Saturday, January 31, 2015

Heart 2 Heart: Your Birthday, Color Throwdown #327 & retro sketches #151

Ok well I have two posts today  because I almost forgot about the Heart 2 Heart: Your Birthday challenge and I really wanted to enter something over there for all their challenges this month.  They're so kind as to give you all month to complete them I figured one of these months I could pull it off.   My birthday is in June so my color is Lagoon.  I combined it with Color Throwdown #327 & retro sketches #151.  The lighting cast the color a little plus I got a little rushed and messy because I have SO much to do today that I really should NOT be playing at all but I just couldn't resist.  

Yay - I was a Friday Mashup Glamette pick :)

What a nice surprise this morning to learn that I was a Glamette pick when I visited Friday Mashup!  This happy little bear is to thank.  

So....that's why I decided to play along and do the Friday Mashup! #195 challenge.

I used so many random things.  I goofed off last weekend with Tim Holtz distress inks and water color paper so decided to make the little banner using that. For my two embellishments I used Heidi Grace rhinestones and a Heidi Swapp wood veneer.  From Close to My Heart I used cardstock, velum, embossing folder and the "Have a Happy Day" stamp set.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cricut® Artfully Sent: Pop-Up Cards with Icons

How does Close to My Heart do it??  The Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge is another WONDERFUL addition to their line up.  Its primary focus is cards but there's just as many ways you can use it for scrapbooking.  I'll share some of both during the month of February.  

It comes in a bundle with White Daisy cardstock and 3 exclusive D size stamp sets which makes it an incredible bargain but host a gathering (you can even do it online) with sales of $250 or more and you can purchase it at 1/2 price - THAT'S JUST $49.50!!!  Contact me if you would like to know more :)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Close to My Heart Artfully Sent & Heartstrings Paper Kit

Here's just a quick little card I made using the Close to My Heart Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge along with the new Heartstrings paper kit and this month's stamp of the month.  I'm entering it in the Heart 2 Heart challenge for clean and simple.  Everything is available to purchase on my site - however for the stamp set . . . it's only available until the end of this month.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MOJO #382 & Color My Heart Color Dare #126

Both MOJO #382 & Color My Heart Color Dare were quite a challenge for me for some reason, but I am happy with the results!  

Here's what I used (available on my CTMH website):

"Have a Happy Day" stamp set
White Daisy, Black and Indian Corn Blue Cardstock
Archival Black Ink
Spray Pen
Clear Sparkles

Discontinued: Ribbon & Black Sequins

Silver Chevron Paper by Amy Tangerine

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

retrosketches #150, Close to My Heart, Studio Calico & Teresa Collins

Oh my, I have to say this was an extra fun card to make!  I have kind of been hoarding my gold polka dot velum that is from a CTMH campaign kit last year but decided that this would be a great time to break it out.  The reason is because I picked up some fun gold accents by Teresa Collins and I think the gold doily is just the perfect background for this retrosketches challenge # 150!  It all paired so nicely with Close to My Heart Whimsey Paper Fundamentals Cardstock and Sudio Calico Brighten Pier Paper Collection.  Talk about hoarding? I bet I've had the gold puffy heart and heart button, which are from Close to My Heart also, for over 10 years!!   That's what prompted me to also play along over at Heart to Heart Challenges. It would have been a good Valentine's Day card but I'm in need of a birthday card right now. The sentiment is from "Just to Say" and comes in the Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge bundle. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

CTMH Hopping By and Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge

I've really been looking forward to playing with more of the images from the CTMH "Hopping By" stamp set and the Addicted to Stamps and More #128 was a perfect way to combine the Heart 2 Heart Tic Tac Toe and Freshly Made Sketches #170 challenges all together.

Supplies available on my CTMH website:

"Hopping By" stamp set
Cricut "Art Philosophy" cartridge
ShinHan markers
Clear Sparkles (colored markers)
White Daisy cardstock
Special cardstock from "Year >>Noted" National Papercrafting Month special

Ribbon - Hobby Lobby
DCWV Patterned Paper

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches 284 & Close to My Heart Hopping By

Here's my submission for the fun Tuesday Morning Sketches #284. I stamped and colored these little bunnies over a year (may be two) ago!  I knew I would use them because my grandson wanted me to make him an Easter card so now here it is finally!  The sentiment is from the current CTMH Seasonal Expressions but the bunnies have long since retired.  Everything else is pretty much just all older also from my stash.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Mashup!194, retroskteches #149, CTMH Nursery Charms

I just love making baby cards and this was SO fun to make!   It's for Friday Mashup!194 and retroskteches #149.  

I used:
Close to My Heart:
Artist Cricut Cartridge
White Daisy & Chocolate Cardstock
Chocolate, Sunset & Glacier Ink
Pathfinding Paper Kit
Scaredy Cat Paper Kit
Scaredy Cat Assortment
Lagoon Washi Tape
Sunset Washi Tape
ShinHan Markers
Liquid Glass


Paper Tape (had awhile and can't remember who it's by)
My Minds Eye Enamel Dots
Orange & Black Sakura Gel Pen

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Muse #101, Friday Mashup! 193 & Color Throwdown #326. CTMH Happy Birds

Here's what I made quite last night (so it's not perfect!) to play along with Muse #101Color Throwdown #326 & Friday Mashup! 193 even though it was too late to link up at FM193 I just thought it was a great challenge. Boy it's been a while since I have combined so many challenges. 
The flower & feather stamps are from the CTMH Happy Birds set they're stamped in black CTMH ink. The cardstock is all CTMH - White Daisy, Topiary and Lagoon.  I embossed with the chevron embossing folder & colored with ShinHan Twin Touch markers from CTMH and available on my site also. 

CTMH Heartstrings & Cricut Artfully Sent

We made layouts for January & February in my hostess club this month.  You can see the other one here.  The stamp set is this months Stamp of the Month check out more about CTMH Stamp of the Month here on my site.

Monday, January 19, 2015

CTMH Hopscotch Paper Kit and Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge - MOJO 381

Sing this to "Jingle Bells". . . . "Oh what fun it is to have some play time with your stuff!"

I made this card to play along over at Mojo Monday.  Miracles never cease - I'm doing it on the first day of the challenge instead of the last! Thank you very much Mr. King - since I had the day off :) 

Almost everything I used can be purchased on my CTMH site:

Hopscotch Paper Kit
Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge
Chevron Embossing Folder
Extra Thick Flaxen Twine
Red Enamel Hearts
Round Sponge
Autumn Terra Cotta, Ponderosa Pine, Crystal Blue and Indian Corn Blue Ink
(all the other cardstock was included in the kit)
White Daisy, Ponderosa Pine & Indian Corn Blue cardstock
And the oh so cute Timely Tidings stamp set - it's only $2.95! 

I made my own little mask for the cloud and to brighten it up a bit I colored it in with a Sakura White Gel and Pearl Glaze pen and the Black Glaze for the eyes and nose. I will probably do something to the inside but for now I was just excited to get it uploaded. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

CTMH Hopscotch Paper Kit and Cricut Artfully Sent

Well hello there!  How's 2015 been for you so far?  It's flown by for me just like all the other months seem to and yes I did already break my resolutions however hopefully it's only a temporary break.  So how are your resolutions going?

I had a wonderful day with my downline this morning, my family this afternoon/evening and now I'm listening to the "Rat Pack" relaxing and playing.  What a great day!! Oh and yes I'm a little young for the Rat Pack but I like to mix up my music. 

Here's a card I made as a make & take for our unit meeting a couple months ago and thought I posted it already but sure enough I was wrong so here it is -  

All CTMH and available on my website-

Hopscotch Workshop on the Go
Glacier & Sunset Ink
Red Enamel Hearts
Sunset & Lagoon Washi Tape
Flaxen Thick Twine
Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 2015 CTMH Stamp of the Month This Moment

Well, this is a great day.  It started out with a chance to help out my brother with something he really needed and that felt wonderful because usually it's always me that needs him to help me :) I hope your day has been extra enjoyable too!

"This Moment" stamp set is available starting today and only during this month.  It's a great set and the price is $17.95.  However, if you place an order for $50 you can get it for just $5!  You can check out the details and shop for everything I used to make this card and more on my website.  

I have a couple other projects in mind but here's what I've made so far with this fun set.  

All CTMH supplies:

"This Moment" and "Flight of the Arrows" stamp sets
CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge (card and envelope)
Black Archival & Glacier ink
Red Enamel Hearts
White Daisy, Lagoon, Glacier & Cranberry cardstock
Hopscotch Paper Packet (envelope) 

If there's anything else you would like to know about it just leave a comment.  

For more great cards using this set here's a link to one of the CTMH SOM Bloghop participants.  


Wishing you the BEST year EVER!


It was 12:39 before I realized 2015 was already here, I hope you had a great time doing something you really enjoyed with family & or friends :) the time on my blog said an hour earlier, but for some reason it's not reflecting the correct time zone.  Maybe it just doesn't recognize that AZ doesn't observe daylight savings. 

I got busy looking at photos, picking out what I wanted to print etc and time completely got away from me.  It was a snowy day here so I thought this card would be appropriate for how the new year blew in here in my neck of the woods.  

Here's what I used, everything is Close to My Heart and available on my website:

     Cricut Artbooking Cartridge
     Snowhaven Paper Packet
     Cranberry Ink
     Dot Embossing Folder
     Timely Tidings Stamp Set
     Red Sparkles (discontinued)

Here's the view from my front porch this evening I think I brought the snow home with me from my Colorado/Utah Christmas visits.