This month I wanted to focus on Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't get inspired with Thanksgiving cards when I had so many Christmas stamps that I hadn't used yet. So, for this month and December, my clubs will be making Christmas Cards. Of course they don't mind because you can never have too many Christmas Cards! These are my favorite card to make. I actually would like to make them year round!!! So, here is card #2 of 3 fro my clubs to make. Card # 1 is here. I started with a white piece of cardstock and inked up Santa and sleigh, from the Santa Clause stamp set, with Ruby ink and and the reindeer with Saddle. Stamped them at the top. Then I used the Pine Tree for the Always Grateful stamp set in Olive and New England Ivy Ink. I added white liquid applique to the branches of the trees and Santa, then added prisma glitter before heating to puff. The oval for the sentiment and the matting for it were both cut out using the new exclusive Close to my Heart Cricut cartridge called "Artbooking". The sentiment was stamped with New England Ivy Ink. Other Challenges for this card" CAS-ual Fridays - Inspirational picture with tree.
Here is the third card for my October club members. This is a Christmas card with non traditional colors using the Close to my Heart Stamp of the Month, Scandinavian Wishes. It's actually amazing how many types of NON Christmas cards can be made with certain stamps in this set. The Christmas Ornament was cut from the Close to my Heart exclusive Cricut cartridge, Art Philosophy. Then stamped with the matching ornament stamp also from the SOTM. The background paper on my card is from the ProPlayer paper pack. Cardstock is Cashmere & Ruby. Inks are Ruby, Bamboo, Saddle, and Outdoor Denim. Now, if you take a close look at the stamping, you will notice that it looks a little different. I honestly don't know what this technique is called. But you ink up your stamp and them swipe it across the pad in one direction, then apply it directly to your paper. This set reminds me of Fold Art & a lot of Folk Art is painted on Wood and naturally weathered outdoors or lightly sanded for distressing. This gives the same look to your stamped object. This technique can be done with any solid stamp. Other challenges for this card: Scrapbooker PhD.- Christmas without using Christmas Cricut cart. Color My Heart - Cranberry + one other color Crafts 4 Eternity - Clean and Simple Dorcerela Creations - Must use Embellishment Jo's Scrap Shack - Favorite technique (ink stamp, swipe across ink pad for distressed look.)
Welcome to the Joyful Stars October Blog Hop. This hop features Close to my Heart Products by 12 fabulous and talented Consultants. If you've come here from Betty's Blog you're on the right track. If you just happened upon my blog, that's fine, just continue from here and when you get back to me, you know you've seen them all. Please leave us a little lovin' in our comments. We Love hearing from you. *Ü* My card today is a Halloween card that I designed for this month's card club. They all went bananas over it. I combined the Eek and Shriek stamp set along with the Close to my Heart exclusive Cricut Artbooking cartridge. The ghost is actually from a sizzix die. I needed a ghost and there is non on any of the CTMH cricut cartridges. The background paper is from Surf's Up. I backed the house and pumpkin with Buttercup Cardstock. The bats are from a retired set called Spellbound. I could have used the bats from Creepy Creatures, however, it's MIA right now. Now hop on over to Krista's Blog and see what fabulous artwork she has to show you. Other Challenges this card is being submitted to: By Lori Designs - Black, Orange +1 Color Throwdown - Yellow, Orange, Black & Gray House that stamps built - Halloween Paper Pretties - Halloween Party Time - Pumpkins Use it Tuesday - Use scraps (Small yellow scraps used behind the windows of the house and pumpkin. Scraps also used for the ghost and moon) City Crafters - Trick or Treat Sara Hurley - Halloween
Can you believe it's almost Halloween already. Where is this year going! The weather here in Pennsylvania has really been strange for October. The nights have been cool, but the days have been up in the 70's. However, this morning is the first day that I'm not wearing shorts. Well, at least not this morning. May have to change after lunch. Anyway, I had my October club this week and this is the first of three cards that we made. This is called a Yo Yo card. You pull the string and the circle spins. Wish it would spin back too. But then this is how my real yo yo's always worked. I never was good at it. The trick to this card is to not have anything dimensional on it except for the circle. Anything else raised would get in the way when rewinding the circle. The paper I used is from the Laughing Lola paper pack. Don't you just love the colors in this paper. Not at all a Halloween paper but I think it works beautifully. The branch, owl, large bat, pull tab, and the mouse were all cut from the Close to my Heart exclusive Cricut Cartridge, Artbooking. The smaller bats were too tiny to cut out with the Cricut so I stamped them. Bats can be found in theCreepy Creatures stamp set. The Happy Halloween is from the Perfect Fit Halloween. Stop by tomorrow for club card #2 and then Friday for card #3. Other Challenges submitting this card to: The House that stamps built - Halloween Paper Pretties - Halloween The Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything Goes Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes City Crafter - Trick or Treat
Here is the second card my clubs will be making this month. The first one was the prior post to this. This one is using the winter phrase from the September Stamp of the month, Poster Tidings. The card is 5"x7".
Welcome to the Joyful Stars September Blog Hop. This hop features artwork using Close to my Heart Products by 12 fabulous and talented Consultants.
If you've come here from Betty's Blog, you're on the right track. If you just happened upon my blog, that's fine, just continue from here and when you get back to me, you know you've seen them all.
Please leave us a little lovin' in our comments if you enjoy our artwork.
My card this month is made using the September Stamp of the Month - "Poster Tidings". I also wanted to play around with my cricut cartridges. The pumpkins, ivy vine, and maple leaf were cut from the NEW CTMH exclusive Cricut Cartridge, "Artbooking".
The other two leaves are from the CTMH exclusive Cricut Cartridge, "Art Philosophy".
During the fabulous month of September, Close to my Heart is offering THREE "D" size stamp sets for only $10, with a qualifying purchase of $50.00, to celebrate National Stamping Month. Check out the Video above in the Header and Let's Get Happy! While you're at it, why not pick up the September Stamp of the month, pictured at bottom, for only $5.00 with that SAME qualifying purchase. That's a $71.80 retail value for only $15.00. Don't miss out on this amazing offer. It only lasts until September 31, 2013. You can order directly from my website or notify me directly with your order. Don't forget to watch the video above.
Here is a close up of the three stamps sets in the special.
Here is the September Stamp of the Month.
Stop back later in the week to see some artwork with the Stamp of the Month!
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