Thursday, January 30, 2014

Does the Fox really say anything.....?

February is almost upon us, so I'm going to start posting all of the sweet cards I have made with the Feb stamp of the month, Wild About Love.
First I did something with this stamp set I have only done once before......I cut apart an image. These two sweeties were one stamp and I cut them apart, so it would be easier to ink them with 2 different colours. I inked them in Sorbet and Lagoon, with the heart in Ruby. I matted them with Saddle cardstock and stamped the sentiment in Saddle ink.

The patterned paper is from retired Clementine. I stamped with an image from retired, Intrinsic Backgrounds, in Ruby ink on Sorbet cardstock. Then I added a Ruby border. I finished this card with Red Glitter Sparkles and a wood trinket.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Clementine
Stamps: Feb SOTM Wild About Love; Intrinsic Backgrounds
Cardstock: Colonial White; Ruby; Sorbet; Saddle
Ink: Desert Sand; Sorbet; Ruby; Lagoon; Saddle
Embellishments: Red Glitter Sparkles; Wood Trinkets

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fabulous You!

I Love birds....I like to listen to them; I like to photograph them; and I like to make things with them depicted. So, I have created this simple card using, Fabulous You!
I used a White Daisy card base and added Lagoon Cardstock. I stamped with White Daisy pigment ink on Kraft cardstock, using One Way Borders. I stamped the bird image from, Fabulous You, in Desert Sand ink on this Art Philosophy shape.

I edged all shapes with sponged Desert Sand ink. I used a wee bit of Ruby Glitz for the berries on the stamped image. I added Burlap ribbon and a small piece of Glitter Paper to complete the card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Fabulous You; One Way Borders
Cardstock: White Daisy; Lagoon; Kraft; Brown Glitter
Ink: Desert Sand; Lagoon
Embellishments: Ruby Glitz; Burlap Ribbon
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lifting Round Art!

Are you baffled by my headings.......I try....I really try! I can't say I have created round shaped cards.......but one other time. I saw this card on another CTMH's blog and had to lift for my Embossing & Die cutting class.
 The base of these cards is round and cut at 4 1/4 with Art Philosophy. The shape, cut in Indian Corn Blue, was cut at 4 3/4 in order to cover the entire round base. I cut the pattern at 4 1/2 to provide for a nice mat effect.
With CTMH launching its new Spring/Summer Idea Book on Feb 1st and there being 5 awesome embossing folders to buy....I thought I would start incorporating the patterns in my cards, early. The butterflies were also cut with Art Philosophy at least 1/2 or 3/4 of an inch in size difference. We stamped with Desert Sand ink with a favourite script image from, Noted Backgrounds. Added a sentiment and Sparkles and 2 sweet, shaped cards.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Noted Backgrounds; Thank You
Patterned Paper: Florentine
Ink: Desert Sand; Indian Corn Blue
Cardstock: Indian Corn Blue; Colonial White
Embellishments: Blue Sparkles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Embossing Folder

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Spring like Happy Autumn

Here are 2 more cards made at my January Embossing & Die cutting class. I switched up my Happy Autumn stamp set to be less Fall like. I also used an embossing folder that will be coming Feb 1st to Close To My Heart.
 I lifted this card design from Pinterest. The accent colour is Lagoon for both cardstock and ink. The sentiment is stamped in Black ink and I tied up both cards with Hemp Baker's Twine.
Each month you can make 6 cards for $12 or purchase a prestamped; die cut; and embossed kit for $14. I include assembly instructions with card photos in each kit. If are not able to pick up a kit, I can let you know what mailing costs would be.

February's will see at least one Valentine's card and some cool letterpress techniques with cutting plates. Email me if you would like to attend the class on Sunday, Feb 9th at 1pm or purchase a kit.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Happy Autumn
Cardstock: White Daisy; Lagoon
Ink: Lagoon; Black
Embellishments: Hemp Baker's Twine
Other: Cuttlebug Quatrefoil embossing folder

Monday, January 20, 2014

Embossing with Laughing Lola

Here are 2 of 6 cards, gals created at my January Embossing & Die Cutting class. Coincidentally, we used this Cuttlebug lines embossing folder, which will be available Feb 1st with Close To My Heart's new Spring/Summer Idea Book! Stay tuned for an amazing opportunity to get our 5 NEW embossing folders on Feb 1st!
 We embossed our entire Colonial White card bases, with the lined embossing folder. We added patterned paper from Laughing Lola along with our exclusive sentiment cardstock, Laughing Lola Gold. 
The sentiment was stamped from Banner Wishes with Black ink. We coloured it in with a Lagoon alcohol marker. On the top card we tied the sentiment up with Hemp Baker's Twine....I LOVE this stuff! On the bottom card, we added some wide Black striped grosgrain ribbon. Both cards got Sparkles from the Brown & Tan Assortment.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Banner Wishes
Paper: Laughing Lola
Cardstock: Colonial White; Laughing Lola Gold
Ink: Black; Lagoon Alcohol Marker
Embellishments: Black striped grosgrain ribbon; Hemp Baker's Twine; Sparkles
Tools: Scallop Border and Corner Rounder punches

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sweet Happy Thoughts

I have been getting started with making some Valentine's cards. I always get out this retired favourite, Baby Love, to make some with.
I used Lagoon and Crystal Blue cardstock on a Colonial White Base. I cut the butterflies to match the one on this sweet stamped image. I used a Die-Namics die, from My Favorite Things, called Flying Butterflies. I cut it from Kraft cardstock. I cut this border, of glitter paper, with our scallop border punch.

I added Colonial White grosgrain ribbon and a button. I tied the button up with White Hemp. The image is stamped with Lagoon ink and distressed with Desert Sand ink.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Baby Love
Cardstock: Lagoon; Crystal Blue; Kraft; Colonial White; Brown & Tan Glitter
Ink: Lagoon; Desert Sand
Embellishments: Colonial White grosgrain ribbon & button; White Hemp
Tools: Scallop border punch; Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: My Favorite Things Die-Namics Flying Butterflies

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Blast from the Past

I was organizing stamps and thought I would play with some old favourites, with new found favourites.
 I started with my favourite chevrons, from In The Background, and did some emboss resist. Once I heat embossed the chevrons with clear embossing powder, I rubbed Sorbet ink over top. On the top card I first stamped the flower in black, before the embossing. I added the same image in coordinating ink, to a piece of Ruby cardstock.
For this flower, I coloured it in using our alcohol markers. I used Creme Brulee; Sorbet; and one Sunset marker. I added Red Glitz to the centres of both flowers and added different sentiments. I also used Ruby Shimmer Trim and some Gold Glitter paper to embellish.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: In The Background; Thank You; From Me To You 
Cardstock: Sorbet; Ruby; Black; White Daisy
Ink: Desert Sand; Versamark; Ruby; Creme Brulee, Sorbet & Sunset alcohol markers
Embellishments: Red Glitz Gel; Ruby Shimmer Trim; Brown & Tan Glitter paper

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sneak Peak at something Foxy!

I hope that got your interest! This is a card my team members made at a recent get together I hosted. This sweet fox stamp will debut, with our NEW Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book, on February 1st. It is in the February Stamp of The Month, Wild About Love.
I used Cocoa patterned paper from retired Buzz & Bumble, on a Colonial White card base.The Ruby border is stamped with an image from retired, Happy Journey, in coordinating ink. The reverse scallop border is the pieces left over when you punch with our scallop border punch.

The sweet fox is stamped with Sorbet ink and I coloured the flower in with a Ruby alcohol marker. There is a gold Sparkle added to the centre. It is matted with Cocoa and Sorbet cardstock, then Ruby and Bronze Shimmer trim was added.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Wild About Love - Feb 2014 SOTM; Happy Journey
Paper: Buzz & Bumble
Cardstock: Ruby; Colonial White; Cocoa; Sorbet
Ink: Cocoa; Sorbet; Ruby alcohol marker
Embellishments: Tan & Brown Sparkles; Ruby & Bronze Shimmer Trim
Tools: Scallop Border Punch

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ruff with Watson

I got this sweet die and stamp combo from Taylored Expressions and paired it with on of my new Close To My Heart favourites, One Way Borders.
I started with a White Daisy card base and added some Gypsy cardstock, distressed with Desert Sand ink. I stamped 3 images from, One Way Borders, in White Daisy pigment ink on Kraft cardstock. The sentiment is stamped in Black ink and sweet Watson is coloured with Lagoon and Gypsy alcohol markers.

I added a torn piece of Tan Glitter paper and a tie of Hemp Baker's Twine. I finished off with a wee bit of Sakura White Glaze Pen to Watson's eye, to finish off this card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: One Way Borders
Cardstock: White Daisy; Gypsy; Kraft
Ink: White Daisy pigment; Lagoon & Gypsy Alcohol markers
Embellishments: Brown & Tan Glitter Paper; Hemp Baker's Twine
Other: Taylored Expressions Watson

Monday, January 6, 2014

Babycakes meets embossing & challenges

Well, it was a lovely holiday I shared with my husband and children. My husband was on holidays for almost 4 weeks and I enjoyed every minute I could spend with him. The fun and happiness increased once our kids were finished school. Today, it is back to regular schedules and getting projects done!
I am entering this card as "distressed" on Cuttlebug Mania and as having used something new, on Heart 2 Heart challenge blogs.

I embossed Lagoon cardstock, and the small strip at the bottom is Whisper cardstock. The ribbon is Sunset and Buttercup cardstock. I stamped an image from, School Years, on the Buttercup with Chocolate ink. All of my cardstock has been distressed with Desert Sand ink.

I used some new Babycakes Complements Canvas shapes. I thought the canvas was nice and the shapes were all very cute. I just set them aside and never got around to using them, until now. The elephant and sentiment are both from the pack, however, I think the current offerings are no longer in canvas. I added wood circled and Sparkle embellishments, to complete this card.

All supplies are Close to My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: Lagoon; Whisper; Cocoa; Sunset; Buttercup; Colonial White
Ink: Desert Sand; Chocolate
Embellishments: Babycakes Complements Canvas shapes and Assortment; Sparkles
Other: Cuttlebug Damask Brocade Embossing folder