Monday, December 26, 2011

Close To My Heart Wonderland Scrapbook Layout

I thought I'd share a new layout I just created today as I prepare for my next monthly scrapbook class. I used the awesomely delicious Wonderland paper pack that I am having fun with. The pattern used-Secret-comes from the 9034 Magic how-to design book by Close To My Heart.

I really love how this layout turned out! This is the first time I've used the Top Coats Icing Overlays and I totally LOVE how they look. They're pretty cool!

This is one of the layouts we will be creating during our January scrap class so if you'd like to make one for yourself, plan to come play with us and let me know by January 9, 2012. Contact me for a list of supplies to make this layout plus one other.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a good one and happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Are you an X-Factor Fan?

Well, I’m not really a huge fan of the show but due to the fact that a sort of ‘relative’ is one of the three final contestants vying for a 5 million dollar recording contract prize, I have been following it. And tonight is the last night the final three contestants perform their last songs so I will be watching. Tomorrow night the winner is announced and I will be so happy for the show to end. It’s not my favorite show to watch but like I said, someone I know has been on it and that’s the ONLY reason I’ve been watching. Anyway, good luck to Josh Krajcik, hubby’s great niece’s father.

PicofJoshonXFactor

Monday, December 19, 2011

Time to Rock the Block!

RocktheBlockCC Ready to Rock the Block? 
This is the My Creations Collage Cubes that will be a new product available in the upcoming Spring/Summer Idea Book but you can get one of these along with the Rock the Block E-size stamp set for just $15 beginning TODAY!
That's a savings of almost $30! Place your order of $25 from the current Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book and this set is yours for only $15. How cool is that? It's like getting the stamp set for FREE!
Give me a shout when you're ready to order OR have a family member contact me to purchase this for you as a late Christmas gift!
RocktheBlockComplete
Here is one example of how you can decorate these cool 2” x 2” heavyweight chipboard blocks but there are MANY more possibilities! I hope to share more with you soon.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Roxie Christmas Card

Well, I know my 12 Days of Christmas Cards event is over but I just couldn't get out of that Christmas card making mode. So here's one I made today that I wanted to share.

I used a scrap piece of Roxie papers, which I haven't played with in awhile along with 2 different stamp sets--C1420 Snow Days and A1110 A Timber. Featured ink colors are Black, Desert Sand and Tulip. The card base was made with Kraft cardstock and is a standard size card.

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a good one!

~Carol

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 13

Okay so this isn't a drop dead gorgeous, knock your socks off, awesome card but it'll have to do. Looks like my drop dead gorgeous, knock your socks off, awesomeness is hiding today! I apologize because I know you were really waiting with bated breath for my post today, right?

This was originally not going to be a Christmas card as the pieces had already been cut and prepped for a thank you card similar to another one I recently made but feeling under the gun here, I decided to steal it for my last 12 (or 13 as it turned out) Days of Christmas card.

The card base is made with Bamboo cardstock, is standard size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and opens on the right. I used the pretty X7146B Wonderland papers again with the main colors being Twilight, Heavenly Blue and Chocolate. I am enjoying playing with them as they are perfect not only for Christmas cards but for any papercrafting project.

For the tree, I used an older Christmas stamp set called 'A1110 A Timber' that I've had since last year at this time but one that I still love. I made it look 3D by stamping the tree image 3 times in Twilight ink, cutting them out then gluing them together. It's hard to see but there are several bitty sparkles on the tree for decorations.

I also used another older stamp set called D1166 Vintage Christmas, which is another one I still love, for the words 'Christmas', stamped in second generation Chocolate ink.

It's not easy to see but the music image from D1477 Universal Backgrounds was stamped with second generation Chocolate ink on the piece of Heavenly Blue cardstock.

The little words, Merry Christmas, come from a stamp set called D1112 Seasonal Celebration. I apologize if some of these stamp sets are no longer available. I have so many stamp sets that I still love and use fairly regularly so you will see me use them from time to time.

I like how this turned out but it still seems like it might be missing something or maybe it's just me! What do you think?

I hope you have been enjoying my 12 (13 actually) Days of Christmas cards. I wish to thank a sister consultant, Paige Dolecki, for the inspiration for this endeavor. I took advantage of this opportunity to get my cards made for sending out to my friends and family members so I really did accomplish what I set out to do. That's always a good feeling!

Thanks for stopping in! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 12

Well, I was going to create a drop dead gorgeous, knock your socks off, awesome card for the last day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cards but I was just too gosh darn busy today to get one made. So here is one I made a couple days ago with the X7145B Believe papers and yep, you guessed it, C1473 Remarkable Wreath again!

And since I wasn't able to post that drop dead gorgeous, knock your socks off, awesome card today, I am going to extend my 12 Days of Christmas Cards for at least one more day while I complete that card for you and get it posted. So check back again tomorrow for an extra treat!

Happy scrampin' and cardmaking!

~Carol

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 11

Here's a very quick and easy card to make. I like quick and easy this time of year, don't you? It's also such an easy card to mail, too. No bulkiness to get messed up when going through the mail system.

Colors used are Grey Wool and Barn Red on a White Daisy card. I think these 2 colors are fast becoming my faves. The stamp set used is one of the 3 that come with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart.

Thanks for looking! Happy Scrampin'!

~Carol

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Another Wonderland Creation

As promised, here's another creation with the Wonderland papers. Isn't it just the cutest little gift bag you've ever seen? Colors used are Chocolate and Heavenly Blue. Stamp sets used are C1469 December 25th, S1110 Holiday Magic (October SOTM) and S1111 Cherish the Day (November SOTM). I cut the bag at 6 1/4" on my Cricut machine using the Art Philosophy cartridge. The brad and baker's twine are not Close To My Heart products but everything else is.

Thanks for stopping in! Happy Scrampin'!

~Carol

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 10

Are you getting tired of C1473 Remarkable Wreath yet? Well, I know I'm not! I just can't get enough of this beautiful wreath. There are so many possible color combinations you can use on it and every one looks gorgeous!

Colors used are Chocolate, Twilight and Heavenly Blue. I also used the Wonderland papers from Close To My Heart and the D1477 Universal Backgrounds stamp set. The 'Merry Christmas' phrase is from an old stamp set called 'D1112 Seasonal Celebration', which is no longer available. Sorry!

This is my first creation with the Wonderland papers so I am off now to play with them more. I'll be back later today or tomorrow with another piece of Wonderland artwork to share.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Scrampin'!

~Carol

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 9



Another beautiful card from the C1473 Remarkable Wreath stamp set. And again, I also used that wonderful color combination of Grey Wool and Barn Red. LOVE those 2 colors together!

Thanks for dropping by for Day 9 of my Christmas card creations. Hope you like!

~Carol

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wings Altered Photo Frame


If you really like this frame, it's for sale! It's one of several I will have available for sale at my Handmade Holiday Shopping Event. These altered frames are so much fun to play with. I never run out of ideas for decorating them!

If you are local to me, give me a shout for more details about my Handmade Holiday Shopping Event or check out the details on my business Facebook page. I'd love to see you there!

Thanks for stopping in today!

~Carol

Christmas Tag Banner

 I had tons of fun putting this Christmas banner together. It was so easy to do with the awesome Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart. All the tags and letters were cut with the cartridge. The hardest part was trying to decide how to decorate each tag.
 I used some older Mistletoe Christmas papers from last year because I thought it was about time to use them up! The main colors used were Cranberry, New England Ivy and Bamboo. There are several stamp sets at work here, too and I will try to list them all.
S1110 Holiday Magic, which was the October 2011 stamp of the month and is no longer available, A1115 A Holiday and one of the stamp sets that comes with the Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge bundle.

Thanks for stopping in!

~Carol

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 8


My two favorite 'blues' together again! I love Pacifica and Sky together. They are just the coolest 'blues'!

I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder on the Sky cardstock, cut out a snowflake (and set it aside to use on another project) from a piece of White Daisy cardstock using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart then inked from the inside of the snowflake to the outside edges with Pacifica. Love the effect!

The word 'JOY' comes from D1492 Christmas Love. Adding a piece of White Daisy ribbon and bow finished the card off nicely!

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

~Carol

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 7

A quick and easy card to share using the B1381 Holiday Cheer stamp set again. I love these ornament images and the little phrases. The colors I used are Cranberry and New England Ivy which are just the best colors for Christmas. The swirly thing that the ornaments are hanging from is an image from the Holiday Magic stamp set which was the October stamp of the month. That image is actually supposed to be the runners on a sleigh but I flipped it upside down to use it like a metal ornament hanger. Pretty cool idea, huh? Love how you can use images for something other than the obvious!

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a good one!

~Carol

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 6

Very quick and easy card with random stamping. Random stamping is so fun that I really need to do it more often.

I love these two little snowflakes from the S1110 Holiday Magic stamp set from Close To My Heart (which was the October SOTM) so I decided to do some random stamping in Cranberry and New England Ivy inks. I also used B1381 Holiday Cheer for the words.

To finish it off, I put a small clear bitty sparkle on the tiny star underneath the words. Hope you like it!

~Carol

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 5

Here's my card for today! This one was made with the Believe paper pack from Close To My Heart. Now let me just tell you, I was NOT real crazy about this paper pack when I first saw it but as I've played with it more and more, I've begun to like it just a tad bit.

The orientation of this card is a bit unusual for me. I typically prefer the standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch size, which this actually is, but usually in the vertical mode with the opening on the right. I wanted to try a different style of card and like how this turned out.

The metal embellishment and the baker's twine are not from Close To My Heart but seemed just perfect for this card. Hope you like it!

~Carol 

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 4

Two of my most favorite colors together are Barn Red and Grey Wool from Close To My Heart. And of course, they look fantastic when creating a simple wreath with the Remarkable Wreath stamp set. There's that wreath again! Isn't it a beautiful image? I never get tired of creating with it.

I thought at first that this card looked a bit naked but the more I look at it, the more I like it. It is a very simple card but I like it just the way it is! I try to make easy, non-bulky cards as the majority of my cards go postal. I want them to arrive in one piece, not a mangled mess so I choose to keep most of my cards on the flat side.

Hope you enjoy the card.

~Carol 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 3

Gift Card Holder
Here's a cute gift card holder I made today. I actually made several but this is the one I liked the best and wanted to share it with you.

I made this with the X7145B Believe papers from Close To My Heart and that wonderful C1473 Remarkable Wreath stamp set that everyone seems to love.

The second photo shows the inside of the gift card holder and the area in the center is where the gift card slides in. If you are in need of any gift card holders for anyone on your Christmas list, give me a shout! I'd be more than happy to make some for you!
Gift Card Holder--inside

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day-Day 2

Another Christmas card to share. Same colors and stamp set as the previous one. 
I love these 2 shades of blue. So pretty together!

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #132-Magic Top Hat Layout

My latest layout for the weekly scrapbook challenge. I made this with the new Wonderland paper pack from Close To My Heart. This is my first creation with this paper pack and I really like it. The layout is by no means complete. After I put photos on it, I will embellish it more and since it's not winter yet, it'll be awhile, at least I hope so!

Supplies used are all CTMH:

  • G1031~Wonderland Workshop on the Go kit
  • 9034~Magic how-to book (Top Hat design)
  • Z2111~Chocolate ink
  • Z2117~Crystal Blue ink
  • Z1365~White Daisy and Chocolate brads
Have a happy scrampin' day!

~Carol

Rock the Block

Beginning December 19 and running until January 31, 2012, when you place an order of at least $25 (before shipping and tax) from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get this awesome E-size stamp set and set of collage cubes for just $15. That's a retail savings of almost $30. How cool is that?

See the second photo below for what I did with my set of collage cubes. I put 4x6 photos of my granddaughters on each of the six sides--the cubes are 2" square, and very sturdy chipboard I might add, so you use 6 of them for your photos--the other cubes can be decorated any way you wish with images from the Rock the Block stamp set.

I am loving this special promotion and I know you will, too! Mark your calendar for December 19 then give me a shout so I can hook you up with your own set of collage cubes and stamp set to create with.

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Christmas Card A Day

Well, I actually meant to start this yesterday but due to the fact that I had an appointment with a tooth extractor (aka: the dentist) I totally forgot to post yesterday. I would like to share with you one Christmas card each day for the next 12 days. I thought I would do this as a way to get my cards all done and have them ready to mail way before Christmas so we'll see how I do.

And here is the first card I have to share with you. All supplies are from Close To My Heart. The colors used are Pacifica and Sky. I love these 2 shades of blue together and especially for the Christmas season. The stamp set used is D1492-Christmas Love, which has quickly become one of my favorites this year. I will share another card made with this stamp set and color scheme tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Carol
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