Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year and Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

I can't believe that yet another month, let alone another year, has passed. Time just continues to march on. The beginning of a new month means it is time for the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you got here from Pamela's Blog you are on the right track. I have a post dated December 31st that lists all of the talented participants.

This month, the set is called "True Friends." At first, I really struggled with what I was going to make. But, the more I looked at the set, the ideas began to flow. The set has so many possibilities. I really like the "frames." They are a nice shape and easy to cut out in order to add dimension to your projects.

The first item I made was this handy dandy candy jar (whew....I didn't intend to have 3 rhyming words). The jar was in a gift basket I won at a charity affair in the spring. After I used the pie filling that came in it, I decided to keep it to use later. Later came today.



The label was stamped on Vanilla Cream in Sweet Leaf and the sentiment in Crystal Blue. I used Twill Ribbon for the bow. The top of the jar was decorated with scalloped circles I cut with my Nestabilities. I used Sweet Leaf, Vanilla Cream and a small piece of B/T Duos from the Twitterpatted pack. The images are from "Connections." What a handy stamp set that is. If you haven't seen it, check it out. I have used it so many times for gift tags and altered binder clips.

Back to "True Friends"....Like I said, it is a very versatile stamp set. I used it for a card in this example that features the just released paper "You Rock."

The A2 sized card base is Outdoor Denim and the "You Rock" mat is 5 1/4 x 4 inches. The twist on this card is the strip of White Daisy CS that I brayered with Indian Corn Blue and Smokey Plum. The stars are from "Evergreen" and stamped in Outdoor Denim.

It's now time to hop on over to Mary's Blog to check out her great work! My wish for everyone is that 2010 be a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. For Now, Happy Crafting!

January Blog Hop

Can you believe that it is time again for the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop??? Whew, time marches on....It will go live later this evening. In preparation, I wanted to get the list of participants posted now. Check back around 9:00PM Eastern Time for all of the wonderful artwork using "True Friends." For Now, Happy Crafting!

Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com/
Jena DeVries http://www.livelovelaughscrapbook.blogspot.com/
Jessica Booth http://jessicabooth.blogspot.com/
Carla Ironside http://www.carlacreates.blogspot.com/
Lori Miller http://www.clearlyfromtheheart.blogspot.com/
Misty Jackson http://www.misstscraps.blogspot.com/
Jen Patrick http://www.roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com/
Susan Brooks http://www.stampingintheopen.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Androlewicz http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/
Dawn Ross http://www.iamahappystamper.blogspot.com/
Amy McVey http://www.clearlystamping.blogspot.com/
Antoinette Herrin http://www.godblessyourart.blogspot.com
Jill Lucas http://scrapwench.blogspot.com/
Barbra Otten http://barbraotten.blogspot.com/
Lori Brown http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com/
Brae Montgomery http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com/
Wanda Riley http://www.creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com/
Adeline E. Brill http://adeline-brill.blogspot.com/
Kami Welter http://www.scrappin4memories.blogspot.com/
Judy Burger http://makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com/
Pamela O'Connor http://www.cherishyourmemories.blogspot.com/
Cindy Leek http://www.paperspadsandpictures.blogspot.com/
Mary Eisen http://www.mestamp2.blogspot.coms/
ylvia Jacquot http://stampinsylvia.blogspot.com/
Laura Dame http://www.thecroppersconnection.blogspot.com/
Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.blogspot.com/
Haley Dyer http://www.inkyscrapper.blogspot.com/
Terrie Dodd http://www.my-life-in-real-time.blogspot.com/
Katy Donaldson http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com/
Chris Shouse http://www.houseostamps.wordpress.com/
Tammy Lea Pinchard http://mycreativeclubhouse.blogspot.com/
Krista Ritskes http://kristaritskes-simplycreating.blogspot.com/
Shannon Pelletier http://www.mycolorfulworldinvt.blogspot.com/
Deb Young http://www.scrapbookczar.blogspot.com/
Amy Edwards http://paisleysplayhouse.blogspot.com/
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com/
Kristie Herdener http://www.goofyscrapper.blogspot.com/
Jen Rubio http://www.jenrubio.blogspot.com/
Jody Gustafson http://www.cre8nmemories.blogspot.com/
Sarita Schraeder http://www.blessedscrapper.blogspot.com/
Laurie Levnik http://www.creationsbylaurie.blogspot.com/
Debra Van Patten http://memoriesoftheheartbydeb.blogspot.com/
Kimberly Smith http://verykimberry.blogspot.com/
Michelle Nist http://michellenist.blogspot.com/
Karen Norman http://www.gettinscrappywithit.blogspot.com/
Traci Godbee http://createwithtraci.blogspot.com/
Nancy Brown http://www.creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com/
Maricar Harris http://www.maricarharris.blogspot.com/
Nona Davenport http://www.nonapearl.blogspot.com/
Laurie Newton http://scrapsfromthebeach.blogspot.com/
Dawn Heuft http://www.stamptildawn.blogspot.com/
Melissa Burch http://melissaburch.blogspot.com/
Kim O'Rear http://kimorear.blogspot.com/
Michelle Bourlet http://michellescreativeconnections.blogspot.com/
Angela Tutton http://www.tuttonstreasures.blogspot.com/
Jenifer Benner http://www.jensmessystudio.com/
Shirley Ross http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com/
Latisha Haag http://domestichomefrontcoordinator.blogspot.com/

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Making an Easel Card

I hope that everyone is having a great Holiday Season. I am taking the day off (so to speak) and having some fun making cards.

In an earlier post, I promised to tell you how to make an Easel Card. When I first saw an Easel Card, I was excited. I thought what an interesting way to display your artwork. Then I tried to find a tutorial explaining how to make the folds. After searching and searching and eventually feeling quite dense, I figured it out. That was when I decided that I would try my hand at describing the folds. It is really an easy card once you get the hang of it!

Start with a piece of card stock approximately 8 to 9 inches in length. You can adjust the length based on width of the card. You chose the width. The width should match what you wish the base/top of the card to be. For this example, I decided to make a 6 x 6 inch card top. Therefore, the measurements of my card base is 9 x 6 inches.


Next, score the short side of the CS at the 2 and 4 inch marks.


Now, this is the part that was confusing to me...It is time to fold the "easel." Fold it like an accordion. One fold upward and one fold downward.

Next, attach the front of the card to the easel base. To make sure it stands up high enough so that you can actually "see" the front, attach it at in the middle of the card top. Don't attach it at the top.

Lastly, attach brads on the base of the of the scored piece of CS. The brads should be attached on the largest section of the CS. The card top rests against the brads and that allows the card to stand.

You're now free to decorate the card as you like.



This is a sneak peak at Close To My Heart papers and stamps to be officially released on January 1st. The papers are from the Veranda Creative Basics set. Creative Basics paper packs are sets of papers along with a spool of ribbon that coordinate beautifully with new Level 2 paper packs. Veranda is new and I love it. One of the great things that CTMH continually does is strive to make paper crafting "faster, simpler, easier." The matching CS colors are always listed so it is easy to make a great looking card. The coordinating colors are Juniper, Garden Green, Cocoa and Creme Brulee. The flower image and sentiment are from "Enjoy Every Moment." What a great stamp set. It contains 3 groups of flowers and the sentiment. For this card, I heat embossed the flowers in Cocoa and colored them with my new Christmas Copics.

It is time to head off and make another card. The January CTMH Blog Hop is rapidly approaching. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Wishes!

This is a very special time of the year. We run around baking, shopping and near to my heart, make cards. All has to be perfect.... Now that most of the hustle and bustle is over (I still have a little yet as dinner is still in the oven) let us take time to reflect on the meaning of the season. Whether you abide by the light of the Hanukkah Candle, share the gifts of Kwanzaa or follow the star of Bethlehem may the season bring you "Comfort and Joy!" For Now, Happy Crafting!



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Season and Life Keeps Getting in the Way...

With Christmas only 2 days away, finding the time to get every thing done is almost impossible. I don't know if I ever mentioned it, but I am the classroom coordinator at a big box craft store. I have been working quite a few hours at the store. What fun! I have helped design countless Christmas gifts, house decorations and end of semester school projects. I am trying to find time to address my own Holiday cards, finish my shopping and do the wrapping. On top of that DH and I host an Annual Holiday Party the Saturday before Christmas. My time line is mapped out....I know what has to get done and by when. Then Mother Nature throws a 23 inch snow storm into the mix and everything turns upside down.









We were forced to cancel our party....the first time we have been snowed on in the 20 plus years we have been hosting it. Bombay (my kitten) was so confused. She was ready to party and no one was here!

I have 2 more cards to address, no wrapping done, no grocery shopping done for Christmas Dinner and I have to work again today (and tomorrow). Back to work it is for me! For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Another Christmas Card

Who can believe that Christmas is only 9 days away??? Ahhhhh... Are you ready? I'm not. No cookies baked...or shall I say the cookies that were baked were eaten by DH. Most of the gifts are purchased, but not wrapped and most importantly, the cards aren't done. I'm not going to even count how many I have left to complete, but I see another couple 4:00am mornings in my near future. :o)



I was stumbling around Blog World and found these nifty easel cards. I just had to give one a try.




I promise I will get the template up on how to make the card as soon as I can get the pictures taken. It is a very simple fold and makes a great presentation. This card was done using Evensong papers, White Daisy and Cranberry Cardstock.

Back to more card making. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Remember Me??

Whew, I can't believe how long it has been since I posted. Time passes so quickly when you are busy! What have I been doing you ask? I participated in my last Craft Fair of the season on December 6th. What a wonderful experience. The Church members were so welcoming and I sold a few goodies too! :o) I have been working (at the real job) and trying to get my house decorated. I held a workshop where we made Holiday Garland. I will get a picture of that posted as soon as I can. I am also working on finishing up my Christmas Cards. So many left to make! I guess this explains where I have been.


Here us one of the cards I managed to complete. It was done for SCS Clean and Simple Challenge. The challenge was to complete a card using Red, Brown and a Neutral Color. This stamp is perfect. I have used it several times this year and still love it! It is from Close To My Heart's set called Santa's List. I heat embossed the image with Cocoa Embossing Powder and colored it with my Copics. What fun and I think I will make a few more like this!



It is time to go back to the stack of unmade cards on my desk! For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Santa's Wish List

Don't forget to give your special Santa your CTMH Wish List. Have Santa email or call this elf and I will make sure that there is a great package waiting for you under the tree. Better hurry as this elf needs to have the Wish List no later than December 10th to make sure that Rudolph has plenty of time to deliver it! For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 30, 2009

December Close To My Heart Blog Hop

I can't believe how time flyes! This is the beginning of our December Blog Hop....it seems like just yesterday when we had the fun of the November Hop. This month's Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month is a great stamp set for a scrapbooker. It includes several stamps that revolve around dates and the calendar. If you arrived here from Carla's Blog, you are on the right track. So now on with the show....

The set includes all kinds of stamps that revolve around the calendar. I have wanted to try one of these wipe off memo boards for ages and this set was perfect. I took a 12 x 12 sheets of paper from the Notebook collection. I used a scrapbook layout to make spaces to write memos and reminders.


The page is framed with the glass present. Using your wipe off pen, you can write in the sections right on the glass and then erase when the information is no longer needed!



The writing area is done in Colonial White and sponged with Desert Sand. Other card stock colors used include Crystal Blue, Hollyhock, Desert Sand. I used Chocolate Ribbon, Chip board, paper flowers, buttons, waxy flax and brads to embellish the page. "Notes" was stamped in Hollyhock using the Posterboard set. What a fun project.

It is now time to hop on over to Mary's Blog and check out her great project. For Now, Happy Crafting!

December Close To My Heart Blog Hop

How time flies! It feels like we just did this... :o) The December Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month is great for scrapbookers. The set includes all kinds of stamps that work great for a calendar. If you got here from Carla's Blog, you are on the right track. Now on with the show...

I have wanted to try a wipe off memo board for months and this set is perfect. I used Notebook for my Pattern Papers for the project. To make the memo board, I basically completed a scrapbook layout and framed it under glass. Using a dry erase pen, you can write your notes and wipe them away when they are no longer needed.






Other items and colors include: Crystal Blue, Hollyhock, Colonial White and Desert Sand cardstock. I also have chocolate ribbon, paper flowers. chip board, brads, buttons and waxy flax. "Notes" was stamped using letters from the Posterboard alpha set.

It's now time to hop on over to Mary's Blog to check out her great creation. For Now, Happy Crafting!

December Close To My Heart Blog Hop List of Participants

It's that time again....Blog Hop....Yippee....here is the list of participants. We will be "live" later this evening.


Jena DeVries
http://www.livelovelaughscrapbook.blogspot.com
Helen Onulak
http://www.hookedonstamping.com
Nona Davenport
http://www.nonapearl.blogspot.com
Beth Naumann
http://www.bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com
Michelle Nist
http://Michellenist.blogspot.com
Cibele Glazer
http://www.flowerfoot.blogspot.com
Dawn Heuft
http://www.stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Karen Norman
http://www.gettinscrappywithit.blogspot.com
Brae Montgomery
http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com
Adeline E. Brill
http://adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Jen Patrick
http://www.roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
Tammy Lea Pinchard
http://mycreativeclubhouse.blogspot.com
Melissa Laverty
http://www.fancymelissa.blogspot.com
Chris Shouse
http://www.houseostamps.wordpress.com
Misty Jackson
http://www.misstscraps.blogspot.com
Amy McVey
http://www.clearlystamping.blogspot.com
Linda Shewchuk
http://www.awesomememories.blogspot.com
Jessica Booth
http://jessicabooth.blogspot.com/
Sylvia Jacquot
http://stampinsylvia.blogspot.com/
Amy Edwards
http://PaisleysPlayhouse.blogspot.com
Deb Young
http://www.scrapbookczar.blogspot.com
Judy Burger
http://makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com/
Jamia Bankhead
http://www.papermadnessinc.blogspot.com
Paige Dolecki
http://www.paigespaperparadise.blogspot.com
Shannon Pelletier
http://www.mycolorfulworldinvt.blogspot.com
Pamela O'Connor
http://www.cherishyourmemories.blogspot.com
Kathleen Androlewicz
http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/
Debra Van Patten
http://memoriesoftheheartbydeb.blogspot.com/
Wendy Kessler
http://www.myscrapbookingblog.com
Dawn Ross
http://www.iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Caren Goldsein
http://www.scrappycaren.blogspot.com
Lori Brown
http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com
Lori Miller
http://www.clearlyfromtheheart.blogspot.com
Sarita Schraeder
http://www.blessedscrapper.blogspot.com
Tanya David
http://www.scramperscorner.blogspot.com
Barbra Otten
http://barbraotten.blogspot.com/
Laurie Newton
http://scrapsfromthebeach.blogspot.com/
Kristie Herdener
http://www.goofyscrapper.blogspot.com
Maricar Harris
http://www.maricarharris.blogspot.com
Laurie Levnik
http://www.creationsbylaurie.blogspot.com
Carla Ironside
http://www.carlacreates.blogspot.com
Cindy Leek
http://www.paperspadsandpictures.blogspot.com
Mary Eisen
www.mestamp2.blogspot.com
Sheila Bennett
http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Lori Leng
http://www.pinkcloudscrappers.blogspot.com
Susan Brooks
http://www.stampingintheopen.blogspot.com
Jen Rubio
http://www.jenrubio.blogspot.com
Traci Godbee
http://createwithtraci.blogspot.com
Krista Ritskes
http://kristaritskes-simplycreating.blogspot.com/
Haley Dyer
http://www.inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Terrie Dodd
http://www.my-life-in-real-time.blogspot.com
Wanda Riley
http://www.creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com
Antoinette Herrin
http://www.GodblessyourART.blogspot.com
Laura Dame
http://www.thecroppersconnection.blogspot.com
Jill Lucas
http://scrapwench.blogspot.com
Katy Donaldson
http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Jody Gustafson
http://www.cre8nmemories.blogspot.com
Kimberly Smith
http://verykimberry.blogspot.com/
Melissa Burch
http://melissaburch.blogspot.com
Tracy Oleksak
www.mamaolie.blogspot.com
Shirley Ross
http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com
Maricar Harris
http://www.maricarharris.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Twelve Days of Christmas According to Close To My Heart

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Three packs Card Stock
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Four Blending Pens
Three packs Card Stock
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
Five Stamp Sets
Four Blending Pens
Three packs Card Stock
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Six Prisma Glitters
Five Stamp Sets
Four Blending Pens
Three packs Card Stock
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Seven mini albums
Six Prisma Glitters
Five Stamp Sets
Four Blending Pens
Three packs Card Stock
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Eight embossing powders
Seven mini albums
Six Prisma Glitters
Five Stamp Sets
Four Blending Pens
Three packs Card Stock
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
On the Ninth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Nine sponge daubers
Eight embossing powders
Seven mini albums
Six Prisma Glitters
Five Stamp Sets
Four Blending Pens
Three packs Card Stock
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for of all my goodies
On the Tenth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Ten Level 2 Paper Packs
Nine sponge daubers
Eight embossing powders
Seven mini albums
Six Prisma Glitters
Five Stamp Sets
Four Blending Pens
Three packs Card Stock
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
'leven Bottles Liquid Glass
Ten Level 2 Paper Packs
Nine sponge daubers
Eight embossing powders
Seven mini albums
Six Prisma Glitters
Five Stamp Sets
Four Blending Pens
Three packs Card Stock
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Twelve Ink Stamp Pads
'leven Bottles Liquid Glass
Ten Level 2 Paper Packs
Nine sponge daubers
Eight embossing powders
Seven mini albums
Five Stamp Sets
Four Blending Pens
Three packs of Card Stock
Two Distressing Kits and
A rolling tote for all of my goodies
Leave an Idea Book laying around, put a note in the sock drawer, text a message...do whatever you can think of to remind your Santa about your Close To My Heart Holiday Wish List. Make sure your Santa contacts me and I will do the rest! I need to have the order no later than the 10th of December to make sure it is waiting under the tree Christmas morning. Think about it....wouldn't a stamp set be much more fun than yet another blender? :o)

Only one week left for Stampaganza ....if you purchase 2 stamp sets you get a third of equal of lesser value for free. That helps Santa too! For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 23, 2009

A New Twist on Altered Binder Clips

I made it through the Weekend of the Craft Fair. If you remember, I had a table at a craft fair on Friday Evening and another all day Sunday. BTW - I had to work on Saturday. I was up at 3:15am yesterday morning making items to replace what I sold on Friday Night. Both days, I exceeded expectations. Yesterday, I met a many wonderful people including Santa....I haven't shaken Santa's hand in many years! :o)

Each venue is different. As I gain more experience, the set up and break down becomes easier. If anyone can think of a way to display loose cards (other than the obvious wire rack....trying not to have to purchase one) please leave me a comment. People just don't seem to flip through the cards....Here is yesterday's set up....

Driving home after Friday Evening's event, I had an idea. I quickly altered a binder clip with Christmas pattern paper and added a candy cane. What a great place card or buffet marker for your Holiday table.


The visitors to Sunday's affair liked the idea....what do you think? I did this very quickly so think of all of the possibilities of how you could make a festive Holiday table!

For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Craft Fair Weekend

I have a good news, bad new story. Because of my work schedule, I can't participate in a Saturday Craft Fair. (If I never mentioned it, I am the Classroom Coordinator and Teacher at a big box Craft Store and during the Holiday Season I do demos at the store every Saturday). This weekend, I have a table at two different affairs....Friday Night and an all day Sunday event. Well, the good news is I am home from the Friday event and sold piles of items. The bad news, I only have 36 hours to replace the sold items....remember I have to work on Saturday....AHHHHH...how long can I go without sleep???? :o)

I am tickled. The sticky note holders were a big hit. I recently posted a picture of them
here. I also sold every Tree ornament I had made. I never even had a chance to post a picture of them....The crowd even grabbed every Christmas Card Set I had made. So, now I have to figure out how I am going to get cards, sticky note holders and ornaments made for Sunday...what a fun problem. Here are a few pictures including some Gift Card Holders I added to my inventory.







If I don't get another post done until Sunday Night or Monday, please forgive me. :o) For Now, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Craft Fair Sticky Notes

What a busy weekend. I spent some time checking out the inspiration on the Operation Write Home Blog Hop. If you haven't had a check to check the blogs, please take some time and check out a few. It is a wonderful cause and there are so many committed and talented individuals who participate.

The rest of the weekend was spent preparing for the two, count 'um, two craft fairs I am participating in this weekend. I have gotten myself into a pickle. I have no clue how much inventory I should make. If I sell out on Friday, I have no time to make replacement items for Sunday as I have to work on Saturday. Did I ever mention that I am the classroom instructor for a chain craft store? Those stories are for another post.... :o)

I made several of these Sticky Note Holders. They were fast and I am pleased with the way they came out. I have more made but 5 fit comfortably in the picture...


I covered 4x4 inch chipboard with pattern paper. The binder clip was altered to match the chipboard, the circles were stamped with a matching image and the sticky note stack was attached.

I also was made a few more of those chipboard picture frames that I showed here. They work up easily also, but take a bit more time because of the cutting and matting.

Oh, what else have I been doing? Friday evening we also had a card making party at the house. Lots more Christmas Cards got made! I even made some time to practice with my new camera.


I'll post more Craft Fair goodies as I get them done. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Operation Write Home Blog Hop Time!

Operation Write Home is celebrating Veterans Day this weekend with a Blog Hop. What is Operation Write Home you ask??? Crafters for all walks of life make cards and OWH sees that they reach the our deployed troops so that they have handmade cards to use to write home. What a great reason to make a card! The Blog Hop is set to kick off officially at 3:00pm EST so if you are here early make sure you check back to see all of the wonderful creations along the hopping trail.


If your arrived here from Laura's Blog you are on the right track. And, remember if you get lost along the way or just want to check out the wonderful things OWH is doing check out their page here. All information you need to get started making and sending cards for our troops is contained on those pages. An interesting thing I learned was no cards sent should include loose glitter. The glitter can flake off and put the troops at risk to be seen with night vision goggles.


Another interesting point is the time frame for sending completed cards. Right now, OWH is collection Valentine Cards. Remember, the cards must be collected, sorted, mailed overseas in time for the troops to mail them back home! Here is a Valentine Card that I will be forwarding for the cause.

The card is made on an A2 (5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch) base. (BTW - that is the easiest size for OWH to ship) The large mat is Garnet and was embossed using a Cuttlebug folder. The pattern paper is from the That's Amore paper pack. The silhouette image was heat embossed on Colonial White using Cocoa powder and is from Childhood Portrait. "Be Mine" is from Thoughtful Seasons and stamped in Garnet on chipboard that was sponged in blush. All items used are Close To My Heart.

Here is another card I recently made. The card is a wallet fold style. It is handstitched, the little elf is heat embossed and watercolored and the closure is magnetic. Again, all items used are from Close To My Heart.



Oh well, I guess everybody is a critic..... :o) That's Bombay, my five month old kitten adjudicating my work.....


It's time to hop over to Cathy's blog and check out her contribution. She has some wonderful layouts and a great altered tin posted so I can't wait to see what she has done for the hop! Remember the Hop starts here.


Thank you for visiting. And, Thank You to all of the Troops who have and continue to serve our Country. God Bless America. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Operation Write Home


Operation Write Home....what a worthy cause. We make our cards for challenges. We make our cards for fun. If you are like me you wind up with piles of cards that need a purpose. Operation Write Home is an organization that collects hand made cards and forwards them to our deployed troops so that they have cards to send home to their loved ones. According to their website as of November 9th, they have sent 246,076 cards for our troops to use!

Tomorrow, November 14th, I'll be participating in a blog hop to help support their efforts. Check back later and hop along in support of our troops!


For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Card Making and Experimenting With My New Camera

What a busy day! I took the day to do some cleaning and fixing up around the house and even put up my outside Christmas Lights (no I won't turn them on until the Friday after Thanksgiving). It was such a beautiful day in Philadelphia.

This morning, before I started my work, I completed this card for today's Splitcoast Stampers Clean and Simple Challenge. The challenge was to make a card using white and only one other color. Not as simple as it sounds....


The mat and ink colors are Lilac Mist. I was waiting for an opportunity to use this color. The images are from My Acrylix Stamp sets Picture Perfect and Thank You.

I did the cleaning while I was waiting for my new camera battery to charge. If you have noticed, my pictures have been appearing a tad peaked the last couple weeks. I don't know what happened but the sensor must have gone....oh well. When I bought my old camera (3 years ago) I said that my next camera would be a digital SLR. I researched and studied. I surfed the net to try and figure which one was best. I finally decided on a Canon Rebel XSi. Back in the day, before digital cameras became popular, I had a wonderful Canon SLR that I used for many years without a single problem. I am hoping that my lenses will fit my new toy. Does anyone know? I haven't tried yet.

Remember I said the weather was beautiful today? I was lucky enough to be able to take some pictures in my garden. I have a handful of straggler flowers blooming. Humor me and allow me to share one of my first pictures...BTW - for the photographers the settings were f/5.6, 1/25sec and 800 ISO. For those of you who aren't familiar with photography, don't worry, I was just playing with the buttons until I got a good picture. :o)

For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Another Craft Fair Item

I have been so busy creating that I realized this morning that I have been ignoring my blog...Oh my, that is not good. I have been busy making pro-type items for my Craft Table. I will be participating in 3 more Craft Fairs this season and I am trying to make some Holiday Goodies.


I was given several pieces of 9 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch chipboard. Hum, what to do with it. By the way, have you ever looked at something, anything and wondered how you could alter it??? I am developing a serious problem with that thought. Anyway, back to the chipboard. The pieces sat in my craft stock pile for weeks. Finally, I decided that they must have a purpose. Here is what I came up with...

Here are the steps I took to make this altered picture frame:

1. Score the chipboard at the 4 1/2 and 5 inch marks.

2. Cover the chipboard with pattern paper.

3. Sand and sponge the edges. BTW - an emery board works great for sanding chipboard.

4. Cut mats and squares for photos using Nestabilities.

5. Drill holes in the spine. For example a Fiskars Craft Drill was used.

6. Thread ribbon through holes and tie bow.

7. Attach flowers or any embellishment making sure that space is left to slip the photo underneath.

Supplies used for this project include: Bella B/T Duo pattern paper, Smokey Plum and Vanilla Cream card stock, Colonial White Ribbon, paper flowers and adhesive backed pearls. Ink colors include smokey plum, hollyhock and blush. All supplies, except for the chipboard and Close To My Heart.

I think I'll make a few more of these for my craft fair. What do you think? For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Come On Phillies!!!

Can you stand this picture!!! Go Phillies!!!

November Newsletter!

Just wanted to let everyone know that the November Newsletter is done. If you didn't get your copy or would like a copy please let me know!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

I can't believe that another month has passed. This month Close To My Heart has a great stamp of the month called "Around The Block." The possibilities are endless for this set. The set contains a house frame, windows, doors, roofs and sentiments. I liked this set the minute I saw it in the Idea Book.

This month we have over 60 CTMH Consultants participating. If you arrived here from Carla's blog you are on the right track. I am anxious to see every one's project.


This month, I wanted to show the versatility of CTMH stamps. To complete the card, I combined 3 different sets. "Around The Block" is not a Christmas set, but using accents from other sets, it became a Holiday Card.


This card is done on a 5 X 7 White Daisy base that was sponged with Cranberry. There are three mats each cut 1/8 inch smaller than the preceding one and those colors are Cranberry, Vanilla Cream and Garden Green. The top color is Colonial White and was sponged with Heavenly Blue and Crystal Blue for the sky. The sidewalk was sponged with Cocoa and Gray Wool. The house and door was stamped on Vanilla cream, the windows on Colonial White and the roof on Cocoa. All pieces were heat embossed using cocoa powder. Each piece was cut out. I also cut out the "glass panes" of the windows. I hand drew the tree and candles on the house base before I attached the windows. I wanted to give the appearance that you were looking through the window at them. The curtains and accents on the door were colored using my Copics. The wreath was done with Vintage Christmas Flower Soft. A white gel pen and glitter was used to create the snow on the roof.




To finish off the card, the tree from "Neighborhood" was used to stamp the bushes. I masked off the trunk and rock and rolled the leaves in Garden Green and New England Ivy. The white pen and glitter were used again to add the snow accents. "Merry Christmas" was stamped in Cranberry and is from "Ornate Ornaments." Whew, that was a lot! :o)

Here is another card made from the "Around the Block" stamp set.

This card is done on a 6 x 6 inch base in Indian Corn Blue. The pattern paper is from Grace and it is accented with Garnet. The images were embossed in Cocoa and colored with my Copics.

It's time to hop on over to Laurie's blog to check out here creation using "Around The Block."

If you get lost on the hop, the full list of participants can be found in this post. For Now, Happy Crafting!

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop Participants

In just a short while, the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop will be up and running! Here is the list of participants this month.

Jena DeVries
http://www.livelovelaughscrapbook.blogspot.com
Helen Onulak
http://www.hookedonstamping.com
Carla Ironside
http://www.carlacreates.blogspot.com
Cindy Leek
http://www.paperspadsandpictures.blogspot.com
Laurie Levnik
http://www.creationsbylaurie.blogspot.com
Krista Ritskes
http://kristaritskes-simplycreating.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Androlewicz
http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/
Paige Dolecki
http://www.paigespaperparadise.blogspot.com
Shannon Pelletier
http://www.mycolorfulworldinvt.blogspot.com
Jody Gustafson
http://www.cre8nmemories.blogspot.com
Laura Dame
http://www.thecroppersconnection.blogspot.com
Terrie Dodd
http://www.my-life-in-real-time.blogspot.com
Lori Brown
http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com
Cibele Glazer
http://www.flowerfoot.blogspot.com
Caren Goldsein
http://www.scrappycaren.blogspot.com
Traci Godbee
http://createwithtraci.blogspot.com
Dawn Ross
http://www.iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Maricar Harris
http://www.maricarharris.blogspot.com
Jamia Bankhead
http://www.papermadnessinc.blogspot.com
Laurie Newton
http://scrapsfromthebeach.blogspot.com/
Nona Davenport
http://www.nonapearl.blogspot.com
Tanya David
http://www.scramperscorner.blogspot.com
Sheila Bennett
http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Melissa Laverty
http://www.fancymelissa.blogspot.com
Amy Edwards
http://PaisleysPlayhouse.blogspot.com
Lori Leng
http://www.pinkcloudscrappers.blogspot.com
Kristie Herdener
http://www.goofyscrapper.blogspot.com
Jill Lucas
http://scrapwench.blogspot.com
Adeline E. Brill
http://adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Michelle Nist
http://Michellenist.blogspot.com
Dawn Heuft
http://www.stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Jessica Booth
http://jessicabooth.blogspot.com/
Susan Brooks
http://www.stampingintheopen.blogspot.com
Sarita Schraeder
http://www.blessedscrapper.blogspot.com
Katy Donaldson
http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Mary Eisen
www.mestamp2.blogspot.com
Deb Young
http://www.scrapbookczar.blogspot.com
Haley Dyer
http://www.inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Kimberly Smith
http://verykimberry.blogspot.com/
Barbra Otten
http://barbraotten.blogspot.com/
Tammy Lea Pinchard
http://mycreativeclubhouse.blogspot.com
Nancy Brown
http://www.creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Karen Norman
http://www.gettinscrappywithit.blogspot.com
Judy Burger
http://makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com/
Sylvia Jacquot
http://stampinsylvia.blogspot.com/
Brae Montgomery
http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com
Pamela O'Connor
http://www.cherishyourmemories.blogspot.com
Antoinette Herrin
http://www.GodblessyourART.blogspot.com
Debra Van Patten
http://memoriesoftheheartbydeb.blogspot.com/
Jen Patrick
http://www.roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
Wendy Kessler
http://www.myscrapbookingblog.com
Beth Naumann
http://www.bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com
Misty Jackson
http://www.misstscraps.blogspot.com
Brenda Harmless
http://keepsakeswithheart.blogspot.com
Amy McVey
http://www.clearlystamping.blogspot.com
Linda Shewchuk
http://www.awesomememories.blogspot.com
Chris Shouse
http://www.houseostamps.wordpress.com
Pam Klassen
http://eimmap.blogspot.com/
Michelle Bourlet
http://michellescreativeconnections.blogspot.com/
Jen Rubio
http://www.jenrubio.blogspot.com
Wanda Riley
http://www.creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com
Lori Miller
http://www.clearlyfromtheheart.blogspot.com
Carol Taggio
http://craftycarol55.blogspot.com
Tracy Oleksak
http://www.mamaolie.blogspot.com

For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Tin" Foil Embossing

I finally had a day off, so I thought I would try something different before I began working on Craft Fair projects. I found an interesting technique on Splitcoast Stampers called Foil Embossing.

The card is done on a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch base. I cut a piece of white daisy card stock 3 x 3 inches and wrapped it in tin foil. OK, I called it tin foil....that is what my Mom used to call it. I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the snowflake folder. It worked really well and the foil seems to "mesh" into the paper. Close To My Heart card stock is great for this technique because of the weight of the paper. I had no worry that the foil would rip. The rest of the card is completed using a pattern for the Jingles Creative Basics pack, Juniper and Tulip card stock. Yes, you've seen the tree before as I used it in my post about how to use a blender pen. A little bit of Prisma Glitter and some edge distressing and the card was done. I think I will do this technique again. What do you think?

For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

November Excitement!

Stampaganza is coming! What is Stampaganza you say? Close To My Heart has a very special promotion. Beginning November 3rd and lasting till November 30th, if you purchase 2 My Acrylix stamp sets, you earn a third FREE. Yes, Free! The My Acrylix stamp sets are the best. Being clear, you can tell exactly where you are placing them. No more ruining your projects because of a misplaced stamp. Save a tree, too. No clunky wood blocks that take up so much space. You only need a few acrylic blocks and you are set to use any stamp set you wish.


Visit my website to check out all the possibilities. Tell Santa or have Santa ask contact me so that your 3 stamp sets are waiting for you under the tree Christmas morning. November is going to be an exciting month! For Now, Happy Crafting.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Craft Fair

Whew, I'm toooo pooped to pop! I had a great time at the Craft Fair in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia yesterday. I met so many wonderful people and sold a few goodies too! Here are a few pictures of my table. Sorry the color is off in the pictures. The Fair was in a large gym and the light was streaming through the high windows.









Every week, my display gets a little larger and a little better. What do you think? All suggestions are welcome! For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Craft Table Items

I got up this morning (again) at 3:30am to work on items for the Craft Fair I am participating in tomorrow. Sounds crazy, but I have always been a morning person. I put the '70's station on and I am ready to "boogie." :o)

Here is a card that got done this morning. It was made following the Splitcoast Stampers Inspiration challenge.


I heat embossed the Christmas Tree in white on a Ponderosa Pine background. The mat is done in Cranberry paper and dry embossed using a Cuttlebug mat. I added Cranberry brads and glitter for some bling. The Christmas Tree is from the Close To My Heart stamp of the month called "Holiday Warmth." It is a great stamp set with multiple images including snowflakes, sentiments and this great tree. It is only available for one more week so visit my website so you don't miss out.

I also got altered composition books finished. These were a great seller at last weeks Craft Fair so I pushed to get several done this week. Here are a few.


The books are completed using Twitterpated, Bella and Animal Cookies. All these paper packs are available in the current CTMH Idea Book. The word "Notes" on the lavender book were stamped using a stamp set called Posterboard Alphabet. I would have never bought it, but it was an set received for attending Regionals. I am so thrilled with it and happy to have it. Goes to prove that sometimes you have to see something used to appreciate it. The other letters were cut using my Cricut.

Well, it's off to work soon. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Copics and Close To My Heart - Doesn't Get Any Better!

I finally ventured into the land of the Copic Marker. A few weeks ago, while at the Convention in Minneapolis, we girls took a trek to the Mall of America. As we were wandering, we spied a Scrapbook Store. I guess we hadn't had enough stamping and scrapbooking and went in. The store had a display of Copics. I have several markers and always said that I wasn't going get myself hooked on these things. First off, I never knew what to buy to get started. Well, the store had sets put together of just 4 matching markers. Hummmmm....the one set perfectly matched the CTMH Jingles paper pack so as a treat to myself I took the plunge. When I got home, I started playing. OK, yesterday on the way home from work, I stopped at the local Art Store and bought just a few more. Here is my first completed card.

I am here to tell you, don't be afraid to take the plunge. The ease with which the color applies is unlike any other marker I have ever used. The colors are based on family groups such as Yellow Green, Red Violet, Blue and on and on. Each marker is designated with a family group and then a number that further defines the intensity. I started with the very few markers and yesterday when I stopped at the store, I knew enough to purchase markers that were the same family group and a few numbers apart so that I was able to begin to practice my shading.


To complete this card, I first heat embossed the little elves in Cocoa. I used my "babies" errrr....ahhhh....Copics to color them. (R02, R27, R29, YG 95, YG99, Y38, YR 00, BG10, 0 Colorless Blender) I heat embossed the New England Ivy mat with silver snowflakes and sponged the edges of the papers with the corresponding ink colors which were Bamboo and Cranberry. The stripe paper is from CTMH Holiday Creative Basics. The chip board is stamped and sponged with Cranberry. The little elves are from Merry Pursuits and the sentiment is from Holiday Hoopla My Acrlyix Stamp Sets.

Copics are an expensive proposition, but with some prudent planning and purchasing, I think these markers are a frugal addition to the stash. For Now, Happy Crafting!