Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
September's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Limited Edition****

The blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Terrie Dodd's blog, "My Life In Real Time", then you are on the right track.

August has been a busy, busy month.  School started up again this month and I've been swamped.  I always forget how busy of a month it is.  Anyway, I got a late start on my card and then ran into some problems with creating the shaker.  Then on top of everything else, this evening I grabbed my camera to take photos of my card, only to find that my kids have hijacked the batteries out of my camera!  UGH!  At first I started to just scan my card, but being that it is so dimensional, the scan was H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E...to say the least.  Then it finally dawned on me..."Hey!  I have another camera!  My new cell phone!"  So here it is...not the greatest photos (the base is actually smokey plum cardstock), but hopefully the elements of the card show through.  (I'll change out the photos as soon as I can get to the store to buy some more batteries.  This time though, I'm taking them out of the camera when I'm done and hiding them! )
ETA 9/4: I'm still having trouble figuring out the settings for my new camera in order to convey the true colors of my projects, but the pictures below are better than what I had originally posted. 
Card is based on the Name Plate pattern found on page 18 of the Wishes How-to Book
Again, it's hard to tell from the photo, but the shaker box has glitter, as well as the scrap pieces left over from a border punch. The shaker tag was created using a piece of clear embossable window plastic.  However, if you don't have any, you can use a piece of transparency or even a piece of page protector.
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Limited Edition
Inks: Smokey Plum, Olive, Bamboo
Other: Sponge, Micro-tip scissors, 3D Foam Tape, Mono Adhesive, Liquid Glass, Prisma Glitter, Piercing Tool Kit, Cutting Knife, VersaMat, Sanding Block, Edge Distresser, Embossable window plastic (Gary M. Burlin), Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), Garden Trellis Punch (Martha Stewart)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set.
 
Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Limited Edition" stamp set or want to get it for the amazingly low price of $5, be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" here on my blog, or by clicking on the "Stamp of the Month" tab at the top of the page or by clicking on the "Shop with Me" link near the top right.  Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Beth Naumann's blog, "Welcome to the Block...Beth's Creative Block!" and check out her creation.

If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all this month's CTMH SOTM Blog Hop participants on Helen's Onulak's blog.

Happy hopping!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hey ladies...can you relate?

I don't usually post about things unrelated to crafting and/or Close To My Heart, but it is my blog after all.  I can post whatever I want, right?  LOL  So with that said, today I received an email to notify me of a new song/video by one of my favorite country music duos...Joey & Rory...and thought is was so cute, I just had to share.

Just a little background...I fell in love with Joey & Rory on CMT's Can You Duet? back in 2008 and have been following them ever since.  They sing traditional country.  Rory's signature?  Overalls.  Her signature?  Beauty (and a voice that can take your breathe away.)  Another beautiful thing about them...they are so in love.  Not in a sickening way, but in a way that makes you just adore them even more.

If you'd like to know more about them, check out their YouTube video of their submission video for Can You Duet? called "The Singer and the Song", as it puts their story (albeit pre-reality show) in a nutshell.

The video though, that I really wanted to share is called "Headache".  Even if you don't really like country music, you just HAVE to listen to the words.  It's too cute...totally made me laugh.  All I have to say is...I can relate.  Can you? ;)



I'm in the first week of school, so things are pretty busy.  Hopefully, though I'll be able to post sooner than later.  Until next time....

Monday, August 15, 2011

August's CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Product Spotlight Blog Hop for August!
This month we are doing a.....
****CIRCLE CARDS****

The blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Elizabeth Mindemann's blog, "Broken Treasures", then you are on the right track.

This month's product focus is Circle Cards.  Close To My Heart carries ready-made circle cards, including some beautiful scallop-edged clear cards.  However, as I've mentioned in some previous posts, I am addicted to my Cricut, so I created my circle card using the new CTMH exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge...I know...again. :)  By the way, I just want to mention.  The pattern paper that I used...Mischief.  If you take a look at the paper pack, it's obviously a Halloween themed pack.  However, I think this card just goes to show you the versatility of the paper pack.
This photo added on 9/4

 I created the scalloped layer and sentiment label with my Cricut.  The images are stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Silver.
The text on the pattern paper is from the small text stamp in the stamp set.  I just love text stamps.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Key Moments
Inks: Black, Grey Wool, VersaMark
Embellishments: Licorice Opaque Gems, Black grosgrain ribbon (NLA)
 

Here's a look at the complete stamp set.  Isn't it just lovely?
If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me" and/or leave a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Nikka Geers' blog, "Create Your Vision" to see her creation.
Happy hoppin'!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Special "Pair-a-Phrase" Blog Hop

Welcome to a special edition Blog Hop for the promotional stamp set called...
****Pair-a-phrase****

Starting tomorrow...August 15th...when you purchase $75 or more in current Close To My Heart product, you will receive a special stamp set called Pair-a-phrase for free.  It's the first time ever that CTMH has offered two stamp sets in one package and not some inky dinky set....a large D size set.  So you get two D size sets absolutely FREE...that's a $35.90 value!

So some brilliant consultant (I think it was Helen) came up with the idea of having a blog hop using this very cool set.  This hop is like most any blog hop and makes a circle. So, if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Shannon Beck's blog, "Card's From the Farm", then you are on the right track.

There's soooooo much that can be done with this stamp set and only wish I had had more time to play.  But with school starting this past week, three blog hops (whatever was I thinking?), and other obligations, I only had time to come up with one project.  I got the seal of approval from my daughter.  She said it was her favorite card I've ever done.  I just think she likes the color and the fact that there aren't any flowers on it, but I still had to put some ribbon on it.  LOL

I cut just about everything with the new Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, available only through Close To My Heart.  The only thing I didn't cut with the Cricut was the card base and the owl.  To create some dimension to my tree, I sanded the tree trunk in one direction with the roughest grain of sand paper.  I then used it on the tree "leaves" in small circles, then applied a little ink to my sponge and wiped it over the sanded circles, to help create some dimension to the tree.  The sentiment is stamped in Colonial white pigment ink.
Click picture to enlarge.
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Pair-a-phrase
Inks: Chocolate, Crystal Blue, Twilight, Colonial White
Here's a look at the entire stamp set
 
If you love what you've seen so far along this special Blog Hop, and you want your own "Pair-a-phrase" stamp set for free, be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Free Stamp Set! Tab" here on my blog, or by clicking on the "Pair-a-Phrase" picture in the right column of my blog page or by clicking on the "Shop with Me" link near the top right.  Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Nicole Griggs's blog, "Nicole's Creative Zone" and check out her creation.

If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all the Blog Hop participants on Helen's Onulak's blog.

Happy hopping!

August's Sharing from the Heart Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sharing From The Heart Blog Hop!
(formerly the CTMH Blog Hop)

This blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Wendy Kessler's blog, "My Scrapbooking Blog", then you are on the right track.

This month, our hop is highlighting NEW product from Close To My Heart.  My card is inspired by the card on page 88 of the NEW Idea Book and is similar to the make-n-take card at my Open House.  With school beginning the week before last for me and this past week for the students, two more blog hop projects to create, and two layouts to finish for my upcoming Scrap Club, I decided not to start from scratch.  I took the card I made for my open house and amp'd it up a smidge.

 I cut the scalloped mat using the NEW Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge...do I ever love that thing...and adhered it to my 6x6 chocolate card base.  I then sponged Chocolate ink on a 5x5 square of patterned paper (from the NEW Elemental Level 2 Paper Pack) and adhered it to the scalloped piece.  Next, I squeezed my chocolate ink pad so that excess ink puddled on the inside of the lid, picked the ink up with a waterbrush and flicked the watery ink onto my 2x6 piece of Kraft cardstock.  Using mini glue dots to keep the thin piece of NEW sorbet ribbon centered on the colonial white grosgrain ribbon, I wrapped the ribbon ends around the edge of the kraft piece and adhered to the card base.  The bow portion is actually a separate piece of ribbon, simply tied around the adhered ribbon.  I stamped the wreath from the NEW stamp set "Remarkable Wreath" in chocolate on a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square of colonial white cardstock, followed by the flowers stamped in sorbet ink and the sentiment, also in chocolate.  I also sponged the edges of a 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece of sorbet cardstock with chocolate ink then distressed the edges, before adhering the sentiment piece (which is also sponged in chocolate) to it.  This piece was then adhered to the base with foam tape.  For the final embellishments, I threaded colonial white waxy flax through the NEW sorbet buttons and adhered them with mini glue dots, then added bitty sparkles to some of the flowers on the sentiment piece.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):

Since the card base is so dark, I decided to add a colonial white liner on the inside.  I simply stamped the wreath and flowers using the same inks as the front, but with the second generation technique, and sponged the edges with chocolate ink.
To finish off the card, I created a coordinating envelope, too.  I inked the edges with chocolate and stamped the wreath and flowers off the edge (same ink colors) using both first generation and second generation.
Even though my card isn't a truly original idea...I really enjoy taking a card I love out of the Idea Book...recreating it...and changing elements to make it my own.  The idea book is truly that....an IDEA book...not just a catalog.  If you would like your own, simply email me.  If you are local, you can get one for free. If you're not local, simply pay $4.95 for shipping...the Idea Book is free.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me" and/or leave a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Romaine Rancier's blog, "Bumbles n' Bees" and check out her creation.

Happy hoppin'!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Cricut Withdrawals!!!

Prior to my open house last weekend, which was very successful by the way (thanks to the best customers...and friends...in the world), I created a display board that highlighted the number of shapes that just one button for our new Cricut cartridge could produce.  I posted it to the CTMH message board, as well as my upline's team website...to share with other consultants.  In fact, here it is...

In talking with one of my newest friends (made at convention...but lives fairly close to me), she shared with me that she wanted to create a board like mine for her open house.  However, due to some circumstances out of her control, she wouldn't have the Cricut cartridge in time.  I offered to let her borrow my board for her open house and then offered to let her use the cartridge, so that she could use it to make her make-n-take project(s).  So we met and had dinner and then passed the goods.  LOL  Now, don't get me wrong.  I don't regret giving up my new toy for my friend, as we've really hit it off, and I believe she would do it for me.  However, I AM having withdrawals!  Well, if my withdrawal symptoms weren't bad enough, CTMH goes and posts a new Art Attack Video using...you guessed it...the Cricut!

Can someone out there offer me a cure for my "bug"?  Is there a medicine for this?  Or a Recovery Center?  Ugh...well, I only have to be clean and sober until Monday.  I mean that's only five days away, right?  Five days.  F-i-v-e days.  FIVE days?!  In the words of my son..."That's such a long time!" (Unless of course, we're talking about five days until school starts..then it's "That's too soon!") LOL

(Note to my friend Tamra...I hope you know that this was all in good fun.  Enjoy the cartridge...but just know that the visitation is over come Monday.  LOL  And one more thing, be sure to have one of your awesome make and takes for me...YOU make...I take. :)  Best wishes for a hugely successful open house!)

Well, until I get my Cricut cartridge back, or until I can get a chance to post again (as I had to return to school today), enjoy the video.


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