Sunday, February 28, 2010

Party Time Kit Using Everyday Kitchen Supplies and The Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month

It is that time again....The Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. This month's stamp is a versatile "must have." It is filled with so many word stamps that fit perfectly for either card making or scrapbooking. The set is called "A Little Everything." It is available only during the month of March. Check out my website for ways that you can have your very own set.

Each month, over 60 talented Consultants group together to to showcase their work. If you arrived here from Judy's Blog, you are on the right track.

I always try to do something a little unusual. Looking closely, this set is perfect for a "Party Set." For a fun twist, I used simple kitchen supplies to help me complete the project.

To complete this project, I started with White Daisy Card Stock and the Animal Cookies paper pack. I tried something different for the Wine Bottle Cover....I heat embossed on kitchen foil. I checked You Tube and several Crafting Boards and didn't find any mention of it. Here is how I did it...

1. Cut White Daisy Card Stock to fit around the bottle you wish to decorate.

2. Cover with aluminium foil from your kitchen. Make sure it is smooth.

3. Wipe the covered paper with a dryer sheet. This removes any static and will keep lose flakes of embossing powder from sticking when you don't want them to stick. :o)

4. Apply ink to your image in the color of your embossing powder and stamp lightly on scrap paper.

5. Apply Versa Mark to the image. Stamp the image on the foil. The light ink residue from step 4 will allow you to be able to see the image on the foil.

6. Cover the stamped image with your embossing powder. In this case, Outdoor Denim was used. A coffee filter under your work is a great way to catch the embossing powder when you pour over the stamped image. Shake off any lose powder into the coffee filter and dump back into the jar.

7. Heat with the Craft Heater. BE CAREFUL. The foil will get hot. The powder melts just as if you were embossing paper. Let it cool before you work with it.

8. Once cool, finish off your project!

No party set would be complete without Wine Glass Charms and Matching Coasters. To make the Wine Glass Charms, I punched out the scalloped circle using the striped paper from Animal Cookies. The nested circle was punched in White Daisy. To complete the sentiment, I masked the "A" in the "Have A" stamp and added the "Many" stamp. hehe :o) I used a eyelet and threaded ribbon to tie it to the glass. The coaster were made by cutting a four inch square from some cork tiles I had laying around. It cut very easily with a craft knife. I cut a square from the striped pattern from Animal Cookies and once again I covered over a square of White Daisy Card Stock with foil. I punched a circle from White Daisy and Stamped "Have A Happy" in the circle. The circle was attached to the foiled Card Stock. Because I didn't want any spills to ruin the coaster, I covered the foil and circle with Cling Wrap. It was then attached to the cork square with glue dots. This set could be personalized anyway you want and use for many different Holidays and Celebrations.

For a more traditional use of the My Acrylix Stamp of the Month, I made an A2 card box and 6 matching "Thank You" cards. I used Twitterpated, Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf and White Daisy and textured White Daisy card stock. For variety, 3 of the cards were made using the "Thank You" set. For purposes of this post, I only used a sample of the cards.

The full list of participants in this months Stamp of the Month Blog Hop can be found in my previous post. Now hop on over to Cibele's Blog to check out her great work. Thanks for hopping. For Now, Happy Crafting!

March Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop List

It's that time again for the Close To My Heart March Blog Hop! There are well over 60 participants this month. Everyone in the hop order is listed below.

Jena DeVries
Helen Onulak
Michelle Nist
Carol Loftus
Antoinette Herrin
Shannon Pelletier
Lori Miller
Kami Welter
Angela Tutton
Annette Green
Haley Dyer
Melissa Burch
Michelle Loncar
Adeline E. Brill
Wanda Riley
Debra Van Patten
Jamia Bankhead
Nancy Brown
Dawn Heuft
Shirley Ross
Jenifer Benner
Sarita Schraeder
Deb Young
Carla Ironside
Jen Patrick
Sheila Bennett
Barbra Otten
Kimberly Smith
Susan Brooks
Laurie Levnik
Beth Naumann
Tanya David
Brae Montgomery
Melissa Laverty
Karen Norman
Katy Donaldson
Latisha Haag
Danielle Chapman
Georgia Hauglid
Brenda Harmless
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Traci Godbee
Lori Brown
Laurie Newton
Misty Jackson
Jody Gustafson
Dawn Ross
Terrie Dodd
Laura Dame
Kristie Herdener
Carol Horton
Lori Leng
Chris Shouse
Jill Lucas
Jen Rubio
Kathleen Androlewicz
Sylvia Jacquot
Amy Edwards
Amy McVey
Jessica Booth
Kim O'Rear
Mary Eisen
Judy Burger
Cindy Leek
Cibele Glazer
Pamela O'Connor
Alison Mullen
Caren Goldsein
Shannon Buck

Enjoy the hop. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Fun Folded Card

Well, we got another foot of snow in Philadelphia today. I am beginning to think that Scotty beamed me to the Arctic Circle. I heard on the news today that we have gotten more snow this year than Anchorage Alaska!

I am trying to use my days trapped in the house wisely. I am preparing for SPRING (yes cherish the word) Craft Fairs, the upcoming Close To My Heart STOM Blog Hop and even making a fun folded card.

I made this accordion folded card using an older Close To My Heart paper pack called "Perfect Day." What a great set of paper. Not only does it have several sheets of paper that are quite vintage elegant, but it also has a few sheets that are light hearted and fun.

This card was made by cutting a piece of Sorbet Card Stock to 12 x 5 1/2 inches. I scored it at the 4 and 8 inch marks and folded like an accordion. To make the front of the card, I heat embossed the image (from So Sweet My Acrylix set) and colored it by picking up ink from a stamp pad with a water brush. I did the flower shading with Tulip and Sorbet inks and the leaves were done with Juniper.

The stripe that is done on each of the panels is from one of the sheets from Perfect Day. I used it on each panel to maintain continuity on each. The hummingbird on the second panel was stamped in Cocoa, cut out and colored using using the same water brush technique. I used Juniper, Tulip, Sorbet and a little Gray Wool for shading.

The "Happy Birthday" on the back panel is from Fringed Phrases. This is the first time that I have tried coloring the My Acrylix stamps with markers and it worked! :o) I used that technique on the small flower on the back panel. I always make sure that I leave a spot to add personalization to any card that I make.

To close the card, I attached ribbon under the panels on the front and back section so the card will tie shut.

A shout out to my friend from across the pond, who suggested the color combinations on the card! :o) Perfect Day is a great paper pack. Sometimes, we forget to work with the "older" papers and the new stamp sets. What fun....

I am heading into a few crazy days at work so I may not have a chance to post. Don't forget the upcoming STOM, Blog Hop scheduled to kick off around 9:00pm, EST on February 28th! For, Now, Happy Crafting.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Snow Challenge Card Completed!

Here is my sample for the first Snow Challenge for the February 25th Storm....

The card is done on a Desert Sand base. I used Key Lime Textured Card Stock for the green. BTW - If you haven't gotten your Hearts for Haiti Card Stock, you better hurry as supplies are very limited. Check out my website for more details.

I also used a Close To My Heart product that I don't use often...Pearl Paint. Pearl Paint is a great paint that has a slight shimmer to it. It is handy to have around your craft space. You are able to mix re-ink with the paint and make any color that you wish or need! I mixed Clover Meadow with the paint in order to color the brads and paint the grass.

The little bunny and sentiment is from Holiday Hoopla. A very handy stamp set that has images for just about every Holiday. I added just a touch of Liquid Applique on his tail to make if fluffy.

Don't forget to post that you have completed a card for the challenge! For Now, Happy Crafting!

It's Snow Challenge Time Again

Can you stand it??? It is snowing here in Philadelphia yet again. So, that means it is time for another Snow Challenge. I hope to get a couple challenges posted and there will be some blog candy involved too! :o) Remember to post a link here or on my Facebook Fan Page of your completed project. Mention that you used a Close To My Heart product and you will get 2 entries into the random drawing. We had so much fun last time that it just must be done again!

Here is your first challenge....

Make a card that welcomes spring. It can be an Easter Card, a card with flowers, you decide...BUT, the card can not have ANY white or Colonial White. I think we have seen enough white for now!

I'm off to make my card and I hope you will too. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Heat Embossing and Water Coloring

I can't believe that it has been a week since I have posted. Time flies when you are coping with 2 Blizzards.... :o)

I have been busy working on a Scrapbook to be entered into the CTMH Convention contest. Sorry, I can't share it yet....but trust that I have been working really hard on it!

I took some time off to complete a challenge that is on SplitCoast Stampers thread "Who Loves Close To My Heart and Why?" The challenge was to complete a card that was on a 6 x 6 Colonial White base. You were to only use Garden Green and Cocoa. You also had to add brads, ribbon, Liquid Glass, complete sponging and random stamping. Quite a lot of elements, I have to say.

I was able to complete all of the requirements. The hardest thing was the random stamping as I wanted to make sure that what I did accenting my main image. To replicate the center and petals of the sunflowers, I used the small dot and leaf from the Life's Delights My Acrylix set. One of the great things about the CTMH stamps is the "little" images that are always included. They are perfect for this type of work. The "dots" also mimic the brads in the upper corner.

The main image is from a new set called "Enjoy Every Moment." It is a wonderful set of line flowers that are just perfect for coloring. For this card, I heat embossed the image in cocoa powder and then colored it with my CTMH water color pencils. I have found that if you are not using water color paper, it is best to heat emboss your image before you color it. This process will help to "contain" the water when you blend. Brush the water on sparingly as not to "curl" the paper.

I hope that everyone is surviving the snow and it is off to work I go! For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Philadelphia Snow Update in Pictures

It is STILL snowing!!! Here are a few more pictures taken looking out my windows....

Did you see the odd markings on the roof of my car??? I have now clue what made them. We have no clue how much it has snowed thus far but the weather people just said that the storm has stalled.....Amazing!

I have been working on a Studio J layout....Ah, what is Studio J you ask??? It is the soon to be released Close To My Heart Digital Scrapbooking Program. I shall post when I am done! For Now, Happy Crafting!

A Paper Pieced Card

I have finished my card for the paper piecing. I really like this technique. The card is made using B/T Unforgettable papers, Juniper, Sorbet and White Daisy card stock. I ran the Juniper through my Cuddlebug and sponged the edges. The ribbon buckle was sponged with Sorbet ink.

If you have never tried Paper Piecing, it is a fun and easy technique. Check out my previous post for the challenge and how to do paper piecing. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Snow Challenge Round 2 - Paper Piecing

Can you stand it??? The Mid-Atlantic States are getting walloped with a second major snow storm in 2 days! The snow started last night and around 8 inches fell. There was a 2 hour hiatus (it rained) and now the second part of the storm is just starting. It is predicted that Philadelphia will get another 8 to 12 inches. DH and I went out and cleaned the sidewalks and my car to try and avoid what has already fallen turning to solid ice.

I took the picture of my car so that we can have some fun and judge how much more snow we receive in the next hours! :o)

Now, since we are stuck in the house again, it is time for another round of Snow Challenges. The first challenge today is to try your hand at Paper Piecing. If you have never tried Paper Piecing, it is a fun way to use up small scraps of pattern paper and to add dimension to your projects. Here is how you do Paper Piercing...

Stamp your image. For this technique, a line stamp works best.

Stamp your image again on B/T Duo's Pattern Paper. This pattern paper is from the Unforgettable Collection.

Next, cut out the pattern paper image.

Attach the cut out piece to the original image.

You are now free to finish the image and use it in your scrapbooking and card making projects. I used a blender pen to color the leaves and draw the grass, I sponged more grass and sky and used a glitter pen to color in the center of the flower.

It's now your turn to try paper piecing. Don't forget to complete your card and upload a link either here or my Facebook Fan page. I'm heading off to finish my card and work on more projects. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snow Challenge Blog Candy Winners!

What fun I had doing the Snow Challenges! So much fun that I'll be doing another challenge tomorrow. It is snowing in Philadelphia now and we are in the area that is expecting ANOTHER 18 to 24 inches!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this weekends challenges. I had to collect entries form galleries all over the cyber space. What fun! And, the random winners are....Jenny and Lela.

I really appreciated everyone's support. I will post the next challenge early tomorrow morning. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Snow Challenge 6 - My Card

I got my card done and posted before kick-off. Remember, the challenge was to complete a card in honor of the the Super Bowl. It didn't matter what the subject matter was, but the card was to be either Blue and White or Black and Gold. Well, this is my card...
The sketch is from the Wishes Book and is called Medallion. It is done on a white 5 X 7 card base. Take a close look at the Indian Corn Blue top section. My friend Andrew told me about his technique for heat embossing. I applied the VersaMark ink with crumpled tin foil. I randomly "stamped" the foil over the card stock, sprinkled the clear embossing powder and heated. I am really pleased with the results. Thanks so much to Andrew!

The blues are Indian Corn Blue and Moonstruck. If you again look closely, you will see that the middle White Daisy strip is textured. Remember, CTMH is has the great promotion this month with textured card stock packs. Buy one, get one free and $2 will be donated toward the the Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund. I really like the textured CS....look how great it ink distresses! The images are from the My Acrylix set called "Treasure Life."

Oh, almost forgot to mention....just because I made a Blue and White card, does not mean that I am cheering for the Colts. Although, my Mom was born in Indianapolis and I still have family there....hum... :o)

I have had so much fun doing these challenges! I think I'll take some time off now and watch the Super Bowl. For those of you that haven't had a chance to finish up, do so and post your finished products here or on my Facebook Fan page. I'll do the random drawing Tuesday Evening...BTW - we are supposed to get several more inches of snow on Wednesday! Looks like a few more challenges may be in our future. Thanks to everyone who played along. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Snow Challenge 6 - Show Your Super Bowl Spirit!

Later this afternoon, the world will be captivated by the Super Bowl. Where you watch the game because your team is playing, because you love football or just because of the commercials it is always an event. Show us your Super Bowl Spirit and make a card (any subject matter) that is either Blue and White or Black and Gold. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Snow Challenge 4 is Finally Done!

Wow...did this turn into a project! Snow Challenge 4 was to wander around the house and look for something to alter or use something unique to help you make your project. When I was looking around, Bombay and I found this plastic divided file folder.

Using the Grace B/T Duos Paper Pack, I turned it into a Card Organizer.

The folder has 5 plastic dividers. I covered each one with a different pattern paper from the Grace pack. There is no need to cover both the front and back of the dividers because the great think about Close To My Heart papers is that they have a pattern on each side. The plastic is clear so the dual sided paper worked perfectly. If you look closely, you can see that on the front yellow mat. It is actually the reverse of the paper used on the front cover. By the way, "Cards" is stamped and cut out using the Posterboard Alphabet set on a scrap that was left after covering one of the inside plastic sheets. I made a sheet for one side that gives me the opportunity to write down important dates.

I covered the top flaps with tags cut with Nestabilities. I decided the categories would be Happy Birthday, Thank You, Congratulations (for Weddings, Babies and Graduations), Thinking of You (including Get Well Cards) and Just Because. Those titles come from Fringed Phrases. The circle stamp is from Connections.

To finish off the project, I punched holes in the side and tied Twill Ribbon. I had to have a way to keep the cards from falling out! For Now, Happy Crafting!

Snow Challenge 5!

Good Morning Everyone....The sun is shining and the sky is as blue as I ever remember seeing it. What is the problem you ask....the problem is that there is 28 inches of snow on the ground! It is absolutely beautiful outside and I must venture out soon with my camera. Before I do, though, I must finish my Snow Challenge 4. :o) It has turned out to be more complex than I expected.

I haven't forgotten my scrapbooking friends either. While you wait for me to finish my project, try your hand at these Scrapbook Layouts. They are approved layouts from the Close To My Heart "Reflections" Scrapbook Layout sketch book. The scrapbook sketches are just as great as the card confidence sketches.

If you are visiting my blog for the first time this weekend, I have been posting challenges. Since so many of us are trapped in the house, I thought it would be fun to have some special projects to work on. Check my recent posts for the past challenges. Post a link to your completed project either here or on my Facebook page. For each post, you'll be entered into a drawing for some great Close To My Heart Blog Candy. Use a CTMH product and you'll get to entries. The random drawing will be done when we dig out from the snow! :o) For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Snow Challenge 4

I think I will do things a little different for this challenge....I am going to let you in on the challenge before I post my sample... :o)

For this challenge, look around the house. Find something to alter, make a card using a coffee filter to add distressing, use saran wrap (boy did I just date myself) to ink a background. Let your imagination run wild.

Remember to link you project either here or my Facebook Fan Page to be entered into the drawing for the Blog Candy.

I'm off to back soon. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Snow Challenge 3

I took a break from card making to shovel. Philadelphia got 26 inches! The second highest recorded snow fall in Philly.

Now, on to the next challenge. This challenge is a sketch challenge and highlights the Close To My Heart sketch book called "Originals." The sketch is called "Pretty Simple" and here is the sketch.

And here is my card...

The card base is Sorbet and I ink to paper distressed it. The pattern paper is from Caboodle. The cute little bunny is from "Some Bunny Loves You." It is stamped in Chocolate and colored with my Prisma Pencils and blended with Gamsol. I used Waxy Flax in Crystal Blue to thread the buttons. Waxy Flax is a great product. It is an embroidery floss that has been coated so that it is pliable. So very easy to work with. That is Waxy Flax in Crystal Blue and Sorbet tied around the bottom square.

I'm off to work on our next challenge and now it is your turn. Don't forget to post your artwork to be entered into the random drawing for some great CTMH products. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Snow Challenge 2!

Hope everyone is staying warm in this nasty and snowy weather. Thus far I think we have around 18 inches with no end in sight. So, lets keep creating.

Here is your next Snow Challenge....Make a Valentine that DOES NOT have any red or pink.... :o)

Here is my sample....

The card is made on a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Colonial White base. The first mat is Honey (sorry, I couldn't resist) and the diagonal mat is Chocolate. I scored and sanded it to make it look like a honeycomb. The small mat is Garden Green. The images are from a special set called Bee Mine. It is a rewards stamp set so ask me how you can get it. I stamped the hive and bees in Chocolate and colored them with my Copics. The "Bee Mine" is stamped in Garden Green. By the way, the layout is a sketch in the Wishes Card Confidence Book. If you haven't seen these CTMH sketch books take a look on my website. The books have full color pictures of completed cards and all the measurements you need to complete the sketches. They so help with the creative process!

Remember, I'll be posting challenges over the weekend. Post your completed projects here or on my Facebook Fan Page. For each post, you'll be entered to win a random drawing for some great CTMH Blog Candy. Use CTMH products and get an extra entry.

Let's get creating....I'm off to work on our next challenge. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Snow Challenged!

Well, here we are again. The Mid-Atlantic States and many other areas of the US are being hit with nasty weather. I canceled my workshop in anticipation of the expected 12 to 18 inches of snow. Since we are stuck in the house, I thought it would be fun to have some "snow challenges." Over the next few days, I'll be posting different ideas for cards for us to make. Play along and put a comment on here and link back to your blog or post a copy of what you have done on my Facebook Fan Page. For every post (card) you get done, you'll get one entry into my random drawing for some great Close To My Heart Blog Candy. Mention in your post that you used a CTMH product and you'll receive 2 entries! I'll announce the random winner when we are dug out from the snow!

Feel free to make any of the challenges at any time as the weekend goes on. Here is your first challenge. For all of the "snow birds" that live in Florida or all of us who wish we could fly to Florida....make a card that includes a bird in it. My example...

This is a cute little 3 x 3 inch card done on Textured White Daisy Card Stock. Remember, CTMH is having that terrific promotion this month....Buy a combo pack of Textured Card Stock and receive a pack free. CTMH will also be donating $2 toward Haitian Earthquake relief! Anyway, The pattern paper is from Caboodle and the card stock mats are Sorbet and Sweet Leaf. The cute little bird and sentiment is from Love Birds. I sponged the grass and sky and edge distress the white card base.

Don't forget to post your completed "Bird" card and check back often for more "Snow Challenges." I'm looking forward to seeing all of your creations. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Mojo Monday Valentine Card Featuring CTMH Texture Card Stock

Ok, it's not Monday, but this card is done for the Mojo Monday Challenge. I have been lurking the Mojo Monday Blog and it's sketches for weeks and have never gotten around to participating. Well, this week, I did! For those of you who aren't aware of the Mojo Monday Blog, it is a great site that offers a weekly sketch challenge. This is the link to the blog and here is this week's sketch.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Close To My Heart is doing a great thing during the month of February. Purchase textured card stock and a $2 donation will be made to Operation Smile's relief efforts in Haiti. What a wonderful thing! I wanted to show off the textured card stock and the Mojo Monday Sketch was right on time. The sketch calls for a normal size card. I have been having so much fun with my new Martha Stewart Score Board that I decided to make the challenge but also make a Gate Fold card. I took a 12 x 6 inch piece of textured card stock and scored and folded at the 3 and 9 inch marks. The sketch was completed on the closure flat that measures a normal A2 card or 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.

The theme colors for this card are Hollyhock, Blush, Chocolate and Colonial White. That's Amore B/T Duos are the pattern papers. I used Hollyhock ink to distress the base of the card. The textured card stock is perfect for adding "depth" to your cards. The images are from A Love. A brand new My Acrylix stamp set that sells for $7.95. Wow!! The flap is centered and attached over the meeting point of the edges of the gate fold base. The card stays closed with a small Velcro dot. I also decorated the inside of the card....always remember to leave a spot to personalize you card! :o) Here are a few more views of the completed card.

If you look closely, you can see the texture of the card stock. What do you think...I think the ink distressing really shows of texture. It is really fun to work with. Remember $14.95 gets you 2 packs of card stock and a donation for much needed earthquake relief in Haiti. For Now, Happy Crafting!