Monday, October 20, 2014

Sing Glory

Another Christmas Card to share today. The beginning inspiration started with a color challenge from Just Us Girls, using Purple, Olive and Navy, along with the Sketch Saturday Challenge

The stamp set, papers and inks are from Close to my Heart. The stamps are a hostess only stamp set called Sing Glory.  

I used and Anna Griffin Embossing folder and then added green and purple glitter to the embossed Holly and berries. and also to the stamped holly. 
The paper pack used is Yuletide Carol

Other Challenges for this card:
Crafty Calendar - Bingo - Embossing, sentiment, sparkle
Allsorts - Embossing
Little Clair's - Christmas
Vandicraft's Artistry - Fashion your own background
Sparkle N Shine - Loose glitter
Perfectly Rustic - Holiday
Merry Monday - Non Traditional Christmas Colors
Crafty Blogger - Christmas
Craft Dee Bowz - Anything with a Bow

Monday, October 13, 2014

Home for the Holidays - Polar Bear

Here's another Christmas card for my Hostess Club to make this month. This card is made using the Close to my Heart October Stamp of the month, Home for the Holidays. This great stamp set is only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.

I used an embossing folder for the background on Glacier Cardstock. Then I sanded the raised portion of the embossing. The core of the CTMH cardstock is white, so when sanded, the snowflakes turn white.
The image and sentiment were stamped using Lagoon Ink then backed with Teal Glitter Paper. The scarf was stamped again with Ruby Ink.

I stamped two candy canes with ruby ink then added stripes of red glitter to the, as well as some to the red scarf. 

I added another element of red with the strip of red shimmer trim and three shimmer dots. 

The rosy cheeks were colored with the Tender Pink Shinhan Alcohol marker, then lightened them with the colorless blender.

Challenges with this card:
Artistic Inspirations - Make your own background
Crafting from the Heart - Anything
The Crafty Bloggers Network - Christmas
My Craft Creations - Anything
The Paper Girls - Solid Cardstock, Jazz it up
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Joyful Hearts October Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars October Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 12 fabulous and talented Consultants.

If you've come here from Andrea'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 and keeps us motivated! *Ü*

My card today was made specifically for my clubs, to teach them to use our NEW ShinHan Alcohol Markers. The colors of markers I used are, YR26, YR29, BR116, R11, GY234, and Y222.
For this I used the gorgeous stamp set "Country Born".

The papers are from the Pathfinding Paper Pack. And the Sentiment is from the stamp set that comes with the NEW CTMH exclusive Cricut Cartridge, "Artfully Sent".  

Now hop on over to Krista's Blog and see what fabulous artwork she has to share.

The inspiration for this card started with a sketch challenge from Inspired by Stamping.


Time for another Christmas Card.  I needed to keep this simple and this was perfect. The stamping is a dark green even though it looks black.

This one used the Close to my Heart Noel Stamp Set. I matched it up with Yuletide Carol Paper Pack. New England Ivy for stamping, and Desert Sand for sponging, are the only Ink Pads that I used.

The original inspiration for this card started with a great sketch challenge from Sweet Sunday Challenge Blog.
Other Challenges for this card:
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes with a Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
Milk Coffee - Lots of Layers
Red Rubber Inspirationals - Monochromatic Stamping

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Home for the Holidays-Ornament

I've been in such a creative mood lately. I think it's mainly because I love making Christmas Cards and also because Close to my Heart Has so many fabulous Christmas stamps in their catalog this year. 

This stamp set is actually the October Stamp of the Month called Home for the Holidays. This card is the first of three cards my Hostess Club will be making this month.

The paper used is from the Yuletide Carol Paper Pack. The background was dry embossed. 

The Merry Christmas is from one of the stamp sets that come with the NEW Close to my Heart exclusive Cricut Cartridge, Artfully Sent. The bow was make form the Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon.
And, of course, what's a Christmas Card without Glitter!!!

The inspiration for this card started with a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I chose not to cut off the left side of the oval because it is a card that my club will be making and I wanted to simplify the making of the card. 
Other Challenges for this card:
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Embellish It!
Country View Challenges - Sparkle and Shine
Crafty Hazelnut - Christmas Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Ribbon, Glitter, Tags, Brads
Mema's Crafts - Ribbon, Bling, Dry Emboss, Glitter, Stamped

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Christmas Post with Snowman

I'm busy trying to design all of my cards for my big Christmas Card Workshop coming up later this month. I'm trying to keep them as easy as I can for my guests to put together, but still look elegant. When each person is making 16 cards, four of four designs, in a 4 hour period, things need to go quickly. 

Here is the second card of the four. The first one was posted on Friday. I used the Christmas Post stamp set and the Yuletide Workshop on the go, paper and stamp set, for this card. 

The inspiration for this card started with the Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge

Other Challenges for this card:
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes
Treasured Times - Anything Goes
Art by Miran - Anything Goes
Left of Center - 3 or more layers
Catered Crop - Seeing Red
My Perfect Life - Christmas
Penny Black - Christmas
Sentimental Sunday - Bling it up
That Craft Place - Shabby Chic

Friday, October 3, 2014

Christmas Post

Here is a fun Christmas card using the fabulous "Christmas Post" stamp set. I'm planning some workshops and need something that won't take lots of time to complete, but still look elegant. I think this one fits the bill. No coloring involved.
The Merry Christmas is from one of the stamp sets that comes with the NEW, all exclusive CTMH Cricut cartridge called "Artfully Sent".

The paper pack used is "Yuletide Carol". All products on this card are from Close to my Heart.

The inspiration for this card started with a sketch challenge from Atlantic Hearts.

Other Challenges for this card:
Crafty Hazelnut - Anything Goes - Christmas