Sunday, October 4, 2015

Freshly Made Sparkle and Shine!

Oh my goodness, where did the weekend go?  I had an amazing time with my friends at the Crafty Souls all day event...and then caught up with a tiny bit of housework before I stole away to play along with a couple of my favorite challenges.

I used sketch 206 from Freshly Made Sketches along with the inspiration photo from the Sparkle and Shine Challenge to create a wonderfully whimsical watercolor card!

I knew I was going to be giving my card a hefty sprinkling of my new sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, so I grabbed an equally sparkly sentiment from the Close to My Heart Diamonds Are Forever My Acrylix stamp set.

I ALSO experimented for the first time with a little bit of watercolor paint splatter on special watercolor paper...

This is my slogan!  I stamped it in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Silver Powder BEFORE I painted...and then matted the watercolor paper on a piece of White Daisy CS trimmed with Silver Foil Tape after the paper was completely dry.  I used my heating tool to dry it a bit faster.  I adore how the two silver features complement each other!

I love how the yellow splatter ran the blob of color!

It was super fun to get my feet wet again (oh yes, I did!) and play with my new watercolors.  I have to work on my splatter technique and play some more!  Thank for stopping in!  :)

Grab the Twinkle Stamp of the Month while you can and get a free gift from me!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fundamental Friday AND a Makeover!

I created this layout using the gorgeous artwork created by CTMH corporate as my inspiration.  It is actually the very layout they used to feature my daughter's senior pictures...

I don't have those actual pics printed in the same sizes, so I created a totally new twist on the layout...

I used a variety of colors from the Paper Fundamentals Packs...New England Ivy, Sapphire, Fern, and Whisper.  The colors complemented my assorted pics SO well, and I just can't get enough of the pop of white matting!

I just LOVE using the Mini Stapler to attach elements of a layout.  It is a super alternative to adhesive!
The variety of colors in the Fundamentals Stickers will allow you to find just the right combination for your layouts...

Another new addition to the Fundamentals line--Assortments...I used the Gold to add a great little bow and glittery hearts...

The wooden heart embellishment is ALSO included in the Fundamentals Assortment!

This was one of the most fun layouts to put together lately, but it could be the excitement and fun of the subjects at college, lol!  Have a FANTASTIC weekend, my friends!  Remember...

Twinkle is only here for ONE month!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Close to My Heart October Stamp of the Month Layout

Welcome to October!!!

I have been raring to go this month for a couple of different reasons.  But MOSTLY, because I simply ADORE the Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart this month.  I mean, the set is called, TWINKLE, so how would I NOT love it?  :)

You will notice that it coordinates with the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste Cartridge!

Anyhow, I wanted to re-create the layout shown with the Stamp of the Month, so I did just that--and added my own little twist of course!

These ornaments can be stamped in any color to match any layout!  I used my Versamark Ink and the Ranger Super-Fine Silver Embossing Powder to make this one really pop!  Then I topped it with a bow from the NEW Fundamentals Assortment Cranberry Embellishments.

This little cluster includes images from Twinkle, Glitter Paper, and one of the White Pines Complements vellum pieces...and behind it is not only a length of Silver Shimmer Trim, but also a piece of Crystal Blue Fundamentals Paper from the Whimsy Assortment...

These lights are soooooo cute!  I added a candy cane border also cut from Artiste at .75 inches, and some leftover letters from a cut found on the NEW Cricut Artistry Cartridge!  You never know when those extra letters will come in handy!  :)

You have all month to get your hands on this super Christmas themed stamp set!  It is regularly priced at $17.95, but you can also get it for just $5 with a $50 purchase on my website!  Just fill your shopping cart with $50 worth of crafty goodness, and the checkout will prompt you to add the Stamp of the Month for the discounted price.

Here is a little video I made that shows you how the ordering system prompts you to add specials like the $5 Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart...I made the video in July, so the special is different--but the way you add specials to your order is the same!  :)  Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Last Chance for Hello, Life!

This is IT!  Today is the very last day to order the THREE fantastic Hello, Life sets from Close to My Heart to celebrate National Stamping Month!  Whether you scrapbook, pocket scrap, or create handmade cards, there is a set for you!  BEST of all they all coordinate together!

Here are my favorite creations with mine...

ANY local peeps who want to get these ordered, I will combine shipping to keep your costs down, so just get any last minute requests to my by 9pm tonight!  Thanks!

Don't forget the Stamp of the Month!  A new one comes out tomorrow!  :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Two More Days for Paper Garden!

This is one of my last creations with the September Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart.  I really wanted to show off a pop of one of the NEW colors, Poppy!

I used the Nevermore Papers...but you cannot even tell there are spiders on the Eggplant patterned paper, can you now?  (On a side note, I am making that appt. to get bifocals because I could not even see how crooked my matting was until I posted these pics!  Hello, 41.)

How awesomely unexpected is this pop of Poppy speckled with Bitty Sparkle Bling?

I am really catching on to the doodling craze, how about you?  I drew an outline around this banner cut from the NEW Cricut Artistry Collection and stamped a sentiment from the Cricut Artfully Sent Collections Stamps...

There are QUITE a few to choose from on here!
Loving these pretty blooms layered with foam tape...

Soooooo, please don't wait if you want to get your hands on the September Stamp of the month...because after tomorrow, it will be available Nevermore!!!!  ;)

I couldn't resist!  LOL!!!

Just TWO days left!!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Makeover Monday Java Tags

How about a bit of Java to start off your work week?  Alright!

Here are the first two tags I made with this adorable cut found on the NEW Cricut Artistry Cartridge exclusively available from Close to My Heart.  Nothing fancy, but that's what I love the most!

I used Kraft paper and simply added a sweet little glitter heart from the Enamel and Glitter Duos.

This one sports a cute little pattern from the Zoe paper packet and some limited quantity Ruby chevron washi tape.

I love the idea of tying one of these onto a birthday gift or as a thank you to someone.  I gave the tags a bit of a makeover for the upcoming holidays...and we will be making the Christmas version at my class on Saturday with the ladies of Crafty Souls.  At 3.25 inches high, they are the perfect size now.  :)

Can't you just taste the Pumpkin Spice Latte?  I added a sweet little Cricut shaped leaf from Artiste (I think!) and a sentiment from the Cup of Cheer My Acrylix.

The holly and berries are also found on the Artistry Cartridge with the cup of Java.  The Fern Thick Twine is the perfect color coordinated tie-on!

I can't wait to create with the ladies at Our Lady of Mercy on Saturday!  Thanks for stopping in today, and have a great week!  :)

Friday, September 25, 2015

My CTMH Cricut Display Board: Artbooking Cartridge

Happy School-Improvement-Day-so-that-means-no-school Friday!  :)  Since Paras get the day off, it also means a bonus crafty day for me!

I don't know about you, but I love not setting the alarm or prying the kiddos out of bed!

Today I wanted to share my CTMH Cricut Cartridge Display Board that I use to show off our FIVE, yes, we have 5 now, AMAZING jam-packed Cricut Collections!

I'm going to break it up for you and show you just a bit each day...starting with the Cricut Artbooking Collection

 I used the font on each cartridge for displaying its name.  Then I chose some of my favorite cuts from each to give potential customers a feel for what they can do with the images.  Artbooking is a tricky one to put on a board, so I do have a separate stand filled with scrapbook layouts I made with the designs, as well as a mini album I made completely with the cartridge.  Of course that album isn't shown in my pic, so you can see it HERE.

That cutie-patootie tag tie stamped "JOY" image is found on the Make it Merry My Acrylix Set.
I had the MOST fun making this little element on page 58 of the Artbooking Handbook...I had recently stumbled on the whole #itwasneveradress campaign online, and just HAD to recreate one MY way...

Next up, I will show you the NEW cartridge on my display board, Artistry!  :)  See you soon, and have a sparkly weekend!