Animals on the Bus

Happy Monday – I’m here again with more Stamp of the Month artwork as promised.  I wanted to do something fun and different this week and maybe find a way to incorporate the Animal Greetings Operation Smile stamp set.

I thought and I thought and then it hit me…put the animals on the bus!  When my son was a little guy (he’s 25 now) he had several Richard Scary books – his favorite was Busy Town.  I can’t remember how many times we read it, but I remember all the animals in all the different vehicles so my card was born.


This card is a mere 3X6 – a sweet size for sticking in a backpack, briefcase or leaving under a pillow.  The Calypso Papers are surely getting a workout this month too.  It’s only available until the end of July so make sure you get what you might need to play with in the future.


Don’t you see so many possibilities with this stamp set?  I’ll be back with another card next week, but with just 10 days left in June don’t let this stamp set get away from you!  You can add it to a qualifying order for just $5…why not order yours today?






Choose Happy – SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!   We are featuring March’s SOTM, which is “Choose Happy”, a set of 14.

If you have come here from Pam’s, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

This month we have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Although I felt this set was initially going to be hard to work with, it didn’t take me long to figure that the frames would work well for both a scrapbook layout or a card.  I chose to go in the card direction (no big surprise there I’m sure).  I looked through the “Wishes” Card Confidence Book that has over 100 card patterns.  I chose two that focused on using a frame.

The first card comes from page 59.  I used the Wooden Frame and added Cricut cut letters from the Artfully sent cartridge to for a fun Father’s Day Card.  I wrapped a piece of bakers twine around to keep the embellishment simple.


My second card is a take of the pattern on page 120.  First I cut the shape from the Art Philosophy Cartridge and then stamped the frame around it.  I placed a piece of B&T from Hopscotch along the bottom inside of the card so that it would show through the opening and then layered the sentiment “Choose Happy” on a pennant to the front of the card.

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Now “Hop” on over to Chris Lathian’s blog to see what Creative Caper she’s been up to! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the March SOTM is only available until March 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Old Fashioned Love

I reached for a stamp set from Jeanette’s Archive (I had this one in wood way back when) to make a couple of Valentine cards.

My first card is taken from a pattern in the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 I used some miscellaneous scraps of cardstock (my best guess is Pixie, Hollyhock & Cranberry) paired with the large floral pattern from Heartstrings (this paper is only available until March 31 so order yours soon) I then stamped the heart and colored each of those little roses with the Shin Han markers, the little cupids are also colored and then fussy cut and layered with Thin 3-D Foam Tape (have I mentioned I love this stuff).


My second card is made from the Flirty Paper Pack (retired) with the same stamp set.  This little card is a 3X6 with the front cut with the Scallop Border Punch (notice the little sparkle?  It’s Gold Shimmer Trim mounted on the bottom of the inside of the card.) the frame is cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  The heart and cupid are again colored, fussy cut and mounted with Thin 3D Foam Tape.


I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by today…show me a little love by leaving a comment.

Sketchy Birthday

You know when you see something and a creative thought comes right into your head?  That is exactly what happened with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #51 this week.

When I saw the break at the middle of the card I immediately thought this would be perfect for a gate card fold and attach the sentiment at the opening.

My niece is celebrating her 12th birthday on Sunday so I wanted to do something with her favorite colors and luckily I had some scraps of the Sarita Paper Packet left.  This card is cut 6 X 10 and scored at 31/2 and 7, the front is then cut using an Edgelit and the Big Shot.  I then cut down the bottom front panel so that it didn’t bind when it closed.  I stamped a Perfect Fit Frame in Gypsy Ink and then the It’s Party Time Sentiment from A Perfect Fit Birthday in Lagoon and mounted it with a piece of 3D Foam Tape.  The Purple Shimmer Trim is adorned with some clear sparkles.


If I’m using a base of colored cardstock, I always line the inside of my card with a neutral to make it easier to include a quick personal note.  Of course, it goes without saying that I love to make the inside as pretty as the outside too!  Here I stamped the Happy Birthday in Lagoon Ink and then added Purple and Teal Shimmer Trim for a little added pop of color.


I would really encourage you to stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Next week is their one year anniversary and I can hardly wait to see what they have up their sleeve!!

Thanks again for stopping by!


Fun Folds Are My Thing

It’s already been determined that I am a bit out of the ordinary and that goes for my favorite kinds of cards too!  I love glitzy, blingy cards, but what I really like is a card that makes the recipient go “WOW, she put some thought into this!”  In a family of papercrafters it’s really important to stand out, at least in my opinion, and since I’m the oldest and the self proclaimed princess I find it my duty to be able to really give the WOW factor!

My buddy Les and I met up a couple of weeks ago to look at a bag (and we are talking FULL BAG) of amazing artwork that she got from participating in a very large swap with items made from the idea book!  I’ve done this swap and it is A LOT of work; however the payoff is getting a lot of really great ideas from some really talented artists!

One card in particular stood out so when we got together Tuesday to spend some time crafting together I knew what I wanted to make.  I’ve had to hold off showing the card, because yesterday was my husband’s birthday and it was a special enough card to WOW his socks off…ok the huge palm tree I bought him to go with my little card probably helped a little too!


Here’s the card closed – a nice 3 X 6 size – I felt pretty talented lining those birds up from the Skylark Paper Packet – and guess what that really great pennant strip along the side is printed right on the paper the only stamp I used was the Happy Birthday – a mini stamp at a mini price that packs a lot of punch!  It was simply stamped in Lagoon ink !


Here’s the card all stretched out – adding another 6 inches of WOW!

Would you like to learn to make this card?  Contact me today and I’ll show you how!

Happy Crafting!


Elemental Thanks

So if you’re wondering where I’ve been…it’s creating 41 of the most adorable Thank You cards for a swap that I joined using new items from the Autumn/Winter 2011 idea book.

Using great colors fit for country living or city charm the “Elemental Paper Pack” delivered just what I was looking for.  Once again I turned to the “A Little Thanks” stamp set.

Would you like to make a card like this…join me next Sunday at my Close to My Heart Open House.