Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One Pumpkin, Two Ways!


I haven't had too much time to get crafty lately, but I did manage to sneak in some playtime with the Close to My Heart Blessed Beyond Measure September Stamp of the Month.

Here are two ways to make a rich golden pumpkin for your autumn crafts!

The first way is to cut the shapes out using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge from Close to My Heart that coordinates with the stamp set.  I cut the two shapes in Goldrush and White Daisy.  Then I used Fern and Goldrush inks to add a bit of color with my daubers.



The second way is to stamp the pumpking image using some "rock and roll!"  This time I stamped the entire pumpkin in NEW Tangerine ink...then rolled the outside edges in Goldrush.  Finally, I went back to use the dauber to add a bit more layers of ink.  I adore how easy this is to do!


Just a few more days to grab this beautiful autumn-themed My Acrylix Stamp of the Month in September!



Monday, September 26, 2016

Swan Lake with Attitude

It's finally finished!!!  I started this layout last month after playing around with the Purr-fect Halloween Stamp of the Month for August...and then hit a wall with no time to finish.  My sister finally showed me how to use my ShinHan markers to make a beautiful Birman version of the cat image, which was quite the improvement on my first attempts.  After that, I just needed TIME! 

Our sweet girl, Willow!
I ended up using the Swan Lake Papers and Complements for this layout in a way I never quite expected. Do you see the 4 Picture My Life cards I used?  One of them is matting a pic at the top middle of the page, two are sticking out right behind that one, and the fourth is used as a journaling box!
I didn't need the swans anyway!
I simple adore the Thin Cuts Hearts in any color!  Here I used the Rustic Home Fundamentals Kraft paper, and even added a bit of glitter with the new CTMH Shimmer Brush!  I cannot say enough about this amazing new product!  You can use it as-is to add a bit of sparkle...OR...add some ink to create lots of colored shimmer!


The Swan Lake Compliments include a touch of gold glimmer...and I dug out an oldie but goodie--White Marquee Enamel Shapes!


The Complements also have several title stickers that are FANTASTIC for layouts!  I snipped the "G" in one of them to turn "Gratitude" into "Cat-itude!" It was a great little stumble onto the perfect addition to my layout!  :)


Don't worry!  I am still full of gratitude! Thanks for stopping in today!  ;)

This week only!!!
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

CTMH Perpetual Calendar: July, August, and September!

Hmmmmm, I was browsing my picture folder tonight to see what I have left to post and realized I never shared my Close to My Heart Perpetual Calendar pages for July, August, OR September!  Sorry about that!  A lot of what I used is retired product, but you can still use the general idea if it inspires you!  Plus, I have a feeling I am not the only one who still has a few older CTMH products sitting around...lol.

July is a combination of old chevron embellies, part of an overlay cut from the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge, and a beautiful Picture My Life Card.  The Brave Enamel Shapes  and Sparkle Chevron Shapes are available on clearance now!

This particular month of the year I happened to receive one of the best gifts ever!  One of my sisters!  :)

August turned out to be pretty simple and fabulous!  I used an old stamp of the month (June 2015, Ice Cream Dream) along with black glitter paper!

I adore the simple chalkboard look!  And I sort of fell head over heals for the whole "hashtag" thing too, lol!
 September is another easy-peasy design using one of the CTMH Picture My Life cards, some retired (waaaaaaaah!) teal shimmer trim, and a CUTE little retired Chalk It Up puffy sticker.
Bueller.....Bueller.....Bueller...........classic!
Thanks for popping in to read my blog today!  Hope you were able to get some good ideas for your own perpetual calendar!  :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blessed Beyond Measure

Happy after Labor Day Weekend!

It was a pretty frustrating and disappointing weekend for us, but I finally got to squeeze in a bit more craftiness after dealing with the emotions of my oldest going back to college (again!), school germs that finally struck, and something totally new to me...poison ivy!  Apparently it comes with the territory when you don't really have much experience weeding and such out in the country, lol.  Still dealing with it, unfortunately. 

The good news is that it is a brand new month, and a brand new limited edition Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart!  The beautiful images on this set coordinate with the Cricut Artbooking Collection.  Plus, a little bit of crafty therapy is always good for the crafter's soul, especially with this particular set, Blessed Beyond Measure...

I didn't attach the leaves...I will be using them on the layout when I print my pics.

I did a bit of simple sponging in Goldrush with my daubers over the cricut-cut leaves.  It was the perfect background for this little reminder to myself.  I sized it to be 3 x 4 and will use it in a pocket page from the Picture My Life collection.  The layout will encompass pics from this unfortunate weekend...but it will also reminded me to focus on being grateful for the things we aren't struggling with!


One way to remember to be grateful is to spread some kindness!  This month, Close to My Heart has JUST the ticket to help you do it!  The Create Kindness card kit includes all you need to send out some smiles...and you can't do that without forming one yourself!  Check out all the details HERE on my website!


Friday, August 26, 2016

A Fundamentally Purrr-fect Birthday Card

Fundamental Friday has quickly become one of my favorite posts so I hope it is one of your favorites too!  This card is just too stinking cute for words if you ask me...that cat! 


I used the current Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart...Purr-fect Halloween and the cute little size M Bitty Birthday sentiment along with a GREAT little wagon cut from the latest Cricut Cartridge...Flower Market!


The cat is stamped on the Adventure Fundamentals paper in Tangerine.  If you aren't into coloring images, patterned paper is definitely the way to go!  ;)

These products are BOTH on special this month from Close to My Heart, so don't wait to check it out!


FREEEEEEE!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summer's End Blog Hop

I wish it weren't so...but summer's end is just around the corner.  Here is a little tribute to summer's graceful departure that the ladies in Blog Hops with Heart put together to bid a fond farewell...

A big part of my summer involved moving a couple of towns over to a new house with a LOT more landscape than we were used to...including flowers GALORE!!!


I used the new Memo Fundamentals paper from Close to My Heart as the perfect neutral background to present these gorgeous blooms and the You and Me Complements to embellish the layout quickly and easily...


If you love flowers, look no further than the new CTMH Flower Market cartridge from Cricut...


Finally, a little bit of stamping with images from This and That...



Next up to send summer off in her own wonderful style is Stephanie!  Enjoy the hop!

Here's the whole line-up so you can't get lost...


Amie (that's ME!)




Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Freshly Made Present

My dad's birthday is tomorrow...and his card is just going in the mailbox tomorrow too, ooops.  I sure am glad it's the thought that counts!  I'm also thankful for my phone, lol.  I went back to work this week, but I was finally able to squeeze in some time to make his card this weekend using the super-fun sketch this week over at Freshly Made Sketches.


His favorite color is orange!  :)

I used the new Adventure Paper Fundamentals from Close to My Heart for this one...the new colors Tangerine, Emerald, and Lemon really pop!  The bow is cut from the new Cricut Flower Market Collection and the sentiment set in white embossing powder is included in the same set.  I hardly EVER stamp a sentiment in inks other than black, so this was a fun change of pace!  I added a bit of twine to the gift for another fun detail.


I love how the present works perfectly with this week's sketch!  Thanks for popping in to see!  :)

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