Friday, July 25, 2014

Always Wear Your Invisible Crown

Alright, how many of you have bought a stamp set or an entire kit just for ONE thing or just ONE stamp?  COME on, admit it!!!

I know I have, and I am FINALLY getting around to using it, lol!  The Lollydoodle Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit is AWESOME!  I initially fell in love with it for ONE reason--the sentiment I used for this card!


Now, I planned on using this for scrapbook pages FOR SURE since I have two princesses and PLENTY of pics to scrap.  BUT I thought it would make a great little encouraging card as well!  :)  I stamped it in Whisper Exclusive Ink.

I had tons of little paper scraps lying around on my table from soooooo many projects that I had yet to clean up.  As I finally tackled the mess, I realized these just needed a tiny trim to fit together in a cute little cluster!  They are scraps from three retiring patterned papers from Close to My Heart including Skylark, Lollydoodle, and Balloon Ride.  These are going fast so grab them quickly if you are waiting to get them! I am going to tell you that if you like making cards with flowers on them, you MIGHT want to have some Skylark lying around to use with one of the new products coming in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  ;)


OK, so I knew I wanted to put this crown on my card.  Inside?  Outside?  And then it hit me!   BOTH!


I used Versamark Ink to stamp the image and then sprinkled it with clear embossing powder.  See how the crown fits just inside the little window?  I actually was able to bend in the sides of the crown to make it fit before I stamped it since the acrylic stamps are so easily manipulated.  A little heat with my heating tool makes it almost invisible except for the shine!  Starting in August, Close to My Heart will have embossing powders BACK in our Annual Inspirations Idea Book!  :)

A strip of Silver Shimmer Trim, a few sequins from the Lollydoodle Cardmaking Kit, and Black and Grey Sparkles completed my theme.  Here is another look at the entire card with the crown not in the shadows...


I am so glad you popped in today!  Have a fantastic weekend!  :)



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sneak Peek of the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection from Close to My Heart

Ready for another look at the AMAZING NEW Cricut cartridge coming from Close to My Heart?  ME TOO!!!  :)

Artfully Sent


We made three cards from Artfully Sent at convention, and I think this is my favorite of the three.  There are POP-UP cards on the cartridge! 



Isn't that sentiment beautiful!  No stamping required for those of you without inky fingers.  ;)  This card features two NEW colors of CS!  Do you know what they are?  Here is one pictured below...the one on the right!  ;)  The other new color is called Glacier.  YUM!


Here is a tip for you when we finally get our hands on this cartridge...when making these cards, PLEASE pay attention to where you apply adhesive, lol, TRUST ME!  ;)


I blinged mine up with some new Gold Shimmer Trim and Sequins!  :)

Leave a comment with your name and contact information (I won't post it) if you want to be informed when this FANTASTIC new cartridge is available!  I will let you know right away when I get the info.  :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Washi Wednesday Is Back!

Hi everyone!  I am back for a quick rendition of Washi Wednesday--the day I share my latest and greatest uses for you washi!

This was sort of a stumble-across discovery if there ever was one.  I was using my Martha Stewart place and punch recently and needed it to punch PRECISELY in that place.  The paper tends to move like crazy when the magnets spring into place, so I needed something to keep it from moving...enter my washi!



I used a strip to hold it right there so it would not move when I snapped the other half of the punch on top!  I guess I DO have three hands when I need them sometimes!  ;) 

This happens to be a great sneak peek of a card that I made, lol...so tune in Friday!  :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Spreading Some Sparkle One Card at a Time

Alright, you guys, I have a mission for you!  I stumbled upon this little boy with inoperable cancer on my Facebook feed yesterday.  He is turning 6 on July 25th but all he asked for this year is a BOX full of birthday cards!  It wasn't too long before I realized I had a way to help!  I MAKE cards.  Of course I can send him one!

Danny Nickerson age 5


Then it hit me again...I have a CARDMAKING BLOG!!!  I can write a post to get more cardmakers to send him a card!  So here I am sending my fellow crafty peeps out into the world to spread some sparkle by sending Danny a birthday card for his birthday on July 25th.  Remember, when you spread sparkle, you are bound to get a bit on yourself, and let me tell you it is definitely the truth! 

Here is the address to send the cards:

Danny Nickerson
P.O. Box 212
Foxboro, MA 02035

If you want to read about Danny's story, follow this link:   http://abc7chicago.com/society/5-year-old-boy-with-cancer-hopes-for-birthday-cards/201492/

Whatever you do, PLEASE just take a moment to find a bright, happy, cheery, birthday card to make this little fellow's wish come true!  It sure would do his momma's heart some good to be able to see his smiling face as he opens each one, don't you think? 

Here is the card I sent...


I admit that I already had this card made and in my stash--but I JUST made it this past week and had a ton of fun coloring it in with the new ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol Markers that Close to My Heart will be featuring in the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  

The stamp set is a special My Acrylix from Close to My Heart called Hoppy Birthday was made especially for our Australian Consultants and friends down under!  It doesn't show up normally on my website, but YOU can get it by following the link above.  :)

I used the Skylark Paper Packet, Aqua Dots, Lagoon Ink, and a great little SPARKLE shape from the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.



Happy Birthday, Danny!!!!  May your wonderful wish come true!!! 


Monday, July 21, 2014

A Freshly Made Sketches Jubilee!

Hi there!  I am starting the week off with a sketch challenge.  How many of you like to use a sketch to jump start your creativity?  Me too! 

Here is the great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week...



Alright, you have to know something about me.  I confess that I am crazy about matting on my scrapbook layouts.  It hasn't translated over to my cards very much, but I have been working it in there!  This one is sort of a REVERSE matting. 



I made the opening in my Outdoor Denim CS just a bit smaller than the striped pattern from my favorite Ariana Paper Packet.  I can't believe it retires after this month!  You can see all the retiring Close to My Heart products on my website HERE.

Don't worry, though, because there will be plenty of NEW products on August 1st!  I used one of them to color this great round image--the ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol markers!  I love the effect they have on the image that I stamped on White Daisy CS with Versamark and then heat embossed with clear powder (we are getting some GREAT new embossing powder too!)


My circular flower image and leaves are found in the Jubilee Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit My Acrylix stamp set.  (Yep.  Retiring!  UPDATE: actually, since I created this card, it is unfortunately no longer available.)  The sentiment stamped in Outdoor Denim from the Hello Blooms My Acrylix is not going anywhere.  ;)  Did you know that ALL of the Close to My Heart stamps that coordinate with a cut on one of our Cricut Cartridges will NEVER retire?  TRUE!  :)


I carried the leafy part of the theme over into the vast expanse of whiteness inside of the card...not so blank anymore!  ;)


If you have never tried using a sketch before, why not?  Time to try!  :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Retiring My Acrylix Stamps from Close to My Heart

Going, going, GONE!  Here is a little look at some of my favorite My Acrylix stamps that will no longer be available from Close to My Heart after July 31st.  If any of these are on your wish list, you will want to pick them up before the month is over!

Remarkable Wreath



Cityscape

The Laughing Lola Papers and Embellishments shown here are retiring too!


Words of Comfort




Glory to God




Merry and Bright







Click on any of the stamps set names under the pictures to take you to my website.  :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Box Card for Operation Write Home Card Workshop

Not too long ago, a friend of mine convinced me that I could make this...and she was right!

Box cards intimidated me until I finally gave in and tried one.

THIS particular card will be heading to our troops stationed around the globe as an ANY HERO card for Operation Write Home.  I will be teaching you how to make them at my second annual Operation Write Home Card Workshop. 


I used last month's Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart and another older set that is retired called Home of the Brave.


You won't want to miss it!  :)