Thursday, January 31, 2013

Home Sweet Home

Welcome to the Close to my Heart, Home Sweet Home, February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.

If you've come here from Cecilia's  Blog, you are on the right path. If you just happened across my blog, then just keep going from here. The hop goes in one big circle. There are 63 Consultants participating in this Blog Hop. So, grab your favorite drink and sit back and enjoy the journey. We'd love if you also took a little time to leave us all a Sweet comment.

Home Sweet Home is a fun set with Four  Sentiment stamps. As soon as I saw this one stamp, my thoughts went to a Valentine but I changed my mind and made an Anniversary card with it instead.

The design of the card was inspired by a sketch from The Paper Players. Because of the larger sized stamp, I decided to make an Easel Card from the sketch.

All products used are from Close to my Heart except for the Spellbinder dies used for the sentiments.
X7165B - For Always Paper Pack and Ruby Cardstock
Z891 -   VersaMark Ink - 
Z673 -   White Embossing Powder
B1418 - Love Doily
Z1781 - Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1821 - Black Assortment of Buttons
Z1701 - Neutral Assortment of Bakers Twine (Black & White Used)
Z1798 - Black Tulle Ribbon
Z1812 - Small Clear Sparkle Flourishes.

Now hop on over to Kathleen's Blog and see what fabulous eye candy she has for you.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy Valentine's Class Card #2

Here is the second of the three cards my club and class will be making this month. 

Again we will be using the January SOTM, Happy Valentine's stamp set, but this time I also used the Stamp set, Words of Comfort. This card would be perfect for a Sympathy card as well as a Valentine or any other Love card.

The Hemp Baker's Twine is another sneak peak at a NEW product in the new CTMH Spring/Summer Catalog. 

Colors used are Cashmere and White.

The last card my January class will be making is the one posted on January 1st.  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Class card #1

Sometimes I love my cards and sometimes I feel I just can't get something right. Well, this one I love. The colors are more vibrant in person.
This is one of my January class cards. I'm teaching my version of the Chalk Board Technique using the CTMH January Stamp of the Month called Happy Valentine's.

The best thing about this stamp set is, it can be used for any occasion. This card is not only a Valentine, but can also be Anniversary or I love you just because card.

I used the NEW Shimmer paper found in the New Spring/Summer Catalog, going live on February 1st as well as the silver shimmer tape. 

Actually, you can get this silver shimmer paper in the Whoo's your Valentine Special this month. You can find details here. With a $35 purchase, you can get the special for only $10. Add another $5 to you order and you can now get his fabulous Roses Stamp of the Month for only $5.00. 

If you're interested in any of these specials, you can order directly from my website or from me. I have an EZ Invite gathering open that you can join. Your order will be sent directly to you, but you will be helping out this month's club hostess. 

I also submitted this card to the Drunken Stampers challenge of All that Glitters.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bumble Bee

I had to throw a quick card together today and had some of my new Close to my Heart product out of the box but hadn't played with it yet. SO......I used one of my new fabulous stamps and paper back. These will all be available February 1st. The paper pack is called Buzz and Bumble and the stamp is Bumble Bee.

I first use Kraft cardstock as my base. Then layered it with a piece of Buzz and Bumble paper. I stamped the Bumble Bee with cocoa ink on Kraft CS then layered on cocoa cardstock. I distressed parts of the card with desert sand ink. I tied a piece of Helm Bakers twine around with a bow to finish it off. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

CTMH January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Well, do to a misunderstanding on my part, I was not on the blog hop list this month. But that's OK. I'm just so excited to use this stamp set this month.

Can you believe we're into a New Year already! Where did 2012 go. Well, the best thing about the New Year is this fabulous Stamp of the Month from Close to my Heart called Happy Valentine's. The beautiful thing about this stamp set is that the roses can be used for any occasion.

My card today is a very simple one using the SOTM, Happy Valentine's along with the La Belle Vie paper pack. 
I stamped the single rose twice and colored them with the CTMH alcohol markers in Smokey Plum and copic in greens. I cut the flower from the second one and layered it with foam tape.
I colored the bitty pearls in the center of the flower with the Creme Brulee Alcohol marker and the pearls at the top of the card with the Smokey Plum marker.

The sentiment was stamped with Versa Mark Ink. I then applied white embossing powder and heated it.

The stitching at the top of the card was done by hand using Embroidery floss that matches the Bamboo cardstock.

I made a bow out of mauve ribbon. It matches perfectly with the flower even though it doesn't look like it does in the photo.

I have lots more ideas for this set so come back soon and see what other creations I come up with.

Other Challenge Blogs for this card:
There She Goes - Sponge inside die's
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes