Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Whooo's Your Valentine?

Time is running out to get your hands on this cute Valentine kit. You only have until January 31st then it's gone, gone, gone! The stamp set included in this kit is so stinkin' cute and can be used for more than just Valentine's Day in case you're really not into the holiday.


Go grab your current catalog or view the catty online here and create your $35 or more order so you can get this cute kit for just $10, while supplies last. Contact me if you have any questions.

Have a great day!
~Carol

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New CTMH Stamp Set Sneak Peek

I've been playing the past couple days with some stamp sets that will be available in the new Close To My Heart Spring/Summer 2013 beginning February 1st and I wanted to share my artwork with you. I think you're going to like it!

All 3 cards are standard size and use the new Distressed Backgrounds stamp set which I am quickly falling in love with. It has 3 different border-style images - chicken wire, cheesecloth (that's what it reminds me of anyway) and a houndstooth pattern.

I used the chicken wire image on these first 2 cards and love the effect. Slate and honey inks were used on the first card along with images from the January stamp of the month set and the stamp set from the Flirty scrapbooking workshop kit.

I used Ruby and Desert Sand colors on this second card, the design of which was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest recently. If you are ever in need of creative inspiration, you MUST go to Pinterest. It never disappoints me as there are so many talented artists sharing their creations, it's amazing!

Anyway, back to the card....the flowers and bird images are from the Flirty scrapbooking workshop kit stamp set which is still available but only until January 31st so if you are wanting to get your hands on it, go here to grab it.
My third card was created with images from the new Buzz & Bumble scrapbooking workshop kit - which will be available February 1st, as well as the new Distressed Backgrounds and an old favorite of mine, Universal Backgrounds.

So, as you can see, I am totally enjoying my playtime with the Distressed Backgrounds stamp set. When you are ready to get this set for yourself, go here on February 1st to place your order.

Have a great day and happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Monday, January 21, 2013

Fancy Folds Technique - Close To My Heart Style

This week's Heart2Heart challenge is 'Fancy Folds' technique. Well, I don't know that you can call all the folds I did on my card 'fancy' but they certainly are folds! I'm not even sure my fancy folds have names either. I was just having fun folding the papers to see what effect I could achieve. I am actually very happy with the end result. It looks great in person! You should see it - you would agree! Haha!


Supplies used are all Close To My Heart unless noted:
X7157B Dakota paper pack
S1212 Dec 2012 SOTM - Year Round Cheer (n/a)
D1477 Universal Backgrounds stamp set (one of my faves)*
Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (heart shapes)
Z1701 Neutral Baker's Twine
Z1366 Black brads
Z1151 3D Foam Tape
Z2163 White Daisy Pigment Ink
Z2105 Black Ink

*Not sure if you can see from the photo but I stamped the musical notes image from this stamp set in second generation on the white piece of cardstock where I stamped the cute little birdie. I also stamped the canvas image from this stamp set onto the black cardstock piece using the White Daisy pigment ink.

After creating the little window by cutting a 2" square in the center of the 3" woodgrain paper square, I folded the flaps back and secured them with brads then popped the whole piece up with the 3D foam tape.

The strip of pattern paper at the bottom of the card is really nothing too fancy, just a bunch of folds to create some dimension and sort of make it look like ribbon.

I cut out 4 small hearts - 2 each of 2 different sizes - then folded them in half before gluing just in the center so they pop up. I also used a black marker to make faux stitches down the center of the hearts. 

I inked the edges of everything with black ink except the black cardstock to help it pop off the background. I added a small piece of baker's twine under the birdie's feet to look like a branch and called it done!

Okay, if you'd like to join in on this week's challenge, please create something with Fancy Folds in any way you interpret it and please remember to use as many Close To My Heart products as possible in your creation. Then go here to link up your artwork so we can see it. Have fun!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol




Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A CTMH Pemberley Mini Album

I started working on this cute little paper bag mini album months ago and finally decided it was time to finish it. Now I know you're probably thinking...paper bag?....where's the paper bags? Well, believe me, it was made with paper lunch bags - 5 of them in fact. I got this particular mini album idea from a YouTube video - it's amazing how people think up these creations! - and I'll be darned if I can remember the person who created it. If I locate the video, I will post an update here.

Anyway, I used the X7148B Pemberley paper pack from Close To My Heart which happens to be my favorite pack from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book and is also still available in the current idea book until January 31. I also used the coordinating X7148C My Stickease which also will disappear come January 31. So get them before they are gone!

I used a plethora of ribbons, buttons, brads and bling along with many different stamp sets, new and retired, too numerous to mention but if there are any you really want to know more about, please feel free to contact me. Many of the die cut shapes were created with the Z1686 Art Philosophy and Z1790 Artiste CTMH Cricut cartridges.

As you can see by the photos, there's a lot of interactivity in this little album. Interactive elements add so much fun to an album that I just HAVE to include them in all of my albums now.


Front Cover

Inside front cover and page 1

Pages 2 & 3

Pages 4 & 5

Pages 6 & 7

Pages 8 & 9

Pages 10 & 11

Page 12 & inside back cover (which is blank right now)
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest creation. Have a great day and happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Monday, January 14, 2013

I LOVE Hot Cocoa

This week's Heart2Heart challenge is all about one of my favorite beverages - hot cocoa - and here is a card I created with one of my favorite stamp sets from Close To My Heart - A1109 A Sip. Doesn't it make you want a cup of hot cocoa right now?


I hadn't done any embossing in awhile so I wanted to use that technique on this card. The card is a standard size - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" - made with X5928 Saddle cardstock. 

I first stamped the image of the cup with Z891 Versamark ink then used Z1246 Cocoa embossing powder on it and heated it up. After it cooled, I cut it out and popped it up. The swirl of steam was also stamped first with the Versamark ink then embossed with Cocoa embossing powder as well. I mounted it all on a piece of Saddle cardstock, tied a piece of Z1701 Chocolate baker's twine around it then mounted it on top of a piece of 1388 Colonial White cardstock that I had random stamped the words - tea, coffee and cocoa in Z2114 Cocoa ink. 

I stamped the verse in Z2171 Saddle ink on a piece of Colonial White cardstock and mounted it on X5642 Cocoa cardstock. The edges of all cardstock pieces were inked in Cocoa ink. I added a bit of bling to the steam swirl with Z1333 Mocha Opaques to finish it off. 

So you see, I rocked this week's Heart2Heart challenge, didn't I? Haha! Well, I did use cocoa in my artwork and it's now making me want a cup of hot cocoa but I'll have to wait until tomorrow. I hope you'll create something for this week's challenge, too! 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ATC's Anyone?

Anyone out there still create ATC's? Ya know, those cute, quick and easy little Artist Trading Cards that were all the rage awhile back? Well, maybe they still are the rage but I'm not sure as I don't spend a lot of time online searching for such information. If you create ATC's, please leave me a comment and share your website or blog where you have some posted. I'd love to see them!

If you aren't sure what an ATC is, here is a brief explanation. They are small pieces of artwork approximately 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" in size. They can be decorated in whatever way you wish and are quick to create due to their small size. They can be traded with other people who make them and it's fun to see the different styles of artwork.

ATC's can be added to a scrapbook layout as an embellishment or attached to a greeting card. You can also glue magnets to the back and put on your refrigerator to hold children's artwork or important notes. You can also just display them on this cute little ATC holder by 7 Gypsies like I do. I have actually had this holder for quite some time - not sure if they are still available to purchase - and am just now trying to remember to create an ATC with the scraps from any recent projects I finish. I hope that helps you to understand what they are all about and how fun they can be to make and/or share.


The images on the December 2012 stamp of the month set from Close To My Heart are just perfect for using on ATC's. This is the first chance I've had to play with it and I immediately knew that's exactly what I wanted to create with these cute little images.


There are 12 images - one for each of the 12 months - but I have only played with the first 6 images so far. I will share the other 6 when they're completed.


Hope you have enjoyed my artwork today. If you also have some ATC's to share, I'd love to see them so I can get more ideas and inspiration from YOU! Thanks for stopping by! Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Monday, January 7, 2013

Snow Much Fun 2

I made this card as well as the 'White Christmas' layout - featured in my earlier post from today - for this week's 'Snow Much Fun' Heart 2 Heart challenge and wanted to share it with you. I debated which one to use as my main artwork since I liked them both but decided to go with the layout since most of the time cards are featured in these challenges and a layout is a nice change. 

The blue color featured in my card is Pacifica, which happens to be one of my favorite ink colors from Close To My Heart. Although I only used one generation of Pacifica ink on this card, it is such an intense color that you can get at least 6 - maybe 7 - different shades of it before the stamp runs out of ink. It's amazing! 

Here is an example of what I'm talking about. Can you see the 6 generations of Pacifica snowflakes? I probably could have gotten one more snowflake stamped - it would have been very light and hard to see but it would have been there just the same!

Go ahead and grab your Pacifica ink or any other dark, intense color and see how many generations you can get from it. It's really fun to see the different shades you get from one stamped image before running out of ink.

The snowflake image featured on both cards comes from the G1052 Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Workshop stamp set. The die cut snowflakes on the first card were made with the Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and are found on page 22 (I used the center part of the snowflake) & page 27.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope it's a good one for you!

~Carol

Snow Much Fun

It's the beginning of a new year and the beginning of a new challenge! Are you up for it? I know I am! I need some inspiration and motivation to help me survive the long cold winter and this is just the ticket!

As stated in an earlier post, I am now a member of the All-Star Alumnae Design Team for the Heart2Heart challenge blog and this is our very first challenge for this team and of the new year!

If you'd like to participate in this challenge, Snow Much Fun, feel free to create anything that is related to snow, winter, cold, ice or anything similar you can think of as I'm sure I'm missing something. Please try to use as many Close to my Heart products as possible in your artwork and be sure to go here to link it up. We'd love to see what you create! While you are there, check out the awesome artwork created by the Design Team.

Here is what I created for this challenge. It is rare for us here in my area of the Mid-Atlantic to have snow at Christmastime so this was indeed a treat for us. It didn't amount to much but it sure was pretty and helped set the Christmas-y mood for us all. 


Supplies used are all Close to my Heart except the metal snowflake 
on the left side of the layout and the old wooden dots stamp.

I printed an 8 1/2" x 11" black & white photo of the snow on my deck & railing then mounted it on White Daisy cardstock and inked the edges in Z2173 Slate ink. I random stamped a few snowflakes, large and small, from the C1514 Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Workshop stamp set in 3 generations of Z2173 Slate ink. I filled in the blank spaces between the snowflakes with some inked dots from a very old wooden stamp. 

I used the Z1686 Art Philosophy and Z1790 Artiste Cricut cartridges to cut snowflakes in different sizes then added some Z1104 Sparkles (no longer available) and Z1263 Bitty Sparkles in their centers.

I stamped the right bottom corner of the layout with a border image from the C1514 Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Workshop stamp set to fill in the empty corner. I liked how that looked so I stamped the same image on the corner of the journaling tag and tucked it behind the smaller photo that I popped up with Z1151 3-D Foam Tape. 

I stamped the verse at the bottom of the large photo in Z2105 Black ink. It says, Christmas waves a magic wand over the world and behold everything is softer and more beautiful ~ Norman Vincent Peale. I love that! 

Now it's your turn to start creating something Snow Much Fun and share it with us! Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy your day!

~Carol



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year & Some Exciting News!

Not only is it a brand new year but it is a brand new exciting time for me! I was invited to become a member of the Heart 2 Heart All-Star Alumnae Design Team for the next 6 months! Yea! How exciting is that? Remember way back when I was a member of the very first design team for the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog? It seems like such a long time ago.

I am really looking forward to being on the team again as I am in need of motivation & inspiration in my creative world. I hope we will motivate & inspire you, too, so stay tuned for some awesome artwork coming your way from this very creative team! The list of team members is on the right sidebar. Visit their blogs when you get a chance and congratulate them!

Don't forget to participate in the weekly challenges as well! The first one begins January 7th. We'd love to see your creations!

I wish you all a safe, happy and healthy new year!

~Carol
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