's Tweetings more!

OMG.....here is another card with Season's Tweetings using Red and Turqouise....can't stop!
I LOVE this colour combo and the Season's Tweetings stamp set that comes with the gorgeous, large gift bags. I have followed along the same colours as my previous 2 cards before this one.

Randomly stamped flower on Ruby and White Daisy cardstock for backgrounds. I used Lagoon cardstock for the accent. Here I've used a corduroy flower for an extra accent on my Ruby Chevron ribbon that is atop my Ruby Washi tape on Lagoon cardstock border! I've also added a Sparkle to the centre of my flower.

The sweet Owl is coloured with our Lagoon alcohol set of markers. The wreath has been coloured with Ruby; Sweet Leaf and Lagoon alcohol markers. I've also added some Stardust Glitz.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Season's Tweetings
Ink: Ruby
Cardstock: Lagoon; Ruby; White Daisy
Alchohol Markers: Ruby; Lagoon; Sweet Leaf
Embellishments: Ruby Chevron ribbon; Ruby Mini-Medley: Ruby Washi tape; Sparkle
Tools: Cricut Art Philosophy
Other: Memento Black ink


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Another Challenge with Season's Tweetings

Once I started playing with Close To My  Heart's new Season's Tweetings set, I found more challenges to enter. This card is for the Merry Monday #82 Challenge at, Always Playing With Paper.

I started by random stamping the flower image with Ruby ink on coordinating cardstock. I matted this piece with Lagoon cardstock on a White Daisy card base. I used the Ruby pattern washi tape, from Sparkle & Shine, and applied it to Lagoon cardstock for the border. I wrapped the border up with Ruby Metallic Baker's Twine.

I stamped mistletoe and sentiment with Black Memento ink. I coloured the images in with Sweet Leaf; Ruby; and Lagoon alcohol markers. I added some Stardust Glitz to each  berry, then stamped the ribbon image in Ruby ink.
All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Season's Tweetings
Cardstock: Ruby; Lagoon; White Daisy
Embellishments: Ruby Metallic Baker's Twine; Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape; Stardust Glitz
Alcohol Markers: Ruby; Sweet Leaf; Lagoon
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Black Memento ink

Season's Tweetings and a Challenge

I thought this week I wanted to get in on some challenges. I used my new Close To My Heart, Season's Tweetings set, for the challenge over at Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog.

I love this colour combo of a red and a turquoise, so I used Ruby and Lagoon. I randomly stamped the Ruby cardstock with the flower image, in coordinating ink. I added Ruby chevron ribbon and some snowflakes I cut from felt. 

I stamped the wreath, owl and sentiment with Black Memento ink and then coloured in with our alcohol markers in Ruby; Sweet Leaf; and Lagoon. I added Stardust Glitz to the owl's eyes and around the wreath.
All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Season's Tweetings
Cardstock: Lagoon; Ruby; White Daisy
Alcohol Markers: Lagoon; Ruby; Sweet Leaf
Embellishments: Ruby Chevron ribbon; Stardust Glitz
Other: Memento Black ink; White eco felt; Sizzix snowflake die

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Birds shimmer with Sparkle & Shine

This is the 4th and final card from my recent Sparkle & Shine workshop.
I lifted this card from a fellow CTMH Consultant. I switched the patterned paper; border and Red Shimmer Trim, but the stamping is an exact lift. The birds are stamped in Ruby and the branches in both Ruby and Juniper. The sentiment is stamped with Slate ink.

I started with this glorious shimmer houndstooth pattern in the Sparkle & Shine pack. I added the circle zip strip, then added Stardust Glitz the the centre of each circle. The flourish bird has a tiny Opaque Gem for an eye and I added Ruby Shimmer trim, also.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Sparkle & Shine
Stamp: Merry & Bright
Ink: Juniper; Ruby; Slate
Cardstock: White Daisy; Juniper
Embellishments: Stardust Glitz; Ruby Shimmer Trim; Opaque gem

Friday, November 1, 2013

See you later, Scandinavian Wishes!

 I must say October's stamp of the month, Scandinavian Wishes, was one of my all time favourites! Here is the 3rd card from my Sparkle & Shine workshop.
Now, if you haven't seen the Sparkle & Shine paper up close, the silver on this pattern is shimmery. It is a lovely, understated touch to this fabulous paper. We stamped the bulb from, Scandinavian Wishes, in Ruby ink on the coordinating Cricut cut. The scallop border is in Ruby cardstock and the sentiment stamped in Ruby ink is on Juniper cardstock. There is a strip of Glitter paper and the bulb has been tied up with Grey Wool Baker's Twine.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Sparkle & Shine; Glitter paper
Stamp: Scandinavian Wishes
Ink: Ruby
Cardstock: White Daisy; Juniper; Ruby
Embellishment: Grey Wool Baker's Twine
Tools: Scallop Border punch; Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Merry & Bright design

This is the second design from my Sparkle and Shine workshop.
What I most love about Sparkle & Shine paper, is the patterns are striking and elevate a simple design! We stamped the wreath from, Merry & Bright in Juniper ink. The flowers were added with  Ruby ink. We tied it up with Cranberry Baker's Twine and this card was done.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Sparkle & Shine
Stamp: Merry & Bright
Cardstock: Juniper; Ruby; White Daisy
Ink: Juniper; Ruby
Embellishments: Cranberry Baker's Twine


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sparkle & Shine Workshop

Here is the first card of four, that gals at my recent Sparkle & Shine workshop created.
Each gal got a Sparkle & Shine paper pack, with precut pieces and embellishments for each card. They also received stamp sets: Merry & Bright and Tree Delights.

They cut the patterned paper into 3 strips that were 4" wide. Then cut those at 5 1/4" so they had 6 of each pattern. I provided one design and they could substitute any pattern from Sparkle & Shine, that they wanted.

For this card we stamped Tree Delights with Juniper ink, then added Red Glitz and a Sparkle on top. The sentiment was stamped in Slate ink, from October's stamp of the month, Scandinavian Wishes. The cardstock colours are White Daisy; Ruby; Juniper and Slate. We finished the card off with our Ruby Chevron ribbon.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Sparkle & Shine
Stamps: Merry & Bright; Scandinavian Wishes; Tree Delights
Cardstock: Slate; Juniper; Ruby; White Daisy
Ink: Juniper; Slate
Embellishments: Ruby Chevron Ribbon; Sparkle; Red Glitz


Monday, October 28, 2013

Sparkle & Shine Gift Tag

I don't normally make too many tags, but this year I decided I would sell some and use them as gifts for my customers.
I started with Sparkle & Shine patterned paper. I stamped the trees from, Trim the Tree and stamped them with Slate and Juniper ink. I added a tree from the Sparkle Holiday Shapes, then adhered the trees to the circle centerpiece. The three words are stamped from October's stamp of the month, Scandinavian Wishes in Slate; Juniper and Ruby ink. I also stamped the white circle with the border image from Scandinavian Wishes in second generation Slate ink.

The top shape and sentiment are from, Holiday Tags. The border is stamped in Slate and the sentiment in Ruby. I finished the tag off with Ruby and Grey Wool Baker's Twine.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Scandinavian Wishes; Trim the Tree; Holiday Tags
Paper: Sparkle & Shine
Cardstock: White Daisy; Ruby; Juniper
Ink: Slate; Juniper; Ruby
Embellishments: Sparkle Holiday Shapes; Ruby and Grey Wool Baker's Twine
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge


Always Grateful Christmas

I was invited to provide a project for a gathering of very crafty Ladies. They requested a Christmas themed card and here it is.
This gathering was hosted in September and I didn't quite have all of my Christmas stamps out yet. When I saw this tree in the Always Grateful set, I knew I could switch things up. The tree is stamped with Twilight ink in first and second generation. Then we added some Liquid Applique to the branches and used a heat gun to puff it up, like snow.

The sentiment is from, Merry & Bright, and was stamped in Pacifica ink. I cut the tag with Art Philosophy, then we added some Silver Shimmer Ribbon and Sparkles. The gorgeous pattern paper, in the background, is from Frosted.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Frosted
Stamps: Always Grateful; Merry & Bright
Ink: Twilight; Pacifica
Cardstock: Colonial White; Twilight
Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Ribbon; Sparkles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ombre paper details

At my October die cutting and embossing class, we used some new dies I purchased on my summer holidays. This is the first of 3 designs each gal made.

The die used to create the Ombre like cardstock technique, is from L'il Inker Designs. We cut Sweet Leaf; Lagoon; and Twilight cardstock, then layered them with Sweet Leaf at the top and bottom. The border is Lagoon, tied up with Lagoon Baker's Twine and a Sweet Leaf button. (I miss our buttons!) The sentiments are from, Joyful Birthday.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Joyful Birthday
Cardstock: Sweet Leaf; Twilight; Lagoon; White Daisy
Ink: Lagoon
Embellishments: Lagoon Baker's Twine; Sweet Leaf button
Other: L'il Inker Designs Fanfare Scallop Border Die

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Christmas Tag

I am having trouble putting down the polka dot paper from Sparkle & Shine.....I LOVE polka dots! I wanted to create a tag for an upcoming workshop and here is a possible candidate.
Everything on this tag is cut with Close To My Heart's 3 Cricut cartridges. I stamped the tag on the card with an image from October's Stamp of the Month, Scandinavian Wishes. I love this stamp set.....it is by far one of my favourite Christmas stamp sets. This tag is on a Juniper card.

I cut rolled flowers from the polka dot paper, yet rolled them so you could see the candy cane stripe pattern on the other side. I added Glitter Sparkles gems to each of their centres. I cut the flourish image from Juniper cardstock, then added Cranberry and Grey Wool Baker's Twine to complete this tag.

All supplies are Close To  My Heart.
Paper: Sparkle & Shine
Stamp: Scandinavian Wishes
Cardstock: White Daisy; Juniper
Ink: Ruby
Tools: Art Philosophy; Artiste; Artbooking Cricut Cartridges

Monday, October 21, 2013

Scandinavian Wishes

Close To My Heart's October Stamp of the Month is, Scandinavian Wishes. I was in a lifting mood and created this card.
I used the gorgeous polka dot patterned paper, from Sparkle & Shine. I stamped some Slate cardstock with the border stamp, in coordinating ink, for the bottom piece. I added our Ruby Chevron ribbon and some Red Sparkles. I stamped the main image in Ruby ink and the sentiment in Slate. Once I inked the main image on my stamp, I dragged the stamp across the ink pad to create this swiped ink look. I added some Stardust Glitz to the flower centres.

I lifted many aspects of this card from a couple of other consultants....namely Karen Pedersen and Nancy Brown. You can see their versions by finding their links on the lower right hand side of my blog.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Scandinavian Wishes
Paper: Sparkle & Shine
Ink: Ruby; Slate
Cardstock: Ruby; Slate; White Daisy
Embellishments: Ruby Chevron Ribbon; Red Sparkles; Stardust Glitz
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge