Sunday, October 31, 2010

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - A Little Thanks (D1444)

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring November's SOTM, A Little Thanks (D1444) a set of 16 stamps. If you have come here from Caren's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here .

This month we have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products.  Your next creative blogger is Laurie -- WAIT, please check out my creation first and you will find another link at the end!

I love thank you stamps and this stamp set is awesome - so easy to use for a card, a gift box, a gift bag, and more.
I saw a great card gift box and thought, oooh I could make a smaller version  and it turned out so cute.  
This little tote, created in my favorite Pear cardstock, sports a little Hooligan striped B&T (pattern paper) with a little Lagoon cardstock faux ribbon.  The stamp set image adds the finishing touch  Here is the perfect tote for a small size candy bar or a gift card.

November's SOTM is a great stamp set for the card maker.  A Wishes how-to book card recipe is the beginning of one recipe two ways --

one a little girly and the other a little masculine. These 3 1/2" x 8" cards fit perfectly in a business size envelope. 

 Add a little B&T (pattern paper) insert in the envelope and you have a coordinated card and envelope.
I hope you enjoyed my creations and would love for you to leave a comment.

Now "Hop" on over to Laurie's Blog! Be sure to visit everyone on the hop to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the November SOTM is only available until November 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, don't have one yet, I would love to hear from you - click here for more information on how to get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Weekend Fun - Snow Globe

I was watching HSN's crafting yesterday and Martha Stewart had a paper packet with a snow globe and it was too cute.  Got me thinking, shimmer paint, reinker, and transparencies --

White Daisy cardstock, stamped with a holly border (Festive Frills - C1328), burgundy stickle berries are the base for the snow globe.
 Cut a large circle from a transparency (ink jet transpareny is what I used).  A little create-a-shade shimmer paint (Z1039) and crystal blue reinker brushed on the back (slick side) of the transparency circle.  Snow dots added using a stylus (small and large end) dipped in the create-a-shade shimmer paint.  A cocoa cardstock base (2 pieces of 2 1/2 x 7 inches) rounded corners, top peice sanded and popped up for dimension.  A stamped sentiment (from the Festive Frills stamp set) in New England Ivy on the front textured side of the transparency (most inks will work on the ink jet side of the transparency).

I love a challenge and, for my first attempt, I think it turned out pretty cute.  Are you up for a challenge? 

Friday, October 29, 2010

FUN FRIDAY - Happy Halloween

A weekend full of spooky fun starts with a Halloween card. Stamp set showcased is Creepy Cobwebs(D1319) .


Black Cardstock (1386)
White Daisy Pigment Ink (Z2163)
Black Ink (Z2105)
Sparkles - Red (Z1326)
Sparkles - Clear (Z1263)
Tombow Adhesive (1514)
Sponge (Z697)

Stamping with Pigment Ink

There are 2 colorants for ink - dye and pigment. Pigment ink sits on the surface covering the paper. This is great for lighter colors such as the White Daisy used in this project.

Since pigment ink does not bond with the paper, it will take a little time to dry (makes it great for use with embossing powder). Let your stamped project dry between steps.

Using a 6 x12 piece of black cardstock, fold in half to create a 6x6 card base. Ink the cobweb with White Daisy ink and stamp onto bottom left hand corner of project.

Punch hole in upper right hand corner with circle punch creating a cirlce window.

Stamp a 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 White Daisy piece of cardstock with a cobweb using 2nd generation stamping (ink the image, stamp onto scrap paper and then before inking again, stamp on the project creating a lighter shade of the ink) in the bottom left hand corner, the hanging spider in the left hand upper corner. Adhere this piece inside card centering to the inside bottom of the card base. Close the cover and stamp a spider in the circle window.

Next stamp the sentiment BOO! inside the card and smudge the inside with black ink and a sponge.

Edge the outer card base with White Daisy Ink and stamp the sentiment Happy Halloween in the upper right hand corner. Ink the Happy first and stamp in one direction, clean the stamp, ink the Halloween section and stamp in another direction.

Friday, October 22, 2010


A MyCTMH TV webisode, the technique of the month, and a simple Christmas card are the start to our creative weekend.

Autumn Projects to Fall For  -

You'll fall head over heels for the techniques featured in this episode! Add subtle texture and a variety of colors with tissue stamping; create layouts, cards, mini albums, and home d├ęcor with Flip Flaps™; and learn how to cluster embellishments and move or resize them in Studio J®. With all this inspiration, you'll be unstoppable in all your autumn artwork, so tune in now!

Click here to watch October's MyCTMH TV episode

Team Techie pLaY DaTe
This weekend will be FUN, FUN, FUN and to start the FUN, I played with the Team Techie pLaY DaTe technique and I experimented with a Wishes (Card Confidence how-to book)

Stamp sets I played with are Adorn-able (D1446) and Tannenbaum (B1361)


Sandpaper takes on a whole new role in this fun technique. In my sample, I inked the sandpaper with Colonial White piqment ink and pounced the inked sandpaper on to black cardstock, I added a few snowflakes and embossed using a metal  embossing powder.

You can distress with any grit sandpaper - pounce or drag or a combination creates a different distressed look.

Second Project - Wishes Inspired Simple Christmas Card

I was looking for something new, different and simple and I saw this cute BOO card.

Simple was my desire and after several attempts I found by using the card base - 6 x 3 and the center piece, 2 1/4 x 6, and a Christmas ornament and a simple sentiment - my simple design was complete. A second card using the Tannebaum (B1351) turned out simple and cute, too.

Here are two easy, cute cards - a little cardstock, black ink, a sponge, and you are done.


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Contact me if you would like to learn a technique or if you would like to host a workshop using one of these card ideas.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fun Friday - Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'

Rolling is a stamp technique using
two colors of ink resulting in creating a two color stamped image.


Supplies needed:

A Love is a great stamp set for this technique and as an 'A' size stamp -- a great deal only $7.95

  1. NOTE -- CLEAN STAMP IMAGE AFTER EACH STAMPING == Ink stamp image in lighter color first - I am inking in Cotton Candy.
  2. Now, roll the edges of the stamp image in the second ink color. Roll several times and around as far as you desire. Before stamping image, clean block with tissue or paper towel.
  3. Huff the image (breathe on the stamp image using the moist heat of your breath to reactivate the ink.)
  4. Stamp image on paper.

Completed Project

Inked edges and pink staples finish the topper of a great hostess thank you bag == ready to find out what other goodies are in the bag? Book your Close To My Heart party today!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October Workshop

Clear cards are tooo much fun.  These great cards are the highlight of my October End of the Month Workshop featuring the new 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 clear cards, Sunset Mini Medleys, and Olivia My Reflections Paper Packet.  I love the look of fall.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Scraps + Hearts = Flower

 I promised to give a short tutorial on how I made
the flower on the frame. I learned this from a fellow scrapper at a crop a couple of months ago. I love to find ways to use scrap paper and this is a cute 3D way to make a paper flower.

Cut several squares - my sample uses 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 squares (6)

Fold in half

Fold in half again

Fold into a triangle

 Hold so folded sides are at the bottom.  Cut an ice cream cone shape - kind of a half circle at the top.  Looks best if both sides of ice cream cone are the same size.

Repeat for all squares.  Open your square to find four hearts.  Save one heart flower for base - DO NOT CUT THIS ONE.
Next cut out sections of petals, if you are making a full flower, start with one section.  Keep the two petal cut out section (see below) to use as the center of the flower.  Increase the number of petals cut out for remaining squares.
Create each section of the flower by pulling two petals together adhering one petal to another - creating a cone shape.

Before assembly use a piercing tool or other tool, curl edges of flower.  Using a liquid glue (I used Liquid Glass) attach each section of flower.

Bling It Up

Have you ever found a great buy - well, this little frame was only $4 in the clearance section at a local department store.  It was cute and when I saw it I thought of a paper flower I had recently made using the Passages My Reflections Level 2 B&T (pattern) paper and the two just came together.
I placed the paper flower (instructions for making will be posted later today) in the bottom corner and added some of my paper flower and button stash until I liked what I saw.
Next I used the same paper as the flower and a piece of cardstock that coordinated with the color of the wording on the frame, and covered three chipboard hearts.  A little cocoa ink for distressing and placement in the top right corner of two of the hearts and a flower and the third heart at the bottom and the frame was ready for some liquid glass to adhere the parts.
Hope you enjoy - see what treasure you can find in the clearance section.  If you would love to try any of the products shown here, check out my website

Friday, October 8, 2010

FUN Friday - A Scary Little Card

Supplies needed:
  • Ink pad of your choice (I used Sunflower and Outdoor Denim)
  • Cardstock
  • In the Month of October (C1431)
  • Sponge
  • Dauber
  • Scissors
  • Sanding Block
  • Circle Punch
Do you have a favorite type of stamp set? One of my favorites - the calendar sentiment stamp sets. Today we are using the 'In the Month of October' calendar sentiment stamp set to create a cute scary little card.

  1. I love to use scraps, so my card base was made from a scrap of Colonial White, measuring 5 1/2" x 6" when folded (starting size 5 1/2" x 12"). Next, I used a 5 1/2" x 4 3/4" scrap piece of Outdoor Denim cardstock.
  2. I stamped the bat image onto the bottom right hand corner using Outdoor Denim ink and I cut the image out using my craft knife. Carefully cut this piece out as you will cover the negative space with the card sentiment. This is a quick and easy way to save cardstock.
  3. Use the circle punch to punch a circle in the upper left hand corner for your moon.
  4. Center the Outdoor Denim piece over front of the Colonial White card base so the circle is in the upper left hand corner.
  5. Using the sponge or sponge dauber, add a little ink to mark your moon on the Colonial White card base.
  6. Remove the Outdoor Denim piece and finish inking your moon to the desired spookyness. You may wish to add a little Scary sentiment.
Completed Project

Sponge the edges of the cardbase and add the sentiment 'scary' to the edges, if you wish. Sand the Outdoor Denim piece and adhere to the card base. Add some ric-rac or ribbon, a sentiment square, pop-up a pumpkin at the bottom right and pop-up the bat over the moon.

Great spooky little card!