Thursday, January 31, 2013

La Belle Vie mixed with NEW stamps

This is the final card made at my Hostess Card Club workshop.
We also made this card in a vertical version. 

We used White Daisy cardstock as a base and for the stamped accent. Both patterned papers are La Belle Vie and the pink is La Belle Vie pink. The stamped border is from NEW set, Frame Flair, stamped in Smokey Plum. The sentiment is from Fabulous You and is stamped in Pansy Purple.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Frame Flair; Fabulous You
Paper: La Belle Vie
Embellishments: Boutique Assortment
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Summer in Paris.....

I hope that title got your attention.....I'm sure we all wish to spend a summer in Paris. In the meantime, this card made me think of what it might be like to be there.

This is the second card my Hostess Club made using the La Belle Vie Workshop on the Go kit. We used 2 patterned paper along with a zip strip. The bike is stamped in Desert Sand ink with the sentiment in Smokey Plum. The basket flowers were coloured in with a Gypsy marker and Stardust Glitz was added to the centre of each flower.

All edges were inked by sponge with Desert Sand ink.  The shape was distressed with CTMH's Distresser tool. I added a piece of Burlap ribbon, along with a Colonial White button.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper & Stamp: La Belle Vie WOTG
Ink: Desert Sand; Smokey Plum; Gypsy marker
Cardstock: Colonial White
Embellishments: Burlap Ribbon; Colonial White button
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Happy Valentine's with La Belle Vie

For my January Project Club, we used the La Belle Vie Workshop on the Go kit along with the January Stamp of the Month, Happy Valentine's. This is one of three cards, the gals made 4 of.

We stamped La Belle Vie Mauve cardstock with the large rose image from Jan's SOTM, Happy Valentine's. We used Smokey Plum ink for the background; inking all edges and for the sentiment. The scalloped borders are patterned paper from La Belle Vie. There is another mat of La Belle Vie pink; then Colonial White for the sentiment. We stamped the smaller stemmed rose in second generation, prior to stamping the sentiment. We added sparkles to finish the card off.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: La Belle Vie
Stamp: Happy Valentine's, Jan SOTM
Ink: Smokey Plum
Cardstock: Colonial White; La Belle Vie Mauve and Pink
Embellishments: Sparkles

Friday, January 25, 2013

Feathers are flying everywhere!

I LOVE BIRDS! I love to hear them sing; I love to watch them fly; I love to photograph them; and I especially LOVE to stamp with their likeness. This card is another sneak peek at a new stamp set in CTMH's Spring/Summer Idea Feb 1st.

I was inspired by another CTMH consultant for this card. I used a Colonial White base and stamping layer. I matted it with Sweet Leaf cardstock. I edged and stamped the birds from. Hello Tweety, with Lagoon ink. The sentiment is stammped in Pear ink and is from, April SOTM: My Sunshine. I finished off this simple card with Turquoise Sparkles.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Hello Tweety; April SOTM: My Sunshine
Cardstock: Colonial White; Sweet Leaf
Ink: Lagoon; Pear
Embellishments: Blue & Green Sparkle Assortment

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Butterflies in Chantilly!

I have begun holding embossing and die cutting classes. This is one of the cards made at the first class. I was inspired from Pinterest.

These lovely butterflies are a sneak peak of our NEW Chantilly paper.
This patterned paper is SPECTACULAR! I added a Sweet Leaf cardstock mat and embossed White Daisy cardstock with my #1, all time favourite embossing folder.
The sentiment is from Card Chatter - Thank You.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Card Chatter - Thank You
Paper: Chantilly
Cardstock: White Daisy; Sweet Leaf
Ink: Hollyhock
Embellishments: Green Glitz
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Embossing folder

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pemberley Birthday

My beloved Pemberley paper is almost gone from my stash. I needed to make a quick birthday card and this is it. Crisp; Clean and Simple.

I stamped the flower in Goldrush ink from the stamp set, Card Word Puzzle. The sentiment is stamped in Outdoor Denim ink from Say It In Style. The patterned paper is from Pemberley.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Pemberley
Stamps: Say It In Style; Card Word Puzzle
Ink: Goldrush; Outdoor Denim
Cardstock: Colonial White; Outdoor Denim
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Another Valentine's Day card

This is another Valentine's Day card with Whooo's Your Valentine and embossing.

I used Blush cardstock to emboss and for the sentiment. Then Ruby and Colonial White cardstock for the other layers. I stamped and cut out the hearts and adhered them to the shape stamped with a background image from the WYV set. I finished with Silver Shimmer Trim.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Whooo's Your Valentine
Cardstock: Ruby; Colonial White; Blush
Ink: Ruby; Black
Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Trim
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Sizzix embossing folder

Friday, January 18, 2013

Some "COPY CAT" creations!

When I saw the card Lisa Stenz created with this layout ......I couldn't help myself but to lift it. Here are the versions I created and had my card club create, using Whooo's Your Valentine.

This card sent me over the moon........Lisa created it on Kraft cardstock with snowflakes. Now I did create several of that version, but then thought it would look great with colours. These were made with Sweet Leaf and Blush cardstock. The scalloped circle is from Colonial White cardstock. 

The image random stamped on the card base, in coordinating ink, is from Simple Memories.The sentiments are stamped with Chocolate ink. The branch the sweet owl is sitting on is from the Pear & Partridge WOTG stamp set.

I added Stardust Glitz to the centres of each doily. I have also used a Souffle pen to fill in the eyes of the cut owls, then dotted the pupils with a Cocoa marker and filled in her beak with a Creme Brulee marker.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Simple Memories; Whooo's Your Valentine; Pear & Partridge WOTG
Ink: Chocolate; Sweet Leaf; Blush; Cocoa & Creme Brulee markers
Cardstock: Colonial White; Sweet Leaf; Blush
Embellishments: Stardust Glitz
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Sakura Souffle pens

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Another "TWEET" card.

This is another card I made using my sweet tweet in felt.

I combined my sweet tweet with patterned paper, from retired pack, Dreamin'. I added a zip strip and a canvas coordinated sticker from the same pack. I stamped the sentiment from, My Sunshine, April 2013's stamp of the month in Sorbet ink. The background is stamped in Creme Brulee from stamp set, Love Life.

The bird is inked with Saddle ink and cut from felt using my Fiskars Fuse.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Love Life; My Sunshine
Paper: Dreamin'
Cardstock: Colonial White; Champagne
Ink: Creme Brulee; Sorbet; Saddle
Embellishments: Twilight Brad; Dreamin' Canvas Elements
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Eco Felt; Fiskars Fuse and bird die

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Clementine sings sweetly!

I needed some sweet paper to sing along with my felt Clementine was perfect!

I stamped with my Whooo's Your Valentine stamp set for the sentiment and the tiny hearts on the patterned paper. The sentiment is stamped with Saddle and the hearts with Sorbet. I added Natural Hemp and some delicious brown Sparkles. I used an Antique Gold brad for the birdie's eye.

This sweet bird was inked with Saddle ink and cut with my Fiskars Fuse. This is some Eco-Felt I purchased in the summer.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Clementine
Stamp: Whooo's Your Valentine
Cardstock: Colonial White; Saddle
Ink: Saddle; Sorbet
Embellishments: Natural Hemp; Brown Sparkles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Fiskars Fuse; Eco-Felt

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

And now for something completely different.....

As a Christmas present to myself, I purchased a Fiskars Fuse and two dies to go with it. I am very smitten with my little birdie and what I can do with her.

I started with some Clementine patterned paper on a Saddle mat. This is on a Colonial White base, as is the stamped sentiment. The border is Sorbet cardstock with some Natural Hemp tied around it. I added a pattern to the sentiment shape with stamp set Live Life, in Creme Brulee ink. The sentiment is stamped in Sorbet.

Now to my sweet bird. The Fuse dies are multipurpose. You can cut the shape; or there are two inserts you can cut; emboss; and stamp with. So I added this insert to the bird shape and inked it with Saddle ink. I ran it through the Fuse and it cut, inked and embossed this bird, from Kraft cardstock. I added an Antiqued Gold Brad for her eye.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Clementine
Stamps: Live Life; My Sunshine Apr 2012 SOTM
Cardstock: Saddle; Sorbet; Colonial White; Kraft
Ink: Saddle; Sorbet; Creme Brulee
Embellishments: Antiqued Gold Brad; Natural Hemp
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Fiskars Fuse and dies

Monday, January 14, 2013

Love U Much

This card uses an embossing folder I forgot I had......glad I found this little gem!

I was searching through my embossing folders to find just the right one for my embossing class yesterday. While looking I came across a few little gems I didn't really know I had.....this "Love U Much" embossing folder is one of those gems.

I started with embossing Ruby cardstock with my heart folder. I stamped with Universal Backgrounds in Slate ink on Slate cardstock. I embossed Blush cardstock with this sweet folder, then inked it with Ruby ink. I cut it out then added it to a shape cut in Colonial White cardstock. I finished with a Blush tab and some Red sparkles.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Universal Backgrounds
Ink: Slate; Ruby
Cardstock: Colonial White; Ruby; Slate; Blush
Embellishments: Red Sparkles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Sizzix embossing folder

Sunday, January 13, 2013


I held my first embossing class today and we had great fun. This card combines embossing and our Whooo's Your Valentine kit, available only until Jan 31st!

The layers are Ruby; Colonial White; Blush; Ruby; Colonial White; then Blush cardstock. In between, there is some stamping in Ruby ink, then the sentiment is in Black ink. I added some Silver Shimmer Trim to finish the card off.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: WYV kit
Cardstock: Colonial White; Ruby; Blush
Ink: Ruby; Black
Embellishment: Silver Shimmer Trim
Tool: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Embossing Folder

Friday, January 11, 2013

You're Sweet with WYV kit

I dug out a Valentine's embossing folder, to combine with my Whooo's Your Valentine kit, for this card.

I started with Black cardstock on a Colonial White card base. I ran Blush cardstock through my Big Shot in this heart embossing folder from Sizzix. Then I inked the entire surface with Ruby ink.

I added gllitter paper from the WYV kit and tied it up with some Black Embroidery Floss. Then I combined some shapes from Colonial White; Blush and Ruby cardstock I had cut. I stamped the sentiment in Ruby ink on a Colonial White circle.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Whooo's Your Valentine kit
Cardstock: Colonial White; Black; Blush; Ruby; Glitter
Ink: Ruby
Embellishments: Black Embroidery Floss
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Thursday, January 10, 2013 there anything better?

Here is another card using Whooo's Your Valentine Kit. I piled on the elements with this one.

I started with a Colonial White Base then added a Black mat. I random stamped both Ruby and Blush cardstock with sentiments from this set, in coordinating inks. I had a left over embossed strip from another I added it!

For Valentine's 2012 I made heart garland. This crimped heart is Smoothie cardstock tied up with Baker's Twine. I stamped the Colonial White shape with second generation Ruby, then added the sentiment in Black. Finally, I finished this card off with a giant strip of Glitter cardstock!

I'm also going to submit this one for this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Whooo's Your Valentine kit
Cardstock: Black; Colonial White; Ruby; Blush; Smoothie; Glitter
Ink: Ruby; Blush; Black
Embellishment: Grey Wool Baker's Twine
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sparkly LOVE

Oh me, oh my, Glitter Paper is soooooo WONDERFUL! This is another card I put together with the Whooo's Your Valentine kit.

I started with a Noted Backgrounds image stamped in Slate ink on Slate cardstock. I stamped the chevron image from WYV on Blush cardstock with Ruby ink. The glittery deliciousness if from the glitter paper included. I cut a 2" rolled flower with Art Philosophy an added a sparkle to the centre. Grey Wool Baker's Twine tied it all up after the sentiment was stamped in Ruby ink.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Whooo's Your Valentine; Noted Backgrounds
Cardstock: Slate; Colonial White; Glitter; Blush; Ruby
Ink: Ruby; Slate
Embellishments: Grey Wool Baker's Twine; Clear Sparkle
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Whooo's Your Valentine....I know who mine is!

Okay, I am finished creating and posting Christmas themed cards. I've been enjoying my Whooo's Your Valentine kit. Here is the second card I made using the kit and one of my favourites!

I started with a base of Colonial White cardstock. I added a Blush piece that I edged in Slate ink. I randomly stamped the heart images in Ruby ink. I added a Ruby and Whisper cardstock border. I stamped some Slate cardstock with the chevron image, in Slate ink. I tied them up with some Cranberry Baker's Twine. The icon is stamped in Ruby ink on Colonial White cardstock and popped up on foam dots. VIOLA!

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Whooo's Your Valentine
Cardstock: Blush; Slate; Whisper; Ruby; Colonial White
Ink: Ruby; Slate
Embellishments: Cranberry Baker's Twine

Monday, January 7, 2013

Love before Valentine's

Just before Christmas, another co-worker asked me to make a special card for him to give to his girlfriend. He had asked me to include a cow if I could, but I could not find a pleasing image. Knowing how smitten he is, I thought this image was perfect!

I started with Ruby cardstock, then added patterned paper and zip strips from Pear & Partridge. I stamped second generation  Cocoa , with a retired snowflake flourish image, behind the silhouettes. The silhouettes, from a retired set, are stamped in Cocoa. The sentiment is stamped in Ruby from the Pear and Partridge Workshop On The Go kit. 

I used a Rub On image on the right edge of the P &P paper next to the zip strips. I added a star stamped with a retired Christmas set from 2011. I topped that with some Burlap Ribbon and a Red button tied with Colonial White Waxy Flax.

Stay tuned for all of the Whooo's Your Valentine cards I will begin to post tomorrow.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Pear & Partridge WOTG
Stamps: Pear & Partridge WOTG and retired sets.
Cardstock: Ruby; Colonial White; Cashmere
Ink: Ruby; Cocoa
Embellishments: P & P Complements Glittery Rub-Ons; Burlap Ribbon; Red Button; Colonial White Waxy Flax
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 A Year in Review


Here are twelve of my favourite cards posted for 2012.

Let's start with Pemberley.....oh my......

Sorbet; Blush; and Tulip......Love and Spring wrapped up in one!

Then came Dotty For You.......more paper to horde!

An all time favourite......Dotty did the trick!

Remarkable Wreath is one stamp set I will always use for every season.

Another Remarkable Wreath Spring fling!

Birds and Cherry Blossoms....nothing says Spring more!

Loved this turtle. Reminded me of a trip to Hawaii.

A scrap challenge flew in with this card.

A favourite entry for my Humble Artists Swap.

My husband's special birthday!

A challenge that took me out of my colour box.

Finally, a joyful snow friend to end the year!

 I enjoyed sharing these favourites with you and hope
you stop by to visit throughout 2013!