Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

I hope you have a happy and peaceful Easter long weekend.
Here is a treat I made for my Hostess Club Gals.

 I used my Tim Holtz Sizzix die to cut the rabbit from some cardboard and Chantilly patterned paper. I adhered the patterned paper, then edged it with Desert Sand ink. I added a Sparkle for the eye and a pink fluff from some retired ribbon. Then I punched two holes in the rabbit so I could thread ribbon through and around this clear container. I filled the container with candy.
(No real bunnies were hurt in the creation of this item!)

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Chantilly
Embellishments: Clear Sparkles; Organdy Ribbon; Pink bauble ribbon
Ink: Desert Sand ink
Other: Tim Holtz die; Clear container 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Buzz& Bumbling with Claire and new dies!

It is Good Friday today and I wish you a peaceful Easter weekend.
I recently received some wonderful dies from Taylored Expressions and had to play with them.

I cut these flowers from Ruby cardstock, then edged them with Desert Sand ink. The sentiment is stamped in Ruby ink from the Buzz & Bumble Workshop On The Go kit stamp set. I added some Claire patterned paper along with Sunset; Blush and Cotton Candy cardstock. I stamped each of the background pieces with a sewing border from a retired set. I added Red Sparkles to complete the card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Bee & Bumble WOTG
Paper: Claire
Cardstock: Ruby; Sunset; Blush; Cotton Candy; Colonial White
Ink: Ruby; Desert Sand
Embellishments: Red Sparkles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Taylored Expressions Silhouette Stems 2 & 3

Thursday, March 28, 2013

For Always

Our new For Always paper package is bold and elegant....yet, I find it works with so many things.

This Childhood Portrait stamp set is one of my retired favourites. I stamped it in Black Pigment ink on Colonial White cardstock, then embossed it. I stamped the sentiment in Lagoon ink from Fringed Phrases. I added Lagoon cardstock and some Epoxy Bubbles to complete this card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart
Stamps: Fringed Phrases; Childhood Portrait
Paper: For Always
Ink: Lagoon; Desert Sand; Black Pigment
Cardstock: Colonial White; Lagoon
Embellishment: Epoxy Bubbles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Flirty meets Claire

The last Workshop On The Go Kit from the Fall/Winter Idea Book my club used was Flirty. I loved the stamp set so much, I thought it would look nice with some Claire paper.

I stamped the flowers in Barn Red; Goldrush; and Cotton Candy ink on White Daisy cardstock. I added a mat of Autumn Terracotta; then Claire patterned paper; then a Ruby mat on a White Daisy base. The sentiment is stamped in Black ink from the Words of Comfort set. I added some Red Sparkles to finish the card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart
Paper: Claire
Stamps: Flirty WOTG; Words of Comfort
Ink: Barn Red; Goldrush; Cotton Candy; Black
Cardstock: White Daisy; Autumn Terracotta; Ruby
Embellishments: Red Sparkles

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Birdies are so Tweet!

While I have been using my Claire paper a lot, I thought I'd show you something different today.

I started with the leaves and small flower from the Chantilly Workshop On The Go stamp set. I stamped them on Twilight cardstock with coordinating ink. Then I stamped another one of my favourite new images in Pear, the small bulls eye looking image from Hello Blooms.

I added a small strip of patterned paper from Chantilly; Burlap Ribbon; Buttons; Blooms and Brads. I stamped the sentiment from Fringed Phrases in Twilight and the cute birdie, also from Hello Blooms, in Pear.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Chantilly
Stamps: Fringed Phrases; Hello Blooms; Chantilly WOTG
Ink: Pear; Twilight
Cardstock: White; Twilight
Embellishments: Burlap Ribbon; Colonial White Waxy Flax; Twilight Buttons; Blooms; Pear Brads
Tools: Artiste Cricut cartridge

Monday, March 25, 2013

Chevron Craziness with Claire.

Wow, last week really got away from me. After a really busy week of classes, I decided I needed some couch time. Now I'm back to posting some creations. 

I am not that fond of chevrons.....well, not until I pulled this paper from my Claire package. I LOVE this paper! I think it must be the combination of colours that has me so smitten.

I stamped the flowers with Hello Blooms in Sunset and Hollyhock. The sentiment is stamped in Outdoor Denim and the background is stamped in second generation Sunset. You will have to forgive me for not recording all of the stamp sets I used.....ooops! I tied up a Blush button with some waxy flax to finish off.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Hello Blooms
Paper: Claire
Ink: Sunset; Hollyhock; Outdoor Denim; Desert Sand
Cardstock: Sunset; Colonial White
Embellishments: Blush button; Colonial White Waxy Flax
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Monday, March 18, 2013

A quick, bold post

Ha, it seem the leprechauns from St. Patty's Day took over my brain for longer than the 17th! I loaded these pictures up and meant to come back later to add the words.....but forgot!

These two cards were cards because I happened to have these shapes on my workspace and I wanted to use them up.. The shapes were cut on Cricut Artiste from Sweet Leaf; Sunset; and White cardstock. I added Sunset brads and stamped in Ruby ink and DONE!

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Chantilly
Stamp: Thank you
Ink: Ruby
Cardstock: Sunset; Sweet Leaf; White
Embellishments: Sunset Brads
Tools: Artiste Cricut cartridge

Friday, March 15, 2013

Hello Tweety gets swirly.....

In addition to my wonderful flower dies, I also purchased this swirly cutting plate, from Taylored Expressions.

I used my plate to cut swirls from Slate cardstock. I stamped this bird cage image from, Hello Tweety, in black ink. I added the bird and sentiment stamped with Lagoon ink. It is not shown so well, but I matted the bird image with our fantastic new Glitter Paper in silver.

All supplies are Close To My Heart. unless noted.
Stamp: Hello Tweety
Cardstock: White Daisy; Slate; Glitter
Ink: Lagoon
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Taylored Expressions Swirls Cutting Plate

Thursday, March 14, 2013

More gorgeous Claire!

I went a wee but cutting crazy after receiving my dies from Taylored Expressions. I cut this beautiful poppy in most every orange; red; pink and every shade of those colours I could find.

For the first card, I used Sunset; Blush; and Creme Brulee cut poppies along with a strip of Hollyhock cardstock. The pattern is from Claire on a Sunset cardstock mat, with a White Daisy base.

This card has poppies die cut from Ruby; Sorbet and Creme Brulee on a Blush cardstock strip. Both sentiments are stamped in Ruby ink from, Say It In Style. This second card has everything edged with Desert Sand ink. I did not edge the flowers in the first card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted
Stamp: Say It In Style
Paper: Claire
Ink: Ruby; Desert Sand
Cardstock: Sunset; Blush; Creme Brulee; Ruby; Sorbet; White Daisy
Other: Taylored Expressions Silhouette Stem 1

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Claire meets Taylored Expressions

Well, I just received a few new dies from Taylored Expressions. This gorgeous poppy die was in a bundle with 2 other single flower dies. Here is how my creations started!

Let me just put this out there......Claire is my FAVOURITE Spring/Summer 2013 paper pack! I LOVE orange in any shade you want to give me......this paper is full of shades.

I paired this gorgeous Claire patterned paper with Hollyhock cardstock and ink. I edged everything with Desert Sand ink and stamped the sentiment from Casual Expressions. Simple, crisp and clean!

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Claire
Stamp: Casual Expressions
Ink: Hollyhock
Cardstock: White Daisy; Hollyhock
Other: TE Silhouette Stems 1

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Chantilly Club cards

These are the final 2 designs my Hostess Card Club made in February. Each gal received her own Casual Expression stamp set.

We started with a White Daisy base, then added Twilight cardstock. We used both sides of Chantilly paper and added a Sweet Leaf border. We stamped with an image from NEW set, In the Background, with Pear ink.

The flowers are cut from Ruby and Sunset cardstock. The leaves and sentiment mats from Twilight cardstock. We added some Stardust Glitz to the centre of our flowers and my sentiments are stamped in Ruby and Sunset ink.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Casual Expressions; In The Backgroud
Paper: Chantilly
Cardstock: Twilight; White Daisy; Ruby; Sunset; Sweet Leaf
Ink: Pear; Ruby; Sunset
Embellishments: Stardust Glitz
Tools: Artiste Cricut cartridge

Monday, March 11, 2013

For Always

This is another set of cards my Card club created in February. They used For Always paper and their new stamp set, Casual Expressions. 

We started with a White Daisy base then added Lagoon cardstock. We used both sides of the For Always gorgeousness, then added ribbons with patterned paper; Silver Shimmer Trim; and Black striped grosgrain ribbon.

The sentiment is stamped with Lagoon ink on White Daisy cardstock, then matted with Lagoon cardstock. All edges, for my card club cards, have been sponged with Desert Sand ink.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Casual Expressions
Paper: For Always
Cardstock: White Daisy; Lagoon
Ink: Lagoon
Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Trim; Black striped grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Artiste Cricut cartridge

Friday, March 8, 2013

Claire and Casual Expressions

These two cards start the designs created for my Hostess Card Club. They made 2 each of 3 designs.....but as you can see, I switched up designs to create vertical and horizontal cards of the same design. My club makes 12 cards all together and for Feb each received  the Casual Expressions stamp set.

We started with a White Daisy card base for these cards. The mat layer is Sunset cardstock, then we added a pattern from Claire. The next layers are Outdoor Denim and Blush cardstock, with a pattern piece showing the reverse side of the pattern to the base.

The shapes are cut with Artiste to coordinate with stamps from Casual Expressions. I took some liberties to match some non-coordinated stamps. The sentiment shapes are cut from Hollyhock and White Daisy cardstock. We finished each card off with a pink button, tied up with White hemp, nestled on a piece of Burlap ribbon.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Casual Expressions
Paper: Claire
Cardstock: Sunset; Outdoor Denim; Blush; Hollyhock; White Daisy
Ink: Holly hock
Embellishments: Burlap Ribbon; Pink buttons; White Hemp
Tools: Artiste Cricut cartridge

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Glitter paper....yummmmmmmmm!

Since my last embossing and die cutting class was held on Feb 10th, this was the 3rd and final card design the gals made.

Both started with card bases of White Daisy. One had Ruby cardstock embossed, the other, Blush. The sentiment shapes were cut on Blush and White Daisy cardstock, respectively. The mat was cut with our fabulous NEW glitter paper.

The embossed sheets are inked with Ruby ink and the sentiments stamped with the same. Both sentiments are stamped from long retired sets......but two of my favourite sets.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: White Daisy; Blush; Ruby; Glitter
Ink: Ruby
Other: Spellbinders

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Clair with some embossing

This is the second of three designs, my Gals who attended my embossing and die cutting class made.

This is a White Daisy base again, with patterned paper from Claire next. The border is Barn Red cardstock and the tag from Sunset cardstock. We inked up a Spellbinders M-Bossibilities folder, then embossed this tag cut with a Tim Holtz tag die. The sentiment is stamped with an image from Bee & Bumble WOTG kit stamp set. The shape is cut from Art Philosophy. We added tiny sparkles to the sentiment, also, along with White Daisy grosgrain ribbon.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted
Paper: Claire
Stamp: Bee & Bumble WOTG kit
Cardstock: White Daisy; Sunset; Barn Red
Ink: Sunset
Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles; White Daisy grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Spellbinders M-Bossibilities; Tim Holtz Tag die

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Embossing & Die Cuttiing Workshop with Chantilly

I recently held my 2nd embossing & die cutting workshop. The gals made 2 each of 3 card designs, using various dies and embossing folders. Here is the first card. 

Our card base is White Daisy, then we added an embossed piece of Blush cardstock. The panel is Buttercup cardstock and the flower is cut from Chantilly and Sunset cardstock. We inked all edges with Ruby ink and stamped the sentiment in the same. We finished off with a button tied up with Colonial White Waxy Flax.

All supplies are Close to My Heart, unless noted
Paper: Chantilly
Stamp: Fringed Phrases
Embellishments: Button; Colonial White Waxy Flax
Other: Spellbinders flower die; Cuttlebug embossing folder