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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Joyful Stars December Blog Hop

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

If you've come here from Stephanie'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*




Paper and stamps used are from the White Pines Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go. 
Inks used were cranberry and New England Ivy.

Now hop on over to Crystal's Blog and see what outstanding artwork she has to share with you. If you would like more detailed instructions, see below.

Measurements are 5.5 x 12.
Measure half way down, which is 2.75 and make a tiny pencil mark. Do this on both sides.
Score the card at 2", 4", 8" & 10".
First fold is mountain, then valley, then valley, then mountain.
Cut each side from the pencil mark to the first TOP valley fold. BE PRECISE!!!
I saved the corners and glued them to the bottoms. NOT NECESSARY. But if you do, this is why I said to be precise.
That's all that's to it. Easy Peasy!!!

I did the same thing using both sides of the paper for two different looks. 

Now here is where my OCD kicks in. In the card with the Tree side of the paper out, I needed to stamp the holly on the corners becasue when you glue the corners to the bottom, the trees are upside down. Stamping the Holly distracted from that.
I also felt that the look wasn't finished, so, since the card is only 4" wide, I cut a piece of coordinating CS to 4.25 x 5.5 and mounted it on the back.  Then I was happy with the finished results.
Those of you that know me understand my obsession with perfection!!! *Ü*



Monday, November 9, 2015

Joyful Stars November Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars November Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 9 fabulous and talented Consultants.

If you've come here from Crystal'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 uses a Close to my Heart stamp set called "Fallen Leaves". 
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I first stamped the leaves with VersaMark ink, added clear embossing powder, and heat embossed. I then sponged on Eggplant, Poppy, And Saffron ink.

I then tried my hand at using the Close to my Heart Water Color paints. I first stamped the leaves onto the CTMH watercolor paper and cut out. Then I water colored them.

Now hop on over to Helen's Blog and see what outstanding artwork she has to share with you.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Dino-rrific Birthday



My 6 yr. old Grandson needed a Birthday card for a class mate today so this is what I whipped up for him using a sketch challenge from Inspired By Stamping.

Other Challenges for this card:
Aud Sentiment - Birthday card + Sentiment
Digital Delights - Stamped image
Digi Chooseday - Birthday
Make My Monday - Inchies or Twinchies
Without Words - Purple and Green but no Halloween

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Little Monsters



Here is the third card of my 3 card Halloween class.
This card uses the Little Monsters Stamp Set from CTMH. The bats are from an old retired stamp set.

The images were colored in with ShinHan Alcohol Markers.

The tombstone and fence was cut out using the CTMH Exclusive Cricut Cartridge, Artiste.

Challenges for this card:
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Patties Creations - Halloween
Polka Doodles - Use A Die Cut
Simply Create Too - Halloween Colors
The Stamping Boutique - Purple, Orange and Black
Wags 'n Whiskers - Use a Die Cut
Artistic Inspirations - Halloween
The Crazy Challenge - Orange, Purple & Green
Whoopsi Daisy - Hand Colored Image
AAA Cards - Clean & Simple Halloween
Lacy Sunshine - Monster Mash
Allsorts - No Designer Paper
Crazy for Challenges - Costumed Characters
DRS Designs - Too Cute To Spook
Pile it on - Funky and/or Freaky


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Steampunk Scoundrels



Here is the second of the three Halloween cards my classes are making this month. The first card is posted here
The paper pack is CTMH Nevermore

The stamp set is called Steampunk Scoundrels.
Boo and Bat stamped with Eggplant ink.

The black bats and crow were cut from the CTMH Exclusive Cricut Cartridge, Artbooking
The White Sentiment piece and the matting were cut from the CTMH Artiste Cartridge.

The starts on the top piece of the card was stamped with Charming Cascades.

The clear sparkles were colored with an alcohol marker.
The bow is Thistle Ribbon (retired).

Challenges with this card:
Pile It On - Funky and/or Freaky
Our Crafty Corner - Halloween
The Shabby Tea Room - BOO-rific
2 Crafty Girls - Fall Colors
That Craft Place - Halloween
Crafty Calendar - Halloween
Fantasy Stampers - Fright Night
Creative Corner - Halloween
Dragon Lair Designs - Halloween
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Halloween

Friday, October 9, 2015

Joyful Stars October Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars October Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 9 fabulous and talented Consultants.

If you've come here from Crystal'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*



For my card, I used the Nevermore paper pack along with the Steampunk Scoundrel's Stamp Set.

I used a Sizzix embossing folder called Clock Works. I highlighted the raised area with Desert Sand Ink.

The Spider Web was cut using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and the Gears were cut using  Cricut Artiste.

Now hop on over to Helen's Blog and see what outstanding artwork she has to share with you.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Paper Garden Fall Birthday



Here is card #2 of my September Card Class. In case you missed it, here is card #1. Both of these cards was made using the CTMH September Stamp of the month, Paper Garden.
This stamp set can only be purchased through September 31st, 2015. You can get it for only $5 with a qualifying $50 purchase or $17.95 with no other purchase.

For this card, I used the NEW paper pack called Sangria

The Happy Birthday is from the retired "Happy Everything" stamp set. 

Colors used are, Pomegranate, Poppy, Fern, and Saffron.

On the fancy fold part of the Champagne cardstock, I stamped the Season of Thanks in Pomegrante ink on one side and the chain link fencing from the SOTM in Champagne on the other side so when folded, both sides show. 

The Fern Thick Twine was attached using the CTMH Mini Stapler. I finished the card off using three Sequins from the Gold Collection. 

Challenges for this card:
Dream Valley - Autumn Colors
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Make My Monday - Nature
Simon Says - Use stamps
Where the heart is - Add text
Whoopsi Daisy - Add Embellishments





Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Joyful Stars September Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars September Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 8 fabulous and talented Consultants.

If you've come here from Joyce'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 uses the New September Stamp of the Month, Paper Garden. 

The Goldrush Cardstock was Dry embossed using the CTMH exclusive Quatrafoil Embossing Folder. 
The background behind the flowers was done using the shaving cream technique.

"Be Thankful" is from Perfect Fit - Thanksgiving.

Now hop on over to Betty's Blog and see what outstanding artwork she has to share with you.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Joyful Stars August Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars August Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 8 fabulous and talented Consultants.

If you've come here from Joyce'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*




This month I used the Someone Special Stamp set. I just love this set and Easel Cards.
The green doily on top was cut from the CTMH Exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. The butterfly was cut from green glitter paper using the CTMH Exclusive Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

The Thinking of you stamp is from the August Stamp of the Month, "Framed". You can get this stamp set for only $5.00 with a qualifying order or $17.95 regular price.

The paper pack is new this month and is called Zoe.
The Glitter Green Triangles and the Coral Shimmer Trim are also new this month.

Now hop on over to Betty's Blog and see what outstanding artwork she has to share with you.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

CTMH July SOTM and Wavy Blooms




Here is another card using the July Stamp of the Month, Life is Wonderful. I just used the beautiful frame from the set this time. The previous card posted with the sea shells uses most of the stamps from this set. 
This set can be purchased for $17.95 OR FREE this month with a qualifying $50 purchase. BUT, this is only available until July 31st.

I used the retired Hop Scotch Paper Pack. 

The frame is from the Stamp of the Month, stamped in Smoothie Ink. 

The Happy Birthday is from the Happy Everything stamp set. This set is an Operation Smile featured set so $3.00 from each set sold will go directly to Operation Smile. This fabulous set is retiring on August 31st.

The flowers are from the Wavy Blooms stamp set. I stamped them with Black Memento Ink and colored them with CTMH select colors of ShinHan Alcohol Markers.  I then added liquid class and MS glitter to the centers. I was going to punch small ciricles from the Beautiful CTMH glitter papers, but couldn't find my punches I needed.
I fussy cut them and layered with Foam Tape.

Challenges for this card:
Seize the Birthday - Anything Birthday
Penny Black - Sentimental Inspiration
The Paper Players - Frames
A Gem of a Challenge - Birthday Wishes
Digi Designs - Hand Coloring

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Life is Wonderful - CTMH July Stamp of the Month



I combined the July Stamp of the Month, Life is Wonderful,  and Treasured Friendship for my card today.
Because it's a bigger stamp, I decided to make an easel card with it. I love Easel cards.

Along with those stamps, I also used the Seaside Paper Pack.

The NEW Close to my Heart catalog comes out September 1st.
You have until August 31st to order any products that will be retiring or they will be gone forever.
Here is the link to see what is going.
Pictures of everything., not just a list is at this link. If there is something you would like, you can order directly from that link.

Challenges for this card:
Scrap Creations - Summer
Hand Stamped Sentiment - Color Challenge

Top Tip Tuesday - Summer Fun
Try it on Tuesday - In the Frame
Artistic Inspiration - Summer
Bunny Zoe's - Summer Breeze
Eureka Stamps - At the Beach
Heart 2 Heart - Life is a Beach
The Crazy Challenge - Summer Vacation

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Joyful Stars July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars July Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 8 fabulous and talented Consultants.

If you've come here from Joyce'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 used the stamp set Someone Special. Colors are Olive, Smokey Plum and Goldrush.
The butterfly is from Your Own Kind Of Wonderful.

Now hop on over to Crystal's Blog to see what awesome artwork she has for you.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Joyful Stars June Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars June Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 10 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 uses the June Stamp of the Month, Ice Cream Dream. This is the perfect stamp set for a side step card. 

The background paper is the Thistle resist side from the Whimsy Fundamentals collection. I sponged over it with Thistle ink to make it more dimensional.

The images were all colored in with our ShinHan markers. If you have CTMH papers and products and have never tried these awesome alcohol markers, you really need to try them out. The marker colors match beautifully with our papers.

Now hop on over to Andrea's Blog to see what awesome artwork she has for you.

Cheer Up Buttercup



Here is the 2nd of the 3 Cards I'm teaching this month.

This card uses the Close to my Heart Shower Flower Stamp set along with the Hostess Only stamp set called Tagged with Love. The flowers and leaves were all stamped, fussy cut and mounted with foam tape.

I used the Hopscotch Paper pack for this background.
Ink Colors used are Sunset, Lagoon, Glacier, Flaxen and sweetleaf.

The stamped tag is from the Tagged with love set, but the tag matches up with the CTMH exclusive Cricut cartridge, Art Philosophy.  
The tag was tied with a piece of the Flaxen Extra Thick Twine.

The matting behind the tag is a Spellbinders Die.

Challenges for this card.
Card and Scrap - Use Dies
Crafty Hazelnut's  - Use Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage - Flowers



Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ice Cream Dreams



Here is card #1 of 3 that my June classes will be making. It's called a latch card. The rest of the cards will be posted within the next 3 days. 

I used the Close to my Heart June Stamp of the Month, Ice Cream Dreams, which can be purchased for only $5 with a qualifying purchase. 

The papers used are from the CTMH Confetti Wishes paper pack which will be retiring the end of next month. 

The Ice Cream and cone were stamped right on colored cardstock and cut out then shaded with the coordinating colors of inks. 

I tied Thistle Extra Thick Twine around the area where the card bends.

The starting inspiration for this card came from a sketch challenge over at Die Cuttin' Divas.



Other Challenges for this card:
Crafty Calender - Fancy Fold Cards
Didi Designs - Use die cuts
Wags 'n Whiskers - Seeing Spots


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Seaside Greetings, Father's Day Card



Wow, I can't believe I forgot to post the 3rd of 3 cards for my May class. I started Drafting it and forgot about it.

I used the Seaside Greetings Stamp set and the Seaside Paper Pack for my card. This is the perfect set for Masculine cards.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Joyful Stars May Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars May Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 10 fabulous and talented Consultants.

If you've come here from Marie'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*


 
This is the 2nd of my three class cards this month.
 
The paper is from the Taste of Summer paper pack which is a special for the Month of May only for National Scrapbook Month. There is even a special stamp set, A Taste of Summer, to go with it.
 

 
The stamps used are Paper Bird, a Hostess only stamp set, Smiles Begin with You, and Flowers for Mom.
 
Now hop on over to Crystal's Blog to see what awesome artwork she has for you.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Seaside Greetings Lighthouse





Wow, it's May already! I thought it would never get here. I'm so tired of COLD weather. Shorts weather is finally here.
Here is the first of three cards for my May Card class. Come back Saturday and Sunday to see the other two. If anyone would like to come to my class or receive the kit in the mail, please email me for details. Kit comes with everything precut and stamped. I offer a choice of either Happy Father's Day or Happy Birthday.

The papers are from the Seaside paper pack. The stamp set is called Seaside Greetings. Sentiment is from Holiday Tags stamp set.

The beginning inspiration for this card started with a sketch from Technostampers.
 
Other Challenges for this card:
 
Cards in Envy - When nature Calls
Whoopsi Daisy - Things with Wings
Brown Sugar - Layers
Papertake Weekly - Anything
QKR Stampede - Nature
Polkadoodles - Things with wings
 
 
 
 


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Joyful Stars April Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars April Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 9 fabulous and talented Consultants.

If you've come here from Marie'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*



For my Card, I used a combination of two stamp sets. I used the April Stamp of the Month called "Typed Note" and "Flowers for Mom".

I LOVE this SOTM because of the many sentiments included in the set. Since I used this card as one of my club cards, I was able to let them substitute another sentiment if they didn't want to make a Mother's Day Card. 

I used Hot Pink Flower Soft for the center of the flower. Pink Flamingo Dots to embellish the upper left corner and a Bow made from the Pixie Extra Thick Twine.

I just noticed as posting this that I used the wrong stamp for Happy Mother's Day. I used the one from "Holiday Tags". I had this stamp on a block from a previous card and picked it up instead of the one from the Typed Note set. 

Now, hop on over to Crystal's Blog and see what awesome artwork she has to share.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Flowers For Mom



Here is one of the Mother's Day Cards my Classes are making this month. I used the New Blossom Paper Pack along with the Flowers For Mom Stamp set.

The Flowers were colored in with matching ShinHan Alcohol Markers.

I separated a piece of the Flaxen Extra Thick Twine and tied a bow with it.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Little Note Easter Card



Here is a cute Easter card using the daffodils from a stamp set called A Little Note.   The butterflies are from Your own kind of wonderful.

The Grass was punched from the Green Glitter Cardstock

The Pear Background paper was dry embossed using the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder.

The orange B&T paper is from the Scardy Cat papers and the color is sunset.

All images were colored in using the ShinHan Alcohol markers.  All 24 of these markers match the CTMH papers and inks perfectly.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Joyful Stars March Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars March Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 11 fabulous and talented Consultants.

If you've come here from Marie'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*




It's that time of the year, FINALLY!!! Out with the winter and in with Spring! 

I started with the Brushed paper pack with it's beautiful Spring colors. 

The frame is from, Choose Happy, the March Stamp of the month. 

The Chick and the Easter Wishes if from Easter Wishes. The eggs are from a much loved retired set. 

All images were colored in with Close to my Heart ShinHan Alcohol Markers.  The  24 colors of markers match the CTMH papers and inks perfectly. 

Now hop on over to Lori's blog and see what awesome artwork she has to share.