Thursday, January 31, 2013

February's Stamp of the Month...."Home Sweet Home"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
February 2013's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Home Sweet Home****

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 Sheila Bennett's blog, "Sheila's Stamping Stuff"then you are on the right track.

With a stamp set called "Home Sweet Home", a house card is the first thing that came to mind.  I wanted to figure out how to create a card with the house image on the Art Philosophy image on page 42.  So I hooked up my computer to my Cricut Expression and headed on over to the Cricut Craft Room to flip and weld two 4.25" x 5.5" houses together (my first time using this website).  I was so excited that it worked!  I then reflected back on my love of paper piecing...I used to do that a LOT!  A little bit of this, a little bit of that and voila! An adorable little cottage.
The grass was cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge (pg. 73) and the flowers and "shrubbery" are from the A Garden stamp set (#A1119).  I used a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder to create the bricks.
Gotta love masking!
I folded three pieces of sheer ribbon (now retired) in half, lengthwise and glued them to the back of the window to give an illusion of curtains.  Cute, huh?  I used an old Fiskars hand-held diamond punch to create the window in the door.
I cut another house in white daisy and cut 1/4" strips.  Then I cut those into smaller strips and lightly sponged Whisper (grey) ink on the edges, glued them down, and then pressed my stylus into the paper to create the illusion of nails.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  White Daisy CSCocoa CSBarn Red CSTopiary CS
Stamps Used: Home Sweet Home, A Garden
Inks: Cocoa, TopiaryBarn Red, Whisper, Buttercup
Markers: Ruby
Embellishments: Durables Artisan Studs, White Daisy Sheer Ribbon (retired)
Other: Cricut Artiste, Cricut Art Philosophy, Embossing Stylus, SpongeMicro-tip ScissorsPaper TrimmerBone Folder, Diamond Punch (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch), Tim Holtz Brick Embossing Folder (Ranger)

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 "Home Sweet Home" 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" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here.  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 Lalia Harris' blog, "Crafty Lalia" and check out her project.

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 Kathleen's blog.

Happy hopping!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Win a Set of CTMH Organizers!

This Saturday, I will be hosting my semi-annual open house, at which time I will reveal the brand new Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book!  It's such a phenomenal issue!  Loads and loads of new products.  You don't want to miss getting your hands on your very own copy...for FREE!

My doors will be open from noon until 6 p.m., so feel free to arrive when you want and stay as long or as little as you want.  

What can you expect at the Open House?  

  • A small gift for each attendee
  • A free idea book
  • A free make 'n take project
  • Prizes
  • A first hand look at many new products
  • Preview of upcoming classes
  • Refreshments
  • Cash n' carry items
  • Clearance stamps
  • Free shipping option
  • a good time!
The grand prize I will be giving away includes two wonderful organizers that any crafter would enjoy.  
*Grand Prize does not include contents show in picture.
How can you get a chance to win the organizers?  It's simple.

If you are local...
  • Attend the open house and receive one entry.
  • Receive 1 entry when you RSVP “Yes” by Friday, January 25th.
  • Receive 1 entry for each friend you bring (or referred) to the Open House.
  • Receive 1 entry for every $10 you spend.
  • Receive 3 entries for rounding up your order to the next dollar (double the entries for making an additional donation of any amount) to Operation Smile.
  • Receive 5 entries for each class you sign up for (prepayment is required).
  • Receive 7 entries, a FREE gift and a FREE Stamp Set when you book and host your own Home Gathering. (Received at your Home Gathering.)
  • Receive 7 entries when you join a monthly club.
  • Receive 10 entries when you join CTMH, as well as over $155 of products for only $49 (or ~$335 of products for only $99)
If you are local but can't attend...
  • Place an order on my website anytime by January 26th (11:59 p.m.) and for every $10 you spend (not including tax and shipping), you will receive an entry into the drawing.  You must select "Join" the Open House Gathering at checkout to qualify. OR you can call me with your order.
  • Receive an additional 3 entries for including a donation to Operation Smile on your order.  
  • Receive 5 entries for each class you sign up for (prepayment is required).
  • Receive 7 entries, a FREE gift and a FREE Stamp Set when you book and host your own Home Gathering. (Received at your Home Gathering.) OR host an online gathering.
  • Receive 7 entries when you join a monthly club.
  • Receive 10 entries when you join CTMH, as well as over $155 of products for only $49 (or ~$335 of products for only $99)
If you are long distance (US only please)...
  • Place an order on my website anytime by January 26th (11:59 p.m.) and for every $10 you spend (not including tax and shipping), you will receive an entry into the drawing.  You must select "Join" the Open House Gathering at checkout to qualify.
  • Receive an additional 3 entries for including a donation to Operation Smile on your order.  
  • Receive 7 entries for hosting an online gathering.
  • Receive 10 entries when you join my CTMH team (it's only $49!)
After names have been drawn for all individual open house prizes, all tickets will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing.  Arrangements will be made for pick up or delivery of the grand prize for a local winner and shipping via USPS for a long distant winner.  (I will pay shipping costs.)
For those of you that have never been to one of my classes or a crop, this is a great time to come and get to meet me and get a feel of how things are set up during crops and classes. You are more than welcome to bring a friend or two...or more.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I appreciate RSVPs by Friday, so I'm able to plan make and takes, prizes, and refreshments. However, if you find yourself deciding to come at the last's okay...I'll make room for you.
Hope to see you there!
Until next time...

Monday, January 21, 2013

Fancy Fold Challenge at H2H

It's time for another challenge at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  This week the challenge is to create a card with fancy folds.  What's a fancy fold card?  Anything that requires more than just a standard card fold.  I chose to create a diamond fold card.  This was new for me, but I loved the challenge.  I basically scoured the internet looking for ideas and I thought this card was particularly interesting because there are two ways you can create it.  One way is to have the diamond on top, which will give you more of a traditional look on top.  The other way is to have the diamond in the back to create a kind of surprise when you open the card. I decided to combine the two. you check out my card, you'll also be enjoying a sneak peak at a couple of new products that will be available on February 1st with the release of the new Close To My Heart 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book.  Get yours now by clicking on the Paypal link in the side bar.
Supplies Used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Paper: For Always (avail. 2/1/13) White Daisy CS, Ruby CS
Stamps: Words of Comfort
Embellishments: Black Shimmer Trim (avail. 2/1/13), Prisma Glitter, Small Clear Flourishes (avail. 2/1/13), Silver Glitz Glitter Gel, Black Tulle
Other: Art Philosphy Cricut Cartridge (pg. 54 & 65), Piercing Tool KitLiquid GlassClear Embossing PowderHeat ToolSponge3D Foam TapeBonding Memories Glue Pen, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), Micro-tip scissorsBone Folder, Quilling Tool, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a photo tutorial to help you see how this fold was done.  Note: I ended up using the black and white floral side of the paper as the card face, but the tutorial is showing the folds as it would be done if the black tone-on-tone side of the paper was going to be used as the card face.

To help you inspire you to create your own fancy fold card, I have included a list of various fancy fold cards that I collected from the internet.

  • easel cards
  • gate fold
  • accordion
  • z-fold
  • double z-fold
  • tri-fold
  • side step
  • cascade
  • center step
  • concertina
  • criss cross
  • diagonal double pocket
  • double dutch
  • double pocket
  • folded paper frame
  • joy fold
  • napkin fold
  • pop-ups
  • secret door
  • center spring
  • side-spring
  • six-fold
  • stair step
  • star fold
  • surprise
  • swing
  • double swing
  • tri-shutter
  • triangle trifold
  • trifold pocket
  • tunnel
  • waterfall
This is just a few of the many, many ideas out there and all of these can be interpreted in new and unique ways. Of course, you may have your own new creation.  Some of these ideas could even be translated into scrapbook pages or mini-albums (don't get me going on all the ideas out there for this!).  

What will you create? To play along, just follow the "rules".  All you have to do to play along is...

  1. Use mostly CTMH products
  2. Incorporate this week's challenge (fancy folds)
  3. Link your project back to Heart 2 Heart from your blog post or online gallery.  If you are linking from a blog, you must link directly to the actual post, not your entire blog.  
  4. You also need to mention H2H in your blog post.  
  5. Finally, we do ask that you consider turning off word verification, as it does make it easier (and less time consuming) for the design team to leave comments, as well as visitors to your blog. ;)

Don't have any CTMH products?  That's an easy fix!  Simply contact your local CTMH consultant (or go here to find one near you) or you can place an order by going to my website.   If you'd like an Idea Book, you can either email me (if you're local) or simply use the Paypal button in the side bar.

Now it's your turn.  I can't wait to your fancy (and fabulous) folds. :) 

Until next time...

ETA 1/21: Thanks to Sarah Stone for reminding me about the fun color challenge that she leads over at Color My Heart.  So I'm entering this card for this week's Color Dare Challenge...Black & White and a pop of color.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Sneak Peak CAS Card

When I was enjoying my first peak at the new Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book, one of the stamp sets that caught my eye was a sentiment set called "Scrapbook Statements - Women".  I know.  Sentiment stamps are probably not the most exciting of stamp sets, but you would probably agree that they are necessary tool to complete a card...would you not?  At any rate, the phrases were cute and catchy and when I read one of the phrases, I knew instantly what I wanted to do with it....combine it with another new stamp set that I had seen a few pages back and here's the CAS (clean and simple) card I came up with.
Supplies Used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Paper: White Daisy CS, Hollyhock CS
Stamps: Scrapbook Sentiments - Women, Sightseer
Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles
Other: 3D Foam Tape, Trimmer (Fiskars), Micro-tip scissorsBone Folder, ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

These stamps sets will be available for purchase on my website until February 1st.  If you need an idea book, there's a link in the sidebar to order the new idea book for only $5 shipping and includes a $5 coupon off your first purchase of $25 or more.

I found this great little card challenge blog called Card Makin Mamas.  (Isn't that a great name?)  Anyway, their challenges run for two weeks and this go-round is to create a clean and simple card, so I'm going to enter my card into the challenge.  Why don't you give it a try too?

Until next time...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Secret Message Thank You Card

I found a secret message technique on the internet the other day and I thought I would try it out with a 3 1/2 x 8" Thank You card.  I'm waiting on my new goodies from the upcoming Idea Book to arrive mid-week, so until then, I decided to revisit my Dakota paper pack.  I based the front of the card on this week's Mojo Monday sketch #275, but where the sketch calls for a horizontal layer, I created a removable band to help keep the card closed before revealing it's secrets. ;)
Here's a few pictures of the inside...the secret message.  Pictures alone don't really do it justice in how it moves.  It's rather quite cool.  It creates a kind of illusion when you open the two panels to reveal the center one and even cooler when you pull the ends apart.
I left the last one blank for a personal note, but of course, it could also be stamped.
Supplies Used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut CartridgeSanding BlockSponge3D Foam Tape, Trimmer (Fiskars), Micro-tip scissorsBone Folder, Scallop Punch, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Until next time...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Another look...

One of the wonderful things about being a Close To My Heart consultant is the opportunity to get to meet other people (virtually or IRL) who love paper crafting.  An even better thing is getting to make real friends with some of them.  One such person, I met the summer before last at CTMH's annual convention. That particular summer the Convention was held in Anaheim, California.  There I met a crazy-talented and funny lady named Tamra Pope.  Come to find out, she only lived 20 minutes from me!  Who knew?!  She's become one of my best friends ever since.

Around this time last year, Tamra asked me to join a swap group that she was starting up, and I agreed to participate for the first year, requiring one swap every three months.  What amazing work I've received over the past year!  You think that would make me happy...and don't misunderstand did, but the process would make me very anxious.  Knowing that the people who would be receiving my card were ubber talented caused me to worry whether or not it would be up to their standards.  I know...probably an unnecessary emotion, but nonetheless, that's how my twisted mind works.  On the other hand, the worry drove me to try and go above-and-beyond, so that I could live with myself once they were in the mail...and out of my control.  Of course, the challenging guidelines that Tamra came up didn't help the anxiety.  The project guidelines were different each time, but they were always a challenge.  However, I think this last one was probably the most difficult.  Here's what those guidelines looked like....

  1. Must be at least 8 layers.
  2. Must use a winter themed stamped image (i.e., tree, bird, snowflake, snowman, etc.)
  3. Must use at least two coordinating winter-themed Cricut images.
  4. Must NOT have any holiday sentiments at all.  Create the card with a general theme, using winter images.
  5. Do NOT use red, green or blue.
  6. Must use at least one background stamp set or make your own background with multiple stamp sets.
  7. Must have at least two embellishments.

Pretty tricky, huh?  If you want to see the rest of the cards, check out Tamra's post here.

Taking a look back over the last four swaps, here are my contributions.


You may recall this final card from this post. The cards that I mailed did not have the sentiment.  I left that blank so that the recipient could customize the card as they desired.  However, I added the sentiment before submitting this to the H2H challenge blog for my DT project and the Frosted Designs: Card Sketch.  Speaking of Frosted Designs, I received an email yesterday that my card was selected as their winner for the week!  Totally exciting!

Finally, before I sign off, yesterday I saw a YouTube video that was essentially just pictures of a mini-album and music.  I thought it was pretty cool and took to figuring out how it was done.  Here's my first attempt at something similar.  I hope you'll tell me what you think.
Until next time...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Magnet Photo Easel

Many years ago, I was member of a couple of swap groups on Yahoo.  One of the members was selling metal easels that came with a few magnets and I purchased one from her.  Like so many of my "alterable" items, it sat on my shelf for a long time.  However, a little over a year ago at a scrapbook retreat, I decided to actually do something with it.  For some reason, I never posted it here, so I thought I would share it with you today.

Supplies Used (All CTMH, unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Florentine
Embellishments: Florentine Sticker Title, Flowers (Prima?), Crystal Flourish (unknown), Ribbon (unknown), Stick Pin (unknown)
Other: Sugar Cane Glimmer Glaze (Tattered Angels), Sanding Block, Micro-tip Scissors

Until next time....

Wednesday, January 09, 2013


Until I can get my next project photographed and posted, I'd like to return to sharing with you another stamp set that will be retiring at the end of the month.  It's called Delight.

This was one of the cards created in an open house almost two years ago.  More details can be found in the original post.

This layout was one of the layouts in my monthly scrapbooking club.  You can read about it here.

This was one of the suggested home gathering projects from Close To My Heart.

If you'd like to own this stamp set or any others, head on over to my website.  And remember, there's a special going on right now.  Make a $35 purchase and get the "Whooo's Your Valentine" Kit.  Learn more about that offer here.

Until next time...

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