Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Blog Award for Me?

Oh gosh! I have just received a blog award from Jody Gustafson, a sister CTMH consultant. I feel very honored to receive this award. Thank you, Jody! If you have never visited Jody's blog, you really should! She is one very talented lady and continues to inspire me!

Okay so here's what I have to do next. I have to choose 5 more blogs that have inspired me and this will be very tough to do as there are so many great ones out there. The main goal of this award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. Although most of the blogs I chose are not technically 'up and coming' they do have under 200 followers.

Here are the rules to accept this award:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

The 5 bloggers that I have chosen for this award are truly inspirational to me:

Paige Dolecki-Although Paige doesn't post to her blog often since she is a very busy mom, you will get plenty of inspiration here!

Krista Ritskes-If you need ideas for your tons of scraps, Krista's blog is the one to see.

Dawn Heuft- Dawn loves to create videos to show how she makes her many beautiful creations. Thanks for taking the time to do that!

Teri Baxter-Lots of great ideas here! While visiting Teri's blog for crafting ideas, please be sure to thank her hubby for his service to our country! Thank you!

Adeline Brill-Adeline's artwork is awesome! She often participates in blog hops so you will get much inspiration here!

Be sure to visit each blog and leave them some love!

Thanks again for this award, Jody!

~Carol


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dreamin' of a Paper Bag Album

I just had to share this cute little paper bag album I made using the new Dreamin' paper pack from Close To My Heart. It was so much fun to make and  is actually not quite done. I'm sure I can come up with more ideas for embellishing the pages so there may be more details added later.


 I created this with 3 standard size brown lunch bags. They make such cool little albums! I folded them in half, used a bone folder to give them a really good crease, then sewed them down the center with brown thread on my sewing machine. I also sewed around each of the pages except for the ones with the opening. I wanted to leave that edge free to slip a tag into.

 The second photo shows you what the tags look like. I made 3 of each size tag and decorated the fronts and backs of each one.
 The other 2 photos show some of the inside pages just so you can see how they can be decorated.

Stamp sets used on this project:
C1465-Unscripted
D1482-Love Life
S1109-Limited Edition-Sept SOTM

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my little paper bag album and that it has inspired you to grab some of those lunch bags and get creating yourself.

Have a great day!

~Carol

Monday, September 26, 2011

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #124~Fall Fun

Isn't this layout just gorgeous? I really am so in love with the new Dreamin' papers. Absolutely beautiful Fall colors! Now to find some great Fall photos to put on it. Well, it just turned Fall so I really don't have any photos yet and I sure hope that all the rain we have had this past 2 months doesn't affect the Fall colors this year.

I used the new Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge for the title and journaling boxes as well as the letters for the title. This cartridge is the BEST thing since sliced bread! If you have a Cricut machine, this is a MUST-HAVE tool. You most likely won't even need any other cartridges once you have this one. It's awesome!

If you have the Magic how-to design book, please join this weekly scrapbook challenge and create a layout using this design. When you've completed your layout, let me know so I can check it out.

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:

  • G1027~Dreamin' Workshop on the Go kit, which includes the X7142B Dreamin' paper pack, a C-size stamp set (exclusive to the kit), Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads and Z1483 Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel
  • 9034~Magic how-to design book-Spellbound design
  • Z1686~Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge
  • C1399~On the Edge stamp set
  • B1269~Journaling Jots stamp set (no longer available)
  • Z2123~Goldrush ink
  • Z2150~Sunflower ink
  • Z2111~Chocolate ink
  • Z1365~Chocolate brads
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one!

~Carol


A CTMH Card Workshop Sneak Peek

Dreamin' Card for Card Workshop
I am so in love with the new Dreamin' paper pack from Close To My Heart. I have been having so much fun making lots of cards and artwork with these gorgeous Fall-inspired papers. I'll try to post more of my Dreamin' creations soon.

Here's a sneak peek of a card that we will be making at my next card workshop in October. We will be creating several Thanksgiving cards as well as a couple Halloween cards and a birthday card or two. If you'd like to make one of these for yourself, let me know by September 30th. Contact me soon for more details!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #123~Safe in Grandpa's Arms

I need to start remembering to post these gosh darn weekly scrapbook challenges EVERY week instead of just when I think about it. I am so sorry I don't post when I should. There are just too many venues I post on and can't seem to remember which ones I did and which ones I didn't. I certainly must be getting old as my daughter made me realize since she turned 26 years old today. STOP! I don't want to get any older!

Anyway, here is a layout of my hubby (shhh, don't tell him I posted this layout of him) with our newest granddaughter, Aveney, who was born back in March. He is such a gentle giant with her and loves her dearly. I only hope he doesn't frighten her as she gets older because sometimes those 'little' people can be scared of 'big' people. You know what I mean? It just happens sometimes.

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:

  • 9029~Cherish-Add An Element design
  • X7141B~Elemental paper pack
  • Textured Desert Sand cardstock (no longer available)
  • D1482~Love Life stamp set
  • B1269~Journaling Jots stamp set
  • Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy CTMH cartridge
  • Z2116~Cranberry ink
  • Z2192~Pacifica ink
  • Z2118~Desert Sand ink
  • Z2105~Black ink
  • Z1393~Black Mini Medleys
  • Z1151~3D Foam Tape
  • Z280~Natural Hemp
I sure would love for you to join in these challenges. If you have the Cherish design book, go to the Add An Element design on page 42 and start creating. Then leave me a comment here with a link to your layout so I can check it out or send a photo of it to me in an email.

Hope you have enjoyed my layout. Thank you for stopping by today. Have a good one!

~Carol

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Day of Thanks

I know it's a bit early for Thanksgiving but I wanted to share this beautiful card I made while playing around in my scraproom a couple days ago. I am planning a card workshop soon and was trying to come up with some really nice designs for Thanksgiving cards. But as this card evolved, I decided it would be too elaborate for a workshop. It would just take way too long to make. So this card will have to be saved for someone special to receive from me when Thanksgiving rolls around. Could that special someone be you?

Now for the details....I was inspired by a gal by the name of Wanda Cullen, I believe, on Splitcoast Stampers recently who posted a card much like the design of my card. Her card is absolutely beautiful! If you check it out, I'm sure you will agree. At the moment I can't seem to locate her card but will keep searching then post a link when I find it. I am so amazed at all the great talent out there and get so much inspiration from them all.

This is a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card, my favorite size to work with as it usually will go through the mail more easily unless it's too lumpy and bumpy like this one happens to be ;-) This may need to be hand-delivered.

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:

  • C1473 Remarkable Wreath stamp set (Love this set)
  • D1444 A Little Thanks stamp set (Just a little note)
  • X7142B Dreamin' paper pack
  • Autumn Terracotta (put through a dotted swiss Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background), Chocolate and Sunflower cardstocks
  • Desert Sand, Autumn Terracotta and Chocolate inks
  • Z1612 Foundry Pin Clips
  • Z1081 Colonial White Waxy Flax
  • Z1151 3D Foam Tape
  • Bamboo Brad
  • Retired Ribbon
  • Die cuts were made with the new Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge available only through Close To My Heart and myself
I hope you have enjoyed my card today. If you notice I have forgotten to mention any supplies I have used here, please let me know.

Happy Scrampin'!

~Carol

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

More Close To My Heart Roxie/Pair-a-Phrase Cards for You

On these first 2 cards I used the Z1380 Spray Pen to create a little visual interest on the card base. I put a few drops of Z2214 Cocoa re-inker in the pen then added some water to the seventh line on the pen. I gave the pen a few quick shakes then a couple squirts and voila...splatters almost where I wanted them. Ha ha! Love the effect though! I let the card base dry then stamped the swirly image (on the first card) in Z2114 Cocoa ink before adhering the strips of X7140B Roxie paper. I stamped the flower basket image which comes from the CC1014 Pair-a-Phrase stamp set (ask me how you can get one FREE) in Cocoa ink then colored it in with a cotton swab dabbed into Z2118 Desert Sand, Z2196 Smoothie and Z2153 Sweet Leaf inks. LOVE the muted effect produced by a cotton swab.

 Before I go any further, I need to mention that each of these cards was cut using the new Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy  cartridge exclusive to Close To My Heart. They are all 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch cards.

Again, I used the Spray Pen on this card. Why waste all that re-inker and water, right? The flowers were cut with the Cricut cartridge then stamped with the flower image that coordinates with the cartridge image. How cool is that? I used some Roxie scraps and a corrugated parentheses from the Z1464 Milepost Shapes by CTMH. Added a Z1365 Cocoa brad, small piece of Z280 Natural Hemp and a sentiment and it was done!
LOVE this card! Again, I used Roxie scraps along with a 4 1/2 inch piece of the zip strip from a sheet of the Roxie paper. I sanded the edges of the X5912 Desert Sand and Bamboo cardstocks and Roxie paper to bring out the white core. The edges of the X5901 Colonial White cardstock square were inked with Cocoa. I used another corrugated piece from the Milepost Shapes pack, 2 leaf images cut with the Cricut cartridge, then stamped with the coordinating leaf image that was inked with Desert Sand, Smoothie and Cocoa inks using the tissue technique. Cocoa brads, hemp and a sentiment finished it off!
 I also need to mention that these cards were created using designs from the 9033 Wishes cardmaking program from Close To My Heart. This is an invaluable resource if you love to create your own handmade cards.

Another corrugated piece was used here as well as a couple images from the Pair-a-Phrase stamp set. I added some Z1387 Wooden Buttons that have Z1081 Colonial White Waxy Flax threaded through the holes to this card and love how they look.


Isn't this little owl image just too cute? I've never seen a pink owl before so I had to color it with Desert Sand ink in various shades and even though he doesn't stand out as much as I'd liked, he's still cute! Seeing it 'in real life' makes a difference.

Another shape from the Z1464 Milepost Shapes pack, a Z1387 Wooden Button and a Z1365 Colonial White brad round out this funky shaped card.


I hope you have enjoyed my cards today! If you are interested in purchasing the supplies necessary to make these cards at home, please give me a shout!

Have a great day!

~Carol

A Couple Close To My Heart Pair-a-Phrase Cards

I am still having loads of fun with the Pair-a-Phrase stamp set, which is the special this month from CTMH in celebration of National Stamping Month. I was pretty much in my scraproom all day yesterday...but don't tell hubby that....and created these 2 cards that may or may not be cards for an upcoming workshop. What do you think? Would you want to make either of these cards in a workshop? YOU may be the determining factor here so please take a moment to leave a comment if you would, please!

Contact me for more details on how you can receive the awesome Pair-a-Phrase stamp set for FREE! It's only available until September 30 so don't delay!
Christmas Card with Mistletoe

Thanksgiving Card with Olivia

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge 121~Roxie Layout

Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE this layout, don't you? I thought the Roxie papers were just perfect for this particular design, Crystal Ball, from the Magic how-to book. Now to find the perfect photos! That is the hardest part. 

Do you have a Cricut die cut machine? If you do then you know what I am talking about when I mention how awesome it is! I love my machine as most Cricut owners do! Speaking of Cricut, I used the new Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge that is exclusive to Close To My Heart to create the big scalloped circle and the smaller circles on the left-hand page and the 2 small scalloped circles on the right-hand page as well as the letters for my title. Have I mentioned how awesome it is? If you're a Cricut user, check out this cartridge. You are going to LOVE it! When you are ready to purchase your own copy, contact me!

I created this layout for the Weekly Scrapbook Challenge which I am temporarily moderating for my friend, Helen Onulak who is currently nursing a 'frozen shoulder' issue. Please don't ask me to explain what that is! LOL....you'll have to ask her. But I do hope she recovers quickly. 

Anyway, if you'd like to participate in this challenge, please feel free to do so. All you have to do is use the Crystal Ball design from the Magic how-to-book and create a layout with whatever papers you prefer. If you don't own Magic, please contact me to purchase a copy. I only ask that you try to use mostly CTMH supplies on your layout but it doesn't have to be 100% CTMH. 

If you do create a layout, please leave me a link to your layout in the comment section at the end of this post so I can check it out or send me a copy in an email and I will post it for you here on my blog. If you are a sister CTMH consultant, please post your layout on the bulletin boards under the 
***Scrapbook Challenge 121*** thread. 

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:
  • 9034~Magic-Crystal Ball design
  • Z1686~Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (exclusive to CTMH and it's awesome!)
  • X7140B~Roxie paper pack
  • CC1014~Pair-a-Phrase double D stamp set (National Stamping Month Special-ask me about it)
  • X5901~Colonial White cardstock
  • Z2105~Black ink
  • Z2118~Desert Sand ink
  • Z2196~Smoothie ink
  • Z2153~Sweet Leaf ink
  • Z1377~Kraft Borders
  • Z1393~Black Mini Medleys
  • Z1487~Pewter Mini Medleys
  • Z1612~Foundry Pin Clips
  • Z282~Black Hemp
  • Z1151~3D Foam Tape
Okay, now it's your turn to get creating with the Magic~Crystal Ball design. Have fun and be sure to let me know where I can see your layout. Thanks for stopping in today! Have a great holiday!

~Carol


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