Monday, November 30, 2009

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

My first Stamp of the Month blog hop -- I am so excited.

December's stamp of the month, Notice the Details (D1378), is so cool and business oriented. Being an organizational type, I love paper clips, binder clips, lists, etc.

Wouldn't this stamp set make a great first day of school or work layout embellishment. Please enjoy my card and hop on to the next blog. This is a round robin hop, so jump on anywhere and keep moving.

The card is created using Sweet Home level 2 paper packet, buttercup cardstock, black ink (for that business look), our new eyelets which work well with our new silent setter, and the Originals how to book design 'Overview'.

To make the torn paper (blue section) look more realistic, I cut out the edge and roughed it up a little.

Edge distressing and torn paper are great for a masculine style card -- still had to add a few hearts.

Next blogger on the list is Jena. Enjoy your hop and please let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Homemade Glitter Mist


I am a glitter girl. I love glitter, sparkles, glitter glue, glitter rubons, glitter brads, anything that is shiny. I have seen several postings about making glitter mists from Close To My Heart products, reinker, pearl paint, and a little water or alcohol.

Okay I am up for a little experimenting. I started with alcohol and found that the results were not what I wanted. While it dried pretty fast and the first effort looked rather smoot, the paint did not mix as well, creating clumps. I decided to try the same mix with water and loved the results. May look a little splotchy until it dries.

Here is my recipe

2 tablespoons of water (approximate measurement)
7 drops of reinker
3 small dollops of paint

combine all ingredients in a small spritzer bottle, shake well, and spray. Let your project dry (you could speed this up using your craft heater).




I love the shimmery look and now I have shimmer mist to coordinate perfectly with all my Close To My Heart colors.

My first card (inspired by card found in the November 2009 issue of CardMaker magazine, page 50) uses Petal cardstock and Smokey Plum reinker glitter mist. The large sparkly snowflake is a one of the great glittery rub-ons from Close to My Heart!!

Enjoy experimenting and creating!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Green Project and Coffee too!

November has been a very creative month for me -- trying new techniques and more. Just wait new posts will be coming soon. Maybe it's because of Stampaganza (buy 2 get 1 FREE stamp set offer this month -- click here for more information, click here to start shopping).

I love those little bottles of what I like to call 'spare parts' - buttons and flowers and more. So when I had the opportunity to join in a great Starbucks Caddy workshop, I jumped at the chance. I loved the little caddy so much (and the coffee, too) and this is a green craft idea, less in the landfills!! You don't drink coffee, do you have a friend that does?

The original Starbucks caddy is spray painted chocolate, the next two caddies are done in white and black. Spray paint in a well ventilated space and use long even passes across your project, letting your project dry between coats. The white caddy took a few extra coats.

Next start with a 12" x your choice (the caddy is 4" at it's lowest point so 4 inches would be the max) strips of pattern paper or cardstock. This is a great 'use your scraps' project. My projects showcase Daydream (X7108B) and Unforgettable (X7106B) Level 2 paper. These were scraps I had left over from our club kits - ask me about joining a club!


I centered the piece of paper or cardstock over the front of the caddy (shortest sides) and hand creased the sides, each caddy is shaped a little different so measuring and scoring does not always work. Be sure your paper is tight so there are no bulges in your paper. To keep the sides from overlapping mark and trim at the center of the each side. Do this step before adding adhesive for both the front and back of your caddy and for all papers. It is cool to use more than one color of paper or cardstock.

I love to use bonding memories two way glue (I call it blue glue) for bonding to chipboard type projects. I cover the paper completely in blue glue (a little goes a long way). Bonding memories glue is easy to clean up so keep a damp paper towel close. Add embellishments as you please, I used ribbon, brads, and a big bow. I even used a little liquid glass to adhere a big bow and to add a little sparkle on the stars and dots on the white caddy. There is nothing better than a little liquid glass.

Since I love frappuccino, I would pour the coffee into my big mug, rinse the bottle inside and out, and pull off the labels - there is a label on the front and back of the bottle and once pulled off there is glue residual. I like to wrap the bottle in a wet paper towel for a couple of hours and then rub off the adhesive. The next step would be to wash the bottle and the lid. My preference is to put them in the dishwasher. This cleans the bottle well and removes most of the coffee smell. If you know of an easier way, please share.

Once the bottles are clean, I add a little cardstock circle to the top of the bottle and using the liquid glass, I adhere a sample of what is found in the bottle. You may wish to add more embellishments, totally a personal option.

Enjoy your coffee break and remember, 'you never make a mistake in scrapbooking, you create embellishment opportunities'!!

Oh what can I do next -- create my own glimmer mists? check back soon to see!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Coloring is not just for Children

Remember when you laid on your tummy with a big box of 64 crayons and a coloring book. Those quiet moments of coloring were so stress free (okay maybe at that age there was no stress).

Now I can color again.

The example is the outline stamps (Play Day D1360) and Close To My Heart markers.

Do you like the shaded look? In researching some of the coloring specialists, I found some great tips.

Color the area first in the lightest color - let this dry. Now use your darkest color and create the shaded areas. I like using small strokes and keeping the darker shading along the edges.
Again, let dry.

Now complete with your medium color. Practice makes better.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Retiring Stamp Sets

Stampaganza is in full swing so use this great buy 2 get 1 FREE special to catch those soon to be no longer available retiring stamp sets.

Get a sheet of paper, click on the stamp set name, love it, jot it down -- then click on the shopping cart to the left and buy it before it is gone!!

If your list is longer than your arm, contact me before you order as you may be eligible for MORE FREE STUFF!! Enjoy the journey!!

A1083-WHIMSY NUMBERS
A1090-SUMMER'S WAVE
A1094-MAKE MY DAY
A1097-NO GREATER LOVE
A1100-Boo-tiful
B1210-FLUTTER
B1213-LITTLE ANGEL
B1256-ALFRESCO
B1265-WONDERFUL CHARMS
B1270-BELOVED BLOSSOMS
B1271-SUMMER PICNIC
B1274-CELEBRATION BLOCKS
B1276-DINO ROAR
B1279-LIFE IS A PARTY
B1280-BEST OF TIMES
B1281-HALLOW SCREAM
B1282-SENSATIONAL SEALS
B1283 -LITTLE SPOOKS
B1299-SPRING EQUINOX
B1300-LUCKY YOU
B1301-SOFTBALL
B1303-GOLDEN YEARS
B1304-GYMNASTICS
B1310-Volleyball
B1312-Make A Wish
B1317-Shalom
C1190-Believe Lowercase
C1191-CALENDAR
C1205-WHIMSY CAPS
C1206-WHIMSY LOWERCASE
C1247-SIMPLE BLOSSOMS
C1256-LITTLE BOYS
C1259-BECAUSE I LOVE YOU
C1263 -CHARM UPPERCASE
C1265-CHARM LOWERCASE & NUMBERS
C1267-EASTER EXCITEMENT
C1268-VALENTINE EXCHANGE
C1269-FABRIC FINISHES
C1270-PURE LOVE
C1271 -TREASURES OF THE HEART
C1273-AHOY MATEY
C1274-NATURE WALK
C1275-SAFARI
C1276-ADVENTURE
C1279-ROUGHIN' IT
C1280-OUT WEST
C1281-CARD COMMENTARY
C1283-DANCING DREAMS
C1284-WILD THING
C1285-VICTORIAN SNOW FLAKE
C1286-GOODNESS OF LIFE
C1287-CELEBRATE LIFE
C1289-WARM MEMORIES
C1290-MEMORY LABELS
C1294-SWEET TREATS
C1295-WINTER PLAY
C1296-COLOR MY WORLD
C1298-PARTY INVITATION
C1301-THING OF BEAUTY
C1302-BOUTIQUE NUMBERS
C1303-PLACEMENT GUIDE
C1306-Genuine Country
C1309-Decorative Dainties
C1312-United We Stand
C1314-Tool Time
C1319-Laughter
C1320-Just Arrived
C1321-Solos Punctuation
C1325-Wonderful Holiday
C1327-Snowflake Kisses
C1329-Homeward Bound
C1330-Winter Fun
C1331-Santa's Flight
C1332-Merry Wishes
C1334-The Season Defined
C1335-Ring in the New Year
D1063-SWEET TALK
D1082-MADE BY ME
D1083-Believe Caps
D1085-HAPPY EASTER
D1110-GIVE THANKS
D1131-RITZY RIBBON
D1139-SMALL PLEASURES
D1141-SO SWEET SEASONS
D1151-OFF ROAD
D1154-LOVE IN BLOOM
D1160-FRIENDSHIP FLOWERS
D1164-THE GOOD LIFE
D1167-Halloween Parade
D1168-SCHOOL ZONE
D1169-BIRTHDAY SURPRISE
D1178-CHRISTMAS GREETINGS
D1181-AUTUMN SPLENDOR
D1182-IT'S A PARTY
D1183-ADORABLE
D1184-FLYIN' HIGH
D1186-RUSTIC FLOWERS
D1189-FLORAL DELIGHTS
D1192-NOW AND FOREVER
D1193-VINTAGE VALENTINES
D1199-COME UNTO ME
D1205-NEW HORIZONS
D1209-LOVE FLOURISHES
D1210-MOMENTS
D1213-HUNTING
D1215-GAME NIGHT
D1216-FINISH LINE
D1218-SUMMERTIME
D1220-TYPEWRITER KEYS
D1223-FAIR BLOSSOMS
D1228-CHILLIN'
D1229-FABULOUS FALL
D1230-CELEBRATION FEAST
D1231-LOVELY BUCKLES
D1232-NATURE'S VEIN
D1233-POWER PLAY
D1234 -TAKE FLIGHT
D1235-TICKET FOR ALL SEASONS
D1236-NURSERY BASH
D1238-A BIRTHDAY WISH
D1240-DOODLE ART
D1241-WINTER WONDER
D1246-SWEET LOVE
D1253-FRIENDSHIP'S FLIGHT
D1256-ALL STAR
D1264-ANGEL WHISPERS
D1268-JANUARY WORD PUZZLE
D1269-FEBRUARY WORD PUZZLE
D1270-MARCH WORD PUZZLE
D1271-APRIL WORD PUZZLE
D1272-SLUMBER PARTY
D1273-TEE TIME
D1274-BELIEVE IN ME
D1277-Touchdown
D1278-Best Shot
D1279-Shootin' Hoops
D1282-He Said, She Said
D1287-May Word Puzzle
D1288-June Word Puzzle
D1289-July Word Puzzle
D1290-August Word Puzzle
D1291-Celebrate Canada
D1295-Vintage Canada
D1310-September Word Puzzle
D1311-October Word Puzzle
D1312-November Word Puzzle
D1313-December Word Puzzle
D1314-Friendship Patch
D1318-Uniquely You
D1321-Festivities
D1323-Happy Christmas
D1325-Argyle Backgrounds
D1328-Post Marked
E1001-Essential Alphabet
E1003 -BOUTIQUE ALPHABET
E1004-COBBLESTONE ALPHABET
E1007-HOMESTEAD ALPHABET

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Newest Favorite Christmas Stamp


Oh how wonderful are stamps and oh how much fun you can have playing with them and OH WOW, it is Stampaganza, buy 2 get 1 FREE!!

I played in the Scrappin' Studio over the last few days. Here are some of the results of my playtime. Enjoy and remember you can have this much fun, too!!

A few more candles and Christmas cards -- here are some of the supplies - Heartfelt Christmas (C1378) is my FAVORITE Christmas stamp (at the moment). A tree, a little reindeer, a snowflake, a little scallop border, a heart, a package, a beautiful sentiment, who can ask for more.

I picked up a couple of small votive candles in off-white, green, and red, and using gold embossing powder, the beautiful snowflake from Heartfelt Christmas and before you knew it I had a great Christmas decoration or gift!

These candles are small and cute -- add the gold embossed snowflake and you have an elegant dinner table decoration. Place them on a small mirror or group them with larger candles or add some small pine cones. So many ideas.

My recent Christmas card workshop showed the versatility of this stamp set (Heartfelt Christmas). It takes only a little cardstock of a varying colors and a few added OPP (other people's products - this is what I call non-Close To My Heart products - Close To My Heart plays well with others) to create beautiful cards for those special someone's on your list.

I love the sponging color technique and using Staz-On ink to stamp the image gives you a crisp image amid all the color. Each card used one of our Exclusive Ink colors, New England Ivy, Tulip, Twilight, Outdoor Denim, with a neutral base of Black. Coordinating cardstock of the same color, dry embossed using embossing plates and sanded to show the beautiful white core, a simple Wishes how-to design add a little glitter and there you have beautiful Christmas cards ready for those special someone's on your list.

Christmas card workshops are available upon request or host your own Christmas card workshop and earn MORE FREE Close To My Heart stamps and MORE!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

STAMPAGANZA Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for a little Stampaganza blog hop showcasing some of the wonderful stamp sets Close To My Heart has to offer. This is the beginning of the hop. If you have just come from Teri Baxter's blog you have made the loop.

Stampaganza is the buy 2 stamp sets get 1 stamp set FREE special and in celebration, we are sharing some of our favorite Close To My Heart stamp sets.

Stamping on candles is fun and easy and recently I saw an embossed candle, WOW!! So here is my first attempt.

Start with the following supplies :
Candle
Stamp set - D1333 Wishing Star
tissue paper
wax paper
craft heater - Z555
craft tray - 1764
Versamark Ink Pad - Z891
Embossing Powder
Scrubber - Z1163 or Z261
Spritz - 1778



Cut a piece of tissue paper long enough to wrap around the candle (do not overlap) and tall enough for your pattern.

Cut a piece of wax paper long enough to wrap around the candle tall enough to cover the tissue paper. I like to cut the wax paper tall enough to cover the sides of the candle completely and long enought to completely go around the candle with a little overlap.



Using the Versamark ink pad, stamp your images onto the tissue paper and cover with embossing powder, shaking off excess. Use your craft tray to catch the excess embossing powder. I worked in small sections, stamping and adding embossing powder until my tissue paper was covered with my star pattern.

Proceed to heat the images, melting the embossing powder. Moving the craft heater over several images in a back and forth or circular motion will help to not to burn your tissue paper or embossing powder. I use a clipboard with a magazine covered with aluminum foil to heat emboss my projects. The clip from the clipboard will hold the project in place and the aluminum foil helps heat the project. Wait a few minutes before removing the project from the clip to avoid burning your fingers.

After the embossing is complete, you may want to cut the tissue paper close to the images which will keep your candle looking smoother (I did not do that in the example shown).

Next wrap the tissue paper around the candle being sure to keep it smooth and tight. Wrap the candle in the wax paper, again keeping the tissue paper and wax paper smooth. The wax paper helps keep the tissue paper in place.

I use an old cookie sheet to place the candle while performing this next step. Using the craft heater begin to heat the tissue paper and candle. The heat will cause the wax to melt covering the tissue paper with a film of wax. Once the tissue paper has melted into the candle (see example above), you may want to roll the candle on your work surface (still wrapped) to smooth the candle as it cools. If the wax paper does not stay in place, you may want to use a little piece of painters tape (blue tape) to secure the wax paper closed around the candle.

Now, carefully remove the wax paper. If there are any blemishes on the candle, heat the area and roll the candle to smooth. Do not reuse the wax paper as it contains some residual wax, which will smudge onto your candle. A piece of pantyhose works great to clean and shine the candle. Rub the candle gently so you do not catch any of the tissue paper that may not be covered completely in wax.

Add some ribbon, brads, eyelets (pushed into the wax) or any other embellishments you wish to add to your candle. Two or three different ribbons, flowers, rhinstones are just some of the ideas you may wish to use on your candle.

I hope you enjoyed one of my favorite Close To My Heart stamp sets. If you enjoyed this project, please leave a comment.

Now hop on over to Debi Barber's blog to see what little something she has for you.

If you get lost here is the list of blog hop participants.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Envelope Magic - Tag Book

I was blog hopping and found this great envelope idea. I love to find great projects using stuff around the house. I wish I could remember whose blog I was on - so this is not my idea and as soon as I remember where I got it, I will share.

My instructions may be a little different because I did not write the instructions down and then went off to my crop with this as my project for the day -- well I had to come up with something.


There are openings on the side and the top for cute tags and I loved I could use up some of those scraps I carry around in my scrap bag. There were some circle scraps - wow that added just that little something. Add some ribbon, flowers, buttons, brads, and whatever you have hanging around.

And don't forget the back -- as soon as I find the blog I got this idea from I will share as there was the greatest little tutorial. If you know, please share.